On This Day (August 21)…Happy Birthday, Glenn Hughes!

The singer and bassist Glenn Hughes was born on this day in 1951. Hughes in 1973 early in his tenure with Deep Purple. Retrieved from his twitter. Hughes' career has skirted the genres of rock and funk, beginning with his tenure with Trapeze. He brought these influences to Deep Purple, changing the sound of the … Continue reading On This Day (August 21)…Happy Birthday, Glenn Hughes!

On This Day (August 19)…Happy Birthday, Ian Gillan!

The singer Ian Gillan was born on this day in 1945. Retrieved from here. While growing up in Hounslow, Ian Gillan wanted to be an actor. He instead became a singer, early on in bands like Garth Rockett and the Moonshiners. By the time he reached Episode Six, he began to make his name for … Continue reading On This Day (August 19)…Happy Birthday, Ian Gillan!

On This Day (July 16)…Rest in Peace, Jon Lord

The keyboardist and composer Jon Douglas Lord died on this day in 2012 of complications from pancreatic cancer. He was 71 years old. Retrieved from here. Lord's long career, spent primarily in the fields of hard rock and neoclassical, left a wealth of music behind which still delights fans to this day. In his time, … Continue reading On This Day (July 16)…Rest in Peace, Jon Lord

On This Day (June 29)…Happy Birthday, Ian Paice!

The drummer Ian Anderson Paice was born on this day in 1948. Retrieved from here. As a young child, Paice was inspired by drummer Gene Krupa, whose films he would watch, to begin banging knitting needles against the back of his sofa. After receiving a small drum kit as a gift for his fifteenth birthday, … Continue reading On This Day (June 29)…Happy Birthday, Ian Paice!

On This Day (June 21)…Happy Birthday, Don Airey!

Don Airey onstage with Rainbow

The keyboardist and composer Donald Smith Airey was born on this day in 1948. Don Airey onstage with Rainbow. I've used this photo before to illustrate Airey and most certainly will again. Born in Sunderland to a family with a fair amount of interest in music, Airey began piano lessons with his father, a jazz … Continue reading On This Day (June 21)…Happy Birthday, Don Airey!

On This Day (June 9)…Happy Birthday, Jon Lord!

The keyboardist and composer Jon Douglas Lord was born on this day in 1941. Jon Lord with the fourth lineup of Deep Purple. Retrieved from here. Born in Leicester, Lord came from a musical family, and was continuously exposed to music early on. He took classical piano from seven years old on and performed in … Continue reading On This Day (June 9)…Happy Birthday, Jon Lord!

On This Day (May 16)…Happy Birthday, Robert Fripp!

The guitarist Robert Fripp was born on this day in 1946 in Wimbourne Minster, a small town in Dorset, England. Retrieved from here. Starting out as a young guitarist in the Bournemouth area, Fripp has gone on to be the sole consistent member of King Crimson, taking them through countess iterations of music. The only … Continue reading On This Day (May 16)…Happy Birthday, Robert Fripp!

On This Day (November 2)…Happy Birthday, Keith Emerson!

As one of rock 'n roll's most famous and most talented keyboardists, he work didn't just break boundaries, but smashed them like the man himself smashed Hammond organs onstage. He was one of the first keyboardists in rock 'n roll to act as a prominent fixture onstage. And as one of his final interviews reveals, he most wanted to be known as a composer. This is just a taste of the man that was Keith Noel Emerson, born on this day in 1944...