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Athol Guy
 
Date Born: Friday 5 January 1940
 
Description: Bassist, Australia
 
Summary: Athol Guy is one of the members of the Australian pop folk music group The Seekers. He was characterized by his wearing of black horn-rimmed glasses.

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

Addie Harris Mcpherson
 
Date Born: Monday 22 January 1940
 
Description: Vocalist, US
 
Summary: Beginning in 1958 as schoolgirls in Passaic, New Jersey, The Shirelles quickly became rock & roll's first female supergroup and were the inspirations for a legion of female groups that followed.

John Hurt
 
Date Born: Monday 22 January 1940
 
Description: Actor, UK
 
Summary: John Hurt is an Academy Award nominated actor and BAFTA Award winning British actor.

Johnny Russell
 
Date Born: Tuesday 23 January 1940
 
Description: Vocalist, Composer, Comedian, USA
 
Summary: He wrote songs for most of the popular country singers that included Patsy Cline, Jim Reeves, Dolly Parton Linda Ronstadt.

Katharine Ross
 
Date Born: Monday 29 January 1940
 
Description: Actor, USA
 
Summary: Ross was born in Hollywood, California, when her father was in the Navy. Her family later settled in Walnut Creek, California, east of San Francisco. She graduated from Las Lomas High School.P/E

Odell Brown
 
Date Born: Friday 2 February 1940
 
Description: Organist, USA
 
Summary: An American jazz organist. Brown was born in Louisville, Kentucky.

Angelo Daleo
 
Date Born: Saturday 3 February 1940
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: The Belmonts first recorded in 1957 with Teenage Clementine and Santa Margherita for Mohawk Records.

George Romero
 
Date Born: Sunday 4 February 1940

Jimmy Tarbuck
 
Date Born: Tuesday 6 February 1940
 
Description: Comedians, Variety, Film, UK
 
Summary: His first television show was It's Tarbuck 65! on ITV in 1964.

Kenny Rankin
 
Date Born: Saturday 10 February 1940
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: An American pop and jazz singer and songwriter from the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City.

Bobby Pickett
 
Date Born: Sunday 11 February 1940
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: On record he was able to use his voice sounding like Boris Karlof.

Booka Hyland
 
Date Born: Monday 12 February 1940
 
Description: Vocalist, Australia
 
Summary: An Australian rock pioneer during the early days of television.

John Leyton
 
Date Born: Saturday 17 February 1940
 
Description: Vocalist, Actor, UK
 
Summary: John Leyton was born on Feb. 17th 1939 at Frinton-On Sea, Essex, England, to parents of show business background. His father owned several cinemas and his mother acted under the name of 'Babs Walters' on the London stage. NPA

Bobby Rogers
 
Date Born: Monday 19 February 1940
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: An American soul singer and songwriter, notable as a member of Motown Records' first signed act and first million selling group The Miracles from 1956 until 2011. He was inducted along with the other members of the Miracles with the exception of Smokey Robinson in 2012 to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Rogers was the grandfather of R&B singer Brandi Williams from R&B girl group Blaque.

Smokey Robinson
 
Date Born: Monday 19 February 1940
 
Description: Vocalist, Composer, USA
 
Summary: In November 2007, Robinson toured Australia and performed with Australian band Human Nature.

Barbara Ellis
 
Date Born: Tuesday 20 February 1940
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: Member of The Fleetwoods' version of "Come Softly To Me" and "Mr Blue" which were major Australian hits in the fifties. NPA

Bill Hunter
 
Date Born: Tuesday 27 February 1940
 
Description: Actor, Australian
 
Summary: An Australian actor of film, stage and television.

Gretchen Christopher
 
Date Born: Thursday 29 February 1940
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: The Fleetwoods were a singing trio from Olympia, Washington, United States; formed in the late 1950s.

