This Week’s Birthdays (November 22 – 28)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Nov 22

1899 ● Howard Hoagland “Hoagy” Carmichael → Composer, actor, singer, pianist and bandleader, wrote or co-wrote several classic American pop tunes including “Stardust” (1927), “Georgia On My Mind” (1930) and “Heart And Soul” (1938), died of heart failure on 12/27/1981
1946 ● Aston Francis “Family Man” Barrett → Rastafarian and bassist for reggae bands The Upsetters and Bob Marley & The Wailers, “I Shot The Sheriff” (#1, 1974)
1947 ● Rod Price → Slide guitar for Brit boogie/blues-rock Foghat, “Slow Ride” (#20, 1975), solo, died following a heart attack on 3/22/2005
1948 ● Dennis Larden → With brother Larry, guitar and vocals for one hit wonder pop-folk Every Mother’s Son, “Come On Down To My Boat” (#6, 1967)
1950 ● “Miami” Steven (aka “Little Steve”) Van Zandt → Guitarist and songwriter, founding member of Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, joined Bruce Springsteen‘s E Street Band in 1975, solo and frontman for Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul, social activist and founder of Artists United Against Apartheid, record producer and TV actor (“Silvio Dante” on The Sopranos)
1950 ● Tina Weymouth → Bassist for New Wave art-pop-rock Talking Heads, “Take Me To The River” (#26, 1978) and co-founder of synth-pop Tom Tom Club, “Genius Of Love” (#31, R&B #2, 1982)
1957 ● Sharon Bailey → Percussion for Brit reggae-pop-ska band Amazulu, “Too Good To Be Forgotten” (UK #5, 1986)
1958 ● Jason Ringenberg → Founder, frontman for alt country-rock “cowpunk” Jason & The Scorchers, “Golden Ball And Chain” (Mainstream Rock #16, 1986), now records and performs children’s music as Farmer Jason
1960 ● Jim Bob (James Morrison) → One half of the alt dance-pop sampling duo Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine, “The Only Living Boy In New Cross” (Modern Rock #26, UK #7, 1992)
1962 ● Daniel Schmid → Co-founder and bassist for jazz-rock-ska-swing revival Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, “Zoot Suit Riot” (Modern Rock #15, 1998)
1962 ● Neil Fraser → Guitar for Brit folk-pop-soul Tindersticks, “Bathtime” (UK #38, 1997)
1966 ● Francis Anthony “Eg” White → Vocals in Brit soul/pop boy band Brother Beyond, “The Harder I Try” (UK #2, 1988), now a successful songwriter with hits by Will Young, Natalie Imbruglia, Joss Stone, Kylie Minogue and others
1968 ● “Rasha Don” Norris → Rapper in Grammy-winning, progressive rap, funk-soul-blues-hip-hop Arrested Development, “Mr. Wendal” (#6, 1992)
1976 ● Alex Grossi → Journeyman rock guitarist best known for his work with heavy metal/pop-metal Quiet Riot (“Bang Your Head (Metal Health),” #31, 1984)
1978 ● Karen O (Karen Lee Orzolek) → Vocals and keyboards for New York alt/art-rock trio Yeah Yeah Yeahs, “Gold Lion” (Alt Rock #14, 2006)
1979 ● Scott Robinson → Vocals for Brit dance-pop boy band 5ive (aka Five), “When The Lights Go Out” (#10, 1998)
1981 ● Ben Adams → Vocals for Brit-Norwegian pop-rock boy band A1, “Same Old Brand New You” (UK #1, 2000)

Nov 23

1939 ● Betty Everett → R&B/soul-pop vocalist and pianist, “The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss)” (#6, R&B #1, 1964), died at home on 8/19/2001
1945 ● Bobby Bloom (Conquistador Blomqvist) → One hit wonder calypso-pop singer and songwriter, “Montego Bay” (#1, 1974), died in an accidental gun shooting on 2/28/74
1949 ● Alan Paul → Singer in Grammy-winning jazz-pop fusion vocal group Manhattan Transfer, “Boy From New York City” (#7, 1981)
1949 ● Sandra Stevens → Vocals in Brit sunny folk-pop Brotherhood of Man “United We Stand” (#13, UK #10, 1970)
1954 ● Bruce Hornsby → Grammy-winning rock-pop-jazz-classical-bluegrass keyboardist, singer and songwriter, bandleader for The Range “The Way It Is” (#1, 1986), solo, producer for Leon Russell and others, filled in on keyboards for the Grateful Dead, now fronts separate bluegrass and jazz bands
1962 ● Calvin Hayes → Keyboards and drums for underappreciated, one hit wonder (in the U.S.) New Wave sophisti-pop Johnny Hates Jazz, “Shattered Dreams” (#2, 1988)
1962 ● Chris Bostock → Bassist in dance-pop-rock Jo Boxers, “Boxer Beat” (UK #3, 1983)
1964 ● Conny Bloom (Conquistador Blomqvist) → Guitarist and songwriter for Finnish glam-punk-metal Hanoi Rocks, covered Creedence Clearwater Revival‘s “Up Around The Bend” (UK #61, 1984)
1966 ● Charlie Grover → Drummer in post-grunge alt rock Sponge, “Molly (16 Candles Down The Drain” (Modern Rock #3, 1995)
1966 ● Ken Block → Lead singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer for Southern folk-rock Sister Hazel, “All For You” (#11, 1997), solo
1978 ● Alison Mosshart → Singer, songwriter and occasional model, lead singer for indie rock The Kills (“The Good Ones,” UK #23, 2005) and blues-rock supergroup The Dead Weather (“Die By The Drop,” Alt Rock #20, 2010)
1984 ● Lucas Stephen Grabeel → Pop singer and actor, played “Ryan Evans” in High School Musical movies (most watched cable TV movies ever)
1992 ● Destiney Hope “Miley” Cyrus → Teen idol actress, starred in the Disney Hannah Montana series, then pop vocalist, “Party In The U.S.A.” (#2, 2009), daughter of country-pop singer Billy Ray Cyrus

Nov 24

1868 ● Scott Joplin → The “King of Ragtime,” pianist and prolific jazz and ragtime composer best known for his signature piece, “Maple Leaf Rag” (copyright 1899), died from dementia caused by syphilis on 4/1/1917
1924 ● Eileen Barton → Child vaudeville performer, teenage radio program vocalist, 20-something pop singer with ten Top 40 hits in the 50s, including the perky “If I Knew You Were Coming I’d Have Baked You A Cake” (#1, 1950), continued as a night club and stage entertainer in her 30s and 40s, died from ovarian cancer on 6/27/2006
1938 ● Charles Laquidara → Radio DJ on early “free format” WBCN/Boston, his morning drive time show The Big Mattress ran for nearly 30 years and set the bar for FM radio morning shows
1939 ● Carl Bunch → Rock ‘n’ roil drummer recruited for Buddy Holly‘s band in the “Winter Dance Party” tour of 1959, suffered frostbite due to a malfunctioning tour bus heater and was hospitalized while the rest of the band took the ill-fated plane flight that killed Holly and others, did session work in Nashville following a stint in the Army, died from diabetes on 3/26/2011
1939 ● Jim Yester → Guitar and vocals for light pop-rock vocal group The Association, “Along Comes Mary” (#7, 1966)
1941 ● Donald “Duck” Dunn → Bassist, songwriter, highly regarded session player, member of Stax Records house band Booker T. & The MG’s, “Green Onions” (#3, 1962) and The Blues Brothers, “Soul Man” (#14, 1979), died in his sleep while on tour in Tokyo on 5/13/2012
1941 ● Pete Best (Randolph Peter Best) → The “5th Beatle”, drummer for The Beatles from August 1960 until fired and replaced by Ringo Starr in August 1962, went into civil service and continued to perform as frontman to his own bands
1942 ● Billy Connolly → Scottish comedian, film and TV actor and singer, member of folk trio The Humblebums with Gerry Rafferty in 70s, then briefly a folk-novelty-pop solo artist, covered “D.I.V.O.R.C.E.” (UK #1, 1975)
1943 ● Robin Williamson → Guitarist and principal in Scottish psych-folk and early world music duo The Incredible String Band, 1968 album The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter reached #161 in the US
1944 ● Beverly “Bev” Bevan → Drummer and founding member of Brit psych-rock The Move, “Blackberry Way” (UK #1, 1968), pop-rock Electric Light Orchestra, “Don’t Bring Me Down” (#4, 1979) and 26 other Top 40 hits and Black Sabbath, now a UK radio host on Saga FM
1945 ● Lee Michaels (Michael Olsen) → One hit wonder psych-rock/blue eyed soul singer, songwriter and keyboardist, “Do You Know What I Mean” (#6, 1971)
1948 ● Tony Bourge → Guitarist for early and influential heavy metal Budgie, “Nude Disintegrating Parachutist Woman” (1971)
1950 ● Robert Burns, Jr. → Original drummer and founding member of raunchy Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd, “Sweet Home Alabama” (#8, 1974), left in 1974 after the band’s first two albums due to road fatigue, died in a single-car accident on 4/3/2015
1955 ● Clement Burke (Clement Bozewski) → Original drummer for New Wave pop-rock Blondie, “Heart Of Glass” (#1, 1979), later with The Romantics, occasional tours with The Ramones (as “Elvis Ramone”), session work for Pete Townshend, Bob Dylan, The Gog-Go’s, The Sex Pistols and others
1957 ● Chris Hayes → Guitar and backing vocals for pop-rock bar band Huey Lewis & The News, “The Power Of Love” (#1, 1985)
1958 ● Carmel McCourt → Brit jazz-pop-rock vocalist and bandleader for Carmel, “Bad Day” (UK #15, 1983)
1962 ● Gary Stonadge → Bassist for funk-punk Big Audio Dynamite, “V. Thirteen” (Dance/Club #15, 1987) and The Rotten Hill Gang
1962 ● John Squire → Guitarist for Brit guitar pop-rock The Stone Roses, “She Bangs The Drums” (Alt Rock #9, 1989) and indie rock The Seahorses, “Love Is The Law” (UK #3, 1997), painter
1964 ● Tony Rombola → Guitarist for hard rock Godsmack, “Straight Out Of Line” (Mainstream #1, 2003)
1970 ● Chad Taylor → Guitarist for alt rock Live, “Lightning Crashes” (Modern Rock #5, 1995) and The Gracious Few, “Appetite” (Mainstream Rock #29, 2010)

Nov 25

1941 ● Percy Sledge → Pleading R&B/Southern soul balladeer, “When A Man Loves A Woman” (#1, 1965) and three other Top 40 hits, died from liver cancer on 4/14/2015
1944 ● Bob Lind → One hit wonder folk-pop singer and songwriter, “Elusive Butterfly” (#5, 1966)
1947 ● Val Fuentes → Drummer for San Francisco psych-folk-rock It’s A Beautiful Day, “White Bird” (1969)
1950 ● Jocelyn Brown → R&B/dance-pop session vocalist and solo artist, “Somebody Else’s Guy” (R&B #2, 1984), worked with John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and others
1959 ● Steve Rothery → Original member and lead guitar for Brit prog-rock revival group Marillion, “Kayleigh” (Mainstream Rock #14, 1985)
1960 ● Amy Grant → Grammy-winning Contemporary Christian music (CCM) then pop-rock singer and songwriter, “Every Heartbeat” (#1, 1991) and six other Top 40 hits
1964 ● Mark Lanegan → Vocals and songwriting for garage/psych/grunge rock Screaming Trees, “All I Know” (Mainstream Rock #9, 1996), stoner metal Queens Of The Stone Age, “No One Knows” (#51, Mainstream Rock #5, 2002) and solo
1966 ● Stacey Lattishaw → R&B/dance-pop vocalist, “Let Me Be Your Angel” (#21, R&B #8, 1980), retired from music in 1990 to raise her family
1966 ● Tim Armstrong → Grammy-winning guitarist, songwriter poet, producer and independent record label owner, frontman for 90s punk revival Rancid, “Time Bomb” (Modern Rock #8, 1995)
1967 ● Rodney Sheppard → Guitarist for funk-pop-rock Sugar Ray, “Fly” (#1, 1997)
1968 ● Tunde (Babatunde Emanuel Baiyewu) → Nigerian-descent singer in Brit R&B/Northern soul duo Lighthouse Family, “Lifted” (UK #4, 1996) and 9 other UK Top 40 hits, solo
1972 ● Mark Duane Morton → Lead guitar for groove metal Lamb God, album Wrath reached #2 in 2009

Nov 26

1917 ● Nesuhi Ertegun → Record producer and music company executive, joined his younger brother, Ahmet at Atlantic Records in 1956 and focused on the label’s jazz catalog and artists, worked with John Coltrane, Charles Mingus and others, later branched into R&B and rock with Ray Charles, The Drifters and Roberta Flack, founded WEA International and served as its CEO until just before his death from cancer on 7/15/1989
1924 ● Michael Holliday (Norman Milne) → Late 50s, pre-Beatles adult contemporary/pop crooner, “The Story of My Life” (UK #1, 1957), died from an apparent suicidal drug overdose on 10/29/1963
1939 ● Tina Turner (Anna Mae Bullock) → R&B/soul-pop diva, first as a member of The Ikettes, husband Ike Turner‘s backing vocal group, then soul-pop duo Ike & Tina Turner, “Proud Mary” (#4, 1971) and Grammy-winning solo career, “What’s Love Got To Do With It” (#1, 1984) and 12 other Top 40 singles
1944 ● Alan Henderson → Bassist for Irish garage-rock, proto-punk Them, “Gloria” (#71, 1966)
1944 ● Jean Terrell → R&B/soul singer, replaced Diana Ross in The Supremes in 1969, “Up The Ladder To The Roof” (#10, 1970), left in 1973 for a solo career and backing vocalist for various jazz acts
1945 ● John McVie → Founding member, part namesake and bassist for Brit blues-rock then huge pop-rock group Fleetwood Mac, “Go Your Own Way” (#10, 1977)
1946 ● Burt Ruiter → Bassist for Dutch prog rock band Focus, “Hocus Pocus” (#9, 1971)
1946 ● Graham Foote → Guitarist in British Invasion pop-rock The Mindbenders, “The Game Of Love” (#1, 1965)
1948 ● John Rossall → Saxophone, trombone and music director for Gary Glitter‘s backing group The Glitter Band, “Angel Face” (UK #4, 1974) and later incarnations of the group
1949 ● Martin Lee → Vocals in Brit sunny folk-pop Brotherhood of Man, “United We Stand” (#13, UK #10, 1970)
1963 ● Adam Gaynor → Rhythm guitarist for post-grunge alt rock Matchbox Twenty, “Bent” (#1, 2000), solo
1967 ● John Stirratt → Bassist and songwriter for alt country-rock Wilco, “Outtasite (Outta Mind)” (Mainstream Rock #22, 1997)
1970 ● Ron Jones → Guitarist for neo-psych alt rock The Flaming Lips, “She Don’t Use Jelly” (#55, 1995)
1981 ● Natasha Bedingfield → New Zealand-born dance-pop singer and songwriter, “Unwritten” (#5, 2006) plus three other Top 40 hits
1984 ● Ben Wysocki → Drummer for mainstream/piano rock The Fray, “How To Save A Life” (#3, 2006)
1985 ● Lil Fizz (Dreux Frederic) → Vocals for R&B/hip hop urban boy band B2K, “Bump, Bump, Bump” (#1, 2002)
1990 ● Rita Ora → Kosovo-born UK dance/pop singer and dancer with three consecutive UK #1 singles, including “How We Do (Party)” (#62, Dance/Pop #1, UK #1, 2012)

Nov 27

1935 ● Al Jackson, Jr. → Drummer, songwriter, producer, highly regarded session player, member of Stax Records house band Booker T. & The MG’s, “Green Onions” (#3, 1962), murdered by intruders in his home on 10/1/1975
1941 ● Edward Thomas “Eddie” Rabbitt → Country-pop singer and songwriter, “I Love a Rainy Night” (#1, 1980), Elvis Presley, Dr. Hook, Tom Jones and others covered his songs, died of lung cancer on 5/7/1998
1942 ● James Marshall “Jimi” Hendrix → Electric blues, rock and R&B guitar innovator and virtuoso, songwriter and bandleader, “Purple Haze” (US #65, UK #3, 1967), died on 9/18/70 from a drug overdose in his London hotel room
1944 ● Trevor “Dozy” Ward-Davies → Bass guitar for Brit 60s pop-rock two hit wonder quintet Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, “The Legend Of Xanadu” (UK #1, 1968)
1945 ● Randy Brecker → Grammy-winning trumpeter and composer, collaborator with brother Randy in jazz-rock fusion The Brecker Brothers, “Sneakin’ Up Behind You” (#58, Disco #3, 1975), worked with jazz-rock/pop-rock fusion band Blood, Sweat & Tears, plus Horace Silver, Larry Coryell and other sessions, solo
1948 ● Dave Winthrop → Flute, saxophone and occasional lead vocals for Brit prog-art-then pop-rock Supertramp, “The Logical Song” (#6, 1979), briefly with blues-rock Chicken Shack and mod revival Secret Affair, session work
1959 ● Charlie Burchill → Guitar for Scottish New Wave pop-rock Simple Minds, “(Don’t You) Forget About Me” ($1, 1985)
1960 ● Ashley Ingram → Vocals for R&B/electro-dance-soul Imagination, “Just An Illusion” (Dance/Club #15, 1982)
1961 ● Princess (Desiree Heslop) → Vocalist in Afro-pop/worldbeat Osibisa, “The Warrior” (Dance/Club #32, 1977) and solo “Say I’m Your Number One” (UK #7, 1985)
1962 ● Charlie Benante → Drummer for speed/thrash metal Anthrax, “Only” (Mainstream #26, 1993) and punk/metal side project Stormtroopers Of Death
1962 ● Mike Bordin → Drummer for influential metal/funk/hip hop/punk fusion band Faith No More, “Epic” (#9, 1990)
1965 ● Fiachna Ó Braonáin → Vocals and guitar for Irish rockers Hothouse Flowers, “Don’t Go” (Modern Rock #7, 1988), duet with Belinda Carlisle on her 2007 album Voila
1965 ● Wallis Buchanan → Vibraphonist for Grammy-winning Brit acid jazz-funk-pop Jamiroquai, “Canned Heat” (Dance #1, 1999)
1970 ● Skoob (aka “Books”) (William “Willie” Hines) → Vocals in rapid-fire, nonsensical rap duo Das EFX, “Straight From The Sewer” (Rap #3, 1992)
1971 ● Terry Corso → Guitarist for alt rock Alien Ant Farm, “Smooth Criminal” (#23, 2001)
1973 ● Twista (Carl Terrell Mitchell) → Chicago rapper known at one time as the world’s fastest, “Slow Jamz” (#1, 2004) from the #1 album Kamikaze
1978 ● Mike Skinner → Multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, rapper, songwriter and leader of the rap/garage “grime” project The Streets, “Dry Your Eyes” (UK #1, 2004)

