December births and deaths

December 1

Births

1926    Keith Michell
1930    Matt Monro
1933    Lou Rawls
1934    Billy Paul
1938    Sandy Nelson
1944    Eric Bloom – vocals/guitar Blue Oyster Cult
1944    Charlie Grima – drums Wizzard
1945    Bette Midler
1945    John Densmore – drums Doors
1946    Gilbert O’Sullivan
1956    Julee Cruise – US singer
1959    Steve Janson – drums Japan
1956    Sam Reid – keyboards Glass Tiger
1982    Celeste – vocals Daphne and Celeste
1985    Janelle Monae

Deaths

1986    Lee Dorsey
1997    Stephan Grappelli – classical violinist
1999    Don Harris – vocals Don and Dewey

December 2

Births

1941    Tom McGuinness
1943    Dave Munden – drums Tremeloes
1952    Michael McDonald
1952    Peter Kingsbery – bass Cock Robin
1960    Rick Savage – bass Def Leppard
1960    Sydney Youngblood
1963    Razzle – drums Hanoi Rocks
1968    Nate Mendl – bass Foo Fighters
1970    Treach – rapper Naughty By Nature
1972    Justin Welch – drums Elastica
1978    Brian Chase – drums Yeah Yeah Yeahs
1978    Nelly Furtado
1980    Rick Felix – vocals No Authority
1981    Britney Spears

Deaths

1999     Charlie Byrd – US jazz guitarist
2001     Valerie Jones – vocals Jones Girls
2006     Dave Mount – drums Mud
2006     Mariska Veres – vocals Shocking Blue
2009     Eric Woolfson – piano Alan Parsons Project
2013     Junior Murvin

December 3

Births

1923    Maria Callas – opera singer
1925    Ferlin Huskey – US country singer
1927    Andy Williams   
1933    Les Crane
1937    David Lerchey – vocals Del Vikings
1944    Ralph McTell
1945    Paul Nicholas
1946    Vic Malcolm – guitar Geordie
1948    Ozzy Osbourne
1949    John Wilson – drums Them
1951    Nicky Stevens – vocals Brotherhood Of Man
1951    Mike Stock – producer Stock Aitken and Waterman
1952    Mel Smith – UK comedian
1967    Adamski
1968    Montell Jordan
1968    Graham Kemp – vocals/guitar Urusei Yatsura
1972    Dan Bowyer – vocals Worlds Apart
1976    Rod Jones – guitar Idlewild

Deaths

1999    Scatman John
2014    Ian McLagan – keyboard Small Faces/Faces
2014    Edward Bivins – vocals Manhattans
2015    Scott Weiland – vocals Stone Temple Pilots

December 4

Births

1934    Wink Martindale – US country singer
1934    Chas McDevitt
1939    Freddie Cannon
1942    Chris Hillman – guitar Byrds
1944    Dennis Wilson – drums Beach Boys
1948    Southside Johnny
1951    Gary Rossington – guitar Lynyrd Skynyrd
1969    Jay-Z
1971    Donna Matthews – guitar Elastica
1977    Naima Belkhaiti – vocals Honeyz

Deaths

1976    Tommy Bolin – guitar James Gang/Deep Purple
1993    Frank Zappa
2005    Joe Jones – US singer
2005    Don Charles

December 5

Births

1922    Don Robertson
1932    Little Richard
1938    J.J Cale
1945    Eddie Serrato – drums ? & The Mysterians
1946    Jose Carreras
1946    Andy Kim
1947    Jim Messina – guitar Loggins and Messina
1959    Robbie France – drummer Diamond Head
1960    Les Nemes – bass Haircut 100
1965    John Rzeznick – vocals/guitar Goo Goo Dolls
1971    Craig Gill – drums Inspiral Carpets
1973    Neil Codling – keyboards Suede
1980    Zainam Higgins – vocals Cleopatra

