Monday, March 2, 2015

 

Albums Released This Week (March 2 - 8)

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):


Mar 02
The Doobie Brothers ------ The Captain And Me ► Pop-Rock >> 1973
Steely Dan ------ Pretzel Logic ► Jazz-Rock >> 1974
Bananarama ------ Deep Sea Skiving ► New Wave Dance-Pop >> 1983
Siouxsie And The Banshees ------ Through The Looking Glass ► Post-Punk Alt Rock >> 1987
Steve Earle ------ Essential Steve Earle ► Alt. Country >> 1993
Dimmu Borgir ------ Spiritual Black Dimensions ► Heavy Metal/Black Metal >> 1999


Mar 03
The Walker Brothers ------ Images ► Pop-Rock >> 1967
Laura Nyro ------ Eli And The Thirteenth Confession ► Soft Rock >> 1968
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas ------ Black Magic ► Soul - Motown >> 1972
Gary Glitter ------ Glitter ► Glam Rock >> 1972
Stevie Wonder ------ Music Of My Mind ► Pop-R&B >> 1972
Bad Company ------ Burnin' Sky ► Hard Rock >> 1977
Patti Smith ------ Easter ► New Wave Punk-Rock >> 1978
Frank Zappa ------ Zappa in New York ► Art Rock >> 1978
Frank Zappa ------ Sheik Yerbouti ► Art Rock >> 1979
Metallica ------ Master Of Puppets ► Heavy Metal >> 1986
The Firm ------ Mean Business ► Hard Rock >> 1986
Boogie Down Productions ------ Criminal Minded ► East Coast Rap >> 1987
De La Soul ------ 3 Feet High And Rising ► Hip-Hop >> 1989
Triumph ------ Classics ► Arena Rock >> 1989
The Disposable Heroes Of Hiphoprisy ------ Hypocrisy Is The Greatest Luxury ► Alt Hip-Hop >> 1992
David Byrne ------ Uh-Oh ► Prog Rock >> 1992
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds ------ The Boatman's Call ► Alt Rock >> 1997
Apollo 440 ------ Electro Glide In Blue ► Electronic >> 1997
U2 ------ Pop ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1997
Madonna ------ Ray Of Light ► Dance-Pop >> 1998
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds ------ Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! ► Alt Rock >> 2008
The Black Crowes ------ Warpaint ► Southern Rock >> 2008
U2 ------ No Line On The Horizon ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2009


Mar 04
Gene Vincent ------ Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps ► Rock n Roll >> 1957
ABBA ------ Waterloo ► Pop-Rock >> 1974
The Police ------ Live At Zellerbach ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1979
The Beatles ------ Rarities ► Pop-Rock >> 1980
Wang Chung ------ Huang Chung ► New Wave/Dance-Pop >> 1982
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark ------ Dazzle Ships ► New Wave Synth Pop >> 1983
Thin Lizzy ------ Thunder And Lightning ► Hard Rock >> 1983
Spandau Ballet ------ True ► New Wave Synht-Pop >> 1983
Cocteau Twins ------ Aikea-Guinea [EP] ► Folk-Rock >> 1985
Julian Cope ------ Peggy Suicide ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1991
The Auteurs ------ After Murder Park ► Glam Rock >> 1996
Mike + The Mechanics ------ Hits ► Brit Pop-Rock >> 1996
Evanescence ------ Fallen ► Hard Rock/Alt Metal >> 2003
Kathleen Edwards ------ Asking For Flowers ► Alt Country-Rock >> 2008
Jackson Browne ------ Solo Acoustic, Vol. 2 ► Folk-Rock >> 2008
The 1975 ------ Music For Cars [EP] ► Dream Pop >> 2013


Mar 05
The Kinks ------ Kinda Kinks [UK] ► British Invasion >> 1965
Paul Revere & The Raiders ------ Hard 'N' Heavy (With Marshmellow) ► Pop-Rock >> 1969
Jimi Hendrix ------ The Cry Of Love ► Psych/Blues Rock >> 1971
Slade ------ Nobody's Fools ► Hard Rock >> 1976
Trooper ------ Hot Shots ► Hard Rock >> 1979
Charlie Daniels Band ------ Windows ► Southern Rock >> 1982
Yngwie Malmsteen ------ Rising Force ► Heavy Metal >> 1984
Steve Earle ------ Guitar Town ► Alt. Country >> 1986
The Beloved ------ Happiness ► Brit Pop/Dance-Pop >> 1990
Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. ------ New Funky Nation ► G-Funk >> 1990
Amy Grant ------ Heart In Motion ► Pop-Rock/Christian >> 1991
Morrissey ------ Kill Uncle ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1991
Teddy Pendergrass ------ Truly Blessed ► Soul-Pop >> 1991
Gravity Kills ------ Gravity Kills ► Industrial Electronica >> 1996
Black Label Society ------ 1919 Eternal ► Heavy Metal >> 2002
Humble Pie ------ Live At The Whisky A Go-Go '69 ► Hard Rock >> 2002


Mar 06
The Temptations ------ Temptations Live! ► Soul >> 1967
The United States Of America ------ The United States Of America ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1968
The Temptations ------ Psychedelic Shack ► Soul - Motown >> 1970
The Rolling Stones ------ Stone Age ► Blues-Rock >> 1971
Three Dog Night ------ Hard Labor ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1974
John (Cougar) Mellencamp ------ A Biography ► Folk-Rock >> 1978
Janet Jackson ------ Control ► Dance-Pop >> 1986
Rod Stewart ------ Downtown Train ► Blues-Rock >> 1990
Kris Kristofferson ------ Third World Warrior ► Trad Country >> 1990
Mike + The Mechanics ------ Beggar On A Beach Of Gold ► Brit Pop-Rock >> 1995
EMF ------ Cha Cha Cha ► Synth-Pop >> 1995
Buzzcocks ------ Time's Up ► Punk-Rock >> 2000
Journey ------ The Journey Continues ► AOR Rock >> 2001
Aerosmith ------ Just Push Play ► Hard Rock >> 2001
David Gilmour ------ On An Island ► Prog Rock >> 2006
Korn ------ MYTV Unplugged: Korn ► Post-Grunge/Nu Metal >> 2007
The Church ------ Untitled #23 ► Alt. Power Pop >> 2009
Bruce Springsteen ------ Wrecking Ball ► Heartland Rock >> 2012


Mar 07
Genesis ------ From Genesis To Revelation ► Pop-Rock >> 1969
Mountain ------ Climbing! ► Hard Rock >> 1970
The Byrds ------ The Byrds ► Country-Rock >> 1973
Carpenters ------ Live In Japan ► Easy Listening >> 1975
David Bowie ------ Young Americans ► Glam Rock >> 1975
Tears For Fears ------ The Hurting ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1983
Chris Rea ------ On The Beach ► Album Rock >> 1986
The Beatles ------ Past Masters, Volume One ► Pop-Rock >> 1988
The Beatles ------ Past Masters, Volume Two ► Pop-Rock >> 1988
Aphex Twin ------ Selected Ambient Works Volume II ► Electronica - Dark Ambient >> 1994
Eric Clapton ------ The Cream Of Eric Clapton ► Blues-Rock >> 1995
Human Nature ------ Telling Everybody [US] ► Dance-Pop/Boy Band >> 1997
Beatsteaks ------ Launched ► Hardcore Punk/Kraut Rock >> 2000
Buzzcocks ------ Flat-Pack Philosophy ► Punk-Rock >> 2006
Donald Fagen ------ Morph The Cat ► Jazz-Rock >> 2006
Van Morrison ------ Pay The Devil ► Folk-Rock >> 2006


