Monday, April 20, 2015

 

Albums Released This Week (April 20 - 26)

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):


Apr 20
Jethro Tull ------ Benefit ► Prog Rock >> 1970
Paul McCartney ------ McCartney ► Pop-Rock >> 1970
Dr. John ------ Dr. John's Gumbo ► Roots Rock >> 1972
Rick James ------ Come Get It! ► Soul-Funk >> 1978
Ronnie Wood ------ Gimme Some Neck ► Hard Rock >> 1979
Charlie Daniels Band ------ Million Mile Reflections ► Southern Rock >> 1979
Amy Grant ------ My Father's Eyes ► Pop-Rock/Christian >> 1979
Dave Edmunds ------ Twangin'… ► Roots/Pub Rock >> 1981
Bon Jovi ------ 7800° Fahrenheit ► Arena Rock >> 1985
Pavement ------ Slanted And Enchanted ► Garage Rock >> 1992
Dave Edmunds ------ The Anthology (1968-1990) ► Roots/Pub Rock >> 1993
Aerosmith ------ Get A Grip ► Hard Rock >> 1993
Radiohead ------ Pablo Honey ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1993
10,000 Maniacs ------ The Earth Pressed Flat ► Folk-Rock >> 1999
Buckethead ------ Monsters And Robots ► Experimental/Funk-Metal >> 1999
Little Feat ------ Highwire Act: Live In St. Louis 2003 ► Southern Rock >> 2004
Prince ------ Musicology ► Dance-Pop >> 2004
The Staple Singers ------ Reach Out And Touch…Live! ► Memphis Soul >> 2004
Machine Head ------ Through The Ashes Of Empires ► Heavy Metal/Groove Metal >> 2004
Jimmy Buffett ------ Encores: Live ► Folk-Rock >> 2010
The Apples In Stereo ------ Travellers In Space And Time ► Indie Pop-Rock/Power Pop >> 2010


Apr 21
King Curtis ------ King Soul ► Instrumental Soul >> 1960
The Mothers Of Invention ------ Uncle Meat ► Art Rock >> 1969
ABBA ------ ABBA ► Euro-Pop >> 1975
Ringo Starr ------ Bad Boy [UK] ► Pop-Rock >> 1978
Pete Townshend ------ Empty Glass ► Prog Rock >> 1980
Bananarama ------ Bananarama ► New Wave Dance-Pop >> 1984
Accept ------ Russian Roulette ► Heavy Metal/Kraut Metal >> 1986
Siouxsie And The Banshees ------ Tinderbox ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1986
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers ------ Let Me Up (I've Had Enough) ► Album Rock >> 1987
X Japan ------ Blue Blood ► Heavy Metal/Speed Metal >> 1989
The Beastie Boys ------ Check Your Head ► Rap >> 1992
The Cure ------ Wish ► Post-Punk >> 1992
Unwound ------ The Future Of What ► Post Hardcore >> 1995
Supergrass ------ In It For The Money ► Post-Punk Britpop >> 1997
Dark Tranquility ------ The Mind's I ► Heavy Metal/Melodic Death Metal >> 1997
Widespread Panic ------ Light Fuse, Get Away ► Southern Rock >> 1998
Lou Reed ------ Perfect Night: Live In London ► Hard Rock >> 1998
Arch Enemy ------ Stigmata ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1998
Ray Davies ------ The Storyteller ► Pop-Rock >> 1998
The Who ------ Live From Toronto ► British Rock >> 2006
Depeche Mode ------ Sounds Of The Universe ► New Wave/Synth-Pop >> 2009


Apr 22
The Monkees ------ The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees ► Pop-Rock >> 1968
Iron Butterfly ------ Live ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1970
Merle Haggard ------ Hag ► Country Classics >> 1971
The Temptations ------ Sky's The Limit ► Soul - Motown >> 1971
J. Geils Band ------ Blow Your Face Out ► Blues-Rock >> 1976
Heart ------ Magazine ► Album Rock >> 1978
Prince ------ Around The World In A Day ► Pop-Rock >> 1985
Alison Moyet ------ Hoodoo [UK] ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1991
The Fall ------ Shift-Work ► Post-Punk Pop-Rock >> 1991
The Samples ------ No Room ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1992
Stratovarius ------ Episode ► Heavy Metal/Power Metal >> 1996
Boston ------ Greatest Hits ► Arena Rock >> 1997
Chicago ------ The Heart Of Chicago 1967-1997 ► Jazz-Rock >> 1997
Asia ------ Live ► Prog Rock >> 1997
Mary J. Blige ------ Share My World ► Hip Hop Soul >> 1997
Son Volt ------ Straightaways ► Alt. Country-Rock >> 1997
Madonna ------ American Life ► Dance-Pop >> 2003
Black Label Society ------ The Blessed Hellride ► Heavy Metal >> 2003
Matthew Sweet ------ Kimi Ga Suki ► Power Pop >> 2003
Simple Minds ------ Sunday Express - Live Volume 2 ► New Wave Alt. Pop >> 2007
Elvis Costello And The Attractions ------ Momofuku ► Roots Rock >> 2008
Carpenters ------ 40/40 ► Easy Listening >> 2009


Apr 23
Joe Cocker ------ With A Little Help From My Friends ► Blues-Rock >> 1969
The Rolling Stones ------ Sticky Fingers ► Blues-Rock >> 1971
Stephen Stills & Manassas ------ Down The Road ► Country-Rock >> 1973
The Rolling Stones ------ Black And Blue ► Blues-Rock >> 1976
Gentle Giant ------ Interview [UK] ► Prog Rock >> 1976
Burning Spear ------ Marcus Garvey ► Reggae-Folk >> 1976
The Ramones ------ The Ramones ► Punk-Rock >> 1976
Jethro Tull ------ Too Old To Rock 'N' Roll, Too Young To Die [UK] ► Prog Rock >> 1976
Judas Priest ------ Sin After Sin ► Heavy Metal >> 1977
Bob Dylan ------ Bob Dylan At Budokan ► Folk-Rock >> 1979
Madness ------ Complete Madness ► Ska >> 1982
Men at Work ------ Two Hearts ► Synth-Pop >> 1985
Various Artists ------ We Are The World (USA For Africa) ► Album Rock >> 1985
Dave Mason ------ Two Hearts ► Prog Rock >> 1987
Death Angel ------ The Ultra-Violence ► Heavy Metal/Thrash Metal >> 1987
Inspiral Carpets ------ Life ► Indie Rock/Madchester >> 1990
Dead Milkmen ------ Metaphysical Grafitti ► Punk-Rock >> 1990
Various Artists ------ Deadicated ► Jam Bands >> 1991
Joe Walsh ------ Ordinary Average Guy ► Blues-Rock >> 1991
Michael Bolton ------ Time, Love & Tenderness ► Pop-Rock >> 1991
Hootie & The Blowfish ------ Fairweather Johnson ► Pop-Rock >> 1996
Babasónicos ------ Miami ► Latin Rock/Rap >> 1999
Supertramp ------ Slow Motion ► Prog/Art Rock >> 2002
Elvis Costello And The Attractions ------ When I Was Cruel ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2002
Wilco ------ Yankee Hotel Foxtrot ► Alt. Country-Rock >> 2002
Bob Dylan ------ Together Through Life ► Folk-Rock >> 2009
Asia ------ Omega ► Prog Rock >> 2010


Apr 24
David Bowie ------ Diamond Dogs ► Glam Rock >> 1974
Cameo ------ Cameosis ► Soul-Funk >> 1980
World Party ------ Goodbye Jumbo ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1990
Helloween ------ Better Than Raw ► Heavy Metal/Power Metal >> 1998
Jessica Simpson ------ Sweet Kisses [UK] ► Tenn Dance-Pop >> 2000
The Bee Gees ------ This Is Where I Came In ► Pop-Rock >> 2001
Mark Knopfler & Emmy Lou Harris ------ All The Roadrunning ► Country-Rock >> 2006
Lou Reed ------ Hudson River Wind Meditations ► Art Rock >> 2007
Patti Smith ------ Twelve ► Hard Rock >> 2007


Apr 25
The Moody Blues ------ On The Threshold Of A Dream ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1969
The Doobie Brothers ------ Stampede ► Pop-Rock >> 1975
10cc ------ Deceptive Bends ► Pop-Rock >> 1977
Donna Summer ------ Bad Girls ► Disco >> 1979
Black Sabbath ------ Heaven & Hell ► Hard Rock >> 1980
Exodus ------ Bonded By Blood ► Heavy Metal >> 1985
Soul Asylum ------ Hang Time ► Alt. Rock/Garage Rock >> 1988
Blur ------ Parklife ► Alt Pop-Rock/Britpop >> 1994
Little Feat ------ Ain't Had Enough Fun ► Southern Rock >> 1995
Bob Dylan ------ MTV Unplugged ► Folk-Rock >> 1995
King Crimson ------ THRAK ► Prog Rock >> 1995
Parliament ------ Live 1976-93 ► Funk >> 1996
Toni Braxton ------ The Heat ► Soul-Pop >> 2000
Donovan ------ Summer Day Reflection Songs ► Folk-Rock >> 2000
Triumph ------ Livin' For The Weekend: Anthology ► Arena Rock >> 2005
Bruce Springsteen ------ We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions ► Folk-Rock >> 2006


