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March 9 – March15 – Birthdays

March 9 – March15 – Birthdays

March 9 – March15 – Birthdays – This week’s music highlighted birthdays are Robin Trower, Harvey Mandel, Lightnin’ Hopkins and Ry Cooder. Check back next week!

Robin Trower: 3/9/1945

Renowned English guitarist with virtuoso abilities, psychedelic-blues rock style, and affinity for Fender Stratocasters. As well as him being compared to Jimi Hendrix. He launches his career in 1967 with the progressive rock band “Proctol Harum”. Later leaving in 1971 to begin his own band. The Robin Trower Band debuts in 1973 to both critical and public acclaim. Furthermore, it sees the group’s first five albums, including Trower’s crowning achievement Bridge of Sighs, reach certified gold statuses. Since his recording debut, he has released a massive catalog of over forty albums.  Lastly, he remains one of rock & roll and Blues most revered guitarists. 

HARVEY MANDEL: 3/11/1945  

American blues and rock & roll guitarist who at the age of twenty begins to record professionally. With him lending his immense skills to Charlie Musselwhite’s beloved 1966 debut album. With the release of his own debut album, 1968’s Cristo Redentor, he begins a solo career which he continues to record and tour for to this day. He is credited as one of the first guitarists to utilize two-handed fretboard tapping and has previously worked with Canned Heat, John Mayall, and The Rolling Stones. 

Lightnin’ Hopkins: 3/15/1912

Legendary Texas blues musician known for his distinctive and confident talking style of singing and his masterful skills as a guitarist. The country blues icon is a guitarist in a league wholly his own, as his unique and perfected finger picking style could cover lead, rhythm, and bass guitar, as well as percussion, at the same time. Hopkins began recording in 1946, but it would not be until folklorist Mack McCormick brought the country bluesman to the attention of the folk revival that he gained widespread recognition.  After his rediscovery, Lightnin’ Hopkins toured both within the United States and internationally. In addition to his touring, the bluesman vigorously recorded music, and would often release numerous albums a year. “Mojo Hand”, “Katie Mae”, “Baby Please Don’t Go”, “Coffee Blues”, and “Lightnin’s Boogie” are but a handful of the influential and cherished songs that this blues icon left behind.

Ryland “Ry” Cooder: 3/15/1947

Californian singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, film scorer, and producer who is known for his powerful lyrics, dexterous slide guitar skills, and acclaimed eclectic style that gleefully melds the likes of blues, soul, gospel, rock, folk, Latin and world music. Since his musical career began in 1967, he has worked with the likes of Taj Mahal, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Captain Beefheart, John Hiatt, Van Morrison, and Eric Clapton. He has also collaborated extensively with musicians from around the globe, such as Indian Mohan Veena player V.M. Bhatt and Malian guitarist Ali Farka Toure. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including six Grammy Awards, and his best-known album is 1997’s Buena Vista Social Club, which saw him team with Cuban bandleader Juan de Marcos Gonzalez.

Other Notable Birthdays:

3/09/1942 – John Cale (composer, singer-songwriter -Velvet Underground)
3/09/1942 – Gary Walker (The Standells, The Walker Brothers)
3/10/1947 – Tom Sholz (Rock guitarist/keyboardist – Boston)
3/10/1953 – Ronnie Earl (American blues guitarist – The Broadcasters)
3/10/1955 – Gary Louris (American singer-songwriter, musician – Jayhawks)
3/12/1917 – Leonard Chess (Record Mogul, Chess Records)
3/12/1948 – James Taylor (Rock Singer-Songwriter)
3/12/1949 – Bill Payne (piano, Little Feat)
3/13/1960 – Adam Clayton (bass, U2)
3/14/1933 – Quincy Jones (A Legend)
3/15/1912 – Lightnin’ Hopkins (Blues Singer-Songwriter)
3/15/1940 – Phil Lesh (bass, Grateful Dead)
3/15/1943 – Sly Stone (vocals & multi-instrumentalist, Sly and the Family Stone)
3/15/1947 – Ry Cooder (guitarist & songwriter, multiple genres)

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