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This Week’s Birthdays (July 25 – 31)

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Jul 25
1925 ● William “Benny” Benjamin → The Funk Brothers (Motown house band)
1941 ● Manuel “Manny” Charlton → Nazereth, “Love Hurts” (1976)
1942 ● Bruce Woodley → The Seekers
1943 ● Jim McCarty → Yardbirds, Renaissance, Illusion, solo
1943 ● Tom Dawes → The Cyrkle, “Red Rubber Ball” (1966)
1946 ● Jose Chepito AreasSantana
1948 ● Steve Goodman → Folkie, wrote “The City Of New Orleans”
1950 ● Mark Clarke → Uriah Heep
1951 ● Verdine White → Earth, Wind & Fire
1958 ● Thurston Moore → Sonic Youth
1973 ● Ladybug Mecca (Mary Ann Vieira) → Digable Planets

Jul 26
1937 ● Al Banks → The Turbans, “When You Dance” (1955)
1938 ● Bobby Hebb → “Sunny” (1964)
1941 ● Brenton Wood (Alfred Jesse Smith) → R&B/soul, “Gimme Little Sign” (1967)
1941 ● Neil Landon (Patrick Cahill) → The Flower Pot Men, “Let’s Go To San Francisco” (1967)
1942 ● Dobie Gray (Leonard Victor Ainsworth) → R&B/soul, “Drift Away” (1973)
1943 ● Michael Philip “Mick” JaggerThe Rolling Stones, solo
1949 ● Roger TaylorQueen
1961 ● Andy Connell → Swing Out Sister, “Breakout” (1986)
1961 ● Gary Cherone → Extreme, Van Halen, solo
1967 ● Headliner (Timothy Barnwell) → Arrested Development
1980 ● Dave “Brown Sound” Baksh → Sum 41, Brown Brigade

Jul 27
1933 ● Nick Reynolds → Kingston Trio, “Tom Dooley” (1958)
1943 ● Al Ramsey → Gary Lewis & The Playboys
1944 ● Bobby Gentry (Roberta Lee Streeter) → “Ode to Billy Joe” (1967)
1947 ● Andy McMaster → Ducks Deluxe, The Motors
1949 ● Henry Weck → Brownsville Station, “Smokin’ In The Boys Room” (1973)
1949 ● Maureen McGovern → “The Morning After” (1973)
1950 ● Michael Vaughan → Paper Lace, “The Night Chicago Died” (1974)
1953 ● Suzi Carr → Will To Power, “Baby I Love Your Way/Freebird” (1989)
1960 ● Conway Savage → Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
1963 ● Karl Mueller → Soul Asylum
1967 ● Juliana Hatfield → Blake Babies, solo, “Spin The Bottle (1994)

Jul 28
1938 ● George Cummings → Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show
1943 ● Michael Bloomfield → Butterfield Blues Band, solo
1943 ● Richard WrightPink Floyd, solo
1946 ● Jonathan Edwards → Folk-rock, “Sunshine” (1971)
1949 ● Peter Doyle → The New Seekers, “I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing” (1972)
1949 ● Simon Kirke → Free, Bad Company
1949 ● Steve Peregrine Took → T. Rex, “Hot Love” (1971)
1954 ● Steve Morse → Dixie Dregs, Deep Purple, Kansas
1962 ● Rachel Sweet → “Everlasting Love” (1981)
1963 ● Tex Axile (Anthony Doughty) → Transvision Vamp
1990 ● Soulja Boy (DeAndre Cortez Way) → Rapper, “Crank That” (2007), record producer,

Jul 29
1953 ● Geddy Lee (Gary Lee Weinrib) → Rush
1953 ● Vivienne Patricia “Patty” ScialfaE Street Band, solo, wife of The Boss
1959 ● John Sykes → Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake
1966 ● Martina McBride (Martina Mariea Schiff) → Country diva, “A Broken Wing” (1997)
1967 ● Chris Gorman → Belly
1972 ● Simon Jones → The Verve, “The Drugs Don’t Work” (1997)
1973 ● Wanya Morris → Boyz II Men, “End Of The Road” (1992)

Jul 30
1936 ● George “Buddy” Guy → Blues guitarist, Rolling Stone #30 Greatest Guitarist
1938 ● Edward “Kookie” Byrnes → 77 Sunset Strip
1945 ● David Sanborn → Jazz-pop sax, Butterfield Blues Band, Brecker Bros., solo
1946 ● Jeffrey Hammond-HammondJethro Tull
1949 ● B.B. Dickerson → War, “Spill The Wine” (1970)
1949 ● Hugh Nicholson → The Poets, Marmalade
1956 ● Phil Fearon → Galaxy, “Dancing Tight” (1983)
1957 ● David Joseph → Hi-Tension
1957 ● Rat Scabies (Chris Millar) → The Damned
1958 ● Kate Bush → “Don’t Give Up” (1986)
1971 ● Brad Hargreaves → Third Eye Blind

