Monday, November 17, 2014

 

Albums Released This Week (November 17 - 23)

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):


Nov 17
The Kinks ------ Sunny Afternoon ► British Rock >> 1967
Bob Dylan ------ Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 ► Folk-Rock >> 1971
Laura Nyro ------ Gonna Take A Miracle ► Folk-Rock >> 1971
Miles Davis ------ Live-Evil ► Jazz-Funk Fusion >> 1971
The Moody Blues ------ Seventh Sojourn ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1972
ABBA ------ Greatest Hits ► Euro-Pop >> 1975
Tommy Bolin ------ Teaser ► Hard Rock >> 1975
Bette Midler ------ Broken Blossom ► Pop-Rock >> 1977
The Doors ------ An American Prayer ► Blues-Rock >> 1978
The Jam ------ Setting Sons ► Punk-Rock >> 1979
The Easybeats ------ Absolute Anthology ► Rock 'N' Roll >> 1980
John Lennon ------ Double Fantasy ► Pop-Rock >> 1980
The Fall ------ Grotesque (After The Gramme) ► Pop-Rock/Post-Punk >> 1980
Chaka Khan ------ Chaka Khan ► Soul-Funk >> 1982
The Kinks ------ Think Visual ► British Rock >> 1986
The Pretenders ------ The Singles ► Post-Punk >> 1987
Various Artists ------ The Bodyguard [Sndtrk] ► Mixed R&B/Pop >> 1992
Ice Cube ------ The Predator ► Gangsta Rap >> 1992
The Anti-Nowhere League ------ Scum [UK] ► Punk Rock >> 1997
Mariah Carey ------ #1's ► Pop-Rock >> 1998
Kylie Minogue ------ Body Language ► Dance-Pop >> 2003
U2 ------ Go Home: Live From Slane Castle ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2003
Mariah Carey ------ The Ballads ► Pop-Rock >> 2008
The Damned ------ So, Who's Paranoid? ► Goth Rock >> 2008
Paul McCartney ------ Good Evening New York City ► Pop-Rock >> 2009


Nov 18
Three Dog Night ------ Naturally ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1970
Genesis ------ The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway ► Prog Rock >> 1974
Al Green ------ Have A Good Time ► Soul (Southern) >> 1976
Bob Welch ------ French Kiss ► Pop-Rock >> 1977
Brand X ------ Livestock ► Jazz-Rock Fusion >> 1977
The Damned ------ Music For Pleasure ► Punk-Rock >> 1977
The Jam ------ This Is The Modern World ► Punk-Rock >> 1977
Emerson, Lake & Palmer ------ Love Beach ► Prog Rock >> 1978
Emerson, Lake & Palmer ------ Emerson, Lake & Palmer In Concert ► Prog Rock >> 1979
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts ------ I Love Rock 'N' Roll ► Hard Rock >> 1981
Ian Anderson ------ Walk Into Light ► Electronic/Art Rock >> 1983
Slade ------ Crackers - The Christmas Party Album ► Hard Rock >> 1985
LL Cool J ------ Radio ► Hip-Hop >> 1985
Robert Palmer ------ Riptide ► Adult Contemporary >> 1985
Stevie Nicks ------ Rock A Little ► Pop-Rock >> 1985
Duran Duran ------ Notorious ► Synth-Pop >> 1986
Madonna ------ You Can Dance ► Dance-Pop >> 1987
Whitesnake ------ Slip Of The Tongue ► Arena Rock >> 1989
Aldo Nova ------ Aldo's Dream ► Progressive Rock >> 1997
AC/DC ------ Bonfire ► Hard Rock >> 1997
Metallica ------ Reload ► Heavy Metal >> 1997
Paul Simon ------ Songs From The Capeman ► Folk-Pop >> 1997
The Ramones ------ We're Outta Here ► Punk-Rock >> 1997
Savatage ------ Believe ► Heavy Metal/Speed Metal >> 1998
Sheena Easton ------ Fabulous ► Pop-Rock >> 2000
John Cale ------ HoboSapiens ► Art Rock >> 2003
The Human League ------ Original Remixes & Rarities ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 2005
Phish ------ At The Roxy ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 2008
David Cook ------ David Cook ► Post-Grunge Pop-Rock >> 2008


Nov 19
The Beach Boys ------ The Beach Boys In Concert ► Pop-Rock >> 1973
Emerson, Lake & Palmer ------ Brain Salad Surgery ► Prog Rock >> 1973
George Harrison ------ The Best Of George Harrison ► Pop-Rock >> 1976
George Harrison ------ Thirty-Three & 1/3 [UK] ► Pop-Rock >> 1976
Frank Zappa ------ Joe's Garage: Acts II & III ► Art Rock >> 1979
Neil Young & Crazy Horse ------ Live Rust ► Folk-Rock >> 1979
Barry Manilow ------ Barry ► AM Pop >> 1980
Led Zeppelin ------ Coda ► Hard Rock >> 1982
Don Henley ------ Building The Perfect Beast ► Pop-Rock >> 1984
The Kinks ------ Word Of Mouth ► British Rock >> 1984
U2 ------ Achtung Baby ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1991
Teenage Fanclub ------ Bandwagonesque ► Power Pop >> 1991
Jeff Beck ------ Beckology ► Blues-Rock >> 1991
Talk Talk ------ Laughing Stock ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1991
Luis Miguel ------ Romance ► Latin Pop >> 1991
Boz Scaggs ------ Fade Into Light ► Pop-Soul >> 1996
Bush ------ Razorblade Suitcase ► Grunge Rock >> 1996
George Harrison ------ Brainwashed ► Pop-Rock >> 2002
Toni Braxton ------ More Than A Woman ► Soul-Pop >> 2002
Joni Mitchell ------ Travelogue ► Folk-Rock >> 2002
Simple Minds ------ 5X5 Live ► New Wave Alt. Pop >> 2012
Led Zeppelin ------ Celebration Day ► Hard Rock >> 2012
The Who ------ Live At Hull 1970 ► British Rock >> 2012
Eric Clapton ------ Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013 ► Blues-Rock >> 2013


Nov 20
The Yardbirds ------ Having A Rave Up With The Yardbirds ► British Invasion >> 1965
Stevie Wonder ------ Eivets Rednow…Alfie ► Soul-pop >> 1968
Sly & The Family Stone ------ There's A Riot Goin' On ► Soul-Funk >> 1971
Alice Cooper ------ Muscle Of Love ► Hard Rock >> 1973
Phil Collins ------ …But Seriously ► Pop-Rock >> 1989
Debbie Gibson ------ Anything Is Possible ► Pop-Rock >> 1990
Run-D.M.C. ------ Back From Hell ► Rap >> 1990
Blue Rodeo ------ Casino ► Country-Rock >> 1990
Cinderella ------ Heartbreak Station ► Heavy Metal >> 1990
Peter Gabriel ------ Shaking The Tree: Sixteen Golden Greats ► Prog Rock >> 1990
Paul McCartney ------ Tripping The Live Fantastic: Highlights! ► Pop-Rock >> 1990
The Beatles ------ Anthology 1 ► Pop-Rock >> 1995
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers ------ Playback ► Album Rock >> 1995
HiM ------ Greatest Love Songs Vol. 666 ► Heavy Metal/Goth Metal >> 1997
The Slackers ------ The Question ► Ska Revival >> 1998
Sting ------ …All This Time ► Pop-Rock >> 2001
Aerosmith ------ Young Lust: The Aerosmith Anthology ► Hard Rock >> 2001
Foo Fighters ------ Five Songs And A Cover [EP] ► Grunge Rock >> 2005
Oasis ------ Stop The Clocks ► Alt. Pop-Rock/Britpop >> 2006
Melissa Etheridge ------ The Awakening Live ► Roots Rock >> 2007
The Kingston Trio ------ Live At The Santa Monica Civic Auditorium ► Folk-Pop >> 2007
Phish ------ Vegas 96 ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 2007
Billy Idol ------ In Super Overdrive Live ► Hard Rock >> 2009


Nov 21
The Animals ------ Animalism ► Blues-Rock >> 1966
Joan Baez ------ Noël ► Folk-Pop/Latin >> 1966
The Moody Blues ------ To Our Children's Children's Children ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1969
Sly & The Family Stone ------ Greatest Hits ► Soul-Funk >> 1970
Neil Diamond ------ Tap Root Manuscript ► Pop-Rock >> 1970
Queen ------ A Night At The Opera [UK] ► Glam Rock >> 1975
Scorpions ------ Virgin Killer ► Heavy Metal >> 1976
Earth, Wind & Fire ------ All 'N All ► Soul-Funk >> 1977
Rod Stewart ------ Foolish Behavior ► Dance-Disco >> 1980
Steely Dan ------ Gaucho ► Jazz-Rock >> 1980
REO Speedwagon ------ Hi Infidelity ► Arena Rock >> 1980
Duran Duran ------ Seven And The Ragged Tiger ► Synth-Pop >> 1983
Frank Zappa ------ Francesco Zappa ► Art Rock/Classical >> 1984
Don Henley ------ Actual Miles: Henley's Greatest Hits ► Pop-Rock >> 1985
Frank Zappa ------ Frank Zappa Meets The Mothers Of Prevention ► Art Rock >> 1985
Soul Asylum ------ While You Were Out ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1986
Skinny Puppy ------ Rabies ► Alt. Rock - Industrial >> 1988
Chicago ------ Greatest Hits 1982 - 1989 ► Jazz-Rock >> 1989
Kenny G ------ Kenny G Live ► Jazz-Pop >> 1989
Rush ------ Presto ► Arena Rock >> 1989
Tiffany ------ Dreams Never Die ► Dance-Pop >> 1993
Ace Of Base ------ The Bridge ► Euro-Dance Pop >> 1995
Bruce Springsteen ------ The Ghost Of Tom Joad ► Heartland Rock >> 1995
Stevie Wonder ------ Natural Wonder ► Pop-R&B >> 1995
Backstreet Boys ------ Black & Blue ► Dance-Pop >> 2000
Everclear ------ Songs From An American Movie, Vol. 2: Good Time For A Bad Attitude ► Grunge-Punk >> 2000
Korn ------ Take A Look In The Mirror ► Post-Grunge/Nu Metal >> 2003
Cocteau Twins ------ Lullabies To Violaine: Singles And Extended Plays 1982-1996 ► Folk-Rock >> 2005
The dB's ------ Christmas Time Again ► Power Pop >> 2006
Daughtry ------ Daughtry ► Alt. Rock >> 2006
Kylie Minogue ------ X ► Dance-Pop >> 2007
Bob Seger ------ Ultimate Hits: Rock And Roll Never Forgets ► Album Rock >> 2011


