Sunday, November 28, 2010

 

This Week's Birthdays (November 28 - December 4)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Nov 28
1929 ● Berry Gordy, Jr.Motown Records founder and producer
1932 ● Ray Perkins → Canadian harmony pop/rock The Crewcuts, covered "Sh-Boom" (#1, 1954)
1936 ● Roy McCurdy → Jazz-rock/pop-rock fusion band Blood, Sweat & Tears, "Spinning Wheel" (#2, 1969)
1939 ● Gary Troxel → White pop/soul doo wop vocals The Fleetwoods, "Come To Me Softly" (#1, 1959)
1940 ● Bruce Channel (McMeans) → Country/pop/rock vocal one hit wonder "Hey Baby" (#1, 1962)
1940 ● Glen Curtis → Brit pop/rock harmony vocals The Fortunes, "You've Got Your Troubles" (#7, 1965)
1943 ● Randall Stuart "Randy" Newman → Singer/songwriter, composer, pianist, "Sail Away" (1972, Rolling Stone 500 #264))
1944 ● Ronald Betram "R.B." Greaves, III → Pop/rock one hit wonder "Take a Letter Maria" (#2, 1969)
1947 ● Gary Taylor → Bassist for Brit psych-rock band The Herd, "I Don't Want Our Loving To Die" (UK #5, 1968)
1948 ● Beeb Birtles (Gerard Bertelkamp) → Aussie pop/rockers Little River Band, "Lonesome Loser" (#6, 1979)
1949 ● Hugh McKenna → Scottish keyboarder for rock 'n roll Sensational Alex Harvey Band, "Delilah" (UK #7, 1975)
1949 ● Paul Shaffer → Pianist, composer, music director, actor, bandleader, Saturday Night Live and David Letterman show bands
1954 ● David Jaymes → Brit dance-pop band Modern Romance, "Best Years Of Our Lives" (UK#4, 1982)
1958 ● David Van Day → Brit pop group Guys N' Dolls, "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me" (UK #5, 1976), then pop duo Dollar
1962 ● Matt Cameron → Seminal grunge-rock group Soundgarden, "Black Hole Sun" (Mainstream Rock #1,1994)
1968 ● Dawn Robinson → Grammy-winning female club-dance group En Vogue, "Hold On" (#2, 1990)
1970 ● Matt Cheslin → Bassist for indie punk-rock Ned's Atomic Dustbin, "Not Sleeping Around" (Modern Rock #1, 1992)
1974 ● Apl.de.Ap (Allan Pineda Lindo, Jr.) → Hip hop singer, producer, rapper with Black Eyed Peas, "Don't Phunk With My Heart" (#3, 2005)
1979 ● Chamillionaire (Hakeem Seriki) → Rapper called the "Mixtape Messiah", producer, record executive, singer "Ridin'" (#1, 2006)

Nov 29
1917 ● Merle Travis → Country singer/songwriter, legendary guitarist ("Travis picking" style), wrote "Sixteen Tons" and others
1933 ● John Mayall → The "Father of British Blues", Bluesbreakers bandleader and mentor to Clapton, Bruce, Fleetwood and many others
1939 ● Domenico "Meco" Monardo → American musician, composer and record producer, disco hit "Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band" (#1, 1977)
1940 ● Charles Frank "Chuck" Mangione → Jazz-pop trumpeter/flugelhorn player, "Feels So Good" (#4, 1978)
1941 ● Denny Doherty → Folk-pop The Mamas & The Papas, "Monday Monday" (#1,1966)
1941 ● Jody Miller (Myrna Joy Brooks) → Country-pop guiatrist/singer/songwriter, "Queen Of The House" (#12, 1965)
1944 ● Felix Cavaliere → Blue-eyed soul The Rascals, "Groovin"" (#1, 1967)
1947 ● Ronnie Montrose → Backing guitarist for Scaggs and Edgar Winter Group, "Frankenstein" (#1, 1973), leader of hard rock Montrose, solo
1951 ● Barry Goudreau → Guitarist on first two albums for 70s-80s arena rock Boston, "More Than A Feeling" (#5, 1976)
1958 ● Michael Dempsey → Post-punk art-glam-goth rock The Cure, "Friday I'm In Love" (Modern Rock #1, 1992)
1959 ● Wendy Wu (Cruise) → Lead vocals and front for New Wave post-punk Blondie-style The Photos, "Irene" (UK #56, 1980)
1968 ● Jonathan Knight → Early 90s teen-pop boy band New Kids On The Block, "Step By Step" (#1, 1990)
1968 ● Martin Carr → Guitarist/founder/songwriter for 90s Brit guitar-pop The Boo Radleys, "Barney (…And Me)" (Alt Rock #30, 1994)
1979 ● Game, aka The Game (Jayceon Terrell Taylor) → Grammy-nominated rapper, West Coast gansta hip hop, "Hate It Or Love It" (#2, 2005)

