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November 30 – December 6th – Birthdays

November 30 – December 6th

November 30 – December 6th – Birthdays. This week includes Robert Nighthawk, Brownie McGhee, John Densmore, Jaco Pastorius, Tal Wilkenfeld, Chris Hillman. As well as, Sonny Boy Williamson (II), John Cale and Kim Simmonds.

Robert Nighthawk – 11/30/1909

Robert Nighthawk is a blues musician with a wandering lifestyle which sees him settling down in Chicago along with Memphis. Other areas that appeals to him is the Mississippi Delta.

Along with his talents as a slide guitarist and the musical elements from the areas he traveled. He influences a number of his contemporaries, including Muddy Waters.

Brownie McGhee – 11/30/1915

Piedmont blues guitarist and singer best known for his near twenty-year partnership with harpist Sonny Terry. While traveling throughout the U.S. and Europe, the two bluesmen make a name for themselves. By performing amongst the blues and folk revivals of the 50’s and 60’s.

John Densmore – 12/1/1944  

He may be belaboring the obvious, considering that, as the rhythmic engine of The Doors, he’s responsible for some of the most famous beats in rock history. But Densmore still bristles at what he calls the “dumb drummer” stereotype.

Besides being a musician, he’s also a songwriter, author, and actor. Appearing on every recording made by the band, with drumming inspired by jazz and world music as much as by rock and roll. Lastly, he’s a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Jaco Pastorius – 12/1/1951

Jaco Pastorius is an American jazz bassist who was a member of “Weather Report” from 1976 to 1981. As well as Pat Metheny and Joni Mitchell, and recorded albums as a solo artist and band leader. His bass playing employed funk, lyrical solos, bass chords, and innovative harmonics.

As of 2017, he’s the only electric bassist of seven bassists who are inducted into the Downbeat Jazz Hall of Fame. As well as being lauded as one of the best electric bassists of all time.

Tal Wilkenfeld – 12/2/1986

She’s an Australian singer, songwriter, bassist, and guitarist whose career began performing alongside artists including Jeff Beck, Prince, Eric Clapton. Along with Herbie Hancock and Mick Jagger. In 2013, Wilkenfeld receives the Bass Player Magazine’s “Young Gun Award” by Don Was, where she performs “Chelsea Hotel” by Leonard Cohen.

Chris Hillman – 12/4/1944 

Chris Hillman is the original bassist and one of the original members of The Byrds, which in 1965 includes Roger McGuinn, Gene Clark, David Crosby, and Michael Clarke. With frequent collaborator Gram Parsons, Hillman is a key figure in the development of country rock, defining the genre through his work with The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Manassas, and the country-rock group The Desert Rose Band.

Alex Miller AKA Sonny Boy Williamson (II) – 12/5/1912

Though he is the second bluesman to use the pseudonym of Sonny Boy Williamson. Miller is nonetheless a very influential blues harpist, singer, and songwriter. He is known in the United States as well as Europe. B.B. King, Howlin’ Wolf, The Who, Mose Allison, Ten Years After, and Led Zeppelin are just a few of the artists that have been inspired by the works of this iconic Mississippi bluesman.

John Cale AKA J.J. Cale – 12/5/1938

This multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter is the originator of the Tulsa Sound. What is the Tulsa sound? So, it’s a laid-back style that draws influences from the blues, rock, jazz, country, and rockabilly. Furthermore, he’s receives recognition for the people who cover his songs.

For example, “After Midnight” and “Cocaine” by Eric Clapton and “Call Me the Breeze” by Lynyrd Skynyrd. Lastly, in 2008, he along with Eric Clapton, receives a Grammy for “Best Contemporary Blues Album”.  A collaboration album Titled “The Road To Escondido”.

Kim Simmonds – 12/5/1947

Lead guitarist and founder of the British blues rock band Savoy Brown, which has been active since 1965 and is known for such songs as “I’m Tired”, “Hell bound Train”, and their cover of Muddy Waters’ “Louisiana Blues”.

That’s it for this week’s birthday’s – November 30 – December 6th

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