Singles Released This Week (March 11 -17)

Here’s a running list of charting singles (and B-Sides that charted) from rock and pop music from the 50s through the 80s – the BEST music ever made!

Entries are: Year • Artist • Track Title • Genre • Album • B-Side

(If a non-album single, then [Single]. If the charting track was the B-Side, then [B-Side]. Any “UK” entry designates a single different from its US counterpart).


March 11
1962 • Melvin Gayle • “Khrushchev Twist” • Pop-Rock • [Single] • “You’re In Love”
1963 • The Miracles • “A Love She Can Count On” • Soul – Pop • [Single] • “I Can Take A Hint”
1970 • Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young • “Woodstock” • Folk-Rock • Déjà Vu • “Helpless”
1970 • The Beatles • “Let It Be” • Pop-Rock • Let It Be • “You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)”
1970 • Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young • “Helpless” • Folk-Rock • Déjà Vu • [B-Side]
1974 • The Hollies • “The Air That I Breathe” • Pop-Rock • The Hollies • “No More Riders”
1980 • Lipps, Inc. • “Funkytown” • Disco Funk • Mouth To Mouth • “All Night Dancing”
1988 • The Beatles • “You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)” • Pop-Rock • [Single] • [B-Side]
2001 • The Go-Go’s • “Unforegiven” • New Wave Pop-Rock • God Bless The Go-Go’s • “King Of Confusion” / “Vacation” [Live]


March 12
1959 • Dion & The Belmonts • “A Teenager In Love” • Doo-Wop • Presenting Dion & The Belmonts • “I’ve Cried Before”
1965 • Donovan • “Catch The Wind” [UK] • Folk-Rock • [Single] • “Why Do You Treat Me Like You Do?”
1965 • Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs • “Wooly Bully” • Garage Rock • Wooly Bully • “Ain’t Gonna Move”
1965 • Gerry & The Pacemakers • “I’ll Be There” [UK] • Merseybeat • [Single] • “Baby You’re So Good to Me”
1971 • John Lennon • “Power To The People” [UK] • Pop-Rock • [Single] • “Touch Me”
1976 • 10cc • “I’m Mandy Fly Me” [UK] • Art Pop-Rock • How Dare You! • “How Dare You”
1976 • Elvis Presley • “Hurt” • Pop Ballad • From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee • “For The Heart”
1976 • Elvis Presley • “For The Heart” • Country-Rock • From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee • [B-Side]
1976 • Eagles • “Hotel California” • Soft Rock • Hotel California • “Pretty Maids All In A Row”
1978 • Robert Gordon • “Fire” • Rockabilly • Fresh Fish Special • “If This Is Wrong”
1982 • Elton John • “Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny)” • Pop-Rock • Jump Up! • “Take Me Down To The Ocean”
1994 • Pink Floyd • “Keep Talking” • Prog Rock • The Division Bell • “One Of These Days” [Live]
2007 • Rush • “Far Cry” • Prog/Art Rock • Snakes & Arrows • “Far Cry” [Album Version]


March 13
1964 • Mary Wells • “My Guy” • Soul – Pop • Mary Wells Sings My Guy • “Oh Little Boy (What Did You Do To Me)”
1965 • The Rolling Stones • “The Last Time” • Country-Rock • Out Of Our Heads • “Play With Fire”
1967 • The Byrds • “Renaissance Fair” • Folk-Rock • Younger Than Yesterday • [B-Side]
1967 • The Byrds • “My Back Pages” • Folk-Rock • Younger Than Yesterday • “Renaissance Fair”
1970 • Diana Ross & With The Supremes And The Temptations • “Why (Must We Fall In Love)” [UK] • Soul-Pop • Diana Ross & The Supremes Join The Temptations • “Uptight (Everything’s Alright)”
1974 • The Doobie Brothers • “Another Park, Another Sunday” • Pop-Rock • What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits • “Black Water”
1981 • John Lennon • “Watching The Wheels” • Pop-Rock • Double Fantasy • “Yes, I’m Your Angel” [Yoko Ono]
1984 • The Cars • “You Might Think” • New Wave Pop-Rock • Heartbreak City • “Heartbeat City”
1989 • Guns N’ Roses • “Paradise City” [UK] • Hard Rock • Appetite For Destruction • “Used To Love Her”


March 14
1963 • Gerry & The Pacemakers • “How Do You Do It?” [UK] • Merseybeat • [Single] • “Away From You”
1966 • The Byrds • “Eight Miles High” • Psychedelic Rock • Fifth Dimension • “Why”
1966 • Percy Sledge • “When A Man Loves A Woman” • Soul • When A Man Loves A Woman • “Love Like You Mean It”
1966 • The Byrds • “Why?” • Raga Rock • Fifth Dimension • [B-Side]
1975 • Nazareth • “Hair Of The Dog” [UK] • Hard Rock • Hair Of The Dog • “Too Bad, Too Sad”
1975 • Carpenters • “Only Yesterday” • Easy Listening • Horizon • “Happy”
1980 • The Jam • “Going Underground” [UK] • Punk/Mod Revival • [Single] • “Dreams Of Children”
1983 • David Bowie • “Let’s Dance” • Glam Rock • Let’s Dance • “Cat People (Putting Out Fire)”
1990 • Heart • “All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You” • Adult Contemporary • Brigade • “Call Of The Wild”
1995 • Stone Temple Pilots • “Dancing Days” • Arena Rock • Encomium: A Tribute To Led Zeppelin • [None]
2005 • Green Day • “Holiday” [UK] • Punk Rock • American Idiot • “Minority” [Live]
2006 • Pearl Jam • “World Wide Suicide” • Grunge Rock • Pearl Jam • “Life Wasted”


March 15
1957 • Jerry Lee Lewis • “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” • Rockabilly • [Single] • “It’ll Be Me”
1965 • Gary Lewis & The Playboys • “Count Me In” • Pop-Rock • A Session With Gary Lewis & The Playboys • “Little Miss Go-Go”
1968 • The Beatles • “Lady Madonna” • R&B Pop • [Single] • “The Inner Light”
1977 • Marvin Gaye • “Got To Give It Up (Pt. I)” • Soul • [Single] • “Got To Give It Up (Pt. II)”
1984 • John Lennon • “I’m Stepping Out” • Pop-Rock • Milk & Honey • “Sleepless Night” [Yoko Ono]
1989 • Natalie Cole • “Miss You Like Crazy” • Pop Ballad • Good To Be Back • “Good To Be Back”


March 16
1962 • The Temptations • “(You’re My) Dream Come True” • Soul-Pop • [Single] • “Isn’t She Pretty”
1964 • The Beatles • “Can’t Buy Me Love” • Brit Beat • A Hard Day’s Night • “You Can’t Do That”
1964 • The Beatles • “You Can’t Do That” • Brit Beat • A Hard Day’s Night • [B-Side]
1971 • The Jackson 5 • “Never Can Say Goodbye” • Soul – Pop • Maybe Tomorrow • “She’s Good”
1979 • Paul McCartney & Wings • “Goodnight Tonight” • Disco-Pop • [Single] • “Daytime Nighttime Suffering”
1988 • Tina Turner • “Nutbush City Limits” • Pop-Rock • Tina Live In Europe • “Overnight Sensation” [Live]
1993 • Madonna • “Bad Girl” • Dance-Pop • Erotica • “Fever”


March 17
1964 • Aretha Franklin • “Unforgettable” • Soul Ballad • Unforgettable: A Tribute To Dinah Washington • “Evil Gal Blues”
1964 • Paul Revere & The Raiders • “Louie, Go Home” • Pop-Rock • Midnight Ride • “Have Love, Will Travel”
1967 • Jimi Hendrix • “Purple Haze” [UK] • Psychedelic Rock • Are You Experienced? • “51st Anniversary”
1974 • Ringo Starr • “Back Off Boogaloo” • Pop-Rock • Goodnight Vienna • “Blindman”
1976 • The Doobie Brothers • “Takin’ It To The Streets” • Blue-Eyed Soul • Takin’ It To The Streets • “For Someone Special”
1979 • The Jam • “Strange Town” [UK] • Punk/Mod Revival • Snap! • “The Butterfly Collector”
1987 • The Psychedelic Furs • “Heartbreak Beat” • Post-Punk Pop • Midnight To Midnight • “New Dream”
1997 • Madonna • “Another Suitcase In Another Hall” [UK] • Broadway Pop • Evita • “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina”

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This Week’s Birthdays (March 10 -16)

Happy Birthday this week to:

March 10
1903 ● Bix Beiderbecke / (Leon Bismark Beiderbecke) → Influential jazz pianist, cornetist and composer, proto-“cool jazz” soloist, “Singin’ The Blues” (1927), died of complications of alcoholism on 8/6/1931, age 28
1920 ● Jethro / (Kenneth C. Burns) → With partner Henry D. Haynes, one half the satirical country-pop radio and TV comedy/music duo Homer & Jethro, parodied country and pop hits and won a Grammy Award for “The Battle Of Kookamonga” (#14, 1959) , their take on Johnny Horton‘s #1 hit “The Battle Of New Orleans,” continued to perform and teach mandolin and was considered a virtuoso on the instrument, died from prostate cancer on 2/4/1989, age 68
1935 ● Dexter Tisby → Founding member and tenor vocals for one hit wonder R&B/doo wop quartet The Penguins, their enduring “Earth Angel” (#8, R&B #1, 1954) was one of the earliest R&B-to-pop crossover hits
1938 ● Omar Shariff / (Dave Alexander) → Award-winning but obscure Texas blues singer and pianist with eight or more blues and jazz fusion albums between 1972 and 1998, found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound on 1/8/2012, age 73
1940 ● Dean Torrence → One-half of the legendary surf-rock duo Jan & Dean, “Surf City” (#1, 1963), the pair had 16 Top 40 hits between 1958 and 1966
1943 ● Ritchie Cordell / (Richard Rosenblatt) → Songwriter and record producer, wrote and produced “I Think We’re Alone Now” (#4, 1967) and “Mony Mony” (#3, 1968) for Tommy James & The Shondells, remakes of the two songs by Tiffany and Billy Idol traded the #1 spot 20 years later in 1987, also produced Joan Jett & The Blackhearts‘ debut album I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll (#2, 1982) and albums by The Ramones and Bow Wow Wow, died of pancreatic cancer on 4/13/2004, age 61
1945 ● Pete Nelson / (Peter Lipscomb) → Vocals for pre-fab Brit psych-pop one hit wonder The Flower Pot Men, “Let’s Go To San Francisco” (UK #1, 1967), then moved over to pre-fab pop White Plains, “My Baby Loves Lovin'” (#13, 1970)
1947 ● Tom Scholz → Founder, guitarist and tape wizard for 70s-80s arena rock Boston, “More Than A Feeling” (#5, 1976)
1950 ● Ted McKenna → Scottish drummer for Sensational Alex Harvey Band, “Delilah” (UK #7, 1975)
1954 ● Tina Charles / (Tina Hoskins) → Brit R&B/disco dance-pop singer, “I Love To Love (But My Baby Loves to Dance)” (Disco #2, 1976)
1955 ● Bunny DeBarge / (Etterlene DeBarge) → With her four brothers, vocals in R&B/urban contemporary dance-pop sibling quintet Debarge, “All This Love” (#17, 1983)
1960 ● Gail Greenwood → Bassist for alt pop-rock Belly, “Feed The Tree” (#1, Modern Rock, 1993)
1962 ● Gary Clark → With brother Kit, founding member and vocals for Scottish pop-rock Danny Wilson, “Mary’s Prayer” (#23, Adult Contemporary #6, 1987)
1963 ● Jeff Ament → Bassist and vocals for post-grunge/alt rock kings Pearl Jam, “Last Kiss” (#2, 1999)
1963 ● Rick Rubin / (Frederick Jay Rubin) → Record producer, former co-president of Columbia Records, co-founder of legendary Def Jam Records and a key player in the rise of hip-hop music, produced two of the landmark rap albums, the Beastie Boys‘ Licensed To Ill (1986) and Run-D.M.C.‘s Raising Hell (1986), renamed Def Jam American Recordings in 1993 and produced multiple albums by Johnny Cash and Red Hot Chili Peppers, plus individual albums by AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Mick Jagger, Tom Petty and others
1964 ● Neneh Cherry / (Neneh Mariann Karlsson) → Hip hop/dance-pop singer “Buffalo Stance” (#3, 1989), stepdaughter of jazz musician Don Cherry
1964 ● Patrick Kane → With brother Greg, vocals for Scottish contemporary dance-pop/electronica Hue And Cry, “Labour Of Love” (UK #6, 1987)
1966 ● Dave Krusen → Drummer and backing vocals for post-grunge/alt rock kings Pearl Jam, “Last Kiss” (#2, 1999)
1966 ● Edie Brickell → Vocals and frontwoman for folk-pop Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians, “What I Am” (# , 1989), married Paul Simon in 1992
1967 ● Susie Q / (Susan Banfield) → Vocals in female rap/house music duo Cookie Crew, “Rok Da House” (UK #5, 1988)
1971 ● Doug Ardito → Bass and guitars for post-grunge hard rock Puddle Of Mudd, “Blurry” (#5, 2001)
1971 ● Timbaland / (Timothy Zachery Moseley) → Rapper, “Up Jumps Da Boogie” (#12, Rap #1, 1997) and producer, with partner Magoo member of hip-hop duo Timbaland & Magoo, produced hits for Aaliyah, Missy Elliott, Nelly Furtado, Ludacris, Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, The Pussycat Dolls and others
1973 ● John Charles LeCompt → Guitarist for Grammy-winning goth-pop-metal Evanescence, “Bring Me To Life” (#5, 2003)
1975 ● Jerry Horton → Lead guitar for hard rock/heavy metal Papa Roach, “Scars” (#15, Mainstream Rock #4, 2005)
1977 ● Matthew Rubano → Bassist for melodic hardcore metal Taking Back Sunday, “Makedamnsure” (#48, 2006)
1977 ● Robin Thicke → Pop R&B and hip hop singer/songwriter, musician and sometime actor, “Lost Without U” (#14, 2007), son of actor and composer Alan Thicke
1978 ● Benjamin Burnley → Lead vocals, rhythm guitar and chief songwriter for post-grunge hard rock Breaking Benjamin, “So Cold” (Mainstream Rock #2, 2004)
1982 ● Jonathan Ansell → Tenor for Brit pop vocal quartet G4, “Bohemian Rhapsody” (UK #8, 2005), went solo when the troupe disbanded
1983 ● Carrie Underwood → Grammy-winning country-pop singer, songwriter and actress, “Inside Your Heaven” (#1, 2005), her album Some Hearts is the best selling solo female debut album in country music history

