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Sunday, March 30, 2014

The Top 50 Eric Clapton Songs

First posted 3/30/12. Updated 3/30/14.

Eric Clapton was born on March 30, 1945. In celebration of his birthday, Dave’s Music Database presents its list of his top songs as a solo artist and with The Yardbirds (Y), John Mayall’s Blues Breakers (M), Cream (C), Blind Faith (B), Delaney & Bonnie (DB), and Derek & the Dominos (DD). Dave’s Music Database compiles best-of lists into an aggregate and also factors in sales, chart data, and awards. In the case of a specialized list such as this, appearances on compilations and best-of lists focused specifically on Eric Clapton are figured in as well.

For Your Love (studio, 1965)

1. Layla (1970) DD
2. Tears in Heaven (1992)
3. Sunshine of Your Love (1968) C
4. Wonderful Tonight (1977)
5. Change the World (1996)

Rambling on My Mind/ Have You Ever Loved a Woman?
(live, 1983, but first performed with Mayall in 1966

6. I Shot the Sheriff (1974)
7. White Room (1968) C
8. Lay Down Sally (1977)
9. Cocaine (1977)
10. Layla (Unplugged, 1992)

Sunshine of Your Love (live, 1968)

11. Crossroads (live, 1968) C
12. Badge (1969) C
13. After Midnight (1970)
14. Bell Bottom Blues (1970) DD
15. For Your Love (1965) Y

White Room (live from 2005 Royal Albert Hall reunion)

16. Promises (1978)
17. Forever Man (1985)
18. My Father’s Eyes (1998)
19. Let It Rain (1970)
20. Bad Love (1989)

Presence of the Lord (live, 1969)

21. I Can’t Stand It (1981)
22. Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door (1975)
23. Pretending (1989)
24. I’ve Got a Rock and Roll Heart (1983)
25. It’s in the Way That You Use It (1986)

Layla (live, 1984; originally recorded in 1970)

26. Presence of the Lord (1969) B
27. I Feel Free (1966) C
28. She’s Waiting (1985)
29. Can’t Find My Way Home (1969) B
30. Strange Brew (1967) C

I Shot the Sheriff (live; original from 1974)

31. Blues Power (1970)
32. Running on Faith (1989)
33. Hello Old Friend (1976)
34. Before You Accuse Me (1989)
35. Let It Grow (1974)

Lay Down Sally (live with Mark Knopfler; original from 1977)

36. Have You Ever Loved a Woman? (1966) M
37. Riding with the King (with B.B. King, 2000)
38. Spoonful (1966) C
39. Tales of Brave Ulysses (1967) C
40. After Midnight (rerecording, 1988)

Wonderful Tonight (live, original from 1977)

41. Circus (1992)
42. Willie and the Hand Jive (1974)
43. Old Love (1989)
44. Tulsa Time (1978)
45. Little Wing (1970) DD

After Midnight (1988 rerecording, audio with photo montage)

46. I’m Tore Down (1994)
47. Swing Low Sweet Chariot (1975)
48. No Alibis (1989)
49. Anyone for Tennis? (1968) C
50. Good Morning Little School Girl (1964) Y

Tears in Heaven (1992)


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Layla (Unplugged, 1992)


Friday, March 28, 2014

“In the Good Old Summertime” hit #1 – for the second of three times: March 28, 1903

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Haydn Quartet “In the Good Old Summertime”


Writer(s): Ren Shields/ George Evans (see lyrics here)

First charted: 2/28/1903

Peak: 16 US, -- UK (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales (in millions): 3.0 (sheet music sales) US, -- UK, 3.0 world (includes US and UK)

Radio Airplay (in millions): -- Video Airplay (in millions): --


Review: Comedian Ren Shields and black-faced minstrel George “Honey Boy” Evans wrote what has been called “the signature song for summer.” PS The song grew out of a Sunday trip to the beach with singer-actress Blanche Ring. When Evans remarked that he liked “the good old summertime” Shields said it would make a great song title. Shields worked up lyrics and Evans improvised a basic melody. Ring assisted him in writing it down and arranging it for piano since he couldn’t write a note of music. TR-276

Shields and Evans shopped the song to several music publishers, but none wanted a song doomed to a three-month lifespan. Then Ring offered to perform it in her Broadway show The Defender. TR-276 The show opened in the Herald Square Theater on July 3, 1902 PS and closed in less than two months. However, thanks to its “happy, singable melody with easy to remember lyrics” PS “Summertime” proved to have a much longer life than publishers speculated, becoming “a perennial seasonal favorite.” JA-101

J.W. Myers included the song in his vaudeville act RCG and took it to #1. His was one of five versions to hit the top three of the U.S. pop charts in 1902 and 1903. Redmond charted first (#3), followed Myers, Harry MacDonough (#2), the Haydn Quartet (#1), and Sousa’s Band (#1). The Haydn Quartet’s version showed the most endurance, ranking as Billboard’s song of the year in 1903. WHC

The song was connected to a 1927 film In the Good Old Summertime and revived for the 1948 Judy Garland movie of the same name. PS In 1952, Les Paul and Mary Ford charted with a #15 version of the song. It has also been tapped numerous times for “Broadway shows and Hollywood films whenever a ‘summer song,’ has been needed.” RCG


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Sunday, March 16, 2014

“Moonlight Bay” hit #1: March 16, 1912

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American Quartet “Moonlight Bay”


Writer(s): Edward Madden/ Percy Wenrich (see lyrics here)

First charted: 3/9/1912

Peak: 18 US, -- UK (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales (in millions): 1.0 (sheet music) US, -- UK, 1.0 world (includes US and UK)

Radio Airplay (in millions): -- Video Airplay (in millions): --


Review: “Arguably the best moonlight song ever written,” PS “Moonlight Bay” “conjures up an entire lost era of a slower-paced America that…had plenty of time for gentle spooning in an unspoiled natural setting.” SS-587 It is “a very durable song from Tin Pan Alley about an idyllic setting for romance.” RCG

Edward Madden, who also wrote “By the Light of the Silvery Moon,” penned the lyrics about “sailing across the bay at night in the moonlight while losing one’s heart to true love.” RCG The music was written by Percy Wenrich, “one of the era’s specialists in sentimental ballads.” SS-587. He came from a musical family wrote a number of hits in the rag genre and performed with his wife, Dolly Connelly, in vaudeville. PS

It was Connelly who introduced the song in vaudeville and took it to #3 on the U.S. pop charts in 1912. It also became a “huge barbershop-quartet song as exemplified by the American Quartet,” JA-136 who made the tune the biggest hit of 1912. WHC-23

The song was revived by Alice Faye in the 1943 film On Moonlight Bay and again in 1951 in a Doris Day and Gordon MacRae film of the same name. The song has appeared many times in Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies shorts featuring Porky Pig and Daffy Duck. WK In 1951, Bing and Gary Crosby took their version of the song to #14. JA-136


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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Top 50 Punk Songs of All Time

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I just watched the movie CBGB (2013) last night. While the famous New York club is often considered ground zero for punk rock, the movie left much to be desired. Its weak story apparently had two goals: portray club founder Hilly Kristal as a loser with a heart of gold and trot out countless poorly-cast lookalikes to bludgeon viewers with reminders of all the famous bands who started there.