Joe South
 
Date Born: Thursday 29 February 1940
 
Description: Vocalist, Composer, USA
 
Summary: South was also a prominent sideman, recording the memorable guitar part on Aretha Franklin's "Chain of Fools", Tommy Roe's "Sheila". Youtube: Joe South - Games People Play

Ralph Towner
 
Date Born: Friday 1 March 1940
 
Description: Guitarist, USA
 
Summary: Ralph Towner is one of the few jazz guitarists who's specialized in acoustic guitar (another one is Charlie Byrd). He's very versatile in terms of genre: he made notable recordings in jazz music, classical music, folk music and world music. Youtube: Ralph Towner 1

Billy Adams - Usa
 
Date Born: Wednesday 6 March 1940
 
Description: Vocalist, Composer, Guitarist, USA
 
Summary: Nashville, TN. In October 9, 2007 - Rockabilly pioneer, and gospel music artist, Billy Adams, is celebrated his 50th anniversary as a recording artist.

Chuck Norris
 
Date Born: Sunday 10 March 1940
 
Description: Actor,USA
 
Summary: The son of Wilma Scarberry and Carlos Ray Norris a mechanic, bus driver, and truck driver. Norris's paternal grandfather, an immigrant and maternal grandmother were Irish, while his paternal grandmother and maternal grandfather were Cherokee Native Americans.

Dean Torrence
 
Date Born: Sunday 10 March 1940
 
Description: Vocalists, USA
 
Summary: Dean Torrence doubled the falsetto lead with Brian Wilson on The Beach Boys' hit single "Barbara Ann." Dean Torrence now tours occcasionally with The Surf City Allstars. He officially endorses the Official Jan and Dean Fan Site.

Mike Hugg
 
Date Born: Monday 11 March 1940
 
Description: Drummer, UK
 
Summary: The band made a huge impact with ’DO WAH DIDDY DIDDY’ - 1964. The group formed in 1964.

Al Jarreau
 
Date Born: Tuesday 12 March 1940
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: One of Jarreau's most commercially and artistically successful albums is Breakin' Away (1981).

Norm Bodkin
 
Date Born: Tuesday 12 March 1940
 
Description: Guitarist, Steel Guitarist. Australia
 
Summary: From 1971 to 1992, there were very few recordings to come out of Tamworth, New South Wales, Australia, that didn't have Norm Bodkin associated with them in some way or other - either as pedal steel or dobro player

Candi Staton
 
Date Born: Wednesday 13 March 1940
 
Description: Vocalist , USA
 
Summary: She has since recorded eight gospel albums, two of which received Grammy Award nominations.

Phil Lesh
 
Date Born: Friday 15 March 1940
 
Description: Bassist, USA
 
Summary: Lesh started out as a violin player. In high school, he switched to trumpet, studying under Bob Hansen, and had a keen interest in avant-garde classical music and free jazz.

Solomon Burke
 
Date Born: Thursday 21 March 1940
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.

Colin Peterson
 
Date Born: Sunday 24 March 1940
 
Description: Drummer, Actor, Australia
 
Summary: After the Bee Gees Colin began to do production work. The first musician he worked with was Jonathan Kelly. Colin Peterson produced his debut solo single. The cooperation was good and in the summer of 1970 the two decided to form a band together. They called their band HUMPY BONG.

Anita Bryant
 
Date Born: Monday 25 March 1940
 
Description: Vocalist, Activist, Actress, USA
 
Summary: Her grandfather taught her as a baby to sing when she was six months old. Soon after her sister Sandra was born, her mother and father divorced.

Janis Martin
 
Date Born: Wednesday 27 March 1940
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: She was born in Virginia. Her mother was a stage mother, and her father and uncle were both musicians, who practised in hopes of gaining a professional career in the music industry.

Tony Barber
 
Date Born: Thursday 28 March 1940
 
Description: TV Host, Vocalist, Australia.
 
Summary: His greatest success was "Sale of The Century" in 1980 to 1991. Tony Barber won a Gold Logie in 1973 for Most Popular Personality on Australian Television.

Astrid Gilberto
 
Date Born: Friday 29 March 1940
 
Description: Vocalist, Brazilian
 
Summary: Astrud Gilberto was born Astrud Weinert the daughter of a Brazilian mother and a German father in the state of Bahia, Brasil, and was raised in Rio de Janeiro.

Jimmy Cliff
 
Date Born: Monday 1 April 1940
 
Description: Vocalist, Composer, Jamaica
 
Summary: Cliff also appeared as Jamaican musician and revolutionary Ernest Reed in the 1986 comedy Club Paradise, co-starring with Robin Williams and Peter O'Toole.

