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This Week’s Birthdays (August 8 – 14)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Aug 08
1933 ● Joe Tex (Joseph Arlington) → Southern soul, “Hold On To What You’ve Got” (1965)
1938 ● Don Jacobucci → The Regents, original “Barbara Ann” (1961)
1942 ● John “Jay” David → Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show
1944 ● Michael Johnson → Adult contemporary pop, “Bluer Than Blue” (1978)
1949 ● Airrion Love → The Stylistics, “You Make Me Feel Brand New” (1975)
1956 ● Alister “Ali” Score → A Flock of Seagulls, “I Ran (So Far Away)” (1982)
1956 ● Chris Foreman → Madness, “Our House” (1982)
1956 ● David Grant → Linx, solo, “Stop And Go” (1983), husband of Carrie Grant
1957 ● Dennis Drew10,000 Maniacs, “These Are Days” (1992)
1961 ● Paul Jackson → T’Pau, “China In Your Hand” (1964)
1961 ● Rikki Rockett (Richard Allen Ream) → Poison, “Fallen Angel” (1988)
1961 ● The Edge (David Evans) → U2
1962 ● Kool Moe Dee (Mohandas Dewese) → Hip hop, “I Go To Work” (1989)
1976 ● Drew Lachey → 98 Degrees, “The Hardest Thing” (1999)
1976 ● Joshua Scott “JC” Chasez → N Sync, “It’s Gonna Be Me” (2000)

Aug 09
1939 ● Billy Henderson → The Spinners, “Then Came You” (1974)
1944 ● John Parry → Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
1944 ● Vivian St. John “Viv” Prince → The Pretty Things, “Don’t Bring Me Down” (1964)
1946 ● Marinus Gerritsen → Golden Earring “Radar Love” (1974)
1947 ● Barbara Mason → R&B/soul, “Yes, I’m Ready” (1965)
1954 ● Bruce ThomasElvis Costello & The Attractions
1959 ● Kurtis Blow (Kurtis Walker Combs) → Rapper, “The Breaks” (1980), producer
1963 ● Whitney Houston → “I Will Always Love You” (1993)
1970 ● Arion Salazar → Third Eye Blind, “Semi-Charmed Life” (1970)

Aug 10
1909 ● Clarence Leonidas “Leo” Fender → Fender guitar inventor
1928 ● Eddie Fisher → TV star, crooner, “I Need You Now” (1954)
1928 ● Jimmy Dean → Country star, “Big Bad John” (1961), sausage king
1939 ● Sal Cuomo → The Regents, original “Barbara Ann” (1961)
1940 ● Bobby Hatfield → The Righteous Brothers, “Unchained Melody” (1965)
1940 ● Michael “Tunes” Antunes → Beaver Brown Band, “On The Dark Side” (1983)
1943 ● James Griffin → Bread, “Make It With You” (1970)
1943 ● Veronica “Ronnie” Bennett → The Ronettes, “Be My Baby” (1963)
1945 ● Larry Larden → Every Mother’s Son, “Come On Down To My Boat” (1967)
1947 ● Ian AndersonJethro Tull
1950 ● Patti Austin → R&B/jazz, “Baby Come to Me” (1982)
1959 ● Mark Price → All About Eve, “Martha’s Harbour” (1988)
1961 ● Jon FarrissINXS, “Need You Tonight” (1987)
1967 ● Lorraine Pearson → 5 Star, “Can’t Wait Another Minute” (1986)
1967 ● Todd Nichols → Toad The Wet Sprocket, “All I Want” (1992)
1968 ● Michael Bivins → New Edition, Bell Biv Devoe
1977 ● Aaron Kamin → The Calling, “Wherever You Will Go” (2001)

Aug 11
1942 ● Guy Villari → The Regents, original “Barbara Ann” (1961)
1942 ● Mike Hugg → Manfred Mann, composer, solo
1943 ● Dennis “Denis” PaytonDave Clark Five
1943 ● Michael J. “Jim” Kale → The Guess Who, “American Woman” (1970)
1949 ● Eric Carmen → Raspberries, solo
1950 ● Erik Keith Braunn → Iron Butterfly, “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” (1970)
1954 ● Bryan Bassett → Wild Cherry, Foghat, Molly Hatchet
1954 ● Joe Jackson (David Ian Jackson) → “Look Sharp” (1979)
1957 ● Richie Ramone (Richard Beau) → The Ramones
1962 ● Bragi Ólafsson → The Sugarcubes
1964 ● Hamish Seelochan → The Pasadenas
1968 ● Charlie Sexton → Blues-rock guitar, solo, sessions
1970 ● Ali Shaheed Muhammad → A Tribe Called Quest, solo, producer
1978 ● Chris “Mack Daddy” Kelly → Kriss Kross, “Jump” (1992)
1985 ● Asher Roth → Rapper, “I Love College” (2009)
1985 ● J-Boog (Jarell Houston) → B2K, “Bump, Bump, Bump” (2002)

