April 25: The late Albert King was born in 1923

 “If it wasn’t for bad luck, I wouldn’t have no luck at all.” ~”Born Under A Bad Sign” – Albert King is truly a “King of the Blues,” although he doesn’t hold that title (B.B. does). Along with B.B. and Freddie King, Albert King is one of the major influences on blues and rock guitar players. Without him, modern guitar …

April 24: David Bowie released Diamond Dogs in 1974

 When this came out in 1974, it was roundly dismissed as Ziggy Stardust’s last strangled gasp. In hindsight, Diamond Dogs is marginally more worthwhile; its resigned nihilism inspired interesting gloom and doom from later goth and industrial acts such as Bauhaus and Nine Inch Nails. ~Mark Kemp (rollingstone.com in 2004) April 24: David Bowie released Diamond Dogs in 1974

April 23: The Rolling Stones released Sticky Fingers in 1971

Sticky Fingers was never meant to be the title. It’s just what we called it while we were working on it. Usually though, the working titles stick. ~Keith Richards 1971 — While many hold their next album, Exile On Main St., as their zenith, Sticky Fingers, balancing on the knife edge between the 60s and 70s, remains their most coherent …

April 22: The late Charles Mingus was born in 1922

 Just because I’m playing jazz I don’t forget about me. I play or write me the way I feel through jazz, or whatever. Music is, or was, a language of the emotions. ~Charles Mingus – Irascible, demanding, bullying, and probably a genius, Charles Mingus cut himself a uniquely iconoclastic path through jazz in the middle of the 20th century, creating …

April 21: Iggy Pop was born in 1947

My parents wanted to light my artistic candle. But over time, the definition of ‘the arts’ began to stretch. And as I got older, they suddenly realized, Oh, my God, we’re the parents of Iggy Pop. ~Iggy Pop — There’s a reason why many consider Iggy Pop the godfather of punk: every single punk band of the past and present …

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