Sunday, January 21, 2018

 

Albums Released This Week (January 22 - 28)

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):


January 22
Dr. John ------ Gris-Gris ► Soul-Blues >> 1968
Aretha Franklin ------ Lady Soul ► Soul >> 1968
Spirit ------ Spirit ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1968
The Church ------ The Church ► Alt. Power Pop >> 1982
Chagall Guevara ------ Chagall Guevara ► Contemporary CCM >> 1991
Sting ------ The Soul Cages ► Pop-Rock >> 1991
Tommy Tutone ------ Nervous Love ► Power Pop >> 1996
Buzzcocks ------ 30 ► Punk-Rock >> 2008


January 23
The Supremes ------ The Supremes Sing Holland-Dozier-Holland ► Soul - Motown >> 1967
Family ------ A Song For Me ► Prog Rock >> 1970
Rick Wakeman ------ The Six Wives Of Henry VIII ► Prog Rock >> 1973
The Kinks ------ Schoolboys In Disgrace ► Rock >> 1976
David Bowie ------ Station To Station ► Glam Rock >> 1976
Pink Floyd ------ Animals ► Prog Rock >> 1977
Joan Jett ------ Bad Reputation ► Hard Rock >> 1981
Elvis Costello And The Attractions ------ Trust ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1981
Tone Loc ------ Lōc-ed After Dark ► Pop-Rap >> 1989
David Crosby ------ Oh Yes I Can ► Folk-Rock >> 1989
Stabbing Westward ------ Wither Blister Burn & Peel ► Industrial Rock >> 1996
Jerry Garcia Band ------ Don't Let Go ► Roots Rock >> 2001
John Mellencamp ------ Freedom's Road ► Roots Rock >> 2007
Little Feat ------ Rocky Mountain Jam ► Southern Rock >> 2007


January 24
Cass Elliott ------ Cass Elliott ► Pop-Rock/Folk-Rock >> 1972
Michael Jackson ------ Got To Be There ► Soul - Motown >> 1972
Aretha Franklin ------ Young, Gifted And Black ► Soul >> 1972
Debbie Gibson ------ Electric Youth ► Pop-Rock >> 1989
Skid Row ------ Skid Row ► Heavy Metal >> 1989
Underworld ------ Dubnobasswithmyhead ► Techno Trance >> 1994
Van Halen ------ Balance ► Hard Rock >> 1995
David Crosby ------ It's All Coming Back To Me Now… ► Folk-Rock >> 1995
Tha Alkaholics ------ Firewater ► West Coast Rap >> 2006
Norah Jones ------ Not Too Late ► Jazz-Pop Vocals >> 2007
Dion ------ Tankful Of Blues ► Blues-Rock >> 2012


January 25
The Ventures ------ The Ventures In Space ► Rock n Roll Instrumental >> 1964
Cilla Black ------ Cilla ► Brit Invasion Pop >> 1965
John Phillips ------ John Phillips (John, The Wolf King Of L.A.) ► Country-Rock >> 1970
Little Feat ------ Dixie Chicken ► Southern Rock >> 1973
The Kinks ------ The Great Lost Kinks Album ► Pop-Rock >> 1973
Sparks ------ A Woofer In Tweeter's Clothing ► Glam Rock >> 1973
Cher ------ Take Me Home ► Pop-Rock >> 1979
Phil Collins ------ No Jacket Required ► Pop-Rock >> 1985
Gary Moore ------ After The War ► Roots Rock (Irish) >> 1989
Sarah McLachlan ------ Touch ► Folk-Rock >> 1989
Kenny G ------ The Collection ► Jazz-Pop >> 1993
Peter Frampton ------ A Day In The Sun ► Arena Rock >> 1994
New Kids On The Block ------ Face The Music ► Teen Dance-Pop >> 1994
Alice In Chains ------ Jar Of Flies ► Heavy Metal/Grunge Metal >> 1994
Meat Puppets ------ Too High To Die ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1994
Dimmu Borgir ------ Stormblåst ► Heavy Metal/Black Metal >> 1996
Shpongle ------ Are You Shpongled? ► Psychedelic Ambient >> 1998
Warren Zevon ------ Life'll Kill Ya ► Pop-Rock >> 2000
Blindside ------ A Thought Crushed My Mind ► Post Hardcore Punk >> 2000
D'Angelo ------ Voodoo ► Neo-Soul/Funk >> 2000
Dark Tranquility ------ Character ► Heavy Metal/Melodic Death Metal >> 2005
Charles Bradley ------ No Time For Dreaming ► Soul-Funk >> 2011
Soul Asylum ------ Playlist: The Very Best Of Soul Asylum ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2011


January 26
Simon & Garfunkel ------ Bridge Over Troubled Water ► Folk-Pop >> 1970
Chicago ------ Chicago II ► Jazz-Rock >> 1970
Harry Nilsson ------ Nilsson Sings Newman ► Folk-Rock >> 1970
Elton John ------ Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player ► Pop-Rock >> 1973
Deep Purple ------ Who Do We Think We Are ► Hard Rock >> 1973
Generation X ------ Valley Of The Dolls ► Punk Rock >> 1979
Berlin ------ Pleasure Victim ► L. A. Synth-Pop >> 1983
Janet Jackson ------ Control: The Remixes ► Dance-Pop >> 1987
Public Enemy ------ Yo! Bum Rush the Show ► Hip Hop >> 1987
David Lee Roth ------ Skyscraper ► Hard Rock >> 1988
Emerson, Lake & Palmer ------ Live At The Royal Albert Hall ► Prog Rock >> 1993
The Bouncing Souls ------ Maniacal Laughter ► Punk Rock >> 1996
Nick Lowe ------ Basher ► Pub Rock >> 1998
Foxy Brown ------ Chyna Doll ► Hip Hop >> 1999
Dan Swanö ------ Moontower ► Progressive Death Metal >> 1999
Napalm Death ------ Words From The Exit Wound ► Heavy Metal/Grindcore >> 1999
The Church ------ El Momento Descuidado ► Alt. Power Pop >> 2005
Mariah Carey ------ Playlist: The Very Best Of Mariah Carey ► Pop-Rock >> 2010
David Bowie ------ A Reality Tour ► Glam Rock >> 2010
Beach House ------ Teen Dream ► Dream Pop >> 2010


January 27
Golden Earring ------ Winter-Harvest ► Hard Rock >> 1967
The Beach Boys ------ 20/20 ► Pop-Rock >> 1969
Queen ------ Flash Gordon [Sndtrk] ► Glam Rock >> 1981
The B-52's ------ Mesopotamia ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1982
John Mellencamp (John Cougar) ------ The Kid Inside ► Roots Rock >> 1983
Christine McVie ------ Christine McVie ► Pop-Rock >> 1984
John Lennon And Yoko Ono ------ Milk And Honey ► Pop-Rock >> 1984
Frank Zappa ------ Does Humor Belong In Music? ► Comedy Rock >> 1986
The Replacements ------ Don't Tell A Soul ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1989
Slaughter ------ Stick It To Ya ► Hair Metal >> 1990
Therapy? ------ Pleasure Death ► Alt Metal/Noise Rock >> 1992
The Human League ------ Octopus ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1995
Reef ------ Glow ► Brit Pop >> 1997
The Stranglers ------ Written In Red ► Punk Rock >> 1997
Richard Carpenter ------ Pianist, Arranger, Composer, Conductor ► Easy Listening >> 1998
Dixie Chicks ------ Wide Open Spaces ► Country-Rock >> 1998
Edguy ------ Theater Of Salvation ► Heavy Metal/Power Metal >> 1999
The Cure ------ Join The Dots: B-Sides & Rarities, 1978-2001 ► Post-Punk >> 2004
Twista ------ Kamikaze ► Midwest Rap >> 2004
Bruce Springsteen ------ Working On A Dream ► Heartland Rock >> 2009


January 28
Gentle Giant ------ Playing The Fool [UK] ► Prog Rock >> 1977
J. Geils Band ------ Love Stinks ► Blues-Rock >> 1980
Sparks ------ Terminal Jive ► Glam Rock >> 1980
Triumph ------ Never Surrender ► Arena Rock >> 1983
David Lee Roth ------ Crazy From The Heat ► Hard Rock >> 1985
Black Sabbath ------ Seventh Star ► Hard Rock >> 1986
Guns N' Roses ------ Lies, The Drugs, The Sex ► Hard Rock >> 1991
The Afghan Whigs ------ Congregation ► Post-Punk >> 1992
Current 93 ------ Of Ruine Or Some Blazing Starre ► Industrial/Experimental >> 1994
Pat Boone ------ In A Metal Mood: No More Mr. Nice Guy ► MOR Jazz-Pop >> 1997
Built To Spill ------ Perfect From Now On ► Indie Rock/Pop-Rock >> 1997
Robert Palmer ------ The Very Best Of Robert Palmer ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1997
Natalie Cole ------ Super Best ► Soul-Pop >> 1998
Lou Reed ------ The Raven ► Art Rock >> 2003
Adele Adkins ------ 19 ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 2008

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Saturday, January 20, 2018

 

This Week's Birthdays (January 21 - 27)

Happy Birthday this week to:

