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Album of the Day: Genesis (3/31/80) 30 Years!

A good number of people – critics and die-hard Genesis fans especially – accused the progressive rock band of selling-out when they released their tenth studio album, the pop-oriented Duke, on March 31, 1980. Truth is, the seeds of change on Duke were sewn years before. Anyone who failed to hear the drift toward pop-rock wasn’t paying attention to all the signals, foul-crying critics and fans especially. Check out and comment on my Genesis playlist here).

Peter Gabriel’s departure from Genesis in mid-1975 ended the growing clash over musical direction for the band and, more importantly, brought drummer Phil Collins into the lead singer role. Where Gabriel was into high brow, theatrical live shows and heavy-handed concept albums, the remaining three (Collins, bassist Mike Rutherford, guitarist Steve Hackett and keyboardist Tony Banks) knew a good pop-rock melody and could pen them easier than Gabriel could design the costumes and deep lyrics for his stage persona. The last Gabriel-era LP, The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway, gained radio airplay in the U.S. to chip away at their cult status (they were always big in the U.K.). Each successive album grew bolder with pop rhythms, riffs and harmonies, with “Robbery, Assault And Battery” (1976), “Your Own Special Way” (1976) and “Follow You Follow Me” (1978) setting up the two hits from Duke, “Misunderstanding” and “Turn It On Again.”

Duke is usually viewed as the mid-point between the “new” and the “old” Genesis. While I disagree that the distinction is that clear, the fact remains that it became their first #1 record in the U.K. (and #11 in the U.S.). It was followed by four more terrific Genesis albums in the 80s paralleling Collins’ solo career. CD issues and mp3 downloads are available on Amazon (click here). iTunes downloads are available here.

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This Week’s Birthdays (February 7 – 13)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Feb 07
1934 ● King Curtis (Curtis Ousley) → “Memphis Soul Stew” (1967)
1943 ● Harvey Hersh (Hershkowitz) → Quotations
1946 ● Sammy Johns → “Chevy Van” (1975)
1948 ● Jimmy Greenspoon → Three Dog Night
1949 ● Alan Lancaster → Status Quo
1959 ● Brian Travers → UB40
1960 ● Steve Bronski → Bronski Beat
1962 ● David Bryan → Bon Jovi
1962 ● Garth Brooks → “Friends In Low Places” (1990)

Feb 08
1899 ● Alonzo “Lonnie” Johnson → Blues guitarist
1931 ● James (Byron) Dean → Actor
1941 ● Tom Rush → Folk singer/songwriter
1943 ● Creed Bratton (William Charles Schneider) → The Grass Roots
1946 ● Adolpho “Fito” de la Parra → Canned Heat
1946 ● Paul Wheatbread → Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
1948 ● Danny Wayland “Dan” Seals → England Dan & John Ford Coley, solo
1961 ● Sam Llanas → BoDeans
1961 ● Vince Neil (Wharton) → Motley Crue
1971 ● Will Turpin → Collective Soul
1977 ● David Michael “Phoenix” Farrell → Linkin Park

Feb 09
1939 ● Barry Mann (Iberman) → Songwriter
1940 ● Bruce Bennett → The Shadows
1942 ● Carole King (Klein) → “I Feel The Earth Move” (1971)
1942 ● Mark Mathis→ The Newbeats
1943 ● Barbara Lewis → “Baby I’m Yours” (1965)
1947 ● Earle R. “Joe” Ely → Flatlanders, solo
1951 ● Dennis “Dee Tee” Thomas → Kool & The Gang
1955 ● Jimmy Pursey → Sham 69
1960 ● William “Holly” Johnson → Frankie Goes to Hollywood
1963 ● Travis Tritt → “Foolish Pride” (1994)

Feb 10
1933 ● Don Wilson → The Ventures
1939 ● Roberta Flack → “Killing Me Softly With His Song” (1973)
1940 ● Jimmy Merchant → Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers
1943 ● Ralph Stuart “Ral” Donner → “You Don’t Know What You’ve Got” (1961)
1949 ● Nigel Olsson→ Plastic Penny, Elton John Band, solo
1962 ● Robbie Neville→ Neville Brothers (next generation)

