Friday, November 30, 2012

Van Morrison released Astral Weeks: November 1968

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Release date: November 1968
Tracks: (Click for codes to singles charts.) Astral Weeks / Beside You / Sweet Thing (2/6/71, --) / Cyprus Avenue / The Way Young Lovers Do / Madame George / Ballerina / Slim Slow Slider

Sales (in millions): 0.5 US, -- UK, 0.5 world

Peak: -- US, -- UK


Review: Astral Weeks is generally considered one of the best albums in pop music history. For all that renown,” AMG “it is one of rock’s least-likely masterworks;” TL “in fact, it isn’t a rock & roll album at all,” AMG but “a jazz record disguised as a rock record.” JM It also draws from folk, blues, and classical. It has been described as “achingly beautiful,” EK “an emotional outpouring cast in delicate musical structures,” AMG “an ingenious orchestration of poetry and mysticism.” RV and “a languid, impressionistic, utterly gorgeous song cycle.” TL

This was Morrison’s first solo album. He’d “previously been the pint-sized head thug for the ruffian R&B combo Them” EK “which achieved immortality with the garage anthem ‘Gloria.’” TL This was “followed by an abortive stint as a top 40 pop singer” EK which produced “the irresistible singalong ‘Brown-Eyed Girl,’ but he dismissed the album that came from those sessions. Signing with Warner Bros. Records, Morrison then assembled a bunch of jazz-based players, took them into a New York studio, and emerged two days later with Astral Weeks.” TL

“Accompanying himself on acoustic guitar, Morrison sings in his elastic, bluesy voice, accompanied by a jazz rhythm section.” AMG Among the musicians are drummer Connie Kay, who played with the Modern Jazz Quartet; bassist Richard Davis, who worked on Eric Dolphy’s Out to Lunch; and guitarist Jay Berliner, who worked with Charles Mingus and others. EK In addition, John Payne is on reeds, Warren Smith, Jr. on vibes, and a string quartet is overdubbed. AMG

It “sounded like nothing he had done previously — and really, nothing anyone had done previously.” TL Kay and Davis, “in particular push what are actually pretty simple songs with an empathy that’s seldom seen outside jazz.” EK “The leap from all that to a delicate, graceful musing on romanticism is basically unprecedented. It’s as if Lost in Translation had starred Tony Danza.” EK

Astral Weeks more or less sank without a trace upon its release. It’s mostly through the critical rehabilitation of guys like Lester Bangs that this album achieved its widespread standing.” EK The album isn’t without its detractors with comments like, this “is a rambling record with a heavy jazz influence, lyrics that rival beat poets, and the average track goes on for seven minutes. It’s no wonder no one cared when it came out.” JM

Astral Weeks

However, the Warner Bros. publicity department hyped it as “the closest rock music has ever gotten to literature.” EK Morrison “spouts stream of consciousness lyrics like the James Joyce of music.” RV “The title track finds Morrison at his most idyllic.” RV He “takes us from slipstreams and viaducts of your dreams to his lady-love doing her kid’s laundry, possibly while our hero is slumped on the couch watching Green Acres. Van has continued to do this throughout his career…but it’s never been quite as seamless” EK as it is here. The song “encompasses a lifetime in a mere five minutes, making the journey from innocence to experience with all of the heartache such a pilgrimage entails.” RV

Madame George

“Morrison sings of lost love, death, and nostalgia for childhood in the Celtic soul that would become his signature.” TL He crafts “stories about the people of Ireland, characters searching for the solace and companionship that eludes them. Madame George is an ode to an aging transvestite” RV which is “hypnotic and compelling instead of a three-chord drone.” EK Meanwhile Cyprus Avenue could serve as the theme song for obsessive romantics too nervous to speak to their muse.” RV

Cyprus Avenue

Astral Weeks’ “mystic poetry, spacious grooves, and romantic incantations still resonate in ways no other music can.” TL Morrison has created “a beautiful sonic painting.” RV “He never made another record quite like Astral Weeks again.” EW

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Grammy Hall of Fame Inductees for 2013

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In 1973, the Recording Academy (more widely known as the Grammys) established a Hall of Fame to, as it says on their website, “honor recordings of lasting qualitative or historical significance that are at least 25 years old.” GH On November 21, the 2013 class was inducted, marking the 40th anniversary of the Grammy Hall of Fame. UT The full list now comes to 933 entries. UT

Neil Portnow, the President and CEO of the Recording Academy, echoed the Grammy’s mission by calling this new batch of recordings “memorable for being both culturally and historically significant.” HP Inductees include both albums (in italics) and songs (in quotation marks). Here are the 2013 Grammy Hall of Fame inductees:

  • AC/DC Back in Black (1980)
  • James Brown “I Got You (I Feel Good)” (1965)
  • Ray Charles “Hit the Road Jack” (1961)

  • John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman (1963)
  • Francis Craig & His Orchestra “Near You” (1947)
  • The Drifters “On Broadway” (1963)
  • Bob Dylan “The Times They Are A-Changin’” (1964)

  • Joe Falcon “Allons À Lafayette (Lafayette)” (1928)
  • Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs, & the Foggy Mountain Boys Foggy Mountain Banjo (1961)
  • Carols Gardel “El Día Que Me Quieras” (1935)
  • Son House “My Black Mama (Parts 1 & 2)” (1930)

  • Whitney Houston Whitney Houston (1985)
  • Billy Joel “Piano Man” (1973)

    Piano Man

  • Elton John Elton John (1970)
  • Louis Jordan “Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens” (1946)
  • Little Richard Here’s Little Richard (1957)
  • Memphis Jug Band “Stealin’ Stealin’” (1928)
  • Charles Mingus Mingus Ah Um (1959)

  • Paul McCartney & Wings Band on the Run (1973)
  • Buck Owens “Act Naturally” (1963)
  • Richard Pryor That N*****’s Crazy (1974)
  • Frank Sinatra “Theme from ‘New York New York’” (1980)

  • W.H. Stepp “Bonaparte’s Retreat” (1937)
  • Ernest V. “Pop” Stoneman “The Titanic” (1924)
  • Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton “Hound Dog” (1953)

  • Lennie Tristano Sextet Crosscurrents (1949)
  • Various Artists Lost in the Stars (original Broadway cast, 1949)

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Monday, November 19, 2012

2012 American Music Awards

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On November 18, 2012, the 40th American Music Awards were held in Los Angeles and broadcast live on ABC. Nominees were announced October 9, 2012. Here were the winners:

  • Artist of the Year: Justin Bieber
  • New Artist of the Year: Carly Rae Jepsen

    Justin Bieber with “As Long As You Love Me”
    and “Beauty and a Beat” with Nicki Minaj

    Favorite Pop/Rock
  • Male Artist: Justin Bieber
  • Female Artist: Katy Perry
  • Band/Duo/Group: Maroon 5
  • Album: Justin Bieber Believe

    Favorite Country
  • Male Artist: Luke Bryan
  • Female Artist: Taylor Swift
  • Band/Duo/Group: Lady Antebellum
  • Album: Carrie Underwood Blown Away

    Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop
  • Artist: Nicki Minaj
  • Album: Nicki Minaj Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded

    Perhaps the most talked about performance of the night:

    Favorite Soul/R&B
  • Male Artist: Usher
  • Female Artist: Beyonce
  • Album: Rihanna Talk That Talk

    Additional Categories
  • Favorite Alternative Artist: Linkin Park
  • Adult Contemporary Artist: Adele
  • Latin Artist: Shakira
  • Contemporary Inspirational Artist: TobyMac
  • Favorite Electronic Dance Music: David Guetta

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Saturday, November 17, 2012

The Four Seasons hit #1 with “Big Girls Don’t Cry”

First posted 3/12/2021.

Big Girls Don’t Cry

The Four Seasons

Writer(s): Bob Gaudio, Bob Crewe (see lyrics here)

First Charted: October 20, 1962

Peak: 15 US, 14 CN, 16 HR, 13 UK, 12 CN, 11 AU (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales (in millions): 1.0 US, -- UK, 1.0 world (includes US + UK)

Airplay/Streaming (in millions): 1.0 radio, 15.26 video, -- streaming

Awards: (Click on award for more details).

About the Song:

Five weeks after the Four Seasons got their first #1 with “Sherry” they were back on top again with “Big Girls Don’t Cry.” The two songs “were recorded at the same session and it was a toss-up as to which would be released first. As it turned out, it didn’t matter. They both established Frankie Valli’s falsetto voice and the danceable rhythms of the group as the definitive East Coast sound, with its roots in doo-wop and R&B music of the fifties.” BR1

The two songs – both of which spent five weeks at #1 – were very similar. The group’s chief songwriter Bob Gaudio said, “I didn’t feel it was the freshest follow-up…After the success of ‘Sherry,’ we had to follow it up with something vaguely similar. The harmonies were structured differently, a little bigger.” BR1 The group would reach #1 again in early 1963 with “Walk Like a Man,” making them the first group in history to have three consecutive non-holiday #1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100.

“Big Girls Don’t Cry” was inspired by a line in the 1955 Western Tennessee’s Partner, which starred Ronald Reagan with John Payne and Rhonda Fleming. In one scene, Payne slaps Fleming and asks her what she thinks about that. She responds, “Big girls don’t cry.” According to the liner notes in Time-Life Records’ Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, Gaudio was dozing off during the movie, but heard the slap. He wrote the line on a scrap of paper and wrote the song the next morning. WK However, another account attributes the story to Bob Crewe, the Four Tops’ producer and the song’s other writer. SF

While not featured on the blockbuster soundtrack to the 1987 movie Dirty Dancing, this song played in the opening scene of the movie. It also appeared in the movies The Main Event (1979) and Mermaids (1990). SF

Resources and Related Links:

  • DMDB encyclopedia entry for The Four Seasons
  • BR1 Fred Bronson (2003). The Billboard Book of Number One Hits (5th edition). Billboard Books: New York, NY. Page 120.
  • SF Songfacts
  • WK Wikipedia

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Today's "New" Music Is All Folked Up

Originally published in my "Aural Fixation" column on on November 1, 2012. See original post here.

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One of todays biggest musical trends owes a debt to one of musics oldest traditions: buddies gathered on a front porch jamming with guitars, banjos, and mandolins. Some of today's most popular groups sound like they belong in the Appalachian Mountains in the 1920s, not on alternative radio of the 2010s.

With the year 80 percent over, it seems an appropriate time to reflect on 2012's biggest albums before the slew of impending big-label seasonal blockbusters get a choke hold on the music-buying public. Out of the four biggest 2012 US chart debuts, two owe their success to career longevity, another can attribute his massive first week outing to a stranglehold on the teen and tween market, and a fourth is successful for…well, who knows for sure why.

In April, Madonna scored her fifth consecutive #1 album and eighth overall when MDNA topped the Billboard album charts. With 359,000 units sold, she set the bar early as the year’s biggest debut (, “‘MDNA’ gives Madonna biggest album debut of 2012,” 4 April 2012).

It lasted but a few months, though. Summer was marked by a Canadian teen sensation who eclipsed the 53-year-old Madge with 374,000 copies of his official sophomore release. Perhaps you’ve heard of Justin Bieber? He not only outdid the Queen of Pop but himself, considering it was his best sales week ever (, “Justin Bieber’s ‘Believe’ Records Biggest Debut of the Year,” 27 June 2012). In the record industry heyday of the ‘90s, the album would likely have moved a million copies in a week. However, in the digital age, Bieber’s sales were still impressive.

