Category: Births / Deaths

April births and deaths

April 1

Births

1873    Sergei Rachmaninoff
1932    Debbie Reynolds
1934    Jim Ed Brown – vocals The Browns
1939    Rudolph Isley
1940    John St. John – lead guitar Sound Incorporated
1940    Annie Nightingale
1942    Alan Blaikley – guitar Tremeloes
1942    Philip Margo – drums The Tokens
1945    John Barbata – drums Turtles
1946    Arthur Conley
1946    Ronnie Lane – bass Small Faces
1947    M
1948    Jimmy Cliff
1948    Simon Cowe – guitar/mandolin Lindisfarne
1949    Gil Scott-Heron
1951    Henry Gross
1952    Billy Currie – piano Ultravox
1954    Jeff Pocaro – drums Toto
1961    Susan Boyle
1961    Mark White – guitar ABC
1962    Phillip Schofield
1971    Method Man – vocals Wu Tang Clan
1976    Kim Sasabone – vocals Vengaboys
1981    Hannah Spearritt – vocals S Club 7
1986    Hilary Scott – vocals Lady Antebellum
1994    Ella Eyre

Deaths

1917    Scott Joplin
1984    Marvin Gaye
2003     Edwin Starr
2004    Timi Yuro
2010     Jimmy Helms – US singer/Londonbeat

April 2

Births

1912    Herbert Mills – vocals Mills Brothers
1917    Lou Monte – US singer
1928    Serge Gainsbourg
1939    Marvin Gaye
1942    Leon Russell
1945    David Dundas
1946    Kurt Winter – guitar Guess Who
1947    Emmylou Harris
1949    Paul Gambaccini
1952    Leon Wilkeson – bass Lynyrd Skynrd
1953    David Robinson – drums Modern Lovers/Cars
1954    Gregory Abbot
1961    Keren Woodward – vocals Bananarama
1971    Chico
1981    Lindsay Martin – vocals Girl Thing

Deaths

1987    Buddy Rich – jazz drummer

April 3

Births

1886    Dooley Wilson 
1922    Doris Day
1928    Don Gibson
1938    Phillipe Wynne – vocals Detroit Spinners
1941    Jan Berry – vocals Jan & Dean
1942    Billy Joe Royal
1943    Leslie Dash – Hedgehoppers Anonymous
1944    Tony Orlando
1944    Barry Pritchard – guitar Fortunes
1945    Richard Manuel – vocals/piano The Band
1946    Dean Murray – bass Spencer Davis Group
1949    Richard Thompson – guitar Fairport Convention
1955    Mick Mars – guitar Motley Crue
1956    Judie Tzuke
1961    Eddie Murphy
1962    Simon Raymonde – bass/keyboards Cocteau Twins
1968    Sebastian Bach – vocals Skid Row
1970    Matthew Priest – drums Dodgy
1976    Will Mellor
1985    Leona Lewis

Deaths

1990    Sarah Vaughan
1999    Lionel Bart
2006    Martin Gilks – Drums Wonder Stuff
2013    Harry J
2014    Arthur ‘Guitar Boogie’ Smith
2015    Linton Beckles – vocals Central Line

April 4

Births

1915    Muddy Waters
1922    Elmer Bernstein
1941    Major Lance
1941    Bill Tarmey
1946    Dave Hill – guitar Slade
1948    Pick Withers – drums Dire Straits
1949    Gregg Diamond
1949    Junior Braithwaite – vocals Wailers
1950    Jeff Dicken – vocals/guitar Mr Big
1952    Maria Mendiola – vocals Baccara
1952    Peter Haycock – vocals/guitarist Climax Blues Band
1952    Gary Moore
1957    Graeme Kelling – guitar Deacon Blue
1958    Julie Forsyth – vocals Guy’s and Dolls
1962    Craig Adams – bass Sisters Of Mercy
1963    Pliers
1963    Nigel Preston – drums Cult
1966    Mike Starr – bass Alice In Chains
1968    Mark Yates – guitar Terrorvision
1971    Louise Dean – vocals Shiva
1972    Lisa Moorish
1972    Magnus Sveningsson – Cardigans
1975    Phil Jimenez – percussion/keyboards Wheatus
1978    Lemar

Deaths

1980    Red Sovine
1995    Kenny Everett
1997    Gene Ames – vocals Ames Brothers

April 5

Births

1928    Tony Williams – vocals Platters
1929    Joe Meek
1932    Billy Bland
1934    Stanley Turrentine – US jazz saxophonist
1939    Ronnie White – vocals Miracles
1939    Crispian St Peters
1941    Dave Swarbrick – vocals/violin Fairport Convention
1942    Allan Clarke – vocals Hollies
1944    Nick Caldwell – vocals Whispers
1948    Dave Holland – drums Judas Priest
1950    Agnetha Faltskog – vocals Abba
1951    Everett Morton – drums Beat
1954    Stan Ridgeway
1954    Nicko McBrain – drums Iron Maiden
1955    Janice Long
1956    Tim Smith – vocals Adverts
1965    Mike McCready – guitar Pearl Jam
1967    Mark Rankin – vocals GUN
1968    Paula Cole
1973    Pharrell Williams

Deaths

1981    Bob Hite – vocals Canned Heat
1983    Danny Rapp – vocals Danny and The Juniors
1994    Kurt Cobain – vocals Nirvana
1998    Rob Pilatus – vocals? Milli Vanilli
1998    Cozy Powell
2006    Gene Pitney
2016    Leon Haywood

April 6

Births

1937    Billy Dee Williams – vocals Dynasty
1937    Merle Haggard
1943    Julie Rogers
1944    Michelle Phillips – vocals Mama’s and Papa’s
1947    Tony O’Connor – drums Hot Chocolate
1949    Patrick Hernandez
1954    Jean Patrick Baptiste – vocals Ottawan
1962    Stan Cullimore – guitar Housemartins
1972    Joe Gittleman – bass Mighty Mighty Boss Tones
1976    Chantelle Kerzner – vocals N-Tyce
1978    Imaani Coppala – US Singer
1978    Myleene Klass – vocals Hear’say

