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HAPPY BIRTHDAY GEORGE CLINTON, DON HENLEY, EMILY SALIERS & More…

1941- George Clinton (frontman for Parliament Funkadelic; “Flashlight”, “Give Up The Funk” + more; solo artist; “Atomic Dog”)       75 yrs.

George Clinton, aka Dr.

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic “We Want The Funk” live video link here.

1941- Estelle Bennett (vocalist w/ The Ronettes; “Be My Baby”; died in 2009)

The Ronnettes w/ Estelle Bennett “Be My Baby” live video link here.

1943- Bobby Sherman (singer; “Little Woman”)              73 yrs.

1944- Rick Davies (vocals + keyboards w/ Supertramp; “The Logical Song”)
72 yrs.

1947- Don Henley (singer/songwriter/drummer w/ The Eagles; “Life In The Fast Lane”, “Hotel California”, “Desperado” + more; solo artist; “Boys Of Summer”, “End Of The Innocence” + more)                69 yrs.

Don Henley “Boys Of Summer” live video link here.

1956- Mick Pointer (drummer w/ Marillion; “Kayleigh”)          60 yrs.

1961- Keith Sweat (R&B singer; “I Want Her”)       75  yrs.

1963- Emily Saliers (guitar + vocals w/ Indigo Girls; “Closer To Fine”, “Hammer & Nail”, “Get Out The Map” + more)         53 yrs.

Indigo Girls w/ Emily Saliers “Closer To Fine” video link here.

1964- William Calhoun (drummer w/ Living Colour; “Cult Of Personality”)
51 yrs.

Living Colour w/ William Calhoun “Glamour Boys” video link here.

1967- Pat Badger (bass w/ Extreme; “More Than Words”)       48 yrs.

1970- Tim Bluhm (singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist w/ The Mother Hips; also a member of Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers)                   46  yrs.

1973- Rufus Wainwright (singer/songwriter; son of Loudon Wainwright III + Kate McGarrigle; brother of Martha Wainwright)         42 yrs.

1977- Marco Benevento (keyboardist w/ Benevento-Russo Duo, Garage A Trois, Bustle In Your Hedgerow + Joe Russo’s Almost Dead)              38 yrs.

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead w/ Marco Benevento “Eyes Of The World” live video link here.

These are today’s birthdays, along with links for some of the artists. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO EVERYONE BORN ON THIS DAY!! Enjoy!!

HAPPY LISTENING!!!! 😉

WELL RENOWNED KEYBOARDIST, BERNIE WORRELL PASSES AT 72 :-(

As most music fans know by now, we lost the great Bernie Worrell a.k.a. ‘The Wizard Of Woo’, yesterday, at age 72. Worrell lost a short, but valiant fight with lung cancer and even managed to make it to a couple of events in his honor, in early April of this year. Bernie is best known as a founding member and keyboardist for Parliament Funkadelic, and also played with Talking Heads for a decade.

Worrell was born in New Jersey in 1944, and by the age of three, he had begun piano lessons. Before he was into double digits, he had already written his first concerto. He attended Julliard and received his degree from New England Conservatory Of Music in 1967. When he met George Clinton in the early 70s, George was in a doo wop group called The Parliaments, whose backing singers were referred to as The Funkadelics. A move to Detroit transformed the bands’ sound and their name into Parliament Funkadelic. Worrell played keys, but he was also, only the second recipient of the newly invented Moog synthesizer, in the 70s. Parliament Funkadelic took a touring hiatus in the early 1980s, and during that time he was recruited to work with a new wave band called Talking Heads. Though Bernie was never called a member of Talking Heads, he played with them for more than ten years, recording on ‘Stop Making Sense’ and touring with  the band for most of that time. When Talking Heads broke-up in 1991, Worrell recorded a great deal, with Bill Laswell. At the turn of the century, Bernie began to become a fixture on the jamband scene, performing with Les Claypool and Buckethead in Colonel Claypool’s Bucket Of Bernie Brains. Worrell continued to collaborate with an eclectic array of musicians on a myriad of projects, over the last fifteen years or so, including his own Bernie Worrell & The Woo Warriors. Besides his own Bernie Worrell Orchestra, the last several years saw him take the stage with artists as diverse as Bootsy Collins and Steve Kimock. In January of this year, Worrell was diagnosed with stage-four lung cancer, which meant a move from the Northeast to the Northwest, among other things. Besides several complications from his illness, he was also honored in May, when The New England Conservatory Of Music, made Worrell an honorary Doctor Of Music. Bernie had recently returned home and his wife had urged his friends to see him as soon as possible, without saying exactly why. Bernie passed at home in Washington state, yesterday around noon, pacific time. Besides the phenomenal music he had a hand in making over the years and all the facts about his musical career, what I have read about him from those that knew him, leads me to believe he was an wonderful human being, as well. To see what I mean, look-up the emotional social media reactions from Les Claypool and Steve Kimock to Bernie’s death. That’s What I Know, So That’s What You Know!!

