Sunday, January 16, 2011

 

This Week's Birthdays (January 16 - 22)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Jan 16
1934 ● Bob Bogle → Founding member and lead guitarist for seminal rock 'n roll instrumental group The Ventures, "Walk - Don't Run" (#2, 1960), died from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma on 6/14/2009
1939 ● Ramon "Ray" Phillips → Lead vocals and bass for British Invasion pop-rock The Nashville Teens, "Tobacco Road" (#16, 1964)
1942 ● Barbara Lynn (Ozen) → Southern R&B guitarist, bandleader, singer and solo artist, "You'll Lose A Good Thing" (#8, 1962)
1942 ● William Francis → Keyboards for Dr. Hook & The Medecine Show, "Sylvia's Mother" (#5, 1972)
1943 ● Ronnie Milsap → Blind country-pop 70s/80s superstar singer and pianist, "Any Day Now" (Country #1, Hot 100 #14, 1982)
1944 ● Jim Stafford → Country-pop comic singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, "Spiders & Snakes" (#3, 1974)
1948 ● John Carpenter → Film producer/director, screenwriter, film score composer, "Halloween Theme" (1978)
1950 ● Kenji "Damo" Suzuki → Japanese lead vocalist for pioneer Kraut rock group Can, now avant garde/improv group Damo Suzuki's Network
1959 ● Sade (Helen Folasade Adu) → Silky-smooth R&B "quiet storm" singer, "Smooth Operator" (#5, 1984)
1962 ● Paul Webb → Bassist for Brit New Romantic synth-pop Talk Talk, "It's My Life" (#31, 1984)
1966 ● Maxine Jones → Grammy-winning female club-dance group En Vogue, "Hold On" (#2, 1990)
1970 ● Brendan O'Hare → Drummer for Scot pre-grunge, then power pop Teenage Fanclub, "Star Sign" (Mainstream Rock #4, 1991), now solo
1976 ● Stuart Fletcher → Bassist for Britpop/indie rock The Seahorses, "Love Is The Law" (UK #3, 1997)
1979 ● Aaliyah Dana Haughton → Actress, model and teen R&B/club-dance star, "Try Again" (#1. 2000), killed in a plane crash in the Bahamas on 8/25/2001
1980 ● Luke Alex Brouthon → Nephew and current bandmate of Brit blues then prog-rock Edgar Broughton Band, "Apache Dropout" (UK #33, 1970)
1981 ● Nick Valensi → Guitarist for early 00s garage rock revival The Strokes, "Juicebox" (Modern Rock #9, 2005)
1982 ● Samuel Dylan Murray Preston → Lead singer and guitarist in post-punk/indie pop-rock The Ordinary Boys, "Boys Will Be Boys" (UK ##, 2006)

Jan 17
1927 ● Eartha Kitt → Slinky actress, 40s/50s cabaret star and multi-decade throaty-purr singer, "Where Is My Man" (Dance/Club #7, 1983), died from colon cancer on 12/25/2008
1943 ● Chris Montez (Ezekiel Christopher Montanez) → One hit wonder rock 'n roll singer, "Let's Dance" (#4, 1962), the MOR-pop balladeer, "Call Me" (Easy Listening #2, 1966)
1944 ● Francoise Hardy → French MOR-pop singer/songwriter and actress, "All Over The World" (UK #16, 1965)
1945 ● William "Poogie" Hart → Vocals in R&B/Philly soul The Delfonics, "La-La Means I Love You" (#4, 1968), formed The Three Tenors of Soul in mid-00s
1948 ● Michael Kevin "Mick" Taylor → Guitarist for John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, joined Rolling Stones ("Brown Sugar", #1, 1971) in 1969, left in 1974, session work with Jack Bruce, Bob Dylan, Mike Oldfield and Ron Wood
1953 ● Sheila Hutchinson → Vocals in R&B/soul-gospel sister trio The Emotions, "Best Of My Love" (#1, 1977)
1954 ● Cheryl Bentyne → Vocals in Grammy-winning jazz-pop fusion vocal group Manhattan Transfer, "Boy From New York City" (#7, 1981)
1955 ● Steve Earle → Oft-covered rough-edged country-rock singer/songwriter, "Guitar Town" (Mainstream Rock #20, 1989)
1956 ● Paul Young → Manchesterian R&B/blue-eyed soul-pop interpretive singer, "Everytime You Go Away" (#1, 1985)
1958 ● Jeremy "Jez" Strode → Dummer for Britpop Kajagoogoo, "Too Shy" (#5, 1983), independent music equipment lessor
1959 ● Susanna Hoffs → Guitar and vocals for New Wave girl-group The Bangles, "Walk Like An Egyptian" (#1, 1986)
1960 ● John Crawford → Bass and keyboards for New Wave synth-pop Berlin, "Take My Breath Away" (#1, 1986)
1961 ● Dave Collard → Keyboards for Brit dance-pop-rock Jo Boxers, "Boxer Beat" (UK #3, 1983)
1964 ● Andy Rourke → Bassist for definitive Brit indie rock The Smiths, "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now" (UK #10, 1984)
1966 ● Shabba Ranks → Grammy-winning R&B/dance hall reggae-hip hop singer, "Mr. Loverman" (Dance #2, Hot 100 #40, 1992)
1971 ● Jon Wysocki → Drummer for post-grunge/alt metal Staind, "It's Been A While" (Mainstream Rock #1, 2001)
1971 ● Kid Rock (Robert James Ritchie) → White-trash rap-rock superstar, "Cowboy" (Mainstream Rock #10, 1999)
1978 ● Ricky Wilson → Vocals for Britpop/indie rock Kaiser Chiefs, "Ruby" (UK #1, 2007)
1984 ● Calvin Harris (Adam Richard Wiles) → Scottish electropop singer/songwriter, "The Girls" (UK ##, 2007), and producer for Kylie Minogue and Dizzee Rascal

