Today’s Music: Jimmy Rowles, Ginger Baker, Billy J. Kramer

Jazz pianist Jimmy Rowles was born today in 1918 (d. 1996).

Cream drummer Ginger Baker was born this day in 1939. It’s safe to say his energetic, driving percussion was as much a part of the power trio’s success as the soaring guitar of Eric Clapton or the innovative bass of Jack Bruce.

An early and nearly forgotten part of the ‘British Invasion’ of the early-to-mid ’60s, Billy J. Kramer was born today in 1943.

(UPDATE: What a foul-up! All of these fine people were actually born on August 19th. Sorry for the massive error.)

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