Deaths

1971    Igor Stravinsky – classical composer
1984    Ral Donner
1998    Wendy O’Williams – vocals Plasmatics
2001    Charles Pettigrew – vocals Charles and Eddie
2016    Merle Haggard

April 7

Births

1908    Percy Faith
1915    Billie Holiday
1920    Ravi Shankar
1922    Mongo Santamaria
1935    Bobby Bare
1943    Mick Abrahams – guitar Jethro Tull
1943    Alan Buck – drums Four Pennies
1943    Spencer Dryden – drums Jefferson Airplane
1946    Bill Kreutzmann – drums Grateful Dead
1947    Pat Bennett – vocals Chiffons
1947    Florian Schneider – computers Kraftwerk
1949    John Oates
1950    Steve Ellis – vocals Love Affair
1951    Janis Ian
1951    Bruce Gary – drums The Knack
1960    Simon Climie – Climie Fisher
1979    Duncan James – vocals Blue
1981    Kelli Young – vocals Liberty X

Deaths

1994    Lee Brilleaux – vocals Dr Feelgood
1998    Tammy Wynette
2000    Heinz Bert – bass Tornados
2015    Stan Freberg

April 8

Births

1929    Jacques Brel
1942    Roger Chapman – vocals Family
1947    Steve Howe – guitar Yes/Asia
1956    Justin Sullivan – vocals/guitar New Model Army
1962    Adam Mole – guitar/keyboards Pop Will Eat Itself
1962    Izzy Stradlin – guitar Guns ‘N Roses
1963    Julian Lennon
1963    Donita Sparks – vocals L7
1972    Paul Gray – bass Slipknot

Deaths

2009     Pop Winans – Winans
2010     Malcolm McLaren

April 9

Births

1898    Paul Robeson – US singer
1932    Carl Perkins
1938    Rockin’ Sydney – US singer
1944    Gene Parsons – drums Byrds
1946    Les Gray – vocals Mud
1948    Phil Wright – vocals/drums Paper Lace
1952    Denise Nolan – vocals Nolans
1961    Mark Kelly – keyboards Marillion
1978    Rachel Stevens – vocals S Club 7
1982    Justin – vocals Triple Eight
1987    Jesse McCartney – US singer

Deaths

1976    Phil Ochs – US folk singer
1988    Brook Benton
1999    Colin Manley – guitar Tommy Quickley’s Remo 4
2009    Randy Cain – vocals Delfonics
2009    Duke D’Mond – vocals/guitar Barron Knights
2010    Kenneth McKellar
2013    Emilio Pericoli
2017    Alan Henderson – bass Them

April 10

Births

1921    Sheb Wooley
1923    Norman Vaughan
1932    Nate Nelson – vocals Flamingos
1936    Bobby Smith – vocals Detroit Spinners
1940    Ricky Valance
1943    P’Nut Langford – vocals/guitar Barron Knights
1947    Bunny Wailer
1955    Lesley Garrett
1959    Katrina Leskanich – vocals Katrina and the Waves
1959    Babyface
1960    Afrika Bambaataa
1960    Brian Setzer – vocals/guitar Stray Cats
1963    E – vocals/guitar/keyboard The Eels
1964    Reni – drums Stone Roses
1968    Kenediid Osman – bass Sleeper
1970    Q-Tip – rapper A Tribe Called Quest
1979    Sophie Bextor-Ellis
1981    Elizabeth McClarnon – vocals Atomic Kitten
1984    Mandy Moore

Deaths

1962    Stu Sutcliffe
1986    Linda Creed – US songwriter
2003    Little Eva

April 11

Births

1934    Cleotha Staples – vocals Staple singers
1935    Father Abraham
1946    Bob Harris – UK DJ
1949    Lee Sheridan – vocals Brotherhood Of Man
1951    Paul Fox – guitar Ruts
1956    Neville Staples – vocals Specials
1958    Stuart Adamson – vocals Big Country
1965    Nigel Pulsford – guitar Bush
1966    Lisa Stansfield
1969    Cerys Matthews – vocals Catatonia
1970    Delroy Pearson – vocals Five Star
1970    Whigfield
1977    DJ Fresh
1987    Joss Stone

Deaths

1988    Dave Prater – vocals Sam and Dave
2001    Harry Secombe
2006    Obie Trice – Rapper D-12
2006    June Pointer – Pointer Sisters
2016    Emile Ford
2017    J. Geils – guitar J Geils Band

April 12

Births

1922    Tiny Tim
1925    Ned Miller
1933    Montserrat Caballe
1940    Herbie Hancock
1944    John Kay – vocals/guitar Steppenwolf
1950    David Cassidy
1950    Graham De Wilde – vocals Evasions
1951    Alexander Briley – G.I in Village People
1957    Donald Ray Mitchell – vocals Was Not Was
1958    Will Sergeant – guitar Echo and The Bunnymen
1962    Art Alexakis – vocals Everclear
1965    Sean Welch – bass Beautiful South
1967    Sarah Cracknell – vocals Saint Etienne
1980    Bryan McFadden – vocals Westlife

Deaths

1989    Herbert Mills – vocals Mills Brothers

April 13

Births

1919    Howard Keel
1936    Tim Field – vocals Springfields
1944    Brian Pendleton – guitar Pretty Things
1944    John Casady – bass Jefferson Airplane
1945    Lowell George – vocals/guitar Little Feat
1946    Al Green
1951    Peabo Bryson
1954    Jimmy Destri – keyboards Blondie
1955    Louis Johnson – vocals/bass/piano Brothers Johnson
1957    Wayne Lewis – keyboards Atlantic Starr
1975    Lou Bega
1977    Abigail Norman – vocals Madasun

