Birthdays in Music in 1956

  • Jan 4 Barney Sumner, English rock guitarist, vocalist (New Order-Blue Monday), born in Salford
  • Jan 4 Bernard Albrecht, English pop guitarist (Joy Division)
  • Jan 4 Nels Cline, American guitarist and composer
  • Jan 10 Shawn Colvin, American country folk singer-songwriter (Sunny Came Home), born in Vermillion, South Dakota
  • Jan 11 Robert Earl Keen, American singer
  • Jan 13 Malcolm Foster, rock bassist (Pretenders-Mystery Achievement)
  • Jan 14 Étienne Daho, French singer and songwriter
  • Jan 14 Ben Heppner, Canadian singer
  • Jan 17 Paul Young, rock vocalist/keyboardist (Every Time You Go Away)
  • Jan 18 George Mark Collie, American country singer (Another Old Soldier), born in Waynesboro Tennessee
  • Jan 18 Tom Bailey, English rock vocalist/keyboardist (Thompson Twins-Doctor Doctor), born in Halifax, West Yorkshire
  • Jan 19 Carman Licciardello, American Christian singer
  • Jan 21 Bob Brill, American drummer (Berlin-You Take My Breath Away), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 22 Steve Riley, American drummer
  • Jan 24 Hanne Krogh, Norwegian singer (Bobbysocks)
  • Jan 24 Lounès Matoub, a famous Berber Kabyle singer (d. 1998)
  • Jan 25 Andy Cox, rock guitarist (Fine Young Cannibals-She Drives Me Crazy)
  • Jan 26 Lisa Boray, [Schulte Nordholt], Dutch singer (Lovers Until the End)
  • Jan 28 Peter Schilling, rocker, born in Stuttgart, Germany
  • Jan 31 Johnny Rotten, [John Lydon], rocker (Sex Pistols-God Save the Queen)
  • Feb 1 Exene Cervenka, American musician
  • Feb 3 Lee Ranaldo, American musician (Sonic Youth)
  • Feb 7 Mark St. John, American musician (Kiss) (d. 2007)
  • Feb 8 Dave Meros, American bassist (Spock's Beard)
  • Feb 11 H.R. [Paul D. Hudson], singer (Bad Brains), born in London, England
  • Feb 11 Didier Lockwood, French violinist
  • Feb 13 Peter Hook, English rock bassist (New Order-Round & Round, Run)
  • Feb 18 Ted Gärdestad, Swedish singer (d. 1997)
  • Feb 19 Dave Wakeling, rock singer/guitarist
  • Feb 19 Peter Holsapple, rocker (Continental Drifters)
  • Feb 26 Keisuke Kuwata, Japanese singer
  • Feb 29 Randy Jackson, rocker (Zebra-I Don't Know, I Don't Care)
  • Mar 2 John Cowsill, rock drummer (The Cowsills - We Can Fly), born in Newport, Rhode Island
  • Mar 2 Mark Evans, Australian rock bassist (AC/DC), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Mar 4 Kermit Driscoll, American jazz bassist
  • Mar 5 Teena Marie, American singer
  • Mar 17 Will Rigby, rock percussionist (Amy Rigby Diary of a Mad Housewife)
  • Mar 26 Charly McClain, country singer (Radio Heart), born in Jackson, Tennessee
  • Apr 1 Peter O'Toole, Irish pop bassist (Hothouse Flowers-People)
  • Apr 3 Miguel Bose, Panamanian-born Spanish singer and actor (El Avaro, Queen Margot), born in Panama City
  • Apr 12 Alexander Briley, vocalist (YMCA-Village People)
  • Apr 12 Herbert Grönemeyer, German singer
  • Apr 27 Bryan Harvey, American musician
  • Apr 28 Jimmy Barnes [James Swan], Australian singer-songwriter (For the Working Class Man), born in Glasgow
  • Apr 29 Ron Verlin, rocker (Shooting Star)
  • Apr 29 Ketil Stokkan, Norwegian singer
  • Apr 30 Jorge Chaminé, Portuguese baritone
  • May 2 David Rhodes, English guitarist
  • May 4 Sharon Jones, soul singer (Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings), born in Augusta, Georgia (d. 2016)
  • May 5 Dick Kemper, Amsterdam Neth, rock vocalist/bassist (Vandenberg)
  • May 7 Anne Dudley, British classical and film composer (The Full Monty), born in Beckenham, Kent