Nov 28

1929 ● Berry Gordy, Jr. → Professional boxer turned record producer and talent agent, founded Motown Records and brought black music into tens of millions of white homes, composer and co-writer of several hits, including “Lonely Teardrops” for Jackie Wilson (#7, R&B #1, 1958)
1932 ● Ray Perkins → Bass vocals for Canadian harmony pop/rock quartet The Crew Cuts, covered “Sh-Boom” (#1, 1954)
1936 ● Roy McCurdy → Mid-70s drummer in jazz-rock/pop-rock fusion band Blood, Sweat & Tears, “Spinning Wheel” (#2, 1969), session work and now music professor
1939 ● Gary Troxel → Vocals in pop/blue-eyed soul/doo wop trio The Fleetwoods, “Come To Me Softly” (#1, 1959)
1940 ● Bruce Channel (McMeans) → One hit wonder country-pop and pop/rock singer, “Hey Baby” (#1, 1962)
1940 ● Glen Curtis → Vocals for Brit pop/rock harmony group The Fortunes, “You’ve Got Your Troubles” (#7, 1965)
1943 ● Randall Stuart “Randy” Newman → Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and pianist, “Sail Away” (1972) and “Short People” (#2, 1978), wrote “Mama Told Me (Not To Come)” for Three Dog Night (#1, 1970), composed the film soundtrack to Ragtime (1981)
1944 ● Ronald Betram “R.B.” Greaves, III → One hit wonder soul-pop singer, “Take a Letter Maria” (#2, 1969)
1946 ● Billy Kinsley → Founding member, lead guitar and lead vocals for Britbeat pop-rock The Merseybeats, “Mr. Moonlight'” (UK #5, 1964) and seven other UK Top 40 hits but no chart presence in the US, then folk-pop vocal duo The Merseys, “Sorrow” (UK #4, 1966), reformed The Merseybeats in 1993 and continues with the band
1947 ● Gary Taylor → Bassist for Brit psych-rock band The Herd, “I Don’t Want Our Loving To Die” (UK #5, 1968)
1948 ● Beeb Birtles (Gerard Bertelkamp) → Rhythm guitar and vocals for Aussie pop/rockers Little River Band, “Lonesome Loser” (#6, 1979), solo
1949 ● Hugh McKenna → Scottish keyboardist for rock ‘n roll The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, “Delilah” (UK #7, 1975)
1949 ● Paul Shaffer → Pianist, composer, music director, actor, and frontman for the Saturday Night Live and David Letterman house bands
1953 ● Alan Murphy → Brit session guitarist for Kate Bush, Go West, Mike + The Mechanics, Joan Armatrading and others, joined jazz-funk-pop fusion Level 42, “Lessons In Love” (#12, 1987) in 1988, died from AIDS-related pneumonia on 10/19/1989
1954 ● David Jaymes → Bassist for Brit dance-pop band Modern Romance, “Can You Move” (Dance/Club #2, 1981) and “Best Years Of Our Lives” (UK #4, 1982)
1958 ● David Van Day → Singer for Brit cabaret-pop Guys N’ Dolls, “There’s A Whole Lot Of Loving” (UK #2, 1975), then formed pop duo Dollar with Thereza Bazar, “Mirror, Mirror” (UK #4, 1981), solo and lately with pop-dance Bucks Fizz
1962 ● Matt Cameron → Drummer for seminal grunge-rock group Soundgarden, “Black Hole Sun” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1994)
1968 ● Dawn Robinson → Vocals in Grammy-winning female club-dance quartet En Vogue, “Hold On” (#2, 1990)
1970 ● Matt Cheslin → Bassist for indie punk-rock Ned’s Atomic Dustbin, “Not Sleeping Around” (Modern Rock #1, 1992)
1973 ● Jade Errol Puget → Guitarist for alt-punk-rock AFI (A Fire Inside), “Miss Murder” (#24, Modern Rock #1, 2006) and keyboards for electronica Blaqk Audio, “Stiff Kittens” (Dance/Club #38, 2007)
1974 ● Apl.de.Ap (Allan Pineda Lindo, Jr.) → Filipino-American hip hop singer, producer, rapper with Black Eyed Peas, “Don’t Phunk With My Heart” (#3, 2005)
1979 ● Chamillionaire (Hakeem Seriki) → Rapper called the “Mixtape Messiah”, producer, record executive, “Ridin'” (#1, 2006)
1983 ● Rostam Batmanglij → Multi-instrumentalist and producer for indie Afro-pop/rock Vampire Weekend, “Cousins” (Alt Rock #18, 2009)
1983 ● Tyler Glenn → Vocals and keyboards for pop dance-punk Neon Trees, “Everybody Talks” (#6, 2012)
1984 ● Trey Songz (Tremaine Aldon Neverson) → R&B/hip hop tenor singer and songwriter with multiple R&B and Hip Hop Chart Top 10 hits, including “Bottoms Up” (#6, Hip Hop #2, 2010) and

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Albums Released This Week (November 16 -22)

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):

Nov 16


The Beach Boys —— The Beach Boys’ Christmas Album ► Pop-Rock >> 1964
Tony Bennett —— Who Can I Turn To? ► Easy Listening >> 1964
Stevie Wonder —— Down To Earth ► Pop-R&B >> 1966
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas —— Watchout! ► Soul – Motown >> 1966
J. Geils Band —— The J. Geils Band ► Blues-Rock >> 1970
Stephen Stills —— Stephen Stills ► Folk-Rock >> 1970
Denny Laine —— Ahh…Laine ► Rock ‘N’ Roll >> 1973
Bette Midler —— Bette Midler ► Pop-Rock Vocals >> 1973
Bob Dylan —— Dylan ► Folk-Rock >> 1973
The Kinks —— Preservation Act 1 ► British Rock >> 1973
Natalie Cole —— Thankful ► Soul-Pop >> 1977
Natalie Cole —— Thankful ► Soul-Pop >> 1977
Kiss —— Music From “The Elder” ► Hard Rock >> 1981
Chic —— Take It Off ► Disco-Funk >> 1981
Sade —— Promise [UK] ► Quiet Storm >> 1985
Black Sabbath —— The Eternal Idol ► Hard Rock >> 1987
Pebbles —— Pebbles ► Urban Dance-Pop >> 1987
Rick Astley —— Whenever You Need Somebody ► Dance-Pop >> 1987
Dokken —— Beast From The East ► Heavy Metal >> 1988
The Knack —— Retrospective, The: The Best Of The Knack ► Power Pop >> 1992
Blondie —— Blonde & Beyond ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1993
Better Than Ezra —— Deluxe ► Alt Rock >> 1993
Heart —— Desire Walks On ► Album Rock >> 1993
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers —— Greatest Hits ► Album Rock >> 1993
Us3 —— Hand On The Torch ► Jazz-Rap >> 1993
The Pointer Sisters —— Only Sisters Can Do That ► Soul >> 1993
Dr. Dre —— 2001 ► Hip-Hop >> 1999
Céline Dion —— Au Cœur Du Stade ► Adult Pop >> 1999
The Church —— The Best Of The Church ► Alt. Power Pop >> 1999
Korn —— Issues ► Post-Grunge/Nu Metal >> 1999
Genesis —— Platinum Collection ► Prog Rock >> 2004
Pearl Jam —— Rearviewmirror (Greatest Hits 1991 – 2003) ► Hard Rock >> 2004
Queen —— Absolute Greatest ► Glam Rock >> 2009
Bruce Springsteen —— the Promise ► Heartland Rock >> 2010
Bruce Springsteen —— The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Story ► Heartland Rock >> 2010

Nov 17


The Kinks —— Sunny Afternoon ► British Rock >> 1967
Bob Dylan —— Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 ► Folk-Rock >> 1971
Laura Nyro —— Gonna Take A Miracle ► Folk-Rock >> 1971
Miles Davis —— Live-Evil ► Jazz-Funk Fusion >> 1971
The Moody Blues —— Seventh Sojourn ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1972
ABBA —— Greatest Hits ► Euro-Pop >> 1975
Tommy Bolin —— Teaser ► Hard Rock >> 1975
Bette Midler —— Broken Blossom ► Pop-Rock >> 1977
The Doors —— An American Prayer ► Blues-Rock >> 1978
The Jam —— Setting Sons ► Punk-Rock >> 1979
The Easybeats —— Absolute Anthology ► Rock ‘N’ Roll >> 1980
John Lennon —— Double Fantasy ► Pop-Rock >> 1980
The Fall —— Grotesque (After The Gramme) ► Pop-Rock/Post-Punk >> 1980
Chaka Khan —— Chaka Khan ► Soul-Funk >> 1982
The Kinks —— Think Visual ► British Rock >> 1986
The Pretenders —— The Singles ► Post-Punk >> 1987
Various Artists —— The Bodyguard [Sndtrk] ► Mixed R&B/Pop >> 1992
Ice Cube —— The Predator ► Gangsta Rap >> 1992
The Anti-Nowhere League —— Scum [UK] ► Punk Rock >> 1997
Mariah Carey —— #1’s ► Pop-Rock >> 1998
Lynyrd Skynyrd —— Skynyrd’s First: The Complete Muscle Shoals Album ► Southern Rock >> 1998
Kylie Minogue —— Body Language ► Dance-Pop >> 2003
U2 —— Go Home: Live From Slane Castle ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2003
Mariah Carey —— The Ballads ► Pop-Rock >> 2008
The Damned —— So, Who’s Paranoid? ► Goth Rock >> 2008
Paul McCartney —— Good Evening New York City ► Pop-Rock >> 2009
Bruce Springsteen —— The Album Collection Vol. 1 1973-1984 ► Heartland Rock >> 2014

Nov 18


Three Dog Night —— Naturally ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1970
Genesis —— The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway ► Prog Rock >> 1974
Al Green —— Have A Good Time ► Soul (Southern) >> 1976
Bob Welch —— French Kiss ► Pop-Rock >> 1977
Brand X —— Livestock ► Jazz-Rock Fusion >> 1977
The Damned —— Music For Pleasure ► Punk-Rock >> 1977
The Jam —— This Is The Modern World ► Punk-Rock >> 1977
Emerson, Lake & Palmer —— Love Beach ► Prog Rock >> 1978
Emerson, Lake & Palmer —— Emerson, Lake & Palmer In Concert ► Prog Rock >> 1979
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts —— I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll ► Hard Rock >> 1981
Ian Anderson —— Walk Into Light ► Electronic/Art Rock >> 1983
Slade —— Crackers – The Christmas Party Album ► Hard Rock >> 1985
LL Cool J —— Radio ► Hip-Hop >> 1985
Robert Palmer —— Riptide ► Adult Contemporary >> 1985
Stevie Nicks —— Rock A Little ► Pop-Rock >> 1985
Duran Duran —— Notorious ► Synth-Pop >> 1986
Madonna —— You Can Dance ► Dance-Pop >> 1987
Whitesnake —— Slip Of The Tongue ► Arena Rock >> 1989
Aldo Nova —— Aldo’s Dream ► Progressive Rock >> 1997
John Mellencamp —— The Best That I Could Do 1978-1988 ► Roots Rock >> 1997
AC/DC —— Bonfire ► Hard Rock >> 1997
Metallica —— Reload ► Heavy Metal >> 1997
Paul Simon —— Songs From The Capeman ► Folk-Pop >> 1997
The Ramones —— We’re Outta Here ► Punk-Rock >> 1997
Savatage —— Believe ► Heavy Metal/Speed Metal >> 1998
Sheena Easton —— Fabulous ► Pop-Rock >> 2000
John Cale —— HoboSapiens ► Art Rock >> 2003
The Human League —— Original Remixes & Rarities ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 2005
Phish —— At The Roxy ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 2008
David Cook —— David Cook ► Post-Grunge Pop-Rock >> 2008

Nov 19


The Beach Boys —— The Beach Boys In Concert ► Pop-Rock >> 1973
Emerson, Lake & Palmer —— Brain Salad Surgery ► Prog Rock >> 1973
George Harrison —— The Best Of George Harrison ► Pop-Rock >> 1976
George Harrison —— Thirty-Three & 1/3 [UK] ► Pop-Rock >> 1976
Frank Zappa —— Joe’s Garage: Acts II & III ► Art Rock >> 1979
Neil Young & Crazy Horse —— Live Rust ► Folk-Rock >> 1979
Barry Manilow —— Barry ► AM Pop >> 1980
Led Zeppelin —— Coda ► Hard Rock >> 1982
Don Henley —— Building The Perfect Beast ► Pop-Rock >> 1984
The Kinks —— Word Of Mouth ► British Rock >> 1984
U2 —— Achtung Baby ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1991
Teenage Fanclub —— Bandwagonesque ► Power Pop >> 1991
Jeff Beck —— Beckology ► Blues-Rock >> 1991
The Clash —— Clash On Broadway ► Punk >> 1991
Talk Talk —— Laughing Stock ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1991
Luis Miguel —— Romance ► Latin Pop >> 1991
Boz Scaggs —— Fade Into Light ► Pop-Soul >> 1996
Bush —— Razorblade Suitcase ► Grunge Rock >> 1996
George Harrison —— Brainwashed ► Pop-Rock >> 2002
Toni Braxton —— More Than A Woman ► Soul-Pop >> 2002
Joni Mitchell —— Travelogue ► Folk-Rock >> 2002
Simple Minds —— 5X5 Live ► New Wave Alt. Pop >> 2012
Led Zeppelin —— Celebration Day ► Hard Rock >> 2012
The Who —— Live At Hull 1970 ► British Rock >> 2012
Eric Clapton —— Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013 ► Blues-Rock >> 2013

Nov 20


The Yardbirds —— Having A Rave Up With The Yardbirds ► British Invasion >> 1965
Stevie Wonder —— Eivets Rednow…Alfie ► Soul-pop >> 1968
Sly & The Family Stone —— There’s A Riot Goin’ On ► Soul-Funk >> 1971
Alice Cooper —— Muscle Of Love ► Hard Rock >> 1973
Phil Collins —— …But Seriously ► Pop-Rock >> 1989
Debbie Gibson —— Anything Is Possible ► Pop-Rock >> 1990
Run-D.M.C. —— Back From Hell ► Rap >> 1990
Blue Rodeo —— Casino ► Country-Rock >> 1990
Cinderella —— Heartbreak Station ► Heavy Metal >> 1990
Peter Gabriel —— Shaking The Tree: Sixteen Golden Greats ► Prog Rock >> 1990
Paul McCartney —— Tripping The Live Fantastic: Highlights! ► Pop-Rock >> 1990
The Beatles —— Anthology 1 ► Pop-Rock >> 1995
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers —— Playback ► Album Rock >> 1995
HiM —— Greatest Love Songs Vol. 666 ► Heavy Metal/Goth Metal >> 1997
The Slackers —— The Question ► Ska Revival >> 1998
Sting —— …All This Time ► Pop-Rock >> 2001
Aerosmith —— Young Lust: The Aerosmith Anthology ► Hard Rock >> 2001
Foo Fighters —— Five Songs And A Cover [EP] ► Grunge Rock >> 2005
Oasis —— Stop The Clocks ► Alt. Pop-Rock/Britpop >> 2006
Melissa Etheridge —— The Awakening Live ► Roots Rock >> 2007
The Kingston Trio —— Live At The Santa Monica Civic Auditorium ► Folk-Pop >> 2007
Phish —— Vegas 96 ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 2007
Billy Idol —— In Super Overdrive Live ► Hard Rock >> 2009

Nov 21


The Animals —— Animalism ► Blues-Rock >> 1966
Joan Baez —— Noël ► Folk-Pop/Latin >> 1966
The Moody Blues —— To Our Children’s Children’s Children ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1969
Sly & The Family Stone —— Greatest Hits ► Soul-Funk >> 1970
Neil Diamond —— Tap Root Manuscript ► Pop-Rock >> 1970
Queen —— A Night At The Opera [UK] ► Glam Rock >> 1975
Scorpions —— Virgin Killer ► Heavy Metal >> 1976
Earth, Wind & Fire —— All ‘N All ► Soul-Funk >> 1977
Rod Stewart —— Foolish Behavior ► Dance-Disco >> 1980
Steely Dan —— Gaucho ► Jazz-Rock >> 1980
REO Speedwagon —— Hi Infidelity ► Arena Rock >> 1980
Kool & The Gang —— In The Heart ► Post-Disco >> 1983
Duran Duran —— Seven And The Ragged Tiger ► Synth-Pop >> 1983
Frank Zappa —— Francesco Zappa ► Art Rock/Classical >> 1984
Don Henley —— Actual Miles: Henley’s Greatest Hits ► Pop-Rock >> 1985
Frank Zappa —— Frank Zappa Meets The Mothers Of Prevention ► Art Rock >> 1985
Soul Asylum —— While You Were Out ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1986
Skinny Puppy —— Rabies ► Alt. Rock – Industrial >> 1988
Chicago —— Greatest Hits 1982 – 1989 ► Jazz-Rock >> 1989
Kenny G —— Kenny G Live ► Jazz-Pop >> 1989
Rush —— Presto ► Arena Rock >> 1989
Tiffany —— Dreams Never Die ► Dance-Pop >> 1993
New Order —— (the best of) New Order ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1994
Ace Of Base —— The Bridge ► Euro-Dance Pop >> 1995
Bruce Springsteen —— The Ghost Of Tom Joad ► Heartland Rock >> 1995
Stevie Wonder —— Natural Wonder ► Pop-R&B >> 1995
Atlanta Rhythm Section —— 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best Of Atlanta Rhythm Section ► Southern Rock >> 2000
Backstreet Boys —— Black & Blue ► Dance-Pop >> 2000
Lynyrd Skynyrd —— Collectybles ► Southern Rock >> 2000
Everclear —— Songs From An American Movie, Vol. 2: Good Time For A Bad Attitude ► Grunge-Punk >> 2000
Korn —— Take A Look In The Mirror ► Post-Grunge/Nu Metal >> 2003
Cocteau Twins —— Lullabies To Violaine: Singles And Extended Plays 1982-1996 ► Folk-Rock >> 2005
The dB’s —— Christmas Time Again ► Power Pop >> 2006
Daughtry —— Daughtry ► Alt. Rock >> 2006
Kylie Minogue —— X ► Dance-Pop >> 2007
Bob Seger —— Ultimate Hits: Rock And Roll Never Forgets ► Album Rock >> 2011

Nov 22


Phil Spector —— A Christmas Gift To You From Phillies Records ► Pop-Rock >> 1963
The Beatles —— With The Beatles ► Pop-Rock >> 1963
The Beatles —— The Beatles (The White Album) ► Pop-Rock >> 1968
Dusty Springfield —— Dusty…Definitely ► Pop-Rock >> 1968
Elvis Presley —— Elvis ► Rock n Roll >> 1968
The Kinks —— The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society ► British Rock >> 1968
Miles Davis —— Get Up With It ► Jazz-Funk Fusion >> 1974
Chic —— Chic ► Disco >> 1977
Motörhead —— Beer Drinkers And Hell Raisers ► Heavy Metal >> 1980
Split Enz —— See Ya’ Round ► New Wave Power Pop >> 1984
Lloyd Cole & The Commotions —— Easy Pieces ► AA Pop-Rock/Synth >> 1985
Yoko Ono —— Starpeace ► New Wave Art-Rock >> 1985
Candlemass —— Ancient Dreams ► Heavy Metal/Doom Metal >> 1988
Bette Midler —— Beaches [Sndtrk] ► Female Vocalist >> 1988
Chaka Khan —— CK ► Funk >> 1988
Pink Floyd —— Delicate Sound Of Thunder ► Prog Rock >> 1988
Kool & The Gang —— Unite ► Funk-Soul >> 1992
The Rolling Stones —— Jump Back: The Best Of The Rolling Stones [UK] ► Blues-Rock >> 1993
Jethro Tull —— Nightcap: The Unreleased Masters 1972-1991 [UK] ► Folk-Rock >> 1993
Aerosmith —— Box Of Fire ► Hard Rock >> 1994
ZZ Top —— One Foot In The Blues ► Blues-Rock >> 1994
Rory Gallagher —— Meeting With The G-Man ► Blues-Rock >> 2003
Rush —— R30: 30th Anniversary World Tour ► Prog/Art Rock >> 2005
The Rolling Stones —— Rarities 1971-2003 ► Blues-Rock >> 2005

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This Week’s Birthdays (November 15 – 21)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Nov 15

