Category: Music

May 1st Birthday Love: Sonny James

Country singer/songwriter Sonny James was born on this day May 1, 1928 in Hackleburg, Alabama, into a musical family, and by the young age of three, “Sonny Boy” was already singing and playing the mandolin. By his early 20’s, Sonny’s musical career was soaring and he was dubbed the “Southern Gentleman” for his polite manner. …

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April 29th Birthday Love: Willie Nelson

Happy birthday Willie Nelson, born on this day April 29, 1933 in Abbott, Texas. Here is “Highwayman” featuring Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, and Willie Nelson.

April 18th Birthday Love: Keiko Abe

Composer and marimba player Keiko Abe was born on this day April 18, 1937 in Tokyo, Japan. Here is “The Song of Trees” by Keiko Abe, performed by Felix Reyes.

April 16th Birthday Love: Bobby Vinton

Today is the birthday of singer & songwriter Bobby Vinton, born on April 16, 1935 in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.  His is perhaps best known for his cover of Tony Bennett’s 1951 song “Blue Velvet,” a song which was an inspiration for David Lynch’s movie Blue Velvet. Some of his other hits include “Roses Are Red,” “Blue on Blue,” “There! I’ve …

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March 25th Birthday Love: Aretha Franklin

Singer/songwriter Aretha Franklin was born on March 25th, 1942 in Memphis, Tennessee, then the family moved to Buffalo, New York when she was two. When she was about five years old, the family moved to Detroit where she was raised. She grew up around music; her mother, Barbara Franklin, was a piano player and vocalist, and …

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February 26th Birthday Love: Johnny Cash

The Man in Black was born on this day February 26, 1932 in Kingsland, Arkansas.

February 25th Birthday Love: George Harrison

Happy birthday to “the quiet Beatle,” George Harrison, born February 25, 1943 at 12 Arnold Grove in Liverpool, England. Here is Harrison’s 1970 hit “My Sweet Lord” from the triple album All Things Must Pass. “‘My Sweet Lord’ has got a mantra in there and mantras are – well, they call it a mystical sound vibration encased in …

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February 6th Birthday Love: Bob Marley

Happy birthday to singer and songwriter Bob Marley, born on February 6, 1945 in Nine Mile, Jamaica. Here is “Redemption Song” released in 1980 from the album Uprising.

January 2nd Birthday Love: Roger Miller

Today is the birthday of the beloved, affable country western legend, Roger Miller, born on this day in Fort Worth, Texas. Miller grew up plowing the land and picking cotton on a farm in Erick, Oklahoma. Erick is located on Oklahoma’s Route 66 and has a Roger Miller Museum in his honor, as well as …

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June 24th Birthday Love: Colin Blunstone

Singer and songwriter Colin Blunstone was born on June 24, 1945, in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England. In the 1960’s, Blunstone rose to fame as the lead singer for The Zombies, and has also had a successful solo career, making music for over 50 years now. The band formed in 1962 in St. Albans, England, with Colin …

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