Sunday, February 8, 2015

Sam Smith’s “Stay with Me” wins Grammys for Song and Record of the Year

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Sam Smith “Stay with Me”

Writer(s): Sam Smith/ James Napier/ William Phillips/ Tom Petty/ Jeff Lynne (see lyrics here)

Released: 4/14/2014, First charted: 4/19/2014

Peak: 2 US, 15 AC, 12 AA, #10 RB (airplay) 11 UK (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales (in millions): 4.0 US, 0.6 UK, 5.73 world (includes US and UK)

Radio Airplay (in millions): -- Video Airplay (in millions): 231.05

Review: Sam Smith poured his heart and soul into this gospel-inspired, blue-eyed-soul ballad begging a one-night stand not to leave. He told 4Music that he wanted to write “an anthem for the lonely.” SF He told Tanya Rad on On Air with Ryan Seacrest that he is “willing to show that emotional side…I don’t have…bravado to put in front…I’m just showing my raw self.” SF Nouse’s Isabell Pearson called it a “euphoric, slow building love-song” WK while Digital Spy’s Amy Davidson called the song an “emotional crescendo.” WK

Smith told NME the song only took 30 to 40 minutes to write. SF James Napier and William Phillips were co-writers on the song, but after it became a hit, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne were given royalty credit as well because the song’s similarity to the melody of Tom Petty’s 1989 hit “I Won’t Back Down.” An amicable agreement was reached with no threat of a lawsuit. Petty said, “All my years of songwriting have shown me these things can happen.” SF

The song topped the charts in the UK, Canada, and New Zealand and went top ten in more than a dozen countries, including a #2 peak in the U.S. WK It was also listed in the top ten of year-end charts in Australia, Canada, Denmark, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. WK USA Today named it the song of the year SF and it took home Grammys for Record and Song of the Year.

The buzz around Sam Smith had become so big on the heels of “Stay with Me” that he landed a gig performing on Saturday Night Live right before the song was officially released. SF He had, however, already been featured on Disclosure’s #11 UK hit “Latch” in 2012 and Naughty Boy’s #1 UK hit “La La La” in 2013. Two singles from his debut album, In the Lonely Hour, had already charted in the UK as well – “Lay Me Down” at #46 and “Money on My Mind” at #1.

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Sunday, February 1, 2015

February: 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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FEB. 1

  • Big Boi (1975). Rapper/songwriter from OutKast (“The Way You Move”) born Antwan André Patton.

  • Steve Young (1973). Singer/songwriter.

  • Patrick Wilson (1969). Member of alternative rock group Weezer (“Buddy Holly”, “Undone (The Sweater Song”)

  • Lisa Marie Presley (1968). Pop singer (“Lights Out”) and daughter of Elvis Presley. Briefly married to Michael Jackson.

  • Exene Cervenka (1956). American punk-rock singer with X.

  • Mike Campbell (1954). Florida rock guitarist with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers.

  • Rick James (1948). New York funk singer/songwriter/musician (“Super Freak”) and record producer. Died 8/6/2004.

  • Don Everly (1937). Kentucky singer who recorded with his brother in early rock and roll group The Everly Brothers (“Bye Bye Love”, “Wake Up Little Susie”, “All I Have to Do Is Dream”). Born Isaac Donald Everly.

  • Ray Sawyer (1937). Alabama singer and guitarist with Dr. Hook.

  • George Beverly Shea (1909). Gospel singer.

  • James P. Johnson (1894). American jazz songwriter and pianist. Died 11/17/1955.

    FEB. 2

  • Shakira (1977). Columbian-born pop singer (“Hips Don’t Lie”, “Whenever, Wherever”) born Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll.

  • Billy Mohler (The Calling) (1975). Musician in The Calling.

  • Ben Mize (1971). Musician in Counting Crows.

  • Robert DeLeo (1966). Rock musician with Stone Temple Pilots (1992’s Core, 1994’s Purple).

  • Eva Cassidy (1963). American singer. Died 11/2/1996.

  • Tony Butler (1957). Musician in Big Country.

