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Number of Records Matching Query: 88
 
ALVIN AILEY
 
Date Born: Monday 5 January 1931
 
Description: Dancer, choreographer, USA
 
Summary: Ailey is credited with popularizing modern dance and revolutionizing African-American participation in 20th century concert dance.

ROBERT DUVAL
 
Date Born: Monday 5 January 1931
 
Description: Actor, USA
 
Summary: Duvall was born the son of Mildred Virginia, an amateur actress and relative of American Civil War General Robert E. Lee, and William Howard Duvall, a Virginia-born U.S.

ROBERT DUVALL
 
Date Born: Monday 5 January 1931
 
Description: Acting, USA
 
Summary: A veteran actor, Duvall has starred in some of the most acclaimed and popular films and TV shows of all time, among them The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, To Kill a Mockingbird, THX 1138, Joe Kidd, The Godfather, The Godfather Part II

KEITH CHRISTIE
 
Date Born: Tuesday 6 January 1931
 
Description: Trombonist, UK
 
Summary: In 1970-71 he joined Benny Goodman on a tour of Europe.

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

JAMES EARL JONES
 
Date Born: Saturday 17 January 1931
 
Description: Actor, USA
 
Summary: His first film role was as a young and trim B-52 crewman in Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb in 1964 which was more famous for the work of Peter Sellers and Slim Pickens.

BRIAN NAYLOR
 
Date Born: Wednesday 21 January 1931
 
Description: Radio, Australia
 
Summary: He became Seven's chief newsreader in 1970 replacing Geoff Raymond. Naylor switched to GTV-9 in 1978. He

STIG ANDERSSON
 
Date Born: Sunday 25 January 1931
 
Description: Composer, Producer, Manager, Sweden
 
Summary: As well as being the manager of the Swedish supergroup, Anderson was also the founder of the Polar Music record label.

MARY MURPHY - ACTRESS
 
Date Born: Monday 26 January 1931
 
Description: Actress, USA
 
Summary: Murphy first gained attention 1953, when she played a good-hearted girl who tries to reform Marlon Brando in The Wild One.

JAMES DEAN
 
Date Born: Sunday 8 February 1931
 
Description: Actor, USA
 
Summary: He was the first actor to receive a posthumous Academy Award nomination for Best Actor and remains the only person to have two posthumous acting nominations although other people had more than one posthumous nomination in other Oscar categories.

JOSEPH HUTCHINSON
 
Date Born: Saturday 28 February 1931
 
Description: Vocalist, Guitarist, UK
 
Summary: Joseph had prayed for talented children before the girls were born, and wasted no time in developing their musical skills.

BARRY TUCKWELL
 
Date Born: Thursday 5 March 1931
 
Description: French Horn
 
Summary: He has become the most recorded of all horn players and has won three Grammy awards.

LLOYD KNIBB
 
Date Born: Sunday 8 March 1931
 
Description: Drummer, Jamaica
 
Summary: He played his last show in Peru in April 23rd 2011 with local band Vieja Skina as the opening act.

PHIL PHILIPS
 
Date Born: Saturday 14 March 1931
 
Description: Vocalist, Composer, USA
 
Summary: Phillips was paid only $6008, and received no further royalties for the song or its recording.

DJ FONTANA
 
Date Born: Sunday 15 March 1931
 
Description: Drummer, USA
 
Summary: He played on over 460 RCA cuts with Elvis. YOUTUBE: Paul Mccartney - That's All Right Mama (with Scotty Moore & D j Fontana, Elvis' Guitarist & Drummer)

RUSTY WARREN
 
Date Born: Tuesday 17 March 1931
 
Description: Vocalist, Comedy
 
Summary: American comedian and musician.

GAIL COBE
 
Date Born: Thursday 19 March 1931
 
Description: Actress. producer, USA

PAUL MOTIAN
 
Date Born: Wednesday 25 March 1931
 
Description: Drummer, USA
 
Summary: He first came to prominence in the late 1950s in the piano trio of Bill Evans, and later led several groups

LEONARD NIMOY
 
Date Born: Thursday 26 March 1931
 
Description: Actor, USA
 
Summary: His mother, Dora (née Spinner), was a homemaker, and his father, Max Nimoy, owned a barbershop.

DAVID JANSSEN
 
Date Born: Friday 27 March 1931
 
Description: Actor, USA
 
Summary: TV series HARRY O. As private detective Harry Orwell, he was handed a well-written character, which allowed him to show an endearing, more casual side on-screen.

JOHN MARASCALCO
 
Date Born: Friday 27 March 1931
 
Description: Composer of music, USA
 
Summary: Marascalco tunes have been recorded by everybody from Little Richard to Creedence Clearwater Revival to the Stray Cats.

