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Happy Birthday David Coverdale

By Chad Baalman 

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The lines on his face might run a little deeper and there are times where the strain to hit certain notes is noticable, but David Coverdale is doing what he does best. 

He's still rocking. And he turns 60 today. 

Instead of coasting into retirement -- you know the drill, release a greatest hits album (remastered of course) with a bonus track or two, the obligatory reunion, do a farewell tour (sound of cash register opening and closing) and empty out the vaults for a boxed set -- Coverdale is still going through the daily grind. 

Coverdale and his pride and joy, the band Whitesnake, have been touring virtually non-stop since May in support of their album Forevermore, released in March. The tour, which has already swung through the United States and is currently routing through South America, runs through December. Coverdale certainly isn't kicking back and resting, that's for sure. 

The English-born lead singer has overseen different incarnations of Whitesnake. He has seen members come and go -- and come back again. Some breakups have been amicable, others (John Sykes anyone?) not so much. 

Coverdale was there when Whitesnake started out with a blues sound in 1978 on the other side of the pond, a more edgier tone with Slide It In in 1984 and then mainstream success in the United States with their self-titled album in 1987. 

Even if the claims of Coverdale being difficult to deal with are true -- after the release of the self-titled album and before going out on the ensuing tour he fired the band -- dating back to his days with Deep Purple, you have to tip your cap to him as he has been able to associate himself with some of the greatest talents in the business. 

With Deep Purple, he played with guitarist Ritchie Blackmore in addition to keyboardist Jon Lord, who would later follow him to Whitesnake. Coverdale was able to recruit axeman extraordinare Steve Vai to Whitesnake in 1989 and collaborated with Led Zeppelin great Jimmy Page in 1991. When it came to drummers, Coverdale worked with a Who's Who list -- Ian Paice provided the backbeat to Coverdale in both Deep Purple and Whitesnake. Then there was the late Cozy Powell, Aynsley Dunbar and Tommy Aldridge

While the faces and styles have changed at Whitesnake, the constant has been Coverdale and his penchant for writing music filled with sexual innuendo. The Englishman still cranks out lyrics showcasing his longing for companionship from beauties, just as he did in Lovehunter. 

When many people think of Coverdale and his days with Whitesnake, they think of that 1980s stretch that brought us radio hits like "Here I Go Again" and "Is This Love," along with the provocative videos that starred girlfriend and eventual wife Tawny Kitaen (whom he divorced in 1991). It's a shame that it wasn't until the back half of the decade that rock fans began to really give a listen to Coverdale and his gang. The band's early work such as Ready an' Willing, Come an' Get It and Saints & Sinners features some of the most-played tracks on this writer's iPod and really showcases the natural progression of Whitesnake's sound. 

Which brings us to today and Forevermore. Coverdale can still get down and dirty on songs such as "Dogs in the Street" and "Love & Treat Me Right." But he also takes a pensive tone on mellower numbers such as  the title track, "One of These Days," and "Fare Thee Well." 

Releasing Good to Be Bad in 2008 with Reb Beach (formerly of Winger) and Doug Aldrich (Dio) in support clearly energized Coverdale (it had been the band's first studio effort in 10 years) and the result brought us Forevermore, one of my favorite rock albums of the year, and a marathon tour. 

All of which should lend proof that Coverdale, even at age 60, still has a lot to offer the rock music world.

Happy 70th Birthday Bob Dylan! Plan to attend KDHX benefit on 5/27 to celebrate

Joining the ranks as the newest septuagenarian, you probably already know by now that today marks Bob Dylan's 70th birthday. If not you're either living under a rock or don't like music that much.

Bob Dylan performing at St. Lawrence Universit...

No one American artist has influenced other musicians more than this native Minnesotan born Robert Allen Zimmerman on May 24, 1941. His songs have been interpreted by thousands of artists and his style mimicked by thousands more. Further, no one has dismissed the accolades and labels put upon him and his music either. Dylan will not be pigeonholed. Just when you think you've got him pegged he will say or release something so far out of the expected norm that it surprises everyone. He must get great joy out of this game he plays with the rest of us.

Nevertheless, very few artists can be relevant for 6 decades and Dylan is one of those artists. When a release happens it's an event that people are talking about and the praise typically starts flowing even if it's only a group of demos that he recorded almost 50 years ago.

Dylan's music is clearly open to interpretation and influential to a myriad of artists that his body of work puts him among the masters. A few years ago as I organized my music on iTunes I created a playlists for Bob Dylan and Beatles covers figuring that I had many more Beatles covers. What I found stunned me; it wasn't even close. I owned hundreds of Dylan covers and less than 50 covers of Beatles songs. From his early folk brethren in the Greenwich Village scene to The Byrds and countless rock 'n roll artists to musicians playing blues, punk, reggae, country, and other genres, Dylan's work attracts those looking for the pinnacle of the craft.

Dylan, however, has never been one above being influenced by the roots of American music - the blues, folk, and country of the early 20th century. He's lifted and stolen ideas here and there only to forward the craft to the next generation; a process that has happened for ages.

This Friday, Off Broadway in St. Louis is hosting a benefit for 88.1 KDHX with local musicians honoring Bob Dylan's 70th birthday. For only $10 you can support community radio and hear 12 different bands play their interpretations of Dylan's mastery. Hopefully those of you in the area will come out!

To tide you over here's a few Dylan videos for your enjoyment -

Mono Box Promo Video

Like A Rolling Stone (Mono)

Things Have Changed

Music Birthdays - Week of May 16

May 16
1913 – Woody Herman, American musician and band leader (d. 1987)
1930 – Betty Carter, American jazz singer (d. 1998)
1944 – Billy Cobham, American drummer
1945 – Nicky Chinn, English songwriter (SweetSuzi Quatro)
1946 – Robert Fripp, English guitarist (King Crimson)
1946 – Roger Earl, English rock drummer (Savoy BrownFoghat)
1950 – Ray Condo, Canadian rockabilly musician (d. 2004)
1951 – Jonathan Richman, American Protopunk singer and musician (The Modern Lovers)
1958 – Glenn Gregory, British musician (Heaven 17)
1964 – Boyd Tinsley, American musician (Dave Matthews Band)
1965 – Krist Novoselic, American musician (Nirvana) and author
1966 – Janet Jackson, American singer
1968 – Ralph Tresvant, American singer (New Edition)
1971 – Rachel Goswell, English singer and songwriter (SlowdiveMojave 3)
1974 – Sonny Sandoval, American singer (P.O.D.)

May 17

1921 – Bob Merrill, American composer and lyricist (d. 1998)
1942 – Taj Mahal, American musician
1947 – Andrew Latimer, English musician (Camel (band))
1948 – Dick Gaughan, Scottish musician, singer and songwriter
1949 – Bill Bruford, English drummer (YesKing Crimson)
1950 – Howard Ashman, American lyricist (d. 1991)
1958 – Paul Di'Anno, English singer (Iron Maiden)
1961 – Enya, Irish singer and songwriter
1963 – Page McConnell, American musician and songwriter (Phish)
1965 – Trent Reznor, American musician (Nine Inch Nails)
1969 – Alan Doyle, Canadian musician (Great Big Sea)
1970 – Jordan Knight, American singer (New Kids on the Block)
1973 – Josh Homme, American musician and songwriter (Queens of the Stone Age)
1974 – Andrea Corr, Irish singer (The Corrs)
1980 – Dallas Taylor, American singer (Underoath)

May 18

1911 – Big Joe Turner, American blues singer (d. 1985)
1912 – Richard Brooks, American film director, writer and producer (d. 1992)
1912 – Perry Como, American singer (d. 2001)
1922 – Kai Winding, Danish-born jazz trombonist and composer (d. 1983)
1941 – Lobby Loyde, Australian guitarist and songwriter (Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs) (d. 2007) 1942 – Albert Hammond, British/Gibraltarian musician and composer
1946 – Bruce Gilbert, English guitarist (Wire)
1949 – Rick Wakeman, English composer and musician (Yes)
1949 – Bill Wallace, Canadian bassist (The Guess Who)
1950 – Mark Mothersbaugh, American composer, musician, and singer (Devo)
1952 – George Strait, American country musician
1954 – Wreckless Eric, New Wave singer/songwriter
1957 – Michael Cretu, Romanian-born German musician (Enigma)
1958 – Toyah Willcox, English actor and singer
1965 – Ingo Schwichtenberg, German drummer (Helloween) (d. 1995)
1966 – Michael Tait, American musician (dc TalkTait)
1967 – Rob Base, American rapper
1970 – Billy Howerdel, American guitarist (A Perfect Circle)
1975 – Jack Johnson, American musician
1979 – David Nail, American country singer

May 19

1932 – Alma Cogan, English singer (d. 1966)
1940 – Mickey Newbury, American musician (d. 2002)
1945 – Pete Townshend, English guitarist (The Who)
1947 – Paul Brady, Northern Ireland singer/songwriter
1949 – Dusty Hill, American singer and bassist (ZZ Top)
1951 – Joey Ramone, American vocalist and songwriter (The Ramones) (d. 2001)
1954 – Phil Rudd, Australian drummer (AC/DC)
1956 – Martyn Ware, British musician and music producer
1963 – Yazz, English singer 1968 – Kyle Eastwood, American jazz musician
1972 – Jenny Berggren, Swedish singer (Ace of Base)

May 20

1932 – Bob Florence, American jazz pianist, composer, arranger (d. 2008)
1940 – Shorty Long, American musician (d. 1969)
1942 – Jill Jackson, American singer (Paul & Paula)
1943 – Al Bano, Italian singer 1944 – Joe Cocker, British singer
1944 – Boudewijn de Groot, Dutch singer
1954 – Guy Hoffman, American musician (Violent Femmes)
1958 – Jane Wiedlin, American singer (The Go-Go's)
1972 – Busta Rhymes, American rapper and actor
1975 – Andrew Sega, American musician 1
984 – Kenny Vasoli, American singer and bassist (The Starting Line)

May 21

1920 – Forrest White, American musical instruments industry executive (d. 1994)
1928 – Tom Donahue, American disc jockey (d. 1975)
1941 – Martin Carthy, English folk singer and guitarist
1941 – Ronald Isley, American singer (The Isley Brothers)
1943 – Hilton Valentine, British guitarist (The Animals)
1944 – Marcie Blane, American singer
1947 – Bill Champlin, American singer
1948 – Leo Sayer, English singer and songwriter
1954 – Marc Ribot, American guitarist and composer
1955 – Stan Lynch, American drummer (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers)
1963 – Kevin Shields, American-born Irish vocalist and guitarist (My Bloody Valentine)
1967 – Blake Schwarzenbach, American musician (JawbreakerJets to Brazil)
1972 – The Notorious B.I.G., American rapper (d. 1997)
1974 – Havoc, American rapper (Mobb Deep)
1975 – Lee Gaze, Welsh guitarist (Lostprophets)
1976 – Deron Miller, American singer, guitarist and songwriter (CKY)
1978 – Adam Gontier, Canadian singer (Three Days Grace)
1982 – Brian Klemm, American guitarist and vocalist (Suburban Legends)
1985 – Mutya Buena, English singer (Sugababes)
1986 – Alexander Noyes, American drummer (Honor Society)

May 22

1891 – Eddie Edwards, American jazz trombonist (d. 1963)
1914 – Sun Ra, American musician (d. 1993)
1930 – Kenny Ball, British musician 1934 – Peter Nero, American musician
1942 – Calvin Simon, American musician (P Funk)
1950 – Bernie Taupin, English songwriter
1955 – Jimmy Lyon, American guitarist (Eddie Money)
1955 – Jerry Dammers, English musician (The Specials)
1955 – Chalmers "Spanky" Alford, American jazz guitarist (d. 2008)
1955 – Iva Davies, Australian rock star (Icehouse)
1959 – Steven Morrissey, English singer (The Smiths)
1966 – Kenny Hickey, American guitarist (Type O Negative)
1967 – John Vanderslice, American musician
1976 – Daniel Erlandsson, Swedish drummer (Arch Enemy)

