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Posted on Mar 31, 2014 12:00:27 PM PDT
vivazappa says:
doodah--thanx for all the hard work...I checked this out everyday and the passed away section was my favorite part...I'm always surprised when I see how long ago someone all seemed like yesterday when they went.

Tempus fugit (time flies)

Posted on Mar 26, 2014 5:45:27 AM PDT
Have enjoyed your work immensely! best of luck to you! Howard White

Posted on Mar 25, 2014 8:06:25 PM PDT
JBug says:

I've enjoyed this thread and I'm sorry to see it end. Thanks for all the time and effort you put into it.

Posted on Mar 25, 2014 11:42:26 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 25, 2014 5:12:23 PM PDT
doodah man says:
Happy March 25th Birthdays,

1923 - Bonnie Guitar [Bonnie Buckingham], Seattle, Washington, Country-Pop Singer.
1933 - Wee Willie Harris/Charles William Harris (UK singer).
1934 - Johnny Burnette, Memphis, guitarist, rockabilly musician. Along with older brother Dorsey Burnette and friend Paul Burlison, Burnette was a founding member of "The Rock and Roll Trio". Father of 1980s rockabilly singer Rocky Burnette.
1936 - Lawrence Bernard "Larry" Gales, jazz double-bassist, (Thelonius Monk Quartet, worked with many other artists)
1938: Hoyt Axton [US singer, songwriter, piano, guitar, actor] (d.26.Oct.1999)

1940 - Anita Bryant, Barnsdall Oklahoma, singer, activist (George Gobel Show)
1942 - Aretha Franklin, Memphis Tenn, Soul Sister #1/singer (Respect)
1947 - Sir Elton Hercules John, CBE, [Reginald Kenneth Dwight], England, singer, songwriter, pianist (Goodbye Yellow Brick Road)
1948 - Michael Stanley, Cleveland OH, rocker (Michael Stanley Band)
1949 - Neil Jones,Welsh guitarist (Amen Corner)

1950 - Chuck Greenberg, American musician (Shadowfax) (d. 1995)
1951 - Bob Pelander, rock keyboardist/vocalist (Michael Stanley Band) *unable to verify date
1966 - Jeff Healey, Canada, blind pop guitarist (Jeff Healey Band) (d. 2008)
1969 - Cathy Dennis, English singer, songwriter, and actress

1973 - Anders Fridén, Swedish singer (In Flames)
1975 - Melanie Blatt, British singer (All Saints)
1975 - Juvenile, American rapper
1984 - Katharine McPhee, American singer/actress (American Idol)
1989 - Alyson Michalka, American actress/singer

Passed away on this date in:

Alvis Edgar "Buck" Owens Jr (76)
American singer and guitarist; in 1945, Buck co-hosted a radio show called Buck and Britt. He relocated to Bakersfield, California, frequently traveling to Hollywood for session recording jobs at Capitol Records, playing backup for Tennessee Ernie Ford, Sonny James, Wanda Jackson, Del Reeves, Tommy Sands, Tommy Collins, Faron Young and Gene Vincent, and many others. In the late 50's he recorded a rockabilly record called "Hot Dog" for the Pep label, using the pseudonym Corky Jones. He used the pseudonym because he did not want the fact he recorded a rock n' roll tune to hurt his country music career. In the early 60's he formed his legendary band, the Buckaroos, producing 21 No.1 hits on the Billboard country music charts. Buck and the Buckaroos pioneered what has come to be called the Bakersfield sound, a reference to Bakersfield. He originally used fiddle and retained pedal steel guitar into the 1970s, he can be heard harmonising with his longtime friend and guitarist Don Rich until he died in a motor cycle accident in 1974. Devastated, Buck didn't perform again until 1988 when he teamed up with Dwight Yoakam for a duet of "Streets of Bakersfield", his first No.11 single in 16 years. This led to lots of re-issues, gigs and tours. Buck was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1996. He was ranked No.12 in CMT's 40 Greatest Men of Country Music in 2003 and named the Buckaroos as 2nd greatest country music band in history (heart attack) b. August 12th 1929.

English Dan/ Danny Wayland Seals (61)
American vocalist, guitarist, saxophonist, bassist and the younger brother of Jim Seals from the duo Seals & Crofts. Dan joined with fellow W.W. Samuell High School classmate and longtime friend John Ford Coley to perform first as part of Dallas pop/psych group Southwest "Freight on Board"/" F.O.B", before going under the name of England Dan, and forming the soft rock duo England Dan & John Ford Coley in 1970. They were best known for their hit single "I'd Really Love to See You Tonight". He began a solo career in country music. releasing 16 studio albums and charted more than twenty singles on the country charts. Eleven of his singles reached No.1: "Meet Me in Montana" (with Marie Osmond), "Bop" (also a #42 pop hit), "Everything That Glitters (Is Not Gold)", "You Still Move Me", "I Will Be There", "Three Time Loser", "One Friend", "Addicted", "Big Wheels in the Moonlight", "Love on Arrival", and a cover of Sam Cooke's "Good Times". Five more of Dan's singles also reached Top Ten on the country charts.
(died following treatment for mantle cell lymphoma) b. February 8th 1948.


I'm feeling that this thread has pretty much run it's course. It's the nature of this type of thread to be repeating what has already been posted a year ago. I've been trying to keep it contemporary by throwing in a few new names and bits of info here and there, but for the most part it's getting redundant. Think I'm going to let it go at this point.

Thank you to all who have contributed along the way; JBug, Michael Ary, Howard D. White, vivazappa, and the rest of you who have helped to keep things interesting with your own experiences and bits of knowledge of artists. You are what kept this thread interesting and going for as long as it has.