Aug 12
1920 ● Percy Mayfield → R&B/blues songwriter, “Hit The Road Jack” (1961)
1926 ● Joe Jones → R&B, “You Talk To Much” (1960)
1929 ● Alvis Edgar “Buck” Owens → Country star, The Buckaroos, solo, TV host (Hee Haw)
1948 ● Ron Mael → Sparks, “Wonder Girl” (1972)
1949 ● Mark KnopflerDire Straits, “Sultans Of Swing” (1983)
1950 ● Kid Creole (Thomas August Darnell Browder) → Kid Creole & The Coconuts
1953 ● Jerry Speiser → Men At Work, “Down Under” (1983)
1954 ● Pat Metheny → Grammy-winning jazz-rock fusion guitar
1958 ● Jurgen Dehmel → Nena, “(99 Luftballons” (1984)
1961 ● Roy Hay → Culture Club, “Karma Chameleon” (1983)
1963 ● Sir Mix-A-Lot (Anthony Ray) → Rapper, “Baby Got Back” (1992)
1969 ● Tanita Tikaram → Folk-pop, “Twist In My Sobriety” (1988)

Aug 13
1940 ● John Stokes → The Bachelors, “Diane” (1964)
1948 ● Tony Santini (Scott Powell) → Sha Na Na, TV actor, physician
1949 ● Cliff Fish → Paper Lace, “The Night Chicago Died” (1974)
1951 ● Dan Fogelberg → Country-pop-rock, “Part Of The Plan” (1975)
1958 ● Feargal Sharkey → The Undertones, solo, “A Good Heart” (1985)
1959 ● Danny Bonaduce → The Partridge Family, producer
1959 ● Mark Nevin → Fairground Attraction, “Perfect” (1988)

Aug 14
1926 ● Armando “Buddy” Greco → Jazz-pop singer, covered “Mr. Lonely” (1962)
1940 ● Darrell “Dash” Crofts → Seals & Crofts, “Summer Breeze” (1972)
1941 ● David CrosbyByrds, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, solo
1946 ● Larry GrahamSly & the Family Stone, Graham Central Station
1947 ● George Newsome → Climax Blues Band, “Couldn’t Get It Right” (1977)
1947 ● Maddy Prior → Steeleye Span, “All Around My Heart” (1975)
1951 ● Bob “Slim” Dunlap → The Replacements, solo
1956 ● Sharon Bryant → Atlantic Starr, solo, sessions
1960 ● Sarah Brightman → Classical-pop-Broadway singer
1968 ● L.L. Cool J. (James Todd Smith) → Rapper, balladeer “I Need Love (1987), actor
1970 ● Kevin Cadogan → Third Eye Blind, “Semi-Charmed Life” (1970)

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This Week’s Birthdays (August 1 – 7)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Aug 01
1931 ● Ramblin’ Jack Elliott (Elliot Charles Adnopoz) → Folk guitarist, Woody Guthrie protégé
1942 ● Jerome John “Jerry” GarciaGrateful Dead, solo
1946 ● Raymond “Boz” Burrell → King Crimson, Bad Company
1947 ● Rick Anderson → The Tubes, “White Punks On Dope” (1977)
1947 ● Rick Coonce → The Grassroots, “Midnight Confessions” (1968)
1949 ● Jim Carroll → Author, poet, punk rocker, “People Who Died” (1980)
1951 ● Tim Bachman → Bachman-Turner Overdrive
1951 ● Tommy Bolin → Zephyr, James Gang, Deep Purple, solo
1953 ● Robert Cray → Blues guitarist, “Smoking Gun” (1986)
1958 ● Michael Penn → 80s singer/songwriter, brother of Sean
1958 ● Robert Buck → 10,000 Maniacs, John & Mary
1959 ● Joe Elliott → Def Leppard, Down ‘N’ Outz
1960 ● Chuck D. (Carlton Douglas Ridenhour) → Rapper, Public Enemy, author, producer
1960 ● Suzi Gardner → L7, “Pretend We’re Dead” (1992)
1963 ● Coolio (Artis Leon Ivey, Jr.) → Rapper, “Gangsta’s Paradise” (19995)
1964 ● Adam Duritz → Counting Crows, “Mr. Jones” (1994)
1964 ● Nick Christian Sayer → Transvision Vamp
1981 ● Ashley Angel (Ashley Ward Parker) → Teen idol, O-Town, solo

Aug 02
1937 ● Eric Garth HudsonThe Band, solo
1939 ● Edward Patten → Gladys Knight & The Pips
1941 ● Andrew Steele → The Herd, Stealers Wheel
1941 ● Doris Coley Kenner-Jackson → The Shirelles, “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” (1960)
1944 ● Nicola James “Jim” CapaldiTraffic, solo
1948 ● Andy Fairweather Low → Amen Corner, solo, The Who, Roger Waters
1950 ● David Alan “Ted” Turner → Wishbone Ash
1951 ● Andrew Gold → “Lonely Boy” (1977)
1951 ● Joe Lynn Turner (Joseph Linquito) → Fandango, Rainbow, Deep Purple, solo
1961 ● Patricia “Apollonia” Kotero → Apollonia 6, actress, Purple Rain (1984)
1961 ● Pete De Freitas → Echo & The Bunnymen
1962 ● Lee Mavers→ The La’s, “There She Goes” (1990)
1970 ● Zelma Davis → C+C Music Factory, “Gonna Make You Sweat” (1990)

