The DELTA DRAGONS represent the Cosmic Baseball Association's team of musicians.

Team Roster

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Ludwig van Beethoven
1770–1827, German composer. He is universally recognized as one of the greatest composers of the Western European music tradition. Beethoven's work crowned the classical period and also effectively initiated the romantic era in music. He is one of the few artists who genuinely may be considered revolutionary. Beethoven's influence on subsequent composers has been immeasurable. Aside from his architectonic innovations and expansion of the classical sonata and symphony, he brought to music a new depth and intensity of emotion that was emulated by later romantic composers but probably never surpassed.
Bob Dylan
Born May 24, 1941; Duluth, Minnesota. Singer, songwriter, and guitarist known for his angry folkrock protest songs and his harsh delivery. Dylan is one of the seminal figures of modern music and a pioneer in folk-rock and country-rock.

Eminem (Marshall Mathers III)
Born October 17, 1974 in Kansas City, Missouri. Also known as "Slim Shady." Controversial rap singer who burst upon the hip-hop scene in the late 1990s. He grew up poor in the Detroit, Michigan area and dropped out of school in the ninth grade. In 1998 he signed on with Dr. Dre's Aftermath label and has since produced two successful rap albums. His Marshall Mathers LP released in May 2000 sold more units in its first week than any other hip-hop record to date. His ly
rics, often depicting graphic violence have been the source of debate in the United States Senate.
Jerry Garcia
1942-1995. Arguably one of the most famous rock and roll musicians of all time as lead singer and guitarist of The Grateful Dead. Famous for their mesmerizing live performances, and intriguing blend of pop, rock, bluegrass and folk, The Grateful Dead reached its full expression in albums such as Workingman's Dead (1970), American Beauty (1970), and Blues for Allah (1975).
Dizzy Gillespie
1917–1993; Cheraw, South Carolina.. American jazz musician and composer. He began to play the trumpet at 15 and later studied harmony and theory at Laurinburg Institute, N.C. He played with the bands of Cab Calloway and Billy Eckstine. Gillespie and Charlie “Bird” Parker are considered the leaders of the bop (or bebop) movement in modern jazz. Gillespie's playing was characterized by intelligent musicianship and technical facility.
Philip Glass
Born January 31, 1937; Baltimore, Maryland. Considered one of the most innovative of contemporary composers, he was a significant figure in the development of minimalism in music. Glass attended the Juilliard School of Music (M.A., 1962) and studied (1964–66) with Nadia Boulanger in Paris. There he also met Indian musicians Ravi Shankar and Alla Rakha, whose music was to strongly influence his own compositions. In 1968 he formed the Philip Glass Ensemble, a small group that employs electronically amplified instruments. He is particularly well known for his operas, which include Satyagraha (1980); Akhnaten (1984); The Fall of the House of Usher (1988); Hydrogen Jukebox (1990), a collaboration with Allen Ginsberg; The Voyage (1992); and La Belle et La Bκte (1994).
Mikhail Glinka
1804–57, first of the nationalist school of Russian composers. His two operas, A Life for the Czar (1836) and Russlan and Ludmilla (1842), marked the beginning of a characteristically Russian style of music. His best symphonic work was the incidental music to the play Prince Kholmsky.
Woody Guthrie
1912-1967. Born Okemah, Oklahoma. Folk singer, composer and songwriter known for his political songs (numbering more than 1,000) about social injustice and poverty. His recordings include This Land Is Your Land (1967) and the collections The Greatest Songs of Woody Guthrie (1988) and Songs to Grow on for Mother and Child (1993).
Kool DJ Herc (Clive Campbell)
Born 1955 in Jamica. Kool DJ Herc is the godfather of hip-hop. He moved to the Bronx in 1967, at the age of twelve. With his unique playlist of R&B, soul, funk, and obscure disco, Herc quickly became the catalyst of the hip-hop way of life. The kids from the Bronx and Harlem loved his ghetto style, which gave birth to the concept of the B-Boy. The B-Boy -- or beat boy, break boy, Bronx boy -- loved the breaks of Kool Herc, and as a result soon created break dancing. Herc and the B-Boys were the essence of the hip-hop movement. By most accounts Herc was the first DJ to buy two copies of the same record for just a 15-second break (rhythmic instrumental segment) in the middle. By mixing back and forth between the two copies he was able to double, triple, or indefinitely extend the break. In so doing, Herc effectively deconstructed and reconstructed so-called found sound, using the turntable as a musical instrument.
Noah Lampert
Born July 20, 1983 in Washington, D.C. Noah Lampert started taking saxophone lessons when he was seven years old from Robbie Robinson, a well-known jazz musician in the Washington, D.C. area. He has played in a number of jazz groups and in 1998 he formed the Noah Lampert Session with three other jazz musicians. His debut CD, House of the Rising Sax which includes a unique version of the classic "House of the Rising Sun" has become a favorite with the young jazz crowd. Lampert performed a saxophone solo for the U.S.'s first lady Hillary Clinton in May 1998 during a high school commencement ceremony. He spent the summer of 1999 studying jazz at the Berklee School of Muisc in Boston. He is currently working in the studio on his second album tentatively titled The Sax of Life.
