Monday, December 27, 2010

 

Albums Released This Week (December 27 - January 2)

Here's a sampling of the great albums of 60s, 70s and 80s rock and pop - the best music ever made! - which were released this week:

(Slim pickings due to the Holidays)

Dec 27

Bob Dylan ------ John Wesley Harding >> 1967
Cohen, Leonard ------ Songs Of Leonard Cohen, The >> 1967
Jackson 5, The ------ Greatest Hits >> 1971
Genesis ------ Wind & Wuthering >> 1976

Dec 28

Wonder, Stevie ------ With A Song In My Heart >> 1963
Suicide ------ Suicide >> 1977
Redbone, Leon ------ Christmas Island >> 1987

Dec 29

Grand Funk Railroad ------ Grand Funk >> 1969
America ------ America >> 1971
The Byrds ------ Farther Along >> 1971
Trammps, The ------ Disco Inferno >> 1976
Neil Young ------ Trans >> 1982
Meat Beat Manifesto ------ 99% >> 1990

Dec 30

Squire, Chris ------ Fish Out Of Water >> 1975
Rough Trade ------ For Those Who Think Young >> 1981

Dec 31

Wet Wet Wet ------ Memphis Sessions, The >> 1993

Jan 01

Perkins, Carl ------ Dance Album, The >> 1957
The Hollies ------ Stay With The Hollies >> 1964
Beck, Bogert & Appice ------ Live In Japan >> 1974
Rush ------ Permanent Waves >> 1980
Badfinger ------ Say No More >> 1981
Curtis Mayfield And The Impressions ------ Man Of Inspiration >> 1998

Jan 02

Elvis Presley ------ Elvis' Gold Records Volume 4 >> 1968
Haggard, Merle ------ Sing Me Back Home >> 1968
Elvis Presley ------ Elvis Country (I'm 10,000 Years Old) >> 1971
Elvis Presley ------ Elvis: A Legendary Perfomer Volume 1 >> 1974

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Sunday, December 26, 2010

 

This Week's Birthdays (December 26 - January 1)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Dec 26
1935 ● Abdul "Duke" Fakir → Six decade R&B/soul vocal quartet The Four Tops, "Reach Out (I'll Be There)" (#1, 1966)
1946 ● Bob Carpenter → Pianist (from 1977) for country-folk-bluegrass-rock The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, as The Dirt Band, backed Steve Martin on "King Tut" (#17, 1978)
1951 ● Paul Anthony Quinn → Early and influential New Wave of Britsh Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) band Saxon, "Power And The Glory" (#32, 1983)
1953 ● Henning Schmitz → Sound engineer, then keyboards for German electro-rock Kraftwerk, "Autobahn" (#25, 1975)
1953 ● Steve Witherington → Brit pub rock/blue-eyed soul Ace, "How Long" (#3, 1975)
1963 ● Dana Baldinger → Bassist for Brit indie-folk-pop Popinjays, "Perfect Day Home" (1988)
1963 ● Lars Ulrich → Drummer for heavy metal Metallica, "Enter Sandman" (#10, 1991)
1967 ● J. (Jay Noel Yuenger) → Guitarist for groove/alt metal White Zombie, "More Human Than Human" (#10, 1995)
1969 ● Peter Klett → Founding member and guitarist for grunge-rock Candlebox, "Far Behind" (#18, 1994)
1971 ● Jared Joseph Leto → Actor, lead vocals, guitar and songwriter for indie pop-rock 30 Seconds To Mars, "From Yestreday" (Alt Rock #1, 2006)
1979 ● Chris Daughtry → American Idol finalist and bandleader/guitarist, Daughtry "It's Not Over" (#4, 2006)

Dec 27
1931 ● William "Scotty" Moore → Sun Records sessionman and longtime Elvis Presley backing band guitarist
1941 ● Leslie Maguire → Merseybeat pop-rock Gerry & The Pacemakers, "How Do You Do It?" (#9, 1964)
1941 ● Mike Pinder → Keyboards and vocals for Brit prog rock then pop-rock The Moody Blues, "Nights In White Satin" (#2, 1967)
1943 ● Peter Sinfield → Early member of prog/space-rock King Crimson, "The Court Of The Crimson King" (#80, 1970), then solo and songwriter
1944 ● Michael Leslie "Mick" Jones → Rock guitarist for Spooky Tooth, founding member of hard/arena rock Foreigner, "Double Vision" (#2, 1978)
1944 ● Tracy Nelson → Founded and fronted/lead vocals for underappreciated 60s psych-blues-rock Mother Earth, then solo
1948 ● Larry Byrom → Guitar for Canadian-American hard rock, proto-metal Steppenwolf, "Born To Be Wild" (#2, 1968), solo, sessions
1950 ● Terry Bozzio → Drummer for Frank Zappa, founded New Wave pop-rock Missing Persons, "Walking In L.A." (Mainstream #12, 1982)
1952 ● David Knopfler → Rhythm guitar and vocals for post-punk New Wave rock Dire Straits, "Sultans Of Swing" (#4, 1979), solo, songwriter, younger brother of Mark
1952 ● Karla Bonoff → L.A. pop-rock singer/songwriter, Linda Ronstadt back-up vocals, solo "Personally" (#19, 1982)
1960 ● Martin "Youth" Glover → Founding member and bassist for post-punk New Wave dance-rock Killing Joke, "Follow The Leaders" (Club-Dance #25, 1981)
1972 ● Matt Slocum → Lead guitar and principal songwriter for Christian pop-rock Sixpence None The Richer, "Kiss Me" (#2, 1998)
1984 ● Spectacular Blue Smith → Miami-based R&B/hip-hop quarter Pretty Ricky, "Grind With Me" (#7, 2005)
1988 ● Hayley Nichole Williams → Lead vocals and keyboards for alt rock/pop-punk Paramore, "Misery Business" (#27, 2007)

Dec 28
1903 ● Earl Kenneth "Fatha" Hines → Early and influential jazz pianist
1915 ● Roebuck "Pops" Staples → Patriarch/manager of four-sister R&B/soul-gospel act Staple Singers, "I'll Take You There" (#1, 1972)
1932 ● Dorsey Burnette → Rockabilly singer, prolific songwriter, brother of Johnny
1938 ● Charles Neville → Joey Dee & The Starlighters, New Orleans R&B/soul The Neville Brothers
1943 ● Charles "Chas" Hodges → Brit country-rock Head Hands & Feet, then pop-"rockney" duo Chas & Dave, "Gertcha" (UK #20, 1979)
1946 ● Edgar Winter → Straight blues and blues-rock keyboards and sax, songwriter, bandleader, The Edgar Winter Group, "Frankenstein" (#1, 1973), younger brother of Johnny
1947 ● Dick Diamonde → Aussie-based 60s pop-rock The Easybeats, "Friday On My Mind" (#16, 1966)
1950 ● Alex Chilton → Frontman for short-lived blue-eyed soul The Box Tops, "The Letter" (#1, 1967), then power-pop cult band Big Star, "September Gurls" (1974, Rolling Stone #178)
1953 ● Richard Clayderman (Philipe Pages) → French pianist with over 70 million instrumental-pop albums, including covers, filmscores, easy listening renditions of classical works
1954 ● Rosie Vela → Model, actress, singer/songwriter, pop-rock "Magic Smile" (Adult #29, 1986)
1958 ● Mike McGuire → Drummer for neo-trad country Shenandoah, "The Church On Cumberland Road" (Country #1, 1989)
1960 ● Marty Roe → Founder, rhythm guitar and lead vocals for country-pop-bluegrass Diamond Rio, "One More Day" (Country #1, 2000)
1964 ● Paul Wagstaff → Manchester electro-dance club Paris Angels, then Black Grape and Happy Mondays
1971 ● Anita Dels → Vocals for Euro dance-pop 2 Unlimited, "Tribal Dance" (Dance/Club #7, 1993)
1978 ● John Legend (Stephens) → Neo-soul singer/pianist/songwriter, "Ordinary People" (#24, 2005)
1979 ● Akon (Aliaune Thiam) → Sengalese-American rapper, hip-hop artist, "Locked Up" (#8, 2004)

