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 17 Sheila Hutchinson, rocker
  • Jan 19 Desi Arnaz Jr., American actor (Craig-Here's Lucy, Fakeout, Joyride) and musician, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 22 Myung-Whun Chung, Seoul South Korea, pianist/conductor (Chung Trio)
  • Jan 23 Robin Zander, American rock vocalist and guitarist (Cheap Trick-Dream Police), born in Beloit, Wisconsin
  • Jan 25 Malcolm Green, rocker (Split Enz-I Got You)
  • Jan 26 Bert Heerink, Amsterdam, rock vocalist
  • Jan 26 Lucinda Williams, American singer-songwriter (Passionate Kisses, Car Wheels on a Gravel Road), born in Lake Charles, Louisiana
  • 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 14 Carmine Rojas, American composer, musical director and bass guitarist (Joe Bonamassa), born in Brooklyn, New York City
  • 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 Orchestra), 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 7 Kenny Aronoff, American drummer (John Mellencamp), born in Albany, New York
  • 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 26 William "Billy" Lyall, Scottish musician (Bay City Rollers), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1989)
  • Mar 27 Walter "Wally" Stocker, British rock vocalist and guitarist (The Babys- "Missing You"), born in London, England
  • 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, American rock drummer (Cars, The Modern Lovers), born in Malden, Massachusetts
  • Apr 3 Huub van der Lubbe, Dutch rock singer (Stampei-The Dike), born in Amsterdam

  • Apr 3 Craig Taubman, Jewish-American singer (Friday Night Live), born in Millington, Tennessee
  • Apr 6 Christopher Franke, German musician and composer
  • Apr 6 Patrick Doyle, Scottish film composer (Artemis Fowl, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Thor), born in Uddingston, Scotland
  • Apr 9 Hal Ketchum, country singer (Small Town Saturday Night), born in Greenwich Village, New York
  • Apr 10 Terre Roche, American rocker (Roches), born in New York
  • Apr 11 Branimir "Johnny" Štulić, Croatian rock singer (Azra), born in Skopje, Yugoslavia
  • Apr 12 Tony James, English rock bassist (Sigue Sigue Sputnik-Love Missile F-111), born in Shepherds Bush, London
  • Apr 16 Peter Garrett, Australian environmentalist, activist, former politician (Labour Party), and musician (Midnight Oil), born in Wahroonga, Sydney

Person of interestRick Moranis

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, American-French singer and actress, born in Norwich, Connecticut
  • 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 (Alanis Morissette, Michael Jackson), born in Natchez, Mississippi
  • May 3 Bruce Hall, American rock bassist (Reo Speedwagon), born in Champaign, Illinois
  • May 3 Van McLain [McElvain], American rock guitarist (Shooting Star), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2018)
  • 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, British musician and composer (Tubular Bells) born in Reading, Berkshire
  • 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 interestDanny Elfman

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 interestGeddy Lee

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 Heather Watts, ballerina (Dancing on My Grave), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 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 4 Gil "The Bird" Moore, Canadian rock drummer and vocalist (Triumph), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 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