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ALBERT VON TILZER
 
Date Born: Friday 29 March 1878
 
Description: Pianist, Composer, USA
 
Summary: As a young man he worked briefly at his older brother Harry Von Tilzer's publishing company, and Albert's earliest songs were published by Harry.

ANTONIO VIVALDI
 
Date Born: Friday 4 March 1678
 
Description: Violinist, Composer
 
Summary: Antonio Lucio Vivaldi was born in Venice, the capital of the Republic of Venice. He was baptized immediately at his home by the midwife.

ART VAN DAMM
 
Date Born: Friday 9 April 1920
 
Description: Accordionist, USA
 
Summary: He adapted Benny Goodman's music to the accordion.

BARRY DE VORZO
 
Date Born: Tuesday 31 July 1934
 
Description: Singer, songwriter, producer, and composer, USA
 
Summary: "Nadia's Theme" hit #8 on the US Top 40 in 1976 and the album from which it was taken peaked at #42 on the Billboard 200; in 1977, it won a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement.

BEN VEREEN
 
Date Born: Thursday 10 October 1946
 
Description: Vocalist, Actor, Dancer, USA
 
Summary: He was nominated for a Tony Award for Jesus Christ Superstar in 1972 and won a Tony for his appearance in Pippin in 1973.

BERNARD VITET
 
Date Born: Saturday 26 May 1934
 
Description: Trumpeter, France
 
Summary: Vitet invented instruments such as a reed trumpet, a multiphonic French horn, a variable tension double-bass.

BILLY VAUGHN
 
Date Born: Thursday 4 December 1919
 
Description: Band Leader, Producer, Arranger, Conductor
 
Summary: He was born in Glasgow, Kentucky, where his father was a barber who loved music and inspired Billy to teach himself to play the mandolin at age 3, while suffering a case of the measles. He went on to learn a number of other instruments.

BILLY VERA
 
Date Born: Sunday 28 May 1944
 
Description: Vocalist, Actor, USA
 
Summary: Vera began his singing career in 1962 as a member of the Resolutions. He went on to write several songs throughout the early 1960s, writing for the likes of Barbara Lewis and Ricky Nelson.

BOBBY VEE
 
Date Born: Friday 30 April 1943
 
Description: Vocalist, Composer, USA
 
Summary: Known primarily as a performer of Brill Building pop material, he went on to record a string of international hits in the 1960s.His father Sidney played the violin and piano, his uncle played sax, and his two older brothers, Bill and Sidney, Jr. both played guitar.

BOBBY VINTON
 
Date Born: Tuesday 16 April 1935
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: He was the only child of a locally popular bandleader, Stan Vinton -Stanley Vintula, Sr.

BRENDA VACCARO
 
Date Born: Saturday 18 November 1939
 
Description: Actress, USA
 
Summary: Vaccaro was born in New York, to Italian American parents Christine M. Pavia and Mario A. Vaccaro originally a lawyer, both of whom were pioneers in Italian cuisine.

CARLOS VEGA
 
Date Born: Saturday 7 December 1957
 
Description: Drummer, Cuban
 
Summary: Sessions drummer for Olivia Newton John - George Benson etc.

CATERINA VALENTE
 
Date Born: Wednesday 14 January 1931
 
Description: Vocalist , Actress, Dancer, Italy
 
Summary: Caterina has worked with many stars that include Benny Goodman, Ella Fitzgerald, Tommy Dorsey, Buddy Rich and so on.

CHARLIE VENTURA
 
Date Born: Saturday 2 December 1916
 
Description: Saxophonist, USA
 
Summary: After the 1950s he did few recordings, but did club work in Las Vegas.

DAVE VAN RONK
 
Date Born: Tuesday 30 June 1936
 
Description: Vocalist, Guitarist, Composer, UK
 
Summary: Van Ronk has been described as an irreverent and incomparable guitar artist and interpreter of black blues and folk, with an uncannily precise ability at improvisation.

DICK VAN DYKE
 
Date Born: Sunday 13 December 1925
 
Description: Actor, USA
 
Summary: Van Dyke received a Grammy Award for his performance on the soundtrack to Mary Poppins.

DINO VALENTINO
 
Date Born: Sunday 7 November 1943
 
Description: Vocalist, Composer, USA
 
Summary: In the early 1960s he performed in Greenwich Village coffee-houses such as the Cock 'n' Bull and the Cafe Wha?, often with fellow singer-songwriter Fred Neil, and occasionally with Karen Dalton, Bob Dylan, Lou Gossett, etc.

EARL VAN DYKE
 
Date Born: Tuesday 8 July 1930
 
Description: Keyboardist, Arranger, Band leader, USA
 
Summary: Van Dyke played the Steinway grand piano, the Hammond B-3 organ, the Wurlitzer electric piano, the Fender Rhodes, and the celeste and harpsichord.

