Monday, December 15, 2014

 

Albums Released This Week (December 15 - 21)

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


Dec 15
The Beatles ------ Beatles '65 ► Pop-Rock >> 1964
The Beatles ------ Christmas Time Is Here Again! ► Holiday Message & Music >> 1967
The Who ------ The Who Sell Out ► British Rock >> 1967
The Rascals ------ See ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1969
Status Quo ------ Piledriver ► Hard Rock >> 1972
Parliament ------ Mothership Connection ► Funk >> 1975
Marvin Gaye ------ Here, My Dear ► Soul - Motown >> 1978
Sid Vicious ------ Sid Sings ► Punk-Rock >> 1979
The Durutti Column ------ LC ► Post-Punk >> 1981
Steve Miller ------ Living In The 20th Century ► Album Rock >> 1987
Pestilence ------ Consuming Impulse ► Death Metal >> 1989
Legião Urbana ------ V ► Brazilian Rock >> 1991
Dr. Dre ------ The Chronic ► Hip-Hop >> 1992
Savatage ------ Final Bell/Ghost In Ruins ► Heavy Metal/Speed Metal >> 1995
Busta Rhymes ------ E.L.E. (Extinction Level Event): The Final World Front ► Rap >> 1998
Kool & The Gang ------ Liive At Montreux 2009 ► Funk >> 2009


Dec 16
Doris Day ------ Love Him ► Adult Contemporary >> 1963
The Beatles ------ The Beatles' Fourth Christmas Record - Pantomime: Everywhere It's Christmas ► Holiday Message & Music >> 1966
Bobby Womack ------ Across 110th Street [Sndtrk] ► Soul-Funk >> 1972
Neil Diamond ------ You Don't Bring Me Flowers ► Pop-Rock >> 1978
Kraftwerk ------ Electric Café ► Techno-Rock >> 1986
TISM ------ Machines Against The Rage ► Alt Rock/Australia >> 1996
Riverfenix ------ Riverfenix ► Pop Punk >> 1997
Machine Head ------ Through The Ashes Of Empires [UK] ► Heavy Metal/Groove Metal >> 2003


Dec 17
The Beatles ------ The Beatles' Third Christmas Record ► Holiday Message & Music >> 1965
David Bowie ------ Hunky Dory ► Glam Rock >> 1971
AC/DC ------ Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap ► Hard Rock >> 1976
The Jacksons ------ Destiny ► Soul - pop >> 1978
Peter Tork ------ Two Man Band ► Folk-Rock >> 1996


Dec 18
The Beatles ------ Another Beatles' Christmas Record ► Holiday Message & Music >> 1964
The Beach Boys ------ Wild Honey ► Pop-Rock >> 1967
The Jackson 5 ------ Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5 ► Soul - Motown >> 1969
The Beatles ------ From Then To You ► Holiday Message & Music >> 1970
T. Rex ------ T. Rex ► Glam Rock >> 1970
Queen ------ A Day At The Races ► Glam Rock >> 1976
Sly & The Family Stone ------ Heard You Missed Me, Well I'm Back ► Soul-Funk >> 1976


Dec 19
The Beatles ------ The Beatles' Seventh Christmas Record: Happy Christmas 1969 ► Holiday Message & Music >> 1969
Yes ------ Yesshows ► Prog Rock >> 1980
The Supremes ------ Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 ► Soul >> 1988
Gram Parsons ------ Another Side Of This Life: The Lost Recordings of Gram Parsons ► Country-Rock >> 2000
Neil Finn ------ Sessions At West 54th ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2000


Dec 20
The Beatles ------ The Beatles' 1968 Christmas Record ► Holiday Message & Music >> 1968
George Harrison ------ The Concert For Bangladesh ► Pop-Rock >> 1971
The Rolling Stones ------ Hot Rocks, 1964-1971 ► Blues-Rock >> 1971
George Harrison ------ Dark Horse [UK] ► Pop-Rock >> 1974
Van Halen ------ Atomic Punks ► Hard Rock >> 1977
Phish ------ New Year's Eve 1995 - Live At Madison Square Garden ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 2005


Dec 21
Dionne Warwick ------ Here I Am ► Pop-Soul >> 1965
Frank Zappa ------ Thing-Fish ► Art Rock >> 1984
Sade ------ Promise ► Quiet Storm >> 1985
Jodeci ------ Diary Of A Mad Band ► Rap >> 1993
Gamma Ray ------ Insanity And Genius ► Heavy Metal/Power Metal >> 1993
Los Del Rio ------ Macarena Non Stop ► Dance-Pop >> 1996
DMX ------ And Then There Was X ► Hardcore Rap >> 1999
The Who ------ Greatest Hits ► British Rock >> 2009

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

 

