Sunday, June 17, 2018

 

Albums Released This Week (June 18 - 24)

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):


June 18
1971 ● The Yardbirds ------ Remember ► Blues Rock
1972 ● Elvis Presley ------ Elvis: As Recorded Live At Madison Square Garden ► Rock n Roll
1973 ● Donny Hathaway ------ Extension Of A Man ► Soul
1973 ● Joe Walsh ------ The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get ► Blues-Rock
1976 ● Brand X ------ Unorthodox Behavior ► Jazz-Rock Fusion
1979 ● John Mellencamp (John Cougar) ------ John Cougar ► Roots Rock
1982 ● Fleetwood Mac ------ Mirage ► Pop-Rock
1982 ● King Crimson ------ Beat ► Prog Rock
1983 ● Pink Floyd ------ Works ► Prog Rock
1984 ● Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds ------ From Her To Eternity ► Post-punk Alt Rock
1984 ● Dolly Parton ------ Burlap & Satin ► Country-Pop
1984 ● Elvis Costello And The Attractions ------ Goodbye Cruel World ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1984 ● Rod Stewart ------ Camouflage ► Blues-Rock
1985 ● "Weird Al" Yankovic ------ Dare To Be Stupid ► Comedy/Parody
1990 ● Alias ------ Alias ► Hard Rock
1991 ● 3rd Bass ------ Derelicts Of Dialect ► Golden Age
1991 ● Cher ------ Love Hurts ► Pop-Rock
1995 ● Blondie ------ Beautiful: The Remix Album ► New Wave Pop-Rock
1996 ● Primitive Radio Gods ------ Rocket ► Alt. Rock
1996 ● AFI ------ Very Proud Of Ya ► Hardcore Punk
1996 ● Toni Braxton ------ Secrets ► Soul-Pop
1996 ● Little Feat ------ Live From Neon Park ► Southern Rock
1996 ● The Ramones ------ Greatest Hits Live ► Punk-Rock
1996 ● Patti Smith ------ Gone Again ► Heartland Rock
2001 ● Iggy Pop ------ Beat 'Em Up ► Alt. Rock / Punk
2002 ● Yes ------ Symphonic Live ► Prog Rock
2013 ● Phish ------ Ventura ► Prog Rock/Jam Band


June 19
1970 ● Diana Ross ------ Diana Ross ► Soul - Motown
1973 ● Smokey Robinson ------ Smokey ► Soul
1974 ● Marvin Gaye ------ Marvin Gaye Live! ► Soul
1978 ● Trooper ------ Thick As Thieves ► Hard Rock
1979 ● Lowell George ------ Thanks, I'll Eat It Here ► Country-Rock
1979 ● Blue Öyster Cult ------ Mirrors ► Metal
1981 ● Oingo Boingo ------ Only A Lad ► New Wave Ska-Pop
1984 ● Glenn Frey ------ The Allnighter ► Pop-Rock
1984 ● The Rolling Stones ------ Rewind (1971-1984) ► Blues-Rock
1987 ● John Waite ------ Rover's Return ► Power Pop
1988 ● Jimmy Page ------ Outrider ► Blues-Rock
1989 ● Cher ------ Heart Of Stone ► Pop-Rock
1995 ● Reef ------ Replenish ► Brit Pop
2000 ● Duran Duran ------ Pop Trash ► AA Pop-Rock
2001 ● 311 ------ From Chaos ► Alt. Pop-Rock
2001 ● Loverboy ------ Live, Loud And Loose (1982 - 1986) ► Arena Rock
2002 ● The Church ------ Greatest Hits Acoustic ► Alt. Power Pop
2012 ● Richard Marx ------ A Night Out With Friends ► Pop Acoustic


June 20
1966 ● The Beatles ------ Yesterday…And Today ► Pop-Rock
1969 ● Cher ------ 3614 Jackson Highway ► Pop-Rock
1969 ● Cher ------ Chastity [Sndtrk] ► Pop-Rock
1969 ● Aretha Franklin ------ Soft And Beautiful ► Soul
1969 ● Grateful Dead ------ Aoxomoxoa ► Psychedelic Rock
1969 ● Otis Redding ------ Love Man ► Memphis Soul
1974 ● Bob Dylan & The Band ------ Before The Flood ► Folk-Rock
1975 ● Neil Young ------ Tonight's The Night ► Folk-Rock
1978 ● Foreigner ------ Double Vision ► Arena Rock
1980 ● Blues Brothers ------ Blues Brothers [Sndtrk] ► Blues-Rock
1980 ● Peter Frampton ------ Rise Up ► Arena Rock
1985 ● Scorpions ------ World Wide Live ► Heavy Metal/Kraut Rock
1988 ● Bobby Brown ------ Don't Be Cruel ► New Jack Swing
1988 ● Iggy Pop ------ Instinct ► Alt. Rock / Punk
1988 ● Chicago ------ Chicago 19 ► Jazz-Rock
1989 ● The Allman Brothers Band ------ Dreams ► Southern Rock
1989 ● Prince ------ Batman ► Dance-Pop
1995 ● Big Audio Dynamite ------ F-Punk ► Dance-Rock
1995 ● Dusty Springfield ------ A Very Fine Love ► Pop-Rock
2000 ● Ayreon ------ Universal Migrator Part 1: The Dream Sequencer ► Heavy Metal/Prog Metal
2000 ● The Clarks ------ Let It Go ► Heartland Rock
2000 ● Little Feat ------ Chinese Work Songs ► Southern Rock
2006 ● Counting Crows ------ New Amersterdam: Live At Heineken Music Hall ► AA Pop-Rock
2006 ● Guster ------ Ganging Up On The Sun ► AA Pop-Rock
2006 ● Gram Parsons ------ The Complete Reprise Sessions ► Country-Rock
2006 ● Pearl Jam ------ Live At Easy Street ► Hard Rock
2006 ● Madonna ------ I'm Going To Tell You A Secret ► Dance-Pop
2011 ● Weather Report ------ Live In Offenbach 1978 ► Jazz-Rock Fusion


June 21
1965 ● The Byrds ------ Mr. Tambourine Man ► Country-Rock
1968 ● John Mayall ------ Bare Wires ► Blues-Rock
1969 ● Deep Purple ------ Deep Purple ► Hard Rock
1971 ● Buck Owens ------ Ruby ► Country-Rock/Bakersfield
1979 ● Mick Taylor ------ Mick Taylor ► Blues-Rock
1982 ● Carpenters ------ Ketteiban (The Definitive) [Japan] ► Easy Listening
1982 ● Crosby, Stills & Nash ------ Daylight Again ► Folk-Rock
1985 ● Marilyn ------ Despite Straight Lines ► New Wave Pop-Rock
1985 ● Mötley Crüe ------ Theatre Of Pain ► Heavy Metal
1987 ● Judas Priest ------ Priest…Live! ► Heavy Metal
1987 ● White Lion ------ Pride ► Hard Rock/Hair Metal
1988 ● Big Daddy Kane ------ Long Live The Kane ► Golden Age Rap
1990 ● Anita Baker ------ Compositions ► Quiet Storm
1990 ● Poison ------ Flesh & Blood ► Heavy Metal/Hair Metal
1990 ● Uncle Tupelo ------ No Depression ► Alt. Country
1993 ● Manic Street Preachers ------ Gold Against The Soul ► Hard Rock
1994 ● Bone Thugs-N-Harmony ------ Creepin On Ah Come Up ► Gangsta Rap
1994 ● John Mellencamp ------ Dance Naked ► Roots Rock
1994 ● James Taylor ------ Best Live ► Folk-Rock
1999 ● Sinergy ------ Beware The Heavens ► Heavy Metal/Power Metal
2005 ● John Hiatt ------ Master Of Disaster ► Roots Rock
2005 ● New Order ------ Best Remixes ► Alt Pop-Rock
2010 ● The Jackson 5 ------ Live At The Forum ► Soul - Motown
2011 ● The Chain Gang of 1974 ------ Wayward Fire ► Electronic Pop


