Albums Released This Week (September 14 – 20)

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 14


Doris Day —— The Doris Day Christmas Album ► Holiday Pop >> 1964
The Byrds —— (Untitled) ► Country-Rock >> 1970
Supertramp —— Crisis? What Crisis? ► Prog/Art Rock >> 1975
Jethro Tull —— Stormwatch ► Prog Rock >> 1979
Genesis —— Abacab ► Prog Rock >> 1981
Faith No More —— Introduce Yourself ► Hard Rock >> 1987
Mick Jagger —— Primitive Cool ► Hard Rock >> 1987
Meat Beat Manifesto —— Armed Audio Warfare ► Techno-Industrial >> 1990
Blind Melon —— Blind Melon ► Alt. Rock >> 1992
Jethro Tull —— A Little Light Music [UK] ► Folk-Rock >> 1992
Counting Crows —— August And Everything After ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1993
Prince —— The Hits/The B-Sides ► Dance-Pop >> 1993
Teddy Pendergrass —— A Little More Magic ► Soul-Pop >> 1993
Bryan Adams —— Live ► Pop-Rock >> 1993
Earth, Wind & Fire —— Millennium ► Soul-Funk >> 1993
Ringo Starr —— Ringo Starr And His All-Starr Band Volume 2: Live From Montreux ► Pop-Rock >> 1993
Squeeze —— Some Fantastic Place ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1993
dEUS —— In A Bar, Under The Sea [UK] ► Avant Grunge >> 1996
Luis Miguel —— Amarte Es Un Placer ► Latin Pop >> 1999
Iggy Pop —— Avenue B ► Retro Rock >> 1999
Gov’t Mule —— Deja Voodoo ► Southern Rock/Jam Rock >> 2004
Joni Mitchell —— Dreamland ► Folk-Rock >> 2004
Alice Cooper —— School’s Out And Other Hits ► Hard Rock >> 2004
Mark Knopfler —— Get Lucky ► Roots Rock >> 2008
David Gray —— Draw The Line ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2009
Weezer —— Hurley ► Alt. Rock/Power Pop >> 2010

Sep 15


Johnny Cash —— Sings Hank Williams ► Classic Country >> 1960
Otis Redding —— Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul ► Memphis Soul >> 1965
Jefferson Airplane —— Jefferson Airplane Takes Off ► Psychedelic Rock (SFO) >> 1966
The Kinks —— Something Else By The Kinks ► British Rock >> 1967
The Band —— Cahoots ► Folk-Rock >> 1971
Bobby Womack —— Communication ► Soul-Funk >> 1971
Deep Purple —— Fireball ► Hard Rock >> 1971
Grand Funk Railroad —— Phoenix ► Hard Rock >> 1972
John Denver —— Rocky Mountain High ► Folk-Pop >> 1972
Poco —— Crazy Eyes ► Country-Rock >> 1973
Hall & Oates —— Daryl Hall & John Oates ► Pop-Rock >> 1975
David Crosby & Graham Nash —— Wind On The Water ► Folk-Rock >> 1975
Pink Floyd —— Wish You Were Here ► Prog Rock >> 1975
Frank Zappa —— Studio Tan ► Art Rock >> 1978
Huey Lewis & The News —— Sports ► Pop-Rock >> 1983
Motörhead —— No Remorse ► Heavy Metal >> 1984
Elvis Costello And The Attractions —— Blood & Chocolate ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1986
Ric Ocasek —— This Side Of Paradise ► Pop-Rock >> 1986
Donna Summer —— All Systems Go ► Dance-Pop >> 1987
The Ramones —— Halfway To Sanity ► Punk-Rock >> 1987
Tiffany —— Tiffany ► Dance-Pop >> 1987
Love And Rockets —— Express ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1986
Rick Wakeman —— 2000 A.D. Into The Future ► Prog Rock >> 1991
Michael Penn —— Free-For-All ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1992
Bad 4 Good —— Refugee ► Heavy Metal/Teen Metal >> 1992
New Edition —— Home Again ► Soul-Pop >> 1996
America —— Human Nature ► Folk-Rock >> 1998
Marilyn Manson —— Mechanical Animals ► Heavy Metal/Alt Metal >> 1998
Death —— Sound Of Perseverance ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1998
The Human League —— The Very Best Of The Human League ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 2003
Ace Frehley —— Anomaly ► Pop-Metal >> 2009

Sep 16


Neil Diamond —— Just For You ► Pop-Rock >> 1967
Jimi Hendrix Experience —— Electric Ladyland ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1968
Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell —— Easy ► Soul – Motown >> 1969
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas —— Sugar ‘N’ Spice ► Soul – Motown >> 1969
Diana Ross —— Baby, It’s Me ► Soul – Motown >> 1977
Pete Townshend/Ronnie Lane —— Rough Mix ► Prog Rock >> 1977
Talking Heads —— Talking Heads: 77 ► New Wave Art-Rock >> 1977
Rory Gallagher —— Top Priority ► Blues-Rock >> 1979
John Mellencamp (John Cougar) —— Nothing Matters (And What If It Did) ► Roots Rock >> 1980
Gary Numan —— Warriors ► New Wave Synth Pop >> 1983
Deep Purple —— Perfect Strangers ► Hard Rock >> 1984
Kiss —— Asylum ► Hard Rock >> 1985
Marshall Crenshaw —— Downtown ► Power Pop >> 1985
Slayer —— Hell Awaits ► Heavy Metal >> 1985
The Waterboys —— This Is The Sea ► Folk-Rock >> 1985
Lizzy Borden —— Visual Lies ► Heavy Metal/Glam Metal >> 1987
Eazy-E —— Eazy-Duz-It ► Gangsta Rap >> 1988
Talk Talk —— Spirit Of Eden ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1988
Jonathan Richman —— I, Jonathan ► College Rock >> 1992
Gloria Estefan —— Exitos De Gloria Estefan ► Latin Pop >> 1990
Buena Vista Social Club —— Buena Vista Social Club ► Afro-Cuban Jazz >> 1997
Brooks & Dunn —— The Greatest Hits Collection ► Country-Rock >> 1997
Death In Vegas —— Scorpio Rising ► Electronic Pop >> 2002
Joss Stone —— The Soul Sessions ► Soul (Neo-Soul) >> 2003

Sep 17


Manfred Mann —— The Manfred Mann Album ► Rock n Roll >> 1964
Colosseum —— Colosseum Live ► Jazz-Rock Fusion >> 1971
Rick Springfield —— Comic Book Heroes ► Power Pop >> 1973
Scorpions —— In Trance ► Heavy Metal >> 1975
Ringo Starr —— Ringo’s Rotogravure ► Pop-Rock >> 1976
Frank Zappa —— Joe’s Garage: Act I ► Art Rock >> 1979
The Doobie Brothers —— One Step Closer ► Pop-Rock >> 1980
Phil Lynott —— The Phil Lynott Album ► Album Rock >> 1982
General Public —— All The Rage ► New Wave Ska Pop >> 1984
Thompson Twins —— Here’s To Future Days ► New Wave Dance-pop >> 1985
Yes —— Big Generator ► Prog Rock >> 1987
Frank Zappa —— London Symphony Orchestra, Vol. 2 ► Classical Fusion >> 1987
Cocteau Twins —— Heaven Or Las Vegas ► Folk-Rock >> 1990
Mariah Carey —— Emotions ► Pop-Rock >> 1991
Ozzy Osbourne —— No More Tears ► Hard Rock >> 1991
Hole —— Pretty On The Inside ► Grunge >> 1991
Steve Earle —— Shut Up And Die Like An Aviator ► Alt. Country >> 1991
Uncle Tupelo —— Still Fear Gone ► Alt. Country-Rock >> 1991
Guns N’ Roses —— Use Your Illusion I ► Hard Rock >> 1991
Guns N’ Roses —— Use Your Illusion II ► Hard Rock >> 1991
KMFDM —— Money ► Heavy Metal >> 1992
Cake —— Fashion Nugget ► Alt Rock/College Rock >> 1996
The Cardigans —— First Band On The Moon ► Power Pop >> 1996
ZZ Top —— Rhythmeen ► Blues-Rock >> 1996
Goo Goo Dolls —— Bang! [EP] ► Alt Pop-Rock/Post-Grunge >> 1997
Hall & Oates —— Marigold Sky ► Pop-Rock >> 1997
Natalie Cole —— Ask A Woman Who Knows ► Soul-Pop >> 2002
Mark Knopfler —— Kill To Get Crimson ► Roots Rock >> 2007
Berlin —— Animal ► L. A. Synth-Pop >> 2013
Elvis Costello And The Attractions —— Wise Up Ghost ► Funk >> 2013

Sep 18


Fleetwood Mac —— Kiln House ► Pop-Rock >> 1970
Black Sabbath —— Paranoid ► Hard Rock >> 1970
Elephant’s Memory —— Elephant’s Memory ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1972
Ace Frehley —— Ace Frehley ► Pop-Metal >> 1978
Hall & Oates —— Along The Red Ledge ► Pop-Rock >> 1978
Twisted Sister —— Under The Blade ► Hair Metal >> 1982
Dokken —— Breaking The Chains ► Heavy Metal >> 1983
Kiss —— Lick It Up ► Hard Rock >> 1983
The Replacements —— Tim ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1985
Glass Tiger —— Thin Red Line ► Pop-Rock >> 1986
Kiss —— Crazy Nights ► Hard Rock >> 1987
Janet Jackson —— Rhythm Nation 1814 ► Dance-Pop >> 1989
Derek & The Dominos —— The Layla Sessions: 20th Anniversary Edition ► Blues-Rock >> 1990
The Easybeats —— The Definitive Series ► Rock ‘N’ Roll >> 1992
At The Drive-In —— El Gran Orgo ► Punk Rock >> 1997
Fantastic Plastic Machine —— Luxury ► Trip Hop >> 1998
Björk —— Selmasongs: Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack Dancer In The Dark [Sndtrk] [UK] ► Trip Hop >> 2000
Alice Cooper —— Dragontown ► Hard Rock >> 2001
Phish —— Live Phish Volume 1 ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 2001
Phish —— Live Phish Volume 2 ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 2001
Phish —— Live Phish Volume 3 ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 2001
Phish —— Live Phish Volume 4 ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 2001
Phish —— Live Phish Volume 5 ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 2001
The Knack —— Premium Gold Collection ► Power Pop >> 2001
Billy Idol —— Original Sound ► Hard Rock >> 2006
Free —— Chronicles ► Hard Rock/Blues-Rock >> 2006
Pearl Jam —— Live At Lollapalooza 2007 ► Hard Rock >> 2007
Paul Simon —— Live In New York City ► Folk-Pop >> 2012
Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ —— Songs About Cars, Space And The Ramones ► Southern Rock >> 2012

Sep 19


Elvis Presley —— King Creole ► Rock n Roll >> 1958
King Curtis —— Old Gold ► Soul >> 1961
Mick Jagger —— Performance [Sndtrk] ► Rock >> 1970
Dave Mason —— Split Coconut ► Pop-Rock >> 1975
Linda Ronstadt —— Living In The USA ► Pop-Rock >> 1978
Country Joe McDonald —— On My Own ► Blues-Rock >> 1980
White Spirit —— White Spirit ► Hard Rock/Heavy Metal >> 1980
Triumph —— Allied Forces ► Arena Rock >> 1981
Luther Vandross —— Give Me The Reason ► Smooth Soul >> 1986
Paul McCartney —— Press To Play ► Pop-Rock >> 1986
Cocteau Twins —— Blue Bell Knoll ► Folk-Rock >> 1988
Bon Jovi —— New Jersey ► Hard Rock >> 1988
Level 42 —— Staring At The Sun ► New Wave Synth Pop >> 1988
Anthrax —— State Of Euphoria ► Heavy Metal/Thrash Metal >> 1988
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds —— Tender Prey ► Alt Rock >> 1988
Enya —— Watermark ► Jazz-Pop >> 1988
David Bowie —— Sound + Vision ► Glam Rock >> 1989
Obituary —— Cause Of Death ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1990
The Tragically Hip —— Day For Night ► Folk-Rock >> 1994
Kylie Minogue —— Kylie Minogue ► Dance-Pop >> 1994
The Flaming Lips —— Clouds Taste Metallic ► Neo-Psychedelia >> 1995
Michael Bolton —— Greatest Hits ► Pop-Rock >> 1995
Pink Floyd —— London ’66-’67 [EP] ► Prog Rock >> 1995
Son Volt —— Trace ► Alt. Country-Rock >> 1995
AFI —— The Art Of Drowning ► Hardcore Punk >> 2000
Madonna —— Music ► Dance-Pop >> 2000
Björk —— Selmasongs: Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack Dancer In The Dark ► Trip Hop >> 2000
The Church —— Of Skins And Heart/Blurred Crusade ► Alt. Power Pop >> 2005
Indigo Girls —— Despite Our Differences ► Folk-Rock >> 2006
Weather Report —— Forecast: Tomorrow ► Jazz-Rock Fusion >> 2006
The Black Crowes —— Freak ‘N’ Roll…Into The Fog ► Southern Rock >> 2006
Jane’s Addiction —— Up From The Catacombs: The Best Of Jane’s Addiction ► Alt. Rock >> 2006

Sep 20


The Stills-Young Band —— Long May You Run ► Folk-Rock >> 1976
Yes —— Tormato ► Prog Rock >> 1978
Ozzy Osbourne —— Blizzard of Ozz ► Hard Rock >> 1980
Poco —— Ghost Town ► Country-Rock >> 1982
Dire Straits —— Love Over Gold ► Post-Punk Pop-Rock >> 1982
Bruce Springsteen —— Nebraska ► Album Rock >> 1982
Renaissance —— Time-Line ► Prog Rock >> 1983
Clarence Clemons & The Red Bank Rockers —— Hero ► Pop-Rock >> 1985
Kate Bush —— Hounds Of Love ► Prog Rock >> 1985
Huey Lewis & The News —— Fore! ► Pop-Rock >> 1986
Jane’s Addiction —— Jane’s Addiction ► Alt. Rock >> 1987
Luther Vandross —— Any Love ► Smooth Soul >> 1988
BulletBoys —— BulletsBoys ► Heavy Metal/Glam Metal >> 1988
Ween —— The Pod ► Avant Garde/Lo-Fi >> 1991
Seam —— The Problem With Me ► Indie Rock >> 1993
Cilla Black —— Through The Years ► Pop-Rock >> 1993
Liz Phair —— Whip-Smart ► Indie Rock >> 1994
Jamiroquai —— 1999 Remixes ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1999
Rae & Christian —— Blazing The Crop [UK] ► Electronic Dance Mix >> 1999
Yes —— The Ladder ► Prog Rock >> 1999
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds —— Abattoir Blues/The Lyre Of Orpheus ► Alt Rock >> 2004
Bryan Adams —— Room Service ► Pop-Rock >> 2004
Bon Jovi —— Have A Nice Day ► Arena Rock >> 2005
Earth, Wind & Fire —— Illumination ► Soul-Funk >> 2005
Pearl Jam —— Pearl Jam Twenty ► Hard Rock >> 2011

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This Week’s Birthdays (September 13 – 19)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Sep 13