Jul 31
1923 ● Ahmet Ertegun → Atlantic records founder/executive
1932 ● Morey Carr → The Playmates, “Beep Beep” (1958)
1937 ● Bonnie Brown → The Browns, “The Three Bells” (1959), solo
1939 ● John West → Gary Lewis & The Playboys
1941 ● Fatboy Slim (Quentin Leo Cook) → Brit-hop, “The Rockafeller Skank” (1998)
1941 ● Paul Anka → Teen-idol, crooner, “Lonely Boy” (1959)
1943 ● Lobo (Roland Kent Lavoie) → “Me And You And A Dog Named Boo” (1971)
1946 ● Bob WelchFleetwood Mac, solo
1946 ● Gary Lewis (Gary Harold Lee Levitch) → Gary Lewis & The Playboys, son of Jerry Lewis
1947 ● Karl Green → Herman’s Hermits
1951 ● Carlo Karges → Nena, “99 Luftballons” (1984)
1953 ● Hugh McDowellElectric Light Orchestra
1957 ● Daniel Ash → Bauhaus, Love & Rockets, solo
1958 ● Bill BerryR.E.M.
1960 ● Malcolm Ross → Aztec Camera
1964 ● Jim Corr → The Corrs, “What Can I Do” (1998)
1971 ● John Lowery → Marilyn Manson, “Mechanical Animals” (1971)
1978 ● Will Champion → Coldplay

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This Week’s Birthdays (July 11 – 17)

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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)

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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)

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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 (June 6 – 12)

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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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Album of the Day: David Bowie (5/18/79)

Released on May 18, 1979, David Bowie’s Lodger was the final disc in the “Berlin Trilogy” of albums he recorded in collaboration with Roxy Music keyboardist and ambient music pioneer Brian Eno. Along with 1977’s Low and Heroes, Lodger reflects Bowie’s relocation to Berlin, his fascination with contemporary German rock music, and the zeitgeist of living and experiencing the divided city at the height of the Cold War.

Lodger is the most audience-accessible of the three Berlin albums. Whereas Low and Heroes are pervasive with heavy instrumentals, Lodger has none. Its brighter melodies and pop sounds were still mostly experimental in nature, but “Boys Keep Swinging” managed to break the Top 10 at #7 on the U.K. charts and the album as a whole reached #4. That Lodger largely failed to make a dent in the U.S. market is not surprising. The heavy handed Eno-induced synthesizers and Krautrock influences of Lodger did not play well to American listeners who were just beginning to tune to heavy metal and its offshoots. Even though Kraftwerk’s break into the U.S. airwaves with the hypnotic Trans-Europe Express album came ahead of Lodger in 1977, Kraftwerk, while ultimately a highly influential sound, was still viewed as more of a novelty than a serious contender in the U.S. in 1979.

Lodger is underrated at best, but only serious Bowie fans will really appreciate its existential tones and European influences. If you’re adventurous, give it a try on Amazon and iTunes. The less adventurous can sample my Top 25 Bowie tracks in the Playlist Vault.

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This Week’s Birthdays (May 16 – 22)

Happy Birthday this week to:

May 16
1919 ● (Wladziu Valentino) Liberace → Campy pianist and showman
1944 ● Billy Cobham → Mahavishnu Orchestra, solo
1946 ● Robert Fripp → King Crimson, solo
1946 ● Roger Earl → Foghat, Savoy Brown
1947 ● Barbara Lee → The Chiffons, “He’s So Fine” (1963)
1947 ● Darrell Sweet → Nazereth, “Love Hurts” (1975)
1951 ● Jonathan Richman → Modern Lovers, solo
1953 ● Richard Page → Mr. Mister
1955 ● Hazel O’Connor → “Will You” (1981)
1958 ● Glenn Gregory → Heaven 17
1965 ● Krist “Chris” NovoselicNirvana
1966 ● Janet Jackson → “Miss You Much” (1989)

May 17
1938 ● Pervis Jackson → The Spinners
1941 ● Malcolm Hale → Spanky & Our Gang
1942 ● Taj Mahal (Henry St. Clair Fredericks) → Rising Sons, solo,
1944 ● Jesse Winchester → “Yankee Lady” (1970)
1944 ● Richard Schwartz → Quotations
1949 ● Bill Bruford → King Crimson, Yes, U.K., solo
1952 ● Roy Adams → Climax Blues Band
1953 ● George Johnson → Brothers Johnson
1959 ● Paul Di’Anno (Andrews) → Iron Maiden
1961 ● Enya (Eithne Ni Bhraonain) → “Orinoco Flow (Sail Away)” (1988)
1962 ● Tracey Bryn → Voice Of The Beehive
1964 ● Dave Abbruzzese → Pearl Jam
1965 ● Homer O’Dell → Mint Condition
1965 ● Trent Reznor → Nine Inch Nails
1970 ● Darnell Van Rensalier → Shai
1970 ● Jordan Knight → New Kids On The Block
1976 ● Kandi Burruss → Xscape

