This Day in Music History
1917 : Rufus Thomas, born Rufus Thomas, Jr. in Cayce, Mississippi. American R&B, funk and soul singer and comedian.
See also: This Day in Music History Deaths (15 December 2001)
1925 : James Moody, in Savannah, Georgia. American jazz saxophonist and flautist.
See also: This Day in Music History Deaths (9 December 2010)
1934 : Alan Arkin, born Alan Wolf Arkin in Brooklyn, New York City. American actor, director, musician and singer. (The Tarriers)
1936 : Fred Parris, born in New Haven, Connecticut. American vocalist and bandleader. (The Five Satins)
1944 : Diana Ross, born Diana Ernestine Earle Ross in Detroit, Michigan. American singer, actress and record producer.
1946 : Johnny Crawford, born John Ernest Crawford in Los Angeles, California. American character actor, singer and musician.
1948 : Steven Tyler, born Steven Victor Tallarico in Yonkers, New York. American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and TV music competition judge. (Aerosmith - frontman, lead singer, harmonica).
1948 : Richard Tandy, born in Birmingham. English musician. (Electric Light Orchestra - keyboards)
1949 : Fran Sheehan, born in Boston, Massachusetts or Norfolk, Virginia. American rock musician. (Boston - bass guitar)
1950 : Teddy Pendergrass, born Theodore DeReese Pendergrass in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. American soul singer. (Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes)
See also: This Day in Music History Deaths (13 January 2010)
1953 : Billy Lyall, born William Lyall in Edinburgh. Scottish musician. (The Bay City Rollers)
See also: This Day in Music History Deaths (1 December 1989)
1968 : Kenny Chesney, born Kenneth Arnold Chesney in Knoxville, Tennessee. American country music singer.
1968 : James Iha, born James Yoshinobu Iha in Chicago, Illinois. American rock musician. (The Smashing Pumpkins - guitarist, co-founder)
1976 : David Keuning, born David Brent Keuning in Pella, Iowa. American musician, songwriter and singer. (The Killers)