January 21
1923 ● Frank Virtue / → Founder, frontman and guitarist for one hit wonder instrumental pop-rock The Virtues ("Guitar Boogie Shuffle," #5, R&B #27, 1959), later career as a record producer and recording engineer, died on 6/11/1994, age 71
1924 ● Benny Hill / (Alfred Hawthorne Hill) → English singer and comedian with a long-running slapstick comedy TV show and several charting comedy songs, including "Transistor Radio" (UK Top 30, 1961) and "Ernie (The Fastest Milkman In The West)" (UK #1, 1971), died from kidney failure on 4/20/1992, age 68
1924 ● Telly Savalas / (Aristotle Savalas) → Greek-American film star, TV actor (Kojak) and pop singer with two UK #1 songs and a non-charting take-off on his signature line "Who Loves Ya, Baby?", died of cancer on 1/22/1994, age 70
1938 ● Wolfman Jack / (Robert Weston Smith) → Legendary gravel-voiced rock 'n roll radio DJ and TV host, died of heart attack on 7/1/1995, age 57
1941 ● Placido Domingo / (Jose Placido Domingo Embil) → Grammy-winning opera tenor and conductor, member of The Three Tenors with Luciano Pavarotti and José Carreras, 1994 Billboard #4 Album, In Concert
1941 ● Richie Havens / (Richard Pierce Havens) → Low-screen folk and R&B guitarist and songwriter, known primarily for his appearance at Woodstock '69 and his cover of George Harrison's "Here Comes The Sun" (#16, 1971), died of a heart attack on 4/22/2013, age 72
1942 ● Edwin Starr / (Charles Edwin Hatcher) → Rough, tough and re-inventive R&B/soul-pop-disco singer, "25 Miles" (#6, 1969), then anthemic protest song "War" (#1, 1970), then disco hit "(Eye-To-Eye) Contact" (Disco #1, 1979), died from a heart attack on 4/2/2003, age 61
1942 ● Mac Davis / (Morris Mac Davis) → 60s session guitarist turned 70s countrypolitan pop-rock crossover star, "Baby Don't Get Hooked On Me" (#1, 1972), wrote "In The Ghetto" (#3, 1969) and "Don't Cry Daddy" (#6, 1970) for Elvis Presley
1945 ● Chris Britton / → Guitarist, backing vocals and occasional songwriter for 60s garage/proto-punk/"caveman rock" The Troggs, "Wild Thing" (#1, 1966)
1947 ● Jim Ibbotson / → Guitar and vocals for country-folk-bluegrass-rock pioneers The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, "Mr. Bojangles" (#9, 1971)
1947 ● Pye Hastings / (Julian Frederick Hastings) → Scot guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and 40-year frontman for venerable psych-jazz-rock Caravan, "Nine Feet Underground" (1971)
1948 ● Peter Kircher / → Mid-80s drummer for Brit psych-boogie rock Status Quo, "Pictures Of Matchstick Men" (#12, 1968)
1950 ● Billy Ocean / (Leslie Sebastian Charles) → Trinidad-born, UK-based R&B/dance-pop singer and songwriter, "Caribbean Queen" (#1, 1984)
1954 ● Nigel Glockler / → Drummer for early and influential New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) band Saxonn, "Power And The Glory" (#32, 1983)
1956 ● Rob Brill / → Drummer for New Wave synth-pop Berlin, "Take My Breath Away" (#1, 1986)
1959 ● Vic Reeves / (James Roderick Moir) → With Bob Mortimer, one half of Brit comedy/satire act Vic And Bob, then pop-rock The Wonder Stuff, covered Tommy Roe's "Dizzy" (UK #1, 1991)
1965 ● Jam Master Jay / (Jason William Mizell) → Founding member of premier hardcore rap trio Run-D.M.C., "Walk This Way" (#4, 1986), murdered by an assassin on 10/30/2002, age 37
1965 ● 3D / (Robert Del Naja) → Founding member, MC and singer for electro-dance/trip hop progenitor duo Massive Attack, "Unfinished Sympathy" (UK #13, 1991)
1966 ● Wendy James / → Lead singer and Madonna-wannabe frontgal for punk-pop-dance Transvision Vamp, "Baby I Don't Care" (, 1983), left for a solo career that included an mildly successful LP of songs written for her by Elvis Costello, Now Ain't The Time For Your Tears (UK #43, 1993)
1972 ● Cat Power / (Charlyn Marie "Chan" Marshall) → Indie folk- and blues-rock singer, songwriter, guitarist, bandleader and occasional actor and model, album Moon Pix (1998)
1972 ● Tweet / (Charlene Keys) → R&B/soul singer, songwriter and guitarist, "Oops (Oh My)" featuring Missy Elliott (#7, R&B #1, 2002)
1973 ● Chris Kilmore / → Turntables and keyboards for alt-metal Incubus, "Drive" (#9, 2001)
1976 ● Emma Lee Bunton / → Vocals and "Baby Spice" in pop-rock girl-group Spice Girls, "Wannabe" (#1, 1997)
1978 ● Nokio / (Tamir Ruffin) → Founder, songwriter, producer and frontman for R&B/urban soul-dance Dru Hill, "How Deep Is Your Love" (#3, 1998), producer for DMX, Torrey Carter and others
1980 ● Benjamin Moody / → Guitarist for Grammy-winning goth-pop-metal Evanescence, "Bring Me To Life" (#5, 2003)

January 22
1931 ● Sam Cooke / → Pioneering R&B/soul singer, songwriter, record executive and civil rights activist, "You Send Me" (#1, 1957), shot and killed during an altercation with his landlord on 12/11/1964, age 33
1938 ● Eugene Church / → Singer and collaborator with Jesse Belvin as doo-wop The Cliques, solo as Eugene Church & The Fellows ("Pretty Girls Everywhere," #36, R&B #6, 1958), later moved to gospel music, died from cancer on 4/3/1993 , age 55
1938 ● Joe Esposito / (Joseph Carmine Esposito) → Army-years buddy of Elvis Presley, became his right-hand man, road manager and key member of Elvis's entourage, the "Memphis Mafia," played bit parts in several Elvis films in the 60s, later worked as road manager for Michael Jackson, The Bee Gees, John Denver and others, co-authored six books about Elvis and attended Elvis look-alike conventions, died after a long period of failing health on 11/23/2016, age 78
1940 ● Mickie Harris / (Addie Harris) → Vocals for Brill Building pop, girl-group-defining The Shirelles, "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" (#1, 1961), died of a heart attack on stage during an oldies circuit performance on 6/10/1982, age 42
1946 ● Malcolm McLaren / → Brit performer, impresario and solo artist, "Double Dutch" (UK #3, 1983), manager of the Sex Pistols and New York Dolls, died of cancer 4/8/2010, age 64
1949 ● Nigel Pegrum / → Drummer for Brit raunch/psych-pop-rock The Small Faces, "Itchycoo Park" (#16, 1968), then prog-rock Uriah Heep, art-rock Gnidrolog and folk-rock Steeleye Span, producer and session drummer
1949 ● Steve Perry / (Stephen Ray Pereira) → Lead singer for arena rock Journey beginning in 1977, "Who's Crying Now" (#4, 1981), then solo, "Oh, Sherrie" (#3, 1986), then re-formed Journey 1996, "When You Love A Woman" (Adult Contemporary #1, 1996)
1952 ● Teddy Gentry / → Founding member, bass and background vocals for country-pop-rock Alabama, "Love In The First Degree" (#15, 1982)
1960 ● Michael Hutchence / → Founding member, lead singer, songwriter and 20-year frontman for Aussie New Wave dance-groove-pop INXS, "Need You Tonight" (#1, 1987), found dead in a Sydney hotel room after an apparent suicide on 11/22/1997, age 37
1965 ● Andrew Roachford / → Frontman, vocals and keyboards for Brit urban contemporary R&B Roachford, "Cuddly Toy (Feel For Me)" (# 25, UK #4, 1989)
1965 ● D.J. Jazzy Jeff / (Jeffrey Allen Townes) → R&B/hip hop artist, record producer, turntablist and actor, with Will Smith in duo D.J. Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, "Summertime" (#4, 1991)
1965 ● Steven Adler / (Michael Coletti) → Songwriter and drummer (1985-90) for hard rock Guns N' Roses, "Sweet Child O' Mine" (#1, 1988), then Road Crew and started Adler's Appetite and Adler
1969 ● Marc Gay / → Vocals for R&B/urban contemporary soul quartet Shai, "If I Ever Fall In Love" (#2, 1992)
1981 ● Ben Robert Moody / → Founder, vocals, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist for Grammy-winning goth-pop-metal Evanescence, "Bring Me To Life" (#5, 2003)
1981 ● Willa Ford / (Amanda Lee Williford Modano) → Dance-pop singer, songwriter, model, TV and film actress, "I Wanna Be Bad" (Top 40 Mainstream #11, 2001)
1985 ● Orianthi Panagaris / → Aussie singer, songwriter and guitarist, "According To You" (#17, 2009), played for Prince and was Michael Jackson's lead guitarist for the ill-fated This Is It tour

January 23
1910 ● Django Reinhardt / (Jean Baptiste Reinhardt) → Belgian-born gypsy-blooded influential jazz guitar virtuoso, composer and bandleader (Quintette Du Hot Club De France with Stephane Grappelli), many of his popular works are jazz/swing standards, including "Minor Swing" and "Daphne," died from a stroke on 5/16/1953, age 43
1932 ● Cyril Davies / → One of the first harmonica players on the British blues scene, formed various skiffle and blues groups in the 50s and Blues Incorporated with Alexis Korner and Long John Baldry in the 60s, club owner and R&B promoter, died from endocarditis on 1/7/1964, age 31
1940 ● Joe Dowell / → Two hit wonder early 60s pop singer ("Wooden Heart," #1, 1961 and "Little Red Rented Rowboat," #23, 1962), later wrote and recorded his own songs without commercial success and launched a radio advertisement production company
1941 ● Buddy Buie / (Perry Carlton Buie) → Music producer, publisher and songwriter with over 340 titles penned alone or in collaborations with others, including the oft-covered pop classic "Spooky" (#3, 1967) by The Classics IV, formed, managed and produced Southern rock Atlanta Rhythm Section ("Imaginary Lover," #7, 1978) and co-wrote most of their songs, produced albums for Wynonna Judd and Garth Brooks, died following a heart attack on 7/18/2015, age 74
1944 ● Jerry Lawson / → Lead vocals, arranger and producer for a cappella The Persuasions, "Chain Gang" (1971), then solo, now with a cappella Talk Of The Town
1948 ● Anita Pointer / → R&B/soul-pop-disco-dance sister act The Pointer Sisters, "Slow Hand" (#2, 1981)
1950 ● Bill Cunningham / → Bass, piano and backing vocals for short-lived blue-eyed soul The Box Tops, "The Letter" (#1, 1967)
1950 ● Danny Federici / → Over 40 year friendship and professional association with Bruce Springsteen, played keyboards for Bruce's Steel Mill, Child and The E Street Band, died of melanoma (skin cancer) on 4/17/2008, age 58
1953 ● Robin Zander / → Lead vocals and rhythm guitar for power pop Cheap Trick, "I Want You To Want Me" (#7, 1979) and "The Flame" (#1, 1988)
1954 ● Richard Finch / → Co-founder, producer and bassist for R&B/soul-disco-funk kings KC & The Sunshine Band, "That's The Way (I Like It)" (#1, 1975) and five other #1 hits
1955 ● Reggie Calloway / → Multi-instrumental founder and leader (with brother Vincent) of synth-dance-funk Midnight Star, "Operator" (#18, R&B #1, 1990), left to form bro-duo Calloway "I Wanna Be Rich" (#2, 1990)
1956 ● Ralph Carney / → Self-taught multi-instrumentalist, first with artsy New Wave "Akron Sound" Tin Huey (covered "I'm A Believer," 1979) then as a sessionman with a long list of studio credits, including multiple albums with Tom Waits plus recordings with The B-52's, Elvis Costello, the Black Keys and many others, fell in his Oregon home and died the following day from head injuries on 12/16/2017, age 61
1957 ● Earl Falconer / → Bass and vocals for multiracial reggae-pop UB40, "Red Red Wine" (#1, 1988) and over 30 other Top 40 hits
1971 ● Marc K. Nelson / → R&B/urban and jazz fusion singer and songwriter, original member of Boyz II Men, left for solo career, "I Want You" (R&B #26, 1991)
1974 ● Kita / (Sampsa Astala) → Drummer for Finnish heavy metal monster-masked Lordi, winners of the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest with "Hard Rock Hallelujah"
1975 ● Nicholas Harmer / → Bassist for indie pop/rock Death Cab For Cutie, "Soul Meets Body" (Modern Rock #5, 2005)

