1924 - Dora Bryan Dora Bryan, English actress and singer who had the 1963 UK No.20 single 'All I Want For Christmas Is A Beatle'. She died on 23 July 2014.
1934 - Earl King Earl King, New Orleans Blues guitarist. He wrote 'Come On, (Let The Good Times Roll'), covered by Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan. King died on April 17th 2003 from diabetes-related complications aged 69.
1934 - King Curtis US sax player King Curtis who was stabbed to death by a vagrant on the front steps of his New York home on 13th August 1971. Curtis worked with John Lennon and had played on The Coasters hit 'Yakety Yak'.
1948 - Jimmy Greenspoon Jimmy Greenspoon, organist 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. He died on March 11 2015 after a long battle with cancer at the age of 67.
1949 - Alan Lancaster Alan Lancaster, bassist with English group Status Quo. He left the band in 1984. The group have had over 60 chart hits in the UK, more than any other rock band, including 'Pictures of Matchstick Men' in 1967, 'Whatever You Want' in 1979 and 'In the Army Now' in 2010. Twenty-two of these reached the Top 10 in the UK. In July 1985 the band opened Live Aid at Wembley Stadium with 'Rockin' All Over the World'.
1953 - Bruce Gaitsch American guitarist, composer, and producer Bruce Gaitsch best known for working Chicago, Peter Cetera, Madonna, and Agnetha Fältskog. Gaitsch co-wrote the Madonna song 'La Isla Bonita', an 1987 international No.1 hit single from her third studio album True Blue.
1959 - Brian Travers Brian Travers, saxophonist with UB40, who had the 1983 UK No.1 & 1988 US No.1 single 'Red Red Wine' and over 30 other top 40 hits.
1960 - Steve Bronski Steve Bronski, from English group Bronski Beat who had the 1984 UK No.3 single 'Smalltown Boy'.
1962 - David Bryan David Bryan, keyboards with Bon Jovi who had the 1987 US No.1 & UK No.4 single 'Livin' On A Prayer'. Bryan is also the writer of the successful Broadway musical Memphis.
1962 - Garth Brooks Garth Brooks, US country singer, who had the 1991 US No.1 album 'Ropin' The Wind' which spent 70 weeks on the US chart, and the 1994 UK No.13 single 'The Red Strokes.' Brooks is the biggest selling artist of the 90s with over 60 million sales.
1968 - Sully Erna Sully Erna, guitar, vocals, Godsmack, who had the 2003, US No.1 album 'Faceless', 2006 US No.1 album 'IV'.
1974 - J Dilla James Dewitt Yancey, (J Dilla or Jay Dee), hip hop producer and MC. He died on Feb 10th 2006 of a rare blood disease at his home in Los Angeles, California.
1974 - Danny Goffey Danny Goffey, drummer with English group Supergrass who had the 1995 UK No.2 single 'Alright', and the 1995 UK No.1 album I Should Coco which spent 35 weeks on the UK chart.
1975 - Wes Borland Wes Borland, guitarist with Limp Bizkit, who had the 2001 UK No.1 single 'Rollin' & US & UK No.1 album 'Chocolate Starfish and the Hotdog Flavoured Water'.
1983 - Sam Martin Sam Martin, American musician, singer, songwriter. He rose to fame in 2014 for not only writing, but being a featured artist on David Guetta's No.1 singles ‘Lovers on the Sun’ and ‘Dangerous’.
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