~ January 1st
1884: Papa Celestin (New Orleans jazz bandleader,
trumpeter, singer.)*December 15, 1954
1894: Jasper Taylor (US drummer; Buffalo Bill's Wild West show/Original
1907: Erich Schmid (Swiss composer; Tonhalle Orchestra)*17.12.2000
1919: Al McKibbon (American bass player; Giants of Jazz)*29.07.2005
1923: Milt Jackson (US vibraphonist)*09.10.1999
1900: Xavier Cugat
(Spanish violinist, band leader; Latin-American dance music)*27.10.1990
1931: Helmut Brandt (German baritone saxophonist)*July
1931: Manny Oquendo (US jazz percussionist)
1936: Sonny Greenwich (Canadian jazz guitarist)
1942: Joe McDonald (vocals,
harmonica, guitar; Country Joe and the Fish)
1942: Yoshio Ikeda (Japanese bass player)
1947: Leonid Chizhik (Moldavian avant-garde jazz and post-bop pianist)
1946: Susannah McCorkle (American vocalist)*19.May.2001
1948: Paula Tsui (Hong Kong cantopop singer)
1950: Morgan Fisher (keyboards; Mott the Hoople, Morgan, Hybrid Kids)
1950: Steve Ripley (singer, songwriter, studio engineer, guitarist,
1951: Andy Gonzalez (US jazz bass player)
1952: Urs Leimgruber (Swiss tenor jazz saxophonist)
1953: Alpha Blondy/Seydou Kon (Ivorian reggae singer)
1953: Greg Carmichael (UK guitarist; Acoustic Alchemy)
Alpha Blondy (reggae singer)
1958: Grandmaster Flash/Joseph Saddler (DJ, rapper)
1961: Eiichi Hayashi (US alto saxophonist)
1966: Amelia Fletcher (singer, guitarist; Talulah Gosh/Heavenly/Marine
1967: John Digweed (Brit disc jockey and record producer)
1971: Chris Potter (US alto saxophonist, multi-musician)
1972: Tom Barman (singer, guitar, film director; Belgium band dEUS)
1975: Thomas Bangaltier (keyboards; Daft Punk)
1975: Robert Westerholt (Dutch guitarist; Within Temptation)
1976: Jean Grae/Tsidi Ibrahim (South African rapper; The Roots)
1979: Brody Dalle (Australian guitarist; The Distillers)
1985: Lee Sung Min (Korean vocalist; boy band Super Junior)
1936: Roger Miller (US country singer)*25.Oct.1992.
1935: Neil Downing (Irish writer, delta blues musician).
1946: Michael George 'Chick' Churchill (keyboards, Ten Years After).
1950: David Shifrin (American
1952: Ricky Van Shelton (US country singer).
1954: Dawn Silva (US singer; The Brides of Funkenstein/P-Funk).
1954: Glenn Goins (singer, guitarist; Parliament/Quazar)*29.July.1978.
1958: Vladimir Ovchinnikov (Russian classical pianist).
1963: Keith Gregory (UK bassist; Wedding Present/Cha Cha Cohen)?
1967: Robert Gregory (UK drummer; Babybird)?
1970: Robert Fertitta (American opera singer).
1970: Sanda Ladosi (Romanian singer).
1971: Renee Elise Goldsberry (American actress and singer).
Skoob/Books/Willie Hines (hip-hop,rapper; Das EFX).
1975: Chris Cheney (Australian singer, guitarist; The Living End).
1975: Douglass Robb (lead singer; Hoobastank).
1981: Kelton "LDB" Kessee (singer; Immature).
1902: Preston Jackson (American trombonist)*12.Nov.1983
1909: Victor Borge (Danish pianist, humorist)*23.Dec.2000
1916: Maxene Andrews (US high harmony singer;
The Andrews Sisters)*21.10.1995
1919: Herbie Nichols (American jazz pianist, composer)*12.April.1963
1920: Renato Carosone (Italian jazz singer)*21.May.2001
1921: Musa Kaleem (American tenor saxophonist)
1922: Harold 'Geezil' Minerve (Cuban alto
1924: Nell Rankin (American opera singer)*13.Jan.2005
1926: George Martin
(producer; The Beatles/Humphrey Lyttleton many more)
1928: Al Belletto (US alto saxophonist)
Goins (US bluegrass banjoist; Pine Fiddlers/Goins Brothers)*07.July.2007.
1938: Noel Crow (Australian bandleader, clarinetist)
1938: Ian Hunter-Randall (UK trumpeter)
1939: Brian Smith (New Zealand-born flautist, saxophonist)
Van Dyke Parks (US songwriter, producer, keyboards, piano; session
1945: Stephen Stills (guitar, keyboards, bass; Crosby, Stills &
1946: Motohiko Hino (Japanese drummer)*13.May.1999
1946: John Paul Jones (bass, keyboards; Led Zeppelin).
1955: Helen O'Hara/Helen Bevington (Violin, Fiddle; Dexy's Midnight
1964: Raymond McGinley (singer, songwriter, guitarist; Scotland's
1966: Martin Galway (Irish composer; computer games)
1969: James Carter (US saxophones, flute, bass clarinet; session/freelance)
1975: Thomas Bangalter (French disc jockey of Daft Punk fame)
1978: Kimberley Locke (American Singer)
1980: Rob Arnold (US guitarist; Chimaira)
1936: John Gorman (singer,director for entertainment;
1942: John McLaughlin (Jazz guitarist, Mahavishnu Orchestra)
1946: Arthur Conley (soul singer, songwriter)*16.Nov.2003.
1944: Jimmy Campbell
(singer, songwriter; The Kirkbys/23rd Turnoff/Rockin' Horse)*12.Feb.2007.
1947: Chris Cutler (drummer; Henry Cow/Pere Ubu/Residents)
1954: Eugene Chadbourne (guitarist; Camper Van Chadbourne/Shockabilly)
1955: Clive Gregson (singer, songwriter, guitar; Clive Gregson
& Christine Collister, Any Trouble)
1956: Bernard Sumner
(guitarist; Electronic, New Order)
1957: Patty Loveless (singer, guitarist)
1958: Macel King (singer; Sweet Sensation)
1960: Michael Stipe (lead singer; R.E.M.)
1962: Robin Guthrie (guitar, keyboards, programming; Cocteau Twins)
David Glasper (lead singer; Breathe)
1965: Beth Gibbons (singer; Portishead)
1965: David Glasper (lead singer, guitarist; Breathe)
1965: Cait O'Riordan (bassist; Pogues)
1966: Deana Carter (US country singer, guitarist)
1967: Benjamine Darvill (harmonica, mandolin, acoustic, electric
guitar; Crash Test Dummies)
1977: Timothy Wheeler (guitar, vocals; Irish band Ash]
1923: Sam Phillips
(founder of Sun Records)*30.07.2003
1932: Johnny Adams (US soul singer)*14.09.1998
1940: George Malone (second tenor; Monotones)
1940: Athol Guy (bass player, Australian Seekers)
1941: Grady Thomas (singer; Parliament Funkadelic/Funkadelic)
1944: Jo Ann Kelly (US blues singer, acoustic guitarist)*21.Oct.1990.
1949: George Brown (drummer,
Kool & The Gang)
1950: Chris Stein (guitar, song writer; Blondie)
1951: Peter 'Biff' Byford (UK lead singer; Saxon)
1961: Iris Dement (country singer/songwriter)
1963: Grant Young (drummer; Soul Asylum)
1964: Phil Thornalley (songwriter/vocals/guitar; Cure)
1965: Randy Thurman (US guitarist, artist, poet, composer).
1966: Kate Schellenbach (drummer; Beastie Boys/Luscious Jackson)
1969: Marilyn Manson/Brian Warner (US shock-rock singer)
1924: Earl Scruggs (five-string banjo virtuoso, singer)
1929: Wilbert Harrison (vocals, piano, guitar; Canned Heat/solo)*26.10.1994
1933: Hector Rivera
(latin soul keyboardist)
1937: Doris Troy (soul/R&B singer, solo/backup/musicals/songwriter)*16.Feb.2004
1935: Johnny "Jok" O'Keefe (Australian singer, TV personality)*06.10.1978
1940: Van McCoy (singer and producer)*06.07.1979
1946: Roger "Syd" Barrett
(original singer/lead guitar Pink Floyd)*07.07.2006
1947: Shirley Brown (southern soul singer)
1947: Sandy Denny (singer, piano, guitar; Fairport Convention)*21.01.1978
1949: Joey Miskulin (12-bass accordion; sessionist/freelance)
1951: Kim Wilson
(frontman, harmonica; Fabulous Thunderbirds/solo)
1953: Malcolm Young (guitar; AC/DC)
1959: Neil Simpson (bass, 7 string bass, midi bass-synthesizer;
Climax Blues Band).
1959: Kathie Sledge (singer, Sister Sledge)
1960: Muzz Skillings (bassist, guitar, singer; Living Colour/Medicine
1963: Jazzie B (singer, DJ, music producer; Soul II Soul)
1964: Mark O'Toole (bass; Frankie Goes To Hollywood)
1969: Tim Garbutt (member of dance-metal duo Utah Saints).
