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This Week’s Birthdays (June 9 -15)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Jun 09

1891 ● Cole Porter → Grammy-winning singer and composer, one of America’s greatest songwriters, wrote countless classic songs, including “Night And Day” (1932), “I Get A Kick Out Of You” (1934) and “Begin The Beguine” (1935), died of kidney failure on 10/15/1964
1915 ● Les Paul (Lester William Polsfuss) → Immensely influential jazz and country-pop guitarist, singer and songwriter, recorded solo and with wife Mary Ford, “Hummingbird” (#7, 1955), inventor of the Gibson Les Paul solid-body electric guitar and developer of various playing and recording techniques, including “close miking,” overdubbing, echo delay and multitrack recording, died from severe pneumonia on 8/12/2009
1929 ● Johnny Ace (John Alexander) → Young, gifted and promising R&B/blues balladeer, “Pledging My Love” (#17, R&B #1, 1955), Billboard magazine’s “most played artist of 1955″, died playing Russian roulette backstage after a show on 12/25/1954
1934 ● Jack Leroy “Jackie” Wilson → Prolific and important R&B-to-soul singer with 13 R&B Top 10 singles from 1957-75, including “Lonely Teardrops” (#7, 1959), suffered a massive heart attack on 9/29/1975 during a Dick Clark nightclub show, fell from the stage and lived 8 years in a coma until he died on 1/21/1984
1941 ● Billy Hatton → Drummer and singer for Merseybeat pop-rock The Fourmost, “A Little Loving” (UK #6, 1964)
1941 ● Jon Lord → Classically-trained keyboardist and session player, co-founded hard rock/prog rock Deep Purple, “Smoke On The Water” (#4, 1973), solo and Whitesnake, “Here I Go Again” (#1, 1987)
1946 ● Stuart Edwards → Lead guitar for studio-only pop-rock Edison Lighthouse, “(Love Grows) Where My Rosemary Goes” (#5, 1970)
1947 ● John “Mitch” Mitchell → Drums for psych-rock Jimi Hendrix Experience, “Purple Haze” (US #65, UK #3, 1967), later in ITV’s Ready Steady Go! house band, found dead in a hotel room on 11/12/2008
1949 ● Francis Monkman → Multi-instrumental rock and classical composer, film score writer and co-founder of Brit prog/avant garde rock Curved Air, “Back Street Luv” (UK #4, 1974)
1949 ● George Bunnell → Bassist for 60s psych-pop-rock Strawberry Alarm Clock, “Incense And Peppermints” (#1, 1967)
1950 ● Trevor Bolder → Bassist for David Bowie‘s early 70s glam-rock backing band, which became hard rock The Spiders From Mars, replaced John Wetton in Uriah Heep (1976-81), then replaced Wetton in Wishbone Ash, returned to Uriah Heep in 1983
1951 ● Peter Gill → Drummer for Brit heavy metal Son Of A Bitch which became Saxon, “Power And The Glory” (#32, 1983) and punk-metal Motörhead, “Ace Of Spades” (UK #15, 1980)
1951 ● Terry Uttley → Bass and vocals for pop-rock Smokie, “Living Next Door To Alice” (#25, UK #3, 1977)
1953 ● Errol Kennedy → Vocals for R&B/electro-dance-soul Imagination, “Just An Illusion” (Dance/Club #15, 1982)
1954 ● Peter Byrne → Songwriter and co-founder of New Wave synth-pop Naked Eyes, “(There’s) Always Something There To Remind Me” (#10, 1983), then formed Britpop duo Climie Fisher, “Love Changes (Everything)” (#23, 1988)
1962 ● Eddie Lundon → Guitar and vocals for New Romantic/dance-pop China Crisis, “Wishful Thinking” (UK #9, 1984) and “Working With Fire And Steel” (Dance/Club #27, 1984)
1967 ● Dean Dinning → Bassist for alt pop-rock Toad The Wet Sprocket, “All I Want” (#15, 1992), nephew of 50s pop-rocker Mark Dinning, “Teen Angel” (#1, 1960)
1967 ● Dean Felber → Bass and vocals for 90s pop-rock quartet Hootie & The Blowfish, “Only Wanna Be With You” (#6, 1995), solo
1970 ● Ed Simons → DJ and keyboards for dance-rock-rap fusion duo The Chemical Brothers, “It Began In Afrika” (Dance/Club #1, 2001)
1972 ● Wesley Reid Scantlin → Co-founder, singer, songwriter and guitarist for post-grunge Puddle Of Mudd, “Blurry” (#5, 2001)
1978 ● Matthew Bellamy → Guitar, vocals and keyboards for prog-glam-electronic rock Muse, “Uprising” (#37, 2009)
1980 ● James Walsh → Singer, guitarist, pianist and frontman for post-Britpop Starsailor, “Silence Is Easy” (UK #9, 2003)
1983 ● Frankee (Nicole Francine Aiello) → Hip hop/R&B urban contemporary singer, “F.U.R.B. (Fuck You Right Back)” (#63, Top 40 #29, 2004), a response to ex-boyfriend Eamon‘s single “Fuck It (I Don’t Want You Back)” (#16, 2004)

Jun 10

1910 ● Howlin’ Wolf (Chester Arthur Burnett) → Highly influential blues guitarist, harpist and songwriter, “Smokestack Lightning” (R&B #8, 1956), died from cancer on 1/10/1976
1922 ● Judy Garland (Frances Ethel Gumm) → Grammy-winning singer and film actress, “(Somewhere) Over The Rainbow” (1939), played Dorothy in the Wizard Of Oz (1939), released the comeback album Judy At Carnegie Hall (Billboard #1, 1961), died 7/22/1969 from a barbiturate overdose.
1941 ● Shirley Alston Reeves (Shirley Owens) → Vocals for first rock-era girl group The Shirelles, “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” (#1, 1960), solo
1942 ● Janet Vogel → Vocals in R&B/doo wop quintet The Skyliners, “Since I Don’t Have You” (#12, 1959), committed suicide on 2/21/1980
1944 ● Rick Price → Bassist for Brit psych-rock The Move, “Blackberry Way” (UK #1, 1968), briefly with pop-rock Electric Light Orchestra, then eccentric jazz-pop Wizzard, “See My Baby Jive” (UK #1, 1973), now tours with wife Dianne Lee
1961 ● Kelley Deal → Lead guitar and backing vocals for alt rock The Breeders, “Cannonball” (#44, 1993), solo, identical twin of bandmate Kim Deal
1961 ● Kimberly Anne Deal → Bass guitar and backing vocals for influential alt rock Pixies, “Velouria” (Modern Rock #4, 1990), then co-founder, rhythm guitar and vocals for alt rock The Breeders, “Cannonball” (#44, 1993), identical twin of bandmate Kelley Deal
1961 ● Mark Shaw (Mark Robert Tiplady) → Vocals for New Wave synth-pop-soul Then Jerico, “The Motive” (UK #18, 1987)
1961 ● Maxi Priest (Max Alfred Elliott) → The “King of Lovers Rock”, Jamaican-born Brit contemporary R&B and reggae star, “Close To You” (#1, 1990)
1964 ● Emma Anderson → Guitarist for alt pop/shoegazing band Lush, “Sweetness & Light” (Modern Rock #4, 1990)
1964 ● Jimmy Chamberlain → Drummer for alt/prog rock/metal band Smashing Pumpkins, “1979” (#12, 1996)
1965 ● Joey Santiago → Filipino-American lead guitarist and songwriter for influential alt rock Pixies, “Velouria” (Modern Rock #4, 1990), later The Martinis
1967 ● Human Beat Box (Darren Robinson) → Corpusly oversized vocalist in hip hop/beatbox pioneers The Fat Boys “Wipe Out” (#12, 1987), died of an obesity-induced heart attack on 12/10/1995
1968 ● The D.O.C. (Tracy Lynn Curry) → Gangsta rapper with hip hop group Fila Fresh Crew, co-wrote songs for gangsta rap group N.W.A., then solo, “It’s Funky Enough” (Rap #1, 1988) from the #20 album No One Can Do It Better
1969 ● Dan Lavery → Bass and background vocals for Grammy-nominated alt/roots rock Tonic, “If You Could Only See” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1997)
1971 ● Joel “JoJo” Hailey → With brother Cedric, vocals in R&B/electro-dance “bad boy” quartet Jodeci, “Lately” (#4, 1993), left with Cedric to form romantic soul duo K-Ci & JoJo, “All My Life” (#1, 1998)
1973 ● Faith Renée Evans → R&B/contemporary soul-pop singer, “Love Like This” (#7, 1998), widow of rapper Christopher “The Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace, her tribute to him, “I’ll Be Missing You” (#1, 1997) with Puff Daddy and 112 won a 1997 Grammy Award
1973 ● LeMisha Grinsted → Vocals with sister Irish in hip hop R&B/dance-pop trio 702, “Where My Girls At?” (#4, 1999), American Music Awards “Best New Soul/R&B Artist” for 2000
1987 ● Tinchy Stryder (Kwasi Danquah) → Garage/grime rap singer, “Number 1″ (UK #3, 2009)

Jun 11

1934 ● James “Pookie” Hudson → Frontman and lead vocals for pioneer R&B/doo wop The Spaniels, “Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight” (R&B #5, 1954), died of cancer on 1/16/2007
1940 ● Joey Dee (Joseph DiNicola) → Frontman and lead vocals for early rock ‘n’ roll Joey Dee & The Starlighters, the house band at New York’s Peppermint Lounge, “The Peppermint Twist” (#1, 1962) and “Shout” (#6, 1962)
1947 ● Glenn Leonard → Vocals for R&B giants The Temptations, “My Girl” (#1, 1965) and Grammy-winning “Papa Was A Rolling Stone” (#1, 1972), solo
1947 ● Richard Palmer-James → Lyricist for prog/space-rock King Crimson, “The Court Of The Crimson King” (#80, 1970), lyricist and guitar for prog-art-pop-rock Supertramp, “The Logical Song” (#6, 1979)
1948 ● Skip Alan (Alan Ernest Skipper) → Drummer for raunchy R&B/blues-rock British Invasion band The Pretty Things, “Don’t Bring Me Down” (UK #10, 1964)
1949 ● Frank Beard → Drummer for venerable Texas blues/boogie rock trio ZZ Top, “Legs” (#8, 1984)
1951 ● Lynsey De Paul (Rubin) → Brit R&B/disco singer and songwriter, “Sugar Me” (UK #5, 1972), first woman to win an Ivor Novello award for songwriting, “Won’t Somebody Dance With Me?” (Best Ballad, 1974)
1952 ● Donnie Van Zant → Lead vocals and frontman for Southern arena rockers .38 Special, “Hold On Loosely” (Mainstream Rock #3, 1981), then Van Zant, brother of deceased Lynyrd Skynyrd frontman Ronnie Van Zant
1960 ● David Baerwald → One-half of New wave synth-pop duo David & David, “Welcome To The Boomtown”(Top Rock #8, 1986)
1960 ● Nick “The Head” Hallam → Producer, co-founder of Gee Street Records and co-leader of Brit hip hop/electro-dance Stereo MCs, “Step It Up” (#58, Dance/Club #25, 1992)
1961 ● Rob B. (Robert Charles Birch) → Co-founder of Gee Street Records and co-leader/vocals for Brit hip hop/electro-dance Stereo MCs, “Step It Up” (#58, Dance/Club #25, 1992)
1976 ● Tai Anderson → Bassist in Grammy-winning Christian rock quartet Third Day, “Born Again” (Hot Christian Songs #3, 2009)

Jun 12

1909 ● Archie Bleyer → Bandleader, pop recording artist (“The Naughty Lady Of Shady Lane”, #26, 1954), producer (The Everly Brothers), Cadence Records owner (Andy Williams, The Chordettes, Johnny Tillotson, Lenny Welch and others), died from the effects of Parkinson’s disease on 3/20/1989
1914 ● Bill Kenny → Early member, tenor vocals, ukulele and guitar for pioneering black R&B/doo wop group The Ink Spots, “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” (#2, R&B #1, 1943), continued with various incarnations of the group through the 50s, died on 3/23/1978
1928 ● Vic Damone (Victor Rocco Farinola) → Prototypical Italian/American crooner, “On The Street Where You Live” (#4, 1958), TV variety-show host and film actor
1941 ● Armando Anthony “Chick” Corea → Grammy-winning jazz and electric jazz fusion pianist/synthesizer musician, composer, bandleader, played with Miles Davis, Stanley Clarke, Bobby McFerrin and others, solo
1941 ● Roy Harper → Brit songwriter and folk-psych-rock singer, lead vocals on Pink Floyd‘s “Have A Cigar” (1975), Led Zeppelin‘s “Hat’s Of To Roy Harper” is a tribute to him
1942 ● Len Barry (Leonard Borisoff) → Lead and tenor vocals for doo wop a cappella harmony turned early garage-rock/dance craze The Dovells, “Bristol Stomp” (#2, 1961), then pop-rock solo, “1-2-3″ (#2, 1965)
1943 ● Reg Presley → Lead singer for 60s garage/proto-punk/”caveman rock” The Troggs, “Wild Thing” (#1, 1966), used royalties from his composition “Love Is All Around” (Wet Wet Wet, Adult Contemporary #8, 1994) to fund research into crop circles and other paranormalities and publish a book, Wild Things They Don’t Tell Us, in 2002
1944 ● Howard Cowart → Blue-eyed soul one hit wonder John Fred & His Playboy Band, “Judy In Disguise (With Glasses)” (#1, 1968)
1948 ● Barry Bailey → Lead guitarist for Southern rock Atlanta Rhythm Section, “Imaginary Lover” (#7, 1978)
1951 ● Brad Delp → Lead vocals for 70s-80s arena rock Boston, “More Than A Feeling” (#5, 1976), committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning in at his home in the New Hampshire on 3/9/2007
1951 ● Bun E. Carlos (Brad Carlson) → Drummer for power pop Cheap Trick, “I Want You To Want Me” (#7, 1979) and “The Flame” (#1, 1988)
1952 ● Jamieson “Junior” Brown → Country-rock bandleader and guitarist known for playing a “gut-steel” hybrid of electric and lap steel guitars, played with Asleep At The Wheel, solo albums since 1990
1952 ● Peter Farndon → Bassist for post-punk New Wave hard pop-rock The Pretenders, “Back On The Chain Gang” (#5, 1982), fired from the band in late 1982, died from a drug overdose on 4/14/1983
1953 ● Rocky Burnette → Rowdy, high energy rockabilly revival singer and songwriter, “Tired Of Toein’ The Line” (#8, 1980), son of legendary Johnny
1959 ● John Linnell → Keyboards, accordion and saxophone for alt pop-rock They Might Be Giants, “Birdhouse In Your Soul” (#3, Modern Rock, 1990)
1960 ● Meredith Ann Brooks → Pop-rock singer, songwriter and guitarist, “Bitch” (#2, 1997)
1960 ● Michael Hausman → Drummer for New Wave synth-pop-rock ‘Til Tuesday, “Voices Carry” (#8, 1985), artist manager
1962 ● Grandmaster Dee (Drew Carter) → Vocals for rap/R&B “new jack swing” Whodini, “Five Minutes Of Funk” (1984) from the acclaimed album Escape
1965 ● Robin Wilson → Vocals and guitar for power-pop Gin Blossoms, “Found Out About You” (Modern Rock #1, 1994), solo
1968 ● Bobby Sheehan → Bassist for blues-rock jam band Blues Traveler, “Run-Around” (#8, 1995), died of a drug overdose on 8/20/1999
1969 ● Bardi Martin → Bassist for grunge-rock Candlebox, “Far Behind” (#18, 1994)
1972 ● Bounty Killer (Rodney Basil Price) → Jamaican reggae and dancehall singer, “Deadly Zone” (#79, Rap #8, 1998)
1977 ● Kenny Wayne Shepherd (Brobst) → Self-taught blues-rock guitarist and singer/songwriter, “Blue On Black” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1997)
1979 ● Robyn (Robin Miriam Carlsson) → Swedish dance/pop singer, “Do You Know (What It Takes)” (#7, 1997)

Jun 13

1934 ● Uriel Jones → Drummer in Motown house band The Funk Brothers, which provided nearly all instrumentation behind every Motown hit, died from a heart attack on 3/24/2009
1940 ● Bobby Freeman → Dance craze R&B/soul-pop singer, “Do You Want To Dance” (#5, 1958)
1942 ● James Carr → Underappreciated R&B/Southern soul singer, “Dark End Of The Street” (#77, R&B #10, 1967), died of lung cancer on 1/17/2001
1943 ● Esther Ofarim → One half of Israeli folk-pop-rock vocal duo Esther & Abi, “Cinderella Rockafeller” (UK #1, 1968)
1949 ● Dennis Locorriere → Guitarist for AM pop-rock Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show, “Sylvia’s Mother” (#5, 1972) plus nine other Top 40 hits
1951 ● Howard Leese → Guitar and keyboards for hard rock Heart, “These Dreams” (#1, 1986)
1954 ● Jorge Santana → Bandleader and guitarist for Latino rock Malo, “Suavecito” (#18, 1972)
1954 ● Robert “Bo” Donaldson → Pop-rock singer, keyboardist, trumpeter and frontman for The Heywoods, “Billy Don’t Be a Hero” (#1, 1974)
1957 ● Rolf Brendel → Drummer for German pop-rock band Nena, “99 Luftballons” (#2, 1984)
1963 ● Paul DeLisle → Bassist for neo-garage/quirky Smash Mouth, “Walkin’ On The Sun” (Adult Top 40 #1, 1997)
1963 ● Robbie Merrill → Bassist for hard rock Godsmack, “Straight Out Of Line” (Mainstream #1, 2003)
1968 ● David Gray → Brit singer/songwriter and guitarist, “Babylon” (Adult Top 40 #8, 2000)
1968 ● Deneice Pearson → Vocals for Brit family R&B/dance-pop quintet 5 Star, “Can’t Wait Another Minute” (#41, Dance/Club #7, 1986) and fifteen Top 40 singles in native England
1969 ● Søren Rasted → Co-founder, keyboards and drum machine for Danish dance-pop Aqua, “Barbie Girl” (#7, 1997), which drew a lawsuit from Mattel for its sexual content, solo, producer, actor
1970 ● Rivers Cuomo → Singer, songwriter, guitarist and leader for post-grunge alt rock Weezer, “Beverly Hills” (#10, 2005)
1978 ● Jason Paul “J” Brown → Vocals for pre-fabricated hip hop dance-pop boy band quintet Five, “When The Lights Go Out” (#10, UK #4, 1998)
1981 ● Kymberley Marsh → Singer for pre-fab mockstar dance-pop Hear’Say, “Pure And Simple” (UK #1, 2001), quit the group in 2002 to pursue an acting career
1985 ● Raz-B (De’Mario Monte Thornton) → Vocals for R&B/hip hop urban boy band B2K, “Bump, Bump, Bump” (#1, 2002)

Jun 14

1909 ● Burl Ives → Grammy-winning, grandfatherly folk singer, “A Little Bitty Tear” (#9, 1962), stage and screen actor, writer, radio personality
1931 ● Junior Walker (Autry DeWalt Mixon, Jr.) → Saxophonist and founder/frontman for R&/pop-soul Junior Walker & The All Stars, “Shotgun” (#4, 1965), solo and sessions, died of cancer on 11/23/1995
1936 ● Renaldo “Obie” Benson → Vocals for six decade R&B/soul vocal quartet The Four Tops, “Reach Out (I’ll Be There)” (#1, 1966), co-wrote Marvin Gaye‘s hit “What’s Goin’ On” (#2, 1971), died of lung cancer on 7/1/2005
1945 ● Rod Argent → Founding member, songwriter and keyboardist for underappreciated art-pop rock The Zombies, “Time Of The Season” (#3, 1969), frontman for hard/art rock Argent, “Hold Your Head Up” (#5, 1972), now a TV and film composer
1947 ● Barry “The Fish” Melton → Co-founder and original guitarist for psych-country-protest-rock Country Joe & The Fish, “I Feel Like I’m Fixin’ to Die Rag” (1967), later co-founded San Francisco neo-psych-rock supergroup The Dinosaurs, retired public defender in California
1949 ● Alan White → Drummer for Plastic Ono Band and John Lennon, “Instant Karma!” (#3, 1970), played with George Harrison and joined Ginger Baker’s Air Force, replaced Bill Bruford in 1972 in archetypal, pioneer progressive rock band Yes, “Owner Of A Lonely Heart” (#1, 1983) and has played on every Yes album since
1949 ● Jim Lea → Bass, piano, violin, vocals and songwriting for Brit glam-metal Slade, “Run Runaway” (#20, 1984)
1958 ● Nick Van Ede → Vocals for New Wave pop-rock Cutting Crew, wrote “(I Just) Died In Your Arms Tonight” (#1, 1987)
1961 ● Boy George (George O’Dowd) → Androgynous frontman and lead singer for New Wave pop-rock Culture Club, “Karma Chameleon” (#1, 1984), solo, “The Crying Game” (#15, 1993)
1963 ● Chris DeGarmo → Guitarist for progressive pop-metal Queensrÿche, “Silent Lucidity” (#9, 1991)
1966 ● Matt Freeman → Bassist in punk rock revival Rancid, “Time Bomb” (Modern Rock #8, 1995)
1969 ● MC Ren (Lorenzo Patterson) → Member of controversial/influential gangsta rap quintet N.W.A., “Express Yourself” (Hot Dance #38, 1989), solo, “Same Old Shit” (Rap #11, 1993)
1970 ● Chris Chaney → Bassist for alt rock/post-punk Jane’s Addiction, “Been Caught Stealing” (Mainstream Rock #29, 1990)
1971 ● Billie Myers → Pop, jazz and world music singer/songwriter, “Kiss The Rain” (#15, 1998)
1983 ● Siobhan Donaghy → Vocals in Brit multi-racial pop girl group Sugababes, “Hole In The Head” (Dance/Club #1, 2004)

