Happy Birthday today (Nov. 5) to bassist Brian Wheat of Tesla. He's 54. Other rockers celebrating include former Night Ranger guitarist Jeff Watson (61) and Radiohead lead guitarist Jonny Greenwood (46).

Brian Wheat is best known as the bassist for rock band Tesla. The band formed out of Sacramento, California in 1981 released their first album Mechanical Resonance in 1986 and toured with bands like David Lee Roth, Alice Cooper, Def Leppard, and Poison. The band released their second album The Great Radio Controversy in 1989, which produced the hit power ballad "Love Song". In 1990, they released the live album Five Man Acoustical Jam and had a hit with their cover of "Signs" (a 1971 hit for Five Man Electrical Band.)

The band would release their third studio album Psychotic Supper in 1991, and their fourth studio album Bust a Nut in 1994 before going on hiatus. The band reunited in 2000 and have continued on ever since, releasing many other albums. Tesla released Mechanical Resonance Live last year featuring a new track called “Save That Goodness” which was written and produced by Phil Collen of Def Leppard. Cheers to Brian Wheat on his birthday today!

Night Ranger
Jeff Watson, Jack Blades, and Kelly Keagy of rock band Night Ranger. Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images
Jonny Greenwood
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