This Week’s Birthdays (October 3 – 9)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Oct 03
1938 ● Eddie Cochran → Rockabilly pioneer, “Summertime Blues” (#8, 1958)
1941 ● Chubby Checker (Ernest Evans) → R&B-pop, “The Twist” (#1, 1960 and 1962)
1945 ● Antonio Martinez → Spanish rock ‘n roll band Los Bravos, “Black Is Black” (US #4, 1966)
1949 ● Lindsey Buckingham → Buckingham-Nicks, Fleetwood Mac, solo
1950 ● Ronnie Laws → R&B/soul-dance-pop Earth, Wind & Fire, “Shining Star” (#1, 1975)
1954 ● Stevie Ray Vaughan → Texas blues-rock guitar master, “Pride And Joy” (#20, 1983)
1962 ● Tommy Lee (Bass) → Hair-metal Mötley Crüe, “Dr. Feelgood” (#6, 1989)
1966 ● Dan Miller → Alt pop-rock They Might Be Giants, “Birdhouse In Your Soul” (#3, Modern Rock, 1990)
1969 ● Gwen Stefani → No Doubt, solo, “Hollaback Girl” (#1, 2005)
1971 ● Kevin Richardson → Pop-dance-hip hop Backstreet Boys, “Quit Playing Games With My Heart” (#2, 1997)
1975 ● India.Aire Simpson → Grammy-winning neo-classic R&B/soul, “Video” (Song of the Year, 2000)
1978 ● Jake Shears (Jason Sellards) → Dance-rock Scissor Sisters, cover of Pink Floyd‘s “Comfortably Numb” (UK #10, 2004)
1979 ● Nate Wood → Post-grunge alt rock The Calling, “Wherever You Will Go” (#5, 2001)
1984 ● Ashlee Simpson → Teen-pop, “Pieces Of Me” (#5, 2004)

Oct 04
1929 ● Leroy Van Dyke → Country singer/songwriter, “Walk On By” (#1, 1962)
1944 ● Marlena Davis → All-girl R&B doo-wop The Orlons, “The Wah-Watusi” (#5 R&B, 1962
1947 ● Jim FielderBlood Sweat & Tears, “Spinning Wheel” (#2, 1969), sessions
1952 ● Jody Stevens → Power pop-rock Big Star, “September Gurls” (1974, Rolling Stone #178)
1957 ● Barbara (Kooyman) MacDonald → Timbuk 3, “The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades” (#19, 1986)
1959 ● Chris Lowe → Synth-pop dance Pet Shop Boys, “West End Girls” (#1, 1986)
1962 ● Juan “Jon” Secada → Latin pop-rock, “Just Another Day” (#5, 1992)
1965 ● Leo Barnes → Irish rockers Hothouse Flowers, “Don’t Go” (Modern Rock #7, 1988)
1984 ● Lena Katina → Russian teen-dance-pop t.A.T.u., “All The Things She Said” (Worldwide #1, 2002)

