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Posted on October 17, 2011 | Tags: , ,

10.17: Ready or not, on this day in 1972, Wyclef Jean was born. The man with the plan, Wyclef's musical and production skills anchored his band The Fugees and helped them score one of the best-selling hip-hop albums in history, appropriately titled The Score. Wyclef went on to much solo success after the dissolution of the band, but as far as we're concerned, The Score is the one that will be remembered. That album still gives us goose bumps today when we sit down for a listen. For that, we say, "Happy Birthday, Wyclef!"

10.18:"Hail! Hail! Rock 'N' Roll!" Man, what an amazing birthday we have for you today. The one and only Chuck Berry joined us on this day, all the way back in 1926. He is one of the originals, probably the first to put all of the pieces together and make sweet, sweet rock 'n' roll. Bringing together boogie woogie, rockabilly, gospel, jazz, country, and blues, Chuck exploded onto the scene in 1955 with "Maybellene." From "Johnny B. Goode" to "No Particular Place To Go," Mr. Charles Edward Anderson Berry is a true originator, influencing everyone from Keith Richards to Jerry Garcia, Angus Young to Pete Townsend. And ya know what? He's still rocking out today. The man is 85 and still playing those licks like it's 1955!

09.12: September 12th was a fruitful day for musicians. In 1944, Deep-voiced crooner and composer Barry White was born, eventually becoming the number one performer to be put on the stereo when you got back to the house with a special someone, after a late night at the bar. 1952 saw Neil Peart pound his way into world, where he would soon bang his way to the top as the drummer for a little Canuck band called Rush. Ben Folds joined us on this day in 1966, not yet playing piano, but having a good set of lungs, beginning his journey toward musical longevity.

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