Sunday, October 17, 2010

 

This Week's Birthdays (October 17 - 23)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Oct 17
1909 ● William Randolph "Cozy" Cole → Jazz-pop drummer, "Topsy" (#3, 1958)
1933 ● Floyd Cramer → "Nashville Sound" piano, Elvis Presley band, sessions, solo "The Last Date" (#2, 1960)
1933 ● Soeur Sourie (Jeanne-Paule Marie "Jeanine" Deckers) → Folk-pop the "Singing Nun", "Dominique" (1963)
1934 ● Emmanuel "Rico" Rodriguez → Ska revival The Specials, "Ghost Town" (UK #1, 1981)
1941 ● Alan Howard → British Invasion pop-rock The Tremeloes, "Silence Is Golden" (US #11, UK #1, 1967)
1941 ● Jim Seals → Light pop-rock Seals & Crofts, "Summer Breeze" (#6, 1972)
1942 ● Gary Puckett → Pop-rock Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, "Young Girl" (#2, 1968)
1946 ● James Tucker → Pop-rock The Turtles, "Happy Together" (#1, 1967)
1949 ● Bill Hudson (Salerno) → Pop vocals the Hudson Brothers, "So You Are A Star" (#21, 1974)
1958 ● Alan Jackson → Honky tonk trad-country star, over 25 #1 hits
1967 ● Rene Dif → Danish dance-pop Aqua, "Barbie Girl" (1997)
1968 ● David Nesta "Ziggy" Marley → Reggae-pop The Melody Makers, "Tomorrow People" (#39, 1988), son of Bob
1971 ● Christopher Kirkpatrick → Teen dance-pop *NSYNC, "It's Gonna Be Me" (#1, 2000)
1972 ● Eminem (Marshall Bruce Mathers III) → Blue-eyed rapper, "Lose Yourself" (#1, 2002)
1972 ● Michael McKean → Actor, comedian, portrayed David St. Hubbins in mock-rock movie band Spinal Tap
1972 ● Wyclef Jean → The Fugees, solo, record producer, Haitian politician

Oct 18
1926 ● Charles Edward "Chuck" Berry → Rock 'n roll immortal, "Johnny B. Goode" (1958)
1938 ● Ronnie Bright → Doo-wop singer, The Valentines, The Cadillacs
1943 ● Russ Giguere → The Association, "Along Comes Mary" (#7, 1966)
1946 ● Joe Eagan → Scottish folk-pop-rock Stealers Wheel, "Stuck In The Middle With You" (#6, 1973)
1947 ● Laura Nyro (Nigro) → Singer/songwriter, composed "Eli's Coming", "Wedding Bell Blues", "And When I Die"
1949 ● Gary Richrath → Arena rock REO Speedwagon, "Keep On Lovin' You" (#1, 1980)
1956 ● Dick Crippen → Brit punk-rock "Who Killed Bambi" (UK#6, 1979)
1961 ● Wynton Marsalis → "Young Lion" jazz trumpet virutoso, composer, conductor
1966 ● Tim Cross → Post-grunge Sponge, "Molly (16 Candles Down The Drain" (Modern Rock #3, 1995)
1974 ● Peter Svensson → Swedish pop-rock The Cardigans, "Lovefool" (#1, 1996)
1975 ● Baby Bash (Ronald Ray Bryant) → Smooth rapper, "Suga Suga" (#7, 2003)
1977 ● Simon Rix → Indie rock Kaiser Chiefs, "Ruby" (UK #1, 2007)
1982 ● Ne-Yo (Shaffer Smith) → Urban contemporary R&B/pop, "So Sick" (#1, 2006)

Oct 19
1940 ● Larry Chance (Figueiredo) → White doo-wop The Earls, "Remember Then" (R&B #29, 1963)
1944 ● George McCrae → R&B/soul-disco "Rock Your Baby" (#1, 1974)
1944 ● Peter Tosh (Winston Hubert McIntosh) → The Wailers, solo, "(You Gotta Walk) Don't Look Back" (1978)
1945 ● Jeannie C. Riley (Jeanne Carolyn Stephenson) → Pop vocals, "Harper Valley PTA" (#1 Pop & Country, 1968)
1946 ● Keith Reid → Prog-rock Procol Harum, "A Whiter Shade Of Pale" (#5, 1967)
1948 ● Patrick Simmons → Pop-rock Doobie Brothers, "Listen To The Music" (#11, 1972)
1949 ● Wilbert Hart → "Philadelphia Sound" smooth R&B/soul The Delfonics, "La-La (Means I Love You)" (#4, 1968)
1955 ● Nino DeFranco → Teen bubblegum-pop The DeFranco Family, "Heartbeat-It's A Lovebeat" (#3, 1973)
1957 ● Karl Wallinger → Pop-rock The Waterboys, World Party, "Way Down Now" (Modern Rock #1, 1990)
1960 ● Daniel "Woody" Woodgate → Punk/ska revival Madness, "Our House" (#7, 1982)
1960 ● Jennifer Holliday → Singer/actress, stage version of Dreamgirls, "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" (R&B #1, 1982)
1966 ● Sinitta Renay Malone → Dance-pop singer, "Toy Boy" (Dance #19, 2005)
1972 ● Prakazrel "Pras" Michel → R&B/jazz-rap The Fugees, "Killing Me Softly" (#1, 1996)

