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Danny Overbea
Date Born: Sunday 3 January 1926
Description: Guitarist, USA
Summary: Danny Overbea was based in Chicago, but in Cleveland got started in music in a big way when he formed a vocal-instrumental trio called the Three Earls.

George Martin
Date Born: Sunday 3 January 1926
Description: Record Producer, Conductor, UK
Summary: Martin's family acquired a piano that sparked his interest in music. At eight-years-old, Martin persuaded his parents that he should take piano lessons, but those ended after only eight lessons because of a disagreement between his mother and the teacher.

Don Arden
Date Born: Monday 4 January 1926
Description: Businessman, music manager, agent, impresario, publicist and author
Summary: He was the father of Sharon Osbourne (father-in-law of Ozzy Osbourne) and David Levy, by his wife, Hope Shaw.

Jack Brokensha
Date Born: Tuesday 5 January 1926
Description: Vibraphonist
Summary: Fluent with vibes and drums as well as arranging and composing, Australian.

Evelyn Lear
Date Born: Friday 8 January 1926
Description: Vocalist, USA
Summary: From 1957 until his retirement in 1996, McBeth taught at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.

Soupy Sales
Date Born: Friday 8 January 1926
Description: Actor, US
Summary: One of the fans of the Soupy Sales show was Frank Sinatra. When Sinatra started his own record label, Reprise Records, he signed Sales to a recording contract. Two albums were produced with Reprise.

Jose Jimenez
Date Born: Saturday 9 January 1926
Description: Vocalist, Composer, Mexico
Summary: He had no musical training, Jiménez didn't play an instrument and didn't even know the Spanish terms for "waltz" and "key".

Susan Reed
Date Born: Monday 11 January 1926
Description: Vocalist, harpist and zitherist, USA
Summary: A regular on the New York folk scene.

Ray Price
Date Born: Tuesday 12 January 1926
Description: Vocalist Composer
Summary: Country music hall of fame - 1996. Began his recording career in the fifties with a song ’JEALOUS LIES’

Bob Wooler
Date Born: Tuesday 19 January 1926
Description: Management, DJ, UK
Summary: His voice was captured on the only live footage of the Beatles ever filmed at the Cavern, performing "Some Other Guy". Wooler became one of the major figures on the Mersey Scene and did much to help the various groups, remaining at the Cavern until 1967.

Patricia Neal
Date Born: Wednesday 20 January 1926
Description: Actress, USA
Summary: In 1963, Neal won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Hud, co-starring Paul Newman.

Ronnie Hilton
Date Born: Tuesday 26 January 1926
Description: Vocalist, UK
Summary: From a comparatively unknown Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, "Me and Juliet" written in 1953, Ronnie Hilton took the hit tune "No Other Love", and scored his one and only UK Number One hit in 1956.

Lizbeth Webb
Date Born: Saturday 30 January 1926
Description: Actress, Singer
Summary: She began her career as a teenage band vocalist under the name Betty Webb, singing to the troops during World War II and freelancing with British bands

Red Prysock
Date Born: Tuesday 2 February 1926
Description: Saxophonist, USA
Summary: Remembered king of the tenor sax.He played on several hit records by his brother, the singer Arthur Prysock, in the 1960s. NP

Shelley Berman
Date Born: Wednesday 3 February 1926
Description: Actor, Comedian, Comedy
Summary: Sheldon Berman (born February 3, 1926) is an American comedian, writer, teacher, and actor.

Nancy Overton
Date Born: Saturday 6 February 1926
Description: Vocalist, USA
Summary: In the early 1990s, The Chordettes regrouped with Overton, Doris Alberti, and original members Lynn Evans and Jean Swain, doing shows ranging from a doo wop concert to touring with Eddy Arnold.

Audrey Meadows
Date Born: Monday 8 February 1926
Description: Actress
Summary: Audrey Meadows was born to Episcopal missionaries Rev. James Cotter and his wife, Ida.

Leslie Nielsen
Date Born: Thursday 11 February 1926
Description: Actor, Canadian
Summary: Nielsen was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, the son of Maybelle and Ingvard Nielsen. Nielsen's mother was Welsh and his father Danish.

Noble "thin Man" Watts
Date Born: Wednesday 17 February 1926
Description: Saxophonist, USA
Summary: He appeared on American Bandstand with Johnny Mathis in 1957, and performed in the house band at a Harlem club owned by boxer Sugar Ray Robinson.

