July 5th – 11th – KTBA Birthdays!
July 5th – 11th. Celebrating birthdays this week includes Robbie Robertson, Bill Haley, Lloyd Tiny Grimes, Jaimoe, John Mitchell, Blind Boy Fuller, Imelda May and Jeff Hanna!
Robbie Robertson – July 5, 1943
Most know Robbie Robertson for his work as lead guitarist and songwriter for The Band. As well as his career as a solo recording artist. Robertson’s work with The Band is instrumental in creating the Americana music genre. Robertson has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Canadian Music Hall of Fame as a member of The Band, and has been inducted to Canada’s Walk of Fame, both with The Band and on his own.
Bill Haley – July 6, 1925
As a front man for the iconic group Bill Haley & His Comets, Haley became a bona fide music superstar in the 1950s after releasing chart-topping hits including “(We’re Gonna) Rock Around the Clock,” “Shake, Rattle and Roll,” “See You Later, Alligator,” and many others. Garnering seven Top 20 singles in the USA alone, Haley’s appeal was universal. He amassed legions of fans and sold millions of records in markets all over the world. “We premiered it,” Haley told Rolling Stone in 1967. “We put country & western together with rhythm & blues, and that was rock. The first three years were ours, all ours, till Presley came along.”
Lloyd Tiny Grimes – July 7, 1916
As an American jazz and R&B guitarist. He’s a member of the Art Tatum Trio from 1943 to 1944, and a backing musician on recording sessions. later he leads his own bands, including a recording session with Charlie Parker. He’s a noted for playing the electric tenor guitar, a four-stringed instrument.
Jai Johanny Johanson aka Jaimoe – July 8, 1944
Jaime is a founding member, drummer and percussionist of the blues and Southern rock band The Allman Brothers Band and the leader of “Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band.” Before joining The Allman Brothers Band in 1969, Johanson played with Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, and Joe Tex. His jazz, blues rock, R&B, and soul mastery helped ensure The Allman Brothers Band’s place as one of the most influential classic-rock bands of the era. In 1995, Johanson and his fellow Allman Brothers Band members were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
John Mitchell AKA Mitch Mitchell – July 9, 1947
Mitchell was the original drummer of the American-English power trio The Jimi Hendrix Experience, whose jazz fusion style became an integral component of the group’s sound. He collaborated with Hendrix, including at his famous Woodstock performance, until the guitarist’s untimely death. He is also celebrated as one of the top rock drummers of the 60s.
Fulton Allen AKA Blind Boy Fuller – July 10, 1907
Blind Boy Fuller is a country blues singer and an adept Piedmont guitarist. He also incorporates ragtime and popular music into his songs and records over one hundred sides in a period of five years. Some of his better-known songs include “Step It Up and Go”, “Truckin’ My Blues Away” and “Lost Lover Blues.”
Imelda Highman AKA Imelda May – July 10, 1974
Award winning Irish singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer, whose style blends rockabilly with her influences from both jazz and blues. May is compared to female Jazz musicians such as Billie Holiday and others. Known primarily as a singer, she also plays the bodhran, guitar, bass guitar and tambourine.
Jeff Hanna – July 11, 1947
As an American singer-songwriter and performance musician, most know him for his association with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. His professional music career has spanned six decades.
July 5th – 11th – Be sure to check back next week!
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