1975: Chase Hampton (singer; Party-Rodeo)
1922: Jean-Pierre Rampal (flute
1937: Paul Revere(keyboards, vocals; Paul Revere &
1935: Kenny Davern
(American jazz clarinetist, sax player)*12.Dec.2006.
1935: John Thomas Johnson (US tuba player;
2,000 film soundtracks)*16.Oct.2006
Rory Storm/Alan Caldwell (lead singer;
Rory Storm & The Hurricanes)*28.09.1972
1939: Lefty Baker/Eustace
Britchforth (guitar, banjo, vocals; Spanky
& Our Gang)*11.Aug.1971.
Danny Williams (South African singer; solo/Nat King Cole Tribute Show)*06.12.2005
1943: Leona Williams (singer, bassist; Helton
Family Band/Loretta Lynn's band/solo)
McCartney (singer, songwriter; Scaffold/McGough
1945: Dave Cousins (leader, vocals,guitar:
1946: Jann Wenner (founder, editor, publisher;
Rolling Stone magazine)
1946: Andy Brown
1948: Kenny Loggins
songwriter, soundtrack king)
1959: Kathy Valentine (bassist;
1974: John Rich (bass, vocals; Big & Rich)
1935: Elvis Presley (The King Of Rock 'n' Roll)*16.08.1977
1937: Shirley Bassey (Welsh singer)
1940: Little Anthony/Anthony Gourdune (singer; Little Anthony &
Jon Lucien (US smooth jazz singer-songwriter)*18.Aug.2007.
1943: Lee Jackson (vocals, bass; The Nice)
1943: Marcus Hutson (vocals; The Whispers)
1945: Terry Sylvester (guitarist, Swinging Blue Jeans)
1945: John Petersen (US drummer, Beau Brummels/Harpers Bizarre)*11.Nov.2007.
1946: Robby Krieger (guitar; The Doors/freelance)
1947: David Bowie/David Jones/Ziggy Stardust (singer, multi musician,
songwriter, actor, producer)
1947: Terry Sylvester (guitar, vocals; Swinging Blue/Hollies/solo)
1948: Paul King (guitar, kazoo, jug; Mungo Jerry/Skeleton Krew/Earl
King Boogie Band)
1955: Mike Reno (lead singer; Loverboy)
1959: Paul Hester (Australian drummer; Split Enz/Crowded House)
1967: R. Kelly/Robert Sylvester Kelly (US singer, song writer,
1969: Jeff Abercrombie (founder bassist; Fuel)
1971: Karen Poole (singer; Alisha's Attic]
1973: Sean Paul (singer,vocal arrangement; Reggae star)
1974: Steven King (bassist; Mansun)
1920: Clive Dunn
1941: Joan Baez (folk rock singer; songwriter)
1943: Kenneth Kelly (vocals; The Manhattans)
1943: Dick Yount (guitar, bass, drums; Harpers Bizarre)
1944: Jimmy Page (guitarist /producer, Yardbirds/Led Zeppelin/Honeydrippers/freelance)
1943: Scott Engel (vocals; Walker Brothers/solo)
1948: William "Bill" Cowsill Jr. (singer, guitarist;
1948: Paul King
(guitar, banjo, harmonica, kazoo; Mungo Jerry/King Earl Boogie Band/Skeleton
1948: Tim Hart (vocals, guitar, dulcimer;
1948: Cassie Gaines (US singer; The Honkettes/Lynyrd Skynyrd)*20.Oct.1977
1950: Steve McRay (keyboards, vocals; 38 Special, Ted Nugent, Sessions)
1950: David Johansen (vocals, harmonica; New York Dolls)
1951: Crystal Gayle/Brenda Gail Webb (singer, songwriter)
1963: Eric Erlandson (guitar, Hole)
1964: Phil Hartnoll (one half of the techno duo Orbital)
1965: Haddaway/Alexander Nestor Haddaway (producer, mixing, singer)
1967: Carl Bell (founder , guitarist; Fuel)
1967: Steve Harwell (lead vocals; Smash Mouth)
1967: Dave Matthews (guitar, vocals, Dave Matthews Band)
1978: A.J. McLean/Alexander James McLean (vocals, Backstreet Boys)
1917: Jerry Wexler (Co-owner of Atlantic
records, vice president at Warner Brothers)
1927: Johnnie Ray (US singer)*24.Feb.1990
1924: Max Roach (US bebop/hard bop drummer, composer; the greats/own
1935: Ronnie Hawkins (rockabilly singer, The Hawks)
1939: Scott McKenzie (UK singer)
1939: Sal Mineo (singer/actor)*12.Feb.1976
1943: Jim Croce (US guitarist, songwriter, pianist, singer)*20.Sep.1973
1945: Rod Stewart (singer, harmonica; The Hoochie Coochie Men/Faces/solo]
1946: Aynsley Dunbar
(drums; Jefferson Starship/Journey/Whitesnake/sessionist)
1946: Bob Lang (bassist; Mindbenders)
1948: Teresa Graves (US actress, singer)*10.Oct.2002
1948: Cyril Neville (vocals, percussion, Neville Brothers)
1948: Donald Fagen (vocals, keyboards, Steely Dan)
1948: Cyril Neville (vocals, percussion; Neville Brothers)
1953: Pat Benatar/Patricia Andrejewski (US singer)
1955: Luci Martin (vocals; Chic/solo)
1955: Michael Schenker (German guitarist; Scorpions/ UFO)
1956: Shawn Colvin (singer songwriter)
1959: Curt Kirkwood (guitarist, singer;Meat Puppets)
1964: Brad Roberts (vocals, guitar, Crash Test Dummies)
1973: Aerle Taree (vocals; Arrested Development)
1979: Chris "Daddy Mack" Smith (hip hop, rapper; Kris
1895: Laurens Hammond (inventor of the Hammond
1924: Don Cherry (US singer, NOT the trumpet player).
1924: Slim Harpo/Harmonica Slim/James Moore (blues
1942: Clarence Clemons (saxophonist; E Street
1946: Tony Kaye/Anthony John Selvidge (UK
1946: Naomi Judd/Diana Ellen Judd (US country
singer, songwriter; The Judds/solo).
1949: Frederick "Dennis" Greene (US
singer; The Kingsmen/Sha Na Na).
1956: Robert Earl Keen Jr (US country, folk
1958: Vicki Peterson (vocals, guitar; Bangs/The
1963: Simon Cohen (UK drummer; Roman Holliday).
1968: Tom Dumont (US guitarist; No Doubt/Invincible
1971: Mary J. Blige (US R&B, hip-hop
1971: Tom Rowlands (member of the Chemical
1977: Nadia Turner (US singer, songwriter,
actress, radio/television personality).
1981: Jamelia/Jamelia Niela Davis
1981: Tom Meighan (UK lead singer; Kasabian).
1985: Rie Fu
(Japanese pop & folk rock singer, songwriter).
1900: Harry Roy (UK singer, swing clarinetist,
1928: Ruth Weston (R&B singer)*17.11.2006.
1932: Des O'Connor (UK singer, comedian, TV presenter)
1931: Roland Alphonso (Jamaican tenor saxophonist; The Skatalites/Soul
1930: Glenn Yarborough (singer; Limelighters)
1937: Rene Netto (clarinet/saxophone/flute; solo/session).
1939: William Lee Golden (country
singer; Oak Ridge Boys/solo)
1940: Ronald Shannon Jackson (drummer; Music Revelation Ensemble/Last
1941: Long John Baldry (blues singer; Bluesology/Steampacket)*21.July.2005
1945: Maggie Bell (Scottish rock singer, Stone The Crows/Midnight
1945: Abe Tilmon (American vocalist with Detroit Emeralds)*June
1946: Cynthia Robinson (vocals; Sly & The Family Stone).
Haneken/Kentaro Haneda (Japanese pianist;
movies/video game music)*02.June.07.
1951: Chris Bell (US guitarist, co-founder; Big Star)*27.Dec.1978.
1954: Felipe Rose (US singer, dancer; American Indian chief of
the Village People/solo).
1959: Per Gessle (producer, acoustic guitar, mixing; Roxette)
1959: Blixa Bargeld/Christian Emmerich (German guitarist; Einstrzende
1960: Charlie Gillingham (keyboards, Counting Crows)
1963: Guy Chambers (Singer/songwriter/producer; Lemon Trees/Robbie
1965: Rob Zombie/Robert Bartleh Cummings (singer, songwriter, film
director; White Zombie).
1970: Zack de la Rocha (US rapper,poet, activist, vocalist, lyricist;
Rage Against the Machine).
1970: Raekwon/Corey Woods (Hip-Hop, Rap artist; Wu-Tang Clan/solo).
1973: Dan Haseltine (singer; Jars of Clay).
1973: Matt Wong (Hawaiin bassist; Reel Big Fish).
1973: Hande Yener (Turkish popular music singer).
1974: Mel C /Sporty Spice/Melanie Chisholm (singer; Spice Girls/solo).
1975: Jason Freese (American multi-musician; Green Day/Freelance).
1977: Kris Roe (US Christian rock singer, guitarist and songwriter;
1978: Jeremy Camp (US guiyarist, singer).
1980: Amerie/Amerie Mi Marie Rogers (US R&B singer, songwriter,
record producer, actress, model).
