Monday, February 1, 2021

February: Music Makers' Birthdays

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

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

  • Steve Young (1973). Singer/songwriter.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • George Beverly Shea (1909). Gospel singer.

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

    FEB. 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Howard Bellamy (1946). Florida country musician with the Bellamy Brothers (“Let Your Love Flow”).

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

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

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

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

    FEB. 3

  • Sean Kingston (1990)

  • Daddy Yankee (1976). Singer.

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

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

  • Steven Stapleton (1957). Musician.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Shawn Phillips (1943)

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

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

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

    FEB. 4

  • Cam’ron (1976)

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

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

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

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

  • Phil Ehart (1951). Musician with Kansas.

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

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

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

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

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

    FEB. 5

  • Vast Aire (1978). Rapper.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    FEB. 6

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    FEB. 7

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

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

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

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

  • Brian Travers (1959). Musician with UB40.

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

  • Jimmy Greenspoon (Three Dog Night) (1948)

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

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

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

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

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

    FEB. 8

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

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

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

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

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

  • Tom Rush (1941)

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

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

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  • Travis Tritt (1963). American country singer.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Cliff Burton (1962). California heavy metal bassist for Metallica (Master of Puppets). Died 9/27/1986.

  • Robbie Neville (1961)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Aubrey O’Day (1984).

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

  • Brandy (1979). R&B singer.

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

  • D'Angelo (1974)

  • Varg Vikernes (1973). Musician.

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

  • Sérgio Mendes (1941). Brazilian bandleader.

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

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

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

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

    FEB. 12

  • Jim Creeggan (Barenaked Ladies) (1970)

  • Chynna Phillips (Wilson Phillips) (1968)

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

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

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

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

  • Joe Schermie (1946). Bassist.

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

  • Ray Manzarek (1939). Illinois rock keyboardist with The Doors (The Doors). Born Raymond Daniel Manczarek, Jr. Died 5/20/2013.

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

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

    FEB. 13

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

  • Freedom Williams (1966). R&B singer/rapper with C&C Music Factory.

  • Les Warner (1961). Musician with The Cult.

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

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

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

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

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

  • Boudleaux Bryant (1920). Georgia songwriter with wife Felice Bryant (the Everly Brothers “Bye Bye Love”, “All I Have to Do Is Dream”, and “Wake Up Little Susie”). Died 6/25/1987.

  • Eileen Farrell (1920). Opera singer.

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

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  • Rob Thomas (1972). Rock singer/songwriter born in Landstuhl, West Germany. With Matchbox 20 (Yourself or Someone Like You) and a solo artist (“Smooth”).

  • Roger Fisher (Heart) (1950)

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

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

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

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

  • Merl Saunders (1934). Musician.

    FEB. 15

  • Megan Thee Stallion (1995). Rapper (“WAP,” “Savage”) born Megan Jovon Ruth Pete in Houston, Texas.

  • Olivia (1980). Singer.

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

  • Gloria Trevi (1968). Musician.

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

  • Mikey Craig (Culture Club) (1960)

  • Ali Campbell (UB40) (1959)

  • Matthew Ward (1958). Gospel singer.

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

  • David Brown (1947). Musician with Santana.

  • Ira Siff (1946). American singer.

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

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

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

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

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

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  • The Weeknd (1990). Canadian singer (“Can’t Feel My Face,” “The Hills,” “Starboy,” “Blinding Lights”) born Abel Makkonen Tesfaye.

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

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

  • James Ingram (1956)

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

  • Otis Blackwell (1931). American rock songwriter (Elvis Presley’s “Don’t Be Cruel”, Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Great Balls of Fire”). Died 5/6/2002.

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

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

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

    FEB. 17

  • Ed Sheeran (1991). English singer (“Shape of You”) born in Halifax, West Yorkshire, England.

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

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

  • Timothy Mahoney (311) (1970)

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

  • Henri Vieuxtemps (1820). Violinist.

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  • Juelz Santana (1983). Rapper.

  • Regina Spektor (1980). Singer/songwriter.

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

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

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

  • Derek Pellicci (1953). Rock musician with Little River Band.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    FEB. 19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    FEB. 20

  • Olvia Rodrigo (2003). American pop singer/songwriter (“Drivers License,” “Good 4 U”).

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Jon Brant (1954). Rock musician with Cheap Trick.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Nancy Wilson (1937). American jazz singer.

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

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

  • Eric Wilson (Sublime) (1970)

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

  • Vanity (1969). Singer.

  • Ranking Roger (General Public) (1961)

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Charles-Marie Widor (1844). Composer.

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

  • Lea Salonga (1971). Singer.

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

  • Bobby Hendricks (1937). R&B musician with the Drifters.

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  • Lasse Johansson (The Cardigans) (1973)

  • Jeff Beres (Sister Hazel) (1971)

  • Chris Vrenna (1967). Drummer.

  • Michael Wilton (Queensryche) (1962)

  • David Sylvian (1958). Musician.

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

  • Brad Whitford (1952). Massachussetts rock rhythm guitarist with Aerosmith (“Dream On”, “Walk This Way”, “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing”, 1975’s Toys in the Attic, 1976’s Rocks, 1980’s Greatest Hits, 1987’s Permanent Vacation, 1989’s Pump, 1993’s Get a Grip).

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

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

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

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

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

    FEB. 24

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

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

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

  • Lonnie Turner (Steve Miller Band) (1947)

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

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

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

    FEB. 25

  • Daniel Powter (1976)

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

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

  • Dennis Diken (The Smithereens) (1957)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • John Jon (1961). Musician with Bronski Beat.

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

  • Jonathan Cain (1950). Rock keyboardist with The Babys, Journey, and Bad English.

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

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

  • Mitch Ryder (1945)

  • Paul Cotton (Poco) (1943)

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

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

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

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

  • Bobby Valentino (1980). Singer.

  • Jeremy Dean (Nine Days) (1972)

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

  • Paul Humphreys (O.M.D.) (1960)

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

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

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

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

  • Dr. Ralph Stanley (1927). Musician.

  • Dexter Gordon (1923). Saxophonist.

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

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

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  • Pat Monahan (Train) (1969)

  • Phillip Gould (Level 42) (1957)

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

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

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

  • Brian Jones (1942). British rock guitarist with The Rolling Stones (“(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”, Beggars Banquet). Born Lewis Brian Hopkin Jones. Died 7/3/1969.

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

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

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

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

  • Saul Williams (1972). Rapper.

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

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

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

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

    This page last updated January 18, 2022.

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