June 22
1971 ● Joni Mitchell ------ Blue ► Folk-Rock
1973 ● Diana Ross ------ Touch Me In The Morning ► Soul - Motown
1974 ● Cat Stevens ------ Saturnight (Live In Tokyo) ► Folk-Pop
1982 ● Oingo Boingo ------ Nothing To Fear ► New Wave Ska-Pop
1987 ● Marillion ------ Clutching At Straws ► Prog Rock
1988 ● Robert Palmer ------ Heavy Nova ► Blue-Eyed Soul
1990 ● Manic Street Preachers ------ New Art Riot ► Hard Rock
1992 ● Black Sabbath ------ Dehumanizer ► Hard Rock
1993 ● Liz Phair ------ Exile In Guyville ► Indie Rock
1993 ● Death ------ Individual Thought Patterns ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal
1994 ● Collective Soul ------ Hints, Allegations And Things Left Unsaid ► Southern Rock
1995 ● Ben Lee ------ Grandpaw Would ► Indie Pop
1997 ● Gardenian ------ Two Feet Stand ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal
1998 ● Anathema ------ Alternative 4 ► Heavy Metal/Prog Metal
1998 ● Genesis ------ Genesis Archive 1967-75 ► Prog Rock
1999 ● Blackalicious ------ A2G ► West Coast Rap
1999 ● Natalie Cole ------ Snowfall On The Sahara ► Soul-Pop
1999 ● Limp Bizkit ------ Significant Other ► Rap-Metal
1999 ● Fleetwood Mac ------ Shrine '69 ► Blues-Rock
1999 ● The Pretenders ------ Viva el Amor! ► Post-Punk
2000 ● Saint Etienne ------ Sound Of Water ► Ambient/Trip Hop
2004 ● Motörhead ------ Inferno ► Heavy Metal
2004 ● Scorpions ------ Unbreakable ► Heavy Metal/Kraut Rock
2004 ● Wilco ------ A Ghost Is Born ► Alt. Country-Rock
2004 ● Heart ------ Jupiter's Darling ► Album Rock
2004 ● Lynyrd Skynyrd ------ Lynyrd Skynyrd Lyve: The Vicious Cycle Tour ► Southern Rock
2010 ● Cyndi Lauper ------ Memphis Blues ► Blue-Eyed Soul
2010 ● Lynyrd Skynyrd ------ Live From Freedom Hall ► Southern Rock
2010 ● Ozzy Osbourne ------ Scream ► Hard Rock
2011 ● Yes ------ Fly From Here ► Prog Rock


June 23
1964 ● Stevie Wonder ------ Stevie At The Beach ► Soul - Motown
1971 ● The Byrds ------ Byrdmaniax ► Country-Rock
1972 ● Jethro Tull ------ Living In The Past [UK] ► Prog Rock
1973 ● Can ------ Future Days ► Prog Rock/Ambient
1977 ● AC/DC ------ Let There Be Rock ► Hard Rock
1979 ● ABBA ------ Voulez-Vous ► Euro-Pop
1979 ● The Angels ------ No Exit ► Hard Rock
1979 ● Teddy Pendergrass ------ Teddy Pendergrass- Greatest Hits ► Soul-Pop
1980 ● Bob Dylan ------ Saved ► Folk-Rock
1980 ● The Rolling Stones ------ Emotional Rescue ► Blues-Rock
1981 ● Tom Tom Club ------ Tom Tom Club ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1985 ● Fleetwood Mac ------ Jumping At Shadows ► Blues-Rock
1986 ● Peter Cetera ------ Soliture/Solitaire ► Pop-Rock
1986 ● David Bowie ------ Labyrinth ► Glam Rock
1986 ● Rod Stewart ------ Every Beat Of My Heart ► Pop-Rock
1987 ● Sammy Hagar ------ I Never Said Goodbye ► Hard Rock
1992 ● Carcass ------ Tools Of The Trade ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal
1992 ● Dr. John ------ Goin' Back To New Orleans ► New Orleans R&B
1992 ● Glenn Frey ------ Strange Weather ► Pop-Rock
1992 ● The B-52's ------ Good Stuff ► New Wave Pop-Rock
1992 ● Jimmy Cliff ------ Breakout ► Pop-Reggae
1992 ● Elton John ------ The One ► Pop-Rock
1997 ● Billy Bragg & Wilco ------ Mermaid Avenue ► Folk-Rock
1997 ● Sparks ------ Plagarism ► Glam Rock
1997 ● Paul Weller ------ Heavy Soul ► Blue-Eyed Soul
1998 ● Linda Ronstadt ------ We Ran ► Pop-Rock
2009 ● Dinosaur Jr. ------ Farm ► Alt. Rock
2009 ● Tonic ------ A Casual Affair: The Best Of Tonic ► Alt/Roots Rock
2009 ● Cheap Trick ------ The Latest ► Hard Rock/Power Pop
2009 ● John Mellencamp ------ Life, Death, Live And Freedom ► Roots Rock
2014 ● Peter Gabriel ------ Back To Front: Live In London ► Prog Rock
2015 ● Jerry Garcia Band ------ On Broadway: Act One – October 28th, 1987 ► Roots Rock


June 24
1968 ● The Rascals ------ Time Peace: The Rascals Greatest Hits ► Blue-Eyed Soul
1974 ● The Beach Boys ------ Endless Summer ► Pop-Rock
1975 ● Average White Band ------ Cut The Cake ► Funk
1977 ● James Taylor ------ JT ► Folk-Rock
1979 ● The Who ------ The Kids Are Alright [Sndtrk] ► British Rock
1980 ● Jackson Browne ------ Hold Out ► Folk-Rock
1982 ● The Replacements ------ Stink ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1984 ● Celtic Frost ------ Morbid Tales ► Heavy Metal/Extreme Metal
1986 ● Soul Asylum ------ Time's Incinerator ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1988 ● Elton John ------ Reg Strikes Back ► Pop-Rock
1991 ● Marillion ------ Holidays In Eden ► Prog Rock
1991 ● America ------ Encore: More Greatest Hits ► Folk-Rock
1993 ● The House Of Love ------ Audience With The Mind ► Indie Rock
1996 ● Opeth ------ Morningrise ► Heavy Metal/Doom Metal
1997 ● Del Amitri ------ Some Other Sucker's Parade ► Alt Pop-Rock
1997 ● Mötley Crüe ------ Generation Swine ► Heavy Metal
1997 ● Testament ------ Demonic ► Heavy Metal/Thrash Metal
2003 ● Michael McDonald ------ Motown ► Blue-Eyed Soul
2003 ● Dion ------ New Masters ► Pop-Rock
2003 ● Bob Marley & The Wailers ------ Live At The Roxy ► Roots Reggae
2008 ● Mötley Crüe ------ Saints Of Los Angeles ► Heavy Metal
2008 ● Peter Gabriel & Various Artists ------ Big Blue Ball ► Prog Rock
2014 ● Phish ------ Fuego ► Prog Rock/Jam Band
2014 ● The Band ------ Carter Barron Amphitheater Washington, DC, July 17th, 1976 ► Folk-Rock
2016 ● Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers ------ The Record Plant '77 ► Album Rock
2016 ● Neil Young With Promise Of The Real ------ Earth ► Folk-Rock

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Saturday, June 16, 2018

 

This Week's Birthdays (June 17 - 23)

Happy Birthday this week to:

June 17
1902 ● Sammy Fain / (Samuel E. Feinberg) → Broadway show songwriter and film score composer, penned the music for endearing popular songs, including "I Can Dream, Can't I?" (1937) and "Tender Is The Night" (1962), won Oscars for "Secret Love" (1953) and "Love Is A Many Splendored Thing" (1955), scored film soundtracks for Alice In Wonderland (1951), Peter Pan (1953), April Love (1957) and the Broadway shows Hellzapoppin' (1938), Christine (1960) and others, died from a heart attack on 12/6/1989, age 87
1910 ● Red Foley / (Clyde Julian Foley) → Pioneer country-pop crossover star in the post-WWII era with 56 Country Top 10 hits and 13 Pop Top 40 hits from 1944 to 1956, including "Chattanooga Shoe Shine Boy" (#1, Country #1, 1950), continued to record and perform until his death from a heart attack after a show in Indiana on 9/19/1968, age 58
1916 ● Terry Gilkyson / (Hamilton H. Gilkyson III) → Folk-pop singer and songwriter, wrote "The Cry Of The Wild Goose" (#1, 1950) for Frankie Lane and songs used by other artists, sang with The Weavers on "On Top Of Old Smokey" (#2, 1953), formed influential but unheralded folk trio The Easy Riders in the mid-50s and co-wrote their big hit, the oft-covered "Marianne" (#3, 1957), wrote songs that were used in Disney films, died from complications of an aneurysm on 10/15/1999 , age 83
1918 ● Billy Garland / (William Jefferson Garland) → Blues guitarist, singer and songwriter in the 40s, "Got Nothing On Me" (1945), died in a car accident on 3/16/1960, age 41
1930 ● Cliff Gallup → Guitarist for rockabilly Gene Vincent And His Blue Caps, "Be-Bop-A-Lula" (#7, 1956), died of a heart attack on 10/9/1988, age 58
1937 ● Edward Farran → With his identical twin brother, Fred and brothers Tom and Scott Herrick, singer in pop cover quartet The Arbors ("The Letter," #20, 1969), coached rock and pop singers with voice lessons and wrote and sang commercial jingles for three decades thereafter, died of kidney failure on 1/2/2003, age 65
1937 ● Fred Farran → With his identical twin brother, Ed and brothers Tom and Scott Herrick, singer in pop cover quartet The Arbors ("The Letter," #20, 1969), stayed as a group after their fame ran out and wrote and recorded commercial jingles for three decades thereafter, died of pneumonia on 8/29/2011, age 74
1939 ● Dave Alldred → Drummer in 50s Tex-Mex rockabilly The Rhythm Orchids with Buddy Knox, "Party Doll" (#1, 1957), co-wrote "Click Clack" (#28, 1958) and performed the song and others in the pop band Dickey Doo & The Don'ts, continued to perform in the 90s
1940 ● Chuck Rainey → Jazz and R&B/soul-funk bassist for King Curtis' band, "Memphis Soul Stew" (#33, 1967), session work with Aretha Franklin and many others
1942 ● Norman Kuhlke → Drummer for British Invasion pop-rock The Swinging Blue Jeans, "Hippy Hippy Shake" (#21, 1964)
1943 ● Barry Manilow / (Barry Alan Pincus) → Highly successful adult contemporary/MOR singer, "I Write The Songs" (#1, 1976), songwriter, producer, conductor and stage performer
1944 ● Chris Spedding / (Peter Robinson) → Brit rock and jazz guitarist with several solo albums and a lone single, "Motorbikin'" (UK Top 20, 1975), but mainly known for sessions and touring with Harry Nilsson, John Cale, Roxy Music, Elton John and others, Greedy Bastards
1947 ● Gregg Rolie → Keyboardist and founding member of Latin-rock Santana, "Black Magic Woman" (#4, 1970) , then original lead singing for arena rock Journey, "Who's Crying Now" (#4, 1981), currently frontman for the Gregg Rolie Band
1947 ● Paul Young → Singer and percussionist for Brit soft pop-rock Sad Café, "Every Day Hurts" (UK #3, 1979), then pop-rock Mike + The Mechanics, "All I Need Is A Miracle" (#5, 1986), died of a heart attack on 7/15/2000, age 53
1949 ● Russell Smith → Founding member, lead singer, guitarist and somgwriter for Grammy-winning Southern rock Amazing Rhythm Aces ("Third Rate Romance," #14, Country #11, CAN #1), left the group in 1985 for a country music career as a solo artist ("I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight," Country #37, 1989) and songwriter with four County #1 hits, including "Look Heart, No Hands" (Country #1, 1993) for Randy Travis
1951 ● Lenny LeBlanc → Guitarist, session musician, songwriter and one half of the light pop-rock duo LeBlanc & Carr ("Falling," #13, 1977), as part of the Muscle Shoals Studios (Alabama) house band recorded with numerous top artists, including The Supremes, Ricky Scaggs, Roy Orbison, Amy Grant and others, switched to Christian music in the 80s and continues to record and produce music
1957 ● Philip Chevron → Guitarist for Irish folk-punk-rock The Pogues, "Tuesday Morning" (Rock #11, 1993)
1958 ● Jello Biafra / (Eric Boucher) → Lead singer and songwriter for controversial hard core punk rock Dead Kennedys, "Too Drunk To F**k" (UK #31, 1980), leading figure of the Green Party in the US
1960 ● Michael Monroe / (Matti Fagerholm) → Vocals for Finnish glam-punk-metal Hanoi Rocks, "Up Around The Bend" (1984)
1965 ● Richard Hynd → Drummer for Scottish blues-rock Texas, "In My Heart" (Alt Rock #14, 1991)
1969 ● Kevin Thornton → Vocals in a cappella hip hop harmony group Color Me Badd, "I Wanna Sex You Up" (#2, 1991)
1972 ● Rikrok / (Ricardo George Ducent) → London-born, Jamaican descent reggae singer and songwriter, "It Wasn't Me" (#1, 2000)
1981 ● Ben Kweiler → Former teenage frontman for 90s post-grunge Radish, then solo, "Wasted & Ready" (Modern Rock #29, 2002) and two acclaimed Indie Top 10 albums, Ben Kweiler (#1, 2006 and Changing Horses (#8, 2009)
1983 ● Lee Ryan → Vocals in Brit R&B/soul-dance boy band Blue, "Too Close" (UK #1, 2001)
1987 ● Kendrick Lamar Duckworth → Grammy-winning hip hop solo artist ("Swimming Pools (Drank)," #17, Rap #1, 2012) and member of West Coast rap collaborative supergroup Black Hippy
1989 ● Simone Battle / (Simone Sherise Battle) → Actress and singer, The X Factor finalist in 2011 and member of pop girl group G.R.L. ("Ugly Heart," #107, UK #11, 2014), committed suicide by hanging on 9/5/2014, age 25

June 18
1913 ● Sammy Cahn / (Samuel Cohen) → LA-based musician, songwriter and Tin Pan Alley-style lyricist for romantic films and Broadway shows, wrote or co-wrote dozens of popular songs, including the enduring and oft-covered "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" (Vaughan Moore, #1, 1946), collaborated on multiple hits by Frank Sinatra, including "All The Way" (#1, 1957), died from congestive heart failure on 1/15/1993, age 79
1938 ● Sugarcane Harris / (Don Francis Bowman Harris) → Guitarist, pianist and half the 50s rock 'n' roll duo Don & Dewey, switched to electric violin and did session work for Little Richard, John Mayall, Frank Zappa and others, died from pulmonary disease on 11/30/1999, age 61
1942 ● Paul McCartney → The most successful rock composer of all time, with John Lennon co-wrote 21 US #1 and has over 30 US #1 singles as a solo artist and frontman for his band Wings
1942 ● Richard Perry → Highly successful and popular record producer with twelve gold discs, label owner (Planet Records, 1978-83), worked with Captain Beefheart, The Pointer Sisters, Diana Ross, Leo Sayer, Carly Simon, Ringo Starr, Barbra Streisand and others
1942 ● Carl Radle → Bass guitarist for Derek & The Dominos, Eric Clapton band, Delaney & Bonnie, sessions for George Harrison, died of kidney failure on 5/30/1980, age 37
1944 ● Sandy Posey → Session vocalist for Elvis Presley, Percy Sledge (backing vocals on "When A Man Loves A Woman," #1, 1966) and others, then pop singer, "Born A Woman" (#12, 1966) and three more Top 40 hits in the 60s, turned to countrypolitan pop in the 70s and scored six Country Top 40 hits, continued to record and perform into the 00s
1944 ● Rick Griffin / (Richard Alden Griffin) → Cartoonist, graphic artist and pioneering designer of psychedelic posters and album covers, including work for the Grateful Dead, the Fillmore West, Jimi Hendrix and others, frequent contributor to Zap Comix magazine, died in a motorcycle accident on 8/18/1991, age 47
1952 ● Ricky Gazda → Trumpets for New Jersey rock 'n roll bar band Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes ("Talk To Me," 1978) and later as a member of The Miami Horns, the touring and session recording horn section that backed Bruce Springsteen, Little Steven, <, Sheryl Crow and many others
1953 ● Jerome Smith → Rhythm guitar for R&B/soul-disco-funk kings KC & The Sunshine Band, "That's The Way (I Like It)" (#1, 1975) and five other #1 hits, died in a construction site accident on 7/28/2000, age 47
1961 ● Alison Moyet → Bluesy-voiced Brit pop-rock singer in synth-pop duo Yazoo, "Nobody's Diary" (Dance/Club #1, 1983), solo, "Invisible" (#31, 1985)
1963 ● Dizzy Reed / (Darren Arthur Reed) → Keyboards for hard rock Guns N' Roses, "Sweet Child O' Mine" (#1, 1988)
1969 ● Sice / (Simon Rowbottom) → Guitarist and vocals for 90s Brit guitar-pop The Boo Radleys, "Barney (…And Me)" (Alt Rock #30, 1994)
1971 ● Nathan Morris → Baritone for R&B/urban soul a cappella Boyz II Men, "End Of The Road" (#1, 1992)
1973 ● Gary Stringer → Vocals for hard-edged Brit pop Reef, "Place Your Hands" (Mainstream Rock #29, 1997) from the UK #1 album Glow
1973 ● Ray LaMontagne → Folk, folk-rock and folk-blues singer, songwriter and guitarist with five studio LPs, including Gossip In The Grain (#3, 2008), and multiple singles ("Beg, Steal Or Borrow," AAA #1, 2010)
1975 ● Sikk The Shocker / (Vyshonne King Miller) → Vocals for gangsta rap trio The Real Untouchables (TRU), "I Always Feel Like" (#71, Rap #11, 1997), solo, "It Ain't My Fault" (#18, R&B #5, Rap #1, 1998)
1976 ● Blake Shelton → Country-pop crossover singer, songwriter and TV show star, "Austin" #18, Country #1, 2001) and 19 other Country #1 hits plus 13 other Pop Top 40 hits, judge of music competition shows Nashville Star, Clash Of The Choirs and The Voice

