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BETTE MIDLER
 
Date Born: Saturday 1 December 1945
 
Description: Vocalist, Actress, USA
 
Summary: Midler was born the daughter of Ruth, a seamstress and housewife, and Fred Midler, a house painter who worked at a Navy base in Hawaii. Her parents were from Paterson, New Jersey and moved to Honolulu shortly before Midler was born.

BILLY PAUL
 
Date Born: Saturday 1 December 1934
 
Description: Vocalist, Composer, USA
 
Summary: "Me and Mrs. Jones" was a No. 1 hit for the last three weeks of 1972, selling two million copies, and went on to win Paul a Grammy Award.

CHARLENE TILTON
 
Date Born: Monday 1 December 1958
 
Description: Vocalist, Actress, USA
 
Summary: Tilton is also a singer, singing her own vocals on a 1978 episode of Dallas.

DODO MARMAROSA
 
Date Born: Tuesday 1 December 1925
 
Description: Pianist, Composer, USA
 
Summary: Marmarosa joined Artie Shaw's combo, known as the Gramercy Five, that also featured guitarist Barney Kessel and fellow Pittsburgher, trumpet player Roy Eldridge.

DOUG MULRAY
 
Date Born: Saturday 1 December 1951
 
Description: Radio host
 
Summary: Mulray often referred to himself as Uncle Doug, Doctor Dougie, or the Reverend Doctor Doug and typically signed off with the punning catchphrase "Cop ya later".

GILBERT OSULLIVAN
 
Date Born: Sunday 1 December 1946
 
Description: Vocalist, Pianist, Composer, UK
 
Summary: Early in his life O'Sullivan's family moved to Swindon Wiltshire England and here O'Sullivan began to develop an interest in music and art.

JACO PASTORIUS
 
Date Born: Saturday 1 December 1951
 
Description: Bassist, USA
 
Summary: Jaco pastorius may well have been the last jazz musician of the 20th century to have made a major impact on the musical world at large.

JOHN BUNCH
 
Date Born: Thursday 1 December 1921
 
Description: Pianist, US
 
Summary: 1966 he joined Tony Bennett as pianist and musical director, and stayed in the employ of the singer until 1972.

JOHN DENSMORE
 
Date Born: Friday 1 December 1944
 
Description: Drummer, Actor, USA
 
Summary: Densmore wrote his best-selling autobiography, Riders On The Storm about his life and the time he spent with Morrison and The Doors.

JULEE CRUISE
 
Date Born: Saturday 1 December 1956
 
Description: Occupations Singer, songwriter, actress , USA
 
Summary: With a distinctive airy voice, Cruise has recorded four albums, but is probably best known for "Falling", the theme song for the cult U.S. television series Twin Peaks.

LOU RAWLS
 
Date Born: Sunday 1 December 1935
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: Rawls who learned of gospel music through his grandmother in Chicago was a hugely successful singer, primarily from the 1950s through the 1980s. Frank Sinatra once said that Rawls had "the classiest singing and silkiest chops in the singing game".

MALANCHI THROWN
 
Date Born: Saturday 1 December 1928
 
Description: Actor, USA
 
Summary: An American stage and television actor, noted for his guest-starring roles on Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Next Generation

MARY MARTIN
 
Date Born: Monday 1 December 1913
 
Description: Vocalist, Actress, USA
 
Summary: She also received Tony Awards for South Pacific, and, in 1959, for The Sound of Music. The mother of actor Larry Hagman.

MATT MONRO
 
Date Born: Monday 1 December 1930
 
Description: Vocalist, UK
 
Summary: An important influence on his early career was the pianist Winifred Atwell, who became his mentor, provided him with his stage name, and helped him sign with Decca Records.

MEL SMITH
 
Date Born: Monday 1 December 1952
 
Description: Comedian, writer, film director, producer and actor.
 
Summary: Smith was born and brought up in Chiswick. He was educated at Hogarth Primary School, Chiswick and at Latymer Upper School, an independent school in Hammersmith. He went on to study experimental psychology at New College, Oxford

RAY HENDERSON
 
Date Born: Tuesday 1 December 1896
 
Description: Composer, USA
 
Summary: Henderson worked as an accompanist to song and dance acts in Vaudeville. His last Broadway show was a resuscitation of the Ziegfeld Follies, one of several put on after Ziegfeld's death.

RICHARD PRYOR
 
Date Born: Sunday 1 December 1940
 
Description: Actor, comedian, social critic, writer, and MC.USA
 
Summary: Pryor grew up in his grandmother's brothel, where his mother, Gertrude L. Thomas, practiced prostitution. His father, LeRoy Pryor was a former bartender, boxer and World War II veteran who worked as his wife's pimp. After his mother deserted him when he was 10, he was raised primarily by his grandmother, Marie Carter.

ROSS HANNAFORD
 
Date Born: Friday 1 December 1950
 
Description: Guitarist, Australia
 
Summary: While as a teenager Hannaford and Ross Wilson formed their first band in Melbourne, Australia called 'Tha Pink Finks'.

SANDY NELSON
 
Date Born: Thursday 1 December 1938
 
Description: Drummer, USA
 
Summary: Nelson attended high school with Jan Berry, Dean Torrence who became Jan and Dean.

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.

WOODY ALLEN
 
Date Born: Sunday 1 December 1935
 
Description: Actor, Director, and Producer, Clarinetist, USA
 
Summary: Allen writes and directs his movies and has also acted in the majority of them.

BRITNEY SPEARS
 
Date Born: Wednesday 2 December 1981
 
Description: Vocalist, Actress, Dancer, USA
 
Summary: She performed in local dance revues and her local Baptist church choir. At age eight she auditioned for the Disney Channel.

CATHY LEE CROSBY
 
Date Born: Saturday 2 December 1944
 
Description: Actress, TV Host, USA
 
Summary: In 1974, she starred as Wonder Woman in a made-for-TV adaptation of the comic book a year before Lynda Carter would popularize the role in a weekly series

CHARLES RINGLING
 
Date Born: Wednesday 2 December 1863
 
Description: Promoter, USA
 
Summary: The circus suffered during the 1930s because of the Great Depression, but managed to stay in business.

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.

DANIEL MOTTO
 
Date Born: Saturday 2 December 1978
 
Description: Vocalist, Composer, Australia
 
Summary: Matto performed throughout eastern Australia in clubs and festivals in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, and in New Zealand.

DANIELE ALEXANDER
 
Date Born: Thursday 2 December 1954
 
Description: Vocalist, Composer, USA
 
Summary: Initially she sang jazz numbers but after including rock and country in her repertoire, she moved to Las Vegas and worked in casinos.

EDDIE SAUTER
 
Date Born: Wednesday 2 December 1914
 
Description: Pianist, Composer, Arranger, USA
 
Summary: He went on to arrange and compose for Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey, Woody Herman, and especially Benny Goodman.

FATE MARABLE
 
Date Born: Tuesday 2 December 1890
 
Description: Pianist, Band Leader, USA
 
Summary: Marable was born in Paducah, Kentucky and learned piano from his mother.

JULIE HARRIS
 
Date Born: Wednesday 2 December 1925
 
Description: Actress, USA
 
Summary: Harris has received more Tony Award nominations (ten) than any other performer.

LUCY LIU
 
Date Born: Monday 2 December 1968
 
Description: Actress, USA

MARIA CALLAS
 
Date Born: Sunday 2 December 1923
 
Description: Vocalist
 
Summary: Her dramatic life and personal tragedy have often overshadowed Callas the artist in the popular press.

MARK REYNOLDS
 
Date Born: Friday 2 December 1955
 
Description: Violinist, AU
 
Summary: Now a prominent IT adviser in South Australai where he now resides.

MICHAEL McDONALD
 
Date Born: Tuesday 2 December 1952
 
Description: Keyboards, Vocalst, USA
 
Summary: Michael McDonald first gained wide attention as an adjunct member of the group Steely Dan.

MIK KAMINSKI
 
Date Born: Sunday 2 December 1951
 
Description: Violinist, UK
 
Summary: Kaminski was one of the three remaining string players for the group when Lynne decided to remove them.

NELLY FURTADO
 
Date Born: Monday 2 December 1974
 
Description: Vocals, Composer, Canadian
 
Summary: Furtado first gained fame with her debut album, Whoa, Nelly!, and its single "I'm like a Bird", which won a 2001 Juno Award for Single of the Year and a 2002 Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal

POP STAPLES
 
Date Born: Thursday 2 December 1915
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: Mavis Staples also recorded solo as did Pop Staples. Their biggest hit in Australia was "Respect Yourself".

RAZZLE
 
Date Born: Monday 2 December 1968
 
Description: Drummer, UK
 
Summary: He was reputed for having a strong influence upon Hanoi Rocks' style.

TOM McGINESS
 
Date Born: Tuesday 2 December 1941
 
Description: Guitarist, Bassist, UK
 
Summary: McGuinness is also the author of So You Want To Be a Rock and Roll Star (1986).

ANDY WILLIAMS
 
Date Born: Monday 3 December 1928
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: Williams first performed in a children's choir at the local Presbyterian church. Williams and his three older brothers Dick, Don, and Bob, formed a quartet, the Williams Brothers, in the late 1930s.

CONNEE BOSWELL
 
Date Born: Tuesday 3 December 1907
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: Connee Boswell was also an arranger (the legendary Boswell Sisters harmony arrangements are hers) and a composer. Connee sang from a wheelchair - or seated position - during her entire career, due to either a childhood bout with polio or a childhood accident

DARYL HANNAH
 
Date Born: Saturday 3 December 1960
 
Description: Actress, USA
 
Summary: Hannah became interested in movies at a young age, partly due to insomnia.

FERLIN HUSKY
 
Date Born: Thursday 3 December 1925
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: He became a DJ after serving in the secound World War and later went on to to recording.

JAYE P MORGAN
 
Date Born: Thursday 3 December 1931
 
Description: Vocalist, Actress, USA
 
Summary: In 1956, she had her own The Jaye P. Morgan Show and made guest appearances on a number of other variety shows.

JODY REYNOLDS
 
Date Born: Saturday 3 December 1932
 
Description: Vocalist , Composer, USA
 
Summary: Jody Reyolds was given a star December, 1999 on the sidewalk in his home town of Palm Springs, Calif.

JOHN WILSON
 
Date Born: Sunday 3 December 1944
 
Description: Drummer, UK
 
Summary: In 1970 Taste split leaving frontman Rory Gallagher to pursue his solo career. It was revealed that John Wilson has made Taste active once again.

JULIANNE MOORE
 
Date Born: Saturday 3 December 1960
 
Description: Actress, USA
 
Summary: American actress and a children's book author. Throughout her career, she has been nominated for four Oscars.

MICKEY THOMAS
 
Date Born: Saturday 3 December 1949
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: He has also appeared in the 1989 film Dream a Little Dream as well as having recorded the film's titled theme song and its duet version with Mel Tormé for the soundtrack.

MIKE STOCK
 
Date Born: Monday 3 December 1951
 
Description: Composer of songs, UK
 
Summary: Stock wrote a book titled The Hit Factory: The Stock Aitken Waterman Story (ISBN 1-84330-729-4), which was published in September 2004.

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.

OZZY OSBOURNE
 
Date Born: Friday 3 December 1948
 
Description: Vocalist
 
Summary: Though known as the lead singer of "Black Sabbath", he now is mainly known for the popular reality show "The Osbournes".

RALPH McTELL
 
Date Born: Sunday 3 December 1944
 
Description: Vocalist , Guitarist, Composer, UK
 
Summary: By the age of 15, McTell was very anxious to leave grammar school and the British Army looked like a way out, so in 1959 he enlisted in the Junior Leaders Battalion of The Queen's Surrey Regiment. Army life proved far worse than school.

STEVE HOFFMAN
 
Date Born: Monday 3 December 1951
 
Description: Record Mastering, USA
 
Summary: Hoffman joined MCA Records as catalog research and development coordinator. For the next decade, he was responsible for compiling hundreds of budget cassette releases for MCA's Special Products division.

TED NUGENT
 
Date Born: Friday 3 December 1948
 
Description: Vocalist , Guitarist, Composer, USA
 
Summary: Performing professionally since 1958, Nugent has been touring annually since 1967, averaging more than 300 shows per year

BARRY BLUE
 
Date Born: Monday 4 December 1950
 
Description: Singer, producer, songwriter
 
Summary: He is best known for his hit songs, "Dancin' (on a Saturday Night)"

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.

CHRIS HILLMAN
 
Date Born: Friday 4 December 1942
 
Description: Bassist, Composer, USA
 
Summary: Along with frequent collaborator Gram Parsons, Chris Hillman was a key figure in the development of country rock, virtually defining the genre through his seminal work in The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers, and later became the leader of the country act Desert Rose Band.

DEANNA DURBIN
 
Date Born: Sunday 4 December 1921
 
Description: Vocalist, Actress, Canada
 
Summary: Durbin signed a contract with MGM in 1935 and made her first film appearance in a short subject, Every Sunday (1936), with another young contract player, Judy Garland.

DENNIS WILSON
 
Date Born: Monday 4 December 1944
 
Description: Drummer, Vocalist, Producer, USA
 
Summary: Late member and drummer of The Beach Boys.

FREDDIE CANNON
 
Date Born: Wednesday 4 December 1940
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: During the early sixties Freddie Cannon charted with two major hits world wide.

JEFF BRIDGES
 
Date Born: Sunday 4 December 1949
 
Description: Actor,USA
 
Summary: He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Otis "Bad" Blake in the 2009 movie Crazy Heart.

MARISA TOMEI
 
Date Born: Friday 4 December 1964
 
Description: Actress, USA
 
Summary: An Italian American,was born the daughter of Patricia "Addie," an English teacher, and Gary A. Tomei, a trial lawyer.

TYRA BANKS
 
Date Born: Tuesday 4 December 1973
 
Description: Actor, USA
 
Summary: Banks is one of four African Americans and seven women to have repeatedly ranked among the world's most influential people by Time magazine

WINK MARTINDALE
 
Date Born: Tuesday 4 December 1934
 
Description: Television host, DJ, USA
 
Summary: An American disc jockey and television game show host.

ALVIN TYLER
 
Date Born: Saturday 5 December 1925
 
Description: Saxophonist, USA
 
Summary: Baritone saxophonist, worked with Dave Bartholomew and also sessions sax player for Fats Domino etc in the sixties.

ANDY KIM
 
Date Born: Friday 5 December 1952
 
Description: Vocalist , Guitarist, Canada
 
Summary: He also co wrote 'Sugar Sugar' by The Archies reaching no #1 in the U.S Charts.

DENISE DRYSDALE
 
Date Born: Sunday 5 December 1948
 
Description: Vocalist, TV host, Australia
 
Summary: In 1974, she became Ernie Sigley's barrel girl on The Ernie Sigley Show. It was here she gained the nickname Ding-Dong. In 1975, Drysdale won the TV Week Gold Logie for the Most Popular Female Personality on Australian TV. She won her second Gold Logie the following year. In the same period, she also won consecutive Silver Logies.

FRANK WILSON
 
Date Born: Thursday 5 December 1940
 
Description: Composer of song, USA
 
Summary: In 1965, Berry Gordy asked the producers Hal Davis and Marc Gordon to set up an office of Motown in Los Angeles. Wilson accepted an offer to join the team.

