Albums Released This Week (October 13 – 19)

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):

Oct 13


Manfred Mann —— Manfred Mann’s Greatest Hits ► Rock n Roll >> 1966
Herbie Hancock —— Head Hunters ► Fusion >> 1973
Triumph —— Triumph ► Arena Rock >> 1976
Billy Joel —— 52nd Street ► Pop-Rock >> 1978
Carpenters —— Christmas Portrait ► Soft Rock >> 1978
XTC —— Go 2 ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1978
AC/DC —— If You Want Blood You’ve Got It ► Hard Rock >> 1978
Elton John —— Victim Of Love ► Pop-Rock >> 1979
INXS —— INXS ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1980
Kiss —— Creatures Of The Night ► Hard Rock >> 1982
Supertramp —— Free As A Bird ► Prog/Art Rock >> 1987
Sting —— …Nothing Like The Sun ► Pop-Rock >> 1989
Ace Frehley —— Trouble Walkin’ ► Pop-Metal >> 1989
Prince & The New Power Generation —— The Love Symbol Album ► Dance-Pop >> 1992
Mudhoney —— Piece Of Cake ► Grunge Rock >> 1992
East 17 —— Steam ► Dance-Pop >> 1994
Jurrasic 5 —— Jurassic 5 EP ► Alternative Hip Hop >> 1997
The Blood Divine —— Mystica ► Heavy Metal/Goth Metal >> 1997
Bob Dylan & The Band —— The Bootleg Series, Vol. 4: Bob Dylan Live 1966, The “Royal Albert Hall” Concert ► Folk-Rock >> 1998
James —— Millionaires ► Alt Pop/Rock >> 1999
Blondie —— The Curse Of Blondie ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 2003
Bob Dylan —— Christmas In The Heart ► Folk-Rock >> 2009

Oct 14


Tyrannosaurus Rex —— Prophets, Seers & Sages: The Angels Of The Ages ► Psych Rock >> 1968
Elvis Presley —— From Memphis To Vegas/From Vegas To Memphis ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1969
Jethro Tull —— War Child ► Prog Rock >> 1974
Kiss —— Alive II ► Hard Rock >> 1977
Ultravox —— Ha!-Ha!-Ha! ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1977
David Bowie —— Heroes ► Glam Rock >> 1977
Earth, Wind & Fire —— Faces ► Soul-Funk >> 1980
Prince —— Controversy ► Dance-Pop >> 1981
Zapp —— Zapp II ► P-Funk >> 1982
Cyndi Lauper —— She’s So Unusual ► Pop-Rock >> 1983
The Jam —— Snap! ► Punk-Rock >> 1983
Elton John —— Too Low For Zero ► Pop-Rock >> 1983
ABC —— How To Be A…Zillionaire! ► Dance-Pop >> 1985
INXS —— Listen Like Thieves ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1985
Iron Maiden —— Live After Death ► Heavy Metal >> 1985
Depeche Mode —— The Singles 81>85 ► Synth-Pop >> 1985
Wang Chung —— Mosaic ► New Wave/Dance-Pop >> 1986
Frank Zappa —— Broadway The Hard Way ► Progressive Rock >> 1988
Kylie Minogue —— Let’s Get To It ► Dance-Pop >> 1991
Belinda Carlisle —— Live Your Life Be Free ► Pop-Rock >> 1991
Jimmy Page And Robert Plant —— No Quarter: Jimmy Page And Robert Plant Unledded ► Blues-Rock >> 1994
Donovan —— Sutras ► Folk-Rock >> 1996
Duran Duran —— Medazzaland ► Synth-Pop >> 1997
Ace Of Base —— The Golden Ratio ► Euro-Dance Pop >> 2002
ZZ Top —— Chrome, Smoke & BBQ: The ZZ Top Box ► Blues-Rock >> 2003
Mariah Carey —— The Remixes ► Pop-Rock >> 2003
Charlie Daniels Band —— Uneasy Rider ► Southern Rock >> 2008
Scorpions —— Live 2011: Get Your Sting & Blackout ► Heavy Metal >> 2011
Boardwalk —— Boardwalk ► Dream Pop >> 2013

Oct 15


Elvis Presley —— Elvis’ Christmas Album ► Rock n Roll >> 1957
Brenda Lee —— Brenda, That’s All ► Country-Pop >> 1962
Manfred Mann —— Mann Made ► Folk-Pop >> 1965
Otis Redding —— Complete And Unbelievable…The Otis Redding Dictionary Of Soul ► Memphis Soul >> 1966
Yes —— Yes ► Prog Rock >> 1969
The Jackson 5 —— Jackson 5 Christmas Album ► Soul – Motown >> 1970
The Band —— Moondog Matinee ► Folk-Rock >> 1973
Fleetwood Mac —— Mystery To Me ► Pop-Rock >> 1973
Neil Young —— Time Fades Away ► Folk-Rock >> 1973
Toto —— Toto ► Pop-Rock >> 1978
Donna Summer —— On The Radio ► Disco >> 1979
Ultravox —— Quartet ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1982
Richard & Linda Thompson —— Shoot Out The Lights ► Folk-Rock >> 1982
XTC —— The Big Express ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1984
Talking Heads —— Stop Making Sense ► New Wave Art-Rock >> 1984
Julian Lennon —— Valotte ► Pop-Rock >> 1984
Elton John —— Leather Jackets ► Pop-Rock >> 1986
Motörhead —— Nö Sleep At All ► Heavy Metal >> 1988
Morrissey —— Bona Ditch ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1990
Led Zeppelin —— Led Zeppelin Remasters ► Hard Rock >> 1990
Ride —— Nowhere ► Dream Pop/Shoegazing >> 1990
Crosby, Stills & Nash —— CSN [Box Set] ► Folk-Rock >> 1991
Dramarama —— Vinyl ► Alt Hard Rock >> 1991
Dio —— Angry Machines ► Heavy Metal >> 1996
Phish —— Billy Breathes ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 1996
The Tubes —— Genius Of America ► Alt. Rock >> 1996
The Monkees —— Justus ► Pop-Rock >> 1996
Korn —— Life Is Peachy ► Post-Grunge/Nu Metal >> 1996
Counting Crows —— Recovering The Satellites ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1996
The Rolling Stones —— The Rolling Stones Rock And Roll Circus ► Blues-Rock >> 1996
Bad Company —— Stories Told & Untold ► Hard Rock >> 1996
Corrosion Of Conformity —— Wiseblood ► Heavy Metal/Stoner Metal >> 1996
In Flames —— Whoracle ► Heavy Metal/Melodic Death Metal >> 1997
The Church —— Singsongs/Remote Luxury/Persia ► Alt. Power Pop >> 2001
Alison Moyet —— The Turn ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2007
Pearl Jam —— Lightning Bolt ► Hard Rock >> 2013

Oct 16


The Supremes —— A Bit Of Liverpool ► Soul – Motown >> 1964
Cher —— All I Really Want To Do ► Pop-Rock >> 1965
Brenda Lee —— Reflections In Blue ► Country-Pop >> 1967
Three Dog Night —— Three Dog Night ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1968
Three Dog Night —— Captured Live At The Forum ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1969
Creedence Clearwater Revival —— Live In Europe ► Folk-Rock >> 1973
Aretha Franklin —— You ► Soul >> 1975
Thin Lizzy —— Johnny The Fox ► Hard Rock >> 1976
Elton John —— A Single Man ► Pop-Rock >> 1978
Eurythmics —— In The Garden ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1981
Thin Lizzy —— Life Live ► Hard Rock >> 1983
ZZ Top —— Afterburner ► Blues-Rock >> 1985
All About Eve —— Scarlet And Other Stories ► Alt. Pop-Rock/Goth Pop >> 1989
Erasure —— Wild! ► Alt. Dance >> 1989
Goo Goo Dolls —— Hold Me Up ► Alt Pop-Rock/Post-Grunge >> 1989
Paul Simon —— The Rhythm Of The Saints ► Folk-Pop >> 1990
Buju Banton —— Stamina Daddy ► Dancehall Reggae >> 1992
Natalie Cole —— I’ve Got Love On My Mind ► Soul-Pop >> 1995
Suggs —— The Lone Ranger ► Reggae-Pop/Ska >> 1995
Tears For Fears —— Raoul And The Kings Of Spain ► Synth-Pop >> 1995
Cast —— All Change ► Britpop >> 1995
Faithless —— Back To Mine ► Trip-Hop >> 2000
Kylie Minogue —— Hits+ ► Dance-Pop >> 2000
All Saints —— Saints & Sinners ► Electronic Dance-Pop >> 2000
Cocteau Twins —— Stars And Topsoil ► Folk-Rock >> 2000
John (Cougar) Mellencamp —— Cuttin’ Heads ► Roots Rock >> 2001
Ozzy Osbourne —— Down To Earth ► Hard Rock >> 2001
Journey —— The Essential Journey ► AOR Rock >> 2001
New Order —— Get Ready ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 2001
Michael McDonald —— In The Spirit: A Christmas Album ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 2001
Gov’t Mule —— Mighty High ► Southern Rock/Jam Rock >> 2007
R.E.M. —— R.E.M. Live ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2007
Donald Fagen —— Sunken Condos ► Jazz-Rock >> 2012

Oct 17


The Rolling Stones —— 12X5 ► Rock n Roll >> 1964
The Easybeats —— Vigil ► Rock ‘N’ Roll >> 1968
The Jazz Crusaders —— Old Socks, New Shoes…New Socks, Old Shoes ► Jazz Fusion >> 1970
Lynyrd Skynyrd —— Street Survivors ► Southern Rock >> 1977
Dire Straits —— Making Movies ► Post-Punk Pop-Rock >> 1980
Various Artists —— The Blasting Concept Vol. 2 ► Post-Punk >> 1985
Stacey Q —— Better Than Heaven ► Dance-Pop >> 1986
Steve Earle —— Copperhead Road ► Alt. Country >> 1988
R.E.M. —— Eponymous ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1988
The Waterboys —— Fisherman’s Blues ► Folk-Rock/Celtic >> 1988
Suicidal Tendencies —— Controlled By Hatred/Feel Like Shit…Déjà Vu ► Punk Metal >> 1989
Kiss —— Hot In The Shade ► Hard Rock >> 1989
Belinda Carlisle —— Runaway Horses ► Pop-Rock >> 1989
Kate Bush —— The Sensual World ► Prog Rock >> 1989
Yngwie Malmsteen —— Trial By Fire: Live In Leningrad ► Heavy Metal >> 1989
Stacey Lattisaw —— What You Need ► Quiet Storm >> 1989
Skyclad —— The Wayward Sons Of Mother Earth ► Heavy Metal/Folk Metal >> 1991
Jamiroquai —— The Return Of The Space Cowboy [UK] ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1994
Steely Dan —— Alive In America ► Jazz-Rock >> 1995
Luis Miguel —— El Concierto ► Latin Pop >> 1995
Limp Bizkit —— Chocolate Starfish And The Hot Dog Flavored Water ► Rap-Metal >> 2000
David Coverdale —— Into The Light ► Hard Rock >> 2000
2Pac —— The Rose That Grew From Concrete ► Spoken Word Rap >> 2000
Aerosmith —— Devil’s Got A New Disguise – The Very Best Of Aerosmith ► Hard Rock >> 2006
Sarah McLachlan —— Wintersong ► Folk-Rock >> 2006
The Tragically Hip —— World Container ► Folk-Rock >> 2006
Chris Isaak —— Live In Australia ► Adult Contemporary >> 2008

Oct 18


Cactus —— Restrictions ► Hard Rock >> 1971
The Rolling Stones —— It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll ► Blues-Rock >> 1974
The Jacksons —— Goin’ Places ► Soul/disco >> 1977
Hawkwind —— Sonic Attack ► Heavy Metal >> 1981
Hall & Oates —— Rock ‘N Soul Part !: Greatest Hits ► Pop-Rock >> 1983
Carpenters —— Voice Of The Heart ► Easy Listening >> 1983
Frank Zappa —— Them Or Us ► Art Rock >> 1984
The Cult —— Love ► Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Revival >> 1985
Duran Duran —— Big Thing ► Synth-Pop >> 1988
Sonic Youth —— Daydream Nation ► Indie Rock >> 1988
Martika —— Martika ► Dance-Pop >> 1988
Paul Simon —— Negotiations And Love Songs 1971 – 1986 ► Folk-Pop >> 1988
The Smithereens —— 11 ► College Rock >> 1989
The Bangles —— Everything ► Pop-Rock >> 1989
Insane Clown Posse —— Carnival Of Carnage ► Indie/Midwest Hip Hop >> 1992
Cocteau Twins —— Four-Calendar Café ► Folk-Rock >> 1993
Carcass —— Heartwork [UK] ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1993
Kenny G —— Montage ► Jazz-Pop >> 1993
Iron Maiden —— A Real Dead One ► Heavy Metal >> 1993
B*Witched —— Awake And Breathe ► Pop/Girl Group >> 1999
Westlife —— Flying Without Wings ► Teen Pop/Boy Band >> 1999
Alcazar —— Casino ► Euro Dance-Pop >> 2000
Simple Minds —— Our Secrets Are The Same ► New Wave Alt. Pop >> 2004
Simple Minds —— Silver Box ► New Wave Alt. Pop >> 2004
Bryan Adams —— Anthology ► Pop-Rock >> 2005
Depeche Mode —— Playing The Angel ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2005
Supertramp —— Retrospective – The Supertramp Anthology ► Prog/Art Rock >> 2005
Stevie Wonder —— A Time To Love ► Pop-Soul >> 2005
Queen —— The Singles Collection: Volume 4 ► Glam Rock >> 2010
The Rolling Stones —— The Brussels Affair ’73 ► Blues-Rock >> 2001
Chris Isaak —— Beyond The Sun ► Adult Contemporary >> 2011
Poliça —— Shulamith ► Dream Pop >> 2013

Oct 19


Elvis Presley —— The Real Elvis ► Rock n Roll >> 1956
The Kingston Trio —— Here We Go Again! ► Folk-Pop >> 1959
The Beach Boys —— Beach Boys Concert ► Pop-Rock >> 1964
Brenda Lee —— Merry Christmas From Brenda Lee ► Country-Pop >> 1964
Simon & Garfunkel —— Wednesday Morning, 3 AM ► Folk-Pop >> 1964
Cass Elliott —— Dream A Little Dream ► Pop-Rock/Folk-Rock >> 1968
The Shadows —— Shades Of Rock ► Instrumental Rock ‘N’ Roll >> 1970
The James Gang —— Straight Shooter ► Blues-Rock >> 1972
The Wailers —— Burnin’ ► Roots Reggae >> 1973
America —— Hat Trick ► Folk-Rock >> 1973
David Bowie —— Pin Ups ► Glam Rock >> 1973
The Who —— Quadrophenia ► British Rock >> 1973
Styx —— Cornerstone ► Prog/Art Rock >> 1979
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers —— Damn The Torpedoes ► Album Rock >> 1979
Prince —— Prince ► Funk >> 1979
Fleetwood Mac —— Tusk ► Pop-Rock >> 1979
INXS —— Underneath The Colours ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1981
Fates Warning —— The Sprectre Within ► Heavy Metal >> 1985
INXS —— Kick ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1987
Roxette —— Look Sharp! ► Pop-Rock >> 1988
Salt-N-Pepa —— Blacks’ Magic ► Pop-Rap >> 1990
The Cure —— Mixed Up ► Post-Punk >> 1990
The Traveling Wilburys —— Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 3 ► Pop-Rock >> 1990
Mötley Crüe —— Decade Of Decadence ► Heavy Metal >> 1991
Julian Cope —— Jehovahkill ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1992
Rush —— Counterparts ► Arena Rock >> 1993
Black Moon —— Enta Da Stage ► East Coast Rap >> 1993
Jesse Colin Young —— Makin’ It Real ► Folk-Rock >> 1993
Alexis Korner —— Mellow Yellow ► Blues-Rock >> 1993
Santana —— Sacred Fire: Live From South America ► Jazz Fusion >> 1993
Pearl Jam —— Vs. ► Hard Rock >> 1993
Talisman —— Humanimal (Part 2) ► Hard Rock >> 1994
Billie Piper —— Honey To The B ► Pop-Rock >> 1998
Idlewild —— Hope Is Important ► Post-Hardcore >> 1998
Natalie Cole —— The Magic Of Christmas ► Holiday Soul-Pop >> 1999
Gin Blossoms —— Outside Looking In: The Best Of The Gin Blossoms ► Power Pop >> 1999
Three Dog Night —— 35th Anniversary Hits Collection ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 2004
Jimmy Eat World —— Futures ► Post-Grunge >> 2004
Lou Reed, John Cale & Nico —— Le Bataclan ’72 ► Art Rock >> 2004
Twisted Sister —— Still Hungry ► Hair Metal >> 2004
Peter Cetera —— You Just Gotta Love Christmas ► Pop-Rock >> 2004
Bob Dylan —— The Bootleg Series, Vol. 9: The Witmark Demos 1962-1964 ► Folk-Rock >> 2010
Bob Dylan —— The Original Mono Recordings ► Folk-Rock >> 2010

