It was on this day in 1964 the Beatles released their first album here in the States…”Introducing the Beatles” on the Vee Jay label….John, Paul, and George were on the cover sporting the Moptop Beatle Haircuts that would make them famous….but Ringo still had the Teddy-Boy look going…..it worked out, apparently
Good Lord look at all the Rock and Roll Birthdays today:
Ronnie Hawkins is 77 today, he started out in Arkansas as a Rockabilly act, but it was up in Canada that things really took off for him….his backup band from Southwest Ontario…The Hawks….would eventually become….The Band….he also did time in the Full Tilt Boogie Band with Janis, and gave a young Pat Travers his start….among other things.
Scott McKenzie is 73 and once went to San Francisco with Flowers in his Hair, though these days he lives in LA.
Early 70’s hit machine Jim Croce would be 69 if he hadn’t died in a plane crash at age 30…..you know statistically flying in airplanes is one of the safest forms of travel…unless the occupation on your tax return says rock star.
Martin Turner is 65, bass player and lead singer of Wishbone Ash.
He’s now a commander of the Order of the British Empire, and probably the second most beloved person in Scotland behind Sean Connery, but he was born in Highgate, North London where eventually he became a grave digger at the famous cemetery there….until he started singing down-a-pub…with Long John Balry…the Jeff Beck Group….the The Faces…and not a bad little solo career…..Rod “The Mod” Stewart is 67.
Aynsley Dunbar is 66, a very good limey drummer who’s played with some of rocks greats…. Eric Burdon, John Mayall, Frank Zappa, Ian Hunter, Lou Reed, Jefferson Starship, Jeff Beck, David Bowie, Whitesnake, Sammy Hagar, Michael Schenker, UFO, ….and he also played in Journey.
Patricia Mae Andrzejewski is 59 today…a rock and roll singer who shoved her high heeled boot into a very male-dominated industry in the early 80’s…the second performer ever played on MTV….you know her better by her stage name Pat Benatar.
Rudy Schenker from the Scorpions little brother Michael is 57….he started out in the Scorpions in fact, but when they went to England and opened for UFO… they stole him.
And finally a man who admitted fairly recently that his famous band’s first show was right here in Seattle, opening for the James Gang in the Paramount….Donald Fagen, keyboard player, singer, and principal hit writer of Steely Dan is 64.