Sunday, October 8, 2017

 

This Week's Birthdays (October 8 - 14)


Happy Birthday this week to:
                          

                          
October 08  
                      
1932    ●    Pete Drake    /    (Roddis Franklin Drake)    →    Record producer and session peddle steel guitarist, played on numerous albums for a variety of artists, including hits by Lynn Anderson ("Rose Garden," #3, Country #1, 1970), Bob Dylan ("Lay Lady Lay," #3, 1969) and others, plus a lone charting hit as a solo artist, "Still" (#22, 1964), produced albums for Ringo Starr and Nashville musicians, died from emphysema on 7/29/1998, age 55  

1934    ●    Doc Green    /        →    Baritone vocals for the second lineup of R&B/soul doo wop The Drifters, "Save The Last Dance For Me" (#1, 1960), left in 1962 and sang with various R&B groups through the 80s, including Vic & The Salutations, died from cancer on 3/10/1989, age 54  

1940    ●    Fred Cash    /        →    Vocals for Chicago soul/doo wop The Impressions, "It's All Right" (#4, 1963)  

1940    ●    George Bellamy    /        →    Rhythm guitar for Brit instrumental rock 'n' roll The Tornados, "Telstar" (#1, 1962), the first major US hit by a British group, solo, father of Muse frontman Matthew Bellamy  

1941    ●    Dave Arbus    /        →    Founding member, violin, flute, saxophone and trumpet in Brit prog-rock/jazz fusion East Of Eden, "Jig A Jig" (UK #7, 1971), later with Fiddler's Dram, violin solo on The Who's "Baba O'Reilly" (1970)  

1942    ●    Buzz Clifford    /    (Reese Francis Clifford)    →    Rock 'n roll one hit wonder singer, "Babysittin' Boogie" (#6, 1961), wrote songs recorded by Petula Clark, Lou Rawls, Leon Russell, Kris Kristofferson and others  

1944    ●    Susan Raye    /        →    Country music singer with 19 Country Top 40 hits between 1969 and 1974, many as duets with mentor Buck Owens, and a lone crossover hit "L.A. International Airport" (#54, Country #9, 1971), dropped out of the industry in the late 70s, returned for two curtain call albums in 1985 and retired for good in 1986  

1945    ●    Butch Rillera    /        →    Drummer for Native American rockers Redbone, "Come And Get Your Love" (#5, 1974)  

1945    ●    Ray Royer    /        →    Guitarist for prog/psych rock Procol Harum, "A Whiter Shade Of Pale" (#5, 1967)  

1947    ●    Tony Wilson    /        →    Bassist in Brit interracial R&B/soul-disco Hot Chocolate, "You Sexy Thing" (#3, 1976) and 27 other UK Top 40 hits, including one in every year from 1970 to 1984  

1948    ●    Johnny Ramone    /    (John Cummings)    →    Lead guitar and frontman in seminal punk rock band The Ramones, "Rockaway Beach" (#66, 1978), died of prostate cancer on 9/15/2004, age 55  

1949    ●    Hamish Stuart    /        →    Bass and backing vocals for Scottish blue-eyed soul Average White Band, "Pick Up The Pieces" (#1, 1974), session work for Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan and others, member of Paul McCartney's backing band in the 90s  

1949    ●    Harry Bowens    /        →    Vocals for eclectic R&B and rock fusion Was (Not Was), "Walk The Dinosaur" (#7, 1989)  

1949    ●    Michael Rosen    /        →    Trumpeter for Scottish blue-eyed soul Average White Band, "Pick Up The Pieces" (#1, 1974), sessions  

1950    ●    Kool Bell    /    (Robert Earl Bell)    →    Founder, frontman, lead vocals, bass and songwriter for jazz-fusion then R&B/funk Kool & The Gang, "Celebration" (#1, 1980)  

1952    ●    Cliff Adams    /        →    Trombonist for jazz-fusion then R&B/funk Kool & The Gang, "Celebration" (#1, 1980), also played with Patti LaBelle & The Bluebells, The Stylistics and the Duke Ellington Orchestra, died from liver failure on 1/12/2015, age 62  