Mar 08
The Beach Boys ------ Today! ► Pop-Rock >> 1965
Aerosmith ------ Get Your Wings ► Hard Rock >> 1974
Foreigner ------ Foreigner ► Arena Rock >> 1977
The Fall ------ Hex Enduction Hour ► Pop-Rock/Post-Punk >> 1982
Reba McEntire ------ Just A Little Love ► Country-Pop >> 1984
Luther Vandross ------ The Night I Fell In Love ► Smooth Soul >> 1995
Nine Inch Nails ------ The Downward Spiral ► Industrial Metal >> 1994
Failure ------ Magnified ► Post-Grunge/Alt Metal >> 1994
Soundgarden ------ Superunknown ► Grunge >> 1994
David Lee Roth ------ Your Filthy Little Mouth ► Hard Rock >> 1994
Godspeed You Black Emperor! ------ Slow Riot for New Zerø Kanada ► Instrumental/Experimental >> 1999
Rory Gallagher ------ Wheels Within Wheels ► Blues-Rock >> 2003
R.E.M. ------ Collapse Into Now ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2011

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

 

This Week's Birthdays (March 1 - 7)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Mar 01
1904 ● Alton Glenn Miller → Immensely popular Big Band-era swing and jazz composer, bandleader, trombonist and movie actor, wrote dozens of popular swing hits, including "In The Mood" (#1, 1940), "Pennsylvania 6-5000" (Top 5, 1940) and "Chattanooga Choo Choo" (#1, 1941), died during a tour of Western Europe to entertain U.S. troops when the transport plane in which he was flying disappeared over the English Channel during bad weather on 12/15/1944
1927 ● Harry Belafonte (Belafonete) → The "King of Calypso," entertainer, social activist, humanitarian and 50s pop and adult contemporary singer, "Banana Boat Song" (#5, 1956) plus five other Top 20 hits
1939 ● Warren Davis → Vocals for one hit wonder R&B/doo wop sextet The Monotones, "(Who Wrote) The Book Of Love" (#5, 1958)
1942 ● Jerry Fisher → Vocals for jazz-rock/pop-rock fusion band Blood, Sweat & Tears, "Spinning Wheel" (#2, 1969)
1944 ● Mike D'Abo → Singer, songwriter and vocals for British Invasion pop-rock Manfred Mann, "Do Wah Diddy Diddy" (#1, 1964), wrote The Foundations' "Build Me Up Buttercup" (#3, 1969) and Rod Stewart's "Handbags & Gladrags" (#42, 1972)
1944 ● Roger Daltrey → Lead singer for venerable hard rock The Who, "Who Are You" (#14, 1978) and solo, "After The Fire" (Mainstream Rock #3, 1985)
1946 ● Tony Ashton → Vocals and keyboards for art rock Ashton, Gardner & Dyke, "Resurrection Shuffle" (#40, UK #3, 1971)
1947 ● Burning Spear (Winston Rodney) → Two-time Grammy-winning roots-reggae singer, songwriter, Rastafarian preacher and bandleader with eleven Top 20 charting world and reggae music albums
1950 ● Dave Marsh → Rock music critic, magazine editor, author and radio talk show host, founding editor of music magazine Creem, wrote for The Village Voice, Rolling Stone and other music magazines, credited with coining the term "punk rock" in 1971, serves on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame selection committee
1957 ● Jon Carroll → Singer in one hit wonder folk-pop Starland Vocal Band, "Afternoon Delight" (1976)
1958 ● Nik Kershaw → Singer, songwriter, jazz-funk guitarist and 80s teen idol, "Wouldn't It Be Good" (#46, UK #4, 1984), producer
1962 ● Bill Leen → Bassist and co-founder of power-pop Gin Blossoms, "Found Out About You" (Modern Rock #1, 1994)
1962 ● Peter Stephenson → Founding member and keyboards in Scottish electronic psych/dance rock crossover band The Shamen, "Ebeneezer Goode" (UK #1, 1992)
1963 ● Christina Bergmark → Keyboards and vocals for Swedish alt rock The Wannadies, "You And Me Song" (UK #18, 1996)
1963 ● Rob Affuso → Drummer for New Jersey-based hair metal/pop-metal Skid Row ("I Remember You," #6, 1989)
1969 ● Davydd Leuan → Drummer for Welsh electro-psych rock Super Furry Animals, "Northern Lites" (UK #11, 1999)
1973 ● Ryan Peake → Rhythm guitar and vocals for Canadian post-grunge hard rock Nickelback, "How You Remind Me" (#1, 2001)
1987 ● Kesha Rose Sebert → Dance-pop rapper with Flo Rida, "Right Round", (#1, 2009) and solo, "Tik Tok" (#1, 2010)
1994 ● Justin Bieber → Canadian teen idol pop singer and the first artist to have seven songs from a debut album chart on the Billboard Hot 100, including "Baby" (#5, 2010)

Mar 02
1900 ● Kurt Weill → German stage producer and composer, frequently in collaboration with Bertolt Brecht, co-wrote the stage production The Threepenny Opera and the now-standard "Mack The Knife" which was covered by Louis Armstrong, Bobby Darin (#1, 1959), Frank Sinatra, The Psychedelic Furs and several others, died after suffering a heart attack on 4/3/1950
1938 ● Lawrence Payton → Tenor vocals and songwriter for six decade R&B/soul vocal quartet The Four Tops, "Reach Out (I'll Be There)" (#1, 1966), died 6/20/1997
1941 ● Keith Potger → Founding member, guitar and vocals for Aussie folk-sunshine pop The Seekers, "Georgy Girl" (#2, 1967) and The New Seekers, "I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing" (#7, 1972)
1942 ● Lou Reed (Lewis Allen Rabinowitz) → Founding member, singer, songwriter and guitarist for proto-punk The Velvet Underground, "White Light, White Heat" (1968), then 4 decade solo career, "Walk On The Wild Side" (#16, 1973), died from liver failure on 10/27/2013
1943 ● Tony Meehan → Drummer for instrumental pop-rock The Shadows, "Apache" (Worldwide #1, 1960), died after an accidental fall at home in London on 11/28/2005
1948 ● Larry Carlton → Grammy-winning jazz-rock fusion guitarist with The Crusaders (1971-76), session work for Steely Dan, Billy Joel, Michael Jackson and others, composed the theme to the TV show Hill Street Blues and recorded several acclaimed solo albums
1948 ● Rory Gallagher → Hugely underrated Irish blues-rock guitarist, songwriter and vocalist with eleven solo studio albums plus sessions work, died from complications of a liver transplant on 6/14/1995
1950 ● Karen Carpenter → Vocals and drums for pop sibling act The Carpenters, three US #1 hits including "Close To You" (#1, 1970), died from anorexia nervosa on 2/4/1983
1955 ● Dale Bozzio (Consalvi) → Former Playboy bunny and lead singer for New Wave pop-rock Missing Persons, "Walking In L.A." (Mainstream Rock #12, 1983)
1955 ● Jay Osmond → Vocals for family-oriented light pop-rock The Osmonds, ten US Top 40 singles including "One Bad Apple" (#1, 1971)
1956 ● Steve "Lips" Kudlow → Canadian guitarist, vocalist and founding member of heavy metal Anvil with friend Robb Reiner in 1978
1956 ● John Cowsill → Drums and 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, member of 80s one hit wonder pop-rock Tommy Tutone ("867-5309/Jenny," #4, 1982), currently touring with The Beach Boys
1956 ● Mark Evans → Original bassist for power rock AC/DC, "Let There Be Rock" (#154, 1977), quit in 1977 after becoming tired of tour schedule
1962 ● Jon Bon Jovi (John Francis Bongiovi, Jr.) → Vocals and frontman for pop metal/hard rock Bon Jovi, "Living On A Prayer" (#1, 1987), then solo, "Blaze Of Glory" (#1, 1990), then reformed Bon Jovi, "Always" (#4, 1994) and moved into country-Heartland rock, "Who Says You Can't Go Home" (Adult Top 40 #6, 2006)
1967 ● Dennis Seaton → Lead vocals for ska/reggae band Musical Youth, "Pass The Dutchie" (#10, 1982)
1977 ● Chris Martin → Guitar, vocals and piano for Brit-pop/anthem rock Coldplay, "Speed Of Sound" (#8, 2005)
1985 ● Luke Pritchard → Lead vocalist and guitarist with Brit-pop-rock The Kooks, "Always Where I Need To Be" (Alt Rock #22, 2008)