1884: Sophie Tucker/Sonia Kalish (Czarist Russian (born) singer,
1885: James Vincent Monaco (Italian-born American composer of popular
1890: Steve Brown (US jazz string bassist)*15.Sept.1965.
1902: Louis "Putney" Dandridge (US bandleader,
jazz pianist, vocalist)*15.Feb.1946.
1909: Quentin "Butter" Jackson (US jazz trombonist)*02.Oct.1976.
1909: Danny Barker (jazz banjoist, singer, guitarist, songwriter,
ukelele)*13 March 1994.
1926: Melba Doretta Liston (US trombone, composer, musical arranger)*23.April.1999.
Joe Pass (American jazz guitarist)*May 23, 1994.
1930: "Bobby Lester" Dallas (US lead singer; Moonglows)*15.Oct.1980.
1946: Al James (UK bass; Showaddywaddy).
1946: Eero Koivistoinen (Finish tenor jazz saxophonist).
1946: Bill Easley (American tenor saxophonist, multi-reed player;
1947: John Lees (Uk guitarist, vocals; Barclay James Harvest).
1954: Trevor Rabin (South African guitarist; Yes/solo/sessionist).
1955: Fred White (US drummer; Earth Wind and Fire/Al McKay All-Stars/freelance)
1957: Don Snow (UK keyboards; Squeeze/solo/freelance).
1957: Jim Paris (UK bassist, Carmel)?
1959: James Lomenzo (American bassist with Megadeth).
1961: Suggs/Graham McPherson (UK singer, actor, radio DJ, TV personality;
1962: Tracy Darrell "Trace" Adkins (American country
1965: Wayne Coyne (bassist; Flaming Lips).
1964: David McClusky (drums; Bluebells).
1980: Krzysztof Czerwinski (Polish conductor and organist).
1981: Jason James (US bassist; Bullet for My Valentine).
1989: Triinu Kivilaan (Estonian singer; Vanilla Ninja).
1908: Russ Columbo/Ruggiero Eugenio di Rodolpho
Colombo (US singer, violinist, actor)*02.Sept.1934.
1917: Billy Butterfield (US jazz trumpeter)*18.March.1988.
1929: Billy Walker (US country singer, guitarist)*21.May.2006.
Quilico (Canadian baritone opera singer)*15.July.2000.
1930: Johnny Grande (piano, accordian; Bill Haley and The Comets).
1931: Caterina Valente (French-born Italian singer, actress, dancer).
1936: Clarence Carter (blind US singer, guitarist)
1937: Billie Jo Spears (US female country singer)
1938: Allen Toussaint (US singer, songwriter, producer)
1938: Jack Jones (US pop & jazz singer).
1943: Jos Luis Rodrguez "El Puma"
1944: Linda Jones (US soul singer)*14.March.1972.
1948: Tim Harris (drums; The Foundations).
1948: Joseph Henry "T-Bone" Burnett (US guitar, singer,
1956: Ben Heppner (Canadian tenor singer; (opera and classical).
1956: tienne Daho (French singer, songwriter, record producer).
1956: Bob Bradbury (UK lead singer, guitar; Hello).
1959: Carl Smyth aka Chas Smash
(UK hornist, percussion; Madness).
1959: Geoff Tate (US singer; Queensryche).
1962: Patricia Morrison (US bassist, singer; Sisters Of Mercy).
1961: Mike Tramp/Michael Trampenau (Danish singer; White Lion/Freak
1965: Slick Rick/Richard D. Walters (UK rapper).
1967: Zakk Wylde (US guitarist; Black Label Society/Ozzy Osbourne
1967: Steve Bowman (US drummer, songwriter; Counting Crows).
1968: LL Cool J/James Todd Smith (US rapper).
1969: Dave Grohl (drummer, guitarist; Queens of the Stone Age/Foo
1979: John Reuben (Christian hip hop artist).
1981: Rosa Lpez (Spanish popular singer).
1982: Caleb Followill (US lead singer, rhythm guitar; Kings of
1988: Mikalah Gordon (US singer: American pop idol).
1893: Ivor Novello (Welsh singer, composer
1909: Gene Krupa (US jazz & big band
1941: Captain Beefheart/Don Van Vliet (US
singer, multi-musician; Frank Zappa/The Magic Band).
1942: Edward "Sonny" Bivens (vocals;
1945: Joan Johnson (US Singer; Dixie Cups).
1947: Pete Waterman, OBE (pop writers, producer,
1948: Ronnie Van Zandt (lead vocalist, Lynyrd
1951: Martha Davis (vocals, The Motels).
1952: Melvyn Gale (UK celloist, pianist;
Electric Light Orchestra).
1952: Boris Blank (Swiss keyboards, sampling, percussion, vocals,composer,
1953: Rob Gretton
(UK manager; New Order/Joy Division)*15.May.1999.
1959: Peter Trewavas (UK bassist; Marillion).
1961: Damian O'Neill (Irish guitarist; The
Thomas Lant (UK vocalist, bassist; speed metal band Venom).
1965: Adam Jones (US guitarist, songwriter,
make-up artist; Tool/The Melvins).
1967: Lisa Lisa/Lisa Velez (vocals, Lisa
Lisa & Cult Jam)
1971: Max Beesley (UK percussionist, pianist,
actor; sessionist/Robbie Williams/Take That/Paul Weller).
1981: Howie Day (US pop singer).
1913: Vido Musso (tenor sax/clarinet, Benny
Goodman, Tommy Dorsey)
1917: Sandy Block (jazz bassist, Chick Webb Band, Van Alexander
1934: Bob Bogle (bass guitar/lead guitar, The Ventures)
1939: Ray Phillips (lead singer; Nashville Teens).
1942: William Francis (keyboards,
1942: Barbara Lynn (US singer).
1943/44: Ronnie Milsap (US piano, keyboards, singer).
1944: Jim Stafford (guitar, multi-musician, all round entertainer).
1959: Sade Adu/Helen Folasade Adu (UK singer, songwriter, composer,
1960: Mark C. Deren (DJ, Mark From Holland).
1961: Paul Raven (UK rock bassist; Ministry/Killing Joke)*20.Oct.2007.
1962: Paul Webb (bass, Talk Talk).
1965: Maxine Jones (singer, En Vogue).
1970: Brendan O'Hare (Scottish drummer; Teenage Fanclub).
1976: Stuart Fletcher (UK bassist; Seahorses/The Yard).
1978: Charles Richard "Ricky" Wilson (lead singer; Kaiser
1979: Aaliyah/Aaliyah Dana Haughton (US singer, dancer, actress
1981: Nick Valensi (US guitar; Strokes).
1982: Samuel Dylan Murray Preston (UK lead singer; The Ordinary
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1927: Eartha Kitt (US singer).
1943: Chris Montez/Ezekiel Christopher Montanez
(Mexican American singer).
1945: William Hart
1948: Mick Taylor (guitar,
slide guitar; John Mayalls Bluesbreakers/Rolling Stones/freelance).
1953: Sheila Hutchinson (vocals; Emotions).
1954: Cheryl Bentyne (US singer; Manhattan
1955: Steve Earle (US singer, songwriter).
1956: Paul Antony Young (UK bassist, singer;
Streetband/Kat Kool & The Kool Kats/Streetband/Q-Tips).
1958: Jez Strode (UK drummer; Kajagoogoo).
1959: Susanna Hoffs (US rhythm guitarist,
vocals, The Bangles).
1960: John Crawford (US
bassist, keyboards; Berlin).
1961: Dave Collard
(keyboards; Jo Boxers)?
1964: Andy Rourke (UK bassist, The Smiths).
1966: Shabba Ranks/Rexton Rawlston Fernando Gordon
(Jamaican singer, rapper).
1971: Kid Rock/Robert James Ritchie
(US singer, multi-musician).
1971: Jon Wysocki (US drummer; Staind).
1978: Ricky Wilson (lead singer; Kaiser Chiefs).
1904: Anthony Galla-Rini (US concert accordionist)*30.July.2006
1913: Danny Kaye/David Daniel Kominski (singer/actor/entertainer)*03.March.1987
1915: Paul Gunter (drummer; Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown)
1926: Johnny Bragg (vocals, songwriter; Johnny Bragg & the
Bobby Goldsboro (US country-pop singer, guitar, composer).
1941: David Ruffin/Davis Eli Ruffin (US vocals; Temptations/solo)*01.June.1991.
1943: Dave Greenslade (UK keyboard; Thunderbird/If/Colisseum/Greenslade).
1944: Larry "Legs" Smith (UK drummer; Bonzo Dog Doo Dah
1953: Brett Hudson (US singer; Hudson Brothers).
1954: Tom Bailey (UK
singer, keyboardist; Thompson Twins).
1959: Bob Rosenberg (music producer, remixer, DJ; Will To Power).
1961: Bobby Broom (US jazz guitarist; Kenny Burrel/Deep Blue Organ
1962 : Darren 'Wiz' Brown (UK lead-singer, guitarist; Serpico/Mega
1962: Jeremy Healy/Jeremiah Healy (UK guitarist, dj, mixer; Haysi
Fantayzee/ E-Zee Possee).
1970: DJ Quik/David Martin Blake (American rapper and record producer).
1971: Jonathan Davis (US vocalist, multi-musician; KoRn/Sexart).