1911 ● Bill Monroe → The “Father of Bluegrass”, Grammy-winning singer, guitarist, composer and bandleader for the Blue Grass Boys, solo, “Gotta Travel On” (Country #15, 1959), died 9/9/1996 after suffering a stroke in April
1925 ● Mel Torme → Nicknamed the “Velvet Fog,” Grammy-winning jazz-pop nightclub and showroom singer , “Lover’s Roulette” (Adult Contemporary #6, 1967)
1933 ● Lewie Steinberg → Original bass player in Stax Records house band Booker T. & The MG’s, “Green Onions” (#3, 1962), session work outside Stax
1935 ● Bruce Lundvall → Wannabe jazz musician turned career record company executive, first at Columbia Records where he built the label’s jazz roster, later with the Elektra/Musician (jazz) and Manhattan (pop) labels, and, starting in 1984 and continuing for 25 years, as the head of Blue Note Records, where he revived the brand and signed artists such as Norah Jones, Wynton Marsalis and Dianne Reeves, died during surgery related to Parkinson’s disease on 5/19/2015
1939 ● Dave Quincy → Saxophonist with top notch Brit progressive jazz-rock band If
1941 ● David Clayton-Thomas (David Thomsett) → Canadian-born lead singer in jazz-rock/pop-rock fusion band Blood, Sweat & Tears, “Spinning Wheel” (#2, 1969), solo
1943 ● Ray Elliot → Keyboards, saxophone and flute for Irish garage-rock, proto-punk Them, “Gloria” (#71, 1966)
1944 ● Peter Cetera → Original member, bassist, lead vocals and songwriter for jazz-rock-pop fusion Chicago, wrote “Baby What A Big Surprise” (#4, 1977), solo, “Glory Of Love” (#1, 1986) and four other Top 40 singles, producer
1952 ● Don Was (Donald Fagenson) → Vocals and co-frontman for eclectic R&B and rock fusion Was (Not Was), “Walk The Dinosaur” (#7, 1989), producer for The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Bob Seger, Iggy Pop, Stevie Nicks, The Barenaked Ladies and many others
1952 ● Randy Jones → Vocals (and cowboy character) for campy R&B/disco suggestively gay Village People, “Y.M.C.A.” (#2, 1978)
1954 ● Denis Hegarty → Bass singer, arranger and music director in Brit doo wop/rock ‘n’ roll revival vocal group Darts, “Don’t Let It Fade Away” (UK #18, 1978), TV actor, BBC Radio 1 DJ
1954 ● Steven John Kilbey → Bass and lead vocals for Aussie New Wave psych-pop then prog rock The Church, “Under The Milky Way” (#30, 1989)
1957 ● Joni Sledge → Lead vocals for family R&B/disco girl-group Sister Sledge, “We Are Family” (#2, 1979)
1961 ● Dave Mustaine → Original lead guitarist and co-songwriter for heavy metal Metallica, fired in 1983 and became founder, chief songwriter, lead guitarist and lead vocalist for thrash-metal Megadeth, “Symphony Of Destruction” (Mainstream #29, 1992)
1965 ● Zak Starkey → Drummer, son of Ringo Starr, third skinman in Grammy-nominated Brit pop Oasis, “Wonderwall” (#8, 1996), unofficial member of The Who since 1996, collaborations with Paul Weller, The Waterboys, The Icicle Works and others
1967 ● Stephen Perkins → Drums and percussion for alt rock/post-punk Jane’s Addiction, “Been Caught Stealing” (Mainstream Rock #29, 1990), then hard art-rock Porno For Pyros, “Pets” (Mainstream Rock #25, 1993), sessions
1967 ● Timothy S. “Ripper” Owens → Lead singer (1996-2003) for influential “New Wave” heavy metal band Judas Priest, left to join heavy/thrash metal Iced Earth, “I Walk Among You” (#3, 2008)
1972 ● Matt Everitt → Drummer for short-lived, super-hyped 90s Britpop Menswear, “Being Brave” (UK #10, 1996)
1975 ● Joe Don Rooney → Guitar for country-pop Rascal Flatts, “Here Come Goodbye” (#11, Country #1, 2009)
1977 ● Fiona Apple (Maggart) → One hit wonder alt pop-rock singer-songwriter, “Criminal” (#21, 1996) was voted Best Female Rock Vocal Performance at the 1997 Grammy Awards, now a cult artist
1983 ● James Bourne → Co-founder, singer and songwriter in Brit pop-punk boyband Busted, “You Said No” (UK #1, 2003)
1993 ● ‘Niall James Horan → Vocals in Brit-Irish boy band quintet One Direction, “What Makes You Beautiful” (#4, UK #1, 2011)

Sep 14

1914 ● Mae Boren Axton → Country songwriter, the “Queen Mother of Nashville,” wrote or co-wrote over 200 songs including Elvis Presley‘s hit “Heartbreak Hotel” (#1, 1956), died on 4/9/1997 from drowning in her bath at home after a suspected heart attack
1946 ● Pete Agnew → Bassist, co-founder and constant member of Scottish hard rock Nazareth, “Love Hurts” (#8, 1976)
1947 ● Jon “Bowzer” Bauman → Vocals for rock ‘n’ roll revival “greaser” group Sha Na Na
1949 ● Steve Gaines → Guitar for raunchy Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd, “Sweet Home Alabama” (#8, 1974), wrote “I Know A Little” (1977), died in a plane crash along with other bandmembers on 10/20/1977
1949 ● Fred “Sonic” Smith → Lead guitarist for Detroit proto-punk rockers MC5, “Kick Out The Jams” (1969), married punk singer and poet Patti Smith in 1980, died 11/4/1994 from heart failure
1949 ● Edward C. King → Guitarist for 60s psych-pop-rock Strawberry Alarm Clock, “Incense And Peppermints” (#1, 1967), replaced Leon Wilkeson on bass in raunchy Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd, “Sweet Home Alabama” (#8, 1974), switched to guitar when Wilkeson returned to the band and created the signature triple-guitar attack sound, left in 1976 but returned to the reunited band in 1987, left for good due to health problems in 1996
1950 ● Paul Kossoff → Guitarist for proto-metal/hard rock Free, “All Right Now” (#4, 1970), formed Back Street Crawler, died on 3/19/1976 from a heart attack resulting from drug abuse on a New York/L.A. commercial flight
1954 ● Barry Cowsill → Vocals for family pop band The Cowsills, “The Rain, The Park And Other Things” (#2, 1967) and theme song from Broadway musical Hair, (#2, 1969), inspiration for the TV show The Partridge Family
1955 ● Steve Berlin → Saxophonist and keyboardist for all-American roots rock The Blasters, in 1984 joined Tex-Mex roots rock Los Lobos, “La Bamba” (#1, 1987), sessions and collaborations
1959 ● Morten Harket → Lead vocals in Norwegian synth-poppers A-ha, “Take On Me” (#1, 1985), solo
1967 ● John Power → Bass and vocals for Brit jangle pop The La’s, “There She Goes” (#49, UK #13, 1991)
1970 ● Craig Montoya → Bassist for Pacific Northwest post-grunge/punk Everclear, “Wonderful” (#11, Alt Rock #3, 2000)
1970 ● Mark Webber → Joined alt rock/Britpop Pulp as second guitarist in 1995, “Common People” (UK #2, 1995), now produces avant-garde films
1972 ● Nas (Nasir Jones) → Self-appointed “King of New York,” acclaimed and influential hip hop performer and East Coast rapper, “If I Ruled The World” (#53, Rhythmic Top 40 #8, 1996), US #1 album Hip Hop Is Dead (2006)
1981 ● Ashley Roberts → Vocalist for burlesque dance-pop girl troupe The Pussycat Dolls, “Don’t Cha” (#2, 2005) featuring Busta Rhymes
1983 ● Amy Winehouse → Grammy-winning R&B/soul-pop and jazz-pop singer and songwriter, “Rehab” (#9, 2007), died from unknown causes at her London home on 7/23/2011

Sep 15

1903 ● Roy Acuff → The “King of Country Music,” singer, fiddler and country music promoter credited with “mainstreaming” early country music, co-founder of Acuff-Rose Music, which signed Hank Williams, Roy Orbison, The Everly Brothers and others, died of heart failure on 11/23/1992
1928 ● Julian Edwin “Cannonball” Adderley → High school band director turned renowned, Grammy-winning alto jazz saxophonist, bandleader and solo artist, “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” (#11, R&B #2, 1967), died of a stroke on 8/8/1975
1931 ● Jac Holzman → Music business executive, founded Elektra Records in 1950 and started other important music labels, signed fledging acts such as The Doors, Carly Simon, Bread and others, went on to various music industry executive positions, including stints with Time-Warner, Sony and Panavision
1933 ● Pat Barrett → High tenor for Canadian pop cover vocal quartet The Crew Cuts, “Sh-Boom” (#1, 1954)
1940 ● Jimmy Gilmer → Frontman and vocals for early rock & roll/surf pioneers The Fireballs, “Sugar Shack” (#1, 1963)
1941 ● Les Braid → Bassist for Brit pop-rock The Swinging Blue Jeans, “Hippy Hippy Shake” (#21, 1964)
1942 ● Lee Dorman → Bassist for psych rock Iron Butterfly, “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” (#30, 1970), later hard rock Captain Beyond, died of unknown causes at home on 12/21/2012
1946 ● Ola Brunkert → Swedish drummer in the backing band for internationally successful Scandinavian pop group ABBA, “Dancing Queen” (#1, 1976), died 3/17/2008 after hitting his head on a glass door and suffering a slit throat from a shard of broken glass
1956 ● Jaki Graham → UK star but US one hit wonder R&B/dance-pop singer, “Ain’t Nobody” (Dance/Club #1,1994)
1958 ● Tim Whelan → Guitar for Brit New Wave synth-pop Furniture, “Brilliant Mind” (UK #21, 1986)
1960 ● Michel “Mitch” Dorge → Drummer, songwriter and producer for Canadian alt pop-rock Crash Test Dummies, “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” (#4, 1993)
1976 ● Ivette Sosa → Vocals for all-girl teen dance-pop quintet Eden’s Crush, “Get Over Yourself” (#1, 2001), the first #1 debut single by an all-female group
1976 ● Kingsley “KG” Goldsmith → Lead vocals for Brit R&B/swingbeat soul boy band MN8, “I’ve Got A Little Something For You” (UK #2, 1995)
1977 ● Paul Thomson → Drummer for Scottish art-pop-rock Franz Ferdinand, “Take Me Out” (Alt Rock #3, 2004)

Sep 16

1913 ● Florence Greenberg → New Jersey housewife who parlayed an unlikely hit record by an unknown teen group, The Shirelles (“I Met Him On A Sunday” #49, 1958) into an improbable career as a music executive and owner of Scepter Records, the leading independent label of the 60s and home to Dionne Warwick, The Isley Brothers, B.J. Thomas and many others, sold out and retired in 1976, died from complications of a stoke on 11/2/1995
1925 ● Riley B. “B.B.” King → The reigning “King of the Blues” and important electric guitarist, “The Thrill Is Gone” (#15, R&B #1,1970), influenced countless electric blues and rock guitarists, #3 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time list, died in his sleep on 5/14/2015
1941 ● Joe Butler → Drummer for 60s hit making folk-rock quartet The Lovin’ Spoonful, “Summer In The City” (#1, 1966)
1942 ● Bernard Calvert → Bassist for British Invasion pop-rock The Hollies, “Bus Stop” (#5, 1966)
1944 ● Winston Grennan → The “Master Drummer of Jamaica,” session drummer and bandleader credited with creating the “One Drop” ska and rocksteady-based beat that underlies reggae music and the “Flyers” beat that precursed reggae, worked with Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Desmond Dekker, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, and many other top reggae, ska, soul and pop acts, died from cancer on 10/27/2000
1944 ● Betty Kelly → Vocals for Motown R&B/soul girl group The Velvelettes, “Needle In A Haystack” (#45, 1964), left to join R&B/pop-soul girl group Martha & The Vandellas, “Dancing In The Street”” (#2, 1964)
1948 ● Kenney Jones → Drummer for Brit raunch/psych-pop-rock The Small Faces, “Itchycoo Park” (#16, 1968), hard-rockers The Faces, “Stay With Me” (#17, 1971), replaced deceased Keith Moon in 1979 in The Who, “You Better You Bet” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1981)
1948 ● Ron Blair → Original bassist for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” (#3, 1981), left in 1982 for session career and rejoined in 2002
1950 ● David Bellamy → With brother Homer, one half of country-pop The Bellamy Brothers, “Let Your Love Flow” (#1, 1976) and 35 other Country Top 40 hits
1953 ● Alan Leslie Barton → Guitarist for Brit pop/rock novelty-party quartet Black Lace, “Agadoo” (UK #2, 1984), joined pop-rock Smokie in 1986 as guitarist and lead vocalist, died 3/23/1995 when the band’s tour bus crashed in Germany
1954 ● Colin Newman → Vocals, guitar and songwriting for art/punk then post-punk then electronic Wire, “Eardrum Buzz” (Modern Rock #2, 1989), solo artist, producer and co-founder of the Swim Records label
1956 ● Dave Blood (Schultise) → Ph.D. candidate in economics at Purdue University turned punk rock bassist in punk quartet Dead Milkmen, left the band in 1995 to move to Serbia to work and study, returned to the U.S. in the aftermath of the NATO bombing campaign in 1999, committed suicide by drug overdose on 3/10/2004
1961 ● Bilinda Butcher → Guitar and vocals for art-prog-rock, “shoe-gazing” pioneers My Bloody Valentine, “Only Shallow” (Modern Rock #27, 1992)
1962 ● Stephen Jones → Founder, guitarist, vocals and frontman of Brit lounge/melodramatic pop group Babybird, “You’re Gorgeous” (UK #3, 1996), solo, novelist
1963 ● Richard Marx → Pop/rock singer and songwriter, “Right Here Waiting” (#1, 1987) turned Grammy-winning adult contemporary balladeer, “Dance With My Father” (Song of the Year 2003)
1964 ● Dave “The Snake” Sabo → Co-founder and lead guitar for New Jersey-based hair metal/pop-metal Skid Row (“I Remember You,” #6, 1989), teenage friend of rocker Jon Bon Jovi and original lead guitarist in JBJ‘s band
1968 ● Marc Anthony (Marco Antonio Muñiz) → Multi-talented, Grammy-winning Latin dance-pop (“tropical salsa”) singer, “I Need To Know” (#3, 1991), film actor
1969 ● Justine Frischmann → Co-founder guitar and vocals for alt rock/Britpop Suede, left for mixed-gender, post-punk alt rock Elastica, “Connection” (Modern Rock #2, 1994), now an abstract painter
1976 ● Shannon Noll → Australian pop-rock singer, runner-up of the first series of Australian Idol (2003), ten consecutive Aussie Top 10 singles, including “What About Me?” (Aus #1, 2004)
1976 ● Tina Barrett → Vocals for pre-fab teen pop S Club 7, “Never Had A Dream Come True” (#10, 2001)
1977 ● Musiq Soulchild (Talib Johnson) → R&B/neo-soul, funk, blues and gospel fusion hip hop artist, “Halfcrazy” (#16, 2002)
1981 ● Christopher Cester → Drummer and backing vocals for Aussie hard rock/garage punk Jet, “Cold Hard Bitch” (Mainstream Rock #1, 2004)
1984 ● Ketevan “Katie” Melua → Jazz-pop/adult contemporary singer, songwriter and guitarist, “Nine Million Bicycles” (UK #5, 2005), album Piece By Piece (Jazz Albums #3, 2006)
1992 ● Nick Jonas → Singer and songwriter in teen-pop ballad trio the Jonas Brothers, “Burnin’ Up” (#5, 2008), actor

Sep 17

1923 ● Hiram King “Hank” Williams → The “Father of Contemporary Country Music” with 35 oft-covered Country Top 10 hits, including “Hey, Good Lookin'” (Country #1, 1951), died in his limo en route to a show on 1/1/1953
1926 ● Bill Black → Early rock ‘n roll bassist in Elvis Presley‘s backing band and his own Bill Black Combo, “Smokie” (1959), died 10/21/1965
1937 ● Phil Cracolici → Lead vocals for one hit wonder blue-eyed doo wop quintet The Mystics, “Hushabye” (#20, 1959)
1939 ● LaMonte McLemore → Founding member and vocals for R&B/soul-pop The 5th Dimension, “Up, Up And Away” (1967), professional photographer for Playboy, Jet, Ebony, Harper’s Bizarre and others
1947 ● Jim HodderSteely Dan backing band drummer 1972-74, session drummer for Sammy Hagar and David Soul, drowned in his backyard swimming pool on 6/5/1990
1950 ● John Waldo “Fee” Waybill → Lead singer and songwriter for camp-rock pop-rock satirists The Tubes, “She’s A Beauty” (#10, 1978), producer for Bryan Adams, Richard Marx and others
1953 ● Steve Williams → Drummer for early and influential Welsh heavy metal band Budgie, “Nude Disintegrating Parachutist Woman” (1971)
1959 ● Will Gregory → Vocals and synthesizer with Alison Goldfrapp in Brit electro-dance-pop due Goldfrapp, “Number 1” (Dance/Club #1, 2005)
1961 ● Ty Tabor → Lead guitar, songwriting and vocals for progressive metal/Christian rock King’s X, “It’s Love” (Mainstream Rock #6, 1990)
1962 ● Benjamin “BeBe” Winans → Grammy-winning R&B/soul and gospel crossover singer in duets with sister CeCe (Priscilla), “Close To You” (R&B/Hip Hop #21, 2009) or solo, “Thank You” (Dance/Club #6, 1998)
1962 ● Mark Anthony “Baz” Luhrmann → Australian screenwriter, film director and one hit wonder novelty-pop/spoken word artist, “Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)” (#45, Adult Top 40 #10, 1999), directed Romeo + Juliet (1996) and Moulin Rouge! (2001) and Australia (2008)
1966 ● Doug E. Fresh (Douglas E. Davis) → Rapper, producer and pioneering beat boxer known as “The Human Beat Box” for his near-perfect imitations of drum machines and effects using his mouth, lips, gums and throat, frontman for hip hop Get Fresh Crew, “The Show” (Hip Hop #3, 1985) and solo, “Freaks/I-ight (Alright)” (Dance #3, 1994)
1968 ● Anastacia Lyn Newkirk → R&B/dance-pop singer, “One Day In Your Life” (Dance/Club #1, 2002)
1968 ● John Penney → Vocals for indie punk-rock Ned’s Atomic Dustbin, “Not Sleeping Around” (Modern Rock #1, 1992)
1968 ● Lord Jamar (Lorenzo Dechalus) → DJ and MC for alt hip hop trio Brand Nubian, “Don’t Let It Go To Your Head” (#54, Rap #3, 1998)
1969 ● Adam Devlin (Gorecki) → Guitarist and songwriter for indie rock The Bluetones, “Slight Return” (UK #2, 1996)
1969 ● Keith Flint → Vocals for “big beat” electronic dance/rap The Prodigy, “Firestarter” (#30, 1996)
1970 ● Vinnie (Vincent Brown) → Vocals and sampling for pop-rap crossover trio Naughty By Nature, “O.P.P.” (#6, 1991) and Grammy-winning Poverty’s Property, Best Rap Album for 1995
1976 ● Maile Misajon → Vocals for all-girl teen dance-pop quintet Eden’s Crush, “Get Over Yourself” (#1, 2001), the first #1 debut single by an all-female group
1979 ● Chuck Comeau → Drummer for French-Canadian pop-punk Simple Plan, “Perfect” (#24, Canada #5, 2003)
1979 ● Flo Rida (Tramar Dillard) → Southern rapper, singer/songwriter and MC, “Low” feat. T-Pain (#1, 2007)
1985 ● Jonathan Jacob Walker → Bassist for emo-pop Panic! At The Disco, “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” (#7, 2006)

