February 24th to March 2nd– Blues Birthdays
February 24th to March 2nd – This week’s music birthdays are Fats Domino, Johnny Cash, Bob Hite, Brian Jones, Roger Daltrey and Rory Gallagher.
Fats Domino: February/26/28
Hugely influential New Orleans pianist and singer-songwriter who performs piano blues, R&B, and rock and roll. With over thirty songs on the Top 40 charts in the United States, with “The Fat Man” “Blueberry Hill”. Along with a few others selling more than a million copies. His celebrated boogie-woogie piano style and singing influenced John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Elton John, and Nora Jones.
Johnny Cash – February/26/1932
Without a doubt one of the most important musicians of the 20th century. As well as his powerful music and iconic image are celebrated throughout the world. Remembered mostly as a country music phenomenon, throughout his celebrated career he performs in the genres of blues, folk, gospel, and is an important contributor to both rock & roll and rockabilly music.
“Folsom Prison Blues”, “I Walk the Line”, “A Boy Named Sue”, “Ring of Fire”, and “Man in Black” are but a few of the hundreds upon hundreds of songs that Cash wrote in his lifetime. Since 1960 he has been the recipient of dozens of awards and has since been inducted into the Country, Gospel, and Rock & Roll Halls of Fame. His life and music have influenced too many artist to count, and both continue to inspire musicians to this day.
Bob “The Bear” Hite: 2/26/1943
Guitarist, harpist, flute player, songwriter and the lead singer of the blues and boogie rock band Canned Heat. Furthermore, he also takes the helm as the producer on the double album Hooker ‘n Heat. An album that saw the band teaming up with blues legend John Lee Hooker.
English musician, producer, and songwriter who, in 1962, brought together the musicians and acted as the original bandleader of the Rolling Stones. Jones provides lead guitar, harmonica, keyboards, and backing vocals to the group, in addition to a dozen other musical instruments. Though he is the early driving force behind the songs the band plays and direction of the Stones’ music, he became alienated from his band-mates and fell into substance abuse. Shortly after, he’s asked to leave the band.
Roger Daltrey: March 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 celebrated sound is crafted from a mixture of styles. With his exemplary virtuoso skills on the guitar, he gains a devoted following. Furthermore he’s known 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.
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