This Week’s Birthdays (March 31 – April 6)

<strong>Happy Birthday this week to:</strong>   <br />  
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<b>Mar 31</b> <br />    
1934 ● <strong>Shirley Jones</strong> → TV/screen actress and singer, played the tambourine-shaking mother (with real-life stepson <strong>David Cassidy</strong>) in the pre-fab TV show sunshine pop group <strong>The Partridge Family</strong>, “I Think I Love You” (#1, 1970) <br />
1935 ● <strong>Herb Alpert</strong> → Trumpeter, composer and bandleader for <strong>The Tijuana Brass</strong>, “This Guys In Love With You” (#1, 1968), A&amp;M Records founder and former executive <br />
1944 ● <strong>Rod Allen</strong> (Rodney Bainbridge) → Lead vocals and bassist in Brit pop-rock harmony beat group <strong>The Fortunes</strong>, “You’ve Got Your Troubles” (#7, 1965), died on 1/10/2008 <br />
1946 ● <strong>G. Allan Nichol</strong> → Rhythm guitar and backing vocals for pop-rock <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/TUR841″><strong>The Turtles</strong></a>, “Happy Together” (#1, 1967) <br />
1947 ● <strong>Al Goodman</strong> → Vocals in R&amp;B/soul trio <strong>The Moments</strong>, “Love On A Two-Way Street” (#3, 1970), then name change to <strong>Ray, Goodman &amp; Brown</strong>, “Special Lady” (#5, 1979), died of heart failure on 7/27/2010 <br />
1947 ● <strong>Jon Poulos</strong> → Drummer for pop-horn-rock <strong>The Buckinghams</strong>, “Kind Of A Drag” (#1, 1967), died on 3/26/1980 <br />
1948 ● <strong>Michael Geoffrey “Mick” Ralphs</strong> → Guitarist and founding member of glam-rock <strong>Mott The Hoople</strong>, “All The Young Dudes” (#37, 1972) and hard rock <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/BAD011″><strong>Bad Company</strong></a>, “Can’t Get Enough” (#5, 1974), solo <br />
1948 ● <strong>Thijs Van Leer</strong> → Founding member, organ and flute for Dutch prog rock band <strong>Focus</strong>, “Hocus Pocus” (#9, 1971), solo classical and jazz-rock albums <br />
1953 ● <strong>Sean Hopper</strong> → Keyboards and vocals for pop-rock bar band <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/LEW371″><strong>Huey Lewis &amp; The News</strong></a>, “The Power Of Love” (#1, 1985) <br />
1954 ● <strong>Tony Brock</strong> → Drummer for mainstream pop-rock <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/WAI821″><strong>The Babys</strong></a>, “Everytime I Think Of You” (#13, 1979), sessions for <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/STE911″><strong>Rod Stewart</strong></a>, <strong>Roy Orbison</strong>, <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/JOH521″><strong>Elton John</strong></a> and others <br />
1955 ● <strong>Angus Young</strong> → Schoolboy-uniformed co-founder, lead guitarist and songwriter for power chord rock <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/ACD101″><strong>AC/DC</strong></a&gt;, “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” (Mainstream Rock #4, 1981) <br />
1958 ● <strong>Pat McGlynn</strong> → Bassist for Scottish teen-pop <strong>Bay City Rollers</strong>, “Saturday Night” (#1, 1976) <br />
1958 ● <strong>Paul Ferguson</strong> → Founding member and drummer for post-punk <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/GNWAV1″><strong>New Wave</strong></a> industrial-dance-rock <strong>Killing Joke</strong>, “Follow The Leaders” (Club-Dance #25, 1981) <br />
1959 ● <strong>Robert Holmes</strong> → Guitarist for <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/GNWAV1″><strong>New Wave</strong></a> synth-pop-rock <strong>’Til Tuesday</strong>, “Voices Carry” (1985), then blues-rock <strong>Ultra Blue</strong> and a cappella doo wop quintet <strong>Street Magic</strong>, now freelance rock guitarist <br />
1971 ● <strong>Julian Deane</strong> → Guitarist for alt pub rock/blue-eyed soul <strong>Toploader</strong>, covered “Dancing In The Moonlight” (UK Top 10, 2000) <br />
1974 ● <strong>Stefan Ilsdal</strong> → Swedish bassist for alt glam-rock/punk revival <strong>Placebo</strong>, “Pure Morning” (Mainstream Rock #40, 1999) <br />