May 18
1911 ● Joseph Vernon “Big Joe” Turner → “Shake, Rattle And Roll” (1954)
1912 ● Pierino Ronald “Perry” Como → “Catch A Falling Star” (1958)
1942 ● Rodney Dillard → The Dillards
1944 ● Albert Hammond → “It Never Rains In Southern California” (1973)
1949 ● Bill Wallace → Guess Who
1949 ● Rick Wakeman → The Strawbs, Yes
1952 ● George Strait → “All My Ex’s Live In Texas” (1987)
1953 ● Feliciano “Butch” Tavares → Tavares
1958 ● Toyah Ann Wilcox → Toyah, “It’s A Mystery” (1981)
1969 ● Martika (Marta Marrero) → Teen-pop, “Toy Soldiers” (1989)

May 19
1932 ● Alma Cogan (Cohen) → Brit pop, “Dreamboat” (1955)
1940 ● Mickey Newbury → Country songwriter, “An American Trilogy” (1971)
1945 ● Pete TownshendThe Who, solo
1947 ● Gregory HerbertBlood, Sweat & Tears
1947 ● Jerry HymanBlood, Sweat & Tears
1947 ● Paul Brady → Irish folk-pop, “Nobody Knows” (1990)
1947 ● Steve Currie → T. Rex
1948 ● Tom Scott → Saxophonist, composer, bandleader (L. A. Express)
1949 ● Joe Michael “Dusty” HillZZ Top
1951 ● Joey Ramone (Jeffrey Hyman) → The Ramones
1952 ● Barbara Joyce Lomas → B.T. Express
1952 ● Grace Jones (Mendoza) → The “Queen of the Gay Discos”, actress
1954 ● Phillip RuddAC/DC
1956 ● Martyn “Teddy Bear” Ware → The Human League, Heaven 17
1962 ● Iain Harvie → Del Amitri
1963 ● Yazz (Yasmin Evans) → “The Only Way Is Up” (1988)
1972 ● Jenny Berggren → Ace Of Base

May 20
1942 ● Jill Jackson → Paul & Paula, “Hey Paula” (1963)
1944 ● John Robert “Joe” Cocker → “A Little Help From My Friends” (1968)
1946 ● Cher (Cherilyn Sarkisian LaPierre) → Sonny & Cher, “I Got You Babe” (1965)
1952 ● Warren Cann → Ultravox
1954 ● Jimmy Henderson → Black Oak Arkansas
1955 ● Steve George → Mr. Mister
1958 ● Jane Wiedlin → The Go-Go’s
1959 ● Susan Cowsill → The Cowsills, Continental Drifters
1961 ● Nick Heyward → Haircut 100, solo, “Kite” (1994)
1966 ● Tom Gorman → Belly
1972 ● Busta Rhymes (Trevor Smith, Jr.) → Rapper, “Woo-Hah!! Got You All In Check ” (1996)
1972 ● Kit Clark → Danny Wilson, “Mary’s Prayer” (1987)
1984 ● Naturi Naughton → 3LW

May 21
1904 ● Thomas Wright “Fats” Waller → Jazz pianist, “Ain’t Misbehavin'” (1929)
1941 ● Ronald Isley → Isley Brothers
1943 ● Hilton Valentine → The Animals
1943 ● Vincent Crane → Atomic Rooster, Crazy World of Arthur Brown
1944 ● Marcie Blaine (Marcia Blank) → “Bobby’s Girl” (1962)
1947 ● Bill Champlin → Sons Of Champlin, Chicago
1948 ● Gerard Hugh “Leo” Sayer → “You Make Me Feel Like Dancing” (1976)
1955 ● Stan LynchTom Petty & The Heartbreakers
1963 ● Tim Lever → Dead Or Alive, Modern Eon

May 22
1937 ● Kenny Ball → Kenny Ball & His Jazzman, “Midnight In Moscow” (1962)
1950 ● Bernie Taupin → Songwriter, lyricist for Elton John
1954 ● Jerry Dammers → Special A.K.A., The Specials, producer
1955 ● Iva Davies → Icehouse, “Electric Blue” (1987)
1959 ● Morrissey (Steven Patrick Morrissey) → The Smiths, solo
1962 ● Jesse Valenzuela → Gin Blossoms, solo
1966 ● Johnny Gill → New Edition, solo, “My, My, My” (1990)
1967 ● Dan Roberts → Crash Test Dummies

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