Sep 18

1933 ● James Frederick “Jimmie” Rodgers → Pop and easy listening singer, “Honeycomb” (#1, 1957) and 13 other Top 40 hits in the late 50s and 1960s
1940 ● Frankie Avalon (Francis Thomas Avallone) → Pretty-boy teen idol pop singer, “Venus” (#1, 1959) and 11 other Top 40 hits between 1958 and 1962, then film actor, Beach Blanket Bingo (1965)
1945 ● Alan King → Guitar and vocals for Brit pub rock/blue-eyed soul Ace, “How Long” (#3, 1975)
1949 ● Kerry Livgren → Founding member, guitarist and songwriter for prog/heartland rock Kansas, wrote “Carry On Wayward Son” (#11, 1977) and “Dust In The Wind” (#6, 1978), converted to Christianity and formed religious-tinged hard rock AD with other Kansas bandmates, solo
1950 ● Mike Hossack → Drummer for California soul-pop-rock The Doobie Brothers, “Listen To The Music” (#11, 1972), died from cancer on 3/12/2012
1951 ● Dee Dee Ramone (Doug Colvin) → Bassist for seminal punk rock band The Ramones, “Rockaway Beach” (#66, 1978), died of a drug overdose on 6/5/2002
1961 ● Martin “Frosty” Beedle → Drummer for New Wave pop-rock Cutting Crew, “(I Just) Died In Your Arms Tonight” (#1, 1987)
1962 ● Joanne Catherall → Vocals for late-70s synth-pop pioneers The Human League, “Don’t You Want Me” (#1, 1981)
1962 ● Richard Walmsley → Writer and producer with electro-dance-pop The Beatmasters, “Warm Love” (Dance #16, 1990), the trio also produced hits for Cookie Crew, Yazz and P.P. Arnold, and albums for Erasure, Pet Shop Boys and others
1965 ● John David Dunlop → Canadian guitarist, composer, producer and music recording engineer, lead guitarist for hard rock The Full Nine and, since 2008, power trio Triumph (“All The Way,” Mainstream Rock #2, 1983)
1966 ● Ian “Spike” Spice → Co-founder and drummer for Brit pop-rock Breathe, “Hands To Heaven” (#3, 1988)
1966 ● Nigel Clarke → Lead singer and bassist for goofball Brit power pop trio Dodgy, “Good Enough” (UK #4, 1996)
1967 ● Mike Heaton → Drummer for Brit pop-rock Embrace, “Gravity” (Mainstream Rock #36, UK #7, 2004)
1967 ● Ricky Bell → Vocals for R&B/teen pop then hip hop/new jack swing vocal quartet New Edition, “If It Isn’t Love” (#7, 1988), then Bell Biv Devoe, “Poison” (#3, 1990)

Sep 19

1921 ● Billy Ward (Robert L. Williams) → Child prodigy pianist and frontman, vocals and arranger for The Dominoes, “Sixty Minute Man” (#1, 1951), died 2/16/2002
1931 ● Brook Benton (Benjamin Franklin Peay) → R&B/soul and early rock ‘n’ roll singer, “The Boll Weevil Song” (#2, 1961), plus comeback track “Rainy Night In Georgia” (#4, 1979) and 21 other Top 40 hits, died from complications of spiral meningitis on 4/9/1998
1934 ● Brian Epstein → Music entrepreneur, record store owner, manager of The Beatles from 1962 until his death, managed other Liverpool acts including Gerry & The Pacemakers, Cilla Black and The Cyrkle, died from an accidental overdose of barbiturates and alcohol on 8/27/1967
1935 ● Nick Massi (Nicholas Macioci) → Bass guitarist, arranger and vocalist for Top 40 pop vocal quartet The Four Seasons, “Big Girls Don’t Cry” (#1, 1962), died of cancer on 12/24/2000
1937 ● Paul Siebel → Greenwich Village folk scene singer/songwriter and guitarist known solely for other artist’s cover versions of his songs, including “Louise” and “Any Day Woman,” dropped out of sight in the 70s after issuing two critically acclaimed but commercially unsuccessful albums
1940 ● Bill Medley → Blue-eyed soul singer and, with Bobby Hatfield, one half of hugely successful pop-rock duo The Righteous Brothers, “Unchained Melody” (#4, 1965), solo career including the Grammy-winning “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life” (#1, 1987)
1940 ● Paul Williams → Grammy-winning pop songwriter, wrote “An Old Fashioned Love Song” (#4, 1971) for Three Dog Night, “Rainbow Connection” from The Muppet Movie, and “We’ve Only Just Begun” (#2, 1970) and “Rainy Days And Mondays” (#2, 1971) for the Carpenters, solo act pop singer (“Waking Up Alone,” #60, 1972) and actor
1940 ● Sylvia Tyson (Fricker) → Canadian singer in influential male/female folk harmony vocal duo Ian & Sylvia, wrote “You Were On My Mind” for folk-pop We Five (#32, 1965)
1941 ● “Mama” Cass Elliot (Ellen Naomi Cohen) → Vocals and percussion for folk-pop The Mamas & The Papas, “Monday Monday” (#1, 1966), died of a heart attack in Harry Nilsson‘s London apartment on 7/29/1974
1942 ● Danny Kalb → Folk- and blues-rock guitarist, composer and songwriter, co-founded jazz/-blues-rock fusion The Blues Project, “Flute Thing” (1966), solo career with numerous albums and collaborations
1942 ● Freda Payne → R&B/soul-pop singer, “Band of Gold” (#3, 1970), TV and film actress
1943 ● Mike Arnone → Vocals for Italian-American doo wop The Duprees, “You Belong To Me” (#7, 1962)
1945 ● David Bromberg → Multi-string instrumentalist and blues-folk and roots rock singer/songwriter, “The Holdup” (1971), now owns a violin sales and repair shop
1946 ● John Coghlan → Drummer for Brit psych-boogie rock Status Quo, “Pictures Of Matchstick Men” (#12, 1968)
1947 ● Laurence Neill “Lol” Crème → 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) and joined art-rock/synth-pop Art Of Noise in 1998, now a music video producer.
1949 ● Twiggy (Lesley Hornby) → Iconic 60s model and later stage, screen and TV actress, one hit wonder pop singer, “Here I Go Again” (UK #17, 1976)
1951 ● Daniel Lanois → Canadian record producer, guitarist and composer, produced Peter Gabriel‘s So and U2‘s The Joshua Tree, also albums by Brian Eno, Bob Dylan and others, solo album Acadie (1990)
1952 ● Nile Rodgers → Guitarist, co-founder and co-writer for R&B/disco band Chic, “Le Freak” (#1, 1978), influential record producer, composer and arranger, produced albums for David Bowie (Let’s Dance), Madonna (Like A Virgin), Mick Jagger (She’s The Boss) and others, died from pneumonia after and all-star “tribute” show in Japan on 4/18/1996
1957 ● Rusty Egan → Drummer for New Wave power pop The Rich Kids, “Rich Kids” (UK #24, 1978) and New Romantic synth-pop Visage, “Fade To Grey”(UK #8, 1981), London nightclub DJ
1958 ● Carmelita Rosanna “Lita” Ford → Guitar, vocals and founding member of teenage all-girl hard rock group The Runaways, “Cherry Bomb” (1976), pop-metal solo career, “Close My Eyes Forever” (#8, 1988)
1963 ● Jarvis Crocker → Singer for alt rock/Britpop Pulp, “Common People” (UK #2, 1995)
1964 ● Patricia Lynn “Trisha” Yearwood → Grammy-winning country singer, “How Do I Live” (#23, Country #2, 1996) and 28 other Country Top 40 hits, TV and occasional film actress, cookbook editor
1969 ● Candy Dulfer → Dutch alto saxophonist, “On & On” (Smooth Jazz #13, 2009), sessions and backing bands for Van Morrison, Prince and others, collaborated with Dave Stewart, “Lily Was Here” (UK #6, 1990)
1971 ● Paul Winterhart → Drummer for post-Britpop psych/mystic rock Kula Shaker, “Hush” (Mainstream Rock #19, 1997)
1973 ● Alan Jay “A. Jay” Popoff → Frontman and vocals for post-grunge punk-pop Lit, “My Own Worst Enemy” (#51, Mainstream Rock #6, 1999)
1974 ● Jimmy Fallon → Stand-up comedian, film and TV actor, awards show host, former Saturday Night Live cast member and comedy/satire music singer/songwriter with the Grammy-nominated album The Bathroom Wall (#47, 2002)
1977 ● Ryan Dusick → Drummer for alt funk-rock Maroon 5, “She Will Be Loved” (#5, 2004)

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Albums Released This Week (September 7 – 13)

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 07


Earth, Wind & Fire —— Another Time ► Soul-Funk >> 1974
Siouxsie And The Banshees —— Join Hands ► Glam Rock >> 1979
Matt Johnson —— Burning Blue Soul ► Post-Punk >> 1981
Kool & The Gang —— As One ► Disco >> 1982
Mercyful Fate —— Don’t Break The Oath ► Heavy Metal >> 1984
Jethro Tull —— Under Wraps ► Prog Rock >> 1984
Queensrÿche —— The Warning ► Heavy Metal >> 1984
Pet Shop Boys —— Actually ► Dance-Pop >> 1987
Mike Oldfield —— Islands ► Progressive Rock >> 1987
Led Zeppelin —— Led Zeppelin Boxed Set ► Hard Rock >> 1990
Toto —— Kingdom Of Desire [UK] ► Pop-Rock/Arena Rock >> 1992
John Mellencamp —— Human Wheels ► Roots Rock >> 1993
Belle & Sebastian —— The Boy With The Arab Strap ► Chamber Pop >> 1998
Buzzcocks —— Modern ► Punk-Rock >> 1999
Agnostic Front —— Riot, Riot, Upstart ► Hardcore Punk >> 1999
Christine McVie —— In The Meantime ► Pop-Rock >> 2004
Matthew Sweet —— Living Things ► Power Pop >> 2004
Cilla Black —— Cilla All Mixed Up ► Dance-Pop >> 2009
Natalie Cole —— The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year ► Holiday Soul-Pop >> 2010

Sep 08


Gene Vincent —— A Gene Vincent Record Date ► Rock n Roll >> 1958
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas —— Natural Resources ► Soul – Motown >> 1970
The Jackson 5 —— Third Album ► Soul – Motown >> 1970
LaBelle —— LaBelle ► Funk >> 1971
Mott The Hoople —— All The Young Dudes ► Hard Rock >> 1972
Hall & Oates —— Bigger Than The Both Of Us ► Pop-Rock >> 1976
Bunny Wailer —— Blackheart Man ► Roots Reggae >> 1976
Styx —— Pieces Of Eight ► Prog/Art Rock >> 1978
David Bowie —— Stage ► Glam Rock >> 1978
Dave Edmunds —— Tracks On Wax 4 ► Roots/Pub Rock >> 1978
Kate Bush —— Never For Ever ► Prog Rock >> 1980
The Cure —— …Happily Ever After ► Post-Punk >> 1981
Peter Gabriel —— Security ► Prog Rock >> 1982
The B-52’s —— Bouncing Off The Satellites ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1986
The Human League —— Crash ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1986
Mr. Mister —— Go On… ► L. A. New Wave >> 1987
Rush —— Hold Your Fire ► Arena Rock >> 1987
Pink Floyd —— A Momentary Lapse Of Reason ► Prog Rock >> 1987
Sam Phillips —— The Indescribable Wow ► AltRock/Secular >> 1988
Bad Religion —— Suffer ► Punk Rock >> 1988
Screaming Trees —— Sweet Oblivion ► Neo-Psychedelia >> 1992
Marilyn Manson —— Antichrist Superstar ► Heavy Metal/Alt Metal >> 1996
The Crystal Method —— Vegas ► Electronic/Industrial >> 1997
Hole —— Celebrity Skin ► Grunge >> 1998
The Church —— Hologram Of Baal ► Alt. Power Pop >> 1998
Blonde Redhead —— In An Expression Of The Inexpressible ► Alt Rock/Indie Rock >> 1998
Tristania —— Beyond The Veil ► Heavy Metal/Gloom Metal >> 1999
Iron Maiden —— Dance Of Death ► Heavy Metal >> 2003
Washed Out —— Life Of Leisure [EP] ► Electronica >> 2009
Phish —— Joy ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 2009
Phish —— Party Time ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 2009
Queen —— Queen: Live At The Rainbow ’74 ► Glam Rock >> 2014

Sep 09


Marvin Gaye —— Recorded Live On Stage ► Soul – Motown >> 1963
Manfred Mann —— Mann Made Hits ► Rock n Roll >> 1966
Fleetwood Mac —— Then Play On ► Blues-Rock >> 1969
John Lennon —— Imagine ► Pop-Rock >> 1971
John Sebastian —— Tarzana Kid ► Folk-Rock >> 1974
Rush —— Signals ► Arena Rock >> 1982
Dexy’s Midnight Runners —— Don’t Stand Me Down ► Pop-Rock/Post-Punk >> 1985
Love And Rockets —— Earth, Sun, Moon ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1987
Jimmy Barnes —— Two Fires ► Pop-Rock/Arena Rock >> 1990
Cross —— Blue Rock ► Hard Rock >> 1991
Dire Straits —— On Every Street ► Post-Punk Pop-Rock >> 1991
Catherine Wheel —— Like Cats And Dogs ► Alt Rock/Shoegazing >> 1996
Natalie Cole —— Stardust ► Soul-Pop >> 1996
Amy Grant —— Behind The Eyes ► Pop-Rock/Christian >> 1997
Incubus —— S.C.I.E.N.C.E. ► Funk Metal >> 1997
Frank Black And The Catholics —— Frank Black And The Catholics ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1998
John Mayer —— Heavier Things ► Folk-Pop >> 2003
John Mayer —— Continuum ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2006
Natalie Cole —— Still Unforgettable ► Soul-Pop >> 2008

Sep 10


Carpenters —— Golden Prize [Japan] ► Easy Listening >> 1971
Eric Clapton —— Eric Clapton’s Rainbow Concert ► Blues-Rock >> 1973
Randy Newman —— Good Old Boys ► Folk-Rock >> 1974
Frank Zappa —— Roxy & Elsewhere ► Art Rock >> 1974
Kiss —— Alive! ► Hard Rock >> 1975
Bob Dylan —— Hard Rain ► Folk-Rock >> 1976
Billy Joel —— Songs In The Attic ► Pop-Rock >> 1981
Diana Ross —— Silk Electric ► Soul – Motown >> 1982
Bill Drummond —— The Man ► Folk-Pop >> 1986
Betty Boo —— Boomania ► Dance-Pop >> 1990
Jethro Tull —— Catfish Rising ► Prog Rock >> 1991
John Cale —— Even Cowgirls Get The Blues ► Art Rock >> 1991
Sarah McLachlan —— Solace ► Folk-Rock >> 1991
John Mellencamp —— Mr. Happy Go Lucky ► Roots Rock >> 1996
R.E.M. —— New Adventures In Hi-Fi ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1996
Rush —— Test For Echo ► Prog/Art Rock >> 1996
Alison Moyet —— The Essential Alison Moyet ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2001
Alison Moyet —— Hometime ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2002
The Clash —— 5 Album Studio Set ► Punk >> 2013
The Clash —— Sound System ► Punk >> 2013

