"You say it's your birthday...": Lighting candles for an amazing soundtrack-man, a guitarist who never sang, and a pianist who could sing like an angel, so...

Roberta Flack, May 2002. (Photo: Kevin Winter/Image Direct/Fox/Getty Images)

2/10/1929 - Born on this day, composer Jerry Goldsmith, whose themes and soundtracks have become truly legendary iconic milestones -- His TV work includes "Star Trek", "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." and "Dr. Kildare"; his movie scores resume is even more compelling, including such classics as "Planet Of The Apes", "Chinatown", "The Omen", "Poltergeist", "Basic Instinct", "Alien", three "Rambo" films and so many more. Jerry passed away after a long battle with cancer on July 21st, 2004; he was 75.

2/10/1937 - Happy Birthday to Don Wilson, founding member and lead guitarist of The Ventures, 83 years old today -- With an astounding 100 million records sold worldwide, The Ventures are the best-selling instrumental band of all time -- "Walk, Don't Run" and "Hawaii Five-O" are the best examples of their unique sound, and as pioneers in the field of guitar-effects-experimentation, that distinctive musicality became the blueprint for legions of groups earning them the moniker "The Band That Launched a Thousand Bands". Well-deserved Rock and Roll Hall of Famers...

2/10/1937 - Happy Birthday to singer-songwriter-pianist Roberta Flack, who also turns 83 today. Did you know: Roberta was the first (and only!) solo artist to win the Grammy Award for Record of the Year twice in a row: the jaw-droppingly beautiful "First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" (1973), and the equally sublime "Killing Me Softly With His Song" (1974) -- Throw in her many duets with Donny Hathaway ("Where Is The Love" and "The Closer I Get To You" come to mind) and you've got to start wondering when she's going to get more acknowledgement for her catalog -- The amazing-in-her-own-right Alicia Keys has been singing Roberta's praises for years; time for the rest of us to catch up...

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"I thought the sun rose in your eyes/And the moon and the stars/Were the gifts you gave...", xoxo!