Robert Clary
Date Born: Monday 1 March 1926
Description: Actor, Vocalist, USA
Summary: He visited Australia in the seventies appearing on the ’Don Lane Show’ and other shows etc. Youtube: Wayne Bethanis interviews Singer, Artist, Actor and Holocaust Survivor Robert Clary

Roy Haynes
Date Born: Saturday 13 March 1926
Description: Drummer, USA
Summary: Haynes can be linked to the all time jazz greats such as Stan Getz, Gary Burton etc or his own bands that he has formed over the years.

Lita Roza
Date Born: Sunday 14 March 1926
Description: Vocalist, UK
Summary: Roza made three appearances in the UK heats for selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, in 1957, 1959 and 1960.

Peter Graves
Date Born: Thursday 18 March 1926
Description: Actor, USA
Summary: Graves is mainly known for his role in MISSION IMPOSSIBLE in the sixties TV series. Graves was awarded a Golden Globe Award in 1971 for his role as Jim Phelps in the series Mission: Impossible.

David Mason - Trumpet
Date Born: Friday 2 April 1926
Description: Trumpeter, UK
Summary: On 17 January 1967 at Abbey Road Studios Mason recorded the piccolo trumpet solo which is a prominent part of The Beatles' song Penny Lane.

Stan Levey
Date Born: Monday 5 April 1926
Description: Drummer, Composer, USA
Summary: Born in Glasgow, Hulett discovered traditional music as an early teen and began playing the folk circuit in New Zealand in 1968.

Hugh Hefner
Date Born: Friday 9 April 1926
Description: Playboy Magazine
Summary: Hefner was born in Chicago, Illinois, the elder of two sons born to Grace Caroline (née Swanson; 1895–1997) and Glenn Lucius Hefner (1896–1976), both teachers.

Gloria Jean
Date Born: Wednesday 14 April 1926
Description: Actress, singer, USA
Summary: In December 1991, Gloria Jean was honored by the Young Artist Foundation with its Former Child Star "Lifetime Achievement" Award recognizing her achievements within the film industry as a juvenile performer.

Bud Shank
Date Born: Tuesday 27 April 1926
Description: Saxophonist, USA
Summary: Shank, another west coaster was an alto saxophone player.

Buddy Arnold
Date Born: Friday 30 April 1926
Description: SaxophoneTenor, Clarinet, Flute
Summary: In 1951 he began playing regularly again, touring with Buddy DeFranco, then worked with Jerry Wald, Tex Beneke, Elliot Lawrence, Stan Kenton, etc.

Cloris Leachman
Date Born: Friday 30 April 1926
Description: Actress, USA
Summary: The eldest of three sisters, was born in Des Moines, Iowa, the daughter of Cloris and Buck Leachman, who owned a lumber company. She graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1944.

Art Baxter
Date Born: Saturday 8 May 1926
Description: Vocalist, Guitarist, UK
Summary: An English rock singer during the fifties.

Don Rickles
Date Born: Saturday 8 May 1926
Description: Comedian, Actor, USA
Summary: It has been said that being insulted by Rickles is like "wearing a badge of honor".

Dewey Phillips
Date Born: Thursday 13 May 1926
Description: Disc Jockey
Summary: He played R &B, Blues, country, or anything that later people were calling rock and roll.

David Jacobs
Date Born: Wednesday 19 May 1926
Description: British broadcaster - A BBC staff announcer in the early 1950s
Summary: A BBC staff announcer in the early 1950s, his voice intoned the title for many of the 53 episodes of the space adventure series Journey Into Space.

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

Miles Davis
Date Born: Tuesday 25 May 1926
Description: Trumpeter
Summary: Widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, Davis was at the forefront of almost every major development in jazz from World War II to the 1990s:

Russ Freeman
Date Born: Friday 28 May 1926
Description: Pianist, USA
Summary: Freeman was classically trained. His reputation as a jazz pianist grew in the 1940s after working with Art Pepper & Shorty Rogers, and led to collaborations in the 1950s with Chet Baker

Andy Griffith
Date Born: Tuesday 1 June 1926
Description: Actor, Producer, Writer, Director, Country singer,
Summary: Griffith, an only child, was born the son of Geneva and Carl Lee Griffith. To this day, Mount Airy annually celebrates Griffith and his eponymous television series with "Mayberry Days".

