Monday, September 28, 2015

 

Albums Released This Week (September 28 - October 4)

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):


Sep 28
Status Quo ------ Hello! ► British Rock >> 1973
Slade ------ Sladest ► Glam Rock >> 1973
Stevie Wonder ------ Songs In The Key Of Life ► Pop-R&B >> 1976
Black Sabbath ------ Never Say Die! ► Hard Rock >> 1978
Alice Cooper ------ DaDa ► Art Rock >> 1983
Depeche Mode ------ Music For The Masses ► Synth-Pop >> 1987
Wet Wet Wet ------ Popped In Souled Out ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1987
Alice Cooper ------ Raise Your Fist And Yell ► Art Rock >> 1987
MC Hammer ------ Let's Get It Started ► Hip-Hop >> 1988
Brian May ------ Back To The Light [UK] ► Hard Rock >> 1992
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds ------ Live Seeds ► Alt Rock >> 1993
The Police ------ Message in A Box: The Complete Recordings ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1993
Anal Cunt ------ Morbid Florist ► Heavy Metal/Grindcore >> 1993
Paul Simon ------ Paul Simon 1964/1993 ► Folk-Pop >> 1993
Depeche Mode ------ The Singles 86>98 ► Synth-Pop >> 1998
Tony Bennett ------ Bennett Sings Ellington: Hot & Cool ► Easy Listening >> 1999
Sting ------ Brand New Day ► Pop-Rock >> 1999
Indigo Girls ------ Come On Now Social ► Folk-Rock >> 1999
Creed ------ Human Clay ► Alt Rock/Post-Grunge >> 1999
The Church ------ Under The Milky Way: The Best Of The Church ► Alt. Power Pop >> 1999
ZZ Top ------ XXX ► Blues-Rock >> 1999
Buzzcocks ------ The Complete Singles Anthology ► Punk-Rock >> 2004
Melissa Etheridge ------ Lucky Live ► Roots Rock >> 2004
Joss Stone ------ Mind, Body & Soul ► Pop-Soul (Neo-Soul) >> 2004
Mark Knopfler ------ Shangri-La ► Roots Rock >> 2004
Slade ------ Live At The BBC ► Hard Rock >> 2009
Mariah Carey ------ Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel ► Pop-Rock >> 2009
Tina Turner ------ Tina Live ► Pop-Rock >> 2009
Gin Blossoms ------ No Chocolate Cake ► Power Pop >> 2010
Soundgarden ------ Telephantasm ► Grange Rock >> 2010


Sep 29
The Jackson 5 ------ Goin' Back To Indiana ► Soul - Motown >> 1971
Manfred Mann's Earth Band ------ Glorified Magnified ► Prog Rock >> 1972
Rush ------ All The World's A Stage ► Arena Rock >> 1976
Billy Joel ------ The Stranger ► Pop-Rock >> 1977
Kool & The Gang ------ Celebrate! ► Disco-Funk >> 1980
Stevie Wonder ------ Hotter Than July ► Pop-R&B >> 1980
The Fall ------ Bend Sinister ► Pop-Rock/Post-Punk >> 1986
New Order ------ Brotherhood ► Power Pop >> 1986
Chicago ------ Chicago 18 ► Jazz-Rock >> 1986
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark ------ The Pacific Age ► New Wave Synth Pop >> 1986
The Smiths ------ Strangeways, Here We Come ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1987
Red Hot Chili Peppers ------ The Uplift Mofo Party Plan ► Alt. Funk-Rock >> 1987
Alice In Chains ------ Dirt ► Heavy Metal/Grunge Metal >> 1992
10,000 Maniacs ------ Our Time In Eden ► Folk-Rock >> 1992
Peter Gabriel ------ Us ► Prog Rock >> 1992
Stone Temple Pilots ------ Core ► Arena Rock >> 1982
Rammstein ------ Herzeleid ► Industrial/Krautrock >> 1995
The Rolling Stones ------ Bridges To Babylon ► Blues-Rock >> 1997
The Fall ------ Levitate ► Post-Punk Pop-Rock >> 1997
Simple Minds ------ The Promised ► New Wave Alt. Pop >> 1997
The Verve ------ Urban Hymns ► Psych Rock/Britpop >> 1997
AFI ------ A Fire Inside ► Hardcore Punk >> 1998
Elvis Costello And The Attractions ------ Painted From Memory ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1998
Joni Mitchell ------ Taming The Tiger ► Folk-Rock >> 1998
Alice In Chains ------ Black Gives Way To Blue ► Heavy Metal/Grunge Metal >> 2009
Drivin' N' Cryin' ------ The Great American Bubble Factory ► Southern Rock >> 2009
Lynyrd Skynyrd ------ God & Guns ► Southern Rock >> 2009


Sep 30
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas ------ Heat Wave ► Soul - Motown >> 1963
Rare Earth ------ Get Ready ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1969
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles ------ A Pocket Full Of Miracles ► Soul - Motown >> 1970
Joe Walsh ------ Barnstorm ► Blues-Rock >> 1972
Ian Dury ------ New Boots And Panties!! ► Punk-Rock >> 1987
Gary Moore ------ Back On The Streets ► Roots Rock (Irish) >> 1978
Godley & Crème ------ Freeze Frame ► Prog Rock >> 1979
Hall & Oates ------ Live At The Apollo ► Pop-Rock >> 1985
Madness ------ Mad Not Mad ► Ska >> 1985
Tom Waits ------ Rain Dogs ► Blues-Rock >> 1985
Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble ------ Soul To Soul ► Blues-Rock >> 1985
Wang Chung ------ To Live And Die In L.A. ► New Wave/Dance-Pop >> 1985
R.E.M. ------ The Best Of R.E.M. ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1991
Paul McCartney ------ Choba b CCCP ► Pop-Rock >> 1991
Nitzer Ebb ------ Ebbhead ► Industrial/EBM >> 1991
Simply Red ------ Stars ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1991
Robbie Robertson ------ Storyville ► Roots Rock >> 1991
Natalie Cole ------ Twin Best Now ► Soul-Pop >> 1992
The Beatles ------ The Beatles & Tony Sheridan ► Rock n Roll >> 1994
Lake Of Tears ------ Greater Art ► Doth/Doom Metsal >> 1994
Secret Chiefs 3 ------ First Grand Constitution And Bylaws ► Experimental/Indie Rock >> 1996
Patti Smith ------ Peace And Noise ► Heartland Rock >> 1997
Bob Dylan ------ Time Out Of Mind ► Folk-Rock >> 1997
The Apples In Stereo ------ Tone Soul Evolution ► Indie Pop-Rock/Power Pop >> 1997
Turbonegro ------ Darkness Forever! ► Heavy Metal/Glam Punk >> 2000
Ace Of Base ------ Da Capo ► Euro-Dance Pop >> 2002
The Rolling Stones ------ Forty Licks ► Blues-Rock >> 2002
Mark Knopfler ------ The Ragpicker's Dream ► Roots Rock >> 2002
Toto ------ The Essential Toto ► Pop-Rock/Arena Rock >> 2003
Martina McBride ------ Martina ► Alt. Country >> 2003
Sting ------ Sacred Love ► Pop-Rock >> 2003
James Taylor ------ Covers ► Folk-Rock >> 2008
Melissa Etheridge ------ A New Thought For Christmas ► Roots Rock >> 2008
Kool & The Gang ------ Back To Back ► Funk >> 2011
Lucinda Williams ------ Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone ► Alt. Country >> 2014
Melissa Etheridge ------ This Is M.E. ► Roots Rock >> 2014
Bryan Adams ------ Tracks Of My Years ► Pop-Rock >> 2014


Oct 01
Elvis Presley ------ G.I. Blues ► Rock n Roll >> 1960
Elvis Presley ------ Blue Hawaii ► Rock n Roll >> 1961
The Monkees ------ The Monkees Present ► Pop-Rock >> 1969
John Cale ------ Fear ► Art Rock >> 1974
Rory Gallagher ------ Against The Grain ► Blues-Rock >> 1975
Styx ------ Crystal Ball ► Prog/Art Rock >> 1976
Rory Gallagher ------ Photo-Finish ► Blues-Rock >> 1978
Slade ------ Return To Base ► Hard Rock >> 1979
Cocteau Twins ------ Lullabies [EP] ► Folk-Rock >> 1982
The Damned ------ Strawberries ► Punk-Rock >> 1982
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts ------ Glorious Results Of A Misspent Youth ► Punk-rock >> 1984
Chaka Khan ------ I Feel For You ► Funk >> 1984
Romeo Void ------ Instincts ► Post-Punk >> 1984
Midnight Oil ------ Red Sails In The Sunset ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1984
The Ramones ------ Too Tough To Die ► Punk-Rock >> 1984
U2 ------ The Unforgettable Fire ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1984
John Fogerty ------ Eye Of The Zombie ► Folk-Rock >> 1986
Lennie Gallant ------ Breakwater ► Folk-Rock >> 1988
Dannii Minogue ------ Dannii ► Pop/Freestyle >> 1990
10,000 Maniacs ------ Hope Chest: The Fredonia Recordings 1982-1983 ► Folk-Rock >> 1990
Iron Maiden ------ No Prayer For The Dying ► Heavy Metal >> 1990
Prince & The New Power Generation ------ Diamonds And Pearls ► Soul-Funk >> 1991
Cheap Trick ------ The Greatest Hits ► Hard Rock/Power Pop >> 1991
Marduk ------ Those Of The Unlight ► Heavy Metal/Black Metal >> 1993
Natalie Cole ------ Holly & Ivy ► Soul-Pop >> 1994
Edge Of Sanity ------ Purgatory Afterglow ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1994
East 17 ------ Up All Night ► Dance-Pop >> 1995
Bad Brains ------ Black Dots ► Post-Punk/Hardcore >> 1996
Nirvana ------ From The Muddy Banks Of The Wishkah ► Grunge >> 1996
Thompson Twins ------ Greatest Hits ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1996
Curtis Mayfield ------ New World Order ► Soul/Funk >> 1996
Matchbox Twenty ------ Yourself Or Someone Like You ► Alt. Rock >> 1996
Carbon Leaf ------ Shadows In The Banquet Hall ► AA Alt Rock >> 1997
Eighteen Visions ------ No Time For Love ► Metalcore >> 1999
Kylie Minogue ------ Fever ► Dance-Pop >> 2001
Elton John ------ Songs From The West Coast ► Pop-Rock >> 2001
Weather Report ------ Live And Unreleased ► Jazz-Rock Fusion >> 2002
Matthew Sweet ------ To Understand: The Early Recordings Of Matthew Sweet ► Power Pop >> 2002


