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Music Birthdays

We haven’t done one of these for a while and, with all the gloom and doom around at the moment, we thought this was a good time to celebrate all the musicians, past and present, whose birthday it is today.

1818 – Charles Gounod, French composer and academic
1882 – Igor Stravinsky, Russian pianist, composer, and conductor
1902 – Sammy Fain, American pianist and composer
1910 – Red Foley, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
1915 – David “Stringbean” Akeman, American singer and banjo player
1916 – Terry Gilkyson, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
1927 – Martin Böttcher, German composer and conductor
1930 – Cliff Gallup, American rock & roll guitarist
1933 – Christian Ferras, French violinist
1940 – Chuck Rainey, American bassist
1943 – Barry Manilow, American singer-songwriter and producer
1944 – Chris Spedding, English singer-songwriter and guitarist
1947 – Timothy Wright, American gospel singer, pastor
1947 – George S. Clinton, American composer and songwriter
1947 – Gregg Rolie, American rock singer-songwriter and keyboard player
1947 – Paul Young, English singer-songwriter
1949 – Snakefinger, English singer-songwriter and guitarist
1949 – Russell Smith, American country singer-songwriter and guitarist
1957 – Philip Chevron, Irish singer-songwriter and guitarist
1957 – Martin Dillon, American tenor and educator
1957 – Uģis Prauliņš, Latvian composer
1958 – Jello Biafra, American singer-songwriter and producer
1961 – Kōichi Yamadera, Japanese singer and actor
1962 – Michael Monroe, Finnish singer-songwriter and saxophonist
1967 – Dorothea Röschmann, German soprano and actress
1967 – Eric Stefani, American keyboard player and composer
1971 – Paulina Rubio, Mexican pop singer
1979 – Young Maylay, American rapper, producer, and voice actor
1983 – Lee Ryan, English singer/actor
1987 – Kendrick Lamar, American rapper
1987 – Nozomi Tsuji, Japanese singer and actress
1989 – Simone Battle, American singer and actress

Music Deaths




It’s the first of a new month and so we pay tribute to the 40 people involved with the music industry who joined the great gig above during July.

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Sid Ramin, 100, American composer (West Side Story, Too Many Thieves, Stiletto), Oscar (1961), and Grammy winner (1961)
Bogusław Schaeffer, 90, Polish composer, musicologist, and graphic artist

02
Michael Colgrass, 87, American-born Canadian composer, Pulitzer Prize winner (1978)
Costa Cordalis, 75, Greek-born German schlager singer
Ibrahim Emin, 56, Azerbaijani rock bassist
Michelle Medina, 32, Ecuadorian singer, athlete, and TV presenter
Jacky Zimah, 63, Indonesian singer

03
Alan Rogan, 68, British guitar technician (The Who)

04
Vivian Perlis, 91, American musicologist

05
Paolo Vinaccia, 65, Italian jazz percussionist

06
Martin Charnin, 84, American lyricist (Annie, Two by Two, Hot Spot) and theatre director
João Gilberto, 88, Brazilian singer-songwriter and guitarist, pioneer of bossa nova music style
Thommy Gustafsson, 71, Swedish keyboardist
Gary LeMel, 80, American jazz singer and music executive (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Yannis Spathas, 68, Greek guitarist

07
Jonathan Hodge, 78, British composer

08
James Henke, 65, American music journalist (Rolling Stone) and museum curator (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)
Tunica Teixeira, 69, Brazilian sound designer and musical producer

09
Aaron Rosand, 92, American violinist

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Jerry Lawson, 75, American a cappella singer

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Eberhard Kummer, 78, Austrian singer
Arno Marsh, 91, American jazz saxophonist
Dick Richards, 95, American Hall of Fame drummer (Bill Haley & His Comets)
Joseph Rouleau, 90, Canadian bass opera singer
Russell Smith, 70, American singer-songwriter

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Carl Bertil Agnestig, 95, Swedish music teacher and composer

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Doug Flett, 83, Australian songwriter
Byambasuren Sharav, 66, Mongolian composer and pianist

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Johnny Clegg, 66, British-born South African singer and musician
Pat Kelly, c. 70, Jamaican rocksteady and reggae singer
Bill Vitt, American drummer

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Bob Frank, 75, American singer-songwriter
Ruud Jacobs, 81, Dutch jazz musician and music producer

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Inger Berggren, 85, Swedish schlager singer
Yao Lee, 96, Chinese singer

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Ben Johnston, 93, American microtonal composer

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Daniel Rae Costello, 58, Fijian-born Samoan guitarist
Art Neville, 81, American singer-songwriter and keyboardist

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Anner Bylsma, 85, Dutch cellist

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Ras G, 39, American hip hop producer and disc jockey

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