Aug 03
1926 ● Tony Bennett (Anthony Dominic Benedetto) → “I Left My Heart In San Francisco” (1962)
1929 ● Arthur Wood → Climax Blues Band
1936 ● Kenny Hodges → Spanky & Our Gang
1938 ● Sir Michael Terrence “Terry” Wogan → BBC Radio 2 DJ
1941 ● Beverly Lee → The Shirelles, “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” (1960)
1946 ● John YorkThe Byrds
1949 ● B .B. Dickerson → War, “Low Rider” (1976)
1951 ● John Graham → Earth, Wind & Fire, “Shining Star” (1975)
1953 ● Randy Scruggs → Country singer/songwriter, producer, son of Earl
1956 ● Kirk Brandon → Spear Of Destiny
1959 ● Martin Atkins → Public Image Ltd.
1963 ● Ed Roland → Collective Soul
1963 ● James Hetfield → Metallica, “Enter Sandman” (1991)
1966 ● Dean Sams → Lonestar, “Amazed” (2000)
1966 ● Shirley Manson → Garbage, “Stupid Girl” (1996)
1985 ● Holly Blake Arnstein → Dream, “He Loves You Not” (2001)

Aug 04
1901 ● Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong → “What a Wonderful World” (1968)
1936 ● Elsbeary Hobbs → The Drifters, “Up On The Roof” (1963)
1939 ● Frankie Ford (Francis Guzzo) → “Sea Cruise” (1959)
1940 ● Larry Knechtel → Bread, “Make It With You” (1970), sessions
1941 ● Rosemary Timotea “Timi” Yuro → Blue-eyed soul singer, “Hurt” (1961)
1943 ● David Carr → The Fortunes, “You’ve Got Your Troubles” (1965)
1947 ● Klaus Schulze → Tangerine Dream
1947 ● Paul Leyton → The New Seekers, “I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing” (1972)
1952 ● Maire Ni Bhraonian → Clannad, “Harry’s Game (1982)
1958 ● Ian Broudie → Lightning Seeds
1959 ● Robbin Crosby → Ratt
1962 ● Paul Reynolds → A Flock of Seagulls
1971 ● Yo-Yo (Yolanda Whitaker) → Rapper, actress, Ice Cube protégé
1981 ● Marques “Batman” Houston → Immature, actor, producer

Aug 05
1930 ● Damita Jo (Dublanc) → “I’ll Save The Last Dance For You” (1960)
1941 ● Airto Moreira → Weather Report, “Birdland” (1976), solo
1942 ● Rick HuxleyDave Clark Five, “Glad All Over” (1965)
1947 ● Greg Leskiw → Guess Who, “American Woman” (1970)
1947 ● Rick Derringer (Richard Zehringer) → McCoys, Edgar Winter Group, solo
1953 ● Samantha Sang → The Emotions
1955 ● Eddie “Fingers” Ojeda → Twisted Sister, “I am, I’m Me” (1983)
1959 ● Pat Smear → Germs, Nirvana, Foo Fighters
1959 ● Pete Burns → Mystery Girls, Dead or Alive
1960 ● Calvin Hayes → Johnny Hates Jazz, “Shattered Dreams” (1987)
1964 ● MCA (Adam Nathaniel Yauch) → Beastie Boys

Aug 06
1928 ● Andy Warhol (Warhola) → Velvet Underground manager, pop art painter, filmmaker
1929 ● Mike Elliott → The Foundations, “Baby Now That I’ve Found You” (1967)
1940 ● Mike Sarne (Michael Scheuer) → Pop singer, “Come Outside” (1962), film director, actor
1946 ● Allan Holdsworth → Jazz-rock fusion, Soft Machine, solo
1958 ● Randy DeBarge → DeBarge, “I Like It” (1982)
1962 ● Pat McDonald → Timbuk 3, “The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades” (1986)
1972 ● Geri “Sexy Spice” Halliwell → The Spice Girls, solo
1981 ● Travis McCoy → Alt. rap, Gym Class Heroes, solo
1984 ● Eric Roberts → Alt. rap, Gym Class Heroes

Aug 07
1925 ● Felice Bryant → Songwriter for Everly Brothers
1926 ● Stan Freberg → Radio comic/satirist, author
1936 ● Charles Pope → The Tams, “What Kind Of Fool (Do You Think I Am)” (1964)
1942 ● Billy Joe “B.J.” Thomas → “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head” (1969)
1945 ● Kerry Chater → Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, “Young Girl” (1968)
1949 ● Carlo Novi → Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes
1950 ● Rodney Crowell → Country singer/songwriter
1952 ● Andy Fraser → John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Free
1958 ● Bruce Dickinson → Iron Maiden
1960 ● Jacqui O’Sullivan → Bananarama, “I Want You Back” (1988)
1964 ● Ian Dench → EMF, “Unbelievable” (1990)
1966 ● Kristen Hersh → Throwing Muses, solo