In September, the Dave Matthews Band became the first group in history to land six straight studio albums atop the Billboard album chart (, “Dave Matthews Band’s Away From the World Debuts At #1,” 19 September 2012). While they’d proved themselves a model of consistency, their 266,000-unit week wasn’t enough to dislodge the Bieb. Certainly if veterans like Madonna and Dave Matthews Band couldn’t outdo Canada’s finest, then no one could, right?

Except that someone did – and with a sound that owed more to the music of the Appalachian Mountains nearly a hundred years ago than any of today’s current trends. Relying on instruments like banjo and accordion, Mumford & Sons logged more than 600,000 in first-week sales of Babel, their sophomore release (Rolling Stone, “On the Charts: Mumford & Sons’ ‘Babel’ Scores Biggest Debut of 2012,” 3 October 2012).

The group emerged from the West London folk scene when their 2009 debut, Sigh No More, became a slow-burning hit, eventually hitting #2 and selling two million copies in the US. However, it had to be a fluke, right? How could their next effort even hope to come close?

There was precedent for such a decidedly niche group picking up an even bigger audience the second time out. The Fleet Foxes, a Seattle-based folk band, garnered enough critical acclaim with their 2008 eponymous debut to start life on the Billboard chart at #4 with 2011's Helplessness Blues.

It's important to note that the digital age has afforded some flexibility to niche acts. In an era when six-figure sales are no longer a necessity to top the charts, more modestly successful acts can boast about racking up #1 albums.

For example, with Sigh No More still a top-ten album in early 2011, the folk-rock group The Decemberists debuted at #1 with their third album, The King Is Dead. As an article in Billboard noted, the album moved 94,000 copies (“Decemberists’ ‘King Is Dead’ Is No. 1 on Billboard 200,’ 26 January 2011). While that bested any previous efforts by the Decemberists, it was a so-so figure for the top-selling album."

Mumford & Sons, however, didn’t just scratch the top ten with an album selling south of six figures. They landed a gold record in a mere seven days. This wasn’t just a sales bonanza, either – the crew also stormed radio with first single, “I Will Wait”, topping the Alternative Songs and Rock Songs charts.

When taken along with the success of the Fleet Foxes and Decemberists, the Mumfords’ triumph looks more like a trend than a fluke. Sure enough, Mumford & Sons aren’t the only group topping the Rock Songs chart with a decidedly un-rock mix of instruments like mandolin and strings. The Lumineers, a group out of Colorado, also hit #1 with their song "Ho Hey."

Last year’s Grammys acknowledged the new trend by putting Mumford & Sons and the Avett Brothers on stage alongside Bob Dylan, arguably the most important figure in the history of folk music. Just a few weeks ago, the Avett Brothers debuted at #4 on the Billboard charts with The Carpenter, one notch behind Dylan’s Tempest.

They weren’t the only new folk stars to emerge from those Grammys. Bon Iver surprised everyone when they stormed out of the gates to a #2 start on the album chart. Even more people were surprised when the Justin Vernon-led crew landed a slew of Grammy nominations, including Song and Record of the Year for "Holocene."

However, in a move which embarrassingly demonstrated the Grammys’ misunderstanding of the word “new”, Bon Iver was also nominated as Best New Artist, an award they ended up taking home. It didn’t matter that the folk group’s self-titled album was their second release. Apparently since the public had largely ignored 2007’s self-released For Emma, Forever Ago, the brilliant minds behind the Grammy selections figured they could as well.

By also taking home the prize for Best Alternative Album, Bon Iver demonstrated the full-fledged acceptance by the alternative rock crowd of a new segment of indie-rock bands – those inspired not by being at the forefront of what was new with music, but tapping into what was old.

The move arguably began a year earlier when Arcade Fire’s mix of indie-rock with baroque pop took home the prize for Album of the Year with The Suburbs. Suddenly the idea of string-drenched rock ‘n’ roll didn’t seem so odd for radio, sales, or awards.

It’s never a simple task to nail down when a movement starts and why. However, the message sent by the widespread acceptance of these folk acts as more than just niche groups suggests a desire to return to music of a simpler time. In a world where enough dollars and proper Auto-tuning can seemingly turn any pretty face into a superstar, perhaps enough cynics cried, "Enough!" to allow for music from a simpler era to take hold.

Interestingly, it also signals a return to rock ‘n’ roll or, more accurately, the roots of rock ‘n’ roll. Music historians largely peg the ‘50s as the birth of rock music, or at least its explosion. The sound, however, grew out of the blues and country sounds from the decades before. In the United States, both of those genres were rooted in the folk music of the early part of the 20th century.

Certainly Mumford & Sons, the Fleet Foxes, the Lumineers, the Avett Brothers, Bon Iver, and Arcade Fire have done more than just mimic the music of a century ago. No, they’ve done what any good artist does – tap into what has come before to point us in a new direction entirely.

Dave Whitaker is the author of The Top 100 Songs of the Rock Era, 1954-1999 and No One Needs 21 Versions of “Purple Haze”…And Other Essays from a Musical Obesessive. He maintains a website (, blog, and Facebook page (all music related) with followers in more than 40 countries.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Taylor Swift’s Red debuts at #1

First posted 3/4/2019; updated 12/4/2020.


Taylor Swift

Released: October 22, 2012

Peak: 17 US, 116, 11 UK, 12 CN, 13 AU

Sales (in millions): 7.0 US, 0.6 UK, 8.78 world (includes US and UK)

Genre: pop/country


Song Title (date of single release, chart peaks) Click for codes to singles charts.

  1. State of Grace (10/27/12, 13 US, 36 UK, 9 CN, 44 AU)
  2. Red (10/13/12, 6 US, 2 CW, 26 UK, 5 CN, 30, AU, worldwide sales: 1.44 million)
  3. Treacherous (11/10/12, 26 CW, 65 CN)
  4. I Knew You Were Trouble (10/8/12, 2 US, 5 AC, 11 A40, 55a CW, 2 UK, 2 CN, 3 AU, worldwide sales: 7.75 million)
  5. All Too Well (11/10/12, 80 US, 17 CW, 59 CN)
  6. 22 (11/10/12, 20 US, 19 AC, 9 A40, 9 UK, 20 CN, 21 AU, worldwide sales: 2.92 million)
  7. I Almost Do (11/10/12, 65 US, 13 CW, 50 CN)
  8. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together (8/13/12, 13 US, 10 AC, 7 A40, 110 CW, 4 UK, #14 CN, 3 AU, worldwide sales: 9.1 million)
  9. Stay Stay Stay (11/10/12, 91 US, 24 CW, 70 CN)
  10. The Last Time (with Gary Lightbody, 11/4/13, 25 UK, 73 CN)
  11. Holy Ground (11/10/12, 32 CW, 89 CN)
  12. Sad Beautiful Tragic (11/10/12, 37 CW, 92 CN)
  13. The Lucky One (11/10/12, 33 CW, 88 CN)
  14. Everything Has Changed (with Ed Sheeran, 11/10/12, 32 US, 11 AC, 8 A40, 7 UK, 28 CN, 28 AU, worldwide sales: 1.07 million)
  15. Starlight (11/10/12, 28 CW, 80 CN)
  16. Begin Again (9/25/12, 7 US, 10 CW, 30 UK, 4 CN, 20 AU, US sales: 1 million)

Total Running Time: 65:11


3.820 out of 5.00 (average of 11 ratings)

Quotable: Red establishes “Taylor Swift as perhaps the only genuine cross-platform superstar of her time.” AMG

Awards: (Click on award to learn more).

About the Album:

Red seeks “to prove Taylor is a genuine superstar, the kind who transcends genre, the kind who can be referred to by a single name.” AMG It certainly accomplished that goal on a commercial level. It was her third consecutive chart-topper, debuting with first-week sales of 1.21 million, making it the fastest-selling album in the US in more than a decade. WK It was also her third consecutive top-selling album of the year WK and received Grammy nominations for Album of the Year and Country Album of the Year.

She used the term “red emotions” to describe the “semi-toxic relationships” she experienced while making the album, hence the title of the album. WK In addition to exporing her “signature themes of love and heartbreak” WK she explores “fame and the pressure of being in the limelight.” WK She told MTV News “each song stands on its own. It’s this patchwork quilt of different sounds and different emotions.” WK

Red barely winks at country, and it’s a better album for it.” AMG It offers “every kind of sound or identity a Swift fan could possibly want.” AMG While the result is “uneven” and runs “just a shade too long as it sprints along in its quest to be everything to everyone,” AMG it establishes “Swift as perhaps the only genuine cross-platform superstar of her time.” AMG Billboard magazine said the album “transcends her country roots for a genre-spanning record” that is “her most interesting full-length to date.” WK Randall Roberts of the Los Angeles Times was impressed by her talent at incorporating different music styles. In Slant magazine, Jonathan Keefe gave the album a mixed review, but acknowledged that Swift “now sounds like the pop star she was destined to be all along.”

Billboard magazine noted that “Red will likely be remembered for its sonic risks,” WK specifically noting the dance-pop lead single We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together (her first #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and “the dubstep feint” AMG of I Knew You Were Trouble, which was released as an official single and became her eleventh song to debut in the top 10.

“Back Together” was nominated for a Grammy for Record of the Year while Begin Again also received a Grammy nod – for Best Country Song. It was released as the official second single, debuting in the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100. It was also serviced to country radio, becoming her seventeenth consecutive top 10 on the Billboard country songs chart. WK

22 was the album’s official fourth single. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of All Music Guide called it a “ludicrous club-filler,” AMG pointing it out as one of the songs contributing to the album’s uneven buffet nature. In noting the variety of the album’s material, he also cited the “shimmering melancholy reminiscent of Mazzy Star” AMG on Sad Beautiful Tragic), the “chilly new wave pulse” AMG of The Lucky One and “the unabashed arena rock fanfare of State of Grace.” AMG

“Although she can still seem a little gangly in her lyrical details – her relationship songs are too on the nose and she has an odd obsession about her perceived persecution by the cool kids – these details hardly undermine the pristine pop confections surrounding them. If anything, these ungainly, awkward phrasings humanizes this mammoth pop monolith: she’s constructed something so precise its success seems preordained, but underneath it all, Taylor is still twitchy, which makes Red not just catchy but compelling.” AMG

Notes: A deluxe edition added new songs “The Moment I Knew,” “Come Back…Be Here,” and “Girl at Home” as well as demos for “Treacherous” and “Red” and an acoustic version of “State of Grace.”

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Soul Train Lifetime Achievement Awards

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Soul Train was a music variety show which aired in syndication from 1971 to 2006. Its primary focus was on R&B, soul, and hip-hop. Starting in 1987, they hosted their own annual awards show. Among the first batch of awards was a lifetime achievement award. It has been given every year since, although under different names including the Heritage Award (1987-1997), The Quincy Jones Award for Career Achievement (1998-2007), the Legends Award (2008-2011), and the Lifetime Achievement Award (2012). The most recent recipient, New Edition, received their award on November 8, 2012, at the ceremonies at Planet Hollywood, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

  • Anita Baker (2010)
  • Mariah Carey (2003)
  • Destiny’s Child (2006)
  • Jermaine Dupri (2007)
  • Earth, Wind & Fire (2011)
  • Jamie Foxx (2006)
  • Whitney Houston (1998)
  • Ice Cube (2005)
  • The Isley Brothers (2001)
  • Ron Isley (2010)
  • Janet Jackson (2004)
  • Michael Jackson (1989)
  • Quincy Jones (1990)
  • R. Kelly (2004)
  • Chaka Khan (2009)
  • Gladys Knight & the Pips (1988, 2011)
  • Patt LaBelle (1996)
  • LL Cool J (2003)
  • Curtis Mayfield (1997)
  • Eddie Murphy (1993)
  • New Edition (2012)
  • The O’Jays (2002)
  • Prince (1992)
  • Smokey Robinson (1991)
  • Diana Ross (1995)
  • Luther Vandross (1999)
  • Barry White (1994)
  • Charlie Wilson (2009)
  • Stevie Wonder (1987)


Friday, November 2, 2012

2012 Country Music Association Awards

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The 46th annual Country Music Association (CMA) awards were held on November 1, 2012. For a full list of nominees, check out the CMA site. Here are the winners in each category:

Entertainer of the Year: Blake Shelton
Female Vocalist of the Year: Miranda Lambert
Male Vocalist of the Year: Blake Shelton
New Artist of the Year: Hunter Hayes
Vocal Group of the Year: Little Big Town
Vocal Duo of the Year: Thompson Square
Musician of the Year: Mac McAnally (guitar)

Single of the Year: Little Big Town “Pontoon”

Song of the Year: Miranda Lambert “Over You”

Album of the Year: Eric Church Chief

Musical Event of the Year: Kenny Chesney with Tim McGraw “Feel Like a Rock Star”

Music Video of the Year: Toby Keith “Red Solo Cup”

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

November: 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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NOV. 1

  • Alex Wolff (1997). Drummer.

  • LaTavia Roberson (1981). Singer from Destiny’s Child.

  • Bo Bice (1975). American singer from TV’s American Idol.

  • Scott “Skippy” Chapman (1975). American musician.

  • Assia (1973). Algerian singer.

  • Tina Arena (1967). Australian singer.

  • Sophie B. Hawkins (1967). American musician (“Damn, I Wish I Was Your Lover”).

  • Willie D (1966) American hip-hop singer with the Geto Boys.

  • Mary Hansen (1966). Australian singer, guitarist, and keyboardist with Stereolab. Died 12/9/2002.

  • Patrick Ringborg (1965). Swedish conductor.

  • Rick Allen (1963). British rock drummer with Def Leppard (1983’s Pyromania).

  • Kenny Alphin (1963). American country musician with duo Big & Rich.

  • Magne “Mags” Furuholmen (1962). Norwegian keyboardist with a-ha (“Take on Me”).

  • Anthony Kiedis (1962). American alternative-rock singer with the Red Hot Chili Peppers (1991’s Blood Sugar Sex Magik).

  • Calvin Johnson (1961). American musician.

  • Eddie MacDonald (1959). Welsh rock bassist with the Alarm.

  • Joe DeRenzo (1958). American musician.

  • Lyle Lovett (1957). Texas alt-country singer/songwriter (1987’s Pontiac, 1989’s Lyle Lovett and His Large Band).

  • Carlos Paião (1957). Portuguese singer. Died 1988.

  • Ronald Bell (1951). American R&B singer and saxophonist with Kool & the Gang.

  • Dan Peek (1950). Florida folk-rock singer and guitarist with the group America (“A Horse with No Name”). Died 7/24/2011.

  • David Foster (1949). Canadian musician and composer.

  • Jim Steinman (1947). American record producer, composer, and lyricist (Meat Loaf’s Bat Out of Hell, Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart”, Air Supply’s “Making Love Out of Nothing at All”, Barry Manilow’s “Read ‘Em and Weep”, Celine Dion’s “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now”).

  • Rich Grech (1946). French-British rock bassist with Family, Blind Faith, Ginger Baker’s Air Force, and Traffic. Died 3/17/1990.

  • Kinky Friedman (1944). American singer/songwriter.

  • Salvatore Adamo (1943). Italian-born Belgian singer.

  • Johnny Kendall (1941). Dutch blues singer born Johan Donkerkaat.

  • Barry Sadler (1940). American singer. Died 1989.

  • Bill Anderson (1937). American country singer/songwriter (Still From This Pen).

  • Katsuhisa Hattori (1936). Japanese composer.

  • Gillian Knight (1934). English mezzo-soprano.

  • William Mathias (1934). British composer. Died 7/29/1992.

  • Shunsuke Kikuchi (1931). Japanese composer.

  • Lou Donaldson (1926). Americn jazz alto saxophonist.

  • Victoria de los Ángeles (1923). Spanish soprano (La Boheme). Victoria de los Ángeles López García. Died 1/15/2005.

  • John W. Peterson (1921). American songwriter. Died 2006.

  • Jan Tausinger (1921). Composer.

  • John Willard Peterson (1921). Composer.

  • William “Sabby” Lewis (1914). Jazz pianist and arranger.

  • Bruno Bjelinski (1909). Composer.

  • Harry Ellis Dickson (1908). American conductor. Died 3/29/2003.

  • Rio Gebhardt (1907). Composer.

  • Don Robey (1903). American gospel singer.

  • Eugen Jochum (1902). German conductor. Died 1987.

  • Max Trapp (1887). composer.

  • Roger Quilter (1877). British composer. Died 1953.

  • Alexander Afanasii Spendiaryan (1871). Composer.

  • Alfred Reisenauer (1863). Composer.

  • Johan Wagenaar (1862). Dutch composer, conductor, and organist. Died 1941.

  • William Henry Grattan Flood (1859). Composer.

  • Emma Albani (1847). Canadian soprano. Died 1930.

  • Johann Gottfred Matthison-Hansen (1832). Composer.

  • Alessandro Nini (1805). Composer.

  • Antonin Josef Alois Volanek (1761). Composer.

  • Christoph Rheineck (1748). Composer.

  • Theodore-Jean Tarade (1731). Composer.

  • James Sherard (1666). Composer.

  • Johannes Flittner (1618). Composer.

    NOV. 2

  • Kendall Schmidt (1990). American singer and actor (Big Time Rush).

  • Katelyn Tarver (1989). American singer.

  • Chris Walla (1975). American musician with Death Cab for Cutie.

  • Nelly (1974). American rapper (“Hot in Herre”, “Dilemma”, 2000’s Country Grammar, 2002’s Nellyville) born Cornell Haynes, Jr.

  • Prodigy (1974). American rapper with Mobb Deep.

  • John Hampson (1971). Musician with Nine Days.

  • Ely Buendia (1970). Filipino vocalist with Eraserheads.

  • Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu (1969). American rock bassist with Korn.

  • Ultra Naté (1968). American musician.

  • Kurt Elling (1967). American jazz vocalist.

  • Marc van Roon (1967). Dutch improvisational musician.

  • Arnold van Dongen (1964). Pop guitarist (Lo‹s Lane-Amsterdamned).

  • Bobby Dall (1963). American rock bassist with Poison (“Every Rose Has Its Thorn”).

  • Ron McGovney (1963). American musician.

  • Mireille Delunsch (1962). French soprano.

  • Andrew Elt (1962). Singer (Sleeze Beez).

  • k.d. lang (1961). Canadian pop/country singer/songwriter (1992’s Ingénue) born Kathryn Dawn Lang.

  • Carter Beauford (1957) American rock drummer with Dave Matthews Band.

  • Notis Sfakianakis (1957). Greek singer.

  • Chris Burnett (1955). American musician.

  • Frank Gilligan (1955). New York singer with Mason Dixon (Karen Comes Around).

  • Maxine Nightingale (1952). British R&B singer.

  • Lindy Morrison (1951). American musician with The Go-Betweens.

  • Rich Gooch (1948). Rock bassist with Quarterflash.

  • David Anthony Ahern (1947). Composer.

  • Dave Pegg (1947). English multi-instrumentalist with Fairport Convention and bassist with Jethro Tull (1971’s Aqualung).

  • Giuseppe Sinopoli (1946). Italian conductor and composer (Sunnyata). Died 2001.

  • John David “J.D.” Souther (1945). American country-rock singer (“You’re Only Lonely”).

  • Keith Emerson (1944). English keyboardist and composer with Emerson, Lake & Palmer.

  • Bruce Welch (1941). English rock rhythm guitarist with the Shadows. Born Bruce Cripps.

  • Phil Minton (1940). Jazz vocalist and trumpeter.

  • Jay Black (1938). American rock singer with Jay & The Americans.

  • Bunny Berigan (1908). American jazz bandleader born Bernard Roland Berigan.

  • Earl “Speedoo” Carroll (1937). New York rocker with the Cadillacs and the Coasters).

  • Harold Farberman (1929). New York conductor and composer (Medea).

  • Milan Stibilj (1929). Composer.

  • Fernando Correia de Oliveira (1921). Composer.

  • Fabio Gonzalez-Zuleta (1920). Composer.

  • Douglas Gordon Lilburn (1915). Composer.

  • Jouko Paavo Kalervo Tolonen (1912). Composer.

  • Paul Abraham (1892). Hungarian composer (Viktoria und ihr Huzar).

  • Frico Kafenda (1883). Composer.

  • John Foulds (1880). Composer.

  • Jean Gilbert (1879). German composer (Prince Regent) born Max Winterfield.

  • Eugeniusz Morawsky-Dabrowa (1876). Composer.

  • Antonio Pena y Goni (1846). Composer.

  • Caryl Florio (1843). Composer.

  • Elek Erkel (1843). Composer.

  • William James Robjohn (1843). Composer.

  • Otto Reubke (1842). Composer.

  • Frederic Kalkbrenner (1785). Composer.

  • Johann Leopold Fuchs (1785). Composer.

  • Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf (1739). Austrian composer. Died 10/24/1799.

  • Unico Wilhelm van Wassenaer (1692). Dutch composer. Died 1766.

    NOV. 3

  • Paula DeAnda (1989). American singer.

  • Heo Young Saeng (1986). Korean singer (SS501).

  • Tim McIlrath (1979). American musician (Rise Against).

  • Jake Shimabukuro (1976). American ukulele player.

  • Kirk Jones (1973). American musician.

  • Mick Thomson (1973). American guitarist with Slipknot.

  • Robert Miles (1969). Swiss record producer and musician (“Children”).

  • Steven Wilson (1967). English musician (Porcupine Tree).

  • Marilyn (1962). Jamaican musician (“Calling Your Name”, “You Don’t Love Me”). Born Peter Robinson.

  • James Prime (1960). British rock keyboardist with Deacon Blue (Pay Day).

  • Marcel “Baaf” Stavenuiter (1960). Dutch drummer (Bob Color).

  • Teresa De Sio (1955). Italian singer/songwriter.

  • Adam Ant (1954). English rock singer (“Goody Two Shoes”, “Strip”). Born Stuart Leslie Goodard.

  • Helios Creed (1953). American musician (Chrome).

  • Lulu (1948). Scottish singer (“To Sir with Love”) and actress born Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie.

  • Nick Simper (1946). English rock bassist with Deep Purple.

  • Bert Jansch (1943). Scottish folk musician. Died 2011.

  • Brian Poole (1941). English singer with the Tremeloes.

  • Dieter Acker (1940). Composer.

  • Akira Kobayashi (1938). Japanese singer.

  • Paula Wayne (1937). Oklahoma singer (“Everything’s Great”).

  • Ruma Guha Thakurta (1934). Indian singer and actress.

  • John Barry (1933). Oscar-winning English film composer best known for work on James Bond movies. Died 2011.

  • Hal Jackson (1915). American radio personality.

  • Hallgrimur Helgason (1914). Composer.

  • Vladimir Ussachevsky (1911). Hailar Manchuria composer (Creation).

  • Joe Turner (1907). American jazz pianist.

  • Janis Kalnins (1904). Composer.

  • Gideon Fagan (1904). Composer.

  • Rezs? Seress (1899). Hungarian singer songwriter. Died 1968.

  • Karel Salmon (1897). Composer.

  • William Charles Denis Browne (1888). Composer.

  • Raffaele Casimiro Casimiri (1880). Composer.

  • Emils Darzins (1875). Composer.

  • Siegfried Garibaldi Kallenberg (1867). Composer.

  • Eugene Samuel-Holeman (1863). Composer.

  • Adrien Louis Victor Boieldieu (1815). Composer.

  • Vincenzo Bellini (1801). Italian opera composer (La Sonnambula Norma).

  • Johann Ernst Friedrich Wollank (1781). Composer.

  • Victor-Charles-Paul Dourlen (1780). Composer.

  • Friedrich Christoph Gebtewitz (1753). Composer.

  • Johann Joseph Ignaz Brentner (1689). Composer.

  • Georg Reuter (1656). Composer.

  • Samuel Scheidt (1587). German composer. Died 1654.

    NOV. 4

  • T.O.P (1987). Korean rapper (Big Bang).

  • Alexz Johnson (1986). Canadian singer and actress.

  • Jesse Camp (1979). American VJ.

  • Michael Osmond (1975). Utah singer with the Osmond Boys.

  • Cedric Bixler-Zavala (1974). American musician (At the Drive-In, The Mars Volta).

  • Louise Redknapp (1974). English singer and television presenter.

  • Shawn Rivera (Az Yet) (1971)

  • Malena Ernman (1970). Swedish opera singer.

  • Puff Daddy/P. Diddy (1969). American rapper and entrepreneur born Sean Combs.

  • Gregory Scott [Koenig] (1965). Michigan guitarist (Signs of Life).

  • Pata (1965). Japanese musician.

  • Jeff Scott Soto (1965). American musician (Yngwie Malmsteen, Journey).

  • Wayne Static (1965). American musician (Static-X).

  • Marc Déry (1963). Canadian singer and guitarist (Zébulon).

  • Rosario Flores (1963). Spanish singer and actress.

  • Lena Zavaroni (1963). Scottish artist and singer. Died 1999.

  • Daron Hagen (1961). American composer.

  • Edward Knight (1961). American composer.

  • Les Sampou (1961). American musician.

  • Kim Forester (1960). Lookout Mt Ga country singer (Forester Sister-Men).

  • Frl. Menke (1960). German pop singer of the Neue Deutsche Welle.

  • Najee (1957). Rocker.

  • Dan Hartman (1956). American singer (“Instant Replay”, “I Can Dream about You”). Died 3/22/1994.

  • James Honeyman-Scott (1956). English rock guitarist with The Pretenders. Died 1982.

  • Jordan Rudess (1956). American musician (Dream Theater).

  • Jeff Watson (1956). Rock guitarist with Night Ranger.

  • Chris Difford (1954). English new wave singer/songwriter and guitarist with Squeeze (“Tempted”, “Up the Junction”, 1981’s East Side Story).

  • Yanni (1954)

  • Cosey Fanni Tutti (1951). Electronic musician.

  • Mike Smith (1947). Welsh tenor saxophonist with Amen Corner.

  • Willem Breuker (1944). Dutch saxophonist/conductor (WB Collective).

  • Scherrie Payne (1944). American singer with The Supremes.

  • Delbert McClinton (1940). Texas blues-rock singer (“Giving It Up for Your Love”).

  • Harry Elston (1938). Rocker.

  • Elgar Howarth (1935). Composer.

  • Tommy Makem (1932). Irish folk singer/songwriter. Died 2007.

  • Dickie Valentine (1929). British singer (“Finger of Suspicion”). Died 5/6/1971.

  • Vittorio Fellegara (1927). Composer.

  • Poul Rovsing Olsen (1922). Composer.

  • Antonio Ruiz Soler (1921). spanish dancer.

  • Vadim Salmanov (1912). Russian composer. Died 1978.

  • Ssamu Shimizu (1911). Composer.

  • Draga Matkovic (1907). German concert pianist.

  • Siegfried Borris (1906). Composer.

  • Arnold Atkinson Cooke (1906). Composer.

  • Ion Vasilescu (1903). Composer.

  • Oscar Lorenzo Fern ndez (1897). Brazilian conductor/composer (Imbapara).

  • Miroslav Krejci (1891). Composer.

  • Alton Augustus Adams (1889). Composer.

  • Knut Algot Hakanson (1887). Composer.

  • Gena Branscombe (1881). Composer.

  • Herman Finck (1872). Composer.

  • Stanislaw Niewiadomski (1859). Composer.

  • Gaston Henri Charles Antoine Serpette (1846). Composer.

  • Carl Tausig (1841). Composer.

  • Karel Komzak (1823). Composer.

  • Eduard Brendler (1800). Composer.

  • Robert Praelisauer (1708). Composer.

  • Anton Englert (1674). Composer.

  • Leonard Sailer (1656). Composer.

  • Carlo Mannelli (1640). Composer.

  • Samuel Scheidt (1587). German organist/composer baptised.

    NOV. 5

  • Kevin Jonas (1987). American pop singer and guitarist in the Jonas Brothers.

  • BoA (1986). Korean singer.

  • Kate DeAraugo (1985). Australian singer (Young Divas).

  • Koki Tanaka (1985). Japanese singer (KAT-TUN).

  • Rob Swire (1982). Australian record producer, singer and keyboardist (Pendulum).

  • Michalis Hatzigiannis (1979). Greek/Cypriot songwriter and singer.

  • Jeff Klein (1976). American musician.

  • Lisa Scott-Lee (1975). Welsh singer/songwriter.

  • Ryan Adams (1974). American singer/songwriter (Gold). Born David Ryan Adams.

  • Angela Gossow (1974). German vocalist (Arch Enemy).

  • Jonny Greenwood (1971). Guitarist with Radiohead (1995’s The Bends, 1997’s OK Computer).

  • Edmond Leung (1971). Hong Kong singer.

  • Marcelo D2 (1967). Brazilian rapper.

  • Brian Wheat (1963). American rock bassist with Tesla.

  • David Bryson (1961). Musician with Counting Crows.

  • Ren‚ Froger (1960). Dutch singer (Everything Can Make a Man Happy).

  • Bryan Adams< (1959). Canadian rock singer (“Everything I Do I Do It for You”).

  • Don Falcone (1958). American musician and producer.

  • Mike Score (1957). English rock guitarist with A Flock Of Seagulls (“I Ran”).

  • Rob Fisher (1956). English rock keyboardist with Naked Eyes.

  • Jimmie Spheeris (1949). American singer/songwriter. Died 1984.

  • Rick Cobb (1948). Rocker.

  • Don McDougall (1948). Musician with The Guess Who.

  • Peter Hammill (1948). British musician (Van der Graaf Generator).

  • Peter Noone (1947). English rock singer with Herman’s Hermits (“I’m into Something Good”, “Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter”).

  • Herman Brood (1946). Dutch musician and artist. Died 2001.

  • Gram Parsons (1946). Florida country-rock musician with the Byrds (1968’s Sweetheart of the Rodeo), Flying Burrito Brothers, and a solo artist (1973’s G.P., 1974’s Grievous Angel). Born Cecil Ingram Connor. Died 9/19/1973.

  • Pablo Gomez (1943). Rocker.

  • Pierangelo Bertoli (1942). Italian singer/songwriter. Died 2002.

  • Art Garfunkel (1941). American folk singer in duo Simon & Garfunkel (“Bridge Over Troubled Water”).

  • Joe Dassin (1938). French-American pop singer. Died 8/21/1980.

  • Jerry Amper Dadap (1935). Composer.

  • John Nicholas Maw (1935). Composer.

  • Ike Turner (1931). American R&B/rock ‘n’ roll pioneer. His recording of 1951’s “Rocket 88” by Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats is considered one of the first rock songs. Also famous for duo with Tina Turner (“Proud Mary”, “River Deep – Mountain High”). Born Izear Luster Turner, Jr. Died 12/12/2007.

  • Ottmar MA Fraai (1929). Dutch tenor.

  • Ivan Rezak (1924). Composer.

  • Georges Cziffra (1921). Hungarian/French pianist. Died 1994.

  • Myron Floren (1919). American accordianist. Died 2005.

  • Claus Adam (1917). Composer.

  • Roy Rogers (1911). American country singer and cowboy actor. Born Leonard Franklin Slye. Died 7/6/1998.

  • Walter Gieseking (1895). German/French pianist/composer. Died 1956.

  • Jan Garber (1894). American jazz bandleader born Jacob Charles Garber. Died 10/5/1977.

  • Eugen Z dor (1894). Hungarian-American composer (Diana).

  • Paul Wittgenstein (1887). Austrian-born left-hand specialist pianist. Died 1961.

  • Daniel Protheroe (1866). Composer.

  • Alexander Sergeyevich Famintsin (1841). Composer.

  • Josef Rudolf Zavrtal (1819). Composer.

  • Attilio Ariosti (1666). Composer.

  • Christian Liebe (1654). Composer.

  • Hans Sachs (1494). German master singer and composer. Died 1576.

    NOV. 6

  • Jon Hume (1983). Australian singer (Evermore).

  • Sowelu (1982). Japanese pop singer.

  • Steve Millar (1982). Canadian singer and songwriter.

  • Jolina Magdangal (1978). Filipina singer, actress and television host.

  • Mike Herrera (1976). American singer and bassist (MxPx).

  • Jodi Martin (1976). Australian singer/songwriter.

  • Bryan Abrams (1969). Oklahoma pop/R&B singer with Color Me Badd (“I Wanna Sex You Up”).

  • Paul Gilbert (1966). American guitarist and singer.

  • Greg Graffin (1964). American singer with Bad Religion.

  • Corey Glover (1964). American rock singer with Living Colour.

  • Rozz Williams (1963). American musician with Christian Death. Died 1998.

  • Annette Zilinskas (1962). Musician.

  • Craig Goldy (1961). American musician (Dio).

  • Florent Pagny (1961). French songwriter and singer.

  • Siobhán McCarthy (1957). Irish singer and actress.

  • Chris Glen (1950). Scottish musician (The Sensational Alex Harvey Band).

  • Arturo Sandoval (1949). Cuban trumpeter.

  • Glenn Frey (1948). Michigan rock singer/songwriter and guitarist with the Eagles (“Take It Easy”, Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975) and a solo artist (“The Heat Is On”, “You Belong to the City”).

  • Doug Young (1947). Rocker (Flash In The Pan).

  • George Young (1947). Australian-Scottish rock guitarist with the Easybeats.

  • John Wilson (1947). Rock drummer with Them.

  • Bill Henderson (1944). Canadian rock singer and guitarist with Chilliwack.

  • James Bowman (1941). English contratenor.

  • Guy Clark (1941). Texas country singer/songwriter.

  • Doug Sahm (1941). Texas country singer and guitarist with the Sir Douglas Quintet.

  • Jim Pike (1938). American singer with The Lettermen.

  • P.J. Proby (1938). Texas rock singer (“Hold Me”) and actor born James Marcus Smith.

  • Eugene Pitt (1937). American singer (The Jive Five).

  • Edwin Roxburgh (1937). Composer.

  • David Ward-Steinman (1936). Composer.

  • Joseph Pope (1933). American singer (Hey Girl Don't Bother Me).

  • Stonewall Jackson (1932). American country-rock singer.

  • Tsvetan Tsvetanov (1931). Composer.

  • Raymond Baervoets (1930). Belgian composer (Metamorphoses).

  • Peter Matz (1928). Pennsylvania orchestra leader (Hullabaloo, Carol Burnett Show).

  • Renato Capecchi (1923). Italian violinist/baritone.

  • Lars Edlund (1922). Composer.

  • Ray Conniff (1916). American composer and conductor. Died 2002.

  • Arthur Cohn (1910). Composer.

  • Heinz Rottger (1909). Composer.

  • Henk Bijvanck (1909). Composer.

  • Ludomir Rozycki (1884). Polish composer/conductor (Meduza Eros i Psyche).

  • Hubert Bath (1883). Composer.

  • Ernest Irving (1878). Composer.

  • Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860). Polish pianist, composer, and statesman. Died 1941.

  • Eduard Yosif Kotek (1855). Composer.

  • John Philip Sousa (1854). American composer (“The Stars and Stripes Forever”) and bandleader of the U.S. Marine Band. Died 3/6/1932.

  • Adolphe Sax (1814). Belgium musician/inventor (saxophone).

  • Eduard Grell (1800). Composer.

  • Michal Bogdanowicz (1779). Composer.

  • Louis-Abet Deffroy de Reigny (1757). Composer.

  • Jean-Baptiste Breval (1753). French composer. Died 1823.

  • Theodor Schwartzkopff (1659). Composer.

  • Luis de Garay (1613). Composer.

  • Sigmund Theophil Staden (1607). Composer.

  • Julien Perrichon (1566). Composer.

    NOV. 7

  • Matt Corby (1990). Australian singer.

  • Forrest Kline (1983). American singer/songwriter and guitarist (Hellogoodbye).

  • Jon Peter Lewis (1979). American singer.

  • Otep Shamaya (1979). American singer/songwriter (Otep).

  • Rob Caggiano (1976). American musician (Anthrax).

  • One Be Lo (1976). American hip-hop artist.

  • Chris Summers (1974). Norwegian drummer (Turbonegro).

  • Robin Finck (1971). American musician.

  • Matthew Ryan (1971). American musician.

  • Neil Hannon (1970). Northern Irish musician (The Divine Comedy).

  • Hélène Grimaud (1969). French pianist.

  • Greg Tribbett (1968). American musician (Mudvayne).

  • Steve Digiorgio (1967). American musician.

  • Sharleen Spiteri (1967). Scottish singer/songwriter (Texas).

  • Liam O’Maonlai (1964). Irish singer and pianist with Hothouse Flowers.

  • Arend Bouwmeester (1962). Dutch saxophonist (Bob Color).

  • Tommy Thayer (1960). American guitarist (Kiss).

  • Keith Lockhart (1959). Boston Pops conductor.

  • Jellybean Benitez (1957). Musician.

  • Denise Jannah (1956). [Zeefuik] Suriname jazz singer (Farmer’s Market).

  • Robin Beck (1954). American singer.

  • Nick Gilder (1951). London England singer (Hot Child in the City).

  • Steven Stucky (1949). American composer.

  • James Hashow (1944). Composer.

  • Joni Mitchell (1943). Canadian folk singer/songwriter (“Both Sides Now”, “Big Yellow Taxi”, 1971’s Blue, 1974 Court and Spark). Born Roberta Joan Anderson.

  • Johnny Rivers (1942). New York pop/rock singer/songwriter (“Secret Agent Man”, “Poor Side of Town”), guitarist, and record producer. Born John Henry Ramistella.

  • Daniel Manneke (1939). Composer.

  • Dee Clark (1938). Arkansas singer (Hambone, Nobody But You). Died 1990.

  • Dame Gwyneth Jones (1936). Welsh soprano.

  • George Tibbits (1933). Composer.

  • Gerald Humel (1931). Composer.

  • Ivor Emmanuel (1927). Welsh singer and actor. Died 2007.

  • Joan Sutherland (1926). Australian operatic soprano. Died 10/11/2010.

  • Al Hirt (1922). New Orleans Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter (Greatest Horn in the World). Died 1999.

  • Howard Goodman (1921). Gospel singer. Died 11/30/2002.

  • Maria Teresa de Noronha (1918). Portuguese Fado singer. Died 1993.

  • Andras Mihaly (1917). Composer.

  • Joe Bushkin (1916). New York jazz pianist (A Couple of Joes).

  • William Alwyn (1905). English composer. Died 1985.

  • Ary Barroso (1903). Brazilian songwriter. Died 1964.

  • Jes£s Mar¡a Sanrom (1902). Carolina PR pianist (Boston Symphony).

  • Henry Balfour Gardiner (1877). Composer.

  • Carl Emil Paul Lincke (1866). Composer.

  • Bohdan Borkowski (1852). Composer.

  • Ignaz Brüll (1846). Austrian pianist. Died 1907.

  • Henry Holmes (1839). Composer.

  • Ludwig Deppe (1828). Composer.

  • Edouard Gregoir (1822). Composer.

  • Ferenc Erkel (1810). Hungary composer/conductor (Hunaydi L szl¢).

  • August Friedrich Pott (1806). Composer.

  • Francisco Andrevi y Castellar (1786). Composer.

  • Carlo Cecere (1706). Composer.

    NOV. 8

  • Lauren Alaina (1994). American singer and American Idol runner-up.

  • Sam Sparro (1982). Australian producer, songwriter, performer, and former child actor.

  • Ana Vidovic (1980). classical guitarist.

  • Tom Gabel (1980). American punk rock musician (Against Me!).

  • Shyne (1978). Belizean-born rapper born Moses Michael Leviy.

  • Jully Black (1977). Canadian R&B singer.

  • Stephen Saber (1975). Drummer and songwriter.

  • Tech N9NE (1971). American rapper born Aaron Yates.

  • Diana King (1970). Jamaican singer.

  • Eric B. (1964). American hip-hop DJ in duo with Rakim. Born Eric Barrier.

  • Leif Garrett (1961). American teen-idol singer (“I Was Made for Dancin’”).

  • Don Byron (1958). American clarinetist.

  • Terry Lee Miall (1958). English drummer with Adam & the Ants.

  • Porl Thompson (1957). British musician (The Cure).

  • Steven Miller (1956). American record producer.

  • Rickie Lee Jones (1954). Illinois singer/songwriter (“Chuck E.’s in Love”).

  • Jeanette McGruder (1954). American musician (P Funk).

  • Larry Burnette (1951). Musician with Firefall.

  • Al Berger (1949). Rocker.

  • Bonnie Raitt (1949). California blues-rock singer/songwriter and guitarist (1974 Nick of Time).

  • Minnie Riperton (1947). Illinois singer (“Loving You”). Died 7/12/1979.

  • Roy Wood (1946). English rock vocalist and cellist with the Move and Electric Light Orchestra. Born Ulysses Adrian Wood.

  • Arnold Rosner (1945). Composer.

  • Judith Lang Zaimont (1945). Composer.

  • Bonnie Bramlett (1944). American blues-rock singer with Delaney & Bonnie. Born Bonnie Lynn O’Farrell.

  • Rodney Desborough Slater (1944). Rocker with Bonzo Dog Band.

  • Gerald Alston (1942). American singer with the Manhattans (Crazy).

  • Richard Stoker (1938). Composer.

  • Patti Page (1927). Oklahoma singer (“Tennessee Waltz”, “The Doggie in the Window”). Born Clara Ann Fowler.

  • Douglas Townsend (1921). Composer.

  • Jean-Louis Martinet (1912). Composer.

  • Richard Nicholson (1905). musician.

  • Walerian Josef Gniot (1902). Composer.

  • Szymon Laks (1901). Composer.

  • Georges Lonque (1900). Composer.

  • Mihailo Vukdragovic (1900). Composer.

  • Hermann Schey (1895). German/Neth singer.

  • Clarence Williams (1893). American pianist and composer. Died 1965.

  • David Monrad Johansen (1888). Norwegian composer. Died 1974.

  • Yury Alexandrovich Shaporin (1887). Composer.

  • Arnold Edward Trevor Bax (1883). English composer (Farewell My Youth). Died 1953.

  • Lazare Saminsky (1882). Composer.

  • Ilmari Henrik Reinhold Krohn (1867). Composer.

  • Karel Komzak (1850). Composer.

  • Edward Julius Biedermann (1849). Composer.

  • Friedrich Wilhelm Michael Kalkbrenner (1785). Composer.

  • Friedrich Witt (1770). Composer.

  • Leonhard Trautsch (1693). Composer.

  • Thomas Bullis (1657). Composer.

  • Domenico Mazzocchi (1592). Composer.

  • Francesco Gonzaga (1590). Composer.

    NOV. 9

  • Hodgy Beats (1990). American rapper.

  • Delta Goodrem (1984). Australian singer.

  • Seven (1984). South Korean singer.

  • Jennifer Ayache (1983). French singer (Superbus).

  • Lyn (1981). K-pop singer.

  • Sisqó (1978). American rapper with Dru Hill (“In My Bed”, “How Deep Is Your Love”) and then a solo artist (“Thong Song”, “Incomplete”) born Mark Althavean Andrews.

  • Joe C. (1974). American singer and sidekick for rap/rock artist Kid Rock. Born Joseph Calleja. Died 11/17/2000.

  • Nick Lachey (1973). American pop singer with 98 Degrees. Was married to pop singer Jessica Simpson.

  • Corin Tucker (1972). American musician with Sleater-Kinney.

  • Big Punisher (aka “Big Pun”) (1971). American rapper. Died 2000.

  • Domino (1970). American music producer.

  • Scarface (1970). American rapper with the Geto Boys. Born Brad Jordan.

  • Susan Tedeschi (1970). American blues-rock singer and guitarist.

  • Pepa (1969). Rapper in Salt-N-Pepa (“Push It”). Born Sandra Denton.

  • Roxanne Shante (1969). Rapper.

  • Allison Wolfe (1969). American musician (Bratmobile, Cold Cold Hearts, Partyline).

  • Nazzareno Carusi (1968). Italian pianist.

  • Bryn Terfel (1965). Welsh baritone.

  • Sandra "Pepa" Denton (1964). American musician (Salt-N-Pepa).

  • Joëlle Ursull (1960). Guadeloupean singer.

  • Thomas Quasthoff (1959). German singer.

  • Dennis Stratton (1954). British rock guitarist with Iron Maiden.

  • Joe Bauchard (1948). Musician with Blue Oyster Cult.

  • Alan Gratzer (1948). New York rock drummer with Reo Speedwagon.

  • Michel Pagliaro (1948). Canadian singer.

  • Benny Mardones (1946). American singer/songwriter.

  • Phil May (1944). English rock singer with the Pretty Things.

  • Lee Graziano (1943). Illinois rock drummer with American Breed.

  • Tom Fogerty (1941). California rock guitarist with Creedence Clearwater Revival. Died 9/6/1990.

  • Sergio Cervetti (1940). Composer.

  • Mary Travers (1936). Kentucky folk singer/songwriter with Peter, Paul & Mary (“Blowin’ in the Wind”, “Puff the Magic Dragon”). Died 9/16/2009.

  • Alexandra Nikolayevna Pakhmutova (1929). Composer.

  • Dorothy Dandridge (1923). Ohio actress, singer, and dancer (Porgy and Bess).

  • Pierrette Alarie (1921). Canadian operatic soprano. Died 2011.

  • Aureliano Pertile (1885). Italian tenor. Died 1952.

  • Rudolph Karel (1880). Composer.

  • Jesus Castillo (1877). Composer.

  • Andrea d’Angeli (1868). Composer.

  • Joseph Miroslav Weber (1854). Composer.

  • Alfred Holmes (1837). Composer.

  • Jean-Theodore Radoux (1835). Composer.

  • Davorin Jenko (1835). Composer.

  • Jean-Baptiste Theodore Weckerlin (1821). Composer.

  • Henri-Philippe Gerard (1760). Composer.

  • Claudio Casciolini (1697). Composer.

  • Johannes Speth (1664). Composer.

    NOV. 10

  • Cetan Clawson (1987). Detroit blues-rock guitarist.

  • Charles Hamilton (1987). American rapper and producer.

  • Ricki-Lee Coulter (1985). New Zealand-born Australian singer and actress.

  • Miranda Lambert (1983). American country singer/songwriter.

  • Chris Joannou (1979). Australian rock bassist with Silverchair.

  • Eve (1978). American rap singer.

  • Drew McConnell (1978). Irish bassist and backing vocalist.

  • Jim Adkins (1975). American singer and guitarist.

  • Niko Hurme (1974). Finnish hard rock musician.

  • Jacqui Abbott (1973). English singer.

  • Khiry Abdul Samad (1973). California musician with The Boys (“Dial My Heart”).

  • DJ Ashba (1972). American session musician (Guns N’ Roses), guitarist, and songwriter born Daren Jay Ashba.

  • Derry Brownson (1970). English keyboardist and sampler.

  • Warren G (1970). American rapper and hip-hop producer.

  • Steve Brookstein (1968). English X Factor winner.

  • Andrew “Mushroom” Vowles (1967). British musician.

  • Steve Mackey (1966). British musician, record producer, and bassist.

  • Junior (1961). R&B singer (Mama used to Say) born Norman Giscombe.

  • Frank Maudsley (1959). Rock bassist with A Flock Of Seagulls.

  • Massimo Morsello (1958). Italian political activist and singer/songwriter. Died 2001.

  • Brooks Williams (1958). American acoustic guitarist and singer/songwriter.

  • Chris Joyce (1957). Musician with Simply Red.

  • Mario Cipollina (1954). California rock bassist with Huey Lewis & the News (1983’s Sports).

  • Pat Severs (1952). South Carolina country singer (Pirates of Miss-Fred Jake).

  • Ronnie Hammond (1950). Musician with Atlanta Rhythm Section.

  • Bram Tchaikovsky (1950). English singer.

  • Ann Reinking (1949). Washington dancer and actress (All That Jazz).

  • Hugh Moffatt (1948). American country singer/songwriter.

  • Glen Buxton (1947). American guitarist with Alice Cooper. Died 10/19/1997.

  • Greg Lake (1947). English prog-rock singer/songwriter and bassist with King Crimson (1969’s In the Court of the Crimson King) and Emerson, Lake & Palmer.

  • Dave Loggins (1947). American singer/songwriter and musician (“Please Come to Boston”).

  • Roy Thomas Baker (1946). English record producer.

  • Bill Bryson (1946). Illinois singer with the Desert Rose Band (Love Reunited).

  • Donna Fargo (1945). North Carolina country singer/songwriter (“The Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A.”). Born Yvonne Vaughn.

  • Dave Loggins (1944). Singer (“Please Come to Boston”).

  • Tim Rice (1944). English lyricist (Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, The Lion King).

  • Michel Tabachnik (1942). Swiss composer/conductor.

  • Screaming Lord Sutch (1940). English rock musician and politician with the Monster Raving Loony Party. Died 1999.

  • Tommy “Bubba” Facenda (1939). Rock musician.

  • Hubert Laws (1939). American flutist.

  • Houston Person (1934). American tenor saxophonist and record producer.

  • Michiya Mihashi (1930). Japanese folk singer. Died 1/8/1996.

  • Toma Prosev (1930). Composer.

  • Marilyn Bergman (1929). American composer, songwriter, and author.

  • Ennio Morricone (1928). Italian composer, conductor, and arranger.

  • Sabah (1927). Lebanese singer and actress born Jeanette Gergi Feghali.

  • Billy May (1916). Pennyslvania composer, arranger, bandleader (Milton Berle Show, and trumpeter. Died 2004.

  • Guido Turchi (1916). Italian composer (Invettiva).

  • Salvador Contreras (1912). Composer.

  • Johnny Marks (1909). American songwriter, especially for some classic Christmas songs (“Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer”, “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”, “A Holly, Jolly Christmas”). Died 1985.

  • Jane Froman (1907). Missouri singer and actress.

  • Antonio Maria Valencia (1902). Composer.

  • Carl Stalling (1891). American film composer and arranger. Died 1972.

  • Bedrich Antonin Wiedermann (1883). Composer.

  • Idabelle Smith Firestone (1874). American composer and songwriter. Died 1954.

  • Henri Rabaud (1873). French composer (Le Premer Glaire) and conductor. Died 9/11/1949.

  • Alexandre Levy (1864). Composer.

  • Arthur Goring Thomas (1850). English composer. Died 1892.

  • Martin Wegelius (1846). Finnish musicologist/composer.

  • Paul Kuczynski (1846). Composer.

  • Dobri Voynikov (1833). Composer.

  • Louis Kufferath (1811). Composer.

  • Carl Eberwein (1786). Composer.

  • Jan Nepomuk Kanka (1772). Composer.

  • Georg Philipp Kress (1719). Composer.

  • Carlo Zuccari (1704). Composer.

  • Jean-Laurent Krafft (1694). Composer.

  • Johann Christian Schieferdecker (1679). Composer.

  • François Couperin (1668). French baroque composer, organist, and harpsichordist (Concerts Royaux). Died 1733.

  • Francesco Passarini (1636). Composer.

    NOV. 11

  • Reina Tanaka (1989). Japanese pop singer with Morning Musume.

  • Yuya Tegoshi (1987). Japanese singer with NEWS and Tegomass.

  • Jared Followill (1986). Rock musician with Kings of Leon (“Sex on Fire”, “Use Somebody”, 2008’s Only by the Night).

  • Kalan Porter (1985). Canadian singer/songwriter.

  • Jessica Sierra (1985). American singer.

  • LeToya Luckett (Destiny's Child) (1980)

  • Jesse Keeler (1976). Canadian musician.

  • Jon B (1974). American R&B singer/songwriter.

  • Static Major (1974). American rap singer/songwriter and record producer. Died 2008.

  • Jason White (1973). American guitarist.

  • U-God (1970). Musician.

  • David L. Cook (1968). American Christian singer/songwriter and comedian.

  • Mic Michaeli (1962). Swedish keyboardist.

  • James Morrison (1962). Australian jazz musician.

  • Jan Kuehnemund (1961). American rock guitarist.

  • Luz Casal (1958). Spanish singer.

  • Christopher Paul Jones (1958). American singer and composer.

  • Ian Craig Marsh (1956) English musician with Human League.

  • Dave Alvin (1955). American singer/songwriter and guitarist.

  • Marshall Crenshaw (1953). American singer/songwriter and guitarist.

  • Andy Partridge (1953). English alternative-rock singer/songwriter and guitarist with XTC (“Dear God”).

  • Paul Cowsill (1952). American singer and guitarist with singing family The Cowsills.

  • Jim Peterik (1950). American musician and songwriter with Survivor.

  • Robert John “Mutt” Lange (1948). Zambian-born British record producer (AC/DC’s 1980’s Back in Black, Foreigner’s 1981 4, the Cars’ 1984 Heartbeat City, Def Leppard’s 1987’s Hysteria, Bryan Adams’ 1991 Waking Up the Neighbours, Shania Twain’s 1997 Come on Over). Married at one time to country singer Shania Twain.

  • Pat Daugherty (1947). American bassist with Black Oak Arkansas.

  • Chris Dreja (1945). English rhythm guitarist and bassist with the Yardbirds.

  • Vince Martell (1945). American guitarist with Vanilla Fudge.

  • Jesse Colin Young (1941). American singer/songwriter with the Youngbloods.

  • Roger LaVern (1938). English keyboardist.

  • Jack Keller (1936). American songwriter. Died 2005.

  • Hank Garland (1930). American guitar virtuoso. Died 2004.

  • Vernon Handley (1930). English conductor. Died 2008.

  • LaVern Baker (1929). American R&B singer born Delores Baker (“Jim Dandy”, “I Cried a Tear”). Died 3/10/1997.

  • Erneistine Anderson (1928). American jazz and blues singer.

  • Mose Allison (1927). American jazz pianist and singer.

  • Rad Robinson (1910). American jazz musician and actor.

  • Ernest Ansermet (1883). Swiss conductor. Died 1969.

    NOV. 12

  • Evan Yo (1986). Taiwanese pop singer.

  • Omarion (1984). American R&B singer/songwriter and pianist with B2K. Born Omari Ismael Grandberry.

  • Sandara Park (1984). Korean singer, dancer, actress, TV host, and model.

  • Crown J (1979). South Korean hip-hop singer. Born Kim Kye Hoon.

  • Andrew Kinlochan (1978). British singer with Phixx.

  • Tevin Campbell (1976). American R&B singer/songwriter (“Round and Round”).

  • Judith Holofernes (1976). German singer with Wir sind Helden. Born Holfelder von der Tann.

  • Janina Fry (1973). Finnish pop singer, TV host, and model. Born Janina Frostell.

  • Nick D’Virgilio (1968). American drummer best known as member of prog-rock group Spock’s Beard. Also worked as a session drummer with Genesis, Tears for Fears, and Kevin Gilbert.

  • Kathleen Hanna (1968). American singer/songwriter.

  • Aya Hisakawa (1968). Japanese pop singer and voice actress.

  • Aaron Stainthorpe (1968). British singer with My Dying Bride.

  • Grant Nicholas (1967). British singer with Feeder.

  • Vic Chesnutt (1964). American singer/songwriter. Died 2009.

  • David Ellefson (1964). American bassist with Megadeth.

  • Brix Smith-Start (1962). American singer and guitarist with the Fall and the Adult Net. Born Laura Elisse Salenger.

  • Michaela Paetsch (1961). American violinist.

  • Ismo Alanko (1960). Finnish multi-instrumentalist with Hassisen Kone, Sielun Veljet, and Ismo Alanko Säätiö.

  • Maurane (1960). Belgian singer born Claudine Luypaerts.

  • Leslie McKeown (1955). Scottish singer with the Bay City Rollers (“Saturday Night”).

  • Vasilis Karras (1953). Greek singer born Kesoglidis.

  • Barbara Fairchild (1950). American singer.

  • Erroll Brown (1948). Jamaican-English singer/songwriter with Hot Chocolate (“You Sexy Thing”).

  • Buck Dharma (1947). American rock singer and guitarist with Blue Öyster Cult. Born Donald Roeser.

  • Neil Young (1945). Canadian rock singer/songwriter and guitarist with Buffalo Springfield (“Mr. Soul”); Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (“Ohio”, “Helpless”), and a solo artist (“Heart of Gold”, “Cinnamon Girl”, 1969’s Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, 1970’s After the Goldrush, 1972’s Harvest, 1974’s On the Beach, 1975’s Tonight’s the Night, 1977’s Decade, 1979’s Rust Never Sleeps).

  • Booker T. Jones (1944). American keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and record producer with Booker T & the M.G.’s (“Green Onions”).

  • Brian Hyland (1943). American pop singer (“Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini”).

  • John Maus (1943). American singer with the Walker Brothers.

  • Arthur “Pooch” Tavares (1943). American musician.

  • Ruby Nash Curtis (1939). American singer with Ruby & the Romantics.

  • Lucia Popp (1939). Slovakian soprano. Died 1993.

  • Mort Shuman (1936). American R&B/pop songwriter (“Surrender”, “Teenager in Love”, “Save the Last Dance for Me”). Died 11/3/1991.

  • Bob Crewe (1931). American singer/songwriter and record producer (The Four Seasons).

  • Sam Jones (1924). American jazz bassist and cellist. Died 1981.

  • Jo Stafford (1917). American jazz singer (“You Belong to Me”) and TV host. Died 7/16/2008.

  • Jean Papineau-Couture (1916). French-Canadian composer. Died 2000.

  • Buck Clayton (1911). American jazz trumpet player. Died 1991.

  • Bukka White (1909). American blues guitarist and singer. Died 2/26/1977.

  • Karl Marx (1897). German composer. Died 1985.

  • Tudor Davies (1892). Welsh operatic tenor. Died 1958.

  • Bert Williams (1875). Born in the Bahamas. Preeminent entertainer and comedian of the Vaudeville era and the best-selling black recording artist (“Nobody”) before 1920. Born Egbert Austin Williams. Died 3/4/1922.

  • Alexander Borodin (1833). Russian composer and chemist. Died 1887.

    NOV. 13

  • Kumi Koda (1982). Japanese singer/songwriter and voice actress.

  • Monique Coleman (1980). Singer, dancer, and actor from TV movie High School Musical.

  • Subliminal (1979). Israeli rapper and producer born Ya’akov Shimoni.

  • Nikolai Fraiture (1978). American rock bassist with the Strokes.

  • Chanel Cole (1977). Australian singer.

  • Takuya Kimura (1972). Japanese singer and actor.

  • Walter Kibby (Fishbone) (1964)

  • Steve Wong Ka-Keung (1964). Hong Kong musician Beyond.

  • Roger Ingram (1957). American trumpeter, educator, and author.

  • Andrew Ranken (1953). English drummer and percussionist with the Pogues.

  • Mary Lou Metzger (1950). American singer and dancer (The Lawrence Welk Show).

  • Terry Reid (1949). English rock singer and guitarist.

  • Roger Steen (1949). American guitarist with the Tubes.

  • Toy Caldwell (1947). American guitarist with the Marshall Tucker Band. Died 1993.

  • J.C. Crowley (1947)

  • Timmy Thomas (1944). American musician.

  • John P. Hammond (1942). American blues singer and guitarist.

  • Idris Muhammad (1939). American jazz drummer.

  • P. Susheela (1935). Indian singer.

  • John Latouche (1914). American musician and writer.

  • Jan Zach (1699). Czech composer, violinist, and organist. Died 1773.

    NOV. 14

  • Marija Šerifović (1984). Serbian singer.

  • Lil Boosie (1983). American rapper

  • Chris Shar (1978). American musician with Stiffed, Man Man, and Santigold.

  • Shyheim (1977). Rapper.

  • Obie Trice (1977). American rapper.

  • Travis Barker (1975). American rock drummer with Blink-182.

  • Adina Howard (1975)

  • Faye Tozer (1975). British musician with the Steps.

  • Moka Only (1973). Canadian musician.

  • Edyta Górniak (1972). Polish singer.

  • Brendan Benson (1970). American musician with the Raconteurs.

  • Butch Walker (1969). Recording artist.

  • Brian Yale (Matchbox 20) (1968)

  • Nina Gordon (1967). American singer.

  • Rockie Lynne (1964). American musician.

  • Joseph “Rev Run” Simmons (1964). American rapper with Run-D.M.C. (1984’s Run-D.M.C., 1986’s Raising Hell).

  • Josh Silver (1962). Musician.

  • Antonio Flores (1961). Spanish singer/songwriter. Died 1995.

  • Yanni (1954). Greek new age composer and keyboardist.

  • Frankie Banali (1951). American rock drummer with Quiet Riot.

  • Stephen Bishop (1951). American singer/songwriter (“It Might Be You”).

  • Alec John Such (1951). American rock bassist with Bon Jovi (“Livin’ on a Prayer”, “You Give Love a Bad Name”).

  • Raul Di Blasio (1949). Argentine pianist, composer, and producer.

  • James Young (1948). American rock guitarist with Styx (1977’s The Grand Illusion).

  • Buckwheat Zydeco (1947)

  • Wendy Carlos (1939). American composer (1969’s Switched on Bach).

  • Carey Bell (1936). American blues musician. Died 2007.

  • Freddie Garrity (1936). English singer with Freddie & the Dreamers. Died 5/19/2006.

  • Leferis Papadopoulos (1935). Greek lyricist and journalist.

  • Narciso Yepes (1927). Spanish classical guitarist. Died 1997.

  • Leonid Borisovitch Kogan (1924). Russian violinist. Died 1982.

  • Johnny Desmond (1919). American singer. Died 1985.

  • Lisa Otto (1919). German soprano.

  • Martha Tilton (1915). American singer (“And the Angels Sing”). Died 2006.

  • John Henry Barbee (1905). American guitarist and singer. Died 1964.

  • Aaron Copland (1900). American composer (“Fanfare for the Common Man”, “Appalachian Spring”). Died 12/2/1990.

  • Fanny Mendelssohn (1805). German composer and pianist. Died 1847.

  • Johann Nepomuk Hummel (1778). Austrian pianist and composer. Died 1837.

  • Johann van Beethoven (1740). Ludwig van Beethoven’s father and first teacher. Died 1792.

  • Leopold Mozart (1719). Austrian composer. Father of composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Died 1787.

    NOV. 15

  • Ace Young (1980). Singer.

  • Kevin Eubanks (1957). Bandleader from the Jay Leno-era Tonight Show.

  • Joe Leeway (Thompson Twins) (1957)

  • Tony Thompson (Chic) (1954)

  • Alexander O’Neal (1953). American R&B singer (“Fake”).

  • Michael Cooper (Con Funk Shun) (1952)

  • Steve Fossen (Heart) (1949)

  • Anni-Frid “Frida” Lyngstad (1945). Norwegian pop singer with Abba (“Dancing Queen”).

  • Petula Clark (1932). British pop singer (“Downtown”, “A Sign of the Times”).

  • Clyde McPhatter (1932). American R&B singer with the Drifters and a solo artist. Died 6/13/1972.

  • C.W. McCall (1928). Country singer (“Convoy”).

  • Mantovani (1905). Italian conductor, composer, violinist, and pianist. Born Annunzio Paolo Mantovani. Died 3/30/1980.

    NOV. 16

  • Trevor Penick (1979). Pop singer with O-Town.

  • Bryan Abrams (Color Me Badd) (1969)

  • Diana Krall (1964)

  • Mani (1962). English rock musician with the Stone Roses (“I Wanna Be Adored”, 1989’s The Stone Roses).

  • Toni Brown (1938). American singer, keyboardist, and guitarist with Joy of Cooking.

  • Eddie Condon (1904). American guitarist. Died 8/4/1973.

  • W.C. Handy (1873). American blues composer and musician (“St. Louis Blues”, “Memphis Blues”) often known as “The Father of the Blues.” Born William Christopher Handy. Died 3/28/1958.

    NOV. 17

  • Isaac Hanson (1980). Pop singer and musician with brothers in Hanson (“Mmmbop”).

  • Ben Wilson (Blues Traveler) (1967)

  • Ronny DeVoe (1967). Musician with New Edition and Bell Biv DeVoe.

  • Jeff Buckley (1966). American rock singer/songwriter and guitarist (1994’s Grace). Son of singer Tim Buckley. Died 5/29/1997.

  • RuPaul (1960)

  • Harry Rushakoff (Concrete Blonde) (1959)

  • Jim Babjak (The Smithereens) (1957)

  • Gene Clark (1944). American folk-rock singer/songwriter with the Byrds (“Eight Miles High”). Born Harold Eugene Clark. Died 5/24/1991.

  • Bob Gaudio (1942). Member of the Four Seasons.

  • Gordon Lightfoot (1938). Canadian singer/songwriter (“Sundown”, “If You Could Read My Mind”).

    NOV. 18

  • Fabolous (1979). Rapper.

  • Duncan Sheik (1969). Rock singer (“Barely Breathing”).

  • Kirk Hammett (1962). Rock guitarist with Metallica.

  • Kim Wilde (1960). English pop-rock singer (“Kids in America”, “You Keep Me Hangin’ On”). Born Kim Smith.

  • Michael Ramos (The BoDeans) (1958)

  • John Parr (1954)

  • John McFee (Doobie Brothers) (1953)

  • Graham Parker (1950). English singer.

  • Herman Rarebell (The Scorpions) (1949)

  • Hank Ballard (1927). American R&B singer/songwriter with the Midnighters (“Work with Me Annie”). Born John Henry Kendricks. Died 3/2/2003.

  • Johnny Mercer (1909). American singer (“Ac-Cent-Tchu-ate the Positive”, “On the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe”, “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah”) and songwriter (“Blues in the Night”, “That Old Black Magic”, “Dream”, “Laura”, “Moon River”). Died 6/25/1976.

  • Compay Segundo (1907). Guitarist.

  • Eugene Ormandy (1899). Hungarian classical violinist and conductor for the Philadelphia Orchestra. Died 3/12/1985.

  • Amelita Galli-Curci (1889). Singer.

  • Ignacy Paderewski (1860). Polish pianist and composer. Died 1941.

  • William S. Gilbert (1836). English operetta lyricist. Died 5/29/1911.

  • Carl Maria von Weber (1786). Composer.

    NOV. 19

  • Tamika Scott (Xscape) (1975)

  • Tony Rich (1971). American R&B singer (“Nobody Knows”).

  • Travis McNabb (Better Than Ezra) (1969)

  • Matt Sorum (1960). Rock drummer with Guns N’ Roses (“November Rain”).

  • Fred Lipsius (1943). American pianist and alto saxophonist with Blood, Sweat & Tears.

  • Hank Medress (1938). American tenor vocalist with the Tokens (“The Lion Sleeps Tonight”). Died 6/25/2007.

  • David Guard (1934). American folk singer with The Kingston Trio.

  • J.D. Sumner (1924). Gospel singer. Died 11/16/1998.

  • Blue Barron (1913). Ohio big band leader born Harry Friedman. Died 7/16/2005.

  • Tommy Dorsey (1905). American trombonist and bandleader (“The Music Goes ‘Round and ‘Round”, “Marie”, “All the Things You Are”, “I’ll Never Smile Again”, “There Are Such Things”). Brother of Jimmy Dorsey. Died 11/26/1956.

    NOV. 20

  • Connie Talbot (2000). Finalist on TV contest Britain’s Got Talent at age 6.

  • Josh Turner (1977). Country singer (“Long Black Train”).

  • Davey Havok (1975). Punk-rock singer with AFI.

  • Q-Tip (A Tribe Called Quest) (1970)

  • Kevin Gilbert (1966). Neo-prog rock singer/songwriter/musician best-known for work with Toy Matinee (“Last Plane Out”) and as one of the members of the Tuesday Night Music Club, who created Sheryl Crow’s debut album of the same name. Died 5/17/1996.

  • Mike D (1965). American rapper and drummer with the Beastie Boys. Born Michael Diamond.

  • Sen Dog (Cypress Hill) (1965)

  • Jim Brown (UB40)


  • George Grantham (1947). American drummer with Poco.

  • Joe Walsh (1947). American rock singer and guitarist with the James Gang (“Walk Away”, “Funk #49”), Eagles (“In the City”), and a solo artist (“Rocky Mountain Way”, “Life’s Been Good”).

  • Duane Allman (1946). American blues-rock guitarist with the Allman Brothers Band (“Whipping Post”, 1971’s At Fillmore East1972’s Eat a Peach). Died 10/29/1971.

  • Ray Stiles (1946). English bassist with Mud.

  • Norman Greenbaum (1942). American singer (“Spirit in the Sky”).

  • Esquirita (1935). American singer. Died 10/23/1986.

    NOV. 21

  • Kelsi Osborn (SheDaisy) (1974)

  • Alex James (1968). English bassist with Blur (1994’s Parklife).

  • Margret Ornolfsdottir (The Sugarcubes) (1967)

  • Björk (1965). Icelandic alternative-rock singer/songwriter (1993’s Debut, 1995’s Post) born Björk Guðmundsdóttir.

  • Steven Curtis Chapman (1962)

  • Peter Koppes (The Church) (1955)

  • Lonnie Jordan (War) (1948)

  • David Porter (1941). American R&B songwriter.

  • Dr. John (1940). American pianist. Born Malcolm John Rebennack, Jr.

  • Jean Shepard (1933). Oklahoma country singer/songwriter.

  • Buck Ram (1907). American manager and producer of the Platters. Born Samuel Ram. Died 1/1/1991.

  • Coleman Hawkins (1904). American jazz bandleader and tenor saxophonist. Died 5/19/1969.

    NOV. 22

  • Scott Robinson (1979). Singer with British boy band 5ive (“Keep on Movin’”).

  • Ville Valo (1976). Finnish rock singer with HIM.

  • Rasa Don (1968). American drummer with Arrested Development (“Tennessee”, “Mr. Wendal”). Born Donald Jones.

  • Tina Weymouth (1950). American rock bassist with Talking Heads (1980’s Remain in Light). Born Martina Weymouth.

  • Steve “Little Steven” Van Zandt (1950). Rock musican with Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band (1984’s Born in the U.S.A.).

  • Rod Price (1947). English rock guitarist with Foghat (“Slow Ride”). Died 3/22/2005.

  • Floyd Sneed (1943). Drummer.

  • Benjamin Britten (1913). English composer. Died 12/4/1976.

  • Hoagy Carmichael (1899). American songwriter (“Star Dust”, “Georgia on My Mind”, “The Nearness of You”, “Heart and Soul”). Died 12/27/1981.

    NOV. 23

  • Miley Cyrus (1992). Singer (“The Climb”, “Party in the U.S.A.”) and actress on TV’s Hannah Montana.

  • Charlie Grover (Sponge) (1966)

  • Ken Block (Sister Hazel) (1966)

  • Bruce Hornsby (1954). American singer/songwriter and keyboardist (“The Way It Is”).

  • Jerry Bock (1928). Connecticut musical theater composer.

  • Johnny Mandel (1925). Composer of theme for TV’s M*A*S*H.

  • Ruth Etting (1897). American singer (“Love Me or Leave Me”). Died 9/24/1978.

    NOV. 24

  • Chad Taylor (Live) (1970)

  • Russell Watson (1966). Singer.

  • John Squire (1962). Rock musician with the Stone Roses (“I Wanna Be Adored”, 1989’s The Stone Roses).

  • Terry Lewis (1956). Nebraska R&B songwriter.

  • Clem Burke (1954). American drummer with Blondie (“Heart of Glass”, “Call Me”). Born Clement Anthony Bozewski.

  • Bev Bevan (1944). English drummer with the Move and Electric Light Orchestra.

  • Lee Michaels (1945)

  • Pete Best (1941). Indian-born. The original drummer with the Beatles. Born Randolph Peter Best.

  • Donald “Duck” Dunn (1941). American R&B bassist with Booker T. & the MG’s.

  • Jim Yester (1939). American singer and guitarist with the Association.

  • Teddy Wilson (1912). American jazz pianist and bandleader. Died 7/31/1986.

  • Scott Joplin (1868). American jazz composer and pianist (“The Entertainer”, “Maple Leaf Rag”). Often called “The King of Ragtime”. Died 4/1/1917.

    NOV. 25

  • Rodney Sheppard (Sugar Ray) (1967)

  • Stacy Lattisaw (1966)

  • Amy Grant (1960). American Christian singer/songwriter who crossed over to pop (“Baby Baby”).

  • Steve Rothery (1959). Rock guitarist with Marillion (1985’s Misplaced Childhood).

  • Percy Sledge (1940). American R&B singer (“When a Man Loves a Woman”).

  • Paul Desmond (1924). Jazz saxophonist and composer.

  • Virgil Thomson (1896). American composer. Died 9/30/1989.

  • Franz Gruber (1787). Austrian church organist; wrote melody for “Silent Night”. Died 1863.

    NOV. 26

  • Lil Fizz (1985). Member of group B2K.

  • Natasha Bedingfield (1981). English pop singer (“Unwritten”).

  • Adam Gaynor (Matchbox 20) (1963)

  • John McVie (1945). Rock musician with Fleetwood Mac (1977’s Rumours).

  • Tina Turner (1939). American R&B singer who first gained attention in duo with husband Ike (“Proud Mary”, “River Deep – Mountain High”) and later as a solo artist (“What’s Love Got to Do with It”). Born Anna Mae Bullock.

  • Robert Goulet (1933). American singer and Broadway star (Camelot). Died 10/30/2007.

    NOV. 27

  • Twista (1973). Rapper.

  • Skoob (Das EFX) (1970)

  • Fiachna O’Braonian (Hothouse Flowers) (1965)

  • Charlie Benante (1962). American rock drummer with Anthrax.

  • Mike Bordin (Faith No More) (1962)

  • Lori Babero (1960). American drummer with Babes in Toyland.

  • Charlie Burchill (Simple Minds) (1959)

  • Randy Brecker (1945). American trumpeter and flugelhorn player with Blood, Sweat & Tears.

  • Jimi Hendrix (1942). American rock guitarist and singer/songwriter (1967’s Are You Experienced?, 1967’s Axis: Bold As Love, 1968’s Electric Ladyland). Born Johnny Allen Hendrix; renamed James Marshall Hendrix. Died 9/18/1970.

  • Eddie Rabbitt (1941). American country singer/songwriter (“I Love a Rainy Night”). Born Edward Thomas. Died 5/7/1998.

  • Al Jackson, Jr. (1935). American drummer with Booker T. & the MGs. Died 10/11/1975.

    NOV. 28

  • Trey Songz (1984). R&B singer.

  • (Black Eyed Peas) (1974)

  • Dawn Robinson (En Vogue) (1968)

  • Matt Cameron (1962). Rock drummer with Soundgarden (1994’s Superunknown), Temple of the Dog, and Pearl Jam.

  • Paul Shaffer (1949). Canadian bandleader on Late Show with David Letterman.

  • Beeb Birtles (Little River Band) (1948)

  • Randy Newman (1943). American Academy Award, Emmy Award, and Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter (“Short People”, 1972’s Sail Away) and pianist who has written numerous film scores. Born Randolph Newman.

  • Gary Troxel (1939). American singer with The Fleetwoods (“Come Softly to Me”, “Mr. Blue”).

  • Berry Gordy, Jr. (1929). American R&B record producer and founder of Motown.

  • Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632). Italian-born French composer. Died 1687.

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  • Jonathan Knight (1968) American pop singer with New Kids On The Block.

  • Wallis Buchanan (Jamiroquai) (1965)

  • Michael Dempsey (formerly of The Cure) (1958)

  • Barry Goudreau (1951). American rock guitarist with Boston (“More Than a Feeling”, 1976’s Boston, 1978’s Don’t Look Back).

  • Felix Cavaliere (1944). American singer with the Rascals.

  • Denny Doherty (1941). Canadian folk singer with the Mamas & the Papas (“California Dreamin’”, “Monday Monday”).

  • Chuck Mangione (1940). American Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter (“Feels So Good”).

  • John Mayall (1933). English blues-rock guitarist known as “The Father of British Blues”.

  • Merle Travis (1917). American country singer/songwriter and musician (“Sixteen Tons”, “Dark as a Dungeon”). Died 10/20/1983.

  • Billy Strayhorn (1915). American composer (“Take the ‘A’ Train”), pianist, and arranger with Duke Ellington. Died 5/31/1967.

  • Busby Berkeley (1895). Hollywood musical director.

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  • Dougie Poynter (1987). Bassist.

  • Clay Aiken (1978). Finalist on TV music contest American Idol in season 2.

  • Mindy McCready (1975)

  • Des'ree (1968)

  • Paul Wheeler (Icehouse) (1965)

  • Jalil (Whodini) (1963)

  • Stacey Q (1958)

  • John Ashton (1957). Guitarist with the Psychedelic Furs.

  • Billy Idol (1955). English rock singer (“Mony Mony”, “Eyes without a Face”). Born William Michael Albert Broad.

  • George McArdale (Little River Band) (1954)

  • Shuggie Otis (1953). Blues guitarist.

  • June Pointer (1953). American R&B singer with the Pointer Sisters (“Fire”, “He’s So Shy”, “Slow Hand”, “I’m So Excited”). Died 4/11/2006.

  • Ruby Starr (aka “Connie Little”) (1949). American singer. Born Constance Henrietta Mierzwiak. Died 1/14/1995.

  • Roger Glover (1945). Welsh bassist with Deep Purple.

  • Leo Lyons (1943). English bassist with Ten Years After.

  • Paul Stookey (1937). American folk-rock singer and guitarist with Peter, Paul & Mary (“Blowin’ in the Wind”, “Puff the Magic Dragon”).

  • Frank Ifield (1936). English musician (“I Remember You”).

  • Jack Sheldon (1931)

  • Dick Clark (1929). American radio and television personality (American Bandstand).

  • Robert Nighthawk (1909). Arkansas blues guitarist. Died 11/5/1967.

    This page last updated June 7, 2013.