Monday, July 21, 2014

 

Albums Released This Week (July 21 - 27)

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):


Jul 21
Bobby Vee ------ A Bobby Vee Recording Session ► Teen Idol >> 1962
Black Sabbath ------ Master Of Reality ► Hard Rock >> 1971
Rod Stewart ------ Never A Dull Moment ► Blues-Rock >> 1972
T. Rex ------ The Slider ► Glam Rock >> 1972
Rory Gallagher ------ Irish Tour '74 ► Blues-Rock >> 1974
Kiss ------ The Originals ► Hard Rock >> 1976
Talking Heads ------ More Songs About Buildings And Food ► New Wave Art-Rock >> 1978
Triumph ------ Just A Game ► Arena Rock >> 1979
Chicago ------ Chicago XIV ► Jazz-Rock >> 1980
Bryan Adams ------ You Want It, You Got It ► Pop-Rock >> 1981
Shonen Knife ------ Burning Farm ► Punk Pop >> 1983
Stryper ------ The Yellow And Black Attack ► Heavy Metal/Christian >> 1984
Neil Young ------ Landing On Water ► Folk-Rock >> 1986
Guns N' Roses ------ Appetite For Destruction ► Hard Rock >> 1987
Dio ------ Dream Evil ► Heavy Metal >> 1987
Madonna ------ Who's That Girl [Sndtrk] ► Dance-Pop >> 1987
Sonic Youth ------ Dirty ► Indie Rock >> 1992
House Of Pain ------ House Of Pain ► West Coast/Hardcore Rap >> 1992
Anal Cunt ------ Picnic Of Love ► Folk-Rock/Parody >> 1998
Matthew Sweet & Suzanna Hoffs ------ Under The Covers, Vol. 2 ► Pop-Rock >> 2009


Jul 22
The Moody Blues ------ The Magnificent Moodies ► Blues-Rock >> 1965
John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers ------ Blues Breakers With Eric Clapton ► Blues-Rock >> 1966
Stevie Wonder ------ Fulfillingness' First Finale ► Pop-R&B >> 1974
Commodores ------ Machine Gun ► Soul-Funk >> 1974
Elvis Costello ------ My Aim Is True ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1977
Amy Grant ------ The Collection ► Pop-Rock/Christian >> 1986
LL Cool J ------ Bigger And Deffer ► Hip-Hop >> 1987
Disco Inferno ------ Technicolour ► Post-Punk Alt/Experimental >> 1996
Earth, Wind & Fire ------ In The Name Of Love ► Soul-Funk >> 1997
Kreator ------ Outcast ► Heavy Metal/Thrash Metal >> 1997
Gavin DeGraw ------ Chariot ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2003
Kiss ------ Kiss Symphony: Alive IV ► Hard Rock >> 2003
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young ------ Déjà Vu Live ► Folk-Rock >> 2008
Chairlift ------ Does You Inspire You ► Dream Pop >> 2008
Counting Crows ------ iTunes Live From Soho ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2008


Jul 23
The Supremes ------ More Hits By The Supremes ► Soul - Motown >> 1965
The Moody Blues ------ Every Good Boy Deserves Favour ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1971
Jethro Tull ------ A Passion Play ► Prog Rock >> 1973
Joan Baez ------ Gracias A La Vida ► Folk-Pop/Latin >> 1974
Various Artists ------ The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas [Sndtrk] ► Country-Pop >> 1982
Teddy Pendergrass ------ This One's For You ► Soul-Pop >> 1982
Sammy Hagar ------ VOA ► Arena Rock >> 1984
Color Me Badd ------ C.M.B. ► New Jack Swing >> 1991
DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince ------ Homebase ► Pop-Rap >> 1991
The Innocence Mission ------ Umbrella ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1991
The Black Crowes ------ Three Snakes And One Charm ► Southern Rock >> 1996
Fiona Apple ------ Tidal ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1996


Jul 24
The Beach Boys ------ The Best Of The Beach Boys, Vol. 2 ► Pop-Rock >> 1967
Yes ------ Time And A Word [UK] ► Prog Rock >> 1970
Jon Anderson ------ Olias Of Sunhillow ► Prog Rock >> 1976
The Go-Go's ------ Beauty And The Beat ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1981
Timothy B. Schmit ------ Tell Me The Truth ► Pop-Rock >> 1990
Dread Zeppelin ------ Un-Led-Ed ► Hard Rock >> 1990
Nils Lofgren ------ Crooked Line ► Roots Rock >> 1992
Cake ------ Comfort Eagle ► Alt Rock/College Rock >> 2001
Curtis Mayfield ------ Soul Legacy ► Soul/Funk >> 2001
Joni Mitchell ------ The Beginning Of Survival ► Folk-Rock >> 2004
The Antlers ------ Undersea ► Dream Pop >> 2012


Jul 25
The Troggs ------ From Nowhere…The Troggs [UK] ► Garage Rock >> 1966
The Troggs ------ Wild Thing ► Garage Rock >> 1966
Yes ------ Yes [UK] ► Prog Rock >> 1969
Creedence Clearwater Revival ------ Cosmo's Factory ► Folk-Rock >> 1970
Donovan ------ Open Road ► Folk-Rock >> 1970
Cat Stevens ------ Foreigner ► Folk-Pop >> 1973
Boston ------ Boston ► Arena Rock >> 1976
AC/DC ------ Back In Black ► Hard Rock >> 1980
Teddy Pendergrass ------ TP ► Soul-Pop >> 1980
Loudness ------ Lightning Strikes ► Heavy Metal/Japanese Metal >> 1986
Kim Carnes ------ View From The House ► Pop-Rock >> 1988
The Bee Gees ------ One ► Pop-Rock >> 1989
The Beastie Boys ------ Paul's Boutique ► Rap >> 1989
Boredoms ------ Chocolate Synthesizer ► Noise Rock >> 1994
311 ------ 311 ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1995
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony ------ E. 1999 Eternal ► Gangsta Rap >> 1995
Dark Tranquility ------ Haven ► Heavy Metal/Melodic Death Metal >> 2000
Béla Fleck And The Flecktones ------ Outbound ► Jazz Fusion >> 2000
Tom Petty ------ Highway Companion ► Album Rock >> 2006
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Jul 26
Buck Owens ------ Before You Go ► Country-Rock/Bakersfield >> 1965
The Moody Blues ------ In Search Of The Lost Chord ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1968
ZZ Top ------ Tres Hombres ► Blues-Rock >> 1973
Robert Wyatt ------ Rock Bottom ► Art Rock >> 1974
The Clash ------ The Clash ► Punk >> 1979
Bucks Fizz ------ Bucks Fizz ► Europop-Dance >> 1981
The League Unlimited Orchestra ------ Love And Dancing ► Synth-Pop >> 1982
The Human League ------ Love And Dancing [EP] ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1982
Asia ------ Alpha ► Prog Rock >> 1983
John Waite ------ Mask Of Smiles ► Power Pop >> 1985
Odeta Adams ------ Evolution ► Jazz-Pop Fusion >> 1993
Ani DiFranco ------ Out Of Range ► Folk-Rock >> 1994
The Aquabats ------ The Return Of The Aquabats ► Ska-Punk Revival >> 1996


Jul 27
Pink Floyd ------ More [Sndtrk] ► Prog Rock >> 1969
The Temptations ------ All Directions ► Soul - Motown >> 1972
Genesis ------ Genesis Live ► Prog Rock >> 1973
Sweet ------ Sweet ► Pop-Rock >> 1973
Grateful Dead ------ Terrapin Station ► Album Rock >> 1977
AC/DC ------ Highway To Hell ► Hard Rock >> 1979
Stevie Nicks ------ Bella Donna ► Pop-Rock >> 1981
Neil Young ------ Everybody's Rockin' ► Folk-Rock >> 1983
Madonna ------ Madonna ► Dance-Pop >> 1983
Metallica ------ Ride The Lightning ► Heavy Metal >> 1994
10,000 Maniacs ------ In My Tribe ► Folk-Rock >> 1987
The Bodeans ------ Home ► Roots Rock >> 1989
Sloan ------ Peppermint ► Alt Indie Rock >> 1992
Bachman-Turner Overdrive ------ All The Greatest Hits Live ► Album Rock >> 1993
The Smashing Pumpkins ------ Siamese Dream ► Hard Rock >> 1993
Dying Fetus ------ Killing On Adrenaline ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1998
At The Drive-In ------ Vaya ► Punk Rock >> 1999
38 Special ------ Drivetrain ► Southern Rock >> 2004
Pearl Jam ------ Live At Benaroya Hall ► Hard Rock >> 2004
Scissor Sisters ------ Scissor Sisters ► Dance-Techno Pop >> 2004
Bob Dylan ------ The Collection ► Folk-Rock >> 2009

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

 

