July 19 – 25th KTBA Birthdays!
July 19 – 25th KTBA Birthdays. Celebrating birthdays this week includes Brian May, Carlos Santana, Kim Fowley, George Clinton, Linsey Alexander, Jim Armstrong, James McCarty. And Sylvester Weaver.
Brian May – 7/19/1947
Brian May is an English musician, singer, songwriter, and astrophysicist. May is a co-founder of Queen. Along with lead singer Freddie Mercury and drummer Roger Taylor performing with Taylor in the band Smile. Within five years of their formation in 1970 and the recruitment of bass player John Deacon completing the lineup.
Queen becomes one of the biggest rock bands in the world. Along with the success of the album A Night at the Opera and its single “Bohemian Rhapsody”. Making an appearance at Live Aid in 1985. As a member of Queen, May is as a virtuoso musician. Often using a home-built electric guitar he calls the Red Special.
Carlos Santana – 7/20/1947
A Mexican American guitar virtuoso, songwriter, and bandleader for over 40 years. Rising to prominence in the late 1960’s with his mixture of blues, jazz, Latin, and psychedelic rock. Santana and his band enjoy early success with their appearance at Woodstock in 1969. Along with their first three albums, Santana (1969), Abraxas (1970), and Santana III (1971).
Kim Fowley – 7/21/1939
An American record producer, singer, songwriter, and musician. Most know him for his role behind a string of novelty and cult pop rock singles in the 1960s. As well as managing the Runaways in the 1970s.
George Clinton – 7/22/1941
As an American funk musician, singer, songwriter, bandleader, and record producer. Subsequently, his Parliament-Funkadelic collective develops an influential and eclectic form of funk music during the 1970s. Above all drawing on science fiction, outlandish fashion, psychedelia, and surreal humor.
Linsey Alexander AKA Hoochie Man – 7/23/1942
Born in Mississippi and raised in Tennessee, this electric blues singer-songwriter and guitarist journeyed to Chicago in 1959. Furthermore, he’s since become a well-known figure of the Windy City’s blues clubs. Known for his involving showmanship and highly energetic performances, he’s toured both the States and Europe, and has shared the stage with the likes of Magic Slim, Buddy Guy, Bobby Rush, Little Milton, A.C. Reed, and the legend himself, B.B. King.
Jim Armstrong – 7/24/1944
Armstrong’s musical career started while he was still a schoolboy, when he played in Belfast’s top showband, The Melotones, who were residents in the city’s Romano’s Ballroom. Armstrong played and recorded in the mid-’60s with Van Morrison and Them, touring both Europe and America. Of the 51 tracks recorded by Morrison and Them (1964–66), Armstrong played on over half, and while living in America met and played with Jim Morrison & The Doors, Captain Beefheart and Frank Zappa. During this time, he was voted 3rd best guitarist in the world (after Jimi Hendrix & Frank Zappa).
James “Jim” McCarty – 7/25/1943
English musician and lyricist best known as a founding member and drummer of the influential R&B, blues, and psychedelic rock group, The Yardbirds. Since the formation of the innovative band, which helped ignite the British blues explosion, McCarty has been the only member to be involved with every incarnation of the group. He has also been a member of the progressive rock bands Renaissance and Illusion, as well as acts Pilgrim, Stairway, and has led his own band.
Sylvester Weaver – 7/25/1897
A true pioneer of the blues, his recordings in the early 1920’s are both the first country blues to be recorded as well as the earliest known songs to incorporate slide guitar (for which he was known to a knife). He recorded a sizable number of songs with the popular blues singer Sara Martin throughout the 20’s, but after 1927 he retired from a career in music and would become nearly forgotten. His influential 1923 record “Guitar Rag” has since become a classic of the blues and stands as a prime example of where country blues originated.
That’s it for July 19 – 25th KTBA Blues Birthdays for this week but be sure to check back next week.
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