Sunday, February 18, 2018

 

Albums Released This Week (February 19 - 25)

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):


February 19
The Rascals ------ Once Upon A Dream ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1968
Yes ------ The Yes Album ► Prog Rock >> 1971
Split Enz ------ Frenzy [NZ] ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1979
Simple Minds ------ The Breakfast Club [Sndtrk] ► New Wave Alt. Pop >> 1985
The Fall ------ Extricate ► Post-Punk >> 1990
Peter Wolf ------ Up To No Good ► Blues-Rock/Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1990
Dinosaur Jr. ------ Green Mind ► Alt. Rock >> 1991
The Fixx ------ Ink ► Techno-Pop >> 1991
Joni Mitchell ------ Night Ride Home ► Folk-Rock >> 1991
The Tragically Hip ------ Road Apples ► Folk-Rock >> 1991
Ace Of Base ------ Happy Nation ► Euro-Dance Pop >> 1993
Bruce Dickinson ------ Skunkworks ► Heavy Metal >> 1996
Humble Pie ------ Back On Track ► Hard Rock >> 2002
The Cars ------ Complete Greatest Hits ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 2002
Jerry Garcia Band ------ Garcia Live Volume One ► Roots Rock >> 2013
Richard Marx ------ Now And Forever: The Ballads ► Adult Contemporary Pop-Rock >> 2014
Mavis Staples ------ Livin' On A High Note ► Roots Soul >> 2016
Yoko Ono ------ Yes, I'm A Witch Too ► Electronic Alternative >> 2016


February 20
Buddy Holly ------ Buddy Holly ► Pop-Rock >> 1958
Elvis Presley ------ Elvis Now ► Adult Contemporary >> 1972
Tangerine Dream ------ Phaedra ► Art Rock >> 1974
Genesis ------ A Trick Of The Tail ► Prog Rock >> 1976
The Smiths ------ The Smiths ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1984
Talk Talk ------ The Colour Of Spring ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1986
Fine Young Cannibals ------ The Raw And The Cooked ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1989
Meat Beat Manifesto ------ Storm The Studio ► Techno-Industrial >> 1989
Everything But The Girl ------ The Language Of Life ► Electro-Pop >> 1990
Butthole Surfers ------ Piouhgd ► Post-Punk Hardcore >> 1991
The Smiths ------ Singles ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1995
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds ------ Murder Ballads ► Alt Rock >> 1996
Lou Reed ------ Set The Twilight Reeling ► Hard Rock >> 1996
The Monkees ------ Music Box ► Pop-Rock >> 2001


February 21

Blood, Sweat & Tears ------ Child Is Father To The Man ► Pop-Rock >> 1968
The Temptations ------ Masterpiece ► Soul - Motown >> 1973
Status Quo ------ On The Level ► Blues-Rock >> 1975
Bad Company ------ Run With The Pack ► Hard Rock >> 1976
David Coverdale ------ White Snake ► Hard Rock >> 1977
The Stranglers ------ Live (X Cert) ► Punk-Rock >> 1979
Mick Jagger ------ She's The Boss ► Adult Contemporary >> 1985
Elvis Costello ------ King Of America ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1986
Marc Cohn ------ Marc Cohn ► Adult Contemporary >> 1991
Emperor ------ In The Nightside Eclipse ► Heavy Metal/Black Metal >> 1994
Morrissey ------ The World Of Morrissey ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1995
Various Artists ------ The Next Best Thing [Sndtrk] ► Dance-Pop >> 2000
Simple Minds ------ X5 ► New Wave Alt. Pop >> 2012


February 22
The Supremes ------ Supremes Sing Country Western And Pop ► Soul - Motown >> 1965
Ten Years After ------ Stonedhenge ► Hard Rock >> 1969
David Crosby ------ If I Could Only Remember My Name ► Folk-Rock >> 1971
Suzi Quatro ------ If You Knew Suzi ► Hard Rock >> 1979
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark ------ Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark ► New Wave Synth Pop >> 1980
Journey ------ Frontiers ► Prog/Art Rock >> 1983
Elvis Costello And Richard Harvey ------ G.B.H. [Sndtrk] ► Orchestral Soundtrack >> 1984
Ozzy Osbourne ------ The Ultimate Sin ► Hard Rock >> 1986
Goo Goo Dolls ------ Jed ► Alt Pop-Rock/Post-Grunge >> 1989
The Chills ------ Submarine Bells ► Alt Indie Rock >> 1990
The Auteurs ------ New Wave ► Glam Rock >> 1993
Darkane ------ Rusted Angel ► Heavy Metal/Thrash Metal >> 1999
The Byrds ------ Live At The Fillmore - February 1969 ► Country-Rock >> 2000
The Apples In Stereo ------ Look Away + 4 ► Indie Pop-Rock/Power Pop >> 2000
John Waite ------ Rough & Tumble ► Power Pop >> 2011


February 23
Otis Redding ------ The Dock Of The Bay ► Memphis Soul >> 1968
Manfred Mann ------ Up The Junction [Sndtrk] ► Jazz-Rock Fusion >> 1968
The Selector ------ Too Much Pressure ► New Wave Ska Revival >> 1980
Sade ------ Diamond Life ► Quiet Storm >> 1985
The Smiths ------ The World Won't Listen ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1987
Van Halen ------ Live: Right Here, Right Now ► Hard Rock >> 1993
Big Head Todd & The Monsters ------ Sister Sweetly ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1993
Jack Bruce ------ Somethin Els ► Prog Rock/Fusion >> 1993
Goo Goo Dolls ------ Superstar Car Wash ► Alt Pop-Rock/Post-Grunge >> 1993
Derek & The Dominos ------ Live At The Fillmore ► Blues-Rock >> 1994
Various Artists ------ Our Band Could Be Your Life: A Tribute To D Boon And The Minutemen ► Indie Rock >> 1996
ALL ------ All ► Punk Rock/Pop-Punk >> 1999
XTC ------ Apple Venus Volume 1 ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1999
The Specials ------ Blue Plate Specials Live ► Ska Revival >> 1999
Atlanta Rhythm Section ------ Eufaula ► Southern Rock >> 1999
Steve Earle & The Del McCoury Band ------ The Mountain ► Bluegrass >> 1999
Blondie ------ No Exit ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1999
Eminem ------ The Slim Shady LP ► Hard Core Rap >> 1999


February 24
Fleetwood Mac ------ Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac ► Blues-Rock >> 1968
Funkadelic ------ Funkadelic ► Funk >> 1970
Cactus ------ One Way…Or Another ► Hard Rock >> 1971
Led Zeppelin ------ Physical Graffiti ► Hard Rock >> 1975
Manfred Mann's Earth Band ------ Watch ► Prog Rock >> 1978
Rick Springfield ------ Working Class Dog ► Power Pop >> 1981
Europe ------ Europe ► Heavy Metal/Speed Metal >> 1983
Lee Aaron ------ Metal Queen ► Hard Rock >> 1984
Ringo Starr ------ Starr Struck: Best Of Ringo Starr, Vol. 2 ► Pop-Rock >> 1989
Madness ------ Divine Madness ► Ska Revival >> 1992
2 Unlimited ------ Get Ready! ► Eurodance-Pop >> 1992
Bark Psychosis ------ Hex ► Electronic/Ambient >> 1994
Cradle Of Filth ------ The Principle Of Evil Made Flesh ► Heavy Metal/Extreme Metal >> 1994
Gov't Mule ------ Dose ► Southern Rock/Jam Rock >> 1998
Jonathan Cain ------ For A Lifetime ► Instrumental Piano Rock >> 1998
Train ------ Train ► Alt. Rock >> 1998
Chaka Khan ------ Dance Classics Of Chaka Khan ► Soul-Funk >> 1999
Led Zeppelin ------ Early Days: The Best Of Led Zeppelin Volume One ► Hard Rock >> 1999
Peter, Paul & Mary ------ In These Times ► Folk-Pop >> 2003
Golden Earring ------ Millbrook U.S.A. ► Hard Rock >> 2003
Phish ------ Live Phish Volume 02.28.03 ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 2004
Phish ------ Live Phish Volume 07.15.03 ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 2004
Phish ------ Live Phish Volume 07.29.03 ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 2004
Rick Springfield ------ Shock/Denial/Anger/Acceptance ► Power Pop >> 2004
Van Morrison ------ Astral Weeks Live At The Hollywood Bowl ► Folk-Rock >> 2009
The Church ------ Coffee Hounds [EP] ► Alt. Power Pop >> 2009
Chris Isaak ------ Mr. Lucky ► Adult Contemporary >> 2009
Rick Springfield ------ Stripped Down ► Power Pop >> 2015


February 25
Barbra Streisand ------ The Barbra Streisand Album ► Classic Pop >> 1963
Nick Drake ------ Pink Moon ► Folk-Rock >> 1972
Alice Cooper ------ Billion Dollar Babies ► Hard Rock >> 1973
Dr. John ------ In The Right Place ► New Orleans R&B >> 1973
Aretha Franklin ------ Let Me In Your Life ► Soul >> 1974
Peter Gabriel ------ Peter Gabriel [1] ► Prog Rock >> 1977
Al Di Meola ------ Casino ► Jazz-Rock Fusion >> 1978
Scorpions ------ Lovedrive ► Heavy Metal/Kraut Rock >> 1979
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band ------ Against The Wind ► Heartland Rock >> 1980
Tears For Fears ------ Songs From The Big Chair ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1985
Midnight Oil ------ Blue Sky Mining ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1990
Spacemen 3 ------ Recurring ► Neo-Psychedelia >> 1991
Tori Amos ------ Little Earthquakes ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1992
Cluster ------ First Encounter Tour 1996 ► Electronic-Ambient >> 1997
James ------ Whiplash ► Alt Pop/Rock >> 1997
Janet Jackson ------ Discipline ► Pop-Soul >> 2008
Heart ------ Fanatic Live From Caesar's Colosseum ► Album Rock >> 2014

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

 

This Week's Birthdays (Februaary 18 - 24)

Happy Birthday this week to:

February 18
1914 ● Pee Wee King / (Julius Frank Anthony Kuczynski) → Early country-pop crossover singer and songwriter known for co-writing the country music standard "The Tennessee Waltz" (Country #3, 1948) and for three crossover hits in the early 50s, including "Slow Poke" (#1, Country #1, 1951), died following a heart attack on 3/7/2000, age 86
1933 ● Yoko Ono / → Artist, poet, singer, bandleader of The Plastic Ono Band, widowed wife of Beatle John Lennon and mother of Sean Ono Lennon
1934 ● Skip Battin / (Clyde Raybould Battin) → Bassist, backing vocalist and occasional songwriter for The Byrds, Flying Burrito Bros., New Riders Of The Purple Sage, plus session work for several other country-rock bands into the 90s, a solo album Topanga Skyline, recorded in 1973, was issued in 2012 after his death from complications of Alzheimer's disease on 7/6/2003, age 69
1934 ● Bobby Taylor / (Robert Edward Taylor) → R&B/soul singer, songwriter and frontman for doo wop Little Daddy & The Bachelors and later Bobby Taylor & The Vancouvers, with whom he recorded a lone Top 30 hit, "Does Your Mama Know About Me? (#29, R&B #5, 1968), his Vancouver bandmate, Tommy Chong, went on to become a well-known comedian, also known as the producer who discovered and nurtured The Jackson 5 for Motown Records, died from cancer on 7/22/2017, age 78
1939 ● Bobby Hart / (Robert Luke Harshman) → In collaboration with Tommy Boyce, pop singer, "I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight" (#8, 1968) and the prolific Boyce & Hart hit songwriting team, "Last Train To Clarksville" (The Monkees, #1, 1966) plus dozens more Top 40 hits and over 300 songs
1941 ● David Blue / ((David Stuart Cohen) → Greenwich Village folk revival singer, songwriter and record producer with seven solo albums in the 60s and 70s, participated in Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue in the mid-70s, and appeared in several movies and stage shows before dying from a heart attack while jogging in New York City on 12/2/1982, age 41
1941 ● Herman Santiago / → Original lead vocals for The Premiers, which became influential R&B/doo wop Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers, "Why Do Fools Fall In Love?" (R&B #1,1956), a song Santiago claimed to have written but lost his law suit (and millions of potential royalties)
1941 ● Irma Thomas / (Irma Lee) → The "Soul Queen of New Orleans," acclaimed and Grammy-winning R&B/soul diva, "Wish Someone Would Care" (#17, 1964), never achieved the commercial success of her artistic peers, Aretha Franklin and Etta James, continues to record and perform into the 10s
1945 ● Jimmy Jewell / → Backing band bassist for folk/pop duo Gallagher & Lyle, "I Wanna Stay With You" (#49, UK #6, 1976)
1947 ● Dennis De Young / → Vocals and keyboards for prototypical arena rock band Styx, "Too Much Time On My Hands" (#9, 1981), solo
1948 ● Keith Knudsen / → Drummer and vocals for California soul-pop-rock The Doobie Brothers, "What A Fool Believes" (#1, 1979), co-founded country-rock Southern Pacific in 1982, reunited with the Doobies in 1993, died from complications of pneumonia on 2/8/2005, age 56
1952 ● Juice Newton / (Judy Kay Newton) → Country-pop and roots-rock singer/songwriter, "Angel Of The Morning" (#4, 1981) and "Queen Of Hearts" (#2, 1981)
1952 ● Randy Crawford / (Veronica Crawford) → R&B/soul-jazz singer with jazz-funk-rock The Crusaders, "Street Life" (#35, R&B #17, 1979), plus solo ""Give Me The Night" (Dance/Club #21, 1996)
1953 ● Derek Pellicci / → Drummer for Aussie pop/rockers Little River Band, "Lonesome Loser" (#6, 1979)
1953 ● Robbie Bachman / → With his brothers Randy and Tim, drummer for Canadian hard rockers Bachman-Turner Overdrive, "You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet" (#1, 1974), kept on as BTO after brother Randy left, was sued by Randy for rights to the Bachman-Turner Overdrive and BTO names/logos
1954 ● John Travolta / → Actor and singer, Saturday Night Fever (1977), Grease (1978), duet with Olivia Newton-John, "You're The One That I Want" (#1, 1978)
1955 ● Brian James / → Guitarist for first-wave punk rockers The Damned, "Eloise" (UK #3, 1986), then goth-punk Lords Of The New Church, "Open You Eyes" (Mainstream Rock #27, 1982) and Iggy Pop's touring band
1961 ● Jasper Stainthorpe / → Bassist for New Wave synth-pop-soul Then Jerico, "The Motive" (UK #18, 1987)
1965 ● Dr. Dre / (Andre Romell Young) → Grammy-winning pioneer gangsta rap and G-funk hip hop artist, "Nuthin' But A 'G' Thang" (#2, 1993), MTV rap show host
1966 ● Tommy Scott / → Vocals for electronic/ambient house group Space, "Female Of The Species" (Modern Rock #15, 1996)
1970 ● Andy Williams / → With twin brother Jez, drums and vocals for dance-pop/house music Sub Sub, "Ain’t No Love, (Ain’t No Use)" (UK #3, 1993), disbanded and reformed as alt rock Doves, "There Goes The Fear" (UK #3, 2002)
1970 ● Jez Williams / → With twin brother Andy, guitar and vocals for dance-pop/house music Sub Sub, "Ain’t No Love, (Ain’t No Use)" (UK #3, 1993), disbanded and reformed as alt rock Doves, "There Goes The Fear" (UK #3, 2002)
1977 ● Sean Watkins / → Guitarist for Grammy-winning contemporary folk/progressive bluegrass trio Nickel Creek, "This Side" (Country #56, 2002), duo Fiction Family, supergroup Works Progress Administration and solo
1980 ● Regina Spektor / → Russian-American anti-folk/alt-rock singer, songwriter and pianist, "Fidelity" (#51, 2006) and the #3 album Far (2006)

February 19
1924 ● Lee Marvin / → Tough-guy TV and film actor in Cat Ballou (1965) and The Dirty Dozen (1967), scored a 1970 UK #1 single with "Wand’rin Star" from the soundtrack to Paint Your Wagon (1969), died of a heart attack on 8/29/1987, age 63
1936 ● Bob Engemann / → Vocals in close-harmony folk-pop trio The Lettermen, "When I Fall In Love" (#1, 1961)
1940 ● Bobby Rogers / (Robert Edward Rogers) → Tenor vocals in R&B/smooth soul The Miracles, scored over 40 R&B Top 40 hits, including "Tears of a Clown" (#1, 1970) as Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, died on 3/3/2013, age 73
1940 ● Smokey Robinson / (William Robinson) → Motown singer, songwriter, producer and frontman for R&B/smooth soul The Miracles, "The Tears Of A Clown" (#1, 1970), went solo in 70s and may be the top romantic soul/quiet storm singer of all time with more than a dozen R&B Top 10 hits, including "Being With You" (#2, R&B #1, 1981)
1942 ● Lenny Citrin / → Vocals in New York R&B/doo wop one hit wonder Vito & The Salutations, "Unchained Melody" (1963)
1943 ● Lou Christie / (Lugee Alfredo Giovanni Sacco) → Three-octave pop solo singer and songwriter with four Top 10 hits in the 60s, including "Lightnin' Strikes" (#1, 1966)
1946 ● Paul Dean / → Lead guitar for Canadian hard/pop-rockers Loverboy, "Turn Me Loose" (Mainstream Rock #6, 1981)
1946 ● Pierre Van Den Linden / → Original drummer for Dutch prog rock band Focus, "Hocus Pocus" (#9, 1971), left in 1973 but returned for sessions and tours through the 00s
1947 ● Schuyler Larsen / → Bassist with one hit wonder folk-sunshine pop Every Mother's Son, "Come On Down To My Boat" (1967)
1948 ● Mark Andes / → Journeyman bassist for jazz-rock Spirit, "I Got A Line On You" (#25, 1969), hard rock Jo Jo Gunne, "Run Run Run" (#27, 1972), light country rock Firefall, "You Are The Woman" (#9, 1976) and pop-rock Heart, "These Dreams" (#1, 1986), then solo and sessions
1948 ● Tony Iommi / → Pioneering and highly influential heavy metal guitarist and songwriter, founder and only constant member of hard rock/gloom metal Black Sabbath, "Paranoid" (#61, 1970) and "Psycho Man" (Mainstream Rock #3, 1998) plus solo work, "Goodbye Lament" (Mainstream Rock #10, 2000)
1949 ● Eddie Hardin / → Replaced Steve Winwood on keyboards when the latter left British Invasion pop/rock The Spencer Davis Group for Traffic in 1967
1950 ● Andy Powell / → Guitarist for Brit prog-rock Wishbone Ash, "Time Was" (1972)
1954 ● Francis Buchholz / → Bassist for German hard rock/metal Scorpions, "Rock You Like A Hurricane" (#25, 1984)
1956 ● Dave Wakeling / → Co-founder, lead vocals and guitar for ska-pop The English Beat, "Hands Off She's Mine" (Dance/Club #22, 1980), left to form pop-soul General Public, "I'll Take You There" (Dance/Club #1, 1994), then solo
1957 ● Falco / (Johann Hölzel) → Austrian pop-rock singer, "Rock Me Amadeus" (#1, 1986), the first US #1 for an Austrian pop artist, died in a car crash on 2/6/1998, age 39
1960 ● Prince Markie Dee / (Mark Morales) → Corpulent singer in novelty rap trio The Fat Boys, "Wipe Out" (#12, 1987), then solo "Typical Reasons (Swing My Way)" (#64, Rap #1, 1993), producer for Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Lisa Stansfield and others
1963 ● Seal / (Seal Henry Samuel) → Award-winning Brit house music veteran turned soul-pop singer, "Kiss From A Rose" (#1, 1995)
1965 ● Jonathan Fishman / → Drummer and songwriter for improv-rock jam band Phish, "Free" (Mainstream Rock #11, 1996), side project with funk-blues-rock Pork Tornado
1965 ● Kate Radley / → Keyboards for space rock/trance rock Spiritualized, "Lazer Guided Melodies" (UK #27, 1992)
1969 ● Maniac / (Sven Erik Kristiansen) → Lead vocals and songwriter for leading Norwegian black metal band Mayhem from 1986-1988 and 1994-2005, fired for alcohol-induced misbehavior and formed extreme metal Skitliv
1975 ● Daniel Adair / → Former drummer for post grunge/alt rock 3 Doors Down, "Kryptonite" (#3, 2000), now with Nickelback, "Gotta Be Somebody" (#10, 2008)
1986 ● Maria Mena / → Norwegian pop/rock singer and songwriter, "You're The Only One" (Top 40 Mainstream #25, 2004)

February 20
1898 ● Jimmy Yancey / → Boogie-woogie pianist (Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame, 1986), composer, lyricist, Chicago White Sox groundskeeper, died from a stroke on 9/17/1951, age 53
1925 ● Robert Altman / → Award-winning satirical comedy film producer/director, MASH (1970) and Nashville (1975), his 14-year-old son penned the lyrics to "Suicide Is Painless", the instrumental version of which became the "Theme From M.A.S.H." for the TV show, died of complications from leukemia on 11/20/2006, age 81
1937 ● David Ackles / → Unheralded but influential folk-rock singer and songwriter, noted for his album American Gothic (1970) and the minor hit "Candy Man" (1970), fans include Elvis Costello, Elton John and Phil Collins, died from lung cancer on 3/2/1999, age 62
1937 ● Nancy Wilson / → Grammy-winning jazz, R&B, blues, cabaret and adult contemporary pop "song stylist" diva, "(You Don't Know) How Glad I Am" (#11, 1964)
1940 ● Barbara Ellis / → Vocals in pop/blue-eyed soul/doo wop trio The Fleetwoods, "Come To Me Softly" (#1, 1959)
1941 ● Buffy Sainte-Marie / → Canadian folk singer/songwriter "Universal Soldier" (1964), wrote "Up Where We Belong" for Jennifer Warnes and Joe Cocker (#1, 1982)
1943 ● Paul Leka / → Songwriter, producer, composer and arranger, co-wrote "Green Tambourine" for The Lemon Pipers (#1, 1968) and the one hit wonder but enduring sports anthem "Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)" for pop-rock Steam (#1, 1969), died in a hospice on 10/12/2011, age 68
1944 ● Lew Soloff / → Jazz trumpeter, composer, bandleader and sometime actor best known for his years with jazz/pop-rock fusion band Blood, Sweat & Tears ("Spinning Wheel," #2, 1969), recorded with George Benson, Maynard Ferguson and multiple jazz bands and ensembles over a 50+ year career, died from a heart attack on 3/8/2015, age 71
1945 ● Alan Hull / → Founding member, vocals, guitar and principal songwriter for Brit folk-rock Lindisfarne, "Lady Eleanor" (UK #3, 1971), solo, died of a heart thrombosis on 11/17/1995, age 50
1946 ● J. Geils / (John Warren Geils, Jr.) → Frontman and lead guitarist for boogie-blues-rock 'n roll bar band J. Geils Band, "Centerfold" (#1, 1982), died at home from natural causes on 4/11/2017, age 71
1950 ● Walter Becker / → Bass guitar, vocals and co-songwriter for Grammy-winning jazz-pop-rock duo Steely Dan, "Reelin' In The Years" (#11, 1973) and nine other Top 30 hits, died from undisclosed causes on 9/3/20917, age 67
1951 ● Randy California / (Randolph Craig Wolfe) → Guitar and vocals for jazz-psych-rock Spirit, "I Got A Line On You" (#25, 1969), drowned in Hawaii while trying to rescue his 12-year old son from a riptide on 1/2/1997, age 45
1953 ● Poison Ivy / (Kristy Wallace) → Guitarist for punk-rock The Cramps, "Bikini Girls With Machine Guns" (Modern Rock #10, 1989), married to Cramps singer Lux Interior who died on 2/4/2009
1960 ● Kee Marcello / (Kjell Hilding Lövbom) → Original guitarist for Swedish hard rock/glam-metal Europe, "The Final Countdown" (#8, 1986), solo
1960 ● Mark Riley / → Frontman and singer for Latin-tinged jazz-dance-pop Matt Bianco, "Don't Blame It On That Girl' (UK #11, 1988)
1960 ● Robert Boustead / → Bassist for rockabilly revival ("psychobilly") King Kurt, "Destination Zululand" (UK #38, 1983)
1963 ● Ian Brown / → Frontman and vocals for Brit guitar pop-rock The Stone Roses, "She Bangs The Drums" (Alt Rock #9, 1989) and solo, "Dolphins Were Monkeys" (UK #5, 2000)
1967 ● Kurt Cobain / → Frontman, vocals, guitarist and chief songwriter for premier grunge rock Nirvana, "Smells Like Teen Spirit" (#6, 1992), committed suicide on 4/5/1994, age 27
1972 ● Neil Primrose / → Drummer for Scottish trad rock Travis, "Why Does It Always Rain On Me" (Adult Top 40 #36, 2000)
1975 ● Brian Littrell / → Vocals for pop-dance-hip hop Backstreet Boys, "Quit Playing Games With My Heart" (#2, 1997)
1977 ● Edwin Graham / → Drummer for Brit hard rock The Darkness, "I Believe In A Thing Called Love" (Mainstream Top 40 #35, 2004)
1981 ● Edward Lay / → Drummer for 00s punk revival/indie rock Editors, "Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors" (UK #7, 2007)
1985 ● Yulia Olegovna Volkova / → Singer for Russian teen-dance-pop duo t.A.T.u., "All The Things She Said" (Worldwide #1, 2002)
1988 ● Rihanna / (Robyn Rihanna Fenty) → Grammy-winning Barbadian dance-pop singer and songwriter, "SOS" (#1, 2006)