Deaths

2013    Vince Montana Jr – US soul producer
2015    Ronnie Carroll

April 14

Births

1933    Buddy Knox
1935    Loretta Lynn – US country singer
1942    Tony Burrows – session singer (Brotherhood Of Man/Edison Lighthouse)
1945    Ritchie Blackmore – guitar Deep Purple/Rainbow
1946    Patrick Fairley – bass Marmalade
1948    Larry Ferguson – keyboards Hot Chocolate
1949    Sonja Kristina – vocals/piano Curved Air
1949    Dennis Byron – drums Amen Corner
1951    Julian Lloyd-Webber
1961    Mark Rutherford – guitar Jimmy the Hoover
1965    Carl Hunter – bass Farm

Deaths

1975    Michael Flanders – vocals Flanders and Swann
1983    Pete Fardon – bass Pretenders
1995    Burl Ives
1998    Dorothy Squires
1999    Anthony Newley
2015    Percy Sledge

April 15

Births

1933    Roy Clark – US country singer
1937    Bob Luman

1939    Marty Wilde
1940    Clarence Satchell – vocals/saxophone Ohio Players
1944    Dave Edmunds
1949    Marsha Hunt
1952    Phil Mogg – vocals UFO
1962    Nick Kamen
1962    Sally-Ann Triplett – vocals Bardo
1965    Oscar Harrison – drums Ocean Colour Scene
1965    Linda Perry – vocals 4 Non Blondes
1966    Samantha Fox
1966    Graham Clarke – bass Wet Wet Wet
1968    Ed O’Brien – guitar Radiohead
1979    Caroline Barnes – vocals Scooch
1980    Natalie Casey
1983    Matt Cardle
1988    Eliza Doolittle

Deaths

1984    Tommy Cooper
2001    Joey Ramone – vocals Ramones
2002    Dave King – UK singer
2019    Les Reed

April 16

Births

1889    Charlie Chaplin
1918    Spike Milligan
1924    Henry Mancini
1924    Rudy Pompilli – saxophone Comets
1935    Bobby Vinton
1937    Vince Hill
1939    Dusty Springfield
1942    Colin Manley – guitar Tommy Quickley’s Remo 4
1947    Gerry Rafferty
1952    Chas Jankel – keyboards Ian Dury’s Blockheads
1956    Paul Buchanan – vocals/guitar Blue Nile
1963    Chaka Demus
1963    Jimmy Osmond
1963    Nick Berry
1964    Dave Pirner – vocals/guitar Soul Asylum
1976    Sean Maguire
1977    Terry Daly – vocals Mytown

Deaths

1993    Eugene Church – US doo wop singer

April 17

Births

1929    James Last
1930    Chris Barber
1940    Billy Fury
1945    Tony Crane – guitar Merseybeats
1947    Douglas MacRae-Brown – vocals Young Idea
1948    Jan Hammer
1952    Jerry Knight – vocals/bass Raydio
1954    Michael Sembello
1955    Pete Shelley
1956    Valerie Jones – vocals Jones Girls
1959    Steve Singleton – saxophone/synthesizer ABC
1961    Niki Haris – vocals Snap
1967    Matt Chamberlain – drums New Bohemians
1971    Steve Mason – guitar Gene
1975    Victoria Beckham – vocals Spice Girls
1998    Not3s

Deaths

1960    Eddie Cochran
1998    Linda McCartney

April 18

Births

1906    Pigmeat Markham
1939    Glen D. Hardin – piano Crickets
1941    Mike Vickers – guitar/flute Manfred Mann
1946    John Kane – vocals New World
1946    Hayley Mills
1946    Harvey Regan – bass Sir Douglas Quintet
1947    Polly Brown
1958    Les Pattison – bass Echo and the Bunnymen
1962    Shirlie Holliman – vocals Pepsi and Shirlie
1964    Mark Berry – percussion Black Grape
1977    Colin Newton – drums Idlewild
1979    Glenn Hooper – drums Easyworld
1993    Nathan Sykes – vocals Wanted

Deaths

1996    Bernard Edwards

April 19

Births

1928    Alexis Korner – guitar C.C.S
1935    Dudley Moore
1941    Alan Price
1943    Eve Graham – vocals New Seekers
1947    Mark Volman – vocals/guitar Turtles
1958    Andy Kyriacou – drums Modern Romance
1979    Tony Lundon – vocals Liberty X

Deaths

2012    Levon Helm – drums Band
2012    Greg Ham – keyboards Men At Work
2015    Richard Anthony
2018    Stuart Colman – bass Pinkertons ‘Assort’ Colours/UK producer

April 20

Births

1923    Tito Puente Jr
1934    Pops Winans – Winans
1939    Johnny Tillotson
1944    Iris Williams
1945    Jimmy Winston – organ Small Faces
1951    Luther Vandross
1973    Gabriele Ponte – dancer Eiffel 65
1976    Joey Lawrence
1983    Sebastian Ingrosso – Swedish DJ

Deaths

1989    Miki –  vocals Miki and Griff
1991    Steve Marriott – vocals Small Faces
1992    Benny Hill
2016    Victoria Wood
2018    Avicii

April 21

Births

1919    Don Cornell
1945    Al Jackson – vocals Applejacks
1947    Iggy Pop
1947    Alan Warner – guitar Foundations
1953    Forrest
1959    Robert Smith – vocals Cure
1963    Johnny McElhone – vocals/bass Altered Images/Texas
1967    Michael Franti – vocals Disposable Heroes Of Hiphoprisy

Deaths

1978    Sandy Denny
2000    Neal Matthews –vocals Jordanaires
2003     Nina Simone
2008     Al Wilson – US singer/drummer
2013    Christine Amphlett – vocals Divinyls
2016    Prince

