Sunday, May 3, 2009

No bull, this would be some band

I'm not really into astrology. Or maybe it's just that I'm a Gemini and I'm hot and cold about it.

But a music fan can't help but wonder what cosmic forces seem to collide on this day. You could assemble a fabulous and eclectic band of singers and performers who were birthed on May 3.

Any star-gazing fool knows we're under the sign of Taurus (April 20-May 20). And that may provide a hint of the mysterious powers at work. According to (what, you think I'm making this up?) "Taurus rules the throat, giving a powerful, often beautiful voice. The influence of Venus opens up a world of musical talent and appreciation, so Taureans are good singers and musicians, or at least, love music and can be a force on the business side of music.''

I'm not aware of a celestial boring tool that can zero in on May 3. But we know it falls roughly in the middle of the Bull's reign. So may I introduce the band?

On rhythm guitar and vocals, social activist Pete Seeger (1919)
On platform heels and vocals, godfather of soul James Brown (1933-2006)
On guitar and vocals, truck driving sonofagun Dave Dudley (1928-03)
On very high vocals, Four Seasons frontman Frankie Valli (1934)

Filling out the band are drummer Cactus Moser of Highway 101 (1957), bass player Bruce Hall of REO Speedwagon (1953) and female vocalist Mary Hopkin (1950).

Silly, you say. We shouldn't mess with the stars. But, honestly, what would you have paid to see James Brown perform "Six Days on the Road''?

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