Monday, March 22, 2021

Dave's Music Database Hall of Fame: Music Maker Inductees (March 2021)

Originally posted 3/22/2021.

January 22, 2019 marked the 10-year anniversary of the DMDB blog! To honor that, Dave’s Music Database announced its own Hall of Fame. This ninth class of music maker inductees is comprised of the top 10 classical composers according to Dave’s Music Database. See the full list of music maker inductees here.

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Inducted March 2021 as a “Top Classical Composer”

Classical composer born in Eisenach, Germany. Recordings of his Cello Suites and Goldberg Variations have been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Those two and his Mass in B Minor are also in the National Recording Registry. Those works as well as his Brandenburg Concertos and St. Matthew Passion all rank amongst the top 100 classical works of all time and the DMDB’s top 1000 albums/works of all time. Read more.

Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Inducted March 2021 as a “Top Classical Composer”

Classical composer and pianist born in Germany. Recordings of his Violin Concerto in D Major, Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Piano Concerto No. 5, Symphony No. 7, Piano Sonatas (32), and The String Quartets (16) have been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Those works, as well as Symphony No. 3 in E-flat "Sinfonia Eroica" Symphony No. 6 "Pastoral", and Symphony No. 9 all rank amongst the top 100 classical works of all time and the DMDB’s top 1000 albums/works of all time. Read more.

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

Inducted March 2021 as a “Top Classical Composer”

Classical composer born in Hamburg, Germany. His Symphony No. 4 in E minor ranks as one of the top 100 classical works of all time and the DMDB’s top 1000 albums/works of all time. A recording of his Piano Trio No. 1 in B major been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Read more.

Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)

Inducted March 2021 as a “Top Classical Composer”

Classical composer and pianist born Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin in Duchy of Warsaw, Poland. Recordings of his Nocturnes for Piano, Waltzes, and Mazurkas have been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. A recording of Polonaise, op. 40, no. 1 ("Polonaise Miltaire") is in the National Recording Registry. Read more.

Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)

Inducted March 2021 as a “Top Classical Composer”

Classical composer and pianist born in Rohrau, Austria. He has been called “Father of the Symphony” and “Father of the String Quartet.” He composed more than 100 symphonies and nearly 70 string quartets. He was influential in the development of chamber music such as the piano trio. Read more.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Inducted March 2021 as a “Top Classical Composer”

Classical composer and pianist born Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart in Salzburg, Austria. His operas The Marriage of Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro), Don Giovanni, and Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute) rank among the top 50 operas of all time. Those works as well as Symphony No. 40 in G minor, Symphony No. 41 "Jupiter", Requiem Mass in D minor, Clarinet Concerto in A major, and his Piano Concertos (27) all rank amongst the top 100 classical works of all time and the DMDB’s top 1000 albums/works of all time. Read more.

Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

Inducted March 2021 as a “Top Classical Composer”

Classical composer and pianist born in Himmelpfortgrund, Vienna, Austria. His works Piano Quintet in A major ("Trout"), Symphony No. 8 "Unfinished"), Winterreise, Symphony No. 9 in C major ("The Great"), and String Quintet in C major all rank amongst the top 100 classical works of all time. Read more.

Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)

Inducted March 2021 as a “Top Classical Composer”

Classical composer born Oranienbaum, Russia. His ballets Pétrouchka (aka "Petrushka") and Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring) have been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Those and The Firebird (L’Oiseau de Feu) rank amongst the top 100 classical works of all time. Rite of Spring is also one of the DMDB’s top 1000 albums/works of all time and is in the National Recording Registry. Read more.

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Inducted March 2021 as a “Top Classical Composer”

Classical composer (Swan Lake) born in Votkinsk, Russia. Wrote Swan Lake and The Nutcracker, and the 1812 Overture, which all rank amongst the top 100 classical works of all time as does his Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, which is also one of the DMDB’s top 1000 albums/works of all time and is in the National Recording Registry and Grammy Hall of Fame. Read more.

Richard Wagner (1813-1883)

Inducted March 2021 as a “Top Classical Composer”

Classical composer and pianist born Wilhelm Richard Wagner in Leipzig, Germany. His operas Tristan Und Isolde and The Ring Cycle (Der Ring Des Nibelungen) rank among the top 50 operas of all time, the the top 100 classical works of all time, and the DMDB’s top 1000 albums/works of all time. They are also both in the National Recording Registry and Grammy Hall of Fame. Read more.

Sunday, March 21, 2021

David Baerwald Hellbound Train, Hard Times, Reckless Boy (2016-2018)

Hellbound Train/Hard Times/Reckless Boy

David Baerwald

Released: 2016-2018

Available on Amazon: March 21, 2021

Peak: --

Sales (in millions): --

Genre: Americana

Tracks (Hellbound Train (2016):

Song Title [time]

  1. Hellbound Train [3:48]
  2. Hi Ho Nobody’s Home [1:52]
  3. John Henry [2:38]
  4. Wayfaring Stranger [4:10]
  5. Omie Wise [3:30]

Tracks (Hard Times (2017):

Song Title [time]

  1. Down in the Willow Garden [3:24]
  2. Deep Ellum Blues [2:53]
  3. Hard Times [3:49]
  4. Banks of the Ohio [3:27]
  5. John Hardy [3:05]
  6. Long Journey Home [2:44]
  7. Pretty Polly [3:42]
  8. Drifting Too Far from the Shore [3:55]

Tracks (Reckless Boy (2018):

Song Title [time]

  1. Devil’s Train [2:18]
  2. Black Water Blues [3:02]
  3. Black Highway Blue [2:18]
  4. Time Is a Hunter [3:23]
  5. Reckless Boy [3:19]
  6. Vile and Blasphemous [3:04]
  7. Darkness Night [3:21]
  8. I’ll Die That Day [3:44]

About the Albums:

After releasing A Fine Mess in 1999, Baerwald went on a long hiatus from releasing a proper album. Here Comes the New Folk Underground dropped in 2002, but was really an abbreviated version of A Fine Mess with three new songs. In 2004, he did release some new material on the Around the Bend soundtrack, but that wasn’t exclusively his work.