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This Week’s Birthdays (October 12 – 18)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Oct 12

1935 ● Luciano Pavarotti → Highly successful and widely-admired Italian opera star and pop music singer, performed on Saturday Night Live and sang with U2 on “Miss Sarajevo”, died from pancreatic cancer on 9/6/1977
1935 ● Samuel Moore → Tenor vocals and one half of R&B/soul Sam & Dave, “Soul Man” (#2, 1967), the most successful and critically-acclaimed soul music duo of all time
1942 ● Melvin Franklin → Bass vocals for Motown R&B/soul legends The Temptations, “My Girl” (#1, 1965) and Grammy-winning “Papa Was A Rolling Stone” (#1, 1972), died after a coma-inducing seizure on 2/23/1995
1948 ● Rick Parfitt → Vocals and rhythm guitar for Brit psych-boogie rock Status Quo, “Pictures Of Matchstick Men” (#12, 1968)
1955 ● Jane Siberry → Canadian art-pop-rock singer and songwriter, “One More Colour” (Canada #27, 1985) from the album The Speckless Sky (#149, 1986)
1955 ● Pat DiNizio → Lead singer, guitarist and songwriter for alt pop-rock The Smithereens, “Only A Memory” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1988), solo albums plus XM satellite radio programmer and unsuccessful US Senate candidate
1956 ● Dave Vanian (David Letts) → Singer and founding member of first-wave punk rockers The Damned, “Eloise” (UK #3, 1986), solo, now hosts TV show featuring homemade horror movies contributed by viewers
1960 ● Bob Mould → Frontman, guitarist and songwriter for post-punk alt rock trio Hüsker Dü, “Makes No Sense At All” (1985), light rock solo career, “See A Little Light” (Modern Rock #4, 1989), founded and fronted alt rock Sugar, “If I Can’t Change Your Mind” (UK #30, 1992)
1966 ● Brian Kennedy → Irish singer/songwriter, played in Van Morrison band, solo, “Life, Love And Happiness”, (UK #27, 1996), appeared on Broadway in The River Dance
1969 ● Garfield A. Bright → Vocals for R&B/urban contemporary soul quartet Shai, “If I Ever Fall In Love” (#2, 1992)
1969 ● Martie Ervin Seidel Maguire → Multi-instrumentalist singer and songwriter with country-rock girl group Dixie Chicks, “Not Ready To Make Nice” (#4, 2006)
1979 ● Jordan Pundik → Founding member, lyricist and lead vocals for pop-punk New Found Glory, “My Friends Over You” (Alt Rock #5, 2002)

Oct 13

1937 ● Bruce “Cousin Brucie” Morrow (Bruce Meyerowitz) → Beloved 60s and 70s pop-rock Top 40 radio DJ (WABC-am New York), then media businessman and currently Sirius XM satellite radio host
1940 ● Chris Farlowe (John Henry Deighton) → Rock, blues and blue-eyed soul singer, covered the Jagger/Richards song, “Out of Time” (UK #1, 1966), session work for Colosseum, Atomic Rooster, Jimmy Page and others
1941 ● Paul Simon → Highly acclaimed and ten-time Grammy-winning folk-pop-rock singer, songwriter and guitarist, one half the 60 folk-pop duo Simon & Garfunkel, “Bridge Over Trouble Water” (#1, 1970), solo, “50 Ways To Leave Your Lover” (#1, 1975) and 12 other Top 40 hits plus the 1986 Grammy Album of the Year, Graceland (#3, 1987)
1944 ● Robert Lamm → Founding member, vocals, keyboards and songwriter for horn-pop-rock Chicago, wrote “25 Or 6 To 4” (#4, 1970) and “Saturday In The Park” (#3, 1972), solo with seven albums plus a 2000 collaboration album with Gerry Beckley (America) and Carl Wilson (The Beach Boys)
1947 ● Sammy Hagar → Hard rock guitarist and lead singer with early heavy metal band Montrose, “Bad Motor Scooter” (1973), solo, “Your Love Is Driving Me Crazy” (#13, 1983), replaced David Lee Roth in Van Halen, “When It’s Love” (#5, 1988), resumed solo career in 1995
1948 ● John Ford Coley (John Edward Colley) → Guitar and vocals in folk-pop duo England Dan & John Ford Coley, “I’d Really Love To See You Tonight” (#2, 1976)
1948 ● Peter David Spencer → Drums and vocals for pop-rock Smokie, “Living Next Door To Alice” (#25, 1977)
1950 ● Simon Nicol → Guitarist for renowned Brit folk-rock Fairport Convention, “Si Tu Dos Partir” (UK #21, 1969)
1959 ● Gerry Darby → Founding member and drummer for Brit jazz-pop-rock Carmel, “Bad Day” (UK #15, 1983)
1959 ● Marie Osmond → Youngest sibling of family-oriented light pop-rock The Osmonds, ten US Top 40 singles including “One Bad Apple” (#1, 1971), country-pop solo career, “Paper Roses” (#5, Country #1, 1973) and seven other Country Top 40 hits, TV host
1962 ● Rob Marche → Guitarist for dance-pop-rock Jo Boxers, “Boxer Beat” (UK #3, 1983)
1968 ● Carlos Marin → Baritone for pre-fab Euro-pop vocal quartet Il Divo, “Unbreak My Heart” (Adult Contemporary #33, 2005)
1970 ● Paul Potts → Welsh crossover opera singer and winner of the first series of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent, debut album One Chance (#21, UK #1, 2007)
1977 ● Justin Peroff (Papadimitriou) → Canadian drummer for jazz/pop/rock Broken Social Scene, “1 2 3 4” (UK #4, 2007), TV and film actor
1980 ● Ashanti Shequoiya Douglas → R&B/contemporary urban singer, songwriter, dancer and actress, “Foolish” (#1, 2002)
1981 ● Kelechukwu “Kele” Rowland Okereke → Lead singer and rhythm guitarist for indie pop-punk revival Bloc Party, “Helicopter” (Dance #5, 2006), solo

Oct 14

1927 ● Bill Justis → Record company music director, arranger and film score composer (Smokey And The Bandit, 1977), co-wrote and played saxophone on the one hit wonder pioneer instrumental rock n’ roll song “Raunchy” (#2, 1957), died 7/15/1982 of cancer
1930 ● Robert Parker → New Orleans R&B/soul and rock ‘n’ roll singer and saxophonist, sessions for Fats Domino, Ernie K-Doe and others, then one hit wonder solo career, “Barefootin'” (#7, 1966)
1940 ● Cliff Richard (Harry Rodger Webb) → The “Brit Elvis” and biggest selling artist of all time in the UK, early rock n’ roll star, “Move It” (UK #2, 1958) credited as the first rock ‘n’ roll song from outside the U.S., then migrated to MOR pop and light rock, “Devil Woman” (#6, UK #9, 1976) plus over 100 UK Top 40 hits, TV actor
1942 ● Billy Harrison → Backing vocals and guitar for the early lineups of Irish garage-rock, proto-punk Them, “Gloria” (#71, 1966)
1945 ● Colin “Bomber” Hodgkinson → Jazz-rock bassist, co-founded 70s bass-centric fusion trio Back Door, session work for Jan Hammer, Alexis Korner, the Spencer Davis Group, Whitesnake and others
1946 ● Dan McCafferty → Founding member and lead singer of Scottish hard rock Nazareth, “Love Hurts” (#8, 1976), has appeared on all Nazareth albums plus two solo LPs
1946 ● David Justin Hayward → Guitar and vocals for prog rock then pop-rock The Moody Blues, wrote “Nights In White Satin” (#2, 1967) and “Your Wildest Dreams” (#9, 1986), still touring in 2011
1947 ● Norman Harris → R&B/Philly soul guitarist, founding member of MFSB, producer for multiple R&B/soul groups including The Delfonics and The Trammps, co-wrote hits for Gloria Gaynor, Wilson Pickett, the Spinners and others as part of the Baker-Harris-Young songwriting team, died of a heart attack on 3/20/1987
1948 ● Ivory Tilmon → Vocals in R&B/soul brother act The Detroit Emeralds, “Feel The Need In Me” (R&B #22, 1973)
1948 ● Marcia Barrett → West Indian vocalist in R&B/disco Euro-dance Boney M, “Rivers Of Babylon” (#30, UK #1, 1978)
1952 ● Chris Amoo → Vocals for Brit Northern soul/funk quartet The Real Thing, “You To Me Are Everything” (#64, UK #1, 1976)
1958 ● Thomas Dolby (Thomas Morgan Robertson) → Multi-instrumentalist New Wave synth-pop singer and composer, “She Blinded Me With Science” (#5, 1982), also member of Camera Club and the Lene Lovich band, producer for Joni Mitchell, Prefab Sprout and others, developed the RMF downloadable file format and Beatnik mobile phone software
1959 ● Anthony Jude “A.J.” Pero → Drummer for heavy metal Twisted Sister, “We’re Not Gonna Take It” (#21, 1983)
1959 ● Antimo Rivetti → Manager for Brit teen-pop blue-eyed soul Curiosity Killed The Cat, “Down To Earth” (UK #3, 1986)
1965 ● Karyn White → Contemporary R&B/pop singer, “Superwoman” (#8, 1988), now an interior design and real estate consultant
1974 ● Natalie Maines Pasdar → Singer, songwriter and guitarist for country-rock girl group Dixie Chicks, “Not Ready To Make Nice” (#4, 2006) plus Grammy Album of the Year Taking The Long Way (2006)
1975 ● Shaznay Lewis → Singer in Brit dance-pop-rock all-girl quartet All Saints, “Never Ever” (#4, 1998)
1978 ● Usher Raymond → The reigning “King of R&B,” Grammy-winning pop-soul singer, songwriter, dancer and actor, “Nice & Slow” (#1, 1998) plus 13 other Top 10 singles and three #1 albums

Oct 15

1925 ● McHouston “Mickey” (aka “Guitar”) Baker → Highly influential but little known 50s session guitarist at Atlantic Records, bridged R&B and rock ‘n’ roll as a backing guitarist, plus solo and duo Mickey & Sylvia, “Love Is Strange” (#11, 1957)
1935 ● Barry McGuire → One hit wonder folk-rock singer, songwriter and guitarist, “Eve Of Destruction” (#1, 1965), switched to Christian/gospel in the 70s
1938 ● Marv Johnson → Early Motown R&B/soul vocalist, “You Got What It Takes” (#10, 1959) and three other Top 40 hits between 1959 and 1961, moved into sales and promotion with Motown and sister labels, died on 5/16/1993 from a stroke
1942 ● Chris Andrews → Pop-rock singer and songwriter, “Yesterday Man” (UK #3, 1965), wrote six UK Top 10 hits for Adam Faith and Sandie Shaw in the mid-60s,
1942 ● Don Stevenson → Drummer, singer and songwriter for 60s San Francisco folk-roots-psych rock Moby Grape, “Omaha” (#88, 1967), continues to appear with the band, issued his first solo album (King Of The Fools) in 2010
1946 ● Richard Carpenter → Keyboards and vocals with sister Karen in AM pop/adult contemporary duo The Carpenters, “Close To You” (#1, 1970)
1948 ● Chris De Burgh (Christopher John Davison) → Light pop-rock/adult contemporary singer, songwriter and keyboardist, “Lady in Red” (#3, 1986)
1948 ● Lance Dickerson → Drummer for country-rock/boogie/swing bar band Commander Cody And His Lost Planet Airmen, “Hot Rod Lincoln” (#9, 1972), worked with various incarnations of the band through the 90s, died on 11/10/2003
1953 ● Toriano “Tito” Jackson → Vocals and lead guitarist in R&B/pop-soul sibling act The Jackson 5, “I Want You Back” (#1, 1970)
1956 ● Chris Lacklison → Keyboards for glam pop-rock Kenny, “The Bump” (UK #3, 1975)
1962 ● David Stead → Drummer in alt pop-rock The Beautiful South, “A Little Time” (UK #1, 1990)
1962 ● Mark Reznicek → Drummer in post-grunge alt rock Toadies, “Possum Kingdom” (Modern Rock #4, 1995)
1963 ● Jay Bennett → Guitarist, songwriter and producer for alt country-rock Wilco, “Outtasite (Outta Mind)” (Mainstream Rock #22, 1997), solo, sessions and collaborations, died 5/24/2009 from an accidental overdose of painkillers
1966 ● Douglas Vipond → Drummer in Scottish indie pop-rock Deacon Blue, “Real Gone Kid” (UK #8, 1988)
1975 ● Ginuwine (Elgin Baylor Lumpkin) → Hip-hop soul crooner, “Differences” (#4, 2001) and five other Top 40 singles
1984 ● Shayne Ward → Contemporary pop singer and winner of the 2005 UK TV series The X Factor, “That’s My Goal” (UK #1, 2005)

Oct 16

1923 ● Bert Kaempfert (Berthold Kämpfert) → German easy listening/adult pop orchestra leader and composer, “Wonderful By Night” (#1, 1961), wrote songs covered by Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and many others, produced the first Beatles recording session with Tony Sheridan, died on 6/21/1980 after a stroke
1937 ● Emile Ford (Emile Sweetman) → West Indian-born singer, musician and frontman for pre-Beatles pop-rock The Checkmates, “What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For?” (UK #1 ,1959), short solo career and then record producer
1938 ● Nico (Christa Päffgen) → German singer, model and vocals for proto-punk The Velvet Underground, “Femme Fatale” (1967), then proto-goth/folk-rock solo career, died on 7/18/1988 from a brain hemorrhage following a bicycling accident
1942 ● Dave Lovelady → Drummer and singer for Merseybeat pop-rock The Fourmost, “A Little Loving” (UK #6, 1964)
1943 ● Charles Frederick “C.F.” Turner → Bass and vocals for Canadian pop-rockers Bachman-Turner Overdrive, “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” (#1, 1974), the only member to play on every album the band released over 25 years
1947 ● Bob “Ace” Weir → Founding member, rhythm guitarist, singer and songwriter for rock’s longest, strangest trip Grateful Dead, “Sugar Magnolia” (#91, 1973) and “Touch Of Grey” (#9, 1987), solo, bandleader for Kingfish, Ratdog and Bobby & The Midnites, member of Grateful Dead spinoff The Other Ones
1953 ● Tony Carey → Keyboardist in early lineup of hard rock Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, founder and frontman for space rock Planet P Project, “Why Me?” (Mainstream Rock #4, 1983) and solo, “A Fine, Fine Day” (#22, 1984), producer for Jennifer Rush, Joe Cocker, Mark Knopfler and others
1959 ● Gary Kemp → Guitar and keyboards for New Romantic pop-rock Spandau Ballet, “True” (#4, 1983) plus 16 other UK top 40 singles
1962 ● Flea (Michael Peter Balzary) → Bass and vocals for funk-rock Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Californication” (Modern Rock #1, 2000)
1965 ● Simon Bartholomew → Founding member, guitar and vocals for acid-jazz/funk The Brand New Heavies, “Sometimes” (UK #11, 1997)
1967 ● Jason Everman → Rock guitarist and vocalist with brief stints in 1989 as second guitarist for premier grunge rock Nirvana, “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (#6, 1992) and 1990 as interim bassist in seminal grunge rock group Soundgarden, “Black Hole Sun” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1994) before both groups became superstars, left to join other marginally successful grunge bands, eventually joined the U.S. Army Special Forces and became a decorated Afghan and Iraqi war hero, now a G.I. Bill graduate of Columbia University with a B.A. in Philosophy
1969 ● Wendy Wilson → Vocals for pop-rock all-girl offspring trio Wilson Phillips, “Release Me” (#1, 1990), daughter of The Beach Boys Brian Wilson
1977 ● John Mayer → Light pop-rock singer/songwriter and guitarist, won 2003 Grammy Award for “Your Body Is A Wonderland” (#18, Adult Top 40 #3, 2002)

