Birthdays in Music in 1959

  • Jan 3 Rusty Golden, rocker (Boys Band)
  • Jan 4 Denise Matthews "Vanity", singer (Prince protege) and actress (52 Pick Up), born in Niagara Falls, Ontario (d. 2016)
  • Jan 6 Kathy Sledge, vocalist (Sister Sledge-We are Family), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 7 Kathy Valentine, rocker (Go-Go's-We Got the Beat)
  • Jan 8 Paul Hester, Australian drummer (d. 2005)
  • Jan 9 Cristi Minculescu, Romanian musician
  • Jan 10 Don Letts, rocker (Big Audio Dynamite)
  • Jan 10 Kirk & Curtwood, musician (Meat Puppets)
  • Jan 12 Per Helmstad Gessle, Sweden, singer (Roxette-Must Have Been Love)
  • Jan 12 Blixa Bargeld, German singer and musician (Einstürzende Neubauten, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds)
  • Jan 13 James Lomenzo, American musician (Megadeth)
  • Jan 14 Carl Chas Smash Smyth, rock bassist (Madness-Our House)
  • Jan 14 Geoff Tate, vocalist (Queensryche-Breaking the Silence)
  • Jan 15 Pete Trewavas, Middlesbrough, bassist, (Marillion-Clutching at Straws)
  • Jan 16 Sade, Nigerian-born singer
  • Jan 17 Susanna Hoffs, actress/rocker (Bangles-Walk Like an Egyptian)
  • Jan 17 Momoe Yamaguchi, Japanese singer and actress
  • Jan 18 Bob Rosenberg, rocker (Will To Power)
  • Jan 23 Earl Falconer, British reggae bassist (UB40-Red Red Wine)
  • Jan 28 Dave Sharp, rock guitarist (Alarm-In the Summertime)
  • Jan 28 Burkhard Dallwitz, German-born composer
  • Jan 30 Jody Watley, Chic, dancer (Solid Gold)/singer (Looking For a New Love)
  • Feb 3 Loi Tolhurst, rocker (Cure-Hell's Kitchen)
  • Feb 3 Yasuharu Konishi, Japanese musician (Pizzicato Five)
  • Feb 6 Ken Nelson, English record producer
  • Feb 7 Brian Travers, rock saxophonist (UB40-Red Wine)
  • Feb 12 Omar Hakim, drummer (Dire Straits, Weather Report)
  • Feb 14 Renée Fleming, American soprano
  • Feb 15 Ali Campbell, British reggae vocalist/guitarist (UB40-Red Red Wine)
  • Feb 21 José María Cano, Spanish musician
  • Feb 25 Mike Peters, rocker (Alarm-In the Summertime)
  • Feb 27 Johnny Van Zant, American singer (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
  • Mar 2 Andrew Farriss, Australia, rock keyboardist (Inxs-Kiss the Dirt)
  • Mar 2 Larry Stewart, country singer (Restless Heart-Wheels), born in Paducah, Kentucky
  • Mar 13 Ronnie Rogers, guitarist (T'Pau-Heart & Soul)
  • Mar 14 Patrick Dupond, dancer (La Bayadere), born in Paris, France
  • Mar 16 Stan Thorn, singer (Shenandoah-Sunday in the South), born in Kenosha, Wisconsin

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Mar 16 Flavor Flav, American rapper and reality TV star, born in Roosevelt, New York

Rapper & TV star Flavor Flav
Rapper & TV star
Flavor Flav
  • Mar 17 Mike Lindup, British rock keyboardist/singer (Level 42-Hot Water)
  • Mar 17 Paul Black, American rock singer
  • Mar 18 Irene Cara, Bronx actress/singer (Fame, DC Cab, Certain Fury), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 19 Terry Hall, English musician (Specials, Fun Boy 3), born in Coventry
  • Mar 20 Richard Drummie, rocker (Go West-Call Me, Don't Look Down)
  • Mar 21 Sarah Jane Morris, English Singer
  • Mar 21 Nobuo Uematsu, Japanese composer
  • Mar 22 Avraham Fried, Orthodox Jewish Musician
  • Mar 23 Epic Soundtracks, English musician (Swell Maps, Crime and the City Solution, These Immortal Souls) (d. 1997)
  • Mar 29 Perry Farrell, American musician, (Jane's Addiction, Porno For Pyros)
  • Mar 30 Sabine Meyer, German clarinetist
  • Mar 31 Ali McMordie, Irish bassist (Stiff Little Fingers)
  • Apr 2 Dean Townson, singer (Pirates of Miss-Fred Jake), born in St Petersburg, Florida
  • Apr 9 Dave Innis, Bartlesville Oklahoma, country singer (Restless Heart-Wheels)
  • Apr 10 Brian Setzer, American rock guitarist and vocalist (Stray Cats), born in Massapequa Park, New York
  • Apr 17 Stephen Singleton, Sheffield, rocker (ABC)

