Thursday, September 19, 2013

Country-rock pioneer Gram Parsons died: September 19, 1973

Originally posted 9/19/11. Updated 9/19/13.

Gram Parsons has been called “the father of country-rock.” STE Writer Radley Balko argues that “Parsons may be the most influential artist yet to be inducted to either the Rock and Roll Country Music Hall(s) of Fame.” WK He was only 26 when he died on September 19, 1973 from an overdose of morphine and alcohol. However, he left behind an immensely influential body of work with his two solo albums as well as work with the International Submarine Band, the Byrds, and the Flying Burrito Brothers.

The circumstances surrounding his death make for one of rock and roll’s more unusual stories. Before launching his tour in support of his second solo album, Grievous Angel, he went to Joshua Tree National Monument in California. The spot was a frequent getaway and he’d even told his tour manager, Phil Kaufman, that when he died he wanted his ashes spread there. The resulting chain of events maded for an unbelievable and comic story; it was even turned into the 2003 movie Grand Theft Parsons starring Johnny Knoxville.

Parsons’ stepfather intended the body to be shipped from Los Angeles International Airport to New Orleans for a private ceremony. With a borrowed hearse, Kaufman and Michael Martin, a former roadie with the Byrds, stole the body from the airport and headed to Joshua Tree. Once there, they poured five gallons of gasoline into Parsons’ coffin and threw a lit match inside. It made for an enormous fireball, but not a successful cremation. Kaufman and his friend were arrested several days later and fined $750 for stealing the coffin, but there was no law against stealing a dead body. They were also not prosecuted for the 35 pounds of charred remains they left behind in their failed effort. WK

Parsons came from a wealthy but troubled family. He was born in 1946 to “Coon Dog” Connor, a World War II flying ace, and Avis, the daughter of John Snivley who owned about one-third of Florida’s citrus fields. STE Both parents were alcoholics. Two days before Christmas in 1958, Coon Dog committed suicide. WK Avis moved in with her parents in Florida and a year later married Robert Parsons. STE Tragedy struck again when, on the same day Gram graduated from high school, his mom died from alcohol poisoning.

Musically, Parsons was smitten with music at 9 years old after seeing Elvis Presley perform at his school. As a teen, he was a member of several bands. In his solitary semester at Harvard, formed the International Submarine Band. They released an album, Safe at Home, in 1968 but the group was already defunct by its release.

Parsons met Chris Hillman, the bassist of the Byrds, and was brought into the group. He only lasted one album – 1968’s Sweetheart of the Rodeo, but it is considered one of the most important in the development of country-rock.

He then formed the Flying Burrito Brothers with Hillman. They released two albums, 1969’s The Gilded Palace of Sin and 1970’s Burrito Deluxe. During this era, Parsons became close friends with Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones. He also dove deep into substance abuse.

After a failed attempt in 1971 to record his first solo album, Parsons released G.P. in late-1972. A second album, Grievous Angel, was released after his death.

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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Katy Perry hits #1 with “Roar”

Last updated 2/6/2021.


Katy Perry

Writer(s): Katy Perry, Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee, Henry Walter (see lyrics here)

Released: August 10, 2013

First Charted: August 11, 2013

Peak: 12 US, 15 RR, 115 AC, 15 A40, 12 UK, 15 CN, 19 AU (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales (in millions): 10.0 US, 1.2 UK, 13.08 world (includes US + UK)

Airplay/Streaming (in millions): 0.14 radio, 3254.4 video, 200.0 streaming

Awards: (Click on award for more details).

About the Song:

For the lead single for her Prism album, Katy Perry and her songwriting team crafted a message of empowerment, which many saw as a commentary on her failed marriage to Russell Brand. She told BBC Radio 1 “I wrote it because I was sick of keeping all these feelings inside me and not speaking up for myself.” SF Fellow co-writer Bonnie McKee described it as a “pick yourself up and dust yourself off and keep going” song. WK Max Martin, another of the songwriters, talked about seeing a video of the staff from a children’s hospital singing the song. “A song finds its way outside the studio and comes to really mean something to people. It’s not every time that I’m proud of a tune, but I am when it comes to a song like ‘Roar.’” SF

Musically, the song “features elements of arena rock” WK while the lyrics reference Muhammad Ali, Helen Reddy’s “I Am Woman,” and the “eye of the tiger” phrase from the 1982 movie Rocky III. The movie’s main character, Rocky Balboa, used the phrase as “a mantra of courage and determination.” SF The movie’s theme song, “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor, topped the U.S. charts for six weeks.

MTV’s James Montgomery called it “one of the more perfect pop songs to come down the pipeline in quite a while.” WK There was controversy over the song’s similarities to Sara Bareilles’ “Brave.” McKee said she’d never heard the song and noted it was written before “Brave” even came out. SF Bareilles said “People got really excited about being angry about something…Katy is an old friend and I had no beef with her.” SF “If I’m not mad, I don’t know why anybody else is upset.” WK

“Roar” hit #1 in 15 countries, SF including the U.S., where it was her eighth #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was only the eleventh song to debut at #1 on the Canadian Hot 100 WK and Australia’s best-selling song of 2013. SF. It was certified for more than ten million sales in the U.S., making her the first act with three songs in that range. WK Perry became the first artist in history to have two videos garner one billion views on Vevo. WK It garnered Peoples’ Choice Awards for Favorite Music Video and Favorite Song. Perry opened her 2015 Super Bowl halftime show with the song and also performed it at the Democratic National Convention in 2016.

The video cast Perry as a kind of Sheena, Queen of the Jungle. The presence of exotic animals earned criticism from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Spokeswoman Merrilee Burke said that just having them on set exposed the animals to unnecessary stress. SF Perry responded with a letter from the American Humane Society affirming “that no animal was harmed in the making of this music video.” WK

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Saturday, September 7, 2013

Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” spends 12th week at #1

Last updated 3/15/2020.

Blurred Lines

Robin Thicke with Pharrell Williams & T.I.

Writer(s): Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams, and Clifford Harris Jr. (see lyrics here)

Released: March 26, 2013

First Charted: April 13, 2013

Peak: 112 US, 110 RR, 7 AC, 16 A40, 116a RB, 15 UK, 113 CN, 18 AU (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales (in millions): 10.0 US, 1.95 UK, 15.60 world (includes US + UK)

Airplay/Streaming (in millions): 0.43 radio, 636.0 video, 200.0 streaming


About the Song:

Before 2013, Robin Thicke had a respectable amount of success. He wasn’t a household name like his father, actor Alan Thicke, but he’d released five albums, three of which hit the top 10 on the Billboard album chart. He’d released more than a dozen singles, topping the R&B chart twice with “Lost Without U” in 2007 and “Sex Therapy” in 2009. The former was his only appearance on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #14. Guest appearances from chart-topping American singer and producer Pharrell Williams (#1 twice before) and rapper T.I. (three previous #1’s) gave the song clout, but “Blurred Lines” even trumped their previous successes.