However, the movie did prompt me to delve into best-of lists to determine the best punk songs of all time. Here are the top 50 punk rock songs of all-time, as determined by an aggregate of 27 best-of lists (see resources after the list). Here’s the results:

1. Anarchy in the U.K….Sex Pistols (1976)
2. Blitzkrieg Bop…Ramones (1976)
3. London Calling…The Clash (1979)
4. God Save the Queen…Sex Pistols (1977)
5. Holiday in Cambodia...Dead Kennedys (1980)
6. Rise Above…Black Flag (1981)
7. Search and Destroy…The Stooges (1973)
8. I Wanna Be Sedated…Ramones (1978)
9. Sonic Reducer…Dead Boys (1977)
10. California Uber Alles…Dead Kennedys (1980)

11. Ever Fallen in Love…Buzzcocks (1978)
12. Kick Out the Jams…MC5 (1969)
13. Gloria…Patti Smith (1975)
14. Personality Crisis…New York Dolls (1973)
15. White Riot…The Clash (1977)
16. Blank Generation…Richard Hell & the Voidoids (1977)
17. Longview…Green Day (1994)
18. Psycho Killer…Talking Heads (1977)
19. I Wanna Be Your Dog…The Stooges (1969)
20. Waiting Room…Fugazi (1989)

21. 12 X U…Wire (1977)
22. New Rose…The Damned (1976)
23. Sheena Is a Punk Rocker…Ramones (1977)
24. Welcome to Paradise…Green Day (1994)
25. Where Eagles Dare…The Misfits (1979)
26. Complete Control…The Clash (1977)
27. Alternative Ulster…Stiff Little Fingers (1978)
28. Institutionalized…Suicidal Tendencies (1983)
29. Pay to Cum…Bad Brains (1980)
30. American Jesus…Bad Religion (1993)

31. I Against I…Bad Brains (1986)
32. American Idiot…Green Day (2004)
33. Straight Edge…Minor Threat (1981)
34. Oh Bondage! Up Yours…X-Ray Spex (1977)
35. White Man in Hammersmith Palais…The Clash (1978)
36. Bastards of Young…The Replacements (1985)
37. Celebrated Summer…Husker Du (1985)
38. Ruby Soho…Rancid (1995)
39. In the City…The Jam (1977)
40. Johnny Hit and Run Paulene…X (1980)

41. Orgasm Addict…Buzzcocks (1977)
42. Banned in D.C….Bad Brains (1982)
43. Chinese Rocks…The Heartbreakers (1977)
44. Basket Case…Green Day (1994)
45. Radio, Radio…Elvis Costello (1978)
46. Nazi Punks Fuck Off…Dead Kennedys (1981)
47. Roadrunner…The Modern Lovers (1975)
48. See No Evil…Television (1977)
49. TV Party…Black Flag (1981)
50. X-Offender…Blondie (1976)


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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Imagine Dragon’s “Radioactive” sets record for most weeks on Hot 100

Originally posted 3/9/2014.

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Imagine Dragons “Radioactive”


Writer(s): Imagine Dragons (Dan Reynolds, Wayne Sermon, Ben McKee, Daniel Platzman) with Alexander Grant and Josh Mosser (see lyrics here)

Released: 4/2/2012, First charted: 8/18/2012

Peak: #3 US, #12 UK, #6 AU, #20 AC, #2 AA, #1 MR (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales (in millions): 6.6 US, 8.15 world (includes US and UK)

Radio Airplay (in millions): 0.25 Video Airplay (in millions): 146.8


Review: As of the 3/1/14 issue of Billboard magazine, the song “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons had logged a record-breaking 77 weeks on the Hot 100 pop chart. It passed Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours,” which racked up 76 weeks in 2008-09. Interestingly, this week also saw AWOL Nation’s “Sail” tie “I’m Yours” with its 76th week on the chart. The song won the Grammy for Rock Performance and was nominated for Record of the Year.

“Radioactive” first hit the Hot 100 chart the week eneding 8/18/2012. Nearly a year later, it peaked at #3 in the 8/3/13 issue. WK The song also set the record for slowest ascension the Top 5 in the chart’s history with 42 weeks, breaking the 34-week record set three weeks earlier by Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise.” SF The also hit the top ten in a dozen other countries. SF “Radioactive” was first featured on the band’s Continued Silence EP and later on its debut album, Night Visions.

The mostly alternative-rock-oriented song features elements of electronic music, dubstep, pop, and rock. Audio Ink Radio’s Anne Erickson called the song “hook-y” and “emotional,” and said the song had appeal to both alternative-pop and hard-rock fans. WK Crave Online said the song was as “radio-ready as they come” WK and Rolling Stone named it “the biggest rock hit of the year.” WK AbsolutePunk called the song “haunting” and “hypnotizing,” WK a sentiment easy to reach considering the song’s apocalyptic and revolutionist-themed lyrics (“I’m waking up to ash and dust” and “This is it, the apocalypse”). WK NPR music critic Ann Powers voiced her sense that the song possessed strong religious and spiritual imagery, but the band has maintained that it is a secular group. Singer Dan Reynolds told MTV News, “Generally speaking, it’s a song about having an awakening; kind of waking up one day and deciding to do something new, and see life in a fresh way.” SF

Here’s the top-ten list of songs spending the most weeks on the Hot 100 from 1958 through 2014 (year in parentheses indicates when song peaked): BB

  • 77 weeks: Imagine Dragons “Radiactive” (2013)
  • 76 weeks: AWOL Nation “Sail” (2013)
  • 76 weeks: Jason Mraz “I’m Yours” (2008)
  • 69 weeks: LeAnn Rimes “How Do I Live” (1997)
  • 68 weeks: LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett & GoonRock “Party Rock Anthem” (2011)
  • 65 weeks: Adele “Rolling in the Deep” (2011)
  • 65 weeks: Jewel “You Were Meant for Me”/“Foolish Games” (1997)
  • 64 weeks: Carrie Underwood “Before He Cheats” (2007)
  • 62 weeks: The Lumineers “Hey Ho” (2012)
  • 62 weeks: Lifehouse “You and Me” (2005)

Resources and Related Links:

  • BB Billboard (19 February 2014). “Imagine Dragons’ ‘Radioactive’ Breaks Record For Longest Hot 100 Run.” By Gary Trust.
  • SF Songfacts.com
  • WK Wikipedia

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Saturday, March 8, 2014

Pharrell Williams hit #1 in the U.S. with “Happy”

Originally posted 12/23/2014.

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Pharrell Williams “Happy”


Writer(s): Pharrell Williams (see lyrics here)

Released: 11/21/2013, First charted: 1/18/2014

Peak: 110 US, 16 AC, 16 AA, 112 RB, 14 UK (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales (in millions): 6.4 US, 1.65 UK, 12.0 world (includes US and UK)

Radio Airplay (in millions): -- Video Airplay (in millions): 524.49


Review: 2013 was a remarkable year for Pharrell Williams. He aided Robin Thicke in landing at #1 for 12 weeks atop the pop charts with “Blurred Lines” and gave Daft Punk an assist on their #2 hit “Get Lucky,” which took home a Grammy for Record of the Year. Thanks to Pharrell’s work on the latter, ecstatic record label managers encouraged him to record a solo album, something he hadn’t done since 2006’s In My Mind.

