On This Day

Musicians Born in 1954

  • Jan 1 Fr David, rocker, born in Paris, France
  • Jan 2 Dawn Silva, American singer (The Brides of Funkenstein, P-Funk)
  • Jan 3 Ross The Boss [Ross Friedman], American guitarist (The Dictators), born in the Bronx, New York
  • Jan 4 Eugene Chadbourne, American composer and musician
  • Jan 5 Bryan Hitt, American rock drummer (REO Speedwagon-Keep on Loving You), born in Center, Texas
  • Jan 9 Lance Hoppens, rocker (Orleans-Still the One, Dance With Me)
  • Jan 19 Katey Sagal, American actress & singer-songwriter (Peggy Bundy-Married With Children), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 23 Edward Ka-spel, English singer-songwriter (Legendary Pink Dots), born in London, United Kingdom
  • Jan 23 Franco De Vita, Venezuelan spanish singer (Extranjero), born in Caracas, Venezuela
  • Jan 23 Richard Finch, American composer and musician (KC and the Sunshine Band-Give It), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Jan 28 Shawn Murray, rock drummer (Mink Deville)
  • Jan 29 Dick Manitoba, vocalist (Dictators)
  • Jan 30 Alides Hidding, Dutch singer & songwriter (Time Bandits), born in Schoonoord, Netherlands
  • Jan 31 Adrian Vandenberg, Dutch rock guitarist (Whitesnake), born in the Hague, Netherlands
  • Feb 1 Chuck Dukowski, American musician (Black Flag), born in Long Beach, California
  • Feb 2 Hansi Hinterseer, Austrian singer, actor, former skier

  • Feb 5 Cliff Martinez, American musician, born in the Bronx, New York
  • Feb 6 Scott Kempner, American rhythm guitarist (Del-Lords), born in the Bronx, New York
  • Feb 7 Dieter Bohlen German composer
  • Feb 11 Noriyuki Asakura, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Feb 12 Tzimis Panousis, Greek musician and stand-up comedian

Person of interestJohn Travolta

Feb 18 John Travolta, American actor (Grease, Pulp Fiction), born in Englewood, New Jersey

  • Feb 19 Frances Bucholz, rocker (Scorpions-Wind of Change)
  • Feb 19 Jamie West-Oram, rock guitarist (Fixx)
  • Feb 20 Jon Brant, rock bassist (Cheap Trick)
  • Feb 24 Plastic Bertrand [Roger François Jouret], Belgian singer (Ça plane pour moi), born in Brussels, Belgium
  • Feb 25 John Doe, American musician
  • Feb 27 Neal Schon, American rock guitarist (Journey-Open Arms, Bad English), born in Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma
  • Mar 1 Janis Gill, singer (Sweethearts of Rodeo-Midnight Girl), born in Torrance, California
  • Mar 3 Chris Hughes, English record producer and rock drummer (Adam & The Ants), born in London, England
  • Mar 3 John Lilley, American singer, songwriter and musician (The Hooters), born in West Chester, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 7 Matt Frenette, rock drummer (Loverboy)
  • Mar 8 Cheryl Baker, rock vocalist (Bucks Fizz-My Camera Never Lies)
  • Mar 9 Charmain Elaine Sylvers, American rocker (The Sylvers), born in Watts, Los Angeles
  • Mar 14 Adrian Zmed, actor (TJ Hooker, Dance Fever), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Mar 14 Jann Browne, country singer (Mexican Wind)