LIONEL BATISTE
 
Date Born: Wednesday 1 April 1931
 
Description: Singer, Drummer, USA
 
Summary: He began his music career at the age of 11 playing bass drum with the Square Deal Social & Pleasure Club.

GILL ROBBINS
 
Date Born: Friday 3 April 1931
 
Description: Vocalist , Actor, USA
 
Summary: He was the father of actor and director, Tim Robbins.

JAKE HANNA
 
Date Born: Saturday 4 April 1931
 
Description: Drummer, USA
 
Summary: A superior drummer equally at ease driving a big band or playing in small mainstream combos.

BILL CLIFTON
 
Date Born: Sunday 5 April 1931
 
Description: Vocalist, Guitarist, Singer, Songwriter, USA
 
Summary: Clifton published a songbook in 1955 called 150 Old Time Folk and Gospel Songs.

BILL THOMAS
 
Date Born: Sunday 5 April 1931
 
Description: Vocalist, Guitarist, Composer, Australia
 
Summary: Little is known about the artist above.

JACK CLEMENT
 
Date Born: Sunday 5 April 1931
 
Description: Multi instrumentalist, Composer, USA
 
Summary: Nick named Jack 'The Cowboy' Clement has played different styles of music and in different bands through his career.

SHEB WOOLEY
 
Date Born: Friday 10 April 1931
 
Description: Vocalist , Actor, USA
 
Summary: He played Ben Miller, brother of Frank Miller in the film High Noon, and also had a co-starring role as scout Pete Nolan in the television program Rawhide.

JOHNNY LITTLE
 
Date Born: Thursday 16 April 1931
 
Description: Guitarist, USA
 
Summary: One of the masters of the slide guitar born in the USA.

CARL BELEW
 
Date Born: Tuesday 21 April 1931
 
Description: Vocalist, Composer, US
 
Summary: Belew wrote "Am I That Easy to Forget," a Top 40 pop hit for actress Debbie Reynolds that was later recorded by Engelbert Humperdinck, Skeeter Davis, Don Gibson, Jim Reeves, and Leon Russell. Belew's own rendition hit the Top Ten in 1959.

LONNIE DONEGAN
 
Date Born: Wednesday 29 April 1931
 
Description: Vocalist, Composer, UK
 
Summary: Donegan adopted the name Lonnie from his idol Lonnie Johnson. He wrote "I'll Never Fall in Love Again" for Tom Jones in 1969), and he began to play on the American cabaret circuit.

PHIL BRUNS
 
Date Born: Saturday 2 May 1931
 
Description: Actor. USA
 
Summary: Jerry's father. Has strong convictions. Fittingly, he spent some time as politician in his Florida retirement community. During his working years he sold raincoats with Harry Fleming and was the inventor of the "belt-less trench-coat."

RICHARD HOLMES
 
Date Born: Saturday 2 May 1931
 
Description: Organist, USA
 
Summary: An African-American jazz organist who performed in the hard bop and soul jazz genre.

TERESA BREWER
 
Date Born: Thursday 7 May 1931
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: Brewer's father was an inspector of glass for the Libbey Owens Company now Pilkington Glass, her mother was a housewife. P/E

DEWEY REDMAN
 
Date Born: Sunday 17 May 1931
 
Description: Saxophonist, USA
 
Summary: He performed on 'The Survivor's Suite' album which was voted top jazz album of the year, 1978.

DIZ DIZLEY
 
Date Born: Wednesday 27 May 1931
 
Description: Guitarist, Canada
 
Summary: He is best known for his jazz guitar playing, strongly influenced by Django Reinhardt.

CARROLL BAKER
 
Date Born: Thursday 28 May 1931
 
Description: Actress, USA
 
Summary: Born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Virginia and William Watson Baker, who was a traveling salesman.

DAKOTA STATON
 
Date Born: Wednesday 3 June 1931
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: She released several critically acclaimed albums in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

DANA WINTER
 
Date Born: Monday 8 June 1931
 
Description: Actress, USA
 
Summary: She starred opposite Robert Taylor in D-Day the Sixth of June (1956), alongside Rock Hudson and Sidney Poitier in Something of Value (1957), Mel Ferrer in Fräulein (1958).

JUNIOR WALKER
 
Date Born: Sunday 14 June 1931
 
Description: Saxophonist, US
 
Summary: Born Autry DeWalt Mixon in Blythesville, Arkansas on June 14, 1931 grew up in South Bend, Indiana.

BILL PORTER
 
Date Born: Monday 15 June 1931
 
Description: Recording, Audio engineer
 
Summary: He recorded more than 579 records that charted—49 were top 10, 11 were number one, and 37 were certified gold records.

GUY HEMRIC
 
Date Born: Tuesday 30 June 1931
 
Description: Composer, USA
 
Summary: Co song writer with Richard Loring, he wrote lyrics for many themes for seventies beach films.

