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Saturday, December 1, 2012

December: Music Makers' Birthdays

Click on any date below to see music makers’ birthdays on that day. Click here to return to the main music makers’ birthday page. Note: Names listed in bold have had dates verified with at least two sources to (hopefully) ensure accuracy. Please email Dave’s Music Database with any corrections.

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DEC. 1

  • Brad Delson (1977). Rock musician from Linkin Park (2000’s Hybrid Theory).

  • Julee Cruise (1956)

  • Jaco Pastorius (1951). American jazz bassist. Born John Francis Anthony Pastorius III. Died 9/21/1987.

  • Gilbert O'Sullivan (1946). Irish singer/songwriter (“Along Again (Naturally)”) born Raymond Edward O’Sullivan.

  • Bette Midler (1945). American singer and actress.

  • John Densmore (1944). American rock drummer with The Doors.

  • Eric Bloom (Blue Oyster Cult) (1944)

  • Sandy Nelson (1938). American session drummer who also had hits on his own (“Teen Beat”, “Let There Be Drums”). Born Sander Nelson.

  • Billy Paul (1934). American singer (“Me and Mrs. Jones”). Born Paul Williams.

  • Lou Rawls (1933). American soul/blues singer (“You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine”). Died 1/6/2006.


    DEC. 2

  • Britney Spears (1981). Pop singer (“Baby…One More Time”, “Toxic”).

  • Nelly Furtado (1978)

  • Treach (Naughty By Nature) (1970)

  • Nate Mendel (Foo Fighters) (1968)

  • Rick Savage (1960). Rock bassist with Def Leppard (1983’s Pyromania).

  • Michael McDonald (Doobie Brothers) (1952)

  • Ted Bluechel Jr. (1942). American drummer with the Association.

  • Tom McGuinness (1941). English bassist with Manfred Mann.

  • Maria Callas (1923). American opera singer. Died 9/16/1977.

  • Pop Staples (1915). Guitarist.

  • Adolph Green (1914). Composer.


    DEC. 3

  • Daniel Bedingfield (1979)

  • Trini (1978). Rapper.

  • Montell Jordan (1971)

  • Ozzy Osbourne (1948). English heavy metal singer with Black Sabbath (“Paranoid”, 1970’s Black Sabbath, 1970’s Paranoid, 1971’s Master of Reality, 1972’s Vol. 4). Born John Michael Osbourne.

  • Ralph McTell (1944). English musician (“Streets of London”) born Ralph May.

  • Andy Williams (1927). Singer.

  • Ferlin Husky (1925). American country singer.

  • Connee Boswell (1907). American singer. Died 10/11/1976.

  • Anton Webern (1883). Composer.


    DEC. 4

  • Jay-Z (1969). American rapper and businessman born Shawn Corey Carter.

  • Vinnie Dombroski (Sponge) (1962)

  • Bob Griffin (The BoDeans) (1959)

  • Cassandra Wilson (1955). Singer.

  • Southside Johnny (1948). American singer/songwriter who fronted Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes. Born John Lyon.

  • Dennis Wilson (1944). American rock drummer with the Beach Boys (“Good Vibrations”, Pet Sounds).

  • Chris Hillman (1942). American rock bassist with the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers.

  • Freddy Cannon (1940). American musician (“Tallahassee Lassie”) born Frederick Anthony Picariello.

  • Eddie Heywood (1915). American pianist (“Beguin the Beguine”). Died 1/2/1989.


    DEC. 5

  • Glen Graham (Blind Melon) (1968)

  • Johnny Rzeznik (Goo Goo Dolls) (1965)

  • Jack Russell (Great White) (1960)

  • Jim Messina (1947). American rock guitarist with Poco and duo Loggins & Messina.

  • Andy Kim (1946)

  • J.J. Cale (1938). American blues-rock guitarist born John W. Cale.

  • Little Richard (1932). American R&B singer and pianist. Early rock ‘n’ roller (“Tutti Frutti”). Born Richard Wayne Penniman.

  • Reverend James Cleveland (1931). American gospel singer. Died 2/9/1991.

  • Sonny Boy Williamson II (1899). American blues harmonica player and singer/songwriter (“Don’t Start Me Talkin’”, “Help Me”) born Alex “Rice” Miller. Died 5/25/1965.