David Macrae
 
Date Born: Tuesday 2 April 1940
 
Description: Keyboards, NZ
 
Summary: MacRae studied at the New South Wales Conservatorium of Music and then worked in Australia in the 1960s as an arranger for Festival Records.

Sharon Sheeley
 
Date Born: Thursday 4 April 1940
 
Description: Composer, USA
 
Summary: American songwriter, born in California, who wrote songs for Glen Campbell, Ricky Nelson, Brenda Lee, and Sheeley's former fiancé, Eddie Cochran.

Tommy Cash
 
Date Born: Friday 5 April 1940
 
Description: Vocalist , Guitarist, USA
 
Summary: Cash was born in Arkansas, one of seven children in his family, and eight years after his brother, Johnny Cash.

Bobby Hatfield
 
Date Born: Wednesday 10 April 1940
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: Their first charted single as the Righteous Brothers was "Little Latin Lupe Lu" and their first #1 was "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'," produced by Phil Spector.

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

Herbie Hancock
 
Date Born: Friday 12 April 1940
 
Description: Pianist, Composer, USA
 
Summary: Hancock studied from age seven. His talent was recognized early, and he played the first movement of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 5 in D Major at a young people’s concert with the Chicago Symphony at age eleven.

Clarence Satchell
 
Date Born: Monday 15 April 1940
 
Description: Saxophonist, Guitarist, USA
 
Summary: The Ohio Players are a funk and R&B band with Clarence "Satch" Satchell.

Bobby Russell
 
Date Born: Friday 19 April 1940
 
Description: Vocalist, Composer, USA
 
Summary: The writer of the hit "Honey" for Bobby Goldsboro.

Lee Majors
 
Date Born: Tuesday 23 April 1940
 
Description: Actor, USA
 
Summary: Majors got his big break when he beat out over 400 young actors, including Burt Reynolds, for the co-starring role of Heath Barkley in a new ABC western series, The Big Valley, which starred Barbara Stanwyck.

Al Pacino
 
Date Born: Thursday 25 April 1940
 
Description: Actor, Director, Writer
 
Summary: Pacino was born in East Harlem, Manhattan, the son of Italian American parents Rose and Salvatore Alfred Pacino, who divorced when he was two years old.

Giorgio Moroder
 
Date Born: Friday 26 April 1940
 
Description: Record Producer, Sogn writer. USA
 
Summary: Moroder has won three Academy Awards: Best Original Score for Midnight Express (1978); Best Song for "Flashdance...What a Feeling", from the film Flashdance (1983)

George Adams
 
Date Born: Monday 29 April 1940
 
Description: Saxophonist, Composer, USA
 
Summary: Best known for his work with Charles Mingus, Gil Evans, Roy Haynes and in the quartet he co-led with pianist Don Pullen, featuring bassist Cameron Brown and drummer Dannie Richmond.

Carlos Ward
 
Date Born: Wednesday 1 May 1940
 
Description: Saxophonist, Panama
 
Summary: His duet association with pianist Abdullah Ibrahim has also been significant to his career.

Gary Glitter
 
Date Born: Wednesday 8 May 1940
 
Description: Vocalist, UK
 
Summary: Glam rock singer during the seventies and one of Brits favorites in the seventies.

Rick Nelson
 
Date Born: Wednesday 8 May 1940
 
Description: Vocalist, Actor, USA
 
Summary: In 1972, Nelson reached the top 40 one last time with "Garden Party", a song he wrote in disgust after a Madison Square Garden audience booed him when he tried playing new songs instead of just his old hits from the 1950s and 1960s. "Garden Party" reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, and was certified as a gold single. "Garden Party" was a hit at the same time Elvis Presley was having his last top 10 single, "Burning Love"

Toni Tennille
 
Date Born: Wednesday 8 May 1940
 
Description: Vocalist, Composer, USA
 
Summary: Charting with the Neil Sedaka song ’Love will keep us together’ - They also charted with ’Do that to me one more time’ and many more.

