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April 20 – April 26th Birthdays

April 20 – April 26th Birthdays

April 20 – April 26th Birthdays! This week’s blues birthdays feature musicians Peter Frampton, Albert King, Stuart Cook, J.B. Hutto, Ma Rainey, George “Harmonica” Smith. As well as Douglas Clifford and singer Roy Orbison!

Peter Frampton: 4/22/1950

English-American rock vocalist, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist known through out the world for his prowess as a guitarist. As well as and his iconic use of the Talkbox 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 songs 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.

J.B. Hutto: 4/26/1926

A slide guitarist whose singing and showmanship leads variations of his band, the Hawks through the 50’s to the 80’s. After Hound Dog Taylor died in 1975, Hutto took over leadership of the departed guitarist’s band the Houserockers for a period of time.

Ma Rainey: 4/26/1886

Billed as “The Mother of the Blues”, she is an influential and powerful vocalist. She’s one of the early documented professional blues singers. She is one of the most popular artists of that decade with over 100 recordings. Her most cherished pieces include “Bo-Weavil Blues”, “Moonshine Blues”, and the enduring classic “See See Rider”, the last of which has been preserved in the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress. 

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