1959    ●    James Johnstone    /        →    Saxophone and guitar for post-punk jazz-funk-rock Pigbag, "Papa's Got A Brand New Pigbag" (Dance/Club #56, UK #3, 1982)  

1963    ●    MC Large Drink    /    (Steve Perry)    →    Co-founder and lead vocals for jazz-rock-ska-swing revival octet Cherry Poppin' Daddies, "Zoot Suit Riot" (Modern Rock #15, 1998)  

1964    ●    CeCe Winans    /    (Priscilla Winans)    →    Grammy-winning R&B/soul and gospel crossover singer in duets with brother BeBe (Benjamin), "Close To You" (R&B/Hip Hop #21, 2009) or solo, "Let Everything That Has Breath" (Dance/Club #8, 2006)  

1965    ●    C.J. Ramone    /    (Christopher John Ward)    →    Last bassist for seminal punk rock band The Ramones, "Rockaway Beach" (#66, 1978), replaced original member Dee Dee Ramone in 1986  

1967    ●    Teddy Riley    /    (Edward Theodore Riley)    →    Singer, producer, New Jack Swing pioneer, founder and frontman for R&B vocal group Blackstreet, "No Diggity" (#1, 1996), Grammy-winning song featuring Dr. Dre, solo, produced for Michael Jackson, Bobby Brown and others   

1968    ●    Leeroy Thornhill    /        →    MC and vocals for "big beat" electronic dance/rap The Prodigy, "Firestarter" (#30, 1996)  

1985    ●    Bruno Mars    /    (Peter Gene Hernandez)    →    Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson impersonator turned contemporary R&B/pop and pop-rap singer, "Just The Way You Are" (#1, 2010)   


                          
October 09  
                      
1920    ●    Yusef Lateef    /    (William Emanuel Huddleston)    →    Jazz, swing, bop, New Age and world music multi-instrumentalist (primarily saxophone), composer, educator, music publisher and doctoral PhD whose 60-year career included session work, band membership, solo albums, touring groups and highest-level professorship stints, died after a long battle with prostate cancer on 12/23/2013, age 93  

1937    ●    Pat Burke    /        →    Jamaican-born flautist and saxophonist in Brit R&B/soul-pop The Foundations, "Baby Now That I've Found You" (#11, 1967)  

1939    ●    O.V. Wright    /    (Overton Vertis "O.V." Wright)    →    R&B/gospel then Southern soul balladeer, "You're Gonna Make Me Cry" (R&B #6, 1965) and five other R&B Top 40 hits, died from a drug abuse-related heart attack on 11/16/1980, age 41  

1940    ●    John Lennon    /    (John Winston Lennon)    →    Singer, songwriter, guitarist and founding member of The Beatles, with collaborator Paul McCartney co-wrote 21 US #1 hits, expressive if often neglected solo career, "Imagine" (#3, 1971) and 14 other Top 40 hits, social activist, sometime film actor, murdered outside his New York City apartment by a deranged fan on 12/8/1980, age 40  

1944    ●    John Entwistle    /        →    Influential bass guitarist and founding member of The Who, "I Can See For Miles" (#9, 1967) plus 16 other Top 40 hits, solo, "Talk Dirty" (Mainstream Rock #41, 1982), Rolling Stone magazine reader poll #1 rock bassist of all time, died from a cocaine-induced heart attack on 6/27/2002, age 57  

1944    ●    Nona Hendryx    /        →    R&B/soul, funk, pop and World music singer, songwriter and producer, founding member of 60s doo wop girl group The Bluebelles, which morphed into disco-funk Labelle, "Lady Marmalade" (#1, 1975), solo, "Why Should I Cry?" (#58, R&B #5, 1987), collaboration with Keith Richards, "Rock This House" (1985) and others, film and radio actress  

1948    ●    Jackson Browne    /    (Clyde Jackson Browne)    →    Laid-back California folk-rock singer, songwriter and guitarist, "Running On Empty" (#11, 1977) and nine other Top 40 singles and four Top 20 albums  