This Week's Birthdays (July 20 - 26)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Jul 20
1933 ● Buddy Wayne Knox → Early rockabilly and "Tex-Mex" sound pioneer, wrote and performed "Party Doll" (#1, 1957), becoming the first artist to pen his own #1 hit in the rock 'n' roll era
1944 ● T.G. Sheppard (Billy Neal Browder) → Urban country crossover singer, "I've Loved 'Em Every One" (#37, Country #1, 1981)
1945 ● John Lodge → Bass and vocals for Brit prog rock then pop-rock The Moody Blues, "Nights In White Satin" (#2, 1967) and "Your Wildest Dreams" (#9, 1986)
1945 ● Kim Carnes → Throaty-voiced singer, Grammy-winning "Bette Davis Eyes" (#1, 1981), later country music songwriter
1946 ● Wendy Richard → One hit wonder pop singer, duet with Mike Sarne "Come Outside" (UK #1, 1962), longtime cast member of Brit TV soap opera Eastenders
1947 ● Carlos Santana → Guitarist, vocals, songwriter and frontman for Latin-rock Santana, "Black Magic Woman" (#4, 1970), solo, "Smooth" (#1, 1999), awarded eight Grammys for his Supernatural album (2000)
1947 ● Tony Thorpe → Lead guitar and vocals for glam rock/rock 'n roll revival The Rubettes, "Sugar Baby Love" (UK#1, US #37, 1974)
1952 ● Jay Jay French (John French Segall) → Founding member and guitarist for heavy metal Twisted Sister, "We're Not Gonna Take It" (#21, 1983), producer and manager for various rock and heavy metal bands, continues to lead and manage Twisted Sister's affairs into the 00s
1955 ● Jem Finer → Banjo for Irish folk-punk-rock The Pogues, "Tuesday Morning" (Rock #11, 1993)
1956 ● Paul Cook → Drummer for premier punk rockers the Sex Pistols, "God Save The Queen" (UK #2, 1977) and punk rock supergroup Greedy Bastards
1957 ● Merlina DeFranco → Vocals for teen bubblegum-pop The DeFranco Family, "Heartbeat-It's A Lovebeat" (#3, 1973)
1958 ● Michael McNeil → Keyboards for Scottish New Wave pop-rock Simple Minds, "(Don't You) Forget About Me" ($1, 1985)
1959 ● James Irvin → Vocals for Brit New Wave synth-pop Furniture, "Brilliant Mind" (UK #21, 1986)
1962 ● Dig Wayne (Timothy Wayne Ball) → Lead vocals for Brit dance-pop-rock Jo Boxers, "Boxer Beat" (UK #3, 1983)
1964 ● Chris Cornell → Vocals and guitar for seminal grunge-rock group Soundgarden, "Black Hole Sun" (Mainstream Rock #1,1994), Audioslave, "Be Yourself" (#32, Mainstream Rock #1, 2005) and solo
1966 ● Andrew Levy → Founding member, bassist, keyboards and songwriter for acid-jazz/funk The Brand New Heavies, "Sometimes" (UK #11, 1997)
1966 ● Stone Gossard → Founding member and rhythm guitarist for post-grunge/alt rock kings Pearl Jam, "Last Kiss" (#2, 1999), previously with grunge rock Green River and Mother Love Bone, solo
1969 ● Vitamin C (Colleen Ann Fitzpatrick) → Co-founder, frontwoman and vocalist for punk-pop Eve's Plum, "I Want It All" (Modern Rock #30, 1993), solo, "Smile" (#7, 1999), actress
1971 ● DJ Screw (Robert Earl Davis, Jr.) → Legendary Houston hip hop DJ who created the now-famous "chopped and screwed" mixing and DJ technique involving slowed down music, died of a prescription codeine overdose on 11/12/2000
1978 ● Elliott Yamin → One hit wonder R&B/pop-neo-soul singer, "Wait For You" (#13, 2007), fifth season American Idol finalist
1980 ● Mike Kennerty → Rhythm guitar and backing vocals for alt rock/power pop The All-American Rejects, "Swing, Swing" (Modern Rock #8, 2003)

Jul 21
1922 ● Kay Starr (Katherine LaVerne Starks) → 40s and 50s jazz singer who migrated to pop-rock during the 50s, "The Rock And Roll Waltz" (#1, 1956)
1942 ● Kim Vincent Fowley → Singer-songwriter, producer, disc jockey and band manager, including all-girl punk/hard rock The Runaways, "Cherry Bomb" (1976)
1945 ● Mike Wilsh (Wilshaw) → Bass, keyboards and backing vocals for early 60s Brit pop The Four Pennies, "Juliet" (UK #1, 1964), the most important British Invasion era act with no chart presence in the US
1946 ● Barry "Bean" Whitwam → Drummer for British Invasion pop-rock Herman's Hermits, "Mrs. Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter" (#1. 1965)
1948 ● Cat Stevens (nee Stephen Demitri Georgiou, now Yusuf Islam) → Singer, songwriter and guitarist, "Peace Train" (#7, 1971) and 10 other US Top 40 hits, converted to Muslim in 1977
1953 ● Eric Bazilian → Co-founder, guitarist and vocals for 80s MTV pop-rock The Hooters, "And We Danced" (#21, Mainstream Rock #3, 1985)
1955 ● Henry Priestman → Founding member, keyboards and vocals for Brit New Wave power pop The Yachts, "Suffice To Say" (1977), then blue-eyed soul sibling trio The Christians, "When Fingers Point" (Dance/Club #29, 1988) and alt rock It's Immaterial
1955 ● Howie Epstein → Bassist for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, "Free Fallin'" (#7, 1989), died of a drug overdose on 2/23/2003
1955 ● Taco (Ockerse) → Pop-rock one hit wonder singer, "Puttin' On The Ritz" (#4, 1983)
1961 ● Jim Martin → Guitarist for influential metal/funk/hip hop/punk fusion band Faith No More, "Epic" (#9, 1990)
1962 ● Lee Aaron (Karen Lynn Greening) → Award-winning Canadian pop, rock, jazz and singer/songwriter and guitarist with Broken Social Scene, "1 2 3 4" (UK #4, 2007), solo
1969 ● Emerson Hart → Founder, guitar and vocals for Grammy-nominated alt/roots rock Tonic, "If You Could Only See" (Mainstream Rock #1, 1997)
1974 ● Terry Caldwell → Vocalist and rapper for Brit teen dance-pop/hip hop boy band East 17, "Stay Another Day" (UK #1, 1994), plus over 15 other UK Top 40 hits
1981 ● Blake Lewis → Beatboxer and American Idol runner-up, "How Many Words" (Dance/Club #8, 2008)

Jul 22
1937 ● Chuck Jackson → R&B/pop-soul singer with doo wop The Del-Vikings, "Come Go With Me" (#4, 1957) and solo, "Any Day Now" (#23, R&B #2, 1962)
1940 ● Thomas Wayne (Perkins) → One hit wonder R&B/doo wop balladeer, "Tragedy" (#5, 1959), brother of Elvis Presley's guitarist, Luther Perkins, died in a Memphis car accident on 8/15/1971
1941 ● George Clinton → Principal architect and frontman of "P-Funk", the R&B/soul-funk sound of the interchangeable bands Parliament and Funkadelic, "One Nation Under A Groove" (#31, 1978)
1943 ● Bobby Sherman → 60s and 70s pop-rock teen idol singer, "Little Woman" (#3, 1969), regular on TV music variety show Shindig!, TV actor on sit com Here Come The Brides
1944 ● Estelle Bennett → Vocals for Phil Spector-produced pop girl group The Ronettes, "Be My Baby" (#2, 1963), died 2/11/2009
1944 ● Rick Davies → Keyboards and vocals for Brit prog-art-pop-rock Supertramp, "The Logical Song" (#6, 1979), solo
1947 ● Don Henley → Drummer, vocalist and songwriter, member of Linda Ronstadt's backing band, which became country rock/L.A. rock Eagles, "One Of These Nights" (#1, 1975), Grammy-winning solo career, "The Boys Of Summer" (#5, Mainstream Rock #1, 1984)
1949 ● Alan Menken → With songwriting team partner/lyricist Howard Ashman, Academy Award-winning and 8-time Oscar composer and producer for stage and screen, co-wrote "Under The Sea" from Disney's The Little Mermaid (1989), the title song to Beauty And The Beast (1991) and "Friend Like Me" from Aladdin (1992)
1956 ● Mick Pointer → Founding member and original drummer for Brit prog-rock revival group Marillion, "Kayleigh" (Mainstream Rock #14, 1985), left to form prog rock Arena
1957 ● Dennis Greaves → Guitar and lead vocals for Brit blues-rock/"mod revival" quartet Nine Below Zero, Don't Point Your Finger album reached #56 on the UK album chart
1961 ● Keith Sweat → R&B/soul-New Jack swing singer, "Nobody" (#3, 1996), radio DJ, producer
1963 ● Emily Saliers → Guitar and vocals in indie-folk-pop duo Indigo Girls, "Closer To Fine" (#52, Modern Rock #26, 1989)
1964 ● Will Calhoun → Drummer for prog-funk-metal Living Colour, "Cult Of Personality" (#13, 1988), sessions
1967 ● Pat Badger → Bassist for funk metal/hard rock Extreme, "More Than Words" (#1, 1991)
1971 ● Chris Helme → Vocals for Britpop/indie rock The Seahorses, "Love Is The Law" (UK #3, 1997)
1973 ● Daniel Jones → Vocals, keyboards and sequencer, one-half of Australian dance-pop duo Savage Garden, "Truly Madly Deeply" (#1, 1998), now producer for Aussie pop-rock acts
1973 ● Rufus Wainwright → Canadian-American folk-pop singer, songwriter and guitarist, Rolling Stone magazine's 1998 Best New Artist, son of folk musicians Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, brother of Martha Wainwright, album Release The Stars was US #23 in 2007

