Monday, October 20, 2014

 

Albums Released This Week (October 20 - 26)

Here's a sampling of the BEST music ever made! Great albums from the 60s, 70s and 80s rock and pop released this week (and some related albums of note):


Oct 20
Elvis Presley ------ Roustabout ► Rock n Roll >> 1964
John Lennon & Yoko Ono ------ Wedding Album ► Pop-Rock >> 1969
Elvis Presley ------ Elvis Sings The Wonderful World Of Christmas ► Rock n Roll >> 1971
Peter Frampton ------ Frampton's Camel ► Pop-Rock >> 1973
Peter Frampton ------ Somethin's Happening ► Arena Rock >> 1974
B. J. Thomas ------ Reunion ► Country-Pop >> 1975
The Damned ------ The Black Album ► Punk-Rock >> 1980
U2 ------ Boy ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1980
Donna Summer ------ The Wanderer ► Disco >> 1980
The Human League ------ Dare! ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1981
Quarterflash ------ Quarterflash ► Pop-Rock >> 1981
Oak Ridge Boys ------ Deliver ► Country-Pop >> 1983
Frankie Goes To Hollywood ------ Liverpool ► New Wave Club/Dance >> 1986
Nine Inch Nails ------ Pretty Hate Machine ► Industrial Metal >> 1989
Kenny G ------ Breathless ► Jazz-Pop >> 1992
Madonna ------ Erotica ► Dance-Pop >> 1992
Keith Richards ------ Main Offender ► Hard Rock >> 1992
Richard Marx ------ Greatest Hits ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1993
The Sea And Cake ------ The Sea And Cake ► Indie Rock/Experimental >> 1994
Gary Numan ------ Exile [UK] ► Industrial Rock >> 1997
Crucial Conflict ------ Good Side, Bad Side ► Chicago Rap >> 1998
George Martin ------ In My Life ► Beatles Retrospective >> 1998
Aerosmith ------ A Little South Of Sanity ► Hard Rock >> 1998
Black Sabbath ------ Reunion ► Hard Rock >> 1998
The Human League ------ The Golden Hour Of The Future: Recordings By The Future And The Human League ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 2002
AC/DC ------ Black Ice ► Hard Rock >> 2008


Oct 21
Manfred Mann ------ As Is ► Rock n Roll >> 1966
Bob Dylan ------ New Morning ► Folk-Rock >> 1970
Mike Oldfield ------ Ommadawn ► Instrumental Rock/Fusion >> 1975
Meat Loaf ------ Bat Out Of Hell ► Arena Rock >> 1977
The Beatles ------ Love Songs ► Pop-Rock >> 1977
Genesis ------ Seconds Out ► Prog Rock >> 1977
Bobby And The Midnites ------ Bobby & The Midnights ► Country-Rock >> 1981
Simple Minds ------ Once Upon A Time ► New Wave Alt. Pop >> 1985
Jethro Tull ------ Original Masters ► Prog Rock >> 1985
"Weird Al" Yankovic ------ Polka Party! ► Comedy/Parody >> 1986
Steve Winwood ------ Chronicles ► Album Rock >> 1987
Tiffany ------ Hold An Old Friend's Hand ► Dance-Pop >> 1988
Don Dokken ------ Up From The Ashes ► Hard Rock/Heavy Metal >> 1990
Carcass ------ Necroticism - Descanting The Insalubrious ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1991
Grand Funk Railroad ------ Bosnia ► Hard Rock >> 1997
Artension ------ Phoenix Rising ► Heavy Metal/Progressive Metal >> 1997
Little Feat ------ Kickin' It At The Barn ► Southern Rock >> 2003
The Allman Brothers Band ------ Live At The Atlanta International Festival: July 3 & 5, 1970 ► Southern Rock >> 2003
Rush ------ Rush In Rio ► Prog/Art Rock >> 2003
Van Morrison ------ What's Wrong With This Picture? ► Folk-Rock >> 2003
Bob Dylan ------ Pure Dylan ► Folk-Rock >> 2011
Bob Dylan ------ The Real Bob Dylan ► Folk-Rock >> 2012


Oct 22
Donovan ------ Fairytale [UK] ► Folk-Rock >> 1965
Led Zeppelin ------ Led Zeppelin II ► Hard Rock >> 1969
Kiss ------ Hotter Than Hell ► Hard Rock >> 1974
Elton John ------ Blue Moves ► Pop-Rock >> 1976
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band ------ Night Moves ► Album Rock >> 1976
Led Zeppelin ------ The Song Remains The Same ► Hard Rock >> 1976
Cher ------ Prisoner ► Pop-Disco >> 1979
The Cure ------ Concert: The Cure Live ► Post-Punk >> 1984
Paul McCartney ------ Give My Regards To Broad Street ► Pop-Rock >> 1984
Mason Williams & Mannheim Steamroller ------ Classical Gas ► Folk-Rock >> 1987
Ozzy Osbourne ------ No Rest For The Wicked ► Hard Rock >> 1988
Pet Shop Boys ------ Behavior ► Electro-pop/Dance >> 1990
Matthew Sweet ------ Girlfriend ► Power Pop >> 1991
Death ------ Human ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1991
Various Artists ------ Two Rooms: Celebrating The Songs Of Elton John & Bernie Taupin ► Pop-Rock >> 1991
Sarah McLachlan ------ Fumbling Towards Ecstasy ► Folk-Rock >> 1993
Van Halen ------ Best Of Van Halen, Vol. I ► Hard Rock >> 1996
Phil Collins ------ Dance Into The Light ► Pop-Rock >> 1996
Gov't Mule ------ Live From Roseland Ballroom ► Southern Rock/Jam Rock >> 1996
Journey ------ Trial By Fire ► Prog/Art Rock >> 1996
The Dillenger Escape Plan ------ Under The Running Board ► Heavy Metal/Mathcore >> 1998
The Cranberries ------ Wake Up And Smell The Coffee ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2001
Foo Fighters ------ One By One ► Grunge Rock >> 2002
Santana ------ Shaman ► Jazz-Rock Fusion >> 2002
Ray Davies ------ Working Man's Café ► Pop-Rock >> 2007


Oct 23
Frank Zappa ------ Chunga's Revenge ► Art Rock >> 1970
Genesis ------ Trespass ► Pop-Rock >> 1970
Al Green ------ I'm Still in Love With You ► Soul (Southern) >> 1972
Harry Chapin ------ On The Road To Kingdom Come ► Folk-Pop >> 1976
Elvis Costello And The Attractions ------ Almost Blue ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1981
Sammy Hagar ------ Standing Hampton ► Arena Rock >> 1981
Willie Nelson ------ Without A Song ► Outlaw Country >> 1983
Wham! ------ Make It Big ► Pop-Rock >> 1984
Iggy Pop ------ Blah Blah Blah ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1986
Terence Trent D'Arby ------ Neither Fish Nor Flesh (A Soundtrack Of Love, Faith, Hope & Destruction) ► Pop-R&B >> 1989
Betty Boo ------ Boomania ► Dance-Pop >> 1990
Deep Purple ------ Slaves And Masters ► Hard Rock >> 1990
Ozzy Osbourne ------ Ozzmosis ► Hard Rock >> 1995
Atomic Kitten ------ Right Now ► Dance-Pop >> 2000
Gov't Mule ------ The Deep End, Vol. 1 ► Southern Rock/Jam Rock >> 2001
Bush ------ Golden State ► Grunge Rock >> 2001
Incubus ------ Morning View ► Funk Metal >> 2001
Toni Braxton ------ Snowflakes ► Soul-Pop >> 2001
Martin Briley ------ It Comes In Waves ► Pop-Rock/Power Pop >> 2006
Mötley Crüe ------ Carnival Of Sins: Live, Vols. 1-2 ► Heavy Metal >> 2007
Neil Young ------ Chrome Dreams II ► Folk-Rock >> 2007
Heart ------ Dreamboat Annie Live ► Album Rock >> 2007
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss ------ Raising Sand ► Folk-Rock >> 2007


Oct 24
Grateful Dead ------ Grateful Dead (Live Skull & Roses) ► Country-Rock >> 1971
John Lennon ------ Shaved Fish ► Pop-Rock >> 1975
Roxy Music ------ Siren ► Prog Rock >> 1975
Rory Gallagher ------ Calling Card ► Blues-Rock >> 1976
Cheap Trick ------ All Shook Up ► Hard Rock/Power Pop >> 1980
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark ------ Organisation ► New Wave Synth Pop >> 1980
Billy Idol ------ Don't Stop ► Hard Rock >> 1981
Stryper ------ To Hell With The Devil ► Heavy Metal/Christian >> 1986
Dead Can Dance ------ The Serpent's Egg ► Folk-Pop >> 1988
Brenda Lee ------ A Brenda Lee Christmas ► Country-Pop >> 1991
Silver Jews ------ Starlite Walker ► Alt Rock/Indie Rock >> 1994
Indigo Girls ------ 1200 Curfews ► Folk-Rock >> 1995
20 Fingers ------ 20 Fingers ► Dance-Pop >> 1995
The Pretenders ------ The Isle Of View ► Post-Punk >> 1995
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band ------ It's A Mystery ► Heartland Rock >> 1995
Simply Red ------ Life ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1995
The Smashing Pumpkins ------ Melon Collie And The Infinite Sadness ► Hard Rock >> 1995
Anthrax ------ Stomp 442 ► Heavy Metal/Thrash Metal >> 1995
Linkin Park ------ Hybrid Theory ► Hard Rock >> 2000
Christina Aguilera ------ My Kind Of Christmas ► Dance-Pop >> 2000
Bob Dylan ------ Beyond Here Lies Nothin': The Collection ► Folk-Rock >> 2011
Paul Simon ------ Songwriter ► Folk-Pop >> 2011