1978 ● <strong>Tony Yayo</strong> (Marvin Bernard) → Haitian-American rapper with <strong>G-Unit</strong>, “Stunt 101” (#13, Rap #5, 2003) and solo, “So Seductive'” feat. 50 Cent (#48, Rap #12, 2005), convicted felon <br />
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<b>Apr 01</b> <br />    
1927 ● <strong>Amos Milburn</strong> → Boogie-blues piano master, singer and rock ‘n’ roll roots pioneer, “Chicken Shack Boogie” (R&B #1, 1948) and eight other R&B Top 10 hits, died following a stroke on 1/3/1980 <br />
1934 ● <strong>Jim Ed Brown</strong> → Vocals in 50s-60s country-folk harmony sibling trio <strong>The Browns</strong>, “The Three Bells” (#1, 1959), solo <br />
1939 ● <strong>Rudolph Isley</strong> → Vocals for six-decade R&amp;B/soul family group <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/ISL291″><strong>The Isley Brothers</strong></a>, “That Lady, Pts. 1-2” (#6, 1973) <br />
1942 ● <strong>Alan Blakely</strong> → Keyboards for <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/PBINV1″><strong>British Invasion</strong></a> pop-rock <strong>Brian Poole &amp; The Tremeloes</strong>, “Silence Is Golden” (US #11, UK #1, 1967), died of cancer on 6/1/1996 <br />
1942 ● <strong>Phil Margo</strong> → Drummer and vocalist for white doo-wop <strong>The Tokens</strong>, “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” (#1, 1961) <br />
1945 ● <strong>John Barbata</strong> → Drummer for pop-rock <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/TUR841″><strong>The Turtles</strong></a>, “Happy Together” (#1, 1967), joined <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/JEF221″><strong>Jefferson Airplane</strong></a> in 1972 and remained through 1978 with <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/JEF221″><strong>Jefferson Starship</strong></a>, “Miracles” (#3, 1975), later sessions work <br />
1946 ● <strong>Ronald Frederick “Ronnie” Lane</strong> → Bass player, songwriter and vocals for Brit raunch/psych-pop-rock <strong>The Small Faces</strong>, “Itchycoo Park” (#16, 1968), after <strong>Steve Marriott</strong> left and <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/STE911″><strong>Rod Stewart</strong></a> and <strong>Ron Wood</strong> joined, renamed <strong>The Faces</strong>, “Stay With Me” (#17, 1971), formed rock ‘n’ roll <strong>Slim Chance</strong>, “How Come” (UK #5, 1974), collaborated with <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/TOW571″><strong>Pete Townshend</strong></a> (<em>Rough Mix</em>, 1977) and issued several solo albums, died of multiple sclerosis on 6/4/1997  <br />
1947 ● <strong>M</strong> (Robin Scott) → <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/GNWAV1″><strong>New Wave</strong></a> synth-pop one hit wonder electro-dance-pop singer and songwriter, “Pop Muzik” (#1, 1979), producer and collaborator <br />
1948 ● <strong>Jimmy Cliff</strong> (James Chambers) → Pioneering ska and reggae singer, songwriter, bandleader, actor in the film <em>The Harder They Come</em> (1972) and singer of the title track, also “I Can See Clearly Now” (#18, 1993) <br />
1948 ● <strong>Simon Cowe</strong> → Guitarist for Brit folk-rock <strong>Lindisfarne</strong>, “Lady Eleanor” (UK #3, 1971) <br />
1952 ● <strong>Billy Currie</strong> → Keyboards for <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/GNWAV1″><strong>New Wave</strong></a> electro-synth-pop pioneers <strong>Ultravox</strong>, “Vienna” (UK #2, 1980) and 15 other UK Top 40 singles <br />
1954 ● <strong>Jeff Porcaro</strong> → Drummer for jazz-pop-rock <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/STE241″><strong>Steely Dan</strong></a> in the mid-70s, “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number” (#4, 1974), then sessions for <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/SCA331″><strong>Boz Scaggs</strong></a>, <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/ZEV651″><strong>Warren Zevon</strong></a>, <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/PIN421″><strong>Pink Floyd</strong></a>, <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/JAC471″><strong>Michael Jackson</strong></a> and many others, formed arena rock <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/TOT601″><strong>Toto</strong></a&gt;, “Africa” (#1, 1983), died on 8/5/1992 at age 38 of a heart attack from suspected cocaine use <br />
