by Robert Wilkinson
Today we continue the birthday run of very talented Libra musicians whose careers touch a wide variety of music. If you like twisting, the blues, smoking guitar, and awesome female performers, you'll like today's tribute!
Due to the sheer number of musicians having a birthday today, I can't do full musical tributes. That said, I found some tunes each did that exemplify their amazing talent.
All of these share a Sun sign, so in some way their Light was similar, no small thing once you read who the 5 are. In no particular order, they are:
Stevie Ray Vaughan
First, Chubby! Here's Chubby on Dick Clark's "American Bandstand" doing the dance that made him famous, "The Twist." He also took this follow up to the top 10! Here's a great video of numerous twisters set to “Let's Twist Again." (Yes, there really were that many ways to do the Twist!)
From later in his career, another of Chubby’s original hits. The Limbo was all the rage in the early 60s! “Limbo Rock”
From innocence to hard core blues, here's Stevie Ray in live performances doing several of his best! First, live from Montreux 1985, "Pride and Joy."
We'll close Stevie's segment with his tribute to the guitar Master Himself! Here's Stevie Ray Vaughan live doing a fantastic homage of “Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)”
From 1987 in Tennessee, here’s another smoking performance of “Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)”
And for those who just can’t get enough, here’s a 93 minute live concert of Stevie and Double Trouble! For your enjoyment, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble Live At Montreux
Lindsey Buckingham was THE guitar in the mid-70s to early 80s version of Fleetwood Mac. This guy plays breathtaking guitar, and I found some great live performances!
First, Lindsey and Stevie in an acoustic duet of “Never Going Back Again."
From Letterman, here they are again in 1998 doing "Landslide" and "Big Love"
Here's Lindsey smoking with Fleetwood Mac! First, a 9+ minute awesome performance in Pittsburgh in 2009 by the band of “I’m So Afraid.” From that same year, this time in Paris, here’s another 9+ minute performance of “I’m So Afraid.” (his guitar work at times made my jaw drop!)
And lastly, from their live 1997 video "The Dance," here they are again doing "I'm So Afraid."
We'll close Lindsey's birthday tribute with his signature song! Here's da man with Fleetwood Mac in "The Dance" performing the incredible "Go Your Own Way." His guitar work is magical!!
For those who have been on a Moon of Neptune these past 12 years, India.Arie is a Grammy Award-winning American neo-soul and R&B musician, songwriter, and producer. I couldn't find many live performances, but I did find a couple, along with original music videos of her better-known hits.
The music video of "Video"
The music video of "Little Things."
From the same VH1 performance, here she is doing "Ready For Love."
We'll close this segment with India.Arie performing live in the studio doing the beautiful "Beautiful Flower."
And now, last but never least, the great Gwen Stefani! She began as the frontwoman for the ska technopop group No Doubt, and has split her time between the band and solo careers as a performer and fashion designer. For her birthday tribute, I couldn't find much live material, but quite a few music videos.
Here's Gwen and No Doubt in the music video of their mega-hit "Spiderwebs."
The music video of No Doubt doing "It's My Life."
The music video of No Doubt doing "Just A Girl."
The music video of No Doubt doing "Hey Baby."
The music video of No Doubt doing "Simple Kind of Life."
The music video of No Doubt doing "Don't Speak."
From her solo career in 2004-08, the music video of her major hit "Hollaback Girl."
The music video of "Wind It Up."
Here's the music video of her last solo hit, "The Sweet Escape."
So from the original Twister to a tragic blues guitar hero, from a guitar flashmaster through the voice of neo-soul to ska-influenced technopop, we have had some great talents born on October 3. If you're inclined, please go back over to you tube and enjoy whatever you like of these amazing Libra mega-talents. In any case, a big Happy and Merry Birthday to all of these first rate performers!
© Copyright 2012 Robert Wilkinson
ps - Since posting this, I found I need to send up a big Happy Birthday to Eddie Cochrane of "Summertime Blues" fame born this day in 1938, Gore Vidal, born 3 Oct 1925, and the Mickey Mouse Club, "born" Oct 3, 1955. That show mattered if you were a kid back then. Also a very special Happy goes out to the great Western Arhat, Master of the Qabalah Paul Foster Case, born at 5:28 p.m., October 3, 1884 in Fairport, New York.