Nov 30
1915 ● Walter "Brownie" McGhee → Piedmont-style blues guitarist, collaborator with Sonny Terry, "Robbie Doby Boogie" (1948)
1924 ● Allan Sherman (Copelon) → American comedy writer/musical satirist, "Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah" (#2, 1963)
1929 ● Dick Clark → Venerable radio DJ/commentator, longtime TV host for American Bandstand
1937 ● Frank Ifield → Aussie country-pop, "I Remember You" (Easy Listening #1, 1962)
1937 ● Paul Stookey → Vocals and guitar for seminal folk trio Peter, Paul & Mary, "Puff (The Magic Dragon)" (#2, 1963)
1943 ● David William "Leo" Lyons → British blues-rock Ten Years After, "I'd Love To Change The World" (Top 40, 1971)
1944 ● Luther Ingram → R&B/soul singer/songwriter, "(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want To Be Right" (#3, 1972)
1944 ● Rob Grill → AM Top 40 pop-rockers The Grass Roots, "Midnight Confessions" (#5, 1968)
1945 ● Roger Glover → Hard rock/prog rock Deep Purple, "Smoke On The Water" (#4, 1973)
1953 ● David Sancious → Jazz-rock fusion keyboardist, early work with Springsteen's E Street Band, solo, sessions, collaborator
1953 ● Johnny "Shuggie" Otis, Jr. → R&B/soul singer/songwriter, wrote "Strawberry Letter 23" (#5 for The Brother's Johnson, 1977)
1954 ● George McArdle → Aussie pop/rockers Little River Band, "Lonesome Loser" (#6, 1979)
1954 ● June Pointer Whitmore → R&B/soul-pop-disco-dance sister act The Pointer Sisters, "Slow Hand" (#2, 1981)
1955 ● Billy Idol (William Michael Albert Broad) → Punk-rock Generation X, then post-punk pop-rock MTV star, "White Wedding" (#4, 1982)
1957 ● John Ashton → Brit New Wave post-punk The Psychedelic Furs, "Pretty In Pink" (#41, 1981)
1957 ● Richard Barbieri → Keyboards for Brit New Wave art-rock Japan, "Ghosts" (UK #5, 1982), Porcupine Tree
1958 ● Stacey Q (Stacey Lynn Swain) → Madonna-wanna-be dance/pop diva, "Two Of Hearts" (#3, 1986)
1963 ● Jalil Hutchins → R&B/new jack swing Whodini, "Five Minutes Of Funk" (1984)
1965 ● Paul Wheeler → Aussie New Wave synth-pop/pub rock Icehouse, "Electric Blue" (#7, 1987)
1968 ● Des'ree (Desiree Annette Weeks) → Brit R&B/soul-pop diva, "You Gotta Be" (#5, 1995)
1973 ● John Moyer → Bassist for Chicago-based heavy metal Disturbed, "Another Way To Die" (Mainstream Rock #1, 2010)
1975 ● Mindy McCready → Country singer, "Guys Do It All The Time" (Country #1, 1996)
1978 ● Clay Aiken (Clayton Grissom) → 2003 American Idol runner-up, actor, singer, "This Is The Night" (#1, 2003)
1987 ● Dougie Lee Poynter → Bassist/vocals for Brit pop-rock boy band McFly, "All About You" (UK #1, 2005)