Jun 15

1921 ● Errol Garner → Virtuoso jazz and swing pianist, wrote the jazz standard, oft-covered and Grammy Hall of Fame song “Misty” (1954) and issued multiple jazz and jazz-pop albums, died of lung cancer on 1/2/1977
1929 ● Nigel Pickering → Rhythm guitar and vocals for sunny folk-pop Spanky & Our Gang, “Sunday Will Never Be The Same” (#9, 1967), died 5/5/2011
1937 ● Waylon Jennings → Grammy-winning “outlaw” country guitarist, singer and songwriter, started in the Buddy Holly Band, solo, “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys” (#42, Country #1, 1978), formed mythic country supergroup The Highwaymen, “Highwayman” (Country #1, 1985), died on 2/13/2002
1941 ● Harry Nilsson → Grammy-winning folk-pop singer, songwriter and guitarist, “Everybody’s Talkin” (#6, 1969) from the movie Midnight Cowboy, “Without You” (#1, 1972), died on 1/15/1994
1943 ● Johnny Hallyday (Jean-Phillipe Smet) → The “French Elvis”, major European pop star, “Mon Plus Beau Noel” (French #1, 2005), Jimmy Page, Peter Frampton and Foreigner‘s Mick Jones have played on his records
1943 ● Mervyn “Muff” Winwood → Bassist for Brit pop-rock Spencer Davis Group, “Gimme Some Lovin”” (#7, 1967), producer, record executive, older brother of Steve Winwood
1946 ● Artemios “Demis” Roussos → Operatic-voiced Greek singer and bassist with prog-rock Aphrodite’s Child, solo, “L.O.V.E. Got A Hold On Me” (Dance/Club #26, 1978)
1946 ● Neville “Noddy” Holder → Guitar and vocals for Brit glam-metal Slade, “Run Runaway” (#20, 1984), TV actor, radio and TV presenter
1949 ● Michael “Sam” Lutz → Guitarist for Detroit rock ‘n’ roll band Brownsville Station, “Smokin’ In The Boys Room” (#3, 1973)
1949 ● Russell Hitchcock → Vocals for Aussie light pop-rock Air Supply, “The One That You Love” (#1, 1981)
1951 ● Steve Walsh → Co-lead singer and keyboardist for prog/heartland rock Kansas, “Carry On Wayward Son” (#11, 1977), then Streets
1954 ● Teresa Fay “Terri” Gibbs → Blind-from-birth child prodigy keyboardist and country-pop-gospel singer, “Somebody’s Knockin'” (#13, Country #8, 1980)
1956 ● Bernie Shaw → Canadian vocalist for Brit hard/prog rock Spice, renamed Uriah Heep, “Easy Livin'” (#39, 1972)
1956 ● David Hinds → Rhythm guitar and lead vocals for roots reggae Steel Pulse, “Prodigal Son” (UK #35, 1978)
1957 ● Brad Gillis → Guitarist in one hit wonder pop-rock Rubicon, “I’m Gonna Take Care Of Everything” (#28, 1978), then Night Ranger, “Sister Christian” (#5, 1984) and Ozzy Osbourne‘s band
1958 ● Neil Arthur → Singer for New Wave synth-pop duo Blancmange, “Don’t Tell Me” (UK #8, 1984)
1963 ● Scott Rockenfield → Drummer for progressive pop-metal Queensrÿche, “Silent Lucidity” (#9, 1991)
1966 ● Michael Britt → Lead guitar and backing vocals for cross-over country-rockers Lonestar, “Amazed” (#1, 1999)
1966 ● Rob Mitchell → Principal songwriter and lead guitarist for Christian pop-rock Sixpence None The Richer, “Kiss Me” (#2, 1998)
1969 ● Ice Cube (O’Shea Jackson) → Founding member of controversial/influential gangsta rap quintet N.W.A., “Express Yourself” (Hot Dance #38, 1989), solo rapper, “Check Yo Self” (#20, Rap #1, 1993)
1970 ● Chi Cheng → Chinese-American bassist for Grammy-winning alt heavy metal Deftones, “Change (In The House Of Flies)” (Mainstream Rock #9, 2000)
1976 ● Dryden Vera Mitchell → Vocals for alt rock Alien Ant Farm, “Smooth Criminal” (#23, 2001)
1976 ● Gary Lightbody → Guitar and vocals for Irish alt rock Snow Patrol, “Chasing Cars” (#5, 2006)
1981 ● Billy Martin → Guitar and keyboards for post-grunge punk-pop Good Charlotte, “The Anthem” (Alt Rock #10, 2003)
1985 ● Nadine Coyle → Singer in pre-fab all-girl Euro-pop vocal group Girls Aloud, “Sound Of The Underground” (UK #1, 2002)

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This Week’s Birthdays (April 3 – 9)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Apr 03
1922 ● Doris Day (Doris Von Kappelhoff) → Award-winning, virginal film herione and family TV hostess, pop singer, “Que Sera Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)” (#2, 1956)
1928 ● Don Gibson → Traditional and country-pop singer/songwriter, “Oh, Lonesome Me” (#7, Country #1, 1958) plus over 40 other Country Top 25 hits between 1956 and 1978, died 11/17/2003
1936 ● Jimmy McGriff → Soul-jazz organist and bandleader, “All About My Girl” (#50, R&B #12, 1963), died 5/24/2008 from complications of multiple sclerosis
1938 ● Jeff Barry (Adelberg) → Brill Building pop-rock songwriter, singer, record producer, husband of noted songwriter Ellie Greenwich, with whom he co-wrote “Be My Baby” for the Ronettes, “Leader Of The Pack” for the Shangri-Las and “I Can Hear Music” for The Beach Boys, among dozens of other 60s hits
1938 ● Philippé Wynne (Walker) → Co-lead vocals for R&B/soul The Spinners, “Then Came You” (#1, 1974), plus eleven other Top 20 hits, died of a heart attack on a nightclub stage on 7/14/1984
1941 ● Jan Berry (William J.) → Singer in seminal surf music duo Jan & Dean, “Surf City” (#1, 1963), died on 3/26/2004 after years of poor health following a 1966 auto accident
1942 ● Billy Joe Royal → Light country-rock and pop singer, “Down In The Boondocks” (#9, 1965)
1942 ● Wayne Newton → Stage and screen star, pop music solo act, “Danke Schoen” (#13, Adult Contemporary #3, 1963), consumate Las Vegas showman and local real estate tycoon
1943 ● Joe Vann (Joseph Canzano) → Lead vocals for Italian-American doo wop The Duprees, “You Belong To Me” (#7, 1962), died 2/28/1984
1943 ● Richard Manuel → Canadian-born keyboardist and vocals for seminal roots rock The Band, “Up On Cripple Creek” (#25, 1970), solo, committed suicide 1/11/1986
1944 ● Barry Pritchard → Vocals and guitar for Brit pop/rock harmony beat group The Fortunes, “You’ve Got Your Troubles” (#7, 1965), died 1/11/1999
1944 ● Tony Orlando (Michael Anthony Orlando Casavitis) → AM Pop star singer, leader of the vocal group Dawn, “Knock Three Times” (#1, 1971)
1946 ● Dee Murray (David Murray Oates) → Bassist for numerous rock and pop acts, most notably the Elton John band, died 1/15/1992 from a stroke after a long bout with cancer
1949 ● Richard Thompson → Folk-rock guitarist and singer/songwriter, founding member of renowned Brit folk-rock Fairport Convention, “Si Tu Dos Partir” (1969), solo, duo with wife Linda
1951 ● Mel Schacher → Bassist for garage rock legends ? And The Mysterians, “96 Tears” (#1, 1966), then formed hard rock/early heavy metal power trio Grand Funk Railroad, “We’re An American Band” (#1, 1973)
1955 ● Mick Mars (Bob Alan Deal) → Lead guitarist for hair-metal Mötley Crüe, “Dr. Feelgood” (#6, 1989)
1956 ● Judie Tzuke (Judith Myers) → UK pop singer/songwriter, “Stay With Me Till Dawn” (1979) ranks #39 of 50 top songs in the BBC Best of British – 50 Golden Years of Popular Music from 2002
1961 ● Eddie Murphy → Stand-up comedian, comic screen actor (Beverly Hills Cop, 1984), Saturday Night Live cast member, sometime pop singer, “Party All The Time” (#2, 1985)
1962 ● Simon Raymonde → Bassist for Scottish alt rock/dream-pop Cocteau Twins, “Heaven Or Las Vegas” (Modern Rock #9, 1990)
1968 ● Sebastian Bach (Bierk) → Canadian-born frontman and lead vocals for New Jersey-based hair metal/pop-metal Skid Row, “I Remember You” (#6, 1989)
1970 ● Matthew Priest → Drummer for goofball Brit power pop trio Dodgy, “Good Enough” (UK #4, 1996)
1985 ● Leona Lewis → Contemporary R&B singer/songwriter, “Bleeding Love” (#1, 2007), won the third series of Britain’s The X Factor in 2006, Billboard magazine’s “Top New Artist” for 2008

Apr 04
1915 ● Muddy Waters (McKinley Morganfield) → Grammy-winning Chicago blues giant, “Mannish Boy” (R&B #5, 1955), major inspiration for the British blues-rock explosion of the 60s, Rolling Stone magazine #17 Greatest Artist of All Time, died in his sleep from heart failure on 4/30/1983
1936 ● Margo Sylvia → Vocals and songwriter for R&B/doo wop The Tune Weavers, “Happy, Happy Birthday Baby” (#5, 1957), died on 10/29/1991
1938 ● Declan Mulligan → Irish guitarist for pop-rock The Beau Brummels, “Laugh, Laugh” (#15, 1964)
1939 ● Hugh Masekela → South African jazz and pop trumpeteer, composer and singer, best know for his instrumental hit “Grazing In The Grass” (#1, 1968)
1939 ● Major Lance → Chicago good-time R&B/soul singer, “The Monkey Time” (#8, R&B #2, 1963), died of heart failure on 3/9/1994
1940 ● Sharon Sheeley → Successful early rock ‘n’ roll songwriter, wrote “Poor Little Fool” for Ricky Nelson (#1, 1958) and “Somethin’ Else” for Eddie Cochran, #58, 1959), was Cochran’s “unofficial fiance” and survived the taxi crash that killed Cochran in 1960, died on 5/17/2002 following a cerebral hemorrhage
1945 ● Ian “Knox” Carnochan → Founding member and vocals for punk-rock The Vibrators, “Automatic Lover” (UK #35, 1978)
1946 ● Dave Hill → Lead guitarist and backing vocals for Brit glam-metal, Slade, “Run Runaway” (#20, 1984)
1948 ● Berry Oakley → First bassist for Southern blues-rock The Allman Brothers Band, “Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More” (#77, 1972), died in a motorcycle accident on 11/11/1973
1948 ● David “Pick” Withers → Original drummer for post-punk New Wave pop-rock Dire Straits, “Sultans Of Swing” (#4, 1983), left the band in 1982
1951 ● Graeme Kelling → Guitarist in Scottish indie pop-rock Deacon Blue, “Real Gone Kid” (UK #8, 1988), died from pancreatic cancer on 6/10/2004
1951 ● Peter Haycock → Guitar, vocals and songwriting for Brit blues-rock Climax Blues Band, “Couldn’t Get It Right” (#3, 1977), now composes film scores
1952 ● Gary Moore → Guitarist for Irish blues-rock band Skid Row, plus three short stints with hard rock Thin Lizzy, “Waiting For An Alibi” (UK #9, 1979), solo, “Still Got The Blues” (Mainstream Rock #9, 1990), found dead in his vacation hotel room in Spain on 2/6/2011
1962 ● Craig Adams → Bassist and songwriter for goth-rock The Sisters of Mercy, then hard rock/metal revival The Cult, “Fire Woman” (Mainstream Rock #4, 1989) and The Mission, “Deliverance” (Mainstream Rock #27, 1990),
1963 ● David Gavurin → Guitarist for Brit alt-indie-rock The Sundays, “Here’s Where The Story Ends” (Modern Rock #1, 1990)
1964 ● Kid (Christopher Reid) → Comedian and vocals for mainstream message-rap duo Kid ‘N Play, “Ain’t Gonna Hurt Nobody” (#51, Rap #1, 1991)
1966 ● Mike Starr → Original bassist for alterna-metal/hard rock Alice In Chains, “No Excuses” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1994), died from an apparent methadone overdose on 3/8/2011
1968 ● Mark Yates → Guitarist for hard rock/heavy metal Terrorvision, “Tequila” (UK #2, 1999)
1970 ● Michael “Mix Master Mike” Schwartz → DJ for hardcore punk then blue-eyed hip hop masters the Beastie Boys, “Fight For Your Right” (#7, 1987)
1972 ● Jill Scott → Actress (as Big Mama Thornton in Hounddog, 2007), poet, songwriter and R&B/soul singer, “A Long Walk” (#43, R&B #9, 2001)
1972 ● Magnus Sveningsson → Bassist for Swedish pop-rock The Cardigans, “Lovefool” (#1, 1996)
1973 ● Kelly Price → R&B/pop singer, as backing vocals for Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin, Faith Evans, Mase and Notorious B.I.G., and solo, “Friend Of Mine” (#12, 1998)
1974 ● Andre Dalyrimple → Vocals for urban R&B/dance-club brother quartet Soul For Real, “Candy Rain” (#2, 1995)
1975 ● Phil A. Jimenez → Vocals and percussion for post-grunge Wheatus, “Teenage Dirtbag” (Modern Rock #7, 2001)
1978 ● Lemar Obika → Brit R&B/soul-pop singer, appeared on BBC TV talent show Fame Academy, “Dance (With You)” (UK #3, 2002)
1980 ● Johnny Borrell → Guitar and vocals for Brit-Swede indie pop-rock Razorlight, “America” (UK #1, 2006)

Apr 05
1928 ● Tony Williams → Lead tenor for R&B/doo wop The Platters, “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes” (#1, 1958), died 8/14/1992 of emphysema
1929 ● Robert George “Joe” Meek → Brit 60s rock ‘n’ roll record producer, songwriter and film composer, produced The Tornados‘ hit “Telstar” (#1, 1961) among others, committed suicide after murdering his landlady on 2/3/1967
1939 ● Ronnie White → Founding member and vocalist for R&B/soul-pop The Miracles, who charted 18 Top 10 hits including “Tears of a Clown” (#1, 1970), introduced Stevie Wonder to Motown chief Berry Gordy Jr., died of leukemia on 8/26/1995
1941 ● Dave Swarbrick → Violin, mandolin and vocals for renowned Brit folk-rock Fairport Convention, “Si Tu Dos Partir” (1969), solo
1942 ● Allan Clarke → Guitarist, singer and songwriter for British Invasion pop-rock harmony group The Hollies, “Bus Stop” (#5, 1966)
1944 ● Crispian St. Peters (Robin Peter Smith) → Folk-pop two hit wonder singer/songwriter, “The Pied Piper” (#4, UK #5, 1966) and “You Were On My Mind” (UK #2, 1967)
1944 ● Nicholas Caldwell → Vocals for R&B/soul quintete The Whispers, “And The Beat Goes On” (#19, R&B #1, 1980)
1946 ● Dave Holland → Drummer with influential “New Wave” heavy metal band Judas Priest, “Breaking The Law” (1980)
1950 ● Agnetha “Anna” Faltskog-Ulvaeus → Vocals for internationally successful Scandinavian pop quartet ABBA, “Dancing Queen” (#1, 1976)
1951 ● Everett Morton → Drummer for multi-racial Brit ska revival band The Beat (known as the English Beat in the US), “Hand’s Off She’s Mine” (Dance/Club #22, 1980)
1954 ● Stan Ridgeway → Frontman and distinctive baritone vocalist for alt indie rock Wall Of Voodoo, “Mexican Radio” (Mainstream Rock #41, 1982), then solo with “Goin’ Southbound” (Modern Rock #8, 1989)
1961 ● Jacob Slichter → Drummer for post-grunge alt rock Semisonic, “Closing Time” (Modern Rock #4, 1998), authored book So You Wanna Be A Rock & Roll Star (2004)
1966 ● Mike McCready → Lead guitarist for post-grunge/alt rock kings Pearl Jam, “Last Kiss” (#2, 1999)
1968 ● Paula Cole → Alt pop-rock dreamy 90s two hit singer/songwriter, “Where Have All The Cowboys Gone” (#8, 1997) and “I Don’t Want To Wait” (#11. 1997)
1973 ● Pharrell Williams → Grammy-winning rapper, fashion designer, and with Chad Hugo, one half of the hit songwriting/production duo The Neptunes, responsible for multiple pop, hip hop and R&B hits, including Britney Spears‘ “I’m A Slave 4 U” (Dance/Club #4, 2001), worked with Mase, Nelly and Kelis, solo US #1 album The Neptunes Present…Clones

Apr 06
1927 ● Merle Haggard → Traditional country guitarist and singer/songwriter, “Mama Tried” (Country #1, 1968) and over 40 other Country #1 hits
1944 ● John Stax → Original bassist for raunchy R&B/blues-rock British Invasion band The Pretty Things, “Don’t Bring Me Down” (UK #10, 1964)
1945 ● Bob Marley → Reggae’s only true superstar, Rastafarian, guitarist, singer, songwriter, bandleader (The Wailers), “I Shot The Sheriff” (1973), solo, died from melanoma on 5/11/1981
1947 ● Tony Connor → Drummer for Brit interracial R&B/soul-disco-funk Hot Chocolate, “You Sexy Thing” (#3, 1976)
1951 ● Ralph Cooper → Drummer for Aussie light pop-rock Air Supply, “The One That You Love” (#1, 1981)
1953 ● Christopher Franke → German keyboarist and composer for atmospheric space/new age electro-synth proto-Kraut rock Tangerine Dream
1962 ● Ian Peter “Stan” Cullimore → Guitarist for Brit jangle guitar pop-rock The Housemartins, “Caravan Of Love” (UK #1, 1986), author of children’s books
1965 ● Black Francis (Charles Michael Kittridge Thompson IV) → Guitarist and singer with influential alt melodic rock Pixies, “Velouria” (Modern Rock #4, 1990), formed Frank Black and the Catholics in 1993, reunited Pixies in 2004, plus over 10 solo albums.
1978 ● Myleene Klass → Singer for pre-fab mockstar dance-pop Hear’Say, “Pure And Simple” (UK #1, 2001), now TV host and model

Apr 07
1908 ● Percy Faith → Composer, bandleader, producer and easy listening/pop singer, “The Theme From A Summer Place” (#1, 1960), died of cancer on 2/9/1976
1915 ● Billie Holiday (Eleanora Fagan Gough) → Known as “Lady Day”, hugely successful and revered jazz-blues singer, “Lady Sings The Blues” (1956), died 7/17/1959 from liver failure
1920 ● Ravi Shankar (Rabindra Shankar Chowdery) → World-renowned Indian sitarist, mentor to George Harrison, music professor and university department head, member of Indian parliament, father of contemporary jazz-pop star Norah Jones
1922 ● Ramon “Mongo” Santamaria → Grammy-winning Cuban percussionist and Latin-jazz bandleader, “Watermelon Man” (#10, R&B #8, 1963)
1935 ● Bobby Bare → Country-pop singer/songwriter and guitarist, “All American Boy” (#2, 1959) and Grammy-winning “Detroit City” (#16, Adult Contemporary #4, 1963) plus over 50 Country Top 40 hits from 1964 to 1983
1937 ● Charlie Thomas → Vocals for R&B/doo wop The Five Crowns, who changed their name in 1958 to The Drifters, “Under The Boardwalk” (#4, 1964)
1938 ● Frederick Dewayne “Freddie” Hubbard → Renowned jazz/be bop NEA Jazz Master trumpeteer with a Grammy-winning album (First Light, 1972) which led to accusations of commercial sell-out, performed in numerous collaborations with George Benson, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Stanley Turrentine and many others, died from a heart attack on 11/26/2008
1938 ● Spencer Dryden → Drummer for 60s psych-rock Jefferson Airplane, “Somebody To Love” (#5, 1967), then country-folk-rock New Riders Of The Purple Sage, “Panama Red” (1973), died of cancer on 1/11/2005
1943 ● Alan Buck → Drummer for early 60s Brit pop The Four Pennies, “Juliet” (UK #1, 1964), the most important British Invasion era act with no chart presence in the US, died 3/15/1994 from a heart attack
1943 ● Mick Abrahams → Original lead guitarist for long-lived Brit folk-rock Jethro Tull, “Living In The Past” (#11, 1973), left after a falling-out with bandleader Ian Anderson, formed blues-rock Blodwyn Pig that released two charting albums in the early 70s
1946 ● Bill Kreutzmann → Drummer for rock’s longest, strangest trip Grateful Dead, “Sugar Magnolia” (#91, 1973) and “Touch Of Grey” (#9, 1987), plus Dead spinoff The Other Ones
1947 ● Florian Schneider-Esleben → Drums and keyboards for for German electro-rock pioneers Kraftwerk, “Autobahn” (#25, 1975)
1947 ● Patricia Bennett → Vocals for top-tier 60s New York girl group The Chiffons, “He’s So Fine” (#1, 1963)
1948 ● Carol Douglas → Vocals for early R&B/pop girl group trio The Chantels, “Maybe” (#15, R&B #2, 1958), one of the definitive songs of the genre
1949 ● John Oates → Singer/songwriter and one half of Philly soul-pop-rock duo Hall & Oates, “Private Eyes” (#1, 1981), plus 20 other Top 20 hits
1950 ● Steve Ellis → Vocals for London-based R&B/soul-pop Love Affair, “Everlasting Love” (UK #1, 1968), solo and The New Amen Corner
1951 ● Bruce Gary → Drummer for power pop The Knack, “My Sharona” (#1, 1979), worked with Albert Collins, Jack Bruce, Dr. John in the 70s and Bob Dylan, Sheryl Crow, Yoko Ono, Bette Midler and others, and as a producer before dying of lymphoma on 8/22/2006
1951 ● Janis Ian (Janis Eddy Fink) → Grammy-winning, often controversial singer/songwriter, first hit was at age 16, “Society’s Child (Baby I’ve Been Thinking)” (#14, 1967), then “At Seventeen” (#3, 1975)
1960 ● Simon Climie → Songwriter and member of the Brit pop duo Climie Fisher, “Love Changes (Everything)” (#23, 1988), lately collaborating with Eric Clapton
1978 ● Duncan James (Inglis) → Actor, TV presenter and singer with Brit boy band Blue, “If You Come Back” (UK #1, 2002), solo