Marilyn Monroe
Date Born: Tuesday 1 June 1926
Description: Actress, Model, Singer, USA
Summary: Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jeane Mortenson in the charity ward of the Los Angeles County Hospital. According to biographer Fred Lawrence Guiles, her grandmother, Della Monroe Grainger, had her baptized Norma Jeane Baker by Aimee Semple McPherson. Although she took a stagename of Marilyn Monroe in 1946, she did not legally change her name to Marilyn Monroe, 1956.

Milo Oshea
Date Born: Wednesday 2 June 1926
Description: Actor, Ireland
Summary: Other notable stage appearances include Mass Appeal (1981) in which he originated the role of "Father Tim Farley" (for which he was nominated for a Tony Award as "Best Actor" in 1982

Bruno Bartoletti
Date Born: Thursday 10 June 1926
Description: Conductor, pianist, Italy
Summary: Bruno Bartoletti was an Italian operatic conductor who had an active international career from 1953-2007.

Kenny Baker
Date Born: Saturday 26 June 1926
Description: Fiddle, USA
Summary: Baker is considered to be one of the most influential fiddlers in bluegrass music.

Mel Brooks
Date Born: Monday 28 June 1926
Description: Actor, Director, USA
Summary: Brooks is a member of the short list of entertainers with the distinction of having won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony award.

Morag Beaton
Date Born: Friday 2 July 1926
Description: Vocalist, Australian - Scottish
Summary: In 1962, she made her debut in Berlin singing in Manuel de Falla's extraordinary Atlantida. After singing in Germany and England, having been invited by Richard Bonynge, she toured Australia with the Sutherland-Williamson International Grand Opera Company in 1965.

Janet Leigh
Date Born: Tuesday 6 July 1926
Description: Actress, Dancer, USA
Summary: Leigh was born the only child of Helen Lita and Frederick Robert Morrison.

Bill Carson
Date Born: Thursday 8 July 1926
Description: Guitarist, USA
Summary: Carson's 1959 Fiesta Red Stratocaster sold for $66,000 in a Christie's New York auction.

Lowman Pauling
Date Born: Wednesday 14 July 1926
Description: Guitarist, Composer, USA
Summary: A member of The "5" Royales who began as the "Royal Suns" in 1942, a locally popular gospel quintet based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Paul Burke
Date Born: Wednesday 21 July 1926
Description: Actor, USA
Summary: During the 1970s, he appeared in three episodes each of ABC's The Love Boat and CBS's Medical Center. In 1984, he appeared as C.C. Capwell in twenty-one episodes of the NBC soap opera Santa Barbara.

Bryan Forbes
Date Born: Thursday 22 July 1926
Description: English film director, screenwriter, film producer, actor
Summary: Forbes began to act, appearing on stage and playing numerous supporting roles in British films, in particular An Inspector Calls (1954) and The Colditz Story (1955).

Stan Freberg
Date Born: Saturday 7 August 1926
Description: Comedian, Recording Artist, Animation Voice actor
Summary: The son of a Baptist minister, Stan Freberg grew up in Pasadena, California.

Urbie Green
Date Born: Sunday 8 August 1926
Description: Trombonist, USA
Summary: He has played on over 250 recordings and has released more than two dozen albums as a soloist and is highly respected by his fellow trombonists.

Joe Jones
Date Born: Thursday 12 August 1926
Description: Vocalist, USA
Summary: Joe Jones claimed to compose many songs including the song "Iko Iko". A federal jury and then Court of Appeals ruled that Jones did not write "Iko Iko"

John Derek
Date Born: Thursday 12 August 1926
Description: Actor, Director, Cinematographer, Screenwriter, Producer
Summary: Derek had a minor role as a film director. He directed his fourth wife, Bo Derek, in four movies.

Cosimo Matassa
Date Born: Friday 13 August 1926
Description: Recording engineer and studio owner, USA
Summary: An Italian-American recording engineer and studio owner responsible for many R&B and early rock and roll recordings.

Buddy Greco
Date Born: Saturday 14 August 1926
Description: Vocalist, Actor, USA
Summary: Greco began playing piano at the age of four. His first professional work was playing with Benny Goodman's band.

Rose Maddox
Date Born: Sunday 15 August 1926
Description: Vocalist, Composer, USA
Summary: She is referred to as "The Original Hillbilly Filly" and "The Grandmother of Rockabilly".

Carolyn Leigh
Date Born: Saturday 21 August 1926
Description: Songwriter, Lyrisist, USA
Summary: Lyrist of the fifties, some of the most famous songs were "Young at Heart" - "Witchcraft".

