Born On: February 12th


1915- Lorne Greene: Lorne Greene, star of the NBC TV show Bonanza. He had a US No.1 single ‘Ringo’, which made him the second Canadian to have a US No.1 single, a No.22 hit in the UK. Greene died on September 11th 1987.

1920- Bill Pitman: American guitarist and session musician Bill Pitman. He played ukulele in the Academy Award-winning song 'Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head,' and as a session musician played on The Byrds hit 'Mr. Tambourine Man', 'Good Vibrations', The Beach Boys, 'Strangers in the Night', Frank Sinatra, 'Be My Baby', The Ronettes, 'Deep Purple', Nino Tempo & April Stevens and 'These Boots Are Made for Walkin'' Nancy Sinatra.

1935- Gene McDaniels: African-American singer and songwriter Gene McDaniels, who scored the 1961 US No.3 hit 'A Hundred Pounds Of Clay'. Gene also wrote Roberta Flack's 1974 No.1 hit 'Feel Like Makin' Love' which won a Grammy Award. McDaniels died on July 29, 2011.

1939- Ray Manzarek: Ray Manzarek, keyboards, with The Doors, who had the 1967 US No.1 & UK No.9 single 'Light My Fire' and the 1971 single 'Riders On The Storm'. Manzarek died on 20th May 2013, he had suffered from bile duct cancer for many years. He formed the band with lead singer Jim Morrison in 1965 after a chance meeting in Venice Beach, Los Angeles.

1942- Rick Frank: Rick Frank, drummer with Elephant's Memory who worked with John Lennon on his 1972 album 'Some Time In New York City.'

1945- Joe Schermie: Joe Schermie, bassist with Three Dog Night, who had the 1970 UK No.3 & US No.1 single with a cover of the Randy Newman song 'Mama Told Me Not To Come'. The band scored 21 Billboard Top 40 hits (with three hitting No.1) between 1969 and 1975.

1949- Stanley Knight: Stanley Knight, from American group Black Oak Arkansas, who had the 70s US No.1 radio hit single 'Jim Dandy To The Rescue'.

1950- Steve Hackett: Steve Hackett, guitarist who had the, 1974 UK No.21 single 'I Know What I Like In Your Wardrobe', with Genesis who he quit in 1977 for solo work.

1951- Vincent James: Vincent James, from British soul group Sweet Sensation who scored the 1974 UK No.1 and US No.14 single 'Sad Sweet Dreamer'.

1952- Michael McDonald: Grammy Award winning American singer and songwriter Michael McDonald, who with The Doobie Brothers had the 1979 US No.1 single 'What A Fool Believes', and the 1993 UK No.7 single 'Long Train Runnin'. He began his career singing back-up vocals with Steely Dan and has also worked with Kenny Loggins, David Cassidy, Van Halen, Patti LaBelle, Aretha Franklin and Toto.

1956- Brian Robertson: Scottish rock guitarist Brian Robertson, Thin Lizzy, (1973 UK No.6 single 'Whisky In The Jar'). Was also a member of Motorhead and Wild Horses.

1958- Grant McLennan: Grant McLennan, bass, vocals, songwriter with Australian group The Go-Betweens. McLennan died in his sleep at his home in Brisbane, Australia on 6th May 2006.

1959- Neil Conti: Neil Conti, from English English pop band Prefab Sprout who had the 1988 UK No.7 single 'The King Of Rock 'n' Roll'.

1966- Gary Whelan: Gary Whelan, drummer with Manchester group Happy Mondays, who had the 1990 UK No.5 single 'Step On'.

1966- Paul Crook: Paul Crook, American guitarist, who has worked with Meat Loaf, Anthrax and Sebastian Bach.

1968- Chynna Phillips: Chynna Phillips, singer with Wilson Phillips, who had the 1990 US No.1 & UK No.6 single 'Hold On'. Phillips is the daughter of Michelle Gilliam, from Mamas And The Papas.

1970- Jim Creeggan: Jim Creeggan, bassist with Canadian rock band Barenaked Ladies who scored the 1998 US No.1 & UK No.5 single 'One Week'. The group has sold over 15 million records including albums and singles, and were inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in March of 2018.

1978- Brian Chase: Brian Chase, drummer, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, (2006 UK No. 18 single 'Gold Lion').

1981- Lisa Hannigan: Lisa Hannigan, Irish singer with Damien Rice. Appeared on his 2003 album 'O' featuring the single 'Cannonball.'

1988- Mike Posner: American singer-songwriter, Mike Posner. His 2016 single 'I Took a Pill in Ibiza' peaked in the top 10 on the charts in 27 countries around the world, including hitting No.1 in the United States and the UK.


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