Nov 22
Phil Spector ------ A Christmas Gift To You From Phillies Records ► Pop-Rock >> 1963
The Beatles ------ With The Beatles ► Pop-Rock >> 1963
The Beatles ------ The Beatles (The White Album) ► Pop-Rock >> 1968
Dusty Springfield ------ Dusty...Definitely ► Pop-Rock >> 1968
Elvis Presley ------ Elvis ► Rock n Roll >> 1968
The Kinks ------ The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society ► British Rock >> 1968
Miles Davis ------ Get Up With It ► Jazz-Funk Fusion >> 1974
Chic ------ Chic ► Disco >> 1977
Motörhead ------ Beer Drinkers And Hell Raisers ► Heavy Metal >> 1980
Split Enz ------ See Ya' Round ► New Wave Power Pop >> 1984
Lloyd Cole & The Commotions ------ Easy Pieces ► AA Pop-Rock/Synth >> 1985
Yoko Ono ------ Starpeace ► New Wave Art-Rock >> 1985
Candlemass ------ Ancient Dreams ► Heavy Metal/Doom Metal >> 1988
Bette Midler ------ Beaches [Sndtrk] ► Female Vocalist >> 1988
Chaka Khan ------ CK ► Funk >> 1988
Pink Floyd ------ Delicate Sound Of Thunder ► Prog Rock >> 1988
Jethro Tull ------ Nightcap: The Unreleased Masters 1972-1991 [UK] ► Folk-Rock >> 1993
Aerosmith ------ Box Of Fire ► Hard Rock >> 1994
ZZ Top ------ One Foot In The Blues ► Blues-Rock >> 1994
Rory Gallagher ------ Meeting With The G-Man ► Blues-Rock >> 2003
Rush ------ R30: 30th Anniversary World Tour ► Prog/Art Rock >> 2005


Nov 23
The Beatles ------ The Beatles Story ► Pop-Rock >> 1964
Cat Stevens ------ Tea For The Tillerman ► Folk-Pop >> 1970
Yoko Ono ------ Feeling The Space ► Avant Garde/Experimental >> 1973
The Moody Blues ------ This Is The Moody Blues ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1974
Earth, Wind & Fire ------ The Best Of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1 ► Soul-Funk >> 1978
Teddy Pendergrass ------ Live! Coast To Coast ► Soul-Pop >> 1979
Public Image Ltd. ------ Metal Box ► Post-Punk >> 1979
Mike Oldfield ------ Platinum ► Progressive Rock >> 1979
David Bowie ------ Changestwobowie ► Glam Rock >> 1981
Pink Floyd ------ A Collection Of Great Dance Songs ► Prog Rock >> 1981
AC/DC ------ For Those About To Rock We Salute You ► Hard Rock >> 1981
Chicago ------ Greatest Hits, Volume II ► Jazz-Rock >> 1981
The Who ------ Who's Greatest Hits ► British Rock >> 1983
Bad Religion ------ Against The Grain ► Punk Rock >> 1990
Archers Of Loaf ------ Icky Mettle ► Indie Rock/Noise Pop >> 1993
Metallica ------ Live Shit: Binge & Purge ► Heavy Metal >> 1993
Cowboy Junkies ------ Pale Sun, Crescent Moon ► Alt. Rock >> 1993
Ace Of Base ------ The Sign ► Euro-Dance Pop >> 1993
Guns N' Roses ------ The Spaghetti Incident? ► Hard Rock >> 1993
Linda Ronstadt ------ Winter Light ► Pop-Rock >> 1993
The Beastie Boys ------ Beastie Boys Anthology: The Sounds Of Science ► Rap >> 1999
Phish ------ Hampton Comes Alive ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 1999
Guns N' Roses ------ Live Era: '87-'93 ► Hard Rock >> 1999
Blondie ------ Live In New York ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1999
Mötley Crüe ------ Live: Entertainment Or Death ► Heavy Metal >> 1999
Metallica ------ S&M ► Heavy Metal >> 1999
Freedom Call ------ Stairway To Fairyland ► Heavy Metal/Power Metal >> 1999
Jessica Simpson ------ Sweet Kisses ► Tenn Dance-Pop >> 1999
Sarah McLachlan ------ Afterglow Live ► Folk-Rock >> 2004
Evanescence ------ Anywhere But Home ► Hard Rock/Alt Metal >> 2004
U2 ------ How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2004
Simon & Garfunkel ------ In Concert ► Folk-Pop >> 2004
The Allman Brothers Band ------ One Way Out ► Southern Rock >> 2004
Nirvana ------ With The Lights Out ► Grunge >> 2004
Guns N' Roses ------ Chinese Democracy ► Hard Rock >> 2008

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

 

This Week's Birthdays (November 16 - 22)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Nov 16
1873 ● William Christopher "W.C." Handy → Highly-influential cornetist, bandleader, songwriter, teacher and music publisher known as the "Father of the Blues," credited with mainstreaming rural Southern roots music to its contemporary form, published hundreds of new and re-written songs, including the widely popular "The St. Louis Blues" (1914), led a variety of groups from string quartets to minstrels to brass bands, died from bronchial pneumonia on 3/28/1958
1916 ● Herb Abramson → Atlantic Records co-founder and co-owner, president of subsidiary Atco Records, A-1 Studios owner and chief executive, died on 11/9/1999
1931 ● Hubert Sumlin → Celebrated electric blues guitarist, singer and songwriter, best known for his multi-decade collaborations with Howlin' Wolf, inspiration to Keith Richards (The Rolling Stones), Robbie Robertson (The Band), Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin) and others, #43 on Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Guitarist of All-Time list, died on 12/4/2011 of heart failure
1933 ● Garnett Mimms → R&B/gospel-soul singer and bandleader, "Cry Baby" (#4, R&B #1 1963) and three other Top 30 hits
1938 ● Toni Brown → Co-founder, vocals and pianist for hippy folk-rock Joy of Cooking, "Brownsville" (#66, 1981), solo
1938 ● Troy Seals → Country-pop singer, songwriter, guitarist and session musician, brother of Jim (Seals & Crofts, "Summer Breeze," #6, 1972) and Dan (England Dan & John Ford Coley, "I'd Really Love To See You Tonight," #2, 1976)
1940 ● John Ryanes → Second bass singer for one hit wonder R&B/doo wop sextet The Monotones, "(Who Wrote) The Book Of Love" (#5, 1958), died 5/30/1972
1943 ● Winfred "Blue" Lovett → Vocals for R&B/doo wop then sweet soul The Manhattans, "Kiss And Say Goodbye" (#1, 1976)
1949 ● Patti Santos → Lead vocals for San Francisco psych-folk-rock It's A Beautiful Day, "White Bird" (1969), died in a car accident on 12/14/1989
1962 ● Mani (Gary Mounfield) → Bassist for Brit guitar pop-rock The Stone Roses, "One Love" (Alt Rock #9, 1990), then jangle pop/dance fusion Primal Scream, "Movin' On Up" (Modern Rock #2, 1992)
1964 ● Diana Krall → Two-time Grammy-winning Canadian jazz-pop singer, songwriter and pianist, "Jingle Bells" (Adult Contemporary #5, 2005), the best-selling female jazz artist of the 90s and 00s, married to Elvis Costello
1966 ● Christian "Flake" Lorenz → Keyboardist for heavy metal/Kraut rock Rammstein, "Sehnsucht" (Mainstream Rock #20, 1998)
1966 ● Dave Kushner → Rhythm guitar for punk-metal Wasted Youth and hard rock supergroup Velvet Revolver, "Slither" (#56, Mainstream Rock #1, 2004), sessions, solo, film and TV scores
1969 ● Byran Abrams → Vocals in a cappella hip hop harmony group Color Me Badd, "I Wanna Sex You Up" (#2, 1991)

Nov 17
1937 ● Gerry McGee → Lead guitar for pioneering and venerable rock 'n' roll instrumental combo The Ventures, "Walk - Don't Run" (#2, 1960)
1937 ● Peter Cook → Writer, satirist, stage and film actor, modern British comedian, collaborator with Dudley Moore in the comedy duo Derek & Clive, "Goodbye-ee" (UK #18, 1965), host of UK TV music show Revolver, died from intestinal bleeding caused by alcoholism on 1/9/1995
1938 ● Gordon Lightfoot → Canadian folk-pop singer, songwriter and guitarist, "Sundown" (#1, 1974) and "The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald" (#2, 1976)
1942 ● Bob Gaudio → Co-founder, co-songwriter and lead singer in early rock 'n' roll The Royal Teens, "Short Shorts" (#3, 1958), co-founder, constant member, songwriter and producer of Top 40 pop vocal quartet The Four Seasons, "Big Girls Don't Cry" (#1, 1962), producer and songwriter for many others, co-producer (with Frankie Valli) of the Tony-winning Broadway show Jersey Boys (2005)
1944 ● Gene Clark → Early country-rock singer and songwriter with The New Christy Minstrels, seminal folk-country-rock The Byrds, "Mr. Tambourine Man" (#1, 1965), Dillard & Clark, co-wrote "Eight Miles High" (Top 20, 1966), died of a heart attack on 5/24/1991
1946 ● Martin Barre → Founding member and guitarist for long-lived Brit folk-rock Jethro Tull, "Living In The Past" (#11, 1973)
1947 ● Robert "Stewkey" Antoni → Vocals for psych-rock/garage rock The Nazz, "Hello It's Me" (#66, 1970) and hard rock Fuse (with Rick Nielsen, Tom Petersson and Bun E. Carlos of the future Cheap Trick)
1947 ● Rod Clements → Folk-rock bassist for Lindisfarne, "Lady Eleanor" (UK#3, 1971) and Jack The Lad, session work and solo albums
1948 ● Iain Sutherland → Vocals, guitars and keyboards for folk-rock sibling duo The Sutherland Brothers, "(I Don't Want To Love You But) You Got Me Anyway" (#48, 1973), then joined with an obscure rock band to form The Sutherland Brothers & Quiver, "The Arms Of Mary" (#81, UK #5, 1975)
1951 ● Dean Paul "Dino" Martin, Jr. → Actor and singer, son of trad pop/MOR singer Dean Martin, member of the Hollywood-pedigree, teenage bubblegum pop trio Dino, Desi & Billy with Desi Arnaz IV and classmate Billy Hinsche, ""I'm A Fool" (#17, 1965), officer with the California Air National Guard, died when his CANG F-4 Phantom crashed in the San Bernardino Mountains on 3/21/1987
1955 ● Peter Cox → New Wave synth-pop duo Go West, "King Of Wishful Thinking" (#8, 1990), now with Manfred Mann's Earth Band
1957 ● Jim Babjak → Founding member and lead guitarist for alt pop-rock The Smithereens, "Only A Memory" (Mainstream Rock #1, 1988), songwriter with multiple film and TV credits
1959 ● Harry Rushakoff → Drummer with post-punk alt rock Concrete Blonde, "Joey" (Modern Rock #1, 1990)
1960 ● RuPaul (RuPaul Andre Charles) → Cross-dressing drag queen, dance-pop singer and songwriter, "Back To My Roots" (Dance #1, 1993), TV and radio host
1966 ● Jeff Buckley → Alt folk-rock singer, songwriter and guitarist, "Last Goodbye" (Modern Rock #19, 1995), son of folk singer Tim Buckley, drowned in a Memphis river during a fully-clothed, spontaneous swim on 5/29/1997
1967 ● Ben Wilson → Keyboardist for blues-rock jam band Blues Traveler, "Run-Around" (#8, 1995)
1967 ● Ronnie DeVoe → Vocals for R&B/teen pop then hip hop/new jack swing vocal quartet New Edition, "If It Isn't Love" (#7, 1988), then Bell Biv Devoe, "Poison" (#3, 1990)
1972 ● Kimya Dawson → Singer, songwriter and acoustic guitarist, has several solo albums and co-fronted the anti-folk duo Moldy Peaches, "Anyone Else But You" (2007) was featured in the hit film Juno
1980 ● Clarke Isaac Hanson → Guitar, vocals and keyboards for teen pop-rock brother trio Hanson, "MMMBop" (Worldwide #1, 1997)
1981 ● Sarah Nicole Harding (Hardman) → Singer in pre-fab all-girl Euro-pop vocal group Girls Aloud, "Sound Of The Underground" (UK #1, 2002)

