Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Rock Moms, Rock Kids

There were the groups -- The Mamas and the Papas, Mothers of Invention, Cat Mother and the All Night Newsboys. There were the songs -- "Your Mother Should Know," "Mother and Child Reunion," "Your Mama Can't Dance."

But nothing pays simultaneous tribute to rock and motherhood like recognizing these rockin' moms and their kids who followed in their professional footsteps. Here's to the moms who rock, and their contributions to the musical gene pool.

Mom: Carly Simon   Kids: Ben Taylor and Sally Taylor 

In music, there's nothing quite like the sound of family harmony, especially when the family includes the likes of James Taylor and Carly Simon. Mom enlisted her two talented children by Taylor, Ben and Sally, to join her on her 2005 tour.When not performing with mom, son tours and records with the Ben Taylor Band. Daughter writes and sings and has three solo albums to her credit.

Mom: Carole King  Kids: Louise Goffin and Sherry Goffin Kondor

The songwriting team of Carole King and Jerry Goffin produced a huge catalog of hit songs. Their nine-year marriage produced two successors to the family business.Louise Goffin is a singer-songwriter with a five album discography. She is heard in duet with her mother on the Gilmore Girls TV show theme, "Where You Lead."
Sherry Goffin Kondor -- who performed (along with sis Louise) with mom during her Living Room Tour in 2004 -- has recorded an album of children's music, founded the band Sugar Beats and manages pop artist Jesse McCartney.


Mom: Yoko Ono  Kid: Sean Lennon 

Mom has a catalog of 23 albums, seven of them with husband John Lennon. With that kind of genetic background, it seems inevitable that son should be a singer, songwriter and musician. He also has acting and film producing credits on his resume.

 Mom: Jessi Colter  Kid: Shooter Jennings

Both mom (widow of the late Waylon Jennings) and son have left their musical footprints primarily in the country genre, but both have crossed over to pop/rock: mom with '70s hits like "I'm Not Lisa" and son with Southern Rock band Stargunn. 


Mom: Michelle Phillips Kid: Chynna Phillips

Michelle was the mama and John Phillips was the papa in both their professional and personal lives. Like mother (The Mamas and the Papas) like daughter Chynna (Wilson Phillips) -- both found their musical success came when they performed with a group, and both have also pursued acting careers.

 Mom: Sharon Osbourne  Kid: Kelly Osbourne

Mom's musical career has been behind the scenes, as a manager and promoter. She has had three kids with Heavy Metal stalwart Ozzy Osbourne, including Kelly, who has released three relatively successful (especially overseas) solo albums.

 Lot of people might say that their mom is a rock star. But for a smaller portion of the population, their mom actually is a rock star. In honour of Mother's Day, and all of the figuratively and literally rocking moms out there, we'd like to salute them all for their selfless love and inspiration

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