Deaths

1976    Benjamin Britten – classical composer
1987    Fat Larry
2012    Dave Brubeck – US jazz pianist

December 6

Births

1920    Dave Brubeck – US jazz pianist
1935    George Williams – vocals The Tymes
1943    Keith West
1944    Jonathan King
1944    Fritz Fryer – guitar Four Pennies
1944    Willie Hutch – US Motown artist
1952    Mick Foster – vocals Foster and Allen
1953    Johnny Whetstone – vocals/guitar The Look
1955    Eddie Tudorpole – vocals Tenpole Tudor
1955    Rick Buckler – drums Jam
1956    Peter Buck – guitar REM
1961    Jonathan Melvoin – keyboards Dickies
1962    Ben Watt – guitar Everything But The Girl
1962    Dave Barbarossa – drums Republica
1969    Mark Gardener – vocals/guitar Ride
1970    Ulf ‘Buddha’ Ekberg – keyboards Ace Of Base
1976    Dee Tails – vocals MN8
1981    Stu Cooper – drums Koopa

Deaths

1949    Leadbelly
1988    Roy Orbison
2005     Danny Williams – US Singer
2011     Dobie Gray

December 7

Births

1911    Louis Prima – US singer/trumpeter
1924    Boyd Bennett – US singer
1941    James Reese – guitar Bobby Fuller Four
1942    Harry Chapin
1948    Gary Morris – US country singer
1949    Tom Waits
1951    Roger O’Dell – drums Shakatak
1953    Malcolm Owen – vocals Ruts
1954    Mike Nolan – vocals Bucks Fizz
1958    Timothy Butler – bass Psychedelic Furs
1963    Barbara Weathers – vocals Atlantic Starr
1963    Claudia Brucken – vocals Propaganda
1965    Brian Futter – guitar Catherine Wheel
1970    Lindy Layton – vocals Beats International
1970    Damien Rice
1973    Kon Artis – rapper D-12
1986    Jonathan Gill– vocals JLS
1987    Aaron Carter

Deaths

1987    Richard Taylor – vocals Manhattans
1990    Dee Clark
2008    Dennis Yost – vocals Classics IV
2011     Bob Burnett – vocals Highwaymen
2016    Greg Lake

December 8

Births

1925    Sammy Davis Jr
1925    Jimmy Smith – US blues organist
1931    Kokomo
1939    James Galway – Irish flautist
1939    Jerry Butler – US singer
1942    Bobbie Elliot – drums Hollies
1943    Jim Morrison – vocals Doors
1944    George Baker
1944    Toots Hibbert
1944    Noosha Fox
1944    Bertie Higgins
1946    Graham Knight – bass Marmalade
1947    Gregg Allman – guitar/keyboards Allman Brothers
1949    Ray Shulman – guitar Simon Dupree and the Big Sound
1950    Dan Hartman
1956    Warren Cuccurullo – guitar Duran Duran
1957    Phil Collen – guitar Def Leppard
1959    Paul Rutherfod – vocals Frankie Goes To Hollywood
1962    Marty Friedman – guitar Megadeth
1963    Jam El Mar – Keyboards Jam and Spoon
1966    Sinead O’Connor
1974    Nick Zinner – guitar Yeah Yeah Yeahs
1984    Nicki Minaj

Deaths

1980    John Lennon
1982    Marty Robbins
1984    Razzle – drums Hanoi Rocks
2004    Dimebag Darrell – guitar Pantera
2015    Bonnie Lou

December 9

Births

1932    Donald Byrd – jazz trumpeter
1942    Rick Danko – bass The Band
1944    Neil Innes – vocals Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah band
1944    Shirley Brickley – vocals Orlons
1950    Joan Armatrading
1953    Gil Saward – vocals Shakatak
1957    Donny Osmond
1958    Nick Seymour – bass Crowded House
1970    Zachary Foley – bass EMF
1971    Geoff Barrow – synthesizer Portishead
1972    Tre Cool – drums Green Day
1972    Brian Bell – guitar Weezer
1978    Chris Wolstenholme – bass Muse

Deaths

2002    Mary Hansen – vocals/guitar Stereolab
2006    Freddie Marsden – drums Pacemakers
2006     Georgia Gibbs – US singer
2014    Winfred Lovett – vocals Manhattans

