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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 (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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Album of the Day: Marvin Gaye (5/20/71) 39 Years!

Marvin Gaye almost single-handedly revolutionized soul music when Motown released his self-produced What’s Goin’ On on March 20, 1971. The first overtly socially and politically charged soul album, it’s full of statements (hence no question mark in the title) about war, race, hate, inner cities, abandoned children. It rolled up all of the late-60s social issues into one neat package that Motown leader Berry Gordy would have rejected save for Marvin’s threat to walk if Gordy withheld the album.

But What’s Goin’ On is far more than a period piece. It was a radical departure from the upbeat, soul-pop of 60s Motown. It’s lush and languid and it flows without the sugar coating of Gaye’s earlier Motown classics. It allows long-time Motown session band the Funk Brothers to open up and deliver a jazzy river of drifting funk underneath Gaye’s experimental double vocals. It led the way to a new Motown sound from Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and others. And it was the last Motown release before Gordy left Detroit for Los Angeles, leaving Hitsville, USA and all that great music behind.

The best soul album ever? Possibly. The best Motown album by a solo artist? Absolutely! What’s Goin’ On sat at the top of the U.S. R&B charts for 9 weeks and reached a remarkable but not surprising #6 on the pop album chart. It’s ranked #1 on my Top 25 R&B/Soul album list and Marvin Gaye’s best tracks are in the Playlist Vault at DrRock.com. What’s Goin’ On can be downloaded or purchased as a CD from Amazon and iTunes.

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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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This Week’s Birthdays (May 9 – 15)

Happy Birthday this week to:

May 09
1935 ● Nole Floyd “Nokie” Edwards → The Ventures, solo
1937 ● David Prater. Jr. → Sam & Dave
1937 ● Sonny CurtisBuddy Holly & The Crickets, solo, wrote “I Fought The Law”
1941 ● Peter Birrell → Freddie & The Dreamers
1942 ● Mike Millward → The Fourmost
1942 ● Tommy Roe → Bubblegum pop, “Jam Up Jelly Tight” (1969)
1943 ● Bruce Milner → Every Mother’s Son
1944 ● Richie Furay → Buffalo Springfield, Poco, Souther Hillman Furay Band
1945 ● Steve Katz → Blues Project, Blood Sweat & Tears
1949 ● Billy Joel → “Piano Man” (1973)
1950 ● Tom PeterssonCheap Trick
1962 ● David GahanDepeche Mode
1962 ● Paul “P.D.” Heaton → Housemartins, Beautiful South
1964 ● Kevin Sounderson → Inner City
1965 ● Ben Volpeliere-Pierrot → Curiosity Killed The Cat
1979 ● Pierre Bouvier → Simple Plan

May 10
1899 ● Fred Astaire (Frederick Austerlitz) → Dancer, actor, vocalist
1920 ● Bert Weedon → U.K. Pop-instrumental guitarist
1935 ● Larry Williams → Early rock & roll, “Dizzy, Miss Lizzy” (1957)
1938 ● Henry Fambrough → The Spinners
1941 ● Danny Rapp → Danny & The Juniors
1946 ● Dave MasonTraffic, solo
1946 ● Donovan Phillip Leitch → “Mellow Yellow” (1966)
1946 ● Graham Gouldman → 10cc
1947 ● John Arden “Jay” Ferguson → Spirit, Jo Jo Gunne, “Thunder Island” (1977)
1951 ● Ronald Banks → The Dramatics, “In The Rain” (1972)
1957 ● Sid Vicious (John Simon Ritchie) → Sex Pistols
1960 ● Bono (Paul Hewson) → U2, poet, activist
1962 ● Gerry Daley → China Crisis
1965 ● Chris “Krist” NovoselicNirvana
1967 ● Young M.C. (Marvin Young) → Rapper, “Bust A Move” (1989)
1980 ● Jason Dalyrimple → Soul For Real
1985 ● Ashley Poole → Dream

May 11
1888 ● Irving Berlin (Israel Isidore Baline) → Composer, lyricist, pianist
1938 ● Carla Bley (Borg) → 60s Free Jazz composer, keyboardist
1941 ● Eric Burdon → Animals, War
1943 ● Arnie Satin → The Dovells, “Bristol Stomp” (1961)
1943 ● Les Chardwick → Gerry & The Pacemakers
1947 ● Claude Hudson “Butch” TrucksAllman Brothers Band
1955 ● Jonathan “J.J.” Jeczalik → Art Of Noise
1955 ● Mark Herndon → Alabama