Jul 23
1935 ● Cleveland "Cleve" Duncan → Tenor singer for R&B/doo wop vocals The Penguins, "Earth Angel" (#8, 1954)
1942 ● Madeline Bell → R&B and pop-rock singer, "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" (#26, 1968), joined Brit pop-rock Blue Mink, "Melting Pot" (UK #3, 1970), also session backing vocals for Dusty Springfield, Elton John, Kiki Dee and others
1943 ● Tony Joe White → Country-pop singer and songwriter, "Pork Salad Annie" (#8, 1969), wrote "Rainy Night In Georgia", covered by Brook Benton (#4, 1970), Ray Charles, Hank Williams, Jr. and others
1944 ● Dino Danelli → Drums and vocals for blue-eyed soul The Rascals, "Groovin"" (#1, 1967), then pop-rock Bulldog, power pop Fotomaker, "Miles Away" (#63, 1978), Little Steven & The Disciples Of Soul and The New Rascals
1946 ● Andy Mackay → Saxophone and woodwinds for prog rock Roxy Music, "Love Is The Drug" (#30, 1976), sessions and teaching
1947 ● David Essex (David Albert Cook) → Pop-rock singer and songwriter, one hit wonder in the U.S., "Rock On" (#5, 1973), but with 19 UK Top 40 singles (including two #1s)
1948 ● John Hall → Guitarist, vocals and songwriter for pop-rock Orleans, "Still The One" (#5, 1976), sessions and touring, solo, "Power" (1979), now a member of the U.S. Congress (NY-D-19th)
1950 ● Blair Thornton → Guitarist for Canadian hard pop-rockers Bachman-Turner Overdrive, "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" (#1, 1974)
1952 ● Janis Siegel → Vocals for Grammy-winning jazz-pop fusion vocal group Manhattan Transfer, "Boy From New York City" (#7, 1981)
1954 ● Marisa DeFranco → Vocals for teen bubblegum-pop The DeFranco Family, "Heartbeat-It's A Lovebeat" (#3, 1973)
1961 ● Martin Gore → Keyboards for electro-dance/synth-pop Depeche Mode, "Enjoy The Silence" (#8, 1990)
1964 ● Tim Kellett → Keyboards and trumpet for Brit soul-pop Simply Red, "Holding Back The Years" (#1, 1986), then trip-hop/electronica trio Olive, "You're Not Alone" (Dance/Club #5, 1997)
1964 ● Nick Menza → Drummer for thrash-metal Megadeth, "Symphony Of Destruction" (Mainstream #29, 1992)
1965 ● Rob Dickinson → Vocals for Brit indie rock/shoegazing band Catherine Wheel, "Black Metallic" (Modern Rock #9, 1991)
1965 ● Slash (Saul Hudson) → Lead guitar for hard rock Guns N' Roses, "Sweet Child O' Mine" (#1, 1988), side project Slash's Snakepit caused him to leave the band for good in 1997, formed Velvet Revolver in 2002 with ex-GNR bandmates Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum, "Fall To Pieces" (Mainstream Rock #1, 2004)
1970 ● Sam Watters → Vocals for a cappella hip hop harmony group Color Me Badd, "I Wanna Sex You Up" (#2, 1991)
1971 ● Alison Krauss → Folk-bluegrass singer, songwriter and fiddler, "When You Say Nothing At All" (#53, Country #3, 1995), frontwoman for Union Station, winner of 1996 Rolling Stone's critic's choice Best Country Artist, Grammy-winning collaboration album with Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant, Raising Sand (#2, 2007)
1971 ● Chad Gracey → Drummer for alt rock Live, "Lightning Crashes" (Modern Rock #5, 1995), co-founded post-grunge The Gracious Few in 2009
1971 ● Dalvin DeGrate → Vocals in R&B/electro-dance "bad boy" quartet Jodeci, "Lately" (#4, 1993)
1973 ● Fran Healy → Guitar and vocals for Scottish trad rock Travis, "Why Does It Always Rain On Me" (#36, UK #10, 2000) plus 11 other UK Top 40 hits
1980 ● Steve Jocz → Drummer for Canadian indie punk-pop Sum 41, "We're All To Blame" (Mainstream Rock #36, 2004)
1980 ● Tenitra Michelle Williams → Vocals for R&B/dance-pop Destiny's Child, "Say My Name" (#1, 2000), solo , "The Greatest" (Dance/Club #1, 2008)

Jul 24
1941 ● Barbara Jean Love → Vocals for pop-rock vocal group The Friends Of Distinction, "Grazing In The Grass" (#3, 1969)
1942 ● Heinz Burt → Bassist for Brit instrumental rock 'n' roll The Tornados,"Telstar" (#1, 1962), the first major US hit by a British group, solo, died from complication of a neural disease on 4/7/2000
1944 ● Jim Armstrong → Guitarist for Northern Irish R&B/garage rock Them, Here Comes The Night" (#24, UK #2, 1965), since then in multiple Irish rock bands, including Truth, Light, The Belfast Blues Band and Jim Armstrong Band
1947 ● Alan Whitehead → Founding member and drummer for Scottish pop-rock The Marmalade, "Reflections Of My Life" (#10, 1970)
1947 ● Chris Townson → Drummer and founding member of Brit pop art/mod rock John's Children, "Desdemona" (1967), the band occasionally recognized as a punk and glam-rock precursor, died of cancer on 2/10/2008
1951 ● Lynval Golding → Rhythm guitar and vocals for ska revival/punk rock The Specials, "Ghost Town" (UK #1, 1981), left to co-found New Wave pop Fun Boy Three, "Really Saying Something" (Club #16, UK #5, 1982)
1953 ● Garry "Diaper Man" Shider → Guitarist, backing vocals, co-songwriter and musical director for R&B/soul-funk ("P-Funk") Parliament-Funkadelic, "One Nation Under A Groove" (#31, 1978) and the P-Funk All-Stars, solo and collaborations, died of cancer on 6/16/2010
1957 ● Larry Gott → Guitarist for Brit alt pop-rock James, "Sit Down" (UK #2, 1991) and "Laid" (#61, Modern Rock #3, 1994)
1958 ● Mick Karn (Anthony Michaelides) → Bassist and saxophone for Brit New Wave art-rock Japan, "Ghosts" (UK #5, 1982)
1961 ● Paul Geary → Drummer for funk metal/hard rock Extreme, "More Than Words" (#1, 1991), manager for Smashing Pumpkins, Godsmack, Creed and others
1969 ● Jennifer "J.Lo" Lopez → Dancer, TV and film actress (Selena, 1997), R&B/dance-pop singer, "If You Had My Love"( #1, 1999), record producer and fashion designer, #1 on People magazine's 2007 list of 100 Most Influential Hispanics
1986 ● Pete Reilly → Lead guitarist for Scottish retro-rock/ska punk The View, "Same Jeans" (UK #3, 2007)

Jul 25
1925 ● William "Benny" Benjamin → Session drummer in Motown house band The Funk Brothers, which provided nearly all instrumentation behind every Motown hit, died from a stroke on 4/20/1969
1941 ● Manuel "Manny" Charlton → Founding member and lead guitarist for Scottish hard rock Nazereth, "Love Hurts" (#8, 1976)
1942 ● Bruce Woodley → Guitar, vocals and songwriting for Aussie folk-sunshine pop The Seekers, "Georgy Girl" (#2, 1967), penned the unofficial national anthem "I Am Australian" (1987)
1943 ● Jim McCarty → Drummer and vocals for blues-rock The Yardbirds, "For Your Love" (#6, 1965), left and co-founded prog-folk-rock Renaissance in 1969, then played acoustic guitar for prog rock Illusion, solo albums and reformed Yardbirds
1943 ● Tom Dawes → Bass guitar and vocals for upbeat folk-pop The Cyrkle, "Red Rubber Ball" (#2, 1966), headed his own advertising agency and wrote jingles for 7Up, Coca-Cola and Alka-Seltzer ("Plop, Plop, Fizz, Fizz"), died on 10/13/2007 from complications of heart surgery
1946 ● José Chepitó Areas → Nicauraguan original member and percussionist for Latin-rock Santana, "Black Magic Woman" (#4, 1970)
1948 ● Steve Goodman → Grammy-winning folk and folk-pop singer, songwriter and guitarist, wrote "The City Of New Orleans" (covered by Arlo Guthrie, #18, 1972) and issued 12 solo albums, died of leukemia on 9/20/1984
1950 ● Mark Clarke → Journeyman bassist, sessions and/or touring with prog rock Colosseum, hard rock Uriah Heep, "Easy Livin'" (#39, 1972), Natural Gas, Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, Billy Squier, The (reformed) Monkees, Mountain, Ian Hunter and others
1951 ● Verdine White → Bass and vocals for R&B/soul-dance-pop Earth, Wind & Fire, "Shining Star" (#1, 1975)
1953 ● Gary Shaugnessy → Guitarist for Philly-style Brit R&B/soul Sweet Sensation, "Sad Sweet Dreamer" (US#14, UK#1, 1975)
1955 ● Randy Bewley → Co-founding member and guitarist for Athens, GA-based seminal post-punk college rock Pylon, "Gyrate" (Dance/Club #41, 1981), later in several other local bands and music teacher, died following a heart attack on 2/25/2009
1958 ● Thurston Moore → Guitar and vocals for alt rock/avant-garde Sonic Youth, "100%" (Modern Rock #4, 1992)
1973 ● Ladybug Mecca (Mary Ann Vieira) → Vocals and producer for hip hop rap-jazz fusion trio Digable Planets, "Reachin' (A New Refutation Of Time And Space)" (#15, R&B #5, 1993), solo

Jul 26
1937 ● Al Banks → Soaring falsetto lead vocals for Philly R&B/doo wop The Turbans, "When You Dance" (#33, R&B #3, 1955), joined the reconstituted Drifters in 1972, died 7/7/1977
1938 ● Bobby Hebb → R&B/soul-pop singer and songwriter, "Sunny" (#2, 1966), died of lung cancer on 8/3/2010
1940 ● Dobie Gray (Leonard Victor Ainsworth) → Versatile R&B/soul, country and pop singer, "Drift Away" (#5, 1973), disco "You Can Do It" (#37, 1979) and country "That's One To Grow On" (Country #35, 1986)
1941 ● Brenton Wood (Alfred Jesse Smith) → Two hit wonder R&B/soul-pop vocalist, "Gimme Little Sign" (#9, 1967) and "The Oogum Boogum Song" (#19, 1967)
1941 ● Darlene Love (Wright) → Lead vocals for Phil Spector girl group The Blossoms, backing for Sam Cooke, Dionne Warwick, The Beach Boys and many others, sang lead with The Blossoms on "He's A Rebel" (#1, 1962), which was credited to The Crystals, another Spector group
1941 ● Neil Landon (Patrick Cahill) → Vocals for pre-fab Brit psych-pop one hit wonder The Flower Pot Men, "Let's Go To San Francisco" (UK #1, 1967), then moved over to pre-fab pop White Plains, "My Baby Loves Lovin'" (#13, 1970)
1943 ● Michael Philip "Mick" Jagger → Frontman, lead singer and songwriter for megastar hard rock The Rolling Stones, "Brown Sugar" (#1, 1971), duet with David Bowie, "Dancing In The Street" (#7, 1985) and solo, "Don't Tear Me Up" (Mainstream Rock #1, 1993)
1949 ● Roger Meddows Taylor → Founding member, drummer, songwriter and vocals for camp rock/mock-opera/hard pop Queen, "Bohemian Rhapsody" (#9, 1976) and "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" (#1, 1980), wrote and sang "Radio Ga Ga" (#16, 1984), solo
1961 ● Andy Connell → Founder and keyboards for Brit sophisti-pop Swing Out Sister, "Breakout" (#6, 1987), previously played with post-punk The Immediates and New Wave funk A Certain Radio, producer
1961 ● Gary Cherone → Co-founder and lead vocals for hard rock Extreme, "More Than Words" (#1, 1991), joined hard rock Van Halen in 1996 as lead vocalist, "Humans Being" (Mainstream Rock #1, 1996), solo
1962 ● Miranda Joyce → Saxophone and vocals for Brit all female ska/pop-rock The Belle Stars, "Sign Of The Times" (UK #3, 1983) and "Iko Iko" (#14, 1989)
1963 ● Scott Francis Crago → Session drummer, worked with Eagles since 1994, plus appearances for Bryan Adams, Jackson Browne, Sheryl Crow, Chris Isaak, Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, Bob Seger, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder and others
1967 ● Headliner (Timothy Barnwell) → DJ and rapper for progressive funk-soul-blues hip hop Arrested Development, "Mr. Wendal" (#6, 1992)
1980 ● Dave "Brown Sound" Baksh → Guitarist for Canadian indie punk-pop Sum 41, "We're All To Blame" (Mainstream Rock #36, 2004), quit in 2006 to form his own band Brown Brigade
1984 ● Alexandra Parks → Winner of the BBC talent contest show Fame Academy in 2003, "Maybe That’s What It Takes" (UK #3, 2003) from the UK #5 album Introduction (2003)

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Monday, July 14, 2014

 

Albums Released This Week (July 14 - 20)

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):


Jul 14
The Bee Gees ------ Bee Gees' 1st [UK] ► Pop-Rock >> 1967
Supertramp ------ Supertramp ► Prog/Art Rock >> 1970
Billy Preston ------ A Whole New Thing ► Soul-Funk >> 1977
Bob Dylan ------ Knocked Out Loaded ► Folk-Rock >> 1986
Megadeth ------ Countdown To Extinction ► Heavy Metal >> 1992
Elliott Smith ------ Roman Candle ► Indie Rock/Lo-Fi >> 1994
Counting Crows ------ Across A Wire: Live In New York City ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1998
Ace Of Base ------ Flowers ► Euro-Dance Pop >> 1998
The Beastie Boys ------ Hello Nasty ► Rap >> 1998
The Tragically Hip ------ Phantom Power ► Folk-Rock >> 1998
The Church ------ Deep In The Shallows: The Classic Singles Collection ► Alt. Power Pop >> 2007


Jul 15
The Yardbirds ------ Roger The Engineer ► British Invasion >> 1966
Neil Diamond ------ Moods ► Pop-Rock >> 1972
Donnie Iris ------ Back On The Streets ► Pop-Rock >> 1980
America ------ A View From The Ground ► Folk-Rock >> 1982
Big Country ------ The Crossing ► New Wave/Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1983
The Damned ------ Phantasmagoria ► Goth Rock >> 1985
Lionel Richie ------ Dancing On The Ceiling ► Soul-Dance >> 1986
Spandau Ballet ------ Through The Barricades ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1986
Tonic ------ Lemon Parade ► Alt/Roots Rock >> 1996
The Samples ------ Outpost ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1996
The Dandy Warhols ------ …The Dandy Warhols Come Down ► Psych Rock >> 1997
Sarah McLachlan ------ Surfacing ► Folk-Rock >> 1997
Dwight Yoakam ------ Under The Covers ► Alt Country-Rock >> 1997
The Jellybricks ------ Goodnight To Everyone ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2008
John (Cougar) Mellencamp ------ Life, Death, Love And Freedom ► Roots Rock >> 2008


Jul 16
Gentle Giant ------ Acquiring The Taste [UK] ► Prog Rock >> 1971
Neil Young ------ On The Beach ► Folk-Rock >> 1974
Earth, Wind & Fire ------ I Am ► Soul-Funk >> 1979
Rick James ------ Garden Of Love ► Soul-Funk >> 1980
The Beach Boys ------ Rare Early Recordings ► Pop-Rock >> 1981
Warren Zevon ------ The Envoy ► Pop-Rock >> 1982
Curtis Mayfield ------ Take It To The Streets ► Soul/Funk >> 1990
Persuader ------ The Hunter ► Heavy Metal/Power Metal >> 2000
Dave Matthews Band ------ Busted Stuff ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2002
Simon & Garfunkel ------ Live From New York City, 1967 ► Folk-Pop >> 2002


Jul 17
The Temptations ------ With A Lot O' Soul ► Soul - Motown >> 1967
Bonzo Dog Band ------ The Beast Of The Bonzos ► Psychedelic Rock (Comedy) >> 1970
Judas Priest ------ Screaming For Vengeance ► Heavy Metal >> 1982
A-Ha ------ Minor Earth Major Sky ► New Wave/Synth-Pop >> 2000
Colbie Callat ------ Coco ► Alt Rock >> 2007
Soul Asylum ------ Delayed Reaction ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2012