Bob Flanigan
Date Born: Sunday 22 August 1926
Description: Vocalist , USA
Summary: The Beach Boys, in the form of Brian Wilson's frequent expressions of admiration for the quartet as part of his inspiration behind putting together the Beach Boys vocal sound.

Georgia Gibbs
Date Born: Thursday 26 August 1926
Description: Vocalist, USA
Summary: Gibbs was born the youngest of four children of Russian Jewish descent. She spent her first seven years in an orphanage in Worcester, separated from her other siblings.

Aaron Schroeder
Date Born: Tuesday 7 September 1926
Description: Composer of song and music publisher.
Summary: He discovered, managed and directed the career of Gene Pitney and produced the Academy Award Nominee for Best Song, Town Without Pity.

Eric Gross
Date Born: Thursday 16 September 1926
Description: Pianist, Composer, Australia
Summary: In 1998 Gross was made a Member of the Order of Australia and, on Australia Day 2006, he was declared to be the City of Canada Bay Cultural and Artistic Citizen of the Year.

Bill Black
Date Born: Friday 17 September 1926
Description: Bassist, USA
Summary: Black continued to work with Presley until 1958, leaving his band in large part due to disputes over financial terms.

Jack Mcduff
Date Born: Friday 17 September 1926
Description: Organist, bandleader, USA
Summary: A jazz organist and organ trio bandleader who was most prominent during the hard bop and soul jazz era of the 1960s

James Lipton
Date Born: Sunday 19 September 1926
Description: Poet, talk show host, writer, teacher, actor, producer
Summary: James R. Lipton was born in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Betty (née Weinberg), a teacher, and journalist Lawrence Lipton.

John Coltrane
Date Born: Thursday 23 September 1926
Description: Saxophonist, USA
Summary: In 1965 Coltrane may have begun using LSD informing the sublime, "cosmic" transcendence of his late period, and also its incomprehensibility to many listeners.

Jerry Clower
Date Born: Tuesday 28 September 1926
Description: Comedian, USA
Summary: JERRY CLOWER FOM YAZOO CITY. The record sold well over 7000 copies and had no previous advertising.

Oscar Brown Jr.
Date Born: Sunday 10 October 1926
Description: Singer, Composer, USA
Summary: Brown's lyrics and original compositions have been performed by a variety of other artists. Nina Simone popularized Brown's lyrics to "Work Song" and "Afro Blue," as well as his song "Bid 'Em In."

Bill Justis
Date Born: Thursday 14 October 1926
Description: Trumpeter, Saxophonist, Composer, Arranger, USA
Summary: Raunchy was the first Rock and Roll hit in America, England and Australia.

Jean Peters
Date Born: Friday 15 October 1926
Description: Actress, USA
Summary: American actress, known as a star of 20th Century Fox in the late 1940s and early 1950s, and as the second (or possibly third) wife of Howard Hughes.

Beverly Garland
Date Born: Sunday 17 October 1926
Description: Actress, USA
Summary: In the 1964-1965 television season, Garland co-starred in the role of Ellie Collins with Bing Crosby as husband Bing Collins in the ABC sitcom The Bing Crosby Show.

Chuck Berry
Date Born: Monday 18 October 1926
Description: Vocalist, Composer, Guitarist, USA
Summary: Singer, guitarist, composer and prolific writer of words that seem to roll out. Berry was the third child in a family of six. He grew up in the north St. Louis.

Julie London
Date Born: Tuesday 26 October 1926
Description: Vocalist, Actress, USA
Summary: Born the daughter of Jack and Josephine Peck, who were a vaudeville song and dance team. When she was 14, the family moved to Los Angeles.

Jimmy Savile
Date Born: Sunday 31 October 1926
Description: Disc jockey,Ttelevision presenter, UK
Summary: Savile started his radio career working as a Radio Luxembourg DJ from 1958 to 1967. Among his programmes was the Teen and Twenty Disc Club

Charlie Walker
Date Born: Tuesday 2 November 1926
Description: Vocalist, Guitarist, Composer, US A
Summary: Walker played a minor role in the 1985 Patsy Cline biographical film Sweet Dreams.

Joan Sutherland
Date Born: Sunday 7 November 1926
Description: Vocalist, Australia
Summary: Sutherland's early recordings show her to be possessed of a crystal-clear voice and excellent diction.

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

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

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.

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.

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