December 10

Births

1933    Don Charles
1941    Peter Sarstedt
1943    Chad Stuart – vocals/piano Chad and Jeremy
1945    Ralph Tavares – vocals Tavares
1946    Ace Kefford – bass Move
1946    Keith Smart – drums Wizzard
1947    Walter Orange – drums Commodores
1948    Jessica Cleaves – vocals Raw Silk
1948    Brenden Harkin – guitar Kool and The Gang
1950    L.J. Johnson
1954    Geoff Deanne – vocals Modern Romance
1954    Jack Hues – vocals/guitar Wang Chung
1957    Paul Hardcastle
1958    Pepsi – vocals Pepsi and Shirlie
1965    J. Mascis – drums Dinosaur Jr
1972    Brian Molko – vocals Placebo
1974    Meg White – drums White Stripes

Deaths

1967    Otis Redding
1995    Darren Robinson – rapper Fat Boys
1996    Faron Young – US country singer
1999    Rick Danko – bass The Band

December 11

Births

1916    Perez Prado – Cuban bandleader/organist
1940    David Gates – vocals Bread
1944    Brenda Lee
1954    Jermaine Jackson
1954    Rita Ray – vocals Darts
1958    Nikki Sixx – bass Motley Crue
1964    Justin Currie – vocals Del Amitri
1967    DJ Yella – rapper NWA
1968    Alex Banks – keyboards E-Z Rollers
1972    Easther Bennett – vocals Eternal
1985    Cilla Niekoop – Ch!pz

Deaths

1964    Sam Cooke
1992    George Van Dusen
1995    Arthur Mullard – UK actor/singer
1999    Charles Earland – US saxophonist
2012    Ravi Shankar – sitar player

December 12

Births

1915    Frank Sinatra
1938    Connie Francis
1940    Dionne Warwick
1941    Tim Hauser – vocals Manhattan Transfer
1942    Declan Clusky – guitar Bachelors
1942    Mike Heron – vocals Indredible String Band
1943    Mike Smith – vocals/keyboards Dave Clarke 5
1943    Grover Washington Jr      
1944    Rob Tyner – drums MC5
1945    Allan Ward – guitar Honeycombs
1946    Clive Bunker – drums Jethro Tull
1947    Louie Farrell – drums The Gun
1947    Graham Bonnet
1948    Ray Jackson – harmonica Lindisfarne
1950    Barry Blue
1953    Don Baird – vocals/guitar Georgia Satellite
1957    Cy Curnin – vocals The Fixx
1957    Sheila E
1959    Belouis Some
1961    Daniel O’Donnell
1964    Jeff Brown – vocals Pasadenas

Deaths

2004     Bert Reid – saxophone Crown Heights Affair
2007     Ike Turner
2016     Jim Lowe

December 13

Births

1944    Marti Webb
1948    Ted Nugent
1948    Tony Gomez – keyboards Foundations
1948    Jeff Baxter – guitar Doobie Brothers
1948    David O’List – guitar The Nice
1949    Tom Verlaine – vocals/guitar Television
1954    Berton Averre – guitar The Knack
1967    Jamie Foxx – US R&B singer
1975    Thomas DeLonge – vocals/guitar Blink 182
1976    Blu Cantrell – US singer
1989    Taylor Swift

Deaths

1981    Pigmeat Markham

December 14

Births

1932    Charlie Rich  
1938    Don Addrissi – vocals Addrisi Brothers
1943    Dandy Livingstone
1944    Frank Allen – bass/vocals Rebel Rouser/Later Searchers
1946    Jane Birkin
1946    Joyce Vincent – vocals Dawn
1949    Cliff Williams – bass AC/DC
1958    Mike Scott – vocals Waterboys
1958    Peter Stacy – tin whistle Pogues
1960    Andy Alston – keyboards Del Amitri
1970    Beth Orton

Deaths

1963    Dinah Washington
1997    Kurt Winter – guitar Guess Who
2002    Zal Yanovsky – guitar Lovin’ Spoonful
2011    Billie Jo Spears

December 15

Births

1922    Alan Freed – US DJ
1934    Johnny Moore – vocals Drifters
1939    Jimmy Justice
1939    Cindy Birdsong – vocals Patti Labelle’s Bluebelles
1942    Dave Clark – drums Dave Clark 5
1946    Harry Ray – vocals Moments
1946    Carmine Appice – drums Vanilla Fudge
1949    Don Johnson – US actor/singer
1955    Paul Simenon – bass Clash
1956    Kit Hain – vocals Marshall Hain
1961    Nick Beggs – bass Kajagoogoo
1979    Keavy Lynch – vocals B*Witched
1979    Edele Lynch – vocals B*Witched