EDDIE VAN HALEN
 
Date Born: Wednesday 26 January 1955
 
Description: Guitarist,Pianist, USA
 
Summary: Edward Van Halen was born to Jan van Halen, a Dutch father, and Eugenia, a Javanese mother, in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The Van Halen family moved to Pasadena, California, United States, from the Netherlands in 1962.

EDDIE VEDDER
 
Date Born: Wednesday 23 December 1964
 
Description: Vocalist, Guitarist. USA
 
Summary: Vedder began incorporating social commentary and political criticism into his lyrics and performances early in his career with Pearl Jam.

EDDIE VINSON
 
Date Born: Wednesday 19 December 1917
 
Description: Saxophonist, USA
 
Summary: Singer and Saxophonist and member of Bill Broonzy’s band in the forties also Count Basie - Cootie Williams etc.

FRANCO VENTRIGLIA
 
Date Born: Friday 20 October 1922
 
Description: Vocalist, Opera singer (bass)
 
Summary: Opera Singer. A basso, he performed in principal venues on both sides of the Atlantic for close to half a century.

FRANKIE VALLI
 
Date Born: Monday 3 May 1937
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: Valli sang the theme song from the 1978 film version of Grease, which was a number one hit.Valli made several appearances on the HBO series, The Sopranos portraying New York mob captain Rusty Millio.

FRANKIE VAUGHAN
 
Date Born: Friday 3 February 1928
 
Description: Vocalist, UK
 
Summary: Frankie Vaughan, CBE (3 February 1928 - 17 September 1999) was a singer of traditional pop music in the United Kingdom.

FREDERICK VAN PALLANT
 
Date Born: Friday 4 May 1934
 
Description: Vocalist,
 
Summary: Van Pallandt was born in Copenhagen, the son of a former Ambassador for the Netherlands to Denmark and Danish Else Dagmar Hanina Blücher, Countess of Altona.

GARY VALENTINE LACHMAN
 
Date Born: Saturday 24 December 1955
 
Description: Writer and Musician.
 
Summary: Founding members of Blondie, having joined the band as bassist in 1975.

GENE VINCENT
 
Date Born: Monday 11 February 1935
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: Born to Ezekiah Jackson and Mary Louise Craddock, were shop owners in Norfolk, Virginia.

GEORGE JACKSON - VIOLINIST
 
Date Born: Sunday 2 July 1989
 
Description: Violinist, NZ
 
Summary: •As a session Musician George’s experience includes fiddling on tour for country bands “The Australian Bluegrass All Stars”, “The Roys”, “The Pigs”, “The McClymonts” and the “Garth Brooks Tribute show” as well as call-in performances and recordings with many Country singers and local Brisbane and Melbourne bands

GEORGE VAN EPS
 
Date Born: Thursday 7 August 1913
 
Description: Guitarist, USA
 
Summary: Often called "the Father of the Seven String Guitar") was an American swing and Mainstream jazz guitarist.

GINO VANNELLI
 
Date Born: Monday 16 June 1952
 
Description: Drummer, Vocalist, Composer, Canada
 
Summary: Born one of three sons born to Russ and Delia Vannelli. Russ, his father, was a big band musician.

GIUSEPPE VERDI - (1813-1901)
 
Date Born: Saturday 9 October 1813
 
Description: Composer, Italian
 
Summary: Verdi's predecessors who influenced his music were Rossini, Bellini, Giacomo Meyerbeer and, most notably, Gaetano Donizetti and Saverio Mercadante.

HANK VAN SICKLE
 
Date Born: Sunday 31 December 1961
 
Description: Bassist, Keyboardist, USA
 
Summary: According to John Mayall, his is the longest run of any bass player with the Bluesbreakers.

HARRISON VERRETT
 
Date Born: Wednesday 27 February 1907
 
Description: Pianist, Teacher, USA
 
Summary: Piano teacher of Fats Domino who would later join Domino on tour etc when Domino was an established artist.

HARRY VANDA
 
Date Born: Friday 22 March 1946
 
Description: Guitarist, Composer, Producer Australia
 
Summary: His family migrated to Australia in 1963, and settled in Sydney. Vanda came to fame there in 1964-65 as the lead guitarist in Australia's most popular and successful group of the 1960s, The Easybeats.

HENRY VESTINE
 
Date Born: Monday 25 December 1944
 
Description: Guitarist, US
 
Summary: Vestine toured with Canned Heat in Australia and Europe, where the band had a popularity that far surpassed the recognition they got in the United States.

HILTON VALENTINE
 
Date Born: Sunday 21 March 1943
 
Description: Guitarist, UK
 
Summary: Valentine is credited with the instantly recognizable electric guitar arpeggio introduction to the Animals' signature song "The House of the Rising Sun", which inspired countless beginning guitarists.