January 24
1933 ● Zeke Carey / (Ezekial Carey) → Founding member and second tenor for sophisticated group harmony R&B/doo wop The Flamingos, "I Only Have Eyes For You", (#11, R&B #3, 1959), died on 12/24/1999, age 66
1936 ● Doug Kershaw / (Douglas James Kershaw) → Cajun country-rock singer/songwriter, bandleader and fiddler, "Louisiana Man" (Country #10, 1961)
1936 ● Jack Scott / (Giovanni Dominico Scafone, Jr.) → Canadian rock 'n roll, rockabilly and country-pop singer with eight U.S. Top 40 singles in less than 3 years, including "Burning Bridges" (#3, 1960)
1939 ● Ray Stevens / (Harold Ray Ragsdale) → Grammy-winning country-pop and often novelty singer, songwriter and producer, "Everything Is Beautiful" (#1, 1970)
1941 ● Aaron Neville / → New Orleans R&B/soul-funk singer, "Tell It Like It Is" (R&B #1, 1966), then formed The Neville Brothers, "Yellow Moon" (1989), then solo again, including duets with Linda Ronstadt, "Don't Know Much" (Adult Contemporary #1, 1989)
1941 ● Michael Chapman / → Critically acclaimed but commercially underrated Brit folk singer and songwriter best known for his "Postcards Of Scarborough" (1970) and an over 40 album catalog, continues to record and perform in the 10s
1941 ● Neil Diamond / → Often called the "Jewish Elvis," prolific songwriter, singer and guitarist "Cracklin' Rose" (#1, 1970), plus dozens of Top 40 hits and those covered by others, from The Monkees ("I'm A Believer," #1, 1966) to Deep Purple ("Kentucky Woman," #38, 1968)
1947 ● Warren Zevon / → Sardonic singer/songwriter with 15 solo albums and multiple Top 40 hits, including "Werewolves Of London" (#21, 1978), died from asbestos-related lung cancer on 9/7/2003, age 56
1949 ● John Belushi / → TV and film actor, singer, portrayed "Joliet Jake" Blues in the Saturday Night Live skit and spin-off band The Blues Brothers, "Soul Man" (#14, 1979), died from drug overdose 3/5/1982, age 33
1953 ● Matthew Wilder (Weiner) / → One hit wonder singer/songwriter, started in early 70s folk-pop duo Matthew & Peter, then pop-rock solo "Break My Stride" (#5, 1983), now record producer
1958 ● Julian Miles "Jools" Holland / → Pianist, producer, singer, composer and bandleader, including keyboards for New Wave pop-rock Squeeze, "Tempted" (Mainstream Rock #8, 1981)
1963 ● Keech Rainwater / → Drummer for cross-over country-rockers Lonestar, "Amazed" (#1, 1999)
1974 ● Christopher River Hesse / → Drummer for post-grunge indie pop-rock Hoobastank, "The Reason" (#2, 2004)
1975 ● Paul Marazzi / → Vocals for Brit-Norwegian pop-rock boy band A1, "Same Old Brand New You" (UK #1, 2000)
1989 ● Calvin Goldspink / → 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, actor

January 25
1915 ● Ewan MacColl / → Influential Brit folk revival singer, songwriter, poet and producer, wrote Grammy-winning "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" for Roberta Flack (#1, 1972), died from complications following heart surgery on 10/22/1989, age 74
1923 ● Rusty Draper / (Farrell H. "Rusty" Draper) → Pre-rock 'n' roll country and pop crossover star with five Top 20 hits in the 50s, including "The Shifting, Whispering Sands" (#3, 1955), continued with minor country hits in the 60s and dropped out of site by the 80s, died from pneumonia on 3/28/2003, age 80
1931 ● Stig Anderson / → Songwriter, producer and manager for Swede superstar pop-rock ABBA, co-wrote several of their biggest hits, including "Dancing Queen" (#1, 1977), died of a heart attack on 9/12/1997, age 66
1938 ● Etta James (Jamesetta Hawkins) / (Jamesetta Hawkins) → Versatile Grammy-winning blues, gospel, R&B/soul and jazz singer, "Tell Mama" (#23, R&B #10, 1968) and the enduring ballad "At Last" (#47, R&B #2, 1961), died from complications of leukemia on 1/20/2012, age 73
1949 ● John Cooper Clarke / → The "Bard of Salford", performance poet laureate of the punk movement, "Gimmix" (UK #39, 1979), opened tours for the Sex Pistols, Buzzcocks and Elvis Costello, continues to contribute to poetry journals
1950 ● Michael Cotten / → Synthesizers for camp-rock pop-rock satirists The Tubes, "She's A Beauty" (#10, 1978)
1953 ● Malcolm Green / → Drummer for New Wave pop-rock Split Enz, "I Got You" (UK #12, 1980)
1956 ● Andy Cox / → Guitarist and co-founder of ska revivalist mixed-race The English Beat in 1978, then moved with bandmates to form Fine Young Cannibals, "She Drives Me Crazy" (#1, 1989)
1958 ● Gary Tibbs / → Actor and journeyman bass guitarist for Roxy Music, The Vibrators, post-punk New Wave glam-pop Adam & The Ants, "Goody Two Shoes" (#12, 1982), Code Blue and The Fixx
1962 ● Peter Coyle / → Vocals for New Wave/New Romantic pop-rock The Lotus Eaters, "The First Picture Of You" (UK #15, 1983), solo
1963 ● Carl Fysh / → Vocalist for Brit soul/pop boy band Brother Beyond, "The Harder I Try" (UK #2, 1988)
1971 ● China Wing Kantner / → Daughter of Jefferson Airplane' Grace Slick and Paul Kantner, TV and film actress, former MTV VJ
1973 ● Chris Wilkie / → Guitarist and vocals for electro-dance-dream pop Dubstar, "Stars" (UK #15, 1996)
1977 ● Christian Ingebrigtsen / → Vocals for Brit-Norwegian pop-rock boy band A1, "Same Old Brand New You" (UK #1, 2000)
1981 ● Alicia Keys / (Alicia Auguello Cook) → Nine-time Grammy-winning R&B/neo-soul singer, "Fallin'" (#1, 2001) and ten other Top 40 hits, TV and film actress, philanthropist

January 26
1913 ● Jimmy Van Heusen / (Edward Chester Babcock) → Four-time Academy Award winning popular music composer, wrote or co-wrote dozens of pop hits in the 40s through 60s for Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and others, including "Swingin' On A Star" for Crosby (1944) and "My Kind Of Town" for Sinatra (1964), died from complications following a stroke on 2/6/1990, age 77
1922 ● Page Cavanaugh / → Jazz pianist, vocalist, arranger, popular 40s and 50s bandleader on radio, TV and films with a number of Top 40 hits, early purveyor of the jazz-pop sound now known as "smooth jazz," continued to perform as a night club and lounge act into the 00s, died from kidney failure on 12/19/2008, age 86
1926 ● Ronnie Hilton / ((Adrian Hill) → Brit 50s pop crooner, "No Other Love" (UK #1, 1956) plus 21 other Top 40 hits during the onslaught of rock 'n' doll, BBC radio host of the weekly show Sounds of the Fifties, died of a stroke on 2/21/2001, age 75
1932 ● The Tall Texan / (Claude Gray) → Country music singer, songwriter and guitarist known for his contribution to the "Nashville sound" and the Countrypolitan movement that created the crossover genre blending country and pop music, scored 12 Country Top 40 hits including "I'll Have Another Cup Of Coffee" (Country #3, 1961), continues to tour and perform on TV into the 10s
1934 ● Piano Smith / (Huey Pierce Smith) → New Orleans "good time" R&B/rock 'n roll pianist, "Rockin' Pneumonia" (R&B #5, 1957), wrote and played on Frankie Ford's "Sea Cruise" (#14, 1959)
1937 ● Alison Steele / (Ceil Loman) → Pioneering DJ known as "The Night Bird" on archetypical progressive rock station WNEW-FM (New York) from 1967 to 1979, inspiration for Jimi Hendrix's "Night Bird Flying," music writer, producer and CNN correspondent, died from stomach cancer on 9/27/1995, age 56
1939 ● Marshall Lieb / → Original member of short-lived, one hit wonder pop vocal trio The Teddy Bears ("To Know Him Is To Love Him," #1, 1958) with Phil Spector, died from a heart attack on 3/15/2002, age 63
1943 ● Jean Knight / (Jean Caliste) → One hit wonder R&B/soul and funk singer, "Mr. Big Stuff" (#2, 1971), toured on the oldies circuit through the 00s
1945 ● Tyger Hutchings / (Ashley Stephen Hutchings) → Bassist for renowned Brit folk-rock revival bands Fairport Convention, "Si Tu Dos Partir" (UK #21, 1969) and Steeleye Span, "All Around My Hat" (UK #5, 1975)
1946 ● Deon Jackson / → One hit wonder 60s R&B/soul singer and songwriter, "Love Makes The World Go 'Round" (#11, 1966), faded into the Chicago oldies circuit until his death from a brain hemorrhage on 4/18/2014, age 68
1948 ● Corky Laing / (Laurence Gordon Laing) → Drummer in pioneering hard rock/heavy metal band Mountain ("Mississippi Queen," #21, 1970), then power trio West, Bruce & Laing, solo and collaborations
1949 ● Derek Holt / → Guitar and keyboards for Brit blues-rock Climax Blues Band, "Couldn't Get It Right" (#3, 1977)
1951 ● Andy Hummell / → Bassist in quintessential power pop cult band Big Star, "September Gurls" (1974, Rolling Stone #178), died from cancer on 7/19/2010, age 59
1951 ● David Briggs / → Guitarist and songwriter for Aussie pop/rockers Little River Band, wrote "Lonesome Loser" (#6, 1979), now recording engineer and producer
1952 ● Maurice Bacon / → Drummer for London-based, teenage R&B/soul-pop Love Affair, "Everlasting Love" (UK #1, 1968) and four other UK Top 20 hits in the late 60s, fell into obscurity following the band's break-up in the 70s
1953 ● Lucinda Williams / → Underappreciated country-folk-roots rock singer and songwriter, "Car Wheels On A Gravel Road" (1998) from the Grammy-winning album of the same name
1955 ● Eddie Van Halen / (Edward Lodewijk Van Halen) → Top rock guitarist, frontman, songwriter and vocals for hard rock megastars Van Halen, "Jump" (#1, 1984), solo, collaborations and film score compositions, uncredited guitar solo on Michael Jackson's "Beat It" (#1, 1983)
1958 ● Anita Baker / → Grammy-winning R&B/quiet storm singer, "Sweet Love" (#8, 1986)
1958 ● Norman Hassan / → Percussion, trombone and vocals for multiracial reggae-pop UB40, "Red Red Wine" (#1, 1988) and over 30 other Top 40 hits
1960 ● Charlie Gillingham / → Keyboards for alt-rock Counting Crows, "Mr. Jones" (Modern Rock #2, 1994)
1963 ● Andrew Ridgeley / → Vocals for New Wave pop-rock boy band Wham!, "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" (#1, 1984) and 6 other US Top 10 hits
1963 ● Jazzie B. / (Trevor Beresford Romeo) → DJ, mixmaster, producer and founding member of R&B/dance-pop Soul II Soul, "Back To Life" (#4, 1989)
1964 ● Susannah Melvoin / → Vocalist, songwriter and actress, backing singer for Prince, Eric Clapton, Roger Waters and Wendy & Lisa
1966 ● Pim Jones / → Guitarist for Scottish contemporary pop-rock Hipsway, "The Honeythief" (#19, 1986)
1970 ● Kirk Franklin / → Contemporary gospel singer, songwriter and bandleader, "Looking For You" (#61, 2005)
1972 ● Ya Kid K / (Manuela Barbara Kamosi Moaso Djogi) → Belgian studio-based electro-dance-pop "house" music Technotronic, wrote lyrics and sang vocals on "Pump Up The Jam" (#2, 1989), solo