Oct 17

1909 ● William Randolph “Cozy” Cole → Journeyman but highly regarded jazz-pop and swing drummer from 1930 through the 70s, his instrumental “Topsy, Pt. 2” (#3, R&B #1, 1958) was the first drum solo recording to chart, died on 1/29/1981 from cancer
1933 ● Soeur Sourie (Jeanne-Paule Marie “Jeanine” Deckers) → Belgian-born one hit wonder folk-pop singer and guitarist, as the “Singing Nun” recorded “Dominique” (#1, 1963), died on 3/29/1985 after ingesting an overdose of sleeping pills in a suicide pact with a girlfriend
1934 ● Emmanuel “Rico” Rodriguez → Jamaican trombonist with ska revival The Specials, “Ghost Town” (UK #1, 1981), solo and sessions
1935 ● Michael Eavis → English dairy farmer who founded the Glastonbury Festival in 1970 and on whose land the music festival has occurred annually for over 40 years
1941 ● Alan Howard → Bassist for British Invasion pop-rock The Tremeloes, “Silence Is Golden” (#11, UK #1, 1967)
1941 ● Jim Seals → Guitar, violin, vocals and songwriting in 70s light pop-rock duo Seals & Crofts, “Summer Breeze” (#6, 1972) and “Diamond Girl” (#6, 1973)
1942 ● Gary Puckett → Lead vocals and frontman for pop-rock Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, “Young Girl” (#2, 1968), followed with a modest solo career and now tours with a new lineup of the band
1944 ● Carole “Cookie” Cole → Music producer, stage, film and TV actress, adopted daughter of jazz-pop singer Nat King Cole and adopted sister of soul-pop diva Natalie Cole, starred in multiple motion pictures including The Silencers (1967) and The Taking Of Pelham One Two Three (1974), co-starred on TV sitcoms Sanford And Son and Grady, as CEO of King Cole Productions oversaw the use and licensing of her father’s catalogue, name and likeness, died of lung cancer on 5/19/2009
1946 ● James Tucker → First rhythm guitarist for pop-rock The Turtles, “Happy Together” (#1, 1967), left in 1967 following a European tour
1949 ● Bill Hudson (Salerno) → Vocals for sibling trio The Hudson Brothers, “So You Are A Star” (#21, 1974), ex-spouse of Goldie Hawn, father of actress Kate Hudson
1958 ● Alan Jackson → Honky tonk/new traditionalist country star singer and songwriter with 17 Country Top 10 albums and 24 Country #1 hits, including the Grammy-winning “Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)” (#38, Country #1, 2001)
1962 ● Anne Rogers → Bassist for Brit indie-folk-pop Popinjays, “Vote Elvis” (Modern Rock #17, 1988)
1967 ● René Dif → Vocals for Danish dance-pop Aqua, “Barbie Girl” (#7, 1997), which drew a lawsuit from Mattel for its sexual content
1968 ● David Nesta “Ziggy” Marley → Five-time Grammy-winning guitarist, singer and songwriter, solo and as frontman for reggae-pop sibling group The Melody Makers, “Tomorrow People” (#39, 1988), son of reggae legend Bob Marley
1971 ● Christopher Kirkpatrick → Founding member and counter tenor vocals for teen dance-pop harmony boy band *NSYNC, “It’s Gonna Be Me” (#1, 2000)
1971 ● Derrick Plourde → Drummer for mainstream pop-punk The Ataris, “The Boys Of Summer” (#20, Modern Rock #2, 2003) and other bands, died from a suicide gunshot on 3/30/2005
1972 ● Eminem (Marshall Bruce Mathers III) → Grammy-winning blue-eyed rapper, worldwide #1 album The Marshall Mathers LP (2000) and worldwide hit “Lose Yourself” (#1, 2002), producer for Jay-Z, Nas, 50 Cent, DMX, 2Pac and others, award-winning film actor
1972 ● Michael McKean → Actor and comedian, portrayed David St. Hubbins in the “mock-rock” parody band Spinal Tap from the movie This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
1972 ● Wyclef Jean → Haitian musician, member of R&B/jazz-rap The Fugees, “Killing Me Softly” (#1, 1996), solo, “Gone Till November” (#7, 1998), record producer, announced plans to run in the 2010 Haitian presidential election but withdrew when his bid for candidacy was rejected over residency requirements

Oct 18

1926 ● Charles Edward “Chuck” Berry → Early breakthrough rock ‘n’ roll pioneer, enduring and immortal guitarist, singer and songwriter, “Johnny B. Goode” (#8, 1958) and 13 other Top 40 hits, major influence on The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and countless other rock and pop artists
1938 ● Ronnie Bright → R&B/doo wop bass singer with The Valentines, The Cadillacs and the Deep River Boys, plus session work including a duo with Johnny Cymbal, “Mr. Bass Man” (#16, 1963), now with The Coasters
1943 ● Russ Giguere → Vocals, percussion and guitar in light pop-rock vocal group The Association, “Along Comes Mary” (#7, 1966), left briefly for solo career but returned and still tours with the band in 2011
1946 ● Joe Egan → Keyboards and vocals in Scottish folk-pop-rock Stealers Wheel, “Stuck In The Middle With You” (#6, 1973)
1947 ● Laura Nyro (Nigro) → Light folk-jazz-pop singer, guitarist and composer with several acclaimed solo albums, wrote “Eli’s Coming” for Three Dog Night (#10, 1969), “Wedding Bell Blues” for The 5th Dimension (#1, 1969), “And When I Die” for Blood, Sweat & Tears (#2, 1969) and “Stoney End” for Barbra Streisand (#6, 1971), died of ovarian cancer on 4/8/1997
1949 ● Gary Richrath → Guitarist and principal songwriter for arena rock REO Speedwagon, wrote “Take It On The Run” (#5, 1981), left in 1989 for unsuccessful solo career
1955 ● Vanessa Briscoe Hay → Co-founding member and lead vocalist for Athens, GA-based seminal post-punk college rock Pylon, “Gyrate” (Dance/Club #41, 1981), later with other local groups
1956 ● Dick Crippen → Bassist in oddball Brit punk-rock Tenpole Tudor, “Who Killed Bambi” (UK #6, 1979)
1958 ● Denise Dufort → Founding member, vocals and drums for early all-girl heavy metal group Painted Lady, which became Girlschool, “Hit And Run” (UK #32, 1981)
1961 ● Wynton Marsalis → Virtuoso jazz trumpeter, composer and bandleader, one of the “Young Lions” and a major figure in jazz since the 1980s, his album Standard Time, Vol. 1 (1987) is one of five Grammy-winning albums
1966 ● Tim Cross → Bassist in post-grunge alt rock Sponge, “Molly (16 Candles Down The Drain)” (Modern Rock #3, 1995)
1971 ● Mark Morriss → Lead singer for indie rock The Bluetones, “Slight Return” (UK #2, 1996), solo
1974 ● Peter Svensson → Guitarist for Swedish pop-rock The Cardigans, “Lovefool” (#1, 1996)
1975 ● Baby Bash (Ronald Ray Bryant) → Mexican-American smooth rapper, “Suga Suga” (#7, 2003)
1977 ● Simon Rix → Bassist for indie rock Kaiser Chiefs, “Ruby” (UK #1, 2007)
1982 ● Ne-Yo (Shaffer Smith) → Urban contemporary R&B/pop singer, “So Sick” (#1, 2005) and “Miss Independent” (#7, 2008), the 2009 Grammy Award for Best R&B song
1987 ● Zachary Efron → Actor and singer, “Troy Bolton” in High School Musical movies (most watched cable TV movies ever)

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Albums Released This Week (October 6 – 12)

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):

Oct 06


Genesis —— Foxtrot ► Prog Rock >> 1972
Rachel Sweet —— Fool Around ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1978
Hawkwind —— Hawklords – 25 Years On ► Heavy Metal >> 1978
Lionel Richie —— Lionel Richie ► Soul-Dance >> 1982
George Strait —— Right Or Wrong ► Classic Country >> 1983
Metal Church —— The Dark ► Heavy Metal/Thrash Metal >> 1986
A-Ha —— Scoundrel Days ► New Wave/Synth-Pop >> 1986
R.E.M. —— Automatic For The People ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1992
The Tragically Hip —— Fully Completely ► Folk-Rock >> 1992
Soul Asylum —— Grave Dancer’s Union ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1992
Joan Baez —— Play Me Backwards ► Folk-Pop >> 1992
Bob Marley & The Wailers —— Songs Of Freedom ► Roots Reggae >> 1992
Aphex Twin —— Come To Daddy ► Electronica – Dark Ambient >> 1997
Manu Chao —— Clandestino ► Latin Reggae >> 1998
John (Cougar) Mellencamp —— John Mellencamp ► Roots Rock >> 1998
Son Volt —— Wide Swing Tremelo ► Alt. Country-rock >> 1998
Bob Dylan —— The Bootleg Series, Vol. 8: Tell Tale Signs: Rare And Unreleased 1989-2006 ► Folk-Rock >> 2008
Oasis —— Dig Out Your Soul ► Alt. Pop-Rock/Britpop >> 2008
Everclear —— In A Different Light ► Grunge-Punk >> 2009
Kiss —— Sonic Boom ► Hard Rock >> 2009

Oct 07


The Beach Boys —— Little Deuce Coupe ► Pop-Rock >> 1963
XTC —— 3D EP ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1977
Dire Straits —— Dire Straits ► Post-Punk Pop-Rock >> 1978
Heart —— Dog & Butterfly ► Album Rock >> 1978
Loverboy —— Get Lucky ► Arena Rock >> 1981
John (Cougar) Mellencamp —— Uh-Huh ► Roots Rock >> 1983
Slayer —— Reign In Blood ► Heavy Metal >> 1986
Talking Heads —— True Stories ► New Wave Art-Rock >> 1986
Exodus —— Pleasures Of The Flesh ► Heavy Metal >> 1987
Metal Church —— Hanging In The Balance ► Heavy Metal/Thrash Metal >> 1993
The Shamen —— Hempton Manor ► Alt Rock/Electro-Psych >> 1996
Steve Earle —— El Corazón ► Alt. Country >> 1997
Leonard Cohen —— More Of The Best Of Leonard Cohen ► Folk-Rock >> 1997
Blondie —— Picture This Live ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1997
R.E.M. —— R.E.M.: In The Attic – Alternative Recordings 1985-1989 ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1997
Everclear —— So Much For The Afterglow ► Grunge-Punk >> 1997
The Four Tops —— The Ultimate Collection ► Soul – Motown >> 1997
Janet Jackson —— The Velvet Rope ► Pop-Soul >> 1997
Mötley Crüe —— 20th Century Masters – The Millenium Collection: The Best Of Mötley Crüe ► Heavy Metal >> 2003
Gov’t Mule —— The Deepest End: Live In Concert ► Southern Rock/Jam Rock >> 2003
Jimmy Buffett —— Live In Auburn, WA ► Folk-Rock >> 2003
Twisted Sister —— A Twisted Christmas ► Hair Metal >> 2006
The Pretenders —— Break Up The Concrete ► Post-Punk >> 2008
Natalie Cole —— Caroling, Caroling: Christmas With Natalie Cole ► Holiday Soul-Pop >> 2008

Oct 08


Dusty Springfield —— Ev’rything’s Coming Up Dusty ► Pop-Rock >> 1965
The Hollies —— Distant Light [UK] ► Pop-Rock >> 1971
Hawkwind —— In Search Of Space ► Space Rock >> 1971
The Move —— Message From The Country ► Pop Psychedelic >> 1971
Billy Preston —— Music Is My Life ► Soul-Funk >> 1972
The Moody Blues —— This Is The Moody Blues [UK] ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1974
Diana Ross —— Mahogany ► Soul – Motown >> 1975
Prince —— Dirty Mind ► Dance-Pop >> 1980
Talking Heads —— Remain In Light ► New Wave Art-Rock >> 1980
Mike Love —— Looking Back With Love ► Pop-Rock >> 1981
Joy Division —— Still ► Post-Punk >> 1981
Diamond Head —— Borrowed Time ► Heavy Metal (Brit New Wave) >> 1982
Madness —— Presents The Rise & Fall ► Ska >> 1982
The Fall —— The Wonderful And Frightening World Of The Fall ► Pop-Rock/Post-Punk >> 1984
Van Morrison —— Enlightenment ► Folk-Rock >> 1990
Ringo Starr —— Ringo Starr And His All-Starr Band… ► Pop-Rock >> 1990
Simple Minds —— Themes – Volume 3: September 85 – June 87 ► New Wave Alt. Pop >> 1990
Eric Clapton —— 24 Nights ► Blues-Rock >> 1991
Soundgarden —— Badmotorfinger ► Grunge >> 1991
Primal Scream —— Screamadelica ► Indie Rock >> 1991
Pixies —— Trompe Le Monde ► Garage Rock >> 1991
John (Cougar) Mellencamp —— Whenever We Wanted ► Roots Rock >> 1991
Simple Minds —— Glittering Prize 81/92 ► New Wave Alt. Pop >> 1992
Robert Earl Keen, Jr. —— A Bigger Piece Of Sky ► Folk-Rock >> 1993
Chris Isaak —— Baja Sessions ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1996
Jimmy Buffett —— Christmas Island ► Folk-Rock >> 1996
Chemlab —— East Side Militia ► Industrial Rock >> 1996
Karen Carpenter —— Karen Carpenter ► Easy Listening >> 1996
Colin James —— National Steel ► Blues-Rock >> 1997
Simple Minds —— Neon Lights ► New Wave Alt. Pop >> 2001
Bon Jovi —— Bounce ► Arena Rock >> 2002
Gov’t Mule —— The Deep End, Vol. 2 ► Southern Rock/Jam Rock >> 2002
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers —— The Last DJ ► Album Rock >> 2002
Slaughter —— Then and Now: Slaughter ► Hair Metal >> 2002
The Apples In Stereo —— Velocity Of Sound ► Indie Pop-Rock/Power Pop >> 2002

Oct 09


The Easybeats —— Best of The Easybeats – Volume 2 ► Rock ‘N’ Roll >> 1969
Carpenters —— Ticket To Ride ► Soft Rock >> 1969
Cream —— Heavy Cream ► Blues-Rock >> 1972
Three Dog Night —— Cyan ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1973
Ashford & Simpson —— Send It ► Disco >> 1977
Judas Priest —— Killing Machine ► Heavy Metal >> 1978
Judas Priest —— Hell Bent For Leather ► Heavy Metal >> 1978
Boomtown Rats —— The Fine Art Of Surfacing ► New Wave Post-Punk >> 1979
Armored Saint —— March Of The Saint ► Heavy Metal >> 1984
Devo —— Shout ► Pop-Rock/Post-Punk New Wave >> 1984
KBC Band —— KBC Band ► Album Rock >> 1986
Bruce Springsteen —— Tunnel Of Love ► Album Rock >> 1987
The Psychedelic Furs —— Book Of Days ► New Wave Post-Punk >> 1989
Kylie Minogue —— Enjoy Yourself ► Dance-Pop >> 1989
Styx —— Edge Of The Century ► Prog/Art Rock >> 1990
Mary Chapin Carpenter —— Shooting Straight In The Dark ► Country-Folk >> 1990
Simple Minds —— Themes – Volume 4: February 89 – May 90 ► New Wave Alt. Pop >> 1990
Placebo —— Black Market Music ► Alt Rock/Glam Punk >> 2000
Godspeed You Black Emperor! —— Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven ► Instrumental/Experimental >> 2000
Eric Clapton —— Complete Clapton ► Blues-Rock >> 2007
Karla Bonoff —— Live ► Pop-Rock >> 2007

Oct 10


Brenda Lee —— This Is…Brenda ► Country-Pop >> 1960
The Monkees —— The Monkees ► Pop-Rock >> 1966
Simon & Garfunkel —— Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme ► Folk-Pop >> 1966
Elvis Presley —— Clambake ► Pop-Rock/Country-Pop >> 1967
The Kinks —— Arthur (Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire) ► British Rock >> 1969
Frank Zappa —— Hot Rats ► Art Rock >> 1969
King Crimson —— In The Court Of The Crimson King ► Prog Rock >> 1969
Pink Floyd —— Atom Heart Mother ► Prog Rock >> 1970
Carpenters —— GEM I [Japan] ► Easy Listening >> 1972
Renaissance —— Ashes Are Burning ► Prog Rock >> 1973
Deep Purple —— Come Taste The Band ► Hard Rock >> 1975
The Easybeats —— The Shame Just Drained ► Rock ‘N’ Roll >> 1977
Manfred Mann —— Chance ► Pop-Rock >> 1980
Thin Lizzy —— Chinatown ► Hard Rock >> 1980
Bruce Springsteen —— The River ► Album Rock >> 1980
UB40 —— Present Arms In Dub ► Reggae-Dub >> 1981
Triumph —— Stages ► Arena Rock >> 1985
John Farnham —— Whispering Jack ► Pop-Rock >> 1986
John Lennon —— Imagine: John Lennon ► Pop-Rock >> 1988
U2 —— Rattle And Hum ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1988
George Harrison —— The Best Of Dark Horse (1976-1989) ► Pop-Rock >> 1989
Indigo Girls —— Strange Fire ► Folk-Rock >> 1989
Atlanta Rhythm Section —— Truth In A Structured Form ► Hard Rock >> 1989
The Jesus Lizard —— Liar ► Alt Rock/Noise Rock >> 1992
Suede —— Dog Man Star ► Brit Pop >> 1994
Annihilator —— King Of The Kill ► Thrash Metal >> 1994
Cowboy Junkies —— 200 More Miles, Live Performances 1985 – 1994 ► Alt. Rock >> 1995
Idle Wilds —— Dumb, Gifted And Beautiful ► Power Pop >> 1995
Peter Frampton —— Frampton Comes Alive! II ► Arena Rock >> 1995
Fleetwood Mac —— Time ► Pop-Rock >> 1995
Blackmail —— Blackmail ► Post-Grunge/Kraut Rock >> 1997
Catch 22 —— Alone In A Crowd ► Post-Punk/Third Wave Ska >> 2000
The Church —— Triple Set ► Alt. Power Pop >> 2000
The Tubes —— Tubes World Tour 2001 ► Alt. Rock >> 2000
James Taylor —— James Taylor At Christmas ► Folk-Rock >> 2006
Sting —— Songs From The Labyrinth ► Pop-Rock >> 2006
Jimmy Buffett —— Take The Weather With You ► Folk-Rock >> 2006
Radiohead —— In Rainbows ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2007

