Monday, March 31, 2014

 

Albums Released This Week (March 31 - April 6)

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):


Mar 31
Three Dog Night ------ It Ain't Easy ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1970
Deep Purple ------ Machine Head ► Hard Rock >> 1972
Led Zeppelin ------ Presence ► Hard Rock >> 1976
Paul McCartney & Wings ------ London Town ► Pop-Rock >> 1978
Scorpions ------ Animal Magnetism ► Heavy Metal >> 1980
Genesis ------ Duke ► Prog Rock >> 1980
Culture Club ------ From Luxury To Heartache ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1986
Thompson Twins ------ Close To The Bone ► New Wave Dance-pop >> 1987
The Smiths ------ Louder Than Bombs ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1987
Prince ------ Sign 'O' The Times ► Soul-Funk >> 1987
Def Leppard ------ Adrenalize ► Hard Rock >> 1992
Body Count ------ Body Count ► Heavy Metal >> 1992
Bruce Springsteen ------ Human Touch ► Heartland Rock >> 1992
Bruce Springsteen ------ Lucky Town ► Heartland Rock >> 1992
Céline Dion ------ The Collection 1982-1988 ► Adult Pop >> 1997
Duran Duran ------ Night Versions: The Essential Duran Duran ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1998
Daz Dillinger ------ Retaliation, Revenge And Get Back ► West Coast Rap >> 1998
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark ------ Live: Architecture & Morality And More ► New Wave Synth Pop >> 2008


Apr 01
John Coltrane ------ Giant Steps ► Jazz >> 1959
Marvin Gaye ------ When I'm Alone I Cry ► Soul/Broadway >> 1964
Cat Stevens ------ Mona Bone Jakon ► Folk-Pop >> 1970
Harry Nilsson ------ Son Of Dracula [Sndtrk] ► Folk-Rock >> 1974
Journey ------ Journey ► Prog/Art Rock >> 1975
Rush ------ 2112 ► Prog/Art Rock >> 1976
Grateful Dead ------ Reckoning ► Folk-Rock >> 1981
Aldo Nova ------ Aldo Nova ► Glam Rock >> 1982
Trooper ------ Money Talks ► Hard Rock >> 1982
Paul Young ------ The Secret Of Association ► Pop-Rock >> 1985
Suzanne Vega ------ Solitude Standing ► Alt. Rock >> 1987
Black Sabbath ------ Headless Cross ► Hard Rock >> 1989
The Afghan Whigs ------ Up In It ► Post-Punk >> 1990
School Of Fish ------ School Of Fish ► Jangle Pop >> 1991
Lit ------ Tripping The Light Fantastic ► Alt Rock/Post-Grunge >> 1997
Simple Minds ------ Cry ► New Wave Alt. Pop >> 2002
Stabbing Westward ------ The Essential Stabbing Westward ► Industrial Rock >> 2003
R.E.M. ------ Accelerate ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2008
The Apples In Stereo ------ Electronic Projects For Musicians ► Indie Pop-Rock/Power Pop >> 2008
Van Morrison ------ Keep It Simple ► Folk-Rock >> 2008
The Rolling Stones ------ Shine A Light: Original Soundtrack ► Blues-Rock >> 2008


Apr 02
Elvis Presley ------ Kissin' Cousins ► Rock n Roll >> 1964
Donny Hathaway ------ Donny Hathaway ► Soul >> 1971
The Beatles ------ The Beatles/1962-1966 ► Pop-Rock >> 1973
The Beatles ------ The Beatles/1967-1970 ► Pop-Rock >> 1973
Bad Company ------ Straight Shooter ► Hard Rock >> 1975
Phyllis Hyman ------ Phyllis Hyman ► Soul - Quiet Storm >> 1977
Jefferson Starship ------ Modern Times ► Arena Rock >> 1981
Cocteau Twins ------ The Spangle Maker [EP] ► Folk-Rock >> 1984
Go West ------ Go West ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1985
Severed Heads ------ Bulkhead ► Electronica/Industrial >> 1988
Lenny Kravitz ------ Mama Said ► Pop-Rock/Soul-Funk >> 1991
Mike + The Mechanics ------ Word Of Mouth ► Brit Pop-Rock >> 1991
Citizen King ------ Count The Days ► Alt Rock/Punk Hop >> 1996
Eric Clapton ------ Crossroads 2: Live In The Seventies ► Blues-Rock >> 1996
Our Lady Peace ------ Clumsy ► Post-Grunge Alt Rock >> 1997
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds ------ No More Shall We Part ► Alt Rock >> 2001
Genesis ------ Genesis 1976 - 1982 ► Prog Rock >> 2007


Apr 03
Brenda Lee ------ Emotions ► Country-Pop >> 1961
Simon & Garfunkel ------ Bookends ► Folk-Rock >> 1968
Moby Grape ------ Wow ► Psychedelic Rock (SFO) >> 1968
Harry Nilsson ------ Harry ► Folk-Rock >> 1969
Billy Preston ------ Live European Tour ► Funk >> 1974
Poco ------ Live ► Country-Rock >> 1976
En Vogue ------ Born To Sing ► Dance-Pop >> 1990
Ronnie Wood ------ Live & Electric ► Hard Rock >> 2000
Poison ------ The Best of Poison - 20 Years of Rock ► Heavy Metal/Hair Metal >> 2006
REO Speedwagon ------ Find Your Own Way Home ► Arena Rock >> 2007
Wilson Phillips ------ Dedicated ► Pop-Rock >> 2012


Apr 04
The Kingston Trio ------ Sold Out ► Folk-Pop >> 1960
ZZ Top ------ Rio Grande Mud ► Blues-Rock >> 1972
Cocteau Twins ------ Peppermint Pig [EP] ► Folk-Rock >> 1983
Rodan ------ Rusty ► Alt Rock/Math Rock >> 1994
Radiohead ------ The Bends ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1995
Duran Duran ------ Thank You ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1995
INXS ------ Elegantly Wasted ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1997
Kreator ------ Voices Of Transgression: A 90s Retrospective ► Heavy Metal/Thrash Metal >> 1999
Lou Reed ------ Ecstasy ► Hard Rock >> 2000
Mariah Carey ------ The Emancipation Of Mimi ► Pop-Rock >> 2005


Apr 05
Jimi Hendrix ------ Scuse Me While I Kiss The Sky: Live At The L.A. Forum 4-5-70 ► Blues-Rock >> 1970
David Crosby & Graham Nash ------ Graham Nash/David Crosby ► Folk-Rock >> 1972
Johnny Cash ------ Ragged Old Flag ► Trad Country >> 1974
Journey ------ Evolution ► Prog/Art Rock >> 1979
The Motels ------ All Four One ► L. A. New Wave >> 1982
Tracy Chapman ------ Tracy Chapman ► Folk-Rock >> 1988
David Bowie ------ Black Tie White Noise ► Glam Rock >> 1993
Milla Jovovich ------ The Divine Comedy ► Soft Rock >> 1994
Boz Scaggs ------ Some Change ► Pop-Soul >> 1994
Blind Guardian ------ Imaginations From The Other Side ► Heavy Metal/Power Metal >> 1995
The Who ------ Icon ► British Rock >> 2011
The Who ------ Icon 2 ► British Rock >> 2011


Apr 06
Cilla Black ------ Sher-oo! ► Pop/Merseybeat >> 1968
Jean Jacques Burnel ------ Euroman Cometh ► Minimal Wave >> 1979
Roger Taylor ------ Fun In Space ► Glam Rock >> 1981
The Cult ------ Electric ► Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Revival >> 1987
The Dandy Warhols ------ Dandys Rule, OK? ► Psych Rock >> 1995
Various Artists ------ Fat Music Volume 4: Life In The Fat Lane ► Punk-Rock >> 1999
Big Sugar ------ Heated ► Blues-Rock >> 1999

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

 

This Week's Birthdays (March 30 - April 5)

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):


Mar 31
Three Dog Night ------ It Ain't Easy ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1970
Deep Purple ------ Machine Head ► Hard Rock >> 1972
Led Zeppelin ------ Presence ► Hard Rock >> 1976
Paul McCartney & Wings ------ London Town ► Pop-Rock >> 1978
Scorpions ------ Animal Magnetism ► Heavy Metal >> 1980
Genesis ------ Duke ► Prog Rock >> 1980
Culture Club ------ From Luxury To Heartache ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1986
Thompson Twins ------ Close To The Bone ► New Wave Dance-pop >> 1987
The Smiths ------ Louder Than Bombs ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1987
Prince ------ Sign 'O' The Times ► Soul-Funk >> 1987
Def Leppard ------ Adrenalize ► Hard Rock >> 1992
Body Count ------ Body Count ► Heavy Metal >> 1992
Bruce Springsteen ------ Human Touch ► Heartland Rock >> 1992
Bruce Springsteen ------ Lucky Town ► Heartland Rock >> 1992
Céline Dion ------ The Collection 1982-1988 ► Adult Pop >> 1997
Duran Duran ------ Night Versions: The Essential Duran Duran ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1998
Daz Dillinger ------ Retaliation, Revenge And Get Back ► West Coast Rap >> 1998
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark ------ Live: Architecture & Morality And More ► New Wave Synth Pop >> 2008