April 22

Births

1916    Yehudi Menuhin – classical violinist
1927    Laurel Aitken – King Of Ska
1936    Glen Campbell
1950    Peter Frampton
1951    Paul Carrack – vocals Ace/Squeeze
1955    Arthur Baker
1956    Kenny Lyon – guitar Lemonheads
1961    Nick Sanderson – drums World Of Twist & Jesus & Mary Chain
1969    Craig Logan – bass Bros
1979    Daniel Johns – vocals/guitar Silverchair
1984    Amelle Berrabah – vocals Sugababes
1990    Machine Gun Kelly

Deaths

2013    Richie Havens – US soul singer

April 23

Births

1928    Shirley Temple
1936    Roy Orbison
1939    Ray Peterson
1941    Ed Stewart
1945    John Allen – guitar Nashville Teens
1949    John Miles
1952    Narada Michael Walden
1955    Captain Sensible
1960    Steve Clarke – guitar Def Leppard
1960    David Gedge – vocals Wedding Present
1963    Billy Gould – bass Faith No More
1964    Gen Matthews – drums Jesus Jones
1964    Torsten Fenslam – DJ/producer Culture Beat
1968    Paul Clifford – bass Wonder Stuff
1979    Jazz – vocals Dru Hill
1985    Taio Cruz
1987    Laura Mvula –UK singer

Deaths

1975    Pete Ham – guitar Badfinger
1991    Johnny Thunders – vocals/guitar New York Dolls
2010     Norman Wright – vocals Del-Vikings

April 24

Births

1941    John Williams – classical guitarist
1942    Barbra Streisand
1944    (Bernard) St Clair Lee – vocals Hues Corporation
1945    Doug Clifford – drums Creedence Clearwater Revival
1945    Robert Knight
1947    Hubert Ann Kelly – vocals Hues Corporation
1947    Hubert Ann Kelly – vocals Hues Corporation
1949    Preston Ritter – drums Electric Prunes
1951    Nigel Harrison – bass Blondie
1957    David Jay – bass Bauhaus
1958    Boris Williams – drums Cure
1960    Bruno Brookes – UK DJ
1964    Paul Ryder – bass Happy Mondays
1967    Patty Schemel – drums Hole
1971    Jas Mann – vocals Babylon Zoo
1982    Kelly Clarkson
1987    Ben Howard
1995    Kehlani

Deaths

2001    Al Hibbler
2015    Sid Tepper
2016    Billy Paul

April 25

Births

1917    Ella Fitzgerald
1935    Michael King – vocals King Brothers
1943    Tony Christie
1944    Charlie Harper – vocals UK Subs
1945    Bjorn Ulvaeus – guitar Abba
1945    Mike Kogel – vocals/guitar Los Bravos
1945    Stu Cook – bass Creedence Clearwater Revival
1950    Steve Ferrone – drums Average White Band
1958    Fish – vocals Marillion
1964    Andy Bell – vocals Erasure
1965    Simon Fowler – vocals/harmonica Ocean Colour Scene
1967    Eric Avery – bass Jane’s Addiction
1980    Jacob Underwood – vocals O-Town

Deaths

1999    Roger Troutman –vocals Zapp
1999    Larry Troutman – vocals Zapp
2002    Lisa ‘Left-Eye’ Lopes – vocals TLC
2007     Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett
2010     Dorothy Provine
2011     Poly Styrene – vocals X-Ray Spex

April 26

Births

1938    Duane Eddy
1938    Maurice Williams
1940    Giorgio Moroder
1940    Bobby Rydell
1951    Nick Garvey – vocals/guitar Motors
1960    Roger Taylor – drums Duran Duran
1964    Jimmy Stafford – guitar Train
1970    T-Boz – vocals TLC
1970    Ruth Ann Boyle – vocals Olive
1971    Jay DeMarcus – bass Rascal Flatts
1977    Celena Cherry – vocals Honeyz
1981    Ms Dynamite
1981    Caro Emerald
1982    Jon Lee – vocals S Club 7

Deaths

1984     Count Basie
2011     Phoebe Snow
2012     George Jones – US country singer

April 27

Births

1914    Winifred Atwell
1946    Gordon Haskell
1947    Pete Ham – guitar Badfinger
1947    Ann Peebles
1948    Kate Pierson – vocals B-52’s
1949    Clive Taylor – bass Amen Corner
1949    Herb Murrell – vocals Stylistics
1951    Ace Frehely – vocals/guitar Kiss
1959    Sheena Easton
1959    Marco Pirroni – guitar Adam and The Ants
1962    Robin S
1969    Mica Paris
1972    Gareth Coombes – keyboards Supergrass
1984    Patrick Stump – vocals Fall Out Boy
1984    Yonah Higgins – vocals Cleopatra
1988    Lizzo

Deaths

2000    Vicki Sue Robinson – US disco singer
2015    Jack Ely – vocals/guitar The Kingsmen

April 28

Births

1945    John Wolters – drums Dr Hook
1947    Peaches – Peaches & Herb
1948    Scott Fitzgerald
1953    Kim Gordon – vocal/bass Sonic Youth
1956    Jimmy Barnes
1968    Howard Donald – vocals Take That
1978    Lauren Laverne – vocals/guitar Kenickie

Deaths

1981    Steve Currie – bass T.Rex
2015    Keith Harris – UK ventriloquist

April 29

Births

1899    Duke Ellington
1927    Carl Gardner – vocals Coasters
1931    Lonnie Donegan
1933    Willie Nelson
1936    April Stevens    – US singer with brother Nino Tempo
1947    Tommy James
1949    Anita Dobson
1951    Bob Henke – bass Dr Hook
1953    Bill Drummond – synthesizer KLF
1958    Simon Edwards – guitar Fairground Attraction
1960    Philip King – bass Lush
1968    Carnie Wilson – vocals Wilson Phillips
1968    Stan Frazier – drums Sugar Ray
1973    Michael Hogan – bass Cranberries
1979    Jo O’Meara – vocals S Club 7
1980    Kian Egan – vocals Westlife
1981    Tom Smith – vocals Editors

