On This Day

Musicians Born in 1961

  • Jan 2 Orrett Rhoden, Jamaican concert pianist, born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Jan 3 Erwin Blom, Dutch singer/guitarist (Eton Crop)
  • Jan 5 Iris DeMent, American country singer (Our Town), born in Paragould, Arizona
  • Jan 10 Nadja Salerni-Sonnenberg, Italian concert violinist, born in Rome, Italy
  • Jan 13 Suggs [Graham McPherson], English singer-songwriter (Madness), born in Hastings, England
  • Jan 14 Mike Tramp [Trempenau], Danish heavy metal rocker (White Lion - "Mane Attraction"), born in Copenhagen Denmark
  • Jan 16 Paul Raven, English rock bassist (Killing Joke), born in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom (d. 2007)
  • Jan 16 Jill Sobule, American singer-songwriter ("I Kissed a Girl"), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Jan 22 Daniel Johnston, American musician and visual artist (Hi, How Are You), born in Sacramento, California (d. 2019)
  • Jan 26 Neil Taylor, British touring and session guitarist (Tears For Fears - "Everybody Wants To Rule The World"; Robbie Williams), born in Bristol, England
  • Jan 27 Gillian Gilbert, rocker (New Order-Round & Round), born in Manchester, England
  • Jan 27 Margo Timmins, Canadian rock singer (Cowboy Junkies)
  • Jan 27 Martin Degville, rocker (Sigue Sigue Sputnik-Love Missile F-111)
  • Jan 27 Rudi Mauger, rocker (Crew Cuts)
  • Jan 27 Tessa Niles, British session and touring singer (Eric Clapton; Duran Duran; Robbie Williams), born in Ilford, Essex, England
  • Jan 29 Eddie Jackson, American heavy metal rock bassist (Queensrÿche - "Silent Lucidity"), born in Robstown, Texas
  • Jan 31 Lloyd Cole, English rocker (Lloyd Cole and the Commotions), born in Buxton, Derbyshire
  • Feb 3 Linda Eder, American pop and musical theater singer, born in Tucson, Arizona
  • Feb 8 Sammy Llanas, American rocker (Bodeans, 1983-2011 - "Closer To Free"), born in Wisconsin
  • Feb 8 Vince Neil, American singer (Mötley Crüe)
  • Feb 9 Jussi Lampi, Finnish musician and actor, born in Lappajärvi, Finland
  • Feb 11 Becky LeBeau, American vocalist (Mischief), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 13 Henry Rollins [Henry Lawrence Garfield], American musician and actor (Big Ugly Mouth, Talking From the Box), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Feb 13 Les Warner, British musician and producer (The Cult-Fire Woman), born in Fulham, United Kingdom
  • Feb 14 Latifa, Tunisian singer, born in Manouba, Tunisia
  • Feb 16 Andy Taylor, British rock guitarist (Duran Duran - "Hungry Like the Wolf"; The Power Station), born in Tynemouth, England
  • Feb 22 Akira Takasaki, Japanese guitarist, born in Osaka, Japan
  • Feb 22 Lowell Liebermann, American classical pianist and composer (Gargoyles), born in New York City
  • Feb 24 Persijn "Dakota" Joling, Dutch rock guitarist/singer (Pilgrims-Red)
  • Mar 1 Davis Daniel, American country singer, born in Arlington Heights, Illinois
  • Mar 2 Simone Young, Australian conductor (Hamburg State Opera and Hamburg Philharmonic, 2005-15), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Mar 5 Dan Stuart, American singer/songwriter (Green on Red)
  • Mar 7 Warrel Dane, American singer (Nevermore), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2017)