  • Mar 16 Jimmy Nail, singer/actor (Evita, Spender, Howling II)
  • Mar 16 Nancy Wilson, rock guitarist (Heart-Never, What about Love), born in San Francisco, California
  • Mar 17 Lesley-Anne Down, actress (A Little Night Music, Moonraker), born in London, England
  • Mar 17 Rena Jones, rock vocalist
  • Mar 20 Jim Seales, Hamilton Ala, singer (Shenandoah-Sunday in the South)
  • Mar 31 Tony Brock, England, rock drummer (Isn't It Time, Every Time I Think of You)
  • Apr 1 Jeff Porcaro, drummer/percussionist (Toto-Roxanne, Africa), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 1 Susumu Hirasawa, Japanese electropop musician, born in Nakagawa, Adachi, Tokyo
  • Apr 3 Elisabetta Brusa, Italian composer, born in Milan
  • Apr 4 Michel Camilo, Dominican pianist (Rendezvous), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Apr 5 Stan Ridgway, American singer-songwriter (Wall Of Voodoo), born in Barstow, California
  • Apr 10 Lenny Pickett, American saxophonist and musical director (Saturday Night Live band, Tower of Power), born in Las Cruces, New Mexico
  • Apr 12 Pat Travers, Canadian rock guitarist (Puttin' it Straight), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Apr 13 Jimmy Destri, American rock keyboardist (Blondie-Heart of Glass, Rapture), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Apr 13 Niels Olsen, Danish singer and songwriter, born in Odense, Denmark
  • Apr 17 Michael Sembello, American Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter, composer and producer (Maniac, Flashdance), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 21 Ebiet G. Ade, Indonesian singer
  • Apr 24 Captain Sensible [Ray Burns], English rock bassist (Women & Captains 1st), born in Balham, London
  • Apr 24 Jack Blades, American rock bassist (Damn Yankees-Coming of Age, Night Ranger), born in Palm Desert, California
  • Apr 25 Rob Crosby, American country singer (She's a Natural), born in Sumter, South Carolina
  • Apr 29 Deborah Iyall, rocker (Romeo Void)
  • May 1 Ray Parker Jr, rock guitarist/vocalist (Ghostbusters), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • May 3 Gary Young, American drummer (Pavement), born in Mamaroneck, New York
  • May 4 Julie Budd, American singer (Child of Plenty), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 4 Marilyn Martin, American singer-songwriter (Separate Lives), born in Tennessee
  • May 4 Pia Zadora, American actress and singer, born in Hoboken, New Jersey
  • May 5 Angelo Kimball, American rock guitarist (Face To Face), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • May 11 Edgar Riley Jr, rocker (Axe K)
  • May 11 Judith Weir, English composer, Master of the Queen's Music, born in Cambridge
  • May 13 Johnny Logan, Irish singer and songwriter
  • May 18 Wreckless Eric, rocker (Waxworks, Be Stiff)
  • May 18 Reinhold Heil, German composer
  • May 19 Phil Rudd, Australian rock drummer (AC/DC-Rock 'n Roll Damnation), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • May 20 James Henderson, country singer (Black Oak Arkansas)
  • May 20 Guy Hoffman, American musician (Violent Femmes)
  • May 21 Marc Ribot, American guitarist (Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, John Zorn), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • May 22 Jerry Dammers, British keyboardist (The Specials), born in Ootacamund, Tamil Nadu, India
  • May 22 Aaron Rapoport, American photographer (music album covers), born in San Mateo County, California
  • May 28 Youri Egorov, Soviet classical pianist (d. 1988)
  • May 31 Vicki Sue Robinson, American singer (d. 2000)
  • Jun 2 Michael Steele, rocker (Bangles-Eternal Flame, Walk Like an Egyptian)
  • Jun 3 Daniel "Dan" Hill, Canadian pop singer and songwriter (Sometimes When We Touch, Can't We Try), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Jun 5 Peter Erskine, jazz drummer (Weather Report)
  • Jun 5 Michael "Nicko" McBrain, English heavy metal drummer (Iron Maiden-Powerslave), born in London, England
  • Jun 9 Pete Byrne Bath, English rocker (Naked Eyes), born in Bath, Somerset
  • Jun 10 Richard "Rich" Hall, American comedian, writer, and musician (Saturday Night Live, Fridays, Not Necessarily the News), born in Alexandria, Virginia
  • Jun 11 Johnny Neel, American musician, singer and songwriter (The Allman Brothers Band, Gov't Mule, Dickey Betts), born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • Jun 13 Bo [Robert] Donaldson, American rock vocalist (Billy Don't Be a Hero), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Jun 13 Jorge Santana, Mexican rock guitarist (Malo), born in Autlán de Navarro
  • Jun 13 Rita Cadillac, Brazilian dancer and singer, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Jun 15 Terri Gibbs, blind singer (Somebody's Knockin'), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • Jun 16 Gary Roberts, rocker (Boomtown Rats)
  • Jun 16 Doane Perry, American musician, composer, and author (Jethro Tull), born in Mt. Kisco, Westchester County, New York
  • Jun 18 William Beard, rock drummer (Face To Face)
  • Jun 20 Michael Anthony [Sobolewski], American rock bassist/singer (Van Halen-Pretty Woman), born in Chicago, Illinois