Gustav Mahler
1860–1911, composer and conductor, born in Austrian Bohemia of Jewish parentage. Mahler studied at the Univ. of Vienna and the Vienna Conservatory. He was conductor of the Budapest Imperial Opera (1888–90), the Hamburg Municipal Theater (1891–97), the Vienna State Opera (1897–1907), and the New York Philharmonic (1909–11). Composing mainly during summers, he completed nine symphonies (the unfinished tenth has been completed by Deryck Cooke) and several songs and song cycles, mostly with orchestral accompaniment.
Charles Mingus
Born 1922 in Nogales, Arizona; Died 1979. American jazz musician. Mingus was a bassist, pianist, bandleader, composer, and vocalist. He was one of the most important jazz composers of the 20th cent. and an influence on a broad spectrum of musicians. A risk-taker, Mingus created works with unconventional structures and innovative harmonies. Early in his career he played with Duke Ellington, to whom he dedicated his Open Letter to Duke. His other compositions include the ambitious Epitaph, first performed in 1989, Fables of Faubus, and Sue's Changes. In the 1950s and 60s he led groups noted for their collective improvisations, loose rhythms, and high energy.
Jim Morrison
Born December 8, 1943 in Melbourne, Florida. Died July 3, 1971. The lead singer and songwriter for the rock group The Doors, whose hit songs include Light My Fire, People Are Strange, Hello I Love You, Touch Me, and L.A. Woman. Other albums include Morrison Hotel (1970) and L.A. Woman (1971). Morrison's death in Paris in 1971 ended the band's career together.
Laura Nyro
Born October 19, 1947 in New york City. Died April 8, 1997. Nyro was a child prodigy. Her song And When I Die was recorded by Peter, Paul and Mary when Nyro was just 17. Many of her songs, which fused folk, soul, gospel, and Broadway styles, became major hits recorded by other artists, including Eli's Coming (Three Dog Night), Sweet Blindness, and Wedding Bell Blues (both by The Fifth Dimension). Her 1968 album, Eli and the Thirteenth Confession, was one of the most influential of the 1960s.
Paul Oakenfold
Born 1963 in London, England. As a teenager Oakenfold went to the United States where he worked in the music business and learned to be a disc jockey. He has since becme one of the leading DJs in the world known for his ability to mix and blend dance, techno and electronica music themes. He has also produced music albums and CDs for bands like the Rolling Stones and he owns the Perfecto music label.
Charlie Parker
Born August 29, 1920 in Kansas City, Missouri. Died March 12, 1955. Grammy Award-winning jazz alto saxophonist credited with releasing the first bebop records with fellow musicians Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk. Parker is remembered for his brilliant improvisations and his influence on other jazz musicians.
Elvis Presley
Born January 8, 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi. Died August 16, 1977. Singer and actor whose first recordings fused black rural blues with gospel and country, igniting the rock explosion and making Presley an enduring pop icon. His hits include Heartbreak Hotel (1956), Hound Dog (1956) and Jailhouse Rock (1957). His films include Love Me Tender (1956) and Viva Las Vegas (1964).
Ottorino Respighi
1879–1936. Italian composer, studied with Rimsky-Korsakov and Max Bruch. He was director (1924–25) of the Conservatory of St. Cecilia, Rome, afterward teaching advanced composition there until his death. Among his romantic symphonic poems are The Fountains of Rome (1917), The Pines of Rome (1924), and Roman Festivals (1929), which evoke Italian scenes and show him a master of orchestration. He wrote other orchestral works, chamber music, piano pieces, and operas, including Belfagor (1923; a comic opera), The Sunken Bell (1927; based on Hauptmann's Die versunkene Glocke), The Flame (1934), and the posthumously produced Lucrezia (1937), which was finished by his wife, Elsa.
Britney Spears
Born December 2, 1981 in Kentwood, Louisiana. At age 8 Spears auditioned for a part on the Mickey Mouse Club but the producers thought her too young. For the next three years she studied Dance Center and at the Professional Performing Arts School in New York City. In 1991 she landed a part in the off-Broadway production Ruthless. In 1992 she finally joined the Mickey Mouse Club where she met 12 year-old Justin Timberlake who would later be a star with the group 'NSync. She left the Mickey Mouse Club in 1994. Her first album, Baby, One More Time released on January 12, 1999 became a hit landing on the number 1 spot on the Billboard charts. Her second album, Oops...I Did It Again was released on May 1, 2000 and also quickly became a chart topper selling 1.3 million copies in its first week.