March 11
1903 ● Lawrence Welk → Iconic and beloved MOR easy listening/pop accordionist, bandleader, television host and impresario noted for his “champagne music” style, “Calcutta” (#1, 1961), died of pneumonia on 5/17/1992, age 89
1908 ● Sonny Boy Williamson / (Aleck Ford “Rice” Miller) → Legendary blues singer/songwriter/harmonica player, recorded with Robert Johnson in the 1930s and Eric Clapton in the 1960s
1938 ● Joseph “Joey” Brooks / (Joseph Kaplan) → Screenwriter, film score composer and prolific author of advertising jingles (Geritol, Dial soap, Maxwell House coffee, and others), wrote “You Light Up My Life” for Debby Boone (#1, 1977) from the movie same name which he also wrote, directed and scored, and for which he won an Oscar and Grammy Award, was indicted in 2009 for drugging and sexually assaulting 13 women he lured to his apartment for movie auditions but escaped justice by committing suicide on 5/22/2011, age 73
1944 ● Ric Rothwell → Drummer for British Invasion pop-rock The Mindbenders, “A Groovy Kind Of Love” (#2, 1965)
1945 ● Harvey “The Snake” Mandel / (Harvey Mandel) → Blues-rock guitarist with Charlie Musselwhite, Canned Heat, The Rolling Stones, John Mayall and others, plus solo
1947 ● Blue Weaver / (Derek Weaver) → Welsh keyboardist with early prog rock septet Amen Corner, “(If Paradise Is) Half As Nice” (UK #1, 1969), replaced Rick Wakeman in folk-prog-rock The Strawbs, “Part Of The Union” (UK #2, 1973), then pop-disco The Bee Gees, “Stayin’ Alive” (#1, 1978), the with the reformed Strawbs and session work for Stevie Wonder, Pet Shop Boys, Chicago, The Damned and others
1947 ● Mark Stein → Vocals, guitars and keyboards for psych-rock Vanilla Fudge, the Tommy Bolin band and Alice Cooper‘s band
1948 ● George Kooymans → Founder, vocals and guitar for Dutch hard rock Golden Earring, “Radar Love” (#13, 1974), over 40 hits and 30 gold and platinum albums in the Netherlands
1950 ● Bobby McFerrin / (Robert Gaston McFerrin Jr.) → Grammy-winning virtuoso jazz, pop and classical vocalist, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” (#1, 1988)
1950 ● Keith Diamond / (Keith Alexander) → Songwriter and record producer, worked with Michael Bolton, Mick Jagger, Sheena Easton, Donna Summer and others, wrote “Caribbean Queen” (#1, 1984) and other songs for Billy Ocean, died from a heart attack on 1/18/1997
1951 ● Katie Kissoon / (Katherine Farthing) → Vocals with her brother, Gerald Farthing, in one hit wonder easy listening/bubblegum pop duo Mac & Katie Kissoon (“Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep,” #20, 1971), then backing vocals/sessions for Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Pet Shop Boys and others
1955 ● Flinto Chandia → Bassist in Brit pop one hit wonder Jimmy The Hoover, “Tantalise (Wo Wo Ee Yeh Yeh)” (UK #18, 1983)
1955 ● Nina Hagen / (Catherina Hagen) → German bandleader, songwriter and post-punk dance-pop singer, “New York New York” (Dance/Club #9, 1984), now Christian music singer
1957 ● Cheryl Lynn → R&B/disco multi-hit diva and former Gong Show winner, “Got To Be Real” (#12, R&B #1, 1978)
1961 ● Bruce Watson → Guitarist for Scottish art-folk-rock Big Country, “In A Big Country” (Mainstream Rock #3, 1983)
1961 ● Mike Percy → Bassist and songwriter for New Wave dance-pop Hi-NRG group Dead Or Alive, “You Spin Me ‘Round (Like A Record)” (#11, 1985)
1964 ● Vinnie Paul Abbott → With brother “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, co-founder and drummer in thrash metal Pantera, “Planet Caravan” (Mainstream Rock #21, 1994) and metal supergroup Damageplan, “Save Me” (Mainstream Rock #16, 2004), Darrell was murdered on stage by a deranged fan at a show in Columbus, OH on 12/8/2004 and Damageplan broke up, joined supergroup Hellyeah in 2006
1964 ● Vinnie Paul / (Vincent Paul Abbott) → Heavy metal drummer and co-founder with brother Darrell “Dimebag” Abbott of thrash metal Pantera (“Planet Caravan,” Mainstream Rock #21, 1994) and groove metal Damageplan (“Save Me,” Mainstream Rock #16, 2004), after Darrell died from gunshot wounds when a man stormed the stage and began firing shots at the band and crowd in 2004, formed metal supergroup Hellyeah (“Hell Of A Time,” Mainstream Rock #5, 2010), died in Las Vegas from undisclosed causes during recording sessions for the band’s sixth album on 6/22/2018, age 54
1968 ● Lisa Loeb → Contemporary folk-pop singer, songwriter and actress, “Stay, I Missed You” (#1, 1994) from the soundtrack to Reality Bites (1994), voice-overs and children’s recordings
1969 ● Pete Droge → Post-grunge roots rock singer, songwriter and guitarist, “If You Don’t Love Me (I’ll Kill Myself)” (Mainstream Rock #28, 1995)
1969 ● Rami Jaffee → Keyboardist for roots rock The Wallflowers, “One Headlight” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1996)
1979 ● Benji Madden / (Benjamin Levi Combs) → With twin brother Joel, guitar and backing vocals for post-grunge punk-pop Good Charlotte, “The Anthem” (Alt Rock #10, 2003)
1979 ● Joel Madden / (Joel Reuben Combs) → With twin brother Benji, lead vocals for post-grunge punk-pop Good Charlotte, “The Anthem” (Alt Rock #10, 2003)
1981 ● LeToya Nicole Luckett → Singer with Grammy-winning R&B/dance-pop Destiny’s Child, “Say My Name” (#1, 2000), quit in 1999 and eventually started a solo career, “Torn” (#31, 2006)
1981 ● Paul Wall / (Paul Slayton) → Texas rapper with two Top 10 crossover albums, The Peoples Champ (#1, 2005) and Get Money, Stay True (#8, 2007) and one major crossover hit, “Grillz” (#1, 2005) with Nelly and Ali & Gipp
1981 ● Russell Lissack → Lead guitar for indie pop-punk revival Bloc Party, “Helicopter” (Dance #5, 2006)

March 12
1910 ● Arthur Todd → With his wife in one hit wonder pop singing duo Art & Dotty Todd, “Chanson D’Amour” (“Love Song”) (#6, 1958), continued to perform on radio and in Las Vegas cabarets until retiring in 1980, died from congestive heart failure on 10/10/2007, age 97
1917 ● Leonard Chess / (Lejzor Czyz) → Polish-born radio and music entrepreneur, Chess Records co-founder with brother Philip, influential figure in the development of rock ‘n’ roll, electric blues and blues-rock, signed John Lee Hooker, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters and others, died of a heart attack a few months after selling Chess to General Recorded Tape (GRT) on 10/16/1969, age 52
1921 ● Gordon MacRae → Pop music recording artist, stage and film actor, and TV and radio personality best known for starring in the film versions of Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals Oklahoma! (1955) and Carousel (1956) and for a string of 28 straight Top 40 hits from 1947 to 1954, including a duet with Jo Stafford, “My Darling, My Darling” (#1, 1948), died from pneumonia on 1/24/1986
1930 ● Wardell Quezergue / (Wardell Joseph Quezergue) → Unheralded but influential New Orleans R&B bandleader, producer and music arranger known as the “Creole Beethoven,” worked with multiple artists, including The Dixie Cups (“Chapel Of Love,” #1, 1964), Robert Parker (“Barefootin’,” #7, R&B #2, 1966), King Floyd (“Groove Me,” #6, R&B #1, 1970), Jean Knight (“Mr. Big Stuff,” #2, R&B #1, 1971), Paul Simon (There Goes Rhymin’ Simon, #2, 1973) and Dr. John (Grammy-winning Goin’ Back To New Orleans, Jazz #1, 1992), died from congestive heart failure on 9/6/2011, age 81
1932 ● Don Drummond → Jamaican ska trombonist, singer and songwriter, played in local jazz ensembles in the 50s before co-founding 60s ska legends The Skatalites (“Guns Of Navarone,” UK #6, 1967) and writing many of their local hits, convicted of murdering his girlfriend in 1965, died from disputed causes while serving a life sentence on 5/6/1969, age 37
1940 ● Al Jarreau → Seven-time, three-category (jazz, pop and R&B), four-decade Grammy-winning singer, “We’re In This Love Together” (#15, R&B #6, 1981), cancelled a tour schedule due to exhaustion and died shortly afterwards on 2/12/2017, age 76
1942 ● Larry Kassman → Lead vocals for Brooklyn-based white R&B/doo wop quartet The Quotations, “Imagination” (Top 40, 1961), performed occasionally in various reunion lineups of the group through the 00s
1942 ● Brian O’Hara → Guitar and vocals for Merseybeat pop-rock The Fourmost, “A Little Loving” (UK #6, 1964), committed suicide by hanging himself on 6/27/1999, age 57
1946 ● Liza Minnelli / (Liza May Minnelli) → Award-winning stage, film and TV actress with dozens of credits, cabaret-style and jazz pop singer with a deep discography, best known for her non-charting soundtrack single “Cabaret” (1972), daughter of actress Judy Garland and film director Vincente Minnelli
1948 ● James Taylor → Quintessential “sensitive” folk-pop/light rock singer/songwriter, “You’ve Got A Friend” (#1, 1971)
1948 ● Les Holyrod → Bassist for Brit prog-folk-rock Barclay James Harvest, album Octoberon (#174, 1977)
1949 ● Bill Payne → Keyboardist and songwriter for Southern-fired blues-boogie rock Little Feat, “Dixie Chicken” (1973) and “Hate To Lose Your Lovin'” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1988), session work with Jimmy Buffett, Jackson Browne, Rod Stewart and others, released debut solo album in 2005
1949 ● Michael Gibbins → Drummer with Brit power pop Badfinger, “Come And Get It” (#7, 1970), left in 1974 for session work, started solo career in 1998, died of natural causes on 10/4/2005, age 56
1951 ● Jack Green → Guitarist for raunchy R&B/blues-rock British Invasion band The Pretty Things, “Don’t Bring Me Down” (UK #10, 1964)
1957 ● Marlon Jackson → Vocals for R&B/pop-soul brother group The Jackson 5, “I Want You Back” (#1, 1970), pursued a largely unsuccessful, one hit solo career, “Don’t Go” (R&B #2, 1987), now sells real estate in Southern California and produces for the Black Family Channel on TV, twin brother Brandon died 24 hours after their premature birth
1957 ● Steve Harris → Founder, principal songwriter, backing vocalist and bassist for Brit heavy metal Iron Maiden, “Flight Of Icarus” (Mainstream Rock #8, 1983), for which he and guitarist Dave Murray are the only two bandmembers to have played on all of the group’s albums
1965 ● Coleen Nolan → Vocals for Irish girl group all-sibling pop group The Nolan Sisters, “I’m In The Mood For Dancing” (UK #3, 1980), TV host and author
1969 ● Graham Coxon → Guitarist for alt rock then Brit pop Blur, “Girls & Boys” (Alt Rock #4, 1994), solo
1975 ● Kelle Bryan → Brit R&B/dance-pop singer for girl-group Eternal, “Stay” (#19, UK #3, 1993)
1977 ● Ben Kenney → Bassist for alt-metal Incubus, “Drive” (#9, 2001), session work and Ghetto Crush Industries record executive
1978 ● Claudio Sanchez → Lead singer and guitarist for alt prog rock Coheed And Cambria, “A Favor House Atlantic” (Modern Rock #13, 2004), creator of comic book series The Amory Wars, author
1979 ● Pete Doherty → Co-founder and vocals for indie/punk revival The Libertines, “Can’t Stand Me Now” (UK #2, 2004), now fronting indie psych-rock Babyshambles, former paramour of model Kate Moss
1986 ● Danny Jones → Guitar and vocals for Brit pop-rock boy band McFly, “All About You” (UK #1, 2005)