Dec 29
1935 ● Virgil Johnson → Lead singer for R&B/doo wop The Velvets, "Tonight (Could Be The Night)" (#26, 1961)
1941 ● Ray Thomas → Founding member, harmonica and vocals for prog rock then pop-rock The Moody Blues, "Nights In White Satin" (#2, 1967)
1942 ● Jerry Summers (Gross) → Early garage-rock dance band The Dovells, "Bristol Stomp" (#2, 1961)
1942 ● Rick Danko → Canadian-born bassist, vocals and occasional songwriter for seminal roots rock The Band, "Up On Cripple Creek" (#25, 1970), solo, committed suicide 12/10/1999
1946 ● Marianne Faithfull → Brit pop-rock singer/songwriter, former paramour of Mick Jagger, solo vocalist, "As Tears Go By" (#22, 1964)
1947 ● Cozy Powell → Multi-band rock drummer, Jeff Beck Group, Rainbow, Whitesnake, Black Sabbath, Thin Lizzy, died in car crash in the UK, 4/5/1998
1948 ● Charlie Spinosa → Blue-eyed soul one hit wonder John Fred & His Playboy Band, "Judy In Disguise (With Glasses)" (#1, 1968)
1951 ● Yvonne Elliman → Hawaii-born pop-rock singer, actress, Jesus Christ Superstar, solo "If I Can't Have You" (#1, 1977)
1955 ● Neil "Spyder" Giraldo → Lead guitarist for Pat Benatar's band, "Love Is A Battlefield" (#5, 1983)
1961 ● Jim Reid → Scottish alt-pop-rock Jesus And Mary Chain, "Sometimes Always" (Modern Rock #4, 1994)
1961 ● Mark "Cow" Day → Manchester electro-dance club Happy Mondays, "Stinkin Thinkin" (Dance/Club #1, 1992)
1963 ● Alex Gifford → Keyboards, bass and DJ for techno-dance Propellerheads, "History Repeating" (Dance/Club #10, 1998)
1966 ● Bryan Keith "Dexter" Holland → Frontman, guitar and vocals for 90s punk revival The Offspring, "Gone Away" (Mainstream Rock #1, 1997)
1970 ● Glen Phillips → Founder, lead vocal and songwriter for alt pop-rock Toad The Wet Sprocket, "All I Want" (#15, 1992), solo

Dec 30
1928 ● Bo Diddley (Elias Otha Bates McDaniel) → Early R&B/rock 'n roll guitarist, songwriter, originator of the oft-used "Diddley Beat" (bomp-a-bomp, a-bomp, a-bomp-bomp-bomp), died from heart failure in 2008
1931 ● Skeeter Davis (Mary Frances Penick) → Unheralded early rockabilly and later country-crossover singer, "The End Of The World" (#2, 1963)
1934 ● Del Shannon (Charles Westover) → Early rock 'n roll teen idol then heralded pop-rock singer/songwriter, "Runaway" (#1, 1961)
1937 ● John Hartford (Harford) → Folk-pop-country-rock singer/songwriter and guitarist, wrote/recorded the oft-covered and hugely popular standard "Gentle On My Mind" (1967)
1939 ● Felix Pappalardi → Producer for Cream, bassist for pioneering hard rock/heavy metal trio Mountain, "Mississippi Queen" (#21, 1970), shot dead by his wife on 4/17/1983
1940 ● Kenny Pentifallo → Drummer for New Jersey rock 'n roll bar band Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, "Talk To Me" (1978)
1940 ● Perry Ford → Member of Brit pop vocal trio The Ivy League, "Tossing And Turning" (#83, UK #3, 1965)
1942 ● Michael Nesmith → Guitarist, songwriter and vocals for 60s bad-rap pre-fab pop-rock The Monkees, "Last Train To Clarksville" (#1, 1966), then country-rock solo career and producer
1942 ● Robert Quine → Heralded punk-era guitarist with Richard Hell & The Voidoids, then collaborated with Lou Reed, Brian Eno, Tom Waits and other. Committed suicide in 2004.
1945 ● Davy Jones → Lead vocals for 60s bad-rap pre-fab pop-rock The Monkees, "Last Train To Clarksville" (#1, 1966), solo
1946 ● Patti Smith → The "Godmother of Punk", singer, poet, songwriter, co-wrote with Springsteen "Because The Night" (#13, 1978)
1947 ● Jeff Lynne → Top-level producer, keyboardist, songwriter and frontman for The Move, Electric Light Orchestra, Traveling Wilburys
1951 ● Chris Jasper → Brother-in-law, keyboardist and key member of six-decade R&B/soul family group The Isley Brothers, "That Lady, Pts. 1-2" (#6, 1973)
1956 ● Suzy Bogguss → Award-winning country singer/songwriter, "Drive South" (Country #2, 1992)
1959 ● Tracey (Trace) Ullman → 80s "girl-group revival" pop-rock singer "They Don't Know" (#8, 1984), then TV comedienne
1969 ● Jason "J.K." Kay → Brit acid jazz-funk-pop Jamiroquai, "Canned Heat" (Dance #1, 1999)
1970 ● Sister Bliss (Ayalah Bentovim) → Former club DJ then founding member of techno-club-dance duo Faithless, "Insomnia" (Dance/Clu #1, 1997)
1978 ● Tyrese Darnell Gibson → R&B/rap singer, "Sweet Lady" (#12, 199), songwriter, film actor, producer

Dec 31
1914 ● Cyril Stapleton → Brit jazz-pop bandleader in 40s/50s, "Children's Marching Song (Nick, Nack Paddywack)" (#13, 1959)
1930 ● Odetta Holmes → Folk-blues/folk revival, 60s civil rights protest singer/songwriter/guitarist, NEA award-winner
1942 ● Andy Summers (Andrew James Somers) → Guitarist and vocals for post-punk New Wave pop-rock The Police, "Every Breath You Take" (#1, 1983)
1943 ● John Denver (Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr.) → Light folk-country-pop singer/songwriter, "Rocky Mountain High" (#9, 1973)
1943 ● Peter Quaife → Founding member and first bassist for Brit folk-pop-rock The Kinks, left before "Lola" (#9, 1970), solo, then writer
1947 ● Burton Cummings → Founder and frontman for Canadian rockers The Guess Who, "American Woman" (#1, 1970), solo
1948 ● Donna Summer (LaDonna Adriene Gaines) → The unparalleled "Queen of Disco", songwriter, singer, "Bad Girls" (#1, 1975)
1951 ● Danny McNamara → Founder and lead vocals for Brit pop-rock Embrace, "Gravity" (Mainstream Rock #36, UK #7, 2004)
1951 ● Fermin Goytisolo → Percussionist for R&B/soul-funk-disco KC & The Sunshine Band, "That's The Way (I Like It)" (#1, 1975)
1951 ● George Thorogood → Frontman for long-time boogie-blues-rock group The (Delaware) Destroyers, "Bad To The Bone" (Mainstream Rock #27, 1982)
1951 ● Tom Hamilton → Bassist for hard rock, boozy Aerosmith, co-wrote "Janie's Got A Gun" (#4, 1990)
1960 ● Paul Westerberg → Founder of alt-rock pioneers The Replacements, "I'll Be You" (Mainstream Rock #1, 1989)
1961 ● Scott Taylor → New Wave synth-pop-soul Then Jerico, "The Motive" (UK #18, 1987)
1963 ● Scott Ian (Rosenfeld) → Guitarist for speed/thrash metal Anthrax, "Only" (Mainstream #26, 1993)
1972 ● Joey McIntyre → Early 90s teen-pop boy band New Kids On The Block, "Step By Step" (#1, 1990)
1979 ● Bob Bryar → Drummer for 00s alt rock/emo band My Chemical Romance, "Welcome To The Black Parade" (#9, 2006)

Jan 01
1942 ● "Country" Joe McDonald → Frontman and vocals for 60s psych-folk-rock Country Joe & The Fish, "I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die Rag" (1967)
1945 ● Jim Gordon → Top 60s/70s session drummer, co-wrote "Layla" with Eric Clapton, worked with The Monkees, The Byrds, Steely Dan, Frank Zappa and others, in prison since '84 for murdering his mother
1950 ● Morgan Fisher → Keyboards for early Brit glam-rockers Mott The Hoople, "All The Young Dudes" (#37, 1972)
1958 ● Grandmaster Flash (Joseph Saddler) → Rapper, DJ mixmaster and leader of The Furious Five, "The Message" (R&B #4, 1982)
1963 ● Michael Hanson → Drummer for Canadian pop-rock Glass Tiger, "Don't Forget Me (When I'm Gone)" (#2, 1986)
1968 ● Rick J. Jordan (Hendrik Stedler) → Keyboardist for huge Euro-German techno-dance-pop Scooter, "Fire" (Dance/Club #30, 1998)
1972 ● Thomas Bangaltier → French progressive dance-pop duo Daft Punk, "Face To Face" (Dance/Club #1, 2004)
1972 ● Tom Barman → Vocals and guitar for Belgian avante-grunge indie rock dEUS, "Little Arithmethics" (UK #44, 1996)
1975 ● Steve Ripley → Frontman and lead guitar for 90s country-rockers The Tractors, "Baby Likes To Rock It" (#11, 1994)

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Monday, December 20, 2010

 

Albums Released This Week (December 20 - 26)

Here's a sampling of the great albums of 60s, 70s and 80s rock and pop - the best music ever made! - which were released this week:

(Due to the Holidays, very few albums were released over the years after mid-December)

Dec 20

Harrison, George ------ Concert For Bangladesh, The >> 1971
Rolling Stones, The ------ Hot Rocks, 1964-1971 >> 1971
Van Halen ------ Atomic Punks >> 1977

Dec 21

Zappa, Frank ------ Thing-Fish >> 1984
Sade ------ Promise >> 1985

Dec 22

Bell, Madeline ------ Comin' Atcha >> 1973
Cetera, Peter ------ Glory Of Love >> 2005

Dec 23

Mahal, Taj ------ Natch'l Blues, The >> 1968
Genesis ------ Wind & Wuthering [UK] >> 1976

Dec 24

Elton John ------ Ol' Pink Eyes Is Back >> 1974
Boney M. ------ Fantastic Boney M.: Die Grossen Erfolge >> 1984
King, Freddie ------ Boogie On Down >> 1997
Stranglers, The ------ Live In London >> 1997

