# CLXXXI…Quick Birthday Post for My Brother…

On this 29th day of April, we find my older brother Ed celebrating his 46th birthday today.  As usual, I could bore you all with embarrassing memories of our childhood and all the trials and tribulations that we all faced in the eras before computers but the only thing I can say about that is that we all survived being raised “old school” and he is no exception; a skilled craftsman that is capable of anything and I hope he has many happy more.

For his list, former band leader Duke Ellington (1899-1974), singer Celeste Holm (1917-2012), The Coasters’ Carl Gardner (1928-2011), “The Adventures of Lois and Clark”s Lane Smith (1936-2005), modern pariah Bernie Madoff (1938), and singer Tommy James (1947).

Also, comedian Jerry Seinfeld was born in 1954, actress Kate Mulgrew from “Star Trek: Voyager” was born in 1955, multifaceted actor Daniel Day-Lewis (1957), actresses Michelle Pfeiffer and Eve Plumb (Jan from “The Brady Bunch”) were born in 1958, Testament bassist Greg Christian (1966), rap star Master P (1967), Wilson Phillips vocalist Carnie Wilson (1968), tennis star Andre Agassi and actress Uma Thurman were born in 1970, and actor Sam Jones III (from “Smallville”) was born in 1979.

This abbreviated post is for my brother…/,,,/ ROCK ON ED \,,,\


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# CLXXIX…Odd Day’s Birthday…”Whose”, I Wonder…

I apologize for the weird pun in today’s title, as it refers to the funny comedian Ryan Stiles, from “Whose Line Is It Anyway?,” and “Two and a Half Men”, who was born today in 1959.  If you haven’t seen “Whose Line”, you are sorely missing out on one of the best (and only) improv comedy show on TV.  Along with comedians like Wayne Brady and Colin Mochrie, Ryan Stiles is the tallest one usually on the show and he is just as funny as Robin Williams when it comes to improv.  His antics on the show cannot be described, however, as you would have to watch them to experience how funny he really is.

Also celebrating this April 22 are; late actor Eddie Albert (“Green Acres”) (1906-2005), late 50s heartthrob Bettie Page (1923-2008), late television producer (and Tori’s father) Aaron Spelling (1923-2006), actress/comedienne Charlotte Rae from “The Facts of Life” (now I really feel old LOL) was born in 1926 and “The Rhinestone Cowboy” himself, Mr. Glen Campbell was born in 1936.

Today is also the birthday of the BEST actor to portray The Joker in ANY Batman film ever, Jack Nicholson, who was born in 1937, cult film producer John Waters (“Hairspray” among others) (1946), 70s rock legend Peter Frampton (1950), and “Meatballs” child actor (now producer) Chris Makepeace was born in 1964.

The final three names in today’s list are; “Magic City” and “The Watchmen” star Jeffrey Dean Morgan (1966), “Tess Mercer/Luthor” from the final seasons of “Smallville” and musician Cassidy Freeman was born in 1982 and “Pineapple Express” and “Zombieland” actress Amber Heard (1986).

I hope you all have enjoyed this “puff piece”, as I am not quite sure what or when I will be here again…with my all-time record for views in a month about to fall (only 50 or so to go in the next eight days)…anything is possible!!!!!

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


# CLXXVIII…To All of My Birthday Twins…

This day, April 19th, was the day that saw my birth 43 years ago in the small town of Long Branch, New Jersey…which is my hometown, regardless of the fact that I was raised in Jersey City.  That having been said, this is the one day of the year where I, and all my birthday twins, feel that special glow that comes whenever people say those two magic words.  I am especially feeling the glow due to the fact that, upon the stroke of midnight, my eldest daughter was the first to utter those words to me (which I am very proud of)!

Without boring you any further, I present the list of ALL of my twins, so buckle up (it’s a long list):  the “Untouchables” leader, former lawman Eliot Ness (1903-1957), former Wyatt Earp on TV, Hugh O’Brian (1925), Dick Sargent from the old “Bewitched” series (1930-1994), late bombshell Jayne Mansfield (1933-1967), and comedian Dudley Moore, who portrayed “Arthur” in the movies, among others (1935-2002).

The ubiquitous and very funny Tim Curry, from “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”, was born in 1946, Paloma Picasso was born in 1949, rock music producer Bob Rock (1954), former Black Sabbath singer Tony Martin (1957), former MLB greats Frank Viola (1960) and Spike Owen (1961), former Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser, Jr. (1962), and music producer Suge Knight was born in 1965.

Completing the twins’ list are the very talented actress Ashley Judd (1968), West Coast Choppers’ mogul Jesse James (1969), Within Temptation guitarist Ruud Jolie (1976), the also ubiquitous and super-talented James Franco (1978), actress Kate Hudson (1979); a Jedi salute to Hayden Christensen (1981); the talented “hairbag” of the NFL, Troy Polamalu (1981) and a triad of MLB stars born in the same year, Zack Duke, Joe Mauer and Curtis Thigpen, all born in 1983.

Thank you all for reading and I hope you all enjoy my birthday…I’m sure that I will!!!!

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

# CLXXVII…Another Post for Number One…

This post is for the fact that my Number One group, Dream Theater, has a member that is celebrating a birthday today…the day before mine, which I find to be weird, as it’s been associated with another person from my past (no there will be no further details on that).  The member in question is the current drummer, Mike Mangini, who has done a masterful job, in my humble opinion, replacing original drummer Mike Portnoy.  I do enjoy the newer stuff as much as the older songs, so that is now on record!

For today’s list we start with another famous musician, Tony Mottola (1918-2004), the star of the classic Disney movie, “The Parent Trap”, Hayley Mills (1946), comedian/actor supreme James Woods (1947), comedian Rick Moranis (1953), actor Eric Roberts (1956), and actress Jane Leeves from “Frasier” was born in 1961.

Super ventriloquist Jeff Dunham was born in 1962, Mike Mangini was born in 1963, talk show host Conan O’Brien (1963), actor/director Eli Roth (1972), and actress Melissa Joan Hart was born in 1976.

I’ll be back tomorrow…

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

# 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 \,,,\

# CLXXIV…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 \,,,\