Feb 11
1914 ● Josh White → Folk-blues guitarist
1935 ● Gene Vincent (Vincent Eugene Craddock) → “Be-Bop-A-Lula” (1956)
1939 ● Gerry Goffin → Songwriter, lyricist, solo artist
1940 ● Bobby “Boris” Pickett → “Monster Mash” (1962)
1941 ● Earl Lewis → The Flamingos, The Channels
1941 ● Sergio Mendes → Brasil ’66
1947 ● Derek Shulman → Gentle Giant, record executive
1953 ● Alan Rubin → SNL Band, Blues Brothers Band
1962 ● Sheryl Crow→ “All I Wanna Do” (1994)
1974 ● D’Angelo (Michael Archer) → “Untitled (How Does it Feel)” (2000)
1977 ● Mike Shinoda → Linkin Park
1979 ● Brandy (Norwood) → “Sittin’ Up In My Room” (1995)
1981 ● Kelendria Trene “Kelly” Rowland → Destiny’s Child

Feb 12
1867 ● Len Spencer → Early American recording star (“A Hot Time In The Old Town” – 1897)
1935 ● Gene McDaniels → “A Tower of Strength” (1961)
1939 ● Ray ManzerakThe Doors
1946 ● Joe Schermie → Three Dog Night
1949 ● Stanley “Goober” Knight → Black Oak Arkansas
1950 ● Steve HackettGenesis, solo
1951 ● Gil MooreTriumph
1952 ● Michael McDonald Steely Dan, Doobie Brothers, solo
1959 ● Omar Hakim → Weather Report
1959 ● Per Gessle → Roxette
1968 ● Chynna Phillips → Wilson Phillips
1970 ● Jim Creeggan → Barenaked Ladies

Feb 13
1919 ● Ernest Jennings “Tennessee Ernie” Ford → “Sixteen Tons” (1955)
1925 ● Gene Ames → Ames Brothers
1930 ● Dorothy McGuire → McGuire Sisters
1942 ● Peter Tork (Thorkelston)The Monkees
1944 ● Anthony “Reebop” Kwaku BaahTraffic, sessions
1945 ● King Floyd → “Groove Me” (1970)
1945 ● Roy Dyke → Ashton, Gardner & Dyke
1950 ● Peter GabrielGenesis, solo
1952 ● Edward John GagliardiForeigner, The Spys
1956 ● Peter Hook → New Order, Joy Division
1957 ● Tony Butler → Big Country, sessions
1961 ● Henry Rollins (Henry Lawrence Garfield) → Black Flag, MTV host, producer
1961 ● Les Warner → The Cult
1966 ● Frederick Brandon “Freedom” Williams → C+C Music Factory
1971 ● Sonia (Evans) → “You’ll Never Stop Me Loving You” (1989)
1974 ● Robbie Williams → Take That, solo

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This Week’s Birthdays (January 24 – 30)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Jan 24
1936 ● Doug Kershaw → Country fiddler, “Louisiana Man” (1961)
1939 ● Ray Stevens (Harold Ray Ragsdale) → “Everything Is Beautiful” (1970)
1941 ● Aaron Neville → Neville Brothers
1941 ● Neil Diamond → “The Jewish Elvis”
1947 ● Warren Zevon → “Werewolves Of London” (1978)
1949 ● John Belushi → Blues Brothers
1953 ● Matthew Wilder (Weiner) → “Break My Stride” (1983)
1958 ● Julian Miles “Jools” Holland → Squeeze

Jan 25
1938 ● Etta James (Jamesetta Hawkins) → “Tell Mama” (1967)
1950 ● Michael Cotton → The Tubes
1954 ● Richard Finch → KC & The Sunshine Band
1956 ● Andy Cox → English Beat, Fine Young Cannibals
1958 ● Gary Tibbs → Roxy Music, Vibrators
1962 ● Peter Coyle → Lotus Eaters
1963 ● Carl Fysh → Brother Beyond
1971 ● China Kantner → Daughter of Grace Slick and Paul Kantner
1981 ● Alicia Keys (Alicia Auguello Cook) → “Fallin'” (2001)

Jan 26
1934 ● Huey “Piano” Smith → “Rockin’ Pneumonia” (1957)
1945 ● Ashley “Tyger” Hutchings → Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span
1946 ● Deon Jackson → “Love Makes The World Go ‘Round” (1966)
1948 ● Laurence Gordon “Corky” LaingMountain, West Bruce & Laing
1949 ● Derek Holt → Climax Blues Band
1951 ● Andy Hummell → Big Star
1951 ● David Briggs → Little River Band
1953 ● Lucinda Williams → “Car Wheels On A Gravel Road” (1998)
1957 ● Edward Van Halen Van Halen
1958 ● Anita Baker → “Sweet Love” (1986)
1958 ● Norman Hassan → UB40
1963 ● Andrew Ridgeley → Wham!
1963 ● Jazzie B. (Trevor Beresford Romeo) → Soul II Soul
1966 ● Pim Jones → Hipsway
1970 ● Kirk Franklin → Contemporary gospel
1972 ● Ya Kid K (Manuela Barbara Kamosi Moaso Djogi) → Technotronic