R.I.P. George Bernard Worrell, Jr.      1944-2016

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROSEMARY CLOONEY, ROBERT MOOG, JEWEL & More…

1928- Rosemary Clooney (singer/actress; died in 2002) Rosemary Clooney i i

Rosemary Clooney “Come On A My House” live video link here.

1934- Robert Moog (inventor of the synthesizer; invented the Theremin at age 14;made the first MiniMoog in 1970; died in 2005)

Bob Moog, namesake of the

1943- Norman Johnson (member of Chairmen Of The Board; “Give Me Just A Little More Time”; died in 2010)

RIP "General" Norman Johnson

Chairmen Of The Board w/ Norman Johnson “Give Me Just A Little More Time”
video link here.

1944- Raymond Fulwood (member of Parliament Funkadelic)
72 yrs.        (No Photos Available)

1947- Bill Hunt (member of Electric Light Orchestra)                      69 yrs.

Bill Hunt was born on May 23rd

1953- Rick Fenn (member of 10cc)                       63 yrs.

to join 10cc towards the

10cc w/ Nick Fenn “Dreadlock Holiday” live video link here.

1965- Simon Gilbert (drummer w/ Suede)                    51 yrs.

Simon Gilbert

1967- Philip James Selway (drummer w/ Radiohead)                49 yrs.

@reckoner3 Hace más de 2 años

1974- Jewel Kilcher (singer/songwriter; “You Were Meant For Me”)
42 yrs.

Injured Jewel Worried About

Jewel “Who Will Save Your Soul” video link here.

These are today’s birthdays, along with links for a few of the artists. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO EVERYONE BORN ON THIS DAY!! Enjoy!!

HAPPY LISTENING!!!! 😉

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BERNIE WORRELL, MARK VOLMAN & More…

1942- Alan Price (keyboards w/ The Animals + solo)                  74 years

Alan Price in Concert

1943- Evelyn May Beatson a.k.a. Eve Graham (singer w/ The New Seekers; “I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing”)                                73 yrs.

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The New Seekers w/ Eve Graham “I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing”
live video link here.

1944- Bernie Worrell (keyboards w/ Parliament, Funkadelic + Talking Heads)              72 yrs.

Bernie Worrell & SociaLybrium

Bernie Worrell Orchestra “Watermelon Man” live video link here.

1947- Mark Volman (member of The Turtles; worked w/ Frank Zappa, T. Rex + Bruce Springsteen)          69 yrs.

Mark Volman

These are your birthdays for today, along with video links for a couple of the artists. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO EVERYONE BORN ON THIS DAY!! Enjoy!!

HAPPY LISTENING!!!! 😉

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BUNNY WAILER, BRIAN SETZER, SHEMEKIA COPELAND & More…

1921- Sheb Wooley (actor/singer; “The Purple People Eater”; died in 2003)

Sheb Wooley

Sheb Wooley “Purple People Eater” video link here.

1932- Nate Nelson (member of The Flamingos; “I Only Have Eyes For You”; died in 1984)

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1936- Bobbie Smith (vocals w/ The Detroit Spinners; died in 2013)

Bobby Smith, lead singer of

1947- Karl Russell (member of The Hues Corporation; “Rock The Boat”)           69 yrs.                     (no photo available)

1947- Bunny Livingston a.k.a. Bunny Wailer (percussion + vocals w/ Bob Marley & The Wailers; left in 1974; solo career)                    69 yrs.

Bunny Wailer, also known as

Bunny Wailer “400 Years” live video link here.

1948- Fred Smith (bassist w/ Television)        68 yrs.

Fred Smith of Television

1950- Ernest Stewart (keyboards w/ KC & The Sunshine Band; died in 1997)
(no photo available)

1950- Dave Pevertt (vocals + guitar w/ Savoy Brown + Foghat; died in 2000)

"Lonesome" Dave Peverett

Savoy Brown w/ Dave Pevertt “Tell Mama” live video link here.

