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8th January


Born today was, in 1935, Elvis Aaron Presley

Robbie Krieger of The Doors in 1946

David Bowie - known as David Robert Jones to his Mum - in Brixton, London in 1947

In 1955, Mike Reno of Loverboy


Paul Hester of Crowded House in 1959

The Beatles album "Rubber Soul" becomes their 7th US Number 1
, in 1966


In 1974 KISS sign their first recording deal, with Casablanca Records



And RIP Def Leppard guitarist Steve Clark, who died of a drug overdose at age 30 on this day in 1991


9th January


Happy birthdays go out to Jimmy Page (Yardbirds/Led Zeppelin), born in London in 1944



David Johanson (New York Dolls, Buster Poindexter), born in 1950

Cassie Gaines, backing vocalist for Lynyrd Skynyrd, born in 1948

Steve McRay of .38 Special, born in 1950


Eric Erlandson of Hole, born 1963


Dave Matthews, of his band, 1967


10th January


Record producer Jerry Wexler, was born on this day in 1917

Also with birthdays today - Rod Stewart, born in Highgate, London in 1945


Aynsley Dunbar, drummer with John Mayall, Jefferson Starship, Journey, Whitesnake andd more, born 1946


Cyril Neville of The Neville Brothers, born 1948


Donald Fagen of Steely Dan (named after a lady's pleasure device, no less!), born 1948


Born in 1953 was Patrcia Andrejewski - who you may know better as Pat Benatar


In 1958, American singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin


In 1959, Curt Kirkwood from Nirvana favourites The Meat Puppets

Martin Turner 0f Wishbone Ash in 1945


Neal Smith from the original Alice Cooper Band born in 1946



And the one and only Michael "Mad Mickey" Schenker from The Scorpions, UFO, MSG and more, born in Sarstedt, Germany on this day in 1955

11th January


On this day in 1895 Laurens Hammond was born. He went on to invent the Hammond organ


In 1942, Clarence Clemons was born, later to become a member of The E Street Band


In 1943, Tony Kaye of Yes joined us


In 1958, Vicky Peterson of The Bangles did likewise



And on January 11, 1992, Nirvana’s Nevermind hit the US #1 spot


12th January


Happy birthday today to Long John Baldry, born in 1941


Cynthia Robinson from Sly and the Family Stone, born 1946


Per Gessle of recently reformed Roxette, born 1959 (He's the one on the left...)



and in 1960, Charlie Gillingham from Counting Crows


13th January


Birthdays today for Trevor Rabin of Yes, born 1955


Suggs (Graham McPherson), singer for Madness, born 1961

And on January 13, 1985, Foreigner topped the UK charts with 'I Want To Know What Love Is'



14th January


Birthday celebrations today for T-Bone Burnett, born 1948


Cas Smith (or Cathal Smyth to his Ma) of Madness, born 1959


Geoff Tate of the mighty Queensryche, also born 1959


Mike Tramp of White Lion, born 1961


Dave Grohl of Nirvana and The Foo Fighters, born 1969



And on this day in 1978, The Sex Pistols play their last show for 18 years, at San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom






Shane Pinnegar