On This Day

Musicians Born in 1956

  • Jan 1 Martin Plaza [Murphy], Australian new wave singer-songwriter (Mental As Anything - "Live It Up"; solo - "Concrete and Clay"), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Jan 1 Andy Gill, British guitarist and record producer (Gang of Four - "Damaged Goods"), born in Manchester, England (d. 2020)
  • Jan 4 Bernard Sumner [Albrecht], English rock guitarist, vocalist (Joy Division and New Order), born in Salford, England
  • Jan 4 Nels Cline, American guitarist and composer
  • Jan 10 Don Letts, British film director & musician (Big Audio Dynamite), born in London, United Kingdom
  • Jan 10 Shawn Colvin, American country folk singer-songwriter ("Sunny Came Home"), born in Vermillion, South Dakota
  • Jan 11 Robert Earl Keen, American singer-songwriter ("What I Really Mean"), born in Houston, Texas
  • Jan 11 Big Bank Hank [Henry Lee Jackson] American rapper (The Sugarhill Gang - "Rapper's Delight"), born in The Bronx, New York City (d. 2014)
  • Jan 13 Malcolm Foster, British rock bassist (Pretenders, 1984-89; Simple Minds, 1989-95), born in Hereford, England
  • Jan 14 Étienne Daho, French singer-songwriter, born in Oran, Algeria
  • Jan 14 Ben Heppner, Canadian tenor, and broadcaster, born in Murrayville, British Columbia
  • Jan 17 Paul Young, British rock and blue-eyed soul vocalist ("Every Time You Go Away"; Band-Aid - "Do They Know It's Christmas?"), born in Luton, England
  • Jan 17 Cristina [Monet Zilkha], American dance-pop singer songwriter (Sleep It Off), born in New York City (d. 2020)
  • Jan 18 George Mark Collie, American country singer ("Another Old Soldier"), born in Waynesboro Tennessee
  • Jan 18 Tom Bailey, English rock vocalist & keyboardist (Thompson Twins - "Hold Me Now", "Doctor! Doctor!"), born in Halifax, West Yorkshire
  • Jan 19 Carman Licciardello, American Christian music singer, born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • Jan 19 Parthenon Huxley [Richard Miller], American rock guitarist, singer- songwriter and producer (ELO II; The Orchestra; P. Hux), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Jan 20 Adrian Vernon Fish, British classical composer, born in Bristol, England
  • Jan 21 Bob Brill, American drummer (Berlin - "You Take My Breath Away"), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 22 Steve Riley, American rock drummer (L.A. Guns; W.A.S.P.), born in Revere, Massachusetts
  • Jan 23 Lazar Ristovski, Serbian keyboardist (Smak and Bijelo Dugme), born in Novi Pazar, Yugoslavia (d. 2007)
  • Jan 23 Larysa Kuzmenko, Canadian concert pianist, and composer, of Ukrainian heritage (Memoriam for the Victims of Chornobyl; Golden Harvest), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Jan 24 Hanne Krogh, Norwegian singer (Bobbysocks), born in Oslo, Norway
  • Jan 24 Lounès Matoub, Kabylian singer-songwriter, guitar and mandole player, and Berber rights activist, born in of Taourirt Moussa, Algeria (d. 1998)
  • Jan 25 Andy Cox, British guitarist (Fine Young Cannibals - "She Drives Me Crazy"), born in Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • Jan 26 Lisa Boray [Schulte Nordholt], Dutch jazz singer ("Lovers Until the End"), born in Breda, Netherlands
  • Jan 28 [Pierre] "Peter" Schilling, German synthpop musician ("Major Tom (Coming Home)"), born in Stuttgart, Germany

John Lydon

Jan 31 Johnny Rotten [John Lydon], English singer-songwriter & musician (Sex Pistols - God Save the Queen), born in Holloway, United Kingdom

  • Feb 1 Exene Cervenka, American musician, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 3 Lee Ranaldo, American musician (Sonic Youth)
  • Feb 5 Vincent "Vinnie" Colaiuta, American touring and session rock and jazz drummer (Frank Zappa; Joni Mitchell; Sting), born in Brownsville, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 7 Mark St. John [Norton], American rock guitarist (KISS, April- November, 1984), born in Hollywood, California (d. 2007)
  • Feb 8 Dave Meros, American progressive rock bassist (Spock's Beard), born in Salinas, California
