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Music Birthdays - Week of April 25

April 25 1874 – Guglielmo Marconi, Italian inventor, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics (d. 1937)
1917 – Ella Fitzgerald, American singer (d. 1996)
1923 – Albert King, American musician (d. 1992)
1933 – Jerry Leiber, American composer (Leiber and Stoller)
1945 – Björn Ulvaeus, Swedish singer and songwriter (ABBA)
1945 – Stu Cook, American rock bassist (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
1958 – Fish, Scottish singer and lyricist (ex-Marillion)
1964 – Andy Bell, English singer and songwriter (Erasure)
1965 – Eric Avery, American musician (Jane's AddictionDeconstructionPolar Bear)
1965 – Simon Fowler, English musician (Ocean Colour Scene)
1973 – Fredrik Larzon, Swedish drummer (Millencolin)
1977 – Constantinos Christoforou, Cypriot singer
1977 – Matthew West, American Christian singer
1977 – Paavo Siljamäki, Finnish musician
1977 – Kim Jong Kook, South Korean singer

April 26

1886 – Ma Rainey, American singer (d. 1939)
1925 – Jørgen Ingmann, Danish musician
1938 – Duane Eddy, American musician
1941 – Claudine Clark, American R&B singer-composer
1942 – Bobby Rydell, American singer
1943 – Gary Wright, American singer
1960 – Roger Taylor, British musician (Duran Duran)
1961 – Chris Mars, American rock drummer (The Replacements)
1970 – Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, American singer (TLC)
1971 – Jay DeMarcus, American bassist (Rascal Flatts)
1975 – Nathan "Joey" Jordison, American musician (Slipknot)
1978 – Avant, American singer
1979 – Janne Wirman, Finnish musician (Children of Bodom)
1982 – Jon Lee, British singer (S Club)

April 27

1932 – Casey Kasem, American actor and radio personality
1939 – Jerry Mercer, Canadian musician
1942 – Jim Keltner, American drummer
1944 – Cuba Gooding, Sr., American musician (The Main Ingredient)
1947 – Ann Peebles, American singer
1947 – Pete Ham, Welsh singer and songwriter (Badfinger) (d. 1975)
1948 – Kate Pierson, American singer (The B-52's)
1951 – Ace Frehley, American musician (Kiss)
1956 – Douglas P., English musician (Death in JuneCrisis)
1959 – Sheena Easton, Scottish singer
1967 – Tommy Smith, Scottish jazz musician
1976 – Isobel Campbell, Scottish singer and composer
1984 – Patrick Stump, American musician (Fall Out Boy)

April 28

1924 – Blossom Dearie, American jazz singer (d. 2009)
1953 – Kim Gordon, American musician (Sonic Youth)
1966 – Too Short, American rapper
1968 – Scott Putesky, American musician (Marilyn Manson)
1972 – Joseph Bruce, American musician (Insane Clown Posse)
1974 – Vernon Kay, English disc jockey and television presenter
1978 – Lauren Laverne, English disc jockey and television presenter

April 29

1899 – Duke Ellington, American jazz pianist and bandleader (d. 1974)
1915 – Donald Mills, American singer (Mills Brothers) (d. 1999)
1922 – Toots Thielemans, Belgian jazz guitarist and harmonica player
1928 – Carl Gardner, American singer (The Coasters)
1934 – Otis Rush, American musician
1945 – Tammi Terrell, American singer (d. 1970)
1947 – Tommy James, American musician (Tommy James & The Shondells)
1948 – Michael Karoli, German guitarist and violinist (Can) (d. 2001)
1960 – Phil King, British bassist (Lush)
1967 – Master P, American rapper
1968 – Carnie Wilson, American singer
1970 – China Forbes, American singer and songwriter (Pink Martini)
1971 – Tamara Johnson-George, American singer (SWV)
1979 – Jo O'Meara, British singer (S Club)
1979 – Matt Tong, British drummer (Bloc Party)
1980 – Kian Egan, Irish singer (Westlife)
1982 – Travis Smith, American drummer (Trivium)

April 30

1870 – Franz Lehár, Austrian composer (d. 1948)
1916 – Robert Shaw, American conductor (d. 1999)
1923 – Percy Heath, American jazz musician (Modern Jazz Quartet) (d. 2005)
1925 – Johnny Horton, American musician (d. 1960)
1933 – Willie Nelson, American musician
1941 – Johnny Farina, American musician and composer (Santo & Johnny)
1947 – Finn Kalvik, Norwegian singer
1953 – Merrill Osmond, American musician (The Osmonds)
1964 – Barrington Levy, Jamaican musician
1969 – Paulo Jr., Brazilian musician (Sepultura)
1971 – Darren Emerson, Briti DJ (Underworld)
1972 – JR Richards, American musician, composer, actor (Dishwalla)
1973 – Jeff Timmons, American singer (98 Degrees)
1976 – Amanda Palmer, American musician (The Dresden Dolls)
1982 – Lloyd Banks, American rapper

May 1

1582 – Marco da Gagliano, Italian composer (d. 1643)
1907 – Kate Smith, American singer (d. 1986)
1913 – Walter Susskind, Czech conductor (d. 1980)
1930 – Little Walter, American blues singer (d. 1968)
1934 – Shirley Horn, American jazz singer and pianist (d. 2005)
1939 – Judy Collins, American folk singer
1939 – Victor Davies, Canadian composer
1945 – Rita Coolidge, American singer
1949 – Tim Hodgkinson, English composer and musician (Henry Cow)
1949 – Jim Clench, Canadian bassist (April Wine and Bachman–Turner Overdrive) (d. 2010)
1953 – Glen Ballard, American songwriter and record producer
1954 – Ray Parker Jr., American singer and songwriter
1955 – Martin O'Donnell, American composer
1967 – Tim McGraw, American musician
1968 – D'arcy Wretzky, American musician (The Smashing Pumpkins)
1974 – Kellie Crawford, Australian singer (Hi-5)
1978 – Nick Traina, American singer (Link 80) (d. 1997)
1980 – Jay Reatard, American musician (d. 2010)