How Many Famous Rockers Do You Share a Birthday With?
With only 366 total possible calendar days on which we could be born, it makes perfect statistical sense that someone famous would come into this world on the same date as you or me.
I have found a couple of websites that are pretty good at detailing rock n roll happenings on the calendar. You can take a look at those here and here to see who was born, who passed and what important event in rock n roll happened on your birth date.
Today, March 16th, I get to share a piece of cake with Nancy Wilson of Heart. She's the blond and the younger of the Wilson sisters in the band, she's 67 today.
And it's a big one for Wolfgang Van Halen, as he turns the benchmark 30-years old. Wolfie is the son of Valerie Bertinelli and the late Eddie Van Halen. There's an instrumental track called '316' on Van Halen's 1991 album, "For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge." Take a listen and feel the love of a father for his son.
Eddie would play that tune to Valerie's stomach while Wolfgang was growing in the womb. It was on Wolfgang's 25th birthday that Bertinelli posted a pic of Eddie playing '316' to her swelling belly captioning it, "Ed playing 316 on my growing tummy, before he knew he would call it 316."
The song, a purely instrumental track, is the 10th cut on Van Halen's ninth album. The song was actually first played back in 1986, but it didn’t make it onto an album until 1991. In fact, it didn’t even have a name until then.
About a month before the album was finished, Wolfgang Van Halen, the last official Van Halen bass player, was born on March 16, 1991. The timing worked perfectly and the album would include the acoustic song with the title “316” as a dedication to his newborn son.
Mammoth WVH is the self-titled debut album from Wolfgang Van Halen and it's out June 11th.
Have you noticed how fast the price of fuel is going up when you top off your tank? It's well above $3 a gallon the last time I nozzled up. Take a roadie down memory lane and scope the price of gas the year you were born.