November 9th – 15th – Birthdays
November 9th – 15th – Birthdays This week’s birthdays include: Tom Fogerty, Greg Lake, Susan Tedeschi, Mose Allison, Booker T. Jones, Toy Caldwell, John Hammond, Buckwheat Zydeco and Petula Clark!
TOM FOGERTY – 11/9/1941
Thomas Richard Fogerty is known as the rhythm guitarist for Creedence Clearwater Revival and the older brother of John Fogerty. First, the two Fogerty brothers played in a rock cover band inspired by Bo Diddley and Little Richard. And they called themselves ’Blue Velvets’. Next, Fantasy Records signs the band in 1964 and changed their name to ‘Golliwogs’. By 1967, John returns home from the military and took over Tom’s place as lead singer. The band changed their name again and Creedence Clearwater Revival was born. CCR becomes a success, with over 26 million records sold. The band receives eight gold albums and 9 top ten singles. Their musical style is American rock and roll mixed with swampy blues and roots rock.
Greg Lake – 11/10/1947
Vocalist, musician and producer, Greg Lake is one of the most prominent and popular musicians in the world. And has often been described as having the voice of a generation. Then he wins worldwide acclaim as lead vocalist, bass guitarist and producer with Robert Fripp he formed King Crimson. Their first album, In Court of the Crimson King, co-produced by Greg, featured the iconic song “21st Century Schizoid Man.” King Crimson pioneered progressive rock and paved the way for famous bands that followed, including Yes and Genesis all the way through to bands such as The Red Hot Chilli Peppers and countless others.
Susan Tedeschi – 11/9/1970
Susan Tedeschi is an American singer and guitarist and multiple Grammy Award nominee. A member of the Tedeschi Trucks Band, a conglomeration of her band, her husband Derek Trucks’ of the “Derek Trucks Band”, and other musicians. Tedeschi has opened for John Mellencamp, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, The Allman Brothers Band, Taj Mahal, and Bob Dylan. In 2000, Just Won’t Burn (1998) reached Gold record status for sales of 500,000 in the United States, rare for a blues production. She recorded two tracks with Double Trouble band members Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon for their album.
Mose Allison – 11/11/1945
Mose John Allison Jr. was an American jazz and blues pianist, singer, and songwriter. He became notable for playing a unique mix of blues and modern jazz, both singing and playing piano. After moving to New York in 1956, he worked primarily in jazz settings, playing with jazz musicians like Stan Getz, Al Cohn, and Zoot Sims, along with producing numerous recordings.
Booker T. Jones: 11/12/1944
Booker T. Jones was a child prodigy, who grew up playing the oboe, saxophone, trombone, double bass, and piano. Already a professional musician at age 16, later he’s the leader of the famed Stax Records house band. As well as the “Architect of the Memphis soul sound” As well as one of modern music’s most acclaimed figures. Furthermore, he also co-wrote “Born Under a Bad Sign” and “Green Onions”. His musical weapon of choice is the Hammond organ.
Toy Caldwell – 11/13/1947
Toy Talmadge Caldwell Jr. was the lead guitarist and main songwriter of the 1970s Southern Rock group The Marshall Tucker Band. A founding member of the band, Caldwell remained with the group until 1983. In addition to his role as lead guitarist, he was also the band’s steel guitarist and performed lead vocals including on one of the band’s best-known hits, “Can’t You See.”
John P. Hammond – 11/13/1952
Blues singer and songwriter John Hammond is born in NYC. Furthermore, he’s the son of record producer John Hammond, one of the most influential figures of 20th-century popular music. The younger Hammond starts playing guitar in high school and by the mid-60’s he’s touring nationally. The Grammy award-winning acoustic blues-rock barrelhouse guitarist has released 34 albums. Lastly, he has performed and recorded with some of the biggest names in blues. Howlin’ Wolf, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters, Duane Allman, and Tom Waits.
Buckwheat Zydeco – 11/14/1947
Stanley Dural Jr., better known by his stage name Buckwheat Zydeco, was an American accordionist and zydeco musician. He was one of the few zydeco artists to achieve mainstream success. His music group was formally billed as Buckwheat Zydeco and Ils Sont Partis Band, but they often performed as merely Buckwheat Zydeco.
Petula Clark – 11/15/1932
Petula Clark, CBE is a British singer, actress and composer whose career spans eight decades. Clark’s professional career began during World War II, as an entertainer on BBC Radio. In 1954 she charted with “The Little Shoemaker”—the first of her big UK hits. In late 1964 Clark’s global success extended to America with a four-year run of career-defining, often upbeat singles, many written or co-written by Tony Hatch. These include her signature song “Downtown”
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