January 27
1885 ● Jerome Kern / → Prolific and important theater, film and popular music composer who wrote more than 700 songs, including such American classics as "Ol' Man River" (1927), ""Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" (1933, and a #1 hit for The Platters in 1958) and "Long Ago (And Far Away)" (1944), died following cerebral hemorrhage on 11/11/1945, age 60
1918 ● Elmore James / → The "King of the Slide Guitar," highly influential blues slide guitarist, singer and songwriter, "It Hurts Me Too" (R&B #15, 1960), covered by Jimi Hendrix, The Allman Brothers Band and many others, died from heart failure on 5/24/1963, age 45
1919 ● David Seville / (Rosdom Sipan "Ross" Bagdasarian) → Armenian-American actor, pianist, singer and songwriter, "Witch Doctor" (#1, 1958), creator of novelty pop Alvin & The Chipmunks, "The Chipmunk Song" (#1, 1958), died of a heart attack on 1/16/1972, age 52
1930 ● Bobby "Blue" Bland / (Robert Calvin Bland) → R&B/soul-blues-gospel singer, product of the Memphis "street blues" scene and Lifetime Grammy winner, "That's The Way Love Is" (#33, R&B #1, 1963) and 43 other R&B Top 40 hits, died from an undisclosed illness on 6/23/2013, age 83
1931 ● Rudy Maugeri / → Baritone for Canadian R&B-to-pop cover vocal quartet The Crew Cuts, "Sh-Boom" (#1, 1954), died on 5/7/2004, age 73
1937 ● Bruce Tate / → Founding member and tenor vocals for one hit wonder R&B/doo wop quartet The Penguins, their enduring "Earth Angel" (#8, R&B #1, 1954) was one of the earliest R&B-to-pop crossover hits, died on 6/20/1973, age 36
1944 ● Kevin Coyne / → Underappreciated Brit blues-rock singer, songwriter and bandleader, first with alt/art rock Siren and then solo, "Marlene" (1973), later focused on poetry, prose and painting, died of lung failure on 12/2/2004, age 60
1944 ● Nick Mason / → Drummer and only constant member of space rock Pink Floyd since it formed in 1965, "Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)" (#1, 1979), auto racing driver
1946 ● Nedra Talley / → Backing vocals for pop-rock girl group The Ronettes, "Be My Baby" (#2, 1963)
1948 ● Kim Gardner / → Bassist in British Invasion pop-rock The Thunderbirds (with future Rolling Stone Ron Wood), then formed art rock Ashton, Gardner & Dyke, "Resurrection Shuffle" (#40, UK #3, 1971), then sessions and L.A. pub owner, died of cancer on 10/24/2001, age 53
1950 ● Mick Jackson / (Michael "Mick" Jackson) → Bass guitarist for London-based, teenage R&B/soul-pop Love Affair, "Everlasting Love" (UK #1, 1968) and four other UK Top 20 hits in the late 60s, fell into obscurity following the band's break-up in the 70s
1951 ● Brian Downey / → Drummer for underrated Irish hard rock Thin Lizzy, "The Boys Are Back In Town" (#12, 1976)
1951 ● Seth Justman / → Keyboards and vocals for boogie-blues-rock 'n roll bar band J. Geils Band, wrote "Centerfold" (#1, 1982)
1952 ● G.E. Smith / (George Edward "G.E." Smith) → Guitarist, bandleader, performance director and session musician, lead guitar for Hall & Oates and musical director for Saturday Night Live, toured with Bob Dylan and Rogers Water's The Wall Live band, did session work with David Bowie, Hot Tuna and many others
1955 ● Richard Young / → Rhythm guitar and vocals for Southern honky tonk-blues-country rock Kentucky Headhunters, "Oh, Lonesome Me" (Country #8, 1990)
1957 ● Janick Robert Gers / → Guitarist for Brit heavy metal Iron Maiden, "Wasting Love" (Mainstream Rock #15, 1992)
1961 ● Gillian Gilbert / → Keyboards, guitar and vocals for New Wave synth-dance-pop New Order, "Blue Monday" (Dance #5, 1983), formed The Other Two with husband Stephen Morris, "Selfish" (Dance/Club #6, 1993)
1961 ● Margo Timmins / → Lead vocalist for Canadian alt-art-country-blues-rock Cowboy Junkies, "Sweet Jane" (Modern Rock #5, 1989)
1961 ● Martin Degville / → Lead singer and co-writer for New Wave glam-punk Sigue Sigue Sputnik, "Love Missile F1-11" (Dance/Club #50, UK #3, 1986)
1964 ● Migi Drummond / (Miguel John Drummond) → Drummer for Brit teen-pop blue-eyed soul Curiosity Killed The Cat, "Down To Earth" (UK #3, 1986)
1968 ● Mike Patton / → Vocals for influential metal/funk/hip hop/punk fusion band Faith No More, "Epic" (#9, 1990)
1968 ● Tricky / (Adrian Nicholas Matthews-Thaws) → Rap singer with innovative trip hop Massive Attack, "Safe From Harm" (Dance #32, 1991), then solo, "Milk" (UK #10, 1996)
1970 ● Mark Trojanowski / → Drummer for Southern folk-rock Sister Hazel, "All For You" (#11, 1997)
1971 ● Lil Jon / (Jonathan Smith) → Dirty South crunk movement rapper, producer and bandleader, "Lovers And Friends" (#3, 2004)
1972 ● Mark Owen / → Lead vocals and primary songwriter for Brit teen new jack R&B/soul-pop Take That, "Back For Good" (#7, UK #1, 1995), plus ten other UK #1 hits, solo, "Child" (UK #3, 1996) and five other UK Top 30 hits

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

 

Albums Released This Week (January 15 - 21)

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):


January 15
Bruce Springsteen ------ High Hopes ► Heartland Rock >> 2014
Jimi Hendrix Experience ------ Axis: Bold As Love ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1968
MC5 ------ Back in the USA ► Garage Rock >> 1970
Dusty Springfield ------ A Brand New Me ► Pop-Rock >> 1970
Aretha Franklin ------ This Girl's In Love With You ► Soul >> 1970
John Lee Hooker And Canned Heat ------ Hooker 'N Heat ► Blues-Rock >> 1971
Marvin Gaye ------ In Our Lifetime ► Soul - Motown >> 1981
Barbara Dickson ------ All For A Song ► MOR Pop >> 1982
Kool & The Gang ------ Emergency ► Dance-Pop >> 1984
John Fogerty ------ Centerfield ► Folk-Rock >> 1985
The Commodores ------ Nightshift ► Soul-Funk >> 1985
Sabbat ------ History Of A Time To Come ► Heavy Metal/Thrash Metal >> 1988
The Sundays ------ Reading, Writing And Arithmetic ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1990
David Lee Roth ------ A Little Ain't Enough ► Hard Rock >> 1991
Accept ------ Predator ► Heavy Metal/Kraut Metal >> 1996
Talking Heads ------ The Collection ► New Wave Art-Rock >> 2007
Barbara Kessler ------ What You Keep ► Alt. Country >> 2012


January 16
The Guess Who ------ Shakin' All Over ► Garage Rock >> 1965
ZZ Top ------ ZZ Top's First Album ► Blues-Rock >> 1971
Blue Öyster Cult ------ Blue Öyster Cult ► Metal >> 1972
David Bromberg ------ David Bromberg ► Folk-Rock >> 1972
Michael Jackson ------ Forever, Michael ► Soul >> 1975
The Temptations ------ A Song For You ► Soul - Motown >> 1975
Bob Dylan ------ Desire ► Folk-Rock >> 1976
Wang Chung ------ Points On The Curve ► New Wave/Dance-Pop >> 1984
Peter Murphy ------ Deep ► Goth Rock >> 1990
Joan Jett ------ The Hit List ► Hard Rock >> 1990
The Knack ------ Serious Fun ► Power Pop >> 1991
Siouxsie And The Banshees ------ The Rapture ► Alt. Rock >> 1995
Cibo Matto ------ Viva! La Woman ► Trip Hop >> 1996
Air ------ Moon Safari ► Psychedelic Pop >> 1998
America ------ Here & Now ► Folk-Rock >> 2007