  • Howard Bellamy (1950). Florida country musician with the Bellamy Brothers (“Let Your Love Flow”).

  • Ross Valory (1950). Musician from Santana and Journey.

  • Alan McKay (1948). R&B musician with Earth, Wind & Fire (1975’s That’s the Way of the World).

  • Graham Nash (1942). British singer/songwriter who was a member of The Hollies (“Bus Stop”) and Crosby, Stills & Nash (“Teach Your Children”, “Our House”, 1969’s Crosby, Stills & Nash).

  • Stan Getz (1927). American jazz musician. Died 6/6/1991.

  • Jascha Heifetz (1901). Russian-born violinist.

  • Fritz Kreisler (1875). Austrian composer. Died 1/29/1962.

    FEB. 3

  • Sean Kingston (1990)

  • Daddy Yankee (1976). Singer.

  • Laurence Tolhurst (1959). Musician in The Cure.

  • Tony Butler (1957). English rock bassist with Big Country.

  • Steven Stapleton (1957). Musician.

  • Lee Renaldo (1956). Musician with Sonic Youth.

  • Arthur Kane (1951). Illinois jazz-rock guitarist with Chicago. Died 7/13/2004.

  • Dave Davies (1947). English rock guitarist and, with brother Ray, founder of The Kinks (“You Really Got Me”, “Waterloo Sunset”, Village Green Preservation Society).

  • Melanie (1947). New York singer/songwriter (“Brand New Key”) born Melanie Anne Safka.

  • Eric Haydock (1943). Musician with The Hollies.

  • Dennis Edwards (1943). Musician with The Temptations.

  • Shawn Phillips (1943)

  • Johnny “Guitar” Watson (1935). Texas guitarist (“A Real Mother for Ya”). Died 5/17/1995.

  • Felix Mendelssohn (1809). German classical composer and pianist. Died 11/4/1847.

  • Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525). Italian classical composer. Died 1594.

    FEB. 4

  • Cam’ron (1976)

  • Natalie Imbruglia (1975). Australian singer (“Torn”).

  • Rick Burch (1975). Musician with Jimmy Eat World.

  • James Murphy (1970). American musician who operates under the stage name LCD Soundsystem (2007’s Sound of Silver).

  • Clint Black (1962). American country music singer/songwriter (1989’s Killin’ Time).

  • Phil Ehart (1951). Musician with Kansas.

  • James Dunn (1950). Pennsylvania singer with the Stylistics (“Can’t Give You Anything But My Love”).

  • Alice Cooper (1948). Michigan shock-rock singer (“I’m Eighteen”, “School’s Out”) born Vincent Damon Furnier.

  • Florence LaRue (1944). Musician with The Fifth Dimension.

  • John Steel (1941). English rock drummer with The Animals.

  • Art Mooney (1911). American jazz/big band leader. Died 1993.

    FEB. 5

  • Vast Aire (1978). Rapper.

  • Bobby Brown (1969). American R&B singer, first with New Edition (“Cool It Now”) and later a solo singer (“Don’t Be Cruel”, “My Prerogative”). Married singer Whitney Houston.

  • Chris Barron (1968). Musician with the Spin Doctors.

  • Duff McKagan (1964). Rock musician with Guns N’ Roses.

  • Christopher Guest (1948). Comedic actor who starred in This Is Spinal Tap.

  • J.R. Cobb (1944). Alabama rock guitarist with Atlanta Rhythm Section.

  • Al Kooper (1944). New York songwriter, record producer, and musician with Blood, Sweat & Tears. Also played organ with Bob Dylan (“Like a Rolling Stone”).

  • Chuck Winfield (1943). Pennsylvania trumpeter with Blood, Sweat & Tears.

  • Corey Wells (1942). Rock singer with Three Dog Night (“Joy to the World”).

  • Barrett Strong (1941). Mississippi R&B singer (“Money (That’s What I Want)” and songwriter (Marvin Gaye’s “I Heard It Through the Grapevine”; The Temptations’ “Just My Imagination”, “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone”, and “Ball of Confusion”; Edwin Starr’s “War”).

