On This Day

Rhythm and Blues Singers in History (Part 2)

Events in Music


Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 231

  • 1946-10-13 Dorothy Moore, American blues, gospel, and R&B singer ("Misty Blue"), born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • 1947-02-09 Major Harris, American R&B singer ("Love Won't Let Me Wait"), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 2012)
  • 1947-06-11 Glenn Leonard, American R&B singer (Temptations, 1975-83 - "In A Lifetime"; "Power"), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1947-08-09 Barbara Mason, American R&B singer ("Yes, I'm Ready"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1948-01-29 Felice Taylor, American R&B singer (I Feel Love Comin' On), born in Richmond, California (d. 2017)
  • 1948-05-06 Shaun Murphy, American session and touring rock, blues, and R&B singer (Little Feat, 1993-2009; Bob Seger; Eric Clapton), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1949-01-28 Gene McFadden, American singer, songwriter, and record producer (Philadelphia International Records; McFadden & Whitehead - "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now"), born in Olanta, South Carolina (d. 2006) [1]
  • 1949-05-10 Nolan Porter, American R&B singer-songwriter ("Keep On Keeping On"), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2021)
  • 1949-07-10 John C. Whitehead, American R&B singer (McFadden & Whitehead - "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now"), born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 2004)
  • 1949-11-12 Arthur "Pooch" Tavares, American R&B musician (Taveres - "Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel"), born in New Bedford, Massachusetts
  • 1950-01-21 Billy Ocean [Leslie Charles], Trinidadian-British pop and R&B singer ("Caribbean Queen"; "Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car"), born in Fyzabad, Trinidad and Tobago
  • 1950-07-10 Willie Ford, American R&B singer (Dramatics-Me & Mrs Jones), born in LaGrange, Georgia
  • 1951-05-10 Ron Banks, American R&B singer and songwriter (Dramatics - "Whatcha See is Whatcha Get"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2010)
  • 1951-12-17 Wanda Hutchinson, American pop-R&B singer (The Emotions - "So I Can Love You"; "Best Of My Love"), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1951-12-29 Georges Thurston, Canadian R&B and reggae musician and singer (Boule Noire), born in Bedford, Quebec (d. 2007)
  • 1952-02-16 James Ingram, American R&B singer-songwriter and musician ("Somewhere Out There"; "Just Once"), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 2019)
  • 1952-10-29 Arnell Carmichael, American funk-R&B singer (Raydio - "A Woman Needs Love (Just Like You Do)"), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1953-05-18 (Feliciano) "Butch" Tavares, American R&B singer (Tavares - "Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel"), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1953-08-16 James "J.T." Taylor, American R&B singer (Kool & The Gang - "Ladies' Night"; "Celebration"; "Joanna"), born in Laurens, South Carolina
  • 1953-11-15 Alexander O'Neal, American R&B singer-songwriter ("Criticize"), born in Natchez, Mississippi
  • 1953-12-21 Betty Wright [Bessie Norris], American R&B singer-songwriter (Clean Up Woman), born in Miami, Florida (d. 2020)
  • 1954-01-02 Dawn Silva, American funk and R&B singer (Sly & The Family Stone; Parliament-Funkadelic; The Brides of Funkenstein - "Disco To Go"), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1954-05-02 Angela Bofill, Cuban-Puerto Rican-American R&B singer-songwriter (This Time I'll Be Sweeter; Too Tough), born in Brooklyn, NYC
  • 1954-11-30 June Pointer, American pop and R&B singer (Pointer Sisters -"Fire"; "He's So Shy"; "Jump (For My Love)'; "Slow Hand"), born in Oakland, California (d. 2006)
  • 1955-09-25 Zucchero [Adelmo Fornaciari], Italian blues and rock singer-songwriter ("Senza una Donna" - Without a Woman), born in Roncocesi, Reggio Emilia, Italy
  • 1956-09-15 Jaki Graham, British R&B singer-songwriter ("Could It Be I'm Falling In Love"), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1956-10-02 Freddie Jackson, American R&B singer and songwriter ("Rock Me Tonight"), born in Harlem, New York
  • 1957-03-18 Melvin Gentry, American R&B singer and guitarist (Midnight Star - "No Parking On The Dance Floor"; "Operator")
  • 1957-06-06 Junior [Norman Giscombe], British R&B singer ("Mama Used to Say"), born in London, England
  • 1957-11-18 Jenny Burton, American R&B singer ("Nobody Loves Me Like You Do": "Bad Habits"), born in NYC, New York
  • 1957-12-13 Morris Day, American funk-R&B singer (The Time), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1958-03-28 Oran "Juice" Jones, American R&B singer ("Curiosity"; "Here I Go Again"), born in Houston, Texas