Music Birthdays - Week of May 9

May 9
1909 – Don Messer, Canadian country musician (d. 1973)
1914 – Hank Snow, American country music singer and songwriter (d. 1999)
1935 – Nokie Edwards, American guitarist (The Ventures)
1937 – David Prater, American singer (Sam & Dave) (d. 1988)
1942 – Tommy Roe, American singer and songwriter
1944 – Richie Furay, American musician (Poco and Buffalo Springfield)
1945 – Steve Katz, American musician (Blood, Sweat & Tears)
1946 – Clint Holmes, English-born American singer and songwriter
1949 – Billy Joel, American musician
1961 – Sean Altman, American singer (Rockapella)
1962 – Dave Gahan, English singer (Depeche Mode)
1962 – Paul Heaton, English singer/songwriter (Beautiful South)
1969 – Amber, Dutch musician
1971 – Paul McGuigan, English bassist (Oasis)
1975 – Tamia, Canadian singer
1979 – Pierre Bouvier, Canadian musician (Simple Plan)
1979 – Andrew W.K., American musician

May 10

1909 – Maybelle Carter, American musician (d. 1978)
1930 – Scott Muni, American radio DJ (d. 2004)
1935 – Larry Williams, American singer and songwriter (d. 1980)
1946 – Graham Gouldman, British musician and songwriter (10cc)
1946 – Dave Mason, English musician (Traffic)
1947 – Jay Ferguson, American musician and composer (Spirit)
1952 – Kikki Danielsson, Swedish singer
1957 – Sid Vicious, English bassist (The Sex Pistols) (d. 1979)
1960 – Bono, Irish singer (U2)
1961 – Danny Carey, American drummer (Tool, Pigmy Love Circus)
1967 – Young MC, American rapper
1970 – Perry Blake, Irish singer/songwriter
1971 – Craig Mack, American rapper
1973 – Aviv Geffen, Israeli singer/songwriter (Blackfield)
1975 – Torbjørn Brundtland, Norwegian musician (Röyksopp)
1976 – Stuart Braithwaite, Scottish musician (Mogwai)
1977 – Keith Murray, American singer (We Are Scientists)
1984 – Kristyna Myles, British singer

May 11

1936 – Carla Bley, American musician and composer
1941 – Eric Burdon, British singer (The Animals)
1947 – Butch Trucks, American drummer (The Allman Brothers Band)
1965 – Greg Dulli, American musician (Afghan Whigs, Twilight Singers)
1966 – Christoph Schneider, German drummer (Rammstein)
1978 – Perttu Kivilaakso, Finnish cellist (Apocalyptica)
1979 – Erin Lang, Canadian musician
1984 – Gerald Clayton, Dutch/American jazz pianist

May 12

1942 – Ian Dury, British musician (d. 2000)
1942 – Michel Fugain, French singer and songwriter
1942 – Billy Swan, American songwriter and singer
1945 – Ian McLagan, British keyboardist (Small Faces)
1948 – Steve Winwood, British musician (The Spencer Davis Group; Traffic)
1950 – Billy Squier, American singer and musician
1958 – Eric Singer, American drummer (Kiss)
1961 – Billy Duffy, British guitarist (The Cult)
1962 – Brett Gurewitz, American songwriter (Bad Religion) and record producer (Epitaph Records)
1963 – Charles Pettigrew, American singer (Charles and Eddie) (d. 2001)
1967 – Paul D'Amour, American bass guitarist (Tool)
1976 – Kardinal Offishall, Canadian rapper

May 13

1912 – Gil Evans, Canadian musician (d. 1988)
1923 – Red Garland, American hard bop jazz pianist (d.1984)
1941 – Joe Brown, British singer
1941 – Ritchie Valens, American singer (d. 1959)
1943 – Mary Wells, American singer (d. 1992)
1945 – Magic Dick, American musician (The J. Geils Band)
1950 – Danny Kirwan, British musician (Fleetwood Mac)
1950 – Stevie Wonder, American singer and musician
1951 – Paul Thompson, British rock drummer (Roxy Music)
1954 – Johnny Logan, Irish singer and songwriter
1965 – Lari White, American country music singer
1966 – Darius Rucker, American singer (Hootie & the Blowfish)
1966 – Alison Goldfrapp, English musician
1967 – Chuck Schuldiner, American musician (Death, Control Denied) (d. 2001)
1967 – Melanie Thornton, American pop singer (La Bouche) (d. 2001)
1968 – PMD, American rapper
1969 – Buckethead, American musician
1977 – Ilse DeLange, Dutch singer
1979 – Michael Madden, American musician (Maroon 5)
1980 – Chris Barker, American bassist (Anti-Flag)

May 14

1897 – Sidney Bechet, American musician (d. 1959)
1925 – Al Porcino, American jazz trumpet player
1928 – Will "Dub" Jones, American singer (The Coasters) (d. 2000)
1936 – Bobby Darin, American singer (d. 1973)
1936 – Charlie Gracie, American singer
1940 – Troy Shondell, American singer
1943 – Jack Bruce, Scottish bassist (Cream)
1943 – Derek Leckenby, British musician (Herman's Hermits) (d. 1994)
1952 – David Byrne, Scottish-born American musician (Talking Heads)
1953 – Tom Cochrane, Canadian musician (Red Rider)
1953 – John Rutsey, Canadian drummer (Rush) (d. 2008)
1959 – Steve Hogarth, British singer (Marillion)
1962 – Ian Astbury, English singer (The Cult)
1962 – C. C. DeVille, American musician (Poison)
1964 – Eric Peterson, American musician (Testament)
1966 – Mike Inez, American bassist (Alice in Chains, Black Label Society)
1966 – Fabrice Morvan, French music artist (Milli Vanilli)
1966 – Raphael Saadiq, American vocalist and bassist (Tony! Toni! Toné!)
1969 – Danny Wood, American singer (New Kids on the Block)
1973 – Natalie Appleton, Canadian-born singer (All Saints)
1973 – Shanice, American singer
1976 – Hunter Burgan, American bassist (AFI)
1983 – Tom Welham, British musician (Thirteen Senses)

May 15

1909 – Clara Solovera, Chilean folk musician (d. 1992)
1915 – Gus Viseur, French button accordionist (d. 1974)
1918 – Eddy Arnold, American country music singer (d. 2008)
1935 – Utah Phillips, American labor organizer and folk singer (d. 2008)
1936 – Wavy Gravy, American clown and activist
1937 – Trini López, American musician
1938 – Lenny Welch, American singer ("Since I Fell For You")
1941 – K.T. Oslin, American musician
1947 – Graeham Goble, Australian musician and record producer (Little River Band)
1948 – Brian Eno, British musician and record producer
1959 – Andrew Eldritch, British singer and songwriter
1961 – Melle Mel, American musician
1966 – Pete Wiggs, British musician (Saint Etienne)
1968 – Seth Putnam, American musician (Anal Cunt)
1969 – Asalah Nasri, Syrian singer
1970 – Martin Rossiter, British Musician
1974 – Ahmet Zappa, American musician
1982 – Jessica Sutta, American dancer, singer and actress (Pussycat Dolls)

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)

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)

Music Birthdays - Week of April 18

April 18
1901 – Al Lewis, American lyricist (d. 1967) "Blueberry Hill"
1918 – Tony Mottola, American guitarist (d. 2004)
1919 – Virginia O'Brien, American singer and actress (d. 2001)
1924 – Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, American musician (d. 2005)
1942 – Robert Christgau, American music critic
1946 – Skip Spence, Canadian-born guitarist, singer and songwriter (Jefferson Airplane) (d. 1999)
1964 – Jim Ellison, American musician (d. 1996) (Material Issue)
1964 – Mark Berry, aka Bez, dancer in Happy Mondays
1970 – Greg Eklund, American musician (Everclear)
1971 – Fredro Starr, American rapper (Onyx)
1974 – Mark Tremonti, American musician (Creed)
1982 – Marie-Élaine Thibert, Canadian singer

April 19

1920 – Gene Leis, American Jazz guitarist and educator (d. 1993)
1928 – Alexis Korner, English musician (d. 1984)
1940 – Genya Ravan, American vocalist (Goldie & the Gingerbreads, Ten Wheel Drive)
1941 – Alan Price, English musician (The Animals, The Alan Price Set)
1944 – Bernie Worrell, American keyboardist (P Funk)
1947 – Murray Perahia, American pianist
1947 – Mark Volman, American musician (The Turtles, The Mothers Of Invention)
1953 – Rod Morgenstein, American musician (Winger)
1954 – Bob Rock, Canadian record producer & musician (The Payolas)
1965 – Suge Knight, American record producer
1967 – Dar Williams, American musician and songwriter
1976 – Ruud Jolie, Dutch guitarist (Within Temptation)
1989 – Fiona MacGillivray, Canadian vocalist (The Cottars)

April 20

1895 – Emile Christian, American musician (d. 1973)
1908 – Lionel Hampton, American musician (d. 2002)
1923 – Tito Puente, American musician (d. 2000)
1939 – Johnny Tillotson, American singer
1947 – Björn Skifs, Swedish singer (Blue Swede)
1948 – Craig Frost, American musician (Grand Funk & Bob Seger)
1951 – Luther Vandross, American singer (d. 2005)
1961 – Barry Smolin, American radio host, writer, and musician
1965 – April March, American musician
1967 – Mike Portnoy, American drummer (Dream Theater, Avenged Sevenfold)
1971 – Tina Cousins, English singer
1972 – Stephen Marley, Jamaican musician
1980 – Jasmin Wagner, German singer

April 21

1907 – Wade Mainer, American singer and banjoist
1918 – Eddy Christiani, Dutch singer and guitarist
1919 – Don Cornell, American singer (d. 2004)
1924 – Ira Louvin, Country music singer, songwriter, and musician (d. 1965)
1947 – Iggy Pop, American musician (The Stooges)
1948 – Paul Davis, American singer (d. 2008)
1959 – Jerry Only, American musician (The Misfits)
1959 – Robert Smith, British musician (The Cure)
1959 – Michael Timmins, Canadian musician (Cowboy Junkies)
1966 – Michael Franti, American musician
1970 – Glen Hansard, Irish songwriter and actor
1972 – Severina Vučković, Croatian singer
1975 – Tha Trademarc, American hip hop artist
1977 – Doseone, American rapper
1978 – Jukka Nevalainen, Finnish drummer (Nightwish)
1978 – Branden Steineckert, American drummer (Rancid, The Used)

April 22

1912 – Kathleen Ferrier, British singer (d. 1953)
1922 – Charles Mingus, American musician (d. 1979)
1927 – Laurel Aitken, Jamaican singer (d. 2005)
1935 – Paul Chambers, American jazz bassist (d. 1969)
1936 – Glen Campbell, American musician
1937 – Jack Nitzsche, American composer (d. 2000)
1945 – Demetrio Stratos, Italian musician (d. 1979)
1950 – Peter Frampton, English musician
1951 – Paul Carrack, English musician
1966 – Fletcher Dragge, American guitarist (Pennywise)
1974 – Shavo Odadjian, Armenian/American bassist (System of a Down)
1977 – Aaron Fink, American guitarist (Breaking Benjamin)
1978 – Jason Stollsteimer, American singer (The Von Bondies)
1979 – Daniel Johns, Australian musician (Silverchair)
1984 – Amelle Berrabah, English singer (Sugababes)
1985 – Matt Ballinger, American singer (Dream Street)

April 23

1924 – Bobby Rosengarden, American jazz drummer (d. 2007)
1935 – Bunky Green, American musician
1936 – Roy Orbison, American singer and musician (d. 1988)
1939 – Ray Peterson, American singer (d. 2005)
1947 – Glenn Cornick, British musician (Jethro Tull)
1949 – David Cross, British violinist (King Crimson)
1960 – Steve Clark, English guitarist (Def Leppard) (d. 1991)
1970 – Dennis Bayne Culp, American singer/songwriter
1974 – Carlos Dengler, American musician (Interpol)
1975 – Jón Þór Birgisson, Icelandic musician and singer (Sigur Rós)
1979 – Barry Fratelli, Scottish bassist (The Fratellis)
1979 – Lauri Ylönen, Finnish singer (The Rasmus)