February 21
1891 ● Karl L. King / → Marching music bandmaster and composer best known for composing the music to the march music standard "Barnum And Bailey's Favorite" (1913) and many other pieces, died from diverticulitis on 3/31/1971, age 80
1930 ● Allan Williams / (Allan Richard Williams) → Liverpool night club owner, impresario and first manager of the young and raw but talented band that would become The Beatles during the 14-week stint in Hamburg he arranged in 1960, lost his job when the band returned to Germany in 1961, later co-founded a Beatles festival in Liverpool and appeared at Beatles conventions worldwide until his death from natural causes on 12/30/2016, age 86
1933 ● Nina Simone / (Eunice Kathleen Waymon) → Jazz-pop-soul and Broadway singer, "I Loves You Porgy" (#18, R&B #2, 1959), died of cancer on 4/21/2003, age 70
1938 ● Bobby Charles (Guidry) / (Robert Charles Guidry) → Cajun-American singer, songwriter and pioneer of the South Louisiana sound known as "swamp pop," wrote "See You Later, Alligator" for Bill Haley & His Comets (#6, 1956) and "Walking To New Orleans" for Fats Domino (#6, R&B #2, 1960), appeared with The Band on The Last Waltz album (1978) but not in the subsequent film, played with Paul Butterfield's Better Days and other roots-rock acts in the 70s but largely disappeared from view in the 80s, died from diabetes on 1/14/2010, age 71
1942 ● Bob Allison / (Bernard Colin Day) → Vocals in pop-rock duo and Eurovision contestants The Allisons, "Are You Sure" (UK #2, 1961)
1943 ● David Geffen / → Founder of Asylum Records in 1971, signed Jackson Browne, the Eagles and Tom Waits, among others, founded Geffen Records in 1980 (Donna Summer, John Lennon, Aerosmith and others), co-founded Dreamworks Studios in 1994 with Stephen Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg
1946 ● Paul Newton / → Original bassist for hard rock Uriah Heep, "Easy Livin'" (#39, 1972)
1949 ● Jerry Harrison / → Guitar and keyboards for pop/rock 'n' roll Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers, then New Wave art-pop-rock Talking Heads, "Take Me To The River" (#26, 1978), since 1991 producer for Violent Femmes, General Public, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and many others
1951 ● Vince Welnick / → Co-founder and keyboardist for camp-rock pop-rock satirists The Tubes, "She's A Beauty" (#10, 1978), then Grateful Dead, Missing Man Show and sessions, committed suicide on 6/2/2006 following many years of depression, age 55
1952 ● Jean-Jacques Burel / → Bass and vocals for punk-rock The Stranglers, "Strange Little Girl" (UK #7, 1982), plus over 20 other UK Top 40 hits
1954 ● Billy Earheart / → Founding member and keyboardist for Grammy-winning Southern rock Amazing Rhythm Aces ("Third Rate Romance," #14, Country #11, CAN #1), left the Aces in 1985 to join Hank Williams Jr.'s Bama Band for 21 years and work sessions for other top artists on nearly 200 albums, reunited with the Aces in 1994 and continues to tour and record into the 10s
1954 ● Mike Pickering / → DJ, producer and record company recruiter, then founder and frontman for Brit dance-pop/house music M People, "Moving On Up" (#34, Dance #1, 1993)
1956 ● Lester Hunt / → Guitar and backing vocals for re-formed Brit blues-rock Climax Blues Band, "Couldn't Get It Right" (#3, 1977)
1958 ● Mary Chapin Carpenter / → Grammy-winning country-folk singer/songwriter, "Shut Up And Kiss Me" (Country #4, 1994)
1961 ● Ranking Roger / (Roger Charlery) → Co-founder and vocalist for ska revival The English Beat, "Hands Off She's Mine" (Dance/Club #22, 1980), left to form pop-soul General Public, "I'll Take You There" (Dance/Club #1, 1994), then Special Beat, solo and sessions
1962 ● Mark Arm / → Founder, vocals and rhythm guitar for grunge rock Mudhoney, "Suck You Dry" (Modern Rock #23, 1992)
1967 ● Michael Ward / → Guitarist for roots rock The Wallflowers, "One Headlight" (Mainstream Rock #1, 1996), sessions
1969 ● James Dean Bradfield / → Guitar and vocals for Brit alt rock/neo-punk Manic Street Preachers, "The Masses Against The Classes" (UK #1, 2000)
1970 ● Eric Wilson / → Bassist for California ska-punk revivalist trio Sublime, "What I Got" (#29, 1997)
1973 ● Justin Sane / (Justin Geever) → Irish-American lead guitarist, singer and songwriter in punk rock Anti-Flag, "The Press Corpse" (Alt Rock #37, 2006)
1975 ● Wish Bone / (Charles C. Scruggs) → Rapper and former member of Grammy-winning hip hop group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, "Crossroad" (#1, 1996), Thugline Records co-founder
1979 ● Jennifer Love Hewitt / → Film and TV actress, producer, director and one hit wonder pop singer, "How Do I Deal" (#59, 1999)
1986 ● Charlotte Churh / (Charlotte Maria Reed) → Welsh actress, TV presenter and classical-turned-pop crossover singer/songwriter, "Crazy Chick" (UK #2, 2005)
1989 ● Corbin Bleu / (Corbin Bleu Reivers) → Actor and singer in High School Musical movies (most watched cable TV movie ever) and charting pop singer, "Push It To The Limit" (#17, 2006)

February 22
1896 ● Nacio Brown / (Ignacio Herb "Nacio" Brown) → Film score composer in the earliest years of sound, worked at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and frequently with lyricist Arthur Freed, wrote or co-wrote the music to hundreds of songs, including well-known movies soundtrack tunes such as "You Stepped Out Of A Dream" (1940) and "Singin' In The Rain" (1952), died on 9/28/1964, age 68
1923 ● Hurricane Smith / (Norman Smith) → World War II glider pilot and unsuccessful jazz musician, joined EMI as a sound engineer in 1959 and, among other bands, engineered almost 100 Beatles songs and all early albums through to Rubber Soul, when promoted to producer, worked with Pink Floyd, The Pretty Things, Barclay James Harvest and others, switched to songwriting and recording as Hurricane Smith and had a UK #2 hit in 1971 ("Don't Let it Die"), continued to record until his death from natural causes on 3/3/2008, age 85
1927 ● Guy Mitchell / (Albert Cernick) → Croatian-American pre-rock 'n' roll pop singer and TV show host with nine Top 10 and 21 other chart hits, the last being "Heartaches By The Number" (#1, 1959), died from complications of cancer surgery on 7/1/1999, age 72
1936 ● Ernie K-Doe / (Ernest Kador, Jr.) → One hit wonder New Orleans R&B singer, "Mother-In-Law" (#1, 1961), died from kidney and liver failure on 7/5/2001, age 65
1938 ● Bobby Hendricks / → R&B/doo wop solo singer with two minor chart singles, also with the Five Crowns, Swallows, The Drifters, "Save The Last Dance For Me" (#1, 1960)
1943 ● Louise Lopez / → Vocals for R&B/disco-dance-funk trio Odyssey, "Inside Out" (#12, 1982) and "Use It Up And Wear It Out" (UK #1, 1980)
1944 ● Mick Green / (Michael Robert Green) → Renowned rock guitarist for pre-Beatles top Brit rock 'n roll Johnny Kidd & The Pirates, "Shakin' All Over" (UK #1, 1960), then Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas, "Little Children" (#7, 1964), died from heart failure on 1/11/2010, age 65
1945 ● Oliver / (William Oliver Swofford) → Broadway actor and singer in the musical Hair, "Good Morning Starshine" (#3, 1969), died of cancer 2/12/2000, age 55
1953 ● Graham Lewis / → Bassist for long-lived post-punk Wire, "Eardrum Buzz" (Modern Rock #2, 1989)
1953 ● Sparko Sparks / (John B. Sparks) → Founding member and first bassist for Brit pub-rock Dr. Feelgood, "Milk And Alcohol" (UK #9, 1979)
1953 ● Nigel Planer / → Brit stage, TV and film actor, charted with a cover of Traffic's "Hole In My Shoe" (UK #2, 1984)
1955 ● Jon Brant / → Bassist from 1981-88 for power pop Cheap Trick, "I Want You To Want Me" (#7, 1979) and "The Flame" (#1, 1988), sessions
1963 ● Rob Lambert / → Saxophone for New Wave swing/pop Roman Holliday, "Don't Try To Stop It" (#68, UK #14, 1983)
1968 ● Bradley Nowell / → Lead singer and guitarist for California ska-punk revivalist trio Sublime, "What I Got" (#29, 1997), died from a heroin overdose on 5/25/1996, age 28
1973 ● Scott Phillips / → Drummer for Grammy-winning post-grunge Creed, "With Arms Wide Open" (#1, 2000)
1974 ● James Blunt / (James Hiller Blount) → Acoustic folk-pop singer, songwriter and former Army captain, "You're Beautiful" (#1, 2006), first Brit atop the US charts since Elton John's "Candle In The Wind" in 1997
1978 ● Jennifer Frost / → Vocals in Brit girl group pop quartet Precious, "Say It Again" (UK #6, 1999), replaced Kerry Katona in 2001 in pop trio Atomic Kitten, "The Tide Is High (Get The Feeling)" (UK #1, 2002), now a TV host
1979 ● Tom Higgenson / → Vocals for pop-rock Plain White T’s, "Hey There Delilah" (#1, 2007)