Dec 01
1930 ● Matt Munro (Terrence Parons) → Multi-hit international cabaret/swing vocalist, theme song "From Russia With Love" (1963)
1933 ● Lou Rawls → Smooth jazz-blues-soul/easy listening singer, "You'll Never Find A Love Like Mine" (#2, 1976)
1934 ● Billy Paul (Paul Williams) → Grammy-winning R&B/soul-pop singer, "Me & Mrs. Jones" (#1, 1972)
1938 ● Sander L. "Sandy" Nelson → Instrumental rock 'n roll drummer, "Teen Beat" (#4, 1959)
1944 ● Charlie Grima → Drummer for eccentric jazz-pop Wizzard, "See My Baby Jive" (UK#1, 1973)
1944 ● Eric Bloom → Hard rock/pop metal Blue Öyster Cult, "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" (#12, 1976)
1944 ● John Densmore → Drummer for influential/controversial rock band The Doors, "Hello, I Love You" (#1, 1968)
1945 ● Bette Midler → The "Divine Miss M", actress, comedienne, Grammy-winning singer, "Wind Beneath My Wings" (#1, 1989)
1946 ● Raymond "Gilbert" O'Sullivan → Irish singer/songwriter/keybaordist, "Alone Again Naturally" (#1, 1972)
1951 ● John Fancis "Jaco" Pastorius → Bassist for jazz-rock fusion group Weather Report, "Birdland" (1976), solo
1956 ● Julee Cruise → Grammy-winning pop/rock singer, theme song to Twin Peaks TV show, "Falling" (Modern Rock #11, 1989)
1959 ● Steve Jansen (Stephen Batt) → Drummer/songwriter/singer for Brit New Wave art-rock Japan, "Ghosts" (UK #5, 1982)
1963 ● Sam Reid → Keyboards for Canadian pop-rock Glass Tiger, "Don't Forget Me (When I'm Gone)" (#2, 1986)
1971 ● Greg Upchurch → Drummer for post-grunge alt rock 3 Doors Down, "Kryptonite" (#3, 2000)
1977 ● Brad Delson → Alt rock/rap-rock/space-rock Linkin Park, "In The End" (Alt Rock #1, 2001)

Dec 02
1906 ● Dr. Peter Carl Goldmark → Hungarian-born engineer who developed the long-play (LP) microgroove 33-1/3 rpm vinyl phonograph disc
1941 ● Tom McGuinness → Manfred Mann, "Do Wah Diddy Diddy" (#1, 1964), Earth Band, "Blinded By The Light" (#1, 1977), solo
1942 ● Ted Bluechell → Light pop-rock vocal group The Association, "Along Comes Mary" (#7, 1966)
1960 ● Nicholas "Razzle" Dingley → Alt rock/rap-rock/space-rock Linkin Park, "In The End" (Alt Rock #1, 2001)
1960 ● Rick Savage → Hard rock/metal Def Leppard, "Love Bites" (#1, 1988)
1960 ● Sydney Youngblood (Ford) → R&B/soul-dance-funk vocals, "I'd Rather Go Blind" (Dance Top Ten, 1988)
1968 ● Jimi Haha → Founder, vocals/guitar for alt rock funk-metal Jimmie's Chicken Shack, "Do Right" (Modern Rock #12, 1999)
1968 ● Nate Mendel → Post-grunge alt rock Foo Fighters, "Learn To Fly" (Modern Rock #1, 1999)
1970 ● Treach (Anthony Criss) → Grammy-winning hip hop trio Naughty By Nature, "Hip Hop Hooray" (#8, 1993)
1971 ● Donna Matthews → Guitarist for mixed-gender, post-punk alt rock Elastica, "Connection" (Modern Rock #2, 1994)
1978 ● Brian Chase → Drummer for New York alt/art-rock trio Yeah Yeah Yeahs, "Gold Lion" (Alt Rock #14, 2006)
1978 ● Nelly Furtado → Portuguese-Canadian dance-pop actress/singer/songwriter, "Say It Right" (#1, 2006)
1981 ● Britney Spears → Teen-pop phenomenon, tabloid fodder singer/actress, "Baby One More Time" (#1, 2000)