April 24

1706 – Giovanni Battista Martini, Italian musician (d. 1780)
1930 – Jerome Callet, American musician
1933 – Freddie Scott, American singer (d. 2007)
1937 – Joe Henderson, American jazz saxophonist (d. 2001)
1941 – John Williams, Australian guitarist
1942 – Barbra Streisand, American singer and actor
1943 – Richard Sterban, American singer
1944 – Tony Visconti, American record producer
1945 – Doug Clifford, American drummer
1945 – Robert Knight, American singer
1945 – Doug Riley, Canadian musician (d. 2007)
1945 – Dick Rivers, French singer and actor
1947 – Claude Dubois, Canadian singer and songwriter
1954 – Jack Blades, American musician, bassist for Night Ranger, Rubicon (1970s band) and others
1954 – Captain Sensible, British guitarist (The Damned)
1957 – David J, British musician
1957 – Boris Williams, British musician (The Cure)
1963 – Paula Frazer, American singer/songwriter
1963 – Billy Gould, American musician (Faith No More)
1974 – Brian Marshall, American bassist (Creed, Alter Bridge)
1982 – Kelly Clarkson, American singer

Music Birthdays - week of April 11

April 11
1889 – Nick LaRocca, American musician (d. 1961)
1935 – Richard Berry, American singer and composer (d. 1997)
1950 – Tom Hill, English bass guitarist (Geordie)
1951 – Paul Fox, English guitarist (The Ruts) (d. 2007)
1955 – Michael Callen, American musician (d. 1993)
1955 – Neville Staple, Jamaican musician
1958 – Stuart Adamson, British musician (Big Country) (d. 2001)
1961 – Doug Hopkins, American musician (d. 1993)
1964 – Steve Azar, American singer-songwriter
1966 – Lisa Stansfield, English singer
1970 – Delroy Pearson, former singer Five Star
1971 – Oliver Riedel, German musician (Rammstein)
1974 – David Jassy, Swedish musician, songwriter, and music producer
1978 – Tom Thacker, Canadian musician
1979 – Chris Gaylor, American drummer
1979 – Sebastien Grainger, Canadian musician
1982 – Danja, American record producer, composer, and songwriter

April 12

1954 – Bill Haley & His Comets record "Rock Around the Clock" in New York City.

1917 – Helen Forrest, American singer (d. 1999)
1919 – Billy Vaughn, American musician and bandleader (d. 1991)
1932 – Tiny Tim, American musician (d. 1996)
1940 – Herbie Hancock, American musician and composer
1944 – John Kay, German-born musician (Steppenwolf)
1954 – Pat Travers, Canadian musician
1957 – Vince Gill, American musician
1958 – Will Sergeant, English musician
1961 – Lisa Gerrard, Australian musician
1962 – Art Alexakis, American musician (Everclear)
1964 – Amy Ray, American musician
1967 – Sarah Cracknell, English singer (Saint Etienne)
1967 – Mellow Man Ace, Afro-Cuban rapper
1970 – Nick Hexum, American musician (311)
1978 – Guy Berryman, British musician (Coldplay)
1980 – Brian McFadden, Irish singer
1987 – Brendon Urie, American musician (Panic at the Disco)

April 13

1942 – Bill Conti, American composer
1944 – Brian Pendleton, musician (d. 2001)  (The Pretty Things)
1945 – Lowell George, American singer/guitarist (d. 1979)
1946 – Al Green, American singer and pastor
1951 – Peabo Bryson, American singer
1951 – Max Weinberg, American drummer  (Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band)
1954 – Jimmy Destri, American keyboardist
1961 – Hiro Yamamoto, American rock bassist
1966 – Marc Ford, American musician (Burning Tree, The Black Crowes)
1972 – Aaron Lewis, American singer (Staind)
1975 – Lou Bega, German-born musician and artist ("Mambo #5")
1982 – Nellie McKay, American singer

April 14

1924 – Shorty Rogers, American jazz musician (d. 1994)
1925 – Gene Ammons, American jazz saxophonist (d. 1974)
1932 – Loretta Lynn, American country musician/singer
1945 – Ritchie Blackmore, English guitarist (Deep Purple)
1965 – Kirk Windstein, American guitarist (Crowbar, Down)
1967 – Barrett Martin, American drummer and composer
1969 – Martyn LeNoble, Dutch musician (Porno For Pyros)
1974 – Shawntae Harris, American rapper
1980 – Win Butler, American/Canadian musician (Arcade Fire)

April 15

1894 – Bessie Smith, American blues singer (d. 1937)
1908 – Eden Ahbez, American songwriter (d. 1995) ("Nature Boy")
1933 – Roy Clark, American musician
1937 – Bob Luman, American country singer (d. 1978)
1939 – Marty Wilde, British singer
1944 – Dave Edmunds, Welsh musician
1947 – Woolly Wolstenholme, British musician
1948 – Michael Kamen, American composer (d. 2003)
1949 – Tonio K, American singer
1965 – Linda Perry, American musician (4 Non Blondes)
1966 – Samantha Fox, English singer
1967 – Frankie Poullain, British musician (The Darkness)
1968 – Ed O'Brien, British musician (Radiohead)
1975 – Phil Labonte, American vocalist (All That Remains)
1982 – Anthony Green, American musician
1984 – Ben Kasica, guitarist (rock band Skillet)

April 16

1924 – Henry Mancini, American composer (d. 1994)
1924 – Rudy Pompilli, American musician (Bill Haley & His Comets) (d. 1976)
1929 – Roy Hamilton, American singer (d. 1969)
1929 – Ed Townsend, American singer and songwriter (d. 2003)
1930 – Herbie Mann, American jazz flute player (d. 2003)
1935 – Bobby Vinton, American singer
1939 – Dusty Springfield, English singer (d. 1999)
1943 – Dave Peverett, English musician (FoghatSavoy Brown) (d. 2000)
1947 – Gerry Rafferty, British musician and songwriter (d. 2011)
1953 – Peter Garrett, Australian singer (Midnight Oil)
1962 – Ian MacKaye, American musician, (Fugazi and Minor Threat)
1963 – Jimmy Osmond, American pop singer (The Osmonds)
1964 – Dave Pirner, American rock singer (Soul Asylum)
1971 – Selena, American Tejano singer (d. 1995)
1973 – Akon, American singer and song writer
1973 – Bonnie Pink, Japanese singer
1974 – Mat Devine, American singer (Kill Hannah)
1979 – Sean Costello, American blues musician

April 17

1882 – Artur Schnabel, Polish pianist (d. 1951)
1930 – Chris Barber, British jazz band leader
1934 – Don Kirshner, American composer (d. 2011)
1940 – Billy Fury, British singer (d. 1983)
1947 – Linda Martin, Irish singer
1954 – Michael Sembello, American musician
1954 – Lester Square, Canadian musician
1955 – Pete Shelley, British musician
1964 – Maynard James Keenan, American singer (Tool and A Perfect Circle)
1967 – Liz Phair, American musician/songwriter
1970 – Redman, American rapper
1974 – Victoria Beckham, English singer (Spice Girls)
1974 – Mikael Åkerfeldt, Swedish guitarist and singer (Opeth)
1977 – Phil Jamieson, Australian singer (Grinspoon)

Music Birthdays - Week of April 4

April 4
1915 – Muddy Waters, American musician (d. 1983)
1932 – Clive Davis, American record producer
1939 – Major Lance, American singer (d. 1994)
1939 – Hugh Masekela, South African musician
1940 – Sharon Sheeley, American songwriter (d. 2002)
1946 – Dave Hill, English guitarist (Slade)
1948 – Berry Oakley, American bassist (The Allman Brothers Band) (d. 1972)
1949 – Junior Braithwaite, Jamaican singer (The Wailers) (d. 1999)
1952 – Gary Moore, Irish guitarist (Thin Lizzy) (d. 2011)
1957 – Graeme Kelling, Scottish musician (Deacon Blue) (d. 2004)
1962 – Craig Adams, English musician (The Sisters of MercyMission UK)
1966 – Mike Starr, American musician (Alice In Chains) (d. 2011)
1970 – Michael Schwartz, American turntablist, known as Mix Master Mike, DJ for the Beastie Boys
1971 – Josh Todd, American lead singer of rock band Buckcherry
1972 – Jill Scott, American soul singer
1972 – Magnus Sveningsson, Swedish musician (The Cardigans)
1977 – Adam Dutkiewicz, American guitarist and producer(Killswitch Engage)
1979 – Andy McKee, American musician
1980 – Johnny Borrell, English singer (Razorlight)

April 5

1928 – Tony Williams, American singer (The Platters) (d. 1992)
1929 – Joe Meek, English record producer (d. 1967)
1932 – Billy Bland, American singer and songwriter
1934 – Stanley Turrentine, American jazz saxophonist (d. 2000)
1935 – Peter Grant, British music manager (d. 1995)
1939 – Ronald White, American singer and songwriter (d. 1995)
1941 – Dave Swarbrick, British folk musician (Fairport Convention)
1948 – Les Binks, British musician, former drummer for Judas Priest
1948 – Dave Holland, British musician (Judas Priest)
1950 – Agnetha Fältskog, Swedish singer (ABBA)
1954 – Stan Ridgway, American musician (Wall of Voodoo)
1964 – Christopher "Kid" Reid, American rapper (Kid 'n Play)
1966 – Mike McCready, American musician (Pearl Jam)
1968 – Paula Cole, American musician
1970 – Miho Hatori, Japanese singer and songwriter (Cibo Matto)
1973 – Pharrell, American music producer (The Neptunes)
1974 – Sahaj Ticotin, American musician/producer (Ra)

April 6

1900 – Leo Robin, American songwriter (d. 1984)
1927 – Gerry Mulligan, American musician (d. 1996)
1937 – Merle Haggard, American musician
1941 – Gheorghe Zamfir, Romanian musician
1953 – Christopher Franke, German musician and composer (Tangerine Dream)
1955 – Blind Mississippi Morris, American delta blues musician
1960 – Warren Haynes, American guitarist and song writer
1960 – John Pizzarelli, American jazz guitarist, song writer, singer and bandleader
1965 – Frank Black, (aka Black Francis) American singer/songwriter (Pixies and Frank Black and the Catholics)
1976 – Georg Hólm, Icelandic musician (Sigur Rós)
1978 – Martin Mendez, Uruguayan-born bassist (Opeth)
1982 – Michael Guy Chislett, Australian-American guitarist (The Academy Is...)
1984 – Max Bemis, American musician/songwriter (Say Anything, Two Tongues)

April 7

1908 – Percy Faith, Canadian composer and musician (d. 1976)
1915 – Billie Holiday, American singer (d. 1959)
1920 – Ravi Shankar, Indian sitar player
1935 – Bobby Bare, American musician
1938 – Spencer Dryden, American drummer (Jefferson Airplane) (d. 2005)
1947 – Patricia Bennett, American singer (The Chiffons)
1947 – Florian Schneider, German musician (Kraftwerk)
1948 – Carol Douglas, American singer
1949 – John Oates, American rock guitarist and lyricst (Hall & Oates)
1951 – Janis Ian, American singer and songwriter
1967 – Artemis Gounaki, composer, writer and music producer
1975 – Karin Dreijer Andersson, Swedish singer

