Saturday, September 30, 2017

 

This Week's Birthdays (October 1 - 7)

Happy Birthday this week to:

October 01
1913 ● Charles Randolph Grean / → Songwriter and producer, worked with various big bands in the 40s, wrote or co-wrote several hits in the 50s, including novelty pop "The Thing" for Phil Harris (#1, 1950), "I Dreamed" for his wife, Betty Johnson (#12, 1956) and Leonard Nimoy, lost a plagiarism lawsuit against him for the music to "I Dreamed" which was alleged to have copied Fred Spielman's "Rendezvous" from 1953, died from natural causes on 12/20/2003, age 90
1927 ● Buddy McRae / (Floyd 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, age 85
1930 ● Richard Harris / → Irish actor, film director, theatrical producer and adult contemporary singer/songwriter, "Macarthur Park" (#2, 1968), died of Hodgkin's disease on 10/25/2002, age 72
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, age 61
1934 ● Geoff Stephens / → Brit songwriter and record producer, created US one hit wonder The New Vaudeville Band with a collection of studio musicians to record his Grammy-winning novelty pop hit "Winchester Cathedral" (#1, UK #4, 1966) and several other minor hits in the UK, also wrote hits for The Holliess, Tom Jones, Hot Chocolate, David Soul and many others
1935 ● Julie Andrews / (Julia Elizabeth Wells) → Film and stage actress, author and Grammy-winning singer, "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" (#66, 1965)
1940 ● Steve O'Rourke / → Booking agent turned band manager for space/psych/prog rock Pink Floyd following the departure of founding member Syd Barrett in 1968, continued to manage the group's affairs while pursuing a parallel career as an historic race car driver, died from a stroke on 10/30/2003, age 63
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 ● Barbara Parritt / → Singer for R&B/pop girl trio The Toys, "A Lover's Concerto" (#2, 1965)
1944 ● Toubo Rhoad / (Herbert Rhoad) → Baritone vocals for a cappella The Persuasions, "Chain Gang" (1971), died while on tour with the group on 12/8/1988, age 44
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, age 33
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 , age 39
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 ● 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, age 58
1948 ● Cub Koda / (Michael 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 from kidney failure on 7/5/2000, age 51
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)
1974 ● Keith Duffy / → Vocals for Irish teen-pop boy band Boyzone, "No Matter What" (Adult Contemporary #12, 1999), TV actor
1976 ● Richard Oakes / → Guitarist for Britpop indie rock Suede, "Trash" (UK #3, 1996)
1985 ● Dizzee Rascal / (Dylan Kwabena Mills) → British garage songwriter, record producer and rapper, "Holiday (UK #1, 2009)

October 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, age 81
1935 ● René Herrera / → Mexican-American singer and, with René Ornelas, one half of the Tejano-pop duo René y René with two minor 60s hits, "Angelito" ("Little Angel") (#43, 1964) and "Lo Mucho Que Te Quiero (The More I Love You)" (AC #14, 1969), one of the first Chicano acts on American Bandstand in 1964, retired in 1969 for a career in banking, died from cancer on 12/20/2005, age 70
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 Vegas / (Candido Vasquez-Vegas) → With brother Patrick, co-founder, guitar and vocals for Native American rockers Redbone, "Come And Get Your Love" (#5, 1974), died 3/4/2010, age 70
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 ● Skip Konte / (Frank 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 / (Richard Lester 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 McKnight / (Claude V. McKnight, III) → Vocals in a cappella gospel Take 6, "I L-O-V-E U" (R&B #19, 1990)
1962 ● Siggi Baldursson / (Sigtryggur Baldursson) → Drummer in Icelandic alt pop-rock The Sugarcubes, "Hit" (Modern Rock #1, 1991)
1967 ● Bud Gaugh / (Floyd I. 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 ● LaTocha Scott / → Vocals for female R&B/dance-pop quartet Xscape, "Understanding" (#8, 1993)
1973 ● Lene / (Lene Grawford Nystrøm Rasted) → Vocals for Danish dance-pop Aqua, "Barbie Girl" (#7, 1997), which drew a lawsuit from Mattel for its sexual content
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, age 32

