On This Day

Musicians Born in 1959

  • Jan 3 Rusty Golden, rocker (Boys Band)
  • Jan 4 Denise Matthews "Vanity", singer (Prince protege) and actress (52 Pick Up), born in Niagara Falls, Ontario (d. 2016)
  • Jan 6 Kathy Sledge, American vocalist (Sister Sledge-We are Family), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 7 Kathy Valentine, American musician (Go-Go's-We Got the Beat), born in Austin, Texas
  • Jan 8 Paul Hester, Australian drummer, born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2005)
  • Jan 9 Cristi Minculescu, Romanian musician, born in Pitești, Romania
  • Jan 10 Curt Kirkwood, American musician (Meat Puppets), born in Amarillo, Texas
  • Jan 12 Per Helmstad Gessle, Swedish singer (Roxette-Must Have Been Love), born in Halmstad, Sweden
  • Jan 12 Blixa Bargeld, German singer & musician (Einstürzende Neubauten, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds), born in West Berlin
  • Jan 13 James Lomenzo, American musician (Megadeth)
  • Jan 14 Chas Smash, English singer-songwriter & multi-instrumentalist (Madness-Our House), born in Fitzrovia, London
  • Jan 14 Geoff Tate, German-born American singer & musician (Queensryche-Breaking the Silence), born in Stuttgart, Germany
  • Jan 15 Pete Trewavas, British bassist, (Marillion-Clutching at Straws), born in Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
  • Jan 16 Sade [Helen Folasade Adu], Nigerian-born British singer-songwriter, composer, arranger and record producer (Soldier of Love, Smooth Operator), born in Ibadan, Colony and Protectorate of Nigeria
  • Jan 17 Susanna Hoffs, American actress & musician (Bangles-Walk Like an Egyptian), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 17 Momoe Yamaguchi, Japanese singer & actress, born in Ebisu, Tokyo, Japan

  • Jan 18 Bob Rosenberg, American musician (Will To Power), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 23 Earl Falconer, British reggae bassist (UB40-Red Red Wine), born in Meriden, England
  • Jan 28 Dave Sharp, rock guitarist (Alarm-In the Summertime)
  • Jan 28 Burkhard Dallwitz, German-born composer
  • Jan 30 Jody Watley, American dancer (Solid Gold)/singer (Looking For a New Love), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 3 Loi Tolhurst, rocker (Cure-Hell's Kitchen)
  • Feb 3 Yasuharu Konishi, Japanese musician (Pizzicato Five)
  • Feb 6 Ken Nelson, English record producer, born in Liverpool, England
  • Feb 7 Brian Travers, rock saxophonist (UB40-Red Wine)
  • Feb 12 Omar Hakim, US drummer and composer (Dire Straits, Weather Report), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 14 Renée Fleming, American opera singer & soprano, born in Indiana, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 15 Ali Campbell, British reggae vocalist/guitarist (UB40-Red Red Wine)
  • Feb 21 José María Cano, Spanish musician
  • Feb 25 Mike Peters, rocker (Alarm-In the Summertime)
  • Feb 27 Johnny Van Zant, American rock vocalist (Lynyrd Skynyrd), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Mar 2 Larry Stewart, country singer (Restless Heart-Wheels), born in Paducah, Kentucky
  • Mar 13 Ronnie Rogers, British guitarist (T'Pau-Heart & Soul), born in Shrewsbury, England
  • Mar 14 Patrick Dupond, dancer (La Bayadere), born in Paris, France
  • Mar 16 Stan Thorn, singer (Shenandoah-Sunday in the South), born in Kenosha, Wisconsin

Person of interestFlavor Flav

Mar 16 Flavor Flav [William Drayton Jr], American rapper and reality TV star (Public Enemy), born in Roosevelt, New York