Dec 25

Nyro, Laura ------ Smile >> 1976

Dec 26

Zevon, Warren ------ Stand In The Fire >> 1980

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

 

This Week's Birthdays (December 19 - 25)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Dec 19
1918 ● Professor Longhair (Henry Roeland Byrd) → New Orleans R&B, blues then rock 'n roll pianist
1940 ● Phil Ochs → 60s folk "outlaw" singer/songwriter, "I Ain't Marching Anymore" (1965)
1941 ● Maurice White → Drummer, singer/songwriter, founder of R&B/soul-dance-pop Earth, Wind & Fire, "Shining Star" (#1, 1975)
1944 ● Alvin Lee → Underrated British blues-rock guitarist for Ten Years After, "I'd Love To Change The World" (Top 40, 1971)
1944 ● Zalman "Zal" Yanovsky → The "Zany One" for folk-pop-rock The Lovin' Spoonful, "Summer In The City" (#1, 1965)
1945 ● John McEuen → Banjo and mandolin for country-folk-bluegrass-rock The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, "Mr. Bojangles" (#9, 1971)
1957 ● Doug Johnson → Keyboards for Canadian hard/pop-rockers Loverboy, "Turn Me Loose" (Mainstream Rock #6, 1981)
1958 ● Limahl (Christopher Hamill) → Lead singer for Brit pop-rock Kajagoogoo, "Too Shy" (#5, 1983), solo, "NeverEnding Story" (Adult Contemporary #6, 1984)
1968 ● Kevin Shepard → Grammy-nominated alt/roots rock Tonic, "If You Could Only See" (Mainstream Rock #1, 1997)

Dec 20
1944 ● Bobby Colomby → Drummer for jazz-rock/pop-rock fusion band Blood, Sweat & Tears, "Spinning Wheel" (#2, 1969)
1945 ● Peter Criss (Criscoula) → Drummer for campy hard/glam-rock Kiss, "Detroit Rock City" (#7, 1976)
1948 ● Stephen Wright → Aussie-based 60s pop-rock The Easybeats, "Friday On My Mind" (#16, 1966)
1949 ● Alan Parsons → Brit studio engineer, producer, musician, bandleader, prog-rock The Alan Parsons Project, "Games People Play" (#16, 1981)
1956 ● Guy Babylon → Keyboardist and contributor, Elton John band
1957 ● Anita Ward → R&B/soul-disco one hit wonder singer, "Ring My Bell" (#1, 1979)
1957 ● Michael Watt → Seminal post-punk bassist and founder of Minutemen, dos, fiREHOUSE. Also with The Stooges and Banyan.
1957 ● Stephen William "Billy" Bragg → Brit alt rock singer/songwriter and left-wing activist, "Sexuality" (Modern Rock #2, 1991)
1966 ● Chris Robinson → Founder, guitarist and songwriter for roots/raunch rock Black Crowes, "Hard To Handle" (Mainstream Rock #1, 1991)
1975 ● Graham Hopkins → Former drummer for Irish grunge rock Therapy?, then solo, now sessions and touring bands
1990 ● JoJo (Joanna Noelle Levesque) → R&B/dance-pop singer/songwriter, "Too Little Too Late" (#3, 2006), actress

Dec 21
1920 ● Luigi Creatore → Songwriter, producer, record label executive, teamed with Hugo Peretti to write dozens of hit songs for multiple artists
1940 ● Frank Zappa → Multi-instrumentalist, satirist, rock/classical fusion composer, producer, bandleader, Mothers Of Invention, solo, "Valley Girl" (#32, 1975)
1940 ● Ray Hildebrand → With Jill Jackson, early pop-rock vocal duo Paul & Paula, "Hey Paula" (#1, 1963)
1942 ● Carla Thomas → Stax Records artist, the "Queen of Memphis Soul","B-A-B-Y" (R&B #3, Pop #14, 1966), daughter of Rufus
1943 ● Albert Lee → Brit country-folk-rock guitarist, Head Hands & Feat, sessions with Emmylou Harris, Clapton, others, solo
1946 ● Carl Wilson → Guitars and vocals for sunny-pop/surf-rockers The Beach Boys, "Good Vibrations" (#1, 1966)
1951 ● Nick Gilder → Brit-born frontman for Canadian glam-rock Sweeney Todd, then solo, "Hot Child In The City" (#1, 1978)
1953 ● Betty Wright → Grammy-winning R&B/Miami soul/quiet storm vocals, "Clean Up Woman" (#6, 1972)
1964 ● Emmett J. "Murph" Murphy III → Drummer for influential indie/cult rock Dinosaur Jr., "Start Choppin'" (Modern Rock #3, 1993), The Lemonheads
1965 ● Gabrielle "Gabby" Glaser → Guitarist and vocals for all-girl alt rock/hip hop Luscious Jackson, "Naked Eye" (#36, 1996)
1971 ● Brett Scallions → Guitar, bass and vocals for post-grunge/alt rock Fuel, "Falls On Me" (Mainstream Rock #9, 2004)

Dec 22
1939 ● James Gurley → Guitarist for 60s Janis Joplin-fronted, psych-rock Big Brother & The Holding Company, "Piece Of My Heart" (#12, 1968)
1944 ● Barry Jenkins → Drummer for British Invasion hard/blues-rock The Animals, "House Of The Rising Sun" (#1, 1964)
1946 ● Rick Nielsen → Vocals and guitar for power pop-rock Cheap Trick, "The Flame" (#1, 1988)
1949 ● Maurice Gibb → Singer/songwriter, producer, pop-rock then disco The Bee Gees, "Stayin' Alive" (#1, 1977), younger twin of Robin
1949 ● Robin Gibb → Singer/songwriter, producer, pop-rock then disco The Bee Gees, "Stayin' Alive" (#1, 1977), older twin of Maurice
1950 ● Alan Williams → Vocals for glam rock/rock 'n roll revival The Rubettes, "Sugar Baby Love" (UK#1, US #37, 1974)
1955 ● Barry Sless → Six-string and peddle steel guitarist for David Nelson Band, Kingfish, Phil (Lesh) & Friends, others
1957 ● Ricky Ross → Scottish indie pop-rock Deacon Blue, "Real Gone Kid" (UK #8, 1988)
1966 ● Danny Saber → Producer, remixer, trip-hop DJ, former bassist with alt Brit-pop Black Grape, "England's Irie" (UK #6, 1996)
1968 ● Richard James Edwards → Rhythm guitar, songwriter and vocals for Brit alt rock/neo-punk Manic Street Preachers, "The Masses Against The Classes" (UK #1, 2000)
1972 ● Vanessa Paradis → French teen-pop singer, actress, "Joe Le Taxi" (Euro #11, 1998)
1984 ● Basshunter (Jonas Erik Altberg) → Swedish musician and DJ, dance-pop singer, "Now You're Gone" (Dance Airplay #3, 2008)
1989 ● Jordin Briana Sparks → R&B/pop-soul singer/songwriter, American Idol winner, "No Air" (2008)

Dec 23
1935 ● Johnny Kidd (Frederick Heath) → Pre-Beatles top Brit rock 'n roll Johnny Kidd & The Pirates, "Shakin' All Over" (UK #1, 1960)
1935 ● Little Esther Phillips (Esther Mae Jones) → Versatile R&B/soul-pop-country-jazz-blues singer, "Release Me" (#8, 1962)
1940 ● Eugene Record → Vocals for smooth R&B/Chicago soul The Chi-Lites, "Have You Seen Her?" (#3, 1971)
1940 ● Jorma Kaukonen → Guitarist for 60s psych-rock Jefferson Airplane, "Somebody To Love" (#5, 1967), then folk-rock Hot Tuna
1941 ● Tim Hardin → Folk singer-songwriter, wrote and recorded the oft-covered classic "Reason To Believe" (1965)
1942 ● Declan "Dec" Cluskey → Irish pop-rock The Bachelors, "Diane" (#10, 1964)
1943 ● Harry Shearer → Actor who portrayed Derek Smalls in the mock-rock movie Spinal Tap
1945 ● Ron Bushy → Drummer for hard rock Iron Butterfly, "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" (#30, 1970)
1946 ● Luther Grosvenor (aka Ariel Bender) → Guitarist for Brit blues-rock Spooky Tooth, then glam-rock Mott the Hoople, "All The Young Dudes" (#37, 1972)
1946 ● Robbie Dupree (Robert Dupuis) → Light pop-rock one hit wonder vocalist, "Steal Away" (#6, 1980)
1949 ● Robert Steven "Adrian" Belew → Guitarist and singer, sessions, Talking Heads, King Crimson, David Bowie, solo
1951 ● Johnny Contardo → Rock 'n roll revival "greaser" group Sha Na Na
1958 ● Dave Murray → Guitarist for Brit heavy metal Iron Maiden, "Flight Of Icarus" (Mainstream Rock #8, 1983)
1958 ● Victoria Williams → Idiosyncratic country-folk singer/songwriter, "Crazy Mary" (1994)
1960 ● Will Sinnott → Scottish electronic psych/dance rock crossover band The Shamen, "Ebeneezer Goode" (UK #1, 1992)
1964 ● Eddie Vedder (Edward Louis Severson III) → Lead vocals and guitars for post-grunge/alt rock kings Pearl Jam, "Last Kiss" (#2, 1999)
1974 ● Montsho Eshe → Progressive rap, funk-soul-blues-hip-hop Arrested Development, "Mr. Wendal" (#6, 1992)
1975 ● Katie Underwood → Pre-fab Aussie all-girl pop vocal quintet Bardot, "Poison" (Aus. #1, 2000)
1985 ● Harry Judd → Drummer for Brit pop-rock boy band McFly, "All About You" (UK #1, 2005)