October 03
1938 ● Eddie Cochran / (Edward Raymond Cochran) → Pioneering rockabilly singer, songwriter, influential power chord guitarist and up-and-coming rock star, "Summertime Blues" (#8, 1958) and two other Top 40 hits, died in a car crash while on tour in England on 4/17/1960, age 21
1940 ● Alan O'Day / (Alan Earle O'Day) → One hit wonder pop rock singer, "Undercover Agent" (#1, UK #43, 1977), also wrote hit songs for Helen Reddy ("Angie Baby," #1, 1974) and co-wrote The Righteous Brothers ("Rock And Roll Heaven," #3, 1974), turned to TV in the 80s and co-wrote over 100 songs for the Muppet Babes series, died from brain cancer on 5/17/2013, age 72
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
1946 ● P. P. Arnold / (Patricia Ann Cole) → L.A.-born gospel and R&B/soul singer recruited from motherhood to the Ike & Tina Turner Revue in 1964, left the band for a London-based solo career including a Mick Jagger produced debit album, The First Lady Of Immediate (1967) and several UK-only cover hits plus backing work with the Small Faces, Humble Pie, Eric Clapton, Peter Gabriel and others into the 00s
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 bandmates, 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 , age 68
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 following a show in Wisconsin on 8/27/1990, age 35
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 / (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.Arie / (India Arie 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

October 04
1929 ● Leroy Van Dyke / → Country-pop singer, songwriter and guitarist, "Walk On By" (#5, Country #1, 1961), named by Billboard magazine as the most popular country song of all time
1937 ● Pirkle Lee Moses, Jr. / → Lead vocals for Chicago doo wop The El Dorados, "At My Front Door" (#17, R&B #1, 1955), fronted various incarnations of the group until his death on 12/6/2000, age 63
1944 ● Marlena Davis / → Vocals in mixed gender R&B doo-wop quartet The Orlons, "The Wah-Watusi" (#2, R&B #5, 1962), left the group in late 1963 for a career as an executive secretary, died from lung cancer on 2/25/1993, age 48
1947 ● Jim Fielder / → Bassist for jazz-rock/pop-rock fusion band Blood, Sweat & Tears, "Spinning Wheel" (#2, 1969), sessions
1952 ● Jody Stevens / → Drummer and last surviving original member of power pop cult band Big Star, "September Gurls" (1974, Rolling Stone #178), currently a studio engineer
1957 ● Barbara K. / (Barbara Kooyman MacDonald) → With then-husband Pat MacDonald, one half of one hit wonder alt country-folk-pop duo Timbuk 3, "The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades" (#19, 1986), following divorce in 1995 pursued a solo music career mixed with social activism
1959 ● Chris Lowe / → Keyboards for synth-pop dance Pet Shop Boys, "West End Girls" (#1, 1986)
1961 ● Juan Jon Secada / (Juan Secada) → Cuban-American R&B and pop singer and songwriter, "Just Another Day" (#5, 1992), two albums have won Grammy Awards for Best Latin Pop Performance
1965 ● Leo Barnes / → Saxophone for Irish rockers Hothouse Flowers, "Don't Go" (Modern Rock #7, 1988)
1977 ● Richard Reed Parry / → Multi-instrumentalist member of Grammy-winning Canadian alt/indie rock Arcade Fire, "Keep The Car Running" (Alt #32, 2007)
1984 ● Lena Katina / (Elena Sergeevna Katina) → Singer in Russian teen pop duo t.A.T.u., "All The Things She Said" (#20, UK #1, 2003), solo

