Sunday, January 23, 2011

 

This Week's Birthdays (January 23 - 29)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Jan 23
1910 ● Jean Baptiste "Django" Reinhardt → Belgian-born gypsie-blooded influential jazz guitar virtuoso, composer and bandleader (Quintette Du Hot Club De France with Stephane Grappelli), many of his popular works are jazz/swing standards, including "Minor Swing" and "Daphne," died from a stroke on 5/16/1953
1944 ● Jerry Lawson → Lead vocals, arranger and producer for a capella The Persuasions, "Chain Gang" (1971), then solo, now with a capella Talk Of The Town
1948 ● Anita Pointer → R&B/soul-pop-disco-dance sister act The Pointer Sisters, "Slow Hand" (#2, 1981)
1950 ● Bill Cunningham → Bass, piano and backing vocals for short-lived blue-eyed soul The Box Tops, "The Letter" (#1, 1967)
1950 ● Danny Federici → Over 40 year association/friendship with Bruce Springsteen, played keyboards for Bruce's Steel Mill, Child and E Street Band, died of melanoma (skin cancer) on 4/17/2008
1950 ● Pat Simmons → Guitar and vocals for California soul-pop-rock The Doobie Brothers, "What A Fool Believes" (#1, 1979)
1953 ● Robin Zander → Lead vocals and rhythm guitar for power pop Cheap Trick, "I Want You To Want Me" (#7, 1979)
1954 ● Richard Finch → Co-founder, producer and bassist for R&B/soul-disco-funk kings KC & The Sunshine Band, "That's The Way (I Like It)" (#1, 1975)
1955 ● Reggie Calloway → Multi-instrumental founder and leader (with brother Vincent) of synth-dance-funk Midnight Star, "Operator" (#18, R&B #1, 1990), left to form bro-duo Calloway "I Wanna Be Rich" (#2, 1990)
1957 ● Earl Falconer → Bass and vocals for multiracial reggae-pop UB40, "Red Red Wine" (#1, 1988) and over 30 other Top 40 hits
1971 ● Marc K. Nelson → R&B/urban and jazz fusion singer/songwriter, original member of Boyz II Men, solo, "I Want You" (R&B #26, 1991)
1974 ● Kita (Sampsa Astala) → Drummer for Finnish heavy metal monster-masked Lordi, winners if 2006 Eurovision Song Contest with "Hard Rock Hallelujah"
1975 ● Nicholas Harmer → Bassist for indie pop/rock Death Cab For Cutie, "Soul Meets Body" (Modern Rock #5, 2005)

Jan 24
1933 ● Ezekial "Zeke" Carey → Second tenor for sophisticated group harmony R&B/doo wop The Flamingos, "I Only Have Eyes For You", (#11, R&B #3, 1959), died 12/24/1999
1936 ● Doug Kershaw → Cajun country-rock singer/songwriter, bandleader and fiddler, "Louisiana Man" (Country #10, 1961)
1939 ● Ray Stevens (Harold Ray Ragsdale) → Grammy-winning country-pop and often novelty singer/songwriter/producer, "Everything Is Beautiful" (#1, 1970)
1941 ● Aaron Neville → New Orleans R&B/soul-funk singer, "Tell It Like It Is" (R&B #1, 1966), then formed The Neville Brothers, "Yellow Moon" (1989), then solo again, including duets with Linda Ronstadt, "Don't Know Much" (Adult Contemporary #1, 1989)
1941 ● Neil Diamond → Prolific songwriter and singer/guitarist known as the "Jewish Elvis", "Cracklin' Rose" (#1, 1970), plus dozens of Top 40 hits and those covered by others, including The Monkees, "I'm A Believer" (#1, 1966)
1947 ● Warren Zevon → Sardonic singer/songwriter with 15 solo albums and multiple Top 40 hits, including "Werewolves Of London" (#21, 1978), died from asbestos-related lung cancer on 9/7/2003
1949 ● John Belushi → TV and film actor, singer, portrayed "Joliet Jake" Blues in the Saturday Night Live skit and spin-off band The Blues Brothers, "Soul Man" (#14, 1979), died from drug overdose 3/5/1982
1953 ● Matthew Wilder (Weiner) → One hit wonder singer/songwriter, started in early 70s folk-pop duo Matthew & Peter, then pop-rock solo "Break My Stride" (#5, 1983), now record producer
1958 ● Julian Miles "Jools" Holland → Pianist, producer, singer, composer and bandleader, including keyboards for New Wave pop-rock Squeeze, "Tempted" (Mainstream Rock #8, 1981)
1963 ● Keech Rainwater → Drummer for cross-over country-rockers Lonestar, "Amazed" (#1, 1999)
1974 ● Christopher River Hesse → Drummer for post-grunge indie pop-rock Hoobastank, "The Reason" (#2, 2004)
1975 ● Paul Marazzi → Vocals for Brit-Norwegian pop-rock boy band A1, "Same Old Brand New You" (UK #1, 2000)