GARY ALLAN
 
Date Born: Tuesday 5 December 1967
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: An American country singer.

JIM MESSINA
 
Date Born: Friday 5 December 1947
 
Description: Vocalist, Guitarist
 
Summary: Messina and Richie Furay, another Buffalo Springfield member, formed Poco after Buffalo Springfield broke up. Messina played lead guitar and supplied vocals and some songwriting to the band. After recording two studio albums and one live album, he left Poco.

JJ CALE
 
Date Born: Monday 5 December 1938
 
Description: Vocalist, Composer, USA
 
Summary: A Grammy Award-winning American singer-songwriter and musician. Cale is one of the originators of the Tulsa Sound.

JOHN ALTMAN
 
Date Born: Monday 5 December 1949
 
Description: Composer, Arranger, Conductor.
 
Summary: For the latter he arranged the song Always Look on the Bright Side of Life for their 1979 film The Life of Brian.

JOHN CALE
 
Date Born: Thursday 5 December 1940
 
Description: Bassist, UK
 
Summary: He is best known for his work in rock music, particularly as a founding member of The Velvet Underground

JOSE CARRERAS
 
Date Born: Thursday 5 December 1946
 
Description: Vocalist, Spain
 
Summary: He showed an early talent for music and particularly singing, which intensified at the age of 6 when he saw Mario Lanza in The Great Caruso.

LITTLE RICHARD
 
Date Born: Monday 5 December 1932
 
Description: Vocalist, Composer, USA
 
Summary: Penniman was born the son of Leva Mae and Charles "Bud" Penniman, who was a bootlegger.

PATRICIA TRAVERS
 
Date Born: Monday 5 December 1927
 
Description: Violinist, USA
 
Summary: An American violin child prodigy and actress who withdrew from public performances at age 23.

RICKY FATAAR
 
Date Born: Friday 5 December 1952
 
Description: Drummer, South Africa
 
Summary: Fataar emigrated to Australia in 1978 where he recorded with and co-produced albums for Tim Finn, Crowded House, Jenny Morris, Peter Blakeley, and Wendy Matthews as well as various other artists.

SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON - II
 
Date Born: Thursday 5 December 1889
 
Description: Composer, Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: Sonny Boy Williamson II was born on the Sara Jones Plantation near Glendora, Mississippi in Tallahatchie County, Mississippi. The date may be disputed.

TY ENGLAND
 
Date Born: Thursday 5 December 1963
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: In 1995, Ty released his own eponymous solo album on RCA Nashville to some success.

WALT DISNEY
 
Date Born: Thursday 5 December 1901
 
Description: Cartoonist, USA
 
Summary: Walt Disney was born to Elias Disney an Irish-Canadian, and his mother, Flora Call Disney, who was of German-American descent.

AGNES MOOREHEAD
 
Date Born: Thursday 6 December 1906
 
Description: Actress, USA
 
Summary: During the 1940s and 1950s, Moorehead was one of the most in demand actresses for radio dramas, especially on the CBS show Suspense.

DAVE BRUBECK
 
Date Born: Monday 6 December 1920
 
Description: Pianist, Composer, USA
 
Summary: Mainly known for 'TAKE FIVE'. in a 5/4 timing must be one of the most outstanding songs that stand up to any others.

DAVID KERSH
 
Date Born: Thursday 6 December 1979
 
Description: Vocalist
 
Summary: A contemporary singer who worked mainly in the Tevas dance cicuit's and ended up recording his first somg 'Goodnight Sweet Heart' and released in 1996.

HELEN CORNELIUS
 
Date Born: Saturday 6 December 1941
 
Description: Vocalist , Composer, USA
 
Summary: Cornelius opened Nashville South in Gatlinburg, Tennessee in the 1990s.

HUGO PERETTI
 
Date Born: Wednesday 6 December 1916
 
Description: Composer, Arranger, Record producer, USA
 
Summary: Writer of one of the most performed and recorded songs of all time Can’t Help Falling In Love’ (Elvis Presley).

IRA GERSHWIN
 
Date Born: Sunday 6 December 1896
 
Description: Pianist, Composer, USA
 
Summary: While his younger brother began composing and "plugging" in Tin Pan Alley from the age of eighteen, Ira worked as a cashier in his father's Turkish baths.

JOBETH WILLIAMS
 
Date Born: Monday 6 December 1948
 
Description: Actress, USA
 
Summary: American film and television actress and director, and current President of the Screen Actors Guild Foundation.

JOHNATHAN MELVOIN
 
Date Born: Wednesday 6 December 1961
 
Description: Pianist, USA
 
Summary: A Jazz pianist and sessions player performing and playing on ’Princes’ album ’Around The World in a Day’.

JONATHAN KING
 
Date Born: Wednesday 6 December 1944
 
Description: Vocalist, UK
 
Summary: He ran Decca Records twice and created his own record label, UK Records, reported as the most successful independent label in the business, and worked with 10cc

KEITH WEST
 
Date Born: Monday 6 December 1943
 
Description: Vocalist, Composer, UK
 
Summary: An English lead singer of Tomorrow, a 1960s psychedelic rock band.

LEN BARRY
 
Date Born: Sunday 6 December 1942
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: One time lead singer of the ’Dovells’and during the mid sixties charted with ’Like a Baby’.

MIKE SMITH - (Dave Clark Five)
 
Date Born: Monday 6 December 1943
 
Description: Vocalist, Keyboardist, UK
 
Summary: Sessions player and member of ’THE DAVE CLARK FIVE’ formed in 1962 in Tottenham, England.

PETER BUCK
 
Date Born: Thursday 6 December 1956
 
Description: Guitarist, USA
 
Summary: The co founder of R.E.M. Buck spent time in Los Angeles and San Francisco but with his family he moved to Atlanta, Georgia.

RANDY RHOADS
 
Date Born: Thursday 6 December 1956
 
Description: Guitarist, USA
 
Summary: A classical guitarist as well as hard rock and membere of the group ’Quiet Riot’.

RICK BUCKLER
 
Date Born: Tuesday 6 December 1955
 
Description: Drummer, Vocalist
 
Summary: The former drummer of The Jam, an English rock band that enjoyed considerable success in the United Kingdom from 1977 until disbanding in 1982.

STEVE ALAIMO
 
Date Born: Wednesday 6 December 1939
 
Description: Vocalist , Guitarist, TV Host, USA
 
Summary: The multi-talented Steve Alaimo has been involved in literally every phase of the music business.

WALLY COX
 
Date Born: Saturday 6 December 1924
 
Description: Actor, Comedian, USA
 
Summary: He became the roommate of Marlon Brando, who encouraged him to study acting with Stella Adler.

WILL HAY
 
Date Born: Thursday 6 December 1888
 
Description: Comedian, comic actor, USA
 
Summary: He was born in County Durham, England to William R. Hay and his wife Elizabeth but moved to Suffolk at an early age.

AARON CARTER
 
Date Born: Monday 7 December 1987
 
Description: Vocalist, Actor, USA
 
Summary: Carter was born in Tampa, Florida, where his parents ran the Garden Villa Retirement Home, the family was originally from upstate New York.

ARMANDO MANZANERO
 
Date Born: Saturday 7 December 1935
 
Description: Composer, Mexico
 
Summary: Manzanero has composed more than four hundred songs, fifty of which have given him international fame.

BENT FABRIC
 
Date Born: Monday 7 December 1942
 
Description: Pianist, Composer, Denmark
 
Summary: ALLEY CAT - The song was re-released worldwide under the name "Alley Cat" on Atco Records the following year, and went to #1 in Australia and #49 in Germany.

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

CATHY WAYNE
 
Date Born: Wednesday 7 December 1949
 
Description: Vocalist, Guitarist, Dancer, Australia
 
Summary: Cathy Wayne was born as Catherine Anne Warnes on 7 December 1949 in Arncliffe, New South Wales, Australia.

EDMUNDO ROS
 
Date Born: Wednesday 7 December 1910
 
Description: Vocalist and band leader, USA
 
Summary: A musician, vocalist, arranger and bandleader who made his career in Britain. He directed a highly popular Latin-American orchestra, had an extensive recording career

ELI WALLACH
 
Date Born: Tuesday 7 December 1915
 
Description: Actor, USA
 
Summary: In 2005, Wallach released his autobiography The Good, the Bad and Me: In My Anecdotage. In this tome, Wallach talked about his most famous role as Tuco in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

ELLEN BURSTYN
 
Date Born: Wednesday 7 December 1932
 
Description: Actress, USA
 
Summary: Ellen spent her early years as a model and actress, appearing regularly on the "The Jackie Gleason Show," "The Doctors," "Ben Casey", etc.

GARY MORRIS
 
Date Born: Tuesday 7 December 1948
 
Description: Vocalist, Actor, USA
 
Summary: While in the third grade, Morris and his sister won a talent show after singing their rendition of the pop hit "This Old House," originally popularized by Rosemary Clooney.

HARRY CHAPIN
 
Date Born: Monday 7 December 1942
 
Description: Vocalist,Composer, US
 
Summary: Chapin's first formal introduction to music was while singing in the Brooklyn Boys Choir.

HURD HATFIELD
 
Date Born: Friday 7 December 1917
 
Description: Actor, USA
 
Summary: William Rukard Hurd Hatfield was an American actor.Nominations: Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor - Comedy Series.

JAMES REESE
 
Date Born: Sunday 7 December 1941
 
Description: Guitarist, USA

JOHNNY LOCKWOOD
 
Date Born: Tuesday 7 December 1920
 
Description: Theatre, television and film
 
Summary: He was known as the bumbling Jewish delicatessen proprietor Aldo Godolfus and was one of Number 96 most well-known and recognised figures.

LOUIS PRIMA
 
Date Born: Wednesday 7 December 1910
 
Description: Trumpeter, USA
 
Summary: A trumpeter and vocalist during the Swing era through to the during the sixties composing and arranging

MIKE NOLAN
 
Date Born: Wednesday 7 December 1955
 
Description: Vocalist, Ireland
 
Summary: Bucks Fizz scored their last hit in 1988 and Nolan continued with the group (now in an altered line-up) until 1995.

PATRICE ONEAL
 
Date Born: Sunday 7 December 1969
 
Description: Comedian, Comic Actor, USA
 
Summary: He was known for his cutting, often confrontational crowd work during which he often played couples against each other.

SPADE COOLEY
 
Date Born: Wednesday 7 December 1910
 
Description: Fiddle, Actor, USA
 
Summary: He was nicknamed with the name Spade from a card game.

TOM WAITS
 
Date Born: Wednesday 7 December 1949
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: Waits was born at Park Avenue hospital in Pomona, California to Jesse Frank Waits and Alma Johnson McMurray, both schoolteachers.

BARBARA BUCHHOLZ
 
Date Born: Tuesday 8 December 1959
 
Description: Flute, Vocalist, Germany
 
Summary: She produced e.g. Tap It Deep - „midified“ Steppdance and music, Human Interactivity and Theremin: Berlin-Moscow.

BERTIE HIGGINS
 
Date Born: Friday 8 December 1944
 
Description: Vocalist, Composer, USA
 
Summary: Higgins is of Irish, German and Portuguese descent.

BOBBY ELLIOTT
 
Date Born: Monday 8 December 1941
 
Description: Drummer, UK
 
Summary: Bobby Elliott joined The Hollies in 1963. He and Tony Hicks are the only original members playing with The Hollies today. Documented 2009.

DAVID CARRADINE
 
Date Born: Tuesday 8 December 1936
 
Description: Actor, US
 
Summary: He made his feature film debut in 1964 in Taggart, a western based on a novel by Louis L'Amour. He is the son of actor John Carradine.

FLIP WILSON
 
Date Born: Friday 8 December 1933
 
Description: Comedian, USA
 
Summary: In January 1972, Time magazine featured Wilson's image on their cover and named him "TV's first black superstar".

GEORGE BAKER
 
Date Born: Friday 8 December 1944
 
Description: Vocalist , Composer, Netherlands
 
Summary: "Little Green Bag" was used in the film Reservoir Dogs.

GRAHAM KNIGHT
 
Date Born: Sunday 8 December 1946
 
Description: Bassist, UK
 
Summary: A successful Scottish pop rock group, from the east end of Glasgow, originally formed in 1961 as "The Gaylords", later "Dean Ford and The Gaylords".

GREGG ALLMAN
 
Date Born: Monday 8 December 1947
 
Description: Vocals, Keyboards, Guitar,USA
 
Summary: Allman has been married at least six times, most famously to singer/actress Cher from 1975 to 1979.

JEAN SIBELIUS
 
Date Born: Friday 8 December 1865
 
Description: Composer, Finland
 
Summary: Sibelius was born into a Swedish-speaking family in Hämeenlinna in the Russian Grand Duchy of Finland, the son of Christian Gustaf Sibelius and Maria Charlotta Sibelius.

JERRY BUTLER
 
Date Born: Friday 8 December 1939
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: American soul singer and songwriter. He is also noted as being the original lead singer of the R&B vocal group, The Impressions, as well as a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee.

JIM MORRISON
 
Date Born: Wednesday 8 December 1943
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: Morrison was born in Melbourne, Florida, to future Admiral George Stephen Morrison and Clara Clarke Morrison. Morrison had a sister, Anne Robin.

JIMMY SMITH
 
Date Born: Tuesday 8 December 1925
 
Description: Pianist, Oganist, USA
 
Summary: Smith played in the mid fifties on the electric organ introducing it to jazz.

JOHNNY GENTLE
 
Date Born: Tuesday 8 December 1936
 
Description: Vocalist, UK
 
Summary: A British pop singer who is now best remembered for having briefly toured Scotland with the Silver Beetles

JOHNNY OTIS
 
Date Born: Thursday 8 December 1921
 
Description: Vocalist, Composer. USA
 
Summary: Otis produced the original recording of "Hound Dog" written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller with vocal by Big Mama Thornton

KIM BASINGER
 
Date Born: Tuesday 8 December 1953
 
Description: Actress, US
 
Summary: She did a nude pictorial for Playboy to promote her role in the Bond film in 1983. She appeared in such mid-1970s staples as The Six Million Dollar Man, McMillan and Wife, and the original Charlie's Angels.

LEE J COBB
 
Date Born: Friday 8 December 1911
 
Description: Actor, USA
 
Summary: Born Leo Jacoby to a Jewish family in New York City, Cobb studied at New York University before making his film debut.

NATHAN EAST
 
Date Born: Thursday 8 December 1955
 
Description: Vocalist, Bassist, USA
 
Summary: He has recorded, performed and co-written songs with performers such as Eric Clapton, Joe Satriani, etc.

RAY SHULMAN
 
Date Born: Thursday 8 December 1949
 
Description: Guitarist, USA
 
Summary: Shulman was in Gentle Giant from the beginning in 1970 to the last tour in 1980. He would go on to become a record producer in the late 1980s and 1990s.