Posted on Mar 25, 2014 11:09:34 AM PDT
doodah man says:
Happy March Birthdays,

Highlights from the past few days that I was gone:

March 22nd:

1931 - William Shatner, Canadian actor, musician, recording artist, author and film director.
1943 - George Benson, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, American jazz/blues singer/guitarist (Greatest Love of All)
1943 - Keith Relf, England, lead singer, harmonica (Yardbirds)
1941 - Jeremy Clyde, English actor and musician (Chad and Jeremy)

March 23rd:

1949 - Ric Ocasek, Balt, rock vocalist (Cars)
1951 - Phil Keaggy, acoustic and electric guitarist and vocalist, listed as one of the world's top-three "finger-style", as well as "finger-picking", guitarists
1953 - Chaka Khan, [Stevens], Great Lakes Il, rocker (Rufus, solo)

March 24th:

1949 - Nick Lowe, England, rock vocalist (Rockpile)
1951 - Dougie Thompson, bassist (Supertramp)
1960 - Nena, hot German pop singer (99 Luft Ballons)

Posted on Mar 21, 2014 1:21:01 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 21, 2014 1:24:02 PM PDT
doodah man says:
Happy March 21st Birthdays,

1685 - Johann Sebastian Bach, Eisenach Germany, composer, organist, harpsichordist, violist, and violinist (O.S. calendar) (d. 28 July 1750)
1902 - Eddie James "Son" House, folk blues musician (Delta Blues) (d. October 19, 1988)

1940 - Solomon Burke, American R&B singer ("Everybody Needs Somebody to Love") (d. October 10, 2010)
1945 - Rosemary [Rosie] Stone, vocalist/pianist (Sly & Family Stone)
1945 - Vernon Guy, US blues/gospel singer (Cool Sounds, Sharpees)
1946 - Ray Dorset, guitarist, singer, songwriter (Mungo Jerry, "In the Summertime")
1949 - Eddie Money [Mahoney], Bkln, singer/guitarist ("Take Me Home Tonight")

1950 - Roger Hodgson, rock vocalist, musician (Supertramp, solo)
1951 - Russell Thompkins Jr, US soul singer (Stylistics)
1952 - Chris O'Connell, (Asleep At the Wheel) (*or '53 or '54)
1953 - Shotgun Johnson [Robert], rock drummer (KC & the Sunshine Band)
1959 - Sarah Jane Morris, English pop music, jazz, rock and R&B singer
1956 - Guy Chadwick, English singer/songwriter (House of Love)

1960 - Robert Sweet, American drummer (Stryper)
1963 - Shawn Lane, US guitar virtuoso. "...his arpeggio sweeps and precision-picked lines blasted more rapid-fire notes than the average human mind could comprehend." (d. 26.Sept.2003)
1963 - Sharon June Howe Pederson, Glencoe Mn, rocker (Vixen)
1967 - Jonas "Joker" Berggren, Swedish musician (Ace of Base)

1980 - Deryck Whibley, Canadian guitarist and singer (Sum41)
1989 - Rochelle Eulah Eileen Humes (née Wiseman) (The Saturdays)
1990 - Mandy Capristo, German Singer (Monrose)

Passed away on this date in:

Dean Paul Martin Jr (35)
American singer, tennis player, actor, a military pilot, and son of the legendary Dean Martin; born in Santa Monica; at the age of thirteen he joined Desi Arnaz Jr. and Billy Hinsche in the pop group Dino, Desi, & Billy, which had a few minor nationwide hits between 1965 and 1968, landing in the Top 30 twice. After which in his late teens he began to go by his given name of Dean Paul instead of the nickname "Dino". He became a successful tennis player, competing in a junior competition at Wimbledon; and an actor. He co-starred with Ali MacGraw in the 1979 film Players, for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award as Best New Star of the Year-Male and later starred in the TV series Misfits of Science (He had obtained his pilot's license at age 16 and became an officer in the California Air National Guard in 1981. He died when his National Guard F-4 Phantom fighter jet crashed in California's San Bernardino Mountains during a snowstorm, killing him and his Weapons Systems Officer, Ramon Ortiz.) b. November 17th 1951.

Clarence Leonidas "Leo" Fender (81)
Greek-American inventor who founded Fender Electric Instrument Manufacturing Company, now known as Fender Musical Instruments Corporation, and later founded MusicMan and G&L Musical Products (G&L Guitars). His guitar, bass, and amplifier designs from the 1950s continue to dominate popular music more than half a century later. "The Strat" he asked his customers what new features they would want on the Telecaster. The large number of replies, along with the continued popularity of the Telecaster, caused him to leave the Telecaster as it was and to design a new, upscale solid body guitar to be sold alongside the basic Telecaster instead. Western swing guitarist Bill Carson was one of the chief critics of the Telecaster, stating that the new design should have individually adjustable bridge saddles, four or five pickups, a vibrato unit that could be used in either direction and return to proper tuning, and a contoured body for enhanced comfort over the slab-body Telecaster's harsh edges. Leo and draughtsman Freddie Tavares began designing the new guitar in late 1953, which would address most of Carson's ideas and would also include a rounder, less "club-like" neck and a double cutaway for easier reach to the upper registers. Released in 1954, the Stratocaster has been in continuous production ever since. The Electric Bass: Leo also conceived an instrument that would prove to be essential to the evolution of popular music with the Precision Bass (or "P-Bass"), released in 1951. Up until this time, bassists had been left to playing acoustically resonating double basses/upright basses. Unlike double basses, the Telecaster-based Precision Bass was small and portable, and its solid body construction and four magnet, single coil electronic pickup allowed it to be amplified at higher volumes without the feedback issues normally associated with acoustic instruments. Along with the Precision Bass, so named because its fretted neck allowed bassists to play with 'precision'. The P-Bass and its accompanying amplifier were the first widely-produced of their kind, and it was the first bass to be fretted like a guitar; arguably, it remains one of the most popular basses in music today. 1960 saw the release of the Jazz Bass, a sleeker, updated bass with a slimmer neck, and offset waist body and two single coil pickups, as opposed to the Precision Bass and its split-humbucking pickup that had been introduced in 1957. Like its predecessor, the Jazz Bass/"J-Bass" was an instant hit and has remained popular to this day, and early models are highly sought after by collectors (complications of Parkinson's disease) b. August 10th 1909.

