1945 – Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton guitarist, singer, songwriter who has been a member of The Roosters, Casey Jones and the Engineers, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers and Cream who had the 1967 UK No.11 single ‘I Feel Free’. Then formed Derek and the Dominoes who had the 1972 UK No.7 single ‘Layla’. As a solo artist Clapton scored the 1974 US No.1 single ‘I Shot The Sheriff’ and the 1992 UK No.5 & US No.25 single ‘Tears in Heaven’.
1948 – Jim Dandy
Jim Dandy, from American Southern rock band Black Oak Arkansas, known for their 70s US No.1 radio hit single ‘Jim Dandy To The Rescue’.
1950 – Dave Ball
Dave Ball, Procol Harum, 1967 UK No.1 & US No.5 single ‘A Whiter Shade Of Pale’ (one of the few singles to have sold over 10 million copies) and scored the hits ‘Homburg’, ‘Conquistador’.
1950 – Re Styles
Re Styles, guitar, vocals, with American band The Tubes known for their 1977 hit single ‘White Punks On Dope’ and the 1983 US No.10 single ‘She’s A Beauty’.
1954 – Lena Lovich
English-American singer, songwriter Lena Lovich, who had the 1979 UK No.3 single ‘Lucky Number’.
1955 – Randy VanWarmer
American singer-songwriter and guitarist Randy VanWarmer, who had the 1979 US No.4 & UK No.8 single ‘Just When I Needed You Most’). He died of leukaemia on January 12th 2004.
1962 – MC Hammer
American hip hop artist MC Hammer, (Stanley Kirk Burrell) who had the 1990 US No.1 album Please Hammer Don’t Hurt Em, which spent a record-breaking 21 weeks at the Top of the chart. Also known for his 1990 hit single ‘U Can’t Touch This’. Burrell became a preacher during the late 1990s with a Christian ministry program on TBN called M.C. Hammer and Friends.
1964 – Tracy Chapman
American singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman who had the 1988 UK No.5 & US No.6 single ‘Fast Car’. Her 1988 debut album Tracy Chapman, garnered Chapman six Grammy Award nominations, including Album of the Year.
1965 – Tim Dorney
Tim Dorney from English alternative rock band Republica who had the 1997 UK No.7 single ‘Drop Dead Gorgeous’ and the single ‘Ready to Go’.
1966 – Joey Castillo
Joey Castillo, American drummer best known for his ten-year tenure in Queens of the Stone Age, from 2002 to 2012.
1967 – Martin Kent
Martin ‘Ace’, Kent, guitarist with British rock band Skunk Anansie who had the 1996 UK No.20 single ‘Weak’. The band have spent a total of 141 weeks on both the singles and album charts.
1968 – Celine Dion
Celine Dion, French, Canadian singer who had the 1994 US No.1 single ‘The Power Of Love’ and the 1998 UK No.1 single ‘My Heart Will Go On’, plus over 10 other UK Top 40 singles. Her 1995 album D’eux became the best-selling French-language album of all time. She won the Eurovision Song Contest for Switzerland, in 1988.
1973 – Adam Goldstein
American disc jockey Adam Goldstein, (DJ AM). Worked with Crazy Town, Blink 182, Madonna and Will Smith. He was found dead in his New York City apartment on 28th Aug 2009 of an accidental drug overdose.
1979 – Norah Jones
American singer, songwriter, pianist Norah Jones who had the 2002 US & UK Grammy award winning No.1 album ‘Come Away With Me’ which has sold over 27 million copies. Jones is the daughter of Indian sitar player and composer Ravi Shankar.
1979 – Simon Webbe
Simon Webbe, singer with English boyband, Blue who had the 2002 UK No.1 single ‘If You Come Back’. The group also worked alongside artists such as Stevie Wonder, Elton John and Lil’ Kim.