June 19
1902 ● Guy Lombardo / (Gaetano Alberto Lombardo) → Canadian-American easy listening violinist and bandleader, formed big band The Royal Canadians with three brothers and several other musicians in the 20s and became known for nearly 50 years of New Years Eve radio and then TV broadcasts, moonlighted as a hydroplane speedboat racer, won the Gold Cup and every other trophy in the field, died from a heart attack on 11/5/1977, age 75
1914 ● Lester Flatt → Legendary and musically prodigious bluegrass guitarist, cohort of Earl Scruggs in the Foggy Mountain Boys and in duo Flatt & Scruggs, died of heart failure on 5/11/1979, age 64
1925 ● Charlie Drake / (Charles Edward Spungall) → Brit comedian, children's songwriter, TV actor and BBC program host, and (in the U.S.) one hit wonder novelty song singer, "My Boomerang Won't Come Back" (#21, UK #14, 1962), died in his sleep on 12/23/2006, age 81
1936 ● Tommy DeVito → Founding member, guitarist and singer for Top 40 pop vocal quartet The Four Seasons, "Big Girls Don't Cry" (#1, 1962), left in 1971 and sold his stake in the group to cover gambling and tax debts
1936 ● Shirley Goodman → One half of 50s teen R&B/pop male-female contrasting duet-style Shirley & Lee, "Let The Good Times Roll" (#20, R&B #1, 1956), resurfaced as lead singer for one hit wonder, pre-disco dance-pop Shirley & Company, "Shame Shame Shame" (#12, 1974), died on 7/5/2005, age 69
1939 ● Al Wilson → R&B/smooth soul vocalist, "Show and Tell" (#1, 1973), died of kidney failure on 4/21/2008, age 68
1942 ● Spanky McFarlane / (Elaine McFarlane) → Frontwoman and lead vocals for sunny folk-pop Spanky & Our Gang, "Sunday Will Never Be The Same" (#9, 1967), joined the reformed The Mamas & The Papas in 1982
1944 ● Robin Box → Lead guitar for Brit pre-fab pop White Plains, "My Baby Loves Lovin'" (#13, 1970)
1945 ● Robert Palmer, Jr. / (Robert Franklon Palmer, Jr.) → Musician, journalist, author and rock music critic, played clarinet in 60s jazz-rock The Insect Trust, covered rock music for the New York Times and Rolling Stone magazine in the 70s and 80s, produced blues albums and published books in the 80s and 90s, died from liver disease on 11/20/1997, age 52
1948 ● Nick Drake → Dark-themed, multi-instrumentalist Brit folk-rock singer/songwriter, notable album Pink Moon (1972), committed suicide on 11/25/1974, age 26
1950 ● Ann Wilson → With younger sister Nancy, co-frontwoman for hard AOR rock Heart, "These Dreams" (#1, 1986)
1953 ● Larry Dunn / (Larry Dunn (Lawrence Dunhill)) → Keyboards, synthesizer and musical director for R&B/soul-dance-pop Earth, Wind & Fire, "Shining Star" (#1, 1975)
1954 ● Lou Pearlman / (Louis Jay Pearlman) → Record producer, band manager and fraudster known first as the manager of 90s boy bands Backstreet Boys ("Quit Playing Games )With My Heart)," #2, UK #2, 1996) and NSYNC ("Bye Bye Bye," $1, UK #3, 2000), later achieved infamy as the perpetrator of a $300 million Ponzi scheme, tried and convicted in 2008, sentenced to 25 years in prison, where he died from a heart attack on 8/19/2016, age 62
1957 ● Maxi Jazz / (Maxwell Fraser) → Rapper in electronic house-pop club quartet Faithless, "Insomnia" (Dance/Club #1, 1997)
1959 ● Marty DeBarge / (Mark DeBarge) → With his sister and three brothers, vocals in R&B/urban contemporary dance-pop sibling quintet Debarge, "All This Love" (#17, 1983)
1960 ● Dennis Fuller → With Edem Ephraim, one half of Brit/Austrian dance-europop London Boys, "London Nights" (UK #2, 1989), died with Ephraim in a car collision on 1/21/1996, age 36
1962 ● Paula Abdul → Former L. A. Laker cheerleader and rock/pop stage and video dance choreographer turned hugely successful dance-pop diva, "Opposites Attract" (#1, 1989) and five other US #1 hits, producer and judge on the TV show American Idol
1963 ● Simon Wright → Drummer for hard rock AC/DC starting in 1983, left in 1989 to join heavy metal Dio
1964 ● Brian Vander Ark → Frontman, guitar and vocals for alt/indie pop-rock The Verve Pipe, "The Freshmen" (#5, 1997)
1970 ● Brian "Head" Welch / (Brian Welch) → Guitarist for Nu metal Korn, "Here To Stay" (Mainstream #4, 2002), solo
1976 ● Scott Avett / (Scott Yancey Avett) → With brother Seth, frontman and guitarist in progressive folk-rock quartet The Avett Brothers (Ain't No Man," AAA #1, Alt Rock #28, 2016), also paints and runs an art gallery in North Carolina
1983 ● Macklemore / (Ben Haggerty) → Rapper and songwriter, both as a solo artist and in collaboration with Ryan Lewis as the duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, the pair had back-to-back debut singles, "Can't Hold Us" (#1, 2011) and "Thrift Shop" (#1, 2013), and four Grammy Awards in 2014

June 20
1907 ● Jimmy Driftwood / (James Corbitt Morris) → Legendary and prolific country, folk-pop and roots rock songwriter, wrote thousands of songs (of which some 300 were recorded), often with American history themes such as the oft-covered "The Battle Of New Orleans" (Johnny Horton, #1, 1959), died of a heart attack on 7/12/1998, age 91
1920 ● Danny Cedrone / (Donato Joseph Cedrone) → Rock 'n' roll guitarist with Bill Haley & His Comets, played lead on all their hits including "Rock Around The Clock" (#1, 1955), died instantly from a broken neck after falling down a staircase on 6/7/1954 at age 34 and never knew his role in the birth of rock 'n' roll
1924 ● Chet Atkins / (Chester Burton Atkins) → Eleven-time Grammy-winning country-pop guitarist, songwriter, sessionman, producer and solo artist, "Yakety Axe" (Country #4, 1965), created the smoother "Nashville Sound" blending country and pop, died from a brain tumor on 6/30/2001, age 77
1928 ● Eric Dolphy → avant-garde "free jazz" flute, alto sax and clarinet musician, influenced jazz-rock fusionists, died suddenly from a diabetic coma on 6/29/1964, age 36
1936 ● Billy Guy → Bass singer for R&B/doo wop/soul-pop The Coasters, "Yakety Yak" (#1, 1958), solo comedy album plus producer, died in his sleep of a probable heart attack on 11/5/2002, age 66
1936 ● Mickie Most / (Michael Peter Hayes) → Producer for The Animals, Herman's Hermits, The Nashville Teens, Lulu and Jeff Beck, formed RAK Records in 1969 and issued hits for Hot Chocolate, Mud and Suzi Quatro, died of cancer on 5/30/2003, age 66
1937 ● Jerry Keller → One hit wonder pop singer/songwriter, "Here Comes Summer" (#14, UK #1, 1959), wrote several minors hit for others and soundtracks, TV commercial jingle vocalist
1942 ● Brian Wilson → Leader, keyboards, bass guitar, lead and backing harmony vocals and chief songwriter for surf-pop-rock The Beach Boys, "Good Vibrations" (#1, 1966), referred by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as "one of the few undisputed geniuses in popular music"
1945 ● Anne Murray → Grammy-winning, Nova Scotia-born country-pop and adult contemporary singer, "You Needed Me" (#1, 1978)
1948 ● Alan Longmuir → Bassist for Scottish teen-pop Bay City Rollers, "Saturday Night" (#1, 1976)
1948 ● Don Airey → Long and varied journeyman career as keyboard sessionman and bandmember for Hammer, Rainbow, Gary Moore, Ozzy Osbourne, Jethro Tull, Colosseum II, Whitesnake, Judas Priest and others, with Deep Purple since 2002
1949 ● Lionel Richie → Saxophone and vocals for R&B/soul-funk The Commodores, "Three Times A Lady" (#1, 1978), then hugely successful R&B-pop/adult contemporary solo career beginning with "Endless Love" (#1, 1981), the first of 13 straight Top 10 hits, five of which were #1
1954 ● Michael Anthony / (Michael Anthony Sobolewski) → Founding member and only bassist for hard rock megastars Van Halen, "Jump" (#1, 1984), co-founded blues-funk-rock supergroup Chickenfoot in 2008, markets a line of hot sauces and related products named Mad Anthony
1958 ● Simon Underwood → Bassist for post-punk Pigbag, "Papa's Got A Brand New Pigbag" (Dance/Club #56, UK #3, 1981)
1958 ● Kelly Johnson → Founding member, vocals and lead guitar for early all-girl heavy metal group Painted Lady, which became Girlschool, "Hit And Run" (UK #32, 1981), died of spinal cancer on 7/15/2007, age 49
1960 ● Chris Gibson → Percussion and vocals with brothers Patrick and Alex in R&B/disco-salsa The Gibson Brothers, "Cuba" (Dance/Club #9, 1979)
1960 ● John Taylor → Bassist for New Wave pop-rock Duran Duran, "Hungry Like The Wolf" (#3, 1982) and "(Reach Up For The) Sunrise" (Dance/Club #1, 2001), co-founded The Power Station, "Some Like It Hot" (#6, 1985) and mid-90s supergroup Neurotic Outsiders, "Jerk" (Mainstream Rock #31, 1996), plus solo, " I Do What I Do" (Theme from 9-1/2 Weeks) (#23, 1986)
1967 ● Jerome Fontamillas → Guitars, keyboards and vocals with several industrial and alt rock bands in the 90s, in 2000 joined Grammy-winning alt rock/Christian rock Switchfoot, "Meant To Live" (#18, Modern Rock #5, 2004)
1968 ● Murphy Karges → Bassist for funk-pop-rock Sugar Ray, "Fly" (#1, 1997)
1971 ● Twiggy Ramirez / (Jeordie Osbourne White) → Bassist for industrial-pop-metal/shock rock Marilyn Manson, "The Dope Show" (Mainstream Rock #12, 1998), later Nine Inch Nails touring band, A Perfect Circle and Goon Moon
1972 ● Chino Moreno → Vocals for Grammy-winning alt heavy metal Deftones, "Change (In The House Of Flies)" (Mainstream Rock #9, 2000), ranked #51 in Hit Parader magazine's Top 100 Metal Vocalists of All Time
1977 ● Amos Lee / (Ryan Anthony Massaro) → School teacher and bartender turned folk, rock and soul singer-songwriter, toured as an opening act for numerous top artists, including Bob Dylan, Norah Jones, Merle Haggard and Van Morrison, his Mission Bell album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart in 2011
1979 ● Charlotte Hatherly → Founding member, guitar and backing vocals for Irish neo-punk/pop-rock Ash, "Goldfinger" (UK #5, 1996)

