April 19: Alan Price was born in 1942

Alan Price, from The Animals (top left) was born in 1942.


Alan Price (born 19 April 1942, Fatfield, Washington, County Durham) is an English musician, best known as the original keyboardist for the English band The Animals and for his subsequent solo work.

Price is a self-taught musician and was educated at Jarrow Grammar School, South Tyneside and was a founding member of the Tyneside group The Alan Price Rhythm and Blues Combo, which was later renamed The Animals. His organ-playing on songs by The Animals, such as “House of the Rising Sun”, “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” and “Bring It On Home To Me” was a key element in the success of the group.

After leaving the Animals, Price went on to have success on his own and with Georgie Fame. He introduced the songs of Randy Newman to a wider audience. Later he appeared on his own television show , as well as achieving success with film scores winning including critical acclaim for his musical contribution to the 1973 fim O Lucky Man! and wrote the score to the stage musical Andy Capp. In addition he has appeared in the acting credits for films and television productions.

Animals, Please don’t let me be misunderstood:

It is also Mark Volman’s birthday

Mark Volman (born April 19, 1947) is an American rock and roll singer, best known as a founding member of the 1960s band The Turtles. Volman became a stand-out figure upon joining the Mothers of Invention under the tutelage of Frank Zappa. At times during his career he has used the pseudonym “The Phlorescent Leech” (“Flo” for short). – wikipedia

Here’s the fantastic song You showed me performed by The Turtles, Mark Volman is easy to spot with his trademark big hair, the song is written by Roger McGuinn and Gene Clark by the way:


Steve Douglas died 19th of April in 1993

Steven Douglas Kreisman (24 September 1938 – 19 April 1993), better known as Steve Douglas,was an American saxophonist, flautist and clarinetist.

Douglas is best known as a Los Angeles session musician, a member of The Wrecking Crew, who worked with Phil Spector, Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys. He can be heard on records by Duane Eddy, Aretha Franklin, Elvis Presley, Willy DeVille, Bob Dylan, The Ramones and many others. He was also a record producer, having produced Mink DeVille’s Le Chat Bleu.

On April 19, 1993, while warming up for a recording session with Ry Cooder, Steve Douglas collapsed and died. Heart failure was the official given cause of death. He was only 54. In 2003, he was elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the category “Sidemen.

The best (in our humble opinion) records he played on:

  • The Beach Boys: Pet Sounds
  • Bob Dylan: Street Legal,Bob Dylan at Budokan
  • Duane Eddy: Have ‘Twangy’ Guitar Will Travel
  • Mink DeVille: Le Chat Bleu
  • The Ramones: End of the Century

For us at JV it is also of importance that he played on two more Bob Dylan albums: Shot of Love and Knocked out loaded.


– Hallgeir

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