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This Week’s Birthdays (July 11 – 17)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Jul 11
1931 ● Tab Hunter (Arthur Kelm Gelien) → Actor, teen idol, “Young Love” (1957)
1938 ● Terry Garthwaite → Joy Of Cooking, solo
1946 ● John Lawton → Lucifer’s Friend, Uriah Heep, solo
1947 ● Jeff Hanna → The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
1950 ● Patricia Eva “Bonnie” Pointer→ Pointer Sisters
1957 ● Peter Murphy → Bauhaus, Dali’s Car, solo
1959 ● Richie Sambora → Bon Jovi
1959 ● Suzanne Vega → “Luka” (1987)
1965 ● Scott Shriner → Weezer
1966 ● Melanie Susan Appleby → Mel And Kim
1975 ● Lil’ Kim (Kimberly Jones) → Rapper, Junior M.A.F.I.A., solo

Jul 12
1895 ● Oscar Hammerstein II → Composer, lyricist, partner of Richard Rogers
1942 ● Swamp Dogg (Jerry Williams, Jr.) → Songwriter, producer, soul artist
1943 ● Christine McVieFleetwood Mac
1948 ● Walter Egan → “Magnet And Steel” (1978)
1949 ● John Wetton → King Crimson, Roxy Music, Asia
1950 ● Eric “The Fox” Carr (Paul Caravello) → KISS
1952 ● Liz Mitchell → Boney M
1952 ● Phil Kramer → Iron Butterfly
1956 ● Sandi Patty → Contemporary Christian
1962 ● Dan Murphy → Soul Asylum
1976 ● Tracie Spencer → Pop/R&B, “This House” (1990)

Jul 13
1935 ● Pete EscovedoSantana
1942 ● James Joseph “Roger” McGuinnThe Byrds, McGuinn-Clark & Hillman, solo
1942 ● Jay Uzzell → The Corsairs, “Smoky Places” (1962)
1942 ● Stephen Bladd → J. Geils Band
1954 ● Thelma Louise Mandrell → Country singer, sister of Barbara
1974 ● Deborah Cox → R&B singer/songwriter, actress
1978 ● Will Champion → Coldplay

Jul 14
1912 ● Woodrow Wilson Guthrie → “This Land Is Your Land” (1940)
1938 ● Bob Scholl → The Mello-Kings, “Tonite, Tonite” (1957)
1952 ● Chris Cross (Christopher St. John) → Ultravox
1965 ● Igor KhoroshevYes, solo
1966 ● Ellen Reid → Crash Test Dummies
1966 ● Tonya Donelly → Throwing Muses, The Breeders, Belly
1975 ● Taboo (Jaime Luis Gomez) → Black Eyed Peas
1975 ● Tameka “Tiny” Cottle → Xscape
1978 ● Ruben Studdard → Pop/R&B singer, “Superstar” (2003)

Jul 15
1939 ● Tommy Dee → “Three Stars” (1959)
1944 ● Mildred “Millie” Jackson → “If Loving You Is Wrong I Don’t Want To Be Right” (1975)
1945 ● Peter Lewis → Moby Grape
1946 ● Linda Ronstadt → The Stone Poneys, solo, “When Will I Be Loved” (1975)
1947 ● Peter Banks (Brockbanks) → Yes (original lead guitar), Bloodwyn Pig, solo
1948 ● Thomas Delmar “Artimus” PyleLynyrd Skynyrd
1949 ● Trevor Horn → Producer, songwriter, bassist, The Buggles, Yes
1952 ● Jeff Carlisli → .38 Special
1956 ● Joe “Satch” Satriani → Guitar virtuoso, solo artist, sessionman, Chickenfoot, Deep Purple
1956 ● Marky Ramone (Marc Bell) → The Ramones

Jul 16
1940 ● Tony Jackson → The Searchers
1942 ● Desmond Dekker (Dacres) → “The Israelites” (1968)
1944 ● Thomas Boggs → The Box Tops
1949 ● Ray Major → Mott The Hoople
1952 ● Stewart CopelandThe Police

Jul 17
1938 ● Stanley Bronstein → Elephant’s Memory
1942 ● Spencer Davis → Spencer Davis Group, producer
1947 ● Mick Tucker → Sweet, “Ballroom Blitz” (1975)
1948 ● Ron Asheton → The Stooges
1949 ● Terence “Geezer” ButlerBlack Sabbath
1952 ● Chet McCrackenDoobie Brothers
1952 ● Nicolette Larson → “Lotta Love” (1979)
1952 ● Phoebe Snow → “Poetry Man” (1974)
1963 ● Regina Belle → R&B, “A Whole New World” (1992)
1970 ● Mandy Smith → Dance-pop singer, model, teenage ex-wife of Bill Wyman
1971 ● DJ Minute Mix (Jarrett Cordes) → PM Dawn
1971 ● Ed Kowalczyk → Live

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This Week’s Birthdays (June 20 – 26)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Jun 20
1924 ● Chester Burton “Chet” Atkins → Country-pop guitarist, created the “Nashville Sound”, producer
1928 ● Eric Dolphy → Jazz flautist, influenced jazz-rock fusionists
1936 ● Billy Guy → Coasters, solo comedian
1937 ● Jerry Keller → Pop singer/songwriter, “Here Comes Summer” (1959)
1942 ● Brian WilsonThe Beach Boys
1945 ● Anne Murray → Canadian country-pop, “Snowbird” (1970)
1949 ● Alan Longmuir → Bay City Rollers
1949 ● Lionel Richie → Commodores, solo
1954 ● Michael Anthony (Sobolewski) → Chickenfoot, Van Halen
1960 ● Chris Gibson → Disco-salsa The Gibson Brothers, “Cuba” (1978)
1960 ● John TaylorDuran Duran, The Power Station, Neurotic Outsiders, solo
1960 ● Kelly Johnson → Girlschool
1968 ● Murphy Karges → Sugar Ray
1971 ● Twiggy Ramirez (Jeordie Osbourne White) → Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails touring band

