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June 1st – June 6th – Birthdays

June 1st – June 6th – Birthdays! Celebrating birthdays this week are Ronnie Wood, ZZ Ward, Memphis Minnie, Jimmy Rogers, Lloyd Lambert, Tom Evans, and Gary U.S. Bonds.  

Ronald “Ronnie” Wood – 6/1/1947

The English musician, songwriter and record producer has been the guitarist of The Rolling Stones since 1976. Over the years he has also contributed piano, bass, lap steel and pedal steel guitars, drums, saxophone, and backing vocals. Before he joined the Stones, he was part of The Birds, The Jeff Beck Group and Creation. Today, he still regularly performs on solo projects and remains a member of the blues rock super-group the Faces.

ZZ Ward – 6/2/1986

This singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (guitar, piano, and blues harp) made her official recording debut in 2012 with the acclaimed Till the Casket Drops. She has created a unique style that fuses the likes of the blues, rock, and pop with hip-hop and both contemporary soul and R&B. Her vocal abilities evoke the spirits of Etta James, Tina Turner, and Aretha Franklin.

Memphis Minnie – 6/3/1897

As one of the few blues women to both sing and contribute guitar to her own recordings. Furthermore, fans hail this influential Louisiana-born musician for her instrumental prowess. Active during the early 20’s into the late 50’s, she prolifically records over 200 songs during her career. The best being “When the Levee Breaks”, “Bumble Bee”, and “Me and My Chauffeur Blues”.

Jimmy Rogers – 6/3/1924

Chicago blues singer, guitarist and harpist is an integral member of Muddy Waters first band. Performing from the late 40’s into the mid-50’s, he sets out as a bandleader in 1954. Furthermore, he enjoys a successful period till the blues began to lose popularity due the emergence of rock & roll. Aside from working with Howlin’ Wolf shortly in the 60’s, Rogers retreats from professional music and didn’t return until the 80’s. Regularly recording and touring until he passes away in 1997.

Lloyd Lambert – 6/4/1928

An American band leader and bassist in the genres of R&B and jazz. His most important recordings are the studio work for Guitar Slim on Specialty Records. At the age of nine, Lloyd plays the piano professionally, together with his father Adam, who was the guitarist.

Tom Evans – 6/5/1947

A bass player, singer, and songwriter most notable for his work with the British band, Badfinger. 

Gary U.S. Bonds – 6/6/1939

Gary U.S. Bonds is an American rhythm and blues and rock and roll singer, known for his classic hits “New Orleans” and “Quarter to Three”.

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