This Week’s Birthdays (November 21 – 27)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Nov 21
1907 ● Samuel “Buck” Ram → R&B/soul composer, arranger, producer, manager (The Platters, “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes”, #1, 1958)
1940 ● Dr. John (Malcolm John Rebennack, Jr.) → New Orleans boogie-blues-folk-rock, “voodoo” music, “In The Right Place” (1973)
1941 ● David Porter → Stax Records writing partner with Isaac Hayes, solo R&B piano
1948 ● John “Rabbit” Bundrick → Keyboardist, sessions, solo, Free, The Who, principal musician for The Rocky Horror Picture Show
1948 ● LeRoy “Lonnie” Jordan → Laid-back R&B/soul-funk War, “Spill The Wine” (#3, 1970)
1950 ● Gary Pihl → 70s-80s arena rock Boston, “More Than A Feeling” (#5, 1976)
1950 ● Livingston Taylor → Light folk-pop singer/songwriter, “I Will Be In Love With You” (#13, 1978), brother of James
1965 ● Björk Gundmundsdottir → Icelandic alt pop-rock The Sugarcubes, “Hit” (ModRock #1, 1991), solo
1965 ● Peter Koppes → Aussie New Wave psych-pop then prog rock The Church, “Under The Milky Way” (#30, 1989)
1967 ● Margret Ornolfsdottir → Icelandic alt pop-rock The Sugarcubes, “Hit” (ModRock #1, 1991)
1968 ● Alex James → Alt rock then Britpop Blur, “Girls & Boys” (Alt Rock #4, 1994)
1970 ● Francis McDonald → Scottish power-pop Teenage Fanclub, “Star Sign” (Modern Rock #4, 1991)
1974 ● Kelsi Marie Osborn → Country-pop sister trio SHeDAISY, “I Will…But” (#43, Country #2, 1999)

Nov 22
1942 ● Floyd Sneed → Pop-rock Three Dog Night, “Joy To The World” (#1, 1971)
1942 ● Steve Caldwell → Mixed gender R&B doo-wop The Orlons, “The Wah-Watusi” (#2, R&B #5, 1962)
1946 ● Aston “Family Man” Barrett → Rastafarian and bassist for reggae bands The Upsetters, Bob Marley & The Wailers
1947 ● Rod Price → Slide guitar for Brit boogie/blues-rock Foghat, “Slow Ride” (#20, 1975)
1948 ● Dennis Larden → One hit wonder pop-folk Every Mother’s Son, “Come On Down To My Boat” (1967)
1950 ● “Miami” Steven (aka “Little Steve”) Van Zandt → Guitarist, songwriter with Bruce Springsteen in the E Street Band, producer, TV actor (The Sopranos)
1950 ● Tina Weymouth → Bassist for New Wave art-pop-rock Talking Heads, “Take Me To The River” (#26, 1978), co-founder of Tom Tom Club
1957 ● Sharon Bailey → Percussion for Brit reggae-pop-ska band Amazulu, “Too Good To Be Forgotten” (UK #5, 1986)
1958 ● Jason Ringenberg → Founder/frontman for alt country-rock “cowpunk” Jason & The Scorchers
1962 ● Daniel Schmid → Jazz-rock-ska-swing revival Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, “Zoot Suit Riot” (Modern Rock #15, 1998)
1966 ● Francis Anthony “Eg” White → Brit soul/pop boy band Brother Beyond, “The Harder I Try” (UK #2, 1988)
1968 ● “Rasha Don” Norris → Progressive rap, funk-soul-blues-hip-hop Arrested Development, “Mr. Wendal” (#6, 1992)