  • Feb 11 H.R. [Paul D. Hudson], British-American singer (Bad Brains), born in London, England
  • Feb 11 Didier Lockwood, French violinist, born in Calais, France (d. 2018)
  • Feb 11 Raoul Björkenheim, American avant-garde jazz guitarist, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 11 David Uosikkinen, American drummer (The Hooters - "All You Zombies"; "And We Danced"), born in Cheltenham, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 12 Brian Robertson, Scottish rock guitarist (Thin Lizzy), born in Clarkston, Scotland
  • Feb 13 Peter Hook, English rock bassist (New Order - "Round & Round"; "Run"), born in Salford, United Kingdom
  • Feb 18 Ted Gärdestad, Swedish singer, born in Sollentuna Municipality, Sweden (d. 1997)
  • Feb 19 Dave Wakeling, British Rock singer-songwriter and guitarist (The English Beat; General Public), born in Birmingham, England
  • Feb 19 Peter Holsapple, American rock-pop singer-songwriter (The dB's; Continental Drifters) born in Greenwich, Connecticut
  • Feb 26 Keisuke Kuwata, Japanese pop singer,songwriter and film score composer, born in Chigasaki, Japan
  • Mar 1 Jan Van der Roost, Belgian composer (Chemical Suite for Trombone Quartet), born in Duffel, Belgium
  • Mar 2 John Cowsill, American rock drummer (The Cowsills - "We Can Fly"; Beach Boys, 2000-present), born in Newport, Rhode Island
  • Mar 2 Mark Evans, Australian rock bassist (AC/DC), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Mar 3 Stephanie McCallum, Australian concert pianist and educator, born in Sydney
  • Mar 4 Kermit Driscoll, American jazz bassist (Bill Frissell), born in Kearney, Nebraska
  • Mar 5 Teena Marie, American singer
  • Mar 12 Steve Harris, English hard rock bassist (Iron Maiden - "Gypsy's Kiss"), born in London, England
  • Mar 14 Patrick Leonard, American songwriter, film composer and music producer (Madonna), born in Crystal Falls, Michigan
  • Mar 16 Vladimír Godár, Slovak contemporary classical music and film music composer, born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia)
  • Mar 17 Will Rigby, American rock drummer and percussionist (The dB's)
  • Mar 17 Luca Francesconi, Italian classical and electronic music composer (Wanderer; Unexpected End of Formula), born in Milan, Italy
  • Mar 20 Alphonso Martin, British reggae percussionist and vocalist (Steel Pulse, 1977-91 - "Prodigal Son"), born in Birmingham, England
  • Mar 26 Charly McClain, American country singer (Radio Heart), born in Jackson, Tennessee
  • Mar 27 (Paul) "Wix" Wickens, British session and touring keyboard player (Paul McCartney; Nik Kershaw; Kevin Coyne), born in Brentwood, Essex, England
  • Mar 29 Patty Donahue, American new wave rock singer (The Waitresses - "I Know What Boys Like"; "Christmas Wrapping), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 1996)
  • Apr 3 Miguel Bose, Panamanian-born Spanish singer and actor (El Avaro, Queen Margot), born in Panama City
  • Apr 4 Allan Harris, American jazz singer and guitarist (Cross That River; Kate's Soulfood), born in Harlem, New York City
  • Apr 4 Evelyn Hart, Canadian prima ballerina (Royal Winnipeg Ballet), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Apr 6 Hal Willner, American music producer (Lost In The Stars: The Music of Kurt Weill; Stay Awake: Various Interpretations of Music from Vintage Disney Films; The Carl Stalling Project), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2020)
  • Apr 8 Justin Sullivan, British rock singer-songwriter (New Model Army), born in Jordans, Buckinghamshire, England
  • Apr 12 Herbert Grönemeyer, German singer (Mensch; Spruenge), born in Göttingen, Germany
  • Apr 13 Matthew Peaceman, American oboist, conductor, composer (Abyss/Scorched Earth), and teacher, born in New York City (d. 2008)
  • Apr 19 Gary Langan, British sound engineer, record producer, and musician (The Art of Noise, 1983-86), born in Surrey, England
  • Apr 22 Kenny Lyon, American rock guitarist, bassist, music producer, born in Coral Gables, Florida
