Monday, November 24, 2014

 

Albums Released This Week (November 24 - 30)

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


Nov 24
Kaleidoscope ------ Tangerine Dream ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1967
Tim Buckley ------ Blue Afternoon ► Folk-Rock >> 1969
The Kinks ------ Muswell Hillbillies ► British Rock >> 1971
Hawkwind ------ Doremi Fasol Latido ► Space Rock >> 1972
George Harrison ------ Thirty-Three & 1/3 ► Pop-Rock >> 1976
Rod Stewart ------ Blondes Have More Fun ► Blues-Rock >> 1978
Mike Oldfield ------ Incantations ► Progressive Rock >> 1978
Eurythmics ------ 1984 (For The Love Of Big Brother) [Sndtrk] ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1984
Pat Benatar ------ Tropico ► Hard Rock >> 1984
Eric Clapton ------ August ► Blues-Rock >> 1986
Red Box ------ The Circle & The Square ► Pop-Rock >> 1986
Hawkwind ------ Live Chronicles ► Space Rock >> 1986
Keith Sweat ------ Make It Last Forever ► New jack swing >> 1987
Leonard Cohen ------ The Future ► Folk-Rock >> 1992
Spin Doctors ------ Homebelly Groove ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1992
Erasure ------ Pop! - The First 20 Singles ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1992
Cryptopsy ------ Blasphemy Made Flesh ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1994
All Saints ------ All Saints ► Electronic Dance-Pop >> 1997
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony ------ The Collection Volume 1 ► Gangsta Rap >> 1998
Queen ------ The Crown Jewels ► Glam Rock >> 1998
Metallica ------ Garage, Inc. ► Heavy Metal >> 1998
Pearl Jam ------ Live On Two Legs ► Hard Rock >> 1998
The Tubes ------ White Punks On Dope ► Alt. Rock >> 2003
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds ------ Live At The Royal Albert Hall ► Alt Rock >> 2008
Jeff Beck ------ Performing This Week…Live At Ronnie Scott's ► Instrumental Rock >> 2008
Bob Seger ------ Early Seger Vol. 1 ► Album Rock >> 2009


Nov 25
The Beatles ------ Beatlemania! With The Beatles ► Pop-Rock >> 1963
Laura Nyro ------ Christmas And The Beads Of Sweat ► Folk-Rock >> 1970
Siouxsie And The Banshees ------ Nocturne ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1983
Tracey Ullman ------ You Broke My Heart in 17 Places ► Girl Groups >> 1983
Enigma ------ Le Roi Est Mort, Vive Le Roi! ► Ambient >> 1996
Garth Brooks ------ Sevens ► Country-Pop >> 1997
Counting Crows ------ Films About Ghosts: The Best Of Counting Crows ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2003
Roy Buchanan ------ Live In Japan ► Blues-Rock >> 2003
Johnny Cash ------ Unearthed ► Classic Country >> 2003
Nirvana ------ Nevermind: The Singles ► Grunge >> 2011


Nov 26
The Kinks ------ The Kink Kontroversy [UK] ► British Invasion >> 1965
Yes ------ Fragile [UK] ► Prog Rock >> 1971
Badfinger ------ Ass ► Pop-Rock >> 1973
ZZ Top ------ The Best of ZZ Top ► Blues-Rock >> 1977
Eurythmics ------ Touch ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1983
Mike Oldfield ------ The Killing Fields [Sndtrk] ► Progressive Rock >> 1984
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers ------ Pack Up The Plantation - Live! ► Album Rock >> 1985
Rick Astley ------ Hold Me In Your Arms ► Dance-Pop >> 1988
Psychotic Waltz ------ A Social Grace ► Heavy Metal/Progressive Metal >> 1990
Michael Jackson ------ Dangerous ► Pop-Soul >> 1991
Ricky Martin ------ Ricky Martin ► Dance-Pop >> 1991
Sade ------ The Best Of Sade ► Quiet Storm >> 1994
Fine Young Cannibals ------ The Finest ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1996
Cotton Mather ------ Kon Tiki ► Power Pop >> 1997
Paul McCartney ------ Back In The U.S. ► Pop-Rock >> 2002
Bob Dylan & The Band ------ The Bootleg Series, Vol. 5: Bob Dylan Live 1975, The Rolling Thunder Revue ► Folk-Rock >> 2002
Journey ------ Red 13 [EP] ► AOR Rock >> 2002
Earth, Wind & Fire ------ Soul Source: Earth, Wind & Fire Remixes ► Soul-Funk >> 2002
Carpenters ------ The Ultimate Collection ► Easy Listening >> 2006
The Shamen ------ Immortal ► Alt Rock/Electro-Psych >> 2007
Genesis ------ Live Over Europe 2007 ► Prog Rock >> 2007
Sting ------ Live In Berlin ► Pop-Rock >> 2010