1950- Eddie Hazel (guitarist w/ Parliament Funkadelic; died in 1992)

Bob spotlights Eddie Hazel

1953- Terre Roche (singer + songwriter w/ The Roches; has worked w/ Paul Simon + Loudon Wainwright)        63 yrs.

Terre Roche, 1981

The Roches w/ Terre “The Train” live video link here.

1957- Steven Gustafson (bassist w/ 10,000 Maniacs)                 59 yrs.

10,000 Maniacs

10,000 Maniacs w/ Steven Gustafson “Hey Jack Kerouac” live video link here.

1959- Brian Setzer (guitar + vocals w/ The Stray Cats + The Brian Setzer Orchestra)                    57 yrs.

Brian Setzer

The Stray Cats w/ Brian Setzer “Stray Cat Strut” live video link here.

1960- Katrina Leskanich (singer w/ Katrina & The Waves; “Walking On Sunshine”)       56 yrs.

Katrina & The Waves “Walking On Sunshine” video link here.

1965- Mark Oliver Everett (lead singer + guitarist w/ Eels)              51 yrs.

Mark Oliver Everett

Eels w/ Mark Oliver Everett “Novocaine For The Soul” video link here.

1964- Alan ‘Reni’ Wren (drummer w/ The Stone Roses)                 52 yrs

(EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Alan Wren

1970- Mike Mushok (guitarist w/ Staind)                   46 yrs.

1979- Shemekia Copeland (blues singer/songwriter)             37 yrs.

Shemekia Copeland “Wild Wild Woman” live video link here.

1983- Andrew Dost (multi-instrumentalist w/ Fun.)               33 yrs.

File:Andrew Dost playing the

These are today’s birthdays, along with video links for some of the artists. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO EVERYONE BORN ON THIS DAY!! Enjoy!!

HAPPY LISTENING!!!! 😉

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROGER MILLER, DAVE DREIWITZ, TROMBONE SHORTY & More…

1936- Roger Miller (singer + guitarist; “King Of The Road”; Grammy winner + television star; died in 1991)

Roger Miller “King Of The Road” live video link here.

1942- Chick Churchill (keyboardist w/ Ten Years After; “Love Like A Man”)           73 yrs.

1954- Glenn Goins (vocalist + guitarist w/ Parliament Funkadelic; “One Nation Under A Groove”; died in 1978)

Parliament Funkadelic w/ Glenn Goins “Give Up The Funk” live video link here.

1957- Ricky Van Shelton (country singer; did duets w/ Dolly Parton + Brenda Lee)
58 yrs.

1966- Dave Dreiwitz (bassist w/ Ween + Joe Russo’s Almost Dead; was a member of Tiny Lights, Instant Death + Bustle In Your Hedgerow; Dave also plays trumpet + tuba)
50 yrs.

1986- Troy ‘Trombone Shorty’ Andrews (multi-instrumentalist, vocalist + composer w/ Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue; has worked w/ U2, Galactic, Dr. John, Lenny Kravitz + Eric Clapton; was a member of the Stooges Brass Band)               30 yrs.

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue “Hurricane Season” live video

These are today’s birthdays with video links for a couple of the artists. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO EVERYONE BORN ON THIS DAY!! Enjoy!!

HAPPY LISTENING!!!! 😉

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BOOTSY COLLINS, NATALIE MERCHANT & More…

1946- Keith Hopwood (guitarist w/ Herman’s Hermits; “I’m Into Something Good”)
69 yrs.

1951- Bootsy Collins (bass + vocals w/ Parliament Funkadelic + Bootsy’s Rubber Band)
64 yrs.

Bootsy Collins “Stretchin’ Out” live video link here.

1951- Maggie Roche (singer + songwriter w/ The Roches; worked Paul Simon + Loudon Wainwright)            64 yrs.

1952- David Was (member of Was Not Was)                 63 yrs.
No Photo Available.

1953- Keith Strickland (guitar, keyboards + drums w/ The B-52’s; “Roam”, “Summer Of Love”, “Love Shack” + more…)             62 yrs.

The B-52’s w/ Keith Strickland “Deadbeat Club” video link here.

1962- Steve Wren (member of Then Jericho; “The Motive”)        53 yrs.

Then Jericho w/ Steve Wren “The Motive” video link here.

1963- Natalie Merchant (singer + songwriter w/ 10,000 Maniacs; “Like The Weather”, “Trouble Me” + “These Are Days”; solo; “Carnival”)           52 yrs.

Natalie Merchant “Wonder” live video link here.