Rapper & TV star Flavor Flav
Rapper & TV star
Flavor Flav

  • Mar 17 Mike Lindup, British rock keyboardist/singer (Level 42-Hot Water)
  • Mar 17 Paul Black, American rock singer
  • Mar 18 Irene Cara, Bronx actress/singer (Fame, DC Cab, Certain Fury), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 19 Terry Hall, English musician (Specials, Fun Boy 3), born in Coventry
  • Mar 20 Richard Drummie, rocker (Go West-Call Me, Don't Look Down)
  • Mar 21 Sarah Jane Morris, English singer, born in Southampton, England
  • Mar 21 Nobuo Uematsu, Japanese composer
  • Mar 22 Avraham Fried [Friedman], Orthodox Jewish Musician, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Mar 23 Epic Soundtracks [Kevin Paul Godfrey], English musician (Swell Maps, Crime and the City Solution, These Immortal Souls), born in Croydon, Surrey (d. 1997)
  • Mar 26 Chris Whitten, British session drummer (Paul McCartney - "Flowers In The Dirt"), born in England, United Kingdom
  • Mar 27 Andrew Farriss, Australian rock keyboardist (INXS-Kiss the Dirt), born in Perth, Australia
  • Mar 29 Perry Farrell, American musician, (Jane's Addiction, Porno For Pyros), born in Queens, New York
  • Mar 30 Sabine Meyer, German clarinetist
  • Mar 31 Ali McMordie, Irish bassist (Stiff Little Fingers)
  • Apr 2 Dean Townson, American singer (Pirates of Miss-Fred Jake), born in St Petersburg, Florida
  • Apr 9 Dave Innis, American country singer (Restless Heart-Wheels), born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma
  • Apr 10 Brian Setzer, American rock guitarist and vocalist (Stray Cats), born in Massapequa Park, New York
  • Apr 10 Babyface [Kenneth Edmonds], American Grammy Award-winning R&B singer, songwriter and record producer, born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Apr 17 Stephen Singleton, English rocker (ABC), born in Sheffield, England

Person of interestRobert Smith

Apr 21 Robert Smith, English rock guitarist and vocalist (Cure-Hell's Kitchen), born in Blackpool, England

Musician Robert Smith
Musician
Robert Smith
  • Apr 21 Jerry Only [Gerald Caiafa Jr], American musician (Misfits), born in Lodi, New Jersey
  • Apr 21 Michael Timmins, Canadian musician (Cowboy Junkies), born in Montreal
  • Apr 25 Billy Rankin, Scottish rocker, born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Apr 26 John Corabi, American musician (Mötley Crüe), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 27 Marco Pirroni, rock guitarist (Adam & The Ants), born in London, England
  • Apr 27 Sheena Easton [Shirley Orr], singer (Sugar Walls), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Apr 27 Louis Lortie, French-Canadian concert pianist, born in Montreal
  • May 1 Paul Smith, rock saxophonist (Haircut 100)
  • May 3 David Ball, English rock keyboardist (Soft Cell), born in Blackpool, Lancashire

Person of interestRandy Travis

May 4 Randy Travis, American country music singer (Diggin' Up Bones), born in Marshville, North Carolina

Country Music Singer Randy Travis
Country Music Singer
Randy Travis
  • May 5 Ian McCulloch English rock vocalist (Echo & Bunnymen - Heaven Up Here), born in Liverpool
  • May 13 Paul Pesco, Eurasian American session guitarist, singer-songwriter and record producer, born in Canandaigua, New York
  • May 14 Patrick Bruel, Algerian/French actor/rock vocalist (Coup of Sirocco)
  • May 15 Andrew Eldritch, rocker (Sisters of Mercy-Walk Away, Black Planet)
  • May 17 Paul Di'anno, rocker (Iron Maiden Chingford, London V Early Vocalist
  • May 20 Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, Native Hawaiian musician, entertainer and Hawaiian sovereignty advocate (Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World), born in Honolulu, Hawaii (d. 1997)
  • May 22 [Steven] Morrissey, British rock vocalist (The Smiths), born in Davyhulme, Lancashire
  • May 24 Mario Igrec, Croatian jazz guitarist, composer and music professor (Cubismo), born in Zagreb, Croatia
  • May 26 Wayne Hussey, English musician (Mission-Lover for Life), born in Bristol, England
  • May 26 Steve Hanley, English musician (The Fall, Tom Hingley and the Lovers)
  • May 28 Leon "The Bop" Klaasse, rock drummer/singer (The Pilgrims-Red)
  • May 28 Steve Strange [Steven Harrington], Welsh pop singer (Visage) and nightclub host, born in Newbridge, Caerphily (d. 2015)
  • May 29 Mel Gaynor, rock drummer (Simple Minds-Water Front), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Jun 1 Alan "Wild"er, English rock vocalist/music (Depeche Mode-Wild!)
  • Jun 2 Lydia Lunch, American singer/poetess (Teenage Jesus, Jerks)
  • Jun 4 Paul Taylor, American rocker (Winger-17), born in San Francisco, California
  • Jun 5 Michael Winans, gospel singer (Winans)
  • Jun 6 Jimmy Jam [James Harris], American songwriter and record producer (Janet Jackson), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Jun 12 John Linnell, American musician (They Might Be Giants), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 19 Mark DeBarge, rock vocalist (DeBarge-Who's Johnny), born in Grand Rapids Michigan
  • Jun 21 Kathy Mattea, American country and bluegrass singer (Love at the Five & Dime), born in South Charleston, West Virginia
  • Jun 22 Nicola Sirkis, French singer and lyricist (Indochine)
  • Jun 24 Andy McClusky, rocker (Orchestal Manoeveres in the Dark-Electricity)
  • Jun 27 Lorrie Morgan, American country singer (Out of Your Shoes), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Jun 27 Khadja Nin, Burundian singer (Sambolera), born in Burundi