Apr 01
John Coltrane ------ Giant Steps ► Jazz >> 1959
Marvin Gaye ------ When I'm Alone I Cry ► Soul/Broadway >> 1964
Cat Stevens ------ Mona Bone Jakon ► Folk-Pop >> 1970
Harry Nilsson ------ Son Of Dracula [Sndtrk] ► Folk-Rock >> 1974
Journey ------ Journey ► Prog/Art Rock >> 1975
Rush ------ 2112 ► Prog/Art Rock >> 1976
Grateful Dead ------ Reckoning ► Folk-Rock >> 1981
Aldo Nova ------ Aldo Nova ► Glam Rock >> 1982
Trooper ------ Money Talks ► Hard Rock >> 1982
Paul Young ------ The Secret Of Association ► Pop-Rock >> 1985
Suzanne Vega ------ Solitude Standing ► Alt. Rock >> 1987
Black Sabbath ------ Headless Cross ► Hard Rock >> 1989
The Afghan Whigs ------ Up In It ► Post-Punk >> 1990
School Of Fish ------ School Of Fish ► Jangle Pop >> 1991
Lit ------ Tripping The Light Fantastic ► Alt Rock/Post-Grunge >> 1997
Simple Minds ------ Cry ► New Wave Alt. Pop >> 2002
Stabbing Westward ------ The Essential Stabbing Westward ► Industrial Rock >> 2003
R.E.M. ------ Accelerate ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2008
The Apples In Stereo ------ Electronic Projects For Musicians ► Indie Pop-Rock/Power Pop >> 2008
Van Morrison ------ Keep It Simple ► Folk-Rock >> 2008
The Rolling Stones ------ Shine A Light: Original Soundtrack ► Blues-Rock >> 2008


Apr 02
Elvis Presley ------ Kissin' Cousins ► Rock n Roll >> 1964
Donny Hathaway ------ Donny Hathaway ► Soul >> 1971
The Beatles ------ The Beatles/1962-1966 ► Pop-Rock >> 1973
The Beatles ------ The Beatles/1967-1970 ► Pop-Rock >> 1973
Bad Company ------ Straight Shooter ► Hard Rock >> 1975
Phyllis Hyman ------ Phyllis Hyman ► Soul - Quiet Storm >> 1977
Jefferson Starship ------ Modern Times ► Arena Rock >> 1981
Cocteau Twins ------ The Spangle Maker [EP] ► Folk-Rock >> 1984
Go West ------ Go West ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1985
Severed Heads ------ Bulkhead ► Electronica/Industrial >> 1988
Lenny Kravitz ------ Mama Said ► Pop-Rock/Soul-Funk >> 1991
Mike + The Mechanics ------ Word Of Mouth ► Brit Pop-Rock >> 1991
Citizen King ------ Count The Days ► Alt Rock/Punk Hop >> 1996
Eric Clapton ------ Crossroads 2: Live In The Seventies ► Blues-Rock >> 1996
Our Lady Peace ------ Clumsy ► Post-Grunge Alt Rock >> 1997
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds ------ No More Shall We Part ► Alt Rock >> 2001
Genesis ------ Genesis 1976 - 1982 ► Prog Rock >> 2007


Apr 03
Brenda Lee ------ Emotions ► Country-Pop >> 1961
Simon & Garfunkel ------ Bookends ► Folk-Rock >> 1968
Moby Grape ------ Wow ► Psychedelic Rock (SFO) >> 1968
Harry Nilsson ------ Harry ► Folk-Rock >> 1969
Billy Preston ------ Live European Tour ► Funk >> 1974
Poco ------ Live ► Country-Rock >> 1976
En Vogue ------ Born To Sing ► Dance-Pop >> 1990
Ronnie Wood ------ Live & Electric ► Hard Rock >> 2000
Poison ------ The Best of Poison - 20 Years of Rock ► Heavy Metal/Hair Metal >> 2006
REO Speedwagon ------ Find Your Own Way Home ► Arena Rock >> 2007
Wilson Phillips ------ Dedicated ► Pop-Rock >> 2012


Apr 04
The Kingston Trio ------ Sold Out ► Folk-Pop >> 1960
ZZ Top ------ Rio Grande Mud ► Blues-Rock >> 1972
Cocteau Twins ------ Peppermint Pig [EP] ► Folk-Rock >> 1983
Rodan ------ Rusty ► Alt Rock/Math Rock >> 1994
Radiohead ------ The Bends ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1995
Duran Duran ------ Thank You ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1995
INXS ------ Elegantly Wasted ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1997
Kreator ------ Voices Of Transgression: A 90s Retrospective ► Heavy Metal/Thrash Metal >> 1999
Lou Reed ------ Ecstasy ► Hard Rock >> 2000
Mariah Carey ------ The Emancipation Of Mimi ► Pop-Rock >> 2005


Apr 05
Jimi Hendrix ------ Scuse Me While I Kiss The Sky: Live At The L.A. Forum 4-5-70 ► Blues-Rock >> 1970
David Crosby & Graham Nash ------ Graham Nash/David Crosby ► Folk-Rock >> 1972
Johnny Cash ------ Ragged Old Flag ► Trad Country >> 1974
Journey ------ Evolution ► Prog/Art Rock >> 1979
The Motels ------ All Four One ► L. A. New Wave >> 1982
Tracy Chapman ------ Tracy Chapman ► Folk-Rock >> 1988
David Bowie ------ Black Tie White Noise ► Glam Rock >> 1993
Milla Jovovich ------ The Divine Comedy ► Soft Rock >> 1994
Boz Scaggs ------ Some Change ► Pop-Soul >> 1994
Blind Guardian ------ Imaginations From The Other Side ► Heavy Metal/Power Metal >> 1995
The Who ------ Icon ► British Rock >> 2011
The Who ------ Icon 2 ► British Rock >> 2011


Apr 06
Cilla Black ------ Sher-oo! ► Pop/Merseybeat >> 1968
Jean Jacques Burnel ------ Euroman Cometh ► Minimal Wave >> 1979
Roger Taylor ------ Fun In Space ► Glam Rock >> 1981
The Cult ------ Electric ► Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Revival >> 1987
The Dandy Warhols ------ Dandys Rule, OK? ► Psych Rock >> 1995
Various Artists ------ Fat Music Volume 4: Life In The Fat Lane ► Punk-Rock >> 1999
Big Sugar ------ Heated ► Blues-Rock >> 1999

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Monday, March 24, 2014

 

Albums Released This Week (March 24 - 30)

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):


Mar 24
The Easybeats ------ It's 2 Easy ► Rock 'N' Roll >> 1966
Elton John ------ Friends ► Pop-Rock >> 1971
Slade ------ Slade Alive! ► Hard Rock >> 1972
Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks ------ Striking It Rich ► Country-Rock >> 1972
Pink Floyd ------ The Dark Side Of The Moon [UK] ► Prog Rock >> 1973
Chicago ------ Chicago VIII ► Jazz-Rock >> 1975
Lynyrd Skynyrd ------ Nuthin' Fancy ► Southern Rock >> 1975
Motörhead ------ Overkill ► Heavy Metal >> 1979
Talking Heads ------ The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads ► New Wave Art-Rock >> 1982
The Rolling Stones ------ Dirty Work ► Blues-Rock >> 1986
Pet Shop Boys ------ Please ► Dance-Pop >> 1986
They Might Be Giants ------ Apollo 18 ► Alt. Rock >> 1992
Running Wild ------ Black Hand Inn ► Heavy Metal/Power Metal >> 1994
Supertramp ------ Some Things Never Change ► Prog/Art Rock >> 1997
Everclear ------ White Trash Hell ► Grunge-Punk >> 1997
Journey ------ Greatest Hits Live ► Arena Rock >> 1998
Blue Öyster Cult ------ Heaven Forbid ► Metal >> 1998
Indigo Girls ------ Poseidon And The Bitter Bug ► Folk-Rock >> 2009


