# CCCXXVII…The Unheralded of the Music Industry…

Today, June 20, marks the 61st birthday of a very popular, though often overlooked (because he is a bass player) musician by the name of Michael Anthony.  For those that are not familiar, he is only the most under-appreciated member of two bands:  the rock gods Van Halen AND Sammy Hagar’s side project with Joe Satriani, Chickenfoot.  Without his mastery of his instrument, both bands may not have been as successful as they are.

One of my favorite bassists (although he plays right-handed), Mr. Anthony’s opening riffs on “Running With the Devil” and his overall performances on all tracks by the above groups are only outshined by very few others.  As he has been in the music industry since 1967, with two huge rock bands, and is often overshadowed because he is a bassist, the man is practically a legend in the field.

Oddly enough, I just found out through my research that he deserves this spot for an entirely different reason; as I mentioned above, Mr. Anthony (and I didn’t know this until JUST NOW) is a southpaw, which makes this post that much more meaningful to me!

Also on the list of his “twins”; late actor Errol Flynn (1909-1959), late music guru Chet Atkins (1924-2001), veteran actor Martin Landau {from “Mission: Impossible”, “Space 1999”, and others} (1928), screen legend Danny Aiello (1933), The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson (1942) and country music’s legendary diva, Anne Murray (1945).

Also celebrating on this date are; home improvement master Bob Vila (1946), comedian/actor John Goodman (1952), Duran Duran’s John Taylor (1960), ever-talented actress Nicole Kidman (1967), producer/director Robert Rodriguez (1968), MMA talent (and actor) Quentin “Rampage” Jackson was born in 1978 and a big “fleur-de-lis” salute to former New Orleans Saints’ running back Darren Sproles, who was born in 1983.

Until the next time I bombard your brains with my unique outlook…

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

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