  • May 19 Martyn Ware, rocker (Heaven 17-Electric Dreams)
  • May 22 Natasha Shneider, Russian-born musician
  • May 24 Helen Terry, rocker (Now You're Mine)
  • May 25 Sugar Minott, Jamaican singer
  • May 25 David P. Sartor, American music composer
  • May 29 LaToya Jackson, American singer/model (If You Feel the Funk)/posed for Playboy, born in Gary, Indiana
  • May 29 Larry Blackmon, rocker (Cameo-Alligator Woman)
  • May 31 Bart van Poppel, Dutch bassist/guitarist/singer (Tambourine)
  • May 31 Fritz Hilpert, German musician and sound engineer (Kraftwerk)
  • Jun 1 Lisa Hartman Black, singer/actress (Tabitha, Knots Landing), born in Houston, Texas
  • Jun 3 Danny Wilde, rocker (Rembrandts)
  • Jun 5 Kenny G, saxophonist (Duotones)
  • Jun 5 Richard Butler, English singer (Psychedelic Furs)
  • Jun 14 King Diamond [Kim Petersen], Danish heavy metal musician (Merciful Fate, King Diamond), born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Jun 19 Doug Stone, American singer
  • Jun 22 Derek Forbes, rocker (Simple Minds-Water Front)
  • Jun 22 Green [Gartside], rock vocalist (Scritti Politti-Flesh & Blood)

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Jun 26 Chris Isaak, American rock singer-songwriter (Wicked Game), born in Stockton, California

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  • Jun 30 Adrian Wright, Sheffield, rock vocalist (Human League-Only Human)
  • Jun 30 Ronald Winans, gospel singer (Winans)
  • Jul 2 Jeffrey Cooper, rock guitarist (Midnight Star-No Parking)
  • Jul 6 John Jorgenson, singer (Desert Rose Band-Love Reunited), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Jul 8 Russell Christian, rocker (Christians-Harvest the World)
  • Jul 13 Mark "The Animal' Mendoza [Glickman], American bassist (Twisted Sister-We're Not Gonna Take It), born in Long Island, New York
  • Jul 14 Bob Birch, American musician (Elton John), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2012)
  • Jul 15 Joe Satriani, American guitarist, born in Westbury, New York
  • Jul 15 Ian Curtis, English rock vocalist (Joy Division-Transmission) (d. 1980)
  • Jul 18 Audrey Landers [Hamburg], American actress/singer (Dallas, Chorus Line), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 20 Paul Cook, English rock drummer (Sex Pistols), born in London
  • Jul 22 Mick Pointer, rock drummer (Marillion)
  • Jul 29 Patti Scialfa, singer (As Long as I Can Be)/Mrs Bruce Springsteen
  • Jul 30 Phil Fearon, rocker (Galaxy, Kandidate-I Don't Want to Lose You)
  • Aug 2 Isabel Pantoja, Spain, spanish singer (Genio y Figura)
  • Aug 3 Kirk Brandon, rocker (Theatre of Hate, Spear of Destiny-Outland)
  • Aug 5 Ferdi Bolland, Dutch singer/guitarist (Bolland & Bolland)
  • Aug 8 Chris Foreman, guitarist (Madness-Burning Down the House)
  • Aug 8 David Grant, Jamaica, singer/songwriter (Stop & Go, Heaven Knows)
  • Aug 14 Sharon Bryant, vocalist (Atlantic Star-Touch a 4 Leaf Clover)
  • Aug 15 Vinny Denunzio, rocker
  • Aug 15 Lorraine Desmarais, French-Canadian jazz pianist and composer
  • Aug 18 John Debney, American composer
  • Aug 18 Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz, American musician
  • Aug 20 Rick Olsen, rock guitarist (Berlin-Take My Breath Away)
  • Aug 25 Matt Aitken, rocker (Stock Aitken & Waterman-Road Block)
  • Aug 27 Glen Matlock, rock bassist (Sex Pistols)
  • Aug 29 GG Allin, American rock singer (d. 1993)
  • Sep 4 Blackie Lawless, American musician, lead singer in W.A.S.P.
