Sunday, December 14, 2014

 

This Week's Birthdays (December 14 - 20)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Dec 14
1911 ● Lindley Armstrong "Spike" Jones → Multi-instrumentalist, musical comedian and satirist, bandleader for The City Slickers and their unique parodies of popular hits of all eras and genres, died on 5/1/1965 from the effects of emphysema
1214 1915 ● Jerry Daniels → Founding member, tenor vocals and string instruments for pioneering black R&B/doo wop group The Ink Spots, "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" (#2, R&B #1, 1943), left the group in 1936 before they achieved popularity, died 11/7/1995
1214 1932 ● Charlie Rich → The "Silver Fox," Grammy-winning country-pop-blues singer and musician, "The Most Beautiful Girl" (#1, 1974) plus eight other Country #1 singles and seven other Top 40 hits, died on 7/25/1995 from a blood clot in his lung
1214 1934 ● Johnny Moore → Lead vocalist for R&B/doo wop The Drifters in the mid-50s, left for military service and an unsuccessful solo career under the alias Johnny Darrow, rejoined The Drifters on May 21, 1964 to sing lead on "Under The Boardwalk" (#4, 1964) in place of former lead vocalist Rudy Lewis (who died the night before from a suspected heroin overdose), remained with the group through several hits and three decades of touring, died from respiratory failure on 12/30/1998
1214 1937 ● Warren Ryanes → Baritone vocals for one hit wonder R&B/doo wop sextet The Monotones, "(Who Wrote) The Book Of Love" (#5, 1958), died 6/16/1982
1214 1938 ● Gary Usher → California surf rock songwriter and record producer, co-wrote The Beach Boys' "In My Room" (#23, 1963) and others songs with Brian Wilson, produced two albums for The Byrds, died on 5/25/1990
1214 1943 ● Frank Allen (Francis Renaud McNeice) → Bassist for Merseybeat band The Searchers, "Needles And Pins" (#13, 1963)
1214 1944 ● Linda Jones → R&B/soul-gospel singer, "Hypnotized" (R&B #4, 1967), died 3/14/72 after collapsing into a diabetic coma after performing at Harlem's Apollo Theater in New York
1214 1946 ● Jackie McAuley → Keyboards for Irish garage-rock, proto-punk Them, "Gloria" (#71, 1966), solo and co-founder of The Belfast Gypsies
1214 1946 ● Jane Birkin → Ingénue, film actress and pop singer, steamy duet with Serge Gainsbourg, "Je T'Aime... Moi Non Plus" (#69, 1970), the only French language US Top 100 hit
1214 1946 ● John Du Prez (Trevor Jones) → Trumpeter for Brit dance-pop band Modern Romance, "Can You Move" (Dance/Club #2, 1981) and "Best Years Of Our Lives" (UK #4, 1982)
1214 1946 ● Joyce Vincent-Wilson → Light pop vocalist in Tony Orlando & Dawn, "Knock Three Times" (#1, 1971)
1214 1947 ● Anna Marie "Patty" Duke → Pop singer and TV actor, "Don't Just Stand There" (#8, 1965), star of The Patty Duke Show, actors' union executive
1214 1949 ● Cliff Williams → Bassist for AC/DC replacing Mark Evans in 1977, "Back In Black" (#37, 1981)
1214 1954 ● Ray Stephens → TV actor and later lead singer for gay disco troupe Village People, "YMCA" (#2, 1979), died from drug abuse on 10/4/1990
1214 1958 ● Mike Scott → Singer, songwriter and leader of Celtic folk-rock The Waterboys, "Fisherman's Blues" (Modern Rock #3, 1988)
1214 1958 ● Peter "Spider" Stacy → Founding member, vocals, guitar and tin whistle in Irish folk-punk-rock The Pogues, "Tuesday Morning" (Rock #11, 1993)
1214 1966 ● Mark Gillespie → Vocals for Brit electronic dance-pop boy band Big Fun, "Stomp!" (#12, 1994)
1214 1966 ● Tim Sköld → Former bassist for industrial-pop-metal Marilyn Manson, "The Dope Show" (Mainstream Rock #12, 1998)
1214 1975 ● Brian Dalyrimple → Vocals for urban R&B/dance-club brother quartet Soul For Real, "Candy Rain" (#2, 1995)
1214 1979 ● Sophie Monk → Singer in pre-fab Aussie all-girl pop vocal quintet Bardot, "Poison" (Aus. #1, 2000), solo
1214 1988 ● Vanessa Hudgens → American actress and singer in High School Musical movies (most watched cable TV movies ever)
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Dec 15
1919 ● Max Yasgur → Bethel, NY dairy farmer on whose property the 1969 Woodstock Music and Arts Festival was held, died of a heart attack on 2/8/1973
1215 1921 ● Alan "Moondog" Freed (Albert James Freed) → Superstar radio DJ, coined term "rock & roll", TV and film cameo actor, died from liver failure 1/20/1965.