This Week's Birthdays (December 14 - 20)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Dec 14
1911 ● Lindley Armstrong "Spike" Jones → Multi-instrumentalist, musical comedian and satirist, bandleader for The City Slickers and their unique parodies of popular hits of all eras and genres, died on 5/1/1965 from the effects of emphysema
1214 1915 ● Jerry Daniels → Founding member, tenor 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), left the group in 1936 before they achieved popularity, died 11/7/1995
1214 1932 ● Charlie Rich → The "Silver Fox," Grammy-winning country-pop-blues singer and musician, "The Most Beautiful Girl" (#1, 1974) plus eight other Country #1 singles and seven other Top 40 hits, died on 7/25/1995 from a blood clot in his lung
1214 1934 ● Johnny Moore → Lead vocalist for R&B/doo wop The Drifters in the mid-50s, left for military service and an unsuccessful solo career under the alias Johnny Darrow, rejoined The Drifters on May 21, 1964 to sing lead on "Under The Boardwalk" (#4, 1964) in place of former lead vocalist Rudy Lewis (who died the night before from a suspected heroin overdose), remained with the group through several hits and three decades of touring, died from respiratory failure on 12/30/1998
1214 1937 ● Warren Ryanes → Baritone vocals for one hit wonder R&B/doo wop sextet The Monotones, "(Who Wrote) The Book Of Love" (#5, 1958), died 6/16/1982
1214 1938 ● Gary Usher → California surf rock songwriter and record producer, co-wrote The Beach Boys' "In My Room" (#23, 1963) and others songs with Brian Wilson, produced two albums for The Byrds, died on 5/25/1990
1214 1943 ● Frank Allen (Francis Renaud McNeice) → Bassist for Merseybeat band The Searchers, "Needles And Pins" (#13, 1963)
1214 1944 ● Linda Jones → R&B/soul-gospel singer, "Hypnotized" (R&B #4, 1967), died 3/14/72 after collapsing into a diabetic coma after performing at Harlem's Apollo Theater in New York
1214 1946 ● Jackie McAuley → Keyboards for Irish garage-rock, proto-punk Them, "Gloria" (#71, 1966), solo and co-founder of The Belfast Gypsies
1214 1946 ● Jane Birkin → Ingénue, film actress and pop singer, steamy duet with Serge Gainsbourg, "Je T'Aime... Moi Non Plus" (#69, 1970), the only French language US Top 100 hit
1214 1946 ● John Du Prez (Trevor Jones) → Trumpeter for Brit dance-pop band Modern Romance, "Can You Move" (Dance/Club #2, 1981) and "Best Years Of Our Lives" (UK #4, 1982)
1214 1946 ● Joyce Vincent-Wilson → Light pop vocalist in Tony Orlando & Dawn, "Knock Three Times" (#1, 1971)
1214 1947 ● Anna Marie "Patty" Duke → Pop singer and TV actor, "Don't Just Stand There" (#8, 1965), star of The Patty Duke Show, actors' union executive
1214 1949 ● Cliff Williams → Bassist for AC/DC replacing Mark Evans in 1977, "Back In Black" (#37, 1981)
1214 1954 ● Ray Stephens → TV actor and later lead singer for gay disco troupe Village People, "YMCA" (#2, 1979), died from drug abuse on 10/4/1990
1214 1958 ● Mike Scott → Singer, songwriter and leader of Celtic folk-rock The Waterboys, "Fisherman's Blues" (Modern Rock #3, 1988)
1214 1958 ● Peter "Spider" Stacy → Founding member, vocals, guitar and tin whistle in Irish folk-punk-rock The Pogues, "Tuesday Morning" (Rock #11, 1993)
1214 1966 ● Mark Gillespie → Vocals for Brit electronic dance-pop boy band Big Fun, "Stomp!" (#12, 1994)
1214 1966 ● Tim Sköld → Former bassist for industrial-pop-metal Marilyn Manson, "The Dope Show" (Mainstream Rock #12, 1998)
1214 1975 ● Brian Dalyrimple → Vocals for urban R&B/dance-club brother quartet Soul For Real, "Candy Rain" (#2, 1995)
1214 1979 ● Sophie Monk → Singer in pre-fab Aussie all-girl pop vocal quintet Bardot, "Poison" (Aus. #1, 2000), solo
1214 1988 ● Vanessa Hudgens → American actress and singer in High School Musical movies (most watched cable TV movies ever)
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Dec 15
1919 ● Max Yasgur → Bethel, NY dairy farmer on whose property the 1969 Woodstock Music and Arts Festival was held, died of a heart attack on 2/8/1973
1215 1921 ● Alan "Moondog" Freed (Albert James Freed) → Superstar radio DJ, coined term "rock & roll", TV and film cameo actor, died from liver failure 1/20/1965.
1215 1928 ● Jerry "Mr. Smooth" Wallace → Mildly successful pop crooner, "Primrose Lane" (#8, 1959), switched to country in the late 60s and scored four Country Top 25 hits, died of heart failure on 5/5/2008
1215 1932 ● Jesse Belvin → Early and underappreciated R&B/soul singer and songwriter, "Goodnight My Love" (R&B #7, 1956), co-wrote "Earth Angel" for The Penguins (#8, 1955), killed in a car crash on 2/6/1960 during a career upswing
1215 1939 ● Cindy Birdsong → R&B/soul vocals for Patti LaBelle & The Bluebelles, "I Sold My Heart To The Junkman" (#15, 1962), replaced Flo Ballard in The Supremes in 1967, "River Deep, Mountain High" (#14, 1971), participates in reunions of both bands
1215 1942 ● Dave Clark → Frontman and drummer for Brit Invasion pop-rock Dave Clark Five, "Catch Us If You Can" (#4, 1965) and 11 other Top 25 hits in the US
1215 1946 ● Carmine Appice → Drummer for hard psych rock/proto-metal Vanilla Fudge, "You Keep Me Hangin' On" (#6, 1968), formed boogie-rock Cactus in 1972, then "super" trio Beck, Bogert & Appice, "Superstition" (1973) and the Rod Stewart band
1215 1946 ● Harry Ray → Vocals in R&B/soul trio The Moments, "Love On A Two-Way Street" (#3, 1970), then name change to Ray, Goodman & Brown, "Special Lady" (#5, 1979), died on 10/1/1992
1215 1949 ● Don Johnson → Star of the 80s cop show Miami Vice and one hit wonder pop singer, "Heartbeat" (#5, 1986)
1215 1955 ● Paul Simonon → Bassist for influential and acclaimed punk-ska-dance-rock The Clash, "Rock The Casbah" (#8, 1982)
1215 1957 ● Tim Reynolds → Multi-instrumental musician and songwriter, sessions and tours with the Dave Matthews Band ("Space Between" #22, 2002) and permanent lead guitarist since 2008
1215 1960 ● Anthony "Tich" Critchlow → Drummer in Brit dance-pop-funk Living In A Box, "Living In A Box" (#17, 1987)
1215 1961 ● Nick Beggs → Bassist for one hit wonder New Wave light synth-bubblegum-pop Kajagoogoo, "Too Shy" (#5, 1983)
1215 1979 ● Edele Lynch → Vocals in Irish one hit wonder girl-group B*Witched, "C'est La Vie" (#9, 1999)
1215 1979 ● Keavy Lynch → Vocals in Irish one hit wonder girl-group B*Witched, "C'est La Vie" (#9, 1999)
1215 1980 ● Sergio Pizzorno → Guitar and vocals for Brit alt rock Kasabian, "Club Foot" (Modern Rock #27, 2004)
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Dec 16
1899 ● Noel Coward → Multi-talented author, poet, playwright, actor, stage, film and television producer and director, songwriter and pop/cabaret singer, "Mad About The Boy" (1932), died of a heart attack on 3/26/1973
1216 1931 ● Karl Denver (Angus Murdo McKenzie) → Scottish one hit wonder pop-rock singer, "Wimoweh" (UK #4, 1961), died on 12/21/1998 from a brain tumor
1216 1945 ● Tony Hicks → Guitar and vocals for British Invasion pop-rock The Hollies, "Bus Stop" (#5, 1966) and "Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress" (#2, 1972)
1216 1946 ● Benny Andersson → Keyboards and vocals for internationally successful Scandinavian pop group ABBA, "Dancing Queen" (#1, 1976)
1216 1949 ● Billy "Reverend Willie G." Gibbons → Guitar and vocals for venerable Texas blues/boogie rock trio ZZ Top, "Legs" (#8, 1984)
1216 1959 ● Steven Irvine → Drummer for Brit pop-rock Lloyd Cole & The Commotions, "Lost Weekend" (UK #17, 1985)
1216 1968 ● Christopher Thorn → Guitarist for roots-psych-alt rock Blind Melon, "No Rain" (Modern Rock #1, 1993)
1216 1968 ● Eulaulah Donyll "Lalah" Hathaway → The "First Daughter of Soul," contemporary R&B and jazz-pop singer, "Heaven Knows" (R&B/Hip Hop #3, 1990), daughter of R&B/soul legend Donny Hathaway, member of the Daughters Of Soul supergroup with Nona Hendryx and others
1216 1971 ● Michael McCary → Former bass vocals for R&B/urban soul a cappella Boyz II Men, "End Of The Road" (#1, 1992)
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Dec 17
1936 ● Tommy Steele (Thomas William Hicks) → Early Brit rock 'n roll teen idol vocalist, "Rock With The Caveman" (UK #13, 1956) and more than 20 other UK Top 40 hits, actor
1217 1937 ● Art Neville → Vocalist and pianist with New Orleans soul-funk sibling group The Neville Brothers, "Yellow Moon" (1989)
1217 1938 ● Carlo Little (Carl O'Neil Little) → First Rolling Stones drummer, replaced by Charlie Watts in 1963, session work including "Let's Go To San Francisco" by The Flower Pot Men (UK #1, 1967)
1217 1939 ● Eddie Kendricks → Founding member and lead vocals for R&B giants The Temptations, "My Girl" (#1, 1965), left in 1971 for solo career, "Keep On Truckin" (#1, 1973) plus 18 other R&B Top 40 hits, died from lung cancer on 10/5/1992
1217 1942 ● Paul Butterfield → Blues-rock singer, harmonica player and bandleader with the legendary and biracial Butterfield Blues Band, later fronted Better Days and issued solo albums, died 5/4/1987 from a drug-related heart attack
1217 1943 ● David Dee (David John Harman) → Lead vocals for Brit 60s pop-rock two hit wonder quintet Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, "The Legend Of Xanadu" (UK #1, 1968), died of cancer on 1/9/2009
1217 1946 ● Martin Smith → Jazz and blues rock drummer for Brit prog-rockers Simon Dupree & The Big Sound and Gentle Giant, died on 3/2/1997 from internal hemorrhaging
1217 1947 ● Simon Bates → Brit radio DJ and music show host for the BBC Radio 1, Classic FM and The Breakfast Show on Smooth Radio
1217 1948 ● Jim Bonfanti → Drummer for Cleveland garage rock quartet The Choir, "It's Cold Outside" (#68, 1967), then co-founded power pop The Raspberries, "Go All The Way" (#5, 1972), reunited in the 00s
1217 1949 ● Paul Rodgers → Guitar and vocals for proto-metal/hard rock Free, "All Right Now" (#4, 1970), hard rock Bad Company, "Can't Get Enough" (#5, 1974), supergroup The Firm and rock duo The Law with Kenney Jones of The Who, solo