Jan 18
1941 ● Bobby Goldsboro → Country-pop singer/songwriter, "Honey" (#1, 1968), children's TV producer, The Swamp Critters of the Lost Lagoon
1941 ● David Ruffin → Vocals for R&B giants The Temptations, "My Girl" (#1, 1965), died from dug overdose 6/1/1991
1943 ● Dave Greenslade → Keyboards and vocals for jazz-blues-rock fusion Colosseum, then founded prog-rock Greenslade, solo
1944 ● "Legs" Larry Smith → Drummer for comedy/satirical rock outfit Bonzo Dog Do-Dah Band, "I'm The Urban Spaceman" (1968)
1953 ● Brett Hudson (Salerno) → Member of sibling musical trio The Hudson Brothers, "So You Are A Star" (#21, 1974), TV producer/writer
1954 ● Tom Bailey → Frontman and songwriter for New Wave synth-pop Thompson Twins, "Hold Me Now" (#3, 1983), then Babble
1959 ● Bob Rosenberg → Founder and leader of dance-pop/mix music Will To Power, "Baby I Love Your Way/Freebird" (#1, 1988)
1962 ● Jeremy Healey → Guitar for quirky Brit New Wave synth-pop Haysi Fantayzee, "John Wayne Is Big Leggy" (UK #11, 1982)
1970 ● DJ Quik (David Martin Blake) → Premier West Coast DJ and rapper, "Tonite" (Hot Rap #3, Hot 100 #49, 1991), producer for Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Snoop Dogg, many others
1971 ● Jonathan Davis → Vocals for hard rock/"nu metal" Korn, "Here To Stay" (Mainstream #4, 2002)
1973 ● Crispian Mills (Crispian Boulting aka "Dodge") → Frontman, guitar and vocals for post-Britpop psych/mystic rock Kula Shaker, "Hush" (Mainstream Rock #19, 1997)
1973 ● Luther Dickinson → Guitarist for roots/raunch rock The Black Crowes, "Hard To Handle" (Mainstream Rock #1, 1991)
1974 ● Christian Burns → Guitar and vocals for Brit teen pop-rock BBMak, "Back Here" (#8, 2000)
1977 ● Richard Archer → Singer and guitarist for indie rock Hard-Fi, "Cash Machine" (Modern Rock #15, 2005)
1980 ● Estelle Swaray → Grammy-winning Brit R&B/hip-hop singer/songwriter and producer, "American Boy" (#9, 2008, featuring Kanye West)
1983 ● Samantha Mumba → Irish singer/songwriter and actress, "Gotta Tell You" (#4, 2000)

