January 4th -10th – Birthdays! This week includes John McLaughlin, Johnny Adams, Kim Wilson, Kenny Loggins, Tampa Red, Elvis Presley, Robert Krieger. As well as James “Jimmy” Page and Eddie Clearwater!
John McLaughlin – 1/4/1942
John McLaughlin – An English guitarist, bandleader, and composer. A pioneer of jazz fusion, his music combines elements of jazz with rock, world music, flamenco, and blues. Associated acts include Miles Davis, Tony Williams, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Carlos Santana, Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix and more!
Johnny Adams – 1/5/32
Johnny Adams, an American R&B, jazz, blues, and gospel singer who had the nickname “The Tan Canary.” Due to the fact that he can sing so many octaves. Adams sang gospel professionally before crossing over to other genres in 1959. His musical paths lead him down many avenues and with each one, he becomes successful in each and every one.
Kim Wilson – 1/6/1951
Kim Wilson is an American blues singer and harmonica player. First, he’s the lead vocalist and front man for the Fabulous Thunderbirds. Which he forms with guitarist Jimmie Vaughan. He’s also on two hit songs of the 1980s, “Tuff Enuff” and “Wrap It Up.”
Kenny Loggins 1/7/1948
A singer-songwriter and guitarist who records his early songs with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in 1970. Which leads to seven albums as Loggins and Messina from 1972 to 1977. Meanwhile, early soundtrack contributions date back to “A Star Is Born” in 1976. Shortly after Loggins experiences a string of soundtrack successes, including an Academy Award nomination for “Footloose” in 1985. Lastly, he’s still creating music and performing.
Tampa Red – January 1/8/1903
Hudson Whittaker, known as Tampa Red, is an American Chicago blues musician. Most know Tampa Red as a blues guitarist who had a distinctive single-string slide style. His songwriting and his bottleneck technique influences other leading Chicago blues guitarists, such as Big Bill Broonzy, Robert Nighthawk. As well as, Muddy Waters, Elmore James and Mose Allison. In a career spanning over 30 years, he also recorded pop, R&B and hokum songs. His best-known recordings include “Anna Lou Blues”, “Black Angel Blues”, “Crying Won’t Help You”, “It Hurts Me Too”, and “Love Her with a Feeling”.
Elvis Presley – January 8, 1935
The King of Rock and Roll or simply known as “The King”, Elvis may be the single most important figure in American 20th century popular music. As a pioneer of rockabilly, a blend of blues, country, R&B, soul, and pop, he plays a major part in popularizing rock & roll on an international level. At the forefront of the music scene at that time, Elvis becomes a cultural phenomenon and icon.
Robert “Robby” Krieger – 1/8/46
Guitarist and songwriter for the psychedelic, blues rock band, The Doors. Furthermore, he brings a truly unique flavor to the band and helps elevate them above their peers. Contributing lyrically to The Doors and largely responsible for such compositions as “Light My Fire” and “Lover Me Two Times.”
After The Doors disband, Krieger participates in a number of other bands and begins a solo career in the 70’s. In 2002 he joins with his former band-mate Ray Manzarek and creates Manzarek-Krieger, which performs until the passing of Manzarek in 2013.
James “Jimmy” Page – 1/9/44
English musician who is the architect and leader of one of the most successful and influential groups in the history. After the collapse of The Yardbirds, another band of great importance. Page recruits Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and John Bonham to form Led Zeppelin. That band, with Page acting as lead guitarist, co-lyricist, and producer, rewrote the book on hard rock. Zeppelin’s iconic sound also drew heavily from folk, psychedelic music, and, of course, a whole lotta blues. Page is one of the most important and influential guitarists of all time.
Eddy Clearwater – 1/10/1935
During the 1950s, Chicago’s West Side is a breeding ground for some of the world’s greatest bluesmen. Magic Sam, Otis Rush, Freddie King, and others ruled the clubs. With his fierce guitar playing, soulful and emotive vocals and wild stage shows, Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater easily belongs on this list. A Chicago legend, Clearwater was an intense, flamboyant blues-rocking showman who’s equally comfortable playing the deepest, most heartfelt blues. or rocking, good-time party music.
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