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Initial post: Oct 9, 2007, 7:39:46 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 3, 2014, 7:52:03 AM PST
doodah man says:
Welcome to "Today's Birthdays in Rock"

When I initially started this thread, I had very limited resources. As time went along, I found more and better sources, so the depth of postings has hopefully improved. I also found that, despite the title, I wanted to include artists of other genres, such as notable jazz, blues, country, even some classical artists, basically anyone who has had an influence in music history. I also initially started doing only birthdays, but a very knowledgeable reader (Michael Ary) joined in and began adding obits of people in music. Michael has since left the thread, and I have tried to continue his contribution of listings of anniversaries of the deaths of interesting musicians.

Please feel free to add people who I may have missed, your comments on any particular artist that you like, dislike, or know any little bits of trivia about. Just click "See latest post" or "Newest first" for the latest anniversaries of birthdays and deaths in music history.


October 9th

John Lennon (67)
Sean Lennon (32)
Jackson Browne (59)
John Entwistle (63)
Sharon Osbourne (55)
PJ Harvey (38)

This is provided as a Public Service Announcement.

(He's tellin' me more and more about some useless information supposed to fire my imagination)


Oct. 10th

John Prine (61)
David Lee Roth (51)
Thelonius Monk (89)
Mike Malinin (Goo Goo Dolls) (40)
Martin Kemp (Spandau Ballet) (46)

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 10, 2007, 12:49:18 PM PDT
SonicRamone says:
Just a note, You missed the late great Johnny Ramone on October 8th. He would have been a rockin' 59!!!!!

Happy Birthday, Johnny....

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 11, 2007, 8:28:37 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 13, 2007, 12:29:45 PM PDT
doodah man says:
October 11th

Scott Johnson (Gin Blossoms) 45
Andrew Woolfolk (Earth, Wind & Fire) 57
Daryl Hall ( Hall & Oates) 59

Thank you sonic, unfortunately I started this post on the 9th, so any Birthdays before that will have to wait until next year.
I would appreciate any input & additions for those I might miss in the future.


Bob Mould (Husker Du) 47
Pat DiNizio (The Smithereens) 52
Melvin Franklin (The Temptations) 65
Luciano Pavarotti 72
Sam Moore (Sam & Dave) 72


Marie Osmond (47
Sammy Hagar (60
Robert Lamm (Chicago) 63
Paul Simon 66
Lenny Bruce 82

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 17, 2007, 3:14:06 PM PDT
doodah man says:
17th,,,sorry, missed a few days

Wyclef Jean (Fugees) (1972)
Eminem (1972)
Ziggy Marley (1968)
Rene Dif (Aqua) (1967)
Alan Jackson (1958)
Jim Seal (Seals & Crofts) (1941)

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 23, 2007, 3:40:25 PM PDT
meg says:
October 23

It's Dwight Yoakam's 51st birthday today.

I do not know why I am suddenly such a font of info about Dwight.

Posted on Nov 27, 2012, 6:23:04 PM PST
doodah man says:
Bringing it back, last time I tried this (2007!) the Amazon format was such that one couldn't just 'add' posts. This is easier.
Again, please feel free to add any birthdays of notable people in rock or music in general that you know of that get missed.

Starting with November 27th:
Jimi Hendrix (1942)
Eddie Rabbit (1949)
Skoob (Das EFX) (1970)
Fiachna O'Braonian (Hothouse Flowers) (1965)
Mike Bordin (Faith No More) (1962)
Charlie Benante (Anthrax) (1962)
Charlie Burchill (Simple Minds) (1959)

Posted on Nov 27, 2012, 8:31:48 PM PST
Bernard J. says:
Beeb Birtles (Little River Band) Nov. 28

Posted on Nov 27, 2012, 11:47:06 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 27, 2012, 11:52:02 PM PST
doodah man says:
Thanks Bernard!

Other notable Birthdays in music for November 28th

Berry Gordy Jr.Motown Records producer (1930)
Randy Newman (1943)
Paul Shaffer of Letterman Show (1949)
Matt Cameron (Drummer for Soundgarden and Pearl Jam) (1962)
Dawn Robinson (formerly of En Vogue) (1968) (Black Eyed Peas) (1974)

Do you share a birthday with someone famous?
Share it with us!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012, 1:39:24 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 28, 2012, 4:23:58 AM PST
Bernard J. says:
You're welcome.
I remembered his date because it's my birthday as well.

