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  • 1867-02-12 Joe Howard, vocalist (Gay Nineties Revue), born in NYC, New York
  • 1898-07-21 Sara Carter, Virginia, vocalist/guitarist (Carter Family)
  • 1900-02-03 Mabel Mercer, English cabaret vocalist (Fly Me to the Moon)
  • 1902-02-09 Blanche Calloway, US vocalist/dancer (12 Clouds of Joy)
  • 1902-02-14 Fred Scott, vocalist/actor (Vincent Lopez), born in Fresno, California
  • 1902-02-21 Bob [Hijman] Scholte, Dutch vocalist [or 1909]
  • 1902-05-16 Jan Kiepura, Sosnowiec Poland, vocalist/actor (Her Wonderful Lie)
  • 1902-10-15 William Edmundson, Spokane Wash, vocalist (Southernaires)
  • 1903-03-05 Lowell Peters, Cleveland Tn, vocalist (Southernaires)
  • 1904-07-04 Seger Pillot Ellis, pianist/vocalist
  • 1904-09-23 Wallace "Scotty" Scott, rock vocalist (Whispers)
  • 1906-02-01 Hildegarde, Adell Wisc, night club vocalist (I'll Be Seeing You)
  • 1907-06-11 Jose Bernabe Marino Barreto y Casanova, pianist vocalist bandleader
  • 1907-08-05 Ernestine "Tiny" Davis, jazz vocalist/trumpeter
  • 1909-02-09 Carmen Miranda, Brazil, vocalist/actress (Copacabana, Date With Judy)
  • 1909-02-12 Barry Wood, New Haven Ct, vocalist (Your Hit Parade)
  • 1913-07-05 Smiley Lewis, Louisiana, vocalist (I Hear You Knockin')
  • 1913-12-23 Leo A Ketelaars, Dutch oratorio vocalist
  • 1914-02-11 Matt Dennis, vocalist (Matt Dennis Show), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1914-02-12 Gordon Tex Beneke, saxophonist/bandleader/vocalist (Glenn Miller Orch)
  • 1914-02-16 Jimmy Wakely, Mineola Ark, country vocalist (5 Star Jubilee)
  • 1914-02-18 Pee Wee King, Milwaukee Wisc, country vocalist (Pee Wee King Song)
  • 1914-09-02 Booker T Laury, blues pianist/vocalist
  • 1915-12-26 Una Mae Carlisle, US pianist/vocalist (Walkin' at the River)
  • 1916-01-21 [JW] Al James Woodie exander, songwriter/vocalist
  • 1916-09-13 Dick Haymes, Argentine vocalist (d. 1980)
  • 1918-02-16 Patty Andrews, Minneapolis, Minnesota, American vocalist (Andrews Sisters)
  • 1919-02-02 Lisa Debeljevic-della Casa, Swiss vocalist
  • 1919-02-13 Joan Edwards, vocalist (Joan Edwards Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1919-02-13 Tennessee Ernie Ford, Bristol Tn, country vocalist/actor (pea picker)
  • 1919-12-16 Manke Nelis, [Cornelis Pieters], Dutch folk vocalist (Small Yodel Boy)
  • 1920-02-07 Oscar Brand, Winnipeg Canada, folk vocalist (Draw Me a Laugh)
  • 1920-02-16 Lee Russell, vocalist (Vincent Lopez), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1921-04-10 Sheb Wooley, Erick Oklahoma, vocalist (Purple People Eater, Hee Haw)
  • 1921-12-04 Deanna Durbin, Winnipeg Manitoba, actress/vocalist (100 Men & a Girl), (d. 2013)
  • 1921-12-28 Eddy Doorenbos, Dutch vocalist/pianist/guitarist
  • 1922-02-16 Geraint Evans, British opera vocalist (Knaben Wunderhorn)
  • 1922-02-17 Tommy Edwards, rock vocalist (It's All in the Game)
  • 1923-02-09 Kathryn Grayson, NC, vocalist/actress (Anchors Aweigh, Kiss Me Kate)
  • 1924-02-07 Johnny Jordaan, [Jan van Musscher], Amsterdam folk vocalist
  • 1924-02-10 Randy Van Horne, El Paso Tx, vocalist (Nat King Cole Show)
  • 1924-07-07 Mary Ford, [Colleen Summer], vocalist/actress (Queen of Outer Space)
  • 1924-09-20 Gogi Grant, [Audrey Brown], rock vocalist
  • 1925-07-06 Bill Haley, Highland Park Mich, rock vocalist (Rock Around the Clock)
  • 1925-08-15 Billy Pinkney, Sumter NC, rock bassist/vocalist (Drifters)
  • 1926-02-23 Regine Crespin, French vocalist (Sheherazade, Les Nuits D'ete)
  • 1927-02-18 Tabe Bas, actor/opera vocalist (Leiser Wolf in Anatevka)
  • 1928-01-31 Chuck Willis, rock vocalist (C C Rider)
  • 1928-04-29 Carl Gardner, Tyler Tx, rock vocalist (Coasters-Searchin)
  • 1928-09-28 Koko Taylor [Cora Walton], American blues singer known as the "Queen of the Blues", born in Millington, Tennessee (d. 2009)
  • 1928-11-11 Ernestine Anderson, jazz vocalist