Oct 05
1924 ● Bill Dana → Comedian, actor, created the character Jose Jimenez, “the Astronaut”
1936 ● George Jones Jr. → R&B doo-wop The Edsels, “Rama Lama Ding Dong” (#21, 1961)
1938 ● Carlo Mastrangelo → R&B doo wop The Belmonts, “Tell Me Why” (#18, 1961)
1939 ● Abi Ofarim (Abraham Reichstadt) → Isreali folk-pop-rock Esther & Abi, “Cinderella Rockafeller” (UK #1, 1968)
1941 ● Arlene Smith → Doo wop girl-group The Chantels, “Maybe” (#15, 1957)
1941 ● Wally Lester → R&B doo wop The Skyliners, “Since I Don’t Have You” (#12, 1959)
1942 ● Richard Street → R&B giants The Temptations, “My Girl” (#1, 1965)
1943 ● Steve Miller → Blues-rock then pop-rock Steve Miller Band, “The Joker” (#1, 1973)
1947 ● Brian Johnson → Geordie, joined AC/DC (replacement for Bon Scott), “Back In Black” (#37, 1981)
1948 ● Lucius “Tawl” Ross → R&B/funk giants Funkadelic, “One Nation Under A Groove” (#28, 1978)
1948 ● Russell Craig Mael → Quirky pop-rock Sparks, “Wonder Girl” (1972)
1949 ● Brian Connolly → Glam pop-rock Sweet, “Ballroom Blitz” (#5, 1973)
1949 ● Louis Charles “B. W.” Stevenson → Country-pop, “My Maria” (Pop #9, 1973)
1950 ● “Fast” Eddie Clarke → Punk-metal Motörhead, “Ace Of Spades” (UK #15, 1980)
1952 ● Harold Faltermeyer → Synth-pop producer, composer, “Axel F” (theme from Beverly Hills Cop, 1984)
1954 ● Bob Geldof → Boomtown Rats, Live Air founder/promoter, author
1957 ● Lee Thompson → Punk/ska revival Madness, “Our House” (1982)
1974 ● Heather Headley → R&B/soul singer, “In My Mind” (Dance #1, 2005), actress
1980 ● Paul Anthony Thomas → Post-grunge punk-pop Good Charlotte, “The Anthem” (Alt Rock #10, 2003)

Oct 06
1917 ● Bob Neal → DJ, agent, early Elvis Presley manager
1945 ● Robin Shaw → British Invasion pop-rock, “Let’s Go To San Francisco” (Top 10, 1967)
1946 ● Millie Small → Jamaican reggae/ska, “My Boy Lollipop” (#2, 1964)
1949 ● Roberto Alfonso “Bobby” Farrell → R&B/disco Boney M, “Rivers Of Babylon” (US #30, 1978)
1950 ● Thomas McClary → R&B/soul-funk The Commodores, “Three Times A Lady” (1978)
1951 ● Gavin Sutherland → Folk-rock duo The Sutherland Brothers, “Sailing” (1972)
1951 ● Kevin Cronin → Arena rock REO Speedwagon, “Keep On Lovin’ You” (#1, 1980)
1954 ● David Hidalgo → Tex-Mex roots rock Los Lobos, “La Bamba” (#1, 1987), solo
1958 ● Tim Mooney → Iconoclastic rock American Music Club, album Everclear, Rolling Stone Top 5, 1991
1960 ● Richard Jobson → New wave art-punk-rock The Skids, “Into The Valley” (UK #10, 1979)
1961 ● Tim Burgess → New wave pop-rock T’Pau, “Heart And Soul” (#4, 1987)
1964 ● Matthew Sweet → Power pop guitarist, “Girlfriend” (Modern Rock #4, 1991)
1966 ● Tommy Stinson → The Replacements, solo, sessions, Guns N’ Roses
1982 ● William Pierce Butler → Alt/indie rock Arcade Fire, “Keep The Car Running” (Alt #32, 2007)

Oct 07
1927 ● Al Martino → Pop vocals, “I Love You Because” (#3, 1963), actor (The Godfather)
1939 ● Colin Cooper → Blues-rock Climax Blues Band, “Couldn’t Get It Right” (#3, 1977)
1941 ● Martin Murray → British Invasion pop-rock The Honeycombs, “Have I The Right” (#5, 1964)
1941 ● Tony Sylvester → R&B/soul Main Ingredient, “Everybody Plays The Fool” (#3, 1972)
1945 ● Kevin Godley → Glam pop-rock 10CC, “I’m Not In Love” (#1, 1975)
1949 ● David Hope → Arena rock Kansas, “Dust In The Wind” (#3, 1978)
1951 ● John Cougar Mellencamp → Roots rock singer/songwriter, “Jack And Diane” (#1, 1982)
1953 ● Tico Torres → Bon Jovi, “Living On A Prayer” (#1, 1987)
1959 ● David Taylor → Pop-rock Edison Lighthouse, “(Love Grows) Where My Rosemary Goes” (#5, 1970)
1959 ● Simon Cowell → Record executive, producer, judge on American Idol
1968 ● Thomas Edward “Thom” Yorke → Alt/indie rock Radiohead, “There There” (Modern Rock #14, 2003)
1968 ● Toni Braxton → R&B/soul-pop, “Un Break My Heart” (#1, 1996)
1969 ● Leeroy Thornhill → Dance-pop-electronica The Prodigy, “Breathe” (#1, 1996)

