Other rock 'n roll birthdays this week include the late Mary Wells. Mary was born on May 13, 1943. Wells made her name in the 60s with several huge soul hits, including 1965's My Guy on Motown. Mary passed away on July 26, 1992.
We're remembering Ritchie Valens on his birthday this week. Richard Steven Valenzuela was born May 13, 1941 in Los Angeles. He later shortened his last name to Valens and Ritchie Valens scored several big pop hits in the late 50s as a teenager, including La Bamba and Donna. Ritchie was killed in the infamous plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa, along with Buddy Holly and The Big Bopper. He was only 17 years old.
The Rolling Stones were joined by Katy Perry this past Saturday night on their 50 & Counting Tour. Katy joined The Stones on their Vegas show. She performed Beast of Burden, along with Mick Jagger. That was the song chosen by on-line fans. She was the 6th guest on the tour, following Gwen Stefani, Keith Urban, Tom Waits, John Fogerty and Bonnie Raitt.
Donovan celebrates his birthday this week. He turns 67 this week. Donovan was among the many British Invasion artists of the 60s, with hits including Mellow Yellow and Sunshine Superman.
Dave Mason is also celebrating his birthday this week. Dave turns 67 this week. Dave was among the many singer-songwriters (like James Taylor and Jim Croce) who made their name in the 70s. Dave's biggest hit was We Just Disagree, which made the top 10 in 1977.
Jay Ferguson celebrates his 66th birthday this week. Jay got his start as the lead vocalist for Spirit. They broke into the top 40 with their hit I Got A Line on You. He also played with Jo Jo Gunne. Jay scored his biggest solo hit in 1978 with Thunder Island.
Big news for Elvis Presley fans! This summer's special Elvis release from RCA/Legacy brings The King's sessions at the legendary Stax Studios in Memphis together in one set. Elvis at Stax is due out August 6th and packs 28 songs and more than two dozen outtakes in a three-box set. Here's a video of Elvis' last top 10 hit Burning Love, which charted in 1972--from iHeartRadio:
Happy birthday wishes this week to Billy Joel. Billy turns 64. He was born on May 9, 1949. Billy Joel first made his name when he broke into the top 10 for the first time with Piano Man in 1973. He would go on to become one of the top male vocalists of the 70s and 80s with hits like Big Shot, Movin' Out, Uptown Girl, Tell Her About It and many more. Billy has recently considered touring some again. We'll let you know more as we find out.
Meanwhile, let's rewind to 1983 and watch the video for his smash Tell Her About It from iHeartRadio: