Sammy Hagar Has Enjoyed Success as a Solo Act, a Band Leader and a TV Host
If you have any redheads in your life, chances are that you celebrated a holiday that few people are aware of. National Redhead Day, first established in 2005, takes place throughout the last weekend of September.
Unfortunately due to the pandemic, what would have been the fifteenth annual celebration had to be canceled this year. Numerous virtual parties did take place, where gingers and their loved ones would likely have heard some great music.
I cannot attest for all of the cyber gatherings, but I believe any music featured at such a celebration should be performed by artists with red hair. Here is a list of performers who fit that description, satisfying a nice eclectic range of musical tastes.
1. Sammy Hagar
AXS TV's Rock and Roll Road Show is his current gig, a sequel to a successful musical career as both a solo artist and a front man for Van Halen.
2. Art Garfunkel
Paul Simon's friend and recording partner carried atop his head the quintessential hairdo of the late Sixties-Early Seventies, and it was the color that led him to name a solo album after readheaded male character Angel Clare in Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles.
3. David Bowie
Ziggy Stardust's alias sported quite a few colors throughout his five decades in rock, although he is mostly associated with the red look from Space Oddity, Diamond Dogs and Young Americans.
4. Cyndi Lauper
“Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” and its clever video helped propel this ginger into pop stardom.
5. Tori Amos
Little Earthquakes shook the charts in 1995, bringing well-deserved recognition to the Washington D.C. Native.
6. A.C. Newman
In addition to three excellent solo albums, Newman is best known for his work as front man for the New Pornographers.
7. Bonnie Raitt
She was the main topic of discussion when “Let's Give Them Something To Talk About” hit the charts, the most well-known song by the artist who was identified as the all-time favorite of rock legend Davis Crosby.
8. Mick Hucknall
Simply Red, who scored a number one hit with “Holding Back the Years”, was basically named for this front man.
9. Reba McIntire
Not only did she have a successful career in country music, but she also became the star of a self-named TV sitcom.
10. O.J. “Red” Rhodes
Part of the Wrecking Crew with Glen Campbell and Leon Russell, this dobroist and pedal steel guitar master played with the likes of the Byrds, the Monkees, James Taylor and the Carpenters.