October 05
1907 ● Mrs. Miller / (Elva Ruby Connes) → Undeniably unique, improbably humorous and oddly catchy novelty pop singer with an off-key, warbling, faux-operatic delivery on renditions of light pop, jazz and easy listening hits, including "Yellow Submarine," "The Girl From Ipanema" and "These Boots Are Made For Walking," scored two Top 100 hits and a Top 20 album (Mrs. Miller's Greatest Hits, #15, 1966) before disappearing into obscurity the early 70s, died on 7/5/1997, age 89
1911 ● Maxine King / (Maxine Elliott Driggs Thomas) → Vocalist for complex and sophisticated four-part harmony 30s, 40s and 50s Big Band/pop sibling singing group The King Sisters, "The Hut-Sut Song" (Top 30, 1944), recorded with her sisters on hundreds of albums and numerous radio specials over three decades and in the musical-variety TV program The King Family Show and holiday specials thereafter, died from natural causes at age 92 on 5/13/2009, age 97
1924 ● Bill Dana / (William Szathmary) → TV actor, comedian and screenwriter, created the character José Jiménez and the comedy single "The Astronaut" (Top 20, 1961)
1935 ● Margie Singleton / (Margaret Louis Ebey) → Popular country duet and solo singer, "Keeping Up With The Joneses" (Country #5, 1964) and four other Country Top 20 hits
1936 ● Wydell Jones / (George Jones Jr.) → Lead vocals and songwriter for doo-wop The Edsels, "Rama Lama Ding Dong" (#21, 1961), died from cancer on 9/27/2008, age 71
1937 ● Carlo Mastrangelo / → Bass and later lead vocals for R&B doo wop Dion & The Belmonts, "A Teenager In Love" (#5, 1959), continued after frontman Dion DiMucci left in 1960 as The Belmonts, "Tell Me Why" (#18, 1961), performed with the group until just prior to his death from cancer on 4/4/2016, age 78
1939 ● Abi Ofarim / (Abraham Reichstadt) → Israeli guitarist, vocalist and dancer, one half the folk-pop-rock husband/wife duo Esther & Abi, "Cinderella Rockafella" (UK #1, 1968)
1941 ● Arlene Smith / → Vocals for early R&B/pop girl group trio The Chantels, "Maybe" (#15, R&B #2, 1958), one of the definitive songs of the genre
1941 ● Wally Lester / → Vocals in R&B doo wop The Skyliners, "Since I Don't Have You" (#12, 1959)
1942 ● Richard Street / → Lead vocals from 1971 to 1993 for Motown R&B/soul legends The Temptations, Grammy-winning "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" (#1, 1972), his unfinished autobiography was published after his death from a pulmonary embolism on 2/27/2013, age 70
1943 ● Steve Miller / → Guitarist, singer, songwriter and frontman for blues-rock then psych-rock then pop-rock Steve Miller Band, "The Joker" (#1, 1973), now teaches college music courses
1945 ● Brian Connolly / → Vocals for glam pop-rock Sweet, "Ballroom Blitz" (#5, 1973), died of kidney and liver failure after years of alcoholism on 2/10/1997, age 51
1947 ● Brian Johnson / → Lead vocals for Brit glam-rock Geordie, "All Because Of You" (UK #6, 1972), joined AC/DC replacing deceased lead singer Bon Scott in 1980, "Back In Black" (#37, 1981)
1948 ● Carter Cornelius / → Singer, musician and member of sibling R&B/soul-pop Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose, "Treat Her Like A Lady" (#3, R&B #20, 1971) and "Too Late To Turn Back Now" (#2, R&B #5, 1972) and seven other charting hits in the mid-70s, went into seclusion with a religious sect in the late 70s and died from a heart attack on 11/7/1991 , age 43
1948 ● Tawl Ross / (Lucius "Tawl" Ross) → Rhythm guitar for R&B/funk giants Funkadelic, "One Nation Under A Groove" (#28, 1978)
1949 ● B.W. Stevenson / (Louis Charles Stevenson III) → One hit wonder country-pop singer, "My Maria" (#9, 1973), died during heart valve surgery on 4/28/1988, age 38
1950 ● "Fast" Eddie Clarke / (Edward Allan Clarke) → Guitar and vocals in speed-metal Motörhead, "Ace Of Spades" (UK #15, 1980), left the band in 1982 to co-found heavy metal Fastway
1951 ● Bob Geldof / → Frontman, guitar, singer and songwriter for Irish New Wave punk-pop Boomtown Rats, "I Don't Like Mondays" (#73, UK #1, 1980) plus 8 other UK Top 20 hits, Live Aid founder/promoter, author, and political activist
1952 ● Harold Faltermeyer / (Harald Faltermeier) → Grammy-winning German synth-pop keyboardist, producer and composer, co-wrote the themes from the movies Beverly Hills Cop "Axel F" (#3, 1985) and Top Gun, session work with Donna Summer, Barbra Streisand, Billy Idol, Cheap Trick and others
1953 ● Russell Craig Mael / → With brother Ron, vocals and frontman for quirky pop-rock Sparks, "This Town Ain't Big Enough For The Both Of Us" (UK #2, 1974) and "Just Got Back From Heaven" (Dance/Club #7, 1989)
1957 ● Lee Thompson / → Sax and vocals for punk/ska revival Madness, "Our House" (#7, 1982) and over 20 other UK Top 40 singles
1960 ● Paul Heard / → Keyboards and programming for Brit dance-pop/house music M People, "Moving On Up" (#34, Dance #1, 1993)
1964 ● Dave Dederer / → Co-founder, bass and vocals for post-grunge alt rock The Presidents Of The United States Of America, "Lump" (Mainstream Rock #7, 1995), later with web/mobile media company Melodeo
1974 ● Heather Headley / → Trinidadian R&B/soul, calypso, reggae and soca singer, "In My Mind" (Dance/Club #1, 2006), Broadway stage actress, The Lion King (1997) and Aida (1998)
1977 ● Kele Le Roc / (Kelly Biggs) → Brit pop, garage and R&B/soul singer, "Little Bit Of Lovin'" (UK #8, 1998), backing vocals for Shy FX and Curtis Lynch, Jr.
1978 ● James Valentine / → Guitarist for alt funk-rock Maroon 5, "She Will Be Loved" (#5, 2004)
1980 ● Paul Anthony Thomas / → Bass guitar for post-grunge punk-pop Good Charlotte, "The Anthem" (Alt Rock #10, 2003)
1985 ● Nicola Roberts / → Singer in pre-fab all-girl Euro-pop vocal group Girls Aloud, "Sound Of The Underground" (UK #1, 2002)