Oct 08
1934 ● Doc Green → The Drifters, “Up On The Roof” (1963)
1940 ● Fred Cash → Chicago soul/doo wop The Impressions, “It’s All Right” (#4, 1963)
1940 ● George Bellamy → UK instrumental rock The Tornados, “Telstar” (#1, 1962), solo
1941 ● Dave Arbus → Prog-rock East Of Eden, violin on The Who‘s “Baba O’Reilly” (1970)
1942 ● Reese Francis “Buzz” Clifford → Rock ‘n roll one hit wonder, “Babysittin’ Boogie” (#6, 1961)
1945 ● Butch Rillera → Redbone, “Come And Get Your Love” (#5, 1974)
1945 ● Ray Royer → Procol Harum, “A Whiter Shade Of Pale” (#5, 1967)
1947 ● Tony Wilson → R&B/soul-disco Hot Chocolate, “You Sexy Thing” (#3, 1976)
1948 ● Johnny Ramone (John Cummings) → Seminal punk-rockers The Ramones, “I Wanna Be Sedated” (1979)
1949 ● Hamish Stuart → Scottish blue-eyed soul Average White Band, “Pick Up The Pieces” (1974), sessions
1949 ● Harry Bowens → Dance-pop Was (Not Was), “Walk The Dinosaur” (#7, 1989)
1949 ● Michael Rosen → Scottish blue-eyed soul Average White Band, “Pick Up The Pieces” (1974), sessions
1950 ● Robert “Kool” Bell → Jazz-fusion then R&B/funk Kool & The Gang, “Jungle Boogie” (#4, 1973)
1952 ● Cliff Adams → Jazz-fusion then R&B/funk Kool & The Gang, “Celebration” (#1, 1980)
1963 ● Steve Perry (aka MC Large Drink) → Jazz-rock-ska-swing revival Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, “Zoot Suit Riot” (Modern Rock #15, 1998)
1965 ● C.J. Ramone (Christopher John Ward) → Seminal punk-rock band The Ramones, “Teenage Lobotomy” (1977)

Oct 09
1937 ● Pat Burke → Brit R&B/soul-pop The Foundations, “Baby Now That I’ve Found You” (#11, 1967)
1939 ● Overton Vertis “O.V.” Wright → R&B/gospel then Southern soul “That’s How Strong My Love Is” (1964)
1940 ● John LennonThe Beatles, solo, actor
1944 ● John EntwistleThe Who, “I Can See For Miles” (#9, 1967)
1944 ● Nona Hendryx → R&B/soul Labelle, solo, “Rock This House” (1985)
1948 ● Clyde Jackson Browne → California singer/songwriter, “Running On Empty” (#11, 1977)
1954 ● James Fearnley → Irish folk-punk-rock The Pogues, “Tuesday Morning” (Rock #11, 1993)
1957 ● Ini Kamoze (Cecil Campbell) → Reggae/club-dance, “Here Comes The Hotstepper” (#1, 1994)
1961 ● Kurt Neumann → Roots rock The BoDeans, “Closer To Free” (#16, 1993)
1969 ● Polly Jean “P.J.” Harvey → Alt rock singer/songwriter, “Down By The Water” (Alt Rock #2, 1993)
1975 ● Sean Ono Lennon → Singer/songwriter, guitarist, actor, producer

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