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Pioneering New Orleans jazz trombone player, bandleader and recording artist Kid Ory is born in Woodland Plantation near LaPlace, Louisiana, USA.
Leroy Smeck is born in Reading, Pennsylvania, USA. Under the name Roy Smeck, his virtuosity on the banjo, guitar, steel guitar and ukulele will earn him the nickname "Wizard of the Strings."
Joseph Louis 'Red' Cayou, blues pianist and recording artist, is born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
Kate Smith is born in Greenville, Virginia, USA. She will become one of America's most popular singers and a major radio variety star, known as The Songbird Of The South.
Jazz pianist and composer Eddie Heywood Jr is born in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. As leader of the highly acclaimed New York-based Eddie Heywood Sextet, he will back Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters. His best-remembered compositions include Canadian Sunset, Land of Dreams, and Soft Summer Breeze.
Stride jazz pianist and recording artist Burt Bales is born in Stevensville, Montana, USA.
Thelma Carpenter is born in Brooklyn, New York City, USA. She will find acclaim as a jazz vocalist and recording artist.
James Moore is born in Lobell, Louisiana, USA, He will grow up to be gutbucket blues harmonica star Slim Harpo.
Jazz organ star Brother Jack McDuff is born in Champaign, Illinois, USA.
Bernice Hilburn Turner, who will play rhythm guitar with Hank Williams' Drifting Cowboys, is born in Black Rock, Arkansas, USA.
Lyle Ritz is born in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. He will find success as a jazz ukulele player, and also as a bass-playing member of The Wrecking Crew, the Los Angeles-based group of studio sessioneers who contributed to countless American pop hits from the mid 1960s to the early 1980s.
Michel Jean Legrand is born in Paris, France, Europe. He will find international acclaim as composer, arranger, conductor and jazz pianist Michel Legrand. A prolific composer, he will write over 200 film and television scores, and will win his first Oscar for the song The Windmills of Your Mind from the 1968 movie The Thomas Crown Affair.
Jazz and country-soul vocalist Ocie Smith [aka O.C. Smith] is born in Mansfield, Louisiana, USA.
Calvin Scott Stoneman is born in Galax, Virginia, USA. Under the name Scotty Stoneman he will sing and play fiddle, banjo and guitar for many years with popular country music group The Stonemans.
Ben Peters, a country music songwriter who will compose many No1 country songs, is born in Greenville, Mississippi, USA. Charley Pride alone will record 40 of his songs, four of which will reach No1 on the Billboard country charts in the USA.
Ray Coleman, who will edit UK rock weekly the Melody Maker in the 1960s, is born in Leicester, UK. Coleman will also write authoritative biographies of John Lennon, Eric Clapton and others.
Wilbur Kenneth Cole is born in Silver Creek, Mississippi, USA. He will find success as a blues songwriter, vocalist, keyboard player, recording artist and performer.
Benny Nielsen is born in Denmark, Europe. He will find success as jazz trombone player and bandleader Papa Benny.
Thomas Lesslie Garrett is born in Dallas, Texas, USA. He will find success as highly respected record producer Snuff Garrett - the man behind a number of hits for Bobby Vee (including Devil Or Angel and Rubber Ball) as well as sides for Del Shannon, The Ventures, Johnny Burnette and Sonny And Cher.
Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh is born in Berkeley, California, USA.
George Clinton is born in Kannapolis, North Carolina, USA. As a funk originator, he will go on to success with The Parliaments, Funkadelic, P-Funk All Stars and others.
James Anthony Sullivan is born in San Diego, California, USA. As singer-songwriter-guitarist Jim Sullivan he will release two well-received albums before disappearing without trace in New Mexico, in 1975.
Jazz organist, vocalist and recording artist Papa John DeFrancesco is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Jazz drummer and bandleader John Pochee is born in Sydney, Australia, Oceania. In a long career, he will work with The Last Straw, The Bernie McGann Quartet, The Bernie McGann Trio, The Judy Bailey Quartet and The McGann, Peter Boothman Quartet.
Sam Hutt is born in Wangford, Suffolk, UK. He will find some success as English country and western songwriter, performer and recording artist Hank Wangford.
Grady Thomas is born in Newark, New Jersey, USA. He will find success as a founding member and vocalist of Parliament/Funkadelic.
Jim Pons is born in Santa Monica, California, USA. He will find fame as bass guitarist with The Turtles.
Bruce Findlay is born in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, Europe. He will make his mark by establishing a chain of hip record stores, Bruce's Records, before starting his own label, Zoom Records, and then managing artists including Simple Minds, China Crisis, The Silencers, Cafe Jaques and Aberfeldy.
Howard Bellamy is born in Darby, Florida, USA. Along with sibling David, he will form The Bellamy Brothers and net over 25 hits from 1979-1990, often employing baby-boomer themes and double entendres.
Paul Stanley of Kiss is born in Queens, New York, USA.
Richard Branson, who will found the Virgin Records empire, is born in Stonefield Nursing Home, Blackheath, London, UK.
Verdine White, bassist of Earth, Wind And Fire, is born in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
John Mellencamp (aka John Cougar and John Cougar Mellencamp), is born in Seymour, Indiana, USA.
Matthew Tilders is born in Nijmegen, Netherlands, Europe. He will find success as blues-folk-jazz guitarist, singer and songwriter Dutch Tilders after moving to Australia.
Janis Siegel is born in Brooklyn, New York City, USA. She will find success in 1972 as a member of Manhattan Transfer, and will later establish her own solo career.
Jerry Medina Ortega is born in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, Caribbean. He will find success as vocalist and trumpet player Jerry Medina of Batacumbele and The Fania All Stars, and also as a solo artist.
Steven Isham, keyboardist with Autograph, is born in Pocatello, Idaho, USA.
Philip King, bassist of UK-based 90s band Lush, is born in London, UK.
Iain MacDonald is born in Inverness, Scotland. He will play pipes, flute and whistle for two highly successful folk groups, The Battlefield Band and Ossian.
Eric Martin, lead singer of Mr Big, is born in Long Island, New York, USA.
James Prime, later to play keyboards for Deacon Blue, is born in Kilmarnock, Scotland.
Nick Heyward, leader of UK 80s hitmakers Haircut 100, is born in Beckenham, Kent, England, UK, Europe.
Tony Ogden, drummer and co-founder of 90s Britpop band World Of Twist, is born in Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire, UK.
Dan Spitz lead guitarist of heavy metal band Anthrax is born in Rockland County, New York State, USA.
Richard Hynd, drummer of Texas from 1991 to 1997, is born in Aberdeen, Scotland, UK.
Guitarist, singer, songwriter, recording artist, novelist and painter Dan Bern (aka Dan Bernstein) is born in Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA.
Robert Kelly is born in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He will find fame (and notoriety) as r'n'b vocalist R. Kelly.
Jazz flautist and recording artist Neil Gerstenberg is born in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, Europe.
Kim Tae-yeon is born in Jeonju, North Jeolla, South Korea, Asia. She will find success as a member of the all-female group Girls' Generation, and then as a solo pop-dance artist using the mononym Taeyeon.
Jazz vocalist and recording artist Ruth Koleva is born in BUlgaria, Europe.
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