Deaths

2005    Jim Pash – Saxophone The Surfaris

April 30

Births

1927    Johnny Horton
1934    Jerry Lordan
1943    Bobby Vee
1953    Merrill Osmond
1962    Dave Frew – guitar An Emotional Fish
1962    Robert Reynolds – bass Mavericks
1964    Robert Clivilles – vocals CandC Music Factory
1967    Turbo B – rapper Snap
1971    Darren Emerson – keyboards Underworld
1982    Cleopatra Higgins – vocals Cleopatra

Deaths

1983    Muddy Waters
1993    Mick Ronson
1999    Darrell Sweet – drums Nazareth
2007    Zola Taylor – vocals The Platters
2015    Ben E. King
2019    Boon Gould – guitar Level 42

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February births and deaths

February 1

Births

1934    Bob Shane – vocals Kingston Trio
1937    Don Everly
1937    Ray Sawyer – vocals Dr Hook
1938    Jimmy Carl Black – drums Mothers Of Invention
1939    Joe Sample – keyboards Crusaders
1942    Terry Jones – vocals Monty Python
1944    Tommy Duffy – vocals Echoes
1948    Rick James
1950    Richard Williams – guitar Kansas
1950    Mike Campbell – guitar Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers
1957    Dennis Brown
1964    Jani Lane – vocals Warrant
1968    Lisa Marie Presley
1971    Ron Welty – drums Offspring
1971    Paul Varney – vocals Yell
1972    Patrick Wilson – drums Weezer
1975    Eleanor Phillips – vocals Supersister
1994    Harry Styles – vocals One Direction
1996    Dionne Bromfield

Deaths

1986    Dick James
1989    Paul Robi – vocals Platters
1989    Vincent Crane – organ Crazy World Of Arthur Brown
1999    Julius Wechter – Tijuana Brass
2012    David Peaston
2013    Cecil Womack – vocals Valentinos & Womack & Womack
2018    Dennis Edwards – vocals Temptations

February 2

Births

1925    David Whitfield
1927    Stan Getz
1934    Skip Battin – bass Byrds
1940    Alan Caddy – guitar Tornados
1941    Bob Day – vocals Allisons
1942    Graham Nash – vocals/guitar Hollies
1943    Peter McBeth – bass Foundations
1945    Ron Goodson – trumpet John Fred’s Playboy Band
1946    Whistling Jack Smith
1946    Howard Bellamy – guitar Bellamy Bros
1947    Derek Shulman – vocals Simon Dupree and the Big Sound
1957    Tony Butler – bass Big Country
1963    Eva Cassidy
1964    Diane Charlemagne – vocals Urban Cookie Collective
1964    Charlie Heather – drums Levellers
1966    Robert DeLeo – bass Stone Temple Pilots
1971    Ben Mize – drums Counting Crows
1971    Michelle Gayle
1977    Shakira

Deaths

1979    Sid Vicious
1996    Gene Kelly

February 3

Births

1809    Felix Mendelssohn
1923    Marion Ryan
1926    Shelley Berman
1928    Frankie Vaughan
1928    Val Doonican
1935    Johnny Guitar Watson
1939    Johnny Bristol
1940    Angelo D’Aleo – vocals Belmonts
1943    Dennis Edwards – vocals Temptations
1943    Eric Haydock – bass Hollies
1945    Johnny Cymbal
1946    Stan Webb – vocals/guitar Chicken Shack
1947    Melanie (Safka)
1947    Dave Davies – guitar Kinks
1947    John Handy
1949    Jim Lockhart – keyboard Horslips
1956    Lee Renaldo – vocals/guitar Sonic Youth
1959    Laurence Tolhurst – drums The Cure
1975    Wes Borland – guitar Limp Bizkit
1990    Sean Kingston

Deaths

1959    Buddy Holly
1959    Big Bopper
1959    Ritchie Valens
1967    Joe Meek
2000    Doris Kenner – vocals Shirelles
2016    Maurice White – vocals Earth Wind and Fire

February 4

Births

1905    Hylda Baker
1915    Norman Wisdom
1942    Claude Francois
1943    Neil Christian
1944    Florence LaRue – vocals Fifth Dimension
1948    Alice Cooper
1950    James Dunn – vocals Stylistics
1952    Jerry Shirley – drums Humble Pie
1960    Tim Booth – vocals James
1963    Noodles – guitar Offspring
1968    Steve Queralt – bass Ride
1975    Natalie Imbruglia
1976    Cam’Ron – US rapper
1982    Kimberly Wyatt – vocals Pussycat Dolls

Deaths

1975    Louis Jordan
1982    Alex Harvey
1983    Karen Carpenter
1984    Paul Gardiner – bass Tubeway Army
1987    Liberace
1999    Gwen Guthrie
2007    Barbara McNair – Motown singer
2009    Lux Interior– vocals Cramps
2013    Donald Byrd – jazz trumpeter
2013    Darlene McCrae – vocals Cookies
2013    Reg Presley – vocals Troggs

February 5

Births

1935    Alex Harvey
1941    Barret Strong
1943    Sven Johannson – drums Tangerine Dream
1943    Chuck Winfield – trumpet Blood Sweat andTears
1944    Al Kooper – guitar/keyboards Blood Sweat and Tears
1944    James R. Cobb – guitar Classicx IV
1944    Cory Wells – vocals Three Dog Night
1948    David Denny – guitar Steve Miller Band
1960    Paul Jones – bass Catatonia
1964    Duff Rose-McKagan – bass Guns ‘N Roses
1969    Chris Barron – vocals Spin Doctors
1969    Bobby Brown