Mar 25
The Beach Boys ------ Surfin' U.S.A. ► Pop-Rock >> 1963
Billy Preston ------ The Wildest Organ In Town ► Soul >> 1966
Jimi Hendrix ------ Band Of Gypsys ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1970
John Cale ------ Vintage Violence ► Art Rock >> 1970
The Kinks ------ The Kink Kronikles ► British Rock >> 1972
Earth, Wind & Fire ------ Open Our Eyes ► Soul-Funk >> 1974
John Cale ------ Slow Dazzle ► Art Rock >> 1975
Paul McCartney & Wings ------ Wings At The Speed Of Sound ► Pop-Rock >> 1976
Triumph ------ Progressions Of Power ► Arena Rock >> 1980
Devo ------ DEV-O LIVE ► Pop-Rock/Post-Punk New Wave >> 1981
The Church ------ The Blurred Crusade ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1982
Joe Jackson ------ Big World ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1986
The Cure ------ Entreat ► Post-Punk >> 1991
Shakira ------ Peligro ► New Jack Swing >> 1993
Powerman 5000 ------ True Force ► Heavy Metal >> 1994
Sleater-Kinney ------ Call The Doctor ► Punk/Riot Grrl >> 1996
Dinosaur Jr. ------ Hand It Over ► Alt. Rock >> 1997
Daft Punk ------ Homework ► House >> 1997
The Notorious B.I.G. ------ Life After Death ► Gangsta Rap >> 1997
Machine Head ------ The More Things Change… ► Heavy Metal/Groove Metal >> 1997
Simple Minds ------ The Early Years 1977-1978 ► New Wave Alt. Pop >> 1998
Rick Slick ------ The Art Of Storytelling ► Rap >> 1999
The Raconteurs ------ Consolers Of The Lonely ► Alt. Rock >> 2008
The B-52's ------ Funplex ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 2008
Counting Crows ------ Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2008
Simple Minds ------ Celebrate: The Greatest Hits ► New Wave Alt. Pop >> 2013


Mar 26
John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers ------ John Mayall Plays John Mayall ► Blues-Rock >> 1965
The Kinks ------ Percy [Sndtrk] ► British Rock >> 1971
The Mothers Of Invention ------ Just Another Band From L.A. ► Art Rock >> 1972
ABBA ------ Ring Ring ► Pop-Rock >> 1973
Smokey Robinson ------ A Quiet Storm ► Soul/Quiet Storm >> 1975
Santana ------ Amigos ► Jazz-Rock Fusion >> 1976
Thin Lizzy ------ Jailbreak ► Hard Rock >> 1976
Village People ------ Go West ► Disco >> 1979
Van Halen ------ Women And Children First… ► Hard Rock >> 1980
The Oak Ridge Boys ------ Fancy Free ► Country-Pop >> 1981
Keel ------ Right To Rock, The ► Heavy Metal >> 1985
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers ------ Southern Accents ► Album Rock >> 1985
Van Halen ------ 5150 ► Hard Rock >> 1986
Heart ------ Brigade ► Album Rock >> 1990
Cross ------ Mad: Bad: And Dangerous To Know ► Hard Rock >> 1990
Digital Underground ------ Sex Packets ► Pop-Rap >> 1990
Bob Dylan ------ The Bootleg Series, Vol. 1-3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961-1991 ► Folk-Rock >> 1991
Rod Stewart ------ Vagabond Heart ► Blues-Rock >> 1991
Anal Cunt ------ 40 More Reasons To Hate Us ► Heavy Metal/Grindcore >> 1996
Bonnie Tyler ------ Free Spirit ► Pop Vocals (Female) >> 1996
Coldplay ------ The Singles 1999-2006 ► Alt. Rock/Brit Pop >> 2007


Mar 27
Bob Dylan ------ Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits ► Folk-Rock >> 1967
Ringo Starr ------ Sentimental Journey ► Pop-Rock >> 1970
Three Dog Night ------ Seven Separate Fools ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1972
Ian Hunter ------ You're Never Alone With A Schizophrenic ► Album Rock >> 1979
David Gilmour ------ About Face ► Prog Rock >> 1984
Run-D.M.C. ------ Run-D.M.C. ► Rap >> 1984
King Crimson ------ Three Of A Perfect Pair ► Prog Rock >> 1984
The Outfield ------ Voices Of Babylon ► Pop-Rock >> 1989
Slint ------ Spiderland ► Experimental/Indie Rock >> 1991
Silverchair ------ Frogstomp ► Grunge >> 1995
Embrace ------ Drawn From Memory ► Alt Rock/Post-Britpop >> 2000
Peter Cetera ------ Another Perfect World ► Pop-Rock >> 2001
Bruce Springsteen ------ Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band: Live In New York City ► Heartland Rock >> 2001
Massive Attack ------ Collected ► Trip-Hop >> 2006
Machine Head ------ The Blackening ► Heavy Metal/Groove Metal >> 2007
Stevie Nicks ------ Crystal Visions - The Very Best Of Stevie Nicks ► Pop-Rock >> 2007


Mar 28
The Rolling Stones ------ Big Hits (High Tide And Green Grass) ► Rock >> 1966
The Rascals ------ The Young Rascals ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1966
Led Zeppelin ------ Houses Of The Holy ► Hard Rock >> 1973
10cc ------ Look Hear? ► Pop-Rock >> 1980
Al Jarreau ------ Jarreau ► Jazz-Pop Vocal >> 1983
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band ------ Like A Rock ► Heartland Rock >> 1986
Roxette ------ Joyride ► Pop-Rock >> 1991
En Vogue ------ Funky Divas ► Dance-Pop >> 1992
The Divine Comedy ------ Promenade ► Brit Pop >> 1994
Wilco ------ A.M. ► Alt. Country-Rock >> 1995
Sarah McLachlan ------ The Freedom Sessions ► Folk-Rock >> 1995
Big L ------ Lifestylez Ov Da Poor & Dangerous ► Hardcore Rap >> 1995
Common ------ Like Water For Chocolate ► Alt Hip Hop >> 2000
Various Artists ------ Romeo Must Die: The Album [Sndtrk] ► R&B/funk-rap >> 2000


Mar 29
Diana Ross ------ Diana! ► Soul >> 1971
The Jackson 5 ------ Skywriter ► Soul - Motown >> 1973
Mott The Hoople ------ The Hoople ► Hard Rock >> 1974
King Crimson ------ Starless And Bible Black ► Prog Rock >> 1974
Charlie Daniels Band ------ Saddle Tramp ► Southern Rock >> 1976
Supertramp ------ Breakfast In America ► Prog/Art Rock >> 1979
Billy Joel ------ Glass Houses ► Pop-Rock >> 1980
Iron Maiden ------ The Number Of The Beast ► Heavy Metal >> 1982
Slade ------ Rogues Gallery ► Glam Rock >> 1985
Bobby McFerrin ------ Simple Pleasures ► Pop-Reggae >> 1988
Little Feat ------ Representing The Mambo ► Southern Rock >> 1989
The Kinks ------ Phobia ► British Rock >> 1993
Suede ------ Suede ► Brit Pop >> 1993
The Subdudes ------ Annunciation ► Blues-Rock >> 1994
Phish ------ Hoist ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 1994
GWAR ------ This Toilet Earth ► Heavy Metal/Thrash Metal >> 1994
Gamma Ray ------ Power Plant ► Heavy Metal/Power Metal >> 1999
Judy Collins ------ Portrait Of An American Girl ► Folk-Pop >> 2005
Bob Dylan ------ All The Best: Dylan ► Folk-Rock >> 2011


Mar 30
The Kinks ------ The Kink Kontroversy ► British Invasion >> 1966
Billy Preston ------ Club Meeting ► Soul >> 1967
Peter Frampton ------ Frampton ► Arena Rock >> 1975
The Commodores ------ Commodores ► Soul-Funk >> 1977
Magazine ------ Secondhand Daylight ► Post-Punk >> 1979
The Pretenders ------ Extended Play ► Post-Punk >> 1981
Erasure ------ The Circus ► Alt. Dance/Synthpop >> 1987
Bryan Adams ------ Into The Fire ► Pop-Rock >> 1987
Onyx ------ Bacdafucup ► Hardcore Rap >> 1993
Pink Floyd ------ The Division Bell ► Prog Rock >> 1994
Choking Victim ------ No Gods, No Managers ► Hardcore Punk >> 1999
Bob Dylan ------ The Bootleg Series, Vol. 6: Bob Dylan Live 1964, Concert At Philharmonic Hall ► Folk-Rock >> 2004
Aerosmith ------ Honkin' On Bobo ► Hard Rock >> 2004
Los Lonely Boys ------ Los Lonely Boys ► Folk-Rock >> 2004
The Who ------ Then And Now ► British Rock >> 2004

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

 