Nov 18
1909 ● John Herndon "Johnny" Mercer → Popular music lyricist, composer, singer and pianist, wrote or co-wrote over 1,500 songs, many of which are pop standards, won Grammy Awards for "Moon River" (1961) and "Days Of Wine And Roses," died from an inoperable brain tumor on 6/25/1976
1927 ● Hank Ballard (John Henry Kendricks) → Vocals and frontman for R&B doo wop The Midnighters, raunchy proto-rock 'n' roll "Work With Me, Annie" (banned/no charts, 1954), solo, "Finger Poppin' Time" (R&B #2, 1960), co-wrote "The Twist" for Chubby Checker (#1, 1960), died from throat cancer on 3/2/2003
1936 ● Don Cherry → Innovative "free" jazz cornetist and trumpeter, father of alternative singer Eagle-Eye and stepfather of hip hop dance-pop Neneh, died on 10/19/1995
1941 ● Conleth "Con" Cluskey → Guitarist for Irish pop-rock trio The Bachelors, "Diane" (#10, UK #1, 1964)
1945 ● Mark Weitz → Keyboards for 60s psych-pop-rock Strawberry Alarm Clock, "Incense And Peppermints" (#1, 1967)
1947 ● Mike Carbello → Congas and percussion for Latin-rock Santana, "Black Magic Woman" (#4, 1970), session work on over two dozen albums for The Rolling Stones, Steve Miller, Jimi Hendrix, Bonnie Raitt, Eric Clapton and many others
1949 ● Herman "Ze German" Rarebell (Erbel) → Drummer for German hard rock/metal Scorpions, "Rock You Like A Hurricane" (#25, 1984)
1950 ● Graham Parker → Author, singer, songwriter, guitarist, frontman for Brit pub-rock The Rumour and solo, "Wake Up (Next To You)" (#39, Mainstream Rock #19, 1985)
1950 ● Rudy Sarzo → Bassist for heavy metal/pop-metal Quiet Riot, "Bang Your Head (Metal Health)" (#31, 1983)
1954 ● Charles Williams → Keyboardist for R&B/soul-funk-disco KC & The Sunshine Band, "That's The Way (I Like It)" (#1, 1975) and five other #1 hits
1954 ● John Parr → One hit wonder pop-rock singer, songwriter and guitarist, "St. Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion)" (#1, 1985)
1958 ● Laura Lynch → Founding member, bassist, co-lead singer and occasional songwriter for country-rock girl group Dixie Chicks, pushed out of the band in 1996 prior to their rise to stardom, "Not Ready To Make Nice" (#4, 2006), now sells real estate in Texas
1958 ● Michael Ramos → Keyboards for roots rock The BoDeans, "Closer To Free" (#16, 1993)
1960 ● Kim Wilde (Smith) → New Wave synth-pop singer, "You Keep Me Hangin' On" (#1, 1987) plus 20 other Top 50 UK singles, author, Brit TV host and professional landscape gardener
1961 ● Janice Kuehnemund → Founding member, lead guitar and vocals for critically-panned but huge selling 80s all-female glam metal quartet Vixen, "Cryin'" (#22, 1989)
1962 ● Kirk Hammett → Lead guitar and vocals for heavy metal Metallica, "Enter Sandman" (#10, 1991), #11 on Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time
1969 ● Duncan Sheik → Alternative pop-rock singer and songwriter, "Barely Breathing" (#16, 1997), Grammy-winning stage and film score composer
1972 ● Matt Knight → Bassist and vocals for alt pub rock/white soul Toploader, covered "Dancing In The Moonlight" (UK Top 10, 2000)
1975 ● Anthony David "Ant" McPartlin → Actor, singer and one half the pop music duo PJ & Duncan (later renamed Ant & Dec), "Lets Get Ready To Rhumble" (UK #9, 1994), TV host
1977 ● Fabolous (John David Jackson) → East coast rapper, "Can't Let You Go" (#4, 2003)

Nov 19
1905 ● Tommy Dorsey → Noted Swing Era bandleader, trombonist and songwriter, "Tea For Two" (#7, 1958), brother of jazz reed player Jimmy Dorsey
1927 ● Joe Hunter → R&B pianist for Hank Ballard & The Midnighters, then early 60s in Motown house band The Funk Brothers, which provided nearly all instrumentation behind every Motown hit, left in 1963 to become a freelance session player and arranger, died in Detroit on 2/2/2007
1934 ● Dave Guard → Guitar, banjo, vocals, songwriter and arranger for folk-pop The Kingston Trio, "Tom Dooley" (#1, 1958) plus nine other Top 40 hits, died from lymphoma on 3/22/1991
1936 ● Robert Willie White → Session guitarist in Motown house band The Funk Brothers, played the guitar riff in The Temptations' classic "My Girl" (#1, 1965) and performed on multiple other Motown hits, died from complications following open heart surgery on 10/27/1994
1937 ● Geoff Goddard → Songwriter and session keyboardist, wrote "Johnny Remember Me" for John Leyton (UK #1, 1961) and dozens of other 60s rock 'n' roll tunes, played on Brit instrumental rock 'n' roll The Tornados' "Telstar" (#1, 1962), the first major US hit by a British group, retired from the music industry in the mid-60s, died on 5/15/2000
1937 ● Ray Collins → Vocalist for Frank Zappa-led satirical rock group The Mothers Of Invention, "Brown Shoes Don't Make It" (1967)
1938 ● Hank Medress → Vocals in white R&B/doo wop The Tokens, "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" (#1, 1961), producer for Tony Orlando & Dawn, Melissa Manchester, Dan Hill, Rick Springfield and others, record label executive with EMI Canada and Bottom Line Records, died from lung cancer on 6/25/2007
1939 ● Warren "Pete" Moore → Bass vocalist for R&B/soul-pop The Miracles, co-wrote "Going To A Go-Go" (#11, 1965)
1943 ● Fred Lipsius → Piano and saxophone for jazz-rock/pop-rock fusion band Blood, Sweat & Tears, "Spinning Wheel" (#2, 1969)
1946 ● Joe Correro, Jr. → Drummer for hard-edged rock 'n roll Paul Revere & The Raiders, "Just Like Me" (#11, 1965) plus 14 other US Top 30 hit singles
1952 ● Bill Sharpe → Founding member and keyboardist for Brit jazz fusion Shakatak, "Night Birds" (UK #9, 1982)
1952 ● Eddie Rayner → Keyboards for New Wave pop-rock Split Enz, "I Got You" (#53, UK #12, 1980), producer and music director for New Zealand Idol
1954 ● Annette Guest → Vocals in Philly R&B/disco female group First Choice, "The Player, Part 1" (R&B #7, 1974)
1960 ● Matt Sorum → Anglo-Norwegian hard rock drummer and percussion, toured with The Cult, joined hard rock Guns N' Roses in 1989, "November Rain" (#3, 1992), then co-founded hard rock supergroup Velvet Revolver, "Fall To Pieces" (Mainstream Rock #1, 2004)
1965 ● Jason "J Spaceman" Pierce → Leader of Brit psych-space-rock bands Spacemen 3, "Revolution" (UK Ind. #1, 1989) and Spiritualized, "Lazer Guided Melodies" (UK #27, 1992), solo
1965 ● Pete "Sonic Boom" Kember → Founding member, guitar and organ for Brit psych-space-rock Spacemen 3, "Revolution" (UK Ind. #1, 1989)
1969 ● Travis McNabb → Drummer and percussionist with alt pop-rock Better Than Ezra, "Good" (#30, Modern Rock #1, 1995), since 2007 in backing band for country-pop duo Sugarland, "All I Want To Do" (#18, Country #1, 2008)
1971 ● Justin Chancellor → Bassist for prog-metal bands Peach and Grammy-winning Tool, "Vicarious" (Modern Rock #2, 2006)
1971 ● Tony Rich (Antonion Jeffries) → Grammy-winning contemporary R&B singer, songwriter and guitarist, "Nobody Knows" (#2, 1996)
1975 ● Tamika Scott → Vocals for female R&B/dance-pop quartet Xscape, "Understanding" (#8, 1993)