  • Sep 5 Roine Stolt, Swedish guitarist (The Flower Kings)
  • Sep 7 Michael J Feinstein, pianist (Isn't It Romantic)
  • Sep 7 Diane Warren, American song writer
  • Sep 8 Frank Tovey, British musician (d. 2002)
  • Sep 10 Johnny Fingers, rocker (Boomtown Rats)
  • Sep 10 Johnny Hickman, American musician
  • Sep 12 Brian Robertson, rock guitarist (Thin Lizzy), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Sep 12 Barry Andrews, British musician
  • Sep 13 [Joan] Joni Sledge, vocalist (Sister Sledge "We are Family"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2017)
  • Sep 15 Jaki Graham, British R&B singer-songwriter, born in Birmingham
  • Sep 15 Ned Rothenberg, composer
  • Sep 15 Maggie Reilly, Scottish folk singer
  • Sep 16 Charles Fearing, rock guitarist (Raydio)
  • Sep 16 Peter Zaremba, rocker (Fleshtones)
  • Sep 22 Debby Boone, singer (You Light Up My Life), born in Hackensack, New York
  • Sep 22 Masayuki Suzuki, Japanese singer (Rats & Star)
  • Sep 23 June Forester, country singer (Forester Sister-Men), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Sep 29 Suzzy Roche, rocker (Roches)
  • Oct 2 Freddie Jackson, US R&B singer/songwriter (Rock Me Tonight)
  • Oct 8 Larry Crane, Seymour, Indiana, American rocker (John Mellencamp band)
  • Oct 12 David Vanian, British singer, (The Damned)
  • Oct 23 Dwight Yoakam, country singer (Honky Tonk Man), born in Pikeville, Kentucky
  • Oct 25 Matthias Jabs, rock guitarist (Scorpions-Wind of Change)
  • Oct 28 Dave Wyndorf, American singer (Monster Magnet)
  • Nov 4 James Honeyman-Scott, rock guitarist/vocalist (Pretenders)
  • Nov 4 Jeff Watson, rock guitarist (Night Ranger)
  • Nov 4 Jordan Rudess, American musician (Dream Theater)
  • Nov 5 Mike Score, rock guitarist (Flock Of Seagulls), born in Liverpool, England
  • Nov 5 Rob Fisher, Bath England, rock keyboardist (Naked Eyes)
  • Nov 7 Denise Jannah, [Zeefuik], Suriname jazz singer (Farmer's Market)
  • Nov 11 Billy Smith, Reidsville NC, country singer (Billy & Terry Smith)
  • Nov 11 Ian Craig Marsh, England, rocker (Heaven 17-Electric Dreams)
  • Nov 13 Aldo Nova, rocker (Blood on the Bricks)
  • Nov 20 Dan Powers, rock guitarist (Michael Stanley Band)
  • Nov 22 Lawrence Gowan, Canadian singer (Styx)
  • Nov 28 Kristine Arnold, Torrance, singer (Sweethearts of Rodeo-Midnight Girl)
  • Nov 29 Hinton Battle, American dancer
  • Dec 1 Stuart Kimball, rock guitarist (Face To Face)
  • Dec 1 Julee Cruise, American singer and actress
  • Dec 4 Herbert Groenemeyer, Germany, rocker (OE, Luxus, Chaos, Spruenge)
  • Dec 5 Krystian Zimerman, Polish pianist
  • Dec 6 Peter Buck, US pop guitarist (REM-Murmur)
  • Dec 6 Randy Rhoads, Heavy metal guitarist (Quiet Riot), born in Santa Monica, California (d. 1982)
  • Dec 8 Warren Cuccurullo, rock guitarist (Missing Persons)
  • Dec 9 Sylvia, Kokomo Indiana, country singer (Nobody)
  • Dec 13 Majida El Roumi, Lebanese singer
  • Dec 20 Guy Babylon, keyboard player (Elton John) and arranger, born in New Windsor, Maryland (d. 2009|)
  • Dec 21 Lee Roy Parnell, country singer (Oughta be a Law), born in Abilene, Texas
  • Dec 23 Dave Murray, English heavy metal guitarist and songwriter (Iron Maiden), born in London, England
  • Dec 28 Kenneth Grant, bass/vocalist (Midnight Star-No Parking, Operator)
  • Dec 28 Nigel Kennedy, English violinist
  • Dec 29 Dolf de Vries, Dutch musical/director/arranger (Josephine)
  • Dec 30 Suzy Bogguss, singer (I Want to be a Cowboy's Sweetheart), born in Aledo, Illinois