Happy Birthday today (Nov. 14) to drummer Frankie Banali of Quiet Riot. He's 66. Other rockers celebrating include former Bon Jovi bassist Alec John Such (66), guitarist James "J.Y." Young of Styx (68), and drummer Travis Barker of Blink 182 (42).

Frankie Banali is best known as the drummer for Quiet Riot. He also played drums with heavy metal band W.A.S.P. for some time. Quiet Riot was formed by Randy Rhoads and bassist Kelly Garni under the name Mach 1 in 1973.The band changed it’s name to Little Women before settling on Quiet Riot in 1975. The original lineup featured Rhoads and Garni with Kevin Dubrow on vocals and Drew Forsyth on drums. The most commercially successful lineup of the band featured Dubrow along with guitarist Carlos Cavazo, bassist Rudy Sarzo, Frankie Banali on drums. A new Quiet Riot album called Road Rage was released this past summer. I was a big Quiet Riot fan and got to see the band many times over the years. Great memories. Cheers to Frankie Banali on his birthday!

In 1983, the band released their breakthrough album Metal Health featuring the title track along with “Cum on Feel the Noize”. The album was the first heavy metal album to reach #1 on the Billboard 200. Frankie Banali continues to keep Quiet Riot going with a revamped lineup. For more on Quiet Riot, check out the band’s official website here. Check out a new Quiet Riot song below.

Bon Jovi
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James "J.Y." Young
James “J.Y.” Young of Styx with Tigman/Rutigliano Archives
Travis Barker
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