Oct 25
Jimi Hendrix Experience ------ Electric Ladyland [UK] ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1968
Pink Floyd ------ Ummagumma ► Prog Rock >> 1969
Chicago ------ At Carnegie Hall, Vol. 1-4 (Chicago IV) ► Jazz-Rock >> 1971
The Doors ------ Other Voices ► Blues-Rock >> 1971
Jeff Beck Group ------ Rough And Ready ► Blues-Rock >> 1971
Poco ------ A Good Feelin' to Know ► Country-Rock >> 1972
Carpenters ------ GEM II [Japan] ► Easy Listening >> 1973
Bob Marley & The Wailers ------ Natty Dread ► Roots Reggae >> 1974
Paul Simon ------ Still Crazy After All These Years ► Folk-Pop >> 1975
Al Di Meola ------ Land Of The Midnight Sun ► Jazz-Rock Fusion >> 1976
Joe Walsh ------ You Can't Argue With A Sick Mind ► Blues-Rock >> 1976
Aretha Franklin ------ Aretha ► Soul >> 1980
Culture Club ------ Waking Up With The House On Fire ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1984
The Cars ------ Greatest Hits ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1985
The Police ------ Every Breath You Take: The Singles ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1986
Howard Jones ------ One To One ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1986
The Traveling Wilburys ------ Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 1 ► Pop-Rock >> 1988
Frank Zappa ------ You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 2 ► Art Rock >> 1988
Joni Mitchell ------ Turbulent Indigo ► Folk-Rock >> 1994
Madonna ------ Bedtime Stories ► Dance-Pop >> 1994
Bob Seger ------ Greatest Hits ► Album Rock >> 1994
Common Sense ------ Resurrection ► Underground Rap >> 1994
Madonna ------ Evita [Sndtrk] ► Dance-Pop >> 1996
The Brian Jones Massacre ------ Thank God For Mental Illness ► Neo-Psychedelia >> 1996
Faithless ------ Sunday 8PM/Saturday 3AM ► Trip-hop/Dance >> 1999
Bette Midler ------ Bette Midler Sings the Peggy Lee Songbook ► Female Vocalist >> 2005
Aerosmith ------ Rockin' The Joint ► Hard Rock >> 2005
Devon Allman's Honeytribe ------ Space Age Blues ► Blues-Rock >> 2010


Oct 26

Sam & Dave ------ Soul Men ► Soul >> 1967
Diana Ross And Marvin Gaye ------ Diana & Marvin ► Soul >> 1973
Neil Diamond ------ Serenade ► Pop-Rock >> 1974
The Fall ------ Dragnet ► Pop-Rock/Post-Punk >> 1979
Pat Benatar ------ In The Heat Of The Night ► Hard Rock >> 1979
J. Geils Band ------ Freeze-Frame ► Blues-Rock >> 1981
Gary Numan ------ Berserker ► New Wave Synth Pop >> 1984
Meat Loaf ------ Live At Wembley ► Arena Rock >> 1987
Hooters ------ Zig Zag ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1989
The Velvet Underground ------ Live MCMXCIII ► Alt. Rock >> 1993
10,000 Maniacs ------ MTV Unplugged ► Folk-Rock >> 1993
The Cure ------ Paris ► Post-Punk >> 1993
Blur ------ The Special Collectors Edition ► Alt Pop-Rock/Britpop >> 1994
Napalm Death ------ Words From The Exit Wound [UK] ► Heavy Metal/Grindcore >> 1998
Akinyele ------ Aktapuss ► Dirty Rap >> 1999
B*Witched ------ Awake And Breathe ► Pop/Girl Group >> 1999
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young ------ Looking Forward ► Folk-Rock >> 1999
Phil Lesh & Friends ------ Love Will See You Through ► Country-Rock >> 1999
Incubus ------ Make Yourself ► Funk Metal >> 1999
Bush ------ The Science Of Things ► Grunge Rock >> 1999
Genesis ------ Turn It On Again: The Hits ► Prog Rock >> 1999

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

 

This Week's Birthdays (October 19 - 25)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Oct 19
1940 ● Larry Chance (Figueiredo) → Lead vocals and frontman for white R&B/doo wop The Earls, "Remember Then" (#24, 1963), still performing on the oldies circuit
1944 ● George McCrae → R&B/soul-disco singer and songwriter, "Rock Your Baby" (#1, 1974), Rolling Stone magazine's #1 song for 1974
1944 ● Peter Tosh (Winston Hubert McIntosh) → Guitar and vocals in legendary reggae group The Wailers, left in 1974 for solo career, "(You Gotta Walk) Don't Look Back" (1978), murdered by intruders in his home on 9/11/1987
1945 ● Divine (Harris Glenn Milstead) → Drag queen, cult-movie star (Pink Flamingos, 1972, and others) and campy disco/dance singer, "Native Love (Step By Step)" (Dance #21, 1982), died from obesity-related cardiomegaly on 3/7/1988
1945 ● Jeannie C. Riley (Jeanne Carolyn Stephenson) → Grammy-winning country-pop singer, "Harper Valley PTA" (#1, 1968) and six Country Top 10 hits, switched to gospel music in the late 70s
1946 ● Keith Reid → Chief lyricist with prog/psych rock Procol Harum, "A Whiter Shade Of Pale" (#5, 1967), theater management executive
1947 ● Wilbert Hart → Vocals in pioneering "Philadelphia Sound" smooth R&B/soul The Delfonics, "La-La (Means I Love You)" (#4, 1968), still tours and records with various lineups
1948 ● Patrick Simmons → Guitar and vocals for California soul-pop-rock The Doobie Brothers, "Listen To The Music" (#11, 1972), only consistent member during the band's 40-plus year history
1955 ● Nino DeFranco → Vocals for teen bubblegum-pop sibling act The DeFranco Family, "Heartbeat-It's A Lovebeat" (#3, 1973)
1957 ● Karl Wallinger → Keyboardist for pop-rock The Waterboys, then guitar and vocals for World Party, "Way Down Now" (Modern Rock #1, 1990), wrote "She’s The One" for Robbie Williams (UK #1, 1999)
1960 ● Daniel "Woody" Woodgate → Drummer for punk/ska revival Madness, "Our House" (#7, 1982) and over 20 other UK Top 40 singles
1960 ● Jennifer-Yvette Holliday → R&B/pop singer and Tony-winning actress in the stage version of Dreamgirls (1981), won Grammy Award for "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" (#22, R&B #1, 1982)
1966 ● Sinitta Renay Malone → Anglo-American R&B/dance-pop singer, "Toy Boy" (Dance/Club #19, UK #4, 2005), sometime stage actress
1972 ● Prakazrel "Pras" Michel → Rapper with R&B/jazz-rap The Fugees, "Killing Me Softly" (#1, 1996), solo, "Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are)" featuring Ol' Dirty Bastard and Mýa (#15, 1998)
1976 ● Pete Loeffler → Lead guitarist and lead singer in alt metal sibling trio Chevelle, "The Clincher" (Mainstream Rock #3, 2005)

Oct 20
1885 ● "Jelly Roll" Morton (Ferdinand Joseph Lemott) → Early and pivotal jazz pianist and composer credited for writing many of the earliest jazz songs, including "Black Bottom Stomp" (1926), died from asthma on 7/10/1941
1910 ● Charlie Fuqua → Founding member, baritone vocals and guitar for pioneering black R&B/doo wop group The Ink Spots, "To Each His Own" (#1, 1946), continued with various incarnations of the group through the 50s, died on 12/21/1971
1934 ● Bill Chase (William Chiaiese) → Jazz and Big Band trumpeter, played with Maynard Ferguson, Stan Kenton and Woody Herman, formed Grammy-nominated jazz-rock fusion Chase, "Get It On" (Top 30, 1971) from the album Chase (#22, 1971), died with other bandmembers in a charter plane crash while on tour on 8/9/1974
1937 ● Wanda Jackson → The "Queen of Rockabilly" and later country-pop singer, "Right Or Wrong" (#29, Country #9, 1961) and "Fancy Satin Pillows" (Country #13, 1970)
1939 ● Jay Siegel → Vocals in blue-eyed soul/doo wop The Tokens, "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" (#1, 1961)
1940 ● Kathy Kirby (Kathleen O'Rourke) → The "Golden Girl of British Pop," child prodigy singer and actress whose meteoric rise to stardom in Britain was followed by a quick descent into bankruptcy and obscurity with five years, "Secret Love" (UK #4, 1963), died of a heart attack on 5/19/2011
1942 ● John Carter (Sheakespeare) → Singer, songwriter, session musician and founding member of Brit folk-pop trio The Ivy League, "Funny How Love Can Be" (UK #8, 1965), left to write and produce for pre-fab psych-pop one hit wonder The Flower Pot Men, "Let's Go To San Francisco" (UK #1, 1967), co-wrote "Little Bit O' Soul" for The Music Explosion (#2, 1967), "Beach Baby" for The First Class (#4, 1974) and other hits
1945 ● Ric Lee → Drummer for British blues-rock Ten Years After, "I'd Love To Change The World" (Top 40, 1971)
1949 ● Larry Gonsky → Co-founder and keyboards for one hit wonder pop-rock Looking Glass, "Brandy (You're A Fine Girl)" (#1, 1972)
1950 ● Tom Petty → Singer, songwriter, guitarist and bandleader for roots rock Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, "The Waiting" (#19, Mainstream Rock #1, 1981), solo, "Free Fallin'" (#7, 1989), member of supergroup The Traveling Wilburys, "Handle With Care" (Mainstream Rock #2, 1988) and Mudcrutch
1951 ● Al Greenwood → Founding member and keyboardist for British-American arena rock band Foreigner, "Double Vision" (#2, 1978), left to form The Spys and session work
1958 ● Mark King → Bass guitar and vocals in jazz-funk-pop fusion Level 42, "Lessons In Love" (#12, 1987)
1958 ● Ricky Byrd → Guitarist with post-punk/hard rock Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, "I Love Rock 'N' Roll" (#1, 1982)
1964 ● David Ryan → Drummer in post-punk rock then teen-pop Lemonheads, "Into Your Arms" (Modern Rock #1, 1993)
1964 ● Jim "Soni" Sonefeld → Drums and vocals for 90s pop-rock quartet Hootie & The Blowfish, "Only Wanna Be With You" (#6, 1995)
1965 ● Norman Blake → Guitar and vocals in Scot pre-grunge, then power pop Teenage Fanclub, "Star Sign" (Mainstream Rock #4, 1991)
1971 ● Daniellle Jane "Dannii" Minogue → Aussie pop superstar, actress, model and gay rights activist, "Love And Kisses" (UK Singles #8, Australia #4, 1991) and "Begin To Wonder" (Dance/Club #14, 2003), younger sister of Kylie Minogue
1971 ● Snoop Dogg (Cordozar Calvin Broadus, Jr.) → Hugely controversial but successful gangsta rapper, "Drop It Like It's Hot" (#1, 2004) and 8 other Top 40 hits plus multiple Rap Top 10 singles
1977 ● Nicholas Hodgson → Drummer in indie rock Kaiser Chiefs, "Ruby" (UK #1, 2007)
1978 ● Paul Wilson → Bassist for Irish indie-rock Snow Patrol, "Chasing Cars" (#5, 2006)