In 2016, he dropped the surprise EP Hellbound Train through the A-Tone Recordings label. “All of the tracks on this album are traditional compositions with arrangements by David and…Dr. Steven Trip.” DB1 The title cut was previously featured on A Fine Mess and Here Comes the New Folk Underground, but this version is “much slower and atmospheric.” DB1

Another EP followed in 2017. Hard Times “can almost be considered Hellbound Train part 2,” DB2 considering it traverses the same territory with Baerwald dipping his toe quite convincingly into the Americana pool. Reckless Boy, released under the name The Regulators followed, although it was a collection of originals. DB3 Tracks on the latter are credited ot Baerwald, Dr. Steven Trip, and George Doering, who is “a popular session musician and a member of the bluegrass band, the Brombies.” DB3

This gave Baerwald three EPs in three years after a dozen years of studio inactivity. Collectively, the three essentially serve as a new Baerwald album, although there’s no evidence that it will be released as such. Hellbound Train and Reckless Boy are both available on Spotify and Amazon, however.

All three of these EPs are available through the Extreme Music website (links below), which is “a clearing house for music available to purchase/license for movies, TV, and the web.” DB1

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First posted 8/21/2021.

Monday, March 15, 2021

Sunday Night Doo Wop Party Radio Show

First posted 3/15/2021.

Memory Lane Oldies:

Sunday Night Doo Wop Party

In early March of 2021, I got a message from Stuart Weiss, a DJ with He used my Top 100 Doo Wop Songs of All Time list to do a countdown on his show, the Sunday Night Doo Wop Party. He’d already counted down the first half, #100 to #51, and wondered if I’d be interested in doing an interview during the second half countdown (#50 to #1). I’m always eager to talk at length about music with people so happily agreed. The actual interview starts at the 59:40 mark of the second link.

A big thanks to DJ Stu for using my list and a big thanks to his listeners for letting me ramble about music for half an hour. Make sure you check out his show as well as the other DJs at

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Grammys: Albums of the Year Ranked

First posted 12/4/2011; updated 3/14/2021.

Grammy Awards:

Albums of the Year Ranked

The Grammys are presented annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. The Album of the Year is considered the most prestigious of the awards, having been presented since 1959. The award goes to the artst, songwriter, producer, recording engineer, and mastering engineer for that album. Note: the year listed is when the album was eligible; the award was given the following year. That means, for example, that the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards were held on January 26, 2020, to acknowledge recordings released between October 1, 2018 and August 31, 2019.

Check out other album of the year awards here.

  1. 1967: The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
  2. 1983: Michael Jackson Thriller
  3. 1977: Fleetwood Mac Rumours
  4. 1987: U2 The Joshua Tree
  5. 1970: Simon & Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled Water
  6. 1978: Various Artists (Bee Gees et al) Saturday Night Fever (soundtrack)
  7. 1976: Stevie Wonder Songs in the Key of Life
  8. 1971: Carole King Tapestry
  9. 1986: Paul Simon Graceland
  10. 2011: Adele 21

  11. 1995: Alanis Morissette Jagged Little Pill
  12. 1973: Stevie Wonder Innervisions
  13. 1993: Various artists (Whitney Houston et al) The Bodyguard (soundtrack)
  14. 1998: Lauryn Hill The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
  15. 2015: Taylor Swift 1989
  16. 2002: Norah Jones Come Away with Me
  17. 2003: OutKast Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
  18. 2016: Adele 25
  19. 1988: George Michael Faith
  20. 1999: Santana Supernatural
  21. 2009: Taylor Swift Fearless

  22. 1984: Lionel Richie Can’t Slow Down
  23. 2001: Various Artists O Brother, Where Art Thou? (soundtrack)
  24. 1992: Eric Clapton Unplugged
  25. 2010: Arcade Fire The Suburbs
  26. 1985: Phil Collins No Jacket Required
  27. 2018: Kacey Musgraves Golden Hour
  28. 2019: Bilie Eilish When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  29. 1996: Celine Dion Falling into You
  30. 2005: U2 How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb

  31. 1997: Bob Dylan Time Out of Mind
  32. 2012: Mumford & Sons Babel
  33. 2008: Robert Plant & Alison Krauss Raising Sand
  34. 1959: Henry Mancini The Music from Peter Gunn (soundtrack)
  35. 1991: Natalie Cole Unforgettable…With Love
  36. 1964: Stan Getz/Joao Gilberto Getz/Gilberto
  37. 1981: John Lennon & Yoko Ono Double Fantasy
  38. 1974: Stevie Wonder Fulfillingness’ First Finale
  39. 1989: Bonnie Raitt Nick of Time
  40. 2020: Taylor Swift Folklore

  41. 1979: Billy Joel 52nd Street
  42. 1961: Judy Garland Judy at Carnegie Hall (live)
  43. 2013: Daft Punk Random Access Memories
  44. 2006: Dixie Chicks Taking the Long Way
  45. 1982: Toto Toto IV
  46. 1969: Blood, Sweat & Tears Blood, Sweat & Tears
  47. 2017: Bruno Mars 24K Magic
  48. 2014: Beck Morning Phase
  49. 1962: Vaughn Meader The First Family
  50. 2004: Ray Charles Genius Loves Company

  51. 1960: Bob Newhart The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart
  52. 1972: George Harrison et al The Concert for Bangladesh
  53. 1966: Frank Sinatra A Man and His Music
  54. 2000: Steely Dan Two Against Nature
  55. 1980: Christopher Cross Christopher Cross
  56. 1959: Frank Sinatra Come Dance with Me
  57. 1965: Frank Sinatra September of My Years
  58. 1975: Paul Simon Still Crazy After All These Years
  59. 1963: Barbra Streisand The Barbra Streisand Album
  60. 1990: Quincy Jones Back on the Block

  61. 1968: Glen Campbell By the Time I Get to Phoenix
  62. 2007: Herbie Hancock River: The Joni Letters
  63. 1994: Tony Bennett MTV Unplugged

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Sunday, March 14, 2021

Taylor Swift wins third Grammy for Album of the Year with Folklore


Taylor Swift

Released: July 24, 2020

Peak: 18 US, 13 UK, 13 CN, 14 AU

Sales (in millions): 1.04 US, 0.1 UK, 2.05 world (includes US and UK)

Genre: pop


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

  1. The 1 (10/9/20, 4 US, 4 AU, 7 CN, 10 UK)
  2. Cardigan (7/27/20, 1 US, 1 AU, 3 CN, 6 UK)
  3. The Last Great American Dynasty
  4. Exile (with Bon Iver) (8/3/20) (6 US, 3 AU, 6 CN, 8 UK, gold single)
  5. My Tears Ricochet
  6. Mirrorball
  7. Seven
  8. August
  9. This Is Me Trying
  10. Illicit Affairs
  11. Invisible String
  12. Mad Woman
  13. Epiphany
  14. Betty (8/17/20, 42 US, 22 AU, 32 CN)
  15. Peace
  16. Hoax

Total Running Time: 63:29


4.267 out of 5.00 (average of 27 ratings)

Quotable: “The first chapter of Swift’s mature second act.” – Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide

Awards: (Click on award to learn more).