Dec 24
1920 ● Dave Bartholomew → Prominent and expansive New Orleans R&B producer, arranger, composer, with Fats Domino co-wrote "Ain't That A Shame" (#10, 1955)
1924 ● Lee Dorsey → R&B/soul-pop singer, "Working In The Cole Mine" (#8, 1966)
1944 ● Mike Curb → MGM Records head, producer
1945 ● Doyle Bramhall II → Guitarist/songwriter, Smokestack, Eric Clapton band, Roger Waters band
1945 ● Lemmy (Ian Frasier Kilminster) → Space-rock Hawkwind, "Silver Machine" (1972), founded punk-metal Motörhead, "Ace Of Spades" (UK #15, 1980)
1946 ● Jan Akkerman → Founding member and guitarist for Dutch prog rock band Focus, "Hocus Pocus" (#9, 1971)
1957 ● Ian Burden → Keyboards for synth-pop pioneers The Human League, "Don't You Want Me" (#1, 1981)
1963 ● Mary Ramsey → Folk-pop John & Mary, then lead vocals for 10,000 Maniacs after Natalie Merchant's departure, "More Than This" (#25, 1997)
1971 ● Ricky Martin (Enrique Martin Morales) → Puerto Rican pop superstar, "Livin' La Vida Loca" (#1, 1999), actor
1975 ● Joseph Washbourne → Keyboards and vocals for alt rock/white soul Toploader, "Dancing In The Moonlight" (UK Top 10, 2000)

Dec 25
1907 ● Cab Calloway → Jazz/scat singer, songwriter, bandleader, "Minnie The Moocher" (1931)
1929 ● Chris Kenner → Teen pop and early rock 'n roll singer, "I Like It Like That" (#2, 1961)
1929 ● William Franklin "Billy" Billy Horton → Lead singer for R&B/doo wop vocal quartet The Silhouettes, "Get A Job" (#1, 1958)
1937 ● O'Kelly Isley, Jr. → Six-decade R&B/soul family group The Isley Brothers, "That Lady, Pts. 1-2" (#6, 1973)
1939 ● Bob James → Jazz-pop crossover keyboardist, composer, arranger, bandleader
1940 ● Pete Brown → Poet and co-lyricist (with Jack Bruce) for Cream, "I Feel Free" (1967)
1940 ● Phil Spector → Musician, songwriter, record producer, originator of the "Wall of Sound" technique, pioneer of 60s girl groups
1943 ● Trevor Lucas → Brit folk-rock Fairport Convention, "Si Tu Dos Partir" (1969), Al Stewart band, The Strawbs
1944 ● Henry "The Sunflower" Vestine → Guitarist for folk-blues-rock Canned Heat, ""Let's Work Together" (1970), The Mothers Of Invention
1944 ● Kenny Everett (Maurice James Cole) → BBC Radio DJ, TV presenter, comedian, musician, "Snot Rap" (1983)
1945 ● David Noel Redding → Bassist for The Jimi Hendrix Experience, "Purple Haze" (#65, 1967), solo
1946 ● Jimmy Buffett → Country-folk-pop-rock singer/songwriter, beach bum and chief Parrothead, "Margaritaville" (#8, 1977)
1948 ● Barbara Mandrell → Three-time CMA Entertainer of the Year, country singer/songwriter, "Sleeping Single In A Double Bed" (Country #1, 1977)
1948 ● Merry Clayton → Backup/session singer, solo, vocals on The Stones' "Gimme Shelter", actress
1954 ● Annie Lennox → Vocals for New Wave pop-rock The Tourists, "I Only Want To Be With You" (#83, 1980), Eurythmics, "Sweet Dreams" (#1, 1983), solo
1954 ● Robin Campbell → Guitar and vocals for multiracial reggae-pop UB40, "Red Red Wine" (#1, 1988)
1957 ● Shane MacGowan → Guitar and vocals for Irish folk-punk-rock The Pogues, "Tuesday Morning" (Rock #11, 1993)
1958 ● Alannah Myles → Canadian sultry, smoky, sensual pop singer/songwriter, "Black Velvet" (#1, 1990)
1964 ● Bob Stanley → Guitars and songwriter for indie dance-pop Saint Etienne, "Nothing Can Stop Us" (Dance/Club #1, 1992)
1971 ● Noel Hogan → Guitarist for Irish jangle/dream pop-rock The Cranberries, "Linger" (#8, 1993)
1972 ● Dido (Armstrong) → Electro-dance-pop singer/songwriter, "Thank You" (#3, 2001)
1972 ● Josh Freese → Drummer for industrial rock Nine Inch Nails, "The Day The World Went Away" (#17, 1999), also with The Vandals and Devo, others

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

 

Album of the Day: The Clash (12/14/79)

London Calling is the best damn punk album ever. Period.

And it’s in Dr. Rock’s Top 10 best rock albums ever.

London Calling was released by The Clash and Epic Records in the U.K. 31 years ago today, December 14, 1979 (it came out in the U.S. in January 1980). Without losing one snarling bit of the raw, nervous, socio-politically-nihilistic core of pure punk, The Clash spanned the huge gap between late 70s mainstream pop-rock, power pop and straight-up rock ‘n roll (on the one side - the left?) and the incessant driving noise of pure punk rock (on the right? – or whichever). They pulled everyone back into the middle ground. And London Calling’s no commercial sell-out. A double album (yes!), it's is full of catchy riffs, toe-tapping rhythms, sing-along lyrics and more distinct genres than the Sex Pistols or Generation X could ever play. And it’s still very much pure punk.

London Calling mixes the shuffling reggae sounds of “Rudy Can’t Fail,” the anachronistic, danceable celebration of “Revolution Rock,” the pulsing but melodic punk of “Hateful,” the roots rockabilly of “Brand New Cadillac,” the metal-rock title track, and the hard-edged pop-rock of “Train In Vain” (which was not listed on the cover or Side 4 label of the original Epic vinyl release – but I’ve got mine!).

London Calling is an essential LP in any rocker’s collection. It’s a Grammy Hall of Fame record, #8 on the Rolling Stone Magazine list of the 500 top albums of all time, and #1 on the magazine’s Top 100 Albums of the 80s. It’s available as a CD on Amazon (click here) and download tracks on iTunes (click here). You must own this one if you don’t already! Trust me.

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Monday, December 13, 2010

 

Albums Released This Week (December 13 - 19)

Here's a sampling of the great albums of 60s, 70s and 80s rock and pop - the best music ever made! - which were released this week:

Dec 13

Diamond, Neil ------ Touching You, Touching Me >> 1969
Badfinger ------ Straight Up >> 1971
Flack, Roberta ------ Blue Lights In The Basement >> 1977
C+C Music Factory ------ Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) >> 1990
Michael, George ------ Songs From The Last Century >> 1999

Dec 14

Walsh, Joe ------ So What >> 1974
Clash, The ------ London Calling >> 1979
Yellow Magic Orchestra ------ Service >> 1983
Dinosaur Jr. ------ You're Living All Over Me >> 1987
Nirvana ------ Incesticide >> 1992

Dec 15

Beatles, The ------ Beatles '65 >> 1964
Who, The ------ Who Sell Out, The >> 1967
Rascals, The ------ See >> 1969
Gaye, Marvin ------ Here, My Dear >> 1978
Vicious, Sid ------ Sid Sings >> 1979
Miller, Steve ------ Living In The 20th Century >> 1987
Pestilence ------ Consuming Impulse >> 1989
Urban Legion ------ V >> 1991
Dr. Dre ------ Chronic, The >> 1992

Dec 16

Womack, Bobby ------ Across 110th Street [Sndtrk] >> 1972
Kraftwerk ------ Electric Café >> 1986

Dec 17

Bowie, David ------ Hunky Dory >> 1971
AC/DC ------ Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap >> 1976
Jacksons, The ------ Destiny >> 1978
Tork, Peter ------ Two Man Band >> 1996

Dec 18

Beach Boys, The ------ Wild Honey >> 1967
Jackson 5, The ------ Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5 >> 1969
Beatles, The ------ Beatles Christmas Album, The >> 1970
T. Rex ------ T. Rex >> 1970
Yes ------ Tales From Topographic Oceans [UK] >> 1973
Queen ------ Day At The Races, A >> 1976
Sly & The Family Stone ------ Heard You Missed Me, Well I'm Back >> 1976

Dec 19

Yes ------ Yesshows >> 1980
Supremes, The ------ Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 >> 1988

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Sunday, December 12, 2010

 

