Erin Caffey Kills Entire Family

Erin Caffey had a wish: she wanted to go out with her boyfriend James Wilkinson, but her parents stood in her way. So she took some initiative and planned the murders of her family. In March 2008, Erin Caffey’s boyfriend and his buddy, Waid, attacked the family house in the early hours of the morning. Her mother was killed and her father was maimed badly. Her two brothers, Matthew and Tyler, were murdered in grotesque ways. Matthew was shot in the head, while Waid and Wilkinson took turns stabbing Tyler. They then proceeded to set fire to the house. All those involved were charged with murder and all signed plea deals or plead guilty, receiving extended prison sentences.


On this day in music history: July 8, 1981 - “Beauty And The Beat”, the debut album by The Go-Go’s is released. Produced by Richard Gottehrer and Rob Freeman, it is recorded at Penny Lane Studios, The Record Plant and Sound Mixers Studios in New York City from April - May 1981. Having started on the underground punk rock scene in Los Angeles in the late 70’s, The Go-Go’s make their recording debut in 1980 when they release the first version of “We Got The Beat” through UK indie label Stiff Records. The single generates significant buzz back home in the US, but the Go-Go’s have difficulty securing a record contract. I.R.S. Records signs them, after numerous rejections from other labels, telling them bluntly that they feel that a self contained all female band won’t be successful in a male dominated music industry. The band work with songwriter and producer Richard Gottherer, originally one third of the 60’s band and songwriting team The Strangeloves (“I Want Candy”, “My Boyfriend’s Back”) and Rob Freeman. To record their full length debut, the band relocate to New York City to work with Gottherer and Freeman. Band members Charlotte Caffey and Jane Wiedlin write the bulk of the albums eleven tracks with Kathy Valentine and Belinda Carlisle also contributing. The first single “Our Lips Are Sealed” (#20 Pop) penned by Wiedlin and Terry Hall of the UK ska bands The Specials (later of Fun Boy Three), comes about after the pair become romantically involved while The Go-Go’s are touring as the opening act for The Specials. With Hall having a girlfriend back home, they write the song as a sly and ironic reference to the affair while trying outwardly to keep it under wraps. The albums now iconic cover photo features the Go-Go’s with their faces covered in cold cream and with their hair and bodies wrapped with bath towels. Before the photo shoot, the bands manager Ginger Canzoneri warns the girls not to get anything on the towels as she “needs to return them to Macy’s” after the photo session. Once released, the album initially gets off to a slow start, but quickly picks up steam after the release of the second single, the re-recorded version of “We Got The Beat” (#2 Pop) is issued in January of 1982. From there, “Beauty And The Beat” takes off like a rocket, with The Go-Go’s making history as the first all female band to score a number one album on the Top 200 in the US. Originally released on CD in the mid 80’s, it is remastered and reissued in 2011 for its thirtieth anniversary as a two disc deluxe edition, with the second CD featuring a live concert recorded at The Metro Club in Boston on August 20, 1981. The title is also reissued as a 180 gram vinyl LP pressed on pink translucent vinyl. “Beauty And The Beat” spends six weeks at number one on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

Women of Classic Rock Birthdays

I’ve decided to keep track, for my blog and for the interests of others, of the birthdays of women of classic rock. Feel free to add anyone you feel is missing! (Or let me know if you’d like me to add anyone and I’d gladly do so.)


  • 5th - Kate Schellenbach
  • 6th - Sandy Denny
  • 9th - Joan Baez
  • 10th - Pat Benatar
  • 11th - Vicki Peterson
  • 14th - Patricia Morrison
  • 16th - Katherine Anderson
  • 17th - Susanna Hoffs, Ari Up
  • 19th - Janis Joplin, Gina Stile, Martha Davis
  • 22nd - Addie “Micki” Harris
  • 23rd - Anita Pointer
  • 24th - Muriel Moreno
  • 26th - Lucinda Williams, Wendy Melvoin
  • 27th - Nedra Talley
  • 28th - Sarah McLachlan


  • 1st - Exene Cervenka
  • 3rd - Melanie Safka
  • 4th - Marge/Mary Ann Ganser
  • 6th - Georgeanna Tillman
  • 9th - Carole King
  • 11th - Sheryl Crow
  • 18th - Yoko Ono, Juice Newton
  • 20th - Buffy Sainte-Marie, Poison Ivy
  • 22nd - Atsuko Yamano
  • 26th - Josephine Wiggs


  • 2nd - Karen Carpenter
  • 6th - Mary Wilson, Flora Purim
  • 8th - Pauline Murray
  • 10th - Edie Brickell
  • 11th - Lisa Loeb
  • 16th - Nancy Wilson
  • 17th - Janet Gardner, Roxy Petrucci
  • 18th - Irene Cara
  • 19th - Ruth Pointer
  • 20th - Sister Rosetta Tharpe
  • 21st - Share Pedersen
  • 24th - Carol Kaye
  • 26th - Diana Ross
  • 29th - Patty Donahue
  • 30th - Tracy Chapman, Lene Lovich