About the Album:

Taylor Swift’s eighth studio album been called “the quintessential quarantine album” and the “first great work of art” from the pandemic. WK The surprise release “blindsided the pop music world,” saving listeners from “their tedious lockdown lives.” WK She announced it via social media 16 hours before its release. Supposedly even her record label wasn’t aware of the album until hours before its launch. WK

Swift conceived Folklore as “a collection of songs and stories that flowed like a stream of consciousness” out of her imagination. WK She departed from her the usual autobiographical references of previous works to craft stories mostly from a third-person perspective, keying in on themes of “escapism, nostalgia, loneliness, and introspection.” WK Some of the narratives included “a ghost finding its murderer at its funeral, a seven-year-old girl with a traumatized friend, an old widow spurned by her town, recovering alcoholics, and a love triangle between three-fictitious characters.” WK As Taylor said, “these images in my head grew faces or names and became characters. I found myself…writing about or from the perspective of people I’ve never met, people I’ve known, or those I wish I hadn’t.” WK

All Music Guide’s Stephen Thomas Erlewine said the songs “are recognizably her work, bearing telltale melodic phrases and a reliance on finely honed narratives that turn on exquisitely rendered lyrical details.” AMG He said that the album feels “not like a momentary diversion inspired by isolation but rather the first chapter of Swift’s mature second act.” AMG

Folklore was a musical departure from previous more upbeat pop albums, traversing instead in indie-folk territory. Variety’s Chris Willman said the album was a reminder that Swift was one of the few pop stars willing to experiment with different styles. WK The Guardian’s Laura Snapes called it Swift’s most cohesive and experimental album. WK

She worked with longtime collaborator Jack Antonoff, but also Aaron Dessner, guitarist of indie-rock band the National. She’d gone to one of their concerts in 2019 and he’d told her how the band members lived in different parts of the world, but sent instrumental tracks to their singer. During the quarantine in 2020, Swift decided to adopt the idea and she and Antonoff and Dessner sent digital files of instrumentals and vocals to each other to craft the album. WK

Folklore came only 11 months after her 2019 Lover album, her fastest turnaround time between albums. It became her seventh album to top the Billboard charts in the United States. It set the Guinness World Record for the biggest opening day on Spotify for an album by a female artist, became the longest-running #1 since 2017, and became the biggest-selling album of 2020. WK

The album’s first single, Cardigan, gave Swift the distinction of being the first act to debut atop the Billboard album chart and Hot 100 singles chart simultaneously. The song was also nominated for a Grammy for Song of the Year. Swift described the song as one that explored “lost romance and why young love is often fixed so permanently in our memories.” WK

Another of the singles, Exile, hit the top 10 and was nominated for a Grammy for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. The “sentimental, gospel-flavored, indie folk duet with Justin Vernon of Bon Iver” WK was “an unspoken, argumentative conversation between two former lovers.” WK

Notes: The deluxe edition added the song “The Lakes.”

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First posted 1/12/2021; last updated 4/30/2022.

Monday, March 1, 2021

Dave’s Faves: Songs of the Year

Dave’s Faves:

Songs of the Year, 1900-2021

These are my personal favorite songs for each year from 1900 to present.

Note: click here to see other genre-specific song lists.

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Last updated 2/1/2022.

March: 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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  • Justin Bieber (1994). Canadian pop singer (“What Do You Mean?,” “Sorry,” “Love Yourself,” “Peaches”).

  • Ke$ha (1987)

  • Nik Kershaw (1958). English musician (“The Riddle”).

  • Dave Marsh (1950). American music critic.

  • Tony Ashton (1946). English rock keyboardist and singer with Paice, Ashton & Lord.

  • Roger Daltrey (1944). English rock singer with The Who.

  • Mike D’Abo (1944). English rock singer with Manfred Mann.

  • Jerry Fisher (1943). Texas rock singer with Blood, Sweat & Tears.

  • Harry Belafonte (1927). American musician (“Banana Boat (Day O)”, 1956’s Calypso), actor, and social activitist.

  • Glenn Miller (1904). American bandleader (“In the Mood”). Died 12/15/1944.

  • Frédéric Chopin (1810). Polish classical pianist/composer in Romantic style. Died 10/17/1849.

    MARCH 2

  • Luke Pritchard (1985). Rock singer with the Kooks.

  • Chris Martin (1977). English rock singer with Coldplay (“Clocks”, “Viva la Vida”, 2002’s A Rush of Blood to the Head).

  • Jon Bon Jovi (1962). New Jersey rock singer with Bon Jovi (“Livin’ on a Prayer”, “You Give Love a Bad Name”). Born John Bongiovi.

  • Mark Evans (1956). Australian rock bassist with AC/DC from 1974-77.

  • Dale Bozzio (1955). New wave singer with Missing Persons.

  • Jay Osmond (1955). Utah singer with family group The Osmonds.

  • Dave Farmer (1952). English drummer with Blackfoot Sue. Twin of Tom Farmer.

  • Tom Farmer (1952). English bassist, keyboardist, and singer with Blackfoot Sue. Twin of Dave Farmer.

  • Karen Carpenter (1950). Connecticut singer and drummer who formed the duo The Carpenters (“They Long to Be Close to You”, “We’ve Only Just Begun”) with her brother. Died 2/4/1983.

  • Rory Gallagher (1948). Irish guitarist (“Tattooed Lady”). Died 6/14/1995.

  • Lou Reed (1942). New York experimental-rock singer/songwriter and musician with the Velvet Underground (The Velvet Underground & Nico) and a solo artist (“Walk on the Wild Side”, 1972’s Transformer, 1973’s Berlin). Died 10/27/2013.

  • Dottie Rambo (1934). Gospel singer. Died 5/11/2008.

  • Kurt Weill (1900). German composer (The Threepenny Opera, which included Mack the Knife). Died 4/3/1950.

  • Bedrich Smetana (1824). Czech composer.

    MARCH 3

  • Camila Cabello (1997). Pop singer/songwriter born Karla Camila Cabello Estrabao in Havana, Cuba. With group Fifth Harmony and a solo artist (“Havana,” “Señorita”).

  • Ronan Keating (1977). Irish singer with Boyzone.

  • John Bigham (1969). Guitarist and keyboardist who worked with Miles Davis and Fishbone.

  • Tone Lōc (1966). Rapper (“Wild Thing,” “Funky Cold Medina”) born Anthony Terrell Smith.