  • 1929-02-03 Russell Arms, Berkeley California, vocalist (Your Hit Parade)
  • 1929-07-27 Harvey Fuqua, rock vocalist (Moonglows-Sincerely)
  • 1929-11-11 LaVern Baker, R&B vocalist (I Cried a Tear), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1930-02-13 Dotty McGuire, Middletown Oh, vocalist (McGuire Sisters)
  • 1930-02-16 Peggy King, Greensburg Pa, vocalist/actress (George Gobel Show)
  • 1930-10-24 Big Bopper, [JP Richardson], Sabine Pass Tx, vocalist (Chantiily Lace)
  • 1931-02-14 Phyllis McGuire, Middletown Oh, vocalist (McGuire Sisters)
  • 1931-03-14 Phil Phillips [Baptiste], rock vocalist (Sea Of Love)
  • 1931-04-29 Lonnie Donegan, Scotish singer-songwriter and the King of Skiffle, born in Glasgow (d. 2002)
  • 1931-07-11 Thurston Harris, vocalist (Little Bitty Pretty One), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1931-09-19 Brook Benton, soul vocalist (Rainy Night in Georgia)
  • 1931-09-26 George Chambers, MS, rock bassist/vocalist (Chambers Brothers)
  • 1931-12-28 John de Mol, Dutch vocalist/composer/producer
  • 1932-05-27 [Herman] Junior Parker, Arkansas, blues vocalist/songwriter (Mystery Train)
  • 1932-07-01 Bobby Day, [Robert Byrd], Fort Worth Tx, rock vocalist (Rockin' Robin)
  • 1932-07-02 Sammy Turner, Paterson NJ, vocalist (Lavender Blue)
  • 1932-11-15 Petula Clark, Surrey England, rock vocalist (Downtown, My Love)
  • 1932-12-14 Charlie "Silver Fox" Rich, Colt Ark, vocalist (Behind Closed Doors)
  • 1933-01-20 Ron Townson, St Louis Mo, rock vocalist (5th Dimension-Up Up & Away)
  • 1933-02-21 Nina Simone, [Eunice Waymon], Tyron NC, vocalist/pianist (Porgy)
  • 1933-04-14 Buddy Knox, Happy Tx, rock vocalist (Party Doll, Lovey Dovey)
  • 1933-08-15 Bobby Helms, rock vocalist (Jingle Bell Rock)
  • 1933-12-01 Lou Rawls, vocalist (Dean Martin's Golddigers, Natural Man), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2006)
  • 1933-12-15 Jesse Belvin, Texarkana Arkansas, rock vocalist (Mr Easy)
  • 1934-02-01 Bob Shane, vocalist (Kingston Trio-Scarlet Ribbons)
  • 1934-02-07 King Curtis, [Curtis Ousley], US vocalist (Memphis Soul Stew)
  • 1934-03-31 John D Loudermilk, rock drummer/vocalist (Language of Love, Norman)
  • 1934-06-11 Pookie Hudson, vocalist (Goodnite Sweetheart Goodnite-Spaniels)
  • 1934-06-16 Little Caesar, vocalist (Little Caesar & the Romans)
  • 1935-01-06 Nino Tempo, Niagara Falls NY, rock vocalist (Deep Purple)
  • 1935-02-11 Gene Vincent, Norfolk Va, rock guitarist/vocalist (Be-Bop-A-Lula)
  • 1935-02-12 Gene McDaniels, US vocalist/bandleader/actor (Young Swingers)
  • 1935-02-16 Sonny Bono, vocalist (Sonny & Cher)/(Rep-R-Ca, 1995-98), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1935-06-19 Tommy Devito, Montclair NJ, rock vocalist (Four Seasons-Sherry)
  • 1935-07-01 James Cotton, blues vocalist
  • 1935-10-12 Sam Moore, rock vocalist (Sam & Dave-Soul Sister), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1935-12-26 Abdul "Duke" Fakir, rock vocalist (Four Tops), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1936-01-28 Jack Scott, vocalist (My True Love)
  • 1936-04-29 April Stevens, Niagara Falls NY, rock vocalist (Deep Purple)
  • 1936-06-29 Leonard Lee, US vocalist (Shirley & Lee-Let the Good Times Roll)
  • 1937-02-01 Don Everly, Brownie Ky, vocalist (Everly Bros-Wake Up Little Susie)
  • 1937-02-01 Dr Hook, [Ray Sawyer], Ala, vocalist (Dr Hook-When You're in Love)
  • 1937-02-09 Johnny Sayles, US vocalist (You Made Me Wiggle)
  • 1937-02-17 Mickey McGill, US vocalist (Dells-Love is Blue)
  • 1937-02-20 David Ackles, Illinois, vocalist/songwriter (American Gothic)
  • 1937-02-20 Nancy Wilson, Chillicothe Ohio, jazz vocalist (Feel Like Making Love)
  • 1937-05-09 Dave Prater, Ocilla Ga, rock vocalist (Sam & Dave)
  • 1937-11-03 Paula Wayne, Hobart Oklahoma, vocalist (Everything's Great)
  • 1937-12-17 Art Neville, vocalist (Neville Brothers), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

