Haven't had an All Happy Birthdays Edition in awhile, so we're doing one today for a pair of under-the-radar greats and one mega-cool guitar wiz...

(Courtesy of Atlantic Records)

7/23/1944 - Happy Birthday to The Rascals' feisty drummer-par-excellence, the really underrated Dino Danelli, 74 years old today. Their records were quite good, but you didn't get the full effect of just how truly rockin' this guy was -- Live-onstage, he flailed and wailed like a madman; original J. Geils Band drummer Stephen Jo Bladd noticeably copied Dino's shtick move-for-move...

7/23/1946 - Happy Birthday to {quite possibly} the only musician that could rock the oboeRoxy Music saxophonist and founding member Andy Mackay, 72 years old today -- Co-wrote some of the bands most classic material (including the hits "Love Is The Drug" and "Angel Eyes"), along with some of the much-adored-by-Roxy-fans deep album cuts (in particular, the fantastic "While My Heart Is Still Beating" from "Avalon" is bone-chillingly superb!) -- Andy's also recorded with Duran Duran, John Cale and Paul McCartney, but around here he's probably best known for that squawking-all-over-the-place solo on Mott the Hoople's "All The Way From Memphis". These days, Andy teaches music in England, while occasionally writing scores for TV and doing session work with some of the U.K.'s most highly regarded musicians. A pretty cool dude for sure...

7/23/1965 - Happy Birthday to Saul Hudson, 53 years old today. Oh, it's just Slash from Guns N' Roses: Think about those licks on "Appetite For Destruction", more than a little responsible for that record selling over 30 million(!!!) copies worldwide (18 mill in the U.S. alone) making it the best-selling debut album of all time. Hard to imagine classic rock radio without that album...

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