Mar 03
1923 ● Arthel L. "Doc" Watson → Highly influential, blinded at an early age, eight-time Grammy-winning folk, country, bluegrass and gospel singer/songwriter and flatpicking guitarist, frontman for various bands and dozens of solo albums, died on 5/29/2012 after colon surgery and a subsequent fall
1928 ● Dave Dudley (Pedruska) → The "Father of Truck Driving Music", honky tonk singer, songwriter and guitarist, "Six Days On The Road" (#32, Country #2, 1963), died from a heart attack on 12/22/2003
1938 ● Willie Chambers → Guitarist for psychedelic soul-rock sibling group The Chambers Brothers, "Time Has Come Today" (#11, 1968), sessions
1942 ● Mike Pender (Prendergast) → Founder and lead vocalist for Merseybeat band The Searchers, "Needles And Pins" (#13, 1963)
1944 ● Jance Garfat → Bassist for pop-rock Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show, "Sylvia's Mother" (#5, 1972) and nine other US Top 40 singles
1947 ● Dave Mount → Drums and vocals for Brit "good time" glam-rock 'n' roll Mud, "Tiger Feet" (UK #1, 1974), "Tiger Feet" (UK #1, 1974), became an insurance salesman, committed suicide on 12/2/2006
1947 ● Jennifer Warnes → Oscar and Grammy-winning singer/songwriter as a solo artist, "Right Time Of The Night" (Adult Contemporary #1, 1977) and in duets with Joe Cocker, "Up Where We Belong" (#1, 1982) and Bill Medley, "(I've Had) The Time Of My Life" (#1, 1987)
1948 ● Terence Charles "Snowy" White → Blues-rock guitarist, sessions for Pink Floyd and Peter Green, then full-time with Thin Lizzy (1979-82), then solo, "Bird Of Paradise" (UK #3, 1982), in late 80s with Roger Waters' touring band, including performing "Comfortably Numb" atop the Berlin Wall in 1990
1950 ● Re Styles (Shirley Marie MacLeod) → Backing vocals for satirical camp-rock The Tubes, "She's A Beauty (#10, 1983)
1953 ● Robyn Hitchcock → Co-founder, lead vocals and songwriter for early punk rock The Soft Boys, then extended solo career, "Balloon Man" (1988)
1954 ● Merrick (Chris Hughes) → Drummer for post-punk New Wave pop-rock Adam & The Ants, "Stand And Deliver" (Dance #38, UK #1, 1981), co-wrote Tears For Fears "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" (#1, 1985), produced Peter Gabriel's "Red Rain" (Modern Rock #3, 1987)
1966 ● Tone-Loc (Anthony T. Smith) → Gravel-voiced hip hop entertainer, actor and rapper, "Wild Thing" (#2, 1989), cartoon character voices
1969 ● John Bigham → Alt rock ska-punk-funk fusion Fishbone, "Sunless Saturday" (Modern Rock #7, 1991)
1977 ● Ronan Keating → Vocals for Irish teen-pop boy band Boyzone, "No Matter What" (Adult Contemporary #12, 1999)
1983 ● Katie White → Vocals, guitar and drums for girl group punk trio TKO, then with Jules De Martino in indie pop duo The Ting Tings, "Shut Up And Let Me Go" (Dance/Pop #1, 2008)
1986 ● Stacie Orrico → Contemporary Christian Music vocalist and songwriter, "(There's Gotta Be) More To Life" (#30, Hot Dance #2, 2004)

Mar 04
1925 ● Paul Mauriat → French orchestra conductor and composer of pop/easy listening music, best known for his one hit wonder version of "Love Is Blue" (#1, 1968), died 11/3/1966
1932 ● Miriam Makeba → Grammy-winning, influential and beloved South African folk-pop singer, "Pata Pata" (#12, 1967)
1936 ● Eric Allandale → Trombone in Brit R&B/soul-pop The Foundations, "Baby Now That I've Found You" (#11, 1967), songwriter and jazz bandleader
1944 ● Bobby Womack → R&B/soul singer and guitarist, "It's All Over Now" (1974), session work
1944 ● Michael "Mick" Wilson → Drummer for Brit 60s pop-rock two hit wonder quintet Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, "The Legend Of Xanadu" (UK #1, 1968)
1945 ● Dieter Meier → Manager, producer, vocalist and lyricist for Swiss electronic dance-pop Yello, "Oh Yeah" (#51, 1987)
1946 ● Red Stripe (David Gittens) → Vocals for Brit a cappella Flying Pickets, "Only You" (#1, 1983)
1947 ● Robert Lewis → Founding member group that became quirky 80s pop-rock Devo, "Whip It" (#14, 1980) but left before the band signed a multi-million dollar recording contract, sued his bandmates for intellectual property rights and settled out of court, produced videos and music for bands in the Akron, Ohio region, now a consultant to music industry litigation lawyers
1948 ● Chris Squire → Long-time bassist for archetypal, pioneer progressive rock band Yes, "Roundabout" (#13, 1971) and "Owner Of A Lonely Heart" (#1, 1983), solo
1948 ● Shakin' Stevens (Michael Barrett) → Welsh rock 'n' roll revival singer and songwriter, "I Cry Just A Little Bit" (Adult Contemporary #13, 1984)
1951 ● Chris Rea → Singer, songwriter and slide guitarist, "Fool (If You Think It's Over)" (Adult Contemporary #1, 1978) and "Working On It" (Mainstream Rock #1, 1989)
1953 ● Emilio Estefan, Jr. → Keyboards for Latin-funk-dance Miami Sound Machine, "Don't Wanna Lose You" (#1, 1989), husband of Gloria
1954 ● St. Clair L. Palmer → St. Kitts-born vocalist for Philly-style Brit R&B/soul Sweet Sensation, "Sad Sweet Dreamer" (, , 1975)
1955 ● Rowland "Boon" Gould → Founding member and guitarist for jazz-funk-pop fusion Level 42, "Lessons In Love" (#12, 1987)
1962 ● Jon Durno → Bass guitar for New Wave swing/pop Roman Holliday, "Don't Try To Stop It" (#68, UK #14, 1983)
1963 ● Jason Newsted → Bassist for heavy metal Metallica, "Enter Sandman" (#10, 1991), later Echobrain and Voivod
1965 ● Richard March → Bassist for dance-rock Pop Will Eat Itself, "X, Y & Zee" (Modern Rock #11, 1991), then founded Bentley Rhythm Ace in mid 90s
1966 ● Grand Puba (Maxwell Dixon) → DJ and MC for alt hip hop trio Brand Nubian, "Don't Let It Go To Your Head" (#54, Rap #3, 1998)
1966 ● Patrick "Patch" Hannan → Drummer for Brit alt-indie-rock The Sundays, "Here's Where The Story Ends" (Modern Rock #1, 1990)
1967 ● Evan Dando → Guitar and vocals for post-punk rock then teen-pop Lemonheads, "Into Your Arms" (Modern Rock #1, 1993)
1968 ● Patsy Kensit → Film and TV actress, singer and bandleader for Brit pop-rock Eighth Wonder, "Cross My Heart" (Dance/Club #10, 1988), appeared in Lethal Weapon II as Mel Gibson's love interest, formerly married to Simple Minds singer Jim Kerr and Oasis singer Liam Gallagher
1971 ● Fergal Lawlor → Drums for Irish jangle/dream pop-rock The Cranberries, "Linger" (#8, 1993)
1972 ● Alison Wheeler → Vocals in alt pop-rock The Beautiful South, "A Little Time" (UK #1, 1990)
1975 ● Hawksley Workman (Ryan Corrigan) → Canadian cabaret-pop and glam-rock singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer, "Anger As Beauty" (Canada #29, 2003)