February 23
1940 ● Rick Stevens / (Donald Charles Stevenson) → Nephew of bluesman Ivory Joe Hunter and lead singer for R&B soul/funk horn band Tower Of Power on their Bump City album and the hit "You're Still A Young Man" (#29, R&B #24, 1972), convicted of the drug-hazed murder of three men in 1976 and served 36 years in prison, paroled in 2012 and recorded several unremarkable solo albums, died from liver cancer on 9/8/2017, age 77
1943 ● Gordon Nugent / (Gordon Geoffrey Nugent) → Rhythm guitar and vocals for Merseybeat pop-rock The Undertakers, one of the strongest Britbeat groups of the 60s that never charted in the Top 40 in the U.S. or U.K.
1944 ● Johnny Winter / (John Dawson Winter III) → Respected blues-rock guitarist (Rolling Stone magazine #74), first in the Rick Derringer band, then his brother's Edgar Winter Blues Band and solo, "Johnny B. Goode" (#92, 1970), produced three Grammy-winning blues albums for Muddy Waters in the late 70s, died from emphysema-related pneumonia in a Swiss hotel room while on tour on 7/16/2014, age 70
1944 ● Mike Maxfield / → Guitarist and songwriter for British Invasion pop-rock Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas, "Little Children" (#7, 1964)
1946 ● Rusty Young / → Vocals and pedal steel guitar for country-rock Buffalo Springfield, "For What It's Worth" (#17, 1967), then mainstay member with Poco, "Crazy Love" (#17, 1979)
1949 ● Tex Comer / (Terry Comer) → Bassist for Brit pub rock/blue-eyed soul Ace, "How Long" (#3, 1975)
1950 ● Steve Priest / → Guitarist for glam pop-rock Sweet, "Ballroom Blitz" (#5, 1975) and three other mid-70s Top 10 hits
1952 ● Brad Whitford / → Rhythm guitarist, backing vocals and occasional songwriter for Grammy-winning, venerable hard rockers Aerosmith, "Dream On" (#6, 1976), "Angel" (#3, 1988), "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing" (#1, 1998), "Baby, Please Don't Go" (Mainstream Rock #7, 2004)
1955 ● Howard Jones / → Synth-pop-dance singer, songwriter and keyboardist, "No One Is To Blame" (#4, 1986)
1955 ● Zeke Manyika / → Vocalist for Scottish post-punk/neo-pop dance-funk Orange Juice, "Rip It Up" (UK #8, 1983)
1956 ● Paul O'Neill / → Music promoter, band manager and guitarist for heavy metal Savatage ("Edge Of Thorns", Mainstream Rock #26, 1993), later founded and led progressive metal/art rock Trans-Siberian Orchestra ("Christmas Eve/Sarajevo, 12/24," Mainstream #29, 1998), a band best known for its extravagant metal-rock takes on holiday music, found dead in a Florida motel room while on tour on 4/5/2017, age 61
1958 ● David Sylvian / (David Alan Batt) → Guitar, keyboards and vocals for Brit New Wave art-rock Japan, "Ghosts" (UK #5, 1982)
1962 ● Michael Wilton / → Guitarist for progressive pop-metal Queensrÿche, "Silent Lucidity" (#9, 1991)
1963 ● Rob Collins / → Keyboards for "Madchester" alt rock The Charlatans UK, "The Only One I Know" (Mainstream Rock #37, 1991), died in a car crash on 7/23/1996, age 33
1964 ● John Norum / → Norwegian-born co-founder and rhythm guitarist for Swedish hard rock/glam-metal Europe, "The Final Countdown" (#8, 1986)
1967 ● Chris Vrenna / → Drummer for industrial rock Nine Inch Nails, "The Day The World Went Away" (#17, 1999), then Grammy-winning sound engineer and producer for Rammstein, U2, Weezer, David Bowie, The Smashing Pumpkins, Hole, Marilyn Manson and others
1971 ● Jett Beres / → Bass and harmony vocals for Southern folk-rock Sister Hazel, "All For You" (#11, 1997)
1973 ● Lasse Johansson / (Lars Olaf Johansson) → Keyboards for Swedish pop-rock The Cardigans, "Lovefool" (#1, 1996)
1977 ● Stuart Black / → Bassist for short-lived, super-hyped 90s Britpop Menswear, "Being Brave" (UK #10, 1996)

February 24
1941 ● Joanie Sommers / (Joan Drost) → One hit wonder 60s teen pop vocalist, "Johnny Get Angry" (#7, 1962), then Pepsi commercial jingles
1942 ● Paul Jones / (Paul Pond) → Harmonica and vocals for British Invasion pop-rock Manfred Mann, "Do Wah Diddy Diddy" (#1, 1964) and Manfred Mann's Earth Band, "Blinded By The Light" (#1, 1977), solo, actor and BBC radio presenter
1944 ● Nicky Hopkins / (Nicholas Christian Hopkins) → Session pianist for Quicksilver Messenger Service, Jeff Beck, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, John Lennon, Steve Miller, Small Faces, The Who and others, died from complications following intestinal surgery on 9/6/1994, age 50
1946 ● Butch McDade / (David McDade) → Founding member and drummer for Grammy-winning Southern rock Amazing Rhythm Aces ("Third Rate Romance," #14, Country #11, CAN #1), performed session work and toured with others until Aces reformed in 1994, died of cancer just four years later on 11/29/1998, age 52
1947 ● Lonnie Turner / (Leonard Lewis Turner) → Co-founding member and bassist from 1966-1969 and 1975-1979 in blues-rock then psych-rock then pop-rock Steve Miller Band, "The Joker" (#1, 1973), also played with Dave Mason, Eddie Money, Tommy Tutone and others, died from lung cancer and early-onset Alzheimer's disease on 4/28/2013, age 66
1947 ● Rupert Holmes / → Pop-rock singer/songwriter, "Escape (The Pina Colada Song)" (#1, 1979), wrote the 1985 Tony Award-winning musical Drood
1948 ● Dennis Waterman / → Brit TV and film actor and singer with the theme from UK TV show Minder, "I Could Be So Good For You" (UK #3, 1980)
1949 ● Howie Blauvelt / (Howie Arthur Blauvelt) → Bass guitarist with Billy Joel in three obscure 60s bands, The Echoes, The Lost Souls and The Hassles before joining hard rock Ram Jam ("Black Betty," #18, 1977), died from a heart attack on 10/25/1993, age 44
1950 ● George Thorogood / → Frontman for long-time boogie-blues-rock group The (Delaware) Destroyers, "Bad To The Bone" (Mainstream Rock #27, 1982)
1955 ● Steve Jobs / (Steven Paul Jobs) → Immeasurably influential technology entrepreneur and industry visionary whose company, Apple, Inc. changed the music business through products such as the iPod, iTunes, and iPhone, died from complications of pancreatic cancer on 10/5/2011, age 56
1959 ● Colin Farley / → Bassist for New Wave pop-rock Cutting Crew, "I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight" (#1, 1987)
1962 ● Michelle Shocked (Karen Michelle Johnston) / → Urban/indie folk singer, songwriter and guitarist, "If Love Was A Train" (Modern Rock #20, 1988)
1973 ● 3 / (Christopher Michael Fehn) → Percussionist and backing vocals for Grammy-winning alt metal/rap-metal Slipknot, "Duality" (Mainstream Rock #5, 2004), now bassist with noise metal Will Haven
1974 ● Chad Hugo / (Charles Edward Hugo) → Multi-instrumentalist and one half of the funk-dance-rock hip hop band N.E.R.D., "She Wants To Move" (Dance #6, 2004) and hip hop production and writing duo The Neptunes, produced numerous #1 hits for Mystikal, Jay-Z, *NSYNC, Britney Spears and Nelly
1974 ● Wuv Bernardo / (Noah Bernardo, Jr.) → Founding member and drummer of Grammy-nominated Christian metal band P.O.D., "Alive" (Modern Rock #2, 2001)
1978 ● John Nolan / → Lead vocals and guitar for punk-pop Taking Back Sunday, "Makedamnsure" (#48, 2006), left to form emo-pop quartet Straylight Run
1983 ● Matt McGinley / → Co-founder and drummer for alt hip hop/rap rock Gym Class Heroes, "Intramurals: Cupid's Chokehold" (#4, 2007), solo

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

 

Albums Released This Week (February 12 - 18)

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):


February 12
Brenda Lee ------ Sincerely, Brenda Lee ► Country-Pop >> 1962
The Three Souls ------ Soul Sounds ► Soul-Jazz >> 1965
The Ventures ------ Where The Action Is! ► Rock n Roll Instrumental >> 1966
The Allman Brothers Band ------ Eat A Peach ► Southern Rock >> 1972
Olivia Newton-John ------ Have You Ever Been Mellow ► Pop-Rock >> 1975
The Kinks ------ Sleepwalker ► British Rock >> 1977
Bryan Adams ------ Bryan Adams ► Pop-Rock >> 1980
XTC ------ English Settlement ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1982
Various Artists ------ Vision Quest [Sndtrk] ► New Wave/Synth-Pop >> 1985
A Flock Of Seagulls ------ The Best Of A Flock Of Seagulls ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1991
Phish ------ A Picture Of Nectar ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 1992
Aphex Twin ------ Selected Ambient Works 85-92 ► Electronica - Dark Ambient >> 1992
Voice Of The Beehive ------ Sex & Misery [UK] ► Alt. Rock >> 1996
Cocteau Twins ------ Milk And Kisses ► Folk-Rock >> 1996
Sloan ------ One Chord To Another ► Alt Indie Rock >> 1997
David Gray ------ Lost Songs 95-98 ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2001
Chris Isaak ------ Always Got Tonight ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2002
The Kingston Trio ------ Twice Upon A Time ► Folk-Pop >> 2008
Peter Gabriel ------ Scratch My Back ► Prog Rock >> 2010
Joni Mitchell ------ Studio Albums 1968 - 1979 ► Folk-Rock >> 2013
Dion ------ New York Is My Home ► Blues-Rock >> 2016


February 13
Ben E. King ------ Ben E. King Sings For Soulful Lovers ► Soul >> 1962
The Rolling Stones ------ The Rolling Stones, Now! ► Blues-Rock >> 1965
The Ventures ------ The Ventures Knock Me Out! ► Rock n Roll Instrumental >> 1965
Black Sabbath ------ Black Sabbath ► Hard Rock >> 1970
Three Dog Night ------ Around The World With Three Dog Night ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1973
Peter Frampton ------ Frampton Comes Alive! [UK] ► Arena Rock >> 1976
Jermaine Jackson ------ Precious Moments ► Soul-dance-pop >> 1986
The Black Crowes ------ Shake Your Money Maker ► Southern Rock >> 1990
Gin Blossoms ------ Congratulations…I'm Sorry ► Power Pop >> 1996
Jackson Browne ------ Looking East ► Folk-Rock >> 1996
Lucinda Williams ------ West ► Alt. Country >> 2007
The Who ------ Greatest Hits & More ► British Rock >> 2010


February 14
The Mamas & The Papas ------ If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears ► Folk-Rock >> 1966
The Mamas & The Papas ------ Deliver ► Pop-Folk >> 1967
Roy Harper ------ Valentine ► Folk-Rock >> 1974
Heart ------ Dreamboat Annie ► Album Rock >> 1976
George Harrison ------ George Harrison ► Pop-Rock >> 1979
Heart ------ Bebe Le Strange ► Album Rock >> 1980
Various Artists ------ Footloose [Sndtrk] ► Pop-Rock >> 1984
The Smiths ------ Meat Is Murder ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1985
Honeymoon Suite ------ The Big Prize ► Arena Rock >> 1986
Elvis Costello ------ Spike ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1989
Tha Alkaholics ------ Coast II Coast ► West Coast Rap >> 1995
Belly ------ King ► Alt Rock/Dream Pop >> 1995
John Waite ------ Temple Bar ► Power Pop >> 1995
PJ Harvey ------ Let England Shake ► Indie Rock >> 2011