1958 ● <strong>D. Boon</strong> (Dennes Dale Boon) → Singer, songwriter and guitarist for influential hardcore/punk rock trio <strong>The Minutemen</strong>, died in a car accident at the peak of the band’s underground popularity on 12/22/1985 <br />
1961 ● <strong>Mark White</strong> → Guitar and keyboards for <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/GNWAV1″><strong>New Wave</strong></a> synth-dance-pop <strong>ABC</strong>, “The Look Of Love” (#18, 1982) <br />
1961 ● <strong>Susan Boyle</strong> → Amateur Scottish singer, “I Dreamed A Dream” (2009), whose out-of-nowhere rise to fame (and fortune) resulted from her appearance on the UK TV show <em>Britain’s Got Talent</em> <br />
1964 ● <strong>Leslie Langston</strong> → Bassist for alt rock <strong>Throwing Muses</strong>, “Dizzy” (Modern Rock #8, 1989) <br />
1965 ● <strong>Peter O’Toole</strong> → Bassist for Irish rockers <strong>Hothouse Flowers</strong>, “Don’t Go” (Modern Rock #7, 1988) <br />
1971 ● <strong>Method Man</strong> (Clifford Smith) → Founding member and MC for 9-man hip hop group <strong>Wu-Tang Clan</strong>, “C.R.E.A.M.” (Hot Rap #8, 1994), then first and biggest solo star to emerge from the Clan, “I’ll Be There For You/You’re All I Need To Get By” (#3, Rap #1, 1995) <br />
1977 ● <strong>Simon White</strong> → Guitarist for short-lived, super-hyped 90s Britpop <strong>Menswear</strong>, “Being Brave” (UK #10, 1996) <br />
1981 ● <strong>Hannah Louise Spearitt</strong> → Vocals for pre-fab teen pop <strong>S Club 7</strong>, “Never Had A Dream Come True” (#10, 2001) <br />
1986 ● <strong>Hillary Scott</strong> → Vocals and songwriter for country-rock harmony group <strong>Lady Antebellum</strong>, “Need You Now” (#2, Country #1, 2009), solo <br />
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<b>Apr 02</b> <br />    
1928 ● <strong>Serge Gainsbourg</strong> (Lucien Ginsburg) → French provocateur, ladies man and pop singer, duet with ingénue <strong>Jane Birkin</strong>, “Je T’Aime… Moi Non Plus” (#69, UK #1, 1970), the first foreign language UK chart topper, died of a heart attack on 3/2/1991 <br />
1939 ● <strong>Marvin Gaye</strong> (Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr.) → Grammy-winning, highly talented and revered R&amp;B/soul pioneer, first with R&amp;B/doo wop <strong>The Moonglows</strong>, then <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/GMTW61″><strong>Motown</strong></a&gt; solo vocalist, “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” (#1, 1968), transformed to beloved social commentator, “What’s Goin’ On” (#1, 1973), shot dead by his father in a domestic dispute on 4/1/1984 <br />
1942 ● <strong>Leon Russell</strong> (Claude Russell Bridges) → Multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter, top sessionman for multiple top-name rock artists, bandleader, solo artist, “Tight Rope” (#11, 1972) <br />
1942 ● <strong>Phil “Parrot” Castrodale</strong> → First tenor for blue-eyed soul/doo wop the <strong>Reflections</strong>, “(Just Like) Romeo And Juliet” (#6, 1964) <br />
1943 ● <strong>Larry Coryell</strong> → Pioneer and virtuoso jazz-rock guitarist, played with <strong>Chico Hamilton</strong>, <strong>Chick Coryea</strong> and <strong>Gary Burton</strong>, formed fusion band <strong>The Eleventh House</strong>, multiple solo albums <br />
1946 ● <strong>Kurt Winter</strong> → Guitarist for Canadian rockers <strong>The Guess Who</strong>, “American Woman” (#1, 1970), joined in 1970 to replace founder <strong>Randy Bachman</strong>, co-wrote “Hand Me Down World” (#17, 1970), left in 1974 to start mattress business, died from kidney failure on 12/14/1997 <br />
1947 ● <strong>Emmylou Harris</strong> → Grammy-winning traditional- and neo-country singer/songwriter, guitarist, bandleader, collaborator, solo artist , “Sweet Dreams” (Country #1, 1976) <br />