Apr 26
The Supremes ------ Right On ► Soul - Motown >> 1970
Bucks Fizz ------ Are You Ready ► Europop-Dance >> 1982
Paul McCartney ------ Tug Of War ► Pop-Rock >> 1982
"Weird Al" Yankovic ------ "Weird Al" Yankovic ► Comedy/Parody >> 1983
Hooters ------ Nervous Night ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1985
Honeymoon Suite ------ Racing After Midnight ► Arena Rock >> 1988
k. d. lang ------ Shadowland ► Alt Country Rock >> 1988
The Bodeans ------ Black And White ► Roots Rock >> 1991
Luther Vandross ------ Power Of Love ► Smooth Soul >> 1991
The Fall ------ The Infotainment Scan ► Post-Punk Pop-Rock >> 1993
Johnny Cash ------ American Recordings ► Traditional Country >> 1994
Jimi Hendrix ------ Blues ► Blues-Rock >> 1994
Fleetwood Mac ------ In Chicago 1969 ► Electric Blues >> 1994
Live ------ Throwing Copper ► Post-Grunge Alt Rock >> 1994
Children Of Bodom ------ Hatebreeder ► Heavy Metal/Black Metal >> 1999
The Rolling Stones ------ Singles 1963-1965 ► Blues-Rock >> 2004
Bruce Springsteen ------ Devils & Dust ► Heartland Rock >> 2005
Joni Mitchell ------ Songs Of A Prairie Girl ► Folk-Rock >> 2005
New Order ------ Waiting For The Siren's Call ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 2005
Soul Asylum ------ Closer To The Stars: Best Oif The Twin/Tone Years ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2006
Steve Earle ------ I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive ► Alt. Country >> 2011
The Rolling Stones ------ Singles 1971-2006 ► Blues-Rock >> 2011
Chad & Jeremy ------ Three In The Attic ► Folk-Pop >> 2013

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

 

This Week's Birthdays (April 19 - 25)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Apr 19
1928 ● Alexis Korner → Major force in early British blues-rock, formed Blues Incorporated with Charlie Watts, then blues-rock ensemble CCS which covered Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love" (#58, 1971), writer and radio DJ, died from lung cancer on 1/1/1984.
1934 ● Richard Dorian "Dickie" Goodman → With partner Bill Buchanan, one half of the pioneering novelty "break in" song genre (prototype of later "sampling" technique) Buchanan & Goodman, "Flying Saucer, Pt. 1-2" (#3, 1956), plus solo work, "Mr. Jaws" (#4, 1975), died from self-inflicted gun shot wounds on 11/6/1989
1942 ● Alan Price → Organist for early line-up of Brit blues-rock The Animals, "House Of The Rising Sun" (#1, 1964), left for one hit solo career, "'Simon Smith And His Amazing Dancing Bear" (UK #4, 1967)
1943 ● Eve Graham (Evelyn Mae Beatson) → Vocals for folk-sunshine pop The New Seekers, "I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing" (#7, 1972)
1944 ● Bernie Worrell → Keyboards for R&B/soul-funk ("P-Funk") Parliament-Funkadelic, "One Nation Under A Groove" (#31, 1978)
1946 ● Tim Curry → Singer, stage and film actor, voice actor, came to prominence as "Dr. Frank N. Futer" in cult classic move The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), later in Annie (1982), Legend (1985), Clue (1985) and Monty Python's Spamalot (2004)
1947 ● Mark Volman → With long-time collaborator Howard Kaylan, co-founder and vocals for pop-rock The Turtles, "Happy Together" (#1, 1967), then Frank Zappa-led satirical rock group The Mothers Of Invention, "Brown Shoes Don't Make It" (1967), formed Flo & Eddie with Kaylan, continues with him in TV, film, radio and reconstituted Turtles projects
1956 ● Gary Langan → Recording engineer and founding member of avant garde synth-pop The Art Of Noise, "Kiss" featuring Tom Jones (#31, Dance/Club #18, UK #5, 1988), record producer
1956 ● Paul Mario Day → Original lead vocalist for Brit heavy metal Iron Maiden ("Flight Of Icarus," Mainstream Rock #8, 1983), was fired in 1976 for lack of stage charisma and went on to perform and record with various hard rock bands in New South Wales, Australia
1956 ● Rod Morgenstein → Drummer for jazz-Southern rock fusion Dixie Dregs, later with pop-metal Winger, "Miles Away" (#12, 1990)
1965 ● Marion "Suge" Knight, Jr. → Strong-armed co-founder and former CEO of Death Row Records, served time for parole violation, suspected of involvement in the murders of Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G.

Apr 20
1929 ● Bob Braun → Long-time radio DJ (WLWT-Cincinnati) and TV music show host, one hit wonder pop-rock singer, "Till Death Do Us Part" (#26, 1962)
1939 ● Johnny Tillotson → Country, pop, R&B and adult crossover singer/songwriter, "Poetry In Motion" (#2, 1961)
1945 ● Jimmy Winston → Original organ player for British Invasion raunch/rock The Small Faces, left for obscurity in 1965 before the band hit notoriety
1947 ● Ken Scott → EMI Studios recording engineer whose first session was The Beatles' 1964 A Hard Days Night album, worked on multiple other Beatles albums and hit songs, plus recordings for Manfred Mann, Peter and Gordon, Jeff Beck Group, Procol Harum and others, left in 1969 for Trident Studios where he worked with Elton John, David Bowie, Supertramp, America, Lou Reed and others, helped create the harder jazz rock sound typified by Mahavishnu Orchestra, Billy Cobham, Stanley Clark and Jeff Beck, moved to Los Angeles in 1976 and produced albums by The Tubes, Devo, Kansas, Level 42 and L.A. punk and hard rock bands, continues to work in studios and talk about the profession
1947 ● Mark Fisher → Brit architect and stage designer known for his elaborate sets for The Rolling Stones, U2, Pink Floyd (The Wall Tour, 1980), Madonna, Peter Gabriel, Tina Turner, Lady Gaga and others, died on 6/25/2013 after a long illness
1948 ● Craig Frost → Keyboardist, joined hard rock/early heavy metal power trio Grand Funk Railroad in 1972, "We're An American Band" (#1, 1973), joined Bob Seger's Silver Bullet Band in the early 80s
1951 ● Luther Vandross → Eight-time Grammy-winning R&B/smooth soul singer/balladeer, "Power Of Love/Love Power" (#4, 1986) and duet with Janet Jackson, "The Best Things In Life Are Free" (#10, 1997), died on 7/1/2005 following a stroke and heart attack caused by genetic diabetes and hypertension
1967 ● Mike Portnoy → Drummer for heavy metal Dream Theater, "Pull Me Under" (Mainstream Rock #10, 1992)
1971 ● Mikey Welsh → Bassist for post-grunge alt rock Weezer, "Beverly Hills" (#10, 2005)
1972 ● Carmen Electra → Erstwhile Playboy Bunny, Baywatch beach tart and vocalist for burlesque dance-pop girl troupe The Pussycat Dolls, "Don't Cha" (#2, 2005) featuring Busta Rhymes
1972 ● Stephen Robert Nesta "Ziggy" Marley → Grammy-winning roots reggae/ska singer, guitarist, songwriter and bandleader for Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers, "Tomorrow People" (Mainstream Rock #16, 1988), son of reggae superstar and icon Bob Marley
1974 ● Tina Cousins → Fashion model turned dance-pop diva with five UK Top 20 singles, including "Killin' Time" (UK #15, 1999)

Apr 21
1939 ● Ernie Maresca → 60s doo wop and rock 'n' roll songwriter whose credits include several hits for Dion, including "Runaround Sue" (#1, 1961), brief one hit wonder solo career, "Shout Shout (Knock Yourself Out)" (#6, 1962)
1943 ● Mars Bonfire (Dennis Eugene McCrohan aka Edmonton) → Guitar and vocals for Canadian-American hard rock, proto-metal Steppenwolf, wrote "Born To Be Wild" (#2, 1968)
1947 ● Alan Wagner → Founding member, guitars and backing vocals for Brit R&B/soul-pop The Foundations, "Baby Now That I've Found You" (#11, 1967)
1947 ● Iggy Pop (James Newell Osterberg) → Frontman and vocals for hard rock/proto-punk The Stooges, solo, Lust For Life (1977, Rolling Stone Top 500 Albums #147)
1947 ● John Weider → Guitar and violin for British Invasion hard/blues-rock The Animals, "House Of The Rising Sun" (#1, 1964), then bassist for blues/art rock Family, "In My Own Time" (UK #4, 1971), sessions and solo as a jazz-new age guitarist and singer/songwriter
1948 ● Paul Davis → Pop-rock and country-pop singer/songwriter, "I Go Crazy" (#7, 1977), guest vocalist with Marie Osmond and Tanya Tucker, wrote several country hits for others, died of a heart attack on 4/22/2008
1951 ● Nicole Barclay → Vocals for pioneering all girl rock group Fanny, "Butter Boy" (#29, 1975), early women-only rock band and first to sign with a major record label
1959 ● Michael Timmins → Guitarist and songwriter for Canadian alt-art-country-blues-rock Cowboy Junkies, "Sweet Jane" (Modern Rock #5, 1989)
1959 ● Robert Smith → Founder, frontman, guitarist, vocals, songwriter and only constant member of gloomy post-punk-pop The Cure, "Love Song" (#2, 1989), plus over 20 other Top 40 singles in his native UK
1960 ● John Maher → Drummer in early and seminal punk-pop Buzzcocks, "Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)" (UK #12, 1978), now sells and races Volkswagen cars
1963 ● Johnny McElhone → Bassist for Scottish teen-aged post-punk alt rock Altered Images, "Happy Birthday" (UK #2, 1981), then joined Scottish blues-rock Texas, "In My Heart" (Alt Rock #14, 1991)
1978 ● Brandon Steineckert → Drummer in screamo-tinged, post-hardcore punk The Used, "Under Pressure" (#48, 2005), left in 2006 to join punk rock revival Rancid, "Time Bomb" (Modern Rock #8, 1995)

