# CCLXXVIII…In Memoriam: Jeff Hanneman, Slayer (1964-2013)…

Today marks what would have been the 51st birthday of one of the greatest metal guitarists to ever grace the rock stage; Slayer’s late guitarist Jeff Hanneman, who was born in 1964 in Oakland.  Mr. Hanneman has almost single-handedly been responsible for some of the most brilliant pieces of heavy metal in the last quarter century.  A chance meeting with Kerry King, while Jeff was working as a telemarketer and Kerry was auditioning for another band, prompted the two to go on and form the metal giants.

As a performer, his playing prowess is matched by a select few; his composition of Slayer hits like “Reign in Blood”, “War Ensemble” and “Angel of Death” (among others) have placed him in the upper echelon of guitar masters.  He has also influenced many other guitar greats, like Robb Flynn (from Machine Head), Dino Cazares (of Fear Factory), and Mark Morton from Lamb of God, to name a few.

A light that was taken too soon…and will forever be missed…

Now, for the other celebrators; # 42, aka Jackie Robinson (1919-1972), actress Carol Channing (1921), late Chicago Cubs star Ernie Banks (1931-01/23/15), veteran actor Johnathan Banks (who was in movies like “Freejack” with Emilio Estevez and Mick Jagger, and “Breaking Bad” {and its’ spinoff, “Better Call Saul”}) and seven-time no-hitter pitcher Nolan Ryan were born in 1947, and former Whitesnake guitarist Adrian Vandenberg was born in 1954.

Veteran actress Kelly Lynch (1959), former Nirvana drummer Chad Channing (1967), actress Minnie Driver (1970), actress Portia de Rossi (current wife of Ellen DeGeneres) was born in 1973, actress Kerry Washington, from hits like Django Unchained and the current TV hit “Scandal”, was born in 1977, and multi-faceted superstar Justin Timberlake was born in 1981.

On another blog note, this has been the best January in the three years that I’ve been doing this…still not getting paid but that’s not why I do this…I am happy with my creation and thank you to all who have been or are viewing, as I would not be here without you!

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

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