Things kicked off with “Happy,” a song which Pharrell contributed to the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack and served as the first single for his 2014 album G I R L. The single was launched with a website, 24hoursofhappy.com which was billed as the world’s first 24-hour music video. The song is played repeatedly with people in Los Angeles dancing and miming along with the song. Pharrell appeared in the first segement of each hour.

The song, which Williams had originally written for Cee-Lo Green, became the year’s most inescapable hit, spending 10 weeks atop the U.S. pop charts and hitting #1 in 23 other countries. With 12 million in worldwide sales, “Happy” ranks as one of the 100 best-selling songs of all time. The song also garnered an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song. The standard four-minute video has garnered more than 500 million views on YouTube, making it one of the top 100 most-watched music videos in history.

His falsetto on the song earned favorable comparisons from critics to Curtis Mayfield. Music journalist Paul Tingen called “Happy” a “mid-tempo soul song in a faux-Motown style” WK while Rolling Stone critic Jody Rosen called it a “standout” with a “sprightly neo-soul funk groove.” WK Huw Woodward, critic from Renowned for Sound, described the song as a “happy affair with a cheerful beat and exuberant vocal that would indicate that the…singer is finding a lot of lightheared fun…in both music and life.” WK Contactmusic.com’s Holly Williams described the “unbelievably catchy” song as “the kind…that makes you want to dance and sing along.” WK


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Thursday, March 6, 2014

The Top 100 Rap/Hip-Hop Songs of All Time

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This list was originally posted June 18, 2011. That week, UK magazine The Guardian featured a special series called A History of Modern Music. One of those days the focus was on hip-hop and R&B. Since then, 28 total lists have been aggregated to create the DMDB’s list of the top 100 rap/hip-hop songs of all-time. Here is the aggregated result:

1. The Message…Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five (1982)
2. Nuthin’ But a “G” Thang…Dr. Dre with Snoop Doggy Dogg (1993)
3. Rapper’s Delight…The Sugarhill Gang (1979)
4. Fight the Power…Public Enemy (1989)
5. Planet Rock…Afrika Bambaataa & the Soul Sonic Force (1982)
6. Lose Yourself…Eminem (2002)
7. It Was a Good Day…Ice Cube (1993)
8. Mind Playing Tricks on Me…Geto Boys (1991)
9. Gangsta’s Paradise…Coolio with L.V. (1995)
10. Tha Crossroads…Bone Thugs-N-Harmony (1996)

11. Walk This Way…Run-D.M.C. with Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler & Joe Perry (1986)
12. Stan…Eminem with Dido (2000)
13. I Used to Love H.E.R….Common (1994)
14. Straight Outta Compton…N.W.A. (1989)
15. Push It…Salt-N-Pepa (1987)
16. Dear Mama…2pac (1993)
17. Juicy…The Notorious B.I.G. (1994)
18. C.R.E.A.M….Wu-Tang Clan (1994)
19. They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)…Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth (1992)
20. Bust a Move…Young M.C. (1989)

21. In Da Club…50 Cent (2002)
22. I Need Love…LL Cool J (1987)
23. Wild Thing…Tone Loc (1988)
24. Shook Ones Part II…Mobb Deep (1995)
25. O.P.P….Naughty by Nature (1991)
26. I’ll Be There for You/You’re All I Need…Method Man & Mary J. Blige (1995)
27. Baby Got Back…Sir Mix-a-Lot (1992)
28. Scenario…A Tribe Called Quest with Busta Rhymes (1992)
29. Ms. Jackson…OutKast (2000)
30. Children’s Story…Slick Rick 1989)

31. The Humpty Dance…Digital Underground (1990)
32. I’ll Be Missing You…Puff Daddy with Faith Evans & 112 (1997)
33. It Takes Two…Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock (1988)
34. The Bridge Is Over…Boogie Down Productions (1987)
35. Big Poppa…The Notorious B.I.G. (1995)
36. Mama Said Knock You Out…LL Cool J (1991)
37. Me, Myself and I…De La Soul (1989)
38. (You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party)…Beastie Boys (1986)
39. Summertime…DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince (1991)
40. Hot in Herre…Nelly (2002)

41. Keep Ya Head Up…2pac (1993)
42. La Di Da Di…Doug E. Fresh with Slick Rick (1985)
43. The World Is Yours…Nas (1994)
44. My Philosophy…Boogie Down Productions (1988)
45. The Breaks…Kurtis Blow (1980)
46. California Love…2pac with Dr. Dre & Roger (1996)
47. Gin & Juice…Snoop Doggy Dogg (1994)
48. Jump Around…House of Pain (1992)
49. Hypnotize…The Notorious B.I.G. (1997)
50. Tennessee…Arrested Development (1992)

51. Just a Friend…Biz Markie (1989)
52. Work It…Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott (2002)
53. I Got 5 on It…Luniz (1995)
54. Regulate…Nate Dogg & Warren G (1994)
55. Get Ur Freak On…Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott (2001)
56. The Real Slim Shady…Eminem (2000)
57. Paid in Full (Seven Minutes of Madness)…Eric B. & Rakim (1987)
58. U Can’t Touch This…M.C. Hammer (1990)
59. Killing Me Softly…Fugees (1996)
60. Ain’t No Half Steppin’…Big Daddy Kane (1990)

61. The Show…Doug E. Fresh & the Get Fresh Crew (1985)
62. Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)…Jay-Z (1998)
63. Doo Wop (That Thing)…Lauryn Hill (1998)
64. Jesus Walks…Kanye West (2004)
65. Top Billin’…Audio Two (1988)
66. My Name Is…Eminem (1999)
67. Parents Just Don’t Understand…DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince (1988)
68. Ridin’…Chamillionaire with Krayzie Bone (2006)
69. Big Pimpin’…Jay-Z with UGK (2000)
70. Fuck tha Police…N.W.A. (1989)

71. Ice Ice Baby…Vanilla Ice (1990)
72. One Mic…Nas (2002)
73. Whoomp! There It Is…Tag Team (1993)
74. Low…Flo Rida with T-Pain (2007)
75. Hey Ya!...OutKast (2003)
76. Gold Digger…Kanye West with Jamie Foxx (2005)
77. Lollipop…Lil Wayne with Static Major (2008)
78. Jump…Kriss Kross (1992)
79. Empire State of Mind…Jay-Z with Alicia Keys (2009)
80. Dilemma…Nelly with Kelly Rowland (2002)

81. Crank That (Soulja Boy)…Soulja Boy Tell’em (2007)
82. The Symphony…The Juice Crew (1988)
83. Paul Revere…Beastie Boys (1986)
84. Set Adrift on Memory Bliss…PM Dawn (1991)
85. I Know You Got Soul…Eric B. & Rakim (1987)
86. White Lines (Don’t Do It)…Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel (1983)
87. Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)…Digable Planets (1992)
88. NY State of Mind…Nas (1994)
89. Jay-Z…99 Problems (2004)
90. B.O.B. (Bombs Over Baghdad)…OutKast (2000)

91. Public Enemy…Rebel without a Pause (1987)
92. Hate It Or Love It…The Game with 50 Cent (2005)
93. How I Could Just Kill a Man…Cypress Hill (1991)
94. Lean Back…Terror Squad with Fat Joe & Remy (2004)
95. What You Know…T.I. (2006)
96. Drop It Like It’s Hot…Snoop Dogg with Pharrell Williams (2004)
97. Whatta Man…Salt-N-Pepa with En Vogue (1994)
98. Changes…2pac (1998)
99. Sucker M.C.’s…Run-D.M.C. (1983)
100. Rosa Parks…OutKast (1998)


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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Love Is a Mix Tape: A Review

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I just finished reading the New York Times bestseller, Love Is a Mix Tape (2007) by Rob Sheffield. The book reads like stream-of-consciousness journal entries written by a music fanatic. I can definitely relate. See my reading, Ways to Spot a Music Geek.