1905 ● Annunzio Paolo Mantovani → Prolific and popular easy listening composer, orchestra conductor and pianist with the signature “cascading strings” technique, “Around The World (In Eighty Days)” (#12, 1954), TV host, died of natural causes on 3/30/1980
1905 ● Mantovani (Annunzio Paolo Mantovani) → Italian composer, light-orchestra conductor and hugely popular easy listening star (“Around The World,” #12, 1957) with 25 albums in the U.S. Top 40 (six simultaneously in 1959), known for his signature cascading strings music structure and mastery of stereo recording techniques, became the most successful British album artist before The Beatles, continued to compose music until his death on 3/30/1980
1928 ● C. W. McCall (William D. Fries, Jr.) → Advertising executive turned one hit wonder outlaw country singer and lyricist during the 70s truck driving/CB radio craze, “Convoy” (#1, 1976)
1929 ● Joe Hinton → Journeyman gospel singer with several Memphis vocal groups, then one hit wonder deep R&B/soul balladeer with Willie Nelson‘s “Funny (How Time Slips Away)” (#13, 1964), died from skin cancer at the peak of his career on 8/13/1968
1932 ● Clyde McPhatter → Founder and frontman for influential R&B doo wop The Drifters, “Honey Love” (R&B #1, 1954), left in 1956 for solo career, “A Lover’s Question” (#6, R&B #1, 1958) plus six other Top 40 and 11 other R&B Top 20 hits, died after a heart attack on 6/13/1972
1932 ● Petula Clark → Hugely popular 50s Brit film actress then Grammy-winning pop singer, “Downtown” (#1, 1965), the first US #1 single by a British female singer, plus 14 other Top 40 hits
1937 ● William Edward “Little Willie” John → Influential but little known R&B/soul singer and songwriter with 17 charting hits, including “Fever” (#24, R&B #1, 1956) and “Talk To Me, Talk To Me” (#20, R&B #5, 1958), died of pneumonia on 5/26/1968 while serving prison time for stabbing another man during an argument
1941 ● Jim Dickinson → Rock and blues musician, singer, record producer and frontman, started in the mid-60s as a session musician for The Rolling Stones (piano on “Wild Horses”), Ry Cooder and others, as a member of backing band The Dixie Flyers worked for Hank Ballard, Aretha Franklin, Dion and more, went solo in the mid-70s and began producing records for others, died following triple-bypass heart surgery on 8/15/2009
1941 ● Rick Kemp → Bassist for Brit electric folk-rock revival band Steeleye Span, “All Around My Hat” (UK #5, 1975)
1945 ● Anni-frid “Frida” Lyngstad Andersson → Vocals for internationally successful Scandinavian pop group ABBA, “Dancing Queen” (#1, 1976)
1949 ● Steve Fossen → Founding member and bassist for hard rock Heart, “Magic Man” (#9, 1976), left in 1982 and in 1988 co-founded Canadian power ballad rock Alias, “More Than Words Can Say” (#2, 1990)
1952 ● Michael Cooper → Singer and guitarist for R&B/soul-funk group Con Funk Shun, “Ffun” (#23, 1978)
1953 ● Alexander O’Neal → R&B/smooth soul singer, started with dance-funk The Time, “Get It Up” (R&B #6, 1981), left for solo career, “Fake” (#25, R&B #1, 1987)
1954 ● Tony Thompson → Drummer for top disco/funk band Chic, “Le Freak” (#1, 1978), session work for Madonna, Mick Jagger, David Bowie and others, drummer for the reunited Led Zeppelin in 1985-86, died on 11/12/2003 from renal cell cancer
1957 ● Joe Leeway → Percussion for New Wave synth-pop Thompson Twins, “Hold Me Now” (#3, 1983)
1960 ● Keith Washington → Grammy-nominated R&B/smooth soul one hit wonder balladeer, “Kissing You” (#40, R&B/Hip Hop #1, 1991)
1968 ● Ol’ Dirty Bastard (Russell Tyrone Jones) → Founding member and bad boy of influential East Coast rap group Wu-Tang Clan, “C.R.E.A.M.” (Hot Rap #8, 1994), collapsed and died during a studio recording session on 11/13/2004
1974 ● Chad Kroeger (Turton) → Lead guitar and vocals for Canadian post-grunge hard rock Nickelback, “How You Remind Me” (#1, 2001)
1988 ● B.o.B. (Bobby Ray Simmons, Jr.) → R&B/alt Dirty South hip hop singer and songwriter, “Nothin’ On You” (#1, 2010) and two other Top 10 hits in debut

Nov 16

1873 ● William Christopher “W.C.” Handy → Highly-influential cornetist, bandleader, songwriter, teacher and music publisher known as the “Father of the Blues,” credited with mainstreaming rural Southern roots music to its contemporary form, published hundreds of new and re-written songs, including the widely popular “The St. Louis Blues” (1914), led a variety of groups from string quartets to minstrels to brass bands, died from bronchial pneumonia on 3/28/1958
1901 ● Jesse Stone → Songwriter and key figure in the development of rock ‘n’ roll and R&B music in the 50s, wrote or co-wrote several rock ‘n’ roll standards, including “Shake Rattle And Roll” (1954), “Flip Flop And Fly” (1955) and “Don’t Let Go” (1958), died from natural causes on 4/1/1999
1916 ● Herb Abramson → Atlantic Records co-founder and co-owner, president of subsidiary Atco Records, A-1 Studios owner and chief executive, died on 11/9/1999
1931 ● Hubert Sumlin → Celebrated electric blues guitarist, singer and songwriter, best known for his multi-decade collaborations with Howlin’ Wolf, inspiration to Keith Richards (The Rolling Stones), Robbie Robertson (The Band), Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin) and others, #43 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Guitarist of All-Time list, died on 12/4/2011 of heart failure
1933 ● Garnett Mimms → R&B/gospel-soul singer and bandleader, “Cry Baby” (#4, R&B #1 1963) and three other Top 30 hits
1938 ● Toni Brown → Co-founder, vocals and pianist for hippy folk-rock Joy of Cooking, “Brownsville” (#66, 1981), solo
1938 ● Troy Seals → Country-pop singer, songwriter, guitarist and session musician, brother of Jim (Seals & Crofts, “Summer Breeze,” #6, 1972) and Dan (England Dan & John Ford Coley, “I’d Really Love To See You Tonight,” #2, 1976)
1940 ● John Ryanes → Second bass singer for one hit wonder R&B/doo wop sextet The Monotones, “(Who Wrote) The Book Of Love” (#5, 1958), died 5/30/1972
1943 ● Winfred “Blue” Lovett → Vocals for R&B/doo wop then sweet soul The Manhattans, “Kiss And Say Goodbye” (#1, 1976)
1949 ● Patti Santos → Lead vocals for San Francisco psych-folk-rock It’s A Beautiful Day, “White Bird” (1969), died in a car accident on 12/14/1989
1962 ● Mani (Gary Mounfield) → Bassist for Brit guitar pop-rock The Stone Roses, “One Love” (Alt Rock #9, 1990), then jangle pop/dance fusion Primal Scream, “Movin’ On Up” (Modern Rock #2, 1992)
1964 ● Diana Krall → Two-time Grammy-winning Canadian jazz-pop singer, songwriter and pianist, “Jingle Bells” (Adult Contemporary #5, 2005), the best-selling female jazz artist of the 90s and 00s, married to Elvis Costello
1966 ● Christian “Flake” Lorenz → Keyboardist for heavy metal/Kraut rock Rammstein, “Sehnsucht” (Mainstream Rock #20, 1998)
1966 ● Dave Kushner → Rhythm guitar for punk-metal Wasted Youth and hard rock supergroup Velvet Revolver, “Slither” (#56, Mainstream Rock #1, 2004), sessions, solo, film and TV scores
1969 ● Byran Abrams → Vocals in a cappella hip hop harmony group Color Me Badd, “I Wanna Sex You Up” (#2, 1991)

Nov 17

1937 ● Gerry McGee → Lead guitar for pioneering and venerable rock ‘n’ roll instrumental combo The Ventures, “Walk – Don’t Run” (#2, 1960)
1937 ● Peter Cook → Writer, satirist, stage and film actor, modern British comedian, collaborator with Dudley Moore in the comedy duo Derek & Clive, “Goodbye-ee” (UK #18, 1965), host of UK TV music show Revolver, died from intestinal bleeding caused by alcoholism on 1/9/1995
1938 ● Gordon Lightfoot → Canadian folk-pop singer, songwriter and guitarist, “Sundown” (#1, 1974) and “The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald” (#2, 1976)
1942 ● Bob Gaudio → Co-founder, co-songwriter and lead singer in early rock ‘n’ roll The Royal Teens, “Short Shorts” (#3, 1958), co-founder, constant member, songwriter and producer of Top 40 pop vocal quartet The Four Seasons, “Big Girls Don’t Cry” (#1, 1962), producer and songwriter for many others, co-producer (with Frankie Valli) of the Tony-winning Broadway show Jersey Boys (2005)
1944 ● Gene Clark → Early country-rock singer and songwriter with The New Christy Minstrels, seminal folk-country-rock The Byrds, “Mr. Tambourine Man” (#1, 1965), Dillard & Clark, co-wrote “Eight Miles High” (Top 20, 1966), died of a heart attack on 5/24/1991
1946 ● Martin Barre → Founding member and guitarist for long-lived Brit folk-rock Jethro Tull, “Living In The Past” (#11, 1973)
1947 ● Robert “Stewkey” Antoni → Vocals for psych-rock/garage rock The Nazz, “Hello It’s Me” (#66, 1970) and hard rock Fuse (with Rick Nielsen, Tom Petersson and Bun E. Carlos of the future Cheap Trick)
1947 ● Rod Clements → Folk-rock bassist for Lindisfarne, “Lady Eleanor” (, 1971) and Jack The Lad, session work and solo albums
1948 ● Iain Sutherland → Vocals, guitars and keyboards for folk-rock sibling duo The Sutherland Brothers, “(I Don’t Want To Love You But) You Got Me Anyway” (#48, 1973), then joined with an obscure rock band to form The Sutherland Brothers & Quiver, “The Arms Of Mary” (#81, UK #5, 1975)
1951 ● Dean Paul “Dino” Martin, Jr. → Actor and singer, son of trad pop/MOR singer Dean Martin, member of the Hollywood-pedigree, teenage bubblegum pop trio Dino, Desi & Billy with Desi Arnaz Jr. and classmate Billy Hinsche, “”I’m A Fool” (#17, 1965), officer with the California Air National Guard, died when his CANG F-4 Phantom crashed in the San Bernardino Mountains on 3/21/1987
1955 ● Peter Cox → New Wave synth-pop duo Go West, “King Of Wishful Thinking” (#8, 1990), now with Manfred Mann’s Earth Band
1957 ● Jim Babjak → Founding member and lead guitarist for alt pop-rock The Smithereens, “Only A Memory” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1988), songwriter with multiple film and TV credits
1959 ● Harry Rushakoff → Drummer with post-punk alt rock Concrete Blonde, “Joey” (Modern Rock #1, 1990)
1960 ● RuPaul (RuPaul Andre Charles) → Cross-dressing drag queen, dance-pop singer and songwriter, “Back To My Roots” (Dance #1, 1993), TV and radio host
1966 ● Jeff Buckley → Alt folk-rock singer, songwriter and guitarist, “Last Goodbye” (Modern Rock #19, 1995), son of folk singer Tim Buckley, drowned in a Memphis river during a fully-clothed, spontaneous swim on 5/29/1997
1967 ● Ben Wilson → Keyboardist for blues-rock jam band Blues Traveler, “Run-Around” (#8, 1995)
1967 ● Ronnie DeVoe → 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)
1972 ● Kimya Dawson → Singer, songwriter and acoustic guitarist, has several solo albums and co-fronted the anti-folk duo Moldy Peaches, “Anyone Else But You” (2007) was featured in the hit film Juno
1980 ● Clarke Isaac Hanson → Guitar, vocals and keyboards for teen pop-rock brother trio Hanson, “MMMBop” (Worldwide #1, 1997)
1981 ● Sarah Nicole Harding (Hardman) → Singer in pre-fab all-girl Euro-pop vocal group Girls Aloud, “Sound Of The Underground” (UK #1, 2002)

Nov 18

1909 ● John Herndon “Johnny” Mercer → Popular music lyricist, composer, singer and pianist, wrote or co-wrote over 1,500 songs, many of which are pop standards, won Grammy Awards for “Moon River” (1961) and “Days Of Wine And Roses,” died from an inoperable brain tumor on 6/25/1976
1927 ● Hank Ballard (John Henry Kendricks) → Vocals and frontman for R&B doo wop The Midnighters, raunchy proto-rock ‘n’ roll “Work With Me, Annie” (banned/no charts, 1954), solo, “Finger Poppin’ Time” (R&B #2, 1960), co-wrote “The Twist” for Chubby Checker (#1, 1960), died from throat cancer on 3/2/2003
1936 ● Don Cherry → Innovative “free” jazz cornetist and trumpeter, father of alternative singer Eagle-Eye and stepfather of hip hop dance-pop Neneh, died on 10/19/1995
1941 ● Conleth “Con” Cluskey → Guitarist for Irish pop-rock trio The Bachelors, “Diane” (#10, UK #1, 1964)
1945 ● Mark Weitz → Keyboards for 60s psych-pop-rock Strawberry Alarm Clock, “Incense And Peppermints” (#1, 1967)
1947 ● Mike Carbello → Congas and percussion for Latin-rock Santana, “Black Magic Woman” (#4, 1970), session work on over two dozen albums for The Rolling Stones, Steve Miller, Jimi Hendrix, Bonnie Raitt, Eric Clapton and many others
1949 ● Herman “Ze German” Rarebell (Erbel) → Drummer for German hard rock/metal Scorpions, “Rock You Like A Hurricane” (#25, 1984)
1950 ● Graham Parker → Author, singer, songwriter, guitarist, frontman for Brit pub-rock The Rumour and solo, “Wake Up (Next To You)” (#39, Mainstream Rock #19, 1985)
1950 ● Rudy Sarzo → Bassist for heavy metal/pop-metal Quiet Riot, “Bang Your Head (Metal Health)” (#31, 1983)
1954 ● Charles Williams → Keyboardist for R&B/soul-funk-disco KC & The Sunshine Band, “That’s The Way (I Like It)” (#1, 1975) and five other #1 hits
1954 ● John Parr → One hit wonder pop-rock singer, songwriter and guitarist, “St. Elmo’s Fire (Man In Motion)” (#1, 1985)
1958 ● Laura Lynch → Founding member, bassist, co-lead singer and occasional songwriter for country-rock girl group Dixie Chicks, pushed out of the band in 1996 prior to their rise to stardom, “Not Ready To Make Nice” (#4, 2006), now sells real estate in Texas
1958 ● Michael Ramos → Keyboards for roots rock The BoDeans, “Closer To Free” (#16, 1993)
1960 ● Kim Wilde (Smith) → New Wave synth-pop singer, “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” (#1, 1987) plus 20 other Top 50 UK singles, author, Brit TV host and professional landscape gardener
1961 ● Janice Kuehnemund → Founding member, lead guitar and vocals for critically-panned but huge selling 80s all-female glam metal quartet Vixen, “Cryin'” (#22, 1989)
1962 ● Jeff Ward → Journeyman drummer in the Chicago industrial music scene, including a brief stint with Nine Inch Nails (1990-1991) as their tour drummer and gigs with Ministry, Skafish and others, died by suicide brought on by heroin addiction on 3/19/1993
1962 ● Kirk Hammett → Lead guitar and vocals for heavy metal Metallica, “Enter Sandman” (#10, 1991), #11 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time
1969 ● Duncan Sheik → Alternative pop-rock singer and songwriter, “Barely Breathing” (#16, 1997), Grammy-winning stage and film score composer
1972 ● Matt Knight → Bassist and vocals for alt pub rock/white soul Toploader, covered “Dancing In The Moonlight” (UK Top 10, 2000)
1975 ● Anthony David “Ant” McPartlin → Actor, singer and one half the pop music duo PJ & Duncan (later renamed Ant & Dec), “Lets Get Ready To Rhumble” (UK #9, 1994), TV host
1977 ● Fabolous (John David Jackson) → East coast rapper, “Can’t Let You Go” (#4, 2003)
1984 ● Johnny Christ (Joanthan Lewis Seward) → Starting in 2003, bass guitar and backing vocals for pop/metal Avenged Sevenfold, “Bat Country” (#60, Mainstream Rock #2, 2005)

Nov 19

1905 ● Tommy Dorsey → Noted Swing Era bandleader, trombonist and songwriter, “Tea For Two” (#7, 1958), brother of jazz reed player Jimmy Dorsey
1927 ● Joe Hunter → R&B pianist for Hank Ballard & The Midnighters (“Let’s Go, Let’s Go, Let’s Go,” #6, R&B #1, 1960), then early 60s in Motown house band The Funk Brothers, which provided nearly all instrumentation behind every Motown hit, left in 1963 to become a freelance session player and arranger, died in Detroit on 2/2/2007
1934 ● Dave Guard → Guitar, banjo, vocals, songwriter and arranger for folk-pop The Kingston Trio, “Tom Dooley” (#1, 1958) plus nine other Top 40 hits, died from lymphoma on 3/22/1991
1936 ● Robert Willie White → Session guitarist in Motown house band The Funk Brothers, played the guitar riff in The Temptations‘ classic “My Girl” (#1, 1965) and performed on multiple other Motown hits, died from complications following open heart surgery on 10/27/1994
1937 ● Geoff Goddard → Songwriter and session keyboardist, wrote “Johnny Remember Me” for John Leyton (UK #1, 1961) and dozens of other 60s rock ‘n’ roll tunes, played on Brit instrumental rock ‘n’ roll The Tornados‘ “Telstar” (#1, 1962), the first major US hit by a British group, retired from the music industry in the mid-60s, died on 5/15/2000
1937 ● Ray Collins → Vocalist for Frank Zappa-led satirical rock group The Mothers Of Invention, “Brown Shoes Don’t Make It” (1967)
1938 ● Hank Medress → Vocals in white R&B/doo wop The Tokens, “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” (#1, 1961), producer for Tony Orlando & Dawn, Melissa Manchester, Dan Hill, Rick Springfield and others, record label executive with EMI Canada and Bottom Line Records, died from lung cancer on 6/25/2007
1939 ● Warren “Pete” Moore → Bass vocalist for R&B/soul-pop The Miracles, co-wrote “Going To A Go-Go” (#11, 1965)
1943 ● Fred Lipsius → Piano and saxophone for jazz-rock/pop-rock fusion band Blood, Sweat & Tears, “Spinning Wheel” (#2, 1969)
1946 ● Joe Correro, Jr. → Drummer for hard-edged rock ‘n roll Paul Revere & The Raiders, “Just Like Me” (#11, 1965) plus 14 other US Top 30 hit singles
1952 ● Bill Sharpe → Founding member and keyboardist for Brit jazz fusion Shakatak, “Night Birds” (UK #9, 1982)
1952 ● Eddie Rayner → Keyboards for New Wave pop-rock Split Enz, “I Got You” (#53, UK #12, 1980), producer and music director for New Zealand Idol
1954 ● Annette Guest → Vocals in Philly R&B/disco female group First Choice, “The Player, Part 1” (R&B #7, 1974)
1960 ● Matt Sorum → Anglo-Norwegian hard rock drummer and percussion, toured with The Cult, joined hard rock Guns N’ Roses in 1989, “November Rain” (#3, 1992), then co-founded hard rock supergroup Velvet Revolver, “Fall To Pieces” (Mainstream Rock #1, 2004)
1965 ● Jason “J Spaceman” Pierce → Leader of Brit psych-space-rock bands Spacemen 3, “Revolution” (UK Ind. #1, 1989) and Spiritualized, “Lazer Guided Melodies” (UK #27, 1992), solo
1965 ● Pete “Sonic Boom” Kember → Founding member, guitar and organ for Brit psych-space-rock Spacemen 3, “Revolution” (UK Ind. #1, 1989)
1969 ● Travis McNabb → Drummer and percussionist with alt pop-rock Better Than Ezra, “Good” (#30, Modern Rock #1, 1995), since 2007 in backing band for country-pop duo Sugarland, “All I Want To Do” (#18, Country #1, 2008)
1971 ● Justin Chancellor → Bassist for prog-metal bands Peach and Grammy-winning Tool, “Vicarious” (Modern Rock #2, 2006)
1971 ● Tony Rich (Antonion Jeffries) → Grammy-winning contemporary R&B singer, songwriter and guitarist, “Nobody Knows” (#2, 1996)
1975 ● Tamika Scott → Vocals for female R&B/dance-pop quartet Xscape, “Understanding” (#8, 1993)