Sep 11


Manfred Mann —— The Five Faces Of Manfred Mann [UK] ► Blues-Rock >> 1964
Chad & Jeremy —— Of Cabbages And Kings ► Folk-Pop >> 1967
The Beach Boys —— Smiley Smile ► Pop-Rock >> 1967
Bruce Springsteen —— The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle ► Album Rock >> 1973
Gentle Giant —— Giant For A Day ► Prog Rock >> 1978
Foreigner —— Head Games ► Arena Rock >> 1979
Ultravox —— Rage In Eden ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1981
Falco —— Falco 3 ► Dance-Pop >> 1985
Triumph —— The Sport Of Kings ► Arena Rock >> 1986
Jethro Tull —— Crest Of A Knave ► Prog Rock >> 1987
The Temptations —— Together Again ► Soul >> 1987
Melissa Etheridge —— Brave And Crazy ► Roots Rock >> 1989
Eurythmics —— We Too Are One ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1989
Warrant —— Cherry Pie ► Hard Rock >> 1990
Bob Dylan —— Under The Red Sky ► Folk-Rock >> 1990
Stephen Stills —— Stills Alone ► Folk-Rock >> 1991
Blur —— The Great Escape ► Alt Pop-Rock/Britpop >> 1995
Belinda Carlisle —— A Man And A Woman ► Pop-Rock >> 1996
Mariah Carey —— Butterfly ► Pop-Rock >> 1997
Steps —— Step One [UK] ► Britpop >> 1998
Boz Scaggs —— Dig It ► Pop-Rock >> 2001
Mariah Carey —— Glitter [Sndtrk] ► Pop-Rock >> 2001
Bob Dylan —— Love And Theft ► Folk-Rock >> 2001
Nickelback —— Silver Side Up ► Alt Rock/Post-Grunge >> 2001
Dave Matthews Band —— Away From The World ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2012
The Knack —— Rock & Roll Is Good For You: The Fieger/Averre Demos ► Power Pop >> 2012
Bob Dylan —— Tempest ► Folk-Rock >> 2012
The Clash —— The Clash Hits Back ► Punk >> 2013

Sep 12


Brenda Lee —— “Let Me Sing” ► Country-Pop >> 1963
The Rolling Stones —— Through The Past Darkly (Big Hits, Vol. 2) ► Blues-Rock >> 1969
The Jackson 5 —— G.I.T.: Get It Together ► Soul – Motown >> 1973
Thin Lizzy —— Fighting ► Hard Rock >> 1975
Electric Light Orchestra —— A New World Record ► Prog. Rock >> 1976
Chicago —— Chicago XI ► Jazz-Rock >> 1977
XTC —— Black Sea ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1980
David Bowie —— Scary Monsters ► Glam Rock >> 1980
Simple Minds —— Sister Feelings Call ► New Wave Alt. Pop >> 1981
Simple Minds —— Sons And Fascination ► New Wave Alt. Pop >> 1981
Saga —— Heads Or Tales ► Prog. Rock >> 1983
UB40 —— Labour Of Love ► Reggae-Pop >> 1983
The dB’s —— Like This ► Power Pop >> 1984
Skinny Puppy —— VIVIsectVI ► Alt. Rock – Industrial >> 1988
Aerosmith —— Pump ► Hard Rock >> 1989
Annihilator —— Never, Neverland ► Thrash Metal >> 1990
Disco Inferno —— D. I. Go Pop ► Post-Punk Alt/Experimental >> 1994
Lenny Kravitz —— Circus ► Pop-Rock >> 1995
Big Audio Dynamite —— Planet B.A.D. ► Post-Punk Alt. Rock >> 1995
Jethro Tull —— Roots To Branches ► Prog Rock >> 1995
Stina Nordenstam —— Dynamite ► Pop-Rock/Dream Pop >> 1996
Sloan —— Between The Bridges ► Alt Indie Rock >> 1999
Christina Aguilera —— Mi Reflejo ► Dance-Pop >> 2000
At The Drive-In —— Relationship Of Command ► Punk Rock >> 2000
Bloodrock —— Triptych ► Hard Rock >> 2000
Simple Minds —— Black & White 050505 ► New Wave Alt. Pop >> 2005
David Gray —— Life in Slow Motion ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2005
R.E.M. —— And I Feel Fine…The Best Of The I.R.S. Years 1982-1987 ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2006
Atlanta Rhythm Section —— The Day Bear Bryant Died ► Southern Rock >> 2006
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band —— Face The Promise ► Album Rock >> 2006
Peter Frampton —— Fingerprints ► Arena Rock >> 2006
Everclear —— Welcome To The Drama Club ► Grunge-Punk >> 2006
Metallica —— Death Magnetic ► Heavy Metal >> 2008

Sep 13


Manfred Mann —— My Little Red Book Of Winners! ► Rock n Roll >> 1965
Bobby Darin —— If I Were A Carpenter ► Pop-Rock >> 1967
Yes —— Close To The Edge ► Prog Rock >> 1972
Fleetwood Mac —— Heros Are Hard To Find ► Pop-Rock >> 1974
Ronnie Wood —— I’ve Got My Own Album To Do ► Hard Rock >> 1974
LaBelle —— Nightbirds ► Funk >> 1974
Rose Royce —— Car Wash: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack [Sndtrk] ► Disco >> 1976
Kate Bush —— The Dreaming ► Art Rock >> 1982
Simple Minds —— New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) ► New Wave Alt. Pop >> 1982
Kiss —— Animalize ► Hard Rock >> 1984
Dokken —— Tooth And Nail ► Heavy Metal >> 1984
Stevie Wonder —— In Square Circle ► Pop-R&B >> 1985
Tanita Tikram —— Ancient Heart ► Pop-Rock >> 1988
The Smiths —— Rank ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1988
Jeff Healey Band —— See The Light ► Blues-Rock >> 1988
Fishbone —— Truth And Soul ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1988
Tina Turner —— Foreign Affair ► Pop-Rock >> 1989
The Shamen —— Boss Drum ► Alt Rock/Electro-Psych >> 1992
The Cure —— Show ► Post-Punk >> 1993
Blues Traveler —— Four ► Blues-Rock >> 1994
Eric Clapton —— From The Cradle ► Blues-Rock >> 1994
Various Artists —— If I Were A Carpenter ► Alt Rock >> 1994
Curtis Mayfield —— Live ► Soul/Funk >> 1994
The Notorious B.I.G. —— Ready To Die ► Gangsta Rap >> 1994
Peter Gabriel —— Secret World Live ► Prog Rock >> 1994
The Beatles —— Yellow Submarine Songtrack ► Pop-Rock >> 1999
Spin Doctors —— Nice Talking To Me ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 2005
Bonnie Raitt —— Souls Alike ► Blues-Rock >> 2005
Phil Collins —— Going Back ► Pop-Rock >> 2010
Aerosmith —— The Essential Aerosmith ► Hard Rock >> 2011
Nick Lowe —— The Old Magic ► Pub Rock >> 2011
Eric Clapton —— Play The Blues Live From Jazz At Lincoln Center ► Blues-Rock >> 2011
Bush —— The Sea Of Memories ► Grunge Rock >> 2011
Alice Cooper —— Welcome 2 My Nightmare ► Hard Rock >> 2011

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This Week’s Birthdays (September 6 – 12)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Sep 06

1925 ● Mathis James “Jimmy” Reed → Electric blues pioneering guitarist and songwriter, “Big Boss Man” (#78, R&B #13, 1961), influenced Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones and many others, died following an epileptic seizure on 8/29/1976
1938 ● Henry Diltz → Folk musician and photographer, played with the Modern Folk Quartet in the early 60s, did session work with The Monkees and took numerous publicity shots for them and other bands, became the official photographer at Woodstock and has provided the cover shots to over 75 rock albums, co-founded the Morrison Hotel Galleries of rock art and photography in New York and L.A.
1939 ● David Allan Coe → Outlaw country and country-rock singer/songwriter, “Mona Lisa Lost Her Smile” (Country #2, 1984)
1940 ● Jackie Trent (Yvonne Burgess) → English singer, songwriter and actress, “Where Are You Now (My Love)” (UK #1, 1965), with husband Tony Hatch co-wrote songs for Frank Sinatra, Shirley Bassey, Dean Martin and others
1942 ● Dave Bargeron → Trombone and tuba for jazz-rock/pop-rock fusion band Blood, Sweat & Tears, “Spinning Wheel” (#2, 1969), has played with the Gil Evans Orchestra since 1972
1943 ● Roger Waters → Founding member, bass, vocals and principal songwriter of space rock Pink Floyd, “Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)” (#1, 1979), left in 1985 for solo career, “What God Wants, Pt. 1” (Mainstream Rock #4, 1992), rejoined the band in 2005 for a one-off concert in London
1947 ● Sylvester James → R&B/soul-disco singer and drag queen performer, “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)” (#36, UK #8, 1978), died on 12/16/1988 from complications of AIDS
1948 ● Claydes Charles Smith → Co-founder and lead guitarist of jazz-fusion then R&B/funk Kool & The Gang, “Jungle Boogie” (#4, 1973), died 6/20/2006 after a long illness
1954 ● Stella Barker → Rhythm guitar for Brit all female ska/pop-rock The Belle Stars, “Sign Of The Times” (UK #3, 1983) and “Iko Iko” (#14, 1989)
1958 ● Buster Bloodvessel (Douglas Trendle) → Silly stage antic performing, bald and outsized frontman and lead vocalist for ska revival Bad Manners, “Can Can” (UK #3, 1981)
1961 ● Colin Ferguson → Bassist for Scottish synth-pop New Romantic quartet H2O, “Dream To Sleep” (UK #17, 1983)
1961 ● Pal Waaktaar (Gamst) → Guitarist for Norwegian synth-poppers A-Ha, “Take On Me” (#1, 1985), the first band from Norway to score a #1 hit in the UK and US
1961 ● Scott Travis → Drummer with speed metal Racer X, joined influential “New Wave” heavy metal band Judas Priest, “A Touch Of Evil” (Mainstream Rock #29, 1990) in 1989
1965 ● Trevor Bickers → Lead guitarist for Brit indie psych-rock The House Of Love, “Shine On” (, 1990)
1967 ● William DuVal → Singer, guitarist and songwriter for hard rock Madfly, which morphed into Comes With The Fall, joined alterna-metal/hard rock Alice In Chains in 2006, “Check My Brain” (Rock #1, 2009)
1969 ● Cecelia “Ce Ce” Peniston → Dance-pop/disco diva, “Finally” (#5, 1991)
1969 ● Paddy Bloom (Patrick Seacor) → Drummer for dance-glam-rock Scissor Sisters, “Filthy Gorgeous” (Dance/Club #1, 2005)
1970 ● April “Cheyne” Coates → Australian singer in dance-pop duo Madison Avenue, “Don’t Call Me Baby” (Dance/Club #1, 2000)
1971 ● Dolores O’Riordan → Lead vocals for Irish jangle/dream pop-rock The Cranberries, “Linger” (#8, 1993)
1973 ● Anika Noni Rose → Tony Award-winning American singer and actress in the motion picture roman à clef musical Dreamgirls (2006)
1974 ● Nina Persson → Vocals for Swedish pop-rock The Cardigans, “Lovefool” (#1, 1996)
1979 ● Foxy Brown (Inga Marchand) → Member of overhyped hip hop music group The Firm, then solo rapper, “Hot Spot” (Rap #23, 1999)
1980 ● Kerry Katona → Vocals for Brit dance-pop vocal trio Atomic Kitten, “Whole Again” (UK #1, 2000), left the group in 2001 for a career as a TV host

Sep 07

1920 ● Al Caiola → Session musician, conductor and arranger, film and TV theme song composer, “Bonanza” (#19, 1961), career includes numerous easy listening instrumental albums in the 60s, 70s and 80s
1926 ● Ronnie Gilbert → Singer, social activist and founding member and contralto vocals for left-leaning, influential, successful folk-pop The Weavers, collaborated on multiple albums and projects with Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie and other folk luminaries as well as mentoring younger folk musicians, participated in music festivals up to her death from natural causes on 6/6/2015
1930 ● Theodore Walter “Sonny” Rollins → Grammy-winning jazz tenor saxophonist, session musician and bandleader, “St. Thomas” (1956) and others are now considered jazz standards
1934 ● Little Milton (James Milton Campbell, Jr.) → Electric blues and R&B/soul guitarist and singer, “We’re Gonna Make It” (#25, R&B #1, 1965), died 8/4/2005 following a stroke
1934 ● Dan Ingram → Witty, satirical, irreverent and legendary New York radio disc jockey, first in the 60s with WABC-AM, the country’s premiere Top 40 station and the most successful ever in that format, left to join WCBS Radio after WABC switched to talk radio in 1982, continued with CBS stations and other radio projects through the 00s
1936 ● Buddy Holly (Charles Hardin Holley) → Rock ‘n’ roll immortal, singer/songwriter, guitarist and bandleader with The Crickets, “That’ll Be The Day” (#1, 1957), died along with Ritchie Valens and J. R. “The Big Bopper” Richardson in an Iowa plane crash on the night of 2/3/1959
1940 ● Ronnie Dove → Early pop-rock and adult contemporary singer, frontman for The Belltones, solo, “A Little Bit Of Heaven” (#16, 1965), revived his career with several Country Top 100 hits in the 70s and 80s
1946 ● Alfa Anderson → Lead vocals for top R&B/disco band Chic, “Le Freak” (#1, 1978)
1949 ● Gloria Gaynor (Fowles) → Top-tier, Grammy-winning R&B/disco diva, “I Will Survive” (#1, 1979), later small part TV and Broadway actress
1951 ● Chrissie Hynde → Vocals, guitar and frontwoman for post-punk New Wave hard pop-rock The Pretenders, “Back On The Chain Gang” (#5, 1982)
1954 ● Benmont Tench → Keyboards for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, “Free Fallin'” (#7, 1989), session work with Bob Dylan, Stevie Nicks, Roy Orbison, U2 and others
1956 ● Diane Warren → Prolific rock/pop songwriter with three Grammys, five ASCAP Songwriter of the Year awards, two BMI Songwriter of the Year awards and over 80 Top 40 hits by artists such as Aerosmith, Aretha Franklin, Jefferson Starship and Tina Turner
1957 ● Jermainne Stewart → R&B/soul-pop backing vocalist for Shalamar, Tavares and others, then solo, “We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off” (#5, 1986), died of cancer on 3/17/1997
1957 ● Margot Chapman → Singer in one hit wonder folk-pop Starland Vocal Band, “Afternoon Delight” (1976)
1958 ● Hamilton Lee → Drummer in Brit New Wave synth-pop Furniture, “Brilliant Mind” (UK #21, 1986)
1960 ● Brad Houser → Bassist for folk-pop Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians, “What I Am” (# , 1989)
1961 ● Gary Lee “LeRoi” Moore → Saxophonist and founding member of pop-funk-rock jam band Dave Matthews Band, “Don’t Drink The Water” (#4, 1998), died 9/19/2008 from complications of an accident on his Virginia farm in late June 2008
1964 ● Eazy-E (Eric Wright) → Rapper in seminal hip hop/gangsta rap group N.W.A., “Express Yourself” (#37, Rap #2, 1989), solo, “Real Muthaphuckkin G’s” (#42, Rap #7, 1994), died on 3/26/1995 from complications of AIDS
1966 ● Chris Acland → Drummer for alt pop/shoegazing band Lush, “Sweetness & Light” (Modern Rock #4, 1990), committed suicide by hanging on 9/7/1996
1967 ● David Guetta → French house and electronic music DJ, “When Love Takes Over” (Dance/Club #1, 2009), producer, including The Black Eyed Peas “I Gotta Feeling” (#1, 2009)
1970 ● Chad Sexton → Drummer in alt-rock reggae-rap-metal 311, “All Mixed Up” (Modern Rock #4, 1996)
1986 ● Spectacular Blue Smith → Singer with Miami-based R&B/hip-hop sibling quartet Pretty Ricky, “Grind With Me” (#7, 2005)