Deaths

1943    Fats Waller – US jazz pianist
1944    Glenn Miller – US band leader
2001    Rufus Thomas

December 16

Births

1940    Michael Tinsley – Hedgehoppers Anonymous
1945    Tony Hicks – guitar/vocals Hollies
1946    Benny Andersson – vocals/pianist Abba
1949    Billy Gibbons – guitar/vocals ZZ Top
1959    Steve Irvine – drums Lloyd Cole’s Commotions
1968    Christopher Thorn – guitar Blind Melon
1971    Michael McCarey – vocals Boyz II Men
1979    Flo Rida – US rapper

Deaths

1988    Sylvester
2001    Stuart Adamson – vocals/guitar Big Country
2007    Dan Fogelberg – US singer
2013    Ray Price

December 17

Births

1770    Ludwig van Beethoven – classical composer
1931    Karl Denver

1936    Tommy Steele
1939    Eddie Kendricks – vocals Temptations
1943    Dave Dee
1947    Simon Bates – UK radio DJ
1948    Darryl Way – violin/piano Curved Air
1949    Paul Rodgers – vocals Bad Company
1955    Linton Beckles – vocals Central Line
1956    Mike Mills – bass REM
1961    Sarah Dallin – vocals Bananarama
1964    Ginger – vocals/guitar Wildhearts
1969    Mickey Quinn – guitar Supergrass

Deaths

1996    Ruby Murray
1999    Grover Washington Jr
2006    Denny Payton – saxophone Dave Clark 5
2010    Captain Beefheart

December 18

Births

1938    Chas Chandler – bass Animals
1943    Keith Richards – guitar Rolling Stones
1948    Buddy Gask – bass Showaddywaddy
1948    Bill Nelson
1950    Martha Johnson – vocals Martha and the Muffins
1950    Randy Castillo – drums Motley Crue/Ozzy Osbourne
1958    Geordie – guitar Killing Joke
1964    Robson Green – UK actor/singer
1966    Steve Dullahan – bass Primitives
1972    DJ Lethal – drums Limp Bizkit
1975    Sia
1980    Lindsay Armaou – vocals B*Witched
1980    Christina Aguilera

Deaths

2000    Kirsty MacColl
2000    Clifford T.Ward
2001     Gilbert Becaud
2014    Larry Henley – Newbeats

December 19

Births

1915    Edith Paif – French singer
1940    Phil Ochs – US folk singer
1941    Maurice White – vocals Earth Wind and Fire
1944    Stuart Colman – bass Pinkertons ‘Assort’ Colours/UK producer
1944    Zal Yanovsky – guitar Lovin’ Spooonful
1944    Alvin Lee – guitar/vocals Ten Years After
1946    Jim Kelly – lead guitar Honeybus
1958    Limahl
1964    Mercury Nelson – vocals Force MD’s
1964    Charles Nelson – vocals Force MD’s
1967    Klaus Eichstadt – guitar  Ugly Kid Joe
1974    Mige – bass Him
1981    Samuel Bloom – vocals Allstars
1985    Lady Soveign  – UK rapper
1987    Aaron Paul Renfree – vocals S Club Juniors

Deaths

1993    Michael Clark – drums Byrds
2000    Pops Staples – vocals Staple Singers

December 20

Births

1939    Kim Weston
1945    Peter Criss – drums Kiss
1947    Gigliola Cinquetti – Italian Eurovision winner 1964
1948    Little Steven Wright – vocals Easybeats
1949    Alan Parsons
1956    Anita Ward
1957    Billy Bragg
1958    Anita Baker
1966    Chris Robinson – vocals Black Crowes
1975    Graham Hopkins – drums Therapy
1990    Jojo – US singer

