12-19a: Gong : Camembert Electrique 1971 - Black Flag : LA 1985 instrumental - Byrds + Flying Burrito Brothers : Whisky A Go Go 1970 - Staple Singers : Best Of 1990

Not shown: Melchior Bischoff, Georg Peter Weimar, Nicolas-Joseph Hüllmandel & Lawrance Collingwood

1614 – Melchior Bischoff (German clergyman, cantor, hymn writer & composer)
1749 – Francesco Antonio Bonporti (Italian priest, violinist & composer)
1800 – Georg Peter Weimar (German cantor, author & composer)
1810 – Johann Heinrich Egli (Swiss composer)
1815 – Michel Woldemar (French composer, violinist & inventor of 5-string violin-viola hybrid)
1823 – Nicolas-Joseph Hüllmandel (Alsatian composer, pianist, harpsichordist & glass harmonica player)
1867 – Jean-Georges Kastner (Alsatian music theorist & composer)
1925 – José Ignacio Quintón (Puerto Rican pianist, violinist, teacher & composer of danzas)
1939 – Eric Fogg (English composer & conductor)
1982 – Jean-Jacques Grünenwald (French organist, composer, architect & teacher)
1982 – Lawrance Collingwood (English conductor, composer, organist, choirmaster & record producer)
1984 – Michel Magne (French film & experimental composer, owner of the "Honky Château")
1991 – Joe Cole (American roadie for Black Flag & Rollins Band & best friend of Henry Rollins)
1993 – Michael Clarke (American rock drummer, The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers)
1994 – Noel Pointer (American jazz violinist & record producer)
1997 – Jimmy Rogers (American blues guitarist, singer & harmonica player)
2000 – Milt Hinton (American jazz bassist & photographer, "The Judge")
2000 – Pops Staples (American gospel & R&B singer, songwriter & guitarist, The Staple Singers)
2000 – Rob Buck (American rock guitarist & songwriter, 10,000 Maniacs)
2001 – Marcel Mule (French classical saxophonist & teacher)
2004 – Renata Tebaldi (Italian spinto soprano)
2008 – Kenny Cox (American jazz pianist)
2010 – Trudy Pitts (American jazz organist, pianist & singer)

His name was Roebuck "Pops" Staples. He was the patriarch of the Staples family of gospel, R&B and soul singers. They aren't called the "Staples Singers," though - it's the "Staple Singers," no 's' at the end. Don't ask me why. Maybe it's because "singers" starts with an 's' too, and the two 's' sounds in a row would be awkward, even something of a tongue-twister.

Then there's Jimmy Rogers. You have to be careful not to confuse Jimmy Rogers with Jimmie Rodgers or Jimmie Rodgers.

That's right. There are two Jimmie Rodgerses. The first one was the Singing Brakeman, the Blue Yodeler - you know, the Father of Country Music, who passed away from TB in 1933. The other Jimmie Rodgers was born in 1933, is still with us, and is a pop and folk singer, who briefly had his own variety show.

There's also a Jimmy Rodgers who was head coach of the Boston Celtics for two seasons, and a Jimmy Rogers who used to pitch for the Toronto Blue Jays, but we won't get into them.

No, the Jimmy Rogers on our list is Jimmy Rogers, the blues guitarist, who played with Muddy Waters, and Little Walter, and Howling Wolf. Now see, those are names you could never mistake for any others.

Well, I hope I cleared everything up for you. I hope to also bring you some music from one or more Jimm(y)(ie) Ro(d)gerses at some point later today, along with a big-ass opera with Renata Tebaldi. Stay tuned...



  1. R.I.P Michael Clarke. He wasn't really a technically skilled drummer, but without him the Byrds would have sounded much different. I can't help but compare him to Moe Tucker from the Velvet Underground.

  2. His haircut was similar to Mo's! But yeah, I hadn't realized he was such a neophyte when he joined the Byrds. It must have been a strange experience for him, to go from being a non-musician to being in a prominent band in such a short span of time.