Jul 18
Miles Davis ------ Sketches of Spain ► Improv Jazz >> 1960
The Byrds ------ Fifth Dimension ► Country-Rock >> 1966
Grateful Dead ------ Anthem Of The Sun ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1968
The Doors ------ The Soft Parade ► Psych Rock >> 1969
Al Green ------ Call Me ► Soul (Southern) >> 1973
Joy Division ------ Closer ► Post-Punk >> 1980
Echo & The Bunnymen ------ Crocodiles ► Post-Punk >> 1980
Willie Nelson ------ Honeysuckle Rose ► Classic Country >> 1980
Paul Young ------ No Parlez ► Pop-Rock >> 1983
Run-D.M.C. ------ Raising Hell ► Hip-Hop >> 1986
Vinnie Moore ------ Time Odyssey ► Instrumental Rock/Fusion >> 1988
At The Gates ------ Terminal Spirit Disease ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1994
The Ramones ------ ¡Adiós Amigos! ► Punk-Rock >> 1995
American Head Charge ------ Trepanation ► Heavy Metal/Nu Metal >> 1999
Soul-Junk ------ 1956 ► Alt Rap/Indie Hip Hop >> 2000
Big Moe ------ City Of Syrup ► Southern Rap >> 2000
The Casualities ------ Stay Out Of Order ► Punk Rock/Street Punk >> 2000
Oakenfold ------ Bunkka ► Electronic/Club-Dance >> 2002
The Human League ------ Live At The Dome ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 2005
Los Lonely Boys ------ Sacred ► Folk-Rock >> 2006


Jul 19
Manfred Mann ------ Pretty Flamingo ► Rock n Roll >> 1966
John Cale ------ The Academy In Peril ► Art Rock >> 1972
Elvis Presley ------ Moody Blue ► Adult Contemporary >> 1977
Mike Oldfield ------ Exposed ► Progressive Rock >> 1979
Donna Summer ------ Donna Summer ► Disco >> 1982
Alex Taylor ------ Voodoo In Me ► Pop-Rock >> 1989
Mother Love Bone ------ Apple ► Grunge Rock >> 1990
Carla Olson & Mick Taylor ------ Too Hot For Snakes ► Blues-Rock >> 1991
Deborah Harry ------ Debravation ► New Eave Dance-Pop >> 1993
Dave Edmunds ------ Plugged In ► Roots/Pub Rock >> 1994
The Rolling Stones ------ Voodoo Lounge ► Blues-Rock >> 1994
Limp Bizkit ------ Icon ► Rap-Metal >> 2011


Jul 20
The Beatles ------ Something New ► Pop-Rock >> 1964
Jefferson Airplane ------ Long John Silver ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1972
Carlos Santana & Mahavishnu John McLaughlin ------ Love Devotion Surrender ► Jazz Fusion >> 1973
Mott The Hoople ------ Mott ► Hard Rock >> 1973
Parliament ------ The Clones Of Dr. Funkenstein ► Funk >> 1976
REO Speedwagon ------ Nine Lives ► Arena Rock >> 1979
The Ramones ------ Pleasant Dreams ► Punk-Rock >> 1981
Graham Parker ------ Burning Questions ► Pub Rock >> 1992
Bachman-Turner Overdrive ------ The Anthology ► Album Rock >> 1993
The Rascals ------ The Very Best Oif The Rascals ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1993
Sparklehorse ------ Good Morning Spider ► Dream Pop >> 1998
Various Artists ------ Punk-O-Rama Vol. 5 ► Punk Rock >> 2000
Van Halen ------ The Best Of Both Worlds ► Hard Rock >> 2004
Phish ------ Live Phish Volume 04.02.98 ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 2005
Phish ------ Live Phish Volume 04.03.98 ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 2005
Phish ------ Live Phish Volume 04.04.98 ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 2005
Phish ------ Live Phish Volume 04.05.98 ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 2005
Paul Simon ------ Recorded As Jerry Landis ► Folk-Pop >> 2006

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

 

This Week's Birthdays (July 13 - 19)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Jul 13
1935 ● Pete Escovedo → Mexican-American jazz and fusion percussionist with Latin-rock Santana, "Black Magic Woman" (#4, 1970), solo and leader of Latin big band Azteca
1942 ● James Joseph "Roger" McGuinn → Twelve-string Rickenbacker jingle-jangle guitarist, songwriter, singer and founding member of seminal folk-country-rock The Byrds, "Mr. Tambourine Man" (#1, 1965), McGuinn-Clark & Hillman, "Don't You Write Her Off" (#33, 1979), solo
1942 ● Jay Uzzell → With brothers James and Moses and cousin George Wooten, vocals for R&B/doo wop The Corsairs, "Smoky Places" (#12, 1962)
1942 ● Mark "The Animal" Mendoza → Bassist for proto-punk The Dictators, joined heavy metal Twisted Sister in 1978, "We're Not Gonna Take It" (#21, 1983)
1942 ● Stephen Bladd → Drummer for boogie-blues-rock 'n roll bar band J. Geils Band, "Centerfold" (#1, 1982)
1942 ● Thomas R. "Tom" King → Founder, frontman, songwriter and lead guitarist for garage/horn rock The Outsiders, "Time Won't Let Me" (#5, 1966), producer and manager, died from heart failure on 4/23/2011
1954 ● Thelma Louise Mandrell → Country-pop bassist and singer, played in sister Barbara Mandrell's band, The D-Rights, then solo, "Save Me" (Country #5, 1985)
1958 ● Rafael "Danny" Gayol → Drummer for roots rock and adult pop BoDeans, "Closer To Free" (#16, 1993)
1961 ● Lawrence Donegan → Bassist for Scottish jangle-pop-rock The Bluebells, "Young At Heart" (UK #1, 1983), then Brit pop-rock Lloyd Cole & The Commotions, "Lost Weekend" (UK #17, 1985), author and golf journalist
1966 ● Gerald Levert → Vocals and frontman for R&B/smooth soul trio LeVert, "Taking Everything" (#11, 1999), son of O'Jays vocalist Eddie Levert, died of a heart attack on 11/10/2006
1969 ● Mark "Barney" Greenway → Extreme metal singer for punk/grindcore Napalm Death, Extreme Noise Terror and Benediction
1974 ● Deborah Cox → Canadian R&B singer/songwriter, "Nobody's Supposed to Be Here" (#2, 1998)

Jul 14
1912 ● Woodrow Wilson "Woody" Guthrie → Legendary and highly influential American music giant, folk singer and songwriter, "This Land Is Your Land" (1940) and hundreds of others, died from complications of Huntington's disease on 10/3/1967
1926 ● Lowman Pauling → Guitarist, singer and songwriter for gospel, jump blues and doo wop fusion quintet The "5" Royales, "Tears Of Joy" (R&B #9, 1957), co-wrote "Dedicated To The One I Love" (#81, 1961) which was covered by The Shirelles (#3, 1961) and The Mamas & The Papas (#2, 1967), also wrote or co-wrote hits for James Brown, Ray Charles and others, died on 12/26/1973 while at work as a janitor in a Brooklyn, NY synagogue
1938 ● Bob Scholl → Lead vocals for R&B/doo wop one hit wonder quintet The Mello-Kings, "Tonite, Tonite" (#77, 1957), died in a boating accident on 8/27/1975
1939 ● Vince Taylor (Brian Maurice Holden) → Early and flamboyant Brit rock 'n' roll singer with The Playboys and solo, career cut short by drug and alcohol abuse and erratic behavior, served as the inspiration for David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust character and the Golden Earring song "Just Like Vince Taylor," died from cancer on 8/28/1991
1945 ● Jim Gordon → Top session drummer in the 60s and 70s, co-wrote "Layla" (#10, 1972) with Eric Clapton, worked with The Byrds, The Everly Brothers, The Monkees, Steely Dan, Frank Zappa and others, diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic serving a prison sentence since 1984 for murdering his mother
1948 ● Tommy Mottola → CEO of Sony Music Entertainment and Columbia Records, mentored Hall & Oates, John (Cougar) Mellencamp, Diana Ross, Jessica Simpson and Jennifer Lopez, among others, ex-husband of dance-pop diva Mariah Carey
1952 ● Bob Casale, Jr. → Guitarist and keyboardist for quirky 80s pop-rock Devo, "Whip It" (#14, 1980), left in the mid-80s for a career in music and TV sound engineering and production, worked with Police guitarist Andy Summers and others, rejoined Devo bandmates in Mutato Muzika, died of heart failure on 2/17/2014
1952 ● Chris Cross (Christopher St. John) → Bass and synthesizer for New Wave electro-synth-pop pioneers Ultravox, "Vienna" (UK #2, 1980) and 15 other UK Top 40 singles
1965 ● Igor Khoroshev → Keyboardist replacing Rick Wakeman in archetypal, pioneer progressive rock band Yes, "Roundabout" (#13, 1971), solo
1966 ● Ellen Reid → Keyboards and backing vocals for Canadian alt pop-rock Crash Test Dummies, "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm" (#4, 1993)
1966 ● Tanya Donelly → Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and guitarist, co-founder of alt rock Throwing Muses, "Dizzy" (Modern Rock #8, 1989), guitar and vocals for alt rock The Breeders, "Cannonball" (#44, 1993) and alt pop-rock Belly, "Feed The Tree" (#1, Modern Rock, 1993), solo
1971 ● Nick McCabe → Lead guitar for neo-psych-pop The Verve, "Bittersweet Symphony" (#12, 1998), session work, now founder of The Black Ships
1975 ● Taboo (Jaime Luis Gómez ) → Rapper and singer with Black Eyed Peas, "Don't Phunk With My Heart" (#3, 2005)
1975 ● Tameka "Tiny" Cottle-Harris → Vocals for female R&B/dance-pop quartet Xscape, "Understanding" (#8, 1993)