February 15
Brenda Lee ------ Brenda Lee Sings Top Teen Hits ► Country-Pop >> 1965
Dionne Warwick ------ The Sensitive Sound Of Dionne Warwick ► Pop-Soul >> 1965
The Monkees ------ Instant Replay ► Pop-Rock >> 1969
Buck Owens ------ Bridge Over Troubled Water ► Country-Rock/Bakersfield >> 1971
Deep Purple ------ Burn ► Hard Rock >> 1974
Slade ------ Old New Borrowed Blue ► Hard Rock >> 1974
Rush ------ Fly By Night ► Arena Rock >> 1975
America ------ Harbor ► Folk-Rock >> 1977
The Knack ------ …But The Little Girls Understand ► Power Pop >> 1980
Warren Zevon ------ Bad Luck Streak In Dancing School ► Pop-Rock >> 1980
Graham Nash ------ Earth & Sky ► Folk-Rock >> 1980
Elvis Costello And The Attractions ------ Get Happy!! ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1980
Jimmy Page ------ Death Wish II [Sndtrk] ► Blues-Rock >> 1982
Jethro Tull And The London Symphony Orchestra ------ A Classic Case ► Symphonic Rock >> 1985
Anathema ------ Serenades ► Goth/Doom Metal >> 1993
Gloria Estefan ------ Best Of Gloria Estefan ► Latin Pop >> 1997
The Creatures ------ Anima Animus ► Alt Post-Punk/goth rock >> 1999
The Who ------ BBC Sessions ► British Rock >> 2000
The Cure ------ Bloodflowers ► Post-Punk >> 2000
Gov't Mule ------ Life Before Insanity ► Southern Rock/Jam Rock >> 2000
Tracy Chapman ------ Telling Stories ► Folk-Rock >> 2000
Styx ------ The Complete Wooden Nickel Recordings ► Prog/Art Rock >> 2005


February 16
The Isley Brothers ------ It's Our Thing ► Soul-Funk >> 1969
Badfinger ------ Magic Christian Music ► Pop-Rock >> 1970
Simon & Garfunkel ------ The Concert In Central Park ► Folk-Pop >> 1982
Possessed ------ Seven Churches ► Heavy/Death Metal >> 1985
All About Eve ------ All About Eve ► Alt. Pop-Rock/Goth Pop >> 1988
Sting ------ Nada Como El Sol…. ► Pop-Rock >> 1988
The Church ------ Starfish ► Alt. Power Pop >> 1988
Death ------ Spiritual Healing ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1990
Lynyrd Skynyrd ------ The Last Rebel ► Southern Rock >> 1993
Einstürzende Neubatuten ------ Tabula Rasa ► Industrial Electronica >> 1993
New Kids On The Block ------ Greatest Hits ► Teen Dance-Pop >> 1999
The Stranglers ------ Norfolk Coast ► Punk-Rock >> 2004
Roebuck "Pops" Staples ------ Don't Lose This ► Gospel-Soul >> 2015


February 17
John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers ------ A Hard Road ► Blues-Rock >> 1967
The Temptations ------ Cloud Nine ► Soul >> 1969
AC/DC ------ High Voltage [Australia] ► Hard Rock >> 1975
John Lennon ------ Rock 'N' Roll ► Pop-Rock >> 1975
Eagles ------ Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975) ► Country-Rock >> 1976
The Adverts ------ Crossing The Red Sea With The Adverts ► Punk-Rock >> 1978
Kate Bush ------ The Kick Inside ► Art Rock >> 1978
Tommy Tutone ------ Tommy Tutone ► Power Pop >> 1980
Eric Clapton ------ Another Ticket ► Blues-Rock >> 1981
Willie Nelson ------ Tougher Than Leather ► Outlaw Country >> 1983
Manfred Mann's Earth Band ------ Budapest Live ► British Rock >> 1984
Thompson Twins ------ Into The Gap ► Synth-Pop >> 1984
King Diamond ------ Fatal Portrait ► Heavy Metal >> 1986
Lee Aaron ------ Lee Aaron ► Hard Rock >> 1987
Earth, Wind & Fire ------ Heritage ► Soul-Funk >> 1990
Blink-182 ------ Cheshire Cat ► Punk-Pop >> 1994
Massive Attack ------ No Protection ► Trip-Hop >> 1995
Ash ------ Live At The Wireless ► Punk-Pop >> 1997
Spirit ------ Made In Germany ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1997
Blood Duster ------ Str8 Outta Northcote ► Heavy/Grind Metal >> 1998
Indigo Girls ------ All That We Let In ► Folk-Rock >> 2004
Family ------ Live ► Hard Rock >> 2004
Eagles ------ New Zealand Concert ► Country-Rock >> 2009


February 18
Brenda Lee ------ Brenda Lee ► Country-Pop >> 1963
Tony Bennett ------ I Wanna Be Around… ► Easy Listening >> 1963
Aretha Franklin ------ Unforgettable: A Tribute To Dinah Washington ► Soul >> 1964
The Supremes ------ I Hear A Symphony ► Soul - Motown >> 1966
Junior Walker & The All-Stars ------ Soul Session ► Soul >> 1966
The Ventures ------ Guitar Freakout ► Rock n Roll Instrumental >> 1967
Manfred Mann's Earth Band ------ Manfred Mann's Earth Band ► Prog Rock >> 1972
Rory Gallagher ------ Blueprint ► Blues-Rock >> 1973
Kiss ------ Kiss ► Hard Rock >> 1974
The Damned ------ Damned, Damned, Damned [UK] ► Punk-Rock >> 1977
Hall & Oates ------ No Goodbyes ► Pop-Rock >> 1977
Sham 69 ------ Tell Us The Truth ► Punk Rock >> 1978
Manfred Mann's Earth Band ------ Somewhere In Afrika ► British Rock >> 1983
Jackson Browne ------ Lives In The Balance ► Folk-Rock >> 1986
Ricky Martin ------ Ricky Martin ► Latin Dance-Pop >> 1992
Live ------ Secret Samadhi ► Post-Grunge Alt Rock >> 1997
Styx ------ Cyclorama ► Prog/Art Rock >> 2003
Radiohead ------ The King Of Limbs ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2011
Iggy Pop ------ Leaves Of Grass ► Alt. Rock / Punk >> 2016

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

 

This Week's Birthdays (February 11 - 17)

Happy Birthday this week to:

February 11
1882 ● John C. Mills, Sr. / → Patriarch of the four sons who formed six-decade jazz and pop quartet The Mills Brothers ("Cab Driver," #23, Adult #3, 1968), took his deceased son, John Jr.'s place after he died in 1936 and performed with the group until just prior to his own death on 12/8/1957, age 85
1914 ● Josh White / → Influential folk revival and Piedmont blues guitarist and songwriter, recorded under pseudonyms "Pinewood Tom" and "Tippy Barton" in 30s, became a social activist for Afro-American musicians, hosted US and UK music TV shows, died during open heart surgery on 9/6/1969, age 55
1914 ● Matt Dennis / → Big Band-era songwriter, pianist and singer with a string of albums and radio and TV appearances in his later career, started in Hollywood night clubs in the 20s and 30s, composed and arranged for Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller's orchestras in the 40s, fronted his own bands in the 50s, wrote the now-standard "Angel Eyes" (1946) and other songs covered by Frank Sinatra, Willie Nelson, Roberta Flack and others, died of natural causes on 6/21/2002, age 88
1928 ● Raoul Cita / → Pianist, songwriter and arranger for critically recognized but commercially little known R&B/doo wop The Harptones ("Life Is But A Dream," 1955), performed with the group for over 60 years until his death from liver and stomach cancer on 12/13/2014, age 86
1935 ● Gene Vincent / (Vincent Eugene Craddock) → Early and legendary rock 'n' roll/rockabilly singer and bandleader with His Blue Caps, "Be-Bop-A-Lula" (#7, 1956), died from a ruptured stomach ulcer on 10/12/1971, age 36
1939 ● Gerry Goffin / → Brill Building songwriter and lyricist, with wife Carole King co-wrote over 20 classic pop-rock hits and six chart toppers, including "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" (The Shirelles), "Take Good Care Of My Baby" (Bobby Vee) and "The Loco-Motion" (Little Eva), died on 6/19/2014, age 75
1940 ● Boris Pickett / (Robert George Pickett) → One hit wonder novelty pop bandleader, singer and songwriter, "Monster Mash" (#1, 1962), died from complications of leukemia on 4/25/2007, age 67
1941 ● Earl Lewis / → Bass vocals for sophisticated group harmony R&B/doo wop The Flamingos, "I Only Have Eyes For You", (#11, R&B #3, 1959), then The Five Echoes
1941 ● Sergio Mendes / → Brazilian bossa nova, jazz and funk keyboardist and bandleader for Brasil '66, "The Foot Of The Hill" (#6, 1968)
1942 ● Leon Haywood / → R&B/funk and soul singer with several singles and stints with various bands in the 60s with little commercial success, scored several R&B hits on the 70s, including "I Want'a Do Something Freaky To You" (#15, R&B #7, 1975) but stopped recording and turned to record production in the 80s for Edge Records and his own Evejim label
1942 ● Otis Clay / → Gospel, soul and Chicago blues singer with numerous minor hits, including "Trying To Live My Life Without You" (#102, R&B #24, 1972) but little resounding success, was a 2013 inductee into the Blues Hall of Fame and continued to perform and record until his death from a heart attack on 1/8/2016, age 73
1943 ● Little Johnny Taylor (Merrett) / (Johnny Taylor Merrett) → Gospel turned R&B/soul and blues singer with one big hit ("Part Time Love," #19, R&B #1, 1963) and eight other minor chart singles in the 60s and 70s, continued to tour and perform until his death on 5/17/2002, age 59
1946 ● Ray Lake / → Guitarist for Brit Northern soul/funk The Real Thing, "You To Me Are Everything" (R&B #28, UK #1, 1976)
1947 ● Derek Shulman / → Multi-instrumentalist and lead vocalist for pop/rock Simon Dupree & The Big Sound, "Kites" (UK #9, 1967), then founding member with brothers Ray and Phil of innovative prog rock Gentle Giant, senior executive positions with PolyGram, Atco and Roadrunner record companies
1948 ● Al Johnson / → R&B/soul singer and music producer, co-founder of smooth harmony soul quintet The Unifics and lead singer on their two Top 40 hits, "Court Of Love" (#25, R&B #3, 1968) and "The Beginning Of My End" (#36, R&B #9, 1969), turned to a mildly successful solo career and record production in the 80s, reformed The Unifics in 2004, died on 10/26/2013, age 65
1950 ● Rochelle Fleming / → Vocals in Philly R&B/disco female group First Choice, "The Player, Part 1" (R&B #7, 1974)
1953 ● Mr. Fabulous / (Alan "Mr. Fabulous" Rubin) → Trumpet and flugelhorn for the Saturday Night Live house band, the Blues Brothers Band, "Soul Man" (#14, 1979) and hundreds of studio sessions with Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Aerosmith and many others, died from lung cancer on 6/8/2011 , age 58
1953 ● Neil Henderson / → Joined Scot bubblegum pop-rock Middle Of The Road, "Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep" (UK #1, 1971) in 1974, wrote "Rockin' Soul" (Germany #31, 1974)
1962 ● Sheryl Crow / → Former backing vocalist for Michael Jackson's "Bad" tour turned nine-time Grammy-winning roots rock singer/songwriter, "All I Wanna Do" (#2, 1994) and eight other Top 40 hits
1966 ● Tenor Saw / (Clive Bright) → Early ragga and dancehall reggae singer, "Ring The Alarm" (1985), killed by a hit-and-run driver in August 1988
1967 ● Clay Crosse / (Walter Clayton Crossnoe) → Contemporary Christian Music vocalist and multiple Dove Award winner, "I Will Follow Christ" (2000)
1969 ● Shovell / (Andrew Lovell) → Jamaican-born percussionist for Brit dance-pop/house music M People, "Moving On Up" (#34, Dance #1, 1993)
1972 ● Craig Jones / → Sampler and keyboardist for Grammy-winning alt metal/rap-metal Slipknot, "Duality" (Mainstream Rock #5, 2004)
1974 ● D'Angelo / (Michael Eugene Archer) → Early and influential 90s R&B/neo-soul singer, "Lady" (#10, 1996), Grammy-winner for "Untitled (How Does It Feel)" (#25, R&B #2, 2000)
1977 ● Mike Shinoda / → Guitar and vocals for alt rock/rap-rock/space-rock Linkin Park, "In The End" (Alt Rock #1, 2001)
1979 ● Brandy / (Brandy Rayana Norwood) → Teen pop then R&B/neo-soul-pop star, "Sittin' Up In My Room" (#2, 1996), songwriter, TV actress, record and film producer
1981 ● Kelly Rowland / (Kelendria Trene Rowland) → Vocals for R&B/dance-pop Destiny's Child, "Say My Name" (#1, 2000), solo artist and actress
1984 ● Aubrey O'Day / → Singer for MTV Making the Band program winner and pre-fab, all-girl dance-pop quintet Danity Kane, "Show Stopper" (#8, 2006)
1991 ● Never Shout Never / (Christofer Drew Ingle) → Multi-instrumentalist one man band acoustic pop singer/songwriter, "Trouble" (Singles Sales #1, 2009)

