Happy Birthday today (Feb. 28) to Randy Jackson of Zebra. The frontman and guitarist for the band is 64. In remembrance today, Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones would have been 77.
Zebra was founded in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1975 with Randy Jackson along with bassist/keyboardist Felix Hanemann and drummer Guy Gelso. The band moved to Long Island, New York in 1977 and were big on the Long Island club circuit throughout the 80’s along with bands like Twisted Sister and Rat Race Choir, often playing shows all around New York. They signed to Atlantic Records in 1982 and their debut album Zebra would go gold becoming the fastest selling debut in Atlantic Records history featuring the single "Tell Me What You Want". The band toured as openers for bands like Aerosmith, ZZ Top, Journey, Cheap Trick, Loverboy, Sammy Hagar, and Reo Speedwagon. Randy Jackson and Zebra are members of the Long Island Hall of Fame. In addition to Zebra, Randy also performs with tribute bands ‘The Music of Led Zeppelin’, ‘The Music of Pink Floyd’, and ‘The Music of The Doors’ backed by an orchestra. He also performs acoustic shows regularly. I've been a fan of Zebra for as long back as I can remember. A great live band that still rocks to this day. Cheers to Randy Jackson on his birthday today! See a pic below of me with Randy Jackson taken after a show this past Oct. at The Chance in Poughkeepsie. For more on Randy and Zebra click here.