1973: Crispian Mills/Crispian John David Boulting (UK guitar, vocals;
1974: Christian Burns (acoustic guitar, vocals; BBMak).
1983: Samantha Mumba (Irish singer, actress).
1935: Johnny O'Keefe (Australian singer)*06.Oct.1978.
1939: Phil Everly (singer, songwriter, Everly Brothers).
1941: Joe Butler (vocals; Lovin Spoonful).
1942: Michael Crawford/Michael Patrick Dumbell-Smith (UK actor,
1943: Janis Joplin (singer, songwriter; Big Brother & The Holding
1944: Shelley Fabares (US actress, singer).
1944: Laurie London [UK actor, singer).
1946: Dolly Parton (US singer, songwriter, actress).
1947: Rod Evans (UK singer; Deep Purple/ Captain Beyond/ The Maze/
1948: Harvey Hinsley (singer; Hot Chocolate).
1949: Robert Palmer (singer, songwriter)*26.Sept.2003.
1951: Dewey Bunnell (Anglo-American singer;
1954: Francis Buchholz (German bassist; Scorpions).
1957: Mickey Virtue (UK keyboardist; UB40).
1963: Caron Wheeler (vocals, Soul II Soul).
1968: Whitfield Crane (US lead singer; Ugly Kid Joe).
1969: Trey Lorenz (US singer, songwriter).
1971: John Wozniak (US lead singer, guitarist, song writer; Marcy
1978: Ricky Wilson (UK lead singer; Kaiser Chiefs).
1876: Josef Hofmann (Polish-American virtuoso pianist, composer)*16.Feb.1957.
1924 Slim Whitman (American country singer, guitarist, songwriter).
1914: Roy Plomley
(Desert Island Discs radio presenter)*28.May.1985.
1918: Juan Garca Esquivel (Mexican band leader, pianist,
film score composer)*03.Jan2002.
1933: Ron Townson (singer; Fifth Dimension)*02.Aug.2001
1942: William Powell (vocals; The O'Jays)*1977
1943: Rick Evans (US singer, guitarist; Zager and Evans).
1945: Eric Stewart (guitar, keyboards, vocals, Mindenders/ Hotlegs
1946: Jimmy Chambers (US singer; Londonbeat).
1948: Mel Pritchard (drummer; Barclay James Harvest)*28.Jan.2004
1951: Ian Hill (UK bassist; Judas Priest).
1952: Paul Stanley
(guitar, vocals; Kiss).
1965: Nathan Moore (vocals, Brother Beyond/ Pop Idol manager)
1965: John Michael Montgomery (US country singer, rhythm).
1965: Greg Kriesel (UK bass; The Offspring).
1965: Heather Small (UK singer, M People).
1969: Nicky Wire/Nicholas Allen Jones (Welsh bassist; Manic Street
1969: Tina O'Neill (UK drummer; We've Got A Fuzzbox And We're Gonna
1970: Mark Trojanowski
(drummer; Sister Hazel).
1971: Gary Barlow (UK singer, pianoist, songwriter, Take That/solo).
1979: Will Young (UK singer).
1979: Robert Gregory Bourdon (drums; Linkin Park).
1925: Telly Savalas (singer, actor)*22.Jan.1994.
1938: Wolfman Jack/Robert Weston Smith (American
1931: Rudi Maugeri (Canadian baritone singer, Radio DJ; Crew Cuts)*07.May.2004
1941: Richie Havens (US folk singer).
1941: Placido Domingo (Spanish
tenor opera singer).
1942: Edwin Starr (motown/soul singer)*03.April.2003.
1942: Mac Davis (UK singer, songwriter).
1947: Pye Hastings (Scottish guitarist, singer;
1947: Jimmy Ibbotson (US
multi-musician; Nitty Gritty Dirt Band/solo)?
Chris Britton (guitar; Troggs).
1950: Billy Ocean/Leslie Sebastian Charles (Trinidadian
1954: Nigel Glockler (UK drums; Saxon).
1956: Rob Brill (US drummer; Berlin).
1965: Jam Master Jay/Jason Mizell (DJ, rapper;
founder & DJ of Run-DMC)*30.Oct.2002
1965: Cordell Crockett (bassist; Ugly Kid
1966: Robert Del Naja (founder member of
The Wild bunch and Massive Attack)
1966: Wendy James (UK
vocals; Transvision Vamp/Racine)?
1976: Emma Lee Bunton/Baby spice (UK singer;
1978: Nokio/Tamir Mateen Raheem Hameed Ruffin
(US singer, rapper; Dru Hill).
1931: Sam Cooke (US soul singer)*11.Dec.1964
1940: Addie Harris (vocals, Shirelles)*10.June.1982
1946: Malcolm Mclaren (Sex Pistols manager, vocals, solo artist)
1949: Nigel Pegrum (drummer; Small Faces/Uriah Heep/Steeleye Span/sessionist)
1952: Teddy Gentry (vocals, bass; Alabama)
1949: Steve Perry (lead singer, Journey)
1960: Michael Hutchence (lead singer; INXS)*22.Nov.1997
1965: D.J.Jazzy Jeff/Jeffrey A. Townes (US hip hop DJ/turntablist,
1965: Steve Adler (drums; Guns N' Roses, Adler's Appitite)
1965: Andrew 'Roachford' (UK soul singer, songwriter)
1981: Willa Ford/Amanda Lee Williford (US dance-pop singer-songwriter)
1981: Ben Moody (US guitarist, multi-musician; Evanescence).
1888: Huddie William"Lead Belly"Ledbetter (12 string
guitar, blues multi-musician)*06.Dec.1949
1910: Jean-Baptiste "Django" Reinhardt (Belgium gypsy jazz
Cyril Davies (UK blues harmonica player
and blues musician)*07.Jan.1964.
1933: Chita Rivera (singer/actress)
1944: Jerry Lawson (singer; Persuasions)
1948: Anita Pointer (singer, Pointer Sisters)
1950: Bill Cunningham (bass, up-right bass, piano; The Box Tops)
1950: Danny Federici (grand piano, glockenspiel, accordion, organ;
E Street Band)
1953: Robin Zander (guitar, vocals; Cheap Trick/freelance)
1955: Reggie Calloway (trumpet, flute, singer, songwriter; Midnight
1959: Earl Falconer (bass; UB40)
1924: Martti Pokela (Finnish folk
kantele player, composer)*23.Aug.2007
1933: Zeke Carey (lead vocals, tenor vocals; Flamingos)*2001
1936: Doug Kershaw (Fiddler, guitar, singer; Cajun musician)
1938: Kip Anderson (American R & B singer, songwriter, disc
1939: Ray Stevens/Harold Ray Ragsdale (US singer, piano, songwriter)
1941: Neil Diamond (singer, songwriter)
1941: Aaron Neville (vocals, Neville Brothers)
1947: Warren Zevon (singer,songwriter, vocals,keyboards,guitar,bass)*7.Sept.2003
1949: John Belushi (Blues Brothers)*5 March.1982
1958: Jools Holland (piano,
keyboards; Squeeze/own jazz band)
Vic Reeves/James "Jim" Roderick Moir (Comedy
song 'Wonder Stuff').
1963: Keech Rainwater (drums; Lonestar)
1975: Paul Marazzi (vocals; A1)
1984: Witold "Vitek" Kieltyka (Polish drummer; Decapitated/Dies
1915: Ewan MacColl (UK folk singer, songwriter, father of Kirsty
Tom Jobim (Brazilian composer singer,
pianist, guitarist, arranger)*08.Dec.1994
1931: Stig Anderson (producer of Abba, founder
of Polar Music record label)*12.Sept.1997
1938: Etta James (US R&B singer)
1949: John Cooper Clarke (Manchester, poet
1950: Michael Cotten (synthesizer; Tubes)
1953: Malcolm Green (UK drums; Split Enz)
1954: Richard Finch (bassist; K.C. &
The Sunshine Band)
1956 Andy Cox (UK guitar; Fine Young Cannibals)
1958: Gary Tibbs (bassist; Roxy Music /Adam
And The Ants)
1962: Peter Coyle (vocals; Lotus Eaters)
1963: Carl Fysh (vocals; Brother Beyond)
1973: Chris Wilkie (guitarist; Dubstar)
1977: Christian Ingebrigtsen (vocals; A1)
1981: Alicia Keys (US singer, songwriter)
1908: Stphane Grappelli (French
1926: Ronnie Hilton (UK singer, TV presenter)*20.Feb.2001
1934: Huey "Piano" Smith [US R&B pianist]
1939: Marshall Lieb (singer, guitar, musical supervisor; Teddy
1945: Ashley Hutchings (bass;Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span,
The Albion Band)
Deon Jackson (US soul singer)
1949: Derek Holt (guitarist; Climax Blues Band).
1950: Paul Pena (multi-genre singer, multi-musician)*01.Oct.2005
1951: Andy Hummell (rock bassist; Big Star)
1951: David Briggs (Australian group, Little River Band)
1951: Lucia Mendez (Mexican actress, singer)
1953: Lucinda Williams (US singer, songwriter)
1955: Eddie Van Halen (guitar, keyboards; Van Halen)
1958: Norman Hassan (percussion, trombone; UB40)
1958: Anita Baker (US singer).