April 8

1920 – Carmen McRae, American jazz singer (d. 1994)
1928 – Monty Sunshine, English jazz clarinetist
1929 – Walter Berry, Austrian bass-baritone (d. 2000)
1929 – Jacques Brel, Belgian singer/composer (d. 1978)
1941 – Peggy Lennon, American singer (The Lennon Sisters)
1942 – Roger Chapman, British rock singer (FamilyStreetwalkers)
1947 – Steve Howe, English guitarist (YesAsiaGTR)
1956 – Justin Sullivan, English musician (New Model Army)
1962 – Izzy Stradlin, American musician (Guns N' Roses)
1963 – Julian Lennon, English musician and singer
1964 – Biz Markie, American rapper/disc jockey
1972 – Paul Gray, American bassist (Slipknot)
1974 – Chino XL, American rapper
1975 – Anouk, Dutch singer
1984 – Ezra Koenig, American singer (Vampire Weekend)
1989 – Alex DeLeon, American singer (The Cab)

April 9

1898 – Paul Robeson, American singer and activist (d. 1976)
1904 – Sharkey Bonano, American musician (d. 1972)
1932 – Carl Perkins, American musician (d. 1998)
1941 – Kay Adams, American country singer
1943 – Terry Knight, American music promoter (d. 2004)
1953 – Hal Ketchum, American musician
1961 – Mark Kelly, British keyboard player (Marillion)
1977 – Gerard Way, American singer (My Chemical Romance)
1979 – Albert Hammond, Jr., American guitarist (The Strokes)
1986 – Brian Larsen, American musician and record producer
1987 – Craig Mabbitt, American singer (Escape the Fate)
1987 – Jesse McCartney, American actor and singer

April 10

1911 – Martin Denny, American musician (d. 2005)
1921 – Sheb Wooley, American actor and singer (d. 2003)
1930 – Claude Bolling, French jazz composer and pianist
1950 – Eddie Hazel, American guitarist (P-Funk and The Temptations) (d. 1992)
1957 – Steven Gustafson, American musician (10,000 Maniacs)
1959 – Davy Carton, Irish musician (Saw Doctors)
1959 – Brian Setzer, American musician (Stray Cats)
1961 – Joe Cole, American roadie (d. 1991)
1963 – Warren DeMartini, American musician
1965 – Tim Alexander, American musician
1967 – David Rovics, American folksinger
1969 – Mike Mushok, American musician
1970 – Kenny Lattimore, American singer
1970 – Q-Tip, American musician
1973 – Aidan Moffat, Scottish musician
1979 – Shemekia Copeland, American singer
1979 – Sophie Ellis-Bextor, English singer
1980 – Bryce Soderberg, American musician (Lifehouse)
1981 – Liz McClarnon, British singer (Atomic Kitten)
1984 – Mandy Moore, American singer/actor

Happy Birthday "anomerrecords"!

Happy Birthday to one of our contributors, Jeff, known on this blog as anomerrecords. It has been an absolute honor to have known you as a friend for almost a quarter of a century. (Wow, we are getting old!) Thanks for taking me to my first ever Mississippi Nights show (Beastie Boys!) and introducing me to a long list of bands. Hope you have a great day, may it be filled with some good tunes and tasty brews. Love ya, homie... Oh yeah, you share a birthday with Angus Young... How could you not be awesome?


Music Birthdays - Week of March 28

March 28
1890 – Paul Whiteman, American bandleader (d. 1967)
1899 – August Anheuser Busch, Jr., American brewer and baseball executive (d. 1989)
1923 – Thad Jones, American jazz trumpeter (d. 1986)
1933 – Tete Montoliu, Catalonian jazz pianist (d. 1997)
1947 – John Landecker, American disk jockey
1948 – John Evan, British musician (Jethro Tull)
1948 – Milan Williams, American musician (The Commodores) (d. 2006)
1955 – Reba McEntire, American country singer and actress
1968 – Jon Lee, British drummer (d. 2002)
1969 – Rodney Atkins, American country music singer-songwriter
1971 – Mr. Cheeks, American rapper
1973 – Matt Nathanson, American singer-songwriter
1974 – Scott Mills, British radio disc jockey
1976 – Dave Keuning, American guitar player (The Killers)
1984 – Ol Drake, English guitarist (Evile)
1986 – Lady Gaga, American singer-songwriter and dancer

March 29
1918 – Pearl Bailey, American singer and actress (d. 1990)
1940 – Ray Davis, American musician (d. 2005) (The Parliaments, Parliament, and Funkadelic)
1943 – Eric Idle, English actor, writer, and composer (Monty Python, The Rutles)
1943 – Vangelis, Greek musician and composer
1944 – Terry Jacks, Canadian musician, songwriter, and activist
1946 – Billy Thorpe, Australian singer (d. 2007)
1947 – Bobby Kimball, American singer (Toto)
1949 – Michael Brecker, American jazz saxophonist (d. 2007)
1949 – Dave Greenfield, English Keyboardist of The Stranglers
1956 – Patty Donahue, American singer (d. 1996) (The Waitresses)
1967 – John Popper, American musician (Blues Traveler)
1968 – Sue Foley, Canadian blues singer and guitarist

March 30
1750 – John Stafford Smith, English composer (d. 1836) (Wrote tune for "Star Spangled Banner")
1902 – Ted Heath, British musician and band leader (d. 1969)
1913 – Frankie Laine, American singer (d. 2007)
1914 – Sonny Boy Williamson I, American musician (d. 1948)
1941 – Graeme Edge, British musician (Moody Blues)
1943 – Ken Forssi, American musician (Love) (d. 1998)
1945 – Eric Clapton, British guitarist
1945 – Johnnie Walker, British DJ
1955 – Randy VanWarmer, American singer and songwriter (d. 2004)
1962 – MC Hammer, American rap musician
1966 – Joey Castillo, American drummer (Queens of the Stone Age)
1968 – Celine Dion, Canadian singer
1976 – Mark McClelland, Northern Irish musician (Degrassi)
1979 – Norah Jones, American musician
1979 – Simon Webbe, English singer
1984 – Anna Nalick, American singer and songwriter
1994 – Sarah Solovay, American singer-songwriter

March 31
1908 – Red Norvo, American jazz vibraphonist (d. 1999)
1928 – Lefty Frizzell, American singer and songwriter (d. 1975)
1934 – Shirley Jones, American singer and actress
1934 – John D. Loudermilk, American singer and songwriter
1935 – Herb Alpert, American trumpeter and band leader
1938 – Arthur B. Rubinstein, American composer
1944 – Mick Ralphs, English guitarist (Mott the Hoople, Bad Company)
1955 – Angus Young, Scottish-born Australian guitarist (AC/DC)
1959 – Ali McMordie, Irish bassist (Stiff Little Fingers)
1974 – Stefan Olsdal, Swedish bassist (Placebo)
1981 – Ryan Bingham, American singer/songwriter
1982 – Ryland Blackinton, American guitarist (Cobra Starship)
1982 – Lennon Murphy, American rock singer/songwriter
1987 – Georg Listing, German bassist (Tokio Hotel)

April 1
1895 – Alberta Hunter, American singer (d. 1984)
1909 – Eddy Duchin, American pianist and bandleader (d. 1951)
1927 – Amos Milburn, American pianist (d. 1980)
1939 – Rudolph Isley, American singer (The Isley Brothers)
1945 – John Barbata, American drummer (The Turtles, Jefferson Airplane/Starship, CSNY)
1946 – Ronnie Lane, English musician (d. 1997) (The Faces)
1947 – Robin Scott, English singer (M)
1948 – Jimmy Cliff, Jamaican musician
1949 – Gil Scott-Heron, American musician and composer
1954 – Jeff Porcaro, American drummer (d. 1992)(Toto, session drummer)
1958 – D. Boon, American musician (d. 1985) (The Minutemen)
1963 – Teddy Diaz, Filipino Rock Guitarist (The Dawn) (d.1988)
1966 – Chris Evans, English disc jockey
1967 – Phil Demmel, American musician
1971 – Method Man, American rapper
1972 – Jesse Tobias, American musician (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alanis Morissette, Splendid, Morrissey)
1974 – Richard Christy, American Heavy Metal drummer (Death, Howard Stern Show)
1975 – John Butler, Australian singer and musician (The John Butler Trio)

April 2
1912 – Herbert Mills, American singer (The Mills Brothers) (d. 1989)
1928 – Serge Gainsbourg, French singer (d. 1991)
1938 – Booker Little, American jazz trumpeter (d. 1961)
1939 – Marvin Gaye, American singer (d. 1984)
1941 – Dr. Demento, American radio personality
1942 – Leon Russell, American blues-rock pianist/guitarist
1946 – Kurt Winter, Canadian guitarist (The Guess Who) (d. 1997)
1947 – Emmylou Harris, American singer
1949 – David Robinson, American musician (The Modern Lovers, The Cars)
1952 – Pat Drummond, Australian singer-songwriter
1952 – Leon Wilkeson, American rock bassist (Lynyrd Skynyrd) (d. 2001)
1961 – Keren Woodward, English singer (Bananarama)
1966 – Garnet Silk, Jamaican singer (d. 1994)
1967 – Greg Camp, American musician (Smash Mouth)
1979 – Jesse Carmichael, American musician (Maroon 5)
1983 – Yung Joc, American rapper

April 3
1920 – Stan Freeman, American composer and lyricist (d. 2001)
1922 – Doris Day, American actress, singer and animal rights activist
1928 – Don Gibson, American country musician (d. 2003)
1936 – Jimmy McGriff, American jazz organist (d. 2008)
1941 – Jan Berry, American musician (d. 2004) (Jan & Dean)
1941 – Philippé Wynne, American musician (d. 1984)
1942 – Wayne Newton, American singer
1942 – Billy Joe Royal, American singer
1944 – Tony Orlando, American musician
1949 – Richard Thompson, English musician and songwriter
1962 – Mike Ness, American musician (Social Distortion)
1963 – Criss Oliva, American musician (d. 1993) (Savatage)
1968 – Sebastian Bach, Canadian musician (Skid Row)
1974 – Drew Shirley, American musician (Switchfoot)
1981 – Aaron Bertram, American musician (Suburban Legends)
1985 – Leona Lewis, English singer
1987 – Julie Sokolow, American musician

Music Birthdays - Week of March 21

March 21
1936 – Mike Westbrook, British jazz composer, bandleader and pianist
1940 – Solomon Burke, American R & B singer (d. 2010)
1943 – Vivian Stanshall, English musician (Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band) (d. 1995)
1944 – Hideki Ishima, Japanese guitarist (Flower Travellin' Band)
1945 – Rose Stone, American musician (Sly & the Family Stone)
1946 – Ray Dorset, English musician (Mungo Jerry)
1949 – Eddie Money, American musician
1950 – Roger Hodgson, English musician (Supertramp)
1951 – Russell Thompkins Jr, American singer (The Stylistics)
1956 – Guy Chadwick, English guitarist, vocalist and songwriter (The House of Love)
1959 – Sarah Jane Morris, English singer
1960 – Robert Sweet, American drummer
1963 – Shawn Lane, American musician (d. 2003)
1967 – Maxim Reality, British MC (The Prodigy)
1967 – Jonas Berggren, Swedish musician (Ace of Base)
1968 – DJ Premier, American record producer
1972 – Large Professor, American hip hop artist
1974 – Edsel Dope, American singer (Dope)
1978 – Kevin Federline, American dancer; ex-husband of Britney Spears
1980 – Deryck Whibley, Canadian guitarist and singer (Sum41)
1989 – Rochelle Wiseman, British singer (The Saturdays)

March 22
1941 – Jeremy Clyde, British actor and musician (Chad and Jeremy)
1943 – George Benson, American musician
1943 – Keith Relf, English musician (The Yardbirds) (d. 1976)
1952 – Jay Dee Daugherty, American drummer (Patti Smith Group)
1958 – Pete Wylie, British singer/songwriter
1968 – Euronymous, Norwegian musician (d. 1993)
1970 – Andreas Johnson, Swedish singer
1979 – Aaron North, American musician
1980 – Shannon Bex, American singer (Danity Kane)
1990 – Lisa Mitchell, Australian singer/songwriter