Apr 08
1929 ● Jacques Brel → Internationally acclaimed Belgian singer/songwriter whose compositions have been interpreted by Marc Almond, David Bowie, Ray Charles, Judy Collins, The Kingston Trio, Frank Sinatra, Nina Simone, sold over 25 million records worldwide, all in French, died of cancer 10/9/1978
1941 ● J.J. Jackson (Jerome Louis Jackson) → R&B/soul singer and organist, “But It’s Alright” (#22, R&B #4, 1966)
1942 ● Roger “Chappo” Chapman → Co-frontman and lead vocals for Brit art/blues-rock Family, then hard blues-rock Streetwalkers, now solo
1947 ● Steve Howe → Archetypal, pioneer progressive rock band Yes, “Roundabout” (#13, 1971) and “Owner Of A Lonely Heart” (#1, 1983), then pop-rock Asia, “Heat Of The Moment” (#4, 1982), also Bodast, GTR, the Syndicats and Tomorrow
1948 ● Phil Wright → Drummer and lead vocals for pop/rock one hit wonder Paper Lace, “The Night Chicago Died” (#1, 1974), a second single “Billy, Don’t Be A Hero” (#96, UK #1, 1974) qualifies them as a two hit wonder in the UK
1956 ● Justin Sullivan → Frontman, guitarist and lyricist for post-punk /alt rock New Model Army, “No Rest” (UK #28, 1985)
1962 ● Adam Mole → Keyboards for “grebo” dance-rock Pop Will Eat Itself, “X, Y & Zee” (Modern Rock #11, 1991)
1962 ● Izzy Stradlin (Jeffrey Isbell) → Guitarist for hard rock Guns N’ Roses, “Sweet Child O’ Mine” (#1, 1988), also fronted the Ju Ju Hounds
1962 ● Jem Kelly → Guitars for New Wave/New Romantic pop-rock The Lotus Eaters, “The First Picture Of You” (UK #15, 1983)
1963 ● Donita Sparks → Co-founder, guitar and vocals for all-girl post-punk/grunge band L7, “Pretend We’re Dead” (Alt Rock #8, 1992)
1963 ● Julian Lennon → Guitarist and singer/songwriter, pop-rock “Too Late For Goodbyes” (#11, 1984), son of John and only child of his first wife Cynthia
1964 ● Biz Markie (Marcel Theo Hall) → Freestyle rhymer/rapper, “Just A Friend” (#9, Rap #5, 1989)
1971 ● Darren Jessee → Drummer for piano-based indie pop-rock Ben Folds Five, “Brick” (Modern Rock #6, 1998)
1975 ● Anouk Teeuwe → Dutch pop-rock singer, “Nobody’s Wife” (1997)

Apr 09
1932 ● Carl Perkins → Singer/songwriter and guitarist, the “King of Rockabilly”, “Blue Suede Shoes” (#2, 1955), died 1/19/1998 from throat cancer
1943 ● Terry Knight (Richard Terrance Knapp) → Producer, promote, radio DJ and later manager for hard rock/early heavy metal power trio Grand Funk Railroad, “We’re An American Band” (#1, 1973) and Bloodrock, “D.O.A.” (#76, 1978), died 11/1/2004
1944 ● Emil Stucchio → Vocals for white harmony group The Classics, “Till Then” (#20, Adult Contemporary #7, 1963)
1944 ● Gene Parsons → Drummer for country-pop-rock The Byrds, “Mr. Tambourine Man” (#1, 1965), then country-rock Flying Burrito Brothers, solo
1946 ● Les Gray → Vocals for Brit “good time” glam-rock ‘n’ roll Mud, “Tiger Feet” (UK #1, 1974), died from throat cancer 2/21/2004
1948 ● David Allen “Chico” Ryan → Rock ‘n roll revival “greaser” group Sha Na Na
1961 ● Mark Kelly → Keyboards for Brit prog-rock revival group Marillion, “Kayleigh” (Mainstream Rock #14, 1985)
1969 ● Kevin Martin → Lead vocals for grunge-rock Candlebox, “Far Behind” (#18, 1994)
1977 ● Gerard Way → Vocals for 00s alt rock/emo band My Chemical Romance, “Welcome To The Black Parade” (#9, 2006)
1978 ● Rachel Stevens → Vocals for pre-fab teen pop S Club 7, “Never Had A Dream Come True” (#10, 2001)
1980 ● Albert L. Hammond, Jr. → Guitarist for early 00s garage rock revival The Strokes, “Juicebox” (Modern Rock #9, 2005)
1987 ● Jesse McCartney → Teen TV actor (All My Children), then dance-pop boy band Dream Street, solo, “Beautiful Soul” (#16, 2006)

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This Week’s Birthdays (February 27 – March 5)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Feb 27
1927 ● Guy Mitchell (Albert Cernick) → 50s pop singer, last big hit was “Heartaches By The Number” (#1, 1959), died 7/1/1999
1948 ● Eddie Gray → Guitarist for bubblegum-pop Tommy James & The Shondells, “Hanky Panky” (#1, 1966), later psych-pop, “Crimson And Clover” (#1, 1968)
1950 ● Robert Balderrama → Guitarist for garage rock ? and the Mysterians, “96 Tears” (#1, 1966)
1951 ● Steve Harley (Stephen Nice) → Frontman and lead singer for glam-rock Cockney Rebel, then solo, “Ballerina (Prima Donna)” (UK #51, 1983)
1954 ● Neil Schon → Guitarist for Latin-tinged rock Santana, “Everybody’s Everything” (#12, 1971), then lead guitar and frontman for arena rock Journey, “Who’s Crying Now” (#4, 1981), sessions and stints with Bad English and Hardline
1955 ● Garry Christian → Lead vocals for blue-eyed soul sibling trio The Christians, “When Fingers Point” (Dance/Club #29, 1988)
1957 ● Adrian Smith → Guitarist for Brit heavy metal Iron Maiden, “Flight Of Icarus” (Mainstream Rock #8, 1983)
1959 ● Johnny Van Zant → Lead vocals and frontman for his own band, then replaced his older, deceased brother Ronnie in the reformed Southern rock Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1987, issued solo “Brickyard Road” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1990), plays with older brother Donnie (formerly .38 Special) in hard Rock Van Zant
1960 ● Paul Humphreys → Keyboards and vocals for New Wave synth-pop Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, “If You Leave” (#4, 1986)
1964 ● Derek McKenzie → Scottish electronic psych/dance rock crossover band The Shamen, “Ebeneezer Goode” (UK #1, 1992), died 5/22/1991
1964 ● Ewen Vernal → Bassist for Scottish indie pop-rock Deacon Blue, “Real Gone Kid” (UK #8, 1988), now with folk-rock Capercaillie
1965 ● David Boulter → Keyboards for Brit folk-pop-soul Tindersticks, “Bathtime” (UK #38, 1997)
1971 ● Chilli (Rozonda Ocelean Thomas) → Vocals for R&B/urban soul-dance-pop girl trio TLC, “Creep” (#1, 1994)
1972 ● Jeremy Dean → Keyboards for indie power pop band Nine Days, “Absolutely (Story Of A Girl)” (#6, 2000)
1973 ● Peter Andre (Andrea) → Greek Cypriot, Australia-raised blue-eyed R&B/soul revivalist singer and former actor, “Gimme Little Sign” (Aussie #3, 1992), then urban dance-pop “I Feel You” (UK #1, 1995)
1981 ● Josh Groban → Adult-oriented pop and classical singer, “Believe” (Adult Contemporary #1, 2004), top selling US artist in 2007

Feb 28
1939 ● John Fahey → Steel string acoustic folk guitarist (Rolling Stone #35), Takoma Records owner, died after open heart surgery on 2/22/2001
1940 ● Joe South (Souter) → Country-pop singer/songwriter, “Games People Play” (#12, 1969), session guitarist for Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Bob Dylan and Simon & Garfunkel, wrote Deep Purple‘s “Hush” (#4, 1968) and Lynn Anderson’s “(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden” (Adult Contemporary #5, 1970)
1940 ● Marty Sanders → Pop-rock vocals Jay & The Americans, “Cara Mia” (#4, 1965), plus nine other Top 30 hits
1942 ● Brian Jones → Founding member, original guitarist for The Rolling Stones, “Paint It Black” (#1, 1966), left the band and drowned in his swimming pool on 7/3/1969 while under the influence of dugs and alcohol
1943 ● Barbara Acklin → R&B/soul-pop vocalist, “Love Makes A Woman” (#15, R&B #3, 1968), died from pneumonia on 11/27/1998
1943 ● Donnie Iris (Dominic Ierace) → Guitarist, vocals and songwriter for pop-rock The Jaggerz, “The Rapper” (#2, 1970), then briefly with one hit wonder funk-pop Wild Cherry, “Play That Funky Music” (#1, 1976), then solo, “Ah! Leah!” (#29, 1981)
1945 ● Ronnie Rosman → Keyboards for bubblegum-pop Tommy James & The Shondells, “Hanky Panky” (#1, 1966), later psych-pop, “Crimson And Clover” (#1, 1968)
1952 ● Eddie “Kingfish” Manion → Saxophonist for New Jersey rock ‘n roll bar band Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, “Talk To Me” (1978), then with Bruce Springsteen‘s Seeger Sessions Band
1957 ● Cindy Wilson → Frontgal and vocals for New Wave alt-dance-rock The B-52’s, “Love Shack” (#3, 1989)
1957 ● Ian Stanley → Keyboards for New Wave synth-pop Tears For Fears, “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” (#1, 1085)
1957 ● Phil Gould → Drummer for jazz-funk-pop fusion Level 42, “Lessons In Love” (#12, 1987)
1967 ● Marcus Lillington → Guitarist for Brit pop-rock Breathe, “Hands To Heaven” (#3, 1988)
1969 ● Pat Monahan → Lead vocals for Grammy-winning roots rock/folk-pop Train, “Drops Of Jupiter (Tell Me)”, (#5, 2001), solo and songwriting with Guy Chambers
1971 ● Nigel Godrich → Grammy-winning recording engineer and producer for Radiohead, Beck, U2, R.E.M. and others, plus lead singer with Thom Yorke’s Atoms For Peace
1972 ● Danny McCormack → Bass and vocals for Brit hard/raunch rock The Wildhearts, “Sick Of Drugs” (UK #14, 1995)

Feb 29
1904 ● Jimmy Dorsey → Reed player and Swing era Big Band leader with brother Tommy and on his own with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, multiple Top 40 hits including his last, “So Rare” (#2, 1957), died 6/12/1957
1940 ● Gretchen Christopher → White pop/soul doo wop vocals The Fleetwoods, “Come To Me Softly” (#1, 1959)
1972 ● Saul Williams → Spoken-word rapper known for his blend of poetry and hip-hop, “NiggyTardust” (2007)
1976 ● Ja Rule (Jeffrey Atkins) → Murder, Inc. label rapper, “Always On Time” (#1, 2002), actor and convicted felon

Mar 01
1927 ● Harry Belafonte (Belafonete) → The “King of Calypso” pop and adult contemporary singer, “Banana Boat Song” (#5, 1956)
1939 ● Warren Davis → Vocals for R&B/doo wop The Monotones, “(Who Wrote) The Book Of Love” (#5, 1958)
1942 ● Jerry Fisher → Vocals for jazz-rock/pop-rock fusion band Blood, Sweat & Tears, “Spinning Wheel” (#2, 1969)
1944 ● Mike D’Abo → Singer/songwriter, vocals for Manfred Mann, “Do Wah Diddy Diddy” (#1, 1964), wrote Rod Stewart‘s “Handbags & Gladrags” (#42, 1972) and The Foundations‘ “Build Me Up Buttercup” (#3, 1969)
1944 ● Roger Daltrey → Lead singer for venerable hard rock The Who, “Who Are You” (#14, 1978), solo, “After The Fire” (Mainstream Rock #3, 1985)
1946 ● Tony Ashton → Vocals and keyboards for art rock Ashton, Gardner & Dyke, “Resurrection Shuffle” (#40, UK #3, 1971)
1947 ● Burning Spear (Winston Rodney) → Grammy-winning roots-reggae singer/songwriter, Rastafarian preacher
1958 ● Nik Kershaw → Singer/songwriter and jazz-funk guitarist, 80s teen idol, “Wouldn’t It Be Good” (#46, UK #4, 1984), producer
1962 ● Bill Leen → Bassist and co-founder of power-pop Gin Blossoms, “Found Out About You” (Modern Rock #1, 1994)
1962 ● Peter Stephenson → Scottish electronic psych/dance rock crossover band The Shamen, “Ebeneezer Goode” (UK #1, 1992), died 5/22/1991
1963 ● Christina Bergmark → Keyboards and vocals for Swedish alt rock The Wannadies, “You And Me Song” (UK #18, 1996)
1963 ● Rob Affuso → Drummer for New Jersey-based hair metal/pop-metal Skid Row, “I Remember You” (#6, 1989)
1969 ● Davydd Leuan → Drummer for Welsh electro-psych rock Super Furry Animals, “Northern Lites” (UK #11, 1999)
1973 ● Ryan Peake → Rhythm guitar and vocals for Canadian post-grunge hard rock Nickelback, “How You Remind Me” (#1, 2001)
1987 ● Kesha Rose Sebert → Dance-pop rapper with Flo Rida, “Right Round”, (#1, 2009) and solo, “Tik Tok” (#1, 2010)
1994 ● Justin Bieber → Canadian teen idol pop singer and the first artist to have seven songs from a debut album chart on the Billboard Hot 100, including “Baby” (#5, 2010)

Mar 02
1938 ● Lawrence Payton → Six decade R&B/soul vocal quartet The Four Tops, “Reach Out (I’ll Be There)” (#1, 1966), died 6/20/1997
1942 ● Lou Reed (Lewis Allen Rabinowitz) → Singer/songwriter and guitarist for proto-punk The Velvet Underground, “White Light, White Heat” (1968), then 4 decade solo career, “Walk On The Wild Side” (#16, 1973)
1943 ● Tony Meehan → Drummer for instrumental pop-rock The Shadows, “Apache” (Worldwide #1, 1960), died after an accidental fall at home in London on 11/28/2005
1948 ● Larry Carlton → Grammy-winning jazz-rock fusion guitarist with The Crusaders (1971-76), session work for Steely Dan, Billy Joel, Michael Jackson and others, composed the theme to the TV show Hill Street Blues, recorded several acclaimed solo albums
1948 ● Rory Gallagher → Underrated Irish blues-rock guitarist and singer/songwriter, eleven solo studio albums and sessions work, died from complications of a liver transplant on 6/14/1995
1950 ● Karen Carpenter → Vocals and drums for pop sibling act The Carpenters, three US #1 hits including “Close To You” (#1, 1970), died from anorexia nervosa on 2/4/1983
1955 ● Dale Bozzio (Consalvi) → Former Playboy bunny and lead singer for New Wave pop-rock Missing Persons, “Walking In L.A.” (Mainstream Rock #12, 1983)
1955 ● Jay Osmond → Vocals for family-oriented light pop-rock The Osmonds, ten US Top 40 singles including “One Bad Apple” (#1, 1971)
1956 ● John Cowsill → Vocals for family pop band The Cowsills, “The Rain, The Park And Other Things” (#2, 1967), inspiration for the TV show The Partridge Family
1956 ● Mark Evans → Original bassist for power rock AC/DC, “Let There Be Rock” (#154, 1977), quit in 1977 after becoming tired of tour schedule
1962 ● Jon Bon Jovi (John Fancis Bongiovi) → Vocals and frontman for pop metal/hard rock Bon Jovi, “Living On A Prayer” (#1, 1987), then solo, “Blaze Of Glory” (#1, 1990), then reformed Bon Jovi, “Always” (#4, 1994) and moved into country-Heartland rock, “Who Says You Can’t Go Home” (Adult Top 40 #6, 2006)
1977 ● Chris Martin → Guitar, vocals and piano for Brit-pop/anthem rock Coldplay, “Speed Of Sound” (#8, 2005)
1985 ● Luke Pritchard → Lead vocalist and guitarist with Brit-pop-rock The Kooks, “Always Where I Need To Be” (Alt Rock #22, 2008)

Mar 03
1923 ● Arthel L. “Doc” Watson → Highly influential, eight-time Grammy-winning folk, country, bluegrass and gospel singer/songwriter and flatpicking guitarist
1928 ● Dave Dudley (Pedruska) → The “Father of Truck Driving Music”, honky tonk singer/songwriter and guitarist, “Six Days On The Road” (#32, Country #2, 1963), died from a heart attack on 12/22/2003
1938 ● Willie Chambers → Guitarist for psychedelic soul-rock sibling group The Chambers Brothers, “Time Has Come Today” (#11, 1968), sessions
1942 ● Mike Pender (Prendergast) → Founder and lead vocalist for Merseybeat band The Searchers, “Needles And Pins” (#13, 1963)
1944 ● Jance Garfat → Bassist for pop-rock Dr. Hook & The Medecine Show, “Sylvia’s Mother” (#5, 1972) and nine other US Top 40 singles
1947 ● Dave Mount → Drums and vocals for Brit “good time” glam-rock ‘n’ roll Mud, “Tiger Feet” (UK #1, 1974), died 12/2/2006
1947 ● Jennifer Warnes → Oscar and Grammy-winning singer/songwriter as a solo artist, “Right Time Of The Night” (Adult Contemporary #1, 1977) and in duets with Joe Cocker, “Up Where We Belong” (#1, 1982) and Bill Medley, “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life” (#1, 1987)
1948 ● Terence Charles “Snowy” White → Blues-rock guitarist, sessions for Pink Floyd and Peter Green, then full-time with Thin Lizzy (1979-82), then solo, “Bird Of Paradise” (UK #3, 1982), then with Roger Waters’ touring band, including performing “Comfortably Numb” atop the Berlin Wall in 1990
1950 ● Re Styles (Shirley Marie MacLeod) → Backing vocals for satirical camp-rock The Tubes, “She’s A Beauty (#10, 1983)
1953 ● Robyn Hitchcock → Co-founder, lead vocals and songwriter for early punk rock The Soft Boys, then extended solo career, “Balloon Man” (1988)
1954 ● Merrick (Chris Hughes) → Drummer for post-punk New Wave pop-rock Adam & The Ants, “Stand And Deliver” (Dance #38, UK #1, 1981), co-wrote Tears For Fears “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” (#1, 1985), produced Peter Gabriel‘s “Red Rain” (Modern Rock #3, 1987)
1966 ● Tone-Loc (Anthony T. Smith) → Gravel-voiced rapper, “Wild Thing” (#2, 1989), cartoon character voices
1969 ● John Bigham → Alt rock ska-punk-funk fusion Fishbone, “Sunless Saturday” (Modern Rock #7, 1991)
1977 ● Ronan Keating → Vocals for Irish teen-pop boy band Boyzone, “No Matter What” (Adult Contemporary #12, 1999)

Mar 04
1925 ● Paul Mauriat → French orchestra conductor and composer of pop/easy listening music, best known for his one hit wonder version of “Love Is Blue” (#1, 1968), died 11/3/1966
1932 ● Miriam Makeba → Grammy-winning, influential and beloved South African folk-pop singer, “Pata Pata” (#12, 1967)
1936 ● Eric Allandale → Trombone in Brit R&B/soul-pop The Foundations, “Baby Now That I’ve Found You” (#11, 1967), songwriter and jazz bandleader
1944 ● Bobby Womack → R&B/soul singer and guiatarist, “It’s All Over Now” (1974), session work
1944 ● Michael Wilson → Brit 60s pop-rock quartet Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tick, “The Legend Of Xanadu” (UK#1, 1968)
1945 ● Dieter Meier → Manager, producer, vocalist and lyricist for Swiss electronic dance-pop Yello, “Oh Yeah” (#51, 1987)
1946 ● Red Stripe (David Gittens) → Vocals for Brit a cappella Flying Pickets, “Only You” (#1, 1983)
1948 ● Chris Squire → Long-time bassist for archetypal, pioneer progressive rock band Yes, “Roundabout” (#13, 1971) and “Owner Of A Lonely Heart” (#1, 1983), solo
1948 ● Shakin’ Stevens (Michael Barrett) → Welsh rock ‘n’ roll revival singer/songwriter, “I Cry Just A Little Bit” (Adult Contemporary #13, 1984)
1951 ● Chris Rea → Singer/songwriter and slide guitarist, “Fool (If You Think It’s Over)” (Adult Contemporary #1, 1978) and “Working On It” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1989)
1953 ● Emilio Estefan, Jr. → Keyboards for Latin-funk-dance Miami Sound Machine, “Don’t Wanna Lose You” (#1, 1989), husband of Gloria
1954 ● St. Clair L. Palmer → St. Kitts-born vocalist for Philly-style Brit R&B/soul Sweet Sensation, “Sad Sweet Dreamer” (US#14, UK#1, 1975)
1955 ● Rowland “Boon” Gould → Founding member and guitarist for jazz-funk-pop fusion Level 42, “Lessons In Love” (#12, 1987)
1963 ● Jason Newsted → Bassist for heavy metal Metallica, “Enter Sandman” (#10, 1991), later Echobrain, Voivod
1965 ● Richard March → Bassist for dance-rock Pop Will Eat Itself, “X, Y & Zee” (Modern Rock #11, 1991), then founded Bentley Rhythm Ace in mid 90’s.
1966 ● Patrick “Patch” Hannan → Drummer for Brit alt-indie-rock The Sundays, “Here’s Where The Story Ends” (Modern Rock #1, 1990)
1967 ● Evan Dando → Guitar and vocals for post-punk rock then teen-pop Lemonheads, “Into Your Arms” (Modern Rock #1, 1993)
1968 ● Patsy Kensit → Brit film and TV actress, singer and bandleader for Eighth Wonder, “Cross My Heart” (Dance/Club #10, 1988), appeared in Lethal Weapon II as Mel Gibson’s love interest, formerly married to Simple Minds singer Jim Kerr and Oasis singer Liam Gallagher
1971 ● Fergal Lawlor → Drums for Irish jangle/dream pop-rock The Cranberries, “Linger” (#8, 1993)

