Happy Birthday today to drummer David Robinson of The Cars. He’s 69. In remembrance today, bassist Leon Wilkeson of Lynyrd Skynyrd would have been 66.

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David Robinson is best known for his work as the drummer for The Cars. He is also  credited with designing the band's album covers. The Cars formed out of Boston, Massachusetts in 1976 emerging from the new wave scene. The classic lineup featured Ocasek along with singer and bassist Benjamin Orr, lead guitarist Elliot Easton, keyboardist Gregg Hawks, and David Robinson on drums. The band was named "Best New Artist" in 1978 Rolling Stone magazine readers poll. Their debut album was a major success, selling 6 million copies with songs like "Just What I Needed", "My Best Friend's Girl", and "Good Times Roll". It spent 139 weeks on the Billboard chart. In 1984, The Cars won "Video of the Year"  for the song "You Might Think" at the very first MTV Video Music Awards. The surviving members of The Cars reunited in 2010 and recorded a new album called ‘Move Like This’ was released in 2011, followed by a small tour. The Cars will be inducted in to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2018 on April 14 in Cleveland. I've always been a big Cars fan and am excited to see that they are finally being inducted. Well deserved and long overdue. The Cars rock! Cheers to Dave Robinson on his birthday today!

Leon Wilkeson was the bassist for Lynyrd Skynyrd from 1972 up until his passing in 2001. Lynyrd Skynyrd were one of the biggest southern rock band’s of the 1970’s with classic albums like Second HelpingNuthin’ FancyGimme Back My Bullets, and Street Survivors, along with hits like “Freebird” and “Sweet Home Alabama”. Wilkeson earnes the nickname “Mad Hatter” for wearing colorful, flashy hats on stage during the band’s live performances. Wilkeson had been suffering from liver and lung disease at the time of his passing on July 27, 2001. A song entitled “Mad Hatter” on Lynyrd Skynyrd’s 2003 album Vicious Cycle was dedicate to Leon Wilkeson. I was fortunate to catch Lynyrd Skynyrd live in concert with Leon Wilkeson back in the day and he is very much missed in the band nowadays. Turn it up...crank some Skynyrd today in Leon's honor!

For more on Lynyrd Skynyrd, check out the band’s official website here.