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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 (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 (July 4 – 10)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Jul 04
1826 ● Stephen Foster → “Oh! Susanna” (1849)
1934 ● Gilbert Lopez → Tune Weavers
1938 ● Bill Withers → “Lean On Me” (1972)
1940 ● Dave Rowberry → The Animals
1943 ● Alan “Blind Owl” Wilson → Canned Heat
1948 ● Jeremy SpencerFleetwood Mac, solo
1950 ● David ‘Kid’ Jensen → BBC Radio 1 DJ
1951 ● Ralph Johnson → Earth, Wind & Fire
1955 ● John Waite → The Babys, Bad English, solo
1958 ● Kirk PengillyINXS
1963 ● Matt Malley → Counting Crows
1971 ● Andrew Creeggan → Barenaked Ladies
1972 ● William Goldsmith → Foo Fighters
1978 ● Stephen McNally → BBMak

Jul 05
1930 ● Mitch Jayne → The Dillards
1941 ● Terry Cashman → “Talkin’ Baseball” (1981)
1943 ● Robbie RobertsonThe Band, solo
1950 ● Andy Ellison → John’s Children
1950 ● Huey Lewis (Hugh Anthony Craig III) → Huey Lewis & The News
1950 ● Michael MonarchSteppenwolf
1959 ● Marc Cohn → “Walking In Memphis” (1991)
1973 ● Bengt Lagerberg → The Cardigans
1973 ● Joe (Joseph Lewis Thomas) → R&B singer, “Stutter” (2000), producer
1980 ● Jason Wade → Lifehouse

Jul 06
1925 ● Bill Haley → “Rock Around The Clock” (1955)
1931 ● Della Reese (Delloreese Patricia Early) → Pop and jazz singer, “Don’t You Know?” (1959), actress
1937 ● Gene Chandler (Eugene Dixon) → The Dukays, “Duke Of Earl” (1962), solo
1939 ● Terence “Jet” Harris → The Shadows, solo, (Diamonds” (1963)
1945 ● Rik Elswit → Dr. Hook & The Medecine Show
1949 ● Michael ShrieveSantana, Go
1953 ● Nanci Griffith → US country-folk (“folkabilly”) singer
1959 ● John Keeble → Spandau Ballet
1963 ● Tim Bricheno → The Sisters Of Mercy, All About Eve
1969 ● Michael Grant → Musical Youth
1975 ● 50 Cent (Curtis J. Jackson III) → Rapper, “Candy Shop” (2005)

Jul 07
1928 ● Mary Ford → partner of Les Paul
1932 ● Joe Zawinul → Weather Report
1940 ● Ringo StarrThe Beatles, All-Star Band, solo
1944 ● Warren Entner → The Grass Roots, producer/manager
1945 ● Jim Rodford → Swinging Blue Jeans, Zombies, Argent, The Kinks
1947 ● David “Scar” Hodo → Village People
1947 ● Rob Townsend → Family, Medicine Head
1948 ● Larry “Rhino” Rheinhardt → Iron Butterfly
1963 ● Vonda Shepherd → TV actress/singer, Ally McBeal, “Searchin’ My Soul” (1992)

Jul 08
1908 ● Louis Jordan → Jazz and early R&B saxophonist
1914 ● Billy Eckstein → Swing bandleader, “Passing Strangers” (1957)
1935 ● Steve Lawrence → “Go Away Little Girl” (1962)
1944 ● Jaimoe Johanson (Johnny Lee Johnson) → Allman Brothers Band
1956 ● Russell Christian → The Christians
1961 ● Andy FletcherDepeche Mode
1961 ● Toby Keith → “Courtesy Of The Red, White And Blue (The Angry American)” (2002)
1962 ● Joan Osborne → Solo, “One Of Us” (1995), Grateful Dead
1970 ● Beck Hansen (Bek David Campbell) → “Where It’s At” (1996)

Jul 09
1929 ● Lee Hazelwood → Country songwriter, producer
1941 ● Donald McPherson → Main Ingredient, “Everybody Plays The Fool” (1972)
1946 ● Ronald Belford “Bon” ScottAC/DC
1953 ● Kate Garner → Haysi Fantayzee
1954 ● Debbie Sledge → Sister Sledge
1959 ● Jim Kerr → Simple Minds
1959 ● Marc Almond → Soft Cell, Marc & The Mambas
1964 ● Courtney Love (Harrison) → Hole, solo, actress
1975 ● Jack White (John Anthony Gillis) → The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, Dead Weather