February 12
1904 ● Ted Mack / (William Edward Maguiness) → Host of the TV variety show Ted Mack And The Original Amateur Hour from 1948 to 1970, featured early-career performances by Gladys Knight, Ann-Margret, Pat Boone and others, influenced future musical talent-seeking shows including The Gong Show, American Idol and America's Got Talent, died from cancer on 7/12/1976, age 72
1867 ● Leonard Garfield Spencer / → Early American phonograph recording star singer, "A Hot Time In The Old Town" (ca. 1897) and "Arkansas Traveler" (1902), died on 12/15/1914, age 47
1914 ● Tex Beneke / (Gordon Lee Beneke) → Big Band-era saxophonist, singer and bandleader who played and snag with the Glenn Miller Orchestra on their hits "In The Mood" (#1, 1940) and "Chattanooga Choo Choo" (#1, 1941), took over leadership of the band in 1946 after Miller's death during World War II and later formed his own bands during a forty-year second career that lasted until his death from reparatory failure on 5/30/2000, age 86
1915 ● Lorne Greene / (Lyon Himan Green) → Canadian-born CBC radio newscaster, stage, film and TV actor, and country-pop singer with several albums and a lone hit, the spoken-word ballad "Ringo" (#1, 1964), the second Canadian to have a US #1 single in the U.S., best known for starring in the NBC TV western Bonanza (1959-73), died from prostate cancer on 9/11/1987, age 72
1935 ● Gene McDaniels / → R&B singer during the late 50s and early 60s development of classic soul music, "Tower of Strength" (#5, 1961) and five other Top 40 hits, wrote "Feel Like Makin' Love" for Roberta Flack (#1, 1974), died at home of natural causes on 7/29/2011, age 76
1939 ● Ray Manzarek / → Keyboards and backing vocals for influential/controversial rock band The Doors, "Hello, I Love You" (#1, 1968), member of supergroup Nite City and collaborations with Doors bandmate Robby Krieger, died of cancer on 5/20/2013, age 74
1942 ● Rick Frank / → Founding member and drummer for jazz-psych-rock Elephant's Memory, "Mongoose" (Top 100, 1969), which became the backing band for John Lennon and Yoko Ono in the early 70s, worked with Lennon on his 1972 album Some Time In New York City
1946 ● Joe Schermie / → Original bassist for pop-rock Three Dog Night, "Joy To The World" (#1, 1971), left in 1973 to start pop-rock S. S. Fools and session work, died following a heart attack on 3/25/2002, age 56
1946 ● Pete Gage / (Peter Gage) → Blues-rock guitarist, vocalist, keyboards and harmonica player, played in Jet Harris's backing band in the 60s and various soul-blues-rock bands in the 70s, formed his own Pete Gage Expression in the 80s, frontman for the 90s lineup of Brit pub-rock Dr. Feelgood, "Milk And Alcohol" (UK #9, 1979), continues to perform with various rock acts into the 10s
1947 ● Shelbra Bennett Deane / → Original member in R&B/soul vocal quartet The Soul Children, "I'll Be The Other Woman" (#36, R&B #3, 1973), the group did not meet the expectations of Isaac Hayes and other Stax Records executives who created the group to offset the loss of departed duo Sam & Dave, died on 5/31/2013, age 66
1949 ● Goober Grin / (Stanley Knight) → Guitarist for Southern raunch-rock Black Oak Arkansas, "Jim Dandy To The Rescue" (#25, 1974), died from cancer on 2/16/2013, age 64
1950 ● Steve Hackett / → Joined prog-rock Genesis, "Your Own Special Way" (#62, 1977) in 1971, left in 1977 for solo career and eventually prog rock supergroup GTR, "When The Heart Rules The Mind" (#14, 1986) with Steve Howe of Yes
1951 ● G.L. Moore / (Gilbert Moore) → Drummer and vocals for Canadian power rock trio Triumph ("All The Way," Mainstream Rock #2, 1983), owner of Metalworks Studios, Canada's largest facility
1951 ● Vincent James / → Vocals for Philly-style Brit R&B/soul Sweet Sensation, "Sad Sweet Dreamer" (, , 1975)
1952 ● Michael McDonald / → Blue-eyed soul/pop backing singer with Steely Dan, lead vocals for California pop-rock The Doobie Brothers, "Listen To The Music" (#11, 1972), then Grammy-winning solo career, "Sweet Freedom" (#7, 1986)
1958 ● Grant McLennan / → Bass, vocals and songwriter for Aussie alt pop-rock The Go-Betweens, "Was There Anything I Could Do?" (Modern Rock #16, 1988), then solo, died in his sleep at home in Brisbane, Australia on 5/6/2006, age 48
1959 ● Neil Conti / → Percussion for Brit indie pop-rock Prefab Sprout, "If You Don't Love Me" (Dance/Club #3, 1992)
1959 ● Omar Hakim / → Session and touring drummer for Carly Simon, then joined jazz-rock fusion Weather Report, then sessions for Sting, Dire Straits, Madonna, Miles Davis and others, plus two solo albums
1966 ● Gary Whelan / → Drummer for Manchester electro-dance club Happy Mondays, "Stinkin Thinkin" (Dance/Club #1, 1992)
1966 ● Paul Crook / → Session and tour guitarist, now with Meat Loaf, formerly with Anthrax and Sebastian Bach
1968 ● Chynna Phillips / → Vocals for pop-rock all-girl offspring trio Wilson Phillips, "Release Me" (#1, 1990), daughter of John and Michelle Phillips of The Mamas And The Papas
1970 ● Jim Creeggan / (James Raymond Creeggan) → Bassist for Canadian alt-rock Barenaked Ladies, "One Week" (#1, 1998)
1971 ● Kei Lewis / → Keyboards and guitar for new jack swing R&B/soul-pop sextet Mint Condition, "What Kind Of Man Would I Be?" (#17, 1996)
1978 ● Brian Chase / → Drummer in New York indie rock/punk revival trio Yeah Yeah Yeahs ("Maps," #87, Alt. Rock #9, 2004)
1979 ● Jade Jones / → Lead singer for Brit R&B/dance-pop boy band Damage, "Wonderful Tonight" (UK #3, 1997)
1981 ● Lisa Hannigan / (Lisa Margaret Hannigan) → Irish vocalist with folk-rock the Damien Rice Band, "Cannonball" (UK #32, 2002), then singer/songwriter solo career, "Lille" (2008)
1987 ● O'Ryan / (O'Ryan Omir Browner) → Urban teen R&B/dance-pop singer, "Take It Slow" (R&B #122, 2004), younger brother of Omarion

February 13
1919 ● Tennessee Ernest Jennings Ford / (Ernest Jennings Ford) → Country-pop singer and TV host who recorded over 100 albums from traditional country to gospel to early rock 'n' roll, "Sixteen Tons" (#1, 1955), died from alcoholic liver failure on 10/17/1991, age 72
1920 ● Boudleaux Bryant / → Prolific country and pop songwriter, with his wife Felice wrote "Rocky Top," "Love Hurts," "Bye Bye Love" (#2, 1957) and "All I Have To Do Is Dream" (#1, 1958) for The Everly Brothers, as well as "Raining In My Heart" for Buddy Holly, died on 6/25/1987, age 67
1923 ● Gene Ames / (Gene Ames (Urick)) → Vocals for sibling quartet Ames Brothers, "Rag Mop" (#1, 1950), starred in The Ames Brothers Show on TV, died of cancer on 4/4/1997, age 74
1928 ● Dorothy McGuire / → Vocals for immensely popular sibling singing trio the McGuire Sisters, "Sugartime" (#1, 1958)
1942 ● Peter Tork / (Peter Thorkelston) → Bass, rhythm guitar and occasional songwriter for 60s bad-rap pre-fab pop-rock The Monkees, "Last Train To Clarksville" (#1, 1966)
1943 ● Bill Szymczyk / → Technical engineer and rock and blues music producer, worked with J. Geils Band, James Gang, The Outlaws, Bob Seger, The Who and Edgar Winter Group among many others, including a long association with the Eagles, for whom he produced the album Long Road Out Of Eden in 2007
1944 ● Reebop / (Anthony Kwaku Baah) → Ghanaian percussionist and singer with Traffic, Can and Zahara, plus sessions for Steve Winwood and The Rolling Stones, and four solo LPs mixing traditional African sounds with dance-pop contemporary music, died from a cerebral hemorrhage on 1/12/1983, age 38
1944 ● Stockard Channing / (Susan Antonia Williams Stockard) → Stage, film and TV actress who portrayed Betty Rizzo in the film adaptation of the Broadway show Grease (1977) and sang lead vocals on "Look At Me I'm Sandra Dee" on the film's soundtrack album, the highest selling movie soundtrack of all time
1945 ● King Floyd / (King Floyd III) → New Orleans R&B/soul singer and songwriter with several minor chart singles and one big hit, "Groove Me" (#6 R&B #1, UK $#41, 1970), died from complications of a stroke on 3/6/2006 , age 61
1945 ● Roy Dyke / → Drummer in 60s Brit pop-rock The Remo Four, then art rock Ashton, Gardner & Dyke, "Resurrection Shuffle" (#40, UK #3, 1971)
1950 ● Peter Gabriel / → Founding member and leader of prog rock Genesis, left in 1976 to start art rock then successful mainstream pop solo career, "Sledgehammer" (#1, 1986)
1950 ● Roger Christian / → Keyboards and vocals for blue-eyed soul sibling trio The Christians, "When Fingers Point" (Dance/Club #29, 1988), left in 1987, died from a brain tumor on 3/8/1998, age 48
1951 ● David Naughton / → Actor and singer, starred in the TV sitcom Makin' It and became a one hit wonder pop singer with the release of the show's theme song, "Makin' It" (#5, 1979), later starred in the film American Werewolf In London (1981) and appeared in several 80s and 90s TV sitcoms
1951 ● Rod Dees / → Bassist for Brit rock 'n' roll revival Showaddywaddy, "Under The Moon Of Love" (UK #1, 1976) and over 20 other UK Top 40 singles
1952 ● Ed Gagliardi / (Edward John Gagliardi) → Original bassist for arena rock Foreigner, "Double Vision" (#2, 1978), left to form The Spys with Foreigner keyboardist Al Greenwood in 1978, died from cancer on 5/11/2014, age 62
1952 ● Paul Jeffreys / → Bassist for glam-rock Cockney Rebel and later Be-Bop Deluxe, died with his new wife on the way to their honeymoon in the bombing of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland on 12/21/1988, age 36
1955 ● Scott Smith / (Donald Scott Smith) → Founding member and bassist for Canadian hard pop-rock Loverboy, "Turn Me Loose" (#35, Main #6, AUS #3, CAN #7, 1981) and eight other Top 40 hits, presumed drowned at sea when swept overboard from his 11-metre sailboat near the Golden Gate Bridge while from Vancouver to Baja California on 10/30/2000, age 45
1956 ● Peter Hook / → Bassist for post-punk Joy Division, then New Wave synth-dance-pop New Order, "Blue Monday" (Dance #5, 1983)
1957 ● Tony Butler / (Anthony Earle Peter Butler) → Bassist for Scottish art-folk-rock Big Country, "In A Big Country" (Mainstream Rock #3, 1983), sessions for The Pretenders, Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend and others
1958 ● Marc Fox / → Percussion and vocals for New Wave funk-pop Haircut 100, "Love Plus One" (#37, 1982)
1961 ● cEvin Key / (Kevin William Crompton) → Multi-instrumentalist and founding member of Canadian avant-industrial rock Skinny Puppy, "Testure" (Dance/Club #19, 1989), after disbandment in 1995 founded industrial noise group Download and issued several solo albums
1961 ● Henry Rollins / (Henry Lawrence Garfield) → Singer, songwriter, MTV host, record producer and frontman for hardcore L.A. punk Black Flag and the Rollins Band
1961 ● Les Warner / → Former drummer with hard rock/metal revival The Cult, "Fire Woman" (Mainstream Rock #4, 1989), now with a Vegas hotel house band
1962 ● Rob Ellis / → Producer, arranger and drummer for singer/songwriter P. J. Harvey, "50 ft Queenie" (UK #27, 1993) including her alt rock/punk-revival trio PJ Harvey
1966 ● Freedom Williams / (Frederick Brandon Williams) → Lead vocals for dance-pop C+C Music Factory, "Gonna Make You Sweat" (#1, 1991), left for an unsuccessful solo career
1971 ● Sonia / (Sonia Evans) → Brit pop singer, "You'll Never Stop Me Loving You" (UK #1, 1989) and "Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy" (Adult Contemporary #13, 1992)
1972 ● Todd Harrell / → Bassist for post-grunge alt rock 3 Doors Down, "Kryptonite" (#3, 2000)
1974 ● Robbie Williams / → Vocals for Brit teen dance-pop boy-band Take That, "Back For Good" (#7, 1995), then solo, "Millennium" (Adult Top 40 #22, 1999)
1976 ● Leslie Feist / → Award-winning Canadian singer, songwriter and guitarist with Broken Social Scene, "1 2 3 4" (UK #4, 2007), solo
1988 ● Aston Merrygold / → Vocals for Brit teen pop boy-band JLS (Jack The Lad Swing), "Everybody In Love" (Mainstream Top 40 #38, 2010)