  • Mar 11 Bruce Watson, Canadian-Scottish rock guitarist, sitar and mandolin player (Big Country - "Wonderland"; "In A Big Country"), born in Timmons, Ontario
  • Mar 11 Mike Percy, rocker (Dead or Alive-Spin Me Round)
  • Mar 18 Grant Hart, American punk rock drummer and songwriter (Hüsker Dü), born in South St. Paul, Minnesota (d. 2017)
  • Mar 18 Hanna Kulenty, Polish contemporary classical composer (Preludium, Postludium and Psalm), born in Białystok, Poland
  • Mar 21 Slim Jim Phantom [McDonnell], American rock drummer (Stray Cats - "Rock This Town"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Mar 21 Shawn Lane, American guitar virtuoso (d. 2003)
  • Mar 27 Tak Matsumoto, Japanese Grammy Award-winning guitarist (B'z), born in Toyonaka, Osaka, Japan
  • Mar 28 José Feghali, Brazilian concert pianist (Van Cliburn Gold Medalist, 1985) (d. 2014)
  • Apr 1 Mark White, British rock guitarist, singer-songwriter and record producer (ABC - "All of My Heart", born in Sheffield, England
  • Apr 1 Susan Boyle, Scottish pop singer (Britain's Got Talent, 2009 -"I Dreamed A Dream"), born in Dechmont, West Lothian, Scotland
  • Apr 2 Keren Jane Woodward, English rock vocalist (Bananarama - "Venus"), born in Bristol, England
  • Apr 9 Mark Kelly, Irish keyboardist (Marillion - "Real to Reel"), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Apr 11 Doug Hopkins, American guitarist and songwriter (Gin Blossoms - "Til I Hear It From You"), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1993)
  • Apr 11 Nigel Pulsford, British rock guitarist (Bush - Sixteen Stone), born in Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales
  • Apr 12 D. D. Verni, American heavy metal bassist, and songwriter (Overkill - "Hello From the Gutter"), born in New Providence, New Jersey
  • Apr 13 Tammy Stephens, American singer (Girls Next Door - "Don't Be Cruel"), born in Arlington, Texas
  • Apr 13 (Clarence) "Butch" Taylor, American rock and jazz keyboardist and composer (Dave Matthews Band, 1998-2008), born in Shawsville, Virginia
  • Apr 16 Doris Dragović, Croatian singer, born in Split, Croatia
  • Apr 18 Kelly Hansen, American heavy metal rocker (Hurricane-I'm on to You), born in Hawthorne, California
  • Apr 24 Igor Raykhelson, Russian-American composer, and classical and jazz pianist, born in Leningrad, USSR
  • Apr 25 Truls Mørk, Norwegian concert cellist, born in Bergen, Norway
  • Apr 26 Chris Mars, American drummer (The Replacements, 1979-90), and painter, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • May 2 Doctor Robert [Bruce Robert Howard], Scottish singer-songwriter (The Blow Monkeys - "It Doesn't Have To Be This Way"), born in Haddington, Scotland
  • May 4 Jay Aston, English singer (Bucks Fizz), born in Purley, Surrey
  • May 7 Phil "Wizzö" Campbell, Welsh rock musician (Motörhead), born in Pontypridd, Wales
  • May 10 Danny Carey, American drummer (Tool), born in Lawrence, Kansas
  • May 11 Cecile Licad, Filipina concert pianist (Leventritt Award, 1981), born in Manila, Philippines
  • May 11 David Ake, American jazz pianist (Humanities) and educator, born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • May 12 Billy Duffy, British rock musician (The Cult), born in Manchester, England
  • May 15 Melle Mel [Melvin Glover], American rapper (Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five), born in The Bronx, New York