Apr 22
1922 ● Charles Mingus → Universally-lauded jazz bassist, bandleader and composer, in his last months collaborated with Joni Mitchell on her tribute album Mingus, died 1/5/1979 from complications of ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease)
1936 ● Glen Campbell → 60s session musician for The Monkees, Elvis Presley, Bobby Darin, Frank Sinatra, The Velvet Underground, The Mamas & the Papas and others, member of the touring band for The Beach Boys in place of Brian Wilson in 1964-65, then Grammy-winning country-pop guitarist and singer/songwriter, "Rhinestone Cowboy" (#1, 1975), actor and TV host with dozens of Country Top 10 and Pop Top 40 hits
1937 ● Bernard Alfred "Jack" Nitzsche → Producer, arranger, session musician, solo singer/songwriter, "The Lonely Surfer" (#39, 1963), worked with Phil Spector in the early 60s, with Buffy Sainte-Marie co-wrote "Up Where We Belong" (#1, 1982) from the film An Officer And A Gentleman (1982), produced albums for The Rolling Stones, Neil Young and others, died after a heart attack on 1/25/2000
1939 ● Simon Napier-Bell → Music industry journeyman bandmember, session musician, producer, songwriter, journalist and author, at one time or another served as manager for The Yardbirds, John's Children, Marc Bolan, Japan, London, Asia, Ultravox, Boney M., Wham! and others
1944 ● Howard Wyeth → Session drummer for Bob Dylan, Don McLean, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Robert Gordon, Link Wray and others, grandson of painter Noel Wyeth, died of a heart attack 3/27/1996
1950 ● Jesse Willard "Pete" Carr → Guitarist, session musician, producer and member of early Southern rock The Hour Glass with Gregg and Duane Allman, member of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section (also known as The Swampers), the renowned studio musician ensemble that recorded hundreds of songs and albums at Muscle Shoals Studio in Alabama, including hits by Aretha Franklin, The Staple Singers, Paul Simon, Lynyrd Skynyrd and countless others, recorded with Lenny LeBlanc in the soft rock duet LeBlanc & Carr ("Falling," #13, 1977), played lead guitar on many hits songs, including Bob Seger's "Mainstreet" and Paul Simon's "Kodachrome"
1950 ● Peter Frampton → Blues-rock and pop-rock guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and bandleader for The Herd, "I Don't Want Our Loving To Die" (UK #5, 1968), Humble Pie, "Hot 'N' Nasty" (#52, 1972), Frampton's Camel, 70s-80s solo superstar, "Show Me The Way" (#6, 1976), toured in 90s with Bill Wyman & The Rhythm Kings and Ringo Starr's All-Star Band
1951 ● Paul Carrack → Journeyman keyboards, guitar and vocals for Brit pub rock/blue-eyed soul Ace, "How Long" (#3, 1975), then New Wave pop-rock Squeeze, "Tempted" (#49, 1981) and pop-rock Mike + The Mechanics, "All I Need Is A Miracle" (#5, 1986), plus a single solo hit, "Don't Shed A Tear" (#9, 1987)
1955 ● Arthur Baker → Club DJ and early hip-hop producer, including New Edition's "Candy Girl" (Dance/Club #17, R&B #1, 1983) and New Order's "Confusion" (Dance/Club #5, 1983), then Afrika Bambaataa's "Planet Rock" (#48, R&B #4, 1986), plus a solo hit, "Let There Be Love" (Dance/Club #14, 1991)
1956 ● Kenny Lyons → Bassist for Southern hard rock .38 Special, then post-punk rock then teen-pop The Lemonheads, "Into Your Arms" (Modern Rock #1, 1993)
1966 ● Kimberley Dahme → Current bassist (since 2002) for reunited 70s-80s arena rock Boston, "More Than A Feeling" (#5, 1976), record producer
1969 ● Craig Logan → Bassist in Brit teen idol pop boy band Bros, "I Owe You Nothing" (UK #1, 1988), left in 1989 for a career as a producer, manager and EMI Records executive, worked with Tina Turner, Sade, Joe Cocker, Pink and others, founded Logan Media Entertainment in 2006
1974 ● Shavo Odadjian → Bassist for Grammy-winning, Armenian-American hard rock/alt metal System Of A Down, "Aerials" (Mainstream Rock #1, 2002)
1978 ● Jason Stollsteimer → Vocals, guitar, principle songwriter and producer for indie rock The Von Blondies, "C'mon C'mon" (Modern Rock #25, UK #21, 2004), since 2011 with The Hounds Below
1979 ● Daniel Johns → Frontman, guitarist, vocalist and songwriter for Aussie alt-grunge-rock Silverchair, "Tomorrow" (Modern Rock #1, 1994)
1984 ● Amelle Berrabah → Vocalist who replaced co-founding member Mutya Buena in Brit multi-racial pop girl group Sugababes, "Hole In The Head" (Dance/Club #1, 2004)

Apr 23
1936 ● Roy Orbison → Rockabilly-rooted, country-pop/rock 'n' roll quavering singer/songwriter, "(Oh) Pretty Woman" (#1, 1964) plus 22 more Top 40 hits, joined supergroup The Traveling Wilburys with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne and Tom Petty in 1988 ("Handle With Care", Mainstream Rock #2, 1988), died of a heart attack at the height of a career revival on 1/25/2005
1939 ● Ray Peterson → Four-octave pop-rock singer, "Tell Laura I Love Her" (#7, 1960), became Baptist minister in the 70s, died from cancer on 1/25/2005
1940 ● Dale Houston → With performing partner Grace Broussard in two hit wonder Dale & Grace ("I'm Leaving It Up To You," #1, 1963 and "Stop And Think It Over," #6, 1964), died from heart failure on 9/27/2007
1944 ● Sandra Dee (Alexandra Zuck) → Ingénue-playing, Golden-winning film actress, singer, former wife of pop crooner Bobby Darin, died of renal failure on 2/20/2005
1945 ● John Allen → Lead guitar for British Invasion pop-rock The Nashville Teens, "Tobacco Road" (#16, 1964)
1949 ● John Miles → Brit singer/songwriter and guitarist, "Slow Down" (Dance/Club #2, UK #10, 1977), managed Tina Turner's tours and did session work for Alan Parsons Project, Jimmy Page and Joe Cocker
1952 ● Narada Michael Walden → Drummer, vocalist, songwriter and producer, performed with the Mahavishnu Orchestra, session work for Jeff Beck, produced and/or wrote/co-wrote songs for Aretha Franklin, Jefferson Starship, Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston, solo career includes "I Shoulda Loved You" (R&B #4, 1980)
1953 ● Rob Dean → Guitarist for Brit New Wave art-rock Japan, "Ghosts" (UK #5, 1982)
1955 ● Captain Sensible (Raymond Burns) → Co-founder, vocals, guitar and songwriting for first-wave punk rockers The Damned, "Eloise" (UK #3, 1986), solo
1960 ● David Gedge → Guitar and vocals for Brit indie pop-rock The Wedding Present, "Come Play With Me" (UK #10, 1992), the band released a single in every month of 1992 and earned 12 UK Top 30 hits, the only band with more than 10 new UK hits in one year
1960 ● Steve Clark → Guitarist for hard rock/metal Def Leppard, "Love Bites" (#1, 1988), died on 1/8/1991 after a night of heavy boozing combined with prescription drugs
1964 ● Gen (Simon Matthews) → Drummer for techno-electronic pop-dance Jesus Jones, "Right Here, Right Now" (#2, 1991)
1965 ● Tommy DeCarlo → Current lead singer for arena rock Boston, "More Than A Feeling" (#5, 1976), joined the band to replace deceased lead singer Brad Delp at the invitation of bandleader Tom Scholz, to whom DeCarlo sent Myspace tapes of himself covering Boston singles
1968 ● Paul Clifford → Bassist for Britpop The Wonder Stuff, covered Tommy Roe's "Dizzy" (UK #1, 1991)
1969 ● Stan Frazier → Vocals and DJ for funk-pop-rock Sugar Ray, "Fly" (#1, 1997)
1983 ● Taio Cruz → Brit R&B/dance-pop singer, occasional rapper, songwriter and entrepreneur, "Break Your Heart" (#1, 2010)