Dick Morrissey
 
Date Born: Thursday 9 May 1940
 
Description: Saxophonist, UK
 
Summary: By the mid-60s, he had over two consecutive years come in second place behind Hayes in the Melody Maker Jazz Poll (1966 & 1967).

James L Brooks
 
Date Born: Thursday 9 May 1940
 
Description: Director, Producer, USA
 
Summary: The Simpsons Movie. In total, Brooks has received 47 Emmy nominations, winning 20 of them.

John Hawken
 
Date Born: Thursday 9 May 1940
 
Description: Piano, Keyboards
 
Summary: John Hawken appeared briefly in the David Essex movie That'll Be The Day (1973) as the keyboard player in the band led by Stormy Tempest (Billy Fury), which also featured Keith Moon on drums.

Arthur Alexander
 
Date Born: Friday 10 May 1940
 
Description: Vocalist, Composer of song, USA
 
Summary: Working with Spar Music in Florence, Alabama, Alexander recorded his first single; "Sally Sue Brown" which was released in 1960.

Troy Shondell
 
Date Born: Tuesday 14 May 1940
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: Shondell was born and raised in Indiana and was educated at Valparaiso University and Indiana University. He wrote his first song at age 14.

Shorty Long
 
Date Born: Monday 20 May 1940
 
Description: Pianist, USA
 
Summary: Long's biggest hit was "Here Comes The Judge" in 1968, which reached number-four on the R&B charts.

Tony Sheridan
 
Date Born: Tuesday 21 May 1940
 
Description: Vocalist, Guitarist, UJ
 
Summary: In the early 1970s, Sheridan managed a West German radio programme of blues music, which was well-received. In 1978, the Star Club was reopened, and Sheridan performed there along with Elvis Presley's TCB Band.

Jerry Ricks
 
Date Born: Wednesday 22 May 1940
 
Description: Guitarist , USA
 
Summary: He began playing trumpet as a child, he started playing guitar in local coffee shops

Larry Rosen
 
Date Born: Saturday 25 May 1940
 
Description: American entrepreneur, producer, musician, and recording engineer
 
Summary: Rosen began his musical career as a drummer with the Newport Youth Band and met future partner Dave Grusin while working with singer Andy Williams

Augie Meyers
 
Date Born: Friday 31 May 1940
 
Description: Keyboardist, USA
 
Summary: A founding member of the Sir Douglas Quintet. He was also sought after as a studio musician.

Cliff Bennett
 
Date Born: Tuesday 4 June 1940
 
Description: Vocalist, UK
 
Summary: Cliff Bennett was one of the most under-rated R&B singers of his generation. His group, the Rebel Rousers, evolved during 1958 and 1959 taking their name from a Duane Eddy hit of the time.

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

Jerry Wesley Smith
 
Date Born: Friday 7 June 1940
 
Description: Vocalist, Pianist, Bassist
 
Summary: One of Adelaide’s finest musicians admired and liked by his fellow musicians.

Tom Jones
 
Date Born: Friday 7 June 1940
 
Description: Vocalist, Welsh
 
Summary: In 1974, Jones moved to the United States, buying the mansion formerly belonging to Dean Martin in Bel-Air, Los Angeles.

Nancy Sinatra
 
Date Born: Saturday 8 June 1940
 
Description: Vocalist, Actress, USA
 
Summary: Nancy Sinatra began her career as a singer and actress in the early 1960s, but achieved success only in Europe and Japan.

Joey Dee
 
Date Born: Tuesday 11 June 1940
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: Joey Dee and the group tours and plays at various venues from Connecticut to New Jersey to Florida to Las Vegas, doing well over a hundred concerts per year.

Chuck Rainey
 
Date Born: Monday 17 June 1940
 
Description: Bassist, USA
 
Summary: Chuck Rainey, is an American bass guitar session musician, known for playing with many well-known American musicians and acts, including Donald Byrd, Steely Dan, Quincy Jones, and Aretha Franklin.

Adam Faith
 
Date Born: Sunday 23 June 1940
 
Description: Vocalist, Actor, UK
 
Summary: Born at 4 Churchfield Road, East Acton, West London. He was unaware that his real surname was Nelhams-Wright until he applied for a The third in a family of five children, Terry Nelhams grew up in a council house in a working class area of London. NP

Diana Trask
 
Date Born: Sunday 23 June 1940
 
Description: Vocalist, Australia
 
Summary: Born in a lumber camp town near Melbourne, Trask learned to sing at an early age singing at school functions and for her family.