1958: B James Lowry (guitar; Boys Band/freelance)
1961: Tom Keifer (guitarist, vocalist; Cinderella)
1963: Andrew Ridgeley (singer; Wham!)
1963: Jazzie B /Beresford Romeo (DJ, producer, Soul II Soul)
1970: Kirk Franklin (gospel singer; Georgia Mass Choir)
1972: Ya Kid K/Manuela
Barbara Kamosi Moaso Djogi (R&B singer
"Toše" Proeski (Macedonian singer, songwriter, humanitarian)*17.Oct.2007.
1756: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Austrian composer)*5.Dec.1791
Oran 'Hot Lips' Page (singer, trumpeter; Kansas City Jazz Band +many)*05.11.1954.
1918: Elmore James (US blues guitarist, singer)*24.May.1963
1918: Skitch Henderson/Lyle Russell Cedric Henderson (founder of
NewYork Pops Orchestra)*01.Nov.2005
1919: David Seville/Ross
Bagdasarian (inventor of The Chipmunks, songwriter)*16.Jan.1972
1925: Doc Pomus/Jerome Solon Felder (US blues singer, songwriter)*14.March.1991
1930: Bobby "Blue" Bland (R&B singer)
1937: Buddy Emmons (pedal steele guitar, bass; Roger Miller Band/sessionist/solo)
1944: Nick Mason (drums, Pink Floyd)
1946: Nedra Talley (singer; Ronettes)
1948: Kim Gardner (bass; Ashton Gardner & Dyke)
1951: Brian Downey (drums, percussion; Thin Lizzy)
1951: Seth Justman (keyboards, vocals; J. Geils Band)
1953: Bob Mintzer (US sax player; Yellowjackets/Bob Mintzer Big
1955: Richard Young (rhythm guitar, vocals; Kentucky Headhunters)
1961: Gillian Gilbert (keyboards, guitarist; New Order)
1961: Margo Timmins (Canadian singer; Cowboy Junkies)
1961: Martin Deguille (vocals, guitar; Sigue Sigue Sputnik)
1964: Migi Drummond (drums; Curiosity Killed The Cat)
1968: Tricky/Adrian Thawes (singer, trip-hop artist, actor)
1968: Mike Patton (vocals, bass; Faith No More)
1972: Mark Owen (vocals; Take That)
Arthur Rubinstein (Polish pianist; 5 time Grammy award winner)*20.Dec.1982.
1927: Ronnie Scott/Ronald Schatt (UK jazz saxophonist, Ronnie Scott's
1936: Jack Scott/Giovanni Dominico Scafone Jr (Canadian-born
songwriter, rockabilly singer).
1941: King Tubby/Osbourne Ruddock (reggae producer)*06.Feb.1989.
1943: Dick Taylor (UK bassist, vocals; Rolling Stones/The
1943: Brian Keenan (UK drummer, Chambers Brothers/The Losers/Manfred
1945: Robert Wyatt-Ellidge (UK singer; Soft Machine/Matching
1946: Rick Allen (US keyboardist; Box Tops).
1947: David Byron/David Garrick (lead singer; Uriah Heep/solo)*28.Feb.1985
1948: Corky Laing (drums, Mountain/West, Bruce and Laing)
1951: William "Billy Bass" Nelson (bassist; P Funk/Funkadelic/freelance)
1954: Tony Stough (lead guitarist; Plush/The Edge/Wabash)*28.May.2004
1959: Dave Sharp (guitar, vocals, The Alarm)
1962: Leslie "Sam" Phillips (guitar, singer, songwriter,
1963: Dan Spitz (guitarist; Anthrax)
1968: Lawrence Muggerud (DJ Muggs, Cypress Hill)
1968: Rakim/William Griffin Jr (US rapper)
1968: Sarah McLachlan (singer songwriter)
1975: Lee Latchford- Evans (singer - Steps)
1977: Joseph Fatone (N'SYNC)
1977: Tweety (singer; Next)
1980: Nicolas Carter (singer; Backstreet Boys)
1929: Acker Bilk (clarinet, jazz bandleader)
1930: Derek Bailey (guitarist, founder of Incus records)*25.Dec.2005.
1933: Sacha Distel (French singer, guitarist)*22.July.2004.
1938: James Jamerson (US bassist; Funk Brothers/session).
1943: Tony Blackburn [UK radio, pirate, &
TV DJ; first D.J. on BBC Radio One).
1943: Mark Wynter/Terence Lee Lewis (UK
singer, theatre actor).
1944: Andrew Loog Oldham (UK producer, impresario,
author; first Rolling Stones manager).
1947: David Byron
(UK singer; Uriah Heep)*28.Feb.1985
1952: Tommy Ramone/Thomas Erdelyi (Hungarian
born drummer; The Ramones).
1953: Louie Perez
(US percussionist, guitarist; Los Lobos/Latin Playboys).
1954: Rob Manzoli (UK singer; Right Said
1959: Johnny Spampinato (US bassist; NRBQ/sessionist).
1961: Eddie Jackson (US
1961: Dave Baynton-Power (UK drummer; James).
1961: Pauline Henry
(Scottish singer; Chimes).
1962: Marcus Vere (UK
synthesizers; Living In A Box).
Roddy Frame (Scottish guitarist, singer, songwriter; Aztec Camera).
1968: Richard Battersby (UK drummer; The
1981: Jonny Lang/Jon Gordon Langseth, Jr (US
blues guitarist, singer).
1928: Ruth Brown (US R&B singer)*17.Nov.2006
1936: Horst Jankowski (German jazz & easy listening pianist;
1941: Joe Terranova (US singer; Danny & The Juniors).
1942: Marty Balin
(US singer; Jefferson Airplane).
1943: Sandy Deane/Yaguda (US singer; Jay and the Americans)?
1947: Steve Marriott (UK singer, guitarist, songwriter; Small Faces/Humble
1949: William King [trumpet; Commodores]
1951: Phil Collins (drums, piano, vocals, Genesis/solo).
1952: Steve Bartek (US guitarist, film composer, conductor, orchestrator.Oingo
1959: Jody Watley (vocals,songwriter, dancer; Shalamar).
1959: Mark Eitzel (US guitarist, singer, songwriter; American Music
1964: Angie Stone (UK singer, songwriter, keyboards; Vertical Hold/Mantronix/Devox/solo).
Eddie Cantor (American singer, vaudeville
1906: Roosevelt "Honeydripper" Sykes
1928: Chuck Willis/Harold Willis
(Blues, R&B singer)*10.April.1958
1936: Lester George Sterling (Jamaican saxophone
player, trumpet; The Skatalites/solo).
1940: Sandy Yaguda/Sandy Deane
(vocals; Jay & The Americans)
1946: Terry Kath (guitarist, Chicago)*23.Jan.1978
1951: Phil Manzanera (guitar, keyboards; Roxy Music/The Explorers/Quiet
1951: Harry Wayne Casey (keyboards; KC &
1952: William "Curley" Smith (drums,
vocals, harp; Jo Jo Gunne)
1954: Adrian Vandenburg (guitar; Whitesnake/Manic
1956: Johnny Rotten/John Lydon (Sex Pistols/Public
Image Ltd/Time Zone)
1961: Lloyd Cole (vocals, guitar; the Commotions)
1964: Jeff Hanneman
1966: Al Doughty /Alan Jaworski (bass; Jesus
1967: Chad Channing (original drummer; Nirvana/The
Fire Ants/Redband/East Of The Equator)
1967: Jason Cooper (drummer; The Cure)
1981: Justin Timberlake (singer; N'Sync)
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1953: Hank Williams/Hiram "Hank" King Williams (29)
US legendary country singer, guitarist, songwriter. (died of a heart
attack in the backseat of a Cadillac on the way to a gig. It was brought
on by a lethal cocktail of pills and alcohol, B12, morphine & whiskey.
Over 20,000 mourners attended his funeral).
1984: Alexis Korner (55) French writer, radio presenter , legendary
blues and jazz guitarist, "the father of British blues", he
was instrumental in bringing together various English blues musicians,
such as John Mayall as well as Brian Jones, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards,
who went on to form the Rolling Stones. (cancer).
1991: Buck Ram (73) manager and songwriter to The Platters; he
wrote 99% of the Platter's hits such as "Only You", "The
Great Pretender", "Twilight Time", he also wrote, produced
and/or arranged for The Coasters, The Drifters, Ike and Tina Turner,
Ike Cole, Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, Ella Fitzgerald, and many others.
He wrote the lyrics to "I'll Be Home For Christmas" as a sixteen
year old college student as a gift for his mother. (?)
1997: Townes Van Zandt (52) US country-folk music singer-songwriter,
performer, and poet. The film "Be Here to Love Me" chronicling
the artist's life and legacy was released in the United States in 2006
(massive pulmonary embolus, blood clot in the lungs).
1997: Hagood Hardy (57) Canadian composer, pianist, and vibraphonist.
He is best known for the 1975 single, "The Homecoming," and
for his soundtrack to the Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea films.
Reeves (74) US
country singer; he became one of the most successful male country singers
of the 1960s,
best known for his "girl-watching" novelty-type songs (emphysema).
Tad Jones (54) US music historian and researcher best known for
discovering Louis Armstrong's correct birthdate.He was co-author of
"Up From the Cradle of Jazz", long anticipated book on the
early life of Louis Armstrong was almost complete when he died. (died
unexpectedly from a fall).
