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Birthdays March 1st – 7th

Birthdays March 1st – 7th. This week includes, Roger Daltrey, Rory Gallagher, Lou Reed, Dave Amato, Willie Johnson, J.B. Lenoir, Alan Clark, John Frusciante. As well as David Gilmour, Walter Trout and Matthew Fisher!

Roger Daltrey – 3/1/1944

The fearless, handsome leader of the incredible British blues-rock band The Who. Daltrey’s career is still going strong and spans almost 50 years! Listed on “Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Singers of All Time”, he’s one of the “most charismatic lead singers of all time.” Still today, Daltrey maintains a strong solo career as a powerhouse vocalist.

Rory Gallagher – 3/2/1948

Irish singer, songwriter, producer, bandleader, and multi-instrumentalist whose sound is a mixture of styles. With his exemplary virtuoso skills on the guitar, he gains a devoted following. Furthermore, people know him for his charismatic and exhausting performances. 

His emergence in the 1960’s with his power trio “Taste” sets the stage for a successful solo career. Furthermore, it spans two and a half decades and sells over 30 million records worldwide. Sadly, Gallagher passes away in 1995. Meanwhile, his spirit continues to thrive within those that find inspiration in the music he lovingly created.

Lou Reed – 3/2/1944

Lou Reed is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and poet. Furthermore, he’s the rhythm/lead guitarist, singer, and principal songwriter for the rock band “The Velvet Underground” and had a solo career that spanned five decades. While “The Velvet Underground” isn’t a commercial success during its existence. Later they’re regarded as one of the most influential bands in the history of underground and alternative rock music.

After leaving the band in 1970, Reed releases twenty solo studio albums. Furthermore, Reed’s distinctive deadpan voice, poetic lyrics and experimental guitar playing were trademarks throughout his long career. Reed is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice. Once as a member of the Velvet Underground in 1996 and as a solo act in 2015.

Dave Amato – 3/3/1953

Guitarist/singer Dave Amato has served as a member of two of arena rock’s most instantly recognizable names, Ted Nugent and REO Speedwagon, in addition to playing on countless other recordings by similarly styled artists. Such as Cher, and Richie Sambora, among others.

Willie Johnson – 3/4/1923

An American electric blues guitarist that most people know him as the principal guitarist in Howlin’ Wolf’s band from 1948 to 1953. Even more, his raucous, distorted guitar playing is prominent on Howlin’ Wolf’s Memphis recordings during 1951–1953, including the hit song “How Many More Years” (recorded May 1951). In 2017, Johnson posthumously gets his induction into the Blues Hall of Fame. Lastly, he’s also one of the originators of the power chord.

J.B. Lenoir – 3/5/1925

An influential American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter, active in the Chicago blues scene in the 1950s and 1960s. In 1949, he moves to Chicago, where Big Bill Broonzy helps him by introducing him to the blues community.

His most commercially successful and enduring release is “Mamma Talk to Your Daughter”, which he records for Parrot in 1954, which also reaches number 11 on the Billboard R&B chart. Also, is a popular tune that many other musicians record their own versions of it. 

Alan Clark – 3/5/1952 

Alan Clark is an English musician who is the first permanent keyboardist and co-producer of the rock band Dire Straits. In 2018, Clark is an inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a significant member of Dire Straits.

John Frusciante – 3/5/1970

John Frusciante is an American musician most known as the guitarist of the rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers. Besides performing with the Chili Peppers, he’s also released 12 solo albums and seven EPs. Frusciante joins the Chili Peppers at age 18 after the death of guitarist Hillel Slovak, and first appears on the band’s album Mother’s Milk in 1989.

David Gilmour – 3/6/1946

David Gilmour is an English musician and a member of the rock band Pink Floyd. He joins the group as guitarist and co-lead vocalist in 1968 shortly before the departure of founding member Syd Barrett. Pink Floyd achieves international success with the concept albums “The Dark Side of the Moon”, “Wish You Were Here”, “Animals”, and “The Wall”.

By the early 1980s, they had become one of the best-selling and most acclaimed acts in music history. In 2011, “Rolling Stone” magazine ranks him number 14 in their list of the greatest guitarists of all time.

Walter Trout – 3/6/1951

Blues rock singer, songwriter and celebrated guitarist who began his career as a sideman for such legendary musicians as John Lee Hooker, Big Mama Thornton, and Percy Mayfield. After a three-year residency as lead guitarist of Canned Heat, he secures a coveted position in John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. 

Furthermore, he kicks off his own solo career in 1989 and gains a massive following. And over the years through his extensive touring and acclaimed releases. The track listing of “Survivor Blues” is a window into the 67-year-old’s fast-moving backstory, chronicling a five-decade career whose one constant is his deep love of the Blues.

Matthew Fisher – 3/7/1946

Ex-keyboardist of Procol Harum, solo artist, producer, engineer, and owner of Old Barn Studios. Was credited co-writer of “A Whiter Shade Of Pale” in a lawsuit in 2005/2006.

Keeping the Blues Alive – February 22nd – 28th – Birthdays

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