Nov 27
The Crickets ------ The "Chirping" Crickets ► Rock n Roll >> 1957
The Temptations ------ In A Mellow Mood ► Soul - Motown >> 1967
The Beatles ------ Magical Mystery Tour ► Psychedelic Pop >> 1967
Stevie Wonder ------ Someday At Christmas ► Soul - Motown >> 1967
George Harrison ------ All Things Must Pass ► Pop-Rock >> 1970
Gentle Giant ------ Gentle Giant ► Prog Rock >> 1970
The Kinks ------ Lola Vs. The Powerman & The Money-Go-Round, Pt. 1 ► British Rock >> 1970
The Jacksons ------ The Jacksons ► Soul - pop/funk >> 1976
Gloria Gaynor ------ Love Tracks ► Disco >> 1978
10cc ------ Ten Out Of 10 ► Pop-Rock >> 1981
Ozzy Osbourne ------ Speak Of The Devil ► Hard Rock >> 1982
Mr. Mister ------ Welcome To The Real World ► L. A. New Wave >> 1985
Dokken ------ Back For The Attack ► Heavy Metal >> 1987
W.A.S.P. ------ Live…In The Raw ► Glam Metal >> 1987
Clint Black ------ Put Yourself In My Shoes ► Country-Rock >> 1990
Dark Tranquility ------ The Gallery ► Heavy Metal/Melodic Death Metal >> 1995
David Gray ------ White Ladder ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1998
Boards Of Canada ------ In A Beautiful Place Out In The Country ► Techno-Ambient >> 2000
Counting Crows ------ Aural 6 ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2008
The Church ------ Operetta [EP] ► Alt. Power Pop >> 2009


Nov 28
Brenda Lee ------ Coming On Strong ► Country-Pop >> 1966
The Rolling Stones ------ Let It Bleed ► Rock >> 1969
Slade ------ Play It Loud ► Hard Rock >> 1970
Rory Gallagher ------ Deuce ► Blues-Rock >> 1971
Parliament ------ Funkentelechy Vs. The Placebo Syndrome ► Funk >> 1977
Blues Brothers ------ Briefcase Full Of Blues ► Blues-Rock >> 1978
Parliament ------ Gloryhallastoopid (Or Pin The Tail On The Funky) ► Funk >> 1979
The Jam ------ Sound Affects ► Punk-Rock >> 1980
Toyah ------ Toyah! Toyah! Toyah! ► Punk Rock >> 1980
Neil Diamond ------ On The Way To The Sky ► Pop-Rock >> 1981
Japan ------ Tin Drum ► New Wave >> 1981
Technotronic ------ Pump Up The Jam: The Album ► Dance Pop-Rock >> 1989
Supertramp ------ The Very Best Of Supertramp 2 ► Prog/Art Rock >> 1992
Various Artists ------ Waiting To Exhale: Original Soundtrack Album [Sndtrk] ► Soul-Pop >> 1995
Aaron Carter ------ Aaron Carter [UK] ► Teen Dance-Pop >> 1997
Bob Dylan ------ The Best Of Bob Dylan, Vol. 2 ► Folk-Rock >> 2000
Donovan ------ Catch The Wind ► Folk-Rock >> 2000
Incubus ------ Light Grenades ► Funk Metal >> 2006
April Wine ------ Roughly Speaking ► Arena Rock >> 2006
Kylie Minogue ------ Aphrodite Les Folies: Live In London ► Dance-Pop >> 2011