1217 1950 ● Carlton "Carlie" Barrett → Drummer for early reggae band The Upsetters and roots reggae Bob Marley & The Wailers, "Buffalo Soldier" (1983), murdered on 4/17/1987
1217 1951 ● Wanda Hutchinson → Vocals in R&B/soul-gospel and disco sister trio The Emotions, "Best Of My Love" (#1, 1977)
1217 1958 ● Mike Mills → Bassist for influential post-punk R.E.M., "The One I Love" (#9, 1987)
1217 1959 ● Bob Stinson → Guitarist for garage punk then alt rock pioneers The Replacements, "I'll Be You" (Mainstream Rock #1, 1989), died of an accidental drug overdose on 2/18/1995
1217 1961 ● Sarah Dallin → Singer for pop-rock Bananarama, "Venus" (#1, 1986) and 11 Dance/Club Top 40 hits
1217 1964 ● David "Ginger" Walls → Founder, guitarist, singer and songwriter for Brit hard rock The Wildhearts, "Sick Of Drugs" (UK #14, 1995)
1217 1969 ● Micky Quinn → Bassist for Brit punk-pop trio Supergrass, "Alright/Time" (Modern Rock #1, 1995)
1217 1972 ● Craig "DJ Homicide" Bullock → DJ for funk-pop-rock Sugar Ray, "Fly" (#1, 1997), solo
1217 1973 ● Eddie Fisher → Drums and percussion for self-proclaimed "genreless" pop-rock OneRepublic, "Apologize" (#1, 2006), most popular digital download/highest airplay song ever to-date
1217 1978 ● Neil Christopher Sanderson → Co-founder, drummer and backing vocals for Canadian punk/metal Three Days Grace, "Just Like You" (Mainstream Rock #1, 2004)
1217 1989 ● Taylor York → Guitarist for alt rock/pop-punk Paramore, "Misery Business" (#27, 2007)
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Dec 18
1917 ● Eddie "Cleanhead" Vincent → Jump blues, jazz bebop and R&B alto saxophonist, blues shouter and bandleader, "Old Maid Boogie" (R&B #1, 1947), toured and recorded regularly through four decades before dying of a heart attack on 7/2/1988
1218 1931 ● Allen Klein → Businessman, talent agent, film producer, record label executive and manager for Sam Cooke, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and others, died from Alzheimer's disease on 7/4/2009
1218 1938 ● Bryan James "Chas" Chandler → Bassist for British Invasion hard/blues-rock The Animals, "House Of The Rising Sun" (#1, 1964), producer and manager for Jimi Hendrix and Slade, died of heart failure on 7/17/1996
1218 1941 ● Sam Andrew → Founding member, guitarist and singer for 60s psych-rock Big Brother & The Holding Company, "Piece Of My Heart" (#12, 1968), Janis Joplin's Kozmic Blues Band, "Me And Bobby McGee" (#1, 1971), film score composer, reunited Big Brother in 1987 and continues
1218 1942 ● Les Cauchi → Tenor vocal for R&B/doo wop The Del-Satins, which became The Brooklyn Bridge, "Worst That Could Happen" (#3, 1968)
1218 1943 ● Keith Richards → The "Human Guitar Riff," founding member, lead guitarist, and co-songwriter for The Rolling Stones, "Honky Tonk Woman" (#1, 1969), solo, Rolling Stone magazine's #10 Great Guitarist of All Time
1218 1948 ● Bill Nelson → Prog rock, electropop, experimental and ambient music composer, guitarist and songwriter, founded and fronted prog rock Be Bop Deluxe, "Modern Music" (1977), prolific solo career since the late 70s
1218 1950 ● Martha Johnson → Vocals and leader of Canadian post-punk Martha & The Muffins, "Echo Beach" (Juno Single of the Year, 1980)
1218 1953 ● Elliot Easton → Lead guitar for The Cars, "My Best Friend's Girl" (#35, 1978), The New Cars, power pop Click Five and roots rock Creedence Clearwater Revisited
1218 1958 ● Kevin "Geordie" Walker → Guitarist in post-punk/gloom-industrial metal Killing Joke, "Follow The Leaders" (#25, 1981)
1218 1959 ● Grantley Evan "Daddy G" Marshall → Vocals and songwriter in pioneering trip-hop collaborative duo Massive Attack, "Teardrop" (UK #10, 1998), producer
1218 1963 ● Greg D'Angelo → Drummer for Danish-American heavy/hair metal White Lion, "When The Children Cry" (#3, 1987)
1218 1964 ● Robson Green → Brit singer, songwriter, TV host and actor, covered "Unchained Melody" (UK #1, 1995)
1218 1966 ● Steve Dullaghan → Bassist for indie "blonde" pop-rockers The Primitives, co-wrote "Crash" (Modern Rock #3, 1988), died from a cannabis overdose on 2/4/2009
1218 1968 ● Andy Miller → Guitarist for goofball Brit power pop trio Dodgy, "Good Enough" (UK #4, 1996)
1218 1970 ● DMX (Earl Simmons) → Vocalist, songwriter and drum machine rap pioneer, "Party Up (Up In Here)" (#27, 1999), screen actor, Reality TV host
1218 1972 ● DJ Lethal (Leor Dimant) → Latvian-born producer and DJ/turntablist for House Of Pain and rap-metal Limp Bizkit, "My Way" (Mainstream Rock #4, 2001)
1218 1980 ● Christina Aguilera → Dance-pop singer, "Genie In A Bottle" (#1, 1999), collaborated with Mya, Lil' Kim and Pink on remake of "Lady Maramalade" (#1, 2001)
1218 1980 ● Lyndsay Armaou → Vocals in Irish one hit wonder girl-group B*Witched, "C'est La Vie" (#9, 1999)
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Dec 19
1915 ● Edith Piaf (Edith Giovanna Gassion) → Widely popular French-born opera and adult pop singer, "Milord" (#88, 1959), died on 10/11/1963 from liver cancer
1219 1918 ● Professor Longhair (Henry Roeland Byrd) → Influential and pioneering New Orleans R&B singer and pianist, switched to blues and rock 'n' roll and later jazz, won a posthumous Grammy for the collection House Party New Orleans Style (1987), died of a heart attack on 1/30/1980
1219 1940 ● Phil Ochs → 60s folk "outlaw" singer and songwriter, "I Ain't Marching Anymore" (1965), committed suicide by hanging himself at his sister's home in Queens, NY on 4/9/1976
1219 1941 ● Maurice White → Seven-time Grammy-winning drummer, singer, songwriter, founder and frontman of R&B/soul-dance-pop Earth, Wind & Fire, "Shining Star" (#1, 1975), producer for Deniece Williams, The Emotions and others
1219 1944 ● Alvin Lee (Graham Barnes) → Underrated British blues-rock guitarist, founding member, lead vocals and lead guitar for Ten Years After, achieved instant if fleeting fame with his rendition of "I'm Going Home" at Woodstock in 1969 but other than "I'd Love To Change The World" (Top 40, 1971) never had significant commercial success, died on 3/6/2013 from "complications of a routine surgical procedure"
1219 1944 ● Ian Stuart Colman → Brit radio broadcaster, musician and record producer, founding member and bassist for one hit wonder pop-easy listening The Flying Machine ("Smile A Little Smile For Me," Top 5, 1969), later acclaimed BBC Radio disc jockey
1219 1944 ● Zalman "Zal" Yanovsky → The "Zany One," guitarist for folk-pop-rock The Lovin' Spoonful, "Summer In The City" (#1, 1965), restaurateur in Kingston, Ontario, died 12/13/2002 after a heart attack
1219 1945 ● John McEuen → Singer, songwriter, guitar, banjo and mandolin for country-folk-bluegrass-rock The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, "Mr. Bojangles" (#9, 1971), solo and Grammy-winning producer
1219 1957 ● Doug Johnson → Keyboards for Canadian hard/pop-rockers Loverboy, "Turn Me Loose" (Mainstream Rock #6, 1981)
1219 1958 ● Limahl (Christopher Hamill) → Lead singer for one hit wonder New Wave light synth-bubblegum-pop Kajagoogoo, "Too Shy" (#5, 1983), solo, "Never Ending Story" (Adult Contemporary #6, 1984)
1219 1961 ● John Eascott → Trumpet for New Wave swing/pop Roman Holliday, "Don't Try To Stop It" (#68, UK #14, 1983)
1219 1968 ● Kevin Shepard → Original drummer for Grammy-nominated alt/roots rock Tonic, "If You Could Only See" (Mainstream Rock #1, 1997)
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Dec 20
1936 ● Judy Henske → The "Queen of the Beatniks," late 50s and 60s Greenwich Village and Laurel Canyon folk singer, songwriter and one-time TV actress, worked with Lenny Bruce and the Whiskey Hill Singers with ex-Kingston Triomember Dave Guard, recorded two solo albums on Elektra Records in the early 60s, married and recorded with Jerry Yester, including the cult album Farewell Aldebaran (1969), continues to record and perform into the 10s
1220 1944 ● Bobby Colomby → Drummer for jazz-rock/pop-rock fusion band Blood, Sweat & Tears, "Spinning Wheel" (#2, 1969)
1220 1945 ● Peter Criss (Criscoula) → Drummer and "Catman" character in campy hard/glam-rock Kiss, "Detroit Rock City" (#7, 1976), solo
1220 1948 ● Stephen "Little Stevie" Wright → Lead vocals for Aussie-based 60s pop-rock The Easybeats, "Friday On My Mind" (#16, 1967), then solo
1220 1949 ● Alan Parsons → Brit studio engineer, part-producer for The Beatles' Abbey Road (1969) and Let It Be (1970), plus Pink Floyd's The Dark Side Of The Moon (1973), songwriter, musician and bandleader for prog-pop-rock The Alan Parsons Project, "Games People Play" (#16, 1981)
1220 1956 ● Guy Babylon → Keyboardist and contributor in the Elton John band, died in a swimming accident in his L.A. home pool on 9/2/2009
1220 1957 ● Anita Ward → One hit wonder R&B/soul-disco singer, "Ring My Bell" (#1, 1979)
1220 1957 ● Michael Watt → Seminal post-punk bassist and founder of Minutemen, dos, FireHouse, also with The Stooges and Banyan
1220 1957 ● Stephen William "Billy" Bragg → Brit alt rock singer, songwriter and left-wing activist, "Sexuality" (Modern Rock #2, 1991) and "She's Leaving Home" (UK #1, 1988), wrote "A New England" for Kirsty MacColl (UK #7, 1985)
1220 1966 ● Chris Robinson → Founder, guitarist and songwriter for roots/raunch rock The Black Crowes, "Hard To Handle" (Mainstream Rock #1, 1991)
1220 1971 ● Roger J. Beaujard → Guitarist and drum machine programmer for death metal/deathgrind duo Mortician, "Chainsaw Dismemberment" (1999)
1220 1975 ● Graham Hopkins → Former drummer for Irish grunge rock Therapy?, then solo, now sessions and touring bands
1220 1980 ● Christopher "Dibs" Edwards → Bassist for Brit indie rock Kasabian, "Club Foot" (Modern Rock #27, 2004)
1220 1982 ● David Cook → Multi-instrumentalist post-grunge pop-rock singer and songwriter, "The Time Of My Life" (#3, 2008), winner of the seventh season of American Idol (2008)
1220 1990 ● JoJo (Joanna Noelle Levesque) → R&B/dance-pop singer and songwriter, "Too Little Too Late" (#3, 2006), actress
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Monday, December 8, 2014