Sep 08

1897 ● James Charles “Jimmie” Rodgers → Often called the “man who started it all”, very early country star and yodeler, original inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame, influenced Merle Haggard, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Van Morrison and others, died from tuberculosis on 5/26/1933
1925 ● Peter Sellers → Comedy actor in many films, notably The Pink Panther series (first 1963) and Dr. Strangelove (1964), novelty/comedy spoken word singer, “A Hard Day’s Night” (UK #14, 1965), died of a heart attack on 7/24/1980
1932 ● Patsy Cline (Virginia Patterson Hensley) → Country super-diva and first country singer to crossover to pop, “I Fall To Pieces” (1961), died in a place crash on 3/5/1963
1941 ● Donald “Dante” Drowty → Singer and de facto frontman for one hit wonder pop group Dante & The Evergreens, “Alley Oop” (#15, 1960), later wrote and produced songs for Herb Alpert, The Isley Brothers and others
1942 ● Brian Cole → Bassist for light pop-rock vocal group The Association, “Along Comes Mary” (#7, 1966), died of heroin overdose on 8/2/1972
1942 ● Sal Valentino (Salvatore Spampinato) → Co-founder, frontman and lead singer in influential but underrated 60s folk-, psych- and country-rock The Beau Brummels, “Laugh, Laugh” (#15, 1964)
1945 ● Michael William “Kelly” Groucutt → Bass and vocals for pop-rock Electric Light Orchestra, “Don’t Bring Me Down” (#4, 1979) and 26 other Top 40 hits, died from a heart attack on 2/19/2009
1945 ● Ron “Pigpen” McKernan → Founding member, keyboards and occasional vocals for rock’s longest, strangest trip Grateful Dead, “Turn On Your Love Light” (1969), died 3/8/1973 from liver failure due to alcohol abuse
1946 ● Dean Daughtry → Keyboards for soft rock Classics IV, “Spooky” (#3, 1968), morphed into Southern rock Atlanta Rhythm Section, “So Into You” (#7, 1977)
1946 ● George Tickner → Former member of 60s San Francisco psych-rock Frumious Bandersnatch, then co-founded, played rhythm guitar and co-wrote several early songs for hard rock/arena rock Journey, left to attend Stanford Medical School but remained active in Journey side projects into the 00s
1947 ● Benjamin Orr (Orzechowski) → Co-founder, occasional lead vocals and bassist for hugely successful synth-pop-rock The Cars, “Shake It Up” (#4, 1982), died from pancreatic cancer on 10/3/2000
1958 ● David Lewis → Vocals for 80s urban contemporary soul Atlantic Starr, “Always” (#1, 1987), now a Christian minister
1960 ● Aimee Mann → Bassist, guitarist, singer and songwriter, first with one hit wonder post-New Wave pop-rock ‘Til Tuesday, “Voices Carry” (#8, 1985), then largely unsuccessful solo career except for “Save Me” from the film Magnolia (1999)
1960 ● David “Shuffle” Steele → Bassist for multi-racial ska revivalist The English Beat, “Hand’s Off…She’s Mine” (#22, UK #9, 1983), later co-founded synth-pop Fine Young Cannibals, “She Drives Me Crazy” (#1, 1989)
1969 ● Andie Rathbone → Former car salesman and third and last drummer for post-Brit-pop hard rock Mansun, “Wide Open Space” (Modern Rock #25, 1997) and Blondie tribute band Into The Bleach, now a drum teacher
1970 ● Neko Case → American singer-songwriter, vocalist, solo artist with nine albums (including two US Indie Rock #1’s) and founding member of Canadian indie rock/power pop The New Pornographers (2000 LP Miss Romantic is ranked 24th best indie album of all time by Blender magazine)
1975 ● Richard Hughes → Drummer in piano-driven pop/rock Keane, “Somewhere Only We Know” (Adult Top 40 #11, 2004)
1979 ● Pink (Alecia Beth Moore) → Teen dance-pop singer, songwriter and guitarist, “Get The Party Started” (#4, 2001)
1980 ● Slim Thug (Stayve Jerome Thomas) → Rapper, “I Run” (Rhythmic Top 40 #30, 2009), contributed to tracks by Beyonce (“Check On It”, #1, 2006), Gwen Stefani, LeToya Luckett and others, solo

Sep 09

1926 ● Jacob “Jake” Carey → Founding member and bass vocals for sophisticated group harmony R&B/doo wop The Flamingos, “I Only Have Eyes For You”, (#11, R&B #3, 1959)
1940 ● Joe Negroni → Founding member and baritone vocals for R&B/doo wop Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers, “Why Do Fools Fall In Love” (#6, 1956), died on 9/5/1978 from a cerebral hemorrhage
1941 ● Otis Redding → The “King of Soul,” highly-influential and talented Southern soul vocalist, Stax Records artist and rising crossover star, “(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay” (#1, 1968), died in a plane crash on 12/10/1967
1942 ● Inez Foxx → With brother Charlie, one half of the one hit wonder R&B/soul duo Inez & Charlie Foxx, “Mockingbird” (#7, 1963)
1942 ● Luther Simmons, Jr. → Founding member and vocals for R&B/romantic soul The Main Ingredient, “Everybody Plays The Fool” (#3, 1972)
1945 ● Dee Dee Sharp (Dione LaRue) → Early black female teen idol R&B/soul singer, “Mashed Potato Time” (#2, 1962)
1945 ● Doug Ingle → Founding member, keyboards, vocals and primary songwriter for psych-rock Iron Butterfly, “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” (#30, 1970)
1945 ● Andrea Simpson → With partner Lois Wilkinson, one half of the British Invasion pop-rock girl duo The Caravelles, “You Don’t Have To Be A Baby To Cry” (#3, 1963)
1946 ● Bruce Palmer → Original bassist Buffalo Springfield, “For What It’s Worth” (1967), died 10/1/2004 after suffering a heart attack
1946 ● Trevor Oakes → Guitarist for Brit rock ‘n’ roll revival Showaddywaddy, “Under The Moon Of Love” (UK #1, 1976) and over 20 other UK Top 40 singles
1947 ● Wilton Frederick “Freddy” Weller → Session guitarist, then lead guitar for hard-edged rock ‘n’ roll Paul Revere & The Raiders, “Just Like Me” (#11, 1965), songwriter who worked with and co-wrote hits for and with Reba McEntire, Joe South, Tommy James and others
1948 ● Pamela Des Barres (Miller) → Rock groupie, singer, author and magazine writer known for her numerous sexual partners including Mick Jagger, Jimmy Page and Grams Parsons and her memoir I’m With The Band (1987), performed with Frank Zappa-sponsored musical group The GTOs and had small parts in several films, TV shows and commercials, once married to Michael Des Barres, lead singer in hard rock Detective
1950 ● John McFee → Guitarist for California soul-pop-rock The Doobie Brothers, “Listen To The Music” (#11, 1972), then co-founded country-rock Southern Pacific, “New Shade Of Blue” (Country #2, 1988)
1952 ● David Allan Stewart → Guitarist, songwriter and producer, one half of groundbreaking synth-pop duo Eurythmics, “Sweet Dreams” (Are Made Of This)” (#1, 1983), then solo and multiple collaborations, co-writing and side projects
1967 ● Chris Caffery → Guitarist, singer and songwriter for heavy metal Savatage (“Edge Of Thorns”, Mainstream Rock #26, 1993) and prog metal Trans Siberian Orchestra, plus several solo albums
1970 ● Andre “Krazy Drazyz” Weston → One half of hip hop streaming nonsense lyrics duo Das EFX, “Straight From The Sewer” (Rap #3, 1993)
1970 ● Macy Gray (Natalie Renee McIntyre) → Grammy-winning R&B/neo-soul vocalist, “I Try” (#5, 2000)
1975 ● Michael Bublé → Canadian jazz-pop, swing , big band and adult contemporary crooner, “Haven’t Met You Yet” (#23, 2009)
1977 ● Stuart Price → British electronic musician, songwriter, producer and remixer, bassist for electro-dance-pop trio Zoot Woman, producer for Madonna, Missy Elliott, The Killers, Gwen Stefani, Seal and others

Sep 10

1898 ● Waldo Lonsbury Semon → Chemist and inventor of the synthetic polymer compound polyvinyl chloride (PVC), commonly known as vinyl, the substance used in millions of music records since the 1940s
1925 ● Roy Brown → Pioneering R&B/gospel and rock ‘n’ roll singer and songwriter, wrote and recorded the oft-covered “Good Rockin’ Tonight” (R&B #13, 1947) and other rock standards, died of a heart attack on 5/25/1981
1939 ● Cynthia Lennon (Powell) → First wife of John Lennon, mother of his son, Julian Lennon, and author of two memoirs on their troubled union, married on 8/23/1962 and divorced on 11/8/1968 after John took up with Yoko Ono, died from cancer on 4/1/2015
1940 ● Roy Ayers → Jazz-funk-soul (and proto-rap) vibraphonist, composer and bandleader, Roy Ayers Ubiquity, “Move To Groove” (1972)
1942 ● Danny Hutton → Lead vocals for pop-rock Three Dog Night, “Joy To The World” (#1, 1971) and nine other Top 10 hits between 1969 and 1973
1945 ● Jose Feliciano → Latino folk-pop singer, songwriter and guitarist, covered The Doors‘ “Light My Fire” (#3, 1968), won seven Grammys over a 40 year recording career
1949 ● Barriemore Barlow → Drums and percussion for long-lived Brit folk-rock Jethro Tull, “Living In The Past” (#11, 1973), session work and producer
1950 ● Don Powell → Drummer for Brit glam-metal Slade, “Run Runaway” (#20, 1984)
1950 ● Joe Perry → Guitarist for Grammy-winning, venerable hard rockers Aerosmith, “Dream On” (#6, 1976), “Angel” (#3, 1988), “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” (#1, 1998), “Baby, Please Don’t Go” (Mainstream Rock #7, 2004), solo and bandleader
1951 ● Peter Tolson → Guitarist for raunchy R&B/blues-rock British Invasion band The Pretty Things, “Don’t Bring Me Down” (UK #10, 1964)
1955 ● Lee Patrick “Pat” Mastelotto → Drums and percussion for 80s atmospheric pop-rock quartet Mr. Mister, “Kyrie” (#1, 1985)
1956 ● Johnnie Fingers (Moylett) → Founding member and pianist for Irish pop-punk Boomtown Rats, “I Don’t Like Mondays” (#73, 1979) and “Rat Trap” (UK #1, 1979), the first rock song by an Irish band to reach #1 in the UK
1957 ● Carol Decker → Vocals for New Wave pop-rock T’Pau, “Heart And Soul” (#4, 1987)
1957 ● Siobhan Fahey → Vocals for hugely successful Brit synth-dance-pop girl group Bananarama, covered “Venus” (#1, 1986), then for R&B/synth-pop duo Shakespear’s Sister, “Stay” (#4, 1992)
1960 ● David Lowery → Singer, songwriter, guitarist and frontman for eclectic alt rock pop-ska-punk-folk fusion Camper Van Beethoven, “Take The Skinheads Bowling” (1985), later founded and fronted roots rock Cracker, “I Hate My Generation” (Mainstream Rock #24, 1996)
1966 ● Miles Zuniga → Guitars, vocals and songwriting for alt rock/power pop Fastball, “Out Of My Head” (#20, Adult Top 40 #3, 1999)
1966 ● Robin Goodridge → Drummer for alt-rock Bush, “Glycerine” (Mainstream #4, 1995)
1968 ● Big Daddy Kane (Antonio Hardy) → Early and influential sophisticated rapper, first with East Coast rap consortium Juice Crew, then solo, “Smooth Operator” (Rap #1, 1989)
1980 ● Mikey Way → Bass guitar in 00s alt rock/emo band My Chemical Romance, “Welcome To The Black Parade” (#9, 2006)
1984 ● Cameron Matthew Followill → Lead guitar for Southern blues-indie rock Kings Of Leon, “Sex On Fire” (Modern Rock #1, 2008)
1985 ● Matthew Johnson → Vocals in teen pop boy band One True Voice, “Sacred Trust / After You’re Gone” (UK #2, 2002)

Sep 11

1918 ● Estelle Axton → With her younger brother, Jim Stewart, co-founder of legendary Memphis-based soul label and Motown rival Stax Records, the widely-renowned home to Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Isaac Hayes, the Staple Singers and others, died from natural causes on 2/24/2004
1938 ● Charles Patrick → Lead vocals for one hit wonder R&B/doo wop sextet The Monotones, “(Who Wrote) The Book Of Love” (#5, 1958)
1940 ● Bernie Dwyer → Drummer for British Invasion novelty/comedy pop-rock ‘n’ roll Freddie & The Dreamers, “I’m Telling You Now” (#1, 1965), died of lung cancer on 12/4/2002
1943 ● Jack Ely → Guitarist, vocalist, co-founder of garage rock one hit wonder The Kingsmen and singer of their version of “Louie Louie” (#2, 1963), left for an unsuccessful solo career, recovered from alcoholism and recorded an album of Christian music in 2011, died from skin cancer on 4/29/2015
1943 ● Mickey Hart → Drums and percussion for Grateful Dead, “Touch Of Grey” (# 9, 1987), bandleader for Rolling Thunder Review, solo career with two Grammy-winning world music albums, author and film score composer
1945 ● Leo Kottke → Virtuoso acoustic folk guitar singer and songwriter with 21 albums and numerous collaborations with John Fahey, Lyle Lovett, Mike Gordon, Rickie Lee Jones and others
1946 ● Dennis Tufano → Original lead singer for Chicago-based pop-horn-rock The Buckinghams, “Kind Of A Drag” (#1, 1967), continues with the band on the oldies circuit
1947 ● Richard Jaeger → Session and backing band percussionist for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Paul McCartney, The Pointer Sisters, Ringo Starr and others, died on 8/27/2000
1948 ● John Martyn (Iain David McGeachy) → Largely overlooked, innovative folk-blues-jazz rock fusion singer, songwriter and guitarist, Brit folk genre-defining album Solid Air (1970) and 19 other studio discs, died from pneumonia on 1/29/2009
1953 ● Tommy Shaw → Guitar for prototypical arena rockers Styx, “Too Much Time On My Hands” (#9, 1981), then in pop metal/arena rock supergroup Damn Yankees, “High Enough” (#3, 1990)
1957 ● Jon Langford → Co-founder, guitar, vocals and one of two constant members of long-running punk rock The Mekons, “Never Been In A Riot” (1978), solo plus visual and comic artist
1957 ● Jon Moss → Drummer for new romantic synth-pop Culture Club, “Karma Chameleon” (#12, 1984) and first-wave punk rockers The Damned, “Eloise” (UK #3, 1986)
1958 ● Mick Talbot → Keyboards for New Wave pop-rock Dexys Midnight Runners, “Come On Eileen” (#1, 1983), then sophisti-pop-soul The Style Council, “My Ever Changing Moods” (#29, UK #5, 1984) and The Bureau
1959 ● Rory Lyons → Drummer for rockabilly revival (“psychobilly”) King Kurt, “Destination Zululand” (UK #38, 1983)
1964 ● Victor Wooten → Composer, author, producer and Grammy-winning bassist with progressive folk-bluegrass Béla Fleck And The Flecktones, “The Sinister Minister” (Best Pop Instrumental, 1997), collaborations with Stanley Clarke and others, three-time winner of Bass Player magazine’s “Bassist of the Year” award
1965 ● Moby (Richard Melville Hall) → Multi-instrumentalist one man band techno-dance-pop artist, “South Side” (#14, 2000), producer, descendent of Moby Dick author Herman Melville
1966 ● Greg Kane → Scottish pianist and co-member with brother Pat in contemporary dance-pop/electronica Hue And Cry, “Labour Of Love” (UK #6, 1987)
1967 ● Harry Connick, Jr. → Three-time Grammy-winning big band and jazz-pop singer, “Hear Me In The Harmony” (Adult Contemporary #18, 1996)
1971 ● Richard Ashcroft → Guitar and vocals for neo-psych-pop The Verve, “Bittersweet Symphony” (#12, 1998), solo
1975 ● Brad Fischetti → Vocals for pop/rap trio LFO (Lyte Funkie Ones or Low Frequency Oscillator), “Summer Girls” (#3, 1999)
1977 ● Jon Buckland → Lead guitarist for Brit-pop/anthem rock Coldplay, “Speed Of Sound” (#8, 2005)
1977 ● Ludacris (Christopher Brian Bridges) → Grammy-winning “Dirty South” movement rapper, “Stand Up” (#1, 2004), co-founder of Disturbing tha Peace label, actor and philanthropist

Sep 12

1931 ● George Jones → Hardcore honky tonk and later smooth ballad country star with 70 Country Top 10 hits, including “She Thinks I Still Care” (#1, 1962), married four times including six years to country queen Tammy Wynette, died 4/26/2013 from hypoxic respiratory failure
1943 ● Maria Muldaur (D’Amato) → Greenwich Village folk scene bandmember, then solo folk-pop singer/songwriter, “Midnight at the Oasis” (#6, 1970), backing vocals for Grateful Dead in late-70s
1944 ● Barry White → R&B/soul singer, songwriter, bandleader for the Love Unlimited Orchestra, “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe” (#1, 1974), early disco influences, producer, died from kidney failure on 7/4/2003
1944 ● Colin Young → Lead singer for Brit R&B/soul-pop The Foundations, “Baby Now That I’ve Found You” (#11, 1967)
1946 ● Anthony “T-Bone” Bellamy (Avila) → Lead guitar, piano and vocals for Native American rockers Redbone, “Come And Get Your Love” (#5, 1974), died from liver failure on 12/25/2009
1952 ● Gerry Beckley → Founding member, guitar, piano, vocals and songwriter for folk-pop America, “A Horse With No Name” (#1, 1972)
1952 ● Neal Peart → Drummer and principal lyricist with Canadian arena rock/power trio Rush, “New World Man” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1982) and 24 other Mainstream Rock Top 20 singles
1956 ● Barry Andrews → Vocals and keyboards for quirky New Wave synth-pop XTC, “Making Plans For Nigel” (UK #17, 1979), left in 1979 for solo career and session work
1956 ● Brian Robertson → Guitar for underrated Irish hard rock Thin Lizzy, “The Boys Are Back In Town” (#12, 1976)
1965 ● John Norwood Fisher → Bass and vocals for alt rock ska-punk-funk fusion Fishbone, “Sunless Saturday” (Modern Rock #7, 1991)
1966 ● Ben Folds → Singer, songwriter, keyboards and frontman for piano-based indie pop-rock Ben Folds Five, “Brick” (1998)
1967 ● Jon Stewart → Guitar for Britpop Sleeper, “Sale Of The Century” (UK #10, 1996)
1968 ● Kenny Thomas → R&B/soul-pop singer, “Thinking About Your Love” (UK #4, 1991), certified acupuncturist
1968 ● Reid Lawrence “Larry” LaLonde → Guitarist in early 80s death metal group Possessed, joined thrash metal Blind Illusion in 1987, now with funk-metal Primus, “N.I.B.” (Mainstream Rock #2, 2000)
1974 ● Jennifer Nettles → Two-time Grammy-winning country music star, lead vocals for duo Sugarland, “All I Want To Do” (#18, Country #1, 2008), duet with Jon Bon Jovi, “Who Says You Can’t Go Home” (Country #1, 2005)
1978 ● Ruben Studdard → R&B/soul-pop and gospel crooner, “Flying Without Wings” (#2, 2003), winner of the second series of American Idol
1981 ● Jennifer Hudson → Third season American Idol finalist, Academy Award-winning actress in Dreamgirls (2006), Grammy-winning R&B/soul-pop singer, “Spotlight” (#24, Dance/Club #8, 2008)