Jan 27
1918 ● Elmore James → Blues slide guitarist/songwriter
1919 ● David Seville (Rosdom Sipan “Ross” Bagdasarian) → Creator of Alvin & The Chipmunks
1930 ● Bobby “Blue” Bland (Robert Calvin Bland) → “Stormy Monday Blues” (1962)
1931 ● Rudy Mauger → The Crew Cuts
1944 ● Kevin Coyne → “Marlene” (1973)
1945 ● Nick MasonPink Floyd
1946 ● Kim Gardner → Ashton, Gardner & Dyke
1947 ● Nedra Talley → Ronettes
1951 ● Brian Downey → Thin Lizzy
1951 ● Seth Justman → J. Geils Band
1955 ● Richard Young → Kentucky Headhunters
1961 ● Gillian Gilbert → New Order
1961 ● Margo Timmins → Cowboy Junkies
1961 ● Martin Degville → Sigue Sigue Sputnik
1964 ● Miguel John “Migi” Drummond → Curiosity Killed The Cat
1968 ● Mike Patton → Faith No More
1970 ● Mark Trojanowski → Sister Hazel

Jan 28
1929 ● Bernard Stanley “Acker” Bilk → “Stranger On The Shore” (1962)
1936 ● Jack Scott (Giovanni Dominico Scafone, Jr.) → “Burning Bridges” (1960)
1943 ● Dick TaylorRolling Stones, The Pretty Things
1944 ● Brian “Chambers” KeenanChambers Brothers, Manfred Mann
1946 ● Rick Allen → Box Tops
1959 ● Dave Sharp → The Alarm
1962 ● Leslie “Sam” Phillips → “Holding On To The Earth” (1989)
1963 ● Dan Spitz → Anthrax
1968 ● DJ Muggs (Lawrence Muggerud) → Cypress Hill
1968 ● Rakim (William Michael Griffin, Jr.) → Rapper
1968 ● Sarah McLachlan → “Adia” (1998)
1977 ● Joey Fatone → *NSYNC
1977 ● Raphael “Tweety” Brown → Next
1980 ● Nick Carter → Backstreet Boys

Jan 29
1933 ● Alexandre “Sacha” Distel → “The Good Life” (1965)
1943 ● Kenneth “Tony” Blackburn → “So Much Love” (1969)
1947 ● David Byron (David Garrick) → Uriah Heep, solo
1952 ● Tommy Ramone (Tom Erdelyl)The Ramones
1953 ● Louie Perez → Los Lobos, Latin Playboys
1959 ● Johnny Spampinato → NRBQ
1961 ● Eddie Jackson → Queensryche
1962 ● Marcus Vere → Living In A Box
1964 ● Roddy Frame → Aztec Camera
1981 ● Jonny Lang (Jon Gordon Langseth, Jr.) → Blues guitarist

Jan 30
1928 ● Ruth Brown (Ruth Alston Weston) → “Teardrops In My Eyes” (1950)
1941 ● Joe Terranova → Danny & The Juniors, “At The Hop” (1958)
1942 ● Marty Balin (Martyn Jere Buchwald)Jefferson Airplane/Starship, solo
1947 ● Steve Marriott → Small Faces, Humble Pie, solo
1951 ● Marv Ross → Quarterflash
1951 ● Phil CollinsGenesis, solo
1952 ● Steve BartekStrawberry Alarm Clock, Oingo Boingo
1959 ● Jody Watley → Shalamar, solo (“The Queen of Cool”)

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Album of the Day: Genesis (11/18/74) 35 Years!

Genesis was one of the few British rock bands that successfully made the transition from meddling 60s folk-pop-rock through late-60s psychedelic rock to 80s pop-rock superstardom. Their November 18, 1974 concept album, The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway, was major point along that road and a huge FM radio hit (I remember playing it daily on my radio show at the time). While well received on air, in the critics’ circles and in stores, The Lamb… unfortunately became the last Genesis album on which Peter Gabriel appeared. Gabriel was the lead vocalist, chief songwriter and stage frontman for the band (he wrote all of the material on The Lamb…). His departure could have spelled doom, but remaining members Phil Collins, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford and Steve Hackett moved on to greater things, including a string of nine straight U.K. Top 10 albums (8 in the U.S.) before they called it quits in 1992.

The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway is available as a CD from Amazon (click here).

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