# CLXXVI…Former Co-worker, Part II…and Brother’s Milestone…

Sometimes I find it weirdly ironic when people share the same birthday on the calendar.  In light of that, it was odd when I found out another former co-worker shares the same birthday as my brother, Fred, who turns a young half century today (just like the Ford Mustang).  The lady in question, Suzana Soares, is a very lighthearted person whose light was one of the bright spots when I worked for my former boss (there weren’t that many, as I may have told you) and I would like to start this post mentioning her specifically because of my post on the 10th, in which I told you about another ex-workmate.

My brother, Fred, however, obviously needs to be mentioned because I knew it was his birthday long before I met her.  Of course I could bore you all with childhood memories of my brother, some good and some bad, but I won’t embarrass either of us with tales of yesteryear…only that I wish my brother many happy more birthdays to come.

On today’s list of their birthday twins…late journalist Harry Reasoner (1923-1991), late music producer and TV pioneer Don Kirshner (1934-2011), 80s keyboard virtuoso Jan Hammer (“Miami Vice”) was born in 1948, WWE icon “Rowdy” Roddy Piper (1954), southpaw NFL quarterback/analyst (and New Yorker) Boomer Esiason (1961) and former NHL great Ken Daneyko (1964).

Former Tool vocalist Maynard James Keenan was born in 1964, former MLB star Marquis Grissom (1967), singer Liz Phair (1967), rapper/actor Redman (1970), the talented actress Jennifer Garner (loved her portrayal of Elektra) was born in 1972, singer Victoria Beckham, aka Posh Spice (1974) and the actress who starred in the American version of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”, Miss Rooney Mara was born in 1985.

On this day which the number 50 has been prevalent, I would like to close by saying that I will be back for two days in a row…as there will be another musical post about a celebrator tomorrow…and, of course, we all know what Saturday’s post will entail…

/,,,/ ROCK ON FRED \,,,\

# CLXXV…Birthday Post for Another Legend…

On this, the fourteenth day of my birth month, I’ve always known since I was a kid that it is the birthday of the greatest baseball player that is NOT currently in the Hall of Fame, Mr. Pete Rose (1941).  However, it has come to my knowledge that it is also the birthday of a musical legend…former Deep Purple guitarist and co-creator of folksy rock group Blackmore’s Night, Richie Blackmore (1945).  If you haven’t checked them out yet, you’re in for a treat, because they are unlike anything you’ve ever heard.  Think of musical selections from a bygone era…like the Middle Ages…and add every instrument from guitar to mandolin to tambourines, etc. and that sums them up.

Also, on today’s birthday list are country superstar Loretta Lynn (1932), comedian Brad Garrett (1960), former Atlanta Braves’ superstars David Justice and Greg Maddux, both born in 1966, comedian Anthony Michael Hall (1968), actor Adrian Brody was born in 1973, WWE Hall of Famer Lita Dumas (1975) and multi-talented actress Sarah Michelle Gellar was born in 1977.

I would apologize for the abbreviated post but I do have a career, you know…

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\

# CLXIV…Saturday Spotlight, Vol. XX…Delain’s “The Human Contradiction”…

Today’s Spotlight is all about the newest release from symphonic metal greats Delain, called “The Human Contadriction”, which became the fourth major release from this awesome group.  From the opening track, “Here Come The Vultures”, to the last track, “Don’t Let Go”, the latest certainly is the greatest for this neophyte quintet.  With songs like the video released for the third track, “Stardust” (which is visually as stunning as Charlotte Wessels’ vocal range) and the track that I heard on iTunes Radio, the anti-drug anthem “Your Body is a Battleground” (the second track on the album), the band really shows why they are up-and-coming kings (and queen) of the symphonic metal world.

Also featuring guest vocals by the former lead singer of the Danish metal band Orphanage, Mr. George Oosthoek, on the fifth track, “Tell Me, Mechanist”, a song that deals with creationist beliefs, and the latest lead singer of the metal group Arch Enemy, Ms. Alissa White-Gluz, on the ninth track, “The Tragedy Of The Commons”, this album represents a welcome departure from their previous album, “We Are The Others”, which was a brilliant concept album.  This release from Delain further cements their place in the order of things, with hits like “My Masquerade”, the live version of which comes with the deluxe edition on iTunes, and “Army of Dolls”, which sort-of borrows from the previous album’s dealings with appearances and social ethics.

All in all, in my eyes, it is a five-star journey through symphonic metal’s unlinear musical genius that has this writer eagerly listening to in typical youngster fashion…aka, over and over again!!!!

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\

# CLXXIII…Birthday Post for Former Co-Worker…Part I…

On this 100th day of the year, it is the date when a former workmate and new mother, Ayesha Smith, celebrates her birthday.  The many days that we both (and everyone else who worked for that individual) endured with our former boss are now lost over time but the fun times and great memories will always be dear to me.  The endless stories are not to be relived here, however, as this is to announce the birthday “twins” she never knew she had (although she probably won’t know any of them!!!)

Starting the list is the man that played Colonel Potter on the old M*A*S*H television show, Harry Morgan (1915-2011), late veteran actor Chuck Connors (1921-1992), former actor/novelty artist (had a hit song named “The Purple People Eater”), Mr. Sheb Wooley (1921-2003), veteran actor Max Von Sydow (1929), multitalented actor Omar Sharif (1932), and sports broadcasters John Madden (1936) and the late Don Meredith (1938-2010).

