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August 17 – August 23 – Birthdays

August 17 – August 23. This week’s birthdays features Luther allison, Eric Johnson, Ginger Baker, Robert Plant. As well as John Hiatt, Matt Schofield, Glenn Hughes, John Lee Hooker and Debbie Davies.

Luther Allison – 8/17/1939

Most recognize him for his pulse-pounding performances and powerhouse guitar prowess. This bluesman taught himself to play the guitar shortly after moving to Chicago with his family at age twelve. He sharpens his skills at blues clubs throughout the Windy City. Often sitting in with many of the blues greats. His career really takes off In 1967, when he signs with Delmark Records. While releasing his debut album two years later. Garnering a strong following with his performances.

He signs to Motown Records in the early 70’s before departing for Europe in 1977 where he lived and worked for a number of years. Signed to Alligator Records, he returns to the United States in the early 90’s where his popularity erupts, boosted not only by universal critical acclaim (he would win 5 Blues Music Awards in 1996 alone) but also a plethora of appearances at festivals. He enjoyed his rejuvenated career, both on the road and in the studio, until his passing in 1997.

Eric Johnson – 8/17/1954

Sensational blues and fusion guitarist who has made a living and popular name for himself for his incredible technical prowess. He draws influences from various sources that helps him to mold his current, distinct sound and tone. Some of these influences include, Wes Montgomery, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Django Reinhardt, and more. Although he plays with many other artists, most know him for his solo projects. His song “Cliffs of Dover” wins a Grammy Award for “Best Rock Instrumental Performance”, and the album Ah Via Musicom is certified platinum. It also is one of the most attempted cover songs and has appeared in a few video games. Johnson still tours and records and is still highly influential for young guitarists. Johnson is still heavily active on the scene, releasing a fantastic album “Collage” in 2017. 

Ginger Baker – 8/19/1939

Celebrated English jazz and rock drummer who rose to prominence in the late 1960’s. Baker is a member of the highly influential blues and psychedelic rock supergroup “Cream”. In addition to that acclaimed power trio, Baker is a member of “The Graham Bond Organization” in the early 60’s. Later he teams up with former bandmate Eric Clapton again for the short-lived band “Blind Faith” in 1969. Baker is a powerhouse drummer and continues to inspire current and future drummers. Furthermore, he is one of rock’s all-time most influential drummers. 

Robert Plant – 8/20/1948

A charismatic and virtuosic vocalist who has been singing professionally for well over 50 years. Meanwhile, he’s most notably in the classic rock band, Led Zeppelin. Plant’s range and vocal nuances are incredible and have inspired many singers of various genres. After Zeppelin, Plant begin to experiment with different styles and bands. Which includes folk with Alison Krauss and his group “Band of Joy”. He continues to perform and record and is still amazing!

John Hiatt – 08/20/1952

What can’t John Hiatt do? He’s a songwriter, pianist, singer, and guitarist who can play a wide variety of musical styles. Not only this, but he has written songs for a lot of the musical elite. This includes, Ry Cooder, Joe Bonamassa, Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt and Jewel to name a few. Furthermore, he keeps a few of his musical gems for himself! He receives a few nods for several Grammy Awards on different occasions. And lastly, he’s “one of the most respected and influential singer/songwriters to this day.

Matt Schofield: 8/21/1977

He’s a British blues guitarist, singer-songwriter, and record producer who also receives a wealth of praise for his award-winning band. “The Matt Schofield Trio”. The guitarist forms the organ trio in 2000 and is receives worldwide recognition for its fusion of blues, jazz, rock, and funk. Also, he has receives “Guitarist of the Year” in 2010, 2011, and 2012 from the British Blues Awards Hall of Fame.

Glenn Hughes: 08/21/1952

Multi-faceted rock bassist and vocalist who has been performing and touring since he was seventeen. He’s a founding member of the funk rock pioneers “Trapeze”, a member of “Deep Purple” for a few years. And at times, works with Tony Iommi and Black Sabbath. Hughes joins forces with a few blues and rock veterans with forming the super group “Black Country Communion”. Hughes still today continues to tour extensively. 

John Lee Hooker: 8/22/1917

Blues musician known for his talking blues singing style and hypnotic guitar style that often mirrors the boogie-woogie of a piano. He leads an extremely prolific recording career which began in 1948 with the classic “Boogie Chillin” and continues until his passing. During his lifetime, he’s inducted into both the Blues and Rock & Roll Halls of Fame and wins numerous Grammy Awards, including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. His music is inspiring and performed by the likes of Buddy Guy, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen, R.L. Burnside, and AC/DC.

Debbie Davies: 8/22/1952

Multiple Blues Music Award-winning guitarist who has in addition to leading her own musical career since the early 90’s has also been a member of Maggie Mayall & the Cadillacs, Fingers Taylor & the Ladyfinger Revue, Double Trouble, and Albert Collins’ backing band, the Icebreakers.

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