1949    ●    Rod Temperton    /    (Rodney Lynn Temperton)    →    Brit keyboardist and songwriter for R&B funk/disco Heatwave, wrote "Boogie Nights" (#2, R&B #5, UK #2, 1977), recruited by Quincy Jones to write for Michael Jackson and penned "Rock With You" ()#1, R&B #1, UK #7, 1979) and "Thriller" (# , 1988), among others, plus hits for George Benson, Donna Summer and others, died from cancer in the week preceding 10/5/2016, age 66  

1954    ●    James Fearnley    /        →    Accordion for Irish folk-punk-rock The Pogues, "Tuesday Morning" (Rock #11, 1993)  

1957    ●    Ini Kamoze    /    (Cecil Campbell)    →    One hit wonder reggae/dance-club singer, "Here Comes The Hotstepper" (#1, 1994)  

1959    ●    Thomas Wydler    /        →    Swiss drummer and core member of Aussie alt rock Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, "Where The Wild Roses Grow" (Australia #2, UK #11, 1995)  

1961    ●    Kurt Neumann    /        →    Founder, guitar and vocals for roots rock The BoDeans, "Closer To Free" (#16, 1993)  

1967    ●    Mat Osman    /        →    Bassist for Britpop indie rock Suede, "Trash" (UK #3, 1996)  

1968    ●    Vix    /    (Victoria Perks)    →    Violin and vocals for all-girl New Wave pop-punk quartet Fuzzbox (originally We've Got A Fuzz Box And We're Gonna Use It), "International Rescue" (UK #11, 1989)  

1969    ●    P.J. Harvey    /    (Polly Jean Harvey)    →    Alt rock singer/songwriter and guitarist, bandleader for her self-named trio and solo artist, "Down By The Water" (Alt Rock #2, 1995)  

1973    ●    Terry Balsamo    /        →    Lead guitarist for alt heavy metal Cold, "Stupid Girl" (Mainstream Rock #4, 2003), left to join Grammy-winning goth-pop-metal Evanescence, "My Immortal" (#7, 2004)  

1975    ●    Sean Lennon    /    (Sean Ono Lennon)    →    avant-garde-pop singer, songwriter, guitarist, actor, producer, son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono and godson of Elton John, shares birthday with his deceased father  

1978    ●    Nicholas Byrne    /        →    Vocals for Irish pop boy band Westlife, "Swear It Again" (#20, 2000) and 17 UK Top 10 hits  

1979    ●    Alex Greenwald    /        →    Actor, model for The Gap clothing store and lead vocals and guitarist for power pop/indie rock Phantom Planet, "California" (Modern Rock #35, 2002)  

1980    ●    Brian Hurren    /        →    Keyboards for Scottish Celtic folk-rock Runrig, "An Ubhal As Airde (The Highest Apple)" (UK #18, 1995)  


                          
October 10  
                      
1909    ●    "Mother" Maybelle Carter    /    (Maybelle Addington)    →    Guitar, harmony vocals and 50-year member of traditional folk and country music act The Carter Family, matriarch of next-generation country-pop The Carter Sisters ("Pick The Wildwood Flower," Country #34, 1973) with daughters Helen, June (later June Carter Cash) and Anita, performed until her death on 10/24/1978, age 69  

1914    ●    Ivory Joe Hunter    /        →    The "Baron of the Boogie", blues pianist, singer and early rock 'n' roller, "Since I Met You, Baby" (#12, R&B #1, 1956), died of lung cancer on 11/8/1974, age 60  

1917    ●    Thelonius Monk    /        →    Jazz giant, pianist and composer, "Round Midnight" (1944) and the retrospective live album At Carnegie Hall (#107, 2005), died after a stroke on 2/17/1982, age 64  

1923    ●    Louis Gottlieb    /        →    Baritone vocals, bass guitar and comic routines for folk-pop trio The Limeliters, "A Dollar Down" (#60, 1961), left the group in 1965 to co-found the hippie commune Morning Star Ranch in Sonoma County, CA, rejoined in 1973 and performed through to his death on 7/11/1996, age 72  