This Week's Birthdays (December 12 - 18)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Dec 12
1915 ● Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra → Actor, "Rat Pack" founding member, singer, "That's Life" (#4, 1966)
1938 ● Connie Francis (Conetta Rosa Maria Franconera) → Hugely successful pop-rock singer, "Where The Boys Are" (#4, 1961)
1940 ● Dionne Warwick (Marie Dionne Warrick) → R&B/soul diva, collaborator with Burt Bacharach, "Walk On By" (#6, 1964)
1941 ● Terry Kirkman → Light pop-rock vocal group The Association, "Along Comes Mary" (#7, 1966)
1942 ● Declan Clusky → Irish pop-rock The Bachelors, "Diane" (#10, 1964)
1942 ● Mike Heron → Scottish psych-Celtic-folk/early World music duo The Incredible String Band
1942 ● Tim Hauser → Grammy-winning jazz-pop fusion vocal group Manhattan Transfer, "Boy From New York City" (#7, 1981)
1943 ● Dave Munden → British Invasion pop-rock The Tremeloes, "Silence Is Golden" (US #11, UK #1, 1967)
1943 ● Dickey Betts → Singer/songwriter/lead guitar for Southern rock Allman Brothers Band, "Ramblin' Man" (#12, 1973), solo
1943 ● Grover Washington Jr. → R&B/jazz-soul saxophonist, "Mister Magic" (R&B #16, #54 Pop, 1974)
1944 ● Rob Tyner (Robert Derminer) → Lead vocals for Detroit proto-punk rockers MC5, "Kick Out The Jams" (1969)
1945 ● Alan Ward → British Invasion pop-rock The Honeycombs, "Have I The Right" (#5, 1964)
1945 ● Tony Williams → Jazz-fusion drummer, Miles Davis band, Lifetime, V.S.O.P.
1946 ● Clive Bunker → Drummer for early line-up of Brit folk-rock Jethro Tull, "Living In The Past" (#11, 1973)
1947 ● Ralph Scala → Organ and vocals for early psychedelic rock quintet Blues Magoos, "(We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet" (#5, http://bit.ly/Y19671)
1947 ● Vin Scelsa → FM radio DJ, WFMU (Upsala College, New Jersey), WLIR, WABC, WPLJ, WNEW (New York)
1948 ● Ray Jackson → Vocals, mandolin and harmonica for Brit folk-rock Lindisfarne, "Lady Eleanor" (UK #3, 1971)
1953 ● Bruce Kulik → Session/touring band guitarist for Meat Loaf, Kiss, Grand Funk Railroad, Michael Bolton
1957 ● Cy Curnin → Founder and lead vocals of New Wave pop-rock The Fixx, "One Thing Leads To Another" (#4, 1983)
1957 ● Sheila E. (Sheila Escovedo) → R&B/dance-pop drummer, "The Glamorous Life" (#7, 1984)
1959 ● Belouis Some (Neville Keighley) → New Wave electonic/synth-dance-pop singer, "Some People" (#67, Dance/Club #8, 1985)
1961 ● Daniel O'Donnell → Irish country-pop crooner/songwriter, "Give A Little Love" (#7, 1998)
1963 ● Claudia Brücken → German synth-pop Propaganda, "p:Machinery" (Dance/Club #10, 1986)
1963 ● Eric Schenkman → Alt blues-rock jam band Spin Doctors, "Two Princes" (#7, 1993)
1967 ● Nick Dimichino → Bassist for indie power pop band Nine Days, "Absolutely (Story Of A Girl)" (#6, 2000)
1968 ● Danny Boy O'Connor → White hip-hop one hit wonder trio House Of Pain, "Jump Around" (#3, 1992)
1976 ● Dan Hawkins → Guitarist and vocals for Brit hard rock The Darkness, "I Believe In A Thing Called Love" (Mainstream #35, 2004)
1977 ● Dino Meneghin → Post-grunge alt rock The Calling, "Wherever You Will Go" (#5, 2001)
1980 ● Carl Dalemo → Bassist for Brit-Swede indie pop-rock Razorlight, "America" (UK #1, 2006)

Dec 13
1940 ● Tony Gomez → Brit R&B/soul-pop The Foundations, "Baby Now That I've Found You" (#11, 1967)
1945 ● Robert Martinez → Garage rock legends ? And The Mysterians, "96 Tears" (#1, 1966)
1948 ● Andy Peebles → BBC Radio DJ (last person to interview John Lennon)
1948 ● Jeff "Skunk" Baxter → Guitarist for Steely Dan, "Reeling In The Years" (#11, 1973), Doobie Brothers, missile defense consultant/contractor
1948 ● Ted Nugent → Guitarist for Amboy Dukes, solo, "Cat Scratch Fever" (1977), Damn Yankees
1949 ● Randy Owen → Founder and lead vocals for country-pop-rock Alabama, "Love In The First Degree" (#15, 1982)
1949 ● Tom Verlaine → Guitar and vocals for punk-rock Television, Marquee Moon" (Rolling Stone 500 #128, 1977)
1950 ● Davy O'List → Guitarist for prog rock The Attack, The Nice, Roxy Music, Jet
1952 ● Berton Averre → Guitarist for New Wave power pop The Knack, "My Sharona" (#1, 1979)
1952 ● Jamie Foxx (Eric Marlon Bishop) → Academy Award-winning actor, pianist, singer, "Gold Digger" (#1, 2005)
1970 ● Daniel Patrick → Session/touring band guitars and keyboards for Nine Inch Nails, Tapeworm, Methods of Mayhem
1974 ● Nick McCarthy → Rhythm guitar and keyboards for Scottish art-pop-rock Franz Ferdinand, "Take Me Out" (Alt Rock #3, 2004)
1975 ● Tom DeLonge → Lead guitar and vocals for pop-punk Blink-182, "All The Small Things" (#6, 2000)
1981 ● Amy Lynn Lee Hartzler → Founder, lead vocals, songwriter and pianist for goth-pop-metal Evanescence, "Bring Me To Life" (#5, 2003)
1989 ● Taylor Alison Swift → Country-pop singer/songwriter, "You Belong With Me" (#2, 2009), actress

Dec 14
1932 ● Charlie Rich → Country-pop-blues singer/musician, "The Most Beautiful Girl" (#1, 1974)
1937 ● Warren Ryanes → R&B/doo wop The Monotones, "(Who Wrote) The Book Of Love" (#5, 1958)
1938 ● Gary Usher → Producer, songwriter, co-wrote Beach Boys' "In My Room" (#23, 1963)
1943 ● Frank Allen (Francis Renaud McNeice) → Bassist for Merseybeat band The Searchers, "Needles And Pins" (#13, 1963)
1946 ● Jackie McAuley → Irish garage-rock, proto-punk Them, "Gloria" (#71, 1966)
1946 ● John Du Prez (Trevor Jones) → Brit dance-pop band Modern Romance, "Best Years Of Our Lives" (UK#4, 1982)
1946 ● Joyce Vincent-Wilson → Light pop vocalist, Tony Orlando & Dawn, "Knock Three Times" (#1, 1971)
1947 ● Anna Marie "Patty" Duke → Pop singer, "Don't Just Stand There" (#8, 1965), TV star (The Patty Duke Show), actors' union executive
1949 ● Cliff Williams → Bassist for AC/DC (replaced Mark Evans in 1977), "Back In Black" (#37, 1981)
1958 ● Mike Scott → Singer/songwriter/leader of Celtic folk-rock The Waterboys, "Fisherman's Blues" (Modern Rock #3, 1988)
1958 ● Peter "Spider" Stacy → Irish folk-punk-rock The Pogues, "Tuesday Morning" (Rock #11, 1993)
1966 ● Tim Sköld → Former bassist for industrial-pop-metal Marilyn Manson, "The Dope Show" (Mainstream Rock #12, 1998)
1975 ● Brian Dalyrimple → Vocals for urban R&B/dance-club brother quartet Soul For Real, "Candy Rain" (#2, 1995)
1979 ● Sophie Monk → Pre-fab Aussie all-girl pop quintet Bardot, "Poison" (Aus. #1, 2000)
1988 ● Vanessa Hudgens → American actress and singer in High School Musical movies (most watched cable TV movies ever)

Dec 15
1915 ● Edith Piaf (Edith Giovanna Gassion) → Widely popular French pop singer, "Milord" (#88, 1959)
1919 ● Max Yasgur → Bethel, NY dairy farmer on whose property the 1969 Woddstock Music and Arts Festival was held
1921 ● Alan "Moondog" Freed (Albert James Freed) → Superstar radio DJ, coined term "rock & roll", TV/film bit actor
1928 ● Jerry "Mr. Smooth" Wallace → Pop then country crooner, "Primrose Lane" (#8, 1959), actor
1932 ● Jesse Belvin → R&B/early soul singer/songwriter, "Goodnight My Love" (R&B #7, 1956)
1939 ● Cindy Birdsong → R&B/soul vocals for Patti LaBelle & The Bluebelles, then replaced Flo Ballard in The Supremes
1942 ● Dave Clark → Frontman and drummer for Brit Invasion pop-rock The Dave Clark Five, "Catch Us If You Can" (#4, 1965)
1946 ● Carmine Appice → Drummer for Vanilla Fudge, "You Keep Me Hangin' On" (#6, 1968), Cactus, Beck Bogert & Appice
1946 ● Harry Ray → R&B/soul vocal trio The Moments, "Love On A Two-Way Street" (#3, 1970), then name change to Ray, Goodman & Brown
1949 ● Don Johnson → Actor (Miami Vice), singer, "Heartbeat" (#5, 1986)
1955 ● Paul Simonon → Bassist for influential punk rock The Clash, "Rock The Casbah" (#8, 1982)
1957 ● Tim Reynolds → Multi-instrumental singer/songwriter, toruing member of Dave Matthews Band, duo with Matthews
1961 ● Nick Beggs → Bassist for Brit pop-rock Kajagoogoo, "Too Shy" (#5, 1983)
1979 ● Edele Lynch → Irish one hit wonder girl-group B*Witched, "C'est La Vie" (#9, 1999)
1979 ● Keavy Lynch → Irish one hit wonder girl-group B*Witched, "C'est La Vie" (#9, 1999)
1980 ● Sergio Pizzorno → Guitar and vocals for Brit alt rock Kasabian, "Club Foot" (Modern Rock #27, 2004)