Mar 05
1933 ● Tommy Tucker (Robert Higginbotham) → Blues singer/songwriter and pianist, “High-Heeled Sneakers” (#11, 1964), died on 1/17/1982 from carbon tetrachloride poisoning after inhaling the chemical while refinishing floors in his home
1947 ● Eddie Hodges → Child stage (The Music Man, 1957), screen actor (A Hole In The Head with Frank Sinatra, 1959) and teen pop singer, “I’m Gonna Knock On Your Door” (#12, 1961), left the entertainment industry in the early 70s
1948 ● Eddy Grant → Singer for Brit reggae-pop The Equals, “Baby Come Back” (#32, 1968), then solo, “Electric Avenue” (#2, 1983)
1951 ● Elaine Page → The “First Lady of British Musical Theater”, stage actress and singer with the biggest-selling record by a Brit female duo, “I Know Him So Well” with Barbara Dickinson (UK #1, 1985)
1952 ● Alan Clark → Keyboards for post-punk New Wave pop-rock Dire Straits, “Sultans Of Swing” (#4, 1983)
1956 ● Teena Marie (Mary Christine Brockert) → The “Ivory Queen of Soul”, blue-eyed R&B/soul singer, “Lovergirl” (#4, 1984), guitarist, keyboardist, arranger and producer, died on 12/26/2010
1957 ● Mark E. Smith → Founder, frontman, singer, songwriter, vocalist and only constant member of 35+ year punk and post-punk The Fall, “There’s A Ghost In My House” (UK #30, 1987)
1958 ● Andy Gibb → Youngest Bee Gees brother and pop/teen idol solo singer, “Shadow Dancing” (#1, 1978), died on 3/10/1988 from heart virus due to cocaine addiction
1962 ● Charlie Reid → With identical twin brother Craig, vocals and guitar in Irish post-punk folk-pop-rock The Proclaimers, “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles” (#3, 1993)
1962 ● Craig Reid → With identical twin brother Charlie, vocals and guitar in Irish post-punk folk-pop-rock The Proclaimers, “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles” (#3, 1993)
1970 ● John Frusciante → Guitarist for funk-rock Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Californication” (Modern Rock #1, 2000)
1982 ● Russell Leetch → Bass guitarist for 00s punk revival/indie rock Editors, “Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors” (UK #7, 2007)

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This Week’s Birthdays (January 2 – 8)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Jan 02
1936 ● Roger Miller → Grammy-winning country singer/songwriter/guitarist, “King Of The Road” (#4, 1965), TV star, died of lung cancer in 1992
1949 ● Michael George “Chick” Churchill → Keyboardist for British blues-rock Ten Years After, “I’d Love To Change The World” (Top 40, 1971)
1954 ● Glen Goins → Guitar/vocals for R&B/soul-funk (“P-Funk”) Parliament-Funkadelic, “One Nation Under A Groove” (#31, 1978), died from Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1978
1963 ● Keith Gregory → Bassist for Brit indie pop-rock The Wedding Present, “Come Play With Me” (UK #10, 1992)
1967 ● Robert Gregory → Drummer for Brit lounge/melodramatic pop group Babybird, “You’re Gorgeous” (UK #3, 1996)
1975 ● Douglas Robb → Vocalist for post-grungie indie pop-rock Hoobastank, “The Reason” (#2, 200$0
1981 ● Little Drummer Boy (Kelton Kessee) → Drummer for L.A. pre-teen R&B/pop-rap Immature, then name change to Imx, “Stay The Night” (#23, 1999)

Jan 03
1926 ● Sir George Martin → Highly-successful producer, most notably for The Beatles, but also Peter Sellers, Ella Fitzgerald, Peter Gabriel, Celine Dion, others
1941 ● Van Dyke Parks → Singer, sessionman, composer, lyricist (co-wrote The Beach Boys‘ “Heroes And Villains” and others), producer for Ry Cooder, Ringo Starr, The Byrds, others
1945 ● Philip Goodhand-Tait → UK singer, producer and songwriter, wrote “Oceans Away” for Roger Daltrey, “You Are” for Gene Pitney, others
1945 ● Stephen Arthur Stills → Singer/songwriter/guitarist, Buffalo Springfield, Crosby Stills & Nash (& Young), Manassas, solo, “Love The One You’re With” (#14, 1971)
1946 ● John Paul Jones (John Baldwin) → 60s sessionman (Rolling Stones, Jeff Beck, Yardbirds, etc.), then founding member, bass and keyboards for Led Zeppelin, “Whole Lotta Love” (#4, 1970)
1964 ● Raymond McGinley → Lead guitar and vocals for Scot pre-grunge, then power pop Teenage Fanclub, “Star Sign” (Mainstream Rock #4, 1991)

Jan 04
1937 ● John Gorman → Brit comic and vocalist, with Paul McCartney‘s brother in pop-rock trio The Scaffold, “Thank U Very Much” (UK#4, US#69, 1968)
1942 ● John McLaughlin → Jazz-fusion guitarist and composer, played with Miles Davis, founded Mahavishnu Orchestra, Rolling Stone magazine 49th top guitarist
1944 ● Volker Hombach → Flutist for first lineup of atmospheric space/new age electro-synth proto-Kraut rock Tangerine Dream, solo
1946 ● Arthur Conley → R&B/soul vocals and songwriter, co-wrote (with Otis Redding) and sang “Sweet Soul Music” (#2, 1967)
1955 ● Clive Gregson → Founder/frontman for punk-pop Any Trouble, then Gregson & Collister folk duo
1956 ● Bernard Sumner (Albrecht, aka Dicken) → Post-punk Joy Division, then New Wave synth-dance-pop New Order, “Blue Monday” (Dance #5, 1983), then Electronic
1956 ● Nels Cline → Guitarist and songwriter for alt country-rock Wilco, “Outtasite (Outta Mind)” (#22, 1997)
1957 ● Patty Loveless (Patricia Lee Ramey) → Neo-tradional country/honky tonk singer, “Chains” (Country #1, 1989)
1958 ● Marcel King → Vocals for Philly-style Brit R&B/soul Sweet Sensation, “Sad Sweet Dreamer” (US#14, UK#1, 1975)
1960 ● Michael Stipe → Frontman/vocals for influential post-punk R.E.M., “The One I Love” (#9, 1987)
1962 ● Martin Macaloon → Bassist for Brit pop-rock Prefab Sprout, “If You Don’t Love Me” (Dance/Club #3, 1992)
1962 ● Robin Guthrie → Guitar and keyboards for dream-pop Cocteau Twins, “Heaven Or Las Vegas” (1990)
1962 ● Till Lindemann → Poet, frontman and lead vocals for German industrial metal band Rammstein, “Sehnsucht” (Mainstream Rock #20, 1998)
1965 ● Beth Gibbons → Singer for avant-garde fusion of electronica and pop Portishead, “Sour Times” (#53, 1995)
1965 ● Cait O’Riordan → Bassist for Irish folk-punk-rock The Pogues, “Tuesday Morning” (Rock #11, 1993)
1965 ● David Glasper → Lead singer for Brit pop-rock Breathe, “Hands To Heaven” (#3, 1988)
1966 ● Deana Carter → Neo-traditional country-folk singer, “Did I Shave My Legs For This?” (Country #25, 1997)
1967 ● Benjamin Darvill → Harmonica for Canadian alt pop-rock Crash Test Dummies, “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” (#4, 1993)
1977 ● Timothy Wheeler → Founding member, singer/songwriter/vocals for Irish neo-punk/pop-rock Ash, “Goldfinger” (UK #5, 1996)

Jan 05
1923 ● Sam Phillips → Founder of Sun Records, producer for Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Howlin’ Wolf, others, died in 2003
1940 ● George Malone → Second tenor for R&B/doo wop The Monotones, “(Who Wrote) The Book Of Love” (#5, 1958)
1941 ● Grady Thomas → Vocals for R&B/soul-funk (“P-Funk”) Parliament-Funkadelic, “One Nation Under A Groove” (#31, 1978)
1949 ● George “Funky” Brown → Drummer for jazz-fusion then R&B/funk Kool & The Gang, “Jungle Boogie” (#4, 1973)
1950 ● Chris Stein → Guitarist for New Wave pop-rock Blondie, “Heart Of Glass” (#1, 1979)
1951 ● Biff Byford → Early and influential New Wave of Britsh Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) band Saxon, “Power And The Glory” (#32, 1983)
1964 ● Grant Young → Drummer for garage rock superstar group Soul Asylum, “Runaway Train” (#5, 1993)
1964 ● Phil Thornalley → Vocals, guitar, songwriter and producer, The Cure and Johnny Hates Jazz, co-wrote “Torn”, covered by Natalie Imbruglia, (#13, 1998)
1966 ● Kate Schellenbach → Drummer for all-girl alt rock/hip hop Luscious Jackson, “Naked Eye” (#36, 1996)
1969 ● Marilyn Manson (Brian Warner) → Self-proclaimed “Antichrist Superstar,” frontman for eponymous shock-rock band, “The Dope Show” (Mainstream Rock #12, 1998)
1970 ● Jeffrey Jay → Singer for Italian pop-rock Eiffel 65, “Blue (Da Ba Dee)” (#6, 1999)
1970 ● Troy Van Leeuwen → Six-string and pedal steel guitar for alt rock A Perfect Circle, “Weak And Powerless” (Mainstream Rock #1, 2003), then Queens Of The Stone Age and solo
1976 ● Matthew Walter Wachter → Bassist for post-grunge 30 Seconds To Mars, then punk-pop Angels & Airwaves, “The Adventure” (#55, 2006)

Jan 06
1924 ● Earl Scruggs → Five-string banjo virtuoso, bandleader (with Lester Flatt) Foggy Mountain Boys, Earl Scruggs Revue
1929 ● Wilbert Harrison → Boogie-pop-rock singer/pianist, “Kansas City” (#1, 1959) and “Let’s Work Together” (#32, 1969)
1935 ● Nino Tempo (Antonio LoTempio) → Session saxophonist and singer, duet with April Stevens (his sister Carol), “Deep Purple” (#1, 1963), then jazz musician
1937 ● Doris Troy (Higginson) → Back-up R&B/soul singer, co-wrote and recorded “Just One Look” (#10, 1963)
1944 ● Van McCoy → R&B/soul producer, songwriter, conductor, disco hit “The Hustle” (#1, 1975)
1946 ● Roger Keith “Syd” Barrett → Original member, singer, songwriter and lead guitarist of psych/space rock Pink Floyd, then solo, died from complications of diabetes in 2006, subject of “Wish You Were Here” (1975)
1947 ● Alexandra Elene “Sandy” Denny → Singer/songwriter for renowned Brit folk-rock Fairport Convention, solo, died in 1978 from brain trauma following a fall
1951 ● Kim Wilson → Harmonica, lead vocals and songwriting for blues-boogie-rock Fabulous Thunderbirds, “Tuff Enuff” (#10, 1986)
1953 ● Malcolm Young → Rhythm guitar, vocals and songwriter for Aussie power chord hard rockers AC/DC, “For Those About To Rock” (Mainstream Rock #4, 1982)
1959 ● Kathy Sledge → Lead vocals for family R&B/disco girl-group Sister Sledge, “We Are Family” (#2, 1979)
1959 ● Neil Simpson → Bassist for present-day incarnation of Brit blues-rock Climax Blues Band, “Couldn’t Get It Right” (#3, 1977)
1960 ● Muzz Skillings → Original bassist and singer for prog-funk-metal Living Colour, “Cult Of Personality” (#13, 1988), then Medicine Stick
1964 ● Mark O’Toole → Founding member, bassist and co-songwriter for Brit New Wave pop/rock Frankie Goes To Hollywood, “Relax” (#10, 1984)
1964 ● Tim Garbutt → Former club DJ, then partner/producer in Brit dance-pop duo Utah Saints, “Something Good” (UK #4, 1992)

Jan 07
1936 ● Eldee Young → Premier jazz bassist in 50s/60s, worked with Ramsey Lewis Trio, then formed jazz-pop Young-Holt Unlimited, “Soulful Strut” (#3, 1969)
1938 ● Paul Revere (Dick) → Keyboards for hard-edged rock ‘n roll <Paul Revere & The Raiders, “Just Like Me” (#11, 1965)
1939 ● Lefty Baker (Eustace Britchforth) → Lead guitar and backing vocals for folk-pop Spanky & Our Gang, “Someday Will Never Be The Same” (#9, 1967)
1941 ● Jim West → Lead vocals for pop-harmony trio The Innocents, “Gee Whiz” (#28, 1961) and backing vocals for Kathy Young, “A Thousand Stars” (#3, 1960), solo
1942 ● Danny Williams → “Britain’s Johnny Mathis”, R&B/smooth-pop singer, “White On White” (#9, 1964)
1943 ● Leona Williams (Leona Belle Helton) → Country bassist and vocalist, Loretta Lynn Band, Merle Haggard band (and ex-wife), “The Bull And The Beaver” (Country #8, 1978), solo
1944 ● Mike McGrear (Michael McCartney) → Brother of Paul McCartney, comic and vocalist in pop-rock trio The Scaffold, “Thank U Very Much” (UK#4, US#69, 1968)
1945 ● Dave Cousins (David Joseph Hindson) → Founder and lead guitarist for Brit folk-prog-rock The Strawbs, “Part Of The Union” (UK #2, 1973)
1946 ● Andy Brown → Drummer for pop-harmony group The Fortunes, “You’ve Got Your Troubles” (#7, 1965)
1946 ● Jann Wennerr → Rolling Stone magazine founder, editor
1948 ● Kenny Loggins → Light country rock duo Loggins & Messina, “Your Mama Don’t Dance” (#4, 1973), then solo pop-rock, “Footloose” (#1, 1984)
1959 ● Kathy Valentine → Bassist for New Wave pop-rock The Go-Go’s, “We Got The Beat” (#2, 1982)
1974 ● John Rich → Lead vocals and bass for cross-over country-rockers Lonestar, “Amazed” (#1, 1999)

Jan 08
1931 ● Bill Graham (Wolfgang Grajonca) → German-born, legendary rock impresario, producer/promoter, venue manager (Fillmore East and West)
1935 ● Elvis Presley → The “King of Rock ‘N Roll” with over 100 Top 40 and 18 #1 US singles, died 8/16/1977 from drug abuse
1937 ● Shirley Bassey → “Bassey the Belter”, Welsh-born pop vocalist, “Goldfinger” theme song (Adult #2, 1965)
1940 ● Jerome Anthony Gourdine → Frontman for premier and long-lived R&B/doo-wop Little Anthony & The Imperials, “Tears On My Pillow” (#4, 1958)
1942 ● John Petersen → Drummer for pop-rock The Beau Brummels, “Laugh, Laugh” (#15, 1964), Harpers Bizarre, “Feelin’ Groovy” (#13, 1967)
1943 ● Lee Jackson → Bass and vocals for 60s Brit prog rock The Nice, “America” (1968)
1943 ● Marcus Hutson → R&B/soul-dance vocal quintet The Whispers, “And The Beat Goes On” (#19, 1980)
1946 ● Robbie Krieger → Guitarist for influential/controversial rock band The Doors, “Hello, I Love You” (#1, 1968)
1947 ● David Bowie (David Robert Jones) → The “Chameleon” for ability his music, from mod to glam to Philly soul to pop-rock, “Let’s Dance” (#1, 1983)
1947 ● Terry Sylvester → Vocals and guitar for Brit pop-rock The Swinging Blue Jeans, “Hippy Hippy Shake” (#21, 1964), replaced Graham Nash in The Hollies, “The Air That I Breathe” (#6, 1974)
1948 ● Paul King → Guitar, kazoo and jug for novelty pop-rock one hit wonder Mungo Jerry, “In The Summertime” (#3, 1970), then King Earl Boogie Band and later Skeleton Krew
1955 ● Mike Reno (Joseph Michael Rynoski) → Drums and vocals for Canadian hard/pop-rockers Loverboy, “Turn Me Loose” (Mainstream Rock #6, 1981)
1957 ● Dr. Rock → Chief Musicologist, DrRock.com
1959 ● Paul Hester → Drummer for Aussie New Wave pop-rock Split Enz and then Crowded House, “Don’t Dream It’s Over” (#2, 1987)
1968 ● R. Kelly (Robert Sylvester Kelly) → Urban R&B vocals, producer and songwriter, frontman for Public Announcement, “Bump N’ Grind” (#1, 1994)
1969 ● Jeff Abercrombie → Bassist for post-grunge/alt rock Fuel, “Falls On Me” (Mainstream Rock #9, 2004)
1971 ● Karen Poole → Vocals for Brit pop sister duo Alisha’s Attic, “Indestructible” (UK #12, 1997), daughter of 60s pop-rocker Brian Poole
1975 ● Sean Paul (Henriques) → Grammy-winning reggae/dancehall vocalist, “Get Busy” (#1, 2003)
1975 ● Steven William “Stove” King → Former bassist for post-Brit-pop hard rock Mansun, “Wide Open Space” (Modern Rock #25, 1997)

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This Week’s Birthdays (December 26 – January 1)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Dec 26
1935 ● Abdul “Duke” Fakir → Six decade R&B/soul vocal quartet The Four Tops, “Reach Out (I’ll Be There)” (#1, 1966)
1946 ● Bob Carpenter → Pianist (from 1977) for country-folk-bluegrass-rock The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, as The Dirt Band, backed Steve Martin on “King Tut” (#17, 1978)
1951 ● Paul Anthony Quinn → Early and influential New Wave of Britsh Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) band Saxon, “Power And The Glory” (#32, 1983)
1953 ● Henning Schmitz → Sound engineer, then keyboards for German electro-rock Kraftwerk, “Autobahn” (#25, 1975)
1953 ● Steve Witherington → Brit pub rock/blue-eyed soul Ace, “How Long” (#3, 1975)
1963 ● Dana Baldinger → Bassist for Brit indie-folk-pop Popinjays, “Perfect Day Home” (1988)
1963 ● Lars Ulrich → Drummer for heavy metal a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/MET141″&gt;Metallica, “Enter Sandman” (#10, 1991)
1967 ● J. (Jay Noel Yuenger) → Guitarist for groove/alt metal White Zombie, “More Human Than Human” (#10, 1995)
1969 ● Peter Klett → Founding member and guitarist for grunge-rock Candlebox, “Far Behind” (#18, 1994)
1971 ● Jared Joseph Leto → Actor, lead vocals, guitar and songwriter for indie pop-rock 30 Seconds To Mars, “From Yestreday” (Alt Rock #1, 2006)
1979 ● Chris Daughtry → American Idol finalist and bandleader/guitarist, Daughtry “It’s Not Over” (#4, 2006)

Dec 27
1931 ● William “Scotty” Moore → Sun Records sessionman and longtime Elvis Presley backing band guitarist
1941 ● Leslie Maguire → Merseybeat pop-rock Gerry & The Pacemakers, “How Do You Do It?” (#9, 1964)
1941 ● Mike Pinder → Keyboards and vocals for Brit prog rock then pop-rock The Moody Blues, “Nights In White Satin” (#2, 1967)
1943 ● Peter Sinfield → Early member of prog/space-rock King Crimson, “The Court Of The Crimson King” (#80, 1970), then solo and songwriter
1944 ● Michael Leslie “Mick” Jones → Rock guitarist for Spooky Tooth, founding member of hard/arena rock Foreigner, “Double Vision” (#2, 1978)
1944 ● Tracy Nelson → Founded and fronted/lead vocals for underappreciated 60s psych-blues-rock Mother Earth, then solo
1948 ● Larry Byrom → Guitar for Canadian-American hard rock, proto-metal Steppenwolf, “Born To Be Wild” (#2, 1968), solo, sessions
1950 ● Terry Bozzio → Drummer for Frank Zappa, founded New Wave pop-rock Missing Persons, “Walking In L.A.” (Mainstream #12, 1982)
1952 ● David Knopfler → Rhythm guitar and vocals for post-punk New Wave rock Dire Straits, “Sultans Of Swing” (#4, 1979), solo, songwriter, younger brother of Mark
1952 ● Karla Bonoff → L.A. pop-rock singer/songwriter, Linda Ronstadt back-up vocals, solo “Personally” (#19, 1982)
1960 ● Martin “Youth” Glover → Founding member and bassist for post-punk New Wave dance-rock Killing Joke, “Follow The Leaders” (Club-Dance #25, 1981)
1972 ● Matt Slocum → Lead guitar and principal songwriter for Christian pop-rock Sixpence None The Richer, “Kiss Me” (#2, 1998)
1984 ● Spectacular Blue Smith → Miami-based R&B/hip-hop quarter Pretty Ricky, “Grind With Me” (#7, 2005)
1988 ● Hayley Nichole Williams → Lead vocals and keyboards for alt rock/pop-punk Paramore, “Misery Business” (#27, 2007)

