Sunday, October 24, 2010

 

This Week's Birthdays (October 24 - 30)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Oct 24
1911 ● Sonny Terry (Saunders Terrell) → Blues and folk harmonica player, session man for Guthrie, Seeger and others, Broadway actor
1930 ● The Big Bopper (Jiles Perry "J.P." Richardson, Jr.) → Early rock 'n roll star, "Chantily Lace" (#6, 1958), died with in plane crash with Buddy Holly
1936 ● Bill Wyman (William George Perks) → Rolling Stones, Willie And The Poor Boys, Rhythm Kings, solo
1937 ● Santo Farina → Santo & Johnny, pop-rock guitar instrumental "Sleepwalk" (#1, 1959)
1944 ● Bettye Swann (Betty Jean Champion) → R&B/Southern soul vocals, "Make Me Yours" (R&B #1, 1967)
1944 ● Ted Templeman → Folk-sunshine-pop Harper's Bizarre, "Feelin' Groovy" (#13, 1967), then record producer for Doobie Brothers, Van Halen and others
1946 ● Jerry Edmonton (Gerald McCrohan) → Canadian-American hard rock, proto-metal Steppenwolf, "Born To Be Wild" (#2, 1968)
1946 ● Robby Van Leeuwen → Dutch pop-rock one hitter Shocking Blue, "Venus" (#1, 1970)
1947 ● Robert Edgar Broughton → Brit blues then prog-rock Edgar Broughton Band, "Apache Dropout" (UK #33, 1970)
1948 ● Barry Ryan → Singer with twin brother, Paul & Barry Ryan, "Don't Bring Me Your Heartaches" (1965), solo
1948 ● Dale "Buffin" Griffin → Hard rock, proto-punk Mott The Hoople, "All The Young Dudes" (#37, 1972), producer
1948 ● Paul Ryan → Singer with twin brother, Paul & Barry Ryan, "Don't Bring Me Your Heartaches" (1965), songwriter and producer
1962 ● Debbie Googe → Art-prog-rock, "shoe-gazing" pioneers My Bloody Valentine, "Only Shallow" (Modern Rock #27, 1992)
1979 ● Ben Gillies → Aussie alt-grunge-rock Silverchair, "Tomorrow" (Modern Rock #1, 1994)
1980 ● Monica (Arnold) → R&B/urban contemporary vocals, "Before You Walk Out Of My Life" (R&B #1, 1995)
1983 ● Adrienne Bailon → R&B/dance-teen-pop 3LW (aka 3 Little Women), "No More (Baby I'ma Do Right)" (#23, 2001)
1986 ● Drake (Aubrey Drake Graham) → Canadian R&B/hip-hop vocalist, "Best I Ever Had" (R&B #1, 2009)

Oct 25
1941 ● Helen Reddy → Aussie pop singer and actress, "I Am Woman" (#1, 1971)
1944 ● Jon Anderson (John Ray) → Archetypal, pioneer progressive rock band Yes, "Roundabout" (#13, 1971), solo
1944 ● Taffy Nivert Danoff → Light pop-rock Starland Vocal Band, "Afternoon Delight" (#1, 1976)
1946 ● John Hall → Brit reggae-pop The Equals, "Baby Come Back" (#32, 1968)
1948 ● Glenn Tipton → Influential "New Wave" heavy metal band Judas Priest, "Breaking The Law" (1980)
1950 ● Chris Norman → Pop-rock Smokie, "Living Next Door To Alice" (#25, 1977)
1951 ● Richard Lloyd → Early and influential punk-rock Television, "Marquee Moon" (1977)
1956 ● Matthias Jabs → German hard rock/metal Scorpions, "Rock You Like A Hurricane" (#25, 1984)
1957 ● Robbie McIntoshPretenders, Wings, sessions, solo
1960 ● Christina Amphlett → Aussie power pop Divinyls, "I Touch Myself" (#4, 1991)
1961 ● Pat Sharp (Patrick Sharpin) → Radio DJ (BBC Radio 1, Capital FM, Radio Mercury), TV host
1962 ● Chad Smith → Funk-rock Red Hot Chili Peppers, "Californication" (Modern Rock #1, 2000)
1963 ● John Leven → Swedish hard rock/glam-metal Europe, "The Final Countdown" (#8, 1986)
1965 ● Nick Thorpe → Brit teen-pop blue-eyed soul Curiosity Killed The Cat, "Down To Earth" (UK #3, 1986)
1968 ● Speech (Todd Thomas) → Progressive rap, funk-soul-blues-hip-hop Arrested Development, "Mr. Wendal" (#6, 1992)
1970 ● Lloyd Edward "Ed" Robertson → Canadian alt-rock Barenaked Ladies, "One Week" (#1, 1998)
1981 ● Jerome Isaac "Romeo" then "Young Rome" Jones → Rapper, singer, actor, Immature/Imx, "Never Lie" (#5, 1994)
1984 ● Katy Perry (Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson) → Contemporary dance-club/pop-rock, "I Kissed A Girl" (#1, 2008)
1985 ● Ciara Princess Harris → R&B/pop-soul vocals, "Goodies" (#1, 2004)