SAM KINISON
 
Date Born: Tuesday 8 December 1953
 
Description: Comedian, USA
 
Summary: A comic, taking known songs in a completely different direction with songs such as ’Wild Thing’ etc

SAMMY DAVIS JR
 
Date Born: Tuesday 8 December 1925
 
Description: Vocalist, Actor, Dancer, Vibraphone, Trumpet, Drums), Impressionist,Comedian
 
Summary: Davis, Jr. was born to Elvera Sanchez (1905-2000), a Puerto Rican dancer, and Sammy Davis, Sr. (1900-1988), an African-American entertainer. The couple were both dancers in vaudeville.

SINEAD OCONNOR
 
Date Born: Thursday 8 December 1966
 
Description: Vocalist, Composer, Ireland
 
Summary: Sinéad O'Connor was born in Dublin and was named after Sinéad de Valera, wife of Irish President Éamon de Valera

Sir JAMES GALWAY
 
Date Born: Friday 8 December 1939
 
Description: Flautist, Ireland
 
Summary: Galway's nephew, Martin Galway, is a musician famous for his work on Commodore 64 computer game music in the 1980s.

TERI HATCHER
 
Date Born: Tuesday 8 December 1964
 
Description: Actress, presenter, writer, USA
 
Summary: Her father is a nuclear physicist and her mother is a computer programmer.

THE HOWIE BROTHERS
 
Date Born: Friday 8 December 1950
 
Description: Piano Accordian, Gutar, Vocals
 
Summary: John and Graeme brothers born in Gippsland, Victoria, Australia.

WARREN CUCCURULLO
 
Date Born: Saturday 8 December 1956
 
Description: Guitarist, Electric Sitarist, USA
 
Summary: Cuccurullo was largely responsible for Duran Duran's change of image. The band had once been regarded solely as a pop band; however, Cuccurullo helped to move them into a more serious image.

BEAU BRIDGES
 
Date Born: Tuesday 9 December 1941
 
Description: Actor, USA
 
Summary: He also starred in "Elvis And The Colonel" as Colonel Tom Parker.

DAVID HOUSTON
 
Date Born: Friday 9 December 1938
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: Houston was one of the earliest artists with National Recording Corporation in Atlanta. Charted with Grammy winning 'Almost Persuaded' in 1966.

DINA MERRILL
 
Date Born: Wednesday 9 December 1925
 
Description: Actress, USA
 
Summary: In April 2005 she received a lifetime achievement award from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

DONALD BYRD
 
Date Born: Friday 9 December 1932
 
Description: Trumpeter, USA
 
Summary: In the seventies his music included jazz fusion, jazz funk, soul jazz etc.

DONNY OSMOND
 
Date Born: Monday 9 December 1957
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: After seeing the Osmond Brothers (Alan, Wayne, Merrill & Jay) perform at Disneyland as a barbershop quartet, Andy Williams asked the boys to audition for The Andy Williams Show. They soon became regulars on the show and gained popularity quickly. Donny made his debut on the show at the age of 5 singing "You Are My Sunshine".

DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS JR
 
Date Born: Thursday 9 December 1909
 
Description: Actor, USA
 
Summary: Fairbanks has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one for motion pictures at 6318 Hollywood Boulevard and one for television at 6665 Hollywood Boulevard.

JESSIE HILL
 
Date Born: Friday 9 December 1932
 
Description: Vocalist, Composer of song, USA
 
Summary: Hill is mainly known as the writer of the rock song ’OOH BOOP PAH DOO’ in which he himself charted with in the year of 1960.

JOAN ARMATRADING
 
Date Born: Saturday 9 December 1950
 
Description: Vocalist, Songwriter,Pianist and Guitarist.
 
Summary: In the early 1970s, Armatrading moved to London to perform in a repertory production of Hair.

JOHN CASSAVETES
 
Date Born: Monday 9 December 1929
 
Description: Actor, Director, USA
 
Summary: He appeared in many Hollywood films. He is most notable as an influential pioneer of independent film.

JUNIOR WELLS
 
Date Born: Sunday 9 December 1934
 
Description: Vocalist
 
Summary: Wells career began around the mid fifties working with other greats such as Buddy Guy,Little Walter etc.

KIRK DOUGLAS
 
Date Born: Saturday 9 December 1916
 
Description: Actor, USA
 
Summary: One of the great actors of his time during the fifties through to the turn of the century.

SAMMY STRAIN
 
Date Born: Tuesday 9 December 1941
 
Description: Saxophonist
 
Summary: Strain joined the band in 1964 replacing Tracy Lord The O'Jays had their first hit with "Lonely Drifter", in 1963.

CHAD STUART
 
Date Born: Friday 10 December 1943
 
Description: Vocalist. UK
 
Summary: In the fall of 1967, they released the album, Of Cabbages and Kings. This psychedelic album sold poorly, as did the 1968 follow-up, The Ark.

DAN BLOCKER
 
Date Born: Monday 10 December 1928
 
Description: Actor, USA
 
Summary: Actor mainly remembered for his role as Hoss Cartwright in the TV series ’BONANZA’.

DOROTHY LAMOUR
 
Date Born: Thursday 10 December 1914
 
Description: Actress, Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: Lamour was born the daughter of Carmen Louise and John Watson Slaton, both of whom were waiters.

GREG GIRALDO
 
Date Born: Friday 10 December 1965
 
Description: Stand-up, television, USA
 
Summary: In 2009, he released his first (and ultimately his last) one hour special for Comedy Central entitled, Midlife Vices.

GUITAR SLIM
 
Date Born: Friday 10 December 1926
 
Description: Vocalist , Guitarist, UK
 
Summary: A New Orleans blues guitarist, from the 1940s and 1950s

HAROLD ADAMSON
 
Date Born: Monday 10 December 1906
 
Description: Composer. USA
 
Summary: He was nominated for five Academy Award Nominations for lyrics to several original movie scores.

JOHN BYWATERS
 
Date Born: Sunday 10 December 1944
 
Description: Bassist, Australia
 
Summary: An original member of The Twilights rock music group of the mid to late 1960s formed in Adelaide, South Australia.

JOHNNY RAWLS
 
Date Born: Monday 10 December 1951
 
Description: Vocalist, Guitarist, Composer, NZ
 
Summary: 2006 album Heart & Soul, was nominated for a Blues Music Award

JOHNNY RODRIGUEZ
 
Date Born: Wednesday 10 December 1952
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: After signing with Mercury, Rodriguez was soon on the way to becoming famous.

KYU SAKAMOTO
 
Date Born: Wednesday 10 December 1941
 
Description: Vocalist, Japan
 
Summary: Kyu Sakamoto was probably one of the very few Japanese artists to chartworld wide.

LEW BROWN
 
Date Born: Sunday 10 December 1893
 
Description: Composer, Lyicist, USA
 
Summary: In 1922, Brown met Ray Henderson, a pianist and composer, and they quickly started writing songs together. Their first hit was "Georgette", introduced in the Greenwich Village Follies of 1922.

MICHAEL CLARKE DUNCAN
 
Date Born: Tuesday 10 December 1957
 
Description: Actor, USA
 
Summary: Raised by his single mother on Chicago's South Side, Duncan grew up resisting drugs and alcohol, instead concentrating on school.

MORTON GOULD
 
Date Born: Wednesday 10 December 1913
 
Description: Pianist, Composer, Arranger, Conductor, USA
 
Summary: Gould composed Broadway scores, such as Billion Dollar Baby, Arms and the Girl, and film music; for films such as Delightfully Dangerous, Cinerama Holiday, and Windjammer.

OLIVER MESSIAEN
 
Date Born: Thursday 10 December 1908
 
Description: Composer, Organist, France
 
Summary: Messiaen was appointed professor of harmony soon after his release in 1941, and professor of composition in 1966 at the Paris Conservatoire, positions he held until his retirement in 1978.

PETER SARSTEDT
 
Date Born: Wednesday 10 December 1941
 
Description: Vocalist, Composer
 
Summary: Peter is mainly known for the hit 'Where Do You Go To (My Lovely) that charted world wide in 1969.

PUFF JOHNSON
 
Date Born: Sunday 10 December 1972
 
Description: Singer, Songwriter, USA
 
Summary: Better known as Puff Johnson, was an American singer-songwriter. Born in Detroit.

RAY NANCE
 
Date Born: Wednesday 10 December 1913
 
Description: Violinist, Trumpeter, Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: He worked with Duke Ellington from 1940 to the early sixties.

SUSAN DEY
 
Date Born: Wednesday 10 December 1952
 
Description: Actress, USA
 
Summary: Born to Robert Smith a newspaper editor and Gail Dey a nurse, Susan was a model before starring as Laurie Partridge in the television series The Partridge Family from 1970–1974.

BIG MAMA THORNTON
 
Date Born: Saturday 11 December 1926
 
Description: Vocalist, Composer, USA
 
Summary: She was nicked named ’Big Mama Thornton’ mainly because of her weight. Composer of "Ball and Chain" Made famous by Janis Joplin

BRENDA LEE
 
Date Born: Monday 11 December 1944
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: She enjoys one distinction unique among successful American singers: Her opening act on a UK tour in 1960 was a struggling foursome from Liverpool, England, The Beatles.

COUSIN JODY
 
Date Born: Friday 11 December 1914
 
Description: Guitar, USA
 
Summary: He was famous for wearing unusual clothes and playing a dobro guitar.

DAVID GATES
 
Date Born: Monday 11 December 1939
 
Description: Vocalist, Guitarist , Composer, USA
 
Summary: The talented singer,songwriter and founder of the group "BREAD".

DONNA MILLS
 
Date Born: Friday 11 December 1942
 
Description: Actress, USA
 
Summary: It has been said that "Sandy" in the film "Grease" was based on Mills life when growing up in Baltimore.

ELLIOTT CARTER
 
Date Born: Friday 11 December 1908
 
Description: Composer, USA
 
Summary: His compositions are known and performed throughout the world; they include orchestral, chamber music, solo instrumental, and vocal works.

HAMISH BLAKE
 
Date Born: Friday 11 December 1981
 
Description: Stand-up, television, radio
 
Summary: Blake has appeared on various Australian television series, including Spicks and Specks, Thank God You're Here, Australia's Brainiest Comedian, The Panel, Rove Live.

HANK GARLAND
 
Date Born: Thursday 11 December 1930
 
Description: Vocalist, Guitarist, Composer, USA
 
Summary: At age 19, Garland recorded his million-selling hit "Sugarfoot Rag".

J FRANK WILSON
 
Date Born: Thursday 11 December 1941
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: Wilson joined the Cavaliers after his discharge from Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo, Texas in 1962.

JERMAINE JACKSON
 
Date Born: Saturday 11 December 1954
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: Memberof the talented ’Jackson 5’ later changing their name to ’The Jacksons’.

MAGGIE TABBERER
 
Date Born: Friday 11 December 1936
 
Description: Television host, Model, editor, writer, fashion designer, Australia
 
Summary: Maggie's first modelling job was a one-off assignment at the age of 14, after a photographer spotted her at her sister's wedding.

McCOY TYNER
 
Date Born: Sunday 11 December 1938
 
Description: Pianist, USA
 
Summary: Tyner was born in Philadelphia as the oldest of three children. He was encouraged to study piano by his mother. He finally began studying the piano at age 13 and within two years, music had become the focal point in his life.

NIKKI SIXX
 
Date Born: Thursday 11 December 1958
 
Description: Bassist, USA
 
Summary: Nikki formed "Motley Crew" with Tommy Lee and Mick Mars.Vince Neil was on vocals.

PEREZ PRADO
 
Date Born: Monday 11 December 1916
 
Description: Arranger, bandleader, composer singer, organist and pianist
 
Summary: He is often referred to as the 'King of the Mambo'.

REG LIVERMORE
 
Date Born: Sunday 11 December 1938
 
Description: Actor, Vocalist, Television Presenter, Australia
 
Summary: Livermore became interested in the performing arts an an early age with regular outings to see pantomimes at the famous Tivoli Theatre in Sydney.

SLIM CLARK
 
Date Born: Tuesday 11 December 1917
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: He has recorded well over 20 albums recording first in 1946.

TERI GARR
 
Date Born: Sunday 11 December 1949
 
Description: Actress, USA
 
Summary: Born into a theatrical family, her father Eddie Garr was a Comic and Actor and her mother Phyllis Lind was a ’Rockette’.

TOM BRUMLEY
 
Date Born: Wednesday 11 December 1935
 
Description: Guitar, USA
 
Summary: He was part of Rick Nelsons ’Stone Canyon Band’ in 1969 playing on the groups major albums.

TONY BROWN (record producer)
 
Date Born: Wednesday 11 December 1946
 
Description: Record Producer, USA
 
Summary: Brown had played piano for Elvis Presley. He toured for much of Elvis's final two years of touring.

BRUCE KULICK
 
Date Born: Saturday 12 December 1953
 
Description: Guitarst, SongwriterUSA
 
Summary: Kulick is best known as lead guitarist for the rock band Kiss from September 1984 to August 1996.

CLIVE BUNKER
 
Date Born: Thursday 12 December 1946
 
Description: Drummer, UK
 
Summary: Debut solo album, Awakening, was released in 1998.

CONNIE FRANCIS
 
Date Born: Monday 12 December 1938
 
Description: Vocalist, Actress, USA
 
Summary: She is considered the most prolific and popular female rock 'n' roll hit-maker of the early rock era.P/E

DAN BAIRD
 
Date Born: Saturday 12 December 1953
 
Description: Producer,USA
 
Summary: He is mainly known for his work with "The Geogia Satellites.

DAN HAWKINS
 
Date Born: Sunday 12 December 1976
 
Description: Musician, Guitarist, Producer. Songwriter, UK
 
Summary: An English rock guitarist, noted for his strong revival of 1970s classic rock and 1980s metal.

DICK JAMES
 
Date Born: Sunday 12 December 1920
 
Description: Publisher, Vocalist, Band Leader
 
Summary: James sang with North London dance bands in his early teens, and was a regular vocalist at the Cricklewood Palais by the age of seventeen.

DICKEY BETTS
 
Date Born: Sunday 12 December 1943
 
Description: Guitarist, USA
 
Summary: Betts would later for DICKIE BETTS AND THE GREAT SOUTHERN in 1977 whic h was a copy of The Allman Brothers Band.

DIONNE WARWICK
 
Date Born: Friday 12 December 1941
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: One of the most gifted singers of the twentieth century. Warwick won her second Grammy Award for the 1970 album "I'll Never Fall In Love Again."

EDWARD G ROBINSON
 
Date Born: Tuesday 12 December 1893
 
Description: Actor, USA
 
Summary: Born to a Yiddish-speaking Jewish family in Bucharest, he emigrated with his family to New York City in 1903.

FRANK SINATRA
 
Date Born: Sunday 12 December 1915
 
Description: Vocalist, Actor, USA
 
Summary: Sinatra was born in Hoboken, New Jersey, the son of Natalie Della and Anthony Martin Sinatra.

FRAZIER MOHAWK
 
Date Born: Friday 12 December 1941
 
Description: American record producer and sometime photographer, publicist
 
Summary: Friedman was driving the car with Stills and Richie Furay which passed on Sunset Boulevard the hearse carrying Neil Young and Bruce Palmer from Canada, a meeting which led to the formation of the band.