Jan 25
1915 ● Ewan MacColl → Influential Brit folk revival singer/songwriter, poet and producer, wrote Grammy-winning "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" a #1 hit for Roberta Flack in 1972, died on 10/22/1989
1931 ● Stig Anderson → Songwriter, producer and manager for Swede superstar pop-rock ABBA, co-wrote several of Abba’s biggest hits, including "Dancing Queen" (#1, 1977), died of a heart attack on 9/12/1997
1938 ● Etta James (Jamesetta Hawkins) → Versatile Grammy-winning blues, gospel, R&B/soul and jazz singer, "Tell Mama" (#23, R&B #10, 1968)
1950 ● Michael Cotten → Synthesizers for satirical rock The Tubes, "White Punks On Dope" (1977)
1953 ● Malcolm Green → Drummer for New Wave pop-rock Split Enz, "I Got You" (UK #12, 1980)
1955 ● Terry Chimes → Original drummer for punk-rock The Clash, played with Hanoi Rocks and toured with Black Sabbath before becoming a chiropractor
1956 ● Andy Cox → Founded ska revivalist mixed-race The English Beat in 1978, then moved with bandmates to form Fine Young Cannibals, "She Drives Me Crazy" (#1, 1989)
1958 ● Gary Tibbs → Actor and bass guitarist for Roxy Music, The Vibrators, Adam And The Ants, Code Blue and The Fixx
1962 ● Peter Coyle → Vocals for New Wave/New Romantic pop-rock The Lotus Eaters, "The First Picture Of You" (UK #15, 1983), solo
1963 ● Carl Fysh → Vocalist for Brit soul/pop boy band Brother Beyond, "The Harder I Try" (UK #2, 1988)
1971 ● China Wing Kantner → Daughter of Jefferson Airplane' Grace Slick and Paul Kantner, TV and film actress, former MTV VJ
1973 ● Chris Wilkie → Guitarist and vocals for electro-dance-dream pop Dubstar, "Stars" (UK #15, 1996)
1977 ● Christian Ingebrigtsen → Vocals for Brit-Norwegian pop-rock boy band A1, "Same Old Brand New You" (UK #1, 2000)
1981 ● Alicia Keys (Alicia Auguello Cook) → Grammy-winning (9 times) R&B/neo-soul singer, "Fallin'" (#1, 2001) and ten other Top 40 hits, TV and film actress, philanthropist