March 13
1913 ● Lightnin’ Slim / (Otis V. Hicks) → Important Louisiana electric blues guitarist and singer, bridged country, blues and mainstream pop, “Rooster Blues” (R&B #23, 1959), stopped recording in the 1960s and worked in a Detroit foundry, rediscovered and resumed touring the U.S. and Europe in the early 70s before dying of stomach cancer on 7/27/1974, age 61
1933 ● Mike Stoller → Pianist, producer, record label owner, lyricist and one-half of the Lieber & Stoller songwriting duo, co-wrote dozens of R&B, pop and rock classics, including “Hound Dog” (Elvis Presley, #1, 1956) “Yakety Yak” (The Coasters, #1, 1958) and “Love Potion #9” (The Searchers, #3, 1965)
1939 ● Neil Sedaka → Pop singer, pianist and songwriter, “Calendar Girl” (#4, 1961), plus over 30 other Top 40 hits, co-wrote the film theme song “Where The Boys Are” for Connie Francis (#4, 1961)
1940 ● Daniel Bennie → Second tenor for blue-eyed soul/doo wop The Reflections (“(Just Like) Romeo And Juliet,” #6, 1964)
1942 ● Marshall Chess → Music industry entrepreneur, son of Chess Records founder Leonard Chess and CEO following his father’s death in 1969, became founding CEO of Rolling Stones Records in the 70s and worked closely with the band and other artists, produced blues and rock documentary films, founded several independent labels and hosted satellite radio programs into the 10s
1942 ● Scatman John / (John Larkin) → Stuttering jazz and R&B/dance-pop singer and pianist who combined scat singing with dance rhythms and turned his affliction into the international Top 10 hit “Scatman (Ski-Ba-Bop-Ba-Dop-Bop)” (#60, Dance/Club #10, 1995), died from lung cancer on 12/3/1999, age 57
1944 ● Bobby Patterson → Dallas-based record producer and label executive, music promoter, radio DJ, songwriter and journeyman R&B/soul-blues singer, following a mildly successful 60s-70s solo career with several regional hits, produced records for Fontella Bass, Chuck Jackson, Little Johnny Taylor and others, wrote songs recorded by Albert King, The Fabulous Thunderbirds and others, issued a comeback album in 2014 (I Got More Soul!)
1949 ● Donald York → Vocals for “greaser” revival parody rock-and-doo-wop Sha Na Na (“(Just Like) Romeo And Juliet,” #55, 1975)
1959 ● Greg Norton → Bassist for post-punk alt rock trio Hüsker Dü, “Makes No Sense At All” (1985), solo
1959 ● Ronnie Rogers → Guitarist for New Wave pop-rock T’Pau, “Heart And Soul” (#4, 1987)
1960 ● Adam Clayton → Bassist for Irish mega-star rockers U2, “With Or Without You” (#1, 1987)
1972 ● Common / (Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr.) → Sophisticated underground jazz-rap artist, “Take It Ez” (Rap #5, 1992) and “One Nine Nine Nine” (Rap #4, 1999)
1974 ● Phil Burton → With brothers Andrew and Mike Tierney and another schoolmate, co-founder, guitar and vocals in Motown-inspired Aussie teen-pop boyband Human Nature (“Everytime You Cry,” AUS #3, 1997), currently in residence on the Las Vegas Strip performing in a Motown-themed show
1977 ● Ed Sloan → Lead guitar and vocals for hard rock/power metal trio Crossfade, wrote the band’s first hit, “Cold” (#81, Alt Rock #2, 2004) which spent 65 weeks on the rock chart
1979 ● Toni Lundow → Singer for teen dance-pop Liberty X, “Just A Little” (UK #1, 2002)

March 14
1912 ● Les Brown / (Lester Raymond “Les” Brown, Sr.) → Big Band musician, composer and bandleader, fronted Les Brown And His Band of Renown for 70 years, issued two dozens albums and appeared on stage, film and numerous TV variety programs, including USO gigs with Bob Hope and on Hope’s Christmas specials, the highest rated U.S. TV programs prior to the Super Bowl era, died from lung cancer on 1/4/2001, age 88
1914 ● Lee Hays / (Lee Elhardt Hays) → Singer, social activist, founding member and bass vocals for left-leaning, influential and successful folk-pop The Weavers, co-wrote their staples “Kisses Sweeter Than Wine” (#19, 1951) and “If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song)” (covered by Peter, Paul & Mary, #10, 1962), collaborated on multiple albums and projects with Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie and other folk luminaries as well as mentoring younger folk musicians, his wish to have his ashes mixed into his backyard compost pile was fulfilled after his death from diabetic cardiovascular disease on 8/26/1981, age 67
1922 ● Les Baxter / (Leslie Thompson Baxter) → Pianist, easy listening/pop music composer, pioneer of “exotica” incorporating Polynesian and African sounds, “Poor People Of Paris” (#1, 1956), wrote the “Whistle” theme song to the TV show Lassie, died on 1/15/1996, age 73
1931 ● Phil Phillips / (John Phillip Baptiste) → Louisiana R&B/blues and swamp pop one hit wonder singer, “Sea Of Love” (#2, 1959)
1933 ● Quincy Jones → Six decade music industry giant, bandleader, producer, songwriter, film score composer and record label executive, solo artist, “Stuff Like That” (#21, R&B #1, 1978), worked with Michael Jackson for Thriller and Off The Wall
1934 ● Shirley Scott → The “Queen of the Organ,” hard bop and soul-jazz organist with over 30 albums as a solo artist and bandleader, also collaborated with husband Stanley Turrentine and Eddie “Lockjaw” David on numerous albums and projects, successfully sued the manufacturer of diet drug fen-phen in 2000 but died from heart failure caused by the drug on 3/10/2002, age 67
1943 ● Jim Pons → Bassist for The Leaves, then pop-rock The Turtles, “Happy Together” (#1, 1967), then with Frank Zappa‘s Mothers Of Invention
1943 ● “Sugarfoot” Bonner / (Leroy Roosevelt Bonner) → Founding member, frontman and lead guitarist for influential R&B/funk The Ohio Players, “Love Rollercoaster” (#1, R&B #1, 1975) and six other Top 40 hits in the mid-70s, issued a lone solo album (Sugar Kiss, 1985), died from cancer on 1/26/2013, age 69
1945 ● Michael Martin Murphey → Grammy-winning Western swing. light country-rock, pop ballad and cowboy song singer and songwriter, “Wildfire” (#3, 1975) and “Carolina In The Pines” (Country #9, 1985), wrote the New Mexico state song, “The Land Of Enchantment,” concentrated on cowboy themes and Western music in the 90s and early 00s, shifted to bluegrass in the later 00s and continues to record and perform into the 10s
1945 ● Walter Parazaider → Saxophonist for pop-rock Chicago, “Saturday In The Park” (#3, 1972) and five #1 albums during the 1970s
1947 ● Jimmy O’Rourke → Guitarist and singer with blue-eyed soul one hit wonder John Fred & His Playboy Band, “Judy In Disguise (With Glasses)” (#1, 1968)
1947 ● Jona Lewie / (John Lewis) → Brit indie/pub rock keyboards, vocals and songwriter, Terry Dactyl & The Dinosaurs, “Seaside Shuffle” (UK #2, 1972), then solo, “Stop The Cavalry” (UK #3, 1980)
1947 ● Peter Skellern → Brit pianist and pop/easy listening singer and songwriter, “Your A Lady” (#50, UK #3, 1972)
1950 ● Rick Dees / (Rigdon Osmond Dees III) → Comedian, songwriter, musician, Los Angeles radio DJ (KIIS-FM) and host of the syndicated Weekly Top 40 Countdown, also known for the novelty-pop single “Disco Duck” (#1, 1976)
1957 ● Chris Redburn → Bassist for glam pop-rock Kenny, “The Bump” (UK #3, 1975)
1963 ● Mike Muir → Vocals for hardcore punk/thrash metal Suicidal Tendencies, “Institutionalized” (1994)
1963 ● Steve Lambert → Vocals for New Wave swing/pop Roman Holliday, “Don’t Try To Stop It” (#68, UK #14, 1983)
1969 ● Michael Bland → Session drummer for Prince (1989-96), Soul Asylum, Paul Westerberg, Nick Jonas & The Administration
1970 ● Kristian Bush / (Kristian Merrill Bush) → Vocals and guitars for country-pop duo Sugarland, “All I Want To Do” (#18, Country #1, 2008)
1979 ● Jacques Brautbar → Guitarist for power pop/indie rock Phantom Planet, “California” (Modern Rock #35, 2002), professional photographer and collaborator in various music projects
1983 ● Jordan Hanson / (Jordan Taylor Hanson) → Keyboards and vocals for teen pop-rock brother trio Hanson, “MMMBop” (Worldwide #1, 1997)
1988 ● Colby O’Donis / (Colby O’Donis Colón) → Grammy-winning R&B/hip hop singer and songwriter, “What You Got” (#14, 2008) and “Just Dance” with Lady GaGa (#1, 2009), actor

March 15
1912 ● Lightnin’ Hopkins / (Sam John Hopkins) → Texas country blues singer, songwriter and guitarist (Rolling Stone #71), “Mojo Hand” (1960), influenced many blues-rock guitarists including Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Page, died of esophageal cancer on 1/30/1982, age 69
1919 ● George Avalian → Russian-American jazz critic, record producer and music executive, produced jazz and popular music albums for Columbia Records and other labels with Louis Armstrong, Dave Brubeck, Miles Davis and others, co-founded the National Academy of Arts and Sciences (presenters of the Grammy Awards)
1921 ● Les Cooper → Doo wop singer, band manager and frontman for one hit wonder The Soul Rockets and the pounding pop instrumental “Wiggle Wobble” (#12, 1962), died 8/3/2013, age 92
1922 ● Eddie Calvert / (Albert Edward Calvert) → British solo trumpeter and instrumental composer, his biggest hit was “Oh, Mein Papa” (UK #1, 1954), died of a heart attack on 8/7/1978, age 56
1931 ● D. J. Fontana / (Dominic Joseph Fontana) → Country and rock ‘n’ roll drummer who played in Elvis Presley‘s backing band on over 450 songs from 1954 through the Elvis “comeback” TV special in 1968, left when Presley‘s new direction required larger bands and Las Vegas stints, became an in-demand, Hall of Fame session musician in Nashville for three decades, broke his hip in a fall and died from complications several months later on 6/13/2018, age 87
1932 ● Arif MardinAtlantic Records producer and arranger, worked with Al Green, Aretha Franklin, The Doobie Brothers, Bette Midler, Average White Band, Barbra Streisand, Norah Jones and others, died on 6/25/2006, age 74
1936 ● Howard Greenfield → Lyricist and songwriter, worked in the Brill Building in the 1960s, co-wrote dozens of hits, including “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do” for Neil Sedaka (#1, 1962) and “Love Will Keep Us Together” for The Captain & Tennille, #1, 1970), co-wrote TV theme songs, including Bewitched, The Flying Nun and Hazel, died from complications due to AIDS on 3/4/1986, age 49
1940 ● Phil Lesh → Bassist and occasional lead vocals for rock’s longest, strangest trip Grateful Dead, “Sugar Magnolia” (#91, 1973) and “Touch Of Grey” (#9, 1987), the Dead spinoffs The Other Ones and Phil Lesh & Friends
1941 ● Mike Love → Lead vocals and, since 1961, the only consistent member of surf-pop-rock The Beach Boys, “Good Vibrations” (#1, 1966) and “Kokomo” (#1, 1988), lone solo album in 1981
1942 ● Hughie Flint → Drummer for John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, then blues-rock McGuinness Flint, “When I’m Dead And Gone” (#47, 1971)
1944 ● David Costell → Guitarist for pop-rock Gary Lewis & The Playboys, “This Diamond Ring” (#1, 1965) plus 11 other US Top 40 hits between 1965 and 1968
1944 ● Ron Stone → Music industry manager and artist advocate, handled career-development for Joni Mitchell, Eagles, Bob Dylan, America and others, currently represents the music industry in intellectual property and content rights litigation
1944 ● Sly Stone / (Sylvester Stewart) → Founder, frontman, vocals, guitar and keyboards for R&B/funk Sly & The Family Stone, “Everyday People” (#1, 1969)
1944 ● Ralph MacDonald / (Ralph Anthony MacDonald) → Trinbagonian-American percussionist, producer and songwriter, played with scores of acts including as charter member of Jimmy Buffett‘s Coral Reefer Band, best known for co-penning the Grammy winners “Where Is The Love” for Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway (#5, R&B #1, 1972), as well as “Just The Two Of Us” for Bill Withers and Grover Washington, Jr. (#2, 1981), among others, died from lung cancer on 12/18/2011, age 67
1946 ● Howard Scott → Co-founder and guitarist for R&B cover band The Creators, which became funk-blues-jazz-rock War, “Cisco Kid” (#2, 1973)
1947 ● Frank Lugo → Bassist for garage rock ? And The Mysterians, “96 Tears” (#1, 1966)
1947 ● Ry Cooder / (Ryland Peter “Ry” Cooder) → Country-folk-blues-rock session guitarist, member of supergroups Rising Sons and later Little Village, Grammy-winning solo artist
1948 ● Grizzly Nisbett / (Stephen Nisbett) → Drums for roots reggae Steel Pulse, “Prodigal Son” (UK #35, 1978), retired in 2001
1953 ● Preston Hubbard → Bassist for blues/swing revival Roomful Of Blues, then blues-rock Fabulous Thunderbirds, “Tuff Enuff” (#10, 1986)
1955 ● Dee Snider / (Daniel Snider) → Frontman and vocals for heavy metal Twisted Sister, “We’re Not Gonna Take It” (#21, 1983), solo, radio DJ, VH1 DJ, TV reality show star
1962 ● Steve Coy → Drummer for New Wave dance-pop Hi-NRG group Dead Or Alive, “You Spin Me ‘Round (Like A Record)” (#11, 1985)
1962 ● Terence Trent D’Arby (Howard) → Pop-rock one hit wonder singer/songwriter, “Wishing Well” (#1, 1988)
1963 ● Brett Michaels → Frontman, songwriter and vocals for hair metal/power ballad Poison, “Every Rose Has It’s Thorn” (#1, 1988)
1964 ● Rockwell / (Kenneth Gordy) → One hit wonder R&B/pop singer, “Somebody’s Watching Me” (#2, 1984), son of Motown Records founder and executive Berry Gordy
1968 ● Jon Schaffer → Founder, guitarist and songwriter for heavy metal Iced Earth, “I Walk Among You” (Sales #3, 2008), nominated for “Riff Lord” at the 2008 Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards
1968 ● Mark McGrath → Lead singer for funk-pop-rock Sugar Ray, “Fly” (#1, 1997), TV host on tabloid show Extra and Don’t Forget the Lyrics
1972 ● Mark Hoppus → Bassist for pop-punk Blink-182, “All The Small Things” (#6, 2000)
1975 ● will.i.am / (William James Adams, Jr.) → Rapper, songwriter, lead vocals and producer for hip hop Black Eyed Peas, “Where Is The Love” (#1, 2003), producer for Michael Jackson, U2, Britney Spears and others
1977 ● Mr. Hahn / (Joseph Hahn) → Korean-American DJ and sampler for alt rock/rap-rock/space-rock Linkin Park, “In The End” (Alt Rock #1, 2001)

March 16
1936 ● Fred Neil → Important Greenwich Village folk scene singer and songwriter who achieved little critical acclaim but wrote several hits for others, including the Grammy-winning “Everybody’s Talkin'” for Harry Nilsson (#6, 1968), and influenced a young Bob Dylan, Stephen Stills, John Sebastian and many others, died from natural causes on 7/7/2001, age 65
1942 ● Jerry Jeff Walker / (Ronald Clyde Crosby) → Progressive, “outlaw” country singer, wrote and recorded “Mr. Bojangles” (#77, 1968), a #9 hit for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in 1971
1948 ● Michael Bruce → Guitarist for glam/hard rock Alice Cooper band, “School’s Out” (#7, 1972), solo
1954 ● Nancy Wilson → Co-frontwoman, songwriter, guitarist and vocalist for hard rock Heart, “These Dreams” (#1, 1986)
1959 ● Flavor Flav / (William Jonathan Drayton, Jr.) → Court jester and rap vocals for influential early hip hop group Public Enemy, “Fight The Power” (Rap #1, 1989)
1963 ● Stuart Kerr → Drummer for Scottish blues-rock Texas, “In My Heart” (Alt Rock #14, 1991)
1966 ● H. P. Baxxter / (Hans-Peter Geerdes) → Co-founder, frontman and vocals for German techno/dance/hardcore group Scooter, “Ramp! (The Logical Song)” (UK #2, 2001), the band is one of the most successful German pop-rock bands ever
1970 ● Alex Lee → Session guitarist and sideman in various alt rock, pop-rock and electronica groups, including Goldfrapp, Suede, Placebo and The Blues Aeroplanes, arranged music for Florence & The Machine, Marina & The Diamonds and the Royal Shakespeare Company, composed soundtracks for TV and film
1972 ● Andrew Dunlop → Guitarist for Scottish trad rock Travis, “Why Does It Always Rain On Me” (Adult Top 40 #36, 2000)
1976 ● Blu Cantrell / (Tiffany Cobb) → R&B/contemporary soul singer and songwriter, “Hit ‘Em Up Style (oops!)” (#2, 2001)
1979 ● Leena Peisa → Keyboards for Finnish heavy metal monster-masked Lordi, winners if 2006 Eurovision Song Contest with “Hard Rock Hallelujah”
1991 ● Wolfgang Van Halen → Son of Eddie Van Halen and actress Valerie Bertinelli and current bassist for hard rock Van Halen (replaced Mark Anthony in 2006)

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Singles Released This Week (March 4 – 10)

Here’s a running list of charting singles (and B-Sides that charted) from rock and pop music from the 50s through the 80s – the BEST music ever made!