Mar 05
1933 ● Tommy Tucker (Robert Higginbotham) → Blues singer, songwriter and pianist, "High-Heeled Sneakers" (#11, 1964), died on 1/17/1982 from carbon tetrachloride poisoning after inhaling the chemical while refinishing floors in his home
1947 ● Eddie Hodges → Child stage actor (The Music Man, 1957), screen actor (A Hole In The Head with Frank Sinatra, 1959) and teen pop singer, "I'm Gonna Knock On Your Door" (#12, 1961), left the entertainment industry in the early 70s
1948 ● Eddy Grant → Singer for Brit reggae-pop The Equals, "Baby Come Back" (#32, 1968), then solo, "Electric Avenue" (#2, 1983)
1951 ● Elaine Page → The "First Lady of British Musical Theater", stage actress and singer with the biggest-selling record by a Brit female duo, "I Know Him So Well" with Barbara Dickinson (UK #1, 1985)
1952 ● Alan Clark → Keyboards for post-punk New Wave pop-rock Dire Straits, "Sultans Of Swing" (#4, 1983)
1956 ● Robert L."Bobby" Debarge, Jr. → Lead singer and keyboards with brother Tommy Debarge in Motown R&B/funk band Switch, "There'll Never Be" (#36, R&B #6, 1978), mentor and producer for his other siblings R&B/soul band DeBarge, died of AIDS complications on 8/16/1995
1956 ● Teena Marie (Mary Christine Brockert) → The "Ivory Queen of Soul", blue-eyed R&B/soul singer, "Lovergirl" (#4, 1984), guitarist, keyboardist, arranger and producer, died on 12/26/2010 from natural causes
1957 ● Mark E. Smith → Founder, frontman, singer, songwriter, vocalist and only constant member of 35+ year punk and post-punk The Fall, "There's A Ghost In My House" (UK #30, 1987)
1958 ● Andy Gibb → Youngest Bee Gees brother and pop/teen idol solo singer, "Shadow Dancing" (#1, 1978), died on 3/10/1988 from heart virus due to cocaine addiction
1962 ● Charlie Reid → With identical twin brother Craig, vocals and guitar in Irish post-punk folk-pop-rock The Proclaimers, "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" (#3, 1993)
1962 ● Craig Reid → With identical twin brother Charlie, vocals and guitar in Irish post-punk folk-pop-rock The Proclaimers, "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" (#3, 1993)
1970 ● John Frusciante → Guitarist for funk-rock Red Hot Chili Peppers, "Californication" (Modern Rock #1, 2000)
1982 ● Russell Leetch → Bass guitarist for 00s punk revival/indie rock Editors, "Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors" (UK #7, 2007)

Mar 06
1893 ● Walter "Furry" Lewis → Blues guitarist, singer and originator of the bottleneck slide guitar method, subject of Joni Mitchell's "Furry Sings The Blues", died 9/14/1981 of heart failure
1905 ● James Robert "Bob" Wills → The "King of Western Swing," influential musician, songwriter and bandleader, frontman for the popular and genre-crossing Texas Playboys, "Heart To Heart Talk" (Country #5, 1960), Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee (1999), died on 5/13/1975 after suffering a stroke in 1973 and being comatose thereafter
1936 ● Sylvia Robinson → Vocals for one hit wonder R&B/rock 'n' roll mix duo Mickey & Sylvia, "Love Is Strange" (#11, 1957) and later solo "Pillow Talk" (#3, 1973)
1937 ● Domingo "Sam" Samudio → Mexican-American rock 'n' roll/garage rock vocalist, songwriter and frontman for novelty pop Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs, "Wooly Bully" (#2, 1965), then largely unsuccessful solo career, now a preacher in Memphis
1937 ● Doug Dillard → Progressive and influential bluegrass banjo player with brother Rodney in duo The Dillards, then with Gene Clark in early country-rock Dillard & Clark, then solo and various collaborations
1944 ● Mary Wilson → Founding member and singer with R&B/soul-pop trio The Supremes, "Where Did Our Love Go" (#1, 1964), left in 1976 to pursue a largely unsuccessful solo career
1945 ● Hugh Grundy → Drummer in underappreciated art-pop rock The Zombies, "Time Of The Season" (#3, 1969)
1946 ● David Gilmour → Singer, songwriter and lead guitarist (replacing longtime friend Syd Barrett) for psych/space rock Pink Floyd, "Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)" (#1, 1979), plus solo career and collaborations as sessionman and/or producer with Paul McCartney, Elton John, Bryan Ferry and many others
1946 ● Murray Head → Brit film actor, starred in Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971) and Chess (1984), sang lead on the Jesus Christ Superstar soundtrack, plus solo, "One Night In Bangkok" (#3, 1984)
1947 ● Kiki Dee (Pauline Matthews) → Brit pop singer and bandleader, "I've Got The Music In Me" (UK #19, 1974) and duet with Elton John, "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" (#1, 1976)
1964 ● Madonna Wayne Gacy (Stephen Bier) → Keyboards for shock rock Marilyn Manson, "The Dope Show" (Mainstream Rock #12, 1998), sued bandleader Manson and its business managers for unpaid share of royalties
1970 ● Betty Boo (Alison Moira Clarkson) → Scottish/Malaysian pop-rap singer, "Doin' The Do" (UK #7, 1990) and songwriter, wrote "Pure and Simple" (UK #1, 2001) for pre-fab pop Hear'Say
1972 ● Jaret Reddick → Lead vocals and guitar for pop-punk Bowling For Soup, "Girl All The Bad Guys Want" (#64, UK #8, 2002)
1974 ● Beanie Sigel (Dwight Grant) → Founder of Philadelphia-centered rap group and record label State Property, as well as the clothing company of the same name, solo rapper , "Beanie (Mac B****)" (Rap #11, 2001), convicted felon, did time for weapons and drug charges
1974 ● Guy Garvey → Singer and guitarist with Manchester-based prog/indie rock Elbow, "Grounds For Divorce" (UK #19, 2008), won Mercury Music Prize for their 2008 album The Seldom Seen Kid
1977 ● Bubba Sparxxx (Warren Mathis) → Blue-eyed Southern rapper, "Ms. New Booty" (#7, 2001) featuring Ying Yang Twins

Mar 07
1943 ● Chris Taylor White → Bassist and one of two primary songwriters in underappreciated art-pop rock The Zombies, "Time Of The Season" (#3, 1969)
1944 ● Townes Van Zandt → Reclusive country-folk singer, songwriter, guitarist and poet, wrote "If I Needed You" (Country #3, 1981 for Emmylou Harris) and "Pancho And Lefty" (Country #1, 1983 for Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard), issued several solo albums but remained a largely cult musician, died on 1/1/1997 from cardiac arrhythmia following years of substance abuse
1945 ● Arthur Lee (Arthur Porter Taylor) → Founder, guitarist, vocals and songwriter for folk-psych-rock Love, "7 And 7 Is" (#33, 1966), died from leukemia on 8/3/2006
1946 ● Matthew Fisher → Keyboardist, lead vocals and songwriter for prog/psych rock Procol Harum, "A Whiter Shade Of Pale" (#5, 1967), left in 1969 for solo career and record producer for Robin Trower and others
1946 ● Peter Wolf (Blankfield) → Radio DJ (WBCN-fm, Boston) before joining boogie-blues-rock 'n' roll bar band J. Geils Band, "Centerfold" (#1, 1982) as lead singer and songwriter, left in 1983 for a solo career, "Lights Out" (#12, 1984), former husband of actress Faye Dunaway
1952 ● Ernest "Ernie" Isley → Guitarist, songwriter and vocals for six-decade R&B/soul family group The Isley Brothers, "That Lady, Pts. 1-2" (#6, 1973)
1962 ● Taylor Dayne (Leslie Wunderman) → Dance-pop diva with a career-igniting seven straight Top 10 singles between 1987 and 1990, including "Love Will Lead You Back" (#1, 1990) and a recharge with "Planet Love" (Dance/Pop #1, 2000)
1966 ● Paul Davis → Keyboards for Madchester electro-dance club Happy Mondays, "Stinkin Thinkin" (Dance/Club #1, 1992)
1967 ● Randy Guss → Drummer for alt folk-pop-rock Toad The Wet Sprocket, "All I Want" (#15, 1992)
1973 ● Sébastien Izambard → Baritone for pre-fab Euro-pop vocal quartet Il Divo, "Unbreak My Heart" (Adult Contemporary #33, 2005)
1977 ● Paul Cattermole → Vocals for pre-fab teen pop S Club 7, "Never Had A Dream Come True" (#10, 2001)
1982 ● Kelli Young → Singer for teen dance-pop Liberty X, "Just A Little" (UK #1, 2002)

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Monday, February 23, 2015

 

Albums Released This Week (February 23 - March 1)