Dec 03
1928 ● Howard Andrew "Andy" Williams → TV actor, Easy Listening/jazz-pop vocalist, "Butterfly" (#1, 1962)
1940 ● Jim Freeman → R&B/doo wop The Five Satins, "In The Still Of The Night" (R&B #3, 1956)
1942 ● Ken Lewis (Kenneth James Hawker) → Brit songwriter/producer, collaborator with John Carter in The Ivy League, wrote "Can't You Hear My Heartbeat" (#1 for Herman's Hermits, 1965)
1944 ● Ralph McTell (May) → Brit folk-pop singer/songwriter/guitarist, "Streets Of London" (UK #2, 1974), children's TV host
1946 ● Vic Malcolm → Lead guitar and vocals for Brit hard rock/glam-rock Geordie, "All Because Of You" (UK #6, 1973)
1948 ● John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne → Hard rock icon, Black Sabbath founder/leader, solo goth-rock artist, producer, TV actor/host
1949 ● Mickey Thomas → Lead vocals for Elvin Bishop Group, "Fooled Around And Fell In Love" (#3, 1975), then Jefferson Starship, "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us" (#1, 1987)
1951 ● Mike Stock → Multi-hit UK songwriting/production trio Stock-Aitken-Waterman (SAW), "Respectable" (#1 for Rick Astley, 1987)
1951 ● Nicky Stevens → Brit folk-pop Brotherhood Of Man, "Save Your Kisses For Me" (#27, 1976)
1952 ● Duane Roland → Southern rock power-guitar band Molly Hatchet, "Flirtin' With Disaster" (#42, 1979)
1968 ● Montell Jordan → Contemporary R&B/soul-new jack swing singer/songwriter, "This Is How We Do It" (#1, 1995)
1979 ● Daniel Bedingfield → New Zealand-born, Brit pop/rock vocalist, "Gotta Get Thru This" (#10, 2001)

Dec 04
1915 ● Eddie Heywood → Jazz pianist/composer/bandleader, "Canadian Sunset" (#2, 1956)
1940 ● Freddy "Boom-Boom" Cannon (Frederico Picariello) → Early and unusually consistent rock 'n roller, "Palisades Park" (#3, 1962)
1942 ● Bob Mosley → 60s San Francisco folk-roots-psych rock Moby Grape, "Omaha" (#88, 1967)
1944 ● Chris HillmanThe Byrds, "Mr. Tambourine Man" (#1, 1965), Flying Burrito Brothers, Souther Hillman Furay Band, Desert Rose Band
1944 ● Dennis Wilson → Drummer and songwriter/vocals for surf-pop-rock The Beach Boys, "Good Vibrations" (#1, 1966), solo
1947 ● Terry Woods → Irish folk-punk-rock The Pogues, "Tuesday Morning" (Rock #11, 1993)
1948 ● Southside Johnny (John Lyon) → Singer/leader of New Jersey rock 'n roll bar band Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, "Talk To Me" (1978)
1951 ● Gary Rossington → Guitarist, founding member and crash survivor of Lynyrd Skynyrd, then founded Rossington-Collins Band
1959 ● Bob Griffin → Roots rock The BoDeans, "Closer To Free" (#16, 1993)
1962 ● Vinnie Dombroski → Post-grunge alt rock Sponge, "Molly (16 Candles Down The Drain" (Modern Rock #3, 1995)
1967 ● Adamski (Adam Tinley) → Brit dance-pop producer/songwriter/singer, "Killer" (with Seal, UK #1, US Dance #23, 1990)
1970 ● Jay-Z (Shawn Corey Carter) → Producer, major-label executive, Grammy-winning rapper, "Empire State Of Mind" (#1, 2009)
1972 ● Justin Welch → Drummer for mixed-gender, post-punk alt rock Elastica, "Connection" (Modern Rock #2, 1994)
1973 ● Kate Rusby → Brit contemporary acoustic folk singer/songwriter, the "First Lady of Young Folkies"

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