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Geoffrey O'Hara, composer, singer, music professor and ethnomusicologist, is born in Chatham, Ontario, Canada. He is best remembered for his popular first world war song K-K-K-Katy.
Otto Gray is born in Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA. He will lead Otto Gray and his Oklahoma Cowboy Band, one of the best-known country music acts in America during the 1920's and 1930's.
Songwriter and performer Cliff Edwards, known as Ukulele Ike, is born in Hannibal, Missouri, USA. Between 1924 and 1940, Edwards will place thirty hits on the US charts. He will also be heard as the voice of Jiminy Cricket in the Disney animated classic Pinocchio.
Jazz pianist and arranger Irving Brodsky is born in New York City, USA.
Victoria Louise Massey is born in Midland, Hart County, Texas, USA. She will find success as leader of popular cowboy band Louise Massey And The Westerners, for which she also wrote several songs.
Alvin McBurney is born in Oakland, California, USA. He will find fame as steel guitar player Alvino Rey, widely credited as the first man to amplify a guitar by use of electricity.
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Isaac Louis Benjamin is born in London, UK. He will become the chief of Pye Records in the UK, and will sign acts including The Searchers, The Kinks and Sandie Shaw.
James Moore is born in Lobell, Louisiana, USA, He will grow up to be gutbucket blues harmonica star Slim Harpo.
Revered gospel singer Clara Ward, is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Cabaret pianist/vocalist and recording artist Bobby Short is born in Danville, Illinois, USA.
Jerome Felder is born in Brooklyn, New York City, USA. He will find success as r'n'b/pop songwriter Doc Pomus, composer of Save The Last Dance For Me, Teenager In Love, Lonely Avenue, Suspicion, Little Sister, Viva Las Vegas, Can't Get Used To Losing You, Sweets For My Sweet and many others.
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Popular film music composer/arranger Hugo Montenegro is born in New York City, USA. He will score a No1 smash in 1968 with his theme from The Good, The Bad And The Ugly.
Blues harp virtuoso Neal Pattman is born in Madison County, Georgia, USA.
Willie Mae Thornton is born in Montgomery, Alabama, USA. She will find fame as blues vocalist Big Mama Thornton, and her influence will continue well into the rock'n'roll era.
Samuel Barclay Charters is born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. He will grow up to become the respected music historian, writer, record producer, musician, and poet Sam Charters. For much of the late sixties, he will be the record producer for San Francisco band Country Joe and the Fish.
Dick Contino is born in Fresno, California, USA. He will enjoy considerable success as an easy-listening accordion player.
Jazz saxophonist, flute player and recording artist Harold McNair is born in Kingston, Jamaica.
Teen idol Bobby Vinton is born in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, USA.
Ray Sawyer, the one with the eye-patch from Dr Hook, is born in Chickasaw, Alabama, USA.
Bobby Thompson, a great banjo and guitar player, is born in Converse, South Carolina, USA. He will become one of the most in-demand studio musicians in Nashville, Tennessee, during the 70s and 80s, and will be nominated for a Grammy Award in 1969 for his recording of Area Code 615, and a CMA Award in 1985 for his performances in The Hee Haw Band. His picking can be heard on tracks by Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, Jim And Jesse, Hank Snow, Tammy Wynette, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Loretta Lynn, Bill Monroe, Dolly Parton, Perry Como, Eddy Arnold, Les Paul, Connie Smith, Merle Haggard, Trini Lopez, The Monkees, Olivia Newton-John, Melanie, Jimmy Buffett, Dr Hook, Leon Russell, Neil Young and many others.
Jazz piano player McCoy Tyner is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Thomas Lesslie Garrett is born in Dallas, Texas, USA. He will find success as record producer Snuff Garrett working with Bobby Vee, Gene McDaniels, Gary Lewis And The Playboys, Johnny Burnette, Sonny And Cher, J.J.Cale and others.
Jerry Blavat is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He will find success as 'The Geator with The Heater', a disc jockey known across the USA for promoting oldies music on radio.
Martin Murray, guitarist with UK 60s hitmakers The Honeycombs, is born in London. The group is best known for for its 1964 No1 UK hit Have I The Right?.
Tom McGuinness of Manfred Mann, McGuinness Flint and The Blues Band, is born in London, UK.
Claude Russell Bridges is born in Lawton, Oklahoma, USA. he will find international success as pianist, singer-songwriter and arranger Leon Russell.
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Jazz-rock guitarist Philip Catherine is born in London, UK.
Gordon Edwards is born in Southport, Lancashire, UK. He will play keyboards for a later line-up of The Pretty Things.
Mike Pinera, guitarist with the Blues Image and Iron Butterfly, is born in Tampa, Florida, USA.
Arabella Churchill, benefactor and organiser of many aspects of Glastonbury Festival, is born in London, England, UK.
Carlos Daniel Ayala is born. He will change his name to Carlos Guitarlos and find critical success as guitarist with Los Angeles-based blues outfit Top Jimmy And The Rhythm Pigs before relocating to San Francisco, California, USA, and scraping a living as a street busker on the corner of 16th and Mission. In 2003, he will stage a dramatic comeback with his album Straight From The Heart.
Lynsey Rubin is born in Cricklewood, London, UK. She will find success as singer and songwriter Lynsey de Paul.
Tommy Aldridge is born in Jackson, Mississippi, USA. He will find success as a heavy metal and hard rock drummer, noted for his work with Black Oak Arkansas, Pat Travers Band, Ozzy Osbourne, Gary Moore, Whitesnake, Ted Nugent and Thin Lizzy.
David Hidalgo, singer and guitarist with Los Lobos, is born in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Johnny Contardo, vocalist of Sha Na Na is born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
James Robert Lombard is born in Battersea, London, UK. He will achieve a measure of success as rock, pop and jazz singer, songwriter and musician Fuzz, best-known as frontman of the band Inferno.
Michael Blieden Wolff is born in Victorville, California, USA. After growing up in New Orleans, Louisiana, he will find success as jazz pianist, composer, producer, and recording artist Michael Wolff.
Nick Cave is born in Warracknabeal, Victoria, Australia.
Pete Trewavas, bass player of Marillion is born in Middlesborough, North Yorkshire, UK.
Guitarist/keyboardist Russ Freeman of crossover jazz band The Rippingtons is born in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Kendra Smith is born in San Diego, California, USA. She will be a founding member of The Dream Syndicate before pursuing asolo career as a singer-songwriter.
Tim Burgess, drummer with 80s hitmakers T'Pau, is born in Macclesfield, England, UK, Europe
Internationally successful multi-instrumentalist Anders Johansson is born in Gothenburg, Sweden, Europe. He will play with such bands as Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force, Bulldog, Snake Charmer, Billionaire's Boys Club and Hammerfall.
Sigtryggur 'Siggi' Baldursson, drummer of The Sugarcubes, is born in Norway, Europe.
Hamish Seelochan of UK 80's vocal group The Pasadenas is born.
Chris Ballew, singer and founder member of The Presidents Of The United States, is born in Seattle, Washington, USA.
Richard Melville Hallis born in New York City, USA. He will find success as Moby.
Cassandra Monique Batie is born in Spokane, Washington, USA. She will find success as singer-songwriter Andra Day, after being discovered by Stevie Wonder.
Louise Herman is born in Wembley, London, England, UK, Europe. She will find success as rapper, singer and songwriter Lady Sovereign in the hip-hop, grime, UK garage and pop genres.
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