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Harry Von Tilzer is born in Detroit, Michigan, USA. He will become a success songwriter and music publisher, known for compositions including Wait 'Til The Sun Shines Nellie and I Want A Girl [Just Like The Girl That Married Dear Old Dad]. (1872)
Louis Chauvin, celebrated ragtime pianist, composer and contemporary of Scott Joplin, is born in St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Piedmont blues multi-instrumentalist William Moore is born in Tappahannock, Georgia, USA.
Robert Timothy Wilkins is born in Hernando, Mississippi, USA. He will achieve success as blues guitarist, vocalist and recording artist Robert Wilkins, also known as The Rev Tim Wilkins, Timothy Wilkins or Tim Oliver. Wilkins will also be active in the jug band scene.
Daniel Louis Armstrong is born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. He will find worldwide fame as jazz cornettist and singer Louis Armstrong, aka Satchmo.
Lindley Armstrong Jones is born in Long Beach, California, USA. He will grow up to be Spike Jones, leader of US comedy jazz combo The City Slickers.
Wilbur Schwichtenberg is born in Newton, New Jersey, USA. He will find success as a trombonist, bandleader and recording artist performing under the name Will Bradley, known for swing and sweet dance music, as well as boogie woogie songs, often written by Don Raye. Bradley is best remembered for the hit song Beat Me, Daddy, Eight To The Bar.
Tommy Magness is born in Mineral Bluff, North Georgia, USA. He will become Tennessee's champion hoe-down fiddler and leader of the popular group Tommy Magness and his Orange Blossom Boys.
Folk singer and political crusader Pete Seeger is born in New York City, USA.
Norma Deloris Egstrom is born in Jamestown, North Dakota, USA. She will find fame as Miss Peggy Lee.
US r'n'b vocalist Ernistine Allen, is born in Champaign, Illinois, USA. She will sing on such early 50s Lucky Millinder Band US hits as I'll Never Be Free and I'm Waiting Just For You. As a solo artist she will make the R'n'B Top Ten in 1953 with Baby, I'm Doin' It.
The Beatles' record producer George Martin, is born in London, UK.
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Blues guitarist and singer Eddie Cusic is born in the Wilmot community, south of Leland, Mississippi, USA.
Willie Mae Thornton is born in Montgomery, Alabama. She will find fame as blues vocalist Big Mama Thornton, and her influence will continue into the birth of rock’n’roll.
'Little' Joe 'Penny' Pennington, who will play guitar with Hank Williams' Drifting Cowboys, is born in Plant City, Florida, USA.
Michael Eavis, founder of the Glastonbury Festival, is born in Pilton, Somerset, UK. Although he was born in Somerset, Michael Eavis has revealed that he was actually conceived on Silbury Hill in Wiltshire.
Jazz pianist/vocalist and recording artist Ellyn Rucker is born in Des Moines, Iowa, USA.
Jazz trumpeter Hugh Masekela is born in Witbank, South Africa.
Peter Zinovieff is born in London, UK. As a pioneer of electronic music, he will found and head Electronic Music Studios [EMS] whose VCS and Synthi A synthesisers will be used by musicians including Pink Floyd, Kraftwerk, David Bowie and White Noise.
John Henry Deutschendorf Jr is born in Roswell, New Mexico, USA. He will find international fame as country singer and songwriter John Denver.
Bruce Findlay is born in Edinburgh, Scotland. He will make his mark by establishing a chain of hip record stores, Bruce's Records, before strating his own label, Zoom Records, and then managing artists including Simple Minds, China Crisis, The Silencers, Cafe Jaques and Aberfeldy.
Maggie Bell of Stone The Crows is born in Glasgow, Scotland, UK, Europe.
Hit-making vocalist Helen Shapiro is born in Bethnal Green, London, UK.
Bernard Ouillon is born in St. Etienne, Franc, Europe. He will find fame in the 70s as socially-committed singer and songwriter Bernard Lavilliers.
Jan Akkerman is born in Amsterdam, Holland. He will find success in the 70s as guitarist of Dutch prog-rock combo Focus.
Arthur Leon Barge is born in Norfolk, Virginia, USA. He will enjoy a long and varied career as bandleader, singer and multi-instrumentalist Tiny Barge.
Singer and songwriter Joan Armatrading is born in Basseterre, St Kitts, West Indies.
Steve Prestwich, who will find international fame as the drummer of Australian band Cold Chisel, is born in Liverpool, UK.
John Sykes is born in Reading, UK. He will play guitar for The Tygers Of Pan Tang, Ozzy Osbourne, Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake and others.
Blues/r'n'b guitarist and recording artist Mike Morgan is born in Dallas, Texas, USA.
Steve Vai is born in Carle Place, New York, USA. As well as carving out a solo career as a virtuoso guitar innovator, he will also work with Frank Zappa, The David Lee Roth Band, Whitesnake and others.
Virtuoso jazz saxophonist Branford Marsalis is born in Breaux Bridge, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
Will Sinnott of The Shamen is born.
Susan Boyle is born in Blackburn, West Lothian, Scotland, UK, Europe. She will find international acclaim after appearing in the UK tv talent show Britain's Got Talent in 2009.
Michelle Wright, one of Canada's top country music stars, is born in Morpeth, Ontario.
Singer-songwriter Martin Stephenson is born in County Durham, England, UK, Europe.
Singer/songwriter Sheryl Crow is born in Kennett, Missouri, USA.
Country music star Ty Herndon is born in Meridian, Mississippi, USA.
Popular British MOR vocalist Michael Ball is born near Startford On Avon, UK.
Ciaran McLaughlin, drummer of That Petrol Emotion, is born in Londonderry, Ireland.
Clint Mansell, frontman of Pop Will Eat Itself and filmscore composer, is born in Coventry, UK.
Dave Rotheray, best-known as guitarist for The Beautiful South, is born in Hull, UK.
Julian Swales, guitarist of UK 80s rock band Kitchens Of Distinction, is born in Gwent, Wales.
Cait O'Riordan of Irish folk-punk band The Pogues is born in Nigeria, Africa.
Matt Schofield is born in Manchester, UK. He will find acclaim as one of the UK's finest 21st century bluesmen.
Carl Anthony Falk is born in Stockholm, Sweden, Europe. He will find success as songwriter, record producer and musician Carl Falk, and will work with artists including Demi Lovato, One Direction, Nicki Minaj, Ellie Goulding, Madonna, Avicii, Ariana Grande, Charlie Puth and Jason Derulo.
Nanna Oland Fabricus is born in Copenhagen, Denmark, Europe. She will find success as singer-songwriter Oh Land.
Jared Followill, bass guitarist of Kings Of Leon, is born in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
K-pop singer Choix2 is born in South Kofrea, Asia.
An announcement on Van Morrison's website states, "Gigi and Van Morrison are proud to announce the birth of their first born son, George Ivan Morrison III. 'Little Van' born Dec 28, 2009 - the spitting image of his daddy. Shortly after, Morrison shuts down the site and claims that the announcement was posted by a hacker.