Oct 02
The Kinks ------ The Kinks [UK] ► British Rock >> 1964
The Kinks ------ You Really Got Me ► British Rock >> 1964
Dolly Parton ------ Coat Of Many Colors ► Country >> 1971
J. Geils Band ------ The Morning After ► Blues-Rock >> 1971
Barry White ------ Stone Gon' ► Soul >> 1973
Frank Zappa & Captain Beefheart ------ Bongo Fury ► Art Rock >> 1975
Neil Young ------ Comes A Time ► Folk-Rock >> 1978
Chicago ------ Hot Streets ► Jazz-Rock >> 1978
Bob Marley & The Wailers ------ Survival ► Roots Reggae >> 1979
The Police ------ Ghost In The Machine ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1981
Bathory ------ Bathory ► Heavy Metal/Black Metal >> 1984
The Replacements ------ Let It Be ► College Rock >> 1984
Sheena Easton ------ A Private Heaven ► Pop-Rock >> 1984
Neil Young ------ Freedom ► Blues-Rock >> 1989
The Kinks ------ UK Jive ► British Rock >> 1989
Tiffany ------ New Inside ► Dance-Pop >> 1990
Oasis ------ (What's The Story) Morning Glory ► Alt. Pop-Rock/Britpop >> 1995
Iron Maiden ------ The X Factor ► Heavy Metal >> 1995
Richard Marx ------ The Best Of Richard Marx ► Adult Contemporary Pop-Rock >> 2000
The Rembrandts ------ Lost Together ► Pop-Rock >> 2001
Machine Head ------ Supercharger ► Heavy Metal/Groove Metal >> 2001
Bob Dylan ------ Dylan ► Folk-Rock >> 2007
Matchbox Twenty ------ Exile On Mainstream ► Alt. Rock >> 2007
Bruce Springsteen ------ Magic ► Heartland Rock >> 2007
John Fogerty ------ Revival ► Folk-Rock >> 2007
Van Morrison ------ Born To Sing: No Plan B ► Folk-Rock >> 2012
The Tragically Hip ------ Now For Plan A ► Folk-Rock >> 2012


Oct 03
The Kingston Trio ------ The Last Month Of The Year ► Folk-Pop >> 1960
Merle Haggard ------ Mama Tried ► Classic Country >> 1968
George Harrison ------ Extra Texture (Read All About It) [UK] ► Pop-Rock >> 1975
The Who ------ The Who By Numbers ► British Rock >> 1975
Elvis Presley ------ Elvis In Concert ► Adult Contemporary >> 1977
The Police ------ Zenyatta Mondatta ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1978
Diamond Head ------ Lightning To The Nations ► Heavy Metal (Brit New Wave) >> 1980
Lindsey Buckingham ------ Law And Order ► Pop-Rock >> 1981
Genesis ------ Genesis ► Prog Rock >> 1983
Keith Richards ------ Talk Is Cheap ► Hard Rock >> 1988
Tracy Chapman ------ Crossroads ► Folk-Rock >> 1989
Linda Ronstadt & Aaron Neville ------ Cry Like A Rainstorm - Howl Like The Wind ► Pop-Rock >> 1989
Mark Knopfler ------ Last Exit To Brooklyn [Sndtrk] ► Roots Rock >> 1989
Jack Bruce ------ A Question Of Time ► Prog Rock/Fusion >> 1989
Otis Day & The Knights ------ Shout ► Soul >> 1989
Blind Guardian ------ Tales From The Twilight World ► Heavy Metal/Power Metal >> 1990
Scarface ------ Mr. Scarface Is Back ► Gangsta Rap >> 1991
Twisted Sister ------ Live At Hammersmith ► Hair Metal >> 1994
The Cranberries ------ No Need To Argue ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1994
Brenda Lee ------ The Very Best With Love ► Country-Pop >> 1994
Mariah Carey ------ Daydream ► Pop-Rock >> 1995
Radiohead ------ Kid A ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2000
Luis Miguel ------ Vivo ► Latin Pop >> 2000
Paul Simon ------ You're The One ► Folk-Pop >> 2000
New Order ------ Singles ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 2005
Evanescence ------ The Open Door ► Hard Rock/Alt Metal >> 2006


Oct 04
Frank Zappa ------ 200 Motels ► Art Rock >> 1971
Rod Stewart ------ Smiler ► Album Rock >> 1974
John Lennon ------ Walls And Bridges [UK] ► Pop-Rock >> 1974
Elton John ------ Rock Of The Westies ► Pop-Rock >> 1975
Trooper ------ Untitled ► Hard Rock >> 1980
Hall & Oates ------ H20 ► Pop-Rock >> 1982
The Associates ------ Sulk ► New Wave/New Romantic >> 1982
Jefferson Starship ------ Winds Of Change ► Arena Rock >> 1982
Barbra Streisand ------ Emotion ► Easy Listening >> 1984
Ultramagnetic MC's ------ Critical Beatdown ► East Coast Rap >> 1988
Anita Baker ------ Giving You The Best That I Got ► Quiet Storm >> 1988
Savatage ------ Streets: A Rock Opera ► Heavy Metal/Speed Metal >> 1991
Dannii Minogue ------ Get Into You ► Dance-Pop >> 1993
Entombed ------ Wolverine Blues ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1993
Bon Jovi ------ Cross Road ► Arena Rock >> 1994
Accept ------ Death Row ► Heavy Metal/Kraut Metal >> 1994
Robbie Robertson & The Red Road Ensemble ------ Music For The Native Americans ► Roots Rock >> 1994
The dB's ------ Paris Avenue ► Power Pop >> 1994
R.E.M. ------ R.E.M.: Singles Collected ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1994
The Clash ------ From Here To Etrenity: Live ► Punk >> 1999
Bloodhound Gang ------ Hooray For Boobies [UK] ► Post-Punk Alt Metal >> 1999
The Church ------ Beside Yourself ► Alt. Power Pop >> 2004
Little Feat ------ Barnstormin' Live, Vol. 2 ► Southern Rock >> 2005
Indigo Girls ------ Beauty Queen Sister ► Folk-Rock >> 2011

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Sunday, September 27, 2015

 

This Week's Birthdays (September 27 - October 3)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Sep 27
1922 ● Raymond Edwards → Bass vocals in R&B/doo wop vocal quartet The Silhouettes, "Get A Job" (#1, 1958)
1936 ● Donald Cortez "Don" Cornelius → R&B/soul music promoter and producer, created and hosted the highly influential dance/music TV show Soul Train from 1971 to 1993, the first and most successful TV show featuring African-American musicians, died on 2/1/2012 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound
1937 ● Buddy Emmons → Influential, virtuoso peddle steel guitarist, popularized the instrument for jazz, swing, folk and country-rock genres, recorded with a diverse number of top artists, including Linda Ronstadt, The Everly Brothers, Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis and Bob Dylan, performed on NPR's "Prairie Home Companion" broadcasts, fronted the Redneck Jazz Explosion in the 70s and issued several solo albums, died on 7/21/2015
1941 ● Don Nix → Songwriter, musician, arranger and author, saxophonist in Stax Records first house band The Mar-Keys (later Booker T. & The MG's), wrote blues-rock standard "Going Down", producer for Leon Russell, George Harrison, John Mayall, Eric Clapton and others
1942 ● Alvin Stardust (Bernard William Jewry) → Assumed the name of deceased frontman Shane Fenton (born John Theakstone) and led early 60s Britpop Shane Fenton And The Fentones, "Cindy's Birthday" (UK #19, 1962), changed his name and reemerged as glam rock Alvin Stardust in the early 70s, "Jealous Mind" (UK #1, 1974) and 10 other UK Top 40 hits
1943 ● Randy Bachman → Founding member, songwriter and lead guitarist for Canadian hard rock Guess Who, "American Woman" (#1, 1970), then formed Bachman-Turner Overdrive with his brothers Robbie and Tim, "You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet" (#1, 1974), then Ironhorse, "Sweet Lui-Louise" (#36, 1979) and Union, solo plus CBC radio host
1947 ● Barbara Dickson → Scottish folk-pop singer, "Answer Me" (UK Top 10, 1976) and a duet with Elaine Paige, "I Know Him So Well" (UK #1, 1985), TV and stage actress
1947 ● Meat Loaf (Marvin Lee "Michael" Aday) → Hard-edged iconic pop-rock singer and occasional actor, "Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad" (#11, 1978) and Grammy-winning "I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)" (#1, 1993), released the phenomenally successful Bat Out Of Hell album trilogy
1953 ● Greg Ham → Saxophone, flute and keyboards for Scottish-Australian Men At Work, "Down Under" (#1, UK #1, 1983), their Grammy-winning debut album, Business As Usual, was simultaneously the #1 US and UK album in January 1983, gaining them the distinction of being the only Aussie band to hold all four top spots at once, found dead in his Melbourne home on 4/19/2012
1953 ● Robbie Shakespeare → Reggae bassist and, with Sly Dunbar, one half of the studio duo Riddim Twins, produced albums for Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff, Bunny Wailer and others, recorded with Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, Grace Jones and others
1958 ● Shaun Cassidy → TV actor, 70s teen idol singer, "Hey Deanie" (#7, 1978), half brother of TV actor and Partridge Family character David Cassidy
1966 ● Stephan Jenkins → Guitar, vocals and songwriting for post-grunge indie pop Third Eye Blind, "Semi-Charmed Life" (#4, 1997)
1967 ● Brett Anderson → Vocals for Britpop indie rock Suede, "Trash" (UK #3, 1996)
1970 ● Mark Calderon → Vocals in a cappella hip hop harmony group Color Me Badd, "I Wanna Sex You Up" (#2, 1991)
1975 ● Bradley Kirk Arnold → Vocals for post-grunge alt rock 3 Doors Down, "Kryptonite" (#3, 2000)
1975 ● Lee Brennan → Vocals and co-founding member of Brit teen-dance-pop boy band 911, covered The Bee Gees' "More Than A Woman" (UK #2, 1998) and Bobby Gosh's "A Little Bit More" (UK #1, 1999), a US #11 hit for Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show in 1976
1982 ● Lil Wayne (Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr.) → Self-proclaimed "best rapper alive," teenaged member of hip hop groups The B.G.'z and Hot Boys, Grammy-winning solo career, "Lollipop" (#1, 2008)
1984 ● Avril Lavigne → Canadian teen-pop singer and "skatepunk" icon , "Complicated" (#2, 2002) and "Girlfriend" (#1, 2007), fashion designer, actress

