On This Day

Musicians Born in 1955

  • Jan 3 Palmolive, English musician (The Slits, The Raincoats)
  • Jan 4 Kathy Forester, Lookout Mt Ga, country singer (Forester Sister-Men)
  • Jan 4 Mark Hollis, British synth-pop musician (Talk Talk), born in London, England (d. 2019)
  • Jan 8 Mike Reno, Canadian musician vocalist (Loverboy), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Jan 10 Michael Schenker, German rock guitarist (MSG-Coming on Strong, Scorpions), born in Sarstedt, Germany
  • Jan 13 Fred White, rocker (Earth Wind & Fire-Shining Star, Easy Lover)
  • Jan 13 Trevor Rabin, South African rock guitarist and film score composer (Yes), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Jan 13 Paul Kelly, Australian singer-songwriter (The Messengers), born in Adelaide, South Australia
  • Jan 17 Steve Earle, American country singer (Guitar Town), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • Jan 19 Simon Rattle, English orchestra conductor (Birmingham Symphony Orchestra), born in Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • Jan 20 Hiromi Ōta, Japanese singer, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Jan 23 Reginald Calloway, American trumpet player (Midnight Star-No Parking)
  • Jan 26 Lucia Mendez, Mexican actress & singer (Lucia es Luna Moreno), born in León, Guanajuato, Mexico

Person of interestEddie Van Halen

Jan 26 Eddie Van Halen, Dutch-American rock guitarist (Van Halen - "You Really Got Me"; "Jump"), born in Nijmegen, Netherlands (d. 2020)

Rock Guitarist Eddie Van Halen
Rock Guitarist
Eddie Van Halen
  • Jan 27 Richard Young, singer (Kentucky Headhunters-Davy Crockett), born in Glasgow, Kentucky
  • Feb 12 Bill Laswell, US bassist and record producer, born in Salem, Illinois

  • Feb 13 Jan de Ligt, Dutch saxophonist (I've Got the Bullets)
  • Feb 13 Scott Smith, Canadian rock bassist (Loverboy), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2000)
  • Feb 15 Hugh Padgham, English record producer and audio engineer (No Jacket Required, In the Air Tonight, Every Breath You Take), born in Amersham, Buckinghamshire
  • Feb 16 Jeff Clayton, US jazz saxophonist/composer (Groove Shop)
  • Feb 23 Howard Jones, rock pianist/vocalist (Things Can Only Get Better)
  • Feb 24 Bob Abrams, American rocker (Buckinghams), born in Ohio
  • Feb 27 Garry Christian, English singer, born in Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • Feb 27 Peter Christopherson, English musician & video director, born in Leeds, United Kingdom (d. 2010)
  • Feb 28 Randy Jackson, American rock musician (Zebra), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Mar 1 Jimmy Fortune, singer (Statler Bros-Class of '57), born in Newport News, Virginia
  • Mar 2 Jay Osmond, American singer and drummer (Osmond Brothers, Donnie & Marie), born in Ogden, Utah
  • Mar 9 Fernando Bujones, American ballet dancer, born in Miami, Florida (d. 2005)
  • Mar 10 Bunny DeBarge, rocker (Debarge), born in Grand Rapids Michigan
  • Mar 10 Youssra, Egyptian actress and singer
  • Mar 10 Gary Louris, American singer-songwriter and musician (Jayhawks), born in Toledo, Ohio
  • Mar 14 Boon Gould, rock guitarist (Level 42-Hot Water)
  • Mar 15 Daniel "Dee" Snider, American singer, songwriter and actor (Twisted Sister), born in Astoria, Queens
  • Mar 15 Stephen "Steve" Lillywhite, British record producer (U2, Rolling Stones, Phish), born in Egham, England
  • Mar 17 Paul Overstreet, American country singer (Daddy's Come Around), born in Van Cleave, Mississippi
  • Mar 22 [Waliou] Wally Badarou, French musician (Level 42), born in Paris, France

  • Mar 26 Dean Dillon, country singer (Chair), born in Lake City, Tennessee

Person of interestReba McEntire

Mar 28 Reba McEntire, American country singer (Can't Even Get the Blues), born in McAlester, Oklahoma