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Albums Released This Week (August 31 – September 6)

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):

Aug 31


The Ventures —— Going To The Ventures’ Dance Party! ► Rock n Roll Instrumental >> 1962
Dionne Warwick —— Make Way For Dionne Warwick ► Pop-Soul >> 1964
The Supremes —— Where Did Our Love Go? ► Soul – Motown >> 1964
Dionne Warwick —— The Windows Of The World ► Pop-Soul >> 1967
Neil Young —— After The Gold Rush ► Folk-Rock >> 1970
The Beach Boys —— Sunflower ► Pop-Rock >> 1970
Dr. John —— The Sun, Moon & Herbs ► Blues-Rock >> 1971
The Rolling Stones —— Goats Head Soup ► Blues-Rock >> 1973
Donna Summer —— Live And More ► Disco >> 1978
The Gun Club —— Fire Of Love ► Punk-Psychobilly >> 1981
Carly Simon —— Hello Big Man ► Pop-Rock >> 1983
Michael Jackson —— Bad ► Dance-Pop >> 1987
Joe Henry —— Shuffletown ► Guitar Jazz >> 1990
Charles & Eddie —— Duophonic ► Dance-Pop >> 1992
Mike Oldfield —— Tubular Bells II ► Progressive Rock >> 1992
Garth Brooks —— In Pieces ► Country-Pop >> 1993
The Divine Comedy —— Fin de Siècle ► Brit Pop/Baroque Pop >> 1998
Dixie Chicks —— Fly ► Country-Rock >> 1999
Stabbing Westward —— What Do I Have To Do? ► Industrial Rock >> 2003
Ray Charles & Bonnie Raitt —— Genius Loves Company ► Soul >> 2004
The Black Crowes —— Before The Frost…Until The Freeze ► Southern Rock >> 2009
Bryan Adams —— Icon ► Pop-Rock >> 2010
Nirvana —— Icon ► Grunge >> 2010
Goo Goo Dolls —— Something For The Rest of Us ► Alt Pop-Rock/Post-Grunge >> 2010

Sep 01


The Hollies —— Hear! Here! ► Pop-Rock >> 1965
John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers —— Crusade ► Blues-Rock >> 1967
Cat Stevens —— Teaser And The Firecat ► Folk-Pop >> 1971
Grateful Dead —— Blues For Allah ► Album Rock >> 1975
Rush —— A Farewell To Kings ► Arena Rock >> 1977
10cc —— Bloody Tourists ► Pop-Rock >> 1978
Molly Hatchet —— Molly Hatchet ► Southern Rock >> 1978
Jethro Tull —— A ► Prog Rock >> 1980
Simple Minds —— Empires And Dance ► New Wave Alt. Pop >> 1980
Hall & Oates —— Private Eyes ► Pop-Rock >> 1981
Tina Turner —— Break Every Rule ► Pop-Rock >> 1986
Cocteau Twins —— Love’s Easy Tears [EP] ► Folk-Rock >> 1986
R.E.M. —— Document ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1987
Mötley Crüe —— Dr. Feelgood ► Heavy Metal >> 1989
Thomas Anders —— Down On Sunset ► Pop-Rock >> 1992
The Ramones —— Mondo Bizarro ► Punk-Rock >> 1992
Lighthouse Family —— Ocean Drive ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1995
Buzzcocks —— I Don’t Mind The Buzzcocks ► Punk-Rock >> 1997
Ace Of Base —— Cruel Summer ► Euro-Dance Pop >> 1998
Tonic —— Head On Straight ► Alt/Roots Rock >> 2002
The Apples In Stereo —— #1 Hits Explosion ► Indie Pop-Rock/Power Pop >> 2009

Sep 02


Brenda Lee —— Too Many Rivers ► Country-Pop >> 1965
Thin Lizzy —— Bad Reputation ► Hard Rock >> 1977
Van Der Graaf —— The Quiet Zone/The Pleasure Dome ► Prog Rock >> 1977
Ronnie Wood —— 1234 ► Hard Rock >> 1981
Teddy Pendergrass —— It’s Time For Love ► Soul/Quiet Storm >> 1981
The Moody Blues —— The Present ► Prog Rock >> 1983
UB40 —— Baggariddim ► Reggae-Pop >> 1985
Billy Joel —— Greatest Hits, Vols. 1 & 2 (1973-1985) ► Pop-Rock >> 1985
Jeffrey Osbourne —— Emotional ► Soul-Pop >> 1986
Level 42 —— Guaranteed ► New Wave Synth Pop >> 1991
David Bowie & Tin Machine —— Tin Machine II ► Hard Rock >> 1991
Zard —— Hold Me ► Pop-Rock >> 1992
Sepultura —— Chaos A.D. ► Heavy Metal >> 1993
The Blood Divine —— Awaken ► Heavy Metal/Goth Metal >> 1996
Neneh Cherry —— Man ► Trip Hop >> 1996
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark —— Universal ► New Wave Synth Pop >> 1996
Genesis —— Calling All Stations ► Prog Rock >> 1997
War —— Colección Latina ► Funk >> 1997
Joe Jackson —— Heaven & Hell ► Classical Pop >> 1997
Amon Amarth —— The Avenger ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1999
The Innocence Mission —— Befriended ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 2003
Bryan Adams —— Live At Sydney Opera House ► Pop-Rock >> 2013
Counting Crows —— Somewhere Under Wonderland ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2014

Sep 03


Fleetwood Mac —— Future Games ► Blues-Rock >> 1971
Diana Ross —— Ross ► Soul – Motown >> 1978
Iron Maiden —— Powerslave ► Heavy Metal >> 1984
George Michael —— Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 ► Dance-Pop >> 1990
Judas Priest —— Painkiller ► Heavy Metal >> 1990
Rush —— Roll The Bones ► Arena Rock >> 1991
Stevie Nicks —— TimeSpace ► Pop-Rock >> 1991
Blues Traveler —— Travelers And Thieves ► Alt Country Rock >> 1991
The Knack —— Banding ► Power Pop >> 1996
Tina Turner —— Wildest Dreams ► Pop-Rock >> 1996
Yes —— Live At Montreux 2003 ► Prog Rock >> 2007
Mark Knopfler —— Privateering ► Roots Rock >> 2012

Sep 04


The Rolling Stones —— Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out ► Rock n Roll >> 1970
Queen —— Queen ► Prog Rock >> 1973
Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson —— Winter In America ► Hip-Hop >> 1973
Trooper —— Flying Colors ► Hard Rock >> 1979
Meat Loaf —— Dead Ringer ► Arena Rock >> 1981
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band —— Nine Tonight ► Heartland Rock >> 1981
George Strait —— Strait Country ► Country-Rock >> 1981
The Who —— It’s Hard ► British Rock >> 1982
Donna Summer —— Cats Without Claws ► Disco >> 1984
Love And Rockets —— Love And Rockets ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1989
Soul Asylum —— And The Horse They Rode In On ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1990
Rush —— Chronicles ► Arena Rock >> 1990
The Rembrandts —— The Rembrandts ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1990
Dan Folgelberg —— The Wild Places ► Country-Rock >> 1990
Sugar —— Copper Blue ► Alt Rock >> 1992
Jethro Tull —— Roots To Branches [UK] ► Prog Rock >> 1995
Powderfinger —— Odyssey Number Five ► Alt Rock >> 2000
April Wine —— Back To The Mansion ► Arena Rock >> 2001
The Apples In Stereo —— Sound Effects ► Indie Pop-Rock/Power Pop >> 2001
System Of A Down —— Toxicity ► Heavy Metal >> 2001
Melissa Etheridge —— 4th Street Feeling ► Roots Rock >> 2012
Matchbox Twenty —— North ► Alt. Rock >> 2012
Stars —— The North ► Chamber Pop >> 2012
Korn —— The Path Of Totality Tour – Live At The Hollywood Palladium ► Post-Grunge/Nu Metal >> 2012

Sep 05


Poco —— From The Inside ► Country-Rock >> 1971
The Jackson 5 —— Dancing Machine ► Soul – Motown >> 1974
Jethro Tull —— Minstrel In The Gallery ► Prog Rock >> 1975
Gary Numan —— Telekon ► New Wave Synth Pop >> 1980
Skinny Puppy —— Mind: The Perpetual Intercourse ► Alt. Rock – Industrial >> 1986
Y & T —— Contagious ► Heavy Metal/Glam Metal >> 1987
Motörhead —— Rock ‘N’ Roll ► Heavy Metal >> 1987
Grim Reaper —— Rock You To Hell ► Thrash Metal >> 1987
Siouxsie And The Banshees —— Peepshow ► Alt. Rock >> 1988
Soundgarden —— Louder Than Love ► Grange Rock >> 1989
Big Audio Dynamite —— Megatop Phoenix ► Dance-Rock >> 1989
Mick Jones —— Mick Jones ► Hard Rock >> 1989
The Tragically Hip —— Up To Here ► Folk-Rock >> 1989
Shed Seven —— Change Giver ► Britpop >> 1994
Die Flippers —— Sommersprossen ► Pop/Schlager >> 1995
The Fall —— The Twenty-Seven Points ► Pop-Rock/Post-Punk >> 1995
Mack 10 —— Based On A True Story ► Gangsta Rap >> 1997
Ryan Adams —— Heartbreaker ► Acoustic Pop-Rock >> 2000
Queen —— Deep Cuts, Volume 3 (1984-1995) ► Glam Rock >> 2011

Sep 06


Merle Haggard —— Strangers ► Trad Country >> 1965
Hawkwind —— Hall Of The Mountain Grill ► Space Rock >> 1974
Judas Priest —— Rocka Rolla ► Heavy Metal >> 1974
Kool & The Gang —— Ladies’ Night ► Disco/Funk >> 1979
Icehouse —— Primitive Man ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1982
John Cale —— Artificial Intelligence ► Art Rock >> 1985
New Kids On The Block —— Hangin’ Tough ► Teen Pop >> 1988
Widespread Panic —— Ain’t Life Grand ► Southern Rock >> 1994
David Gray —— Flesh ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1994
Land —— Land ► Electronic/Fusion >> 1995
Yazoo —— Only Yazoo ► Synth-Pop >> 1999
Mike + The Mechanics —— Rewired + Hits – The Latest + Greatest ► Brit Pop-Rock >> 2004
Alison Moyet —— Voice [UK] ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2004
The Rolling Stones —— A Bigger Bang ► Blues-Rock >> 2005

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This Week’s Birthdays (August 30 – September 5)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Aug 30

1935 ● John Phillips → Known as “Papa John,” singer, songwriter, guitarist, founder and frontman for folk-pop The Mamas & The Papas, “Monday Monday” (#1,1966), died of heart failure on 3/18/2001
1939 ● John Peel (Ravenscroft) → Offshore pirate station Radio London DJ, then from 1967 to 2004 the longest serving BBC Radio 1 and most influential British DJ ever, died in Peru of a heart attack on 10/25/2004
1941 ● John McNally → Founder, guitarist and singer for Merseybeat band The Searchers, “Needles And Pins” (#13, 1963)
1943 ● Robert Crumb → Artist, comic book and album cover illustrator, founder of the satirical and subversive underground comix movement, developed the “Keep on truckin'” and “Fritz the Cat” characters
1944 ● Charles “Chuck” Colbert → Bassist for pop-rock one hit wonder American Breed, “Bend Me Shape Me” (Top 10, 1968)
1945 ● Fred Tackett → Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, first as a session player for and since 1988 as a full-time member of Southern-fried blues-boogie rock Little Feat, “Dixie Chicken” (1973) and “Hate To Lose Your Lovin'” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1988)
1950 ● Micky Moody → Guitarist in Brit blues-rock Juicy Lucy, covered Bo Diddley‘s classic “Who Do You Love” (UK #14, 1970), left in 1973 for session work, in 1978 joined Whitesnake, “Here I Go Again” (#1, 1987) but left for solo career and sessions
1951 ● Dana (Rosemary Brown Scallon) → Irish folk-pop singer, won the 1970 Eurovision Song Contest with the worldwide hit “All Kinds Of Everything” (UK #1, 1970), in the 90s shifted to Christian pop music, “As We Lay” (#59, 1997)
1952 ● Kenny Andrews → Singer in Brit doo wop/rock ‘n’ roll revival vocal group Darts, “Don’t Let It Fade Away” (UK #18, 1978)
1953 ● Stephen Graham “Horace” Panter → Bassist for ska revival/punk rock The Specials, “Ghost Town” (UK #1, 1981), then pop-soul General Public, “I’ll Take You There” (Dance/Club #1, 1994) and The Specials reunion concert, author and special needs teacher
1954 ● Ron Beitle → Drummer with one hit wonder funk-pop Wild Cherry, “Play That Funky Music” (#1, 1976)
1958 ● Martin Jackson → Drummer with post-punk Magazine, “Shot By Both Sides” (UK #41, 1978)and for Brit sophisti-pop Swing Out Sister, “Breakout” (#6, 1987) plus other Manchester New Wave bands
1961 ● Keith McKenzie → Founding member and drummer for Scottish electronic psych/dance rock crossover band The Shamen, “Ebenezer Goode” (UK #1, 1992)
1963 ● Paul Oakenfold → Dance-pop “house” music pioneer and DJ, toured with U2, Perfecto Records founder, producer and remixer for Happy Mondays, Simply Red, M People, New Order, Stone Roses and U2
1964 ● Robert Clivillés → Songwriter, vocals, producer and one half of the R&B/electro-dance-pop team C+C Music Factory, “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” (#1, 1990)
1966 ● Peter Cunnah → Lead singer for 90s techno-dance-pop D:Ream, “U R The Best Thing” (Dance #1, 1993), solo
1971 ● Lars Frederiksen → Danish-American guitarist and vocalist in punk rock revival Rancid, “Time Bomb” (Modern Rock #8, 1995), producer
1986 ● George Ryan Ross III → Lead guitarist and singer for alt rock/pop punk quartet Panic! At The Disco, “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” (#7, 2006)