  • Merrick (1954). English drummer with Adam & the Ants. Born Chris Hughes.

  • Robyn Hitchcock (1953). English singer/songwriter.

  • Dave Mount (1947). English drummer and singer with Mud. Died 12/2/2006.

  • Jennifer Warnes (1947). American singer/songwriter (“Right Time of the Night”, “Up Where We Belong,” “I’ve Had the Time of My Life”).

  • Robert Jance Garfat (1944). Bassist with Dr. Hook (“The Cover of the ‘Rolling Stone’”).

  • Mike Pender (1941). English guitarist and singer with The Searchers. Born Michael Pendergrast.

  • Doc Watson (1923). Bluegrass singer and guitarist (“Black Mountain Rag”).

    MARCH 4

  • Fergal Lawlor (1971). Irish drummer with the Cranberries (“Linger,” “Zombie”).

  • Patsy Kensit (1968). English actress and musician in Eighth Wonder.

  • Jason Newsted (1963). Rock bassist with Metallica.

  • Boon Gould (1955). English musician with Level 42 (“Something About You”).

  • Emilio Estefan, Jr. (1953). Cuban producer and husband of singer Gloria Estefan, with whom he worked in Miami Sound Machine.

  • Chris Rea (1951). English rock musician (“Fool (If You Think It’s Over)”).

  • Chris Squire (1948). Rock bassist and co-founder of Yes (1971’s Fragile). Died 6/27/2015.

  • Shakin’ Stevens (1948). Welsh singer/songwriter “(This Ole House”). Born Michael Barratt.

  • Bobby Womack (1944). Ohio R&B singer/songwriter (“It’s All Over Now”) and musician.

  • Miriam Makeba (1932). South African singer.

  • Antonio Vivaldi (1678). Austrian composer (The Four Seasons). Died 7/28/1741.

    MARCH 5

  • John Frusciante (1970). Alternative-rock guitarist with the Red Hot Chili Peppers (1991’s Blood Sugar Sex Magik).

  • Charlie Reid (1962). Scottish singer and guitarist with the Proclaimers (“I’m Gonna Be 500 Miles”). Twin brother of Craig Reid.
  • Craig Reid (1962). Scottish singer with the Proclaimers (“I’m Gonna Be 500 Miles”). Twin brother of Charlie Reid.
  • David Tibet (1960). Malaysian musician who founded Current 93.

  • Andy Gibb (1958). English pop singer (“I Just Want to Be Your Everything”, “Shadow Dancing”). Died 3/10/1988.

  • Mark E. Smith (1957). Rock singer/songwriter with The Fall (This Nation’s Saving Grace). Died 1/24/2018.

  • Teena Marie (1956). American R&B singer/songwriter (“Lovergirl”). Died 12/26/2010.

  • Alan Clark (1952). British rock keyboardist with Dire Straits (1985’s Brothers in Arms).

  • Eddy Grant (1948). Guyana reggae singer (“Electric Avenue”).

  • Murray Head (1946). English singer (“One Night in Bangkok”).

  • Ben Selvin (1898). American bandleader (“Forever Blowing Bubbles”, “Dardanella”, “Chicago (That Toddlin’ Town)”, “Manhattan”, “Blue Skies”, “Happy Days Are Here Again”). Died 7/15/1980.

  • Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887). Brazilian composer. Died 11/17/1959.

    MARCH 6

  • Bubba Sparxxx (1977). American rapper (“Deliverance,” “Ugly,” “Ms. New Booty”).

  • Beanie Sigel (1974). American rapper.

  • Kiki Dee (1947). English singer (“Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” with Elton John). Born Pauline Matthews.

  • David Gilmour (1946). English rock singer and guitarist with Pink Floyd (1973’s Dark Side of the Moon).

  • Hugh Grundy (1945). English rock drummer with the Zombies (“She’s Not There,” “Tell Her No,” “Time of the Season”).

  • Kiri Te Kanawa (1944). New Zealand soprano.

  • Mary Wilson (1944). R&B/pop singer with The Supremes (“Where Did Our Love Go”, “Baby Love”, “Stop! In the Name of Love”).

  • Lorin Maazel (1930). French music director of the New York Philharmonic.

  • Sarah Caldwell (1924). American opera conductor. Died 3/23/2006.

  • Wes Montgomery (1923). American jazz guitarist. Died 6/15/1968.

  • Bob Wills (1905). American country songwriter and bandleader (“New San Antonio Rose”). Called “The King of Western Swing.” Died 5/13/1975.

    MARCH 7

  • Paul Cattermole (1977). Member of the British pop group S Club 7.

  • Randy Guss (1967). American drummer with Toad The Wet Sprocket (“All I Want,” “Walk on the Ocean”).

  • Denyce Graves (1964). American opera singer.

  • Taylor Dayne (1962). American pop singer (“Tell It to My Heart,” “I’ll Always Love You”).

  • Jules Shear (1952). American singer/songwriter and guitarist. Wrote Cyndi Lauper’s “All Through the Night” and the Bangles’ “If She Knew What She Wants.”

  • Matthew Fisher (1946). English rock keyboardist with Procol Harum.

  • Peter Wolf (1946). Rock singer with J. Geils Band (“Centerfold”). Born Peter W. Blankfield.

  • Arthur Lee (1945). American rock singer/songwriter and musician with Love (1967’s Forever Changes).

  • Chris White (1943). English basist with the Zombies (“She’s Not There,” “Tell Her No,” “Time of the Season”).

  • Danyel Gérard (1939). French pop singer/songwriter (“Butterfly”). Born Gérard Daniel Kherlakian.

  • Maurice Ravel (1875). French composer (“Bolero”). Died 12/28/1937.

    MARCH 8

  • Bob, Clint, and Dave Moffatt (1984). Triplets in Canadian pop group the Moffatts.

  • Kameelah Williams (702) (1978)

  • Shawn Mullins (1968)

  • Peter Gill (1964) Musician with Frankie Goes To Hollywood.

  • Gary Numan (1958). English singer with Tubeway Army. Also a solo artist (“Cars”).

  • Mel Galley (1948) Musician with Whitesnake.

  • Carole Bayer Sager (1947). American songwriter (Dionne & Friends’ “That’s What Friends Are For”).

  • Michael Allsup (1947). Rock musician with Three Dog Knight.

  • Randy Meisner (1946). Nebraska country-rock bassist and singer with Poco and the Eagles (Hotel California).

  • Mickey Dolenz (1945). American singer, drummer, and actor with pop-rock group the Monkees (“I’m a Believer”).