1952 ● <strong>Dave Bronze</strong> → Session and touring bassist for <strong>Robin Trower</strong>, <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/CLA701″><strong>Eric Clapton</strong></a>, <strong>Ray Davies</strong>. <strong>Belinda Carlisle</strong>, <strong>Procol Harum</strong> and many others <br />
1952 ● <strong>Leon Wilkeson</strong> → Bassist, backing vocals and occasional songwriting for raunchy Southern rockers <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/LYN971″><strong>Lynyrd Skynyrd</strong></a>, “Sweet Home Alabama” (#8, 1974), died from liver and lung failure on 7/27/2001 <br />
1953 ● <strong>David Robinson</strong> → Drummer for pop/rock ‘n’ roll <strong>Jonathan Richman &amp; The Modern Lovers</strong>, then <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/GNWAV1″><strong>New Wave</strong></a> synth-pop/guitar rock <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/CAR801″><strong>The Cars</strong></a>, “Just What I Needed” (#27, 1978) <br />
1956 ● <strong>Gregory Abbott</strong> → One hit wonder R&amp;B/soul-urban pop-quiet storm singer/songwriter, “Shake You Down” (#1, 1986) <br />
1961 ● <strong>Keren Jane Woodward</strong> → Founding member and vocals for hugely successful Brit synth-dance-pop girl group <strong>Bananarama</strong>, covered “Venus” (#1, 1986) <br />
1966 ● <strong>Garnett Silk</strong> (Garnett Damoin Smith)  → Rising star Jamaican reggae/dancehall singer and Rastafarian, “Hey Mama Africa” (UK #1, 1992), died trying to save his mother in an accidental house fire on 12/16/1996 <br />
1967 ● <strong>Greg Camp</strong> → Co-founding member, vocals and guitar for neo-garage/quirky <strong>Smash Mouth</strong>, “Walkin’ On The Sun” (Adult Top 40 #1, 1997) <br />
1971 ● <strong>Chico</strong> (Yousseph Slimani) → Welsh Latin pop singer, “It’s Chico Time” (UK #1, 2006), reached the semi-finals of the 2005 season of the UK series <em>The X Factor</em>  <br />
1979 ● <strong>Jesse Carmichael</strong> → Keyboards for alt funk-rock <strong>Maroon 5</strong>, “She Will Be Loved” (#5, 2004) <br />
1981 ● <strong>Scott Cain</strong> → Australian singer and winner of the third Australian <em>Popstars</em> competition, “I’m Moving On” (Aus. #1, 2002) <br />
1983 ● <strong>Yung Joc</strong> (Jasiel A. Robinson) → Hardcore/gangsta rapper, “It’s Goin’ Down” (#3, 2006) <br />
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<b>Apr 03</b> <br />    
1922 ● <strong>Doris Day</strong> (Doris Von Kappelhoff) → Award-winning, virginal film heroine and family TV hostess, pop singer, “Que Sera Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)” (#2, 1956) <br />
1928 ● <strong>Don Gibson</strong> → Traditional and country-pop singer/songwriter, “Oh, Lonesome Me” (#7, Country #1, 1958) plus over 40 other Country Top 25 hits between 1956 and 1978, died 11/17/2003 <br />
1936 ● <strong>Jimmy McGriff</strong> → Soul-jazz organist and bandleader, “All About My Girl” (#50, R&amp;B #12, 1963), died 5/24/2008 from complications of multiple sclerosis <br />
1938 ● <strong>Jeff Barry</strong> (Adelberg) → Brill Building pop-rock songwriter, singer, record producer, husband of noted songwriter <strong>Ellie Greenwich</strong>, with whom he co-wrote “Be My Baby” for <strong>The Ronettes</strong> (#2, 1963), “Leader Of The Pack” for <strong>The Shangri-Las</strong> (#1, 1964) and “I Can Hear Music” for <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/BEA301″><strong>The Beach Boys</strong></a> (#24, 1969), among dozens of other 60s hits <br />
1938 ● <strong>Philippé Wynne</strong> (Walker) → Co-lead vocals for R&amp;B/soul <strong>The Spinners</strong>, “Then Came You” (#1, 1974), plus eleven other Top 20 hits, died of a heart attack on a nightclub stage on 7/14/1984 <br />
1941 ● <strong>Jan Berry</strong> (William J.) → Singer in seminal surf music duo <strong>Jan &amp; Dean</strong>, “Surf City” (#1, 1963), died on 3/26/2004 after years of poor health following a 1966 auto accident <br />
1942 ● <strong>Billy Joe Royal</strong> → Light country-rock and pop singer, “Down In The Boondocks” (#9, 1965) <br />
