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August 31–September 6-Birthdays

August 31–September 6-Birthdays

August 31–September 6-Birthdays. Featuring Van morrison, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, Memphis Slim, Freddie King, Danny Gatton, Buddy Miles, and Clem Clempson. 

Van Morrison – 8/31/1945

Born in 1945 Van heard his Shipyard worker father’s collection of blues, country, and gospel early in life. Feeding off musical greats such as Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers, Muddy Waters, Mahalia Jackson and Leadbelly he was a travelling musician at 13 and singing, playing guitar and sax, in several bands, before forming Them in 1964. Morrison’s matchless vocal and songwriting talents produced instant classics such as the much covered ‘Gloria’ and ‘Here Comes The Night’.

After working with Them’s New York producer Bert Berns on beautiful Top 40 pop hit ‘Brown Eyed Girl’ (1967), Morrison moved to another realm. Van Morrison continues to advance on his status as a game- changing artist through the 90s and into the 21st century. Awards and accolades – a knighthood, a Brit, an OBE, an Ivor Novello, 6 Grammys, honorary doctorates from Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Ulster, entry into The Rock n Roll Hall of Fame and the French Ordres Des Artes Et Des Lettres – attested to the international reach of Van’s musical art.

Omar Rodriguez-Lopez 9/1/1975

Omar Alfredo Rodríguez-López is an American guitarist, songwriter, producer, and filmmaker. Furthermore, he’s the guitarist and the bandleader of The Mars Volta from 2001 until their breakup in 2012.

Memphis Slim – 9/3/1915

Memphis Slim is a legendary guitarist who combines elements from both Texas and Chicago blues. Having a style that’s unique and fierce with a “heavy hand attack.” This multi-talented musician has over 500 recordings, including the blues classic “Every day I Have the Blues.”

In addition to this, his masterful guitar playing, soulful vocals, lively showmanship, and songwriting prowess influences both blues and rock musicians. With such songs as “Hide Away” and “Have You Ever Loved a Woman.”

Freddie King – 9/3/34

One of the “Three Kings” of electric blues guitar. His music influences Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton, Jerry Garcia, and generations of musicians. This “Texas Cannonball” continues to inspire future generations. 

Danny Gatton – 9/4/1945

A multi-faceted guitarist that easily performs all styles of music. Danny Gatton starts playing guitar at age nine and is influenced by his father who plays rhythm guitar in a local band. Gatton uniquely “fuses blues, rockabilly, jazz, and country to create a style he calls ‘redneck jazz.”

By utilizing a picking style that most associates with the banjo yet allows him to get his signature tone. To this day, Gatton is cited as an inspiration for many musicians. Furthermore, he’s the 27th best guitar player of all time by Often referred to as “The Telemaster” and “the World’s greatest unknown guitarist.” 

Buddy Miles – 9/5/1947

When your credential list includes Carlos Santana, Mike Bloomfield, John McLaughlin, and Jimi Hendrix, you are doing pretty well! Buddy Miles is one of the funkiest drummers of the 1960s and 70s. Of course, his biggest claim to fame is when he was a member of Hendrix’s Band of Gypsys. Miles continues to be a reference for solid and groovy drum work and is a legend of funk and rock music.

Clem Clempson – 9/5/1949 

English multi-instrumentalist known as a guitarist of the progressive rock group “Colosseum” and the blues rock band “Humble Pie”. Currently he’s touring with his own outfit, The Clem Clempson Band. 

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