John "Speedy" Keen (57)
UK vocalist, songwriter, drummer for Thunderclap Newman, a band The Who's guitarist Pete Townshend created in 1969, to play and record songs written by 'Speedy' who had been The Who's roadie and chauffeur for Peter. Originally Peter Townsend played bass for the band under the pseudonym Bijou Drains. Speedy wrote The Who's "Armenia City in the Sky", the only song The Who ever performed that was specifically written for the group by a non-member. Speedy's mega hit song "Something In The Air" appeared on the soundtracks of the films The Magic Christian (1969),The Strawberry Statement (1970) Kingpin (1996), Almost Famous (2000), The Dish (2000) and The Girl Next Door (2004). Speedy went on to be record producer for The Heartbreakers and Motörhead.(died suddenly of heart failure) b. March 29th 1945.

Pinetop Perkins/Joseph William Perkins (97)
American blues musician born in Belzoni, Mississippi, he began his career as a guitarist, but then injured the tendons in his left arm and switched to the piano, and also switched from Robert Nighthawk's KFFA radio program to Sonny Boy Williamson's King Biscuit Time. In the 1950s, he joined Earl Hooker and began touring, before relocating to Illinois and left music until Hooker convinced him to record again in 1968. In 1969 he joined the Muddy Waters band for 10 years, leaving to form The Legendary Blues Band with Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, recording through the late 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s. Pinetop played a brief musical cameo on the street outside Aretha's Soul Food Cafe in the 1980 movie The Blues Brothers, having an argument with John Lee Hooker over who wrote "Boom Boom". He also appeared in the 1987 movie Angel Heart as a member of guitarist Toots Sweet's band. In 2008, he received a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album for Last of the Great Mississippi Delta Bluesmen: Live In Dallas together with David Honeyboy Edwards, Henry James Townsend, and Robert Lockwood, Jr. He was also nominated in the same category for his solo album, Pinetop Perkins on the 88's: Live in Chicago. Then at aged 97, he won a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album for Joined at the Hip, an album he recorded with Willie "Big Eyes" Smith. At the time of his death, Pinetop had more than 20 performances booked for 2011. (?) b. July 7th 1913.

* I will be out of town for the weekend, and am not taking my computer along :-) ; will resume posts upon my return.

Posted on Mar 20, 2014 5:14:34 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 20, 2014 6:02:43 AM PDT
JBug says:
Sister Rosetta Tharpe passed away October 9, 1973, but Vera Lynn is still with us (97 years old today). Happy birthday, Vera.

Sister Rosetta Tharpe has been called the "godmother of rock and roll" and "the original soul sister."
She influenced early R&B, gospel, jazz and rock 'n' roll artists, including Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry.

Down by the Riverside - Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Posted on Mar 20, 2014 4:40:24 AM PDT
doodah man says:
Happy March 20th Birthdays,

1915 -Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Pioneer American singer, songwriter, guitarist and recording artist
1917 - Vera Lynn, singer (We'll Meet Again)
1918 - Marian McPartland, jazz pianist (Bill Mayer, Jimmy McPartland)
1922 - Larry Elgart, New Haven Ct, bandleader/alto sax (Elgart Orch) recorded the original rendition of "Bandstand Boogie", theme to the long-running teen dance show, American Bandstand.
1929 - Santo J. "Sonny" Russo, American jazz trombonist.
1936 - Lee "Scratch" Perry, Jamaican Reggae artist. One of the pioneers in the development of dub music with his early adoption of effects and remixing to create new instrumental or vocal versions of existing reggae track. Worked with Bob Marley & the Wailers, Junior Murvin, The Congos and Max Romeo.
1937 - Jerry Reed, Atlanta GA, singer/actor (When You're Hot, You're Hot, Guitarman) d. 2008)
1937 - Joe Rivers, rocker (Johnnie & Joe) *unable to verify date

1946 - Ranger Doug, [Douglas Green], singer (Riders in Sky)
1947 - John Blunt, UK drummer, (The Trees, The Searchers)
1950 - Carl Palmer, drummer ( The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Atomic Rooster, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, and Asia.)
1949 - Marcia Ball, American blues singer and pianist

1951 - Guy Perry [Adrian Perotore], rock guitarist/vocalist (Motels)
1951 - Jimmie Vaughan, guitarist (Fabulous Thunderbirds), SRV's older brother
1954 - Jim Seales, Hamilton Ala, singer (Shenandoah)
1959 - Richard Drummie, rocker (Go West) *unable to verify date

1963 - Paul Mirkovich, rock keyboardist (Nelson, Cher, Rock Star house band)
1964 - Natacha Atlas, Belgian singer
1966 - Alka Yagnik, Indian singer
1967 - David Ian Shuttleworth "Shutty", drums (Terrorvision)