Virgil Thomson
Born November 25,1896 in Kanas City, Missouri. Died 1989. An American composer, Thomson studied at Harvard. After a prolonged period in Paris where he studied with Nadia Boulanger and met Jean Cocteau, Igor Stravinsky, Eric Satie, and the artists of Les Six, he returned to the United States where he was chief music critic for the New York Herald Tribune. He composed in almost every genre of music. Thomson produced an original body of work rooted in American speech rhythms and hymnbook harmony. His music was most influenced by Satie's ideals of clarity, simplicity, irony, and humor. Among his most famous works are the operas Four Saints in Three Acts and The Mother of Us All (both with texts by Gertrude Stein with whom he formed a legendary artistic collaboration), scores to The Plow That Broke the Plains and The River (films by Pare Lorentz), and Louisiana Story (film by Robert Flaherty). In addition to his compositions, he was the author of eight books, including an autobiography. Included in his many honors and awards are the Pulitzer Prize, a Brandeis Award, the gold medal for music from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, the National Book Circle Award, the Kennedy Center Honors, the National Music Council Award, and 20 honorary doctorates.
Neil Young
Born November 12, 1945 in Toronto, Canada. From his work with Buffalo Springfield (1966–68) and Crosby, Stills, and Nash in the 1960s and 1970s, to a prolific and creative solo career spanning three decades, to a successful collaboration with Pearl Jam in 1995, Neil Young's career has been one of the least predictable and most significant in rock music. His albums include Dιjΰ Vu (1970), with Crosby, Stills, and Nash, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere (1969), with Crazy Horse, Harvest (1972), the best-selling album of 1972, Comes a Time (1978), Freedom (1989), and Mirror Ball (1995).
Team Staff & Management
Janis Joplin
Born January 19, 1943 in Port Arthur, Texas. Joplin started singing in Texas in 1961 and performed for a time at Houston's Purple Onion Club. Her style was inspired by such blues greats as Odetta and Bessie Smith. In 1962 she joined the Waller Creek Boys, an Austin-based act. In 1963 Joplin moved to San Francisco where she became a regular attraction at the North Beach Coffee Gallery. In 1965 as a consequence of amphetamine addiction she went back to Texas but returned to the Bay Area in 1966 and joined the band Big Brother and the Holding Company. Because of various group tensions she left Big Brother in 1968 and assembled a new group called the Kozmic Blues Band. Janis' continuing problems with substance addicition led to the collapse of the Kozmic Blues Band and in May 1970 she formed another group called the Full Tilt Boogie Band. In July the group toured Canada with the Grateful Dead and then began work on a 'debut' album, Pearl. The sessions were all but complete when, on 4 October 4, 1970, Joplin died of a heroin overdose at her Hollywood hotel. Pearl was relased posthumously.
Paul Anka
Born July 30, 1941 in Ottawa, Canada. In 1956 Paul's parents gave him $100 to go to New York to visit some record companies and music publishers with some of the new songs he had written. In New York he stayed with the Rover Boys at their suite in the President Hotel and they introduced him to Don Costa, a producer from ABC/Paramount. Costa was impressed and Anka recorded "Diana" which topped the charts and sold over 10 million copies. With hit records through 1958-60, Anka became a household word, playing in all corners of the globe including being the first North American pop star to play behind the Iron Curtain. He was the youngest performer ever to play the Copa in June 1960. he wrote the theme song for Johnny Carson's "Tonight Show". One of his greatest songs, "My Way", was written for Frank Sinatra in 1966 based on a French song, "Comme d'Habitude" by Claude Francois, which Anka had purchased the copyright to. Anka currently works as the house entertainer in Las Vegas at The Trump Plaza Casino and and lives with his family in Carmel, California.
Afrika Bambaataa (Kevin Donovan)
Born April 10, 1960 in the South Bronx, New York. He is one of the founding innovators of Hip-Hop. Raised in the Bronx, he was a member of the Black Spades gang in his early teens. He went on to form the Zulu Nation, dedicated to music and above all peace. Bambaataa has cut many records over his career and experimented with many different types of music, such is the very essence of hip hop. The now classic 'Planet Rock' has been sampled by many artists over the years. He has remained an obscure artist in the mainstream, though many more famous people have worked with him.
General Manager
John Lee Hooker
Born August 22, 1922 in Clarksdale, Mississippi. John Lee Hooker's stepfather William Moore who played music with such legendary musicians as Blind Lemon Jefferson and Charlie Patton apparently turned him on to music. Hooker left his Clarksdale home in Mississippi's Coahoma County and went to live in Memphis, Cincinnati and Detroit. In 1948 he released his first tune, "Boogie Chillen" which became a successful hit. He played at the 1959 Newport Folk Festival adapting to the metamorphic musical audience. In her Rock Encyclopedia Lillian Roxon attributes Hooker's appearance at Newport for providing "more exposure to the new generation than most blues artists." That exposure translated into direct influence. Rock and Roll bands such as the Rolling Stones, Ten Years After and Canned Heat were explicit in acknowledging the influence of Hooker and his "endless boogie." Jimi Hendrix, Van Morrison and a slew of other rockers absorbed Hooker's unique style of music. Carlos Santana calls Hooker "an ocean of inspiration." Hooker has been a remarkably adaptable artist. He underwent a revival of sorts in 1989 when in his 70s he released a series of successful albums beginning with The Healer. He was a 1991 inductee at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In February 2000 the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences awarded Hooker a Lifetime Achievement Award.
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    Delta Dragons- Season 2001 Official Team Roster
    Published: December 12, 2000
    Copyright © 2001 by the Cosmic Baseball Association