  • Alex Harvey (1935). Scottish rock bandleader and musician. Died 2/4/1982.

  • Ron Wilson (1933). California percussionist and harmonica player with Joy of Cooking.

    FEB. 6

  • Masaharu Fukuyama (1969). Japanese pop singer/songwriter/TV actor.

  • Rick Astley (1966). English pop singer (“Never Gonna Give You Up”).

  • Axl Rose (1962). American rock singer for Guns N’ Roses (“Sweet Child O’ Mine”, “Welcome to the Jungle”) born William Bruce Rose, Jr.

  • Natalie Cole (1950). California R&B/jazz singer (1991’s Unforgettable…with Love). Daughter of singer Nat “King” Cole.

  • Alan Jones (1947). Welsh saxophonist with Amen Corner.

  • Bob Marley (1945). Jamaican reggae artist (“I Shot the Sheriff”, “No Woman, No Cry”, “Get Up Stand Up”, 1977’s Exodus, 1984’s Legend). Died 5/11/1981.

  • Fabian (1942). Pennsylvania teen idol singer (“Turn Me Loose”, “Tiger”) born Fabiano Anthony Forte Bonaparte who gained fame from TV’s American Bandstand.

  • David Berry (1941). English singer with Dave Berry & the Cruisers. Born David Grundy.

    FEB. 7

  • Glenn Collins (1968). English drummer with Dog Unit, Vort Pylon, and the Auteurs.

  • Garth Brooks (1962). American country singer (1990’s No Fences, 1991’s Ropin’ the Wind).

  • David Bryan (1962). New Jersey rock keyboardist with Bon Jovi (“Livin’ on a Prayer”, “You Give Love a Bad Name”). Born David Bryan Rashbaum.

  • Steve Bronski (1960). Scottish keyboardist with Bronski Beat.

  • Brian Travers (1959). Musician with UB40.

  • Alan Lancaster (1949). English rock bassist with Status Quo.

  • Jimmy Greenspoon (Three Dog Night) (1948)

  • King Curtis (1934). Texas saxophonist with the Coasters. Born Curtis Ousley. Died 8/13/1971.

  • Earl King (1934) American blues singer/songwriter (“Come On”). Died 4/17/2003.

  • Warren Smith (1933). American rockabilly singer; one of the original Sun Records artists. Died 1/30/1980.

  • Eubie Blake (1883). American jazz pianist and songwriter. Died 2/12/1983.

  • Arthur Collins (1864). American singer. Died 8/3/1933.

    FEB. 8

  • Dave “Phoenix” Farrell (1977). Bass player for rock group Linkin Park (2001’s Hybrid Theory).

  • Will Turpin (1971). Musician with Collective Soul.

  • Claudette Pace (1968) European jazz singer (“Desire”).

  • Vince Neil (1961). Rock singer for Mötley Crüe. Born Vince Neil Wharton.

  • Sam Llanas (1961). Musician with The BoDeans.

  • Tom Rush (1941)

  • John Williams (1932). Composer of movie scores (1977’s Star Wars).

  • Alonzo “Lonnie” Johnson (1899). American blues guitarist. Died 6/16/1970.

    FEB. 9

  • Travis Tritt (1963). American country singer.

  • David Rotheray (1961). English rock guitarist with Beautiful South.

  • Dennis Thomas (1951). Musician with Kool & The Gang.

  • Carole King (1942). American songwriter (the Shirelles’ “Will You Love Me Tomorrow”, the Drifters’ “Up on the Roof”, Little Eva’s “The Loco-Motion”, Aretha Franklin’s “You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman”, James Taylor’s “You’ve Got a Friend”) and singer (Tapestry, “It’s Too Late”, “I Feel the Earth Move”). Born Carol Klein.

  • Brian Bennett (1940). English drummer with the Shadows.

  • Barry Mann (1939). New York rock songwriter, most famously with partner Cynthia Weil (the Righteous Brothers’ “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’”, the Drifters’ “On Broadway”). Born Barry Iberman.