Nov 29
John Lennon & Yoko Ono ------ Unfinished Music, No. 1: Two Virgins [UK] ► Pop-Rock >> 1968
Charlie Daniels Band ------ Fire On The Mountain ► Southern Rock >> 1974
Slade ------ Slade In Flame ► Hard Rock >> 1974
Blondie ------ Autoamerican ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1980
Heart ------ Greatest Hits: Live ► Album Rock >> 1980
Amy Grant ------ In Concert Volume Two ► Pop-Rock/Christian >> 1981
Foreigner ------ Records ► Arena Rock >> 1982
Cocteau Twins ------ Echoes In A Shallow Bay ► Folk-Rock >> 1985
Debbie Harry ------ Rockbird ► New Eave Dance-Pop >> 1986
Guns N' Roses ------ G N' R Lies ► Hard Rock >> 1988
Motörhead ------ Bastards ► Heavy Metal >> 1993
Mary J. Blige ------ My Life ► Hip Hop Soul >> 1994
Quarashi ------ Switchstance ► Rap-Metal >> 1996


Nov 30
Jefferson Airplane ------ After Bathing At Baxter's ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1967
J.J. Cale ------ Really ► Blues-Rock >> 1972
Montrose ------ Montrose ► Hard Rock >> 1973
Manfred Mann's Earth Band ------ Solar Fire ► Prog Rock >> 1973
Cat Stevens ------ Numbers ► Folk-Pop >> 1975
Stevie Wonder ------ Looking Back ► Soul >> 1977
Steely Dan ------ Greatest Hits ► Jazz-Rock >> 1978
Pink Floyd ------ The Wall [UK] ► Prog Rock >> 1979
Bad Religion ------ Bad Religion ► Punk Rock >> 1981
Yes ------ Classic Yes ► Prog Rock >> 1981
ABBA ------ The Visitors ► Pop-Rock >> 1981
Michael Jackson ------ Thriller ► Dance-Pop >> 1982
Violent Femmes ------ Violent Femmes ► New Wave Post-Punk >> 1982
Sammy Hagar ------ Three Lock Box ► Arena Rock >> 1982
Teddy Pendergrass ------ Love Language ► Soul-Pop >> 1984
Pete Townshend ------ White City: A Novel ► Prog Rock >> 1985
The Who ------ Who's Missing ► Hard Rock >> 1985
Freddie King ------ Live At The Texas Opry House ► Electric Blues >> 1992
FM ------ Mac Of The Roundtable ► Prog Rock >> 1992
Shadows Fall ------ Somber Eyes To The Sky ► Heavy Metal/Melodic Death Metal >> 1997
Kylie Minogue ------ Intimate And Live ► Dance-Pop >> 1998
Cher ------ The Greatest Hits ► Pop-Rock >> 1999

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

 

This Week's Birthdays (November 23 - 29)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Nov 23
1939 ● Betty Everett → R&B/soul-pop vocalist and pianist, "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss)" (#6, R&B #1, 1964), died at home on 8/19/2001
1945 ● Bobby Bloom (Conquistador Blomqvist) → One hit wonder calypso-pop singer and songwriter, "Montego Bay" (#1, 1974), died in an accidental gun shooting on 2/28/74
1949 ● Alan Paul → Singer in Grammy-winning jazz-pop fusion vocal group Manhattan Transfer, "Boy From New York City" (#7, 1981)
1949 ● Sandra Stevens → Vocals in Brit sunny folk-pop Brotherhood of Man "United We Stand" (#13, UK #10, 1970)
1954 ● Bruce Hornsby → Grammy-winning rock-pop-jazz-classical-bluegrass keyboardist, singer and songwriter, bandleader for The Range "The Way It Is" (#1, 1986), solo, producer for Leon Russell and others, filled in on keyboards for the Grateful Dead, now fronts separate bluegrass and jazz bands
1962 ● Calvin Hayes → Keyboards and drums for underappreciated, one hit wonder New Wave sophisti-pop Johnny Hates Jazz, "Shattered Dreams" (#2, 1988)
1962 ● Chris Bostock → Bassist in dance-pop-rock Jo Boxers, "Boxer Beat" (UK #3, 1983)
1964 ● Conny Bloom (Conquistador Blomqvist) → Guitarist and songwriter for Finnish glam-punk-metal Hanoi Rocks, covered Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Up Around The Bend" (UK #61, 1984)
1966 ● Charlie Grover → Drummer in post-grunge alt rock Sponge, "Molly (16 Candles Down The Drain" (Modern Rock #3, 1995)
1966 ● Ken Block → Lead singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer for Southern folk-rock Sister Hazel, "All For You" (#11, 1997), solo
1978 ● Alison Mosshart → Singer, songwriter and occasional model, lead singer for indie rock The Kills ("The Good Ones," UK #23, 2005) and blues-rock supergroup The Dead Weather ("Die By The Drop," Alt Rock #20, 2010)
1984 ● Lucas Stephen Grabeel → Pop singer and actor, played "Ryan Evans" in High School Musical movies (most watched cable TV movies ever)
1992 ● Destiney Hope "Miley" Cyrus → Teen idol actress, starred in the Disney Hannah Montana series, then pop vocalist, "Party In The U.S.A." (#2, 2009), daughter of country-pop singer Billy Ray Cyrus

