This Day in Music
November 19th: Born on this day
1927, Born on this day, African-American musician and keyboardist Joe Hunter who was a veteran session musician as one of the Funk Brothers who helped craft the distinctive Motown sound. He performed with such legendary Motown acts as Marvin Gaye Smokey Robinson and Martha and the Vandellas. Hunter died on 2 February 2007 in Detroit, Michigan, at the age of 79.
1934, Born on this day, American folk singer, songwriter Dave Guard one of the founding members of The Kingston Trio, (1958 US No.1 & UK No.5 single 'Tom Dooley' plus nine other US Top 40 hits). He died of cancer on 22 March 1991 aged 56.
1937, Born on this day, Ray Collins, vocals, Frank Zappa band. Collins was the lead singer on the bandís first two albums: Freak Out! (1966), and Absolutely Free (1967). Collins died on 24th Dec 2012.
1938, Born on this day, Hank Medress, from American male doo-wop-style vocal group The Tokens who had the 1961 US No.1 & UK No.11 single with its cover of Solomon Linda's 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight'. He died from lung cancer on 25th June 2007 aged 68.
1939, Born on this day, Pete Moore, The Miracles, (1970 UK & US No.1 single with Smokey Robinson, 'The Tears Of A Clown').
1941, Born on this day, Eddie Rayner, keyboards, from New Zealand group Split Enz who had the 1980 UK No.12 single 'I Got You'. Split Enz had ten albums (including seven studio albums) reach the top ten of the Official New Zealand Music Chart.
1943, Born on this day, Fred Lipsius, piano, sax, from jazz-rock American music group Blood Sweat & Tears. They scored the 1969 US No.2 single 'Spinning Wheel', and the 1969 US No.12 single 'You've Made Me So Very Happy'. They had a US No.1 with their second album Blood, Sweat & Tears in 1968.
1946, Born on this day, Joe Correro, Paul Revere and the Raiders, (1971 US No.1 single 'Indian Reservation', plus 14 other US Top 30 hit singles).
1952, Born on this day, Bill Sharpe, Shakatak, (1982 UK No.9 single 'Night Birds').
1954, Born on this day, Annette Guest, singer, First Choice, (1973 UK No.9 single 'Smarty Pants).
1960, Born on this day American drummer and percussionist Matt Sorum, who was a member of The Cult before joining Guns N' Roses (as Steven Adler's replacement) and then Slash's Snakepit and Velvet Revolver.
1965, Born on this day, Jason Pierce from English space rock band Spiritualized. They released the critically acclaimed 1997 Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space, which NME magazine named as their Album of the Year.
1965, Born on this day, Pete Kember, (Sonic Boom), Spacemen 3, 1990 album 'Taking Drugs To Make Music To Take Drugs To'.
1971, Born on this day, English musician Justin Chancellor from American rock band Tool who had the 2001 US No.1 album Lateralus. He was formerly in the band Peach.
1971, Born on this day, Tony Rich, R&B singer-songwriter best known for his 1996 US No.2 hit single 'Nobody Knows' under the moniker "The Tony Rich Project". Rich won a Grammy Award in 1996 for the Best R&B Album.


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