Nov 20
1940 ● Anthony Francis "Tony" Butala → Lead vocals and only constant member of close-harmony folk-pop trio The Lettermen, "When I Fall In Love" (#1, 1961), still performing in the 10s
1942 ● Norman GreenbaumOne hit wonder Jewish (not Christian) pop/rocker, "Spirit In The Sky" (#3, 1970), retired from music in late 70s and took up dairy farming
1943 ● Susan "Suze" Rotolo → Greenwich Village artist and Bob Dylan girlfriend who appeared with him on the iconic cover of album The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan (1963), died of lung cancer on 2/25/2011
1944 ● Mike Vernon → Founder and CEO of Blue Horizon record label, blues-rock album producer with credits on dozens of albums for David Bowie, Eric Clapton, John Mayall, Fleetwood Mac, Ten Years After and others
1944 ● Paul Griggs → Pop-rock musician, songwriter, bandmember and producer, formed mid-60s Brit pop-psych Octopus with his brother, Nigel (later of Split Enz), joined pre-fab pop band Guys 'N' Dolls, "There's A Whole Lot Of Loving" (UK #2, 1975), since the mid-80s has written and produced various award-winning songs and several albums of his work
1945 ● "Dirty Dan McBride" (Daniel Hatton) → Vocals for rock 'n roll revival "greaser" group Sha Na Na, died in his sleep on 7/23/2009
1946 ● Howard Duane Allman → Slide guitar virtuoso and co-founder of Southern rock The Allman Brothers Band, session work with Wilson Pickett, Derek And The Dominos, "Layla" (#10, 1972) and others, died in a motorcycle accident on 10/29/1971
1946 ● Ray Stiles → Bassist in for Brit "good time" glam-rock 'n' roll Mud, "Tiger Feet" (UK #1, 1974), joined pop-rock The Hollies in 1989 and continues with the band
1947 ● Joe Walsh → Songwriter and guitarist for underrated hard rock The James Gang, "Walk Away" (#51, 1971), left for an off-and-on solo career, "Life's Been Good" (#12, 1978), joined the Eagles in 1975 and co-wrote "Life In The Fast Lane" (#11, 1976)
1950 ● Gary Green → Guitarist for innovative prog rock Gentle Giant from 1970 to 1980
1954 ● Frank Marino → Founder, frontman and lead guitarist for 70s Canadian power rock trio Mahogany Rush and various incarnations through the 00s
1956 ● Robert Poss → Guitar and vocals for guitar-centric, "noise" rock quartet Band Of Susans, "Where Have All The Flowers Gone" (1988)
1957 ● Jim Brown → Drummer in multiracial reggae-pop UB40, "Red Red Wine" (#1, 1988) and over 30 other Top 40 hits
1961 ● Jim Brickman → Former advertising jingle writer and classical-trained pianist turned adult pop and light new age singer and songwriter, "Simple Things" (Adult Contemporary #1, 2001) plus six gold and platinum, longtime host for his own radio music variety show and PBS TV music specials
1961 ● Paul King → Irish-born New Wave pop-soul singer and frontman for King, "Love & Pride" (US #55, UK #2, 1985), solo album, since 1989 a VJ and producer on MTV and VH1
1962 ● Gail Ann Dorsey → Top alt rock session bassist and backing vocalist, worked with Tears For Fears, Bryan Ferry, The The, Gwen Stefani and others, member of David Bowie's band since 1995
1962 ● Steve Alexander → Vocals for Brit soul/pop boy band Brother Beyond, "The Harder I Try" (UK #2, 1988)
1965 ● Mike D (Michael Louis Diamond) → Drummer, singer and rapper for hardcore punk then hip hop masters the Beastie Boys, "Fight For Your Right" (#7, 1987)
1965 ● Sen Dog (Senen Reyes) → Vocals and rapper in Latino R&B/hip hop Cypress Hill, "Insane In The Brain" (#19, Rap #1, 1994) and The Reyes Brothers
1966 ● Kevin Gilbert → Multi-instrumental composer and producer, member of prog rock Giraffe and Toy Matinee, co-wrote "All I Wanna Do" (#2, 1995) with then-girlfriend Sheryl Crow, died on 5/17/1996 from apparent autoerotic asphyxiation
1970 ● Phife Dawg (Malik Isaac Taylor) → Trinidadian-American rapper and member of acclaimed artistic hip hop jazz-rap fusion trio A Tribe Called Quest, "Check The Rhime" (Rap #1, 1991), then solo, "Flawless" (Rap #4, 2000)
1975 ● Davey Havok (David Paden Passaro) → Lead vocals for alt-punk-rock AFI (A Fire Inside), "Miss Murder" (#24, Modern Rock #1, 2006) and electronica Blaqk Audio "Stiff Kittens" (Dance/Club #38, 2007)
1975 ● Dierks Bentley → Country-rock crossover singer, songwriter and guitarist with 14 Country Top 10 hits, ten of which went #1, including "What Was I Thinkin' (#22, Country #1, 2003)
1975 ● Jeffrey Lewis → Anti-folk singer, songwriter and guitarist with over 20 solo and collaborative albums, underground comic book artist and frequent collaborator with the Moldy Peaches and other anti-folk acts
1981 ● Kimberly Walsh → Singer in pre-fab all-girl Euro-pop vocal group Girls Aloud, "Sound Of The Underground" (UK #1, 2002)
1986 ● Michael Jared Followill → Bassist in Southern blues-indie rock Kings Of Leon, "Sex On Fire" (Modern Rock #1, 2008)

Nov 21
1907 ● Samuel "Buck" Ram → R&B/soul composer, arranger and producer from the 1930s on, manager for R&B/doo wop The Platters, "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" (#1, 1958) and others, died on 1/1/1991
1940 ● Dr. John (Malcolm John "Mac" Rebennack, Jr.) → Four-time Grammy-winning New Orleans boogie-blues-folk-rock pianist, guitarist and singer of "voodoo" music, "Right Place, Wrong Time" (#9, 1973)
1941 ● David Porter → Songwriting partner with Isaac Hayes at Stax Records, co-wrote "Soul Man" (#2, 1967) for Sam & Dave and other hits, released two solo R&B/piano albums and several singles
1942 ● Andy "Thunderclap" Newman → Keyboards for one hit wonder Brit psych-pop, Pete Townshend-produced Thunderclap Newman, "Something In The Air" (#37, UK #1, 1969)
1948 ● John "Rabbit" Bundrick → Touring keyboardist for The Who since the late 70s, session musician for Bob Marley, Roger Waters, Eric Burdon and others, briefly a member of Free, principal musician for The Rocky Horror Picture Show, solo
1948 ● LeRoy "Lonnie" Jordan → Singer and keyboardist for laid-back R&B/soul-funk War, "Spill The Wine" (#3, 1970), solo
1950 ● Gary Pihl → Guitarist for hard rock Sammy Hagar's band, left in 1986 to join arena rock Boston, "Amanda" (#1, 1986)
1950 ● Livingston Taylor → Light folk-pop singer and songwriter, "I Will Be In Love With You" (#13, 1978), brother of James Taylor
1962 ● Steven Curtis Chapman → Hugely successful contemporary Christian music singer, songwriter and guitarist fusing light 70's rock and pop sounds with religious themes, five-time Grammy winner and holder of 56 Dove Awards from the Gospel Music Association and seven Artist of the Year awards from the GMA, "Cinderella" (Adult Contemporary #23, Christian #4, 2003), his songs have been recorded by Glen Campbell, Roger Whittaker and others
1965 ● Bjork Gundmundsdottir → Vocals for Icelandic alt pop-rock The Sugarcubes, "Hit" (Modern Rock #1, 1991), solo and actress
1965 ● Peter Koppes → Guitarist and backing vocals for Aussie New Wave psych-pop then prog rock The Church, "Under The Milky Way" (#30, 1989)
1967 ● Margret Ornolfsdottir → Keyboards and vocals for Icelandic alt pop-rock The Sugarcubes, "Hit" (Modern Rock #1, 1991)
1968 ● Alex James → Bassist for alt rock then Britpop quartet Blur, "Girls & Boys" (Alt Rock #4, 1994), journalist, TV actor and host, radio personality and cheese maker
1970 ● Francis McDonald → Drummer in Scot pre-grunge, then power pop Teenage Fanclub, "Star Sign" (Mainstream Rock #4, 1991)
1974 ● Kelsi Marie Osborn → Vocals and guitar in country-pop sister trio SHeDAISY, "I Will...But" (#43, Country #2, 1999)

Nov 22
1899 ● Howard Hoagland "Hoagy" Carmichael → Composer, actor, singer, pianist and bandleader, wrote or co-wrote several classic American pop tunes including "Stardust" (1927), "Georgia On My Mind" (1930) and "Heart And Soul" (1938), died of heart failure on 12/27/1981
1942 ● Floyd Sneed → Drummer for pop-rock Three Dog Night, "Joy To The World" (#1, 1971) and nine other Top 10 hits between 1969 and 1973
1942 ● Steve Caldwell → Vocals in mixed gender R&B doo-wop quartet The Orlons, "The Wah-Watusi" (#2, R&B #5, 1962)
1946 ● Aston Francis "Family Man" Barrett → Rastafarian and bassist for reggae bands The Upsetters and Bob Marley & The Wailers, "I Shot The Sheriff" (#1, 1974)
1947 ● Rod Price → Slide guitar for Brit boogie/blues-rock Foghat, "Slow Ride" (#20, 1975), solo, died following a heart attack on 3/22/2005
1948 ● Dennis Larden → With brother Larry, guitar and vocals for one hit wonder pop-folk Every Mother's Son, "Come On Down To My Boat" (#6, 1967)
1950 ● "Miami" Steven (aka "Little Steve") Van Zandt → Guitarist and songwriter, founding member of Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, joined Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band in 1975, solo and frontman for Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul, social activist and founder of Artists United Against Apartheid, record producer and TV actor ("Silvio Dante" on The Sopranos)
1950 ● Tina Weymouth → Bassist for New Wave art-pop-rock Talking Heads, "Take Me To The River" (#26, 1978) and co-founder of synth-pop Tom Tom Club, "Genius Of Love" (#31, R&B #2, 1982)
1957 ● Sharon Bailey → Percussion for Brit reggae-pop-ska band Amazulu, "Too Good To Be Forgotten" (UK #5, 1986)
1958 ● Jason Ringenberg → Founder, frontman for alt country-rock "cowpunk" Jason & The Scorchers, "Golden Ball And Chain" (Mainstream Rock #16, 1986), now records and performs children's music as Farmer Jason
1960 ● Jim Bob (James Morrison) → One half of the alt dance-pop sampling duo Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine, "The Only Living Boy In New Cross" (Modern Rock #26, UK #7, 1992)
1962 ● Daniel Schmid → Co-founder and bassist for jazz-rock-ska-swing revival Cherry Poppin' Daddies, "Zoot Suit Riot" (Modern Rock #15, 1998)
1962 ● Neil Fraser → Guitar for Brit folk-pop-soul Tindersticks, "Bathtime" (UK #38, 1997)
1966 ● Francis Anthony "Eg" White → Vocals in Brit soul/pop boy band Brother Beyond, "The Harder I Try" (UK #2, 1988), now a successful songwriter with hits by Will Young, Natalie Imbruglia, Joss Stone, Kylie Minogue and others
1968 ● "Rasha Don" Norris → Rapper in Grammy-winning, progressive rap, funk-soul-blues-hip-hop Arrested Development, "Mr. Wendal" (#6, 1992)
1978 ● Karen O (Karen Lee Orzolek) → Vocals and keyboards for New York alt/art-rock trio Yeah Yeah Yeahs, "Gold Lion" (Alt Rock #14, 2006)
1979 ● Scott Robinson → Vocals for Brit dance-pop boy band 5ive (aka Five), "When The Lights Go Out" (#10, 1998)
1981 ● Ben Adams → Vocals for Brit-Norwegian pop-rock boy band A1, "Same Old Brand New You" (UK #1, 2000)