Sep 28
1901 ● Ed Sullivan → Bandleader, entertainment writer and host of his own TV variety show for 23 years, introduced The Beatles to over 70 million American viewers on 2/9/1964, died from esophageal cancer on 10/13/1974
1923 ● Tuli Kupferberg → Counterculture author, poet, cartoonist, pacifist and co-founder of satirical underground rock The Fugs, solo, died from kidney failure on 7/12/2010
1925 ● Billy Grammer → Country guitarist, "Gotta Travel On" (#4, 1959), fronted The Travel On Boys, led businesses which produced guitars under his name, member of the Grand Ole Opry, died after a long illness on 8/10/2011
1935 ● Koko Taylor (Cora Walton) → The "Queen of Chicago Blues", large-framed and -voiced R&B/blues belter, "Wang Dang Doodle" (#58, R&B #4, 1966), won Grammy Award as part of the compilation album Blues Explosion (1984), died following gastrointestinal surgery on 6/3/2009
1938 ● Ben E. King (Benjamin Earl Nelson) → R&B/smooth soul singer with doo wop The Drifters, "Save The Last Dance For Me" (#1, 1960) and solo, "Stand By Me" (#1, 1961), still touring and recording in 2011
1943 ● Nick St. Nicholas (Klaus Karl Kassbaum) → German-born Canadian bass guitarist, co-founded hard rock The Sparrow, which became Canadian-American hard rock, proto-metal Steppenwolf, "Born To Be Wild" (#2, 1968), currently leader of supergroup World Classic Rockers
1946 ● Helen Shapiro → Early 60s beehive-hair Brit teen-pop singer, "Walking Back to Happiness" (UK #1, 1961), moved to cabaret and stage musicals in the 70s
1950 ● Paul Burgess → Journeyman Brit drummer for soft pop/art-rock 10cc, "I'm Not In Love" (#2, 1975), The Invisible Girls, Magna Carta, Jethro Tull, Camel, The Icicle Works, Joan Armatrading and others, with Katy Lied as of 2010
1951 ● Norton Buffalo (Phillip Jackson) → Blues and country-rock harmonica player, songwriter, singer and bandleader, toured with 'Commander Cody, sessions for Bonnie Raitt, The Doobie Brothers, Elvin Bishop and others, member of the Steve Miller Band, "Fly Like An Eagle" (#2, 1977), frontman for The Stampede and later The Knockouts, died on 10/30/2009 from cancer
1952 ● Andy Ward → Drummer and founding member of 70s prog rock Camel, later with prog-rock revival group Marillion, "Kayleigh" (Mainstream Rock #14, 1985) and 90s supergroup Mirage
1953 ● Jim Diamond → Scottish singer, songwriter and guitarist with Gully Foyle, The Alexis Korner Band, Bandit and PhD, "I Won't Let You Down" (UK #3, 1982), then solo, "I Should Have Know Better" (UK #1, 1984)
1954 ● George Lynch → Guitarist for pop-metal Dokken, "Alone Again" (1984), solo, fronted Lynch Mob, "Tangled In The Web" (Modern Rock #13, 1992) and Souls Of We
1960 ● Jennifer Rush (Heidi Stern) → German-American superstar dance-pop singer, "The Power Of Love" (#57, UK #1, 1985) and multiple other Top 40 hits in various European countries, virtually unknown in the US
1962 ● Peter Hooton → Founder and lead vocals for Brit synth-pop The Farm, "Groovy Train" (#41, Dance/Club #4, 1991)
1966 ● Kenny Wilson (Ginger Fish) → Drummer for industrial-pop-metal/shock rock Marilyn Manson, "The Dope Show" (Mainstream Rock #12, 1998)
1967 ● Moon Unit Zappa → Film and TV actress, MTV and VH-1 VJ, artist, monologue vocals on "Valley Girl" (#32, 1982), daughter of Frank Zappa and spouse of Matchbox Twenty drummer Paul Doucette
1968 ● Sean Levert → Vocals for R&B/smooth soul trio LeVert, "Casanova" (#5, R&B #1, 1987), son of O'Jays vocalist Eddie Levert, died from sarcoidosis while in jail on child support charges on 3/30/2008
1977 ● Young Jeezy (Jay Wayne Jenkins) → Hip hop business entrepreneur turned Southern/gangsta rapper, founded Corporate Thugz Entertainment , solo artist, "Soul Survivor" (#4, 2005), member of Boyz 'N Da Hood and U.S.D.A.
1984 ● Melody Thorton → Vocals for burlesque dance-pop girl troupe The Pussycat Dolls, "Don't Cha" (#2, 2005)
1987 ● Hilary Duff → TV actress and star of Lizzie McGuire show, then teen dance-pop, "With Love" (#24, Dance/Club #1, 2007), movie actress, apparel designer and author

Sep 29
1907 ● Orvon Grover "Gene" Autry → The "Singing Cowboy" on radio, TV and in 93 films, cut over 600 records, scored 25 consecutive Top 10 Country hits between 1944 and 1952, including "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" (#1, Country #1, 1949), died of lymphoma on 10/2/1998
1935 ● Jerry Lee Lewis → The "Killer", iconic and scandalous rock 'n roll legend, keyboardist, singer and songwriter, "Great Balls Of Fire" (#2, 1957), #24 on Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, still performing as of 2010
1937 ● Joe "Guitar" Hughes → Texas blues, R&B and shuffle guitarist, played with Little Richard's group The Upsetters, Johnny Copeland, T-Bone Walker, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Big Joe Turner and others, solo, died 5/20/2003 after a heart attack
1939 ● Tommy Boyce → In collaboration with Bobby Hart, pop singer, "I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight" (#8, 1968) and the prolific Boyce & Hart hit songwriting team, "Last Train To Clarksville" (The Monkees, #1, 1966) plus dozens more Top 40 hits and over 300 songs, committed suicide on 11/23/1994 after years of struggle with depression
1942 ● Jean-Luc Ponty → French virtuoso jazz and prog rock fusion electric violinist, album Enigmatic Ocean reached #35 in 1977, switched to synthesizers in the mid-80s and to world music in the 90s
1943 ● Manuel Fernandez → Electric organ for Spanish rock 'n roll band Los Bravos, "Black Is Black" (US #4, 1966), the first US Top 10 hit by a Spanish band
1944 ● Mike Post (Leland Michael Postil) → Prolific, well-known and highly regarded TV and film theme composer, wrote cop show theme song "Hill Street Blues" (#10, 1981) and other popular shows, five-time Grammy Award winner
1947 ● Peter Hope-Evans → Harmonica and Jew's harp in Brit folk-rock duo Medicine Head, "One And One Is One" (UK #3, 1973)
1948 ● Mike Pinera → Guitarist and singer with pop-rock Blues Image, "Ride Captain Ride" (#4, 1970), later solo and with Iron Butterfly, Cactus and Classic Rock All Stars
1948 ● Mark Farner → Lead singer and guitarist for hard rock/early heavy metal power trio Grand Funk Railroad, "We're An American Band" (#1, 1973), toured with Ringo Starr's Allstars in mid-90s
1956 ● Suzzy Roche → Singer/songwriter in critically-acclaimed but commercially-marginal female folk-pop harmony vocal sister trio The Roches, backed Paul Simon, solo
1957 ● Mari Wilson → Retro-60s beehive-hairdo R&B-pop-quiet storm singer, "Just What I Always Wanted" (, 1982)
1958 ● Mick Harvey → Multi-instrumentalist, long association with alt rock Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, "Where The Wild Roses Grow" (Australia #2, UK #11, 1995)
1963 ● Les Claypool → Bassist with funk-metal Primus, "N.I.B." (Mainstream Rock #2, 2000), solo, film producer
1965 ● Ian Baker → Keyboards for techno-electronic pop-dance Jesus Jones, "Right Here, Right Now" (#2, 1991)
1966 ● Tony "Doggen" Foster → Guitarist in Julian Cope's backing band, with trip hop Olive, "You're Not Alone" (Dance/Club #5, UK #1, 1996), power trio Brain Donor and space rock Spiritualized
1968 ● Brad Smith → Bass, flute and backing vocals for roots-psych-alt rock Blind Melon, "No Rain" (Modern Rock #1, 1993), solo, later alt rock Unified Theory, rejoined Blind Melon in 2006
1968 ● Luke Goss → With twin brother Matt, drummer in Brit teen idol pop boy band Bros, "I Owe You Nothing" (, 1988), solo and film acting credits
1968 ● Matthew Goss → With twin brother Luke, lead singer in Brit teen idol pop boy band Bros, "I Owe You Nothing" (, 1988), solo and currently performing in Las Vegas
1969 ● DeVante Swing (Donald DeGrate, Jr.) → Vocals and songwriter in R&B/electro-dance "bad boy" quartet Jodeci, "Lately" (#4, 1993), founded Swing Mob Records, producer
1969 ● Jonathan Auer → Guitarist, singer and songwriter for power pop The Posies, "Dream All Day" (Mainstream Rock #17, 1993), toured and recorded with power pop Big Star and The Squirrels, solo
1981 ● Suzanne Shaw → Singer for pre-fab mockstar dance-pop Hear'Say, "Pure And Simple" (UK #1, 2001), stage actress and TV host
1987 ● Joshua Farro → Guitarist for alt rock/pop-punk Paramore, "Misery Business" (#27, 2007)

Sep 30
1913 ● Cholly Atkins (Charles Atkinson) → Vaudeville performer, legendary Cotton Club and Apollo Theater choreographer and Swing-era tap dancer with Louis Armstrong, Count Basie and others, parlayed freelance work as dance instructor for 50s R&B groups into the full-time, in-house choreographer position for Motown Records, designed trademark moves and gestures for The Supremes, The Four Tops, The Jackson 5 and others, continued to teach dance until his death from pancreatic cancer on 4/19/2003
1917 ● Buddy Rich → Virtuoso jazz drummer known as the "King of the Drum Solo" over a seven decade career in big band, bop, swing and straight jazz, highly influential to dozens of jazz and rock drummers, scored eleven Jazz Top 20 albums between 1967 and 1981, died from heart failure following surgery for a malignant brain tumor on 4/2/1987
1933 ● Cissy Houston (Emily Drinkard) → R&B/soul singer in gospel-soul family group The Drinkard Singers, then vocal team The Group backed Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Luther Vandross and others, fronted soul-pop The Sweet Inspirations, solo, "Think It Over" (Dance/Club #5, 1978), mother of Whitney Houston
1935 ● Johnny Mathis → Jazz-pop adult contemporary vocalist, "Chances Are" (#1, 1957) and "Too Much Too Little Too Late (#1, 1978) plus 18 other Top 40 hits, Greatest Hits album remained on the US chart for over nine years
1940 ● Dewey Martin (Walter Milton Dwayne Midkiff) → Canadian drummer with country-rock The Dillards, then co-founded folk-rock Buffalo Springfield, "For What It's Worth" (#7, 1967) and stayed with the band through various incarnations into the 90s, died 2/1/2009 from unknown causes
1942 ● Franklin Joseph "Frankie" Lymon → Teenage lead singer and frontman for The Teenagers, "Why Do Fools Fall In Love" (#6, 1956), died from a drug overdose on 2/28/1968
1942 ● Gus Dudgeon → Record producer, primarily for The Beach Boys, Elton John, David Bowie, The Zombies, Kiki Dee, Strawbs, XTC and Joan Armatrading, died with his wife in a car accident on 7/21/2002
1943 ● Marilyn McCoo → Lead vocals for mainstream R&B/soul-pop The 5th Dimension, "Wedding Bell Blues" (#1, 1969), then Grammy-winning solo career, including duet with spouse Billy Davis Jr., "You Don't Have To Be A Star (To Be In My Show)" (R&B #6, 1976), now TV host and stage actress
1947 ● Marc Bolan (Mark Field) → Guitarist, songwriter and frontman for proto-glam-rock T. Rex, "Bang A Gong (Get It On)" (#10, 1971), released several solo albums, died in a car accident on 9/16/1977
1952 ● John Lombardo → Co-founder, guitarist and songwriter for folk-pop 10,000 Maniacs, left to form duo John & Mary, returned with partner Mary Ramsey in 1994, "More Than This" (#25, 1997)
1954 ● Lesley Beach → Saxophone for Brit reggae-pop-ska band Amazulu, "Too Good To Be Forgotten" (UK #5, 1986)
1954 ● Patrice Rushen → Grammy-winning R&B/jazz-pop pianist, producer, composer and vocalist, "Forget Me Nots" (#23, R&B #4, 1982), music professor, sessions and touring bands
1956 ● Basia Trzetrzelewska → Polish jazz-pop female vocalist in the Latin dance-pop jazz trio Matt Bianco, then solo, "Time And Tide" (#26, 1988) and "Drunk On Love" (Dance/Club #1, 1994)
1962 ● Brian Bonhomme → Guitar and vocals for New Wave swing/pop Roman Holliday, "Don't Try To Stop It" (#68, UK #14, 1983)
1964 ● Ernest Joseph "Trey" Anastasio III → Guitarist, songwriter and de facto frontman for improv-rock jam band Phish, "Free" (Mainstream Rock #11, 1996), solo
1964 ● Robby Takac → Bassist for alt-rock Goo Goo Dolls, "Iris" (#1, 1998)
1965 ● Matt Fallon (Frankel) → Original lead vocalist for New Jersey-based hair metal/pop-metal Skid Row ("I Remember You," #6, 1989), left in 1987 to pursue an unsuccessful solo career
1984 ● Keisha Buchanan → Singer in Brit multi-racial pop girl group Sugababes, "Hole In The Head" (Dance/Club #1, 2004)