  • Apr 27 Bryan Harvey, American musician (House of Freaks), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 2006)
  • Apr 28 Jimmy Barnes [Swan], Scottish-Australian rock and blues singer-songwriter ("For the Working Class Man"), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Apr 29 Ketil Stokkan, Norwegian singer (Zoo), born in Harstad, Norway
  • Apr 30 Jorge Chaminé, Portuguese operatic baritone, born in Porto, Portugal
  • May 2 David Rhodes, English guitarist (Random Hold), born in London
  • May 4 Sharon Jones, American soul singer (Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings), born in Augusta, Georgia (d. 2016)
  • May 5 Dick Kemper, Dutch rock vocalist and bassist (Vandenberg), born in Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • May 6 Brad Felt, American jazz tuba and euphonium player, composer, and bandleader, born in Royal Oak, Michigan (d. 2011)
  • May 7 Anne Dudley, British classical and film composer (The Full Monty), born in Beckenham, Kent
  • May 10 Bakithi Kumalo, South African session and touring bassist, and composer (Paul Simon - "Graceland"; "Call Me Al"; Mickey Hart's Planet Drum; Harry Belafonte), born in Alexandra, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • May 12 Greg Phillinganes, American session and touring keyboardist, and musical director (Stevie Wonder, Toto, Michael Jackson, David Gilmour), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • May 13 David Hollestelle, Dutch rock guitarist (Herman Brood & His Wild Romance), born in Hilversum, Netherlands
  • May 18 James Moginie, Australian rock musician, and songwriter (Midnight Oil - "Beds Are Burning"; "Blue Sky Mine"), born 64) Kalamunda, Western Australia, Australia
  • May 19 Martyn Ware, rocker (Heaven 17 - Electric Dreams)
  • May 22 Natasha Shneider, Russian musician (Eleven), born in Riga, Latvia (d. 2008)
  • May 25 Helen Terry, British pop-rock singer ("Love Lies Lost"; "Now You're Mine"), born in England
  • May 25 Lincoln Barrington "Sugar" Minott, Jamaican singer (The African Brothers), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 2010)
  • May 25 David P. Sartor, American music composer, born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • May 29 LaToya Jackson, American singer ("If You Feel the Funk"), and model, born in Gary, Indiana
  • May 29 Larry Blackmon, American singer (Cameo-Alligator Woman), born in New York City
  • May 31 Bart van Poppel, Dutch bassist, guitarist, and singer (Duplex Johnson, 1980-85; Tambourine, 1987-92; The Analogues, 2014-), born in The Netherlands
  • May 31 Fritz Hilpert, German musician and sound engineer (Kraftwerk, 1987-), born in Amberg, West Germany
  • Jun 1 Lisa Hartman Black, American singer and actress (Tabitha, Knots Landing), born in Houston, Texas
  • Jun 3 Danny Wilde [Thomas], American rock singer-songwriter (The Rembrandts - "I’ll Be There For You"), born in Houlton, Maine
  • Jun 4 Reeves Gabrels, American rock guitarist, songwriter and producer (Tin Machine/David Bowie;, 1987-99; The Cure, 2012-), born in Staten Island, New York
  • Jun 5 Kenny G [Gorelick], American smooth jazz saxophonist (Duotones; Breathless), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Jun 5 Richard Butler, English rock singer (Psychedelic Furs - "Pretty In Pink"), born in Kingston-upon-Thames, England
  • Jun 5 Mindy Jostyn, American session and touring vocalist, violinist, guitarist, accordionist, and harmonica player (New York Rock and Soul Revue; Billy Joel; Andreas Vollenweider; Carly Simon; Cyndi Lauper), and singer-songwriter ("Five Miles From Hope"; "Coming Home"), born in Long Island City, New York (d. 2005)
  • Jun 8 Uri Caine, American classical and jazz pianist and composer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 10 Mickey Curry, American session and touring drummer (Bryan Adams; Hall & Oates; Sam Phillips), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Jun 10 Stefania de Kenessey, Hungarian-American composer (Autumn Elegy), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • Jun 11 Jamaaladeen Tacuma [Rudy McDaniel], American jazz bassist (Ornette Coleman), born in Hempstead, New York