October 06
1917 ● Bob Neal / → Memphis country and pop radio DJ, music talent agent, Elvis Presley's second manager, resigned in favor of Colonel Tom Parker in early 1955
1940 ● Jerry Heller / (Gerald E. Heller) → Music impresario best known for managing early rap stars N.W.A. and introducing gangsta rap to a mainstream audience, co-founded Ruthless Records with rapper Eazy-E in 1987, N.W.A. and the label eventually fell into acrimony that continued up to his lawsuit against NBC Universal and others for the negative portrayal of his character in the film Straight Outta Compton (2015) about N.W.A. and the rise of rap music, died after a heart attack on 9/2/2016, age 75
1942 ● Neil Korner / → Bassist for British Invasion pop-rock The Nashville Teens, "Tobacco Road" (#16, 1964)
1945 ● Robin Shaw / (Robin George Scrimshaw) → Session vocalist recruited to pre-fab British Invasion pop-rock The Flower Pot Men, "Let's Go To San Francisco" (Top 10, 1967), then moved over to pre-fab pop White Plains, "My Baby Loves Lovin'" (#13, 1970) and later pop-rock The First Class, "Beach Baby" (#4, UK #13, 1974)
1946 ● Millie Small / (Millicent Dolly May Small ) → Jamaican one hit wonder "bluebeat" reggae/ska singer, "My Boy Lollipop" (#2, 1964), the first international ska hit
1949 ● Bobby Farrell / (Roberto Alfonso Farrell) → West Indian vocalist in R&B/disco Euro-dance Boney M, "Rivers Of Babylon" (#30, UK #1, 1978), left for a solo career in 1988 and later fronted his own version of the band, Bobby Farrell's Boney M, died in his sleep from a heart attack on 12/30/2010, age 61
1949 ● Thomas McClary / → Guitarist for Grammy-winning Motown R&B/soul-funk Commodores, "Three Times A Lady" (#1, 1978), left for a solo career in gospel music
1951 ● Gavin Sutherland / → Bass guitar and vocals for folk-rock sibling duo The Sutherland Brothers, "(I Don't Want To Love You But) You Got Me Anyway" (#48, 1973), then joined with an obscure rock band to form The Sutherland Brothers & Quiver, "The Arms Of Mary" (#81, UK #5, 1975)
1951 ● Kevin Cronin / → Lead vocals, rhythm guitar and songwriter for arena rock REO Speedwagon, wrote "Keep On Lovin' You" (#1, 1980) and "Can't Fight This Feeling" (#1, 1985)
1954 ● David Hidalgo / → Singer, songwriter and guitarist for Tex-Mex roots rock Los Lobos, "La Bamba" (#1, 1987), solo, side projects and session work, also member of supergroup Los Super Seven and the Latin Playboys
1958 ● Tim Mooney / → Drummer for critically acclaimed but light selling alt pop-rock American Music Club (1991 album Everclear)
1960 ● Richard Jobson / → Lead singer in New Wave art-punk-rock The Skids, "Into The Valley" (UK #10, 1979), later producer, TV host, film director and screenwriter
1961 ● Tim Burgess / → Drummer for new wave pop-rock T'Pau, "Heart And Soul" (#4, 1987)
1964 ● Matthew Sweet / → Power pop guitarist and songwriter, "Girlfriend" (Mainstream Rock #10, 1992), collaborated with The Bangles' singer Susanna Hoffs on two albums, Under The Covers, (2006) and Vol. 2 (2009), featuring covers of 60s and 70s pop-rock hits
1966 ● Tommy Stinson / → Lead guitar for garage punk then alt rock pioneers The Replacements, "I'll Be You" (Mainstream Rock #1, 1989), solo, sessions, played with Guns N' Roses, Soul Asylum, The Old 97's and others
1982 ● William Pierce Butler / → Multi-instrumentalist for Grammy-winning Canadian alt/indie rock Arcade Fire, "Keep The Car Running" (Alt #32, 2007)