1972 - Alexander Kapranos, Greek-British musician (Franz Ferdinand)
1976 - Chester Bennington, American musician (Linkin Park, Dead by Sunrise)
1979 - Molly Jenson, American musician

1982 - Nick Wheeler, guitarist (The All-American Rejects) *unable to verify date
1984 - Winta Efrem, Norwegian R&B and soul musician
1986 - Dean Geyer, Australian singer/actor

Posted on Mar 19, 2014 7:02:12 PM PDT
doodah man says:
I often confuse the Byrds with NIN myself, Howard.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 19, 2014 1:54:32 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 19, 2014 1:58:26 PM PDT
Roger McGuinns mother went into labor ,with Jim/Roger, but made it back to Chicago in time to give birth to the head Byrd in Chicago !In July.... ;.> I probably wrote Roger McGuinn while I was meaning Trent Reznor, Boz Scaggs,Richie Furay, Marilyn Manson, Steve Bators,Joe Walsh, or Neal Smith and Glenn Buxton of the original Alice Cooper line up.....

Posted on Mar 19, 2014 1:39:50 PM PDT
JBug says:
Nobody from Ohio today, Howard? :9)

Posted on Mar 19, 2014 12:02:30 PM PDT
C. Kimbrough says:
Also passed away on this date--Paul Kossoff of Free from drug related heart problems. Rest in Peace, Paul.

Posted on Mar 19, 2014 4:32:12 AM PDT
doodah man says:
Happy March 19th Birthdays,

1937 - Clarence "Frogman" Henry, New Orleans, Louisiana, American rhythm and blues singer and pianist.
1942 - Jeff Neighbour, US bassist (Joy of Cooking)
1944 - Myung-Wha Chung, Seoul Korea, cellist (Chung Sisters)
1946 - Paul Atkinson, guitarist (Zombies) (d. April 1, 2004)
1946 - Ruth Pointer, singer (Pointer Sisters)

1951 - Derek Longmuir, Edinburgh Scotland, drummer (Bay City Rollers)
1953 - Billy Sheehan, bassist (Talas, Steve Vai, David Lee Roth, Mr. Big, and Niacin)
1953 - Ricky Wilson, Athens Ga, rock guitarist (B-52's) (d. October 12, 1985, AIDS)
1955 - Bruce Willis, actor, producer, and musician
1959 - Terry Hall, lead singer of The Specials, and formerly of Fun Boy Three, The Colourfield, Terry, Blair & Anouchka and Vegas

1960 - Eliane Elias, Săo Paulo, Brazil, jazz pianist, arranger, vocalist and songwriter.
1969 - Gary Jules, American singer and songwriter (The Ivory Knights, Woodenfish, Kofi, No Poetry, Heroes and Heroin)
1975 - Brann Dailor, American drummer (Mastodon, Lethargy)
1976 - Zach Lind - American drummer (Jimmy Eat World) *unable to verify date.

Passed away on this date in:

Randall "Randy" Rhoads (25)
American rock guitarist; born in Santa Monica, California, he started playing guitar at age six on his grandfather's old Gibson "Army-Navy" classical acoustic guitar. At the age of 14, he and his older brother Kelle formed a cover band called Violet Fox, after which he taught his best friend Kelly Garni to play bass, and together they formed a band called The Whore. Together the pair went on to form Quiet Riot when Randy was 16. In 1979, Ozzy Osbourne was forming his new band, the Blizzard of Ozz, and invited him to play lead guitar. Randy enjoyed the freedom he was allowed which bought his guitar playing to a different level. Their self titled debut album was an instant hit. Randy is cited as an influence by many contemporary heavy metal guitarists. A devoted student of classical guitar, Randy often combined his classical music influences with his own heavy metal style. (killed in a freak airplane accident, whilst buzzing the bands tour bus from a light aircraft, the plane's wing clipped the bus and crashed) b. December 6th 1956.

Andrew Wood (24)
American singer born in Columbus, Mississippi, as a teenager he and his brother Kevin Wood formed the band Malfunkshun, their only released material during's the bands existence was on the compilation, Deep Six. After moving to Seattle, Washington, Andrew along with Jeff Ament, Bruce Fairweather, Stone Gossard and Greg Gilmore formed the band Mother Love Bone. As frontman Andrew's personality and compositions helped to catapult the group to the top of the Seattle music scene. Sadly he died just before the release of Mother Love Bone's debut album "Apple". Fellow band members Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament formed a side project band Temple of the Dog, in remembrance of Andrew, dedicating their self titled album to him, they went on to form Pearl Jam. Also The Alice in Chains dedicated their song "Would? "to Andrew (tragically died of a heroin overdose coupled with a cerebral hemorrhage) b. January 8th 1966

Luther Ingram (69)
American R&B, soul singer, songwriter; best known for his hit, "(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want to Be Right", which was placed number one on Billboard magazine's R&B chart, and peaked at No.3 on the Hot 100 chart in 1972. Other popular tracks include "Ain't That Loving You (For More Reasons Than One)" and "I'll Be Your Shelter". He was also responsible for the classic 1966 Northern Soul stormer "If It's All The Same To You" and it's instrumental "Exus Trek". He also co-authored the Staples Singers hit, "Respect Yourself". (heart failure) b. March 19th 2007.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 19, 2014 12:36:19 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 19, 2014 4:43:37 AM PDT
JBug says:
John Phillips, winner of the sicko award and the bad papa medal of dishonor.

Posted on Mar 18, 2014 8:05:32 PM PDT
doodah man says:
Happy March 18th Birthdays,

better late than not at all....