Oct 21
1917 ● John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie → Highly influential bebop and modern jazz trumpet virtuoso, Grammy-winning soloist and orchestra leader, instrumental in the development of Afro-Cuban jazz, died of pancreatic cancer on 1/6/1993
1925 ● Isaiah "Doctor" Ross → The "Harmonica Boss," blues/boogie singer and one-man band guitarist, drummer and harmonica player, "Chicago Breakdown" (1953), won Grammy Ward for his album Rare Blues (1981), died on 9/28/1993
1936 ● Sheila Jones → Vocals for English pop non-sister trio The Kaye Sisters, "Ivory Tower" (UK #20, 1956)
1937 ● Norman Wright → Tenor vocals in R&B/doo wop The Del Vikings, "Come Go With Me" (#4, 1957)
1940 ● Jimmy Beaumont → Vocals and frontman for R&B/doo wop The Skyliners, "Since I Don't Have You" (#12, 1959)
1940 ● Manfred Mann (Manfred Lubowitz) → South African keyboards, vocals, songwriter, singer and frontman for British Invasion pop-rock Manfred Mann, "Do Wah Diddy Diddy" (#1, 1964), then founded prog/pop-rock Manfred Mann's Earth Band, "Blinded By The Light" (#1, 1977), solo and producer
1941 ● Steve "The Colonel" Cropper → Guitarist, songwriter, producer, highly regarded session player, member of Stax Records house band Booker T. & The MG's, "Green Onions" (#3, 1962) and The Blues Brothers, "Soul Man" (#14, 1979), ranks #36 on Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time
1942 ● Elvin Bishop → Country-blues-rock guitarist, first with The Butterfield Blues Band then solo, "Fooled Around And Fell In Love" (#3, 1976)
1942 ● Yvonne Fair (Flora Yvonne Coleman) → Backing vocals for the James Brown Revue and solo Motown R&B/soul singer, "It Should Have Been Me" (#85, 1976), died from undisclosed causes on 3/6/1994
1943 ● Chet Flippo → Writer and editor at Rolling Stone magazine in the 70s and early 80s, championed country music and introduced Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton and Waylon Jennings to millions of readers, wrote several books, including Your Cheatin' Heart: A Biography Of Hank Williams (1981), University of Tennessee journalism adjunct professor, Billboard magazine Nashville bureau chief and country music cable TV channel (CMT) editorial director since 2001, died on 6/19/2013 after a brief illness
1943 ● Ron Elliott → Songwriter and lead guitarist for pop-rock The Beau Brummels, wrote "Laugh, Laugh" (#15, 1964), solo, sessions and production work
1945 ● Kathy YoungOne hit wonder teen-pop singer, "A Thousand Stars" (#3, 1961)
1946 ● Lee Loughnane → Founding member, trumpeter and songwriter in horn-pop-rock Chicago, "Saturday In The Park" (#3, 1972), continues with the group in a leadership role
1946 ● Lux Interior (Erick Lee Purkhiser) → Founding member and lead singer for punk-rock The Cramps, "Bikini Girls With Machine Guns" (Modern Rock #10, 1989), died on 2/4/2009 from a burst artery
1947 ● Tetsu Yamauchi → Bassist for early hard-rockers The Faces, "Stay With Me" (#17, 1971), then for proto-metal/hard rock Free, "All Right Now" (#4, 1970)
1952 ● Brent Mydland → Fourth and longest serving keyboardist for Grateful Dead, "Sugar Magnolia" (#91, 1973) and "Touch Of Grey" (#9, 1987), died from a drug overdose on 7/26/1990
1953 ● Charlotte Irene Caffey → Singer, songwriter and bassist for New Wave pop-punk girl group The Go-Go's, "We Got The Beat", (#2, 1982), the most successful all-female pop and rock band of all time and the only one to play their own instruments and write their own songs
1954 ● Eric Faulkner → Vocals, guitar and songwriting for Scottish teen-pop Bay City Rollers, "Saturday Night" (#1, 1976)
1957 ● Attila the Stockbroker (John Baine) → Punk-folk-pop poet musician and author, frontman for Barnstormer, worked with John Otway and TV Smith
1957 ● Julian Cope → Author, poet, antiquary, musician, electro-pop-psychedelia guitarist and songwriter for The Teardrop Explodes, "Reward" (UK #6, 1981), then solo, "World Shut Your Mouth" (#84, UK #19, 1986)
1957 ● Steve "Luke" Lukather → Guitarist for arena pop-rock Toto, "Hold The Line" (#5, 1978), producer, solo
1959 ● Rose McDowall → Vocals for punk-goth-pop Strawberry Switchblade, "Since Yesterday" (UK #5, 1984)
1961 ● Peter Olsson → Original bassist for Swedish hard rock/glam-metal Europe, "The Final Countdown" (#8, 1986)
1971 ● Jade Jagger → Jewelry designer, jet-set socialite and only child of Mick Jagger and former wife Bianca, half-sister to six other Jagger offspring
1971 ● Tony Mortimer → Vocalist and rapper for Brit teen dance-pop/hip hop boy band East 17, "Stay Another Day" (UK #1, 1994), plus over 15 other UK Top 40 hits

Oct 22
1939 ● Ray Jones → Early bassist for British Invasion pop-rock Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas, "Little Children" (#7, 1964), died 1/22/2009
1942 ● Annette Funicello → Singer, film and TV actress, child cast member on the original Mickey Mouse Club, then teen idol singer, "Tall Paul" (#7, 1959) and beach party film actress in several genre-creating beach films, including Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) and others, died on 4/8/2013 after a long battle with multiple sclerosis
1942 ● Bobby Fuller → Tex-Mex rock 'n roll singer, songwriter, guitarist and bandleader, Bobby Fuller Four, "I Fought The Law" (#9, 1959), found dead on 7/18/1966 in a car parked outside his Hollywood apartment
1945 ● Leslie West (Weinstein) → Guitarist in pioneering hard rock/heavy metal band Mountain, "Mississippi Queen" (#21, 1970), then power trio West, Bruce & Laing, continues to front various Mountain reincarnations through 2010
1946 ● Eddie Brigati → Vocals and songwriter in blue-eyed soul The Rascals, "Groovin"" (#1, 1967)
1952 ● Greg Hawkes → Synthesizer for New Wave synth-pop-rock The Cars, "Just What I Needed" (#27, 1978), solo and sessions
1956 ● Stiv Bators (Steven John Bator) → Singer, guitarist and frontman for nihilistic punk rock The Dead Boys, then New Wave post-punk The Wanderers and goth rock The Lords Of The New Church, power pop solo career and movie actor
1960 ● Cris Kirkwood → Bassist in punk-psych-country-rock Meat Puppets, "Backwater" (Mainstream Rock #2, 1994)
1965 ● John Wesley Harding (Stace) → Folk-pop singer/songwriter, "The Person You Are" (Modern Rock #8, 1991), author
1968 ● Shaggy (Orville Richard Burrell) → Reggae dance-pop singer, "It Wasn't Me" (#1, 2000)
1968 ● Shelby Lynne (Moorer) → Grammy-winning country-pop-rock singer/songwriter, "Wall In Your Heart" (Adult Contemporary #22, 2002)
1976 ● Jonathan Foreman → Co-founder, lead singer, guitarist and principal songwriter for alt rock/Christian rock Switchfoot, "Meant To Live" (#18, Modern Rock #5, 2004)
1985 ● Zachary Walter Hanson → Guitar, keyboards and vocals in teen pop-rock trio Hanson, "MMMBop" (Worldwide #1, 1997)

Oct 23
1939 ● Charlie Foxx → With sister Inez, one half of the one hit wonder R&B/soul duo Inez & Charlie Foxx, "Mockingbird" (#7, 1963), died from leukemia on 9/18/1998
1940 ● Eleanor Louise "Ellie" Greenwich → Brill Building pop music songwriter, singer and producer, wrote or co-wrote (often with husband Jeff Barry) multiple hit songs, including "Be My Baby" for The Ronettes (#2, 1963) and "Chapel Of Love" for The Dixie Cups (#1, 1964), died of a heart attack on 8/26/2009
1940 ● Freddie Marsden → With brother Gerry Marsden, co-founder and drummer with Merseybeat pop-rock Gerry & The Pacemakers, "How Do You Do It?" (#9, 1964), left music in the late 60s to open a driving school, died on 12/9/2006
1942 ● Greg Ridley → Co-founder and bassist for blues-rock Spooky Tooth, left in 1969 to co-found Humble Pie, "30 Days In The Hole" (1972) and "Hot 'N' Nasty" (#52, 1972), left music in 1975 but returned for Humble Pie reunions after 2001, died of pneumonia on 11/19/2003
1943 ● Barbara Ann Hawkins → With sister Rosa Lee Hawkins and cousin Joan Marie Johnson, vocals in 60s R&B/pop girl-group The Dixie Cups, "Chapel Of Love" (#1, 1964)
1949 ● Michael "Würzel" Burston → Guitarist for early punk-metal Motörhead, "Ace Of Spades" (UK #15, 1980), left the band for solo career, died from heart disease on 7/9/2011
1953 ● Pauline Black → Vocals in New Wave 2 Tone ska revival The Selecter, "On My Radio" (UK #8, 1979)
1954 ● Perry Lee "Tiny" Tavares → Vocals in five brother R&B/funk-disco Tavares, "Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel" (#15, 1976)
1956 ● Dwight Yoakam → Grammy-winning, pioneering roots-country singer, songwriter and guitarist, "Streets Of Bakersfield" (Country #1, 1988) and 13 other Country Top 10 hits
1957 ● Kelly Marie (Jacqueline McKinnon) → Scottish R&B/disco-pop vocalist, "Feels Like I'm In Love" (UK #1, 1980)
1959 ● Alfred Matthew "Weird Al" Yankovic → Grammy-winning comedian, multi-instrumentalist and song parodist, "Eat It" (#12, 1984) parodying Michael Jackson's "Beat It" and "White & Nerdy" (#9, 2006) parodying "Ridin'" by Chamillionaire
1964 ● Roberto Trujillo → Bassist in thrash metal Suicidal Tendencies, "I'll Hate You Better" (Mainstream Rock #34, 1993) and side project funk-metal Infectious Grooves, joined Ozzy Osbournes band in 1994 and Metallica in 2003
1966 ● David Thomas → Vocals in a cappella gospel Take 6, "I L-O-V-E U" (R&B #19, 1990)
1972 ● Richard McNamara → Guitarist in Brit-pop rockers Embrace, "Gravity" (Modern Rock #36, UK #7, 2004)