Entries are: Year • Artist • Track Title • Genre • Album • B-Side

(If a non-album single, then [Single]. If the charting track was the B-Side, then [B-Side]. Any “UK” entry designates a single different from its US counterpart).


March 04
1963 • The Beach Boys • “Shut Down” • Pop-Rock • Surfin’ U.S.A. • [B-Side]
1963 • The Beach Boys • “Surfin’ U.S.A.” • Surf Rock • Surfin’ U.S.A. • “Shut Down”
1966 • The Who • “Substitute” [UK] • Brit Beat • [Single] • “Circles” / “Instant Party”
1973 • Elvis Presley • “Steamroller Blues” • Pop-Rock • [Single] • “Fool”
1973 • Elvis Presley • “Fool” • Pop-Rock • [Single] • [B-Side]
1976 • Queen • “Tie Your Mother Down” • Glam Rock • A Day At The Races • “Drowse”
1991 • The Rolling Stones • “Highwire” • Blues-Rock • Flashpoint • “2000 Light Years From Home” [Live]


March 05
1965 • The Yardbirds • “For Your Love” [UK] • Pop-Rock • [Single] • “Got To Hurry”
1965 • The Manish Boys • “I Pity The Fool” [UK] • Blues-Rock • [Single] • “Take My Tip”
1965 • Them • “Here Comes The Night” [UK] • Brit Beat • No Guru, No Method, No Teacher • “All For Myself”
1965 • The Miracles • “Ooo Baby Baby” • Soul – Motown • Going To A Go-Go • “All That’s Good”
1967 • The Small Faces • “I Can’t Make It” [UK] • Britbeat • [Single] • “Just Passing”
1971 • Yes • “Your Move” • Prog Rock • The Yes Album • “Clap”
1981 • Genesis • “Man On The Corner” • Prog Rock • Abacab • “Submarine”
1995 • Stone Temple Pilots • “Pretty Penny” • Arena Rock • Purple • [None]


March 06
1964 • The Rolling Stones • “Not Fade Away” • Rock n Roll • England’s Newest Hit Makers • “I Wanna Be Your Man”
1969 • The Who • “Pinball Wizard” [UK] • Power Pop • Tommy • “Dogs Part Two”
1970 • The Beatles • “You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)” [UK] • Pop-Rock • [Single] • [B-Side]
1970 • David Bowie • “The Prettiest Star” • Glam Rock • [Single] • “Conversation Piece”
1970 • The Beatles • “Let It Be” [UK] • Pop-Rock • Let It Be • “You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)”
1972 • Badfinger • “Baby Blue” • Power Pop • Straight Up • “Flying”
1993 • Madonna • “Fever” [UK] • Dance-Pop • Erotica • “Fever” [Radio Edit]


March 07
1966 • The Who • “A Legal Matter” [UK] • Brit Beat • The Who Sings My Generation • “Instant Party”
1966 • Brian Wilson • “Caroline, No” • Pop-Rock • Pet Sounds • “Summer Means New Love”
1969 • The Hollies • “Sorry Suzanne” • Pop-Rock • [Single] • “Not That Way At All”
1969 • The Small Faces • “Afterglow Of Your Love” [UK] • Britbeat • Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake • “Wham Bam Thank You Mam”
1970 • Melanie • “Lay Down (Candles In The Rain)” • Folk-Pop • Candles In The Rain • “Candles In The Rain” [Spoken Word]
1972 • Roberta Flack • “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” • Soft Pop • [Single] • “Trade Winds”
1985 • USA For Africa • “We Are The World” • Pop-Rock • [Single] • “Grace”
1995 • Madonna • “One More Chance” • Pop Ballad • Something To Remember • “Verás”


March 08
1965 • Bob Dylan • “Subterranean Homesick Blues” • Folk-Rock • Bringing It All Back Home • “She Belongs To Me”
1965 • Bob Dylan • “The Times They Are A-Changin'” [UK] • Folk-Rock • The Times They Are A-Changin’ • “Honey, Just Allow Me One More Chance”
1965 • Aretha Franklin • “One Step Ahead” • Soul • [Single] • “I Can’t Wait Until I See My Baby’s Face”
1968 • Cilla Black • “Step Inside Love” [UK] • Pop-Rock • [Single] • “I Couldn’t Take My Eyes Off You”
1977 • Little Feat • “Time Loves A Hero” • Country-Rock • Time Loves a Hero • “Sailin’ Shoes”
1980 • Genesis • “Turn It On Again” [UK] • Pop-Rock • Duke • “Evidence Of Autumn”
1982 • The Cars • “Since You’re Gone” • Rock Ballad • Shake It Up • “Think It Over”
1994 • Madonna • “I’ll Remember” • Dance-Pop • [Single] • “Secret Garden”
2004 • Fountains Of Wayne • “Stacy’s Mom” [UK] • Power Pop • Welcome Interstate Managers • “Trains and Boats and Planes”


March 09
1961 • The Supremes • “I Want A Guy” • Soul • [Single] • “Never Again”
1973 • Led Zeppelin • “D’Yer Mak’er” [UK] • Hard Rock • Houses Of The Holy • “Over The Hills And Far Away”
1979 • Pointer Sisters • “Fire” [UK] • Soul • Energy • “As I Come Of Age”
1981 • Smokey Robinson • “Being With You” • Soul – Pop • Being With You • “What’s In Your Life For Me”
1983 • Madonna • “Burning Up” • Dance-Pop • Madonna • “Physical Attraction”
1983 • The Isley Brothers • “Between The Sheets” • Quiet Storm / Funk • Between The Sheets • “Between The Sheets” [Instrumental]
1984 • John Lennon • “Borrowed Time” [UK] • Calypso-Pop • Milk & Honey • “Your Hands”
1987 • Thompson Twins • “Get That Love” • New Wave Synth-Pop • Close To The Bone • “Perfect Day”
1992 • Tori Amos • “Winter” [UK] • Piano Rock • Little Earthquakes • “The Pool” / “Take To The Sky” / “Sweet Dreams”


March 10
1959 • Elvis Presley • “I Need Your Love Tonight” • Rock n Roll • [Single] • “(Now And Then There’s) A Fool Such As I”
1959 • Elvis Presley • “(Now and Then There’s) A Fool Such as I” • Rock n Roll • [Single] • [B-Side]
1967 • Pink Floyd • “Arnold Layne” [UK] • Prog Rock • [Single] • “Candy And A Currant Bun”
1969 • Led Zeppelin • “Good Times, Bad Times” • Hard Rock • Led Zeppelin • “Communication Breakdown ”
1975 • John Lennon • “Stand By Me” • Pop-Rock • Rock ‘n’ Roll • “Move Over Ms. L”
1989 • Eric Clapton • “Bad Love” • Blues-Rock • Journeyman • “Before You Accuse Me”
1992 • Red Hot Chili Peppers • “Under The Bridge” • Alt Pop-Rock • Blood Sugar Sex Magik • “Give It Away”
1998 • Semisonic • “Closing Time” • Alt Rock/Post-Grunge • Feeling Strangely Fine • “Air That I Breathe”

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Albums Released This Week (March 4 – 10)

Here’s a sampling of the BEST music ever made! Great albums from the 60s, 70s and 80s rock and pop released this week (and some related albums of note):


March 04
1957 ● Gene Vincent —— Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps ► Rock n Roll
1968 ● The Mothers Of Invention —— We’re Only In It For the Money ► Art Rock
1974 ● ABBA —— Waterloo ► Pop-Rock
1979 ● The Police —— Live At Zellerbach ► New Wave Pop-Rock
1980 ● The Beatles —— Rarities ► Pop-Rock
1982 ● Wang Chung —— Huang Chung ► New Wave/Dance-Pop
1983 ● Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark —— Dazzle Ships ► New Wave Synth Pop
1983 ● Spandau Ballet —— TRUE ► New Wave Synht-Pop
1983 ● Thin Lizzy —— Thunder And Lightning ► Hard Rock
1985 ● Cocteau Twins —— Aikea-Guinea [EP] ► Folk-Rock
1991 ● Julian Cope —— Peggy Suicide ► Alt Pop-Rock
1996 ● The Auteurs —— After Murder Park ► Glam Rock
1996 ● Mike + The Mechanics —— Hits ► Brit Pop-Rock
2003 ● Evanescence —— Fallen ► Hard Rock/Alt Metal
2003 ● Procol Harum —— The Well’s On Fire ► Prog Rock
2008 ● Kathleen Edwards —— Asking For Flowers ► Alt Country-Rock
2008 ● Jackson Browne —— Solo Acoustic, Vol. 2 ► Folk-Rock
2013 ● The 1975 —— Music For Cars [EP] ► Dream Pop


March 05
1965 ● The Kinks —— Kinda Kinks [UK] ► British Invasion
1966 ● The Ventures —— The Ventures Play The “Batman” Theme ► Rock n Roll Instrumental
1969 ● Paul Revere & The Raiders —— Hard ‘N’ Heavy (With Marshmellow) ► Pop-Rock
1971 ● Jimi Hendrix —— The Cry Of Love ► Psych/Blues Rock
1976 ● Slade —— Nobody’s Fools ► Hard Rock
1979 ● Trooper —— Hot Shots ► Hard Rock
1982 ● Charlie Daniels Band —— Windows ► Southern Rock
1983 ● Motörhead —— What’s Words Worth? ► Heavy Metal
1984 ● Yngwie Malmsteen —— Rising Force ► Heavy Metal
1986 ● Steve Earle —— Guitar Town ► Alt. Country
1990 ● The Beloved —— Happiness ► Brit Pop/Dance-Pop
1990 ● Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. —— New Funky Nation ► G-Funk
1991 ● Amy Grant —— Heart In Motion ► Pop-Rock/Christian
1991 ● Morrissey —— Kill Uncle ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1991 ● Teddy Pendergrass —— Truly Blessed ► Soul-Pop
1996 ● Gravity Kills —— Gravity Kills ► Industrial Electronica
1996 ● Iggy Pop —— Naughty Little Doggie ► Alt. Rock / Punk
2002 ● Black Label Society —— 1919 Eternal ► Heavy Metal
2002 ● Humble Pie —— Live At The Whisky A Go-Go ’69 ► Hard Rock
2013 ● Poco —— All Fired Up ► Country-Rock


March 06
1967 ● The Temptations —— Temptations Live! ► Soul
1968 ● The United States Of America —— The United States Of America ► Psychedelic Rock
1970 ● The Temptations —— Psychedelic Shack ► Soul – Motown
1971 ● Nick Drake —— Bryter Layter ► Folk-Rock
1971 ● The Rolling Stones —— Stone Age ► Blues-Rock
1974 ● Three Dog Night —— Hard Labor ► Blue-Eyed Soul
1978 ● John Mellencamp (Johnny Cougar) —— A Biography ► Folk-Rock
1986 ● Janet Jackson —— Control ► Dance-Pop
1990 ● Kris Kristofferson —— Third World Warrior ► Trad Country
1990 ● Rod Stewart —— Downtown Train ► Blues-Rock
1995 ● EMF —— Cha Cha Cha ► Synth-Pop
1995 ● Mike + The Mechanics —— Beggar On A Beach Of Gold ► Brit Pop-Rock
2000 ● Buzzcocks —— Time’s Up ► Punk-Rock
2001 ● Aerosmith —— Just Push Play ► Hard Rock
2001 ● Journey —— The Journey Continues ► AOR Rock
2006 ● David Gilmour —— On An Island ► Prog Rock
2007 ● Korn —— MYTV Unplugged: Korn ► Post-Grunge/Nu Metal
2007 ● The Stooges —— The Weirdness ► Alt. Rock / Punk
2009 ● The Church —— Untitled #23 ► Alt. Power Pop
2012 ● Counting Crows —— Live In New York City 1997 ► AA Pop-Rock
2012 ● Bruce Springsteen —— Wrecking Ball ► Heartland Rock