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Monday, November 10, 2014

 

Albums Released This Week (November 10 - 16)

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):


Nov 10
Elvis Presley ------ His Hand In Mine ► Rock n Roll >> 1960
The Moody Blues ------ Days Of Future Passed ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1967
Grateful Dead ------ Live/Dead ► Album Rock >> 1969
Barclay James Harvest ------ Baby James Harvest ► Prog Rock >> 1972
The Byrds ------ The Best Of The Byrds: Greatest Hits, Volume II ► Country-Rock >> 1972
Dusty Springfield ------ See All Her Faces ► Pop-Rock >> 1972
The O'Jays ------ Ship Ahoy ► Soul - Philly >> 1973
Chicago ------ Chicago IX: Chicago's Greatest Hits ► Jazz-Rock >> 1975
Neil Young With Crazy Horse ------ Zuma ► Folk-Rock >> 1975
The Sex Pistols ------ Never Mind The Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols ► Punk-Rock >> 1977
Emerson, Lake & Palmer ------ Works, Vol. 2 ► Prog Rock >> 1977
Bob Marley & The Wailers ------ Babylon By Bus ► Roots Reggae >> 1978
The Clash ------ Give 'Em Enough Rope ► Punk >> 1978
Neil Diamond ------ The Jazz Singer [Sndtrk] ► Pop-Rock >> 1980
Mötley Crüe ------ Too Fast For Love ► Heavy Metal >> 1981
Billy Idol ------ Rebel Yell ► Hard Rock >> 1983
Nik Kershaw ------ The Riddle ► Synth-Pop >> 1984
Triumph ------ Thunder Seven ► Arena Rock >> 1984
The Who ------ Who's Last ► Hard Rock >> 1984
Bruce Springsteen ------ Live 1975-1985 ► Heartland Rock >> 1986
Cocteau Twins ------ The Moon And The Melodies ► Folk-Rock >> 1986
Kate Bush ------ The Whole Story ► Art Rock >> 1986
Cher ------ Cher ► Pop-Rock >> 1987
Robert Earl Keen, Jr. ------ West Textures ► Folk-Rock >> 1989
Gregorian ------ Sadisfaction ► Euro-Pop >> 1991
Biohazard ------ Urban Discipline ► Heavy Metal/Thrash Metal >> 1992
Carpenters ------ Seishun No Kagayaki: The Best Of (22 Hits Of The Carpenters) [Japan] ► Easy Listening >> 1995
Rush ------ Different Stages ► Prog/Art Rock >> 1998
The Ataris ------ Look Forward To Failure ► Pop-Punk >> 1998
Bruce Springsteen ------ Tracks ► Heartland Rock >> 1998
Ayumi Hamasaki ------ Loveppears ► Pop/House >> 1999
The Smiths ------ The Sound Of The Smiths ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2008
The Tubes ------ Mondo Birthmark ► Alt. Rock >> 2009
Pearl Jam ------ 9.11.2011 Toronto, Canada ► Hard Rock >> 2011


Nov 11
The Who ------ Ready Steady Who ► British Rock >> 1966
John Lennon & Yoko Ono ------ Unfinished Music, No. 1: Two Virgins ► Pop-Rock >> 1968
Elvis Presley ------ That's The Way It Is [Sndtrk] ► Pop-Rock >> 1970
Rory Gallagher ------ Tattoo ► Blues-Rock >> 1973
Earth, Wind & Fire ------ Gratitude ► Soul-Funk >> 1975
Kiss ------ Rock And Roll Over ► Hard Rock >> 1976
Parliament ------ Motor Booty Affair ► Funk >> 1978
The Jacksons ------ The Jacksons Live! ► Soul-Pop >> 1981
Depeche Mode ------ Catching Up With Depeche Mode ► New Wave/Synth-Pop >> 1985
Jimmy Buffett ------ Songs You Know By Heart: Jimmy Buffett's Greatest Hit(s) ► Folk-Rock >> 1985
Bonnie Tyler ------ Bitter Blue ► Pop Vocals (Female) >> 1991
The Divinyls ------ Essential ► Post-Punk Pop-Rock >> 1991
Denim ------ Back In Denim ► Glam-Rock >> 1992
The Damned ------ Not Of This Earth ► Goth Rock >> 1995
Tricky ------ Pre-Millenium Tension ► Electronic Trip-Hop >> 1996
Led Zeppelin ------ BBC Sessions ► Hard Rock >> 1997
Bush ------ Deconstructed ► Grunge Rock >> 1997
Gregg Allman ------ Searching For Simplicity ► Southern Rock >> 1997
AFI ------ Shut Your Mouth And Open Your Eyes ► Hardcore Punk >> 1997
Phil Collins ------ Testify ► Pop-Rock >> 2002
Bruce Springsteen ------ the Essential Bruce Springsteen ► Heartland Rock >> 2003
Pearl Jam ------ Lost Dogs: Rarities And B Sides ► Hard Rock >> 2003


Nov 12
Marvin Gaye ------ Hello Broadway ► Soul >> 1964
Neil Young ------ Neil Young ► Folk-Rock >> 1968
Genesis ------ Nursery Cryme ► Prog Rock >> 1971
Hall & Oates ------ Whole Oats ► Pop-Rock >> 1972
Buffalo Springfield ------ Buffalo Springfield (Collection) ► Folk-Rock >> 1973
Queen ------ Sheer Heart Attack ► Prog Rock >> 1974
Hall & Oates ------ War Babies ► Pop-Rock >> 1974
J. Geils Band ------ Showtime! ► Blues-Rock >> 1982
Duran Duran ------ Arena ► Synth-Pop >> 1984
The Smiths ------ Hatful Of Hollow ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1984
Madonna ------ Like A Virgin ► Dance-Pop >> 1984
John Farnham ------ Whispering Jack ► Adult Contemporary >> 1986
Kylie Minogue ------ Rhythm Of Love ► Dance-Pop >> 1990
Bad Religion ------ 80-85 ► Punk Rock >> 1991
Sade ------ The Best Of Sade [UK] ► Quiet Storm >> 1994
John Waite ------ The Complete John Waite, Vol. 1: Falling Backwards ► Power Pop >> 1996
Rod Stewart ------ If We Fall in Love Tonight ► Adult Contemporary >> 1996
Blind Melon ------ Nico ► Alt. Rock >> 1996
The Corrs ------ The Corrs Unplugged ► Celtic Folk-Rock >> 1999
3 Doors Down ------ Away From The Sun ► Alt Metal >> 2002
The Pretenders ------ Loose Screw ► Post-Punk >> 2002
Matchbox Twenty ------ More Than You Think You Are ► Alt. Rock >> 2002
Pearl Jam ------ Riot Act ► Hard Rock >> 2002
David Gray ------ Greatest Hits ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2007
Led Zeppelin ------ Mothership [UK] ► Hard Rock >> 2007


Nov 13
Johnny Cash ------ Sings The Songs That Made Him Famous ► Country >> 1958
Elvis Presley ------ 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong: Elvis' Gold Records - Volume 2 ► Rock n Roll >> 1959
The Four Tops ------ Four Tops' Second Album ► Soul - Motown >> 1965
Diana Ross & The Supremes ------ Love Child ► Soul >> 1968
Neil Diamond ------ Stones ► Pop-Rock >> 1971
Kate Bush ------ Lionheart ► Art Rock >> 1978
Siouxsie And The Banshees ------ The Scream ► Glam Rock >> 1978
New Order ------ Movement ► Club/Dance >> 1981
Slade ------ Till Deaf Do Us Part ► Hard Rock >> 1981
Lee Aaron ------ The Lee Aaron Project ► Hard Rock >> 1982
Phranc ------ Folksinger ► Folk-Rock >> 1985
The Sisters Of Mercy ------ Floodland ► Goth Rock >> 1987
Hall & Oates ------ Change Of Season ► Pop-Rock >> 1990
Madonna ------ The Immaculate Collection ► Dance-Pop >> 1990
Various Artists ------ Mermaids [Sndtrk] [UK] ► Mixed >> 1990
Squeeze ------ Ridiculous [UK] ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1995
Queen ------ Ultimate Queen ► Glam Rock >> 1995
The Beatles ------ 1 ► Pop-Rock >> 2000
Oasis ------ Familiar To Millions ► Alt. Pop-Rock/Britpop >> 2000
Queen ------ The Platinum Collection: Greatest Hits I, II & III ► Glam Rock >> 2000
Radiohead ------ I Might Be Wrong: Live Recordings ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2001
Oasis ------ Stop The Clock EP ► Alt. Pop-Rock/Britpop >> 2006
Led Zeppelin ------ Mothership ► Hard Rock >> 2007
James Taylor ------ One Man Band ► Folk-Rock >> 2007
Soundgarden ------ The Classic Album Selection ► Grunge >> 2012


Nov 14
The Monkees ------ Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd. ► Pop-Rock >> 1967
Syd Barrett ------ Barrett ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1970
John Cale ------ Helen Of Troy ► Art Rock >> 1975
Wet Willie ------ Manorisms ► Southern Rock >> 1977
Queen ------ Jazz ► Glam Rock >> 1978
Gary Numan & Tubeway Army ------ Tubeway Army ► Synth-Pop >> 1978
Earth, Wind & Fire ------ Raise! ► Soul-Funk >> 1981
Chic ------ Believer ► Disco-Funk >> 1983
Fates Warning ------ Awaken The Guardian ► Heavy Metal/Progressive >> 1986
Milli Vanilli ------ All Or Nothing ► Dance-Pop >> 1988
Guster ------ Parachute ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1995
At The Gates ------ Slaughter Of The Soul ► Heavy Metal/Melodic Death Metal >> 1995
The Rolling Stones ------ Stripped ► Blues-Rock >> 1995
Melissa Etheridge ------ Your Little Secret ► Roots Rock >> 1995
Mötley Crüe ------ Greatest Hits ► Heavy Metal >> 1998
3LW ------ 3LW ► Teen Pop >> 2000
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony ------ The Collection Volume 2 ► Gangsta Rap >> 2000
Badfinger ------ Head First ► Pop-Rock >> 2000
Paul Revere & The Raiders ------ Mojo Workout ► Pop-Rock >> 2000
Neil Young & Crazy Horse ------ Live At The Fillmore East ► Folk-Rock >> 2006