Aug 31

1918 ● Alan Jay Lerner → Grammy-winning stage, screen and pop music lyricist and librettist, songwriting partner of Frederick Loewe, co-wrote dozens of Broadway shows and movies including Brigadoon (1947), My Fair Lady (1956) and Camelot (1960), died from lung cancer on 6/14/1986
1939 ● Jerry Allison → Drummer in rock ‘n’ roll Buddy Holly & The Crickets, co-wrote “That’ll Be The Day” (#1, 1957) and “Peggy Sue” (#3, 1957), after splitting with Holly became de factor leader of The Crickets, but their success was limited
1940 ● Wilton Felder → Founding member and saxophonist with The Jazz Crusaders (The Crusaders after 1971), “Street Life” (#36, 1979), solo and session work on electric bass
1944 ● Roger Dean → English artist and album cover designer for Asia, Atomic Rooster, Greenslade, Steve Howe, Uriah Heep, Yes and others
1945 ● George Ivan “Van” Morrison → Northern Irish singer, songwriter, musician and poet, started as lead singer for Irish garage rock Them, “Here Comes The Night” (#24, UK #2, 1965), then a long and prolific blue eyed soul/rock solo career, “Brown Eyed Girl” (#10, UK #8, 1967) and over 40 albums plus six Grammy Awards
1948 ● Andy Stein → Classically trained violinist, saxophonist, arranger and composer, started with country-rock/boogie/swing bar band Commander Cody And His Lost Planet Airmen, “Hot Rod Lincoln” (#9, 1972), thereafter in sessions or show bands and recordings with classical greats Itzhak Perlman and Placido Domingo, with pop artists Emmylou Harris, Bob Dylan, Billy Joel and many others, with jazz artists Wynton Marsalis, Manhattan Transfer and multiple others, played with the Prairie Home Companion (PBS-TV) house band for 22 years
1948 ● Rudolf Schenker → Founder (at age 16), rhythm guitarist and main songwriter for German hard rock/metal Scorpions, “Rock You Like A Hurricane” (#25, 1984)
1955 ● Anthony Thistlethwaite → Multi-instrumentalist for Celtic folk-rock The Waterboys, “Fisherman’s Blues” (Modern Rock #3, 1988), sessions, solo
1957 ● Gina Schock → Drummer for New Wave pop-punk girl group The Go-Go’s, “We Got The Beat”, (#2, 1982), the most successful all-female pop and rock band of all time and the only one to play their own instruments and write their own songs
1957 ● Glenn Tilbrook → Songwriter, guitar and vocals for New Wave pop-rock Squeeze, “Tempted” (#49, 1981)
1959 ● Tony DeFranco → Lead singer for teen bubblegum-pop sibling quintet The DeFranco Family, “Heartbeat-It’s A Lovebeat” (#3, 1973)
1961 ● Bruce Guthro → Lead vocals and guitar for Scottish Celtic folk-rock Runrig, “An Ubhal As Airde (The Highest Apple)” (UK #18, 1995)
1963 ● Larry Waddell → Keyboards for new jack swing R&B/soul-pop sextet Mint Condition, “What Kind Of Man Would I Be?” (#17, 1996)
1967 ● Gerard Love → Bassist for Scot pre-grunge, then power pop Teenage Fanclub, “Star Sign” (Mainstream Rock #4, 1991)
1969 ● Jeff Russo → Guitarist for Grammy-nominated alt/roots rock Tonic, “If You Could Only See” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1997)
1970 ● Debbie Gibson → Teen pop singer-songwriter, “Foolish Beat” (#1, 1988) and seven other Top 25 hits in the late 80s, actress
1977 ● Craig Nicholls → Singer, songwriter, guitarist and frontman for Aussie garage rock revival The Vines, “Get Free” (Mainstream Rock #27, 2002)
1977 ● Del Marquis (Derek Gruen) → Guitarist for dance-glam-rock Scissor Sisters, “Filthy Gorgeous” (Dance/Club #1, 2005)

Sep 01

1927 ● Tommy Evans → Bass vocals for R&B/doo wop The Drifters, “Fools Fall In Love” (#69, R&B #10, 1957)
1933 ● Marshall Lytle → Rock ‘n’ roll bass guitarist and member of Bill Haley & His Comets, played bass on all their hits including “Rock Around The Clock” (#1, 1955), left to form Las Vegas lounge act The Jodimars, died from lung cancer on 5/25/2013
1933 ● Conway Twitty (Harold Lloyd Jenkins) → Early rock ‘n’ roll, R&B and pop singer, “It’s Only Make Believe” (#1, 1958), then 70s and 80s country superstar, “Tight Fittin’ Jeans” (Country #1, 1981) and over 50 other Country #1 hits, died suddenly from an abdominal aneurysm on 6/5/1993
1944 ● Archie Bell → Frontman for R&B/Philly soul and funk Archie Bell & The Drells, “Tighten Up” (#1, 1968) and twelve additional R&B Top 40 singles
1945 ● Peter Hewson → Vocals for Brit pop-rock Chicory Tip, “Son Of My Father” (UK #1, 1972), one of the first hit singles to prominently feature a Moog synthesizer
1946 ● Barry Gibb → Vocals and guitar for pop-rock then disco sibling trio The Bee Gees, “Stayin’ Alive” (#1, 1977), as a songwriter wrote or co-wrote dozens of Top 40 hits, including a Number 1 song in each decades from the 60s to the 00s
1946 ● Greg Errico → Drummer for R&B/soul-funk Sly & The Family Stone, “Family Affair” (#1, 1971), toured Weather Report in 1973, played with David Bowie‘s band in 1974, has toured or played with numerous other rock and funk acts, including Santana, the Jerry Garcia Band, Tower of Power, and Journey
1949 ● Russell Field → Guitarist for Brit rock ‘n’ roll revival Showaddywaddy, “Under The Moon Of Love” (UK #1, 1976) and over 20 other UK Top 40 singles
1955 ● Bruce Foxton → Bass, vocals and songwriter for Brit punk-rock/mod revival The Jam, “Town Called Malice” (Mainstream Rock #31, 1982) and the reformed late 80s version of Irish punk rock Stiff Little Fingers
1957 ● Gloria Estefan (nee Fajardo) → Seven-time Grammy-winning Cuban/American singer and songwriter, lead vocals for Latin dance-pop Miami Sound Machine, “Anything For You” (#1, 1988), solo with multiple Top 10 hits, including salsa/disco revival “Oye!” (Dance/Club #1, 1998)
1960 ● Cass Lewis → Bassist for Brit alt rock/metal Skunk Anansie, “All I Want” (UK #14, 1996)
1965 ● Craig McLachlan → Aussie TV actor and pop singer, covered Bo Diddley‘s “Mona” (UK #2, 1990)
1970 ● DJ Spigg Nice → DJ and rapper for gangsta rap The Lost Boyz, “Music Makes Me High” (#51, Dance/Club #3, Rap #5, 1996)
1973 ● J.D. Fortune (Jason Dean Bennison) → Canadian singer and winner of the 2005 CBS reality TV series Rock Star: INXS, since then has fronted Aussie New Wave dance-groove-pop INXS, “Pretty Vegas” (#37, Hot Digital #9, 2005)
1976 ● Babydaddy (Scot Hofman) → Bassist for dance-glam-rock Scissor Sisters, “Filthy Gorgeous” (Dance/Club #1, 2005)
1976 ● Peter Brown → Drummer for post-grunge Wheatus, “Teenage Dirtbag” (Modern Rock #7, 2001)
1984 ● Joseph Mark Trohman → Guitarist for alt rock/punk-pop Fall Out Boy, “This Ain’t A Scene, It’s An Arms Race” (#2, 2007)

Sep 02

1925 ● Hugo Montenegro → Composer, arranger and orchestra conductor primarily for film soundtracks, including “The Good, The Bad And The Ugly” (#2, 1968), died 2/6/1981 from emphysema
1925 ● Russ Conway (Trevor Herbert Stanford) → Pop music pianist and composer, instrumental “Side Saddle” (UK #1, 1959) plus 17 other UK Top 40 singles, died 11/16/2000
1933 ● Richard Lewis → Tenor vocals for one hit wonder R&B/doo wop quartet The Silhouettes, “Get A Job” (#1, 1958)
1939 ● Bobby Purify (Robert Lee Dickey) → With cousin James Purify, R&B/Southern soul duo James & Bobby Purify, “I’m Your Puppet” (#6, 1966)
1939 ● Sam Gooden → Vocals for Chicago soul/doo wop The Impressions, “It’s All Right” (#4, 1963)
1940 ● Jimmy Clanton → Swamp pop teen idol singer and songwriter, “Just A Dream” (#4, 1958), continues today on the oldies circuit
1943 ● Joe Simon → R&B and country-pop crossover baritone singer, “The Chokin’ Kind” (#13, R&B #1, 1969) and 33 other R&B Top 40 singles
1943 ● Rosalind “Roz” Ashford-Holmes → Founding member and alto vocalist for Motown R&B/gospel-soul girl group Martha & The Vandellas, “(Love Is Like A) Heat Wave” (#4, 1963)
1945 ● Marty Grebb → Keyboards for Chicago-based pop-horn-rock The Buckinghams, “Kind Of A Drag” (#1, 1967)
1946 ● Billy Preston → Child prodigy pianist and Grammy-winning R&B/soul-funk keyboardist, singer and songwriter, “Will It Go Round In Circles” (#1, 1972), session musician, played on The Beatles‘ Let It Be Album, died 6/6/2006 after seven months in a coma following a pericarditis attack
1951 ● Michael “Mik” Kaminski → Violinist for pop-rock Electric Light Orchestra, “Don’t Bring Me Down” (#4, 1979) and 26 other Top 40 hits, later co-founded one hit wonder pop Violinski, “Clog Dance” (UK #17, 1979)
1952 ● Fritz McIntyre → Keyboards for Brit soul-pop Simply Red, “Holding Back The Years” (#1, 1986)
1957 ● Steve Porcaro → Founding member, keyboards and songwriter for pop/arena rock Toto, “Africa” (#1, 1982), younger brother of bandmates Jeff and Mike Porcaro
1958 ● Jerome Stanley “Jerry” Augustyniak → Drummer for folk-pop 10,000 Maniacs, “These Are Days” (Alt-Rock #1, 1992)
1959 ● Paul Deakin → Drummer for Grammy-winning country-rock The Mavericks, “All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down” (Country #13, 1996)
1969 ● Cedric “K-Ci” Hailey → With brother Joel, vocals in R&B/electro-dance “bad boy” quartet Jodeci, “Lately” (#4, 1993), left with Joel to form romantic soul duo K-Ci & JoJo, “All My Life” (#1, 1998)
1975 ● Tony Thompson → Lead vocalist for R&B/New Jack Swing quintet Hi-Five, “I Like The Way (The Kissing Game)” (#1, 1991), died on 6/1/2007 after accidentally inhaling Freon from an air conditioning unit
1987 ● Spencer James Smith → Drummer for alt rock/pop punk quartet Panic! At The Disco, “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” (#7, 2006)

Sep 03

1915 ● Memphis Slim (John Peter Chatman) → Jump blues pianist, singer, composer and bandleader, his blues standard “Everyday I Have The Blues ” (1949) has been a Billboard R&B Chart Top 10 single for four other artists, including B. B. King, died 2/24/1988 from renal failure
1918 ● Donna King (Donna Olivia Driggs Conkling) → 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 (1966-1969) and holiday specials thereafter, died from natural causes on 6/20/2007
1933 ● Thomas Paul “Tompall” Glaser → “Outlaw” country singer, guitarist and songwriter, highest charting solo single was a cover of Shel Silverstein‘s “Put Another Log on the Fire (Male Chauvinist National Anthem)” (Country #21, 1973), teamed with Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Jessi Colter on the 1976 album Wanted! The Outlaws, the first country album to sell over a million copies
1934 ● Freddie King → Nicknamed the “Texas Cannonball”, electric blues legendary guitarist and singer, “Hide Away” (#29, 1961), died 12/28/1976 from heart failure
1940 ● George Francis “Shadow” Morton → Record producer, songwriter and manager loosely credited with creating the “girl group” sound in the 60s for his pioneering work with then-unknown the Shangri-Las, “Leader Of The Pack” (#1, 1964), also worked with Janis Ian (“Society’s Child,” #14, 1967) and produced several albums for psych-rock Vanilla Fudge (“You Keep Me Hangin’ On,” #1, 1966) and The New York Dolls, among others, died 2/14/2013 from cancer
1942 ● Kenny Pickett → Pop music songwriter and original lead vocalist for underappreciated and little known (except in Germany) Britbeat/power pop The Creation, “Painter Man” (UK #36, GER #8, 1967), after the band’s dissolution continued as a songwriter and became Jimmy Page‘s guitar technician, issued several solo albums and enjoyed a career resurgence in the 90s, died on 1/10/1997
1942 ● Al Jardine → Founding member, guitarist and occasional lead vocals for surf-pop-rock The Beach Boys, “Good Vibrations” (#1, 1966), solo
1942 ● Mike Harrison → Lead singer for British Invasion blues-rock The V.I.P.’s, then hard rock/blues rock Art and later Spooky Tooth, solo
1943 ● Michael Anthony “Mick” Farren → Anti-establishment singer, songwriter, journalist, rock music critic and historian, bandleader for proto-punk/acid rock The Deviants and three albums, issued two solo albums, including Vampires Stole My Lunch Money (1978) and several singles, including “Broken Statue” (1978), died on 7/27/2013 following a heart attack
1945 ● George Biondo → Bass and vocals for Canadian-American hard rock, proto-metal Steppenwolf, “Born To Be Wild” (#2, 1968)
1947 ● Eric Bell → Founding member and original guitarist for underrated Irish hard rock Thin Lizzy, “The Boys Are Back In Town” (#12, 1976), frontman for the Eric Bell Band
1948 ● Don Brewer → Founding member and drummer for hard rock/early heavy metal power trio Grand Funk Railroad, “We’re An American Band” (#1, 1973)
1950 ● Doug “dUg” Pinnick → Bass guitar, songwriting and vocals for progressive metal/Christian rock King’s X, “It’s Love” (Mainstream Rock #6, 1990)
1952 ● Leroy Smith → Keyboardist for Philly-style Brit R&B/soul Sweet Sensation, “Sad Sweet Dreamer” (, , 1975)
1955 ● Steve Jones → Guitarist for premier punk rockers the Sex Pistols, “God Save The Queen” (UK #2, 1977), later The Professionals and Neurotic Outsiders, solo plus collaborations and sessions for Thin Lizzy, Joan Jett, Megadeath and others
1957 ● Suzanne Freitag → Keyboards for German synth-pop Propaganda, “p.Machinery” (Dance/Club #10, 1986)
1960 ● Perry Bamonte → Former keyboardist and songwriter for post-punk art-glam-goth rock The Cure, “Friday I’m In Love” (Modern Rock #1, 1992), left in 2005 after being fired inexplicably and now plays bass in London-based rock band Love Amongst Ruin
1962 ● Lester Noel → Vocals for Brit electronic dance-pop Beats International, “Dub Be Good To Me” (Dance/Club #1, UK #1, 1990)
1963 ● Jonathan Segel → French-born multi-instrumentalist and composer for eclectic alt rock pop-ska-punk-folk fusion Camper Van Beethoven, “Take The Skinheads Bowling” (1985) and others
1965 ● Vaden Todd Lewis → Vocals and guitar for post-grunge alt rock Toadies, “Possum Kingdom” (Modern Rock #4, 1995) and Burden Brothers, “Beautiful Night” (Mainstream Rock #33, 2004)
1971 ● Mike Wengren → Drummer for Chicago-based heavy metal Disturbed, “Another Way To Die” (Mainstream Rock #1, 2010)
1973 ● David Mead → Light pop-rock singer, songwriter and guitarist, “Girl On The Roof” (2001)
1973 ● Jennifer Paige → One hit wonder dance-pop diva, “Crush” (#3, 1998)
1979 ● Tomislav “Tomo” Milichevich Sarajevo → Lead guitarist for indie pop-rock 30 Seconds To Mars, “From Yesterday” (Alt Rock #1, 2006)
1980 ● Jay “Cone” McCaslin → Bassist for Canadian indie punk-pop Sum 41, “We’re All To Blame” (Mainstream Rock #36, 2004)
1984 ● Robert Curry → Singer with pre-fab contemporary R&B quintet Day26, “Got Me Going” (#79, 2008), the group was formed at the conclusion of the TV show Making the Band 4 on August 26, 2007

Sep 04

1942 ● Merald “Bubba” Knight, Jr. → Brother of Gladys Knight, vocals and de facto leader and manager of R&B/soul-pop Gladys Knight & The Pips, “Midnight Train To Georgia” (#1, 1973)
1945 ● Danny Gatton → Grammy-nominated virtuoso rockabilly-rooted session guitarist who blended country, jazz, pop and rock to create a distinctive style, frontman for country-rock the Fat Boys, Rolling Stone magazine’s #63 greatest guitarist of all time, died from an unexplained, self-inflicted gunshot wound in his garage on 10/4/1994
1946 ● Gary Duncan (Gary Ray Grubb) → Lead guitar for psychedelic folk-rock Quicksilver Messenger Service, “Fresh Air” (#49, 1970), formed and fronted Quicksilver in the 80s and rejoined QMS in the 00s
1946 ● Greg Elmore → Drummer for psychedelic folk-rock Quicksilver Messenger Service, “Fresh Air” (#49, 1970)
1950 ● Ronald LaPread → Bass and vocals for Grammy-winning Motown R&B/soul-funk Commodores, “Three Times A Lady” (#1, 1978)
1951 ● Martin Chambers → Drummer for post-punk New Wave hard pop-rock The Pretenders, “Back On The Chain Gang” (#5, 1982)
1960 ● Kim Thayil → Guitarist for seminal grunge-rock group Soundgarden, “Black Hole Sun” (Mainstream Rock #1,1994)
1969 ● Sasha (Alexander Coe) → Welsh electronic dance-pop/house music producer and DJ, “Be As One” (UK #17, 1996), remixed tracks for Madonna and The Chemical Brothers, among others
1970 ● Igor Cavalera → Original drummer in Brazilian heavy metal/thrash metal Sepultura, “Roots Bloody Roots” (UK #19, 1996)
1971 ● Ty Longley → Guitarist and songwriter for hard rock/heavy metal Great White, “Once Bitten Twice Shy” (#5, 1989), died along with 100 fans in a Rhode Island night club fire in 2/20/2003
1972 ● Guto Pryce → Bassist for Welsh electro-psych rock Super Furry Animals, “Northern Lites” (UK #11, 1999)
1974 ● Carmit Bachar → Vocals for burlesque dance-pop girl troupe The Pussycat Dolls, “Don’t Cha” (#2, 2005)
1975 ● Mark Ronson → Brit music producer, DJ, guitarist, co-founder of Allido Records and frontman for Business Intl., “International Affair” (Rhythmic Top 40 #21, 2003), produced albums for Christina Aguilera, Amy Winehouse and others
1977 ● Ian Grushka → Founding member and bassist for pop-punk New Found Glory, “My Friends Over You” (Alt Rock #5, 2002)
1980 ● Dan Miller → Vocals for pre-fab teen idol boy-band O-Town, “All Or Nothing” (#3, 2001)
1981 ● Beyoncé Giselle Knowles → Lead vocals for R&B/dance-pop girl group Destiny’s Child, “Say My Name” (#1, 2000), then 14 Grammy-winning solo career, “Crazy In Love” (#1, 2003), actress and fashion designer

