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October 19th – 25th – Birthdays

October 19th – 25th – Birthdays 

October 19th – 25th – Birthdays. This Week’s Birthdays include, Peter Tosh, Patrick Simmons, Jelly Roll Morton, Ric Lee, Tom Petty, Steve Cropper, Elvin Bishop. As well as Doctor Ross, Eddie Brigati, Greg Ridley, Sonny Terry, and Bill Wyman. 

Peter Tosh – October 19, 1944

Peter Tosh is a Jamaican reggae musician along with Bob Marley and Bunny Wailer. He’s one of the core members of the band the Wailers (1963–1976). After which he establishes himself as a successful solo artist and a promoter of Rastafari. Tosh starts to make his own albums with Rolling Stones Records and CBS Records Equal Rights followed in 1977. Which features his recording of a song co-written with Marley, “Get Up, Stand Up,” and a cover of “Stepping Razor”. Which appears on the soundtrack to the film Rockers.

Patrick Simmons – October 19, 1948 

Guitarist Patrick Simmons joins the ‘Doobie Brothers” in 1970 and is an instrumental factor in the band’s ascension. From a club band playing biker bars to a global success story in the ’70s. Selling millions of albums and charting a succession of hit songs Simmons begins playing guitar at the age of eight. His interest grows over his parents’ objections and throughout high school and college he continues to play and ran a small folk club. 

Jelly Roll Morton – October 20, 1890

Jelly Roll Morton was an American pianist and songwriter best known for influencing the formation of modern day jazz during the 1920s. Morton learns to play piano at age ten and within years of performing in the red light district where he earns the nickname “Jelly Roll.” Also, as a teenager, he makes a living by earning money as a musician, comic, gambler among other things.

Ric Lee – October 20, 1945 

Lee is born in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, England. Also, he’s a founding member of his first band, The Falcons. He’s also a drummer for Ricky Storm and The Mansfields, in which he gets a persuasive motivation to quit in August 1965. Soon he takes over drumming duties for The Jaybirds, with guitarist Alvin Lee, and bassist Leo Lyons. In 1966, they arrived in London, where a keyboardist, Chick Churchill also joins the band.

In 1968, the band auditions at the Marquee Club in London under the name “The Blues Yard”, but quickly became the successful outfit, “Ten Years After”. With this group, Lee played at rock festivals including Woodstock in 1969 and the Isle of Wight Festival on 29 August 1970. As well as appearances at The Newport Jazz Festival, The Miami, Atlanta, and Texas Pop Festivals.

Tom Petty – October 20, 1950

Rock musician Tom Petty began his career in earnest with a group called Mudcrutch. After he and other members re-formed as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, the release of their self-titled 1976 debut. This jump starts a decades-long and extremely successful run, highlighted by multi-platinum albums that featured the now-classic singles “American Girl,” “Refugee,” “Don’t Come Around Here No More” and “Learning to Fly.” In 1989, Petty embarks on an equally successful solo career, delivering memorable music videos to hits like “Free Fallin’” and “Runnin’ Down a Dream.” Petty also collaborates with other legendary rockers, including Stevie Nicks, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, and Johnny Cash, earning three Grammy Awards for his work over the years.

Steve Cropper – 10/21/1941

Booker T. and The M.G.’s were and still are, considered one of the most influential soul, R&B, and funk bands in history. They even receive credit with molding and defining the sound of Southern and Memphis soul. Original and longtime guitarist of the band is Steve Cropper. Cropper has an impressive and extensive music resume, as well as being the best soul guitarists of all time by his peers.

On top of being in one of the most well-known soul bands, Cropper was also a member of the Stax Record Company’s house band and was briefly the A&R director and a writer for many singles that came out of the recording studio. He’s also the guitarist in the original line up of the famous SNL based band the Blues Brothers. Cropper also appeared on a few of Otis Redding’s albums and even helped co-write his famous tune “Sitting on The Dock of the Bay.” This guy has done it all!

