DUFF McKAGAN - AN ARTIST IS BORN - February 5, 2014

Today's special An Artist Is Born birthday shoutout goes to DUFF McKAGAN (1964). A singer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer, McKagan is best known as the bassist for hard rock band GUNS N' ROSES. Additionally, he was a member of the supergroup VELVET REVOLVER, and also briefly played bass with Jane's Addiction. He has also released a couple of solo albums and fronts the still-active hard rock band Loaded. McKagan was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Guns N' Roses back in 2012.

Other notable music birthdays today include blues musician Alex Harvey (1935), Motown artist Barrett Strong (1941), Three Dog Night singer Cory Wells (1942), Blood, Sweat & Tears' Al Kooper (1944), Steve Miller Band guitarist David Denny (1948), Elton John drummer Nigel Olsson (1949), and Red Hot Chili Peppers and Captain Beefheart drummer Cliff Martinez (1954).