This Weeks Birthdays (March 23 - 29)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Mar 23
1917 ● Granville Henry "Stick" McGhee → Jump blues guitarist, singer and songwriter, best know for the oft-covered blues and proto-typical rock 'n' roll song "Drinkin' Wine, Spo-Dee-O-Dee" (R&B #3, 1949), younger brother of electric blues guitarist Brownie McGhee, died of lung cancer on 8/15/1961
1932 ● Louisiana Red (Iverson Minter) → Flamboyant Southern blues guitarist, vocalist and harmonica player, recorded over 50 albums plus guest appearances and collaborations, best known for "Sweet Blood Call" (1975), died following a stroke on 2/25/2012
1938 ● Irwin Jesse Levine → Pop-rock songwriter, co-wrote "This Diamond Ring" (#1, 1965) for Gary Lewis & The Playboys plus "Knock Three Times" (#1, 1971) and "Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Old Oak Tree" (#1, 1973) for Tony Orlando & Dawn and other top hits, died from renal failure on 1/21/1997
1942 ● Jimmy Miller → Record producer and occasional session drummer on albums and songs he produced for The Spencer Davis Group, Traffic, the lone Blind Faith album, the Plasmatics, Primal Scream and others, including key albums by The Rolling Stones: Beggars Banquet (1968), Let It Bleed (1969), Sticky Fingers (1971), Exile on Main St. (1972) and Goats Head Soup (1973), died 10/22/1994 from liver failure
1944 ● Michael Nyman → Composer, pianist, bandleader and librettist, wrote the soundtrack album to the Oscar-winning film The Piano (1993)
1948 ● Cindy Scott (Sundray Kay Tucker) → Performed and recorded under both her stage (Scott) and birth (Tucker) names, early member of 60s doo wop girl group The Ordettes, released "What Are You Doin' To Me" as Cindy Scott & The Cousins, sang backing vocals for Stevie Wonder, recorded as a solo artist on various indie labels through the 00s, sister of Lynda Laurence (of The Supremes) and cousin of Tammi Terrell and Bunny Sigler
1949 ● Ric Ocasek (Richard Otcasek) → Guitar, frontman and songwriter for synth-pop/hard rock The Cars, "Just What I Needed" (#27, 1978), solo
1950 ● Phil Lanzon → Keyboardist for hard/prog rock Spice, renamed Uriah Heep, "Easy Livin'" (#39, 1972), sessions and sideman for numerous rock acts
1952 ● David Bartram → Vocals for Brit rock 'n' roll revival Showaddywaddy, "Under The Moon Of Love" (UK #1, 1976) and over 20 other UK Top 40 singles
1953 ● Chaka Khan (Yvette Marie Stevens) → Vocals for R&B/funk-dance Rufus, "Tell Me Something Good" (#3, 1974), then solo, "I Feel For You" (#3, 1984)
1966 ● Marti Pellow (Mark McLachlan) → Frontman and lead singer for Scottish pop-rock Wet Wet Wet, "Love Is All Around" (#41, UK #1, 1994), solo
1967 ● John Strohm → Drummer turned guitarist for indie rock/power pop Blake Babies, then for several other groups, including teen-pop Lemonheads, "Into Your Arms" (Modern Rock #1, 1993) plus solo albums, now a lawyer
1968 ● Damon Albarn → Singer, songwriter and producer, first as frontman for alt rock then Britpop Blur, "Girls & Boys" (Alt Rock #4, 1994), then in virtual pop-rock dub band Gorillaz, "Feel Good Inc." (#14, 2005)
1972 ● Beverly Knight → Brit R&B/soul singer, songwriter and producer, "Woulda Shoulda Coulda" (UK #10, 2002)

Mar 24
1935 ● Carol Kaye (Everett) → Hugely prolific session bassist, played in over 10,000 recording sessions for Sam Cooke, Ritchie Valens, Simon & Garfunkel, Quincy Jones, Phil Spector, The Beach Boys and many others, performed on TV theme songs for Kojak, M*A*S*H, Mannix, Hawaii Five-O, Bonanza and others, music instruction author and teacher
1937 ● Billy Stewart → Scat-style R&B/jazz singer, "Summertime" (#10, R&B #7, 1966), died on 1/17/1970 along with three bandmembers when his car went off a bridge in North Carolina
1947 ● Mike Kellie → Drummer for hard rock/blues rock Spooky Tooth, later The Only Ones and Peter Frampton, sessions
1948 ● Lee Oskar → Danish harmonica player for R&B cover band The Creators, which became funk-blues-jazz-rock War, "Cisco Kid" (#2, 1973), solo, heads a high-end harmonica manufacturing concern
1951 ● Dougie Thomson → Bassist for Brit prog-art-pop-rock Supertramp, "The Logical Song" (#6, 1979)
1960 ● Nena (Gabriele Susanne Kerner) → One hit wonder (in the US) German singer and actress, "99 Luftballons" (#2, 1984) and seven Top 10 hits in Germany, now a school principal
1970 ● Pasemaster Mase (Vincent Mason, Jr.) → MC and vocals for jazz rap and alt hip hop trio De La Soul, "Me Myself And I" (R&B #1, 1989)
1970 ● Sharon Corr → With two sisters and brother, violinist in Irish folk-pop-rock sibling act The Corrs, "Breathless" (Adult Top 40 #7, 2000)

Mar 25
1934 ● Johnny Burnette → Rockabilly pioneer bandleader and singer, "You're Sixteen" (#8, 1960), brother of Dorsey and father of Rocky, killed in a California lake boating accident on 8/14/1964
1938 ● Hoyt Axton → Country singer and songwriter, "Boney Fingers" (Country #8, 1974), wrote songs for Elvis Presley, Ringo Starr and others, including "The Pusher" for Steppenwolf (1968) and "Joy To The World" for Three Dog Night (#1, 1971), TV actor (Bionic Woman and McCloud), died of a heart attack on 10/26/1999
1942 ● Aretha Franklin → The "Queen of Soul," Grammy-winning R&B/soul-pop super-diva, "Respect" (#1, 1967) and over 25 other Top 20 hits
1947 ● Duncan Browne → Pop-rock singer and songwriter, "Journey" (UK #23, 1972), died of cancer on 5/28/1993
1947 ● Elton John (Reginald Kenneth Dwight) → Grammy-winning pop-rock and rock 'n' roll mega-star with over 40 Top 25 hits, from "Crocodile Rock" (#1, 1973) to "Candle In The Wind 1997" (#1, 1997)
1947 ● Jack Hall → Bassist for soulful Southern rock Wet Willie, "Keep On Smilin'" (#10, 1974), brother of frontman and lead vocalist Jimmy Hall, died on 5/17/1989
1948 ● Michael Stanley (Gee) → Bassist for folk-rock Silk, then solo, then frontman for the underrated hard rock Michael Stanley Band, "In The Heartland" (Mainstream Rock #6, 1981)
1949 ● Nick Lowe → Songwriter, vocals, guitarist, producer, solo artist, "Cruel To Be Kind" (#12, 1979), bandleader for pub rock/proto-punk Brinsley Schwarz and trad rock 'n' roll Rockpile, "Teacher Teacher" (#51, 1981)
1949 ● Neil Jones → Guitarist for Welsh prog rock septet Amen Corner, "(If Paradise Is) Half As Nice" (UK#1, 1969)
1951 ● Maizie Williams → West Indian vocalist for R&B/disco Euro-dance Boney M, "Rivers Of Babylon" (#30, UK #1, 1978), solo
1960 ● Steve Norman → Guitar and saxophone for New Romantic pop-rock Spandau Ballet, "True" (#4, 1983)
1966 ● Jeff Healey → Blind Canadian blues-rock guitarist, singer, songwriter and bandleader, "Angel Eyes" (#5, 1989), lost his sight to a rare cancer when he was eight months old, died of cancer on 3/2/2008
1969 ● Cathy Dennis → R&B/dance-pop vocalist turned successful songwriter, "Touch Me All Night Long" (#2, 1991), co-wrote "Can't Get You Out Of My Head" for Kylie Minogue (#7, 2002) and wrote other songs for Kelly Clarkson, Celine Dion, Janet Jackson, Britney Spears and others
1971 ● Michael McKeegan → Bassist for Irish grunge rock/alt metal Therapy?, "Screamager" (UK#9, 1993)
1974 ● Finley Quaye → Scottish reggae/hip hop singer, "Dice" (Dance #18, 2004), winner of the 1998 BRIT award winner for best male solo artist
1975 ● Melanie Blatt → Vocals for Brit dance-pop-rock All Saints, "Never Ever" (UK #1, 1998)