1967- Keith Urban (country singer, songwriter + guitarist)                 48 yrs.

These are your birthdays for today, along with video links for a few of the artists. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO EVERYONE BORN ON THIS DAY!! Enjoy!!

HAPPY LISTENING!!!! 😉

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROSEMARY CLOONEY, ROBERT MOOG, JEWEL & More…

1928- Rosemary Clooney (singer/actress; died in 2002) Rosemary Clooney i i

Rosemary Clooney “Come On A My House” live video link here.

1934- Robert Moog (inventor of the synthesizer; invented the Theremin at age 14;made the first MiniMoog in 1970; died in 2005)

Bob Moog, namesake of the

1943- Norman Johnson (member of Chairmen Of The Board; “Give Me Just A Little More Time”)        72 yrs.

RIP "General" Norman Johnson

Chairmen Of The Board w/ Norman Johnson “Give Me Just A Little More Time”
video link here.

1944- Raymond Fulwood (member of Parliament Funkadelic)
71 yrs.        (No Photos Available)

1947- Bill Hunt (member of Electric Light Orchestra)         68 yrs.

Bill Hunt was born on May 23rd

1953- Nick Fenn (member of 10cc)       62 yrs.

to join 10cc towards the

10cc w/ Nick Fenn “Dreadlock Holiday” live video link here.

1965- Simon Gilbert (drummer w/ Suede)      50 yrs.

Simon Gilbert

1967- Philip James Selway (drummer w/ Radiohead)     48 yrs.

@reckoner3 Hace más de 2 años

1974- Jewel Kilcher (singer/songwriter; “You Were Meant For Me”)
41 yrs.

Injured Jewel Worried About

Jewel “Who Will Save Your Soul” video link here.

These are today’s birthdays, along with links for a few of the artists. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO EVERYONE BORN ON THIS DAY!! Enjoy!!

HAPPY LISTENING!!!! 😉

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BERNIE WORRELL, MARK VOLMAN & More…

1942- Alan Price (keyboards w/ The Animals + solo)    73 years

Alan Price in Concert

1943- Evelyn May Beatson a.k.a. Eve Graham (singer w/ The New Seekers; “I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing”)            72 yrs.

eve-graham.jpg

The New Seekers w/ Eve Graham “I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing”
live video link here.

1944- Bernie Worrell (keyboards w/ Parliament, Funkadelic + Talking Heads)        71 yrs.

Bernie Worrell & SociaLybrium

Bernie Worrell Orchestra “Watermelon Man” live video link here.

1947- Mark Volman (member of The Turtles; workked w/ Frank Zappa, T. Rex + Bruce Springsteen)          68 yrs.

Mark Volman

These are your birthdays for today, along with video links for a couple of the artists. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO EVERYONE BORN ON THIS DAY!! Enjoy!!

HAPPY LISTENING!!!! 😉

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SAM PHILLIPS, MARILYN MANSON & More…

1923- Sam Phillips (founder of Sun Records; Elvis’ first label; recorded music for B.B. King, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ike Turner + Carl Perkins; died in 2003)

1941- Grady Thomas (member of Funkadelic; “One Nation Under A Groove”)
74 yrs.

Parliament Funkadelic w/ Grady Thomas
“Comin’ Round The Mountain” live video link here.

1949- George Brown (vocalist w/ Kool & The Gang; “Celebration”)          66 yrs.

1950- Chris Stein (guitarist w/ Blondie; “Heart Of Glass”)          65 yrs.

Blondie w/ Chris Stein “One Way Or Another” live video link here.

1960- Phil Thornalley (singer, songwriter, guitarist w/ Johnny Hates Jazz + The Cure)
55 yrs.

1963- Grant Young (drummer w/ Soul Asylum; “Runaway Train”)        52 yrs.

 Grant Young; second from left

1966- Kate Schellenbach (vocalist w/ Luscious Jackson; “Naked Eye”)         49 yrs.

Luscious Jackson w/ Kate Schellenbach “Under Your Skin” video link here.

1969- Brian Warner a.k.a. Marilyn Manson (vocalist + songwriter; The Dope Show)
46 yrs.

Marilyn Manson “The Beautiful People” video link here.

1970- Troy Van Leeuwen (guitarist w/ Queens Of The Stone Age + A Perfect Circle)
45 yrs.

These are your birthdays for today, along with video links for a few of the artists. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO EVERYONE BORN ON THIS DAY!! Enjoy!!

HAPPY LISTENING!!!! 😉