  • Jul 3 Stephen Pearcy, American heavy metal vocalist (RATT-Round & Round), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 4 Bill McCorvey, American country singer (Pirates of Mississippi - "Feed Jake"), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • Jul 5 Marc Cohn, American folk rock singer (Walking in Memphis), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Jul 6 John Keeble, English rock drummer (Spandau Ballet-True), born in London, England
  • Jul 9 Jim Kerr, Scottish rock vocalist (Simple Minds), born in Glasgow, Scotland

Person of interestRichie Sambora

Jul 11 Richie Sambora, American guitarist (Bon Jovi) and boyfriend of Cher and Heather Locklear, born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey

Rock guitarist Richie Sambora
Rock guitarist
Richie Sambora
  • Jul 11 Suzanne Vega, American folk/rock singer-songwriter ("Luka"; "Tom's Diner"), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Jul 15 Shep Pettibone, American record producer, born in Ocean Grove, New Jersey
  • Jul 16 Doug Herzog, American television executive (Viacom Music and Entertainment Group), born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • Jul 20 Radney Foster, American country singer and songwriter (Foster & Lloyd - "Crazy Over You"), born in Del Rio, Texas
  • Jul 29 John Sykes, English rock guitarist and singer (Thin Lizzy; Blue Murder), born in Reading, Berkshire,England
  • Jul 31 Stanley Jordan, American jazz guitarist (Magic Touch), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 1 Joe Elliott, English heavy metal vocalist (Def Leppard-Hysteria, Rock of Ages), born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire
  • Aug 1 Otomo Yoshihide, Japanese musician (Ground Zero), born in Yokohama, Japan
  • Aug 3 Martin Atkins, English drummer (Nine Inch Nails), born in Coventry
  • Aug 5 Pete Burns, English singer (Dead or Alive, "Spin Me Round"), born in Bebington (d. 2016)
  • Aug 6 Joyce Sims, rocker (All & All)
  • Aug 9 Diane Williams, American country singer (Girls Next Door - "Slow Boat to China"), born at Hahn Air Force Base, near Kirchberg Germany
  • Aug 9 Kurtis Blow [Walker], American rapper (Krushgroove - "The Breaks"), born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 10 Florent Vollant, Innu-Canadian musician (Kashtin)
  • Aug 11 Gustavo Cerati, Argentinian musician (Soda Stereo)
  • Aug 13 Mark Nevin, British rocker (Fairground Attraction-Find My Love), born in Ebbw Vale, Wales
  • Aug 19 Steve Grimmett, British heavy metal singer (Grim Reaper), born in Swindon, England
  • Aug 22 Juan Croucier, Cuban-born American heavy metal rocker (Ratt-Round & Round), born in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
  • Aug 29 Sadenia "Eddi" Reader, Scottish singer-songwriter (Fairground Attraction - "Find My Love"), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Aug 29 Ernesto Rodrigues, Portuguese violinist and composer, born in Lisbon, Portugal
  • Aug 31 Tony DeFranco, Canadian pop singer (The DeFranco Family - "Heartbeat - It's a Lovebeat"), born in Port Colborne, Ontario
  • Sep 2 Esther Oosterbeek, Dutch singer (Dolly Dots)
  • Sep 7 Jermaine Stewart, American R&B singer (We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 1997)
  • Sep 8 Daler Nazarov, Tajik composer and actor, born in Stalinabad, Tajik SSR

