Sunday, October 31, 2010

 

This Week's Birthdays (October 31 - November 6)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Oct 31
1926 ● Jimmy Saville → DJ, actor, TV host, BBC's Top of the Pops
1937 ● Tom Paxton → Greenwich Village folk singer/songwriter, "The Last Thing On My Mind" (1964)
1940 ● Eric GriffithsBeatles precursor skiffle/rock 'n roll band The Quarrymen
1944 ● Richard S. "Kinky" Freidman → Country-rock satirist/singer/songwriter and bandleader, The Texas Jewboys
1945 ● Russ Ballard → Guitarist/songwriter, art-rock Argent "God Gave Rock And Roll To You" (1973), solo
1952 ● Bernard Edwards → Bassist, co-founder, co-writer and producer for top R&B/disco band Chic, "Le Freak" (#1, 1978)
1952 ● Tony Bowers → Bassist for Blind Eye, Alberto Y Lost Trios Paranoias, Simply Red
1961 ● Larry Mullen. Jr. → Drummer for Irish mega-star rockers U2, "With Or Without You" (#1, 1987)
1963 ● Johnny Marr (John Martin Maher) → Guitarist/songwriter, The Smiths, Electronic, The The, Modest Mouse, The Cribs
1963 ● Mikkey Dee (Micael Kiriakos Delaoglou) → Drummer/songwriter of King Diamond, punk-metal Motörhead, "Ace Of Spades" (UK #15, 1980)
1964 ● Colm O'Ciosoig → Drummer for art-prog-rock, "shoe-gazing" pioneers My Bloody Valentine, "Only Shallow" (Modern Rock #27, 1992)
1965 ● Annabella Luin (Myint Myint Aye) → New Wave Afro-Euro-synth-pop Bow Wow Wow, "I Want Candy" (#22, 1982)
1966 ● Ad-Rock (Adam Horovitz) → Hardcore punk then hip hop masters the Beastie Boys, "Fight For Your Right" (#7, 1987)
1967 ● Adam Schlesinger → Power pop band Fountains Of Wayne, "Stacy's Mom" (#21, 2003)
1968 ● Al Mackenzie → Techno-dance-pop D:Ream, "U R The Best Thing" (Dance #1, 1993)
1968 ● Alistair McErlaine → Scottish blues-rock Texas, "In My Heart" (Alt Rock #14, 1991)
1968 ● Vanilla Ice (Robert Matthew Van Winkle) → Blue-eyed rapper, "Ice Ice Baby" (First hip hop single toi hit #1, 1990)
1970 ● Malin "Linn" Berggren → Swedish pop-rockers Ace Of Base, "All That She Wants" (#2, 1993)
1980 ● Charles Moniz → Drummer for hardcore punk-rock Grade, bassist for Avril Lavigne band
1981 ● Frank Anthony Iero, Jr. → Guitarist/vocalist for alt-punk-rock My Chemical Romance, vocals for Leathermouth
1982 ● Gabriela and Monica Irimia → Romanian pop-dance duo The Cheeky Girls, "Cheeky Song (Touch My Bum)" (UK#2, 2002)