Famous Weddings

  • 1969-07-26 "The 5th Dimension" lead vocalist Marilyn McCoo (25) weds fellow bandmate Billy Davis, Jr. (31)

HeartWedding of Interest

1989-02-14 Singer-songwriter Courtney Love (24) weds vocalist James Moreland

Singer-Songwriter Courtney Love
Singer-Songwriter
Courtney Love

HeartWedding of Interest

1993-07-28 Pink Floyd vocalist George Roger Waters (49) weds Pricilla Phillips

Rock Bassist/Vocalist George Roger Waters
Rock Bassist/Vocalist
George Roger Waters

HeartWedding of Interest

1994-07-02 "Green Day" vocalist Billie Joe Armstrong (22) weds Adeline Records co-owner Adrienne Nesser (24)

HeartWedding of Interest

1997-08-17 Lead vocalist James Hetfield (34) weds Francesca Tomasi

Metallica Rocker James Hetfield
Metallica Rocker
James Hetfield

HeartWedding of Interest

2000-06-24 "Dixie Chicks" lead vocalist Natalie Maines (25) weds "Profit" actor Adrian Pasdar (35) at The Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada

Singer-songwriter Natalie Maines
Singer-songwriter
Natalie Maines

HeartWedding of Interest

2000-08-10 Lead vocalist Dave Matthews (33) weds Jennifer Ashley Harper

Musician Dave Matthews
Musician
Dave Matthews
  • 2000-09-02 "The Backstreet Boys" lead vocalist Brian Littrell (25) weds actress Leighanne Wallace (31) at Peachtree Christian Church in Atlanta, Georgia

HeartWedding of Interest

2002-09-14 No Doubt lead vocalist Gwen Stefani (42) weds lead singer and rhythm guitarist "Bush" Gavin Rossdale (46) at St. Paul's Church in London, England

Singer Gwen Stefani
Singer
Gwen Stefani
  • 2002-09-20 "The Monkees" lead vocalist Micky Dolenz (57) weds Donna Quinter in Calabasas, California

HeartWedding of Interest

2003-03-25 Actress-model Liv Tyler (25) weds rock band vocalist Royston Langdon (30) at a private villa in St James, Barbados

Actress Liv Tyler
Actress
Liv Tyler

HeartWedding of Interest

2003-12-05 Cold play band lead vocalist Chris Martin (35) weds actress and singer Gwyneth Paltrow (39) at the San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, California