June 21
1926 ● Nick Noble / (Nicholas Valkan) → Pop and easy listening singer with several Top 40 hits in the 50s and 60s, including "A Fallen Star" (#22, 1957) and a minor but near-career reviving country-pop crossover hit, "Stay With Me" (AC #38, Country #40, 1978), died on 3/24/2012, age 85
1932 ● Lalo Schifrin → Argentinean-born, Grammy-winning pianist, conductor, composer and arranger of TV and film soundtracks, including "Mission: Impossible" (Adult Contemporary #7, 1968), "Jaws" (Disco #5, 1976) and the theme song to Mannix (1967-1975), also worked with Clint Eastwood to compose the scores to several films in the Dirty Harry series
1932 ● Carl White → Lead vocals and songwriter for 60s R&B/doo wop two hit wonder quartet The Rivingtons, co-wrote their novelty pop classics "Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow" (#48, 1962) and "The Bird's The Word" (#52, 1963), died from acute tonsillitis on 1/7/1980, age 47
1942 ● O.C. Smith / (Ocie Lee Smith) → Jazz vocalist in Count Basie's band, then country-R&B-pop solo singer, "Little Green Apples" (#2, 1968), later became a pastor and church leader, died on 11/23/2001, age 59
1944 ● Philip John Hiseman / (Jon Hiseman) → British jazz-, blues- and progressive rock drummer, recording engineer, producer and prolific music publisher, often in collaboration with his wife, saxophonist and composer Barbara Thompson, replaced Ginger Baker (who joined with Jack Bruce and Eric Clapton in Cream) in 1966 in John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, left to form prog rock Colosseum, (album Valentyne Suite, UK #15, 1969) and Tempest in 1971, formed Colosseum II in 1976, after 1979 worked with various jazz-rock ensembles until reuniting the original Colosseum in 1994 for two decades, continued to record and perform up to his suffering complications from brain tumor surgery and dying several weeks later on 6/12/2018, age 73
1944 ● Miquel Vicens Danus → Bassist for Spanish rock 'n roll band Los Bravos, "Black Is Black" (US #4, 1966), the first US Top 10 hit by a Spanish band
1944 ● Ray Davies → Founding member, frontman, guitar, vocals and songwriter for British Invasion pop-rock The Kinks, "Lola" (#9, 1970) and "Come Dancing" (#6, 1983)
1946 ● Brenda Holloway → Second-tier Motown Records R&B/soul singer, "Every Little Bit Hurts" (#13, 1964), left the label in the late 60s for "religious reasons" and to raise a family, released a one-off gospel album in 1980, returned to recording and performing on the revival circuit and continues as of 2015
1947 ● Joey Molland / (Joseph Charles Molland) → Guitar, vocals and songwriter for Brit power pop Badfinger, "Come And Get It" (#7, 1970), has performed in various incarnations of the band for four decades
1949 ● Greg Munford → Lead vocals for 60s psych-pop-rock Strawberry Alarm Clock, "Incense And Peppermints" (#1, 1967)
1950 ● Joey Kramer / (Joseph Michael Kramer) → Long-time drummer for Grammy-winning, venerable hard rockers Aerosmith, "Dream On" (#6, 1976), "Angel" (#3, 1988), "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing" (#1, 1998), "Baby, Please Don't Go" (Mainstream Rock #7, 2004)
1951 ● Alan Silson → Lead guitar and vocals for pop-rock Smokie, "Living Next Door To Alice" (#25, UK #3, 1977)
1951 ● Nils Lofgren → Rock guitarist, pianist, songwriter and vocals, joined Neil Young's Crazy Horse in 1968, from 1971 to 1974 recorded four albums with his own band, Grin, solo, "Valentine", (Mainstream Rock #37, 1991), joined Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band in 1984 and is a two-time member with Ringo Starr's All-Starr Band
1957 ● Mark Brzezicki → Drummer for Scottish art-folk-rock Big Country, "In A Big Country" (Mainstream Rock #3, 1983), also stints with The Cult, Ultravox and Procol Harum, plus session work for The Pretenders, Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey and others
1959 ● Kathy Mattea → Grammy-winning bluegrass and country-pop singer/songwriter, "Goin' Gone" (Country #1, 1987) and 13 other Country Top 10 singles
1959 ● Marcella Detroit / (Marcella Levy) → Back-up singer for Eric Clapton, then vocalist and songwriter in R&B/synth-pop duo Shakespear's Sister, "Stay" (#4, 1992), sessions, solo
1967 ● Tim Simenon → Hip hop producer, co-produced for Neneh Cherry and Seal, composer and frontman for one man electronic/sampladelic Bomb The Bass, "Beat Dis" (Dance/Club #1, 1988)
1968 ● Sonique / (Sonia Clarke) → Brit dance-pop diva and DJ, first with dance-pop acid house S'Express, "Theme From S'Express" (Dance/Club #1, 1988), then solo, "Feels So Good" (#8, Dance/Club #1, 2000)
1969 ● Pat Sansone → Multi-instrumentalist for alt country-rock Wilco, "Outtasite (Outta Mind)" (Mainstream Rock #22, 1997)
1975 ● Justin Cary → Bassist for Christian pop-rock Sixpence None The Richer, "Kiss Me" (#2, 1998)
1976 ● Michael Aaron Einziger → Guitarist for alt-metal Incubus, "Drive" (#9, 2001)
1981 ● Brandon Flowers → Vocals and keyboards for pop-alt hard rock The Killers, "Mr. Brightside" (#10, 2005)
1985 ● Lana Del Ray / (Elizabeth Grant) → Model, guitarist and trip hop/house singer, "Summertime Sadness" (#6, 2012)