Nov 24
1868 ● Scott Joplin → The "King of Ragtime," pianist and prolific jazz and ragtime composer best known for his signature piece, "Maple Leaf Rag" (copyright 1899), died on 4/1/1917 from dementia caused by syphilis
1938 ● Charles Laquidara → Radio DJ on early "free format" WBCN/Boston, his morning drive time show The Big Mattress ran for nearly 30 years and set the bar for FM radio morning shows
1939 ● Jim Yester → Guitar and vocals for light pop-rock vocal group The Association, "Along Comes Mary" (#7, 1966)
1941 ● Donald "Duck" Dunn → Bassist, songwriter, highly regarded session player, member of Stax Records house band Booker T. & The MG's, "Green Onions" (#3, 1962) and The Blues Brothers, "Soul Man" (#14, 1979), died in his sleep while on tour in Tokyo on 5/13/2012
1941 ● Pete Best (Randolph Peter Best) → The "5th Beatle", drummer for The Beatles from August 1960 until fired and replaced by Ringo Starr in August 1962, went into civil service and continued to perform as frontman to his own bands
1942 ● Billy Connolly → Scottish comedian, film and TV actor and singer, member of folk trio The Humblebums with Gerry Rafferty in 70s, then briefly a folk-novelty-pop solo artist, covered "D.I.V.O.R.C.E." (UK #1, 1975)
1943 ● Robin Williamson → Guitarist and principal in Scottish psych-folk and early world music duo The Incredible String Band, 1968 album The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter reached #161 in the US
1944 ● Beverly "Bev" Bevan → Drummer and founding member of Brit psych-rock The Move, "Blackberry Way" (UK #1, 1968), pop-rock Electric Light Orchestra, "Don't Bring Me Down" (#4, 1979) and 26 other Top 40 hits and Black Sabbath, now a UK radio host on Saga FM
1945 ● Lee Michaels (Michael Olsen) → One hit wonder psych-rock/blue eyed soul singer, songwriter and keyboardist, "Do You Know What I Mean" (#6, 1971)
1948 ● Tony Bourge → Guitarist for early and influential heavy metal Budgie, "Nude Disintegrating Parachutist Woman" (1971)
1955 ● Clement Burke (Clement Bozewski) → Original drummer for New Wave pop-rock Blondie, "Heart Of Glass" (#1, 1979), later with The Romantics, occasional tours with The Ramones (as "Elvis Ramone"), session work for Pete Townshend, Bob Dylan, The Gog-Go's, The Sex Pistols and others
1957 ● Chris Hayes → Guitar and backing vocals for pop-rock bar band Huey Lewis & The News, "The Power Of Love" (#1, 1985)
1958 ● Carmel McCourt → Brit jazz-pop-rock vocalist and bandleader for Carmel, "Bad Day" (UK #15, 1983)
1962 ● Gary Stonadge → Bassist for funk-punk Big Audio Dynamite, "V. Thirteen" (Dance/Club #15, 1987) and The Rotten Hill Gang
1962 ● John Squire → Guitarist for Brit guitar pop-rock The Stone Roses, "She Bangs The Drums" (Alt Rock #9, 1989) and indie rock The Seahorses, "Love Is The Law" (UK #3, 1997), painter
1964 ● Tony Rombola → Guitarist for hard rock Godsmack, "Straight Out Of Line" (Mainstream #1, 2003)
1970 ● Chad Taylor → Guitarist for alt rock Live, "Lightning Crashes" (Modern Rock #5, 1995) and The Gracious Few, "Appetite" (Mainstream Rock #29, 2010)