  • Kathryn Grayson (1922). Actress/singer in musicals (1951’s Show Boat).

  • Ernest Tubb (1914). American country singer/songwriter (“Walking the Floor Over You”). Died 9/6/1984.

    FEB. 10

  • Cliff Lee Burton (1962). California heavy metal bass player for Metallica (1986’s Master of Puppets). Killed in a bus accident on 9/27/1986.

  • Robbie Neville (1961)

  • Nigel Olsson (1949). English drummer with Elton John.

  • Peter Allen (1944). Australian songwriter. Was married to Liza Minnelli. Died 6/18/1992.

  • Roberta Flack (1937). North Carolina R&B singer/songwriter (“The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”, “Killing Me Softly with His Song”).

  • Jerry Goldsmith (1929). California movie and TV composer. Died 7/21/2004.

  • Leontyne Price (1927). American operatic soprano singer. Born Mary Violet Leontyne Price.

  • Larry Adler (1914). American harmonica player. Died 8/6/2001.

  • Jack Leonard (1913). New York jazz/big band singer best known for being the primary vocalist with Tommy Dorsey in the late 1930s.

  • William Henry “Chick” Webb (1905). American jazz bandleader and drummer. Died 6/16/1939.

    FEB. 11

  • Aubrey O’Day (1984).

  • Kelly Rowland (1981). Member of R&B girl group Destiny’s Child (“Say My Name”, “Survivor”, “Bootylicious”).

  • Brandy (1979). R&B singer.

  • Mike Shinoda (1977). Rap-rock Singer/songwriter/musician for Linkin Park (2000’s Hybrid Theory).

  • D'Angelo (1974)

  • Varg Vikernes (1973). Musician.

  • Sheryl Crow (1962). Missouri rock singer/songwriter (“All I Wanna Do”).

  • Sérgio Mendes (1941). Brazilian bandleader.

  • Gerry Goffin (1939). New York songwriter (the Shirelles’ “Will You Love Me Tomorrow”, the Drifters’ “Up on the Roof”, Little Eva’s “The Loco-Motion”, Aretha Franklin’s “You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman”).

  • Bobby “Boris” Pickett (1938). Best known for song “Monster Mash.”

  • Gene Vincent (1935). Virginia rockabilly singer and guitarist (“Be-Bop-A-Lula”) born Vincent Eugene Craddock. Died 10/12/1971.

  • Thomas Alva Edison (1847). American inventor of, among many other things, the phonograph. Died 10/18/1931.

    FEB. 12

  • Jim Creeggan (Barenaked Ladies) (1970)

  • Chynna Phillips (Wilson Phillips) (1968)

  • Per Gessle (1959). Swedish singer/songwriter and musician with Roxette (“The Look”).

  • Michael McDonald (1952). Singer/songwriter with rock group Doobie Brothers (“What a Fool Believes”).

  • Steve Hackett (1950). English prog-rock guitarist with Genesis (1973’s Selling England by the Pound, 1974’s The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway).

  • Stanley Knight (1949). Arkansas rock guitarist with Black Oak Arkansas.

  • Joe Schermie (1946). Bassist.

  • Moe Bandy (1944). American country singer born Marion Franklin Bandy, Jr.

  • Ray Manzarek (1939). Illinois rock keyboardist with The Doors (“Light My Fire”). Born Raymond Daniel Manczarek, Jr.

  • Gordon “Tex” Beneke (1914). American jazz bandleader. Died 5/30/2000.

  • Len Spencer (1867). American singer. Died 12/15/1914.

    FEB. 13

  • Robbie Williams (1974). British pop singer (“Angels”) who started with boy band Take That (“Back for Good”).

  • Freedom Williams (C&C Music Factory) (1966)

  • Les Warner (The Cult) (1961)

  • Henry Rollins (1961). American punk-rock singer/songwriter with Black Flag (1981’s Damaged) and later a solo artist.

  • Peter Hook (1956). English bassist with Joy Division and New Order.

  • Ed Gagliardi (1952). Rock musician with Foreigner.