1973: Joe Harriott/Joe Arthurlin (44) Jamacian alto saxophonist
moved to UK in 1951, big influence in the British Jazz world (died of
1977: Errol Garner (55) US jazz pianist and composer whose distinctive
and melodic style brought him both popular acclaim and the admiration
of peers. It is a well-known fact that Garner was never able to read
sheet music (?)
1981: David Lynch (52) Original member of the Platters - tenor
1997: Randy California (45) US guitarist, singer, songwriter
and one of the original members of the rock group Spirit (drowned when
rescuing his 12-year old son when he was sucked into a riptide in the
surf off Hawaii).
2000: Nathaniel Adderley (68) American jazz cornetist who played
in the hard bop and soul jazz genres. He was the brother of saxophonist
Julian "Cannonball" Adderley ().
2002: Armi Aavikko (43) Finnish singer; best known for her duets
with Ilkka Lipsanen, (artist name "Danny"). She was chosen
as Miss Finland in 1977 (pneumonia, brought on by chronic alcoholism)
2002: Zachary Sebastian Rex James 'Zac' Foley (31) UK bassist
for the band EMF (died due to an overdose of heroin, cocaine, ecstasy,
barbiturates and alcohol).
Bill DeArango (84) US jazz guitarist, played and recorded with all
icons like Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie (dementia).
with the brutal death metal band
1967: Mary Garden (92) an important Scottish soprano with a substantial
career in France and America in the first third of the 20th century.
She was described as "the Sarah Bernhardt of opera". (dementia).
1980: Amos Milburn (52) US blues & boogie pianist, singer; one
of the greatest pioneers in the history of R&B pounded out some
of the most hellacious boogies of the postwar era, usually recording
in Los Angeles for Aladdin Records, specializing in good-natured upbeat
romps about booze and its effects (good & bad) that proved massive
hits during the immediate pre-rock era. (heart problems)
(51) tenor vocals; one of the original members of the Platters singing
group formed in the 1950's(cancer)
2002: Juan Garca Esquivel (83) Mexican band leader, pianist,
and film score composer. He's known today mostly for creating unique
jazz and lounge music. He arranged many traditional Mexican songs like
"Besame Mucho", "La Bamba", "El Manisero"(Cuban/Mexican)
and "La Bikina"(?)
2002: Zak Foley (31) bassist, EMF (died after a cocktail of drink
and drugs while celebrating the New Year festivities)
1970: Neil Boland () Chauffeur (The Who's drummer, Keith Moon ran
over him. Moon was escaping from a Gang of skinheads after a fight broke
out at a pub in Hatfield, England. Moon had never passed his driving
1981: Ruth Lowe (66) Canadian songwriter, pianist; She wrote
the song "I'll Never Smile Again" after her husband died during
surgery. The song was later covered by many artists, including Frank
Sinatra (his first great hit) and The Ink Spots. Also she composed the
Frank Sinatra hit "Put Your Dreams Away", Frank's 'signature'
song, and was played at his funeral (?).
1986: Phil Lynott (36) Irish singer, bassist, songwriter, composer,
founder member of Thin Lizzy (heart failure and pneumonia after being
in a coma for eight days following a drug overdose)
1991: Leo Wright (57) A first-rate bop-oriented alto saxophonist,
clarinetist, he was also one of the finest flutists jazz has known.().
1998: John Gary (66) American pop vocalist, crooner; considered
by many to be one of the best crooners due to his extaordinary breath
control and tonal quality of his voice. He had an exceptionally wide
range of three octaves ()
2004: Jake Hess (76) American singer Grammy Award-winning gospel
singer in the southern United States and founder of The Imperials (heart
1976: Mal Evans (40) Roadie, Beatles (shot dead by police at his
Los Angeles apartment; he pointed a rifle at the police while upset).
1979: Charles Mingus (56) Jazz pianist & bassist, bandleader
(amyotrophic lateral sclerosis popularly known as Lou Gehrig's disease).
1997: Burton Lane (84) American composer and lyricist; best known
for his Broadway musicals, Finian's Rainbow and On a Clear Day You Can
See Forever, also credited with discovering the 11-year-old Frances
Gumm aka Judy Garland (?).
1998: Sonny Bono (62) Singer duo Sonny & Cher, solo (killed
in a skiing accident at a resort near Lake Tahoe).
1998: Ken Forssi (55) US bassist; Love /studio sessionist (brain
2005: Danny Sugerman (50) US music manager; the second manager
of the Los Angeles based rock band The Doors, and wrote several books
about Jim Morrison and The Doors, including 'No One Here Gets Out Alive'
co-authored with Jerry Hopkins, and the autobiography 'Wonderland Avenue'.
He also managed Iggy Pop, and wrote Appetite For Destruction: The Days
of Guns 'N Roses (lung cancer).
(36) US singer with the Marvelettes, Motown (sickle cell anemia).
Farrell/Joseph Carl Firrantello
US jazz saxophonist and flutist;
played with the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Big Band. He is best known for
performance with Chick Corea in Return to Forever, as well for a series
of albums under his own name on the CTI label. He also recorded with
Charles Mingus, Andrew Hill, Jaki Byard and Elvin Jones. (?)
John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie (75)US
bandleader, singer, and composer. He was a major figure in the development
of bebop and modern jazz (cancer).
1996: Adrienne Brown (47) James Brown's wife. (suffered a heart
attack during a major plastic surgery operation)
Michel Petrucciani (36) French
jazz pianist (died at from a pulmonary infection).
2006: Lou Rawls (72) US jazz-soul-R&B singer/songwriter (lung
2007: "Sneaky" Pete Kleinow (72) Pedal steel guitarist,
co-founded influential 1960s country rock group the Flying Burrito Brothers
(complications of Alzheimer's disease).
1964: Cyril Davies (32) one of the first UK blues harmonica players
and blues musician. (leukaemia).
Larry Williams (44)US
singer, saxophone, keyboards, piano; best known for writing and recording
some Rock'n'Roll standards from 1957 to 1959 for Specialty Records,
including "Bony Moronie" and "Dizzy Miss Lizzy"
(died from a gun-shot wound in his Los Angeles, California home. The
death was deemed suicide, though there was much speculation otherwise.
No suspects were ever arrested or charged).
2002: Jon Lee (33) the original drummer for the successful British
rock band Feeder. (found hanged at his Miami home).
2004: John Guerin (64) Session drummer; Self-taught on drums,
percussion and keyboards, an extremely successful "crossover"
artist, frequently bridging the gaps between jazz and rock with his
expansive drum vocabulary (pneumonia).
Sara Carter (80) American country musician;
known for her deep and distinctive singing voice, she was the lead singer
on most of the recordings of the historic Carter Family act in the 1920s
and 1930's. She married A. P. Carter on June 18, 1915 (??).
1991: Steve Clark (30)
the co-lead guitarist for British heavy metal band Def Leppard (drug
David McWilliams (54) Singer, songwriter, guitarist; never had a
'hit' in England, he was very popular on continental Europe, Italy,
France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Japan. (heart attack).
Peter Cook (57)
Comedian, writer, UK TV music show 'Revolver'; he was an English satirist,
writer and comedian who is widely regarded as the leading figure in
the British satire boom of the 1960s.(internal haemorrhaging).
Al Goodman (81) Russian songwriter,
stage composer, musical director, arranger, conductor, and pianist;
wrote some memorable songs such as "When hearts Are Young",
"Call Of Love" and "Twlilight". He also worked on
several musicals such as 'The Band Wagon', 'Good News' and 'Ziegfeld
1976: Howlin Wolf/Chester Arthur Burnett (65) Blues guitarist, singer,
harmonica player; an experimental bluesman who formulated a wide range
of moods and possibilities for his songs. His raw, rasping, fierce voice,
combined with his imposing physical presence and wild stage abandon,
made him unforgettable. His influence stretched far beyond the realm
of the blues (died peacefully, complications arising from kidney disease).
1987: Marion Hutton/Marion Thornburg (67) American singer and
actress; Discovered by Glenn Miller while singing with the Vincent Lopez
1997: Kenneth Pickett (54) UK singer for the psychedelic rock
band, The Creation (heart attack).
2001: Bryan Gregory (46) US founder member and guitarist of The
Cramps (heart attack).
1952: Aureliano Pertile (67) Italian tenor singer; one of the
twentieth century's most important tenors (He died in Milan, where he
was teaching at the Conservatory)
1996: Ike Isaacs (73)
Burmese guitarist; described as a master, he was the dominant guitarist
in English jazz. He played with all the greats, including a 2 year world
tour with Stephane Grapelli ()
1999: Barry Pritchard (55) vocal, guitar, keyboard, Fortunes (heart
2002: Mickey Finn (55) percussion, T Rex/Tyrannosaurus Rex.(kidney
and liver problems).
2004: Max Duane Barnes (67) singerwith the Golden Rockets,
songwriter; his songs recorded by George Jones, Vince Gill, Conway Twitty,
Loretta Lynn, Vern Gosdin, the Kendalls, Randy Travis, Pam Tillis, Keith
Whitley, Waylon Jennings, John Anderson and Eddy Raven, among others.