Nov 15
Muddy Waters ------ At Newport 1960 ► Chicago Blues >> 1960
Van Morrison ------ His Band And The Street Choir ► Folk-Rock >> 1970
Grand Funk Railroad ------ E Pluribus Funk ► Hard Rock >> 1971
America ------ Homecoming ► Folk-Rock >> 1972
Grateful Dead ------ Wake Of The Flood ► Album Rock >> 1973
Roxy Music ------ Country Life ► Prog Rock >> 1974
Ringo Starr ------ Goodnight Vienna ► Pop-Rock >> 1974
Todd Rundgren's Utopia ------ Another Live ► Prog Rock >> 1975
Grateful Dead ------ Shakedown Street ► Folk-Rock >> 1978
Thin Lizzy ------ Renegade ► Hard Rock >> 1981
Bob Dylan ------ Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits, Volume 3 ► Folk-Rock >> 1984
Echo & The Bunnymen ------ Songs To Learn & Sing ► Post-Punk >> 1985
Cocteau Twins ------ Tiny Dynamine ► Folk-Rock >> 1985
Frank Zappa ------ Jazz From Hell ► Art Rock/Computer Electronica >> 1986
Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble ------ Live Alive ► Blues-Rock >> 1986
Fleetwood Mac ------ Greatest Hits ► Pop-Rock >> 1988
Journey ------ Greatest Hits ► Arena Rock >> 1988
Sheena Easton ------ Lover In Me, The ► Pop-Rock >> 1988
Kiss ------ Smashes, Trashes & Hits ► Hard Rock >> 1988
Cowboy Junkies ------ The Trinity Session ► Alt. Rock >> 1988
KMFDM ------ Naïve ► Industrial/Kraut Rock >> 1990
Ween ------ Pure Guava ► Avant Garde/Lo-Fi >> 1992
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts ------ Flashback ► Hard Rock >> 1993
Method Man ------ Tical ► Hardcore Rap >> 1994
Bryan Adams ------ The Best Of Me ► Pop-Rock >> 1999
Chris Rea ------ Road To Hell: Part 2 ► Album Rock >> 1999
Ace Of Base ------ Singles Of The 90s ► Euro-Dance Pop >> 1999
Bruce Springsteen ------ The Collection ► Heartland Rock >> 2004
Bob Dylan ------ The Best of Bob Dylan ► Folk-Rock >> 2005
Bruce Springsteen ------ Born To Run: 30th Anniversary Edition ► Heartland Rock >> 2005
The Rembrandts ------ Choice Picks ► Pop-Rock >> 2005
Madonna ------ Confessions On A Dance Floor ► Dance-Pop >> 2005
Wilco ------ Kicking Television: Live In Chicago ► Alt. Country-Rock >> 2005
Bob Dylan ------ Live At Carnegie Hall 1963 ► Folk-Rock >> 2005
Jimmy Buffett ------ Live At Fenway Park ► Folk-Rock >> 2005
Loggins & Messina ------ Live: Sittin' In Again At Santa Barbara Bowl ► Country-Rock >> 2005
Bush ------ Zen X Four ► Grunge Rock >> 2005
Twin Shadow ------ Forget ► Dream Pop >> 2010
R.E.M. ------ Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage 1982-2011 ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2011


Nov 16
The Beach Boys ------ The Beach Boys' Christmas Album ► Pop-Rock >> 1964
Tony Bennett ------ Who Can I Turn To? ► Easy Listening >> 1964
Stevie Wonder ------ Down To Earth ► Pop-R&B >> 1966
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas ------ Watchout! ► Soul - Motown >> 1966
J. Geils Band ------ The J. Geils Band ► Blues-Rock >> 1970
Stephen Stills ------ Stephen Stills ► Folk-Rock >> 1970
Denny Laine ------ Ahh…Laine ► Rock 'N' Roll >> 1973
Bette Midler ------ Bette Midler ► Pop-Rock Vocals >> 1973
Bob Dylan ------ Dylan ► Folk-Rock >> 1973
The Kinks ------ Preservation Act 1 ► British Rock >> 1973
Natalie Cole ------ Thankful ► Soul-Pop >> 1977
Natalie Cole ------ Thankful ► Soul-Pop >> 1977
Kiss ------ Music From "The Elder" ► Hard Rock >> 1981
Chic ------ Take It Off ► Disco-Funk >> 1981
Sade ------ Promise [UK] ► Quiet Storm >> 1985
Black Sabbath ------ The Eternal Idol ► Hard Rock >> 1987
Pebbles ------ Pebbles ► Urban Dance-Pop >> 1987
Rick Astley ------ Whenever You Need Somebody ► Dance-Pop >> 1987
Dokken ------ Beast From The East ► Heavy Metal >> 1988
Blondie ------ Blonde & Beyond ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1993
Better Than Ezra ------ Deluxe ► Alt Rock >> 1993
Heart ------ Desire Walks On ► Album Rock >> 1993
Us3 ------ Hand On The Torch ► Jazz-Rap >> 1993
The Pointer Sisters ------ Only Sisters Can Do That ► Soul >> 1993
Dr. Dre ------ 2001 ► Hip-Hop >> 1999
Céline Dion ------ Au Cœur Du Stade ► Adult Pop >> 1999
The Church ------ The Best Of The Church ► Alt. Power Pop >> 1999
Korn ------ Issues ► Post-Grunge/Nu Metal >> 1999
Genesis ------ Platinum Collection ► Prog Rock >> 2004
Pearl Jam ------ Rearviewmirror (Greatest Hits 1991 - 2003) ► Hard Rock >> 2004
Queen ------ Absolute Greatest ► Glam Rock >> 2009
Bruce Springsteen ------ the Promise ► Heartland Rock >> 2010
Bruce Springsteen ------ The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Story ► Heartland Rock >> 2010

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

 

This Week's Birthdays (November 9 - 15)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Nov 09
1936 ● Mary Allin Travers → Vocals and guitar for seminal folk trio Peter, Paul & Mary, "Puff (The Magic Dragon)" (#2, 1963), died 9/16/2009 from complications of leukemia
1937 ● Roger McGough → Poet, lyricist and vocalist in comedy-pop The Scaffold, "Lily The Pink" (UK #1, 1968) and "Thank U Very Much" (#69, UK #4, 1968), BBC Radio host and voice-overs for commercials
1941 ● John Dean → Bass vocals for blue-eyed soul/doo wop The Reflections, "(Just Like) Romeo And Juliet" (#6, 1964)
1941 ● Tom Fogerty → Rhythm guitar for roots rock/"swamp" rock Creedence Clearwater Revival, "Down On The Corner" (#3, 1969), died on 9/6/1990 after contracting AIDS from blood transfusions during back surgery
1943 ● Lee Graziano → Drums for one hit wonder pop-rock American Breed, "Bend Me Shape Me" (Top 10, 1968)
1944 ● Phil May (Philip Arthur Dennis Kattner) → Vocals for raunchy R&B/blues-rock British Invasion band The Pretty Things, "Don't Bring Me Down" (UK #10, 1964)
1948 ● Alan Gratzer → Drums and percussion for arena rock REO Speedwagon, "Keep On Lovin' You" (#1, 1980)
1948 ● Joe Bouchard → Bassist in hard rock/pop metal Blue Öyster Cult, "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" (#12, 1976)
1949 ● Tommy Caldwell → Founding member and bassist for Southern rock The Marshall Tucker Band, "Heard It In A Love Song" (#14, 1977), died in a car crash on 4/28/1980
1953 ● Michael J. Mullins → Vocals for Brit dance-pop band Modern Romance, "Can You Move" (Dance/Club #2, 1981) and "Best Years Of Our Lives" (UK #4, 1982)
1954 ● Dennis Stratton → Guitarist for Brit heavy metal Iron Maiden, "Flight Of Icarus" (Mainstream Rock #8, 1983)
1960 ● Demetra Plakas → Drummer for all-girl post-punk/grunge band L7, "Pretend We’re Dead" (Alt Rock #8, 1992)
1962 ● Steve "Silk" Hurley → Club DJ, pioneering Chicago house-music producer, songwriter, and four time Grammy Award-nominee, "Work It Out" (Dance #3, 1989), two time Remixer of the Year (1999 and 2000) and Best Remixed Recording (2002 and 2003),
1969 ● Sandy "Pepa" Denton → Vocals in female hip hop trio Salt-N-Pepa, "Let's Talk About Sex" (#13, 1991)
1969 ● Scarface (Brad Jordan) → Rapper and songwriter in gangsta/horror-rap trio Geto Boys, "Mind Playing Tricks On Me" (#23, 1991), then Dirty South solo rap career, "Smile" (#12, Rap #2, 1997)
1970 ● Susan Tedeschi → Electric blues and soul guitarist with roots in gospel, singer, songwriter and bandleader with multiple Grammy nominations, frontwoman for the Susan Tedeschi Band and, in collaboration with her husband Derek Trucks, Soul Stew Revival and the Tedeschi Trucks Band, solo with multiple albums, including Back To The River (Blues Albums #1, 2008)
1973 ● Nick Lachey → Lead vocals in adult contemporary/sweet soul boy band 98 Degrees, "Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche)" (#2, 2000)
1977 ● Sisqó (Mark Andrews) → R&B/urban soul and hip hop bad boy with Dru Hill, "How Deep Is Your Love" (#3, 1998), then solo, "Thong Song" (#3, 2000)
1984 ● Delta Goodrem → Australian TV actress (Nina Tucker in soap opera Neighbours) and pop singer, "Lost Without You" (Adult Contemporary #18, Australia #1, 2005) plus six other Australian #1 singles