Jul 10
1941 ● Ian Whitcomb → “You Turn Me On” (1965)
1942 ● Ronnie James Dio (Ronald Padavona) → Black Sabbath, Rainbow
1943 ● Jerry Miller → Moby Grape
1947 ● Arlo Guthrie → “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree” (1967)
1949 ● Dave Smalley → The Raspberries
1954 ● Neil Tennant → Pet Shop Boys
1965 ● Peter DiStefano → Porno For Pyros

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This Week’s Birthdays (June 6 – 12)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Jun 06
1936 ● Levi Stubbs (Stubbles) → The Four Tops
1939 ● Gary “U.S.” Bonds (Gary Levone Anderson) → “Quarter To Three” (1961)
1942 ● Howard Kane (Kirschenbaum) → Jay & The Americans
1944 ● Edgar Froese → Tangerine Dream, solo
1944 ● Peter AlbinBig Brother & The Holding Co.
1959 ● Robert “Bobby Bluebell” Hodgens → The Bluebells
1960 ● Steve Vai → Guitarist, Frank Zappa band, Whitesnake, solo
1961 ● Tomas Enrique “Tom” Araya → Slayer
1965 ● David White → Brother Beyond
1970 ● James “Munky” Shaffer → Korn
1974 ● Uncle Kracker (Matthew Shafer) → Kid Rock DJ

Jun 07
1940 ● Tom Jones (Woodward) → “It’s Not Unusual” (1965)
1944 ● Clarence WhiteByrds, Kentucky Colonels
1955 ● Joey Scarbury → “Theme From The Greatest American Hero (Believe It Or Not)” (1981)
1957 ● Patrick Joseph “Paddy” McAloon → Prefab Sprout
1958 ● Prince (Rogers Nelson) → “When Doves Cry” (1984)
1964 ● John “Ecstasy” Fletcher → Whodini, “Five Minutes Of Funk” (1984)
1966 ● Eric Kretz → Stone Temple Pilots
1967 ● Dave Navarro → Jane’s Addiction, Red Hot Chili Peppers
1974 ● Terry “T-Low” Brown → Next, “Too Close” (1998)

Jun 08
1936 ● James Darren (James William Ercolani) → “Goodbye Cruel World” (1962)
1940 ● Nancy Sinatra → “These Boots Were Made for Walking” (1966)
1940 ● Sherman Garnes → The Teenagers, “Why Do Fools Fall In Love” (1956)
1942 ● Chuck Negron → Three Dog Night
1944 ● William Royce “Boz” ScaggsSteve Miller Band, solo, “Lido Shuffle” (1976)
1947 ● Julie Driscoll → Brit pop diva, Brian Auger & The Trinity, solo
1947 ● Mick Box → Uriah Heep
1951 ● Bonnie Tyler (Gaynor Hopkins) → “Total Eclipse of the Heart” (1983)
1953 ● Jeff Rich → Climax Blues Band, Status Quo
1960 ● Michael James “Mick” Hucknall → Simply Red, solo
1962 ● Nick Rhodes (Bates) → Duran Duran
1965 ● Rob Pilatus → Milli Vanilli
1966 ● Doris Pearson → 5 Star
1967 ● Neil Mitchell → Wet Wet Wet, “Love Is All Around” (1994)
1970 ● Nichole “Nicci” Gilbert → Brownstone, solo
1977 ● Kanye West → Producer, rapper, “Jesus Walks” (2004)
1981 ● Alex Band → The Calling, “Wherever You Will Go” (2001)

Jun 09
1891 ● Cole Porter → “I Get A Kick Out Of You” (1934)
1915 ● Les Paul (Lester William Polsfuss) → Singer, songwriter, guitar inventor
1929 ● Johnny Ace (John Alexander) → “Pledging My Love” (1955)
1934 ● Jack Leroy “Jackie” Wilson → “Lonely Teardrops” (1958)
1941 ● Billy Hatton → The Fourmost
1941 ● Jon LordDeep Purple, Whitesnake
1946 ● John “Mitch” MitchellJimi Hendrix Experience
1949 ● George Bunnell → Strawberry Alarm Clock
1950 ● Trevor Bolder → Uriah Heep, Wishbone Ash
1953 ● Errol Kennedy → Imagination, “Just An Illusion” (1982)
1962 ● Eddie Lundon → China Crisis, “Wishful Thinking” (1984)
1967 ● Dean Dinning → Toad The Wet Sprocket
1967 ● Dean Felber → Hootie & The Blowfish
1970 ● Ed Simons → The Chemical Brothers