June 22
1913 ● Dotty Todd / (Doris Dabb) → With her husband in one hit wonder pop singing duo Art & Dotty Todd, "Chanson D'Amour" ("Love Song") (#6, 1958), continued to perform on radio and in Las Vegas cabarets until retiring in 1980, died from natural causes on 10/10/2007, age 87
1927 ● Remo Delmo Belli → Creator of the less expensive, more durable synthetic drumhead cover in the late 50s, which launched thousands of 60s garage bands and fueled the rock 'n' roll boom, died from pneumonia on 4/25/2016, age 88
1930 ● Roy Drusky → Countrypolitan music singer and songwriter with twelve Country Top 10 hits in the 60s and 70s but only one crossover single, "Three Hearts In A Triangle" (#35, Country #2, 1961), died from lung cancer on 9/23/2004, age 74
1936 ● Kris Kristofferson → Grammy-winning country singer/songwriter, wrote "Me & Bobby McGee" (Janis Joplin, #1, 1971), solo artist, "Why Me" (#16, Country #1, 1973), film actor in many top films and roles, including A Star Is Born (1976) opposite Barbra Streisand, husband of folkie Rita Coolidge from 1973 to 1980
1937 ● Chris Blackwell → Highly-influential Brit music executive and producer, founder of fiercely independent Island Records, which forged the early careers of Traffic, Bob Marley, Grace Jones, U2 and countless other rock acts, founded Mango Records and Palm Records, currently oversees Jamaican resort properties and philanthropic organizations
1942 ● Deodato / (Eumir Deodato de Almeida) → Brazilian multi-instrumentalist producer and arranger known for mixing rock, R&B/funk and heavy Latin influences in a crossover orchestral jazz sound, scored several instrumental pop and disco dance-pop hits in the 70s and 80s, including a rendition of "Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001)" (#2, 1973), also arranged and produced hundreds of albums for multiple artists over three decades through the 00s
1944 ● Peter Asher → With Gordon Waller, one half of the acclaimed British Invasion pop-rock duo Peter & Gordon, "A World Without Love" (#1, 1964) and nine other Top 30 hits in the mid-60s, manager, record producer and one-time head of Apple Records
1944 ● Bill Thompson → Manager for psychedelic rock Jefferson Airplane ("Somebody To Love," #5, 1967) through successful but turbulent times from 1968 to 1972, stayed with the band members for various solo projects, including folk-rock Hot Tuna (LP Burgers, 1972) and reformation as electric folk/pop-rock Jefferson Starship ("Miracles," #3, 1975) and spinoff pop-rock Starship ("We Built This City," #1, 1985), died of a heart attack on 1/12/2015, age 70
1947 ● Howard Kaylan / (Howard Kaplan) → With long-time collaborator Mark Vollman, 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 Vollman, continues with him in TV, film, radio and reconstituted Turtles projects
1948 ● Todd Rundgren → Guitarist, singer/songwriter, bandleader for pop-rock The Nazz, "Hello It's Me" (#71, 1969) and Utopia, "Set Me Free" (#27, 1980), solo, "I Saw The Light" (#16, 1972), member of The New Cars, "Not Tonight" (2006) and producer of albums by Meat Loaf, The Band, Badfinger and Grand Funk Railroad, among others
1949 ● Alan Osmond → Vocals for family-oriented light pop-rock The Osmonds, ten US Top 40 singles including "One Bad Apple" (#1, 1971)
1953 ● Cyndi Lauper → Nasally-voiced, rag-tag early MTV star pop-rock girl solo singer, "Time After Time" (#1, 1983)
1956 ● Derek Forbes → Bassist for Scottish New Wave pop-rock Simple Minds, "(Don't You) Forget About Me" ($1, 1985)
1956 ● Green Gartside / (Paul Julian Strohmeyer) → Wales-born founding member, frontman, songwriter, vocals and only constant member of left-wing post-punk then pop-punk Scritti Politti, "Perfect Way" (#11, Dance/Club #6, 1985)
1957 ● Gary Beers → Bassist for Aussie New Wave dance-groove-pop INXS, "Need You Tonight" (#1, 1987)
1958 ● Ruby Turner → Jamaican-born R&B/soul singer, backing vocals for R&B/reggae UB40 and Culture Club, then solo, "It's Gonna Be Alright" (R&B #1, Dance/Club #5, 1989)
1959 ● Alan Anton / (Alan Alizojvodic) → Bassist for Canadian alt-art-country-blues-rock Cowboy Junkies, "Sweet Jane" (Modern Rock #5, 1989)
1961 ● Jimmy Somerville → Lead vocals and songwriter for early-out gay synth-pop Bronski Beat, "Smalltown Boy" (#48, Dance/Pop #1, 1984), then vocals for outwardly gay dance-pop The Communards, "Don't Leave Me This Way" (#40, Dance/Club #1, 1986)
1962 ● Stephen Vaughan → Bassist for alt rock/punk-revival trio PJ Harvey, "Sheela-Na-Gig" (Alt Rock #9, 1991)
1964 ● Bobby Gillespie → Drummer for Scottish alt-pop-rock Jesus And Mary Chain, "Sometimes Always" (Modern Rock #4, 1994), then founding member, guitar and vocals for jangle pop/dance fusion Primal Scream, "Movin' On Up" (Modern Rock #2, 1992)
1964 ● Dicky Barrett / (Richard Michael Barrett) → Frontman and lead vocals for ska punk The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, "The Impression That I Get" (Top 40 #17, Modern Rock #1, 1997), radio DJ, TV voice-over artist and announcer for the Jimmy Kimmel Show
1964 ● Mike Edwards → Vocals for techno-electronic pop-dance Jesus Jones, "Right Here, Right Now" (#2, 1991)
1965 ● Tommy Cunningham → Drummer for Scottish pop-rock Wet Wet Wet, "Love Is All Around" (#41, UK #1, 1994)
1970 ● Steven Page → Guitar and vocals for Canadian alt-rock Barenaked Ladies, "One Week" (#1, 1998)
1973 ● Chris Traynor → Guitarist and co-founder of post-hardcore Orange 9mm, then joined alt heavy metal Helmet, "Exactly What You Wanted" (Mainstream Rock #19, 1997), worked with alt-rock Bush, "The People That We love" (Mainstream Rock #10, 2001), studio soundtrack sessions for Blue Man Group, touring and sessions with Blur, Rival Schools, Katy Perry and others
1976 ● Sally Polihronas → Singer in pre-fab Aussie all-girl pop vocal quintet Bardot, "Poison" (Aus. #1, 2000)
1981 ● Chris Urbanowicz → Guitarist for 00s punk revival/indie rock Editors, "Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors" (UK #7, 2007)

June 23
1907 ● Eddie Pola / (Sydney Edward Pollacsek) → Radio and TV program producer, actor and songwriter best known for co-writing several enduring pop tunes with George Wyle, including "It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year" (1963), retired from the industry and taught elementary school music, died on 111/3/1995, age 88
1929 ● June Carter Cash / (Valerie June Carter) → Singer, songwriter, actress and country music matriarch, The Carter Family, solo, "Jackson" (Country #2, 1967), duets with her husband Johnny, the "Man in Black", died on 5/15/2003, age 73
1937 ● Niki Sullivan → Original member, rhythm guitar and backing vocals for Buddy Holly's backing group, The Crickets, co-wrote and/or sang on many of Holly's hit songs before leaving the band in 1957, died of a heart attack on 4/6/2004, age 66
1938 ● Alan Vega / (Boruch Alan Bermowitz) → Singer and guitarist with Martin Rev in highly influential, confrontational, proto-punk/minimalist duo Suicide, their eponymous debut album (1977) is considered a landmark of electronic music and a precursor to post-punk industrial rock, died in his sleep on 7/16/2016, age 78
1940 ● Stuart Sutcliffe / (Stuart Fergusson Victor Sutcliffe) → First Beatles bassist for 18 months in 1960-61, left the band when the others returned to England in July 1961 and remained in Hamburg, Germany where he died from a brain hemorrhage on 4/10/1962, age 21
1940 ● Adam Faith / (Terence Nelhams-Wright) → Brit teen-idol pop singer, "What Do You Want" (UK #1, 1959) and 10 other UK Top 10 hits, successful TV, film and stage actor with multiple roles, later became a largely unsuccessful financial advisor, died of a heart attack on 3/8/2003
1941 ● Robert Hunter → Folk-bluegrass musician, singer, songwriter and poet best known as the Grateful Dead's lyricist, solo folk-country-rock artist
1944 ● Rosetta Hightower / (Rosetta Jeanette Hightower) → Lead vocals for mixed gender R&B doo-wop quartet The Orlons, "The Wah-Watusi" (#2, R&B #5, 1962), left the group in the late 60s for session work in England with Joe Cocker, John Lennon and others, died from a brain hemorrhage on 8/2/2014, age 70
1945 ● Paul Goddard → Founding member and bassist for Southern rock Atlanta Rhythm Section ("Imaginary Lover, #7, 1978), died from cancer on 4/29/2014, age 68
1955 ● Glenn Danzig / (Glenn Allen Anzalone) → Multi-instrumentalist singer, songwriter and founder/bandleader for hardcore "horror" punk The Misfits, "Dig Up Her Bones" (1997), left in 1983 to form heavy/death metal Samhain and later blues-metal Danzig, now runs an adult-entertainment comics magazine
1956 ● Randall Darius Jackson → Session bass guitarist, bandmember for Carlos Santana and Jerry Garcia, record producer, label executive, solo artist and now judge on popular TV show American Idol
1957 ● Lee John / (John Leslie McGregor) → Vocals for R&B/electro-dance-soul Imagination, "Just An Illusion" (Dance/Club #15, 1982)
1960 ● Brendan O'Brien → Former Atlanta Rhythm Section guitarist and sessionman turned highly regarded and successful record producer and music company executive, worked with Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Red Hot Chili Peppers and others, won a Grammy Award for Bruce Springsteen's The Rising (2002) and produced thirteen other Billboard #1 albums
1962 ● Richard Coles → Multi-instrumentalist for outwardly gay dance-pop The Communards, "Don't Leave Me This Way" (#40, Dance/Club #1, 1986), now an ordained priest and BBC radio host
1962 ● Steve Shelley → Drummer for alt rock/avant-garde Sonic Youth, "100%" (Modern Rock #4, 1992)
1965 ● Bonehead Arthurs / (Paul Arthurs) → Guitar for Grammy-nominated Brit pop Oasis, "Wonderwall" (#8, 1996), the band had 22 consecutive UK Top 10 hits, left the band in 1999
1966 ● James MacPherson → Drummer for alt rock The Breeders, "Cannonball" (#44, 1993)
1966 ● Mark Chadwick → Guitar and vocals for alt folk-Celtic rock The Levellers, "Just The One" (UK #12, 1995)
1975 ● KT Tunstall / (Kate Victoria Tunstall) → Scottish singer/songwriter and guitarist, "Black Horse & The Cherry Tree" (#20, Adult Top 40 #9, 2006)
1977 ● Jason Mraz → Grammy-winning contemporary pop-rock singer/songwriter, "I'm Yours" (#6, 2008)
1980 ● Jessica Taylor → Singer for teen dance-pop Liberty X, "Just A Little" (UK #1, 2002)
1981 ● Antony Costa → Vocals in Brit R&B/soul-dance boy band Blue, "Too Close" (UK #1, 2001)
1984 ● Duffy / (Aimée Ann Duffy) → Grammy-winning Welsh singer-songwriter, "Mercy" (Adult Top 40 #9, 2008)