Enya

May 17 Enya [Eithne Ní Bhraonáin], Irish singer and songwriter ("Orinoco Flow"; "Carribbean Blue"; "Only Time"), born in Gweedore, County Donegal, Ireland

  • May 18 Hugh Whitaker, British rock drummer (The Housemartins), born in England
  • May 19 Ronan Hardiman, Irish composer (Michael Flatley soundtracks), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • May 20 Kit Clarke, Scottish rocker (Danny Wilson - "Mary's Prayer"), born in Dundee, Scotland
  • May 20 Nick Heyward, British rock guitarist and vocalist (Haircut 100 - "Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl)"), born in Becjenham, Kent, England
  • May 21 Tim Lever, British musician (Dead or Alive-You Spin Me Round)
  • May 22 Dana Williams, American singer (Diamond Rio-Meet in the Middle), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • May 28 Roland Gift, British pop-rock singer (Fine Young Cannibals - "She Drives Me Crazy"), and actor, born in Sparkhill, Birmingham, England
  • May 29 David Palmer, British drummer (ABC - The Lexicon Of Love), born in Chesterfield, England

Melissa Etheridge

May 29 Melissa Etheridge, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Never Enough), born in Leavenworth, Kansas

  • May 29 John Miceli, American rock drummer (Meat Loaf), born in Long Island, New York
  • Jun 1 Peter Machajdík, Slovak contemporary classical composer (To the Rainbow So Close Again; Effugium), born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia
  • Jun 2 John Cameroon, guitarist (Claw Boys Claw)
  • Jun 2 Dez Cadena, American punk musician (Black Flag), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Jun 4 El Debarge, American pop-rock keyboardist, and singer-songwriter (Debarge - "Rhythm of the Night"), born in Grand Rapids Michigan
  • Jun 4 Kym Ambrose, Australian jazz vibraphonist (The Brazilian Ensemble), born
  • Jun 6 Dee C. Lee [Diane Catherine Sealy], British rock musician (Wham!, Style Council), born in London, England
  • Jun 6 Tom Araya, Chilean-American heavy metal bass guitarist and lead singer (Slayer), born in Viña del Mar, Chile
  • Jun 6 Nir Brand, Israeli conductor and musician, born in Beersheba, Israel
  • Jun 6 Bob Gilmore, Irish keyboard player (Trio Scordatura), educator, and musicologist (Harry Partch: A Biography), born in Larne, Northern Ireland (d. 2015)
  • Jun 7 Dave Catching, American session and touring musician (Eagles of Death Metal; earthlings?), born in Memphis, Tennesee
  • Jun 8 Keti Garbi, Greek pop singer (To Kati), born in Athens, Greece
  • Jun 10 Maxi Priest [Max Elliott], Jamaican/English singer (Wild World)
  • Jun 10 Kim Deal, American rock singer-songwriter, guitarist, and bass player (Pixies; The Breeders - "Cannonball"), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Jun 10 Kelley Deal, American rock guitarist, and singer (The Breeders - "Cannonball"), born in Dayton, Ohio

Boy George

Jun 14 Boy George [O'Dowd], British singer-songwriter (Culture Club - "Karma Chameleon"), born in Bexley, Kent, England

  • Jun 15 Kai Eckhardt, Liberian-German jazz-fusion bassist (Garaj Mahal), born in Mainz, Germany
  • Jun 15 Yoshimi Iwasaki, Japanese j-pop singer ("Touch"), born in Kōtō, Tokyo, Japan
  • Jun 18 [Genevieve] Alison Moyet, English rock vocalist (Yaz, Alf), born in Essex, England
  • Jun 21 Kip Winger, American rocker (Winger), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Jun 21 Manu Chao, Spanish musician, born in Paris, France
  • Jun 21 Sascha Konietzko, German musician ( KMFDM), born in Hamburg, Germany
  • Jun 22 Bobby Gillespie, rocker (Primal Scream)
  • Jun 22 Jimmy Somerville, Scottish rock guitarist, and singer-songwriter (Bronski Beat; Communards), born in Glasgow, Soctland
  • Jun 23 Mark Drillich, Dutch pop bassist (Kong-Slauerhoff)
  • Jun 24 Curt Smith, British-American rock bassist/vocalist (Tears For Fears - "Everybody Wants To Rule The World"; "Shout"), born in Bath, Somerset, England
  • Jun 26 Terri Nunn, American singer (Berlin - "Take My Breath Away"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 29 Greg Hetson, American punk-rock guitarist (Circle Jerks), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jul 3 Vince Clarke [Martin], British rock keyboardist, and songwriter (Depeche Mode; Erasure), born in South Woodford, Essex, England
  • Jul 3 Pedro Romeiras, Portuguese dancer, born in Lisbon, Portugal
  • Jul 3 Tim Smith, English musician (Cardiacs), born in Carshalton, Surrey, England
  • Jul 5 Isabelle Poulenard, French contemporary soprano, born in Paris
  • Jul 7 Michael Kieran Harvey, Australian classical and contemporary music pianist and composer (GRETA - Concerto in No Need of an Orchestra), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Jul 8 Andy Fletcher, Britich synthesizer and bass player (Depeche Mode - "Just Can't Get Enough"), born in Nottingham, England
  • Jul 8 Graham Jones, British rock guitarist (Haircut 100 - "Love Plus One")