March 23
1938 – Dave Pike, American jazz musician
1939 – Pepe Lienhard, Swiss band leader and entertainer
1944 – Tony McPhee, English singer and guitarist (The Groundhogs)
1949 – Ric Ocasek, American musician (The Cars)
1953 – Chaka Khan, American singer
1958 – El Duce, American singer and drummer (The Mentors) (d. 1997)
1959 – Kevin Paul Godfrey (AKA Epic Soundtracks), English musician (Swell Maps, Crime and the City Solution, These Immortal Souls) (d. 1997)
1968 – Damon Albarn, English musician (Blur, Gorillaz and The Good, the Bad & the Queen)

March 24
1928 – Byron Janis, American pianist
1937 – Billy Stewart, American singer (d. 1970)
1938 – Holger Czukay, German musician (Can)
1949 – Nick Lowe, British musician
1951 – Dougie Thomson, British bassist
1960 – Nena, German pop singer
1970 – Sharon Corr, Irish musician (The Corrs)
1974 – Chad Butler, American drummer (Switchfoot)
1977 – Corneille, Rwandan/Canadian singer
1978 – Kaori Mochida, Japanese singer (Every Little Thing)
1982 – Nivea, American singer

March 25
1923 – Bonnie Guitar, American singer
1929 – Cecil Taylor, American jazz pianist
1931 – Paul Motian, American jazz drummer and composer
1934 – Johnny Burnette, American singer (d. 1964)
1938 – Hoyt Axton, American country music singer-songwriter (d. 1999)
1940 – Anita Bryant, American singer
1942 – Aretha Franklin, American singer
1947 – Elton John, English singer and songwriter
1950 – Chuck Greenberg, American musician (Shadowfax) (d. 1995)
1960 – Steve Norman, British saxophonist (Spandau Ballet)
1966 – Jeff Healey, Canadian guitarist (d. 2008)
1969 – Jeffrey Walker, British Musician (Carcass)
1970 – Teri Moïse, American singer
1973 – Anders Fridén, Swedish singer (In Flames)
1975 – Melanie Blatt, British singer (All Saints)
1976 – Juvenile, American rapper
1984 – Katharine McPhee, American singer and actress
1985 – Carmen Rasmusen, Canadian-American singer

March 26
1898 – Charles Shadwell, English conductor and bandleader (d. 1979)
1906 – Rafael Mendez, Mexican trumpeter (d. 1981)
1917 – Rufus Thomas, American musician (d. 2001)
1925 – James Moody, American jazz musician (d. 2010)
1944 – Diana Ross, American singer (Supremes)
1948 – Richard Tandy, British keyboardist (Electric Light Orchestra)
1948 – Steven Tyler, American singer (Aerosmith)
1949 – Vicki Lawrence, American actress and singer
1950 – Teddy Pendergrass, American singer (d. 2010)
1956 – Charly McClain, American singer
1957 – Paul Morley, English music journalist and musician
1964 – Baz Warne, English guitarist (The Stranglers)
1968 – Kenny Chesney, American singer
1968 – James Iha, American musician (The Smashing Pumpkins and A Perfect Circle)
1979 – Hiromi Uehara, Japanese jazz pianist
1981 – Jay Sean, British R&B singer
1986 – Jonny Craig, Canadian singer and songwriter (Emarosa and Dance Gavin Dance)
1987 – YUI, Japanese singer-songwriter and guitarist
1989 – Josiah Leming, American singer-songwriter

March 27
1906 – Pee Wee Russell, American musician (d. 1969)
1909 – Ben Webster, American jazz saxophonist (d. 1973)
1915 – Robert Lockwood, Jr., American blues guitarist (d. 2006)
1924 – Sarah Vaughan, American singer (d. 1990)
1940 – Janis Martin, American singer (d. 2007)
1946 – Olaf Malolepski, German musician (Die Flippers)
1957 – Billy Mackenzie, Scottish musician (Associates) (d. 1997)
1959 – Andrew Farriss, Australian musician (INXS)
1960 – Renato Russo, Brazilian rock singer-songwriter (d. 1996)
1961 – Tak Matsumoto, Japanese guitarist (B'z)
1962 – Jann Arden, Canadian musician
1963 – Dave Koz, American saxophonist
1970 – Mariah Carey, American pop singer
1970 – Brent Fitz, Canadian musician (Theory of a Deadman)
1970 – Brendan Hill, British drummer (Blues Traveler)
1975 – Fergie, American pop singer (The Black Eyed Peas)
1980 – Cesare Cremonini, Italian singer and songwriter
1984 – Laura Critchley, British singer/songwriter

Music Birthdays - Week of March 14

March 14
1864 – Casey Jones, American railroad engineer (d. 1900) [Subject of many songs]
1912 – Les Brown, American bandleader (d. 2001)
1914 – Lee Elhardt Hays, American folk singer (d. 1981)
1931 – Phil Phillips, American singer and songwriter
1933 – Quincy Jones, American musician and composer
1945 – Michael Martin Murphey, American country music singer
1950 – Rick Dees, American disc jockey
1983 – Taylor Hanson, American musician, member of Hanson
1989 – Colby O'Donis, American musician

March 15
1912 – Lightnin' Hopkins, American musician (d. 1982)
1916 – Harry James, American musician and band leader (d. 1983)
1927 – Carl Smith, American singer (d. 2010)
1929 – Cecil Taylor, American jazz pianist
1936 – Howard Greenfield, American songwriter (d. 1986)
1940 – Phil Lesh, American musician (Grateful Dead)
1940 – Mel Phillips, American radio programmer
1941 – Mike Love, American musician (The Beach Boys)
1944 – Sly Stone, American musician
1946 – Howard E. Scott, American musician (War)
1947 – Ry Cooder, American guitarist
1955 – Dee Snider, American singer (Twisted Sister)
1962 – Terence Trent D'Arby, American singer
1963 – Bret Michaels, American musician (Poison)
1968 – Mark McGrath, American musician (Sugar Ray)
1968 – Sabrina Salerno, Italian singer
1968 – Jon Schaffer, American guitarist (Iced Earth)
1969 – Timo Kotipelto, Finnish musician
1969 – Apollo Papathanasio, Swedish vocalist
1972 – Mark Hoppus, American musician (+44 and blink-182)
1977 – Joe Hahn, American musician (Linkin Park)
1981 – Young Buck, American rapper
1982 – Jordan Hastings, Canadian drummer (Alexisonfire)
1986 – Adrianne Leon, American singer-songwriter and actress
1988 – Chris Lent, American drummer and keyboardist

March 16
1902 – Leon Roppolo, American jazz clarinetist (d. 1943)
1930 – Tommy Flanagan, American jazz pianist (d. 2001)
1931 – Betty Johnson, American singer
1936 – Fred Neil, American singer-songwriter (d. 2001)
1942 – Jerry Jeff Walker, American musician
1948 – Michael Bruce, American musician (Alice Cooper)
1949 – Elliott Murphy, American Singer-Songwriter
1954 – Nancy Wilson, American guitarist, singer and actress (Heart)
1963 – Jimmy Degrasso, American musician (F5)
1964 – Patty Griffin, American singer and songwriter
1966 – Hans Peter Geerdes, German musician (Scooter)
1970 – Joakim Berg, Swedish singer (Kent)
1973 – Brant Bjork, American musician (Kyuss)
1991 – Wolfgang Van Halen, American musician

March 17
1884 – Alcide Nunez, American jazz clarinetist (d. 1934)
1916 – Ray Ellington, British singer (d. 1985)
1919 – Nat King Cole, American singer (d. 1965)
1938 – Zola Taylor, American singer (The Platters) (d. 2007)
1941 – Paul Kantner, American musician (Jefferson Airplane)
1944 – Pattie Boyd, British photographer and model (Ex-wife George Harrison & Eric Clapton) 1944 – John Sebastian, American singer and songwriter
1949 – Daniel Lavoie, French Canadian singer and songwriter
1950 – Patrick Adams, American record producer and songwriter
1951 – Scott Gorham, American musician (Thin Lizzy)
1959 – Paul Black, American rock singer
1961 – Alexander Bard, Swedish artist, singer (Army Of Lovers), music producer, and philosopher
1967 – Billy Corgan, American musician (Smashing Pumpkins)
1972 – Melissa Auf der Maur, Canadian musician (Hole)
1972 – Marc Gunn, poet, podcaster, and musician (Brobdingnagian Bards)
1973 – Rico Blanco, Filipino singer (Rivermaya)
1973 – Caroline Corr, Irish singer and musician
1974 – Oliver Palotai, German keyboard player (Doro)
1975 – Puneet Rajkumar, Indian (Kannada) actor, singer and director
1975 – Justin Hawkins, British singer (The Darkness)
1975 – Mason Jennings, American folksinger

March 18
1893 – Jean Goldkette, Greek-born jazz musician (d. 1962)
1911 – Smiley Burnette, American singer and songwriter (d. 1967)
1927 – John Kander, American songwriter
1930 – Pat Halcox, British musician
1938 – Charley Pride, American musician
1941 – Wilson Pickett, American singer (d. 2006)
1947 – B.J. Wilson, English drummer (d. 1990)
1950 – John Hartman, American drummer (Doobie Brothers)
1951 – Bill Frisell, American jazz musician
1962 – James McMurtry, American folk singer and songwriter
1962 – Irene Cara, American singer and actress
1964 – Courtney Pine, British jazz saxophonist
1966 – Jerry Cantrell, American musician (Alice In Chains)
1967 – Miki Berenyi, English singer (Lush)
1969 – Andy Cutting, English folk musician and composer
1970 – Queen Latifah, American singer and actress
1979 – Adam Levine, American singer (Maroon 5)

March 19
1937 – Clarence "Frogman" Henry, American musician
1946 – Paul Atkinson, English guitarist (The Zombies) (d. 2004)
1946 – Ruth Pointer, American singer (Pointer Sisters)
1953 – Billy Sheehan, American bassist (Mr. Big)
1953 – Ricky Wilson, American musician (The B-52's) (d. 1985)
1959 – Terry Hall, British singer
1969 – Gary Jules, American singer and songwriter
1969 – Tom McRae, British singer and songwriter
1983 – Ana Rezende, Brazilian film director and musician (CSS)

March 20
1906 – Ozzie Nelson, American bandleader and actor (d. 1975)
1918 – Marian McPartland, British jazz pianist
1921 – Sister Rosetta Tharpe, American singer (d. 1973)
1936 – Lee "Scratch" Perry, Jamaican Reggae artist
1937 – Jerry Reed, American singer and actor (d. 2008)
1948 – Marva Wright, American blues singer (d. 2010)
1950 – Carl Palmer, English drummer (Emerson, Lake & Palmer)
1951 – Jimmie Vaughan, American blues guitarist
1961 – Slim Jim Phantom, American musician (Stray Cats)
1972 – Alexander Kapranos, Greek-British musician (Franz Ferdinand)
1976 – Chester Bennington, American musician (Linkin Park)
1979 – Molly Jenson, American musician
1984 – Winta, Norwegian musician

Music Birthdays - Week of March 7

March 7
1917 – Lee Young, American jazz drummer and singer (d. 2008)
1943 – Chris White, British musician (The Zombies)
1944 – Townes Van Zandt, American musician and songwriter (d. 1997)
1945 – Arthur Lee, American musician (Love) (d. 2006)
1946 – Matthew Fisher, British musician (Procol Harum)
1946 – Peter Wolf, American musician (The J. Geils Band)
1951 – Francis Rocco Prestia, American musician (Tower of Power)
1952 – Ernie Isley, American musician (The Isley Brothers)
1969 – Warrel Dane, American singer (Nevermore)