GLORIA LORING
 
Date Born: Thursday 12 December 1946
 
Description: Vocalist, Actress
 
Summary: Loring joined NBC daytime soap Days of Our Lives as chanteuse Liz Chandler. The show was going through a dry spell at the time, with many veterans shown the door and many new faces alienating longtime fans.

GROVER WASHINGTON Jr
 
Date Born: Sunday 12 December 1943
 
Description: Saxophonist, USA
 
Summary: He grew up with the great jazzmen and big band leaders like Benny Goodman, Fletcher Henderson, and others like them.

JOE WILLIAMS
 
Date Born: Thursday 12 December 1918
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: Joe Williams joined the Count Basie replacing Jimmy Rushing.Sang with big bands such as Andy Kirk, Coleman Hawkins etc.

KATRINA ELAM
 
Date Born: Monday 12 December 1983
 
Description: Vocalist , Composer, USA
 
Summary: In 1998 she was named female vocalist of the year by the Oklahoma Country Music Association and the Oklahoma Opry.

KEITH DRAGE
 
Date Born: Sunday 12 December 1943
 
Description: Drummer, Australia
 
Summary: An Adelaide drummer born in from South Australia.

PAUL RODGERS
 
Date Born: Monday 12 December 1949
 
Description: Vocalist
 
Summary: His Grammy-nominated solo CD, Muddy Water Blues: A Tribute to Muddy Waters was released in 1993.

PHILIP LEDGER
 
Date Born: Sunday 12 December 1937
 
Description: Music Director, Organist, UK
 
Summary: A British classical musician and academic, best known for his tenure as director of the Choir of King's College, Cambridge between 1974 and 1982 and as director of Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama from 1982 until his retirement in 2001. He was also a composer of choral music and an organist

ROB TYNER
 
Date Born: Tuesday 12 December 1944
 
Description: Bassist, USA
 
Summary: The lead singer for the American proto-punk rock band MC5

SHEILA E
 
Date Born: Saturday 12 December 1959
 
Description: Drummer, Singer, Actress
 
Summary: Sheila Escovedo is the daughter of percussionist Pete Escovedo, with whom she frequently performs.

TONY WILLIAMS - Drummer
 
Date Born: Wednesday 12 December 1945
 
Description: Drummer, USA
 
Summary: An American jazz drummer.

ANTHONY CALLEA
 
Date Born: Monday 13 December 1982
 
Description: Vocalist, Actor, Composer, Australia
 
Summary: Callea began entering talent contests as a child and trained with the Johnny Young Talent School.

BERTON AVERRE
 
Date Born: Saturday 13 December 1952
 
Description: Guitariist, USA
 
Summary: He has toured with the likes of Robbie Krieger, Bette Midler, the Cowsills and Sarah Brightman.

CHRISTOPHER PLUMBER
 
Date Born: Friday 13 December 1929
 
Description: Actor, Pianist, Canada
 
Summary: Plummer was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the son of Isabella Mary and John Plummer, who was secretary to the Dean of Sciences at McGill University.

DANA STRUM
 
Date Born: Saturday 13 December 1958
 
Description: Vocalist, Bassist, Songwriter, Producer, USA
 
Summary: He was raised in Southern California's San Fernando Valley and began his performing career in the band "Badaxe".

DAVEY O’LIST
 
Date Born: Wednesday 13 December 1950
 
Description: Guitarist, UK
 
Summary: Musician who has worked with ’ROXY MUSIC’ and ’ATTACK’ and ’NICE’

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.

IRVING AZOFF
 
Date Born: Saturday 13 December 1947
 
Description: An agent, personal manager, concert promoter, movie producer, independent record label owner
 
Summary: From 1983 to 1989, Azoff headed MCA Records and is credited for saving the company from bankruptcy.

JAMIE FOXX
 
Date Born: Wednesday 13 December 1967
 
Description: Actor, Singer, USA
 
Summary: Foxx began piano lessons at age three, and later took classical piano lessons while attending college. In 1994, Foxx released an album (on the FOX record label) entitled Peep This.

LARRY PARKS
 
Date Born: Sunday 13 December 1914
 
Description: Actor, Singer, USA
 
Summary: The voice of Al Jolson,the looks of Larry Parks, great songs,orchestration. But serously, I never get tired of watching The Jolson Story & Jolson Sings Again, even though I have both films on DVD, if they are shown again on TV, I have to sit down and watch - my two most favourite films - EVER! Al Jolson and Larry Parks rehearsing "Ma Blushin' Rosie" for 'The Jolson Story'.

NICHOLAS McCATHY
 
Date Born: Friday 13 December 1974
 
Description: Vocalist, Guitarist, UK
 
Summary: He was trained classically as a pianist and double bassist at the Munich Conservatory.

ROSS RYAN
 
Date Born: Wednesday 13 December 1950
 
Description: Vocalist , Guitarist, Producer, Web Designer, USA
 
Summary: Ross made his first recording while in High school called 'Christine'.

TAYLOR SWIFT
 
Date Born: Wednesday 13 December 1989
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: Swift was cover girl of Seventeen in the June 2008 issue. She was also named number fifty-two on Maxim's sexiest women of '08.

TONY GOMEZ
 
Date Born: Tuesday 13 December 1938
 
Description: Keyboardist, UK
 
Summary: The Foundations actually did come together in Bayswater, London in January 1967. An original member of the group when formed in 1967, London

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.

WESLEY TUTTLE
 
Date Born: Thursday 13 December 1917
 
Description: Vocalist, Guitarist, USA
 
Summary: Mainly remebered for his appearences on 'Town Hall Party'.

BETH ORTON
 
Date Born: Monday 14 December 1970
 
Description: Vocalist , Composer, UK
 
Summary: Annie Lennox joined forces with Beth Orton and 22 other female artists to raise awareness of mother-to-child transmission of HIV to unborn children in Africa.

CHARLIE HODGE
 
Date Born: Friday 14 December 1934
 
Description: Vocalist , Guitarist, USA
 
Summary: Hodge was discovered by Presley while the former was performing with a band called The Foggy River Boys in Memphis, TN. Hodge had caught the singer's attention at the time partly because, at 5'3", the guitarist.

CHARLIE RICH
 
Date Born: Wednesday 14 December 1932
 
Description: Vocalist, Composer,Pianist, UK
 
Summary: They named him ’The Silver Fox’.Another of the Sun stable of singers to become a star.

CLARK TERRY
 
Date Born: Tuesday 14 December 1920
 
Description: Trumpeter, USA
 
Summary: He attended Vashon High School there and began his professional career in the early 1940s by playing in local clubs before joining a Navy band during World War II.

CYNTHIA GIBB
 
Date Born: Saturday 14 December 1963
 
Description: Actress, USA
 
Summary: A ballet dancer and teacher. Gibb's early dance training lent grace to her fresh-faced beauty, qualities which won her a modeling contract with New York's Eileen Ford Agency at age 14. Within a year she was on the cover of "Vogue" and "Young Miss."

DAN DAILEY
 
Date Born: Tuesday 14 December 1915
 
Description: Actor, singer, dancer, USA
 
Summary: In 1940, he was signed by MGM to make movies and, although his past career had been in musicals

GARY USHER
 
Date Born: Wednesday 14 December 1938
 
Description: Composer, Producer, USA
 
Summary: He released his own albums in the in the sixties with mainly all his original songs.

JANETTE SCOTT
 
Date Born: Wednesday 14 December 1938
 
Description: Actress, UK

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.

LEE REMICK
 
Date Born: Saturday 14 December 1935
 
Description: Actress, US
 
Summary: Remick made her film debut in Elia Kazan's A Face in the Crowd.

LINDA JONES
 
Date Born: Thursday 14 December 1944
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: Her first recording was "Lonely Teardrops" under the name Linda Lane.

MARILYN COOPER
 
Date Born: Friday 14 December 1934
 
Description: Actress, Vocalist, US
 
Summary: Cooper enjoyed a long and nearly unrivaled career in New York, appearing on Broadway in Hallelujah, Baby!; Golden Rainbow understudying and going on for Eydie Gorme.

PATTY DUKE
 
Date Born: Saturday 14 December 1946
 
Description: Actress, USA
 
Summary: Duke received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. At 16, Duke was the youngest person at that time to receive an Academy Award in a competitive category.

REBECCA GIBNEY
 
Date Born: Monday 14 December 1964
 
Description: Actress, New Zealand
 
Summary: Gibney was born the youngest of six children, and brought up in Wellington

SOPHIE MONK
 
Date Born: Friday 14 December 1979
 
Description: Vocalist, Actress, Songwriter, Model
 
Summary: Monk was born in England. Her parents moved to Australia's Gold Coast, Queensland and she also spent time at Somerset College and Macgregor State High school.

WARREN RYANES
 
Date Born: Tuesday 14 December 1937
 
Description: Vocalist, USA

ALAN FREED
 
Date Born: Friday 15 December 1922
 
Description: Disc Jockey, USA
 
Summary: In 1986, Freed was part of the first group inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which was built in Cleveland in recognition of Freed's involvement in the promotion of the genre.

AP CARTER
 
Date Born: Tuesday 15 December 1891
 
Description: Vocalist, Songwriter, USA
 
Summary: A member of ’The Carter Family Singers and Pioneer of country music in the United States, many consider A.P. Carter a country music legend.

CARMINE APPICE
 
Date Born: Sunday 15 December 1946
 
Description: Drummer, USA

CINDY BIRDSONG
 
Date Born: Friday 15 December 1939
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: Birdsong replaced the late Florence Ballard in 1967 through now, a much talked about item.

DAVE CLARK
 
Date Born: Tuesday 15 December 1942
 
Description: Drummer, UK
 
Summary: Dave Clark is an English musician. He was the drummer and leader of the highly successful 1960s group, The Dave Clark Five.

DON JOHNSON
 
Date Born: Thursday 15 December 1949
 
Description: Actor, Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: In addition to being an actor, he is also a singer, songwriter, producer, and director.

ERNIE ASHWORTH
 
Date Born: Saturday 15 December 1928
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: Singing and playing on Radio stations in his teens he composed songs and released many records in the country field.

HARRY RAY
 
Date Born: Sunday 15 December 1946
 
Description: Vocalist, Composer of song, USA
 
Summary: Singer, Songwriter - Co wrote - ’Sexy Mama’ etc.

JESSIE BELVIN
 
Date Born: Friday 15 December 1933
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: His composition "Earth Angel", eventually co-credited to Belvin and Hollywood Flames singers Curtis Williams and Gaynel Hodge after a legal dispute.

JOHN H. HAMMOND
 
Date Born: Thursday 15 December 1910
 
Description: Record producer, Talent scout
 
Summary: He discovered Aretha Franklin, then an eighteen-year-old gospel singer. In 1961, he heard folk singer Bob Dylan playing harmonica.

MAX YASGUR (WOODSTOCK)
 
Date Born: Monday 15 December 1919
 
Description: Land owner, USA
 
Summary: In 1971, looking back at all that happened, Yasgur remarked: "The worst thing about Woodstock was that there were just too many.

PAUL SIMONON
 
Date Born: Thursday 15 December 1955
 
Description: Bassist, UK
 
Summary: An English musician and artist best known as the bass guitarist for punk rock band The Clash.

BARRY McKENNA
 
Date Born: Thursday 16 December 1993
 
Description: Banjoist, Ireland
 
Summary: Barney McKenna is mentioned several times in the song 'O'Donoghue's' by Andy Irvine, which describes the Dublin traditional music scene of the early-mid 1960s

BENNY ANDERSON
 
Date Born: Monday 16 December 1946
 
Description: Pianist, Composer, Sweden
 
Summary: Pianist, Vocalist and composer mainly noted for good reasons as being a quarter of the famed group ’ABBA’.

BILLY GIBBONS
 
Date Born: Friday 16 December 1949
 
Description: Guitarist, USA
 
Summary: The founder of a goup in Texas "Moving Sidewalks" which recorded many singles.

DENISE McCANN
 
Date Born: Thursday 16 December 1948
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: Growing up in a musical family, (her grandfather Albert Hews McCann, Sr. was a professional cornet player.

EDWARD BARNES
 
Date Born: Tuesday 16 December 1958
 
Description: Composer of music, lyricist, USA
 
Summary: In recent years, Barnes has begun working as a producer of theatrical and concert events in New York City.

JASON MOLINA
 
Date Born: Sunday 16 December 1973
 
Description: Vocalist, Guitarist, USA
 
Summary: Molina was born in Oberlin, Ohio but grew up in Lorain, Ohio[1] and attended Oberlin College. After playing bass guitar in various heavy metal bands in and around Cleveland, Molina made the decision to become a solo artist under an assumed band name, recruiting other musicians for each individual project as needed.

JEFF CARSON
 
Date Born: Monday 16 December 1963
 
Description: Vocalist, Guitarist, USA

JOHN ABERCROMBIE
 
Date Born: Saturday 16 December 1944
 
Description: Guitarist, USA
 
Summary: Aside from his solo work he is known for his work with Billy Cobham, Jack DeJohnette, Michael Brecker and Randy Brecker.

KARL DENVER
 
Date Born: Wednesday 16 December 1931
 
Description: Vocalist, Scotland
 
Summary: A Scottish singer, who, with his trio had a series of UK hit singles in the early 1960s. Most famous of these was a 1961 version of "Wimoweh"

LIZZY MERCIER DESCLOUX
 
Date Born: Sunday 16 December 1956
 
Description: Vocalist, French
 
Summary: A French singer and musician, a pioneer in the worldbeat genre, as well as a writer and painter.

NOEL COWARD
 
Date Born: Saturday 16 December 1899
 
Description: Actor,Singer,Playwrite,Composer
 
Summary: Noel Coward was one England’s most popular actors of his time. Writer of many books including autobiographical

PHILIP LANGRIDGE
 
Date Born: Saturday 16 December 1939
 
Description: Vocalist, UK
 
Summary: He recorded many of his famous roles, including Peter Grimes and the Prologue / Quint in The Turn of the Screw, as well as all the orchestral song cycles for tenor voice.

SHELBY SINGLETON
 
Date Born: Thursday 16 December 1937
 
Description: American record producer and record label owner.
 
Summary: He was hired by the Shreveport, Louisiana branch of Mercury Records doing promotional work.

TONY HICKS
 
Date Born: Thursday 16 December 1943
 
Description: Vocalist , Guitarist
 
Summary: A guitarist and singer who has been a member of the British pop group The Hollies since 1963.

ART NEVILLE
 
Date Born: Friday 17 December 1937
 
Description: Vocalist , Composer, USA
 
Summary: A session musician, he has played on recordings by many notable artists.

BILL PULLMAN
 
Date Born: Thursday 17 December 1953
 
Description: Actor, USA
 
Summary: His first prominent movie role was in the film Ruthless People (which starred Danny DeVito and Bette Midler).

BOB STINSON
 
Date Born: Thursday 17 December 1959
 
Description: Guitarist, USA
 
Summary: The punk rock group recorded firstly for ’Twin Tone Records’.

CHRIS BROWN - AUSTRALIA
 
Date Born: Thursday 17 December 1981
 
Description: Drummer, Guitarist, Pianist
 
Summary: Koritni is an Australian rock and roll band from Sydney, Australia born out of the ashes of the band Green Dollar Colour.

