Wednesday, December 1, 2021

December: Music Makers' Birthdays

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DEC. 1

  • Tyler Joseph (1988). Rock singer/songwriter and rapper with Twenty One Pilots (“Stressed Out,” “Ride,” “Heathens”) born in Columbus, Ohio.

  • Riz Ahmed (1982). British Pakistani actor, rapper, and activist born in Wembley, London.

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

  • Julee Cruise (1956)

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

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

  • Bette Midler (1945). American singer (“The Rose,” “Wind Beneath My Wings”) and actress.

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

  • Eric Bloom (Blue Oyster Cult) (1944)

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

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

  • Lou Rawls (1933). Soul/blues singer (“You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine”) born in Chicago, Illinois. Died 1/6/2006.

    DEC. 2

  • Charlie Puth (1991). Singer/songwriter (“See You Again,” “I Hope”) born in Rumson, New Jersey.

  • Britney Spears (1981). Pop singer (“Baby…One More Time,” “Oops! I Did It Again,” “Toxic”) born in McComb, Mississippi.

  • Nelly Furtado (1978). Singer (“I’m Like a Bird,” “Promiscuous,” “Say It Right”) born in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

  • Treach (Naughty By Nature) (1970)

  • Nate Mendel (Foo Fighters) (1968)

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

  • Michael McDonald (Doobie Brothers) (1952)

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

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

  • Maria Callas (1923). Opera singer born in Manhattan, New York. Died 9/16/1977.

  • Pop Staples (1915). Guitarist.

  • Adolph Green (1914). Composer.

    DEC. 3

  • Daniel Bedingfield (1979)

  • Trini (1978). Rapper.

  • Montell Jordan (1971)

  • Ozzy Osbourne (1948). Heavy metal singer born John Michael Osbourne in Birmingham, England. With Black Sabbath (“Paranoid”, 1970’s Black Sabbath, 1970’s Paranoid, 1971’s Master of Reality, 1972’s Vol. 4) and a solo singer (“Crazy Train”).

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

  • Andy Williams (1927). Singer.

  • Ferlin Husky (1925). American country singer.

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

  • Anton Webern (1883). Composer.

    DEC. 4

  • Jay-Z (1969). Rapper (“99 Problems,” The Blueprint) and businessman born Shawn Corey Carter. Married to Beyoncé.

  • Vinnie Dombroski (Sponge) (1962)

  • Bob Griffin (The BoDeans) (1959)

  • Cassandra Wilson (1955). Singer.

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

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

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

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

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

    DEC. 5

  • Glen Graham (Blind Melon) (1968)

  • Gary Allan (1967). Country singer born in La Mirada, Georgia

  • Patricia Kaas (1966). Singer/songwriter and actress born in Forbach, France.

  • Johnny Rzeznik (Goo Goo Dolls) (1965)

  • Jack Russell (Great White) (1960)

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

  • Andy Kim (1946)

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

  • Little Richard (1932). R&B/early rock-n-roll singer and pianist (“Tutti Frutti,” “Long Tall Sally,” “Lucille,” “Good Golly Miss Molly”) born Richard Wayne Penniman in Macon, Georgia. Died 5/9/2020.

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

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

    DEC. 6

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

  • Ben Watt (1962). Musician with Everything But The Girl (“Missing”).

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

  • Peter Buck (1956). California rock guitarist with R.E.M. (“Losing My Religion”, Automatic for the People).

  • Rick Buckler (Jam) (1955)

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

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

  • Dave Brubeck (1920). Jazz pianist (“Take Five,” Time Out) born in Concord, California. Died 12/5/2012.

  • Ira Gershwin (1896). Lyricist born Israel Gershowitz in New York, New York. Died 8/17/1983. Worked with his brother, composer George Gershwin (“I Got Rhythm”, “Someone to Watch Over Me”, 1935’s Porgy and Bess).

    DEC. 7

  • Aaron Carter (1987). Singer.

  • Sara Bareilles (1979)

  • Nicole Appleton (1974). Singer with All Saints born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

  • Barbara Weathers (Atlantic Starr) (1963)

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

  • Tom Waits (1949). Singer/songwriter (1983’s Swordfishtrombones, 1985’s Rain Dogs) born in Pomona, California.

  • Harry Chapin (1942). Folk singer (“Cat’s in the Cradle”) born in New York City, New York. Died 7/16/1981.

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

    DEC. 8

  • Sam Hunt (1984). Countr singer/songwriter (“Body Like a Back Road”) born in Cedartown, Georgia.

  • Nicki Minaj (1982). Rap singer (“Super Bass,” “Starships”) born Onika Tanya Maraj on 12/8/1982 in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago.

  • Corey Taylor (1973). Heavy metal singer/songwriter born in Des Moines, Iowa. With Slipknot and Stone Sour (“Through Glass,” “Say You’ll Haunt Me”).

  • Ryan Newell (1972). Musician with Sister Hazel.

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

  • Bushwick Bill (1966). Musician with The Geto Boys.

  • David Shea (1965). DJ.

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

  • Marty Friedman (1962). Musician with Megadeth.

  • Paul Rutherford (1959). Musician with Frankie Goes To Hollywood.

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

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

  • Gregg Allman (1947). Rock musician born in Nashville, Tennessee. With the Allman Brothers Band (“Whipping Post,” “Ramblin’ Man,” 1971’s At Fillmore East, 1972’s Eat a Peach).

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

  • Jim Morrison (1943). Rock singer/songwriter and poet born in Melbourne, Florida. With The Doors (“Light My Fire,” “Hello I Love You,” The Doors). Died 7/3/1971.

  • Bobby Elliot (The Hollies) (1942)

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

  • James Galway (1939). Flute player born in Belfast, Ireland.

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

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

  • Floyd Tillman (1914). Country musician.

  • Jean Sibelius (1865). Classical composer born Johan Julius Christian Sibelius in Hämeenlinna, Finland. Died 9/20/1957.

    DEC. 9

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

  • Geoff Barrow (Portishead) (1971)

  • Jakob Dylan (The Wallflowers) (1970)

  • Brian Bell (1968). Member of alternative-rock group Weezer (“Buddy Holly”).

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

  • Donny Osmond (1957). Pop singer born in Ogden, Utah. Worked with his siblings in the Osmond Brothers (“One Bad Apple”) and recorded as a solo artist (“Puppy Love”, “Young Love”).

  • Randy Murray (BTO) (1955)

  • Joan Armatrading (1950). Singer/songwriter (“Love and Affection,” “Drop the Pilot”) born in St. Kitts in the West Indies.

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

  • Walter Orange (The Commodores) (1946)

  • Neil Innes (1944). Writer, comedian, and musician born in Danbury, Essex, England. Worked with the Bozno Dog Doo-Dah Band, the Rutles, and Monty Python. Died 12/29/2019.

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

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

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

    DEC. 10

  • Teyana Taylor (1990). Singer/songwriter born Teyana Meshay Jacqueli Shumpert in Harlem, New York.

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

  • Scot Alexander (Dishwalla) (1971)

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

  • J. Mascis (1965). Rock singer and guitarist with Dinosaur Jr. born Joseph Donald Mascis Jr. in Amherst, Massachusetts.
  • Jermaine Jackson (1954). American R&B/pop singer with the Jackson 5 and also a solo artist.

  • Johnny Rodriguez (1951). American country singer.

  • Ralph Tavares (Tavares) (1948)

  • Chad Stuart (Chad & Jeremy) (1943)

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

    DEC. 11

  • Zacky Vengeance (1981). Guitarist.

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

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

  • Mike Mesaros (The Smithereens) (1957)

  • Jermaine Jackson (1954). R&B singer/songwriter born in Gary, Indiana. Was in the Jackson 5 (“I Want You Back,” “ABC,” “The Love You Save,” “I’ll Be There”) and worked as a solo artist (“Let’s Get Serious”).

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

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

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

  • Tyner McCoy (1938). American jazz pianist.

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

  • Benny Spellman (1931). Musician.

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

  • Hector Berlioz (1803). Classical composer (Symphonie Fantastique) born in La Côte-Saint-André, France. Died 3/8/1869.

    DEC. 12

  • Dino Meneghin (1977). Musician with The Calling.

  • Hank Williams III (1972). Musician.

  • Danny Boy (1968). Musician with House Of Pain.

  • Nick Dimichino (1967). Musician with Nine Days.

  • Eric Schenkman (1963). Musician with Spin Doctors.

  • Sheila E. (1957). R&B singer (“The Glamorous Life”) and drummer born Sheila Cecelia Escovedo in Oakland, California.

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

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

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

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

  • Grover Washington Jr. (1943)

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

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

  • Connie Francis (1937 or 1938). American pop singer (“Who’s Sorry Now?,” “Where the Boys Are”) born Concetta Rosa Maria Franconero in Newark, New Jersey.

  • Frank Sinatra (1915). American pop crooner (“All or Nothing at All,” “I’ll Never Smile Again,” “I’ll Be Seeing You,” “Fly Me to the Moon,” “Strangers in the Night,” “My Way,” “New York, New York,” 1956’s Songs for Swingin’ Lovers) born Francis Albert Sinatra in Hoboken, New Jersey. Died 5/14/1998.

    DEC. 13

  • Taylor Swift (1989). Country/pop singer (“Love Story,” “You Belong with Me,” “Shake It Off,” “Blank Space,”) born in Reading, Pennsyvlania. Won Album of the Year Grammys for Fearless (2008), 1989 (2014), and Folklore (2020).

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

  • Tom DeLonge (1975). Amiercan singer and guitarist with Blink-182 (“All the Small Things,” “What’s My Age Again?,” “Dammit (Growin’ Up)”) and Angels & Airwaves.

  • Jamie Foxx (1967). Actor, comedian, and singer/songwriter (“Slow Jamz,” “Gold Digger”) born Eric Marlon Bishop in Terrell, Texas.

  • John Anderson (1954). American country singer.

  • Berton Averre (1954). Rock singer with the Knack (“My Sharona”).

  • Randy Owen (Alabama) (1949)

  • Tom Verlaine (1949). Rock guitarist with Television (Marquee Moon) born Thomas Miller in Morristown, New Jersey.

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

  • Irving Azoff (1947). Record executive and manager born in Danville, Illinois. Worked with Christina Aguilera, Bon Jovi, the Eagles, Journey, Maroon 5, Steely Dan, Van Halen, and more.
  • Lou Adler (1933). Record and film producer born in Chicago, Illinois. Co-woner of the Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood, California. Worked with the Grass Rotts, Jan & Dean, the Mamas & the Papas, and Carole King, including her Album of the Year Grammy winner for Tapestry.

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

    DEC. 14

  • Brian Dalyrimple (Soul For Real) (1975)

  • Mike Scott (The Waterboys) (1958)

  • Peter Stacy (The Pogues) (1958)

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

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

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

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

  • Clark Terry (1920). American jazz trumpeter.

    DEC. 15

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

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

  • Dave Clark (Dave Clark Five) (1942)

  • Cindy Birdsong (The Supremes) (1939)

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

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

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

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

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

    DEC. 16

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

  • Paul Van Dyk (1971). DJ, record producer, and musician born Matthias Paul in Eisenhüttenstadt, Germany.

  • Christopher Thorn (Blind Melon) (1968)

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

  • Billy Gibbons (1949). Rock singer and guitarist with ZZ Top (“La Grange,” “Tush,” Eliminator) born in Houston, Texas.

  • Benny Andersson (1946). Singer/songwriter with Abba (“Dancing Queen”) born Göran Bror Benny Andersson in Vällingby, Stockholm, Sweden.

  • John Abercrombie (1944). Jazz guitarist born in Port Chester, New York.
  • Tony Hicks (The Hollies) (1943)

    DEC. 17

  • Nat Wolff (1994). Musician.

  • Craig “DJ Homicide” Bullock (1972). Musician with Sugar Ray.

  • Sarah Dallin (1961). English pop singer with Bananarama.

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

  • Penelope Houston (1958). Singer/songwriter in the Avengers born in Los Angeles, California.

  • Mike Mills (1958). American rock bassist and keyboardist with R.E.M. (“Losing My Religion”, Automatic for the People).

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

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

  • Art Neville (Neville Brothers) (1937)

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

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

  • Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770). Classical composer and pianist (1806’s Violin Concerto in D Major) born in Bonn, Germany. Died 3/26/1827.

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

    DEC. 18

  • Billie Eilish (2001). American singer/songwriter (“Bad Guy”) born Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O’Connell.

  • Christina Aguilera (1980). Pop singer (“Genie in a Bottle,” “What a Girl Wants,” “Beautiful”) born in Staten Island, New York.

  • Sia (1975). Singer (“Chandelier,” “Cheap Thrills”) born Sia Kate Isobelle Furler in Adelaide, Australia.

  • DJ Lethal (Limp Bizkit) (1972)

  • DMX (1970)

  • Elliot Easton (The Cars) (1953)

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

  • Keith Richards (1943). English rock guitarist born in Dartford, England. With The Rolling Stones (“(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”, Beggars Banquet, Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers, Exile on Main Street).

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

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

    DEC. 19

  • Kevin Shepard (Tonic) (1968)

  • Limahl (Kajagoogoo) (1958)

  • Doug Johnson (Loverboy) (1957)

  • Janie Fricke (1947). American country singer.

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

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

  • Zal Yanovky (Lovin' Spoonful) (1944)

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

  • Phil Ochs (1940). Folk singer born in El Paso, Texas. Died 4/9/1976.

  • Little Jimmy Dickens (1925). Country musician.

  • Professor Longhair (1918). Blues musician.

  • Edith Piaf (1915). Singer born Édith Giovanna Gassion in Paris, France. Died 10/10/1963.

    DEC. 20

  • JoJo (1990)

  • Chris Robinson (1966) Rock singer with the Black Crowes (“Hard to Handle”) born in Marietta, Georgia.

  • Billy Bragg (1957). Alternative rock singer/songwriter born in Barking, Essex, England.

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

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

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

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

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

  • Kim Weston (1939). Musician.

    DEC. 21

  • Brett Scallions (Fuel) (1971)

  • Gabrielle Glaser (Luscious Jackson) (1965)

  • Nick Gilder (1951)

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

  • Frank Zappa (1940). Experimental rock singer and musician (Hot Rats, We’re Only in It for the Money) born in Baltimore, Maryland. Died 12/4/1993.

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

    DEC. 22

  • Meghan Trainor (1993). Singer/songwriter (“All About That Bass”) born in Nantucket, Massachusetts.

  • DaBaby (1991). Rapper (“Rockstar”) born Jonathan Lyndale Kirk in Cleveland, Ohio.

  • Jordin Sparks (1989). Singer.

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

  • Luther Campbell (1960). Rapper with 2 Live Crew born in Miami, Florida.

  • Maurice Gibb (1949). Pop/disco singer born in Douglas, Isle of Man, England. In the Bee Gees (“How Deep Is Your Love,” “Stayin’ Alive,” “Night Fever,” Saturday Night Fever soundtrack) with his brothers.

  • Robin Gibb (1949). Pop/disco singer born in Douglas, Isle of Man, England. In the Bee Gees (“How Deep Is Your Love,” “Stayin’ Alive,” “Night Fever,” Saturday Night Fever soundtrack) with his brothers.

  • Rick Nielsen (1946). Rock musician with Cheap Trick.

  • Barry Jenkins (Animals) (1944)

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

  • Edgard Varèse (1883). Composer born Edgard Victor Achille Charles Varèse in Paris, France. Died 11/8/1965.

  • Giacomo Puccini (1858). Composer born Giacomo Antonio Domenico Michele Secondo Maria Puccini in Lucca, Italy. Died 11/29/1924.

    DEC. 23

  • Dev Hynes (1985). Singer/songwriter born David Joseph Michael Hynes in Ilford, London, England. In the band Test Icicles. Also recorded as Lightspeed Champion and Blood Orange. Has also produced Blondie, Mariah Carey, the Chemical Brothers, Florence + the Machine, Haim, Carly Rae Jepsen, Kylie Minogue, Harry Styles, and more.

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

  • Eddie Vedder (1964). American grunge-rock singer/songwriter/musician born Edward Louis Severson III in Evanston, Illinois. With Pearl Jam (“Jeremy,” “Alive,” Ten) and Temple of the Dog.

  • Victoria Williams (1959)

  • Dave Murray (Iron Maiden) (1958)

  • Bruce Hornsby (1955)

  • Adrian Belew (1949)

  • Robbie Dupree (1946)

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

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

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

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

  • Chet Baker (1929). Jazz trumpeter and singer born Chesney Henry Baker, Jr. in Yale, Oklahoma. Died 5/13/1988.

    DEC. 24

  • Robert Schwartzman (1982). Singer.

  • Ricky Martin (1971). Latin/pop singer (“Livin’ La Vida Loca”) born in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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

  • Ian Burden (Human League) (1957)

  • Jan Akkerman (1946). Dutch guitarist.

  • Lemmy (1945). Heavy metal singer and bassist born Ian Fraser Kilmster in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, England. With Motörhead (1981’s No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith).

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

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

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

    DEC. 25

  • Armin van Buuren (1976). DJ, record producer, songwriter, and musician born Armin Joseph Daniel Jacobus van Buuren in Leiden, Netherlands.

  • Dido (1971). Singer/songwriter (“Thank You,” “White Flag”) born Florian Cloud de Bounevialle O'Malley Armstrong in Kensington, London, England.

  • Noel Hogan (The Cranberries) (1971)

  • Bob Stanley (1965). Musician.

  • Shane McGowan (1957). Rock singer/songwriter and guitarist with the Pogues born in Pembury Ireland.

  • Annie Lennox (1954). Singer born in Aberdeen, Scotland. With the Eurythmics (“Sweet Dreams Are Made of This,” “Here Comes the Rain Again”) and later a solo artist.

  • Robin Campbell (UB40) (1954)

  • Steve Wariner (1954). American country singer.

  • Barbara Mandrell (1948). American country singer.

  • Jimmy Buffett (1946). Singer/songwriter (“Margaritaville”) born in Pascagoula, Mississippi.

  • Noel Redding (1945). English rock bassist with the Jimi Hendrix Experience (Are You Experienced?, Electric Ladyland).

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

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

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

  • Cab Calloway (1907). Jazz singer and bandleader born Cabell Calloway III in Rochester, New York. Died 11/18/1994.

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

  • Aleksandr Scriabin (1871). Composer.

    DEC. 26

  • Chris Daughtry (1979). Rock singer (“It’s Not Over”) born in McLeansville, North Carolina. Finalist on TV’s American Idol in 2002.

  • Jared Leto (1971). Actor and singer/songwriter born in Bossier City, Louisiana. With the band Thirty Seconds to Mars.

  • Peter Klett (Candlebox) (1969)

  • J. Yuenger (White Zombie) (1967)

  • Lars Ulrich (1963). Rock drummer born in Gentofte Muncipality, Germany. With Metallica (“One,” “Enter Sandman,” Metallica (The Black Album)).

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

  • Phil Spector (1939). Record producer and songwriter born in Bronx, New York. Died 1/16/2021. Originated the “Wall of Sound” production technique.

  • Abdul Fakir (1935). Musician with the Four Tops.

    DEC. 27

  • Hayley Williams (1988). Singer/songwriter born in Meridian, Mississippi.

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

  • Youth (1960). Musician.

  • Karla Bonoff (1952)

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

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

  • Larry Byrom (Steppenwolf) (1948)

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

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

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

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

  • Anna Russell (1911). Singer.

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

    DEC. 28

  • David Archuleta (1990). Singer born in Miami, Florida. Finished second on the seventh season of TV’s American Idol.

  • John Legend (1978). Singer (“All of Me”) born John Roger Stephens in Springfield, Ohio.

  • Richard Clayderman (1953). Pianist born in Paris, France.

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

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

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

  • Charles Neville (The Neville Brothers) (1938)

  • Dorsey Burnette (1932). Tennessee musician (“Tall Oak Tree”). Father of Billy Burnette. Died 8/19/1979.

  • Hildegard Knef (1925). Actor and singer born in Ulm, Germany. Died 2/1/2002.

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

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

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

  • Roger Sessions (1896). Composer.

  • Giuseppe Sarti (1729). Composer.

    DEC. 29

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

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

  • Marianne Faithfull (1946). Singer (“As Tears Go By”) born in Hampstead, London, England.

  • Rick Danko (1943). Rock bassist and singer born in Blayney, Ontario, Canada. Died 12/10/1999. With The Band (“The Weight,” “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” “Up on Cripple Creek”).

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

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

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

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

    DEC. 30

  • Wesley Schultz (1982). Singer and guitarist with the Lumineers (“Ho Hey”) born in Ramsey, New Jersey.

  • Tyrese (1978)

  • Jay Kay (1969). Singer born Jason Luis Cheetham in Stretford, England. With Jamiroquai.

  • Tracey Ullman (1959). Singer (“They Don’t Know”) and actress born in Slough, Buckinghamshire, England.

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

  • Patti Smith (1946). Singer/songwriter and poet (“Because the Night”, 1975’s Horses) born in Chicago, Illinois.

  • Davy Jones (1945). Singer and actor born in Openhaw, Manchester, England. Died 2/29/2012. With the Monkees (“I’m a Believer”).

  • Michael Nesmith (1942). Actor, musician, and songwriter born Robert Michael Nesmith in Houston, Texas. Died 12/10/2021. With The Monkees (“I’m a Believer”).

  • Robert Quine (1942). Guitarist born in Akron, Ohio. Died 5/31/2004. Worked with Richard Hell & the Voidoids, Lou Reed, Brian Eno, Matthew Sweet, Lloyd Cole, Tom Waits, and others.

  • John Hartford (1937)

  • Paul Stookey (1937). Singer/songwriter.

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

  • Skeeter Davis (1931)

  • Bo Diddley (1928). American rock/blues singer/songwriter (“Bo Diddley,” “I’m a Man,” “Who Do You Love,” “Mona”) born Ellas Otha Bates in McComb, Mississippi. Last name later changed to McDaniel. Died 6/2/2008.

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

    DEC. 31

  • Psy (1977). South Korean singer (“Gangnam Style”) born Park Jae-sang.

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

  • Scott Ian (1963). Heavy metal guitarist with Anthrax born Scott Ian Rosenfeld in Queens, New York.

  • Paul Westerberg (1959). Alternative-rock singer/songwriter and rhythm guitarist born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. With the Replacements (“I’ll Be You,” “Bastards of Young”).

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

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

  • Donna Summer (1948). R&B/disco singer (“Hot Stuff”, “Bad Girls”, “On the Radio”) born LaDonna Adrian Gaines in Boston, Massachussetts. Died 5/17/2012.

  • Burton Cummings (1947). Rock singer and keyboardist born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. With the Guess Who (“American Woman,” “These Eyes”).

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

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

  • Odetta (1930)

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

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

    This page last updated January 18, 2022.

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