Oct 24
1911 ● Sonny Terry (Saunders Terrell) → Blues and folk harmonica player, developed the "whoopin'" style, session man for Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger and others, Broadway and TV actor, died of natural causes on 3/11/1986
1930 ● The Big Bopper (Jiles Perry "J.P." Richardson, Jr.) → Booming voiced early rock 'n' roll DJ, singer and bandleader, "Chantilly Lace" (#6, 1958), died along with Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens in an Iowa plane crash on the night of 2/3/1959
1936 ● Bill Wyman (William George Perks) → Three-decade bassist for megastar hard rock The Rolling Stones, "Brown Sugar" (#1, 1971), issued solo albums in the 70s, co-founded supergroup Willie And The Poor Boys in the 80s, quit The Stones and now fronts The Rhythm Kings featuring Albert Lee and Peter Frampton
1936 ● Jimmy "Fast Fingers" Dawkins → Blues guitarist and mellow-voiced singer known as a pioneer of the aggressive, percussive "West Side" Chicago blues style, recorded and toured with Otis Rush, Andrew "Big Voice" Odom and others, his debut album Fast Fingers (1969) won the Grand Prix du Disque de Jazz from the Hot Club of France in 1971 as the year's top album, died of undisclosed causes on 4/10/2013
1937 ● Santo Farina → Steel guitarist in Italian-American one hit wonder brother duo Santo & Johnny, pop-rock guitar instrumental "Sleepwalk" (#1, 1959)
1942 ● Donald W. Gant → Singer, songwriter and record producer, one half of pop-rock duo The Neon Philharmonic, "Morning Girl" (#17, 1969), produced albums for Jimmy Buffett, Lefty Frizzell and others, died following a serious boating accident on 3/15/1987
1944 ● Bettye Swann (Betty Jean Champion) → One hit wonder R&B/Southern soul singer, "Make Me Yours" (#21, R&B #1, 1967), now a retired teacher
1944 ● Robbie Van Leeuwen → Guitar and backing vocals in Dutch one hit wonder pop-rock Shocking Blue, "Venus" (#1, 1970)
1944 ● Ted Templeman → Singer, guitarist and vocal arranger in folk-sunshine-pop Harper's Bizarre, "Feelin' Groovy" (#13, 1967), then record producer for Van Morrison, Little Feat, The Doobie Brothers, Van Halen and others
1946 ● Jerry Edmonton (Gerald McCrohan) → Drummer in Canadian-American hard rock, proto-metal Steppenwolf, "Born To Be Wild" (#2, 1968)
1947 ● Robert Edgar Broughton → Singer, guitarist and frontman for Brit blues then prog-rock Edgar Broughton Band, "Apache Dropout" (UK #33, 1970)
1948 ● Barry Ryan (Sapherson) → Singer with identical twin brother in pop Paul & Barry Ryan, "Don't Bring Me Your Heartaches" (1965), solo, "Eloise" (UK #1, 1968), currently a professional photographer
1948 ● Paul Ryan (Sapherson) → Singer and songwriter with identical twin brother in pop Paul & Barry Ryan, "Don't Bring Me Your Heartaches" (1965), wrote his brother's solo hit, "Eloise" (UK #1, 1968), died of cancer on 11/29/1992
1948 ● Terence Dale "Buffin" Griffin → Drummer in early Brit glam-rockers Mott The Hoople, "All The Young Dudes" (#37, 1972), producer for The Cult, Hanoi Rocks, Nirvana and others, including BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel
1962 ● Debbie Googe → Bassist for art-prog-rock, "shoe-gazing" pioneers My Bloody Valentine, "Only Shallow" (Modern Rock #27, 1992)
1969 ● Rob Green → Drummer in blue-eyed soul revival and trad rock Toploader, "Dancing In The Moonlight" (UK #7, 2000)
1970 ● Alonza Bevan → Bassist for post-Britpop psych/mystic rock Kula Shaker, "Hush" (Mainstream Rock #19, 1997)
1970 ● Edward Daniel "Eds" Chesters → Drummer for indie rock The Bluetones, "Slight Return" (UK #2, 1996)
1978 ● Sabrina Washington → Lead vocals in "UK urban" R&B/dance-pop trio Mis-Teeq, "One Night Stand" (Dance/Club #4, 2004), solo and TV actress
1979 ● Ben Gillies → Co-founder and drummer for Aussie alt-grunge-rock Silverchair, "Tomorrow" (Modern Rock #1, 1994)
1980 ● Monica (Arnold) → R&B/urban contemporary singer, "Before You Walk Out Of My Life" (#7, R&B #1, 1995) and seven other Top 10 hits
1983 ● Adrienne Bailon → Hip hop soul and R&B/dance-teen-pop 3LW (aka 3 Little Women), "No More (Baby I'ma Do Right)" (#23, 2001) and Disney pre-fab dance-pop Cheetah Girls, "Strut" (#53, 2006), TV host and film actress
1986 ● Drake (Aubrey Drake Graham) → Canadian R&B/hip hop vocalist, "Find Your Love" (#5, 2010) and six other Top 40 hits, TV actor

Oct 25
1941 ● Helen Reddy → Aussie TV actress and light pop/adult contemporary singer, eleven Top 20 hits in the 70s including the Grammy-winning "I Am Woman" (#1, 1971)
1943 ● Roy Lynes → Keyboards and backing vocals for Brit psych-boogie rock Status Quo, "Pictures Of Matchstick Men" (#12, 1968), continues to perform with tribute bands Quo Vadis and Statoz Quo
1944 ● Jon Anderson (John Roy Anderson) → Keyboards, songwriter, lead vocals and founding member of archetypal, pioneer progressive rock band Yes ("Roundabout," #13, 1971) and various off-shoots and side projects through the 00s, plus solo work ("Cage Of Freedom," Mainstream Rock #17, 1984) and collaborations
1944 ● Taffy Nivert Danoff → Vocals in one hit wonder light pop-rock Starland Vocal Band, "Afternoon Delight" (#1, 1976)
1946 ● John Hall → Drummer for Brit reggae-pop The Equals, "Baby Come Back" (#32, 1968)
1948 ● Glenn Tipton → Lead guitarist for popular and influential "New Wave" heavy metal band Judas Priest, "You've Got Another Thing Comin'" (#67, Mainstream Rock #4, 1982) plus the 2009 Grammy-winning album Dissident Aggressor
1950 ● Chris Norman → Lead vocals and rhythm guitar for glam-pop-rock Smokie, "Living Next Door To Alice" (#25, UK #3, 1977), left in 1982 for solo career, "Midnight Lady" (Germany #1, 1986)
1951 ● Richard Lloyd → Guitar and vocals for early and influential punk-rock Television, "Marquee Moon" (1977), solo, producer and guitar teacher
1956 ● Matthias Jabs → Guitarist in German hard rock/metal Scorpions, "Rock You Like A Hurricane" (#25, 1984), still with the band in 2010
1957 ● Robbie McIntosh → Session guitarist and bandleader, played in The Pretenders ("Back On The Chain Gang," #5, 1983) from 1982 to 1987 and Paul McCartney's Wings in the 90s
1960 ● Christina Amphlett → Vocals for Aussie power pop Divinyls, "I Touch Myself" (#4, 1991)
1961 ● Pat Sharp (Patrick Sharpin) → Brit TV host and radio DJ (BBC Radio 1, Capital FM, Radio Mercury)
1962 ● Chad Smith → Drummer in funk-rock Red Hot Chili Peppers, "Californication" (Modern Rock #1, 2000)
1963 ● John Leven → Bassist for Swedish hard rock/glam-metal Europe, "The Final Countdown" (#8, 1986)
1965 ● Nick Thorpe → Bassist for Brit teen-pop blue-eyed soul Curiosity Killed The Cat, "Down To Earth" (UK #3, 1986)
1968 ● Speech (Todd Thomas) → Vocals and MC for African-centric, progressive hip hop/funk-soul-blues Arrested Development, "Mr. Wendal" (#6, 1992), solo
1970 ● Lloyd Edward "Ed" Robertson → Guitarist for Canadian alt-rock Barenaked Ladies, "One Week" (#1, 1998)
1981 ● Jerome Isaac "Romeo" then "Young Rome" Jones → Rapper, singer for L.A. pre-teen R&B/pop-rap Immature, "Never Lie" (#5, 1994), then name change to Imx, "Stay The Night" (#23, 1999), actor
1984 ● Katy Perry (Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson) → Contemporary dance-club/pop-rock singer and songwriter, "I Kissed A Girl" (#1, 2008), TV and voice actress
1985 ● Ciara Princess Harris → The "First Lady of Crunk & B," contemporary R&B/soul-pop dancer and vocalist, "Goodies" (#1, 2004), actress and fashion model

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Monday, October 13, 2014

 

Albums Released This Week (October 13 - 19)

Here's a sampling of the BEST music ever made! Great albums from the 60s, 70s and 80s rock and pop released this week (and some related albums of note):