1936 - Robert Lee Smith, US singer (Tams)
1938 - Charley Pride, Sledge Miss, country singer
1939 - Travis Pritchett, rocker (Travis & Bob)
1941 - Wilson Pickett, Prattville Alabama, R&B singer (d. January 19, 2006)
1947 - Barry Wilson, drummer (Procol Harum) (d. 8 October 1990)

1950 - John Hartman, Falls Church Va, drummer (Doobie Brothers)
1951 - Bill Frisell, American jazz guitarist, composer and arranger.
1953 - Jamie West-Oram, guitarist (Fixx) *unable to verify date
1957 - Melvin Gentry, vocalits/guitarist (Midnight Star) *unable to verify date
1959 - Irene Cara, Bronx NYC, actress/singer (Fame, DC Cab, Certain Fury)

1962 - James McMurtry, American rock and folk-rock/americana singer, songwriter, guitarist, bandleader and occasional actor
1963 - Vanessa L Williams, Millwood NY, Miss America (1983), model, singer
1964 - Courtney Pine, British jazz saxophonist
1963 - Jeff Labarr, guitarist (Cinderella)
1966 - Jerry Cantrell, guitarist, singer/songwriter (Alice in Chains)
1967 - Miki Berenyi, English singer (Lush)

1970 - Queen Latifah, rap singer/actress
1975 - Rodleen Getsic, American singer, activist, actress, film producer and performance artist
1977 - Devin Lima, American singer, Lyte Funky Ones (LFO)
1979 - Adam Levine, American singer (Maroon 5)

Passd away on this date in:

John Phillips (65)
American singer, guitarist, songwriter and promoter of The Monterey Pop Festival in 1967. Born in Parris Island, South Carolina, he was known as Papa John, and was a founder member of the Journeymen and The Mamas and The Papas they had several Billboard Top Ten hits during the group's short lifetime, including "California Dreamin'", "Monday, Monday", "I Saw Her Again", "Creeque Alley", and "12:30 (Young Girls Are Coming to the Canyon)". John Phillips also wrote "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)", the 1967 Scott McKenzie hit that was to become the Summer of Love anthem. Phillips also wrote the oft-covered "Me and My Uncle", which was the song performed more times than any other over 30 years of Grateful Dead concerts. He released his first solo album 'John, the Wolf King of L.A' in 1970, which included the minor hit "Mississippi". He died just days after completing sessions for a new album "Phillips 66" was released posthumously in August 2001 (sadly died of a heart failure) b. August 30th 1935.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 17, 2014 11:10:26 PM PDT
JBug says:
Roger McGuinn was born in March?

Posted on Mar 17, 2014 2:16:24 PM PDT
Melissa auf du Maur, John B Sebastian and Roger McGuinn, Happy B-Day to three of my faves!

Posted on Mar 17, 2014 4:40:08 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 17, 2014 4:44:56 AM PDT
doodah man says:
Happy March 17th Birthdays,

1919 - Nat "King" Cole, Montgomery Ala, singer (Unforgettable, Mona Lisa) (d. February 15, 1965)
1932 - Dick Curless, Country music singer/songwriter ("Tombstone Every Mile") (d. May 25, 1995)
1934 - Q T Macon, blues singer, guitarist

1941 - Paul Kantner, SF California, rock singer/guitarist (Jefferson Airplane and offshoots)
1941 - Clarence Collins, US singer (Little Anthony and the Imperials)
1944 - John B. Sebastian, NYC, singer, musician (Lovin' Spoonful)
1944 - Pat McAuley, N Ireland, rock drummer (Them)
1944 - Pattie Boyd, Somerset England, ("Layla", Mrs. George Harrison/Mrs. Eric Clapton)
1946 - Harold Brown, Long Beach Ca, rock drummer (War)

1950 - Michael Been, guitarist, vocalist (The Call) (d. August 19, 2010, heart attack)
1951 - Scott Gorham, Irish rock guitarist (Thin Lizzy)
1959 - Mike Lindup, British keyboardist/singer (Level 42)
1959 - Paul Black, American rock singer (LA Guns)

1962 - Clare Grogan, lead singer (Altered Images)
1962 - Janet Patricia Gardner, Juneau Alaska, rock singer (Vixen)
1962 - Roxy Dora Petrucci, Rochester Minn, rock drummer (Madame X, Vixen)
1967 - Van Conner, (Screaming Trees)
1967 - Billy Corgan, American musician (Smashing Pumpkins)

1972 - Melissa Auf der Maur, guitarist, (Tinker, Hole, Smashing Pumpkins)
1973 - Caroline Corr, Irish drummer, "the Chick with Stick" (The Corrs].
1975 - Justin Hawkins, British singer (The Darkness)
1976 - Stephen Gately, Dublin Ireland, Irish singer (Boyzone)

1986 - Miles Kane, UK vocalist, guitarist (The Rascals/The Last Shadow Puppets)
1989 - Mason Musso, US singer-songwriter, guitarist (Metro Station)

*Passed away on this date in:*

Ric Grech/Richard Roman Grechko (43)
British bass player, born in Bordeaux, France. He originally gained notice in the UK as the bass guitar player for the progressive rock group Family. He joined the band when it was a largely blues-based live act in Leicester known as the Farinas; he became their bassist in 1965, replacing Tim Kirchin. Family released their first single, "Scene Through The Eye of a Lens," in September 1967. In 1969 he joined up with Eric Clapton toform the super group Blind Faith and recorded their only album with them. He went on to become a very successful session musician playing with the likes of Rod Stewart, Ronnie Lane, Muddy Waters, Rosetta Hightower, the Crickets and Gram Parsons. In January 1973, he performed in Eric Clapton's Rainbow Concert, and he reunited with Roger Chapman and Charlie Whitney when the duo recorded an album in 1974 after Family's breakup. In 1974 he joined KGB, along with Michael Bloomfield, Carmine Appice, Barry Goldberg, and Ray Kennedy, the group released its homonymous debut that year. Rick retired from music in 1977 and moved back to Leicester. (brain haemorrhage) b. November 1st 1946.