    DEC. 6

  • Ulf “Buddha” Ekberg (1970). Swedish pop keyboardist with Ace of Base.

  • Ben Watt (Everything But The Girl) (1962)

  • David Lovering (1961). American rock drummer with the Pixies (1988’s Surfer Rosa, 1989’s Doolittle).

  • Peter Buck (1956). American rock guitarist with R.E.M. (“Losing My Religion”, 1983’s Murmur, 1991’s Out of Time, 1992’s Automatic for the People).

  • Rick Buckler (Jam) (1955)

  • Jonathan King (1948). English musician (“Everyone’s Gone to the Moon”) born Kenneth King.

  • Keith West (1943). English musician (“Excerpt from a Teenage Opera (Grocer Jack)”) born Keith Hopkins.

  • Dave Brubeck (1920). American jazz pianist.

  • Ira Gershwin (1896). Amercan lyricist who worked with his brother, composer George Gershwin (“I Got Rhythm”, “Someone to Watch Over Me”, 1935’s Porgy and Bess). Born Israel Gershowitz. Died 8/17/1983.


    DEC. 7

  • Aaron Carter (1987). Singer.

  • Sara Bareilles (1979)

  • Nicole Appleton (1974). Musician with All Saints.

  • Barbara Weathers (Atlantic Starr) (1963)

  • Tim Butler (1958). Alternative-rock bassist with the Psychedelic Furs.

  • Tom Waits (1949). American singer/songwriter (1983’s Swordfishtrombones, 1985’s Rain Dogs).

  • Harry Chapin (1942). American folk singer (“Cat’s in the Cradle”). Died 7/16/1981.

  • Louis Prima (1910). American jazz/big band leader (“Buona Sera”). Died 8/24/1978.


    DEC. 8

  • Corey Taylor (1973). Singer.

  • Ryan Newell (Sister Hazel) (1972)

  • Sinéad O'Connor (1966). Irish alternative rock singer/songwriter (“Nothing Compares 2 U”).

  • Bushwick Bill (The Geto Boys) (1966)

  • David Shea (1965). DJ.

  • Kat Bjelland (1963). American singer and guitarist with the Neurotics, Venarays, and Babes in Toyland.

  • Marty Friedman (Megadeth) (1962)

  • Paul Rutherford (Frankie Goes To Hollywood) (1959)

  • Phil Collen (1957). Rock musician with Def Leppard (1983’s Pyromania).

  • Warren Cuccurullo (1956). Rock guitarist who joined Duran Duran in 1990.

  • Gregg Allman (1947). Rock musician with the Allman Brothers Band (“Whipping Post”, 1971’s At Fillmore East1972’s Eat a Peach).

  • George Baker (1944). Dutch musician (“Paloma Blanca”) born George Bouwens.

  • Jim Morrison (1943). American rock singer/songwriter/poet best known as the lead singer of The Doors (“Light My Fire”). Died 7/3/1971.

  • Bobby Elliot (The Hollies) (1942)

  • Jerry Butler (1939). American R&B singer/songwriter with the Impressions and a solo artist (“Only the Strong Survive”).

  • Jimmy Smith (1928). Jazz pianist. Died 2/8/2005.

  • Sammy Davis, Jr. (1925). American entertainer (“The Candy Man”, “Me and My Shadow”). Died 5/16/1990.

  • Floyd Tillman (1914). Country musician.

  • Jean Sibelius (1865). Finnish classical composer. Died 9/20/1957.


    DEC. 9

  • Tré Cool (1972). German-American punk-rock drummer with Green Day (Dookie, American Idiot). Born Frank Edwin Wright III.

  • Geoff Barrow (Portishead) (1971)

  • Jakob Dylan (The Wallflowers) (1970)

  • Brian Bell (Weezer) (1968)

  • Nick Seymour (1958). Rock musician with Crowded House (1991’s Woodface).

  • Donny Osmond (1957). American pop singer (“Puppy Love”, “Young Love”).

  • Randy Murray (BTO) (1955)

  • Joan Armatrading (1950). Singer born in the West Indies.

  • Dennis Dunaway (1948). American bassist with Billion Dollar Babies.

  • Walter Orange (The Commodores) (1946)

  • Peter Sarstedt (1943). Indian musician (“Where Do You Go to My Lovely”).