Oct 13
Manfred Mann ------ Manfred Mann's Greatest Hits ► Rock n Roll >> 1966
Herbie Hancock ------ Head Hunters ► Fusion >> 1973
Triumph ------ Triumph ► Arena Rock >> 1976
Billy Joel ------ 52nd Street ► Pop-Rock >> 1978
Carpenters ------ Christmas Portrait ► Soft Rock >> 1978
XTC ------ Go 2 ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1978
AC/DC ------ If You Want Blood You've Got It ► Hard Rock >> 1978
Elton John ------ Victim Of Love ► Pop-Rock >> 1979
INXS ------ INXS ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1980
Kiss ------ Creatures Of The Night ► Hard Rock >> 1982
Supertramp ------ Free As A Bird ► Prog/Art Rock >> 1987
Sting ------ …Nothing Like The Sun ► Pop-Rock >> 1989
Ace Frehley ------ Trouble Walkin' ► Pop-Metal >> 1989
Prince & The New Power Generation ------ The Love Symbol Album ► Dance-Pop >> 1992
Mudhoney ------ Piece Of Cake ► Grunge Rock >> 1992
East 17 ------ Steam ► Dance-Pop >> 1994
Jurrasic 5 ------ Jurassic 5 EP ► Alternative Hip Hop >> 1997
The Blood Divine ------ Mystica ► Heavy Metal/Goth Metal >> 1997
Bob Dylan & The Band ------ The Bootleg Series, Vol. 4: Bob Dylan Live 1966, The "Royal Albert Hall" Concert ► Folk-Rock >> 1998
James ------ Millionaires ► Alt Pop/Rock >> 1999
Blondie ------ The Curse Of Blondie ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 2003
Bob Dylan ------ Christmas In The Heart ► Folk-Rock >> 2009


Oct 14
Tyrannosaurus Rex ------ Prophets, Seers & Sages: The Angels Of The Ages ► Psych Rock >> 1968
Elvis Presley ------ From Memphis To Vegas/From Vegas To Memphis ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1969
Jethro Tull ------ War Child ► Prog Rock >> 1974
Kiss ------ Alive II ► Hard Rock >> 1977
Ultravox ------ Ha!-Ha!-Ha! ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1977
David Bowie ------ Heroes ► Glam Rock >> 1977
Earth, Wind & Fire ------ Faces ► Soul-Funk >> 1980
Prince ------ Controversy ► Dance-Pop >> 1981
Zapp ------ Zapp II ► P-Funk >> 1982
Cyndi Lauper ------ She's So Unusual ► Pop-Rock >> 1983
The Jam ------ Snap! ► Punk-Rock >> 1983
Elton John ------ Too Low For Zero ► Pop-Rock >> 1983
ABC ------ How To Be A…Zillionaire! ► Dance-Pop >> 1985
INXS ------ Listen Like Thieves ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1985
Iron Maiden ------ Live After Death ► Heavy Metal >> 1985
Depeche Mode ------ The Singles 81>85 ► Synth-Pop >> 1985
Wang Chung ------ Mosaic ► New Wave/Dance-Pop >> 1986
Frank Zappa ------ Broadway The Hard Way ► Progressive Rock >> 1988
Kylie Minogue ------ Let's Get To It ► Dance-Pop >> 1991
Belinda Carlisle ------ Live Your Life Be Free ► Pop-Rock >> 1991
Jimmy Page And Robert Plant ------ No Quarter: Jimmy Page And Robert Plant Unledded ► Blues-Rock >> 1994
Donovan ------ Sutras ► Folk-Rock >> 1996
Duran Duran ------ Medazzaland ► Synth-Pop >> 1997
Ace Of Base ------ The Golden Ratio ► Euro-Dance Pop >> 2002
ZZ Top ------ Chrome, Smoke & BBQ: The ZZ Top Box ► Blues-Rock >> 2003
Mariah Carey ------ The Remixes ► Pop-Rock >> 2003
Charlie Daniels Band ------ Uneasy Rider ► Southern Rock >> 2008
Scorpions ------ Live 2011: Get Your Sting & Blackout ► Heavy Metal >> 2011
Boardwalk ------ Boardwalk ► Dream Pop >> 2013


Oct 15
Elvis Presley ------ Elvis' Christmas Album ► Rock n Roll >> 1957
Brenda Lee ------ Brenda, That's All ► Country-Pop >> 1962
Manfred Mann ------ Mann Made ► Folk-Pop >> 1965
Otis Redding ------ Complete And Unbelievable…The Otis Redding Dictionary Of Soul ► Memphis Soul >> 1966
Yes ------ Yes ► Prog Rock >> 1969
The Jackson 5 ------ Jackson 5 Christmas Album ► Soul - Motown >> 1970
The Band ------ Moondog Matinee ► Folk-Rock >> 1973
Fleetwood Mac ------ Mystery To Me ► Pop-Rock >> 1973
Neil Young ------ Time Fades Away ► Folk-Rock >> 1973
Toto ------ Toto ► Pop-Rock >> 1978
Donna Summer ------ On The Radio ► Disco >> 1979
Ultravox ------ Quartet ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1982
Richard & Linda Thompson ------ Shoot Out The Lights ► Folk-Rock >> 1982
XTC ------ The Big Express ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1984
Talking Heads ------ Stop Making Sense ► New Wave Art-Rock >> 1984
Julian Lennon ------ Valotte ► Pop-Rock >> 1984
Elton John ------ Leather Jackets ► Pop-Rock >> 1986
Motörhead ------ Nö Sleep At All ► Heavy Metal >> 1988
Morrissey ------ Bona Ditch ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1990
Led Zeppelin ------ Led Zeppelin Remasters ► Hard Rock >> 1990
Ride ------ Nowhere ► Dream Pop/Shoegazing >> 1990
Crosby, Stills & Nash ------ CSN [Box Set] ► Folk-Rock >> 1991
Dramarama ------ Vinyl ► Alt Hard Rock >> 1991
Dio ------ Angry Machines ► Heavy Metal >> 1996
Phish ------ Billy Breathes ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 1996
The Tubes ------ Genius Of America ► Alt. Rock >> 1996
The Monkees ------ Justus ► Pop-Rock >> 1996
Korn ------ Life Is Peachy ► Post-Grunge/Nu Metal >> 1996
Counting Crows ------ Recovering The Satellites ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1996
The Rolling Stones ------ The Rolling Stones Rock And Roll Circus ► Blues-Rock >> 1996
Bad Company ------ Stories Told & Untold ► Hard Rock >> 1996
Corrosion Of Conformity ------ Wiseblood ► Heavy Metal/Stoner Metal >> 1996
In Flames ------ Whoracle ► Heavy Metal/Melodic Death Metal >> 1997
The Church ------ Singsongs/Remote Luxury/Persia ► Alt. Power Pop >> 2001
Alison Moyet ------ The Turn ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2007
Pearl Jam ------ Lightning Bolt ► Hard Rock >> 2013


Oct 16
The Supremes ------ A Bit Of Liverpool ► Soul - Motown >> 1964
Cher ------ All I Really Want To Do ► Pop-Rock >> 1965
Brenda Lee ------ Reflections In Blue ► Country-Pop >> 1967
Three Dog Night ------ Three Dog Night ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1968
Three Dog Night ------ Captured Live At The Forum ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1969
Creedence Clearwater Revival ------ Live In Europe ► Folk-Rock >> 1973
Aretha Franklin ------ You ► Soul >> 1975
Thin Lizzy ------ Johnny The Fox ► Hard Rock >> 1976
Elton John ------ A Single Man ► Pop-Rock >> 1978
Eurythmics ------ In The Garden ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1981
Thin Lizzy ------ Life Live ► Hard Rock >> 1983
ZZ Top ------ Afterburner ► Blues-Rock >> 1985
All About Eve ------ Scarlet And Other Stories ► Alt. Pop-Rock/Goth Pop >> 1989
Erasure ------ Wild! ► Alt. Dance >> 1989
Goo Goo Dolls ------ Hold Me Up ► Alt Pop-Rock/Post-Grunge >> 1989
Paul Simon ------ The Rhythm Of The Saints ► Folk-Pop >> 1990
Buju Banton ------ Stamina Daddy ► Dancehall Reggae >> 1992
Natalie Cole ------ I've Got Love On My Mind ► Soul-Pop >> 1995
Suggs ------ The Lone Ranger ► Reggae-Pop/Ska >> 1995
Tears For Fears ------ Raoul And The Kings Of Spain ► Synth-Pop >> 1995
Cast ------ All Change ► Britpop >> 1995
Faithless ------ Back To Mine ► Trip-Hop >> 2000
Kylie Minogue ------ Hits+ ► Dance-Pop >> 2000
All Saints ------ Saints & Sinners ► Electronic Dance-Pop >> 2000
Cocteau Twins ------ Stars And Topsoil ► Folk-Rock >> 2000
John (Cougar) Mellencamp ------ Cuttin' Heads ► Roots Rock >> 2001
Ozzy Osbourne ------ Down To Earth ► Hard Rock >> 2001
Journey ------ The Essential Journey ► AOR Rock >> 2001
New Order ------ Get Ready ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 2001
Michael McDonald ------ In The Spirit: A Christmas Album ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 2001
Gov't Mule ------ Mighty High ► Southern Rock/Jam Rock >> 2007
R.E.M. ------ R.E.M. Live ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2007
Donald Fagen ------ Sunken Condos ► Jazz-Rock >> 2012


Oct 17
The Rolling Stones ------ 12X5 ► Rock n Roll >> 1964
The Easybeats ------ Vigil ► Rock 'N' Roll >> 1968
The Jazz Crusaders ------ Old Socks, New Shoes…New Socks, Old Shoes ► Jazz Fusion >> 1970
Lynyrd Skynyrd ------ Street Survivors ► Southern Rock >> 1977
Dire Straits ------ Making Movies ► Post-Punk Pop-Rock >> 1980
Various Artists ------ The Blasting Concept Vol. 2 ► Post-Punk >> 1985
Stacey Q ------ Better Than Heaven ► Dance-Pop >> 1986
Steve Earle ------ Copperhead Road ► Alt. Country >> 1988
R.E.M. ------ Eponymous ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1988
The Waterboys ------ Fisherman's Blues ► Folk-Rock/Celtic >> 1988
Suicidal Tendencies ------ Controlled By Hatred/Feel Like Shit…Déjà Vu ► Punk Metal >> 1989
Kiss ------ Hot In The Shade ► Hard Rock >> 1989
Belinda Carlisle ------ Runaway Horses ► Pop-Rock >> 1989
Kate Bush ------ The Sensual World ► Prog Rock >> 1989
Yngwie Malmsteen ------ Trial By Fire: Live In Leningrad ► Heavy Metal >> 1989
Stacey Lattisaw ------ What You Need ► Quiet Storm >> 1989
Skyclad ------ The Wayward Sons Of Mother Earth ► Heavy Metal/Folk Metal >> 1991
Jamiroquai ------ The Return Of The Space Cowboy [UK] ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1994
Steely Dan ------ Alive In America ► Jazz-Rock >> 1995
Luis Miguel ------ El Concierto ► Latin Pop >> 1995
Limp Bizkit ------ Chocolate Starfish And The Hot Dog Flavored Water ► Rap-Metal >> 2000
David Coverdale ------ Into The Light ► Hard Rock >> 2000
2Pac ------ The Rose That Grew From Concrete ► Spoken Word Rap >> 2000
Aerosmith ------ Devil's Got A New Disguise - The Very Best Of Aerosmith ► Hard Rock >> 2006
Sarah McLachlan ------ Wintersong ► Folk-Rock >> 2006
The Tragically Hip ------ World Container ► Folk-Rock >> 2006
Chris Isaak ------ Live In Australia ► Adult Contemporary >> 2008