  • Peter Gabriel (1950). British prog-rock singer with Genesis (1973’s Selling England by the Pound, 1974’s The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway) before going solo (“Sledgehammer”, 1986’s So).

  • Peter Tork (1942). American rock musician/actor in The Monkees (“I’m a Believer”, “Daydream Believer”).

  • Boudleaux Bryant (1925). Georgia songwriter with wife Felice Bryant (the Everly Brothers “Bye Bye Love”, “All I Have to Do Is Dream”, and “Wake Up Little Susie”). Died 6/25/1987.

  • Eileen Farrell (1920). Opera singer.

  • “Tennessee” Ernie Ford (1919). American country singer (“Sixteen Tons”). Born Ernest Jennings Ford. Died 10/17/1991.

    FEB. 14

  • Rob Thomas (1972). Rock singer/songwriter with Matchbox 20 (Yourself or Someone Like You) who also recorded solo (“Smooth”).

  • Roger Fisher (Heart) (1950)

  • Tim Buckley (1947). American singer/songwriter and musician. Born Timothy Buckley III. Died 6/29/1975.

  • Vic Briggs (1945). English rock guitarist with Eric Burdon & the Animals. Born Victor Harvey Briggs III.

  • Eric Andersen (1943). Pennsylvania singer/songwriter and guitarist.

  • Magic Sam (1937). Mississippi blues guitarist and singer. Born Samuel Gene Maghett. Died 12/1/1969.

  • Merl Saunders (1934). Musician.

    FEB. 15

  • Olivia (1980). Singer.

  • Brandon Boyd (1976). Lead singer of alternative rock band Incubus.

  • Gloria Trevi (1968). Musician.

  • Jane Child (1967). Singer/songwriter (“Don’t Wanna Fall in Love”).

  • Mikey Craig (Culture Club) (1960)

  • Ali Campbell (UB40) (1959)

  • Matthew Ward (1958). Gospel singer.

  • Melissa Manchester (1951). American adult contemporary/pop singer/songwriter (“Don’t Cry Out Loud”, “You Should Hear How She Talks about You”).

  • David Brown (1947). Musician with Santana.

  • Ira Siff (1946). American singer.

  • John Helliwell (1945). Rock musician with Supertramp.

  • Mick Avory (1944). English rock drummer with The Kinks (“You Really Got Me”, “Waterloo Sunset”, Village Green Preservation Society).

  • Brian Holland (1941). Michigan songwriter. Part of Motown’s Holland-Dozier-Holland songwriting and production team (the Supremes’ “Where Did Our Love Go”, “Baby Love”, “Stop! In the Name of Love”, and “You Can’t Hurry Love”; the Four Tops’ “Baby, I Need Your Loving”, “I Can’t Help Myself”, and “Reach Out (I’ll Be There)”).

  • Hank Locklin (1918). Country singer. Died 3/8/2009.

  • Harold Arlen (1905). American songwriter (“Over the Rainbow”) born Hyman Arluck. Died 4/23/1986.

    FEB. 16

  • Andy Taylor (1961). Rock guitarist with Duran Duran (“Hungry Like the Wolf”, 1982’s Rio).

  • Ice-T (1958). American rapper (Body Count’s “Cop Killer”) and actor born Tracy Marrow.

  • James Ingram (1956)

  • Sonny Bono (1935). Michigan singer. Half of American pop duo Sonny & Cher (“I Got You Babe”) and later a congressman. Born Salvatore Phillip Bono. Died 1/5/1998.

  • Otis Blackwell (1932). American rock songwriter. Died 5/6/2002.

  • Patty Andrews (1920). Member of Andrews Sisters singing trio.

  • James Clarence “Jimmy” Wakely (1914). American country singer, actor, and radio personality known as “The Singing Cowboy”. Died 9/23/1982.

  • Wayne King (1901). Jazz bandleader. Died 7/16/1985.

    FEB. 17

  • Bryan White (1974). Country singer/songwriter.

  • Billie Joe Armstrong (1972). American singer/songwriter and guitarist for pop/punk band Green Day (Dookie, American Idiot).

