Throwback: Happy 56th Birthday, Lisa Lisa!


The first couple of weeks of January are very busy in music history. We start off with the following:

  • Led Zeppelin‘s John Paul Jones celebrated his 77th birthday on January 3. 
  • R.E.M.‘s Michael Stipe celebrated his 63rd birthday on January 4
  • Joy Division and New Order founder Bernard Sumner also celebrated his 67th birthday on January 4 
  • The 70th anniversary of AC/DC co-founder, rhythm guitarist, songwriter and backing vocalist Malcom Young’s birth was on January 6
  • The 76th anniversary of David Bowie‘s brith was on January 8
  • The Doors‘ Robby Krieger celebrated his 77th birthday on January 8
  • Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page celebrated his 79th birthday on January 9
  • Steely Dan co-founder, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Donald Fagen celebrated his 75th birthday on January 10. 
  • Mary J. Blige, the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul celebrated her 52nd birthday on January 11
  • Raekwon celebrated his 52nd birthday on January 12. Raekwon’s work with Wu-Tangand as a solo artist have helped to cement his reputation among the cognoscenti as one of the most gifted and unique emcees in the history of hip-hop.
  • Dave Grohl celebrated his 54th birthday on January 14

Lisa Lisa and The Cult Jam’s frontwoman Lisa “Lisa Lisa” Velez celebrates her 56th birthday today. As a native New Yorker and child of the 80s and 90s, freestyle was part of the soundtrack of my young life. And there was definitely quite a bit of Lisa Lisa and The Cult Jam in that soundtrack.

Happy birthday, Lisa! May there be many, many more!