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It is simply amazing how many succesful rock and roll/musicians were born in 1949. I have a theory that I feel is absolutely no coincidence.. the answer is at the bottom of this post, but the clue is 2.9.64

These 1949 births reads like a Who's Who of Rock, much longer than I even suspected..

  • Eric Carmen
  • Billy Joel
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Rick Springfield
  • Steve Perry
  • Paul Rodgers
  • Simon Kirke
  • Gene Simmons
  • Lindsey Buckingham
  • Mark Knopfler
  • John Oates
  • Robert Palmer
  • Lionel Ritchie
  • Ric Ocasek
  • Nick Lowe
  • Eddie Money
  • Robin/Maurice Gibb
  • Roger Taylor
  • 2/3 of ZZ
  • Rick Wakeman
  • David Foster

What do they all have in common? My guess is that virtually everyone on this list, as impressionable and aspiring 14/15 year olds, were watching Ed Sullivan on February 9, 1964.

Eric, do you concur with my analysis of this "coincidence"?

Seattle Steve

(this is only 1949, add a couple years to this range it gets scarier, the world will never again see that degree of musical influence by anyone, ever again.. imho)

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I have to agree with you!

Interesting story: Eric called me back in 2005 after Raspberries had announced their first appearance in New York City since their triumphant show at Carnegie Hall in 1973!

Eric wanted to create a new pre-concert video like the one Ken and I did for the first few reunion shows. His idea was to fade up on a residential street lined with modest houses. A caption would appear saying: CLEVELAND 1964. We would move slowly down the street and stop at one house. A light would be seen flickering in a front living room. Inside, we'd see 4 kids watching TV. Each would resemble Eric, Wally, Dave and Jim. On the TV, of course, would be the Beatles on Ed Sullivan.

The screen would fade to black and another caption would appear saying: NEW YORK CITY 2005. By then, the audience would be exploding with thunderous applause and anticipation! From the stage everyone would hear the opening bar of "Ticket To Ride," which would explode into the intro of "I Wanna Be With You"--exactly like they did it at their triumphant appearance at Carnegie Hall in 1973!

Cool, huh?

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Great post Steve and Bernie!

Here, another (international) list with 11 August Births.

Great Minds & Great Artists...Born on August 11th:

1667 - Anna Maria Luisa de' Medici, last of the Medicis (d. 1743)

1673 - Richard Mead, English physician (d. 1754)

1722 - Richard Brocklesby, English physician (d. 1797)

1807 - David Rice Atchison, American politician (d. 1886)

1833 - Robert G. Ingersoll, American politician and soldier (d. 1899)

1833 - Kido Takayoshi, Japanese politician (d. 1877)

1836 - Warren Brown, American politician (d. 1919)

1858 - Christiaan Eijkman, Dutch physician, Nobel Prize Laureate (d. 1930)

1892 - Eiji Yoshikawa, Japanese novelist (d. 1962)

1892 - Hugh MacDiarmid, Scottish poet (d. 1978)

1897 - Louise Bogan, American poet (d. 1970)

1905 - Erwin Chargaff, Austrian biochemist (d. 2002)

1909 - Yuji Koseki, Japanese composer (d. 1989)

1912 - Eva Ahnert-Rohlfs, German astronomer (d. 1954)

1913 - Angus Wilson, British novelist (d. 1991)

1919 - Ginette Neveu, French violinist (d. 1949)

1921 - Alex Haley, American historian (d. 1992)

1926 - Aaron Klug, Lithuanian-born chemist, Nobel Prize Laureate

1932 - Fernando Arrabal, Spanish writer

1936 - Andre Dubus, American short-story writer (d. 1999)

1938 - Branko Stanovnik, Slovenian chemist

1943 - Stefania Toczyska, Polish mezzo-soprano

1943 - Pervez Musharraf, Pakistani politician

1947 - Georgios Karatzaferis, Greek politician

1949 - Eric Carmen, American musician LuvLove

1949 - Tim Hutchinson, American politician

1950 - Erik Brann, American musician (Iron Butterfly) (d. 2003)

1950 - Steve Wozniak, American computer pioneer

1954 - Juan Maria Solare, Argentine composer

1955 - Sylvia Hermon, British politician

1955 - Marc Bureau, French Canadian politician

1956 - Pierre-Louis Lions, French mathematician

1957 - Richie Ramone, American musician (Ramones)

1959 - Gustavo Cerati, Argentinian musician (Soda Stereo)

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darlene said:

There are no coincideneces--no accidents in life. There's enough talent on those lists to rock the planet! Lists or not, all you have to do is listen to one of Eric's creations and you know his talent alone can rock the planet!

I like this! I totally agree. :)

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