This Week’s Birthdays (December 12 -18)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Dec 12
1915 ● Francis Albert “Frank” Sinatra → Actor, “Rat Pack” founding member, singer, “That’s Life” (#4, 1966)
1938 ● Connie Francis (Conetta Rosa Maria Franconera) → Hugely successful pop-rock singer, “Where The Boys Are” (#4, 1961)
1940 ● Dionne Warwick (Marie Dionne Warrick) → R&B/soul diva, collaborator with Burt Bacharach, “Walk On By” (#6, 1964)
1941 ● Terry Kirkman → Light pop-rock vocal group The Association, “Along Comes Mary” (#7, 1966)
1942 ● Declan Clusky → Irish pop-rock The Bachelors, “Diane” (#10, 1964)
1942 ● Mike Heron → Scottish psych-Celtic-folk/early World music duo The Incredible String Band
1942 ● Tim Hauser → Grammy-winning jazz-pop fusion vocal group Manhattan Transfer, “Boy From New York City” (#7, 1981)
1943 ● Dave Munden → British Invasion pop-rock The Tremeloes, “Silence Is Golden” (US #11, UK #1, 1967)
1943 ● Dickey Betts → Singer/songwriter/lead guitar for Southern rock Allman Brothers Band, “Ramblin’ Man” (#12, 1973), solo
1943 ● Grover Washington Jr. → R&B/jazz-soul saxophonist, “Mister Magic” (R&B #16, #54 Pop, 1974)
1944 ● Rob Tyner (Robert Derminer) → Lead vocals for Detroit proto-punk rockers MC5, “Kick Out The Jams” (1969)
1945 ● Alan Ward → British Invasion pop-rock The Honeycombs, “Have I The Right” (#5, 1964)
1945 ● Tony Williams → Jazz-fusion drummer, Miles Davis band, Lifetime, V.S.O.P.
1946 ● Clive Bunker → Drummer for early line-up of Brit folk-rock Jethro Tull, “Living In The Past” (#11, 1973)
1947 ● Ralph Scala → Organ and vocals for early psychedelic rock quintet Blues Magoos, “(We Ain’t Got) Nothin’ Yet” (#5, http://bit.ly/Y19671)
1947 ● Vin Scelsa → FM radio DJ, WFMU (Upsala College, New Jersey), WLIR, WABC, WPLJ, WNEW (New York)
1948 ● Ray Jackson → Vocals, mandolin and harmonica for Brit folk-rock Lindisfarne, “Lady Eleanor” (UK #3, 1971)
1953 ● Bruce Kulik → Session/touring band guitarist for Meat Loaf, Kiss, Grand Funk Railroad, Michael Bolton
1957 ● Cy Curnin → Founder and lead vocals of New Wave pop-rock The Fixx, “One Thing Leads To Another” (#4, 1983)
1957 ● Sheila E. (Sheila Escovedo) → R&B/dance-pop drummer, “The Glamorous Life” (#7, 1984)
1959 ● Belouis Some (Neville Keighley) → New Wave electonic/synth-dance-pop singer, “Some People” (#67, Dance/Club #8, 1985)
1961 ● Daniel O’Donnell → Irish country-pop crooner/songwriter, “Give A Little Love” (#7, 1998)
1963 ● Claudia Brücken → German synth-pop Propaganda, “p:Machinery” (Dance/Club #10, 1986)
1963 ● Eric Schenkman → Alt blues-rock jam band Spin Doctors, “Two Princes” (#7, 1993)
1967 ● Nick Dimichino → Bassist for indie power pop band Nine Days, “Absolutely (Story Of A Girl)” (#6, 2000)
1968 ● Danny Boy O’Connor → White hip-hop one hit wonder trio House Of Pain, “Jump Around” (#3, 1992)
1976 ● Dan Hawkins → Guitarist and vocals for Brit hard rock The Darkness, “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” (Mainstream #35, 2004)
1977 ● Dino Meneghin → Post-grunge alt rock The Calling, “Wherever You Will Go” (#5, 2001)
1980 ● Carl Dalemo → Bassist for Brit-Swede indie pop-rock Razorlight, “America” (UK #1, 2006)