Stuart Sutcliffe
 
Date Born: Sunday 23 June 1940
 
Description: Bassist. UK
 
Summary: Sutcliffe's father, Charles Sutcliffe, was a naval officer, who was often at sea during his son's early years. His mother, Millie, was a schoolteacher.

Clint Warwick
 
Date Born: Tuesday 25 June 1940
 
Description: Vocalist, UK
 
Summary: The original bassist for the rock band, "The Moody Blues".

Dobie Gray
 
Date Born: Wednesday 26 June 1940
 
Description: Vocalist, Composer, USA
 
Summary: His hit records included "The 'In' Crowd" in 1965, and "Drift Away", which was one of the biggest hits of 1973

Larry Hall
 
Date Born: Sunday 30 June 1940
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: He attended Rancho Alamitos High School, Garden Grove California in the late 50's.

Tony Hatch
 
Date Born: Sunday 30 June 1940
 
Description: Composer, Lyicist, Pianist, Music Arranger, UK
 
Summary: He was born in Pinner, North London. Encouraged by his musical abilities, his mother also a pianist enrolled him in the London Choir School in Bexley, Kent when he was ten.

Maureen Kennedy
 
Date Born: Wednesday 3 July 1940
 
Description: Vocalist, UK
 
Summary: A member of "The Vernons Girls" are really the world's longest running girl group and still exist today in one permutation or another.

Gene Chandler
 
Date Born: Saturday 6 July 1940
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: Chandler was known for a cape, a monocle, a top hat and a cane.

Jeannie Seely
 
Date Born: Saturday 6 July 1940
 
Description: Singer, Songwriter, USA
 
Summary: She was one of Country music's most successful and most influential female vocalists of the 60s.

Ringo Starr
 
Date Born: Sunday 7 July 1940
 
Description: Drummer, Actor, UK
 
Summary: Ringo Starr was born at 9 Madryn Street, Dingle, Liverpool. Starr's parents split up when he was three years old; his mother, Elsie Starkey, married Harry Graves, whom Starr liked and who encouraged his interest in music.

Joe Negronie
 
Date Born: Tuesday 9 July 1940
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: The group charted in the fifties with the hit. "WHY DO FOOLS FALL IN LOVE" - 1956.

Ty Hunter
 
Date Born: Sunday 14 July 1940
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: Tyrone Hunter was a member of many groups during the Motown era and before.

Tommy Dee
 
Date Born: Monday 15 July 1940
 
Description: Composer, USA
 
Summary: The song related to "Buddy Holly" - "Richie Valens" - "J.P. Richardso" AKA "The Big Bopper".

Mickey Hawks
 
Date Born: Wednesday 17 July 1940
 
Description: Singer, Pianist, USA
 
Summary: An American rockabilly singer and pianist, whose best remembered record, "Bip Bop Boom", has been included on many compilations of the genre after years as a collectible record.

James Brolin
 
Date Born: Thursday 18 July 1940
 
Description: Actor, USA
 
Summary: At the age of 20 he changed his last name from "Bruderlin" to "Brolin" to become James Brolin. He accepted a contract with 20th Century Fox. While in school struggling to make it big, he met actor Clint Eastwood.

Thomas Wayne
 
Date Born: Monday 22 July 1940
 
Description: Vocalist, Guitarist, USA
 
Summary: A recording of the song by "Thomas Wayne and the DeLons" "Tragedy". A song by Gerald H. Nelson and Fred B. Burch.

Big Jack Johnson
 
Date Born: Tuesday 30 July 1940
 
Description: Vocalist, Guitarist, USA
 
Summary: He performed and wrote "Jack's Blues" and performed "Catfish Medley" with Samuel L. Jackson on the Black Snake Moan, film soundtrack.