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):


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


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


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


Feb 26
Eric Andersen ------ Today Is The Highway ► Folk-Rock >> 1965
The Beatles ------ Hey Jude/The Beatles Again ► Pop-Rock >> 1970
Anne Murray ------ Straight, Clean And Simple ► Country-Pop >> 1971
Judas Priest ------ Point Of Entry ► Heavy Metal >> 1981
Great White ------ Hooked ► Hard Rock >> 1991
Billy Idol ------ Billy Idol: VH1 Storytellers ► Hard Rock >> 2002
Roy Buchanan ------ Before And After ► Blues-Rock >> 2003
10,000 Maniacs ------ Music From The Motion Picture ► Folk-Rock >> 2013


Feb 27
Elvis Presley ------ How Great Thou Art ► Southern Gospel >> 1967
Blue Öyster Cult ------ On Your Feet Or On Your Knees ► Metal >> 1975
Yes ------ Yesterdays ► Prog Rock >> 1975
Village People ------ Macho Man ► Disco >> 1978
Desparate Bicycles ------ Remorse Code ► Post-Punk/Psych Rock >> 1979
Dead Can Dance ------ Dead Can Dance ► Post-Punk/Goth Rock >> 1984
XTC ------ Oranges And Lemons ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1989
Bruce Dickinson ------ Alive In Studio A ► Heavy Metal >> 1995
Neil Young ------ Dead Man ► Folk-Rock >> 1996
America ------ Greatest Hits Live ► Folk-Rock >> 1996
Triumph ------ King Biscuit Flower Hour (In Concert) ► Arena Rock >> 1996
Curtis Mayfield ------ People Get Ready: The Curtis Mayfield Story ► Soul/Funk >> 1996
Bad Religion ------ The Gray Race ► Punk Rock >> 1997
CKY ------ Volume 1 ► Alt. Rock/Alt. Metal >> 1999
Dave Matthews Band ------ Everyday ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2001


Feb 28
The Miracles ------ The Fabulous Miracles ► Soul - Motown >> 1963
Sam Cooke ------ Mr. Soul ► Soul >> 1963
Van Morrison ------ Moondance ► Folk-Rock >> 1970
Styx ------ Kilroy Was Here ► Prog/Art Rock >> 1983
The Ramones ------ Subterranean Jungle ► Punk-Rock >> 1983
U2 ------ War ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1983
"Weird Al" Yankovic ------ In 3-D ► Comedy/Parody >> 1984
Queen ------ The Works ► Glam Rock >> 1984
Indigo Girls ------ Indigo Girls ► Folk-Rock >> 1989
Eric Johnson ------ Ah Via Musicom ► Blues-Rock >> 1990
Yoko Ono ------ Onobox ► New Wave Art-Rock >> 1992
Bruce Springsteen ------ Greatest Hits ► Heartland Rock >> 1995
Harry Nilsson ------ Personal Bast: The Harry Nilsson Anthology ► Folk-Rock >> 1995
Steve Earle ------ Train A Comin' ► Alt. Country >> 1995
Del Amitri ------ Twisted ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1995
Oasis ------ Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants ► Alt. Pop-Rock/Britpop >> 2000
AC/DC ------ Stiff Upper Lip ► Hard Rock >> 2000
Bob Dylan ------ Live 1961-2000: Thirty-Nine Years Of Great Concert Performances ► Folk-Rock >> 2001
The Rolling Stones ------ Singles 1968-1971 ► Blues-Rock >> 2005
Bruce Springsteen ------ Hammersmith Odeon, London '75 ► Heartland Rock >> 2006


Feb 29
Olivia Newton-John ------ Come On Over ► Pop-Rock >> 1976
The Fall ------ The Frenz Experiment ► Pop-Rock/Post-Punk >> 1988
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony ------ BTNHResurrection ► Gangsta Rap >> 2000
BloodHound Gang ------ Hooray For Boobies ► Post-Punk Alt Metal >> 2000
The Black Crowes ------ Live At The Greek ► Southern Rock >> 2000
Steely Dan ------ Two Against Nature ► Jazz-Rock >> 2000


Mar 01
Sam Cooke ------ Ain't That Good News ► Soul >> 1964
Elvis Presley ------ Girl Happy ► Rock 'N' Roll >> 1965
The Rascals ------ Search And Nearness ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1971
Pink Floyd ------ The Dark Side Of The Moon ► Prog Rock >> 1974
Camel ------ Mirage ► Prog Rock >> 1974
Rush ------ Rush ► Hard Rock >> 1974
Jeff Beck ------ Blow By Blow ► Instrumental Rock/Fusion >> 1975
Max Webster ------ High Class In Borrowed Shoes ► Hard Rock >> 1977
The Hollies ------ A Crazy Steal ► Pop-Rock >> 1978
Roxy Music ------ Manifesto ► Prog Rock >> 1979
Robert Hunter ------ Liberty ► Country-Rock >> 1988
Toto ------ The Seventh One ► Pop-Rock >> 1988
Ocean Colour Scene ------ Ocean Colour Scene ► Brit Pop >> 1992
Cranberries ------ Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We? ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1993
Beck ------ Mellow Gold ► Alt Rock >> 1994
DK Jamz ------ The Original Donkey Kong Country Soundtrack ► Atmospheric Ambient >> 1995
Tonic ------ Live And Enhanced ► Alt/Roots Rock >> 1999
Kathleen Edwards ------ Back To Me ► Alt Country-Rock >> 2005
Jack Johnson ------ In Between Dreams ► AA Folk-Rock >> 2005
Lucinda Williams ------ Blessed ► Alt. Country >> 2011
Rhye ------ Woman ► Downtempo Pop >> 2013

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Monday, February 16, 2015

 

Albums Released This Week (February 16 - 22)

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):


Feb 16
The Isley Brothers ------ It's Our Thing ► Soul-Funk >> 1969
Badfinger ------ Magic Christian Music ► Pop-Rock >> 1970
Simon & Garfunkel ------ The Concert In Central Park ► Folk-Pop >> 1982
Possessed ------ Seven Churches ► Heavy/Death Metal >> 1985
All About Eve ------ All About Eve ► Alt. Pop-Rock/Goth Pop >> 1988
Sting ------ Nada Como El Sol…. ► Pop-Rock >> 1988
The Church ------ Starfish ► Alt. Power Pop >> 1988
Death ------ Spiritual Healing ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1990
Einstürzende Neubatuten ------ Tabula Rasa ► Industrial Electronica >> 1993
New Kids On The Block ------ Greatest Hits ► Teen Dance-Pop >> 1999


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


Feb 18
Brenda Lee ------ Brenda Lee ► Country-Pop >> 1963
Tony Bennett ------ I Wanna Be Around… ► Easy Listening >> 1963
Manfred Mann's Earth Band ------ Manfred Mann's Earth Band ► Prog Rock >> 1972
Rory Gallagher ------ Blueprint ► Blues-Rock >> 1973
Kiss ------ Kiss ► Hard Rock >> 1974
The Damned ------ Damned, Damned, Damned [UK] ► Punk-Rock >> 1977
Sham 69 ------ Tell Us The Truth ► Punk Rock >> 1978
Manfred Mann's Earth Band ------ Somewhere In Afrika ► British Rock >> 1983
Jackson Browne ------ Lives In The Balance ► Folk-Rock >> 1986
Ricky Martin ------ Ricky Martin ► Latin Dance-Pop >> 1992
Live ------ Secret Samadhi ► Post-Grunge Alt Rock >> 1997
Radiohead ------ The King Of Limbs ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2011


Feb 19
The Rascals ------ Once Upon A Dream ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1968
Yes ------ The Yes Album ► Prog Rock >> 1971
Split Enz ------ Frenzy [NZ] ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1979
Simple Minds ------ The Breakfast Club [Sndtrk] ► New Wave Alt. Pop >> 1985
The Fall ------ Extricate ► Post-Punk Pop-Rock >> 1990
Dinosaur Jr. ------ Green Mind ► Alt. Rock >> 1991
The Fixx ------ Ink ► Techno-Pop >> 1991
Joni Mitchell ------ Night Ride Home ► Folk-Rock >> 1991
The Tragically Hip ------ Road Apples ► Folk-Rock >> 1991
Ace Of Base ------ Happy Nation ► Euro-Dance Pop >> 1993
Bruce Dickinson ------ Skunkworks ► Heavy Metal >> 1996
Humble Pie ------ Back On Track ► Hard Rock >> 2002
The Cars ------ Complete Greatest Hits ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 2002


