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July 20th – July 26th Birthdays

July 20th – July 26th Birthdays

This week features Carlos Santana, George Clinton, James McCarty, Sylvester Weaver, Mick Jagger & more!

Carlos Santana: 7/20/1947

Celebrated Mexican American guitar virtuoso, songwriter and bandleader whose been at the forefront of Latin rock for over 40 years. His band, Santana, rose to prominence in the late 1960’s with its mixture of blues, jazz, Latin and psychedelic rock.  Selling over 100 million records around the world in addition to acquiring numerous awards over the years.

Santana is one of the best-selling groups of all time with 43.5 million certified albums sold the US. Along with and an estimated 100 million sold worldwide. Its discography includes 25 studio albums, 14 of which reached the US top 10. Santana, Rolie, Carabello, Shrieve, Brown, and Areas are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame In 1998.  In 2000, the band won six Grammy Awards in one night, a record tied with Michael Jackson, and three Latin Grammy Awards.

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.

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 lead 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 amount 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.

Sir Michael Jagger AKA Mick Jagger: 7/26/1943

As a founding member of The Rolling Stones, he’s remained the lead singer and lyricist for over fifty years. One of the most successful rock and roll acts of all time. Over the years, Jagger has also contributed harmonica, guitar, piano, percussion, and numerous other instruments to the band’s sound. Keeping up a successful solo career since the mid 80’s by joining the eclectic supergroup “SuperHeavy” with Damian Marley, A.R. Rahman, and Joss Stone in 2009.

Other Notable Birthdays:

George Clinton: July 22, 1941 (band leader, Parliament Funkadelic)

Don Henley: July 22, 1947 (drums and vocals, The Eagles)

Al Di Meola: July 22, 1954 (jazz fusion / Latin guitarist)

Blair Thornton:  July 23, 1950 (guitar, Bachman-Turner Overdrive)

Slash: July 23, 1965 (guitar, Guns N’ Roses)

Alison Krauss: July 23, 1971 (bluegrass singer)

Jose “Chepito” Áreas: July 25, 1946 (percussion, Santana)

Verdine White: July 25, 1951 (bass, Earth, Wind, & Fire)

Thurston Moore: July 25, 1958 (guitar, Sonic Youth)

Brian Blade: July 25, 1970 (jazz drummer)

Roger Taylor: July 26, 1949 (drums, Queen)

That’s it for this week! Be sure to check back next week! 

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