Mar 26
1917 ● Rufus Thomas → Memphis R&B/funk-soul singer and comedian, "Do The Funky Chicken" (#28, R&B #5, 1970), father of R&B/soul singer Carla Thomas, died 12/15/2001 from heart failure
1936 ● Fred Parris → Leader and vocals for long-running R&B/doo wop The Five Satins, "In The Still Of The Night" (R&B #3, 1956)
1944 ● Diana Ross (Diane Earle) → Motown R&B/soul-pop diva, lead vocals and eventual frontwoman for The Supremes, "Baby Love" (#1, 1964), then highly successful solo career, "Endless Love" (#1, 1981) and 22 other Top 40 hits
1948 ● Richard Tandy → Keyboards for pop-rock Electric Light Orchestra, "Don't Bring Me Down" (#4, 1979) and 26 other Top 40 hits
1948 ● Steven Tyler (Steven Victor Tallarico) → Frontman and lead vocals for long-lived, Grammy-winning hard rockers Aerosmith, "Dream On" (#6, 1976), "Angel" (#3, 1988), "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing" (#1, 1998), "Baby, Please Don't Go" (Mainstream Rock #7, 2004)
1949 ● Fran Sheehan → Bassist for 70s-80s arena rock Boston, "More Than A Feeling" (#5, 1976)
1950 ● Teddy Pendergrass → Lead singer for R&B/Philly soul Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, "If You Don't Know Me By Now" (#3, 1972), then successful solo career, "Love T.K.O." (R&B #2, 1980), died on 1/13/2010 after colon cancer surgery
1953 ● Billy Lyall → Scottish keyboardist, vocalist and early member of teen pop boy band Bay City Rollers, then co-founded pop-rock Pilot, "Magic" (#1, 1974), worked with Alan Parsons Project, died of AIDS-related causes on 12/1/1989
1955 ● Martin Price → Record shop owner and founding member of electro-dance/acid house 808 State, "Bombadin" (Dance/Club #3, 1994)
1957 ● Paul Morley → Music journalist, former New Music Express writer, band manager, producer and founding member of avant garde synth-pop Art Of Noise, "Kiss" featuring Tom Jones (#31, Dance/Club #18, UK #5, 1988)
1968 ● James Jonas Iha → Vocals and guitar for alt/prog rock/metal band Smashing Pumpkins, "1979" (#12, 1996)
1968 ● Kenny Chesney → Contemporary country star singer and songwriter, "Never Wanted Nothing More" (#22, Country #1, 2007), and 19 other Country #1 hits, married to Bridget Jones's Diary (2001) and Chicago (2002) film actress Renée Zellweger
1971 ● John Hendy → 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
1975 ● Juvenile (Terius Grey) → New Orleans-based Southern/gangsta rapper, member of the hip hop group Hot Boys, "I Need A Hot Girl" (R&B #23, 1999), then solo, "Slow Motion" (#1, 2004) featuring Soulja Slim
1981 ● Jay Sean (Kamaljit Singh Jhooti) → Anglo-Indian singer, songwriter, producer, rapper, beatboxer and Bhangra-R&B fusion pioneer with Rishi Rich Project, "Dance With You" (UK #12, 2003), then solo, "Down" (#1, 2009) with Lil' Wayne

Mar 27
1934 ● Sarah Vaughan → Grammy-winning jazz singer, "Make Yourself Comfortable" (#6, 1955) and 8 other Top 20 hits, died 4/3/1990 from lung cancer
1947 ● Andrew Bown → Guitar and keyboards for Brit psych-rock band The Herd, "I Don't Want Our Loving To Die" (UK #5, 1968), sessions and gigs with Status Quo and Pink Floyd
1950 ● Tony Banks → Founding member and keyboards for prog-rock turned pop-rock Genesis,"Invisible Touch" (#1, 1986), mildly successful solo career
1953 ● Walt Stocker → Lead guitarist for pop-rock The Babys, "Everytime I Think Of You" (#13, 1979), toured with Rod Stewart and Air Supply, "The One That You Love" (#1, 1981)
1957 ● Billy McKenzie → Vocals for New Romantic art-glam-dance-pop The Associates, "Party Fears Two" (UK #9, 1982), committed suicide on 1/23/1997
1959 ● Andrew Farris → Keyboards with his two brothers in Aussie New Wave dance-groove-pop INXS, "Need You Tonight" (#1, 1987)
1960 ● Jackie Chambers → Vocals and lead guitar for early all-girl heavy metal group Painted Lady, which became Girlschool, "Hit And Run" (UK #32, 1981)
1962 ● Derrick McKenzie → Drummer for Grammy-winning Brit acid jazz-funk-pop Jamiroquai, "Canned Heat" (Dance #1, 1999)
1964 ● Clark Datchler → Vocals and songwriter for underappreciated, one hit wonder New Wave sophisti-pop Johnny Hates Jazz, "Shattered Dreams" (#2, 1988), solo
1965 ● Johnny April → Bassist for post-grunge/alt metal Staind, "It's Been A While" (Mainstream Rock #1, 2001)
1970 ● Brendan Hill → Drummer for blues-rock jam quartet Blues Traveler, "Run-Around" (#8, 1995)
1970 ● Mariah Carey → Grammy-winning vocalist, songwriter and top selling 90s pop diva with five straight US #1 career-starting singles, plus Billboard Song of the Decade, "Fantasy" (#1, 2005)
1975 ● Fergie (Stacy Ferguson) → R&B/dance-pop vocalist and songwriter, former teen TV actress (Kids Incorporated) and teen pop Wild Orchid, now with hip-hop Black Eyed Peas, "Don't Phunk With My Heart" (#3, 2005) and solo, "Big Girls Don't Cry" (#1, 2007)
1988 ● Jessie J (Jessica Ellen Cornish) → Blue-eyed soul, pop and hip hop genre-blending Brit singer and songwriter, "Domino" (#6, UK #1, 2012)

Mar 28
1937 ● Dean Webb → Mandolin for influential, progressive bluegrass and country-rock pioneers The Dillards, "It's About Time" (#92, 1971)
1941 ● Charlie McCoy → Harmonica player and top Nashville sessionman, founding member of supergroup Area Code 615, solo career, "Boogie Woogie" (Country #22, 1974) plus member of country-rock Barefoot Jerry
1945 ● Charles "Chuck" Portz → Bassist for pop-rock The Turtles, "It Ain't Me Babe" (#8, 1965), left in 1966 before the band reeled off 7 other Top 10 hits
1948 ● John Evan (Evans) → Keyboards for long-lived Brit folk-rock Jethro Tull, "Living In The Past" (#11, 1973)
1948 ● Milan Williams → Keyboards, horns and guitar for Grammy-winning Motown R&B/soul-funk Commodores, "Three Times A Lady" (#1, 1978) and "Nightshift" (#3, 1985), died of cancer on 7/9/2006
1949 ● Sarah Cecilia "Sally" Carr → Vocals for Scot bubblegum pop-rock Middle Of The Road, "Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep" (UK #1, 1971)
1955 ● Reba McEntire → Hugely successful traditional and contemporary country singer, songwriter and bandleader, scored 22 Country #1 hits including "Somebody" (#35, 2004), TV actress
1962 ● Geo Grimes → Bassist for Scottish pop-rock Danny Wilson, "Mary's Prayer" (#23, Adult Contemporary #6, 1987), later with Deacon Blue and currently Simple Minds
1963 ● Andy Cousin → Bassist for goth-rock All About Eve, "Martha's Harbour" (UK #10, 1988), also played for The Mission UK, "Deliverance" (Mainstream Rock #27, 1990) and The Lucy Nation, "Alright" (1999) from the Austin Powers movie soundtrack
1965 ● Steve Turner → Founder, vocals and lead guitar for grunge rock Mudhoney, "Suck You Dry" (Modern Rock #23, 1992)
1969 ● James Atkin → Vocals and guitar for Brit dance-rock quintet EMF ("Epsom Mad Funkers"), "Unbelievable" (#1, 1990)
1976 ● Dave Keuning → Guitar and backing vocals for synth-pop-rock The Killers, "Mr. Brightside" (#10, 2005)
1986 ● Lady Gaga (Stefani Germanotta) → Electronic dance-pop singer, songwriter and fashion bug, "Just Dance" (#1, 2008) and "Poker Face" (Worldwide #1, 2008)

Mar 29
1930 ● Donny Conn (Donald Claps) → Vocals and drummer for novelty pop/rock 'n' roll The Playmates, "Beep Beep" (#4, 1958) plus 4 other Top 40 hits
1942 ● Eden Kane (Richard Graham Sarstedt) → Pre-Beatles teen pop Brit singer, "Well I Ask You" (UK #1, 1961)
1943 ● Chad Allan (Allan Kowbel) → Founding member, early frontman, lead vocals, rhythm guitarist and songwriter for Canadian rockers The Guess Who, "American Woman" (#1, 1970), solo artist, TV host
1943 ● Vangelis (Evangelos O. Papathanassiou) → Greek keyboardist and electronic music composer, "Chariots Of Fire" (#1, 1982), started with prog rock Aphrodite's Child, "Rain And Tears" (UK #29, 1968), auditioned with Yes and collaborated with Jon Anderson in pop-rock Jon & Vangelis, "I'll Find My Way Home" (#51, 1982) before turning to film scores
1944 ● Terry Jacks → Canadian pop singer/songwriter with former wife Susan Pesklevits in pop-rock duo the Poppy Family, "Which Way You Goin', Billy? (#2, 1969), then solo, "Seasons In The Sun" (#1, 1974), now environmental activist
1945 ● John "Speedy" Keen → Drums, vocals and songwriter for one hit wonder Brit psych-pop, Pete Townshend-produced Thunderclap Newman, "Something In The Air" (#37, UK #1, 1969), died unexpectedly on 3/12/2002
1947 ● Bobby Kimball (Robert Toteaux) → Lead vocals and namesake for arena rock Toto, "Africa" (#1, 1982)
1949 ● Dave Greenfield → Keyboards for punk-rock The Stranglers, "Strange Little Girl" (UK #7, 1982), plus over 20 other UK Top 40 hits
1949 ● Michael Brecker → Grammy-winning saxophonist and composer, collaborator with brother Randy in jazz-rock fusion The Brecker Brothers, "Sneakin' Up Behind You" (#58, Disco #3, 1975), worked on over 700 albums with appearances for James Taylor, Paul Simon, Eric Clapton and countless others, member of the Saturday Night Live house band, died from complications of leukemia on 1/13/2007
1956 ● Patty Donahue → Lead singer for New Wave pop-rock The Waitresses, "I Know What Boys Like" (Mainstream Rock #23, 1982), died of lung cancer 12/6/1996
1959 ● Perry Farrell (Bernstein) → Founder, frontman and vocals for alt rock/post-punk Jane's Addiction, "Been Caught Stealing" (Mainstream Rock #29, 1990), then formed hard art-rock Porno For Pyros, "Pets" (Mainstream Rock #25, 1993), created the Lollapalooza concert tour program
1967 ● John Popper → Frontman, singer and harpist for blues-rock jam band Blues Traveler, "Run-Around" (#8, 1995)