March 8
1892 – Mississippi John Hurt, American blues singer and guitarist (d. 1966)
1927 – Dick Hyman, American pianist and composer
1937 – Richard Farina, American folksinger (d. 1966)
1945 – Micky Dolenz, American musician (The Monkees)
1946 – Randy Meisner, American musician (The Eagles)
1947 – Mike Allsup, American musician (Three Dog Night)
1947 – Carole Bayer Sager, American composer
1953 – Bob Brozman, American musician
1954 – Cheryl Baker, British singer (Bucks Fizz)
1957 – Clive Burr, British musician (Iron Maiden)
1957 – Billy Childs, composer/pianist
1958 – Gary Numan, British singer
1964 – Cheryl James, American performer (Salt-n-Pepa)
1968 – Shawn Mullins, American musician
1973 – Anneke van Giersbergen, Dutch singer (The Gathering)
1976 – Gaz Coombes, English singer (Supergrass)
1979 – Tom Chaplin, English singer (Keane)
1979 – Andy Ross, American guitarist (OK Go)
1980 – Charli Delaney, Australian singer (Hi-5)
1981 – Timothy Jordan II, American musician (The All American Rejects, Jonezetta) (d. 2005)

March 9
1930 – Ornette Coleman, American jazz musician
1932 – Keely Smith, American singer
1933 – Lloyd Price, American R&B singer ("Lawdy Miss Clawdy", "Stagger Lee", "Personality")
1936 – Mickey Gilley, American country musician and singer
1942 – John Cale, Welsh musician (The Velvet Underground)
1942 – Mark Lindsay, American musician (Paul Revere & The Raiders)
1945 – Robert Calvert, English singer (Hawkwind) (d. 1988)
1945 – Robin Trower, British rock musician (Procol Harum)
1946 – Jim Cregan, British rock musician (Family, Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel and Rod Stewart)
1948 – Jeffrey Osborne, American singer
1958 – Martin Fry, English pop singer (ABC)
1966 – Brendan Canty, American musician (Fugazi)
1968 – Johnny Kelly, American drummer (Type O Negative) 
1969 – Stefie Shock, Quebec singer and songwriter
1969 – Rob Dukes, American musician {Exodus}
1970 – Shannon Leto, American drummer and actor (30 Seconds to Mars)
1971 – C-Murder, American rapper
1980 – Chingy, American rapper

March 10
1903 – Bix Beiderbecke, American musician (d. 1931)
1919 – Marion Hutton, American singer (d. 1987)
1940 – Dean Torrence, American singer (Jan and Dean)
1947 – Tom Scholz, American songwriter and guitarist (Boston)
1957 – Jim White, American folk singer-songwriter
1963 – Jeff Ament, American musician (Pearl Jam)
1963 – Rick Rubin, American record producer
1964 – Neneh Cherry, Swedish musician
1966 – Edie Brickell, American singer
1970 – Matt Barlow, American singer (Iced Earth)
1971 – Timbaland, American rapper
1975 – Jerry Horton, American guitarist (Papa Roach)
1977 – Colin Murray, British radio DJ
1977 – Robin Thicke, American singer
1978 – Ben Burnley, American musician (Breaking Benjamin)
1983 – Carrie Underwood, American country singer

March 11
1903 – Lawrence Welk, American musician (d. 1992)
1939 – Flaco Jiménez, American musician
1945 – Harvey Mandel, American guitarist
1950 – Bobby McFerrin, American singer
1955 – Nina Hagen, German singer
1964 – Vinnie Paul, American drummer (Pantera)
1968 – Lisa Loeb, American singer-songwriter
1979 – Benji Madden, American guitarist (Good Charlotte)
1979 – Joel Madden, American singer (Good Charlotte)
1981 – Russell Lissack, English musician (Bloc Party)
1981 – LeToya Luckett, American singer (ex-Destiny's Child)
1981 – Paul Wall, American rapper

March 12
1912 – Paul Weston, American pianist, arranger and conductor (d. 1996)
1940 – Al Jarreau, American singer
1948 – James Taylor, American musician
1957 – Marlon Jackson, American singer and musician (The Jackson 5)
1960 – Kipp Lennon, American singer
1960 – Minoru Niihara, Japanese singer
1960 – Maki Nomiya, Japanese singer (Pizzicato Five)
1969 – Graham Coxon, English musician (Blur)
1975 – Kelle Bryan, English singer (Eternal)
1978 – Claudio Sanchez, American musician (Coheed and Cambria)
1979 – Pete Doherty, English musician (The Libertines, Babyshambles)
1988 – La Roux, English singer

March 13
1910 – Sammy Kaye, American musician (d. 1987)
1925 – Roy Haynes, American jazz drummer
1930 – Jan Howard, American country singer
1933 – Mike Stoller, American songwriter
1938 – Erma Franklin, American singer (d. 2002) (Aretha Franklin's sister)
1939 – Neil Sedaka, American singer and songwriter
1960 – Adam Clayton, Irish bassist (U2)
1972 – Common, American rapper
1973 – David Draiman, American musician and songwriter (Disturbed)
1976 – James Dewees, American musician (Coalesce, The Get Up Kids, Reggie and the Full Effect, New Found Glory, My Chemical Romance)
1979 – Spanky G, American musician (Bloodhound Gang)

Music Birthdays - Week of February 28

February 28
1942 – Brian Jones, English musician (The Rolling Stones) (d. 1969)
1948 – Bernadette Peters, American actress and singer
1957 – Paul Delph, American musician and producer (d. 1996)
1957 – Cindy Wilson, American singer (The B-52's)
1969 – Patrick Monahan, American singer (Train)
1977 – Jason Aldean, American country singer
1978 – Jeanne Cherhal, French singer-songwriter
1988 – Markéta Irglová, Czech songwriter and actress

(February 29)
1792 – Gioachino Rossini, Italian composer (d. 1868)
1904 – Jimmy Dorsey, American bandleader (d. 1957)
1972 – Dave Williams, American singer (Drowning Pool) (d. 2002)
1972 – Saul Williams, American rapper, poet, and actor
1976 – Ja Rule, American rapper and actor
1980 – Chris Conley, American musician
1980 – Justin Meacham, American bassist (Avenged Sevenfold)

March 1
1810 – Frédéric Chopin, Polish composer (d. 1849)
1904 – Glenn Miller, American bandleader (d. 1944)
1927 – Harry Belafonte, American actor and musician
1944 – Roger Daltrey, English musician (The Who)
1958 – Nik Kershaw, English musician
1960 – William Bennett, English musician (Whitehouse)
1963 – Rob Affuso, American drummer
1963 – Thomas Anders, German singer (Modern Talking)
1963 – Dan Michaels, American musician and record producer
1965 – Mary Lou Lord, American singer/songwriter
1969 – Dafydd Ieuan, Welsh drummer (Super Furry Animals)
1973 – Ryan Peake, Canadian guitarist (Nickelback)
1987 – Ke$ha, American singer
1989 – Sonya Kitchell, American singer
1994 – Justin Bieber, Canadian singer

March 2
1983 – Compact Disc players and discs were released for the first time in the United States and other markets. They had only been available in Japan before then.
1900 – Kurt Weill, German composer (d. 1950)
1912 – Henry Katzman, American composer and pianist (d. 2001)
1913 – Celedonio Romero, Spanish guitarist (d. 1996)
1934 – Dottie Rambo, American singer (d. 2008)
1938 – Lawrence Payton, American singer and songwriter (The Four Tops) (d. 1997)
1942 – Lou Reed, American singer and guitarist
1943 – Tony Meehan, English drummer (The Shadows) (d. 2005)
1948 – Larry Carlton, American guitarist
1948 – Rory Gallagher, Irish guitarist (d. 1995)
1950 – Karen Carpenter, American singer and drummer (The Carpenters) (d. 1983)
1955 – Jay Osmond, American musician (The Osmonds)
1956 – John Cowsill, American musician (The Cowsills)
1962 – Jon Bon Jovi, American musician (Bon Jovi)
1962 – Scott Sterling, American musician (Scott La Rock) (d. 1987)
1977 – Chris Martin, English musician (Coldplay)
1980 – Vincent Walker, American musician (Suburban Legends)
1985 – Luke Pritchard, British singer (The Kooks)
1988 – Keith Jack, British singer and actor

March 3
1923 – Doc Watson, American musician
1947 – Jennifer Warnes, American singer and songwriter
1948 – Snowy White, British guitarist (Thin Lizzy, Pink Floyd)
1951 – Lindsay Cooper, English musician and composer (Henry Cow, News from Babel)
1953 – Robyn Hitchcock, British musician
1966 – Tone Lōc, American rapper and actor
1968 – Scott Radinsky, American musician (Pulley, Ten Foot Pole)
1986 – Stacie Orrico, American singer

March 4
1678 – Antonio Vivaldi, Italian composer (d. 1741)
1926 – Don Rendell, English jazz musician and arranger
1926 – Fran Warren, American singer
1933 – Ann Burton, Dutch jazz singer (d. 1989)
1935 – Nancy Whiskey, Scottish folk singer (d. 2003)
1937 – Barney Wilen, French jazz saxophonist (d. 1996)
1938 – Angus MacLise, American percussionist (d. 1979)
1941 – Bobby Shew, American jazz musician
1942 – Gloria Gaither, American gospel songwriter
1942 – David Matthews, American keyboardist
1944 – Bobby Womack, American singer
1946 – David Gittins (Red Stripe), singer (Flying Pickets)
1947 – Jan Garbarek, Norwegian musician
1947 – Aura Lewis, South African singer
1947 – Bob Lewis, American musician
1948 – Chris Squire, English bassist (Yes)
1951 – Pete Haycock, English guitarist and composer
1951 – Chris Rea, English singer
1954 – Ricky Ford, American jazz tenor saxophonist
1955 – Rowland Charles Gould (Boon Gould) English musician (Level 42)
1956 – Kermit Driscoll, American jazz bassist
1962 – Jon Durno, bassist (Roman Holliday)
1963 – Jason Newsted, American bassist (Metallica, Voivod)
1964 – Paul Bostaph, American drummer (Testament, Slayer, Exodus, Forbidden)
1966 – Patrick Hannan, drummer (The Sundays)
1967 – Evan Dando, American musician (The Lemonheads)
1971 – Anders Kjølholm, Danish bass player (Volbeat)
1971 – Fergal Lawler, Irish drummer (The Cranberries)
1971 – Jason Sellers, American country music artist
1972 – Buck 65, Canadian hip hop artist, MC and turntablist
1972 – Alison Wheeler, British singer (The Beautiful South)
1975 – Hawksley Workman, Canadian rock singer-songwriter
1976 – Regi Penxten, Belgian DJ and record producer
1976 – Scott Sturgeon, American musician (Choking Victim, Leftöver Crack)
1976 – Jasin Thomason, American guitarist (The Ataris)
1977 – Jeremiah Green, American indie rock band drummer (Modest Mouse)
1977 – Mike Kinsella, American musician (Cap'n Jazz, Joan of Arc, American Football, and Owen)
1977 – Jason Marsalis, American musician
1977 – Rockell (Rachel Alexandra Mercaldo), American musician
1979 – Jon Fratelli, Scottish singer (The Fratellis)
1981 – Donny Tourette, English punk rock singer (Towers of London)
1984 – Phillip Inzerillo, American musician

March 5
1933 – Tommy Tucker, American blues singer and pianist (d. 1982)
1938 – Paul Evans, American singer and songwriter
1946 – Richard Bell, Canadian musician (Full Tilt Boogie Band, The Band) (d. 2007)
1948 – Eddy Grant, Guyana-born singer ("Electric Avenue")
1952 – Alan Clark, English keyboardist (Dire Straits)
1956 – Teena Marie, American singer (d. 2010)
1957 – Mark E. Smith, English singer (The Fall)
1958 – Andy Gibb, English-born Australian singer and teen idol (d. 1988)
1960 – David Tibet, English musician (Current 93)
1962 – Charlie and Craig Reid, Scottish musicians (The Proclaimers)
1970 – John Frusciante, American musician (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
1971 – Evil Jared Hasselhoff, American musician (Bloodhound Gang)
1972 – Luca Turilli, Italian musician (Rhapsody)
1978 – Papoose, American rapper