 

Albums Released This Week (December 8 - 14)

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):


Dec 08
The Rolling Stones ------ Their Satanic Majesties Request ► Rock 'n' Roll >> 1967
Lou Reed ------ Transformer ► Album Rock >> 1972
Marvin Gaye ------ Trouble Man [Sndtrk] ► Soul - Motown >> 1972
Eagles ------ Hotel California ► Country-Rock >> 1976
Public Image Ltd. ------ Public Image: First Issue ► Post-Punk >> 1978
Motörhead ------ On Parole ► Heavy Metal >> 1979
Pink Floyd ------ The Wall ► Prog Rock >> 1979
Queen ------ Flash Gordon [Sndtrk] [UK] ► Glam Rock >> 1980
Fleetwood Mac ------ Fleetwood Mac Live ► Pop-Rock >> 1980
The Church ------ Sing Songs [EP] ► Alt. Power Pop >> 1982
Tesla ------ Mechanical Resonance ► Hard Rock >> 1986
Kool Moe Dee ------ How Ya Like Me Now ► Rap >> 1987
Various Artists ------ Mermaids [Sndtrk] ► Mixed >> 1990
Curtis Mayfield And The Impressions ------ The Anthology 1961-1977 ► Soul (Chicago) >> 1992
The Verve Pipe ------ Pop Smear ► Alt Rock >> 1993
Katatonia ------ Sounds Of Decay ► Heavy Metal/Doom Metal >> 1997
The Smiths ------ The Smith Singles Box ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2008
Jimmy Buffett ------ Buffet Hotel ► Folk-Rock >> 2009


Dec 09
The Supremes ------ Meet The Supremes ► Soul - Motown >> 1962
The Hollies ------ For Certain Because… ► Pop-Rock >> 1966
Cream ------ Fresh Cream ► Blues-Rock >> 1966
The Who ------ A Quick One ► British Rock >> 1966
The Hollies ------ Stop! Stop! Stop! ► Pop-Rock >> 1966
Neil Diamond ------ Hot August Night ► Pop-Rock >> 1972
George Harrison ------ Dark Horse ► Pop-Rock >> 1974
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts ------ Good Music ► Hard Rock >> 1986
Bryan Adams ------ MTV Unplugged ► Pop-Rock >> 1997


Dec 10
Deep Purple ------ Stormbringer ► Hard Rock >> 1974
Journey ------ Dream, After Dream [Sndtrk] ► Prog/Art Rock >> 1980
The Jam ------ Dig The New Breed ► Punk-Rock >> 1982
Ozzy Osbourne ------ Bark At The Moon ► Hard Rock >> 1983
Fine Young Cannibals ------ Fine Young Cannibals ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1985
The Who ------ The Who Collection ► British Rock >> 1985
Jethro Tull ------ Live At Hammersmith '84 ► Folk-Rock >> 1990
Enigma ------ MCMXC A.D. ► Ambient >> 1990
Various Artists ------ Until The End Of The World: Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack [Sndtrk] ► Mixed >> 1991
Ghostface Killah ------ Lama Rabi Rabi ► Neo-Psychedelia >> 1996
Phish ------ Round Room ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 2002
Pink Floyd ------ Oh, By The Way ► Prog Rock >> 2007


Dec 11
Blood, Sweat & Tears ------ Blood, Sweat & Tears ► Jazz-Rock Fusion >> 1968
Deep Purple ------ The Book Of Taliesyn ► Hard Rock >> 1968
John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band ------ John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band ► Pop-Rock >> 1970
King Crimson ------ Lizard ► Prog Rock >> 1970
The Rolling Stones ------ More Hot Rocks (Big Hits & Fazed Cookies) ► Hard Rock >> 1972
Paul McCartney & Wings ------ Wings Over America ► Pop-Rock >> 1976
Slade ------ Till Deaf Do Us Part ► Hard Rock >> 1982
Monty Python ------ Monty Python Sings ► Comedy >> 1989
Fine Young Cannibals ------ The Raw & The Remix ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1990
No Doubt ------ Rock Steady ► New Wave >> 2001
Dave Matthews Band ------ Live At Piedmont Park ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2007


Dec 12
John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band ------ Live Peace In Toronto ► Pop-Rock >> 1969
Ringo Starr ------ Blast From Your Past ► Pop-Rock >> 1975
Burning Spear ------ Marcus Garvey ► Reggae-Folk >> 1975
ABBA ------ The Album ► Euro-Pop >> 1977
The Clash ------ Sandinista! ► Punk >> 1980
Venom ------ Welcome To Hell ► Heavy Metal >> 1981
The Fall ------ Perverted By Language ► Pop-Rock/Post-Punk >> 1983
UB40 ------ Labour Of Love II ► Reggae-Pop >> 1989
Arch Enemy ------ Black Earth ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1996
Cypress Hill ------ Live At The Fillmore ► Rap Metal >> 2000
Kylie Minogue ------ Showgirl ► Dance-Pop >> 2005


Dec 13
Neil Diamond ------ Touching You, Touching Me ► Pop-Rock >> 1969
Badfinger ------ Straight Up ► British Rock >> 1971
Roberta Flack ------ Blue Lights In The Basement ► Pop-Soul >> 1977
Joni Mitchell ------ Don Juan's Reckless Daughter ► Folk-Rock >> 1977
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band ------ The Distance ► Heartland Rock >> 1982
C+C Music Factory ------ Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) ► Dance-Pop >> 1990
Garth Brooks ------ The Hits ► Country-Rock >> 1994
George Michael ------ Songs From The Last Century ► Adult Contemporary >> 1999


Dec 14
Canned Heat ------ Historical Figures And Ancient Heads ► Blues-Rock >> 1971
Yes ------ Tales From Topographic Oceans [UK] ► Prog Rock >> 1973
Joe Walsh ------ So What ► Blues-Rock >> 1974
The Clash ------ London Calling ► Punk >> 1979
Yellow Magic Orchestra ------ Service ► Synth-Pop >> 1983
Soda Stereo ------ Soda Stereo ► Latino Rock >> 1984
Dinosaur Jr. ------ You're Living All Over Me ► Alt. Rock >> 1987
Nirvana ------ Incesticide ► Grunge >> 1992
Steely Dan ------ Citizen Steely Dan ► Jazz-Rock >> 1993
Katatonia ------ Dance Of December Souls ► Heavy Metal/Doom Metal >> 1993
Culture Club ------ Don't Mind If I Do ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1999
Juvenile ------ Tha G-Code ► Southern Rap >> 1999
Kylie Minogue ------ Kylie: Live In New York ► Dance-Pop >> 2009