  • Timothy Mahoney (311) (1970)

  • Gene Pitney (1940). Connecticut singer/songwriter (Ricky Nelson’s “Hello Mary Lou”). Died 4/5/2006.

  • Henri Vieuxtemps (1820). Violinist.

    FEB. 18

  • Juelz Santana (1983). Rapper.

  • Regina Spektor (1980). Singer/songwriter.

  • Dr. Dre (1965). American rapper (The Chronic) and producer born Andre Romelle Young.

  • John Travolta (1954). New Jersey actor who sang and danced in music-oriented movies (Saturday Night Fever, Grease).

  • Robin Bachman (1953). Canadian rock drummer with Bachman-Turner Overdrive.

  • Derek Pellicci (Little River Band) (1953)

  • Randy Crawford (1952). Georgia singer (“Almaz”) born Veronica Crawford.

  • Juice Newton (1952). Virginia country singer (“Angel of the Morning”, “Queen of Hearts”). Born Judy Kay Newton.

  • Dennis DeYoung (1947). American rock singer with Styx (“Babe”, “The Best of Times”, “Come Sail Away”, 1977’s The Grand Illusion, 1981’s Paradise Theater).

  • Irma Thomas 1941). R&B/blues singer.

  • Pee Wee King (1914). American country singer. Born Julius Frank Anthony Kuczynski. Died 3/7/2000.

  • Yoko Ono (1933). Japanese avant-garde artist, wife of John Lennon, and mother of Sean Lennon.

    FEB. 19

  • Seal (1963). English pop/soul singer (“Kiss from a Rose”) born Henry Olusegun Olumide Adeola Samuel.

  • Falco (1957). Austrian pop singer (“Rock Me Amadeus”, “Der Kommissar”). Born Johann Holzell. Died 2/6/1998.

  • Dave Wakeling (1956). English singer with The Beat and General Public.

  • Alan Merrill (1951). New York singer, guitarist, and bassist. Born Allan P. Sachs.

  • Andy Powell (1950). English guitarist with Wishbone Ash.

  • Tony Iommi (1948). British heavy metal guitarist with Black Sabbath (“Paranoid”, 1970’s Black Sabbath, 1970’s Paranoid, 1971’s Master of Reality, 1972’s Vol. 4).
  • Lou Christie (1943). Pennsylvania pop singer (“Lightnin’ Strikes”).

  • Smokey Robinson (1940). Detroit R&B songwriter (The Temptations’ “My Girl”) and singer with The Miracles (“The Tracks of My Tears”, “The Tears of a Clown”) and as a solo artist (“Being with You”). Born William Robinson, Jr.

    FEB. 20

  • Rihanna (1988). Barbados-born pop singer (“Umbrella”) born Rihanna Fenty.

  • Julia Volkova (1985. Musician with t.A.T.u.

  • Brian Littrell (1975). Member of pop boy band Backstreet Boys (“I Want It That Way”).

  • Kurt Cobain (1967). Washington grunge-rock singer/songwriter and guitarist for Nirvana (“Smells Like Teen Spirit”, 1991’s Nevermind, 1993’s In Utero). Died 4/5/1994.

  • Ian Brown (1963). Rock musician with the Stone Roses (“I Wanna Be Adored”, 1989’s The Stone Roses).

  • Poison Ivy Rorschach (1953). American guitarist with the Cramps.

  • Jon Brant (Cheap Trick) (1954)

  • Randy California (1951). California guitarist with Spirit. Born Randle Craig Wolfe III. Died 1/2/1997.

  • Walter Becker (1950). American musician with Steely Dan (1974’s Pretzel Logic).

  • Jerome Geils (The J. Geils Band) (1946)

  • Alan Hull (1945). English singer/songwriter and musician with Lindisfarne. Born James Alan Hull. Died 11/17/1995.

  • Lew Soloff (1944). New York jazz-rock trumpeter with Blood, Sweat & Tears.

  • Buffy Sainte-Marie (1941). Native American Maine singer/songwriter (Donovan’s “Universal Soldier”).

