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Music Birthdays - Week of May 2

May 2
1895 – Lorenz Hart, American lyricist (d. 1943)
1897 – J. Fred Coots, American songwriter (d. 1985)
1936 – Engelbert Humperdinck, Indian-born singer
1936 – Michael Rabin, American violinist (d. 1972)
1945 – Judge Dread, English musician (d. 1998)
1946 – Lesley Gore, American singer
1948 – Larry Gatlin, American musician
1950 – Lou Gramm, American vocalist (Foreigner)
1956 – David Rhodes, English guitarist (Random Hold, Peter Gabriel)
1959 – Tony Wakeford, English musician (Sol Invictus)
1978 – Intars Busulis, Latvian singer, trombone player
1985 – Lily Allen, English singer and songwriter

May 3

1917 – Betty Comden, American lyricist (d. 2006)
1919 – Pete Seeger, American folk singer
1920 – John Lewis, American jazz pianist and composer (Modern Jazz Quartet) (d. 2001)
1928 – Dave Dudley, American country singer (d. 2003)
1933 – James Brown, American R&B singer and dancer (d. 2006)
1934 – Frankie Valli, American singer (The Four Seasons)
1940 – Konrad "Conny" Plank, German record producer and musician
1950 – Mary Hopkin, Welsh Singer
1951 – Christopher Cross, American musician
1953 – Gary Young, American drummer (Pavement)
1959 – David Ball, English musician (Soft Cell)
1971 – Josey Scott, American singer (Saliva)
1973 – Brad Martin, American musician
1973 – Rea Garvey, Irish musician
1978 – Paul Banks, American vocalist (Interpol)
1981 – Farrah Franklin, American singer (former member of Destiny's Child)
1983 – Myriam Fares, Lebanese singer

May 4

1923 – Ed Cassidy, American musician (Spirit)
1928 – Maynard Ferguson, Canadian musician (d. 2006)
1937 – Ron Carter, American jazz bassist
1937 – Dick Dale, American guitarist
1938 – Tyrone Davis, American soul singer (d. 2005)
1942 – Nickolas Ashford, American record producer, songwriter, and musician (Ashford and Simpson)
1949 – Stella Parton, American country music singer
1950 - Dave Hewitt, English musician (Babe Ruth)
1950 – Darryl Hunt, English musician (The Pogues)
1951 – Colin Bass, British bassist (Camel)
1951 – Jackie Jackson, American singer and musician (The Jackson 5)
1951 – Mick Mars, American guitarist (Mötley Crüe)
1953 – Oleta Adams, American singer
1955 – Robert Ellis Orrall, American singer
1959 – Randy Travis, American country musician
1961 – Jay Aston, British singer (Bucks Fizz)
1970 – Gregg Alexander, American musician (New Radicals)
1972 – Mike Dirnt, American musician (Green Day)
1979 – Lance Bass, American singer (*NSYNC)
1982 – Rasheeda, American hiphop singer

May 5

1883 – Agustín Barrios, Paraguayan guitarist and composer (d. 1944)
1901 – Blind Willie McTell, American blues singer (d. 1959)
1934 – Ace Cannon, American saxophonist
1937 – Johnnie Taylor, American singer (d. 2000)
1942 – Tammy Wynette, American country musician (d. 1998)
1948 – Bill Ward, British drummer (Black Sabbath)
1956 – Robert Marien, Québécois actor, singer and songwriter
1959 – Ian McCulloch, English singer (Echo & the Bunnymen)
1963 – James LaBrie, Canadian singer (Dream Theater)
1966 – Shawn Drover, Canadian drummer (Megadeth)
1972 – Devin Townsend, Canadian musician (Strapping Young Lad)
1981 – Craig David, English singer
1984 – Wade MacNeil, Canadian guitarist (Alexisonfire)
1989 – Chris Brown, American R&B singer and actor

May 6

1913 – Carmen Cavallaro, American pianist (d. 1989)
1917 – Kal Mann, American lyricist (d. 2001)
1924 – Denny Wright, British guitarist (d. 1992)
1945 – Jimmie Dale Gilmore, American musician
1945 – Bob Seger, American singer/songwriter
1948 – Mary MacGregor, American singer
1952 – Gregg Henry, American actor and country musician
1960 – John Flansburgh, American musician (They Might Be Giants)
1962 – Adam Yellin, American record producer
1964 – Tony Scalzo, American musician (Fastball)
1968 – Lætitia Sadier, French singer (Stereolab)
1971 – Chris Shiflett, American guitarist (Foo Fighters)
1981 – Matt Drake, British vocalist/guitarist (Evile)

May 7

1922 – Lew Anderson, American actor and bandleader (d. 2006)
1927 – Jim Lowe, American singer "The Green Door"
1931 – Teresa Brewer, American pop and jazz singer (d. 2007)
1939 – Jimmy Ruffin, American singer
1943 – Terry Allen, American country music singer
1946 – Thelma Houston, American singer
1946 – Bill Kreutzmann, American drummer (Grateful Dead)
1951 – Bernie Marsden, English musician (Wild Turkey, Babe Ruth, Paice, Ashton & Lord, Whitesnake)
1961 – Phil Campbell, British musician (Motörhead)
1963 – Johnny Lee Middleton, American musician (SavatageTrans-Siberian Orchestra)
1969 – Eagle-Eye Cherry, Swedish musician
1971 – Horgh, Norwegian drummer (ImmortalHypocrisy)
1975 – Zee, American hip hop artist
1978 – Stian Arnesen, Norwegian musician
1986 – Matt Helders, English drummer (Arctic Monkeys)
1988 – Natalie Mejia, American dancer and singer (Girlicious)
1989 – Master Shortie, British hip-hop and R&B singer-songwriter and rapper

May 8

1829 – Louis Moreau Gottschalk, American musician (d. 1869)
1905 – Red Nichols, American musician (d. 1965)
1910 – Mary Lou Williams, American singer (d. 1981)
1911 – Robert Johnson, American blues musician (d. 1938)
1940 – Ricky Nelson, American singer (d. 1985)
1940 – Toni Tennille, American singer (Captain & Tennille)
1943 – Paul Samwell-Smith, British bassist (The Yardbirds)
1944 – Gary Glitter, English singer
1945 – Keith Jarrett, American musician
1948 – Felicity Lott, English singer
1951 – Philip Bailey, American singer (Earth, Wind & Fire)
1951 – Chris Frantz, American musician (Talking Heads)
1953 – Alex Van Halen, Dutch-born American drummer (Van Halen)
1953 – Billy Burnette, American singer and guitarist (Fleetwood Mac)
1963 – Sylvain Cossette, Quebec singer and songwriter
1964 – Dave Rowntree, British musician (Blur)
1975 – Enrique Iglesias, Spanish singer
1977 – Joe Bonamassa, American blues rock guitarist and singer
1983 – Matt Willis, British singer (Busted)