Jan 19
1935 ● Johnny "The Wild One" O'Keefe → Canadian-born singer, became "Australia’s King of Rock ‘n’ Roll” with dozens of Top 10 hits, including "She's My Baby" (Aussie #1, 1960), died of prescription drug overdose and subsequent heart attack on 10/6/1978
1939 ● Phil Everly → Singer with older brother Don in folk-rock The Everly Brothers, "All I Have To Do Is Dream" (#1, 1958) plus more than 25 other Top 40 hits
1942 ● Michael Crawford (Dumble-Smith) → Actor and singer best known for lead roll in The Phantom Of The Opera, "The Music Of The Night" (Brit Top 10, 1987)
1943 ● Janis Lynn Joplin → Vocals for psych-rock Big Brother & The Holding Co., then solo, "Me And Bobby McGee" (#1, 1971), died form accidental heroin overdose on 10/4/1970
1944 ● Lawrence "Laurie" London → Brit folk-pop teenage one hit wonder, "He's Got The Whole World In His Hands" (#1, 1958)
1944 ● Michelle Ann Marie "Shelley" Fabares → TV actress (The Donna Reed Show, 1958-63, Coach, 1989-97), film star (Girl Happy with Elvis, 1965), pop singer, "Johnny Angel" (#1, 1962)
1946 ● Dolly Parton → Country-pop superstar singer/songwriter, actress, TV host and entrepeneur, "Nine To Five" (#1, 1981)
1947 ● Rod Evans → Early lead vocals for hard rock/prog rock Deep Purple, sang "Hush" (#4, 1968)
1948 ● Harvey Hinsley → Guitarist for mixed race R&B/soul-funk-disco Hot Chocolate, "You Sexy Thing" (#3, 1976)
1949 ● Robert Palmer → Underrated rock singer/songwriter/bandleader, Vinegar Joe then solo, "Addicted to Love" (#1, 1986)
1952 ● Dewey Bunnell → Brit-born guitarist and backing singer for folk-pop trio America, "A Horse With No Name" (#1, 1972)
1952 ● Eric Leeds → Jazz/funk session saxophonist and flutist, worked with Prince on nine albums, solo
1953 ● Clive Edwards → Session or full member drummer for numerous hard rock bands, including Medicine Head, UFO, Pat Travers, Wirehead, others
1953 ● Michael Boddicker → Film score composer and electronic music sessionman, played synthesizer on Michael Jackson albums Thriller, Bad and Dangerous.
1955 ● Tony Mansfield → Founding member, singer and guitarist of underrated New Wave electronic synth-pop New Musik, "Living By Numbers" (UK #13, 1980), then producer for Naked Eyes, a-ha, The B-52's, others
1957 ● Mickey Virtue → Keyboards for multiracial reggae-pop UB40, "Red Red Wine" (#1, 1988)
1963 ● Caron Wheeler → Vocals for R&B/soul-dance-disco-hip hop Soul II Soul, "Back To Life" (#4, 1989 )
1969 ● Trey Lorenz (Lloyd Lorenz Smith) → Back-up singer for Mariah Carey, duet "I'll Be There" (#1, 1992), then solo, "Someone To Hold" (#19, 1992)
1971 ● John Wozniak → Guitar and vocals for post-grunge/indie rock Marcy Playground, "Sex And Candy" (Mainstream Rock #4, 1997)
1978 ● John Parker → Double bass, human beatbox and vocals for Brit folk-rock-hip hop one hit wonder Nizlopi, "JCB Song" (UK #1, 2005)