Nov 20

1940 ● Anthony Francis “Tony” Butala → Lead vocals and only constant member of close-harmony folk-pop trio The Lettermen, “When I Fall In Love” (#1, 1961), still performing in the 10s
1942 ● Norman GreenbaumOne hit wonder Jewish (not Christian) pop/rocker, “Spirit In The Sky” (#3, 1970), retired from music in late 70s and took up dairy farming
1943 ● Susan “Suze” Rotolo → Greenwich Village artist and Bob Dylan girlfriend who appeared with him on the iconic cover of album The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan (1963), died of lung cancer on 2/25/2011
1944 ● Mike Vernon → Founder and CEO of Blue Horizon record label, blues-rock album producer with credits on dozens of albums for David Bowie, Eric Clapton, John Mayall, Fleetwood Mac, Ten Years After and others
1944 ● Paul Griggs → Pop-rock musician, songwriter, bandmember and producer, formed mid-60s Brit pop-psych Octopus with his brother, Nigel (later of Split Enz), joined pre-fab pop band Guys ‘N’ Dolls, “There’s A Whole Lot Of Loving” (UK #2, 1975), since the mid-80s has written and produced various award-winning songs and several albums of his work
1945 ● “Dirty Dan McBride” (Daniel Hatton) → Vocals for rock ‘n roll revival “greaser” parody group Sha Na Na, died in his sleep on 7/23/2009
1946 ● Howard Duane Allman → Slide guitar virtuoso and co-founder of Southern rock The Allman Brothers Band, session work with Wilson Pickett, Derek And The Dominos, “Layla” (#10, 1972) and others, died in a motorcycle accident on 10/29/1971
1946 ● Ray Stiles → Bassist in for Brit “good time” glam-rock ‘n’ roll Mud, “Tiger Feet” (UK #1, 1974), joined pop-rock The Hollies in 1989 and continues with the band
1947 ● Joe Walsh → Songwriter and guitarist for underrated hard rock The James Gang, “Walk Away” (#51, 1971), left for an off-and-on solo career, “Life’s Been Good” (#12, 1978), joined the Eagles in 1975 and co-wrote “Life In The Fast Lane” (#11, 1976)
1950 ● Gary Green → Guitarist for innovative prog rock Gentle Giant from 1970 to 1980
1954 ● Frank Marino → Founder, frontman and lead guitarist for 70s Canadian power rock trio Mahogany Rush and various incarnations through the 00s
1956 ● Robert Poss → Guitar and vocals for guitar-centric, “noise” rock quartet Band Of Susans, “Where Have All The Flowers Gone” (1988)
1957 ● Jim Brown → Drummer in multiracial reggae-pop UB40, “Red Red Wine” (#1, 1988) and over 30 other Top 40 hits
1961 ● Jim Brickman → Former advertising jingle writer and classical-trained pianist turned adult pop and light new age singer and songwriter, “Simple Things” (Adult Contemporary #1, 2001) plus six gold and platinum, longtime host for his own radio music variety show and PBS TV music specials
1961 ● Paul King → Irish-born New Wave pop-soul singer and frontman for King, “Love & Pride” (US #55, UK #2, 1985), solo album, since 1989 a VJ and producer on MTV and VH1
1962 ● Gail Ann Dorsey → Top alt rock session bassist and backing vocalist, worked with Tears For Fears, Bryan Ferry, The The, Gwen Stefani and others, member of David Bowie‘s band since 1995
1962 ● Steve Alexander → Vocals for Brit soul/pop boy band Brother Beyond, “The Harder I Try” (UK #2, 1988)
1965 ● Mike D (Michael Louis Diamond) → Drummer, singer and rapper for hardcore punk then hip hop masters the Beastie Boys, “Fight For Your Right” (#7, 1987)
1965 ● Sen Dog (Senen Reyes) → Vocals and rapper in Latino R&B/hip hop Cypress Hill, “Insane In The Brain” (#19, Rap #1, 1994) and The Reyes Brothers
1966 ● Kevin Gilbert → Multi-instrumental composer and producer, member of prog rock Giraffe and Toy Matinee, co-wrote “All I Wanna Do” (#2, 1995) with then-girlfriend Sheryl Crow, died on 5/17/1996 from apparent autoerotic asphyxiation
1970 ● Phife Dawg (Malik Isaac Taylor) → Trinidadian-American rapper and member of acclaimed artistic hip hop jazz-rap fusion trio A Tribe Called Quest, “Check The Rhime” (Rap #1, 1991), then solo, “Flawless” (Rap #4, 2000)
1975 ● Davey Havok (David Paden Passaro) → Lead vocals for alt-punk-rock AFI (A Fire Inside), “Miss Murder” (#24, Modern Rock #1, 2006) and electronica Blaqk Audio “Stiff Kittens” (Dance/Club #38, 2007)
1975 ● Dierks Bentley → Country-rock crossover singer, songwriter and guitarist with 14 Country Top 10 hits, ten of which went #1, including “What Was I Thinkin’ (#22, Country #1, 2003)
1975 ● Jeffrey Lewis → Anti-folk singer, songwriter and guitarist with over 20 solo and collaborative albums, underground comic book artist and frequent collaborator with the Moldy Peaches and other anti-folk acts
1981 ● Kimberly Walsh → Singer in pre-fab all-girl Euro-pop vocal group Girls Aloud, “Sound Of The Underground” (UK #1, 2002)
1986 ● Michael Jared Followill → Bassist in Southern blues-indie rock Kings Of Leon, “Sex On Fire” (Modern Rock #1, 2008)

Nov 21

1907 ● Samuel “Buck” Ram → R&B/soul composer, arranger and producer from the 1930s on, manager for R&B/doo wop The Platters, “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes” (#1, 1958) and others, died on 1/1/1991
1940 ● Dr. John (Malcolm John “Mac” Rebennack, Jr.) → Four-time Grammy-winning New Orleans boogie-blues-folk-rock pianist, guitarist and singer of “voodoo” music, “Right Place, Wrong Time” (#9, 1973)
1941 ● David Porter → Songwriting partner with Isaac Hayes at Stax Records, co-wrote “Soul Man” (#2, 1967) for Sam & Dave and other hits, released two solo R&B/piano albums and several singles
1942 ● Andy “Thunderclap” Newman → Keyboards for one hit wonder Brit psych-pop, Pete Townshend-produced Thunderclap Newman, “Something In The Air” (#37, UK #1, 1969)
1948 ● John “Rabbit” Bundrick → Touring keyboardist for The Who since the late 70s, session musician for Bob Marley, Roger Waters, Eric Burdon and others, briefly a member of Free, principal musician for The Rocky Horror Picture Show, solo
1948 ● LeRoy “Lonnie” Jordan → Singer and keyboardist for laid-back R&B/soul-funk War, “Spill The Wine” (#3, 1970), solo
1948 ● Mark Tulin → Bassist for psych/garage rock icons The Electric Prunes (“I Had To Much To Dream (Last Night),” #11, 1967), joined psych/goth/prog rock Smashing Pumpkins in 2008, returned to recording with new versions of The Electric Prunes and other psych/garage rock oldies groups, collapsed after a SCUBA dive at a volunteer underwater cleanup event and died on 2/26/2011
1950 ● Gary Pihl → Guitarist for hard rock Sammy Hagar‘s band, left in 1986 to join arena rock Boston, “Amanda” (#1, 1986)
1950 ● Livingston Taylor → Light folk-pop singer and songwriter, “I Will Be In Love With You” (#13, 1978), brother of James Taylor
1962 ● Steven Curtis Chapman → Hugely successful contemporary Christian music singer, songwriter and guitarist fusing light 70s rock and pop sounds with religious themes, five-time Grammy winner and holder of 56 Dove Awards from the Gospel Music Association and seven Artist of the Year awards from the GMA, “Cinderella” (Adult Contemporary #23, Christian #4, 2003), his songs have been recorded by Glen Campbell, Roger Whittaker and others
1965 ● Bjork Gundmundsdottir → Vocals for Icelandic alt pop-rock The Sugarcubes, “Hit” (Modern Rock #1, 1991), solo and actress
1965 ● Peter Koppes → Guitarist and backing vocals for Aussie New Wave psych-pop then prog rock The Church, “Under The Milky Way” (#30, 1989)
1967 ● Margret Ornolfsdottir → Keyboards and vocals for Icelandic alt pop-rock The Sugarcubes, “Hit” (Modern Rock #1, 1991)
1968 ● Alex James → Bassist for alt rock then Britpop quartet Blur, “Girls & Boys” (Alt Rock #4, 1994), journalist, TV actor and host, radio personality and cheese maker
1970 ● Francis McDonald → Drummer in Scot pre-grunge, then power pop Teenage Fanclub, “Star Sign” (Mainstream Rock #4, 1991)
1974 ● Kelsi Marie Osborn → Vocals and guitar in country-pop sister trio SHeDAISY, “I Will…But” (#43, Country #2, 1999)

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Albums Released This Week (November 19 – 15)

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):

Nov 09


Elvis Presley —— Girls! Girls! Girls! ► Rock n Roll >> 1962
Badfinger —— No Dice ► Power Pop >> 1970
Roberta Flack —— Quiet Fire ► Smooth Soul >> 1971
Diana Ross —— Lady Sings The Blues [Sndtrk] ► Soul – Motown >> 1972
Carpenters —— The Singles: 1969-1973 ► Easy Listening >> 1973
Santana —— Welcome ► Jazz-Rock Fusion >> 1973
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers —— Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers ► Album Rock >> 1976
Iron Maiden —— The Soundhouse Tapes [EP] ► Heavy Metal >> 1979
The Stranglers —— La Folie ► Punk-Rock >> 1981
Men At Work —— Business As Usual ► Synth-Pop >> 1981
Twisted Sister —— Come Out And Play ► Hair Metal >> 1985
Aerosmith —— Done With Mirrors ► Hard Rock >> 1985
Y&T —— Down For The Count ► Heavy Metal >> 1985
W.A.S.P. —— The Last Command ► Heavy Metal >> 1985
Loudness —— Thunder In The East ► Heavy Metal/Japanese Metal >> 1985
Dokken —— Under Lock And Key ► Heavy Metal >> 1985
Killer Dwarfs —— Stand Tall ► Heavy Metal/Pop Metal >> 1986
Candlemass —— Nightfall ► Heavy Metal/Doom Metal >> 1987
Eurythmics —— Savage ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1987
The Tubes —— The Best Of The Tubes ► Alt. Rock >> 1992
Genesis —— The Way We Walk, Vol. 1 (The Shorts) ► Prog Rock >> 1992
Phil Collins —— Both Sides ► Pop-Rock >> 1993
Céline Dion —— The Colour Of My Love ► Pop-Rock >> 1993
Wu-Tang Clan —— Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) ► East Coast Rap >> 1993
The Outlaws —— Hittin’ The Road ► Southern Rock >> 1993
Nirvana —— Legacy Of Noise [Bootleg] ► Grunge >> 1993
Mark Knopfler —— Screenplaying ► Roots Rock >> 1993
The Dubliners —— Further Along ► Irish Folk >> 1996
Jimmy Buffett —— Buffett Live: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays ► Folk-Rock >> 1999
Queen —— Greatest Hits III ► Glam Rock >> 1999
Anal Cunt —— It Just Gets Worse ► Heavy Metal/Grindcore >> 1999
38 Special —— Live At Sturgis ► Southern Rock >> 1999
Tonic —— Sugar ► Alt/Roots Rock >> 1999
Linda Ronstadt —— Hummin’ To Myself ► Pop-Rock >> 2004
Weezer —— iTunes Originals – Weezer ► Alt. Rock/Power Pop >> 2010

Nov 10


Elvis Presley —— His Hand In Mine ► Rock n Roll >> 1960
The Moody Blues —— Days Of Future Passed ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1967
Grateful Dead —— Live/Dead ► Album Rock >> 1969
Barclay James Harvest —— Baby James Harvest ► Prog Rock >> 1972
The Byrds —— The Best Of The Byrds: Greatest Hits, Volume II ► Country-Rock >> 1972
Dusty Springfield —— See All Her Faces ► Pop-Rock >> 1972
The O’Jays —— Ship Ahoy ► Soul – Philly >> 1973
Chicago —— Chicago IX: Chicago’s Greatest Hits ► Jazz-Rock >> 1975
Neil Young With Crazy Horse —— Zuma ► Folk-Rock >> 1975
The Sex Pistols —— Never Mind The Bollocks Here’s The Sex Pistols ► Punk-Rock >> 1977
Emerson, Lake & Palmer —— Works, Vol. 2 ► Prog Rock >> 1977
Bob Marley & The Wailers —— Babylon By Bus ► Roots Reggae >> 1978
The Clash —— Give ‘Em Enough Rope ► Punk >> 1978
Neil Diamond —— The Jazz Singer [Sndtrk] ► Pop-Rock >> 1980
Mötley Crüe —— Too Fast For Love ► Heavy Metal >> 1981
Billy Idol —— Rebel Yell ► Hard Rock >> 1983
Nik Kershaw —— The Riddle ► Synth-Pop >> 1984
Triumph —— Thunder Seven ► Arena Rock >> 1984
The Who —— Who’s Last ► Hard Rock >> 1984
Bruce Springsteen —— Live 1975-1985 ► Heartland Rock >> 1986
Cocteau Twins —— The Moon And The Melodies ► Folk-Rock >> 1986
Kate Bush —— The Whole Story ► Art Rock >> 1986
Cher —— Cher ► Pop-Rock >> 1987
Robert Earl Keen, Jr. —— West Textures ► Folk-Rock >> 1989
Gregorian —— Sadisfaction ► Euro-Pop >> 1991
Peter Gabriel —— Revisited ► Prog Rock >> 1992
Biohazard —— Urban Discipline ► Heavy Metal/Thrash Metal >> 1992
Carpenters —— Seishun No Kagayaki: The Best Of (22 Hits Of The Carpenters) [Japan] ► Easy Listening >> 1995
Oasis —— (What’s The Story) Morning Glory: Singles ► Alt. Pop-Rock/Britpop >> 1996
Rush —— Different Stages ► Prog/Art Rock >> 1998
The Ataris —— Look Forward To Failure ► Pop-Punk >> 1998
Dire Straits —— Sultans Of Swing: The Very Best Of Dire Staraits ► Post-Punk Pop-Rock >> 1998
Bruce Springsteen —— Tracks ► Heartland Rock >> 1998
Ayumi Hamasaki —— Loveppears ► Pop/House >> 1999
The Smiths —— The Sound Of The Smiths ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2008
The Tubes —— Mondo Birthmark ► Alt. Rock >> 2009
Pearl Jam —— 9.11.2011 Toronto, Canada ► Hard Rock >> 2011

Nov 11


The Who —— Ready Steady Who ► British Rock >> 1966
John Lennon & Yoko Ono —— Unfinished Music, No. 1: Two Virgins ► Pop-Rock >> 1968
Elvis Presley —— That’s The Way It Is [Sndtrk] ► Pop-Rock >> 1970
Rory Gallagher —— Tattoo ► Blues-Rock >> 1973
Earth, Wind & Fire —— Gratitude ► Soul-Funk >> 1975
Kiss —— Rock And Roll Over ► Hard Rock >> 1976
Parliament —— Motor Booty Affair ► Funk >> 1978
The Jacksons —— The Jacksons Live! ► Soul-Pop >> 1981
Depeche Mode —— Catching Up With Depeche Mode ► New Wave/Synth-Pop >> 1985
Jimmy Buffett —— Songs You Know By Heart: Jimmy Buffett’s Greatest Hit(s) ► Folk-Rock >> 1985
Bonnie Tyler —— Bitter Blue ► Pop Vocals (Female) >> 1991
The Divinyls —— Essential ► Post-Punk Pop-Rock >> 1991
Denim —— Back In Denim ► Glam-Rock >> 1992
The Damned —— Not Of This Earth ► Goth Rock >> 1995
Tricky —— effPre-Millennium Tension ► Electronic Trip-Hop >> 1996
Led Zeppelin —— BBC Sessions ► Hard Rock >> 1997
Bush —— Deconstructed ► Grunge Rock >> 1997
Gregg Allman —— Searching For Simplicity ► Southern Rock >> 1997
AFI —— Shut Your Mouth And Open Your Eyes ► Hardcore Punk >> 1997
Phil Collins —— Testify ► Pop-Rock >> 2002
Bruce Springsteen —— the Essential Bruce Springsteen ► Heartland Rock >> 2003
Pearl Jam —— Lost Dogs: Rarities And B Sides ► Hard Rock >> 2003
The Rolling Stones —— Sweet Summer Sun ► Blues-Rock >> 2013

Nov 12


Marvin Gaye —— Hello Broadway ► Soul >> 1964
Neil Young —— Neil Young ► Folk-Rock >> 1968
Genesis —— Nursery Cryme ► Prog Rock >> 1971
Hall & Oates —— Whole Oats ► Pop-Rock >> 1972
Buffalo Springfield —— Buffalo Springfield (Collection) ► Folk-Rock >> 1973
Queen —— Sheer Heart Attack ► Prog Rock >> 1974
Hall & Oates —— War Babies ► Pop-Rock >> 1974
J. Geils Band —— Showtime! ► Blues-Rock >> 1982
Duran Duran —— Arena ► Synth-Pop >> 1984
The Smiths —— Hatful Of Hollow ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1984
Madonna —— Like A Virgin ► Dance-Pop >> 1984
John Farnham —— Whispering Jack ► Adult Contemporary >> 1986
Mark Knopfler —— The Princess Bride [Sndtrk] ► Roots Rock >> 1987
Cilla Black —— Cilla’s World ► Pop-Rock >> 1990
Kylie Minogue —— Rhythm Of Love ► Dance-Pop >> 1990
Bad Religion —— 80-85 ► Punk Rock >> 1991
Lynyrd Skynyrd —— Lynyrd Skynyrd (Box Set) ► Southern Rock >> 1991
Sade —— The Best Of Sade [UK] ► Quiet Storm >> 1994
John Waite —— The Complete John Waite, Vol. 1: Falling Backwards ► Power Pop >> 1996
Rod Stewart —— If We Fall in Love Tonight ► Adult Contemporary >> 1996
Blind Melon —— Nico ► Alt. Rock >> 1996
The Corrs —— The Corrs Unplugged ► Celtic Folk-Rock >> 1999
3 Doors Down —— Away From The Sun ► Alt Metal >> 2002
The Pretenders —— Loose Screw ► Post-Punk >> 2002
Matchbox Twenty —— More Than You Think You Are ► Alt. Rock >> 2002
Pearl Jam —— Riot Act ► Hard Rock >> 2002
David Gray —— Greatest Hits ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2007
Led Zeppelin —— Mothership [UK] ► Hard Rock >> 2007
The Rolling Stones —— GRRR! ► Blues-Rock >> 2012

