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December 14 – 20th Birthdays

December 14 – 20th Birthdays 

December 14 – 20th Birthdays. This week includes Cliff Williams, Dave Clark, Carmine Appice, Billy Gibbons, Paul Butterfield, Paul Rodgers, Eddie Vinson, Keith Richards. As well as Chris Robinson.

Cliff Williams – 12/14/1949

An English musician and singer, best known as the bassist and backing vocalist of the Australian hard rock band AC/DC. He started his professional music career in 1967 and had previously been in the English groups Home and Bandit.

Dave Clark – 12/15/1942

An English musician, songwriter, record producer and entrepreneur. Clark was the leader, drummer, and manager of the 1960s beat group the Dave Clark Five, the first British Invasion band to follow the Beatles to America in 1964. In 2008 Clark and his band were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Carmine Appice – 12/15/1946

Carmine Appice is an American drummer and percussionist most commonly associated with the rock genre of music. He is best known for his associations with Vanilla Fudge; Cactus; the power trio Beck, Bogert & Appice; Rod Stewart; King Kobra; and Blue Murder, which also featured John Sykes, of Whitesnake and Thin Lizzy fame, and Tony Franklin of The Firm.

Billy Gibbons – 12/16/1949

One of the most important blues rock musicians to explode out of Texas. This beastly bearded man has been at the head of the world-renowned ZZ Top for over four decades. Gibbons has remained the group’s guitarist, lead vocalist, and songwriter since founding the hard rock power trio in 1969. A remains a mainstay of rock and roll ever since.

Paul Butterfield – 12/17/1942

A trailblazer in every sense of the word. A bandleader, singer, and distinguished harpist, Butterfield proves that in the 60’s a white musician can be a bluesmen. Furthermore, he exposes white audiences to the intensity of Chicago’s electric style. assembling a diverse group of musicians for the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. which makes him a pioneer of musical fusion with his mixture of blues, rock, jazz, psychedelia, R&B, and soul.

Paul Rodgers – 12/17/1949

British blues musician Paul Bernard Rodgers is born in Middlesbrough, England. Best known as powerful bluesy lead vocalist for the bands “Free” and “Bad Company”. He’s also a self-taught multi-instrumentalist. “All Right Now” put his band “Free” on the map as the biggest British blues-rock groups of the ’70s. They sold more than 20 million albums internationally and “All Right Now” has become a classic rock staple. Rodgers goes on to form Bad Company in 1973 and also has a successful solo career. His 1993 album Muddy Water Blues: A Tribute to Muddy Waters garners him a Grammy nomination. Rodgers is cited as a major influence by musicians such as Joe Bonamassa, Freddie Mercury, Guns and Roses and more.

Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson – 12/18/1917

A 50-year career as a jump blues, bebop, jazz, and R&B saxophonist, blues shouter, and composer. In the ‘40s he toured with Big Bill Broonzy and had two R&B chart-topping hits with “Old Maid Boogie” and “Kidney Stew Blues”. A young John Coltrane played in Vinson’s jazz band during the early ‘50s and by the ‘60s he began working with Johnny Otis Revue. A 1970 appearance with Johnny Otis at the Monterey Jazz festival gave Vinson renewed popularity and he continued doing session work with prolific blues and jazz musicians like Count Basie.

Keith Richards – 12/18/43

English musician and multi-instrumentalist who is best known as a longtime member of the Rolling Stones, which he has remained a crucial component of since the band’s inception over 50 years ago. Arguably the most famous rock and roll band, the Stones success would likely have never come about if not for either the groove of Richards’ nuanced rhythm guitar and infectious riffs or his talented songwriting. Through his writing partnership with Mick Jagger, the two took the Rolling Stones from mostly covering blues and R&B classics to penning some of rock and roll’s most iconic songs.

Chris Robinson – 12/20/1966

Chris Robinson is a singer-songwriter and guitarist of blues rock group “The Black Crowes”, founded with his brother Rich Robinson. During the Crowes’ hiatuses over the last decade, the opportunity to partake in other musical projects has arisen, such as a solo outing backed by New Earth Mud, and most recently the Chris Robinson Brotherhood. Recently, The Black Crowes came together to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of their album “Shake Your Money Maker”.

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