Bill Medley - Righteous Brothers (1940)
Sylvia Tyson - Ian and Sylvia (1940)
Lee Dorman - Iron Butterfly (1941)
Freda Payne (1945)
David Bromberg (1945)
John Coghlan - Status Quo (1946)
Lol Creme - 10CC (1947)
Daniel Lanois - producer, singer (1951)
Nile Rodgers - Chic (1952)
Lita Ford - Runaways (1958)
Jarvis Cocker - Pulp (1963)
Trisha Yearwood (1964)
Alan Jay "A. Jay" Popoff - Lit (1973)
Ryan Dusick - Maroon 5 (1977)
They Are Missed:
Billy Ward (Billy Ward and the Dominoes) was born in 1921. (died February 16, 2002)
Born today in 1931, Brook Benton. He died on April 9, 1998.
Born on this day in 1934, Brian Epstein, Beatles manager and manager of other Liverpool acts. Died of an accidental overdose of brandy and barbiturates on August 27, 1967.
Born today in 1935, Nick Massi of The Four Seasons. Massi died on December 24, 2000.
Born on this day in 1943, Cass Elliott, singer, Mamas and the Papas. Died from a heart attack on July 29, 1974 while staying at Harry Nilsson's London flat.
In 1973, country rock singer, songwriter 26-year-old Gram Parsons, formerly of The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers, died under mysterious conditions in Joshua Tree, California. His death was attributed to heart failure but later was officially announced as a drug overdose. His coffin was stolen by two of his associates, manager Phil Kaufman and Michael Martin, a former roadie for The Byrds, and was taken to Cap Rock in the California desert, where it was set on fire, in accordance to Parson's wishes. The two were later arrested by police.
American country music star Red Foley died in 1998 (age 58). Foley sold over 25 million records, hosted the first popular country music series on network television, Ozark Jubilee.
Edward Cobb died of leukaemia in 1999 (age 61). Singer songwriter & producer, member of The Four Preps and also wrote the infectious "Tainted Love," a hit for Soft Cell in 1981.
Australian country music singer-songwriter David Gordon "Slim Dusty" Kirkpatrick died in 2003 (age 76). He sold more than five million albums and singles in Australia. During his time with EMI, he released 105 albums.
Skeeter Davis, a country singer who went to #1 in 1963 with "The End of the World," died in 2004 (age 72). Davis also performed on the Grand Ole Opry show for over 40 years
Drummer Earl Palmer died in 2008. Worked with The Beach Boys, Little Richard (‘Tutti Frutti’), Frank Sinatra, Ike And Tina Turner (‘River Deep, Mountain High’), The Monkees, Fats Domino (‘I'm Walkin’), Neil Young, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, The Righteous Brothers (‘You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin’), and Randy Newman, Tom Waits, Bonnie Raitt, Tim Buckley, Little Feat and Elvis Costello.
16 year-old UK singer Cliff Richard, still known by his real name, Harry Webb, joined the Dick Teague Skiffle Group in 1957.
Former chicken plucker Chubby Checker went to #1 in 1960 with "The Twist."
In 1960, Hank Ballard and The Midnighters had the honour of being the first group to have three songs in the US Top 100 at the same time. "Finger Poppin’ Time," "Let’s Go Let’s Go Let’s Go" and "The Twist" all made the Top 30.
The Lovin’ Spoonful got their first #1 single in 1966 with “Summer In The City.”
In 1968, recording starts on the Beatles song "Piggies."
In 1969, Child (featuring Bruce Springsteen) played the first of two nights at the Free University, Richmond, Virginia.
Diana Ross started a three week run at #1 in 1970 with "Ain't No Mountain High Enough."
"Loaded," the Velvet Underground's fourth album, was released in 1970. Contains classic songs including "Sweet Jane" and "Rock and Roll."
Neil Young's "After the Gold Rush" album entered the charts in 1970.
"Get Yer Ya Ya's Out" was released by the Rolling Stones in 1970.
In 1974, Max Weinberg made his debut as the drummer for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band.
In 1976, readers of The New York Times opened their papers and discovered a full-page ad placed by promoter Sid Bernstein asking the Beatles to reunite. Bernstein had organized the Beatles shows at Shea Stadium in the mid-'60s. But his intentions are honorable. He asks the band to do it as a "symbol of hope."
The No Nukes concert was held at New York’s Madison Square Garden in 1979. Performers included Stephen Stills, David Crosby, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, The Doobie Brothers, Poco, Tom Petty, Carly Simon, James Taylor and Bruce Springsteen.
Also in 1979 - The New York Post claims The Beatles are considering a performance for a charity event. Paul McCartney was quoted as saying the group would “have to rehearse for six months” before they could play live. Since one of John and George’s big complaints about Paul back in The Beatle days was his desire to constantly rehearse, this idea dies.
Simon and Garfunkel reunited for a concert in New York's Central Park in 1981. Over 400,000 fans attended the show. The performance was recorded for a record and video release.
The Rolling Stones album 'Tattoo You' started a nine-week run at #1 on the US chart in 1981, the band's ninth US #1.
"Press To Play" was released by Paul McCartney in 1986.
A reunited Pink Floyd, minus Roger Waters, released "A Momentary Lapse of Reason," in 1987, their first studio album since 1984's "The Final Cut."
In 2005, U2's Bono made a surprise appearance during Pearl Jam's Toronto concert. They do a version of Neil Young's "Keep On Rocking In The Free World."
In 2006, Willie Nelson was charged with drugs possession after being pulled over in Louisiana for a routine check. Police allegedly find 0.7g of marijuana and 91 grams of magic mushrooms on the country stoner's bus. Mushrooms Willie?
In 2008, ex-Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker is seriously injured when his plane crashes during take-off following a free concert in West Columbia, SC (University of South Carolina). A blown tire is the suspected cause. Two members of Barker’s personal staff, the pilot and co-pilot die in the accident. Barker and another passenger survive by sliding down the craft's wing.