This Week’s Birthdays (December 26 – January 1)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Dec 26
1935 ● Abdul “Duke” Fakir → Six decade R&B/soul vocal quartet The Four Tops, “Reach Out (I’ll Be There)” (#1, 1966)
1946 ● Bob Carpenter → Pianist (from 1977) for country-folk-bluegrass-rock The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, as The Dirt Band, backed Steve Martin on “King Tut” (#17, 1978)
1951 ● Paul Anthony Quinn → Early and influential New Wave of Britsh Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) band Saxon, “Power And The Glory” (#32, 1983)
1953 ● Henning Schmitz → Sound engineer, then keyboards for German electro-rock Kraftwerk, “Autobahn” (#25, 1975)
1953 ● Steve Witherington → Brit pub rock/blue-eyed soul Ace, “How Long” (#3, 1975)
1963 ● Dana Baldinger → Bassist for Brit indie-folk-pop Popinjays, “Perfect Day Home” (1988)
1963 ● Lars Ulrich → Drummer for heavy metal a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/MET141″>Metallica, “Enter Sandman” (#10, 1991)
1967 ● J. (Jay Noel Yuenger) → Guitarist for groove/alt metal White Zombie, “More Human Than Human” (#10, 1995)
1969 ● Peter Klett → Founding member and guitarist for grunge-rock Candlebox, “Far Behind” (#18, 1994)
1971 ● Jared Joseph Leto → Actor, lead vocals, guitar and songwriter for indie pop-rock 30 Seconds To Mars, “From Yestreday” (Alt Rock #1, 2006)
1979 ● Chris Daughtry → American Idol finalist and bandleader/guitarist, Daughtry “It’s Not Over” (#4, 2006)

Dec 27
1931 ● William “Scotty” Moore → Sun Records sessionman and longtime Elvis Presley backing band guitarist
1941 ● Leslie Maguire → Merseybeat pop-rock Gerry & The Pacemakers, “How Do You Do It?” (#9, 1964)
1941 ● Mike Pinder → Keyboards and vocals for Brit prog rock then pop-rock The Moody Blues, “Nights In White Satin” (#2, 1967)
1943 ● Peter Sinfield → Early member of prog/space-rock King Crimson, “The Court Of The Crimson King” (#80, 1970), then solo and songwriter
1944 ● Michael Leslie “Mick” Jones → Rock guitarist for Spooky Tooth, founding member of hard/arena rock Foreigner, “Double Vision” (#2, 1978)
1944 ● Tracy Nelson → Founded and fronted/lead vocals for underappreciated 60s psych-blues-rock Mother Earth, then solo
1948 ● Larry Byrom → Guitar for Canadian-American hard rock, proto-metal Steppenwolf, “Born To Be Wild” (#2, 1968), solo, sessions
1950 ● Terry Bozzio → Drummer for Frank Zappa, founded New Wave pop-rock Missing Persons, “Walking In L.A.” (Mainstream #12, 1982)
1952 ● David Knopfler → Rhythm guitar and vocals for post-punk New Wave rock Dire Straits, “Sultans Of Swing” (#4, 1979), solo, songwriter, younger brother of Mark
1952 ● Karla Bonoff → L.A. pop-rock singer/songwriter, Linda Ronstadt back-up vocals, solo “Personally” (#19, 1982)
1960 ● Martin “Youth” Glover → Founding member and bassist for post-punk New Wave dance-rock Killing Joke, “Follow The Leaders” (Club-Dance #25, 1981)
1972 ● Matt Slocum → Lead guitar and principal songwriter for Christian pop-rock Sixpence None The Richer, “Kiss Me” (#2, 1998)
1984 ● Spectacular Blue Smith → Miami-based R&B/hip-hop quarter Pretty Ricky, “Grind With Me” (#7, 2005)
1988 ● Hayley Nichole Williams → Lead vocals and keyboards for alt rock/pop-punk Paramore, “Misery Business” (#27, 2007)