Oct 11


Johnny Cash —— Johnny Cash With His Hot And Blue Guitar ► Country-Rock >> 1957
Santana —— Caravanserai ► Jazz-Rock Fusion >> 1972
Manfred Mann’s Earth Band —— The Good Earth ► Prog Rock >> 1974
Billy Joel —— Streetlife Serenade ► Pop-Rock >> 1974
Donna Summer —— Four Seasons Of Love ► Disco >> 1976
Hot Tuna —— Hoppkorv ► Folk-Rock >> 1976
Hall & Oates —— Beauty On A Back Street ► Pop-Rock >> 1977
Kansas —— Point Of Know Return ► Arena Rock >> 1977
Lionel Richie —— Can’t Slow Down ► Soul-Dance >> 1983
Simply Red —— Picture Book ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1985
Love And Rockets —— Seventh Dream Of Teenage Heaven ► Glam-rock >> 1985
Pet Shop Boys —— Introspective ► Club Dance >> 1988
Ministry —— The Land Of Rape And Honey ► Industrial Metal >> 1988
Neil Young & Crazy Horse —— Ragged Glory ► Folk-Rock >> 1990
Jackson Browne —— I’m Alive ► Folk-Rock >> 1993
Bonnie Tyler —— Silhouette In Red ► Pop Vocals (Female) >> 1993
Korn —— Korn ► Post-Grunge/Nu Metal >> 1994
Great Big Sea —— Up ► Folk-Rock/Celtic Rock >> 1995
Pet Shop Boys —— Nightlife ► Electro-pop/Dance >> 1999
Children Of Bodom —— Tokyo Warhearts ► Heavy Metal/Black Metal >> 1999
Duran Duran —— Astronaut ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2004
Evanescence —— Evanescence ► Hard Rock/Alt Metal >> 2011

Oct 12


Genesis —— Selling England By The Pound ► Prog Rock >> 1973
The Who —— Odds & Sods ► British Rock >> 1974
Chaka Khan —— Chaka ► Soul-Funk >> 1978
Rick James —— Fire It Up ► Soul-Funk >> 1979
Rod Stewart —— Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 ► Blues-Rock >> 1979
U2 —— October ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1981
Hall & Oates —— Big Bam Boom ► Pop-Rock >> 1984
Lloyd Cole & The Commotions —— Rattlesnakes ► AA Pop-Rock/Synth >> 1984
Neil Young —— Freedom ► Folk-Rock >> 1989
Talking Heads —— Once In A Lifetime – The Best Of The Talking Heads ► New Wave Art-Rock >> 1992
The Lemonheads —— Come On Feel The Lemonheads ► Power Pop >> 1993
George Clinton —— Hey, Man, Smell My Finger ► Funk/Hip Hop >> 1993
Midnight Oil —— 20,000 Watt R.S.L. ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1997
Fatboy Slim —— You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby ► Brit-Hop >> 1998
Chicago —— Chicago XXVI: Live In Concert ► Jazz-Rock >> 1999
Eric Clapton —— Clapton Chronicles: The Best Of Eric Clapton ► Blues-Rock >> 1999
Eric Clapton —— Clapton Chronicles: The Best Of Eric Clapton ► Blues-Rock >> 1999
Chris Isaak —— Chris Isaak Christmas ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2004
Alison Moyet —— Voice ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2004
Journey —— Don’t Stop Believin’: The Best Of Journey ► AOR Rock >> 2009
Wilson Phillips —— Christmas In Harmony ► Pop-Rock >> 2010
Indigo Girls —— Holly Happy Days ► Folk-Rock >> 2010

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This Week’s Birthdays (October 5 – 11)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Oct 05

1911 ● Maxine King (Maxine Elliott Driggs Thomas) → Vocalist for complex and sophisticated four-part harmony 30s, 40s and 50s Big Band/pop sibling singing group The King Sisters, “The Hut-Sut Song” (Top 30, 1944), recorded with her sisters on hundreds of albums and numerous radio specials over three decades and in the musical-variety TV program The King Family Show and holiday specials thereafter, died from natural causes at age 92 on 5/13/2009
1924 ● Bill Dana (William Szathmary) → TV actor, comedian and screenwriter, created the character José Jiménez and the comedy single “The Astronaut” (Top 20, 1961)
1935 ● Margie Singleton (Margaret Louis Ebey) → Popular country duet and solo singer, “Keeping Up With The Joneses” (Country #5, 1964) and four other Country Top 20 hits
1936 ● George “Wydell” Jones Jr. → Lead vocals and songwriter for doo-wop The Edsels, “Rama Lama Ding Dong” (#21, 1961), died from cancer on 9/27/2008
1938 ● Carlo Mastrangelo → Bass and later lead vocals for R&B doo wop Dion & The Belmonts, “A Teenager In Love” (#5, 1959), continued after frontman Dion DiMucci left in 1960 as The Belmonts, “Tell Me Why” (#18, 1961), still performing in the 10s
1939 ● Abi Ofarim (Abraham Reichstadt) → Israeli guitarist, vocalist and dancer, one half the folk-pop-rock husband/wife duo Esther & Abi, “Cinderella Rockafella” (UK #1, 1968)
1941 ● Arlene Smith → Vocals for early R&B/pop girl group trio The Chantels, “Maybe” (#15, R&B #2, 1958), one of the definitive songs of the genre
1941 ● Wally Lester → Vocals in R&B doo wop The Skyliners, “Since I Don’t Have You” (#12, 1959)
1942 ● Richard Street → Lead vocals from 1971 to 1993 for Motown R&B/soul legends The Temptations, Grammy-winning “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” (#1, 1972), now writing autobiography
1943 ● Steve Miller → Guitarist, singer, songwriter and frontman for blues-rock then psych-rock then pop-rock Steve Miller Band, “The Joker” (#1, 1973), now teaches college music courses
1947 ● Brian Johnson → Lead vocals for Brit glam-rock Geordie, “All Because Of You” (UK #6, 1972), joined AC/DC replacing deceased lead singer Bon Scott in 1980, “Back In Black” (#37, 1981)
1948 ● Lucius “Tawl” Ross → Rhythm guitar for R&B/funk giants Funkadelic, “One Nation Under A Groove” (#28, 1978)
1949 ● Brian Connolly → Vocals for glam pop-rock Sweet, “Ballroom Blitz” (#5, 1973), died of kidney and liver failure after years of alcoholism on 2/10/1997
1949 ● Louis Charles “B. W.” Stevenson III → One hit wonder country-pop singer, “My Maria” (#9, 1973), died following heart surgery on 4/28/1988
1950 ● “Fast” Eddie Clarke → Guitar and vocals in speed-metal Motörhead, “Ace Of Spades” (UK #15, 1980), left the band in 1982 to co-found heavy metal Fastway
1951 ● Bob Geldof → Frontman, guitar, singer and songwriter for Irish New Wave punk-pop Boomtown Rats, “I Don’t Like Mondays” (#73, UK #1, 1980) plus 8 other UK Top 20 hits, Live Aid founder/promoter, author, and political activist
1952 ● Harold Faltermeyer (Harald Faltermeier) → Grammy-winning German synth-pop keyboardist, producer and composer, co-wrote the themes from the movies Beverly Hills Cop “Axel F” (#3, 1985) and Top Gun, session work with Donna Summer, Barbra Streisand, Billy Idol, Cheap Trick and others
1953 ● Russell Craig Mael → With brother Ron, vocals and frontman for quirky pop-rock Sparks, “This Town Ain’t Big Enough For The Both Of Us” (UK #2, 1974) and “Just Got Back From Heaven” (Dance/Club #7, 1989)
1957 ● Lee Thompson → Sax and vocals for punk/ska revival Madness, “Our House” (#7, 1982) and over 20 other UK Top 40 singles
1960 ● Paul Heard → Keyboards and programming for Brit dance-pop/house music M People, “Moving On Up” (#34, Dance #1, 1993)
1964 ● Dave Dederer → Co-founder, bass and vocals for post-grunge alt rock The Presidents Of The United States Of America, “Lump” (Mainstream Rock #7, 1995), later with web/mobile media company Melodeo
1974 ● Heather Headley → Trinidadian R&B/soul, calypso, reggae and soca singer, “In My Mind” (Dance/Club #1, 2006), Broadway stage actress, The Lion King (1997) and Aida (1998)
1977 ● Kele Le Roc (Kelly Biggs) → Brit pop, garage and R&B/soul singer, “Little Bit Of Lovin'” (UK #8, 1998), backing vocals for Shy FX and Curtis Lynch, Jr.
1978 ● James Valentine → Guitarist for alt funk-rock Maroon 5, “She Will Be Loved” (#5, 2004)
1980 ● Paul Anthony Thomas → Bass guitar for post-grunge punk-pop Good Charlotte, “The Anthem” (Alt Rock #10, 2003)
1985 ● Nicola Roberts → Singer in pre-fab all-girl Euro-pop vocal group Girls Aloud, “Sound Of The Underground” (UK #1, 2002)

Oct 06

1917 ● Bob Neal → Memphis country and pop radio DJ, music talent agent, Elvis Presley‘s second manager, resigned in favor of Colonel Tom Parker in early 1955
1942 ● Neil Korner → Bassist for British Invasion pop-rock The Nashville Teens, “Tobacco Road” (#16, 1964)
1945 ● Robin Shaw (Scrimshaw) → Session vocals in pre-fab British Invasion pop-rock Flower Pot Men, “Let’s Go To San Francisco” (Top 10, 1967), then moved over to pre-fab pop White Plains, “My Baby Loves Lovin'” (#13, 1970) and later pop-rock The First Class, “Beach Baby” (#4, UK #13, 1974)
1946 ● Millie Small → Jamaican one hit wonder “bluebeat” reggae/ska singer, “My Boy Lollipop” (#2, 1964), the first international ska hit
1949 ● Roberto Alfonso “Bobby” Farrell → West Indian vocalist in R&B/disco Euro-dance Boney M, “Rivers Of Babylon” (#30, UK #1, 1978)
1949 ● Thomas McClary → Guitarist for Grammy-winning Motown R&B/soul-funk Commodores, “Three Times A Lady” (#1, 1978), left for a solo career in gospel music
1951 ● Gavin Sutherland → Bass guitar and vocals for folk-rock sibling duo The Sutherland Brothers, “(I Don’t Want To Love You But) You Got Me Anyway” (#48, 1973), then joined with an obscure rock band to form The Sutherland Brothers & Quiver, “The Arms Of Mary” (#81, UK #5, 1975)
1951 ● Kevin Cronin → Lead vocals, rhythm guitar and songwriter for arena rock REO Speedwagon, wrote “Keep On Lovin’ You” (#1, 1980) and “Can’t Fight This Feeling” (#1, 1985)
1954 ● David Hidalgo → Singer, songwriter and guitarist for Tex-Mex roots rock Los Lobos, “La Bamba” (#1, 1987), solo, side projects and session work, also member of supergroup Los Super Seven and the Latin Playboys
1958 ● Tim Mooney → Drummer for critically acclaimed but light selling alt pop-rock American Music Club (1991 album Everclear)
1960 ● Richard Jobson → Lead singer in New Wave art-punk-rock The Skids, “Into The Valley” (UK #10, 1979), later producer, TV host, film director and screenwriter
1961 ● Tim Burgess → Drummer for new wave pop-rock T’Pau, “Heart And Soul” (#4, 1987)
1964 ● Matthew Sweet → Power pop guitarist and songwriter, “Girlfriend” (Mainstream Rock #10, 1992), collaborated with The Bangles‘ singer Susanna Hoffs on two albums, Under The Covers, Vol.1 (2006) and Vol. 2 (2009), featuring covers of 60s and 70s pop-rock hits
1966 ● Tommy Stinson → Lead guitar for garage punk then alt rock pioneers The Replacements, “I’ll Be You” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1989), solo, sessions, played with Guns N’ Roses
1982 ● William Pierce Butler → Multi-instrumentalist for alt/indie rock Arcade Fire, “Keep The Car Running” (Alt #32, 2007)

Oct 07

1927 ● Al Martino (Jasper Cini) → Italian-American pop crooner, “I Love You Because” (#3, 1963) and ten other Top 40 hits, film actor, played Johnny Fontane in The Godfather series, died on 10/13/2009
1939 ● Colin Cooper → Founding member, saxophone, guitar and vocals for Brit blues-rock Climax Blues Band, “Couldn’t Get It Right” (#3, 1977), died on 7/3/2008
1941 ● Martin Murray → Rhythm guitar for one hit wonder English beat/pop-rock The Honeycombs, “Have I The Right?” (#5, 1964)
1941 ● Tony “Panama” Silvester → Founding member vocalist for R&B/soul The Main Ingredient, “Everybody Plays The Fool” (#3, 1972) and 11 R&B Top 40 singles, died on 11/27/2006 from multiple myeloma
1945 ● Bob Webber → Co-founder, keyboards and vocals for one hit wonder pop-rock Sugarloaf, “Green-Eyed Lady” (#3, 1970)
1945 ● Kevin Godley → Guitar, vocals and songwriter for soft pop-rock 10cc, “I’m Not In Love” (#2, 1975), co-founded pop duo Godley & Crème, “Cry” (#16, 1985), later a film and music video director
1949 ● David Hope → Founding member and bassist for prog/heartland rock Kansas, “Dust In The Wind” (#6, 1978), converted to Christianity and formed religious-tinged hard rock AD with other Kansas bandmates, now an Anglican priest and author
1951 ● John (Cougar) Mellencamp → Grammy-winning roots rock singer/songwriter, “Jack And Diane” (#1, 1982) and 23 other Top 40 and 16 Mainstream Rock Top 40 hits
1953 ● Hector Samuel “Tico” Torres → Drummer and percussionist in Bon Jovi, “Living On A Prayer” (#1, 1987)
1959 ● David Taylor → Original bass guitarist for studio-only pop-rock one hit wonder Edison Lighthouse, “(Love Grows) Where My Rosemary Goes” (#5, 1970)
1959 ● Simon Cowell → Record A&R executive, TV producer, music entrepreneur and notoriously critical judge on TV shows Popstars, Pop Idol, American Idol and, starting in 2011, the US version of The X Factor
1964 ● Samantha “Sam” Brown → Brit singer, keyboardist and songwriter, “Stop!” (UK #4, 1989), also backing vocals in sessions and tours with Steve Marriott, The Small Faces, Jools Holland Band, Spandau Ballet and Pink Floyd
1967 ● Toni Braxton → Grammy-winning R&B/soul-pop singer, “Un Break My Heart” (#1, 1996), Broadway stage and film actress, Las Vegas showroom headliner
1968 ● Thomas Edward “Thom” Yorke → Lead vocalist, guitarist and principal songwriter for alt/indie rock Radiohead, “There There” (Modern Rock #14, 2003), solo, “Black Swan” (Mainstream Rock #40, 2006)
1969 ● Leeroy Thornhill → MC and vocals for “big beat” electronic dance/rap The Prodigy, “Firestarter” (#30, 1996)
1976 ● Taylor Hicks → Blue-eyed soul singer and songwriter, 2006 American Idol winner, “Do I Make You Proud” (#1, 2006)
1978 ● Alesha Dixon → Brit singer, dancer and songwriter in “UK urban” R&B/dance-pop trio Mis-Teeq, “One Night Stand” (Dance/Club #4, 2004), solo, “The Boy Does Nothing” (UK #5, 2008), model