Oct 20
1885 ● "Jelly Roll" Morton (Ferdinand Joseph Lemott) → Jazz pianist/composer, "Black Bottom Stomp" (1926)
1937 ● Wanda Jackson → The "Queen of Rockabilly", then country-pop, "Fancy Satin Pillows" (Country #13, 1970)
1939 ● Jay Siegel → White doo-wop The Tokens, "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" (#1, 1961)
1940 ● Kathy Kirby (Kathleen O'Rourke) → 60s pop star, the "Golden Girl of British Pop"
1942 ● John Carter (Sheakespeare) → Member of folk-pop The Ivy League, songwriter, "Little Bit O' Soul" and "Beach Baby"
1945 ● Ric Lee → British blues-rock Ten Years After, "I'd Love To Change The World" (Top 40, 1971)
1950 ● Tom Petty → The Heartbreakers, solo, "Free Fallin'" (#7, 1989), Traveling Willburys, Mudcrunch
1951 ● Al GreenwoodForeigner, "Double Vision" (#2, 1978), The Spys
1958 ● Mark King → Jazz-funk-pop fusion Level 42, "Lessons In Love" (#12, 1987)
1958 ● Ricky Byrd → Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, "I Love Rock 'N' Roll" (#1, 1982)
1964 ● David Ryan → Post-punk rock then teen-pop Lemonheads, "Into Your Arms" (Modern Rock #1, 1993)
1964 ● Jim "Soni" Sonefeld → Pop-rock Hootie & The Blowfish, "Only Wanna Be With You" (#6, 1995)
1965 ● Norman Blake → Scottish power-pop Teenage Fanclub, "Star Sign" (Modern Rock #4, 1991)
1971 ● Dannii Minogue → Aussie pop superstar, actress, "Love And Kisses" (UK Singles #8, 1991)
1972 ● Snoop Dogg (Cordozar Calvin Broadus, Jr.) → Gangsta rapper, "Drop It Like It's Hot" (#1, 2004)
1977 ● Nicholas Hodgson → Indie rock Kaiser Chiefs, "Ruby" (UK #1, 2007)
1978 ● Paul Wilson → Irish indie-rock Snow Patrol, "Chasing Cars" (#5, 2006)

Oct 21
1917 ● John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie → Highly influential bebop/modern jazz trumpeter,
1925 ● Isaiah "Doc" Ross → The "Harmonica Boss" blues and boogie, "Chicago Breakdown" (1953)
1936 ● Sheila Jones → Brit pop vocals Kaye Sisters, "Ivory Tower" (UK #20, 1956)
1937 ● Norman Wright → Doo-wop The Del Vikings, "Come Go With Me" (#4, 1957)
1940 ● Jimmy Beaumont → R&B doo wop The Skyliners, "Since I Don't Have You" (#12, 1959)
1940 ● Manfred Mann (Manfred Lubowitz) → Manfred Mann, "Do Wah Diddy Diddy" (#1, 1964), Earth Band, "Blinded By The Light" (#1, 1977), solo
1941 ● Steve "The Colonel" Cropper → Guitarist, songwriter, top session man, Stax Records house band Booker T. & the MGs, "Green Onions" (#3, 1962)
1942 ● Elvin Bishop → Country-blues-rock guitarist, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, solo, "Fooled Around And Fell In Love" (#3, 1976)
1943 ● Ron Elliott → Pop-rock The Beau Brummels, "Laugh, Laugh" (#15, 1964)
1946 ● Lee Loughnane → Pop-rock Chicago, "Saturday In The Park" (#3, 1972)
1946 ● Lux Interior (Erick Lee Purkhiser) → Punk-rock The Cramps, "Bikini Girls With Machine Guns" (Modern Rock #10, 1989)
1947 ● Tetsu Yamauchi → Early hard-rockers Faces, then Free, "All Right Now" (#4, 1970)
1952 ● Brent Mydland → Fourth and longest serving Grateful Dead keyboardist,
1953 ● Charlotte Irene Caffey → Author, bass, post-punk New Wave girl band The Go-Go's, "Our Lips Are Sealed" (#20, 1982)
1954 ● Eric Faulkner → Scottish teen-pop Bay City Rollers, "Saturday Night" (#1, 1976)
1957 ● Julian Cope → Author, poet, antiquary, musician, electro-pop-psychedelia The Teardrop Explodes, solo, "World Shut Your Mouth" (US #84, 1986)
1957 ● Steve "Luke" Lukather → Arena pop-rock Toto, "Hold The Line" (#5, 1978), producer, solo
1959 ● Rose McDowall → Punk-goth-pop Strawberry Switchblade, "Since Yesterday" (UK #5, 1984)
1971 ● Jade Jagger → Daughter of Mick and Bianca, jewelry designer, socialite
1971 ● Tony Mortimer → Teen-pop boy-band East 17, "Stay Another Day" (UK #1, 1994)