1938    ●    Larry Finnegan    /    (John Lawrence Finneran)    →    One hit wonder rock 'n' roll/pop singer, "Dear One" (#11, AUS #1, 1962), left the U.S. for Sweden and then Switzerland in the mid-60s, returned to the U.S. in the early 70s and died of a brain tumor on 7/22/1973, age 34  

1943    ●    Denis D'Ell    /    (Denis Dalziel)    →    Lead singer and harmonica player for one hit wonder English beat/pop-rock The Honeycombs, "Have I The Right?" (#5, 1964), died of cancer on 7/6/2005, age 61  

1945    ●    Alan Cartwright    /    (Alan George Cartwright)    →    Bassist for prog/psych rock Procol Harum, "A Whiter Shade Of Pale" (#5, 1967), left in 1975, now operates a pub  

1945    ●    Jerry Lacroix    /        →    Journeyman harmonica, saxophone, songwriter and backing vocals for The Boogie Kings, Edgar Winter's White Trash, Blood, Sweat & Tears and Rare Earth, sessions  

1946    ●    John Prine    /        →    Influential folk-country-rock singer, songwriter and guitarist, albums Sweet Revenge (#135, 1973) and Grammy-winning Fair & Square (#55, 2005) and the oft-covered country-folk standard "Angel From Montgomery" (1971)  

1948    ●    Cyril Neville    /        →    Vocals and percussion in New Orleans soul-funk sibling group The Neville Brothers, "Yellow Moon" (1989)  

1951    ●    Keith Grimes    /        →    Backing band guitarist for Eva Cassidy, mixed-genre vocal interpreter of American classics and pop tunes including "Over The Rainbow" (1992)  

1952    ●    Sharon Osbourne    /        →    Sensible wife of heavy metal king Ozzy Osbourne, TV actress and judge on The X Factor and America's Got Talent, producer, business manager and promoter  

1953    ●    Midge Ure    /    (James Ure)    →    Scottish guitarist, singer and songwriter, first with bubblegum pop Slik, "Forever And Ever" (UK #1, 1976), left to form pop-rock The Rich Kids, "Rich Kids" (UK #24, 1978), then New Wave electro-synth-pop pioneers Ultravox, "Vienna" (UK #2, 1980) and 15 other UK Top 40 singles, co-organized charity group Band Aid, "Do They Know It's Christmas" (#13, 1984), solo, "Dear God" (Mainstream Rock #6, 1989)  

1954    ●    David Lee Roth    /        →    Flamboyant frontman, lead singer and songwriter for hard rock Van Halen, "Jump" (#1, 1984), solo, "Just Like Paradise" (#6, 1988), radio "shock jock" DJ with Howard Stern  

1958    ●    Tanya Tucker    /        →    Country singer and songwriter, first hit at age 13 with "Delta Dawn" (#72, Country #6, 1972), scored 10 Country #1 hits including "Lizzie And The Rainman" (#37, Country #1, 1975), 1991 Country Music Association singer of the year, starred in her own fly-on-the-wall TV show, Tuckerville, in 2005  

1959    ●    Kirsty MacColl    /        →    Brit singer and songwriter, "There's A Guy Works Down In The Chip Shop (Swears He's Elvis)" (UK #14, 1981) and "Walking Down Madison" (Dance/Club #18, 1991), died in a boating accident in Mexico on 12/18/2000, age 41  

1960    ●    Eric Martin    /        →    Vocals for pop-metal "shredder" band Mr. Big, "To Be With You" (#1, 1992)  

1960    ●    Gail Greenwood    /        →    Bass guitarist in alt rock Belly ("Feed The Tree," #95, Alt Rock #1, UK #32, 1993) and grunge and riot grrrl L7 ("Pretend We're Dead," Alt Rock #8, UK #21, 1992), since 2003 with alt rock Benny Sizzler  