Apr 24
1923 ● Freddy Bienstock → Vienna-born music publishing executive whose Jewish family resettled in the U.S. in 1939, first worked in the 40s as a "song plugger" salesman for writers in the famous Bill Building in New York City, later as song screener for Elvis Presley and others, and beginning in the 60s as a publishing executive with several firms, including Carlin Music which continues and controls the rights to thousands of pop and rock songs, died on 9/20/2009
1933 ● Freddie Scott → R&B/soul singer, "Are You Lonely For Me" (1966), died 4/24/1933
1937 ● Dick Kniss → Stand-up bass player and "fourth member" behind folk-pop trio Peter, Paul & Mary, also in John Denver's band in the 70s, co-wrote "Sunshine On My Shoulders" (#1, 1974), died on 1/25/2012 from chronic pulmonary
1940 ● George Tomsco → Guitarist for Tex-Mex instrumental rock 'n' roll The Fireballs, "Torquay" (#39, 1959)
1942 ● Barbra Streisand → Stage, film and TV actress, pop vocalist, "The Way We Were" (#1, 1974), "Woman In Love" (*#1, 1980) and 4 other US #1 pop hits
1943 ● Glen Dale (Richard Garforth) → Guitars and vocals for Brit pop/rock harmony vocals The Fortunes, "You've Got Your Troubles" (#7, 1965)
1945 ● Doug Clifford → Drummer for roots rock/"swamp" rock Creedence Clearwater Revival, "Down On The Corner" (#3, 1969)
1945 ● Robert Knight → Founder and frontman for R&B/harmony soul The Paramounts, "Free Me" (R&B #15, 1961), then 60s one hit wonder solo career, "Everlasting Love" (#13, 1967)
1947 ● Glenn Cornick → First bassist for long-lived Brit folk-rock Jethro Tull, "Living In The Past" (#11, 1973), then formed Wild Turkey and later Paris
1947 ● Hubert Ann Kelly → Vocals for R&B/soul-disco The Hues Corporation, "Rock The Boat" (#1, 1974), one of the earliest disco hits
1948 ● Steve York → Brit beat pop-rock Manfred Mann, "Do Wah Diddy Diddy" (#1, 1964)
1951 ● Nigel Harrison → Bass player with New Wave pop-rock Blondie, "Heart Of Glass" (#1, 1979) from 1977-82, also a member of glam-rock quintet Silverhead
1954 ● Jack Blades → Bassist with hard rock Night Ranger, "Sister Christian" (#5, 1984), then joined Ted Nugent and Tommy Shaw (Styx) in pop metal/arena rock supergroup Damn Yankees, "High Enough" (#3, 1990)
1955 ● Gary Cambra → Guitars and keyboards for camp-rock pop-rock satirists The Tubes, "She's A Beauty" (#10, 1978)
1957 ● David J. (Haskins) → Bass and vocals for seminal goth-rock Bauhaus, "Bela Lugosi's Dead" (1979), solo and goth-pop Love And Rockets, "So Alive" (#3, 1989)
1958 ● Boris Williams → Drummer for post-punk art-glam-goth rock The Cure, "Friday I'm In Love" (Modern Rock #1, 1992)
1960 ● Paula Yates → UK TV host (music shows The Tube and The Big Breakfast), ex-wife of Sir Bob Geldof (Boomtown Rats) and girlfriend of INXS singer Michael Hutchence, died from a heroin overdose on 9/17/2000
1963 ● Billy Gould → Bassist for influential metal/funk/hip hop/punk fusion band Faith No More, "Epic" (#9, 1990)
1964 ● Paul Ryder → Bassist for Manchester electro-dance club Happy Mondays, "Stinkin Thinkin" (Dance/Club #1, 1992)
1967 ● Patty Schemel → Second drummer for grunge rock Hole, "Celebrity Skin" (Mainstream Rock #4, 1998)
1967 ● Shannon Larkin → Drummer for hard rock/metal Ugly Kid Joe, then hard rock Godsmack, "Straight Out Of Line" (Mainstream #1, 2003)
1968 ● Aaron Comess → Drummer for alt blues-rock jam band Spin Doctors, "Two Princes" (#7, 1993)
1971 ● Jasbinder Singh "Jas" Mann → Brit record producer and one hit wonder singer/songwriter, "Spaceman" (UK #1, 1996)
1974 ● Barry James Stock → Guitar and backing vocals for Canadian punk/metal Three Days Grace, "Just Like You" (Mainstream Rock #1, 2004)
1974 ● Brian Marshall → Bassist for Grammy-winning post-grunge Creed, "With Arms Wide Open" (#1, 2000)
1982 ● Kelly Clarkson → Pop singer and inaugural-season (2002) winner on American Idol, "Since U Been Gone" (#1, 2005)
1984 ● Tyson Ritter → Co-founder, lead vocals and bass guitar for alt rock/power pop The All-American Rejects, "Swing, Swing" (Modern Rock #8, 2003)

Apr 25
1913 ● Earl Bostic → Underappreciated jazz and R&B alto saxophonist, "Temptation" (R&B Top 10, 1948), died of a heart attack while performing on stage on 10/28/1965
1917 ● Ella Fitzgerald → The "First Lady of Song", Grammy-winning six-decade jazz/R&B/scat mega-diva, "Mack The Knife" (#27, R&B #6, 1960), died from diabetes on 6/15/1996
1923 ● Albert King (Albert Nelson) → Highly influential blues guitarist, one of the "Three Kings of the Blues Guitar" with B. B. King and Freddie King, "Cold Feet" (#67, R&B #20, 1968), died from a heart attack on 12/21/1992
1928 ● Virginia "Jinny" Osborn Lockard → Tenor vocals with close-harmony girl group The Chordettes ("Mr. Sandman," #1, 1954), died on 5/19/2003
1933 ● Jerry Leiber → Lyricist, producer, record label owner and one-half of the Lieber & Stoller hit songwriting duo, co-wrote dozens of R&B, pop and rock classics, including "Hound Dog," "Yakety Yak" and "Love Potion #9"
1943 ● Tony Christie → Brit pop singer, "I Did What I Did For Maria" (UK #2, 1971), in 2005 re-released his 1971 UK #18 single "Is This The Way To Amarillo" in support of Comic Relief, the song went to #1 on the UK chart 33 years after its original release
1944 ● Charlie Harper → Founder, frontman and vocals for early punk rockers UK Subs, "Stranglehold" (UK #26, 1979)
1945 ● Bjorn Ulvaeus → Guitar and vocals for internationally successful Scandinavian pop group ABBA, "Dancing Queen" (#1, 1976)
1945 ● Mike Kogel → Lead singer for Spanish rock 'n roll band Los Bravos, "Black Is Black" (US #4, 1966), the first US Top 10 hit by a Spanish band
1945 ● Stu Cook → Bassist for roots rock/"swamp" rock Creedence Clearwater Revival, "Down On The Corner" (#3, 1969)
1946 ● Ronnie Gilbert → Founding member and basis for early psychedelic rock quintet Blues Magoos, "(We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet" (#5, 1967)
1949 ● Mike Brown (Michael Lookofsky) → Keyboards and songwriter for "baroque pop" The Left Banke, composed "Walk Away Renee" (#5, 1967) and "Pretty Ballerina" (#15, 1967), then formed pop-rock quartet Stories but left before the band's "Brother Louie" became a US #1 hit in 1973
1950 ● Steve Ferrone → Drummer for Scottish blue-eyed soul Average White Band, "Pick Up The Pieces" (#1, 1974), sessions
1955 ● David Sikes → Second bassist (1987-98) for 70s-80s arena rock Boston, "More Than A Feeling" (#5, 1976), then joined hard rock/arena pop Giuffria
1958 ● Fish (Derek William Dick) → Vocals for Brit prog-rock revival group Marillion, "Kayleigh" (Mainstream Rock #14, 1985), later solo and now radio DJ
1964 ● Andy Bell → Flamboyant, openly gay vocalist for Brit synth-pop duo Erasure, "Chains Of Love" (#12, UK #1, 1988) and 16 other UK Top 10 hits
1964 ● Maya Gilder → Keyboards for Brit New Wave synth-pop Furniture, "Brilliant Mind" (UK #21, 1986)
1965 ● Eric Avery → Bassist for alt rock/post-punk Jane's Addiction, "Been Caught Stealing" (Mainstream Rock #29, 1990), toured with Garbage and Peter Murphy
1965 ● Simon Fowler → Vocals for Britpop/trad rock Ocean Colour Scene, "The Day We Caught The Train" (UK #4, 1996) plus 16 other UK Top 40 singles
1980 ● Jacob Underwood → Vocals for pre-fab teen idol boy-band O-Town, "All Or Nothing" (#3, 2001)

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Monday, April 13, 2015

 

Albums Released This Week (April 13 - 19)

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):