Dec 16
1931 ● Karl Denver (Angus Murdo McKenzie) → Brit pop-rock singer, "Wimoweh" (UK #4, 1961)
1945 ● Tony Hicks → Guitar and vocals for British Invasion pop-rock The Hollies, "Bus Stop" (#5, 1966)
1946 ● Benny Andersson → Keyboards and vocals for internationally successful Scandinavian pop group ABBA, "Dancing Queen" (#1, 1976)
1949 ● Billy ("Reverend Wiilie G.") Gibbons → Guitar and vocals for venerable Texas blues/boogie rock trio ZZ Top, "Legs" (#8, 1984)
1959 ● Steven Irvine → Drummer for Brit pop-rock Lloyd Cole & The Commotions, "Lost Weekend" (UK #17, 1985)
1968 ● Christopher Thorn → Guitarist for roots-psych-alt rock Blind Melon, "No Rain" (Modern Rock #1, 1993)
1971 ● Michael McCary → Former bass vocals for R&B/urban soul a cappela Boyz II Men, "End Of The Road" (#1, 1992)

Dec 17
1936 ● Tommy Steele (Thomas William Hicks) → Early Brit rock 'n roll teen idol, "Rock With The Caveman" (UK #13, 1956), actor
1937 ● Art Neville → Pianist with New Orleans soul-funk The Neville Brothers, "Yellow Moon" (1989)
1938 ● Carlo Little (Carl O'Neil Little) → First Rolling Stones drummer until Charlie Watts joined in 1963, sessions
1939 ● Eddie Kendricks → R&B giants The Temptations, "My Girl" (#1, 1965)
1942 ● Paul Butterfield → Blues-rock singer, harmonica player and bandleader, Paul Butterfield, Better Days, solo
1943 ● David Dee (Harman) → Brit 60s pop-rock quartet Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tick, "The Legend Of Xanadu" (UK#1, 1968)
1946 ● Martin Smith → Drummer for Brit prog-rockers Simon Dupree & The Big Sound, Gentle Giant
1947 ● Simon Bates → BBC Radio DJ
1948 ● Jim Bonfanti → Drummer for Cleveland pop-rock quartet The Choir, then power pop The Raspberries, "Go All The Way" (#5, 1972)
1949 ● Paul Rodgers → Guitar and vocals for Free, "All Right Now" (#4, 1970), Bad Company, "Can't Get Enough" (1974), Queen, The Firm
1950 ● Carlton "Carlie" Barrett → Drummer for post-Marley, Bob & The Wailers roots reggae The Wailers, "Buffalo Soldier" (1983), murdered in 1987
1951 ● Wanda Hutchinson → R&B/soul-gospel sister trio The Emotions, "Best Of My Love" (#1, 1977)
1958 ● Mike Mills → Bassist for influential post-punk R.E.M., "The One I Love" (#9, 1987)
1959 ● Bob Stinson → Guitarist for alt-rock pioneers The Replacements, "I'll Be You" (Mainstream Rock #1, 1989)
1961 ● Sarah Dallin → Singer for pop-rock Bananarama, "Venus" (#1, 1986)
1964 ● David "Ginger" Walls → Founder, guitarist and singer/songwriter for Brit hard rock The Wildhearts, "Sick Of Drugs" (UK #14, 1995)
1969 ● Micky Quinn → Bassist for Brit punk-pop trio Supergrass, "Alright/Time" (Modern Rock #1, 1995)
1972 ● Craig "DJ Homicide" Bullock → DJ for funk-pop-rock Sugar Ray, "Fly" (#1, 1997)
1978 ● Neil Sanderson → Drummer for Canadian punk/metal Three Days Grace, "Just Like You" (Mainsteam Rock #1, 2004)
1989 ● Taylor York → Guitarist for alt rock/pop-punk Paramore, "Misery Business" (#27, 2007)

Dec 18
1938 ● Bryan James "Chas" Chandler → Bassist for The Animals, "House Of The Rising Sun" (#1, 1964), producer/manager for Jimi Hendrix and Slade
1941 ● Sam Andrew → Guitar/singer for Big Brother & The Holding Company, Janis Joplin's Kozmic Blues Band, "Me And Bobby McGee" (#1, 1971)
1942 ● Les Cauchi → Tenor vocal for R&B/doo wop The Del-Satins, which became The Brooklyn Bridge, "Worst That Could Happen" (#3, 191968)
1943 ● Keith Richards → Guitarist/songwriter (the "Human Riff") for The Rolling Stones, "Honky Tonk Woman" (#1, 1969), solo
1948 ● Bill Nelson → Guitarist/songwriter/frontman for Brit prog rock Be Bop Deluxe, "Modern Music" (1977)
1950 ● Martha Johnson → Vocals and leader of Canadian post-punk Martha & The Muffins, "Echo Beach" (Juno Single of the Year, 1980)
1953 ● Elliot Easton → The Cars, "My Best Friend's Girl" (#35, 1978), New Cars, Click Five
1958 ● Kevin "Geordie" Walker → Guitarist of post-punk/gloom-industrial metal Killing Joke, "Follow The Leaders" (#25, 1981)
1959 ● Grantley Evan "Grant" or "Daddy G" Marshall → Collaborative pioneer trip-hop trio Massive Attack, "Teardrop" (UK #10, 1998)
1963 ● Greg D'Angelo → Drummer for Danish-American heavy/hair metal White Lion, "When The Children Cry" (#3, 1987)
1964 ● Robson Green → Singer/songwriter, TV presenter, actor, covered "Unchained Melody" (UK #1, 1995)
1966 ● Steve Dullaghan → Bassist for indie "blonde" pop-rockers The Primitives, "Crash" (Modern Rock #3, 1988)
1968 ● Andy Miller → Guitarist for goofball Brit power pop trio Dodgy, "Good Enough" (UK #4, 1996)
1970 ● DMX (Earl Simmons) → Drum machine rap pioneer, "Party Up (Up In Here)" (#27, 1999), screen actor, Reality TV host
1972 ● DJ Lethal (Leor Dimant) → Latvian-born producer and DJ/turntablist for House Of Pain and rap-metal Limp Bizkit, "My Way" (Mainstream Rock #4, 2001)
1980 ● Christina Aguilera → Dance-pop singer, "Genie In A Bottle" (#1, 1999), collaborator with Mya, Lil' Kim and Pink, "Lady Maramalade" (#1, 2001)
1980 ● Lyndsay Armaou → Irish one hit wonder girl-group B*Witched, "C'est La Vie" (#9, 1999)

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Monday, December 6, 2010

 

Albums Released This Week (December 6 - 12)

Here's a sampling of the great albums of 60s, 70s and 80s rock and pop - the best music ever made! - which were released this week:

Dec 06

Beatles, The ------ Rubber Soul >> 1965
Rolling Stones, The ------ Beggar's Banquet >> 1968
Wonder, Stevie ------ For Once In My Life >> 1968
Taylor, James ------ James Taylor >> 1968
Browne, Jackson ------ Running On Empty >> 1977
Cure, The ------ Japanese Whispers >> 1983

Dec 07

Kingston Trio, The ------ Kingston Trio, The (Nick Bob John) >> 1964
Creedence Clearwater Revival ------ Pendulum >> 1970
McCartney, Paul & Wings ------ Wild Life >> 1971
Temptations, The ------ 1990 >> 1973
Foreigner ------ Agent Provocateur >> 1984
Cowboy Junkies ------ Trinity Session, The >> 1988
Simon & Garfunkel ------ Old Friends: Live On Stage >> 2004

Dec 08

Rolling Stones, The ------ Their Satanic Majesties Request >> 1967
Reed, Lou ------ Transformer >> 1972
Gaye, Marvin ------ Trouble Man [Sndtrk] >> 1972
Eagles ------ Hotel California >> 1976
Public Image Ltd. ------ Public Image: First Issue >> 1978
Fleetwood Mac ------ Fleetwood Mac Live >> 1980
Tesla ------ Mechanical Resonance >> 1986
Mayfield, Curtis And The Impressions ------ Anthology 1961-1977, The >> 1992
Buffett, Jimmy ------ Buffet Hotel >> 2009