Dec 13
1940 ● Tony Gomez → Brit R&B/soul-pop The Foundations, “Baby Now That I’ve Found You” (#11, 1967)
1945 ● Robert Martinez → Garage rock legends ? And The Mysterians, “96 Tears” (#1, 1966)
1948 ● Andy Peebles → BBC Radio DJ (last person to interview John Lennon)
1948 ● Jeff “Skunk” Baxter → Guitarist for Steely Dan, “Reeling In The Years” (#11, 1973), Doobie Brothers, missile defense consultant/contractor
1948 ● Ted Nugent → Guitarist for Amboy Dukes, solo, “Cat Scratch Fever” (1977), Damn Yankees
1949 ● Randy Owen → Founder and lead vocals for country-pop-rock Alabama, “Love In The First Degree” (#15, 1982)
1949 ● Tom Verlaine → Guitar and vocals for punk-rock Television, Marquee Moon” (Rolling Stone 500 #128, 1977)
1950 ● Davy O’List → Guitarist for prog rock The Attack, The Nice, Roxy Music, Jet
1952 ● Berton Averre → Guitarist for New Wave power pop The Knack, “My Sharona” (#1, 1979)
1952 ● Jamie Foxx (Eric Marlon Bishop) → Academy Award-winning actor, pianist, singer, “Gold Digger” (#1, 2005)
1970 ● Daniel Patrick → Session/touring band guitars and keyboards for Nine Inch Nails, Tapeworm, Methods of Mayhem
1974 ● Nick McCarthy → Rhythm guitar and keyboards for Scottish art-pop-rock Franz Ferdinand, “Take Me Out” (Alt Rock #3, 2004)
1975 ● Tom DeLonge → Lead guitar and vocals for pop-punk Blink-182, “All The Small Things” (#6, 2000)
1981 ● Amy Lynn Lee Hartzler → Founder, lead vocals, songwriter and pianist for goth-pop-metal Evanescence, “Bring Me To Life” (#5, 2003)
1989 ● Taylor Alison Swift → Country-pop singer/songwriter, “You Belong With Me” (#2, 2009), actress

Dec 14
1932 ● Charlie Rich → Country-pop-blues singer/musician, “The Most Beautiful Girl” (#1, 1974)
1937 ● Warren Ryanes → R&B/doo wop The Monotones, “(Who Wrote) The Book Of Love” (#5, 1958)
1938 ● Gary Usher → Producer, songwriter, co-wrote Beach Boys‘ “In My Room” (#23, 1963)
1943 ● Frank Allen (Francis Renaud McNeice) → Bassist for Merseybeat band The Searchers, “Needles And Pins” (#13, 1963)
1946 ● Jackie McAuley → Irish garage-rock, proto-punk Them, “Gloria” (#71, 1966)
1946 ● John Du Prez (Trevor Jones) → Brit dance-pop band Modern Romance, “Best Years Of Our Lives” (UK#4, 1982)
1946 ● Joyce Vincent-Wilson → Light pop vocalist, Tony Orlando & Dawn, “Knock Three Times” (#1, 1971)
1947 ● Anna Marie “Patty” Duke → Pop singer, “Don’t Just Stand There” (#8, 1965), TV star (The Patty Duke Show), actors’ union executive
1949 ● Cliff Williams → Bassist for AC/DC (replaced Mark Evans in 1977), “Back In Black” (#37, 1981)
1958 ● Mike Scott → Singer/songwriter/leader of Celtic folk-rock The Waterboys, “Fisherman’s Blues” (Modern Rock #3, 1988)
1958 ● Peter “Spider” Stacy → Irish folk-punk-rock The Pogues, “Tuesday Morning” (Rock #11, 1993)
1966 ● Tim Sköld → Former bassist for industrial-pop-metal Marilyn Manson, “The Dope Show” (Mainstream Rock #12, 1998)
1975 ● Brian Dalyrimple → Vocals for urban R&B/dance-club brother quartet Soul For Real, “Candy Rain” (#2, 1995)
1979 ● Sophie Monk → Pre-fab Aussie all-girl pop quintet Bardot, “Poison” (Aus. #1, 2000)
1988 ● Vanessa Hudgens → American actress and singer in High School Musical movies (most watched cable TV movies ever)