January 17
Simon & Garfunkel ------ Sounds Of Silence ► Folk-Pop >> 1966
Led Zeppelin ------ Led Zeppelin ► Hard Rock >> 1969
Aretha Franklin ------ Soul '69 ► Soul >> 1969
Joni Mitchell ------ Court And Spark ► Folk-Rock >> 1974
Bob Dylan ------ Planet Waves ► Folk-Rock >> 1974
John Foxx ------ Metamatic ► New Wave Electronic Pop >> 1980
Black Sabbath ------ Live Evil ► Hard Rock >> 1983
Smokey Robinson ------ Yes It's You Lady ► Soul - Motown >> 1983
Green Day ------ Kerplunk! ► Alt. Rock >> 1992
The Roots ------ Do You Want More?!!!??! ► Jazz Rap >> 1995
Explosions In The Sky ------ How Strange, Innocense ► Instrumental >> 2000
Golden Earring ------ Last Blast Of The Century ► Hard Rock >> 2000
Van Morrison ------ The Skiffle Sessions - Live In Belfast 1998 ► Folk-Rock >> 2000
Pearl Jam ------ Live On Ten Legs ► Hard Rock >> 2011
Kathleen Edwards ------ Voyageur ► Alt Country-Rock >> 2012


January 18
The Ventures ------ Underground Fire ► Rock n Roll Instrumental >> 1969
Pink Floyd ------ A Nice Pair ► Prog Rock >> 1974
Smokey Robinson ------ Deep In My Soul ► Soul/Quiet Storm >> 1977
Diana Ross ------ An Evening With Diana Ross ► Soul - Motown >> 1977
Gentle Giant ------ Playing The Fool ► Prog Rock >> 1977
Warren Zevon ------ Excitable Boy ► Pop-Rock >> 1978
Sheena Easton ------ Take My Time ► Pop-Rock >> 1981
Jean-Luc Ponty ------ Mystical Adventures ► Jazz-Rock Fusion >> 1982
Bryan Adams ------ Cuts Like A Knife ► Pop-Rock >> 1983
Little River Band ------ Playing To Swin ► Soft Rock >> 1985
Soul Asylum ------ Made To Be Broken ► Alt. Rock/Garage Rock >> 1986
AC/DC ------ Blow Up Your Video ► Hard Rock >> 1988
ZZ Top ------ Antenna ► Blues-Rock >> 1994
Mark Lanegan ------ Whiskey For The Holy Ghost ► Roots Rock >> 1994
Gotthard ------ G. ► Hard Rock >> 1996
The Who ------ Greatest Hits Live ► British Rock >> 2010
Gregg Allman ------ Low Country Blues ► Southern Rock >> 2011


January 19
John Sebastian ------ John B. Sebastian [MGM] ► Folk-Rock >> 1970
John Sebastian ------ John B. Sebastian [Reprise] ► Folk-Rock >> 1970
The Manhattan Transfer ------ Pastiche ► Jazz-Pop >> 1978
Frank Zappa ------ Sleep Dirt ► Art Rock >> 1979
The Pretenders ------ Pretenders ► Post-Punk >> 1980
Styx ------ Paradise Theater ► Prog/Art Rock >> 1981
Megadeth ------ So Far, So Good…So What! ► Heavy Metal >> 1988
Fairport Convention ------ Jewel In The Crown ► Folk-Rock >> 1995
Elvis Costello And The Brodsky Quartet ------ The Juliet Letters ► String Quartet >> 1993
Bonnie Tyler ------ The Very Best Of Bonnie Tyler ► Pop Vocals (Female) >> 1993
Roanne Cash ------ The Wheel ► Country-Folk >> 1993
Extreme ------ Waiting For The Punchline ► Pop-Metal >> 1995
Adele Adkins ------ 21 ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 2011


January 20
The Ventures ------ Twist With The Ventures ► Rock n Roll Instrumental >> 1962
The Beatles ------ Meet the Beatles! ► Pop-Rock >> 1964
The Rolling Stones ------ Between the Buttons [UK] ► Blues-Rock >> 1967
Jerry Garcia ------ Garcia ► Roots Rock >> 1972
Bob Dylan ------ Blood On The Tracks ► Folk-Rock >> 1975
Jimmy Buffett ------ Changes In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes ► Folk-Rock >> 1977
Gerry Rafferty ------ City To City ► Pop-Rock >> 1978
Journey ------ Infinity ► Prog/Art Rock >> 1978
XTC ------ White Music ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1978
The Oak Ridge Boys ------ American Made ► Country-Pop >> 1983
Def Leppard ------ Pyromania ► Hard Rock >> 1983
Bruce Willis ------ The Return Of Bruno ► Pop-Soul >> 1987
Daft Punk ------ Homework [UK] ► House >> 1997
Ace Frehley ------ Loaded Deck ► Pop-Metal >> 1998
Air ------ Moon Safari ► Chillout >> 1998


January 21
The Four Tops ------ Four Tops ► Soul - Motown >> 1965
Them ------ Them Again [UK] ► Garage Rock >> 1966
Canned Heat ------ Boogie With Canned Heat ► Folk-Rock >> 1968
Simon & Garfunkel ------ The Graduate [Sndtrk] ► Folk-Pop >> 1968
Ashford & Simpson ------ So So Satisfied ► Soul/Quiet Storm >> 1977
Split Enz ------ True Colours ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1980
Loudness ------ The Law Of The Devil's Land ► Heavy Metal/Japanese Metal >> 1983
Eurythmics ------ Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1983
Bon Jovi ------ Bon Jovi ► Hard Rock >> 1984
The Pretenders ------ Learning To Crawl ► Post-Punk >> 1984
Motörhead ------ 1916 ► Heavy Metal >> 1991
Slick Shoes ------ Slick Shoes ► Pop Punk >> 1997

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

 

This Week's Birthdays (January 14 - 20)

Happy Birthday this week to:

January 14
1908 ● Russ Colombo / (Ruggiero Eugenio Colombo) → Italian-American pop singer, prototypical ballad crooner, romantic idol and sometime actor best known for his signature tune, "You Call It Madness, But I Call It Love" (1931), also co-wrote the now-standard pop tune "Prisoner Of Love" (1931) which has been covered by Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, James Brown (#18, R&B #6, 1963) and many others, died under mysterious circumstances from an accidental gunshot wound on 9/2/1934, age 26
1929 ● Billy Walker / (William Marvin Walker) → The "Tall Texan," country and country-pop music singer and songwriter with over 50 charting songs and 13 Country Top 10 hits in a nearly sixty-year career, but only one Number 1, "(I'd Like To Be In) Charlie's Shoes" (Country #1, 1962), died in a car accident returning to his Nashville home from an Alabama concert on 5/21/2006, age 77
1936 ● Clarence Carter / → Blind from birth, gritty Muscle Shoals R&B/soul singer and guitarist, "Slip Away" (#6, 1968) and the Grammy-winning "Patches" (#4, 1970) plus five other R&B Top 10 hits
1937 ● Billie Jo Spears / (Billie Jean Spears) → Female bluesy-voiced trad-country balladeer with two minor crossover hits in the U.S., "Mr. Walker, It's All Over" (#80, Country #4, 1969) and "Blanket On The Ground" (#78, Country #1, 1975) along with 19 other Country Top 40 hits and two Top 10 pop hits in the UK, where she had a considerable fan base, died from cancer on 12/14/2011, age 74
1938 ● Allen Toussaint / → Highly influential New Orleans R&B songwriter, performer and producer, worked with numerous artists, among them Joe Cocker, The Band, Neville Brothers and Paul Simon, wrote several hit songs covered by others, including "Southern Nights" (Glen Campbell, #1, 1977), died from a heart attack following a performance in Spain on 11/10/2015, age 77
1938 ● Jack Jones / (John Allan Jones) → Grammy-winning jazz and contemporary-pop singer, "Wives And Lovers" (#14, 1963)
1941 ● Hubert Johnson / → Cousin of R&B/soul legend Jackie Wilson and original member of early Motown R&B/soul quartet The Contours, "Do You Love Me" (#3, R&B #1, 1962), left Motown and the band in 1964, disappeared from the music business and suffered from depression until his death from suicide on 7/11/1981, age 40
1948 ● T-Bone Burnett / (Joseph Henry Burnett) → Rootsy singer, songwriter, session guitarist, and Grammy-winning soundtrack and record producer, worked with dozens of top artists, including Roy Orbison, Elvis Costello, BoDeans, Alison Krauss and Robert Plant
1948 ● Tim Harris / → Drummer in Brit R&B/soul-pop The Foundations, "Baby Now That I've Found You" (#11, 1967)
1949 ● Lamar Williams / → Bassist for Southern rock giants The Allman Brothers Band, joining after the death of original bassist Berry Oakley in 1972, left in 1976 to co-found jazz-rock fusion Sea Level, "That's Your Secret" (#50, 1978), died of lung cancer on 1/21/1983, age 33
1956 ● Bob Bradbury / → Vocals for Brit teenage glam rockers Hello, "Tell Him" (UK #6, 1975)
1959 ● Chas Smash / (Cathal Smyth (aka Carl Smyth)) → Horns for Brit punk/ska revival Madness, "Our House" (#7, 1982) and over 20 other UK Top 40 singles
1959 ● Geoff Tate / → Vocals for progressive pop-metal Queensrÿche, "Silent Lucidity" (#9, 1991)
1961 ● Mike Tramp / → Vocals for Danish-American heavy/hair metal White Lion, "When The Children Cry" (#3, 1987)
1962 ● Patricia Morrison / → Heavy metal bassist for The Gun Club, goth-metal The Sisters of Mercy, "Temple Of Love" (UK #3, 1992) and reformed punk-rock The Damned
1965 ● Slick Rick / (Richard Walters) → British-American "Golden Age" rapper, "Children's Story" (Rap #2, 1989)
1967 ● Steve Bowman / → Founding member and first drummer for alt-rock Counting Crows, "Mr. Jones" (Modern Rock #2, 1994), left in 1994 to join Third Eye Blind and later John Wesley Harding and Luce
1967 ● Zakk Wylde / (Jeffrey Phillip Wiedlant) → Long-time friend of and guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne's band, left in 1994 to form power trio Pride & Glory, then Black Label Society, "Stillborn" (Mainstream Rock #20, 2003)
1968 ● LL Cool J / (James Todd Smith) → Prolific and long-lived East Coast rap-pop artist, "Hey Lover" (#3, 1995) and 12 other Top 40 and nine Rap Top 10 hits
1969 ● Dave Grohl / → Vocals and drummer for grunge rock Nirvana, "Smells Like Teen Spirit" (#6, 1992), then founded hard rock Foo Fighters, "All My Life" (#5, 1995)
1974 ● Denise Van Outen / → TV host, stage actress and adult contemporary pop singer, "Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You" (UK #23, 2002), a duet with Andy Williams who was 45 years her senior
1981 ● Pitbull / (Armando Christian Perez) → Cuban-American Southern rap (crunk) artist, "I Know You Want Me" (#2, 2009)
1982 ● Anthony Caleb Followill / → Lead vocals and rhythm guitar for Southern blues-indie rock Kings Of Leon, "Sex On Fire" (Modern Rock #1, 2008)
1989 ● Frankie Sandford / → Brit R&B and pop singer, songwriter, occasional actress and member of pre-fab teen dance-pop S Club 8, "Fool No More" (UK #4, 2003), left in 2007 to join electro-pop girl-group The Saturdays, "Missing You" (UK #3, 2010)

