Guitarist Ronnie Montrose celebrates his 63rd Birthday today. Montrose was one of my favorite artists of the seventies, not only for awesome songs like “Rock Candy,” “Bad Motor Scooter” and “Rock The Nation” by his own eponymous band, but for his guitar playing on one of the most enduring anthems of 1972, Edgar Winter’s “Free Ride” – which was a phenomenal hit and a just great song. Happy Birthday Ronnie!
Guitarist Rick Derringer, who wrote and recorded “Rock & Roll Hoochie Koo” – one of my top five favorite songs of all time – turns 62 today, having been born on August 5th in 1947! Derringer (who also played with TheMcCoys, The Edgar Winter Group, and on a couple of album tracks by the original Alice Cooper band) was such a pretty boy way back in the day (like, seriously: pretty enough to be a girl). Sadly, he’s succumbed to at least one botched face lift in the recent past, giving him that Joan Rivers/Saran Wrap Face look that just does not rock in any way. Why can’t people just age gracefully?