Sunday, November 14, 2010

 

This Week's Birthdays (November 14 - 20)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Nov 14
1936 ● Freddie Garrity → Eccentric frontman and vocalist, Freddie & The Dreamers, "I'm Telling You Now" (#1, 1965)
1938 ● Cornell Gunter → R&B/doo wop vocals for The Platters, The Flairs, The Coasters, "Yakety Yak" (#1, 1959), solo
1944 ● Scherrie Payne → R&B/soul singer/songwriter, replaced Diana Ross and Jean Terrell in The Supremes, solo, sister of Freda
1947 ● Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural → Frontman and accordionist for contemporary zydeco band Buckwheat Zydeco, "I Need Your Lovin'" (1983)
1949 ● James "J.Y." Young → Guitarist of for prototypical arena rock band Styx, "Too Much Time On My Hands" (#9, 1981)
1951 ● Stephen Bishop → Pop-rock singer/songwriter, guitarist, "On And On" (#11, 1976)
1953 ● Alexander O'Neal → R&B smooth soul singer, started with The Time, then solo, "Fake" (R&B #1, 1987)
1953 ● Frankie Banali → Heavy metal/pop-metal Quiet Riot, "Bang Your Head (Metal Health)" (#31, 1983)
1954 ● Yanni (Yiannis Hryssomalis) → Grammy-winning New Age pianist, composer
1956 ● Alec Jon Such → Bon Jovi, "Living On A Prayer" (#1, 1987)
1964 ● Andrew Banfield → Brit R&B/soul-funk The Pasadenas, "Tribute (Right On)" (UK #5, 1988)
1964 ● Joseph "Run" Simmons → Premier hardcore rap group Run-D.M.C., "Walk This Way" (#4, 1986)
1964 ● Nic Dalton → Post-punk rock then teen-pop Lemonheads, "Into Your Arms" (Modern Rock #1, 1993)
1968 ● Brian Yale → Post-grunge alt rock Matchbox Twenty, "Bent" (#1, 2000)
1974 ● Adina Howard → Urban contemporary R&B/pop, "Freak Like Me" (#2, 1995)
1975 ● Travis Barker → Drummer for pop-punk Blink-182, "All The Small Things" (#6, 2000)

Nov 15
1905 ● Annunzio Paolo Mantovani → Prolific easy listening composer, orchestra conductor, pianist, "Cara Mia" (Top 10, 1954), TV host
1928 ● C. W. McCall (psuedonym for William Fries) → Truck driving/CB radio craze outlaw-country singer, "Convoy" (#1, 1976)
1932 ● Clyde McPhatter → R&B doo wop The Drifters, "Honey Love" (R&B #1, 1954), solo
1932 ● Petula Clark → Pop vocalist, actress, "Downtown" (#1, 1965)
1933 ● Floyd Ashton → R&B/soul The Tams, "What Kind Of Fool (Do You Think I Am)" (#9, 1963)
1937 ● William Edward "Little Willie" John → R&B/soul singer/songwriter, "Need Your Love So Bad" (R&B #5, 1956)
1941 ● Rick Kemp → Brit electric folk-rock revival band Steeleye Span, "All Around My Hat" (UK #5, 1975)
1945 ● Anni-frid "Frida" Lyngstad Andersson → Internationally successful Scandinavian pop group ABBA, "Dancing Queen" (#1, 1976)
1949 ● Steve Fossen → Founding member and bassist for Heart, "Magic Man" (#9, 1976), Alias
1952 ● Michael Cooper → Singer/guitarist for R&B/soul-funk group Con Funk Shun, "Ffun" (#23, 1978)
1954 ● Tony Thompson → Drummer for top disco/funk band Chic, "Le Freak" (#1, 1978)
1957 ● Joe Leeway → New Wave synth-pop Thompson Twins, "Hold Me Now" (#3, 1983)
1968 ● Ol' Dirty Bastard (Russell Tyrone Jones) → Founding member and bad boy of influential East Coast rap group Wu-Tang Clan
1974 ● Chad Kroeger → Lead guitar and vocals for Canadian post-grunge hard rock Nickelback, "How You Remind Me" (#1, 2001)
1988 ● B.o.B. (Bobby Ray Simmons, Jr.) → R&B/alt hip hop singer/songwriter, "Nothin' On You" (#1, 2010)