  • David Houston (1938). American country singer. Died 11/30/1993.

  • Freddy Martin (1906). American bandleader and tenor saxophonist. Died 9/30/1983.


    DEC. 10

  • Meg White (1974). Drummer with the White Stripes (“Fell in Love with a Girl”, “Seven Nation Army”, 2001’s White Blood Cells).

  • Scot Alexander (Dishwalla) (1971)

  • Timothy Christian Riley (Tony! Toni! Tone!) (1966)

  • Jermaine Jackson (1954). American R&B/pop singer with the Jackson 5 and also a solo artist.

  • Johnny Rodriguez (1951). American country singer.

  • Ralph Tavares (Tavares) (1948)

  • Chad Stuart (Chad & Jeremy) (1943)

  • Morton Gould (1913). American composer, conductor, arranger, and pianist. Died 2/21/1996.


    DEC. 11

  • Zacky Vengeance (1981). Guitarist.

  • Justin Currie (1964). Best known as singer/songwriter/bassist for Scottish pop/rock band Del Amitri (“Roll to Me”).

  • Nikki Sixx (1958). Rock drummer with Mötley Crüe (Dr. Feelgood).

  • Mike Mesaros (The Smithereens) (1957)

  • Jermaine Jackson (1954)

  • Brenda Lee (1944). American country, pop, and rockabilly singer (“I’m Sorry”) born Brenda Mae Tarpley.

  • Frank J. Wilson (1941). American singer (“Last Kiss”) born John Frank Wilson. Died 10/4/1991.

  • David Gates (1940). American singer/songwriter, guitarist, and keyboardist with Bread.

  • Tyner McCoy (1938). American jazz pianist.

  • Big Mama Thornton (1926). American R&B singer (“Hound Dog”) born Willie Mae Thornton. Died 7/25/1984.

  • Benny Spellman (1931). Musician.

  • Pérez Prado (1916). Cuban jazz/big band leader and pianist. Died 9/14/1989.

  • Hector Berlioz (1803). French classical composer. Died 3/8/1869.


    DEC. 12

  • Dino Meneghin (The Calling) (1977)

  • Hank Williams III (1972). Musician.

  • Danny Boy (House Of Pain) (1968)

  • Nick Dimichino (Nine Days) (1967)

  • Sinead O’Connor (1966). Irish alternative-rock singer (“Nothing Compares 2 U”).

  • Eric Schenkman (Spin Doctors) (1963)

  • Sheila E. (born Sheila Escovedo, 1957)

  • Clive Bunker (1946). Musician with Jethro Tull (1971’s Aqualung).

  • Tony Williams (1945). American jazz drummer. Died 2/23/1997.

  • Rob Tyner (1944). American singer with the MC5. Died 9/17/1991.

  • Dickey Betts (1943). American rock guitarist with the Allman Brothers Band (“Whipping Post”, 1971’s At Fillmore East1972’s Eat a Peach).

  • Grover Washington Jr. (1943)

  • Terry Kirkman (1941). American singer and multi-instrumentalist with the Association.

  • Dionne Warwick (1940). American R&B singer (“Walk on By”, “That’s What Friends Are For”) born Marie Dionne Warrick..

  • Connie Francis (1938). American pop singer (“Who’s Sorry Now?”, “Where the Boys Are”) born Concetta Rosa Maria Franconero.

  • Frank Sinatra (1915). American pop crooner (“I’ll Never Smile Again”, “My Way”, “Strangers in the Night”, “New York, New York”, 1956’s Songs for Swingin’ Lovers) born Francis Albert Sinatra. Died 5/14/1998.


    DEC. 13

  • Taylor Swift (1989). American country singer (“Teardrops on My Guitar”, “Love Story”, “You Belong with Me”, 2008’s Fearless).

  • Amy Lee (1981). Goth-rock singer with Evanescence (“Bring Me to Life”).

  • Tom DeLonge (Blink-182) (1975)

  • John Anderson (1954). American country singer.

  • Berton Averre (The Knack) (1954)

  • Randy Owen (Alabama) (1949)

  • Tom Verlaine (1949). Rock guitarist with Television (1975’s Marquee Moon) born Thomas Miller.