(Actor Hope Lange had the same day).

Posted on Nov 28, 2012, 10:53:38 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 7, 2012, 4:57:40 AM PST
doodah man says:
A belated "Happy Birthday" Bernard! Hope it was a good one!

Birthdays for November 29th

John Barry, Composer of "Born Free," "Out of Africa," "James Bond" films (1933)
Chuck Mangione (1940)
Barry Goudreau (Boston) (1951)
Adam Ant (1954)
Michael Dempsey (formerly of The Cure) (1958)
Wallis Buchanan (Jamiroquai) (1965)
Jonathan Knight (New Kids On The Block) (1968)

Death :-(
George Harrison (25 February 1943 - 29 November 2001)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012, 11:47:28 PM PST
Bernard J. says:

Posted on Nov 30, 2012, 12:25:30 AM PST
doodah man says:
November 30th

Dick Clark, Entrepreneur, Host of "American Bandstand" (1929)
Paul Stookey (Peter, Paul & Mary) (1937)
Shuggie Otis (Blues guitarist, son of "Hand Jive" singer Johnny Otis) (1953)
George McArdale (Little River Band) (1954)
Billy Idol (1955)
John Ashton (Psychedelic Furs) (1957)
Cherie Currie, (The Runaways) (1959)

Posted on Nov 30, 2012, 7:32:06 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 30, 2012, 7:32:29 AM PST
vivazappa says:
I believe Billy Idol was actually hatched on November 30th ;)

Posted on Nov 30, 2012, 11:48:23 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 30, 2012, 11:48:34 PM PST
doodah man says:
December 1st

Lou Rawls (1933)
John Densmore (The Doors) (1944)
Eric Bloom (Blue Oyster Cult) (1944)
Bette Midler (1945)
Gilbert O'Sullivan (1955)
Brad Delson (Linkin Park) (1977)

Posted on Dec 1, 2012, 2:35:45 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 1, 2012, 2:36:39 PM PST
Michael Ary says:
More born today on December 1st:

Sam Reid (Canadian keyboardist; Tokyo/Glass Tiger) 1963
Chris Poland (US guitarist; Megadeth) 1957
Jaco Pastorius/b. John Francis Pastorius III (US bass player; Weather Report) 1951
Eric Bloom (US singer, songwriter, guitarist, keyboardist; Blue Oyster Cult and others) 1944
Charlie Grima (Maltese-UK drummer; Wizzard/freelance) 1944
John Densmore (US drums, author; Doors/Bess Snyder and Co) 1944
Casey Van Beek (US multi-instrumentalist; The Tractors) 1942

Posted on Dec 1, 2012, 11:26:15 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 1, 2012, 11:26:39 PM PST
doodah man says:
Great list Michael

December 2nd

Michael McDonald (1952)
Rick Savage (Def Leppard) (1960)
Nate Mendel (Foo Fighters) (1968)
Treach (Naughty By Nature) (1970)
Nelly Furtado (1978)
Britney Spears (1981)

Posted on Dec 2, 2012, 1:04:23 PM PST
Michael Ary says:
Thanks doodah! Coming from you is a real compliment!

Additional for December 2nd,

Treach (b. Anthony Criss , US rap artist; Naughty By Nature) 1970
Nathan "Nate" Mendel (US bassist; Foo Fighters/Sunny Day Real Estate/guest) 1968
Razzle (b. Nicholas Dingley, UK drummer; Hanoi Rocks) 1960 -Dec. 08, 1984. RIP
Rick 'Sav' Savage (UK bass player, Def Leppard) 1960
Nelly Furtado (Canadian singer, songwriter) 1978
Britney Spears (US singer) 1981
David Charles Munden (UK drums; The Tremeloes) 1943
Ted Bluechel (US drummer, guitar, vocals; Association/ Cherry Hill Singers) 1942
Tom McGuinness (UK guitar, vocals; Manfred Mann/McGuinness Flint/Manfreds/Paul Jones Blues) 1941
Wynton Kelly (US jazz pianist; Miles Davis's Quintet/many greats/solo) 1931 -April 12, 1971. RIP

Posted on Dec 2, 2012, 11:15:54 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 3, 2013, 2:12:47 PM PST
doodah man says:
December 3rd

Not a lot today, but notably,the One, the Only! Ozzy Osbourne!! (1948)
That smooth crooner, Andy Williams, who just recently passed away (1927-2012)
Daniel Bedingfield (1979)
Montell Jordan (1971)