Nov 16
1916 ● Herb Abramson → Atlantic Records co-founder, Atco president, A-1 Studios owner/executive
1933 ● Garnett Mimms → R&B/gospel-soul "Cry Baby" (#4,1963)
1938 ● Toni Brown → Founder and pianist for folk-rock Joy of Cooking, solo
1938 ● Troy Seals → Country-pop singer/songwriter/guitarist, brother of Jim (Seals and Crofts) and Dan (England Dan & John Ford Coley)
1940 ● John Ryanes → R&B/doo wop The Monotones, "(Who Wrote) The Book Of Love" (#5, 1958)
1943 ● Winfred "Blue" Lovett → Vocals for R&B/doo wop then sweet soul The Manhattans, "Kiss And Say Goodbye" (#1, 1976)
1949 ● Patti Santos → Vocals for San Francisco psych-folk-rock It's A Beautiful Day, "White Bird" (1969)
1962 ● Mani (Gary Mounfield) → Brit guitar pop-rock The Stone Roses, "One Love" (Alt Rock #9, 1990), Primal Scream
1964 ● Diana Krall → Canadian jazz-pop singer/songwriter/pianist, married to Elvis Costello
1966 ● Dave Kushner → Rhythm guitar for punk-rock Wasted Youth and hard rock supergroup Velvet Revolver, sessions, solo, film and TV scores
1969 ● Byran Abrams → A cappella hip hop harmony group Color Me Badd, "I Wanna Sex You Up" (#2, 1991)

Nov 17
1937 ● Geoff Goddard → Songwriter, keyboardist for UK instrumental rock The Tornados, "Telstar" (#1, 1962)
1937 ● Gerry McGee → Intrumental rock 'n roll The Ventures, "Walk - Don't Run" (#2, 1960)
1938 ● Gordon Lightfoot → Canadian folk-pop singer/songwriter/guitarist, "The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald" (#2, 1976)
1942 ● Bob Gaudio → Top 40 pop vocals The Four Seasons, "Big Girls Don't Cry" (#1, 1962)
1944 ● Gene Clark → Early country-rock singer/songwriter, The New Christy Minstrels, The Byrds, Dillard & Clark, co-wrote "Eight Miles High" (Top 20, 1966)
1946 ● Martin Barre → Founding member and guitarist, Jethro Tull, "Aqualung" (1971)
1947 ● Robert "Stewkey" Antoni → Vocals for The Nazz, Todd Rundgren's Utopia, "Set Me Free" (#27, 1980)
1947 ● Rod Clements → Folk-rock bassist, Lindisfarne, "Lady Eleanor" (UK#3, 1971), Jack The Lad, sessions, solo albums
1948 ● Iain Sutherland → Vocals, guitars and keyboards for folk-rock duo The Sutherland Brothers, "Sailing" (1972)
1955 ● Peter Cox → New Wave synth-pop duo Go West, "King Of Wishful Thinking" (#8, 1990), now with Manfred Mann's Earth Band
1957 ● Jim Babjak → Alt pop-rock The Smithereens, "Only A Memory" (Mainstream Rock #1, 1988)
1959 ● Harry Rushakoff → Post-punk alt rock Concrete Blonde, "Joey" (Modern Rock #1, 1990)
1960 ● RuPaul (RuPaul Andre Charles) → Cross-dressing drag queen, dance-pop singer/songwriter, "Back To My Roots" (Dance #1, 1993)
1966 ● Jeff Buckley → Alt folk-rock singer/songwriter/guitarist, "Last Goodbye" (Modern Rock #19, 1995), son of Tim
1967 ● Ben Wilson → Blues-rock jam band Blues Traveler, "Run-Around" (#8, 1995)
1967 ● Ronnie DeVoe → New jack swing R&B/hip hop New Edition, Bell Biv Devoe, "Poison" (#3, 1990)
1980 ● Clarke Isaac Hanson → Teen pop-rock trio Hanson, "MMMBop" (Worldwide #1, 1997)
1981 ● Sarah Nicole Harding (Hardman) → Pre-fab all-girl Euro-pop vocal group Girls Aloud, "Sound Of The Underground" (UK #1, 2002)