Oct 18
Cactus ------ Restrictions ► Hard Rock >> 1971
The Rolling Stones ------ It's Only Rock 'N' Roll ► Blues-Rock >> 1974
The Jacksons ------ Goin' Places ► Soul/disco >> 1977
Hawkwind ------ Sonic Attack ► Heavy Metal >> 1981
Hall & Oates ------ Rock 'N Soul Part !: Greatest Hits ► Pop-Rock >> 1983
Carpenters ------ Voice Of The Heart ► Easy Listening >> 1983
Frank Zappa ------ Them Or Us ► Art Rock >> 1984
The Cult ------ Love ► Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Revival >> 1985
Duran Duran ------ Big Thing ► Synth-Pop >> 1988
Sonic Youth ------ Daydream Nation ► Indie Rock >> 1988
Martika ------ Martika ► Dance-Pop >> 1988
Paul Simon ------ Negotiations And Love Songs 1971 - 1986 ► Folk-Pop >> 1988
The Smithereens ------ 11 ► College Rock >> 1989
The Bangles ------ Everything ► Pop-Rock >> 1989
Insane Clown Posse ------ Carnival Of Carnage ► Indie/Midwest Hip Hop >> 1992
Cocteau Twins ------ Four-Calendar Café ► Folk-Rock >> 1993
Carcass ------ Heartwork [UK] ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1993
Kenny G ------ Montage ► Jazz-Pop >> 1993
Iron Maiden ------ A Real Dead One ► Heavy Metal >> 1993
B*Witched ------ Awake And Breathe ► Pop/Girl Group >> 1999
Westlife ------ Flying Without Wings ► Teen Pop/Boy Band >> 1999
Alcazar ------ Casino ► Euro Dance-Pop >> 2000
Simple Minds ------ Our Secrets Are The Same ► New Wave Alt. Pop >> 2004
Simple Minds ------ Silver Box ► New Wave Alt. Pop >> 2004
Bryan Adams ------ Anthology ► Pop-Rock >> 2005
Depeche Mode ------ Playing The Angel ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2005
Supertramp ------ Retrospective - The Supertramp Anthology ► Prog/Art Rock >> 2005
Stevie Wonder ------ A Time To Love ► Pop-Soul >> 2005
Queen ------ The Singles Collection: Volume 4 ► Glam Rock >> 2010
The Rolling Stones ------ The Brussels Affair '73 ► Blues-Rock >> 2001
Chris Isaak ------ Beyond The Sun ► Adult Contemporary >> 2011
Poliça ------ Shulamith ► Dream Pop >> 2013


Oct 19
Elvis Presley ------ The Real Elvis ► Rock n Roll >> 1956
The Kingston Trio ------ Here We Go Again! ► Folk-Pop >> 1959
The Beach Boys ------ Beach Boys Concert ► Pop-Rock >> 1964
Brenda Lee ------ Merry Christmas From Brenda Lee ► Country-Pop >> 1964
Simon & Garfunkel ------ Wednesday Morning, 3 AM ► Folk-Pop >> 1964
Cass Elliott ------ Dream A Little Dream ► Pop-Rock/Folk-Rock >> 1968
The Shadows ------ Shades Of Rock ► Instrumental Rock 'N' Roll >> 1970
The James Gang ------ Straight Shooter ► Blues-Rock >> 1972
The Wailers ------ Burnin' ► Roots Reggae >> 1973
America ------ Hat Trick ► Folk-Rock >> 1973
David Bowie ------ Pin Ups ► Glam Rock >> 1973
The Who ------ Quadrophenia ► British Rock >> 1973
Styx ------ Cornerstone ► Prog/Art Rock >> 1979
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers ------ Damn The Torpedoes ► Album Rock >> 1979
Prince ------ Prince ► Funk >> 1979
Fleetwood Mac ------ Tusk ► Pop-Rock >> 1979
INXS ------ Underneath The Colours ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1981
Fates Warning ------ The Sprectre Within ► Heavy Metal >> 1985
INXS ------ Kick ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1987
Roxette ------ Look Sharp! ► Pop-Rock >> 1988
Salt-N-Pepa ------ Blacks' Magic ► Pop-Rap >> 1990
The Cure ------ Mixed Up ► Post-Punk >> 1990
The Traveling Wilburys ------ Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 3 ► Pop-Rock >> 1990
Mötley Crüe ------ Decade Of Decadence ► Heavy Metal >> 1991
Julian Cope ------ Jehovahkill ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1992
Rush ------ Counterparts ► Arena Rock >> 1993
Black Moon ------ Enta Da Stage ► East Coast Rap >> 1993
Jesse Colin Young ------ Makin' It Real ► Folk-Rock >> 1993
Alexis Korner ------ Mellow Yellow ► Blues-Rock >> 1993
Santana ------ Sacred Fire: Live From South America ► Jazz Fusion >> 1993
Pearl Jam ------ Vs. ► Hard Rock >> 1993
Talisman ------ Humanimal (Part 2) ► Hard Rock >> 1994
Billie Piper ------ Honey To The B ► Pop-Rock >> 1998
Idlewild ------ Hope Is Important ► Post-Hardcore >> 1998
Natalie Cole ------ The Magic Of Christmas ► Holiday Soul-Pop >> 1999
Gin Blossoms ------ Outside Looking In: The Best Of The Gin Blossoms ► Power Pop >> 1999
Three Dog Night ------ 35th Anniversary Hits Collection ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 2004
Jimmy Eat World ------ Futures ► Post-Grunge >> 2004
Lou Reed, John Cale & Nico ------ Le Bataclan '72 ► Art Rock >> 2004
Twisted Sister ------ Still Hungry ► Hair Metal >> 2004
Peter Cetera ------ You Just Gotta Love Christmas ► Pop-Rock >> 2004
Bob Dylan ------ The Bootleg Series, Vol. 9: The Witmark Demos 1962-1964 ► Folk-Rock >> 2010
Bob Dylan ------ The Original Mono Recordings ► Folk-Rock >> 2010

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

 

This Week's Birthdays (October 12 - 18)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Oct 12
1935 ● Luciano Pavarotti → Highly successful and widely-admired Italian opera star and pop music singer, performed on Saturday Night Live and sang with U2 on "Miss Sarajevo", died from pancreatic cancer on 9/6/1977
1935 ● Samuel Moore → Tenor vocals and one half of R&B/soul Sam & Dave, "Soul Man" (#2, 1967), the most successful and critically-acclaimed soul music duo of all time
1942 ● Melvin Franklin → Bass vocals for Motown R&B/soul legends The Temptations, "My Girl" (#1, 1965) and Grammy-winning "Papa Was A Rolling Stone" (#1, 1972), died after a coma-inducing seizure on 2/23/1995
1948 ● Rick Parfitt → Vocals and rhythm guitar for Brit psych-boogie rock Status Quo, "Pictures Of Matchstick Men" (#12, 1968)
1955 ● Jane Siberry → Canadian art-pop-rock singer and songwriter, "One More Colour" (Canada #27, 1985) from the album The Speckless Sky (#149, 1986)
1955 ● Pat DiNizio → Lead singer, guitarist and songwriter for alt pop-rock The Smithereens, "Only A Memory" (Mainstream Rock #1, 1988), solo albums plus XM satellite radio programmer and unsuccessful US Senate candidate
1956 ● Dave Vanian (David Letts) → Singer and founding member of first-wave punk rockers The Damned, "Eloise" (UK #3, 1986), solo, now hosts TV show featuring homemade horror movies contributed by viewers
1960 ● Bob Mould → Frontman, guitarist and songwriter for post-punk alt rock trio Hüsker Dü, "Makes No Sense At All" (1985), light rock solo career, "See A Little Light" (Modern Rock #4, 1989), founded and fronted alt rock Sugar, "If I Can't Change Your Mind" (UK #30, 1992)
1966 ● Brian Kennedy → Irish singer/songwriter, played in Van Morrison band, solo, "Life, Love And Happiness", (UK #27, 1996), appeared on Broadway in The River Dance
1969 ● Garfield A. Bright → Vocals for R&B/urban contemporary soul quartet Shai, "If I Ever Fall In Love" (#2, 1992)
1969 ● Martie Ervin Seidel Maguire → Multi-instrumentalist singer and songwriter with country-rock girl group Dixie Chicks, "Not Ready To Make Nice" (#4, 2006)
1979 ● Jordan Pundik → Founding member, lyricist and lead vocals for pop-punk New Found Glory, "My Friends Over You" (Alt Rock #5, 2002)