Rounding out the list are former Bob Marley and The Wailers’ drummer, Bunny Wailer (1947), actor Steven Seagal (1952), late WWF/E manager of The Undertaker, Mr. Paul Bearer (1954-2013), multi-faceted musical talent Babyface (1959), which was the same year as another ubiquitous musician, Brian Setzer (he went from The Stray Cats of the 80s and got himself and Orchestra named after him), and actress Mandy Moore (1984) and the equally young Hayley Joel Osment (he saw dead people LOL) was born in 1988.

/,,,/ ROCK ON ‘ESHA \,,,\

# CLXXII…”Happy” Birthday to My Princess…

The quotes around the word “Happy” in today’s post for one of the two lights in my life, my daughter Erin (born at 3:51 PM in the Year of the Dragon 2000), refers to one of her birthday celebrants, Pharrell Williams, whose ubiquitous song from the “Dispicable Me 2″ movie almost won him an award.  That having been said, I don’t know much else about him that’s worth mentioning except that he has two groups that he also fronts…The Neptunes and NERD…but his music is lost to me as I don’t follow that genre.

Moving on with the long list for today (which will incorporate most of last year’s post), she also celebrates with late actor Spencer Tracy (1900-1967), late actress Bette Davis (1908-1989), multi-talented actor Gregory Peck (1916-2003), “Roots” author Arthur Hailey (1920-2004), * director Roger Corman, who directed “Little Shop of Horrors” 1960 version (1926), the former Riddler from the ’60s Batman TV show, Frank Gorshin (1933-2005), and former General Colin Powell was born in 1937.

* The brother of the late Johnny Cash and musician in his own right, Mr. Tommy Cash, was born in 1940,  * former “Law & Order” star Michael Moriarty (1941), former singer for The Hollies, Allan Clarke was born in 1942, late astronaut Judith Resnick (1949-1986), and * ABBA singer Agnetha Faltskog was born in 1950.

Finishing the list are:  “The X-Files” star Mitch Pileggi (1952), former WWE/WCW star Diamond Dallas Page (1956), * the previously mentioned Pharrell Williams (1973), * actress Hayley Atwell (from both Captain America movies) was born in 1982, and Ric Flair’s daughter, Ashley Fliehr, was born in 1986.

[Author's note:  all entries with (*) are new to the list, in case you didn't grasp that LOL]

On a personal level, I would just like to wish my teenager a very happy birthday and I hope all of her wishes come true…Ruvs her (little in-joke) and I am more than “happy” that she is in my life…

/,,,/ ROCK ON PRINCESS \,,,\

# CLXXI…Completion of today’s list…

In case you didn’t read last year’s post (# 73 or LXXIII), there were only two names mentioned for April 3rd last year…the late Criss Oliva (former lead singer of the symphonic metal pioneers Savatage), who was born in 1963 and former Skid Row vocalist Sebastian Bach, who was born in 1968.  These two names evoked the most awesome of flashbacks, as I also mentioned because of their proximity to my late teens.  In doing so, however, I left a lot of equally (if not more so) famous names off the list.

In my usually odd way, I would like to start the list with a name most of you should be familiar with; veteran actress Doris Day celebrates her 92nd birthday (born in 1922), late “Godfather” star Marlon Brando (1924-2004), late astronaut Gus Grissom (1926-1967), and Jan Berry, the late founder of the late ’50s group Jan and Dean (1941-2004).

Moving on to the elite names; Wayne Newton was born in 1942, Tony Orlando (you need to be hit with the rock you’ve been living under) was born in 1944, the ubiquitous Alec Baldwin was born in 1958, David Hyde Pierce, whom you may recall from “Frasier”, came to us in 1959, and the very talented comedian extraordinaire Eddie Murphy was born in 1961.

Rounding out the list are skier Picabo Street (1971), “Beverly Hills 90210″ star Jennie Garth (1972), former Viking (but current Chicago Bears) defensive superstar Jared Allen (1982), singer Leona Lewis (1985), and comedienne Amanda Bynes was born in 1986.

With my 1000th view on the immediate horizon, I would like to thank you all again for listening…it is not for monetary gain but for personal satisfaction that I continue here.  Besides, I said I would take this to a whole new level and I will…I just have to tend to my career and that is why it takes a while!

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\



# CLXX…”Use The Force…”

Today’s title refers, of course, to the iconic movie phrase used by one of today’s celebrants, the late Sir Alec Guiness (1914-2000), who uttered those words in the classic Star Wars franchise (back before CGI ruined the storyline).  Of his six decade career, in which he also won an Academy Award for “Bridge on the River Kwai” in 1957, however, he will forever be known for his portrayal of Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi and will be missed.

Also, today is the birthdays of:  former TV detective Barnaby Jones, Mr. Buddy Ebsen (1908-2003), former singing great Marvin Gaye (1939-1984), radio personality Doctor Demento (1941), veteran actress Linda Hunt from NCIS: L.A. (1945), as well as former baseball veterans Reggie Smith and Don Sutton (also 1945), and country music icon Emmylou Harris was born in 1947.

Finishing today’s short post are “Law & Order: SVU” star Christopher Meloni (1961), civil rights activist Rodney King (1965-2012), Smash Mouth singer Greg Camp (1967) and former game show diva and wrestler Leyla Milani (“Deal or No Deal”) was born in 1982.

It seems that I will be passing 1000 views this month…so, until then…

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\