October 07
1927 ● Al Martino / (Jasper Cini) → Italian-American pop crooner, "I Love You Because" (#3, 1963) and ten other Top 40 hits, film actor, played Johnny Fontane in The Godfather series, died on 10/13/2009, age 82
1939 ● Colin Cooper / → Founding member, saxophone, guitar and vocals for Brit blues-rock Climax Blues Band, "Couldn't Get It Right" (#3, 1977), died on 7/3/2008, age 68
1941 ● Martin Murray / → Rhythm guitar for one hit wonder English beat/pop-rock The Honeycombs, "Have I The Right?" (#5, 1964)
1941 ● Panama Silvester / (Tony "Panama" Silvester) → Panama-born founding member and vocalist for R&B/soul The Main Ingredient, "Everybody Plays The Fool" (#3, 1972) and 11 R&B Top 40 singles, died from multiple myeloma on 11/27/2006, age 65
1945 ● Bob Webber / → Co-founder, keyboards and vocals for one hit wonder pop-rock Sugarloaf, "Green-Eyed Lady" (#3, 1970)
1945 ● Kevin Godley / → Drummer, vocals and songwriter for soft pop-rock 10cc ("I'm Not In Love," #2, 1975), then co-founded pop duo Godley & Crème, "Cry" (#16, 1985), since the late 80s directed music videos for Fine Young Cannibals, U2, Eric Clapton and many others
1949 ● David Hope / → Founding member and bassist for prog/heartland rock Kansas, "Dust In The Wind" (#6, 1978), converted to Christianity and formed religious-tinged hard rock AD with other Kansas bandmates, now an Anglican priest and author
1951 ● John Cougar Mellencamp / → Grammy-winning roots rock singer/songwriter, "Jack And Diane" (#1, 1982) and 23 other Top 40 and 16 Mainstream Rock Top 40 hits
1953 ● Tico Torres / (Hector Samuel Torres) → Drummer and percussionist in Bon Jovi, "Living On A Prayer" (#1, 1987)
1959 ● David Taylor / → Original bass guitarist for studio-only pop-rock one hit wonder Edison Lighthouse, "(Love Grows) Where My Rosemary Goes" (#5, 1970)
1959 ● Simon Cowell / → Record A&R executive, TV producer, music entrepreneur and notoriously critical judge on TV shows Popstars, Pop Idol, American Idol and, starting in 2011, the US version of The X Factor
1964 ● Sam Brown / (Samantha "Sam" Brown) → Brit singer, keyboardist and songwriter, "Stop!" (UK #4, 1989), also backing vocals in sessions and tours with Steve Marriott, The Small Faces, Jools Holland Band, Spandau Ballet and Pink Floyd
1967 ● Toni Braxton / (Toni Michelle Braxton) → Grammy-winning R&B/soul-pop singer, "Un Break My Heart" (#1, 1996), Broadway stage and film actress, Las Vegas showroom headliner
1968 ● Thom Yorke / (Thomas Edward Yorke) → Lead vocalist, guitarist and principal songwriter for alt/indie rock Radiohead, "There There" (Modern Rock #14, 2003), solo, "Black Swan" (Mainstream Rock #40, 2006)
1976 ● Taylor Hicks / → Blue-eyed soul singer and songwriter, 2006 American Idol winner, "Do I Make You Proud" (#1, 2006)
1978 ● Alesha Dixon / → Brit singer, dancer and songwriter in "UK urban" R&B/dance-pop trio Mis-Teeq, "One Night Stand" (Dance/Club #4, 2004), solo, "The Boy Does Nothing" (UK #5, 2008), model

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Monday, September 25, 2017

 

Albums Released This Week (September 25 - October 1)

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):


September 25
The Ventures ------ The Ventures A Go-Go ► Rock n Roll Instrumental >> 1965
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 ► Post-Punk New Wave >> 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 ------ 1. Outside ► Industrial 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
David Bowie ------ Bowie At The Beeb ► Glam 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
No Doubt ------ Push And Shove ► Ska-Pop >> 2012
Don Henley ------ Cass County ► Country-Rock >> 2015
David Bowie ------ Five Years (1969-1973) ► Glam Rock >> 2015


September 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
Jim Croce ------ Photographs & Memories: His Greatest Hits ► Folk-Pop >> 1974
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
Daniel Lanois ------ Acadie ► Alt. Rock >> 1989
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
The Velvet Underground ------ Peel Slowly And See ► Alt. Rock >> 1995
Styx ------ Arch Allies: Live At Riverport ► Prog/Art Rock >> 2000
Soul Asylum ------ Black Gold: The Best Of Soul Asylum ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2000
John Hiatt ------ Crossing Muddy Waters ► Roots 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
Janet Jackson ------ 20 Y.O. ► Pop-Soul >> 2006
Sarah McLachlan ------ Mirrorball: The Complete Concert ► Folk-Rock >> 2006
Pink Floyd ------ Discovery ► Prog Rock >> 2011
The Smiths ------ The Smiths Complete ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2011


September 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 ► New Wave 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
Billy Joel ------ Opus 1-10 Fantasies & Delusions – Music for Solo Piano ► Pop-Rock >> 2001
John Cale ------ Black Acetate ► Art Rock >> 2005
The Everly Brothers ------ Give Me A Future ► Pop-Rock >> 2005
The Psychedelic Furs ------ Heartbreak Beat ► Post-Punk New Wave >> 2005
Big Star ------ In Space ► Pop-Rock >> 2005
Robert Palmer ------ Legend: Live On Stage ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 2005
Toni Braxton ------ Libra ► Soul-Pop >> 2005
Neil Young ------ Prairie Wind ► Folk-Rock >> 2005
The Band ------ The Musical History [Box Set] ► Folk-Rock >> 2006
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
Rush ------ Vapor Trails Remixed ► Prog/Art Rock >> 2013