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Sunday, June 10, 2018

 

Albums Released This Week (June 11 - 17)

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):


June 11
1965 ● Them ------ The Angry Young Them [UK] ► Garage Rock
1966 ● The Ventures ------ Go With The Ventures! ► Rock n Roll Instrumental
1969 ● Three Dog Night ------ Suitable For Framing ► Blue-Eyed Soul
1976 ● Carpenters ------ A Kind Of Hush ► Soft Rock
1979 ● The Knack ------ Get The Knack ► Power Pop
1980 ● Burning Spear ------ Social Living ► Roots Reggae
1981 ● Def Leppard ------ High 'N' Dry ► Hard Rock
1982 ● Eddie Money ------ No Control ► Album Rock
1982 ● REO Speedwagon ------ Good Trouble ► Arena Rock
1990 ● Crosby, Stills & Nash ------ Live It Up ► Folk-Rock
1991 ● Natalie Cole ------ Unforgetable…With Love ► Soul-Pop
1991 ● Aaron Neville ------ Warm Your Heart ► Pop-Soul
1991 ● Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark ------ Sugar Tax ► New Wave Synth Pop
1991 ● Lynyrd Skynyrd ------ Lynyrd Skynyrd 1991 ► Southern Rock
1993 ● Harem Scarem ------ Mood Swings ► Hard Rock/Glam Metal
1996 ● Ash ------ 1977 ► Punk-Pop
1996 ● George Clinton & The P-Funk All-Stars ------ T.A.P.O.A.F.O.M. (The Awesome Power Of A Fully-Operational Mothership) ► Funk/Hip Hop
2002 ● Gregg Allman ------ No Stranger To The Dark: The Best Of Gregg Allman ► Southern Rock
2002 ● Korn ------ Untouchables ► Post-Grunge/Nu Metal
2002 ● The Tragically Hip ------ In Violet Light ► Folk-Rock
2002 ● Various Artists ------ Melody [Sndtrk] ► Pop-Rock
2002 ● David Bowie ------ Heathen ► Glam Rock
2002 ● The Who ------ The Ultimate Collection ► British Rock
2010 ● Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers ------ Mojo ► Album Rock
2013 ● Goo Goo Dolls ------ Magnetic ► Alt Pop-Rock/Post-Grunge
2013 ● Queen ------ Icon ► Glam Rock


June 12
1959 ● Bo Diddley ------ Go Bo Diddley ► Blues-Rock
1959 ● Chuck Berry ------ Chuck Berry Is On Top ► Rock n Roll
1970 ● Jimi Hendrix ------ Band Of Gypsys [UK] ► Psychedelic Rock
1972 ● John Lennon & Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band ------ Some Time In New York City ► Pop-Rock
1977 ● Teddy Pendergrass ------ Teddy Pendergrass ► Soul-Pop
1979 ● Carly Simon ------ Spy ► Pop-Rock
1984 ● Howard Jones ------ Human's Lib ► New Wave Synth-Pop
1988 ● Gregg Allman ------ Just Before The Bullets Fly ► Southern Rock
1990 ● Bad Company ------ Holy Water ► Hard Rock
1995 ● Fugazi ------ Red Medicine ► Post Hardcore Rock 'N' Roll
1996 ● Sloan ------ One Chord To Another [Canada] ► Alt Indie Rock
2000 ● Peter Gabriel ------ OVO (Millennium Dome Show) [Sndtrk] ► Prog Rock
2001 ● Asia ------ Asia Live ► Prog Rock
2001 ● Manfred Mann's Earth Band ------ Wired ► Art Rock
2001 ● Electric Light Orchestra ------ Zoom ► Pop-Rock
2001 ● Roxy Music ------ Concerto ► Prog Rock
2001 ● Roxy Music ------ Vintage ► Prog Rock
2006 ● The Stranglers ------ The Very Best of The Stranglers ► Punk-Rock
2007 ● Steely Dan ------ 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best Of Steely Dan ► Jazz-Rock
2008 ● Coldplay ------ Viva La Vida ► Alt. Rock/Brit Pop
2012 ● The dB's ------ Falling Off The Sky ► Power Pop
2012 ● Drivin' N' Cryin' ------ Songs From The Laundromat ► Southern Rock
2012 ● Rush ------ Clockwork Angels ► Prog/Art Rock


June 13
1965 ● The Yardbirds ------ For Your Love ► Blues Rock
1966 ● Aretha Franklin ------ Soul Sister ► Soul
1972 ● Carpenters ------ A Song For You ► Soft Rock
1975 ● Jefferson Starship ------ Red Octopus ► Arena Rock
1977 ● The Beatles ------ Live! At The Star-Club In Hamburg, Germany ► Pop-Rock
1978 ● Natalie Cole ------ Natalie Live! ► Soul-Pop
1979 ● The Cars ------ Candy-O ► New Wave Pop-Rock
1979 ● Joni Mitchell ------ Mingus ► Folk-Rock
1983 ● Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble ------ Texas Flood ► Blues-Rock
1983 ● Donna Summer ------ She Works Hard For The Money ► Disco
1986 ● Manfred Mann's Earth Band ------ Criminal Tango ► British Rock
1987 ● Elton John ------ Elton John Live In Australia With The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra ► Pop-Rock
1988 ● Paula Abdul ------ Forever Your Girl ► Dance-Pop
1988 ● Buzzcocks ------ Let We Forget ► Punk-Rock
1988 ● Steel Pulse ------ State Of Emergency ► Roots Reggae
1989 ● Mary Chapin Carpenter ------ State Of The Heart ► Country-Folk
1989 ● Kon Kan ------ Move To Move ► Synth-Pop
1990 ● Mariah Carey ------ Mariah Carey ► Pop-Rock
1995 ● Alanis Morrisette ------ Jagged Little Pill ► AA Pop-Rock
1995 ● Bjork ------ Post ► Alt Pop-Rock
1995 ● Paula Abdul ------ Head Over Heels ► Dance-Pop
1995 ● Fear Factory ------ Demanufacture ► Industrial Metal
1995 ● Pink Floyd ------ Pulse ► Prog Rock
1995 ● The Police ------ Live! ► New Wave Pop-Rock
1996 ● Apocalyptica ------ Plays Metallica By Four Cellos ► Heavy Metal/Neo-Classical Metal
1996 ● Jesse Colin Young ------ Sweet Water ► Folk-Rock
2000 ● Bon Jovi ------ Crush ► Arena Rock
2000 ● B.B. King & Eric Clapton ------ Riding With The King ► Blues
2005 ● Rory Gallagher ------ Big Guns: The Very Best Of Rory Gallagher ► Blues-Rock
2006 ● Joan Jett & The Blackhearts ------ Sinner ► Hard Rock
2006 ● John Fogerty ------ The Long Road Home - In Concert ► Folk-Rock
2006 ● Billy Joel ------ 12 Gardens Live ► Pop-Rock
2006 ● Poco ------ Alive In The Heart Of The Night ► Country-Rock
2006 ● Rush ------ Grace Under Pressure Tour ► Prog/Art Rock