  • Sep 9 Éric Serra, French musician and composer, born in Saint-Mandé, France
  • Sep 14 Morten Harket, Norwegian rocker (Aha-Take on Me), born in Kongsberg, Norway
  • Sep 21 Corrinne Drewery, British singer-songwriter (Swing Out Sister-Swing Out), born in Nottingham, Engalnd
  • Sep 23 D-Roc the Executioner [Dennis Miles], American heavy metal musician (Body Count), born in the US (d. 2004)
  • Sep 28 Angela Groothuizen, Dutch singer (Dolly Dots)
  • Sep 28 Billy Montana, Country/Western performer (No Yesterday, Angelia)
  • Sep 30 Basia [Barbara Stanisława Trzetrzelewska], Polish jazz and pop singer (Time and Tide), born in Jaworzno, Poland
  • Oct 1 Youssou N'dour, Senegalese singer (Shaking The Tree), born in Dakar, Senegal
  • Oct 3 Jack Wagner, American actor (General Hospital; Melrose Place) and pop singer ("All I Need"), born in Washington, Missouri
  • Oct 4 Chris Lowe, English rock keyboardist (One Under The Eight, Pet Shop Boys), born in Blackpool, Lancashire, England
  • Oct 5 Troy Luccketta, American rock drummer (Tesla-Psychotic Supper), born in Lodi, California
  • Oct 8 Gavin Friday [Fionán Martin Hanvey], Irish singer (Virgin Prunes), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Oct 10 Kirsty MacColl, English singer and songwriter (Electric Landlady), born in Croydon, Surrey, England (d. 2000)
  • Oct 13 Marie Osmond, American singer and actress (Paper Roses, Goin' Coconuts), born in Ogden, Utah
  • Oct 14 A.J. Pero, American drummer (Twisted Sister - "We're Not Gonna Take It"), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2015)
  • Oct 16 Gary Kemp, British rock guitarist and lyricist (Spandau Ballet - "True"), born in Smithfield, London
  • Oct 16 Erkki-Sven Tüür, Estonian composer (Architectonics; Magma) born in Kärdla, Hiiumaa, Estonia
  • Oct 22 Marc Shaiman, American film and Broadway composer (When Harry Met Sally; Hairspray), born in Newark, New Jersey

Person of interestWeird Al Yankovic

Oct 23 Weird Al Yankovic [Alfred Matthew], American parody singer (Eat It, UHF, Naked Gun), born in Downey, California

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic
  • Oct 25 Marina Minkin, Israeli harpsichordist and teacher (Ad Libitum Ensemble), born in Ukraine
  • Oct 25 Chrissy Amphlett, Australian singer-songwriter (Divinyls - "I Touch Myself"), born in Geelong, Victoria, Australia (d. 2013)
  • Oct 28 Neville Henry, British rock saxophonist (Blow Monkeys - "Wicked Ways")
  • Nov 1 Eddie MacDonald, Welsh rocker (The Alarm-Knocking on Heaven's Door), born in St. Asaph, Wales

Person of interestBryan Adams

Nov 5 Bryan Adams, Canadian singer (Heaven), born in Kingston, Ontario

Singer Bryan Adams
Singer
Bryan Adams
  • Nov 9 Thomas Quasthoff, German singer, born in Hildesheim, Germany
  • Nov 10 Frank Maudsley, English rock bassist and vocalist (Flock Of Seagulls), born in Liverpool, England
  • Nov 14 Annie Schilder, Dutch singer (BZN)
  • Nov 18 Cindy Blackman Santana, American jazz and rock session and touring drummer (Lenny Kravitz; Santana), born in Yellow Springs, Ohio
  • Nov 25 Steve Rothery, British progressive rock guitarist, (Marillion - Clutching at Straws), born in Brampton, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
  • Nov 27 Charlie Burchill, Scottish pop guitarist (Simple Minds-Breakfast Club)
  • Nov 30 Randy Gane, American keyboardist, born in Mount Clemens, Michigan
  • Dec 1 Billy Childish, English painter, writer and musician
  • Dec 8 Marty Raybon, American singer (Shenandoah-Sunday in the South), born in Sanford, Florida
  • Dec 8 Paul Rutherford, vocalist (Frankie Goes to Hollywood-Relax)
  • Dec 12 Belouis Some, British rock musician (Neville Keighley-Some People), born in England
  • Dec 14 Franco, Spanish singer, born in Cuba
  • Dec 16 Steven Irvine, rock drummer (Lloyd Cole & The Commotions)
  • Dec 17 Robert "Bob" Stinson, American rock guitarist (The Replacements), born in Waconia, Minnesota (d. 1995)
  • Dec 28 Ana Torroja, Spanish singer (Mecano)
  • Dec 29 Ritsuko Okazaki, Japanese singer-songwriter (Kanashii Jiyū / Koi ga, Kiete Yuku), born in Hashima Island, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan (d. 2004)
  • Dec 30 Tracey Ullman, Slough England, singer/actress (Tracey Ullman Show)
  • Dec 31 Paul Westerberg, American musician (The Replacements), born in Edina, Minnesota
  • Dec 31 Baron Waqa, Nauruan politician and musician, born in Boe District, Nauru

About 1959

How Old? 60 or 61 years old
Generation: Baby Boomer

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