Oct 08

1934 ● Doc Green → Baritone vocals for the second lineup of R&B/soul doo wop The Drifters, “Save The Last Dance For Me” (#1, 1960), left in 1962
1940 ● Fred Cash → Vocals for Chicago soul/doo wop The Impressions, “It’s All Right” (#4, 1963)
1941 ● Dave Arbus → Founding member, violin, flute, saxophone and trumpet in Brit prog-rock/jazz fusion East Of Eden, “Jig A Jig” (UK #7, 1971), later with Fiddler’s Dram, violin solo on The Who‘s “Baba O’Reilly” (1970)
1941 ● George Bellamy → Rhythm guitar for Brit instrumental rock ‘n’ roll The Tornados, “Telstar” (#1, 1962), the first major US hit by a British group, solo, father of Muse frontman Matthew Bellamy
1942 ● Reese Francis “Buzz” Clifford → Rock ‘n roll one hit wonder singer, “Babysittin’ Boogie” (#6, 1961), wrote songs recorded by Petula Clark, Lou Rawls, Leon Russell, Kris Kristofferson and others
1945 ● Butch Rillera → Drummer for Native American rockers Redbone, “Come And Get Your Love” (#5, 1974)
1945 ● Ray Royer → Guitarist for prog/psych rock Procol Harum, “A Whiter Shade Of Pale” (#5, 1967)
1947 ● Tony Wilson → Bassist in Brit interracial R&B/soul-disco Hot Chocolate, “You Sexy Thing” (#3, 1976) and 27 other UK Top 40 hits, including one in every year from 1970 to 1984
1948 ● Johnny Ramone (John Cummings) → Lead guitar and frontman in seminal punk rock band The Ramones, “Rockaway Beach” (#66, 1978), died of prostate cancer on 9/15/2004
1949 ● Hamish Stuart → Bass and backing vocals for Scottish blue-eyed soul Average White Band, “Pick Up The Pieces” (#1, 1974), session work for Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan and others, member of Paul McCartney‘s backing band in the 90s
1949 ● Harry Bowens → Vocals for eclectic R&B and rock fusion Was (Not Was), “Walk The Dinosaur” (#7, 1989)
1949 ● Michael Rosen → Trumpeter for Scottish blue-eyed soul Average White Band, “Pick Up The Pieces” (#1, 1974), sessions
1950 ● Robert “Kool” Bell → Founder, frontman, lead vocals, bass and songwriter for jazz-fusion then R&B/funk Kool & The Gang, “Celebration” (#1, 1980)
1952 ● Cliff Adams → Trombonist for jazz-fusion then R&B/funk Kool & The Gang, “Celebration” (#1, 1980)
1959 ● James Johnstone (aka MC Large Drink) → Saxophone and guitar for post-punk jazz-funk-rock Pigbag, “Papa’s Got A Brand New Pigbag” (Dance/Club #56, UK #3, 1982)
1963 ● Steve Perry → Co-founder and lead vocals for jazz-rock-ska-swing revival octet Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, “Zoot Suit Riot” (Modern Rock #15, 1998)
1964 ● Priscilla “CeCe” Winans → Grammy-winning R&B/soul and gospel crossover singer in duets with brother BeBe (Benjamin), “Close To You” (R&B/Hip Hop #21, 2009) or solo, “Let Everything That Has Breath” (Dance/Club #8, 2006)
1965 ● C.J. Ramone (Christopher John Ward) → Last bassist for seminal punk rock band The Ramones, “Rockaway Beach” (#66, 1978), replaced original member Dee Dee Ramone in 1986
1967 ● Teddy Riley → Singer, producer, New Jack Swing pioneer, founder and frontman for R&B vocal group Blackstreet, “No Diggity” (#1, 1996), Grammy-winning song featuring Dr. Dre, solo, produced for Michael Jackson, Bobby Brown and others
1985 ● Bruno Mars (Peter Gene Hernandez) → Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson impersonator turned contemporary R&B/pop and pop-rap singer, “Just The Way You Are” (#1, 2010)

Oct 09

1920 ● Yusef Abdul Lateef (William Emanuel Huddleston) → Jazz, swing, bop, New Age and world music multi-instrumentalist (primarily saxophone), composer, educator, music publisher and doctoral PhD whose 60-year career included session work, band membership, solo albums, touring groups and highest-level professorship stints, died on 12/23/2013 after a long battle with prostate cancer
1937 ● Pat Burke → Jamaican-born flautist and saxophonist in Brit R&B/soul-pop The Foundations, “Baby Now That I’ve Found You” (#11, 1967)
1939 ● Overton Vertis “O.V.” Wright → R&B/gospel then Southern soul balladeer, “You’re Gonna Make Me Cry” (R&B #6, 1965) and five other R&B Top 40 hits, died from a drug abuse-related heart attack on 11/16/1980
1940 ● John Winston Lennon → Singer, songwriter, guitarist and founding member of The Beatles, with collaborator Paul McCartney co-wrote 21 US #1 hits, expressive if often neglected solo career, “Imagine” (#3, 1971) and 14 other Top 40 hits, social activist, sometime film actor, murdered outside his New York City apartment by a deranged fan on 12/8/1980
1944 ● John Entwistle → Influential bass guitarist and founding member of The Who, “I Can See For Miles” (#9, 1967) plus 16 other Top 40 hits, solo, “Talk Dirty” (Mainstream Rock #41, 1982), Rolling Stone magazine reader poll #1 rock bassist of all time, died 6/27/2002 from a cocaine-induced heart attack
1944 ● Nona Hendryx → R&B/soul, funk, pop and World music singer, songwriter and producer, founding member of 60s doo wop girl group The Bluebelles, which morphed into disco-funk Labelle, “Lady Marmalade” (#1, 1975), solo, “Why Should I Cry?” (#58, R&B #5, 1987), collaboration with Keith Richards, “Rock This House” (1985) and others, film and radio actress
1948 ● Clyde Jackson Browne → Laid-back California folk-rock singer, songwriter and guitarist, “Running On Empty” (#11, 1977) and nine other Top 40 singles and four Top 20 albums
1954 ● James Fearnley → Accordion for Irish folk-punk-rock The Pogues, “Tuesday Morning” (Rock #11, 1993)
1957 ● Ini Kamoze (Cecil Campbell) → One hit wonder reggae/dance-club singer, “Here Comes The Hotstepper” (#1, 1994)
1959 ● Thomas Wydler → Swiss drummer and core member of Aussie alt rock Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, “Where The Wild Roses Grow” (Australia #2, UK #11, 1995)
1961 ● Kurt Neumann → Founder, guitar and vocals for roots rock The BoDeans, “Closer To Free” (#16, 1993)
1967 ● Mat Osman → Bassist for Britpop indie rock Suede, “Trash” (UK #3, 1996)
1968 ● Vix (Victoria Perks) → Violin and vocals for all-girl New Wave pop-punk quartet Fuzzbox (originally We’ve Got A Fuzz Box And We’re Gonna Use It), “International Rescue” (UK #11, 1989)
1969 ● Polly Jean “P.J.” Harvey → Alt rock singer/songwriter and guitarist, bandleader for her self-named trio and solo artist, “Down By The Water” (Alt Rock #2, 1995)
1973 ● Terry Balsamo → Lead guitarist for alt heavy metal Cold, “Stupid Girl” (Mainstream Rock #4, 2003), left to join Grammy-winning goth-pop-metal Evanescence, “My Immortal” (#7, 2004)
1975 ● Sean Ono Lennon → Avant garde-pop singer, songwriter, guitarist, actor, producer, son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono and godson of Elton John, shares birthday with his deceased father
1978 ● Nicholas Byrne → Vocals for Irish pop boy band Westlife, “Swear It Again” (#20, 2000) and 17 UK Top 10 hits
1979 ● Alex Greenwald → Actor, model for The Gap clothing store and lead vocals and guitarist for power pop/indie rock Phantom Planet, “California” (Modern Rock #35, 2002)
1980 ● Brian Hurren → Keyboards for Scottish Celtic folk-rock Runrig, “An Ubhal As Airde (The Highest Apple)” (UK #18, 1995)

Oct 10

1914 ● Ivory Joe Hunter → The “Baron of the Boogie”, blues pianist, singer and early rock ‘n’ roller, “Since I Met You, Baby” (#12, R&B #1, 1956), died of lung cancer on 11/8/1974
1917 ● Thelonius Monk → Jazz giant, pianist and composer, “Round Midnight” (1944) and the retrospective live album At Carnegie Hall (#107, 2005), died after a stroke on 2/17/1982
1943 ● Denis D’Ell (Dalziel) → Lead singer and harmonica player for one hit wonder English beat/pop-rock The Honeycombs, “Have I The Right?” (#5, 1964), died of cancer on 7/6/2005
1945 ● Alan Cartwright → Bassist for prog/psych rock Procol Harum, “A Whiter Shade Of Pale” (#5, 1967), left in 1975, now operates a pub
1945 ● Jerry Lacroix → Journeyman harmonica, saxophone, songwriter and backing vocals for The Boogie Kings, Edgar Winter’s White Trash, Blood, Sweat & Tears and Rare Earth, sessions
1946 ● John Prine → Influential folk-country-rock singer, songwriter and guitarist, albums Sweet Revenge (#135, 1973) and Grammy-winning Fair & Square (#55, 2005) and the oft-covered country-folk standard “Angel From Montgomery” (1971)
1951 ● Keith Grimes → Backing band guitarist for Eva Cassidy, mixed-genre vocal interpreter of American classics and pop tunes including “Over The Rainbow” (1992)
1952 ● Sharon Osbourne → Sensible wife of heavy metal king Ozzy Osbourne, TV actress and judge on The X Factor and America’s Got Talent, producer, business manager and promoter
1953 ● James “Midge” Ure → Scottish guitarist, singer and songwriter, first with bubblegum pop Slik, “Forever And Ever” (UK #1, 1976), left to form pop-rock The Rich Kids, “Rich Kids” (UK #24, 1978), then New Wave electro-synth-pop pioneers Ultravox, “Vienna” (UK #2, 1980) and 15 other UK Top 40 singles, co-organized charity group Band Aid, “Do They Know It’s Christmas” (#13, 1984), solo, “Dear God” (Mainstream Rock #6, 1989)
1955 ● David Lee Roth → Flamboyant frontman, lead singer and songwriter for hard rock Van Halen, “Jump” (#1, 1984), solo, “Just Like Paradise” (#6, 1988), radio “shock jock” DJ with Howard Stern
1958 ● Tanya Tucker → Country singer and songwriter, first hit at age 13 with “Delta Dawn” (#72, Country #6, 1972), scored 10 Country #1 hits including “Lizzie And The Rainman” (#37, Country #1, 1975), 1991 Country Music Association singer of the year, starred in her own fly-on-the-wall TV show, Tuckerville, in 2005
1959 ● Kirsty MacColl → Brit singer and songwriter, “There’s A Guy Works Down In The Chip Shop (Swears He’s Elvis)” (UK #14, 1981) and “Walking Down Madison” (Dance/Club #18, 1991), died in a boating accident in Mexico on 12/18/2000
1960 ● Eric Martin → Vocals for pop-metal “shredder” band Mr. Big, “To Be With You” (#1, 1992)
1961 ● Martin Kemp → Bassist for New Romantic pop-rock Spandau Ballet, “True” (#4, 1983)
1963 ● Jim Glennie → Bassist in Brit alt pop-rock James, “Sit Down” (UK #2, 1991) and “Laid” (#61, Modern Rock #3, 1994)
1963 ● Jonny Male → Guitarist for techno-pop Republica, “Drop Dead Gorgeous” (Modern Rock #39, 1997)
1964 ● Graham Crabb → Drummer for dance-rock Pop Will Eat Itself, “X, Y & Zee” (Modern Rock #11, 1991)
1967 ● Mike Malinin → Guitar and vocals for alt-rock Goo Goo Dolls, “Iris” (#1, 1998)
1972 ● Vinnie Tattanelli → Drummer for power-pop Nine Days, “Absolutely (Story Of A Girl)” (#6, 2000)
1973 ● Scott Morriss → Bassist for indie rock The Bluetones, “Slight Return” (UK #2, 1996)
1976 ● Richard Oakes → Guitarist for Britpop indie rock Suede, “Trash” (UK #3, 1996)
1979 ● Mýa Marie Harrison → R&B/smooth urban soul singer, “Case Of The Ex” (#2, 2000) and “Lady Marmalade” (#1, 2001) with Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim and Pink, dancer and actress

Oct 11

1946 ● Gary Mallaber → Drummer with blues-rock then psych-rock then pop-rock Steve Miller Band, “The Joker” (#1, 1973)
1949 ● Daryl Hall (Hohl) → Singer/songwriter and one half of Philly soul-pop-rock duo Hall & Oates, “Private Eyes” (#1, 1981), plus 20 other Top 20 hits
1950 ● Andrew Woolfolk → Saxophonist for R&B/soul-dance-pop Earth, Wind & Fire, “Shining Star” (#1, 1975)
1957 ● Blair Cunningham → Drummer for New Wave funk-pop Haircut 100, “Love Plus One” (#37, 1982)
1957 ● Chris Joyce → Drummer and co-founder of Brit soul-pop Simply Red, “Holding Back The Years” (#1, 1986)
1958 ● Tony Moore → Brit singer/songwriter, musician, radio personality and music promoter who was briefly keyboardist for heavy metal Iron Maiden and later with New Wave pop-rock Cutting Crew, “(I Just) Died In Your Arms” (#1, 1987), founded new music nightclub The Kashmir Klub in 1997 and currently manages other London music venues
1962 ● Andy McCoy (Antti Hulkko) → Guitarist for Finnish glam-punk-metal Hanoi Rocks, covered Creedence Clearwater Revival‘s “Up Around The Bend” (UK #61, 1984)
1962 ● Scott Johnson → Vocals and guitar for power-pop Gin Blossoms, “Found Out About You” (Modern Rock #1, 1994)
1971 ● MC Lyte (Lana Michele Moorer) → Rapper, “Cold Rock A Party” (#11, Rap #1, 1997), first female to release a full rap album (Lyte As A Rock, 1988), sometime TV actress
1973 ● Brendan Brown → Vocals and guitar for post-grunge Wheatus, “Teenage Dirtbag” (Modern Rock #7, 2001)

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Albums Released This Week (September 29 – October 5)

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):

Sep 29


The Jackson 5 —— Goin’ Back To Indiana ► Soul – Motown >> 1971
Manfred Mann’s Earth Band —— Glorified Magnified ► Prog Rock >> 1972
Rush —— All The World’s A Stage ► Arena Rock >> 1976
Billy Joel —— The Stranger ► Pop-Rock >> 1977
Stevie Wonder —— Hotter Than July ► Pop-R&B >> 1980
The Fall —— Bend Sinister ► Pop-Rock/Post-Punk >> 1986
New Order —— Brotherhood ► Power Pop >> 1986
Chicago —— Chicago 18 ► Jazz-Rock >> 1986
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark —— The Pacific Age ► New Wave Synth Pop >> 1986
The Smiths —— Strangeways, Here We Come ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1987
Red Hot Chili Peppers —— The Uplift Mofo Party Plan ► Alt. Funk-Rock >> 1987
Alice In Chains —— Dirt ► Heavy Metal/Grunge Metal >> 1992
10,000 Maniacs —— Our Time In Eden ► Folk-Rock >> 1992
Peter Gabriel —— Us ► Prog Rock >> 1992
Stone Temple Pilots —— Core ► Arena Rock >> 1982
Rammstein —— Herzeleid ► Industrial/Krautrock >> 1995
The Rolling Stones —— Bridges To Babylon ► Blues-Rock >> 1997
The Fall —— Levitate ► Post-Punk Pop-Rock >> 1997
Simple Minds —— The Promised ► New Wave Alt. Pop >> 1997
AFI —— A Fire Inside ► Hardcore Punk >> 1998
Joni Mitchell —— Taming The Tiger ► Folk-Rock >> 1998
Alice In Chains —— Black Gives Way To Blue ► Heavy Metal/Grunge Metal >> 2009
Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ —— The Great American Bubble Factory ► Southern Rock >> 2009

Sep 30


Martha Reeves & The Vandellas —— Heat Wave ► Soul – Motown >> 1963
Rare Earth —— Get Ready ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1969
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles —— A Pocket Full Of Miracles ► Soul – Motown >> 1970
Joe Walsh —— Barnstorm ► Blues-Rock >> 1972
Ian Dury —— New Boots And Panties!! ► Punk-Rock >> 1987
Gary Moore —— Back On The Streets ► Roots Rock (Irish) >> 1978
Godley & Crème —— Freeze Frame ► Prog Rock >> 1979
Hall & Oates —— Live At The Apollo ► Pop-Rock >> 1985
Madness —— Mad Not Mad ► Ska >> 1985
Tom Waits —— Rain Dogs ► Blues-Rock >> 1985
Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble —— Soul To Soul ► Blues-Rock >> 1985
Wang Chung —— To Live And Die In L.A. ► New Wave/Dance-Pop >> 1985
R.E.M. —— The Best Of R.E.M. ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1991
Paul McCartney —— Choba b CCCP ► Pop-Rock >> 1991
Nitzer Ebb —— Ebbhead ► Industrial/EBM >> 1991
Simply Red —— Stars ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1991
Robbie Robertson —— Storyville ► Roots Rock >> 1991
The Beatles —— The Beatles & Tony Sheridan ► Rock n Roll >> 1994
Lake Of Tears —— Greater Art ► Doth/Doom Metsal >> 1994
Secret Chiefs 3 —— First Grand Constitution And Bylaws ► Experimental/Indie Rock >> 1996
Patti Smith —— Peace And Noise ► Heartland Rock >> 1997
Bob Dylan —— Time Out Of Mind ► Folk-Rock >> 1997
The Apples In Stereo —— Tone Soul Evolution ► Indie Pop-Rock/Power Pop >> 1997
Turbonegro —— Darkness Forever! ► Heavy Metal/Glam Punk >> 2000
Ace Of Base —— Da Capo ► Euro-Dance Pop >> 2002
Toto —— The Essential Toto ► Pop-Rock/Arena Rock >> 2003
Martina McBride —— Martina ► Alt. Country >> 2003
Sting —— Sacred Love ► Pop-Rock >> 2003
James Taylor —— Covers ► Folk-Rock >> 2008
Melissa Etheridge —— A New Thought For Christmas ► Roots Rock >> 2008