Nov 25
1941 ● Percy Sledge → Pleading R&B/Southern soul balladeer, "When A Man Loves A Woman" (#1, 1965) and three other Top 40 hits
1944 ● Bob Lind → One hit wonder folk-pop singer and songwriter, "Elusive Butterfly" (#5, 1966)
1947 ● Val Fuentes → Drummer for San Francisco psych-folk-rock It's A Beautiful Day, "White Bird" (1969)
1950 ● Jocelyn Brown → R&B/dance-pop session vocalist and solo artist, "Somebody Else's Guy" (R&B #2, 1984), worked with John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and others
1959 ● Steve Rothery → Original member and lead guitar for Brit prog-rock revival group Marillion, "Kayleigh" (Mainstream Rock #14, 1985)
1960 ● Amy Grant → Grammy-winning Contemporary Christian music (CCM) then pop-rock singer and songwriter, "Every Heartbeat" (#1, 1991) and six other Top 40 hits
1964 ● Mark Lanegan → Vocals and songwriting for garage/psych/grunge rock Screaming Trees, "All I Know" (Mainstream Rock #9, 1996), stoner metal Queens Of The Stone Age, "No One Knows" (#51, Mainstream Rock #5, 2002) and solo
1966 ● Stacey Lattishaw → R&B/dance-pop vocalist, "Let Me Be Your Angel" (#21, R&B #8, 1980), retired from music in 1990 to raise her family
1966 ● Tim Armstrong → Grammy-winning guitarist, songwriter poet, producer and independent record label owner, frontman for 90s punk revival Rancid, "Time Bomb" (Modern Rock #8, 1995)
1967 ● Rodney Sheppard → Guitarist for funk-pop-rock Sugar Ray, "Fly" (#1, 1997)
1968 ● Tunde (Babatunde Emanuel Baiyewu) → Nigerian-descent singer in Brit R&B/Northern soul duo Lighthouse Family, "Lifted" (UK #4, 1996) and 9 other UK Top 40 hits, solo
1972 ● Mark Duane Morton → Lead guitar for groove metal Lamb God, album Wrath reached #2 in 2009

Nov 26
1924 ● Michael Holliday (Norman Milne) → Late 50s, pre-Beatles adult contemporary/pop crooner, "The Story of My Life" (UK #1, 1957), died from an apparent suicidal drug overdose on 10/29/1963
1939 ● Tina Turner (Anna Mae Bullock) → R&B/soul-pop diva, first as a member of The Ikettes, husband Ike Turner's backing vocal group, then soul-pop duo Ike & Tina Turner, "Proud Mary" (#4, 1971) and Grammy-winning solo career, "What's Love Got To Do With It" (#1, 1984) and 12 other Top 40 singles
1944 ● Alan Henderson → Bassist for Irish garage-rock, proto-punk Them, "Gloria" (#71, 1966)
1944 ● Jean Terrell → R&B/soul singer, replaced Diana Ross in The Supremes in 1969, "Up The Ladder To The Roof" (#10, 1970), left in 1973 for a solo career and backing vocalist for various jazz acts
1945 ● John McVie → Founding member, part namesake and bassist for Brit blues-rock then huge pop-rock group Fleetwood Mac, "Go Your Own Way" (#10, 1977)
1946 ● Burt Ruiter → Bassist for Dutch prog rock band Focus, "Hocus Pocus" (#9, 1971)
1946 ● Graham Foote → Guitarist in British Invasion pop-rock The Mindbenders, "The Game Of Love" (#1, 1965)
1948 ● John Rossall → Saxophone, trombone and music director for Gary Glitter's backing group The Glitter Band, "Angel Face" (UK #4, 1974) and later incarnations of the group
1949 ● Martin Lee → Vocals in Brit sunny folk-pop Brotherhood of Man, "United We Stand" (#13, UK #10, 1970)
1963 ● Adam Gaynor → Rhythm guitarist for post-grunge alt rock Matchbox Twenty, "Bent" (#1, 2000), solo
1967 ● John Stirratt → Bassist and songwriter for alt country-rock Wilco, "Outtasite (Outta Mind)" (Mainstream Rock #22, 1997)
1970 ● Ron Jones → Guitarist for neo-psych alt rock The Flaming Lips, "She Don't Use Jelly" (#55, 1995)
1981 ● Natasha Bedingfield → New Zealand-born dance-pop singer and songwriter, "Unwritten" (#5, 2006) plus three other Top 40 hits
1984 ● Ben Wysocki → Drummer for mainstream/piano rock The Fray, "How To Save A Life" (#3, 2006)
1985 ● Lil Fizz (Dreux Frederic) → Vocals for R&B/hip hop urban boy band B2K, "Bump, Bump, Bump" (#1, 2002)
1990 ● Rita Ora → Kosovo-born UK dance/pop singer and dancer with three consecutive UK #1 singles, including "How We Do (Party)" (#62, Dance/Pop #1, UK #1, 2012)

