# CCLXXXII…Vacation Logue, Part 2…In Memoriam: Cliff Burton, Metallica (1962-1986)…

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Today would have been the 53rd birthday of one of the greatest bass guitarists of the modern era; the late, great Cliff Burton of Metallica.  If you’ve been following this blog, you would know that I’ve made mention that he was the second bassist for the band, as a man named Ron McGovney had not been with the band when their first album, Kill ’em All, was released.  After the release and subsequent success of the album, Cliff Burton became an iconic part of the band’s makeup, which, in my humble opinion, might have been different in an alternate universe; we don’t know what might have happened if the tour bus in Sweden hadn’t crashed, killing the then 24-year old maestro.

A light that was truly taken from us way too soon…RIP Cliff Burton, February 10, 1962-September 27, 1986…

Also, celebrating today as their birthday are; veteran actor Robert Wagner…

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# CCCXCI…For My Eldest Again…

A true, musically-related post…as today, February 4th, is the birthdate of my eldest child, Mena…on a particularly overcast evening at the house I was staying at near my cousins in Highlands, NJ, I was looking to the skies and I was immediately struck at the irony that had happened at that moment…after being told that my ex-girlfriend (aka Mena’s mom) was carrying my child and forever ending my need for Father’s Day gifts (as my children ARE my gifts!!!)

It turns out that the song that was playing was the hit by the German ubergroup The Scorpions, called “Send Me an Angel”…and that song is prevalent in my collection as a true herald of my life after that moment, as Mena has surpassed me (which is one of my proudest decisions) by not only graduating from high school in her 24 year (so far) life but also graduating from college!

As for her birthday twins (as well as anyone else celebrating); pioneering aviator Charles Lindbergh (1900-1974), late activist Rosa Parks (1913-2005), late “Diff’rent Strokes” patriarch Conrad Bain (1923-2013), actor David Brenner (1936), superior director George A. Romero (1940) and former Vice President Dan Quayle (1947).

The always incredible Alice Cooper (1948), “The Warriors” co-star Michael Beck (1949), former NFL great Lawrence Taylor (1959), fellow hometown (Long Branch, NJ) country legend Clint Black (1962), pugilist Oscar de la Hoya (1973), rapper/actor Cam’ron (1976) and former TNA star Chris Sabin was born in 1982.

Another year, another birthday post…thanks for coming and hope you have a wonderful day…especially you, my child…for without you and your sister…

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ AND MENA \,,,\

# CCLXXIX…Alles Gute zum Geburstag…

Sorry for the title; it is specifically there to wish my ex sister-in-law, Petra (who is German) a Happy Birthday!  She is the ex-wife of my older brother and all-around wonderful person…if you don’t happen to get on her German side LOL.  Although she would not relate her age, she must be about 27 (all women are after 25, though).  She is a great friend and trusted member of my family and many happy more!!

For this abbreviated post (bigger post tomorrow…for my daughter), the list of twins include; former quarterback Fran Tarkenton (1940), Dave Davies, the guitarist for the band The Kinks (1947), actress Morgan Fairchild (1950), MLB star Fred Lynn (first All-Star Game grand slam) was born in 1952 and versatile actor Nathan Lane was born in 1956.

Also born today are wrestlers Marty Jannetty (1960) and late wrestler Kerry Von Erich (1960-1993), basketball player Vlade Divac (1968), rap sensation Daddy Yankee (1977), “Pitch Perfect” star Rebel Wilson (1986), and rap star Sean Kingston was born in 1990.

Be back tomorrow…if you don’t know why, then you don’t visit me enough LOL

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

# CCCXC (390)…”Cult of Personality”…

As this date hasn’t been covered, I will just leave this here…

xvi…”Cult of Personality”…

Oddly enough, the only reason that this song fits for the title is because today, January 30, marks the birthday of one of America’s greatest Presidents, Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945).  His voice is the last voice heard on the song, with his famous quote, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself!”

His legendary political career is well-documented and his name will forever be linked to music for the reason stated above.  Also, his record four elections to the highest office in the country is unmatched since (and the reason that Presidents are now subjected to term limits.)

Also born on this date are; late comedian and co-star of “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In”, Mr. Dick Martin (1922-2008), veteran actor Gene Hackman (1930), actress Vanessa Redgrave (1937), Vice President Dick Cheney (1941), former New York Mets’ manager Davey Johnson (1943) and Genesis frontman Phil Collins and actor Charles S. Dutton were both born in 1951.

Golf pro Curtis Strange (1955), as well as late golfer Payne Stewart (1957-1999), singer Jody Watley (1959), former “Batman” Christian Bale (1974), Japanese star Yumi Yoshimura (reason she’s here:  my youngest daughter and I used to watch her cartoon “HiHi Puffy AmiYumi” when she was a little girl, okay?) was born in 1975, actor Wilder Valderrama (1980) and current TNA personality Rockstar Spud was born in 1983.