The “disco-influenced funk track” BB topped the charts in 14 countries and hit the top 5 in another 14. WK The song’s dozen weeks atop the Hot 100 made it the longest-running #1 of 2013 in the U.S. and of the second decade of the 21st century. In just over six months, it sold 6 million downloads, faster than any other song in digital history. WK The song also set the record for the highest weekly audience with 228.9 million. BB Jackson Howard of The Michigan Daily said it was “one of Pharrell’s best beats in years…by the time the multilayered and carnal harmonies of the chorus come in, the song is completely on fire.” WK Billboard’s Chris Payne called it a “bubbly bit of disco-shuffling R&B.” WK On the flip side, Rolling Stone’s Rob Sheffield called it “the worst song of this or any other year.” WK

The song generated controversy on several fronts. A video featuring topless models was initially removed from YouTube, but later restored, although flagged as inappropriate. Thicke’s manager, Jordan Feldstein, said the video was specifically designed to be controversial in the hopes of getting banned and going viral. WK It did – inspiring countless online parodies. BB Thicke said of the video, “What a pleasure it is to degrade a woman. I’ve never gotten to do that before. I’ve always respected women.” He later said the comments were a bad joke and that the video was tongue-in-cheek. WK He even tried to claim the song was “actually a feminist movement within itself.” SF

In addition, the song’s lyrics were attacked as being misogynistic and promoting date rape. WK Thicke was also sued by the estate of singer Marvin Gaye for the song’s similarities to “Got to Give It Up;” Thicke admitted he wanted to capture the vibe of what he called his favorite song of all time. SF Thicke also generated negative attention when he performed “Lines” as a medley with Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop” at the MTV Video Music Awards. It became the most-tweeted-about even in history with 360,000 tweets per minute. WK

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Friday, September 6, 2013

Arctic Monkeys’ AM released

First posted 9/13/2020.


Arctic Monkeys

Released: September 6, 2013

Peak: 6 US, 13 UK, 3 CN, 11 AU

Sales (in millions): 1.4 US, 1.28 UK, 3.02 world (includes US and UK)

Genre: garage rock revival

Tracks: (Click for codes to singles charts.)

  1. Do I Wanna Know? (6/19/13, 70 US, 11 UK, 48 CN, 33 AU, sales: 1 million)
  2. R U Mine? (2/27/12, 23 UK, 94 AU)
  3. One for the Road (12/9/13, --)
  4. Arabella (1/28/14, 70 UK)
  5. I Want It All
  6. No. 1 Party Anthem
  7. Mad Sounds
  8. Fireside
  9. Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High? (8/11/13, 8 UK, 87 CN, 56 AU)
  10. Snap Out of It (6/9/14, 82 UK)
  11. Knee Socks
  12. I Wanna Be Yours

Total Running Time: 41:42

The Players:

  • Alex Turner (vocals, guitar)
  • Jamie Cook (guitar, vocals)
  • Nick O’Malley (bass, vocals)
  • Matt Helders (drums, vocals)


4.065 out of 5.00 (average of 15 ratings)

Quotable: “Absolutely and unarguably the greatest record of their career.” – NME magazine


About the Album:

With their fifth album, the Arctic Monkeys broke a record in the UK by becoming the first band on an independent label to debut at the top of the album chart with their first five albums. WK The album also hit #1 in Australia, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, and Slovenia. WK It was the band’s highest charing album in the U.S. and went platinum.

The Arctic Monkeys “forge ahead into bold new territory…neatly splitting the difference between the band’s two personalities – the devotees of barbred British pop and disciples of curdled heavy rock.” AMG AM finds the band “incorporating unapologetic glam stomps, fuzzy guitars, and a decidedly strong rhythmic undercurrent.” AMG “This is vibrant, moody music that showcases a band growing ever stronger with each risk and dare they take.” AMG NME called it “absolutely and unarguably the greatest record of their career.” WK

Entertainment Weekly’s Ray Rahman said the album mixes “Velvet Underground melodies [with] Black Sabbath riffs…and has fun doing it.” WK Guitarist James Cook said David Bowie’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars was one of the influences for the album, saying it was one of the only albums they listened to while recording AM. WK Singer Alex Turner cited a wide variety of influences for the album, including Black Sabbath, Dr. Dre, Outkast, Ike Turner, and Aaliyah. WK

The album was promoted with six singles. R U Mine? came out more than a year before the album and then Do I Wanna Know? was released three months beforehand. It became the fourth Monkeys’ single to sell more than 200,000 copies in the UK. It charted in the US and sold a million copies there, also picking up a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Performance. Third single Why Do You Only Call Me When You’re High? became the band’s second top-ten hit in the UK.

Fireplace percolates while…Knee Socks nearly rivals Franz Ferdinand in disco rock.” AMG Josh Homme of Queen of the Stone Ages worked on the record and said, “it’s not disco [as such], but it’s like a modern, dancefloor sexy record.” WK

Because Turner’s “is preoccupied with love gone wrong, jealousy, and general misanthropy” AMG the album has “an undercurrent of cynicism.” AMG NME said the album is filled with “tales of wasted phone calls, drunken lunges and late-night confessions.” WK However, “due to the Arctic Moneys’ muscular wallop and musical restlessness, it never feels like the band is wallowing in bleakness.” AMG

Notes: On the Polish and Japanese versions of the album, the bonus track “2013” was added. An iTunes version of the album included an EP of five live cuts. The deluxe LP edition included “2013” and “Stop the World I Wanna Get Off with You.”

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Fish released Feast of Consequences

First posted 10/2/2020.

Feast of Consequences


Released: September 4, 2013

Peak: -- US, -- UK, -- CN, -- AU

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

Genre: neo prog rock


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

  1. Perfume River [10:58]
  2. All Loved Up [5:07]
  3. Blind to the Beautiful [5:12] (4/28/14, --)
  4. A Feast of Consequences [4:29]
  5. High Wood [5:26]
  6. Crucifix Corner [7:25]
  7. The Gathering [4:30]
  8. Thistle Alley [6:08]
  9. The Leaving [4:59]
  10. The Other Side of Me [6:09]
  11. The Great Unravelling [6:32]

Total Running Time: 66:55

The Players:

  • Fish (vocals)
  • Robin Boult (guitar)
  • Foster Paterson (keyboards)
  • Steve Vantsis (bass)
  • Gavin Graffiths (drums)


3.668 out of 5.00 (average of 5 ratings)


About the Album:

Fish’s first studio album in six years is an independent affair, but this is no amateur production. “Most of its contents [are] road-tested…and performed by a bunch of crack, devoted musicians.” LS “The care, thought and compassion of its creation is obvious in every last note.” LS

2006’s 13th Star “had a stark, almost industrial production quality that really suited the bleak and angry material.” SL Feast of Consequences “feels much warmer and organic.” SL Both sport a writing partnership with bassist Steve Vantsis. The two “ have an excellent chemistry and understanding and, between them, have created one of, if not the, best albums in Fish's solo career.” SL

Guitarist Robin Boult and keyboardist Foss Paterson, both of whom have worked with Fish in the past, and Gavin Griffiths round out the quartet. “The five musicians work well together and the songs they have created are tight, melodic, and interesting.” SL This “does not really feel like a solo project; it feels like a proper band.” SL Boult is “the perfect guitarist for Fish,” SL making significant writing contributions throughout the album and bolstering the band in the studio and live. SL

“Perfume River”

“Mixing traditional vocals and spoken-word parts, the 10-minute Perfume River is a perfect aperitif for the album’s myriad delights.” LS “The slow-burning epic” SL “opens with haunting bagpipe melody…followed by Spanish style guitar.” BD Even without words, the three-minute instrumental makes it clear the listener is about to “embark on an emotional and personal journey.” BD Once Fish starts singing, he spins a tale about a journey on a Vietnamese River and the ravages of war. BD “He is one of the best in the business at creating really vivid mental images with his words.” SL

“All Loved Up”

“Mocking the shallowness of so-called celebrity culture, All Loved Up is among the record’s rare up-tempo moments.” LS The song “is much more straightforward” SL and “catchy as hell.” SL It “screams ‘single.’” SL

“Blind to the Beautiful”

The “country-tingled” LS Blind to the Beautiful “is a really nice acoustic number in the same vein as ‘A Gentleman’s Excuse Me’ from his 1990 debut solo album Vigil in a Wildnerness of Mirrors.” SL It is “a ballad that has deep meaning with its links with climate change and consequences of feasting at the table of green and consumerism.” BD “There is gritty realism to both the vocals and the musical accompaniment.” BD