February 14
1922 ● Murray The K / (Murray Kaufman) → Legendary rock 'n' roll impresario and radio DJ (WINS-am, WOR-FM, New York), self-appointed "Fifth Beatle" in the mid 60s, died of cancer on 2/21/1982, age 60
1926 ● Al Brodax / (Albert Philip Brodax) → TV producer with King Features Syndicate in the 60s, produced hundreds of "Popeye" cartoons and created the ABC-TV cartoon series The Beatles (1965-1969), then (over the Beatles' objections) convinced band manager Brian Epstein to back the now-classic, psychedelic "head trip" animated motion picture Yellow Submarine (1968), died from natural causes on 10/24/2016, age 90
1931 ● Phyllis McGuire / → Vocals for immensely popular sibling singing trio the McGuire Sisters, "Sugartime" (#1, 1958)
1934 ● Florence Henderson / → Actress and singer with a six-decade career on stage, film and TV, appeared in multiple Broadway shows and as the lead in the musical Fanny (1954-1956), hosted her own variety and cooking TV programs and guested on game shows, issued two albums of Broadway songs, appeared on Dancing With The Stars at age 76, best known as the upbeat mom Carol Brady on the hit sitcom The Brady Brunch (1969-1974), died of sudden heart failure on 11/24/2016, age 82
1934 ● Merl Saunders / → Multi-genre keyboardist, early bandmate with Johnny Mathis, collaborated with Jerry Garcia, the Grateful Dead, Mike Bloomfield, David Grisman and many other San Francisco artists in various bands, tours and recording projects, fronted his own bands and issued several albums of rock, blues-rock and New Age music, directed his own music label and worked with environmental charities, died from complications of a stroke on 10/24/2008, age 78
1937 ● Magic Sam / (Samuel Gene Maghett) → Chicago blues guitarist and singer, "Feelin' Good (We're Gonna Boogie)" (1963), died from a heart attack on 12/1/1969, age 32
1939 ● Blowfly / (Clarence Reid) → Mildly successful R&B/soul singer ("Nobody But You Babe," #40, R&B #7, 1969) and songwriter for himself and others, but best known for his alternate stage persona, the X-rated, proto-rapper Blowfly, under which he continued to perform and record until dying from liver cancer on 1/17/2016, age 76
1940 ● Lillie Bryant / → One half of the pop vocal duo Billy & Lillie, "La Dee Dah" (#9, 1958) and two other Top 100 hits in the late 50s
1943 ● Eric Andersen / → Greenwich Village folk singer/songwriter, "Thirsty Boots" (1966), continues to tour and release occasional albums
1943 ● Maceo Parker / → R&B/soul, funk and jazz saxophonist, played with James Brown in the 60s and George Clinton's Parliament/Funkadelic bands in the 70s, started a solo career in the 90s and issued eleven albums of soul/funk music, handled session work for Prince, Jane's Addiction and others
1945 ● Vic Briggs / → Lead guitar for British Invasion hard/blues-rock The Animals, "House Of The Rising Sun" (#1, 1964)
1946 ● Doug Simril / → Piano and guitar for blues-rock then psych-rock then pop-rock Steve Miller Band, "The Joker" (#1, 1974) and Boz Scaggs' backing band
1947 ● Tim Buckley / (Timothy Charles Buckley III) → Innovative, genre-blurring folk-psych-prog-rock singer and songwriter with little commercial success but plenty of influences, including his folk-rock and blues singer/songwriter son Jeff Buckley, died from a drug overdose on 6/29/1975, age 28
1950 ● Roger Fisher / → Guitarist and founding member of hard rock Heart, "Magic Man" (#9, 1976), left in 1980 and in 1988 co-founded Canadian power ballad rock Alias, "More Than Words Can Say" (#2, 1990)
1951 ● Kenny Hyslop / → Scottish journeyman drummer with glam-rock Slik, punk rock The Skids, synth-pop Simple Minds, "Don’t You, Forget About Me" (#1, 1985) and others
1963 ● D'wayne Wiggins / → R&B and blues guitarist, producer, composer and community activist, with his brother, Raphael Saadiq and cousin, Timothy Christian, founded R&B/dance Tony! Toni! Toné! ("Feels Good," #9, R&B #1, 1990), developed and signed Destiny's Child - the most successful girl group of all time - to his Grass Roots Entertainment label, worked with Alicia Keys, India Arie, Jamie Foxx and others, continues to tour with a reformed Tony! Toni! Toné!
1972 ● Rob Thomas / → Lead singer and principal songwriter for post-grunge alt rock Matchbox Twenty, "Bent" (#1, 2000), solo, vocals for Santana on pop-rock "Smooth" (#1, 1999)
1975 ● Scott Owen / → Stand-up bassist, singer and occasional songwriter for Aussie rockabilly The Living End, "Prisoner Of Society" (Modern Rock #23, 1997)
1978 ● Ryan Griffiths / → Lead guitarist for Aussie garage rock revival The Vines, "Get Free" (Mainstream Rock #27, 2002)

February 15
1888 ● Lawrence Wright / → Brit record shop owner and music publisher who founded Melody Maker magazine in 1926 and wrote or co-wrote over 600 songs between World War I and the early 60s, including "Among My Souvenirs" for Paul Whiteman (#1, 1928) and Connie Francis (#7, 1959), Melody Maker failed to report his death on 5/19/1964, age 76
1905 ● Harold Arlen / → Composer and songsmith with over 500 song credits, co-wrote the Oscar-winning "Over The Rainbow" and other songs in the movie The Wizard Of Oz (1939), other credits include "That Old Black Magic" (Glenn Miller, #1, 1942) and "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive" (The Pied Pipers, #2, 1945) and several other songs now included in the Great American Songbook, died from cancer on 4/23/1986, age 81
1918 ● Hank Locklin / (Lawrence Hankins Locklin) → Country-pop crossover singer and songwriter with 70 chart singles, including six Country #1's and the crossover hit "Please Help Me, I'm Falling" (#8, Country #1, 1960), died from unreported causes on 3/8/2009, age 91
1939 ● Alvin Cash / (Alvin Welch) → St. Louis high schoolmate of Luther Ingram and Tina Turner, then fronted song-and-dance troupe The Crawlers with two brothers, their chanting, funky R&B/dance "Twine Time" (#14, R&B #4, 1965) was one of five hits he recorded with the group or as a solo act, died from ulcer problems on 11/21/1999, age 60
1941 ● Brian Holland / → Motown musical arranger and producer with the Holland-Dozier-Holland songwriting team, co-wrote dozens of hits for The Supremes, The Four Tops, Martha & The Vandellas, The Isley Brothers and others, issued solo albums
1942 ● Glyn Johns / → Recording engineer and producer, mixed The Who's Who's Next album, worked with Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles' Let It Be sessions, Joan Armatrading, Steve Miller, Eagles, The Faces and Led Zeppelin
1944 ● Denny Zager / → Vocals in folk-pop-rock one hit wonder duo Zager & Evans, "In The Year 2525" (#1, 1969)
1944 ● Mick Avory / (Michael Charles Avory) → Drummer for Brit folk-pop-rock The Kinks, "You Really Got Me" (#7, 1964) from 1964 to 1984, played in various 60s revival and Kinks spin-off bands through the 00s
1945 ● John Helliwell / → Saxophonist for Brit prog-art-pop-rock Supertramp, "The Logical Song" (#6, 1979)
1947 ● David Brown / → Bassist for Latin-rock Santana, "Black Magic Woman" (#4, 1970) and the Boz Scaggs band, died from liver and kidney failure on 9/4/2000, age 53
1951 ● Melissa Manchester / → Folk-pop/adult contemporary singer and songwriter, "Midnight Blue" (#6, 1975), TV, film and stage actress
1954 ● David Ricketts / → Vocals, guitar and keyboards for New Wave synth-pop duo David & David, "Welcome To The Boomtown"(Top Rock #8, 1986), collaborated with Sheryl Crow
1959 ● Ali Campbell / (Alistair Ian Campbell) → Vocals for multiracial reggae-pop UB40, "Red Red Wine" (#1, 1988) and over 30 other Top 40 hits
1960 ● Mikey Craig / (Michael Emile Craig) → Bassist for new romantic synth-pop Culture Club, "Karma Chameleon" (#12, 1984)
1962 ● David Milner / → With twin brother Mike, vocals in Brit R&B/neo-soul-funk The Pasadenas, "Tribute (Right On)" (Dance/Club #27, UK #5, 1988)
1962 ● Mike Milner / (Michael Milner) → With twin brother David, vocals in Brit R&B/neo-soul-funk The Pasadenas, "Tribute (Right On)" (Dance/Club #27, UK #5, 1988)
1974 ● Mr. Lordi / (Tomi Petteri Putaansuu) → Founder and lead vocalist for Finnish heavy metal monster-masked Lordi, winners if 2006 Eurovision Song Contest with "Hard Rock Hallelujah"
1974 ● Stuart Richardson / → Bassist for Welsh alt hard rock Lostprophets, "Last Train Home" (Mainstream Rock #10, 2004)
1976 ● Brandon Boyd / → Co-founder and lead vocals for alt-metal Incubus, "Drive" (#9, 2001), solo albums and author
1976 ● Ronnie Vannucci, Jr. / → Drummer for pop-alt hard rock The Killers, "Mr. Brightside" (#10, 2005)
1977 ● Brooks Wackerman / → Drummer for funk-metal Infectious Grooves, in 2001 joined hardcore punk Bad Religion, "Infected" (Mainstream Rock #33, 1995), plus numerous side projects and sessions
1980 ● Conor Oberst / → Frontman, guitarist, lead vocals and songwriter for indie rock Bright Eyes, "Lua" (Hot Singles #1, 2004)
1981 ● Olivia Theresa Longott / → R&B/hip hop soul singer, member of G-Unit Records house band, vocalist on 50 Cent's "Candy Shop" (#1, 2005) plus two solo albums
1984 ● Gary Clark, Jr. / → Acclaimed Texas blues, blues-rock and R&B guitarist and actor whom Jambase.com called "the future of Texas Blues," his 2012 major-label debut LP Blak And Blu reached #6 in the U.S., the Netherlands and New Zealand, recorded with Sheryl Crow, Alicia Keys and Foo Fighters, among others