As is par for the course, when I review books on my Writ by Whit blog, I am looking for what I can learn as a writer. My closest related work to Mix Tape is my unfinished Music Lessons from the Pit. (See a sample chapter here). The events are inspired by people and events from my coming-of-age years in the 1980s. While highly fictionalized, my goal is to capture real feelings and emotions in the context of the music of the moment. Each chapter comes from a song title, generally under-the-radar indie-rock and alternative-rock hits like New Order's "Blue Monday" or The Clash's "Should I Stay or Should I Go." Check out a sampling of songs referenced in the book here.

Similarly, Sheffield's book surrounds autobiographical events with the music that framed them. Each chapter kicks off with the rundown of songs collected on a mix tape. Sheffield then uses that as a springboard for unfolding his saga, which is mostly about meeting Renée, marrying, and then tragically losing her to pulmonary embolism.

Obviously the death of his wife at such a young age is the overriding theme of the book. However, Rob gives his tragic tale its unique spin by giving the reader insight into how music played into his relationship with Renée - and how he used it to cope with her loss.

Learn more about this book and others written by Sheffield at RobSheffield.com. Here a sample from Mix Tape here:

March: 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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MARCH 1

  • Justin Bieber (1994). Canadian pop singer (“Baby”, “Boyfriend”).

  • Ke$ha (1987)

  • Nik Kershaw (1958). English musician (“The Riddle”).

  • Dave Marsh (1950). American music critic.

  • Tony Ashton (1946). English rock keyboardist and singer with Paice, Ashton & Lord.

  • Roger Daltrey (1944). English rock singer with The Who.

  • Mike D’Abo (1944). English rock singer with Manfred Mann.

  • Jerry Fisher (1943). Texas rock singer with Blood, Sweat & Tears.

  • Harry Belafonte (1927). American musician (“Banana Boat (Day O)”, 1956’s Calypso), actor, and social activitist.

  • Glenn Miller (1904). American bandleader (“In the Mood”). Died 12/15/1944.

  • Frédéric Chopin (or Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin) (1810). Polish classical pianist/composer in Romantic style. Died 10/17/1849.


    MARCH 2

  • Luke Pritchard (1985). Rock singer with the Kooks.

  • Chris Martin (1977). English rock singer with Coldplay (“Clocks”, “Viva la Vida”, 2002’s A Rush of Blood to the Head).

  • Jon Bon Jovi (1962). New Jersey rock singer with Bon Jovi (“Livin’ on a Prayer”, “You Give Love a Bad Name”). Born John Bongiovi.

  • Mark Evans (1956). Australian rock bassist with AC/DC from 1974-77.

  • Dale Bozzio (Missing Persons) (1955)

  • Jay Osmond (1955). Utah singer with family group The Osmonds.

  • Dave Farmer (1952). English drummer with Blackfoot Sue. Twin of Tom Farmer.

  • Tom Farmer (1952). English bassist, keyboardist, and vocalist with Blackfoot Sue. Twin of Dave Farmer.

  • Karen Carpenter (1950). Connecticut singer and drummer who formed the duo The Carpenters (“They Long to Be Close to You”, “We’ve Only Just Begun”) with her brother. Died 2/4/1983.

  • Rory Gallagher (1948). Irish guitarist (“Tattooed Lady”). Died 6/14/1995.

  • Lou Reed (1942). New York experimental-rock singer/songwriter and musician with the Velvet Underground (1967’s The Velvet Underground & Nico, 1968’s White Light/White Heat, 1969’s The Velvet Underground) and a solo artist (“Walk on the Wild Side”, 1972’s Transformer, 1973’s Berlin).

  • Dottie Rambo (1934). Gospel singer. Died 5/11/2008.

  • Kurt Weill (1900). Composer.

  • Bedrich Smetana (1824). Czech composer.


    MARCH 3

  • Ronan Keating (Boyzone) (1977)

  • John Bigham (Fishbone) (1969)

  • Tone-Loc (1966)

  • Merrick (1954). English drummer with Adam & the Ants. Born Chris Hughes.

  • Robyn Hitchcock (1953). English singer/songwriter.

  • Blue Weaver (1949). English keyboardist with Amen Corner. Born Derek Weaver.

  • Dave Mount (1947). English drummer and vocalist with Mud.

  • Jennifer Warnes (1947). American singer/songwriter (“Right Time of the Night”, “Up Where We Belong”).

  • Jance Garfat (Dr. Hook) (1944)

  • Mike Pender (1942). English guitarist and vocalist with The Searchers. Born Michael Pendergrast.

  • Junior Parker (1927). Arkansas R&B/blues musician born Herman Parker. Died 11/8/1971.

  • Doc Watson (1923). Singer/guitarist.


    MARCH 4

  • Fergal Lawlor (The Cranberries) (1971)

  • Patsy Kensit (1968). English actress and musician in Eighth Wonder.

  • Patrick Hannan (1966) Musician with The Sundays.

  • Jason Newsted (1963). Rock bassist with Metallica.

  • Boon Gould (Level 42) (1955)

  • Emilio Estefan, Jr. (1953). Cuban producer.

  • Chris Rea (1951). English rock musician (“Fool (If You Think It’s Over)”).

  • Chris Squire (1948). Rock bassist and co-founder of Yes (1971’s Fragile).

  • Shakin’ Stevens (1948). Welsh singer/songwriter “(This Ole House”). Born Michael Barratt.

  • Bobby Womack (1944). Ohio R&B singer/songwriter (“It’s All Over Now”) and musician.

  • Miriam Makeba (1932). South African singer.

  • Antonio Vivaldi (1678). Austrian composer (The Four Seasons). Died 7/28/1741.


    MARCH 5

  • Kevin Connolly (1974). Singer/songwriter.

  • John Frusciante (1970). Alternative-rock guitarist with the Red Hot Chili Peppers (1991’s Blood Sugar Sex Magik).

  • Craig Reid & Charlie Reid (Proclaimers) (1962)

  • David Tibet (1960). Musician.

  • Andy Gibb (1958). English pop singer (“I Just Want to Be Your Everything”, “Shadow Dancing”). Died 3/10/1988.

  • Mark E. Smith (1957). Rock singer/songwriter with The Fall.

  • Teena Marie (1956). American R&B singer/songwriter.

  • Alan Clark (1952). Rock keyboardist with Dire Straits (1985’s Brothers in Arms).