Nov 18
1927 ● Hank Ballard (John Henry Kendricks) → Vocals for R&B doo wop The Midnighters, proto-rock 'n roll "Work With Me, Annie" (Banned/no charts, 1954)
1936 ● Don Cherry → Innovative "free" jazz cornetist and trumpeter, father of Eagle-Eye, stepfather of Neneh
1941 ● Conleth "Con" Cluskey → Irish pop-rock The Bachelors, "Diane" (#10, 1964)
1949 ● Herman Rarebell → German hard rock/metal Scorpions, "Rock You Like A Hurricane" (#25, 1984)
1950 ● Graham Parker → Brit pub-rock singer/songwriter/guitarist, The Rumour, "Hold Back The Night" (#58, 1977)
1950 ● Rudy Sarzo → Heavy metal/pop-metal Quiet Riot, "Bang Your Head (Metal Health)" (#31, 1983)
1954 ● John Parr → One hit wonder pop-rock songwriter/guitarist, "St. Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion)" (#1, 1985)
1958 ● Laura Lynch → Country-rock Dixie Chicks, "Not Ready To Make Nice" (#4, 2006)
1958 ● Michael Ramos → Roots rock The BoDeans, "Closer To Free" (#16, 1993)
1960 ● Kim Wilde (Smith) → New wave synth-pop singer, "Kids In America" (#25, 1982)
1962 ● Kirk Hammett → Lead guitar and vocals for heavy metal Metallica, "Enter Sandman" (#10, 1991)
1969 ● Duncan Sheik → Pop-rock singer/songwriter, "Barely Breathing" (#16, 1997), stage and film composer
1972 ● Matt Knight → Bassist for Brit alt pub-rock Toploader, covered "Dancing In The Moonlight" (UK #7, 2000)
1975 ● Anthony David "Ant" McPartlin → Brit TV hosts Ant & Dec and pop song duo PJ & Duncan, "Let's Get Ready To Rhumble" (UK #9, 1994)
1977 ● Fabolous (John David Jackson) → East coast rapper, "Can't Let You Go" (#4, 2003)

Nov 19
1905 ● Tommy Dorsey → Swing era bandleader, trombonist, songwriter, brother of Jimmy
1934 ● Dave Guard → Folk-pop The Kingston Trio, "Tom Dooley" (#1, 1958)
1937 ● Ray Collins → Vocalist for Zappa-led satirical rock group Mothers of Invention, "Brown Shoes Don't Make It" (1967)
1938 ● Hank Medress → White doo-wop The Tokens, "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" (#1, 1961)
1939 ● Warren "Pete" Moore → Bass vocalist for R&B/soul-pop The Miracles, co-wrote "Going To A Go-Go" (#11, 1965)
1943 ● Fred Lipsius → Jazz-rock/pop-rock fusion band Blood, Sweat & Tears, "Spinning Wheel" (#2, 1969)
1946 ● Joe Correro, Jr. → Hard-edged rock 'n roll Paul Revere & The Raiders, "Just Like Me" (#11, 1965)
1952 ● Bill Sharpe → Founding member and keyboardist for Brit jazz fusion Shakatak, "Night Birds" (UK Top Ten, 1982)
1952 ● Eddie Rayner → New Wave pop-rock Split Enz, "I Got You" (UK #12, 1980)
1954 ● Annette Guest → Philly R&B/disco female vocal First Choice, "The Player, Part 1" (R&B #7, 1974)
1960 ● Matt Sorum → Hard rock percussion, The Cult, Guns N' Roses, "Sweet Child O' Mine" (#1, 1987), Velvet Revolver
1965 ● Jason "J Spaceman" Pierce → Leader of Brit space-rock bands Spacemen 3 and Spiritualized, "Lazer Guided Melodies" (UK #27, 1992), solo
1965 ● Pete "Sonic Boom" Kember → Founding member and guitar/organ for Brit psych-space-rock Spacemen 3, "Revolution" (UK Ind. #1, 1989)
1969 ● Travis McNabb → Alt pop-rock Better Than Ezra, "Good" (#30, Modern Rock #1, 1995)
1971 ● Justin Chancellor → Bassist for prog-metal bands Peach and Grammy-winning Tool, "Vicarious" (Modern Rock #2, 2006)
1971 ● Tony Rich (Antonion Jeffries) → Contemporary R&B singer/songwriter/guitarist, "Nobody Knows" (#2, 1996)
1975 ● Tamika Scott → Female R&B/pop Xscape, "Understanding" (#8, 1993)