DAVE DEE
 
Date Born: Friday 17 December 1943
 
Description: Vocalist, UK
 
Summary: An English singer-songwriter, musician, A&R manager, fundraiser and businessman. He was the frontman for 1960s pop band Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and

DAVE MADDEN
 
Date Born: Thursday 17 December 1931
 
Description: Actor, Film, television and voice actor
 
Summary: He became better known for his role as Reuben Kincaid, the harried agent for The Partridge Family (1970-74).

EDDIE KENDRICKS
 
Date Born: Sunday 17 December 1939
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: Original member of ’The Temptations’ one of the most enduring vocal groups.

JAMES BOOKER
 
Date Born: Sunday 17 December 1939
 
Description: Vocalist, pianist, USA
 
Summary: During 1976, Booker played and toured with the Jerry Garcia Band.

JIM BONFANTI
 
Date Born: Sunday 17 December 1939
 
Description: Drummer, USA
 
Summary: Bonfanti's music career began in 1965 when he saw The Beatles on Ed Sullivan.

JIMMY HODDER
 
Date Born: Wednesday 17 December 1947
 
Description: Drummer, USA
 
Summary: Hodder left the group in 1974 and was replaced by Jeff Porcarro.

KERRY PACKER
 
Date Born: Friday 17 December 1937
 
Description: Nine television network, and Australian Consolidated Press
 
Summary: The son of Sir Frank Packer and Gretel Bullmore, the Packer family company owned controlling interest in both the Nine television network and leading Australian publishing company Australian Consolidated Press

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.

NOEL WATSON
 
Date Born: Thursday 17 December 1942
 
Description: Vocalist, Composer, Australia
 
Summary: Noel Watson is a character in himself who seems to enjoy his life to the hilt. His songs can be described as straight from the heart.

PATRICE WYMORE
 
Date Born: Friday 17 December 1926
 
Description: Actor, USA
 
Summary: Wymore's first film appearance was in the 1950 film Tea for Two, starring Doris Day and Gordon MacRae.

PAUL BUTTERFIELD
 
Date Born: Thursday 17 December 1942
 
Description: Harmonica, Vocalist
 
Summary: Paul Butterfield was the first white harmonica player to develop a style original and powerful enough to place him in the pantheon of true blues greats.

SARA DALLIN
 
Date Born: Sunday 17 December 1961
 
Description: Vocalist, UK
 
Summary: She is related to Stephen Merchant, co-creator of the TV show The Office.

SARAH PAULSON
 
Date Born: Tuesday 17 December 1974
 
Description: Actress, USA
 
Summary: Paulson struck a chord with many in the television film "The Long Way Home" with the late Jack Lemmon. A touching film of friendship and understanding.

TOMMY STEELE
 
Date Born: Thursday 17 December 1936
 
Description: Vocalist , Guitarist, Actor, UK
 
Summary: Discovered by New Zealand entrepreneur in Soho.

TRACY BYRD
 
Date Born: Saturday 17 December 1966
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: His career began in night clubs in Texas singing with country singer Mark Chestnut.

ALLEN KLEIN
 
Date Born: Friday 18 December 1931
 
Description: Businessman and record label executive. USA
 
Summary: "After Brian died we collapsed. Paul took over and supposedly led us." John Lennon, Lennon Remembers: The Rolling Stone Interviews, Jann Wenner, Popular Library 1971 - paperback, pg. 51

BETTY GRABLE
 
Date Born: Monday 18 December 1916
 
Description: Actress, Singer, Dancer
 
Summary: Grable has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6525 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood. She also has a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame.

BOBBY KEYES
 
Date Born: Saturday 18 December 1943
 
Description: Saxophonist, USA
 
Summary: Keys came into the Rolling Stones around 1969. Keys, with the addition of Mick Taylor, changed the sound of the Rolling Stones.

BRAD PITT
 
Date Born: Wednesday 18 December 1963
 
Description: Actor, Film Producer
 
Summary: Pitt was nominated for an Academy Award and won a Golden Globe Award, both of which were for his role in Twelve Monkeys (1996).

CHAS CHANDLER
 
Date Born: Saturday 18 December 1948
 
Description: Bassist, Manager, UK
 
Summary: He discovered Jimi Hendrix and would manage Hendrix well after leaving ’The Animals’in 1966.

CHRISTINA AGUILERA
 
Date Born: Thursday 18 December 1980
 
Description: Vocalist, Composer, USA
 
Summary: Aguilera was born to Fausto Wagner Xavier Aguilera, a Sergeant in the U.S. Army at the time and Shelly Loraine Fidler, a teacher of Spanish language.

DAVID DAY
 
Date Born: Wednesday 18 December 1957
 
Description: Disc Jockey, Australia
 
Summary: A member of "The Board of Support Act Limited" (SAL). A South Australian branch (SALSA), headed by industry veteran, David Day.

GREG DANGELO
 
Date Born: Wednesday 18 December 1963
 
Description: Drummer, USA
 
Summary: In 1985 he joined Jack Starr’s band Burning Starr issuing LP 'Rock The American Way'/Passport Records.

JAMES WEST (Guitarist)
 
Date Born:
 
Description: Guitarist, Canada
 
Summary: Born in Toronto, West grew up in Tampa, Florida. He started playing guitar at age, and by age 16 he was playing professionally in various Florida rock bands, including at least one with Steve Jay.

JOSH PYKE
 
Date Born: Sunday 18 December 1977
 
Description: Vocalist , Composer, Australia
 
Summary: Josh Pyke was in his first band by age 12 and played his first performance in front of 650 parents and students at his primary school graduation.

KEITH RICHARDS
 
Date Born: Saturday 18 December 1943
 
Description: Guitarist, Composer. UK
 
Summary: A founding member of The Rolling Stones with songwriting partner and Stones lead vocalist Mick Jagger.

NORMAN BROWN
 
Date Born: Friday 18 December 1970
 
Description: Vocalist, Guitarist, USA
 
Summary: Discovered in the early nineties by drummer Norman Conners.

RANDY CASTILLO
 
Date Born: Monday 18 December 1950
 
Description: Drummer, Composer, New Mexico
 
Summary: His first band experience was at West Mesa High School, Playing in the jazz band, orchestra and marching band.

SAM ANDREW
 
Date Born: Thursday 18 December 1941
 
Description: Guitarist, Vocalst,Composer , USA
 
Summary: Sam developed a skill for music at a very early age. By the time he was fifteen he already had his own band, called the "Cool Notes".

SAM ANDREW
 
Date Born: Thursday 18 December 1941
 
Description: Vocalist, Composer, USA
 
Summary: Her introduction to music started in the Baptist church. Her father was a minister and her mother was a church singer.

SIA FURLER
 
Date Born: Thursday 18 December 1975
 
Description: Vocalist, Australia
 
Summary: Sia Furler, born in Adelaide, South Australia, was part of the Australian acid jazz formation, Crisp.

STEVEN SPIELBERG
 
Date Born: Wednesday 18 December 1946
 
Description: Film Producer, Director, US
 
Summary: At the end of the twentieth century, Life named him the most influential person of his generation.

WILF CARTER
 
Date Born: Sunday 18 December 1904
 
Description: Vocalist, Composer, Canada
 
Summary: He was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 1984, and the following year, he was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Juno Awards Hall of Fame.

ALVIN LEE
 
Date Born: Tuesday 19 December 1944
 
Description: Guiarist, singer and composer. UK
 
Summary: During the sixties he joined bands where he worked with John Lee Hooker at the Marquee Club one of the most prominent gigs in London during the sixties.

ALYCE PLATT
 
Date Born: Thursday 19 December 1963
 
Description: Actress, singer, presenter and hostess, Australia
 
Summary: She launched her debut album Beautiful Death on 4 April 2004

BILL CARLISLE
 
Date Born: Saturday 19 December 1908
 
Description: Vocalist, Guitarist, USA
 
Summary: Carlisle was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in September 2002.

BOB BROOKMEYER
 
Date Born: Thursday 19 December 1929
 
Description: Trombonist, pianist, arranger, and composer. USA
 
Summary: Played during the fifties and was influenced by Count Basie.

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.

EDITH PIAF
 
Date Born: Sunday 19 December 1915
 
Description: Vocalist
 
Summary: A French singer and cultural icon who became widely regarded as France's greatest popular singer.

JANIE FRICKE
 
Date Born: Friday 19 December 1947
 
Description: Vocalist, Guitarist , USA
 
Summary: Fricke learned guitar and piano as a child following folk singer such as Judy Collins and Joan Baez.

JOE KING OLIVER
 
Date Born: Saturday 19 December 1885
 
Description: Band Leader, Cornetist, USA
 
Summary: Joe Olliver began playing in New Orleans in 1908.

JOHN McEUEN
 
Date Born: Wednesday 19 December 1945
 
Description: Vocalist,, Guitarist, Banjoist, USA
 
Summary: A broad spectrum of music Americana, with a bit of "the old country" music thrown in for good measure, has made John McEuen known as America's instrumental poet.

LITTLE JIMMY DICKENS
 
Date Born: Saturday 19 December 1925
 
Description: Vocalist, Composer, US
 
Summary: In 1948, Dickens was heard performing on a radio station in Saginaw, Michigan by Roy Acuff.

MERCURY NELSON
 
Date Born: Saturday 19 December 1964
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: A member of The Force M.D.s is a doo wop vocal group that was formed in 1981 in Staten Island, New York.

MOOSE CHARLAP
 
Date Born: Wednesday 19 December 1928
 
Description: Composer , USA
 
Summary: Charlap was married to singer Sandy Stewart, whose biggest hit was My Coloring Book in 1962.

PHIL OCHS
 
Date Born: Thursday 19 December 1940
 
Description: Vocalist, Composer, USA
 
Summary: He eventually succumbed to a number of problems including bipolar disorder and alcoholism, and took his own life in 1976.

PROFESSOR LONGHAIR
 
Date Born: Thursday 19 December 1918
 
Description: Vocalist, Pianist, USA
 
Summary: Professor Longhair is noteworthy for having been active in two distinct periods, both in the heyday of early rhythm and blues, and in the resurgence of interest in traditional jazz'

ROBERT B SHERMAN
 
Date Born: Saturday 19 December 1925
 
Description: Composer of songs, USA
 
Summary: Robert Bernard Sherman was born on December 19, 1925 in New York City to Russian-Jewish immigrants.

TRACY PEW
 
Date Born: Thursday 19 December 1957
 
Description: Vocalist, Australia
 
Summary: Leather dressed Hard drinking Pew was from Melbourne, Australia.

ALAN PARSONS
 
Date Born: Monday 20 December 1948
 
Description: Recording-engineer, composer, musician, producer, director
 
Summary: Parsons went to work as an assistant engineer at Abbey Road Studios, where he earned his first credit on the LP, Abbey Road.

AUDREY TOTTER
 
Date Born: Thursday 20 December 1917
 
Description: Actress, USA
 
Summary: She began her acting career in radio in the late 1930s, and, following success in Chicago and New York, was signed to a seven-year film contract with MGM. She made her film debut in Main Street After Dark (1945)

AUDREY TOTTER
 
Date Born: Thursday 20 December 1917
 
Description: Actress, USA
 
Summary: She began her acting career in radio in the late 1930s, and, following success in Chicago and New York, was signed to a seven-year film contract with MGM. She made her film debut in Main Street After Dark (1945)

BILLY BRAGG
 
Date Born: Friday 20 December 1957
 
Description: Vocalist , Guitarist, Composer, UK
 
Summary: Bragg began constantly performing concerts and busking around London, playing solo with an electric guitar.

BOBBY COLOMBY
 
Date Born: Wednesday 20 December 1944
 
Description: Drummer, USA
 
Summary: For a few years in the late 1980's Bobby Colomby was a reporter for the television program Entertainment Tonight.

DENNIS MORGAN
 
Date Born: Sunday 20 December 1908
 
Description: Vocalist, Actor, USA
 
Summary: He has a star on Hollywood Blvd but today remains a distant figure from the Golden Age of Film. His charm and good looks belied a solid actor who never gave a bad performance

GIA ALLEMAND
 
Date Born: Tuesday 20 December 1983
 
Description: Actress, Model, USA
 
Summary: Gia Marie Allemand[3] was born to parents Eugene and Donna Allemand in the Howard Beach neighborhood of Queens, New York City.

IRENE DUNNE
 
Date Born: Tuesday 20 December 1898
 
Description: Actress, Singer, USA
 
Summary: She took piano and voice lessons, sang in local churches and high school plays before her graduation in 1916.

KATHRYN JOOSTEN
 
Date Born: Wednesday 20 December 1939
 
Description: Actress, USA

NOEL FERRIER
 
Date Born: Saturday 20 December 1930
 
Description: Actor, Australia
 
Summary: To ease the workload on Graham Kennedy, he was invited by GTV9 to host a Friday night version of In Melbourne Tonight from 1963 to 1965.

PAT HARE
 
Date Born: Saturday 20 December 1930
 
Description: Vocalist, Guitarist, USA
 
Summary: An American blues and rockabilly - Guitarist and singer.

PAUL FRANCIS WEBSTER
 
Date Born: Friday 20 December 1907
 
Description: Composer of lyrics, USA
 
Summary: Outside of films, Webster’s songs achieved popular recognition with the help from recording artists such as Peggy Lee and her 1950 hit recording of “Black Coffee”. Tony Bennett

RAY MARTIN
 
Date Born: Wednesday 20 December 1944
 
Description: Journalist Television presenter
 
Summary: Logie Awards include. He received his first at the Logie Awards of 1987 as host of Midday, then he received 4 in a row at the Logie Awards of 1993, 1994, 1995 and 1996.

STEVIE WRIGHT
 
Date Born: Monday 20 December 1948
 
Description: Vocalist, Composer, Australia.
 
Summary: During his time with The Easybeats he was popularly and affectionately known as "Little Stevie".

ADAM HARVEY
 
Date Born: Saturday 21 December 1974
 
Description: Vocalist, Guitarist, Composer, Australia
 
Summary: At age 10 he performed his first ever gig at a Tamworth On Parade competition, for which the crowd demanded an encore.

ALBERT LEE
 
Date Born: Tuesday 21 December 1943
 
Description: Guitarist, Sessions Musician, Singer UK
 
Summary: Earning a great reputation working with the likes of Jackson Brown - Joan Armatrading Dave Edmunds and many other great artists, he has proven to be one of the stayers in rock music.

CARL WILSON
 
Date Born: Saturday 21 December 1946
 
Description: Vocalist, Composer, USA
 
Summary: He sat down most of the time and needed oxygen after every song, but he still had his unique voice. The only time he stood during concerts was when he sang "God Only Knows" to his fans.

CARLA THOMAS
 
Date Born: Monday 21 December 1942
 
Description: Vocalist, Actress, USA
 
Summary: In 1993, Thomas was awarded the prestigious Pioneer Award, along with such musical heavyweights as James Brown and Solomon Burke, from the Rhythm & Blues Foundation in honor of her career achievements.

DAVID "PANAMA" FRANCIS
 
Date Born: Saturday 21 December 1918
 
Description: Drummer, USA
 
Summary: As rhythm and blues and rock and roll went mainstream Francis became even more sought after. He drummed on the Elvis Presley demos, and he is featured on hits by the Four Seasons "Big Girls Don't Cry" ets.

