THE YEAR IN ROCK - WEEK SIX
February 5 - 11
Born today in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1935 was Alex Harvey, leader of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band. Harvey died the day before his 47th birthday of 2 massive heart attacks in Zeebruge, Belgium after a gig with his new band The Electric Cowboys
Happy birthdays go out to Corey Wells, one of three lead singers in the psychjedelic rock band Three Dog Night. Born Emil Lewandawski in Buffalo, New York in 1942
Also on February 5, in 1983, Toto’s 'Africa' topped the US Billboard chart
Born today in Nine Mile, Saint Ann, Jamaica in 1945, was Bob Marley (born Robert Nesta Marley), who would go on the revolutionise reggae music, taking it out of Jamaica and bringing it to not only a white audience around the world, but also to the mainstream. Marley died of cancer in Miami on May 11, 1981.
Happy birthday also to William Bailey, aka W Axl Rose of Guns n' Roses, born February 6, 1962, in Lafayette, Indiana.
Birthday greetings to Bon Jovi's keyboard player David Bryan - born David Bryan Rashbaum in New Jersey, USA in 1962
... and to Jimmy Greenspoon, keyboard player for Three Dog Night, born 1948 in Los Angeles
Happy birthday to Mexican drummer Adolfo De La Parra, longtime member of Canned Heat, born in 1946 in Mexico City
Happy birthday today to Gene Vincent, born 1935 in Virginia, USA. Vincent died in 1971 aged on 36 after a brief but incendiary career forging new ground in the early days of rock n' roll and rockabilly
... and in Missouri, USA in 1962, Sheryl Crow - solo artist and serial duetter