# CDXCVI…Two Notable Music Birthdays…

On this date, July 7th, it has come to my attention that two musical legends celebrate their birthday today; former drummer for The Beatles, Sir Richard Starkey (aka Ringo Starr), who was born in 1940 {knighted 2018}, and former FireHouse and current Stryper bassist Perry Richardson (born 1963).  As a music connoisseur, I just found it weird that these two specifically share this date as their birthday.

For the man that needs no introduction, Ringo was the drummer for the great rock band from 1962 (when he replaced then-drummer Pete Best) and continued with them until their breakup in 1972.  Since then, he has been inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (both as a Beatle AND a solo artist, only one of 21 musicians to do so), has enjoyed a wonderfully productive solo career, releasing 19 solo albums and is also an accomplished actor, appearing in The Beatles’ films as well as a few minor roles (he also played Mr. Conductor for one season of Shining Time Station in the States).

As far as Perry Richardson, he started with FireHouse (the band with hit singles like “Love of a Lifetime” and “When I Look Into Your Eyes”, among others) in 1989 and played with the band until a personal conflict caused his departure in the year 2000.  After his release from the band, he played notably with such country artists as Craig Morgan and the ubiquitous Trace Adkins…which pretty much kept him busy until replacing the long-time Stryper bassist Tim Gaines in 2017.  He is currently touring with band for their latest release “God Damn Evil” {awesome album, as I posted review on here in April, when the album was released!}

The list of their birthday twins is as follows:  late baseball hurler Satchel Paige (1906-1982), former “Tonight Show” bandleader Doc Severinsen (1927), late movie critic Joel Siegel (1943-2007), “NCIS” co-star Joe Spano (1946), actress Shelly Duvall (1949) and singer/actress Vonda Shepard was born in 1963.

Also celebrating are; comedian Jim Gaffigan (1966), former NHLer Joe Sakic (1969), voice acting legend Cree Summer (1969), legendary figure skater Michelle Kwan (1980) and Avenged Sevenfold’s right-handed guitarist, Synyster Gates was born in 1981.

Like Ringo stated, “It Don’t Come Easy”, but remember to always…

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

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