Bill Haley: July 6, 1925
As a front man for the iconic group Bill Haley & His Comets, Haley became a bona fide music superstar in the 1950s after releasing chart-topping hits including “(We’re Gonna) Rock Around the Clock,” “Shake, Rattle and Roll,” “See You Later, Alligator,” and many others. Garnering seven Top 20 singles in the USA alone, Haley’s appeal was universal. He amassed legions of fans and sold millions of records in markets all over the world. “We premiered it,” Haley told Rolling Stone in 1967. “We put country & western together with rhythm & blues, and that was rock. The first three years were ours, all ours, till Presley came along.”
Jai Johanny Johanson aka Jaimoe: July 8, 1944
Jaime is a founding member, drummer and percussionist of the blues and Southern rock band The Allman Brothers Band and the leader of “Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band.” Before joining The Allman Brothers Band in 1969, Johanson played with Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, and Joe Tex. His jazz, blues rock, R&B, and soul mastery helped ensure The Allman Brothers Band’s place as one of the most influential classic-rock bands of the era. In 1995, Johanson and his fellow Allman Brothers Band members were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
John Mitchell AKA Mitch Mitchell: July 9, 1947
Mitchell was the original drummer of the American-English power trio The Jimi Hendrix Experience, whose jazz fusion style became an integral component of the group’s sound. He collaborated with Hendrix, including at his famous Woodstock performance, until the guitarist’s untimely death. He is also celebrated as one of the top rock drummers of the 60s.
Fulton Allen AKA Blind Boy Fuller: July 10, 1907
Blind Boy Fuller was a country blues singer and an adept Piedmont guitarist. He also incorporated ragtime and popular music into his songs and recorded over one hundred sides in a period of five years. Some of his better-known songs include “Step It Up and Go”, “Truckin’ My Blues Away” and “Lost Lover Blues.”
Imelda Highman AKA Imelda May: July 10, 1974
Award winning Irish singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer, whose style blends rockabilly with her influences from both jazz and blues. May is compared to female Jazz musicians such as Billie Holiday and others. Known primarily as a singer, she also plays the bodhran, guitar, bass guitar and tambourine.
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