Deaths

1976    Rudy Pompilli – saxophone Comets
1998    Tim Kelly – guitar Slaughter

February 6

Births

1922    Patrick Macnee
1936    Donnie Brooks – US Singer
1940    Jimmy Tarbuck
1941    Dave Berry
1943    Fabian
1943    Georgeanna Tillman – vocals Marvelettes
1945    Bob Marley
1947    Alan Jones – saxophone Amen Corner
1950    Natalie Cole
1950    Mike Batt
1962    Axl Rose
1962    Richie McDonald – vocals/guitar Lonestar
1965    Brian McDermott – drums Del Amitri
1966    Melissa Brooke-Belland – vocals Voice Of The Beehive
1966    Rick Astley

Deaths

1960    Jesse Belvin
1981    Hugo Montenegro
1998    Carl Wilson –vocals/guitar Beach Boys
1998    Falco
2007    Frankie Laine
2010    Johnny Dankworth – UK jazz bandleader
2011    Gary Moore

February 7

Births

1923    Dora Bryan
1927    Laurie Johnson
1940    Bob Burnett – vocals Highwaymen
1948    Chris Aylmer – bass Samson
1948    Jimmy Greenspoon – keyboards Three Dog Night
1949    Alan Lancaster – bass Status Quo
1949    Stoney Browder – guitar/piano Kid Creole’s Coconuts
1951    Mayte Mateos – vocals Baccara
1957    Rose Marie
1959    Brian Travers – saxophone UB40
1960    Steve Bronski – keyboards Bronski Beat
1962    Garth Brooks
1968    Glenn Collins – drums Auteurs
1974    Danny Goffey – drums Supergrass

Deaths

1985    Matt Monro
1988    Ray Martin
2001    Ray Scragg – vocals/guitar Dennisons
2015    Joe B. Mauldin – bass Crickets
2018    Pat Torpey – drums Mr Big (US)

February 8

Births

1942    Terry Melcher – producer/songwriter and Doris Day’s Son
1945    Louise Cordet
1946    Adolpho De La Parra – drums Canned Heat
1946    Paul Whitbread – drums Union Gap
1948    England Dan
1961    Vince Neil – vocals Motley Crue
1962    Ken McClusky – vocals/harmonica Bluebells
1963    Joshua Kadison
1968    Tjinder Singh – vocals Cornershop
1969    Paul Fuemana – vocals OMC
1971    Gas – drums Him
1972    Adam F – Drum & Bass DJ
1974    Guy-Manuel De Homem Christo – keyboards Daft Punk
1977    Phoenix – bass Linkin Park
1985    Josh Farro – guitar Paramore

Deaths

1990    Del Shannon
2005    Keith Knudsen – percussion Doobie Brothers
2005    Juggy Jones
2005    Jimmy Smith – US blues organist
2015    Sally Sweetland
2018    Lovebug Starski

February 9

Births

1939    Barry Mann
1940    Brian Bennett – drummer Shadows
1942    Carole King
1942    Marcus Mathis – vocals Newbeats
1943    Nicky Crouch – guitar Mojos
1943    Barbara Lewis
1947    Major Harris
1951    Dennis Thomas – saxophone Kool and The Gang
1956    Catherine Stock
1960    Holly Johnson
1960    Jimmy Pursey – vocals Sham 69
1963    Dave Rotheray – vocals/guitar Beautiful South
1964    Rachel Bolan – bass Skid Row
1970    Percy Rodgers – vocals B.V.S.M.P

Deaths

1976    Percy Faith
1981    Bill Haley
1997    Brian Connolly – vocals The Sweet
2019    Cadet – UK rapper

February 10

Births

1893    Jimmy Durante
1939    Roberta Flack
1940    Jimmy Merchant – vocals Frankie Lymon’s Teenagers
1943    Ral Donner
1945    Geraldine Hunt – US singer
1946    Clifford T. Ward
1962    Cliff Burton – bass Metallica
1963    Smiley Culture – UK reggae singer
1969    Chynna Phillips – vocals Wilson Phillips
1981    Jimmy Sullivan – drums Avenged Sevenfold
1992    Misha B – UK Singer

Deaths

2008    Freddie Bell – vocals Freddie Bell & the Bell Boys
2014    Shirley Temple

February 11

Births

1935    Gene Vincent
1938    Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett
1939    Gerry Goffin
1941    Sergio Mendes
1942    Otis Clay
1942    Leon Haywood
1947    Derek Shulman – vocals Simon Dupree & The Big Sound
1950    Rochelle Fleming – vocals First Choice
1953    Neil Henderson – guitar Middle Of The Road
1961    Jill Bryson – vocals Strawberry Switchblade
1962    Sheryl Crow
1969    Shovell – keyboards M People
1974    D’Angelo
1977    Mike Shinoda – vocals/guitar Linkin Park
1979    Brandy
1981    Kelly Rowland – vocals Destiny’s Child

Deaths

2009    Estelle Bennett – vocals Ronettes
2012    Whitney Houston
2013    Kevin Peek – guitar Sky
2013    Rick Huxley – bass Dave Clarke 5
2018    Vic Damone

February 12

Births

1914    Lorne Greene
1935    Gene McDaniels
1939    Ray Manzarek
1945    Trevor Brice – vocals Vanity Fare
1950    Steve Hackett – Genesis
1951    Vincent James – vocals Sweet Sensation
1952    Michael McDonald
1958    Fruitbat – bass Carter USM
1959    Neil Conti – drums Prefab Sprout
1961    Adeva
1966    Gary Wheelan – drums Happy Mondays
1970    Jim Creggan – bass Barenaked Ladies
1976    Victoria Barrett – vocals Madasun
1979    Jade Jones – vocals Damage
1983    Jamie Scott – UK singer