Nov 13


Johnny Cash —— Sings The Songs That Made Him Famous ► Country >> 1958
Elvis Presley —— 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can’t Be Wrong: Elvis’ Gold Records – Volume 2 ► Rock n Roll >> 1959
The Four Tops —— Four Tops’ Second Album ► Soul – Motown >> 1965
Diana Ross & The Supremes —— Love Child ► Soul >> 1968
Neil Diamond —— Stones ► Pop-Rock >> 1971
Kate Bush —— Lionheart ► Art Rock >> 1978
Siouxsie And The Banshees —— The Scream ► Glam Rock >> 1978
New Order —— Movement ► Club/Dance >> 1981
Slade —— Till Deaf Do Us Part ► Hard Rock >> 1981
Lee Aaron —— The Lee Aaron Project ► Hard Rock >> 1982
Phranc —— Folksinger ► Folk-Rock >> 1985
The Sisters Of Mercy —— Floodland ► Goth Rock >> 1987
Hall & Oates —— Change Of Season ► Pop-Rock >> 1990
Madonna —— The Immaculate Collection ► Dance-Pop >> 1990
Various Artists —— Mermaids [Sndtrk] [UK] ► Mixed >> 1990
The Clash —— The Singles (1991) ► Punk >> 1991
Squeeze —— Ridiculous [UK] ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1995
Queen —— Ultimate Queen ► Glam Rock >> 1995
The Beatles —— 1 ► Pop-Rock >> 2000
Oasis —— Familiar To Millions ► Alt. Pop-Rock/Britpop >> 2000
Queen —— The Platinum Collection: Greatest Hits I, II & III ► Glam Rock >> 2000
Radiohead —— I Might Be Wrong: Live Recordings ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2001
Oasis —— Stop The Clock EP ► Alt. Pop-Rock/Britpop >> 2006
Goo Goo Dolls —— Greatest Hits Volume One: The Singles ► Alt Pop-Rock/Post-Grunge >> 2007
Led Zeppelin —— Mothership ► Hard Rock >> 2007
James Taylor —— One Man Band ► Folk-Rock >> 2007
Soundgarden —— King Animal ► Grange Rock >> 2012
The Rolling Stones —— Live At Leeds (Live 1982) ► Blues-Rock >> 2012

Nov 14


The Monkees —— Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd. ► Pop-Rock >> 1967
Syd Barrett —— Barrett ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1970
John Cale —— Helen Of Troy ► Art Rock >> 1975
Wet Willie —— Manorisms ► Southern Rock >> 1977
Queen —— Jazz ► Glam Rock >> 1978
Gary Numan & Tubeway Army —— Tubeway Army ► Synth-Pop >> 1978
Earth, Wind & Fire —— Raise! ► Soul-Funk >> 1981
Chic —— Believer ► Disco-Funk >> 1983
Fates Warning —— Awaken The Guardian ► Heavy Metal/Progressive >> 1986
Milli Vanilli —— All Or Nothing ► Dance-Pop >> 1988
Guster —— Parachute ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1995
At The Gates —— Slaughter Of The Soul ► Heavy Metal/Melodic Death Metal >> 1995
The Rolling Stones —— Stripped ► Blues-Rock >> 1995
Melissa Etheridge —— Your Little Secret ► Roots Rock >> 1995
Mötley Crüe —— Greatest Hits ► Heavy Metal >> 1998
3LW —— 3LW ► Teen Pop >> 2000
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony —— The Collection Volume 2 ► Gangsta Rap >> 2000
Badfinger —— Head First ► Pop-Rock >> 2000
Paul Revere & The Raiders —— Mojo Workout ► Pop-Rock >> 2000
Steely Dan —— Showbiz Kids: The Steely Dan Story, 1972-1980 ► Jazz-Rock >> 2000
Atlanta Rhythm Section —— Doraville – Revisited ► Southern Rock >> 2006
Neil Young & Crazy Horse —— Live At The Fillmore East ► Folk-Rock >> 2006
Muddy Waters —— At Newport 1960 ► Chicago Blues >> 1960
Van Morrison —— His Band And The Street Choir ► Folk-Rock >> 1970
Grand Funk Railroad —— E Pluribus Funk ► Hard Rock >> 1971

Nov 15


America —— Homecoming ► Folk-Rock >> 1972
Grateful Dead —— Wake Of The Flood ► Album Rock >> 1973
Roxy Music —— Country Life ► Prog Rock >> 1974
Ringo Starr —— Goodnight Vienna ► Pop-Rock >> 1974
Todd Rundgren’s Utopia —— Another Live ► Prog Rock >> 1975
Grateful Dead —— Shakedown Street ► Folk-Rock >> 1978
Thin Lizzy —— Renegade ► Hard Rock >> 1981
Bob Dylan —— Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits, Volume 3 ► Folk-Rock >> 1984
Echo & The Bunnymen —— Songs To Learn & Sing ► Post-Punk >> 1985
Cocteau Twins —— Tiny Dynamine ► Folk-Rock >> 1985
Frank Zappa —— Jazz From Hell ► Art Rock/Computer Electronica >> 1986
Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble —— Live Alive ► Blues-Rock >> 1986
Fleetwood Mac —— Greatest Hits ► Pop-Rock >> 1988
Journey —— Greatest Hits ► Arena Rock >> 1988
Sheena Easton —— The Lover In Me ► Pop-Rock >> 1988
Kiss —— Smashes, Trashes & Hits ► Hard Rock >> 1988
Cowboy Junkies —— The Trinity Session ► Alt. Rock >> 1988
KMFDM —— Naïve ► Industrial/Kraut Rock >> 1990
Ween —— Pure Guava ► Avant Garde/Lo-Fi >> 1992
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts —— Flashback ► Hard Rock >> 1993
Method Man —— Tical ► Hardcore Rap >> 1994
Bryan Adams —— The Best Of Me ► Pop-Rock >> 1999
Chris Rea —— Road To Hell: Part 2 ► Album Rock >> 1999
Ace Of Base —— Singles Of The 90s ► Euro-Dance Pop >> 1999
Bruce Springsteen —— The Collection ► Heartland Rock >> 2004
Bob Dylan —— The Best of Bob Dylan ► Folk-Rock >> 2005
Bruce Springsteen —— Born To Run: 30th Anniversary Edition ► Heartland Rock >> 2005
The Rembrandts —— Choice Picks ► Pop-Rock >> 2005
Madonna —— Confessions On A Dance Floor ► Dance-Pop >> 2005
Wilco —— Kicking Television: Live In Chicago ► Alt. Country-Rock >> 2005
Bob Dylan —— Live At Carnegie Hall 1963 ► Folk-Rock >> 2005
Jimmy Buffett —— Live At Fenway Park ► Folk-Rock >> 2005
Loggins & Messina —— Live: Sittin’ In Again At Santa Barbara Bowl ► Country-Rock >> 2005
Bush —— Zen X Four ► Grunge Rock >> 2005
Twin Shadow —— Forget ► Dream Pop >> 2010
R.E.M. —— Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage 1982-2011 ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2011
The Rolling Stones —— Some Girls: Live In Texas ’78 ► Blues-Rock >> 2011

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This Week’s Birthdays (November 8 – 14)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Nov 08

1913 ● Arnold “Gatemouth” Moore → Booming-voiced ordained minister, gospel and Chicago blues singer and songwriter, wrote “Did You Ever Love A Women?” for B. B. King and “Somebody’s Got To Go” for Rufus Thomas, died of natural causes on 5/19/2004
1927 ● Ken Dodd → Brit music hall traditional stand-up comedian, songwriter and adult pop singer, “Tears” (UK #1, 1965) and 18 other UK Top 40 hits, TV and film actor
1927 ● Patti Page (Clara Ann Fowler) → Grammy-winning traditional adult pop singer, “(How Much Is) That Doggie In The Window?” (#1, 1953) and 13 other Top 40 hits, the best-selling female artist of the 50s, died on 1/1/2013 from heart and lung failure
1929 ● Bertrand Russell “Bert” Berns → Pioneer and prolific rock ‘n’ roll songwriter and producer, wrote or co-wrote “Twist And Shout”, “Hang On Sloopy”, “Here Comes The Night” and many others, co-founded Bang! Records, died from a heart attack on 12/31/1967
1944 ● Bonnie Bramlett (Bonnie Lynn O’Farrell) → Blue-eyed soul and blues-rock singer, first Caucasian in Ike and Tina Turner‘s backing vocal group The Ikettes, one half of the husband-and-wife duo Delaney & Bonnie, “Never Ending Song Of Love” (#13, 1971), solo, TV actress
1944 ● Jack Jones → Drummer for underappreciated and little known (except in Germany) Britbeat/power pop The Creation, “Painter Man” (UK #36, GER #8, 1967)
1944 ● Rodney Slater → Founding member and sax player for Brit comedy-rock Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, “I’m The Urban Spaceman” (UK #5, 1968)
1944 ● Robert Nix → Original drummer and songwriter for Southern rock Atlanta Rhythm Section, “Imaginary Lover” (#7, 1978)
1945 ● Donald Murray → Founding member and drummer for pop-rock The Turtles, “Happy Together” (#1, 1967), died from complications from ulcer surgery on 3/22/1996
1946 ● Roy Wood → Co-founder, guitar and vocals for Brit psych-rock The Move, “Blackberry Way” (UK #1, 1968) and Electric Light Orchestra, “Telephone Line” (#7, 1977)
1946 ● John “The Big Figure” Martin → Drummer for Brit pub-rock Dr. Feelgood, “Milk And Alcohol” (UK #9, 1979)
1946 ● John Farrar → Guitarist for instrumental pop-rock The Shadows, “Apache” (Worldwide #1, 1960), then backing musician, songwriter and producer for Olivia Newton-John, wrote or co-wrote several of her hits, including “You’re The One That I Want” (#1, 1978)
1947 ● Minnie Riperton → Sweet chirping pop singer and songwriter, “Loving You” (#1, 1974), died of cancer on 7/12/1979
1949 ● Alan Berger → Bassist for New Jersey rock ‘n roll bar band Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, “Talk To Me” (1978)
1949 ● Bonnie Raitt → Eight-time Grammy-winning roots and blues-rock singer, songwriter and slide guitarist, “Something To Talk About” (#5, 1991)
1949 ● Lee Freeman → Rhythm guitar, vocals and songwriting for 60s psych-pop-rock Strawberry Alarm Clock, “Incense And Peppermints” (#1, 1967), died from cancer on 2/14/2010
1951 ● Gerald Alston → Lead vocals for R&B/doo wop then sweet soul The Manhattans, “Kiss And Say Goodbye” (#1, 1976), solo
1954 ● Rickie Lee Jones → Jazz, R&B/soul and pop-rock singer and songwriter “Chuck E’s In Love” (#4, 1979)
1957 ● Porl Thompson → Guitar, saxophone and keyboards for post-punk art-glam-goth rock The Cure, “Friday I’m In Love” (Modern Rock #1, 1992)
1958 ● Terry Lee Miall → Drummer for post-punk/New Wave pop-rock Adam And The Ants, “Goody Two-Shoes” (#12, 1982)
1961 ● Leif Garrett (Leif Per Nervik) → Pop-rock teen idol singer, “I Was Made For Dancin'” (#10, 1978), film and TV actor
1964 ● Cubie Burke → Briefly joined his five siblings in the “First Family of Soul,” Chicago R&B/soul The Five Stairsteps (“O-o-h Child,” #7, R&B #14, 1970) but left to become a professional dancer with Alvin Ailey and other troupes, died from a brain injury on 5/14/2014
1969 ● Jimmy Chaney → Drummer for alt rock/funk-metal Jimmie’s Chicken Shack, “Do Right” (Modern Rock #12, 1999)
1970 ● Gareth “Rat” Pring → Guitarist for indie punk-rock Ned’s Atomic Dustbin, “Not Sleeping Around” (Modern Rock #1, 1992)
1970 ● Diana King → Jamaican-born reggae dancehall singer and songwriter, “Shy Guy” (#13, 1994)
1971 ● Tech N9ne (Aaron Dontez Yates) → Hardcore rapper known for his dynamic rhymes schemes and speed rapping, released over a dozen official albums including The Gates Mixed Plate (#13, 2010), co-founder of Strange Music record label
1977 ● Tiffani Wood → Singer in pre-fab Aussie all-girl pop vocal quintet Bardot, “Poison” (Aus. #1, 2000)
1985 ● Jack Osbourne → Record label talent scout, TV actor, star of The Osbournes and Adrenaline Junkie, son of Ozzy Osbourne

Nov 09

1936 ● Mary Allin Travers → Vocals and guitar for seminal folk trio Peter, Paul & Mary, “Puff (The Magic Dragon)” (#2, 1963), died 9/16/2009 from complications of leukemia
1937 ● Roger McGough → Poet, lyricist and vocalist in comedy-pop The Scaffold, “Lily The Pink” (UK #1, 1968) and “Thank U Very Much” (#69, UK #4, 1968), BBC Radio host and voice-overs for commercials
1941 ● John Dean → Bass vocals for blue-eyed soul/doo wop The Reflections, “(Just Like) Romeo And Juliet” (#6, 1964)
1941 ● Tom Fogerty → Rhythm guitar for roots rock/”swamp” rock Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Down On The Corner” (#3, 1969), died on 9/6/1990 after contracting AIDS from blood transfusions during back surgery
1943 ● Lee Graziano → Drums for one hit wonder pop-rock American Breed, “Bend Me Shape Me” (Top 10, 1968)
1944 ● Phil May (Philip Arthur Dennis Kattner) → Vocals for raunchy R&B/blues-rock British Invasion band The Pretty Things, “Don’t Bring Me Down” (UK #10, 1964)
1948 ● Joe Bouchard → Bassist in hard rock/pop metal Blue Öyster Cult, “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” (#12, 1976)
1948 ● Alan Gratzer → Drums and percussion for arena rock REO Speedwagon, “Keep On Lovin’ You” (#1, 1980)
1949 ● Tommy Caldwell → Founding member and bassist for Southern rock The Marshall Tucker Band, “Heard It In A Love Song” (#14, 1977), died in a car crash on 4/28/1980
1953 ● Michael J. Mullins → Vocals for Brit dance-pop band Modern Romance, “Can You Move” (Dance/Club #2, 1981) and “Best Years Of Our Lives” (UK #4, 1982)
1954 ● Dennis Stratton → Guitarist for Brit heavy metal Iron Maiden, “Flight Of Icarus” (Mainstream Rock #8, 1983)
1960 ● Demetra Plakas → Drummer for all-girl post-punk/grunge band L7, “Pretend We’re Dead” (Alt Rock #8, 1992)
1962 ● Steve “Silk” Hurley → Club DJ, pioneering Chicago house-music producer, songwriter, and four time Grammy Award-nominee, “Work It Out” (Dance #3, 1989), two time Remixer of the Year (1999 and 2000) and Best Remixed Recording (2002 and 2003),
1969 ● Scarface (Brad Jordan) → Rapper and songwriter in gangsta/horror-rap trio Geto Boys, “Mind Playing Tricks On Me” (#23, 1991), then Dirty South solo rap career, “Smile” (#12, Rap #2, 1997)
1969 ● Sandy “Pepa” Denton → Vocals in female hip hop trio Salt-N-Pepa, “Let’s Talk About Sex” (#13, 1991)
1970 ● Susan Tedeschi → Electric blues and soul guitarist with roots in gospel, singer, songwriter and bandleader with multiple Grammy nominations, frontwoman for the Susan Tedeschi Band and, in collaboration with her husband Derek Trucks, Soul Stew Revival and the Tedeschi Trucks Band, solo with multiple albums, including Back To The River (Blues Albums #1, 2008)
1973 ● Nick Lachey → Lead vocals in adult contemporary/sweet soul boy band 98 Degrees, “Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche)” (#2, 2000)
1977 ● Sisqó (Mark Andrews) → R&B/urban soul and hip hop bad boy with Dru Hill, “How Deep Is Your Love” (#3, 1998), then solo, “Thong Song” (#3, 2000)
1984 ● Delta Goodrem → Australian TV actress (Nina Tucker in soap opera Neighbours) and pop singer, “Lost Without You” (Adult Contemporary #18, Australia #1, 2005) plus six other Australian #1 singles

Nov 10

1940 ● David Edward “Screaming Lord” Sutch → Brit comedy-rock bandleader and solo artist, “Jack The Ripper” (1963), wannabe politician and leader of The Official Monster Raving Loony Party, fought in numerous parliamentary elections without winning, committed suicide on 6/16/1999
1941 ● Kyu Sakamoto (Hisashi Oshima) → Japanese pop star with the one hit wonder “Sukiyaki” (#1, 1963), the first US #1 by a Japanese artist, died in a commercial plane crash on 8/12/1985
1944 ● Tim Rice → Multiple award-winning film, theater and Broadway lyricist and producer, collaborated with Andrew Lloyd Webber on Jesus Christ Superstar (1970) and with Elton John on The Lion King (1994), among many other shows
1947 ● Glen Buxton → Founder and guitarist for glam-rock/metal Alice Cooper band, co-wrote “School’s Out” (#7, 1972), died of pneumonia on 10/19/1997
1947 ● Dave Loggins → Pop-rock one hit wonder singer and songwriter, “Please Come To Boston” (#5, 1974), cousin of Kenny Loggins
1948 ● Greg Lake → Prog-rock guitarist and songwriter, founding member of prog/space-rock King Crimson, “The Court Of The Crimson King” (#80, 1970), then supergroup Emerson, Lake & Palmer, “Lucky Man” (#48, 1971), solo
1949 ● Donna Fargo (Yvonne Vaughn) → Country-pop singer and songwriter, “The Happiest Girl In The Whole U.S.A.” (#11, 1972)
1950 ● Bram Tchaikovsky (Peter Bramall) → Guitar and vocals for power pop/rock The Motors, “Airport” (UK #4, 1978), solo, “Girl Of My Dreams” (#37, 1979)
1950 ● Ronnie Hammond → Lead singer for Southern rock Atlanta Rhythm Section, “Imaginary Lover” (#7, 1978), solo, died of a heart attack on 3/14/2011
1954 ● Mario Cipollina → Bassist for pop-rock bar band Huey Lewis & The News, “The Power Of Love” (#1, 1985)
1959 ● Frank Maudsley → Bassist for bizarrely-teased hair New Wave pop-rock A Flock of Seagulls, “I Ran (So Far Away)” (#9, 1982)
1959 ● Laura MacKenzie Phillips → Film and TV actress, singer and songwriter in The New Mamas & The Papas, daughter of “Papa” John Phillips
1961 ● Norman “Junior” Giscombe → Brit R&B singer and songwriter, “Mama Used To Say” (#30, R&B #2, 1982) and duet with Kim Wilde, “Another Step (Closer To You)” (UK #8, 1987)
1965 ● David Hawes → Bassist for Brit indie rock/shoegazing band Catherine Wheel, “Black Metallic” (Modern Rock #9, 1991)
1966 ● Steve Mackey → Bassist for alt rock/Britpop Pulp, “Common People” (UK #2, 1995)
1967 ● Andrew Vowles → Co-founder and vocals for electro-dance/trip hop progenitor duo Massive Attack, “Unfinished Sympathy” (UK #13, 1991)
1968 ● Steve Brookstein → Blue-eyed soul singer and winner of the first series of UK TV show The X Factor in 2004, “Against All Odds” (UK #1, 2004)
1969 ● Paul “Kermit” Leveridge → Rapper and vocals with alt Brit-pop Black Grape, “England’s Irie” (UK #6, 1996)
1970 ● Warren G (Warren Griffin III) → Hip hop producer and West Coast rapper, “Regulate” (#2, 1994)
1970 ● Derry Brownson → Keyboards and samples for Brit dance-rock quintet EMF (Epsom Mad Funkers), “Unbelievable” (#1, 1990)
1971 ● Big Punisher (Christopher Rios) → Corpulent Latino rapper “Still Not A Player” (#24, Dance/Club #3, 1998), died 2/7/2000 from obesity-related heart failure
1973 ● Jacqueline Abbott → Lead vocals for alt pop-rock The Beautiful South, “A Little Time” (UK #1, 1990)
1975 ● Jim Adkins → Lead singer and guitarist for alt rock/neo-punk Jimmy Eat World, “The Middle” (#5, Adult Top 40 #2, 2002)
1978 ● Drew McConnell → Bassist for indie psych-rock Babyshambles, “Delivery” (#6, 2007)
1978 ● Eve Jihan Jeffers → Hip hop singer and MC, “Let Me Blow Ya Mind” (#2, 2001)
1979 ● Christopher Joannou → Co-founder and bassist in Aussie alt-grunge-rock Silverchair, “Tomorrow” (Modern Rock #1, 1994)