Dec 28
1903 ● Earl Kenneth “Fatha” Hines → Early and influential jazz pianist
1915 ● Roebuck “Pops” Staples → Patriarch/manager of four-sister R&B/soul-gospel act Staple Singers, “I’ll Take You There” (#1, 1972)
1932 ● Dorsey Burnette → Rockabilly singer, prolific songwriter, brother of Johnny
1938 ● Charles Neville → Joey Dee & The Starlighters, New Orleans R&B/soul The Neville Brothers
1943 ● Charles “Chas” Hodges → Brit country-rock Head Hands & Feet, then pop-“rockney” duo Chas & Dave, “Gertcha” (UK #20, 1979)
1946 ● Edgar Winter → Straight blues and blues-rock keyboards and sax, songwriter, bandleader, The Edgar Winter Group, “Frankenstein” (#1, 1973), younger brother of Johnny
1947 ● Dick Diamonde → Aussie-based 60s pop-rock The Easybeats, “Friday On My Mind” (#16, 1966)
1950 ● Alex Chilton → Frontman for short-lived blue-eyed soul The Box Tops, “The Letter” (#1, 1967), then power-pop cult band Big Star, “September Gurls” (1974, Rolling Stone #178)
1953 ● Richard Clayderman (Philipe Pages) → French pianist with over 70 million instrumental-pop albums, including covers, filmscores, easy listening renditions of classical works
1954 ● Rosie Vela → Model, actress, singer/songwriter, pop-rock “Magic Smile” (Adult #29, 1986)
1958 ● Mike McGuire → Drummer for neo-trad country Shenandoah, “The Church On Cumberland Road” (Country #1, 1989)
1960 ● Marty Roe → Founder, rhythm guitar and lead vocals for country-pop-bluegrass Diamond Rio, “One More Day” (Country #1, 2000)
1964 ● Paul Wagstaff → Manchester electro-dance club Paris Angels, then Black Grape and Happy Mondays
1971 ● Anita Dels → Vocals for Euro dance-pop 2 Unlimited, “Tribal Dance” (Dance/Club #7, 1993)
1978 ● John Legend (Stephens) → Neo-soul singer/pianist/songwriter, “Ordinary People” (#24, 2005)
1979 ● Akon (Aliaune Thiam) → Sengalese-American rapper, hip-hop artist, “Locked Up” (#8, 2004)

Dec 29
1935 ● Virgil Johnson → Lead singer for R&B/doo wop The Velvets, “Tonight (Could Be The Night)” (#26, 1961)
1941 ● Ray Thomas → Founding member, harmonica and vocals for prog rock then pop-rock The Moody Blues, “Nights In White Satin” (#2, 1967)
1942 ● Jerry Summers (Gross) → Early garage-rock dance band The Dovells, “Bristol Stomp” (#2, 1961)
1942 ● Rick Danko → Canadian-born bassist, vocals and occasional songwriter for seminal roots rock The Band, “Up On Cripple Creek” (#25, 1970), solo, committed suicide 12/10/1999
1946 ● Marianne Faithfull → Brit pop-rock singer/songwriter, former paramour of Mick Jagger, solo vocalist, “As Tears Go By” (#22, 1964)
1947 ● Cozy Powell → Multi-band rock drummer, Jeff Beck Group, Rainbow, Whitesnake, Black Sabbath, Thin Lizzy, died in car crash in the UK, 4/5/1998
1948 ● Charlie Spinosa → Blue-eyed soul one hit wonder John Fred & His Playboy Band, “Judy In Disguise (With Glasses)” (#1, 1968)
1951 ● Yvonne Elliman → Hawaii-born pop-rock singer, actress, Jesus Christ Superstar, solo “If I Can’t Have You” (#1, 1977)
1955 ● Neil “Spyder” Giraldo → Lead guitarist for Pat Benatar‘s band, “Love Is A Battlefield” (#5, 1983)
1961 ● Jim Reid → Scottish alt-pop-rock Jesus And Mary Chain, “Sometimes Always” (Modern Rock #4, 1994)
1961 ● Mark “Cow” Day → Manchester electro-dance club Happy Mondays, “Stinkin Thinkin” (Dance/Club #1, 1992)
1963 ● Alex Gifford → Keyboards, bass and DJ for techno-dance Propellerheads, “History Repeating” (Dance/Club #10, 1998)
1966 ● Bryan Keith “Dexter” Holland → Frontman, guitar and vocals for 90s punk revival The Offspring, “Gone Away” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1997)
1970 ● Glen Phillips → Founder, lead vocal and songwriter for alt pop-rock Toad The Wet Sprocket, “All I Want” (#15, 1992), solo

