Born On: February 13th


1919- Ernie Ford: American recording artist and television host Tennessee Ernie Ford, who had a 1955 US No.1 & 1956 UK No.1 single with ‘Sixteen Tons’. It was Capitol Records’ first No.1 of the rock era. Ford died on October 17th 1991 age 72.

1920- Boudleaux Bryant : Boudleaux Bryant, songwriter with his wife Felice. They wrote The Everly Brothers hits, ‘Bye Bye Love’, ‘All I Have To Do Is Dream’ and ‘Wake Up Little Susie’ as well as ‘Raining In My Heart’, which was a hit for Buddy Holly. Bryant died on June 25th 1987.

1942- Peter Tork: Peter Tork, American musician with The Monkees who were brought together for an American TV series in 1966. They had the 1967 UK & US No.1 single 'I'm A Believer' plus other hits including 'Last Train to Clarksville', 'Pleasant Valley Sunday', and 'Daydream Believer'. Tork was diagnosed with a rare form of tongue cancer in 2009. He died on February 21, 2019 age 77.

1943- Bill Szymczyk : American producer Bill Szymczyk best known for his work with the Eagles including Hotel California. Other hit singles he has produced include: Edgar Winter Group 'Frankenstein', Joe Walsh 'Rocky Mountain Way', Elvin Bishop 'Fooled Around and Fell in Love', and The Who's 'You Better You Bet'.

1945- Roy Dyke: English drummer Roy Dyke who was a member of The Remo Four, Badger and Ashton, Gardner and Dyke who had the 1971 UK No.3 single 'The Resurrection Shuffle'. He married Stacia Blake, a former dancer with Hawkwind.

1949- Judy Dyble: English singer-songwriter Judy Dyble. She was a founding member of Fairport Convention and Trader Horne. In addition, she and multi-instrumental Ian McDonald joined and recorded several tracks with Giles, Giles and Fripp, who later became King Crimson. During Fairport's early live shows in London in the late 1960s Dyble shared stages with acts such as Jimi Hendrix, and Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd. Famously, she sat on the front of the stage at the Speakeasy Club knitting, while Hendrix and Fairport Convention guitarist Richard Thompson jammed. She died on 12 July 2020 age 71.

1950- Peter Gabriel: English singer-songwriter, record producer Peter Gabriel, with Genesis who had the 1974 UK No.21 single 'I Know What I Like In Your Wardrobe'. Gabriel left Genesis in 1975 to launch his solo career and had the 1986 US No.1 & UK No.4 single 'Sledgehammer' from the 1986 UK No.1 & US No.2 album So. Gabriel has been a champion of world music for much of his career. He co-founded the WOMAD festival in 1982.

1950- Roger Christian: Roger Christian, singer with English group The Christians who had the 1988 UK No.8 single 'Harvest For The World'. The name of the band refers to the surname of the three brothers that were originally in the line-up. He died on 8 March 1998 from brain tumour.

1951- Rod Dees: Rod Dees, singer from English revival group Showaddywaddy who had the 1976 UK No.1 single with their version of 'Under The Moon Of Love'. Showaddywaddy spent 209 weeks on the UK Singles Chart, and had 10 Top Ten singles.

1952- Ed Gagliardi : Ed Gagliardi, bassist with English-American rock band Foreigner, who scored the 1985 UK & US No.1 single 'I Want To Know What Love Is'. They are one of the world's best-selling bands of all time with worldwide sales of more than 80 million records.

1956- Peter Hook: Peter Hook, bass, vocals, with Joy Division who had the 1980 UK No.13 single 'Love Will Tear Us Apart'. Formed New Order, who had the 1983 UK No.9 single 'Blue Monday'. And with Revenge and Monaco, had the 1997 UK No.11 single 'What Do You Want From Me'.

1958- Mark Fox: Mark Fox, percussion, with English group Haircut 100. The band had four UK Top 10 hit singles between 1981 and 1982, including 'Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl)', 'Love Plus One' and 'Fantastic Day'.

1959- Tony Butler: Tony Butler, bassist with Scottish rock band Big Country, who had the 1983 UK No.10 single 'Fields Of Fire' plus 14 other UK Top 40 singles. Butler has also worked with Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend and The Pretenders.

1961- Henry Rollins: Henry Rollins, American singer, actor, presenter, comedian, and activist who was a member of Black Flag and fronted the Rollins Band. He has campaigned for various political causes in the United States, including the promotion of LGBT rights, World Hunger Relief, the West Memphis Three, and an end to all war.

1966- Freedom Williams: Freedom Williams, singer with C+C Music Factory, who had the 1991 UK No.4 single 'Things That Make You Go Hmmm..., and the 1991 US No.1 single 'Gonna Make You Sweat'.

1971- Sonia Evans: Sonia, (Sonia Evans), who had the UK No.1 single in 1989 with 'You'll Never Stop Me Loving You.'

1972- Robert Harrell: Robert Harrell, bassist, with 3 Doors Down, who had the 2003 US No.4 single 'When I'm Gone, 2005 US No.1 album 'Seventeen Days'.

1974- Robbie Williams: Robbie Williams, vocalist with Take That who had the 1995 UK No.1 single with 'Back For Good' and seven other UK No.1 singles. He left to pursue a solo career and since then has had a 1998 UK No.1 single with 'Millennium' and six other UK No.1 singles. His 1997 UK No.1 album 'Life Thru A Lens' spent 123 weeks on the UK chart. Re joined Take That in 2010.

1988- Aston Merrygold: Aston Merrygold, singer with English boy band JLS, who were the runners-up of the fifth series of The X Factor in the UK. Their first two singles 'Beat Again' and 'Everybody in Love' both went to No.1 on the UK singles chart.


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