Oct 01
1927 ● Floyd "Buddy" McRae → Founding member and second tenor vocals for one hit wonder R&B/doo wop The Chords, one of the earliest black groups to cross over to the pop charts with "Sh-Boom" (#9, R&B #3, 1954), died on 3/19/2013
1930 ● Richard Harris → Irish actor, film director, theatrical producer and adult contemporary singer/songwriter, "Macarthur Park" (#2, 1968), died of cancer on 10/25/2002
1932 ● Albert Collins → The "Master of the Telecaster," influential electric blues singer and guitarist, "Get Your Business Straight" (R&B #46, 1972) and Grammy-winning album Live '92/93 (1993), died from liver cancer on 11/24/1993
1935 ● Julie Andrews (Julia Elizabeth Wells) → Film and stage actress, author and Grammy-winning singer, "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" (#66, 1965)
1942 ● Herb Fame (Herbert Feemster) → Male vocalist and only constant member of R&B/soul-pop duo Peaches & Herb, "Reunited" (#1, 1978), now a Washington, DC police officer
1943 ● Jerry Martini → Co-founder and saxophone for R&B/funk Sly & The Family Stone, "Everyday People" (#1, 1969), played with Rubicon and Prince's backing band
1944 ● Herbert "Toubo" Rhoad → Baritone vocals for a cappella The Persuasions, "Chain Gang" (1971), died on 12/8/1988 while on tour with the group
1944 ● Barbara Parritt → Singer for R&B/pop girl trio The Toys, "A Lover's Concerto" (#2, 1965)
1945 ● Donny Hathaway → Rising star smooth R&B/soul singer best known for duets with Roberta Flack, including "Where Is The Love?" (#5, 1972), jumped from New York City hotel window 1/13/1979
1947 ● Jane Dornacker → Rock vocalist and stand-up comedienne turned TV traffic reporter, early member of camp-rock pop-rock satirists The Tubes ("She's A Beauty," #10, 1978), died in a news traffic helicopter crash in New York City on 10/22/1986
1947 ● Martin Turner → Founding member, bass and vocals for prog/hard rock, twin lead guitar pioneers Wishbone Ash, "Time Was" (1972)
1947 ● Rob Davis → Guitarist for Brit "good time" glam-rock 'n' roll Mud, "Tiger Feet" (UK #1, 1974), songwriter who co-wrote "Can't Get You Out Of My Head" for Kylie Minogue (#7, 2002)
1948 ● Michael "Cub" Koda → Guitarist, founder, frontman and songwriter for hard rock Brownsville Station, "Smokin' In The Boys Room" (#3, 1973), solo career, disc jockey and music journalist, died on 7/5/2000 from kidney failure
1948 ● Mariska Veres → Lead vocals and frontgal for Dutch pop-rock one hit wonder Shocking Blue, "Venus" (#1, 1970), died from cancer on 12/2/2006
1955 ● Howard Hewett → Lead vocalist and frontman for R&B-urban contemporary Shalamar, solo "I'm For Real" (R&B #2, 1986), solo
1957 ● Andy Walton → Drummer for glam pop-rock Kenny, "The Bump" (UK #3, 1975)
1958 ● Martin Cooper → Saxophonist and occasional songwriter for New Wave synth-pop Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, "If You Leave" (#4, 1986), painter
1959 ● Youssou N'Dour → Senegalese dance-pop percussionist and singer, vocals on Paul Simon's "Graceland" (1986), solo, "7 Seconds" (#98, UK #3, 1994), worked with Peter Gabriel, Wyclef Jean, Bruce Springsteen, Sting and others
1968 ● Kevin Griffin → Founder, guitarist, songwriter and lead vocalist for alt pop-rock Better Than Ezra, "Good" (#30, Modern Rock #1, 1995)
1973 ● LaTocha Scott → Vocals for female R&B/dance-pop quartet Xscape, "Understanding" (#8, 1993)
1974 ● Keith Duffy → Vocals for Irish teen-pop boy band Boyzone, "No Matter What" (Adult Contemporary #12, 1999), TV actor
1985 ● Dizzee Rascal (Dylan Kwabena Mills) → British garage songwriter, record producer and rapper, "Holiday (UK #1, 2009)

Oct 02
1933 ● David Somerville → Canadian singer and songwriter, co-founder and original lead singer for pop vocal group The Diamonds, "Little Darlin'" (#2, 1957) and fourteen other Top 40 hits between 1956 and 1961, co-wrote the theme song to TV drama series The Fall Guy (1981-1986) with show producer Glen Larson of The Four Preps, with whom he toured in the 80s, died from cancer on 7/14/2015
1938 ● Nick Gravenites → Blues, rock and folk guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and producer, worked with Quicksilver Messenger Service and Janis Joplin's Kozmic Blues Band, joined The Butterfield Blues Band and founded blues-rock Electric Flag with Mike Bloomfield, wrote the score to the film The Trip (1967) and produced the music to the film Steelyard Blues (1973), inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2003
1939 ● Lolly Vasquez → With brother Patrick, co-founder, guitar and vocals for Native American rockers Redbone, "Come And Get Your Love" (#5, 1974), died 3/4/2010
1941 ● Ron Meagher → Co-founder and bassist in pop-rock The Beau Brummels, "Laugh, Laugh" (#15, 1964)
1945 ● Don McLean → Folk-rock singer/songwriter best known for his 8 minute epic, "American Pie" (#1, 1971), the song inspired by and a tribute to the death of Buddy Holly
1946 ● Ron Griffiths → Bassist, vocals and songwriter for power pop quartet The Iveys, "Maybe Tomorrow" (#67, 1968), left before the band changed its name and became Badfinger
1947 ● Frank "Skip" Konte → Record producer, movie score writer and pop-rock keyboardist, joined The Blues Image in 1967 and co-wrote "Ride Captain Ride" (#4, 1970), left in 1973 to join pop-rock Three Dog Night ("Joy To The World," #1, 1971), formed KonteMedia and produced the sci-fi movie Meridian in 2010
1949 ● Richard Hell (Meyers) → Bassist, singer and songwriter, one of the original New York punk rockers, co-founded punk-rock Television, then fronted The Voidoids, "Blank Generation" (1977), now an author
1950 ● Mike Rutherford → Bass, backing vocals and one of two constant members of prog-rock turned pop-rock Genesis, "Invisible Touch" (#1, 1986), fronts side project Mike + The Mechanics, "All I Need Is A Miracle" (#5, 1986)
1951 ● Sting (Gordon Matthew Sumner) → Lead vocals, bass guitar and songwriter for post-punk The Police, "Every Breath You Take" (#1, 1983), then highly successful solo career, "Fortress Around Your Heart" (#1, 1985) and five other Top 20 hits and 11 Grammy Awards
1952 ● John Otway → Novelty folk-rock cult singer/songwriter, "Really Free" (UK #27, 1977) with Wild Willy Barrett and "Bunsen Burner" (UK #9, 2002)
1955 ● Philip Oakey → Vocals for late-70s synth-pop pioneers The Human League, "Don't You Want Me" (#1, 1981)
1956 ● Freddie Jackson → R&B/urban soul balladeer, "You Are My Lady" (#12, R&B #1, 1985) and nine other R&B #1 hits
1958 ● Robbie Nevil → Songwriter, guitarist and pop-rock solo singer, "C'est La Vie" (#2, 1987), producer and writer for Babyface, Jessica Simpson, Destiny's Child, Smash Mouth and others
1960 ● Al Connelly → Guitarist for Canadian pop-rock Glass Tiger, "Don't Forget Me (When I'm Gone)" (#2, 1986)
1962 ● Claude V. McKnight, III → Vocals in a cappella gospel Take 6, "I L-O-V-E U" (R&B #19, 1990)
1962 ● Sigtryggur "Siggi" Baldursson → Drummer in Icelandic alt pop-rock The Sugarcubes, "Hit" (Modern Rock #1, 1991)
1965 ● Floyd I. "Bud" Gaugh IV → Drums and percussion for California ska-punk revivalist trio Sublime, "What I Got" (#29, 1997)
1967 ● Gillian Welch → Country, bluegrass and light roots-rock singer-songwriter, guitarist and percussionist, released multiple albums with musical partner David Rawlings, including Grammy-nominated The Harrow & The Harvest (#20, Indie Albums #3, 2011)
1969 ● Badly Drawn Boy (Damon Gough) → Alternative rock singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, "You Were Right" (UK #9, 2002)
1970 ● Dion Allen → Backing vocals in hip hop/urban rap quintet Az Yet, "Last Night" (#9, R&B #1, 1996)
1971 ● Tiffany Renee Darwish → Late 80s teen queen and bubblegum pop singer, "Could've Been" (#1, 1987) and "I Think We're Alone Now" (#1, 1987)
1973 ● Proof (DeShaun Holton) → Detroit rapper, high school chum of Eminem and member with him of the hip hop collective D12 (aka Dirty Dozen), "My Band" (#6, 2004) plus several solo and collaborative projects, died from gunshot wounds at a nightclub shooting on 4/11/2006
1973 ● Lene Grawford Nystrøm Rasted → Vocals for Danish dance-pop Aqua, "Barbie Girl" (#7, 1997), which drew a lawsuit from Mattel for its sexual content

Oct 03
1938 ● Eddie Cochran → Rockabilly pioneer singer, songwriter and influential power chord guitarist, "Summertime Blues" (#8, 1958), died in a car crash while on tour in England on 4/17/1960
1941 ● Chubby Checker (Ernest Evans) → Grammy-winning R&B/pop singer and early 60s dance-craze instigator, "The Twist" (#1, 1960 and 1962), the only song to hit #1 in the US singles charts twice, plus 17 other Top 40 hits
1941 ● Lenny Waronker → Record producer and former CEO of Warner Bros. Records, worked with Maria Muldaur, Gordon Lightfoot, Randy Newman, The Doobie Brothers and multiple other 70s rock bands, partner with DreamWorks development team
1945 ● Antonio Martinez → Guitarist for Spanish rock 'n roll band Los Bravos, "Black Is Black" (US #4, 1966), the first US Top 10 hit by a Spanish band
1947 ● Ben Cauley → Trumpet player and founding member of soul/funk The Bar-Kays, "Soul Finger" (#17, R&B #3, 1967), which also served as Stax Records' in-house session group and Otis Redding's backing band, survived the December 1967 plane crash that killed Redding and four bandmembers, reformed the The Bar-Kays and backed Isaac Hayes on his landmark album, Hot Buttered Soul (1969), continued to perform until his death on 9/21/2015
1949 ● Lindsey Buckingham → Guitar, vocals and songwriter for pop duo Buckingham Nicks, joined pop-rock Fleetwood Mac in 1974, wrote "Go Your Own Way" (#10, 1977), then solo, "Trouble" (#9, 1981), producer
1950 ● Ronnie Laws → Jazz, blues and funk saxophonist and singer, first with R&B/soul-dance-pop Earth, Wind & Fire, "Shining Star" (#1, 1975), then solo, "Every Generation" (R&B #12, 1980), sessions for Ramsey Lewis, Hugh Masekela, Sister Sledge and others
1954 ● Stevie Ray Vaughan → Grammy-winning Texas blues-rock guitar master, "Crossfire" (Mainstream Rock #1, 1983), died in a helicopter crash on 8/27/1990 following a show in Wisconsin
1961 ● Robbie Jaymes → Keyboards for Brit dance-pop band Modern Romance, "Can You Move" (Dance/Club #2, 1981) and "Best Years Of Our Lives" (UK #4, 1982)
1962 ● Tommy Lee (Bass) → Drummer in hair-metal Mötley Crüe, "Dr. Feelgood" (#6, 1989), founded rap-metal band Methods of Mayhem, "Get Naked" (2000) and other solo work, former spouse of actresses Heather Locklear and Pamela Anderson
1965 ● Neil Sims → Drummer for Brit indie rock/shoegazing band Catherine Wheel, "Black Metallic" (Modern Rock #9, 1991)
1966 ● Dan Miller → Guitarist for at pop-rock They Might Be Giants, "Birdhouse In Your Soul" (#3, Modern Rock, 1990)
1967 ● Chris Collingwood → Singer, songwriter, rhythm guitarist and founding member of power pop band Fountains Of Wayne, "Stacy's Mom" (#21, 2003)
1969 ● Gwen Stefani → Lead vocals for rock/ska No Doubt, "Underneath It All" (#3, 2002), then solo, "Hollaback Girl" (#1, 2005) from the 2004 worldwide Top 10 album Love, Angel, Music, Baby, fashion designer
1971 ● Kevin Richardson → Vocals in pop-dance-hip hop Backstreet Boys, "Quit Playing Games With My Heart" (#2, 1997)
1975 ● India.Aire Simpson → Grammy-winning neo-classic R&B/soul singer and songwriter, "Little Things" (Song of the Year, 2000)
1978 ● Jake Shears (Jason Sellards) → Vocals dance-glam-rock Scissor Sisters, "Filthy Gorgeous" (Dance/Club #1, 2005)
1979 ● Nate Wood → Drums, percussion and backing vocals for post-grunge alt rock The Calling, "Wherever You Will Go" (#5, 2001)
1983 ● Danny O'Donoghue → Irish singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist in teen-pop boy band Mytown, "Body Bumpin'" (Canada #12, 2000) then Celtic folk-pop-rock The Script, "Breakeven" (#12, 2010)
1984 ● Ashlee Simpson → Reality TV series actress and teen-dance-pop singer, "Pieces Of Me" (#5, 2004), fodder for tabloid magazines

