Keeping The Blues Alive

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Blues Birthdays: January 8 – January 14

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Robby Krieger: January 8, 1946

A psychedelic, rock, and blues guitarist born and raised in Los Angeles California. Krieger is best known as the lead guitarist in the highly popular 60’s rock band, The Doors. He was listed as a cowriter on many hit Doors tune including “Light My Fire”, “Love Me Two Time”, and a few others.

Although he has played in a few bands since then, nothing took off as well as The Doors. He attempted to reform the band a few times, but nothing lasted too long.

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with he other members of the Doors and is even listed as one of the greatest guitarists of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine.

 

 

 

David Bowie: January 8, 1947

David Bowie was a singer, songwriter, actor, and overall incredible performer that was a prominent figure from 1962 until he unfortunately passed in 2016.

He was a pioneer and forerunner of art and glam rock, influencing tons of musicians that came after him. Bowie was not just a musician, but an entertainer, using elaborate costumes and various personas on stage to dazzle and delight his audience.

He became one of the “world’s best-selling music artists, earning 9 platinum albums, eleven gold, and eight silver.”

Bowie was an international pop icon who dominated and defined an era and will never be forgotten!

 

 

Jimmy Page: January 9, 1944

Super star guitarist James Patrick Page was born in Middle Sex England in 1944. He began playing guitar at age 12 after he listened to albums by blues greats B.B. King, Buddy Guy, and many more. He joined a few local bands, but nothing really stuck.

By the early 1960’s, Page was approached to become a studio session guitarist which offered him steady work. He quickly became one of the most sought-after session musicians in Britain, appearing on tracks by many bands including the Who, the Kinks, the Rolling Stones, and Can Morrison.

After growing eager to get back on the road, Page joined the band the Yardbirds in 1964, replacing guitarist Eric Clapton and joining friend Jeff Beck. After a few year, the band broke up and Page sought new musicians to create a game changing band.

Page formed the band Led Zeppelin in 1968 which was an international sensation for many years and still is known as one of the best rock groups of all time.

Jimmy Page is easily one of the best guitarists in history and is an icon to all musicians young and old.

 

 

 

 

 

Long John Baldry: January 12, 1941

John Baldry was a notable blues singer from Canada. He was in a few blues bands over the course of his career, including Blues Incorporated, as well as performing with musicians like Rod Stewart and Elton John.

One unique thing that set this blues singer apart is that he was an accomplished voiceover actor, appearing in several cartoons like Sonic The Hedgehog.

Sadly, Baldry passed in 2005 due to a major chest infection.

 

Patrick Ortiz 

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