Nov 11

1927 ● Mose Allison → Jazz and blues pianist, singer, songwriter and bandleader, his songs have been covered by The Who, John Mayall, Elvis Costello, The Rolling Stones, Van Morrison and others
1929 ● LaVern Baker (Delores Williams) → R&B and jazz-pop singer, “Jim Dandy” (#17, 1956) plus 7 other Top 40 and 12 other R&B Top 10 hits, died from coronary disease on 3/10/1997
1936 ● Jack Keller → Composer, songwriter and record producer, wrote or co-wrote several teen pop and pop-rock hits in the 50s and 60s, including “Just Between You And Me” (The Chordettes, #8, 1957) and “Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool” (Connie Francis, #1, 1960), composed TV theme songs for Bewitched, Gidget and other programs, produced The Monkees‘ first album and for artists in Nashville in the 80s, died from leukemia on 4/1/2005
1936 ● Opal Courtney, Jr. → Vocals for pioneer R&B/doo wop The Spaniels, “Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight” (R&B #5, 1954), died on 9/18/2008 after a heart attack
1938 ● Roger Lavern (Jackson) → Keyboards for Brit instrumental rock ‘n’ roll The Tornados, “Telstar” (#1, 1962), the first major US hit by a British group, died from prostate cancer on 6/15/2013
1939 ● Albie Galione → Vocals in white R&B/doo wop quartet The Passions, “Gloria” (1958)
1940 ● Dennis Coffey → R&B, soul and funk guitarist, sessionman and solo artist, member of The Funk Brothers, Motownn’s house band which provided nearly all instrumentation behind every Motown hit, first white artist to perform on Soul Train when he played his instrumental “Scorpio” (#6, 1971) in January 1972, issued 14 solo albums from 1969 to 2011 and continues to perform in his hometown of Detroit into the 10s
1941 ● Peter Meaden → The “Mod God,” publicist and manager for numerous rock bands, especially during the Mod subculture period in the 60s U.K., briefly managed The Who and later Captain Beefheart, died from a barbiturate overdose on 7/29/1978
1943 ● Mac Kissoon (Gerald Farthing) → Vocals with his sister, Katherine Farthing, in one hit wonder easy listening/bubblegum pop duo Mac & Katie Kissoon (“Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep,” #20, 1971), she went on to decades of session backing vocals work while his career stalled as a member of James Last‘s ensemble
1944 ● Jesse Colin Young (Perry Miller) → Folk-rock singer and songwriter with The Youngbloods, “Get Together” (#5, 1969), solo
1945 ● Vince Martell (Vincent Martemucci) → Lead guitar and vocals for psych-rock Vanilla Fudge, “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” (#6, 1968)
1945 ● Chris Dreja → Rhythm guitar and songwriter for blues-rock The Yardbirds, “For Your Love” (#6, 1965)
1947 ● Pat Daugherty → Bassist for Southern raunch-rock Black Oak Arkansas, “Jim Dandy To The Rescue” (Top 30, 1973)
1950 ● Jim Peterick → Founder, guitarist and lead writer for blue-eyed soul The Ides of March, “Vehicle” (#2, 1970) and Survivor, “Eye Of The Tiger” (#1, 1982)
1952 ● Paul 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
1953 ● Andy Partridge → Co-founder, guitarist and songwriter for quirky New Wave synth-pop XTC, “Making Plans For Nigel” (UK #17, 1979) and side project for the band under the pseudonym The Dukes Of Stratosphear
1953 ● Marshall Crenshaw → Power pop singer and songwriter, “Someday, Someway” (#36, 1982), movie actor, portrayed John Lennon in the road version of Beatlemania
1956 ● Ian Craig Marsh → Guitarist and founding member of late-70s synth-pop pioneers The Human League, “Don’t You Want Me” (#1, 1981), left to form 80s synth-pop Heaven 17, “Temptation” (UK #2, 1983) and “Contenders” (Dance/Club #6, 1987)
1957 ● Tony “Gad” Robinson → Bass and vocals for Brit roots reggae group Aswad (Arabic for “black”), “Don’t Turn Around” (, 1988)
1962 ● Gunnar Mathias “Mic” Michaeli → Keyboardist for Swedish hard rock/glam-metal Europe, “The Final Countdown” (#8, 1986)
1966 ● Peaches (Merrill Beth Nisker) → Canadian electronic groovebox rapper known for her vulgar lyrics, sexual themes and flamboyant stage presence, “Wild Thing” (Dance #4, 2007)
1969 ● Gary Powell → Drummer for indie/punk revival The Libertines, “Can’t Stand Me Now” (UK #2, 2004), played with the New York Dolls on their 2004 reunion tour, then indie rock Dirty Pretty Things, “Bang Bang You’re Dead” (UK #5, 2006)
1973 ● Jason White → Touring guitarist for 12 years in post-grunge alt rock/punk revival Green Day, “Boulevard Of Broken Dreams” (#2, 2004), joined the band as a full member in 2012, also with punk/garage rock, no touring, fun only supergroup Pinhead Gunpowder
1974 ● Static Major (Stephen Garrett) → Grammy-winning R&B singer, rapper, songwriter and record producer, member of the R&B trio Playa, “Cheers 2 U” (#38, 1998), died on 2/25/2008 during a surgical procedure to treat a rare blood disorder

Nov 12

1917 ● Jo Elizabeth Stafford → Classical-trained singer who chose traditional, breezy pop and sultry jazz for a career that ran from the 30s to the 80s, “You Belong To Me” (#1, 1952) also the first song by a female artist to reach #1 in the UK, occasional film acting and parody records, died on 7/16/2008 for congestive heart failure
1931 ● Bob Crewe → Producer and songwriter for Top 40 pop vocal quartet The Four Seasons, “Big Girls Don’t Cry” (#1, 1962), also produced hits by Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels, Freddy Cannon, Roberta Flack and his own band, The Bob Crewe Connection, “Music To Watch Girls By” (#15, 1967)
1936 ● Mort Shuman → Singer, pianist and prolific pop-rock songwriter, often in collaboration with Doc Pomus, wrote or co-wrote “Viva Las Vegas,” “Teenager In Love,” “This Magic Moment” and many others, died on 11/3/1991 from complications following liver surgery
1936 ● Charlotte Davis → Vocals in R&B/doo wop The Tune Weavers, “Happy, Happy Birthday Baby” (#5, 1957)
1939 ● Ruby Nash Curtis → Lead singer in R&B/soul vocal group Ruby & The Romantics, “Our Day Will Come” (#1, 1963)
1941 ● Jerry Scholl → Vocals in one hit wonder blue-eyed R&B/doo wop quintet The Mello-Kings, “Tonite, Tonite” (#77, 1957)
1943 ● John Walker (John J. Maus) → Guitar and vocals in pop-rock trio The Walker Brothers, “Make It Easy On Yourself” (US #16, UK #1, 1965), died from liver cancer on 5/7/2011
1943 ● Brian Hyland → Pre-Beatles bubblegum-pop teen idol singer, “Sealed With A Kiss” (#3, 1962)
1943 ● Jimmy Hayes → Vocals in a cappella The Persuasions, “Chain Gang” (1971) and “I Really Got It Bad For You” (#56, 1974)
1944 ● Booker T. Jones → Organist and frontman for Stax Records house band Booker T. & The MG’s, “Green Onions” (#3, 1966), solo
1945 ● Neil Young → Grammy-winning, venerable Canadian-born country-folk-rock singer/songwriter, “Heart Of Gold” (#1, 1972) and “Downtown” (Mainstream Rock #6, 1995), member of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
1947 ● Buck Dharma (Donald Roeser) → Guitar and vocals for hard rock/pop metal Blue Öyster Cult, wrote “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” (#12, 1976)
1948 ● Errol Brown → Jamaican vocalist and frontman for Brit interracial R&B/soul-disco Hot Chocolate, “You Sexy Thing” (#3, 1976) and 27 other UK Top 40 hits, including one in every year from 1970 to 1984
1949 ● Arthur Paul “Pooch” Tavares → Vocals in five brother R&B/funk-disco Tavares, “Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel” (#15, 1976)
1952 ● Laurence Juber → Grammy-winning guitarist, played lead for Paul McCartney‘s Wings (1978-81), sessions, solo
1953 ● Malcolm “Calum” Macdonald → Percussion for Scottish Celtic folk-rock Runrig, “An Ubhal As Airde (The Highest Apple)” (UK #18, 1995)
1955 ● Leslie McKeown → Vocals for Scottish teen-pop boy band Bay City Rollers, “Saturday Night” (#1, 1976)
1964 ● David Ellefson → Bassist for hard rock/metal Metallica, then thrash-metal Megadeth, “Symphony Of Destruction” (Mainstream #29, 1992)
1966 ● Booker T. Washington “Bukka” White → Delta blues guitarist, singer and performer, “Parchman Farm Blues” (1940), other artists have covered his work, including Bob Dylan, Fixin’ To Die Blues” (1962), died of cancer on 2/26/1977
1968 ● Jo Dunne → Bass guitar in all-girl New Wave pop-punk quartet Fuzzbox (originally We’ve Got A Fuzz Box And We’re Gonna Use It), “International Rescue” (UK #11, 1989)
1976 ● Tevin Campbell → Teenaged hip hop and R&B/soul singer, “Tell Me What You Want Me To Do” (#6, 1991) and four other Top 40 hits between 1990 and 1994
1984 ● Omarion (Omari Ishmael Grandberry) → Vocals for R&B/hip hop urban boy band B2K, “Bump, Bump, Bump” (#1, 2002)

Nov 13

1940 ● Carol Connors (Annette Kleinbard) → Original member of short-lived, one hit wonder pop vocal trio The Teddy Bears (“To Know Him Is To Love Him,” #1, 1958) with Phil Spector, co-wrote “Hey Little Cobra” for the Rip Chords (#4, 1964) and earned an Academy Award for co-writing “Gonna Fly Now” (#1, 1977), the theme song from the film Rocky (1977)
1941 ● Odia Coates → R&B/soul singer known for several light pop duet recordings in the 70s with crooner Paul Anka, including (“You’re) Having My Baby” (#1, 1974), died from breast cancer on 5/19/1991
1942 ● John P. Hammond → Grammy-winning, underappreciated white blues-folk guitarist, songwriter, producer
1944 ● Timmy ThomasOne hit wonder R&B/soul singer, songwriter and keyboardist, “Why Can’t We Live Together” (#3, 1973), record producer
1946 ● Ray Wylie Hubbard → Texas Hill Country folk and blues singer, songwriter and guitarist, wrote “Up Against The Wall Redneck Mother” but had little commercial success with 15 studio albums, currently hosts a music radio program featuring Americana artists and is considered an elder statesman of Texas music
1947 ● Toy Tallmadge Caldwell → Founding member, chief songwriter and lead guitar for Southern rock pioneers The Marshall Tucker Band, “Heard It In A Love Song” (#14, 1977), fronted Toy Caldwell Band, died from respiratory failure on 2/25/1993
1949 ● Terry Reid → British hard rock guitarist, bandleader, supporting act, session player and sideman
1949 ● Roger Steen → Guitarist for camp-rock pop-rock satirists The Tubes, “She’s A Beauty” (#10, 1978)
1951 ● Bill Gibson → Percussion for pop-rock bar band Huey Lewis & The News, “The Power Of Love” (#1, 1985)
1953 ● Andrew Ranken → Drummer for Irish folk-punk-rock The Pogues, “Tuesday Morning” (Rock #11, 1993)
1960 ● Wayne Parker → Bassist for Canadian pop-rock Glass Tiger, “Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone)” (#2, 1986)
1964 ● “Dirty” Walter A. Kibby II → Vocals and trumpet for alt rock ska-punk-funk fusion Fishbone, “Sunless Saturday” (Modern Rock #7, 1991)
1979 ● Nikolai Fraiture → Bassist for early 00s garage rock revival The Strokes, “Juicebox” (Modern Rock #9, 2005)
1980 ● Monique Adrienne Coleman → Pop singer and actress, played “Taylor” in High School Musical movies (most watched cable TV movies ever)

Nov 14

1900 ● Aaron Copland → Award-winning and influential composer, teacher, writer, critic and conductor known for his “populist” compositions archetypical of the sound of American music, wrote chamber music, vocal works, opera and film scores, including “Fanfare For The Common Man” and “Hoedown” in the 1940s, both of which were interpreted by prog-rock Emerson, Lake & Palmer in the 1970s, died from Alzheimer’s disease and respiratory failure on 12/2/1990
1936 ● Freddie Garrity → Eccentric frontman and vocalist for British Invasion novelty/comedy pop-rock ‘n’ roll Freddie & The Dreamers, “I’m Telling You Now” (#1, 1965), appeared in children’s TV shows, died from pulmonary hypertension on 5/19/2006
1937 ● Joe Billingslea, Jr. → Founder and lead singer for early Motown R&B/soul quartet The Contours, “Do You Love Me” (#3, R&B #1, 1962), left Motown and the band in 1964 to work in an auto plant and later a career in law enforcement, reformed the band in the 70s and still tours as The Contours in the 10s
1938 ● Cornell Gunter → Tenor vocals and founding member of R&B/doo wop The Platters, “The Great Pretender” (#1, 1956), then The Flairs and The Coasters, “Yakety Yak” (#1, 1959), solo, murdered in his car by an unknown assassin on 2/26/1990
1944 ● Scherrie Payne → Lead singer for R&B/soul The Glass House, “Crumbs Off The Table” (#59, R&B #7, 1969), replaced Diana Ross and Jean Terrell in The Supremes in 1973, “You’re My Driving Wheel” (#85, Dance/Club #5, 1977), still performs with other former Supremes, younger sister of soul singer Freda Payne
1947 ● Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural → Grammy-winning frontman and accordionist for contemporary zydeco band Buckwheat Zydeco, “I Need Your Lovin'” (1983), has toured with Eric Clapton, Robert Plant, Willie Nelson, Paul Simon and others
1949 ● James “J.Y.” Young → Guitarist for prototypical arena rock band Styx, “Too Much Time On My Hands” (#9, 1981)
1951 ● Frankie Banali → Drummer and manager for heavy metal/pop-metal Quiet Riot, “Bang Your Head (Metal Health)” (#31, 1983)
1951 ● Stephen Bishop → Pop-rock singer, songwriter and guitarist, “On And On” (#11, 1976) and the theme song from the film Tootsie (1977)
1954 ● Yanni (Yiannis Chryssomalis) → Grammy-winning New Age composer and pianist with seven Top 40 albums, including Live At The Acropolis (#5, 1994)
1956 ● Alec Jon Such → Bassist for pop-metal superstars Bon Jovi, “Living On A Prayer” (#1, 1987)
1964 ● Nic Dalton → Bassist for post-punk rock then teen-pop Lemonheads, “Into Your Arms” (Modern Rock #1, 1993)
1964 ● Andrew Banfield → Vocals in Brit R&B/neo-soul-funk The Pasadenas, “Tribute (Right On)” (Dance/Club #27, UK #5, 1988)
1964 ● Joseph “Run” Simmons → Vocals in premier hardcore rap group Run-D.M.C., “Walk This Way” (#4, 1986), ordained and practicing Pentecostal minister
1965 ● Stuart Stapels → Vocals and guitar for Brit folk-pop-soul Tindersticks, “Bathtime” (UK #38, 1997)
1968 ● Brian Yale → Bassist for post-grunge alt rock Matchbox Twenty, “Bent” (#1, 2000)
1972 ● Douglas Payne → Bassist for Scottish trad rock Travis, “Why Does It Always Rain On Me” (#36, UK #10, 2000) plus 11 other UK Top 40 hits
1974 ● Adina Howard → One hit wonder urban contemporary R&B/soul-pop singer, “Freak Like Me” (#2, 1995)
1975 ● Travis Barker → Drummer for pop-punk Blink-182, “All The Small Things” (#6, 2000)
1975 ● Faye Louise Tozer → Vocals and dance routines for pre-fab Brit dance-pop group The Steps, “5, 6, 7, 8” (UK #14, 1997), film and theater actress

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Albums Released This Week (November 2 – 8)

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):

Nov 02


Cream —— Disraeli Gears ► Blues-Rock >> 1967
Creedence Clearwater Revival —— Willy And The Poor Boys ► Folk-Rock >> 1969
Yes —— Time And A Word ► Prog Rock >> 1970
John Lennon —— Mind Games ► Pop-Rock >> 1973
Ringo Starr —— Ringo ► Pop-Rock >> 1973
Miles Davis —— Water Babies ► Jazz/Be-Bop Fusion >> 1976
The Police —— Outlandos d’Amour ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1978
Paul McCartney & Wings —— Wings Greatest Hits ► Pop-Rock >> 1978
The Damned —— Machine Gun Etiquette ► Punk-Rock >> 1979
Rory Gallagher —— Stage Struck ► Blues-Rock >> 1980
Neil Young & Crazy Horse —— Re-ac-tor ► Folk-Rock >> 1981
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers —— Long After Dark ► Album Rock >> 1982
Paul McCartney —— All The Best! ► Pop-Rock >> 1987
Bryan Ferry —— Bete Noire ► Prog. Rock >> 1987
George Harrison —— Cloud Nine ► Pop-Rock >> 1987
Bad Religion —— No Control ► Punk Rock >> 1989
The Smiths —— …Best II ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1992
The Smiths —— Best…I ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1992
Madness —— Madstock! ► Ska Revival >> 1992
Pink Floyd —— Shine On ► Prog Rock >> 1992
k. d. lang —— Even Cowgirls Get The Blues ► Alt Country Rock >> 1993
The Band —— Jericho ► Folk-Rock >> 1993
Kate Bush —— The Red Shoes ► Art Rock >> 1993
Dixie Chicks —— Shouldn’t Have Told You That ► Country-Rock >> 1993
The Bee Gees —— Size Isn’t Everything ► Pop-Rock >> 1993
Bryan Adams —— So Far So Good ► Pop-Rock >> 1993
Bright Eyes —— Letting Off The Happiness ► Indie Rock/Emo >> 1998
Oasis —— The Masterplan ► Alt. Pop-Rock/Britpop >> 1998
Genesis —— The Way We Walk, Vols. 1-2: The Shorts And Longs ► Prog Rock >> 1998
Bane —— It All Comes Down To This ► Hardcore Punk >> 1999
The Lovin’ Spoonful —— Live At The Hotel Seville ► Folk-Rock >> 1999
Mariah Carey —— Rainbow ► Pop-Rock >> 1999
Counting Crows —— This Desert Life ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1999
7 Walkers —— 7 Walkers ► Swampadelic Funk >> 2010
Weezer —— Death To False Metal ► Alt. Rock/Power Pop >> 2010
No Doubt —— Icon ► Ska-Pop >> 2010
Elvis Costello —— National Ransom ► Country-Rock >> 2010
Elvis Costello And The Attractions —— National Ransom ► Roots Rock >> 2010