  • Lester Bangs (1948). American music journalist who wrote for Creem and Rolling Stone. Has been called “America’s Greatest Rock Critic”. Died 4/30/1982.
  • Ted Nugent (1948). American rock guitarist (“Cat Scratch Fever”, “Wango Tango”).

  • Lou Adler (1933). American producer.

  • Vestal Goodman (1929). Gospel singer. Died 12/27/2003.


    DEC. 14

  • Brian Dalyrimple (Soul For Real) (1975)

  • Mike Scott (The Waterboys) (1958)

  • Peter Stacy (The Pogues) (1958)

  • Randy Owens (1949). American country singer and guitarist with Alabama.

  • Cliff Williams (1949). English rock bassist with AC/DC since 1977. (“You Shook Me All Night Long”, 1979’s Highway to Hell, 1980’s Back in Black).

  • Jane Birkin (1947). English singer (“Je Taime…Mo Non Plus”).

  • Charlie Rich (1932). American country singer (“Behind Closed Doors”, “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World”). Died 7/25/1995.

  • Clark Terry (1920). American jazz trumpeter.


    DEC. 15

  • Paul Simonon (1956). Rock musician with The Clash (1977’s The Clash, 1979’s London Calling).

  • Carmine Appice (1946). American drummer with Vanilla Fudge and Cactus.

  • Dave Clark (Dave Clark Five) (1942)

  • Cindy Birdsong (The Supremes) (1939)

  • Jesse Belvin (1932). American singer/songwriter and pianist. Died 2/6/1960.

  • Jerry Wallace (1928). American country/pop singer. Died 5/5/2008.

  • Alan Freed (1921). American early rock-n-roll radio DJ. Born Albert James Freed. Died 1/20/1965.

  • Stan Kenton (1911). American jazz bandleader. Died 8/25/1979.

  • John Hammond (1910). American blues producer. Died 7/10/1987.

  • Cab Calloway (1907). American jazz singer and bandleader born Cabell Calloway III. Died 11/18/1994.


    DEC. 16

  • Flo Rida (1979)

  • Michael McCary (1971). American R&B bass singer with Boyz II Men.

  • Christopher Thorn (Blind Melon) (1968)

  • Alex Fergusson (1952). Scottish guitarist with Alternative TV.

  • Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top) (1949)

  • Benny Andersson (1946). Swedish singer/songwriter with Abba (“Dancing Queen”).

  • Tony Hicks (The Hollies) (1943)


    DEC. 17

  • Nat Wolff (1994). Musician.

  • Craig “DJ Homicide” Bullock (Sugar Ray) (1972)
  • Sarah Dallin (1961). English pop singer with Bananarama.

  • Bob Stinson (1959). American alternative-rock guitarist with the Replacements. Died 2/18/1995.

  • Mike Mills (1958). American rock bassist and keyboardist with R.E.M. (“Losing My Religion”, 1983’s Murmur, 1991’s Out of Time, 1992’s Automatic for the People).

  • Paul Rodgers (1949). English rock singer/songwriter with Free (“All Right Now”) and Bad Company.
  • Paul Butterfield (1942). American musician. Died 5/4/1987.

  • Eddie Kendricks (1939). American R&B singer with The Temptations. Died 10/5/1992.

  • Art Neville (Neville Brothers) (1937)

  • Tommy Steele (1936). English musician (“Singing the Blues”) born Thomas Hicks.

  • Arthur Fiedler (1874). American classical conductor. Died 7/10/1979.

  • Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770). German classical composer and pianist (1806’s Violin Concerto in D Major). Died 3/26/1827.

  • Ray Noble (1903). English bandleader, composer, and arranger. Died 4/3/1978.


    DEC. 18

  • Christina Aguilera (1980). American pop singer.

  • DJ Lethal (Limp Bizkit) (1972)

  • DMX (1970)

  • Elliot Easton (The Cars) (1953)

  • Bill Nelson (1948). English guitarist, singer, and keyboardist with Be-Bop Deluxe.

  • Keith Richards (1943). English rock guitarist with The Rolling Stones (“(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”, “Get Off of My Cloud”, “Paint It, Black”, “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”, “Honky Tonk Women”, “Brown Sugar”, 1968’s Beggars Banquet, 1969’s Let It Bleed, 1971’s Sticky Fingers, 1972’s Exile on Main Street).