2005: Jimmy Griffin (61) Guitarist for Bread, after which he went
2005: Spencer Dryden (67) drummer for Jefferson Airplane, New
Riders of the Purple Sage & Dinosaurs.(cancer).
2007: Puchi Balseiro (81) Puerto Rican singer, guitarist, composer,
songwriter, radio & television personality. Among many other things
she also originated, produced, and directed the: "Festivales del
Filin"...The Feeling Festivals (?).
1983: Anthony "Rebop" Kwaku Baah/Remi Kabaka (37) Nigerian-Swedish
percussionist. with Traffic; also played with Ginger Baker's Air Force,
Wings and other bands (brain haemorrhage while in Stockholm).
2003: Maurice Gibb (53) Singer, songwriter, Bee Gees (heart attack
during abdominal surgery).
2004: Randy VanWarmer (48)
Singer, songwriter, composer; best remembered for his 1979 pop smash,
"Just When I Needed You Most." (died after a long battle with
Jazz Pianist, harpist, composer, wife of the late saxophone legend John
Coltrane (respiratory failure).
Yeatis (31) American
hard jazz & bop pianist: leader/sideman/guest (heroine overdose)
1974: Raoul Jobin/Joseph Romo (67) Canadian tenor; honoured
as a MasterWorks by the Audio-Visual Preservation Trust of Canada in
1979: Donny Hathaway (33) Soul singer (apparent suicide falling
from a 15th floor New York hotel window)
1983: Barry Galbraith (63)US jazz guitarist;
played with all the greats ().
Nell Rankin (81)
American mezzo-soprano and opera singer; the first American to win the
International Music Competition in Geneva ()
2007: Michael Brecker (57) influential and versatile tenor saxophonist
who won 11 Grammys over a career that spanned nearly four decades (sadly
lost his courageous battle with leukemia)
MacDonald (61) American singer
and actress best remembered for her musical films; appeared in grand
opera, concerts, radio, and television. She was one of most influential
sopranos of the 20th century, introducing grand opera to movie-going
audiences and inspiring a generation of singers (heart problems).
1986: Daniel Balavoine (33) French
singer; chorus-singer in the musical La Rvolution franaise,
then as a backing singer at the concerts of Patrick Juvet. The latter
offers Balavoine the opportunity to record a song on one of his albums.
This break enabled him to be noticed as a singer-songwriter by Lo
Missir, artistic director at Barclay Records with whom he formed a very
strong bond. (while flying over the Paris-Dakar
he died, along with Thierry Sabine and three other people, when their
helicopter crashed into a dune in Mali, Africa).
1992: Jerry Nolan (45) Drummer for the New York Dolls and The Heartbreakers
(while being treated for bacterial meningitis and bacterial pneumonia,
he suffered a stroke and went into a coma from which he never recovered.
He spent his final weeks on a life support system)
Jack Teagarden (58) American
bandleader, trombonist, dixieland vocalist; recorded with such notable
bandleaders and sidemen as Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Bix Beiderbecke,
Red Nichols, Jimmy McPartland, Mezz Mezzrow, Glenn Miller, and Eddie
1980: David Whitfield (54)
singer; he was the first ever UK vocalist to earn a gold disc; the first
to have a hit placed in the Top Ten of the US Singles Chart; and the
first artist from Britain to sell over one million copies of one disc
in America (brain haemorrhage while in Australia)
1992: Dee Murray (45) bass player with the Elton John band;
a talented musician whose gift for melody, placement, and an understated,
yet profound technique, plus his standout work as a backing vocalist,
puts him in an elite class among rock bassists.(skin cancer)
1993: Sammy Cahn (79) a four times Academy Award-winning American
lyricist, songwriter and musician, best known for his romantic lyrics
to tin pan alley and Broadway songs, as recorded by Frank Sinatra, Doris
Day and many others. He played the piano and violin (?).
1994: Harry Nilsson (52) American songwriter, singer, pianist,
and guitarist. As of 2006, Nilsson's final album, tentatively titled
'Papa's Got a Brown New Robe', has not been released. (died in his sleep,
heart failure the night he completed his last album)
Les Baxter (73)
US saxophonist, pianist; composed and arranged for the top swing bands
of the '40s and '50s, but he is better known as the founder of exotica,
a variation of easy listening that glorified the sounds and styles of
Polynesia, Africa, and South America, even as it retained the traditional
string-and-horn arrangements of instrumental pop.(kidney failure)
1998: Junior Wells/Amos Blakemore (63) blues
vocalist and harmonica player based in Chicago,famous for playing with
Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, The Rolling Stones, Van Morrison & appeared
in the 1998 movie Blues Brothers 2000 (he was diagnosed with lymphatic
cancer in the summer of 1997. That fall, he suffered a heart attack
while undergoing treatment, sending him into a coma. Wells stayed in
the coma until he passed away)
1999: Marion Ryan (67) UK singer (heart failure following the
onset of pneumonia)
2001: Bob Braun (71) US television host; his daily 90-minute
show was syndicated throughout the heartland of America, and featured
a live band, singers, and special guests (Parkinson's disease and cancer)
2003: Doris Fisher (87) US singer and songwriter; sang with Big
Bands, on the radio, with the Eddie Duchin Orchestra and led the group
"Penny Wise and Her Wise Guys".(died in L.A., California)
"Valfar" Bakken (25)
Lead singer and founder of the Norwegian
Metal band Windir. (he went out on a walk towards his family's cabin
at Fagereggi, but he never arrived. Three days later, authorities found
his body at Reppastlen in the Sogndal valley. Valfar had been
caught in a snow storm and suffered death from hypothermia).
2005: Victoria de los Angeles (81) Catalan Spanish operatic soprano
Ike Quebec (44)
American tenor saxophone player; an accomplished dancer and pianist,
he switched to tenor sax as his primary instrument in his early 20s,
and quickly earned a reputation. He recorded for Blue Note records in
the 40's, and also served as a talent scout for the label, helping pianists
Thelonious Monk and Bud Powell come to wider attention and, due to his
exceptional sight reading skills, was an uncredited impromptu arranger
for many Blue Note sessions. (lung cancer).
1972: David Seville/Ross Bagdasarian
(52) voice & inventor of The Chipmunks,
pianist, songwriter (heart attack).
Fritz "Freddy" Brocksieper (78)
German jazz drummer, percussionist; freelance/bandleader ()
"Jabbo" Smith (82) US jazz trumpeter and singer;
he made a comeback
in the late 1960s. Many young musicians, fans, and record collectors
were surprised to learn that the star of those great 1920s recordings
was still alive. Jabbo successfully played with bands and shows in New
York, New Orleans, Louisiana, London, and France through the 1970s and
into the 1980s ().
2000: Will "Dub" Jones (71) US singer; bass vocalist for
The Coasters and The Cadets. His best known vocals were on The Cadets'
biggest hit "Stranded In The Jungle" and his bass vocals on
The Coasters' hits "Yakety Yak" and "Charlie Brown"
2007: Thornton James "Pookie" Hudson (72) lead
singer and songwriter for the doo wop group the Spaniels, who lent his
tenor to hits like "Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight" and
influenced generations of later artists (cancer).
1970: Billy Stewart (33) R&B singer; with a highly distinctive
scat-singing style, who enjoyed popularity in the early 1960s. Inducted
into the Washington Area Music Association Hall of Fame in 1982 (Stewart
and three of his band were killed when their car crashed off a bridge
into the Neuse River in New Bern, North Carolina).
Georges Cziffra (72)Hungarian virtuoso
pianist; Cziffra became noted at the age of five, improvising on popular
tunes in bars and circuses (heart attack resulting from series of complications
from lung cancer).
1997: Keith Diamond (46) songwriter
and producer who worked with artists such as Donna Summer, Michael Bolton
and Mick Jagger. Diamond also produced and wrote Billy Ocean's "Suddenly,"
"Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run)," "Loverboy,"
and "Mystery Lady," as well as producing and managing groups
such as Starpoint and Fredrick Thomas. (heart attack)
1990: Mel Appleby (23) UK singer; Mel and Kim (Pneumonia following
treatment for spinal cancer)
1998: Carl Perkins (65) Singer, guitarist, songwriter;a
pioneer of rockabilly music, his influence as the quintessential rockabilly
artist has played a big part in the development of every generation
of rockers to come down the path since, from the Beatles' George Harrison
to the Stray Cats' Brian Setzer (died after suffering two strokes)
2006: Wilson Pickett (63) US soul singer; one of the roughest
and passionate, working up some of the decade's hottest dancefloor grooves
on hits like "In the Midnight Hour," "Land of 1000 Dances,"
"Mustang Sally," and "Funky Broadway.", a major
figure in the development of Southern soul music.(heart attack)
2007: Denny Doherty (66) member of the folk-rock group the Mamas
and the Papas, known for their soaring harmonies (died at his of kidney
failure following surgery on a abdominal aneurysm)
1965: Alan Freed/Moondog (43) American disc-jockey who
became internationally known for promoting African-American Rhythm and
Blues music on the radio in the United States and Europe under the name
of Rock and Roll. (uraemia and liver cirrhosis).
