December is a busy month in music history:
- The 89th anniversary of Little Richard’s birth was on December 6
- R.E.M.’s Peter Buck celebrated his 66th birthday on December 6
- Yasiin Bey/Mos Def celebrated his 49th birthday on December 11
- The Time’s Morris Day celebrated his 65th birthday on December 13
- R.E.M.’s Mike Mills celebrated his 64th birthday on December 17
- The Rolling Stones‘ Keith Richards celebrated his 79th birthday on December 18
- The 52nd anniversary of DMX‘s birth was also on December 18
- The Black Crowes‘ and Chris Robinson Brotherhood (CRB)‘s Chris Robinson celebrated his 56th birthday on December 20
- Pearl Jam‘s Eddie Vedder celebrated his 58th birthday on December 23
- Annie Lennox celebrated her 68th birthday on December 25
This week has been so busy that I somehow managed to forget that Motörhead‘s founder, frontman — and overall badass — Lemmy Kilmister was born 77 years ago on December 24. We may have lost him seven years ago, but his influence on metal, punk and rock has remained as towering as ever.
Happy birthday, Lemmy! Happy birthday wherever you are!