Jan 20
1889 ● Lead Belly (Huddie William Ledbetter) → Multi-instrumentalist, oft-covered country-blues-folk singer/songwriter, "Goodnight Irene" (1934), died of AMS (Lou Gehrig's disease) on 12/6/1949
1924 ● Otis Dewey "Slim" Whitman, Jr. → Country and gospel singer/songwriter with multiple US Country Top 10 hits, "Rose Marie" (UK #1, 1955)
1933 ● Ron Townson → Vocals for R&B/soul-pop The 5th Dimension, "Up, Up And Away" (1967), died at home of kidney failure on 8/2/2001
1942 ● William Powell → Vocals for R&B/Philly soul giants The O'Jays, "Love Train" (#1, 1973)
1943 ● Rick Evans → Folk-pop-rock 60s one hit wonder duo Zager & Evans, "In The Year 2525" (#1, 1969)
1945 ● Eric Stewart → British Invasion pop-rock The Mindbenders, "A Groovy Kind Of Love" (#2, 1965), soft pop-rock 10cc, "I'm Not In Love" (#2, 1975)
1946 ● Jimmy Chambers → Singer with Brit-American R&B/dance-pop Londonbeat, "I've Been Thinking About You" (#1, 1991)
1947 ● George Grantham → Drummer with country-rock Poco, "Crazy Love" (#17, 1979)
1948 ● Melvin Pritchard → Drummer for Brit prog-folk-rock Barclay James Harvest, "Octoberon" (#174, 1977), died of a heart attack in 2004
1952 ● Ian Hill → Bassist with influential "New Wave" heavy metal band Judas Priest, "Breaking The Law" (1980)
1952 ● Paul Stanley (Stanley Harvey Eisen) → Guitarist, vocals and songwriter for campy hard/glam-rock Kiss, "Detroit Rock City" (#7, 1976)
1965 ● Heather Small → Lead singer for Brit dance-pop/house music M People, "Moving On Up" (#34, Dance #1, 1993)
1966 ● Tracii Guns (Tracy Richard Ulrich) → Founder and guitarist for glam-metal L. A. Guns then hard rock Guns N' Roses, left in 1985, later Contraband and Brides Of Destruction
1969 ● Nicky Wire (Nicholas Allen Jones) → Bassist, lyricist and vocals for Brit alt rock/neo-punk Manic Street Preachers, "The Masses Against The Classes" (UK #1, 2000)
1969 ● Tina O'Neill → Drummer for all-girl New Wave pop-punk Fuzzbox, "International Rescue" (UK #11, 1989)
1971 ● Gary Barlow → Frontman, vocals, piano and chief songwriter for Brit teen new jack R&B/soul-pop Take That, "Back For Good" (#7, 1995), wrote sixteen UK Top 5 hits, eleven UK #1 singles and seven UK #1 albums for Take That, plus two UK #1 solo singles and a UK #1 solo album,
1979 ● Rob Bourdon → Drummer for alt rock/rap-rock/space-rock Linkin Park, "In The End" (Alt Rock #1, 2001)
1979 ● Will Young → Pop singer and inaugural winner of UK TV's Pop Idol show, "Anything Is Possible/Evergreen" (UK #1, 2002)
1981 ● Nathan Connolly → Lead guitar and backing vocals for Irish alt rock Snow Patrol, "Chasing Cars" (#5, 2006)

Jan 21
1924 ● Alfred Hawthorne "Benny" Hill → English singer/comedian with long-running TV show and several comedy songs, including "Transistor Radio" (UK Top 30, 1961)
1924 ● Aristotle "Telly" Savalas → Greek-American film star and TV actor (Kojak), singer with two UK #1 songs and a non-charting take-off on his signature line "Who Loves Ya, Baby?", died of cancer on 1/22/1994
1938 ● Wolfman Jack (Robert Weston Smith) → Legendary gravel-voiced rock 'n roll DJ and TV host, died of heart attack on 7/1/1995
1941 ● Placido Domingo (Jose Placido Domingo Embil) → Grammy-winning opera tenor and conductor, member of The Three Tenors with Pavarotti and Carreras, 1994 Billboard #4 Album, In Concert
1941 ● Richie Havens → Low-screen folk guitarist/songwriter, known primarily for appearance at Woodstock '69 and cover of George Harrison's "Here Comes The Sun" (#16, 1971)
1942 ● Edwin Starr (Charles Edwin Hatcher) → Rough/tough and re-inventive R&B/soul-pop-disco singer, "25 Miles" (#6, 1969), then anthemic protest song "War" (#1, 1970), then disco hit "(Eye-To-Eye) Contact" (Disco #1, 1979)
1942 ● Scott "Mac" Davis → 60s session guitarist turned 70s countrypolitan pop-rock crossover star, "Baby Don't Get Hooked On Me" (#1, 1972)
1945 ● Chris Britton → Guitarist, backing vocals and occasional songwriter for 60s garage/proto-punk/"caveman rock" The Troggs, "Wild Thing" (#1, 1966)
1947 ● Jim Ibbotson → Guitar and vocals for country-folk-bluegrass-rock pioneers The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, "Mr. Bojangles" (#9, 1971)
1947 ● Julian Frederick "Pye" Hastings → Scot guitarist, vocalist songwriter and 40-year frontman for venerable psych-jazz-rock Caravan, "Nine Feet Underground" (1971)
1948 ● Peter Kircher → Mid-80s drummer for Brit psych-boogie rock Status Quo, "Pictures Of Matchstick Men" (#12, 1968)
1950 ● Billy Ocean (Leslie Sebastian Charles) → Trinidad-born, UK-based R&B/dance-pop singer/songwriter, "Caribbean Queen" (#1, 1984)
1954 ● Nigel Glockler → Drummer for early and influential New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) band Saxon, "Power And The Glory" (#32, 1983)
1956 ● Rob Brill → Drummer for New Wave synth-pop Berlin, "Take My Breath Away" (#1, 1986)
1959 ● Vic Reeves (James Roderick Moir) → With Bob Mortimer, one half of Brit comedy/satire act Vic And Bob, then pop-rock The Wonder Stuff, covered Tommy Roe's "Dizzy" (UK #1, 1991)
1965 ● Jam Master Jay (Jason William Mizell) → Founding member of premier hardcore rap trio Run-D.M.C., "Walk This Way" (#4, 1986), murdered 10/30/2002
1965 ● Robert Del Naja (aka "3D" or "D") → Founding member and MC/singer for electro-dance/trip hop progenitor duo Massive Attack, "Unfinished Sympathy" (UK #13, 1991)
1966 ● Wendy James → Lead singer and Madonna-wannabe frontgal for punk-pop-dance Transvision Vamp, "Baby I Don't Care" (UK#3, 1983), solo
1973 ● Chris Kilmore → Turntables and keyboards for alt-metal Incubus, "Drive" (#9, 2001)
1976 ● Emma Lee Bunton → Vocals and "Baby Spice" in pop-rock girl-group Spice Girls, "Wannabe" (#1, 1997)
1977 ● Rick Ross (William Leonard Roberts II) → South Florida-based Southern-gangsta rap/hip-hop artist, "The Boss" (#17, 2008)
1978 ● Nokio (Tamir Ruffin) → Founder, songwriter, producer and frontman for R&B/urban soul-dance Dru Hill, "How Deep Is Your Love" (#3, 1998), producer for DMX, Torrey Carter and others
1980 ● Benjamin Moody → Guitarist for goth-pop-metal Evanescence, "Bring Me To Life" (#5, 2003)