  • Jun 14 King Diamond [Kim Petersen], Danish heavy metal musician (Merciful Fate; King Diamond), born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Jun 18 John Scott, English organist and choirmaster, born in Wakefield, England (d. 2015)
  • Jun 19 Doug Stone, American singer
  • Jun 22 Derek Forbes, rocker (Simple Minds-Water Front)
  • Jun 22 Green [Gartside], rock vocalist (Scritti Politti-Flesh & Blood)
  • Jun 23 Randy Jackson, American bassist, singer, and record producer (American Idol judge), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Chris Isaak

Jun 26 Chris Isaak, American rock singer-songwriter ("Wicked Game"), born in Stockton, California

  • Jun 30 [Philip] Adrian Wright, British composer and keyboard player (Human League - "Don't You Want Me"; "Human"), born in Wakefield, England
  • Jun 30 Ronald Winans, American gospel singer (Winans), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2005)
  • Jul 1 Kenneth Fuchs, American Grammy Award-winning classical composer, and college professor
  • Jul 2 Jeffrey Cooper, American R&B guitarist (Midnight Star - "No Parking On The Dance Floor"; "Operator")
  • Jul 6 John Jorgenson, American singer (Desert Rose Band-Love Reunited), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Jul 8 Russell Christian, British rock keyboardist, and vocalist (The Christians - "Harvest For The World"), born in Liverpool, England
  • Jul 13 Mark "The Animal' Mendoza [Glickman], American bassist (Twisted Sister - "We're Not Gonna Take It"), born in Long Island, New York
  • Jul 14 Bob Birch, American musician (Elton John), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2012)
  • Jul 15 Joe Satriani, American rock guitarist, born in Westbury, New York
  • Jul 15 Ian Curtis, English rock vocalist (Joy Division - "Transmission") (d. 1980)
  • Jul 18 Audrey Landers [Hamburg], American actress and singer (Dallas; Chorus Line), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 20 Paul Cook, English rock drummer (Sex Pistols), born in London, England
  • Jul 20 Michael Gordon, American contemporary classical composer (Natural History; Anonymous Man), and new music promoter (Bang on a Can Festival), born in Miami, Florida
  • Jul 22 Mick Pointer, British rock drummer (Marillion), born in Brill, Buckinghamshire, England
  • Jul 27 Duncan Cameron, American guitarist (Sawyer Brown) and commercial pilot, born in Utica, New York
  • Jul 29 Patti Scialfa, American singer-songwriter ("As Long As I Can Be (With You)"), wife of Bruce Springsteen, born in Deal, New Jersey
  • Jul 30 Phil Fearon, English rocker (Galaxy, Kandidate-I Don't Want to Lose You), born in London
  • Aug 2 Isabel Pantoja, Spanish singer (Genio y Figura), born in Seville, Spain
  • Aug 3 Kirk Brandon, English rocker (Theatre of Hate, Spear of Destiny-Outland), born in Westminster, London
  • Aug 5 Ferdi Bolland, Dutch singer/guitarist (Bolland & Bolland)
  • Aug 8 Chris Foreman, British pop-ska guitarist (Madness - "Our House"; "It Must Be Love"), born in London
  • Aug 8 David Grant, British pop-soul singer ("Stop & Go"; "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love"), and televeion personality (Pop Idol), born in Hackney, London, England
  • Aug 10 Charlie Peacock, American jazz and contemporary Christian music pianist, singer, songwriter, and record producer (The Civil Wars), born in Yuba City, California
  • Aug 10 On Ka'a Davis, American experimental jazz guitarist and composer (Sun Ra Arkestra), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Aug 14 Sharon Bryant, American vocalist (Atlantic Starr), born in Westchester County, New York
  • Aug 15 Vinny Denunzio, American drummer (The Feelies), born in New Jersey