Deaths

1976    Sal Mineo
2000    Oliver
2000    Screaming Jay Hawkins
2015    Steve Strange
2017    Damian
2017    Al Jarreau

February 13

Births

1919    Tennessee ‘Ernie’ Ford
1928    Dorothy McGuire – vocals McGuire Sisters
1938    Larry Cunningham
1944    Peter Tork – guitar Monkees
1945    Roy Dyke – drums Ashton Gardner and Dyke
1950    Peter Gabriel
1950    Roger Christian – vocals Christians
1951    Rod Dees – bass Showaddywaddy
1952    Paul Jeffreys – bass Cockney Rebel
1954    Judy Cheeks
1956    Peter Hook – bass New Order/Monaco
1958    Mark Fox – percussion Haircut 100
1960    Phil Erup – vocals Morris Minor and The Majors
1961    Les Warner – drums Cult
1971    Sonia
1974    Robbie Williams
1988    Aston Merrygold – vocals JLS

Deaths

1883    Richard Wagner – classical composer
1997    Michael Menson – vocals Double Trouble
2002    Waylon Jennings – US country singer

February 14

Births

1931    Phyllis McGuire – vocals McGuire Sisters
1943    Maceo Parker – saxophone Famous Flames/Maceo and The Macs
1945    Vic Briggs – guitar Brian Auger Trinity
1947    Tim Buckley
1951    Kevin Keegan
1964    Rob Jones – bass Wonder Stuff
1965    Winston Williams – producer KWS
1969    David Holmes – DJ/remixer
1972    Rob Thomas – vocals Matchbox 20
1994    Becky Hill

Deaths

1999    Buddy Knox
2000    Olga De Castro – vocals De Castro Sisters
2002    Mick Tucker – Drums Sweet
2006    Lynden David Hall – UK R&B Singer
2009    Louis Belson – Jazz drummer
2010    Doug Fieger – vocals Knack
2011    George Shearing – UK pianist

February 15

Births

1918    Hank Locklin
1931    Alan Cooper – saxophone Temperance 7
1941    Brian Holland – songwriter
1944    Denny Zager – vocals Zager and Evans
1944    Mike Avory – drums Kinks
1945    John Helliwell – saxophone Supertramp
1947    David Brown – bass Santana
1959    Ali Campbell
1960    Mikey Craig – bass Culture Club
1962    Mike and Dave Milliner – vocals Pasadenas
1972    Damon Butler – vocals EYC

Deaths

1965    Nat King Cole
2002    Billy Ward (Lead singer with The Dominoes)

February 16

Births

1918    Patti Andrews – vocals Andrews Sisters
1932    Otis Blackwell – composer many Elvis Presley hits
1934    Harold Kalin – vocals Kalin Twins
1934    Herbert Kalin – vocals Kalin Twins
1935    Sonny Bono
1942    Clive Lea – vocals Rockin’ Berries
1949    Lyn Paul – vocals New Seekers
1952    James Ingram
1958    Ice T – rapper
1962    Tony Kiley – drums Blow Monkeys
1962    Andy Taylor – guitar Duran Duran
1965    Dave Lombardo – drums Slayer
1967    A Guy Called Gerald
1970    Armand Van Helden – US garage DJ
1971    Pete Vuckovic – vocals/bass 3 Colours Red
1982    Lupe Fiasco
1990    Weeknd – Canadian singer

Deaths

1996    Brownie McGhee – blues guitar/singer
2002    Billy Ward – vocals Dominoes
2004    Doris Troy – US soul singer
2013    Tony Sheridan
2015    Lesley Gore
2018    Barbara Alston – vocals Crystals
2020    Pearl Carr

February 17

Births

1917    Dick Emery
1922    Tommy Edwards
1925    Ron Goodwin – orchestra leader
1935    John Leyton
1941    Gene Pitney
1952    Bruce Ruffin
1972    Billie Joe Armstrong – vocals/guitar Green Day
1981    Paris Hilton – UK singer
1989    Stacey McClean – vocals S Club Juniors
1991    Ed Sheeran

Deaths

2013    Mindy McCready – US country singer
2014    Bob Casale – guitar Devo
2017    Peter Skellern

February 18

Births

1933    Yoko Ono
1941    Irma Thomas
1947    Dennis De Young – vocals Styx
1952    Randy Crawford
1952    Juice Newton
1953    Robbie Bachman – drums Bachman Turner Overdrive
1954    John Travolta
1955    Brian James – guitar Damned
1958    Gar Samuelson – drums Megadeth
1962    Austin Howard – vocals Ellis Beggs and Howard
1965    Dr Dre
1966    Tommy Scott – vocals/guitar Space
1969    Keith O’Neill – drums Cast
1980    Regina Spektor – Russian Singer

Deaths

1993    Patrick White – bass Musical Youth

February 19

Births

1924    Lee Marvin
1940    Smokey Robinson
1940    Bobby Rogers – vocals Miracles
1943    Lou Christie
1948    Tony Iommi – guitar Black Sabbath
1950    Andy Powell – guitar Wishbone Ash
1951    Alan Merrill – vocals/bass Arrows
1956    Dave Wakeling – guitar The Beat
1957    Falco
1963    Seal
1966    Mark Morales – vocals Fat Boys
1971    Keith Baxter – drums 3 Colours Red

Deaths

1980    Bon Scott – vocals AC/DC
2009    Kelly Groucutt – bass E.L.O.

February 20

Births

1940    Barbara Ellis – vocals Fleetwoods
1940    Nancy Wilson
1941    Buffy Sainte Marie
1942    Jill Jackson (Paula of Paul and Paula)
1942    Charlie Gillet – UK radio DJ / Author
1945    Alan Hull – vocals/piano/guitar Lindisfarne
1946    J. Geils – guitar J Geils Band
1950    Walter Becker – bass Steely Dan
1960    Mark Reilly – vocals Matt Bianco
1963    Ian Brown – vocals Stone Roses
1967    Kurt Cobain – vocals Nirvana
1972    Neil Primrose – drums Travis
1975    Brian Littrell – vocals Backstreet Boys
1981    Ed Lay – drums Editors
1985    Julia Volkova – vocals t.A.T.U
1988    Rihanna