Dec 15
1915 ● Edith Piaf (Edith Giovanna Gassion) → Widely popular French pop singer, “Milord” (#88, 1959)
1919 ● Max Yasgur → Bethel, NY dairy farmer on whose property the 1969 Woddstock Music and Arts Festival was held
1921 ● Alan “Moondog” Freed (Albert James Freed) → Superstar radio DJ, coined term “rock & roll”, TV/film bit actor
1928 ● Jerry “Mr. Smooth” Wallace → Pop then country crooner, “Primrose Lane” (#8, 1959), actor
1932 ● Jesse Belvin → R&B/early soul singer/songwriter, “Goodnight My Love” (R&B #7, 1956)
1939 ● Cindy Birdsong → R&B/soul vocals for Patti LaBelle & The Bluebelles, then replaced Flo Ballard in The Supremes
1942 ● Dave Clark → Frontman and drummer for Brit Invasion pop-rock The Dave Clark Five, “Catch Us If You Can” (#4, 1965)
1946 ● Carmine Appice → Drummer for Vanilla Fudge, “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” (#6, 1968), Cactus, Beck Bogert & Appice
1946 ● Harry Ray → R&B/soul vocal trio The Moments, “Love On A Two-Way Street” (#3, 1970), then name change to Ray, Goodman & Brown
1949 ● Don Johnson → Actor (Miami Vice), singer, “Heartbeat” (#5, 1986)
1955 ● Paul Simonon → Bassist for influential punk rock The Clash, “Rock The Casbah” (#8, 1982)
1957 ● Tim Reynolds → Multi-instrumental singer/songwriter, toruing member of Dave Matthews Band, duo with Matthews
1961 ● Nick Beggs → Bassist for Brit pop-rock Kajagoogoo, “Too Shy” (#5, 1983)
1979 ● Edele Lynch → Irish one hit wonder girl-group B*Witched, “C’est La Vie” (#9, 1999)
1979 ● Keavy Lynch → Irish one hit wonder girl-group B*Witched, “C’est La Vie” (#9, 1999)
1980 ● Sergio Pizzorno → Guitar and vocals for Brit alt rock Kasabian, “Club Foot” (Modern Rock #27, 2004)

Dec 16
1931 ● Karl Denver (Angus Murdo McKenzie) → Brit pop-rock singer, “Wimoweh” (UK #4, 1961)
1945 ● Tony Hicks → Guitar and vocals for British Invasion pop-rock The Hollies, “Bus Stop” (#5, 1966)
1946 ● Benny Andersson → Keyboards and vocals for internationally successful Scandinavian pop group ABBA, “Dancing Queen” (#1, 1976)
1949 ● Billy (“Reverend Wiilie G.”) Gibbons → Guitar and vocals for venerable Texas blues/boogie rock trio ZZ Top, “Legs” (#8, 1984)
1959 ● Steven Irvine → Drummer for Brit pop-rock Lloyd Cole & The Commotions, “Lost Weekend” (UK #17, 1985)
1968 ● Christopher Thorn → Guitarist for roots-psych-alt rock Blind Melon, “No Rain” (Modern Rock #1, 1993)
1971 ● Michael McCary → Former bass vocals for R&B/urban soul a cappela Boyz II Men, “End Of The Road” (#1, 1992)

