This Day in Music
 
January 21st: Born on this day
1922, Born on this day, Telly Savalas, singer, actor (1975 UK No.1 single 'If'). Played Lt. Theo Kojak a bald New York City detective in the television series Kojak, with a fondness for lollipops and whose trademark line was "Who loves ya, baby?" Died of cancer on 22nd January 1994.
1938, Born on this day, DJ Wolfman Jack. Master of ceremonies for the rock 'n' roll generation of the '60s on radio, and later on television during the '70s. Died of a heart attack 1 July 1995.
1941, Born on this day, Placido Domingo, Spanish singer, (1994 UK No.21 single with Jose Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti, 'Libiamo / La Donna E Mobile').
1941, Born on this day, Richie Havens, folk singer, (1971 US No.16 single with his version of George Harrison's 'Here Comes The Sun', appeared at Woodstock, Newport, and Isle Of Wight festivals). Havens died of a heart attack at home in Jersey City, New Jersey aged 72 on 22nd April 2013.
1942, Born on this day, Edwin Starr, singer, 1970 US No.1 and UK No.3 single 'War'). Starr died on 2nd April 2003 aged 61.
1942, Born on this day, Mac Davis, singer, songwriter. (1972 US No.1 single 'Baby Don't Get Hooked On Me', No.29 in the UK. Wrote 'In The Ghetto' and 'Don't Cry Daddy' for Elvis Presley).
1942, Born on this day, Australian artist, cartoonist, songwriter and film-maker Martin Sharp - Australia's foremost pop artist. His psychedelic posters of Bob Dylan, Donovan and others, rank as classics of the genre. Martin co-wrote one of Cream's best known songs, ‘Tales of Brave Ulysses’, created the cover art for Cream's Disraeli Gears and Wheels of Fire albums, and in the 1970s became a champion of singer Tiny Tim. Sharp died from emphysema on 1 Dec 2013 aged 71.
1947, Born on this day, Jim Ibbotson, from American country rock band, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band who scored the 1971 US No.9 single 'Mr Bojangles'.
1950, Born on this day, Billy Ocean, singer, (1988 US No.1 & UK No.3 single 'Get Out Of My Dreams Get Into My Car').
1954, Born on this day, Nigel Glockler, drummer from English heavy metal band Saxon. As one of the leaders of the new wave of British heavy metal, they had eight UK Top 40 albums in the 1980s.
1956, Born on this day, Rob Brill, drummer from American new wave band Berlin, who scored the 1986 UK & US No.1 single 'Take My Breath Away' which was featured in the 1986 film Top Gun.
1965, Born on this day, American musician and DJ Jam Master Jay, (Jason Mizell), Run-D.M.C. He was murdered by an assassin's single bullet on 30th Oct 2002. Run-D.M.C. had the 1986 UK No.8 single with Aerosmith 'Walk This Way' and the 1998 UK No.1 single 'It's Like That.'
1965, Born on this day, Robert Del Naja, 3- D, Massive Attack, (1991 UK No.13 single 'Unfinished Sympathy').
1966, Born on this day, Wendy James, singer with English group Transvision Vamp who had the 1989 UK No.3 single 'Baby I Don't Care'.
1973, Born on this day, Chris Kilmore, from American rock band Incubus, who had the 2001 US No.9 & UK No.40 single, 'Drive', and the 2004 US No.2 and UK No.6 album A Crow Left of the Murder’, and the 2006 US No.1 album Light Grenades. Worldwide, Incubus has sold over 23 million albums.
1976, Born on this day, English singer, songwriter, actress, and radio and television presenter Emma Bunton, (Baby Spice in The Spice Girls) who scored the 1996 UK No.1 & 1997 US No.1 single 'Wannabe'. She had the 2001 UK No.1 solo single 'What Took You So Long'.
1979, Born on this day, Nokio, Dru Hill, (1999 US No.1 & UK No.2 single with Will Smith, 'Wild Wild West').
1980, Born on this day, Benjamin Moody, guitar, with American rock band Evanescence who had the 2003 UK No.1 & US No.5 single ‘Bring Me To Life’, and the 2003 UK No.1 & US No.3 album Fallen.


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