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

 

This Week's Birthdays (December 7 - 13)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Dec 07
1942 ● Harry Chapin → Folk-pop singer, songwriter and guitarist, "Cat's In The Cradle" (#1, 1974), died in a car accident on 7/16/1981
1949 ● Tom Waits → Grammy-winning gravelly, growling blues-rock singer and songwriter, film actor, film score composer, voice-over contributor, wrote "Ol' 55'" for the Eagles (1974)
1954 ● Mike Nolan → Vocals in Brit mixed-gender euro-pop/disco Bucks Fizz, "Making Your Mind Up" (UK #1, 1981) and 12 other UK Top 40 singles
1954 ● Thunderstick (Barry Purkis) → Brit drummer briefly with early Iron Maiden and later with the cult band Samson, known for wearing various horror masks and performing in a cage, named by Classic Rock magazine as number 36 on the "50 Greatest Drummers of Rock" list
1958 ● Timothy Butler → Bassist and co-founder of Brit New Wave post-punk The Psychedelic Furs, "Pretty In Pink" (#41, 1981)
1961 ● Robert Downes → Guitarist in New Wave synth-pop-soul Then Jerico, "The Motive" (UK #18, 1987)
1963 ● Barbara Weathers → Lead vocals for 80s urban contemporary soul Atlantic Starr, "Always" (#1, 1987)
1963 ● Huw Chadbourne → Keyboardist for Brit lounge/melodramatic pop group Babybird, "You're Gorgeous" (UK #3, 1996)
1965 ● Brian Futter → Guitarist for Brit indie rock/shoegazing band Catherine Wheel, "Black Metallic" (Modern Rock #9, 1991)
1973 ● Dodi Ma (Damien Rice) → Multi-instrumentalist Irish indie folk-rock singer and songwriter, fronted folk-pop Juniper, then solo, "Cannonball" (UK #19, 2004)
1974 ● Nicole Appleton → Canadian singer in Brit dance-pop-rock all-girl quartet All Saints, "Never Ever" (#4, 1998), then dance-pop sister duo Appleton, "Never Ever" (UK #2, 2003)
1977 ● Dominic Howard → Drummer for prog-glam-electronic rock Muse, "Uprising" (#37, 2009)
1979 ● Sara Beth Bareilles → Grammy-nominated contemporary pop-rock pianist, guitarist and singer/songwriter, "Love Song" (#4, 2007)
1986 ● Jonathan Benjamin "J.B." Gill → Vocals in Brit R&B/soul-pop boy band JLS (aka Jack The Lad Swing), "She Makes Me Wanna" (Dance/Club #25, 2011), runners-up of the fifth season (2008) of The X Factor
1987 ● Aaron Carter → Teen idol hip hop/pop singer, "Aaron's Party (Come And Get It)" (#35, 2002)

Dec 08
1925 ● Jimmy Smith → Jazz organist, Hammond B-3 electronic organ innovator and recognized virtuoso, National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) jazz master, bandleader and composer, "Walk On The Wild Side" (#4, 1962), found dead in his home on 2/8/2005
1925 ● Sammy Davis, Jr. → Versatile TV and film actor, impersonator, dancer, "Rat Pack" contemporary pop singer and "member" with Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, solo artist, "Candy Man" (#1, 1972), died of lung cancer on 5/16/1990
1939 ● James Galway → The "Man with the Golden Flute," Irish virtuoso flutist, "Annie's Song" (UK #33, 1978), played with Pink Floyd at the Berlin Wall in 1990
1939 ● Jerry Butler → The "Ice Man," vocals in Chicago soul/doo wop The Impressions, "It's All Right" (#4, 1963), then solo, "Only The Strong Survive" (#4, R&B #1, 1969) and 15 other Top 40 hits, now a member of the Chicago/Cook County Board of Commissioners since 1986
1942 ● Bobby Elliot → Drummer in British Invasion pop-rock The Hollies, "Bus Stop" (#5, 1966)
1943 ● Jim Morrison (James Douglas Morrison) → Vocals and frontman for influential and controversial rock band The Doors, "Hello, I Love You" (#1, 1968), died from a drug overdose in Paris, France on 7/3/1971
1944 ● Mike Botts → Drummer for soft MOR pop-rock Bread, "Make It With You" (#1, 1970) and session musician, died from colon cancer on 12/9/2005
1946 ● John Graham Knight → Founding member and bassist for Scottish pop-rock The Marmalade, "Reflections Of My Life" (#10, 1970)
1947 ● Geoff Daking → Drummer for early psychedelic rock quintet Blues Magoos, "(We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet" (#5, 1967)
1947 ● Gregory Lenoir Allman → The "Greatest White Blues Singer," blues-rock vocals, keyboards and songwriter for Southern rock The Allman Brothers Band plus solo, "I'm No Angel" (Mainstream Rock #1, 1987)
1949 ● Ray Shulman → Bass, violin and guitar in pop/rock Simon Dupree & The Big Sound, "Kites" (UK #9, 1967), then founding member of innovative prog rock Gentle Giant
1950 ● Dan Hartman → Multi-instrumentalist member of the Edgar Winter Group, wrote "Free Ride" (#14, 1972), session musician, producer for multiple artists, solo R&B/soul-pop singer and songwriter, "I Can Dream About You" (#6, 1984), died on 3/22/1994 from an AIDS-related brain tumor
1953 ● Colin Gibb (Routh) → Bass and backing vocals for Brit pop/rock novelty-party quartet Black Lace, "Avado" (UK #2, 1984), continues with incarnations of the band in the 00s
1956 ● Warren Cuccurullo → Guitarist in New Wave pop-rock Duran Duran, "Hungry Like The Wolf" (#3, 1982) and Missing Persons, "Walking In L.A." (Mainstream Rock #12, 1983)
1957 ● Phil Collen → Lead guitar for hard rock/Brit New Wave of Heavy Metal ("NWOBHM") band Def Leppard, "Love Bites" (#1, 1988)
1959 ● Paul Rutherford → Backing vocals, keyboards and dancer for Brit New Wave pop/rock Frankie Goes To Hollywood, "Relax" (#10, 1984)
1962 ● Marty Friedman → Lead guitarist for trash metal Megadeth, "Trust" (Mainstream Rock #5, 1997)
1966 ● Bushwick Bill (Richard Shaw) → Rapper and vocals for gangsta/horror-rap Geto Boys, "Mind Playing Tricks On Me" (#23, 1991)
1966 ● Sinead O'Connor → Irish-born controversial folk-pop singer and songwriter, "Nothing Compares 2 U" (#1, 1990)
1972 ● Ryan Newell → Backing vocals, lead and slide guitar for Southern folk-rock Sister Hazel, "All For You" (#11, 1997)
1973 ● Corey "8" Taylor → Guitarist and singer for Grammy-winning alt metal/rap-metal Slipknot, "Duality" (Mainstream Rock #5, 2004) and Stone Sour, "Bother" (Mainstream Rock #2, 2002)
1973 ● Judith Anna Pronk → Dutch-born lead vocalist for euro-pop-dance Alice Deejay, "Better Off Alone" (Dance/Club #3, 1999)
1974 ● Nick Zinner → Guitarist for New York alt/art-rock trio Yeah Yeah Yeahs, "Gold Lion" (Alt Rock #14, 2006)
1982 ● Chrisette Michele (Payne) → Contemporary R&B/soul singer and songwriter, "Epiphany" (R&B #14, 2009)