Nov 03


Elvis Presley —— Harum Scarum ► Rock n Roll >> 1965
The Easybeats —— Volume 3 ► Rock ‘N’ Roll >> 1966
Diana Ross & The Supremes —— Cream Of The Crop ► Soul >> 1969
Diana Ross —— Everything Is Everything ► Soul – Motown >> 1970
Hall & Oates —— Abandoned Luncheonette ► Pop-Rock >> 1973
Neil Diamond —— Jonathan Livingston Seagull [Sndtrk] ► Pop-Rock >> 1973
Triumph —— Rock & Roll Machine ► Arena Rock >> 1977
The Jam —— All Mod Cons ► Punk-Rock >> 1978
Sly & The Family Stone —— Back On The Right Track ► Soul-Funk >> 1979
Neil Young —— Hawks & Doves ► Folk-Rock >> 1980
ABBA —— Super Trouper ► Euro-Pop >> 1980
The Church —— Temperature Drop In Down Town Winterland [EP] ► Alt. Power Pop >> 1982
Kim Wilde —— Another Step ► Hi-NRG >> 1986
Kool & The Gang —— Forever ► Dance-Pop >> 1986
John Lennon —— Menlove Ave. ► Pop-Rock >> 1986
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds —— Your Funeral…My Trial ► Post-punk Alt Rock >> 1986
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young —— American Dream ► Folk-Rock >> 1988
Grand Funk Railroad —— Grand Funk Railroad ► Hard Rock >> 1992
Bon Jovi —— Keep The Faith ► Arena Rock >> 1992
Rage Against The Machine —— Rage Against The Machine ► Rap-Metal >> 1992
Angra —— Angels Cry ► Heavy Metal/Brazilian Metal >> 1993
Front Line Assembly —— [FLA]vour Of The Week ► Industrial Rock >> 1997
Queen —— Queen Rocks ► Glam Rock >> 1997
Beck —— Mutations ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1998
The Rolling Stones —— No Security ► Blues-Rock >> 1998
The Bee Gees —— One Night Only ► Pop-Rock >> 1998
The Shamen —— UV ► Alt Rock/Electro-Psych >> 1998
Vintersorg —— Cosmic Genesis ► Heavy Metal/Progressive Metal >> 2000
Foo Fighters —— Greatest Hits ► Grunge Rock >> 2009
Nirvana —— Live In Reading ► Grunge >> 2009
Weezer —— Raditude ► Alt. Rock/Power Pop >> 2009

Nov 04


The Rolling Stones —— Got Live If You Want It! ► Blues-Rock >> 1966
The Allman Brothers Band —— The Allman Brothers Band ► Southern Rock >> 1969
David Bowie —— Man Of Words/Man Of Music ► Glam Rock >> 1969
David Bowie —— The Man Who Sold The World ► Glam Rock >> 1970
Passport —— Hand Made ► Jazz-Rock Fusion >> 1973
The Temptations —— House Party ► Soul – Motown >> 1975
Jean-Luc Ponty —— Imaginary Voyage ► Jazz-Rock Fusion >> 1976
Rod Stewart —— Foot Loose & Fancy Free ► Blues-Rock >> 1977
The Ramones —— Rocket To Russia ► Punk-Rock >> 1977
Black Sabbath —— Mob Rules ► Hard Rock >> 1981
Paul Simon —— Hearts And Bones ► Folk-Pop >> 1983
Hawkwind —— This Is Hawkwind, Do Not Panic ► Space Rock >> 1984
Hawkwind —— Anthology, Vol. 1 ► Space Rock >> 1985
Barbra Streisand —— The Broadway Album ► Easy Listening >> 1985
The Clash —— Cut The Crap ► Punk >> 1985
The Pretenders —— Get Close ► Post-Punk >> 1986
Megadeth —— Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying? ► Heavy Metal >> 1986
They Might Be Giants —— They Might Be Giants ► Alt. Rock >> 1986
Sinead O’Connor —— The Lion And The Cobra ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1987
Cocteau Twins —— The Box Set ► Folk-Rock >> 1991
Aphex Twin —— Richard D. James Album ► Electronica – Dark Ambient >> 1996
Soundgarden —— A-Sides ► Grange Rock >> 1997
Shania Twain —— Come On Over ► 0 >> 1997
Bad Manners —— Heavy Petting ► Ska Revival >> 1997
Jane’s Addiction —— Kettle Whistle ► Alt. Rock >> 1997
Asia —— Live In Philadelphia ► Prog Rock >> 1997
Spice Girls —— Spiceworld ► Dance-Pop >> 1997
Harmonia —— Tracks And Traces ► Krautrock/Kosmische Musik >> 1997
Evanescence —— Origin ► Hard Rock/Alt Metal >> 2000
The Allman Brothers Band —— Peakin’ At The Beacon ► Southern Rock >> 2000
Iron Maiden —— BBC Archives ► Heavy Metal >> 2002
Iron Maiden —— Beast Over Hammersmith ► Heavy Metal >> 2002
Iron Maiden —— Best Of The ‘B’ Sides ► Heavy Metal >> 2002
Iron Maiden —— Edward The Great ► Heavy Metal >> 2002
Sarah McLachlan —— Afterglow ► Folk-Rock >> 2003
Bob Seger —— Greatest Hits 2 ► Album Rock >> 2003
Peter Gabriel —— Hit ► Prog Rock >> 2003
Coldplay —— Live 2003 ► Alt. Rock/Brit Pop >> 2003
Ben E. King —— Person To Person: Live At The Blue Note ► Soul >> 2003
Stephen Stills —— Turnin’ Back The Pages ► Folk-Rock >> 2003
The Rolling Stones —— Live Licks ► Blues-Rock >> 2004
Queen —— Queen On Fire – Live At The Bowl ► Glam Rock >> 2004
Led Zeppelin —— The Definitive Collection ► Hard Rock >> 2006
Lou Reed —— Berlin: Live At St. Ann’s Warehouse ► Hard Rock >> 2008
ZZ Top —— Live From Texas ► Blues-Rock >> 2008
Guns N’ Roses —— Appetite For Democracy ► Hard Rock >> 2014

Nov 05


Manfred Mann —— Mann Made ► Folk-Pop >> 1965
Barclay James Harvest —— Barclay James Harvest And Other Short Stories ► Prog Rock >> 1971
Status Quo —— Dog Of Two Head ► Hard Rock >> 1971
Elton John —— Madman Across The Water ► Pop-Rock >> 1971
Grateful Dead —— Europe ’72 ► Folk-Rock >> 1972
Various Artists —— All This And World War II [Sndtrk] ► Beatles Covers >> 1976
Siouxsie And The Banshees —— A Kiss In The Dreamhouse ► Post-Punk >> 1982
Alison Moyet —— Alf ► New Wave Synth-pop >> 1984
Phil Collins —— Serious Hits…Live! ► Pop-Rock >> 1990
My Bloody Valentine —— Loveless ► Indie Rock >> 1991
Paul Simon —— Paul Simon’s Concert In The Park ► Folk-Pop >> 1991
Oasis —— Definitely Maybe: Singles ► Alt. Pop-Rock/Britpop >> 1996
Johnny Cash —— Unchained ► Classic Country >> 1996
The Clean —— Unknown Country ► Post-Punk >> 1996
Simple Minds —— The Best Of Simple Minds ► New Wave Alt. Pop >> 2001
Pink Floyd —— Echoes: The Best Of Pink Floyd ► Prog Rock >> 2001
New Order —— Back To Mine ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 2002
Little Feat —— Live At The Rams Head ► Southern Rock >> 2002
Eric Clapton —— One More Car, One More Rider ► Blues-Rock >> 2002
The Church —— Parallel Universe ► Alt. Power Pop >> 2002
Paul Simon —— The Paul Simon Collection: On My Way, Don’t Know Where I’m Goin’ ► Folk-Pop >> 2002
The Wallflowers —— Red Letter Days ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2002
The Who —— View From A Backstage Pass ► British Rock >> 2007
Bob Dylan —— The Complete Album Collection, Vol. 1 ► Folk-Rock >> 2013
Kool & The Gang —— Kool For the Holidays ► Holiday Funk >> 2013

Nov 06


The Stylistics —— The Stylistics ► Philly Soul >> 1971
The Cars —— Shake It Up ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1981
Rod Stewart —— Tonight I’m Yours ► Pop-Rock >> 1981
Rod Stewart —— Absolutely Live ► Blues-Rock >> 1982
The Pointer Sisters —— Break Out ► Soul >> 1983
Stevie Wonder —— Characters ► Pop-R&B >> 1987
Various Artists —— Less Than Zero [Sndtrk] ► Various >> 1987
N.W.A. —— N.W.A. And The Posse ► Hip-Hop >> 1987
Scorpions —— Crazy World ► Heavy Metal >> 1990
The Pogues —— Hell’s Ditch ► Post-Punk/College Rock >> 1990
Steve Winwood —— Refugees Of The Heart ► Album Rock >> 1990
Elvis Costello And The Attractions —— Jake’s Progress [Sndtrk] ► Orchestral Soundtrack >> 1995
Supertramp —— Is Everybody Listening? ► Prog/Art Rock >> 2001
Rick Springfield —— Christmas With You ► Power Pop >> 2007
Gram Parsons —— Gram Parsons Archive, Vol. 1: Live At The Avalon Ballroom 1969 ► Country-Rock >> 2007
Queen —— Hungarian Rhapsody: Queen Live In Budapest ’86 ► Glam Rock >> 2012
Aerosmith —— Music From Another Dimension ► Hard Rock >> 2012

Nov 07


Bette Midler —— The Divine Miss M ► Pop-Rock Vocals >> 1972
Neil Young —— Journey Through The Past [Sndtrk] ► Folk-Rock >> 1972
David Bowie —— Space Oddity ► Glam Rock >> 1972
Billy Joel —— Piano Man ► Pop-Rock >> 1973
Chris Squire —— Fish Out Of Water [UK] ► Prog Rock >> 1975
Bette Midler —— Divine Madness ► Pop-Rock Vocals >> 1980
Eagles —— Eagles Live ► Country-Rock >> 1980
Ozzy Osbourne —— Diary Of A Madman ► Hard Rock >> 1981
Grace Jones —— Living My Life ► Disco/Club-Dance >> 1982
Yes —— 90125 ► Prog Rock >> 1983
Cocteau Twins —— Sunburst And Snowblind [EP] ► Folk-Rock >> 1983
U2 —— Under A Blood Red Sky ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1983
The Rolling Stones —— Undercover ► Blues-Rock >> 1983
Yes —— 9012Live: The Solos ► Prog Rock >> 1985
Elton John —— Ice On Fire ► Pop-Rock >> 1985
David Sylvian —— Secrets Of The Beehive ► Ambient >> 1987
R.E.M. —— Green ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1988
Wet Wet Wet —— The Memphis Sessions [UK] ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1988
Eric Clapton —— Journeyman ► Blues-Rock >> 1989
Alice In Chains —— Alice In Chains ► Heavy Metal/Grunge Metal >> 1995
Queen —— Made In Heaven ► Glam Rock >> 1995
Bonnie Raitt —— Road Tested ► Blues-Rock >> 1995
Greg Graffin —— American Lesion ► Alt Rock >> 1997
Genesis —— Genesis Archives, Vol. 2: 1976-1992 ► Prog Rock >> 2000
The Pretenders —— Greatest Hits ► Post-Punk >> 2000
James Taylor —— Greatest Hits Volume 2 ► Folk-Rock >> 2000
Natalie Cole —— Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 ► Soul-Pop >> 2000
Fatboy Slim —— Halfway Between The Gutter And The Stars ► Brit-Hop >> 2000
The Aquabats —— Myths, Legends And Other Amazing Adventures, Vol. 2 ► Ska-Punk Revival >> 2000
Phish —— The Siket Disc ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 2000
Dire Straits —— Private Investigations: The Best Of Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler ► Post-Punk Pop-Rock >> 2005
Dave Matthews Band —— The Best Of What’s Around, Vol. 1 ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2006
J.J. Cale & Eric Clapton —— The Road To Escondido ► Blues-Rock >> 2006
Foo Fighters —— Skin And Bones ► Grunge Rock >> 2006
Pink Floyd —— The Best Of Pink Floyd: A Foot In The Door ► Prog Rock >> 2011

Nov 08


The Beach Boys —— Beach Boys’ Party! ► Pop-Rock >> 1965
Diana Ross & The Supremes And The Temptations —— Diana Ross & The Supremes Join The Temptations ► Soul >> 1968
Neil Diamond —— Neil Diamond ► Pop-Rock >> 1970
Billy Preston —— I Wrote A Simple Song ► Funk >> 1971
Led Zeppelin —— Led Zeppelin IV ► Hard Rock >> 1971
Elton John —— Greatest Hits ► Pop-Rock >> 1974
Styx —— Man Of Miracles ► Prog/Art Rock >> 1974
Thin Lizzy —— Nightlife ► Hard Rock >> 1974
Sly & The Family Stone —— High On You ► Funk >> 1975
George Harrison —— The Best Of George Harrison [UK] ► Pop-Rock >> 1976
Motörhead —— Ace Of Spades ► Heavy Metal >> 1980
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark —— Architecture & Morality ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1981
Queen —— Greatest Hits ► Glam-Rock >> 1981
The Waitresses —— I Could Rule The World If I Could Only Get The Parts ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1982
ABBA —— The Singles: The First Ten Years ► Euro-Pop >> 1982
New Edition —— All For Love ► Soul-Pop >> 1985
W.A.S.P. —— Inside The Electric Circus ► Heavy Metal >> 1986
Quincy Jones —— Back On The Block ► Soul-Pop >> 1989
Iron Maiden —— Live At Donington ► Heavy Metal >> 1993
Paul McCartney —— Paul Is Live ► Pop-Rock >> 1993
Eagles —— Hell Freezes Over ► Country-Rock >> 1994
Big Audio —— Higher Power ► Dance-Rock >> 1994
Limp Bizkit —— Greatest Hitz ► Rap-Metal >> 2005
Traffic —— Last Great Traffic Jam ► Prog Rock >> 2005
The Tragically Hip —— Yer Favorites ► Folk-Rock >> 2005
Pablo Cruise —— It’s Good To Be Love ► Pop-Rock >> 2011
Rush —— Time Machine 2011: Live In Cleveland ► Prog/Art Rock >> 2011

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This Week’s Birthdays ( November 1 – 7)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Nov 01

1903 ● Don Robey → Record label owner, producer and songwriter whose influence over the development of R&B/pop was immeasurable, launched or managed the careers of Bobby “Blue” Bland, Big Mama Thornton, the Dixie Hummingbirds, Memphis Slim, Little Junior Parker and many others through his Peacock and Duke labels (the first African-American to own a successful record label), sold to ABC/Dunhill in 1973 and died of a heart attack on 6/16/1975
1940 ● Staff Sgt. Barry Sadler → Vietnam veteran and one hit wonder pop star, “The Ballad Of The Green Berets” (#1, 1966), died on 11/5/1989 after being in a coma for a year following a shooting in an attempted robbery
1944 ● Mike Burney → Saxophonist for eccentric jazz-pop Wizzard, “See My Baby Jive” (UK #1, 1973)
1944 ● Richard S. “Kinky” Freidman → The “Jewish Cowboy,” irreverent country-rock satirist, singer, songwriter and bandleader, The Texas Jewboys, novelist, journalist and would-be politician
1946 ● Rick Grech (Richard Roman Grechko) → Bassist for blues/art rock Family, “In My Own Time” (UK #4, 1971), supertrio Blind Faith (US #1 album Blind Faith, 1969), Traffic, Ginger Baker’s Air Force, died on 3/17/1990 from alcohol-related kidney failure
1949 ● David Foster → Canadian producer, composer, musician, arranger for dozens of top MOR/easy listening artists and recordings, including The Bee Gees, Michael Bublé, Clay Aiken, Céline Dion, Barbra Streisand, Kenny Rogers, Faith Hill and many others
1950 ● Dan Peek → Multi-instrumental singer and songwriter for folk-pop America, wrote “Lonely People” (#5, 1974), later moved to Contemporary Christian pop music, died in his sleep on 7/24/2011
1951 ● Ronald Bell (Khalis Bayyan) → Founding member, saxophonist, songwriter and singer for jazz-fusion then R&B/funk Kool & The Gang, “Jungle Boogie” (#4, 1973)
1954 ● Chris Morris → Guitarist for pop-rock one hit wonder Paper Lace, “The Night Chicago Died” (#1, UK #3, 1974), a second single “Billy, Don’t Be A Hero” (#96, UK #1, 1974) qualifies them as a two hit wonder in the UK
1957 ● Lyle Lovett → Witty country-pop singer/songwriter, “Give Me Back My Heart” (Country #13, 1987), three-time Grammy Award winner, former husband of actress Julia Roberts
1959 ● Eddie Macdonald → Bassist for post-punk anthem rockers The Alarm, “Sold Me Down The River” (Mainstream #2, 1989)
1962 ● Mags Furuholmen → Guitar and keyboards for Norwegian synth-pop A-ha, “Take On Me” (#1, 1985)
1962 ● Anthony Kiedis → Vocals for funk-rock Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Californication” (Modern Rock #1, 2000)
1963 ● Rick Allen → Drummer for hard rock/metal Def Leppard, “Love Bites” (#1, 1988), lost his left arm in an auto accident in England in 1984 but continued with custom-constructed acoustic and electronic drumkits
1966 ● Willie D (William Dennis) → Vocals in controversial gangsta/horror-rap Geto Boys, “Mind Playing Tricks On Me” (#23, 1991), solo, “Dear God” (Rap #4, 2002)
1967 ● Sophie B. Hawkins → Eclectic rock, pop, jazz, R&B and African music singer and songwriter, “As I Lay Me Down” (#6, 1995)
1969 ● Darren Partington → Keyboards and percussion for electronic/acid-house band 808 State, “Pacific State” (UK #10, 1989)
1975 ● Harold Elwin “Bo” Bice, Jr. → Husky-voiced American Idol runner-up, pop/rock singer, songwriter and guitarist, “Inside Your Heaven” (#2, 2005)
1981 ● LaTavia Roberson → Backing vocals in Grammy-winning R&B/dance-pop Destiny’s Child, “Say My Name” (#1, 2000), stage actress

Nov 02

1929 ● Amar G. Bose → MIT graduate student, audio engineer and classical music lover, visionary engineer, inventor and billionaire entrepreneur whose namesake company, the Bose Corporation, is synonymous with top-quality audio systems and residential and automotive speakers, his company introduced the revolutionary 901 Series of home speaker systems, the Bose Wave radio, “sound docks” and noise-cancelling headphones, died 7/12/2013 from undisclosed causes
1931 ● Phil Woods → Four-time Grammy-winning alto saxophonist, in touring bands for Dizzy Gillespie and Benny Goodman in the 50s, fronted his own bands in the 60s, then session work for Billy Joel (alto sax solo on “Just The Way You Are”), Steely Dan (“Doctor Wu”), Paul Simon (“Have A Good Time”) and others, continued to record and perform until just before his death from emphysema on 9/29/2015
1937 ● Earl “Speedo” Carroll → Singer and frontman for R&B/doo wop The Cadillacs, “Speedo” (#17, R&B #3, 1955), left in 1963 to join The Coasters and performed with the group through the 80s, now on the oldies circuit
1941 ● Bruce Welch → Guitarist with instrumental pop-rock The Shadows, “Apache” (Worldwide #1, 1960)
1941 ● Jay Black (David Blatt) → Lead vocals and de facto frontman for clean-cut, pop-rock vocal group Jay & The Americans, “Cara Mia” (#4, 1965)
1944 ● Keith Emerson → Influential and accomplished progressive rock keyboardist for 60s Brit prog rock The Nice, “America” (1968), founding member of prog rock supergroup Emerson Lake & Palmer, “Lucky Man” (#48, 1971), solo
1945 ● John David “J.D.” Souther → Country-rock singer and songwriter, session musician and producer for Linda Ronstadt, co-wrote hits for the Eagles, including “New Kid In Town” (#1, 1977), member of the Souther-Hillman-Furay Band, solo “You’re Only Lonely” (#7, 1979)
1946 ● Leonard “Chip” Hawkes → Bass and vocals for British Invasion pop-rock The Tremeloes, “Silence Is Golden” (US #11, UK #1, 1967), father of pop singer Chesney Hawkes
1947 ● Dave Pegg → Electric folk bassist for renowned Brit folk-rock Fairport Convention, “Si Tu Dos Partir” (UK #21, 1969), long-lived Brit folk-rock Jethro Tull, “Living In The Past” (#11, 1973), solo, producer
1952 ● Maxine Nightingale → Brit R&B/soul singer, “Right Back Where We Started From” (#2, 1976)
1956 ● Fred Fairbrass → Guitarist for dance-pop Right Said Fred, “I’m Too Sexy” (#1, 1991)
1957 ● Carter Beauford → Drummer for pop-funk-rock jam band Dave Matthews Band, “Don’t Drink The Water” (#4, 1998)
1961 ● k. d. lang (Kathryn Dawn Lang) → Canadian singer and songwriter, started as country-pop and shifted to adult contemporary and dance-pop, “Constant Craving” (#38, Adult Contemporary #2, 1992)
1962 ● Ron McGovney → Original bassist for heavy metal Metallica, “Enter Sandman” (#10, 1991), left in 1982 after several demo recordings but before the band’s first true album
1963 ● Bobby Dall → Bassist in hair metal/power ballad Poison, “Every Rose Has It’s Thorn” (#1, 1988)
1965 ● Andy Barker → Drummer in electronic/acid-house 808 State, “Pacific State” (, 1989)
1967 ● Alvin Chea → Vocals in a cappella gospel Take 6, “I L-O-V-E U” (R&B #19, 1990)
1969 ● Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu → Bassist for nu metal Korn, “Here To Stay” (Mainstream #4, 2002)
1971 ● John Hampson → Guitarist and songwriter for indie power pop Nine Days, “Absolutely (Story Of A Girl)” (#6, 2000)
1975 ● Chris Walla → Guitarist for indie pop-rock Death Cab For Cutie, “Soul Meets Body” (Modern Rock #5, 2005)
1978 ● Nelly (Cornell Haynes, Jr.) → Grammy-winning hip hop vocalist, “Country Grammar (Hot Shit)” (#7, 2000), record producer, music entrepreneur and record label CEO

