This Day in Music
May 3rd: Born on this day
1903, Born on this day, Bing Crosby, US singer who recorded an estimated 2,600 songs in his lifetime including ‘White Christmas’, which was written by Irving Berlin. Crosby had 317 other hits in the USA. Died of a heart attack on a golf course in Madrid, Spain, on October 14, 1977.
1919, Born on this day, Pete Seeger, US folk singer, wrote 'Turn Turn Turn', for The Byrds. 'If I Had A Hammer', hit for Peter Paul and Mary. Seeger died at the age of 94 at a New York hospital after a short illness on 27th Jan 2014.
1933, Born on this day, James Brown 'Soul Brother No.1', (1966 US No.8 and UK No.13 single 'It's A Man's World', 1986 UK No.5 single 'Living In America', 1963 album 'Live At The Apollo'). Brown demanded extreme discipline from his musicians and dancers, and had the practice of assessing fines on members of his band who broke his rules, such as wearing un-shined shoes, dancing out of sync or showing up late on stage. Brown died on 25th Dec 2006 at the age of 73.
1937, Born on this day, Frankie Valli, singer, The Four Seasons, (1976 UK & US No.1 single 'December, 1963, Oh What A Night', solo 1978 US No.1 & UK No.3 single 'Grease')
1944, Born on this day, Pete Staples, The Troggs (1966 US No.1 & UK No.2 single 'Wild Thing').
1948, Born on this day, John Richardson, The Rubettes, (1974 UK No.1 single 'Sugar Baby Love').
1950, Born on this day, Mary Hopkin, (1968 UK No.1 and US No.2 single 'Those Were The Days', released on The Beatles Apple label and produced by Paul McCartney, winner of TV Talent show 'Opportunity Knocks.
1951, Born on this day, Christopher Cross, singer, songwriter, (1981 US No.1 single 'Arthur's Theme', a No.7 UK hit in 1982).
1953, Born on this day, Bruce Hall, REO Speedwagon, (1981 US No.1 & UK No.7 single 'Keep On Loving You').
1959, Born on this day, David Ball, Soft Cell, (1981 UK No.1 single 'Tainted Love').
1964, Born on this day, Sterling Campbell, American rock drummer who has worked with numerous high-profile acts, including The B-52s, Duran Duran, Soul Asylum, Cyndi Lauper, Gustavo Cerati and David Bowie.
1965, Born on this day, Simon Smith, drums, The Wedding Present, (during 1992, they released one single every month giving them twelve top 30 hits, making them the only group to score more than ten new hits in one year).
1969, Born on this day, Jay Darlington, Kula Shaker, (1996 UK No.2 single 'Hey Dude').
1972, Born on this day, Josey Scott, lead singer, Saliva. Scott sang 'Hero' with Chad Kroeger of Nickelback, which was used as the theme song to the 2002 film Spider-Man.
1977, Born on this day, Eric Church, American country music singer-songwriter. His 2014 single 'Give Me Back My Hometown', became his fourth No.1 on the Country Airplay chart. Church has become an avid advocate for the use of marijuana, reflected in songs such as 'Smoke a Little Smoke'.
1979, Born on this day, Danny Foster, Hear'Say, (2001 UK No.1 single 'Pure And Simple').
1981, Born on this day, Farrah Franklin, singer, actress and model. Joined Destiny's Child in 2000, along with Michelle Williams, replacing original members LeToya Luckett and LaTavia Roberson. Left Destiny's Child after five months.


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