  • Eddy Grant (1948). Guyana reggae singer (“Electric Avenue”).

  • Murray Head (1946). English singer (“One Night in Bangkok”).

  • Ben Selvin (1898). American bandleader (“Forever Blowing Bubbles”, “Dardanella”, “Chicago (That Toddlin’ Town)”, “Manhattan”, “Blue Skies”, “Happy Days Are Here Again”). Died 7/15/1980.

  • Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887). Composer.


    MARCH 6

  • Bubba Sparxxx (1977)

  • Beanie Sigel (1974). Rapper.

  • Tone Loc (1966). Rapper.

  • Kiki Dee (1947). English singer (“Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” with Elton John). Born Pauline Matthews.

  • David Gilmour (1946). English rock singer and guitarist with Pink Floyd.

  • Hugh Grundy (The Zombies) (1945)

  • Kiri Te Kanawa (1944). New Zealand soprano.

  • Mary Wilson (1944). R&B/pop singer with The Supremes (“Where Did Our Love Go”, “Baby Love”, “Stop! In the Name of Love”).

  • Lorin Maazel (1930). Music director of the New York Philharmonic.

  • Sarah Caldwell (1924). American opera conductor. Died 3/23/2006.

  • Wes Montgomery (1923). American jazz guitarist. Died 6/15/1968.

  • Bob Wills (1905). American country songwriter and bandleader (“New San Antonio Rose”). Called “The King of Western Swing.” Born James Robert Wills. Died 5/13/1975.


    MARCH 7

  • Paul Cattermole (1977). Member of the British pop group S Club 7.

  • Randy Guss (Toad The Wet Sprocket) (1967)

  • Denyce Graves (1965). American opera singer.

  • Taylor Dayne (1962)

  • Jules Shear (1952). Musician.

  • Matthew Fisher (1946). English rock keyboardist with Procol Harum.

  • Peter Wolf (1946). Rock singer with J. Geils Band (“Centerfold”). Born Peter W. Blankfield.

  • Arthur Lee (1945). American rock singer/songwriter and musician with Love (1967’s Forever Changes).

  • Chris White (The Zombies) (1943)

  • Danyel Gerard (1941). Brazilian musician (“Butterfly”). Born Gerard Daniel Kherlakian.

  • Maurice Ravel (1875). French composer (“Bolero”). Died 1937.


    MARCH 8

  • Bob, Clint, and Dave Moffatt (1984). Triplets in Canadian pop group the Moffatts.

  • Kameelah Williams (702) (1978)

  • Shawn Mullins (1968)

  • Peter Gill (1964) Musician with Frankie Goes To Hollywood.

  • Gary Numan (1958). English singer with Tubeway Army. Also a solo artist (“Cars”).

  • Mel Galley (1948) Musician with Whitesnake.

  • Carole Bayer Sager (1947). American songwriter (Dionne & Friends’ “That’s What Friends Are For”).

  • Michael Allsup (Three Dog Knight) (1947)

  • Randy Meisner (1946). Nebraska country-rock bassist and singer with Poco and The Eagles.

  • Mickey Dolenz (1945). American singer, drummer, and actor with pop-rock group the Monkees (“I’m a Believer”).

  • Ralph Ellis (1942). English guitarist and vocalist with The Swinging Blue Jeans.

  • Christian Wolff (1934). American composer of experimental classical music.

  • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714). German classical composer and pianist. Died 12/14/1788.


    MARCH 9

  • Bow Wow (1987). Rapper.

  • Chingy (1980). American rapper (“Right Thurr”).

  • Robert Sledge (Ben Folds Five) (1968)

  • Martin Fry (1958). English singer with ABC (“The Look of Love”, “Be Near Me”, “When Smokey Sings”).

  • Jeffrey Osborne (1948). American R&B singer/songwriter and musician.

  • Robin Trower (1945). English rock guitarist with Procol Harum.

  • John Cale (1942). Welsh experimental-rock singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who was a founding member of the Velvet Underground (1967’s The Velvet Underground & Nico, 1968’s White Light/White Heat) and later a solo artist (Paris 1919). Also a producer (The Stooges’ 1969 album The Stooges, Patti Smith’s Horses, The Modern Lovers’ (1976’s (The Modern Lovers).

  • Mark Lindsay (1942> American singer with Paul Revere & Raiders.

  • Mickey Gilley (1936). Country singer.

  • Lloyd Price (1933). Louisiana R&B singer (“Lawdy Miss Clawdy”, “Stagger Lee”, “Personality”).

  • Keely Smith (1932). Jazz singer known as the “Queen of Swing.” Wife of musician Louis Prima.

  • Ornette Coleman (1930). American jazz saxophonist, violinist, trumpeter, and composer.

  • Samuel Barber (1910). Classical composer (“Adagio for Strings”). Died 1981.


    MARCH 10

  • Carrie Underwood (1983). American country singer (“Before He Cheats”, “Jesus, Take the Wheel”, 2005’s Some Hearts); winner of TV’s American Idol in 2005.

  • Robin Thicke (1977). Singer.

  • Timbaland (1971). Music producer born Timothy Zachery Mosley.

  • Haifa Wehbe (1970). Singer.

  • Edie Brickell (1966)

  • Neneh Cherry (1964). Female Swedish rap singer (“Buffalo Stance”). Born Neneh Mariann Karlsson.

  • Jeff Ament (1963). Rock musician with Pearl Jam and Temple of the Dog.

  • Rick Rubin (1963). American record producer (Run-D.M.C.’s 1986 Raising Hell, Beastie Boys’ 1986 Licensed to Ill, Public Enemy’s 1988 It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ 1991 Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Johnny Cash’s 1994 American Recordings).

  • Tina Charles (1955). English singer with 5000 Volts (“I’m on Fire”). Also a solo artist (“I Love to Love”). Born Tina Hoskins.

  • Tom Scholz (1947). American rock guitarist/songwriter for Boston (“More Than a Feeling”, 1976’s Boston, 1978’s Don’t Look Back).

  • Dean Torrence (1941). Singer from Jan & Dean.

  • Jethro (1923). American musician in duo Homer & Jethro. Born Kenneth C. Burns. Died 4/2/1989.

  • Leon Bismark “Bix” Beiderbecke (1903). American jazz cornetist, pianist, and composer. Died 8/6/1931.


    MARCH 11

  • LeToya Luckett (1981). Early member of R&B/pop group Destiny’s Child.

  • Paul Wall (1981). Rapper.

  • Benji and Joel Madden (1979). Rock musicians in Good Charlotte.

  • Lisa Loeb (1968)

  • Bruce Watson (1961). Canadian rock guitarist with Big Country (“In a Big Country”).

  • Mike Percy (Dead Or Alive) (1961)

  • Cheryl Lynn (1957)

  • Nina Hagen (1955)

  • Bobby McFerrin (1950). Singer/musician (“Don’t Worry Be Happy”).

  • George Kooymans (Golden Earring) (1948)

  • Lawrence Welk (1903). South Dakota bandleader and host of own music TV show. Died 5/17/1992.


    MARCH 12

  • Frank Catalono (1978). Jazz saxophonist.