Nov 23
1939 ● Betty Everett → R&B/soul-pop vocalist, “The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss)” (R&B #1, 1964)
1949 ● Alan Paul → Grammy-winning jazz-pop fusion vocal group Manhattan Transfer, “Boy From New York City” (#7, 1981)
1949 ● Sandra Stevens → Brit folk-pop vocalist, Brotherhood Of Man, “Save Your Kisses For Me” (#27, 1976)
1954 ● Bruce Hornsby → Grammy-winning rock-pop-jazz keyboardist, bandleader, The Range “The Way It Is” (#1, 1986)
1962 ● Chris Bostock → Dance-pop-rock Jo Boxers, “Boxer Beat” (UK #3, 1983)
1964 ● Conny Bloom (Conquistador Blomqvist) → Finnish glam-punk-metal Hanoi Rocks, “Up Around The Bend” (1984)
1966 ● Charlie Grover → Post-grunge alt rock Sponge, “Molly (16 Candles Down The Drain” (Modern Rock #3, 1995)
1966 ● Ken Block → Southern folk-rock Sister Hazel, “All For You” (#11, 1997)
1984 ● Lucas Stephen Grabeel → American actor, “Ryan Evans” in High School Musical movies (most watched cable TV movies ever)
1992 ● Destiney Hope “Miley” Cyrus → Teen idol actress, Hannah Montana, then pop vocalist, “Party In The U.S.A.” (#2, 2009)

Nov 24
1868 ● Scott Joplin → Pianist/composer, the “King of Ragtime”, “Maple Leaf Rag” (copyright 1899)
1928 ● Michael Holliday (Norman Milne) → Brit pop crooner, “The Story of My Life” (UK #1, 1957)
1938 ● Charles Laquidara → Radio disc jockey, 70s-90s The Big Mattress, WBCN/Boston
1939 ● Jim Yester → Light pop-rock vocal group The Association, “Along Comes Mary” (#7, 1966)
1941 ● Donald “Duck” Dunn → Bassist, songwriter, top session man, Stax Records house band Booker T. & the MGs, “Green Onions” (#3, 1962)
1941 ● Pete Best (Randolph Peter Best) → “The 5th Beatle“, drummer from 1960-62, replaced by Ringo
1942 ● Billy Connolly → Scottish comedian, TV actor and folk singer, cover of “D.I.V.O.R.C.E.” (UK #1, 1975)
1943 ● Robin Williamson → Scottish psych-folk duo The Incredible String Band
1945 ● Lee Michaels (Michael Olsen) → Psych-rock/blue eyed soul singer/songwriter/keyboardist, “Do You Know What I Mean” (#6, 1971)
1948 ● Tony Bourge → Early and influential heavy metal Budgie, “Nude Disintegrating Parachutist Woman” (1971)
1955 ● Clement Burke (Clement Bozewski) → Drummer for Blondie, The Romantics, The Plimsouls, The Ramones (aka “Elvis Ramone”)
1957 ● Chris Hayes → Guitar/vocals for pop-rock bar band Huey Lewis & The News, “The Power Of Love” (#1, 1985)
1958 ● Carmel McCourt → Brit pop-rock vocalist and bandleader, Carmel, “Bad Day” (UK #15, 1983)
1962 ● Gary Stonadge → Bassist for punk-rock Big Audio Dynamite and The Rotten Hill Gang
1962 ● John Squire → Guitarist for Stone Roses, “She Bangs The Drums” (Alt Rock #9, 1989) and The Seahorses, painter
1964 ● Tony Rombola → Guitarist for hard rock Godsmack, “Straight Out Of Line” (Mainstream #1, 2003)
1970 ● Chad Taylor → Guitarist for alt rock Live, “Lightning Crashes” (Modern Rock #5, 1995), The Gracious Few

Nov 25
1941 ● Percy Sledge → R&B/soul “When A Man Loves A Woman” (#1, 1965)
1943 ● Roy Lynes → Brit psych-boogie rock Status Quo, “Pictures Of Matchstick Men” (#12, 1968)
1944 ● Bev Bevan → Drummer for The Move, Black Sabbath, Electric Light Orchestra
1944 ● Bob Lind → Folk-pop singer/songwriter, “Elusive Butterfly” (#5, 1966)
1947 ● Val Fuentes → Drummer for San Francisco psych-folk-rock It’s A Beautiful Day, “White Bird” (1969)
1949 ● Martin Lee → Brit folk-pop Brotherhood Of Man, “Save Your Kisses For Me” (#27, 1976)
1950 ● Jocelyn Brown → R&B/dance-pop session vocals, solo, “Somebody Else’s Guy” (R&B #2, 1984)
1959 ● Steve Rothery → Brit prog-rock revival group Marillion, “Kayleigh” (Mainstream Rock #14, 1985)
1960 ● Amy Grant → Christian then pop-rock singer/songwriter, “Every Heartbeat” (#1, 1991)
1966 ● Stacey Lattishaw → R&B/dance-pop vocalist, “Jump to the Beat” (Dance #1, 1980)
1967 ● Rodney Sheppard → Funk-pop-rock Sugar Ray, “Fly” (#1, 1997)