Oct 26
1911 ● Mahalia Jackson → Influential Gospel and blues great
1929 ● Neal Matthews → Country-pop backing vocal group The Jordanaires (Presley, Tom Jones, Merle Haggard, others)
1944 ● Michael Piano → Light folk sunshine-pop The Sandpipers, "Come Saturday Morning" (#17, 1970)
1946 ● Keith Hopwood → British Invasion pop-rock Herman's Hermits, "Mrs. Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter" (#1. 1965)
1951 ● Maggie Roche → Singer/songwriter, female folk-pop vocal trio The Roches, backed Paul Simon
1951 ● William "Bootsy" Collins → R&B/funk bassist, James Brown band, Parliament, Funkadelic, Bootsy's Rubber Band
1952 ● David Was (David Weiss) → Dance-pop Was (Not Was), "Walk The Dinosaur" (#7, 1989)
1953 ● Keith Strickland → New wave alt-dance-rock The B-52s, "Love Shack" (#3, 1989)
1962 ● Steve Wren → New Wave synth-pop-soul Then Jerico, "The Motive" (UK #18, 1987)
1963 ● Natalie Merchant → Folk-rock singer/songwriter for 10,000 Maniacs, "These Are Days" (Alt-Rock #1, 1992)
1967 ● Keith Urban → Aussie country-pop guitarist/songwriter, "But For The Grace Of God" (#37, 2001)
1978 ● Mark Barry → Teen pop-rock BBMak, "Back Here" (#8, 2000)

Oct 27
1942 ● Melvin Lee Greenwood → Country-pop singer/songwriter, "God Bless The USA" (#16, 2001)
1948 ● Byron Allred → Blues-rock then pop-rock Steve Miller Band, "The Joker" (#1, 1973)
1949 ● Gary TallentE Street Band bassist, producer, sessions, record company
1951 ● Kenneth "K.K." Downing, Jr. → Influential "New Wave" heavy metal band Judas Priest, "Breaking The Law" (1980)
1953 ● Peter Dodd → New Wave synth-pop Thompson Twins, "Hold Me Now" (#3, 1983)
1956 ● Hazell Dean Poole → Brit dance-pop singer, "Searchin' (I Gotta Find A Man)" (Dance #8, 1983)
1958 ● Simon LeBon → New Wave pop-rock Duran Duran, "Hungry Like The Wolf" (#3, 1982)
1967 ● Scott Weiland → Alt hard rock Stone Temple Pilots, "Interstate Love Song" (#18, 1994)
1984 ● Kelly Osbourne → Singer, actress, fashion designer, socialite, daughter of Ozzy