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


Feb 21
Blood, Sweat & Tears ------ Child Is Father To The Man ► Pop-Rock >> 1968
The Temptations ------ Masterpiece ► Soul - Motown >> 1973
Status Quo ------ On The Level ► Blues-Rock >> 1975
Bad Company ------ Run With The Pack ► Hard Rock >> 1976
David Coverdale ------ White Snake ► Hard Rock >> 1977
The Stranglers ------ Live (X Cert) ► Punk-Rock >> 1979
Mick Jagger ------ She's The Boss ► Adult Contemporary >> 1985
Elvis Costello ------ King Of America ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1986
Marc Cohn ------ Marc Cohn ► Adult Contemporary >> 1991
Emperor ------ In The Nightside Eclipse ► Heavy Metal/Black Metal >> 1994
Morrissey ------ The World Of Morrissey ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1995
Various Artists ------ The Next Best Thing [Sndtrk] ► Dance-Pop >> 2000
Simple Minds ------ X5 ► New Wave Alt. Pop >> 2012


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

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

 

This Week's Birthdays (February 15 - 21)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Feb 15
1941 ● Brian HollandMotown musical arranger and producer with the Holland-Dozier-Holland songwriting team, co-wrote dozens of hits for The Supremes, The Four Tops, Martha & The Vandellas, The Isley Brothers and others, issued solo albums
1942 ● Glyn Johns → Recording engineer and producer, mixed The Who's Who's Next album, worked with Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles' Let It Be sessions, Joan Armatrading, Steve Miller, Eagles, The Faces and Led Zeppelin
1944 ● Denny Zager → Vocals in folk-pop-rock one hit wonder duo Zager & Evans, "In The Year 2525" (#1, 1969)
1944 ● Michael Charles "Mick" Avory → Drummer for Brit folk-pop-rock The Kinks, "You Really Got Me" (#7, 1964)
1945 ● John Helliwell → Saxophonist for Brit prog-art-pop-rock Supertramp, "The Logical Song" (#6, 1979)
1947 ● David Brown → Bassist for Latin-rock Santana, "Black Magic Woman" (#4, 1970) and the Boz Scaggs band, died from liver and kidney failure on 9/4/2000
1951 ● Melissa Manchester → Folk-pop/adult contemporary singer and songwriter, "Midnight Blue" (#6, 1975), TV, film and stage actress
1954 ● David Ricketts → Vocals, guitar and keyboards for New Wave synth-pop duo David & David, "Welcome To The Boomtown"(Top Rock #8, 1986), collaborated with Sheryl Crow
1959 ● Alistair "Ali" Campbell → Vocals for multiracial reggae-pop UB40, "Red Red Wine" (#1, 1988) and over 30 other Top 40 hits
1960 ● Mikey Craig → Bassist for new romantic synth-pop Culture Club, "Karma Chameleon" (#12, 1984)
1962 ● David Milner → With twin brother Mike, vocals in Brit R&B/neo-soul-funk The Pasadenas, "Tribute (Right On)" (Dance/Club #27, UK #5, 1988)
1962 ● Mike Milner → With twin brother David, vocals in Brit R&B/neo-soul-funk The Pasadenas, "Tribute (Right On)" (Dance/Club #27, UK #5, 1988)
1974 ● Mr. Lordi (Tomi Petteri Putaansuu) → Founder and lead vocalist for Finnish heavy metal monster-masked Lordi, winners if 2006 Eurovision Song Contest with "Hard Rock Hallelujah"
1974 ● Stuart Richardson → Bassist for Welsh alt hard rock Lostprophets, "Last Train Home" (Mainstream Rock #10, 2004)
1976 ● Brandon Boyd → Co-founder and lead vocals for alt-metal Incubus, "Drive" (#9, 2001), solo albums and author
1976 ● Ronnie Vannucci, Jr. → Drummer for pop-alt hard rock The Killers, "Mr. Brightside" (#10, 2005)
1977 ● Brooks Wackerman → Drummer for funk-metal Infectious Grooves, in 2001 joined hardcore punk Bad Religion, "Infected" (Mainstream Rock #33, 1995), plus numerous side projects and sessions
1980 ● Conor Oberst → Frontman, guitarist, lead vocals and songwriter for indie rock Bright Eyes, "Lua" (Hot Singles #1, 2004)
1981 ● Olivia Theresa Longott → R&B/hip hop soul singer, member of G-Unit Records house band, vocalist on 50 Cent's "Candy Shop" (#1, 2005) plus two solo albums
1984 ● Gary Clark, Jr. → Acclaimed Texas blues, blues-rock and R&B guitarist and actor whom Jambase.com called "the future of Texas Blues," his 2012 major-label debut LP Blak And Blu reached #6 in the U.S., the Netherlands and New Zealand, recorded with Sheryl Crow, Alicia Keys and Foo Fighters, among others

Feb 16
1916 ● Bill Doggett → Piano jazz and organ-based R&B/honky tonk composer, arranger and performer of mostly instrumentals, his biggest and lasting hit being "Honky Tonk" (#2, R&B #1, 1956), died of a heart attack on 11/13/1996
1918 ● Patricia Marie "Patty" Andrews → Vocals in hugely popular pre-60s all-girl sibling pop vocal trio The Andrews Sisters, "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" (#6, 1941)
1925 ● Bobby Lewis → R&B/rock 'n' roll singer known for his signature hit "Tossin' And Turnin'" (#1, 1961), had a second Top 10 hit in "One Track Mind" (#9, 1961) but faded thereafter, continues to perform in the 10s
1932 ● Otis Blackwell → Prolific early rock 'n' roll songwriter and producer, wrote "All Shook Up", "Return To Sender", "Don't Be Cruel", "Great Balls Of Fire" and "Fever", among many other hits recorded by a multitude of artists, died from a heart attack on 5/6/2002
1934 ● Harold "Hal" Kalin → With twin brother Herbie, pop/rock 'n' roll one hit wonder duo The Kalin Twins, "When" (#5, 1958), first twins to score a #1 hit, died 8/24/2005 from injuries in an auto accident
1934 ● Herbert "Herbie" Kalin → With twin brother Hal, pop/rock 'n' roll one hit wonder duo The Kalin Twins, "When" (#5, 1958), first twins to score a #1 hit, died 7/21/2006 from a heart attack
1935 ● Sonny Bono (Salvatore Phillip Bono) → TV actor, musician, producer and singer with partner/wife in pop-rock Sonny & Cher, "I Got You Babe" (#1, 1965), elected mayor of Palm Springs, CA in 1988 and to the US Congress in 1994 (R-Cal.), died in a skiing accident on 1/5/1998
1949 ● Lyn Paul (Lynda Susan Belcher) → Vocals for folk-sunshine pop The New Seekers, "I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing" (#7, 1972)
1956 ● James Ingram → Grammy-winning R&B/soul-pop singer, songwriter, musician and producer with multiple hits, including the duet with Linda Ronstadt "Somewhere Out There" (#2, 1987) and solo "I Don't Have The Heart" (#1, 1990)
1958 ● Ice-T (Tracy Morrow) → Grammy-winning R&B/hip hop producer and rapper, "New Jack Hustler" (Hot Rap Singles #3, 1991), founded rap metal Body Count and wrote lyrics to controversial song "Cop Killer" (1992), TV actor and host
1961 ● Andy Taylor → Guitarist for New Wave pop-rock Duran Duran, "Hungry Like The Wolf" (#3, 1982), left in 1985 to form Power Station, "Some Like It Hot" (#6, 1985), later joined hard rock Thunder, "Dirty Love" (Mainstream Rock #10, 1991)
1962 ● Tony Kiley → Drummer for New Wave pop-rock Blow Monkeys, "Digging Your Scene" (#14, 1986)
1963 ● Chris Duarte → Texas blues-rock and jazz fusion singer, songwriter and guitarist, "Cleopatra" (Mainstream Rock #40, 1997)
1965 ● Dave Lombardo → Co-founder and drummer for "Big Four" thrash metal Slayer, "Hate Worldwide" (#2, 2009)
1967 ● Damon Reece → Drummer for gloomy post-punk Echo & The Bunnymen, then space rock/trance rock Spiritualized, "Lazer Guided Melodies" (UK #27, 1992)
1971 ● Steven Houghton → Brit stage and TV actor, singer and songwriter, "Wind Beneath My Wings" (UK #3, 1997)
1977 ● Brad Walst → Bassist for Canadian alt rock/punk metal band Three Days Grace, "Just Like You" (Mainstream Rock #1, 2004)