Deaths

1973    Bobby Darin
2012    Jimmy McCracklin – US blues singer

December 21

Births

1937    Gwen McCrae
1940    Frank Zappa
1940    Paula – vocals Paul and Paula
1942    Carla Thomas
1943    Albert Lee – UK guitarist
1946    Carl Wilson – guitar/vocals Beach Boys
1946    Kevin Peek – guitar Sky
1953    Betty Wright – US soul singer
1956    Robert Wilson – bass Gap Band
1964    Christian James – vocals Halo James
1964    Murph – drums Dinosaur Jr/Lemonheads
1970    Delious Kennedy – vocals All-4-One

Deaths

1988    Jean-Paul Jeffreys – bass Cockney Rebel
1998    Karl Denver

December 22

Births

1945    Billie Davis
1946    Rick Nielsen – vocals/guitar Cheap Trick
1948    Noel Edmonds – UK TV/Radio presenter
1949    Maurice Gibb
1949    Robin Gibb
1950    Alan Williams – guitar/flute Rubettes
1957    Ricky Ross – vocals Deacon Blue
1958    Robert Cotton – vocals (UK) Jets
1967    Richie Edwards –guitar Manic Street Preachers
1972    Vanessa Paradis
1981    John McClure – vocals Reverend & The Makers
1989    Jordin Sparks

Deaths

2002    Joe Strummer
2006     Dennis Linde – US singer/songwriter
2014    Joe Cocker

December 23

Births

1929    Chet Baker – US jazz trumpeter
1935    Esther Phillips
1939    Johnny Kidd
1940    Eugene Record – vocals Chi-Lites
1941    Tim Hardin – US songwriter
1948    Jim Pash – Saxophone The Surfaris
1949    Ariel Bender – guitar Mott The Hoople
1958    Dave Murray – guitar Iron Maiden
1960    Will Sinnott – bass Shamen
1964    Eddie Vedder – vocals Pearl Jam
1967    Jamie Murphy – guitar/vocals Space

Deaths

1994    Dan Hamilton – vocals Hamilton Joe Frank and Reynolds
1996    Ronnie Scott – jazz saxophonist
2007     Oscar Peterson – Canadian composer/bandleader

December 24

Births

1924    Lee Dorsey
1944    Eddie Furey – vocals Fureys
1944    Tab Martin – bass Peddlers
1945    Lemmy – vocals Motorhead
1946    Jan Akkerman – guitar Focus
1947    Paul Shuttleworth – vocals Kursaal Flyers
1962    Darryl Pandy – US House DJ
1971    Ricky Martin
1975    Joe Washbourn – keyboards Toploader
1990    Adam Pitts – drums Lawson
1991    Louis Tomlinson – vocals One Direction

Deaths

2006     Charlie Drake

December 25

Births

1913    Tony Martin – US singer
1929    Chris Kenner – US singer
1929    Billy Horton – vocals Silhouettes
1933    Jerry Merritt – guitar Blue Caps
1937    O’Kelly Isley – vocals Isley Brotherts
1944    Kenny Everett
1944    Henry Vestine – guitar Canned Heat
1944    John Edwards – vocals Detroit Spinners
1945    Noel Redding – bass Jimi Hendrix Experience
1946    Jimmy Buffett – US singer
1952    Desireless
1954    Robin Campbell – guitar UB40
1954    Annie Lennox
1957    Shane MacGowen – vocals Pogues
1958    Alannah Myles
1962    Francis Dunnery – vocals/guitar It Bites
1965    Bob Stanley – keyboards St Etienne
1971    Noel Hogan – guitar Cranberries
1971    Dido
1975    Tyler Stewart – drums Barenaked Ladies
1976    Armin Van Buuren – Dutch DJ
1977    Mariama Goodman – vocals Honeyz

Deaths

1995    Dean Martin
1998    Bryan McLean – guitar/vocals Love
2006    James Brown
2008    Eartha Kitt
2016    George Michael

December 26

Births

1935    Abdul ‘Duke’ Fakir – vocals Four Tops
1940    Phil Spector – US producer
1951    Paul Quinn – guitar Saxon
1951    Richard Skinner – Radio DJ
1963    Lars Ulrich – drums Metallica
1992    Jade Thirlwall – vocals Little Mix

