Friday, April 29, 2011

Presty the DJ for April 29-May 1

Today's rock music history starts with the birthday of Jean "Toots" Thielemans, whose harmonica skills got noticed by Mr. William Joel:
Carl Gardner, singer for the Coasters:

Manfred Mann bassist Klaus Voorman made a major contribution to the Beatles:

Perhaps the most tragic duo in Motown history was Tammi Terrell (died of a brain tumor) and Marvin Gaye (shot to death by his father):
I wonder if Tommy James' dog Sam still eats purple flowers:
Those of us from the '80s may not know the name of Deborah Iyall, until the words "Romeo Void" are mentioned:
Saturday is the anniversary of the release of two Paul McCartney & Wings albums -- "Red Rose Speedway," best known for "My Love," and "Wings at the Speed of Sound," which included:
We don't usually do country here, but we have to note the birthdays of Johnny Horton ...

... and Willie Nelson:
Don't fall asleep listening to Santo and Johnny, because Johnny Farina's birthday is today:
May Day includes the anniversary of the release of the Rolling Stones' "Brown Sugar":
It's also the birthday of Harry Belafonte ...

... and Judy Collins (who spoke at a Marian University commencement; she was, to put it mildly, captivating) ...

... and Rita Coolidge ...

... and Jerry Weiss of Blood Sweat & Tears ...

... and guitarist Steve Farris of Mister Mister ...

... and bassist Johnny Colt of the Black Crowes:
Today is also the anniversary of the death of one of the more unique talents in music, drummer Spike Jones:

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