  • Ralph Ellis (1942). English guitarist and singer with The Swinging Blue Jeans.

  • Christian Wolff (1934). American composer of experimental classical music.

  • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714). German classical composer and pianist. Died 12/14/1788.

    MARCH 9

  • Bow Wow (1987). Rapper.

  • Chingy (1980). American rapper (“Right Thurr”).

  • Robert Sledge (Ben Folds Five) (1968)

  • Martin Fry (1958). English singer with ABC (“The Look of Love”, “Be Near Me”, “When Smokey Sings”).

  • Jeffrey Osborne (1948). American R&B singer/songwriter and musician.

  • Robin Trower (1945). English rock guitarist with Procol Harum.

  • John Cale (1942). Welsh experimental-rock singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who was a founding member of the Velvet Underground (The Velvet Underground & Nico) and later a solo artist (Paris 1919). Also a producer (The Stooges’ 1969 album The Stooges, Patti Smith’s Horses, The Modern Lovers’ (1976’s (The Modern Lovers).

  • Mark Lindsay (1942> American singer with Paul Revere & Raiders.

  • Mickey Gilley (1936). Country singer.

  • Lloyd Price (1933). Louisiana R&B singer (“Lawdy Miss Clawdy”, “Stagger Lee”, “Personality”).

  • Keely Smith (1932). Jazz singer known as the “Queen of Swing.” Wife of musician Louis Prima.

  • Ornette Coleman (1930). American jazz saxophonist, violinist, trumpeter, and composer.

  • Samuel Barber (1910). Classical composer (“Adagio for Strings”). Died 1981.

    MARCH 10

  • Carrie Underwood (1983). American country singer (“Before He Cheats”, “Jesus, Take the Wheel”, 2005’s Some Hearts); winner of TV’s American Idol in 2005.

  • Robin Thicke (1977). Singer.

  • Timbaland (1971). Music producer born Timothy Zachery Mosley.

  • Haifa Wehbe (1970). Singer.

  • Edie Brickell (1966)

  • Neneh Cherry (1964). Female Swedish rap singer (“Buffalo Stance”). Born Neneh Mariann Karlsson.

  • Jeff Ament (1963). Rock musician with Pearl Jam and Temple of the Dog.

  • Rick Rubin (1963). American record producer (Run-D.M.C.’s 1986 Raising Hell, Beastie Boys’ 1986 Licensed to Ill, Public Enemy’s 1988 It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ 1991 Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Johnny Cash’s 1994 American Recordings).

  • Tina Charles (1955). English singer with 5000 Volts (“I’m on Fire”). Also a solo artist (“I Love to Love”). Born Tina Hoskins.

  • Tom Scholz (1947). American rock guitarist/songwriter for Boston (“More Than a Feeling”, 1976’s Boston, 1978’s Don’t Look Back).

  • Dean Torrence (1941). Singer from Jan & Dean.

  • Jethro (1923). American musician in duo Homer & Jethro. Born Kenneth C. Burns. Died 4/2/1989.

  • Leon Bismark “Bix” Beiderbecke (1903). American jazz cornetist, pianist, and composer. Died 8/6/1931.

    MARCH 11

  • LeToya Luckett (1981). Early member of R&B/pop group Destiny’s Child.

  • Paul Wall (1981). Rapper.

  • Benji and Joel Madden (1979). Rock musicians in Good Charlotte.

  • Lisa Loeb (1968)

  • Bruce Watson (1961). Canadian rock guitarist with Big Country (“In a Big Country”).

  • Mike Percy (Dead Or Alive) (1961)

  • Cheryl Lynn (1957)

  • Nina Hagen (1955)

  • Bobby McFerrin (1950). Singer/musician (“Don’t Worry Be Happy”).

  • George Kooymans (Golden Earring) (1948)

  • Blue Weaver (1947). Welsh keyboardist with Amen Corner. Born Derek Weaver.

  • Lawrence Welk (1903). South Dakota bandleader and host of own music TV show. Died 5/17/1992.

    MARCH 12

  • Shareefa (1984). R&B singer born Shareefa Faradah Cooper in Charlotte, North Carolina.

  • Frank Catalono (1978). Jazz saxophonist.

  • Graham Coxon (1969). German/English guitarist, saxophonist, and singer with Blur (1994’s Parklife).

  • Marlon Jackson (1957). Indiana musician with his brothers in The Jackson 5 (“ABC”, “The Love You Save”, “I Want You Back”, “I’ll Be There”).

  • Steve Harris (Iron Maiden) (1957)

  • Mike Gibbins (1949). Welsh drummer with Badfinger.

  • Les Holroyd (1948). English bassist and singer with Barclay James Harvest.

  • James Taylor (1948). Massachussetts pop/folk singer/songwriter (“You’ve Got a Friend”, “Fire and Rain”).

  • Liza Minnelli (1946). Singer and actress in Cabaret. Daughter of Judy Garland.

  • Al Jarreau (1940). Jazz/R&B singer.

  • Leonard Chess (1917). Polish record executive. Died 10/16/1969.

  • Paul Weston (1912). American jazz big band leader. Born Paul Weststein. Died 9/20/1996.

    MARCH 13

  • Common (1978)

  • Adam Clayton (1960). Irish rock bassist with U2 (The Joshua Tree).

  • Candi Staton (1940). Alabama musician (“Young Hearts Run Free”).

  • Neil Sedaka (1939). New York pop singer/composer (“Breaking Up Is Hard to Do”).

  • Mike Stoller (1933). American rock songwriter, usually with Jerry Leiber (Elvis Presley’s “Hound Dog” and “Jailhouse Rock”, the Coasters’ “Searchin’”, Wilbert Harrison’s “Kansas City”, the Drifters’ “On Broadway”).

  • Sammy Kaye (1910). American bandleader. Died 6/2/1987.

  • Hugo Wolf (1860). Composer.

    MARCH 14

  • Colby O’Donis (1989). Singer (on Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance”).

  • Taylor Hanson (1983). Pop singer/keyboardist in group Hanson (“Mmmbop”) with brothers.

  • Kristian Bush (Sugarland) (1970)

  • Michael Bland (Soul Asylum) (1969)

  • Billy Sherwood (1965). Musician.

  • Jim Pons (1943). California rock bassist with The Turtles.

  • Quincy Jones (1933). American R&B/jazz musician and producer (Michael Jackson’s 1982’s Thriller).

  • Dieter Schnebel (1930). Composer.

  • Les Baxter (1922). Texas jazz/ big band leader. Died 1/15/1996.