1961    ●    Martin Kemp    /        →    Bassist for New Romantic pop-rock Spandau Ballet, "True" (#4, 1983)  

1963    ●    Jim Glennie    /        →    Bassist in Brit alt pop-rock James, "Sit Down" (UK #2, 1991) and "Laid" (#61, Modern Rock #3, 1994)  

1963    ●    Jonny Male    /        →    Guitarist for techno-pop Republica, "Drop Dead Gorgeous" (Modern Rock #39, 1997)  

1964    ●    Graham Crabb    /        →    Drummer for dance-rock Pop Will Eat Itself, "X, Y & Zee" (Modern Rock #11, 1991)  

1967    ●    Mike Malinin    /        →    Guitar and vocals for alt-rock Goo Goo Dolls, "Iris" (#1, 1998)  

1972    ●    Vinnie Tattanelli    /        →    Drummer for power-pop Nine Days, "Absolutely (Story Of A Girl)" (#6, 2000)  

1973    ●    Scott Morriss    /        →    Bassist for indie rock The Bluetones, "Slight Return" (UK #2, 1996)  

1979    ●    Mýa Marie Harrison    /        →    R&B/smooth urban soul singer, "Case Of The Ex" (#2, 2000) and "Lady Marmalade" (#1, 2001) with Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim and Pink, dancer and actress  

1981    ●    Una Healy Foden    /        →    Vocals in electro-pop girl-group The Saturdays, "Missing You" (UK #3, 2010) and twelve other UK Top 10 hits  


                          
October 11  
                      
1919    ●    Art Blakey    /    (Arthur Blakey)    →    Grammy-winning jazz drummer and bandleader, played in various 40s big bands, in the 50s formed his own band, the influential and archetypical hard bop Jazz Messengers, led multiple lineups of the band and recorded his own solo albums until his death from lung cancer on 10/16/1990, age 71  

1932    ●    Dottie West    /    (Dorothy Marie Marsh)    →    Influential, top-tier country music singer and songwriter with 18 Country Top 20 singles, including "A Lesson In Leaving" (#73, AC #42, Country #1, 1980) plus four Country Top 5 duets with Kenny Rogers, similar to mentor Patsy Cline faced respect issues in a male-dominated Nashville scene, financial problems plagued her during declining popularity in the 80s, sustained injuries in a roll-over car accident on her way to a comeback performance at the Grand Old Opry and died during surgery five days later on 9/4/1991, age 58  

1936    ●    Joe Ligon    /    (Willie Joe Ligon)    →    Founder and preacher-style lead vocalist for Grammy-winning contemporary gospel quartet The Might Clouds Of Joy, their blend of traditional gospel with R&B, soul and pop influences produced two charting singles, "Amazing Grace" (#3, Dance/Club #2, R&B #4, UK #15, 1975) and the disco hit "Mighty High" (Dance/Club #1, 1976) plus multiple gospel music awards over a five decade career, died from unspecified causes on 12/11/2016, age 80  

1946    ●    Daryl Hall    /    (Daryl Hohl)    →    Singer/songwriter and one half of Philly soul-pop-rock duo Hall & Oates, "Private Eyes" (#1, 1981), plus 20 other Top 20 hits  

1946    ●    Gary Mallaber    /        →    Drummer with blues-rock then psych-rock then pop-rock Steve Miller Band, "The Joker" (#1, 1973), then session work for dozens of artists, including Peter Frampton, Poco, Van Morrison and Bonnie Raitt  

1950    ●    Andrew Woolfolk    /        →    Saxophonist for R&B/soul-dance-pop Earth, Wind & Fire, "Shining Star" (#1, 1975)  

1957    ●    Blair Cunningham    /        →    Drummer for New Wave funk-pop Haircut 100, "Love Plus One" (#37, 1982)  

1957    ●    Chris Joyce    /        →    Drummer and co-founder of Brit soul-pop Simply Red, "Holding Back The Years" (#1, 1986)  

