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November 23rd – 29th – Birthdays

November 23rd – 29th

November 23rd – 29th – This week includes: R.L. Burnside, Ida Goodson, Pete Best, Donald “duck” Dunn, Bev Bevan, Bernard Allison, Jimi Hendrix. As well as John Mayall and Randy Newman.

R.L. Burnside – 11/23/1926  

R. L. Burnside is an American blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He played music for much of his life but received little recognition before the early 1990s. In the latter half of that decade, Burnside records and tours with Jon Spencer, garnering crossover appeal. Which introduces his music to a new fan base in the punk and garage rock scenes.

Ida Goodson – 11/23/1909

Classic female blues, jazz, gospel pianist and singer known for performing in churches, festivals, along with silent films in Florida. Furthermore, she’s a recipient of a “Florida Folk Heritage Award”. Furthermore, she’s accompanying Bessie Smith, in PBS’s Wild Women Don’t Have the Blues.

Pete Best – 11/ 24/ 1941

Peter Best is an English musician most people know as the Beatles’ drummer before the band achieves worldwide fame. After he is dismissed from the group in 1962, he starts his own band, the Pete Best Four. Later he joins many other bands over the years. As well as one of several people who are referred to as the “Fifth Beatle”.

Donald “duck” Dunn – 11/24/1941

Donald “Duck” Dunn was an American bass guitarist, session musician, record producer, and songwriter. Dunn was notable for his 1960s recordings with Booker T. & the M.G.’s and as a session bassist for Stax Records. In 1992, he is inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Booker T. & the M.G.’s. He rank’s number 40 on “Bass Player magazine’s” list of “The 100 Greatest Bass Players of All Time”.

Bev Bevan – 11/25/1944

Beverley Bevan is an English rock musician, who is the drummer and one of the original members of “The Move” and “Electric Light Orchestra”. After the end of ELO in 1986, he creates ELO Part II. Bevan also served as the touring drummer for Black Sabbath during the Born-Again Tour, and later played percussion on The Eternal Idol album in 1987.

Bernard Allison – 11/26/1965

Bernard Allison is the youngest child of Chicago bluesman Luther Allison. At a young age, he learns to play guitar. After mastering the guitar, this guitarist and singer begins his career backing Koko Taylor. He forms his own group shortly after. In the late 80’s, he is the bandleader for his father’s touring band. In 1990, he records and debuts his first album, The Next Generation.

Jimi Hendrix – 11/27/1942

Considered the greatest electric guitar player that ever lived from his electrifying performances to his iconic persona. Hendrix makes a lasting impression on culture and music the world over. Along with his technical prowess, he fuses together elements of the blues, psychedelic music, hard rock, and R&B.

His signature sound influences the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Prince, John Frusciante. Along with Kirk Hammet, Billy Gibbons, Robin Trower, Les Claypool, Eddie Hazel, Eric Johnson, Joe Satriani, and Warren Haynes. Later, The Jimi Hendrix Experience is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Randy Newman

American composer, songwriter, singer, and pianist whose character-driven, ironic, and often humorous compositions won him a cult audience and praise from critics but were atypical of the singer-songwriter movement of the 1970s that gave him his start as a performer.

John Mayall – 11/29/1933

British multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter who founded and lead the pioneering blues rock group The Bluesbreakers, members of which at times included Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Mick Taylor, Jack Bruce, Mick Fleetwood, Harvey Mandel, and Don Harris.

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