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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

As one of music’s true originals Sir Van Morrison’s unique and inspirational musical legacy has deep roots in postwar Belfast. Born in 1945 Van hears 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.

While at thirteen, he’s a travelling musician and singing, playing guitar and sax, in several bands. Shortly after, he forms the band “Them” in 1964. Establishing Van as a major force in the British R&B scene. As a musician, Morrison continues to advance his status as a game- changing artist through the 90s, and into the 21st century. 

Omar Rodriguez-Lopez 9/1/1975

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

Billy Preston – 9/2/1946

An American musician, whose work encompasses R&B, rock, soul, funk, and gospel. Besides being a top session keyboardist in the 1960s, during which he backs artists such as Little Richard. Along with Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, Everly Brothers, Reverend James Cleveland, The Rolling Stones, and the Beatles. Later going on to do solo projects.

Memphis Slim – 9/3/1915

Memphis Slim is a legendary guitarist who combines elements from both Texas and Chicago blues. With 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 his masterful guitar playing, soulful vocals, lively showmanship, and songwriting prowess. Influencing 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. Gatton starts playing guitar at age nine and finds inspiration in his father who plays rhythm guitar in a band. As he hones his craft, Gatton easily “fuses blues, rockabilly, jazz, and country into a style he calls ‘redneck jazz.”

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. Also, he’s the 27th best guitar player of all time by Gibson.com. Many refer to him as “The Telemaster” and “the World’s greatest unknown guitarist.” 

Buddy Miles – 9/5/1947

With a credential list that 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. With, his biggest claim to fame is being a member of Hendrix’s Band of Gypsys. Miles continues to be a reference for drum work as 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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