Five For Friday: March 25 Birthdays

Today’s Song of the Day was by Aretha Franklin, who would be 80 years old today if she hadn’t passed away in 2018. She was the Queen of Soul, but more importantly, at least to me, she was my birthday twin. I have a lot of musical birthday twins. Here are five of them…

  1. Bonnie Guitar, "Mr. Fire Eyes": Bonnie Buckingham, better known as Bonnie Guitar, would be 99 years old today, and actually just passed away a couple of years ago, in January 2019. Bonnie’s biggest hit was "Dark Moon," which reached #14 on the Country chart and #6 on the Pop chart in 1957. Her follow-up was "Mr. Fire Eyes," which reached #15 on the Country chart but only #71 on the Pop chart later that year. She had several Top Ten hits on the Country chart in the 1960’s, and although her last record to chart was in 1989, continued to play until shortly before her death.

  2. Tommy Hancock, "Tacos For Two": The Godfather of West Texas Music, Tommy was a fiddler and bandleader, born in 1930. In the late ’40’s, Tommy married singer Charlene Condray and had a bunch of kids, five of whom toured with their parents as The Supernatural Family Band. They became devotees of Guru Maharaj Ji in the ’70’s, and moved to Austin in 1980. "Tacos For Two" was released in 1966 and was done with his band, The Border Patrol.

  3. Johnny Burnette, "The Train Kept A-Rollin’": Johnny was a rock and rockabilly singer and guitarist who, with his brother Dorsey and Paul Burlison, formed the Rock & Roll Trio. His biggest hit was 1960’s "You’re Sixteen," which reached #8 on the Hot 100 and #3 in the UK, later covered by Ringo Starr in 1973. He died in a boating accident in 1964, when he was just 30 years old. "The Train Kept A-Rollin’" was released in 1956.

  4. Elton John, "Funeral For A Friend"/"Love Lies Bleeding": Sir Elton was born on this day in 1947, and his story is still being written. "Funeral For A Friend" and "Love Lies Bleeding" was a medley on Elton’s 1973 album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, and while this was never made into a single, it was popular on FM radio in its day.

  5. Jeff Healey, "Roadhouse Blues": Blind since birth, Jeff developed a technique for playing guitar on his lap and became an excellent blues guitarist and singer. He was also a collector of old blues and jazz 78’s and had a weekly show on the CBC where he shared them. The cancer that had blinded him finally took his life when he was just 42 years old. He was a co-star in the 1989 movie Road House with Patrick Swayze, from which the video is taken. "Road House" is a cover of a song by The Doors, from their 1970 album Morrison Hotel.

There are plenty more musicians born on March 25, and I’ll save those for Monday. That’s Five For Friday for March 25, 2022.

17 thoughts on “Five For Friday: March 25 Birthdays

  1. I missed your birthday! Hope it was a great one and that you had a nice dinner. Jeff Healey is so good…I hate cancer

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    1. I know. The good news is that they’ve been able to find cures for many forms of it (I know a couple of women who have survived breast cancer), but there are so many other forms that they’re still baffled by, including melanoma. Wear sunscreen and pray for a cure.

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  2. Sorry I’m a day late! Happy Birthday John.
    I like Bonnie Guitar….like the song, guitar, and her voice. Never heard of her.

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    1. Thanks! I didn’t make that big of a deal about my birthday this year.

      I had never heard of Bonnie Guitar until a few years ago. She started in Seattle, then moved to LA and did session work. She actually gave The Ventures their start…

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      1. Yea I was born during the first SuperBowl…my dad was watching it at the hospital.

        Her voice was good…it really surprised me

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