Terry LaVerne Stafford (54)
American singer and songwriter, born in Hollis, Oklahoma; grew up in Amarillo, Texas; graduated from Palo Duro High School, Amarillo in 1960, then moved to LA to pursue a career in music. In 1964 he released "Suspicion", which made No.3 in the US and reached and No. 31 in the UK Singles Chart. He followed this with "I'll Touch a Star" made No.25. It was 1973 when he next charted with "Amarillo by Morning" (died in Amarillo of liver failure) b. November 22nd 1941.

Alex Chilton (59)
American singer, songwriter and guitarist, born in Memphis, Tennessee, best known for his work with the pop-music bands the Box Tops and Big Star. In 1966, while at Memphis' Central High School, Alex was invited to join a local band The Devilles as their lead singer, after learning of the popularity of his vocal performance at a talent show; this band was later renamed Box Tops. He was 16 years old when he and the Boxtops had their No.1 international hit "The Letter". In 1971 Alex along with Chris Bell, Jody Stephens and Andy Hummel formed the rock band Big Star. They released two albums "No.1 Record" and "Radio City" before breaking up in 1974. He continued as a solo artist and in 1979 he co-founded, played guitar with, and produced some albums for Tav Falco's Panther Burns, which began as an offbeat rock-and-roll group deconstructing blues, country, and rockabilly music. From the late-1980s through the 1990s with bassist Ron Easley and eventually drummer Richard Dworkin, gaining a reputation for his eclectic taste in cover versions, guitar work, and laconic stage presence. After which he performed live yearly, with sporadic solo, Box Tops and Big Star shows in theatres and at festivals around the world (died sadly of a suspected heart attack) b. December 28th 1950.

Posted on Mar 16, 2014 2:18:33 PM PDT
doodah man says:
Happy March 16th Birthdays,

1940 - Keith Rowe, English guitarist (AMM) and painter
1942 - Jerry Jeff Walker, folk-country artist
1948 - Michael Bruce, rocker (Alice Cooper band)
1949 - Elliott Murphy, US singer/songwriter

1951 - Ray Benson, Phila Pa, country singer (Asleep at the Wheel, House of Blue Lights)
1951 - Ritchie Teeter, rocker (Dictators) *unable to verify date
1954 - Jimmy Nail, singer/actor (Evita, Spender, Howling II)
1954 - Nancy Wilson, SF, rock guitarist (Heart)
1959 - Stan Thorn, Kenosha Wisc, singer (Shenandoah) *unable to verify date
1959 - Flavor Flav [William J. Drayton],, American rapper, and reality tv star

1963 - Jimmy Degrasso, American musician, drummer (Alice Cooper band, Black Star Riders, F5, and Dokken)
1964 - Patty Griffin, American singer and songwriter
1967 - Tracy Bonham, US rock singer, violinist, pianist ("Mother, Mother")

1976 - Blu Cantrell [Tiffany Cobb], US R&B singer-songwriter
1981 - Danny Brown [Daniel Sewell], US rapper, hip-hop artist
1988 - Jhené Aiko, US R&B singer
1991 - Wolfgang Van Halen, multi-musician, primarily bassist (Van Halen, Mark Tremonti Band, son of Eddie)

Passed away on this date in:

Tammi Terrell/Thomasina Montgomery (24)
American singer, a member of The Sherrys, and Motown singer, born in Philadelphia, she entered the music business at the age of 13, regularly performing live. Tammi was a Grammy Award-nominated American soul singer, most notable for her association with Motown and her duets with Marvin Gaye. As a teenager she recorded for the Scepter/Wand, Try Me and Checker record labels. She signed with Motown in 1965 and enjoyed success as a solo singer. Once she was paired with Gaye in 1967, her stardom grew, but later that year she collapsed on stage into Marvin Gaye's arms during their duet of 'That's All You Need To Get By'. (Tammi was diagnosed with a brain tumor, from which sadly she died) b. April 29th 1945.

T- Bone Walker/Aaron Thibeaux Walker (64)
American blues guitarist, pianist and singer songwriter born in Linden, Texas; In the early 1920s, as a teenager learned his craft amongst the street-strolling stringbands of Dallas. His songs included "Call It Stormy Monday (But Tuesday Is Just as Bad)", "T-Bone Shuffle" and "Let Your Hair Down, Baby, Let's Have a Natural Ball". He was the idiom's first true lead guitarist, and undeniably one of its very best. Modern electric blues guitar can be traced directly back to this pioneer, who began amplifying his sumptuous lead lines for public consumption circa 1940 and thus initiated a revolution so total that its tremors are still being felt today. He was the childhood hero of Jimi Hendrix, and Hendrix imitated some of Walker's ways throughout his life including T-Bone's flamboyant playing style with the guitar behind his back and legs and with his teeth on stage. He won a Grammy Award in 1971 for "Good Feelin'" and was posthumously inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1980, and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. (He died of bronchial pneumonia following a second stroke) b. May 28th 1910.

Reba Mcentire's BAND...
All seven members of country star Reba Mcentire's band and her road manager were tragically killed in a plane crash after a show in San Diego.

Posted on Mar 15, 2014 5:12:14 AM PDT
JBug says:
Happy 71st birthday to Sly Stone!