May 12
1928 ● Burt Bacharach → Wrote 70 Top 40 U.S. hits
1942 ● Billy Swan → “I Can Help” (1974)
1942 ● Ian Dury → “Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll” (1977)
1943 ● David Walker → Gary Lewis & The Playboys
1944 ● James Purify → James & Bobby Purify, “I’m Your Puppet” (1966)
1945 ● Ian McLagan → Faces/Small Faces
1945 ● Jayotis Washington → The Perusasions
1948 ● Steve Winwood → Spencer Davis Group, Blind Faith, Traffic, solo
1950 ● Billy Squier → “My Kinda Lover” (1981)
1950 ● John “Jocko” Marcellino → Sha Na Na
1955 ● Kix Brooks → Brooks & Dunn, solo
1961 ● Billy Duffy → The Cult, “She Sells Sanctuary” (1985)

May 13
1938 ● John Smith → The Monotones, “The Book Of Love” (1958)
1941 ● Joe Brown → “A Picture Of You” (1962)
1941 ● Ritchie Valens (Ricardo Valenzuela Reyes) → “La Bamba” (1958)
1943 ● Mary Wells → Motown R&B, “My Guy” (1964)
1945 ● “Blue Lou” Marini → Saxophonist, Blues Brothers Band, solo
1945 ● Richard “Magic Dick” Salwitz → J. Geils Band
1947 ● Peter Overend Watts → Mott the Hoople, producer
1950 ● Danny KirwanFleetwood Mac, solo
1950 ● Stevie Wonder (Stevland Hardaway Judkins) → “Superstition” (1972)
1951 ● Paul Thompson → Roxy Music, Concrete Blonde
1954 ● John Logan → “What’s Another Year” (1980)
1963 ● Julian Brookhouse → Curiosity Killed The Cat
1966 ● Darius Rucker → Hootie & The Blowfish, solo

May 14
1934 ● Mike Preston (Jack Davies) → Boxer, singer, TV/film actor
1936 ● Bobby Darin (Walden Robert Cassotto) → “Mack The Knife” (1959)
1943 ● Jack Bruce → Bluesbreakers, Manfred Mann, Cream, West Bruce & Laing
1945 ● Derek “Lek” Leckenby → Herman’s Hermits
1945 ● Gene CornishThe Rascals, Fotomaker, solo
1947 ● Al Ciner → Three Dog Night
1950 ● Arthur Grant → Edgar Broughton Band
1952 ● David ByrneTalking Heads, solo
1962 ● C.C. DeVille (Bruce Johannesson) → Poison
1962 ● Ian Astbury → The Cult
1966 ● Fabrice Morvan → Milli Vanilli
1966 ● Mike Inez → Alice In Chains
1969 ● Danny Wood → New Kids On The Block, solo
1973 ● Natalie Appleton → All Saints, Appleton
1973 ● Shanice (Wilson) → Motown R&B, “I Love Your Smile” (1991)

May 15
1918 ● Richard Edward “Eddy” Arnold → Top charting country singer
1937 ● Trini Lopez → Pop-rock vocals, “Lemon Tree” (1965)
1938 ● Lenny Welch → Pop vocals, “Since I Fell For You” (1963)
1942 ● Kay Toinette “K.T.” Oslin → “Come Next Monday” (1990)
1947 ● Graham Goble → Little River Band, solo
1948 ● Brian Eno → Roxy Music, solo, producer, artist
1948 ● Gary Thain → Uriah Heep
1951 ● Dennis Fredericksen → Trillium, Toto, solo, sessions
1953 ● Mike Oldfield → “Tubular Bells” (1973)
1959 ● Andrew Eldritch → Sisters Of Mercy
1970 ● Prince Be (Attrell Cordes) → P.M. Dawn

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This Week’s Birthdays (May 2 – 8)

Happy Birthday this week to:

May 02
1929 ● Frederick Lincoln “Link” Wray → Rock guitar pioneer, “Rumble” (1958)
1933 ● John “Bunk” GardnerMothers of Invention
1936 ● Engelbert Humperdinck (Arnold George Dorsey) → The “King of Romance”
1944 ● Bob Henrit Kinks, Argent
1945 ● Goldy McJohnSteppenwolf
1945 ● Randy Cain → Delfonics
1946 ● Lesley Gore (Goldstein) → “It’s My Party” (1963)
1948 ● Larry Gatlin → The Gatlin Brothers, solo
1950 ● Lou GrammForeigner
1951 ● John GlascockJethro Tull
1954 ● Prescott Niles → The Knack
1955 ● Jo Callis → Human League
1985 ● Lily Allen → Brit popster, “Smile” 2006