Dec 09
1934 ● Junior Wells (Amos Wells Blakemore, Jr.) → Chicago blues harmonica player and singer, "Little By Little" (R&B #23, 1960), worked with Buddy Guy, toured in front of The Rolling Stones in the 70s, issued occasional albums in the 80s and 90s, appeared in the sequel movie Blues Brothers 2000 (1998), died from lymphoma on 1/15/1998
1941 ● Dan Hicks → Eccentric roots-folk-rock songwriter and guitarist for The Charlatans, frontman for folk-pop Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks, solo
1941 ● Sam Strain → Vocals for doo wop/novelty The Chips, "Rubber Biscuit" (1956), then doo wop Little Anthony & The Imperials, "Tears On My Pillow" (#4, 1958) and R&B/Philly soul giants The O'Jays, "Love Train" (#1, 1973)
1943 ● Kenny Vance (Kenneth Rosenberg) → Original member of AM pop-rock vocals for Jay & The Americans, "Cara Mia" (#4, 1965), music supervisor for several films including Animal House (1978) and Eddie And The Cruisers (1983), music director for Saturday Night Live, producer and bandleader
1944 ● Neil Innes → Founding member, guitar and vocals for Brit comedy-rock Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, "I'm The Urban Spaceman" (UK #5, 1968)
1944 ● Shirley Brickley → Vocals in mixed gender R&B doo-wop quartet The Orlons, "The Wah-Watusi" (#2, R&B #5, 1962), shot to death by an intruder in her Philadelphia home on 10/13/1977
1950 ● Joan Armatrading → St. Kitts-born Grammy-nominated soul-reggae-folk singer, songwriter and guitarist, "Drop The Pilot" (Mainstream Rock #33, 1983)
1954 ● Jack Sonni → Rhythm guitarist for Dire Straits in mid-80s, including "Money For Nothing" (#1, 1985)
1955 ● Randy Murray → Guitarist for latest line-up of Canadian pop-rockers Bachman-Turner Overdrive, "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" (#1, 1974)
1957 ● Donny Osmond → Teenybopper lead vocals and center of sibling pop vocal group The Osmonds, "One Bad Apple" (#1, 1971), then solo, "Soldier Of Love" (#2, 1989), TV actor and host
1957 ● Steve Askew → Former guitarist for one hit wonder New Wave light synth-bubblegum-pop Kajagoogoo, "Too Shy" (#5, 1983), now a stained glass artist
1958 ● Nick Seymour → Bassist for Aussie New Wave pop-rock Crowded House, "Don't Dream It's Over" (#2, 1987)
1964 ● Paul H. Landers → Rhythm guitar for heavy metal/Kraut rock Rammstein, "Sehnsucht" (Mainstream Rock #20, 1998)
1966 ● Michael Foster → Drummer for pop-metal FireHouse, "When I Look Into Your Eyes" (#8, 1992) and on albums by FireHouse bandmate and guitarist Bill Leverty
1968 ● Brian Bell → Rhythm guitarist and songwriter for post-grunge alt pop-rock Weezer, "Beverly Hills" (#10, 2005)
1969 ● Jakob Dylan → Singer, songwriter and guitarist for roots rock The Wallflowers, "One Headlight" (Mainstream Rock #1, 1996), solo, son of folk-rock icon Bob Dylan
1970 ● Kara DioGuardi → Grammy-nominated dance-pop and pop-rock songwriter, music video producer, American Idol judge and record company A&R executive, wrote or co-wrote nearly 50 charting singles, including "Ooh Ooh Baby" for Britney Spears
1970 ● Zachary Foley → Original bassist for Brit dance-rock quintet EMF ("Epsom Mad Funkers"), "Unbelievable" (#1, 1990), died 1/3/2002 of drug overdose
1971 ● Geoff Barrow → Remix producer and co-founder of avant-garde electronica and trip-hop group Portishead, "Sour Times" (#53, 1995)
1972 ● Tre Cool (Frank Edwin Wright III) → Drummer for post-grunge alt rock/punk revival Green Day, "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams" (#2, 2004)

Dec 10
1910 ● John Henry Hammond II → Influential Columbia Records executive and A&R scout, responsible for starting or furthering the careers of Billie Holiday, Count Basie, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Bruce Springsteen, Janis Joplin, Stevie Ray Vaughan and many others, died 7/10/1987 following a stroke
1926 ● Eddie "Guitar Slim" Jones → Flamboyant and oft-covered New Orleans blues guitarist, "The Things That I Used To Do" (R&B #1, 1954), included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs That Shaped Rock 'n' Roll, died penniless from pneumonia on 2/7/1959
1941 ● Chad Stewart (David Stuart Chadwick) → Vocals and guitar in strings-backed British Invasion light folk-pop duo Chad & Jeremy, "A Summer Song" (#7, 1964)
1946 ● Christopher John "Ace" Kefford → Bassist and founding member of Brit psych-rock The Move, "Blackberry Way" (UK #1, 1968), solo
1946 ● Walter "Clyde" Orange → Drummer and backing vocals for Grammy-winning Motown R&B/soul-funk Commodores, "Three Times A Lady" (#1, 1978) and "Nightshift" (#3, 1985)
1948 ● Jessica Cleaves → Lead singer for pop-rock vocal group The Friends Of Distinction, "Grazing In The Grass" (#3, 1969), backing vocals for Earth, Wind & Fire and Parliament/Funkadelic
1948 ● Ralph Vierra Tavares → Vocals in five brother R&B/funk-disco Tavares, "Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel" (#15, 1976)
1951 ● Juan Raul David "Johnny" Rodriguez → Latin-American outlaw country singer and songwriter, "Ridin' My Thumb To Mexico" (#70, Country #1, 1973) and five other Country #1 hits and 23 other Country Top 40 singles
1954 ● Geoff Deane → Vocalist for Brit dance-pop band Modern Romance, "Can You Move" (Dance/Club #2, 1981) and "Best Years Of Our Lives" (UK #4, 1982)
1957 ● Paul Hardcastle → Session keyboard player in the 70s, then solo synth-dance-pop music composer and producer, "19" (#20, Dance #1, 1985), now produces TV soundtracks and remixes for others
1958 ● Helen "Pepsi" DeMacque → Backing vocals for New Wave dance-pop Wham!, "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" (#1, 1984), left to form pop duo Pepsi & Shirlie, "Heartache" (#78, Dance #2, 1987)
1965 ● Joseph Donald "J" Mascis → Singer, songwriter and lead guitar for influential indie/cult rock Dinosaur Jr., "Start Choppin'" (Modern Rock #3, 1993)
1966 ● Timothy Christian Riley → Drummer for R&B/new jack swing soul-funk Tony! Toni! Tone!, "If I Had No Loot" (#7, 1993)
1972 ● Brian Molko → Scottish-American singer, songwriter and guitarist for alt glam-rock/punk revival Placebo, "Pure Morning" (Mainstream Rock #40, 1999)
1972 ● Scot Alexander → Bassist for melodic hard rock Dishwalla, "Counting Blue Cars" (#15, 1996)
1974 ● Meg White → Drummer with husband Jack in alt rock duo The White Stripes, "Seven Nation Army" (Mainstream Rock #12, 2004)

Dec 11
1916 ● Perez Prado → The "King of the Mambo," Cuban-born bandleader, pianist and composer, "Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White" (#1, 1955), died from a stroke on 9/14/1989
1926 ● Big Mama Thornton (Willie Mae Thornton) → Early blues singer and songwriter, recorded "Hound Dog" (R&B #1, 1952) before Elvis, wrote and recorded "Ball And Chain" (1968) which was covered by Janis Joplin, died 7/25/1984 from liver failure
1934 ● Curtis Williams → Bass-baritone singer for R&B/doo wop vocals The Penguins, "Earth Angel" (#8, 1954), died on 8/10/1979
1940 ● David Gates → Singer, songwriter, guitarist, producer and co-founder of soft MOR pop-rock Bread, "Make It With You" (#1, 1970), sessions and solo, "Goodbye Girl" (#15, 1978)
1944 ● Brenda Lee (Brenda Mae Tarpley) → Pop, country and rockabilly singer, "I'm Sorry" (#1, 1960) and 27 other Top 40 hits between 1960 and 1967
1951 ● Philip "Spike" Edney → Keyboardist and session musician for Queen, The Rolling Stones, Duran Duran, Boomtown Rats, Dexy's Midnight Runners, Haircut 100 and others, bandleader for Spike's All-Stars
1954 ● Jermaine Jackson → Bass and vocals in R&B/pop-soul sibling act The Jackson 5, "I Want You Back" (#1, 1970), then solo, "Let's Get Serious" (#9, 1978) and six other Top 40 hits, occasional film producer and director
1957 ● Mike Mesaros → Bass and vocals for alt pop-rock The Smithereens, "Only A Memory" (Mainstream Rock #1, 1988)
1958 ● Nikki Sixx (Franklin Carlton Serafino Ferrana, Jr.) → Co-founder, songwriter and bassist for hair-metal Mötley Crüe, "Dr. Feelgood" (#6, 1989) and Brides Of Destruction, session work, producer, collaborator, fashion designer and author
1961 ● Darryl "The Munch" Jones → Bassist for The Rolling Stones since Bill Wyman's departure in 1993, session work with Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Madonna, Eric Clapton, Joan Armatrading and others
1962 ● Curtis Williams → Keyboards for jazz-fusion then R&B/funk Kool & The Gang, "Jungle Boogie" (#4, 1973), producer
1964 ● Justin Currie → Founding member, bass, vocals and songwriting for pop and country-rock Del Amitri, "Roll To Me" (#10, 1995)
1967 ● DJ Yella (Antoine Carraby) → Longest-lasting member of controversial and influential gangsta rap quintet N.W.A., "Express Yourself" (Hot Dance #38, 1989)
1972 ● Easther Bennett → Brit R&B/dance-pop singer for girl-group Eternal, "Stay" (#19, 1994), collaborated with Aswad, songwriter
1972 ● Mos Def (Dante Terrell Smith) → Actor and hip hop MC, first with Talib Kweli in rap duo Black Star, then solo, "Oh No" (#83, Rap #1, 2000), Emmy-nominated TV and film actor
1981 ● Zacky Vengeance (Zachary James Baker) → Rhythm guitar and backing vocals for pop/metal Avenged Sevenfold, "Bat Country" (#60, Mainstream Rock #2, 2005)