September 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
PJ Harvey ------ Is This Desire? ► Indie Rock >> 1998
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
Iggy Pop ------ Ultimate Live ► Alt. Rock / Punk >> 2004
Jerry Garcia Band ------ After Midnight: Kean College, 2/28/80 ► Roots Rock >> 2004
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
Neil Young ------ Le Noise ► Folk-Rock >> 2010
Gin Blossoms ------ No Chocolate Cake ► Power Pop >> 2010
Soundgarden ------ Telephantasm ► Grunge Rock >> 2010
The Doobie Brothers ------ World Gone Crazy ► Pop-Rock >> 2010


September 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
Iron Maiden ------ Somewhere In Time ► Heavy Metal >> 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
Aretha Franklin ------ Queen Of Soul: The Atlantic Recordings ► Soul >> 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
Peter Wolf ------ Fool's Parade ► Blues-Rock/Blue-Eyed Soul >> 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
Lynyrd Skynyrd ------ God & Guns ► Southern Rock >> 2009
Drivin' N' Cryin' ------ The Great American Bubble Factory ► Southern Rock >> 2009


September 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
Bonnie Raitt ------ The Best Of Bonnie Raitt On Capitol 1989-2003 ► Blues-Rock >> 2003
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
Dion ------ Heroes: Giants Of Early Guitar Rock ► Pop-Rock >> 2008
Melissa Etheridge ------ A New Thought For Christmas ► Roots Rock >> 2008
Tina Turner ------ Tina!/The Collected Recordings ► Pop-Rock >> 2008
Kool & The Gang ------ Back To Back ► Funk >> 2011
Rush ------ The Studio Albums 1989-2007 ► Prog/Art Rock >> 2013
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts ------ Unvarnished ► Hard Rock >> 2013
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


October 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
The Runaways ------ Waitin' For The Night ► Punk Rock >> 1977
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
Elton John ------ The Very Best of Elton John [1990] ► Pop-Rock >> 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
Frank Zappa ------ Joe's Domage ► Jazz Rock >> 2004
The Psychedelic Furs ------ Best Of The Psychedelic Furs ► Post-Punk New Wave >> 2007

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

 
Happy Birthday this week to:

September 24
1893 ● "Blind Lemon" Jefferson / (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
1909 ● Carl Sigman / → Songwriter best known for penning the English lyrics and title to "What Now My Love" (Sonny & Cher, #4, UK #13, 1966), for adding the lyrics to the theme music to the movie Love Story (1970) to create the hit "Where Do I Begin?' (Andy Williams, #9, AC #1, UK #4, 1971) and for co-writing the swing jazz and pop standard "Pennsylvania 6-5000" (Glenn Miller Orchestra, #4, 1940), died at home from natural causes on 9/26/2000, age 91
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 from renal cancer on 4/14/1999, age 67
1933 ● Mel Taylor / → Longtime drummer for rock 'n roll instrumental combo The Ventures, "Walk - Don't Run" (#2, 1960), died of lung cancer on 8/11/1996, age 62
1935 ● Shep Sheppard / (James 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, age 34
1938 ● Steve Douglas / (Steve Kreisman) → Reed instrument session musician for Phil Spector, member of the acclaimed Wrecking Crew group of L.A. studio musicians and best known for his saxophone on albums by Aretha Franklin, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, The Ramones and others, produced Mink DeVille's Le Chat Bleu (1980) album, died from a heart attack on 4/19/1993, age 54
1940 ● Bibbs Allbut / (Barbara 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, age 56
1942 ● Gerry Marsden / → Frontman and vocals for British Invasion pop-rock Gerry & The Pacemakers, "How Do You Do It?" (#9, 1964)
1942 ● Jiggs Allbut / (Phyllis 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 ● Clown Crahan / (Shawn 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)

