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April 19 – 25th Birthdays!

April 19 – 25th Birthdays. Celebrating birthdays this week includes Alexis Korner, Craig Frost, Iggy Pop, Peter Frampton, George Smith, Roy Orbison, Douglas Clifford. As well as Albert King, and Stuart Cook.

Alexis Korner – 4/19/28

With a love of American blues, this multi-instrumentalist begins to perform the genre in mid-50s London. Also, he brings American artists to the UK. In 1961, he forms “Blues Incorporated”, which includes many up-and-coming artists, such as Jack Bruce and Charlie Watts.

Meanwhile, they perform for crowds with the likes of Keith Richards, Rod Stewart, and John Mayall in them. While he never achieves that fame of those he helped inspire. Korner continues to record and spread the wonder of the blues until his death. Furthermore, he’s known as “The Father of British Blues”.

Craig Frost – 4/20/1948

Craig Frost is the keyboardist for Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band. He is also known as keyboardist for 1970s hard rock band Grand Funk Railroad. He plays organ, synthesizers, and piano. Frost expanded Grand Funk’s “power trio” musical style, by adding another dimension to their music.

Iggy Pop – 4/21/1947 

An American musician, singer, lyricist, record producer and actor. Designated the “Godfather of Punk”, he’s the vocalist and lyricist of influential proto-punk band The Stooges, who form in 1967 and have disbanded and reunited multiple times since. Still today, Iggy is still kicking out the jams and keeping himself busy!

Peter Frampton – 4/22/1950

English American rock vocalist, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist known throughout the world for his prowess as a guitarist. As well as and his iconic use of the Talk box in his playing. Originally, cutting his teeth with the pop rock group The Herd before forming the rock band Humble Pie in 1969.  Meanwhile, it’s not until the release of his live album Frampton Comes Alive! in 1976, that he becomes a household name. 

George “Harmonica” Smith – 4/22/1924

American harmonica player best known for touring and recording with the likes of Muddy Waters and Big Mama Thornton.

Roy Orbison – 4/23/1936

American singer-songwriter Roy Orbison possesses a great rock and roll voice! A forceful, operatic bel canto tenor capable of dynamic crescendos. The melancholic intensity in his voice resonates with listeners of all ages. With singing heartbroken ballads and bluesy rockers alike, running up a streak of hits in the early Sixties.

From the release of “Only the Lonely” in 1960 to “Oh! Pretty Woman.” In a span of four years, Orbison cracks the Top Ten nine times. His most popular song to date is Crying and It’s Over.  With the Traveling Wilburys he has a 1988 UK hit single ‘Handle With Care’. 

Douglas Clifford AKA Cosmo – 4/24/1945

California-born drummer known for co-founding the rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival in 1967, which he remains until 1972. Years later, in 1995, he joins with former CCR bassist to form Creedence Clearwater Revisited, whose first album, Recollection, goes certified platinum.

Albert Nelson AKA Albert King – 4/25/1923

Albert King is the oldest of the trifecta of blues “Kings.”  Known as “The Velvet Bulldozer” because of his smooth singing and his large frame, King is a force in the blues.

With his gospel influences and his love for blues he creates one of the most recognizable sounds on guitar. King influences countless musicians around the world and future generations. Last of all, his 1967 album, Born Under a Bad Sign, is still one of the best blues albums of all time. 

Stuart “Stu” Cook – 4/25/1945

Multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, and record producer best remembered for his role as the bassist of Creedence Clearwater Revival. Cook found the roots rock band along Douglas Clifford, and brothers John and Tom Fogerty in 1967.

After CCR, he becomes involved with the Don Harrison Band, Roky Erickson and the Aliens, and Southern Pacific. Shortly after, he joins Clifford to form Creedence Clearwater Revisited in 1995.

April 19 – 25th Birthdays – That’s all for this week’s birthdays!

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