Dec 09

Ross, Diana & The Supremes ------ Meet The Supremes >> 1962
Cream ------ Fresh Cream >> 1966
Who, The ------ Quick One, A >> 1966
Diamond, Neil ------ Hot August Night >> 1972
Harrison, George ------ Dark Horse >> 1974
Adams, Bryan ------ MTV Unplugged >> 1997

Dec 10

Deep Purple ------ Stormbringer >> 1974
Journey ------ Dream, After Dream [Sndtrk] >> 1980
Jam, The ------ Dig The New Breed >> 1982
Osbourne, Ozzy ------ Bark At The Moon >> 1983
Fine Young Cannibals ------ Fine Young Cannibals >> 1985
Jethro Tull ------ Live At Hammersmith '84 >> 1990

Dec 11

Blood, Sweat & Tears ------ Blood, Sweat & Tears >> 1968
Deep Purple ------ Book Of Taliesyn, The >> 1968
Lennon, John ------ John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band >> 1970
King Crimson ------ Lizard >> 1970
Rolling Stones, The ------ More Hot Rocks (Big Hits & Fazed Cookies) >> 1972
McCartney, Paul & Wings ------ Wings Over America >> 1976
Monty Python ------ Monty Python Sings >> 1989
Fine Young Cannibals ------ Raw & The Remix, The >> 1990
No Doubt ------ Rock Steady >> 2001

Dec 12

Byrds, The ------ Turn! Turn! Turn! >> 1965
Lennon, John ------ Live Peace In Toronto >> 1969
Starr, Ringo ------ Blast From Your Past >> 1975
Burning Spear ------ Marcus Garvey >> 1975
ABBA ------ Album, The >> 1977
Clash, The ------ Sandinista! >> 1980
Venom ------ Welcome To Hell >> 1981
Fall, The ------ Perverted By Language >> 1983
UB40 ------ Labour Of Love II >> 1989

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Sunday, December 5, 2010

 

This Week's Birthdays (December 5 - 11)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Dec 05
1932 ● Little Richard (Richard Wayne Penniman) → Early rock 'n roll pioneer, legendary wildman, "Long Tall Sally" (#6, 1956)
1938 ● John Weldon "J.J." Cale → Roots-blues-rock singer/songwriter/guitarist, "After Midnight" (#42, 1972), wrote "Cocaine" (Clapton, #30, 1980)
1945 ● Eduardo Delgado Serrato → Original drummer for garage rock legends ? And The Mysterians, "96 Tears" (#1, 1966)
1947 ● Jim Messina → Country-rock guitarist/singer/songwriter, Buffalo Springfield, Poco, Loggins & Messina, "Your Mama Don't Dance" (#4, 1972)
1952 ● Andy Kim (Andrew Youakim) → Canadian bubblegum pop-rock one hit wonder singer/songwriter, "Rock Me Gently" (#1, 1974)
1960 ● Les Nemes → Bassist for New Wave funk-pop Haircut 100, "Love Plus One" (#37, 1982)
1960 ● Jack Russell → Lead vocals for hard rock/metal Great White, "One Bitten, Twice Shy" (#5, 1989), survived Rhode Island night club fire in 2003
1965 ● John Rzeznick → Singer/guitarist for alt-rock Goo Goo Dolls, "Iris" (#1, 1998)
1968 ● Glen Graham → Roots-psych-alt rock Blind Melon, "No Rain" (Modern Rock #1, 1993)
1971 ● Craig Gill → Drummer for Brit psych-alt rock Inspiral Carpets, "Two Worlds Collide" (Modern Rock #8, 1992)
1980 ● Zainam Higgins → Vocals/songwriter for Brit R&B/dance-pop teen girl-group Cleopatra, "Cleopatra's Theme" (#26, 1998)
1982 ● Keri Lynn Hilson → R&B singer/songwriter, wrote hits as part of The Clutch team, solo, "Knock You Down" (#3, 2009)

Dec 06
1916 ● Hugo Peretti → Songwriter, producer, record label executive, teamed with Luigi Creatore to write dozens of hit songs for mulitple artists
1920 ● Dave Brubeck → Jazz pianist, bandleader, composer, "Take Five" (Adult Contemporary #5, 1961)
1943 ● Keith West (Hopkins) → Brit singer/songwriter, led early psych-rock group Tomorrow, solo with "On A Saturday" (1968)
1943 ● Michael George "Mike" Smith → Keyboards and vocals for Brit Invasion pop-rock The Dave Clark Five, "Catch Us If You Can" (#4, 1965)
1944 ● Jonathan King → Brit singer/songwriter, "Everyone's Gone To The Moon" (#17, 1965), record producer, manager for Genesis
1947 ● David Roderick "Fritz" Fryer → Lead guitarist for Brit pop-rock The Four Pennies, "Juliet" (UK #1, 1964)
1947 ● Kim Simmonds → Founder and guitarist for Brit blues-rock Savoy Brown, "Tell Mama" (#83, 1971)
1947 ● Miroslav Vitous → Czech-born bassist for jazz-rock fusion Weather Report, "Birdland" (1977), solo
1952 ● Randy Rhoads → Heavy metal/pop-metal Quiet Riot, "Bang Your Head (Metal Health)" (#31, 1983)
1955 ● Edward Tudor-Pole → Leader of Brit punk-rock band Tenpole Tudor, actor, solo, "Who Killed Bambi?" (1978)
1955 ● Rick Buckler → Drummer for Brit punk-rock/mod revival The Jam, "Town Called Malice" (Mainstream Rock #31, 1982)
1956 ● Peter Buck → Guitarist/songwriter for influential post-punk R.E.M., "The One I Love" (#9, 1987)
1961 ● David Lovering → Drummer for melodic post-punk alternative rock The Pixies, "Here Comes Your Man" (Modern Rock #3, 1989)
1962 ● Ben Watt → Brit pop-dance-club duo Everything But The Girl, "Missing" (#2, 1995), solo
1969 ● Mark Gardener → Singer/guitarist for Brit neo-psych shoegazing band Ride, "Twisterella" (Modern Rock #12, 1992)
1969 ● Steven Drozd → Drummer/vocals for neo-psych alt rock The Flaming Lips, "She Don't Use Jelly" (#55, 1995)
1970 ● Ulf Ekberg → Swedish pop-rockers Ace Of Base, "All That She Wants" (#2, 1993)

Dec 07
1942 ● Harry Chapin → Singer/songwriter/guitarist, "Cat's In The Cradle" (#1, 1974)
1942 ● Mike Nolan → Brit mixed-gender euro-pop/disco Bucks Fizz, "Making Your Mind Up" (UK #1, 1981)
1949 ● Tom Waits → Gravelly, growling blues-rock singer/songwriter, actor, film score composer, vocal contributor
1958 ● Timothy Butler → Brit New Wave post-punk The Psychedelic Furs, "Pretty In Pink" (#41, 1981)
1961 ● Robert Downes → New Wave synth-pop-soul Then Jerico, "The Motive" (UK #18, 1987)
1963 ● Barbara Weathers → Lead vocals for 80s urban contemporary soul Atlantic Starr, "Always" (#1, 1987)
1963 ● Huw Chadbourne → Brit lounge/melodramatic pop group Babybird, "You're Gorgeous" (UK #3, 1996)
1965 ● Brian Futter → Brit indie rock/shoegazing band Catherine Wheel, "Black Metallic" (Modern Rock #9, 1991)
1973 ● Dodi Ma (Damien Rice) → Multi-intrumentalist Irish indie folk-rocker, Juniper, solo, "Cannonball" (UK #19, 2004)
1974 ● Nicole Appleton → Brit dance-pop-rock All Saints, "Never Ever" (UK #1, 1998)
1979 ● Sara Bareilles → Pianist/singer/songwriter, "Love Song" (#4, 2007)
1987 ● Aaron Carter → Teen idol hip hop/pop singer, "Aaron's Party (Come And Get It)" (#35, 2002)