Dec 12
1915 ● Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra → Film actor, "Rat Pack" founding member and nine-time Grammy-winning swing, pop and adult contemporary singer, "That's Life" (#4, 1966) and 26 other Top 40 singles
1938 ● Connie Francis (Conetta Rosa Maria Franconera) → Hugely successful 50s and 60s pop singer and one of the top selling female pop artists of all time, "Where The Boys Are" (#4, 1961) plus 32 other Top 40 hits
1940 ● Dionne Warwick (Marie Dionne Warrick) → Grammy-winning, sweet-voiced pop and soul diva, "Walk On By" (#6, 1964), "Then Came You" (#1, 1974) and "That's What Friends Are For" (#1, 1985) and 28 other Top 40 hits
1941 ● Terry Kirkman → Founding member, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter for light pop-rock vocal group The Association, wrote "Cherish" (#1, 1966)
1942 ● Declan "Dec" Cluskey → Vocals and multiple instruments in Irish pop-rock trio The Bachelors, "Diane" (#10, 1964)
1942 ● Mike Heron → Guitar, keyboards and vocals in esoteric Scottish psych-Celtic-folk/early World music duo The Incredible String Band
1942 ● Tim Hauser → Singer in Grammy-winning jazz-pop fusion vocal group Manhattan Transfer, "Boy From New York City" (#7, 1981)
1943 ● Dave Munden → Drummer with British Invasion pop-rock The Tremeloes, "Silence Is Golden" (US #11, UK #1, 1967)
1943 ● Forrest Richard "Dickey" Betts → Singer, songwriter and lead guitarist for Southern rock The Allman Brothers Band, wrote "Ramblin' Man" (#2, 1973), solo and frontman for Great Southern, Rolling Stone magazine #58 Greatest Guitarist of All-Time
1943 ● Grover Washington Jr. → Grammy-winning R&B/jazz-soul fusion saxophonist, composer and bandleader, "Just The Two Of Us" (#2, 1981), died on 12/17/1999 of a heart attack
1944 ● Rob Tyner (Robert Derminer) → Lead vocals for Detroit proto-punk rockers MC5, "Kick Out The Jams" (1969), died 9/17/1991 of a heart attack
1945 ● Alan Ward → Lead guitarist for one hit wonder English beat/pop-rock The Honeycombs, "Have I The Right?" (#5, 1964)
1945 ● Tony Williams → Respected jazz-fusion drummer with the Miles Davis band, then fronted his own band Lifetime, member of V.S.O.P., died 2/23/1997 from a heart attack following gall bladder surgery
1946 ● Clive Bunker → Drummer for early line-up of Brit folk-rock Jethro Tull, "Living In The Past" (#11, 1973)
1947 ● Ralph Scala → Organ and vocals for early psychedelic rock quintet Blues Magoos, "(We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet" (#5, 1967)
1947 ● Vin Scelsa → Long-time and beloved New York City area progressive FM radio DJ, WFMU (Upsala College, New Jersey), WLIR (Long Island), WABC, WPLJ and WNEW (New York)
1948 ● Ray Jackson → Vocals, mandolin and harmonica for Brit folk-rock Lindisfarne, "Lady Eleanor" (UK #3, 1971)
1953 ● Bruce Kulik → Session and touring band guitarist for Meat Loaf, Kiss, Grand Funk Railroad, Michael Bolton and others
1957 ● Cy Curnin → Founder and lead vocals of New Wave pop-rock The Fixx, "One Thing Leads To Another" (#4, 1983)
1957 ● Sheila E. (Sheila Escovedo) → R&B/dance-pop singer and drummer, "The Glamorous Life" (#7, 1984), session work with Prince, Stevie Wonder, Mariah Carey, Phil Collins, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion and others
1959 ● Belouis Some (Neville Keighley) → New Wave electronic/synth-dance-pop singer, "Some People" (#67, Dance/Club #8, 1985)
1961 ● Daniel O'Donnell → Irish country-pop crooner and songwriter, "Give A Little Love" (#7, 1998)
1963 ● Claudia Brücken → Vocals and frontwoman with German synth-pop Propaganda, "p:Machinery" (Dance/Club #10, 1986)
1963 ● Eric Schenkman → Guitarist for alt blues-rock jam band Spin Doctors, "Two Princes" (#7, 1993)
1965 ● David Russell Batiste, Jr. → Drummer for The Funky Meters, a reincarnation of influential New Orleans soul-funk The Meters, "Chicken Strut" (1970), plus solo and session work
1967 ● Nick Dimichino → Bassist for indie power pop band Nine Days, "Absolutely (Story Of A Girl)" (#6, 2000)
1968 ● Daniel "Danny Boy" O'Connor → Vocals in white hip-hop one hit wonder trio House Of Pain, "Jump Around" (#3, 1992)
1971 ● Johnny Dean → Vocals for short-lived, super-hyped 90s Britpop Menswear, "Being Brave" (UK #10, 1996)
1976 ● Dan Hawkins → Guitarist and vocals for Brit hard rock The Darkness, "I Believe In A Thing Called Love" (Mainstream #35, 2004)
1977 ● Dino Meneghin → Guitarist for post-grunge alt rock The Calling, "Wherever You Will Go" (#5, 2001)
1980 ● Carl Dalemo → Bassist for Brit-Swede indie pop-rock Razorlight, "America" (UK #1, 2006)

Dec 13
1940 ● Tony Gomez → Vocals for Brit R&B/soul-pop The Foundations, "Baby Now That I've Found You" (#11, 1967)
1945 ● Robert Martinez → Drummer for garage rock legends ? And The Mysterians, "96 Tears" (#1, 1966)
1948 ● Andy Peebles → BBC Radio DJ and the last person to interview John Lennon
1948 ● Jeff "Skunk" Baxter → Guitarist for Steely Dan, "Reeling In The Years" (#11, 1973), joined The Doobie Brothers in 1974, "Black Water" (#1, 1975), now a missile defense consultant and government contractor
1948 ● Ted Nugent → The "Motor City Madman," guitarist for psych-rock Amboy Dukes, "Journey To The Centre Of The Mind" (#16, 1968), solo, "Cat Scratch Fever" (#30, 1977) and supergroup Damn Yankees, "High Enough" (#3, 1991)
1949 ● Randy Owen → Founder and lead vocals for country-pop-rock Alabama, "Love In The First Degree" (#15, 1982)
1949 ● Tom Verlaine → Guitar and vocals for punk-rock Television, "Marquee Moon" (Rolling Stone 500 #128, 1977)
1950 ● Davy O'List → Journeyman Brit guitarist for prog rock The Attack, The Nice, Pink Floyd, Roxy Music, Jet and others, solo
1952 ● Berton Averre → Guitarist for power pop The Knack, "My Sharona" (#1, 1979), now a stage and screenplay writer
1958 ● Dana Strum (Strumwasser) → Bassist in pop-glam metal Slaughter, "Fly To The Angels" (#19, 1990), died in a car crash on 2/5/1998
1967 ● Jamie Foxx (Eric Marlon Bishop) → Actor, pianist and singer, "Gold Digger" (#1, 2005), won Academy Award for his portrayal of soul great Ray Charles in the film Ray (2005)
1970 ● Daniel Patrick → Session and touring band guitars and keyboards for Nine Inch Nails, Tapeworm, Methods of Mayhem and others
1974 ● Nick McCarthy → Rhythm guitar and keyboards for Scottish art-pop-rock Franz Ferdinand, "Take Me Out" (Alt Rock #3, 2004)
1975 ● Tom DeLonge → Lead guitar and vocals for pop-punk Blink-182, "All The Small Things" (#6, 2000)
1981 ● Amy Lynn Lee Hartzler → Founder, lead vocals, songwriter and pianist for Grammy-winning goth-pop-metal Evanescence, "Bring Me To Life" (#5, 2003)
1989 ● Taylor Alison Swift → Country-pop singer and songwriter, "You Belong With Me" (#2, 2009), actress