Sep 05

1936 ● Willie Woods → Guitarist and backing vocalist for R&B/pop-soul Junior Walker & The All Stars, “Shotgun” (#4, 1965) and eleven other Top 40 hits, died of lung cancer on 27th May 1997.
1939 ● John Stewart → Singer, songwriter and guitarist for definitive folk-pop The Kingston Trio, “Tom Dooley” (#1, 1958) and nine other Top 40 hits, solo, “Gold” (#5, 1979), wrote “Daydream Believer” for The Monkees (#1, 1967), died from a brain aneurism on 1/19/2008
1941 ● Joe Long (Joseph LaBracio) → Classically-trained bassist best known for playing electric bass guitar for Top 40 pop vocals group The Four Seasons (“Let’s Hang On!,” #3, 1965) between 1965 and the mid-70s when he left to form his own rock and jazz bands
1943 ● Joe “Speedo” Frasier → Lead singer and only black member of racially-integrated R&B/doo wop The Impalas, “Sorry” (I Ran All The Way Home)” (#2, 1959)
1945 ● Al Stewart → Scottish soft rock singer, songwriter and guitarist, “Year Of The Cat” (#8, 1977)
1946 ● Freddie Mercury (Farrokh Bulsara) → Founder and frontman for camp rock/mock-opera/hard pop Queen, “Bohemian Rhapsody” (#9, 1976) and “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” (#1, 1980), solo, producer, died 11/24/1991 from complications of AIDS
1946 ● Dean Ford (Thomas McAleese) → Founding member and lead vocals for Scottish pop-rock The Marmalade, “Reflections Of My Life” (#10, 1970)
1946 ● Loudon Wainwright III → Folk singer/songwriter, “Dead Skunk” (#16, 1973), won Grammy Award in 2009 for the Best Traditional Folk Album, father of neo-folk singers Rufus and Martha Wainwright
1947 ● George Allen “Buddy” Miles, Jr. → Funk-rock drummer in Wilson Pickett‘s band, then Electric Flag with Mike Bloomfield, then Band of Gypsys with Jimi Hendrix, then frontman for the Buddy Miles Express, then solo, “Them Changes” (#62, 1971), then sessions and touring with Santana, Phish and others, died 2/26/2008 of congestive heart disease
1947 ● Melvyn Desmond “Mel” Collins → Brit saxophonist, flutist and session musician, played the sax solo on The Rolling Stones‘ “Miss You” (#1, 1978), also worked with King Crimson, Camel, The Alan Parsons Project, Eric Clapton, Bad Company, Dire Straits, Tears For Fears and many others
1949 ● Dave “Clem” Clempson → Lead guitarist for blues-rock power trio Bakerloo, left in 1969 to join jazz-blues-rock fusion Colosseum, in 1971 succeeded Peter Frampton in blues-rock Humble Pie, “Hot “N’ Nasty” (#52, 1972),sessions and film score work
1954 ● Sal Solo (Christopher Scott Stephens) → Lead vocals for synth-pop new romantic Classix Nouveaux, “Is It A Dream” (UK #11, 1982), then solo career with Christian music
1964 ● Kevin Saunderson → DJ, mixer and producer for Detroit electro-techno/dance-pop duo Inner City, “Big Fun” (Dance-Club #1, 1984)
1966 ● Terry Ellis → Vocals for Grammy-winning female club-dance group En Vogue, “Hold On” (#2, 1990)
1967 ● Arnel Pineda → Filipino-American pop-rock vocalist, co-founded and worked with several local and Southeast Asian bands with regional success, recruited to arena rock Journey in 2007, sang lead vocals on several albums and singles, including the power ballad “After All These Years” (Hot Adult #9, 2008)
1968 ● Brad Wilk → Drummer for Grammy-winning punk/hip hop/thrash metal Rage Against The Machine, “Guerrilla Radio” (Modern Rock #6, 1999) and alt metal Audioslave, “Doesn’t Remind Me” (Mainstream Rock #2, 2005)
1969 ● Dweezil Zappa → Rock guitarist, bandleader, producer, radio/TV host, MTV VJ, movie actor, sessions, son of art rock legend Frank Zappa
1970 ● Steve “Fuzz” Kmak → Former bassist for Chicago-based heavy metal Disturbed, “Another Way To Die” (Mainstream Rock #1, 2010)
1980 ● Kevin Simm → Singer for teen dance-pop Liberty X, “Just A Little” (UK #1, 2002)

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Albums Released This Week (August 23 – 20)

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):

Aug 24


Jeff Beck Group —— Truth ► Blues-Rock >> 1968
R.E.M. —— Chronic Town [EP] ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1982
Rainbow —— Bent Out Of Shape ► Hard Rock >> 1983
Mark Knopfler —— Cal [Sndtrk] ► Roots Rock >> 1984
John Cougar Mellencamp —— The Lonesome Jubilee ► Roots Rock >> 1987
Corey Hart —— Young Man Running ► Pop-Rock >> 1988
Squeeze —— Frank ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1989
Kylie Minogue —— Greatest Hits ► Dance-Pop >> 1992
Tha Alkaholics —— 21 & Over ► West Coast Rap >> 1993
Various Artists —— Bob Dylan The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration (Disc 1) ► Folk-Rock >> 1993
Annihilator —— Set The World On Fire ► Thrash Metal >> 1993
Shaggy —— Midnite Lover ► Dancehall Reggae >> 1997
Moloko —— I Am Not A Doctor ► Electronic/Dance >> 1998
Christina Aguilera —— Christina Aguilera ► Dance-Pop >> 1999
Lou Bega —— A Little Bit Of Mambo ► Latin Pop/Mambo >> 1999
Donovan —— Beat Café ► Folk-Rock >> 2004
The Rolling Stones —— Jump Back: The Best Of The Rolling Stones ► Blues-Rock >> 2004
Steve Earle —— The Revolution Starts Now ► Alt. Country >> 2004

Aug 25


Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston —— Take Two ► Soul – Motown >> 1966
Grand Funk Railroad —— On Time ► Hard Rock >> 1969
The Who —— Who’s Next ► British Rock >> 1971
The Kinks —— Everybody’s In Show Biz ► British Rock >> 1972
The Allman Brothers Band —— Brothers And Sisters ► Southern Rock >> 1973
Bruce Springsteen —— Born To Run ► Album Rock >> 1975
Boston —— Boston ► Arena Rock >> 1976
The Replacements —— Sorry Ma, Forgot To Take Out The Trash ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1981
The Time —— What Time Is It? ► Funk >> 1982
Alice Cooper —— Zipper Catches Skin ► Heavy Metal >> 1982
Hooters —— One Way Home ► Pop-Rock >> 1987
Metallica —— …And Justice For All ► Heavy Metal >> 1998
Danny O’Keefe —— Redux ► Folk-Rock >> 1989
Garth Brooks —— Beyond The Season ► Country Christmas >> 1992
Peter, Paul & Mary —— Flowers And Stones ► Folk-Pop >> 1992
Lucinda Williams —— Sweet Old World ► Alt. Country >> 1992
The Wallflowers —— The Wallflowers ► Folk-Rock >> 1992
The Brian Jones Massacre —— Methodrone ► Neo-Psychedelia >> 1995
Rammstein —— Sehnsucht ► Industrial/Krautrock >> 1997
Gamma Ray —— Somewhere Out In Space ► Heavy Metal/Power Metal >> 1997
Everclear —— Live From Toronto ► Grunge-Punk >> 1998
Nicole Wray —— Make It Hot ► Urban Contemporary >> 1998
Lauryn Hill —— The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill ► Neo-Soul/Hip Hop >> 1998
Guns N’ Roses —— Use Your Illusion ► Hard Rock >> 1998
Iron Maiden —— A Matter Of Life And Death ► Heavy Metal >> 2006
John Fogerty —— The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again ► Folk-Rock >> 2009

Aug 26


The Walker Brothers —— Portrait ► Pop-Rock >> 1966
Diana Ross & The Supremes —— Diana Ross & The Supremes Sing And Perform “Funny Girl” ► Soul >> 1968
The Supremes —— Live At London’s Talk Of The Town ► Soul – Motown >> 1968
Marvin Gaye —— In The Groove ► Soul – Motown >> 1968
Otis Redding —— Historic Performances Recorded At The Monterey International Pop Festival ► Memphis Soul >> 1970
Grateful Dead —— Dead Set ► Folk-Rock >> 1981
The Cure —— The Head On The Door ► Post-Punk >> 1985
Journey —— Star-Box ► AOR Rock >> 1988
Blur —— Leisure ► Alt Pop-Rock/Britpop >> 1991
Amy Grant —— House Of Love ► Pop-Rock/Christian >> 1994
Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ —— Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ ► Southern Rock >> 1997
Dwight Yoakam —— Wild Gift ► Alt Country-Rock >> 1997
Tha Alkaholics —— Likwidation ► West Coast Rap >> 1997
Creed —— My Own Prison ► Alt Rock/Post-Grunge >> 1997
Peter Frampton —— Now ► Arena Rock >> 2003
Warren Zevon —— The Wind ► Pop-Rock >> 2003
Little Feat —— Join The Band ► Southern Rock >> 2008
Matthew Sweet —— Sunshine Lies ► Power Pop >> 2008
Three Dog Night —— Three Dog Night: Greatest Hits Live ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 2008
Bob Dylan —— Shadows In The Night ► Folk-Rock >> 2014

Aug 27


Stevie Wonder —— I Was Made To Love Her ► Soul – Motown >> 1967
Donna Summer —— Love To Love You Baby ► Disco >> 1975
Manfred Mann’s Earth Band —— The Roaring Silence ► Pop-Rock >> 1976
ZZ Top —— Deguello ► Blues-Rock >> 1979
Alan Parsons Project —— Eve ► Prog Rock >> 1979
Pat Benatar —— In The Heat Of The Night ► Hard Rock >> 1979
The B-52’s —— Wild Planet ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1980
Billy Squier —— Emotions In Motion ► Hard Rock >> 1982
Depeche Mode —— Some Great Reward ► Synth-Pop >> 1984
Mica Paris —— So Good ► Urban Contemporary >> 1988
Garth Brooks —— No Fences ► Country-Pop >> 1990
Brenda Lee —— Anthology (1956-1980) ► Country-Pop >> 1991
Bad English —— Backlash ► Arena Rock >> 1991
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band —— The Fire Inside ► Heartland Rock >> 1991
Alison Moyet —— Hoodoo ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1991
Jerry Garcia Band —— Jerry Garcia Band ► Album Rock >> 1991
Pearl Jam —— Ten ► Hard Rock >> 1991
A+ —— Latch-Key Child ► Pop-Rap >> 1996
The Who —— My Generation: The Very Best Opf The Who ► British Rock >> 1996
Pearl Jam —— No Code ► Hard Rock >> 1996
Jimmy Fallon —— The Bathroom Wall ► Comedy/Satire >> 2002
Boston —— Corporate America ► Arena Rock >> 2002
Uncle Kracker —— No Stranger To Shame ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2002
Coldplay —— A Rush Of Blood To The Head ► Alt. Rock/Brit Pop >> 2002
Ringo Starr —— Photograph: The Very Best Of Ringo Starr ► Pop-Rock >> 2007
Bob Dylan —— The Bootleg Series, Vol. 10: Another Self-Portrait (1969-1971) ► Folk-Rock >> 2013

Aug 28


Merle Haggard —— Branded Man ► Country Classics >> 1967
Rick Springfield —— Beginnings ► Power Pop >> 1972
Marvin Gaye —— Let’s Get It On ► Soul – Motown >> 1973
Mike Oldfield —— Hergest Ridge ► Instrumental >> 1974
Michael Jackson —— The Best Of Michael Jackson ► Soul Ballad >> 1975
Devo —— Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! ► Pop-Rock/Post-Punk New Wave >> 1978
The Moody Blues —— The Present [UK] ► Prog Rock >> 1983
Stevie Wonder —— The Woman In Red ► Pop-R&B >> 1984
The Beach Boys —— Still Cruisin’ ► Pop-Rock >> 1989
Mortification —— Scrolls Of The Megilloth ► Heavy Metal/Christian Metal >> 1992
Morrissey —— Southpaw Grammar ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1995
Robbie Williams —— Swing When You’re Winning ► Jazz-Pop Vocals >> 2000
Kool & The Gang —— Gangland ► Funk >> 2001
American Head Charge —— The War Of Art ► Heavy Metal/Nu Metal >> 2001
Scorpions —— Humanity: Hour I ► Heavy Metal >> 2007
Three Dog Night —— Super Hits Live ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 2007
Triumph —— Live At Sweden Rock Festival ► Arena Rock >> 2012
Wild Nothing —— Nocturne ► Dream Pop >> 2012

Aug 29


Tony Bennett —— A Time For Love ► Easy Listening >> 1966
The Supremes —— Greatest Hits ► Soul – Motown >> 1967
Stevie Wonder —— My Cherie Amour ► Pop-R&B >> 1969
Split Enz —— Dizrythmia ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1977
Iggy Pop —— Lust For Life ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1977
Jethro Tull —— A [UK] ► Prog Rock >> 1980
Warren Zevon —— Sentimental Hygiene ► Pop-Rock >> 1987
The Innocence Mission —— The Innocence Mission ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1989
Elton John —— Sleeping With The Past ► Pop-Rock >> 1989
The Rolling Stones —— Steel Wheels ► Blues-Rock >> 1989
The Palace Brothers —— Days In The Wake ► Indie Rock >> 1994
Heart —— The Road Home ► Album Rock >> 1995
Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ —— Wrapped In Sky ► Southern Rock >> 1995
Sarah Brightman —— La Luna ► Classical Crossover >> 2000
Scorpions —— Moment Of Glory ► Heavy Metal >> 2000
Eric Clapton —— Back Home ► Blues-Rock >> 2005
Iron Maiden —— Death On The Road ► Heavy Metal >> 2005
Journey —— Generations ► AOR Rock >> 2005
Bob Dylan —— Bob Dylan: The Collection ► Folk-Rock >> 2006
Devon Allman’s Honeytribe —— Honeytribe ► Blues-Rock >> 2006
Bob Dylan —— Modern Times ► Folk-Rock >> 2006
Counting Crows —— August And Everything After: Live At Town Hall ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2011

Aug 30


Bob Dylan —— Highway 61 Revisited ► Folk-Rock >> 1965
The Mamas & The Papas —— The Mamas & The Papas ► Pop-Folk >> 1966
The Byrds —— Sweetheart Of The Rodeo ► Country-Rock >> 1968
The Beach Boys —— Surf’s Up ► Surfer >> 1971
Harry Nilsson —— Pussy Cats [UK] ► Folk-Rock >> 1974
Barry White —— Barry White Sings For Someone You Love ► Soul >> 1977
The Rolling Stones —— Tattoo You ► Rock n Roll >> 1981
Hughes/Thrall —— Hughes/Thrall ► Hard Rock >> 1982
XTC —— Mummer ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1983
Miami Sound Machine —— Eyes Of Innocence ► Pop-Dance >> 1984
Boz Scaggs —— Other Roads ► Pop-Soul >> 1988
The Cover Girls —— We Can’t Go Wrong ► Dance-Pop >> 1989
REO Speedwagon —— The Earth, A Small Man, His Dog And A Chicken ► Arena Rock >> 1990
Dark Tranquility —— Skydancer ► Heavy Metal/Melodic Death Metal >> 1993
Oasis —— Definitely Maybe ► Alt. Pop-Rock/Britpop >> 1994
Luis Miguel —— Segundo Romance ► Latin Pop >> 1994
Herbert Grönemeyer —— Mensch ► Pop-Rock/German >> 2002
Asia —— Silent Nation ► Prog Rock >> 2004
Bob Dylan —— The Bootleg Series, Vol. 7: No Direction Home: The Soundtrack ► Folk-Rock >> 2005
Bob Dylan —— Live At The Gasight 1962 ► Folk-Rock >> 2005
Death Cab For Cutie —— Plans ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2005

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