On This Day

Musicians Born in 1961

  • 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 musician (Killing Joke), born in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom (d. 2007)
  • Jan 16 Jill Sobule, American singer-songwriter, born in Denver, Colorado
  • Jan 22 Daniel Johnston, American musician and visual artist (Hi, How Are You), born in Sacramento, California (d. 2019)
  • 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, 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, England, rock guitarist (Duran Duran-Hungry Like the Wolf)
  • 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, country singer, born in Arlington Heights, Illinois
  • Mar 2 Simone Young, Australian conductor
  • Mar 5 Dan Stuart, American 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 21 Shawn Lane, American guitar virtuoso (d. 2003)
  • Mar 27 Tak Matsumoto, Japanese Grammy Award-winning guitarist (B'z), born in Toyonaka, Osaka
  • Apr 1 Mark White, British rock guitarist, singer-songwriter and record producer (ABC-All of My Heart), born in Sheffield, England
  • 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), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1993)
  • Apr 12 D. D. Verni, American heavy metal rocker (Overkill - Hello From the Gutter), born in New Jersey
  • Apr 13 Tammy Stephens, American singer (Girls Next Door-Don't Be Cruel), born in Arlington, Texas
  • 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
  • May 2 Doctor Robert [Bruce Robert Howard], Scottish singer-songwriter (The Blow Monkeys), 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, pianist (Leventritt Award-1981), born in Manila, Philippines
  • May 12 Billy Duffy, rocker (Cult-Hell's Kitchen)
  • May 15 Melle Mel [Melvin Glover], American rapper (Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five), born in The Bronx, New York

Person of interestEnya

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

Singer-Songwriter Enya
Singer-Songwriter
Enya
  • May 19 Ronan Hardiman, Irish composer (Michael Flatley soundtracks), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • May 20 Kit Clarke, rocker (Danny Wilson-Mary's Prayer)
  • May 20 Nick Heyward, guitar/vocals (Haircut 100-Favourite Shirts)
  • May 21 Tim Lever, keyboard/sax (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, UK, rocker (Fine Young Cannibals-She Drives Me Crazy)
  • May 29 David Palmer, American musician and founding member of ABC (The Lexicon Of Love), born in Chesterfield, England
  • May 29 Melissa Etheridge, American singer/songwriter/guitarist (Never Enough)
  • 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 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 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 musician (Pixies), (The Breeders)
  • Jun 10 Kelley Deal, American musician (The Breeders)

Person of interestBoy George

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

Singer-Songwriter Boy George
Singer-Songwriter
Boy George
  • Jun 15 Kai Eckhardt, German musician (Garaj Mahal)
  • Jun 15 Yoshimi Iwasaki, Japanese singer/actress
  • Jun 18 [Genevieve] Alison Moyet, English rock vocalist (Yaz, Alf), born in Essex, England
  • 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, British-American rock bassist/vocalist (Tears For Fears - Everybody Wants To Rule The Word), 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, English rock keyboardist (Erasure), born in South Woodford, Essex
  • Jul 3 Pedro Romeiras, Portuguese dancer, born in Lisbon
  • Jul 3 Tim Smith, English musician (Cardiacs), born in Carshalton, Surrey, England
  • Jul 5 Isabelle Poulenard, French contemporary soprano, born in Paris
  • 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 (Bullet in the Head), born in Hong Kong
  • Jul 13 Lawrence Donegan, Scottish rock bassist (Lloyd Cole and the Sommotions) 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 musician 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), born in West Los Angeles, California
  • 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, 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-Eternal Flame), 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 (Shamen, Ebeneezer Goode)
  • Aug 24 Mark "Bedders" Bedford, English rock bassist (Madness), born in Islington, London

Person of interestBilly Ray Cyrus

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

Country Singer-Songwriter Billy Ray Cyrus
Country Singer-Songwriter
Billy Ray Cyrus
  • 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 (Solo-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 (Dave Matthews Band), 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 and singer (Buttercup-The Powerpuff Girls), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Sep 12 Mylène Farmer, Canadian-French singer (Cendres de Lune), 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 singer and actress
  • Oct 2 Robbie Nevil, American pop singer-songwriter and producer (A Place Like This), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Oct 3 Robbie Jaymes, British rock keyboardist (Modern Romance), born in London
  • Oct 4 John Secada, Cuban American singer-songwriter, 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 singer 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), born in London, England
  • Oct 11 Amr Diab, Egyptian singer (Leily Nehary), born in Port Said, Egypt
  • Oct 18 Wynton Marsalis, American jazz and classical trumpeter (9 Grammy Awards; Pulitzer Prize for "Blood on the Fields"; Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Oct 25 [Chadwick Gaylord] Chad Smith, American drummer (Red Hot Chili Peppers), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Oct 29 Randy Jackson, rocker (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 musician, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Nov 1 Calvin Johnson, American musician (Beat Happening, The Halo Benders, Dub Narcotic Sound System), born in Olympia, Washington
  • Nov 2 K.D. Lang [Kathy Dawn], Canadian country singer, born in Consort, Alberta
  • Nov 4 Daron Hagen, American composer, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Nov 4 Les Sampou, American singer and songwriter, born in Massachusetts
  • Nov 4 Edward Knight, American composer, 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
  • 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 22 Stephen Hough, British concert pianist
  • Nov 23 Nicolas Bacri, Frenck classical music composer, born in Paris
  • 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)
  • Nov 29 Masayoshi Yamashita, Japanese musician
  • 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 musician (Rolling Stones), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Dec 12 Daniel O'Donnell, Irish singer and television presenter, born in Donegal, Ireland
  • Dec 13 Harry Gregson-Williams, English composer, born in Chichester, England
  • Dec 17 Sara Dallin, British musician (Bananarama), born in Bristol, England
  • Dec 18 Ken Foreman, rocker (Thrashing Doves-Reprobate's Hymn)
  • Dec 20 Mohammad Fouad, Arab singer and actor, born in Ismailia Governorate, Egypt
  • Dec 21 Ryuji Sasai, Japanese video game composer, born in Osaka Prefecture, Japan
  • Dec 24 Darren Wharton, British musician (Dare, Thin Lizzy), born in Failsworth, United Kingdom
  • Dec 29 Jim Reid, Scottish singer (The Jesus and Mary Chain, Freeheat), born in East Kilbride, United Kingdom

About 1961

How Old? 58 or 59 years old
Generation: Baby Boomer

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