Posted on Mar 15, 2014 4:39:00 AM PDT
doodah man says:
1907 - Jimmy McPartland, jazz trumpeter/cornetist and one of the originators of Chicago Jazz
1912 - Lightnin' [Sam] Hopkins, Texas, country blues singer, songwriter, guitarist and occasional pianist (d. January 30, 1982)
1916 - Harry James, Albany Ga,actor and musician best known as a trumpeter who led a swing band during the Big Band Swing Era of the 1930s and 1940s (married to Betty Grable) (d. July 5, 1983)
1927 - Carl Smith, Maynardville Tn, country singer (Grand Ole Opry)

1940 - Phil Lesh, [Chapman], California, rock bassist (Grateful Dead and offshoots)
1941 - Mike Love, California, rock saxophonist/vocalist (Beach Boys)
1941 - Hughie Flint, London England, rock drummer (John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, McGuinness Flint, The Blues Band,
The Bonzo Dog Band)
1944 - David Costell, Pitts, guitarist (Gary Lewis & the Playboys)
1943 - Sly Stone, Dallas, keyboards, singer/songwriter (Sly & the Family Stone)
1946 - Howard Scott, San Pedro Cal, rock guitarist/vocalist (War, Cisco Kid)
1947 - Ry Cooder, LA, blues guitarist (Taj Mahal, Captain Beefheart, Buena Vista Social Club, Ali Farka Toure)
1948 - Steve 'Grizzly' Nisbett, drummer (Steel Pulse)

1952 - Howard Devoto, singer-songwriter, (Buzzcocks, Magazine, solo, Luxuria)
1955 - Dee Snider, singer-songwriter, screenwriter, radio personality, and actor, also sang in his church choir as a youth (Twisted Sister)

1962 - Steve Coy, rocker (Dead or Alive)
1962 - Terence Trent D'Arby, NYC, rock vocalist (Wishing Well)
1963 - Bret Michaels, Harrisburg Pa, guitarist (Poison)
1964 - Rockwell [Kennedy Gordy], Det MI, rock vocalist (Somebody's Watching Me)
1968 - John Tardy, US heavy metalist (Obituary)
1968 - Mark McGrath, American musician (Sugar Ray)
1968 - Jon Schaffer, American guitarist (Iced Earth)

1972 - Mark Hoppus, American musician (+44 and blink-182)
1974 - John "Beatz" Holohan, American musician (Bayside) (d.10/31/2005, killed when band's tour van hit a patch of ice and flipped on way to next engagement)
1975 - [William James Adams] , American musician
1981 - Young Buck [David Darnell Brown] American rapper
1982 - Jordan Hastings, Canadian drummer (Alexisonfire)

Posted on Mar 14, 2014 3:56:45 PM PDT
""Sugarfoot" Bonner, an Ohio legend !

Posted on Mar 14, 2014 4:32:09 AM PDT
doodah man says:
Happy March 14th Birthdays,

1912 - Les Brown, Reinerton Pa, orchestra leader (& his Band of Renown) (d. January 4, 2001)
1914 - Lee Elhardt Hays, American folk-singer, early People's Rights activist. Wrote or cowrote "Wasn't That a Time?", "If I Had a Hammer, "and "Kisses Sweeter than Wine", (The Weavers) (d. August 26, 1981)

1926 - Phil Phillips [Baptiste], rock vocalist (Sea Of Love)
1933 - Quincy Jones Jr, Chicago Ill, record producer, conductor, arranger, composer, television producer, and trumpeter.
1934 - Shirley Scott, swing/blues organist (with Stanley Turrentine)

1943 - Jim Pons, Santa Monica CA, bassist/singer (The Leaves, Turtles, Mothers of Invention)
1943 - Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner (Ohio Players) (d. January 26, 2013)
1945 - Michael Martin Murphey, Dallas Tx, country singer (Wildfire)
1945 - Walt Parazaider, Chicago Ill, rock saxophonist, flutist, woodwinds (Chicago)
1949 - Peter John 'Ollie' Halsall, English guitarist and vibraphone player (The Rutles, Timebox, Patto and Boxer) (d. 29 May 1992)

1954 - Jann Browne, country singer (Asleep At the Wheel, solo)
1969 - Michael Bland, US drummer (Prince, The New Power Generation, Nick Jonas+Administration, others)
1983 - Jordan Taylor Hanson, Tulsa OK, singer (Hansons "MMMMbop")

Passed away on this date in:

Doc Pomus/Jerome Solon Felder (66)
American blues singer and songwriter, found success as one of the finest white blues singers of the 1940s before becoming one of the greatest songwriters in the history of American popular music; He is best known as the lyricist of many rock and roll hits, by 1957, he had given up performing in order to devote himself full-time to songwriting. He collaborated with pianist Mort Shuman, their songwriting efforts had Doc write the lyrics and Shuman the melody, although quite often they worked on both. They wrote the hit songs such as: "A Teenager in Love"; "Save The Last Dance For Me"; "Hushabye"; "This Magic Moment"; "Turn Me Loose"; "Sweets For My Sweet"; "Go Jimmy Go", "Can't Get Used to Losing You"; "Little Sister"; "Suspicion"; "Surrender"; "Viva Las Vegas"; "(Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame". Also during the 1950s and early 1960s, Doc wrote several songs with Phil Spector: "Young Boy Blues"; "Ecstasy"; "Here Comes The Night"; "What Am I To Do?"; with Mike Stoller and Jerry Leiber: "Young Blood" and "She's Not You", and other Brill Building-era writers. He also wrote "Lonely Avenue", which became a 1956 hit for Ray Charles. Doc was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the category of non-performer in 1992. He was also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1992 and the Blues Hall of Fame (sadly died after battling cancer) b. June 27th 1925.