  • 2nd - Emmylou Harris, Shele Pinizzotto
  • 5th - Agnetha Fältskog
  • 7th - Patricia Bennett
  • 8th - Donita Sparks
  • 12th - Amy Ray, Lois Reeves
  • 14th - June Millington, Sonja Kristina
  • 15th - Linda Perry
  • 16th - Dusty Springfield
  • 17th - Liz Phair
  • 19th - Genya Ravan, Dawn Richardson
  • 27th - Sheena Easton
  • 28th - Kim Gordon, Enid Williams
  • 29th - Debora Iyall


  • 1st - Judy Collins, Rita Coolidge
  • 2nd - Lesley Gore
  • 6th - Sandra Tilley, Mary MacGregor
  • 7th - Lorrie Collins
  • 13th - Kim McAuliffe, Mary Wells
  • 16th - Barbara Lee, Hazel O’Connor, Janet Jackson
  • 18th - Martika
  • 19th - Grace Jones
  • 20th - Cher, Jane Wiedlin
  • 24th -  Patti LaBelle
  • 25th - Jean Millington
  • 26th - Stevie Nicks
  • 27th - Siouxsie Sioux
  • 28th - Gladys Knight, Wendy O. Williams
  • 29th - Melissa Etheridge
  • 30th - Gladys Horton


  • 1st - Alanis Morissette 
  • 2nd - Micki Steele, Lydia Lunch
  • 3rd - Doro, Suzi Quatro
  • 4th - Michelle Phillips
  • 5th - Ellen Foley
  • 8th - Annie Haslam, Bonnie Tyler
  • 10th - Shirley Owens, Kim Deal, Kelley Deal
  • 14th - Billie Myers
  • 15th - Bif Naked
  • 18th - Molly Neuman
  • 19th - Ann Wilson
  • 20th - Kelly Johnson, LaLa Brooks, Anne Murray
  • 22nd - Cyndi Lauper
  • 25th - Carly Simon
  • 26th - Patty Smyth, Rindy Ross, Harriet Wheeler
  • 30th - Florence Ballard


  • 1st - Debbie Harry
  • 3rd - Poly Styrene
  • 4th - Annette Beard
  • 9th - Courtney Love, Gwen Guthrie
  • 10th - Sandy West
  • 11th - Bonnie Pointer, Suzanne Vega
  • 12th - Christine McVie
  • 15th - Linda Ronstadt
  • 17th - Phoebe Snow, Nicolette Larson, Kim Shattuck
  • 18th - Martha Reeves
  • 19th - Lady Bo
  • 20th - Kim Carnes, Tobi Vail
  • 21st - Lee Aaron
  • 22nd - Estelle Bennett, Emily Saliers
  • 26th - Betty Davis
  • 30th - Kate Bush
  • 31st - Lisa Kekaula


  • 1st - Suzi Gardner
  • 2nd - Doris Coley
  • 3rd - Beverly Lee, Skin
  • 5th - Jennifer Finch
  • 6th - Judy Craig, Carole Pope
  • 7th -  Kristin Hersh
  • 9th - Wanda Young, Brie Howard
  • 10th - Ronnie Spector, Patti Austin
  • 15th - Kate Taylor
  • 17th - Belinda Carlisle, Maria McKee, Lisa Coleman
  • 18th -  Sarah Dash
  • 21st - Jackie DeShannon
  • 22nd - Debbi Peterson, Tori Amos
  • 23rd - Linda Thompson
  • 25th - Martha Veléz
  • 26th - Moe Tucker, Shirley Manson
  • 28th - Phranc, Dinah Cancer
  • 29th - Amanda Marshall, Gaye Advert
  • 31st - Gina Schock, Debbie Gibson


  • 2nd - Rosalind Ashford
  • 6th - Dolores O’Riordan
  • 7th - Chrissie Hynde
  • 8th - Aimee Mann
  • 10th - Carol Decker, Rosie Flores
  • 11th - Amy Madigan
  • 13th - Fiona
  • 16th - Vicki Blue, Betty Kelly
  • 19th - Cass Elliot, Lita Ford
  • 20th - Alannah Currie
  • 22nd - Joan Jett, Johnette Napolitano
  • 28th - Jennifer Rush
  • 30th - Sylvia Peterson, Patrice Rushen


  • 1st - Mariska Veres
  • 3rd - Gwen Stefani
  • 8th -  Michie Nakatani
  • 9th -  Nona Hendryx
  • 12th - Jane Siberry
  • 16th - Miriam Linna, Nico
  • 18th - Laura Nyro, Cynthia Weil, Denise Dufort, Catherine Ringer
  • 21st - Charlotte Caffey, Rose McDowall
  • 23rd - Ellie Greenwich
  • 25th - Chrissy Amphlett
  • 30th - Grace Slick


  • 1st - Sophie B. Hawkins
  • 3rd - Lulu
  • 7th - Joni Mitchell, Alice Bag
  • 8th - Bonnie Raitt
  • 9th - Dee Plakas, Allison Wolfe
  • 15th - Anni-Frid Lyngstad
  • 18th - Jan Kuehnemund, Cindy Blackman Santana
  • 21st -  Björk
  • 22nd - Tina Weymouth
  • 26th - Tina Turner, Gayle McCormick
  • 30th - Cherie Currie, June Pointer, Stacey Q