HIMIE VOXMAN
 
Date Born: Tuesday 17 September 1912
 
Description: Saxophonist, USA
 
Summary: On December 20, 2008, Voxman received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Iowa

HOLLY VALANCE
 
Date Born: Wednesday 11 May 1983
 
Description: Vocalist, Actress, Australia
 
Summary: An Australian model, actress and singer. Valance began her career as Felicity "Flick" Scully on the Australian soap opera Neighbours.

JAN MICHAEL VINCENT
 
Date Born: Saturday 15 July 1944
 
Description: Actor, USA
 
Summary: Vincent was born to Doris and Lloyd Vincent. His family moved to Hanford, California, when Jan Michael was in his teens.

JANET VOGEL
 
Date Born: Wednesday 10 June 1942
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: Janet Vogel was a member of "The Skyliners".

JEAN-CLAUDE VAN DAMME
 
Date Born: Tuesday 18 October 1960
 
Description: Actor, Martial Artist, Belgian
 
Summary: Van Damme was born the son of Eliana and Eugène Van Varenberg, who was an accountant and owned a flower shop.

JERRY VALE
 
Date Born: Monday 8 August 1932
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: Whie still in high school he worked shining shoes in a barbershop in New York City. His version of the National Anthem, recorded in the late 1960s, was a fixture at sporting events for many years.

JIMMIE VAUGHAN
 
Date Born: Tuesday 20 March 1951
 
Description: Guitarist, USA
 
Summary: Jimmie Vaughan is far more than just one of the greatest and most respected guitarists in the world of popular music. As Guitar Player Magazine notes, "He is a living legend."

JIMMY VAN HEUSEN
 
Date Born: Sunday 26 January 1913
 
Description: Pianst, Composer, USA
 
Summary: He also worked as a part time test pilot for Lockheed Corporation in World War II.

JOE VANN
 
Date Born: Saturday 3 April 1943
 
Description: Vocalist
 
Summary: The vocal group recorded a cover version of ’You Belong To Me’ in the fifties.

JOE VENUTI
 
Date Born: Wednesday 16 September 1903
 
Description: Violinist, Italian
 
Summary: He was also a strong early influence on western swing players like Cecil Brower, not to mention the fact that Lang and Venuti were the primary influences of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli.

JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
 
Date Born: Thursday 28 August 1749
 
Description: Poet, Novelist, Playwright, Germany
 
Summary: Goethe had a great effect on the nineteenth century. In many respects, he was the originator of many ideas which later became widespread.

JOHN VERITY
 
Date Born: Sunday 3 July 1949
 
Description: Guitarist, UK
 
Summary: The group mainly known for "Hold Your Head Up".

JOHN VINCENT
 
Date Born: Tuesday 5 August 1941
 
Description: Communications, Radio
 
Summary: One of the nicest guys on radio during his career.

JON VOIGHT
 
Date Born: Thursday 29 December 1938
 
Description: Actor,USA
 
Summary: Winner of an Oscar for "Coming Home". His Brother Chip Taylor was the writer of the famed ’Wild Thing’

JOYCE VINCENT WILSON
 
Date Born: Saturday 14 December 1946
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: Wilson continues singing to this day, usually with her sister, Pamela Vincent.

KATHY VALENTINE
 
Date Born: Wednesday 7 January 1959
 
Description: Vocalist, Bassist, USA
 
Summary: Kathy Valentine, born Austin, Texas is the bassist for the all-girl punk-pop band, The Go-Go's.

KIN VASSY
 
Date Born: Monday 16 August 1943
 
Description: Vocalist, Producer, Composer. USA
 
Summary: Vassy went on to work on both a solo career and as a session musician.

LARRY VERNE
 
Date Born: Monday 8 June 1936
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: A American novelty song singer. Verne scored two U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart hit singles in 1960

LEE VINCENT
 
Date Born: Saturday 15 April 1916
 
Description: Bandleader, Bassist, USA
 
Summary: Lee Vincent was an American musician, disk jockey, orchestra leader and musical agent. NP

LEROY VAN DYKE
 
Date Born: Friday 4 October 1929
 
Description: Singer, songwriter, USA
 
Summary: American country music singer best known for his hits "The Auctioneer" (1956) and "Walk On By" (1961).

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
 
Date Born: Monday 17 December 1770
 
Description: Composer, Pianist, Germany
 
Summary: One of the worlds most famous composers mainly known for his "Fifth Symphony" became deaf at the age of 28.

LUTHER VANDROSS
 
Date Born: Friday 20 April 1951
 
Description: Vocalist , USA
 
Summary: His first recording credit was as producer of the album Soul Christmas in 1968.