Jan 26
1934 ● Huey "Piano" Smith → New Orleans "good time" R&B/rock 'n roll pianist, "Rockin' Pneumonia" (R&B #5, 1957)
1945 ● Ashley "Tyger" Hutchings → Bassist for Brit electric folk-rock revival bands Fairport Convention and Steeleye Span, "All Around My Hat" (UK #5, 1975)
1946 ● Deon Jackson → R&B/soul singer/songwriter, "Love Makes The World Go 'Round" (#11, 1966)
1948 ● Laurence Gordon "Corky" Laing → Drummer for power rock trio Mountain, "Mississippi Queen" (#21, 1970), then West Bruce & Laing
1949 ● Derek Holt → Brit blues-rock Climax Blues Band, "Couldn't Get It Right" (#3, 1977)
1951 ● David Briggs → Guitarist and songwriter for Aussie pop/rockers Little River Band, wrote "Lonesome Loser" (#6, 1979), now recording engineer and producer
1953 ● Lucinda Williams → Underappreciated country-folk-roots rock singer/songwriter, "Car Wheels On A Gravel Road" (1998) from the Grammy-winning album
1955 ● Edward Lodewijk "Eddie" Van Halen → Top rock guitarist and frontman/songwriter/vocals for hard rock supergroup Van Halen, "Jump" (#1, 1984), solo
1958 ● Anita Baker → Grammy-winning R&B/quiet storm singer, "Sweet Love" (#8, 1986)
1958 ● Norman Hassan → Percussion, trombone and vocals for multiracial reggae-pop UB40, "Red Red Wine" (#1, 1988) and over 30 other Top 40 hits
1963 ● Andrew Ridgeley → Vocals for New Wave pop-rock boy band Wham!, "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" (#1, 1984) and 6 other US Top 10 hits
1963 ● Jazzie B. (Trevor Beresford Romeo) → DJ, mixmaster, producer, founding member of R&B/dance-pop Soul II Soul, "Back To Life" (#4, 1989)
1964 ● Susannah Melvoin → Vocalist, songwriter and actress, backing singer for Prince, Eric Clapton, Roger Waters and Wendy & Lisa
1966 ● Pim Jones → Guitarist for Scottish contemporary pop-rock Hipsway, "The Honeythief" (#19, 1986)
1970 ● Kirk Franklin → Contemporary gospel singer/songwriter and bandleader, "Looking For You" (#61, 2005)
1972 ● Ya Kid K (Manuela Barbara Kamosi Moaso Djogi) → Belgian studio-based electro-dance-pop "house" music Technotronic, wrote lyrics and sang vocals on "Pump Up The Jam" (#2, 1989), solo

Jan 27
1918 ● Elmore James → The "King of the Slide Guitar," highly influential blues slide guitarist/songwriter, "It Hurts Me Too" (R&B #15, 1960), died from heart failure on 5/24/1963
1919 ● David Seville (Rosdom Sipan "Ross" Bagdasarian) → Armenian-American actor, pianist, singer/songwriter, "Witch Doctor" (#1, 1958) and creator of novelty pop Alvin & The Chipmunks, "The Chipmunk Song" (#1, 1958), died of a heart attack on 1/16/1972)
1930 ● Bobby "Blue" Bland (Robert Calvin Bland) → R&B/soul-blues-gospel singer and Lifetime Grammy winner, "That's The Way Love Is" (#33, R&B #1, 1963)" (1962)
1931 ● Rudy Maugeri → Baritone for Canadian pop cover vocal quartet The Crew Cuts, "Sh-Boom" (#1, 1954), died on 5/7/2004
1937 ● Bruce Tate → Baritone singer for R&B/doo wop vocals The Penguins, "Earth Angel" (#8, 1954)
1944 ● Kevin Coyne → Brit blues-rock singer/songwriter and bandleader, "Marlene" (1973), poet, author and painter, died of lung failure on 12/2/2004
1944 ● Nick Mason → Drummer and only constant member of space rock Pink Floyd since it formed in 1965, "Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)" (#1, 1979), auto racing driver
1947 ● Nedra Talley → Backing vocals for pop-rock girl group The Ronettes, "Be My Baby" (#2, 1963)
1948 ● Kim Gardner → Bassist in British Invasion pop-rock The Thunderbirds (with Ron Wood), then formed art rock Ashton, Gardner & Dyke, "Resurrection Shuffle" (#40, UK #3, 1971), then sessions and L.A. pub owner, died of cancer on 10/24/2001
1951 ● Brian Downey → Drummer for underrated Irish hard rock Thin Lizzy, "The Boys Are Back In Town" (#12, 1976)
1951 ● Seth Justman → Keyboards and vocals for boogie-blues-rock 'n roll bar band J. Geils Band, wrote "Centerfold" (#1, 1982)
1955 ● Richard Young → Rhythm guitar and vocals for Southern honky tonk-blues-country rock Kentucky Headhunters, "Oh, Lonesome Me" (Country #8, 1990)
1957 ● Janick Robert Gers → Guitarist for Brit heavy metal Iron Maiden, "Wasting Love" (Mainstream Rock #15, 1992)
1961 ● Gillian Gilbert → Keyboards, guitar and vocals for New Wave synth-dance-pop New Order, "Blue Monday" (Dance #5, 1983), formed The Other Two with husband Stephen Morris, "Selfish" (Dance/Club #6, 1993)
1961 ● Margo Timmins → Lead vocalist for Canadian alt-art-country-blues-rock Cowboy Junkies, "Sweet Jane" (Modern Rock #5, 1989)
1961 ● Martin Degville → Lead singer and co-writer for New Wave glam-punk Sigue Sigue Sputnik, "Love Missile F1-11" (Dance/Club #50, UK #3, 1986)
1964 ● Miguel John "Migi" Drummond → Brit teen-pop blue-eyed soul Curiosity Killed The Cat, "Down To Earth" (UK #3, 1986)
1968 ● Mike Patton → Vocals for alt rock/metal Faith No More, "I'm Easy" (#4, 1993)
1968 ● Tricky (Adrian Nicholas Matthews-Thaws) → Rap singer with innovative trip hop Massive Attack, "Safe From Harm" (Dance #32, 1991), then solo, "Milk" (UK #10, 1996)
1970 ● Mark Trojanowski → Drummer for Southern folk-rock Sister Hazel, "All For You" (#11, 1997)
1974 ● Mark Owen → Vocals for Brit teen new jack R&B/soul-pop Take That, "Back For Good" (#7, 1995)