  • 1st - Viv Albertine, Bette Midler
  • 8th -  Sinéad O’Connor
  • 9th - Joan Armatrading, Candy Givens
  • 11th - Big Mama Thornton, Brenda Lee
  • 12th - Sheila E.
  • 15th - Cindy Birdsong
  • 18th - Naoko Yamano
  • 20th - Jackie Fox
  • 25th - Annie Lennox
  • 27th - Karla Bonoff
  • 28th - Mary Weiss
  • 29th - Marianne Faithfull
  • 30th - Patti Smith
  • 31st - Donna Summer, Rita Lee

In the early morning hours of 1 March, 2008, the Caffey family were awoken by the sound of gunfire in their Alba, Texas, home. Two men, 19-year-old Charlie James Wilkinson and 20-year-old Charles Allen Waid, had broken into the home where they stabbed and shot the occupants to death. 37-year-old Penny Caffrey and her two sons, 13-year-old Matthew and 8-year-old Tyler died in the attack but 41-year-old Terry Caffey, miraculously survived after being shot multiple times. Penny had been almost decapitated by a samurai sword while Matthew was shot dead and most disturbingly, Tyler was stabbed to death as he hid inside his closet. The attackers then set the house on fire. Terry was able to identify the two men who systematically brutally slaughtered his family as the boyfriend and friend of his his 16-year-old daughter, Erin Caffey. It was uncovered that Erin had been the mastermind behind the savage attack due to her parents forbidding her from seeing Charlie, who they believed to be a bad influence. Erin sat outside in the car as Charlie and Charles murdered her family. Both men received life imprisonment while Erin accepted a plea deal in which she could be released from prison on good behaviour when she is 59-years-old. Her father stood by her side and visits her in prison weekly.


Women of classic rock and their corresponding zodiac signs + elements ~ insp., dates used from here, trait info found here

Aries (March 21-April 19): Diana Ross, Linda Perry, Tracy Chapman, Dusty Springfield, Emmylou Harris, Liz Phair

Traits: Passionate, lively, courageous, arrogant, impulsive, confrontational

Taurus (April 20-May 20): Cher, Kim Gordon, Jane Wiedlin

Traits: Patient, dependable, persistent, stubborn, materialistic, possessive

Gemini (May 21-June 20): Stevie Nicks, Gladys Horton, Siouxsie Sioux, Micki Steele, Michelle Phillips, Ann Wilson

Traits: Versatile, enthusiastic, intellectual, superficial, lack of consistency, anxious

Cancer (June 21-July 22): Cyndi Lauper, Poly Styrene, Carly Simon, Christine McVie, Debbie Harry, Linda Ronstadt

Traits: Creative, spontaneous, faithful, moody, pessimstic, clingy

Leo (July 23-August 22): Betty Davis, Ronnie Spector, Kate Bush, Belinda Carlisle, Suzi Gardner, Jackie DeShannon

Traits: Optimistic, straightforward, loyal, egoistic, dominating, impatient

Virgo (August 23-September 22): Chrissie Hynde, Cass Elliot, Aimee Mann, Lita Ford, Vicki Blue, Joan Jett

Traits: Practical, analytical, trustworthy, overcritical, harsh, judgmental

Libra (September 23-October 22): Mariska Veres, Cynthia Weil, Nona Hendryx, Charlotte Caffey, Laura Nyro

Traits: Tactful, charming, just, detached, lazy, indecisive

Scorpio (October 23-November 21): Ellie Greenwich, Dee Plakas, Grace Slick, Bonnie Raitt, Joni Mitchell, Jan Kuehnemund

Traits: Brave, ambitious, intuitive, jealous, secretive, resentful

Sagittarius (November 22-December 21): Tina Weymouth, Cherie Currie, Tina Turner, Viv Albertine, Big Mama Thornton, Jackie Fox

Traits: Adventurous, philisophical, generous, careless, tactless, impatient

Capricorn (December 22-January 19): Annie Lennox, Joan Baez, Pat Benatar, Janis Joplin, Patti Smith, Susanna Hoffs

Traits: Wise, disciplined, cautious, pessimistic, stubborn, shy

Aquarius (January 20-February 18): Micki Harris, Carole King, Nedra Talley, Sheryl Crow, Georgeanna Tillman, Yoko Ono

Traits: Humanitarian, creative, independent, unpredictable, aloof, extreme

Pisces (February 19-March 20): Buffy Sainte-Marie, Janet Gardner, Mary Wilson, Roxy Petrucci, Nancy Wilson, Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Traits: Imaginative, compassionate, selfless, over-sensitive, pessimistic, lazy


Today in women of classic rock history, September 29, 1993: Belinda Carlisle’s fifth studio album, Real, is released. It peaked at #9 on the UK Albums Chart.

Ex-Go-Go’s bandmate Charlotte Caffey has co-writing credit on every song on the album except for the fifth track.