MALCOLM VAUGHAN
 
Date Born: Friday 22 March 1929
 
Description: Vocalist, Wales
 
Summary: He first appeared as a stage actor in 1944 when he was cast in Emlyn Williams’s comedy The Druid’s Rest at the St. Martin’s Theatre in London's West End.

MARISKA VERES
 
Date Born: Friday 10 October 1947
 
Description: Violinist, Netherlands
 
Summary: Veres was born in The Hague. Her father was the Hungarian Romani violinist Lajos Veres; her mother was born in Germany of French and Russian parents.

MARK VINCENT
 
Date Born: Saturday 4 September 1993
 
Description: Vocalist, Australia
 
Summary: His main inspiration is his deceased grandfather, Bruno, who raised him and taught him how to sing.

MARK VOLMAN
 
Date Born: Wednesday 19 April 1944
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: The sixties band was most popular world wide with songs uch as ’HAPPY TOGETHER’ and ’ELEANOR’ Volman grew up in Westchester, Los Angeles, California, where he graduated in 1965. At the age of 45 he started his bachelor's degree at Loyola Marymount University. He graduated with a bachelor's of arts in 1997.

MAX VON SYDOW
 
Date Born: Wednesday 10 April 1929
 
Description: Actor, Swedish
 
Summary: In 2002, von Sydow had one of his largest commercial successes, co-starring with Tom Cruise in Steven Spielberg's science fiction thriller Minority Report.

NICK VALENSI
 
Date Born: Friday 16 January 1981
 
Description: Guitariist, USA
 
Summary: The Strokes released their debut album Is This It in the US in October 2001 on RCA.

NIK VENET
 
Date Born: Thursday 3 December 1936
 
Description: Record producer,
 
Summary: At 21 he joined Capitol, giving them their first hits in a decade with The Lettermen.

PAUL VANCE
 
Date Born: Monday 4 November 1929
 
Description: Composer, USA
 
Summary: Vance co-wrote such hits as "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini," recorded in 1960. YOUTUBE: Features Brian Hyland singing thr major hit song written by Paul Vance.

RANDY VAN WARMER
 
Date Born: Wednesday 30 March 1955
 
Description: Singer, songwriter
 
Summary: An American songwriter and guitarist. His biggest success was the pop hit, "Just When I Needed You Most".

REG VARNEY
 
Date Born: Tuesday 11 July 1916
 
Description: Actor, UK
 
Summary: He toured Australia, New Zealand and Canada. In 1988, On the Buses went on to the stage and again Varney went to Australia to play Stan

RICK VITO
 
Date Born: Thursday 13 October 1949
 
Description: Guitar, vocals, bass guitar,keyboards, USA
 
Summary: Vito and Billy Burnette took over as guitarists after Lindsey Buckingham left Fleetwood Mac.

RICKY VALANCE
 
Date Born: Wednesday 10 April 1940
 
Description: Vocalist, Welsh
 
Summary: The Guinness Book of Hit Singles states that his name was changed to Ricky Valance to remind fans of Ritchie Valens who died with Buddy Holly and The Big Bopper in the Iowa snow a year and a half earlier.

RICKY VAN SHELTON
 
Date Born: Saturday 12 January 1952
 
Description: Vocalist , Guitarist, Composer, USA
 
Summary: Ricky got the love for country music at the age of fourteen and also rock and roll.

RITCHIE VALENS
 
Date Born: Tuesday 13 May 1941
 
Description: Vocalist, Guitarist, USA
 
Summary: Brought up hearing traditional Mexican mariachi music, as well as flamenco guitar, R&B.

ROBBIE VAN LEEUWEN
 
Date Born: Sunday 29 October 1944
 
Description: Guitarist, Composer. Netherlands
 
Summary: Dutch musician who used to be the guitarist, sitarist, background vocalist and main songwriter for the Dutch bands Shocking Blue

RONNIE VAN ZANT
 
Date Born: Saturday 15 January 1949
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: He was the lead vocalist, primary lyricist, and a founding member of the Southern Rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd.

RUDOLPH VALENTINO
 
Date Born: Monday 6 May 1895
 
Description: Actor, Italy/ USA
 
Summary: Born in Italy, to a French mother, Marie Berthe Gabrielle Barbin 1856 -1919, and Giovanni Antonio Giuseppe Fidele Guglielmi, a veterinarian who died of malaria when Valentino was 11.

RUDY VALLEE
 
Date Born: Sunday 28 July 1901
 
Description: Vocalist, Actor, Bandleader, USA
 
Summary: Born the son of Charles Alphonse and Catherine Lynch Vallée. Both of his parents were born and raised in Vermont, but their parents were immigrants; the Vallées being of French Canadian origin.

