Birthdays

1929 – Hal Blaine, session drummer, The Wrecking Crew

1941 – Barrett Strong, songwriter, singer

1943 – Chuck Winfield, trumpet, Blood, Sweat and Tears

1944 – Al Kooper, keyboardist, Blood, Sweat and Tears

1944 – J. R. Cobb, guitarist, Atlanta Rhythm Section

1948 – David Denny, guitarist, Steve Miller Band

1948 – Christopher Guest, actor, guitarist (Nigel in Spinal Tap)

1960 – Paul Jones, bassist, Catatonia

1964 – Duff McKagan, bassist, Guns N' Roses

1964 – Sally Still, bassist, Furniture

1968 – Chris Barron, lead singer, The Spin Doctors

1969 – Bobby Brown, R&B singer

Died on this day

1976 – Rudy Pompilii, sax, Bill Haley and His Comets (born 1924)

1998 – Tim Kelly, guitarist, Slaughter (born 1963)

2012 – Al De Lory, producer/arranger, session musician (born 1930)

And on this day in...

1962 –  Ringo Starr stood in for Pete Best on drums for the Beatles, at two concerts, the first time he ever played live with them. He                   would officially replace Best later that year, in August.

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