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

 

This Week's Birthdays (March 16 - 22)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Mar 16
1942 ● Jerry Jeff Walker (Ronald Clyde Crosby) → Progressive, "outlaw" country singer, wrote and recorded "Mr. Bojangles" (#77, 1968), a #9 hit for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in 1971
1948 ● Michael Bruce → Guitarist for glam/hard rock Alice Cooper band, "School's Out" (#7, 1972), solo
1954 ● Jimmy Nail (James Bradford) → Brit TV actor (Auf Wiedersehen, Pet and Spender), novelist and pop singer/songwriter, "Ain't No Doubt" (UK #1, 1992)
1954 ● Nancy Wilson → Co-frontwoman, songwriter, guitarist and vocalist for hard rock Heart, "These Dreams" (#1, 1986)
1959 ● Flavor Flav (William Jonathan Drayton, Jr.) → Court jester and rap vocals for influential early hip hop group Public Enemy, "Fight The Power" (Rap #1, 1989)
1963 ● Stuart Kerr → Drummer for Scottish blues-rock Texas, "In My Heart" (Alt Rock #14, 1991)
1966 ● H. P. Baxxter (Hans-Peter Geerdes) → Co-founder, frontman and vocals for German techno/dance/hardcore group Scooter, "Ramp! (The Logical Song)" (UK #2, 2001), the band is one of the most successful German pop-rock bands ever
1972 ● Andrew Dunlop → Guitarist for Scottish trad rock Travis, "Why Does It Always Rain On Me" (Adult Top 40 #36, 2000)
1976 ● Blu Cantrell (Tiffany Cobb) → R&B/contemporary soul singer and songwriter, "Hit 'Em Up Style (oops!)" (#2, 2001)
1979 ● Leena Peisa → Keyboards for Finnish heavy metal monster-masked Lordi, winners if 2006 Eurovision Song Contest with "Hard Rock Hallelujah"
1991 ● Wolfgang Van Halen → Son of Eddie Van Halen and actress Valerie Bertinelli and current bassist for hard rock Van Halen (replaced Mark Anthony in 2006)

Mar 17
1919 ● Nat King Cole (Nathaniel Adams Coles) → Jazz pianist and bandleader turned pop singer, "Ramblin' Rose" (#2, 1962) and 18 other Top 25 hits, TV host, died from lung cancer on 2/15/1965
1937 ● Adam Wade → R&B/pop vocalist, "Take Good Care Of Her" (#7, 1961), TV and film actor, voice-overs
1937 ● Louis Aldine "Dean" Mathis → Multi-instrumentalist and vocals for pop-rock trio The Newbeats, "Bread And Butter" (#2, 1964)
1939 ● Clarence Collins → Co-founder and baritone for long-lived R&B/doo wop Little Anthony & The Imperials, "Tears On My Pillow" (#4, 1958)
1940 ● Vito Picone → Frontman and lead vocals for R&B/doo wop vocal group The Elegants, "Little Star" (1958)
1941 ● Paul Lorin Kantner → Vocals and guitar for psych-rock Jefferson Airplane, "White Rabbit" (#8, 1967), then mainstream arena rock Jefferson Starship, "Miracles" (#3, 1975), KBC Band, solo
1944 ● Bob Johnson → Guitar and vocals for Brit folk-rock revival band Steeleye Span, "All Around My Hat' (UK#5, 1975)
1944 ● John B. Sebastian → Frontman, guitarist and singer/songwriter for folk-rock The Lovin' Spoonful, "Summer In The City" (#1, 1966), then solo, "Welcome Back" (#1, 1976)
1944 ● Pat McAuley → Drummer and keyboards for Irish garage-rock, proto-punk Them, "Gloria" (#71, 1966)
1944 ● Patricia Anne "Patty" Boyd → Model, photographer and former wife of George Harrison (1966-77) and Eric Clapton (1979-89), possible inspiration for "I Need You" and "Layla," among other Harrison and Eric Clapton love songs
1946 ● Harold Brown → Co-founder and drummer for R&B/funk-blues-jazz-rock War, "Cisco Kid" (#2, 1973), now Lowrider
1948 ● Fran Byrne → Drummer for Brit pub rock/blue-eyed soul Ace, "How Long" (#3, 1975)
1948 ● Patrick Lloyd → Bassist for Brit reggae-pop The Equals, "Baby Come Back" (#32, UK #1, 1968)
1951 ● Scott Gorham → Guitarist for underrated Irish hard rock Thin Lizzy, "The Boys Are Back In Town" (#12, 1976)
1959 ● Mike Lindup → Keyboards for jazz-funk-pop fusion Level 42, "Lessons In Love" (#12, 1987)
1962 ● Clare Grogan → Frontwoman and vocals for Scottish post-punk alt rock Altered Images, "Happy Birthday" (UK #2, 1981), TV and film actress (Gregory's Girl), VH1 presenter
1962 ● Janet Gardner → Founding member, rhythm guitar and vocals for critically-panned but huge selling 80s all-female glam metal quartet Vixen, "Cryin'" (#22, 1989)
1962 ● Roxy Petrucci → Founding member and original drummer for critically-panned but huge selling 80s all-female glam metal quartet Vixen, "Cryin'" (#22, 1989)
1963 ● Michael Ivins → Bassist for neo-psych alt rock The Flaming Lips, "She Don't Use Jelly" (#55, 1995)
1967 ● Billy Corgan → Frontman, songwriter, vocals and guitar for alt/prog rock/metal band Smashing Pumpkins, "1979" (#12, 1996), then Zwan and producer for Hole and others
1970 ● Gene Ween (Aaron Freeman) → Founding member, vocals, guitar and songwriter for experimental alternative rock duo Ween, "Mutilated Lips" (1997)
1972 ● Melissa Auf der Maur → Second bassist for grunge rock Hole, "Celebrity Skin" (Mainstream Rock #4, 1998), toured with Smashing Pumpkins in 2000, solo and various collaborations
1973 ● Caroline Corr → With two sisters and brother, drummer and vocals in Irish folk-pop-rock sibling act The Corrs, "Breathless" (Adult Top 40 #7, 2000)
1975 ● Justin Hawkins → Flamboyant frontman, vocals, guitars and keyboards for glam rock The Darkness, "I Believe In A Thing Called Love" (Top 40 #35, 2004)
1976 ● Stephen Gately → Vocals for Irish teen-pop boy band Boyzone, "No Matter What" (Adult Contemporary #12, 1999), died on 10/9/2009 from a pulmonary edema resulting from an undiagnosed heart condition