SARAH VAUGHAN
 
Date Born: Thursday 27 March 1924
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: Sarah Vaughan's father, Asbury "Jake" Vaughan, was a carpenter and amateur guitarist. Her mother, Ada, was a laundress. Jake and Ada Vaughan migrated to Newark from Virginia during the First World War.

SID VICIOUS
 
Date Born: Friday 10 May 1957
 
Description: Bassist, UK
 
Summary: Born in London to John and Anne Ritchie. Shortly after his birth, John Ritchie left the family.

STANLEY VANN
 
Date Born: Tuesday 15 February 1910
 
Description: Composer, Organist, Choral Conductor, UK
 
Summary: In 1971 he was awarded a Lambeth doctorate by the then Archbishop of Canterbury in recognition of his "eminent services to church music".

STEVE VAI
 
Date Born: Monday 6 June 1960
 
Description: Guitarist, Composer, USA
 
Summary: He has acknowledged the influence of many guitarists including Jeff Beck and fusion guitarist Allan Holdsworth.

STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN
 
Date Born: Sunday 3 October 1954
 
Description: Guitarist, USA
 
Summary: He found a battered 1963 Fender Stratocaster at a music store in Austin. It would remain as his favorite guitar for the rest of his life.

SUZANNE VEGA
 
Date Born: Saturday 11 July 1959
 
Description: Vocalist, Guitarist, Poet. USA
 
Summary: Vega's mother, Pat Vega, is a computer systems analyst of German Swedish heritage. Her father, Richard Peck, is of Scottish English Irish extraction and works in graphics. Her stepfather, Ed Vega, is a writer and teacher from Puerto Rico.

THE VERONICAS
 
Date Born: Tuesday 25 December 1984
 
Description: Vocal Duo (Sisters), Australian
 
Summary: They grew up in Albany Creek, (suburb located to the northwest of Brisbane, Australia)

THIJS VAN LEER
 
Date Born: Wednesday 31 March 1948
 
Description: Vocalist, Keyboards
 
Summary: Van Leer received his first flute at the age of eleven from his father, a classical flautist.

TONY VICTOR
 
Date Born: Sunday 11 April 1943
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: The group was best remembered for its ballads, and frequently sang versions of pop standards from the 1920s and 1930s.

TOWNES VAN ZANDT
 
Date Born: Tuesday 7 March 1944
 
Description: Vocalist, Songwriter, Producer. Composer, USA
 
Summary: Greater fame eluded him, in part because of his unconventional vocal style and in part because of his erratic personal behavior.

VAL DOONICAN
 
Date Born: Thursday 3 February 1927
 
Description: Vocalist, UK
 
Summary: From 1965 to 1986 he was a regular fixture on the BBC Television's schedule with The Val Doonican Show.

VAL FUENTES
 
Date Born: Tuesday 25 November 1947
 
Description: Drummer, USA
 
Summary: He has played with other bands that include, Fat Chance, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Shadowfax, etc.

VAL KILMER
 
Date Born: Thursday 31 December 1959
 
Description: Actor, USA
 
Summary: Originally a stage actor, Kilmer became popular in the mid-1980s after a string of appearances in comedy films, starting with Top Secret! (1984)

VAL PARNELL
 
Date Born: Sunday 14 February 1892
 
Description: Producer and Theatrical Impresario, UK
 
Summary: He auditioned and signed a young Julie Andrews for her first professional performance.

VALERIE HARPER
 
Date Born: Thursday 22 August 1940
 
Description: Actress, USA
 
Summary: She was also nominated for a Golden Globe for "New Star of the Year" for her role in 1974's Freebie and The Bean.

VALERIE PERRINE
 
Date Born: Friday 3 September 1943
 
Description: Actor, USA
 
Summary: Perrine was born the daughter of Winifred, a dancer who appeared in George White's Scandals, and Kenneth Perrine, a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army

VAN CLIBURN
 
Date Born: Thursday 12 July 1934
 
Description: Pianist, USA
 
Summary: An American pianist who achieved worldwide recognition in 1958 at the age of 23, when he won the first quadrennial International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow, at the height of the Cold War.

VAN DYKE PARKS
 
Date Born: Sunday 3 January 1943
 
Description: Pianist, USA
 
Summary: As a child, Parks attended the American Boychoir School. He began his career as a child actor. Between 1953 and 1958 he worked steadily in films and television, including the 1956 movie The Swan (which starred Grace Kelly).

VAN JOHNSON
 
Date Born: Saturday 26 August 1916
 
Description: Actor, Dancer, USA
 
Summary: Johnson was born the son of Loretta, a homemaker, and Charles E. Johnson, a plumber and later real-estate salesman.

