Birthdays in Music in 1961

  • Jan 3 Erwin Blom, Dutch singer/guitarist (Eton Crop)
  • Jan 6 Dirk de Vries, Dutch pop bassist (Kong-Slauerhoff)
  • Jan 10 Nadja Salerni-Sonnenberg, concert violinist, born in Rome, Italy
  • Jan 13 Graham "Suggs" McPherson, Sussex, rock vocalist (Madness-Our House)
  • Jan 13 Suggs [Graham McPherson], English singer-songwriter (Madness), born in Hastings
  • Jan 14 Mike Tramp [Trempenau], Danish heavy metal rocker (White Lion-Mane Attraction), born in Copenhagen Denmark
  • Jan 15 Iris DeMent, American country singer (Our Town), born in Paragould, Ar
  • Jan 16 Paul Raven, English musician (Killing Joke) (d. 2007)
  • Jan 16 Jill Sobule, American singer-songwriter
  • Jan 22 Daniel Johnston, American musician and artist ("Hi, How Are You"), born in Sacramento, California
  • Jan 27 Gillian Gilbert, rocker (New Order-Round & Round), born in Manchester, England
  • Jan 27 Margo Timmins, singer (Cowboy Junkies)
  • Jan 27 Martin Degville, rocker (Sigue Sigue Sputnik-Love Missile F-111)
  • Jan 27 Rudi Mauger, rocker (Crew Cuts)
  • Jan 31 Lloyd Cole, English rocker (Lloyd Cole and the Commotions), born in Buxton, Derbyshire
  • Feb 3 Linda Eder, American singer
  • Feb 8 Sammy Llanas, rocker (Bodeans)
  • Feb 8 Vince Neil, American singer (Mötley Crüe)
  • Feb 9 Jussi Lampi, Finnish musician and actor
  • Feb 11 Becky LeBeau, vocalist (Mischief), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 13 Henry Rollins, US vocalist/poet (Big Ugly Mouth, Talking From the Box)
  • Feb 13 Les Warner, rocker (Cult-Fire Woman)
  • Feb 14 Latifa, Tunisian singer
  • Feb 16 Andy Taylor, England, rock guitarist (Duran Duran-Hungry Like the Wolf)
  • Feb 21 Ranking Roger, rock vocalist (English Beat-Drowning)
  • Feb 22 Don Van Spall, guitarist (Sleeze Beez)
  • Feb 22 Akira Takasaki, Japanese guitarist
  • Feb 24 Persijn "Dakota" Joling, Dutch rock guitarist/singer (Pilgrims-Red)
  • Mar 1 Davis Daniel, country singer, born in Arlington Heights, Illinois
  • Mar 2 Simone Young, Australian conductor
  • Mar 5 Dan Stuart, US singer/songwriter (Green on Red)
  • Mar 11 Bruce Watson, Ontario Canada, rock guitarist (Big Country-Wonderland)
  • Mar 11 Mike Percy, rocker (Dead or Alive-Spin Me Round)
  • Mar 21 Slim Jim Phantom, [Jim McDonnell], American rock drummer (Stray Cats), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Mar 27 Clark Datchler, vocalist (Johnny Hates Jazz-Don't Say it's Love)
  • Mar 27 Tak Matsumoto, Japanese guitarist (B'z)
  • Apr 1 Mark White, rock guitarist (ABC-All of My Heart)
  • Apr 2 Keren Jane Woodward, Bristol England, rock vocalist (Bananarama-Venus)
  • Apr 9 Mark Kelly, keyboardist (Marillion-Real to Reel), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Apr 11 Doug Hopkins, American musician
  • Apr 12 D D Verni, heavy metal rocker (Overkill-Hello From the Gutter)
  • Apr 13 Tammy Stephens, singer (Girls Next Door-Don't Be Cruel), born in Arlington, Texas
  • Apr 16 Doris Dragović, Croatian singer
  • Apr 18 Kelly Hansen, heavy metal rocker (Hurricane-I'm on to You)
  • May 2 Doctor Robert, [Bruce R Howard], rocker (Blow Monkeys-Wicked Ways)
  • May 4 Jay Aston, English singer (Bucks Fizz), born in Purley, Surrey
  • May 4 Jay Aston, rocker (Gene Loves Jezebel), born in Porthcawl, South Wales
  • May 7 Phil Campbell, British musician (Motörhead)
  • May 11 Cecile Licad, pianist (Leventritt Award-1981), born in Manila, Philippines
  • May 12 Billy Duffy, rocker (Cult-Hell's Kitchen)
  • May 15 Melle Mel, American musician

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May 17 Enya [Eithne Ní Bhraonáin], Irish singer and songwriter (A Day Without Rain), born in Gweedore, County Donegal, Ireland

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  • May 20 Kit Clarke, rocker (Danny Wilson-Mary's Prayer)
  • May 22 Dana Williams, singer (Diamond Rio-Meet in the Middle), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • May 28 Roland Gift, UK, rocker (Fine Young Cannibals-She Drives Me Crazy)
  • May 29 David Palmer, heavy metal drummer (ABC, AC/DC)