1215 1928 ● Jerry "Mr. Smooth" Wallace → Mildly successful pop crooner, "Primrose Lane" (#8, 1959), switched to country in the late 60s and scored four Country Top 25 hits, died of heart failure on 5/5/2008
1215 1932 ● Jesse Belvin → Early and underappreciated R&B/soul singer and songwriter, "Goodnight My Love" (R&B #7, 1956), co-wrote "Earth Angel" for The Penguins (#8, 1955), killed in a car crash on 2/6/1960 during a career upswing
1215 1939 ● Cindy Birdsong → R&B/soul vocals for Patti LaBelle & The Bluebelles, "I Sold My Heart To The Junkman" (#15, 1962), replaced Flo Ballard in The Supremes in 1967, "River Deep, Mountain High" (#14, 1971), participates in reunions of both bands
1215 1942 ● Dave Clark → Frontman and drummer for Brit Invasion pop-rock Dave Clark Five, "Catch Us If You Can" (#4, 1965) and 11 other Top 25 hits in the US
1215 1946 ● Carmine Appice → Drummer for hard psych rock/proto-metal Vanilla Fudge, "You Keep Me Hangin' On" (#6, 1968), formed boogie-rock Cactus in 1972, then "super" trio Beck, Bogert & Appice, "Superstition" (1973) and the Rod Stewart band
1215 1946 ● Harry Ray → Vocals in R&B/soul trio The Moments, "Love On A Two-Way Street" (#3, 1970), then name change to Ray, Goodman & Brown, "Special Lady" (#5, 1979), died on 10/1/1992
1215 1949 ● Don Johnson → Star of the 80s cop show Miami Vice and one hit wonder pop singer, "Heartbeat" (#5, 1986)
1215 1955 ● Paul Simonon → Bassist for influential and acclaimed punk-ska-dance-rock The Clash, "Rock The Casbah" (#8, 1982)
1215 1957 ● Tim Reynolds → Multi-instrumental musician and songwriter, sessions and tours with the Dave Matthews Band ("Space Between" #22, 2002) and permanent lead guitarist since 2008
1215 1960 ● Anthony "Tich" Critchlow → Drummer in Brit dance-pop-funk Living In A Box, "Living In A Box" (#17, 1987)
1215 1961 ● Nick Beggs → Bassist for one hit wonder New Wave light synth-bubblegum-pop Kajagoogoo, "Too Shy" (#5, 1983)
1215 1979 ● Edele Lynch → Vocals in Irish one hit wonder girl-group B*Witched, "C'est La Vie" (#9, 1999)
1215 1979 ● Keavy Lynch → Vocals in Irish one hit wonder girl-group B*Witched, "C'est La Vie" (#9, 1999)
1215 1980 ● Sergio Pizzorno → Guitar and vocals for Brit alt rock Kasabian, "Club Foot" (Modern Rock #27, 2004)
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Dec 16
1899 ● Noel Coward → Multi-talented author, poet, playwright, actor, stage, film and television producer and director, songwriter and pop/cabaret singer, "Mad About The Boy" (1932), died of a heart attack on 3/26/1973
1216 1931 ● Karl Denver (Angus Murdo McKenzie) → Scottish one hit wonder pop-rock singer, "Wimoweh" (UK #4, 1961), died on 12/21/1998 from a brain tumor
1216 1945 ● Tony Hicks → Guitar and vocals for British Invasion pop-rock The Hollies, "Bus Stop" (#5, 1966) and "Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress" (#2, 1972)
1216 1946 ● Benny Andersson → Keyboards and vocals for internationally successful Scandinavian pop group ABBA, "Dancing Queen" (#1, 1976)
1216 1949 ● Billy "Reverend Willie G." Gibbons → Guitar and vocals for venerable Texas blues/boogie rock trio ZZ Top, "Legs" (#8, 1984)