Apr 13
Diana Ross & The Supremes ------ Farewell ► Soul >> 1970
David Bowie ------ Aladdin Sane ► Glam Rock >> 1973
Bob Marley & The Wailers ------ Catch A Fire ► Roots Reggae >> 1973
Michael Jackson ------ Music & Me ► Soul Ballad >> 1973
Thin Lizzy ------ Black Rose: A Rock Legend ► Hard Rock >> 1979
Billy Squier ------ Don't Say No ► Hard Rock >> 1981
The Church ------ Of Skins And Heart ► Alt. Power Pop >> 1981
R.E.M. ------ Murmur ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1983
Johnny Cash ------ Johnny Cash Is Coming To Town ► Trad Country >> 1987
Fleetwood Mac ------ Tango In The Night ► Pop-Rock >> 1987
Glass Tiger ------ Diamond Sun ► Pop-Rock >> 1988
The Cross ------ Shove It ► Hard Rock >> 1988
Chris Isaak ------ San Francisco Days ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1993
Bruce Springsteen ------ 18 Tracks ► Album Rock >> 1999
The Who ------ 20th Century Masters: The Millenium Collection: The Best Of The Who ► British Rock >> 1999
The Ataris ------ Blue Skies, Broken Hearts…Next 12 Exits ► Pop-Punk >> 1999
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers ------ Echo ► Album Rock >> 1999
The Jellybricks ------ The Soap Opera ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1999
Bruce Springsteen ------ Collection: 1973-2012 ► Heartland Rock >> 2012


Apr 14
Dionne Warwick ------ Dionne Warwick In Paris ► Pop-Soul >> 1966
Gentle Giant ------ Three Friends ► Prog Rock >> 1972
Judas Priest ------ British Steel ► Heavy Metal >> 1980
Iron Maiden ------ Iron Maiden ► Heavy Metal >> 1980
Van Halen ------ Diver Down ► Hard Rock >> 1982
David Bowie ------ Let's Dance ► Glam Rock >> 1983
Cocteau Twins ------ Victorialand ► Folk-Rock >> 1986
Soul Asylum ------ Clam Dip & Other Delights [EP] ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1989
Chaka Khan ------ The Woman I Am ► Soul-Funk >> 1992
ZZ Top ------ Greatest Hits ► Blues-Rock >> 1992
Cast ------ Mother Nature Calls ► Britpop >> 1997
Converge ------ When Forever Comes Crashing ► Punk/Metalcore >> 1998


Apr 15
Marvin Gaye & Mary Wells ------ Together ► Soul - Motown >> 1964
The Rolling Stones ------ Aftermath ► Rock n Roll >> 1966
Al Green ------ Green Is Blues ► Soul (Southern) >> 1970
Grand Funk Railroad ------ Survival ► Hard Rock >> 1971
Lynyrd Skynyrd ------ Second Helping ► Southern Rock >> 1974
The Stranglers ------ Rattus Norvegicus ► Punk-Rock >> 1977
Andrew Gold ------ All This And Heaven Too ► Pop-Rock >> 1978
Billy Ocean ------ Love Zone ► Dance-Pop >> 1986
Leo Kottke ------ My Father's Face ► Folk-Rock >> 1989
The Doobie Brothers ------ Brotherhood ► Pop-Rock >> 1991
Grateful Dead ------ One From The Vault ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1991
David Gray ------ Sell, Sell, Sell ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1996
Savage Garden ------ Savage Garden ► Dance-Pop >> 1997
Buck-O-Nine ------ Twenty-Eight Teeth ► Ska-Punk >> 1997
Depeche Mode ------ Ultra ► Synth-Pop >> 1997
Teddy Pendergrass ------ You And I ► Soul-Pop >> 1997
Bran Van 3000 ------ Glee ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1997
ZZ Top ------ Mescalero ► Blues-Rock >> 2003
Fleetwood Mac ------ Say You Will ► Pop-Rock >> 2003
Simple Minds ------ Sunday Express - Live Volume 1 ► New Wave Alt. Pop >> 2007
Rush ------ Snakes & Arrows Live ► Prog/Art Rock >> 2008


Apr 16
The Rolling Stones ------ The Rolling Stones ► Rock n Roll >> 1964
Bert Jansch ------ Bert Jansch ► Folk-Rock >> 1965
Donovan ------ A Gift From A Flower To A Garden [UK] ► Folk-Rock >> 1968
Minnie Riperton ------ Come To My Garden ► Soul-Pop >> 1970
Klaus Schulze ------ Moondawn ► Space Rock >> 1976
The Damned ------ Damned, Damned, Damned ► Punk-Rock >> 1977
The Band ------ The Last Waltz ► Folk-Rock >> 1978
Poco ------ Inamorata ► Country-Rock >> 1984
The Bodeans ------ Love & Hope & Sex & Dreams ► Roots Rock >> 1986
Spacemen 3 ------ The Perfect Perscription ► Neo-Psychedelia/Space Rock >> 1987
Scorpions ------ Savage Amusement ► Heavy Metal >> 1988
Bathory ------ Hammerheart ► Heavy Metal/Viking Metal >> 1990
Chris Rea ------ Auberge ► Album Rock >> 1991
Brainbombs ------ Genius And Brutality - Taste And Power ► Noise Rock >> 1995
Brooks & Dunn ------ Borderline ► Country-Rock >> 1996
Voice Of The Beehive ------ Sex & Misery ► Alt. Rock >> 1996
Echo & The Bunnymen ------ What Are You Going To Do With Your Life? ► Post-Punk >> 1999
Phish ------ Live Phish Volume 10 ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 2002
Phish ------ Live Phish Volume 11 ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 2002
Phish ------ Live Phish Volume 12 ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 2002
Phish ------ Live Phish Volume 7 ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 2002
Phish ------ Live Phish Volume 8 ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 2002
Phish ------ Live Phish Volume 9 ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 2002
The Kingston Trio ------ The Final Concert ► Folk-Pop >> 2007
Aldo Nova ------ Under The Gun...A Portrait Of Aldo Nova ► Glam Rock >> 2007
The Pretenders ------ Live In London ► Post-Punk >> 2010
Foo Fighters ------ Medium Rare ► Grunge Rock >> 2011
R.E.M. ------ R.E.M. Three ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2011
Houses ------ A Quiet Darkness ► Electronic Pop >> 2013


Apr 17
Dusty Springfield ------ A Girl Called Dusty ► Pop-Rock >> 1964
Brinsley Schwarz ------ Brinsley Schwarz ► Pub Rock >> 1970
Ten Years After ------ Cricklewood Green ► Blues-Rock >> 1970
Peter Frampton ------ Wind Of Change ► Pop-Rock >> 1972
Eagles ------ Desperado ► Country-Rock >> 1973
Stiff Little Fingers ------ Go For It ► Punk-Rock >> 1981
Motörhead ------ Iron Fist ► Heavy Metal/Speed Metal >> 1982
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds ------ The Good Son ► Alt Rock >> 1990
Rick Wakeman ------ Silent Nights ► Art-Rock >> 1991
Rick Wakeman ------ Time Machine ► Prog Rock >> 1991
The Church ------ Uninvited, Like The Clouds ► Alt. Power Pop >> 2006
Dark Tranquility ------ Fiction ► Heavy Metal/Melodic Death Metal >> 2007


Apr 18
Cilla Black ------ Cilla Sings A Rainbow ► Rock 'N' Roll/Merseybeat >> 1966
The Pretty Things ------ Emotions ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1967
The Miracles ------ Renaissance ► Soul - Motown >> 1973
ZZ Top ------ Fandango! ► Blues-Rock >> 1975
The Cure ------ Seventeen Seconds ► Post-Punk >> 1980
Butthole Surfers ------ Rembrandt Pussycat ► Post-Punk Hardcore >> 1986
Eric Clapton ------ Crossroads ► Blues-Rock >> 1988
Timbuk 3 ------ Eden Alley ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1988
Erasure ------ The Innocents ► Alt. Dance >> 1988
Reba McEntire ------ Reba ► Country-Pop >> 1988
Pixies ------ Doolittle ► Garage Rock >> 1989
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds ------ Let Love In ► Alt Rock >> 1994
Scorpions ------ Live Bites ► Heavy Metal >> 1995
Tricky ------ Maxinquaye ► Electronic Trip-Hop >> 1995
Deicide ------ Once Upon The Cross ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1995
Blind Guardian ------ The Forgotten Tales ► Heavy Metal/Power Metal >> 1996
The Apples In Stereo ------ The Discovery Of A World Inside The Moone ► Indie Pop-Rock/Power Pop >> 2000
Sheena Easton ------ Freedom ► Pop-Rock >> 2000
Ace Of Base ------ Greatest Hits ► Euro-Dance Pop >> 2000
Black Label Society ------ Stronger Than Death ► Heavy Metal >> 2000
Daniel Powter ------ Daniel Powter ► Folk-Rock >> 2006
Matthew Sweet & Suzanna Hoffs ------ Under The Covers, Vol. 1 ► Pop-Rock >> 2006
Grimes ------ Darkbloom [EP] ► Dream Pop >> 2011
Mike + The Mechanics ------ The Road ► Brit Pop-Rock >> 2011