Nov 10
1940 ● David Edward "Screaming Lord" Sutch → Brit comedy-rock bandleader and solo artist, "Jack The Ripper" (1963), wannabe politician and leader of The Official Monster Raving Loony Party, fought in numerous parliamentary elections without winning, committed suicide on 6/16/1999
1941 ● Kyu Sakamoto (Hisashi Oshima) → Japanese pop star with the one hit wonder "Sukiyaki" (#1, 1963), the first US #1 by a Japanese artist, died in a commercial plane crash on 8/12/1985
1944 ● Tim Rice → Multiple award-winning film, theater and Broadway lyricist and producer, collaborated with Andrew Lloyd Webber on Jesus Christ Superstar (1970) and with Elton John on The Lion King (1994), among many other shows
1947 ● Dave Loggins → Pop-rock one hit wonder singer and songwriter, "Please Come To Boston" (#5, 1974), cousin of Kenny Loggins
1947 ● Glenn Buxton → Founder and guitarist for glam-rock/metal Alice Cooper band, co-wrote "School's Out" (#7, 1972), died of pneumonia on 10/19/1997
1948 ● Greg Lake → Prog-rock guitarist and songwriter, founding member of prog/space-rock King Crimson, "The Court Of The Crimson King" (#80, 1970), then supergroup Emerson, Lake & Palmer, "Lucky Man" (#48, 1971), solo
1949 ● Donna Fargo (Yvonne Vaughn) → Country-pop singer and songwriter, "The Happiest Girl In The Whole U.S.A." (#11, 1972)
1950 ● Bram Tchaikovsky (Peter Bramall) → Guitar and vocals for power pop/rock The Motors, "Airport" (UK #4, 1978), solo, "Girl Of My Dreams" (#37, 1979)
1950 ● Ronnie Hammond → Lead singer for Southern rock Atlanta Rhythm Section, "Imaginary Lover" (#7, 1978), solo, died of a heart attack on 3/14/2011
1954 ● Mario Cipollina → Bassist for pop-rock bar band Huey Lewis & The News, "The Power Of Love" (#1, 1985)
1959 ● Frank Maudsley → Bassist for bizarrely-teased hair New Wave pop-rock A Flock of Seagulls, "I Ran (So Far Away)" (#9, 1982)
1959 ● Laura MacKenzie Phillips → Film and TV actress, singer and songwriter in The New Mamas & The Papas, daughter of "Papa" John Phillips
1961 ● Norman "Junior" Giscombe → Brit R&B singer and songwriter, "Mama Used To Say" (#30, R&B #2, 1982) and duet with Kim Wilde, "Another Step (Closer To You)" (UK #8, 1987)
1965 ● David Hawes → Bassist for Brit indie rock/shoegazing band Catherine Wheel, "Black Metallic" (Modern Rock #9, 1991)
1966 ● Steve Mackey → Bassist for alt rock/Britpop Pulp, "Common People" (UK #2, 1995)
1967 ● Andrew Vowles → Co-founder and vocals for electro-dance/trip hop progenitor duo Massive Attack, "Unfinished Sympathy" (UK #13, 1991)
1968 ● Steve Brookstein → Blue-eyed soul singer and winner of the first series of UK TV show The X Factor in 2004, "Against All Odds" (UK #1, 2004)
1969 ● Paul "Kermit" Leveridge → Rapper and vocals with alt Brit-pop Black Grape, "England's Irie" (UK #6, 1996)
1970 ● Derry Brownson → Keyboards and samples for Brit dance-rock quintet EMF (Epsom Mad Funkers), "Unbelievable" (#1, 1990)
1970 ● Warren G (Warren Griffin III) → Hip hop producer and West Coast rapper, "Regulate" (#2, 1994)
1971 ● Big Punisher (Christopher Rios) → Corpulent Latino rapper "Still Not A Player" (#24, Dance/Club #3, 1998), died 2/7/2000 from obesity-related heart failure
1973 ● Jacqueline Abbott → Lead vocals for alt pop-rock The Beautiful South, "A Little Time" (UK #1, 1990)
1975 ● Jim Adkins → Lead singer and guitarist for alt rock/neo-punk Jimmy Eat World, "The Middle" (#5, Adult Top 40 #2, 2002)
1978 ● Drew McConnell → Bassist for indie psych-rock Babyshambles, "Delivery" (#6, 2007)
1978 ● Eve Jihan Jeffers → Hip hop singer and MC, "Let Me Blow Ya Mind" (#2, 2001)
1979 ● Christopher Joannou → Co-founder and bassist in Aussie alt-grunge-rock Silverchair, "Tomorrow" (Modern Rock #1, 1994)

Nov 11
1927 ● Mose Allison → Jazz and blues pianist, singer, songwriter and bandleader, his songs have been covered by The Who, John Mayall, Elvis Costello, The Rolling Stones, Van Morrison and others
1929 ● LaVern Baker (Delores Williams) → R&B and jazz-pop singer, "Jim Dandy" (#17, 1956) plus 7 other Top 40 and 12 other R&B Top 10 hits, died from coronary disease on 3/10/1997
1936 ● Opal Courtney, Jr. → Vocals for pioneer R&B/doo wop The Spaniels, "Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight" (R&B #5, 1954), died on 9/18/2008 after a heart attack
1938 ● Roger Lavern → Keyboards for Brit instrumental rock 'n' roll The Tornados, "Telstar" (#1, 1962), the first major US hit by a British group
1939 ● Albie Galione → Vocals in white R&B/doo wop quartet The Passions, "Gloria" (1958)
1944 ● Jesse Colin Young (Perry Miller) → Folk-rock singer and songwriter with The Youngbloods, "Get Together" (#5, 1969), solo
1945 ● Chris Dreja → Rhythm guitar and songwriter for blues-rock The Yardbirds, "For Your Love" (#6, 1965)
1945 ● Vince Martell (Vincent Martemucci) → Lead guitar and vocals for psych-rock Vanilla Fudge, "You Keep Me Hangin' On" (#6, 1968)
1947 ● Pat Daugherty → Bassist for Southern raunch-rock Black Oak Arkansas, "Jim Dandy To The Rescue" (Top 30, 1973)
1950 ● Jim Peterick → Founder, guitarist and lead writer for blue-eyed soul The Ides of March, "Vehicle" (#2, 1970) and Survivor, "Eye Of The Tiger" (#1, 1982)
1952 ● Paul Cowsill → Vocals for family pop band The Cowsills, "The Rain, The Park And Other Things" (#2, 1967) and theme song from Broadway musical Hair, (#2, 1969), inspiration for the TV show The Partridge Family
1953 ● Andy Partridge → Co-founder, guitarist and songwriter for quirky New Wave synth-pop XTC, "Making Plans For Nigel" (UK #17, 1979) and side project for the band under the pseudonym The Dukes Of Stratosphear
1953 ● Marshall Crenshaw → Power pop singer and songwriter, "Someday, Someway" (#36, 1982), movie actor, portrayed John Lennon in the road version of Beatlemania
1956 ● Ian Craig Marsh → Guitarist and founding member of late-70s synth-pop pioneers The Human League, "Don't You Want Me" (#1, 1981), left to form 80s synth-pop Heaven 17, "Temptation" (UK #2, 1983) and "Contenders" (Dance/Club #6, 1987)
1957 ● Tony "Gad" Robinson → Bass and vocals for Brit roots reggae group Aswad (Arabic for "black"), "Don't Turn Around" (UK#1, 1988)
1962 ● Gunnar Mathias "Mic" Michaeli → Keyboardist for Swedish hard rock/glam-metal Europe, "The Final Countdown" (#8, 1986)
1966 ● Peaches (Merrill Beth Nisker) → Canadian electronic groovebox rapper known for her vulgar lyrics, sexual themes and flamboyant stage presence, "Wild Thing" (Dance #4, 2007)
1969 ● Gary Powell → Drummer for indie/punk revival The Libertines, "Can't Stand Me Now" (UK #2, 2004), played with the New York Dolls on their 2004 reunion tour, then indie rock Dirty Pretty Things, "Bang Bang You're Dead" (UK #5, 2006)
1973 ● Jason White → Touring guitarist for 12 years in post-grunge alt rock/punk revival Green Day, "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams" (#2, 2004), joined the band as a full member in 2012, also with punk/garage rock, no touring, fun only supergroup Pinhead Gunpowder
1974 ● Static Major (Stephen Garrett) → Grammy-winning R&B singer, rapper, songwriter and record producer, member of the R&B trio Playa, "Cheers 2 U" (#38, 1998), died on 2/25/2008 during a surgical procedure to treat a rare blood disorder

Nov 12
1917 ● Jo Elizabeth Stafford → Classical-trained singer who chose traditional, breezy pop and sultry jazz for a career that ran from the 30s to the 80s, "You Belong To Me" (#1, 1952) also the first song by a female artist to reach #1 in the UK, occasional film acting and parody records, died on 7/16/2008 for congestive heart failure
1931 ● Bob Crewe → Producer and songwriter for Top 40 pop vocal quartet The Four Seasons, "Big Girls Don't Cry" (#1, 1962), also produced hits by Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels, Freddy Cannon, Roberta Flack and his own band, The Bob Crewe Connection, "Music To Watch Girls By" (#15, 1967)
1936 ● Charlotte Davis → Vocals in R&B/doo wop The Tune Weavers, "Happy, Happy Birthday Baby" (#5, 1957)
1936 ● Mort Shuman → Singer, pianist and prolific pop-rock songwriter, often in collaboration with Doc Pomus, wrote or co-wrote "Viva Las Vegas," "Teenager In Love," "This Magic Moment" and many others, died on 11/3/1991 from complications following liver surgery
1939 ● Ruby Nash Curtis → Lead singer in R&B/soul vocal group Ruby & The Romantics, "Our Day Will Come" (#1, 1963)
1941 ● Jerry Scholl → Vocals in one hit wonder blue-eyed R&B/doo wop quintet The Mello-Kings, "Tonite, Tonite" (#77, 1957)
1943 ● Brian Hyland → Pre-Beatles bubblegum-pop teen idol singer, "Sealed With A Kiss" (#3, 1962)
1943 ● Jimmy Hayes → Vocals in a cappella The Persuasions, "Chain Gang" (1971) and "I Really Got It Bad For You" (#56, 1974)
1943 ● John Walker (John J. Maus) → Guitar and vocals in pop-rock trio The Walker Brothers, "Make It Easy On Yourself" (US #16, UK #1, 1965)
1944 ● Booker T. Jones → Organist and frontman for Stax Records house band Booker T. & The MG's, "Green Onions" (#3, 1966), solo
1945 ● Neil Young → Grammy-winning, venerable Canadian-born country-folk-rock singer/songwriter, "Heart Of Gold" (#1, 1972) and "Downtown" (Mainstream Rock #6, 1995), member of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
1947 ● Buck Dharma (Donald Roeser) → Guitar and vocals for hard rock/pop metal Blue Öyster Cult, wrote "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" (#12, 1976)
1948 ● Errol Brown → Jamaican vocalist and frontman for Brit interracial R&B/soul-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 ● Arthur Paul "Pooch" Tavares → Vocals in five brother R&B/funk-disco Tavares, "Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel" (#15, 1976)
1952 ● Laurence Juber → Grammy-winning guitarist, played lead for Paul McCartney's Wings (1978-81), sessions, solo
1953 ● Malcolm "Calum" Macdonald → Percussion for Scottish Celtic folk-rock Runrig, "An Ubhal As Airde (The Highest Apple)" (UK #18, 1995)
1955 ● Leslie McKeown → Vocals for Scottish teen-pop boy band Bay City Rollers, "Saturday Night" (#1, 1976)
1964 ● David Ellefson → Bassist for hard rock/metal Metallica, then thrash-metal Megadeth, "Symphony Of Destruction" (Mainstream #29, 1992)
1966 ● Booker T. Washington "Bukka" White → Delta blues guitarist, singer and performer, "Parchman Farm Blues" (1940), other artists have covered his work, including Bob Dylan, Fixin' To Die Blues" (1962), died of cancer on 2/26/1977
1968 ● Jo Dunne → Bass guitar in 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)
1976 ● Tevin Campbell → Teenaged hip hop and R&B/soul singer, "Tell Me What You Want Me To Do" (#6, 1991) and four other Top 40 hits between 1990 and 1994
1984 ● Omarion (Omari Ishmael Grandberry) → Vocals for R&B/hip hop urban boy band B2K, "Bump, Bump, Bump" (#1, 2002)