1942 ● <strong>Wayne Newton</strong> → Stage and screen star, pop music solo act, “Danke Schoen” (#13, Adult Contemporary #3, 1963), consummate Las Vegas showman and local real estate tycoon <br />
1943 ● <strong>Joe Vann</strong> (Joseph Canzano) → Lead vocals for Italian-American doo wop <strong>The Duprees</strong>, “You Belong To Me” (#7, 1962), died 2/28/1984 <br />
1943 ● <strong>Richard Manuel</strong> → Canadian-born keyboardist and vocals for seminal roots rock <strong>The Band</strong>, “Up On Cripple Creek” (#25, 1970), solo, committed suicide in a Florida motel room following a performance on 3/4/1986 <br />
1944 ● <strong>Barry Pritchard</strong> → Vocals and guitar for Brit pop/rock harmony beat group <strong>The Fortunes</strong>, “You’ve Got Your Troubles” (#7, 1965), died 1/11/1999 <br />
1944 ● <strong>Lois Wilkinson</strong> → With partner <strong>Andrea Simpson</strong>, one half of the British Invasion pop-rock girl duo <strong>The Caravelles</strong>, “You Don’t Have To Be A Baby To Cry” (#3, 1963) <br />
1944 ● <strong>Tony Orlando</strong> (Michael Anthony Orlando Casavitis) → AM Pop star singer, leader of the vocal group <strong>Dawn</strong>, “Knock Three Times” (#1, 1971), Las Vegas showroom icon <br />
1946 ● <strong>Dee Murray</strong> (David Murray Oates) → Bassist for numerous rock and pop acts, most notably the <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/JOH521″><strong>Elton John</strong></a> band, died 1/15/1992 from a stroke after a long bout with cancer <br />
1949 ● <strong>Richard Thompson</strong> → Folk-rock guitarist and singer/songwriter, founding member of renowned Brit folk-rock <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/FAI761″><strong>Fairport Convention</strong></a>, “Si Tu Dos Partir” (1969), solo, duo with wife <strong>Linda</strong> <br />
1951 ● <strong>Mel Schacher</strong> → Bassist for garage rock legends <strong>? And The Mysterians</strong>, “96 Tears” (#1, 1966), then formed hard rock/early heavy metal power trio <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/GRA521″><strong>Grand Funk Railroad</strong></a>, “We’re An American Band” (#1, 1973) <br />
1956 ● <strong>Judie Tzuke</strong> (Judith Myers) → UK pop singer/songwriter, “Stay With Me Till Dawn” (1979) ranks #39 of 50 top songs in the <em>BBC Best of British – 50 Golden Years of Popular Music</em> from 2002 <br />
1961 ● <strong>Eddie Murphy</strong> → Stand-up comedian, comic screen actor (<em>Beverly Hills Cop</em>, 1984), <em>Saturday Night Live</em> cast member, sometime pop singer, “Party All The Time” (#2, 1985) <br />
1962 ● <strong>Mike Ness</strong> → Co-founder, lead guitar, vocals and songwriter for Southern California punk revival band <strong>Social Distortion</strong>, “I Was Wrong” (#54, Alt Rock #4, 1996) <br />
1962 ● <strong>Simon Raymonde</strong> → Bassist for Scottish alt rock/dream-pop <strong>Cocteau Twins</strong>, “Heaven Or Las Vegas” (Modern Rock #9, 1990) <br />
1968 ● <strong>Sebastian Bach</strong> (Bierk) → Canadian-born frontman and lead vocals for New Jersey-based hair metal/pop-metal <strong>Skid Row</strong>, “I Remember You” (#6, 1989) <br />
1970 ● <strong>Matthew Priest</strong> → Drummer for goofball Brit power pop trio <strong>Dodgy</strong>, “Good Enough” (UK #4, 1996) <br />
1985 ● <strong>Leona Lewis</strong> → Contemporary R&amp;B singer/songwriter, “Bleeding Love” (#1, 2007), won the third series of Britain’s <em>The X Factor</em> in 2006, <em>Billboard</em> magazine’s “Top New Artist” for 2008 <br />
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<b>Apr 04</b> <br />    
1915 ● <strong>Muddy Waters</strong> (McKinley Morganfield) → Grammy-winning Chicago blues giant, “Mannish Boy” (R&amp;B #5, 1955), major inspiration for the British blues-rock explosion of the 60s, <em>Rolling Stone</em> magazine #17 Greatest Artist of All Time, died in his sleep from heart failure on 4/30/1983 <br />
1936 ● <strong>Margo Sylvia</strong> → Vocals and songwriter for R&amp;B/doo wop <strong>The Tune Weavers</strong>, “Happy, Happy Birthday Baby” (#5, 1957), died on 10/29/1991 <br />
1938 ● <strong>Declan Mulligan</strong> → Irish guitarist for pop-rock <strong>The Beau Brummels</strong>, “Laugh, Laugh” (#15, 1964) <br />