Jun 21
1942 ● O.C. Smith → Country-R&B-pop, “Little Green Apples” (1968)
1944 ● Jon Wiseman → UK jazz-rock drummer
1944 ● Ray DaviesThe Kinks
1947 ● Joey Molland → The Merseybeats, Badfinger
1950 ● Joey KramerAerosmith
1951 ● Nils Lofgren → Grin, E Street Band, Crazy Horse, solo, All Starr Band
1957 ● Mark Brzezicki → Big Country, The Cult, Ultravox, Procol Harum
1959 ● Kathy Mattea → Country-pop, “Goin’ Gone” (1957)
1959 ● Marcella Detroit (Levy) → Vocalist, songwriter, sessions, solo, Shakespears Sister
1967 ● Tim Simenon → Composer, producer, Bomb The Bass
1968 ● Sonique (Sonia Clarke) → Dance-pop Diva/DJ, S’Express, All Saints
1975 ● Justin Cary → Sixpence None The Richer
1976 ● Mike Einziger → Incubus
1981 ● Brandon Flowers → The Killers

Jun 22
1936 ● Kris Kristofferson → Country-singer, songwriter, “Me & Bobby McGee” (1971), actor
1944 ● Peter Asher → Peter & Gordon, manager, record producer
1947 ● Howard KaylanTurtles, Mothers of Invention, Flo & Eddie
1948 ● Todd Rundgren → Nazz, solo, Utopia, New Cars, producer
1949 ● Alan Osmond → The Osmonds
1953 ● Cyndi Lauper → “Time After Time” (1983)
1956 ● Derek Forbes → Simple Minds
1956 ● Green Gartside (Paul Julian Strohmeyer) → Scritti Politti
1957 ● Gary BeersINXS
1958 ● Ruby Turner → R&B/soul, “I’d Rather Go Blind” (1987)
1959 ● Alan Anton → Cowboy Junkies
1961 ● Jimmy Somerville → Bronski Beat
1964 ● Mike Edwards → Jesus Jones
1965 ● Tommy Cunningham → Wet Wet Wet
1970 ● Steven Page → Barenaked Ladies
1973 ● Chris Traynor → Helmet, Bush, Blue Man Group, Rival Schools

Jun 23
1929 ● June Carter Cash → Country music matriarch, The Carter Family, solo, duets with the “Man In Black”
1940 ● Adam Faith (Terence Nelhams-Wright) → Teen-idol, actor,”What Do You Want” (1959)
1940 ● Stu Sutcliffe → First Beatles bassist, 1960-61
1941 ● Robert HunterGrateful Dead lyricist, songwriter, guitarist, poet
1944 ● Rosetta Hightower → R&B soul girl-group The Orlons, “South Street” (1963)
1955 ● Glenn Danzig (Anzalone) → The Misfits, Danzig
1957 ● Leee John (John Leslie McGregor) → Dance-pop trio Imagination
1962 ● Steve Shelley → Sonic Youth
1965 ● Paul Arthurs → Oasis
1975 ● Kate “KT” Tunstall → “Suddenly I See” (2005)
1977 ● Jason Mraz → “I’m Yours” (2008)

Jun 24
1939 ● Paul “Oz” Bach → Spanky and Our Gang, Tarantula
1942 ● Mick FleetwoodFleetwood Mac
1944 ● Arthur Brown → The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, “Fire” (1968)
1944 ● Chris WoodTraffic, Ginger Baker’s Air Force
1944 ● Jeff Beck → Yardbirds, Jeff Beck Group, solo
1945 ● Colin BlunstoneThe Zombies, Alan Parsons Project, solo
1948 ● Patrick MorazMoody Blues, Yes, solo
1949 ● John IllsleyDire Straits
1950 ● Derrick “Duckie” Simpson → Black Uhuru
1957 ● Astro (Terence Wilson) → UB40
1959 ● Andy McCluskey → Orchestral Manoeuvres in The Dark
1961 ● Curt Smith → Tears For Fears
1967 ● Jeff Cease → The Black Crowes
1970 ● Glen Medeiros → “Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love For You” (1988)

Jun 25
1935 ● Eddie Floyd → Memphis soul, “Knock On Wood” (1966)
1940 ● Clint Warwick (Albert Clinton Eccles) → Original bassist for Moody Blues
1945 ● Carly Simon → “You’re So Vain” (1973)
1946 ● Allen LanierBlue Öyster Cult
1946 ● Ian McDonald → King Crimson, Foreigner
1952 ● Tim Finn → Split Enz, Crowded House, Finn Brothers
1954 ● David PaichToto
1963 ● George Michael (Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou) → Wham!, solo, “Faith” (1987)
1968 ● Candyman (Byron Reed) → Rapper, “Knockin’ Boots” (1990)
1972 ● Mike Kroeger → Nickelback
1974 ● Mario Calire → The Wallflowers, Ozomatli

Jun 26
1893 ● William Lee “Big Bill” Broonzy → Chicago blues pioneer, “Key To The Highway” (1941)
1909 ● Colonel Tom Parker → (Elvis Presley‘s manager)
1940 ● Billy Davis, Jr. → Fifth Dimension, solo, duets with wife Marilyn McCoo
1942 ● Larry Taylor → Canned Heat
1943 ● Georgie Fame (Clive Powell) → “The Ballad Of Bonnie And Clyde” (1967)
1955 ● Michael Geoffrey “Mick” JonesThe Clash
1956 ● Chris Isaak → “Wicked Game” (1990)
1957 ● Patty Smyth → Scandal, solo
1959 ● Stef Burns → Huey Lewis & The News
1960 ● Chris Duffy → Waterfront
1961 ● Terri Nunn → Berlin, “Take My Breath Away” (1986)
1967 ● Mark Decloedt → EMF, “Unbelievable” (1992)
1969 ● Colin Greenwood → Radiohead
1973 ● Gretchen Wilson → “Redneck Woman” (2004)
1979 ● Nathan Followill → Kings Of Leon

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This Week’s Birthdays (June 13 – 19)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Jun 13
1940 ● Bobby Freeman → “Do You Want to Dance” (1958)
1942 ● James Carr → R&B/soul, “Dark End Of The Street” (1967)
1949 ● Dennis Locorriere → Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show
1951 ● Howard LeeseHeart
1954 ● Jorge Santana → Malo
1954 ● Robert “Bo” Donaldson → “Billy Don’t Be a Hero” (1974)
1957 ● Rolf Brendel → Nena, “99 Luftballons” (1984)
1963 ● Paul DeLisle → Smash Mouth
1968 ● David Gray → “Babylon” (2000)
1968 ● Deneice Pearson → 5 Star
1969 ● Soren Rasted → Aqua, solo, producer, actor
1970 ● Rivers Cuomo → Weezer
1985 ● Raz-B (De’Mario Monte Thornton) → B2K

Jun 14
1909 ● Burl Ives → Folk singer, actor, writer, radio personality
1936 ● Renaldo “Obie” Benson → The Four Tops, co-wrote “What’s Goin’ On” (1971)
1943 ● Mervyn “Muff” Winwood → Spencer Davis Group, producer, record executive
1945 ● Rod ArgentZombies, Argent
1947 ● Barry Melton → Country Joe & the Fish, Dinosaurs
1949 ● Alan WhiteYes, Plastic Ono Band
1949 ● Jim Lea → Slade, songwriter, producer
1958 ● Nick Van Ede → Cutting Crew, “(I Just) Died In Your Arms” (1986)
1961 ● Boy George (George O’Dowd) → Culture Club, solo
1963 ● Chris DeGarmo → Queensryche
1969 ● MC Ren (Lorenzo Patterson) → N.W.A., solo
1971 ● Billie Myers → “Kiss The Rain” (1998)

Jun 15
1929 ● Nigel Pickering → Spanky And Our Gang
1937 ● Waylon Jennings Buddy Holly band, The Highwaymen, “outlaw” country star
1941 ● Harry Nilsson → “Everybody’s Talkin'” (1969)
1943 ● Johnny Halliday → French pop singer
1946 ● Artemios “Demis” Roussos → Aphrodite’s Child, solo
1946 ● Neville “Noddy” Holder → Slade
1949 ● Michael “Sam” Lutz → Brownsville Station
1949 ● Russell Hitchcock → Air Supply
1950 ● James Smith → The Stylistics, “You Make Me Feel Brand New” (1974)
1951 ● Steve WalshKansas, Streets
1954 ● Teresa Fay “Terri” Gibbs → Country-pop-gospel, “Somebody’s Knockin'” (1980)
1956 ● Bernie Shaw → Uriah Heep
1958 ● Neil Arthur → Blancmange
1963 ● Scott Rockenfield → Queensryche
1966 ● Michael Britt → Lonestar
1966 ● Rob Mitchell → Sixpence None The Richer
1969 ● Ice Cube (O’Shea Jackson) → N.W.A., solo
1976 ● Dryden Mitchell → Alien Ant Farm
1981 ● Billy Martin → Good Charlotte

Jun 16
1939 ● Billy “Crash” Craddock → 50s teen-pop then country-pop, “Rub It In” (1974)
1941 ● Lamont DozierMotown songwriter (Holland-Dozier-Holland)
1942 ● Edward Levert → The O’Jays, “Love Train” (1973)
1942 ● John Rastill → The Shadows
1945 ● Ivan Lins → Jazz-pop, Latin vocalist
1946 ● Ian Matthews (Ian Matthew McDonald) → Fairport Convention, Southern Comfort, solo
1949 ● Emil “Peppy Castro” Thielheim → Blues Magoos, “(We Ain’t Got) Nothin’ Yet” (1967)
1952 ● Gino Vannelli → “People Gotta Move” (1974)
1953 ● Ian Mosley → Marillion
1958 ● Patrick Waite → Musical Youth
1987 ● Diana DeGarmo → American Idol runner-up, Broadway actress

