This Day in Music History
1895 : Carl Orff, born in Munich. German composer.
See also: This Day in Music History Deaths (29 March 1982)
1908 : Cootie Williams, born Charles Melvin Williams in Mobile, Alabama. American jazz, jump blues and R&B trumpeter. Some sources state he was born on July 24.
See also: This Day in Music History Deaths (15 September 1985)
1930 : Eileen Rodgers born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. American singer and Broadway performer.
See also: This Day in Music History Deaths (13 July 2003)
1933 : Jumpin' Gene Simmons, born Morris Eugene Simmons in Itawamba County, Mississippi. American rockabilly singer and songwriter.
See also: This Day in Music History Deaths (29 August 2006)
1936 : Johnny Griffith, born John Ellis Griffith, Jr. in Detroit, Michigan. African-American musician. (Funk Brothers - keyboards)
See also: This Day in Music History Deaths (10 November 2002)
1937 : Sandy Stewart, born Sandra Galitz in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. American singer of popular songs.
1941 : Ian Whitcomb, born Ian Timothy Whitcomb in Woking, Surrey. English entertainer, singer, songwriter, author, record producer and actor.
1942 : Ronnie James Dio, born Ronald James Padavona in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. American rock and heavy metal vocalist and songwriter. (Black Sabbath, Rainbow - vocals)
See also: This Day in Music History Deaths (16 May 2010)
1943 : Jerry Miller, born in Tacoma, Washington. American songwriter, guitarist and vocalist. (The Jerry Miller Band, Moby Grape - founding member)
1944 : John Dymond, Canadian bass guitarist. (Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings)
1947 : Arlo Guthrie, born Arlo Davy Guthrie in Coney Island, New York. American folk singer.
1948 : John Whitehead born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. American singer, songwriter and record producer. (McFadden & Whitehead)
See also: This Day in Music History Deaths (11 May 2004)
1949 : Dave Smalley, born David Bruce Smalley in Oil City, Pennsylvania. American musician. (The Young Rascals, The Raspberries)
1950 : Greg Kihn, born in Baltimore, Maryland. American rock musician, radio personality and novelist.
1954 : Neil Tennant, born Neil Francis Tennant in North Shields, Tyneside. English musician, singer and songwriter. (Pet Shop Boys, Electronic - vocals, keyboards)
1959 : Sandy West, born Sandy Pesavento in Long Beach, California. American musician, singer, songwriter and drummer. (The Runaways)
See also: This Day in Music History Deaths (21 October 2006)
1965 : Peter DiStefano, American songwriter, producer and composer. (Porno For Pyros)
1977 : Elijah Blue Allman, born in Los Angeles, California. American singer and guitarist. Cher's first and only child with Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers.
1980 : Jessica Simpson, born Jessica Ann Simpson in Abilene, Texas. American recording artist, actress, television personality and fashion designer.