1939 ● <strong>Hugh Masekela</strong> → South African jazz and pop trumpeter, composer and singer, best know for his instrumental hit “Grazing In The Grass” (#1, 1968) <br />
1939 ● <strong>Major Lance</strong> → Chicago good-time R&amp;B/soul singer, “The Monkey Time” (#8, R&amp;B #2, 1963), died of heart failure on 3/9/1994 <br />
1940 ● <strong>Sharon Sheeley</strong> → Successful early rock ‘n’ roll songwriter, wrote “Poor Little Fool” for <strong>Ricky Nelson</strong> (#1, 1958) and “Somethin’ Else” for <strong>Eddie Cochran</strong> (#58, 1959), was Cochran’s “unofficial fiancé” and survived the taxi crash that killed Cochran in 1960, died on 5/17/2002 following a cerebral hemorrhage <br />
1945 ● <strong>Ian “Knox” Carnochan</strong> → Founding member and vocals for punk-rock <strong>The Vibrators</strong>, “Automatic Lover” (UK #35, 1978) <br />
1946 ● <strong>Dave Hill</strong> → Lead guitarist and backing vocals for Brit glam-metal <strong>Slade</strong>, “Run Runaway” (#20, 1984) <br />
1948 ● <strong>David “Pick” Withers</strong> → Original drummer for post-punk <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/GNWAV1″><strong>New Wave</strong></a> pop-rock <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/DIR281″><strong>Dire Straits</strong></a>, “Sultans Of Swing” (#4, 1983), left the band in 1982 <br />
1948 ● <strong>Berry Oakley</strong> → First bassist for Southern blues-rock <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/ALL501″><strong>The Allman Brothers Band</strong></a>, “Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More” (#77, 1972), died in a motorcycle accident on 11/11/1973 <br />
1949 ● <strong>Franklin Delano Alexander “Junior” Braithwaite</strong> → Co-founding member and vocals for roots reggae <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/MAR421″><strong>The Wailers</strong></a>, left Jamaica in 1964 to pursue a medical career in Chicago, returned in 1984 for a <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/MAR421″><strong>Wailers</strong></a&gt; reunion album and tour, murdered on 6/2/1999 <br />
1951 ● <strong>Graeme Kelling</strong> → Guitarist in Scottish indie pop-rock <strong>Deacon Blue</strong>, “Real Gone Kid” (UK #8, 1988), died from pancreatic cancer on 6/10/2004 <br />
1951 ● <strong>Peter Haycock</strong> → Guitar, vocals and songwriting for Brit blues-rock <strong>Climax Blues Band</strong>, “Couldn’t Get It Right” (#3, 1977), now composes film scores <br />
1952 ● <strong>Gary Moore</strong> → Guitarist for Irish blues-rock band <strong>Skid Row</strong>, plus three short stints with hard rock <strong>Thin Lizzy</strong>, “Waiting For An Alibi” (UK #9, 1979), solo, “Still Got The Blues” (Mainstream Rock #9, 1990), found dead in his vacation hotel room in Spain on 2/6/2011 <br />
1962 ● <strong>Craig Adams</strong> → Bassist and songwriter for goth-rock <strong>The Sisters of Mercy</strong>, then hard rock/metal revival <strong>The Cult</strong>, “Fire Woman” (Mainstream Rock #4, 1989) and <strong>The Mission</strong>, “Deliverance” (Mainstream Rock #27, 1990),  <br />
1963 ● <strong>David Gavurin</strong> → Guitarist for Brit alt-indie-rock <strong>The Sundays</strong>, “Here’s Where The Story Ends” (Modern Rock #1, 1990) <br />
1964 ● <strong>Kid</strong> (Christopher Reid) → Comedian and vocals for mainstream message-rap duo <strong>Kid ‘N Play</strong>, “Ain’t Gonna Hurt Nobody” (#51, Rap #1, 1991) <br />
1966 ● <strong>Mike Starr</strong> → Original bassist for alterna-metal/hard rock <strong>Alice In Chains</strong>, “No Excuses” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1994), died from an apparent methadone overdose on 3/8/2011 <br />
1968 ● <strong>Mark Yates</strong> → Guitarist for hard rock/heavy metal <strong>Terrorvision</strong>, “Tequila” (UK #2, 1999) <br />
1970 ● <strong>Michael “Mix Master Mike” Schwartz</strong> → DJ for hardcore punk then blue-eyed hip hop masters the <strong>Beastie Boys</strong>, “Fight For Your Right” (#7, 1987) <br />
