This Week’s Birthdays (April 25 – May 1)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Apr 25
1913 ● Earl Bostic → Jazz saxophonist
1917 ● Ella Fitzgerald → The “First Lady of Song”
1923 ● Albert King → Blues guitarist
1933 ● Jerry Leiber → Lyricist, Leiber & Stoller songwriting team
1945 ● Bjorn Ulvaeus → ABBA
1945 ● Stu CookCreedence Clearwater Revival
1949 ● Mike Brown (Michael Lookofsky) → The Left Banke, solo
1950 ● Steve Ferrone → Average White Band, sessions
1955 ● David SikesBoston, Giuffria
1958 ● Fish (Derek William Dick) → Marillion, solo
1964 ● Andy Bell → Erasure
1965 ● Eric Avery → Jane’s Addiction
1980 ● Jacob Underwood → O-Town

Apr 26
1886 ● Ma Rainey (Gertrude Pridgett) → The “Mother of the Blues”
1925 ● Jorgen Ingmann → Jorgen Ingmann & His Guitar
1938 ● Duane Eddy → Electric guitar pioneer, “Rebel Rouser” (1958)
1938 ● Maurice Williams → Zodiacs, “Stay” (1960)
1942 ● Bobby Rydell (Ridarelli) → Teen idol, “Wild One” (1960)
1943 ● Gary Wright → Spooky Tooth, solo, “Dream Weaver” (1976)
1946 ● John “Bucky” Wilkin → Ronny & The Daytonas
1946 ● Vito Balsamo → Vito & The Salutations
1960 ● Roger TaylorDuran Duran
1961 ● Chris Mars → The Replacements
1970 ● T-Boz (Tionne Tenese Watkins) → TLC
1976 ● Jose Pasillas → Incubus

Apr 27
1932 ● Kemil Amen “Casey” Kasem → Radio DJ, American Top 40
1932 ● Maxine Brown → The Browns, solo
1947 ● Anne Peebles → “I Can’t Stand The Rain” (1973)
1947 ● Peter Ham → Badfinger
1948 ● Kate PiersonThe B-52’s
1951 ● Paul “Ace” Frehley → Kiss, solo
1959 ● Marco Pirroni → Adam And The Ants
1959 ● Sheena Easton (Sheena Shirley Orr) → “9 To 5 (Morning Train)” (1980)

Apr 28
1941 ● Ann-Margret (Olsson) → Pop vocalist, actress
1941 ● Peter Anders (Andreoli) → The Trade Winds, The Innocence
1943 ● Fantastic Johnny C. (Corley) → R&B/soul, “Boogallo Down Broadway” (1968)
1945 ● John Wolters → Dr. Hook
1952 ● Kim Gordon → Sonic Youth
1955 ● Eddie Jobson → Roxy Music, Mothers of Invention
1956 ● Jimmy Barnes → Cold Chisel, INXS
1966 ● Too Short (Todd Shaw) → West Coast rapper
1968 ● Daisy Berkowitz → Marilyn Manson
1969 ● Mica Paris (Michelle Wallen) → “My One Temptation” (1988)

Apr 29
1899 ● Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington → Jazz composer, “Take The ‘A’ Train” (1941)
1928 ● Carl Gardner → The Robins, The Coasters
1931 ● Anthony James “Lonnie” Donegan → English skiffle star, rock ‘n roll pioneer
1936 ● Albee Cracolici → The Mystics
1942 ● Klaus Voorman → Manfred Mann, Plastic Ono Band
1942 ● Vincent Poncia, Jr. → The Trade Winds, producer, songwriter
1943 ● Duane Allen → Oak Ridge Boys
1945 ● Tammi Terrell (Thomasina Winifred Montgomery) → “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” (1967)
1947 ● Joel Larson → The Grass Roots
1947 ● Tommy James (Thomas Gregory Jackson) → The Shondells, solo “Draggin’ The Line” (1971)
1948 ● Michael Karoli → Can, producer
1958 ● Simon Edwards → Fairground Attraction
1968 ● Carnie Wilson → Wilson Phillips (daughter of Brian)
1969 ● Master P (Percy Miller) → Hip-hop
1973 ● Mike Hogan → The Cranberries

Apr 30
1896 ● Rev. Gary Davis → Ragtime/folk guitarist, mentor
1925 ● Johnny Horton → “The Battle of New Orleans” (1958)
1933 ● Willie Nelson → Country star, “On The Road Again” (1980)
1941 ● Johnny Farina → Santo & Johnny, “Sleepwalk” (1959)
1943 ● Bobby Vee (Robert Thomas Velline) → “Take Good Care Of My Baby” (1961)
1944 ● Richard Shoff → The Sandpipers, “Guantanamera” (1966)
1948 ● Wayne Kramer → Proto-punker, MC5, solo
1953 ● Merrill Osmond → The Osmonds
1967 ● Turbo B (Durron Maurice Bulter) → Snap!, “The Power” (1990)
1971 ● Chris “Choc” Dalyrimple → Soul For Real
1972 ● J.R. Richards → Dishwalla, “Counting Blue Cars” (1996)
1973 ● Jeff Timmons → 98 Degrees, “Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche)” (2000)

May 01
1929 ● Sonny James (James Loden) → The “Southern Gentleman”
1930 ● Little Walter (Marion Walter Jacobs) → Blues harpist, “My Babe” (1955)
1939 ● Judy Collins → “Both Sides Now” (1968)
1945 ● Mimi Farina (Baez) → Folk singer, Joan Baez’s sister
1945 ● Rita Coolidge → “(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher And Higher” (1977)
1946 ● Nick Fortuna → The Buckinghams, “Kind Of A Drag” (1967)
1954 ● Ray Parker, Jr. → “Ghostbusters” (1984)
1966 ● Johnny Colt → The Black Crowes, Brand New Immortals, Train
1967 ● Tim McGraw (Smith) → Country star, “It’s Your Love” (1997)
1968 ● D’Arcy Wretsky-Brown → Smashing Pumpkins

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