Martin Sheen
 
Date Born: Saturday 3 August 1940
 
Description: Actor, USA
 
Summary: Sheen was born Ramón Gerardo Antonio Estévez in Dayton, Ohio, the son of Mary Ann, an immigrant from County Tipperary, Ireland, and Francisco Estévez, a Galician factory worker and machinery inspector from Parderrubias, Galicia, Spain.

Larry Knechtel
 
Date Born: Sunday 4 August 1940
 
Description: Keyboardist, Session musician, USA
 
Summary: Knechtel was proficient in other instruments, notably the harmonica and also the electric bass guitar, which can be heard on "Mr. Tambourine Man" by The Byrds, "Stoney End" by Barbra Streisand, and on tracks by The Doors.

Bobby Braddock
 
Date Born: Monday 5 August 1940
 
Description: Pianist, Saxophonist, Composer
 
Summary: Bobby Braddock is one of the most highly regarded and respected song-writers in Nashville.

Mike Sarne
 
Date Born: Tuesday 6 August 1940
 
Description: Vocalist, Director, Writer, Actor, Singer and Producer, UK
 
Summary: In the mid 1960s Sarne introduced the ITV children's quiz series, Junior Criss Cross Quiz.

Keith Riordan
 
Date Born: Thursday 8 August 1940
 
Description: Vocalist, Guitarist
 
Summary: Keith had his own television show in Shepparton.

Rod Bernard
 
Date Born: Monday 12 August 1940
 
Description: Vocalist, Composer, USA
 
Summary: His parents were French speaking Cajuns from working class backgrounds.

Jill St John
 
Date Born: Monday 19 August 1940
 
Description: Actress, USA
 
Summary: She is also the author of The Jill St. John Cookbook (1987).

Johnny Nash
 
Date Born: Monday 19 August 1940
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: He was also the first non-Jamaican to record reggae music in Kingston, Jamaica.

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

Tony Secunda
 
Date Born: Saturday 24 August 1940
 
Description: Management, Entrepreneur Management, Promotion, Radio
 
Summary: In 1971 he became manager of T. Rex and helped Marc Bolan to set up his own record label, T. Rex Wax Co, through EMI.

Don Lafontaine
 
Date Born: Monday 26 August 1940
 
Description: Occupation Voice actor
 
Summary: His nicknames included "Thunder Throat" and "The Voice of God". LaFontaine's voice was used in Family Guy episodes "North by North Quahog", and "Brian Sings and Swings", and The Untold Story version of "Stewie B. Goode", and has been featured in musical tracks.

Sonny Sharrock
 
Date Born: Tuesday 27 August 1940
 
Description: Guitarist, USA
 
Summary: Sharrock began his musical career singing doo wop in his teen years. He collaborated with Pharoah Sanders and Alexander Solla in the late 1960s

Jack Thompson
 
Date Born: Saturday 31 August 1940
 
Description: Actor, Australian
 
Summary: Thompson was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia on 9 June, 1986 for his service to the Australian film industry, and served as an UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador.

Jimmy Clanton
 
Date Born: Monday 2 September 1940
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: One of the few white singers to come out of the New Orleans

Shadow Morton
 
Date Born: Tuesday 3 September 1940
 
Description: Composer of music, Record producer USA
 
Summary: The recording "Remember (Walking In The Sand)" by The Shangri-Las reached #3 on the US pop charts in 1964

Raquel Welch
 
Date Born: Thursday 5 September 1940
 
Description: Actress, USA
 
Summary: Welch became one of the leading sex symbols of the 1960s and 1970s. Her most memorable publicity still for One Million Years B.C.

Jackie Trent
 
Date Born: Friday 6 September 1940
 
Description: Vocalist, Composer, Actress, UK
 
Summary: Mainly known for her songwiting partnership with then husband Toy Hatch.

Frankie Avalon
 
Date Born: Sunday 8 September 1940
 
Description: Vocalist, Actor, USA
 
Summary: Singer,trumpeter,acted in many beach films of the time with Annette Funicello etc.

Paul Williams - Singer - Composer
 
Date Born: Monday 9 September 1940
 
Description: Vocalist, Actor , Composer, USA
 
Summary: He co wrote the Carpenters - "Wev've Only Just Begun" - This song as entered into the Carpenters film,was originally a bank jingle.