Dec 28
1903 ● Earl Kenneth “Fatha” Hines → Early and influential jazz pianist
1915 ● Roebuck “Pops” Staples → Patriarch/manager of four-sister R&B/soul-gospel act Staple Singers, “I’ll Take You There” (#1, 1972)
1932 ● Dorsey Burnette → Rockabilly singer, prolific songwriter, brother of Johnny
1938 ● Charles Neville → Joey Dee & The Starlighters, New Orleans R&B/soul The Neville Brothers
1943 ● Charles “Chas” Hodges → Brit country-rock Head Hands & Feet, then pop-“rockney” duo Chas & Dave, “Gertcha” (UK #20, 1979)
1946 ● Edgar Winter → Straight blues and blues-rock keyboards and sax, songwriter, bandleader, The Edgar Winter Group, “Frankenstein” (#1, 1973), younger brother of Johnny
1947 ● Dick Diamonde → Aussie-based 60s pop-rock The Easybeats, “Friday On My Mind” (#16, 1966)
1950 ● Alex Chilton → Frontman for short-lived blue-eyed soul The Box Tops, “The Letter” (#1, 1967), then power-pop cult band Big Star, “September Gurls” (1974, Rolling Stone #178)
1953 ● Richard Clayderman (Philipe Pages) → French pianist with over 70 million instrumental-pop albums, including covers, filmscores, easy listening renditions of classical works
1954 ● Rosie Vela → Model, actress, singer/songwriter, pop-rock “Magic Smile” (Adult #29, 1986)
1958 ● Mike McGuire → Drummer for neo-trad country Shenandoah, “The Church On Cumberland Road” (Country #1, 1989)
1960 ● Marty Roe → Founder, rhythm guitar and lead vocals for country-pop-bluegrass Diamond Rio, “One More Day” (Country #1, 2000)
1964 ● Paul Wagstaff → Manchester electro-dance club Paris Angels, then Black Grape and Happy Mondays
1971 ● Anita Dels → Vocals for Euro dance-pop 2 Unlimited, “Tribal Dance” (Dance/Club #7, 1993)
1978 ● John Legend (Stephens) → Neo-soul singer/pianist/songwriter, “Ordinary People” (#24, 2005)
1979 ● Akon (Aliaune Thiam) → Sengalese-American rapper, hip-hop artist, “Locked Up” (#8, 2004)

Dec 29
1935 ● Virgil Johnson → Lead singer for R&B/doo wop The Velvets, “Tonight (Could Be The Night)” (#26, 1961)
1941 ● Ray Thomas → Founding member, harmonica and vocals for prog rock then pop-rock The Moody Blues, “Nights In White Satin” (#2, 1967)
1942 ● Jerry Summers (Gross) → Early garage-rock dance band The Dovells, “Bristol Stomp” (#2, 1961)
1942 ● Rick Danko → Canadian-born bassist, vocals and occasional songwriter for seminal roots rock The Band, “Up On Cripple Creek” (#25, 1970), solo, committed suicide 12/10/1999
1946 ● Marianne Faithfull → Brit pop-rock singer/songwriter, former paramour of Mick Jagger, solo vocalist, “As Tears Go By” (#22, 1964)
1947 ● Cozy Powell → Multi-band rock drummer, Jeff Beck Group, Rainbow, Whitesnake, Black Sabbath, Thin Lizzy, died in car crash in the UK, 4/5/1998
1948 ● Charlie Spinosa → Blue-eyed soul one hit wonder John Fred & His Playboy Band, “Judy In Disguise (With Glasses)” (#1, 1968)
1951 ● Yvonne Elliman → Hawaii-born pop-rock singer, actress, Jesus Christ Superstar, solo “If I Can’t Have You” (#1, 1977)
1955 ● Neil “Spyder” Giraldo → Lead guitarist for Pat Benatar‘s band, “Love Is A Battlefield” (#5, 1983)
1961 ● Jim Reid → Scottish alt-pop-rock Jesus And Mary Chain, “Sometimes Always” (Modern Rock #4, 1994)
1961 ● Mark “Cow” Day → Manchester electro-dance club Happy Mondays, “Stinkin Thinkin” (Dance/Club #1, 1992)
1963 ● Alex Gifford → Keyboards, bass and DJ for techno-dance Propellerheads, “History Repeating” (Dance/Club #10, 1998)
1966 ● Bryan Keith “Dexter” Holland → Frontman, guitar and vocals for 90s punk revival The Offspring, “Gone Away” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1997)
1970 ● Glen Phillips → Founder, lead vocal and songwriter for alt pop-rock Toad The Wet Sprocket, “All I Want” (#15, 1992), solo

Dec 30
1928 ● Bo Diddley (Elias Otha Bates McDaniel) → Early R&B/rock ‘n roll guitarist, songwriter, originator of the oft-used “Diddley Beat” (bomp-a-bomp, a-bomp, a-bomp-bomp-bomp), died from heart failure in 2008
1931 ● Skeeter Davis (Mary Frances Penick) → Unheralded early rockabilly and later country-crossover singer, “The End Of The World” (#2, 1963)
1934 ● Del Shannon (Charles Westover) → Early rock ‘n roll teen idol then heralded pop-rock singer/songwriter, “Runaway” (#1, 1961)
1937 ● John Hartford (Harford) → Folk-pop-country-rock singer/songwriter and guitarist, wrote/recorded the oft-covered and hugely popular standard “Gentle On My Mind” (1967)
1939 ● Felix Pappalardi → Producer for Cream, bassist for pioneering hard rock/heavy metal trio Mountain, “Mississippi Queen” (#21, 1970), shot dead by his wife on 4/17/1983
1940 ● Kenny Pentifallo → Drummer for New Jersey rock ‘n roll bar band Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, “Talk To Me” (1978)
1940 ● Perry Ford → Member of Brit pop vocal trio The Ivy League, “Tossing And Turning” (#83, UK #3, 1965)
1942 ● Michael Nesmith → Guitarist, songwriter and vocals for 60s bad-rap pre-fab pop-rock The Monkees, “Last Train To Clarksville” (#1, 1966), then country-rock solo career and producer
1942 ● Robert Quine → Heralded punk-era guitarist with Richard Hell & The Voidoids, then collaborated with Lou Reed, Brian Eno, Tom Waits and other. Committed suicide in 2004.
1945 ● Davy Jones → Lead vocals for 60s bad-rap pre-fab pop-rock The Monkees, “Last Train To Clarksville” (#1, 1966), solo
1946 ● Patti Smith → The “Godmother of Punk”, singer, poet, songwriter, co-wrote with Springsteen “Because The Night” (#13, 1978)
1947 ● Jeff Lynne → Top-level producer, keyboardist, songwriter and frontman for The Move, Electric Light Orchestra, Traveling Wilburys
1951 ● Chris Jasper → Brother-in-law, keyboardist and key member of six-decade R&B/soul family group The Isley Brothers, “That Lady, Pts. 1-2″ (#6, 1973)
1956 ● Suzy Bogguss → Award-winning country singer/songwriter, “Drive South” (Country #2, 1992)
1959 ● Tracey (Trace) Ullman → 80s “girl-group revival” pop-rock singer “They Don’t Know” (#8, 1984), then TV comedienne
1969 ● Jason “J.K.” Kay → Brit acid jazz-funk-pop Jamiroquai, “Canned Heat” (Dance #1, 1999)
1970 ● Sister Bliss (Ayalah Bentovim) → Former club DJ then founding member of techno-club-dance duo Faithless, “Insomnia” (Dance/Clu #1, 1997)
1978 ● Tyrese Darnell Gibson → R&B/rap singer, “Sweet Lady” (#12, 199), songwriter, film actor, producer

Dec 31
1914 ● Cyril Stapleton → Brit jazz-pop bandleader in 40s/50s, “Children’s Marching Song (Nick, Nack Paddywack)” (#13, 1959)
1930 ● Odetta Holmes → Folk-blues/folk revival, 60s civil rights protest singer/songwriter/guitarist, NEA award-winner
1942 ● Andy Summers (Andrew James Somers) → Guitarist and vocals for post-punk New Wave pop-rock The Police, “Every Breath You Take” (#1, 1983)
1943 ● John Denver (Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr.) → Light folk-country-pop singer/songwriter, “Rocky Mountain High” (#9, 1973)
1943 ● Peter Quaife → Founding member and first bassist for Brit folk-pop-rock The Kinks, left before “Lola” (#9, 1970), solo, then writer
1947 ● Burton Cummings → Founder and frontman for Canadian rockers The Guess Who, “American Woman” (#1, 1970), solo
1948 ● Donna Summer (LaDonna Adriene Gaines) → The unparalleled “Queen of Disco”, songwriter, singer, “Bad Girls” (#1, 1975)
1951 ● Danny McNamara → Founder and lead vocals for Brit pop-rock Embrace, “Gravity” (Mainstream Rock #36, UK #7, 2004)
1951 ● Fermin Goytisolo → Percussionist for R&B/soul-funk-disco KC & The Sunshine Band, “That’s The Way (I Like It)” (#1, 1975)
1951 ● George Thorogood → Frontman for long-time boogie-blues-rock group The (Delaware) Destroyers, “Bad To The Bone” (Mainstream Rock #27, 1982)
1951 ● Tom Hamilton → Bassist for hard rock, boozy Aerosmith, co-wrote “Janie’s Got A Gun” (#4, 1990)
1960 ● Paul Westerberg → Founder of alt-rock pioneers The Replacements, “I’ll Be You” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1989)
1961 ● Scott Taylor → New Wave synth-pop-soul Then Jerico, “The Motive” (UK #18, 1987)
1963 ● Scott Ian (Rosenfeld) → Guitarist for speed/thrash metal Anthrax, “Only” (Mainstream #26, 1993)
1972 ● Joey McIntyre → Early 90s teen-pop boy band New Kids On The Block, “Step By Step” (#1, 1990)
1979 ● Bob Bryar → Drummer for 00s alt rock/emo band My Chemical Romance, “Welcome To The Black Parade” (#9, 2006)

Jan 01
1942 ● “Country” Joe McDonald → Frontman and vocals for 60s psych-folk-rock Country Joe & The Fish, “I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-To-Die Rag” (1967)
1945 ● Jim Gordon → Top 60s/70s session drummer, co-wrote “Layla” with Eric Clapton, worked with The Monkees, The Byrds, Steely Dan, Frank Zappa and others, in prison since ’84 for murdering his mother
1950 ● Morgan Fisher → Keyboards for early Brit glam-rockers Mott The Hoople, “All The Young Dudes” (#37, 1972)
1958 ● Grandmaster Flash (Joseph Saddler) → Rapper, DJ mixmaster and leader of The Furious Five, “The Message” (R&B #4, 1982)
1963 ● Michael Hanson → Drummer for Canadian pop-rock Glass Tiger, “Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone)” (#2, 1986)
1968 ● Rick J. Jordan (Hendrik Stedler) → Keyboardist for huge Euro-German techno-dance-pop Scooter, “Fire” (Dance/Club #30, 1998)
1972 ● Thomas Bangaltier → French progressive dance-pop duo Daft Punk, “Face To Face” (Dance/Club #1, 2004)
1972 ● Tom Barman → Vocals and guitar for Belgian avante-grunge indie rock dEUS, “Little Arithmethics” (UK #44, 1996)
1975 ● Steve Ripley → Frontman and lead guitar for 90s country-rockers The Tractors, “Baby Likes To Rock It” (#11, 1994)

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This Week’s Birthdays (December 19 – 25)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Dec 19
1918 ● Professor Longhair (Henry Roeland Byrd) → New Orleans R&B, blues then rock ‘n roll pianist
1940 ● Phil Ochs → 60s folk “outlaw” singer/songwriter, “I Ain’t Marching Anymore” (1965)
1941 ● Maurice White → Drummer, singer/songwriter, founder of R&B/soul-dance-pop Earth, Wind & Fire, “Shining Star” (#1, 1975)
1944 ● Alvin Lee → Underrated British blues-rock guitarist for Ten Years After, “I’d Love To Change The World” (Top 40, 1971)
1944 ● Zalman “Zal” Yanovsky → The “Zany One” for folk-pop-rock The Lovin’ Spoonful, “Summer In The City” (#1, 1965)
1945 ● John McEuen → Banjo and mandolin for country-folk-bluegrass-rock The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, “Mr. Bojangles” (#9, 1971)
1957 ● Doug Johnson → Keyboards for Canadian hard/pop-rockers Loverboy, “Turn Me Loose” (Mainstream Rock #6, 1981)
1958 ● Limahl (Christopher Hamill) → Lead singer for Brit pop-rock Kajagoogoo, “Too Shy” (#5, 1983), solo, “NeverEnding Story” (Adult Contemporary #6, 1984)
1968 ● Kevin Shepard → Grammy-nominated alt/roots rock Tonic, “If You Could Only See” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1997)

Dec 20
1944 ● Bobby Colomby → Drummer for jazz-rock/pop-rock fusion band Blood, Sweat & Tears, “Spinning Wheel” (#2, 1969)
1945 ● Peter Criss (Criscoula) → Drummer for campy hard/glam-rock Kiss, “Detroit Rock City” (#7, 1976)
1948 ● Stephen Wright → Aussie-based 60s pop-rock The Easybeats, “Friday On My Mind” (#16, 1966)
1949 ● Alan Parsons → Brit studio engineer, producer, musician, bandleader, prog-rock The Alan Parsons Project, “Games People Play” (#16, 1981)
1956 ● Guy Babylon → Keyboardist and contributor, Elton John band
1957 ● Anita Ward → R&B/soul-disco one hit wonder singer, “Ring My Bell” (#1, 1979)
1957 ● Michael Watt → Seminal post-punk bassist and founder of Minutemen, dos, fiREHOUSE. Also with The Stooges and Banyan.
1957 ● Stephen William “Billy” Bragg → Brit alt rock singer/songwriter and left-wing activist, “Sexuality” (Modern Rock #2, 1991)
1966 ● Chris Robinson → Founder, guitarist and songwriter for roots/raunch rock Black Crowes, “Hard To Handle” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1991)
1975 ● Graham Hopkins → Former drummer for Irish grunge rock Therapy?, then solo, now sessions and touring bands
1990 ● JoJo (Joanna Noelle Levesque) → R&B/dance-pop singer/songwriter, “Too Little Too Late” (#3, 2006), actress

Dec 21
1920 ● Luigi Creatore → Songwriter, producer, record label executive, teamed with Hugo Peretti to write dozens of hit songs for multiple artists
1940 ● Frank Zappa → Multi-instrumentalist, satirist, rock/classical fusion composer, producer, bandleader, Mothers Of Invention, solo, “Valley Girl” (#32, 1975)
1940 ● Ray Hildebrand → With Jill Jackson, early pop-rock vocal duo Paul & Paula, “Hey Paula” (#1, 1963)
1942 ● Carla Thomas → Stax Records artist, the “Queen of Memphis Soul”,”B-A-B-Y” (R&B #3, Pop #14, 1966), daughter of Rufus
1943 ● Albert Lee → Brit country-folk-rock guitarist, Head Hands & Feat, sessions with Emmylou Harris, Clapton, others, solo
1946 ● Carl Wilson → Guitars and vocals for sunny-pop/surf-rockers The Beach Boys, “Good Vibrations” (#1, 1966)
1951 ● Nick Gilder → Brit-born frontman for Canadian glam-rock Sweeney Todd, then solo, “Hot Child In The City” (#1, 1978)
1953 ● Betty Wright → Grammy-winning R&B/Miami soul/quiet storm vocals, “Clean Up Woman” (#6, 1972)
1964 ● Emmett J. “Murph” Murphy III → Drummer for influential indie/cult rock Dinosaur Jr., “Start Choppin'” (Modern Rock #3, 1993), The Lemonheads
1965 ● Gabrielle “Gabby” Glaser → Guitarist and vocals for all-girl alt rock/hip hop Luscious Jackson, “Naked Eye” (#36, 1996)
1971 ● Brett Scallions → Guitar, bass and vocals for post-grunge/alt rock Fuel, “Falls On Me” (Mainstream Rock #9, 2004)

Dec 22
1939 ● James Gurley → Guitarist for 60s Janis Joplin-fronted, psych-rock Big Brother & The Holding Company, “Piece Of My Heart” (#12, 1968)
1944 ● Barry Jenkins → Drummer for British Invasion hard/blues-rock The Animals, “House Of The Rising Sun” (#1, 1964)
1946 ● Rick Nielsen → Vocals and guitar for power pop-rock Cheap Trick, “The Flame” (#1, 1988)
1949 ● Maurice Gibb → Singer/songwriter, producer, pop-rock then disco The Bee Gees, “Stayin’ Alive” (#1, 1977), younger twin of Robin
1949 ● Robin Gibb → Singer/songwriter, producer, pop-rock then disco The Bee Gees, “Stayin’ Alive” (#1, 1977), older twin of Maurice
1950 ● Alan Williams → Vocals for glam rock/rock ‘n roll revival The Rubettes, “Sugar Baby Love” (UK#1, US #37, 1974)
1955 ● Barry Sless → Six-string and peddle steel guitarist for David Nelson Band, Kingfish, Phil (Lesh) & Friends, others
1957 ● Ricky Ross → Scottish indie pop-rock Deacon Blue, “Real Gone Kid” (UK #8, 1988)
1966 ● Danny Saber → Producer, remixer, trip-hop DJ, former bassist with alt Brit-pop Black Grape, “England’s Irie” (UK #6, 1996)
1968 ● Richard James Edwards → Rhythm guitar, songwriter and vocals for Brit alt rock/neo-punk Manic Street Preachers, “The Masses Against The Classes” (UK #1, 2000)
1972 ● Vanessa Paradis → French teen-pop singer, actress, “Joe Le Taxi” (Euro #11, 1998)
1984 ● Basshunter (Jonas Erik Altberg) → Swedish musician and DJ, dance-pop singer, “Now You’re Gone” (Dance Airplay #3, 2008)
1989 ● Jordin Briana Sparks → R&B/pop-soul singer/songwriter, American Idol winner, “No Air” (2008)

Dec 23
1935 ● Johnny Kidd (Frederick Heath) → Pre-Beatles top Brit rock ‘n roll Johnny Kidd & The Pirates, “Shakin’ All Over” (UK #1, 1960)
1935 ● Little Esther Phillips (Esther Mae Jones) → Versatile R&B/soul-pop-country-jazz-blues singer, “Release Me” (#8, 1962)
1940 ● Eugene Record → Vocals for smooth R&B/Chicago soul The Chi-Lites, “Have You Seen Her?” (#3, 1971)
1940 ● Jorma Kaukonen → Guitarist for 60s psych-rock Jefferson Airplane, “Somebody To Love” (#5, 1967), then folk-rock Hot Tuna
1941 ● Tim Hardin → Folk singer-songwriter, wrote and recorded the oft-covered classic “Reason To Believe” (1965)
1942 ● Declan “Dec” Cluskey → Irish pop-rock The Bachelors, “Diane” (#10, 1964)
1943 ● Harry Shearer → Actor who portrayed Derek Smalls in the mock-rock movie Spinal Tap
1945 ● Ron Bushy → Drummer for hard rock Iron Butterfly, “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” (#30, 1970)
1946 ● Luther Grosvenor (aka Ariel Bender) → Guitarist for Brit blues-rock Spooky Tooth, then glam-rock Mott the Hoople, “All The Young Dudes” (#37, 1972)
1946 ● Robbie Dupree (Robert Dupuis) → Light pop-rock one hit wonder vocalist, “Steal Away” (#6, 1980)
1949 ● Robert Steven “Adrian” Belew → Guitarist and singer, sessions, Talking Heads, King Crimson, David Bowie, solo
1951 ● Johnny Contardo → Rock ‘n roll revival “greaser” group Sha Na Na
1958 ● Dave Murray → Guitarist for Brit heavy metal Iron Maiden, “Flight Of Icarus” (Mainstream Rock #8, 1983)
1958 ● Victoria Williams → Idiosyncratic country-folk singer/songwriter, “Crazy Mary” (1994)
1960 ● Will Sinnott → Scottish electronic psych/dance rock crossover band The Shamen, “Ebeneezer Goode” (UK #1, 1992)
1964 ● Eddie Vedder (Edward Louis Severson III) → Lead vocals and guitars for post-grunge/alt rock kings Pearl Jam, “Last Kiss” (#2, 1999)
1974 ● Montsho Eshe → Progressive rap, funk-soul-blues-hip-hop Arrested Development, “Mr. Wendal” (#6, 1992)
1975 ● Katie Underwood → Pre-fab Aussie all-girl pop vocal quintet Bardot, “Poison” (Aus. #1, 2000)
1985 ● Harry Judd → Drummer for Brit pop-rock boy band McFly, “All About You” (UK #1, 2005)