Mar 18
1911 ● Smiley Burnette (Lester Alvin Burnett) → Comedian, TV actor (Petticoat Junction, 1960s), singer, multi-instrumentalist, country-pop songwriter and movie soundtrack composer, wrote over 400 songs and performed many of them on stage and screen, often as sidekick to Gene Autry, including "Ridin’ Down the Canyon (To Watch the Sun Go Down)," died from leukemia on 2/16/1967
1936 ● Robert Lee Smith → Vocals for R&B/soul The Tams, "What Kind Of Fool (Do You Think I Am)" (#9, 1963)
1938 ● Charley Pride → Grammy-winning country singer with 36 number one hits, including "I'd Rather Love You" (Country #1, 1971), the most successful African-American country star ever
1941 ● Wilson Pickett → Legendary R&B/soul and rock 'n' roll singer and songwriter, "In The Midnight Hour" (#21, 1968), died of a heart attack on 1/19/2006
1945 ● Eric Woolfson → Scottish songwriter, lyricist pianist, producer and co-creator of prog rock The Alan Parsons Project, "Games People Play" (#16, 1981), wrote musicals and released a solo album, died from kidney cancer on 12/2/2009
1947 ● Brian James "B.J." Wilson → Drummer in R&B/blues The Paramounts, then prog/psych rock Procol Harum, "A Whiter Shade Of Pale" (#5, 1967), died at age 43 on 10/8/1990 after being in a coma for several months following a car accident
1948 ● Bobby Whitlock → Session musician for Stax Records then R&B/blue-eyed soul singer, member of Delaney & Bonnie & Friends, Derek And The Dominos and George Harrison's backing band, session work on The Rolling Stones' Exile On Main Street album, retired to farm in Mississippi
1950 ● John Hartman → Co-founder and drummer for California soul-pop-rock The Doobie Brothers, "Listen To The Music" (#11, 1972), left in 1979 but returned for 1987-1992
1959 ● Irene Cara (Irene T. Escalera) → R&B/disco-pop singer, "Flashdance…What A Feelin'" (#1, 1983), actress who played Coco Hernandez in the movie Fame (1983)
1961 ● Grantzberg Vernon "Grant" Hart → Drummer and songwriter for post-punk alt rock trio Hüsker Dü, "Makes No Sense At All" (1985), solo
1963 ● Jeff LeBar → Guitarist for Philly glam-rock Cinderella, "Shelter Me" (Mainstream Rock #5, 1990)
1963 ● Vanessa L. Williams → Model and disgraced Miss America winner turned successful actress and R&B/pop vocalist, "Save The Best For Last" (#1, 1992)
1964 ● Courtney Pine → Multi-instrumentalist jazz musician and composer of TV and film music, "Children Of The Ghetto" (UK Top 10, 1986), also worked with Charlie Watts, Mica Paris, Trevor Jones and Jazz Warriors
1966 ● Jerry Cantrell → Guitars, vocals and songwriting for alterna-metal/hard rock Alice In Chains, "No Excuses" (Mainstream Rock #1, 1994), solo, "My Song" (Mainstream Rock #6, 1998)
1967 ● Miki Berenyi → Guitar and lead vocals for alt pop/shoegazing band Lush, "Sweetness & Light" (Modern Rock #4, 1990)
1967 ● Robert Harrison → Singer and guitarist for unheralded power pop Cotton Mather, "My Before And After" (1998), now fronts indie pop-rock Future Clouds & Radar
1970 ● Queen Latifah (Dana Elaine Owens) → First bona fide female rap star (with first gold LP by a female MC), "U.N.I.T.Y." (#23, Hot Rap #2, 1993), Emmy and Golden Globe-winning TV and film actress, talk show host, eponymous cosmetics product line
1974 ● Stuart Zender → Bassist in Grammy-winning Brit acid jazz-funk-pop Jamiroquai, "Canned Heat" (Dance #1, 1999)
1977 ● Harold "Devin" Lima → Vocals for pop/rap trio LFO ("Lyte Funkie Ones" or "Low Frequency Oscillator"), "Summer Girls" (#3, 1999), formed The Cadbury Diesel in 2007
1979 ● Adam Levine → Guitar and lead vocals for alt funk-rock Maroon 5, "She Will Be Loved" (#5, 2004)
1985 ● Marvin Humes → Vocals for Brit teen pop boy-band JLS ("Jack The Lad Swing"), "Everybody In Love" (Mainstream Top 40 #38, 2010)

Mar 19
1942 ● Robert "Robin" Luke → Teenage rock 'n' roll/teen idol singer, "Susie Darlin'" (#5, 1958), left singing in the mid-60s for a career in academia
1944 ● Tom Constanten → Classically-trained keyboardist and composer, member of the Grateful Dead from 1966-1970, remained in the Dead's periphery and has issued several collaborative albums with Robert Hunter and others
1946 ● Paul Atkinson → Guitarist in underappreciated art-pop rock The Zombies, "Time Of The Season" (#3, 1969), later became a recorded company A&R executive for Columbia and RCA, discovered ABBA, Bruce Hornsby & The Range, Mr. Mister, Judas Priest and Michael Penn, died on 4/1/2004 from liver and kidney failure at age 58
1946 ● Ruth Pointer → Vocals for R&B/soul-pop-disco-dance sister act The Pointer Sisters, "Slow Hand" (#2, 1981)
1952 ● Derek Longmuir → Drummer for Scottish teen-pop boy band Bay City Rollers, "Saturday Night" (#1, 1976)
1953 ● Billy Sheehan → Bass guitarist for pop-metal "shredder" band Mr. Big, "To Be With You" (#1, 1992), worked with Steve Vai and David Lee Roth
1953 ● Ricky Wilson → Guitarist and founding member (with sister Cindy) of New Wave alt-dance-rock The B-52's, "Love Shack" (#3, 1989), died from AIDS/HIV on 10/12/1985
1955 ● Bruce Willis → Action film actor (Die Hard series) and occasional pop singer with two albums, two modest hits and a Top 5 single, "Respect Yourself" (#5, 1987)
1959 ● Terry Hall → Frontman and lead vocals for ska revival/punk rock The Specials, "Ghost Town" (UK #1, 1981), left to form New Wave pop Fun Boy Three, "Really Saying Something" (Club #16, UK #5, 1982), formed The Colourfield, "Thinking Of You' (UK #12, 1985)
1971 ● Jack Bessant → Bassist for hard-edged Brit pop Reef, "Place Your Hands" (Mainstream Rock #29, 1997) from the UK #1 album Glow

Mar 20
1935 ● Sam Lay → Chicago blues, jazz and rock drummer and vocalist, performed and recorded with many blues greats, including Little Walter, Willie Dixon and Muddy Waters, joined The Butterfield Blues Band in the mid-60s, recorded and toured with Bob Dylan and the Chess Records All-Stars and has issued several albums of his own since 1969, his home movies of fellow blues performers in various Chicago venues in the 50s and 60s were featured in the PBS special History Of The Blues (2003)
1936 ● Lee "Scratch" Perry (Rainford Hugh Perry) → Grammy-winning producer, mixer, songwriter and pioneer in the development of the "dub" subgenre of reggae music, worked with Bob Marley & The Wailers, Junior Murvin, The Heptones and others
1937 ● Jerry Reed (Jerry Reed Hubbard) → The "Guitar Man," Grammy-winning country singer and guitarist, "Amos Moses" (#8, 1971), sessionman, TV and screen actor (Smokey And The Bandit, 1977), died from emphysema on 9/1/2008
1950 ● Carl Palmer → Progressive rock drummer and percussionist, first with Atomic Rooster, "The Devil's Answer" (UK#4, 1971), then supergroup Emerson Lake & Palmer, "From The Beginning" (#39, 1972), and later Asia, "Heat Of The Moment" (#4, 1982)
1951 ● Jimmie Vaughan → Blues-rock guitarist and singer, founded Fabulous Thunderbirds, "Tuff Enuff" (#10, 1986), solo, brother of the late Stevie Ray Vaughan, with whom he played occasionally and released one "duo album," Family Style (1990), released just after Stevie Ray's death on 8/27/1990
1953 ● Poison Ivy (Kristy Wallace) → Guitarist for punk-rock The Cramps, "Bikini Girls With Machine Guns" (Modern Rock #10, 1989), married to Cramps singer Lux Interior who died on 2/4/2009
1956 ● Alphonso "Phonso" Martin → Percussion and vocals for roots reggae Steel Pulse, "Prodigal Son" (UK #35, 1978), left in 1991 to pursue interests outside of music
1959 ● Owen If (Ian Frederick Rossiter) → Drummer for Brit electronic dance/rap Stereo MC's, "Connected" (#20, Modern Rock #5, 1992)
1959 ● Richard Drummie → Guitar and vocals for New Wave synth-pop duo Go West, "King Of Wishful Thinking" (#8, 1990)
1961 ● Slim Jim Phantom (James McDonnell) → Drummer with rockabilly revival Stray Cats, "Stray Cat Strut" (#3, 1983)
1967 ● David "Shutty" Shuttleworth → Drummer for hard rock/heavy metal Spoilt Bratz and Terrorvision, "Tequila" (UK #2, 1999)
1968 ● Fredrik Schönfeldt → Guitars and vocals for Swedish alt rock The Wannadies, "You And Me Song" (UK #18, 1996)
1972 ● Alexander Kapranos → Vocals for Scottish art-pop-rock Franz Ferdinand, "Take Me Out" (Alt Rock #3, 2004)
1972 ● Michelle Lena "Shelly" Poole → Vocals for Brit pop sister duo Alisha's Attic, "Indestructible" (UK #12, 1997), daughter of 60s pop-rocker Brian Poole
1976 ● Chester Bennington → Vocals for alt rock/rap-rock/space-rock Linkin Park, "In The End" (Alt Rock #1, 2001)
1982 ● Nick Wheeler → Lead guitar for alt rock/power pop The All-American Rejects, "Swing, Swing" (Modern Rock #8, 2003)