Dec 17
1936 ● Tommy Steele (Thomas William Hicks) → Early Brit rock ‘n roll teen idol, “Rock With The Caveman” (UK #13, 1956), actor
1937 ● Art Neville → Pianist with New Orleans soul-funk The Neville Brothers, “Yellow Moon” (1989)
1938 ● Carlo Little (Carl O’Neil Little) → First Rolling Stones drummer until Charlie Watts joined in 1963, sessions
1939 ● Eddie Kendricks → R&B giants The Temptations, “My Girl” (#1, 1965)
1942 ● Paul Butterfield → Blues-rock singer, harmonica player and bandleader, Butterfield Blues Band, Better Days, solo
1943 ● David Dee (Harman) → Brit 60s pop-rock quartet Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tick, “The Legend Of Xanadu” (UK#1, 1968)
1946 ● Martin Smith → Drummer for Brit prog-rockers Simon Dupree & The Big Sound, Gentle Giant
1947 ● Simon Bates → BBC Radio DJ
1948 ● Jim Bonfanti → Drummer for Cleveland pop-rock quartet The Choir, then power pop The Raspberries, “Go All The Way” (#5, 1972)
1949 ● Paul Rodgers → Guitar and vocals for Free, “All Right Now” (#4, 1970), Bad Company, “Can’t Get Enough” (1974), Queen, The Firm
1950 ● Carlton “Carlie” Barrett → Drummer for post-Marley, Bob & The Wailers roots reggae The Wailers, “Buffalo Soldier” (1983), murdered in 1987
1951 ● Wanda Hutchinson → R&B/soul-gospel sister trio The Emotions, “Best Of My Love” (#1, 1977)
1958 ● Mike Mills → Bassist for influential post-punk R.E.M., “The One I Love” (#9, 1987)
1959 ● Bob Stinson → Guitarist for alt-rock pioneers The Replacements, “I’ll Be You” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1989)
1961 ● Sarah Dallin → Singer for pop-rock Bananarama, “Venus” (#1, 1986)
1964 ● David “Ginger” Walls → Founder, guitarist and singer/songwriter for Brit hard rock The Wildhearts, “Sick Of Drugs” (UK #14, 1995)
1969 ● Micky Quinn → Bassist for Brit punk-pop trio Supergrass, “Alright/Time” (Modern Rock #1, 1995)
1972 ● Craig “DJ Homicide” Bullock → DJ for funk-pop-rock Sugar Ray, “Fly” (#1, 1997)
1978 ● Neil Sanderson → Drummer for Canadian punk/metal Three Days Grace, “Just Like You” (Mainsteam Rock #1, 2004)
1989 ● Taylor York → Guitarist for alt rock/pop-punk Paramore, “Misery Business” (#27, 2007)

Dec 18
1938 ● Bryan James “Chas” Chandler → Bassist for The Animals, “House Of The Rising Sun” (#1, 1964), producer/manager for Jimi Hendrix and Slade
1941 ● Sam Andrew → Guitar/singer for Big Brother & The Holding Company, Janis Joplin‘s Kozmic Blues Band, “Me And Bobby McGee” (#1, 1971)
1942 ● Les Cauchi → Tenor vocal for R&B/doo wop The Del-Satins, which became The Brooklyn Bridge, “Worst That Could Happen” (#3, 191968)
1943 ● Keith Richards → Guitarist/songwriter (the “Human Riff”) for The Rolling Stones, “Honky Tonk Woman” (#1, 1969), solo
1948 ● Bill Nelson → Guitarist/songwriter/frontman for Brit prog rock Be Bop Deluxe, “Modern Music” (1977)
1950 ● Martha Johnson → Vocals and leader of Canadian post-punk Martha & The Muffins, “Echo Beach” (Juno Single of the Year, 1980)
1953 ● Elliot Easton → The Cars, “My Best Friend’s Girl” (#35, 1978), New Cars, Click Five
1958 ● Kevin “Geordie” Walker → Guitarist of post-punk/gloom-industrial metal Killing Joke, “Follow The Leaders” (#25, 1981)
1959 ● Grantley Evan “Grant” or “Daddy G” Marshall → Collaborative pioneer trip-hop trio Massive Attack, “Teardrop” (UK #10, 1998)
1963 ● Greg D’Angelo → Drummer for Danish-American heavy/hair metal White Lion, “When The Children Cry” (#3, 1987)
1964 ● Robson Green → Singer/songwriter, TV presenter, actor, covered “Unchained Melody” (UK #1, 1995)
1966 ● Steve Dullaghan → Bassist for indie “blonde” pop-rockers The Primitives, “Crash” (Modern Rock #3, 1988)
1968 ● Andy Miller → Guitarist for goofball Brit power pop trio Dodgy, “Good Enough” (UK #4, 1996)
1970 ● DMX (Earl Simmons) → Drum machine rap pioneer, “Party Up (Up In Here)” (#27, 1999), screen actor, Reality TV host
1972 ● DJ Lethal (Leor Dimant) → Latvian-born producer and DJ/turntablist for House Of Pain and rap-metal Limp Bizkit, “My Way” (Mainstream Rock #4, 2001)
1980 ● Christina Aguilera → Dance-pop singer, “Genie In A Bottle” (#1, 1999), collaborator with Mya, Lil’ Kim and Pink, “Lady Maramalade” (#1, 2001)
1980 ● Lyndsay Armaou → Irish one hit wonder girl-group B*Witched, “C’est La Vie” (#9, 1999)

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