September 25
1930 ● Shel Silverstein / (Sheldon Allan Silverstein) → Novelty songwriter, comedian, film and TV actor, cartoonist and prolific author of children's books, penned several hits for others, including "A Boy Named Sue" for Johnny Cash (#2, 1969) and "The Cover Of The Rolling Stone" for Dr. Hook (#6, 1972), plus songs covered by outlaw country star Tompall Glaser, former Go-Go Belinda Carlisle, roots rock My Morning Jacket and others, died of a heart attack on 5/10/1999, age 68
1933 ● Erik Darling / → Folk-pop multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter and influential figure on the Greenwich Village folk revival scene of the late 50s and early 60s, member of folk-pop The Tarriers ("The Banana Boat Song," #4, R&B #14, 1957), The Weavers and The Rooftop Singers ("Walk Right In," #1, AC #1, Country #23, R&B #4, 1963), continued to record and perform in various folk-related projects until his death from complications due to lymphoma on 8/3/2008, age 74
1933 ● Ian Tyson / (Ian Dawson 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 Joe / (Jesse Russell) → Vocals in a cappella The Persuasions, "Chain Gang" (1971), backing vocals for Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder, Don McLean and others
1942 ● Dee Dee Warwick / (Delia Mae Warwick) → Sister of Dionne Warwick, cousin of Whitney Houston and two-time Grammy nominee R&B/soul singer with a dozen minor pop hits and two R&B Top 10 from 1963 to 1975, including "I Want to Be with You" (#41, R&B #9, 1966) and "She Didn't Know (She Kept On Talking)" (#70, R&B #9, 1970), performed sporadically with her sister after the 80s, died following a long illness on 10/18/2008, age 66
1943 ● Jules Alexander / (Gary Alexander) → Guitar and vocals for light pop-rock vocal group The Association, "Along Comes Mary" (#7, 1966)
1943 ● John Locke / (John Tilden 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 from cancer on 8/4/2006, age 62
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, age 62
1946 ● The Bear / (Jerry 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 ● Cecil Womack / → R&B/soul and gospel singer, songwriter and record producer, scored a R&B Top Ten hit with his brothers as soul/pop The Valentinos, "Lookin' For A Love" (#72, R&B #8, 1962) on Sam Cooke's SAR Records, later recorded duets with second wife Linda Womack (daughter of Sam Cooke) as Womack & Womack ("Baby I'm Scared Of You," R&B #25, 1984) and co-wrote songs for others, including "Love T.K.O." for Teddy Pendergrass (#44, R&B #2, 1980) and "I Just Want To Satisfy" for The O'Jays (#101, R&B #15, 1982), died from unknown causes on 2/1/2013, age 65
1947 ● John Fiddler / → Vocals and multiple instruments for Brit folk-rock duo Medicine Head, "One And One Is One" (UK #3, 1973)
1955 ● Zucchero / (Adelmo 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 ● The Fresh Prince / (William Carroll 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 ● Wamma Edwards / (Richie 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 ● Dec Donnelly / (Declan 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

September 26
1898 ● George Gershwin / (Jacob Gershvin) → One of the greatest songwriters of the early 20th century, Tin Pan Alley stage, film and opera composer and lyricist, best known for his jazz-influenced classical composition "Rhapsody In Blue" (1924) and the opera Porgy And Bess (1934), died from a brain tumor on 7/11/1937, age 38
1918 ● The Cool Ghoul / (John 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 following a heart attack on 12/8/1982, age 57
1926 ● Julie London / (Nancy Peck) → Film and TV actress and sultry jazz-pop vocalist, "Cry Me A River" (#9, 1956), released 32 albums of pop and jazz covers but is better known as an actress and co-star of TV drama Emergency! (1972-77), suffered a stroke in the late 90s, lived in declining health for several years before dying on 10/18/2000, age 74
1931 ● George Chambers / → Bassist for psychedelic soul-rock sibling group The Chambers Brothers, "Time Has Come Today" (#11, 1968)
1940 ● Red Jones / (Creadel Jones) → Original member and bass vocals in Chicago R&B/smooth soul The Chi-Lites ("Have You Seen Her?," #, R&B #1, 1972), left the group in 1982 and died on 8/25/1994, age 53
1941 ● Joseph Bauer / → Drummer in light country-rock The Youngbloods, "Get Together" (#5, 1969), died from a heart attack in September 1982, age 40
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 / (Lynn Rene Anderson) → Country-pop vocalist best known for the 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, age 67
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 / (Stuart 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 The Germs, "Lexicon Devil" (1979), died from a suicidal heroin overdose on 12/7/1980, age 22
1961 ● Cindy Herron / (Cynthia Ann 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 ● Nikki French / (Nicola 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 from a heroin overdose on 10/21/1995, age 28
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 / (Christina Flores) → Cuban-American R&B dance-pop singer and songwriter, "Dip It Low" (#5, 2004)

September 27
1898 ● Vincent Millie Youmans / → Broadway and film composer who worked with every major lyricist of his day and composed the music to dozens of enduring hit songs, including "Tea For Two" (1925) and "Carioca" (1933), retired after contracting tuberculosis in 1934 and died from the disease on 4/5/1946, age 48
1922 ● Raymond Edwards / → Bass vocals in R&B/doo wop vocal quartet The Silhouettes, "Get A Job" (#1, 1958), continued to tour with the group until his death on 3/4/1997, age 74
1936 ● Don Cornelius / (Donald Cortez 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 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on 2/1/2012, age 75
1937 ● Buddy Emmons / (Buddy Gene 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, age 77
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, continued to perform until just before his death from prostate cancer on 10/23/2014
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, age 58
1953 ● Robbie Shakespeare / (Robert 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)
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