Country Singer Reba McEntire
Country Singer
Reba McEntire
  • Mar 31 Angus Young, Glascow Scotland, rock guitarist (AC/DC-Highway to Hell)
  • Apr 1 Emmanuel [Acha], Mexican singer (Íntimamente, La Chica de Humo), born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • Apr 7 Greg Reeves, American bass guitarist (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: Déjà Vu), born in Warren, Ohio
  • Apr 10 Lesley Garrett, English soprano singer, born in Thorne, Doncaster, England
  • Apr 13 Louis Johnson, American rock bassist and vocalist (Brothers Johnson), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2015)
  • Apr 15 Jeff Golub, American jazz guitarist (Avenue Blue, Rod Stewart), born in Copley Township, Ohio (d. 2015)
  • Apr 17 Pete Shelley [Peter McNeish], English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Buzzcocks "Going Steady"), born in Leigh, England (d. 2018)
  • Apr 17 Rob Bolland, Dutch singer and guitarist (Bolland & Bolland), born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa
  • Apr 22 Arthur Baker, rock producer (Afrika Banbaataa-Planet Rock)
  • Apr 28 Edwin "Eddie" Jobson, British rock violinist (Zappa, UK, Roxy Music-For Your Pleasure), born in Bilingham, England
  • Apr 29 Gino Quilico, Canadian baritone
  • May 1 Nick Feldman, English musician (Wang Chung - Everybody Have Fun Tonight), born in London, England
  • May 3 Van McLain [McElvain], American rock guitarist (Shooting Star), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2018)
  • May 3 Timmy Cappello, American rock & sax player (played with Tina Turner, Ringo Starr & The Lost Boys), born in Silver Lake, New York
  • May 4 Robert Ellis Orrall, American singer and songwriter, born in Winthrop, Massachusetts
  • May 9 Anne-Sofie von Otter, Swedish mezzo-soprano
  • May 11 Jos Haagmans, Dutch singer (Frank Boeijen Group)
  • May 11 Mark Herndon, country drummer (Alabama-Take Me Down), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • May 12 Kix Brooks, singer (Brooks & Dunn-Brand New Man), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • May 16 Hazel O'Connor, Coventry England, singer/actress (Breaking Glass)
  • May 20 Steve George, rock keyboardist (Mr Mister)
  • May 20 Zbigniew Preisner, Polish film composer (Three Colors film trilogy), born in Bielsko-Biała, Poland
  • May 21 John Galvin, American rock keyboardist (Molly Hatchet), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • May 21 Stan Lynch, rock drummer (Tommy Petty & Heartbreakers), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • May 22 Iva Davies, Australian rock guitarist and vocalist (Icehouse), born in Wauchope, New South Wales, Australia
  • May 22 Jimmy Lyon, American guitarist (Eddie Money, The Greg Kihn Band), born in Tampa, Florida
  • May 23 Dean Friedman, American singer-songwriter (Ariel), born in Paramus, New Jersey

Person of interestRosanne Cash

May 24 Rosanne Cash, American country singer (Seven Year Ache, I Wonder), born in Memphis, Tennessee

Country Singer Rosanne Cash
Country Singer
Rosanne Cash
  • May 29 Jerry Dengler, Colo Springs, singer (Mason Dixon-Karen Comes Around)
  • May 29 Michael "Mike" Porcaro, American rock bassist affiliated with Toto (Stranger In Town), born in South Windsor, Connecticut (d. 2015)
  • May 30 Nicky "Topper" Headon, English drummer (Clash-Complete Control)
  • May 31 Tommy Emmanuel, Australian-American acoustic guitarist (Stevie's Blues), born in Muswellbrook, New South Wales
  • Jun 1 Ralph Morse, British actor, singer and writer of historical dramas
  • Jun 7 Joey Scarbury, American singer (Greatest American Hero), born in Ontario, California
  • Jun 8 James Jonathan Sylvers, rocker
  • Jun 8 Greg Ginn, American guitarist (Black Flag)
  • Jun 23 Glenn Danzig, American musician (The Misfits, Samhain, Danzig), born in Lodi, New Jersey
  • Jun 26 Mick Jones, English rock vocalist and guitarist (The Clash-Havana 3 AM), born in London, England
  • Jun 28 Thomas Hampson, American lyric baritone, born in Elkhart, Indiana
  • Jul 1 Keith Whitley, American country music singer (Don't Close Your Eyes), born in Ashland, Kentucky (d. 1989)
  • Jul 3 Neil Clark, Scottish rock guitarist (Lloyd Cole & The Commotions), born in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire
  • Jul 3 Marc Bonilla, American guitarist (Keith Emerson Band), born in Contra Costa, California
  • Jul 5 Michael Gismondi, rock saxophonist (Michael Stanley Band)
  • Jul 9 Fred Norris, American comedy writer and singer (Howard Stern Show), born in Willimantic, Connecticut
  • Jul 13 Chris White, British jazz-rock saxophonist (Dire Straits), born in Bristol, England
  • Jul 18 Terry Chambers, English drummer (XTC), born in Wiltshire, England
  • Jul 21 Henry Preistman, English rocker (Christians-Harvest the World), born in Kingston upon Hull, England
  • Jul 21 Howie Epstein, American bassist (The Heartbreakers), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2003)
  • Jul 21 Taco Ockerse, Indonesian singer, born in Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Jul 25 "Country" Jem [Jeremy] Finer, English banjo player (Pogues-Straight to Hell), born in Stoke-on-Trent, England
  • Jul 30 Rat Scabies [Chris Miller], British rock drummer (the Damned), born in Surrey, England
  • Aug 2 Jimmy Lowe, American country singer (Pirates of Ms-Fred Jake), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Aug 5 Eddie "Fingers" Ojeda, American rock guitarist and songwriter (Twisted Sister, Scarecrow), born in NYC, New York

