Desi Arnaz Jr.
Desi Arnaz Jr. is an American actor and musician. He is the son of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, Arnaz is a native of Los Angeles. His older sister is actress Lucie Arnaz, who was born in 1951 and his birth was one of the most publicized in television history. His parents were the stars of the television sitcom I Love Lucy, and Balls pregnancy was part of the storyline, the same day Lucy gave birth to Desi Jr. the fictional Lucy Ricardo gave birth to Little Ricky. As a testament to how interested the American public was in Lucys TV baby, Arnaz appeared on the cover on the very first issue of TV Guide with a title that read, Lucys $50,000,000 baby. The reason he was given this title was because revenue from certain tie-in commitments were expected to top that mark, at age 12, Arnaz was a drummer with Dino, Desi, & Billy. The others were Dean Paul Martin and Billy Hinsche, the band scored two hit singles with Im a Fool and Not The Lovin Kind in 1965. In 1968, he and his sister Lucie played opposite their mother in Heres Lucy as her children, in 1970, Arnaz appeared on The Brady Bunch episode The Possible Dream. In 1974 he played the role in the Western movie Billy Two Hats with Gregory Peck. In 1977, he was the lead in the film Joyride opposite fellow children of famous actors Melanie Griffith, Robert Carradine, Arnaz attended University High School in West Los Angeles. Arnazs acting extended into the 1980s with TV productions and a role in Automan. He played his father in the movie The Mambo Kings, based on a Pulitzer Prize novel that treated his father with respect. The film includes a scene in which Desi Jr. playing his fathers character Ricky Ricardo, from about 2002 to 2007, he was vice-president of the board of Directors of the Lucille Ball–Desi Arnaz Center in Jamestown, New York. He resigned over a dispute with the director over the center. In 2007, Arnaz appeared at the 5th Annual TV Land Awards with his sister Lucie to accept the Legacy of Laughter award posthumously given to their mother. Between 1998 and 2010, he was touring with a new configuration of Dino, Desi & Billy called Ricci, Desi & Billy, featuring Arnaz reunited with Billy Hinsche, the group performs original material as well as the songs the original band performed. Arnaz has also headlined Babalu, A Celebration of the Music of Desi Arnaz and his Orchestra with Lucie Arnaz, Raul Esparza, on October 15,2011, Arnaz performed in Babalu at the Coolidge Auditorium of the Library of Congress. The performance was in conjunction with the Librarys Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz Collection, Arnaz has a daughter, Julia Arnaz, from an undisclosed relationship
Barbata has served as the drummer for The Turtles, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, and Sammy & the Holly Rebs with guitarist Sam DeLuca. Barbata was born on Easter Sunday 1 April 1945, in Passaic, New Jersey, to Martina and he was raised in Saranac Lake, New York till the age of seven and later in Nutley, New Jersey. His mother was an Austrian emigrant who worked as a keeper at a hospital and his father was a firefighter. He was the youngest child of three, preceded by his older brother Chuck and sister Lauren and his first claim to fame came to him as a young infant when his mother found a man stranded in a boat that had run out of gas. Einstein held the child as Barbatas mother delivered them to shore, Barbatas interest in percussion began as he watched his older brother drumming in the marching band. After expressing interest in drums, Barbatas brother brought him to a house where Barbata played on his first trap set. The first song he learned to play was Put Another Nickel In by Teresa Brewer. At the age of 16, Barbatas family relocated for a stint to Rialto. Soon after the family moved to San Luis Obispo, California where Barbata went to school and followed in his older brothers footsteps. The rudimentary rhythms and beats from Barbatas time in drum line heavily influenced his technique in later years and he soon went on to help form a band called the Ambassadors and bought his first set of drums. After playing gigs every weekend for 6 months, Barbata was approached by a surf rock group called the Sentinals to play drums. The Sentinals toured all over the country acts such as the Righteous Brothers. After five years with the Sentinals, the broke up. Shortly after, Barbata joined Joel Scott Hill of Canned Heat, after his drummer left, Joel, Barbata, and Chris Ethridge later went on to put out the album L. A. Getaway in 1971. In the Spring of 1966, The Turtles were looking for a new drummer, after an audition with Howard Kaylan, Mark Volman, and Al Nichol, Barbata had the gig. The first song Barbata recorded with the Turtles was Happy Together and on March 25,1967 Happy Together went to #1 on the charts and stayed there for three weeks. They were soon invited to play on the Ed Sullivan Show. The Turtles went on to have many hits with Barbata including, Shed Rather Be With Me, You Showed Me, Shes My Girl
Travis Landon Barker is an American musician and producer, and the drummer for the rock band Blink-182. He was a frequent collaborator with the late DJ AM, after the split of his first band, Feeble, Barker began playing for the Aquabats in 1996 as the Baron Von Tito. He recorded one album with them, The Fury of The Aquabats. in 1997 and his career rose when he joined Blink-182 in 1998. Barker has since established himself as a drummer, producing and making guest appearances in music projects of numerous music genres including hip hop, alternative rock, pop. He has gained significant acceptance within the community in particular. Barker collaborated with artists for his debut album, Give the Drummer Some. In 2011, he worked with Steve Aoki and Kid Cudi in Aokis hit single Cudi the Kid, as part of his album Wonderland, aside from drumming, he founded clothing company Famous Stars and Straps in 1999 and LaSalle Records in 2004. Companies such as DC Shoes and Zildjian cymbals have co-designed products in his name, Rolling Stone referred to him as punks first superstar drummer. Barker was born to Randy and Gloria Barker in Fontana, California on November 14,1975 and his father worked as a mechanic and his mother babysat. He is of English, Irish, and