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Monday, September 21, 2015

 

Albums Released This Week (September 21 - 27)

Here's a sampling of the BEST music ever made! Great albums from the 60s, 70s and 80s rock and pop released this week (and some related albums of note):


Sep 21
Billy Preston ------ Everybody Likes Some Kind Of Music ► Funk >> 1973
Thin Lizzy ------ Vagabonds Of The Western World ► Hard Rock >> 1973
Foghat ------ Boogie Motel ► Hard Rock >> 1979
Cheap Trick ------ Dream Police ► Hard Rock/Power Pop >> 1979
Sheena Easton ------ You Could Have Been With Me ► Pop-Rock >> 1981
Luther Vandross ------ Forever, For Always, For Love ► Smooth Soul >> 1982
Janet Jackson ------ Janet Jackson ► Pop-Soul >> 1982
America ------ Perspective ► Folk-Rock >> 1984
Various Artists ------ Piledriver: The Wrestling Album 2 ► Mixed Rock >> 1987
Phish ------ Lawn Boy ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 1990
Indigo Girls ------ Nomads Indians Saints ► Folk-Rock >> 1990
ABBA ------ Gold: Greatest Hits ► Euro-Pop >> 1992
Led Zeppelin ------ Boxed Set 2 ► Hard Rock >> 1993
Sting ------ Demolition Man ► Pop-Rock >> 1993
Scorpions ------ Face The Heat ► Heavy Metal >> 1993
Nirvana ------ In Utero ► Grunge >> 1993
Led Zeppelin ------ Led Zeppelin Boxed Set 2 ► Hard Rock >> 1993
Bad Religion ------ Recipe For Hate ► Punk Rock >> 1993
Melissa Etheridge ------ Yes I Am ► Roots Rock >> 1993
Skunk Anansie ------ Paranoid And Sunburnt ► Heavy Metal >> 1995
Diabolical Masquerade ------ Nightwork ► Heavy Metal/Black Metal >> 1998
The Church ------ A Box Of Birds ► Alt. Power Pop >> 1999
Drivin' N' Cryin' ------ The Essential Live Drivin' N' Cryin' ► Southern Rock >> 1999
Pete Townshend ------ Pete Townshend Live: A Benefit For Maryville Academy ► Prog Rock >> 1999
Tori Amos ------ To Venus And Back ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1999
The Monkees ------ The Headquarters Sessions ► Pop-Rock >> 2000
Green Day ------ American Idiot ► Alt. Rock >> 2004
John Fogerty ------ Déjà Vu All Over Again ► Folk-Rock >> 2004
John Waite ------ The Hard Way ► Power Pop >> 2004
Elvis Costello And The Attractions ------ Il Sogno ► String Quartet >> 2004


Sep 22
The Band ------ The Band ► Folk-Rock >> 1969
Smokie ------ Changing All The Time ► Glam Rock >> 1975
George Harrison ------ Extra Texture (Read All About It) ► Pop-Rock >> 1975
Funkadelic ------ Funkadelic ► Funk >> 1970
Camel ------ Breathless ► Prog Rock >> 1978
Jethro Tull ------ Busting Out: Jethro Tull Live ► Folk-Rock >> 1978
The Buzzcocks ------ Love Bites ► Punk-Rock >> 1978
The Ramones ------ Road To Ruin ► Punk-Rock >> 1978
King Crimson ------ Discipline ► Prog Rock >> 1981
Alice Cooper ------ Constrictor ► Hard Rock >> 1986
Icehouse ------ Man Of Colours ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1987
Lyle Lovett ------ Step Inside This House (Disc 1) ► Folk-Rock >> 1988
Robbie Krieger ------ Door Jams ► Jazz-Rock >> 1989
Bob Dylan ------ Oh Mercy ► Folk-Rock >> 1989
Extreme ------ III Sides To Every Story ► Pop-Metal >> 1992
Jethro Tull ------ A Little Light Music ► Folk-Rock >> 1992
Roy Buchanan ------ Sweet Dreams: The Anthology ► Blues-Rock >> 1992
Happy Mondays ------ Double Easy - The U.S. Singles ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1993
Elton John ------ The Big Picture ► Pop-Rock >> 1997
BT ------ ESCM (Electric Sky Church Music) ► Electronic/House Music >> 1997
Goo Goo Dolls ------ Dizzy Up The Girl ► Alt Pop-Rock/Post-Grunge >> 1998
Apocalyptica ------ Inquisition Symphony ► Heavy Metal/Neo-Classical Metal >> 1998
Kiss ------ Psycho Circus ► Hard Rock >> 1998
Millencolin ------ Same Old Tunes ► Euro-punk >> 1998
Chris Isaak ------ Speak Of The Devil ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1998
Luca Turilli ------ King Of The Nordic Twilight ► Heavy Metal/Symphonic Metal >> 1999
Cilla Black ------ Beginnings: Greatest Hits & New Songs ► Pop-Rock >> 2003
David Gilmour ------ Live in Gdańsk ► Prog Rock >> 2008
Pearl Jam ------ Backspacer ► Hard Rock >> 2009
Stephen Stills & Manassas ------ Manassas Pieces ► Folk-Rock >> 2009
Various Artists ------ Where The Action Is! Los Angeles Nuggets 1965-1968 ► Garage Rock >> 2009


Sep 23
The Beach Boys ------ Surfer Girl ► Surfer >> 1963
The Easybeats ------ Easy ► Rock 'N' Roll >> 1965
Isaac Hayes ------ Hot Buttered Soul ► Soul >> 1969
The Temptations ------ Puzzle People ► Soul - Motown >> 1969
Diana Ross & The Supremes ------ Together ► Soul >> 1969
The Allman Brothers Band ------ Idlewild South ► Southern Rock >> 1970
The Who ------ The Story Of The Who ► British Rock >> 1976
Steely Dan ------ Aja ► Jazz-Rock >> 1977
The Rolling Stones ------ Love You Live ► Blues-Rock >> 1977
Carpenters ------ Passage ► Soft Rock >> 1977
Blondie ------ Parallel Lines ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1978
The Opposition ------ Breaking The Silence ► Post-Punk >> 1981
Frank Zappa ------ You Are What You Is ► Art Rock >> 1981
Billy Joel ------ The Nylon Curtain ► Pop-Rock >> 1982
The Fall ------ This Nation's Saving Grace ► Pop-Rock/Post-Punk >> 1985
10,000 Maniacs ------ The Wishing Chair ► Folk-Rock >> 1985
Boston ------ Third Stage ► Arena Rock >> 1986
Poco ------ Legacy ► Country-Rock >> 1989
The Human League ------ Romantic? ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1990
Iron Maiden ------ Best Of The Beast ► Heavy Metal >> 1996
Fatboy Slim ------ Better Living Through Chemistry ► Brit-Hop >> 1996
Three Dog Night ------ 20 Greatest Hits ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1997
Jann Arden ------ Happy? ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1997
Asia ------ Live In Osaka ► Prog Rock >> 1997
Jackson Browne ------ The Next Voice You Hear: The Best Of Jackson Browne ► Folk-Rock >> 1997
Sarah Brightman ------ Time To Say Goodbye ► Showtunes >> 1997
John Waite ------ When You Were Mine ► Power Pop >> 1997
Todd Rundgren ------ With A Twist… ► Pop-Rock >> 1997
Gin Blossoms ------ 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best Of Gin Blossoms ► Power Pop >> 2003
Joni Mitchell ------ The Complete Geffen Recordings ► Folk-Rock >> 2003
Alice Cooper ------ The Eyes Of Alice Cooper ► Hard Rock >> 2003
Triumph ------ Live At The US Festival ► Arena Rock >> 2003
Elvis Costello And The Attractions ------ North ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2003
Limp Bizkit ------ Results May Vary ► Rap-Metal >> 2003
Jackson Browne ------ Time The Conqueror ► Folk-Rock >> 2008
John Mellencamp ------ Plain Spoken ► Roots Rock >> 2014


Sep 24
The Rolling Stones ------ Out Of Our Heads [UK] ► Blues-Rock >> 1965
Laura Nyro ------ New York Tendaberry ► Folk-Rock >> 1969
T. Rex ------ Electric Warrior ► Glam Rock >> 1971
Roy Orbison ------ Milestones ► Pop-Rock >> 1973
Rush ------ Caress Of Steel ► Prog Rock >> 1975
Motörhead ------ Motörhead ► Heavy Metal >> 1977
Eagles ------ The Long Run ► Country-Rock >> 1979
Kool & The Gang ------ Something Special ► Funk >> 1981
The Honeydrippers ------ The Honeydrippers, Vol. I ► Roots Rock >> 1984
David Bowie ------ Tonight ► Glam Rock >> 1984
Spandau Ballet ------ Heart Like A Sky ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1989
Badfinger ------ Day After Day: Live ► Pop-Rock >> 1990
AC/DC ------ The Razor's Edge ► Hard Rock >> 1990
Megadeth ------ Rust In Peace ► Heavy Metal >> 1990
Simple Minds ------ Themes - Volume 1: March 79 - April 82 ► New Wave Alt. Pop >> 1990
Red Hot Chili Peppers ------ Blood Sugar Sex Magik ► Alt. Funk-Rock >> 1991
The Cult ------ Ceremony ► Hard Rock >> 1991
Kid 'N Play ------ Face The Nation ► Comedy Rap >> 1991
A Tribe Called Quest ------ The Low End Theory ► Jazz Rap >> 1991
John Prine ------ The Missing Years ► Folk-Rock >> 1991
Nirvana ------ Nevermind ► Grunge >> 1991
James Taylor ------ New Moon Shine ► Folk-Rock >> 1991
Thompson Twins ------ Queer ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1991
Little Feat ------ Shake Me Up ► Southern Rock >> 1991
Bryan Adams ------ Waking Up The Neighbors ► Pop-Rock >> 1991
Led Zeppelin ------ The Complete Studio Recordings ► Hard Rock >> 1993
Zumpano ------ Goin' Through Changes ► Alt. Power Pop >> 1996
Elton John ------ Love Songs ► Pop-Rock >> 1996
Weezer ------ Pinkerton ► Alt. Rock/Power Pop >> 1996
Sheryl Crow ------ Sheryl Crow ► Roots Rock >> 1996
Elvis Presley ------ Elv1s: 30 No. 1 Hits ► Rock n Roll >> 2002
Steve Earle ------ Jerusalem ► Alt. Country >> 2002
Blue Öyster Cult ------ A Long Day's Night ► Metal >> 2002
Jackson Browne ------ The Naked Ride Home ► Folk-Rock >> 2002
Beck ------ Sea Change ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2002
Peter Gabriel ------ Up ► Prog Rock >> 2002
Linda Ronstadt ------ The Very Best of Linda Ronstadt ► Pop-Rock >> 2002
New Order ------ iTunes Originals - New Order ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 2007
Foreigner ------ Can't Slow Down ► Arena Rock >> 2009
Ace Of Base ------ The Golden Ratio ► Euro-Dance Pop >> 2010
Peter Gabriel ------ And I'll Scratch Yours ► Prog Rock >> 2013
Gov't Mule ------ Shout! ► Southern Rock/Jam Rock >> 2013