  • Aug 15 Lorraine Desmarais, French Canadian jazz pianist and composer, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Aug 15 Peter-John Vettese, Scottish keyboardist (Jethro Tull, 1982-89), songwriter, arranger, and producer born in Scotland, United Kingdom
  • Aug 18 John Debney, American composer, born in Glendale, California
  • Aug 18 Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz, American musician, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 20 Rick Olsen, American rock guitarist (Berlin - "Take My Breath Away")
  • Aug 23 Kile Smith, American contemporary orchestral and choral composer, born in Camden, New Jersey
  • Aug 25 Matt Aitken, English songwriter and rocker (Stock Aitken & Waterman-Road Block), born in Coventry, England
  • Aug 27 Glen Matlock, British punk rock bassist (The Sex Pistols; The Philistines), born in Paddington, London
  • Aug 29 (Jesus Christ) "G.G." Allin, American punk rock singer, born in Lancaster, New Hampshire (d. 1993)
  • Sep 4 Blackie Lawless [Steven Duren], American heavy metal singer and guitarist (W.A.S.P.), born in Staten Island, New York
  • Sep 5 Roine Stolt, Swedish guitarist (The Flower Kings), born in Uppsala, Sweden
  • Sep 7 Michael Feinstein, American jazz pianist, singer and Gershwin-ophile ("Isn't It Romantic"), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • Sep 7 Diane Warren, American songwriter ("Music of My Heart"; "If I Could Turn Back Time"), born in Van Nuys, California
  • Sep 8 Frank Tovey, British musician (Fad Gadget), born in London (d. 2002)
  • Sep 8 "Wild" Mick Brown, American rock drummer (Dokken; Ted Nugent), born in San Mateo, California
  • Sep 10 Johnny Fingers [John Moylett], Irish rocker (Boomtown Rats - "I Don't Like Mondays"), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Sep 10 Johnny Hickman, American rock guitarist (Cracker), born in Redlands, California
  • Sep 12 Barry Andrews, British rock musician (XTC; League of Gentlemen; Shreikback), born in West Norwood, London
  • Sep 12 Leslie Cheung, Hong Kong actor, singer and composer (Farewell My Concubine), born in Hong Kong (d. 2003)
  • Sep 13 [Joan] Joni Sledge, American vocalist (Sister Sledge "We Are Family"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2017)
  • Sep 13 David Mansfield, American session and touring fiddler, guitarist, mandolin player (Bob Dylan; The Alpha Band; Buce Hornsby and The Range), and film score composer, born in Leonia, New Jersey
  • Sep 15 Jaki Graham, British R&B singer-songwriter ("Could It Be I'm Falling In Love"), born in Birmingham, England
  • Sep 15 Ned Rothenberg, composer and multi-instrumentalist, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Sep 15 Maggie Reilly, Scottish folk singer, born in Moodiesburn, Scotland
  • Sep 16 Charles Fearing, American rock guitarist (Raydio)
  • Sep 16 Peter Zaremba, American rocker (Fleshtones), born in Queens, New York
  • Sep 16 Dave Blood [Schulthise], American rock bassist (The Dead Milkmen -"Punk Rock Girl"), born in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania (d. 2004)
  • Sep 22 Debby Boone, American singer (You Light Up My Life), born in Hackensack, New Jersey
  • Sep 22 Masayuki Suzuki, Japanese singer (Rats & Star)
  • Sep 22 David Krakauer, American Grammy Award-winning klezmer, jazz and classical clarinetist (Klezmer Madness!), born in New York City
  • Sep 23 June Forester, American country singer (Forester Sister - "Mama's Never Seen Those Eyes"; "Men"), born in Lookout Mountain, Georgia
  • Sep 29 Suzzy Roche, American singer (The Roches), writer and actress, born in Park Ridge, New Jersey
  • Oct 2 Freddie Jackson, American R&B singer and songwriter ("Rock Me Tonight"), born in Harlem, New York
  • Oct 6 Michael Shipley, Australian audio engineer, and record producer of rock and country music, born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2013)
  • Oct 7 Mike Shipley, Australian audio engineer (Paper Airplane), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2013)
  • Oct 8 Larry Crane, American rock guitarist (John Mellencamp band), born in Seymour, Indiana
