Classic Rock

This Date in Music – November 22, 1941 -Jesse Colin Young was born! Happy Birthday, Jesse

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Today we celebrate the birthday of the leader of The Youngbloods and solo artist Jesse Colin Young!  Who was born Perry Miller on November 22, 1941 in New York City. His mother was a violinist and his father an accountant.  From 1969 to 1972 Young recorded four albums with band mates: Jerry Corbitt(guitar), Lowell “Banana” Levinger (keyboard/guitar) ,and Joe Bauer(drums). Obviously, “Get Together ” was their biggest hit! One of my favorite songs of the Youngbloods comes from the album Rock Concert.It’s a Lovely Day”

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Today in Music – August 24, 1943 – John Cipollina of Quicksilver Messenger Service was born!

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John CippolinaSo one of the albums that has been on my turntable and then in the CD player and now the iPod since it’s release in 1969 is Happy Trails, the second album from Quicksilver Messenger Service. Mostly because of the lead guitar of John Cipollina, who was born on this date in 1943. John was a founding member of the band along with David Freiberg. Joining the multi-instrumentalist Freiberg who played keyboards, bass guitar, guitar, violin and percussion on Happy Trails were Greg Elmore on drums and guitarist–singer Gary Duncan. Here’s how the and came up with the name, from Wikipedia:

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Jack Casady – Flew with Jefferson Airplane!

Jack Casady bass player extraordinaire!

Jack Casady – Bass – Jefferson Airplane – April 13, 1944

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On this date, April 13, 1944, Jack Casady was born in Washington D.C. to the half Irish Protestant and half Polish Jewish William Robert and Mary Virginia (née Quimby) Casady. Jack’s mother was a relative of Harriet Quimby, Ms. Quimby in 1911 was awarded a U.S. pilot’s certificate by the Aero Club of America, becoming the first woman to gain a pilot’s license in the United States. In 1912, she became the first woman to fly across the English Channel Read More  So it was destined that Jack would grow up to join the Jefferson Airplane! Right??

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Today in Music – Dec 23, 1940 – Happy 73rd Birthday – Jorma Kaukonen

Jorma Kaukonen

Jorma KaukonenSo today is the birthday of one of my favorite guitar players Jorma Kaukonen! Jorma was born on this day in 1940 in Washington, D.C., the son of Beatrice Love (née Levine) and Jorma Ludwig Kaukonen, Jorma Kaukonen had Finnish paternal grandparents and Russian Jewish ancestry on his mother’s side. I am a fan of both sides of Jorma’s music. The rock side which he of course displayed as a member of the Jefferson Airplane, and his acoustic side, which he has displayed in his solo releases. Then there is Hot Tuna, where sometimes he’s acoustic and sometimes electric. My favorite album of Jorma’s is Blue Country Heart, which was widely acclaimed by critics as one of the definitive examples of American “Depression Era ” music and features Kaukonen backed by an all-star Nashville bluegrass band. The album was nominated for a Grammy Award. Here’s some information from Wikipedia about Jorma incredible guitar playing….

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Today in Music – 1943 – John Cipollina of Quicksilver Messenger Service was born!

John Cippolina

John CippolinaSo one of the albums that has been on my turntable and then in the CD player and now the iPod since it’s release in 1969 is Happy Trails, the second album from Quicksilver Messenger Service. Mostly because of the lead guitar of John Cipollina, who was born on this date in 1943. John was a founding member of the band along with David Freiberg. Joining the multi-instrumentalist Freiberg who played keyboards, bass guitar, guitar, violin and percussion on Happy Trails were Greg Elmore on drums and guitarist–singer Gary Duncan. Here’s how the and came up with the name, from Wikipedia:

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John Fogerty – Creedence Clearwater Revival

John Fogerty Wrote a Song for Everyone

John FogertyCreedence Clearwater Revival and Solo – Born May 28, 1945.

2015 Update: Back in 2013 I wrote a quick post about John Fogerty on his birthday May 28th at that time Fogerty had just released the album John Fogerty Wrote a Song for Everyone. So in honor of John’s birthday, I listened to that album again today!! The majority of the album is covers of Creedence Clearwater Revival songs that topped the charts in the 60s! The great part of the album is the variety of artists that joined John on the album. The musicians include: Foo Fighters, Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Zac Brown Band, My Morning Jacket, Kid Rock, Bob Seger,Jennifer Hudson and others! John Fogerty truly did write a song for everyone!!

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2013 Morning Music – Deep Purple – Now What!

Now What

Now WhatOk so I confess I don’t know a lot about Deep Purple beyond “Hush” and “Smoke on the Water”. Most of what I know about the band I learned after listening to the Jon Lord Blues Project! But when I saw that the band has released a new album Now What I thought I’d check it out! I’m glad I did becaiuse it’s a really great album! Don Airey does a good job at playing the part of Jon Lord with some stand-out keyboard work on some of the tracks and Steve Morse provides some Richie Blackmoreesque guitar work and Ian Gillan’s vocals sound as good as ever! Here’s what Gooner a reviewer at ProgArchives says about the album:

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Today in Music 1941 – It’s a Beautiful Day’s David LaFlamme is born!

It's a Beautiful Day

It's a Beautiful DaySo I’ve spent the last 30 minutes or so thinking and trying to find videos in celebration of Richie Furay’s birthday. Then I go to Wikipedia and see that Richie was born of May 9th, so I guess those thoughts will have to wait a few days! Today is, however, the birthday of David LaFlamme of It”s a Beautiful Day. Here’s some background for those of you who may have never heard of David from Wikipedia:

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