John Lennon: 10/09/1940
Iconic singer, songwriter, activist, and musician who was an original founding member of one of the most recognizable and successful bands of all time, The Beatles. John Lennon was born in Liverpool, England where his mother introduced him to music at a young age. By 15, he was fully invested in music and created a skiffle band (jazz, blues, and folk blend) called The Quarrymen. After meeting fellow musician Paul McCartney, the pair was on a fast track to starting a rock band. The Beatles officially formed in 1960 and took the world by storm. The Beatles as a band stopped playing together in 1970 but Lennon embarked on a solo career as well as other collaboration. Lennon was also very involved in rallies and protests for peace and other social issues. Sadly, John Lennon was fatally shot in December 1980. His ashes were spread in New York’s Central Park and later the Strawberry Fields memorial was constructed.
John Entwistle: 10/9/1944
So, you know my rant about bass players not getting the credit or attention they deserve, but in the case of John Entwistle, no one can deny how amazing he is. Entwistle is known as the longtime bassist of the British classic rock group The Who. Even though the Who had a lot of impressive and attention warranting things happening, like Pete Townshend’s windmill-style guitar playing, Keith Moon’s animalistic drumming, or Roger Daltry’s onstage antics, Entwistle’s complicated basslines that kept up with the chaotic drumming were always an amazing phenomenon. You will always find Entwistle’s name on “Best Bassists of All Time” lists because he was considered by many to be one of if not the best rock bass player of all time. Unfortunately, he passed away in 2002 at the age of 57 but in a stereotypical “rock and roll” manner. He was found in a hotel room with a Las Vegas stripper and he had died due to a cocaine induced heart attack.
Ivory Joe Hunter: 10/10/1914
A highly talented and well-known piano player, songwriter, and singer. His talents spread over a wide array of genres including Boogie-woogie, R&B, blues and even country music. He was so musically diverse that he “was honored at both the Monterey Jazz Festival and the Grand Ole Opry.” Interestingly, Ivory Joe was not a catchy nickname or stage name but his actual given name. He learned to love and play music from his family who were all involved in music in some way. He was always smiling because he loved what he did and was even known as “The Happiest Man Alive” and “The Baron of The Boogie.”
Justin Hayward: 10/14/1946
Justin Hayward is an English guitarist and vocalist who is most known for heading the rock group the Moody Blues since 1966. Hayward started playing professionally since he was 15 and one of his first bands opened for The Hollies. Besides a brief hiatus, the Moody Blues have maintained a steady career for 54 years. In fact, Hayward and the Moody Blues were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year.