Jun 17
1940 ● Chuck Rainey → Jazz bassist
1942 ● Norman Kuhlke → Swinging Blue Jeans
1943 ● Barry Manilow (Barry Alan Pincus) → “I Write The Songs” (1976)
1944 ● Chris Spedding → Solo, sessions, Greedy Bastards
1947 ● Gregg RolieSantana, Journey
1947 ● Paul Young → Sad Café, Mike + The Mechanics
1954 ● Garrick “Garry” Roberts → Boomtown Rats
1969 ● Kevin Thornton → Color Me Badd

Jun 18
1942 ● Carl Radle → Derek & The Dominos, Eric Clapton band, sessions
1942 ● Paul McCartneyBeatles, Wings, solo
1952 ● Ricky Gazda → Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes
1961 ● Alison Moyet → Love Resurrection
1963 ● Darren Arthur “Dizzy” Reed → Guns N’ Roses
1969 ● Sice (Simon Rowbottom) → Boo Radleys
1971 ● Nathan Morris → Boyz II Men
1975 ● Silkk The Shocker (Vyshonne Miller) → Tru, solo

Jun 19
1936 ● Shirley Goodman → Shirley & Lee (50s), Shirley & Co. pre-disco hit “Shame Shame Shame” (1974)
1936 ● Tommy De Vito → The Four Seasons
1939 ● Al Wilson → “Show and Tell” (1973)
1942 ● Elaine “Spanky” McFarlane → Spanky and Our Gang
1948 ● Nick Drake → UK folk-rock guitarist, singer/songwriter
1950 ● Ann WilsonHeart
1953 ● Larry Dunn (Lawrence Dunhill) → Earth, Wind & Fire
1959 ● Mark “Marty” DeBarge → DeBarge
1960 ● Dennis Fuller → London Boys
1962 ● Paula Abdul → Dance-pop diva, producer, TV star
1964 ● Brian Vander Ark → The Verve Pipe, “The Freshmen” (1997)
1970 ● Brian “Head” Welch → Korn, solo

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This Week’s Birthdays (May 23 – 29)

Happy Birthday this week to:

May 23
1918 ● Robert “Bumps” Blackwell → Producer, Specialty Records executive
1921 ● Humphrey Lyttleton → Jazz bandleader, trumpeteer, radio host
1928 ● Rosemary Clooney → Adult pop singer, actress
1934 ● Robert Moog → Synthesizer developer and musician
1943 ● “General” Norman Johnson → The Showmen, Chairmen Of The Board
1946 ● Danny Klein → J. Geils Band
1947 ● Bill HuntElectric Light Orchestra
1953 ● Rick Fenn → 10cc
1955 ● Jim Mankey → Concrete Blonde
1957 ● Thereza Bazar → Guys N’ Dolls, Dollar, solo
1967 ● Frederick “Junior” Waite → Musical Youth, “Pass The Dutchie” (1982)
1967 ● Phil Selway → Radiohead
1973 ● Maxwell (Gerald Maxwell Rivera) → Neo-soul, “Fortunate” (1999)
1974 ● Jewel (Kilcher) → “You Were Meant For Me” (1996)

May 24
1941 ● Bob Dylan (Robert Allen Zimmerman) → “Like A Rolling Stone” (1965)
1942 ● Derek Quinn → Freddie & The Dreamers
1944 ● Patti LaBelle (Patricia Holt) → Soul diva, The Blue Belles, LaBelle, solo
1946 ● Steve Upton → Wishbone Ash
1947 ● Albert Bouchard Blue Öyster Cult
1955 ● Rosanne Cash → Daughter of Johnny, “Seven Year Ache” (1981)
1967 ● Heavy D (Dwight Myers) → Rapper, The Boyz, “Now That We Found Love” (1991)
1969 ● Rich Robinson → The Black Crowes
1988 ● Billy Gilman → Youngest country Top 20 singer, “One Voice” (2000)

May 25
1921 ● Hal David → Pop/MOR lyricist, co-wrote with Burt Bacharach
1936 ● Tom T. Hall → Country singer, wrote “Harper Valley P.T.A.” (1968)
1942 ● Brian “Blinky” Davison → The Nice, Refugee
1943 ● Jessi Colter (Miriam Johnson) → Wife of Waylon Jennings, “I’m Not Lisa” (1975)
1943 ● John Michael “Poli” Palmer → Family
1947 ● Mitch Margo → The Tokens, “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” (1962)
1948 ● Klaus Meine → Scorpions
1950 ● Robby SteinhardtKansas, solo
1955 ● John Grimaldi → Argent
1958 ● John William “Paul” Weller → The Jam, The Style Council, solo
1975 ● Lauryn Hill → The Fugees, solo