  • Chas Chandler (1938). English rock bassist with the Animals. Also the manager for Jimi Hendrix and Slade. Born Bryan James Chandler. Died 7/17/1996.

  • Fletcher Henderson (1897). American jazz bandleader and pianist. Died 12/28/1952.


    DEC. 19

  • Kevin Shepard (Tonic) (1968)

  • Limahl (Kajagoogoo) (1958)

  • Doug Johnson (Loverboy) (1957)

  • Janie Fricke (1947). American country singer.

  • John McEuen (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) (1945)

  • Alvin Lee (1944). English rock guitarist and singer with Ten Years After.

  • Zal Yanovky (Lovin' Spoonful) (1944)

  • Maurice White (1941). R&B musician with Earth, Wind & Fire (1975’s That’s the Way of the World).

  • Phil Ochs (1940). American folk singer. Died 4/9/1976.

  • Little Jimmy Dickens (1925). Country musician.

  • Professor Longhair (1918). Blues musician.

  • Edith Piaf (1915). French singer. Died 10/11/1963.


    DEC. 20

  • JoJo (1990)

  • Chris Robinson (The Black Crowes) (1966)

  • Billy Bragg (1957)

  • Anita Ward (1957). American disco singer (“Ring My Bell”).

  • Alan Parsons (1948). British producer/engineer (The BeatlesAbbey Road, 1973’s Dark Side of the Moon) and musician (Alan Parsons Project).

  • Lloyd Courtney (1947). English musician with Arrival.

  • Peter Criss (1945). American rock drummer with Kiss (1976’s Destroyer) born George Peter John Criscuola.

  • Bobby Colomby (1944). American rock drummer with Blood, Sweat & Tears.

  • Kim Weston (1939). Musician.


    DEC. 21

  • Brett Scallions (Fuel) (1971)

  • Gabrielle Glaser (Luscious Jackson) (1965)

  • Nick Gilder (1951)

  • Carl Wilson (1942). American rock guitarist with the Beach Boys (“Good Vibrations”, Pet Sounds). Died 2/6/1998.

  • Frank Zappa (1940). American experimental rock singer/musician (Hot Rats, We’re Only in It for the Money). Died 12/4/1993.

  • Freddie Hart (1926). American country singer/songwriter.


    DEC. 22

  • Jordin Sparks (1989). Singer.

  • Richey Edwards (1967). Alternative-rock rhythm guitarist and lyricist with Manic Street Preachers. Missing and presumed dead since 2/1/1995.

  • Maurice Gibb (1949). British pop/disco singer in the Bee Gees (“Stayin’ Alive”, “Night Fever”, 1977’s Saturday Night Fever soundtrack) with his brothers. Died 1/2/2003.

  • Robin Gibb (1949). British pop/disco singer in the Bee Gees (“Stayin’ Alive”, “Night Fever”, 1977’s Saturday Night Fever soundtrack) with his brothers.

  • Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick) (1946)

  • Barry Jenkins (Animals) (1944)

  • André Kostelanetz (1901). Russian orchestral music conductor and arranger. One of the pioneers of easy listening music. Died 1/13/1980.

  • Edgard Varèse (1883). French composer born Edgard Victor Achille Charles Varèse. Died 11/8/1965.

  • Giacomo Puccini (1858). Italian composer. Born Giacomo Antonio Domenico Michele Secondo Maria Puccini. Died 11/29/1924.


    DEC. 23

  • Montsho Eshe (1974). American dancer with Arrested Development (“Tennessee”, “Mr. Wendal”) born Temelca Gaither.

  • Eddie Vedder (1964). American grunge-rock singer/songwriter/musician with Pearl Jam (“Jeremy”, “Alive”) and Temple of the Dog. Born Edward Louis Severson III.

  • Victoria Williams (1959)

  • Dave Murray (Iron Maiden) (1958)

  • Bruce Hornsby (1955)

  • Adrian Belew (1949)

  • Robbie Dupree (1946)

  • Tim Hardin (1940). American musician. Died 12/29/1980.

  • Jorma Kaukonen (1940). Rock musician with Jefferson Airplane (“White Rabbit”, 1967’s Surrealistic Pillow) and Hot Tuna.