Jun 10
1910 ● Howlin’ Wolf (Chester Arthur Burnett) → “Smokestack Lightning” (1956)
1922 ● Judy Garland (Frances Ethel Gumm) → “(Somewhere) Over The Rainbow” (1939)
1941 ● Shirley Alston → The Shirelles
1942 ● Janet Vogel → Skyliners, “Since I Don’t Have You” (1958)
1944 ● Rick Price → The Move, ELO, Wizzard
1961 ● Mark Shaw (Mark Robert Tiplady) → Then Jericho, “The Motive” (1987)
1961 ● Maxi Priest (Max Alfred Elliott) → Brit reggae star, The “King of Lovers Rock”
1964 ● Jimmy Chamberlain → Smashing Pumpkins
1965 ● Joey Santiago → The Pixies, The Martinis
1967 ● Human Beat Box (Darren Robinson) → Fat Boys
1969 ● Dan Lavery → Tonic
1971 ● Joel “JoJo” Hailey → K-Ci & JoJo
1973 ● Faith Evans → R&B pop, “I’ll Be Missing You” (1997)
1973 ● LeMisha Grinsted → 702, American Music Awards “Best New Soul/R&B Artist” (2000)

Jun 11
1934 ● James “Pookie” Hudson → The Spaniels, “Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight” (1954)
1940 ● Joey Dee (Joseph DiNicola) → “The Peppermint Twist” (1961)
1946 ● John Lawton → Lucifer’s Friend, Uriah Heep, solo
1947 ● Glenn LeonardThe Temptations
1947 ● Richard Palmer-James → King Crimson, Supertramp
1948 ● Skip Alan → The Pretty Things
1949 ● Frank BeardZZ Top
1951 ● Lynsey De Paul (Rubin) → Singer, songwriter, “Sugar Me” (1972)
1952 ● Donnie Van Zant → .38 Special, Van Zant
1961 ● Kim and Kelley Deal → The Breeders, The Pixies
1961 ● Rob B. (Robert Charles Birch) → Stereo MC’s

Jun 12
1909 ● Archie Bleyer → Bandleader, producer, Cadence Records owner
1941 ● Roy Harper → Brit folk-rock, lead vocals on Pink Floyd‘s “Have A Cigar” (1975)
1942 ● Len Barry (Leonard Borisoff) → The Dovells, solo, “1-2-3” (1965)
1943 ● Reg Presley → The Troggs, “Wild Thing” (1966)
1948 ● Barry Bailey → Atlanta Rhythm Section
1951 ● Brad DelpBoston
1951 ● Bun E. Carlos (Brad Carlson) → Cheap Trick
1952 ● Jamieson “Junior” Brown → Country-rock guitarist, Asleep At The Wheel, solo
1952 ● Peter FarndonPretenders
1953 ● Rocky Burnette → Rockabilly, “Tired Of Toein’ The Line” (1980), son of Johnny
1959 ● John Linnell → They Might Be Giants, solo
1960 ● Michael Hausman → Til Tuesday, “Voices Carry” (1985), artist manager
1962 ● Grandmaster Dee (Drew Carter) → Whodini, “Five Minutes Of Funk” (1984)
1968 ● Bobby Sheehan → Blues Traveler
1969 ● Bardi Martin → Candlebox, “Far Behind” (1994)
1977 ● Kenny Wayne Shepherd (Brobst) → Blues-rock guitarist, “Blue On Black” (1997)
1979 ● Robyn (Robin Miriam Carlsson) → Dance/pop, “Do You Know (What It Takes)” (1997)

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This Week’s Birthdays (May 30 – June 5)

Happy Birthday this week to:

May 30
1909 ● Benny Goodman → Bandleader, clarinetist, The “King of Swing”
1944 ● Lenny DavidsonDave Clark Five
1955 ● Nicholas Bowen “Topper” HeadonThe Clash
1958 ● Marie Fredriksson → Roxette
1960 ● Stephen DuffyDuran Duran, Tin Tin, “Kiss Me” (1982)
1964 ● Tom Morello → Rage Against The Machine
1964 ● Wynonna Judd (Christina Ciminella) → The Judds, solo, “To Be Loved By You” (1996)
1971 ● Patrick Dalheimer → Live, The Gracious Few

May 31
1938 ● Johnny Paycheck (Donald Eugene Lytle) → “Take This Job And Shove It” (1977)
1938 ● Peter YarrowPeter, Paul & Mary
1944 ● Mick Ralphs → Mott The Hoople
1947 ● William “Junior” Campbell → The Gaylords, The Marmalade
1948 ● John Henry “Bonzo” BonhamLed Zeppelin
1962 ● Corey Hart → “Never Surrender” (1985)
1963 ● Wendy Smith → Prefab Sprout
1964 ● Darryl McDaniels → Run-D.M.C.
1965 ● Steve White → Style Council