Dec 24
1920 ● Dave Bartholomew → Prominent and expansive New Orleans R&B producer, arranger, composer, with Fats Domino co-wrote “Ain’t That A Shame” (#10, 1955)
1924 ● Lee Dorsey → R&B/soul-pop singer, “Working In The Cole Mine” (#8, 1966)
1944 ● Mike Curb → MGM Records head, producer
1945 ● Doyle Bramhall II → Guitarist/songwriter, Smokestack, Eric Clapton band, Roger Waters band
1945 ● Lemmy (Ian Frasier Kilminster) → Space-rock Hawkwind, “Silver Machine” (1972), founded punk-metal Motörhead, “Ace Of Spades” (UK #15, 1980)
1946 ● Jan Akkerman → Founding member and guitarist for Dutch prog rock band Focus, “Hocus Pocus” (#9, 1971)
1957 ● Ian Burden → Keyboards for synth-pop pioneers The Human League, “Don’t You Want Me” (#1, 1981)
1963 ● Mary Ramsey → Folk-pop John & Mary, then lead vocals for 10,000 Maniacs after Natalie Merchant’s departure, “More Than This” (#25, 1997)
1971 ● Ricky Martin (Enrique Martin Morales) → Puerto Rican pop superstar, “Livin’ La Vida Loca” (#1, 1999), actor
1975 ● Joseph Washbourne → Keyboards and vocals for alt rock/white soul Toploader, “Dancing In The Moonlight” (UK Top 10, 2000)

Dec 25
1907 ● Cab Calloway → Jazz/scat singer, songwriter, bandleader, “Minnie The Moocher” (1931)
1929 ● Chris Kenner → Teen pop and early rock ‘n roll singer, “I Like It Like That” (#2, 1961)
1929 ● William Franklin “Billy” Billy Horton → Lead singer for R&B/doo wop vocal quartet The Silhouettes, “Get A Job” (#1, 1958)
1937 ● O’Kelly Isley, Jr. → Six-decade R&B/soul family group The Isley Brothers, “That Lady, Pts. 1-2″ (#6, 1973)
1939 ● Bob James → Jazz-pop crossover keyboardist, composer, arranger, bandleader
1940 ● Pete Brown → Poet and co-lyricist (with Jack Bruce) for Cream, “I Feel Free” (1967)
1940 ● Phil Spector → Musician, songwriter, record producer, originator of the “Wall of Sound” technique, pioneer of 60s girl groups
1943 ● Trevor Lucas → Brit folk-rock Fairport Convention, “Si Tu Dos Partir” (1969), Al Stewart band, The Strawbs
1944 ● Henry “The Sunflower” Vestine → Guitarist for folk-blues-rock Canned Heat, “”Let’s Work Together” (1970), The Mothers Of Invention
1944 ● Kenny Everett (Maurice James Cole) → BBC Radio DJ, TV presenter, comedian, musician, “Snot Rap” (1983)
1945 ● David Noel Redding → Bassist for The Jimi Hendrix Experience, “Purple Haze” (#65, 1967), solo
1946 ● Jimmy Buffett → Country-folk-pop-rock singer/songwriter, beach bum and chief Parrothead, “Margaritaville” (#8, 1977)
1948 ● Barbara Mandrell → Three-time CMA Entertainer of the Year, country singer/songwriter, “Sleeping Single In A Double Bed” (Country #1, 1977)
1948 ● Merry Clayton → Backup/session singer, solo, vocals on The Stones‘ “Gimme Shelter”, actress
1954 ● Annie Lennox → Vocals for New Wave pop-rock The Tourists, “I Only Want To Be With You” (#83, 1980), Eurythmics, “Sweet Dreams” (#1, 1983), solo
1954 ● Robin Campbell → Guitar and vocals for multiracial reggae-pop UB40, “Red Red Wine” (#1, 1988)
1957 ● Shane MacGowan → Guitar and vocals for Irish folk-punk-rock The Pogues, “Tuesday Morning” (Rock #11, 1993)
1958 ● Alannah Myles → Canadian sultry, smoky, sensual pop singer/songwriter, “Black Velvet” (#1, 1990)
1964 ● Bob Stanley → Guitars and songwriter for indie dance-pop Saint Etienne, “Nothing Can Stop Us” (Dance/Club #1, 1992)
1971 ● Noel Hogan → Guitarist for Irish jangle/dream pop-rock The Cranberries, “Linger” (#8, 1993)
1972 ● Dido (Armstrong) → Electro-dance-pop singer/songwriter, “Thank You” (#3, 2001)
1972 ● Josh Freese → Drummer for industrial rock Nine Inch Nails, “The Day The World Went Away” (#17, 1999), also with The Vandals and Devo, others

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This Week’s Birthdays (December 5 – 11)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Dec 06
1932 ● Little Richard (Richard Wayne Penniman) → Early rock ‘n roll pioneer, legendary wildman, “Long Tall Sally” (#6, 1956)
1938 ● John Weldon “J.J.” Cale → Roots-blues-rock singer/songwriter/guitarist, “After Midnight” (#42, 1972), wrote “Cocaine” (Clapton, #30, 1980)
1945 ● Eduardo Delgado Serrato → Original drummer for garage rock legends ? And The Mysterians, “96 Tears” (#1, 1966)
1947 ● Jim Messina → Country-rock guitarist/singer/songwriter, Buffalo Springfield, Poco, Loggins & Messina, “Your Mama Don’t Dance” (#4, 1972)
1952 ● Andy Kim (Andrew Youakim) → Canadian bubblegum pop-rock one hit wonder singer/songwriter, “Rock Me Gently” (#1, 1974)
1960 ● Les Nemes → Bassist for New Wave funk-pop Haircut 100, “Love Plus One” (#37, 1982)
1960 ● Jack Russell → Lead vocals for hard rock/metal Great White, “One Bitten, Twice Shy” (#5, 1989), survived Rhode Island night club fire in 2003
1965 ● John Rzeznick → Singer/guitarist for alt-rock Goo Goo Dolls, “Iris” (#1, 1998)
1968 ● Glen Graham → Roots-psych-alt rock Blind Melon, “No Rain” (Modern Rock #1, 1993)
1971 ● Craig Gill → Drummer for Brit psych-alt rock Inspiral Carpets, “Two Worlds Collide” (Modern Rock #8, 1992)
1980 ● Zainam Higgins → Vocals/songwriter for Brit R&B/dance-pop teen girl-group Cleopatra, “Cleopatra’s Theme” (#26, 1998)
1982 ● Keri Lynn Hilson → R&B singer/songwriter, wrote hits as part of The Clutch team, solo, “Knock You Down” (#3, 2009)

Dec 06
1916 ● Hugo Peretti → Songwriter, producer, record label executive, teamed with Luigi Creatore to write dozens of hit songs for mulitple artists
1920 ● Dave Brubeck → Jazz pianist, bandleader, composer, “Take Five” (Adult Contemporary #5, 1961)
1943 ● Keith West (Hopkins) → Brit singer/songwriter, led early psych-rock group Tomorrow, solo with “On A Saturday” (1968)
1943 ● Michael George “Mike” Smith → Keyboards and vocals for Brit Invasion pop-rock The Dave Clark Five, “Catch Us If You Can” (#4, 1965)
1944 ● Jonathan King → Brit singer/songwriter, “Everyone’s Gone To The Moon” (#17, 1965), record producer, manager for Genesis
1947 ● David Roderick “Fritz” Fryer → Lead guitarist for Brit pop-rock The Four Pennies, “Juliet” (UK #1, 1964)
1947 ● Kim Simmonds → Founder and guitarist for Brit blues-rock Savoy Brown, “Tell Mama” (#83, 1971)
1947 ● Miroslav Vitous → Czech-born bassist for jazz-rock fusion Weather Report, “Birdland” (1977), solo
1952 ● Randy Rhoads → Heavy metal/pop-metal Quiet Riot, “Bang Your Head (Metal Health)” (#31, 1983)
1955 ● Edward Tudor-Pole → Leader of Brit punk-rock band Tenpole Tudor, actor, solo, “Who Killed Bambi?” (1978)
1955 ● Rick Buckler → Drummer for Brit punk-rock/mod revival The Jam, “Town Called Malice” (Mainstream Rock #31, 1982)
1956 ● Peter Buck → Guitarist/songwriter for influential post-punk R.E.M., “The One I Love” (#9, 1987)
1961 ● David Lovering → Drummer for melodic post-punk alternative rock The Pixies, “Here Comes Your Man” (Modern Rock #3, 1989)
1962 ● Ben Watt → Brit pop-dance-club duo Everything But The Girl, “Missing” (#2, 1995), solo
1969 ● Mark Gardener → Singer/guitarist for Brit neo-psych shoegazing band Ride, “Twisterella” (Modern Rock #12, 1992)
1969 ● Steven Drozd → Drummer/vocals for neo-psych alt rock The Flaming Lips, “She Don’t Use Jelly” (#55, 1995)
1970 ● Ulf Ekberg → Swedish pop-rockers Ace Of Base, “All That She Wants” (#2, 1993)

Dec 07
1942 ● Harry Chapin → Singer/songwriter/guitarist, “Cat’s In The Cradle” (#1, 1974)
1942 ● Mike Nolan → Brit mixed-gender euro-pop/disco Bucks Fizz, “Making Your Mind Up” (UK #1, 1981)
1949 ● Tom Waits → Gravelly, growling blues-rock singer/songwriter, actor, film score composer, vocal contributor
1958 ● Timothy Butler → Brit New Wave post-punk The Psychedelic Furs, “Pretty In Pink” (#41, 1981)
1961 ● Robert Downes → New Wave synth-pop-soul Then Jerico, “The Motive” (UK #18, 1987)
1963 ● Barbara Weathers → Lead vocals for 80s urban contemporary soul Atlantic Starr, “Always” (#1, 1987)
1963 ● Huw Chadbourne → Brit lounge/melodramatic pop group Babybird, “You’re Gorgeous” (UK #3, 1996)
1965 ● Brian Futter → Brit indie rock/shoegazing band Catherine Wheel, “Black Metallic” (Modern Rock #9, 1991)
1973 ● Dodi Ma (Damien Rice) → Multi-intrumentalist Irish indie folk-rocker, Juniper, solo, “Cannonball” (UK #19, 2004)
1974 ● Nicole Appleton → Brit dance-pop-rock All Saints, “Never Ever” (UK #1, 1998)
1979 ● Sara Bareilles → Pianist/singer/songwriter, “Love Song” (#4, 2007)
1987 ● Aaron Carter → Teen idol hip hop/pop singer, “Aaron’s Party (Come And Get It)” (#35, 2002)

Dec 08
1921 ● Johnny Otis (John Veliotes) → Sing-era bandleader, R&B producer, rock band manager, A&R man, songwriter, “Willie And The Hand Jive” (#9, 1958)
1925 ● Jimmy Smith → Jazz organ player, popularized the Hammond B-3, NEA Jazz Master, bandleader, contributor
1925 ● Sammy Davis, Jr. → Actor, dancer, “Rat Pack” member with Sinatra and Martin, singer, “Candy Man” (#1, 1972)
1939 ● James Galway → The “Man with the Golden Flute” Irish virtuoso flutist, “Annie’s Song” (UK 33, 1978)
1939 ● Jerry Butler → Chicago soul/doo wop The Impressions, “It’s All Right” (#4, 1963), solo
1942 ● Bobby Elliot → British Invasion pop-rock The Hollies, “Bus Stop” (#5, 1966)
1943 ● Jim Morrison (James Douglas Morrison) → Vocals and frontman for influential/controversial rock band The Doors, “Hello, I Love You” (#1, 1968)
1944 ● Mike Botts → Soft MOR pop-rock Bread, “Make It With You” (#1, 1970), sessions
1946 ● John Graham Knight → Founding member and bassist for Scottish pop-rock The Marmalade, “Reflections Of My Life” (#10, 1970)
1947 ● Geoff Daking → Drummer for early psychedelic rock quintet Blues Magoos, “(We Ain’t Got) Nothin’ Yet” (#5, 1967)
1947 ● Gregory Lenoir Allman → Southern blues-rock vocals, keyboards and songwriter, Allman Brothers Band, solo, “I’m No Angel” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1987)
1949 ● Ray Shulman → Pop/rock Simon Dupree & The Big Sound, “Kites” (UK #9, 1967), then founding member of innovative prog rock Gentle Giant
1950 ● Dan Hartman → Edgar Winter Group, session musician, producer, solo R&B/soul-pop singer/songwriter, “I Can Dream About You” (#6, 1984)
1953 ● Colin Gibb (Routh) → Brit pop/rock novelty-party quartet Black Lace, “Agadoo” (UK #2, 1984)
1956 ● Warren Cuccurullo → New Wave electronic dance-pop guitarist, Missing Persons, Duran Duran, “Hungry Like The Wolf” (#3, 1982)
1957 ● Phil Collen → Lead guitar for hard rock/Brit New Wave of Heavy Metal band Def Leppard, “Love Bites” (#1, 1988)
1959 ● Paul Rutherford → Backing vocals, keyboards and dancer for Brit New Wave pop/rock Frankie Goes To Hollywood, “Relax” (#10, 1984)
1962 ● Marty Friedman → Lead guitarist for Trash metal Megadeth, “Trust” (Mainstream Rock #5, 1997)
1966 ● Bushwick Bill (Richard Shaw) → Gangsta/horror-rap Geto Boys, “Mind Playing Tricks On Me” (#23, 1991)
1966 ● Sinead O’ Connor → Irish-born controversial singer/songwriter, “Nothing Compares 2 U” (#1, 1990)
1972 ● Ryan Newell → Southern folk-rock Sister Hazel, “All For You” (#11, 1997)
1973 ● Judith Anna Pronk → Dutch-born lead vocalist for euro-pop-dance Alice Deejay, “Better Off Alone” (Dance/Club #3, 1999)
1974 ● Nick Zinner → Guitarist for New York alt/art-rock trio Yeah Yeah Yeahs, “Gold Lion” (Alt Rock #14, 2006)
1982 ● Chrisette Michele (Payne) → Contemporary R&B/soul singer/songwriter, “Epiphany” (R&B #14, 2009)

Dec 09
1934 ● Junior Wells (Amos Blakemore) → Chicago blues harmonica and singer, “Little By Little” (R&B #23, 1960), contributor
1941 ● Dan Hicks → Eccentric roots-folk-rock songwriter and guitarist for The Charlatans, Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks, solo
1941 ● Sam Strain → Vocals for Little Anthony & The Imperials, R&B/Philly soul giants The O’Jays, “Love Train” (#1, 1973)
1943 ● Kenny Vance (Kenneth Rosenberg) → AM pop-rock vocals for Jay & The Americans, “Cara Mia” (#4, 1965)
1944 ● Neil Innes → Founding member, guitar and vocals, Brit comedy-rock Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, “I’m The Urban Spaceman” (UK #5, 1968)
1944 ● Shirley Brickley → Mixed gender R&B doo-wop The Orlons, “The Wah-Watusi” (#2, R&B #5, 1962)
1950 ● Joan Armatrading → St. Kitts-born Grammy-nominee soul-reggae-folk singer/songwriter/guitarist, “Drop The Pilot” (Mainstream Rock #33, 1983)
1954 ● Jack Sonni → Rhythm guitar for Dire Straits
in mid-80s, including “Money For Nothing” (#1, 1985)
1955 ● Randy Murray → Canadian pop-rockers Bachman-Turner Overdrive, “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” (#1, 1974)
1957 ● Donny Osmond → Teenybopper center of The Osmonds, “One Bad Apple” (#1, 1971), solo, “Soldier Of Love” (#2, 1989)
1958 ● Nick Seymour → Bassist for Aussie New Wave pop-rock Crowded House, “Don’t Dream It’s Over” (#2, 1987)
1964 ● Paul H. Landers → Rhythm guitar for heavy metal/Kraut rock Rammstein, “Sehnsucht” (Mainstream Rock #20, 1998)
1968 ● Brian Bell → Rhythm guitarist/songwriter for post-grunge alt rock Weezer, “Beverly Hills” (#10, 2005)
1969 ● Jakob Dylan → Singer/songwriter/guitarist for roots rock The Wallflowers, “One Headlight” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1996), solo, son of Bob
1970 ● Zak Foley → Brit dance-rock quintet EMF (“Epsom Mad Funkers”), “Unbelievable” (#1, 1990)
1971 ● Geoff Barrow → Avant-garde fusion of electronica and pop with Portishead, “Sour Times” (#53, 1995)
1972 ● Tre Cool (Frank Edwin Wright III) → Post-grunge alt rock punk revival Green Day, “Boulevard Of Broken Dreams” (#2, 2004)
1978 ● Chris Wolstenholme → Bassist for prog-glam-electronic rock Muse, “Uprising” (#37, 2009)

Dec 10
1910 ● John Hammond Sr. → Record label executive, A&R scout, producer for Springsteen, Joplin, Benson and others
1926 ● Eddie “Guitar Slim” Jones → Flamboyant and oft-covered New Orleans blues guitarist, “The Things That I Used To Do” (R&B #1, 1954)
1941 ● Chad Stewart (David Stuart Chadwick) → Strings-backed British Invasion light folk-pop duo Chad & Jeremy, “A Summer Song” (#7, 1964)
1946 ● Christopher John “Ace” Kefford → Bassist and founding member of Brit psych-rock The Move, “Blackberry Way” (UK #1, 1968), solo
1946 ● Walter “Clyde” Orange → Drummer for Motown R&B/soul-funk The Commodores, “Three Times A Lady” (#1, 1978)
1948 ● Jessica Cleaves → Pop-rock vocal group The Friends Of Distinction, “Grazing In The Grass” (#3, 1969)
1948 ● Ralph Vierra Tavares → Five brother R&B/funk-disco Tavares, “Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel” (#15, 1976)
1951 ● Juan Raul David “Johnny” Rodriguez → Latino country singer/songwriter with seven Top 10 country hits in the early 70s
1954 ● Geoff Deane → Brit dance-pop band Modern Romance, “Best Years Of Our Lives” (UK #4, 1982)
1957 ● Paul Hardcastle → Producer, composer synthesizer keyboardist, pop/dance “19” (#20, Dance #1, 1985)
1965 ● Joseph Donald “J” Mascis → Singer, songwriter and lead guitar for influential indie/cult rock Dinosaur Jr., “Start Choppin'” (Modern Rock #3, 1993)
1966 ● Timothy Christian Riley → Drummer for R&B/new jack swing soul-funk Tony! Toni! Tone!, “If I Had No Loot” (#7, 1993)
1972 ● Brian Molko → Scottish-American singer/songwriter/guitarist for alt glam-rock/punk revival Placebo, “Pure Morning” (Mainstream Rock #40, 1999)
1972 ● Scot Alexander → Bassist for melodic hard rock Dishwalla, “Counting Blue Cars” (#15, 1996)
1974 ● Meg White → Drummer with husband Jack in alt rock duo The White Stripes, “Seven Nation Army” (Mainstream Rock #12, 2004)

Dec 11
1916 ● Perez Prado → Cuban-born “King of the Mambo”, bandleader, pianist, composer, “Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White” (#1, 1955)
1926 ● Big Mama Thornton (Willie Mae Thornton) → Early blues singer/songwriter, “Hound Dog” (R&B #1, 1956, before Elvis)
1934 ● Curtis Williams → Bass-baritone singer for R&B/doo wop vocals The Penguins, “Earth Angel” (#8, 1954)
1940 ● David Gates → Soft MOR pop-rock Bread, “Make It With You” (#1, 1970), sessions
1944 ● Brenda Lee (Brenda Mae Tarpley) → Pop, country and rockabilly singer, “I’m Sorry” (#1, 1960)
1951 ● Philip “Spike” Edney → Keyboardist, sessions for Queen, Duran Duran, Boomtown Rats, Dexy’s Midnight Runners, Haircut 100, others
1954 ● Jermaine Jackson → R&B/pop-soul The Jackson 5, “I Want You Back” (#1, 1970), The Jacksons, “State Of Shock” (#3, 1984)
1957 ● Mike Mesaros → Alt pop-rock The Smithereens, “Only A Memory” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1988)
1958 ● Nikki Sixx (Franklin Carlton Serafino Ferrana, Jr.) → Bassist for hair-metal Mötley Crüe, “Dr. Feelgood” (#6, 1989)
1961 ● Darryl “The Munch” Jones → Bassist for The Rolling Stones, The
since Bill Wyman’s departure in 1993
1962 ● Curtis Williams → Keyboards for jazz-fusion then R&B/funk Kool & The Gang, “Jungle Boogie” (#4, 1973), producer
1964 ● Justin Currie → Founder and bass/vocals/songwriting for pop and country-rock Del Amitri, “Roll To Me” (#10, 1995)
1967 ● DJ Yella (Antoine Carraby) → Longest-lasting member of controversial/influential gangsta rap quintet N.W.A., “Express Yourself” (Hot Dance #38, 1989)
1972 ● Easther Bennett → Brit R&B/dance-pop singer for girl-group Eternal, “Stay” (#19, 1994), Aswad, songwriter