“Feast of Consequences”

The title track is a “straight ahead rocker.” SL “The main verses have a nice groove, the pre-chorus backed by the piano is delicate and that leads nicely into the catchiest chorus on the album.” SL Fish “does the longer, more progressive songs well, but he also has a knack for much simpler, melody-driven songs and this is one of the best examples of that.” SL

“High Wood Suite”

“The much-heralded centrepiece is the five-part High Wood suite,” LS which is comprised of that song and the next four. Fish visited the World War I battlefields in Arras, France, where both of his grandfathers fought. Fish “unloads a variety of emotions – sadness, disgust and above all, anger.” LS “These five songs span the generations from 1914 through to today, a sharing of history, they stir a collective memory of stories from great & grandparents.” BD It “is graphic and heartfelt to the point of being utterly unmissable. It’s certainly among the most remarkably powerful pieces of music to be released under Fish’s name.” LS “This is a concept of prog-rock poetry coming of age with confidence.” BD

Fish sets the scene in “High Wood,” which is a small wood where many people died in a major World War I battle. Thanks to Fish’s “hypnotic voice” SL on Crucifix Corner, one “can imagine the scenes…he is describing.” SL

The Gathering “details how people from the towns and cities of the UK all signed up to the army together. It perfectly captures the pride and excitement that these men had, but it also describes a much more naïve and carefree world where the horrors of war were largely unknown and unreported by the press.” SL

Thistle Alley “could not be more different.” SL “the horrors of war are now fully known to all serving and this heavy, murky song makes this clear.” SL “It is a very dark piece that pulls no punches.” SL The sutie ends with The Leaving, a “very poignant and intelligence piece” SL that is “a reflection on the war as a whole.” SL

“Other Side of Me”

The album’s final two tracks “refuse to be overshadowed,” LS managing “to stand up to the genius that has just been witnessed.” SL Other Side of Me “is full of wondrous yearning and wonder at what will happen next.” BD It “has a mesmerizing trance-like feeling that draws you into his introspective thoughts.” BD

“The Great Ravelling”

The Great Ravelling, “about the strands of life,” BD is “a perfect track to close the album.” BD It features “really atmospheric keyboards,” SL “call and response vocals from Fish and [backup singer Elisabeth Troy] Antwi,” SL and Boult “cuts loose for a really monster solo.” SL

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Sunday, September 1, 2013

September: 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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  • Bianca Ryan (1994). American singer and guitarist. America's Got Talent.

  • Jasmine Sagginario (1994). American pop singer/songwriter who won Radio Disney's "Next Big Thing" competition.

  • Ilona Mitrecey (1993). French singer.

  • Dann Hume (1987). New Zealand singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist & record producer.

  • Camile Velasco (1985). Filipino-American singer. American Idol.

  • Joseph Trohman (1984). American guitarist with Fall Out Boy.

  • Sean Stewart (1980). English songwriter, musician, and model.

  • Babydaddy (1976). American multi-instrumentalist and lyricist. Rock band, Scissor Sisters. Born Scott Hoffman.

  • J. D. Fortune (1973). Canadian rock singer who won the TV contest Rock Star: INXS to become the band’s new leader singer in 2005.

  • Mitsou Gelina (1970). Canadian pop singer, producer, radio host & actress.

  • Boney James (1961). American saxophonist. Born James Oppenheim.

  • Joseph Williams (1960). American singer and film score composer. Rock band, Toto.

  • Gloria Estefan (1957). Cuban-American pop singer/songwriter with Miami Sound Machine (“Conga”) and then a solo act (“Coming Out of the Dark”). Has sold over 100 million albums Born Gloria Maria Milagrosa Fajardo.

  • Bruce Foxton (1955). English rock and roll musician. Bands, The Jam and Stiff Little Fingers.

  • Russ Field (1949). English guitarist. Pop group, Showaddywaddy.

  • Greg Errico (1946). American R&B drummer and record producer with Sly & the Family Stone (1969’s Stand!).

  • Barry Gibb (1946). English-Australian pop/disco singer/songwriter with the Bee Gees (“Stayin’ Alive”, “Night Fever”, “How Deep Is Your Love”, 1977’s Saturday Night Fever soundtrack). Born Barry Alan Lee Maddison Crompton Gibb.

  • Archie Bell (1944). American singer and musician with the Drells (“Tighten Up”).

  • Leonard Slatkin (1944). American conductor and composer.

  • Dave White (1940). American musician. Danny & the Juniors.

  • Seiji Ozawa (1935). Japanese-American conductor of the Boston Symphony.

  • Conway Twitty (1933). American country singer/songwriter (“It’s Only Make Believe”, “Next in Line”). Born Harold Lloyd Jenkins. Died 6/5/1993.

  • Boxcar Willie (1931). American country singer. Born Cecil Travis Martin. Died 4/12/1999.

  • Russ Conway (1927). English singer (“Side Saddle”). Born Trevor Herbert Sanford. Died 11/16/2000.

  • Art Pepper (1925). American alto saxophonist. Died 6/15/1982.

  • Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavatar (1895). Indian carnatic music singer. Died 10/16/1974.

  • Joe Venuti (1894). American violinist. Died 8/14/1978.

  • Engelbert Humperdinck (1854). German composer (Hänsel and Gretel). Died 9/27/1921.

    SEPT. 2

  • Ishmeet Singh Sodhi (1988). Indian playback singer, classical music singer and multi-instrumentalist. Died 7/29/2008.

  • Spencer Smith (1987). Drummer.

  • Jack Penate (1984). English musician and songwriter.

  • Aimee Osbourne (1983). English singer, actress and columnist.

  • Tony Thompson (1975). American R&B singer with Hi-Five. Died 6/1/2007.

  • Magdalena Wojcik (1975). Polish singer, songwriter and musician.

  • K-Ci Hailey (1969). American R&B singer with Jodeci and duo K-Ci & JoJo. Born Cedric Hailey.

  • Dino Cazares (1967). Mexican musician-guitarist. Metal group, Fear Factory.

  • Caroline O’Connor (1962). English-Australian singer, dancer and actress.

  • Tetsuo Hara (1961). Japanese comic book artist.

  • Arnaldo Antunes (1960). Brazilian rock singer, composer, songwriter, writer, and producer.

  • Jerry Augustyniak (10,000 Maniacs) (1958)

  • Steve Porcaro (1957). American rock keyboardist and composer with Toto.

  • Fritz McIntyre (Simply Red) (1956)

  • John Zorn (1953). Composer.

  • Mik Kaminski (Electric Light Orchestra) (1951)

  • Billy Preston (1946). American R&B singer/songwriter and musician (“Get Back” with the Beatles, “Will It Go Round in Circles”, “Nothing from Nothing”). Died 6/6/2006.

  • Joe Simon (1943). American R&B singer/songwriter and record producer.

  • Rosalind Ashford (1943). American soprano R&B singer with Martha & the Vandellas.

  • Sam Gooden (1939). American soul singer with the Impressions.

  • Horace Silver (1928). American jazz pianist and composer (“Song for My Father”).

  • Russ Conway (1925). British music pianist. Died 11/16/2000.

  • Laurindo Almeida (1917). Brazilian guitarist. Died 7/26/1995.

  • Armando Trovaioli (1917). Italian film composer.

  • Tom Glazer (1914). American folk singer and songwriter. Died 2/21/2003.

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  • Andrew McMahon (1982). American singer/songwriter and pianist. Bands, Something Corporate and Jack's Mannequin.

