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This Week’s Birthdays (February 7 – 13)

Happy Birthday this week to:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Album of the Day: Spirit (1/22/68) 42 Years!

Spirit was one of the more adventurous groups to emerge from the Los Angeles psychedelic rock scene in the late 60s. Over 20 years and more than a dozen albums they presented a quirky, amorphous blend of psychedelia, jazz, blues, hard-, folk- and art-rock that benefited first from the emerging, album-oriented FM radio of the late 60s and later from a devoted fan base during the early 70s progressive rock era.

Spirit’s 1968 eponymous debut was released on January 22, 1968 with songwriter/guitarist Randy California and his stepfather, drummer Ed Cassidy leading bandmates Mark Andes (bass), Jay Ferguson (percussion and vocals) and John Locke (keyboards). The album includes the heavy, thumping “Mechanical World,” which was pressed as a single but never caught on. Two better choices for chart action might have been “Uncle Jack” (pop-rock harmony vocals) or “Fresh Garbage” (a rocker in the vein of several contemporary Doors tunes). Two modest hits would come over the next few years with “I Got A Line On You” and “Nature’s Way,” both of which are now staples on the few classic rock radio stations that dig deeper into the period.

The revolving door of personnel changes doomed Spirit to remain a might-have-been band and a venue for California and Cassidy’s eclectic genre experimentalism. In 1971 and 1972, Ferguson left for Jo Jo Gunne and a solo career (remember 1977’s “Thunder Island”?), Andes went to Jo Jo Gunne and then Firefall, and Locke left for Nazereth. The two originals kept at it through the 80s and 90s with several decent art-rock LPs, but with California’s untimely death in 1997, Cassidy called it quits and Spirit’s long-run ended.

Spirit spent more than six months on the Billboard album chart through the summer of 1968, peaking at #31. It is available as downloads for iPods and mp3 players on iTunes (click here) and can be purchased as a CD or mp3 downloads from Amazon (click here).

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Album of the Day: Robbie Krieger (9/22/89)

1d9012bb9da00569addda010_L__SL500_AA240_After Jim Morrison died suddenly of an apparent drug overdose in the summer of 1971, the remaining three members of The Doors tried to make a go of it as a trio, but their two albums, 1971’s Other Voices and 1972’s Full Circle failed to gain much attention and the band parted ways. Guitarist Robbie Krieger and keyboardist Ray Manzarek found some success as solo artists, while drummer John Densmore dropped mostly out of site (except for a brief stint with Krieger in the mid-70s Butts Band and on Krieger’s late 70s solo albums). Krieger released seven albums between 1977 and 2000, including Door Jams (September 22, 1989). All are decent (but hard to find) instrumental jazz-rock fusion collections where Krieger returns to his pre-Doors interest in almost anything but the trademark blues-rock of The Doors. And the reworks of old Doors tunes on Door Jams provide an opportunity for Krieger to remind us that he wrote many of the Doors’ biggest hits, including “Light My Fire,” “Love Her Madly,” “Love Me Two Times” and “Touch Me.” The Doors are in the Playlist Vault on DrRock.com. Door Jams is available as a CD on Amazon.

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