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Monday, December 1, 2014

 

Albums Released This Week (December 1 - 7)

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):


Dec 01
Jimi Hendrix Experience ------ Axis: Bold As Love [UK] ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1967
The Shadows ------ From Hank, Bruce, Brian And John ► Instrumental Rock 'N' Roll >> 1967
The Monkees ------ Head ► Pop-Rock >> 1968
Black Sabbath ------ Sabbath Bloody Sabbath ► Hard Rock >> 1973
Koko Taylor ------ South Side Lady ► Chicago Blues >> 1973
Styx ------ Equinox ► Prog/Art Rock >> 1975
Aerosmith ------ Draw The Line ► Hard Rock >> 1977
The Doobie Brothers ------ Minute By Minute ► Pop-Rock >> 1978
Queen ------ Live Magic ► Glam Rock >> 1986
Sodom ------ Persecution Mania ► Heavy Metal/Thrash Metal >> 1987
Dixie Chicks ------ Thank Heavens For Dale Evans ► Country-Rock >> 1990
Journey ------ Time3 [Time Cubed] ► AOR Rock >> 1992
R.E.M. ------ The Automatic Box ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1993
Dimmu Borgir ------ For All Tid ► Heavy Metal/Black Metal >> 1994
Aaron Carter ------ Aaron Carter [UK] ► Teen Dance-Pop >> 1997
Sarah Brightman ------ Eden ► Showtunes >> 1998
Queen ------ The Singles Collection: Volume 1 ► Glam Rock >> 2008


Dec 02
The Mothers Of Invention ------ Cruising With Ruben & The Jets ► Doo Wop >> 1968
George Harrison ------ Wonderwall Music ► Pop-Rock >> 1968
Queen ------ A Night At The Opera ► Glam Rock >> 1975
Stephen Stills ------ The Best Of Stephen Stills ► Folk-Rock >> 1976
Dolly Parton ------ 9 To 5 And Odd Jobs ► Country-Pop >> 1980
Queen ------ The Complete Works ► Glam Rock >> 1985
Bon Jovi ------ Hard & Hot (Best Of Bon Jovi) ► Hard Rock >> 1991
Suzi Quatro ------ Live & Kickin' ► Hard Rock >> 1991


Dec 03
The Who ------ My Generation ► Hard Rock >> 1965
The Beatles ------ Rubber Soul [UK] ► Pop-Rock >> 1965
Neil Diamond ------ I'm Glad You're Here With Me Tonight ► Pop-Rock >> 1977
Cat Stevens ------ Back To Earth ► Folk-Pop >> 1978
Slade ------ The Amazing Kamikaze Syndrome ► Hard Rock >> 1983
Bob Dylan ------ Real Live ► Folk-Rock >> 1984
Spirit ------ California Blues ► Blues-Rock >> 1996
Bloodhound Gang ------ One Fierce Beer Coaster ► Post-Punk Alt Metal >> 1996
Mariah Carey ------ Charmbracelet ► Pop-Rock >> 2002


Dec 04
The Beatles ------ Beatles For Sale ► Pop-Rock >> 1964
The Yardbirds ------ Five Live Yardbirds ► British Invasion >> 1964
The Rolling Stones ------ December's Children (And Everybody's) ► Blues-Rock >> 1965
Dionne Warwick ------ Here Where There Is Love ► Pop-Soul >> 1966
Robert Wyatt ------ The End Of An Ear ► Art Rock >> 1970
Wishbone Ash ------ Wishbone Ash ► Prog Rock >> 1970
Stephen Stills ------ Stephen Stills Live ► Folk-Rock >> 1975
Scorpions ------ Taken By Force ► Heavy Metal >> 1977
Foreigner ------ Inside Information ► Arena Rock >> 1987
Queen ------ At The Beeb ► Glam Rock >> 1989
Brand Nubian ------ One For All ► Alternative Rap >> 1990
Mariah Carey ------ Greatest Hits ► Pop-Rock >> 2001
Limp Bizkit ------ New Old Songs ► Rap-Metal >> 2001
Eric Clapton ------ Sessions For Robert J. ► Blues-Rock >> 2004
Billy Idol ------ Happy Holidays: A Very Special Christmas Album ► Hard Rock >> 2006


Dec 05
The Crickets ------ In Style With The Crickets ► Pop-Rock >> 1960
Buffalo Springfield ------ Buffalo Springfield ► Folk-Rock >> 1966
Paul McCartney & Wings ------ Band On The Run ► Pop-Rock >> 1973
Yes ------ Relayer ► Prog Rock >> 1974
Bob Marley & The Wailers ------ Live! ► Roots Reggae >> 1975
Parliament ------ Trombipulation ► Funk >> 1980
The Damned ------ Anything ► Goth Rock >> 1986
The Stone Roses ------ Second Coming ► Brit Pop >> 1994
Bush ------ Sixteen Stone ► Grunge Rock >> 1994
Immature ------ We Got It ► Pop-Rap >> 1995
Alice In Chains ------ Live ► Heavy Metal/Grunge Metal >> 2000


Dec 06
The Beatles ------ The Beatles' Christmas Record ► Holiday Message & Music >> 1963
The Beatles ------ Rubber Soul ► Pop-Rock >> 1965
The Byrds ------ Turn! Turn! Turn! ► Country-Rock >> 1965
The Rolling Stones ------ Beggar's Banquet ► Blues-Rock >> 1968
Stevie Wonder ------ For Once In My Life ► Soul - Motown >> 1968
James Taylor ------ James Taylor ► Folk-Rock >> 1968
Christine McVie ------ Christine Perfect ► Pop-Rock >> 1970
Diana Ross ------ Last Time I Saw Him ► Soul - Motown >> 1973
Al Green ------ Livin' For You ► Soul (Southern) >> 1973
Al Green ------ The Belle Album ► Soul (Southern) >> 1977
Jackson Browne ------ Running On Empty ► Folk-Rock >> 1977
Denny Laine ------ Japanese Tears ► Rock >> 1980
The Cure ------ Japanese Whispers ► Post-Punk >> 1983
Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band ------ Almost Acoustic ► Folk-Rock >> 1988
Cathedral ------ Forest Of Equilibrium [UK] ► Heavy Metal/Doom Metal >> 1991
Depeche Mode ------ Songs Of Faith And Devotion Live ► Synth-Pop >> 1993
Pearl Jam ------ Vitalogy ► Hard Rock >> 1994
Eminem ------ The Slim Shady EP ► Hard Core Rap >> 1997
Korn ------ See You On The Other Side ► Post-Grunge/Nu Metal >> 2005
Phish ------ Hampton/Winston-Salem '97 ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 2011
Korn ------ The Path Of Totality ► Post-Grunge/Nu Metal >> 2011


Dec 07
The Kingston Trio ------ The Kingston Trio (Nick Bob John) ► Folk-Pop >> 1964
Creedence Clearwater Revival ------ Pendulum ► Folk-Rock >> 1970
Paul McCartney & Wings ------ Wild Life ► Pop-Rock >> 1971
The Temptations ------ 1990 ► Soul - Motown >> 1973
Foreigner ------ Agent Provocateur ► Arena Rock >> 1984
Teddy Pendergrass ------ Workin' It Back ► Soul-Pop >> 1985
Nine Inch Nails ------ Fixed ► Industrial Metal >> 1992
Depeche Mode ------ Devotional ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1993
Ice Cube ------ Lethal Injection ► Gangsta Rap >> 1993
Nightwish ------ Oceanborn ► Heavy Metal/Symphonic Metal >> 1998
Massive Attack ------ Singles 90/98 ► Trip-Hop >> 1998
Sheryl Crow ------ Sheryl Crow And Friends: Live From Central Park ► Roots Rock >> 1999
Simon & Garfunkel ------ Old Friends: Live On Stage ► Folk-Pop >> 2004

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