  • May 29 Melissa Etheridge, US singer/songwriter/guitarist (Never Enough)
  • May 30 Trey Parker, rapper/actor (Newsies, Hull High)
  • Jun 2 John Cameroon, guitarist (Claw Boys Claw)
  • Jun 2 Dez Cadena, American musician (Black Flag)
  • Jun 4 El Debarge, rocker (Debarge-All this Love), born in Grand Rapids Michigan
  • Jun 6 Dee C. Lee [Diane Catherine Sealy], British rock musician (Wham!, Style Council), born in London, England
  • Jun 6 Tom Araya, Chilean American musician (bass guitarist and lead singer of American thrash metal band Slayer), born in Viña del Mar, Chile
  • Jun 6 Nir Brand, Israeli conductor and musician, born in Beersheba, Israel
  • Jun 7 Dave Catching, American musician
  • Jun 10 Maxi Priest, [Max Elliott], Jamaican/English singer (Wild World)
  • Jun 10 Kim Deal, American musician (Pixies), (The Breeders)
  • Jun 10 Kelley Deal, American musician (The Breeders)
  • Jun 14 Boy George [O'Dowd], British singer-songwriter (Culture Club), born in Bexley, Kent, England
  • Jun 15 Kai Eckhardt, German musician (Garaj Mahal)
  • Jun 15 Yoshimi Iwasaki, Japanese singer/actress
  • Jun 18 [Genevieve] Alison Moyet, Essex England, rock vocalist (Yaz, Alf)
  • Jun 21 Kip Winger, rocker (Winger-17)
  • Jun 21 Manu Chao, Spanish musician
  • Jun 21 Sascha Konietzko, German musician
  • Jun 22 Bobby Gillespie, rocker (Primal Scream)
  • Jun 22 Jimmy Somerville, rocker (Bronski Beat, Communards), born in Glasgow, Soctland
  • Jun 23 Mark Drillich, Dutch pop bassist (Kong-Slauerhoff)
  • Jun 24 Curt Smith, Bath England, rock bassist/vocalist (Tears For Fears)
  • Jun 26 Terri Nunn, American singer (Berlin-Take My Breath Away), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 29 Greg Hetson, American punk-rock guitarist
  • Jul 3 Vince Clarke, Basildon Essex, rock keyboardist (Erasure)
  • Jul 3 Pedro Romeiras, Portuguese dancer
  • Jul 3 Tim Smith, English musician (Cardiacs)
  • Jul 5 Isabelle Poulenard, French soprano
  • Jul 8 Andy Fletcher, rocker (Depeche Mode-Just Can't Get Enough)
  • Jul 8 Graham Jones, rock guitarist (Haircut 100)
  • Jul 8 Toby Keith, American country singer and actor (Boomtown, Blue Moon), born in Clinton, Oklahoma
  • Jul 10 Jacky Cheung, Hong Kong singer and actor
  • Jul 13 Lawrence Donegan, rock bassist
  • Jul 21 Jim Martin, rock guitarist (Faith No More-Real Thing), born in Oakland, California
  • Jul 21 Amar Singh Chamkila, Punjabi folk singer
  • Jul 22 Keith Sweat, American singer
  • Jul 23 Martin Gore, rocker (Depeche Mode-Just Can't Get Enough)
  • Jul 26 Andy Connell, English musician and composer (Swing Out Sister), born in Manchester, England
  • Jul 26 Gary Cherone, American heavy metal vocalist (Extreme, Van Halen), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jul 26 Keiko Matsui, Japanese musician and composer, born in Tokyo
  • Jul 28 David Huff, rocker (Giant)
  • Aug 2 Pete de Freitas, rock drummer (Echo & the Bunnyman), born in Port of Spain, Trinidad (d. 1989)
  • Aug 2 Cold 187um, American rapper (Above the Law)
  • Aug 3 Lee Rocker, [Leon Drucker], rock bassist (Stray Cats-Gonna Ball)
  • Aug 5 Mark O'Connor, American violinist
  • Aug 8 The Edge, [Dave Evans], rock guitarist (U2-I Will Follow), born in London, England
  • Aug 8 Daniel House, American music executive
  • Aug 8 Rikki Rockett, American drummer (Poison-Every Rose Has a Thorn), born in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 10 Jon Farriss, Australian rock vocalist/drummer (INXS-Kiss the Dirt)
  • Aug 12 Roy Hay, 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
  • Aug 15 Matt Johnson, rocker (The The-Infected Soul Mining)
  • Aug 20 Rick Rael, heavy metal rocker
  • Aug 22 Debbi Peterson, rock drummer (Bangles-Eternal Flame), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 22 Roland Orzabal, English musician and rock vocalist (Tears for Fears-Shout, Head over Heels), born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
  • Aug 23 Dean DeLeo, American musician (Stone Temple Pilots)