Nov 01
1940 ● Staff Sgt. Barry Sadler → Vietnam veteran and one hit wonder pop star, "The Ballad Of The Green Berets" (#1, 1966)
1944 ● Mike Burney → Saxophonist for eccentric jazz-pop Wizzard, "See My Baby Jive" (UK#1, 1973)
1946 ● Rick Grech (Richard Roman Grechko) → Bassist for blues-rock Family, Blind Faith, Traffic
1949 ● David Foster → Canadian producer, composer, musician, arranger for dozens of top MOR/easy listening artists and recordings
1950 ● Dan Peek → Folk-pop America, wrote "Lonely People" (#5, 1974), then Contemporary Christian pop music
1951 ● Ronald Bell (Khalis Bayyan) → Jazz-fusion then R&B/funk Kool & The Gang, "Jungle Boogie" (#4, 1973)
1954 ● Chris Morris → One hit pop/rock wonder Paper Lace, "The Night Chicago Died" (#1, 1974)
1957 ● Lyle Lovett → Witty country-rock-pop singer/songwriter, "Give Me Back My Heart" (Country #13, 1987)
1959 ● Eddie Macdonald → Post-punk anthem rockers The Alarm, "Sold Me Down The River" (Mainstream #2, 1989)
1962 ● Anthony Kiedis → Funk-rock Red Hot Chili Peppers, "Californication" (Modern Rock #1, 2000)
1962 ● Mags Kuruholmen → Norwegian synth-poppers a-ha, "Take On Me" (#1, 1985)
1963 ● Rick Allen → Hard rock/metal Def Leppard, "Love Bites" (#1, 1988)
1966 ● Willie D (William Dennis) → Gangsta/horror-rap Geto Boys, "Mind Playing Tricks On Me" (#23, 1991), solo
1969 ● Darren Partington → Keyboards/percussion for electronic/acid-house band 808 State, "Pacific State" (UK#10, 1989)
1981 ● LaTavia Roberson → R&B/dance-pop Destiny's Child, "Say My Name" (#1, 2000), stage actress

Nov 02
1937 ● Earl "Speedo" Carroll → R&B/doo wop The Cadillacs, "Speedo" (1955), The Coasters
1941 ● "Jay" Black (David Blatt) → Pop-rock vocals Jay & The Americans, "Cara Mia" (#4, 1965)
1941 ● Bruce Welch → Instrumental pop-rock The Shadows, "Apache" (Worldwide #1, 1960)
1944 ● Keith Emerson → Influential progressive rock keyboardist for The Nice, Emerson Lake & Palmer, solo
1945 ● John David "J.D." Souther → Country-rock singer/songwriter, Souther Hillman Furay Band, solo "You're Only Lonely" (#7, 1979)
1946 ● Leonard "Chip" Hawkes → British Invasion pop-rock The Tremeloes, "Silence Is Golden" (US #11, UK #1, 1967), father of Chesney
1947 ● Dave Pegg → Electric folk bassist for Fairport Convention, Jethro Tull, solo, producer
1952 ● Maxine Nightingale → Brit R&B/soul vocals, "Right Back Where We Started From" (#2, 1976)
1956 ● Chris Fairbrass → Dance-pop Right Said Fred, "I'm To Sexy" (#1, 1991)
1957 ● Carter Beauford → Pop-funk-rock jam band Dave Matthews Band, "Don't Drink The Water" (#4, 1998)
1961 ● k. d. lang (Kathryn Dawn Lang) → Canadian country-pop singer/songwriter, "Constant Craving" (#38, AC #2, 1992)
1963 ● Bobby Dall → Hair metal/power ballad Poison, "Every Rose Has It's Thorn" (#1, 1988)
1965 ● Andy Barker → Electronic/acid-house 808 State, "Pacific State" (UK#10, 1989)
1967 ● Alvin Chea → A capella gospel Take 6, "I L-O-V-E U" (R&B #19, 1990)
1969 ● Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu → Nu metal Korn, "Here To Stay" (Mainstream #4, 2002)
1971 ● John Hampson → Guitarist/songwriter for power pop Nine Days, "Absolutely (Story Of A Girl)" (#6, 2000)
1975 ● Chris Walla → Indie pop/rock Death Cab For Cutie, "Soul Meets Body" (Modern Rock #5, 2005)
1978 ● Nelly (Cornell Haynes, Jr.) → Hip hop vocals, "Country Grammar (Hot Shit)" (#7, 2000), record producer, label CEO