March 07
1969 ● Genesis —— From Genesis To Revelation ► Pop-Rock
1970 ● Mountain —— Climbing! ► Hard Rock
1973 ● The Byrds —— Byrds ► Country-Rock
1975 ● David Bowie —— Young Americans ► Glam Rock
1975 ● Carpenters —— Live In Japan ► Easy Listening
1983 ● Tears For Fears —— The Hurting ► New Wave Synth-Pop
1986 ● Chris Rea —— On The Beach ► Album Rock
1988 ● The Beatles —— Past Masters, Volume One ► Pop-Rock
1988 ● The Beatles —— Past Masters, Volume Two ► Pop-Rock
1994 ● Aphex Twin —— Selected Ambient Works Volume II ► Electronica – Dark Ambient
1995 ● Eric Clapton —— The Cream Of Eric Clapton ► Blues-Rock
1997 ● Human Nature —— Telling Everybody [US] ► Dance-Pop/Boy Band
2000 ● Beatsteaks —— Launched ► Hardcore Punk/Kraut Rock
2005 ● Ben E. King —— Soul Masters ► Soul
2005 ● Tears For Fears —— Everybody Loves A Happy Ending [UK] ► New Wave Synth-Pop
2006 ● Buzzcocks —— Flat-Pack Philosophy ► Punk-Rock
2006 ● Donald Fagen —— Morph The Cat ► Jazz-Rock
2006 ● Jethro Tull —— Auqualung Live ► Folk-Rock
2006 ● Van Morrison —— Pay The Devil ► Folk-Rock


March 08
1965 ● The Beach Boys —— Today! ► Pop-Rock
1967 ● Ben E. King —— What Is Soul ► Soul
1971 ● Alice Cooper —— Love It To Death ► Hard Rock
1974 ● Aerosmith —— Get Your Wings ► Hard Rock
1977 ● Foreigner —— Foreigner ► Arena Rock
1982 ● The Fall —— Hex Enduction Hour ► Post-Punk
1984 ● Reba McEntire —— Just A Little Love ► Country-Pop
1994 ● Soundgarden —— Superunknown ► Grunge Rock
1994 ● Nine Inch Nails —— The Downward Spiral ► Industrial Metal
1994 ● Babble —— The Stone ► Electro Dance-Pop
1994 ● Failure —— Magnified ► Post-Grunge/Alt Metal
1994 ● David Lee Roth —— Your Filthy Little Mouth ► Hard Rock
1994 ● Elvis Costello —— Brutal Youth ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1995 ● Luther Vandross —— The Night I Fell In Love ► Smooth Soul
1999 ● Godspeed You Black Emperor! —— Slow Riot for New Zerø Kanada ► Instrumental/Experimental
2003 ● Rory Gallagher —— Wheels Within Wheels ► Blues-Rock
2011 ● Billy Joel —— Live At Shea Stadium: The Concert ► Pop-Rock
2011 ● R.E.M. —— Collapse Into Now ► Alt. Pop-Rock
2013 ● David Bowie —— The Next Day ► Glam Rock


March 09
1973 ● Canned Heat —— The New Age ► Folk-Rock
1975 ● Steely Dan —— Katy Lied ► Jazz-Rock
1979 ● Manfred Mann’s Earth Band —— Angel Station ► Prog Rock
1982 ● Haircut 100 —— Pelican West ► New Wave Pop-Rock
1984 ● Golden Earring —— N.E.W.S. ► Hard Rock
1985 ● Dolly Parton —— Real Love ► Country-Pop
1987 ● U2 —— The Joshua Tree ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1987 ● Gary Moore —— Wild Frontier ► Roots Rock (Irish)
1992 ● Curve —— Doppelgänger ► Alt Rock/Shoegazing
1992 ● Gotthard —— Gotthard ► Hard Rock
1993 ● Sting —— Ten Summoner’s Tales ► Pop-Rock
1993 ● Widespread Panic —— Everyday ► Southern Rock
1993 ● The Moody Blues —— A Night At Red Rocks With The Colorado Symphony Orchestra ► Pop-Rock
1998 ● Space —— Tin Planet ► Brit Pop
1999 ● Beth Borton —— Central Reservation ► Alt Adult Pop-Rock
1999 ● Citizen King —— Mobile Estates ► Alt Rock/Punk Hop
1999 ● Motörhead —— Everything Louder Than Everyone Else ► Heavy Metal
1999 ● Scorpions —— Eye II Eye ► Heavy Metal/Kraut Rock
1999 ● Wilco —— Summerteeth ► Alt. Country-Rock
1999 ● Lynyrd Skynyrd —— 20th Century Masters ► Southern Rock
1999 ● Van Morrison —— Back On Top ► Folk-Rock
2004 ● Franz Ferdinand —— Franz Ferdinand ► Alt. Indie-Rock
2010 ● Dark Tranquility —— We Are The Void ► Heavy Metal/Melodic Death Metal
2010 ● Joan Jett & The Blackhearts —— Greatest Hits ► Hard Rock
2010 ● The Morning Benders —— Big Echo ► Dream Pop
2010 ● White Hinterland —— Kairos ► Dream Pop


March 10
1967 ● Aretha Franklin —— I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You ► Soul
1967 ● Cat Stevens —— Matthew & Son ► Folk-Pop
1972 ● Dolly Parton —— Touch Your Woman ► Country-Pop
1972 ● Thin Lizzy —— Shades Of A Blue Orphanage ► Hard Rock
1973 ● Carpenters —— MAX 20 [Japan] ► Easy Listening
1976 ● The Temptations —— Wings Of Love ► Soul – Motown
1978 ● The Buzzcocks —— Another Music In A Different Kitchen ► Punk-Rock
1979 ● Simple Minds —— Life In A Day ► New Wave Alt. Pop
1981 ● John Cale —— Honi Scott ► Art Rock
1981 ● Joe Walsh —— There Goes The Neighborhood ► Blues-Rock
1992 ● Buffalo Tom —— Let Me Come Over ► Alt Folk-Rock
1992 ● The Church —— Priest=Aura ► Alt. Power Pop
1992 ● Queen —— Classic Queen ► Glam Rock
1995 ● Zard —— Forever You ► Pop-Rock
1997 ● Sheena Easton —— Body & Soul ► Pop-Rock
1997 ● Little River Band —— I Dream Alone ► Soft Rock
1997 ● The Bee Gees —— Still Waters [UK] ► Pop-Rock
1998 ● The Mamas & The Papas —— Greatest Hits ► Pop-Folk
1998 ● Bad Manners —— The Collection ► Ska Revival
1998 ● Killah Priest —— Heavy Mental ► East Coast Rap
1998 ● Motörhead —— Snake Bite Love ► Heavy Metal
1998 ● Robbie Robertson —— Contact From The Underworld Of Red Boy ► Roots Rock
1998 ● Eric Clapton —— Pilgrim ► Blues-Rock
2008 ● Rory Gallagher —— The Essential ► Blues-Rock
2009 ● Rick Springfield —— My Precious Little One: Lullabies For a New Generation ► Power Pop
2015 ● The Band —— Palladium Circles: The Classic NYC Broadcast 1976 ► Folk-Rock
2015 ● Madonna —— Rebel Heart ► Dance-Pop

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This Week’s Birthdays (March 3 – 9)

Happy Birthday this week to:

March 03
1923 ● Doc Watson / (Arthel L. Watson) → Highly influential, blinded at an early age, eight-time Grammy-winning folk, country, bluegrass and gospel singer/songwriter and flatpicking guitarist, frontman for various bands and dozens of solo albums, died after colon surgery and a subsequent fall on 5/29/2012, age 89
1938 ● Willie Chambers → Guitarist for psychedelic soul-rock sibling group The Chambers Brothers, “Time Has Come Today” (#11, 1968), sessions
1942 ● Mike Pender / (Michael John Prendergast) → Founder and lead vocalist for Merseybeat band The Searchers, “Needles And Pins” (#13, 1963)
1943 ● Jay Traynor / (John Traynor) → Lead singer for first lineup of clean cut pop-rock vocal group Jay & The Americans, “She Cried” (#5, 1962), left for a little-noticed solo career, “Up And Over” (1966), died of liver cancer on 1/2/2014, age 70
1944 ● Jance Garfat → Bassist for pop-rock Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show, “Sylvia’s Mother” (#5, 1972) and nine other US Top 40 singles, died in a motorcycle accident on 11/6/2006, age 62
1947 ● Jennifer Warnes → Oscar and Grammy-winning singer/songwriter as a solo artist, “Right Time Of The Night” (Adult Contemporary #1, 1977) and in movie-soundtrack duets with Joe Cocker, “Up Where We Belong” (#1, 1982) and Bill Medley, “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life” (#1, 1987)
1947 ● Dave Mount → Drums and vocals for Brit “good time” glam-rock ‘n’ roll Mud, “Tiger Feet” (UK #1, 1974), “Tiger Feet” (UK #1, 1974), became an insurance salesman, committed suicide on 12/2/2006, age 59
1948 ● Snowy White / (Terence Charles White) → Blues-rock guitarist, sessions for Pink Floyd and Peter Green, then full-time with Thin Lizzy (1979-82), then solo, “Bird Of Paradise” (UK #3, 1982), in late 80s with Roger Waters‘ touring band, including performing “Comfortably Numb” atop the Berlin Wall in 1990
1948 ● Byron MacGregor / (Gary Lachlan Mack) → Canadian news radio anchorman in Windsor, ON and one hit wonder pop singer (“The Americans,” #1, 1974), later held dual citizenships and worked for Detroit, MI radio and TV, died from pneumonia on 1/3/1995, age 47
1950 ● Re Style / (Shirley Marie MacLeod) → Backing vocals for satirical camp-rock The Tubes, “She’s A Beauty (#10, 1983)
1953 ● Robyn Hitchcock → Co-founder, lead vocals and songwriter for early punk rock The Soft Boys, then extended solo career, “Balloon Man” (1988)
1954 ● Merrick / (Chris Hughes) → Drummer for post-punk New Wave pop-rock Adam & The Ants, “Stand And Deliver” (Dance #38, UK #1, 1981), co-wrote Tears For Fears “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” (#1, 1985), produced Peter Gabriel‘s “Red Rain” (Modern Rock #3, 1987)
1966 ● Tone-Loc / (Anthony T. Smith) → Gravel-voiced hip hop entertainer, actor and rapper, “Wild Thing” (#2, 1989), cartoon character voices
1969 ● John Bigham → Alt rock ska-punk-funk fusion Fishbone, “Sunless Saturday” (Modern Rock #7, 1991)
1977 ● Ronan Keating → Vocals for Irish teen-pop boy band Boyzone, “No Matter What” (Adult Contemporary #12, 1999)
1983 ● Katie White → Vocals, guitar and drums for girl group punk trio TKO, then with Jules De Martino in indie pop duo The Ting Tings, “Shut Up And Let Me Go” (Dance/Pop #1, 2008)
1986 ● Stacie Orrico → Contemporary Christian Music vocalist and songwriter, “(There’s Gotta Be) More To Life” (#30, Hot Dance #2, 2004)

March 04
1925 ● Paul Mauriat → French orchestra conductor and composer of pop/easy listening music, best known for his one hit wonder version of “Love Is Blue” (#1, 1968), died 11/3/1966, age 81
1932 ● Miriam Makeba → Grammy-winning, influential and beloved South African folk-pop singer, “Pata Pata” (#12, 1967), died on 11/9/2008, age 76
1934 ● Barbara McNair / (Barbara Jean McNair) → R&B/pop-soul singer with a dozen minor hits in the 60s, but better known as a Broadway and TV actress and host of her own musical variety show, The Barbara McNair Show (1969-1972), died from throat cancer on 3/4/2007, age 72
1936 ● Eric Allandale → Trombone in Brit R&B/soul-pop The Foundations, “Baby Now That I’ve Found You” (#11, 1967), songwriter and jazz bandleader
1938 ● Angus MacLise → Experimental, avant-garde music percussionist, original drummer for proto-punk/art rock Velvet Underground , left in 1965 and continued to write and record in a variety of “spiritual” settings, eventually landing in Nepal,, died in Kathmandu from hypoglycemia and tuberculosis caused by general malnutrition and years of drug use on 6/21/1979, age 41
1944 ● Mick Wilson / (Michael Wilson) → Drummer for Brit 60s pop-rock two hit wonder quintet Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, “The Legend Of Xanadu” (UK #1, 1968)
1944 ● Bobby Womack → R&B/soul singer and musician, scored a R&B Top Ten hit with his brothers as soul/pop The Valentinos, “Lookin’ For A Love” (#72, R&B #8, 1962) on Sam Cooke‘s SAR Records, wrote and recorded as a solo artist and session musician, including “It’s All Over Now” (The Rolling Stoness, #26, UK #1, 1964) and “Across 110th Street” (#56, R&B #19, 1972), died after a long period of multiple ailments on 6/27/2014, age 70
1945 ● Dieter Meier → Manager, producer, vocalist and lyricist for Swiss electronic dance-pop Yello, “Oh Yeah” (#51, 1987)
1946 ● Red Stripe / (David Gittens) → Vocals for Brit a cappella Flying Pickets, “Only You” (#1, 1983)
1947 ● Robert Lewis → Founding member group that became quirky 80s pop-rock Devo, “Whip It” (#14, 1980) but left before the band signed a multi-million dollar recording contract, sued his bandmates for intellectual property rights and settled out of court, produced videos and music for bands in the Akron, Ohio region, now a consultant to music industry litigation lawyers
1948 ● Shakin’ Stevens / (Michael Barrett) → Welsh rock ‘n’ roll revival singer and songwriter, “I Cry Just A Little Bit” (Adult Contemporary #13, 1984)
1948 ● Chris Squire → Influential bass guitarist and founding member of archetypal, pioneer progressive rock band Yes (“Roundabout,” #13, 1971), co-wrote “Owner Of A Lonely Heart” (#1, 1983), only bandmember to have appeared on all of the band’s albums and participated in every tour, died from leukemia on 6/27/2015, age 67
1951 ● Chris Rea → Singer, songwriter and slide guitarist, “Fool (If You Think It’s Over)” (Adult Contemporary #1, 1978) and “Working On It” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1989)
1951 ● Peter Haycock → Guitar, vocals and songwriting for Brit blues-rock Climax Blues Band, “Couldn’t Get It Right” (#3, 1977), played and toured as a solo artist and with various collaborations in the 80s and 90s, and contributed to multiple film score projects (Thelma & Louise, 1991), worked until his death from a heart attack on 10/30/2013, age 62
1953 ● Emilio Estefan, Jr. → Keyboards for Latin-funk-dance Miami Sound Machine, “Don’t Wanna Lose You” (#1, 1989), husband of Gloria
1954 ● St. Clair L. Palmer → St. Kitts-born vocalist for Philly-style Brit R&B/soul Sweet Sensation, “Sad Sweet Dreamer” (, , 1975)
1955 ● Boon Gould / (Rowland Gould) → Founding member and guitarist for jazz-funk-pop fusion Level 42, “Lessons In Love” (#12, 1987)
1962 ● Jon Durno → Bass guitar for New Wave swing/pop Roman Holliday, “Don’t Try To Stop It” (#68, UK #14, 1983)
1963 ● Jason Newsted → Bassist for heavy metal Metallica, “Enter Sandman” (#10, 1991), later Echobrain and Voivod
1965 ● Richard March → Bassist for dance-rock Pop Will Eat Itself, “X, Y & Zee” (Modern Rock #11, 1991), then founded Bentley Rhythm Ace in mid 90s
1966 ● Grand Puba / (Maxwell Dixon) → DJ and MC for alt hip hop trio Brand Nubian, “Don’t Let It Go To Your Head” (#54, Rap #3, 1998)
1966 ● Patch Hannan / (Patrick Hannan) → Drummer for Brit alt-indie-rock The Sundays, “Here’s Where The Story Ends” (Modern Rock #1, 1990)
1967 ● Evan Dando → Guitar and vocals for post-punk rock then teen-pop Lemonheads, “Into Your Arms” (Modern Rock #1, 1993)
1968 ● Patsy Kensit → Film and TV actress, singer and bandleader for Brit pop-rock Eighth Wonder, “Cross My Heart” (Dance/Club #10, 1988), appeared in Lethal Weapon II as Mel Gibson’s love interest, formerly married to Simple Minds singer Jim Kerr and Oasis singer Liam Gallagher
1971 ● Fergal Lawlor → Drums for Irish jangle/dream pop-rock The Cranberries, “Linger” (#8, 1993)
1972 ● Alison Wheeler → Vocals in alt pop-rock The Beautiful South, “A Little Time” (UK #1, 1990)
1975 ● Hawksley Workman (Ryan Corrigan) → Canadian cabaret-pop and glam-rock singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer, “Anger As Beauty” (Canada #29, 2003)