Oct 28
1927 ● Cleo Laine (Clementine Dinah Campbell) → Jazz-pop vocals, Johnny Dankworth Big Band, solo, duets with Ray Charles
1936 ● Charlie Daniels → Country-rock legend, bandleader, guitar/fiddle, "The Devil Went Down To Georgia" (#3, 1979)
1937 ● Graham Bond → Early and important Brit blues-rock saxman, Blues Incorporated, Graham Bond Organization
1941 ● Curtis Lee → Early pop-rock 'n roller, "Pretty Little Angel Eyes" (#7, 1961)
1941 ● Hank Marvin (Brian Robson Rankin) → Instrumental pop-rock The Shadows, "Apache" (Worldwide #1, 1960)
1942 ● Raymond Steinberg → Blue-eyed soul/doo wop the Reflections, "(Just Like) Romeo And Juliet" (1964)
1945 ● Wayne Fontana (Glyn Geoffrey Ellis) → Frontman for British Invasion pop-rock band The Mindbenders, then solo, "Pamela Pamela" (UK #11, 1967)
1947 ● George Glover → Brit blues-rock Climax Blues Band, "Couldn't Get It Right" (#3, 1977)
1948 ● Telma Louise Hopkins → TV actress, former light-pop vocals Tony Orlando & Dawn, "Knock Three Times" (#1, 1971)
1957 ● Stephen Morris → Post-punk Joy Division, then New Wave synth-dance-pop New Order, "Blue Monday" (Dance #5, 1983)
1958 ● William Reid → Scottish alt-pop-rock Jesus And Mary Chain, "Sometimes Always" (Modern Rock #4, 1994)
1959 ● Neville Henry → New Wave pop-rock Blow Monkeys, "Digging Your Scene" (#14, 1986)
1961 ● Steven Randall "Randy" Jackson → R&B/pop-soul The Jackson 5, "I Want You Back" (#1, 1970)
1965 ● Peter Timmins → Canadian alt-art-country-blues-rock Cowboy Junkies, "Sweet Jane" (Modern Rock #5, 1989)
1970 ● Douglas "SA" Vincent Martinez → Alt-rock reggae-rap-metal 311, "All Mixed Up" (Modern Rock #4, 1996)
1970 ● Toby Smith → Brit acid jazz-funk-pop Jamiroquai, "Canned Heat" (Dance #1, 1999)

Oct 29
1944 ● Denny Laine (Brian F. A. Hines) → The Moody Blues, Wings, solo
1945 ● Melba Moore (Beatrice Melba Smith) → Actress, R&B/soul-disco singer, "Love's Comin' At Ya" (Dance #2, 1982)
1946 ● Peter Green (Greenbaum) → Blues-rock guitarist, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers (replaced Clapton), founded Fleetwood Mac
1948 ● Ricky Lee "Ricochet" Reynolds → Southern raunch-rock Black Oak Arkansas, "Jim Dandy To The Rescue" (Top 30, 1973)
1951 ● David Paton → Soft pop-rock Pilot, "Magic" (#1, 1974)
1954 ● Stephen Luscombe → New Wave synth-pop Blancmange, "Don't Tell Me" (UK #8, 1984)
1955 ● Kevin Dubrow → Heavy metal/pop-metal Quiet Riot, "Bang Your Head (Metal Health)" (#31, 1983)
1955 ● Roger O'Donnell → Post-punk art-glam-goth rock The Cure, "Friday I'm In Love" (Modern Rock #1, 1992)
1962 ● Einar Orn Benediktsson → Icelandic alt pop-rock The Sugarcubes, "Hit" (ModRock #1, 1991)

Oct 30
1939 ● Eddie HollandMotown hit songwriter (Holland-Dozier-Holland), producer
1939 ● Grace Slick (Grace Barnett Wing) → Singer/songwriter, lead vocals for Great Society, Jefferson Airplane, Starship
1939 ● Otis Williams → R&B giants The Temptations, "My Girl" (#1, 1965)
1945 ● Henry Winkler → TV actor, director, producer, "The Fonz"
1946 ● Chris Slade → Drummer for Manfred Mann, Gary Moore, The Firm, AC/DC
1947 ● Timothy B. Schmit → Folk then country-rock bassist, Poco, Eagles, sessions, solo
1949 ● David Green → Aussie light pop-rock Air Supply, "The One That You Love" (#1, 1981)
1960 ● Byron Burke → R&B/house urban-dance Ten City, "Right Back To You" (Dance #1, 1989)
1960 ● Joey Belladonna (Joseph Belladini) → Speed/thrash metal Anthrax, "Only" (Mainstream #26, 1993)
1962 ● Geoff Beauchamp → Brit pop-rock Eighth Wonder, "Will You Remember?" (1987)
1963 ● Jerry DeBorg → Techno-electronic pop-dance Jesus Jones, "Right Here, Right Now" (#2, 1991)
1965 ● Gavin Rossdale → Alt-rock Bush, "Glycerine" (Mainstream #4, 1995), Institute, solo, married to Gwen Stefani
1969 ● Snow (Darrin O'Brien) → Canadian reggae-rapper, "The Informer" (#1, 1993)
1970 ● Tommy Walter → Bassist for Eels, then founded alt-rock Abandoned Pools, "Mercy Kiss" (2001)

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