1216 1959 ● Steven Irvine → Drummer for Brit pop-rock Lloyd Cole & The Commotions, "Lost Weekend" (UK #17, 1985)
1216 1968 ● Christopher Thorn → Guitarist for roots-psych-alt rock Blind Melon, "No Rain" (Modern Rock #1, 1993)
1216 1968 ● Eulaulah Donyll "Lalah" Hathaway → The "First Daughter of Soul," contemporary R&B and jazz-pop singer, "Heaven Knows" (R&B/Hip Hop #3, 1990), daughter of R&B/soul legend Donny Hathaway, member of the Daughters Of Soul supergroup with Nona Hendryx and others
1216 1971 ● Michael McCary → Former bass vocals for R&B/urban soul a cappella Boyz II Men, "End Of The Road" (#1, 1992)
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Dec 17
1936 ● Tommy Steele (Thomas William Hicks) → Early Brit rock 'n roll teen idol vocalist, "Rock With The Caveman" (UK #13, 1956) and more than 20 other UK Top 40 hits, actor
1217 1937 ● Art Neville → Vocalist and pianist with New Orleans soul-funk sibling group The Neville Brothers, "Yellow Moon" (1989)
1217 1938 ● Carlo Little (Carl O'Neil Little) → First Rolling Stones drummer, replaced by Charlie Watts in 1963, session work including "Let's Go To San Francisco" by The Flower Pot Men (UK #1, 1967)
1217 1939 ● Eddie Kendricks → Founding member and lead vocals for R&B giants The Temptations, "My Girl" (#1, 1965), left in 1971 for solo career, "Keep On Truckin" (#1, 1973) plus 18 other R&B Top 40 hits, died from lung cancer on 10/5/1992
1217 1942 ● Paul Butterfield → Blues-rock singer, harmonica player and bandleader with the legendary and biracial Butterfield Blues Band, later fronted Better Days and issued solo albums, died 5/4/1987 from a drug-related heart attack
1217 1943 ● David Dee (David John Harman) → Lead vocals for Brit 60s pop-rock two hit wonder quintet Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, "The Legend Of Xanadu" (UK #1, 1968), died of cancer on 1/9/2009
1217 1946 ● Martin Smith → Jazz and blues rock drummer for Brit prog-rockers Simon Dupree & The Big Sound and Gentle Giant, died on 3/2/1997 from internal hemorrhaging
1217 1947 ● Simon Bates → Brit radio DJ and music show host for the BBC Radio 1, Classic FM and The Breakfast Show on Smooth Radio
1217 1948 ● Jim Bonfanti → Drummer for Cleveland garage rock quartet The Choir, "It's Cold Outside" (#68, 1967), then co-founded power pop The Raspberries, "Go All The Way" (#5, 1972), reunited in the 00s
1217 1949 ● Paul Rodgers → Guitar and vocals for proto-metal/hard rock Free, "All Right Now" (#4, 1970), hard rock Bad Company, "Can't Get Enough" (#5, 1974), supergroup The Firm and rock duo The Law with Kenney Jones of The Who, solo
1217 1950 ● Carlton "Carlie" Barrett → Drummer for early reggae band The Upsetters and roots reggae Bob Marley & The Wailers, "Buffalo Soldier" (1983), murdered on 4/17/1987
1217 1951 ● Wanda Hutchinson → Vocals in R&B/soul-gospel and disco sister trio The Emotions, "Best Of My Love" (#1, 1977)
1217 1958 ● Mike Mills → Bassist for influential post-punk R.E.M., "The One I Love" (#9, 1987)
1217 1959 ● Bob Stinson → Guitarist for garage punk then alt rock pioneers The Replacements, "I'll Be You" (Mainstream Rock #1, 1989), died of an accidental drug overdose on 2/18/1995