Feb 17
1902 ● Orville "Hoppy" Jones → Founding member, bass, vocals and string instruments for pioneering black R&B/doo wop group The Ink Spots, "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" (#2, R&B #1, 1943), died 10/18/1944 at the height of the band's popularity
1922 ● Tommy Edwards → One hit wonder R&B/soul singer, "It's All In The Game" (#1, 1958), died after suffering a brain aneurysm on 10/22/1969
1939 ● John Leyton → Brit teen idol pop singer and actor, "Johnny Remember Me" (UK #1, 1961)
1940 ● Gene Pitney → Stalwart pop/rock singer, musician and sound engineer with multiple hits prior to and during the 60s British Invasion, including "(The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance" (#4, 1962), wrote hits for others, including "Rubber Ball", "He's A Rebel" and "Hello Mary Lou", died in his sleep on 4/5/2006 while on tour in the UK
1947 ● Dodie Stevens (Geraldine Ann Pasquale) → Girl-group era teenage pop one hit wonder singer, "Pink Shoe Laces" (#3, 1959)
1950 ● Rickey Medlocke → Founder and guitarist for Southern rock turned hard rock Blackfoot, "Highway Song" (#26, 1979), joined cross-town Jacksonville, FL rivals Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1996
1966 ● Melissa Brooke-Belland → With sister Tracey Bryn, frontgal, vocals and guitar in college rock/indie pop-rock Voice Of The Beehive, "Scary Kisses" (Mainstream Top 40 #32, 1996), daughter of Bruce Belland of 50s pop vocal quartet The Four Preps
1967 ● Chanté Moore → Award-winning adult contemporary R&B singer, "Chante's Got a Man" (#10, 1999), occasional stage actress and TV host
1972 ● Billie Joe Armstrong → Guitars, vocals and songwriting for post-grunge alt rock punk revival Green Day, "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams" (#2, 2004)
1972 ● Taylor Hawkins → Drummer for Alanis Morrisette's touring band, in 1997 joined post-grunge Foo Fighters, "Learn To Fly" (Mainstream Rock #2, 1999)
1977 ● Chris Gentry → Guitarist for short-lived, super-hyped 90s Britpop Menswear, "Being Brave" (UK #10, 1996)
1981 ● John Hassall → Bassist for indie/punk revival The Libertines, "Can't Stand Me Now" (UK #2, 2004), now fronting indie psych-rock Yeti
1981 ● Paris Hilton → Socialite, heiress to a share of the Hilton Hotel fortune, reality TV actress, fashion model, tabloid fodder, Internet sex tape star and sometime dance-pop singer, "Stars Are Blind" (#18, Dance/Club #1, 2006)
1982 ● Lupe Fiasco (Wasalu Muhammad Jaco) → Record producer, music entrepreneur, MC and Grammy-winning rapper, "Superstar" (#10, 2007), CEO of 1st and 15th Entertainment
1989 ● Stacey McClean → Vocals in pre-fab teen pop S Club Juniors (a spin-off of S Club 7), "One Step Closer" (UK #2, 2002) and six other UK Top 15 hits in two years

Feb 18
1933 ● Yoko Ono (Lennon) → Artist, poet, singer, bandleader of The Plastic Ono Band, widowed wife of Beatle John Lennon and mother of Sean Ono Lennon
1939 ● Bobby Hart (Robert Luke Harshman) → In collaboration with Tommy Boyce, pop singer, "I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight" (#8, 1968) and the prolific Boyce & Hart hit songwriting team, "Last Train To Clarksville" (The Monkees, #1, 1966) plus dozens more Top 40 hits and over 300 songs
1941 ● Herman Santiago → Original lead vocals for The Premiers, which became influential R&B/doo wop Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers, "Why Do Fools Fall In Love?" (R&B #1,1956), a song Santiago claimed to have written but lost his law suit (and millions of potential royalties)
1941 ● Irma Thomas (Lee) → The "Soul Queen of New Orleans," Grammy-winning R&B/soul diva, "Wish Someone Would Care" (#17, 1964)
1945 ● Jimmy Jewell → Backing band bassist for folk/pop duo Gallagher & Lyle, "I Wanna Stay With You" (#49, UK #6, 1976)
1947 ● Dennis De Young → Vocals and keyboards for prototypical arena rock band Styx, "Too Much Time On My Hands" (#9, 1981), solo
1948 ● Keith Knudsen → Drummer and vocals for California soul-pop-rock The Doobie Brothers, "What A Fool Believes" (#1, 1979), co-founded country-rock Southern Pacific in 1982, reunited with the Doobies in 1993, died from complications of pneumonia on 2/8/2005
1952 ● Judy Kay "Juice" Newton → Country-pop and roots-rock singer/songwriter, "Angel Of The Morning" (#4, 1981) and "Queen Of Hearts" (#2, 1981)
1952 ● Veronica "Randy" Crawford → R&B/soul-jazz singer with jazz-funk-rock The Crusaders, "Street Life" (#35, R&B #17, 1979), plus solo ""Give Me The Night" (Dance/Club #21, 1996)
1953 ● Derek Pellicci → Drummer for Aussie pop/rockers Little River Band, "Lonesome Loser" (#6, 1979)
1953 ● Robbie Bachman → With his brothers Randy and Tim, drummer for Canadian hard rockers Bachman-Turner Overdrive, "You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet" (#1, 1974), kept on as BTO after brother Randy left, was sued by Randy for rights to the Bachman-Turner Overdrive and BTO names/logos
1954 ● John Travolta → Actor and singer, Saturday Night Fever (1977), Grease (1978), duet with Olivia Newton-John, "You're The One That I Want" (#1, 1978)
1955 ● Brian James → Guitarist for first-wave punk rockers The Damned, "Eloise" (UK #3, 1986), then goth-punk Lords Of The New Church, "Open You Eyes" (Mainstream Rock #27, 1982) and Iggy Pop's touring band
1961 ● Jasper Stainthorpe → Bassist for New Wave synth-pop-soul Then Jerico, "The Motive" (UK #18, 1987)
1965 ● Dr. Dre (Andre Romell Young) → Grammy-winning pioneer gangsta rap and G-funk hip hop artist, "Nuthin' But A 'G' Thang" (#2, 1993), MTV rap show host
1966 ● Tommy Scott → Vocals for electronic/ambient house group Space, "Female Of The Species" (Modern Rock #15, 1996)
1970 ● Andy Williams → With twin brother Jez, drums and vocals for dance-pop/house music Sub Sub, "Ain’t No Love, (Ain’t No Use)" (UK #3, 1993), disbanded and reformed as alt rock Doves, "There Goes The Fear" (UK #3, 2002)
1970 ● Jez Williams → With twin brother Andy, guitar and vocals for dance-pop/house music Sub Sub, "Ain’t No Love, (Ain’t No Use)" (UK #3, 1993), disbanded and reformed as alt rock Doves, "There Goes The Fear" (UK #3, 2002)
1977 ● Sean Watkins → Guitarist for Grammy-winning contemporary folk/progressive bluegrass trio Nickel Creek, "This Side" (Country #56, 2002), duo Fiction Family, supergroup Works Progress Administration and solo
1980 ● Regina Spektor → Russian-American anti-folk/alt-rock singer, songwriter and pianist, "Fidelity" (#51, 2006) and the #3 album Far (2006)