Prince Rogers Nelson

1958-06-07 Prince [Rogers Nelson], American funk, rock, R&B singer-songwriter and musician ("1999"; "Purple Rain"), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2016)

  • 1958-10-13 Joseph Richard Sylvers, American R&B musician (The Sylvers)
  • 1959-01-04 Vanity [Denise Matthews] Canadian-American pop and R&B singer, Prince protégé, and actress (52 Pick Up), born in Niagara Falls, Ontario (d. 2016)
  • 1959-01-30 Jody Watley, American R&B singer (Shalamar; "Looking For a New Love"), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1959-03-21 Sarah Jane Morris, English pop-jazz-R&B singer-songwriter, born in Southampton, England
  • 1959-04-10 Babyface [Kenneth Edmonds], American Grammy Award-winning R&B singer, songwriter ("Every Time I Close My Eyes") and record producer (Boyz II Men; Whitney Houston; Ariana Grande; Eric Clapton), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1959-08-06 Joyce Sims, American R&B singer-songwriter ("All and All"; "Come into My Life"), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1959-09-07 Jermaine Stewart, American R&B singer ("We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off"), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 1997)
  • 1962-01-16 Maxine Jones, American R&B singer (En Vogue), born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • 1963-07-17 Regina Belle, American pop, and R&B singer-songwriter, and Grammy Award winner (with Peabo Bryson - "A Whole New World"), born in Engelwood, New Jersey
  • 1964-11-14 Andrew Banfield, British pop and R&B singer (The Pasadenas - "Riding On A Train"; "I'm Doing Fine Now"), born in London, England
  • 1964-12-13 (Judge) "Lucky" Peterson, American contemporary blues, soul, and R&B musician ("The Son of A Bluesman"), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2020)
  • 1965-12-19 (Eugene) Chuckii Booker, American R&B musician, songwriter, and producer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1966-02-22 Suave [Waymond Anderso], American R&B singer (covered The Temptations' "My Girl"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1966-07-13 Gerald Levert, American R&B singer ("Casanova"; "In My Songs"), born in Canton, Ohio (d. 2006)
  • 1966-08-17 Maysa [Leak], American jazz and R&B singer, born in Baltimore, Maryland

R. Kelly

1967-01-08 (Robert) "R." Kelly, American R&B singer-songwriter ("I Wish I Could Fly"), record producer, and convicted sex offender, born in Chicago, Illinois

  • 1967-02-17 Chanté Moore, American R&B singer, actress and author (Precious), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1967-10-07 Toni Braxton, American R&B singer-songwriter ("Un-Break My Heart"), born in Severn, Maryland
  • 1968-06-04 Al B. Sure! [Albert Joseph Brown III], American R&B singer-songwriter (In Effect Mode - "Nite And Day"), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1968-12-03 Montell Jordan [Barnett], American R&B singer, record producer ("This Is How We Do It"), and pastor, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1969-01-25 Kina Cosper, American rock and R&B singer (Brownstown), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1969-06-05 Brian McKnight, American R&B singer-songwriter and musician, born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1969-09-24 Gene Hunt, American R&B musician ("Acid Man"), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1970-04-10 Kenny Lattimore, American R&B singer-songwriter ("Never Too Busy"; "For You"), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1970-07-23 Sam Watters, American R&B singer and songwriter (Color Me Badd - "Wanna Sex You Up"), born in Camp Springs, Maryland
  • 1970-10-13 Mel Jackson, African-American actor (Soul Food) and R&B musician, born in Chicago, Illinois

Mary J. Blige

1971-01-11 Mary J. Blige, American R&B singer-songwriter ("Be Without You") and actress (I Can Do Bad All By Myself), born in NYC, New York