Jun 01
1921 ● Nelson Riddle → Composer, arranger, producer (Sinatra)
1934 ● Pat Boone → Top 40 pop singer, TV host, author
1945 ● Linda Scott (Linda Joy Sampson) → “I’ve Told Every Little Star” (1961)
1947 ● Ron Wood → Faces, Rolling Stones
1950 ● Charlene Marilyn D’Angelo → “I’ve Never Been To Me” (1982)
1950 ● Graham Russell → Air Supply
1953 ● Ronnie Dunn → Brooks & Dunn
1960 ● Simon GallupThe Cure
1963 ● Alan WilderDepeche Mode, Recoil, producer
1963 ● Mike Joyce → The Smiths
1968 ● Jason Donovan → Teen idol, “Especially For You” (1968)
1974 ● Alanis Morissette → “Ironic” (1996)

Jun 02
1937 ● Jimmy Jones → “Handy Man” (1960)
1939 ● Charles Miller → War, “Spill The Wine” (1970)
1941 ● Charlie WattsRolling Stones
1941 ● William Guest → The Five Du-Tones, Gladys Knight And The Pips
1943 ● Jimmy Castor → The Teenagers, Jimmy Castor Bunch, solo
1944 ● Marvin Hamlisch → Composer, arranger, “The Entertainer” (1973)
1947 ● Steve Brookins → .38 Special
1950 ● Antone Lee “Cubby” Tavares → Tavares
1954 ● Michael Susanne Steele → The Bangles
1957 ● Simon PhillipsToto, Judas Priest, Big Country
1960 ● Tony Hadley → Spandau Ballet, solo
1962 ● Thor Eldon Jonsson → The Sugarcubes
1970 ● B Real (Louis Freese) → Cypress Hill

Jun 03
1939 ● Ian Hunter (Patterson) → Mott the Hoople, solo
1942 ● Curtis Mayfield → R&B/soul giant, The Impressions, solo
1943 ● Mike Dennis → The Dovells, “The Bristol Stomp” (1961)
1946 ● Michael Clarke (Michael Dick) → Byrds, Flying Burrito Bros., Firefall
1947 ● Dave Alexander → The Stooges
1947 ● Mickey Finn (Michael Hearne) → T. Rex
1950 ● Deniece Williams (Chandler) → “Let’s Hear It For The Boy” (1984)
1950 ● Suzi Quatro (Susan Kay Quatrocchio) → “Stumblin’ In” (1979)
1952 ● Billy PowellLynyrd Skynyrd
1954 ● Dan Hill → “Sometimes When We Touch” (1977)
1971 ● Ariel and Gabriel Hernandez → No Mercy, “Where Do You Go” (1996)

Jun 04
1937 ● Freddy Fender (Baldemar Garza Huerta) → “Before The Next Teardrop Falls” (1975)
1940 ● Cliff Bennett → The Rebel Rousers
1944 ● Michelle Phillips (Holly Michelle Gilliam) → Mamas & The Papas
1944 ● Roger Ball → Average White Band
1945 ● Anthony Braxton → Jazz reedman, bandleader, composer
1945 ● Gordon Waller → Peter & Gordon, “A World Without Love” (1969)
1961 ● Eldra DeBarge → DeBarge, “Rhythm Of The Night” (1984)
1974 ● Stefan Lessard → Dave Matthews Band

Jun 05
1926 ● Bill Hayes → Country-pop singer, “The Ballad Of Davy Crockett” (1955)
1941 ● Floyd Lawrence Butler → The Friends Of Distinction
1946 ● Freddie StoneSly & the Family Stone, Graham Central Station
1947 ● Laurie Anderson → “O Superman” (1981)
1947 ● Tom Evans → Badfinger
1950 ● Ronnie Dyson → Lead singer in “Hair” (1968)
1954 ● Michael Henry “Nicko” McBrain → Iron Maiden
1954 ● Pete Erskine → Session drummer, Weather Report, Steely Dan
1956 ● Kenny G. (Kenneth Gorelick) → “Forever In Love” (1992)
1956 ● Richard Butler → Psychedelic Furs, Love Split Love
1964 ● Mags (Margaret Dunn) → Fuzzbox
1969 ● Brian McKnight → R&B/soul, “Love Is” (1993)
1970 ● Clause Noreen → Aqua, “Barbie Girl” (1996)
1971 ● Mark “Marky Mark” Wahlberg → Funky Bunch, Prince Pal Joe, actor
1974 ● Aaron “P-Nut” Wills → 311, solo, producer
1981 ● Sebastien Lefebvre → Simple Plan

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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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