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6/14 – 6/20 KTBA Birthdays

6/14 – 6/20 KTBA Birthdays

6/14 – 6/20 Birthdays! Celebrating birthdays this week are Rod Argent, Aron Burton, Gregg Rolie, Sara Martin, Don Harris, Nathan Cavaleri and Grace Potter!

Rod Argent – 6/14/1945

An English musician, singer, songwriter, composer, and record producer. In a career spanning more than 50 years, Argent came to prominence in the mid 1960s. As the founder and keyboardist of the English rock band the Zombies, and went on to form the band Argent. After the first break-up of the Zombies.

Aron Burton – 6/15/1938

The Chicago and electric blues singer, songwriter, and bassist played alongside the likes of Freddie King, Junior Wells. As well as Champion Jack Dupree, and Albert Collins. In the early 90’s, he records his own music and receives multiple Blues Music Award nominations before his passing.

Gregg Rolie – 6/17/1947

Singer, pianist, and organist Gregg Rolie is a founding member of several bands. Including Santana, The Storm, Abraxas Pool, and Journey. Currently performing with his Gregg Rolie Band and a two-time inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. With Santana and Journey.

Sara Martin – 6/18/1884

This classic blues singer is popular in the 1920s and known as the “blues sensation of the West!”. Some of her popular songs are “Mean Tight Mama” and her recording of “T’aint Nobody’s Biz-ness if I Do.” Although she’s used more considerable dance rhythms than her contemporaries, her rich tones always reach the sensitivity of the crowd. Not to mention her dramatic stylings and frequent costume changes that always kept people coming back for more.  

Don “Sugarcane” Harris – 6/18/1938

Don “Sugarcane” Harris plays in the rock and blues scene for playing violin, guitar, organ. While doing backup vocals for a variety of acts, he’s the first to amplify the violin electrically. Furthermore, he’s most notable for his jazzy blues-fusion violin playing with Johnny Otis, Frank Zappa, and John Mayall. Meanwhile, he admits that Harris’s playing has “the same sort of vitality that an electric guitar has.” Sadly, Harris tragically passes away in November of 1999.

Nathan Cavaleri – 6/18/1982

The South Wales, Australia native began playing guitar at the age of 5 eventually touring at 13 with B.B. King. Cavaleri goes from child prodigy to teen blues sensation and releases numerous works embedded with his earthy and authentic solos. Most recently, after disbanding his group Nat Col and the Kings, he has released several singles and returned to the stage during his Australian tour ‘Demons.’

Ann Wilson – 6/19/1950
An American musician best known as the lead singer and songwriter of the rock band Heart. Wilson has been a member of Heart since the early 1970s. The first hard rock band fronted by women released numerous albums throughout the late 1970s and 1980s and beyond! Selling over 35 million records worldwide. Need we say more? Nope!

Grace Potter – 6/20/1983

In the years since Potter has hit the scene, she has received a great deal of critical praise for her mad guitar and keyboard skills, as well as her distinctive voice. With her previous band, The Nocturnals, and on her own solo records Potter has mixed alternative, blues, country, folk, funk, soul, and roots into her music, and even recorded for several popular movie soundtracks.

Don Airey 6/21/1948

The English keyboardist, vocalist, and songwriter has contributed his talents to quite an impressive list of musical acts over his 50-year career span. Some of these include Black Sabbath, Gary Moore, Rainbow, Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake, Jethro Tull, Judas Priest, and Ozzy Osbourne. In 2002, he became Deep Purple’s full-time keyboardist after the retirement of Jon Lord and remains with the band to this day.

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