  • Graham Coxon (1969). German/English guitarist, saxophonist, and vocalist with Blur (1994’s Parklife).

  • Marlon Jackson (1957). Indiana musician with his brothers in The Jackson 5 (“ABC”, “The Love You Save”, “I Want You Back”, “I’ll Be There”).

  • Steve Harris (Iron Maiden) (1957)

  • Mike Gibbins (1949). Welsh drummer with Badfinger.

  • Les Holroyd (1948). English bassist and singer with Barclay James Harvest.

  • James Taylor (1948). Massachussetts pop/folk singer/songwriter (“You’ve Got a Friend”, “Fire and Rain”).

  • Liza Minnelli (1946). Singer and actress in Cabaret. Daughter of Judy Garland.

  • Al Jarreau (1940). Jazz/R&B singer.

  • Leonard Chess (1917). Polish record executive. Died 10/16/1969.

  • Paul Weston (1912). American jazz big band leader. Born Paul Weststein. Died 9/20/1996.


    MARCH 13

  • Common (1978)

  • Adam Clayton (1960). Irish rock bassist with U2.

  • Candi Staton (1940). Alabama musician (“Young Hearts Run Free”).

  • Neil Sedaka (1939). New York pop singer/composer (“Breaking Up Is Hard to Do”).

  • Mike Stoller (1933). American rock songwriter, usually with Jerry Leiber (Elvis Presley’s “Hound Dog” and “Jailhouse Rock”, the Coasters’ “Searchin’”, Wilbert Harrison’s “Kansas City”, the Drifters’ “On Broadway”).

  • Sammy Kaye (1910). American bandleader. Died 6/2/1987.

  • Hugo Wolf (1860). Composer.


    MARCH 14

  • Colby O’Donis (1989). Singer (on Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance”).

  • Taylor Hanson (1983). Pop singer/keyboardist in group Hanson (“Mmmbop”) with brothers.

  • Kristian Bush (Sugarland) (1970)

  • Michael Bland (Soul Asylum) (1969)

  • Billy Sherwood (1965). Musician.

  • Jim Pons (1943). California rock bassist with The Turtles.

  • Quincy Jones (1933). American R&B/jazz musician and producer (Michael Jackson’s 1982’s Thriller).

  • Dieter Schnebel (1930). Composer.

  • Les Baxter (1922). Texas jazz/ big band leader. Died 1/15/1996.

  • Les Brown (1912). American big band leader and composer (“Sentimental Journey”). Died 1/4/2001.

  • Johann Strauss, Sr. (1804). Composer.

  • Georg Philipp Telemann (1681). Composer.


    MARCH 15

  • Sid Wilson (1978). Musician.

  • Joseph Hahn (1977). DJ with rap-rock group Linkin Park (2000’s Hybrid Theory).

  • will.i.am (1975). Hip-hop artist with Black Eyed Peas (“I Gotta Feeling”, “Boom Boom Pow”).

  • Mark Hoppus (1972). Pop-punk bassist with Blink-182.

  • Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray) (1968)

  • Rockwell (1964)

  • Bret Michaels (Poison) (1963)

  • Steve McCoy (Dead Or Alive) (1962)

  • Terence Trent D’Arby (1962). New York R&B singer/songwriter (“Wishing Well”, “Sign Your Name”, Introducing the Hardline…). Born Terence Trent Howard. Later changed his name to Sananda Maitreya.

  • Dee Snider (1955). Rock singer with Twisted Sister (“We’re Not Gonna Take It”).

  • Ryland Peter “Ry” Cooder (1947). California singer/songwriter and guitarist.

  • Howard Scott (War) (1946)

  • Sylvester “Sly Stone” Stewart (1944). R&B musician with Sly & the Family Stone (“Everyday People”, “Family Affair”, 1969’s Stand!, 1971 There’s a Riot Goin’ On).

  • Jerry Jeff Walker (1942)

  • Mike Love (1941). California singer and saxophonist with the Beach Boys (“Good Vibrations”, Pet Sounds).

  • Phil Lesh (1940). American rock bassist and singer with the Grateful Dead.

  • Carl Smith (1927). American country singer. Died 1/16/2010.

  • Harry James (1916). American jazz trumpeter and bandleader (“I’ve Heard That Song Before”, “All or Nothing at All”, “I’ll Get By As Long As I Have You”). Died 7/5/1983.

  • Lightnin’ Hopkins (1912). Texas blues singer/songwriter and guitarist. Born Sam Hopkins. Died 1/30/1982.


    MARCH 16

  • Swift (1976). Rapper.

  • Stewart Kerr (Texas) (1963)

  • Flavor Flav (1959). Rapper with Public Enemy (1988’s It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, 1990’s Fear of a Black Planet).

  • Nancy Wilson (1954). Fronted rock group Heart (“Alone”, “Barracuda”) with sister Ann.

  • Michael Bruce (1948). California guitarist and vocalist (Billion Dollar Babies).

  • Jerry Jeff Walker (1942). New York composer (“Mr. Bojangles”). Born Paul Crosby.

  • Tommy Flanagan (1930). Michigan jazz pianist. Died 11/16/2001.


    MARCH 17

  • Caroline Corr (1973). Irish drummer with the Corrs.

  • Melissa Auf Der Maur (1972). Canadian bassist with Hole and Smashing Pumpkins.

  • Gene Ween (1970). Singer/songwriter.

  • Billy Corgan (1967). American rock singer/songwriter and guitarist with the Smashing Pumpkins (Siamese Dream, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness).

  • Clare Grogan (1962). Scottish singer with Altered Images.

  • Mike Kindup (Level 42) (1959)

  • Wally Stocker (1954). English guitarist with The Babys.

  • Scott Gorham (Thin Lizzy) (1951)

  • Fran Byrne (1948). Irish drummer (Bees Make Honey, Ace).

  • Harold Brown (War) (1946)

  • John Sebastian (1944). New York rock singer/songwriter with the Lovin’ Spoonful (“Do You Believe in Magic?”).

  • Clarence Clemons (1941)

  • Paul Kantner (1941). California rock singer/songwriter/guitarist with Jefferson Airplane (“White Rabbit”, 1967’s Surrealistic Pillow).

  • Zola Taylor (1938). Singer.

  • Nat “King” Cole (1919). Alabama traditional pop/jazz singer (“The Christmas Song”, “Mona Lisa”, “Unforgettable”). Born Nathaniel Adams Cole. Died 2/15/1965.

  • Alfred Newman (1900). American musical theater composer. Died 2/17/1970.


    MARCH 18

  • Adam Levine (1979). Rock singer/guitarist with Maroon 5 (“This Love”, “She Will Be Loved”, “Makes Me Wonder”).

  • Devin Lima (1977). Member of pop group LFO (“Summer Girls”).

  • Stuart Zender (Jamiroquai) (1974)

  • Queen Latifah (1970). Rapper and actress (Chicago).

  • Jerry Cantrell (1966). Washington rock guitarist with Alice in Chains.

  • Vanessa Williams (1963). R&B singer (“Save the Best for Last”) and actress. Former Miss America.

  • Jeff LeBar (Cinderella) (1963)

  • Irene Cara (1959). R&B/pop singer (“Flashdance…What a Feeling”, “Fame”).