Jan 28
1929 ● Bernard Stanley "Acker" Bilk → Brit easy listening clarinetist with highest selling instrumental single of all time, "Stranger On The Shore" (#1, 1962)
1936 ● Jack Scott (Giovanni Dominico Scafone, Jr.) → Canadian rock 'n roll, rockabilly and country-pop singer with 19 singles in less than 4 years, including "Burning Bridges" (#3, 1960)
1941 ● King Tubby (Osbourne Ruddock) → Jamaican electonics and sound engineer, pioneer in developing the "dub" subgenre of reggae music and remixes, shot dead in an apparent robbery outside his home on 2/6/1989
1943 ● Dick Taylor → Guitarist for The Rolling Stones until 1962, then moved to British Invasion raunchy rock 'n roll The Pretty Things, "Don't Bring Me Down" (UK #10, 1964)
1944 ● Brian "Chambers" Keenan → Drummer for early Brit pop-rock Manfred Mann, "Do Wah Diddy Diddy" (#1, 1964), then psychedelic soul-rock The Chambers Brothers, "Time Has Come Today" (#11, 1968), died of heart attack on 10/5/1985
1945 ● Robert Wyatt → Original drummer for psych-art-jazz-prog rock fusion Soft Machine, left to form Matching Mole, then solo career as a singer/songwriter, "Shipbuilding" (UK #36, 1983)
1946 ● Rick Allen → Bassist for short-lived blue-eyed soul The Box Tops, "The Letter" (#1, 1967)
1951 ● William "Billy Bass" Nelson → Original bassist for R&B/funk giants Funkadelic, "One Nation Under A Groove" (#28, 1978), left for solo and session work
1959 ● Dave Sharp → Guitarist for post-punk anthem rockers The Alarm, "Sold Me Down The River" (Mainstream Rock #2, 1989)
1962 ● Leslie Ann "Sam" Phillips → Backing vocalist turned Christian pop then alt rock singer/songwriter, "Holding On To The Earth" (Modern Rock #22, 1989), wife of T. Bone Burnett
1963 ● Dan Spitz → Lead guitarist for speed/thrash metal Anthrax, "Only" (Mainstream #26, 1993), brother of Black Sabbath bassist Dave Spitz
1968 ● DJ Muggs (Lawrence Muggerud) → DJ for Latino R&B/hip hop Cypress Hill, "Insane In The Brain" (#19, 1994)
1968 ● Rakim (William Michael Griffin, Jr.) → Rapper, hip hop duo with Eric B. , "Move The Crowd" (Dance #3, 1988), author, poet, MC, solo, "When I B On The Mic" (Rap #20, 1999)
1968 ● Sarah McLachlan → Grammy-winning Canadian singer/songwriter, "Adia" (#3, 1998), organized the Lilith Fair music festival/tour for female musicians and groups
1975 ● Lee Latchford-Evans → Vocals and dance routines for pre-fab Brit dance-pop group The Steps, "5, 6, 7, 8" (UK#14, 1997)
1977 ● Joey Fatone → Baritone for teen dance-pop *NSYNC, "It's Gonna Be Me" (#1, 2000)
1977 ● Raphael "Tweety" Brown → Vocals for R&B/urban contemporary duo Next, "Too Close" (#1, 1998)
1980 ● Nick Carter → Singer/songwriter, actor, lead vocals for pop-dance-hip hop Backstreet Boys, "Quit Playing Games With My Heart" (#2, 1997), older brother of Aaron