Nov 03
1933 ● John Barry (Jonathan Barry Prendergrast) → Soundtrack composer, Bond films, theme song "Born Free" (1966)
1941 ● Brian Poole → British Invasion pop-rock The Tremeloes, "Silence Is Golden" (US #11, UK #1, 1967)
1943 ● Bert Jansch → UK blues/folk guitarist, Pentangle, solo
1946 ● Nick Simper → Bassist co-founded hard rock/metal Deep Purple in '68, left in '69, then Warhorse, Flying Fox, Fandango
1946 ● Tommy Dee (De Generes) → Blue-eyed soul one hit wonder John Fred & His Playboy Band, "Judy In Disguise (With Glasses)" (#1, 1968)
1948 ● Lulu (Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie) → Scottish singer/songwriter, "To Sir With Love" (#1, 1967), actress, TV host
1954 ● Adam Ant (Stuart Leslie Goddard) → Post-punk New Wave glam-pop Adam & The Ants, "Goody Two Shoes" (#12, 1982)
1960 ● James Prime → Scottish indie pop-rock Deacon Blue, "Real Gone Kid" (UK #8, 1988)
1962 ● Ian McNabb → Brit neo-psychedelia rock band Icicle Works, "Whisper To A Scream (Birds Fly)" (#37, 1984)
1962 ● Marilyn (Peter Anthony Robinson) → Brit New Romantic dance/pop singer, "Calling Your Name" (UK #4, 1983)
1969 ● Mark Roberts → Welsh indie-alt-rock Catatonia, "Mulder And Scully" (UK#3, 1998)
1969 ● Robert Miles (Roberto Concina) → Italian composer, producer, electronica musician, "Children" (Dance-Club #1, 1996)
1976 ● Ras (Rahsaan J. Bromfield) → Brit R&B/dance-pop boy band Damage, "Wonderful Tonight" (UK #3, 1997)

Nov 04
1938 ● Harry Elston → Pop-rock vocal group The Friends Of Distinction, "Grazing In The Grass" (#3, 1969)
1940 ● Delbert McClinton → Texas blues-country-rock guitarist, singer/songwriter, harmonica, "Giving It Up For Your Love" (#8, 1980)
1947 ● Michael Joseph "Mike" Smith → Welsh pop-rock Amen Corner, "(If Paradise Is) Half As Nice" (UK#1, 1969)
1954 ● Chris Difford → Guitarist/lyricist, New Wave pop-rock Squeeze, "Tempted" (#49, 1981)
1957 ● James Honeyman-Scott → Post-punk New Wave hard pop-rock The Pretenders, "Back On The Chain Gang" (#5, 1982)
1965 ● Jeff Scott Soto → Heavy metal and arena rock vocalist, Yngwie Malmsteen Band, Journey, solo
1966 ● Kool Rock (Damon Wimbley) → Novelty rap trio The Fat Boys, "Wipe Out" (#12, 1987)
1970 ● Puff Daddy aka P. Diddy (Sean John Combs) → Record producer, actor, fashion designer, rapper, "I'll Be Missing You" (#1, 1997)
1971 ● Shawn Rivera → R&B vocal group Az Yet, producer, percussionist, sessions
1974 ● Louise Nurding Redknapp → Brit R&B/dance-pop singer for girl-group Eternal, "Stay" (UK #3, 1993), then solo, "Naked" (UK #5, 1996)
1977 ● Kavana (Anthony Kavanaugh) → Brit actor, pop singer/songwriter, "I Can Make You Feel Good" (UK #8, 1997)