Nov 03

1933 ● John Barry (Jonathan Barry Prendergrast) → Grammy- and Academy Award-winning film score composer for 11 James Bond films and others, including the theme song to Born Free (1966) and the soundtrack to Dances With Wolves (1989), died from a heart attack on 1/30/2011
1934 ● Bill Arhos → Creator and long-time executive producer of Austin City Limits, the PBS musical variety show that introduced much of America to the sound of redneck rock and progressive country music, which became the longest-running live concert program on television and the only TV show to receive the National Medal of Arts, died from heart disease on 4/11/2015
1941 ● Brian Poole → Lead singer and frontman for British Invasion pop-rock The Tremeloes, “Silence Is Golden” (US #11, UK #1, 1967), solo, daughters Karen and Shellie formed Alisha’s Attic in the 90s.
1943 ● Bert Jansch → Scottish acoustic blues and folk singer, songwriter and guitarist, 60s duo with John Renbourn then co-founded folk-rock group Pentangle (“Light Flight,” UK #43, 1970), solo
1946 ● Nick Simper → Bassist for early Brit rock ‘n’ roll Johnny Kidd & The Pirates, survived the 1966 car crash that killed Johnny Kidd, quit The Pirates in 1968 to co-found hard rock Deep Purple, fired in 1969 and pursued a solo career and founded/fronted hard rock Warhorse, Flying Fox and Fandango
1946 ● Tommy Dee (Thomas De Generes) → Guitarist in blue-eyed soul one hit wonder John Fred & His Playboy Band, “Judy In Disguise (With Glasses)” (#1, 1968)
1948 ● Lulu (Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie) → Scottish pop singer and songwriter, “To Sir With Love” (#1, 1967), actress, TV host, continues performing in 2011
1954 ● Adam Ant (Stuart Leslie Goddard) → Singer and frontman for post-punk New Wave glam-pop Adam & The Ants, “Goody Two Shoes” (#12, 1983), film and TV actor
1960 ● James Prime → Keyboards for Scottish indie pop-rock Deacon Blue, “Real Gone Kid” (UK #8, 1988)
1960 ● Matthew “Maff” Ashman → Underrated post-punk and New Wave guitarist with the early lineup of Adam And The Ants, left in 1980 to form Afro-Euro-synth-pop Bow Wow Wow, “I Want Candy” (#22, 1982), later co-founded post-punk Chiefs Of Relief and punk-revival Agent Provocateur, died on 11/11/1995 from complications of diabetes
1962 ● Marilyn (Peter Anthony Robinson) → Brit New Romantic dance-pop singer, “Calling Your Name” (UK #4, 1983)
1962 ● Ian McNabb → Guitar and vocals for Brit neo-psychedelic rock Icicle Works, “Whisper To A Scream (Birds Fly)” (#37, 1984)
1969 ● Mark Roberts → Guitarist in Welsh indie-alt-rock Catatonia, “Mulder And Scully” (, 1998)
1969 ● Robert Miles (Roberto Concina) → Italian dream-house DJ, composer, producer and electronica musician, “Children” (Dance/Club #1, 1996)
1973 ● Mick Thomson → Lead guitarist for Grammy-winning alt metal/rap-metal Slipknot, “Duality” (Mainstream Rock #5, 2004)
1976 ● Ras (Rahsaan J. Bromfield) → Vocals in Brit R&B/dance-pop boy band Damage, “Wonderful Tonight” (UK #3, 1997)
1980 ● Dan Marsala → Guitar and vocals for alt rock/post-hardcore Story Of The Year, “Anthem Of Our Dying Day” (Modern Rock #10, 2004)

Nov 04

1938 ● Harry Elston → Vocalist in Ray Charles‘ backing group The Hi-Fi’s, then co-founder and singer in pop-rock vocal group The Friends Of Distinction, “Grazing In The Grass” (#3, 1969)
1940 ● Delbert McClinton → Texas blues and country-rock guitarist, harmonica player, singer and songwriter, “Giving It Up For Your Love” (#8, 1980), played on Bruce Channel‘s one hit wonder “Hey Baby” (#1, 1962), wrote “Two More Bottles Of Wine” for Emmylou Harris (Country #1, 1978)
1947 ● Michael Joseph “Mike” Smith → Saxophone for Welsh early prog rock septet Amen Corner, “(If Paradise Is) Half As Nice” (UK #1, 1969)
1954 ● Chris Difford → Guitarist, vocalist and lyricist for New Wave pop-rock Squeeze, “Tempted” (#49, Mainstream Rock #8, 1981)
1957 ● James Honeyman-Scott → Guitarist, songwriter and founding member of post-punk New Wave hard pop-rock The Pretenders, “Back On The Chain Gang” (#5, 1982), died on 6/16/1982 from cocaine abuse
1963 ● Lena Hilda Zavaroni → Teen pop shooting star singer, discovered on UK TV talent show Opportunity Knocks, at 10 years old became the youngest British singer to earn a silver disc, “Ma! (He’s Making Eyes At Me)” (UK #10, 1974), died on 10/1/1999 after years of battling anorexia nervosa
1965 ● Wayne Static (Wells) → Lead vocals, guitar, keyboards and programming for industrial metal band Static-X, “Push It” (Mainstream Rock #20, 1999), solo
1965 ● Jeff Scott Soto → Puerto Rican-American heavy metal and arena rock vocalist for Talisman, Yngwie Malmsteen Band, Journey and solo
1966 ● Kool Rock-ski (Damon Wimbley) → Member of novelty rap trio The Fat Boys, “Wipe Out” (#12, 1987), film actor and solo hip hop artist
1970 ● Puff Daddy aka P. Diddy (Sean John Combs) → Producer, Bad Boy Records founder, stage and screen actor, fashion designer, entrepreneur and Grammy-winning rapper, “I’ll Be Missing You” (#1, 1997)
1971 ● Shawn Rivera → Co-founder and vocals for contemporary R&B vocal group Az Yet, “Hard To Say I’m Sorry” (#8, 1997), producer, percussionist, session musician
1974 ● Louise Nurding Redknapp → Brit R&B/dance-pop singer for girl-group Eternal, “Stay” (#19, UK #3, 1993), then solo, “Naked” (UK #5, 1996)
1977 ● Kavana (Anthony Kavanaugh) → Brit actor, pop singer and songwriter, “I Can Make You Feel Good” (UK #8, 1997)

Nov 05

1931 ● Harold McNair → Jamaican-born calypso and jazz saxophonist and flautist, worked as a sideman for Kenny Clarke, Quincy Jones and others, did session work for Donovan, John Martyn and others, fronted his own ensembles and co-founded jazz-blues-rock fusion Ginger Baker’s Air Force, died from lung cancer on 3/7/1971
1931 ● Ike Turner (Izear Luster Turner, Jr.) → Legendary R&B and rock ‘n’ roll bandleader, “Rocket 88” (R&B #1, 1951) and as a duo with then-wife Tina Turner, “Proud Mary” (#4, 1971), died from emphysema on 12/7/2007
1936 ● Bill Sherrill → Songwriter, record producer and Nashville music executive credited with mixing 60s pop maximalism with country music to create the “countrypolitan” sound and invigorate the careers of Tammy Wynette and George Jones, among others, co-wrote “Stand By Your Man” (#19, Country #1, 1968) with Wynette and “The Most Beautiful Girl ” (#1, Country #1, 1973) for Charlie Rich, produced albums for dozens of top artists, including Barbara Mandrell, Ray Charles, Johnny Paycheck and Elvis Costello, died after a brief illness on 8/4/2015
1941 ● Art Garfunkel → Grammy-winning folk-pop singer and guitarist in 60s partnership with Paul Simon, then adult contemporary pop solo career, “All I Know” (#9, 1973), film actor in Carnal Knowledge (1971)
1943 ● Pablo Samellhi Gomez → Drummer for Spanish rock ‘n roll band Los Bravos, “Black Is Black” (US #4, 1966), the first US Top 10 hit by a Spanish band
1946 ● Gram Parsons (Cecil Ingram Connor III) → Legendary and pioneering country-rock singer, songwriter and guitarist, played in The International Submarine Band, joined The Byrds in 1968 for the seminal Sweetheart Of The Rodeo album, co-founded The Flying Burrito Brothers in 1969, issued two solo albums before dying from a heroin overdose on 9/19/1973
1946 ● Loleatta Holloway → Stage actress and backing vocalist, then R&B/disco singer, “Love Sensation” (Dance #1, 1980), continued to record dance/pop singles into the 00s, died from heart failure on 3/31/2011
1947 ● Peter Noone → Vocals and frontman for British Invasion pop-rock Herman’s Hermits, “Mrs. Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter” (#1. 1965)
1948 ● Donnie McDougall → Guitarist for Canadian rockers The Guess Who, “American Woman” (#1, 1970), still performs with the group
1948 ● Peter Hammill → Guitarist, pianist, singer and songwriter for progressive/art rock Van Der Graf Generator, left the band in 1971 for solo career, releases solo (as Rikki Nadir) and VDGG reunion albums sporadically through 2008
1950 ● Dennis Provisor → Keyboardist for AM Top 40 pop-rockers The Grass Roots, “Midnight Confessions” (#5, 1968)
1956 ● Helen O’Hara (nee Bevington) → Violinist in New Wave pop-rock Dexys Midnight Runners, “Come On Eileen” (#1, 1983), solo
1957 ● David Moyse → Guitarist for Aussie light pop-rock Air Supply, “The One That You Love” (#1, 1981)
1957 ● Mike Score → Keyboards, guitar and lead singer for bizarrely-teased hair New Wave pop-rock A Flock of Seagulls, “I Ran (So Far Away)” (#9, 1982)
1959 ● Ken Coomer → Drummer for alt-metal Clockhammer, joined seminal roots rock trio Uncle Tupelo in 1992, left in 1994 to co-found alt country-rock Wilco, “Outtasite (Outta Mind)” (#22, 1997)
1959 ● Bryan Guy Adams → Grammy-winning Canadian pop-rock power songwriter and balladeer, “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” (#1, 1991) and 18 other Top 40 hits
1959 ● Rob Fisher → Keyboards, vocals and songwriting for New Wave synth-pop Naked Eyes, “(There’s) Always Something There To Remind Me” (#10, 1983) and pop-soul Climie Fisher, “Love Changes Everything” (#23, 1988), died on 8/25/1999 following surgery for intestinal cancer
1961 ● David Bryson → Guitarist for alt-rock Counting Crows, “Mr. Jones” (Modern Rock #2, 1994)
1965 ● Paris Grey (Shanna Jackson) → Vocals and one half of the house and electro-techno/dance-pop duo Inner City, “Big Fun” (Dance-Club #1, 1984)
1968 ● Mark Hunter → Keyboards for Brit alt pop-rock James, “Sit Down” (UK #2, 1991) and “Laid” (#61, Modern Rock #3, 1994)
1971 ● Jon Greenwood → Guitar and keyboards for alt/indie rock Radiohead, “There There” (Modern Rock #14, 2003)
1974 ● David Ryan Adams → Alt country-rock singer and songwriter, “New York, New York” (Adult Top 40 #18, 2002) and with country-rock The Cardinals
1975 ● Lisa Scott-Lee → Vocals and dance routines for pre-fab Brit dance-pop group The Steps, “5, 6, 7, 8” (UK #14, 1997)
1985 ● Kate Jenna DeAraugo → Australian singer, winner of the third season of Australian Idol in 2005, solo, “Maybe Tonight” (Australia #1, 2005) then joined pre-fab dance-pop girl group Young Divas
1987 ● Kevin Jonas → Singer in teen-pop ballad trio the Jonas Brothers, “Burnin’ Up” (#5, 2008), TV actor

Nov 06

1814 ● Antoine-Joseph “Adolphe” Sax → Belgian musician and instrument designer, invented the saxophone, died on 2/4/1894
1916 ● Ray Conniff → Grammy-winning composer and instrumental pop-easy listening bandleader, “Somewhere My Love (Lara’s Theme)” (#9, 1966), died on 10/12/2002
1933 ● Joseph Pope → With brother Charles and others, vocals for R&B/soul The Tams, “What Kind Of Fool (Do You Think I Am)” (#9, 1963) and “There Ain’t Nothing Like Shaggin'” (UK #21, 1987), died on 3/16/1996
1937 ● Eugene Pitt → Founding member of R&B/doo wop vocal quintet The Jive Five, “My True Story” (#3, 1961)
1938 ● P.J. Proby (James Marcus Smith) → Texas-born rock ‘n’ roll singer and songwriter with a more success in England than at home, “Hold Me” (#70, UK #3, 1964), cabaret actor
1938 ● Jim Pike → Vocalist in close-harmony folk-pop trio The Lettermen, “When I Fall In Love” (#1, 1961) and 15 other Top 10 hits
1941 ● Guy Clark → Country-rock guitarist and songwriter, wrote “L.A. Freeway” for Jerry Jeff Walker (#98, 1973) and dozens of songs for other artists, including Johnny Cash, Alan Jackson and Emmylou Harris
1941 ● Doug Sahm → Tex-Mex rock ‘n roll and country-rock bandleader for The Sir Douglas Quintet, “She’s About A Mover” (#13, 1965), also played with The Texas Tornados and Los Super Seven, died 11/18/1999 from a heart attack
1947 ● John Wilson → Drummer for Irish garage-rock, proto-punk Them, “Gloria” (#71, 1966), joined blues-rock Taste in 1968, Stud in 1971 and Sid Row in 1975, reformed Them in the 90s
1947 ● George Young → Scottish rhythm guitarist in Aussie-based 60s pop-rock The Easybeats, “Friday On My Mind” (#16, 1967), producer for AC/DC and older brother of Angus and Malcolm Young
1948 ● Glenn Frey → Guitarist, singer and songwriter, member of Linda Ronstadt‘s backing band, which became country rock/L.A. rock Eagles, “One Of These Nights” (#1, 1975), solo, “You Belong To The City” (#2, 1985), TV and film actor
1948 ● Rushton Moreve (John Rushton Morey) → Early bassist for Canadian-American hard rock, proto-metal Steppenwolf, co-wrote “Magic Carpet Ride” (#3, 1968), left the band in 1968, died in a car accident on 7/1/1981
1950 ● Chris Glen → Scottish bassist in The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, “Delilah” (UK #7, 1975) and The Michael Schenker Group, solo
1961 ● Craig Goldie → Heavy metal guitarist in Rough Cutt, Giuffria, “Call To The Heart” (#15, 1984) and Dio, “Rainbow In The Dark (Mainstream Rock #14, 1983)
1963 ● Paul Brindley → Bassist for Brit alt-indie-rock The Sundays, “Here’s Where The Story Ends” (Modern Rock #1, 1990)
1964 ● Greg Graffin, Ph.D. → Co-founder, lead singer, songwriter and only constant member of L.A. punk rock Bad Religion, “Infected” (Mainstream Rock #33, 1995), received his doctorate from Cornell University and has lectured in life sciences and paleontology
1964 ● Corey Glover → Lead singer for prog-funk-metal Living Colour, “Cult Of Personality” (#13, 1988), solo, actor
1966 ● Paul Gilbert → Guitarist for pop-metal “shredder” band Mr. Big, “To Be With You” (#1, 1992)
1979 ● Trevor Penick → Vocals for pre-fab teen idol boy-band O-Town, “All Or Nothing” (#3, 2001)

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1922 ● Al Hirt → Nicknamed “Jumbo” and “The Round Mound of Sound,” portly New Orleans-based Dixieland jazz and pop virtuoso trumpeter and bandleader with the Grammy-winning “Java” (#4, 1964), wrote the theme song to the TV crime show The Green Hornet, died of liver failure on 4/27/1999
1938 ● Delectus “Dee” Clark → Falsetto R&B/soul vocalist, “Raindrops” (#2, 1961) and five other Top 40 hits, died of a heart attack on 12/7/1990
1942 ● Johnny Rivers (John Henry Ramistella) → Early rock ‘n’ roll singer, songwriter and guitarist, “Secret Agent Man” (#3, 1966) and 15 other Top 40 hits, founded Soul City Records and produced The 5th Dimension (“Wedding Bell Blues,” #1, 1969), continues to perform in the 00s
1943 ● Joni Mitchell (Roberta Joan Anderson) → Canadian pop-rock-jazz-fusion singer, songwriter and guitarist, “Help Me” (#7, 1974), wrote “Both Sides Now” for Judy Collins (#8, 1968) and “Woodstock” for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (#11, 1970)
1943 ● Dino Valenti (Chester W. Powers, Jr.) → Vocals and songwriter for psychedelic folk-rock Quicksilver Messenger Service, “Fresh Air” (#49, 1970), solo, wrote “Get Together” for The Youngbloods (#5, 1969), died on 11/16/1994
1951 ● Kevin Scott MacMichael → Canadian guitarist and songwriter for New Wave pop-rock Cutting Crew, “(I Just) Died In Your Arms Tonight” (#1, 1987), died on 12/31/2002 of lung cancer
1954 ● Robin Beck → Pop-rock vocalist, sang the Coca-Cola jingle “The First Time” (UK #1, 1988), back-up singer for Melissa Manchester, Leo Sayer and others
1957 ● Jellybean (John Benitez) → Puerto Rican drummer, guitarist, producer (Madonna, Michael Jackson, the Pointer Sisters and others), club DJ and remixer, solo artist, “Who Found Who?” (#16, Dance/Club #3, 1987)
1960 ● Tommy Thayer → Guitarist, songwriter and producer, worked with Kiss as a session player and back-up on tours and is now the lead guitarist and “Spaceman” character for the group
1963 ● Clint Mansell → Guitarist for dance-rock Pop Will Eat Itself, “X, Y & Zee” (Modern Rock #11, 1991)
1964 ● Liam O Maonlai → Co-founder, vocals and keyboards for Irish rockers Hothouse Flowers, “Don’t Go” (Modern Rock #7, 1988)
1967 ● Sharleen Spiteri → Vocals for Scottish blues-rock Texas, “In My Heart” (Alt Rock #14, 1991)
1970 ● Neil Hannon → Founder, singer and frontman for Irish orchestral-pop group The Divine Comedy, “National Express” (UK #8, 1999)
1971 ● Robin Finck → Lead guitarist for industrial rock Nine Inch Nails, “The Day The World Went Away” (#17, 1999), joined reincarnated hard rock Guns N’ Roses in 1998 as a side project
1978 ● Mark Daniel Read → Vocals for Brit-Norwegian pop-rock boy band A1, “Same Old Brand New You” (, 2000)
1983 ● Forrest Kline → Lead singer, chief songwriter and guitarist in emo-rock/power pop Hellogoodbye, “Here (In Your Arms)” (#14, 2006)

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