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April 5th – 11th Birthdays

April 5th – 11th Birthdays

April 5th – 11th Birthdays. This week’s music birthdays are Peter Grant, Warren Haynes, Billie Holiday, Steve Howe, Mance Lipscomb, Shemekia Copeland, and Guitar Junior!

Peter Grant – 4/5/1935

 An English music manager, widely known as the manager of Led Zeppelin from their creation in 1968 to their breakup in 1980. Using his intimidating size and weight, confrontational manner, and knowledge and experience, he’s able to procure strong, and unprecedented, deals for his band, and he’s widely credited with improving pay and conditions for all musicians in dealings with concert promoters.

Warren Haynes – 4/6/1960

Singer-songwriter, guitarist and record producer and is a member of The Allman Brothers Band and Gov’t Mule. While maintaining a solo career. Early in his career he’s a guitarist for David Allan Coe and The Dickey Betts Band.

He also has associations with the members of the Grateful Dead, including touring with Phil Lesh and Friends. In addition, Haynes manages Evil Teen Records which he is the founder.

Billie Holiday – 4/7/1915

One of the most celebrated vocalists of all time, this jazz and blues singer-songwriter’s emotional and heartfelt style “changed the art of American pop vocals forever”. Some of her best-known songs include “God Bless the Child”, “Strange Fruit”, “Lady Day Sings the Blues”, “Don’t Explain” and “Good Morning Heartache”.

Steve Howe – 4/8/1947

An English musician, songwriter and producer, best known as the guitarist in the progressive rock band Yes. Across three stints since 1970. Since the 1960s, Steve Howe is at the forefront of guitarists in popular music. Actually, simply referring to Howe as a just a guitarist is limiting.

In addition to being a songwriter, he plays more instruments than just the guitar. If it has strings and a fretboard, Howe has master at it and records with it at some point on one of the countless albums he’s been a part of as a group member, solo artist, and special guest.

Mance Lipscomb – 4/9/1895

A wandering blues and folk musician who became an important figure of the 1960’s folk music revival and performed at the first Monterrey Folk Festival in 1963.

Shemekia Copeland – 4/10/1979

Electric blues singer who began her career at age 16 by opening for her father, Johnny Copeland. She wins numerous Blues Music Awards. Recently christened as the new “Queen of the Blues” by the daughter of Chicago blues vocalist Koko Taylor.

Guitar Junior – 4/11/1939

Grammy Award winning Chicago blues guitarist and singer who performs with Magic Sam and Muddy Waters for a number of years before beginning his own solo career.

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