On This Day (March 12)…Happy Birthday, Jürgen Fritz!

The German keyboardist Jürgen Fritz was born on this day in 1953. Retrieved from here. Fritz is best known as a member of the West German band Triumvirat. Triumvirat were a progressive, keyboard-driven band which existed in the 1970s. Fritz was the only consistent member in the band's history, appearing on all seven of the … Continue reading On This Day (March 12)…Happy Birthday, Jürgen Fritz!

On This Day (May 31)…Happy Birthday, Akira Ifukube!

The Japanese composer Akira Ifukube was born on this day in 1914 in Hokkaido, Japan. Retrieved from here. As a young child on Japan's northernmost island, Ifukube was exposed to the music of the Ainu, an ethnic group indigenous to Hokkaido, as well as traditional Japanese music. The last ingredient in the swirling cauldron of … Continue reading On This Day (May 31)…Happy Birthday, Akira Ifukube!

On This Day (February 28)…Happy Birthday, Murray Gold!

The composer Murray Gold was born on this day in 1969 in Portsmouth, England. Photo of Gold in his studio from 2007. Retrieved from here. Gold is best known for his work on Doctor Who, where he served as the composer from 2005 to 2018. His continuous thirteen-year run with the show is one of … Continue reading On This Day (February 28)…Happy Birthday, Murray Gold!

On This Day (January 30)…Happy Birthday, Paddy Kingsland!

The composer Paddy Kingsland was born on this day in 1947. Kingsland at work. Retrieved from here. Kingsland is famous for his work at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, a group of technologically-inclined composers who provided BBC's TV and radio productions with sound effects. Known as "the British Kraftwerk", this group was particularly noted for their … Continue reading On This Day (January 30)…Happy Birthday, Paddy Kingsland!

On This Day (October 8)…Happy Birthday, Tōru Takemitsu!

My music is like a garden, and I am the gardener. Listening to my music can be compared to walking through a garden and experiencing the changes in light, pattern, and texture.Tōru Takemitsu on his body of work. Retrieved from here. The composer Tōru Takemitsu was born on this day in 1930. Retrieved from here. … Continue reading On This Day (October 8)…Happy Birthday, Tōru Takemitsu!

On This Day (September 2)…Happy Birthday, Mik Kaminski!

The violinist Mik Kaminski was born on this day in 1951. Retrieved from here. Kaminski played violin with Electric Light Orchestra after answering an ad in Melody Maker Magazine and passing the subsequent audition. He remained with the band from 1973-1979 and later from 1981-1986. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptJ9AB8NWDw Kaminski was also part of the band Violinski, ELO … Continue reading On This Day (September 2)…Happy Birthday, Mik Kaminski!

On This Day (August 27)…Happy Birthday, Neil Murray!

The bassist Neil Murray was born on this day in 1950. It's extremely hard to find photos of this Neil Murray, as opposed to the one involved with J.K. Rowling…retrieved from here. Murray served as a member of Cozy Powell's Hammer early in the 1970s, a small group with a ridiculously large number of later … Continue reading On This Day (August 27)…Happy Birthday, Neil Murray!

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 28)…Happy Birthday, Steve Morse!

The guitarist Steve Morse was born on this day in 1954. Morse onstage with The Dixie Dregs. Photo by Matt Gibbons. Retrieved from here. Born in Hamilton, Ohio and transplanted to Augusta, Georgia at a young age, Morse first picked up the guitar at twelve. He would later attend the University of Miami for music … Continue reading On This Day (July 28)…Happy Birthday, Steve Morse!