Toby Keith

Jul 8 Toby Keith [Coval], American country singer ("Should've Been A Cowboy"; "She Never Cried In Front Of Me"), and actor (Broken Bridges), born in Clinton, Oklahoma

  • Jul 10 Jacky Cheung, Hong Kong singer and actor (Bullet in the Head), born in Hong Kong
  • Jul 13 Lawrence Donegan, Scottish rock bassist (Lloyd Cole and the Commotions) and author, born in Stirling, Scotland
  • Jul 21 Jim Martin, rock guitarist (Faith No More - "Real Thing"), born in Oakland, California
  • Jul 21 Amar Singh Chamkila [Dhanni Ram], Punjabi folk singer "The Elvis of Punjab", born in Dugri, Punjab, India (d. 1988)
  • Jul 22 Keith Sweat, American new jack swing singer, born in Harlem, New York
  • Jul 23 Martin Gore, English rocker (Depeche Mode - "Just Can't Get Enough"), born in Dagenham, Essex, England
  • Jul 24 Paul Geary, American heavy metal drummer (Extreme), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jul 26 Andy Connell, English musician and composer (Swing Out Sister), born in Manchester, England
  • Jul 26 Gary Cherone, American rock vocalist (Extreme - "More Than Words"; Van Halen), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jul 26 Keiko Matsui, Japanese jazz pianist and composer, born in Tokyo
  • Jul 28 David Huff, American drummer (Giant)
  • Aug 2 Pete de Freitas, English rock drummer (Echo & the Bunnyman), born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (d. 1989)
  • Aug 2 Cold 187um [Gregory Fernan Hutchison], American rapper (Above the Law), born in Pomona, California
  • Aug 3 Lee Rocker [Leon Drucker], American rock bassist (Stray Cats - ""Rock This Town"), born in Massapequa, Long Island, New York
  • Aug 5 Mark O'Connor, American violinist and composer of classical, jazz and bluegrass music (Appalachian Journey), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Aug 5 Pat Smear [Georg Ruthenberg], American rock guitarist (Foo Fighters - "Everlong"; "My Hero"), born in West Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 8 The Edge [David Evans], British rock guitarist (U2 - "I Will Follow"; "Desire"; "Where The Streets Have No Name"), born in London, England
  • Aug 8 Daniel House, American music executive
  • Aug 8 Rikki Rockett {Ricahrd Ream], American drummer (Poison - "Every Rose Has A Thorn"), born in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 10 Jon Farriss, Australian rock drummer (INXS - "The Devil Inside"; "New Sensation"), born in Perth, Australia
  • Aug 12 Roy Hay, British guitarist (Culture Club - "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me")
  • Aug 12 Lawrence Hayward, English musician (Felt, Denim, Go Kart Mozart)
  • Aug 13 Stuart Maconie, English music writer and broadcaster, born in Whiston, Lancashire, England
  • Aug 15 Matt Johnson, English singer-songwriter (The The), born in London, England
  • Aug 20 Rick Rael, heavy metal rocker
  • Aug 22 Debbi Peterson, rock drummer (Bangles - "Manic Monday"; "Walk Like An Egyptian", born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 22 Roland Orzabal, English musician and rock vocalist (Tears for Fears - "Shout", "Everybody Wants to Rule the World"), born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
  • Aug 23 Dean DeLeo, American guitarist (Stone Temple Pilots), born in Montclair, New Jersey
  • Aug 23 Alexandre Desplat, French film composer (The Grand Budapest Hotel), born in Paris, France
  • Aug 24 Colin Angus, Scottish pop musician (The Shamen - "Ebeneezer Goode"), born in Aberdeen, Scotland
  • Aug 24 Mark "Bedders" Bedford, English rock-ska bassist (Madness - "House Of Fun"), born in Islington, London