  • Oct 8 Danny Jacob, American session and touring guitarist (Bette Midler), and cartoon music composer (Phineas and Ferb), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Oct 12 David Vanian, British singer (The Damned - "Eloise"), born in Hemel Hempstead, England
  • Oct 15 Chris Lacklison,, British pop keyboardist (Kenny - "Fancy Pants"; "Julie Anne"), born in London, England
  • Oct 16 Marin Alsop, American conductor and 1st woman to head a major American orchestra (Baltimore Symphony, 2007-present), born in NYC, New York
  • Oct 23 Dwight Yoakam, American country singer-songwriter ("Honky Tonk Man"), born in Pikeville, Kentucky
  • Oct 25 Matthias Jabs, German rock guitarist (Scorpions - "Wind of Change"), born in Hannover, Germany
  • Oct 26 Rita Wilson, American actress, singer, and film producer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Oct 26 Mike LeDonne, American jazz Hammond organist, pianist, and composer (Benny Golson; The Groover Quartet), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • Oct 27 Ben Besiakov, Danish jazz pianist and jazz-fusion keyboard player, born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Oct 28 Dave Wyndorf, American rock singer (Monster Magnet), born in Red Bank, New Jersey
  • Nov 4 James Honeyman-Scott, English rock guitarist and vocalist (Pretenders), born in Hereford, Herefordshire, England (d. 1982)
  • Nov 4 Jordan Rudess, American progressive rock keyboardist (Dream Theater), born in New York
  • Nov 5 Jeff Watson, American rock guitarist (Night Ranger, 1982–89 & 1996–2007 - "Sister Christain"), born in Sacramento, California
  • Nov 5 Rob Fisher, British rock keyboardist (Naked Eyes -"Always Something There to Remind Me"), born in Bath, England (d. 1999)
  • Nov 5 Helen O'Hara [Bevington], British rock violinist (Dexys Midnight Runners - "Come On Eileen"), born in Bristol, England
  • Nov 7 Denise Jannah [Zeefuik], Suriname-Dutch jazz singer (Farmer's Market), born in Paramaribo, Suriname
  • Nov 9 Kevin Savigar, British session and touring keyboard player, songwriter, and record producer (Rod Stewart), born in London, England
  • Nov 9 Eve de Castro-Robinson, New Zealand classical composer (Other Echoes; A Chaos Of Delight), music director (Karlheinz Company), and educator (University of Auckland), born in London, England
  • Nov 11 Billy Smith, American country singer (Billy & Terry Smith), born in Reidsville, North Carolina
  • Nov 11 Ian Craig Marsh, British rock keyboardist (The Human League - "Don't You Want Me"; Heaven 17), born in Sheffield, England
  • Nov 13 Aldo Nova, Canadian rocker (Blood on the Bricks), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Nov 17 Enzo Favata, Italian jazz saxophonist and composer, born in Alghero, Sardinia, Italy
  • Nov 18 Laura Lynch, American bluegrass and country musician and songwriter (Dixie Chicks, 1989-95), born in El Paso, Texas
  • Nov 19 Ik-Hwan Bae, South Korean-American violinist (Bargemusic, 1982-95) and educator (Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, 1999-2014), born in Seoul, South Korea (d. 2014)
  • Nov 20 Dan Powers, American rock guitarist (Michael Stanley Band, 1983-87), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Nov 22 Lawrence Gowan, Canadian singer (Styx)
  • Nov 28 Kristine Arnold, American country singer (Sweethearts of Rodeo - "Midnight Girl"), born in Torrance, California
  • Nov 28 David Van Day [David Paul Day], British pop singer (Dollar - "Loves Gotta Hold On Me"), born in Brighton, Sussex, England
  • Nov 29 Hinton Battle, American Tony Award-winning singer, dancer, and actor (The Wiz), born in Neubrücke, Hoppstädten, West Germany
  • Dec 1 Julee Cruise, American singer and actress
  • Dec 5 Krystian Zimerman, Polish pianist and conductor, born in Zabrze, Poland
  • Dec 6 Peter Buck, American rock guitarist (R.E.M. - Murmur), born in Berkeley, California

About 1956

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

Chinese Zodiac: Goat/Sheep (Jan 1 - Feb 11), Monkey (Feb 12 - Dec 31)