  • Nancy Wilson (1937). American jazz singer.

    FEB. 21

  • Corbin Bleu (1989). Actor/singer/dancer in Disney’s High School Musical.

  • Charlotte Church (1986). Welsh classical crossover singer/songwriter born Charlotte Maria Reed. Rose to fame in childhood.

  • Eric Wilson (Sublime) (1970)

  • James Dean Bradfield (1969). Welsh rock guitarist and singer with Manic Street Preachers.

  • Vanity (1969). Singer.

  • Ranking Roger (General Public) (1961)

  • Mary Chapin Carpenter (1958). New Jersey folk/country singer (1992’s Come On Come On).

  • Vince Welnick (1951). Arizona keyboarist with the Tubes and Grateful Dead. Died 6/2/2006.

  • Jerry Harrison (1949). Member of the Modern Lovers (1976’s The Modern Lovers) and Talking Heads (1980’s Remain in Light).

  • David Geffen (1943). American record executive who created Asylum Records (1970) and Geffen Records (1980). One of the founders of DreamWorks SKG (1994).

  • Nina Simone (1933). North Carolina jazz/blues/soul singer and pianist. Died 4/21/2003.

  • Andrés Segovia (1893). Spanish classical guitarist. Died 6/2/1987.

  • Charles-Marie Widor (1844). Composer.

    FEB. 22

  • Jen Frost (1978). Member of British girl group Atomic Kitten.

  • Lea Salonga (1971). Singer.

  • Bradley Nowell (1968). American singer/guitarist of alternative rock/ska band Sublime (“What I Got”, “Wrong Way”, “Santeria”). Died of a heroin overdose on May 25/1996.

  • Bobby Hendricks (The Drifters) (1937)

    FEB. 23

  • Lasse Johansson (The Cardigans) (1973)

  • Jeff Beres (Sister Hazel) (1971)

  • Chris Vrenna (1967). Drummer.

  • Michael Wilton (Queensryche) (1962)

  • David Sylvian (1958). Musician.

  • Howard Jones (1955). English musician (“No One Is to Blame”) born John Howard Jones.

  • Brad Whitford (1952). Massachussetts rock rhythm guitarist 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).

  • Steve Priest (1950). English rock bassist with Sweet.

  • Terry “Tex” Comer (1949). English rock bassist with Ace.

  • Rusty Young (1946). Californai pedal steel guitarist with Poco.

  • Johnny Winter (1944). Texas blues-rock guitarist and singer. Born John Dawson Winter III.

  • George Frideric Handel (1685). German classical composer (1741’s Messiah). Died 4/14/1759.

    FEB. 24

  • Michelle Shocked (1962). American singer/songwriter.

  • George Thorogood (1950). Blues-rock singer (“Bad to the Bone”).

  • Rupert Holmes (1947). English singer/songwriter (“Escape (The Pina Colada Song)”).

  • Lonnie Turner (Steve Miller Band) (1947)

  • Nicky Hopkins (1944). English session pianist and songwriter.

  • Paul Jones (1942). English singer and harmonica player with Manfred Mann. Born Paul Bond.

  • Michel Legrand (1932). Composer for TV and film scores.

    FEB. 25

  • Daniel Powter (1976)

  • Justin Jeffre (1973). Singer in pop group/boy band 98 Degrees.

  • Mike Peters (1959). Welsh rock guitarist and singer with The Alarm.

  • Dennis Diken (The Smithereens) (1957)

  • Stuart “Woody” Wood (1957). Scottish guitarist with the Bay City Rollers.

  • John Doe (1954). American punk-rock musician with X.

  • Elkie Brooks (1945). English singer with Vinegar Joe. Born Elaine Bookbinder.

  • George Harrison (1943). Rock guitarist/singer in The Beatles (“Something”, “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”, 1966’s Revolver, 1967’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band). Also a solo star (“My Sweet Lord”, 1970’s All Things Must Pass). Died 11/29/2001.

  • Faron Young (1932). American country singer (“Indian Reservation”).