Jul 15
1905 ● Dorothy Fields → Prolific, Oscar-winning stage and screen librettist/lyricist, wrote over 400 Broadway tunes, first woman elected to Songwriters Hall of Fame, long-time collaborator with Jimmy McHugh, died of a stroke on 3/28/1974
1939 ● Tommy Dee → With collaborator Carol Kay, wrote and performed the pop-rock tribute to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson, "Three Stars" (#11, 1959)
1944 ● Mildred "Millie" Jackson → R&B/soul singer "If Loving You Is Wrong I Don't Want To Be Right" (1975)
1945 ● Peter Lewis → Lead guitar for 60s San Francisco folk-roots-psych rock Moby Grape, "Omaha" (#88, 1967)
1946 ● Linda Ronstadt → Lead vocals for folk-pop Stone Poneys, "Different Drum" (#13, 1967), then prolific and multi-genre, Grammy-winning country-pop-rock solo career, "You're No Good" (#1, 1975), duet with Aaron Neville, "Don't Know Much" (#2, 1989) and 17 other Top 40 hits
1947 ● Ian McCredie → Guitarist for Scot bubblegum pop-rock Middle Of The Road, "Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep" (UK #1, 1971)
1947 ● Peter Banks (Peter William Brockbanks) → Original lead guitarist for prog rock pioneers Yes (1968-70), pushed out and co-founded prog-rock Flash, "Small Beginnings" (#29, 1972), solo
1948 ● Thomas Delmar "Artimus" Pyle → Drummer for raunchy Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd, "Sweet Home Alabama" (#8, 1974), solo and sessions
1949 ● Trevor Horn → Bassist, songwriter and co-founder of New Wave synth-pop The Buggles, "Video Killed The Radio Star" (#40, 1979), producer, lead vocals and bassist for Yes, then full producer for such diverse acts as Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Paul McCartney, Tom Jones, Rod Stewart, Tina Turner and others
1952 ● Jeff Carlisli → Founding member and guitarist for Southern arena rockers .38 Special, "Hold On Loosely" (Mainstream Rock #3, 1981)
1952 ● Johnny Thunders (John Genzale, Jr.) → Guitarist and vocals for influential glam-proto-punk New York Dolls, "Personality Crisis" (1973), solo, died of heroin overdose on 4/23/1991
1953 ● Alicia Bridges → One hit wonder disco diva, "I Love The Night Life (Disco 'Round)" (#5, 1978)
1956 ● Ian Curtis → Singer, lyricist, guitarist and often frontman for post-punk/synth-pop Joy Division, "Love Will Tear Us Apart" (Dance/Club #42, 1980), committed suicide on 5/18/1980
1956 ● Joe "Satch" Satriani → Guitar virtuoso, instructor and mentor, solo artist, brief bandmember of Mick Jagger's band (1988) and Deep Purple (1984), sessions, currently lead guitarist with blues-funk-rock supergroup Chickenfoot
1956 ● Marky Ramone (Marc Bell) → Drummer for seminal punk-rockers The Ramones, "Sheena Is A Punk Rocker" (#81, 1977)
1966 ● Jason John Bonham → Rock drummer and son of Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, performed with Zeppelin members individually and as a band on numerous occasions following his father death in 1980, toured and recorded with Paul Rodgers, UFO, Joe Bonamassa, Foreigner and others
1970 ● Chi Ling Dai Cheng → Bassist for Grammy-winning alt heavy metal Deftones, "Change (In The House Of Flies)" (Mainstream Rock #9, 2000)
1973 ● John Dolmayan → Drummer for Grammy-winning, Armenian-American hard rock/alt metal System Of A Down, "Aerials" (Mainstream Rock #1, 2002)
1977 ● Ray Toro → Lead guitar for 00s alt rock/emo band My Chemical Romance, "Welcome To The Black Parade" (#9, 2006)
1983 ● Buju Banton (Mark Anthony Myrie) → Jamaican dancehall reggae singer and Rastafarian, "Champion" (Dance #15, 1995)

Jul 16
1940 ● Tony Jackson → Bass and vocals for Merseybeat band The Searchers, "Needles And Pins" (#13, 1963), died 8/18/2003
1942 ● Desmond Dekker (Dacres) → Influential and first Jamaican ska/reggae star, singer and frontman for The Aces, "The Israelites" (#8, 1968), died of a heart attack on 5/25/2006
1944 ● Thomas Boggs → Drummer for short-lived blue-eyed soul The Box Tops, "The Letter" (#1, 1967), died of cancer on 5/5/2008
1949 ● Ray Major → Guitarist for early Brit glam-rockers Mott The Hoople, "All The Young Dudes" (#37, 1972), which became Mott in 1974 and British Lions in 1976
1952 ● Stewart Copeland → Drummer for Brit prog/avant garde rock Curved Air, "Back Street Luv" (UK #4, 1974), then co-founded post-punk New Wave pop-rock The Police, "Every Breath You Take" (#1, 1983), solo under the pseudonym Klark Kent, collaborations and session work, classical music and film score composer
1961 ● Mark McEntee → Founder, co-frontman and guitarist for Aussie power pop Divinyls, "I Touch Myself" (#4, 1991)
1964 ● Polly Hancock → Guitar and vocals for Brit indie-folk-pop Popinjays, "Vote Elvis" (Modern Rock #17, 1988)
1971 ● Edward Joel Kowalczyk → Lead vocals for alt rock Live, "Lightning Crashes" (Modern Rock #5, 1995), solo
1978 ● TJ (Tito Joseph Jackson) → With brothers Tariano Adaryll "Taj" and Taryll Adren Jackson, vocals in R&B/urban soul trio 3T, "Anything" (#15, 1995), sons of Tito and nephews of Michael Jackson

Jul 17
1928 ● Vince Guaraldi (Vincent Dellaglio) → Grammy-winning jazz pianist, bandleader and composer noted for penning the music and arrangements for the nearly all of the animated Peanuts television specials and films, including the signature "Linus & Lucy," died from an aortic aneurysm on 2/6/1976
1938 ● Stanley Bronstein → Founding member and saxophonist for jazz-psych-rock Elephant's Memory, "Mongoose" (Top 100, 1969), which became the backing band for John Lennon and Yoko Ono in the early 70s, worked with John Lennon on his 1972 album 'Some Time In New York City'
1942 ● Spencer Davis → Welsh guitarist and frontman for 60s British pop-rock The Spencer Davis Group, "Gimme Some Lovin'" (#7, 1966), producer
1945 ● Eric McCredie → Bassist for Scot bubblegum pop-rock Middle Of The Road, "Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep" (UK #1, 1971)
1947 ● Mick Tucker → Drummer and backing vocals for glam pop-rock Sweet, "Ballroom Blitz" (#5, 1973), died of leukemia on 2/14/2002
1947 ● Wolfgang Flür → Electronic percussion for German electro-rock pioneers Kraftwerk, "Autobahn" (#25, 1975)
1948 ● Ron Asheton → Guitarist for influential proto-punk The Stooges, "I Wanna Be Your Dog" (1969), #29 on Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, found dead in his home on 1/6/2009 having died of a heart attack a day or two earlier
1949 ● Mike Vale → Bassist for bubblegum-pop Tommy James & The Shondells, "Hanky Panky" (#1, 1966), later psych-pop, "Crimson And Clover" (#1, 1968)
1949 ● Terence "Geezer" Butler → Longtime bassist and lyricist for hard rock/gloom metal Black Sabbath, "Paranoid" (#61, 1970) and "Psycho Man" (Mainstream Rock #3, 1998), founding member of heavy metal supergroup Heaven & Hell in 2006
1950 ● Phoebe Snow (Phoebe Ann Laub) → Poet, songwriter and folk-pop-jazz singer, "Poetry Man" (#5, 1974), backing vocals and collaborations with multiple other artists, died on 4/26/2011 from complications of a brain hemorrhage
1952 ● Chet McCracken → Drummer for California soul-pop-rock The Doobie Brothers, "Listen To The Music" (#11, 1972)
1952 ● Nicolette Larson → Country-rock backing vocalist and country-pop solo artist, "Lotta Love" (#8, 1979), died on 12/16/1997 from cerebral edema and liver failure
1957 ● Bruce Crump → Drummer for Southern rock power-guitar band Molly Hatchet, "Flirtin' With Disaster" (#42, 1979), then Gator Country
1963 ● Regina Belle → R&B-jazz-gospel singer/songwriter, Grammy-winning duet with Peabo Bryson, "A Whole New World" (#1, 1993)
1966 ● Lou Barlow → Bassist for influential indie/cult rock Dinosaur Jr., "Start Choppin'" (Modern Rock #3, 1993)
1967 ● Stokely Williams → Lead singer and drummer for new jack swing R&B/soul-pop sextet Mint Condition, "What Kind Of Man Would I Be?" (#17, 1996)
1970 ● Mandy Smith → Dance-pop singer, model, ex-wife of Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman whom she started dating in 1983 at age 13 (he was then 47) and married in 1989, divorced 1992, Wyman's son dated Mandy's mother.
1971 ● DJ Minute Mix (Jarrett Cordes) → Innovative brother hip hop, smooth soul, urban R&B and prog rap duo P.M. Dawn, "Set Adrift On Memory Bliss" (#3, Dance/Club #6, 1991), stepson of George Brown, founding member of soul/funk Kool & The Gang
1982 ● Natasha Hamilton → Vocals for Brit dance-pop vocal trio Atomic Kitten, "Whole Again" (UK #1, 2000)
1985 ● Tom Fletcher → Guitar and vocals for Brit pop-rock boy band McFly, "All About You" (UK #1, 2005)