June 14
1965 ● The Beatles ------ Beatles VI ► Pop-Rock
1968 ● Iron Butterfly ------ In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida ► Psychedelic Rock
1968 ● Aretha Franklin ------ Aretha Now ► Soul
1970 ● Grateful Dead ------ Workingman's Dead ► Folk-Rock
1971 ● Emerson, Lake & Palmer ------ Tarkus ► Prog Rock
1972 ● Simon & Garfunkel ------ Greatest Hits ► Folk-Pop
1974 ● Barclay James Harvest ------ Everyone Is Everybody Else ► Prog Rock
1975 ● Todd Rundgren ------ Initiation ► Pop-Rock
1976 ● Chicago ------ Chicago X ► Jazz-Rock
1977 ● Barbra Streisand ------ Streisand Superman ► Easy Listening
1980 ● Blue Öyster Cult ------ Cultosaurus Erectus ► Metal
1982 ● Various Artists ------ Metal Massacre ► Heavy Metal
1982 ● Pete Townshend ------ All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes ► Prog Rock
1985 ● Corey Hart ------ Boy In The Box ► Pop-Rock
1988 ● Status Quo ------ Ain't Complaining ► Blues-Rock
1989 ● Billy Squier ------ Hear & Now ► Hard Rock
1990 ● Mike Oldfield ------ Amarok ► Progressive Rock
1993 ● Gloria Estefan ------ Mi Terra ► Latin Pop
1993 ● The Palace Brothers ------ There Is No-One What Will Take Care Of You ► Indie Rock
1994 ● Arrested Development ------ Zingalamaduni ► Trad. Rap
2004 ● Blondie ------ Singles Box ► New Wave Pop-Rock
2005 ● Foo Fighters ------ In Your Honor ► Grunge Rock
2005 ● Indigo Girls ------ Rarities ► Folk-Rock
2005 ● The Everly Brothers ------ Too Good To Be True ► Pop-Rock
2010 ● Oasis ------ Time Flies…1994-2009 ► Alt. Pop-Rock/Britpop


June 15
1965 ● Golden Earring ------ Just Earr-ings ► Hard Rock
1966 ● The Temptations ------ Getting' Ready ► Soul - Motown
1968 ● Jeremy Dormouse ------ Toad ► Folk-Rock
1971 ● Jackie DeShannon ------ Songs ► Pop-Rock
1972 ● Golden Earring ------ Together ► Hard Rock
1973 ● Manfred Mann's Earth Band ------ Messin' ► Prog Rock
1974 ● John Denver ------ Back Home Again ► Folk-Pop
1978 ● Bob Dylan ------ Street Legal ► Folk-Rock
1979 ● Joy Division ------ Unknown Pleasures ► Post-Punk
1979 ● America ------ Silent Letter ► Folk-Rock
1979 ● Dire Straits ------ Communique ► Post-Punk Pop-Rock
1981 ● Duran Duran ------ Duran Duran ► Synth-Pop
1982 ● Steve Miller ------ Abracadabra ► Album Rock
1984 ● John Waite ------ No Brakes ► Power Pop
1987 ● King Diamond ------ Abigail ► Heavy Metal
1989 ● Nirvana ------ Bleach ► Grunge
1993 ● Ozzy Osbourne ------ Live & Loud ► Hard Rock
1993 ● Pete Townshend ------ Psychoderelict ► Prog Rock
1993 ● Neil Young ------ Unplugged ► Folk-Rock
1994 ● Golden Earring ------ Face It ► Hard Rock
1994 ● Joan Jett & The Blackhearts ------ Pure And Simple ► Hard Rock
1994 ● Pansy Division ------ Deflowered ► Punk/Queercore
1998 ● Roxy Music ------ Concert Classics ► Prog Rock
1999 ● Dokken ------ Erase The Slate ► Heavy Metal
1999 ● Sarah McLachlan ------ Mirrorball ► Folk-Rock
1999 ● Cheap Trick ------ Music For Hangovers ► Hard Rock/Power Pop
1999 ● Santana ------ Supernatural ► Jazz-Rock Fusion
2004 ● Phish ------ Undermind ► Prog Rock/Jam Band
2004 ● Fleetwood Mac ------ Live In Boston ► Pop-Rock
2009 ● Aretha Franklin ------ A Deeper Love: The Best Of Aretha Franklin ► Soul
2009 ● Queen ------ The Singles Collection: Volume 2 ► Glam Rock
2010 ● Chris Isaak ------ Live At The Fillmore ► Adult Contemporary
2010 ● John Mellencamp ------ On Rural Route 7609 ► Roots Rock


June 16
1969 ● Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band ------ Trout Mask Replica ► Avant-Gard
1970 ● Grand Funk Railroad ------ Closer To Home ► Hard Rock
1971 ● Elvis Presley ------ Love Letters From Elvis ► Rock n Roll
1971 ● Three Dog Night ------ Golden Biscuits ► Blue-Eyed Soul
1972 ● Roxy Music ------ Roxy Music ► Prog Rock
1978 ● Olivia Newton-John ------ Grease [Sndtrk] ► Country-Pop
1978 ● Ringo Starr ------ Bad Boy ► Pop-Rock
1980 ● Carly Simon ------ Come Upstairs ► Pop-Rock
1981 ● Carpenters ------ Made In America ► Easy Listening
1983 ● Ringo Starr ------ Old Wave ► Pop-Rock
1986 ● The Smiths ------ The Queen Is Dead ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1991 ● Big Audio Dynamite II ------ The Globe ► Dance-Rock
1991 ● Type O Negative ------ Slow, Deep And Hard ► Heavy Metal/Goth Metal
1992 ● Peter Cetera ------ World Falling Down ► Pop-Rock
1992 ● Taj Mahal ------ Taj's Blues ► Folk-Blues
1995 ● Michael Jackson ------ HIStory: Past, Present, Future, Book I ► Dance-Pop
1997 ● Radiohead ------ OK Computer ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1998 ● Neil Finn ------ Try Whistling This ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1998 ● Aaron Carter ------ Aaron Carter ► Teen Dance-Pop
1998 ● Ringo Starr ------ Vertical Man ► Pop-Rock
1998 ● Little Feat ------ Under The Radar ► Southern Rock
2004 ● The Jellybricks ------ Power This ► Alt. Pop-Rock
2005 ● Shpongle ------ Nothing Lasts…But Nothing Is Lost ► Pop-Rock
2009 ● George Harrison ------ Let It Roll: Songs By George Harrison ► Pop-Rock
2009 ● Don Henley ------ The Very Best Of Don Henley ► Country-Rock
2015 ● James Taylor ------ Before This World ► Folk-Rock


June 17
1961 ● Elvis Presley ------ Something For Everybody ► Pop-Rock
1969 ● Elvis Presley ------ From Elvis In Memphis ► Blue-Eyed Soul
1972 ● Eagles ------ Eagles ► Country-Rock
1976 ● LaBelle ------ Chameleon ► Funk
1977 ● Crosby, Stills & Nash ------ CSN ► Folk-Rock
1978 ● David Gilmour ------ David Gilmour ► Prog Rock
1985 ● Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark ------ Crush ► New Wave Synth Pop
1987 ● The Replacements ------ Pleased To Meet Me ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1987 ● Natalie Cole ------ Everlasting ► Soul-Pop
1991 ● Cher ------ Love Hurts [UK] ► Pop-Rock
1991 ● Foreigner ------ Unusual Heat ► Arena Rock
1991 ● Van Halen ------ For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge ► Hard Rock
1994 ● Ghost ------ Temple Stone ► Neo-Psychedelia
1997 ● 38 Special ------ Resolution ► Southern Rock
1997 ● Blink-182 ------ Dude Ranch ► Punk-Pop
1997 ● Megadeth ------ Cryptic Writings ► Heavy Metal
1997 ● 10,000 Maniacs ------ Love Among The Ruins ► Folk-Rock
1997 ● Neil Young & Crazy Horse ------ Year Of The Horse ► Folk-Rock
2002 ● Peter Gabriel ------ Long Walk Home [Sndtrk] ► Prog Rock
2003 ● Sam Cooke ------ Portrait of a Legend 1951 - 1964 ► Soul
2003 ● Finger Eleven ------ Finger Eleven ► Alt. Rock
2003 ● Bryan Adams ------ Live At The Budokan ► Pop-Rock
2003 ● Steve Winwood ------ About Time ► Album Rock
2008 ● Judas Priest ------ Nostrodamus ► Heavy Metal
2008 ● Rick Springfield ------ Playlist: The Very Best Of Rick Springfield ► Power Pop
2011 ● Bon Iver ------ Bon Iver, Bon Iver ► Dream Pop
2013 ● Bob Dylan ------ A Long Time A Growin' - Volume 1-5 ► Folk-Rock
2014 ● David Gray ------ Mutineers ► AA Pop-Rock

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