This Week’s Birthdays (September 26 – October 2)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Sep 26
1898 ● George Gershwin (Jacob Gershvin) → Composer, lyricist, “Rhapsody In Blue” (1924)
1918 ● John “Cool Ghoul” Zacherle → TV host, pop-rock novelty song “Dinner With Drac” (1958)
1925 ● Marty Robbins (Martin David Robertson) → Country legend, “El Paso” (1959)
1926 ● Julie London (Peck) → TV/movie actress, jazz-pop vocals, “Cry Me A River” (#9, 1956)
1941 ● Joseph Bauer → The Youngbloods, “Get Together” (#5, 1969)
1945 ● Bryan Ferry → Roxy Music, “Love Is The Drug” (1975), solo
1947 ● Lynn Anderson → Country-pop vocals, “(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden” (#3, 1970)
1948 ● Olivia Newton-John → Aussie actress, country-pop, “Physical” (#1, 1981)
1951 ● Stuart Tosh → Soft pop-rock Pilot, “Magic” (#1, 1974)
1954 ● Cesar Rosas → Los Lobos, “La Bamba” (#1, 1987), solo
1954 ● Craig Chaquico → Jefferson Starship, co-wrote “Find Your Way Back” (#29, 1981)
1955 ● Carlene Carter (Rebecca Carlene Smith) → Country, daughter of June, “Every Little Thing” (1993)
1961 ● Cindy Herron → R&B club-dance En Vogue, “Hold On” (1990)
1962 ● Tracey Thorn → Pop-dance-club Everything But The Girl
1972 ● Shawn Stockman → Boyz II Men, “End Of The Road” (1992)
1981 ● Christina Milian (Flores) → R&B dance-pop, “Dip It Low” (2004

Sep 27
1936 ● Don Cornelius → R&B/soul promoter, producer, TV host Soul Train
1941 ● Don Nix → The Mar-Keys, producer, wrote blues-rock standard “Going Down”
1942 ● Alvin Stardust (Shane Fenton) → Early 60s pop, then 70s rock & roll, “My Coo Ca Choo” (UK #2, 1973)
1943 ● Randy Bachman → Guess Who, Bachman-Turner Overdrive
1947 ● Meat Loaf (Marvin Lee “Michael” Aday) → Pop-rock, “Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad” (#11, 1978)
1953 ● Greg Ham → Men At Work, “Down Under” (#1, 1983)
1953 ● Robbie Shakespeare → Reggae bassist, Riddim Twins, producer
1959 ● Shaun Cassidy → TV actor, 70s teen idol, “Hey Deanie” (1978)
1966 ● Stephan Jenkins → Third Eye Blind, “Semi-Charmed Life” (1970)
1970 ● Mark Calderon → Color Me Badd, “I Wanna Sex You Up” (1991)
1975 ● Bradley Kirk Arnold → Post-grunge alt rock 3 Doors Down, “Kryptonite” (#3, 2000)
1982 ● Lil Wayne (Dwayne Michael Carter) → Self-proclaimed “best rapper alive”
1984 ● Avril Lavigne → Pop-rock, “Girlfriend” (2007), designer, actress

Sep 28
1901 ● Ed Sullivan → Bandleader, TV host, introduced the Beatles to America, 2/9/1964
1923 ● Tuli Kupferberg → Author, poet, underground rock The Fugs, solo
1925 ● Billy Grammer → Country guitarist, “Gotta Travel On” (1958)
1935 ● Koko Taylor (Cora Walton) → The “Queen of Chicago Blues”, “Wang Dang Doodle” (1966)
1938 ● Ben E. King (Benjamin Earl Nelson) → The Drifters, solo, “Stand By Me” (1961)
1943 ● Nick St. NicholasSteppenwolf, “Born To Be Wild” (#2, 1968)
1946 ● Helen Shapiro → Brit teen-pop, “Walking Back to Happiness” (1961)
1950 ● Paul Burgess → 10cc, Jethro Tull, Camel, Icicle Works
1954 ● George Lynch → Pop-metal Dokken, “Alone Again” (1984), solo
1960 ● Jennifer Rush (Heidi Stern) → Pop-rock, “The Power Of Love” (UK #1, 1985)
1967 ● Moon Unit Zappa → Actress, artist, Frank’s daughter, vocals on “Valley Girl” (1982)
1987 ● Hilary Duff → Actress, teen pop, “With Love” (#24, 2007)

Sep 29
1907 ● Gene Autry → The “Singing Cowboy”, radio star, TV/film actor
1935 ● Jerry Lee Lewis → The “Killer”, rock ‘n roll legend, “Great Balls Of Fire” (#2, 1957)
1939 ● Tommy Boyce → Boyce & Hart hit songwriting team, “Last Train To Clarksville” (1966)
1942 ● Jean-Luc Ponty → French jazz-rock violinist, “Imaginary Voyage” (1976)
1943 ● Manuel Fernandez → Spanish rock ‘n roll band Los Bravos, “Black Is Black” (US #4, 1966)
1944 ● Mike Post (Leland Michael Postil) → TV and film theme composer, Hill Street Blues (1981)
1947 ● Peter Hope-Evans → Brit folk-rock Medicine Head, “One And One Is One” (1973)
1948 ● Mike Pinera → Blues Image, “Ride Captain Ride” (#4, 1970)
1948 ● Mark Farner → Grand Funk Railroad, “We’re An American Band” (1973)
1957 ● Mari Wilson → R&B-pop-quiet storm, “Just What I Always Wanted” (UK#8, 1982)
1963 ● Les Claypool → Bassist, funk-metal Primus, solo, film producer
1968 ● Brad Smith → Blind Melon, Unified Theory, solo
1968 ● Matt and Luke Goss → Teen-pop idols Bros, “I Owe You Nothing” (UK#1, 1988)