Deaths

February 21

Births

1933    Nina Simone
1945    Paul Newton – bass Uriah Heep
1951    Vince Welnick – keyboards Tubes
1952    Jean Jacques Burnell – vocals/bass Stranglers
1954    Mike Pickering – keyboards M People
1958    Mary Chapin Carpenter
1964    Sophia George
1966    Dion Murdock – bass Kane
1969    James Dean Bradfield – vocals Manic Street Preachers
1986    Charlotte Church

Deaths

1980    Janet Vogel – vocals Skyliners
2001    Ronnie Hilton
2004    Les Gray – vocals Mud
2013    Cleotha Staples – vocals Staple singers
2019    Peter Tork

February 22

Births

1810    Frederick Chopin – classical composer
1923    Hurricane Smith
1933    Louise Lopez – vocals Odyssey
1936    Ernie K-Doe
1938    Bobby Hendricks – vocals Drifters
1942    Robert Edwards – vocals Intruders
1943    Mick Green – guitar Johnny Kidd’s Pirates
1945    Oliver
1953    John B. Sparks – bass Dr Feelgood
1962    Michael Wilton – vocals/guitar Queensryche
1963    Ranking Roger – drums Beat
1974    James Blunt
1978    Jenny Frost – vocals Precious/Atomic Kitten

Deaths

1976    Florence Ballard – vocals Supremes
1999    Hilda Woodward – piano Lieutenant Pigeon
2005    Harry Simeone
2011    Jean Dinning – vocals Dinning Sisters
2016    Sonny James

February 23

Births
1944    Mike Maxfield – guitar Dakotas
1945    Tommy Moeller – vocals/piano Unit 4+2
1950    Steve Priest – bass Sweet
1952    Brad Whitford – guitar Aerosmith
1955    Howard Jones
1955    Zeke Manyika – percussion Orange Juice
1957    Robin Gray – vocals Dead End Kids
1958    David Sylvian
1958    Linda Nolan
1963    Rob Collins – organ Charlatans
1973    Lars-Olof Johansson – keyboards Cardigans
1986    Skylar Grey

Deaths

1965    Stan Laurel
1987    Andy Warhol – US pop artist
1995    Melvin Franklyn – vocals Temptations
2000    Ofra Haza
2004    Don Cornell
2018    Eddie Amoo – vocals/guitar Real Thing

February 24

Births

1932    Michel Legrand
1935    Jess Conrad
1942    Paul Jones
1945    Clive Scott – keyboards Jigsaw
1947    Rupert Holmes
1948    Dennis Waterman
1952    Tony Allen – vocals Foster and Allen
1958    Plastic Bertrand
1959    Colin Farley – bass Cutting Crew
1962    Michelle Shocked
1967    Mad Stuntman
1990    Jaymi Hensley – vocals Union J

Deaths

1990    Johnny Ray
1994    Dinah Shore

February 25

Births

1932    Faron Young
1934    Bernard Bresslaw
1943    George Harrison
1945    Elkie Brooks
1945    Duke D’Mond – vocals/guitar Barron Knights
1947    Lorraine Mazzola – vocals Reperata and the Delrons
1957    Stewart Wood – guitar Bay City Rollers
1959    Mike Peters – vocals/guitar Alarm
1967    Paul Holmes – vocals Deuce
1971    Daniel Powter

Deaths

1978    Mrs Mills
2005    Edward Patten – vocals Gladys Knight’s Pips
2015    Christopher Rainbow
2019    Mark Hollis

February 26

Births

1928    Fats Domino
1932    Johnny Cash
1945    Mitch Ryder
1945    Bob Hite – vocals/harmonica Canned Heat
1947    Sandie Shaw
1953    Michael Bolton
1960    Jaz Coleman – vocals/keyboards Killing Joke
1971    Erykah Badu
1973    ATB
1982    Nate Ruess – vocals Fun.

Deaths

1977    Sherman Garnes – vocals Teenagers
1990    Cornelius Gunter – vocals Coasters
2009    Wendy Richard – UK actress/singer

February 27

Births

1873    Enrico Caruso
1927    Guy Mitchell
1951    Steve Harley
1954    Neal Schon – guitar Santana/Journey
1955    Garry Christian – vocals Christians
1956    Vic Faulkner – bass Hello
1957    Adrian Smith – guitar Iron Maiden
1960    Paul Humphries – vocals/piano OMD
1960    Tony Hawles – vocals Morris Minor and the Majors
1965    Ewan Vernal – bass/keyboards Deacon Blue
1971    Chilli – vocals TLC
1973    Peter Andre

Deaths

2013    Richard Street – vocals Temptations

February 28

Births

1928    Mike Sammes – leader Mike Sammes Singers
1940    Joe South
1944    Brian Jones – guitar Rolling Stones
1946    Syreeta Wright
1952    Eddie Manion – saxophone Southside Johnny and Asbury Dukes
1957    Cindy Wilson – vocals/guitar B-52’s
1957    Phillip Gould – drums Level 42
1958    Alan Sandow – drums Sherbet
1969    Elisa Fiorillo – US singer
1969    Patrick Monahan – vocals Train
1972    Danny McCormack – vocals/bass Wildhearts

Deaths

1968    Frankie Lymon
1974    Bobby Bloom
1983    Winifred Atwell
1993    Marlena Easley – vocals Orlons
2002    Helmut Zackarias – German orchestra leader
2005    Chris Curtis – vocals/drums Searchers
2008     Mike Smith – vocals/keyboards Dave Clarke 5
2015    Charmayne Maxwell – vocals Brownstone
2016    Frank Kelly

February 29

Births

1940    Gretchen Christopher – vocals Fleetwoods
1972    Steve Hart – vocals Worlds Apart
1976    Ja Rule – US rapper
1984    TJ – vocals Take 5

Deaths

2012    Davy Jones – vocals Monkees

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