Dec 08
1921 ● Johnny Otis (John Veliotes) → Sing-era bandleader, R&B producer, rock band manager, A&R man, songwriter, "Willie And The Hand Jive" (#9, 1958)
1925 ● Jimmy Smith → Jazz organ player, popularized the Hammond B-3, NEA Jazz Master, bandleader, contributor
1925 ● Sammy Davis, Jr. → Actor, dancer, "Rat Pack" member with Sinatra and Martin, singer, "Candy Man" (#1, 1972)
1939 ● James Galway → The "Man with the Golden Flute" Irish virtuoso flutist, "Annie's Song" (UK 33, 1978)
1939 ● Jerry Butler → Chicago soul/doo wop The Impressions, "It's All Right" (#4, 1963), solo
1942 ● Bobby Elliot → British Invasion pop-rock The Hollies, "Bus Stop" (#5, 1966)
1943 ● Jim Morrison (James Douglas Morrison) → Vocals and frontman for influential/controversial rock band The Doors, "Hello, I Love You" (#1, 1968)
1944 ● Mike Botts → Soft MOR pop-rock Bread, "Make It With You" (#1, 1970), sessions
1946 ● John Graham Knight → Founding member and bassist for Scottish pop-rock The Marmalade, "Reflections Of My Life" (#10, 1970)
1947 ● Geoff Daking → Drummer for early psychedelic rock quintet Blues Magoos, "(We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet" (#5, 1967)
1947 ● Gregory Lenoir Allman → Southern blues-rock vocals, keyboards and songwriter, Allman Brothers Band, solo, "I'm No Angel" (Mainstream Rock #1, 1987)
1949 ● Ray Shulman → Pop/rock Simon Dupree & The Big Sound, "Kites" (UK #9, 1967), then founding member of innovative prog rock Gentle Giant
1950 ● Dan Hartman → Edgar Winter Group, session musician, producer, solo R&B/soul-pop singer/songwriter, "I Can Dream About You" (#6, 1984)
1953 ● Colin Gibb (Routh) → Brit pop/rock novelty-party quartet Black Lace, "Agadoo" (UK #2, 1984)
1956 ● Warren Cuccurullo → New Wave electronic dance-pop guitarist, Missing Persons, Duran Duran, "Hungry Like The Wolf" (#3, 1982)
1957 ● Phil Collen → Lead guitar for hard rock/Brit New Wave of Heavy Metal band Def Leppard, "Love Bites" (#1, 1988)
1959 ● Paul Rutherford → Backing vocals, keyboards and dancer for Brit New Wave pop/rock Frankie Goes To Hollywood, "Relax" (#10, 1984)
1962 ● Marty Friedman → Lead guitarist for Trash metal Megadeth, "Trust" (Mainstream Rock #5, 1997)
1966 ● Bushwick Bill (Richard Shaw) → Gangsta/horror-rap Geto Boys, "Mind Playing Tricks On Me" (#23, 1991)
1966 ● Sinead O' Connor → Irish-born controversial singer/songwriter, "Nothing Compares 2 U" (#1, 1990)
1972 ● Ryan Newell → Southern folk-rock Sister Hazel, "All For You" (#11, 1997)
1973 ● Judith Anna Pronk → Dutch-born lead vocalist for euro-pop-dance Alice Deejay, "Better Off Alone" (Dance/Club #3, 1999)
1974 ● Nick Zinner → Guitarist for New York alt/art-rock trio Yeah Yeah Yeahs, "Gold Lion" (Alt Rock #14, 2006)
1982 ● Chrisette Michele (Payne) → Contemporary R&B/soul singer/songwriter, "Epiphany" (R&B #14, 2009)

Dec 09
1934 ● Junior Wells (Amos Blakemore) → Chicago blues harmonica and singer, "Little By Little" (R&B #23, 1960), contributor
1941 ● Dan Hicks → Eccentric roots-folk-rock songwriter and guitarist for The Charlatans, Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks, solo
1941 ● Sam Strain → Vocals for Little Anthony & The Imperials, R&B/Philly soul giants The O'Jays, "Love Train" (#1, 1973)
1943 ● Kenny Vance (Kenneth Rosenberg) → AM pop-rock vocals for Jay & The Americans, "Cara Mia" (#4, 1965)
1944 ● Neil Innes → Founding member, guitar and vocals, Brit comedy-rock Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, "I'm The Urban Spaceman" (UK #5, 1968)
1944 ● Shirley Brickley → Mixed gender R&B doo-wop The Orlons, "The Wah-Watusi" (#2, R&B #5, 1962)
1950 ● Joan Armatrading → St. Kitts-born Grammy-nominee soul-reggae-folk singer/songwriter/guitarist, "Drop The Pilot" (Mainstream Rock #33, 1983)
1954 ● Jack Sonni → Rhythm guitar for Dire Straits
in mid-80s, including "Money For Nothing" (#1, 1985)
1955 ● Randy Murray → Canadian pop-rockers Bachman-Turner Overdrive, "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" (#1, 1974)
1957 ● Donny Osmond → Teenybopper center of The Osmonds, "One Bad Apple" (#1, 1971), solo, "Soldier Of Love" (#2, 1989)
1958 ● Nick Seymour → Bassist for Aussie New Wave pop-rock Crowded House, "Don't Dream It's Over" (#2, 1987)
1964 ● Paul H. Landers → Rhythm guitar for heavy metal/Kraut rock Rammstein, "Sehnsucht" (Mainstream Rock #20, 1998)
1968 ● Brian Bell → Rhythm guitarist/songwriter for post-grunge alt rock Weezer, "Beverly Hills" (#10, 2005)
1969 ● Jakob Dylan → Singer/songwriter/guitarist for roots rock The Wallflowers, "One Headlight" (Mainstream Rock #1, 1996), solo, son of Bob
1970 ● Zak Foley → Brit dance-rock quintet EMF ("Epsom Mad Funkers"), "Unbelievable" (#1, 1990)
1971 ● Geoff Barrow → Avant-garde fusion of electronica and pop with Portishead, "Sour Times" (#53, 1995)
1972 ● Tre Cool (Frank Edwin Wright III) → Post-grunge alt rock punk revival Green Day, "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams" (#2, 2004)
1978 ● Chris Wolstenholme → Bassist for prog-glam-electronic rock Muse, "Uprising" (#37, 2009)

Dec 10
1910 ● John Hammond Sr. → Record label executive, A&R scout, producer for Springsteen, Joplin, Benson and others
1926 ● Eddie "Guitar Slim" Jones → Flamboyant and oft-covered New Orleans blues guitarist, "The Things That I Used To Do" (R&B #1, 1954)
1941 ● Chad Stewart (David Stuart Chadwick) → Strings-backed British Invasion light folk-pop duo Chad & Jeremy, "A Summer Song" (#7, 1964)
1946 ● Christopher John "Ace" Kefford → Bassist and founding member of Brit psych-rock The Move, "Blackberry Way" (UK #1, 1968), solo
1946 ● Walter "Clyde" Orange → Drummer for Motown R&B/soul-funk The Commodores, "Three Times A Lady" (#1, 1978)
1948 ● Jessica Cleaves → Pop-rock vocal group The Friends Of Distinction, "Grazing In The Grass" (#3, 1969)
1948 ● Ralph Vierra Tavares → Five brother R&B/funk-disco Tavares, "Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel" (#15, 1976)
1951 ● Juan Raul David "Johnny" Rodriguez → Latino country singer/songwriter with seven Top 10 country hits in the early 70s
1954 ● Geoff Deane → Brit dance-pop band Modern Romance, "Best Years Of Our Lives" (UK #4, 1982)
1957 ● Paul Hardcastle → Producer, composer synthesizer keyboardist, pop/dance "19" (#20, Dance #1, 1985)
1965 ● Joseph Donald "J" Mascis → Singer, songwriter and lead guitar for influential indie/cult rock Dinosaur Jr., "Start Choppin'" (Modern Rock #3, 1993)
1966 ● Timothy Christian Riley → Drummer for R&B/new jack swing soul-funk Tony! Toni! Tone!, "If I Had No Loot" (#7, 1993)
1972 ● Brian Molko → Scottish-American singer/songwriter/guitarist for alt glam-rock/punk revival Placebo, "Pure Morning" (Mainstream Rock #40, 1999)
1972 ● Scot Alexander → Bassist for melodic hard rock Dishwalla, "Counting Blue Cars" (#15, 1996)
1974 ● Meg White → Drummer with husband Jack in alt rock duo The White Stripes, "Seven Nation Army" (Mainstream Rock #12, 2004)

Dec 11
1916 ● Perez Prado → Cuban-born "King of the Mambo", bandleader, pianist, composer, "Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White" (#1, 1955)
1926 ● Big Mama Thornton (Willie Mae Thornton) → Early blues singer/songwriter, "Hound Dog" (R&B #1, 1956, before Elvis)
1934 ● Curtis Williams → Bass-baritone singer for R&B/doo wop vocals The Penguins, "Earth Angel" (#8, 1954)
1940 ● David Gates → Soft MOR pop-rock Bread, "Make It With You" (#1, 1970), sessions
1944 ● Brenda Lee (Brenda Mae Tarpley) → Pop, country and rockabilly singer, "I'm Sorry" (#1, 1960)
1951 ● Philip "Spike" Edney → Keyboardist, sessions for Queen, Duran Duran, Boomtown Rats, Dexy's Midnight Runners, Haircut 100, others
1954 ● Jermaine Jackson → R&B/pop-soul The Jackson 5, "I Want You Back" (#1, 1970), The Jacksons, "State Of Shock" (#3, 1984)
1957 ● Mike Mesaros → Alt pop-rock The Smithereens, "Only A Memory" (Mainstream Rock #1, 1988)
1958 ● Nikki Sixx (Franklin Carlton Serafino Ferrana, Jr.) → Bassist for hair-metal Mötley Crüe, "Dr. Feelgood" (#6, 1989)
1961 ● Darryl "The Munch" Jones → Bassist for The Rolling Stones, The
since Bill Wyman's departure in 1993
1962 ● Curtis Williams → Keyboards for jazz-fusion then R&B/funk Kool & The Gang, "Jungle Boogie" (#4, 1973), producer
1964 ● Justin Currie → Founder and bass/vocals/songwriting for pop and country-rock Del Amitri, "Roll To Me" (#10, 1995)
1967 ● DJ Yella (Antoine Carraby) → Longest-lasting member of controversial/influential gangsta rap quintet N.W.A., "Express Yourself" (Hot Dance #38, 1989)
1972 ● Easther Bennett → Brit R&B/dance-pop singer for girl-group Eternal, "Stay" (#19, 1994), Aswad, songwriter

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