Nov 20
1940 ● Anthony Francis "Tony" Butala → Close-harmony folk-pop trio the Lettermen, "When I Fall In Love" (#1, 1961)
1942 ● Norman Greenbaum → One hit wonder Jewish (not Christian) pop/rocker, "Spirit In The Sky" (#3, 1970), dairy farmer
1944 ● Mike Vernon → Blues-rock album producer, Blue Horizon record executive, worked with Clapton, Mayall, Fleetwood Mac, and others
1945 ● Dirty Dan McBride (Daniel Hatton) → Rock 'n roll revival "greaser" group Sha Na Na
1946 ● Howard Duane Allman → Slide guitar virtuoso, Allman Brothers Band, sessions, solo
1946 ● Ray Stiles → British Invasion pop-rock The Hollies, "Bus Stop" (#5, 1966), glam-rock Mud, "Tiger Feet" (UK #1, 1974)
1947 ● Joe Walsh → Songwriter/guitarist, James Gang, solo, "Life's Been Good" (#12, 1978), Eagles
1950 ● Gary Green → Guitarist Brit progressive rock band Gentle Giant
1954 ● Frank Marino → Founder, frontman and guitarist for Canadian power rock trio Mahogany Rush
1957 ● Jim Brown → Multiracial reggae-pop UB40, "Red Red Wine" (#1, 1988)
1961 ● Paul King → New Wave pop-soul singer, "Love & Pride" (US #55, UK #2, 1985), MTV/VH1 VJ
1962 ● Gail Ann Dorsey → Top alt rock bassist, sessions for Bowie, Tears For Fears, Bryan Ferry, The The, Gwen Stefani, others
1962 ● Steve Alexander → Brit soul/pop boy band Brother Beyond, "The Harder I Try" (UK #2, 1988)
1965 ● Mike D (Michael Louis Diamond) → Hardcore punk then hip hop masters the Beastie Boys, "Fight For Your Right" (#7, 1987)
1965 ● Sen Dog (Senen Reyes) → LatinoR&B/hip hop Cypress Hill, "Insane In The Brain" (#19, 1994)
1966 ● Kevin Gilbert → Multi-instrumental composer, producer, Sheryl Crow collaborator, co-wrote "All I Wanna Do" (#2, 1995)
1975 ● Davey Havok (David Paden Passaro) → Lead vocals for alt-punk-rock AFI (A Fire Inside), "Miss Murder" (#24, Modern Rock #1, 2006), electronica Blaqk Audio
1981 ● Kimberly Walsh → Pre-fab all-girl Euro-pop vocal group Girls Aloud, "Sound Of The Underground" (UK #1, 2002)
1986 ● Michael Jared Followill → Southern blues-indie rock Kings Of Leon, "Sex On Fire" (Modern Rock #1, 2008)

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