Big Jack Johnson (70)
American guitarist and blues singer born in Lambert, Mississippi; at the age of 13, he was playing guitar with his father's band. By 18, he followed B.B. King's electrified lead. His break came when he sat in with Frank Frost and Sam Carr at the Savoy Theatre in Clarksdale, Mississippi, and they played together for the next 15 years, recording for Phillips International and Jewel Records with Frank as the bandleader. In 1979, as the Jelly Roll Kings, he released Rockin' the Juke Joint Down, marking Big Jack's first recordings as a singer. His '87 album The Oil Man, included his recording of "Catfish Blues". He performed and wrote "Jack's Blues" and performed "Catfish Medley" with Samuel L. Jackson on the Black Snake Moan, film soundtrack (?) b. July 30th 1940.

Ronnie Hammond (60)
American singer and multi-musician; he became lead singer for the southern rock band Atlanta Rhythm Section, in 1972. They had hits during the 1970s, including "Doraville," "Jukin," "Champagne Jam," "Imaginary Lover," "So Into You," "I'm Not Gonna Let It Bother Me Tonight," and a remake of the Classics IV hit "Spooky". Ronnie left the band in the early '80s, but returned in 1987, and 1989 ARS released thier first album in 8 years 'Truth in a Structured Form'. He continued to record and tour with the band until 2001 when Ronnie decided to leave ARS and join the band Voices of Classic Rock, but left the touring business altogether soon afterward to focus on family and songwriting (sadly Ronnie died due to a heart attack) b. November 10th 1950.

Eddie King/Edward Lewis Davis Milton (73)
American Chicago blues guitarist, singer and songwriter, born in Talladega, Alabama and learned basic guitar riffs from watching from outside the window of local blues clubs. He grew up playing alongside Luther Allison, Magic Sam, Junior Wells, Eddie C. Campbell, and Freddie King, before relocating to Chicago in 1954. He first recorded under the guidance of Willie Dixon and, in 1960, played on several tracks recorded by Sonny Boy Williamson II.Also in 1960, he had a single released "Shakin' Inside" / "Love You Baby" as well as recording with Detroit Junior. For the next twenty years he was the guitarist backing Koko Taylor as well as forming his own band, Eddie King & the Kingsmen. Since the early 1990s, his backing ensemble were known as the Swamp Bees, and his output has incorporated Chicago blues, country blues, blues shouter, and soul. In 1997, Eddie recorded ''Another Cow's Dead'', for which he was honored with a Blues Music Award for 'Best Comeback Blues Album' (?) b. April 21st 1938.

Posted on Mar 13, 2014 4:39:50 AM PDT
doodah man says:
Happy March 13th Birthdays,

1925 - Roy Haynes, US jazz drummer, one of the most recorded drummers in music, and recently appearing on stage with the Allman Brothers and Page McConnell of Phish (Trio Music with Chick Corea)
1930 - Jan Howard, American country music singer and Grand Ole Opry star.
1933 - Mike Stoller, composer (Lieber & Stoller songwriting team, "Hound Dog", "Jailhouse Rock", "Kansas City", "Stand By Me" and "On Broadway" among many others)
1938 - Erma Franklin, American gospel and R&B singer (d. September 7, 2002)
1939 - Neil Sedaka, Bkln NY, pop/rock singer, pianist, and composer ("Calendar Girl", "Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen")

1947 - Dave Kelly, UK guitarist, vocals (John Dummer Blues, Tramp, Paul Jones Blues, own band)
1950 - Steve Hill, country vocalist (A Winning Hand)
1953 - Rustee Allen, Monroe, Louisiana, U.S.) bass guitar player (Sly and the Family Stone)
1959 - Ronnie Rogers, guitarist (T'Pau)
1959 - Greg Norton, US bassist (Husker Du)
1960 - Adam Clayton, Oxfordshire, rock bassist (U2)

1973 - David Draiman, American musician and songwriter (Disturbed)
1976 - James Dewees, musician
1977 - Ed Sloan, lead vocals and guitar (Crossfade)
1979 - Spanky G [Mike Guthier], US drummer (Bloodphart, Bloodhound Gang)

Passed away on this date in:

Marc Moreland (44)
American rock guitarist for new wave band Wall of Voodoo, punk band The Skulls, and rock bands Pretty and Twisted and Department of Crooks. He also released a solo album under the name Marc Moreland Mess. The Wall of Voodoo sound was noted for Marc's unique guitar style, a mixture of twangy spaghetti western-style melodies, angular postpunk riffs and well-placed guitar feedback. The band had a sizeable hit with the song "Mexican Radio" in 1982 (sadly died of liver failure) b. January 8th 1958.

Martin Fierro (66)
American tenor saxophonist also known as "the Meester" to his many loving fans; he played in the jazz, freeform rock, and avant-garde traditions and who played with musicians as diverse as the Sir Douglas Quintet, Legion of Mary, Jerry Garcia, James Cotton, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Loudon Wainwright III, Queen Ida, Jazz Is Dead, The String Cheese Incident, David Grisman, Derek Trucks, Dark Star Orchestra, the Allman Brothers, Merl Saunders, The Grateful Dead, Zero, Steve Kimock & Friends, Yonder Mountain String Band and many more (died after his battle against cancer) b. January 18th 1942.

Posted on Mar 12, 2014 2:25:00 PM PDT
When I was married to my first wife, we HAD to go see James Taylor each time his annual tour brought him to Pittsburgh. I was real sick of JT's act by the time we had seen him 7 times!
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