March 6
1905 – Bob Wills, American singer (d. 1975)
1925 – Wes Montgomery, American musician (d. 1968)
1944 – Mary Wilson, American singer (The Supremes)
1946 – David Gilmour, British musician (Pink Floyd)
1947 – Kiki Dee, British singer
1964 – Skip Ewing, American country music singer and songwriter
1964 – Madonna Wayne Gacy, American musician (Marilyn Manson)
1968 – Michael Romeo, American musician (Symphony X)
1970 – Chris Broderick, American musician (Megadeth)
1972 – Jaret Reddick, American musician (Bowling For Soup)
1973 – Peter Lindgren, Swedish guitarist (ex-Opeth)

Music Birthdays - Week of February 21

February 21
1933 – Nina Simone, American singer (d. 2003)
1943 – David Geffen, American record producer
1947 – Johnny Echols, American musician (Love)
1949 – Jerry Harrison, American musician and producer (The Modern Lovers, Talking Heads)
1951 – Vince Welnick, American musician (The Grateful Dead) (d. 2006)
1954 – Mike Pickering, English disc jockey and musician
1958 – Mary Chapin Carpenter, American singer/songwriter
1960 – Steve Wynn, American singer
1969 – James Dean Bradfield, Welsh musician (Manic Street Preachers)
1969 – Corey Harris, American blues musician
1969 – Eric Wilson, American musician (Sublime)
1971 – Randy Blythe, American musician (Lamb Of God)
1973 – Justin Sane, American punk musician (Anti Flag)
1975 – Wish Bone, American rapper (Bone Thugs-N-Harmony)
1982 – Chantal Claret, American musician (Morningwood)

February 22
1936 – Ernie K-Doe, American singer (d. 2001) ("Mother-in-Law")
1945 – Oliver, American singer (d. 2000) ("Good Morning Starshine")
1947 – Harvey Mason, Jazz drummer
1950 – Genesis P-Orridge, English musician and performer (Throbbing Gristle)
1955 – Gordon Banks, American guitarist
1968 – Bradley Nowell, American musician (d. 1996) (Sublime)
1974 – James Blunt, English musician

February 23
1944 – Johnny Winter, American musician
1946 – Rusty Young, American country-rock guitarist (Poco)
1950 – Maxi, Irish singer and radio personality
1952 – Brad Whitford, American musician (Aerosmith)
1955 – Howard Jones, British pop singer
1958 – David Sylvian, English musician (Japan, Nine Horses)
1961 – Kelly Hansen, American drummer (Summer Lights)
1962 – Michael Wilton, American musician (Queensrÿche)
1967 – Chris Vrenna, American musician, producer and sound engineer Nine Inch Nails, Tweaker
1973 – Lars-Olof Johansson, Swedish musician (The Cardigans)
1974 – Leko, American DJ
1986 – Holly Brook (AKA Skylar Gray), American musician

February 24
1941 – Joanie Sommers, American singer and actress
1942 – Paul Jones, English singer (Manfred Mann)
1944 – Nicky Hopkins, British musician (d. 1994)
1947 – Rupert Holmes, English musician ("Escape (The Piña Colada Song)")
1948 – Tim Staffell, English singer (Smile)
1950 – George Thorogood, American singer and guitarist
1958 – Sammy Kershaw, American musician
1962 – Michelle Shocked, American musician
1974 – Chad Hugo, American musician (N*E*R*D) and producer (The Neptunes)
1976 – Matt Skiba, American musician (Alkaline Trio, Heavens)
1976 – Eric Griffin, American rock guitarist (Murderdolls, Wednesday 13)
1978 – John Nolan, American musician (Straylight Run)
1989 – Trace Cyrus, American musician

February 25
1927 – Ralph Stanley, American musician (The Stanley Brothers)
1929 – Tommy Newsom, American bandleader (d. 2007)
1932 – Faron Young, American singer (d. 1996)
1943 – George Harrison, English musician (The Beatles) (d. 2001)
1945 – Elkie Brooks, English singer
1945 – Herbert Léonard, French singer
1947 – Doug Yule, American bass guitarist (The Velvet Underground)
1950 – Emitt Rhodes, American singer/songwriter (The Palace Guard, The Merry-Go-Round)
1952 – Jerry Chamberlain, American musician (Daniel Amos, The Swirling Eddies)
1954 – John Doe, American musician (X, The Knitters)
1959 – Mike Peters, Welsh musician (The Alarm)
1961 – Chris Pitman, American keyboardist (Guns N' Roses)
1965 – Brian Baker, American guitarist (Minor Threat, Samhain, Dag Nasty, The Meatmen, Bad Religion, Government Issue, Junkyard)
1971 – Dave Harris, American disc jockey
1971 – Daniel Powter, Canadian musician
1973 – Julio Iglesias, Jr., Spanish singer
1973 – Justin Jeffre, American singer (98 Degrees)
1982 – Bert McCracken, American singer (The Used)
1984 – Lovefoxxx, Brazilian singer (CSS)

February 26
1928 – Fats Domino, American musician
1932 – Johnny Cash, American singer (d. 2003)
1937 – Hagood Hardy, Canadian musician and composer (d. 1997)
1945 – Bob Hite, American singer and harmonicist (Canned Heat) (d. 1981)
1945 – Mitch Ryder, American musician (The Detroit Wheels)
1947 – Sandie Shaw, English singer
1949 – Emma Kirkby, British singer
1950 – Jonathan Cain, American musician (Journey, Bad English, The Babys)
1953 – Michael Bolton, American singer
1960 – Jaz Coleman, British musician (Killing Joke)
1968 – Tim Commerford, American bass player (Rage Against the Machine)
1971 – Erykah Badu, American singer
1979 – Corinne Bailey Rae, English singer
1986 – Juliet Simms, American guitarist and singer (Automatic Loveletter)

February 28
1923 – Dexter Gordon, American jazz saxophonist (d. 1990)
1927 – Guy Mitchell, American singer (d. 1999)
1937 – David Ackles, American singer songwriter (d. 1999)
1938 – Jake Thackray, Engish singer-songwriter (d. 2002)
1951 – Steve Harley, British rock musician (Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel)
1954 – Neal Schon, American musician (Journey)
1957 – Adrian Smith, English musician (Iron Maiden)
1959 – Johnny Van Zant, American singer (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
1969 – Brad Vander Ark, American musician (The Verve Pipe)
1971 – "Chilli" Thomas, American singer (TLC)
1981 – Josh Groban, American singer

Music Birthdays - Week of February 14

February 14
1922 – Murray the K, American impresario and disk jockey (d. 1982)
1931 – Phyllis McGuire, American singer (The McGuire Sisters)
1937 – Magic Sam, American blues musician (d. 1969)
1943 – Maceo Parker, American musician (James Brown & The Famous Flames, P-Funk)
1943 – Eric Andersen, American singer-songwriter
1945 - Vic Briggs, British musician (Eric Burdon & The Animals, The Echoes, Steampacket)
1947 – Tim Buckley, American singer-songwriter (d. 1975)
1950 – Roger Fisher, American musician (Heart)
1972 – Rob Thomas, American musician (Matchbox Twenty)
1975 – Scott Owen, Australian musician (The Living End)
1976 – Liv Kristine, Norwegian singer (Leaves' Eyes)
1978 – Dwele, American R&B/Soul singer

February 15
1905 – Harold Arlen, American composer (d. 1986)
1918 – Hank Locklin, American country music singer and songwriter (d. 2009)
1941 – Brian Holland, American songwriter and producer
1944 – Mick Avory, British drummer (The Kinks)
1945 – John Helliwell, British musician (Supertramp)
1947 – David Brown, American musician (Santana) (d. 2000)
1951 – Melissa Manchester, American singer
1959 – Ali Campbell, British singer and songwriter (UB40)
1960 – Mikey Craig, British musician (Culture Club)
1967 – Jane Child, Canadian musician
1969 – Bryan Williams, American record executive and rapper
1976 – Brandon Boyd, American musician (Incubus)
1976 – Ronnie Vannucci Jr., American musician (The Killers)
1977 – Brooks Wackerman, American drummer (Bad4Good, Infectious Grooves, Bad Religion)
1978 – Kimberly Goss, American singer and musician (Sinergy)
1980 – Conor Oberst, American singer and songwriter (Bright Eyes)
1981 – Matt Hoopes, American musician (Relient K)

February 16
1901 – Wayne King, American musician and orchestra leader (d. 1985)
1916 – Bill Doggett, American jazz and rhythm and blues pianist and organist (d. 1996)
1918 – Patty Andrews, American singer (The Andrews Sisters)
1925 – Carlos Paredes, Portuguese guitarist (d. 2004)
1932 – Otis Blackwell, American songwriter and singer (d. 2002)
1934 – Harold Kalin, American singer (d. 2005) (The Kalin Twins)
1934 – Herbert Kalin, American singer (d. 2006) (The Kalin Twins)
1935 – Sonny Bono, American singer, entertainer and politician (d. 1998)
1956 – James Ingram, American Soul/R&B singer
1958 – Ice-T, American rapper and actor
1960 – Pete Willis, English guitarist (Def Leppard)
1961 – Andy Taylor, English musician (Duran Duran, The Power Station)
1965 – Dave Lombardo, Cuban-born drummer (Slayer)
1967 - Damon Reece, English drummer (Spiritualized, Echo & The Bunnymen, Lupine Howl)
1977 – Brad Walst, American bassist (Three Days Grace)
1979 – Eric Mun, Korean rapper (Shinhwa)

February 17
1902 - Orville "Hoppy" Jones, American musician (The Ink Spots) (d. 1944)
1911 – Orrin Tucker, American bandleader and composer
1922 – Tommy Edwards, American singer (d. 1969) ("It's All In The Game")
1933 – Bobby Lewis, American singer ("Tossin' And Turnin'")
1938 – Buck Trent, American banjo player
1939 – John Leyton, British singer
1940 – Gene Pitney, American singer (d. 2006)
1946 – Dodie Stevens, American singer ("Pink Shoe Laces")
1949 – Fred Frith, English musician and composer (Henry Cow)
1957 – Loreena McKennitt, Canadian musician
1962 – David McComb, Australian musician (The Triffids) (d. 1999)
1966 – Michael Lepond, American musician (Symphony X)
1966 – Quorthon, Swedish musician (Bathory) (d. 2004)
1967 – Chanté Moore, American singer
1972 – Billie Joe Armstrong, American musician (Green Day)
1972 – LG Petrov, Swedish singer (Entombed)
1972 – Taylor Hawkins, American musician (Foo Fighters)
1976 – William Roussel, French musician (Mütiilation)

February 18
1914 – Pee Wee King, American country musician and songwriter (d. 2000)
1934 - Skip Battin, American musician (The Byrds, New Riders Of The Purple Sage, Flying Burrito Bros.) (d. 2003)
1941 - Herman Santigo, Puerto Rican singer (Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers)
1941 – Irma Thomas, American R&B singer
1947 – Dennis DeYoung, American musician (Styx)
1948 – Keith Knudsen, American drummer and songwriter (The Doobie Brothers) (d. 2005)
1952 – Juice Newton, American singer
1953 – Robbie Bachman, Canadian drummer (Bachman–Turner Overdrive)
1956 – Paul Reed Smith, American luthier
1958 – Gar Samuelson, American drummer (Megadeth) (d. 1999)
1964 – Paul Hanley, British musician (The Fall, Tom Hingley and the Lovers)
1965 – Dr. Dre, American record producer and rapper
1969 – Jason Sutter, American drummer (Smash Mouth, American Hi-Fi)
1970 – Raine Maida, Canadian musician (Our Lady Peace)
1970 – Andy Williams, British musician (Doves)
1970 – Jez Williams, British musician (Doves)
1977 – Sean Watkins, American guitarist and songwriter (Nickel Creek, Works Progress Administration)
1980 – Regina Spektor, Russian/American singer and songwriter
1982 – Juelz Santana, American rapper

