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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