Monday, March 15, 2010

The Ides of March are calling

This day turns out special performers, quite possibly the most talented and eclectic group we've seen since the Sanctuary began assembling its entertaining but largely ignored Birth Bands. Even if you don't subscribe to the celestial order of things you might feel the hair on your arms rise after reading this list. Or it could just be the music of Twisted Sister.

Seriously, besides the impressive and diverse catalog of music represented, members of today's band also had time to marry Betty Grable, become a member of the Grand Ole Opry and act in The Badge of Marshall Brennan, smoke some serious weed with Jerry Garcia, compose soundtracks for more than 20 films, and provide the voice of the main villain in Playstation 2. And so, so much more. Put 'em together and you have the Ides of March. Wait -- that band name has already been taken.

Harry James (1916-83): Trumpeter/bandleader
Sweet Georgia Brown, Two O’clock Jump, You Made Me Love You, Music Makers, Strictly Instrumental, I’ll Get By

Carl Smith (1927-2010): Country singer
Let’s Live a Little, Loose Talk, Trademark, Satisfaction Guaranteed

Phil Lesh (1940): Bass, Grateful Dead
St. Stephen, China Cat Sunflower, Dark Star, Uncle John’s Band, New Speedway Boogie, Truckin’, Box of Rain, Alabama Gateway

Mike Love (1941): Singer, Beach Boys
Surfin' USA, Little Duece Coupe, Surfer Girl, I Get Around, Help Me Rhonda, Good Vibrations, California Girls

David Costell (1944): Bass, Gary Lewis & The Playboys
This Diamond Ring, Count Me In, Everybody Loves a Clown

Sly Stone (1944): Frontman, Sly & The Family Stone
Dance to the Music, Everyday People, Hot Fun in the Summertime, Thank You, Family Affair

Howard Scott (1946): Guitar/vocals, War
All Day Music, The World is a Ghetto, Why Can’t We be Friends?

Ry Cooder (1947): Songwriter/string virtuoso
Soundtracks: Long Riders, Southern Comfort, Paris Texas, Cocktail, Steel Magnolias

Dee Snider (1955): Frontman, Twisted Sister
We’re Not Gonna Take It, Under the Blade, Day of the Rocker

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