  • Johnny Kidd (1939). English singer with Johnny Kidd & the Pirates (“Shakin’ All Over”). Born Frederick Heath. Died 10/7/1966.

  • “Little” Esther Phillips (1935). American musician (“Double Crossing Blues”) born Esther Mae Jones. Died 8/7/1984.

  • Chet Baker (1929). American jazz trumpeter and singer. Born Chesney Henry Baker, Jr. Died 5/13/1988.


    DEC. 24

  • Robert Schwartzman (1982). Singer.

  • Ricky Martin (1971). Puerto Rican pop singer (“Livin’ La Vida Loca”).

  • Mary Ramsey (10,000 Maniacs) (1963)

  • Ian Burden (Human League) (1957)

  • Jan Akkerman (1946). Dutch guitarist.

  • Lemmy (1945). English heavy metal singer and bassist with Motörhead (1981’s No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith). Born Ian Fraser Kilmster.

  • Jake Hess (1927). Gospel singer. Died 1/4/2004.

  • Lee Dorsey (1924). American musician (“Working in the Coal Mine”) born Irwing Lee Dorsey. Died 12/2/1986.

  • Dave Bartholomew (1920). American R&B songwriter (Fats Domino’s “Ain’t It a Shame”) and producer.


    DEC. 25

  • Dido (1972)

  • Noel Hogan (The Cranberries) (1971)

  • Bob Stanley (1965). Musician.

  • Shane McGowan (1957). Irish rock guitarist and singer with the Pogues.

  • Annie Lennox (1954). Scottish singer with the Eurythmics (“Sweet Dreams Are Made of This”, “Here Comes the Rain Again”) and later a solo artist.

  • Robin Campbell (UB40) (1954)

  • Steve Wariner (1954). American country singer.

  • Barbara Mandrell (1948). American country singer.

  • Jimmy Buffett (1946). American singer/songwriter (“Margaritaville”).

  • Noel Redding (1945). English rock bassist with the Jimi Hendrix Experience (1967’s Are You Experienced?, 1967’s Axis: Bold As Love, 1968’s Electric Ladyland).

  • Trevor Lucas (1943). Australian guitarist with Fotheringay and Fairport Convention. Died 3/4/1989.

  • Chris Kenner (1929). American musician (“Land of 1000 Dances”). Died 1/25/1976.

  • Tony Martin (1913). American actor and traditional pop singer.

  • Nathaniel “Nat” Shilkret (1889). American composer, conductor, and musician. Died 2/18/1982.

  • Aleksandr Scriabin (1871). Composer.


    DEC. 26

  • Chris Daughtry (1979)

  • Peter Klett (Candlebox) (1969)

  • J. Yuenger (White Zombie) (1967)

  • Lars Ulrich (1963). Rock drummer with Metallica (“Enter Sandman”, “One”).

  • Steve Witherington (1953). English drummer with Ace.

  • Phil Spector (1939). American record producer and songwriter. Originated the “Wall of Sound” production technique.

  • Abdul Fakir (The Four Tops) (1935)


    DEC. 27

  • Hayley Williams (1988). Singer.

  • Matt Slocum (Sixpence None The Richer) (1972)

  • Youth (1960). Musician.

  • Karla Bonoff (1952)

  • David Knopfler (1952). Co-founder, with brother Mark, of rock group Dire Straits (“Sultans of Swing”, 1978’s Dire Straits).

  • Terry Bozzio (1950). American drummer with Frank Zappa and Missing Persons.

  • Larry Byrom (Steppenwolf) (1948)

  • Mick Jones (1944). Rock musician with Spooky Tooth andForeigner).

  • Pete Quaife (1943). Rock musician with The Kinks (“You Really Got Me”, “Waterloo Sunset”, Village Green Preservation Society).

  • Mike Pinder (1941). Rock keyboardist with the Moody Blues (1967’s Days of Future Passed).

  • Scotty Moore (1931). American early-rock guitarist in Elvis Presley’s backing band, the Blue Moon Boys. Born Winfield Scott Moore III.

  • Anna Russell (1911). Singer.

  • Oscar Levant (1906). American composer and pianist. Died 8/14/1972.


    DEC. 28

  • John Legend (1978)

  • Alex Chilton (1950). American rock singer/musician with the Box Tops (“The Letter”) and Big Star (1972’s #1 Record, 1974’s Radio City, 1978’s Third/Sister Lovers). Died 3/17/2010.

