Today's special An Artist Is Born birthday shoutout goes out in remembrance of CLIFF BURTON (1962). A multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and songwriter, Burton was the bassist for American best-selling thrash metal bandMETALLICA. He played on their first three albums and received a posthumous writing credit on their fourth. He is also recognized for using a wah-wah pedal on his bass, something uncommon with bass players. Unfortunately, Burton passed away in a bus accident back in 1986. He was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Metallica in 2009.