  • Aug 8 Ali Score, rock drummer (Flock Of Seagulls)
  • Aug 8 Diddú, Icelandic soprano and songwriter
  • Aug 12 Heintje [Hendrik Simons], Dutch singer (Mama)
  • Aug 17 Colin Moulding, English pop guitarist (XTC), born in Swindon, England
  • Aug 17 Kevin Welch, American country songwriter/actor (Thing Called Love), born in Long Beach, California
  • Aug 20 Rob Wiedijk, Dutch rock vocalist (Bob Color)
  • Aug 22 Chiranjeevi [Konidela Siva Sankara Vara Prasad], Telugu film actor, dancer and producer, born in Mogalthur, India
  • Aug 27 Laura Fygi, Dutch jazz-pop singer, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Aug 29 Diamanda Galás, Greek-American pianist, singer and composer (Masque of the Red Death), born in San Diego, California
  • Aug 30 Martin Jackson, British rocker (Swing Out Sister-Swing Out), born in Manchester, England
  • Sep 1 Bruce Foxton, rock guitarist (Jam)

Person of interestSteve Jones

Sep 3 Steve Jones, rock guitarist (Sex Pistols), born in London, England

Rocker Steve Jones
Rocker
Steve Jones
  • Sep 8 Randy Waldman, American popular music touring and session pianist, arranger, composer, and conductor, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Sep 10 Pat Mastelotto, American rock drummer (Mr Mister: King Crimson), born in Chico, California
  • Sep 11 Hiram Bullock, American jazz, funk, and fusion guitarist (The World's Most Dangerous Band), born in Osaka, Japan (d. 2008)
  • Sep 13 Joe Morris, American jazz guitarist, born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Sep 14 Steve Berlin, American saxophonist, keyboardist and record producer (Los Lobos, Top Jimmy & the Rhythm Pigs), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 16 Yolandita Monge, Puerto Rican singer, born in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico
  • Sep 19 Rex Smith, American actor and singer (Pirates of Penzance, You Take My Breath Away), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Sep 19 Richard Burmer, American composer and musician, born in Owosso, Michigan (d. 2006)
  • Sep 25 Zucchero [Adelmo Fornaciari], Italian blues and rock singer-songwriter (Senza una Donna - Without a Woman), born in Roncocesi, Reggio Emilia, Italy
  • Sep 25 Steven Severin, British pop bassist (Siouxsie & Banshees-Wild Thing), born in Highgate, London
  • Sep 26 Carlene Carter, American country singer (I Fell in Love), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Sep 30 Frankie Kennedy, Irish folk flute player (Altan), born in Belfast, Northern, Ireland (d. 1994)
  • Oct 1 Howard Hewett, American R&B vocalist (Shalamar), born in Akron, Ohio
  • Oct 2 Philip Oakey, British rock vocalist (The Human League - "Don't You Want Me"), born in Hinckley, Leicestershire, England
  • Oct 3 [Douglas] Allen Woody, bassist (The Allman Brothers Band, Gov't Mule), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2000)
  • Oct 5 Leo Barnes, Irish saxophonist (Hothouse Flowers - "I'm Sorry", "Don't Go")
  • Oct 7 Yo-Yo Ma, Chinese-American cellist (2001 National Medal of Arts, 2011 Presidential Medal of Freedom), born in Paris, France
  • Oct 8 Lonnie Pitchford, American blues musician, born in Lexington, Mississipi (d. 1998)

