You Say It's Your Birthday: The BoDeans' Bob Griffin

Today is the birthday of BoDeans bassist Bob Griffin, born

in 1959 in Waukesha, Wisconsin. The blues-pop sound of the BoDeans was also

born in Waukesha when chief songwriters Sam Llanas and Kurt Neumann met in high

school. They hooked up with drummer Guy Hoffman in Milwaukee and, finally,

added Griffin to the lineup. The BoDeans' first album, Love & Hope & Sex &

Dreams (which took its name from the Rolling Stones song "Shattered"), was

released in 1985; the band promoted it by changing all their last names to

"BoDean," a la the Ramones. For 1988's Outside Looking In the band

recruited keyboardist Michael Ramos, and they replaced Hoffman with Rafael

"Danny" Gayol before releasing 1993's Home. Although the BoDeans have

never enjoyed superstardom, they have a dedicated following and have earned

recognition for their song "Closer to Free," the theme song for Fox's acclaimed

show Party of Five. Other birthdays: Chris Hillman (Byrds/Flying Burrito

Brothers/Desert Rose Band/McGuinn Clark & Hillman), The late Dennis Wilson

(Beach Boys), Southside Johnny (The Asbury Jukes) and Gary Rossington (Lynyrd

Skynyrd/Rossington-Collins Band). -- Beth Winegarner