Jul 18
1909 ● Ivory "Deek" Watson → Founding member, tenor vocals, trumpet and guitar for pioneering black R&B/doo wop group The Ink Spots, "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" (#2, R&B #1, 1943), continued with various incarnations of the group through the 50s, died on 11/4/1969
1924 ● Earl Beal → Vocals for one hit wonder R&B/doo wop vocal quartet The Silhouettes, "Get A Job" (#1, 1958)
1929 ● Jelacy "Screamin' Jay" Hawkins → Outrageously flamboyant early rock 'n' roll singer, pianist and stage performer, "I Put A Spell On You" (1956), died on 2/12/2000 following surgery for an aneurysm
1931 ● Thomas Sylvester "Papa Dee" Allen → Percussion and vocals for laid-back R&B/soul-funk War, "Spill The Wine" (#3, 1970), died from a heart attack during a performance on 8/30/1988
1935 ● Johnny Funches → First tenor and lead vocals for R&B/doo wop, soul-funk and disco The Dells, "Stay In My Corner" (#10, R&B #1, 1968), died 1/23/1998
1938 ● Ian Stewart → Founding member and first keyboardist for The Rolling Stones, dismissed from the band in 1963 but continued as road manager and session pianist, died of a heart attack in his doctor's waiting room on 12/12/1985
1939 ● Brian Auger → Underappreciated jazz-rock keyboardist, composer and bandleader The Trinity, Oblivion Express, solo
1939 ● Dion DiMucci → Doo wop, pop and rock 'n' roll vocalist, songwriter and bandleader, Dion & The Belmonts, solo, "Runaround Sue" (#1, 1961) and 19 other Top 40 in the 60s
1941 ● Lonnie Mack (McIntosh) → Pioneering blues-rock guitarist and vocalist, early user of the tremolo arm ("whammy bar") on electric guitars, "Wham!" (#24, 1963), sessions
1941 ● Martha Reeves → Vocals and frontwoman for Motown R&B/pop girl group Martha & The Vandellas, "(Love Is Like A) Heat Wave" (#4, 1963), solo, Detroit city councilwoman
1943 ● Robin MacDonald → Guitarist for British Invasion pop-rock Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas, "Little Children" (#7, 1964)
1945 ● Danny McCullock → Guitarist for British Invasion hard/blues-rock The Animals, "House Of The Rising Sun" (#1, 1964)
1946 ● Tim Lynch → Guitar, harmonica and vocals for eclectic rock 'n' roll/proto-punk cult band The Flamin' Groovies, album Shake Some Action reached #142 on the Billboard 200 chart
1948 ● Cesar Zuiderwijk → Drummer for Dutch hard rock Golden Earring, "Radar Love" (#13, 1974), over 40 hits and 30 gold and platinum albums in the Netherlands
1948 ● Phil Harris → Guitar and vocals for Brit pub rock/blue-eyed soul Ace, "How Long" (#3, 1975)
1949 ● Craig Fuller → Singer/songwriter, guitarist and co-founding member of country-rock Pure Prairie League, "Amie" (#27, 1973), left to serve a six month jail sentence for draft evasion, formed California light country-rock American Flyer ("Let Me Down Easy," #80, 1976) in the late 70s with Eric Kaz from Blues Magoos and Steve Katz from Blood, Sweat & Tears, joined Little Feat ("Let It Roll," Rock #3, 1988) in 1987 and reformed PPL in 1996, continues to perform with variations of both bands
1949 ● Wally Bryson → Guitarist for Cleveland garage rock quartet The Choir"It's Cold Outside" (#68, 1967), then co-founded power pop The Raspberries, "Go All The Way" (#5, 1972) and power pop Fotomaker, "Miles Away" (#63, 1978)
1950 ● Glenn Hughes → Biker character in campy concept disco group The Village People, "Y.M.C.A." (#2, 1979), died of lung cancer on 3/4/2001
1950 ● Sir Richard Branson → Business magnate, founder and CEO of Virgin Group, which includes the Virgin Records label, Virgin Megastores and Virgin Atlantic Airways
1954 ● Richard Lee "Ricky" Scaggs → Country-bluegrass megastar singer, songwriter and guitarist, "Highway 40 Blues" (Country #1, 1983), eleven time Grammy winner and 1982 Country Music Association singer of the year
1955 ● Terry Chambers → Co-founder and drummer for quirky New Wave synth-pop XTC, "Making Plans For Nigel" (UK #17, 1979) and side project for the band under the pseudonym The Dukes Of Stratosphear
1957 ● Julian Keith Levene → Roadie for prog rock Yes, then guitarist for an early lineup of influential and acclaimed punk-ska-dance-rock The Clash, "Rock The Casbah" (#8, 1982) and later lead guitar and songwriter for post-punk Public Image Ltd., "This Is Not A Love Song" (UK #5, 1983)
1958 ● Nigel Twist → Drummer for post-punk anthem rockers The Alarm, "Sold Me Down The River" (Mainstream #2, 1989)
1962 ● Jack Irons → Journeyman drummer for funk-rock Red Hot Chili Peppers, "Californication" (Modern Rock #1, 2000), hard rock Eleven, "Reach Out" (Mainstream Rock #40, 1994) and post-grunge/alt rock kings Pearl Jam, "Last Kiss" (#2, 1999), sessions and tours for Neil Young, Joe Strummer and others
1975 ● Daron Malakian → Guitarist for Grammy-winning, Armenian-American hard rock/alt metal System Of A Down, "Aerials" (Mainstream Rock #1, 2002)
1978 ● Tony Fagenson → Drummer for teen punk-pop trio Eve 6, "Inside Out" (#28, Mainstream Rock #5, 1998)
1982 ● Ryan Cabrera → Acoustic pop-rock guitarist and songwriter, "On The Way Down" (#15, 2004)