  • Jun 22 Bobby Valentino, rocker (Fabulous Poodles)
  • Jun 25 David Paich, American rock keyboardist (Toto-Africa), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 28 Ava Barber, American country singer (Lawrence Welk Show), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Jun 30 Bryn B Burrows, rock drummer (Fabulous Poodles)
  • Jul 1 Randall Hall, American rock guitarist (Lynyrd Skynyrd 1987-94), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Jul 5 Jimmy Crespo, American guitarist (Aerosmith), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jul 9 Debbie Sledge, American vocalist (Sister Sledge-We are Family), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 10 Gene Holder, American musician (the dBs)
  • Jul 10 Neil Tennant, English singer and songwriter (Pet Shop Boy-West End Girl), born in North Shields, Northumberland, England
  • Jul 13 Louise Mandrell, country singer (Mandrell Sisters), born in Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Jul 13 Sezen Aksu, Turkish singer
  • Jul 14 Jos Zoomer, Amsterdam Neth, rock drummer (Vandenberg)
  • Jul 18 Ricky Skaggs, American country singer (Heartbroke, Toy Hearts), born in Cordell, Kentucky
  • Jul 18 Tobias Picker, American composer (Emmeline), born in New York City
  • Jul 20 Jay Jay French [John French Segall], American rock guitarist (Twisted Sister), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 22 Al Di Meola, American jazz guitarist (Return To Forever; Elegant Gypsy), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Jul 23 Marisa DeFranco, Canadian musician (The DeFranco Family), born in Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada
  • Jul 25 Ken Greer [Kenneth William Greer], Canadian rock guitarist (Red Rider), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Jul 28 Steve Morse, American rocker (Dixie Dregs, Deep Purple), born in Hamilton, Ohio
  • Aug 6 Elma Miller, Canadian composer, born in Toronto
  • Aug 9 Pete Thomas, British drummer (Elvis Costello), born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, Englan Sheffiled
  • Aug 11 David Ian "Joe" Jackson, English singer, pianist, composer (Steppin' Out), born in Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, England
  • Aug 11 Juan Maria Solare, Argentine composer
  • Aug 11 Sinan Savaskan, Turkish-British contemporary classical music composer and educator (The Age of Analysis; Octandre Ensemble), born in Istanbul, Turkey
  • Aug 12 Pat Metheny, American jazz and fusion guitarist (As Wichita Falls, So Falls Whichita), born in Lee's Summit, Missouri
  • Aug 13 Nico Assumpção, Brazilian bass player, born in São Paulo, Brazil (d. 2001)
  • Aug 17 Eric Johnson, American guitarist, born in Austin, Texas
  • Aug 20 Tawn Mastrey, American disc jockey and music video producer, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2007)
  • Aug 21 Steve Smith, rock drummer (Journey), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 25 Elvis Costello [Declan Patrick McManus], English rock singer and songwriter (Allison; Watching The Detectives; The Other Side Of Summer), born in Paddington, London