Nov 13
1942 ● John P. Hammond → Grammy-winning, underappreciated white blues-folk guitarist, songwriter, producer
1944 ● Timmy ThomasOne hit wonder R&B/soul singer, songwriter and keyboardist, "Why Can't We Live Together" (#3, 1973), record producer
1946 ● Ray Wylie Hubbard → Texas Hill Country folk and blues singer, songwriter and guitarist, wrote "Up Against The Wall Redneck Mother" but had little commercial success with 15 studio albums, currently hosts a music radio program featuring Americana artists and is considered an elder statesman of Texas music
1947 ● Toy Tallmadge Caldwell → Founding member, chief songwriter and lead guitar for Southern rock pioneers The Marshall Tucker Band, "Heard It In A Love Song" (#14, 1977), fronted Toy Caldwell Band, died from respiratory failure on 2/25/1993
1949 ● Roger Steen → Guitarist for camp-rock pop-rock satirists The Tubes, "She's A Beauty" (#10, 1978)
1949 ● Terry Reid → British hard rock guitarist, bandleader, supporting act, session player and sideman
1951 ● Bill Gibson → Percussion for pop-rock bar band Huey Lewis & The News, "The Power Of Love" (#1, 1985)
1953 ● Andrew Ranken → Drummer for Irish folk-punk-rock The Pogues, "Tuesday Morning" (Rock #11, 1993)
1960 ● Wayne Parker → Bassist for Canadian pop-rock Glass Tiger, "Don't Forget Me (When I'm Gone)" (#2, 1986)
1964 ● "Dirty" Walter A. Kibby II → Vocals and trumpet for alt rock ska-punk-funk fusion Fishbone, "Sunless Saturday" (Modern Rock #7, 1991)
1979 ● Nikolai Fraiture → Bassist for early 00s garage rock revival The Strokes, "Juicebox" (Modern Rock #9, 2005)
1980 ● Monique Adrienne Coleman → Pop singer and actress, played "Taylor" in High School Musical movies (most watched cable TV movies ever)

Nov 14
1900 ● Aaron Copland → Award-winning and influential composer, teacher, writer, critic and conductor known for his "populist" compositions archetypical of the sound of American music, wrote chamber music, vocal works, opera and film scores, including "Fanfare For The Common Man" and "Hoedown" in the 1940s, both of which were interpreted by prog-rock Emerson, Lake & Palmer in the 1970s, died from Alzheimer's disease and respiratory failure on 12/2/1990
1936 ● Freddie Garrity → Eccentric frontman and vocalist for British Invasion novelty/comedy pop-rock 'n' roll Freddie & The Dreamers, "I'm Telling You Now" (#1, 1965), appeared in children's TV shows, died from pulmonary hypertension on 5/19/2006
1938 ● Cornell Gunter → Tenor vocals and founding member of R&B/doo wop The Platters, "The Great Pretender" (#1, 1956), then The Flairs and The Coasters, "Yakety Yak" (#1, 1959), solo, murdered in his car by an unknown assassin on 2/26/1990
1944 ● Scherrie Payne → Lead singer for R&B/soul The Glass House, "Crumbs Off The Table" (#59, R&B #7, 1969), replaced Diana Ross and Jean Terrell in The Supremes in 1973, "You're My Driving Wheel" (#85, Dance/Club #5, 1977), still performs with other former Supremes, younger sister of soul singer Freda Payne
1947 ● Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural → Grammy-winning frontman and accordionist for contemporary zydeco band Buckwheat Zydeco, "I Need Your Lovin'" (1983), has toured with Eric Clapton, Robert Plant, Willie Nelson, Paul Simon and others
1949 ● James "J.Y." Young → Guitarist for prototypical arena rock band Styx, "Too Much Time On My Hands" (#9, 1981)
1951 ● Frankie Banali → Drummer and manager for heavy metal/pop-metal Quiet Riot, "Bang Your Head (Metal Health)" (#31, 1983)
1951 ● Stephen Bishop → Pop-rock singer, songwriter and guitarist, "On And On" (#11, 1976) and the theme song from the film Tootsie (1977)
1954 ● Yanni (Yiannis Chryssomalis) → Grammy-winning New Age composer and pianist with seven Top 40 albums, including Live At The Acropolis (#5, 1994)
1956 ● Alec Jon Such → Bassist for pop-metal superstars Bon Jovi, "Living On A Prayer" (#1, 1987)
1964 ● Andrew Banfield → Vocals in Brit R&B/neo-soul-funk The Pasadenas, "Tribute (Right On)" (Dance/Club #27, UK #5, 1988)
1964 ● Joseph "Run" Simmons → Vocals in premier hardcore rap group Run-D.M.C., "Walk This Way" (#4, 1986), ordained and practicing Pentecostal minister
1964 ● Nic Dalton → Bassist for post-punk rock then teen-pop Lemonheads, "Into Your Arms" (Modern Rock #1, 1993)
1965 ● Stuart Stapels → Vocals and guitar for Brit folk-pop-soul Tindersticks, "Bathtime" (UK #38, 1997)
1968 ● Brian Yale → Bassist for post-grunge alt rock Matchbox Twenty, "Bent" (#1, 2000)
1972 ● Douglas Payne → Bassist for Scottish trad rock Travis, "Why Does It Always Rain On Me" (#36, UK #10, 2000) plus 11 other UK Top 40 hits
1974 ● Adina Howard → One hit wonder urban contemporary R&B/soul-pop singer, "Freak Like Me" (#2, 1995)
1975 ● Faye Louise Tozer → Vocals and dance routines for pre-fab Brit dance-pop group The Steps, "5, 6, 7, 8" (UK #14, 1997), film and theater actress
1975 ● Travis Barker → Drummer for pop-punk Blink-182, "All The Small Things" (#6, 2000)

Nov 15
1905 ● Annunzio Paolo Mantovani → Prolific and popular easy listening composer, orchestra conductor and pianist with the signature "cascading strings" technique, "Around The World (In Eighty Days)" (#12, 1954), TV host, died of natural causes on 3/30/1980
1928 ● C. W. McCall (William D. Fries, Jr.) → Advertising executive turned one hit wonder outlaw country singer and lyricist during the 70s truck driving/CB radio craze, "Convoy" (#1, 1976)
1932 ● Clyde McPhatter → Founder and frontman for influential R&B doo wop The Drifters, "Honey Love" (R&B #1, 1954), left in 1956 for solo career, "A Lover's Question" (#6, R&B #1, 1958) plus six other Top 40 and 11 other R&B Top 20 hits, died after a heart attack on 6/13/1972
1932 ● Petula Clark → Hugely popular 50s Brit film actress then Grammy-winning pop singer, "Downtown" (#1, 1965), the first US #1 single by a British female singer, plus 14 other Top 40 hits
1937 ● William Edward "Little Willie" John → Influential but little known R&B/soul singer and songwriter, "Talk To Me, Talk To Me" (#20, R&B #5, 1958), died of pneumonia on 5/26/1968 while serving prison time for stabbing another man during an argument
1941 ● Rick Kemp → Bassist for Brit electric folk-rock revival band Steeleye Span, "All Around My Hat" (UK #5, 1975)
1945 ● Anni-frid "Frida" Lyngstad Andersson → Vocals for internationally successful Scandinavian pop group ABBA, "Dancing Queen" (#1, 1976)
1949 ● Steve Fossen → Founding member and bassist for hard rock Heart, "Magic Man" (#9, 1976), left in 1982 and in 1988 co-founded Canadian power ballad rock Alias, "More Than Words Can Say" (#2, 1990)
1952 ● Michael Cooper → Singer and guitarist for R&B/soul-funk group Con Funk Shun, "Ffun" (#23, 1978)
1953 ● Alexander O'Neal → R&B/smooth soul singer, started with dance-funk The Time, "Get It Up" (R&B #6, 1981), left for solo career, "Fake" (#25, R&B #1, 1987)
1954 ● Tony Thompson → Drummer for top disco/funk band Chic, "Le Freak" (#1, 1978), session work for Madonna, Mick Jagger, David Bowie and others, drummer for the reunited Led Zeppelin in 1985-86, died on 11/12/2003 from renal cell cancer
1957 ● Joe Leeway → Percussion for New Wave synth-pop Thompson Twins, "Hold Me Now" (#3, 1983)
1960 ● Keith Washington → Grammy-nominated R&B/smooth soul one hit wonder balladeer, "Kissing You" (#40, R&B/Hip Hop #1, 1991)
1968 ● Ol' Dirty Bastard (Russell Tyrone Jones) → Founding member and bad boy of influential East Coast rap group Wu-Tang Clan, "C.R.E.A.M." (Hot Rap #8, 1994), collapsed and died during a studio recording session on 11/13/2004
1974 ● Chad Kroeger (Turton) → Lead guitar and vocals for Canadian post-grunge hard rock Nickelback, "How You Remind Me" (#1, 2001)
1988 ● B.o.B. (Bobby Ray Simmons, Jr.) → R&B/alt Dirty South hip hop singer and songwriter, "Nothin' On You" (#1, 2010) and two other Top 10 hits in debut

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