  • Les Brown (1912). American big band leader and composer (“Sentimental Journey”). Died 1/4/2001.

  • Johann Strauss, Sr. (1804). Composer.

  • Georg Philipp Telemann (1681). Composer.

    MARCH 15

  • Sid Wilson (1978). Musician.

  • Joseph Hahn (1977). DJ with rap-rock group Linkin Park (2000’s Hybrid Theory).

  • (1975). Hip-hop artist with Black Eyed Peas (“I Gotta Feeling”, “Boom Boom Pow”).

  • Mark Hoppus (1972). Pop-punk bassist with Blink-182.

  • Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray) (1968)

  • Rockwell (1964)

  • Bret Michaels (Poison) (1963)

  • Steve McCoy (Dead Or Alive) (1962)

  • Terence Trent D’Arby (1962). New York R&B singer/songwriter (“Wishing Well”, “Sign Your Name”, Introducing the Hardline…). Born Terence Trent Howard. Later changed his name to Sananda Maitreya.

  • Dee Snider (1955). Rock singer with Twisted Sister (“We’re Not Gonna Take It”).

  • Ryland Peter “Ry” Cooder (1947). California singer/songwriter and guitarist.

  • Howard Scott (War) (1946)

  • Sylvester “Sly Stone” Stewart (1944). R&B musician with Sly & the Family Stone (“Everyday People”, “Family Affair”, 1969’s Stand!, 1971 There’s a Riot Goin’ On).

  • Jerry Jeff Walker (1942)

  • Mike Love (1941). California singer and saxophonist with the Beach Boys (“Good Vibrations”, Pet Sounds).

  • Phil Lesh (1940). American rock bassist and singer with the Grateful Dead.

  • Carl Smith (1927). American country singer. Died 1/16/2010.

  • Harry James (1916). American jazz trumpeter and bandleader (“I’ve Heard That Song Before”, “All or Nothing at All”, “I’ll Get By As Long As I Have You”). Died 7/5/1983.

  • Lightnin’ Hopkins (1912). Texas blues singer/songwriter and guitarist. Born Sam Hopkins. Died 1/30/1982.

    MARCH 16

  • Swift (1976). Rapper.

  • Stewart Kerr (Texas) (1963)

  • Flavor Flav (1959). Rapper with Public Enemy (1988’s It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, 1990’s Fear of a Black Planet).

  • Nancy Wilson (1954). Fronted rock group Heart (“Alone”, “Barracuda”) with sister Ann.

  • Michael Bruce (1948). California guitarist and singer with Billion Dollar Babies.

  • Jerry Jeff Walker (1942). New York composer (“Mr. Bojangles”). Born Paul Crosby.

  • Tommy Flanagan (1930). Michigan jazz pianist. Died 11/16/2001.

    MARCH 17

  • Caroline Corr (1973). Irish drummer with the Corrs.

  • Melissa Auf Der Maur (1972). Canadian bassist with Hole and Smashing Pumpkins.

  • Gene Ween (1970). Singer/songwriter.

  • Billy Corgan (1967). American rock singer/songwriter and guitarist with the Smashing Pumpkins (Siamese Dream, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness).

  • Clare Grogan (1962). Scottish singer with Altered Images.

  • Mike Kindup (1959). Musician with Level 42.

  • Wally Stocker (1954). English guitarist with The Babys.

  • Scott Gorham (1951). Musician with Thin Lizzy.

  • Fran Byrne (1948). Irish drummer with Bees Make Honey and Ace.

  • Harold Brown (War) (1946)

  • John Sebastian (1944). New York rock singer/songwriter with the Lovin’ Spoonful (“Do You Believe in Magic?”).

  • Clarence Clemons (1941)

  • Paul Kantner (1941). California rock singer/songwriter/guitarist with Jefferson Airplane (“White Rabbit”, 1967’s Surrealistic Pillow).

  • Zola Taylor (1938). Singer.

  • Nat “King” Cole (1919). Alabama traditional pop/jazz singer (“The Christmas Song”, “Mona Lisa”, “Unforgettable”). Born Nathaniel Adams Cole. Died 2/15/1965.

  • Alfred Newman (1900). American musical theater composer. Died 2/17/1970.

    MARCH 18

  • Adam Levine (1979). Rock singer/guitarist with Maroon 5 (“Moves Like Jagger,” “Payphone,” “One More Night,” “Sugar,” “Girls Like You”).

  • Devin Lima (1977). Member of pop group LFO (“Summer Girls”).

  • Stuart Zender (Jamiroquai) (1974)

  • Queen Latifah (1970). Rapper and actress (Chicago).

  • Jerry Cantrell (1966). Washington rock guitarist with Alice in Chains.

  • Vanessa Williams (1963). R&B singer (“Save the Best for Last”) and actress. Former Miss America.

  • Jeff LeBar (Cinderella) (1963)

  • Irene Cara (1959). R&B/pop singer (“Flashdance…What a Feeling”, “Fame”).

  • John Hartman (Doobie Brothers) (1950)

  • B.J. Wilson (1947). English rock drummer with Procol Harum. Born Barrie James Wilson. Died 10/8/1990.

  • Eric Woolfson (1945). Scottish singer/songwriter/musician/co-founder of the Alan Parsons Project (“Eye in the Sky”, “Games People Play”). Died 12/2/2009.

  • Wilson Pickett (1941). Alabama R&B/soul singer (“In the Midnight Hour”). Died 1/19/2006.

  • Charley Pride (1938). American country singer.

  • John Kander (1927). American songwriter.

  • George Olsen (1893). American jazz bandleader. Died 3/18/1971.

    MARCH 19

  • Derek Longmuir (1955). Scottish drummer with Bay City Rollers.

  • Billy Sheehan (1953). Bassist.

  • Paul Atkinson (The Zombies) (1946)

  • Ruth Pointer (1946). California R&B singer with The Pointer Sisters (“Slow Hand”, “Fire”, “I’m So Excited”).

  • Jeff Neighbor (1942). Washington bassist and trombonist with Joy of Cooking.

  • Clarence “Frogman” Henry (1937)

  • Lennie Tristano (1919). Illinois jazz pianist. Died 11/18/1978.

  • Max Reger (1873). German composer. Died 5/11/1916.

    MARCH 20

  • Nick Wheeler (1982). Rock guitarist in the All-American Rejects.

  • Chester Bennington 1976. Rap-rock singer with Linkin Park (“In the End”, 2000’s Hybrid Theory, 2003’s Meteora).

  • Slim Jim Phantom (1961). Rock musician with the Stray Cats (“Rock This Town”).