January 15
1975 ● Belinda Chapple / → Singer in pre-fab Aussie all-girl pop vocal quintet Bardot, "Poison" (Aus. #1, 2000)
1893 ● Ivor Novello / (David Ivor Davies) → Welsh composer, singer, stage and screen actor and popular entertainer, namesake for annual British music awards, died on 3/6/51, age 58
1909 ● Gene Krupa / (Eugene Bertram Krupa) → Renowned jazz and big band drummer, composer, bandleader, drum kit developer, mentor and influencer, died from leukemia and heart failure on 10/16/1973, age 64
1920 ● Vonnie King / (Cornelia Yvonne Driggs Burch) → Vocalist for complex and sophisticated four-part harmony 30s, 40s and 50s Big Band/pop sibling singing group The King Sisters, "The Hut-Sut Song" (Top 30, 1944), recorded with her sisters on hundreds of albums and numerous radio specials over three decades and in the musical-variety TV program The King Family Show (1966-1969) and holiday specials thereafter, died following a fall at home on 12/13/2009, age 89
1929 ● Earl Hooker / → Non-singing, commercially less successful but heralded blues slide guitar virtuoso, both as a sideman and on numerous instrumental albums under his own name, died from tuberculosis on 4/21/1970, age 41
1941 ● Captain Beefheart / (Don Van Vliet (nee Don Glen Vliet)) → Innovative, offbeat, satirical, visionary and influential art rock multi-instrumentalist, composer, frontman for The Magic Band and solo, album Trout Mask Replica (1969), died of complications from multiple sclerosis on 12/17/2010, age 69
1942 ● Sonny Bivins / (Edward J. Bivins, Jr.) → Founding member and songwriter in R&B/doo wop then sweet soul vocal quintet The Manhattans, "Kiss And Say Goodbye" (#1, 1976), the only member to sing on every hit and appear on every one of the band's albums, remained with the group and was its de facto leader at the time of his death on 12/3/2014, age 72
1944 ● Joan Marie Johnson / → With her cousins, Barbara Ann and Rosa Lee Hawkins, founding member of pop musical trio The Dixie Cups, their hit "Chapel Of Love" (#1, UK #22, 1964) knocked The Beatles' "Love Me Do" off the U.S. top spot in June 1964, left the group to become a Jehovah's witness but returned for occasional reunions on the oldies circuit, died from congestive heart failure on 10/2/2016, age 72
1947 ● Pete Waterman / → Member of the multi-hit UK songwriting and production trio Stock-Aitken-Waterman (SAW), wrote "Respectable" (#1 for Rick Astley, 1987)
1948 ● Ronnie Van Zant / → Lead singer and primary lyricist for raunchy Southern rock Lynyrd Skynyrd, "Sweet Home Alabama" (#8, 1974), died in a plane crash along with other bandmembers on 10/20/1977, age 29
1951 ● Charo / (María del Rosario Mercedes Pilar Martínez Molina Baeza) → Curvy, zesty and provocative Spanish-American singer, comedienne, dancer and flamenco guitarist with a number of dance-pop hits including "Dance A Little Bit Closer" (Dance #18, 1977) and "España Cañi" (Dance #14, 2008), a long list of film credits and TV appearances, and the signature phrase "cuchi-cuchi"
1951 ● Martha Davis / → Vocalist and frontwoman for L.A.-based New Wave smooth pop-rock The Motels, "Only The Lonely" (#9, 1982)
1952 ● Melvyn Gale / → Strings for pop-rock Electric Light Orchestra, "Don't Bring Me Down" (#4, 1979) and 26 other Top 40 hits
1953 ● Boris Blank / → Founding member, composer and multi-instrumentalist for Swiss electronic dance-pop Yello, "Oh Yeah" (#51, 1987)
1953 ● Duke Erickson / (Douglas Elwin Erickson) → Founding member and guitarist for Scottish-American alt rock Garbage, "Stupid Girl" (Dance/Club #5, 1996)
1959 ● Peter Trevaras / (Peter Trewavas) → Bassist and backing vocals for Brit prog-rock revival group Marillion, "Kayleigh" (Mainstream Rock #14, 1985)
1961 ● Stephen Damian O'Neill / → Guitarist for Irish punk/New Wave pop-rock The Undertones, "My Perfect Cousin" (UK #9, 1980), co-founded hard/alt rock That Petrol Emotion, "Groove Check" (Dance/Club #12, 1989)
1965 ● Adam Jones / → Grammy-winning Welsh-American songwriter and guitarist (Rolling Stone #75) for Tool, "Schism" (Mainstream Rock #2, 2001), visual artist
1967 ● Lisa Velez / → Vocals and frontwoman for 80s dance-pop/proto-hip hop Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, "Head To Toe" (#1, 1987)
1974 ● Edith Bowman / → Scottish music critic, TV hostess and BBC 1 weekend morning radio DJ

January 16
1908 ● Ethel Merman / (Ethel Agnes Zimmerman) → Award-winning theater, film and TV actress, brassy comedienne and belting singer known as the "undisputed First Lady of the musical comedy stage" and for her many contributions to pop music, including renditions of "I Got Rhythm" and "I Get A Kick Out Of You," died from a brain tumor on 2/15/1984, age 76
1934 ● Bob Bogle / (Robert Lenard Bogle) → Founding member and lead guitarist for seminal surfer rock 'n roll instrumental group The Ventures, "Walk - Don't Run" (#2, 1960), died from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma on 6/14/2009, age 75
1939 ● Ray Phillips / (Ramon "Ray" Phillips) → Lead vocals and bass for British Invasion pop-rock The Nashville Teens, "Tobacco Road" (#16, 1964)
1942 ● Barbara Lynn / (Barbara Lynn Ozen) → Southern R&B guitarist, bandleader, singer and solo artist, "You'll Lose A Good Thing" (#8, 1962)
1942 ● René Angélil / → French-Canadian music producer who discovered 12-year old Céline Dion, nurtured her to superstardom ("My Heart Will Go On," #1, 1997 and fifteen other US Top 40 hits) and then married her, died from throat cancer on 1/14/2016, age 74
1942 ● William Francis / → Keyboards for AM pop-rock Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show, "Sylvia's Mother" (#5, 1972) plus nine other Top 40 hits
1943 ● Ronnie Milsap / (Ronnie Lee Milsap) → Six-time Grammy-winning blind country-pop 70s/80s superstar singer and pianist, "Any Day Now" (#14, Country #1, 1982) plus 35 other Country #1 hits
1944 ● Jim Stafford / (James Wayne Stafford) → Country-pop comic singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, "Spiders & Snakes" (#3, 1974) and five other Top 40 hits, also a TV and radio entertainer
1944 ● Katherine Anderson Schaffner / → Vocals for Motown pop-soul girl group The Marvelettes, "Please Mr. Postman" (#1, 1961) and nine other Top 40 singles
1948 ● John Carpenter / → Film score composer, producer, director and screenwriter, including the soundtrack to his film Halloween (1978)
1950 ● Damo Suzuki / (Kenji Suzuki) → Japanese lead vocalist for pioneer Kraut rock group Can, now avant-garde/improv group Damo Suzuki's Network
1957 ● Yan Style / (Ian Stile) → Guitarist for glam pop-rock Kenny, "The Bump" (UK #3, 1975)
1959 ● Sade / (Helen Folasade Adu) → Silky-smooth R&B/quiet storm singer, "Smooth Operator" (#5, 1984)
1962 ● Paul Webb / → Bassist for Brit New Romantic synth-pop Talk Talk, "It's My Life" (#31, 1984)
1965 ● Jill Sobule / → One hit wonder 90s indie folk-pop singer and songwriter with the novelty MTV hit "I Kissed A Girl" (#67, Modern Rock #20, 1995)
1966 ● Maxine Jones / → Vocals in Grammy-winning female club-dance group En Vogue, "Hold On" (#2, 1990)
1970 ● Brendan O'Hare / → Drummer for Scot pre-grunge, then power pop Teenage Fanclub, "Star Sign" (Mainstream Rock #4, 1991), now solo
1976 ● Stuart Fletcher / → Bassist for Britpop/indie rock The Seahorses, "Love Is The Law" (UK #3, 1997)
1979 ● Aaliyah Dana Haughton / → Actress, model and teen R&B/club-dance star, "Try Again" (#1, 2000), killed in a plane crash in the Bahamas on 8/25/2001, age 22
1980 ● Luke Alex Broughton / → Nephew and current bandmate of Brit blues then prog-rock Edgar Broughton Band, "Apache Dropout" (UK #33, 1970)
1981 ● Nick Valensi / (Nicholas Valensi) → Guitarist for early 00s garage rock revival The Strokes, "Juicebox" (Modern Rock #9, 2005)
1982 ● Samuel Dylan Murray Preston / → Lead singer and guitarist in post-punk/indie pop-rock The Ordinary Boys, "Boys Will Be Boys" (UK ##, 2006)