FRANK ZAPPA
 
Date Born: Saturday 21 December 1940
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: Frank Zappa was born to Francis Zappa who was of Greek-Arab descent, and Rose Marie Colimore who was of Italian and one quarter French descent.He was the oldest of four children

FREDDIE HART
 
Date Born: Thursday 21 December 1933
 
Description: Vocalist , Guitarist, USA
 
Summary: Worked with Lifty Frizzell in the fifties and would later win CMA song of the year in both 1971 and 1972. A karate expert and teacher in the fifties.

GEORGE TREADWELL
 
Date Born: Saturday 21 December 1918
 
Description: Trumpeter, USA
 
Summary: Treadwell played in the house band at Monroe's in Harlem in 1941-42, then worked with Benny Carter later in 1942 in Florida.

JACKSON RATHBONE
 
Date Born: Friday 21 December 1984
 
Description: Vocalist, Actor, USA
 
Summary: His great-grandfather, Monroe Jackson Rathbone II, was the chairman of Standard Oil of New Jersey, which later became Exxon.Because of his father's job at Mobil Oil, Rathbone has lived in places ranging from Indonesia to Midland, Texas.

JANE FONDA
 
Date Born: Tuesday 21 December 1937
 
Description: Actress, USA
 
Summary: Born in New York City to legendary screen star Henry Fonda and New York socialite Frances Seymour Brokaw, Jane Seymour Fonda was destined early to an uncommon and influential life in the limelight.

KEVIN PEEK
 
Date Born: Saturday 21 December 1946
 
Description: Guitarist, Instrumentalists
 
Summary: Peek worked with Manfred Mann, Lulu, Tom Jones, Jeff Wayne and Shirley Bassey, among others.

KIEFER SUTHERLAND
 
Date Born: Wednesday 21 December 1966
 
Description: Actor, USA
 
Summary: Sutherland is a well known collector of many guitars, a majority of which are Gibson Les Pauls. Recently, the Gibson Custom shop has released a guitar (signed by Sutherland himself), the KS-336, as part of their 'Inspired By' series.

LEE ROY PARNELL
 
Date Born: Friday 21 December 1956
 
Description: Vocalist, Drummer, Guitarist,
 
Summary: Parnell was born in 1956.His parents were friends of country superstar Bob Wills, and Parnell began his music career on Wills's local radio show at the age of six.

LUIGI CREATOR
 
Date Born: Wednesday 21 December 1921
 
Description: Songwriter and record producer. USA
 
Summary: From a musical family, Creatore began his career as a writer. After serving with the United States military during World War II, in the 1950s he became a writer then partnered with his cousin Hugo Peretti

NICK GILDER
 
Date Born: Friday 21 December 1951
 
Description: Vocalist
 
Summary: Nick Gilder, born in London, England first came to prominence as frontman for the Canadian glam rock band Sweeney Todd.

PEETIE WHEATSTRAW
 
Date Born: Sunday 21 December 1902
 
Description: Pianist,Guitarist, USA
 
Summary: On his records Wheatstraw is occasionally heard playing guitar, but he usually took to the piano and required a guitarist to play with him—among his collaborators were Kokomo Arnold, Lonnie Johnson, Charley Jordan, Papa Charlie McCoy and Teddy Bunn, in addition to pianist Champion Jack Dupree.

RITA REYS
 
Date Born: Sunday 21 December 1924
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: Reys was born in Rotterdam in 1924 into an artistic family. Her father was a violin player and conductor, her mother a dancer.

SAMUEL L. JACKSON
 
Date Born: Sunday 21 December 1941
 
Description: Actor, film producer. USA
 
Summary: Jackson was born in Washington, D.C.[2] He grew up as an only child in Chattanooga, Tennessee with his mother, Elizabeth Jackson (née Montgomery). His father lived away from the family, in Kansas City, Missouri, and later died from alcoholism; Jackson had only met his father twice during his life.

TOBY RAND
 
Date Born: Wednesday 21 December 1977
 
Description: Vocalist, Composer, Australia
 
Summary: Rand's mother is from north Wales and is fluent in the Welsh language; his father is from England. Rand's mother has been playing and teaching music for most of her life. She is a very accomplished piano player and singer.

TONY RIVERS
 
Date Born: Saturday 21 December 1940
 
Description: Vocal quartet, UK
 
Summary: An English singer, best known for singing with the groups Tony Rivers and the Castaways and Harmony Grass

ALVIN ROBINSON
 
Date Born: Wednesday 22 December 1937
 
Description: Vocalist, Actor, USA
 
Summary: The name Alvin Robinson made his hit making period lasted for a few short years in the mid-60's, the records he made of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller's.

ANDRE KOSTELANETZ
 
Date Born: Sunday 22 December 1901
 
Description: Conductor and arranger, USA
 
Summary: Orchestra Conductor, Arranger. He escaped Russia after the Revolution in the early 1920s.

BARBARA BILLINGLEY
 
Date Born: Wednesday 22 December 1915
 
Description: Actor, USA
 
Summary: Billingsley signed a contract with Universal Studios in 1957, she made her mark on TV as everyday mother June Cleaver on Leave It to Beaver, alongside other 1950s family sitcoms such as Father Knows Best, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, Make Room For Daddy and The Donna Reed Show. It debuted on CBS in 1957, to mediocre ratings and was soon cancelled. However, the show moved to ABC the following year and stayed there for the next five seasons.

BOB HOWE
 
Date Born: Saturday 22 December 1956
 
Description: Guitarist, Composer, Australia
 
Summary: As a musical director he has conducted for international singers such as Frank Ifield, Guy Mitchell, and Judy Stone,etc.

BRIAN LOCKING
 
Date Born: Sunday 22 December 1940
 
Description: Bassist, UK
 
Summary: Locking also played several other instruments, including clarinet nicknamed the which earned Locking the nickname "Liquorice".

DAN TERRY
 
Date Born: Monday 22 December 1924
 
Description: Trumpeter, Flugelhornist, USA
 
Summary: Big band leader and musician. In the 1960s, Terry wrote music for and performed in the films The Hustler and The Manchurian Candidate.

DAVE ELLEFSON
 
Date Born: Tuesday 22 December 1964
 
Description: Bassist, US
 
Summary: After rejoining Megadeth in early 2010, Ellefson started using his old Jackson bass and Hartke amps again.

DIANE SAWYER
 
Date Born: Saturday 22 December 1945
 
Description: Actress, TV host, US
 
Summary: She attended one semester of law school at the University of Louisville before turning to journalism.

GIACOMO PUCCINI
 
Date Born: Wednesday 22 December 1858
 
Description: Pianist, Composer, Italy
 
Summary: Puccini was born in Lucca in Tuscany, into a family with five generations of musical history behind them.

MAURICE GIBB
 
Date Born: Thursday 22 December 1949
 
Description: Vocalist, Composer, UK
 
Summary: Gibb grew up with his family in Manchester, England. In 1958 he and his family moved to Brisbane, Australia, settling in one of the city's poorest suburbs, Cribb Island, which was later demolished to make way for Brisbane Airport.

ROBIN GIBB
 
Date Born: Thursday 22 December 1949
 
Description: Vocalist, UK
 
Summary: In 1994, Robin Gibb was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and in 1997 the Bee Gees were inducted as a group into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

BUDDY HARMAN
 
Date Born: Sunday 23 December 1928
 
Description: Drummer, USA
 
Summary: Harman has played on several European Tours with various artists including The Nashville Superpicker Band and Jerry Lee Lewis.

CARLA BRUNI
 
Date Born: Saturday 23 December 1967
 
Description: Songwriter, Singer, Actress
 
Summary: An Italo-French songwriter, singer, actress, and former model. Since February 2008, she has been married to the President of the French Republic, Nicolas Sarkozy.

CHET BAKER
 
Date Born: Monday 23 December 1929
 
Description: Trumpeter, USA
 
Summary: Nick named the James Dean of cool jazz.

COREY HAIM
 
Date Born: Thursday 23 December 1971
 
Description: Actor, USA
 
Summary: He starred in a number of films, such as Lucas, Silver Bullet, Murphy's Romance, License to Drive and Dream a Little Dream.

DOUG STEGMEYER
 
Date Born: Tuesday 23 December 1952
 
Description: Bassist, Band leader, USA
 
Summary: He performed on most of Billy Joel’s hits although released from the band in the late eighties.

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.

GRACE KNIGHT
 
Date Born: Friday 23 December 1955
 
Description: Vocalist, Australia
 
Summary: Grace Knight was born in 1955 in the UK, and performed as a cabaret singer in folk clubs from 1976.

GRAHAM BONNET
 
Date Born: Tuesday 23 December 1947
 
Description: Vocalist,UK
 
Summary: He appeared in the Countdown Spectacular concert series in Australia between August and September 2007.

JOAN SEVERANCE
 
Date Born: Tuesday 23 December 1958
 
Description: Film and television actress, model
 
Summary: Severance was born in Houston, Texas to John and Martha Severance. Her father was an IBM Systems Manager that had to move frequently around the world.

JOHNNY CONTARDO
 
Date Born: Sunday 23 December 1951
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: His song, "Those Magic Changes", was featured in the movie and on the soundtrack for Grease.

JORMA KAUKONEN
 
Date Born: Monday 23 December 1940
 
Description: Guitarist, USA
 
Summary: HOT TUNA as mentioned above formed by Kaukonen and also Jack Casady previous members of ’Jefferson Airplane’.

KATIE UNDERWOOD
 
Date Born: Tuesday 23 December 1975
 
Description: Vocalist, Actress, Australia
 
Summary: Born in Adelaide,South Australia. Underwood sang in a girls choir, and later studied Maths and Computer Science at University of Adelaide.

LITTLE ESTHER PHILLIPS
 
Date Born: Monday 23 December 1935
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: In 1962, Kenny Rogers re-discovered her while singing at a Houston club and got her signed to his brother Lelan’s Lenox label.

LUTHER GROSVENOR
 
Date Born: Monday 23 December 1946
 
Description: Guitarist, UK
 
Summary: Luther first began playing in local bands in his hometown of Evesham.

TIM HARDIN
 
Date Born: Tuesday 23 December 1941
 
Description: Vocalist, Composer, USA
 
Summary: He was discovered by the record producer Erik Jacobsen, later the producer for The Lovin' Spoonful.

TREVOR GORDON
 
Date Born: Tuesday 23 December 1947
 
Description: Vocalist, UK
 
Summary: Gordon met the Gibbs growing up in Brisbane in 1964. He recorded other Barry Gibb songs before forming The Marbles.

WILL SIN
 
Date Born: Friday 23 December 1960
 
Description: Vocalist, Scotland
 
Summary: Help was at hand in the charismatic form of Will Sinnott (23 December 1960–23 May 1991), aka Will Sin, who joined the group in October 1987.

YASMIN LEVY
 
Date Born: Tuesday 23 December 1975
 
Description: Vocalist, Israel
 
Summary: Born in Jerusalem, is an Israeli singer of Sephardic music.

AVA GARDNER
 
Date Born: Sunday 24 December 1922
 
Description: Actress, USA
 
Summary: The youngest of seven children (she had two brothers and four sisters) of poor cotton and tobacco farmers; her mother, Molly, was a Baptist of Scots-Irish and English descent, while her father, Jonas Bailey Gardner, was a Catholic of Irish American and Tuscarora Indian descent.

DAVE BARTHOLOMEW
 
Date Born: Friday 24 December 1920
 
Description: Trumpet, Composer, USA

DOYLE BRAMHALL II
 
Date Born: Tuesday 24 December 1968
 
Description: Guitarist, Composer, USA
 
Summary: Guitarist and vocalist in his band Smokestack and is also the second guitarist in Eric Clapton's band.

FRANZ WAXMAN
 
Date Born: Monday 24 December 1906
 
Description: Musician, Composer, German, American
 
Summary: Waxman was born Franz Wachsmann in Königshütte (Chorzów) in the German Empire's Prussian Province of Silesia.

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.

HARRY WARREN
 
Date Born: Sunday 24 December 1893
 
Description: Composer, USA
 
Summary: Over a career spanning four decades, Warren wrote over 800 songs. One of America's most prolific film composers, Warren's songs have been featured in over 300 films.

HERB JEFFRIES
 
Date Born: Wednesday 24 December 1913
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: Jeffries, a deep baritone, sang with Duke Ellington in the 1940s. His most famous song, "Flamingo", sold over 50 million copies.

HOWARD HUGHES
 
Date Born: Sunday 24 December 1905
 
Description: Industrialist; Aviator; Engineer. Chairman, Hughes Aircraft;
 
Summary: Hughes sold the RKO theaters in 1953 as settlement of the United States v. Paramount Pictures, Inc. antitrust case.

IAN BURDEN
 
Date Born: Tuesday 24 December 1957
 
Description: Vocalist, UK
 
Summary: Ian Burden was a session keyboard player for the group to cover on the keyboards.

JAN AKKERMAN
 
Date Born: Tuesday 24 December 1946
 
Description: Guitarist, Netherlands
 
Summary: The progressive rock quartet charted with ’HOCUS POCUS’ in 1973.

KATIE HOLMES
 
Date Born: Sunday 24 December 1978
 
Description: Actress, USA
 
Summary: An American actress who first achieved fame for her role as Joey Potter on The WB television teen drama Dawson's Creek from 1998 to 2003.

LEE DORSEY
 
Date Born: Wednesday 24 December 1924
 
Description: Vocalist, Composer, US
 
Summary: In 1970 Dorsey and Toussaint collaborated on an album entitled Yes We Can; the title song was Dorsey's last entry in the singles chart.

LEE MICHAELS
 
Date Born: Monday 24 December 1945
 
Description: Keyboardist, US
 
Summary: Michaels went into semi-retirement from the music business by the end of the decade, which was also influenced by his severe hearing loss.

LEMMY
 
Date Born: Monday 24 December 1945
 
Description: Guitarist,UK
 
Summary: attended Ysgol Syr Thomas Jones school in Amlwch, where he was nick-named Lemmy, although he is unsure why, and it would later be claimed that it originated from the phrase "Lemmy a quid till Friday"

MITCHELL AYRES
 
Date Born: Friday 24 December 1909
 
Description: Conductor, Arranger, Composer, Violinist, USA
 
Summary: He began working for Columbia Records as a musical director, working with Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra, Pearl Bailey, and others signed to the record label, including Dinah Shore.

RICKY MARTIN
 
Date Born: Friday 24 December 1971
 
Description: Vocalist, Actor, USA
 
Summary: He played the romantic lead, Marius Pontmercy, in Les Miserables.

TOM WOLK
 
Date Born: Monday 24 December 1951
 
Description: Bassist, US
 
Summary: Wolk also worked with Hall & Oates member Daryl Hall on some of his solo material, as well as with Carly Simon, Jellyfish, Squeeze, Elvis Costello, Shawn Colvin and Billy Joel over the course of his career.

WARREN DODDS
 
Date Born: Saturday 24 December 1898
 
Description: Drummer, USA
 
Summary: One of the first great jazz drummers playing with the greats such as Louis Armstrong, Pop Foster and his brother Johnny Dodd’s.