1958    ●    Tony Moore    /        →    Brit singer/songwriter, musician, radio personality and music promoter who was briefly keyboardist for heavy metal Iron Maiden and later with New Wave pop-rock Cutting Crew, "(I Just) Died In Your Arms" (#1, 1987), founded new music nightclub The Kashmir Klub in 1997 and currently manages other London music venues  

1962    ●    Andy McCoy    /    (Antti Hulkko)    →    Guitarist for Finnish glam-punk-metal Hanoi Rocks, covered Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Up Around The Bend" (UK #61, 1984)  

1962    ●    Scott Johnson    /        →    Vocals and guitar for power-pop Gin Blossoms, "Found Out About You" (Modern Rock #1, 1994)  

1971    ●    MC Lyte    /    (Lana Michele Moorer)    →    Rapper, "Cold Rock A Party" (#11, Rap #1, 1997), first female to release a full rap album (Lyte As A Rock, 1988), sometime TV actress  

1973    ●    Brendan Brown    /        →    Vocals and guitar for post-grunge Wheatus, "Teenage Dirtbag" (Modern Rock #7, 2001)  


                          
October 12  
                      
1927    ●    Joe Olivier    /        →    Guitarist with early and important rock 'n' roll group Bill Haley & His Comets, "Rock Around The Clock" (#1, 1955)  

1929    ●    Nappy Brown    /    (Napoleon Brown Goodson Culp)    →    R&B/gospel, blues and early rock 'n' roll-era singer and songwriter with a distinctive sing-song, added consonants delivery and several hits in the 50s, including "Don't Be Angry" (#25, R&B #2, 1955), faded by 1960 but enjoyed a career revival in the 80s, died in his sleep on 9/20/2008, age 78  

1935    ●    Luciano Pavarotti    /        →    Highly successful and widely-admired Italian opera star and pop music singer, performed on Saturday Night Live and sang with U2 on "Miss Sarajevo", died from pancreatic cancer on 9/6/1977, age 71  

1935    ●    Sam Moore    /    (Samuel David Hicks)    →    Tenor vocals and one half of R&B/soul Sam & Dave, "Soul Man" (#2, 1967), the most successful and critically-acclaimed soul music duo of all time  

1942    ●    Melvin Franklin    /        →    Bass vocals for Motown R&B/soul legends The Temptations, "My Girl" (#1, 1965) and Grammy-winning "Papa Was A Rolling Stone" (#1, 1972), died after a coma-inducing seizure on 2/23/1995, age 52  

1948    ●    Rick Parfitt    /        →    Vocals and rhythm guitar for Brit psych-boogie rock Status Quo, "Pictures Of Matchstick Men" (#12, 1968)  

1955    ●    Jane Siberry    /        →    Canadian art-pop-rock singer and songwriter, "One More Colour" (Canada #27, 1985) from the album The Speckless Sky (#149, 1986)  

1955    ●    Pat DiNizio    /        →    Lead singer, guitarist and songwriter for alt pop-rock The Smithereens, "Only A Memory" (Mainstream Rock #1, 1988), solo albums plus XM satellite radio programmer and unsuccessful US Senate candidate  

1956    ●    Dave Vanian    /    (David Letts)    →    Singer and founding member of first-wave punk rockers The Damned, "Eloise" (UK #3, 1986), solo, now hosts TV show featuring homemade horror movies contributed by viewers  

1966    ●    Brian Kennedy    /        →    Irish singer/songwriter, played in Van Morrison band, solo, "Life, Love And Happiness", (UK #27, 1996), appeared on Broadway in The River Dance  

1969    ●    Martie Maguire    /    (Martha Elenor Erwin)    →    Multi-instrumentalist singer and songwriter with country-rock girl group Dixie Chicks, "Not Ready To Make Nice" (#4, 2006)  

1979    ●    Jordan Pundik    /        →    Founding member, lyricist and lead vocals for pop-punk New Found Glory, "My Friends Over You" (Alt Rock #5, 2002)  


                          
October 13  
                      
1937    ●    Bruce "Cousin Brucie" Morrow    /    (Bruce Meyerowitz)    →    Beloved 60s and 70s pop-rock Top 40 radio DJ (WABC-am New York), then media businessman and currently Sirius XM satellite radio host  