Billy Ray Cyrus

Aug 25 Billy Ray Cyrus, American country singer (Achy Breaky Heart), born in Flatwoods, Kentucky

  • Aug 26 Jimmy Olander, American country guitarist and banjo player (Diamond Rio - "Meet in Middle"), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Aug 28 Kim Appleby, English singer (Mel & Kim-Coming to America), born in Stoke Newington, London
  • Aug 29 Tony MacAlpine, American heavy metal rocker ("Edge of Insanity"), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • Aug 31 David Chastain, American heavy metal guitarist (Chastain - Rule of Wasteland), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Sep 5 Marc-André Hamelin, Canadian concert pianist, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Sep 6 Pal Waaktaar, Norwegian rock guitarist and vocalist (A-ha), born in Oslo, Norway
  • Sep 6 Scott Travis, American drummer (Judas Priest), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • Sep 7 LeRoi Moore, American saxophonist and songwriter (Dave Matthews Band - "Stay (Wasting Time)"), born in Durham, North Carolina (d. 2008)
  • Sep 7 Jean-Yves Thibaudet, French concert pianist, born in Lyon, France
  • Sep 11 Elizabeth Daily, American actress (Pee-Wee's Big Adventure; The Powerpuff Girls - "Buttercup"), and pop singer ("Say It, Say It"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Sep 12 Mylène Farmer, Canadian-French singer (Cendres de Lune) and actress, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Sep 12 Kadim Al Sahir, Iraqi singer-songwriter (Ana Wa Laila - Me and Laila), born in Mosul, Iraq
  • Sep 13 Dave Mustaine, American heavy metal guitarist and singer (Metallica, 1981-83; Megadeth), born in La Mesa, California
  • Sep 13 KK Null [Kazuyuki Kishino], Japanese musician, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Sep 16 Bilinda Butcher, British singer (My Bloody Valentine), born in London
  • Sep 17 Ty Tabor, American progressive metal guitarist and singer (King's X), born in Pearl, Mississippi
  • Sep 18 Martin "Frosty" Beedle, British session and touring drummer (Cutting Crew -"(I Just) Died In Your Arms Tonight"), born in North Ferriby, East Yorkshire, England
  • Sep 27 Andy Lau, Hong Kong actor and singer (Internal Affairs), born in Hong Kong
  • Sep 30 Sally Yeh, Hong Kong Canto-pop singer and actress, born in Taipei, Taiwan,
  • Oct 2 Robbie Nevil, American pop singer-songwriter and producer ("A Place Like This"; "C'est La Vie"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Oct 3 Robbie Jaymes, British rock keyboardist (Modern Romance), born in London
  • Oct 4 (Juan) "Jon" Secada, Cuban-American Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter ("Just Another Day"), born in Havana, Cuba
  • Oct 5 Sharon Cheslow, American musician, composer and artist, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Oct 6 Tim Burgess, English drummer (T'Pau), born in Macclesfield
  • Oct 7 Brian Mannix, Australian rock singer (Uncanny X-men - "How Do You Get Your Kicks?"), and actor, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Oct 8 Ted Kooshian, American jazz pianist, born in San Jose, California
  • Oct 10 Martin Kemp, English rock bassist (Spandau Ballet - "True"), born in London, England
  • Oct 11 Amr Diab, Egyptian singer (Leily Nehary), born in Port Said, Egypt
  • Oct 18 Wynton Marsalis, American 9-time Grammy Award-winning jazz and classical trumpeter (Pulitzer Prize for "Blood on the Fields"; Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Oct 21 Dimitri Vassilakis, Greek jazz saxophonist, composer (Labyrinth), and educator, born in Athens, Greece