Nov 05
1931 ● Ike Turner (Izear Luster Turner, Jr.) → Legendary rock 'n roll bandleader, "Rocket 88" (R&B #1, 1951), duo with ex-wife Tina, "Proud Mary" (#4, 1971)
1941 ● Art Garfunkel → Folk-pop singer, partner of Paul Simon, actor, solo "All I Know" (#9, 1973)
1943 ● Pablo Samellhi Gomez → Spanish rock 'n roll band Los Bravos, "Black Is Black" (US #4, 1966)
1946 ● Gram Parsons (Cecil Ingram Connor III) → Country-rock legend, singer/songwriter, The Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers, solo
1947 ● Peter Noone → British Invasion pop-rock Herman's Hermits, "Mrs. Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter" (#1. 1965)
1948 ● Donnie McDougall → Canadian rockers The Guess Who, "American Woman" (#1, 1970)
1948 ● Peter Hammill → Van Der Graf Generator, solo (as Rikki Nadir)
1950 ● Dennis Provisor → AM Top 40 pop-rockers The Grass Roots "Midnight Confessions" (#5, 1968)
1956 ● Helen O'Hara (nee Bevington) → New Wave pop-rock Dexys Midnight Runners, "Come On Eileen" (#1, 1983)
1957 ● David Moyse → Aussie light pop-rock Air Supply, "The One That You Love" (#1, 1981)
1957 ● Mike Score → New Wave pop-rock A Flock of Seagulls, "I Ran (So Far Away)" (#9, 1982)
1959 ● Bryan Guy Adams → Canadian pop-rock power balladeer, "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You" (#1, 1991)
1959 ● Rob Fisher → New Wave synth-pop Naked Eyes, "(There's) Always Something There To Remind Me" (#10, 1983), Climie Fisher
1961 ● David Bryson → Alt-rock Counting Crows, "Mr. Jones" (Modern Rock #2, 1994)
1965 ● Paris Grey (Shanna Jackson) → Electro-techno/dance-pop duo Inner City, "Big Fun" (Dance-Club #1, 1984)
1968 ● Mark Hunter → Brit folk-rock James, "Sit Down" (Alt Rock #9, 1991)
1971 ● Jon Greenwood → Alt/indie rock Radiohead, "There There" (Modern Rock #14, 2003)
1974 ● David Ryan Adams → Alt country-rock singer/songwriter, "New York, New York" (Adult Top 40 #18, 2002)
1975 ● Lisa Scott-Lee → Pre-fab Brit dance-pop group The Steps, "5, 6, 7, 8" (UK#14, 1997)
1987 ● Kevin Jonas → Teen-pop ballad trio the Jonas Brothers, "Burnin' Up" (#5, 2008)

Nov 06
1814 ● Antoine-Joseph "Adolphe" Sax → Belgian musician and instrument designer, invented the saxophone
1916 ● Ray Conniff → Orchestra leader, instrumental pop-easy listening, "Lara's Theme" (#9, 1966)
1933 ● Joseph Pope → R&B/soul The Tams, "What Kind Of Fool (Do You Think I Am)" (#9, 1963)
1937 ● Eugene Pitt → R&B/doo wop The Jive Five, "My True Story" (#3, 1961)
1938 ● Jim Pike → Close-harmony folk-pop trio the Lettermen, "When I Fall In Love" (#1, 1961)
1938 ● P.J. Proby (James Marcus Smith) → Texas-born rock 'n roll singer/songwriter, "Hold Me" (UK #3, 1964), actor
1941 ● Doug Sahm → Texas rock 'n roll, country-rock bandleader, Sir Douglas Quintet, "Mendocino" (#27, 1969)
1941 ● Guy Clark → Country-rock musician, songwriter, "L.A. Freeway" and other hits
1947 ● George Young → Aussie-based 60s pop-rock The Easybeats, "Friday On My Mind" (#16, 1966)
1947 ● John Wilson → Irish garage-rock, proto-punk Them, "Gloria" (#71, 1966)
1948 ● Glenn Frey → Actor, singer/songwriter, Eagles, solo, "You Belong To The City" (#2, 1985)
1950 ● Chris Glen → Scottish bassist, Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Michael Schenker Group
1961 ● Craig Goldy → Heavy metal guitarist, Rough Cutt, Giuffria, Dio
1963 ● Paul Brindley → Brit alt-indie-rock The Sundays, "Here's Where The Story Ends" (Modern Rock #1, 1990)
1964 ● Corey Glover → Lead singer for prog-funk-metal Living Colour, "Cult Of Personality" (#13, 1988), solo, actor
1966 ● Paul Gilbert → Guitarist of pop-metal Mr. Big, "To Be With You" (#1, 1992)
1979 ● Trevor Penick → Pre-fab teen idol boy-band O-Town, "All Or Nothing" (#3, 2001)

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