  • Jimmy Vaughan (1951). American blues-rock guitarist with the Fabulous Thunderbirds. Brother of blues-rock guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan.

  • Carl Palmer (1947). English rock drummer with Emerson, Lake & Palmer (“Lucky Man”) and Asia (“Heat of the Moment”).

  • Jerry Reed (1937). American country singer/songwriter born Jerry Reed Hubbard. Died 9/1/2008.

  • Lee “Scratch” Perry (1936). Jamaican reggae and dub musician and producer. Born Rainford Hugh Perry.

  • Sister Rosetta Tharpe (1915). American gospel/blues guitarist and singer (“Down by the Riverside”, “This Train”). Born Rosetta Nubin.

  • Oswald George “Ozzie” Nelson (1906). American actor and jazz bandleader. Died 6/3/1975.

    MARCH 21

  • Deryck Whibley (1980). Musician.

  • Andrew Copeland (Sister Hazel) (1968)

  • Jonas “Joker” Berggren (1967). Swedish pop keyboardist with Ace of Base (“The Sign”).

  • MC Maxim (Prodigy) (1967)

  • Sean Dickson (Soup Dragons) (1967)

  • Nobuo Uematsu (1959). Composer.

  • Conrad Lozano (1951). Musician with Los Lobos.

  • Russell Thompkins, Jr. (1951). Philadelphia singer with The Stylistics.

  • Roger Hodgson (1950). British rock singer and founder of Supertramp. Born Charles Roger Pomfret Hodgson.

  • Eddie Money (1949). Rock singer (“Two Tickets to Paradise”, “Take Me Home Tonight”).

  • Ray Dorset (1946). English singer with Mungo Jerry (“In the Summertime”).

  • Rosemary Stone (1945). R&B musician with Sly & the Family Stone (1969’s Stand!).

  • Vivian Stanshall (1943). English singer with The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band. Died 3/5/1995.

  • Solomon Burke (1940). Pennsylvania R&B singer (“Cry to Me”) known as “the King of Rock & Soul.” Died 10/10/2010.

  • Otis Spann (1930). Mississippi blues pianist. Died 4/24/1970.

  • Son House (1902). Blues guitarist and singer.

  • Modest Mussorgsky (1839). Composer (Pictures at an Exhibition).

  • Johann Sebastian Bach (1685). German Baroque composer (Brandenburg Concertos, St. Matthew Passion, Goldberg Variations). Died 7/28/1750.

    MARCH 22

  • Stephanie Mills (1957). R&B singer and actress (Broadway’s The Wiz).

  • Andrew Lloyd Webber (1948). Musical theater composer (Cats, 1986’s Phantom of the Opera).

  • Patrick Olive (1947). Grenadan guitarist and percussionist with Hot Chocolate.

  • George Benson (1943). Philadelphia R&B/jazz singer/guitarist.

  • Keith Relf (1943). English rock singer with The Yardbirds (“For Your Love”). Died 3/22/1943.

  • Stephen Sondheim (1930). Musical theater composer (1957’s West Side Story, 1959’s Gypsy).

  • Sonny Burke (1914). Pennsylvania jazz/big band leader. Died 5/31/1980.

    MARCH 23

  • Damon Albarn (1968). English Brit-pop singer/songwriter with Blur (1994’s Parklife, “Song 2”) and Gorillaz (“Feel Good Inc.”).

  • Marti Pellow (1966). Musician with Wet Wet Wet.

  • Chaka Khan (1953). Illinois R&B singer with Rufus. Also a solo artist (“I Feel for You”). Born Yvette Marie Stevens.

  • Ric Ocasek (1949). American rock singer who fronted The Cars (“Just What I Needed”, “My Best Friend’s Girl”, 1978’s The Cars). Born Richard Otcasek.

  • Artie Shaw (1910). American jazz clarinetist and bandleader (“Begin the Beguine”, “Frenesi”, “Star Dust”, “Dancing in the Dark”) born Arthur Arshawsky. Died 12/30/2004.

    MARCH 24

  • Sharon Corr (1970). Violinist with siblings in the Corrs.

  • Mase (1970). Rapper.

  • Nena (1960). German pop singer (“99 Red Balloons”).

  • Nick Lowe (1949). British singer/songwriter and bassist (Brinsley Schwarz, Rockpile, solo), and producer.

  • Billy Stewart (1937). Washington D.C. musician (“Summertime”). Died 1/17/1970.

    MARCH 25

  • Melanie Blatt (1975). Musician with All Saints.

  • Steve Norman (1960). Musician with Spandau Ballet.

  • Paul Miles (1952). American singer/guitarist known as “The Blues Man.”

  • Maizie Wiliams (1951). West Indian singer with Boney M.

  • Neil Jones (1949). Welsh guitarist with Amen Corner.

  • Elton John (1947). English singer/songwriter and pianist (“Your Song”, “Candle in the Wind 1997”) born Reginald Kenneth Dwight.

  • Aretha Franklin (1942). Tennessee R&B singer (“Respect”, “You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman”) known as “The Queen of Soul.”

  • Anita Bryant (1940).

  • Hoyt Axton (1938). American country singer and songwriter (Three Dog Night’s “Joy to the World”). Died 10/26/1999.

  • Johnny Burnette (1934). Tennessee singer (“You’re Sixteen”). Brother of Dorsey Burnette. Died 8/15/1964.

  • Béla Bartók (1881). Hungarian classical composer and pianist. Died 9/26/1945.

  • Arturo Toscanini (1867). Russian violinist, conductor (NBC orchestra), and composer. Brought classical music to radio. Died 1/16/1957.

    MARCH 26

  • Jay Sean (1981)

  • Juvenile (1975)

  • James Iha (1968). American guitarist with Smashing Pumpkins.

  • Kenny Chesney (1968). Country singer.

  • Billy Lyall (1953). Scottish keyboardist, flautist, and singer with Pilot. Died 1989.

  • Teddy Pendergrass (1950). Pennsylvania R&B singer with Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes.

  • Richard Tandy (ELO) (1948)

  • Steven Tyler (1948). New York rock singer with Aerosmith (“Dream On”, “Walk This Way”). Born Steven Victor Tallarico.

  • Fran Sheehan (Boston) (1946)

  • Diana Ross (1944). Michigan R&B/pop singer with The Supremes (“Where Did Our Love Go”, “Baby Love”, “Stop! In the Name of Love”, “You Can’t Hurry Love”, “You Keep Me Hangin’ On”) and later a solo act (“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”, “Upside Down”, “Endless Love”).