  • Hugh McDonald (1950). American touring bassist with Bon Jovi since 1995.

  • Edgar Winter (1946). American musician with the Edgar Winter Group.

  • Charles Neville (The Neville Brothers) (1938)

  • Dorsey Burnette (1932). American musician (“Tall Oak Tree”). Died 8/19/1979.

  • Johnny Otis (1921). American musician (“Willie and the Hand Jive”), bandleader, and record producer. Has been called “The Godfather of Rhythm & Blues”.

  • Roebuck “Pops” Staples (1915). American R&B singer and guitarist with the Staple Singers. Died 12/19/2000.

  • Earl “Fatha” Hines (1903). American jazz pianist. Died 4/22/1983.

  • Roger Sessions (1896). Composer.

  • Giuseppe Sarti (1729). Composer.


    DEC. 29

  • Glen Phillips (Toad The Wet Sprocket) (1970)

  • Yvonne Elliman (1951). American singer (“If I Can’t Have You”).

  • Marianne Faithfull (1946). English singer (“As Tears Go By”).

  • Rick Danko (1942). Canadian rock bassist and singer with The Band. Died 12/10/1999.

  • Ray Thomas (1941). Musician with the Moody Blues (1967’s Days of Future Passed).

  • Johnny Otis (1921). American musician (“Willie and the Hand Jive”). Born John Veliotes.

  • Pablo Casals (1876). Spanish cellist. Died 10/22/1973.

  • Frank C. Stanley (1868). American bass-baritone singer, stage performer, and banjoist. Born William Stanley Grinsted. Died 12/12/1910.


    DEC. 30

  • Tyrese (1978)

  • Jay Kay (Jamiroquai) (1969)

  • Tracey Ullman (1959). English singer (“They Don’t Know”) and actress.

  • Jeff Lynne (1947). English rock singer and guitarist with Electric Light Orchestra (“Don’t Bring Me Down”) and member of supergroup Traveling Wilburys.

  • Patti Smith (1946). American singer/songwriter and poet (“Because the Night”, 1975’s Horses).

  • Davy Jones (1945). Musician with the Monkees (“I’m a Believer”).

  • Michael Nesmith (1942). American musician with The Monkees (“I’m a Believer”). Born Robert Michael Nesmith.

  • John Hartford (1937)

  • Paul Stookey (1937). Singer/songwriter.

  • Del Shannon (1934). American rock singer (“Runaway”) born Charles Weedon Westover. Died 2/8/1990.

  • Skeeter Davis (1931)

  • Bo Diddley (1928). American rock/blues singer/songwriter. Born Ellas Otha Bates; last name later changed to McDaniel. Died 6/2/2008.

  • Vincent Lopez (1895). American jazz bandleader. Died 9/20/1975.


    DEC. 31

  • Joe McIntyre (New Kids On The Block) (1972)

  • Scott Ian (1963). American heavy metal guitarist with Anthrax.

  • Paul Westerberg (1959). American alternative-rock singer/songwriter and rhythm guitarist with the Replacements (“I’ll Be You”, “Bastards of Young”).

  • George Thorogood (1952). Blues-rock singer (“Bad to the Bone”, “I Drink Alone”).

  • Tom Hamilton (1951). American rock bassist with Aerosmith (“Dream On”, “Walk This Way”, “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing”, 1975’s Toys in the Attic, 1976’s Rocks, 1980’s Greatest Hits, 1987’s Permanent Vacation, 1989’s Pump, 1993’s Get a Grip).

  • Donna Summer (1948). American R&B/disco singer (“Hot Stuff”, “Bad Girls”, “On the Radio”).

  • Burton Cummings (1947). Canadian rock singer and keyboardist with the Guess Who.

  • John Denver (1943). Country singer (“Take Me Home, Country Roads”, “Rocky Mountain High”). Born Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr. Died 10/12/1997.

  • Andy Summers (1942). English new-wave rock guitarist with The Police (“Every Breath You Take”, “Roxanne”, 1983’s Synchronicity).

  • Odetta (1930)

  • Jule Styne (1905). British-American musical theater composer. Died 9/20/1994.

  • Nathan Milstein (1903). British violinist. Died 12/21/1992.


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