March 05
1933 ● Tommy Tucker / (Robert Higginbotham) → Blues singer, songwriter and pianist, “High-Heeled Sneakers” (#11, 1964), died from carbon tetrachloride poisoning after inhaling the chemical while refinishing floors in his home on 1/17/1982, age 48
1938 ● Paul Evans → One hit wonder teen-pop singer (“Seven Little Girls Sitting In The Back Seat,” #9, 1959) and talented songwriter with multiple hits written for others, including “Roses Are Red (My Love)” (#1, 1962 for Bobby Vinton) plus TV jingles and the CBS Morning News theme song
1946 ● Murray Head → Brit film actor, starred in Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971) and Chess (1984), sang lead on the Jesus Christ Superstar soundtrack, plus solo, “One Night In Bangkok” (#3, 1984)
1947 ● Eddie Hodges → Child stage actor (The Music Man, 1957), screen actor (A Hole In The Head with Frank Sinatra, 1959) and teen pop singer, “I’m Gonna Knock On Your Door” (#12, 1961), left the entertainment industry in the early 70s
1948 ● Eddy Grant → Singer for Brit reggae-pop The Equals, “Baby Come Back” (#32, 1968), then solo, “Electric Avenue” (#2, 1983)
1951 ● Elaine Page → The “First Lady of British Musical Theater”, stage actress and singer with the biggest-selling record by a Brit female duo, “I Know Him So Well” with Barbara Dickinson (UK #1, 1985)
1952 ● Alan Clark → Keyboards for post-punk New Wave pop-rock Dire Straits, “Sultans Of Swing” (#4, 1983)
1956 ● Bobby Debarge / (Robert L.Debarge, Jr.) → Lead singer and keyboards with brother Tommy Debarge in Motown R&B/funk band Switch, “There’ll Never Be” (#36, R&B #6, 1978), mentor and producer for his other siblings R&B/soul band DeBarge, died of AIDS complications on 8/16/1995
1956 ● Teena Marie / (Mary Christine Brockert) → The “Ivory Queen of Soul”, blue-eyed R&B/soul singer, “Lovergirl” (#4, 1984), guitarist, keyboardist, arranger and producer, died on 12/26/2010 from natural causes
1957 ● Mark E. Smith / (Mark Edward Smith) → Founder, frontman, lead singer, chief songwriter and only constant member of influential post-punk The Fall (“There’s A Ghost In My House,” UK #30, 1987), his grinding riffs and casustic lyrics filled 32 studio albums as The Fall and two albums as a solo artist over a 42-year career that ended on his death from throat and respiratory problems on 1/24/2018, age 60
1958 ● Andy Gibb → Youngest Bee Gees brother and pop/teen idol solo singer, “Shadow Dancing” (#1, 1978), died on 3/10/1988 from heart virus due to cocaine addiction
1962 ● Charlie Reid → With identical twin brother Craig, vocals and guitar in Irish post-punk folk-pop-rock The Proclaimers, “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” (#3, 1993)
1962 ● Craig Reid → With identical twin brother Charlie, vocals and guitar in Irish post-punk folk-pop-rock The Proclaimers, “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” (#3, 1993)
1970 ● John Frusciante → Guitarist for funk-rock Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Californication” (Modern Rock #1, 2000)
1982 ● Russell Leetch → Bass guitarist for 00s punk revival/indie rock Editors, “Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors” (UK #7, 2007)

March 06
1893 ● Furry Lewis / (Walter Lewis) → Blues guitarist, singer and originator of the bottleneck slide guitar method, subject of Joni Mitchell‘s “Furry Sings The Blues,” died of heart failure on 9/14/1981, age 88
1905 ● Bob Wills / (James Robert Wills) → The “King of Western Swing,” influential musician, songwriter and bandleader, frontman for the popular and genre-crossing Texas Playboys (“Heart To Heart Talk,” Country #5, 1960), Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee (1999), suffered a stroke in 1973 and was comatose thereafter until his death on 5/13/1975, age 70
1936 ● Sylvia Vanderpool-Robinson → R&B/pop-soul singer turned music executive and the “Mother of Hip-Hop,” 50s to 70s vocalist for one hit wonder R&B/rock ‘n’ roll mix duo Mickey & Sylvia (“Love Is Strange,” #11, 1957) and as a solo artist (“Pillow Talk,” #3, 1973), founded pioneering Sugar Hill Records with her husband in 1979 and introduced rap music to the world, died from congestive heart failure on 9/29/2011, age 75
1937 ● Doug Dillard → Progressive and influential bluegrass banjo player with brother Rodney in duo The Dillards, then with Gene Clark in early country-rock Dillard & Clark, then solo and various collaborations
1937 ● Sam Samudio / (Domingo Samudio) → Mexican-American rock ‘n’ roll/garage rock vocalist, songwriter and frontman for novelty pop Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs, “Wooly Bully” (#2, 1965), then largely unsuccessful solo career, now a preacher in Memphis
1939 ● Jerry Naylor / (Jerry Naylor Jackson) → Radio broadcaster turned country and rock ‘n’ roll singer, took over lead vocals for The Crickets after Buddy Holly‘s death in February 1959, recorded a number of singles with the group from 1961 to 1964, none of which charted in the U.S.
1944 ● Mary Wilson → Founding member and singer with R&B/soul-pop trio The Supremes, “Where Did Our Love Go” (#1, 1964), left in 1976 to pursue a largely unsuccessful solo career
1945 ● Hugh Grundy → Drummer in underappreciated art-pop rock The Zombies, “Time Of The Season” (#3, 1969)
1946 ● David Gilmour → Singer, songwriter and lead guitarist (replacing longtime friend Syd Barrett) for psych/space rock Pink Floyd, “Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)” (#1, 1979), plus solo career and collaborations as sessionman and/or producer with Paul McCartney, Elton John, Bryan Ferry and many others
1947 ● Kiki Dee / (Pauline Matthews) → Brit pop singer and bandleader, “I’ve Got The Music In Me” (UK #19, 1974) and duet with Elton John, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” (#1, 1976)
1964 ● Madonna Wayne Gacy / (Stephen Bier) → Keyboards for shock rock Marilyn Manson, “The Dope Show” (Mainstream Rock #12, 1998), sued bandleader Manson and its business managers for unpaid share of royalties
1970 ● Betty Boo / (Alison Moira Clarkson) → Scottish/Malaysian pop-rap singer, “Doin’ The Do” (UK #7, 1990) and songwriter, wrote “Pure and Simple” (UK #1, 2001) for pre-fab pop Hear’Say
1972 ● Jaret Reddick → Lead vocals and guitar for pop-punk Bowling For Soup, “Girl All The Bad Guys Want” (#64, UK #8, 2002)
1974 ● Beanie Sigel / (Dwight Grant) → Founder of Philadelphia-centered rap group and record label State Property, as well as the clothing company of the same name, solo rapper , “Beanie (Mac B****)” (Rap #11, 2001), convicted felon, did time for weapons and drug charges
1974 ● Guy Garvey → Singer and guitarist with Manchester-based prog/indie rock Elbow, “Grounds For Divorce” (UK #19, 2008), won Mercury Music Prize for their 2008 album The Seldom Seen Kid
1977 ● Bubba Sparxxx / (Warren Mathis) → Blue-eyed Southern rapper, “Ms. New Booty” (#7, 2001) featuring Ying Yang Twins

March 07
1942 ● Hamilton Bohannon → Drummer, bandleader, producer and one of the leading figures in the rise of 70s disco/dance music, worked with Stevie Wonder in his early years, toured with major Motown artists in the late 60s and joined Dakar/Brunswick Records in 1972, perfected the thudding baseline and heavy rhythms of disco and went on to record and produce numerous dance-pop hits, including his own “Let’s Start The Dance” (R&B #9, 1978)
1943 ● Chris Taylor White → Bassist and one of two primary songwriters in underappreciated art-pop rock The Zombies, “Time Of The Season” (#3, 1969)
1944 ● Townes Van Zandt → Reclusive country-folk singer, songwriter, guitarist and poet, wrote “If I Needed You” (Country #3, 1981 for Emmylou Harris) and “Pancho And Lefty” (Country #1, 1983 for Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard), issued several solo albums but remained a largely cult musician, died on 1/1/1997 from cardiac arrhythmia following years of substance abuse, age 52
1945 ● Arthur Lee / (Arthur Porter Taylor) → Founder, guitarist, vocals and songwriter for folk-psych-rock Love, “7 And 7 Is” (#33, 1966), died from leukemia on 8/3/2006
1946 ● Matthew Fisher → Keyboardist, lead vocals and songwriter for prog/psych rock Procol Harum, “A Whiter Shade Of Pale” (#5, 1967), left in 1969 for solo career and record producer for Robin Trower and others
1946 ● Peter Wolf / (Peter Blankfield) → Radio DJ (WBCN-fm, Boston) before joining boogie-blues-rock ‘n’ roll bar band J. Geils Band, “Centerfold” (#1, 1982) as lead singer and songwriter, left in 1983 for a solo career, “Lights Out” (#12, 1984), former husband of actress Faye Dunaway
1952 ● Ernie Isley / (Ernest Isley) → Guitarist, songwriter and vocals for six-decade R&B/soul family group The Isley Brothers, “That Lady, Pts. 1-2” (#6, 1973)
1962 ● Taylor Dayne / (Leslie Wunderman) → Dance-pop diva with a career-igniting seven straight Top 10 singles between 1987 and 1990, including “Love Will Lead You Back” (#1, 1990) and a recharge with “Planet Love” (Dance/Pop #1, 2000)
1966 ● Paul Davis → Keyboards for Madchester electro-dance club Happy Mondays, “Stinkin Thinkin” (Dance/Club #1, 1992)
1967 ● Randy Guss → Drummer for alt folk-pop-rock Toad The Wet Sprocket, “All I Want” (#15, 1992)
1973 ● Sébastien Izambard → Baritone for pre-fab Euro-pop vocal quartet Il Divo, “Unbreak My Heart” (Adult Contemporary #33, 2005)
1977 ● Paul Cattermole → Vocals for pre-fab teen pop S Club 7, “Never Had A Dream Come True” (#10, 2001)
1982 ● Kelli Young → Singer for teen dance-pop Liberty X, “Just A Little” (UK #1, 2002)