Nov 26
1939 ● Tina Turner (Anna Mae Bullock) → R&B/soul-pop diva, The Ikettes, Ike & Tina Turner, solo, “What’s Love Got To Do With It” (#1, 1984)
1944 ● Alan Henderson → Irish garage-rock, proto-punk Them, “Gloria” (#71, 1966)
1944 ● Jean Terrell → R&B/soul singer, replaced Diana Ross in the Supremes (1969), “Up The Ladder To The Roof” (#10, 1970)
1945 ● John McVie → Bassist for Brit blues-rock then huge pop-rock Fleetwood Mac, “Go Your Own Way” (#10, 1977)
1946 ● Burt Ruiter → Dutch prog rock band Focus, “Hocus Pocus” (#9, 1971)
1963 ● Adam Gaynor → Post-grunge alt rock Matchbox Twenty, “Bent” (#1, 2000), solo
1967 ● John Stirratt → Alt country-rock Wilco, “Outtasite (Outta Mind)” (#22, 1997)
1981 ● Natasha Bedingfield → Brit pop singer/songwriter, “Unwritten” (#5, 2006)
1985 ● Lil Fizz (Dreux Frederic) → R&B/hip hop boy band B2K, “Bump, Bump, Bump” (#1, 2002)

Nov 27
1935 ● Al Jackson → Guitarist, songwriter, top session man, Stax Records house band Booker T. & the MGs, “Green Onions” (#3, 1962)
1942 ● James Marshall “Jimi” Hendrix → Guitar god, “Purple Haze” (US #65, UK #3, 1967)
1944 ● Edward Thomas “Eddie” Rabbitt → Country-pop singer/songwriter, “I Love a Rainy Night” (#1, 1980)
1945 ● Randy Brecker → Jazz-rock/pop-rock fusion band Blood, Sweat & Tears, “Spinning Wheel” (#2, 1969), solo
1948 ● Dave Winthrop → Brit prog-art-pop-rock Supertramp, “The Logical Song” (#6, 1979)
1959 ● Charlie Burchill → Scottish New Wave pop-rock Simple Minds, “(Don’t You) Forget About Me” ($1, 1985)
1960 ● Ashley Ingram → Brit R&B/dance-pop Imagination, “Just An Illusion” (R&B #27, 1982)
1960 ● Terry Corso → Alt rock Alien Ant Farm, “Smooth Criminal” (#23, 2001)
1960 ● Trevor “Dozy” Ward-Davies → Brit 60s pop-rock quartet Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tick, “The Legend Of Xanadu” (UK#1, 1968)
1961 ● Princess (Desiree Heslop) → Pop vocalist, “Say I’m You Number One” (UK #7, 1985)
1962 ● Charlie Benante → Speed/thrash metal Anthrax, “Only” (Mainstream #26, 1993)
1962 ● Mike Bordin → Drummer for influential metal/funk/hip hop/punk fusion band Faith No More, “Epic” (#9, 1990)
1965 ● Fiachna O’Braonian → Irish rockers Hothouse Flowers, “Don’t Go” (Modern Rock #7, 1988)
1965 ● Wallis Buchanan → Brit acid jazz-funk-pop Jamiroquai, “Canned Heat” (Dance #1, 1999)
1970 ● Skoob (aka “Books”, William “Willie” Hines) → Hip hop duo Das EFX, “Straight From The Sewer” (Rap #3, 1992)

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