September 20-27th Birthdays – This week’s birthdays include Mick Rogers, Don Felder, Roy Buchanan, Ray Charles, Duster Bennett, Blind Lemon Jefferson and Muddy Waters.
Mick Rogers [Michael Oldroyd] – 9/20/1946
Is an English rock guitarist, singer and songwriter, chiefly known for his time with Manfred Mann’s Earth Band from 1971 to 1975 and again since 1984.. His father was a drummer and his uncle a string bass player. The young Rogers was weaned on his uncle’s jazz collection and 1950s rock and roll.
Donald Felder – 9/21/1947
Felder is an American musician and songwriter, best known for his work as a lead guitarist of the Eagles. He performed with them from 1974 until 2001. He’s a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the Eagles back in 1998. He is also inaugurated into the Musicians Hall of Fame. Felder spent 27 years with the Eagles before doing things on his own terms. Furthermore, he’s still performing and creating music as a solo artist.
Roy Buchanan – 9/23/1939
Roy Buchanan was an originator, pioneer, and overall, immensely talented musician until the day he passed away. At the same time, he never receives the recognition and respect that he truly deserved. Furthermore, he had two albums early in his career that went Gold. By the same token, Guitar Player recognizes him as having one of the “50 Greatest Tones of All Time.” He was a major pioneer of “the Telecaster sound.” Because of all this, he is one of the most underrated Blues guitarists of all times.
Ray Charles – 9/23/1930
Without doubt one of the most iconic musicians of the 20th century. Arguably the most important as well. This masterful pianist, singer, and lyricist captivated the world for decades after emerging in the early 50s. Christened “The Genius”, he played a major role in the birth of soul music by combining gospel, R&B, and blues.
Concurrently, he also successfully delves into jazz, country, pop, and rock & roll. With dozens upon dozens of hit songs, some of his most cherished numbers include “What’d I Say”, “Mess Around”, “I Got a Woman”, “Hit the Road Jack”, “I Can’t Stop Loving You”, and his recording of “Georgia On My Mind”. With a musical legacy unlike any other, Ray Charles had a profound influence on an untold number of artists, notably Elvis Presley, Etta Fitzgerald, Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding, Eric Clapton, the Beatles, Johnny Cash, the Rolling Stones, Dr. John, Nora Jones, and John Mayer.
Duster Bennett – 9/23/1946
British blues singer-singer and multi-instrumentalist known for his precise coordination as a one-man band act. Shortly after he signs to Mike Vernon’s Blue Horizon label in 1967 and is backed on his debut album, Smiling Like I’m Happy (1968), by members of Fleetwood Mac. As well as a session harmonica player and a member of John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers.
Blind Lemon Jefferson – 9/24/1893
One of blues music’s earliest and most influential figures, he helped to build the foundation of both country and Texas blues, so much so that he has been given the title of “Father of the Texas Blues”. His notable skills as a songwriter and his uniquely adept guitar style have been instrumental to the development of countless future blues musicians, particularly Lightnin’ Hopkins, B.B. King, Lead Belly. And T-Bone Walker.
Larry “Mud” Morganfield – 9/27/1954
Eldest son of the legendary McKinley Morganfield (better known as Muddy Waters). He took up professionally performing after the death of his father in 1983. It would be twenty-five years before his first album, the self-released Fall Waters Fall, would see the light of day. Morganfield’s sophomore record, Son of a Seventh Son, would follow in 2012 and would receive numerous nominations from the Blues Music Awards.
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