Lead Vocalist of Coldplay Chris Martin
Lead Vocalist of Coldplay
Chris Martin
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow
Actress
Gwyneth Paltrow
  • 2005-06-01 "The White Stripes" guitarist, pianist and lead vocalist Jack White (29) weds British model Karen Elson (26) in Manaus, Brazil
  • 2005-12-10 "Audioslave" drummer Brad Wilk (37) weds "Seven Year Bitch" former lead vocalist Selene Vigil near the frozen waters of Emerald Bay in Lake Tahoe
  • 2006-06-18 "Weezer" lead vocalist Rivers Cuomo (36) weds Kyoko Ito at a secluded beach on Paradise Cove in Malibu
  • 2007-03-07 Former vocalist of "Babado Novo" Claudia Leitte (26) weds Marcio Pedreira at Hotel Convento do Carmo in Salvador, Brazil

HeartWedding of Interest

2009-10-17 Musician Trent Reznor (44) weds vocalist Mariqueen Maandig in Los Angeles

Musician Trent Reznor
Musician
Trent Reznor
  • 2010-12-11 "Good Charlotte" lead vocalist Joel Madden (31) weds fashion designer and actress Nicole Richie (30) at Beverly Hills, California
  • 2011-08-27 Oscar winner Sofia Coppola (41) weds vocalist of French indie rock band "Phoenix" Thomas Mars at the family villa, Palazzo Margherita in Bernalda, Italy
  • 2012-01-14 Pink Floyd vocalist George Roger Waters (68) weds filmmaker Laurie Durning
  • 2014-07-19 Maroon 5 lead vocalist Adam Levine (35) weds Victoria's Secret model Behati Prinsloo (25) in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Famous Divorces


Broken-heartDivorce of Interest

1989-06-15 Singer-songwriter Courtney Love (24) divorces vocalist James Moreland only 4 months after getting married