Dec 30
1928 ● Bo Diddley (Elias Otha Bates McDaniel) → Early R&B/rock ‘n roll guitarist, songwriter, originator of the oft-used “Diddley Beat” (bomp-a-bomp, a-bomp, a-bomp-bomp-bomp), died from heart failure in 2008
1931 ● Skeeter Davis (Mary Frances Penick) → Unheralded early rockabilly and later country-crossover singer, “The End Of The World” (#2, 1963)
1934 ● Del Shannon (Charles Westover) → Early rock ‘n roll teen idol then heralded pop-rock singer/songwriter, “Runaway” (#1, 1961)
1937 ● John Hartford (Harford) → Folk-pop-country-rock singer/songwriter and guitarist, wrote/recorded the oft-covered and hugely popular standard “Gentle On My Mind” (1967)
1939 ● Felix Pappalardi → Producer for Cream, bassist for pioneering hard rock/heavy metal trio Mountain, “Mississippi Queen” (#21, 1970), shot dead by his wife on 4/17/1983
1940 ● Kenny Pentifallo → Drummer for New Jersey rock ‘n roll bar band Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, “Talk To Me” (1978)
1940 ● Perry Ford → Member of Brit pop vocal trio The Ivy League, “Tossing And Turning” (#83, UK #3, 1965)
1942 ● Michael Nesmith → Guitarist, songwriter and vocals for 60s bad-rap pre-fab pop-rock The Monkees, “Last Train To Clarksville” (#1, 1966), then country-rock solo career and producer
1942 ● Robert Quine → Heralded punk-era guitarist with Richard Hell & The Voidoids, then collaborated with Lou Reed, Brian Eno, Tom Waits and other. Committed suicide in 2004.
1945 ● Davy Jones → Lead vocals for 60s bad-rap pre-fab pop-rock The Monkees, “Last Train To Clarksville” (#1, 1966), solo
1946 ● Patti Smith → The “Godmother of Punk”, singer, poet, songwriter, co-wrote with Springsteen “Because The Night” (#13, 1978)
1947 ● Jeff Lynne → Top-level producer, keyboardist, songwriter and frontman for The Move, Electric Light Orchestra, Traveling Wilburys
1951 ● Chris Jasper → Brother-in-law, keyboardist and key member of six-decade R&B/soul family group The Isley Brothers, “That Lady, Pts. 1-2” (#6, 1973)
1956 ● Suzy Bogguss → Award-winning country singer/songwriter, “Drive South” (Country #2, 1992)
1959 ● Tracey (Trace) Ullman → 80s “girl-group revival” pop-rock singer “They Don’t Know” (#8, 1984), then TV comedienne
1969 ● Jason “J.K.” Kay → Brit acid jazz-funk-pop Jamiroquai, “Canned Heat” (Dance #1, 1999)
1970 ● Sister Bliss (Ayalah Bentovim) → Former club DJ then founding member of techno-club-dance duo Faithless, “Insomnia” (Dance/Clu #1, 1997)
1978 ● Tyrese Darnell Gibson → R&B/rap singer, “Sweet Lady” (#12, 199), songwriter, film actor, producer