Roy Ayers
 
Date Born: Tuesday 10 September 1940
 
Description: Pianist, USA
 
Summary: Ayers was responsible for the highly regarded soundtrack to Jack Hill's 1973 blaxploitation film Coffy, which starred Pam Grier.

Bernie Dwyer
 
Date Born: Wednesday 11 September 1940
 
Description: Drummer, UK
 
Summary: The group had several hits that included, I’M TELLING YOU NOW during the sixties.

Jewel Akens
 
Date Born: Thursday 12 September 1940
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: An American singer and record producer. Aken had only one hit in Australia.A number of his recordings featured Eddie Cochran on guitar. He later went solo and recorded "The Birds And The Bees" in 1965, on the Era Records label.

Linda Gray
 
Date Born: Thursday 12 September 1940
 
Description: Actor, USA
 
Summary: Mainly known for her role in the ’DALLAS’ TV series playing Sue Ellen Shepard Ewing.

Jimmy James
 
Date Born: Friday 13 September 1940
 
Description: Vocalist, Jamaica
 
Summary: James regularly performs around the UK with former Foundations frontman, Clem Curtis.

Lonnie Lee
 
Date Born: Friday 13 September 1940
 
Description: Singer, Composer, Guitarist, Australia
 
Summary: One of Australia’s pioneers of the rock industry and singer of many memorable hits on the Leedon label. Lonnie Lee’s success was a clear - cut indication of talent.

Jimmy Gilmer And The Fireballs
 
Date Born: Sunday 15 September 1940
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: Billed as Jimmy Gilmer and The Fireballs, the group reached #1 on the Billboard chart with "Sugar Shack", which remained at that position for five weeks in 1963.

Bill Medley
 
Date Born: Thursday 19 September 1940
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: Medley also had a moderately successful solo career. In 1968, he released "Peace, Brother, Peace" and "Brown Eyed Woman"

Mike Nock
 
Date Born: Friday 27 September 1940
 
Description: Pianist, Australia
 
Summary: A jazz pianist, currently based in Australia. He began studying piano at 11 and by 18 was performing in Australia.

Dewey Martin
 
Date Born: Monday 30 September 1940
 
Description: Drummer, Vocalist, Canada
 
Summary: In September 1969, Martin signed a solo deal with Uni Records and recorded a cover of the country favourite, "Jambalaya" with session ace James Burton on guitar.

John Lennon
 
Date Born: Wednesday 9 October 1940
 
Description: Vocalist, Guitarist , Composer, UK
 
Summary: John Lennon was born to Julia Lennon and Alfred Lennon, during the course of a German air raid in World War II. He was named after his paternal grandfather, John 'Jack' Lennon, and Winston Churchill. Alf was a merchant seaman during World War II, and was often away from home. Alf went AWOL in 1943. When Alf eventually came home in 1944, he offered to look after Julia and Lennon, but Julia rejected the idea. After considerable pressure from her sister, Mary "Mimi" Smith, Julia handed the care of Lennon over to Mimi.

Chris Farlowe
 
Date Born: Sunday 13 October 1940
 
Description: Vocalist, UK
 
Summary: Formed Chris Farlowe and The Thunderbirds early in his career in the sixties.

Pharough Sanders
 
Date Born: Sunday 13 October 1940
 
Description: Saxophonist, USA
 
Summary: Born Ferrell Sanders in Little Rock, Arkansas, he began his professional career playing tenor saxophone in Oakland, California.

Cliff Richard
 
Date Born: Monday 14 October 1940
 
Description: Vocalist, Actor, UK
 
Summary: With his backing band The Shadows, Richard dominated the British popular music scene in the late 1950s and early 1960s, before and during the The Beatles' first year in the charts.

Cliff Richard And The Shadows
 
Date Born: Monday 14 October 1940
 
Description: Vocalist, Actor, UK
 
Summary: Cliff Richard should be classed as one of the best entertainers in the world if not the best. This may be disputed by many but all of his stage performances are treated equally and faultless.

Cliff Richard Official
 
Date Born: Monday 14 October 1940
 
Description: Vocalist, Actor, UK
 
Summary: He created Cliff Richard and has lived his character to a quality no one has come close in doing.