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

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1898 ● Jimmy Yancey → Boogie-woogie pianist (Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame, 1986), composer, lyricist, Chicago White Sox groundskeeper, died from a stroke on 9/17/1951
1925 ● Robert Altman → Award-winning satirical comedy film producer/director, MASH (1970) and Nashville (1975), his 14-year-old son penned the lyrics to "Suicide Is Painless", the instrumental version of which became the "Theme From M.A.S.H." for the TV show, died 11/20/2006 of complications from leukemia
1937 ● David Ackles → Dark folk-rock singer and songwriter, "Candy Man" (1970), died from lung cancer 3/2/1999
1937 ● Nancy Wilson → Grammy-winning jazz, R&B, blues, cabaret and adult contemporary pop "song stylist" diva, "(You Don't Know) How Glad I Am" (#11, 1964)
1940 ● Barbara Ellis → Vocals in pop/blue-eyed soul/doo wop trio The Fleetwoods, "Come To Me Softly" (#1, 1959)
1941 ● Buffy Sainte-Marie → Canadian folk singer/songwriter "Universal Soldier" (1964), wrote "Up Where We Belong" for Jennifer Warnes and Joe Cocker (#1, 1982)
1943 ● Paul Leka → Songwriter, producer, composer and arranger, co-wrote "Green Tambourine" for The Lemon Pipers (#1, 1968) and the one hit wonder but enduring sports anthem "Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)" for pop-rock Steam (#1, 1969), died in a hospice on 10/12/2011
1944 ● Lew Soloff → Trumpeter for jazz-rock/pop-rock fusion band Blood, Sweat & Tears, "Spinning Wheel" (#2, 1969), sessions
1945 ● Alan Hull → Founding member, vocals, guitar and principal songwriter for Brit folk-rock Lindisfarne, "Lady Eleanor" (UK #3, 1971), solo, died of a heart thrombosis on 11/17/1995
1946 ● John "Jerome" Geils, Jr. → Frontman and lead guitarist for boogie-blues-rock 'n roll bar band J. Geils Band, "Centerfold" (#1, 1982)
1950 ● Walter Becker → Bass guitar, vocals and co-songwriter for Grammy-winning jazz-pop-rock duo Steely Dan, "Reelin' In The Years" (#11, 1973) and nine other Top 30 hits
1951 ● Randy California (Randolph Craig Wolfe) → Guitar and vocals for jazz-psych-rock Spirit, "I Got A Line On You" (#25, 1969), drowned in Hawaii on 1/2/1997 while trying to rescue his 12-year old son from a riptide
1954 ● Jon Brant → Bassist from 1981-88 for power pop Cheap Trick, "I Want You To Want Me" (#7, 1979) and "The Flame" (#1, 1988), sessions
1960 ● Kee Marcello (Kjell Hilding Lövbom) → Original guitarist for Swedish hard rock/glam-metal Europe, "The Final Countdown" (#8, 1986), solo
1960 ● Mark Riley → Frontman and singer for Latin-tinged jazz-dance-pop Matt Bianco, "Don't Blame It On That Girl' (UK #11, 1988)
1960 ● Robert Boustead → Bassist for rockabilly revival ("psychobilly") King Kurt, "Destination Zululand" (UK #38, 1983)
1963 ● Ian Brown → Frontman and vocals for Brit guitar pop-rock The Stone Roses, "She Bangs The Drums" (Alt Rock #9, 1989) and solo, "Dolphins Were Monkeys" (UK #5, 2000)
1967 ● Kurt Cobain → Frontman, vocals, guitarist and chief songwriter for premier grunge rock Nirvana, "Smells Like Teen Spirit" (#6, 1992), committed suicide on 4/5/1994
1972 ● Neil Primrose → Drummer for Scottish trad rock Travis, "Why Does It Always Rain On Me" (Adult Top 40 #36, 2000)
1975 ● Brian Littrell → Vocals for pop-dance-hip hop Backstreet Boys, "Quit Playing Games With My Heart" (#2, 1997)
1977 ● Edwin Graham → Drummer for Brit hard rock The Darkness, "I Believe In A Thing Called Love" (Mainstream Top 40 #35, 2004)
1981 ● Edward Lay → Drummer for 00s punk revival/indie rock Editors, "Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors" (UK #7, 2007)
1985 ● Yulia Olegovna Volkova → Singer for Russian teen-dance-pop duo t.A.T.u., "All The Things She Said" (Worldwide #1, 2002)
1988 ● Rihanna (Robyn Rihanna Fenty) → Grammy-winning Barbadian dance-pop singer and songwriter, "SOS" (#1, 2006)

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1933 ● Nina Simone (Eunice Kathleen Waymon) → Jazz-pop-soul and Broadway singer, "I Loves You Porgy" (#18, R&B #2, 1959), died of cancer on 4/21/2003
1942 ● Bob Allison (Bernard Colin Day) → Vocals in pop-rock duo and Eurovision contestants The Allisons, "Are You Sure" (UK #2, 1961)
1943 ● David Geffen → Founder of Asylum Records in 1971, signed Jackson Browne, the Eagles and Tom Waits, among others, founded Geffen Records in 1980 (Donna Summer, John Lennon, Aerosmith and others), co-founded Dreamworks Studios in 1994 with Stephen Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg
1946 ● Paul Newton → Original bassist for hard rock Uriah Heep, "Easy Livin'" (#39, 1972)
1949 ● Jerry Harrison → Guitar and keyboards for pop/rock 'n' roll Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers, then New Wave art-pop-rock Talking Heads, "Take Me To The River" (#26, 1978), since 1991 producer for Violent Femmes, General Public, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and many others
1951 ● Vince Welnick → Co-founder and keyboardist for camp-rock pop-rock satirists The Tubes, "She's A Beauty" (#10, 1978), then Grateful Dead, Missing Man Show and sessions, committed suicide on 6/2/2006 following many years of depression
1952 ● Jean-Jacques Burel → Bass and vocals for punk-rock The Stranglers, "Strange Little Girl" (UK #7, 1982), plus over 20 other UK Top 40 hits
1954 ● Mike Pickering → DJ, producer and record company recruiter, then founder and frontman for Brit dance-pop/house music M People, "Moving On Up" (#34, Dance #1, 1993)
1956 ● Lester Hunt → Guitar and backing vocals for re-formed Brit blues-rock Climax Blues Band, "Couldn't Get It Right" (#3, 1977)
1958 ● Mary Chapin Carpenter → Grammy-winning country-folk singer/songwriter, "Shut Up And Kiss Me" (Country #4, 1994)
1961 ● Rankin' Roger (Charlery) → Co-founder and vocalist for ska revival The English Beat, "Hands Off She's Mine" (Dance/Club #22, 1980), left to form pop-soul General Public, "I'll Take You There" (Dance/Club #1, 1994), then Special Beat, solo and sessions
1962 ● Mark Arm → Founder, vocals and rhythm guitar for grunge rock Mudhoney, "Suck You Dry" (Modern Rock #23, 1992)
1967 ● Michael Ward → Guitarist for roots rock The Wallflowers, "One Headlight" (Mainstream Rock #1, 1996), sessions
1969 ● James Dean Bradfield → Guitar and vocals for Brit alt rock/neo-punk Manic Street Preachers, "The Masses Against The Classes" (UK #1, 2000)
1970 ● Eric Wilson → Bassist for California ska-punk revivalist trio Sublime, "What I Got" (#29, 1997)
1973 ● Justin Sane (Justin Geever) → Irish-American lead guitarist, singer and songwriter in punk rock Anti-Flag, "The Press Corpse" (Alt Rock #37, 2006)
1975 ● Wish Bone (Charles C. Scruggs) → Rapper and former member of Grammy-winning hip hop group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, "Crossroad" (#1, 1996), Thugline Records co-founder
1979 ● Jennifer Love Hewitt → Film and TV actress, producer, director and one hit wonder pop singer, "How Do I Deal" (#59, 1999)
1986 ● Charlotte Church (Reed) → Welsh actress, TV presenter and classical-turned-pop crossover singer/songwriter, "Crazy Chick" (UK #2, 2005)
1989 ● Corbin Bleu → Actor and singer in High School Musical movies (most watched cable TV movie ever)

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