  • 1971-01-23 Marc Nelson, American R&B singer and songwriter, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1971-06-10 (Joel) "Jo-Jo" Hailey, American R&B singer (Jodeci - "Come And Talk To Me"; "Cry For You"), born in Monroe, North Carolina
  • 1971-07-23 Dalvin DeGrate, American R&B singer and rapper, (Jodeci - "Cry For You"), born in Hampton, Virginia
  • 1971-12-16 Michael McCary, American R&B singer (Boyz II Men), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1973-04-16 Akon [Thiam], Senegalese American singer-songwriter and producer ("Trouble"; "Lonely"; "Smack That"), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1973-07-29 Wanyá Morris, American R&B singer (Boyz II Men - "I'll Make Love to You"; "End Of The Road"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1974-07-13 Deborah Cox, Canadian R&B singer, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1974-09-21 Taral Hicks, American actress (A Bronx Tale) and R&B singer ("Silly"), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1974-11-11 Static Major [Stephen Garrett], American R&B singer and songwriter, born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2008)
  • 1975-05-24 Maria Lawson, British soul and R&B singer (Ti.Pi.Cal.), born in London
  • 1976-07-12 Tracie Spencer, American pop and R&B singer ("This House"), born in Waterloo, Iowa
  • 1976-11-27 Tyrone Sutton, American pop and R&B singer (Perfect Gentlemen - “Ohh La La (I Can’t Get Over You)”) and Muslim chaplain, born in Massachussetts
  • 1977-09-20 Namie Amuro, Japanese pop and R&B singer (Super Monkey's), born in Naha, Okinawa, Japan
  • 1977-11-08 Jully Black, Canadian R&B singer, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1978-04-26 (Myron) Avant, American R&B singer ("Separated"; "Read Your Mind"), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1978-05-26 Jaheim [Hoagland], American R&B singer ("Put That Woman First"), born in New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • 1978-06-03 Lyfe Jennings, American R&B singer-songwriter, born in Toledo, Ohio
  • 1978-06-14 The-Dream [Terius Nash], American R&B singer, born in Rockingham, North Carolina
  • 1978-12-30 Tyrese [Gibson], American R&B singer (Tyrese) and actor (Transformers), born in Watts, Los Angeles, California
  • 1979-07-18 Jermaine Paul, American gospel and R&B singer, winner of "The Voice" (2012), born in Harriman, New York
  • 1979-10-10 Mýa [Mya Marie Harrison], American pop and R&B singer ("Lady Marmalade" from Moulin Rouge!), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1979-10-18 Ne-Yo [Shaffer Chimere Smith, Jr], American pop and R&B singer and songwriter, born in Camden, Arkansas
  • 1980-05-13 Mau Marcelo, Filipina-American soul and R&B singer, born in Lucena, Philippines
  • 1980-12-10 Massari [Sari Abboud], Lebanese-born Canadian R&B singer (Be Easy), born in Beirut, Lebanon
  • 1981-01-10 Brian Joo, Korean-American K-pop and R&B singer ("Fly to the Sky"), born in Absecon, New Jersey

Alicia Keys

1981-01-25 Alicia Keys [Cook], American pop and R&B singer-songwriter, and pianist ("Girl On Fire"; 'No One"), born in NYC, New York

  • 1981-02-11 (Kelendria) "Kelly" Rowland, American pop and R&B singer (Destiny's Child - "Say My Name"), and television personality (The X Factor; The Voice Australia), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1981-02-15 Olivia Longott, American hip-hop and R&B singer (G-Unit), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1981-03-26 Jay Sean [Kamaljit Singh Jhooti], British pop, Bhaṅgṛā, and R&B singer, born in London, England
  • 1981-08-04 Marques Houston, American R&B singer (Immature-IMx) and actor, born in Los Angeles, California

Beyoncé

1981-09-04 Beyoncé Knowles, American pop and R&B singer, songwriter, producer and actress (Destiny's Child), born in Houston, Texas

  • 1981-10-15 Keyshia Cole, African American R&B singer, born in Oakland, California
  • 1981-11-01 LaTavia Roberson, American pop and R&B singer (Destiny's Child, 1990-99 - "Say My Name"), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1982-10-28 Mai Kuraki, Japanese pop and R&B singer-songwriter ("If I Believe"), born in Funabashi, Chiba, Japan
  • 1983-01-18 Samantha Mumba, Irish pop and R&B singer ("Gotta Tell You") and actress (The Time Machine), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1983-06-09 Frankee [Nicole Francine Aiello], American R&B singer-songwriter ("F.U.R.B"), born in Staten Island, New York City
  • 1983-08-05 Dawn Richard, American pop, and R&B singer (Danity Kane), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1984-03-12 Shareefa [Faradah Cooper], American R&B singer, born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1984-03-20 Winta [Efrem], Eritrean-Norwegian R&B singer (Hot Romance (Rok With You); Nails on Chalkboard), born in Oslo, Norway
  • 1984-11-12 Omarion [Omari Grandberry], American R&B musician, born in Inglewood, California

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