Gerald Joseph "Gerry" Mulligan (68)
one of the greatest ever baritone sax players
(died following complications from knee surgery, he had also been suffering
from liver cancer)
1999: Bill Albaugh (53) Drummer, Lemon Pipers
2000: Ray Jones (60) Original bass player; Billy J. Kramer &
The Dakotas ()
1984: Jackie Wilson (49) US Soul singer;his solo career began
with 1957's "Reet Petite," written by the then-unknown Berry
Gordy, Jr. and recorded on the Brunswick Records label. His dynamic
stage performances earned him the nickname "Mr. Excitement."
& his performance of "Lonely Teardrops" on the Ed Sullivan
Show is considered one of the show's classics.(He had been in care ever
since suffering a heart attack during a stage performance in 1975. His
medical costs were paid for by Elvis Presley and soul singer Al Green,
was one of the very few artists who regularly visited a bed-ridden Jackie).
Billy Tipton/Dorothy Lucille Tipton (74)
US jazz pianist and saxophonist; gradually gained success and recognition
as a musician when in 1936, she/he was the leader of a band playing
on KFXR. She lived half
her life as a woman and her latter half as a man (a hemorrhaging ulcer).
1996: Dennis Fuller (37) singer of London Boys (killed in a
car crash while traveling in Austrian Alps on a dangerous mountain road,
and another car was trying to pass at the opposite side of the road.
The accident was a head-on collision with a drunken Swiss)
1996: Edem Ephraim (37) singer of London Boys (killed in a car
crash while traveling in Austrian Alps on a dangerous mountain road,
and another car was trying to pass at the opposite side of the road.
The accident was a head-on collision with a drunken Swiss.Edem's
wife and a DJ friend also died)
1997: Tom Parker (87) manager and agent to Elvis Presley
1997: Irwin Levine (58) Songwriter
2002: Peggy Lee/Norma
(81) Legendary jazz singer with The Benny Goodman Band, actress;
became famous for her singular voice, sexy, subtle, simultaneously smoky
and cool. and her unique jazz-inflected interpretations of popular tunes.
(complications from diabetes and cardiac disease)
1982: Tommy Tucker (48) US R&B singer, pianist and songwriter
best known for the 1964 hit "High Heel Sneakers", (overcome
by poisonous fumes while renovating the floors of his New York home).
Dill Jones (60)British
jazz pianist; Harry Parry Quartet/solo/freelance (throat cancer)
1994: Telly Savalas (70) US actor, singer; released several records,
the most remembered were his version of "If", that was No.1
in Europe for 10 weeks (prostrate cancer).
2002: Henry "Hank"
Cosby (74) saxophonist in the famed Funk Brothers and
an African American songwriter and record producer for Motown Records.(complications
from a cardiac bypass surgery).
2006: Janette Carter (82) US singer, autoharpist, folklorist;the
last living child of A.P. and Sara Carter of the Carter Family formed
in 1926, the "First Family of Country Music." They recorded
more than three hundred folk songs - songs in the public domain, which
later became known as Carter songs. She also championed the cause of
traditional American roots music into the 21st century.(Parkinson's
1548: Bernardo Pisano/Pagoli (57) an Italian composer, priest, singer,
and scholar of the Renaissance. He was one of the first madrigalists,
and the first composer anywhere to have a printed collection of secular
music devoted entirely to himself ()
multi-lingual American actor, athlete, footballer, bass-baritone concert
singer, writer, civil rights activist, Spingarn Medal winner, and Stalin
peace prize laureate; he sang in and was conversant in more than 20
1978: Terry Kath (31) Singer, guitarist, Chicago (accidentally
shot himself dead while cleaning, with what he believed was an unloaded
1990: Allen Collins (37) Guitarist, founder member of Lynyrd
Skynyrd;a 1986 drunk-driving accident killed Allen's girlfriend and
left him paralyzed from the waist down, and with limited use of his
arms and hands, he never play guitar onstage again. (pneumonia, as a
result of his earlier accident)
US country music singer, harmonica player; he
and his longtime stage partner Lonnie Glosson sold millions of harmonicas
through the mail and did much to establish the harmonica as an instrument
accessible and popular everywhere.(died of cancer).
singer; Associates; notable for his powerful voice and vast vocal range.
(suicide, overdosing on prescription drugs in his father's garden shed)
1998: Johnny Funches (62) US soul singer, lead tenor with the
1886: Edwin Fischer (73)
Swiss pianist and conductor one of the great pianists of the 20th century
and one of the finest piano teachers of modern times ()
1963: Otto Harbach (90)
US Song writer
1970: James Sheppard () US singer
1995: David Cole (37) vocals,
rapper, mixer, producer; C+C Music Factory (Spinal
Chris Kenner (46)
US singer, songwriter; in
1962 he produced his most enduring song, "Land of 1,000 Dances,"
which was recorded by Cannibal & the Headhunters and Wilson Pickett.
Kenner's recordings were marked by his rough-hewn voice & the elegant
arrangements & piano of Toussaint ()
1986: Albert Grossman () Manager of Bob Dylan, The Band, Janis Joplin,
Todd Rundgren ()
1983: Lamar Williams (36) Bassist, Allman Brothers (cancer)
2005: Ray Peterson (65)
US pop singer with a 4 octave singing voice.(cancer)
1989: Donnie Elbert (53) US soul singer; His reputation was secured
by "A Little Piece Of Leather", a compulsive performance highlighting
Elbert's irresistible falsetto voice. The song became a standard at
UK soul clubs, when released on the Sue label.(stroke).
1998: S.P. Leary (67) Texan Blues drummer
1901: Giuseppe Verdi (87) Italian composer in vocal, opera, chamber,
choral genres. It was suggested that effective opera after Rossini was
not possible. Verdi, however, took the form to new heights of drama
and musical expression. (He died 6 days after suffering a stroke)
1972: Mahalia Jackson (60) American gospel singer; Johnson Brothers/solo.
She was widely regarded as the best in the history of the genre.(Heart
failure and diabetes)
Nikhil Banerjee (55) Indian sitarist, composer, teacher; one of
India's most prominent sitar players of the second half of the 20th
Century. He spent three months each summer teaching, performing, and
lecturing/demonstrating at U. C. Berkeley.()
2006: Gene McFadden (56) singer in the duo McFadden & Whitehead;
former member of the Epsilons, a group managed by Otis Redding until
his untimely death in 1967 (liver and lung cancer)
Ed Allen (76) US
jazz cornetist; Earl Hines/big bands/freelance ().
1983: Billy Fury/Ronald Wycherley (43) British Rock & Roll singer
2000: Thomas "Beans" Bowles (73) US sax player with
Motown, band leader and freelance. He played on many top hits and he
originated the idea of the Motortown Revue, which took Motown's young
talent on the road, spurring record sales and jump-starting careers
2003: Keven Conner (28) Singer, H-Town (SUV ran a red light and
crashed into the car he was a passenger in, which had just picked him
up from the recording studio)
Stan Martin/Stanley Martin Feuerman
radio host, DJ; guests on his radio shows were the likes of Rosemary
Clooney, Tony Bennett. He was also a M.C. for cabaret shows. (stroke)
2004: Mel Pritchard (56) drummer; Barclay James Harvest ()
2005: Jim Capaldi (60) drummer, singer and songwriter; Traffic/guest/
solo (stomach cancer)
1981: Cozy Cole (71) Influencial American jazz drummer: all jazz
bands and own quintet ()
1992: Willie Dixon (76) A producer, songwriter, bassist, and singer,
he helped Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter, and others find
their most commercially successful voices. He was the foremost blues
composers and performers. From his musical roots in the Mississippi
Delta and Chicago, Dixon created a body of work that reflected the changing
times in which he lived. His later songs kept pace with dynamic world
issues (heart failure)
Malachi Favors ()
jazz sessionist, double bass player; but also played the electric bass
guitar, banjo, zither, gong, and other instruments.()
2005: Eric Griffiths (65) guitarist in the original line-up
of The Quarry Men with school pal John Lennon. They sacked him when
George Harrison joined the band (cancer of the pancreas)
Greg Herbert (30)
US sax player, with the Duke Ellington Orchestra,
Blood Sweat & Tears, Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra,
Israels' National Jazz Ensemble
and others (died of an accidental drug overdose while on tour in Europe
with Blood Sweat & Tears).
1980: Professor Longhair/Henry Roeland Byrd (61) US blues pianist,
composer; Shuffling Hungarians/The 4 Long Hairs and many more alias's.
His signature song, "Mardi Gras in New Orleans" is still the
theme song of New Orleans Mardi Gras, which he recorded in 1949 (heart
1982: Sam Lightnin Hopkins (70) a great blues guitarist, singer;
His distinctive style often included playing, in effect, bass, rhythm,
lead, percussion, and vocals, all at the same time. His musical phrasing
would often include a long low note at the beginning, the rhythm played
in the middle range, then the lead in the high range. By playing this
quickly - with occasional slaps of the guitar - the effect of bass,
rhythm, percussion and lead would be created. He influenced many guitarists
including Jimi Hendrix ()
Karges (50) German musician; guitar, keyboards, songwriter for among
others Tomorrows Gift and Nena. He is co-author of the Nena hit 99 Luftballons
1970: Slim Harpo/Harmonica
(46) Influential blues - R&B singer, harmonica player; Rolling
Stones, Yardbirds, ZZ Topp and many other artists have covered his hits