Dec 31
1914 ● Cyril Stapleton → Brit jazz-pop bandleader in 40s/50s, “Children’s Marching Song (Nick, Nack Paddywack)” (#13, 1959)
1930 ● Odetta Holmes → Folk-blues/folk revival, 60s civil rights protest singer/songwriter/guitarist, NEA award-winner
1942 ● Andy Summers (Andrew James Somers) → Guitarist and vocals for post-punk New Wave pop-rock The Police, “Every Breath You Take” (#1, 1983)
1943 ● John Denver (Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr.) → Light folk-country-pop singer/songwriter, “Rocky Mountain High” (#9, 1973)
1943 ● Peter Quaife → Founding member and first bassist for Brit folk-pop-rock The Kinks, left before “Lola” (#9, 1970), solo, then writer
1947 ● Burton Cummings → Founder and frontman for Canadian rockers The Guess Who, “American Woman” (#1, 1970), solo
1948 ● Donna Summer (LaDonna Adriene Gaines) → The unparalleled “Queen of Disco”, songwriter, singer, “Bad Girls” (#1, 1975)
1951 ● Danny McNamara → Founder and lead vocals for Brit pop-rock Embrace, “Gravity” (Mainstream Rock #36, UK #7, 2004)
1951 ● Fermin Goytisolo → Percussionist for R&B/soul-funk-disco KC & The Sunshine Band, “That’s The Way (I Like It)” (#1, 1975)
1951 ● George Thorogood → Frontman for long-time boogie-blues-rock group The (Delaware) Destroyers, “Bad To The Bone” (Mainstream Rock #27, 1982)
1951 ● Tom Hamilton → Bassist for hard rock, boozy Aerosmith, co-wrote “Janie’s Got A Gun” (#4, 1990)
1960 ● Paul Westerberg → Founder of alt-rock pioneers The Replacements, “I’ll Be You” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1989)
1961 ● Scott Taylor → New Wave synth-pop-soul Then Jerico, “The Motive” (UK #18, 1987)
1963 ● Scott Ian (Rosenfeld) → Guitarist for speed/thrash metal Anthrax, “Only” (Mainstream #26, 1993)
1972 ● Joey McIntyre → Early 90s teen-pop boy band New Kids On The Block, “Step By Step” (#1, 1990)
1979 ● Bob Bryar → Drummer for 00s alt rock/emo band My Chemical Romance, “Welcome To The Black Parade” (#9, 2006)

Jan 01
1942 ● “Country” Joe McDonald → Frontman and vocals for 60s psych-folk-rock Country Joe & The Fish, “I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-To-Die Rag” (1967)
1945 ● Jim Gordon → Top 60s/70s session drummer, co-wrote “Layla” with Eric Clapton, worked with The Monkees, The Byrds, Steely Dan, Frank Zappa and others, in prison since ’84 for murdering his mother
1950 ● Morgan Fisher → Keyboards for early Brit glam-rockers Mott The Hoople, “All The Young Dudes” (#37, 1972)
1958 ● Grandmaster Flash (Joseph Saddler) → Rapper, DJ mixmaster and leader of The Furious Five, “The Message” (R&B #4, 1982)
1963 ● Michael Hanson → Drummer for Canadian pop-rock Glass Tiger, “Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone)” (#2, 1986)
1968 ● Rick J. Jordan (Hendrik Stedler) → Keyboardist for huge Euro-German techno-dance-pop Scooter, “Fire” (Dance/Club #30, 1998)
1972 ● Thomas Bangaltier → French progressive dance-pop duo Daft Punk, “Face To Face” (Dance/Club #1, 2004)
1972 ● Tom Barman → Vocals and guitar for Belgian avante-grunge indie rock dEUS, “Little Arithmethics” (UK #44, 1996)
1975 ● Steve Ripley → Frontman and lead guitar for 90s country-rockers The Tractors, “Baby Likes To Rock It” (#11, 1994)

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  1. #1 by Arthur on December 28, 2010 - 6:36 pm

    Correction: Tom Barman wasn’t born in 1950, but on Jan 1st 1972 😉

    • #2 by Dr. Rock on December 30, 2010 - 2:25 pm

      Arthur: Yes, 1/1/1972 it is for Tom Barman. Good catch! There are nearly 5,000 names in our musician database. An error or two is inevitable. Thanks for the heads-up, and cheers, Dr. Rock

  2. #3 by Randy Boyer on December 28, 2010 - 6:40 pm

    brilliant! Thanks…

    some cool techno music here! 🙂

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