Posted on Dec 3, 2012, 5:11:16 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 3, 2012, 5:11:52 PM PST
Michael Ary says:
More Dec. 3 birthdays:

Sherri DuPree (US vocalist, guitarist, lyricist; Eisley) 1983
Todd Smith (US vocalist, songwriter, guitarist; Dog Fashion Disco/El-Creepo/others) 1976
Bill Steer (UK guitarist, bassist; Napalm Death/Carcass) 1969
Montell Jordan (American R&B singer-songwriter, record producer)1968 (as mentioned already by doodah man)
Joe Lally (American bass guitarist; Fugazi) 1963
Duane Roland (US guitarist; Molly Hatchet/Southern Rock Allstars/Gator Country) 1952 - June 19, 2006 (RIP)
Nicky Stevens (UK singer; Brotherhood Of Man) 1951
Mickey Thomas (US singer; Elvin Bishop Group/Jefferson Starship) 1949
Ozzy Osbourne/ b. John Michael Osbourne (UK singer; Black Sabbath/own band) 1948, (as mentioned above by doodah man).
Vic Malcolm (UK lead guitarist; Geordie) 1946
Howard Andrew "Andy" Williams (US singer) 1927 - Sept.25, 2012 RIP (as mentioned already by doodah man)
Ferlin Husky/ (aka, Terry Preston/Simon Crum) (US country pop singer) 1925 -March 17, 2011 (RIP)

Posted on Dec 4, 2012, 1:34:05 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 4, 2012, 11:03:12 AM PST
doodah man says:
December 4th

Jay-Z (1970)
Vinnie Dombroski (Sponge) (1962)
Bob Griffin (The BoDeans) (1959)
Dennis Wilson, Beach Boys drummer/vocalist (1944-1983)
Jeff Bridges (1949) Jeff gets the nod here for his singing in the movie "Crazy Heart"
Cassandra Wilson (1955)

Whatchu got Michael?

(o geez, here come the lurkers; what's with the 'no' votes? Of course it 'adds to the discussion')

Posted on Dec 4, 2012, 5:15:35 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 4, 2012, 7:52:29 PM PST
Michael Ary says:
More born on December 4th:

Lila McCann (US country music singer) b. 1981
Amie Comeaux (US country singer) b. 1976 -d. Dec. 21, 1997.
Kate Rusby (UK folk music singer; Pookies/solo) b. 1973
Justin Welch (UK drums; Elastica) b. 1972
Jay-Z /Jigga/Jay Hova/Young Hov/God MC (b. Shawn Corey Carter, US rapper, record president) b. 1969 as listed already by doodah man.
Eric Roche (American/Irish arranger, guitarist) b. 1967 - d. Sept. 06, 2005.
Andrew Banfield (UK vocals; Pasadena's). b. 1964
Vinnie Dombroski (US lead vocals; Sponge) b. 1962 as listed already by doodah man.
Bob Griffin (US bassist; The BoDeans) b. 1959 as listed already by doodah man.
Cassandra Wilson (US Grammy Award-winning jazz singer) b. 1955 as listed already by doodah man.
Gary Rossington (US guitar; Lynyrd Skynyrd) b. 1951
Southside Johnny (b. John Lyon, US vocals, harmonica; The Asbury Jukes) b. 1948
Terry Woods (Irish folk musician, mandolin, cittern; Pogues) b. 1947
Dennis (Carl) Wilson (US vocalist, drums; The Beach Boys) b. 1944 - Dec. 28, 1983.
Chris Hillman (US bassist, vocals; Byrds/Flying Burrito Brothers/Desert Rose Band/solo) b. 1944
Anna McGarrigle (Canadian folk singer-songwriter) b. 1944
Bob Mosley (US bassist; The Frantics/Moby Grape) b. 1942
Freddy Cannon (b. Frederick Anthony Picariello, US rock 'n' roll singer) b. 1939
Frank Tiberi (US tenor saxophonist, leader; Woody Herman Orchestra) b. 1928
Eddie Heywood (American jazz pianist) b. 1915 - d. Jan 03, 1989.
Lillian Russell (b. Helen Louise Leonard, US singer, actress) b. 1861 - d. June 06, 1922.

Hey how come the "lurkers" only hit me?

Posted on Dec 4, 2012, 6:37:25 PM PST
S. Stalcup says:
And tomorrow . . .
The architect, the innovator, and the originator. "If Elvis is the King of Rock n Roll, what's that make me? Shut up!" (Okay, that was actually Keenan Ivory Wayans impersonating him)
Little Richard!