  • Kaori Natori (1982). Japanese singer.

  • B.G. {Baby Gangsta} (1980). American rapper, solo artist and record label founder.

  • Jason McCaslin. {Cone} (1980). Canadian bass guitarist and backing vocalist. Punk rock band, Sum 41.

  • Jennifer Paige (1973). American singer/songwriter.

  • Trevor St. John (1971). American actor and jazz percussionist.

  • Haydain Neale (1970). Canadian singer/songwriter with jacksoul. Died 11/22/2009.

  • Vaden Todd Lewis (1965). American singer and guitarist. Bands, Toadies and Burden Brothers.

  • Adam Curry (1964). Video disc jockey.

  • Junaid Jamshed (1964). Pakistani recording artist.

  • Jonathan Segal (1963). American composer and multi-instrumentalist with Camper Van Beethoven.

  • Perry Bamonte (1960). English-Italian musician with The Cure.

  • Steve Jones (1955). English punk-rock guitarist with the Sex Pistols (1977’s Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols).

  • Doug Pinnick (1950). American bass guitarist and vocalist. Metal band, King’s X.

  • Donald Brewer (1948). American rock drummer with Grand Funk Railroad.

  • Eric Bell (1947). Northern Irish rock guitarist with Thin Lizzy.

  • George Biondo (1945). American rock bassist and songwriter with Steppenwolf.

  • Gary Leeds (1944). American drummer with the Walker Brothers.

  • Al Jardine (1942). American singer, guitarist, and founding member of the Beach Boys (“Good Vibrations”, “Surfin’ U.S.A.”, “I Get Around”, “Help Me Rhonda”, Pet Sounds).

  • Freddy King (1934). American blues guitarist and singer. Born Frederick Christian King. Died 12/28/1976.

  • Tompall Glaser (1933). American country music artist. Trio Group, Tompall & the Glaser Brothers.

  • Zeze Gonzaga (1926). Brazilian singer and entertainer. Died 7/24/2008.

  • Alison Lurie (1926). American novelist.

  • Shoista Mullodzhanova (1925). Tajikistani singer. Died 6/10/2010.

  • Hank Thompson (1925). American country singer/songwriter (“The Wild Side of Life”). Died 11/6/2007.

  • Thurston Dart (1921). British musicologist, conductor, and keyboardist. Died 3/6/1971.

  • Memphis Slim (1915). American blues singer/songwriter and pianist. Born Peter Chatman. Died 2/24/1988.

  • Kitty Carlisle (1910). American singer, actress, and spokeswoman. Died 4/17/2007.

  • Frank Christian (1887). American jazz trumpeter. Died 11/27/1973.

  • Pietro Locatelli (1695). Italian composer and violinist. Died 3/30/1764.

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  • Camila Bordonaba (1984). Argentinian actress, singer/songwriter, and producer.

  • Yuichi Nakamaru (1983). Japanese singer. Boy band, KAT-TUN.

  • Beyoncé Knowles (1981). American pop/R&B singer with Destiny’s Child (“Say My Name”, The Writing’s on the Wall, Survivor) and then a solo artist (“Crazy in Love”, “Irreplacable”, “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)”, Dangerously in Love). Married to rapper/mogul Jay-Z.

  • Lacey Mosley {Lacey Sturm} (1981). American vocalist and lyricist. Band, Flyleaf.

  • Dan Miller (1980). American singer with boy band O-Town discovered on TV’s Making the Band.

  • Hitomi Shimatani (1980). Japanese singer.

  • MC Mong {Shin Dong-Hyun} (1979). South Korean hip hop artist.

  • Lucie Silvas (1977). English singer/songwriter.

  • Katreeya English (1976). English-Thai singer, actress, and model.

  • Carmit Bachar (1974). American dancer, singer, actress, and former member of the Pussycat Dolls.

  • Guto Pryce (1972). Welsh bass guitarist. Band, Super Furry Animals.

  • Ty Longley (1971). American guitarist and vocalist. Died 2/20/2003.

  • Daisy Dee {Desiree Rollocks} (1970). German singer, actress, and TV host.

  • John Garcia (1970). American musician and vocalist.

  • Sasha {Alexander Coe} (1969). Welsh DJ and record producer.

  • Bireli Lagrene (1966). French jazz guitarist and bassist.

  • Rene Pape (1964). German opera singer.

  • Bobby “Wire” Jarzombek (1963). American heavy metal/progressive metal drummer. Sebastian Bach and Riot.

  • Sami Yaffa (1963). Finish bass guitarist. Bands, Hanoi Rocks and the New York Dolls.

  • Kim Thayil (1960). Indian-American rock guitarist with Soundgarden (1994’s Superunknown).

  • George Hurley (1958). American drummer. Bands, The Minutemen and fIREHOSE.

  • Blackie Lawless (1956). American singer, songwriter, and guitarist. Heavy metal band, W.A.S.P.

  • David Broza (1955). Israeli singer/songwriter and guitarist.

  • Martin Chamber (1951). English rock drummer with the Pretenders (1980’s Pretenders).

  • Eddie Galga (1951). English guitarist and keyboardist (Blackfoot Sue).

  • Ronald LaPread (1946). American bass guitarist and trumpet player. Band, Commodores.

  • Gary Duncan (1945). American musician-guitarist. Bands, Quicksilver Messenger Service and The Brogues.

  • Danny Gatton (1945). American guitarist. Died 10/4/1994.

  • Gene Parsons (1944). American drummer, banjo player, guitarist, singer/songwriter and sound engineer. With the Byrds (1969-71) and others.

  • Merald “Bubba” Knight (1942). American R&B singer with Gladys Knight & the Pips (“Midnight Train to Georgia”).

  • John Cephas (1930). American blues guitarist. Duo, Cephas & Wiggins.

  • Mitzi Gaynor (1930). Dancer, singer, and actress in 1958’s South Pacific.

  • Jan Savitt (1907). American bandleader, musical arranger, and violinist. Died 10/4/1948.

  • Meade Lux Lewis (1905). American pianist and composer. Died 6/7/1964.

  • Darius Milhaud (1892). French composer. Died 6/22/1974.

  • Sam Lanin (1891). American jazz bandleader. Died 5/5/1977.

  • Naima Wifstrand (1890). Swedish actress and singer. Died 10/23/1968.

  • Anton Bruckner (1824). Austrian classical composer. Died 10/11/1896.

    SEPT. 5

  • Trey Hill (1984). American guitarist, singer/songwriter, and producer.

  • Sondre Lerche (1982). Norwegian singer, guitarist, and songwriter.

  • Kevin Simm (1980). English singer. Group, Liberty X.

  • Liam Lynch (1970). American musician, puppeteer, writer, and songwriter.

  • Dweezil Zappa (1969). American guitarist and MTV VJ. Son of musician Frank Zappa.

  • Brad Wilk (1968). American rock drummer with Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave.

  • Kevin Saunderson (1964). American music producer.

  • Juan Alderete (1963). American bassist. Bands, The Mars Volta and Racer X.

  • Terry Ellis (1963). American R&B singer with En Vogue.

  • Marc-Andre Hamelin (1961). French-born Canadian pianist and composer.

  • Sal Solo (1961). English singer.

  • Lars Danielsson (1958). Swedish jazz bassist and record producer.

  • Roine Stolt (1956). Swedish guitarist, vocalist, and composer.

  • Jamie Oldaker (1951). American rock, blues, and country musician.

  • Clem Clempson (1949). English guitarist. Rock bands, Colosseum, and Humble Pie among others.

  • Charles Bobo Shaw (1947). American jazz drummer.