Oct 22
1939 ● Ray Jones → British Invasion pop-rock Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas, "Little Children" (#7, 1964)
1942 ● Annette Funicello → Teen idol, singer, "Tall Paul" (#7, 1959), actress, Beach Blanket Bingo (1965)
1942 ● Bobby Fuller → Tex-Mex rock 'n roll Bobby Fuller Four, "I Fought The Law" (Top 10, 1959)
1945 ● Eddie Brigati → Blue-eyed soul The Rascals, "Groovin"" (#1, 1967)
1945 ● Leslie West (Weinstein) → Pioneering hard/heavy metal rock trio Mountain, "Mississippi Queen" (#21, 1970), West Bruce & Laing
1952 ● Greg Hawkes → New Wave synth-pop-rock The Cars, "Just What I Needed" (#27, 1978)
1956 ● Stiv Bators (Steven John Bator) → Punk-rock guitarist/vocals, The Dead Boys, The Wanderers, The Lords Of The New Church, solo
1960 ● Cris Kirkwood → Punk-psych-country-rock Meat Puppets, "Backwater" (Mainstream Rock #2, 1994)
1965 ● John Wesley Harding (Stace) → Folk-pop singer/songwriter, "The Person You Are" (Modern Rock #8, 1991), author
1968 ● Shaggy (Orville Richard Burrell) → Reggae dance-pop, "It Wasn't Me" (#1, 2000)
1968 ● Shelby Lynne (Moorer) → Grammy-winning country-pop-rock singer/songwriter, "Wall In Your Heart" (Adult Contemporary #22, 2002)
1985 ● Zachary Walter Hanson → Teen pop-rock trio Hanson, "MMMBop" (Worldwide #1, 1997)

Oct 23
1939 ● Charlie Foxx → R&B/soul-pop duo with sister Inez, "Mockingbird" (Pop #7, 1963)
1940 ● Eleanor Louise "Ellie" Greenwich → Brill Building pop songwriter with husband Jeff Barry ("Be My Baby"), session vocals
1940 ● Freddie Marsden → Gerry & The Pacemakers, "How Do You Do It?" (#9, 1964)
1943 ● Barbara Ann Hawkins → The Dixie Cups, "Chapel Of Love" (#1, 1964)
1947 ● Greg Ridley → Spooky Tooth, Humble Pie, "30 Days In The Hole" (1972)
1949 ● Michael "Würzel" Burston → Punk-metal Motörhead, "Ace Of Spades" (UK #15, 1980)
1953 ● Pauline Black → New Wave 2 Tone ska revival The Selecter, "On My Radio" (UK #8, 1979)
1954 ● Perry Lee "Tiny" Tavares → R&B/funk-disco Tavares, "Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel" (#3, 1976)
1956 ● Dwight Yoakam → Roots-country pioneer, "Streets Of Bakersfield" (Country #1, 1988)
1957 ● Kelly Marie (Jacqueline McKinnon) → R&B/disco-pop vocals, "Feels Like I'm In Love" (UK #1, 1980)
1959 ● Weird Al Yankovic → Grammy-winning song parodist/comedian, "Eat It" (#12, 1984)
1964 ● Roberto Trujillo → Thrash metal Suicidal Tendencies, "Institutionalized" (1994), joined Metallica in 2003
1966 ● David Thomas → A capella gospel Take 6, "I L-O-V-E U" (R&B #19, 1990)
1972 ● Richard McNamara → Brit-pop rockers Embrace, "Gravity" (Modern Rock #36, UK #7, 2004)

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