Italian descent, when Barker was four, his mother gave him his first kit, which was the only one he would have until he was fifteen. Barker began taking lessons at age five with a drummer named Michael Mai. At this time, he began taking trumpet lessons. In junior high, Barker learned to play the piano and briefly tried singing, joining the madrigals men, in addition, Barker had non-musical aspirations, he also was interested in becoming a professional surfer and skateboarder. However, Barker states that I always migrated back to drums and that was the one direction that kind of felt like I was connected to and I could kind of understand. I could express myself better through my drums than I could anything else, Barker has described himself as a stoner during his tenure at the largely Hispanic-based Fontana High School. His mother, who had been diagnosed with three months earlier, died the day before he started going to high school. She told him to playing music and to follow his dreams. Barker attended Fontana High School, where he played in the jazz ensemble, while attending Fohi, he and his best friend Manuel Solorzano decided to enter the school talent show in a drum-off battle between the two of them, Travis won
Rashied Ali, born Robert Patterson was an American free jazz and avant-garde jazz drummer best known for playing with John Coltrane in the last years of Coltranes life. Patterson was born and grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, his family was musical and his brother, Muhammad Ali, is also a drummer, who played with Albert Ayler, among others. Ali, along with his father and brother, converted to Islam, starting off as a pianist he eventually took up the drums, via trumpet and trombone. He joined the United States Army, and played with military bands during the Korean War, after his military service he returned home and studied with Philly Joe Jones. Ali moved to New York in 1963 and worked in groups with Bill Dixon and Paul Bley. In addition, Ali was scheduled to be the drummer, alongside Elvin Jones, on John Coltranes landmark free jazz album Ascension. Coltrane did not replace him, and settled for one drummer, Ali began to record with Coltrane from Meditations in November 1965 onwards. Among his credits are the last recorded work of John Coltranes life and Interstellar Space, Ali became important in stimulating the most avant-garde kinds of jazz activities. Following Coltranes death Ali played with his widow, Alice, and during the early 1970s, he ran Alis Alley and he spent some time as a visiting artist at Wesleyan University, sponsored by Clifford Thornton. Ali also briefly formed a project called Purple Trap with Japanese experimental guitarist Keiji Haino. Their double-CD album, Decided. Already the Motionless Heart of Tranquility, in the 1980s, he was member of Phalanx, a group with guitarist James Blood Ulmer, tenor saxophonist George Adams, and bassist Sirone. From 1997 –2003 he played extensively with Tisziji Munoz, in a group usually also included Pharoah Sanders. In the last years of his life, Rashied Ali led his own eponymous quintet, a double CD entitled Judgment Day was recorded in February 2005 and features Jumaane Smith on trumpet, Lawrence Clark on tenor sax, Greg Murphy on piano and Joris Teepe on bass. This album was recorded at Alis own Survival Studio, which has been in existence since the 1970s, in addition to his performance activities Ali served as mentor to numerous young drummers including Matt Smith. In 2007, Ali recorded Going to the Ritual in duo with bassist/violinist Henry Grimes, Ali and Grimes also played five duo concerts together between 2007 and 2009, and a sixth concert in June 2007 with pianist Marilyn Crispell. Ali is the drummer on Azar Lawrences album Mystic Journey, recorded in April 2009. Rashied Ali died at age 76 in a Manhattan hospital after suffering a heart attack and he is survived by wife Patricia and three children. Y. 2009 – Eddie Jefferson at Alis Alley with Eddie Jefferson 2009 – Configurations,2010 – Spirits Aloft with bassist Henry Grimes With Gary Bartz Home
Kevin Michael GG Allin was an American singer, songwriter and record producer, who performed and recorded with many groups during his career. AllMusic and G4TVs Thats Tough have called him the most spectacular degenerate in rock & roll history and the toughest rock star in the world, respectively. Known more for his notorious stage antics than for his music, he recorded prolifically, not only in the rock genre, but also in spoken word, country. His lyrics, which often expressed themes of misogyny, pedophilia, blasphemy and racism, polarized listeners, when questioned about his music and shows, Allin often replied that he was trying to make rock music dangerous again. Allin promised for years that he would commit suicide on stage during one of his concerts. Allin was born Jesus Christ Allin at Weeks Memorial Hospital in Lancaster, New Hampshire, the younger of two sons to Merle Colby Allin, Sr. and Arleta Gunther. He was given name because his father told his wife that Jesus Christ had visited him. His older brother, Merle, was unable to pronounce Jesus properly and called him Jeje, the family lived in a log cabin with no running water or electricity in Groveton, New Hampshire. Merle Sr. was a recluse and religious fanatic, who threatened his family with death. In an essay titled The First Ten Years, Allin wrote that his wanted to kill his family in a murder-suicide. He despised pleasure and allowed his family very little contact with others and they lived a primitive existence and were more like prisoners than a family. Allin also stated that his attempted to escape before she filed for divorce. Allin said that he was glad to experience such an upbringing, in 1961, Arleta filed for divorce from Merle Sr. as his mental instability was worsening. Allin and his brother were from that time raised by their mother and stepfather, Arleta changed her younger sons legal name to Kevin Michael Allin on March 2,1962, during his first year of schooling. Arleta had allowed his name to stand until this point. Allin, a student, was placed in special education classes. According to his brother, he experienced bullying by fellow students for nonconformity. In his second year of school, he began attending school cross-dressed