Sep 30
1933 ● Cissy Houston (Emily Drinkard) → R&B/soul, “I’ll Be There” (1970), mother of Whitney
1935 ● Johnny Mathis → Jazz-pop vocalist, “Gina” (#2, 1962)
1942 ● Dewey Martin (Walter Milton Dwayne Midkiff) → The Dillards, Buffalo Springfield, “For What It’s Worth” (1967)
1942 ● Franklin Joseph “Frankie” Lymon → The Teenagers, “Why Do Fools Fall In Love” (#6, 1956)
1942 ● Gus Dudgeon → Record producer, primarily for Elton John but many others
1943 ● Marilyn McCoo → The 5th Dimension, “Up, Up And Away” (1967), solo
1947 ● Marc Bolan (Mark Field) → Glam-rock T. Rex, “Bang A Gong (Get It On)” (#10, 1971), solo
1952 ● John Lombardo → 10,000 Maniacs, John & Mary
1954 ● Patrice Rushen → R&B-jazz-pop vocals, pianist, producer, composer, professor
1956 ● Basia Trzetrzelewska → Jazz-pop female vocalist, “Time And Tide” (1987)
1964 ● Ernest Joseph “Trey” Anastasio III → Improv-rock jam band Phish, solo
1964 ● Robby Takac → Alt-rock Goo Goo Dolls, “Iris” (1998)

Oct 01
1930 ● Richard Harris → Adult contemporary vocals, “Macarthur Park” (#4, 1968)
1932 ● Albert Collins → Blues singer/guitarist, the “Master of the Telecaster”
1935 ● Julie Andrews (Julie Elizabeth Wells) → Actress/singer, “The Sound Of Music” (1965)
1942 ● Herb Fame (Feemster) → R&B/soul-pop Peaches & Herb, “Reunited” (#1, 1978)
1943 ● Jerry Martini → Sly & The Family Stone, “Everyday People” (1968)
1944 ● Barbara Parritt → The Toys, “A Lover’s Concerto” (#2, 1965)
1944 ● Herbert Rhoad → A capella The Persuasions, “Chain Gang” (1971)
1945 ● Donny Hathaway → R&B/soul, “Where Is The Love” (1972)
1947 ● Martin Turner → Brit prog-rock Wishbone Ash, “Time Was” (1972)
1947 ● Rob Davis → Brit rock ‘n roll band Mud, “Tiger Feet” (1974)
1948 ● Mariska Veres → Dutch pop-rock one hitter Shocking Blue, “Venus” (#1, 1970)
1948 ● Michael “Cub” Koda → Brownsville Station, “Smokin’ In The Boys Room” (#3, 1973), solo
1955 ● Howard Hewett → R&B-urban, Shalamar, solo “I’m For Real” (R&B #2, 1986)
1958 ● Martin Cooper → New wave synth-pop Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, “If You Leave” (#4, 1986)
1959 ● Youssou N’Dour → Senegalese dance-pop singer, vocals on Simon’s “Graceland” (1986)
1968 ● Kevin Griffin → Alt pop-rock Better Than Ezra, “Extra Ordinary” (2001)
1973 ● LaTocha Scott → R&B/pop Xscape, “Understanding” (#8, 1993)
1974 ● Keith Duffy → Teen-pop Boyzone, “No Matter What” (1998)

Oct 02
1939 ● Lolly Vasquez → Redbone, “Come Ang Get Your Love” (1974)
1941 ● Ron Meagher → The Beau Brummels, “Laugh, Laugh” (1964)
1945 ● Don McLean → Folk-rock singer/songwriter, “American Pie” (1971)
1946 ● Ron Griffiths → The Iveys (pre-Badfinger power pop)
1949 ● Richard Hell (Meyers) → Punk-rock Television, The Voidoids “Blank Generation” (1977)
1950 ● Mike Rutherford → Genesis, Mike + The Mechanics, “All I Need Is A Miracle” (#5, 1986)
1951 ● Sting (Gordon Matthew Sumner) → The Police, solo, “Fortress Around Your Heart” (#1, 1985)
1952 ● John Otway → Folk-rock (novelty) singer/songwriter, “Really Free” (1978)
1955 ● Philip Oakey → Human League, synth-pop, “Don’t You Want Me” (1981)
1956 ● Freddie Jackson → R&B/urban soul, “You Are My Lady” (R&B #1, pop #12 1985)
1958 ● Robbie Nevil → Songwriter, producer, pop-rock solo artist, “C’est La Vie” (#2, 1987)
1962 ● Claude V. McKnight, III → A capella gospel Take 6, “I L-O-V-E U” (R&B #19, 1990)
1962 ● Sigtryggur “Siggi” Baldursson → Alt pop-rock The Sugarcubes, “Hit” (ModRock #1, 1991)
1965 ● Floyd I. “Bud” Gaugh IV → Ska-punk Sublime, “What I Got” (#29, 1997)
1970 ● Dion Allen → Hip-hop Az Yet, “Last Night” (R&B Top 20, 1996)
1971 ● Tiffany (Renee Darwish) → Teen pop, “Could’ve Been” (#1, 1987)
1973 ● Lene Grawford Nystrom Rasted → Danish dance-pop Aqua, “Barbie Girl” (1997)

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