Jul 19
1926 ● Sue Thompson (Eva Sue McKee) → Youthful-voiced, teen-audience novelty pop singer, "Sad Movies (Make Me Cry)" (#5, 1961), then mature country-pop duet and solo artist, "Big Mable Murphy" (Country #50, 1975)
1937 ● George Hamilton IV → Teen idol pop singer, A Rose And A Baby Ruth" (#6, 1956), then pop-country-folk, "Abilene" (#15, Country #1, 1963) and 21 other Country Top 40 hits
1941 ● Vikki Carr (Florencia Cardona) → Pop vocalist, "It Must Be Him" (#3, 1966), then successful Latin-pop singer, including Grammy-winning album Cosas Del Amor (1991)
1944 ● Commander Cody (George Frayne IV) → Vocals, keyboards and frontman for country-rock/boogie/swing bar band Commander Cody And His Lost Planet Airmen, "Hot Rod Lincoln" (#9, 1972)
1946 ● Alan Gorrie → Base and vocals for Scottish blue-eyed soul Average White Band, "Pick Up The Pieces" (#1, 1974)
1947 ● Bernie Leadon → Guitar, banjo, mandolin and vocals for country rock Flying Burrito Brothers and Linda Ronstadt's backing band, which became country rock/L.A. rock Eagles, "One Of These Nights" (#1, 1975), quit in 1976 to pursue a solo career
1947 ● Brian May → Founding member and guitarist for camp rock/mock-opera/hard pop Queen, "Bohemian Rhapsody" (#9, 1976) and "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" (#1, 1980), solo, "Driven By You" (Mainstream Rock #9, 1993), film score composer and astronomy author, #39 on Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time
1948 ● Keith Godchaux → Keyboards and backing vocals for rock's longest, strangest trip Grateful Dead, "Sugar Magnolia" (#91, 1973), duo with wife Donna, died following a car crash on 7/23/1980
1952 ● Allen Collins → Guitarist and founding member of raunchy Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd, "Sweet Home Alabama" (#8, 1974), survived the October 20, 1977 plane crash that killed several bandmembers and crew, then co-founded Rossington-Collins Band, "Welcome Me Home" (Mainstream Rock #9, 1988), paralyzed from the waist down after a car accident in 1986 that killed his girlfriend, died from pneumonia on 1/23/1990
1960 ● Kevin Haskins (Dompe) → Drummer for seminal goth-rock Bauhaus, "Bela Lugosi's Dead" (1979) and goth-pop Love And Rockets, "So Alive" (#3, 1989)
1968 ● Ged Lynch → Drummer for dance-pop Black Grape, "In The Name Of The Father" (UK #8, 1995)
1971 ● Urs Bühler → Tenor for pre-fab Euro-pop vocal quartet Il Divo, "Unbreak My Heart" (Adult Contemporary #33, 2005)
1976 ● Eric Prydz → Swedish DJ and dance-pop producer using a variety of project names, including Pryda, Sheridan, Dirty Funker and Moo, "Call on Me" (Dance/Club #29, 2004)
1979 ● Michelle Heaton → Singer for teen dance-pop Liberty X, "Just A Little" (UK #1, 2002)

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Monday, July 7, 2014

 

Albums Released This Week (July 7 - 13)

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):


Jul 07
Jimmy Cliff ------ The Harder They Come [Sndtrk] ► Pop-Reggae >> 1972
Barry Manilow ------ Barry Manilow I ► AM Pop >> 1973
Elvis Presley ------ Elvis: As Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis ► Adult Contemporary >> 1974
Yes ------ Going For The One ► Prog Rock >> 1977
Styx ------ The Grand Illusion ► Prog/Art Rock >> 1977
David Sylvian ------ Brilliant Trees ► Ambient >> 1984
Steve Winwood ------ Back In The High Life ► Album Rock >> 1986
David Lee Roth ------ Eat 'Em And Smile ► Hard Rock >> 1986
k. d. lang ------ Angel With A Lariat ► Alt Country Rock >> 1987
Dwight Yoakam ------ Hillbilly Deluxe ► Alt Country-Rock >> 1987
Hoodoo Gurus ------ Mars Needs Guitars ► Alt. Power Pop >> 1987
Eric B. and Rakim ------ Paid in Full ► Hardcore Rap >> 1987
Laura Branigan ------ Touch ► Dance-Pop >> 1987
Frank Zappa ------ Beat The Boots ► Art Rock >> 1991
Robert Fripp ------ Show Of Hands ► Art Rock >> 1991
Dream Theater ------ Images And Words ► Heavy Metal/Progressive >> 1992
Against All Authority ------ Against All Authority ► Ska-Punk >> 1997
Dropkick Murphys ------ Boys On The Docks ► Punk Rock >> 1997
Barenaked Ladies ------ Stunt ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1998
Jeff Beck ------ Live At B.B. King's Blues Club & Grill ► Instrumental Rock >> 2006


Jul 08
Duster Bennett ------ Smiling Like I'm Happy ► Blues-Rock >> 1968
Canned Heat ------ Halleujah ► Folk-Rock >> 1969
Ministry ------ Twitch ► Industrial Metal >> 1986
Pete Townshend ------ Another Scoop ► Prog Rock >> 1987
Zard ------ Today Is Another Day ► Pop-Rock >> 1996
Emperor ------ Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk ► Heavy Metal/Black Metal >> 1997
The Call ------ The Best Of The Call ► New Wave Alt. Pop >> 1997
Midnight Oil ------ The Real Thing ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2000
David Lee Roth ------ Diamond Dave ► Hard Rock >> 2003


Jul 09
Wham! ------ Fantastic ► Pop-Rock >> 1983
Elton John ------ Breaking Hearts ► Pop-Rock >> 1984
Public Image Ltd. ------ This Is What You Want…This Is What You Get [UK] ► Post-Punk >> 1984
Meat Puppets ------ Forbidden Places ► Alt. Rock >> 1991
The Samples ------ Underwater People ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1992
REO Speedwagon ------ Building The Bridge ► Arena Rock >> 1996
I Mother Earth ------ Scenery And Fish ► Alt. Rock >> 1996
Counting Crows ------ Hard Candy ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2002


Jul 10
The Beatles ------ A Hard Day's Night [UK] ► Pop-Rock >> 1964
The Shadows ------ Jigsaw ► Instrumental Rock 'N' Roll >> 1967
Otis Redding ------ Live In Europe ► Memphis Soul >> 1967
Tim Buckley ------ Happy Sad ► Folk-Rock >> 1969
Chicago ------ Chicago V ► Jazz-Rock >> 1972
Nilsson ------ Son Of Schmilsson ► Folk-Rock >> 1972
Parliament ------ Up For The Down Stroke ► Funk >> 1974
The Kinks ------ Low Budget ► British Rock >> 1979
The Korgis ------ Sticky George ► Pop-Rock >> 1981
Tina Turner ------ Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome [Sndtrk] ► Pop-Rock >> 1985
N.R.B.Q. ------ Honest Dollar ► Roots Rock >> 1992
Zard ------ Yureru Omoi ► Pop-Rock >> 1993
Melissa Etheridge ------ Skin ► Roots Rock >> 2001
Coldplay ------ Parachutes ► Alt. Rock/Brit Pop >> 2000
Stephen Stills ------ Just Roll Tape: April 26th, 1968 ► Folk-Rock >> 2007


Jul 11
King Curtis ------ Party Time ► Jazz-Soul >> 1961
The Doors ------ Waiting For The Sun ► Psych Rock >> 1968
Fleetwood Mac ------ Fleetwood Mac ► Pop-Rock >> 1975
Village People ------ Village People ► Disco >> 1977
Ultravox ------ Vienna ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1980
Shalamar ------ The Look ► Disco >> 1983
Joy Division ------ Substance ► Post-Punk >> 1988
Gloria Estefan ------ Cuts Both Ways ► Latin Pop >> 1989
Kyuss ------ …And The Circus Leaves Town ► Heavy Metal/Stoner Rock >> 1995
Shaggy ------ Bombastic ► Dancehall Reggae >> 1995
The Sneetches ------ Obscureyears ► Alt. Power Pop >> 1999
Mötley Crüe ------ New Tattoo ► Heavy Metal >> 2000
The Anti-Nowhere League ------ Out Of Control ► Punk Rock >> 2000
Kansas ------ Somewhere To Elsewhere ► Arena Rock >> 2000
Everclear ------ Songs From An American Movie, Vol. 1: Learning How To Smile ► Grunge-Punk >> 2000
Phish ------ Live In Brooklyn ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 2006
Soul Asylum ------ The Silver Lining ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2006


Jul 12
The Shadows ------ The Sound Of The Shadows ► Instrumental Rock 'N' Roll >> 1965
Kenny Loggins ------ Nightwatch ► Pop-Rock >> 1978
Eurythmics ------ Revenge ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1986
Bananarama ------ True Confessions ► New Wave Dance-Pop >> 1986
Marilyn Manson ------ Portrait Of An American Family ► Heavy Metal/Alt Metal >> 1994
Amorphis ------ Tales From The Thousand Lakes ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1994
Witness ------ Before The Calm ► Electronic/Lo-Fi >> 1999
Incubus ------ If Not, When? ► Funk Metal >> 2011


Jul 13
The Beach Boys ------ All Summer Long ► Sunshine Pop >> 1964
Grateful Dead ------ History Of The Grateful Dead, Vol. 1 (Bear's Choice) ► Country-Rock >> 1973
Bob Dylan ------ Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid ► Folk-Rock >> 1973
Killing Joke ------ Fire Dances ► Heavy Metal/Post-Punk >> 1983
Dio ------ The Last In Line ► Heavy Metal >> 1984
Ian Gillan ------ Naked Thunder ► Hard Rock >> 1990
George Harrison ------ Live In Japan ► Pop-Rock >> 1992
Matthew Sweet ------ Altered Beast ► Power Pop >> 1993
Toni Braxton ------ Toni Braxton ► Soul-Pop >> 1993
Gang Starr ------ Full Clip: A Decade Of Gang Starr ► East Coast Rap >> 1999
Jimmy Buffett ------ License To Chill ► Country-Rock >> 2004
Korn ------ Korn III: Remember Who You Are ► Post-Grunge/Nu Metal >> 2010
The Innocence Mission ------ My Room In The Trees ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 2010
Sting ------ Symphonicities ► Pop-Rock >> 2010

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