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This Week’s Birthdays (November 7 -13)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Nov 07
1938 ● Delecta “Dee” Clark → R&B falsetto soulman, “Raindrops” (#2, 1961)
1942 ● Johnny Rivers (John Henry Ramistella) → Rock ‘n roll singer/guitarist, “Secret Agent Man” (#3, 1966)
1943 ● Dino Valenti (Chester W. Powers, Jr.) → Quicksilver Messenger Service, solo, wrote “Get Together” (#5, The Youngbloods, 1969)
1943 ● Joni Mitchell (Roberta Joan Anderson) → Canadian pop-rock-jazz-fusion singer-songwriter, “Help Me” (#7, 1974)
1951 ● Kevin Scott Macmichael → Guitarist and songwriter for New Wave pop-rock Cutting Crew, “(I Just) Died In Your Arms Tonight” (#1, 1987)
1951 ● Nick Gilder → Brit rocker, glam-rock Sweeney Todd, then solo, “Hot Child In The City” (#1, 1978)
1954 ● Robin Beck → American pop-rock vocals, Coke jingle “The First Time” (UK #1, 1988), back-up singer for Melissa Manchester, Leo Sayer and others
1957 ● Jellybean (John Benitez) → Puerto Rican drummer, guitarist, producer (Madonna, Michael Jackson, Pointer Sisters and others)
1960 ● Tommy Thayer → Current lead guitar and “Spaceman” character for hard rock Kiss
1963 ● Clint Mansell → Guitarist for dance-rock Pop Will Eat Itself, “X, Y & Zee” (Modern Rock #11, 1991)
1964 ● Liam O Maonlai → Co-founder of Irish rockers Hothouse Flowers, “Don’t Go” (Modern Rock #7, 1988)
1967 ● Sharleen Spiteri → Scottish blues-rock Texas, “In My Heart” (Alt Rock #14, 1991)
1970 ● Neil Hannon → Founder/singer/frontman for Irish orchestral-pop group The Divine Comedy, “National Express” (UK #8, 1999)
1971 ● Robin Finck → Lead guitarist for industrial rock Nine Inch Nails and hard rock Guns N’ Roses
1978 ● Mark Daniel Read → Brit-Norwegian pop-rock boy band A1, “Same Old Brand New You” (UK#1, 2000)

Nov 08
1927 ● Ken Dodd → Brit comedian/songwriter, “Tears” (UK #1, 1965)
1927 ● Patti Page (Clara Ann Fowler) → 50s-60s adult-pop, “(How Much Is) That Doggie In The Window?” (#1, 1953)
1944 ● Bonnie Bramlett (Bonnie Lynn O’Farrell) → R&B/blues-rock singer, The Ikettes, Delaney & Bonnie & Friends, solo, actress
1944 ● Robert Nix → Southern rock Atlanta Rhythm Section, “Imaginery Lover” (#7, 1978)
1944 ● Rodney Slater → Founding member and sax player, Brit comedy-rock Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, “I’m The Urban Spaceman” (UK #5, 1968)
1945 ● Donald Murray → Pop-rock The Turtles, “Happy Together” (#1, 1967)
1946 ● John “The Big Figure” Martin → Brit pub-rock Dr. Feelgood, “Milk And Alcohol” (UK #9, 1979)
1946 ● Roy Wood → Guitar/vocals, co-founded The Move and Electric Light Orchestra, “Telephone Line” (#7, 1977)
1947 ● Minnie Ripperton → Sweet chirping pop singer-songwriter, “Loving You” (#1, 1974)
1949 ● Alan Berger → Bassist for New Jersey rock ‘n roll bar band Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, “Talk To Me” (1978)
1949 ● Bonnie Raitt → Blues-rock singer-songwriter, “Something To Talk About” (#5, 1991)
1951 ● Gerald Alston → Vocals for R&B/doo wop then sweet soul The Manhattans, “Kiss And Say Goodbye” (#1, 1976)
1954 ● Rickie Lee Jones → R&B/pop-rock singer-songwriter “Chuck E’s In Love” (#4, 1979)
1957 ● Porl Thompson → Post-punk art-glam-goth rock The Cure, “Friday I’m In Love” (Modern Rock #1, 1992)
1958 ● Terry Lee Miall → Post-punk/New Wave pop-rock Adam And The Ants, “Goody Two-Shoes” (#12, 1982)
1961 ● Leif Garrett (Leif Per Nervik) → Pop-rock teen idol, “I Was Made For Dancin'” (#10, 1978), film and TV actor
1969 ● Jimmy Chaney → Drummer for alt rock funk-metal Jimmie’s Chicken Shack, “Do Right” (Modern Rock #12, 1999)
1970 ● Diana King → Jamaican-born reggae dancehall singer-songwriter, “Shy Guy” (#13, 1994)
1970 ● Gareth “Rat” Pring → Guitarist for indie punk-rock Ned’s Atomic Dustbin, “Not Sleeping Around” (Modern Rock #1, 1992)
1977 ● Tiffani Wood → Pre-fab Aussie all-girl pop quintet Bardot, “Poison” (Aus. #1, 2000)
1985 ● Jack Osbourne → TV actor, star of The Osbournes and son of Ozzy

Nov 09
1936 ● Mary Allin Travers → Vocals and guitar for seminal folk trio Peter, Paul & Mary, “Puff (The Magic Dragon)” (#2, 1963)
1941 ● Tom Fogerty → Rhythm guitar for Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Down On The Corner” (#3, 1969)
1943 ● Lee Graziano → Drums for pop-rock one hit wonder American Breed, “Bend Me Shape Me” (Top 10, 1968)
1944 ● Phil May (Philip Arthur Dennis Kattner) → Raunchy R&B/blues-rock British Invasion band The Pretty Things, “Don’t Bring Me Down” (UK #10, 1964)
1948 ● Alan Gratzer → Arena rock REO Speedwagon, “Keep On Lovin’ You” (#1, 1980)
1948 ● Joe Bouchard → Hard rock/pop metal Blue Öyster Cult, “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” (#12, 1976)
1949 ● Tommy Caldwell → Founding member and bassist for Southern rock The Marshall Tucker Band, “Heard It In A Love Song” (#14, 1977)
1954 ● Dennis Stratton → Guitarist for Brit heavy metal Iron Maiden, “Flight Of Icarus” (Mainstream Rock #8, 1983)
1969 ● Sandy “Pepa” Denton → Female hip hop trio Salt-N-Pepa, “Let’s Talk About Sex” (#13, 1991)
1969 ● Scarface (Brad Jordan) → Gangsta/horror-rap Geto Boys, “Mind Playing Tricks On Me” (#23, 1991), solo
1973 ● Nick Lachey → American adult contemporary pop-rock boy band 98 Degrees, “Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche)” (#2, 2000)
1977 ● Sisqo (Mark Andrews) → R&B/hip hop bad boy, “Thong Song” (#3, 2000)

Nov 10
1940 ● David Edward “Screaming Lord” Sutch → Brit comedy-rock singer, bandleader, “Jack The Ripper” (1963)
1941 ● Kyu Sakamoto (Hisashi Oshima) → Japanese pop star, “Sukiyaki” (#1, 1963 – first ever Japanese US #1 song)
1944 ● Tim Rice → Lyricist, producer, collaborator with Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jesus Christ Superstar (1970)
1947 ● Dave Loggins → Pop-rock one hit wonder singer/songwriter, “Please Come To Boston” (#5, 1974), cousin of Kenny
1947 ● Glenn Buxton → Founder of glam-rock/metal Alice Cooper band, co-wrote “School’s Out” (#7, 1972)
1948 ● Greg Lake → Prog-rock guitarist/songwriter, King Crimson, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, “Lucky Man” (#48, 1971), solo
1949 ● Donna Fargo (Yvonne Vaughn) → Country-pop singer/songwriter, “The Happiest Girl In The Whole U.S.A.” (#11, 1972))
1950 ● Bram Tchaikovsky (Peter Bramall) → Power pop guitarist/vocals, The Motors, solo, “Girl Of My Dreams” (Top 40, 1979)
1950 ● Ronnie Hammond → Southern rock Atlanta Rhythm Section, “Imaginery Lover” (#7, 1978)
1954 ● Mario Cipollina → Bassist for pop-rock bar band Huey Lewis & The News, “The Power Of Love” (#1, 1985)
1958 ● Frank Maudsley → New Wave pop-rock A Flock of Seagulls, “I Ran (So Far Away)” (#9, 1982)
1959 ● Laura MacKenzie Phillips → Daughter of “Papa” John, actress
1961 ● Norman “Junior” Giscombe → Brit R&B singer/songwriter, “Mama Used To Say” (#30, 1982)
1970 ● Derry Brownson → Brit dance-rock quintet EMF (“Epsom Mad Funkers”), “Unbelievable” (#1, 1990)
1970 ● Warren G (Warren Griffin III) → West Coast rapper/hip hop producer, “Regulate” (#2, 1994)
1973 ● Jacqueline Abbott → Alt pop-rock The Beautiful South, “A Little Time” (UK #1, 1990)
1978 ● Eve Jihan Jeffers → Hip hop singer/MC, “Let Me Blow Ya Mind” (#2, 2001)
1979 ● Christopher Joannou → Aussie alt-grunge-rock Silverchair, “Tomorrow” (Modern Rock #1, 1994)

Nov 11
1927 ● Mose Allison → Jazz/blues singer and pianist, many songs covered by rock bands
1929 ● LaVern Baker (Delores Williams) → R&B/jazz-pop singer,”Jim Dandy” (#17, 1956)
1938 ● Roger Lavern → Keyboards for Brit instrumental rock The Tornados, “Telstar” (#1, 1962)
1939 ● Albie Galione → White R&B/doo wop vocals The Passions, “Gloria” (1958)
1944 ● Jesse Colin Young (Perry Miller) → Folk-rock singer/songwriter, The Youngbloods, “Get Together” (#5, 1969), solo
1945 ● Chris Dreja → Rhythm guitar for blues-rock The Yardbirds, “For Your Love” (#6, 1965)
1945 ● Vince Martell (Vincent Martemucci) → Lead guitar/vocals for psych-rock Vanilla Fudge, “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” (#6, 1968)
1947 ● Pat Daugherty → Southern raunch-rock Black Oak Arkansas, “Jim Dandy To The Rescue” (Top 30, 1973)
1950 ● Jim Peterick → Founder, guitarist and lead writer for blue-eyed soul The Ides of March, “Vehicle” (#2, 1970) and Survivor, “Eye Of The Tiger” (#1, 1982)
1952 ● Paul Cowsill → Family pop band The Cowsills, “The Rain, The Park And Other Things” (#2, 1967)
1953 ● Andy Partridge → Quirky New Wave synth-pop XTC, “Making Plans For Nigel” (UK #17, 1979), The Dukes Of Stratosphear
1953 ● Marshall Crenshaw → Power pop singer/songwriter, “Someday, Someway” (#36, 1982)
1956 ● Ian Craig Marsh → Guitarist and founding member of New Wave electronic pop Human League, “Don’t You Want Me” (#1, 1981), Heaven 17
1957 ● Tony Gad → Brit roots reggae group Aswad (Arabic for “black”), “Don’t Turn Around” (UK#1, 1988)
1962 ● Gunnar Mathias “Mic” Michaeli → Swedish hard rock/glam-metal Europe, “The Final Countdown” (#8, 1986)
1968 ● Jo Dunne → All-girl New Wave pop-punk Fuzzbox, “International Rescue” (UK #11, 1989)
1980 ● LeToya Luckett → R&B/dance-pop Destiny’s Child, “Say My Name” (#1, 2000), actress
1986 ● Jared Followiull → Southern blues-rock the indie rock Kings Of Leon, “Sex On Fire” (Modern Rock #1, 2008)

Nov 12
1906 ● Booker T. Washington “Bukka” White → Delta blues guitarist, singer and performer, “Parchman Farm Blues” (1940)
1931 ● Bob Crewe → Producer/songwriter, The Four Seasons, “Big Girls Don’t Cry” (#1, 1962)
1936 ● Charlotte Davis → R&B/doo wop The Tune Weavers, “Happy, Happy Birthday Baby” (#5, 1957)
1936 ● Mort Shuman → Singer, pianist and prolific pop-rock songwriter, “Viva Las Vegas,” “Teenager In Love,” “This Magic Moment” and many others
1939 ● Ruby Nash Curtis → R&B/soul vocals Ruby & The Romantics, “Our Day Will Come” (#1, 1963)
1941 ● Jerry Scholl → One hit wonder blue-eyed R&B/doo wop The Mello-Kings, “Tonite, Tonite” (#77, 1957)
1943 ● Brian Hyland → Pre-Beatles bubblegum-pop teen idol, “Sealed With A Kiss” (#3, 1962)
1943 ● Jimmy Hayes → A capella The Persuasions, “Chain Gang” (1971)
1943 ● John Maus → Brit pop-rock trio The Walker Brothers, “Make It Easy On Yourself” (US #16, UK #1, 1965)
1944 ● Booker T. Jones → Organist/leader of Stax Records house band Booker T. & The MGs, “Green Onions” (#3, 1966), solo
1945 ● Neil Young → Venerable Canadian-born country-folk-rock singer/songwriter, “Heart Of Gold” (#1, 1972)
1947 ● Buck Dharma (Donald Roeser) → Hard rock/pop metal Blue Öyster Cult, wrote “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” (#12, 1976)
1948 ● Errol Brown → R&B/soul-disco Hot Chocolate, “You Sexy Thing” (#3, 1976)
1949 ● Arthur Paul “Pooch” Tavares → Five brother R&B/funk-disco Tavares, “Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel” (#15, 1976)
1952 ● Laurence Juber → Lead guitar for Paul McCartney’s Wings (1979-81), sessions, solo
1955 ● Leslie McKeown → Scottish teen-pop Bay City Rollers, “Saturday Night” (#1, 1976)
1964 ● David Ellefson → Bassist for hard rock/metal Metallica, then thrash-metal Megadeth, “Symphony Of Destruction” (Mainstream #29, 1992)
1976 ● Tevin Campbell → R&B/soul hip hop, “Can We Talk” (#9, 1993)
1984 ● Omarion (Omari Grandberry) → R&B/hip hop boy band B2K, “Bump, Bump, Bump” (#1, 2002)

Nov 13
1942 ● John P. Hammond → Grammy-winning, underappreciated white blues-folk guitarist, songwriter, producer
1944 ● Timmy Thomas → R&B/soul singer/songwriter, keyboardist, “Why Can’t We Live Together” (#3, 1973), record producer
1947 ● Toy Tallmadge Caldwell → Founding member, chief songwriter and lead guitar for Southern rock pioneers The Marshall Tucker Band, “Heard It In A Love Song” (#14, 1977), Toy Caldwell Band, solo
1949 ● Roger Steen → Satirical camp-rock The Tubes, “She’s A Beauty (#10, 1983)
1949 ● Terry Reid → British hard rock guitarist, bandleader, supporting act, sessions
1951 ● Bill Gibson → Percussion for pop-rock bar band Huey Lewis & The News, “The Power Of Love” (#1, 1985)
1953 ● Andrew Ranken → Irish folk-punk-rock The Pogues, “Tuesday Morning” (Rock #11, 1993)
1960 ● Wayne Parker → Canadian pop-rock Glass Tiger, “Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone)” (#2, 1986)
1964 ● Walter Kibby → Alt rock ska-punk-funk fusion Fishbone, “Sunless Saturday” (Modern Rock #7, 1991)
1979 ● Nikolai Fraiture → Early 00s garage rock revival The Strokes, “Juicebox” (Modern Rock #9, 2005)
1980 ● Monique Adrienne Coleman → American actress, “Taylor” in High School Musical movies (most watched cable TV movies ever)

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This Week’s Birthdays (October 31 – November 6)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Oct 31
1926 ● Jimmy Saville → DJ, actor, TV host, BBC’s Top of the Pops
1937 ● Tom Paxton → Greenwich Village folk singer/songwriter, “The Last Thing On My Mind” (1964)
1940 ● Eric GriffithsBeatles precursor skiffle/rock ‘n roll band The Quarrymen
1944 ● Richard S. “Kinky” Freidman → Country-rock satirist/singer/songwriter and bandleader, The Texas Jewboys
1945 ● Russ Ballard → Guitarist/songwriter, art-rock Argent “God Gave Rock And Roll To You” (1973), solo
1952 ● Bernard Edwards → Bassist, co-founder, co-writer and producer for top R&B/disco band Chic, “Le Freak” (#1, 1978)
1952 ● Tony Bowers → Bassist for Blind Eye, Alberto Y Lost Trios Paranoias, Simply Red
1961 ● Larry Mullen. Jr. → Drummer for Irish mega-star rockers U2, “With Or Without You” (#1, 1987)
1963 ● Johnny Marr (John Martin Maher) → Guitarist/songwriter, The Smiths, Electronic, The The, Modest Mouse, The Cribs
1963 ● Mikkey Dee (Micael Kiriakos Delaoglou) → Drummer/songwriter of King Diamond, punk-metal Motörhead, “Ace Of Spades” (UK #15, 1980)
1964 ● Colm O’Ciosoig → Drummer for art-prog-rock, “shoe-gazing” pioneers My Bloody Valentine, “Only Shallow” (Modern Rock #27, 1992)
1965 ● Annabella Luin (Myint Myint Aye) → New Wave Afro-Euro-synth-pop Bow Wow Wow, “I Want Candy” (#22, 1982)
1966 ● Ad-Rock (Adam Horovitz) → Hardcore punk then hip hop masters the Beastie Boys, “Fight For Your Right” (#7, 1987)
1967 ● Adam Schlesinger → Power pop band Fountains Of Wayne, “Stacy’s Mom” (#21, 2003)
1968 ● Al Mackenzie → Techno-dance-pop D:Ream, “U R The Best Thing” (Dance #1, 1993)
1968 ● Alistair McErlaine → Scottish blues-rock Texas, “In My Heart” (Alt Rock #14, 1991)
1968 ● Vanilla Ice (Robert Matthew Van Winkle) → Blue-eyed rapper, “Ice Ice Baby” (First hip hop single toi hit #1, 1990)
1970 ● Malin “Linn” Berggren → Swedish pop-rockers Ace Of Base, “All That She Wants” (#2, 1993)
1980 ● Charles Moniz → Drummer for hardcore punk-rock Grade, bassist for Avril Lavigne band
1981 ● Frank Anthony Iero, Jr. → Guitarist/vocalist for alt-punk-rock My Chemical Romance, vocals for Leathermouth
1982 ● Gabriela and Monica Irimia → Romanian pop-dance duo The Cheeky Girls, “Cheeky Song (Touch My Bum)” (UK#2, 2002)

Nov 01
1940 ● Staff Sgt. Barry Sadler → Vietnam veteran and one hit wonder pop star, “The Ballad Of The Green Berets” (#1, 1966)
1944 ● Mike Burney → Saxophonist for eccentric jazz-pop Wizzard, “See My Baby Jive” (UK#1, 1973)
1946 ● Rick Grech (Richard Roman Grechko) → Bassist for blues-rock Family, Blind Faith, Traffic
1949 ● David Foster → Canadian producer, composer, musician, arranger for dozens of top MOR/easy listening artists and recordings
1950 ● Dan Peek → Folk-pop America, wrote “Lonely People” (#5, 1974), then Contemporary Christian pop music
1951 ● Ronald Bell (Khalis Bayyan) → Jazz-fusion then R&B/funk Kool & The Gang, “Jungle Boogie” (#4, 1973)
1954 ● Chris Morris → One hit pop/rock wonder Paper Lace, “The Night Chicago Died” (#1, 1974)
1957 ● Lyle Lovett → Witty country-rock-pop singer/songwriter, “Give Me Back My Heart” (Country #13, 1987)
1959 ● Eddie Macdonald → Post-punk anthem rockers The Alarm, “Sold Me Down The River” (Mainstream #2, 1989)
1962 ● Anthony Kiedis → Funk-rock Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Californication” (Modern Rock #1, 2000)
1962 ● Mags Kuruholmen → Norwegian synth-poppers a-ha, “Take On Me” (#1, 1985)
1963 ● Rick Allen → Hard rock/metal Def Leppard, “Love Bites” (#1, 1988)
1966 ● Willie D (William Dennis) → Gangsta/horror-rap Geto Boys, “Mind Playing Tricks On Me” (#23, 1991), solo
1969 ● Darren Partington → Keyboards/percussion for electronic/acid-house band 808 State, “Pacific State” (UK#10, 1989)
1981 ● LaTavia Roberson → R&B/dance-pop Destiny’s Child, “Say My Name” (#1, 2000), stage actress

Nov 02
1937 ● Earl “Speedo” Carroll → R&B/doo wop The Cadillacs, “Speedo” (1955), The Coasters
1941 ● “Jay” Black (David Blatt) → Pop-rock vocals Jay & The Americans, “Cara Mia” (#4, 1965)
1941 ● Bruce Welch → Instrumental pop-rock The Shadows, “Apache” (Worldwide #1, 1960)
1944 ● Keith Emerson → Influential progressive rock keyboardist for The Nice, Emerson Lake & Palmer, solo
1945 ● John David “J.D.” Souther → Country-rock singer/songwriter, Souther Hillman Furay Band, solo “You’re Only Lonely” (#7, 1979)
1946 ● Leonard “Chip” Hawkes → British Invasion pop-rock The Tremeloes, “Silence Is Golden” (US #11, UK #1, 1967), father of Chesney
1947 ● Dave Pegg → Electric folk bassist for Fairport Convention, Jethro Tull, solo, producer
1952 ● Maxine Nightingale → Brit R&B/soul vocals, “Right Back Where We Started From” (#2, 1976)
1956 ● Chris Fairbrass → Dance-pop Right Said Fred, “I’m To Sexy” (#1, 1991)
1957 ● Carter Beauford → Pop-funk-rock jam band Dave Matthews Band, “Don’t Drink The Water” (#4, 1998)
1961 ● k. d. lang (Kathryn Dawn Lang) → Canadian country-pop singer/songwriter, “Constant Craving” (#38, AC #2, 1992)
1963 ● Bobby Dall → Hair metal/power ballad Poison, “Every Rose Has It’s Thorn” (#1, 1988)
1965 ● Andy Barker → Electronic/acid-house 808 State, “Pacific State” (UK#10, 1989)
1967 ● Alvin Chea → A capella gospel Take 6, “I L-O-V-E U” (R&B #19, 1990)
1969 ● Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu → Nu metal Korn, “Here To Stay” (Mainstream #4, 2002)
1971 ● John Hampson → Guitarist/songwriter for power pop Nine Days, “Absolutely (Story Of A Girl)” (#6, 2000)
1975 ● Chris Walla → Indie pop/rock Death Cab For Cutie, “Soul Meets Body” (Modern Rock #5, 2005)
1978 ● Nelly (Cornell Haynes, Jr.) → Hip hop vocals, “Country Grammar (Hot Shit)” (#7, 2000), record producer, label CEO

