Birthdays March 8th -14th
Birthdays March 8th -14th. This week features Randy Meisner, Clive Burr, Robin Trower Tom Sholz, Ronnie Earl, Gary Louris, Harvey Mandel. As well as Leonard Chess, Adam Clayton, and Quincy Jones!
Randy Meisner – 3/8/1946
Randall Herman Meisner is a retired American musician, singer, songwriter and founding member of the Eagles. Throughout his professional musical career, Meisner’s main role was that of bassist and backing high-harmony vocalist as both a group member and session musician. He co-wrote the Eagles hit song “Take It to the Limit”, which he also sang.
Clive Burr – 3/8/1957
Born in the London suburb of East Ham and took an interest in drums at an early age, first assembling a makeshift drum kit from household materials before receiving his first real set at age 15. Clive Burr played drums on Iron Maiden’s first three albums and the tours that supported them. And while his tenure with the group lasted merely three years, Burr’s contributions to many of the British heavy metal band’s most popular songs are not to be overlooked.
Robin Trower – 3/9/1945
Renowned English guitarist with virtuoso abilities, psychedelic-blues rock style, and affinity for Fender Stratocasters. As well as him being compared to Jimi Hendrix. He launches his career in 1967 with the progressive rock band “Procol Harum”. Later leaving in 1971 to begin his own band. The Robin Trower Band debuts in 1973 to both critical and public acclaim.
Furthermore, it sees the group’s first five albums, including Trower’s crowning achievement Bridge of Sighs, reach certified gold statuses. Since his recording debut, he has released a massive catalog of over forty albums. Lastly, he remains one of rock & roll and Blues most revered guitarists.
Tom Sholz – 3/10/1947
Besides being a rock musician, songwriter, inventor, engineer, and philanthropist. Furthermore, he’s the founder of the band Boston. Scholz is an MIT-trained engineer who designs a recording studio in an apartment building basement.
The first Boston album was mostly recorded in his basement studio, often using devices he designed and invented. After the success of Boston, he founded Scholz Research & Development, Inc. to develop and market his inventions, many under the Rockman brand.
Ronnie Earl – 3/10/1953
An American blues guitarist that is born in Queens, New York, on March 10, 1953. After picking up his first guitar twenty years later, he went on to stretch the boundaries of electric blues guitar playing higher, lifting hearts and souls a little higher as he did.
Gary Louris – 3/10/1955
An American guitarist, singer, and songwriter of alternative country and pop music. He was a founding member of the Minneapolis -based band the Jayhawks and their principal songwriter and vocalist after the departure of Mark Olson.
Harvey Mandel – 3/11/1945
American blues and rock & roll guitarist who at the age of twenty begins to record professionally. With him lending his immense skills to Charlie Musselwhite’s beloved 1966 debut album.
With the release of his own debut album, 1968’s Cristo Redentor, he begins a solo career which he continues to record and tour for to this day. He is credited as one of the first guitarists to utilize two-handed fretboard tapping and has previously worked with Canned Heat, John Mayall, and The Rolling Stones.
Leonard Chess – March 12, 1917
Leonard and Phillip Chess were brothers that immigrated to New York in 1926. After a very brief stay, the family met up with their father in Chicago. Leonard worked for a record company called Aristocrat Records and bought stakes in the company. Chess Records is now an iconic blues label in the music recording industry.
Chess Records played a major role in the development of electric blues and Chicago blues, gospel, R&B, soul, and the emerging rock and roll scene. The Chess label’s artist roster included the likes of Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Etta James, Sonny Boy Williamson II, Chuck Berry, Willie Dixon, and many more!
Adam Clayton – 3/13/1960
An English-born Irish musician who is the bassist of the rock band U2. He has resided in County Dublin, Ireland since his family moved to Malahide in 1965, when he was five years old. Clayton attended Mount Temple Comprehensive School, where he met schoolmates with whom he co-founded U2 in 1976. A member of the band since its inception.
Quincy Jones – 3/14/1933
An American record producer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, composer, arranger, and film and television producer. His career spans nearly 70 years in the entertainment industry with a record 80 Grammy Award nominations, 28 Grammys, and a Grammy Legend Award in 1992.
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