VAN McCOY
 
Date Born: Saturday 6 January 1940
 
Description: Vocalist, Pianist, USA
 
Summary: Van's musical career started when his brother, Norman, Jr. and a few high school buddies formed a street corner singing group called the Starlighters. Van became the lead singer, writer, and music director for the group.

VAN MORRISON
 
Date Born: Friday 31 August 1945
 
Description: Vocalist, Composer, Northern Ireland
 
Summary: Morrison was born the only child of George Morrison, a shipyard worker and Violet Stitt Morrison, a singer and tap dancer in her youth.

VANESSA AMOROSI
 
Date Born: Saturday 8 August 1981
 
Description: Vocalist, Australia
 
Summary: Her largest audience came in September 2000 with performances at the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Sydney 2000 Summer Olympics and at the Paralympic Games.

VANESSA CARLTON
 
Date Born: Saturday 16 August 1980
 
Description: Singer-songwriter, Pianist, Producer, USA
 
Summary: Her uncle, Larry Carlton, is a famous jazz guitarist. She is half Scandinavian and half Russian.

VANESSA MORGAN
 
Date Born: Monday 23 March 1992
 
Description: Actress, singer
 
Summary: Canadian actress and singer best known for her Disney Channel roles and is currently playing Sarah in the Teletoon hit movie and series My Babysitter's a Vampire.

VANESSA REDGRAVE
 
Date Born: Saturday 30 January 1937
 
Description: Actress, UK
 
Summary: The daughter of actors Sir Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson, Lady Redgrave.

VANGELIS
 
Date Born: Monday 29 March 1943
 
Description: Comoser,
 
Summary: He began composing at the age of four, and is largely a self-taught musician. He refused to take traditional piano lessons, and throughout his career did not have substantial knowledge of reading or writing musical notation.

VANILLA ICE
 
Date Born: Thursday 31 October 1968
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: One of the few first cocasion rappers.

VAUGHN MONROE
 
Date Born: Saturday 7 October 1911
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: He turned down the chance to record "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer".

VENESSA L. WILLIAMS
 
Date Born: Monday 18 March 1963
 
Description: Vocalist, Actress
 
Summary: Williams was born in Millwood, New York to Milton and Helen Williams, who were both music teachers. Her mother is African-American and her father is African-American.

VERA ELLEN
 
Date Born: Wednesday 16 February 1921
 
Description: Actress, Dancer, USA
 
Summary: She was born to Martin Rohe and Alma Catherine Westmeier, both descended from German immigrants. She became one of the youngest Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall.

VERA LYNN
 
Date Born: Tuesday 20 March 1917
 
Description: Vocalist, UK
 
Summary: Her most famous song must be "We'll meet again", which was written by Ross Parker and Hughie Charles in 1939 and sung in the movie of the same name, in which Vera starred in 1942.

VERDEN ALLEN
 
Date Born: Friday 26 May 1944
 
Description: Keyboardist, UK
 
Summary: Founding member of 1970s rock band, Mott the Hoople. He left Mott after their breakthrough 1972 album, All the Young Dudes.

VERN GOSDIN
 
Date Born: Sunday 5 August 1934
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: As the sixth child in a family of nine, Vern Gosdin began singing in a church in Woodland, Al. where his mother played piano.

VERNA GARDINER
 
Date Born: Friday 22 July 1927
 
Description: Mother to Bob, Kaye, Anne, David.
 
Summary: No one could wish for a nicer person. Born Dorathy Verna "Nee Jeffries", The daughter of Nel and Len Jeffries, Sister of Ray and Gordon. Mother of Bob, Kaye, Anne and David.

VERNEL FOURNIER
 
Date Born: Monday 30 July 1928
 
Description: Drummer, USA
 
Summary: Vernel Fournier was a jazz drummer probably best known as the drummer for Ahmad Jamal.

VERNON DALHART
 
Date Born: Friday 6 April 1883
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: Involved in Opera around the start of the 1900’s. He turned to Hillbilly music and is said to have recorded in over 80 different names.

VERNON REID
 
Date Born: Friday 22 August 1958
 
Description: Guitarist, UK
 
Summary: Reid first came to prominence in the 1980s in the band of drummer Ronald Shannon Jackson.

VERONICA LAKE
 
Date Born: Friday 14 November 1919
 
Description: Actress, USA
 
Summary: Lake has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6918 Hollywood Boulevard for her contributions to the motion picture industry.

VESTA WILLIAMS
 
Date Born: Sunday 1 December 1957
 
Description: Vocalist, Actress, USA
 
Summary: Former Fifth Dimension member Ron Townson put Williams in his band Wild Honey. Following her stint with the Fifth Dimension, Williams found work as a backup singer, working with artists such as Chaka Khan, Gladys Knight.

