Born On: February 8th



1942- Terry Melcher, who was behind hits by the Byrds, Ry Cooder and the Beach Boys. The son of actress Doris Day, he co-wrote ‘Kokomo’ for The Beach Boys, and produced 'Mr Tambourine Man' for the Byrds, as well as hits for The Mamas & the Papas. Melcher died on 19 November 2004 aged 62 after a long battle with skin cancer.


1943- Creed Bratton, from Grass Roots, who had the 1968 US No.5 single 'Midnight Confessions', plus 13 other US Top 40 singles. He is more recently known for playing a fictional version of himself on The Office on NBC.


1946- Mexican drummer Adolpho De La Para with American band Canned Heat who had the 1970 UK No.2 & US No.26 single 'Let's Work Together'. He has also played with some of the greatest blues singers of our time including, Big Joe Turner, T-Bone Walker, Albert Collins and John Lee Hooker.


1946- Paul Wheatbread, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, who had the 1968 UK No.1 & UK No.2 single 'Young Girl' as well as the hits 'Woman, Woman', 'Over You' and 'Lady Willpower.'


1948- American musician Dan Seals from England Dan & John Ford Coley, who had the 1976 US No. 2 & UK No. 26 single, 'I'd Really Love To See You Tonight.' Seals who died on 25 March 2009 was the younger brother of Seals & Crofts member Jim Seals.


1961- Vince Neil, singer from American heavy metal band Motley Crue. Their highest-selling album, 1989's Dr. Feelgood established the quartet as one of the biggest hard rock/metal bands of the '80s.


1962- Ken McCluskey, drummer from Scottish indie rock band The Bluebells who had the 1993 UK No.1 single with the re-issued 'Young At Heart' after it was used in a Volkswagen television advertisement.


1968- Tjinder Singh, guitarist from British indie rock band Cornershop, who had the 1998 UK No.1 single 'Brimful Of Asha'.


1974- Guy Man, (Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo), French electronic musician with Daft Punk, 1997 UK No.5 single 'Around The World', remixed Gabrielle, Chemical Brothers. Scored the 2013 UK No.1 hit 'Get Lucky' featuring Pharrell Williams.


1977- Dave 'Phoenix' Ferrel, bassist with Linkin Park, who had the 2002 US No.2 & UK No.4 single 'In The End', and the 2002 US No.2 & 2001 UK No.4 album Hybrid Theory.


1980- Cameron Muncey, guitarist from Australian rock band Jet, who had the 2003 Australian No.1 & UK No.14 album Get Born. The group sold over 6.5 million albums.


1985- Jeremy Davis, bassist with US band Paramore who had the 2009 UK No.1 album 'Brand New Eyes' and their 2013 self-titled fourth studio album hit No.1 on the US chart.


Site used to research:

https://www.thisdayinmusic.com/search/?keyword=&date=8&month=2

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