Staff Sergent Barry Sadler
 
Date Born: Tuesday 15 October 1940
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: The Ballad sold two million copies in five weeks. The media was all over Barry. Stories appeared in Life, Time, Newsweek, Variety, Billboard and Cash Box magazines while Barry appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show, The Jimmy Dean Show, NBC’s Home Front and Martha Raye’s ABC-TV Hollywood Palace program.

Cynthia Weil
 
Date Born: Friday 18 October 1940
 
Description: Composer
 
Summary: Weil and Mann must be said to be one of the most popular song writers of the modern day.

Larry Chance
 
Date Born: Saturday 19 October 1940
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: Larry and company have placed many songs on the charts, including: Life Is But a Dream, Never, I Believe, and of course the classic Remember Then. They've recorded many other classics including: Looking For My Baby, Eyes, Kissin' and Cry, Cry, Cry, etc. .

Larry Chance - Usa
 
Date Born: Saturday 19 October 1940
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: He was born Larry Figueiredo in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Kathy Kirby
 
Date Born: Sunday 20 October 1940
 
Description: Vocalist, UK
 
Summary: In 1963, she won Top British Female Singer in the New Musical Express poll.

Manfred Mann - (musician)
 
Date Born: Monday 21 October 1940
 
Description: Keyboards, UK
 
Summary: He began to write for Jazz News under the pseudonym Manfred Manne after jazz drummer Shelly Manne.

Ellie Greenwich
 
Date Born: Wednesday 23 October 1940
 
Description: Composer, USA
 
Summary: One of Americas greatest popular song writers of her time.

Eddie Henderson
 
Date Born: Saturday 26 October 1940
 
Description: Trumpeter
 
Summary: Henderson's mother was one of the dancers in the original Cotton Club. She had a twin sister, and they were called The Brown Twins. They would dance with Bill "Bojangles" Robinson and the Nicholas Brothers

Eric Griffiths - ( The Quarrymen )
 
Date Born: Thursday 31 October 1940
 
Description: Guitarist, UK
 
Summary: Eric played guitar for the Quarrymen from 1956 until 1958, playing with both John and Paul.

Delbert Mcclinton
 
Date Born: Monday 4 November 1940
 
Description: Harmonicaist, Vocalist
 
Summary: Working in bands such as 'The Straitjackets' and backing stars such as Sony Boy Williams II, Lightening Hopkins and Jimmy Reed.

Elke Sommer
 
Date Born: Tuesday 5 November 1940
 
Description: Actress, USA
 
Summary: She became one of the top movie actresses of the 1960s and made 99 movie and television appearances between 1959 and 2005

Screaming Lord Sutch
 
Date Born: Sunday 10 November 1940
 
Description: Vocalist, UK
 
Summary: Known in Britain as "The Wild Man Of Rock".

John Ryanes
 
Date Born: Saturday 16 November 1940
 
Description: Singer, usa
 
Summary: The Monotones disbanded in 1962. Surviving members met to revive "Book of Love" several times after the break-up.

Freddie Marsden
 
Date Born: Saturday 23 November 1940
 
Description: Drummer, UK
 
Summary: After the group broke up Freddie Marsden went to work for British Telecom with his drums disgarded in the garage.

Johnny Carver
 
Date Born: Sunday 24 November 1940
 
Description: Vocalist, Composer, USA
 
Summary: His highest charting single was a cover of Tony Orlando's "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree".

Bruce Lee
 
Date Born: Wednesday 27 November 1940
 
Description: Actor, martial arts, Chinese American
 
Summary: Martial arts expert in real life and on the screen.

Bruce Chanel
 
Date Born: Thursday 28 November 1940
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: Channel has been inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. "Hey! Baby" is in the repertoire of several U.S. marching bands.

Clem Curtis
 
Date Born: Thursday 28 November 1940
 
Description: Vocalist, UK
 
Summary: Curtis came to England at the age of fifteen and later found employment as an interior decorator.

Dennis Doherty
 
Date Born: Friday 29 November 1940
 
Description: Vocalist, Composer, Canada
 
Summary: The Mamas and the Papas, the band soon began to record their debut album, If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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".

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’.

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

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

 

 
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