March 08
1931 ● Lloyd Knibb → Jamaican ska music pioneer and drummer in local jazz ensembles in the 50s before co-founding 60s ska legends The Skatalites (“Guns Of Navarone,” UK #6, 1967), played and toured with the band until his death from liver cancer on 3/12/2011, age 80
1937 ● Richard Fariña / (Richard George Fariña) → Author and folksinger, duets with wife Mimi (Baez) Fariña, wrote the 60s cult classic Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up To Me, died on 4/30/1966 in a motorcycle accident
1937 ● Raynoma Gordy Singleton / (Raynoma Mayberry) → Second wife and business partner of Motown Records founder and CEO Berry Gordy in the formative years of the hugely influential label, sang back-up on early hits and mentored artists such as Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson, divorced Gordy and left Motown before the big run of hits in the mid-60s, later managed the careers of her two sons with Gordy and authored a tell-all biography, died from brain cancer on 11/11/2016, age 79
1942 ● Ralph Ellis → Guitarist and songwriter for Brit pop-rock The Swinging Blue Jeans, “Hippy Hippy Shake” (#21, 1964)
1943 ● Shel Macrae / (Andrew Semple) → Vocals and lead guitar Brit pop/rock harmony beat group The Fortunes, “You’ve Got Your Troubles” (#7, 1965)
1945 ● Micky Dolenz / (George Michael Dolenz, Jr.) → Drummer and vocals for 60s bad-rap pre-fab pop-rock The Monkees, “Last Train To Clarksville” (#1, 1966), solo, producer
1946 ● Carole Bayer Sager → Grammy-winning folk-pop singer and songwriter, co-wrote “A Groovy Kind Of Love” (The Mindbenders, #2, 1966 and Phil Collins, #1, 1988), co-wrote “Nobody Does It Better” (Carly Simon, #2, 1980), issued three solo albums, former wife of and musical collaborator with Burt Bacharach
1946 ● Randy Meisner / (Randy Herman Meisner) → Original bassist in country-rock Poco, left to join Rick Nelson‘s Stone Canyon Band, plus session work for Linda Ronstadt, whose backing band became country-rock Eagles, co-wrote and sang “Take It To The Limit” (#4, 1977), left in 1977 for solo career, “Hearts On Fire” (#19, 1981)
1947 ● Michael Allsup → Guitarist for pop-rock Three Dog Night, “Joy To The World” (#1, 1971) and nine other Top 10 hits between 1969 and 1973
1947 ● Tom Rapp / (Thomas Dale Rapp) → Founder, frontman and only constant member in eclectic 60s/70s underground psychedelic folk Pearls Before Swine (“Uncle John,” 1967), issued 10 albums as a band and three solo albums before retiring from music in the late 70s, studied law and became a civil rights lawyer, resurfaced with a fourth solo album in 1999, died from cancer on 2/11/2018, age 70
1948 ● Little Peggy March / (Margaret Battavio) → Girl group-era one hit wonder pop vocalist, “I Will Follow Him” (#1, 1963)
1948 ● Mel Galley / (Melvin John Galley) → Guitarist for hard funk-rock Trapeze, “Keepin’ Time” (1972), then hard rock Whitesnake, “Here I Go Again” (#1, 1987), died of esophageal cancer on 7/1/2008, age 60
1949 ● Dave Lambert → Singer, songwriter and guitarist for folk-prog-rock The Strawbs, “Part Of The Union” (UK #2, 1973), solo
1954 ● Cheryl Baker / (Rita Maria Crudgington) → Vocals for Brit mixed-gender euro-pop/disco Bucks Fizz, “Making Your Mind Up” (UK #1, 1981)
1957 ● Clive Burr → Drummer for Brit heavy metal Iron Maiden, “Flight Of Icarus” (Mainstream Rock #8, 1983)
1958 ● Gary Numan / (Gary Webb) → Composer, musician and bandleader for New Wave synth-pop Tubeway Army, “Are ‘Friends’ Electric?” (UK #1, 1979), and seminal 80s New Wave hit “Cars” (#9, 1980)
1960 ● Richard Darbyshire → Lead vocals and guitar for Brit dance-pop-funk Living In A Box, “Living In A Box” (#17, 1987)
1962 ● Steve Grantley → Drummer for The Alarm and Stiff Little Fingers, plus session work for Julian Lennon, Eighth Wonder and The Clash, author of a book about 70s metal band Slade and another covering The Who‘s discography
1964 ● Ped Gill / (Peter Gill) → Backing vocals and drummer for Brit New Wave pop/rock Frankie Goes To Hollywood, “Relax” (#10, 1984)
1968 ● Rob Dukes → Lead vocalist for thrash metal Exodus (Blood In, Blood Out, #38, 2014) from 2004 to 2014, currently vocalist for crossover thrash metal Generation Kill
1968 ● Shawn Mullins → Atlanta-based folk/pop male singer, “Lullaby” (#7, 1998)
1972 ● Angie Hart → Co-founder, lead vocals and songwriting for Aussie folk-pop Frente!, “Bizarre Love Triangle” (#49, 1994)
1976 ● Gareth Coombes → Vocals and guitar for Brit punk-pop trio Supergrass, “Alright/Time” (Modern Rock #1, 1995)
1978 ● Kameelah Williams → Vocals for teen R&B dance/pop trio 702, “Where My Girls At?” (#4, 1999)
1979 ● Tom Chaplin → Vocals for piano-driven pop/rock Keane, “Somewhere Only We Know” (Adult Top 40 #11, 2004)
1988 ● Eleanor Jackson → Singer and namesake (“the red-haired one”) of electro-dance-pop duo La Roux, “Bulletproof” (#8, 2010)

March 09
1925 ● Billy Ford → One half of the pop vocal duo Billy & Lillie, “La Dee Dah” (#9, 1958) and two other Top 100 hits in the late 50s, later fronted and played trumpet for his own group, The Thunderbirds, died in 1985, age 60
1928 ● Keely Smith / (Dorothy Jacqueline Keely) → Sultry-voiced singer and half of the 1950s Grammy-winning vocal and comedy duo with then-husband Louis Prima, their jazz and pop act headlined the Las Vegas strip and produced several hits, including “That Ol’ Black Magic” (#18, 1958), divorced Prima and performed solo in the 60s with more success in the UK than in the US (“You’re Breaking My Heart,” UK #14, 1965), reprised “That Ol’ Black Magic” at the 2008 Grammy awards ceremony as a duet with Kid Rock, their performance dubbed by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the 20 “weird and wild Grammy collaborations,” died from heart failure on 12/16/2017, age 85
1930 ● Ornette Coleman → Award-winning jazz saxophonist, composer, bandleader and major innovator of the free jazz movement of the 60s, which diversified traditional jazz and opened doors to numerous new sub-genres, including fusion with rock and blues, issued nearly 60 albums of his own music and played sideman for others on another 15, won the Pulitzer Prize for Music with Sound Grammar (2007), died of cardiac arrest on 6/11/2015, age 85
1933 ● Lloyd Price → New Orleans R&B/soul vocalist with several Top 40 hits, including “Stagger Lee” (#1, 1959), now manages a food service company using his name on various Southern-style packaged food products
1936 ● Mickey Gilley → Country-pop singer “Stand By Me” (#22, Country #1, 1980) from the soundtrack to Urban Cowboy (1980), owner of Gilley’s nightclubs
1942 ● John Davies Cale → Welsh multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, founding member and bassist of proto-punk The Velvet Underground, solo albums, producer for The Stooges, Squeeze and the Modern Lovers, among others
1942 ● Mark Lindsay → Lead singer and guitarist for hard-edged rock ‘n roll Paul Revere & The Raiders, “Just Like Me” (#11, 1965) and 14 other Top 30 hits
1944 ● Gary Walker / (Gary Leeds) → Drummer for pop-rock trio The Walker Brothers, “Make It Easy On Yourself” (US #16, UK #1, 1965)
1944 ● Trevor Burton / (Trevor Ireson) → Guitarist and founding member of Brit psych-rock The Move, “Blackberry Way” (UK #1, 1968), solo, Steve Gibbons Band, reunited with The Move in 2007
1945 ● Robin Trower → Blues-rock guitarist extraordinaire with R&B The Paramounts, then prog/psych rock Procol Harum, “A Whiter Shade Of Pale” (#5, 1967) plus long and underrated solo career, “Tear It Up” (Mainstream Rock #9, 1988) from the Top 10 album Bridge Of Sighs
1945 ● Robert Calvert → Singer and poet/lyricist for space rock pioneers Hawkwind, “Silver Machine” (UK #3, 1972), recorded several solo albums and published books of poetry, died from a heart attack on 8/14/1988
1945 ● Ron Wilson → Drummer for early surf/garage rock The Surfaris, “Wipe Out” (#2, 1963), died of a brain aneurysm on 5/17/1989
1946 ● Jim Cregan → Rhythm, lead and bass guitar for folk-rock Family, then glam rock Cockney Rebel, “Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me)” (UK #1, 1975), worked with Rod Stewart and collaborated/produced for pop singer Linda Lewis, his wife
1948 ● Chris Thompson → Vocals and guitar for Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, “Blinded By The Light” (#1, 1977), solo
1948 ● Jeffrey Osborne → Drums and vocals for long-running R&B/funk group L.T.D., “(Every Time I Turn Around) Back In Love Again” (#4, R&B #1, 1977), then solo, “Don’t You Get So Mad” (#25, R&B #3, 1983)
1948 ● Jimmie Fadden → Guitar, harmonica, vocals and continuous member for five decade country-folk-bluegrass-rock The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, “Mr. Bojangles” (#9, 1971)
1951 ● Frank Rodriguez → Organist for garage rock legends ? And The Mysterians, “96 Tears” (#1, 1966)
1958 ● Martin Fry → Frontman and lead vocals for New Wave synth-pop ABC, “Be Near Me” (#9, 1982)
1962 ● Peter Wishart → Keyboards for Scottish art-folk-rock Big Country, “In A Big Country” (Mainstream Rock #3, 1983), then Celtic folk-rock Runrig, “An Ubhal As Airde (The Highest Apple)” (UK #18, 1995), left to become a Member of Parliament in 2001
1968 ● Robert Sledge → Bassist for piano-based indie pop-rock Ben Folds Five, “Brick” (1998)
1969 ● Adam Siegel → Guitarist and producer, founding member of the Los Angeles punk band Excel, then lead guitarist for skatepunk Suicidal Tendencies and Infectious Grooves
1970 ● Shannon Leto → Drummer for indie pop-rock 30 Seconds To Mars, “From Yesterday” (Alt Rock #1, 2006)
1972 ● AZ / (Anthony Cruz) → Underrated Dominican-American gangsta rapper, “Sugar Hill” (Rap #3, 1995), rhyme partner of Nas, member of the hip hop supergroup The Firm
1980 ● Chingy / (Howard Bailey, Jr.) → Good-time rapper, “Right Thurr” (#2, 2003), TV and movie actor
1981 ● Chad Gilbert → Founding member and guitarist for pop-punk New Found Glory, “My Friends Over You” (Alt Rock #5, 2002)
1987 ● Bow Wow / (Shad Gregory Moss) → Teen rapper, “Bounce With Me” (#20, Rap #1, 2000) and film actor

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Singles Released This Week (February 25 – March 3)

Here’s a running list of charting singles (and B-Sides that charted) from rock and pop music from the 50s through the 80s – the BEST music ever made!

Entries are: Year • Artist • Track Title • Genre • Album • B-Side

(If a non-album single, then [Single]. If the charting track was the B-Side, then [B-Side]. Any “UK” entry designates a single different from its US counterpart).


February 25
1966 • The Yardbirds • “Shapes Of Things” • Pychedelic Rock • Having A Rave Up • “I’m Not Talking”
1969 • Elvis Presley • “Memories” • Pop-Rock • [Single] • “Charro”
1971 • Smokey Robinson & The Miracles • “I Don’t Blame You At All” • Soul – Pop • [Single] • “Oh Baby Baby I Love You”
1972 • The Supremes • “Floy Joy” [UK] • Soul-Pop • Floy Joy • “This Is The Story”
1974 • Queen • “Seven Seas Of Rhye” [UK] • Glam Rock • Queen II • “See What a Fool I’ve Been”
1978 • Genesis • “Follow You Follow Me” • Prog Rock • And Then There Were Three • “Inside And Out”
1985 • Paul Young • “Everytime You Go Away” • Pop-Rock • The Secret Of Association • “This Means Anything”
1987 • Madonna • “La Isla Bonita” • Dance-Pop • True Blue • “La Isla Bonita” [Remix]
2009 • AC/DC • “Anything Goes” • Hard Rock • Black Ice • “Big Jack”


February 26
1965 • The Moody Blues • “I Don’t Want To Go On Without You” [UK] • British Beat • [Single] • “Time Is On My Side”
1965 • Marvin Gaye • “I’ll Be Doggone” • Soul-Pop • Moods Of Marvin Gaye • “You’ve Been A Long Time Coming”
1965 • The Rolling Stones • “The Last Time” [UK] • Country-Rock • Out Of Our Heads • “Play With Fire”
1986 • The Rolling Stones • “Harlem Shuffle” • Blues-Rock • Dirty Work • “Had It With You”
1990 • Alannah Myles • “Black Velvet” [UK] • Pop-Rock • Alannah Myles • “If You Want To”
1991 • Madonna • “Rescue Me” • Dance-Pop • Immaculate Collection, The • “Rescue Me” [Alternate Mix]


February 27
1961 • Jerry Lee Lewis • “What’d I Say” • Rock n Roll • [Single] • “Livin’ Lovin’ Wreck”
1962 • Elvis Presley • “Good Luck Charm” • Rock ‘n’ Roll • [Single] • “Anything That’s Part Of You”
1962 • Elvis Presley • “Anything That’s Part Of You” • Rock ‘n’ Roll • [Single] • [B-Side]
1968 • Simon & Garfunkel • “At The Zoo” • Folk-Pop • Bookends • “The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)”
1981 • The Who • “You Better You Bet” • Pop-Rock • Face Dances • “The Quiet One”
1984 • Berlin • “No More Words” • New Wave Dance-Pop • Love Life • “Rumor Of Love”
1990 • Wilson Phillips • “Hold On” • Pop-Rock • Wilson Phillips • “Over And Over”
1996 • Alanis Morissette • “Ironic” • Alt Pop-Rock • Jagged Little Pill • “Forgiven”


February 28
1964 • Peter & Gordon • “A World Without Love” [UK] • Pop Ballad • A World Without Love • “If I Were You”
1966 • Paul Revere & The Raiders • “Kicks” • Garage Rock • Midnight Ride • “Shake It Up”
1968 • Elvis Presley • “U.S. Male” • Country-Rock • [Single] • [B-Side]
1968 • Elvis Presley • “Stay Away” • Country-Rock • [Single] • “U.S. Male”
1969 • The Hollies • “Sorry Suzanne” [UK] • Pop-Rock • [Single] • “Not That Way At All”
1969 • Episode Six • “Mozart Vs. The Rest” [UK] • Psychedelic Pop • [Single] • “Jack D’Or”
1971 • Paul McCartney & Wings • “Give Ireland Back To The Irish” • Pop-Rock • Wild Life • “Give Ireland Back To The Irish” [Instrumental]
1975 • George Harrison • “Dark Horse” [UK] • Pop-Funk • Dark Horse • “Hari’s on Tour (Express)”
1975 • Elton John • “Philadelphia Freedom” [UK] • Pop-Rock • Elton John’s Greatest Hits Volume II • “I Saw Her Standing There”
1981 • Rush • “Limelight” • Prog/Art Rock • Moving Pictures • “YYZ”
1985 • Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers • “Don’t Come Around Here No More” • Album Rock • Southern Accents • “Trailer”
1995 • Blues Traveler • “Run-Around” • Blues-Rock • Four • “Save His Soul”
2005 • R.E.M. • “Electron Blue” • Alt. Rock • Around The Sun • “What’s The Frequency, Kenneth?” [Live]


February 29
1968 • Diana Ross & The Supremes • “Forever Came Today” • Soul-Pop • Reflections • “Time Changes Things”
2000 • Dixie Chicks • “Goodbye Earl” • Country-Pop • Fly • “Stand By Your Man”