Oct 13
1937 ● Bruce "Cousin Brucie" Morrow (Bruce Meyerowitz) → Beloved 60s and 70s pop-rock Top 40 radio DJ (WABC-am New York), then media businessman and currently Sirius XM satellite radio host
1940 ● Chris Farlowe (John Henry Deighton) → Rock, blues and blue-eyed soul singer, covered the Jagger/Richards song, "Out of Time" (UK #1, 1966), session work for Colosseum, Atomic Rooster, Jimmy Page and others
1941 ● Paul Simon → Highly acclaimed and ten-time Grammy-winning folk-pop-rock singer, songwriter and guitarist, one half the 60 folk-pop duo Simon & Garfunkel, "Bridge Over Trouble Water" (#1, 1970), solo, "50 Ways To Leave Your Lover" (#1, 1975) and 12 other Top 40 hits plus the 1986 Grammy Album of the Year, Graceland (#3, 1987)
1944 ● Robert Lamm → Founding member, vocals, keyboards and songwriter for horn-pop-rock Chicago, wrote "25 Or 6 To 4" (#4, 1970) and "Saturday In The Park" (#3, 1972), solo with seven albums plus a 2000 collaboration album with Gerry Beckley (America) and Carl Wilson (The Beach Boys)
1947 ● Sammy Hagar → Hard rock guitarist and lead singer with early heavy metal band Montrose, "Bad Motor Scooter" (1973), solo, "Your Love Is Driving Me Crazy" (#13, 1983), replaced David Lee Roth in Van Halen, "When It's Love" (#5, 1988), resumed solo career in 1995
1948 ● John Ford Coley (John Edward Colley) → Guitar and vocals in folk-pop duo England Dan & John Ford Coley, "I'd Really Love To See You Tonight" (#2, 1976)
1948 ● Peter David Spencer → Drums and vocals for pop-rock Smokie, "Living Next Door To Alice" (#25, 1977)
1950 ● Simon Nicol → Guitarist for renowned Brit folk-rock Fairport Convention, "Si Tu Dos Partir" (UK #21, 1969)
1959 ● Gerry Darby → Founding member and drummer for Brit jazz-pop-rock Carmel, "Bad Day" (UK #15, 1983)
1959 ● Marie Osmond → Youngest sibling of family-oriented light pop-rock The Osmonds, ten US Top 40 singles including "One Bad Apple" (#1, 1971), country-pop solo career, "Paper Roses" (#5, Country #1, 1973) and seven other Country Top 40 hits, TV host
1962 ● Rob Marche → Guitarist for dance-pop-rock Jo Boxers, "Boxer Beat" (UK #3, 1983)
1968 ● Carlos Marin → Baritone for pre-fab Euro-pop vocal quartet Il Divo, "Unbreak My Heart" (Adult Contemporary #33, 2005)
1970 ● Paul Potts → Welsh crossover opera singer and winner of the first series of ITV's Britain's Got Talent, debut album One Chance (#21, UK #1, 2007)
1977 ● Justin Peroff (Papadimitriou) → Canadian drummer for jazz/pop/rock Broken Social Scene, "1 2 3 4" (UK #4, 2007), TV and film actor
1980 ● Ashanti Shequoiya Douglas → R&B/contemporary urban singer, songwriter, dancer and actress, "Foolish" (#1, 2002)
1981 ● Kelechukwu "Kele" Rowland Okereke → Lead singer and rhythm guitarist for indie pop-punk revival Bloc Party, "Helicopter" (Dance #5, 2006), solo

Oct 14
1927 ● Bill Justis → Record company music director, arranger and film score composer (Smokey And The Bandit, 1977), co-wrote and played saxophone on the one hit wonder pioneer instrumental rock n' roll song "Raunchy" (#2, 1957), died 7/15/1982 of cancer
1930 ● Robert Parker → New Orleans R&B/soul and rock 'n' roll singer and saxophonist, sessions for Fats Domino, Ernie K-Doe and others, then one hit wonder solo career, "Barefootin'" (#7, 1966)
1940 ● Cliff Richard (Harry Rodger Webb) → The "Brit Elvis" and biggest selling artist of all time in the UK, early rock n' roll star, "Move It" (UK #2, 1958) credited as the first rock 'n' roll song from outside the U.S., then migrated to MOR pop and light rock, "Devil Woman" (#6, UK #9, 1976) plus over 100 UK Top 40 hits, TV actor
1942 ● Billy Harrison → Backing vocals and guitar for the early lineups of Irish garage-rock, proto-punk Them, "Gloria" (#71, 1966)
1945 ● Colin "Bomber" Hodgkinson → Jazz-rock bassist, co-founded 70s bass-centric fusion trio Back Door, session work for Jan Hammer, Alexis Korner, the Spencer Davis Group, Whitesnake and others
1946 ● Dan McCafferty → Founding member and lead singer of Scottish hard rock Nazareth, "Love Hurts" (#8, 1976), has appeared on all Nazareth albums plus two solo LPs
1946 ● David Justin Hayward → Guitar and vocals for prog rock then pop-rock The Moody Blues, wrote "Nights In White Satin" (#2, 1967) and "Your Wildest Dreams" (#9, 1986), still touring in 2011
1947 ● Norman Harris → R&B/Philly soul guitarist, founding member of MFSB, producer for multiple R&B/soul groups including The Delfonics and The Trammps, co-wrote hits for Gloria Gaynor, Wilson Pickett, the Spinners and others as part of the Baker-Harris-Young songwriting team, died of a heart attack on 3/20/1987
1948 ● Ivory Tilmon → Vocals in R&B/soul brother act The Detroit Emeralds, "Feel The Need In Me" (R&B #22, 1973)
1948 ● Marcia Barrett → West Indian vocalist in R&B/disco Euro-dance Boney M, "Rivers Of Babylon" (#30, UK #1, 1978)
1952 ● Chris Amoo → Vocals for Brit Northern soul/funk quartet The Real Thing, "You To Me Are Everything" (#64, UK #1, 1976)
1958 ● Thomas Dolby (Thomas Morgan Robertson) → Multi-instrumentalist New Wave synth-pop singer and composer, "She Blinded Me With Science" (#5, 1982), also member of Camera Club and the Lene Lovich band, producer for Joni Mitchell, Prefab Sprout and others, developed the RMF downloadable file format and Beatnik mobile phone software
1959 ● Anthony Jude "A.J." Pero → Drummer for heavy metal Twisted Sister, "We're Not Gonna Take It" (#21, 1983)
1959 ● Antimo Rivetti → Manager for Brit teen-pop blue-eyed soul Curiosity Killed The Cat, "Down To Earth" (UK #3, 1986)
1965 ● Karyn White → Contemporary R&B/pop singer, "Superwoman" (#8, 1988), now an interior design and real estate consultant
1974 ● Natalie Maines Pasdar → Singer, songwriter and guitarist for country-rock girl group Dixie Chicks, "Not Ready To Make Nice" (#4, 2006) plus Grammy Album of the Year Taking The Long Way (2006)
1975 ● Shaznay Lewis → Singer in Brit dance-pop-rock all-girl quartet All Saints, "Never Ever" (#4, 1998)
1978 ● Usher Raymond → The reigning "King of R&B," Grammy-winning pop-soul singer, songwriter, dancer and actor, "Nice & Slow" (#1, 1998) plus 13 other Top 10 singles and three #1 albums

Oct 15
1925 ● McHouston "Mickey" (aka "Guitar") Baker → Highly influential but little known 50s session guitarist at Atlantic Records, bridged R&B and rock 'n' roll as a backing guitarist, plus solo and duo Mickey & Sylvia, "Love Is Strange" (#11, 1957)
1935 ● Barry McGuire → One hit wonder folk-rock singer, songwriter and guitarist, "Eve Of Destruction" (#1, 1965), switched to Christian/gospel in the 70s
1938 ● Marv Johnson → Early Motown R&B/soul vocalist, "You Got What It Takes" (#10, 1959) and three other Top 40 hits between 1959 and 1961, moved into sales and promotion with Motown and sister labels, died on 5/16/1993 from a stroke
1942 ● Chris Andrews → Pop-rock singer and songwriter, "Yesterday Man" (UK #3, 1965), wrote six UK Top 10 hits for Adam Faith and Sandie Shaw in the mid-60s,
1942 ● Don Stevenson → Drummer, singer and songwriter for 60s San Francisco folk-roots-psych rock Moby Grape, "Omaha" (#88, 1967), continues to appear with the band, issued his first solo album (King Of The Fools) in 2010
1946 ● Richard Carpenter → Keyboards and vocals with sister Karen in AM pop/adult contemporary duo The Carpenters, "Close To You" (#1, 1970)
1948 ● Chris De Burgh (Christopher John Davison) → Light pop-rock/adult contemporary singer, songwriter and keyboardist, "Lady in Red" (#3, 1986)
1948 ● Lance Dickerson → Drummer for country-rock/boogie/swing bar band Commander Cody And His Lost Planet Airmen, "Hot Rod Lincoln" (#9, 1972), worked with various incarnations of the band through the 90s, died on 11/10/2003
1953 ● Toriano "Tito" Jackson → Vocals and lead guitarist in R&B/pop-soul sibling act The Jackson 5, "I Want You Back" (#1, 1970)
1956 ● Chris Lacklison → Keyboards for glam pop-rock Kenny, "The Bump" (UK #3, 1975)
1962 ● David Stead → Drummer in alt pop-rock The Beautiful South, "A Little Time" (UK #1, 1990)
1962 ● Mark Reznicek → Drummer in post-grunge alt rock Toadies, "Possum Kingdom" (Modern Rock #4, 1995)
1963 ● Jay Bennett → Guitarist, songwriter and producer for alt country-rock Wilco, "Outtasite (Outta Mind)" (Mainstream Rock #22, 1997), solo, sessions and collaborations, died 5/24/2009 from an accidental overdose of painkillers
1966 ● Douglas Vipond → Drummer in Scottish indie pop-rock Deacon Blue, "Real Gone Kid" (UK #8, 1988)
1975 ● Ginuwine (Elgin Baylor Lumpkin) → Hip-hop soul crooner, "Differences" (#4, 2001) and five other Top 40 singles
1984 ● Shayne Ward → Contemporary pop singer and winner of the 2005 UK TV series The X Factor, "That's My Goal" (UK #1, 2005)