More from the left, probably next month…

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

# CCCLXXXIX…Rock Spotlight, Vol. II…”Dystopia”, Megadeth (January 2016)…

I would like you all to take notice; this is the brand-new release from a band that has been ruling the metal community since 1983…Megadeth.  Their fifteenth album release, “Dystopia”, is not your “bubblegum” music by any means…Dave Mustaine’s unmistakable voice runs this album from hardcore beginning to short, in-your-face end, with his band’s unique musical compositions (the notes, on the whole) and anti-establishment lyrics that make up this latest gem.

From the opening track, “The Threat is Real”, to the end of the thirteenth track, “Foreign Policy”, Dave and the boys take us on a dystopian look into the future that this great nation will arrive at, with the lyrical wonderment that only Mr. Mustaine’s gravelly voice can allude to.  Combining his mastery of the guitar and composing some of the most brilliant time-signature changes is something that he’s perfected over the years.

This is an almost-five-star album from beginning to end (the only four-star track is the last one, as it’s too short to be totally enjoyed)…and it proves that, after 30-plus years in the industry, if you weren’t told about this band, then the band’s music is topical…as the “bubblegum” media is winning!

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

 

# CCCLXXXVIII…Nine Months Strong…

As today, January 21st, marks my 270th consecutive non-gambling day, and a date on this blog that hasn’t been covered…I now present today’s birthday twins, direct from my “project”…

xi…Howlin’ Birthday in Heaven…

Today, January 21st, would have been the birthday of one of the greatest DJ’s you’ve probably never heard of…the iconic, raspy-voiced icon known as Wolfman Jack (1938-1995).  As a child of the 80’s, I mostly remember this multi-talented icon for his cartoon show, “Wolf Rock TV”, from when I was a teenager in 1984.  Being that I was brought up in a household of children of the 40’s and 50’s, however, I was aware of Wolfman Jack long before that Saturday morning respite.

His voice was so suited for his stellar career and, maybe in another lifetime (as I’ve had experience with homemade “radio” recordings), I might have emulated him just because of his distinct personality.  His nocturnal broadcasts will forever live in the archives of radio and his style was one-of-a-kind…RIP in Heaven to Wolfman Jack…HOWLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!

Also born on this howling date are; late acrobat Karl Wallenda (1905-1978), the bald star of the hit 60’s show, “Kojak”, the late Telly Savalas (1922-1994), late brilliant British comedian Benny Hill (1924-1992), late “Superman” Steve Reeves (who was mentioned in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”, as well) {1926-2000}, golf legend Jack Nicklaus (1940) and opera star Placido Domingo was born in 1941.

Late music icon Richie Havens (1941-2013), former wrestling superstar Ivan Putski (who I grew up watching perform) was born in 1941, actress Jill Eikenberry (from “L.A. Law”) was born in 1947, Trinidadian singer (and 80’s icon) Billy Ocean was born in 1950 and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen was born in 1953.

Finishing this long list are; “Beetlejuice” actress Geena Davis (1956), NBA star Hakeen Olajuwon (1963), late Rap pioneer Jam Master Jay (1965-2002), the actress portraying Mama Smoak on “Arrow”, Charlotte Ross (1968), Spice Girl Emma Bunton (1976) and Los Angeles Kings’ goalie (hisssssssss…sorry, Sharks fan, you know) Jonathan Quick was born in 1986.

/,,,/ ROCK ON WOLFMAN \,,,\

# CCCLXXXVII…Excerpt for a Perfect Day…

In a move that could be considered a “no-no”, I will now present to you this small little tidbit from my now-completed book…as it is a date that has never been touched, and that’s why I have chosen to have you all “enjoy” it…

viii…More Pride for My Sister City…

It gives me great pleasure in informing you that today, January 16th, is the birthday of New Orleans Saints’ Hall-of-Famer Joe Horn, who only played for the team from 2000 to 2006 but left an indelible mark on the city that I would love to call home.  Born in 1972 in nearby Tupelo, Mississippi, he quickly became an iconic member of the “community” because of his contributable work with the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

An icon that will forever be in my heart, Mr. Horn, I wish you many happy more…

Also celebrating today are; late baseball icon Dizzy Dean (1910-1974), race car icon A.J. Foyt (1935), country music icon Ronnie Milsap (1943), actress/dancer Debbie Allen (1950), late comedian Robert Schimmel (1950-2010) and pugilist/rapper/actor Roy Jones, Jr. was born in 1969.

Also, of note, it would have been Aaliyah’s birthday, too (1979-2001)…

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

I thank you for this opportunity to show you what it’s all become about…the chance to enlighten people’s minds and hearts…I will be back tomorrow (if you’re a “fan”, you will certainly know why)…as it’s already on the page…RoCk oN dUdEz!