  • Freddie Mercury (1946). African-born British rock singer/songwriter with Queen (“Bohemian Rhapsody”, 1975’s A Night at the Opera). Born Farrokh Bulsara. Died 11/24/1991.

  • Buddy Miles (1946). American drummer with Jimi Hendrix’s Band of Gypsys. Born George Allen Miles, Jr. Died 2/26/2008.

  • Loudon Wainwright III (1946). American folk singer/songwriter (“Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road”), humorist, and actor.

  • Al Stewart (1945). Scottish singer/songwriter (“Year of the Cat”, “Time Passages”).

  • John Stewart (1939)

  • Albert Mangelsdorff (1928). German jazz musician. Died 7/25/2005.

  • Timothy Gray (1926). American songwriter, singer, author, and director. Died 3/17/2007.

  • Joki Freund (1926). German jazz musician.

  • John Cage (1912). American avant-garde composer (4' 33") noted for using unusual items for music. By varying the frequencies of tone generators, he created what is considered the first electronic music. Died 8/12/1992.

  • Ford Leary (1908). American trombonist and vocalist. Died 6/4/1949.

  • Sunnyland Slim (1907). American blues musician. Born Albert Luandrew.

    SEPT. 6

  • Foxy Brown (1979). American rapper. Born Inga Marchand.

  • Cisco Adler (1978). Songwriter.

  • Nina Persson (The Cardigans) (1974)

  • Dolores O'Riordan (The Cranberries) (1971)

  • CeCe Peniston (1969)

  • Pal Waaktaar (1961). Norwegian guitarist and singer with a-ha (“Take on Me”).

  • Perry Bamonte (The Cure) (1960)

  • Claydes Smith (1948). American R&B guitarist with Kool & the Gang. Died 6/20/2006.

  • Roger Waters (1943). English rock singer/songwriter and bassist with Pink Floyd (“Another Brick in the Wall Part II”, 1967’s Piper at the Gates of Dawn, 1973’s Dark Side of the Moon, 1975’s Wish You Were Here, 1979’s The Wall).

  • Dave Bargeron (1942). American trombone, tuba, and trumpet player with Blood, Sweat & Tears.

  • David Allan Coe (1939). American outlaw country musician.

  • Jimmy Reed (1925). American blues musician. Born Mathias James Reed Leland.

  • Billy Rose (1899). American composer (“Me and My Shadow”, “It’s Only a Paper Moon”), producer, and entrepreneur. Born William Samuel Rosenberg. Died 2/10/1966.

  • Charles “Buddy” Bolden (1877). American cornetist reputed to have invented jazz music. Spent last 24 years of his life in an insane asylum suffering from schizophrenia. Died 1931.

    SEPT. 7

  • Chad Sexton (311) (1970)

  • Frank Bello (1965). American rock bassist with Anthrax.

  • Leroi Moore (1961). American rock multi-instrumentalist with the Matthews Band. Died 8/19/2008.

  • Brad Houser (Edie Brickell & New Bohemians) (1960)

  • Jermaine Stewart (1957). Singer.

  • Diane Warren (1956). Pop songwriter.

  • Benmont Tench (1953). American rock keyboardist with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.

  • Chrissie Hynde (1951). American new wave rock singer/songwriter with the Pretenders (“Brass in Pocket”, 1980’s Pretenders). Was married to Kinks’ singer Ray Davies.

  • Gloria Gaynor (1949). American R&B/disco singer (“I Will Survive”). Born Gloria Fowles.

  • Alfa Anderson (Chic) (1946)

  • Buddy Holly (1936). American pioneer of rock and roll (“That’ll Be the Day”, “Peggy Sue”, 1957’s The Chirping Crickets). Born Charles Hardin Holley. Died in a plane crash on 2/3/1959.

  • Little Milton (1934). American blues guitarist and singer. Born James Milton Campbell, Jr. Died 8/4/2005.

  • Sonny Rollins (1930). American jazz saxophonist.

    SEPT. 8

  • Gustav Schäfer (1988). Rock drummer of Tokio Hotel.

  • Slim Thug (1980). Rapper.

  • Pink (1979). American pop singer (“So What”, “Get the Party Started”, 2001’s M!ssundaztood). Born Alecia Beth Moore.

  • Neko Case (1970). American singer/songwriter.

  • Aimee Mann (1960). American singer/songwriter with ‘Til Tuesday (“Voices Carry”) and later a solo artist.

  • David Steele (1960). English bassist with the (English) Beat and Fine Young Cannibals (“She Drives Me Crazy”).

  • David Lewis (Atlantic Starr) (1958)

  • Benjamin Orr (1947). Born Benjamin Orzechowski. American bass guitar player and occasional vocalist in new wave rock band The Cars (“Drive”). Died 10/3/2000.

  • Dean Daughtry (1946). American keyboardist with the Atlanta Rhythm Section.

  • Jose Feliciano (1945)

  • Kelly Groucutt (Electric Light Orchestra) (1945)

  • Brian Cole (1942). American bassist with the Association. Died 8/2/1972.

  • Guitar Shorty (1939). Texas blues guitarist.

  • Patsy Cline (1932). American country singer (“I Fall to Pieces”, “Crazy”, “She’s Got You”, 1973’s Greatest Hits). Born Virginia Patterson Hensley. Died in a plane crash on 3/5/1963.

  • Jimmie Rodgers (1897). American country singer (“Blue Yodel #1 (aka ‘T for Texas’)”). Died 5/26/1933.

  • Antonin Dvorák (1841). Bohemian classical musician (1893’s Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, 1895’s Cello Concerto in B Minor).

    SEPT. 9

  • Thalia (1984). Singer.

  • Mikey Way (1980). Bassist.

  • Dray (Das EFX) (1970)

  • Macy Gray (1970)

  • Dave Stewart (1952). British musician with the Eurythmics (“Sweet Dreams Are Made of This”).

  • Doug Ingle (1946). American rock keyboardist and singer with Iron Butterfly.

  • Otis Redding (1941). American R&B singer (“Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay”). Died 12/10/1967.

    SEPT. 10

  • Matthew Followill (1984). Rock bassist and backing vocalist with Kings of Leon (“Sex on Fire”, “Use Somebody”, 2008’s Only by the Night).

  • Shayne Ward (1984). Singer.

  • Big Daddy Kane (1968)

  • Robin Goodridge (Bush) (1966)

  • Miles Zuniga (Fastball) (1966)

  • Dave Lowry (Cracker) (1960)

  • Siobhan Fahey (1957). Irish singer with Bananarama.

  • Johnny Fingers (Boomtown Rats) (1956)

  • Joe Perry (1950). American rock 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). Born Anthony Joseph Perry.

  • José Feliciano (1945). Puerto Rican singer (“Light My Fire”, “Feliz Navidad”). Born José Montserrate Feliciano García

  • Arthur Dyer Tripp III (1944). Musician.

  • Danny Hutton (1942). Rock musician with Three Dog Night.

  • Roy Brown (1925). Blues singer.

  • Yma Sumac (1922). Peruvian singer (“Voice of the Xtabay”).

  • Raymond Scott (1908). Musician.

  • Joseph Scriven (1819). Songwriter.

    SEPT. 11

  • Jon Buckland (Coldplay) (1977)

  • Ludacris (1977). American rapper born Christopher Brian Bridges.

  • Brad Fischetti (1975). Member of LFO.

  • Richard Ashcroft (1971). English Britpop singer with the Verve (“Bittersweet Symphony”).

  • Harry Connick, Jr. (1967). American musician, singer, and actor.

  • Moby (1965). American electronica artist (1999’s Play) born Richard Melville Hall.

  • Jon Moss (1957). English drummer with Culture Club.