  • John Hartman (Doobie Brothers) (1950)

  • B.J. Wilson (1947). English rock drummer with Procol Harum. Born Barrie James Wilson. Died 10/8/1990.

  • Eric Woolfson (1945). Scottish singer/songwriter/musician/co-founder of the Alan Parsons Project (“Eye in the Sky”, “Games People Play”). Died 12/2/2009.

  • Wilson Pickett (1941). Alabama R&B/soul singer (“In the Midnight Hour”). Died 1/19/2006.

  • Charley Pride (1938). American country singer.

  • John Kander (1927). American songwriter.

  • George Olsen (1893). American jazz bandleader. Died 3/18/1971.


    MARCH 19

  • Derek Longmuir (1955). Scottish drummer with Bay City Rollers.

  • Billy Sheehan (1953). Bassist.

  • Paul Atkinson (The Zombies) (1946)

  • Ruth Pointer (1946). California R&B singer with The Pointer Sisters (“Slow Hand”, “Fire”, “I’m So Excited”).

  • Jeff Neighbor (1942). Washington bassist and trombonist with Joy of Cooking.

  • Clarence “Frogman” Henry (1937)

  • Lennie Tristano (1919). Illinois jazz pianist. Died 11/18/1978.

  • Max Reger (1873). German composer. Died 5/11/1916.


    MARCH 20

  • Nick Wheeler (1982). Rock guitarist in the All-American Rejects.

  • Chester Bennington 1976. Rap-rock singer with Linkin Park (“In the End”, 2000’s Hybrid Theory, 2003’s Meteora).

  • Slim Jim Phantom (1961). Rock musician with the Stray Cats (“Rock This Town”).

  • Jimmy Vaughan (1951). American blues-rock guitarist with the Fabulous Thunderbirds. Brother of blues-rock guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan.

  • Carl Palmer (1947). English rock drummer with Emerson, Lake & Palmer (“Lucky Man”) and Asia (“Heat of the Moment”, 1982’s Asia).

  • Jerry Reed (1937). American country singer/songwriter born Jerry Reed Hubbard. Died 9/1/2008.

  • Lee “Scratch” Perry (1936). Jamaican reggae and dub musician and producer. Born Rainford Hugh Perry.

  • Sister Rosetta Tharpe (1915). American gospel/blues guitarist and singer (“Down by the Riverside”, “This Train”). Born Rosetta Nubin.

  • Oswald George “Ozzie” Nelson (1906). American actor and jazz bandleader. Died 6/3/1975.


    MARCH 21

  • Deryck Whibley (1980). Musician.

  • Andrew Copeland (Sister Hazel) (1968)

  • Jonas “Joker” Berggren (1967). Swedish keyboardist with Ace of Base (“All That She Wants”, “The Sign”).

  • MC Maxim (Prodigy) (1967)

  • Sean Dickson (Soup Dragons) (1967)

  • Nobuo Uematsu (1959). Composer.

  • Conrad Lozano (Los Lobos) (1951)

  • Russell Thompkins, Jr. (1951). Philadelphia singer with The Stylistics.

  • Roger Hodgson (1950). British rock singer and founder of Supertramp. Born Charles Roger Pomfret Hodgson.

  • Eddie Money (1949). Rock singer (“Two Tickets to Paradise”, “Take Me Home Tonight”).

  • Ray Dorset (1946). English singer with Mungo Jerry (“In the Summertime”).

  • Rosemary Stone (1945). R&B musician with Sly & the Family Stone (1969’s Stand!).

  • Vivian Stanshall (1943). English singer with The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band. Died 3/5/1995.

  • Solomon Burke (1940). American R&B singer.

  • Otis Spann (1930). Mississippi blues pianist. Died 4/24/1970.

  • Son House (1902). Blues guitarist and singer.

  • Modest Mussorgsky (1839). Composer (Pictures at an Exhibition).

  • Johann Sebastian Bach (1685). German Baroque composer (Brandenburg Concertos, St. Matthew Passion, Goldberg Variations). Died 7/28/1750.


    MARCH 22

  • Stephanie Mills (1957). R&B singer and actress (Broadway’s The Wiz).

  • Andrew Lloyd Webber (1948). Musical theater composer (Cats, 1986’s Phantom of the Opera).

  • Patrick Olive (1947). Grenadan guitarist and percussionist with Hot Chocolate.

  • George Benson (1943). Philadelphia R&B/jazz singer/guitarist.

  • Keith Relf (1943). English rock singer with The Yardbirds (“For Your Love”). Died 3/22/1943.

  • Stephen Sondheim (1930). Musical theater composer (1957’s West Side Story, 1959’s Gypsy).

  • Sonny Burke (1914). Pennsylvania jazz/big band leader. Died 5/31/1980.


    MARCH 23

  • Damon Albarn (1968). English Brit-pop singer/songwriter with Blur (1994’s Parklife, “Song 2”) and Gorillaz (“Feel Good Inc.”).

  • Marti Pellow (1966). Musician with Wet Wet Wet.

  • Chaka Khan (1953). Illinois R&B singer with Rufus. Also a solo artist (“I Feel for You”). Born Yvette Marie Stevens.

  • Ric Ocasek (1949). American rock singer who fronted The Cars (“Just What I Needed”, “My Best Friend’s Girl”, 1978’s The Cars). Born Richard Otcasek.

  • Artie Shaw (1910). American jazz clarinetist and bandleader (“Begin the Beguine”, “Frenesi”, “Star Dust”, “Dancing in the Dark”) born Arthur Arshawsky. Died 12/30/2004.


    MARCH 24

  • Sharon Corr (1970). Violinist with siblings in the Corrs.

  • Mase (1970). Rapper.

  • Nena (1960). German pop singer (“99 Red Balloons”).

  • Nick Lowe (1949). British singer/songwriter and bassist (Brinsley Schwarz, Rockpile, solo), and producer.

  • Billy Stewart (1937). Washington D.C. musician (“Summertime”). Died 1/17/1970.


    MARCH 25

  • Melanie Blatt (All Saints) (1975)

  • Steve Norman (Spandau Ballet) (1960)

  • Paul Miles (1952). American singer/guitarist known as “The Blues Man.”

  • Maizie Wiliams (1951). West Indian singer with Boney M.

  • Neil Jones (1949). Welsh guitarist with Amen Corner.

  • Elton John (1947). English singer/songwriter and pianist (“Your Song”, “Candle in the Wind 1997”) born Reginald Kenneth Dwight.

  • Aretha Franklin (1942). Tennessee R&B singer (“Respect”, “You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman”) known as “The Queen of Soul.”

  • Anita Bryant (1940).

  • Hoyt Axton (1938). American country singer and songwriter (Three Dog Night’s “Joy to the World”). Died 10/26/1999.

  • Johnny Burnette (1934). Tennessee singer (“You’re Sixteen”). Died 8/15/1964.

  • Béla Bartók (1881). Hungarian classical composer and pianist. Died 9/26/1945.

  • Arturo Toscanini (1867). Russian violinist, conductor (NBC orchestra), and composer. Brought classical music to radio. Died 1/16/1957.


    MARCH 26

  • Jay Sean (1981)

  • Juvenile (1975)

  • James Iha (1968). American guitarist with Smashing Pumpkins.