March 01
1963 • Marvin Gaye • “Stubborn Kind Of Fellow” [UK] • Soul • That Stubborn Kinda Fellow • “It Hurt Me Too”
1966 • Elvis Presley • “Please Don’t Stop Loving Me” • Pop Ballad • Frankie And Johnny • [B-Side]
1966 • Elvis Presley • “Frankie And Johnny” • Traditional Roots Music • Frankie And Johnny • “Please Don’t Stop Loving Me”
1968 • Elton John • “I’ve Been Loving You” [UK] • Pop-Rock • [Single] • “Here’s To The Next Time”
1976 • AC/DC • “T.N.T.” • Hard Rock • T.N.T. • “I’m A Rocker”
1976 • Kiss • “Shout It Out Loud” • Hard Rock • Destroyer • “Sweet Pain”
1984 • Tina Turner • “I Can’t Stand The Rain” [UK] • Pop-Rock • Private Dancer • “Let’s Pretend We’re Married” [Live]
2011 • The Cars • “Sad Song” • New Wave Pop-Rock • Move Like This • “Blue Tip”


March 02
1963 • The Beatles • “There’s A Place” • Brit Beat • Please Please Me • [B-Side]
1964 • The Beatles • “Twist And Shout” • Brit Beat • Introducing…The Beatles • “There’s A Place”
1964 • Freddie & The Dreamers • “You Were Made For Me” • Rock n Roll • Three At The Top • “Send A Letter To Me”
1972 • The Chi-Lites • “Oh Girl” • Soul • A Lonely Man • “Being In Love”
1973 • T. Rex • “20th Century Boy” [UK] • Glam Rock • [Single] • “Free Angel”
1982 • Triumph • “Magic Power” [UK] • Arena Rock • Allied Forces • “Fight The Power”
1985 • Triumph • “Fight The Good Fight” [UK] • Arena Rock • Allied Forces • [B-Side]
1985 • Madonna • “Crazy For You” • Pop Ballad • Vision Quest[Sndtrk] • “No More Words”
1992 • Nirvana • “Come As You Are” • Grunge • Nevermind • “Drain You” [Live]
1992 • Nirvana • “Come As You Are” [UK] • Grunge • Nevermind • “Endless, Nameless”
1998 • Days Of The New • “The Down Town” • Alt. Acoustic Rock • Days Of The New • “The Down Town” [LP Version]
2004 • Matchbox Twenty • “All I Need” • Alt. Rock • More Than You Think You Are • “Push” / “If You’re Gone”


March 03
1969 • James Taylor • “Carolina In My Mind” • Folk-Pop • James Taylor • “Taking It In”
1969 • The Beach Boys • “I Can Hear Music” • Pop-Rock • 20/20 • “All I Want To Do”
1979 • Frank Zappa • “Bobby Brown (Goes Down)” • Art Rock • Sheik Yerbouti • “Stick It Out”
1979 • Foreigner • “Women” • Arena Rock • Head Games • “The Modern Day”
2000 • Madonna • “American Pie” • Dance-Pop • The Next Best Thing • “American Pie” [Richard ‘Humpty’ Vission Radio Mix]

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Albums Released This Week (February 25 – March 3)

Here’s a sampling of the BEST music ever made! Great albums from the 60s, 70s and 80s rock and pop released this week (and some related albums of note):


February 25
1963 ● Barbra Streisand —— The Barbra Streisand Album ► Classic Pop
1972 ● Nick Drake —— Pink Moon ► Folk-Rock
1973 ● Alice Cooper —— Billion Dollar Babies ► Hard Rock
1973 ● Dr. John —— In The Right Place ► New Orleans R&B
1974 ● Aretha Franklin —— Let Me In Your Life ► Soul
1977 ● Peter Gabriel —— Peter Gabriel [1] ► Prog Rock
1978 ● Al Di Meola —— Casino ► Jazz-Rock Fusion
1979 ● Scorpions —— Lovedrive ► Heavy Metal/Kraut Rock
1980 ● Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band —— Against The Wind ► Heartland Rock
1985 ● Tears For Fears —— Songs From The Big Chair ► New Wave Synth-Pop
1990 ● Midnight Oil —— Blue Sky Mining ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1991 ● Spacemen 3 —— Recurring ► Neo-Psychedelia
1992 ● Tori Amos —— Little Earthquakes ► AA Pop-Rock
1997 ● Cluster —— First Encounter Tour 1996 ► Electronic-Ambient
1997 ● James —— Whiplash ► Alt Pop/Rock
2008 ● Janet Jackson —— Discipline ► Pop-Soul
2014 ● Heart —— Fanatic Live From Caesar’s Colosseum ► Album Rock


February 26
1965 ● Eric Andersen —— Today Is The Highway ► Folk-Rock
1970 ● The Beatles —— Hey Jude/The Beatles Again ► Pop-Rock
1971 ● Anne Murray —— Straight, Clean And Simple ► Country-Pop
1981 ● Judas Priest —— Point Of Entry ► Heavy Metal
1982 ● Thompson Twins —— Set ► Post-Punk Dance-Pop
1991 ● Great White —— Hooked ► Hard Rock
1991 ● Motörhead —— 1916 ► Heavy Metal
1991 ● Grand Funk Railroad —— Capitol Collectors Series ► Hard Rock
2002 ● Norah Jones —— Come Away With Me ► Jazz-Pop Vocals
2002 ● Billy Idol —— Billy Idol: VH1 Storytellers ► Hard Rock
2003 ● Roy Buchanan —— Before And After ► Blues-Rock
2013 ● 10,000 Maniacs —— Music From The Motion Picture ► Folk-Rock
2016 ● Bonnie Raitt —— Dig In Deep ► Blues-Rock


February 27
1961 ● Aretha Franklin —— Aretha (With The Ray Bryant Combo) ► Soul
1967 ● Elvis Presley —— How Great Thou Art ► Southern Gospel
1975 ● Blue Öyster Cult —— On Your Feet Or On Your Knees ► Metal
1975 ● Yes —— Yesterdays ► Prog Rock
1978 ● Village People —— Macho Man ► Disco
1979 ● Desparate Bicycles —— Remorse Code ► Post-Punk/Psych Rock
1984 ● Dead Can Dance —— Dead Can Dance ► Post-Punk/Goth Rock
1985 ● Sade —— Diamond Life ► Quiet Storm
1989 ● XTC —— Oranges And Lemons ► New Wave Pop-Rock
1995 ● PJ Harvey —— To Bring You My Love ► Indie Rock
1995 ● Bruce Dickinson —— Alive In Studio A ► Heavy Metal
1996 ● Babble —— Ether ► Electro Dance-Pop
1996 ● America —— Greatest Hits Live ► Folk-Rock
1996 ● The Band —— High On The Hog ► Folk-Rock
1996 ● Curtis Mayfield —— People Get Ready: The Curtis Mayfield Story ► Soul/Funk
1996 ● Triumph —— King Biscuit Flower Hour (In Concert) ► Arena Rock
1996 ● Neil Young —— Dead Man ► Folk-Rock
1996 ● Frank Zappa —— The Lost Episodes ► Prog rock/Jazz Fusion
1997 ● Bad Religion —— The Gray Race ► Punk Rock
1999 ● CKY —— Volume 1 ► Alt. Rock/Alt. Metal
2001 ● Dave Matthews Band —— Everyday ► AA Pop-Rock
2001 ● Cheap Trick —— Silver ► Hard Rock/Power Pop
2006 ● Tears For Fears —— Secret World – Live In Paris ► New Wave Synth-Pop


February 28
1963 ● Sam Cooke —— Mr. Soul ► Soul
1963 ● The Miracles —— The Fabulous Miracles ► Soul – Motown
1970 ● Van Morrison —— Moondance ► Folk-Rock
1983 ● U2 —— War ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1983 ● The Ramones —— Subterranean Jungle ► Punk-Rock
1983 ● Styx —— Kilroy Was Here ► Prog/Art Rock
1984 ● “Weird Al” Yankovic —— In 3-D ► Comedy/Parody
1984 ● Queen —— The Works ► Glam Rock
1986 ● Various Artists —— Pretty In Pink [Sndtrk] ► Post-Punk New Wave
1989 ● Indigo Girls —— Indigo Girls ► Folk-Rock
1990 ● Eric Johnson —— Ah Via Musicom ► Blues-Rock
1990 ● Little River Band —— Get Lucky ► Soft Rock
1992 ● Yoko Ono —— Onobox ► New Wave Art-Rock
1995 ● Del Amitri —— Twisted ► Alt Pop-Rock
1995 ● Harry Nilsson —— Personal Bast: The Harry Nilsson Anthology ► Folk-Rock
1995 ● Steve Earle —— Train A Comin’ ► Alt. Country
1995 ● Bruce Springsteen —— Greatest Hits ► Heartland Rock
2000 ● Oasis —— Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants ► Alt. Pop-Rock/Britpop
2000 ● AC/DC —— Stiff Upper Lip ► Hard Rock
2001 ● Bob Dylan —— Live 1961-2000: Thirty-Nine Years Of Great Concert Performances ► Folk-Rock
2005 ● Judas Priest —— Angel Of Retribution ► Heavy Metal
2005 ● The Rolling Stones —— Singles 1968-1971 ► Blues-Rock
2006 ● Elvis Costello —— My Flame Burns Blue ► Orchestral Jazz
2006 ● Bruce Springsteen —— Hammersmith Odeon, London ’75 ► Heartland Rock
2006 ● Talking Heads —— Bonus Rarities And Outtakes ► New Wave Art-Rock


February 29
1976 ● Olivia Newton-John —— Come On Over ► Pop-Rock
1988 ● The Fall —— The Frenz Experiment ► Post-Punk
1988 ● The Clash —— The Story Of The Clash, Volume 1 ► Punk
2000 ● BloodHound Gang —— Hooray For Boobies ► Post-Punk Alt Metal
2000 ● The Black Crowes —— Live At The Greek ► Southern Rock
2000 ● Bone Thugs-N-Harmony —— BTNHResurrection ► Gangsta Rap
2000 ● Steely Dan —— Two Against Nature ► Jazz-Rock


March 01
1964 ● Sam Cooke —— Ain’t That Good News ► Soul
1965 ● Elvis Presley —— Girl Happy ► Rock ‘N’ Roll
1968 ● Golden Earring —— Miracle Mirror ► Hard Rock
1971 ● The Rascals —— Search And Nearness ► Blue-Eyed Soul
1974 ● Camel —— Mirage ► Prog Rock
1974 ● Rush —— Rush ► Hard Rock
1975 ● Jeff Beck —— Blow By Blow ► Instrumental Rock/Fusion
1977 ● Max Webster —— High Class In Borrowed Shoes ► Hard Rock
1978 ● The Hollies —— A Crazy Steal ► Pop-Rock
1979 ● Roxy Music —— Manifesto ► Prog Rock
1980 ● Elton John —— Lady Samantha ► Pop-Rock
1980 ● Neil Young —— Where The Buffalo Roam [Sndtrk] ► Folk-Rock
1988 ● Robert Hunter —— Liberty ► Country-Rock
1988 ● Toto —— The Seventh One ► Pop-Rock
1992 ● Ocean Colour Scene —— Ocean Colour Scene ► Brit Pop
1993 ● Cranberries —— Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1994 ● Beck —— Mellow Gold ► Alt Rock
1995 ● DK Jamz —— The Original Donkey Kong Country Soundtrack ► Atmospheric Ambient
1999 ● Tonic —— Live And Enhanced ► Alt/Roots Rock
2005 ● Cher —— Gold ► Pop-Rock
2005 ● Kathleen Edwards —— Back To Me ► Alt Country-Rock
2005 ● Jack Johnson —— In Between Dreams ► AA Folk-Rock
2011 ● Lucinda Williams —— Blessed ► Alt. Country
2013 ● Rhye —— Woman ► Downtempo Pop


March 02
1973 ● Todd Rundgren —— A Wizard, A True Star ► Pop-Rock
1973 ● The Doobie Brothers —— The Captain And Me ► Pop-Rock
1974 ● Steely Dan —— Pretzel Logic ► Jazz-Rock
1983 ● Bananarama —— Deep Sea Skiving ► New Wave Dance-Pop
1987 ● Siouxsie And The Banshees —— Through The Looking Glass ► Post-Punk Alt Rock
1992 ● Tears For Fears —— Tears Roll Down (Greatest Hits 82-92) ► New Wave Synth-Pop
1993 ● Steve Earle —— Essential Steve Earle ► Alt. Country
1999 ● Dimmu Borgir —— Spiritual Black Dimensions ► Heavy Metal/Black Metal
2004 ● Cheap Trick —— The Essential Cheap Trick ► Hard Rock/Power Pop
2010 ● John Hiatt —— The Open Road ► Roots Rock


March 03
1967 ● The Walker Brothers —— Images ► Pop-Rock
1968 ● Laura Nyro —— Eli And The Thirteenth Confession ► Soft Rock
1972 ● Stevie Wonder —— Music Of My Mind ► Pop-R&B
1972 ● Gary Glitter —— Glitter ► Glam Rock
1972 ● Martha Reeves & The Vandellas —— Black Magic ► Soul – Motown
1977 ● Bad Company —— Burnin’ Sky ► Hard Rock
1978 ● Patti Smith —— Easter ► New Wave Punk-Rock
1978 ● Frank Zappa —— Zappa in New York ► Art Rock
1979 ● Frank Zappa —— Sheik Yerbouti ► Art Rock
1986 ● Metallica —— Master Of Puppets ► Heavy Metal
1986 ● The Firm —— Mean Business ► Hard Rock
1987 ● Boogie Down Productions —— Criminal Minded ► East Coast Rap
1989 ● De La Soul —— 3 Feet High And Rising ► Hip-Hop
1989 ● Triumph —— Classics ► Arena Rock
1992 ● David Byrne —— Uh-Oh ► Prog Rock
1992 ● The Disposable Heroes Of Hiphoprisy —— Hypocrisy Is The Greatest Luxury ► Alt Hip-Hop
1997 ● Apollo 440 —— Electro Glide In Blue ► Electronic
1997 ● Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds —— The Boatman’s Call ► Alt Rock
1997 ● U2 —— Pop ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1998 ● Madonna —— Ray Of Light ► Dance-Pop
2008 ● The Black Crowes —— Warpaint ► Southern Rock
2008 ● Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds —— Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! ► Alt Rock
2009 ● U2 —— No Line On The Horizon ► Alt. Pop-Rock

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