To guest conductor Robin’s daughter (whose birthday is this month), my brother Kip and his daughter (and my niece) Aisling, and…
- John Barry, composer, arranger, conductor, and, as you can see here, harmonicist, who did the music for eleven James Bond films and the movie Midnight Cowboy, the theme for which he plays here. He won a Grammy for Best Instrumental Theme for this in 1969. John passed away in 2011, but would have been 87 on November 3.
- Marie MacDonald McLaughlin Lawrie, better known to the world as Lulu, a wee Scottish lass with a huge voice, who sang the theme song for the movie To Sir, With Love (1967), in which she had a small part. "Oh Me Oh My" was released in 1969 and reached #22 in the US, #16 in Canada, and #47 in the UK. She just turned 72 on November 3.
- Peter Noone, who put the Herman in Herman’s Hermits, who turned 73 this past Thursday. And speaking of ’73, here they are, being introduced by Barry Gibb, and doing a medley of two of their hits, "I’m Henry the Eighth, I Am" and "Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter."
- Funk Brother Dennis Coffey, who was part of the house band at Motown Records and played on many, if not most, hits from that studio. He turns the Big 8-0 on Wednesday. "Scorpio" was on his 1971 album Evolution and reached #6 on the Hot 100.
- Buckwheat Zydeco, zydeco accordionist extraordinaire, who will celebrate #73 in Heaven, where he went in 2016. Here he plays "Hey Ma Petite Fille" and really gets the house rockin’.
- The lovely singer and actress Petula Clark, who turns 88 a week from yesterday (and may she live at least as long as Dame Vera Lynn). "I Couldn’t Live Without Your Love" came out in 1966 and reached #9 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Adult Contemporary charts, and reached #6 in Canada and the UK.
- Blues guitarist and best friend of Howlin’ Wolf, Hubert Sumlin, passed in 2011 but would have been 89 a week from now. The host on this video of Hubert doing "Come On In My House," Buzz Kilman, was the news guy and sidekick to disk jockey Jonathon Brandmeier on WLUP in Chicago in the ’80’s. Just thought I’d mention it.
- Bob Gaudio, keyboardist, singer and songwriter with dose Joisey boys, The Four Seasons, who will be 78 on the 17th. "Who Loves You," title track from their 1975 album, was written by Bob and Judy Parker and produced by him, and reached #3 on the Hot 100 in ’75.
- The lovely Canadian chanteuse Diana Krall turns 56 next Monday. Jazz Artist of the Decade 2000-2009 according to Billboard Magazine, she has the distinction of having eight of her albums debut at #1 on the jazz album chart. This performance of Bobby Troup’s "Route 66" is from the 1996 Montreal Jazz Festival.
- Felix Cavaliere, keyboardist and singer for The Young Rascals (later just The Rascals), turns 78 on the 29th. "Groovin’" was a #1 hit for them in 1967.
I just profiled The Ides of March’s Jim Peterik last Friday; his birthday is the 11th and he’ll be 70 years young. I’ve also profiled Joe Walsh, who turns 73 on the 20th; he shares the day with Dr. John (died last year, would be 79), Norman Greenbaum (78), and Duane Allman (died 1971, would be 73). Oh, and you might recall that The Four Seasons recorded on Vee Jay Records, which was The Beatles’ original US label; when Vee Jay acquired the rights to the Fab Four, they also got the rights to Frank Ifield, who will be 83 on the 30th. A full list can be found here. (What, you don’t think I knew all this off the top of my head, do you?)
And if your birthday is in November, Happy Birthday to you, too! That’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for November 9, 2020.