January 17
1927 ● Eartha Kitt / → Slinky actress, 40s/50s cabaret star and multi-decade throaty-purr singer, "Where Is My Man" (Dance/Club #7, 1983), died from colon cancer on 12/25/2008, age 81
1933 ● Dalida / (Iolanda Cristina Gigliotti) → Egyptian-born French pop singer and one of the most successful female pop artists of all time despite having virtually no presence in the U.S., recorded more than 1000 songs in 10 languages and over 75 albums in a 30 year career, died from an intentional prescription drug overdose on 5/3/1987, age 54
1943 ● Chris Montez / (Ezekiel Christopher Montanez) → One hit wonder rock 'n roll singer, "Let's Dance" (#4, 1962), then MOR-pop balladeer, "Call Me" (Easy Listening #2, 1966)
1944 ● Francoise Hardy / → French MOR-pop singer, songwriter and actress, "All Over The World" (UK #16, 1965)
1945 ● Poogie Hart / (William Hart) → Vocals in R&B/Philly soul The Delfonics, "La-La Means I Love You" (#4, 1968), formed The Three Tenors of Soul in mid-00s
1946 ● Domenic Troiano / → Canadian rock guitarist, played lead guitar for Ronnie Hawkins' backing band and pop-rock Mandala in the 60s, James Gang ("Walk Away," #51, 1971) and The Guess Who ("Clap For The Wolfman," #6, 1974) in the early 70s, and fronted his own band in the late 70s, performed session work and composed film scores in the 80s and 90s, died from prostate cancer on 5/25/2005, age 59
1948 ● Mick Taylor / (Michael Kevin "Mick" Taylor) → Guitarist for John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, joined The Rolling Stones ("Brown Sugar", #1, 1971) in 1969, left in 1974, session work with Jack Bruce, Bob Dylan, Mike Oldfield and Ron Wood
1953 ● Sheila Hutchinson / → Vocals in R&B/soul-gospel sister trio The Emotions, "Best Of My Love" (#1, 1977)
1954 ● Cheryl Bentyne / → Vocals in Grammy-winning jazz-pop fusion vocal group Manhattan Transfer, "Boy From New York City" (#7, 1981)
1955 ● Steve Earle / → Oft-covered, rough-edged country-rock singer, songwriter and guitarist, "Guitar Town" (Mainstream Rock #20, 1989)
1956 ● Paul Young / → Manchesterian R&B/blue-eyed soul-pop interpretive singer, "Everytime You Go Away" (#1, 1985)
1958 ● Jez Strode / (Jeremy Strode) → Drummer for one hit wonder New Wave light synth-bubblegum-pop Kajagoogoo, "Too Shy" (#5, 1983), independent music equipment lessor
1959 ● Susanna Hoffs / → Guitar and vocals for New Wave girl-group The Bangles, "Walk Like An Egyptian" (#1, 1986)
1960 ● John Crawford / → Bass and keyboards for New Wave synth-pop Berlin, "Take My Breath Away" (#1, 1986)
1961 ● Dave Collard / → Keyboards for Brit dance-pop-rock Jo Boxers, "Boxer Beat" (UK #3, 1983)
1963 ● Kai Michael Hansen / → The "Godfather of Power Metal," German heavy metal guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, founding member of three seminal German power metal bands, Helloween, Gamma Ray and Unisonic, plus multiple guest appearance with other thrash and power metal bands
1964 ● Andy Rourke / → Bassist for definitive Brit indie rock The Smiths, "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now" (UK #10, 1984)
1966 ● Shabba Ranks / (Rexton Gordon) → Grammy-winning R&B/dance hall reggae and hip hop singer, "Mr. Loverman" (Dance #2, Hot 100 #40, 1992)
1967 ● Richard Hawley / → Guitarist, singer, songwriter and record producer, founding member of 90s Britpop Longpigs ("On And On," Modern Rock #17, UK #16, 1996), later with 00s lineup of alt rock Pulp, released nine solo studio albums through 2012
1971 ● Jon Wysocki / → Drummer for post-grunge/alt metal Staind, "It's Been A While" (Mainstream Rock #1, 2001)
1971 ● Kid Rock / (Robert James Ritchie) → White-trash rap-rock superstar, "Picture" (#4, 2003) and ten other Mainstream Rock Top 40 hits
1972 ● Aqualung / (Matt Hales) → Contemporary/indie pop singer and songwriter, "Brighter Than Sunshine" (Adult Top 40 #32, UK #37, 2006)
1978 ● Ricky Wilson / → Vocals for Britpop/indie rock Kaiser Chiefs, "Ruby" (UK #1, 2007)
1982 ● Alex Varkatzas / → Vocals and lyrics for rap-metal Atreyu, "Ex's And Oh's" (Mainstream Rock #27, 2006)
1984 ● Calvin Harris / (Adam Richard Wiles) → Scottish electropop singer and songwriter, "The Girls" (UK ##, 2007), producer for Kylie Minogue and Dizzee Rascal

January 18
1933 ● Ray Milton Dolby / → Billionaire engineer and inventor who helped develop the first audio tape recorder in the late 1940s and prototype video tape recorders in the 1950s for Ampex, invented and marketed the electronic noise reduction system known as Dolby NR for reducing tape hiss in the 60s, died from leukemia on 9/12/2013, age 80
1940 ● Alvis Moorer / → With his brother, Gilbert, lead singer in R&B soul vocal group The Esquires (Get On Up," #11, 1967), died on 8/21/2011, age 71
1941 ● Bobby Goldsboro / → Country-pop singer and songwriter, "Honey" (#1, 1968), children's TV producer, The Swamp Critters of the Lost Lagoon (1995)
1941 ● David Ruffin / (Davis Eli Ruffin) → Tenor vocals for the mid-60s lineup of R&B giants The Temptations, sang lead om "My Girl" (#1, 1965), "Ain't Too Proud To Beg" (#13, R&B #1, 1968) and eight other Top 20 hits from 1964-68, left the group for a mildly successful solo career, died from drug overdose 6/1/1991, age 50
1943 ● Dave Greenslade / → Keyboards and vocals for jazz-blues-rock fusion Colosseum (album Valentyne Suite, 1969), then founded prog-rock Greenslade, solo
1944 ● "Legs" Larry Smith / (Larry Smith) → Drummer for Brit comedy-rock Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, "I'm The Urban Spaceman" (UK #5, 1968)
1953 ● Brett Hudson (Salerno) / (Brett Stuart Hudson) → Member of sibling musical trio The Hudson Brothers, "So You Are A Star" (#21, 1974), TV producer and script writer
1954 ● Tom Bailey / (Thomas Alexander Bailey) → Frontman, songwriter, vocals and keyboards for New Wave synth-pop Thompson Twins, "Hold Me Now" (#3, 1983), then Babble
1959 ● Bob Rosenberg / → Founder and leader of dance-pop/mix music Will To Power, "Baby I Love Your Way/Freebird" (#1, 1988)
1962 ● Jeremy Healey / → Guitar for quirky Brit New Wave synth-pop Haysi Fantayzee, "John Wayne Is Big Leggy" (UK #11, 1982)
1970 ● DJ Quik / (David Martin Blake) → Premier West Coast DJ and rapper, "Tonite" (Hot Rap #3, Hot 100 #49, 1991), producer for Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Snoop Dogg and many others
1971 ● Jonathan Davis / → Vocals for hard rock/"nu metal" Korn, "Here To Stay" (Mainstream #4, 2002)
1973 ● Crispian "Dodge" Mills / (Crispian Boulting) → Frontman, guitar and vocals for post-Britpop psych/mystic rock Kula Shaker, "Hush" (Mainstream Rock #19, 1997)
1973 ● Luther Dickinson / → Founder (with brother Cody Dickinson), lead vocals and guitar for Grammy-winning Southern blues/rock North Mississippi Allstars, now lead guitar for roots/raunch rock The Black Crowes, "Good Morning Captain" (Mainstream Rock #30, 2009)
1974 ● Christian Burns / → Guitar and vocals for Brit teen pop-rock BBMak, "Back Here" (#8, 2000)
1977 ● Mike Tierney / → With his older brother, Andrew, and two schoolmates, co-founder and vocals in Motown-inspired Aussie teen-pop boyband Human Nature ("Everytime You Cry," AUS #3, 1997), currently in residence on the Las Vegas Strip performing in a Motown-themed show
1977 ● Richard Archer / → Singer and guitarist for indie rock Hard-Fi, "Cash Machine" (Modern Rock #15, 2005)
1980 ● Estelle Swaray / → Grammy-winning Brit R&B/hip-hop singer, songwriter and producer, "American Boy" featuring Kanye West (#9, 2008)
1982 ● Quinn Allman / → Guitarist in screamo-tinged, post-hardcore punk The Used, "Under Pressure" (#48, 2005)
1983 ● Samantha Mumba / → Irish singer, songwriter and actress, "Gotta Tell You" (#4, 2000)