Sep 25
The Doors ------ Strange Days ► Blues-Rock >> 1967
Ringo Starr ------ Beaucoups Of Blues ► Pop-Rock >> 1970
Black Sabbath ------ Black Sabbath, Vol. 4 ► Hard Rock >> 1972
J. Geils Band ------ Nightmares…And Other Tales From The Vinyl Jungle ► Blues-Rock >> 1974
Black Sabbath ------ Technical Ecstasy ► Hard Rock >> 1976
Village People ------ Cruisin' ► Disco >> 1978
The Beach Boys ------ M.I.U. Album ► Pop-Rock >> 1978
Barry Manilow ------ One Voice ► AM Pop >> 1979
The Buzzcocks ------ Singles Going Steady ► Punk-Rock >> 1979
The Creatures ------ Wild Things ► Alt Post-Punk/goth rock >> 1981
The Psychedelic Furs ------ Forever Now ► New Wave Post-Punk >> 1982
They Might Be Giants ------ Lincoln ► Alt. Rock >> 1988
The Sugarcubes ------ Here Today, Tomorrow Next Week! ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1989
The Replacements ------ All Shook Down ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1990
The Vaughan Brothers ------ Family Style ► Blues-Rock >> 1990
Simple Minds ------ Themes - Volume 2: August 82 - April 85 ► New Wave Alt. Pop >> 1990
Grateful Dead ------ Without A Net (First Set) ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1990
John Cale ------ Fragments Of A Rainy Season ► Art Rock >> 1992
Melt-Banana ------ Speak Squeak Creak ► Noise Rock >> 1994
David Bowie ------ Outside ► Glam Rock >> 1995
Harem Scarem ------ Voice Of Reason ► Hard Rock/Glam Metal >> 1995
Yes ------ House Of Yes: Live From The House Of Blues ► Prog Rock >> 2000
Kylie Minogue ------ Light Years ► Dance-Pop >> 2000
Van Morrison ------ You Win Again ► Folk-Rock >> 2000
Ryan Adams ------ Gold ► Folk-Rock >> 2001
The Strokes ------ Is This It ► Punk Revival >> 2001
The Knack ------ Normal As The Next Guy ► Power Pop >> 2001
The Innocence Mission ------ Small Planes ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 2001
38 Special ------ A Wild-Eyed Christmas Night ► Southern Rock >> 2001
Melissa Etheridge ------ The Awakening ► Roots Rock >> 2007
Foo Fighters ------ Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace ► Grunge Rock >> 2007
Deborah Harry ------ Necessary Evil ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2007
Joni Mitchell ------ Shine ► Folk-Rock >> 2007
Steve Earle ------ Washington Square Serenade ► Alt. Country >> 2007


Sep 26
The Beatles ------ Abbey Road ► Pop-Rock >> 1969
Billy Preston ------ That's The Way God Planned It ► Funk >> 1969
J. Geils Band ------ "Live" Full House ► Blues-Rock >> 1972
John Lennon ------ Walls And Bridges ► Pop-Rock >> 1974
Ringo Starr ------ Ringo The 4th ► Pop-Rock >> 1977
Mötley Crüe ------ Shout At The Devil ► Heavy Metal >> 1983
Magnum ------ Vigilante ► Hard Rock >> 1986
Oingo Boingo ------ Boingo Alive ► New Wave Ska-Pop >> 1988
Thompson Twins ------ Big Trash ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1989
Kool & The Gang ------ The Ballad Collection ► Dance-Pop >> 1990
Kool & The Gang ------ The Dance Collection ► Dance-Pop >> 1990
Massive Attack ------ Protection ► Trip-Hop >> 1994
AC/DC ------ Ballbreaker ► Hard Rock >> 1995
Prince ------ The Gold Experience ► Soul-Funk >> 1995
David Bowie ------ Outside ► Art Rock >> 1995
The Velvet Underground ------ Peel Slowly And See ► Alt. Rock >> 1995
Soul Asylum ------ Black Gold: The Best Of Soul Asylum ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2000
Good Charlotte ------ Good Charlotte ► Punk Rock/Ska Punk >> 2000
Mark Knopfler ------ Sailing To Philadelphia ► Roots Rock >> 2000
Matthew Sweet ------ Time Capsule: Best Of 90/00 ► Power Pop >> 2000
Sarah McLachlan ------ Mirrorball: The Complete Concert ► Folk-Rock >> 2006
Pink Floyd ------ Discovery ► Prog Rock >> 2011
The Smiths ------ The Smiths Complete ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2011


Sep 27
Chad & Jeremy ------ The Ark ► Folk-Pop >> 1968
Status Quo ------ Picturesque Matchstickable Messages From The Status Quo ► British Rock >> 1968
Cat Stevens ------ Catch Bull At Four ► Folk-Pop >> 1972
Harry Chapin ------ Portrait Gallery ► Folk-Pop >> 1975
Depeche Mode ------ A Broken Frame ► Synth-Pop >> 1982
The Fall ------ Room To Live (Undilutable Slang Truth!) ► Pop-Rock/Post-Punk >> 1982
Alphaville ------ Forever Young ► New Wave synth pop >> 1984
Billy Squier ------ Enough Is Enough ► Hard Rock >> 1986
New Order ------ The John Peel Sessions I ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1986
Cyndi Lauper ------ True Colors ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1986
Randy Newman ------ Land Of Dreams ► Folk-Rock >> 1988
Tears For Fears ------ The Seeds Of Love ► Synth-Pop >> 1989
Pet Shop Boys ------ Very ► Electro-pop/Dance >> 1993
Walter Becker ------ 11 Tracks Of Whack ► Jazz-Rock >> 1994
Brandy Norwood ------ Brandy ► New Jack Swing >> 1994
Santana Brothers ------ Brothers ► Jazz-Rock Fusion >> 1994
Emerson, Lake & Palmer ------ In The Hot Seat ► Progressive Rock >> 1994
R.E.M. ------ Monster ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1994
Big Head Todd & The Monsters ------ Strategem ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1994
The Moody Blues ------ Time Traveler ► Prog Rock >> 1994
Dave Matthews Band ------ Under The Table And Dreaming ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1994
Sasha & John Digwood ------ Northern Exposure ► Progressive House/Trance >> 1996
Cocteau Twins ------ BBC Sessions ► Folk-Rock >> 1999
Gary Moore ------ A Different Beat ► Roots Rock (Irish) >> 1999
John Cale ------ Black Acetate ► Art Rock >> 2005
The Everly Brothers ------ Give Me A Future ► Pop-Rock >> 2005
Big Star ------ In Space ► Pop-Rock >> 2005
Toni Braxton ------ Libra ► Soul-Pop >> 2005
Neil Young ------ Prairie Wind ► Folk-Rock >> 2005
Eric Clapton ------ Clapton ► Blues-Rock >> 2010
Matthew Sweet ------ Modern Art ► Power Pop >> 2011
Matthew Sweet ------ Modern Art ► Power Pop >> 2011
Everclear ------ Return To Santa Monica ► Grunge-Punk >> 2011
Machine Head ------ Unto The Locust ► Heavy Metal/Groove Metal >> 2011
Youth Lagoon ------ The Year Of Hibernation ► Dream Pop >> 2011

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Sunday, September 20, 2015

 

This Week's Birthdays (September 20 - 26)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Sep 20
1917 ● Johnny Allen → Grammy-winning arranger, pianist, bandleader and producer, worked with both Motown and Stax Records for artists including The Temptationss, Stevie Wonder and The Staple Singers, co-wrote the "Theme From Shaft" (#1, 1971) with Isaac Hayes and shared the Best Instrumental Arrangement award at the 14th Grammy Awards in 1972, continued to perform in various jazz bands into his 90s, died from pneumonia on 1/29/2014
1930 ● Eddie Bo (Edwin Joseph Bocage) → New Orleans-style jazz, blues and funk pianist, singer and prolific songwriter, released over 50 singles, including "Hook And Sling" (R&B #13, 1969) and the seminal funk song "Check Your Bucket," wrote for and recorded with Art Tatum, Etta James and The Neville Brothers, among others, his "I'm Wise" was covered by Little Richard as "Slippin' And Slidin'" (#33, R&B #2, 1956), May 22 is "Eddie Bo Day" in New Orleans, died following a heart attack on 3/18/2009
1945 ● "Sweet Pea" Atkinson → Vocals for eclectic R&B and rock fusion Was (Not Was), "Walk The Dinosaur" (#7, 1989), solo
1946 ● Mick Rogers (Michael Oldroyd) → Guitarist and songwriter with Manfred Mann's Earth Band, "Blinded By The Light" (#1, 1977)
1946 ● Sylvia Peterson → Vocals for top-tier 60s New York girl group The Chiffons, "He's So Fine" (#1, 1963), retired from the group in the mid-90s
1948 ● John Panozzo → Drummer for prototypical arena rockers Styx, "Too Much Time On My Hands" (#9, 1981), died on 7/16/1996 from cirrhosis of the liver
1948 ● Chuck Panozzo → Bassist for prototypical arena rockers Styx, "Too Much Time On My Hands" (#9, 1981)
1954 ● Tony Destra → Original drummer for Philly glam-rock Cinderella, "Shelter Me" (Mainstream Rock #5, 1990), left in 1985 to join glam-metal Britny Fox, "Long Way To Love" (Mainstream Rock #33, 1988), died in car accident on 2/8/1987
1957 ● Alannah Currie → Vocals for New Wave synth-pop Thompson Twins, "Hold Me Now" (#3, 1983), now a sculptural art-furniture artist
1960 ● Robert "Cowboy" Wiggins → MC and vocals for hip hop pioneers Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five, "The Message" (R&B #4, 1982), the first hip hop group inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, died from complications of cocaine addiction on 9/8/1989
1960 ● David Hemingway → Lead vocals for Brit jangle-guitar pop-rock The Housemartins, "Caravan Of Love" (UK #1, 1986), then co-founded alt pop-rock The Beautiful South, "A Little Time" (UK #1, 1990)
1966 ● Nuno Bettencourt → Portuguese guitarist and songwriter for funk metal/hard rock Extreme, "More Than Words" (#1, 1991), solo, various collaborations and frontman for several hard rock bands
1967 ● Gunnar Nelson → With twin brother Matthew, one half of the pop-metal sibling act Nelson, "(Can't Live Without Your) Love And Affection" (#1, 1990), son of deceased pop-rocker Ricky Nelson
1967 ● Matthew Nelson → With twin brother Gunnar, one half of the pop-metal sibling act Nelson, "(Can't Live Without Your) Love And Affection" (#1, 1990), son of deceased pop-rocker Ricky Nelson
1968 ● Ben Shepherd → Bassist in seminal grunge-rock group Soundgarden, "Black Hole Sun" (Mainstream Rock #1, 1994)
1979 ● Rick Woolstenhulme → Drummer for post-grunge pop-rock Lifehouse, "Hanging On A Moment" (Billboard Song of the Year 2001) and "You And Me" (#5, 2005)
1981 ● Keith Semple → Vocals in teen pop boy band One True Voice, "Sacred Trust / After You're Gone" (UK #2, 2002)