WOODY SHAW
 
Date Born: Sunday 24 December 1944
 
Description: Trumpeter, USA
 
Summary: One of the most gifted and innovative jazz musicians of his generation, trumpeter Woody Shaw navigated the rapidly fluctuating jazz scene of the '70s and '80s to create a lasting body of work that extends his influence well beyond his tragic death at age 44.

ALANNAH MYLES
 
Date Born: Thursday 25 December 1958
 
Description: Vocalist, Canada
 
Summary: Mainly a rock singer, composer from Canada, of Irish ancestry. Miles was nenver recognised in her native Canada until she moved to America and very popular.

ALICE COOPER
 
Date Born: Tuesday 25 December 1945
 
Description: Vocalist, Composer, Actor, US
 
Summary: Alice Cooper is known for his social and witty persona offstage, The Rolling Stone Album Guide going so far as to refer to him as the world's most "beloved heavy metal entertainer".

ANNIE LENNOX
 
Date Born: Saturday 25 December 1954
 
Description: Vocalist, Composer, UK
 
Summary: Lead singer of ’The Eurythmics’ with Dave Stewart. Lennox was born on Christmas Day, 1954, in Aberdeen.

BARBARA MANDRELL
 
Date Born: Saturday 25 December 1948
 
Description: Vocalist, Steel Guitar
 
Summary: Member of 'The Mandrells'. Now one of America's most respected country singers.

BILLY HORTON
 
Date Born: Saturday 25 December 1937
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: The Silhouettes were formed in Philadelphia Pennsylvania in 1956, at first using the name The Thunderbirds.

BOB JAMES
 
Date Born: Monday 25 December 1939
 
Description: Director, Composer, USA
 
Summary: Very influenced by pop and movie music, James has often featured soloists, who add a jazz touch to his sound (most notably Grover Washington, Jr.).

CAB CALLOWAY
 
Date Born: Wednesday 25 December 1907
 
Description: Bandleader, singer-songwriter
 
Summary: Calloway was born in Rochester, New York. His father, Cabell Calloway II, was a lawyer, and his mother, Martha Eulalia Reed, was a teacher and church organist.

COLIN DAVIS
 
Date Born: Sunday 25 December 1927
 
Description: Conductor, UK
 
Summary: Colin Davis became one of the world's best-known conductors during the last four decades of the 20th century.

EDWARD KID ORY
 
Date Born: Saturday 25 December 1886
 
Description: Trombonist, USA
 
Summary: One of the greatest players of the Trombone of his day in early Jazz.

EMORY GORDY JR
 
Date Born: Monday 25 December 1944
 
Description: Bassist, USA
 
Summary: He toured with Elvis Presley, 1973; joined Emmylou Harris and her Hot Band, 1974–77; played with The Cherry Bombs, 1977.

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.

HUMPHREY BOGART
 
Date Born: Monday 25 December 1899
 
Description: Actor, USA
 
Summary: Humphrey Bogart still remains a living legend decades after his death and still a Hollywood’s great.

JANE MORGAN
 
Date Born: Saturday 25 December 1920
 
Description: Vocalist , USA
 
Summary: In 1969, she appeared on Broadway in the musical Mame, taking over the title role from Angela Lansbury.

JIMMY BUFFETT
 
Date Born: Wednesday 25 December 1946
 
Description: Vocalist, Guitarist, Composer, USA
 
Summary: Born to James Delaney "J.D." Buffett Jr. and Mary Loraine "Peets" Buffett in Pascagoula, Mississippi, Buffett spent part of his childhood in Mobile, Alabama.P/E

KENNY EVERETT
 
Date Born: Monday 25 December 1944
 
Description: Comedian, UK
 
Summary: Everett is often cited as having coined the term 'Beeb' to refer to the BBC,[citation needed] although the corporation was occasionally referred to as the "Beeb Beeb Ceeb" in the seminal 1950s radio comedy series The Goon Show.

KID ORY
 
Date Born: Saturday 25 December 1886
 
Description: Trombonist, USA
 
Summary: Ory started playing music with home-made instruments in his childhood, and by his teens was leading a well regarded band in South-East Louisiana.

McKINLEY MITCHELL
 
Date Born: Tuesday 25 December 1934
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: Blessed with an extraordinary set of soaring pipes, McKinley Mitchell waxed a series of superb Chicago soul platters during the 1960s

MERRY CLAYTON
 
Date Born: Monday 25 December 1950
 
Description: Vocalist, Actress, USA

NOELEEN BATLEY
 
Date Born: Saturday 25 December 1943
 
Description: Vocalist, Australia
 
Summary: Noelene Batley appeared on the Johny O'keefe hosted 'Six O'clock Rock' an 'Bandstand' in Australia.Noeleen Batley was a charting pioneer for female Australian artists and was affectionately known as 'Australia's Little Miss Sweetheart'.

OKELLY ISLEY
 
Date Born: Friday 25 December 1931
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: O'Kelly sometimes sang lead vocals on some of the Isley Brothers songs

OSCAR MOORE
 
Date Born: Wednesday 25 December 1912
 
Description: Guitarist, USA
 
Summary: Member, guitarist for - The Three Blazers.

PATRICK GILMORE
 
Date Born: Friday 25 December 1829
 
Description: Composer and Bandmaster, US
 
Summary: He settled in Boston, Massachusetts in 1848, becoming leader of the Suffolk, Boston Brigade, and Salem bands in swift succession.

PETE BROWN
 
Date Born: Wednesday 25 December 1940
 
Description: Vocalist, poet and lyricist, UK
 
Summary: Best known for his collaborations with Jack Bruce, Brown also worked with The Battered Ornaments.

PETER BROWN
 
Date Born: Wednesday 25 December 1940
 
Description: Composer,
 
Summary: Brown formed Pete Brown and His Battered Ornaments in 1968

SISSY SPACEK
 
Date Born: Sunday 25 December 1949
 
Description: Actress, Singer, USA
 
Summary: Spacek began the decade with an Oscar in 1980 for Coal Miner's Daughter, in which she played country music star Loretta Lynn. Film critic Roger Ebert credited the success that was Coal Miner's Daughter, "to the performance by Sissy Spacek as Loretta Lynn.

TAMPA RED
 
Date Born: Tuesday 25 December 1900
 
Description: Guitarist, USA
 
Summary: He was a close friend and associate of Big Bill Broonzy and Big Maceo Merriweather.

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)

TONY MARTIN
 
Date Born: Thursday 25 December 1913
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: Martin was featured in the 1941 Marx Brothers film (their last for MGM), The Big Store. Martin was married to Cyd Charisse from 1948 until her death in 2008 – 60 years - one of the longest Hollywood marriages on record.

TONY ROMEO
 
Date Born: Monday 25 December 1939
 
Description: Composer, USA
 
Summary: He also wrote theme music for movies such as Rain Man, etc

TREVOR LUCAS
 
Date Born: Tuesday 25 December 1945
 
Description: Guitarist, Vocalist, Australia
 
Summary: Trevor George Lucas (December 25, 1943 - February 4, 1989) was an influential folk artist, a member of Fairport Convention and one of the founders of Fotheringay.

ZIM NGQAWANA
 
Date Born: Friday 25 December 1959
 
Description: Flautist and saxophonist.
 
Summary: The youngest of five children, Ngqawana started playing flute at the age of 21.

APACHE
 
Date Born: Saturday 26 December 1964
 
Description: Vocalist , USA
 
Summary: Apache signed to Tommy Boy Records and released his debut album, Apache Ain't Shit (1993)

BASHFUL BROTHER OSWALD
 
Date Born: Tuesday 26 December 1911
 
Description: Guitarist, USA
 
Summary: Beecher Ray Kirby was born in rural Sevier County, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains.

JARED LETO
 
Date Born: Sunday 26 December 1971
 
Description: Vocalist, Guitarist, Songwriter. USA
 
Summary: Musician, composer, singer, songwriter, producer, actor, director, philanthropist; businessman, photographer and painter

JOHNNY CHESTER
 
Date Born: Friday 26 December 1941
 
Description: Vocalist, Guitarist , Composer, Australia
 
Summary: Johnny Chester's career began in 1959 and he began recording in 1961.

NOEL KELEHAN
 
Date Born: Thursday 26 December 1935
 
Description: Pianist, Conductor, Ireland
 
Summary: Kelehan had several records to his credit, most notably he wrote the string arrangements for U2's 1984 album The Unforgettable Fire.

PHIL SPECTOR
 
Date Born: Tuesday 26 December 1939
 
Description: Record producer, Composer, USA
 
Summary: With three friends from high school, Marshall Lieb, Harvey Goldstein, and singer Annette Kleinbard, Spector formed a group, The Teddy Bears.

SEAN McGUIRE (fiddler)
 
Date Born: Monday 26 December 1927
 
Description: Fiddle, Ireland
 
Summary: Over the years, McGuire's name has become synonymous in Irish traditional fiddling with excellent musicianship.

STEVE ALLEN
 
Date Born: Monday 26 December 1921
 
Description: TV Host, Author, Actor, Composer, USA
 
Summary: He played the part of Benny Goodman with Donna Reed in "The Benny Goodman Story" in the fifties.

THE CATE BROTHERS
 
Date Born: Saturday 26 December 1942
 
Description: Duo and Band, USA
 
Summary: The Cate Brothers are the singer-songwriter-musician duo of Earl and Ernie Cate, twin brothers from Fayetteville, Arkansas.

UGLY DAVE GRAY
 
Date Born: Tuesday 26 December 1933
 
Description: Comedian, Actor, Australia
 
Summary: In 2011 Gray announced that he wished to be cryogenically frozen after death.

JOHNNY FRIGO
 
Date Born: Wednesday 27 December 1916
 
Description: Violinist, USA
 
Summary: Frigo was born in Chicago, Illinois, and studied violin for only three years beginning at age 7.

KARLA BONOFF
 
Date Born: Thursday 27 December 1951
 
Description: Vocalist, Composer. USA
 
Summary: She is a member of the group "Bryndle".

LES MAGUIRE
 
Date Born: Sunday 27 December 1942
 
Description: Keyboardist, UK
 
Summary: The group are remembered for many top hits such as HOW DO YOU DO IT.

MARLENE DIETRICH
 
Date Born: Friday 27 December 1901
 
Description: Actress, Vocalist, Germany
 
Summary: In 1999 the American Film Institute named Dietrich the ninth greatest female star of all time.

MICK JONES - (Foreigner)
 
Date Born: Wednesday 27 December 1944
 
Description: Guitarist, Composer, UK
 
Summary: Jones released his only solo album titled Mick Jones on the Atlantic Records label. Jones is the only person to play on every Foreigner album.

MIKE HERON
 
Date Born: Sunday 27 December 1942
 
Description: Vocalist , Composer, UK
 
Summary: A Scottish singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, best known for his work in the Incredible String Band in the 1960s and 1970s.

MIKE PINDER
 
Date Born: Saturday 27 December 1941
 
Description: Keyboardist, UK
 
Summary: The group mainly remembered for their recordings of ’GO NOW’ and ’NIGHT’S IN WHITE SATIN’ in the sixties and seventies.

NEIL MERRYWEATHER
 
Date Born: Thursday 27 December 1945
 
Description: Vocalist, Bassist, Composer, Canada
 
Summary: Merryweather began his career in Toronto during the early ‘60s performing under the name Bobby Neilson.

RALPH FIENNES
 
Date Born: Thursday 27 December 1962
 
Description: Actor, UK
 
Summary: In 2011, Fiennes made his directorial debut with his film adaptation of Shakespeare's tragedy Coriolanus, in which he also played the titular character. Fiennes won a Tony Award for playing Hamlet on Broadway and has been nominated twice for the Academy Award.

SAM COSLOW - (Song Writer)
 
Date Born: Saturday 27 December 1902
 
Description: Composers of songs. Film producer, USA
 
Summary: He formed a successful partnership with composer Arthur Johnston and together they provided the scores for a number of films including Bing Crosby vehicles.

SCOTTY MOORE
 
Date Born: Sunday 27 December 1931
 
Description: Guitarist, USA
 
Summary: The guitarist on most of Elvis Presley’s early recordings and also appeared in many early Presley films such as ’Loving You’ etc and many old film clips of Presley’s performances as well. He was also Presley’s Road manager.

SYDNEY GREENSTREET
 
Date Born: Saturday 27 December 1879
 
Description: Actor, UK
 
Summary: Greenstreet's stage debut was as a murderer in a 1902 production of a Sherlock Holmes story at the Marina Theatre, Ramsgate, Kent. He toured England with Ben Greet's Shakespearean company, and in 1905, he made his New York debut.

TRACY NELSON
 
Date Born: Wednesday 27 December 1944
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: Singer during the late sixties could be at times compared to Janis Joplin.

ALEX CHILTON
 
Date Born: Thursday 28 December 1950
 
Description: Vocalist, Guitarist, USA
 
Summary: Chilton grew up in a musical family; his father, Sidney Chilton, was a jazz musician. A local band recruited the teenager in 1966 as their lead singer.

BOBBY COMSTOCK
 
Date Born: Tuesday 28 December 1943
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: When he was 7, he was doing a radio show in Ithaca. It was called ‘US Kids’.

DICK DIAMONDE
 
Date Born: Sunday 28 December 1947
 
Description: Bassist, USA
 
Summary: Van Der Sluys had been in Australia since he was four years old.

DONNA HIGHTOWER
 
Date Born: Tuesday 28 December 1926
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: She is also known for her performance of the song "If You Hold My Hand" that was sampled for the hit U.K. single "Handsfree" by Sonny J.

DORSEY BURNETTE
 
Date Born: Wednesday 28 December 1932
 
Description: Vocalist, Composer, USA
 
Summary: An electrician by trade he also formed ’The Daydreamers’ also with Johnny. Dorsey last appeared in public on August 18, 1979 at The Performing Arts Center in Oxnard, California.

EARL HINES
 
Date Born: Monday 28 December 1903
 
Description: Pianist, USA
 
Summary: For 11 years his was "The Band" in Al Capone's Grand Terrace Cafe

EDGAR WINTER
 
Date Born: Saturday 28 December 1946
 
Description: Vocalist, Keyboards, Saxophonist
 
Summary: Edgar was signed to his own Epic Records contract in 1970 and recorded two R&B flavored albums, Entrance and Edgar Winter's White Trash. In 1972 he formed The Edgar Winter Group which included Dan Hartman, Ronnie Montrose and Chuck Ruff.

HAROLD RHODES
 
Date Born: Wednesday 28 December 1910
 
Description: Inventor, Pianist, USA
 
Summary: Harlod Rhodes was the inventor of the most successful electric piano of it's day.

HOLLY THROSBY
 
Date Born: Thursday 28 December 1978
 
Description: Vovcalist,
 
Summary: Throsby's song "A Heart Divided" is featured on an international TV and cinema campaign for Tourism Victoria, filmed in Australia and Finland.

JOE DIFFIE
 
Date Born: Sunday 28 December 1958
 
Description: Vocalist, Guitarist, USA
 
Summary: He worked also as a demo singer and later released his first debut album 'A Tousand Winding Roads' in 1990.

