7/26 – August 1st Birthdays! KTBA Birthdays. Celebrating birthdays this week includes Mick Jagger, Bobbie Gentry, Buddy Guy, Otis Taylor, David “Junior” Kimbrough, Geddy Lee, Robert Cray, and Jerry Garcia!
Sir Michael Jagger AKA Mick Jagger – 7/26/1943
As a founding member of The Rolling Stones, he remains the lead singer and lyricist for over fifty years. As well as one of the most successful rock and roll acts of all time. Over the years, Jagger contributes by playing harmonica, guitar, piano, percussion.
Besides numerous other instruments to the band’s sound. Keeping up a successful solo career since the mid 80’s by joining the eclectic supergroup “SuperHeavy” with Damian Marley, A.R. Rahman, and Joss Stone in 2009.
Bobbie Gentry – July/27/1944
Bobbie Gentry is a retired American singer-songwriter who was one of the first female artists to compose and produce her own material. Gentry rose to international fame in 1967 with her Southern Gothic narrative “Ode to Billie Joe”.
David “Junior” Kimbrough – July/28/ 1930
Junior Kimbrough is born in Hudsonville, Mississippi, July 28 1930, and that’s where he learns to play guitar. As a small boy, his eldest sister babysits him, and she teaches him how to play music with little guitars. Paying it forward by teaching his friends how to play. In 1968, he releases his first single, “Tramp”, for the local Philwood label.
Geddy Lee – 7/29/1953
known professionally as Geddy Lee, is a Canadian musician, singer, and songwriter. He’s the lead vocalist, bassist, and keyboardist for the Canadian rock group Rush. Lee joins what becomes Rush in September 1968, at the request of his childhood friend Alex Lifeson. Replacing the original bassist and frontman Jeff Jones.
George Guy AKA Buddy Guy – 7/30/1936
Starting his musical beginnings in the late 1950’s, he’s an influential force of in the blues. While simultaneously known for the blues, he has been incredibly important to rock and roll. Forging his sound into the roots of Chicago’s blues while incorporating elements of other forms of music. Obviously, Buddy Guy likes pushing the boundaries of his genre.
Moreover, he does with his use of distortion, soloing, and showmanship. While directly influencing artists like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Slash, and John Mayer. Above all, he receives The National Medal of Arts. Also wins numerous Grammy Awards, as well as more W.C Handy (Blues Music) Awards than any other musician to date.
Otis Taylor – 7/30/1948
Besides being a celebrated blues and roots musician. As well as creating music that focuses on harsh issues of life, poverty, racism to social injustice and murder. He’s also an adept guitarist and harpist, he has also made prolific use of the banjo, reasserting the instruments origins in traditional music.
Robert Cray – 8/1/1953
Grammy Award-winning guitarist, singer, and songwriter who forms his own band in the late 70’s. Which he follows up with his solo career in the mid 80’s. Over the years he works with Albert Collins, Johnny Copeland, John Lee Hooker, and tours with Eric Clapton.
Jerome John “Jerry” Garcia – 8/1/1942
Is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and the vocalist with the band the Grateful Dead. As well, a prominent band during the counterculture era in the 1960s. Although he doesn’t associate with the role, Garcia is the leader or “spokesman” of the group. As one of its founders, Garcia performs with the Grateful Dead for their entire 30-year career (1965–1995). Garcia also creates and participates in a variety of side projects. As well as contributing to several albums by other artists as a session musician. Lastly, he stands out in the band for his distinctive guitar playing.
7/26 – August 1st Birthdays! That’s it for this week’s “Blues Birthdays!” Be sure to check back next week to see who we pick.