1940    ●    Chris Farlowe    /    (John Henry Deighton))    →    Rock, blues and blue-eyed soul singer, covered the Jagger/Richards song, "Out of Time" (UK #1, 1966), session work for Colosseum, Atomic Rooster, Jimmy Page and others  

1941    ●    Paul Simon    /        →    Highly acclaimed and ten-time Grammy-winning folk-pop-rock singer, songwriter and guitarist, one half the 60 folk-pop duo Simon & Garfunkel, "Bridge Over Trouble Water" (#1, 1970), solo, "50 Ways To Leave Your Lover" (#1, 1975) and 12 other Top 40 hits plus the 1986 Grammy Album of the Year, Graceland (#3, 1987)  

1944    ●    Robert Lamm    /        →    Founding member, vocals, keyboards and songwriter for horn-pop-rock Chicago, wrote "25 Or 6 To 4" (#4, 1970) and "Saturday In The Park" (#3, 1972), solo with seven albums plus a 2000 collaboration album with Gerry Beckley (America) and Carl Wilson (The Beach Boys)  

1947    ●    Sammy Hagar    /        →    Hard rock guitarist and lead singer with early heavy metal band Montrose, "Bad Motor Scooter" (1973), solo, "Your Love Is Driving Me Crazy" (#13, 1983), replaced David Lee Roth in Van Halen, "When It's Love" (#5, 1988), resumed solo career in 1995  

1948    ●    John Ford Coley    /    (John Edward Colley)    →    Guitar and vocals in folk-pop duo England Dan & John Ford Coley, "I'd Really Love To See You Tonight" (#2, 1976)  

1948    ●    Peter David Spencer    /        →    Drums and vocals for pop-rock Smokie, "Living Next Door To Alice" (#25, 1977)  

1950    ●    Simon Nicol    /        →    Guitarist for renowned Brit folk-rock Fairport Convention, "Si Tu Dos Partir" (UK #21, 1969)  

1959    ●    Gerry Darby    /        →    Founding member and drummer for Brit jazz-pop-rock Carmel, "Bad Day" (UK #15, 1983)  

1959    ●    Marie Osmond    /        →    Youngest sibling of family-oriented light pop-rock The Osmonds, ten US Top 40 singles including "One Bad Apple" (#1, 1971), country-pop solo career, "Paper Roses" (#5, Country #1, 1973) and seven other Country Top 40 hits, TV host  

1962    ●    Rob Marche    /        →    Guitarist for dance-pop-rock Jo Boxers, "Boxer Beat" (UK #3, 1983)  

1968    ●    Carlos Marin    /        →    Baritone for pre-fab Euro-pop vocal quartet Il Divo, "Unbreak My Heart" (Adult Contemporary #33, 2005)  

1970    ●    Paul Potts    /        →    Welsh crossover opera singer and winner of the first series of ITV's Britain's Got Talent, debut album One Chance (#21, UK #1, 2007)  

1977    ●    Justin Peroff    /    (Justin Papadimitriou)    →    Canadian drummer for jazz/pop/rock Broken Social Scene, "1 2 3 4" (UK #4, 2007), TV and film actor  

1980    ●    Ashanti    /    (Ashanti Shequoiya Douglas)    →    R&B/contemporary urban singer, songwriter, dancer and actress, "Foolish" (#1, 2002)  

1981    ●    Kele    /    (Kelechukwu Rowland Okereke)    →    Lead singer and rhythm guitarist for indie pop-punk revival Bloc Party, "Helicopter" (Dance #5, 2006), solo  


                          
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1926    ●    Bill Justis    /    (William Everett Justis, Jr.)    →    Record company music director, arranger and film score composer (Smokey And The Bandit, 1977), co-wrote and played saxophone on his one hit wonder pioneer instrumental rock n' roll song "Raunchy" (#2, 1957), died of cancer on 7/15/1982, age 55  