Sep 21
1923 ● Jimmy Young (Leslie Ronald Young) → Pop singer, "Unchained Melody" (UK #1, 1955) and BBC Radio 2 DJ from 1973 to 2002
1932 ● Don Preston → Keyboards for Frank Zappa-led satirical rock group Mothers of Invention, "Brown Shoes Don't Make It" (1967), sessions
1934 ● Leonard Cohen → Influential and oft-covered Canadian folk-pop singer/songwriter, "Bird On The Wire" (1969), Grammy-winning Album of the Year River: The Joni Letters (2007)
1936 ● Dickey Lee (Royden Dickey Lipscomb) → Country-pop singer/songwriter, "Patches" (#6, 1962), then migrated to country music in the 70s and had 16 Country Top 40 hits, including "Rocky" (Country #1, 1975)
1943 ● David Hood → Bassist, session musician and founding member of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section (also known as The Swampers), the renowned studio musician ensemble that recorded hundreds of songs and albums at Muscle Shoals Studio in Alabama, including hits byAretha Franklin, The Staple Singers, Paul Simon, Lynyrd Skynyrd and countless others, also toured with Traffic in the 70s and produced songs by Cher and Willie Nelson, among others
1947 ● Don Felder → Lead guitar, vocals and songwriter for country-rock and pop Eagles, composed music to "Hotel California" (#1, 1976), solo and collaborations with former bandmates
1949 ● Colin Gibson → Brit bassist and composer, started with psych-pop band Skip Bifferty in the 60s, later joined Ginger Baker's Air Force and did session work for Stefan Grossman, Alvin Lee, Steve Howe and others, co-wrote a UK TV sitcom and film soundtracks, collaborates and produces various projects into the 10s
1952 ● David Gregory → Lead guitarist for quirky New Wave synth-pop XTC, "Making Plans For Nigel" (UK #17, 1979) and side project for the band under the pseudonym The Dukes Of Stratosphear
1954 ● Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor → Drummer for punk-metal Motörhead, "Ace Of Spades" (UK #15, 1980), during periods away from the band did session work and collaborations
1959 ● Corinne Drewerey → Vocals for Brit sophisti-pop Swing Out Sister, "Breakout" (#6, 1987)
1967 ● Faith Hill (Audrey Faith Perry) → Five time Grammy-winning country-pop crossover star, "Breathe" (#2, 1999) and eight Country #1 hits, Billboard magazine's #1 Adult Contemporary artist for 2009
1967 ● Timmy T (Timothy Torres) → Rap-dance "freestyle" performer, "One More Try" (#1, 1991)
1967 ● Tyler Stewart → Drummer for Canadian alt-rock Barenaked Ladies, "One Week" (#1, 1998)
1968 ● Jon Brooks → Drummer for "Madchester" alt rock The Charlatans UK, "The Only One I Know" (Mainstream Rock #37, 1991)
1968 ● Trugoy the Dove (David Jude Jolicoeur) → MC and vocals for jazz rap and alt hip hop trio De La Soul, "Me Myself And I" (R&B #1, 1989)
1972 ● David Silveria → Drummer for nu metal Korn, "Here To Stay" (Mainstream #4, 2002)
1972 ● Liam Gallagher → Frontman and vocals for Grammy-nominated Brit pop Oasis, "Wonderwall" (#8, 1996), the band had 22 consecutive UK Top 10 hits, now fronts Beady Eye
1973 ● Jimmy Constable → Vocals and co-founding member of Brit teen-dance-pop boy band 911, covered The Bee Gees' "More Than A Woman" (UK #2, 1998) and Bobby Gosh's "A Little Bit More" (UK #1, 1999), a US #11 hit for Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show in 1976
1977 ● Sam Rivers → Bassist for rap-metal Limp Bizkit, "My Way" (Mainstream Rock #4, 2001)
1977 ● The-Dream (Terius Youngdell Nash) → Grammy-winning rapper, songwriter and record producer, "Shawty Is A 10" (#17, 2007), co-wrote "Baby" for Justin Bieber (#5, 2010), "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)" for Beyoncé (#1, 2008) and other hit songs
1989 ● Jason Derülo (Desrouleaux) → R&B/urban soul singer/songwriter, actor and dancer, "Watcha Say" (#1, 2009)

Sep 22
1905 ● Roy "Pop" Lewis Sr. → With his wife and four of their children in the "First Family of Bluegrass Gospel," the Dove Award-winning singing and cornball comedy skit group The Lewis Family, toured nationally and issued over 60 albums of gospel music before his death on 3/23/2004
1913 ● Alvin LeRoy Holmes → Pop instrumental bandleader, film score composer and arranger, Smile (1975) and other films, died 7/27/1986
1930 ● Joni James (Giovanna Carmella Babbo) → Traditional pop vocalist, "You Are My Love" (#6, 1954) and sixteen other Top 40 hits in the 50s
1931 ● George Chambers → Bassist for psychedelic soul-rock sibling group The Chambers Brothers, "Time Has Come Today" (#11, 1968)
1942 ● Mike Patto → Lead vocals and keyboards for blues-rock Spooky Tooth, "Feelin' Bad" (#132, 1969), later co-founded hard rock Boxer but died of cancer on 3/4/1979 before the band gained momentum
1943 ● Toni Basil (Antonia Christina Basilotta) → New Wave one hit wonder singer, "Mickey" (#1, 1982), dancer, choreographer, actress and filmmaker
1944 ● Sam Pace → Tenor vocals in R&B soul vocal group The Esquires ("Get On Up," #11, 1967), died following a long illness on 1/7/2013
1944 ● Roger Nicholls → Nuclear power plant physicist turned eight-time Grammy-winning rock and pop music recording engineer for Steely Dan, John Denver, Frank Zappa, Rickie Lee Jones, Gloria Estefan, Bela Fleck and many other major acts, pioneered the now-commonplace technique of "digital drum replacement" by inventing the Wendel sampling computer, died from pancreatic cancer on 4/9/2011
1951 ● David Coverdale → Songwriter and lead vocals for Deep Purple in 1974-76, recorded two solo albums and formed hard rock/hair metal Whitesnake in 1977, "Here I Go Again" (#1, 1987) and six other Mainstream Rock Top 40 hits
1952 ● Mark Panker → Guitarist for critically acclaimed but light selling alt pop-rock American Music Club (1991 album Everclear)
1953 ● Richard Fairbrass → Vocals for dance-pop Right Said Fred, "I'm Too Sexy" (#1, 1991)
1956 ● Debby Boone → Grammy-winning Christian and inspirational pop music singer, "You Light Up My Life" (#1, 1977), daughter of 50s pop crooner Pat Boone
1956 ● Doug Wimbish → Bassist for prog-funk-metal Living Colour, "Cult Of Personality" (#13, 1988) and Sugarhill Records studio session musician
1957 ● Johnette Napolitano → Singer/songwriter, bassist and founder of post-punk alt rock Concrete Blonde, "Joey" (Modern Rock #1, 1990), toured with Talking Heads as lead singer in 1996, solo
1957 ● Nick Cave → Aussie singer, songwriter and bandleader for goth-rock pioneers The Birthday Party, then alt rock Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, "Where The Wild Roses Grow" (Australia #2, UK #11, 1995), formed garage rock Grinderman in 2007
1957 ● Peter Jones → Bassist for punk rock Public Image Ltd., "This Is Not A Love Song" (UK #5, 1983), currently owns a ceramic art studio
1958 ● Joan Jett (Larkin) → Guitar, vocals and founding member of teenage all-girl hard rock group The Runaways, "Cherry Bomb" (1976), then founded and fronted Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, "I Love Rock N' Roll (#1, 1981)
1958 ● Peter Nelson → Bassist for post-punk/alt rock New Model Army, "No Rest" (UK #28, 1985)
1965 ● Adam Cairns → Guitar and vocals for Irish grunge rock/alt metal Therapy?, "Screamager" (, 1993)
1966 ● Rhett Forrester → Lead vocals for 80s New York-based heavy metal Riot plus solo albums and collaborations with blues-metal guitarist Jack Starr and several second-tier metal bands, murdered in an apparent carjacking/shooting in Atlanta on 1/22/1994
1975 ● Mystikal (Michael Tyler) → Dirty South rapper, "Danger (Been So Long)" (#14, Rap #3, 2001) with five solo albums and multiple collaborations as featured artist
1982 ● Billie (Lianne Piper) → Singer and TV actress, "Because We Want To" (UK #1, 1998), the youngest (age 16) artist to debut at #1 on the UK charts

Sep 23
1930 ● Ray Charles (Robinson) → Soul music pioneer who fused R&B, gospel and blues, won 12 Grammy Awards and scored over 30 Top 40 hits, including "Hit The Road Jack" (#1, 1961), 2004 #1 album Genius Loves Company, #10 on Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, died from lung cancer on 6/10/2004
1939 ● Roy Buchanan → Grossly underrated blues-rock guitarist, issued over 15 albums, hanged himself in a Virginia jail cell after being arrested for public drunkenness on 8/14/88
1940 ● Tim Rose → Underappreciated but influential folk-rock singer/songwriter, "Morning Dew" (1967), died on 9/24/2002 from a heart attack during intestinal surgery
1943 ● John Banks → Drummer for Britbeat pop-rock The Merseybeats, "Mr. Moonlight'" (UK #5, 1964) and seven other UK Top 40 hits but no chart presence in the US, died on 4/20/1988
1943 ● Julio Iglesias → Grammy-winning Spanish smooth romantic crooner, "Begin The Beguine" (#1, 1981), one of the top 10 best selling artists in history
1943 ● Steve Boone → Bassist for folk-pop-rock The Lovin' Spoonful, "Summer In The City" (#1, 1965), record producer and studio owner
1943 ● Wallace Scott → With twin brother Walter, leaders of R&B/soul-dance quintet The Whispers, "And The Beat Goes On" (#19, R&B #1, 1980)
1943 ● Walter Scott → With twin brother Wallace, leaders of R&B/soul-dance quintet The Whispers, "And The Beat Goes On" (#19, R&B #1, 1980)
1945 ● Paul Petersen → TV actor (mouseketeer on The Mickey Mouse Club and Jeff Stone on The Donna Reed Show) and moonlighting pop singer, "My Dad" (#6, 1962)
1946 ● Anthony "Duster" Bennett → British blues-rock harmonica player and one man band, "Jumping At Shadows" (1968), session musician and early 70s member of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, died in a car crash on 3/26/1976
1947 ● Jerry Corbetta → Co-founder, guitar and vocals for one hit wonder pop-rock Sugarloaf, "Green-Eyed Lady" (#3, 1970)
1948 ● '"Dangerous" Dan Toler → Rhythm and lead guitarist as a member of his own bands and with Dickie Betts & Great Southern in the 70s, the Gregg Allman Band and The Allman Brothers Band in the 80s, joined supergroup The Renegades of Southern Rock in the 90s and collaborated with John Townsend in several projects in the 90s and 00s, died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's Disease) on 2/25/2013
1949 ● Bruce Springsteen → The Boss, Grammy-winning heartland rock singer, songwriter, guitarist and bandleader for The E Street Band, "Glory Days" (#5, 1985), #23 on Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Artists of All Time
1970 ● Ani DeFranco → Vocals for teen bubblegum-pop sibling act The DeFranco Family, "Heartbeat-It's A Lovebeat" (#3, 1973)
1972 ● Jermaine Dupri (Mauldin) → Producer, songwriter and rapper, "The Party Continues" (#29, Rap #6, 1998), discovered and managed teen hip hop duo Kris Kross, founder of So So Def Recordings, producer for Xscape, Da Brat, Mariah Carey and others
1979 ● Erik-Michael Estrada → Vocals for pre-fab teen idol boy-band O-Town, "All Or Nothing" (#3, 2001)
1985 ● Diana Ortiz → Vocals for R&B/dance-pop all-girl quartet Dream, "He Loves U Not" (#2, 2000)

