Birthdays in Music in 1953

  • Jan 1 Alpha Blondy, [Seydou Kone], Ivory coast, reggae singer (Jerusalem)
  • Jan 1 Kevin Hangon, composer
  • Jan 1 Rochelle S Abramson, violinist
  • Jan 1 Greg Carmichael, British guitarist (Acoustic Alchemy)
  • Jan 5 Steve Archer, American singer (The Archers)
  • Jan 6 Malcolm Young, guitarist (AC/DC-Highway to Hell), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Jan 7 Earl Wilber Force "Wire" Lindo, rocker (Bob Marley & the Wailers)
  • Jan 10 Pat Benatar, [Andrezejewski], American singer (Hell Is for Children), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jan 15 Boris Blank, rocker (Yello)
  • Jan 17 Sheila Hutchinson, rocker
  • Jan 22 Myung-Whun Chung, Seoul South Korea, pianist/conductor (Chung Trio)
  • Jan 23 Lamont Robin Zander, rocker (Cheap Trick)
  • Jan 25 Malcolm Green, rocker (Split Enz-I Got You)
  • Jan 26 Bert Heerink, Amsterdam, rock vocalist
  • Jan 26 Lucinda Williams, singer
  • Jan 29 Teresa Teng, Taiwanese singer (d. 1995)
  • Jan 31 Aart Mol, Dutch bassist (Catapult)
  • Feb 4 Kitaro, Japanese composer
  • Feb 10 Carl Joseph Stone, composer
  • Feb 11 Alan Rubin, music figure (Blues Brothers)
  • Feb 13 Rico J. Puno, Filipino pop singer
  • Feb 14 Wayne Siegel, composer
  • Feb 18 Derek Pellicci, rock drummer (Little River Band-Help Is On It's Way)
  • Feb 18 Nico Arzbach, rock guitarist/singer (Stampei, Dike)
  • Feb 18 Robin Bachman, Winnipeg, guitarist (BTO-You Aint Seen Nothing Yet)
  • Feb 20 Riccardo Chailly, conductor (West Berlin Symph Orch), born in Milan, Italy
  • Feb 20 Poison Ivy, American musician (The Cramps)
  • Feb 22 Graham Lewis, English musician (Wire)
  • Feb 26 Michael Bolton, Ct, rock vocalist (That's What Love Is All About)
  • Mar 2 William Simmons, sax/keyboardist (Midnight Star-No Parking)
  • Mar 3 Dave Amato, rocker (REO Speedwagon-Can't Fight this Feeling)
  • Mar 7 Jules Shear, rock musician
  • Mar 8 Bob Brozman, American musician
  • Mar 10 Ronnie Earl [Ronald Horvath], American blues guitarist (The Broadcasters), born in Queens, New York
  • Mar 11 Bernie LaBarge, Canadian musician
  • Mar 12 Labamba, [Richard Rosenberg], rocker (Asbury Jukes)
  • Mar 18 Jamie West-Oram, rocker (Fixx)
  • Mar 19 Billy Sheehan, rocker (Mr Big-Lean Into It)
  • Mar 19 Ricky Wilson, rock guitarist (B-52's-Love Shack), born in Athens, Georgia
  • Mar 21 Shotgun Johnson [Robert], rock drummer (KC & the Sunshine Band-Give it Up)
  • Mar 23 Chaka Khan [Yvette Marie Stevens], American singer and songwriter (Rufus, I am Every Woman), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Mar 26 Michael Bonagura, country singer (Baille & Boys-Oh Heart), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Mar 31 Greg Martin, singer (Ky Headhunters-Davy Crockett), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Mar 31 Sean Hopper, California, rock keyboardist (Huey Lewis & The News)
  • Mar 31 Dennis Kamakahi, Grammy Award-winning musician (d. 2014), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Apr 2 David Robinson, drummer (Cars)
  • Apr 3 Huub van der Lubbe, Dutch rock singer (Stampei-The Dike)
  • Apr 3 Craig Taubman, Jewish singer
  • Apr 6 Christopher Franke, German musician and composer
  • Apr 9 Hal Ketchum, country singer (Small Town Saturday Night), born in Greenwich Village, New York
  • Apr 10 Terre Roche, rocker (Roches)

  • Apr 11 Branimir "Johnny" Štulić, Croatian rock singer (Azra), born in Skopje, Yugoslavia

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 18 Rick Moranis, Canadian actor (SCTV, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, Spaceballs), born in Toronto, Ontario