1930    ●    Robert Parker    /        →    New Orleans R&B/soul and rock 'n' roll singer and saxophonist, sessions for Fats Domino, Ernie K-Doe and others, then one hit wonder solo career, "Barefootin'" (#7, 1966)  

1940    ●    Cliff Richard    /    (Harry Rodger Webb)    →    The "Brit Elvis" and biggest selling artist of all time in the UK, early rock n' roll star, "Move It" (UK #2, 1958) credited as the first rock 'n' roll song from outside the U.S., then migrated to MOR pop and light rock, "Devil Woman" (#6, UK #9, 1976) plus over 100 UK Top 40 hits, TV actor  

1942    ●    Billy Harrison    /        →    Backing vocals and guitar for the early lineups of Irish garage-rock, proto-punk Them, "Gloria" (#71, 1966)  

1945    ●    Bomber Hodgkinson    /    (Colin Hodgkinson)    →    Jazz-rock bassist, co-founded 70s bass-centric fusion trio Back Door, session work for Jan Hammer, Alexis Korner, the Spencer Davis Group, Whitesnake and others  

1946    ●    Dan McCafferty    /        →    Founding member and lead singer of Scottish hard rock Nazareth, "Love Hurts" (#8, 1976), has appeared on all Nazareth albums plus two solo LPs  

1946    ●    David Justin Hayward    /        →    Guitar and vocals for prog rock then pop-rock The Moody Blues, wrote "Nights In White Satin" (#2, 1967) and "Your Wildest Dreams" (#9, 1986), still touring in 2011  

1947    ●    Norman Harris    /        →    R&B/Philly soul guitarist, founding member of MFSB, producer for multiple R&B/soul groups including The Delfonics and The Trammps, co-wrote hits for Gloria Gaynor, Wilson Pickett, the Spinners and others as part of the Baker-Harris-Young songwriting team, died of a heart attack on 3/20/1987, age 39  

1948    ●    Ivory Tilmon    /        →    Vocals in R&B/soul brother act The Detroit Emeralds, "Feel The Need In Me" (R&B #22, 1973)  

1948    ●    Marcia Barrett    /        →    West Indian vocalist in R&B/disco Euro-dance Boney M, "Rivers Of Babylon" (#30, UK #1, 1978)  

1952    ●    Chris Amoo    /        →    Vocals for Brit Northern soul/funk quartet The Real Thing, "You To Me Are Everything" (#64, UK #1, 1976)  

1958    ●    Thomas Dolby    /    (Thomas Morgan Robertson)    →    Multi-instrumentalist New Wave synth-pop singer and composer, "She Blinded Me With Science" (#5, 1982), also member of Camera Club and the Lene Lovich band, producer for Joni Mitchell, Prefab Sprout and others, developed the RMF downloadable file format and Beatnik mobile phone software  

1959    ●    A.J. Pero    /    (Anthony Jude Pero)    →    Drummer for heavy metal Twisted Sister, "We're Not Gonna Take It" (#21, 1983), continued to perform with the band until his death from a heart attack on 3/20/2015, age 55  

1959    ●    Antimo Rivetti    /        →    Manager for Brit teen-pop blue-eyed soul Curiosity Killed The Cat, "Down To Earth" (UK #3, 1986)  

1965    ●    Karyn White    /        →    Contemporary R&B/pop singer, "Superwoman" (#8, 1988), now an interior design and real estate consultant  

1974    ●    Natalie Maines    /    (Natalie Maines Pasdar)    →    Singer, songwriter and guitarist for country-rock girl group Dixie Chicks, "Not Ready To Make Nice" (#4, 2006) plus Grammy Album of the Year Taking The Long Way (2006)  

1975    ●    Shaznay Lewis    /        →    Singer in Brit dance-pop-rock all-girl quartet All Saints, "Never Ever" (#4, 1998)  

1978    ●    Usher Raymond    /        →    The reigning "King of R&B," Grammy-winning pop-soul singer, songwriter, dancer and actor, "Nice & Slow" (#1, 1998) plus 13 other Top 10 singles and three #1 albums    
















































































































































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