Jan 22
1931 ● Sam Cooke → Pioneering R&B/soul singer, songwriter, record executive and civil rights activist, "You Send Me" (#1, 1957), shot and killed on December 11, 1964
1940 ● Addie "Mickie" Harris → Vocals for Brill Building pop, girl-group-defining The Shirelles, "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" (#1, 1961)
1946 ● Malcolm McLaren → Brit performer, impresario, solo artist, "Double Dutch" (UK #3, 1983), manager of the Sex Pistols and New York Dolls, died of cancer 4/8/2010
1949 ● Nigel Pegrum → Rock drummer for pop-rock The Small Faces, prog-rock Uriah Heep, art-rock Gnidrolog, folk-rock Steeleye Span, producer, session drummer
1949 ● Steve Perry (Stephen Ray Pereira) → Joined arena rock Journey as lead singer in 1977, "Who's Crying Now" (#4, 1981), then solo,"Oh, Sherrie" (#3, 1986), then re-formed Journey 1996, "When You Love A Woman" (Adult Contemporary #1, 1996)
1952 ● Teddy Gentry → Founding member, bass and background vocals for country-pop-rock Alabama, "Love In The First Degree" (#15, 1982)
1960 ● Michael Hutchence → Founding lead singer/songwriter and 20-year frontman for Aussie pop INXS, "Need You Tonight" (#1, 1987), found dead on 11/22/1997 in a Sydney hotel room from an apparent suicide
1965 ● Andrew Roachford → Frontman, vocals and keyboards for Brit urban contemporary R&B Roachford, "Cuddly Toy (Feel For Me)" (US # 25, UK #4, 1989)
1965 ● D.J. Jazzy Jeff (Jeffrey Allen Townes) → R&B/hip hop artist, record producer, turntablist and actor, with Will Smith in duo D.J. Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, "Summertime" (#4, 1991)
1965 ● Steve Adler → Drummer (1985-90) for hard rock Guns N' Roses, "Sweet Child O' Mine" (#1, 1988), then Road Crew and Adler's Appetite
1981 ● Ben Robert Moody → Founder, vocals, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist for Grammy-winning goth-pop-metal Evanescence, "Bring Me To Life" (#5, 2003)
1981 ● Willa Ford (Amanda Lee Williford Modano) → Dance-pop singer/songwriter, model, TV and film actress, "I Wanna Be Bad" (Top 40 Mainstream #11, 2001)
1985 ● Orianthi Panagaris → Aussie singer/songwriter and guitarist, "According To You" (#17, 2009), played for Prince and was Michael Jackson's lead guitarist for the ill-fated This Is It tour

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