Apr 19
Tony Bennett ------ If I Ruled The World: Songs For The Jet Set ► Easy Listening >> 1965
The Zombies ------ Odessey and Oracle ► Art Rock >> 1968
The Beatles ------ The Beatles/1962-1966 [UK] ► Pop-Rock >> 1973
The Beatles ------ The Beatles/1967-1970 [UK] ► Pop-Rock >> 1973
Miles Davis ------ Big Fun ► Jazz-Rock Fusion >> 1974
John Sebastian ------ Welcome Back ► Folk-Rock >> 1976
Laurie Anderson ------ Big Science ► Art Rock >> 1982
Jethro Tull ------ The Broadsword And The Beast ► Prog Rock >> 1982
Ultravox ------ Lament ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1984
Natalie Cole ------ Good To Be Back ► Soul-Pop >> 1989
Gastr Del Sol ------ Crookt, Crackt, Or Fly ► Alt Rock >> 1994
Superchunk ------ Foolish ► Indie Rock/Alt Punk >> 1994
The Sneetches ------ Starfucker ► Alt. Power Pop >> 1995
The Cranberries ------ Bury The Hatchet ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1999

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

 

This Week's Birthdays (April 12 - 18)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Apr 12
1925 ● Prentiss Barnes → Bass vocals and founding member of important 50s R&B/doo wop The Moonglows, "Sincerely" (R&B #1, 1955)
1930 ● Carole Lindsay Young → Vocals for English pop trio The Kaye Sisters, "Ivory Tower" (UK #20, 1956), died 8/20/2006
1933 ● Tiny Tim (Herbert Khaury) → Warbling singer and ukulele strumming novelty act, "Tiptoe Through The Tulips" (#17, 1968), married Victoria Mae "Miss Vicki" Budinger on Johnny Carson's The Tonight Show on 1217/1969, died of a heart attack on stage on 11/30/1996
1940 ● Herbie Hancock → Renowned jazz fusion keyboardist with Miles Davis and Chick Corea, solo "Chameleon" (1973), composed film soundtracks
1944 ● John Kay (Joachim Krauledat) → Guitar, vocals and songwriting for Canadian-American hard rock, proto-metal Steppenwolf, "Born To Be Wild" (#2, 1968)
1948 ● Sandra Delores "Lois" Reeves → Joined sister Martha's Motown R&B/soul-pop group Martha Reeves & The Vandellas in 1967 to replace Betty Kelly, "Jimmy Mack" (#11, R&B #1, 1967)
1949 ● Donald Ray Mitchell → Vocals for eclectic R&B and rock fusion Was (Not Was), "Walk The Dinosaur" (#7, 1989)
1950 ● David Cassidy → TV/screen actor and singer, played the teen idol oldest son (with real-life stepmother Shirley Jones) in the pre-fab TV show sunshine pop group The Partridge Family, "I Think I Love You" (#1, 1970), solo "How Can I Be Sure" (1972)
1951 ● Alexander Briley → Vocals (and the Army G. I. character) for R&B/disco Village People, "Y.M.C.A." (#2, 1978)
1954 ● Pat Travers → Canadian bluesy hard rock guitarist, singer and bandleader for the Pat Travers Band, "New Age Music" (Mainstream Rock #33, 1981) and solo
1956 ● Herbert Grönemeyer → German film actor (Das Boot, 1981) and film score composer, now successful pop-rocker, "Mensch" (German #1, 2002)
1957 ● Vince Gill → Neo-traditionalist country-pop singer/songwriting and guitarist, fronted light country-rock Pure Prairie League, "Amie" (#27, 1973), then successful solo career with 17 Country Music Awards and 14 Grammys, married to singer Amy Grant
1958 ● Will Sergeant → Guitarist for gloomy post-punk psych-rock Echo & The Bunnymen, "Enlighten Me" (Modern Rock #8, 1990)
1962 ● Art Alexakis → Frontman, guitars, lead vocals and principal songwriter for Northwest post-grunge/punk Everclear, "Wonderful" (#11, Alt Rock #3, 2000)
1964 ● Amy Ray → Guitar and vocals in indie-folk-pop duo Indigo Girls, "Closer To Fine" (#52, Modern Rock #26, 1989)
1965 ● Sean Welch → Bassist for Brit alt pop-rock The Beautiful South, "A Little Time" (UK #1, 1990)
1967 ● Mellow Man Ace (Ulpiano Sergio Reyes) → Cuban-born rapper and house music singer, "Mentirosa" (#14, 1990), brother of Sen Dog
1967 ● Sarah Cracknell → Frontwoman and lead vocals for indie dance-pop Saint Etienne, "Nothing Can Stop Us" (Dance/Club #1, 1992)
1970 ● Nicholas Lofton Hexum → Vocals and rhythm guitar for alt-rock reggae-rap-metal 311, "All Mixed Up" (Modern Rock #4, 1996)
1978 ● Guy Berryman → Bassist and backing vocals for Brit-pop/anthem rock Coldplay, "Speed Of Sound" (#8, 2005)
1980 ● Bryan McFadden → Vocals for Irish pop boy band Westlife, "Swear It Again" (#20, 2000) and 17 UK Top 10 hits, now solo and judge on Australia's Got Talent TV show
1987 ● Brendon Urie → Lead singer, guitar and piano for emo-pop Panic! At The Disco, "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" (#7, 2006)

Apr 13
1934 ● Horace Kay → Vocals for R&B/soul The Tams, "What Kind Of Fool (Do You Think I Am)" (#9, 1963)
1936 ● Richard Timothy "Rashad" Feild → Vocals and guitar with Dusty Springfield and her brother in light folk-pop trio The Springfields, "Silver Threads And Golden Needles" (#20, 1962), now Sufi mystic and spiritual teacher
1940 ● Lester Chambers → Lead vocals, harmonica and percussion for bi-racial psychedelic soul-rock The Chambers Brothers, "Time Has Come Today" (#11, 1968)
1942 ● Bill Conti → Prolific film and TV score composer, best known for the Rocky movie series, wrote and directed "Gonna Fly Now" (#1, 1977), theme song from Rocky, orchestra conductor for the Academy Awards
1944 ● Brian Pendleton → Original rhythm guitarist for raunchy R&B/blues-rock British Invasion band The Pretty Things, "Don't Bring Me Down" (UK #10, 1964), died of lung cancer on 5/15/2001
1944 ● John William "Jack" Casady → Bassist for 60s psych-rock Jefferson Airplane, "Somebody To Love" (#5, 1967), then folk-rock Hot Tuna
1945 ● Lowell George → Singer/songwriter and guitarist, frontman for Southern-fried blues-boogie rock Little Feat, "Dixie Chicken" (1973), solo, died of an accidental drug overdose on 6/29/1979
1946 ● Al Green (Albert Greene) → Southern R&B and gospel singer, "Let's Stay Together" (#1, 1972), #65 on Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Artists of All Time
1946 ● Roy Loney → Founding member, wild frontman and lead vocals for eclectic rock 'n' roll/proto-punk cult band The Flamin' Groovies, left for mostly quiet solo career in 1971
1948 ● Piet Sweval → Co-founder and bassist for one hit wonder pop-rock Looking Glass, "Brandy (You're A Fine Girl)" (#1, 1972)
1951 ● Max Weinberg → Drummer for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, frontman for Max Weinberg 7 (house band for TV's Late Night with Conan O'Brien), author of 1991 book The Big Beat: Conversations with Rock's Greatest Drummers
1951 ● Robert Peabo Bryson → R&B/smooth soul vocalist, duet with Roberta Flack "Tonight I Celebrate My Love" (1983) plus solo, "If Ever You're In My Arms Again" (#10, 1984)
1954 ● Jimmy Destri → Keyboards for New Wave pop-rock Blondie, "Heart Of Glass" (#1, 1979)
1955 ● Louis Johnson → Bass and vocals for R&B/soul-funk The Brothers Johnson, "Strawberry Letter 23" (#, R&B #1, 1977), played on Michael Jackson's Off the Wall, Thriller and Dangerous albums and issued a solo gospel LP
1957 ● Wayne Lewis → Lead singer and keyboards for 80s urban contemporary soul Atlantic Starr, "Always" (#1, 1987)
1961 ● Clarence Frederick "Butch" Taylor → Keyboards for pop-funk-rock jam band Dave Matthews Band, "Don't Drink The Water" (#4, 1998)
1961 ● Hiro Yamamoto → Founding member and original bassist for seminal grunge-rock group Soundgarden, "Black Hole Sun" (Mainstream Rock #1, 1994), left in 1991 to form three piece indie rock/neo psychedelia Truly
1962 ● Hillel Slovak → Guitarist for funk-rock Red Hot Chili Peppers, "Californication" (Modern Rock #1, 2000), died from a heroin overdose 6/27/1988
1966 ● Marc Ford → Lead guitarist for roots/raunch rock Black Crowes, "Hard To Handle" (Mainstream Rock #1, 1991), solo
1972 ● Aaron Lewis → Vocals for post-grunge/alt metal Staind, "It's Been A While" (Mainstream Rock #1, 2001)
1975 ● Lou Bega (David Lubega) → German-born, Italian and Ugandan-descended dance-pop Latino-tinged singer, "Mambo No. 5" (#3, 1999)
1979 ● Tony Lundon → Singer for teen dance-pop Liberty X, "Just A Little" (UK #1, 2002)