1217 1961 ● Sarah Dallin → Singer for pop-rock Bananarama, "Venus" (#1, 1986) and 11 Dance/Club Top 40 hits
1217 1964 ● David "Ginger" Walls → Founder, guitarist, singer and songwriter for Brit hard rock The Wildhearts, "Sick Of Drugs" (UK #14, 1995)
1217 1969 ● Micky Quinn → Bassist for Brit punk-pop trio Supergrass, "Alright/Time" (Modern Rock #1, 1995)
1217 1972 ● Craig "DJ Homicide" Bullock → DJ for funk-pop-rock Sugar Ray, "Fly" (#1, 1997), solo
1217 1973 ● Eddie Fisher → Drums and percussion for self-proclaimed "genreless" pop-rock OneRepublic, "Apologize" (#1, 2006), most popular digital download/highest airplay song ever to-date
1217 1978 ● Neil Christopher Sanderson → Co-founder, drummer and backing vocals for Canadian punk/metal Three Days Grace, "Just Like You" (Mainstream Rock #1, 2004)
1217 1989 ● Taylor York → Guitarist for alt rock/pop-punk Paramore, "Misery Business" (#27, 2007)
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Dec 18
1917 ● Eddie "Cleanhead" Vincent → Jump blues, jazz bebop and R&B alto saxophonist, blues shouter and bandleader, "Old Maid Boogie" (R&B #1, 1947), toured and recorded regularly through four decades before dying of a heart attack on 7/2/1988
1218 1931 ● Allen Klein → Businessman, talent agent, film producer, record label executive and manager for Sam Cooke, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and others, died from Alzheimer's disease on 7/4/2009
1218 1938 ● Bryan James "Chas" Chandler → Bassist for British Invasion hard/blues-rock The Animals, "House Of The Rising Sun" (#1, 1964), producer and manager for Jimi Hendrix and Slade, died of heart failure on 7/17/1996
1218 1941 ● Sam Andrew → Founding member, guitarist and singer for 60s psych-rock Big Brother & The Holding Company, "Piece Of My Heart" (#12, 1968), Janis Joplin's Kozmic Blues Band, "Me And Bobby McGee" (#1, 1971), film score composer, reunited Big Brother in 1987 and continues
1218 1942 ● Les Cauchi → Tenor vocal for R&B/doo wop The Del-Satins, which became The Brooklyn Bridge, "Worst That Could Happen" (#3, 1968)
1218 1943 ● Keith Richards → The "Human Guitar Riff," founding member, lead guitarist, and co-songwriter for The Rolling Stones, "Honky Tonk Woman" (#1, 1969), solo, Rolling Stone magazine's #10 Great Guitarist of All Time
1218 1948 ● Bill Nelson → Prog rock, electropop, experimental and ambient music composer, guitarist and songwriter, founded and fronted prog rock Be Bop Deluxe, "Modern Music" (1977), prolific solo career since the late 70s
1218 1950 ● Martha Johnson → Vocals and leader of Canadian post-punk Martha & The Muffins, "Echo Beach" (Juno Single of the Year, 1980)
1218 1953 ● Elliot Easton → Lead guitar for The Cars, "My Best Friend's Girl" (#35, 1978), The New Cars, power pop Click Five and roots rock Creedence Clearwater Revisited
1218 1958 ● Kevin "Geordie" Walker → Guitarist in post-punk/gloom-industrial metal Killing Joke, "Follow The Leaders" (#25, 1981)
1218 1959 ● Grantley Evan "Daddy G" Marshall → Vocals and songwriter in pioneering trip-hop collaborative duo Massive Attack, "Teardrop" (UK #10, 1998), producer