Deaths

1999    Curtis Mayfield
2002    Jake Thackray
2007    Joe Dolan – Irish singer
2010    Teena Marie
2012    Fontella Bass
2016     Alphonse Mouzon – US soul drummer

December 27

Births

1904    Marlene Dietrich – actress/singer
1931    Scotty Moore – Us guitarist for Elvis Presley
1941    Les Maguire – keyboards Gerry’s Pacemakers
1941    Mike Pinder – keyboards Moody Blues
1943    Roy Austin – guitar Rockin’ Berries
1944    Mick Jones – guitar/vocals Foreigner
1948    Larry Byrom – guitar Steppenwolf
1952    David Knopfler – guitar/vocals Dire Straits
1960    Youth – bass Killing Joke
1972    Matt Slocum – vocals Sixpence None The Richer
1981    Javine – UK singer
1988    Hayley Williams – vocals Paramore

Deaths

1978    Bob Luman – US singer

December 28

Births

1915    Pops Staples – vocals Staple Singers
1938    Frank Kelly
1943    Chas Hodges – piano/vocals Chas and Dave
1946    Edgar Winter – US pianist/saxophonist
1947    Dick Diamonde – bass Easybeats
1948    Mary Weiss – vocals Shangri-La’s
1950    Alex Chilton – vocals/guitar Box Tops
1951    Gerry Shephard – guitar Glitter Band
1953    Richard Clayderman – French pianist
1956    Nigel Kennnedy – UK violinist
1965    Goldie – UK rapper
1966    Kym Sims
1967    Andy Todd – keyboards Republica
1971    Anita Dells – vocals 2 Unlimited
1978    John Legend – US singer
1981    Frank Turner – UK folk singer

Deaths

1983    Dennis Wilson – drums Beach Boys
2002    Meri Wilson
2015    Guru Josh
2015    Lemmy
2016    Debbie Reynolds

December 29

Births

1933    Bernard Cribbins – UK actor/singer
1942    Ray Thomas – flute/saxophone Moody Blues
1943    Barbara Alston – vocals Crystals
1946    Marianne Faithfull
1947    Cozy Powell
1950    Robert Parassi – vocals/guitar Wild Cherry
1951    Yvonne Elliman
1953    Gali Atari – vocals Milk & Honey
1961    Mark Day – guitar Happy Mondays
1961    Jim Reid – vocals/guitar Jesus and Mary Chain
1963    Alex Gifford – saxophone Propellerheads
1966    Dexter Holland – vocals/guitar Offspring
1970    Aled Jones

Deaths

1980    Tim Hardin – US songwriter
2009    Jimmy Sullivan – drums Avenged Sevenfold
2011    Bobby Purify– vocals James and Bobby Purify

December 30

Births

1928    Bo Diddley     
1931    Skeeter Davis
1933    Andy Stewart
1934    Del Shannon
1939    Viola Wills
1942    Mike Nesmith – guitar Monkees
1945    Davy Jones – vocals Monkees
1946    Patti Smith – US singer
1947    Jeff Lynne – vocals/guitar E.L.O
1950    Dave Stewart – UK piano (not Eurythmics guitarist)
1959    Tracy Ullman
1969    Jason Kay – vocals Jamiroquai
1970    Sister Bliss – keyboard Faithless
1986    Ellie Goulding – UK Singer
1988    Leon Jackson

Deaths

1998    Johnny Moore – vocals Drifters
2010    Bobby Farrell – vocals Boney M

December 31

Births

1939    John Alford – vocals Allisons
1942    Andy Summers – guitar Police
1943    John Denver
1943    Pete Quaife – bass Kinks
1946    Reperata (b: Mary Aiese)
1946    Ruby Winters
1947    Burton Cummings – keyboard/vocals Guess Who
1948    Donna Summer
1951    Tom Hamilton – bass Aerosmith
1961    Scott Taylor – guitar Then Jericho
1963    Scott Ian – guitar Anthrax
1973    Joey McIntyre – vocals New Kids On The Block
1977    PSY
1989    Andrew Taggart – Chainsmokers

Deaths

1985    Rick Nelson
1986    Miki Zone – vocals Man 2 Man
1997    Floyd Cramer – US pianist
2000    Edna Savage – UK singer
2015    Natalie Cole

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