Elvin Bishop – 10/21/1942

A blues rock singer and guitarist who moved around frequently before settling in Chicago, Illinois in the 60s. While going to a university for physics, he met a harmonica player that would change his life forever. The guy’s name was Paul Butterfield. Butterfield would go on to lead one of the most successful Blues bands who helped start the careers of many outstanding musicians.
His iconic Gibson Es-345 was actually acquired through a trade with another member of Butterfield’s band.

Nicknamed “Red Dog.” Bishop played this guitar throughout his entire career. By 1968, Bishop started a solo project and has recorded over 15 studio albums since then. At age 75 years, Bishop is still recording and playing. In 2015, he’s an inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as an original member of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band.

Charles Ross AKA “Doctor Ross” 10/21/25

Doctor Ross, also known as “Doctor Ross the Harmonica Boss”, is born Charles Isaiah Ross in Tunica, Mississippi, was an American Blues singer, guitarist, harmonica player and drummer. Ross’s blues style often receives comparisons to that of John Lee Hooker and Sonny Boy Williamson. His recordings for Sun Records in the 1950s include “The Boogie Disease” and “Chicago Breakdown”…Detroit blues musician who would often perform as a one-man band, singing, playing harmonica, guitar, and drums.

Eddie Brigati – October 22, 1946

Eddie Brigati Jr. is an American singer and songwriter. Brigati shared vocal duties with other group members, and played tambourine, in the pop group The Young Rascals from 1964 to 1970. Prior to his stint with The Young Rascals, Brigati had been a member of Joey Dee and the Starliters. With the help of group founder Billy Amato and manager Sid Bernstein. Besides, being the first all-white group that is signed to Atlantic Records. They are also practitioners of a genre of music coined ‘blue-eyed soul’.

Greg Ridley – October 23, 1947

Born in England in 1947, Greg Ridley in his teens starts performing as a part of a local band called Dino & the Danubes. During the first half of the 70s, Greg Ridley becomes one of the most      well-known bassists in England. As a founding member of Humble Pie, he makes quite a name for himself and later becomes a part of the band Spooky tooth. 

Greg Ridley was, during the first half of the 1970s, one of the more visible bassists in England, as a founding member of Humble Pie. Born in Cumberland, England in 1947, he became part of British rock & roll’s third wave.

Saunders Terrell AKA Sonny Terry – 10/24/1911

Blind by the time he is 16 years old. This harmonica player and singer kept his focus on building a career in the blues. That saw him take part in the styles of Piedmont, country, and folk-blues throughout his life. In his early days he performs with Blind Boy Fuller’s group, which leads to his participation in the “From Spirituals to Swing” concerts at Carnegie Hall in 1938. In the 40’s he forms a very successful partnership and lifelong friendship with Piedmont blues guitarist Brownie McGee.

William Perks AKA Bill Wyman – 10/24/1936

English multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and producer, best known as the bassist of The Rolling Stones from 1962 to 1993, after which he goes on to form the R&B, jazz, and blues-rock group Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings in 1997.

Jon Anderson – October 25, 1944 

Jon Anderson is undoubtedly one of the most recognizable voices in progressive rock.  As the lead vocalist and creative force behind Yes, Anderson is the author and a major creative influence. From being behind the ground-breaking album “Fragile”.  As well as the series of epic, complex pieces such as “Awaken”, “Gates of Delirium” and “Close to the Edge”. Which is central to the band’s success.

Additionally, Anderson co-authored the group’s biggest hits, including “I’ve Seen All Good People”, “Roundabout”, and “Owner Of A Lonely Heart”. Not one to stand still musically, he just released an album he started 28 years ago through Blue Élan Records. The album’s title, 1,000 Hands is a reference to the fact that numerous guest musicians perform on the album. Artist includes Ian Anderson, Billy Cobham, Jean-Luc Ponty, Steve Morse, Chick Corea, Zap Mama, Chris Squire, Alan White, Steve Howe.  Available now… 

Chad Smith – October 25, 1961

Not only is Chad Smith the drummer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers which he joins in 1988. But he’s also a member of the band Chickenfoot. As a highly sought-after drummer, he makes appearances on albums by Glenn Hughes, Johnny Cash, The Avett Brothers and many more. As a member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, at the 2000 MTV Music Awards they receive “The Video Vanguard Awards! To date, he’s still performing, touring, and working on his own projects. 

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