  • Tommy Shaw (1953). Rock singer/songwriter and guitarist with Styx (“Renegade”, “Too Much Time on My Hands”, 1977’s The Grand Illusion) and Damn Yankees.

  • John Martyn (1948). Scottish musician.

  • Leo Kottke (1945). American musician.

  • Lola Falana (1943). American singer, dancer, and actress known as “The Queen of Las Vegas”.

  • Mickey Hart (1943). American drummer with the Grateful Dead and a musicologist.

  • Bernie Dwyer (1940). English drummer with Freddie & the Dreamers. Died 12/4/2002.

  • Jimmie Davis (1899). Country singer (“You Are My Sunshine”) and Governor of Louisiana. Died 11/5/2000.

  • Charles Harrison (1878). Tenor singer (“I’m Always Chasing Rainbows”, “I’ll Be with You in Apple Blossom Time”). Died 2/2/1965.

    SEPT. 12

  • Jennifer Hudson (1981). Academy-Award-winning actress for role in Dreamgirls.

  • Ruben Studdard (1978). R&B singer (“Flying without Wings”, “Superstar”). Winner of second season of TV’s American Idol.

  • Ben Folds (1966). American singer/songwriter.

  • Pat Dinizio (The Smithereens) (1957)

  • Hans Zimmer (1957). Musician.

  • Barry Andrews (XTC) (1956)

  • Gerry Beckley (1952). American folk-rock singer and guitarist with America (“A Horse with No Name”).

  • Neil Peart (1952). Canadian rock drummer and lyricist with Rush (1976’s 2112, 1981’s Moving Pictures).

  • Barry White (1944). American soul singer (“Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe”, “You’re the First, the Last, My Everything”). Died 7/4/2003.

  • Maria Muldaur (1943). American singer (“Midnight at the Oasis”). Born Maria Grazia Rosa Domenica d’Amato.

  • Tatiana Troyanos (1938). American mezzo-soprano singer known for her roles as Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier and Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro. Died 1993.

  • George Jones (1931). American country singer/songwriter (“She Thinks I Still Care”, “He Stopped Loving Her Today”).

  • Eddy Howard (1914). American jazz bandleader (“To Each His Own”, “Sin (It’s No Sin)”). Died 5/23/1963.

  • Shep Fields (1910). American jazz bandleader (“That Old Feeling”, “Thanks for the Memory”, “South of the Border (Down Mexico Way)”). Died 2/23/1981.

  • Maurice Chevalier (1888). French singer (“Thank Heaven for Little Girls”) and actor. Died 1/1/1972.

  • Gus Cannon (1883). Blues musician with Cannon’s Jug Stompers. Died 10/15/1979.

    SEPT. 13

  • Fiona Apple (1977). American singer/songwriter. Born Fiona Apple Maggart.

  • Steve Perkins (1967). Jane’s Addiction.

  • Dave Mustaine (1961). American rock singer and guitarist with Megadeth.

  • Don Was (1952)

  • Randy Jones (1952) Village People.

  • Peter Cetera (1944). American pop/rock singer with Chicago (“If You Leave Me Now”, “Hard to Say I’m Sorry”, 1969’s Chicago Transit Authority) before going solo (“Glory of Love”, “The Next Time I Fall”).

  • David Clayton-Thomas (1941). English singer with Blood Sweat & Tears (“You’ve Made Me So Very Happy”, “Spinning Wheel”, “And When I Die”, 1969’s Blood, Sweat & Tears). Born David Thomsett.

  • Dave Quincy (1939). Manfred Mann’s Earth Band.

  • Lewis Steinberg (1933). American bassist with Booker & & the MG’s.

  • Joseph “Mr. Google Eyes” August (1931). Pioneer R&B musician. Died 1991.

  • Mel Tormé (1925). American jazz/big band singer/songwriter (“The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)”, “Careless Love”) nicknamed “The Velvet Fog”. Died 6/5/1999.

  • Charles Brown (1922). American blues singer and pianist (“Driftin’ Blues”, “Trouble Blues”, “Black Knight”, “Please Come Home for Christmas”). Died 1/21/1999.

  • Dick Haymes (1916). Argentine singer (“You’ll Never Know”, “It Might As Well Be Spring”, “Long Ago and Far Away”). Died 3/28/1980.

  • Bill Monroe (1911). American country singer/songwriter and musician (“Blue Moon of Kentucky”) often referred to as “The Father of Bluegrass.” Died 9/9/1996.

  • Arnold Schoenberg (1874). Austrian classical composer. Died 1951.

  • Clara Schumann (1819). Pianist.

    SEPT. 14

  • Amy Winehouse (1983). British blue-eyed soul singer (“Rehab”).

  • Nas (1973). American rapper born Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones.

  • Craig Montoya (Everclear) (1970)

  • Kay Gee (Naughty By Nature) (1969)

  • Morten Harket (1959). Norwegian singer with a-ha (“Take on Me”).

  • Steve Berlin (Los Lobos) (1955)

  • Barry Cowsill (1954). American singer and guitarist with the singing family The Cowsills (“The Rain, the Park, and Other Things”).

  • Paul Kossoff (1950). English rock guitarist with Free (“All Right Now”). Died 3/19/1976.

  • Steve Gaines (1949). American rock guitarist with Lynyrd Skynyrd. Died 10/20/1977.

  • John “Bowzer” Bauman (1947). American rock singer with Sha Na Na.

  • Pete Agnew (1946). English bassist with Nazareth (“Love Hurts”).

    SEPT. 15

  • Jolin Tsai (1980). Singer.

  • Ivette Sosa (Eden's Crush) (1976)

  • Mitch Dorge (Crash Test Dummies) (1960)

  • Lee Dorman (Iron Butterfly) (1945)

  • Jessye Norman (1945). Operatic soprano singer.

  • Les Braid (1941). English bassist with the Swinging Blue Jeans. Died 7/31/2005.

  • Cannonball Adderly (1928). American jazz saxophonist (“Mercy, Mercy, Mercy”). Died 8/8/1975.

  • Bobby Short (1924). American cabaret singer. Died 3/21/2005.

  • Roy Acuff (1903). American country singer (“Wabash Cannonball”). Called “The King of Country”. First living artist elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame. Died 11/23/1992.

    SEPT. 16

  • Nick Jonas (1992). Youngest member of the sibling group the Jonas Brothers.

  • Tina Barrett (1976). Pop singer/songwriter in British group S Club 7.

  • Marc Anthony (1968). Latin pop singer. Married to singer/actress Jennifer Lopez.

  • Richard Marx (1963). American pop/adult contemporary singer/songwriter (“Right Here Waiting”).

  • David Bellamy (1950). American country singer and guitarist with the Bellamy Brothers (“Let Your Love Flow”).

  • Ron Blair (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers) (1948)

  • Kenny Jones (1948). British drummer with the Small Faces (1965-78) and The Who (1979-82).

  • Bernard Calvert (the Hollies) (1943)

  • B.B. King (1925). American blues singer/songwriter and guitarist (“The Thrill Is Gone”, 1965’s Live at the Regal). Born Riley B. King.

    SEPT. 17

  • Chuck Comeau (Simple Plan) (1979)

  • Maile Misajoin (Eden's Crush) (1976)

  • Anastacia (1973). American singer (“I’m Outta Love”). Born Anastacia Lynn Newkirk.

  • Vinnie (Vincent Brown - Naughty By Nature) (1970)

  • Lord Jamar (Brand Nubian) (1968)

  • Anastacia Newkirk (1968). Singer.

  • BeBe Winans (1962)

  • Fee Waybill (1950). American rock singer with the Tubes (“Talk to Ya Later”, “She’s a Beauty”). Born John Waldo.