May 26
1926 ● Miles Dewey Davis III → Jazz bandleader, trumpeteer, composer
1939 ● Jaki Liebezeit → Canadian singer/songwriter, “Wondering Where The Lions Are” (1979)
1940 ● Levon HelmThe Band, solo, producer
1942 ● Ray Ennis → Swinging Blue Jeans, “Hippy Hippy Shake” (1964)
1944 ● Terence “Verden” Allen → Mott The Hoople
1944 ● Vicki Lawrence (Vicki Ann Axelrod) → Actress, comedienne, singer, “The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia” (1973)
1945 ● Garry Peterson → The Guess Who
1949 ● Randall Hank Williams, Jr. → “Honky Tonkin'” (1982)
1949 ● Stephanie Lynn (“Stevie”) NicksFleetwood Mac, solo
1958 ● Wayne Hussey (Jerry Lovelock) → Dead Or Alive, The Sisters Of Mercy, The Mission
1962 ● Colin Vearncombe → Black
1964 ● Leonard Albert “Lenny” Kravitz → “Are You Gonna Go My Way” (1993)

May 27
1932 ● Junior Parker (Hermon Parker, Jr.) → Memphis blues/soul vocalist
1935 ● Ramsey Lewis → Jazz/pop pianist
1943 ● Cilla Black (Priscilla White) → “You’re My World” (1964)
1945 ● Bruce Cockburn → Canadian singer/songwriter, “Wondering Where The Lions Are” (1979)
1947 ● Marty Kristian → The New Seekers
1948 ● Pete Sears → Hot Tuna, Jefferson Starship
1957 ● Eddie Harsch → The Black Crowes
1957 ● Siouxsie Sioux (Susan Dallion) → Siouxsie & The Banshees
1958 ● Neil Finn → Crowded House, Split Enz, Finn Brothers
1966 ● Sean Kinney → Alice In Chains
1971 ● Lisa Nicole “Left Eye” Lopes → TLC
1975 ● Andre 3000 (Andre Benjamin) → OutKast

May 28
1910 ● Aaron Thibeaux “T. Bone” Walker → Electric blues pioneer, “Stormy Monday” (1947)
1917 ● John Henry “Papa John” CreachJefferson Airplane/Starship, Hot Tuna, solo
1930 ● Prince Buster (Cecil Bustamonte Campbell) → Reggae/ska singer, producer
1943 ● Tony Mansfield → The Dakotas, Naked Eyes
1944 ● Billy Vera (William McCord, Jr.) → Billy Vera & Judy Clay, “Storybook Children” (1967)
1944 ● Gladys Knight → Soul diva, The Pips, solo
1945 ● John FogertyCreedence Clearwater Revival, solo
1948 ● Ray Laidlaw → Brethren, Lindisfarne
1949 ● Wendy O. Williams → Plasmatics
1955 ● Edwin “Eddie” JobsonJethro Tull, Roxy Music, U.K.
1955 ● John McGeoch → Siouxsie & The Banshees, solo
1959 ● Steve Strange → Visage
1961 ● Roland Gift → Fine Young Cannibals
1964 ● Wes Burt-Martin → Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians
1968 ● Kylie Minogue → “The Loco-Motion” (1988)
1970 ● Mark Richardson → Skunk Anansie
1981 ● Mark Feehily → Westlife
1985 ● Colbie Caillat → Pop singer/guitarist, “Bubbly” (2007)

May 29
1941 ● Roy Crewsdon → Freddie & The Dreamers
1945 ● Gary Brooker → Procol Harum, solo
1949 ● Francis Rossi → The Spectres, Status Quo
1950 ● Maureen “Rebbie” Jackson → The Jacksons, solo
1953 ● Danny Elfman → Composer, singer/songwriter, Oingo Boingo
1955 ● Mike ProcaroToto
1956 ● Larry Blackmon → Cameo
1959 ● Mel Gaynor → Simple Minds
1960 ● Jesse Johnson → The Time, “Jungle Love” (1984), solo
1961 ● Melissa Etheridge → Singer/songwriter, “Bring Me Some Water” (1989), gay activist
1967 ● Noel Gallagher → Oasis
1969 ● Chandler “Chad” Kinchla → Blues Traveler
1975 ● Melanie “Scary Spice” Brown → Spice Girls

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Album of the Day: Spiral Starecase (5/19/69) 41 Years!

Save for a couple of retrospective compilations, Spiral Starecase was a one-hit, one-album wonder from the late 60s. But that one hit, “More Today Than Yesterday” and the rest of the band’s lone LP are far deeper than most single-shot groups. In fact, many (including me) consider More Today Than Yesterday to be one of the finest of the late 60s upbeat pop-rock albums (the LP was released on May 19, 1969). Unfortunately, Spiral Starecase only got one shot at the limelight; within months of More Today Than Yesterday, the band broke up amidst financial and personnel turmoil.

Spiral Starecase began life as a Northern California, Vegas-style lounge act called the Fydallions after winning a local talent contest in Sacramento, CA. Four years on the Ramada Inn circuit perfected their engaging blend of MOR pop, ringing guitar hooks, backing horns and the unmistakable sound of lead singer Pat Upton’s vocals. Their brassy pop-rock mimicked chart-toppers Blood, Sweat & Tears, Chicago and Ides Of March, but minus the obvious jazz influences. However, fame (and fortune) was elusive, as only “More Today Than Yesterday” gathered any respect (#12 in the U.S. in mid-1969) and a second single, “She’s Ready” proved not to be.

Upton’s vocals, the band’s great sounds and the overall sunny feel of Spiral Staircase should have gone farther than just one release. To relive what might have been, click here for a preview and mp3 download or CD purchase of More Today Than Yesterday.

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