  • Aug 24 Colin Angus, Scottish pop musician (Shamen, Ebeneezer Goode)
  • Aug 24 Mark "Bedders" Bedfored, rock bassist (Madness), born in London, England
  • Aug 25 Billy Ray Cyrus, country singer (Achy Breaky Heart), born in Flatwoods, Kentucky
  • Aug 26 Jimmy Olander, Palos Verdes Cal, singer (Diamond Rio-Meet in Middle)
  • Aug 28 Kim Appleby, Stoke Newington, English singer (Mel & Kim-Coming to America), born in London, England
  • Aug 29 Tony MacAlpine, heavy metal rocker (Solo-Edge of Insanity)
  • Aug 31 David Chastain, heavy metal rocker (Chastain-Rule of Wasteland)
  • Sep 5 Marc-André Hamelin, Canadian pianist, born in Montreal, Canada
  • Sep 6 Pal Waaktaar, rock guitarist/vocalist (A-ha), born in Oslo, Norway
  • Sep 6 Scott Travis, American musician (Judas Priest)
  • Sep 7 LeRoi Moore, American saxophonist (Dave Matthews Band), born in Durham, North Carolina (d. 2008)
  • Sep 7 Jean-Yves Thibaudet, French Pianist
  • Sep 11 Elizabeth Daily, American actress and singer (Buttercup-The Powerpuff Girls), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Sep 12 Mylene Farmer, french singer (Cendres de Lune), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Sep 12 Kathem Al Saher, Iraqi singer
  • Sep 13 Dave Mustaine, American musician (ex-Metallica, Megadeth)
  • Sep 13 KK Null, Japanese musician
  • Sep 16 Bilinda Butcher, British singer (My Bloody Valentine)
  • Sep 17 Ty Tabor, American guitarist and singer (King's X)
  • Sep 27 Andy Lau, Hong Kong actor and singer
  • Sep 30 Sally Yeh, Hong Kong singer and actress
  • Oct 2 Robbie Nevil, rocker (A Place Like This)
  • Oct 4 John Secada, Cuban American singer-songwriter, born in Havana, Cuba
  • Oct 5 Sharon Cheslow, American musician, composer and artist
  • Oct 6 Tim Burgess, English drummer (T'Pau), born in Macclesfield
  • Oct 7 Brian Mannix, Australian singer and actor
  • Oct 8 Ted Kooshian, American jazz pianist
  • Oct 10 Martin Kemp, rock bassist (Spandau Ballet), born in London, England
  • Oct 11 Amr Diab, Egyptian singer
  • Oct 18 Wynton Marsalis, jazz trumpeter (Grammy 1983), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Oct 29 Randy Jackson, rocker (Jackson 5-ABC), born in Gary, Indiana
  • Oct 31 Larry Mullen Jr, rock drummer (U2-I Will Follow), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Oct 31 Kate Campbell, American musician, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Nov 1 Magne Furuholmen, keyboardist/vocalist (Aha-Take on Me), born in Oslo, Norway
  • Nov 1 Calvin Johnson, American musician (Beat Happening, The Halo Benders, Dub Narcotic Sound System)
  • Nov 2 K.D. Lang [Kathy Dawn], Canadian country singer, born in Consort, Alberta
  • Nov 4 Daron Hagen, American composer
  • Nov 4 Edward Knight, American composer
  • Nov 4 Les Sampou, American musician
  • Nov 4 Edward Knight, Ann Arbor, Michigan, composer
  • 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 8 Leif Garrett, singer/actor (Devil x 5, 3 for the Road), born in Hollywood, California
  • Nov 12 Michaela Paetsch, American violinist
  • Nov 16 Corinne Hermès, French singer
  • Nov 18 Janice Lynn Kuehnemund, rocker (Vixen-Rev It Up), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Nov 22 Stephen Hough, British concert pianist
  • Nov 27 Princess, rocker (Desirez Heslop, All For Love)
  • Nov 28 Patty Zomer, Dutch singer (Dolly Dots)
  • Nov 29 Masayoshi Yamashita, Japanese musician
  • Dec 6 David Lovering, American drummer (Pixies)
  • Dec 10 Nia Peeples, [Vernia], dancer/host (Fame, Party Machine), born in Hollywood, California
  • Dec 11 Darryl Jones, American musician (Rolling Stones), born Chicago, Illinois
  • Dec 12 Daniel O'Donnell, singer/Television presented, born in Donegal, Ireland
  • Dec 13 Harry Gregson-Williams, English composer
  • Dec 17 Sarah Dallin, rocker (Bananarama-Venus)
  • Dec 18 Ken Foreman, rocker (Thrashing Doves-Reprobate's Hymm)
  • Dec 20 Mohammad Fouad, Arab singer and actor
  • Dec 21 Ryuji Sasai, Japanese composer
  • Dec 29 Jim Reid, Scottish singer (The Jesus and Mary Chain, Freeheat)