    MARCH 27

  • Stacy “Fergie” Ferguson (1975). Pop singer with Black Eyed Peas (“My Humps”) and a solo act (“Big Girls Don’t Cry”).

  • Mariah Carey (1970). New York pop/R&B singer (“Vision of Love”, “One Sweet Day”, “We Belong Together”).

  • Brendan Hill (1970). Rock musician with Blues Traveler.

  • Johnny April (Staind) (1965)

  • Derrick McKenzie (Jamiroquai) (1964)

  • Xuxa (1963). Brazilian TV star, singer, dancer, and model.

  • Kid Congo Powers (1961). California guitarist with Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. Born Brian Tristan.

  • Andrew Farris (1959). Australian rock keyboardist with INXS (“Need You Tonight”, “What You Need”).

  • Billy MacKenzie (1957). Scottish singer with The Associates. Died 1/22/1997.

  • Tony Banks (1950). Prog-rock keyboardist with Genesis (1973’s Selling England by the Pound, 1974’s The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, 1986’s Invisible Touch).

  • Junior Parker (1932). Arkansas R&B/blues musician born Herman Parker. Died 11/8/1971.

  • Sarah Vaughan (1924). New Jersey jazz singer (“Tenderly”), Died 4/3/1990.

  • Robert Lockwood, Jr. (1915). Arkansas blues guitarist. Died 11/21/2006.

  • Moon Mullican (1909). Texas musician known as “The King of Hillbilly Piano”. Born Aubrey Mullican. Died 1/1/1967.

  • Leroy Carr (1905). Tennessee blues singer. Died 4/29/1935.

  • Hal Kemp (1904). American bandleader, saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer. Died 12/21/1940.

    MARCH 28

  • Lady Gaga (1986). American dance-pop singer (“Just Dance,” “Poker Face,” “Bad Romance,” “Born This Way,” “Shallow,” 2008’s The Fame) born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta.

  • Scott Mills (1974). BBC radio disc jockey.

  • James Atkins (EMF) (1967)

  • Reba McEntire (1955). Oklahoma country singer.

  • John Evans (1948). Musician with Jethro Tull (1971’s Aqualung).

  • Milan Williams (1948). Mississippi keyboardist, trombonist, guitarist, and drummer with The Jays and The Commodores. Died 7/9/2006.

  • Sally Carr (1945). Scottish singer with Middle of the Road.

  • Chuck Portz (1945). California bassist with The Turtles.

  • Bill Gaither (1936). Gospel singer.

  • Thad Jones (1923). American trumpeter and composer born Thaddeus Joseph Jones. Died 8/20/1986.

  • Rudolf Serkin (1903). Bohemian pianist. Died 5/8/1991.

  • Paul Whiteman (1890). American bandleader. Died 12/29/1967.

    MARCH 29

  • John Popper (Blues Traveler) (1967)

  • Perry Farrell (1959). American rock singer with Jane’s Addiction. Born Perry Bernstein.

  • Bobby Kimball (Toto) (1947)

  • Terry Jacks (1946). Canadian singer (“Seasons in the Sun”).

  • Billy Thorpe (1946). Musician.

  • Vangelis (1943). Greek composer (“Chariots of Fire”) born Evangelos Papathanassiou.

  • Chad Allan (Guess Who) (1943)

  • Pearl Bailey (1918). American big band singer. Died 8/17/1990.

  • William Walton (1902). Composer.

    MARCH 30

  • Scott Moffatt (1983). Member of Canadian pop group the Moffatts.

  • Norah Jones (1979). Adult contemporary/jazz singer (Come Away with Me).

  • Adam Goldstein (1973). DJ.

  • Celine Dion (1968). Canadian pop singer (“My Heart Will Go On”, “Because You Loved Me”).

  • Tracy Chapman (1964). Ohio contemporary folk singer/songwriter (“Fast Car”, “Give Me One Reason”).

  • MC Hammer (1962). Rapper (“U Can’t Touch This”) born Stanley Kirk Burrell.

  • Randy Warmer (1955). Musician.

  • Dave Ball (Procol Harum) (1950)

  • Re Styles (1950). singer with The Tubes.

  • Jim “Dandy” Mangrum (1948). Arkansas singer with Black Oak Arkansas.

  • Eric Clapton (1945). English rock guitarist/singer with several acclaimed groups, including Cream (“Sunshine of Your Love”, “White Room”, 1967’s Disraeli Gears), Derek and the Dominos (“Layla”), Blind Faith (“Can’t Find My Way Home”), and successful with a solo career (“Tears in Heaven”, “Wonderful Tonight”). Born Eric Clapp.

  • Graeme Edge (1941). English progressive-rock drummer with the Moody Blues (1967’s Days of Future Passed).

  • Astrud Gilberto (1940). Brazilian bossa nova singer (“The Girl from Ipanema”).

  • Rolf Harris (1930). Australian entertainer (“Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport”).

  • Sonny Boy Williamson #1 (1914). Tennessee blues musician born John Lee Williamson. Died 6/1/1948.

  • Frankie Laine (1913). Singer (“Mule Train”). Died 2/6/2007.

    MARCH 31

  • Tony Yayo (1978). Rapper.

  • Robert Holmes (1959). Musician with ‘til Tuesday.

  • Pat McGlynn (1958). Musician with Bay City Rollers.

  • Angus Young (1955). Scottish-born Australian rock guitarist/songwriter and co-founder of >AC/DC (1980’s Back in Black).

  • Tony Brock (1954). English rock drummer with The Babys.

  • Sean Hopper (1953). Rock musician with Huey Lewis & the News (1983’s Sports).

  • Don Hume (1950). English bassist with Arrival.

  • Al Goodman (Ray, Goodman & Brown) (1947)

  • Al Nichol (1946). North Carolina guitarist, pianist, and singer with The Turtles.

  • Mick Ralphs (1944). English rock guitarist with Mott the Hoople and Bad Company. Born Michael Jeffrey Ralphs.

  • Herb Alpert (1935). Producer, composer, trumpeter, and bandleader (“The Lonely Bull”, “Taste of Honey”, “This Guy’s in Love with You”, “Rise”).

  • Shirley Jones (1934). Singer and actress (TV’s The Partridge Family).

  • Lefty Frizzell (1928). Texas country singer. Born William Orville Frizzell. Died 7/19/1975.

  • Red Norvo (1908). American jazz bandleader. Died 4/6/1999.

  • Joseph Haydn (1732). Austrian classical composer and pianist. Died 5/31/1809.

    This page last updated January 18, 2022.