Oct 01


Elvis Presley —— G.I. Blues ► Rock n Roll >> 1960
Elvis Presley —— Blue Hawaii ► Rock n Roll >> 1961
The Monkees —— The Monkees Present ► Pop-Rock >> 1969
John Cale —— Fear ► Art Rock >> 1974
Rory Gallagher —— Against The Grain ► Blues-Rock >> 1975
Styx —— Crystal Ball ► Prog/Art Rock >> 1976
Rory Gallagher —— Photo-Finish ► Blues-Rock >> 1978
Slade —— Return To Base ► Hard Rock >> 1979
ZZ Top —— El Loco ► Blues-Rock >> 1981
Cocteau Twins —— Lullabies [EP] ► Folk-Rock >> 1982
The Damned —— Strawberries ► Punk-Rock >> 1982
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts —— Glorious Results Of A Misspent Youth ► Punk-rock >> 1984
Chaka Khan —— I Feel For You ► Funk >> 1984
Romeo Void —— Instincts ► Post-Punk >> 1984
Midnight Oil —— Red Sails In The Sunset ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1984
The Ramones —— Too Tough To Die ► Punk-Rock >> 1984
U2 —— The Unforgettable Fire ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1984
John Fogerty —— Eye Of The Zombie ► Folk-Rock >> 1986
Lennie Gallant —— Breakwater ► Folk-Rock >> 1988
Dannii Minogue —— Dannii ► Pop/Freestyle >> 1990
Iron Maiden —— No Prayer For The Dying ► Heavy Metal >> 1990
Prince & The New Power Generation —— Diamonds And Pearls ► Soul-Funk >> 1991
Cheap Trick —— The Greatest Hits ► Hard Rock/Power Pop >> 1991
Marduk —— Those Of The Unlight ► Heavy Metal/Black Metal >> 1993
Edge Of Sanity —— Purgatory Afterglow ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1994
East 17 —— Up All Night ► Dance-Pop >> 1995
Bad Brains —— Black Dots ► Post-Punk/Hardcore >> 1996
Nirvana —— From The Muddy Banks Of The Wishkah ► Grunge >> 1996
Curtis Mayfield —— New World Order ► Soul/Funk >> 1996
Matchbox Twenty —— Yourself Or Someone Like You ► Alt. Rock >> 1996
Carbon Leaf —— Shadows In The Banquet Hall ► AA Alt Rock >> 1997
Eighteen Visions —— No Time For Love ► Metalcore >> 1999
Kylie Minogue —— Fever ► Dance-Pop >> 2001
Elton John —— Songs From The West Coast ► Pop-Rock >> 2001
Weather Report —— Live And Unreleased ► Jazz-Rock Fusion >> 2002

Oct 02


The Kinks —— The Kinks [UK] ► British Rock >> 1964
The Kinks —— You Really Got Me ► British Rock >> 1964
Dolly Parton —— Coat Of Many Colors ► Country >> 1971
J. Geils Band —— The Morning After ► Blues-Rock >> 1971
Frank Zappa & Captain Beefheart —— Bongo Fury ► Art Rock >> 1975
Neil Young —— Comes A Time ► Folk-Rock >> 1978
Chicago —— Hot Streets ► Jazz-Rock >> 1978
Bob Marley & The Wailers —— Survival ► Roots Reggae >> 1979
The Police —— Ghost In The Machine ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1981
Bathory —— Bathory ► Heavy Metal/Black Metal >> 1984
The Replacements —— Let It Be ► College Rock >> 1984
Sheena Easton —— A Private Heaven ► Pop-Rock >> 1984
Neil Young —— Freedom ► Blues-Rock >> 1989
The Kinks —— UK Jive ► British Rock >> 1989
Tiffany —— New Inside ► Dance-Pop >> 1990
Oasis —— (What’s The Story) Morning Glory ► Alt. Pop-Rock/Britpop >> 1995
Iron Maiden —— The X Factor ► Heavy Metal >> 1995
Richard Marx —— The Best Of Richard Marx ► Adult Contemporary Pop-Rock >> 2000
Machine Head —— Supercharger ► Heavy Metal/Groove Metal >> 2001
Bob Dylan —— Dylan ► Folk-Rock >> 2007
Matchbox Twenty —— Exile On Mainstream ► Alt. Rock >> 2007
Bruce Springsteen —— Magic ► Heartland Rock >> 2007
John Fogerty —— Revival ► Folk-Rock >> 2007
Van Morrison —— Born To Sing: No Plan B ► Folk-Rock >> 2012
The Tragically Hip —— Now For Plan A ► Folk-Rock >> 2012

Oct 03


The Kingston Trio —— The Last Month Of The Year ► Folk-Pop >> 1960
Merle Haggard —— Mama Tried ► Classic Country >> 1968
George Harrison —— Extra Texture (Read All About It) [UK] ► Pop-Rock >> 1975
The Who —— The Who By Numbers ► British Rock >> 1975
Elvis Presley —— Elvis In Concert ► Adult Contemporary >> 1977
The Police —— Zenyatta Mondatta ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1978
Diamond Head —— Lightning To The Nations ► Heavy Metal (Brit New Wave) >> 1980
Lindsey Buckingham —— Law And Order ► Pop-Rock >> 1981
Genesis —— Genesis ► Prog Rock >> 1983
Keith Richards —— Talk Is Cheap ► Hard Rock >> 1988
Tracy Chapman —— Crossroads ► Folk-Rock >> 1989
Linda Ronstadt & Aaron Neville —— Cry Like A Rainstorm – Howl Like The Wind ► Pop-Rock >> 1989
Otis Day & The Knights —— Shout ► Soul >> 1989
Blind Guardian —— Tales From The Twilight World ► Heavy Metal/Power Metal >> 1990
Scarface —— Mr. Scarface Is Back ► Gangsta Rap >> 1991
Twisted Sister —— Live At Hammersmith ► Hair Metal >> 1994
The Cranberries —— No Need To Argue ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1994
Brenda Lee —— The Very Best With Love ► Country-Pop >> 1994
Mariah Carey —— Daydream ► Pop-Rock >> 1995
Radiohead —— Kid A ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2000
Luis Miguel —— Vivo ► Latin Pop >> 2000
Paul Simon —— You’re The One ► Folk-Pop >> 2000
Evanescence —— The Open Door ► Hard Rock/Alt Metal >> 2006

Oct 04


Frank Zappa —— 200 Motels ► Art Rock >> 1971
Rod Stewart —— Smiler ► Album Rock >> 1974
John Lennon —— Walls And Bridges [UK] ► Pop-Rock >> 1974
Elton John —— Rock Of The Westies ► Pop-Rock >> 1975
Trooper —— Untitled ► Hard Rock >> 1980
Hall & Oates —— H20 ► Pop-Rock >> 1982
The Associates —— Sulk ► New Wave/New Romantic >> 1982
Jefferson Starship —— Winds Of Change ► Arena Rock >> 1982
Barbra Streisand —— Emotion ► Easy Listening >> 1984
Ultramagnetic MC’s —— Critical Beatdown ► East Coast Rap >> 1988
Anita Baker —— Giving You The Best That I Got ► Quiet Storm >> 1988
Savatage —— Streets: A Rock Opera ► Heavy Metal/Speed Metal >> 1991
Dannii Minogue —— Get Into You ► Dance-Pop >> 1993
Entombed —— Wolverine Blues ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1993
Bon Jovi —— Cross Road ► Arena Rock >> 1994
Accept —— Death Row ► Heavy Metal/Kraut Metal >> 1994
Robbie Robertson & The Red Road Ensemble —— Music For The Native Americans ► Roots Rock >> 1994
The dB’s —— Paris Avenue ► Power Pop >> 1994
R.E.M. —— R.E.M.: Singles Collected ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1994
Bloodhound Gang —— Hooray For Boobies [UK] ► Post-Punk Alt Metal >> 1999
The Church —— Beside Yourself ► Alt. Power Pop >> 2004
Little Feat —— Barnstormin’ Live, Vol. 2 ► Southern Rock >> 2005
Indigo Girls —— Beauty Queen Sister ► Folk-Rock >> 2011

Oct 05


Muddy Waters —— Electric Mud ► Electric Blues >> 1968
Led Zeppelin —— Led Zeppelin III ► Hard Rock >> 1970
Elton John —— Goodbye Yellow Brick Road ► Pop-Rock >> 1973
The Rolling Stones —— No Stone Unturned ► Blues-rock >> 1973
Bryan Ferry —— These Foolish Things ► Prog. Rock >> 1973
Joe Jackson —— I’m The Man ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1979
The Who —— Quadrophenia [Sndtrk] ► British Rock >> 1979
The Police —— Reggatta De Blanc ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1979
Saxon —— Denim And Leather ► Heavy Metal >> 1981
Einstürzende Neubatuten —— Kollaps ► Industrial Electronica >> 1981
Depeche Mode —— Speak & Spell ► Synth-Pop >> 1981
Mike + The Mechanics —— Mike + The Mechanics ► Brit Pop-Rock >> 1985
Belinda Carlisle —— Heaven On Earth ► Pop-Rock >> 1987
Terence Trent D’Arby —— Introducing The Hardline According To Terence Trent D’Arby ► Pop-R&B >> 1987
Lynyrd Skynyrd —— Legend ► Southern Rock >> 1987
Galaxie 500 —— This Is Our Music ► Dream Pop >> 1990
American Music Club —— Everclear ► Roots Rock >> 1991
Heart —— Rock The House Live! ► Album Rock >> 1991
Bonnie Tyler —— Angel Heart ► Pop Vocals (Female) >> 1992
Uncle Tupelo —— Anodyne ► Alt. Country >> 1993
The Afghan Whigs —— Gentlemen ► Post-Punk >> 1993
Redd Kross —— Phaseshifter ► Alt. Power Pop >> 1993
Belinda Carlisle —— Real ► Pop-Rock >> 1993
Def Leppard —— Retro Active ► Hard Rock >> 1993
Siouxsie And The Banshees —— Twice Upon A Time: The Singles ► Alt. Rock >> 1992
Melissa Etheridge —— Your Little Secret ► Roots Rock >> 1999
Republica —— Republica [UK] ► Punk Rock/Techno-Pop >> 1996
Ash —— Nu-Clear Sounds [UK] ► Punk-Pop >> 1998
XTC —— Homespun ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1999
Brenda Lee —— Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree ► Country-Pop >> 1999
Soul Asylum —— After The Flood: Live From The Grand Forks Prom, June 28, 1997 ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2004
R.E.M. —— Around The Sun ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2004
Korn —— Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 ► Post-Grunge/Nu Metal >> 2004
Son Volt —— Okemah & The Melody Of Riot ► Alt. Country-Rock >> 2006

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This Week’s Birthdays (September 28 – October 4)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Sep 28

1901 ● Ed Sullivan → Bandleader, entertainment writer and host of his own TV variety show for 23 years, introduced The Beatles to over 70 million American viewers on 2/9/1964, died from esophageal cancer on 10/13/1974
1923 ● Tuli Kupferberg → Counterculture author, poet, cartoonist, pacifist and co-founder of satirical underground rock The Fugs, solo, died from kidney failure on 7/12/2010
1925 ● Billy Grammer → Country guitarist, “Gotta Travel On” (#4, 1959), fronted The Travel On Boys, led businesses which produced guitars under his name, member of the Grand Ole Opry, died after a long illness on 8/10/2011
1935 ● Koko Taylor (Cora Walton) → The “Queen of Chicago Blues”, large-framed and -voiced R&B/blues belter, “Wang Dang Doodle” (#58, R&B #4, 1966), won Grammy Award as part of the compilation album Blues Explosion (1984), died following gastrointestinal surgery on 6/3/2009
1938 ● Ben E. King (Benjamin Earl Nelson) → R&B/smooth soul singer with doo wop The Drifters, “Save The Last Dance For Me” (#1, 1960) and solo, “Stand By Me” (#1, 1961), still touring and recording in 2011
1943 ● Nick St. Nicholas (Klaus Karl Kassbaum) → German-born Canadian bass guitarist, co-founded hard rock The Sparrow, which became Canadian-American hard rock, proto-metal Steppenwolf, “Born To Be Wild” (#2, 1968), currently leader of supergroup World Classic Rockers
1946 ● Helen Shapiro → Early 60s beehive-hair Brit teen-pop singer, “Walking Back to Happiness” (UK #1, 1961), moved to cabaret and stage musicals in the 70s
1950 ● Paul Burgess → Journeyman Brit drummer for soft pop/art-rock 10cc, “I’m Not In Love” (#2, 1975), The Invisible Girls, Magna Carta, Jethro Tull, Camel, The Icicle Works, Joan Armatrading and others, with Katy Lied as of 2010
1951 ● Norton Buffalo (Phillip Jackson) → Blues and country-rock harmonica player, songwriter, singer and bandleader, toured with ‘Commander Cody, sessions for Bonnie Raitt, The Doobie Brothers, Elvin Bishop and others, member of the Steve Miller Band, “Fly Like An Eagle” (#2, 1977), frontman for The Stampede and later The Knockouts, died on 10/30/2009 from cancer
1952 ● Andy Ward → Drummer and founding member of 70s prog rock Camel, later with prog-rock revival group Marillion, “Kayleigh” (Mainstream Rock #14, 1985) and 90s supergroup Mirage
1953 ● Jim Diamond → Scottish singer, songwriter and guitarist with Gully Foyle, The Alexis Korner Band, Bandit and PhD, “I Won’t Let You Down” (UK #3, 1982), then solo, “I Should Have Know Better” (UK #1, 1984)
1954 ● George Lynch → Guitarist for pop-metal Dokken, “Alone Again” (1984), solo, fronted Lynch Mob, “Tangled In The Web” (Modern Rock #13, 1992) and Souls Of We
1960 ● Jennifer Rush (Heidi Stern) → German-American superstar dance-pop singer, “The Power Of Love” (#57, UK #1, 1985) and multiple other Top 40 hits in various European countries, virtually unknown in the US
1962 ● Peter Hooton → Founder and lead vocals for Brit synth-pop The Farm, “Groovy Train” (#41, Dance/Club #4, 1991)
1966 ● Kenny Wilson (Ginger Fish) → Drummer for industrial-pop-metal/shock rock Marilyn Manson, “The Dope Show” (Mainstream Rock #12, 1998)
1967 ● Moon Unit Zappa → Film and TV actress, MTV and VH-1 VJ, artist, monologue vocals on “Valley Girl” (#32, 1982), daughter of Frank Zappa and spouse of Matchbox Twenty drummer Paul Doucette
1977 ● Young Jeezy (Jay Wayne Jenkins) → Hip hop business entrepreneur turned Southern/gangsta rapper, founded Corporate Thugz Entertainment , solo artist, “Soul Survivor” (#4, 2005), member of Boyz ‘N Da Hood and U.S.D.A.
1984 ● Melody Thorton → Vocals for burlesque dance-pop girl troupe The Pussycat Dolls, “Don’t Cha” (#2, 2005)
1987 ● Hilary Duff → TV actress and star of Lizzie McGuire show, then teen dance-pop, “With Love” (#24, Dance/Club #1, 2007), movie actress, apparel designer and author