Singer-Songwriter Courtney Love
Singer-Songwriter
Courtney Love
  • 2008-08-17 Genesis drummer and vocalist Phil Collins (57) divorces Swiss-born Orianne Cevey (35) after six years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 1941-04-17 Al Bowlly, British dance band vocalist (b. 1899)
  • 1959-02-03 Richie Valens, rock vocalist (Donna), killed in plane crash at 17
  • 1960-11-07 Alvin Carter, vocalist (Carter Family), dies at 69
  • 1970-09-03 Al Wilson, "Blind Owl", guitarist/vocalist (Canned Heat), dies at 27
  • 1970-10-28 Baby Huey, [James Ramey], vocalist (Baby Huey & Babysitters), dies
  • 1972-05-05 Rev Gary David, vocalist, dies at 76
  • 1972-08-02 Brian Cole, vocalist/bassist (Association), dies of overdose at 29
  • 1973-09-20 Jim Croce, vocalist (Time in a Bottle), dies in a plane crash at 30
  • 1974-05-25 Pam Morrison, wife of Door's vocalist Jim, dies of drug overdose
  • 1976-05-14 Keith Relf, rock vocalist (Yardbirds), electrocuted at 33
  • 1977-06-26 Lou Reizner, rock vocalist/producer (Rod Stewart, Tommy), dies at 43
  • 1977-09-16 Marc Bolan, rock vocalist/guitarist (T Rex), dies in a car crash at 29
  • 1979-01-09 Sara Carter, vocalist/guitarist (Carter Family), dies at 80
  • 1980-02-19 Bon Scott, Aust rock vocalist (AC/DC), dies at 33
  • 1980-05-18 Ian Curtis, English rock vocalist (Joy Division), commits suicide at 23
  • 1981-02-09 Bill Haley, vocalist (Rock Around Clock), dies of heart attack at 55
  • 1981-07-16 Harry Chapin, folk vocalist (Taxi), dies in car crash at 38
  • 1984-07-21 Michael Osborne, rock guitarist/vocalist (Axe), dies at 34
  • 1986-03-04 Richard Manuel, rock vocalist/pianist (Band), commits suicide at 42
  • 1987-11-22 Ted Taylor, rock vocalist, dies
  • 1990-07-26 Brent Mydland, rock keyboardist/vocalist (Grass Roots), dies at 38
  • 1991-06-01 David Ruffin, vocalist (The Temptations), dies of drug overdose at 50
  • 1991-09-04 Margaret Ramsay, vocalist, dies
  • 1992-04-12 Joe Medwick, vocalist, dies at 61
  • 1992-04-16 Andy Russell, drummer/vocalist (Your Hit Parade), dies of stroke at 72
  • 1992-05-10 Joan Merrill, vocalist, dies of a stroke at 74
  • 1992-06-09 Clarence Miller, blues/jazz vocalist, dies at 69 of a heart attack
  • 1992-06-21 Thomas Whitfield, gospel vocalist, dies of heart attack at 38
  • 1992-06-27 Allen James, vocalist/actor (Show Boat), dies of lung cancer at 84
  • 1992-06-30 Jim Alaimo, vocalist, dies after heart surgery at 53
  • 1994-01-15 Harry Nilsson, rock vocalist (Everybody's Talkin'), dies at 52
  • 1994-01-30 Ernestine "Tiny" Davis, jazz vocalist/trumpeter, dies at 86
  • 1994-10-01 Scott Dunbar, bluse vocalist/guitarist, dies at 90
  • 1994-12-10 Garnett Silk, vocalist, dies at 28
  • 1995-01-13 Ruby Starr, vocalist (Grey Ghost), dies of brain tumor at 44
  • 1995-01-18 Charles Baskerville, vocalist, dies at 54
  • 1995-07-15 Willie George "Bill" Woodruff Sr, vocalist, dies at 66
  • 1995-08-03 Jose B M Barreto y Casanova, pianist vocalist bandleader, dies at 88
  • 1995-08-09 Jerry Garcia, rock vocalist (Grateful Dead), dies at 53
  • 1995-09-23 Booker T Laury, blues pianist/vocalist, dies at 81
  • 1995-09-29 Seger Pillot Ellis, pianist/vocalist, dies at 91
  • 1995-10-21 Maxene Andrews, vocalist (Andrews Sister), dies of heart attack at 79
  • 1995-10-21 Shannon Hoon, vocalist (Blind Melon), dies of drug overdose at 28
  • 1996-05-15 George M Tindley, songwriter/vocalist, dies at 57
  • 1996-07-08 James Woodie Alexander, songwriter/vocalist, dies at 80
  • 1996-09-09 Bill Monroe, bluegrass vocalist (created bluegrass music), dies at 84
  • 1998-02-06 Carl Wilson, rock vocalist and guitarist (Beach Boys), dies of lung cancer at 51
  • 2005-02-08 Keith Knudsen, American drummer, vocalist and songwriter (The Doobie Brothers) (b. 1948)
  • 2005-02-20 Pam Bricker, American jazz singer and Thievery Corporation vocalist (b. 1954)

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

2006-07-07 Syd Barrett, original guitarist and vocalist of the band Pink Floyd (b. 1946)

Rocker Syd Barrett
Rocker
Syd Barrett
  • 2007-03-04 Tadeusz Nalepa, Polish composer, guitar player, vocalist and lyricist (b. 1934)
  • 2008-12-07 Dennis Yost, American vocalist, dies at 65
  • 2010-05-16 Ronnie James Dio, American heavy metal vocalist (b. 1942)
  • 2010-10-05 Steve Lee, Swiss musician and vocalist (Gotthard) (b. 1963)
  • 2010-12-19 Trudy Pitts, American jazz organist, pianist, and vocalist (b. 1932)
  • 2011-01-14 Trish Keenan, lead vocalist of English band Broadcast (b. 1968)

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

2012-05-04 MCA [Adam Yauch], Beastie Boys vocalist, dies from cancer at 47

Rocker Adam Yauch
Rocker
Adam Yauch
  • 2013-03-03 Bobby Rogers, American vocalist, dies from complications from diabetes at 73
  • 2015-05-21 Louis Johnson, American bassist and vocalist (Brothers Johnson), dies at 60
  • 2015-09-28 Frankie Ford [Frank Guzzo], American rock vocalist (Sea Cruise), dies at 76
  • 2015-10-20 Cory Wells [Emil Lewandowski], American rock vocalist (3 Dog Night-Joy to the World), dies at 74
  • 2015-12-31 Natalie Cole, American vocalist (Pink Cadillac, Miss You Like Crazy), dies at 65