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Today: Ricky Skaggs is 58

From Wikipedia:

Richard Lee “Ricky” Skaggs (born July 18, 1954) is a country and bluegrass singer, musician, producer, and composer. He primarily plays mandolin; however, he also plays fiddle, guitar, mandocaster and banjo.

From Allmusic (David Vinopal):

By the time he was in his mid-thirties, Kentuckian Ricky Skaggs had already produced a career’s worth of music. At age seven he appeared on TV with Flatt & Scruggs; at 15 he was a member of legendary Ralph Stanley’s bluegrass band (with fellow teenager Keith Whitley). None of his ’80s peers, male or female, had better musical credentials than Skaggs. The term “multi-talented” lacks the power to characterize this extraordinary singer and instrumentalist. Not only can he sing and pick with the best in progressive country, his broad and deep experience in traditional music separates him from the crowd. In the estimation of many, he is without peer as a combination vocalist and instrumentalist (guitar, mandolin, fiddle, banjo).

w/Kentucky Thunder – I’m ready to go:

Ricky Skaggs solo is not on Spotify, so album of the day is an album where played in the (Hot) band:

Other July-18:

 

  • Ian Andrew Robert Stewart (18 July 1938 – 12 December 1985) was a Scottish keyboardist, co-founder of The Rolling Stones and inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was dismissed from the line-up in May 1963 but he remained as road manager and pianist.
  • Martha Rose Reeves (born July 18, 1941 in Eufaula, Alabama) is an American R&B and Pop singer and former politician, and was the lead singer of the Motown girl group Martha and the Vandellas. During her tenure with The Vandellas, they scored over a dozen hit singles, including “Jimmy Mack“, “Nowhere to Run” and their signature “Dancing In The Street“. From 2005 until 2009, Reeves served as an elected councilwoman for the city of Detroit, Michigan.

  • Daron Vartan Malakian ( born July 18, 1975) is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. He is best known as the guitarist, songwriter, and occasional vocalist of the heavy metal band System of a Down and as the lead vocalist, lead guitarist, and songwriter of the alternative metal band Scars on Broadway. Like the rest of the Hollywood-based band System of a Down, he is of Armenian ancestry, but is the only member to actually have been born inside the United States. He is placed 30th in Guitar World’s List of The 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Guitarists of All Time.
  • Nico (born Christa Päffgen, 16 October 1938 – 18 July 1988) was a German singer, lyricist, composer, musician, fashion model, and actress, who initially rose to fame as a Warhol Superstar in the 1960s. She is known for both her vocal collaboration on The Velvet Underground‘s debut album, The Velvet Underground & Nico (1967), and her work as a solo artist from the late 1960s through the early 1980s. She also had roles in several films, including a cameo in Federico Fellini‘s La Dolce Vita (1960) and Andy Warhol‘s Chelsea Girls (1966), as herself. Nico died in July 1988, as a result of injuries sustained in a cycling accident while vacationing in Ibiza with her son.
  • Keith Levene (born Julian Keith Levene, 18 July 1957 in Wood Green, Middlesex) is an English songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He was an early member of The Clash, and a founder member of Public Image Limited, along with John Lydon.
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