  • LaMonte McLemore (the 5th Dimension) (1940)

  • Bill Black (1926). Rock bassist with Elvis Presley and his backing band the Blue Moon Boys. Also formed Bill Black’s Combo. Died 10/21/1965.

  • Hank Williams (1923). American country singer/songwriter (“Your Cheatin’ Heart”, “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”, “Lovesick Blues”) born Hiram King Williams. Died 1/1/1953.

    SEPT. 18

  • Xzibit (1974). Rapper.

  • Ricky Bell (Bell Biv Devoe) (1967)

  • Ian Spice (Breathe) (1966)

  • Joanne Catherall (Human League) (1962)

  • Tim Pierce (1959). Los Angeles-based session guitarist who has worked with Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, Phil Collins, Toy Matinee and more.

  • Dee Dee Ramone (1952). American punk bassist with the Ramones (1976’s Ramones). Born Douglas Glen Colvin. Died 6/5/2002.

  • Kerry Livgren (Kansas) (1949)

  • Alan “Bam” King (1946). English guitarist with Ace (“How Long”).

  • Frankie Avalon (1939). American singer (“Venus”) and actor born Francis Thomas Avallone.

  • Lord Berners (1883). English composer. Died 4/19/1950.

    SEPT. 19

  • Ajay Popoff (1973). Country musician.

  • Trisha Yearwood (1964). American country singer (“She’s in Love with the Boy”, “XXX’s and OOO’s (An American Girl)”) born Patricia Lynn Yearwood.

  • Rex Smith (1955). Singer.

  • Nile Rodgers (1952). Guitarist with Chic (“Le Freak”, “Good Times”). Also a producer (Sister Sledge’s “We Are Family”, Diana Ross’ Diana, David Bowie’s Let’s Dance, Madonna’s Like a Virgin, the B-52’s Cosmic Thing).

  • Daneil Lanois (1951)

  • Lol Crème (1947). English guitarist and keyboardist with 10cc (“I’m Not in Love”). Born Laurence Neil Crème.

  • Gloria Jones (1947). American singer (“Tainted Love”) and backup vocalist with T-Rex.

  • Lee Dorman (1945). American bassist with Iron Butterfly.

  • Freda Payne (1945). American singer (“Band of Gold”).

  • “Mama” Cass Elliot (1941). American pop singer with the Mamas and the Papas (1966’s “California Dreamin’”, “Monday Monday”). Born Ellen Naomi Cohen. Died 7/29/1974.

  • Bill Medley (1940) American pop/blue-eyed soul singer with the Righteous Brothers (“You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’”).

  • Paul Williams (1940). American pop/folk songwriter (Barbra Streisand’s “Evergreen”, Three Dog Night’s “An Old Fashioned Love Song”, Carpenters’ “Rainy Days and Mondays” and “We’ve Only Just Begun”).

  • Brian Epstein (1934). English manager of the Beatles. Died 8/27/1967.

  • Brook Benton (1931). American singer/songwriter (“Rainy Night in Georgia”). Born Benjamin Franklin Peay. Died 4/9/1988.

  • Shooby Taylor (1929). Singer.

    SEPT. 20

  • Rick Woolstenhulme (Lifehouse) (1979)

  • Ben Shepherd (1968). Rock bassist with Soundgarden (1994’s Superunknown).

  • Matthew and Gunnar Nelson (Nelson) (1967)

  • Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme) (1966)

  • Dave Hemingway (1960). English singer with the Housemartins and Beautiful South.

  • Charles “Chuck” Panozzo (1948). American rock bassist with Styx (1977’s The Grand Illusion). Twin brother John was also in Styx.

  • John Panozzo (1948). American rock drummer with Styx (1977’s The Grand Illusion). Twin brother Chuck was also in Styx. Died 7/16/1996.

  • “Jelly Roll” Morton (1885). American jazz pianist, composer, and bandleader. Died 7/10/1941.

    SEPT. 21

  • Jason Derulo (1989)

  • Liam Gallagher (1972). English rock singer with Oasis (1994’s Definitely Maybe, 1995’s (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?).

  • David Silveria (1972). Rock drummer with Korn.

  • Trugoy the Dove (De La Soul) (1968)

  • Faith Hill (1967). American country singer born Audrey Faith Perry. Married to country singer Tim McGraw.

  • Tyler Stewart (Barenaked Ladies) (1967)

  • Corinne Drewery (Swing Out Sister) (1959)

  • Phil Taylor (1954). Drummer for Motörhead.

  • Don Felder (1947). Rock guitarist with the Eagles.

  • Leonard Cohen (1934). Canadian singer/songwriter (“Hallelujah”, 1968’s Songs of Leonard Cohen, 1971’s Songs of Love and Hate).

  • Gustav Holst (1874). English composer (1919’s The Planets). Died 1934.

    SEPT. 22

  • Adam Lazzara (1981). Rock singer with Taking Back Sunday.

  • Matt Sharp (1969). Bassist.

  • Joan Jett (1960). American rock singer/guitarist (“I Love Rock and Roll”). Born Joan Marie Larkin.

  • Andrea Bocelli (1958). Italian operatic tenor.

  • Nick Cave (1957). Australian rock singer/songwriter and guitarist with the Bad Seeds.

  • Johnette Napolitano (1957). Alternative-rock singer and bassist with Concrete Blonde.

  • Debby Boone (1956). American pop singer (“You Light Up My Life”). Daughter of singer Pat Boone.

  • Vudi (1952). American guitarist and accordionist with American Music Club.

  • David Coverdale (1949). English rock singer with Deep Purple and Whitesnake (“Here I Go Again”).

  • Toni Basil (1943)

  • Mike Patto (1942). English singer with Spooky Tooth. Born Mike McCarthy. Died 3/4/1979.

  • Joni James (1930). Tradtional pop singer. Born Giovanna Carmella Babbo.

  • Horace Silver (1928). American jazz pianist born Horace Ward Martin Tavares Silva.

    SEPT. 23

  • Erik-Michael Estrada (1979). Singer with O-Town discovered on TV’s Making the Band.

  • Jermaine Dupri (1972)

  • Ani DiFranco (1970). American singer/songwriter.

  • Lita Ford (1959)

  • Bruce Springsteen (1949). American rock singer/songwriter (“Born to Run”, 1975’s Born to Run, 1984’s Born in the U.S.A.).

  • Ron Bushy (1945). American rock drummer with Iron Butterfly.

  • Julio Iglesias (1943). Spanish singer (“To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before”) who has sold over 100 million records. Father of singer Enrique Iglesias.

  • Tim Rose (1940). American songwriter (“Come Away Melinda”, “Morning Dew”). Died 9/24/2002.

  • Roy Buchanan (1939). American rock and blues guitarist. Died 8/14/1988.

  • Ray Charles (1930). American R&B singer/songwriter and pianist (“What’d I Say”, “Georgia on My Mind”, 1962’s Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music). Blind since age 6. Died 6/10/2004.

  • John Coltrane (1926). American jazz saxophonist and composer (1959’s Giant Steps, 1965’s A Love Supreme). Most influential jazz musician of the ‘60s. Died 7/17/1967.

    SEPT. 24

  • Marty Cintron (No Mercy) (1971)

  • Cedric Dent (Take 6) (1962)

  • Linda McCartney (1941). American musician. Wife of singer/songwriter Paul McCartney. Born Linda Louise Eastman. Died 4/17/1998.

  • Anthony Newley (1931). British actor, singer, and composer (the musical Stop the World, I Want to Get Off).

  • Sheila MacRae (1924). English singer and actress.

  • Wynonie Harris (1915). American blues shouter/R&B singer (“Good Rockin’ Tonight”). One of rock ‘n’ roll’s forerunners. Died 6/14/1969.