Sep 24
1893 ● "Blind Lemon" Henry Jefferson → The "Father of Texas Blues," pioneering blues singer, guitarist and composer, "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean" (1927) has been covered by Bob Dylan, the Grateful Dead, B. B. King, Peter, Paul & Mary and others, died from a heart attack on 12/15/1929
1931 ● Anthony Newley → Stage, screen and TV actor, singer, pop songwriter, "What Kind Of Fool Am I?" (Grammy Award Song of the Year 1963), co-wrote the lyrics to "Goldfinger" from the James Bond movie, co-wrote and starred in the stage musical Stop The World - I Want To Get Off, died on 4/14/1999 from renal cancer
1933 ● Mel Taylor → Longtime drummer for rock 'n roll instrumental combo The Ventures, "Walk - Don't Run" (#2, 1960), died on 8/11/1996 of lung cancer
1935 ● James "Shep" Sheppard → Founder and frontman for early 60s R&B doo wop, one hit wonder trio Shep And The Limelites ("Daddy's Home," #2, 1961), died from gunshot wounds during a possible carjacking on the Long Island Expressway on 1/24/1970
1940 ● Barbara "Bibbs" Allbut → Singer with pop girl group The Angels, "My Boyfriend's Back" (#1, 1963), the first all-white girl group with a #1 hit
1941 ● Linda McCartney (Linda Louise Eastman) → Photographer, animal rights activist, vegetarian food company founder, keyboardist for pop-rock Wings and solo albums with her husband Paul McCartney, died from breast cancer on 4/17/1998
1942 ● Gerry Marsden → Frontman and vocals for British Invasion pop-rock Gerry & The Pacemakers, "How Do You Do It?" (#9, 1964)
1942 ● Phyllis "Jiggs" Allbut → Singer with pop girl group The Angels, "My Boyfriend's Back" (#1, 1963), the first all-white girl group with a #1 hit
1944 ● Rosa Lee Hawkins → Vocals for 60s R&B/pop girl-group The Dixie Cups, "Chapel Of Love" (#1, 1964)
1946 ● Carson Osten → Co-founder and bassist in psych/garage rock band The Nazz, "Hello It's Me" (#66, 1970), left to become a writer, artist, product and character design manager for The Walt Disney Company
1946 ● Jerry Donahue → Guitarist for Brit folk-rock quintet Fotheringay, then renowned folk-rock Fairport Convention, "Si Tu Dos Partir" (UK #21, 1969), sessions and tours with Robert Plant, Elton John, George Harrison, Warren Zevon, The Beach Boys and others, solo albums
1946 ● Kjell Asperud → Drummer for Anglo-Norwegian one hit wonder rock band Titanic, instrumental "Sultana" (UK #5, 1971)
1962 ● Cedric Dent → Vocals in a cappella gospel Take 6, "I L-O-V-E U" (R&B #19, 1990)
1969 ● Shawn "Clown" Crahan → Co-founder, DJ, turntablist and backing vocals for Grammy-winning alt metal/rap-metal Slipknot, "Duality" (Mainstream Rock #5, 2004)
1971 ● Marty Cintron → Vocals in dance-pop trio No Mercy, "Where Do You Go" (#5, 1996)
1971 ● Peter Salisbury → Drummer for neo-psych-pop The Verve, "Bittersweet Symphony" (#12, 1998)

Sep 25
1933 ● Ian Tyson → Canadian singer and guitarist in influential male/female folk harmony vocal duo Ian & Sylvia, solo with several acclaimed albums, now a rancher in Alberta
1939 ● "Sweet" Joseph Russell → Vocals in a cappella The Persuasions, "Chain Gang" (1971), backing vocals for Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder, Don McLean and others
1943 ● John Locke → Keyboards for jazz-rock Spirit, "I Got A Line On You" (#25, 1969), left to join hard rock Nazareth, "Love Hurts" (#8, 1976), died 8/4/2006
1943 ● Gary "Jules" Alexander → Guitar and vocals for light pop-rock vocal group The Association, "Along Comes Mary" (#7, 1966)
1945 ● Onnie McIntyre → Rhythm guitar and vocals for Scottish blue-eyed soul Average White Band, "Pick Up The Pieces" (#1, 1974)
1946 ● Bryan MacLean → Guitar, vocals and songwriting for folk/psych-rock Love, "7 And 7 Is" (#33, 1966), wrote "Alone Again Or" (#99, 1967), solo, died of a heart attack on 12/25/1998
1946 ● Jerry "The Bear" Penrod → Early bassist for psych rock Iron Butterfly, "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" (#30, 1970), left to join overpublicized, underperforming pre fab hard rock supergroup Rhinoceros, "Apricot Brandy" (#46, 1969)
1947 ● John Fiddler → Vocals and multiple instruments for Brit folk-rock duo Medicine Head, "One And One Is One" (UK #3, 1973)
1955 ● Adelmo "Zucchero" Fornaciari → Italian boogie-blues-rocker, "Donne" (1985) and "Senza Una Donna (Without A Woman)" with Paul Young (Italy #1, UK #4, 1991), has performed collaborations with Eric Clapton, Brian Wilson, Bono and others
1955 ● Steve Severin → Bassist for punk then dance-rock Siouxsie & The Banshees, "Kiss Them For Me", (#23, 1991), solo
1968 ● Will "The Fresh Prince" Smith → Rapper in PG-rated pop-rap duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, "Summertime" (#4, Rap #1, 1991), then Grammy-winning solo career, "Getting' Jiggy Wit It" (#1, 1998), TV and film star
1974 ● Richie "Wamma" Edwards → Guitar technician turned full-time bassist for glam-rock The Darkness, "I Believe In A Thing Called Love" (#35, UK #2, 2003) and successor band Stone Gods
1975 ● Declan "Dec" Donnelly → Actor, singer and one half the pop music duo PJ & Duncan (later renamed Ant & Dec), "Lets Get Ready To Rhumble" (UK #9, 1994), TV host
1980 ● T.I. (Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr.) → Grammy-winning MC, rapper, songwriter, "Live Your Life" (#1, 2008), co-CEO of Grand Hustle Records, producer, film actor, convicted felon
1985 ● Diana "Wynter" Gordon → Dance-pop singer and songwriter, "Dirty Talk" (Dance #1, 2010), co-wrote "Sugar" for Flo Rida (#5, 2009)

Sep 26
1898 ● George Gershwin (Jacob Gershvin) → One of the greatest songwriters of the early 20th century, stage, film and opera composer and lyricist, "Rhapsody In Blue" (1924), died from a brain tumor on 7/11/1937
1918 ● John "The Cool Ghoul" Zacherle → TV and radio host for shows broadcasting horror movies, voice actor and one hit wonder pop-rock novelty singer, "Dinner With Drac" (Top Ten, 1958)
1925 ● Marty Robbins (Martin David Robertson) → Country music legend and crossover phenomenon, "El Paso" (#1, Country #1, 1960) plus 11 other Top 40 pop singles and 39 other Country Top 10 hits, died on 12/8/1982 following a heart attack
1926 ● Julie London (Peck) → Film and TV actress and sultry jazz-pop vocalist, "Cry Me A River" (#9, 1956), died on 10/18/2000 due to declining health several years after suffering a stroke
1941 ● Joseph Bauer → Drummer in light country-rock The Youngbloods, "Get Together" (#5, 1969), died from a heart attack in September 1982
1945 ● Bryan Ferry → Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, first as frontman with art rock Roxy Music, "Love Is The Drug" (#30, 1975), then solo, "Kiss And Tell" (#31, 1988) and 13 UK Top 20 albums through 2010
1947 ● Lynn Anderson → Country-pop vocalist, best know for Grammy-winning "(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden" (#3, Country #1, 1970), plus 17 other Country Top 10 hits among over 50 overall Top 40 singles, died from cardiac arrest on 7/30/2015
1948 ● Olivia Newton-John → Grammy-winning country-pop then soft rock singer, "You're The One That I Want" with John Travolta (#1, 1978) and "Physical" (#1, 1981), film actress
1951 ● Stuart Tosh (MacIntosh) → Drummer for Scottish soft pop-rock Pilot, "Magic" (#5, 1974), also recorded and toured with 10cc, The Alan Parsons Project, and Camel
1954 ● César Rosas → Singer, songwriter, guitarist and de facto frontman for Grammy-winning Chicano/roots rock Los Lobos, "La Bamba" (#1, 1987) and Los Super Seven, sessions and side projects
1954 ● Craig Chaquico → Teenage lead guitarist in the last incarnations of Jefferson Airplane, stayed on with pop-rock Jefferson Starship, "Miracles (#3, 1975), co-wrote "Jane" (#14, 1980), now performs and records New Age world music
1955 ● Carlene Carter (Rebecca Carlene Smith) → Country and roots-rock singer and songwriter, "Every Little Thing" (Country #3, 1993), daughter of Johnny Cash's wife June Carter Cash
1958 ● Darby Crash (Jan Paul Beahm) → Lead singer for early L.A. punk rock ,strong>The Germs, "Lexicon Devil" (1979), died on 12/7/1980 from a suicidal heroin overdose
1961 ● Cindy Herron → Vocals in Grammy-winning female club-dance group En Vogue, "Hold On" (#2, 1990)
1962 ● Tracey Thorn → Lead singer and guitarist in Brit pop-dance-club duo Everything But The Girl, "Missing" (#2, 1995), solo
1964 ● Nicola "Nikki" French → Brit pop and adult contemporary one hit wonder singer and dancer, "Total Eclipse Of The Heart" (#2, UK #5, 1995)
1967 ● Shannon Hoon → Frontman and lead vocals for roots-psych-alt rock Blind Melon, "No Rain" (Modern Rock #1, 1993), died on 10/21/1995 from a heroin overdose
1972 ● Paul Draper → Lead singer, songwriter and rhythm guitarist for post-Brit-pop hard rock Mansun, "Wide Open Space" (Modern Rock #25, 1997)
1972 ● Shawn Stockman → Singer and songwriter in hugely successful R&B/urban soul a cappella quartet Boyz II Men, "End Of The Road" (#1, 1992)
1981 ● Christina Milian (Flores) → Cuban-American R&B dance-pop singer and songwriter, "Dip It Low" (#5, 2004)

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