February 19
1936 – Sam Myers, American blues musician and songwriter (d. 2006)
1937 – Robert Walker Jr., American blues guitarist
1940 – Smokey Robinson, American R&B singer (The Miracles)
1940 - Bobby Rogers, American Singer (The Miracles)
1943 – Lou Christie, American singer ("Lightning Strikes")
1946 – Paul Dean, Canadian guitarist (Loverboy)
1948 – Mark Andes, American musician (Canned Heat, Spirit, Firefall, Heart)
1948 – Tony Iommi, English guitarist (Black Sabbath)
1956 – Dave Wakeling, English musician (The (English) Beat, General Public)
1957 – Falco, Austrian singer (d. 1998)
1963 – Seal, English singer
1964 – Doug Aldrich, American musician (Whitesnake)
1965 – Leroy, American musician (Smash Mouth)
1965 – Jon Fishman, American musician (Phish)
1967 - Kate Radley, British musician (Spiritualized)
1969 – Burton C. Bell, American vocalist (Fear Factory)
1975 – Daniel Adair, Canadian Drummer (Nickelback)
1977 – Ola Salo, Swedish singer (The Ark)
1978 – Immortal Technique, American rapper
1979 – Mariska, Finnish rapper
1981 – Beth Ditto, American singer (The Gossip)

February 20
1927 – Ibrahim Ferrer, Cuban musician (Buena Vista Social Club) (d. 2005)
1937 – Nancy Wilson, American jazz singer
1941 – Buffy Sainte-Marie, Canadian singer
1942 – Charlie Gillett, British radio DJ
1946 – J. Geils, American guitarist (The J. Geils Band)
1950 – Walter Becker, American guitarist (Steely Dan)
1951 – Randy California, American guitarist (Spirit) (d. 1997)
1953 – Poison Ivy, American musician (The Cramps)
1954 – Jon Brant, American musician (Cheap Trick 1981-87)
1960 – Kee Marcello, Swedish guitarist
1963 – Ian Brown, English singer (The Stone Roses)
1967 – Kurt Cobain, American musician (Nirvana) (d. 1994)
1972 – K-OS, Canadian musician/rapper
1975 – Brian Littrell, American singer (Backstreet Boys)
1976 – Ed Graham, English drummer (The Darkness)
1981 – Chris Thile, American musician (Nickel Creek, Punch Brothers)
1985 – Yulia Volkova, Russian singer (t.A.T.u.)
1988 – Rihanna, Barbadian singer

Music Birthdays - Week of February 7

February 7
1887 – Eubie Blake, American musician and composer (d. 1983)
1898 – Dock Boggs, American musician (d. 1971)
1920 – Oscar Brand, Canadian folk musicologist
1934 – Earl King, American musician (d. 2003)
1934 – King Curtis, American saxophonist (d. 1971)
1949 – Joe English, American drummer (Wings)
1956 – Mark St. John, American musician (Kiss) (d. 2007)
1962 – David Bryan, American musician (Bon Jovi)
1968 – Sully Erna, American singer (Godsmack)
1974 – J Dilla, American record producer (d. 2006)
1974 – Danny Goffey, British musician (Supergrass)
1975 – Wes Borland, American guitarist (Limp Bizkit)

February 8
1932 – John Williams, American composer and conductor (Star Wars, Indiana Jones, etc.)
1937 – Joe Raposo, American composer (d. 1989) (Sesame Street)
1941 – Tom Rush, American singer and songwriter
1942 – Terry Melcher, American musician and record producer (d. 2004)
1943 – Creed Bratton, American actor and musician (The Grass Roots, The Office)
1948 – Dan Seals, American singer (d. 2009) (English Dan and John Ford Coley, solo)
1948 – Ron Tyson, American singer (The Temptations)
1956 – Dave Meros, American bassist (Spock's Beard)
1961 – Vince Neil, American singer (Mötley Crüe)
1963 – Joshua Kadison, American pianist and songwriter
1971 – Mika Karppinen, Finnish drummer (HIM)
1974 – Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, French disc jockey (Daft Punk)
1980 – Cameron Muncey, Australian guitarist (Jet)

February 9
1914 – Ernest Tubb, American singer (d. 1984)
1939 – Barry Mann, American singer
1942 – Carole King, American singer
1943 – Barbara Lewis, American singer and songwriter ("Hello Stranger")
1947 – Joe Ely, American musician
1947 – Major Harris, American R & B singer (Philadelphia soul)
1960 – Holly Johnson, British singer (Frankie Goes to Hollywood)
1963 – Travis Tritt, American singer
1981 – The Rev, American musician (Avenged Sevenfold) (d. 2009)
1989 – Gia Farrell, American singer

February 10
1914 – Larry Adler, American musician (d. 2001)
1929 – Jerry Goldsmith, American composer (d. 2004)
1937 – Roberta Flack, American singer
1944 – Rufus Reid, American jazz musician
1947 – Butch Morris, American jazz cornetist and composer
1949 – Nigel Olsson, British drummer (Elton John)
1958 – Michael Weiss, American jazz musician
1962 – Cliff Burton, American musician (Metallica) (d. 1986)
1979 – Daryl Palumbo, American musician (Glassjaw, Head Automatica)

February 11
1918 - Wesley Rose, American country music executive (d. 1990)
1935 – Gene Vincent, American musician (d. 1971)
1938 – Bobby "Boris" Pickett, American singer and songwriter (d. 2007)
1939 – Gerry Goffin, American lyricist
1941 – Sergio Mendes, Brazilian musician
1947 – Roy Carrier, American Zydeco musician (d. 2010)
1947 – Derek Shulman, English musician (Gentle Giant)
1962 – Sheryl Crow, American musician
1973 – Ethan Iverson, jazz pianist
1973 – Varg Vikernes, Norwegian musician (Burzum, Mayhem)
1974 – D'Angelo, American singer
1974 – Alex Jones, American radio host
1977 – Mike Shinoda, American musician (Linkin Park and Fort Minor)
1979 – Brandy, American singer and actress
1981 – Kelly Rowland, American singer
1985 – William Beckett, American singer (The Academy Is...)
1991 – Christofer Ingle, American musician (Never Shout Never)

February 12
1911 - Stephen H. Sholes, American country music executive (d. 1968)
1914 – Tex Beneke, American musician and band leader (d. 2000)
1935 – Gene McDaniels, American singer ("A Hundred Pounds of Clay")
1939 – Ray Manzarek, American keyboardist (The Doors)
1944 – Moe Bandy, American singer
1950 – Steve Hackett, English guitarist (Genesis)
1952 – Michael McDonald, American musician (The Doobie Brothers, solo)
1955 – Bill Laswell, American bassist and record producer
1956 – Brian Robertson, Scottish musician (Thin Lizzy and Motörhead)
1958 – Grant McLennan, Australian musician (The Go-Betweens) (d. 2006)
1963 – Ed Lover, American radio personality (Yo MTV Raps)
1968 – Chynna Phillips, American singer (Wilson Phillips)
1970 – Jim Creeggan, Canadian bassist (Barenaked Ladies)

February 13
1919 – Tennessee Ernie Ford, American musician (d. 1991)
1920 – Boudleaux Bryant, American songwriter (d. 1987)
1928 – Dorothy McGuire, American singer (The McGuire Sisters)
1942 – Peter Tork, American musician and actor (The Monkees)
1945 – King Floyd, American musician (d. 2006) ("Groove Me")
1949 – Judy Dyble, British singer/songwriter (Fairport Convention)
1950 – Peter Gabriel, English musician (Genesis), composer and humanitarian
1956 – Peter Hook, English bassist (Joy Division and New Order)
1961 – Henry Rollins, American musician, comedian, and actor (Black Flag)
1970 – Karoline Krüger, Norwegian singer
1971 – Sonia, British singer
1974 – Robbie Williams, English singer
1976 – Dave Padden, Canadian musician (Annihilator)
1978 – Hamish Glencross, Scottish guitarist (My Dying Bride)

Music Birthdays - Week of January 31

January 31
1915 – Alan Lomax, American musicologist (d. 2002)
1928 – Chuck Willis, American singer and songwriter (d. 1958)
1937 – Philip Glass, American composer
1944 – Charlie Musselwhite, American musician
1946 – Terry Kath, American musician (Chicago) (d. 1978)
1951 – Harry Wayne Casey, American singer and musician (KC and the Sunshine Band)
1951 – Phil Manzanera, English guitarist (Roxy Music, Quiet Sun, 801)
1954 – Adrian Vandenberg, Dutch musician (Whitesnake)
1956 – John Lydon, English singer (Sex Pistols, Public Image Ltd.)
1961 – Lloyd Cole, British singer
1981 – Justin Timberlake, American singer

February 1
1934 – Bob Shane, American folk singer (The Kingston Trio)
1937 – Don Everly, American musician (Everly Brothers)
1937 – Ray Sawyer, American singer (Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show)
1946 – Chris Clark, Motown Soul singer
1950 – Mike Campbell, American guitarist and producer (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers)
1951 – Sonny Landreth, American guitarist and songwriter
1956 – Exene Cervenka, American musician (X, The Knitters)
1968 – Lisa Marie Presley, American singer and actress
1969 – Patrick Wilson, American musician (Weezer)
1975 – Big Boi, American musician (Outkast)

February 2
1927 – Stan Getz, American Jazz musician (d. 1991)
1942 – Graham Nash, British-born American musician (The Hollies, Crosby, Stills & Nash)
1948 – Al McKay, American guitarist and songwriter (Earth, Wind & Fire)
1949 – Ross Valory, American musician (Journey)
1977 – Shakira, Colombian singer
1983 – Will South, British musician (Thirteen Senses)

February 3
1918 – Joey Bishop, American entertainer, member of the Rat Pack (d. 2007)
1941 – Neil Bogart, American record executive (d. 1982)
1943 – Dennis Edwards, American singer (The Temptations)
1943 – Shawn Phillips, American singer, guitarist and songwriter
1947 – Dave Davies, English musician (The Kinks)
1947 – Melanie Safka, American singer-songwriter
1949 – Arthur Kane, American musician (d. 2004)
1949 – Donald Palma, American musician
1956 – Lee Ranaldo, American musician (Sonic Youth)
1959 – Yasuharu Konishi, Japanese musician (Pizzicato Five)
1959 – Lol Tolhurst, English musician (The Cure)
1982 – Jessica Harp, American singer (The Wreckers)

February 4
1948 – Alice Cooper, American musician
1951 – Phil Ehart, American musician (Kansas)
1952 – Jerry Shirley, drummer (Humble Pie)
1960 – Tim Booth, British singer (James)
1962 – Clint Black, American Country musician
1964 – Noodles, American guitarist (The Offspring)
1969 – Duncan Coutts, Canadian bassist (Our Lady Peace)
1974 – Eric Townsend, American musician and record producer
1975 – Natalie Imbruglia, Australian musician and actress
1977 – Gavin DeGraw, American musician

February 5
1942 – Cory Wells, American singer (Three Dog Night)
1944 – Al Kooper, American musician
1954 – Cliff Martinez, American musician (Captain Beefheart, Lydia Lunch, Red Hot Chili Peppers)
1964 – Duff McKagan, American musician (Guns N' Roses)
1965 – Keith Moseley, American musician (The String Cheese Incident)
1969 – Bobby Brown, American R & B singer
1971 – Sara Evans, American Country singer
1975 – Adam Carson, American musician (AFI)

February 6
1944 – Willie Tee, American R&B/Soul singer and songwriter (d. 2007))
1945 – Bob Marley, Jamaican musician (d. 1981)
1946 – Kate McGarrigle, Canadian singer and songwriter (d. 2010)
1946 – Richie Hayward, American musician (Little Feat) (d. 2010)
1947 – Bill Staines, American Folk singer and songwriter
1950 – Natalie Cole, American singer
1957 – Simon Phillips, drummer (Toto)
1962 – W. Axl Rose, American singer (Guns N' Roses)
1964 – Gordon Downie, Canadian musician (The Tragically Hip)
1966 – Rick Astley, British singer
1967 – Anita Cochran, American Country singer
1981 – Jens Lekman, Swedish musician