Mar 21
1902 ● Eddie James "Son" House, Jr. → Innovative and influential Delta blues and gospel slide guitarist and vocalist, recorded first in the 30s and for the Library of Congress in 1941 but drifted into obscurity until being "rediscovered" in 1964 during the folk-blues revival, toured and recorded thereafter extensively, influenced Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, Bonnie Raitt, Alan Wilson (Canned Heat) and others, died from complications of Alzheimer's disease on 10/19/1988
1940 ● Solomon Burke → The "King of Rock & Soul," Grammy-winning R&B/classic soul singer, "Got To Get You Off My Mind" (#22, R&B #1, 1965), died 10/10/2010 while flying from L.A. to a sold-out show in The Netherlands
1941 ● John Boylan → Songwriter and producer for Rick Nelson, The Association, The Dillards and others, managed Linda Ronstadt and handpicked her backing band in 1971, the session musicians who later became the Eagles
1943 ● Victor Anthony "Vivian" Stanshall → Eccentric 60s UK underground rock figure and founder of the comedy/satirical art rock outfit Bonzo Dog Do-Dah Band, "I'm The Urban Spaceman" (UK #5, 1968), died in a fire at his home on 3/5/1995
1944 ● David Lindley → Top-rated session musician, recorded with Warren Zevon, Curtis Mayfield, Dolly Parton, Ry Cooder, Linda Ronstadt, Rod Stewart and others, key member of Jackson Browne's recording and touring band from 1971 to 1981, solo, "Mercury Blues" (Mainstream Rock #34, 1981)
1945 ● Rosemary "Sister Rose" and "Rosie Stone" Stewart → Platinum-wigged lead vocalist and keyboardist with her two brothers Sly and Freddie in funk-rock Sly & The Family Stone, "Family Affair" (#1, 1971), solo and sessions for Michael Jackson, Ringo Starr and others
1946 ● Ray Dorset → Founder, guitarist, vocals and chief songwriter for novelty pop-rock one hit wonder Mungo Jerry, "In The Summertime" (#3, 1970), solo
1949 ● Eddie Money (Edward Joseph Mahoney) → Police trainee turned rock 'n' roll singer, songwriter, guitarist and bandleader, "Two Tickets To Paradise" (#22, 1977) and "Walk On Water" (#9, 1988)
1950 ● Roger Hodgson → Founding member, frontman, keyboards, vocals and chief hit songwriter for Brit prog-art-pop-rock Supertramp, "The Logical Song" (#6, 1979), solo
1951 ● Conrad Lozano → Bassist for Tex-Mex roots/blues/country-rock Los Lobos, "La Bamba" (#1, 1987)
1951 ● Russell Thompkins, Jr. → Vocals for R&B/Philly soul The Stylistics, "You Make Me Feel Brand New" (#2, 1974) plus 15 R&B Top 40 singles
1953 ● Robert Johnson → Drummer for R&B/soul-funk-disco KC & The Sunshine Band, "That's The Way (I Like It)" (#1, 1975) and five other #1 hits
1956 ● Guy Chadwick → Guitar and vocals for Brit indie psych-rock The House Of Love, "Shine On" (UK#20, 1990)
1957 ● John Reddington → Guitarist for rockabilly revival ("psychobilly") King Kurt, "Destination Zululand" (UK #38, 1983)
1958 ● Jonathan "Butch" Norton → Drums and vocals for L.A. indie rock Eels, "Novocaine For The Soul" (Modern Rock #1, 1997), then sessions and/or touring bands for Fiona Apple, Tracy Chapman, Lisa Germano, Aimee Mann, Michael Penn, Rufus Wainwright and Lucinda Williams
1963 ● Sharon "Share" Pedersen Ross → Bassist for critically-panned but huge selling 80s all-female glam metal quartet Vixen, "Cryin'" (#22, 1989)
1963 ● Shawn Lane → Jazz-rock guitar virtuoso, joined Southern raunch-rock Black Oak Arkansas as a teenager, left for a solo career, sessions and collaborations including The Highwaymen, died from respiratory failure on 9/26/2003
1966 ● DJ Premier (Christopher Martin) → East Coast rap DJ and record producer, one half the hip hop duo Gang Starr, "Take It Personal" (Rap #1, 1992), recorded with The Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z and others, founder and chief of Year Round Records
1967 ● Jonas "Joker" Berggren → Guitar and keyboards for Swedish pop-rockers Ace Of Base, "All That She Wants" (#2, 1993)
1967 ● Maxim (Keith Palmer) → MC and vocals for "big beat" electronic dance/rap The Prodigy, "Firestarter" (#30, 1996)
1967 ● Sean Dickson → Lead guitar and vocals for Scottish alt rock Soup Dragons, covered The Rolling Stones' "I'm Free" (Modern Rock #2, 1990)
1968 ● Andrew Copeland → Guitar and vocals for Southern folk-rock Sister Hazel, "All For You" (#11, 1997)
1977 ● Mark Hamilton → Founding member, bass, synthesizer and backing vocals for Irish neo-punk/pop-rock Ash, "Goldfinger" (UK #5, 1996)
1978 ● Kevin Federline → Dancer, fashion model, tabloid fodder ex-husband of Britney Spears and pop-rap singer, "Lose Control" (2006)
1980 ● Deryck "Bizzy D" Whibley → Guitar and vocals for Canadian indie punk-pop Sum 41, "We're All To Blame" (Mainstream Rock #36, 2004)
1989 ● Rochelle Wiseman → Singer, actress and TV host, member of pre-fab teen dance-pop S Club 8, "Fool No More" (UK #4, 2003), left in 2007 to join electro-pop girl-group The Saturdays, "Missing You" (UK #3, 2010)

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1936 ● Roger Whittaker → Internationally-acclaimed baritone pop singer and songwriter, "The Last Farewell" (#19, 1975), TV actor
1941 ● Jeremy Clyde → One half of strings-backed British Invasion light folk-pop duo Chad & Jeremy, "A Summer Song" (#7, 1964), TV actor
1943 ● George Benson → Grammy-winning jazz and R&B/pop guitarist and scat singer, "Give Me The Night" (R&B #1, 1980)
1943 ● Keith Relf → Guitars and vocals for hard rock Yardbirds, "For Your Love" (#6, 1965), then prog rock Renaissance and hard rock Medicine Head, died from electrocution on 5/14/1976 while playing his electric guitar in his basement
1944 ● Christopher Stainton → Session keyboardist and songwriter, started with Joe Cocker, later worked with Eric Clapton, The Who, Bryan Ferry, Roger Waters and others
1944 ● Tony McPhee → Lead guitar and vocals for blues-rock power trio The Groundhogs, which had three UK Top 10 albums in the early 70s, including Split (1971)
1947 ● Harry Vanda → Dutch-born lead guitarist for pop-rock The Easybeats, "Friday On My Mind" (#16, 1967), later with pop-rock Flash And The Pan
1947 ● Patrick Olive → Percussionist and bassist for R&B/soul-disco Hot Chocolate, "You Sexy Thing" (#3, 1976) and 27 other UK Top 40 hits, including one in every year from 1970 to 1984
1948 ● Andrew Lloyd Webber → Highly successful Grammy-winning songwriter, producer and composer of musicals, often as collaborator with Tim Rice, Jesus Christ Superstar (1970), Evita (1976) and Phantom Of The Opera (1986)
1948 ● Randy Jo Hobbs → Bassist for pop-rock The McCoys, "Hang On Sloopy" (#1, 1965), then with blues-rock Johnny Winter band, died from a drug overdose on 8/5/1993
1957 ● Stephanie Mills → Broadway star (The Wiz, 1975) turned Grammy-winning R&B/pop-disco diva, "Never Knew Love Like This Before" (#6, 1980)
1958 ● Peter Wylie → Singer and frontman for post-punk alt rock Wah!, "Story Of The Blues" (UK #3, 1982)
1963 ● Susanne Sulley → Vocals for synth-pop pioneers The Human League, "Don't You Want Me" (#1, 1981)
1968 ● Mickey Dale → Keyboards and backing vocals for Brit pop-rock Embrace, "Gravity" (Mainstream Rock #36, UK #7, 2004)
1970 ● Andreas Johnson → Swedish pop-rock musician and songwriter, "Glorious" (UK #4, 1999)
1971 ● Steve Howell → Drummer for 90s Brit guitar-pop The Boo Radleys, "Barney (…And Me)" (Alt Rock #30, 1994), now with Placebo
1979 ● Aaron Wright North → Guitarist for industrial rock Nine Inch Nails, "The Day The World Went Away" (#17, 1999)
1980 ● Shannon Rae Bex → Singer for MTV Making the Band program winner and pre-fab, all-girl dance-pop quintet Danity Kane, "Show Stopper" (#8, 2006), solo
1981 ● Shawn Mims → Jamaican-descent rapper, "This Is Why I'm Hot" (#1, 2007)
1986 ● Amy Studt → Brit contemporary pop singer, first hit at age 15 with "Just A Little Girl" (UK #14, 2002) and "Misfit" (UK #6, 2003)

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