  • Enrico Caruso (1873). Italian opera singer (“Pagliacci, Act I: Vesti La Giubba (On with the Play)”) and key pioneer in field of recorded music. Died 8/2/1921.

    FEB. 26

  • Erykah Badu (1971). American R&B singer (1997’s Baduizm) born Erica Abi Wright.

  • John Jon (Bronski Beat) (1961)

  • Michael Bolton (1953). Connecticut adult contemporary singer (“How Am I Supposed to Live without You?”, 1991’s Time, Love & Tenderness) born Michael Bolotin.

  • Jonathan Cain (The Babys/Journey) (1950)

  • Sandy Shaw (1947). English musician (“Puppet on a String”) born Sandra Goodrich.

  • Bob Hite (1945). California singer and harmonica player with Canned Heat. Died 4/5/1981.

  • Mitch Ryder (1945)

  • Paul Cotton (Poco) (1943)

  • Johnny Cash (1932) Arkansas country singer/songwriter and guitarist (“Ring of Fire”, “I Walk the Line”, “A Boy Named Sue”, 1968’s Live at Folsom Prison, 1994’s American Recordings). Married to country singer June Carter Cash. Died 9/12/2003.

  • Fats Domino (1928). Louisiana R&B/early rock and roll singer/songwriter/pianist (“Ain’t That a Shame”, “Blueberry Hill”). Born Antoine Dominique Domino.

  • Jackie Gleason (1916). American actor and singer. Died 6/24/1987.

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  • Josh Groban (1981). American classical crossover singer (2003’s Closer).

  • Bobby Valentino (1980). Singer.

  • Jeremy Dean (Nine Days) (1972)

  • Chilli (1971). American singer in R&B/hip-hop group TLC (“Waterfalls”). Born Rozonda Thomas.

  • Paul Humphreys (O.M.D.) (1960)

  • Neil Schon (1954). Rock guitarist with Santana and Journey (“Don’t Stop Believin’”, “Open Arms”).

  • Steve Harley (1951). English singer with Cockney Rebel (“Make Me Smile”). Born Steven Nice.

  • David Ackles (1937). Illinois musician (“Down River”). Died 3/2/1999.

  • Guy Mitchell (1927). Michigan pop singer (“Singing the Blues”). Born Albert George Cernik. Died 7/1/1999.

  • Dr. Ralph Stanley (1927). Musician.

  • Dexter Gordon (1923). Saxophonist.

  • Mildred Bailey (1907). American jazz singer. Died 12/12/1951.

  • Marian Anderson (1897). African-American opera singer. Died 4/8/1993.

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  • Pat Monahan (Train) (1969)

  • Phillip Gould (Level 42) (1957)

  • Ian Stanley (Tears For Fears) (1957).

  • Cindy Wilson (1957). Georgia new wave guitarist and singer with the B-52’s.

  • Bernadette Peters (1948). Broadway musical star (2003’s Gypsy).

  • Brian Jones (1942). British rock guitarist with The Rolling Stones (“(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”, “Get Off of My Cloud”, “Paint It, Black”, “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”, 1968’s Beggars Banquet). Born Lewis Brian Hopkin Jones. Died 7/3/1969.

  • Joe South (1940). Georgia musician (“Games People Play”).

  • Tommy Tune (1939) American Tony-winning actor, singer, dancer, and choreographer.

  • Zero Mostel (1915). Best known for performance in musical Fiddler on the Roof.

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  • Ja Rule (1976). American rapper (“Always on Time” with Ashanti) born Jeffrey Atkins.

  • Saul Williams (1972). Rapper.

  • Gretchen Christopher (1940). Lead singer of the Fleetwoods (“Come Softly to Me”).

  • Dinah Shore (1916). American singer and television personality born Frances Rose Shore. Died 2/24/1994.

  • Jimmy Dorsey (1904). American jazz clarinetist, saxophonist, trumpeter, composer, and big band leader. Brother of Tommy Dorsey. Died 6/12/1957.

  • Gioacchino Rossini (1792). Italian composer. Died 11/13/1868.

    This page last updated June 6, 2013.