Nov 27
1935 ● Al Jackson, Jr. → Drummer, songwriter, producer, highly regarded session player, member of Stax Records house band Booker T. & The MG's, "Green Onions" (#3, 1962), murdered by intruders in his home on 10/1/1975
1941 ● Edward Thomas "Eddie" Rabbitt → Country-pop singer and songwriter, "I Love a Rainy Night" (#1, 1980), Elvis Presley, Dr. Hook, Tom Jones and others covered his songs, died of lung cancer on 5/7/1998
1942 ● James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix → Electric blues, rock and R&B guitar innovator and virtuoso, songwriter and bandleader, "Purple Haze" (US #65, UK #3, 1967), died on 9/18/70 from a drug overdose in his London hotel room
1944 ● Trevor "Dozy" Ward-Davies → Bass guitar for Brit 60s pop-rock two hit wonder quintet Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, "The Legend Of Xanadu" (UK #1, 1968)
1945 ● Randy Brecker → Grammy-winning trumpeter and composer, collaborator with brother Randy in jazz-rock fusion The Brecker Brothers, "Sneakin' Up Behind You" (#58, Disco #3, 1975), worked with jazz-rock/pop-rock fusion band Blood, Sweat & Tears, plus Horace Silver, Larry Coryell and other sessions, solo
1948 ● Dave Winthrop → Flute, saxophone and occasional lead vocals for Brit prog-art-then pop-rock Supertramp, "The Logical Song" (#6, 1979), briefly with blues-rock Chicken Shack and mod revival Secret Affair, session work
1959 ● Charlie Burchill → Guitar for Scottish New Wave pop-rock Simple Minds, "(Don't You) Forget About Me" ($1, 1985)
1960 ● Ashley Ingram → Vocals for R&B/electro-dance-soul Imagination, "Just An Illusion" (Dance/Club #15, 1982)
1961 ● Princess (Desiree Heslop) → Vocalist in Afro-pop/worldbeat Osibisa, "The Warrior" (Dance/Club #32, 1977) and solo "Say I'm Your Number One" (UK #7, 1985)
1962 ● Charlie Benante → Drummer for speed/thrash metal Anthrax, "Only" (Mainstream #26, 1993) and punk/metal side project Stormtroopers Of Death
1962 ● Mike Bordin → Drummer for influential metal/funk/hip hop/punk fusion band Faith No More, "Epic" (#9, 1990)
1965 ● Fiachna Ó Braonáin → Vocals and guitar for Irish rockers Hothouse Flowers, "Don't Go" (Modern Rock #7, 1988), duet with Belinda Carlisle on her 2007 album Voila
1965 ● Wallis Buchanan → Vibraphonist for Grammy-winning Brit acid jazz-funk-pop Jamiroquai, "Canned Heat" (Dance #1, 1999)
1970 ● Skoob (aka "Books") (William "Willie" Hines) → Vocals in rapid-fire, nonsensical rap duo Das EFX, "Straight From The Sewer" (Rap #3, 1992)
1971 ● Terry Corso → Guitarist for alt rock Alien Ant Farm, "Smooth Criminal" (#23, 2001)
1973 ● Twista (Carl Terrell Mitchell) → Chicago rapper known at one time as the world's fastest, "Slow Jamz" (#1, 2004) from the #1 album Kamikaze
1978 ● Mike Skinner → Multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, rapper, songwriter and leader of the rap/garage "grime" project The Streets, "Dry Your Eyes" (UK #1, 2004)

