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    Thread: May 17: Todays Birthdays In Music

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      May 17: Todays Birthdays In Music

      Todays Music Artist Birthdays:

      1941 - Malcolm Hale
      Malcolm Hale, from American 1960s sunshine pop band Spanky And Our Gang, who had the 1967 US No.9 single 'Sunday Will Never Be The Same Again'. Hale died on 31st October 1968 of carbon monoxide poisoning due to a faulty heater.

      1942 - Taj Mahal
      Taj Mahal, US multi-instrumentalist, composer of film soundtracks. In the early 60s he formed The Rising Sons with Ry Cooder, one of the first interracial bands of the period. Mahal has worked with Howlin' Wolf, Buddy Guy, Lightnin' Hopkins, Garth Hudson and Levon Helm of The Band, and Muddy Waters.

      1944 - Jesse Winchester
      Jesse Winchester, Canadian folk singer, songwriter. His songs have been covered by many artists including Patti Page, Elvis Costello, Jimmy Buffett, Joan Baez, Anne Murray, Reba McEntire, The Everly Brothers and Emmylou Harris. He died on April 11, 2014.

      1948 - Bill Bruford
      Bill Bruford, English drummer. He was the original drummer for the progressive rock group Yes, from 19681972, and then joined King Crimson. He worked as the touring drummer for Genesis in 1976 and U.K. in 1978.

      1953 - George Johnson
      George Johnson from American funk, Motown and R&B band Brothers Johnson. They achieved their greatest success from the mid-1970s to early 1980s, with three singles topping the R&B charts ('I'll Be Good to You', 'Strawberry Letter 23' and 'Stomp!'.

      1958 - Alan Rankine
      Alan Rankine, keyboardist, guitarist from The Associates who had the 1982 UK No.9 single 'Party Fears Two'.

      1959 - Paul Dianno
      Paul Dianno, vocals, the first vocalist to record with heavy metal band Iron Maiden, from 1978 to 1981. Di'Anno has issued numerous albums over the years, as both a solo artist and as a member of such bands as Gogmagog, Di'Anno's Battlezone, Praying Mantis, Killers and Rockfellas.

      1960 - Simon Fuller
      Simon Fuller, record and television producer, manager of the Spice Girls, S Club 7, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Chris Daughtry, Fantasia, Will Young, Emma Bunton and Gareth Gates and the creator of the Idol series. First seen as Pop Idol, and now with over 50 other versions, including American Idol, Canadian Idol, and World Idol.

      1961 - Enya
      Enya Ni Bhraonain, from Irish family band Clannad who had the 1982 UK No.5 single 'Harry's Game'. Enya had the solo, 1988 UK No.1 single 'Orinoco Flow', and the 2001 US No.2 album 'A Day Without Rain'. Enya is Ireland's biggest selling solo artist and second overall behind U2 with an estimated 75 million records sold worldwide.

      1963 - Page Samuel McConnell
      Page Samuel McConnell, pianist, organist, keyboardist, from American rock band Phish who are known for musical improvisation, extended jams, and blending of genres.

      1965 - Trent Reznor
      Trent Reznor, American singer-songwriter, record producer and member of Nine Inch Nails, (2005 US No.1 album 'White Teeth'). He and his wife,
      Mariqueen Maandig, are members of the post-industrial group How to Destroy Angels. Reznor with Atticus Ross scored the David Fincher films The Social Network (2010), The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011), and Gone Girl (2014), winning the Academy Award for Best Original Score for The Social Network and the Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

      1966 - Jan Kincaid
      Jan Kincaid, from English group The Brand New Heavies, who had the 1994 UK No.13 single with their version of 'Midnight At The Oasis'.

      1967 - Simon Friend
      Simon Friend, guitarist with English folk rock band The Levellers who had the 1995 UK No.12 single 'Just The One'.

      1968 - Dave Abbruzzese
      Dave Abbruzzese, American drummer with Pearl Jam from 1991 to 1994. In 1997, Abbruzzese rehearsed with Axl Rose during the making of Guns N' Roses' 2008 album, Chinese Democracy. However, none of the material from the sessions ended up on the album.

      1970 - Jordan Knight
      Jordan Knight, singer, from American boy band New Kids On The Block, who had the 1989 UK No.1 single 'You Got It, The Right Stuff', and the 1990 US No.1 single 'Step By Step'. They enjoyed success in the late 1980s and early 1990s and have sold more than 80 million records worldwide

      1971 - Vernie Bennett
      Vernie Bennett, from British R&B girl group Eternal who had the 1997 UK No.1 single 'I Wanna Be The Only One', and the 1993 UK No.2 album Always & Forever. They achieved 15 UK Top 20 hits between 1993 and 1999.

      1973 - Josh Homme
      American rock musician, multi-instrumentalist and record producer, Josh Homme, founding and only continuous member of Queens of the Stone Age. He formed Eagles of Death Metal in 1998. In 2009, he formed Them Crooked Vultures with Dave Grohl and John Paul Jones. In 2016, he released Post Pop Depression, an album with Iggy Pop.

      1974 - Andrea Corr
      Andrea Corr, singer, tin whistle, piano with Irish group The Corrs. Had the 1998 UK No.3 single 'What Can I Do' and their 'Talk On Corners' was the best selling UK album of 1998, spending 142 weeks on the UK chart. Andrea released her debut album, Ten Feet High, in 2007. Along with her siblings, she was appointed an honorary M.B.E. in 2005.

      1984 - Passenger
      English singer-songwriter Michael David Rosenberg, better known by his stage name Passenger. His most successful single, "Let Her Go", topped the charts in many countries. In 2014 the song was nominated for the Brit Award for British Single of the Year.

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