Actor and Musician Rick Moranis
Actor and Musician
Rick Moranis
  • Apr 19 Rod Morgenstein, American musician (Winger), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 22 Juhani Komulainen, Finnish composer
  • Apr 24 Porter Carroll Jr, drummer (Atlantic Star-Touch a 4 Leaf Clover)
  • Apr 27 Arielle Dombasle, French singer and actress
  • Apr 28 Kim Gordon, American musician (Sonic Youth)
  • Apr 30 Merrill Osmond, singer (Osmond Brothers, Donnie & Marie), born in Ogden, Utah
  • May 1 Felix Hanemann, rocker (Zebra)
  • May 1 Glen Ballard, American songwriter and record producer
  • May 3 Bruce Hall, Champaign Ill, rock bassist (Reo Speedwagon)
  • May 3 Van McLain, rocker (Shooting Star)
  • May 8 Billy Burnette, rock guitarist (Fleetwood Mac), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • May 8 Alex Van Halen, Amsterdam The Netherlands, Dutch drummer (Van Halen)
  • May 10 Steve Thomas, rocker (Shooting Star)
  • May 14 Tom Cochrane, Canadian rock vocalist/guitarist (Red Rider), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • May 15 Mike Oldfield, England, composer (Tubular Bells)
  • May 16 Richard Page, rocker (Mr Mister), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 17 George Johnson, rocker (Brothers Johnson), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 18 [Feliciano] Butch Tavares, rocker (Tavares)
  • May 25 Rich Alves, Pleasanton California, singer (Pirates of Miss-Fred Jake)
  • May 28 Arto Lindsay, rocker/actor (Cookie, Desperately Seeking Susan)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 29 Danny Elfman, American composer (The Simspons Theme), born in Los Angeles, California

Composer Danny Elfman
Composer
Danny Elfman
  • May 29 Rick Henderson, singer (Mason Dixon-Karen Comes Around), born in Beaumont, Texas
  • Jun 4 Jimmy McCulloch, Scottish songwriter and guitarist (Wings), born in Dumbarton (d. 1979)
  • Jun 4 Paul Samson, British guitarist (Samson) (d. 2002)
  • Jun 7 Johnny Clegg, South African musician "The White Zulu", born in Bacup, Lancashire
  • Jun 12 Rocky Burnette, rock vocalist (Towing the Line), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Jun 14 David Thomas, US singer/songwriter (Pere Ubu)
  • Jun 16 Ian Mosley, Paddington London, drummer (Marillion-Clutching at Straws)
  • Jun 18 Jerome Smith, American guitarist (KC & the Sunshine Band-Boogie Shoes), born in Miami, Florida (d. 2000)
  • Jun 19 Larry Dunn, [Dunhill], US keyboardist (Earth Wind & Fire)
  • Jun 20 Alan Longmuir, rocker (Bay City Rollers), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Jun 21 Augustus Pablo, Jamaican musician (d. 1999)
  • Jun 22 Cyndi Lauper, American singer (Girls Just Want To Have Fun, Time After Time), born in New York City
  • Jun 26 Ralph Ezell, Union Miss, singer (Shenandoah-Sunday in the South)
  • Jun 26 Robert Davi, American actor and opera singer (Die Hard, Gangster Chronicles, License to Kill), born in Queens, New York
  • Jun 29 Billy Hinsche, American musician (Dino, Desi & Billy), born in Manila, the Philippines
  • Jun 29 Don Dokken, heavy metal rocker (Dokken-Alone Again)
  • Jun 29 Colin Hay, Kilwinning, Scotland, Scottish-Australian guitarist and singer (Men At Work)
  • Jun 30 Hal Lindes, Monterey CA, rocker (Dire Straits)
  • Jul 6 Nanci Griffith, US singer/songwriter (Poet in My Window)
  • Jul 7 Lynval Golding, rocker (Fun Boy Three)
  • Jul 9 Margie Gillis, Canadian dancer and choreographer
  • Jul 10 Rik "The Rocket" Emmett, rock vocalist (Triumph), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Jul 11 Benny DeFranco, Canadian musician (The DeFranco Family)
  • Jul 14 Bebe Buell [Beverle Lorence], Portsmouth, Virginia, American model/singer (Nov 1974 Playmate of the Month)
  • Jul 20 Marcia Hines, American-born Australian singer
  • Jul 22 Jimmy Bruno, American jazz guitarist
  • Jul 24 Jon Faddis, jazz trumpeter
  • Jul 26 Robert Phillips, American classical guitarist, born in New York City
  • Jul 28 Steve Duncan, singer (Desert Rose Band-Love Reunited), born in Knoxville, Tennessee

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 29 Geddy Lee, lead vocalist/bassist (Rush-Tom Sawyer), born in Toronto, Ontario