  • Blind Lemon Jefferson (1893). American blues singer and guitarist (1927’s “Match Box Blues”). Died 12/1929.

    SEPT. 25

  • Diana Ortiz (Dream) (1985)

  • T.I. (1980). Rapper.

  • Dean Ween (1970). Guitarist.

  • Will Smith (1968). American actor and rapper known as the Fresh Prince.

  • Zucchero (1955)

  • Onnie McIntyre (1945). Scottish guitarist with the Average White Band.

  • Dee Dee Warwick (1945). Singer.

  • Gary Alexander (1943). American guitarist and singer with the Association.

  • Glen Gould (1932). Canadian classical pianist.

  • Shel Silverstein (1930). American children’s poet and songwriter (Johnny Cash’s “A Boy Named Sue”, Dr. Hook’s “The Cover of the Rolling Stone”). Born Sheldon Allan Silverstein. Died 5/10/1999.

  • Dmitri Shostakovich (1906). Russian classical composer (1937’s Symphony No. 5 in D minor). Died 8/9/1975.

    SEPT. 26

  • Christina Milian (1981). R&B/pop singer.

  • Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald (1973). American songwriter and record producer (Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone”, “Behind These Hazel Eyes” and “My Life Would Suck Without You”; Pink’s “Who Knew” and “U + Ur Hand”; Avril Lavigne’s “Girlfriend”; Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl”, “Hot n Cold” and “California Gurls”; Britney Spear’s “Circus”; Flo Rida’s “Right Round”; Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the U.S.A.”; and Ke$ha’s “Tik Tok”).

  • Shawn Stockman (1972). Member of R&B group Boyz II Men (“End of the Road”, “I’ll Make Love to You”, “One Sweet Day”).

  • Cindy Herron (En Vogue) (1965)

  • Tracey Thorn (Everything But The Girl) (1962)

  • Carlene Carter (1955)

  • Cesar Rosas (Los Lobos) (1954)

  • Craig Chaquico (Jefferson Starship) (1954)

  • Tony Sales (1951). American bassist with Utopia, The Stooges, and Tin Machine.

  • Olivia Newton-John (1948). English-born Australian pop/country singer (“I Honestly Love You”, “You’re the One That I Want”, “Physical”).

  • Lynn Anderson (1947). American country singer (“I Never Promised You a Rose Garden”).

  • Bryan Ferry (1945). English singer/songwriter and musician with Roxy Music (“Love Is the Drug”, 1972’s Roxy Music, 1973’s For Your Pleasure) and a solo artist.

  • Georgie Fame (1943). English singer (“The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde”). Born Clive Powell.

  • Julie London (1926). American singer (“Cry Me a River”) and actress. Died 10/18/2000.

  • Marty Robbins (1925). American country singer/songwriter (“El Paso”) born Martin David Robinson. Died 12/8/1982.

  • Jimmy Reed (1925). Blues guitarist and singer. Died 8/29/1976.

  • Ted Weems (1901). American bandleader and musician (1933’s “Heartaches”). Born Wilfred Theodore Wemyes. Died 5/6/1963.

  • George Gershwin (1898). American composer and pianist (Al Jolson’s “Swanee”, “Rhapsody in Blue”, Gertrude Lawrence’s “Someone to Watch Over Me”, Marion Harris’ “The Man I Love”, Red Nichols’ “Embraceable You”, Red Nichols’ “I Got Rhythm”, Billie Holiday’s “Summertime”, Fred Astaire’s “They Can’t Take That Away from Me”, 1935’s Porgy and Bess, 1951’s An American in Paris). Born Jacob Gershowitz. Died 7/11/1937.

  • Frank Crumit (1889). American singer/songwriter. Died 9/7/1943.

    SEPT. 27

  • Avril Lavigne (1984). Canadian pop singer (“Complicated”, “Girlfriend”, 2002’s Let Go).

  • Lil Wayne (1979). Rapper (2008’s Tha Carter Vol. III) born Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr.

  • Mark Calderon (Color Me Badd) (1970)

  • Stephan Jenkins (1966). Rock singer/songwriter and guitarist with Third Eye Blind.

  • Shaun Cassidy (1958). American actor, pop singer (“Da Do Ron Ron”) and teen idol.

  • Greg Ham (1953). Musician with Men at Work (“Who Can It Be Now?”, “Down Under”, 1982’s Business As Usual).

  • Meat Loaf (1947). American rock singer (1977’s Bat Out of Hell). Born Marvin Lee Aday.

  • Randy Bachman (1943). Canadian guitarist and singer with Bachman-Turner Overdrive (“Taking Care of Business”, “Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet”) and the Guess Who (“American Woman”).

  • Alvin Stardust (1942). English singer (“Jealous Mind”). Born Bernard William Jewry.

  • Bud Powell (1924). American jazz pianist. Died 7/31/1966.

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  • Hilary Duff (1987)

  • Moon Unit Zappa (1967). Daughter of musician Frank Zappa. Had lead vocal on Dad’s “Valley Girl” top 40 hit.

  • Jennifer Rush (1960). American singer (“The Power of Love”).

  • Alannah Currie (Thompson Twins) (1959)

  • George Lynch (Dokken) (1955)

  • Helen Shapiro (1946). English musician (“Walkin’ Back to Happiness”).

  • Nick St. Nicholas (Steppenwolf) (1943)

  • Ben E. King (1938). American R&B singer with the Drifters and then a solo act (“Stand by Me”, “Spanish Harlem”). Born Benjamin Earl Nelson.

  • Koko Taylor (1928). American blues singer known as “The Queen of the Blues”. Born Cora Walton. Died 6/3/2009.

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  • Brad Smith (Blind Melon) (1968)

  • Les Claypool (1963). American rock bassist with Primus.

  • Mick Harvey (1958). Australian drummer with Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds.

  • Mark Farner (Grand Funk Railroad) (1948)

  • Mike Pinera (1948). American guitarist with Iron Butterfly.

  • Tommy Boyce (Boyce & Hart) (1944)

  • Mike Post (1944)

  • Jerry Lee Lewis (1935). American rock ‘n’ roll/country singer and pianist (“Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On”, “Great Balls of Fire”) known as “The Killer”.

  • Gene Autry (1907). American actor and country singer (“Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer”, “Frosty the Snowman”). Died 10/2/1998.

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  • T-Pain (1985). American rapper (2007’s “Low” with Flo Rida) and music producer known for his use of Auto-Tune. Born Faheem Rasheed Najm.

  • Adam Jones (1976). Guitarist.

  • Robby Takac (1964). Rock bassist with the Goo Goo Dolls.

  • Basia (1956)

  • Patrice Rushen (1954)

  • John Lombardo (10,000 Maniacs) (1952)

  • Marc Bolan (1947). English rock singer/songwriter and musician with T-Rex (“Get It On (Bang a Gong)”). Born Mark Feld. Died 9/16/1977.

  • Marily McCoo (1943). American R&B singer from the 5th Dimension (“Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In”, “One Less Bell to Answer”).

  • Frankie Lymon (1942). American R&B/doo-wop singer with the Teenagers (“Why Do Fools Fall in Love”). Died 2/27/1968.

  • Z.Z. Hill (1935). American R&B/blues singer (“Somebody Else Is Steppin’ In”). Born Arzel Hill. Died 4/27/1984.

  • Johnny Mathis (1935). American singer (“Chances Are”).

  • Cissy Houston (1933)

  • Buddy Rich (1917). American jazz drummer (see Muppet Show clip here) and orchestral leader. Considered by some to be the greatest drummer ever. Died 4/2/1987.

    This page last updated June 6, 2013.