  • Aug 25 Marty Jourard, American keyboardist and vocalist (Motels-Only the Lonely), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Aug 26 Michael Chetwood, British keyboard player (T'Pau)
  • Aug 26 Wally Murphy, American pedal steel guitarist (Asleep At The Wheel, 1981-85; STEEL)
  • Aug 29 Julio Fernandez, Cuban-American jazz guitarist (Spyro Gyra), born in Havana, Cuba
  • Sep 6 Banner Thomas, American rock bassist (Molly Hatchet), born in Orange Park, Florida (d. 2017)
  • Sep 6 Patrick O'Hearn, American rock bassist (Missing Persons), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Sep 7 Benmont Tench, American rock keyboardist (Heartbreakers), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • Sep 13 Teddy Mueller, American rock drummer (Axe), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2012)
  • Sep 13 Steve Kilbey, English-Australian singer-songwriter and bass plpayer (The Church), born in Welwyn Garden City, England
  • Sep 13 Denis "Den" Hegarty, Irish doo-wop singer (The Darts), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Sep 14 Barry Cowsill, American rock bassist (The Cowsills - We Can Fly), born in Newport, Rhode Island (d. 2005)
  • Sep 16 Colin Newman, English musician (Wire), born in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England
  • Sep 16 Frank Reed, American singer (Chi-Lites), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 2014)
  • Sep 17 Joël-François Durand, French classical composer, born in Orléans, France
  • Sep 20 Peter White, British rock and smooth jazz guitarist, and songwriter (Al Stewart), born in Luton, England
  • Sep 21 Philthy Animal [Phil Taylor], English rock drummer (Motorhead), born in Hasland, Chesterfield (d. 2015)
  • Sep 26 Craig Chaquico, American rock guitarist (Jefferson Starship), born in Sacramento, California
  • Sep 26 César Rosas, Mexican singer, songwriter and guitarist (Los Lobos), born in Hermosillo, Mexico
  • Sep 28 George Lynch, rock guitarist (Lynch Mob-Wicked Sensations)
  • Sep 30 Patrice Rushen, jazz and R&B pianist and singer and songwriter (Forget Me Nots), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Oct 2 Greg Jennings, American country singer (Restless Heart-Wheels), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Person of interestStevie Ray Vaughan

Oct 3 Stevie Ray Vaughan, American blues guitarist (Texas Flood; "Pride And Joy"; David Bowie - Let's Dance), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1990)

Musician, Singer and Songwriter Stevie Ray Vaughan
Musician, Singer and Songwriter
Stevie Ray Vaughan
  • Oct 3 Dawayne Bailey, American rock guitarist (Silver Bullet Band, 1983-86; Chicago, 1986-95), born in Manhattan, Kansas
  • Oct 6 David Hidalgo, American Tex-Mex and roots singer-songwriter, guitarist and accordion player (Los Lobos - "Will The Wolf Survive?"; Latin Playboys), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Oct 7 Kenneth Atchley, American composer
  • Oct 8 Carl Vine, Australian classical composer, born in Perth, Australia
  • Oct 10 James Fearnley, English accordionist (The Pogues), born in Worsley, Greater Manchester

Person of interestDavid Lee Roth

Oct 10 David Lee Roth, American rock singer (Van Halen - "Jump!"), born in Bloomington, Indiana

Van Halen Rocker David Lee Roth
Van Halen Rocker
David Lee Roth
  • Oct 10 Mohamed Mounir, Egyptian singer and actor (El Malek Howwa El Malek), born in Aswan, Egypt
  • Oct 20 Steve Orich, orchestrator