VESTAL GOODMAN
 
Date Born: Friday 13 December 1929
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: Her title of “Queen of Southern Gospel Music" was proclaimed in a wide array of magazines, from Rolling Stone, Billboard Magazine, Time, People, and The Singing News.

VIC AMES
 
Date Born: Thursday 20 May 1926
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: Their parents, David and Sarah Urick, were Russian Jewish immigrants from the Ukraine.

VIC BERTON
 
Date Born: Wednesday 6 May 1896
 
Description: Drummer, USA
 
Summary: Early in the 1920s Berton played in various Chicago bands, including those of Art Kahn, Paul Beise, and Arnold Johnson. He led his own ensemble as well, which played at the Merry Gardens club. In 1924 he became the manager of The Wolverines, and occasionally played alongside Bix Beiderbecke in the ensemble.

VIC BRIGGS
 
Date Born: Sunday 14 February 1943
 
Description: Guitarist, UK
 
Summary: Victor Harvey Briggs (Born 14 Feb 1943 in Twickenham, London, England) is a former blues musician. NPA

VIC DAMONE
 
Date Born: Tuesday 12 June 1928
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: He inherited his musical interests from his parents: His father, an electrician by trade, sang and played the guitar; his mother taught piano. At an early age he decided to imitate his favorite singer, Frank Sinatra, and began taking voice lessons.

VIC DANA
 
Date Born: Wednesday 26 August 1942
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: As a young boy, Dana trained as a dancer, and at the age of 11 was spotted, performing in Buffalo, by Sammy Davis Jnr.

VIC FLICK
 
Date Born: Tuesday 4 May 1937
 
Description: Guitarist, UK
 
Summary: Flick was a member of the George Martin Orchestra, playing on the soundtrack of the film A Hard Day's Night

VIC MORROW
 
Date Born: Sunday 14 February 1932
 
Description: Actor, USA
 
Summary: He had a key role in the 1976 comedy The Bad News Bears.

VICKI LAWRENCE
 
Date Born: Saturday 26 March 1949
 
Description: Vocalist, Actress , Comedian
 
Summary: As a comedienne and actress, she is best known for her work on The Carol Burnett Show, of which she was a part from 1967 to 1978.

VICKI PETERSON
 
Date Born: Saturday 11 January 1958
 
Description: Vocalist, Guitarist, USA
 
Summary: In 1981 she founded The Bangs, later renamed The Bangles, with her sister Debbi Peterson, and Susanna Hoffs.

VICKY LEANDROS
 
Date Born: Tuesday 23 August 1949
 
Description: Vocalist, Greek
 
Summary: She achieved worldwide fame after winning the Eurovision Song Contest in 1972 with the song "Après Toi"

VICTOR BORGE
 
Date Born: Sunday 3 January 1909
 
Description: Pianist, Comedian, Danish
 
Summary: His parents, Bernhard and Frederikke Rosenbaum, were both musicians his father was a violinist in the Royal Danish Chapel, and his mother played piano.

VICTOR HERBERT
 
Date Born: Tuesday 1 February 1859
 
Description: Conductor, Composer, Publisher - Ireland
 
Summary: Herbert was born in Ireland. His parents were Edward Herbert and Fanny Lover.

VICTOR MATURE
 
Date Born: Friday 29 January 1915
 
Description: Actor, USA
 
Summary: Born to father, Marcellus George Mature, a cutler, and Swiss American mother, Clara Mature.

VICTOR RAY WILSON
 
Date Born: Friday 20 February 1959
 
Description: Drummer, USA
 
Summary: Beatmaster V was the drummer of Body Count.

VICTOR WILLIS
 
Date Born: Sunday 1 July 1951
 
Description: Vocalist, Actor, USA
 
Summary: A singer, songwriter, actor, and original lead singer of the disco group Village People. He was also one of the only straight members of the original group.

VICTOR WOOTEN
 
Date Born: Friday 11 September 1964
 
Description: Bassist, USA
 
Summary: Victor is the youngest of the five Wooten Brothers, the other four being Regi, Roy, Rudy Wooten and Joseph Wooten, all of whom are highly regarded musicians.

VICTOR YOUNG
 
Date Born: Thursday 8 August 1901
 
Description: Composer, arranger, violinist and conductor, USA
 
Summary: He was musical director for many of Bing Crosby's recordings for the American branch of Decca Records.

VICTORIA PRINCIPAL
 
Date Born: Thursday 3 January 1946
 
Description: Actress, USA
 
Summary: She is the elder of two daughters born to Victor Principal and Bertha Ree Veal. Her father was a sergeant in the Air Force, Principal moved often, growing up in London, Florida, Puerto Rico, Massachusetts, and Georgia . She studied at the Royal Academy of Ballet while in England.