September 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, age 73
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, age 86
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, age 85
1935 ● Koko Talor / (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, age 73
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), toured and performed until shortly before his death from coronary problems on 4/30/2015, age 76
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
1947 ● Peter Hope-Evans / → Harmonica and Jew's harp in Brit folk-rock duo Medicine Head, "One And One Is One" (UK #3, 1973)
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 from cancer on 10/30/2009, age 58
1952 ● Andy Ward / (Andrew John 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)
1953 ● Kenie Burke / (Kenneth Burke) → With his four siblings, backing singer in the "First Family of Soul," Chicago R&B/soul The Five Stairsteps, "O-o-h Child" (#7, R&B #14, 1970), after disbandment in 1977 session work for Dark Horse Records and worked with Billy Preston and George Harrison, issued several solo albums and R&B/disco singles in the 80s, continued to record into the 90s
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 ● Ginger Fish / (Kenneth Robert Wilson) → 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, age 39
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
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September 29
1907 ● Gene Autry / (Orvon Grover 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), owned hotels, broadcasting stations, oil wells and a major league baseball team, died of lymphoma on 10/2/1998, age 91
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 ● Guitar Hughes / (Joe 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 after a heart attack on 5/20/2003, age 65
1939 ● Tommy Boyce / (Sidney Thomas 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, struggled with depression for years before committing suicide on 11/23/1994, age 55
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 / → Founding member and electric organ for Spanish rock 'n roll band Los Bravos, "Black Is Black"(#4, UK #2, 1966), the first US Top 10 hit by a Spanish band, at the peak of the band's popularity and after his new bride's death in a car accident, committed suicide on 5/20/1967, age 23
1944 ● Anne Briggs / (Anne Patricia Briggs) → Influential but commercially unremarkable and reclusive Brit folk revival singer and songwriter, her style influenced a generation if British female folkies including Sandy Denny, Linda Thompson and Norma Waterson, and her songs were covered or interpreted by Bert Jansch, Fairport Convention and Led Zeppelin ("Black Mountain Side," 1968), among others, left the industry for obscurity in the early 70s because she didn't like the sound of her recorded voice
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
1944 ● Tommy Tate / → Southern R&B/soul singer with the Imperial Show Band and Stax Records' The Nightingales in the 60s, thereafter a modest solo career, his lone hit being "School Of Life" (R&B #22, 1972) but continued to record and perform in cult status through the 00s
1948 ● Mike Pinera / (Carlos Michael 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 / (Mari Macmillan Ramsay 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)
1962 ● R. J. Vealey / (Robert Jason Vealey) → Drummer for the 90s lineup of Southern rock Atlanta Rhythm Section, "So Into You" (#7, 1977), died from a heart attack moments after finishing a free midday performance with the band in Florida on his daughter's first birthday, 11/13/1999, age 37
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 ● Doggen / (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
1967 ● Brett Anderson / → Vocals for Britpop indie rock Suede, "Trash" (UK #3, 1996)
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)

September 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, age 89
1917 ● Buddy Rich / (Bernard 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, age 69
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 / (John Royce 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 from unknown causes on 2/1/2009, age 68
1942 ● Frankie Lymon / (Franklin Joseph 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, age 25
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, age 59
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
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
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, age 29
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)
1953 ● Deborah Allen / (Deborah Lynn Thurmond) → Country-pop backing singer for Roy Orbison and Tennessee Ernie Ford, then three Country Top 10 duet singles with Jim Reeves (including "Oh, How I Miss You Tonight," Country #6, 1979) and an 80s solo stint with 11 charting Country singles and a lone crossover hit, "Baby I Lied" (#26, Country #4, 1983), continued to record and write songs for others into the 10s
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)
1958 ● Biggie Tembo / (Tembo Marasha) → Zimbabwean singer and frontman for influential The Bhundu Boys, the band created "jit" music mixing rock 'n' roll and traditional chimurenga music into a dance-pop World beat that gained international recognition in the 80s and one charting U.S. album, Pamberi! (World Music Albums #15, 1990), fired from the band in 1990, tried unsuccessfully to launch a solo career, committed suicide by hanging on 7/30/1995, age 36
1962 ● Brian Bonhomme / → Guitar and vocals for New Wave swing/pop Roman Holliday, "Don't Try To Stop It" (#68, UK #14, 1983)
1964 ● Trey Anastasio / (Ernest Joseph 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 / (Matthew 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)
1986 ● Ben Lovett / → Welsh multi-instrumentalist and member of Grammy-winning Brit folk-rock Mumford & Sons, "I Will Wait" (#12, Alt Rock #1, 2012)

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