Apr 14
1935 ● Loretta Lynn (Webb) → Iconic country music star singer/songwriter, "Coal Miner's Daughter" (#83, Country #1, 1970), first female to be named Country Music Entertainer of the Year
1942 ● Tony Burrows → Session singer who, in the spring of 1970, set the record for the most UK Top 10 singles at one time, all with different groups: Edison Lighthouse "Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)" (#5, UK #10, 1970), White Plains "My Baby Loves Lovin'" (#13, UK #9, 1970), The Pipkins "Gimme Dat Ding" (#9, UK #6, 1970) and the Brotherhood of Man "United We Stand" (#13, UK #10, 1970), also sang lead vocals for The Ivy League, "Tossing And Turning" (#83, UK #3, 1965), psych-pop one hit wonder The Flower Pot Men, "Let's Go To San Francisco" (UK #1, 1967), and pop-rock The First Class, "Beach Baby" (#4, UK #13, 1974)
1945 ● Ritchie Blackmore → Guitar and vocals for hard rock/prog rock Deep Purple, "Smoke On The Water" (#4, 1973), founded and fronted Rainbow, "Since You've Been Gone" (#57, 1979) and "Stone Cold" (Mainstream Rock #1, 1982), then Renaissance-folk-rock Blackmore's Night
1946 ● Patrick Fairley (Fairlie) → Founding member and rhythm guitar for Scottish pop-rock The Marmalade, "Reflections Of My Life" (#10, 1970)
1948 ● June Millington → Guitar and vocals for pioneering all girl rock group Fanny, "Butter Boy" (#29, 1975), early women-only rock band and first to sign with a major record label
1948 ● Larry Ferguson → Keyboardist for Brit interracial R&B/soul-disco-funk Hot Chocolate, "You Sexy Thing" (#3, 1976) and 27 other UK Top 40 hits, including one in every year from 1970 to 1984
1949 ● Dennis Byron → Welsh keyboardist with early prog rock septet Amen Corner, "(If Paradise Is) Half As Nice" (UK #1, 1969), worked with The Bee Gees during the 70s and '80s
1949 ● Sonja Kristina → Vocals for Brit prog/avant garde rock Curved Air, "Back Street Luv" (UK #4, 1974)
1962 ● Joey Pesce → Keyboardist for New Wave synth-pop-rock 'Til Tuesday, "Voices Carry" (#8, 1985)
1964 ● Vincent "Vinnie" Moore → Influential shred guitarist and member of Brit hard rock UFO, "Doctor Doctor" (UK #35, 1979) and "The Writer" (Rock #23, 1982), solo
1965 ● Carl Hunter → Bassist for Brit synth-pop The Farm, "Groovy Train" (#41, Dance/Club #4, 1991), film producer and academic media professor
1965 ● Sheila Chandra → Vocals for Brit prog rock trio Monsoon, "Ever So Lonely" (UK #12, 1982), then solo
1969 ● Martyn Le Noble → Dutch bassist and founding member of hard art-rock Porno For Pyros, "Pets" (Mainstream Rock #25, 1993), later worked with Jane's Addiction, The Cult, Scott Welland, Dave Navarro and others
1973 ● David Miller → Baritone for pre-fab Euro-pop vocal quartet Il Divo, "Unbreak My Heart" (Adult Contemporary #33, 2005)
1974 ● DaBrat (Shawta Harris) → Hard-edged MC/urban rapper, "Funkdafied" (#6, Rap #1, 1994), first female hip hop artist with a platinum selling record (Funkdafied, 1994)
1980 ● Win Butler → Lead vocalist and songwriter for alt/indie rock Arcade Fire, "Keep The Car Running" (Alt #32, 2007)

Apr 15
1894 ● Bessie Smith → The "Empress of the Blues" and first significant female blues recording artist, a major influence on all jazz singers to follow and many pop-rock performers, died following a car accident on 9/26/1937
1933 ● Roy Clark → Affable country superstar singer/songwriter, guitar and banjo player, "Yesterday, When I Was Young" (#19, Country #9, 1969), 23-year host of TV show Hee Haw
1939 ● Marty Wilde (Reginald Leonard Smith) → Early Brit rock 'n' roll singer, "Bad Boy" (#45, UK #7, 1959), plus over 10 other UK Top 40 hits, father of 80s pop-rock singer Kim Wilde
1940 ● Clarence "Satch" Satchell → Saxophone and guitar for R&B/funk The Ohio Players, "Love Rollercoaster" (#1, 1975), died from a brain aneurysm on 12/30/1995
1944 ● Dave Edmunds → Roots-rock guitarist, vocals, songwriter, producer and bandleader for Love Sculpture, solo "I Hear You Knocking'" (#4, 1970), member of Rockpile with Nick Lowe
1947 ● Michael Chapman → Australian born songwriter and producer with co-writer Nicky Chinn, created the "Chinnichap" songwriting and production team, worked with Mud, Suzi Quatro, Smokie and Sweet, produced albums for Blondie and The Knack
1947 ● Stuart "Wooly" Wolstenholme → Keyboards and vocals for Brit prog-folk-rock Barclay James Harvest, album Octoberon (#174, 1977), died 12/13/2010
1948 ● Michael Kamen → American composer, arranger and orchestral arranger, collaborated with Eric Clapton on the score for Lethal Weapon (1987), co-scored Die Hard (1988) plus sequels and multiple other films, worked with Roger Waters, The Who, Queen, David Bowie and others, co-wrote Bryan Adams' ballad "(Everything I Do), I Do It for You" (#1, 1991), died on 11/18/2003 from a heart attack
1962 ● Ivor Neville "Nick" Kamen → Brit pop-rock model and pop-rock singer, "Each Time You Break My Heart" (UK #5, 1986)
1965 ● Linda Perry → Songwriter, guitarist and lead vocals for indie hard rock 4 Non Blondes, "What’s Up?" (#11, 1993), went solo in 1995, wrote "Beautiful" (#2, 2002) for Christina Aguilera, plus other songs for Jewel, Courtney Love, Gwen Stefani, Sugababes, Robbie Williams, Melissa Etheridge and Gavin Rossdale
1965 ● Oscar Harrison → Drummer for Britpop/trad rock Ocean Colour Scene, "The Day We Caught The Train" (UK #4, 1996) plus 16 other UK Top 40 singles
1966 ● Graeme Clark → Bassist for Scottish pop-rock Wet Wet Wet, "Love Is All Around" (#41, UK #1, 1994)
1966 ● Samantha Fox → Former pinup tart and teen Page 3 topless model turned pop singer, "Naughty Girls (Need Love Too)" (#3, Dance #1, 1987)
1967 ● Frankie Poullian → Bassist for Brit hard/glam rock The Darkness, "I Believe In A Thing Called Love" (Mainstream #35, 2004)
1968 ● Edward John O’Brien → Guitarist for alt/indie rock Radiohead, "There There" (Modern Rock #14, 2003)