DELLA REESE
 
Date Born: Monday 6 July 1931
 
Description: Vocalist, Actress, USA
 
Summary: Della was born in in Detroit, Michigan. At only six years old, she began singing in church. From this experience, she became an avid Gospel singer.

JERRY HERMAN
 
Date Born: Friday 10 July 1931
 
Description: Pianist, Composer, Lyricist, USA
 
Summary: Many of Jerry Herman's show tunes have become pop standards. His most famous composition, "Hello, Dolly!".

TAB HUNTER
 
Date Born: Saturday 11 July 1931
 
Description: Actor, USA
 
Summary: Hunter was born to German immigrants. His father, Charles Kelm, was Jewish and his mother, Gertrude Gelien, a Roman Catholic who later converted to Judaism.

THURSTON HARRIS
 
Date Born: Saturday 11 July 1931
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: He is widely regarded as a one-hit wonder, who popularized the song "Little Bitty Pretty One", written by Bobby Day.

POLLY BERGEN
 
Date Born: Tuesday 14 July 1931
 
Description: Vocalist, Actress, USA
 
Summary: She captured an Emmy award for her portrayal of singer Helen Morgan on an episode of the 1950s television series Playhouse 90.

HAL SHAPER
 
Date Born: Saturday 18 July 1931
 
Description: Comoser of music, USA
 
Summary: Shaper was born in 1931 to an immigrant family of an English father and Polish mother in Muizenberg, a suburb of Cape Town.

PLAS JOHNSON
 
Date Born: Tuesday 21 July 1931
 
Description: Saxophonist, USA
 
Summary: An integral part of a number of instrumental groups that existed in name only, such as B. Bumble and the Stingers.

KENNY BURRELL
 
Date Born: Friday 31 July 1931
 
Description: Guitarist, USA
 
Summary: His career started in the fifties playing with Benny Goodman and Dizzy Gillespie where his style of playing came from Bebop to Swing.

LLOYD BREVETT
 
Date Born: Saturday 1 August 1931
 
Description: Double bass
 
Summary: He toured many countries of the world with The Skatalites.

EYDIE GORME
 
Date Born: Sunday 16 August 1931
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: Gorme is the true professional that goes out and give's it her all.

PAUL ROBI
 
Date Born: Friday 21 August 1931
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: The original members were; Tony Williams, the lead vocalist (Tony died in 1992), David Lynch, tenor (David died in 1981), Alex Hodge, baritone, who was soon replaced by Paul Robi (Paul died in 1989), Herb Reed, bass,and Zola Taylor. Their manager and producer Buck Ram (Buck died in 1991). Here is their story: YOUTUBE: In April of 1958 when "Twilight Time". The original hit-making Platters were comprised of lead tenor Tony Williams, Paul Robi, Herb Reed, David Lynch and the sole female vocalist, Zola Taylor.

BOXCAR WILLIE
 
Date Born: Tuesday 1 September 1931
 
Description: Vocalist , Guitarist, Composer, USA
 
Summary: He went on to become a star in country music, selling more than 10 million records. In 1981, Martin achieved a professional landmark by being inducted into the Grand Ole Opry as its 60th member.

SAMMY ARENA
 
Date Born: Tuesday 1 September 1931
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: Sammy and Andrew Arena started their music career in 1959

MITZI GAYNOR
 
Date Born: Friday 4 September 1931
 
Description: Vocalist, Actress, Dancer, USA
 
Summary: Gaynor's biggest international fame came from her starring role as Ensign Nellie Forbush in the film version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific.

BROOK BENTON
 
Date Born: Wednesday 9 September 1931
 
Description: Vocalist, Composer, USA
 
Summary: Benton had many hits with his baritone voice.Benton eventually charted 49 singles on the Billboard Hot 100, with other songs charting on Billboard's rhythm and blues.

GEORGE JONES
 
Date Born: Saturday 12 September 1931
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: One of country’s greats, Jones married Tammy Wynette. Jones clocked up more than 150 hits during his career, both as a solo artist and in duets with other artists

BARBARA BAIN
 
Date Born: Sunday 13 September 1931
 
Description: Actress, USA
 
Summary: Bain was born in Chicago. She graduated from the University of Illinois with a bachelor's degree in sociology.

BRIAN HENDERSON
 
Date Born: Tuesday 15 September 1931
 
Description: Television personality and pioneer, Australia
 
Summary: Henderson also holds the record for the longest serving television news presenter, having read either the weekend or the weeknight news on Sydney station TCN-9 from January 1957 until his retirement in late November 2002.

ANNE BANCROFT
 
Date Born: Thursday 17 September 1931
 
Description: Actress, USA
 
Summary: Bancroft was also the original choice to play Joan Crawford in the 1981 movie Mommie Dearest, but backed out at the 11th hour, and was replaced by Faye Dunaway.