January 19
1926 ● Bob Wooler / (Frederick James Wooler) → Resident DJ, booking agent and later compère at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, booked The Beatles there in 1961, declined to manage them but introduced them to Brian Epstein, died after a long illness on 2/8/2002, age 76
1935 ● Johnny "The Wild One" O'Keefe / (John Michael O'Keefe) → Canadian-born singer, became "Australia’s King of Rock ‘n’ Roll” with dozens of Top 10 hits, including "She's My Baby" (Australia #1, 1960), died of prescription drug overdose and subsequent heart attack on 10/6/1978, age 43
1936 ● Big Eyes Smith / (Willie Smith) → Grammy-winning blues harmonica player, drummer, vocalist and bandleader, member of Muddy Waters, backing band and co-founder of supergroup The Legendary Blues Band, toured with John Lee Hooker, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan and others, died from a stroke on 9/16/2011, age 75
1939 ● Phil Everly / (Philip Everly) → Singer, songwriter and guitarist with older brother Don in hugely influential folk-rock duo The Everly Brothers, "All I Have To Do Is Dream" (#1, 1958) plus more than 25 other Top 40 hits, several co-written with Don, penned "When Will I Be Loved (Linda Ronstadt, #2, 1975), died of pulmonary disease on 1/3/2014, age 74
1942 ● Michael Crawford / (Michael Patrick Smith) → Actor and singer best known for lead roll in The Phantom Of The Opera, "The Music Of The Night" (Brit Top 10, 1987)
1943 ● Janis Joplin / (Janis Lynn Joplin) → Vocals and frontwoman for psych-rock Big Brother & The Holding Company, then solo, "Me And Bobby McGee" (#1, 1971), died form accidental heroin overdose on 10/4/1970, age 27
1944 ● Laurie London / (Lawrence London) → Brit folk-pop 13-year-old one hit wonder, "He's Got The Whole World In His Hands" (#1, 1958)
1944 ● Shelley Fabares / (Michelle Ann Marie Fabares) → TV actress (The Donna Reed Show, 1958-63, Coach, 1989-97), film star (Girl Happy with Elvis Presley, 1965) and one hit wonder pop singer, "Johnny Angel" (#1, 1962)
1945 ● Trevor Williams / → Bass guitarist in Brit cult art rock Audience ("Indian Summer," #74, 1971), later with pop-rock The Nashville Teens and Irish folk-rock Jonathan Kelly's Outside, reformed Audience in 2004
1946 ● Dolly Parton / (Dolly Rebecca Parton) → Five-time Grammy-winning country-pop superstar singer, songwriter, actress, TV host and business entrepreneur, "Nine To Five" (#1, 1981), wrote "I Will Always Love You" for herself (Country #1, 1974) and Whitney Houston (#1, 1992)
1947 ● Rod Evans / (Roderic Evans) → Early lead vocals for hard rock/prog rock Deep Purple, sang "Hush" (#4, 1968)
1948 ● Harvey Hinsley / → Guitarist for Brit mixed race R&B/soul-funk-disco Hot Chocolate, "You Sexy Thing" (#3, 1976) and 27 other UK Top 40 hits, including one in every year from 1970 to 1984
1949 ● Robert Palmer / → Underrated rock singer, songwriter, guitarist and bandleader with country-blues-rock Vinegar Joe, then supergroup Power Station, "Some Like It Hot" (#6, 1985) and solo, "Addicted to Love" (#1, 1986), died from cardiac arrest on 9/26/2003, age 54
1952 ● Dewey Bunnell / → Brit-born guitarist and backing singer for folk-pop trio America, "A Horse With No Name" (#1, 1972), continues to tour and release albums with America bandmate Gerry Beckley in the 10s
1952 ● Eric Leeds / → Jazz/funk session saxophonist and flutist, worked with Prince on nine albums as a member of his backing band The Family (now fDeluxe), solo
1953 ● Clive Edwards / → Session or full member drummer for numerous hard rock bands, including Medicine Head, UFO, Pat Travers, Wirehead and others
1953 ● Desi Arnaz, Jr. / → TV actor and singer, son of comedy team Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, member of the Hollywood-pedigree, teenage bubblegum pop trio Dino, Desi & Billy with Dean Paul Martin and classmate Billy Hinsche ("I'm A Fool," #17, 1965), owns and operates a ballet company theater in Boulder, CO
1953 ● Michael Boddicker / → Film score composer and electronic music sessionman, played synthesizer on Michael Jackson albums Thriller, Bad and Dangerous
1955 ● Tony Mansfield / → Founding member, singer and guitarist for underrated New Wave electronic synth-pop New Musik, "Living By Numbers" (UK #13, 1980), then producer for Naked Eyes, A-Ha, The B-52's, others
1957 ● Mickey Virtue / (Michael Virtue) → Keyboards for multiracial reggae-pop UB40, "Red Red Wine" (#1, 1988) and over 30 other Top 40 hits
1963 ● Caron Wheeler / → Vocals for R&B/soul-dance-disco-hip hop Soul II Soul, "Back To Life" (#4, 1989 )
1969 ● Trey Lorenz / (Lloyd Lorenz Smith) → Back-up singer for Mariah Carey, duet "I'll Be There" (#1, 1992), then solo, "Someone To Hold" (#19, 1992)
1971 ● John Wozniak / → Guitar and vocals for one hit wonder post-grunge/indie rock Marcy Playground, "Sex And Candy" (Mainstream Rock #4, 1997)
1978 ● John Parker / → Double bass, human beatbox and vocals for Brit folk-rock-hip hop one hit wonder Nizlopi, "JCB Song" (UK #1, 2005)

January 20
1981 ● Nathan Connolly / → Lead guitar and backing vocals for Irish alt rock Snow Patrol, "Chasing Cars" (#5, 2006)
1888 ● Lead Belly / (Huddie William Ledbetter) → Multi-instrumentalist, oft-covered country-blues-folk singer and songwriter, "Goodnight Irene" (1934), died of AMS (Lou Gehrig's disease) on 12/6/1949, age 61
1922 ● Piney Brown / (Perry Columbus) → Legendary but unheralded early R&B/blue, ages shouter, songwriter, bandleader and life-long devotee to the blues, issued several albums from the 50s to the 00s but never achieved commercial success or notoriety, died in a nursing home of natural causes on 2/5/2009, age 87
1922 ● Ray Anthony / → Trumpeter, bandleader relentless self-promoter and songwriter ("Dragnet" theme song, "The Bunny Hop," and "Dancing In The Dark") with a long and prosperous career in 40s and 50s big bands and various 60s-80s music enterprises, recorded the highest selling cover of the theme song from the TV series Peter Gunn (#8, 1959), continues into the 10s as a music label executive
1924 ● Lee Pockriss / (Lee Julian Pockriss) → Songwriter with hit songs in multiple genres, best known for co-writing "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini" for Brian Hyland (#1, 1960) and "Johnny Angel" for Shelley Fabares (#1, 1962), worked on Broadway musicals and wrote children's songs for Sesame Street, died after a long illness on 11/14/2011, age 87
1924 ● Slim Whitman / (Otis Dewey Whitman, Jr.) → Country and gospel singer/songwriter with multiple US Country Top 10 hits, "Rose Marie" (UK #1, 1955), died of heart failure on 6/19/2013, age 89
1929 ● Jean-Jacques Perrey / (Jean Leroy) → French electronic music pioneer, early composer of electronic pop albums and user of the Moog synthesizer, his compositions were adapted for use in Disney theme parks, in episodes of The Simpsons and other TV programs, and as an aid to insomniacs which led to ambient music in the 80s, the last of his more than 30 albums, Destination Space (2007) was released when he was nearly 80 years old, died from lung cancer on 11/4/2016, age 87
1931 ● Earl Grant / → Pianist, organist and pop and R&B singer with six albums and seven charting hits in the 50s and 60s, including "The End" (#7, 1957), died in a car accident at the peak of his popularity on 6/10/1970, age 31
1933 ● Ron Townson / (Ronald Townson) → Original member and tenor vocalist for R&B/soul-pop The 5th Dimension, "Up, Up And Away" (1967), stayed with the group until poor health forced his retirement in 1997, died at home of kidney failure on 8/2/2001, age 68
1942 ● William Powell / → Vocals for R&B/Philly soul giants The O'Jays, "Love Train" (#1, 1973), died of cancer on 5/26/1977, age 35
1943 ● Rick Evans / → Vocals and lyricist in folk-pop-rock one hit wonder duo Zager & Evans, "In The Year 2525" (#1, 1969)
1945 ● Eric Stewart / → Guitar, keyboards and vocals for British Invasion pop-rock The Mindbenders, "A Groovy Kind Of Love" (#2, 1965), contemporary pop Hotlegs, "Neanderthal Man" (#22, 1970) and soft pop-rock 10cc, "I'm Not In Love" (#2, 1975)
1946 ● Jimmy Chambers / → Singer with Brit-American R&B/dance-pop Londonbeat, "I've Been Thinking About You" (#1, 1991)
1947 ● George Grantham / → Drummer with country-rock Poco, "Crazy Love" (#17, 1979)
1948 ● Melvin Pritchard / → Drummer for Brit prog-folk-rock Barclay James Harvest, album Octoberon (#174, 1977), died of a heart attack on 1/28/2004, age 56
1952 ● Ian Hill / → Bassist with influential "New Wave" heavy metal band Judas Priest, "Breaking The Law" (1980)
1952 ● Paul Stanley / (Stanley Harvey Eisen) → Guitarist, vocals and songwriter for campy hard/glam-rock Kiss, "Detroit Rock City" (#7, 1976) plus three solo albums
1960 ● Scott Thunes / → Bassist with Frank Zappa's band from 1981 through 1988, also worked with Steve Vai and The Waterboys and currently plays with The Mother Hips
1965 ● Greg Kriesel / → Bassist for punk/metal The Offspring, "Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)" (Mainstream Rock #5, 1998)
1965 ● Heather Small / → Lead singer for Brit dance-pop/house music M People, "Moving On Up" (#34, Dance #1, 1993)
1966 ● Tracii Guns / (Tracy Richard Ulrich) → Founder and guitarist for glam-metal L. A. Guns, "The Ballad Of Jayne" (#33, 1990) then hard rock Guns N' Roses, "Sweet Child O' Mine" (#1, 1988) and Motörhead, Contraband and Brides Of Destruction
1969 ● Nicky Wire / (Nicholas Allen Jones) → Bassist, lyricist and vocals for Brit alt rock/neo-punk Manic Street Preachers, "The Masses Against The Classes" (UK #1, 2000)
1969 ● Tina O'Neill / → Drummer for all-girl New Wave pop-punk quartet Fuzzbox (originally We've Got A Fuzz Box And We're Gonna Use It), "International Rescue" (UK #11, 1989)
1971 ● Gary Barlow / → Frontman, vocals, piano and chief songwriter for Brit teen new jack R&B/soul-pop Take That, "Back For Good" (#7, 1995), wrote sixteen UK Top 5 hits, eleven UK #1 singles and seven UK #1 albums for Take That, plus two UK #1 solo singles and a UK #1 solo album,
1978 ● Ratboy Wilson / (Sidney Wilson) → DJ and turntablist for Grammy-winning alt metal/rap-metal Slipknot, "Duality" (Mainstream Rock #5, 2004)
1979 ● Rob Bourdon / → Drummer for alt rock/rap-rock/space-rock Linkin Park, "In The End" (Alt Rock #1, 2001)
1979 ● Will Young / → Pop singer and inaugural winner of UK TV's Pop Idol show, "Anything Is Possible/Evergreen" (UK #1, 2002)

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