  • Oct 25 Chad Smith, American drummer (Red Hot Chili Peppers, 1988-present - "Under The Bridge"; Chickenfoot), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Oct 25 Franck Amsallem, French jazz pianist, arranger, composer, singer and educator, born in Oran, French Algeria
  • Oct 27 Håkan Hardenberger, Swedish classical trumpet soloist, and conductor, born in Malmö, Sweden
  • Oct 27 Igor Butman, Russian-American jazz saxophonist, composer, and bandleader born in Lenningrad, USSR (now St. Petersburg, Russia)
  • Oct 28 Darrell Lavigne, American jazz pianist, composer, and educator, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Oct 29 Randy Jackson, American singer and musician, ninth Jackson brother (Jackson 5-ABC), born in Gary, Indiana
  • Oct 31 Larry Mullen, Jr, Irish rock drummer (U2 - "I Will Follow"), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Oct 31 Kate Campbell, American folk music singer-songwriter, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Nov 1 Calvin Johnson, American guitarist and singer (Beat Happening; The Halo Benders; Dub Narcotic Sound System), born in Olympia, Washington
  • Nov 2 (Kathryn Dawn) "k.d." lang, Canadian Juno and Grammy Award-winning country-pop singer-songwriter (Constant Craving), born in Consort, Alberta
  • Nov 4 Daron Hagen, American composer, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Nov 4 Les Sampou, American folk singer-songwriter, born in Norwalk, Connecticut,
  • Nov 4 Edward Knight, American contemporary classical, jazz, and musical theater composer (Total Eclipse; Big Shoulders), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Nov 6 Florent Pagny, French songwriter and singer, born in Chalon-sur-Saône, Saône-et-Loire, France
  • Nov 6 Craig Goldy, American guitarist for the band Dio, born in San Diego, California
  • Nov 6 Daniele Gatti, Italian conductor, born in Milan, Italy
  • Nov 8 Leif Garrett, American singer and actor (Devil x 5, 3 for the Road), born in Hollywood, California
  • Nov 12 Michaela Paetsch, American violinist, born in Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Nov 16 Corinne Hermès [Miller], French pop singer (Si la vie est cadeau), born in Lagny-sur-Marne, France
  • Nov 18 Janice Lynn Kuehnemund, American rock guitarist (Vixen - "Edge of a Broken Heart"), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 2013)
  • Nov 18 Gunnar Idenstam, Swedish concert organist, arranger, and composer, born in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden
  • Nov 22 Stephen Hough, British concert pianist, born in Heswall, Merseyside, England
  • Nov 23 Nicolas Bacri, French classical music composer, born in Paris, France
  • Nov 27 Princess [Desiree Heslop], British pop singer ("Say I'm Your Number One"), born in London
  • Nov 28 Patty Zomer, Dutch singer (Dolly Dots - "Windsurfing"), born in Haarlem, The Netherlands
  • Nov 29 Masayoshi Yamashita, Japanese heavy metal bass guitarist (Loudness), born in Osaka, Japan
  • Dec 6 David Lovering, American drummer (Pixies), born in Burlington, Massachusetts
  • Dec 10 Nia Peeples, American dancer and host (Fame, Party Machine), born in Hollywood, California
  • Dec 11 Darryl Jones, American bass player (Sting; Rolling Stones, 1993-present), born in Chicago, Illinois

About 1961

How Old? 59 or 60 years old
Generation: Baby Boomer

Chinese Zodiac: Rat (Jan 1 - Feb 14), Ox (Feb 15 - Dec 31)