Nov 03
1933 ● John Barry (Jonathan Barry Prendergrast) → Soundtrack composer, Bond films, theme song “Born Free” (1966)
1941 ● Brian Poole → British Invasion pop-rock The Tremeloes, “Silence Is Golden” (US #11, UK #1, 1967)
1943 ● Bert Jansch → UK blues/folk guitarist, Pentangle, solo
1946 ● Nick Simper → Bassist co-founded hard rock/metal Deep Purple in ’68, left in ’69, then Warhorse, Flying Fox, Fandango
1946 ● Tommy Dee (De Generes) → Blue-eyed soul one hit wonder John Fred & His Playboy Band, “Judy In Disguise (With Glasses)” (#1, 1968)
1948 ● Lulu (Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie) → Scottish singer/songwriter, “To Sir With Love” (#1, 1967), actress, TV host
1954 ● Adam Ant (Stuart Leslie Goddard) → Post-punk New Wave glam-pop Adam & The Ants, “Goody Two Shoes” (#12, 1982)
1960 ● James Prime → Scottish indie pop-rock Deacon Blue, “Real Gone Kid” (UK #8, 1988)
1962 ● Ian McNabb → Brit neo-psychedelia rock band Icicle Works, “Whisper To A Scream (Birds Fly)” (#37, 1984)
1962 ● Marilyn (Peter Anthony Robinson) → Brit New Romantic dance/pop singer, “Calling Your Name” (UK #4, 1983)
1969 ● Mark Roberts → Welsh indie-alt-rock Catatonia, “Mulder And Scully” (UK#3, 1998)
1969 ● Robert Miles (Roberto Concina) → Italian composer, producer, electronica musician, “Children” (Dance-Club #1, 1996)
1976 ● Ras (Rahsaan J. Bromfield) → Brit R&B/dance-pop boy band Damage, “Wonderful Tonight” (UK #3, 1997)

Nov 04
1938 ● Harry Elston → Pop-rock vocal group The Friends Of Distinction, “Grazing In The Grass” (#3, 1969)
1940 ● Delbert McClinton → Texas blues-country-rock guitarist, singer/songwriter, harmonica, “Giving It Up For Your Love” (#8, 1980)
1947 ● Michael Joseph “Mike” Smith → Welsh pop-rock Amen Corner, “(If Paradise Is) Half As Nice” (UK#1, 1969)
1954 ● Chris Difford → Guitarist/lyricist, New Wave pop-rock Squeeze, “Tempted” (#49, 1981)
1957 ● James Honeyman-Scott → Post-punk New Wave hard pop-rock The Pretenders, “Back On The Chain Gang” (#5, 1982)
1965 ● Jeff Scott Soto → Heavy metal and arena rock vocalist, Yngwie Malmsteen Band, Journey, solo
1966 ● Kool Rock (Damon Wimbley) → Novelty rap trio The Fat Boys, “Wipe Out” (#12, 1987)
1970 ● Puff Daddy aka P. Diddy (Sean John Combs) → Record producer, actor, fashion designer, rapper, “I’ll Be Missing You” (#1, 1997)
1971 ● Shawn Rivera → R&B vocal group Az Yet, producer, percussionist, sessions
1974 ● Louise Nurding Redknapp → Brit R&B/dance-pop singer for girl-group Eternal, “Stay” (UK #3, 1993), then solo, “Naked” (UK #5, 1996)
1977 ● Kavana (Anthony Kavanaugh) → Brit actor, pop singer/songwriter, “I Can Make You Feel Good” (UK #8, 1997)

Nov 05
1931 ● Ike Turner (Izear Luster Turner, Jr.) → Legendary rock ‘n roll bandleader, “Rocket 88″ (R&B #1, 1951), duo with ex-wife Tina, “Proud Mary” (#4, 1971)
1941 ● Art Garfunkel → Folk-pop singer, partner of Paul Simon, actor, solo “All I Know” (#9, 1973)
1943 ● Pablo Samellhi Gomez → Spanish rock ‘n roll band Los Bravos, “Black Is Black” (US #4, 1966)
1946 ● Gram Parsons (Cecil Ingram Connor III) → Country-rock legend, singer/songwriter, The Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers, solo
1947 ● Peter Noone → British Invasion pop-rock Herman’s Hermits, “Mrs. Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter” (#1. 1965)
1948 ● Donnie McDougall → Canadian rockers The Guess Who, “American Woman” (#1, 1970)
1948 ● Peter Hammill → Van Der Graf Generator, solo (as Rikki Nadir)
1950 ● Dennis Provisor → AM Top 40 pop-rockers The Grass Roots “Midnight Confessions” (#5, 1968)
1956 ● Helen O’Hara (nee Bevington) → New Wave pop-rock Dexys Midnight Runners, “Come On Eileen” (#1, 1983)
1957 ● David Moyse → Aussie light pop-rock Air Supply, “The One That You Love” (#1, 1981)
1957 ● Mike Score → New Wave pop-rock A Flock of Seagulls, “I Ran (So Far Away)” (#9, 1982)
1959 ● Bryan Guy Adams → Canadian pop-rock power balladeer, “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” (#1, 1991)
1959 ● Rob Fisher → New Wave synth-pop Naked Eyes, “(There’s) Always Something There To Remind Me” (#10, 1983), Climie Fisher
1961 ● David Bryson → Alt-rock Counting Crows, “Mr. Jones” (Modern Rock #2, 1994)
1965 ● Paris Grey (Shanna Jackson) → Electro-techno/dance-pop duo Inner City, “Big Fun” (Dance-Club #1, 1984)
1968 ● Mark Hunter → Brit folk-rock James, “Sit Down” (Alt Rock #9, 1991)
1971 ● Jon Greenwood → Alt/indie rock Radiohead, “There There” (Modern Rock #14, 2003)
1974 ● David Ryan Adams → Alt country-rock singer/songwriter, “New York, New York” (Adult Top 40 #18, 2002)
1975 ● Lisa Scott-Lee → Pre-fab Brit dance-pop group The Steps, “5, 6, 7, 8″ (UK#14, 1997)
1987 ● Kevin Jonas → Teen-pop ballad trio the Jonas Brothers, “Burnin’ Up” (#5, 2008)

Nov 06
1814 ● Antoine-Joseph “Adolphe” Sax → Belgian musician and instrument designer, invented the saxophone
1916 ● Ray Conniff → Orchestra leader, instrumental pop-easy listening, “Lara’s Theme” (#9, 1966)
1933 ● Joseph Pope → R&B/soul The Tams, “What Kind Of Fool (Do You Think I Am)” (#9, 1963)
1937 ● Eugene Pitt → R&B/doo wop The Jive Five, “My True Story” (#3, 1961)
1938 ● Jim Pike → Close-harmony folk-pop trio the Lettermen, “When I Fall In Love” (#1, 1961)
1938 ● P.J. Proby (James Marcus Smith) → Texas-born rock ‘n roll singer/songwriter, “Hold Me” (UK #3, 1964), actor
1941 ● Doug Sahm → Texas rock ‘n roll, country-rock bandleader, Sir Douglas Quintet, “Mendocino” (#27, 1969)
1941 ● Guy Clark → Country-rock musician, songwriter, “L.A. Freeway” and other hits
1947 ● George Young → Aussie-based 60s pop-rock The Easybeats, “Friday On My Mind” (#16, 1966)
1947 ● John Wilson → Irish garage-rock, proto-punk Them, “Gloria” (#71, 1966)
1948 ● Glenn Frey → Actor, singer/songwriter, Eagles, solo, “You Belong To The City” (#2, 1985)
1950 ● Chris Glen → Scottish bassist, Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Michael Schenker Group
1961 ● Craig Goldy → Heavy metal guitarist, Rough Cutt, Giuffria, Dio
1963 ● Paul Brindley → Brit alt-indie-rock The Sundays, “Here’s Where The Story Ends” (Modern Rock #1, 1990)
1964 ● Corey Glover → Lead singer for prog-funk-metal Living Colour, “Cult Of Personality” (#13, 1988), solo, actor
1966 ● Paul Gilbert → Guitarist of pop-metal Mr. Big, “To Be With You” (#1, 1992)
1979 ● Trevor Penick → Pre-fab teen idol boy-band O-Town, “All Or Nothing” (#3, 2001)

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This Week’s Birthdays (October 17 – 23)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Oct 17
1909 ● William Randolph “Cozy” Cole → Jazz-pop drummer, “Topsy” (#3, 1958)
1933 ● Floyd Cramer → “Nashville Sound” piano, Elvis Presley band, sessions, solo “The Last Date” (#2, 1960)
1933 ● Soeur Sourie (Jeanne-Paule Marie “Jeanine” Deckers) → Folk-pop the “Singing Nun”, “Dominique” (1963)
1934 ● Emmanuel “Rico” Rodriguez → Ska revival The Specials, “Ghost Town” (UK #1, 1981)
1941 ● Alan Howard → British Invasion pop-rock The Tremeloes, “Silence Is Golden” (US #11, UK #1, 1967)
1941 ● Jim Seals → Light pop-rock Seals & Crofts, “Summer Breeze” (#6, 1972)
1942 ● Gary Puckett → Pop-rock Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, “Young Girl” (#2, 1968)
1946 ● James Tucker → Pop-rock The Turtles, “Happy Together” (#1, 1967)
1949 ● Bill Hudson (Salerno) → Pop vocals the Hudson Brothers, “So You Are A Star” (#21, 1974)
1958 ● Alan Jackson → Honky tonk trad-country star, over 25 #1 hits
1967 ● Rene Dif → Danish dance-pop Aqua, “Barbie Girl” (1997)
1968 ● David Nesta “Ziggy” Marley → Reggae-pop The Melody Makers, “Tomorrow People” (#39, 1988), son of Bob
1971 ● Christopher Kirkpatrick → Teen dance-pop *NSYNC, “It’s Gonna Be Me” (#1, 2000)
1972 ● Eminem (Marshall Bruce Mathers III) → Blue-eyed rapper, “Lose Yourself” (#1, 2002)
1972 ● Michael McKean → Actor, comedian, portrayed David St. Hubbins in mock-rock movie band Spinal Tap
1972 ● Wyclef Jean → The Fugees, solo, record producer, Haitian politician

Oct 18
1926 ● Charles Edward “Chuck” Berry → Rock ‘n roll immortal, “Johnny B. Goode” (1958)
1938 ● Ronnie Bright → Doo-wop singer, The Valentines, The Cadillacs
1943 ● Russ Giguere → The Association, “Along Comes Mary” (#7, 1966)
1946 ● Joe Eagan → Scottish folk-pop-rock Stealers Wheel, “Stuck In The Middle With You” (#6, 1973)
1947 ● Laura Nyro (Nigro) → Singer/songwriter, composed “Eli’s Coming”, “Wedding Bell Blues”, “And When I Die”
1949 ● Gary Richrath → Arena rock REO Speedwagon, “Keep On Lovin’ You” (#1, 1980)
1956 ● Dick Crippen → Brit punk-rock “Who Killed Bambi” (UK#6, 1979)
1961 ● Wynton Marsalis → “Young Lion” jazz trumpet virutoso, composer, conductor
1966 ● Tim Cross → Post-grunge Sponge, “Molly (16 Candles Down The Drain” (Modern Rock #3, 1995)
1974 ● Peter Svensson → Swedish pop-rock The Cardigans, “Lovefool” (#1, 1996)
1975 ● Baby Bash (Ronald Ray Bryant) → Smooth rapper, “Suga Suga” (#7, 2003)
1977 ● Simon Rix → Indie rock Kaiser Chiefs, “Ruby” (UK #1, 2007)
1982 ● Ne-Yo (Shaffer Smith) → Urban contemporary R&B/pop, “So Sick” (#1, 2006)

Oct 19
1940 ● Larry Chance (Figueiredo) → White doo-wop The Earls, “Remember Then” (R&B #29, 1963)
1944 ● George McCrae → R&B/soul-disco “Rock Your Baby” (#1, 1974)
1944 ● Peter Tosh (Winston Hubert McIntosh) → The Wailers, solo, “(You Gotta Walk) Don’t Look Back” (1978)
1945 ● Jeannie C. Riley (Jeanne Carolyn Stephenson) → Pop vocals, “Harper Valley PTA” (#1 Pop & Country, 1968)
1946 ● Keith Reid → Prog-rock Procol Harum, “A Whiter Shade Of Pale” (#5, 1967)
1948 ● Patrick Simmons → Pop-rock Doobie Brothers, “Listen To The Music” (#11, 1972)
1949 ● Wilbert Hart → “Philadelphia Sound” smooth R&B/soul The Delfonics, “La-La (Means I Love You)” (#4, 1968)
1955 ● Nino DeFranco → Teen bubblegum-pop The DeFranco Family, “Heartbeat-It’s A Lovebeat” (#3, 1973)
1957 ● Karl Wallinger → Pop-rock The Waterboys, World Party, “Way Down Now” (Modern Rock #1, 1990)
1960 ● Daniel “Woody” Woodgate → Punk/ska revival Madness, “Our House” (#7, 1982)
1960 ● Jennifer Holliday → Singer/actress, stage version of Dreamgirls, “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” (R&B #1, 1982)
1966 ● Sinitta Renay Malone → Dance-pop singer, “Toy Boy” (Dance #19, 2005)
1972 ● Prakazrel “Pras” Michel → R&B/jazz-rap The Fugees, “Killing Me Softly” (#1, 1996)

Oct 20
1885 ● “Jelly Roll” Morton (Ferdinand Joseph Lemott) → Jazz pianist/composer, “Black Bottom Stomp” (1926)
1937 ● Wanda Jackson → The “Queen of Rockabilly”, then country-pop, “Fancy Satin Pillows” (Country #13, 1970)
1939 ● Jay Siegel → White doo-wop The Tokens, “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” (#1, 1961)
1940 ● Kathy Kirby (Kathleen O’Rourke) → 60s pop star, the “Golden Girl of British Pop”
1942 ● John Carter (Sheakespeare) → Member of folk-pop The Ivy League, songwriter, “Little Bit O’ Soul” and “Beach Baby”
1945 ● Ric Lee → British blues-rock Ten Years After, “I’d Love To Change The World” (Top 40, 1971)
1950 ● Tom Petty → The Heartbreakers, solo, “Free Fallin'” (#7, 1989), Traveling Willburys, Mudcrunch
1951 ● Al GreenwoodForeigner, “Double Vision” (#2, 1978), The Spys
1958 ● Mark King → Jazz-funk-pop fusion Level 42, “Lessons In Love” (#12, 1987)
1958 ● Ricky Byrd → Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll” (#1, 1982)
1964 ● David Ryan → Post-punk rock then teen-pop Lemonheads, “Into Your Arms” (Modern Rock #1, 1993)
1964 ● Jim “Soni” Sonefeld → Pop-rock Hootie & The Blowfish, “Only Wanna Be With You” (#6, 1995)
1965 ● Norman Blake → Scottish power-pop Teenage Fanclub, “Star Sign” (Modern Rock #4, 1991)
1971 ● Dannii Minogue → Aussie pop superstar, actress, “Love And Kisses” (UK Singles #8, 1991)
1972 ● Snoop Dogg (Cordozar Calvin Broadus, Jr.) → Gangsta rapper, “Drop It Like It’s Hot” (#1, 2004)
1977 ● Nicholas Hodgson → Indie rock Kaiser Chiefs, “Ruby” (UK #1, 2007)
1978 ● Paul Wilson → Irish indie-rock Snow Patrol, “Chasing Cars” (#5, 2006)

Oct 21
1917 ● John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie → Highly influential bebop/modern jazz trumpeter,
1925 ● Isaiah “Doc” Ross → The “Harmonica Boss” blues and boogie, “Chicago Breakdown” (1953)
1936 ● Sheila Jones → Brit pop vocals Kaye Sisters, “Ivory Tower” (UK #20, 1956)
1937 ● Norman Wright → Doo-wop The Del Vikings, “Come Go With Me” (#4, 1957)
1940 ● Jimmy Beaumont → R&B doo wop The Skyliners, “Since I Don’t Have You” (#12, 1959)
1940 ● Manfred Mann (Manfred Lubowitz) → Manfred Mann, “Do Wah Diddy Diddy” (#1, 1964), Earth Band, “Blinded By The Light” (#1, 1977), solo
1941 ● Steve “The Colonel” Cropper → Guitarist, songwriter, top session man, Stax Records house band Booker T. & the MGs, “Green Onions” (#3, 1962)
1942 ● Elvin Bishop → Country-blues-rock guitarist, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, solo, “Fooled Around And Fell In Love” (#3, 1976)
1943 ● Ron Elliott → Pop-rock The Beau Brummels, “Laugh, Laugh” (#15, 1964)
1946 ● Lee Loughnane → Pop-rock Chicago, “Saturday In The Park” (#3, 1972)
1946 ● Lux Interior (Erick Lee Purkhiser) → Punk-rock The Cramps, “Bikini Girls With Machine Guns” (Modern Rock #10, 1989)
1947 ● Tetsu Yamauchi → Early hard-rockers Faces, then Free, “All Right Now” (#4, 1970)
1952 ● Brent Mydland → Fourth and longest serving Grateful Dead keyboardist,
1953 ● Charlotte Irene Caffey → Author, bass, post-punk New Wave girl band The Go-Go’s, “Our Lips Are Sealed” (#20, 1982)
1954 ● Eric Faulkner → Scottish teen-pop Bay City Rollers, “Saturday Night” (#1, 1976)
1957 ● Julian Cope → Author, poet, antiquary, musician, electro-pop-psychedelia The Teardrop Explodes, solo, “World Shut Your Mouth” (US #84, 1986)
1957 ● Steve “Luke” Lukather → Arena pop-rock Toto, “Hold The Line” (#5, 1978), producer, solo
1959 ● Rose McDowall → Punk-goth-pop Strawberry Switchblade, “Since Yesterday” (UK #5, 1984)
1971 ● Jade Jagger → Daughter of Mick and Bianca, jewelry designer, socialite
1971 ● Tony Mortimer → Teen-pop boy-band East 17, “Stay Another Day” (UK #1, 1994)

Oct 22
1939 ● Ray Jones → British Invasion pop-rock Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas, “Little Children” (#7, 1964)
1942 ● Annette Funicello → Teen idol, singer, “Tall Paul” (#7, 1959), actress, Beach Blanket Bingo (1965)
1942 ● Bobby Fuller → Tex-Mex rock ‘n roll Bobby Fuller Four, “I Fought The Law” (Top 10, 1959)
1945 ● Eddie Brigati → Blue-eyed soul The Rascals, “Groovin”” (#1, 1967)
1945 ● Leslie West (Weinstein) → Pioneering hard/heavy metal rock trio Mountain, “Mississippi Queen” (#21, 1970), West Bruce & Laing
1952 ● Greg Hawkes → New Wave synth-pop-rock The Cars, “Just What I Needed” (#27, 1978)
1956 ● Stiv Bators (Steven John Bator) → Punk-rock guitarist/vocals, The Dead Boys, The Wanderers, The Lords Of The New Church, solo
1960 ● Cris Kirkwood → Punk-psych-country-rock Meat Puppets, “Backwater” (Mainstream Rock #2, 1994)
1965 ● John Wesley Harding (Stace) → Folk-pop singer/songwriter, “The Person You Are” (Modern Rock #8, 1991), author
1968 ● Shaggy (Orville Richard Burrell) → Reggae dance-pop, “It Wasn’t Me” (#1, 2000)
1968 ● Shelby Lynne (Moorer) → Grammy-winning country-pop-rock singer/songwriter, “Wall In Your Heart” (Adult Contemporary #22, 2002)
1985 ● Zachary Walter Hanson → Teen pop-rock trio Hanson, “MMMBop” (Worldwide #1, 1997)

Oct 23
1939 ● Charlie Foxx → R&B/soul-pop duo with sister Inez, “Mockingbird” (Pop #7, 1963)
1940 ● Eleanor Louise “Ellie” Greenwich → Brill Building pop songwriter with husband Jeff Barry (“Be My Baby”), session vocals
1940 ● Freddie Marsden → Gerry & The Pacemakers, “How Do You Do It?” (#9, 1964)
1943 ● Barbara Ann Hawkins → The Dixie Cups, “Chapel Of Love” (#1, 1964)
1947 ● Greg Ridley → Spooky Tooth, Humble Pie, “30 Days In The Hole” (1972)
1949 ● Michael “Würzel” Burston → Punk-metal Motörhead, “Ace Of Spades” (UK #15, 1980)
1953 ● Pauline Black → New Wave 2 Tone ska revival The Selecter, “On My Radio” (UK #8, 1979)
1954 ● Perry Lee “Tiny” Tavares → R&B/funk-disco Tavares, “Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel” (#3, 1976)
1956 ● Dwight Yoakam → Roots-country pioneer, “Streets Of Bakersfield” (Country #1, 1988)
1957 ● Kelly Marie (Jacqueline McKinnon) → R&B/disco-pop vocals, “Feels Like I’m In Love” (UK #1, 1980)
1959 ● Weird Al Yankovic → Grammy-winning song parodist/comedian, “Eat It” (#12, 1984)
1964 ● Roberto Trujillo → Thrash metal Suicidal Tendencies, “Institutionalized” (1994), joined Metallica in 2003
1966 ● David Thomas → A capella gospel Take 6, “I L-O-V-E U” (R&B #19, 1990)
1972 ● Richard McNamara → Brit-pop rockers Embrace, “Gravity” (Modern Rock #36, UK #7, 2004)

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