Jan 29
1933 ● Alexandre "Sacha" Distel → French jazz-pop singer, guitarist, TV actor and songwriter, wrote Tony Bennett's "The Good Life" (#18, 1965), died on 7/22/2004
1936 ● James Jamerson → Bassist in Motown house band The Funk Brothers, which provided nearly all instrumentation behind every Motown hit, died from a heart attack on 8/2/1983
1943 ● Kenneth "Tony" Blackburn → Brit light pop singer, "So Much Love" (UK Top 40, 1969), then pirate radio and first BBC Radio 1 disc jockey,
1943 ● Mark Wynter (Terry Lewis) → Early 60s, pre-Beatles Brit pop-rock singer, "Venus In Blue Jeans" (UK #4, 1962)
1944 ● Andrew Loog OldhamThe Rolling Stones' first manager, producer and promoter, 1964-68, launched the Immediate Records label in 1965 which enjoyed 24 UK Top 50 hits
1947 ● David Byron (David Garrick) → Lead singer for hard/prog rock Spice, renamed Uriah Heep, "Easy Livin'" (#39, 1972), fired for erratic behavior in 1976, went solo but died of alcohol-induced liver failure on 2/28/1985
1952 ● Tommy Ramone (Tom Erdelyl) → Drummer for seminal punk-rockers The Ramones, "Sheena Is A Punk Rocker" (#81, 1977)
1953 ● Louie Perez → Guitar and vocals for Grammy-winning Chicano/roots rock Los Lobos, "La Bamba" (#1, 1987), then Latin Playboys and Seguida
1954 ● Rob Manzoli → Vocals and guitar for Euro-dance-pop trio Right Said Fred, "I’m Too Sexy" (#1, 1992)
1961 ● David Baynton-Power → Drummer for Brit folk-pop alt rock James, "Laid" (Modern Rock #3, 1993)
1961 ● Eddie Jackson → Bassist for progressive pop-metal Queensrÿche, "Silent Lucidity" (#9, 1991)
1961 ● Pauline Henry → Lead vocals for dance-pop trio The Chimes, "1-2-3" (Dance/Club #1, 1990)
1962 ● Marcus Charles Vere → Synthesizer and keyboards for Brit dance-pop-funk Living In A Box, "Living In A Box" (#17, 1987)
1964 ● Roddy Frame → Founder, leader, guitarist, singer and songwriter for Scot New Wave pop-rock Aztec Camera, "The Crying Scene" (Modern Rock #3, 1990)
1968 ● Richard Battersby → Drummer for hard rock/raunchy The Wildhearts, "Sick Of Drugs" (UK #14, 1996)
1981 ● Jonny Lang (Jon Gordon Langseth, Jr.) → Teenage prodigy blues-rock singer/songwriter and guitarist, "Still Rainin'" (Mainstream Rock #8, 1998)

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