  • Kenny Chesney (1968). Country singer.

  • Billy Lyall (1953). Scottish keyboardist, flautist, and vocalist with Pilot. Died 1989.

  • Teddy Pendergrass (1950). Pennsylvania R&B singer with Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes.

  • Richard Tandy (ELO) (1948)

  • Steven Tyler (1948). New York rock singer with Aerosmith (“Dream On”, “Walk This Way”). Born Steven Victor Tallarico.

  • Fran Sheehan (Boston) (1946)

  • Diana Ross (1944). Michigan R&B/pop singer with The Supremes (“Where Did Our Love Go”, “Baby Love”, “Stop! In the Name of Love”, “You Can’t Hurry Love”, “You Keep Me Hangin’ On”) and later a solo act (“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”, “Upside Down”, “Endless Love”).


    MARCH 27

  • Stacy “Fergie” Ferguson (1975). Pop singer with Black Eyed Peas (“My Humps”) and a solo act (“Big Girls Don’t Cry”).

  • Mariah Carey (1970). New York pop/R&B singer (“Vision of Love”, “One Sweet Day”, “We Belong Together”).

  • Brendan Hill (1970). Rock musician with Blues Traveler.

  • Johnny April (Staind) (1965)

  • Derrick McKenzie (Jamiroquai) (1964)

  • Xuxa (1963). Brazilian TV star, singer, dancer, and model.

  • Kid Congo Powers (1961). California guitarist with Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. Born Brian Tristan.

  • Andrew Farris (1959). Australian rock keyboardist with INXS (“Need You Tonight”, “What You Need”).

  • Billy MacKenzie (1957). Scottish singer with The Associates. Died 1/22/1997.

  • Tony Banks (1950). Prog-rock keyboardist with Genesis (1973’s Selling England by the Pound, 1974’s The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, 1986’s Invisible Touch).

  • Sarah Vaughan (1924). New Jersey jazz singer (“Tenderly”), Died 4/3/1990.

  • Robert Lockwood, Jr. (1915). Arkansas blues guitarist. Died 11/21/2006.

  • Moon Mullican (1909). Texas musician known as “The King of Hillbilly Piano”. Born Aubrey Mullican. Died 1/1/1967.

  • Leroy Carr (1905). Tennessee blues singer. Died 4/29/1935.

  • Hal Kemp (1904). American bandleader, saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer. Died 12/21/1940.


    MARCH 28

  • Lady Gaga (1986). American dance-pop singer (“Just Dance”, “Poker Face”, 2008’s The Fame) born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta.

  • Scott Mills (1974). BBC radio disc jockey.

  • James Atkins (EMF) (1967)

  • Reba McEntire (1955). Oklahoma country singer.

  • John Evans (1948). Musician with Jethro Tull (1971’s Aqualung).

  • Milan Williams (1948). Mississippi keyboardist, trombonist, guitarist, and drummer with The Jays and The Commodores. Died 7/9/2006.

  • Sally Carr (1945). Scottish singer with Middle of the Road.

  • Chuck Portz (1945). California bassist with The Turtles.

  • Bill Gaither (1936). Gospel singer.

  • Thad Jones (1923). American trumpeter and composer born Thaddeus Joseph Jones. Died 8/20/1986.

  • Rudolf Serkin (1903). Bohemian pianist. Died 5/8/1991.

  • Paul Whiteman (1890). American bandleader. Died 12/29/1967.

    MARCH 29

  • John Popper (Blues Traveler) (1967)

  • Perry Farrell (1959). American rock singer with Jane’s Addiction. Born Perry Bernstein.

  • Bobby Kimball (Toto) (1947)

  • Terry Jacks (1946). Canadian singer (“Seasons in the Sun”).

  • Billy Thorpe (1946). Musician.

  • Vangelis (1943). Greek composer (“Chariots of Fire”) born Evangelos Papathanassiou.

  • Chad Allan (Guess Who) (1943)

  • Pearl Bailey (1918). American big band singer. Died 8/17/1990.

  • William Walton (1902). Composer.


    MARCH 30

  • Scott Moffatt (1983). Member of Canadian pop group the Moffatts.

  • Norah Jones (1979). Adult contemporary/jazz singer (Come Away with Me).

  • Adam Goldstein (1973). DJ.

  • Celine Dion (1968). Canadian pop singer (“My Heart Will Go On”, “Because You Loved Me”).

  • Tracy Chapman (1964). Ohio contemporary folk singer/songwriter (“Fast Car”, “Give Me One Reason”).

  • MC Hammer (1962). Rapper (“U Can’t Touch This”) born Stanley Kirk Burrell.

  • Randy Warmer (1955). Musician.

  • Dave Ball (Procol Harum) (1950)

  • Re Styles (1950). Vocalist with The Tubes.

  • Jim “Dandy” Mangrum (1948). Arkansas singer with Black Oak Arkansas.

  • Eric Clapton (1945). English rock guitarist/singer with several acclaimed groups, including Cream (“Sunshine of Your Love”, “White Room”, 1967’s Disraeli Gears), Derek and the Dominos (“Layla”), Blind Faith (“Can’t Find My Way Home”), and successful with a solo career (“Tears in Heaven”, “Wonderful Tonight”). Born Eric Clapp.

  • Graeme Edge (1941). English progressive-rock drummer with the Moody Blues (1967’s Days of Future Passed).

  • Astrud Gilberto (1940). Brazilian bossa nova singer (“The Girl from Ipanema”).

  • Rolf Harris (1930). Australian entertainer (“Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport”).

  • Sonny Boy Williamson #1 (1914). Tennessee blues musician born John Lee Williamson. Died 6/1/1948.

  • Frankie Laine (1913). Singer (“Mule Train”). Died 2/6/2007.


    MARCH 31

  • Tony Yayo (1978). Rapper.

  • Robert Holmes ('til tuesday) (1959)

  • Pat McGlynn (Bay City Rollers) (1958)

  • Angus Young (1955). Scottish-born Australian rock guitarist/songwriter and co-founder of >AC/DC (1980’s Back in Black).

  • Tony Brock (1954). English rock drummer with The Babys.

  • Sean Hopper (1953). Rock musician with Huey Lewis & the News (1983’s Sports).

  • Don Hume (1950). English bassist with Arrival.

  • Al Goodman (Ray, Goodman & Brown) (1947)

  • Al Nichol (1946). North Carolina guitarist, pianist, and vocalist with The Turtles.

  • Mick Ralphs (1944). English rock guitarist with Mott the Hoople and Bad Company. Born Michael Jeffrey Ralphs.

  • Herb Alpert (1935). Producer, composer, trumpeter, and bandleader (“The Lonely Bull”, “Taste of Honey”, “This Guy’s in Love with You”, “Rise”).

  • Shirley Jones (1934). Singer and actress (TV’s The Partridge Family).

  • Lefty Frizzell (1928). Texas country singer. Born William Orville Frizzell. Died 7/19/1975.

  • Red Norvo (1908). American jazz bandleader. Died 4/6/1999.

  • Joseph Haydn (1732). Austrian classical composer and pianist. Died 5/31/1809.


    This page last updated June 7, 2013.