Rock & Roll’s original Riot Grrl, Suzi Quatro, was born on this day, June 3rd, in 1950!
Stevie Wonder turns 59 years old today, having been born on May 13th, in 1950. Not many people know that Stevie, in addition to being an amazing singer/songwriter/keyboardist, is also a fantastic drummer who played the drum parts on most of his recordings. Among the modern drumming greats who count Wonder among their chief influences is Gene Hoglan, best known for his work with Meldrum, Deathklok and Strapping Young Lad. Happy Birthday, Stevie!
Peter Frampton was born on this date, April 22nd in 1950. One of the most exhilaratingly memorable concerts I attended as a rebel youth was the 1976 co-headlining mega-tour featuring British Prog Rock legends Yes and Superstar Guitarist (and Sex Symbol), Peter Frampton. Frampton’s then-recently released double live album, Frampton Comes Alive! (you’ve probably heard of it) was number one on the charts, which helped to sell out the venue – Southern California’s Anaheim Stadium – to a capacity crowd of around 56,000. I was fifteen years old that summer and I had the time of my life. Thanks for the memories, Peter.