LARRY HAGMAN
 
Date Born: Monday 21 September 1931
 
Description: Actor, USA
 
Summary: Hagman was born Larry Martin Hagman in Fort Worth, Texas. His mother, Mary Martin, was a popular Broadway actress and his father, Benjamin Jack Hagman,was a district attorney in 1936.

ANTHONY NEWLEY
 
Date Born: Thursday 24 September 1931
 
Description: Actor, Vocalist, Composer, UK
 
Summary: Born to a single mother in the London working class neighbourhood of Hackney, Newley was evacuated during the bombing of London.

ANTHONY NEWLEY
 
Date Born: Thursday 24 September 1931
 
Description: Actor, Vocalist, Composer, UK
 
Summary: Born to a single mother in the London working class neighbourhood of Hackney, Newley was evacuated during the bombing of London.

GEORGE CHAMBERS
 
Date Born: Saturday 26 September 1931
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: The Chamber Brothers consist of George, Willie, Lester and Joe Chambers.

FREDDY QUINN
 
Date Born: Sunday 27 September 1931
 
Description: Vocalis , Austrian
 
Summary: He represented Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest 1956 in Lugano, Switzerland with the atypical song, "So geht das jede Nacht",

FREDDIE BELL AND THE BELLBOYS
 
Date Born: Tuesday 29 September 1931
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: "Giddy-Up-A Ding Dong" was not a hit in the United States, but it was popular in Australia, France and the UK, where it climbed to number four in the charts.

ANGIE DICKINSON
 
Date Born: Wednesday 30 September 1931
 
Description: Actress, USA
 
Summary: In a western Dickinson finally propelled her into Hollywood's A list: Howard Hawks' Rio Bravo (1959),

LOUIS NUNLEY
 
Date Born: Thursday 15 October 1931
 
Description: Vocalist,USA
 
Summary: He took the place of Duane West when West became ill.

DIANA DORS
 
Date Born: Friday 23 October 1931
 
Description: Actress, Singer, GB
 
Summary: Dors image was included with her permission on The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover art, as the blonde in the front row on the right in the gold dress and white gloves.

PHIL WOODS
 
Date Born: Monday 2 November 1931
 
Description: Saxophonist, Composer, Clarinetist, Bandleader, USA
 
Summary: Woods' recordings have been nominated for seven Grammy awards and have won four.

TREVOR DAY
 
Date Born: Tuesday 3 November 1931
 
Description: Vocalist, Guitarist
 
Summary: Trevor has worked with Rick and Thel, Chad Morgan and many other country artists.

CLINTON FORD
 
Date Born: Wednesday 4 November 1931
 
Description: Vocalist, UK
 
Summary: He performed skiffle in a band called the 'Backwoods Skiffle Group'

IKE TURNER
 
Date Born: Thursday 5 November 1931
 
Description: Vocalist , Guitarist, USA
 
Summary: Spanning a career that lasted half a century.

MIKE NICHOLS
 
Date Born: Friday 6 November 1931
 
Description: Film director, Theatrical director, comedian
 
Summary: Mike Nichols was born Michael Igorevitch Peschkowsky in Berlin, Germany, the son of German-born Brigitte (née Landauer) and Russian-born Igor Nicholaievitch Peschkowsky, a physician.

BOB CREWE
 
Date Born: Thursday 12 November 1931
 
Description: Vocalist, Composer, Manager, Record Producer
 
Summary: As a solo singer, Bob Crewe recorded in 1961 a pair of albums, one of which produced a swing Ralph Burns-produced version of Yale University's signature "The Whiffenpoof Song".

JOHN KERR
 
Date Born: Sunday 15 November 1931
 
Description: Actor, USA
 
Summary: American Actor. Kerr, whose parents were stage and film actors, Geoffrey Kerr and June Walker, developed an early interest in following their footsteps.

HUBERT SUMLIN
 
Date Born: Monday 16 November 1931
 
Description: Guitarist, USA
 
Summary: He was best known for his celebrated work, from 1955, as guitarist in Howlin' Wolf's band.

GLORIA LYNNE
 
Date Born: Monday 23 November 1931
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: In 2008 Ms Gloria Lynne was presented with a special award for 'Outstanding Achievement In Jazz'at the New York MAC Awards.

TOMMY ALLSUP
 
Date Born: Tuesday 24 November 1931
 
Description: Vocalist , Guitarist, USA
 
Summary: In 1979, he started a club, "Tommy's Heads Up Saloon", in Fort Worth.

NAT ADDERLEY
 
Date Born: Wednesday 25 November 1931
 
Description: Cornettist, USA
 
Summary: In the 1950s he worked with his brother's original group, with Lionel Hampton, and with J. J. Johnson, then in 1959 joined his brother's new quintet and stayed with it until Cannonball's death in 1975.

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.

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"

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).

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

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

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.

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.

 
 
 
 

 
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