This Day In Rock. Adrian Belew
Happy birthday Adrian Belew, guitarist turning 67 today.
Adrian Belew was born Robert Steven Belew on December 23, 1949 in Covington, Kenucky.
He is best known for his long stint as frontman and second guitarist for the King Crimson (between 1981 and 2009).
He released nearly twenty solo albums blending or alternating Beatles-inspired pop-rock with more experimental fare. Belew is a member of the intermittently-active pop band The Bears, and fronted his own band GaGa in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
He has worked extensively as a session and touring musician - most famously with Talking Heads, David Bowie, Frank Zappa, Laurie Anderson, Nine Inch Nails, Porcupine Tree, Tony Levine, Joe Cocker.
He also contributed hit singles by Paul Simon, Tom Tom Club and others. Belew himself scored a Top 10 hit single in 1989 with "Oh Daddy", and his 2005 single "Beat Box Guitar" was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Rock Instrumental Performance category.
Belew has also worked in instrument design and multimedia, collaborating with Parker Guitars (to help design his own Parker Fly signature guitar) and designing his own iOS mobile apps FLUX by belew™ and FLUX:FX - the multi-effect audio processor app.