This Day in Music
August 15th: Born on this day
1896, Born on this day, Leon Theremin, Russian inventor. Most famous for his invention of the theremin, one of the first electronic musical instruments. He first performed the theremin with the New York Philharmonic in 1928. He died on 3rd November 1993.
1933, Born on this day, Bill Pinkney, The Drifters, (1960 US No.1 & UK No.2 single 'Save The Last Dance For Me'). He died on July 4th 2007.
1933, Born on this day, Floyd Ashman from the American vocal group The Tams who had the 1964 US hit 'What Kind of Fool (Do You Think I Am)' and the 1971 UK No.1 single 'Hey Girl Don't Bother Me'. The group took their name from the Tam o'shanter hats they wore on stage.
1933, Born on this day, Bobby Helms, American country music singer best known for his 1957 hit, ‘Jingle Bell Rock’. Died of emphysema at his home in Martinsville, Indiana. He was 63.
1938, Born on this day, Stix Nesbert Hooper, The Crusaders, (1979 UK No.5 & US No.36 single 'Street Life').
1941, Born on this day, Don Rich, country musician who helped develop the Bakersfield sound in the early 1960s. He was a noted guitarist and fiddler, and a member of the Buckaroos, the backing band of country singer Buck Owens. Rich died on July 17, 1974.
1942, Born on this day, Pete York, Spencer Davis Group (1966 UK No.1 single 'Keep On Running').
1946, Born on this day, Jimmy Webb American singer, songwriter who wrote the 1968 hit for Richard Harris 'MacArthur Park', plus 'Galveston', for Glen Campbell (and other hits for Campbell), and 'Up Up and Away', a hit for 5th Dimension. According to BMI, his song 'By the Time I Get to Phoenix' was the third most performed song in the fifty years between 1940 and 1990. Webb is the only artist ever to have received Grammy Awards for music, lyrics, and orchestration.
1948, Born on this day, American musician Tom Johnston the guitarist and vocalist, known principally as a founder and songwriter for The Doobie Brothers who have sold more than 40 million albums worldwide. They scored the 1979 US No.1 single 'What A Fool Believes' and the 1993 UK No.7 single 'Long Train Runnin.'
1950, Born on this day, Tommy Aldridge, drums, Whitesnake, (1987 US No.1 & UK No.9 single 'Here I Go Again').
1961, Born on this day, Matt Johnson, English singer, songwriter, The The, who had the 1993 UK hit single 'Slow Emotion Replay'.
1962, Born on this day, Marshall Schofield, The Fall, (1987 UK No.30 single 'There's A Ghost In My House').
1972, Born on this day, Mike Graham, vocals, Boyzone, who have had 21 UK hit singles, including 6 UK No.1 singles. Their breakthrough hit was their second single and cover version of the classic Osmonds hit, 'Love Me for a Reason', which peaked at No.2 on the UK Singles Chart.
1974, Born on this day, Simon Dawbarn, vocals, 911, (1998 UK No.2 single 'More Than A Woman').
1978, Born on this day, Tim Foreman bassist for Switchfoot. Their 2014 album Fading West reached No.6 on the US album chart.
1984, Born on this day, David Welsh, guitarist, from American rock band The Fray who scored the 2005 US Top 3 single ‘How to Save a Life’. The group's self-titled, second album, released in 2009, debuted at No.1 on the Billboard charts.
1984, Born on this day, Ted Dwane, bassist of the Grammy Award winning British folk rock band Mumford & Sons. Their second studio album 'Babel' released in 2012 debuted at No.1 on both the UK Albums Chart and the US Billboard 200. It became the fastest selling album of 2012 in the UK. The live performance at the 2011 Grammy ceremony with Bob Dylan and The Avett Brothers led to a surge in popularity for the band in the US. The band received eight total Grammy nominations for Babel and won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year.
1989, Born on this day, Joe Jonas, American singer and actor, Jonas Brothers, 2009 US No.1 album ‘Lines, Vines and Trying Times’.


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