Apr 16
1924 ● Henry Mancini → Grammy-winning composer, conductor and arranger for stage, film and TV, wrote "Moon River" (#11, 1961) and the themes to The Pink Panther movies and Peter Gunn TV show, died from pancreatic cancer on 6/14/1994
1924 ● Rudy Pompilli → Saxophonist with early and important rock 'n' roll group Bill Haley & His Comets, "Rock Around The Clock" (#1, 1955), died on 2/5/1976 of lung cancer
1929 ● Roy Hamilton → Classical-trained 50s R&B/gospel-pop singer, "Unchained Melody" (#6, R&B #1,1955), died after a stroke on 7/20/1969
1930 ● Herbie Mann (Herbert Jay Solomon) → Pre-eminent 60s jazz-pop flautist, composer and bandleader most known for his big hit "Hijack" (#14, Disco #1, 1975), died on 7/1/2003 from prostate cancer
1935 ● Stanley Robert "Bobby" Vinton → Early 60s pop-rock crooner, "Blue Velvet" (#1, 1963) and over 25 other Top 40 hits
1939 ● Dusty Springfield (Mary Isabel O'Brien) → Vocalist with her brother Tom Springfield in light folk-pop trio The Springfields, "Silver Threads And Golden Needles" (#20, 1962), then blue-eyed soul-pop diva, "Son Of A Preacher Man" (#10, 1969), died from breast cancer on 3/2/1999
1943 ● "Lonesome" Dave Peverett → Guitar and vocals for blues-rock Savoy Brown "Tell Mama" (#83, 1971), then founded and led blues/boogie rock Foghat, "Slow Ride" (#20, 1975), died of cancer on 2/7/2000
1945 ● Stefan Grossman → Folk and acoustic blues guitarist, singer and songwriter, worked in The Even Dozen Jug Band and political folk The Fugs, solo recordings, co-founder of Kicking Mule Records
1947 ● Gerry Rafferty → Scot singer, songwriter and frontman for Stealers Wheel, "Stuck In The Middle" (#6, 1973), then solo, "Baker Street" (#2, 1978), died of liver failure 1/4/2011
1947 ● Lee "The Bear" Kerslake → Drummer and backing vocals for prog/hard rock Uriah Heep, "Easy Livin'" (#39, 1972), played on Ozzy Osbourne's Blizzard Of Ozz and Diary Of A Madman LPs, for which he received no credit and no royalties and lost a lawsuit against Osbourne for recovery
1951 ● John Bentley → Bassist for New Wave traditional guitar pop Squeeze, "Tempted" (Mainstream Rock #8, 1981)
1956 ● Paul Buchanan → Singer/songwriter and guitarist in ambient folk-pop The Blue Nile, "Saturday Night" (UK #50, 1991), has songs covered by Annie Lennox and Rod Stewart
1959 ● Stephen Singleton → Saxophonist for New Wave synth-pop ABC, "Be Near Me" (#9, 1982), left in 1984 for brief film career
1962 ● Ian MacKaye → Singer, songwriter, musician, producer and record label executive, frontman for hardcore punk Minor Threat and The Teen Idles, post-hardcore Embrace and Fugazi, co-founder of Dischord Records
1963 ● "Little" Jimmy Osmond → Vocals for family-oriented light pop-rock The Osmonds, ten US Top 40 singles including "One Bad Apple" (#1, 1971)
1963 ● Nick Berry → Brit TV actor and pop singer, "Every Loser Wins" (UK #1, 1986)
1964 ● David Pirner → Vocals and guitar for garage rock superstar group Soul Asylum, "Runaway Train" (#5, 1993), solo
1969 ● Sean Cook → Bassist for space rock/trance rock Spiritualized, "Lazer Guided Melodies" (UK #27, 1992)
1970 ● Gabrielle (Louisa Gabrielle Bobb) → Brit house/R&B singer, "Dreams" (#26, Dance/Club #1, UK #1, 1993) and 15 other UK Top 30 hits through 2004
1971 ● Selena Quintanilla-Pérez → The "Queen of Tejano Music", Grammy-winning, beloved Mexican-American pop singer, "Dreaming Of You" (#22, 1995), murdered by the embezzling president of her fan club on 3/31/1995, subject of a film (Selena, 1997) based on her life and starring Jennifer Lopez

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1934 ● Don Kirshner → Entertainment mogul, led Brill Building songwriting teams, formed The Monkees, owned Kirshner Records ("Sugar Sugar" by The Archies, #1, 1969), major concert promoter, TV music show host, died of heart failure 1/17/2011
1936 ● Alexander "Pete" Graves → Vocals and founding member of important 50s R&B/doo wop The Moonglows, "Sincerely" (R&B #1, 1955)
1940 ● Billy Fury (Ronald Wycherley) → Early British rock 'n' roll singer and songwriter, "Halfway To Paradise"" (UK #3, 1961) and 25 other UK Top 40 singles between 1959 and 1966, starred as rock 'n' roller "Stormy Tempest" in the film That'll Be The Day (1973) with David Essex and Ringo Starr, died of a heart attack on 1/28/1983
1942 ● Shelly Buchansky → Vocals for New York R&B/doo wop one hit wonder Vito & The Salutations, "Unchained Melody" (1963)
1943 ● Roy Estrada → Bassist for experimental art rock Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band, then Frank Zappa-led satirical rock group The Mothers Of Invention, "Brown Shoes Don't Make It" (1967), co-founded Southern-fried blues-boogie rock Little Feat, "Dixie Chicken" (1973), left after their first two albums to rejoin various Zappa projects, currently serving 25 years without parole for sexually abusing a child on several occasions
1945 ● Tony Crane → Founding member, rhythm 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
1948 ● Graham Bell → Brit pop-rock vocalist as a solo act and bandmember, started with psych-pop band Skip Bifferty in the 60s, recorded the rock opera Tommy with the London Symphony Orchestra, joined jazzy prog rock Every Which Way and formed pop-rock Bell & Arc in the 70s, toured with and did session work for Long John Baldry, Jackie Lomax and others, died of cancer on 5/2/2008
1948 ● Jan Hammer → Jazz-rock fusion keyboardist with Mahavishnu Orchestra, Jeff Beck Group, composed and performed TV's "Miami Vice Theme" (#1, 1985)
1954 ● Michael Sembello → Producer, composer, session guitarist for many pop-rock acts, solo one hit wonder singer, "Maniac" (#1, 1983) from the film Flashdance (1983)
1955 ● Pete Shelley (McNeish) → Founder, lead guitar, principal songwriter and vocals for early and seminal punk-pop Buzzcocks, went solo in 1981, "On Your Own" (Dance/Club #10, 1986)
1957 ● Afrika Bambaataa (Kevin Donovan) → Proto-rap hip-hop DJ and electro-funk artist, "Planet Rock" (#48, R&B #4, 1986), Zulu Nation spiritual leader
1964 ● Maynard James Keenan → Founder, frontman, songwriter and lead vocalist for Grammy-winning prog-metal band Tool, "Vicarious" (Modern Rock #2, 2006) plus side project alt rock A Perfect Circle, "Weak And Powerless" (Mainstream Rock #1, 2003)
1967 ● Liz Phair → Lo-fi indie pop-rock singer/songwriter and guitarist, "Why Can't I?" (#32, Top 40 #10, 2004)
1967 ● Matt Chamberlain → Widely-heard session drummer, played on over 200 albums with rock and pop bands such as Christina Aguilera, Tori Amos, Fiona Apple, David Bowie, Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians, Peter Gabriel, Elton John, Morrissey, Pearl Jam, The Wallflowers, Natalie Merchant, John Mayer, William Shatner and many others
1970 ● Redman (Reginald Noble) → Actor, producer and funk/reggae-tinged rapper, "How High" (#13, Rap #2, 1995), worked with Method Man on the 1999 album Blackout!, featured on Christina Aguilera's "Dirrty" (#48, UK #1, 2002)
1974 ● Victoria Adams → Vocals and "Posh Spice" in pop-rock girl-group Spice Girls, "Wannabe" (#1, 1997), married soccer star David Beckham in June 1999

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1924 ● Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown → Grammy-winning electric Texas blues, country, Cajun and R&B guitarist, "Okie Dokie Stomp" (1954), died of emphysema on 9/10/2005
1935 ● Paul A. Rothchild → Boston-area folk album producer, discovered The Butterfield Blues Band in the early 60s, moved to Southern California and became central to the development of the L.A. Sound in the 60s and 70s, produced five albums by The Doors, plus various recordings for Janis Joplin, The Lovin' Spoonful, Neil Young, Tom Paxton, Love, Bonnie Raitt, The Outlaws and others, died from lung cancer on 3/30/1995
1939 ● Glen D. Hardin → Country and rock 'n' roll drummer, first with post-Buddy Holly & The Crickets, then in the TV show Shindig house band and Elvis Presley's backing band, session work for Emmy Lou Harris, Linda Ronstadt and others
1941 ● Mike Vickers → Multi-instrumentalist (guitar, flute and sax) for British Invasion pop-rock Manfred Mann, "Do Wah Diddy Diddy" (#1, 1964), then film score composer and session man, played synthesizer on The Beatles' Abbey Road album
1946 ● Alexander Lee "Skip" Spence → Early guitarist for psych-folk Quicksilver Messenger Service, left to become original drummer for psych-rock Jefferson Airplane, "Somebody To Love" (#5, 1967), left to form eclectic psych-rock Moby Grape, "Omaha" (#88, 1967), went solo in 1969, died from lung cancer on 4/16/1999
1946 ● Lonnie Baker → Vocals for rock 'n roll revival "greaser" group Sha Na Na
1958 ● Andy Kyriacou → Drummer for New Wave dance-pop Modern Romance, "Can You Move" (Dance/Club #2, 1981) and "Best Years Of Our Lives" (UK #4, 1982)
1958 ● Les Pattinson → Bassist for gloomy post-punk psych-rock Echo & The Bunnymen, "Enlighten Me" (Modern Rock #8, 1990)
1962 ● Shirlie Holliman → 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)
1963 ● Michael Mangini → Drummer for Canadian thrash metal Annihilator, left to join heavy metal/hard rock Extreme, "More Than Words" (#1, 1991), sessions and Steve Vai backing band
1964 ● Mark "Bez" Berry → On stage dancer for Manchester electro-dance club Happy Mondays, "Stinkin Thinkin" (Dance/Club #1, 1992), left to form and dance for dance-pop Black Grape, "In The Name Of The Father" (UK #8, 1995)
1970 ● Greg Eklund → Drummer for Northwest post-grunge/punk Everclear, "Wonderful" (#11, Alt Rock #3, 2000)
1974 ● Mark Tremonti → Guitarist for Grammy-winning post-grunge Creed, "With Arms Wide Open" (#1, 2000), founding member of hard rock Alter Bridge, "Open Your Eyes" (Mainstream Rock #2, 2004)
1982 ● Marie-Élaine Thibert → Canadian adult contemporary and teen pop singer, runner-up in the first season of the Quebec singing idol reality show Star Académie, two-time Felix award winner for best female artist in Quebec and one-time Juno award winner for best Francophone album in Canada, her first four albums reached the Top 10 in Canada

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