1972 ● <strong>Jill Scott</strong> → Actress (as Big Mama Thornton in <em>Hounddog</em>, 2007), poet, songwriter and R&amp;B/soul singer, “A Long Walk” (#43, R&amp;B #9, 2001) <br />
1972 ● <strong>Magnus Sveningsson</strong> → Bassist for Swedish pop-rock <strong>The Cardigans</strong>, “Lovefool” (#1, 1996) <br />
1973 ● <strong>Kelly Price</strong> → R&amp;B/pop singer, backing vocals for <strong>Mariah Carey</strong>, <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/FRA541″><strong>Aretha Franklin</strong></a>, <strong>Faith Evans</strong>, <strong>Mase</strong> and <strong>Notorious B.I.G.</strong>, and solo, “Friend Of Mine” (#12, 1998) <br />
1974 ● <strong>Andre Dalyrimple</strong> → Vocals for urban R&amp;B/dance-club brother quartet <strong>Soul For Real</strong>, “Candy Rain” (#2, 1995) <br />
1975 ● <strong>Phil A. Jimenez</strong> → Vocals and percussion for post-grunge <strong>Wheatus</strong>, “Teenage Dirtbag” (Modern Rock #7, 2001) <br />
1978 ● <strong>Lemar Obika</strong> → Brit R&amp;B/soul-pop singer, appeared on BBC TV talent show <em>Fame Academy</em>, “Dance (With You)” (UK #3, 2002) <br />
1980 ● <strong>Johnny Borrell</strong> → Guitar and vocals for Brit-Swede indie pop-rock <strong>Razorlight</strong>, “America” (UK #1, 2006) <br />
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<b>Apr 05</b> <br />    
1928 ● <strong>Tony Williams</strong> → Lead tenor for R&amp;B/doo wop <strong>The Platters</strong>, “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes” (#1, 1958), died 8/14/1992 of emphysema <br />
1929 ● <strong>Robert George “Joe” Meek</strong> → Brit 60s rock ‘n’ roll record producer, songwriter and film composer, produced <strong>The Tornados</strong>’ hit “Telstar” (#1, 1961) among others, committed suicide after murdering his landlady on 2/3/1967 <br />
1935 ● <strong>Peter “G” Grant</strong> → Brit movie actor turned rock band manager for <strong>The Nashville Teens</strong>, <strong>The Yardbirds</strong>, <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/LED921″><strong>Led Zeppelin</strong></a>, <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/BEC441″><strong>Jeff Beck</strong></a> and others, co-founder of Swan Song Records, died on 11/22/1995 from a heart attack <br />
1939 ● <strong>Ronnie White</strong> → Founding member and vocalist for R&amp;B/soul-pop <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/ROB351″><strong>The Miracles</strong></a>, who charted 18 Top 10 hits including “Tears of a Clown” (#1, 1970), introduced <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/WON221″><strong>Stevie Wonder</strong></a> to <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/GMTW61″><strong>Motown</strong></a&gt; chief Berry Gordy Jr., died of leukemia on 8/26/1995 <br />
1941 ● <strong>Dave Swarbrick</strong> → Violin, mandolin and vocals for renowned Brit folk-rock <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/FAI761″><strong>Fairport Convention</strong></a>, “Si Tu Dos Partir” (1969), solo <br />
1942 ● <strong>Allan Clarke</strong> → Guitarist, singer and songwriter for <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/PBINV1″><strong>British Invasion</strong></a> pop-rock harmony group <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/HOL431″><strong>The Hollies</strong></a>, “Bus Stop” (#5, 1966) <br />
1944 ● <strong>Crispian St. Peters</strong> (Robin Peter Smith) → Folk-pop two hit wonder singer/songwriter, “The Pied Piper” (#4, UK #5, 1966) and “You Were On My Mind” (UK #2, 1967) <br />
1944 ● <strong>Nicholas Caldwell</strong> → Vocals for R&amp;B/soul quintet <strong>The Whispers</strong>, “And The Beat Goes On” (#19, R&amp;B #1, 1980) <br />
1946 ● <strong>Dave Holland</strong> → Drummer with influential “New Wave” heavy metal band <strong>Judas Priest</strong>, “Breaking The Law” (1980) <br />
1950 ● <strong>Agnetha “Anna” Faltskog-Ulvaeus</strong> → Vocals for internationally successful Scandinavian pop quartet <strong>ABBA</strong>, “Dancing Queen” (#1, 1976) <br />
1951 ● <strong>Everett Morton</strong> → Drummer for multi-racial Brit ska revival band <strong>The Beat</strong> (known as the <strong>English Beat</strong> in the US), “Hand’s Off She’s Mine” (Dance/Club #22, 1980) <br />