MARTHA WASH
 
Date Born: Monday 28 December 1953
 
Description: Vocalist, Composer, USA
 
Summary: Martha was a performer at the 2008 annual Big Gay Day in Brisbane, Australia on Sunday 9th of March, 2008.

MATT ELLIS
 
Date Born: Friday 28 December 1973
 
Description: Vocalist, Composer, Australia
 
Summary: Inspired by punk & rock bands of his high school era, Matt Ellis formed Sydney, heavy-rock band Sedgwick Pie.

ROBERT LUNN
 
Date Born: Saturday 28 December 1912
 
Description: Comedian, Actor, Vaudeville, USA
 
Summary: Robert Lunn, an ex vaudeville artist from Tennessee, popularized Chris Bouchillon version of the song on WSM's "Grand Ole Opry."

TEX PERKINS
 
Date Born: Monday 28 December 1964
 
Description: Vocalist, Composer, Australia
 
Summary: Perkins started his musical career in Brisbane cowpunk outfit Tex Deadly & The Dum Dums.

BILL CARROLL
 
Date Born: Thursday 29 December 1966
 
Description: Vocalist, Guitarist, Composer, Bassist, USA
 
Summary: As solo artist, he scored a Rate-A-Record appearance on Dick Clark's American Bandstand program on April 2, 1988.

COSEY POWELL
 
Date Born: Monday 29 December 1947
 
Description: Drummer, UK
 
Summary: Powell also played with swamp rocker Tony Joe White at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970. Powell then landed the then highly prestigious drumming job with guitar icon Jeff Beck's group in April 1970.

ED BRUCE
 
Date Born: Friday 29 December 1939
 
Description: Vocalist
 
Summary: Country singer with a fairly short career as a rock singer singing under the name of Edwin Bruce he crossed over to country.

GLEN PHILLIPS
 
Date Born: Tuesday 29 December 1970
 
Description: Vocalist, Guitarist, Songwriter. USA
 
Summary: Associated acts - Toad the Wet Sprocket, Mutual Admiration Society, Works Progress Administration, Plover

JESSICA ANDREWS
 
Date Born: Thursday 29 December 1983
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: The song "Who I Am" also earned Andrews a Top New Female Vocalist award from the Academy of Country Music, while the album itself received RIAA gold certification for sales of 500,000 copies

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’

JUDE LAW
 
Date Born: Friday 29 December 1922
 
Description: Actor, UK
 
Summary: In 2003, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in another Minghella film, Cold Mountain.

LUCKY STARR
 
Date Born: Sunday 29 December 1940
 
Description: Vocalist , Guitarist, Australia
 
Summary: Lucky Starr is one of the founding members of the Australian Pop Music Industry. A regular on television shows such as Bandstand and also hosted Six O’clock. I've Been Everywhere by (Geoff Mack) Australia 1962.#1 Sydney #2 Melbourne #1 Brisbane #1 Adelaide

MARIANNE FAITHFULL
 
Date Born: Sunday 29 December 1946
 
Description: Singer, Songwriter, Actress , UK
 
Summary: Faithfull was born to Major Robert Glynn Faithfull, was a British military officer and college professor. Her mother, Baroness Eva Erisso was originally from Vienna, with noble roots from the Habsburg Dynasty and Jewish ancestry on her maternal side.

MARY TYLER MOORE
 
Date Born: Tuesday 29 December 1936
 
Description: Actress, USA
 
Summary: Moore, eldest of three siblings, was born the daughter of Marjori and George Tyler Moore, a clerk.

RAY HOFF AND THE OFFBEATS
 
Date Born: Tuesday 29 December 1942
 
Description: Vocalist, Australia
 
Summary: Australian rock'n'roll star of the late 1950s and throughout the beat and soul-funk era of the 1960s and beyond

RAY THOMAS
 
Date Born: Tuesday 29 December 1942
 
Description: Vocalist, songwriter, flautist
 
Summary: Although he most commonly plays flute, Thomas is actually a multi-instrumentalist, playing various other woodwind instruments, such as the oboe.

RICK DANKO
 
Date Born: Wednesday 29 December 1943
 
Description: Vocalist , Guitarist, Composer, Canadian
 
Summary: Growing up in front of the family radio as his future bandmates also did, he was exposed to country and R&B music at an early age. His musical heroes included Hank Williams and, later, Sam Cooke.

TED DANSON
 
Date Born: Monday 29 December 1947
 
Description: Actor, USA
 
Summary: In 2002, TV Guide named Cheers the 18th Greatest Show of All Time.

YUK HARRISON
 
Date Born: Tuesday 29 December 1942
 
Description: Bassist, Australia/NewZealand
 
Summary: A New Zealand born bass player who was mainly noted for playing with "Max Merritt and The Meteor's and Barry McAskill's Levi Smiths Clef's.

YVONNE ELLIMAN
 
Date Born: Saturday 29 December 1951
 
Description: Vocalist, Actress, USA
 
Summary: She sang the role of Mary Magdalene in the original album of Jesus Christ Superstar and in the subsequent Broadway and film versions, and achieved her first hit single with the ballad "I Don't Know How to Love Him". The song was her first entry on the U.S. charts, peaking at #28 pop in 1971, although a cover version by Helen Reddy.

ANDY STEWART
 
Date Born: Saturday 30 December 1933
 
Description: Vocalist, Scottish
 
Summary: He was born in Glasgow in 1933, the son of a teacher. He moved to Arbroath as a child, and then trained as an actor at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow.

BERNARD COUTAZ
 
Date Born: Saturday 30 December 1922
 
Description: Musical publisher
 
Summary: In the 1950s he became a journalist with Groupe Bayard, then Témoignage chrétien. During this period Coutaz published four novels and was an editor at Éditions ouvrières.

BO DIDDLEY
 
Date Born: Sunday 30 December 1928
 
Description: Vocalist , Guitarist, USA
 
Summary: Born as Ellas Otha Bates, he was adopted and raised by his mother's cousin, Gussie McDaniel, whose surname he assumed, becoming Ellas McDaniel.

BRUCE FAIRBAIRN
 
Date Born: Tuesday 30 December 1947
 
Description: Record producer
 
Summary: In 1980 Fairbairn won his first of three Canadian music industry Producer of the Year Juno Awards for Prism's third album Armageddon.

DANA KEY
 
Date Born: Wednesday 30 December 1953
 
Description: Vocalist, Guitarist, USA
 
Summary: Key was a direct descendant of Francis Scott Key, the author of The Star-Spangled Banner.

DAVY JONES
 
Date Born: Sunday 30 December 1945
 
Description: Vocalist, Actor, UK
 
Summary: Jones was born in Manchester, England on December 30, 1945, but is in the process of becoming a United States citizen. He lost his mother to a protracted illness by the time he was 14.

DEL SHANNON
 
Date Born: Saturday 30 December 1939
 
Description: Vocalist, Composer, USA
 
Summary: Del Shannon, Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, December 30, 1934, Died February 8, 1990 in Santa Clarita, California. He was an American rock singer who launched into fame with the No. 1 hit "Runaway" in 1961.

FELIX PAPPALARDI
 
Date Born: Saturday 30 December 1939
 
Description: Bassist, Composer, Producer
 
Summary: Married song writing partner ’Gail Collins’.

HARTLEY PEAVEY
 
Date Born: Tuesday 30 December 1941
 
Description: Manufaturer of Guitas, Amplification, Audio, USA
 
Summary: Peavey has been recognized by his alma mater as an Alumni Fellow and as the 2004 commencement speaker.

HERB COHEN
 
Date Born: Friday 30 December 1932
 
Description: Management, USA
 
Summary: He began acting as manager for many artists, his eventual roster including Screamin' Jay Hawkins, George Duke, Alice Cooper, Tom Waits, etc.

JEFF LYNNE
 
Date Born: Tuesday 30 December 1947
 
Description: Vocalist, Producer, Composer, Guitarist, UK
 
Summary: Formed in 1971. Comprising of Ron Wood, Bev Bevan,Rick Price and Jeff Lynn with many changes with Lynn joining as well and later taking control.

JIM HERMEL
 
Date Born: Sunday 30 December 1945
 
Description: Vocalist, Guitarist, Australia
 
Summary: Jim is a great vocalist and a brilliant musician. His stage act comprises the combination of vocals, lead guitar, and a wailing blues harmonica.

JIMMY JONES - PIANIST
 
Date Born: Monday 30 December 1918
 
Description: Pianist, USA
 
Summary: Jones recorded throughout the 1950s with many noted singers.

JOHN HARTFORD
 
Date Born: Thursday 30 December 1937
 
Description: Vocalist, Composer, USA
 
Summary: John Harford would change his name to Hartford later in life. Born on to parents Dr. Carl and Mary Harford.

KIM HILL
 
Date Born: Monday 30 December 1963
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: An American Christian singer, songwriter and chastity advocate, active since the early 1990s. She has won several Dove Awards.

MICHAEL NESMITH
 
Date Born: Wednesday 30 December 1942
 
Description: Vocalist , Guitarist, Composer, USA
 
Summary: Nesmith was an only child, born to Warren Audrey Nesmith and Bette Nesmith Graham, separated when he was very young. Nesmith's mother worked as a secretary. Their fortunes changed when Bette invented typewriter correction fluid, later known commercially as Liquid Paper.

MIKE AULDRIDGE
 
Date Born: Friday 30 December 1938
 
Description: Guitarist, USA
 
Summary: He played with The Seldom Scene for many years, creating a fusion of bluegrass with jazz, folk and rock.

PATTI SMITH
 
Date Born: Monday 30 December 1946
 
Description: Vocalist, Composer, Poet, USA
 
Summary: Smith was born to Beverly, was a jazz singer, and father, Grant, worked at the Honeywell plant. She spent her entire childhood in Woodbury, New Jersey.

ROBERT QUINE
 
Date Born: Wednesday 30 December 1942
 
Description: Guitarist, USA
 
Summary: Quine is number 80 on Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" list.

SANNE SALOMONSEN
 
Date Born: Friday 30 December 1955
 
Description: Vocalist, Denmark
 
Summary: She was a member of the Anne Linnet Band.

SKEETER DAVIS
 
Date Born: Wednesday 30 December 1931
 
Description: Singer, Composer, USA
 
Summary: Skeeter was the first of seven children born to William and Punzie Penick. Because her grandfather thought that she had a lot of energy for a young child, he nicknamed Mary Frances "Skeeter" short for mosquito.

SUZY BOGGUSS
 
Date Born: Sunday 30 December 1956
 
Description: Vocalist, Pianist, Guitarist, USA
 
Summary: Bogguss at the age of 5, she began singing in the Angel Choir of the College Avenue Presbyterian Church in her hometown. With the encouragement of her parents, she took lessons in piano and drums, and as a teenager picked up the guitar as well.

TRACY ULLMAN
 
Date Born: Wednesday 30 December 1959
 
Description: Comedian, Actress, Singer, Dancer, UK
 
Summary: Tracey Ullman was born to Antony Ullman, her Polish Roman Catholic father, and Dorin Ullman, her British mother, who was of Roma heritage. Antony had been a Polish soldier who was evacuated from Dunkirk in 1940.

ANDY SUMMERS
 
Date Born: Thursday 31 December 1942
 
Description: Guitarist, Composer, UK
 
Summary: Summers also was briefly a member in 1987 of the group Rush Hour, which became Animal Logic. Summers achieved international prominence as the guitarist for The Police, most notably on popular hits such as "Message in a Bottle", "Don't Stand So Close to Me", and "Every Breath You Take".

ANTHONY HOPKINS
 
Date Born: Friday 31 December 1937
 
Description: Actor, Wales
 
Summary: Starred in many movies including "All Creatures Great And Small" in 1977. Hopkins is a talented pianist. In 1986, he released a single called "Distant Star".

BEN KINGSLEY
 
Date Born: Friday 31 December 1943
 
Description: Actor, UK
 
Summary: Kingsley of Indian and English decent has carved a career that would make anyone proud.

BOB BRYAR
 
Date Born: Monday 31 December 1979
 
Description: Drummer, USA
 
Summary: He is the only member of "My Chemical Romance" not to be an original member relpacing Matt Pelissier in 2004.

BURTON CUMMINGS
 
Date Born: Wednesday 31 December 1947
 
Description: Vocalist, Composer, Keyboardist, USA
 
Summary: In 1970, the band - "The Guess Who" hit No. 1 in Canada with "American Woman."

CATHERINE BRITT
 
Date Born: Monday 31 December 1984
 
Description: Vocalist, Guitarist, Australia
 
Summary: She was signed to ABC Country and recorded her first album, Dusty Smiles and Heartbreak Cures, in 2002.

DONNA SUMMER
 
Date Born: Friday 31 December 1948
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: Member of a group called ’CROW’. Went solo after a stint in the German version of ’HAIR’ and also ’GODSPELL’

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.

JAIME MENDOZA-NAVA
 
Date Born: Thursday 31 December 1925
 
Description: Composer and Conductor

JOHN DENVER
 
Date Born: Friday 31 December 1943
 
Description: Vocalist , Guitarist, Actor, Composer, USA
 
Summary: In 2000, CBS presented the television movie Take Me Home: The John Denver Story loosely based on his memoirs, starring Chad Lowe.

JOHN KIRBY
 
Date Born: Thursday 31 December 1908
 
Description: Bassist, USA
 
Summary: In 1993 Kirby was inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame.

JONAH JONES
 
Date Born: Thursday 31 December 1908
 
Description: Trumpeter, USA
 
Summary: His popularity during the fifties with his quartet helped modern Jazz become a popular item in music.

JULE STYNE
 
Date Born: Sunday 31 December 1905
 
Description: Composer of songs, USA
 
Summary: At the age of eight he moved with his family to Chicago, where at an early age he began taking piano lessons. He proved to be a prodigy and performed with the Chicago, St. Louis, and Detroit Symphonies before he was ten years old.

JUNE TABOR
 
Date Born: Wednesday 31 December 1947
 
Description: Vocalist, UK
 
Summary: June Tabor was inspired to sing by hearing Anne Briggs' EP Hazards of Love in 1965.

MICHAEL HEDGES
 
Date Born: Thursday 31 December 1953
 
Description: Guitarist, Composer, USA
 
Summary: He saw himself as a composer who played guitar, rather than a guitarist who composed music.

ODETTA
 
Date Born: Wednesday 31 December 1930
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: On September 29, 1999, President Bill Clinton presented Odetta with the National Endowment for the Arts' National Medal of Arts.

PETER QUAIFE
 
Date Born: Friday 31 December 1943
 
Description: Bassist, UK
 
Summary: Quaife left in 1969 replaced by John Dalton. The Kinks could be very much said to be underrated but there sound at the time was unique and some thought it would not last.

REX ALLEN
 
Date Born: Friday 31 December 1920
 
Description: Vocalist, Actor, USA
 
Summary: Actor after the Roy Rogers style played in 19 films including "The Phantom Stallion" - "Arizona Cowboy" - etc.

ROSS BALOUR
 
Date Born: Monday 31 December 1928
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: In 1950, The Four Freshmen got a break when band leader Stan Kenton heard the quartet in Dayton, Ohio, and arranged for an audition with his label, Capitol Records, which signed The Four later that year.

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)

 
 
 
 

 
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