Oct 16
1923 ● Bert Kaempfert (Berthold Kämpfert) → German easy listening/adult pop orchestra leader and composer, "Wonderful By Night" (#1, 1961), wrote songs covered by Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and many others, produced the first Beatles recording session with Tony Sheridan, died on 6/21/1980 after a stroke
1937 ● Emile Ford (Emile Sweetman) → West Indian-born singer, musician and frontman for pre-Beatles pop-rock The Checkmates, "What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For?" (UK #1 ,1959), short solo career and then record producer
1938 ● Nico (Christa Päffgen) → German singer, model and vocals for proto-punk The Velvet Underground, "Femme Fatale" (1967), then proto-goth/folk-rock solo career, died on 7/18/1988 from a brain hemorrhage following a bicycling accident
1942 ● Dave Lovelady → Drummer and singer for Merseybeat pop-rock The Fourmost, "A Little Loving" (UK #6, 1964)
1943 ● Charles Frederick "C.F." Turner → Bass and vocals for Canadian pop-rockers Bachman-Turner Overdrive, "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" (#1, 1974), the only member to play on every album the band released over 25 years
1947 ● Bob "Ace" Weir → Founding member, rhythm guitarist, singer and songwriter for rock's longest, strangest trip Grateful Dead, "Sugar Magnolia" (#91, 1973) and "Touch Of Grey" (#9, 1987), solo, bandleader for Kingfish, Ratdog and Bobby & The Midnites, member of Grateful Dead spinoff The Other Ones
1953 ● Tony Carey → Keyboardist in early lineup of hard rock Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, founder and frontman for space rock Planet P Project, "Why Me?" (Mainstream Rock #4, 1983) and solo, "A Fine, Fine Day" (#22, 1984), producer for Jennifer Rush, Joe Cocker, Mark Knopfler and others
1959 ● Gary Kemp → Guitar and keyboards for New Romantic pop-rock Spandau Ballet, "True" (#4, 1983) plus 16 other UK top 40 singles
1962 ● Flea (Michael Peter Balzary) → Bass and vocals for funk-rock Red Hot Chili Peppers, "Californication" (Modern Rock #1, 2000)
1965 ● Simon Bartholomew → Founding member, guitar and vocals for acid-jazz/funk The Brand New Heavies, "Sometimes" (UK #11, 1997)
1967 ● Jason Everman → Rock guitarist and vocalist with brief stints in 1989 as second guitarist for premier grunge rock Nirvana, "Smells Like Teen Spirit" (#6, 1992) and 1990 as interim bassist in seminal grunge rock group Soundgarden, "Black Hole Sun" (Mainstream Rock #1, 1994) before both groups became superstars, left to join other marginally successful grunge bands, eventually joined the U.S. Army Special Forces and became a decorated Afghan and Iraqi war hero, now a G.I. Bill graduate of Columbia University with a B.A. in Philosophy
1969 ● Wendy Wilson → Vocals for pop-rock all-girl offspring trio Wilson Phillips, "Release Me" (#1, 1990), daughter of The Beach Boys Brian Wilson
1977 ● John Mayer → Light pop-rock singer/songwriter and guitarist, won 2003 Grammy Award for "Your Body Is A Wonderland" (#18, Adult Top 40 #3, 2002)

Oct 17
1909 ● William Randolph "Cozy" Cole → Journeyman but highly regarded jazz-pop and swing drummer from 1930 through the 70s, his instrumental "Topsy, Pt. 2" (#3, R&B #1, 1958) was the first drum solo recording to chart, died on 1/29/1981 from cancer
1933 ● Soeur Sourie (Jeanne-Paule Marie "Jeanine" Deckers) → Belgian-born one hit wonder folk-pop singer and guitarist, as the "Singing Nun" recorded "Dominique" (#1, 1963), died on 3/29/1985 after ingesting an overdose of sleeping pills in a suicide pact with a girlfriend
1934 ● Emmanuel "Rico" Rodriguez → Jamaican trombonist with ska revival The Specials, "Ghost Town" (UK #1, 1981), solo and sessions
1935 ● Michael Eavis → English dairy farmer who founded the Glastonbury Festival in 1970 and on whose land the music festival has occurred annually for over 40 years
1941 ● Alan Howard → Bassist for British Invasion pop-rock The Tremeloes, "Silence Is Golden" (#11, UK #1, 1967)
1941 ● Jim Seals → Guitar, violin, vocals and songwriting in 70s light pop-rock duo Seals & Crofts, "Summer Breeze" (#6, 1972) and "Diamond Girl" (#6, 1973)
1942 ● Gary Puckett → Lead vocals and frontman for pop-rock Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, "Young Girl" (#2, 1968), followed with a modest solo career and now tours with a new lineup of the band
1944 ● Carole "Cookie" Cole → Music producer, stage, film and TV actress, adopted daughter of jazz-pop singer Nat King Cole and adopted sister of soul-pop diva Natalie Cole, starred in multiple motion pictures including The Silencers (1967) and The Taking Of Pelham One Two Three (1974), co-starred on TV sitcoms Sanford And Son and Grady, as CEO of King Cole Productions oversaw the use and licensing of her father's catalogue, name and likeness, died of lung cancer on 5/19/2009
1946 ● James Tucker → First rhythm guitarist for pop-rock The Turtles, "Happy Together" (#1, 1967), left in 1967 following a European tour
1949 ● Bill Hudson (Salerno) → Vocals for sibling trio The Hudson Brothers, "So You Are A Star" (#21, 1974), ex-spouse of Goldie Hawn, father of actress Kate Hudson
1958 ● Alan Jackson → Honky tonk/new traditionalist country star singer and songwriter with 17 Country Top 10 albums and 24 Country #1 hits, including the Grammy-winning "Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)" (#38, Country #1, 2001)
1962 ● Anne Rogers → Bassist for Brit indie-folk-pop Popinjays, "Vote Elvis" (Modern Rock #17, 1988)
1967 ● René Dif → Vocals for Danish dance-pop Aqua, "Barbie Girl" (#7, 1997), which drew a lawsuit from Mattel for its sexual content
1968 ● David Nesta "Ziggy" Marley → Five-time Grammy-winning guitarist, singer and songwriter, solo and as frontman for reggae-pop sibling group The Melody Makers, "Tomorrow People" (#39, 1988), son of reggae legend Bob Marley
1971 ● Christopher Kirkpatrick → Founding member and counter tenor vocals for teen dance-pop harmony boy band *NSYNC, "It's Gonna Be Me" (#1, 2000)
1971 ● Derrick Plourde → Drummer for mainstream pop-punk The Ataris, "The Boys Of Summer" (#20, Modern Rock #2, 2003) and other bands, died from a suicide gunshot on 3/30/2005
1972 ● Eminem (Marshall Bruce Mathers III) → Grammy-winning blue-eyed rapper, worldwide #1 album The Marshall Mathers LP (2000) and worldwide hit "Lose Yourself" (#1, 2002), producer for Jay-Z, Nas, 50 Cent, DMX, 2Pac and others, award-winning film actor
1972 ● Michael McKean → Actor and comedian, portrayed David St. Hubbins in the "mock-rock" parody band Spinal Tap from the movie This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
1972 ● Wyclef Jean → Haitian musician, member of R&B/jazz-rap The Fugees, "Killing Me Softly" (#1, 1996), solo, "Gone Till November" (#7, 1998), record producer, announced plans to run in the 2010 Haitian presidential election but withdrew when his bid for candidacy was rejected over residency requirements

Oct 18
1926 ● Charles Edward "Chuck" Berry → Early breakthrough rock 'n' roll pioneer, enduring and immortal guitarist, singer and songwriter, "Johnny B. Goode" (#8, 1958) and 13 other Top 40 hits, major influence on The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and countless other rock and pop artists
1938 ● Ronnie Bright → R&B/doo wop bass singer with The Valentines, The Cadillacs and the Deep River Boys, plus session work including a duo with Johnny Cymbal, "Mr. Bass Man" (#16, 1963), now with The Coasters
1943 ● Russ Giguere → Vocals, percussion and guitar in light pop-rock vocal group The Association, "Along Comes Mary" (#7, 1966), left briefly for solo career but returned and still tours with the band in 2011
1946 ● Joe Egan → Keyboards and vocals in Scottish folk-pop-rock Stealers Wheel, "Stuck In The Middle With You" (#6, 1973)
1947 ● Laura Nyro (Nigro) → Light folk-jazz-pop singer, guitarist and composer with several acclaimed solo albums, wrote "Eli's Coming" for Three Dog Night (#10, 1969), "Wedding Bell Blues" for The 5th Dimension (#1, 1969), "And When I Die" for Blood, Sweat & Tears (#2, 1969) and "Stoney End" for Barbra Streisand (#6, 1971), died of ovarian cancer on 4/8/1997
1949 ● Gary Richrath → Guitarist and principal songwriter for arena rock REO Speedwagon, wrote "Take It On The Run" (#5, 1981), left in 1989 for unsuccessful solo career
1955 ● Vanessa Briscoe Hay → Co-founding member and lead vocalist for Athens, GA-based seminal post-punk college rock Pylon, "Gyrate" (Dance/Club #41, 1981), later with other local groups
1956 ● Dick Crippen → Bassist in oddball Brit punk-rock Tenpole Tudor, "Who Killed Bambi" (UK #6, 1979)
1958 ● Denise Dufort → Founding member, vocals and drums for early all-girl heavy metal group Painted Lady, which became Girlschool, "Hit And Run" (UK #32, 1981)
1961 ● Wynton Marsalis → Virtuoso jazz trumpeter, composer and bandleader, one of the "Young Lions" and a major figure in jazz since the 1980s, his album Standard Time, Vol. 1 (1987) is one of five Grammy-winning albums
1966 ● Tim Cross → Bassist in post-grunge alt rock Sponge, "Molly (16 Candles Down The Drain)" (Modern Rock #3, 1995)
1971 ● Mark Morriss → Lead singer for indie rock The Bluetones, "Slight Return" (UK #2, 1996), solo
1974 ● Peter Svensson → Guitarist for Swedish pop-rock The Cardigans, "Lovefool" (#1, 1996)
1975 ● Baby Bash (Ronald Ray Bryant) → Mexican-American smooth rapper, "Suga Suga" (#7, 2003)
1977 ● Simon Rix → Bassist for indie rock Kaiser Chiefs, "Ruby" (UK #1, 2007)
1982 ● Ne-Yo (Shaffer Smith) → Urban contemporary R&B/pop singer, "So Sick" (#1, 2005) and "Miss Independent" (#7, 2008), the 2009 Grammy Award for Best R&B song
1987 ● Zachary Efron → Actor and singer, "Troy Bolton" in High School Musical movies (most watched cable TV movies ever)

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