  • Oct 12 Pat DiNizio, American rock singer, songwriter and guitarist (The Smithereens - "Only A Memory"), born in Scotch Plains, New Jersey (d. 2017)
  • Oct 12 Jane Siberry, Canadian singer-songwriter (Calling All Angels), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Oct 19 Nino DeFranco, Canadian musician (The DeFranco Family)
  • Oct 19 Roland Dyens, French classical guitarist, composer, and arranger (Libra Sonatine), born in French Tunisia. (d. 2016)
  • Oct 20 Thomas Newman, American composer
  • Oct 21 Eric Faulkner [Falconer], Scottish rock guitarist (Bay City Rollers - "Saturday Night"), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Oct 21 Rich Mullins, American musician (d. 1997)
  • Oct 23 Toshio Hosokawa, Japanese composer (Circulating Ocean), born in Hiroshima
  • Oct 25 Robin Eubanks, American jazz trombonist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Oct 26 Christine Brewer, American operatic soprano, born in Grand Tower, Illinois
  • Oct 29 Kevin DuBrow, American heavy metal singer (Quiet Riot) (d. 2007)
  • Oct 29 Roger O'Donnell, English musician (The Cure)
  • Nov 1 Beth Leavel, American Broadway actress and singer (Baby It's You; The Drowsy Chaperone), born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Nov 2 Frank Gilligan, singer (Mason Dixon-Karen Comes Around), born in Queens, New York
  • Nov 2 Chris Burnett, American musician and composer, born in Olathe, Kansas
  • Nov 7 René Marie, American jazz singer (Sound of Red), born in Warrenton, Virginia
  • Nov 8 Patricia Barber, American jazz pianist and vocalist, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Nov 9 Don Schiff, American guitarist, born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • Nov 12 Leslie McKeown, Scottish pop vocalist (Bay City Rollers - "Saturday Night"),born in Edinburgh, Scotland

Person of interestWhoopi Goldberg

Nov 13 Whoopi Goldberg [Caryn Johnson], American actress, comedian and singer (Color Purple, Burglar), born in NYC, New York

  • Nov 15 Joe Leeway, British instrumentalist and songwriter (Thompson Twins), born in Islington, London, England
  • Nov 15 Georgie Born, English academic, anthropologist and musician (Henry Cow), born in Wheatley, England
  • Nov 17 Peter Cox, rocker (Go West-Call Me, Don't Look Down)
  • Nov 18 Jake Brockman, British musician (Echo and the Bunnymen), born in Borneo (d. 2009)
  • Nov 23 Ludovico Einaudi, Italian pianist, classical and film composer (Divenire), born in Turin, Piedmont, Italy
  • Nov 24 Clem Burke [Clement Bozewski], American rock drummer (Blondie - "Heart Of Glass"), born in Bayonne, New Jersey
  • Nov 24 Elvis Ramone [Clement Bozewski], American drummer (The Ramones, August 1987), born in Bayonne, New Jersey
  • Nov 25 Bruno Tonioli, Italian born British dancer
  • Nov 30 Billy Idol [William Broad], rocker (White Wedding)
  • Dec 4 Brian Prout, American singer (Diamond Rio-Meet in the Middle), born in Troy, New York
  • Dec 4 Cassandra Wilson, American jazz singer, born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • Dec 6 Bill Lloyd, American singer (Foster & Lloyd-Crazy Over You), born in Bowling Green, Kentucky
  • Dec 6 Rick Buckler, English rock drummer (The Jam), born in Woking, Surrey, England
  • Dec 6 Tish Hinojosa, American country singer (Something in the Rain), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • Dec 9 Chamras Saewataporn, Thai composer and musician, born in Bangkok, Thailand
  • Dec 15 Paul Simonon, English pop bassist (Clash-Havana 3 AM)
  • Dec 20 Ed Kuepper, Australian guitarist and singer-songwriter (The Saints), born in Bremen, Germany
  • Dec 21 Kazuyuki Sekiguchi, Japanese musician, born in Agano, Niigata Prefecture
  • Dec 29 Jan Pijnenburg, Dutch rock drummer (Doe Maar-Bomb), born in Vught, Netherlands
  • Dec 29 Neil Giraldo, American musician (Pat Benatar Band), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Dec 30 Dindo Yogo, Congolese musician (d. 2000)

About 1955

How Old? 64 or 65 years old
Generation: Baby Boomer

Chinese Zodiac: Horse (Jan 1 - Jan 23), Goat/Sheep (Jan 24 - Dec 31)