February 16
1916 ● Bill Doggett / → Piano jazz and organ-based R&B/honky tonk composer, arranger and performer of mostly instrumentals, his biggest and lasting hit being "Honky Tonk" (#2, R&B #1, 1956), died of a heart attack on 11/13/1996, age 80
1918 ● Patty Andrews / (Patricia Marie Andrews) → Vocals in hugely popular pre-60s all-girl sibling pop vocal trio The Andrews Sisters, "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" (#6, 1941), died from natural causes on 1/30/2013, age 94
1924 ● Jo Walker-Meador / (Edith Jospehine Denning) → First paid employee of the start-up Country Music Association, rose from secretary to a three-decade tenure as executive director, oversaw the growth of the organization from 200 to over 7,000 members, opened the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, started the CMA Awards and CMA Fest, retired in 1991 and elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1995, died from natural causes on 8/15/2017, age 93
1925 ● Bobby Lewis / → R&B/rock 'n' roll singer known for his signature hit "Tossin' And Turnin'" (#1, 1961), had a second Top 10 hit in "One Track Mind" (#9, 1961) but faded thereafter, continues to perform in the 10s
1932 ● Otis Blackwell / → Prolific early rock 'n' roll songwriter and producer, wrote "All Shook Up", "Return To Sender", "Don't Be Cruel", "Great Balls Of Fire" and "Fever", among many other hits recorded by a multitude of artists, died from a heart attack on 5/6/2002, age 70
1934 ● Hal Kalin / (Harold Kalin) → With twin brother Herbie, pop/rock 'n' roll one hit wonder duo The Kalin Twins, "When" (#5, 1958), the first twins to score a #1 hit, died from injuries in an auto accident on 8/24/2005, age 71
1934 ● Herbie Kalin / (Herbert Kalin) → With twin brother Hal, pop/rock 'n' roll one hit wonder duo The Kalin Twins, "When" (#5, 1958), the first twins to score a #1 hit, died from a heart attack on 7/21/2006, age 72
1935 ● Sonny Bono / (Salvatore Phillip Bono) → TV actor, musician, producer and singer with partner/wife in pop-rock Sonny & Cher, "I Got You Babe" (#1, 1965), elected mayor of Palm Springs, CA in 1988 and to the US Congress in 1994 (R-Cal.), died in a skiing accident on 1/5/1998, age 62
1940 ● Leon Ware / → Jazz and R&B songwriter and producer, helped define the silky-smooth sound of "quiet storm" R&B, collaborated with The Isley Brothers, Quincy Jones, Minnie Riperton, Michael Jackson and others but is best known for co-writing and producing Marvin Gaye's 1976 album I Want You (#4, R&B #1, 1976), died from complications of prostate cancer on 2/23/2017, age 77
1944 ● Betty Thatcher / (Betty Mary Newsinger) → Chief lyricist for Brit folk/prog rock Renaissance ("Northern Lights," UK #10, 1978) from the late 60s through the mid-80s then for various reformed variants, spinoffs and unrelated artists until her death from cancer on 8/15/2011, age 67
1946 ● Marvin Sease / → Novelty R&B singer and songwriter known for his explicit lyrics and ladies' man persona, his single "Ghetto Man" (1986) and the 10-minute "Candy Licker" (1987) became favorites in clubs and on jukeboxes across the Deep South and produced a cult following despite little radio airplay, his 15 studio albums had little commercial success except for Marvin Sease (#114, R&B #14, 1987), died from pneumonia on 2/8/2011, age 64
1949 ● Lyn Paul / (Lynda Susan Belcher) → Vocals for folk-sunshine pop The New Seekers, "I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing" (#7, 1972)
1956 ● James Ingram / → Grammy-winning R&B/soul-pop singer, songwriter, musician and producer with multiple hits, including the duet with Linda Ronstadt "Somewhere Out There" (#2, 1987) and solo "I Don't Have The Heart" (#1, 1990)
1958 ● Ice-T / (Tracy Morrow) → Grammy-winning R&B/hip hop producer and rapper, "New Jack Hustler" (Hot Rap Singles #3, 1991), founded rap metal Body Count and wrote lyrics to controversial song "Cop Killer" (1992), TV actor and host
1961 ● Andy Taylor / → Guitarist for New Wave pop-rock Duran Duran, "Hungry Like The Wolf" (#3, 1982), left in 1985 to form Power Station, "Some Like It Hot" (#6, 1985), later joined hard rock Thunder, "Dirty Love" (Mainstream Rock #10, 1991)
1962 ● Tony Kiley / → Drummer for New Wave pop-rock Blow Monkeys, "Digging Your Scene" (#14, 1986)
1963 ● Chris Duarte / → Texas blues-rock and jazz fusion singer, songwriter and guitarist, "Cleopatra" (Mainstream Rock #40, 1997)
1965 ● Dave Lombardo / → Co-founder and drummer for "Big Four" thrash metal Slayer, "Hate Worldwide" (#2, 2009)
1967 ● Damon Reece / → Drummer for gloomy post-punk Echo & The Bunnymen, then space rock/trance rock Spiritualized, "Lazer Guided Melodies" (UK #27, 1992)
1971 ● Steven Houghton / → Brit stage and TV actor, singer and songwriter, "Wind Beneath My Wings" (UK #3, 1997)
1977 ● Brad Walst / → Bassist for Canadian alt rock/punk metal band Three Days Grace, "Just Like You" (Mainstream Rock #1, 2004)
1990 ● The Weeknd / (Abel Testaye) → Juno-winning Canadian rapper whose career took off after he anonymously uploaded several tracks to YouTube under his stage name, later released multiple mixtapes, albums and single, including "Can't Feel My Face" (#1, 2015),

February 17
1902 ● Hoppy Jones / (Orville Jones) → Founding member, bass, vocals and string instruments for pioneering black R&B/doo wop group The Ink Spots, "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" (#2, R&B #1, 1943), de facto leader due to his seniority and ability to control egos of younger members, died from a cerebral hemorrhage at the height of the band's popularity after collapsing on stage in New York City during a performance on 10/18/1944, age 42
1922 ● Tommy Edwards / (Thomas J. Edwards) → One hit wonder R&B/soul singer, "It's All In The Game" (#1, 1958), died after suffering a brain aneurysm on 10/22/1969, age 47
1939 ● John Leyton / → Brit teen idol pop singer and actor, "Johnny Remember Me" (UK #1, 1961)
1940 ● Gene Pitney / → Stalwart pop/rock singer, musician and sound engineer with multiple hits prior to and during the 60s British Invasion, including "(The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance" (#4, 1962), also wrote hits for others, including "Rubber Ball", "He's A Rebel" and "Hello Mary Lou", died in his sleep on 4/5/2006 while on tour in the UK
1947 ● Dodie Stevens / (Geraldine Ann Pasquale) → Girl-group era teenage pop one hit wonder singer, "Pink Shoe Laces" (#3, 1959)
1949 ● Doyle Bramhall / → Austin, Texas blues-rock drummer, played with Jimmie Vaughan in several bands in the 60s, formed The Nightcrawlers with Texas rock legend Stevie Ray Vaughan and wrote or co-wrote several songs for SRV, played with both Vaughans on their 1990 album Family Style, died from a heat attack on 11/12/2011, age 62
1950 ● Rickey Medlocke / → Founder and guitarist for Southern rock turned hard rock Blackfoot, "Highway Song" (#26, 1979), joined cross-town Jacksonville, FL rivals Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1996
1966 ● Melissa Brooke-Belland / → With sister Tracey Bryn, frontgal, vocals and guitar in college rock/indie pop-rock Voice Of The Beehive, "Scary Kisses" (Mainstream Top 40 #32, 1996), daughter of Bruce Belland of 50s pop vocal quartet The Four Preps
1967 ● Chanté Moore / → Award-winning adult contemporary R&B singer, "Chante's Got a Man" (#10, 1999), occasional stage actress and TV host
1970 ● Tim Mahoney / → Lead guitarist for hip hop/reggae/punk rock fusion band 311, "Love Song" (#59, Modern Rock #1, 200$)
1972 ● Billie Joe Armstrong / → Guitars, vocals and songwriting for post-grunge alt rock punk revival Green Day, "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams" (#2, 2004)
1972 ● Taylor Hawkins / → Drummer for Alanis Morissette's touring band, in 1997 joined post-grunge Foo Fighters, "Learn To Fly" (Mainstream Rock #2, 1999)
1974 ● Bryan White / → Country-pop crossover singer and songwriter with eight Country Top 10 and four Country #1 hits, seven of which crossed-over to the lower pop charts, including "I'm Not Supposed To Love You Anymore" (#101, Country #4, 1996), currently crowd-funding a new independent album through Kickstarter
1977 ● Chris Gentry / → Guitarist for short-lived, super-hyped 90s Britpop Menswear, "Being Brave" (UK #10, 1996)
1978 ● Svein Berge / → Norwegian electronic musician and one half of the duo Royksopp ("Do It Again," Dance #1, 2014), worked on several remixes for Coldplay, Depeche Mode and others
1981 ● John Hassall / → Bassist for indie/punk revival The Libertines, "Can't Stand Me Now" (UK #2, 2004), now fronting indie psych-rock Yeti
1981 ● Paris Hilton / → Socialite, heiress to a share of the Hilton Hotel fortune, reality TV actress, fashion model, tabloid fodder, Internet sex tape star and sometime dance-pop singer, "Stars Are Blind" (#18, Dance/Club #1, 2006)
1982 ● Lupe Fiasco / (Wasalu Muhammad Jaco) → Record producer, music entrepreneur, MC and Grammy-winning rapper, "Superstar" (#10, 2007), CEO of 1st and 15th Entertainment
1988 ● Arin Ilejay / (Richard Arin Ilejay) → Former drummer for metalcore Confide and heavy metal Avenged Sevenfold, "Bat Country" (#60, Mainstream Rock #2, 2005)
1989 ● Stacey McClean / → Vocals in pre-fab teen pop S Club Juniors (a spin-off of S Club 7), "One Step Closer" (UK #2, 2002) and six other UK Top 15 hits in two years
1991 ● Ed Sheeran / → Indie folk-pop and R&B singer, songwriter and guitarist, started with self-issued releases in 2005 before signing with Atlantic Records in 2011, since then has charted eight UK Top 10 singles, including "Thinking Out Loud" (#2, UK #1, 2014)

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