1218 1963 ● Greg D'Angelo → Drummer for Danish-American heavy/hair metal White Lion, "When The Children Cry" (#3, 1987)
1218 1964 ● Robson Green → Brit singer, songwriter, TV host and actor, covered "Unchained Melody" (UK #1, 1995)
1218 1966 ● Steve Dullaghan → Bassist for indie "blonde" pop-rockers The Primitives, co-wrote "Crash" (Modern Rock #3, 1988), died from a cannabis overdose on 2/4/2009
1218 1968 ● Andy Miller → Guitarist for goofball Brit power pop trio Dodgy, "Good Enough" (UK #4, 1996)
1218 1970 ● DMX (Earl Simmons) → Vocalist, songwriter and drum machine rap pioneer, "Party Up (Up In Here)" (#27, 1999), screen actor, Reality TV host
1218 1972 ● DJ Lethal (Leor Dimant) → Latvian-born producer and DJ/turntablist for House Of Pain and rap-metal Limp Bizkit, "My Way" (Mainstream Rock #4, 2001)
1218 1980 ● Christina Aguilera → Dance-pop singer, "Genie In A Bottle" (#1, 1999), collaborated with Mya, Lil' Kim and Pink on remake of "Lady Maramalade" (#1, 2001)
1218 1980 ● Lyndsay Armaou → Vocals in Irish one hit wonder girl-group B*Witched, "C'est La Vie" (#9, 1999)
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Dec 19
1915 ● Edith Piaf (Edith Giovanna Gassion) → Widely popular French-born opera and adult pop singer, "Milord" (#88, 1959), died on 10/11/1963 from liver cancer
1219 1918 ● Professor Longhair (Henry Roeland Byrd) → Influential and pioneering New Orleans R&B singer and pianist, switched to blues and rock 'n' roll and later jazz, won a posthumous Grammy for the collection House Party New Orleans Style (1987), died of a heart attack on 1/30/1980
1219 1940 ● Phil Ochs → 60s folk "outlaw" singer and songwriter, "I Ain't Marching Anymore" (1965), committed suicide by hanging himself at his sister's home in Queens, NY on 4/9/1976
1219 1941 ● Maurice White → Seven-time Grammy-winning drummer, singer, songwriter, founder and frontman of R&B/soul-dance-pop Earth, Wind & Fire, "Shining Star" (#1, 1975), producer for Deniece Williams, The Emotions and others
1219 1944 ● Alvin Lee (Graham Barnes) → Underrated British blues-rock guitarist, founding member, lead vocals and lead guitar for Ten Years After, achieved instant if fleeting fame with his rendition of "I'm Going Home" at Woodstock in 1969 but other than "I'd Love To Change The World" (Top 40, 1971) never had significant commercial success, died on 3/6/2013 from "complications of a routine surgical procedure"
1219 1944 ● Ian Stuart Colman → Brit radio broadcaster, musician and record producer, founding member and bassist for one hit wonder pop-easy listening The Flying Machine ("Smile A Little Smile For Me," Top 5, 1969), later acclaimed BBC Radio disc jockey
1219 1944 ● Zalman "Zal" Yanovsky → The "Zany One," guitarist for folk-pop-rock The Lovin' Spoonful, "Summer In The City" (#1, 1965), restaurateur in Kingston, Ontario, died 12/13/2002 after a heart attack
1219 1945 ● John McEuen → Singer, songwriter, guitar, banjo and mandolin for country-folk-bluegrass-rock The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, "Mr. Bojangles" (#9, 1971), solo and Grammy-winning producer
1219 1957 ● Doug Johnson → Keyboards for Canadian hard/pop-rockers Loverboy, "Turn Me Loose" (Mainstream Rock #6, 1981)
