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July 12 – 18 KTBA Birthdays

July 12 – 18 KTBA Birthdays

July 12 – 18 KTBA Birthdays. Celebrating birthdays this week includes Christine McVie, Roger McGuinn, Bob Birch, Washboard Sam, Denise LaSalle, Geezer Butler. And Screamin’ Jay Hawkins!

Christine McVie – 7/12/1943

An English singer, songwriter, and keyboardist. Most know her as one of the three lead vocalists and the keyboardist of Fleetwood Mac. Whom she joins in 1970. She also releases three solo albums. 

Roger McGuinn – 7/13/1942

At age 14, Mcguinn takes up guitar and soon attends the Old Town School Of Folk Music. At 17 he gets an offer and begins touring with The Limelighters shortly after his 18th birthday. Later he’s touring and recording with The Chad Mitchell Trio, Bobby Darin, and Judy Collins before forming The Byrds in 1964. The Byrds have several million-selling singles and hit albums, eventually disbanding in 1973 except for a brief reunion in 1990.

Bob Birch – 7/14/1956

Bob Birch is born on July 14, 1956, in Detroit, Michigan, USA as Robert Wayne Birch. Most know him for his work on Great Performances (1971), King of the Hill (1997) and An Audience with Elton John (1997). Birch plays with Elton John from 1992 until his passing. Furthermore, he is a big part of the biggest single of all time, “Candle in the Wind 1997.” Birch also performs with legends like Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton, John Mayer, Cher, Sting, Backstreet Boys, Spice Girls, Clint Black, and many others.

Robert Brown aka Washboard Sam – 7/15/1910

Washboard Sam is a very popular Chicago blues singer as well as a washboard player. And he’s also an adept songwriter, making over 150 recordings during the 30s and 40s. Thus, becoming one of the most popular Chicago blues performers of the era. Furthermore, working extensively with the likes of Big Bill Broonzy, Tampa Red, and Memphis Slim throughout his career. And in 1935 he begins recording in his own right for both Bluebird and Vocalion Records. His strong voice and songwriting talent overcame his stylistic limitations.

Ora Denise Allen AKA Denise LaSalle – 7/16/1939

This blues, soul, and R&B singer-songwriter was best known for her hit singles, “Now Run And Tell That”, “Man Sized Job”, and her biggest release, “Trapped By A Thing Called Love”, which went on to sell a million copies in 1971. Born to a family of sharecroppers in Sidon, Mississippi, LaSalle eventually made her way to the recording studio, even starting several record labels on her own. She receives a marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail in Belzoni. And is inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame several years before her passing in 2018.

Geezer Butler – 7/17/1949

Butler is a British musician and songwriter who most know him for the bassist and primary lyricist of the heavy metal band Black Sabbath. He’s also recorded and performed with Heaven & Hell, GZR, and Ozzy Osbourne. Currently he’s the bassist of Deadland Ritual.

Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – July 18, 1929             

Screamin’ Jay Hawkins is an American singer-songwriter, musician, actor, film producer, and boxer. Gaining fame chiefly for his powerful and operatic vocal delivery and wildly theatrical performances of songs. Such as “I Put a Spell on You,” he sometimes uses macabre props onstage, making him an early pioneer of “shock rock.” Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Hawkins studied classical piano as a child and learns the guitar in his 20s. His initial goal is to become an opera singer but when his ambitions fail, he begins his career as a conventional blues singer and pianist. Hawkins’ most successful recording, “I Put a Spell on You” (1956), one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that shaped rock and roll.

July 12 – 18. Be sure to check back next week!

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