Posted on Dec 5, 2012, 5:06:47 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 5, 2012, 5:08:07 AM PST
doodah man says:
December 5th

Sonny Boy Williamson, [Aleck Miller], blues player (1899)
Little Richard, American singer and pianist (1932) as mentioned by S. Stalcup
J.J. Cale, Oklahoma City, rock guitarist (After Midnight) (1938)
Andy Kim, [Andrew Joachim], (1946)
Jose Carreras, Barcelona Spain opera tenor (I Lombardi, Three Tenors) (1946)
Jim Messina, (Buffalo Springfield, Poco, Loggins & Messina) (1947)
Bobby Barth, vocalist/guitarist (Axe) (1952)
Jonathan Lewis, trombonist (Atlantic Star-Touch a 4 Leaf Clover) (1953)
Phil Collen, English heavy-metal guitarist (Def Leppard) (1957)
Jack Russell, (Great White) (1960)
Johnny Rzeznik (Goo Goo Dolls) (1965)
Glen Graham (Blind Melon) (1968)

Posted on Dec 5, 2012, 5:47:35 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 5, 2012, 5:50:06 PM PST
Michael Ary says:
Additions for December 5:

(I'm no longer going to repeat some of doodah man's listed birthdays which have over-lapped my finds, my plan now is to only give additions that have not been listed above.)

1971: Craig Gill (UK drummer; Inspiral Carpets).
1965: Wayne Smith (Jamaican reggae musician).
1960: Les Nemes (UK bassist; Haircut 100).
1959: Robbie France (UK drummer, producer, journalist; Skunk Anansie, Diamond Head, UFO) d. Jan.14, 2012
1945: Eduardo "Eddie" Serrato (Texan drummer; "? & The Mysterians") d. Feb. 24, 2011.
1944: Loukas Sideras (Greek drummer; Aphrodite's Child).
1931: James Cleveland (US gospel singer, arranger, composer; considered the "King of Gospel Music") d. Feb. 09, 1991.

And one more:
I know I said that henceforth I wasn't going to repeat any birthdays that our good friend doodah man has already researched and listed above... but I have to add one more that he has listed because this artist is special to me and I always honor his birthday:

1899* (see birth note below): Sonny Boy Williamson II (b. Aleck "Rice" Miller, aka Aleck Ford) , U.S. blues "harp" (i.e., harmonica), singer-songwriter) d. May 25, 1965. Not to be confused with: Sonny Boy Williamson I (1914-1948), also a "blues "harp" player, (b. John Lee Curtis Williamson, "The Original Sonny Boy Williamson", born in Tennessee and associated with Bluebird Records (recordings from 1937 to 1948)

*Sonny Boy Williamson II claimed to have been born on Dec 5th 1899, but researcher, David Evans, claims to have found census record evidence that he was born around 1912. His gravestone has his birthdate as March 11th 1908.

Posted on Dec 6, 2012, 5:55:13 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 6, 2012, 5:56:33 AM PST
doodah man says:
Wow, Michael, who knew? Where do you come up with all this great stuff?

December 6th

1943 - Mike Smith, London Engld, Singer/pianist (Dave Clark 5-Glad All Over)
1947 - Miroslav Vitous,
1948 - Jonathan King, London, singer (Everyone's Gone to the Moon)
1948 - Marius Mueller-Westernhagen, Duesseldorf Germany, (Stinker)
1949 - Linda Creed, American songwriter (d. 1986)
1950 - Daniel Sahuleka, Moluks/Dutch singer/guitarist
1950 - Joe Hisaishi, Japanese composer
1954 - Chris Stamey, American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer (the db's).
1955 - Bill Lloyd, Bowling Green Ky, singer (Foster & Lloyd)
1955 - Rick Buckler, [Paul Richard Buckler], rock drummer (Jam)
1955 - Tish Hinojosa, San Antonia Tx, country singer (Something in the Rain)
1956 - Peter Buck, US pop guitarist (REM-Murmur)
1956 - Randy Rhoads, Guitarist, played with Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot.
1961 - David Lovering, American drummer (Pixies)
1962 - Ben Watt, rocker (Everything But The Girl)
1967 - Hacken Lee, Hong Kong singer
1970 - Ulf Ekberg, Swedish musician (Ace of Base)
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