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Apr 21 Robert Smith, Sussex, English rock guitarist and vocalist (Cure-Hell's Kitchen), born in Blackpool, England

Musician Robert Smith
Musician
Robert Smith
  • Apr 21 Jerry Only, American musician (The Misfits)
  • Apr 21 Michael Timmins, Canadian musician (Cowboy Junkies)
  • Apr 25 Billy Rankin, rocker, born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Apr 26 John Corabi, American Musician
  • Apr 27 Marco Pirroni, rock guitarist (Adam & The Ants), born in London, England
  • Apr 27 Sheena Easton, [Shirley Orr], singer (Sugar Walls), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Apr 27 Louis Lortie, French Canadian concert pianist
  • May 1 Paul Smith, rock saxophonist (Haircut 100)
  • May 3 David Ball, English rock keyboardist (Soft Cell), born in Blackpool, Lancashire
  • May 4 Randy Travis, Marshville NC, country singer (Diggin' Up Bones)
  • May 5 Ian McCulloch English rock vocalist (Echo & Bunnymen - Heaven Up Here), born in Liverpool
  • May 14 Patrick Bruel, Algerian/French actor/rock vocalist (Coup of Sirocco)
  • May 15 Andrew Eldritch, rocker (Sisters of Mercy-Walk Away, Black Planet)
  • May 17 Paul Di'anno, rocker (Iron Maiden Chingford, London V Early Vocalist
  • May 20 Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, American singer (d. 1997)
  • May 22 [Steven] Morrissey, British rock vocalist (The Smiths), born in Davyhulme, Lancashire
  • May 26 Wayne Hussey, rocker (Mission-Lover for Life)
  • May 26 Steve Hanley, English musician (The Fall, Tom Hingley and the Lovers)
  • May 28 Leon "The Bop" Klaasse, rock drummer/singer (The Pilgrims-Red)
  • May 28 Steve Strange [Steven Harrington], Welsh pop singer (Visage) and nightclub host, born in Newbridge, Caerphily (d. 2015)
  • May 29 Mel Gaynor, rock drummer (Simple Minds-Water Front), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Jun 1 Alan "Wild"er, English rock vocalist/music (Depeche Mode-Wild!)
  • Jun 2 Lydia Lunch, US singer/poetess (Teenage Jesus, Jerks)
  • Jun 4 Paul Taylor, rocker (Winger-17)
  • Jun 5 Michael Winans, gospel singer (Winans)
  • Jun 6 Jimmy Jam, American record producer
  • Jun 12 John Linnell, American musician (They Might Be Giants)
  • Jun 19 Mark DeBarge, rock vocalist (DeBarge-Who's Johnny), born in Grand Rapids Michigan
  • Jun 21 Kathy Mattea, country singer (Love at the Five & Dime)
  • Jun 22 Nicola Sirkis, French singer and lyricist (Indochine)
  • Jun 24 Andy McClusky, rocker (Orchestal Manoeveres in the Dark-Electricity)
  • Jun 27 Lorrie Morgan, country singer (Out of Your Shoes), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Jul 3 Stephen Pearcy, heavy metal vocalist (RATT-Round & Round), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 4 Bill McCorvey, singer (Pirates of Miss-Fred Jake), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • Jul 5 Marc Cohn, singer (Walking in Memphis)
  • Jul 6 John Keeble, rock drummer (Spandau Ballet-True), born in London, England
  • Jul 9 Jim Kerr, rock vocalist (Simple Minds), born in Glasgow, Scotland

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Jul 11 Richie Sambora, American guitarist (Bon Jovi) and boyfriend of Cher and Heather Locklear, born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey

Rock guitarist Richie Sambora
Rock guitarist
Richie Sambora
  • Jul 11 Suzanne Vega, rock vocalist (My Name is Luka, Tom's Diner)
  • Jul 15 Shep Pettibone, American record producer
  • Jul 20 Radney Foster, Del Rio Tx, singer (Foster & Lloyd-Crazy Over You)
  • Jul 29 John Sykes, Irish hard rock guitarist (Thin Lizzy-Blue Murder)
  • Jul 31 Stanley Jordan, American jazz guitarist
  • Aug 1 Joe Elliott, English heavy metal vocalist (Def Leppard-Hysteria, Rock of Ages), born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire
  • Aug 1 Otomo Yoshihide, Japanese musician
  • Aug 3 Martin Atkins, English drummer (Nine Inch Nails), born in Coventry
  • Aug 5 Pete Burns, English singer (Dead or Alive, "Spin Me Round"), born in Bebington (d. 2016)
  • Aug 6 Joyce Sims, rocker (All & All)
  • Aug 8 Rikki Rockett, rocker (Poison-Every Rose Has a Thorn)
  • Aug 9 Diane Williams, Hahn AFB Ger, singer (Girls Next Door-Don't Be Cruel)
  • Aug 9 Kurtis Blow, American rapper (Krushgroove-The Breaks), born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 10 Florent Vollant, Innu-Canadian musician (Kashtin)
  • Aug 11 Gustavo Cerati, Argentinian musician (Soda Stereo)
  • Aug 13 Mark Nevin, rocker (Fairground Attraction-Find My Love)
  • Aug 19 Steve Grimmett, heavy metal rocker
  • Aug 22 Juan Croucier, heavy metal rocker (Ratt-Round & Round)
  • Aug 29 Eddi Reader, rocker (Fairground Attraction-Find My Love)
  • Aug 29 Ernesto Rodrigues, Portuguese composer
  • Aug 31 Tony DeFranco, Canadian musician (The DeFranco Family)
  • Sep 2 Esther Oosterbeek, Dutch singer (Dolly Dots)
  • Sep 7 Jermaine Stewart, rocker
  • Sep 8 Daler Nazarov, Tajik composer and actor
  • Sep 9 Eric Serra, French composer
  • Sep 14 Morten Harket, Konigsberg Norway, rocker (Aha-Take on Me)
  • Sep 21 Corrinne Drewery, rocker (Swing Out Sister-Swing Out)
  • Sep 28 Angela Groothuizen, Dutch singer (Dolly Dots)
  • Sep 30 Basia Trzetrzelevska, Poland, jazz singer (Time & Life)
  • Oct 1 Youssou N'dour, Senegalese singer (Shaking the tree)
  • Oct 3 Jack Wagner, rocker/actor (General Hospital, Melrose Place)
  • Oct 5 Troy Luccketta, rock drummer (Tesla-Psychotic Supper)
  • Oct 8 Gavin Friday, [Fionan Hanvey], Irish singer (Virgin Prunes)
  • Oct 10 Chris Lowe, English rock keyboardist (Pet Shop Boys-It's a Sin)
  • Oct 10 Kirsty MacColl, English singer (d. 2000)
  • Oct 13 Marie Osmond, singer/actress (Paper Roses, Goin' Coconuts), born in Ogden, Utah
  • Oct 14 A J Pero, drummer (Twisted Sister-Not Gonna Take It), born in Staten Island, New York
  • Oct 16 Gary Kemp, rock guitarist (Spandau Ballet-True), born in London, England
  • Oct 16 Erkki-Sven Tüür, Estonian composer
  • Oct 22 Marc Shaiman, American composer

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Oct 23 Weird Al Yankovic [Alfred Matthew], American parody singer (Eat It, UHF, Naked Gun), born in Downey, California

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic
  • Oct 28 Neville Henry, rocker (Blow Monkeys-Wicked Ways)
  • Nov 1 Eddie MacDonald, rocker (The Alarm-Knocking on Heaven's Door)

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Nov 5 Bryan Adams, Canadian singer (Heaven), born in Kingston, Ontario

Singer Bryan Adams
Singer
Bryan Adams
  • Nov 9 Thomas Quasthoff, German singer
  • Nov 10 Frank Maudsley, rock bassist/vocalist (Flock Of Seagulls)
  • Nov 14 Annie Schilder, Dutch singer (BZN)
  • Nov 25 Steve Rothery, Brampton, guitarist, (Marillion-Clutching at Straws)
  • Nov 27 Charlie Burchill, Scottish pop guitarist (Simple Minds-Breakfast Club)
  • Dec 1 Billy Childish, English painter, writer and musician
  • Dec 8 Marty Raybon, Sanford Fla, singer (Shenandoah-Sunday in the South)
  • Dec 8 Paul Rutherford, vocalist (Frankie Goes to Hollywood-Relax)
  • Dec 12 Belouis Some, rock musician (Neville Keighley-Some People)
  • Dec 14 Franco Iglesia, Cuba, spanish singer
  • Dec 16 Steven Irvine, rock drummer (Lloyd Cole & The Commotions)
  • Dec 17 Albert King, actor (BB King & Friends, Blues Alive)
  • Dec 28 Ana Torroja, Spanish singer (Mecano)
  • Dec 29 Ritsuko Okazaki, Japanese singer-songwriter (Kanashii Jiyū / Koi ga, Kiete Yuku), born in Hashima Island, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan (d. 2004)
  • Dec 30 Tracey Ullman, Slough England, singer/actress (Tracey Ullman Show)
  • Dec 31 Paul Westerberg, singer (The Replacements)
  • Dec 31 Baron Waqa, Nauruan politician and musician