Sep 29

1907 ● Orvon Grover “Gene” Autry → The “Singing Cowboy” on radio, TV and in 93 films, cut over 600 records, scored 25 consecutive Top 10 Country hits between 1944 and 1952, including “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” (#1, Country #1, 1949), died of lymphoma on 10/2/1998
1935 ● Jerry Lee Lewis → The “Killer”, iconic and scandalous rock ‘n roll legend, keyboardist, singer and songwriter, “Great Balls Of Fire” (#2, 1957), #24 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, still performing as of 2010
1937 ● Joe “Guitar” Hughes → Texas blues, R&B and shuffle guitarist, played with Little Richard‘s group The Upsetters, Johnny Copeland, T-Bone Walker, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Big Joe Turner and others, solo, died 5/20/2003 after a heart attack
1939 ● Tommy Boyce → In collaboration with Bobby Hart, pop singer, “I Wonder What She’s Doing Tonight” (#8, 1968) and the prolific Boyce & Hart hit songwriting team, “Last Train To Clarksville” (The Monkees, #1, 1966) plus dozens more Top 40 hits and over 300 songs, committed suicide on 11/23/1994 after years of struggle with depression
1942 ● Jean-Luc Ponty → French virtuoso jazz and prog rock fusion electric violinist, album Enigmatic Ocean reached #35 in 1977, switched to synthesizers in the mid-80s and to world music in the 90s
1943 ● Manuel Fernandez → Electric organ for Spanish rock ‘n roll band Los Bravos, “Black Is Black” (US #4, 1966), the first US Top 10 hit by a Spanish band
1944 ● Mike Post (Leland Michael Postil) → Prolific, well-known and highly regarded TV and film theme composer, wrote cop show theme song “Hill Street Blues” (#10, 1981) and other popular shows, five-time Grammy Award winner
1947 ● Peter Hope-Evans → Harmonica and Jew’s harp in Brit folk-rock duo Medicine Head, “One And One Is One” (UK #3, 1973)
1948 ● Mike Pinera → Guitarist and singer with pop-rock Blues Image, “Ride Captain Ride” (#4, 1970), later solo and with Iron Butterfly, Cactus and Classic Rock All Stars
1948 ● Mark Farner → Lead singer and guitarist for hard rock/early heavy metal power trio Grand Funk Railroad, “We’re An American Band” (#1, 1973), toured with Ringo Starr’s Allstars in mid-90s
1956 ● Suzzy Roche → Singer/songwriter in critically-acclaimed but commercially-marginal female folk-pop harmony vocal sister trio The Roches, backed Paul Simon, solo
1957 ● Mari Wilson → Retro-60s beehive-hairdo R&B-pop-quiet storm singer, “Just What I Always Wanted” (UK#8, 1982)
1958 ● Mick Harvey → Multi-instrumentalist, long association with alt rock Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, “Where The Wild Roses Grow” (Australia #2, UK #11, 1995)
1963 ● Les Claypool → Bassist with funk-metal Primus, “N.I.B.” (Mainstream Rock #2, 2000), solo, film producer
1965 ● Ian Baker → Keyboards for techno-electronic pop-dance Jesus Jones, “Right Here, Right Now” (#2, 1991)
1966 ● Tony “Doggen” Foster → Guitarist in Julian Cope‘s backing band, with trip hop Olive, “You’re Not Alone” (Dance/Club #5, UK #1, 1996), power trio Brain Donor and space rock Spiritualized
1968 ● Brad Smith → Bass, flute and backing vocals for roots-psych-alt rock Blind Melon, “No Rain” (Modern Rock #1, 1993), solo, later alt rock Unified Theory, rejoined Blind Melon in 2006
1968 ● Luke Goss → With twin brother Matt, drummer in Brit teen idol pop boy band Bros, “I Owe You Nothing” (UK#1, 1988), solo and film acting credits
1968 ● Matthew Goss → With twin brother Luke, lead singer in Brit teen idol pop boy band Bros, “I Owe You Nothing” (UK#1, 1988), solo and currently performing in Las Vegas
1969 ● DeVante Swing (Donald DeGrate, Jr.) → Vocals and songwriter in R&B/electro-dance “bad boy” quartet Jodeci, “Lately” (#4, 1993), founded Swing Mob Records, producer
1969 ● Jonathan Auer → Guitarist, singer and songwriter for power pop The Posies, “Dream All Day” (Mainstream Rock #17, 1993), toured and recorded with power pop Big Star and The Squirrels, solo
1981 ● Suzanne Shaw → Singer for pre-fab mockstar dance-pop Hear’Say, “Pure And Simple” (UK #1, 2001), stage actress and TV host
1987 ● Joshua Farro → Guitarist for alt rock/pop-punk Paramore, “Misery Business” (#27, 2007)

Sep 30

1933 ● Cissy Houston (Emily Drinkard) → R&B/soul singer in gospel-soul family group The Drinkard Singers, then vocal team The Group backed Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Luther Vandross and others, fronted soul-pop The Sweet Inspirations, solo, “Think It Over” (Dance/Club #5, 1978), mother of Whitney Houston
1935 ● Johnny Mathis → Jazz-pop adult contemporary vocalist, “Chances Are” (#1, 1957) and “Too Much Too Little Too Late (#1, 1978) plus 18 other Top 40 hits, Greatest Hits album remained on the US chart for over nine years
1940 ● Dewey Martin (Walter Milton Dwayne Midkiff) → Canadian drummer with country-rock The Dillards, then co-founded folk-rock Buffalo Springfield, “For What It’s Worth” (#7, 1967) and stayed with the band through various incarnations into the 90s, died 2/1/2009 from unknown causes
1942 ● Franklin Joseph “Frankie” Lymon → Teenage lead singer and frontman for The Teenagers, “Why Do Fools Fall In Love” (#6, 1956), died from a drug overdose on 2/28/1968
1942 ● Gus Dudgeon → Record producer, primarily for The Beach Boys, Elton John, David Bowie, The Zombies, Kiki Dee, Strawbs, XTC and Joan Armatrading, died with his wife in a car accident on 7/21/2002
1943 ● Marilyn McCoo → Lead vocals for mainstream R&B/soul-pop The 5th Dimension, “Wedding Bell Blues” (#1, 1969), then Grammy-winning solo career, including duet with spouse Billy Davis Jr., “You Don’t Have To Be A Star (To Be In My Show)” (R&B #6, 1976), now TV host and stage actress
1947 ● Marc Bolan (Mark Field) → Guitarist, songwriter and frontman for proto-glam-rock T. Rex, “Bang A Gong (Get It On)” (#10, 1971), released several solo albums, died in a car accident on 9/16/1977
1952 ● John Lombardo → Co-founder, guitarist and songwriter for folk-pop 10,000 Maniacs, left to form duo John & Mary, returned with partner Mary Ramsey in 1994, “More Than This” (#25, 1997)
1954 ● Lesley Beach → Saxophone for Brit reggae-pop-ska band Amazulu, “Too Good To Be Forgotten” (UK #5, 1986)
1954 ● Patrice Rushen → Grammy-winning R&B/jazz-pop pianist, producer, composer and vocalist, “Forget Me Nots” (#23, R&B #4, 1982), music professor, sessions and touring bands
1956 ● Basia Trzetrzelewska → Polish jazz-pop female vocalist in the Latin dance-pop jazz trio Matt Bianco, then solo, “Time And Tide” (#26, 1988) and “Drunk On Love” (Dance/Club #1, 1994)
1962 ● Brian Bonhomme → Guitar and vocals for New Wave swing/pop Roman Holliday, “Don’t Try To Stop It” (#68, UK #14, 1983)
1964 ● Ernest Joseph “Trey” Anastasio III → Guitarist, songwriter and de facto frontman for improv-rock jam band Phish, “Free” (Mainstream Rock #11, 1996), solo
1964 ● Robby Takac → Bassist for alt-rock Goo Goo Dolls, “Iris” (#1, 1998)
1984 ● Keisha Buchanan → Singer in Brit multi-racial pop girl group Sugababes, “Hole In The Head” (Dance/Club #1, 2004)

Oct 01

1930 ● Richard Harris → Irish actor, film director, theatrical producer and adult contemporary singer/songwriter, “Macarthur Park” (#2, 1968), died of cancer on 10/25/2002
1932 ● Albert Collins → The “Master of the Telecaster,” influential electric blues singer and guitarist, “Get Your Business Straight” (R&B #46, 1972) and Grammy-winning album Live ’92/93 (1993), died from liver cancer on 11/24/1993
1935 ● Julie Andrews (Julia Elizabeth Wells) → Film and stage actress, author and Grammy-winning singer, “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” (#66, 1965)
1942 ● Herb Fame (Herbert Feemster) → Male vocalist and only constant member of R&B/soul-pop duo Peaches & Herb, “Reunited” (#1, 1978), now a Washington, DC police officer
1943 ● Jerry Martini → Co-founder and saxophone for R&B/funk Sly & The Family Stone, “Everyday People” (#1, 1969), played with Rubicon and Prince‘s backing band
1944 ● Barbara Parritt → Singer for R&B/pop girl trio The Toys, “A Lover’s Concerto” (#2, 1965)
1944 ● Herbert “Toubo” Rhoad → Baritone vocals for a cappella The Persuasions, “Chain Gang” (1971), died on 12/8/1988 while on tour with the group
1945 ● Donny Hathaway → Rising star smooth R&B/soul singer best known for duets with Roberta Flack, including “Where Is The Love?” (#5, 1972), jumped from New York City hotel window 1/13/1979
1947 ● Martin Turner → Founding member, bass and vocals for prog/hard rock, twin lead guitar pioneers Wishbone Ash, “Time Was” (1972)
1947 ● Rob Davis → Guitarist for Brit “good time” glam-rock ‘n’ roll Mud, “Tiger Feet” (UK #1, 1974), songwriter who co-wrote “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head” for Kylie Minogue (#7, 2002)
1948 ● Mariska Veres → Lead vocals and frontgal for Dutch pop-rock one hit wonder Shocking Blue, “Venus” (#1, 1970), died from cancer on 12/2/2006
1948 ● Michael “Cub” Koda → Guitarist, founder, frontman and songwriter for hard rock Brownsville Station, “Smokin’ In The Boys Room” (#3, 1973), solo career, disc jockey and music journalist, died on 7/5/2000 from kidney failure
1955 ● Howard Hewett → Lead vocalist and frontman for R&B-urban contemporary Shalamar, solo “I’m For Real” (R&B #2, 1986), solo
1957 ● Andy Walton → Drummer for glam pop-rock Kenny, “The Bump” (UK #3, 1975)
1958 ● Martin Cooper → Saxophonist and occasional songwriter for New Wave synth-pop Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, “If You Leave” (#4, 1986), painter
1959 ● Youssou N’Dour → Senegalese dance-pop percussionist and singer, vocals on Paul Simon‘s “Graceland” (1986), solo, “7 Seconds” (#98, UK #3, 1994), worked with Peter Gabriel, Wyclef Jean, Bruce Springsteen, Sting and others
1968 ● Kevin Griffin → Founder, guitarist, songwriter and lead vocalist for alt pop-rock Better Than Ezra, “Good” (#30, Modern Rock #1, 1995)
1973 ● LaTocha Scott → Vocals for female R&B/dance-pop quartet Xscape, “Understanding” (#8, 1993)
1974 ● Keith Duffy → Vocals for Irish teen-pop boy band Boyzone, “No Matter What” (Adult Contemporary #12, 1999), TV actor
1985 ● Dizzee Rascal (Dylan Kwabena Mills) → British garage songwriter, record producer and rapper, “Holiday (UK #1, 2009)

Oct 02

1938 ● Nick Gravenites → Blues, rock and folk guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and producer, worked with Quicksilver Messenger Service and Janis Joplin‘s Kozmic Blues Band, joined The Butterfield Blues Band and founded blues-rock Electric Flag with Mike Bloomfield, wrote the score to the film The Trip (1967) and produced the music to the film Steelyard Blues = (1973), inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2003
1939 ● Lolly Vasquez → With brother Patrick, co-founder, guitar and vocals for Native American rockers Redbone, “Come And Get Your Love” (#5, 1974), died 3/4/2010
1941 ● Ron Meagher → Co-founder and bassist in pop-rock The Beau Brummels, “Laugh, Laugh” (#15, 1964)
1945 ● Don McLean → Folk-rock singer/songwriter best known for his 8 minute epic, “American Pie” (#1, 1971), the song inspired by and a tribute to the death of Buddy Holly
1946 ● Ron Griffiths → Bassist, vocals and songwriter for power pop quartet The Iveys, “Maybe Tomorrow” (#67, 1968), left before the band changed its name and became Badfinger
1949 ● Richard Hell (Meyers) → Bassist, singer and songwriter, one of the original New York punk rockers, co-founded punk-rock Television, then fronted The Voidoids, “Blank Generation” (1977), now an author
1950 ● Mike Rutherford → Bass, backing vocals and one of two constant members of prog-rock turned pop-rock Genesis, “Invisible Touch” (#1, 1986), fronts side project Mike + The Mechanics, “All I Need Is A Miracle” (#5, 1986)
1951 ● Sting (Gordon Matthew Sumner) → Lead vocals, bass guitar and songwriter for post-punk The Police, “Every Breath You Take” (#1, 1983), then highly successful solo career, “Fortress Around Your Heart” (#1, 1985) and five other Top 20 hits and 11 Grammy Awards
1952 ● John Otway → Novelty folk-rock cult singer/songwriter, “Really Free” (UK #27, 1977) with Wild Willy Barrett and “Bunsen Burner” (UK #9, 2002)
1955 ● Philip Oakey → Vocals for late-70s synth-pop pioneers The Human League, “Don’t You Want Me” (#1, 1981)
1956 ● Freddie Jackson → R&B/urban soul balladeer, “You Are My Lady” (#12, R&B #1, 1985) and nine other R&B #1 hits
1958 ● Robbie Nevil → Songwriter, guitarist and pop-rock solo singer, “C’est La Vie” (#2, 1987), producer and writer for Babyface, Jessica Simpson, Destiny’s Child, Smash Mouth and others
1960 ● Al Connelly → Guitarist for Canadian pop-rock Glass Tiger, “Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone)” (#2, 1986)
1962 ● Claude V. McKnight, III → Vocals in a cappella gospel Take 6, “I L-O-V-E U” (R&B #19, 1990)
1962 ● Sigtryggur “Siggi” Baldursson → Drummer in Icelandic alt pop-rock The Sugarcubes, “Hit” (Modern Rock #1, 1991)
1965 ● Floyd I. “Bud” Gaugh IV → Drums and percussion for California ska-punk revivalist trio Sublime, “What I Got” (#29, 1997)
1969 ● Badly Drawn Boy (Damon Gough) → Alternative rock singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, “You Were Right” (UK #9, 2002)
1970 ● Dion Allen → Backing vocals in hip hop/urban rap quintet Az Yet, “Last Night” (#9, R&B #1, 1996)
1971 ● Tiffany Renee Darwish → Late 80s teen queen and bubblegum pop singer, “Could’ve Been” (#1, 1987) and “I Think We’re Alone Now” (#1, 1987)
1973 ● Lene Grawford Nystrøm Rasted → Vocals for Danish dance-pop Aqua, “Barbie Girl” (#7, 1997), which drew a lawsuit from Mattel for its sexual content

Oct 03

1938 ● Eddie Cochran → Rockabilly pioneer singer, songwriter and influential power chord guitarist, “Summertime Blues” (#8, 1958), died in a car crash while on tour in England on 4/17/1960
1941 ● Chubby Checker (Ernest Evans) → Grammy-winning R&B/pop singer and early 60s dance-craze instigator, “The Twist” (#1, 1960 and 1962), the only song to hit #1 in the US singles charts twice, plus 17 other Top 40 hits
1941 ● Lenny Waronker → Record producer and former CEO of Warner Bros. Records, worked with Maria Muldaur, Gordon Lightfoot, Randy Newman, The Doobie Brothers and multiple other 70s rock bands, partner with DreamWorks development team
1945 ● Antonio Martinez → Guitarist for Spanish rock ‘n roll band Los Bravos, “Black Is Black” (US #4, 1966), the first US Top 10 hit by a Spanish band
1949 ● Lindsey Buckingham → Guitar, vocals and songwriter for pop duo Buckingham Nicks, joined pop-rock Fleetwood Mac in 1974, wrote “Go Your Own Way” (#10, 1977), then solo, “Trouble” (#9, 1981), producer
1950 ● Ronnie Laws → Jazz, blues and funk saxophonist and singer, first with R&B/soul-dance-pop Earth, Wind & Fire, “Shining Star” (#1, 1975), then solo, “Every Generation” (R&B #12, 1980), sessions for Ramsey Lewis, Hugh Masekela, Sister Sledge and others
1954 ● Stevie Ray Vaughan → Grammy-winning Texas blues-rock guitar master, “Crossfire” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1983), died in a helicopter crash on 8/27/1990 following a show in Wisconsin
1961 ● Robbie Jaymes → Keyboards for Brit dance-pop band Modern Romance, “Can You Move” (Dance/Club #2, 1981) and “Best Years Of Our Lives” (UK #4, 1982)
1962 ● Tommy Lee (Bass) → Drummer in hair-metal Mötley Crüe, “Dr. Feelgood” (#6, 1989), founded rap-metal band Methods of Mayhem, “Get Naked” (2000) and other solo work, former spouse of actresses Heather Locklear and Pamela Anderson
1965 ● Neil Sims → Drummer for Brit indie rock/shoegazing band Catherine Wheel, “Black Metallic” (Modern Rock #9, 1991)
1966 ● Dan Miller → Guitarist for at pop-rock They Might Be Giants, “Birdhouse In Your Soul” (#3, Modern Rock, 1990)
1967 ● Chris Collingwood → Singer, songwriter, rhythm guitarist and founding member of power pop band Fountains Of Wayne, “Stacy’s Mom” (#21, 2003)
1969 ● Gwen Stefani → Lead vocals for rock/ska No Doubt, “Underneath It All” (#3, 2002), then solo, “Hollaback Girl” (#1, 2005) from the 2004 worldwide Top 10 album Love, Angel, Music, Baby, fashion designer
1971 ● Kevin Richardson → Vocals in pop-dance-hip hop Backstreet Boys, “Quit Playing Games With My Heart” (#2, 1997)
1975 ● India.Aire Simpson → Grammy-winning neo-classic R&B/soul singer and songwriter, “Little Things” (Song of the Year, 2000)
1978 ● Jake Shears (Jason Sellards) → Vocals dance-glam-rock Scissor Sisters, “Filthy Gorgeous” (Dance/Club #1, 2005)
1979 ● Nate Wood → Drums, percussion and backing vocals for post-grunge alt rock The Calling, “Wherever You Will Go” (#5, 2001)
1983 ● Danny O’Donoghue → Irish singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist in teen-pop boy band Mytown, “Body Bumpin'” (Canada #12, 2000) then Celtic folk-pop-rock The Script, “Breakeven” (#12, 2010)
1984 ● Ashlee Simpson → Reality TV series actress and teen-dance-pop singer, “Pieces Of Me” (#5, 2004), fodder for tabloid magazines