VICTORIA SPIVEY
 
Date Born: Monday 15 October 1906
 
Description: Vocalist, Pianist, USA
 
Summary: In March 1962, Bob Dylan contributed harmonica and back-up vocals, accompanying Victoria Spivey and Big Joe Williams on a recording for Spivey Records.

VIKKI CARR
 
Date Born: Saturday 19 July 1941
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: Her album It Must Be Him was nominated for three Grammy Awards. The title track reached No.3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States in 1967.

VINCE EAGAR
 
Date Born: Tuesday 4 June 1940
 
Description: Vocal, Guitarist, UK
 
Summary: Roy Taylor was one of many converts to the skiffling craze of 1956/57. He also sang at the famed 2 I's Coffee Bar in London's West End.

VINCE GILL
 
Date Born: Friday 12 April 1957
 
Description: Vocalist, Guiarist, USA
 
Summary: Gill was born to J. Stanley Gill, a lawyer and administrative law judge who played in a country music band part time and encouraged Gill to pursue a musical career. His homemaker mother, Jerene, played the harmonica.

VINCE HILL
 
Date Born: Friday 16 April 1937
 
Description: Vocalist, UK
 
Summary: "Edelweiss" was to become his signature tune for the rest of his career, that saw him top the bill at the London Palladium and Talk of the Town.

VINCE MALOUNEY
 
Date Born: Saturday 18 August 1945
 
Description: Lead Guitarist, Australia
 
Summary: He was the lead guitarist on their first three albums; Bee Gees' 1st, Horizontal, and Idea.

VINCE MARTELL
 
Date Born: Sunday 11 November 1945
 
Description: Guitarist, USA
 
Summary: Martell was born in the Bronx to parents who played the guitar and encouraged him to play as well. While in his teens, Martell joined the Navy, where he discovered his skills as a guitarist.

VINCE TAYLOR
 
Date Born: Friday 14 July 1939
 
Description: Vocalist, UK
 
Summary: When David Bowie created the character Ziggy Stardust he based him on the decline of Vince.

VINCE WELNICK
 
Date Born: Wednesday 21 February 1951
 
Description: Keyboardist, USA
 
Summary: American keyboardist, best known for playing for the Grateful Dead from 1990 until their end in 1995.

VINCENT PRICE
 
Date Born: Saturday 27 May 1911
 
Description: Actor, USA
 
Summary: Mainly known for his roles in of the unknown and to usually scare the living day lights out of one.

VINCENZO BELLINI - (1792 - 1868)
 
Date Born: Tuesday 3 November 1801
 
Description: Singer, Composer, Sicilian
 
Summary: A child prodigy from a highly musical family and legend has it he could sing an aria of Valentino Fioravanti at eighteen months.

VINNIE VINCENT
 
Date Born: Wednesday 6 August 1952
 
Description: Guitarist, USA
 
Summary: A guitarist and songwriter most famous for his brief membership in the band KISS. Vincent's personality did not mesh well with either Stanley or Simmons and he was dismissed from KISS.

VIRGINIA GISON
 
Date Born: Monday 9 April 1928
 
Description: Dancer, singer, and actress of film, TV

VIRGINIA MAYO
 
Date Born: Tuesday 30 November 1920
 
Description: Actress, USA

VITO BRATTA
 
Date Born: Saturday 1 July 1961
 
Description: Guitarist, Composer, USA
 
Summary: The guitarist and lead songwriter for the 1980s rock band White Lion from 1983 to 1992.

VITO PICONE
 
Date Born: Sunday 17 March 1940
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: There were two other editions of the band in the mid sixties - Vito Piccone with the Elegants and Vito & the Elegants.

VIVIAN ELLIS
 
Date Born: Sunday 23 October 1904
 
Description: Composer of music, UK
 
Summary: He became well known in the London West End Theatres for providing the music and collaborating in the production of a large number of musical shows, spanning from 1925 to 1958.

VIVIAN STANSHALL
 
Date Born: Sunday 21 March 1943
 
Description: Guitarist, painter, singer, broadcaster, songwriter, poet, writer
 
Summary: Stanshall was born in 1943 at the Radcliffe Maternity Home in Shillingford, and christened Victor Anthony Stanshall.Originally from Walthamstow — a suburb on the borders of East London and Essex — his mother Eileen (1911–1999) had moved to Shillingford, Oxfordshire during the Second World War to escape the bombing.

VIVIEN LEIGH
 
Date Born: Wednesday 5 November 1913
 
Description: Actress, UK
 
Summary: Known for her beauty, Leigh felt that it sometimes prevented her from being taken seriously as an actress

VON FREEMAN
 
Date Born: Wednesday 3 October 1923
 
Description: Saxophonist, US
 
Summary: American hard bop jazz tenor saxophonist. He was the father of jazz saxophonist Chico Freeman

 
 
 
 

 
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