Singer-Songwriter Geddy Lee
Singer-Songwriter
Geddy Lee
  • Aug 1 Robert Cray, blues singer/songwriter (1987 Grammy), born in Columbus, Georgia
  • Aug 5 Samantha Sang, singer (Emotion)
  • Aug 6 Pat MacDonald, rocker (Timbuk 3)
  • Aug 14 James Horner, American film composer (Titanic, Apollo 13, Casper), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2015)
  • Aug 16 James Taylor, SC, rocker (Kool & The Gang-Joanna)
  • Aug 17 Kevin Rowlands, rock vocalist (Dexy's Midnight Runners-Come on Eileen)
  • Aug 23 Bobby Gubby, rocker (Bucks Fizz-My Camera Never Lies)
  • Aug 24 Ron Holloway, American tenor saxophonist
  • Aug 27 Alex Lifeson, rock guitarist (Rush), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Aug 29 Rick Downey, rocker drummer/vocalist (Blue Oyster Cult)
  • Sep 2 John Zorn, American musician
  • Sep 5 Paulie Carmen, Champaign Ill, rock vocalist
  • Sep 7 Ben Bossi, rocker (Romeo Void)
  • Sep 7 Michael Byron, composer
  • Sep 11 Tommy Shaw, American musician and singer (Styx)
  • Sep 14 Tom Cora, American cellist and composer (d. 1998)
  • Sep 15 Pat Barrett, rocker (Crew Cuts)
  • Sep 16 Earl Klugh, Jazz pianist/guitarist
  • Sep 16 Alan Barton, English musician (Black Lace, Smokie) (d. 1995)
  • Sep 20 Jeff Jones, Canadian rock bassist/vocalist (Red Rider), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Sep 22 Richard Fairbrass, English singer and bassist (Right Said Fred), born in Kingston upon Thames, England
  • Sep 25 Richard Harvey, British musician and composer (Gryphon)
  • Sep 26 Dolores Keane, Irish folk singer
  • Sep 27 Greg Ham, Australian rock saxophonist and flutist (Men At Work), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2012)
  • Sep 27 Robbie Shakespeare, Jamaica, reggae bassist (Sly & Robbie-DJ Riot)
  • Sep 28 Jim Diamond, Scottish singer/songwriter (I Should Have Known Better), born in Glasgow
  • Sep 30 Deborah Allen, country singer (Jim Stafford Show), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Oct 5 Sandra "Puma" Jones, rocker (Black Uhuru), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Oct 7 Tico Torres, rock drummer (Bon Jovi-Always)
  • Oct 8 Ricky Lee Phelps, American singer (Ky Headhunters-Davy Crockett), born in Paragould, Arkansas
  • Oct 10 Midge Ure, rocker (Dear God, Ultravox-We Came to Dance), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Oct 14 Shelley Ackerman, American astrologer, writer, singer
  • Oct 15 [Toriano] Tito Jackson, singer (Jackson 5-ABC, Never Can Say Goodbye)
  • Oct 16 Tony Carey, American rocker musician, singer-songwriter (Rainbow,Planet P Project), born in Fresno, California
  • Oct 21 Charlotte Caffey, rock guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist (Go-Go's)
  • Oct 21 Keith Green, American musician (d. 1982)
  • Oct 24 Billy Thomas, Ft Meyers Fla, singer (McBride & Ride-I Count on You)
  • Oct 26 Julian Keith Strickland, drummer (B-52's-Rock Lobster), born in Athens, Georgia
  • Nov 3 Helios Creed, American musician (Chrome)
  • Nov 11 Andy Partridge, English rock vocalist/guitarist (XTC-Oranges & Lemons)
  • Nov 12 Vasilis Karras, Greek singer
  • Nov 13 Andy "the Clobberer" Ranken, English pop drummer (The Pogues)
  • Nov 15 Alexander O'Neal, rocker (James Hearsky Harris III), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Nov 17 Dino Martin Jr, rocker
  • Nov 17 Jilly Johnson, England, vocalist (Blonde on Blonde)
  • Nov 22 Urmas Alender, Estonian singer (d. 1994)
  • Nov 23 Francis Cabrel, French singer
  • Nov 24 Tod Machover, composer
  • Nov 27 Boris Grebenshchikov, Russian singer (Aquarium)
  • Nov 30 Shuggie Otis, American singer-songwriter, born in Los Angeles California
  • Dec 2 Myung-Whan Chung, Seoul Korea, pianist (Chung Trio)
  • Dec 5 Jonathan Lewis, trombonist (Atlantic Star-Touch a 4 Leaf Clover)
  • Dec 10 Diane Schuur, American jazz singer (Diane Schuur & the Count Basie Orchestra), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • Dec 12 Bruce Kulick, rock guitarist/singer (KISS)
  • Dec 14 René Eespere, Soviet-born Estonian composer
  • Dec 17 Ikue Mori, Japanese experimental drummer and composer, born in Tokyo
  • Dec 17 Mark Gane, rocker (M+M), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Dec 18 Elliot Easton, [Elliot Shapiro], rock guitarist (Cars), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Dec 21 Betty Wright [Bessie Norris], American R&B singer-songwriter (Clean Up Woman), born in Miami, Florida
  • Dec 21 Andras Schiff, pianist (Tchaikovsky-1974), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • Dec 22 David Leisner, composer
  • Dec 26 Henning Schmitz, German musician (Kraftwerk)
  • Dec 28 Richard Clayderman, pianist (Amour, Romantic America)
  • Dec 29 Gali Atari, Israeli singer and actress