May 03
1903 ● Harry Lillis “Bing” Crosby → “White Christmas” (1942)
1919 ● Pete Seeger → The Weavers, solo
1933 ● James Brown → The “Godfather of Soul”
1934 ● Frankie Valli (Francis Castelluccio) → The Four Seasons, solo
1944 ● Peter Staples → The Troggs, “Wild Thing” (1966)
1948 ● John Richardson → The Rubettes, Shows
1950 ● Mary Hopkin → “Those Were The Days” (1968)
1951 ● Christopher Cross (Geppert) → “Sailing” (1980)
1953 ● Bruce HallREO Speedwagon
1959 ● David Ball → Soft Cell

May 04
1923 ● Ed Cassidy → Rising Sons, Spirit
1928 ● Maynard Ferguson → Jazz trumpeteer
1937 ● Dick Dale (Richard Anthony Monsour) → The “King of the Surf Guitar”
1941 ● David LaFlamme → It’s A Beautiful Day
1941 ● Richard Burns → The Hondells, “Little Honda” (1964)
1942 ● Nickolas Ashford → Ashford & Simpson
1943 ● Ronnie Bond (Bullis) → The Troggs, “Wild Thing” (1966)
1944 ● Peggy Santiglia → The Angels, “My Boyfriend’s Back” (1963)
1945 ● George WadeniusBlood, Sweat & Tears
1945 ● Zal Cleminson → Alex Harvey Band
1951 ● Jackie Jackson → The Jackson 5
1959 ● Jay Aston → Bucks Fizz
1959 ● Randy Travis (Traywick) → “Hard Rock Bottom Of Your Heart” (1990)
1972 ● Mike Dirnt → Green Day
1979 ● Lance Bass → ‘N Sync

May 05
1937 ● Johnnie Taylor → R&B/soul, “Disco Lady” (1968)
1942 ● Tammy Wynette (Virginia W. Pugh) → “Stand By Your Man” (1968)
1945 ● Bob Seger → “Night Moves” (1976)
1950 ● Doug GrayMarshall Tucker Band
1959 ● Ian McCulloch → Echo & The Bunnymen
1962 ● Kevin Mooney → Adam & The Ants
1964 ● Lorraine McIntosh → Deacon Blue
1981 ● Craig David → Neo-R&B, “Fill Me In” (2000)
1988 ● Adele (Adkins) → Indie pop, “Chasing Pavements” (2008)
1989 ● Chris Brown → R&B/pop, “Run It!” (2005)

May 06
1936 ● Sylvia Vanderpool Robinson → Mickey & Sylvia, “Love Is Strange” (1957)
1939 ● Herbie Cox → The Cleftones
1942 ● Colin Earl → Foghat, Mungo Jerry
1945 ● Jimmie Dale Gilmore → The Flatlanders, solo
1948 ● Bill WardBlack Sabbath
1948 ● Mary MacGregor → “Torn Between Two Lovers” (1976)
1950 ● Robbie McIntosh → Average White Band
1960 ● John Flansburgh → They Might Be Giants
1960 ● Larry Steinbachel → Bronski Beat
1964 ● Tony Scalzo → Fastball
1967 ● Mark Bryan → Hootie & The Blowfish

May 07
1931 ● Teresa Brewer → “A Tear Fell” (1956)
1932 ● Derek TaylorBeatles PR manager
1939 ● Jimmy Ruffin → “What Becomes Of The Broken-Hearted” (1966)
1939 ● Johnny Maestro → The Crests, Brooklyn Bridge
1943 ● Rick West → The Tremeloes
1946 ● Arcelio Garcia → Malo
1946 ● Jerry Nolan → New York Dolls, The Heartbreakers
1946 ● Ray Monette → Rare Earth, Funkadelic
1948 ● Pete Wingfield → Sessions, backing bands, producer
1949 ● Keith (James Barry Keefer) → “98.6” (1967)
1950 ● Charles L’Empereur “Prairie” Prince → Tubes, Journey, New Cars
1956 ● Anne Dudley → Art Of Noise
1958 ● Marty Willson-Piper → The Church, solo
1961 ● Phil Campbell → Motörhead
1971 ● Eagle-Eye Cherry → “Save Tonight” (1998)

May 08
1940 ● Eric Hillard “Ricky” Nelson → “Hello Mary Lou” (1961)
1941 ● John Fred (Gourier) → (& His Playboy Band) “Judy In Disguise” (1968)
1943 ● Danny Whitten → Crazy Horse
1943 ● Paul Samwell-Smith → Yardbirds, Renaissance
1943 ● Toni Tennille → The Captain & Tennille
1944 ● Gary Glitter (Paul Francis Gadd) → “Rock & Roll, Pt. 2” (1972)
1945 ● Keith Jarrett → Jazz pianist
1951 ● Chris FrantzTalking Heads
1951 ● Philip Bailey → Earth, Wind & Fire
1953 ● Alex Van HalenVan Halen
1953 ● Billy BurnetteFleetwood Mac, solo
1964 ● Dave Rowntree → Blur
1972 ● Darren Hayes → Savage Garden
1975 ● Enrique Iglesias → Latin pop, son of Julio, “Bailamos” (1999)