Oct 04

1929 ● Leroy Van Dyke → Country-pop singer, songwriter and guitarist, “Walk On By” (#5, Country #1, 1961), named by Billboard magazine as the most popular country song of all time
1937 ● Pirkle Lee Moses, Jr. → Lead vocals for Chicago doo wop The El Dorados, “At My Front Door” (#17, R&B #1, 1955), fronted various incarnations of the group until his death on 12/6/2000
1944 ● Marlena Davis → Vocals in mixed gender R&B doo-wop quartet The Orlons, “The Wah-Watusi” (#2, R&B #5, 1962)
1947 ● Jim Fielder → Bassist for jazz-rock/pop-rock fusion band Blood, Sweat & Tears, “Spinning Wheel” (#2, 1969), sessions
1952 ● Jody Stevens → Drummer and last surviving original member of power pop cult band Big Star, “September Gurls” (1974, Rolling Stone #178), currently a studio engineer
1957 ● Barbara K. MacDonald (Kooyman) → With husband Pat MacDonald, one half of one hit wonder alt country-folk-pop duo Timbuk 3, “The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades” (#19, 1986), solo
1959 ● Chris Lowe → Keyboards for synth-pop dance Pet Shop Boys, “West End Girls” (#1, 1986)
1962 ● Juan “Jon” Secada → Cuban-American R&B and pop singer and songwriter, “Just Another Day” (#5, 1992), two albums have won Grammy Awards for Best Latin Pop Performance
1965 ● Leo Barnes → Saxophone for Irish rockers Hothouse Flowers, “Don’t Go” (Modern Rock #7, 1988)
1984 ● Lena Katina (Elena Sergeevna Katina) → Singer in Russian teen pop duo t.A.T.u., “All The Things She Said” (#20, UK #1, 2003), solo

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Albums Released This Week (September 22 – 28)

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):

Sep 22


The Band —— The Band ► Folk-Rock >> 1969
Smokie —— Changing All The Time ► Glam Rock >> 1975
George Harrison —— Extra Texture (Read All About It) ► Pop-Rock >> 1975
Funkadelic —— Funkadelic ► Funk >> 1970
Camel —— Breathless ► Prog Rock >> 1978
Jethro Tull —— Busting Out: Jethro Tull Live ► Folk-Rock >> 1978
The Buzzcocks —— Love Bites ► Punk-Rock >> 1978
The Ramones —— Road To Ruin ► Punk-Rock >> 1978
King Crimson —— Discipline ► Prog Rock >> 1981
Icehouse —— Man Of Colours ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1987
Robbie Krieger —— Door Jams ► Jazz-Rock >> 1989
Bob Dylan —— Oh Mercy ► Folk-Rock >> 1989
Extreme —— III Sides To Every Story ► Pop-Metal >> 1992
Jethro Tull —— A Little Light Music ► Folk-Rock >> 1992
Roy Buchanan —— Sweet Dreams: The Anthology ► Blues-Rock >> 1992
Happy Mondays —— Double Easy – The U.S. Singles ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1993
Elton John —— The Big Picture ► Pop-Rock >> 1997
BT —— ESCM (Electric Sky Church Music) ► Electronic/House Music >> 1997
Apocalyptica —— Inquisition Symphony ► Heavy Metal/Neo-Classical Metal >> 1998
Kiss —— Psycho Circus ► Hard Rock >> 1998
Millencolin —— Same Old Tunes ► Euro-punk >> 1998
Chris Isaak —— Speak Of The Devil ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1998
Luca Turilli —— King Of The Nordic Twilight ► Heavy Metal/Symphonic Metal >> 1999
David Gilmour —— Live in Gdańsk ► Prog Rock >> 2008
Pearl Jam —— Backspacer ► Hard Rock >> 2009
Stephen Stills & Manassas —— Manassas Pieces ► Folk-Rock >> 2009
Various Artists —— Where The Action Is! Los Angeles Nuggets 1965-1968 ► Garage Rock >> 2009

Sep 23


The Beach Boys —— Surfer Girl ► Surfer >> 1963
The Easybeats —— Easy ► Rock ‘N’ Roll >> 1965
The Temptations —— Puzzle People ► Soul – Motown >> 1969
Diana Ross & The Supremes —— Together ► Soul >> 1969
The Allman Brothers Band —— Idlewild South ► Southern Rock >> 1970
The Who —— The Story Of The Who ► British Rock >> 1976
Steely Dan —— Aja ► Jazz-Rock >> 1977
The Rolling Stones —— Love You Live ► Blues-Rock >> 1977
Carpenters —— Passage ► Soft Rock >> 1977
Blondie —— Parallel Lines ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1978
The Opposition —— Breaking The Silence ► Post-Punk >> 1981
Frank Zappa —— You Are What You Is ► Art Rock >> 1981
Billy Joel —— The Nylon Curtain ► Pop-Rock >> 1982
The Fall —— This Nation’s Saving Grace ► Pop-Rock/Post-Punk >> 1985
10,000 Maniacs —— The Wishing Chair ► Folk-Rock >> 1985
Boston —— Third Stage ► Arena Rock >> 1986
Poco —— Legacy ► Country-Rock >> 1989
The Human League —— Romantic? ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1990
Iron Maiden —— Best Of The Beast ► Heavy Metal >> 1996
Fatboy Slim —— Better Living Through Chemistry ► Brit-Hop >> 1996
Jann Arden —— Happy? ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1997
Asia —— Live In Osaka ► Prog Rock >> 1997
Sarah Brightman —— Time To Say Goodbye ► Showtunes >> 1997
John Waite —— When You Were Mine ► Power Pop >> 1997
Todd Rundgren —— With A Twist… ► Pop-Rock >> 1997
Gin Blossoms —— 20th Century Masters – The Millenium Collection: The Best Of Gin Blossoms ► Power Pop >> 2003
Joni Mitchell —— The Complete Geffen Recordings ► Folk-Rock >> 2003
Limp Bizkit —— Results May Vary ► Rap-Metal >> 2003
Jackson Browne —— Time The Conqueror ► Folk-Rock >> 2008

Sep 24


The Rolling Stones —— Out Of Our Heads [UK] ► Blues-Rock >> 1965
Laura Nyro —— New York Tendaberry ► Folk-Rock >> 1969
T. Rex —— Electric Warrior ► Glam Rock >> 1971
Roy Orbison —— Milestones ► Pop-Rock >> 1973
Rush —— Caress Of Steel ► Prog Rock >> 1975
Motörhead —— Motörhead ► Heavy Metal >> 1977
Eagles —— The Long Run ► Country-Rock >> 1979
Kool & The Gang —— Something Special ► Funk >> 1981
The Honeydrippers —— The Honeydrippers, Vol. I ► Roots Rock >> 1984
David Bowie —— Tonight ► Glam Rock >> 1984
Spandau Ballet —— Heart Like A Sky ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1989
Badfinger —— Day After Day: Live ► Pop-Rock >> 1990
AC/DC —— The Razor’s Edge ► Hard Rock >> 1990
Megadeth —— Rust In Peace ► Heavy Metal >> 1990
Simple Minds —— Themes – Volume 1: March 79 – April 82 ► New Wave Alt. Pop >> 1990
Red Hot Chili Peppers —— Blood Sugar Sex Magik ► Alt. Funk-Rock >> 1991
The Cult —— Ceremony ► Hard Rock >> 1991
Kid ‘N Play —— Face The Nation ► Comedy Rap >> 1991
A Tribe Called Quest —— The Low End Theory ► Jazz Rap >> 1991
John Prine —— The Missing Years ► Folk-Rock >> 1991
Nirvana —— Nevermind ► Grunge >> 1991
James Taylor —— New Moon Shine ► Folk-Rock >> 1991
Little Feat —— Shake Me Up ► Southern Rock >> 1991
Bryan Adams —— Waking Up The Neighbors ► Pop-Rock >> 1991
Led Zeppelin —— The Complete Studio Recordings ► Hard Rock >> 1993
Zumpano —— Goin’ Through Changes ► Alt. Power Pop >> 1996
Elton John —— Love Songs ► Pop-Rock >> 1996
Weezer —— Pinkerton ► Alt. Rock/Power Pop >> 1996
Sheryl Crow —— Sheryl Crow ► Roots Rock >> 1996
Steve Earle —— Jerusalem ► Alt. Country >> 2002
Blue Öyster Cult —— A Long Day’s Night ► Metal >> 2002
Jackson Browne —— The Naked Ride Home ► Folk-Rock >> 2002
Beck —— Sea Change ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2002
Linda Ronstadt —— The Very Best of Linda Ronstadt ► Pop-Rock >> 2002
Foreigner —— Can’t Slow Down ► Arena Rock >> 2009
Ace Of Base —— The Golden Ratio ► Euro-Dance Pop >> 2010
Gov’t Mule —— Shout! ► Southern Rock/Jam Rock >> 2013

Sep 25


The Doors —— Strange Days ► Blues-Rock >> 1967
Ringo Starr —— Beaucoups Of Blues ► Pop-Rock >> 1970
Black Sabbath —— Black Sabbath, Vol. 4 ► Hard Rock >> 1972
J. Geils Band —— Nightmares…And Other Tales From The Vinyl Jungle ► Blues-Rock >> 1974
Black Sabbath —— Technical Ecstasy ► Hard Rock >> 1976
Village People —— Cruisin’ ► Disco >> 1978
The Beach Boys —— M.I.U. Album ► Pop-Rock >> 1978
Barry Manilow —— One Voice ► AM Pop >> 1979
The Buzzcocks —— Singles Going Steady ► Punk-Rock >> 1979
The Creatures —— Wild Things ► Alt Post-Punk/goth rock >> 1981
The Psychedelic Furs —— Forever Now ► New Wave Post-Punk >> 1982
They Might Be Giants —— Lincoln ► Alt. Rock >> 1988
The Sugarcubes —— Here Today, Tomorrow Next Week! ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1989
The Replacements —— All Shook Down ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1990
The Vaughan Brothers —— Family Style ► Blues-Rock >> 1990
Simple Minds —— Themes – Volume 2: August 82 – April 85 ► New Wave Alt. Pop >> 1990
Grateful Dead —— Without A Net (First Set) ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1990
John Cale —— Fragments Of A Rainy Season ► Art Rock >> 1992
Melt-Banana —— Speak Squeak Creak ► Noise Rock >> 1994
David Bowie —— Outside ► Glam Rock >> 1995
Harem Scarem —— Voice Of Reason ► Hard Rock/Glam Metal >> 1995
Kylie Minogue —— Light Years ► Dance-Pop >> 2000
Van Morrison —— You Win Again ► Folk-Rock >> 2000
Ryan Adams —— Gold ► Folk-Rock >> 2001
The Strokes —— Is This It ► Punk Revival >> 2001
The Innocence Mission —— Small Planes ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 2001
38 Special —— A Wild-Eyed Christmas Night ► Southern Rock >> 2001
Melissa Etheridge —— The Awakening ► Roots Rock >> 2007
Foo Fighters —— Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace ► Grunge Rock >> 2007
Deborah Harry —— Necessary Evil ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2007
Joni Mitchell —— Shine ► Folk-Rock >> 2007
Steve Earle —— Washington Square Serenade ► Alt. Country >> 2007

Sep 26


The Beatles —— Abbey Road ► Pop-Rock >> 1969
Billy Preston —— That’s The Way God Planned It ► Funk >> 1969
J. Geils Band —— “Live” Full House ► Blues-Rock >> 1972
John Lennon —— Walls And Bridges ► Pop-Rock >> 1974
Ringo Starr —— Ringo The 4th ► Pop-Rock >> 1977
Mötley Crüe —— Shout At The Devil ► Heavy Metal >> 1983
Magnum —— Vigilante ► Hard Rock >> 1986
Oingo Boingo —— Boingo Alive ► New Wave Ska-Pop >> 1988
Massive Attack —— Protection ► Trip-Hop >> 1994
AC/DC —— Ballbreaker ► Hard Rock >> 1995
Prince —— The Gold Experience ► Soul-Funk >> 1995
David Bowie —— Outside ► Art Rock >> 1995
The Velvet Underground —— Peel Slowly And See ► Alt. Rock >> 1995
Soul Asylum —— Black Gold: The Best Of Soul Asylum ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2000
Good Charlotte —— Good Charlotte ► Punk Rock/Ska Punk >> 2000
Sarah McLachlan —— Mirrorball: The Complete Concert ► Folk-Rock >> 2006
Pink Floyd —— Discovery ► Prog Rock >> 2011
The Smiths —— The Smiths Complete ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2011

Sep 27


Chad & Jeremy —— The Ark ► Folk-Pop >> 1968
Status Quo —— Picturesque Matchstickable Messages From The Status Quo ► British Rock >> 1968
Cat Stevens —— Catch Bull At Four ► Folk-Pop >> 1972
Harry Chapin —— Portrait Gallery ► Folk-Pop >> 1975
Depeche Mode —— A Broken Frame ► Synth-Pop >> 1982
The Fall —— Room To Live (Undilutable Slang Truth!) ► Pop-Rock/Post-Punk >> 1982
Alphaville —— Forever Young ► New Wave synth pop >> 1984
Billy Squier —— Enough Is Enough ► Hard Rock >> 1986
Cyndi Lauper —— True Colors ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1986
Randy Newman —— Land Of Dreams ► Folk-Rock >> 1988
Tears For Fears —— The Seeds Of Love ► Synth-Pop >> 1989
Pet Shop Boys —— Very ► Electro-pop/Dance >> 1993
Walter Becker —— 11 Tracks Of Whack ► Jazz-Rock >> 1994
Brandy Norwood —— Brandy ► New Jack Swing >> 1994
Santana Brothers —— Brothers ► Jazz-Rock Fusion >> 1994
Emerson, Lake & Palmer —— In The Hot Seat ► Progressive Rock >> 1994
R.E.M. —— Monster ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1994
Big Head Todd & The Monsters —— Strategem ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1994
The Moody Blues —— Time Traveler ► Prog Rock >> 1994
Dave Matthews Band —— Under The Table And Dreaming ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1994
Sasha & John Digwood —— Northern Exposure ► Progressive House/Trance >> 1996
Cocteau Twins —— BBC Sessions ► Folk-Rock >> 1999
Gary Moore —— A Different Beat ► Roots Rock (Irish) >> 1999
John Cale —— Black Acetate ► Art Rock >> 2005
The Everly Brothers —— Give Me A Future ► Pop-Rock >> 2005
Big Star —— In Space ► Pop-Rock >> 2005
Toni Braxton —— Libra ► Soul-Pop >> 2005
Neil Young —— Prairie Wind ► Folk-Rock >> 2005
Eric Clapton —— Clapton ► Blues-Rock >> 2010
Matthew Sweet —— Modern Art ► Power Pop >> 2011
Everclear —— Return To Santa Monica ► Grunge-Punk >> 2011
Machine Head —— Unto The Locust ► Heavy Metal/Groove Metal >> 2011
Youth Lagoon —— The Year Of Hibernation ► Dream Pop >> 2011

Sep 28


Status Quo —— Hello! ► British Rock >> 1973
Slade —— Sladest ► Glam Rock >> 1973
Led Zeppelin —— The Song Remains The Same ► Hard Rock >> 1976
Stevie Wonder —— Songs In The Key Of Life ► Pop-R&B >> 1976
Black Sabbath —— Never Say Die! ► Hard Rock >> 1978
Alice Cooper —— DaDa ► Art Rock >> 1983
Depeche Mode —— Music For The Masses ► Synth-Pop >> 1987
Wet Wet Wet —— Popped In Souled Out ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1987
MC Hammer —— Let’s Get It Started ► Hip-Hop >> 1988
Brian May —— Back To The Light [UK] ► Hard Rock >> 1992
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds —— Live Seeds ► Alt Rock >> 1993
The Police —— Message in A Box: The Complete Recordings ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1993
Anal Cunt —— Morbid Florist ► Heavy Metal/Grindcore >> 1993
Paul Simon —— Paul Simon 1964/1993 ► Folk-Pop >> 1993
Depeche Mode —— The Singles 86>98 ► Synth-Pop >> 1998
Tony Bennett —— Bennett Sings Ellington: Hot & Cool ► Easy Listening >> 1999
Sting —— Brand New Day ► Pop-Rock >> 1999
Indigo Girls —— Come On Now Social ► Folk-Rock >> 1999
Creed —— Human Clay ► Alt Rock/Post-Grunge >> 1999
The Church —— Under The Milky Way: The Best Of The Church ► Alt. Power Pop >> 1999
ZZ Top —— XXX ► Blues-Rock >> 1999
Buzzcocks —— The Complete Singles Anthology ► Punk-Rock >> 2004
Joss Stone —— Mind, Body & Soul ► Pop-Soul (Neo-Soul) >> 2004
Slade —— Live At The BBC ► Hard Rock >> 2009
Mariah Carey —— Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel ► Pop-Rock >> 2009
Tina Turner —— Tina Live ► Pop-Rock >> 2009
Gin Blossoms —— No Chocolate Cake ► Power Pop >> 2010
Soundgarden —— Razorblade Romance ► Grunge >> 2010

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