1219 1958 ● Limahl (Christopher Hamill) → Lead singer for one hit wonder New Wave light synth-bubblegum-pop Kajagoogoo, "Too Shy" (#5, 1983), solo, "Never Ending Story" (Adult Contemporary #6, 1984)
1219 1961 ● John Eascott → Trumpet for New Wave swing/pop Roman Holliday, "Don't Try To Stop It" (#68, UK #14, 1983)
1219 1968 ● Kevin Shepard → Original drummer for Grammy-nominated alt/roots rock Tonic, "If You Could Only See" (Mainstream Rock #1, 1997)
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Dec 20
1936 ● Judy Henske → The "Queen of the Beatniks," late 50s and 60s Greenwich Village and Laurel Canyon folk singer, songwriter and one-time TV actress, worked with Lenny Bruce and the Whiskey Hill Singers with ex-Kingston Triomember Dave Guard, recorded two solo albums on Elektra Records in the early 60s, married and recorded with Jerry Yester, including the cult album Farewell Aldebaran (1969), continues to record and perform into the 10s
1220 1944 ● Bobby Colomby → Drummer for jazz-rock/pop-rock fusion band Blood, Sweat & Tears, "Spinning Wheel" (#2, 1969)
1220 1945 ● Peter Criss (Criscoula) → Drummer and "Catman" character in campy hard/glam-rock Kiss, "Detroit Rock City" (#7, 1976), solo
1220 1948 ● Stephen "Little Stevie" Wright → Lead vocals for Aussie-based 60s pop-rock The Easybeats, "Friday On My Mind" (#16, 1967), then solo
1220 1949 ● Alan Parsons → Brit studio engineer, part-producer for The Beatles' Abbey Road (1969) and Let It Be (1970), plus Pink Floyd's The Dark Side Of The Moon (1973), songwriter, musician and bandleader for prog-pop-rock The Alan Parsons Project, "Games People Play" (#16, 1981)
1220 1956 ● Guy Babylon → Keyboardist and contributor in the Elton John band, died in a swimming accident in his L.A. home pool on 9/2/2009
1220 1957 ● Anita Ward → One hit wonder R&B/soul-disco singer, "Ring My Bell" (#1, 1979)
1220 1957 ● Michael Watt → Seminal post-punk bassist and founder of Minutemen, dos, FireHouse, also with The Stooges and Banyan
1220 1957 ● Stephen William "Billy" Bragg → Brit alt rock singer, songwriter and left-wing activist, "Sexuality" (Modern Rock #2, 1991) and "She's Leaving Home" (UK #1, 1988), wrote "A New England" for Kirsty MacColl (UK #7, 1985)
1220 1966 ● Chris Robinson → Founder, guitarist and songwriter for roots/raunch rock The Black Crowes, "Hard To Handle" (Mainstream Rock #1, 1991)
1220 1971 ● Roger J. Beaujard → Guitarist and drum machine programmer for death metal/deathgrind duo Mortician, "Chainsaw Dismemberment" (1999)
1220 1975 ● Graham Hopkins → Former drummer for Irish grunge rock Therapy?, then solo, now sessions and touring bands
1220 1980 ● Christopher "Dibs" Edwards → Bassist for Brit indie rock Kasabian, "Club Foot" (Modern Rock #27, 2004)
1220 1982 ● David Cook → Multi-instrumentalist post-grunge pop-rock singer and songwriter, "The Time Of My Life" (#3, 2008), winner of the seventh season of American Idol (2008)
1220 1990 ● JoJo (Joanna Noelle Levesque) → R&B/dance-pop singer and songwriter, "Too Little Too Late" (#3, 2006), actress
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