1954 ● <strong>Stan Ridgeway</strong> → Frontman and distinctive baritone vocalist for alt indie rock <strong>Wall Of Voodoo</strong>, “Mexican Radio” (Mainstream Rock #41, 1982), then solo with “Goin’ Southbound” (Modern Rock #8, 1989) <br />
1961 ● <strong>Jacob Slichter</strong> → Drummer for post-grunge alt rock <strong>Semisonic</strong>, “Closing Time” (Modern Rock #4, 1998), authored book <em>So You Wanna Be A Rock &amp; Roll Star</em> (2004) <br />
1966 ● <strong>Mike McCready</strong> → Lead guitarist for post-grunge/alt rock kings <strong>Pearl Jam</strong>, “Last Kiss” (#2, 1999) <br />
1968 ● <strong>Paula Cole</strong> → Alt pop-rock dreamy 90s two hit singer/songwriter, “Where Have All The Cowboys Gone” (#8, 1997) and “I Don’t Want To Wait” (#11. 1997) <br />
1973 ● <strong>Pharrell Williams</strong> → Grammy-winning rapper, fashion designer, and with <strong>Chad Hugo</strong>, one half of the hit songwriting/production duo <strong>The Neptunes</strong>, responsible for multiple pop, hip hop and R&amp;B hits, including <strong>Britney Spears</strong>’ “I’m A Slave 4 U” (Dance/Club #4, 2001), worked with <strong>Mase</strong>, <strong>Nelly</strong> and <strong>Kelis</strong>, solo US #1 album <em>The Neptunes Present…Clones</em> <br />
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<b>Apr 06</b> <br />    
1927 ● <strong>Merle Haggard</strong> → Traditional country guitarist and singer/songwriter, “Mama Tried” (Country #1, 1968) and over 40 other Country #1 hits <br />
1944 ● <strong>John Stax</strong> → Original bassist for raunchy R&amp;B/blues-rock <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/PBINV1″><strong>British Invasion</strong></a> band <strong>The Pretty Things</strong>, “Don’t Bring Me Down” (UK #10, 1964) <br />
1947 ● <strong>Tony Connor</strong> → Drummer for Brit interracial R&amp;B/soul-disco-funk <strong>Hot Chocolate</strong>, “You Sexy Thing” (#3, 1976) and 27 other UK Top 40 hits, including one in every year from 1970 to 1984 <br />
1951 ● <strong>Ralph Cooper</strong> → Drummer for Aussie light pop-rock <strong>Air Supply</strong>, “The One That You Love” (#1, 1981) <br />
1953 ● <strong>Christopher Franke</strong> → German keyboardist and composer for atmospheric space/new age electro-synth proto-Kraut rock <strong>Tangerine Dream</strong> <br />
1960 ● <strong>Warren Haynes</strong> → Blues-rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, solo artist, sideman and bandleader, founding member of power trio/jam band <strong>Gov’t Mule</strong>, “Drivin’ Rain” (Mainstream Rock #33, 2002), played with <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/ALL501″><strong>The Allman Brothers Band</strong></a>, <strong>David Allan Coe</strong>, the <strong>Dickie Betts Band</strong>, <strong>Phil Lesh & Friends</strong> and <a target=”_blank” href=”http://bit.ly/GRA821″><strong>The Dead</strong></a> plus numerous session and special projects with <strong>Blues Traveler</strong>, <strong>Dave Matthews</strong>, <strong>John Mayall</strong> and others <br />
1962 ● <strong>Ian Peter “Stan” Cullimore</strong> → Guitarist for Brit jangle guitar pop-rock <strong>The Housemartins</strong>, “Caravan Of Love” (UK #1, 1986), author of children’s books <br />
1965 ● <strong>Black Francis</strong> (Charles Michael Kittridge Thompson IV) → Guitarist and singer with influential alt melodic rock <strong>Pixies</strong>, “Velouria” (Modern Rock #4, 1990), formed <strong>Frank Black and the Catholics</strong> in 1993, reunited <strong>Pixies</strong> in 2004, plus over 10 solo albums. <br />
1968 ● <strong>Joe Gittleman</strong>  → Bassist for ska punk <strong>The Mighty Mighty Bosstones</strong>, “The Impression That I Get” (Top 40 #17, Modern Rock #1, 1997) and other bands, assistant professor of music at a Vermont college <br />
1978 ● <strong>Myleene Klass</strong> → Singer for pre-fab mockstar dance-pop <strong>Hear’Say</strong>, “Pure And Simple” (UK #1, 2001), now TV host and model <br />

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