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August -9th – August 16th Birthdays!

August -9th – August 16th Birthdays! 

August -9th – August 16th Birthdays! Celebrating birthdays this week includes Ian Anderson, Thornetta Davis, Roy Gaines, Frank Seals, David Crosby, Oscar Peterson, and Eddie Kirkland! 

Ian Anderson – 08/10/1947

Ian Anderson, known throughout the world of rock music as the flute and voice behind the legendary Jethro Tull. Introducing the flute to rock music, Ian Anderson remains the crowned exponent of flute playing. Consequently, no pretender to the throne has stepped forward. Ian plays ethnic flutes and whistles together with an acoustic guitar and other mandolin family of instruments.

He provides the acoustic textures that has been an integral part of the Tull repertoire. Jethro Tull, to date, has released 30 studio and live albums, selling more than 60 million copies. Quite an accomplishment since the band first performed at London’s famous Marquee Club in February 1968. 

Thornetta Davis – 8/11/1963

Crowned “Detroit’s Queen of the Blues” in 2015, Thornetta Davis a multi-talented International Singer and Songwriter from Detroit MI. While gaining attention in 1987 when she’s the backup singer for “Lamont Zodiac and The Love Signs”. Shortly after, the lead singer leaves the band and the name changes to “The Chisel Brothers featuring Thornetta Davis.”

In 1996 Thornetta records her first solo album “Sunday Morning Music” on the Seattle label “Sub Pop”. Which receives rave reviews in the national Entertainment Weekly magazine. Also, the song “Cry” is a feature on “The Sopranos”. Furthermore Thornetta has open for legendary blues and R&B greats such as Ray Charles, Gladys Knight, Smokey Robinson, Etta James, Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, Junior Wells, Lonnie Brooks, Johnnie Johnson and many more!

Roy Gaines – 8/12/1934

Texas blues guitarist and singer-songwriter who began performing in his early teens. Over the years works with the likes of T-Bone Walker, Ray Charles, Junior Parker, Big Mama Thornton. Along with Stevie Wonder. In addition to pursuing his own recording career in the mid 90’s.

Frank AKA “Son” Seals – 8/13/1942

Electric blues singer, guitar player also a drummer. Growing up in Arkansas, Son Seals learns a lot of valuable lessons at his father’s juke joint. For example, he gets exposure to a lot of different genres of music that inspires him to be a musician.

At first, he’s playing the drums at the age of thirteen and later changes over to guitar at 16. Once he becomes established in the local music scene, he starts to play with the famous blues musicians. During this time, starts performing with the likes of Albert King, Bobby Bland, and Junior Parker.

Later in 1971, Seals moves to a booming blues scene in Chicago where he was discovered by Alligator Records and his recording career takes off. Sadly, Seals dies at 62 in 2004. In 2009, the Blues Hall of Fame inducts him posthumously.

David Crosby – 8/14/1941

In Crosby’s unparalleled six-decade career, the native Californian has created songs that resonate as indelible cultural touchstones for more than three generations, not only as a solo artist, but as a founding member of The Byrd’s in the mid-60s, Crosby, Stills & Nash (recipients of the Grammy for best new artist in 1969), and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

Collaborating with dozens of artists, including Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour, Phil Collins, Elton John, and Carole King.

Oscar Peterson – 8/15/1925

Hailing from Canada, this jazz pianist, virtuoso, and composer is the “Maharaja of the keyboard” by Duke Ellington, simply “O.P.” by his friends, and informally in the jazz community as “the King of inside swing”.

Throughout his life, he releases over 200 recordings, wins seven Grammy Awards, as well as a lifetime achievement award from the Recording Academy, while receiving numerous other awards and honors. Also, he’s one of history’s great jazz pianists and performs at thousands of concerts worldwide in a career lasting more than 60 years.

Eddie Kirkland – The Gypsy of the Blues – 8/16/1923

Born in Jamaica and raised in Alabama, this blues musician started out backing famed country bluesman John Lee Hooker on guitar for over a decade before touring with Otis Redding. He began his own recording career in 60’s, one which he would continue to record and tour for until his death at 87.

August -9th – August 16th Birthdays! That’s it for this week! Be sure to check back next week!

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