Nov 28
1929 ● Berry Gordy, Jr. → Professional boxer turned record producer and talent agent, founded Motown Records and brought black music into tens of millions of white homes, composer and co-writer of several hits, including "Lonely Teardrops" for Jackie Wilson (#7, R&B #1, 1958)
1932 ● Ray Perkins → Bass vocals for Canadian harmony pop/rock quartet The Crew Cuts, covered "Sh-Boom" (#1, 1954)
1936 ● Roy McCurdy → Mid-70s drummer in jazz-rock/pop-rock fusion band Blood, Sweat & Tears, "Spinning Wheel" (#2, 1969), session work and now music professor
1939 ● Gary Troxel → Vocals in pop/blue-eyed soul/doo wop trio The Fleetwoods, "Come To Me Softly" (#1, 1959)
1940 ● Bruce Channel (McMeans) → One hit wonder country-pop and pop/rock singer, "Hey Baby" (#1, 1962)
1940 ● Glen Curtis → Vocals for Brit pop/rock harmony group The Fortunes, "You've Got Your Troubles" (#7, 1965)
1943 ● Randall Stuart "Randy" Newman → Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and pianist, "Sail Away" (1972) and "Short People" (#2, 1978), wrote "Mama Told Me (Not To Come)" for Three Dog Night (#1, 1970), composed the film soundtrack to Ragtime (1981)
1944 ● Ronald Betram "R.B." Greaves, III → One hit wonder soul-pop singer, "Take a Letter Maria" (#2, 1969)
1946 ● Billy Kinsley → Founding member, lead guitar and lead vocals for Britbeat pop-rock The Merseybeats, "Mr. Moonlight'" (UK #5, 1964) and seven other UK Top 40 hits but no chart presence in the US, then folk-pop vocal duo The Merseys, "Sorrow" (UK #4, 1966), reformed The Merseybeats in 1993 and continues with the band
1947 ● Gary Taylor → Bassist for Brit psych-rock band The Herd, "I Don't Want Our Loving To Die" (UK #5, 1968)
1948 ● Beeb Birtles (Gerard Bertelkamp) → Rhythm guitar and vocals for Aussie pop/rockers Little River Band, "Lonesome Loser" (#6, 1979), solo
1949 ● Hugh McKenna → Scottish keyboardist for rock 'n roll The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, "Delilah" (UK #7, 1975)
1949 ● Paul Shaffer → Pianist, composer, music director, actor, and frontman for the Saturday Night Live and David Letterman house bands
1953 ● Alan Murphy → Brit session guitarist for Kate Bush, Go West, Mike + The Mechanics, Joan Armatrading and others, joined jazz-funk-pop fusion Level 42, "Lessons In Love" (#12, 1987) in 1988, died from AIDS-related pneumonia on 10/19/1989
1954 ● David Jaymes → Bassist for Brit dance-pop band Modern Romance, "Can You Move" (Dance/Club #2, 1981) and "Best Years Of Our Lives" (UK #4, 1982)
1958 ● David Van Day → Singer for Brit cabaret-pop Guys N' Dolls, "There's A Whole Lot Of Loving" (UK #2, 1975), then formed pop duo Dollar with Thereza Bazar, "Mirror, Mirror" (UK #4, 1981), solo and lately with pop-dance Bucks Fizz
1962 ● Matt Cameron → Drummer for seminal grunge-rock group Soundgarden, "Black Hole Sun" (Mainstream Rock #1, 1994)
1968 ● Dawn Robinson → Vocals in Grammy-winning female club-dance quartet En Vogue, "Hold On" (#2, 1990)
1970 ● Matt Cheslin → Bassist for indie punk-rock Ned's Atomic Dustbin, "Not Sleeping Around" (Modern Rock #1, 1992)
1973 ● Jade Errol Puget → Guitarist for alt-punk-rock AFI (A Fire Inside), "Miss Murder" (#24, Modern Rock #1, 2006) and keyboards for electronica Blaqk Audio, "Stiff Kittens" (Dance/Club #38, 2007)
1974 ● Apl.de.Ap (Allan Pineda Lindo, Jr.) → Filipino-American hip hop singer, producer, rapper with Black Eyed Peas, "Don't Phunk With My Heart" (#3, 2005)
1979 ● Chamillionaire (Hakeem Seriki) → Rapper called the "Mixtape Messiah", producer, record executive, "Ridin'" (#1, 2006)
1983 ● Rostam Batmanglij → Multi-instrumentalist and producer for indie Afro-pop/rock Vampire Weekend, "Cousins" (Alt Rock #18, 2009)
1983 ● Tyler Glenn → Vocals and keyboards for pop dance-punk Neon Trees, "Everybody Talks" (#6, 2012)
1984 ● Trey Songz (Tremaine Aldon Neverson) → R&B/hip hop tenor singer and songwriter with multiple R&B and Hip Hop Chart Top 10 hits, including "Bottoms Up" (#6, Hip Hop #2, 2010) and

