# CCLXXXVIII…”Here Comes the Sun”…

If you weren’t aware, as I’m sure most of you aren’t, the title refers to one of the most popular songs fronted by the late, great Beatles guitarist George Harrison (1943-2001), who was born in Liverpool on this date in 1943.  Sitting at Number 11 of Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Guitarists, he stayed out of the spotlight (for the most part) until his 1970 release, All Things Must Pass, which included the plagiarism-accused song “My Sweet Lord”, which was too close to The Chiffons’ song “He’s So Fine” that it was brought to court, which he was found guilty of “subconscious” plagiarism.

Also, his works with Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, and Jeff Lynne, as a member of The Traveling Wilburys, is forever cemented in music history and should definitely be in everyone’s collection, as that work is something magical.

Today is also the birthday of “Mr. Magoo”, Jim Backus (1913-1989), late tennis superstar Bobby Riggs (1918-1995), talk show hostess Sally Jessy Raphael (1935), journalist Bob Schieffer (1937), former multi-time champion of wrestling, the “Nature Boy” Ric Flair (1949) and sportscaster James Brown was born in 1951.

Also born today were former NFL player and current coach Jeff Fisher (1958), former New York Yankees’ southpaw Paul O’Neill (1963), comedian Carrot Top (1965), actress Tea Leoni (1966), actor/director Sean Astin (1971), late wrestler Sean O’Haire (1971-2014), Latin sensation Julio Iglesias, Jr. (1973), former wrestler Maria Kanellis (1982) and actress Tara Wilson was born in 1982.

To all celebrating today, may you have many more happy birthdays to celebrate…its part of what is keeping me here…and thank you!

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

# CCLXXXVII…Happy ‘Wolves Day…

The title for this unusual post is due to the fact that my favorite basketball team, the Minnesota Timberwolves, has two people that are celebrating today; head coach Flip Saunders was born in 1955 and current rookie phenom Andrew Wiggins was born in 1995.  I know that it means very little to anyone else but, if you’re also celebrating today, and you happen to live near there, you know of at least two more people that celebrate today.

Also, today is also the birthday of; late actress Majel Barrett (from a multitude of “Star Trek” appearances) [1932-2008], actor Peter Fonda (1940), late guitarist Johnny Winter (1944-2014), comedian Aziz Ansari (1983), actress Emily Blunt (1983), and actress Dakota Fanning was born in 1994.

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

# CLVII…Post # 115…Saturday Spotlight, Vol. # XVIII…Within Temptation, Part II…

James A. Johnson:

Sorry…from last year (obviously not Saturday today LOL)…

Originally posted on Dal's Music Note$:

It is with great pleasure that I return the Spotlight with one of my favorite, newer era symphonic metal bands, Within Temptation.  For it was conceived just a short while ago,  after obtaining a copy of their latest release, “Hydra” from the beginning of this year.  I must say, as a long time fan, I was very impressed…for it was unlike anything that they’ve done so far.

In terms of music, this collaboration-filled effort is well done, from the opening track, “Let Us Burn”, to the final track, “Whole World is Watching”, there are four tracks with killer duets behind them.  The third track’s guest star is from a genre you’d never expect to hear in symphonic metal…the rap star Xzibit.  Along with former Nightwish frontwoman (and current solo act) Tarja and a classic appearance from former Killswitch Engage vocalist Howard Jones, this new effort by Within Temptation is nothing…

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# CCLXXXVI…Tony Iommi, Southpaw Legend!

This post is dedicated to the iconic southpaw that founded Black Sabbath, Mr. Tony Iommi, who is still an influential member of the rock-n-roll community, born on this date in 1948. Although Rolling Stone magazine listed him as Number 25 of their 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, he definitely belongs at least in the Top 10!

After 40 plus years in the business of playing heavy metal, the man still inspires me, due to the fact that, even though he lost the tips of two of his fingers as a teenager, he has gone on to become one of the elite members of the pantheon of heavy metal acts.  Working alongside such greats as Ozzy Osbourne (with Black Sabbath), Ian Gillian (from Deep Purple), and the late Ronnie James Dio (who joined Black Sabbath after Ozzy was fired in 1979), Mr. Iommi has cemented his legacy as one of the greatest guitarists in the world.

Happy birthday, Mr. Iommi…and many happy more!

The list of birthday twins features late actor Lee Marvin (1924-1987), singer Smokey Robinson (1940), late wrestler Big John Studd (1948-1995), author Amy Tan (1952), actor Jeff Daniels (1955), late “Rock Me Amadeus” singer Falco (1957-1998), fellow southpaw singer Seal (1963), singer/guitarist Doug Aldritch, from Whitesnake and Dio (1964), and former lead vocalist of the metal band Fear Factory, Burton C. Bell (who appeared on Delain’s song “Where is the Blood” in 2012), was born in 1969.

Thank you all and more from the left soon…

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

# CCLXXXV…”Sliders” Revisited…

On this date in 1974, actor Jerry O’Connell, who played the role of Quinn Mallory on “Sliders”, was born.  However, prior to and after that role, the man was (and still is) a relevant presence in Hollywood, starting from his role as Vern Tessio in the 1986 movie, “Stand by Me”, and continuing to this day, with voice acting being a large part of his arsenal.

He has been a part of Hollywood for almost 30 years and, currently, is providing voice acting and minor roles but he will always be an integral part of my younger years, due to his mastery of the role for “Sliders”…Happy birthday, Jerry, and many happy more!

Also on the list for today are; veteran actor Hal Holbrook (1925), former NFL star/actor Jim Brown (1936), former “Home Improvement” sidekick Richard Karn (1956), “La Bamba” star Lou Diamond Phillips (1962), comedian Larry the Cable Guy (1963), NBA superstar Michael Jordan (1963) and uber producer Michael Bay was born in 1965.

Today is also the birthday of Symphony X (NJ based metal band) bassist Michael Lepond (1966), former NHLer Luc Robitaille (1966), “Prison Break” costar and currently playing the villain Heat a Wave in “The Flash”, Dominic Purcell (1970), actress Denise Richards (1971), Green Day vocalist Billie Joe Armstrong (1972) and former San Jose Sharks’ winger Todd Harvey was born in 1975.

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

# CLV…Joker’s Wild!!

James A. Johnson:

Last day of vacation…wanted to post this…sorry and thank you!

Originally posted on Dal's Music Note$:

Since I haven’t written in a week…that and the fact that I haven’t had a view in about that long…I figured it was time to invade your brains with another round of useless trivia.  But, before I do, I just want to announce that the wheels are turning (and the hamster is NOT dead) and my wanting to write more than just this blog is killing me.  This may be the last post for a while as I need to focus more on my impressive outline…with which I hope to further broaden my horizons.

The reason for the comical title is the fact that, aside from the many comedians born today, it is the birthday of the original Joker from the 60’s Batman TV series, Cesar Romero, who was born in 1907 (1907-1994), brilliant comedian Harvey Korman (from countless Mel Brooks movies and “The Carol Burnett Show”) {1927-2008}, former L.A…

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