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This Week’s Birthdays (April 18 – 24)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Apr 18
1924 ● Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown → Electric blues guitarist, “Okie Dokie Stomp” (1954)
1939 ● Glen D. Hardin → The Crickets
1941 ● Mike Vickers → Manfred Mann, film score composer
1946 ● Alexander Lee “Skip” Spence → Quicksilver Messenger Service, Moby Grape, Jefferson Airplane
1946 ● Lonnie Baker → Sha Na Na
1958 ● Les Pattinson → Echo & The Bunnymen
1970 ● Greg Eklund → Everclear

Apr 19
1928 ● Alexis Korner → Blues Incorporated, Rocket 88
1934 ● Dickie Goodman → Buchanan & Goodman
1942 ● Alan Price → The Animals
1943 ● Eve Graham (Evelyn Mae Beatson) → New Seekers
1946 ● Tim Curry → Singer, actor, Rocky Horror Picture Show
1947 ● Mark VolmanTurtles, Flo and Eddie, Mothers of Invention
1956 ● Rod Morgenstein → Winger

Apr 20
1929 ● Bob Braun → Pop-rock, “Till Death Do Us Part” (1962)
1939 ● Johnny Tillotson → Pop-rock, “Poetry In Motion” (1961)
1945 ● Jimmy Winston → Small Faces
1948 ● Craig Frost → Grand Funk Railroad, Silver Bullet Band
1951 ● Luther Vandross → R&B/soul producer, singer, “Stop To Love” (1986)

Apr 21
1939 ● Ernie Maresca → “Shout Shout (Knock Yourself Out)” (1962)
1947 ● Iggy Pop (James Osterberg) → The Stooges
1947 ● John Weider → The Animals, solo
1948 ● Paul Davis → Pop-rock, “I Go Crazy” (1977)
1959 ● Michael Timmins → Cowboy Junkies
1959 ● Robert Smith → Siouxsie & the Banshees, The Cure
1963 ● Johnny McElhone → Texas

Apr 22
1922 ● Charles Mingus → Jazz bassist, composer
1936 ● Glen Campbell → Country star, “Wichita Lineman” (1968)
1937 ● Bernard Alfred “Jack” Nitzsche → Producer, arranger, songwriter “The Lonely Surfer” (1963)
1950 ● Peter Frampton → Humble Pie, Frampton’s Camel, solo
1951 ● Paul Carrack → Squeeze, Ace, Roxy Music, Mike + The Mechanics
1955 ● Arthur Baker → Hip-hop producer
1966 ● Kimberley DahmeBoston, producer
1969 ● Craig Loman → Bros
1979 ● Daniel Johns → Silverchair

Apr 23
1936 ● Roy Orbison → “(Oh) Pretty Woman” (1964)
1939 ● Ray Peterson → Pop-rock, “Tell Laura I Love Her” (1960)
1944 ● Sandra Dee (Alexandra Zuck) → Actress, singer, wife of Bobby Darin
1952 ● Narada Michael Walden → Mahavishnu Orchestra, solo, songwriter
1960 ● Steve Clark → Def Leppard
1964 ● Gen (Simon Matthews) → Jesus Jones
1969 ● Stan Frazier → Sugar Ray

Apr 24
1933 ● Freddie Scott → R&B/soul singer, “Are You Lonely For Me” (1966)
1940 ● George Tomsco → Tex-Mex guitar, The Fireballs, “Torquay” (1960)
1942 ● Barbra Streisand → Stage, film, pop vocalist
1945 ● Doug CliffordCreedence Clearwater Revival
1945 ● Robert Knight → R&B/soul singer, “Everlasting Love” (1965)
1947 ● Glenn CornickJethro Tull, Wild Turkey, Paris
1947 ● Hubert Ann Kelly → Hues Corporation, “Rock The Boat” (1974)
1954 ● Jack Blades → Night Ranger, Damn Yankees
1955 ● Gary Cambra → Tubes
1957 ● David J. (Haskins) → Love & Rockets
1958 ● Boris WilliamsThe Cure
1963 ● Billy Gould → Faith No More
1967 ● Patty Schemel → Hole
1968 ● Aaron Comess → Spin Doctors
1982 ● Kelly ClarksonAmerican Idol, “Since U Been Gone” (2005)

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