Nov 29
1917 ● Merle Travis → Country singer and songwriter, legendary guitarist ("Travis picking" style) and inventor of the first solid body electric guitar, wrote "Sixteen Tons for Ernie Ford (Country #1, 1955), died on 10/20/1983
1933 ● John Mayall → The "Father of British Blues", bandleader for The Bluesbreakers and mentor to Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Peter Green, Jimmy McCulloch and many others
1939 ● Domenico "Meco" Monardo → Trombonist, session musician, composer, record producer and one hit wonder bandleader with the disco hit "Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band" (#1, 1977)
1940 ● Charles Frank "Chuck" Mangione → Grammy-winning bebop and light jazz-pop instrumental trumpeter and flugelhorn player, "Feels So Good" (#4, 1978)
1941 ● Denny Doherty → Canadian folk-pop singer and songwriter, founding member of The Mamas & The Papas, "Monday Monday" (#1, 1966), died on 1/19/2007 from an abdominal aneurysm
1941 ● Jody Miller (Myrna Joy Brooks) → Country-pop guitarist, singer and songwriter, "Queen Of The House" (#12, Country #5, 1965), now a Christian and gospel artist
1944 ● Felix Cavaliere → Keyboards for early rock 'n' roll Joey Dee & The Starlighters, "The Peppermint Twist" (#1, 1962), then organ and vocals for blue-eyed soul-pop The Rascals, "Groovin"" (#1, 1967), solo
1944 ● Twink (John Charles Edward Alder) → Psych-rock drummer, singer, songwriter and sometime actor who was a central character in the London-based 60s and 70s psychedelic movement, formed and fronted numerous psychedelic pop and rock bands, including The In Crowd, The Pink Fairies and The Rings, issued fifteen solo albums, converted to Islam and changed his name to Mohammed Abdullah and continues to record in the 10s
1947 ● Ronnie Montrose → Session guitarist for Van Morrison, Boz Scaggs and the Edgar Winter Group, "Frankenstein" (#1, 1973), then founder and frontman of hard rock Montrose, solo and hard rock Gamma, "Right The First Time" (Mainstream Rock #10, 1982)
1951 ● Barry Goudreau → Guitarist on first two albums for 70s-80s arena rock Boston, "More Than A Feeling" (#5, 1976), left for solo plus Orion The Hunter and RTZ
1951 ● Roger Troutman → Co-founder and innovative "talk box" lead singer for underrated but influential funk group Zapp, "More Bounce To The Ounce" (R&B #2, 1980), co-wrote and sang chorus for Tupac Shakur on "California Love" (#1, 1996), shot and killed by his brother and bandmate Larry Troutman in a murder/suicide on 4/25/1999
1958 ● Michael Dempsey → Bassist for post-punk art-glam-goth rock The Cure, "Friday I'm In Love" (Modern Rock #1, 1992) and Scottish punk rock The Associates
1959 ● Wendy Wu (Cruise) → Lead vocals and frontgal for New Wave post-punk Blondie-style The Photos, "Irene" (UK #56, 1980)
1968 ● Jonathan Knight → Vocals in early 90s teen-pop boy band New Kids On The Block, "Step By Step" (#1, 1990)
1968 ● Martin Carr → Guitarist, songwriter and founding member of 90s Brit guitar-pop The Boo Radleys, "Barney (…And Me)" (Alt Rock #30, 1994)
1970 ● Frank Delgado → Turntablist, keyboardist and sampler for Grammy-winning alt heavy metal Deftones, "Change (In The House Of Flies)" (Mainstream Rock #9, 2000)
1979 ● The Game (Jayceon Terrell Taylor) → Grammy-nominated West Coast gangsta rapper, "Hate It Or Love It" (#2, 2005)

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Monday, November 17, 2014

 

Albums Released This Week (November 17 - 23)

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

 

This Week's Birthdays (November 16 - 22)

Happy Birthday this week to:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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