  • Oct 20 Günter Müller, German sound artist, improvisor and percussionist
  • Oct 24 Perry Lee "Tiny" Tavares, American rocker, born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • Oct 24 Jozef Ráž, Slovak musician and singer, born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia
  • Oct 29 Anita Meijer, Dutch singer (Just a Disillusion)
  • Oct 30 T. Graham Brown, American country singer (Come as you Were), born in Arabi, Georgia
  • Nov 1 Chris Morris, Britsh rock guitarist and singer (Paper Lace - "The Night Chicago Died"), born in Nottingham, England)
  • Nov 3 Adam Ant [Stuart Goddard], English punk rocker (Goody Two Shoes, Antmusic), born in London
  • Nov 4 Chris Difford, British lyricist, guitarist and vocalist (Squeeze - "Black Coffee In Bed"; "Tempted"), born in Greenwich, London
  • Nov 8 Rickie Lee Jones, American singer-songwriter ("Chuck E's In Love"), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Nov 8 Jeanette McGruder, American singer (P Funk; Brides of Funkenstein), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Nov 8 Ricky Lawson, American musician, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2013)
  • Nov 9 Dennis Stratton, British rock guitarist (Iron Maiden), born in London
  • Nov 9 Sue Upton, English actress (The Benny Hill Show) and dancer, born in Chadwell Heath, Essex, England
  • Nov 10 Mario Cipollina, American rock bassist (Huey Lewis & The News), born in San Rafael, California
  • Nov 12 Levine Andrade, Indian-British violinist (Arditti Quartet, 1974-90), film score composer and conductor, born in Bombay, India (d. 2018)
  • Nov 14 Yanni [Chryssomallis], Greek new age musician (Live at the Acropolis, Sand Dance), born in Kalamata, Greece
  • Nov 15 Ab Bryant, rock bassist/vocalist (Chilliwack)
  • Nov 15 Mitch Easter, American record producer (REM), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Nov 15 Tony Thompson, American session and touring drummer (Chic; LaBelle; The Power Station), born in New York City (d. 2003)
  • Nov 18 John Parr, British pop singer (St. Elmo's Fire), born in Worksop, Nottinghamshire
  • Nov 18 Carter Burwell, American film composer (Coen Brothers films, Twilight Saga), born in New York City
  • Nov 19 Annette Guest, American pop singer (First Choice - "Smarty Pants"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Nov 19 Tom Scheckel, American rock drummer (Buckinghams), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Nov 20 Frank Marino, Canadian rock guitarist (Mahogany Rush), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Nov 23 Bruce Hornsby, American pop, rock, and bluegrass, singer-songwriter, and piano player (The Way It Is), born in Williamsburg, Virginia
  • Nov 24 Emir Kusturica, Serbian-French film maker (When Father Was Away on Business; Black Cat, White Cat), and punk rock bassist (No Smoking), born in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Nov 30 George McArdle, rock bassist (Little River Band Melbourne
  • Nov 30 June Pointer, singer (Pointer Sisters-I'm So excited)
  • Dec 2 Danielle Alexander, American country music pianist, born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Dec 2 Rob Mounsey, American session pianist, composer, and arranger, born in Berea, Ohio

  • Dec 3 Paul Gregg, American country bassist singer (Restless Heart - Big Dreams In A Small Town), born in Altus, Oklahoma
  • Dec 6 Chris Stamey, American musician, born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • Dec 7 Mike Nolan, Irish singer (Bucks Fizz-My Camera Never Lies), born in Dublin, Republic of Ireland
  • Dec 9 Kip Hanrahan, American jazz producer (American Clavé), born in the Bronx, New York
  • Dec 10 Jack Hues, English musician (Wang Chung), born in Gillingham, Kent, England
  • Dec 11 Jermaine Jackson, American singer (Jackson 5-ABC), born in Gary, Indiana
  • Dec 11 Guðlaugur Kristinn Óttarsson, Icelandic musician, born in Iceland
  • Dec 13 John Anderson, American country singer and actor (I've Got a Feelin', Money in the Bank), born in Apopka, Florida
  • Dec 13 Steve Forbert, American musician (Romeo's Tune), born in Meridian, Mississippi
  • Dec 14 Ib Andersen, Danish ballet dancer, born in Copenhagen
  • Dec 25 Robin Campbell, British reggae vocalist/guitarist (UB40-Red Red Wine)
  • Dec 25 Steve Wariner, American country singer (Small Town Girl), born in Noblesville, Indiana
  • Dec 26 Peter Woods, rocker (Romeo Void-Girl in Trouble)
  • Dec 29 Roger Voudouris, American singer-songwriter & guitarist, born in Sacramento, California

About 1954

How Old? 65 or 66 years old
Generation: Baby Boomer

Chinese Zodiac: Snake (Jan 1 - Feb 2), Horse (Feb 3 - Dec 31)