This Day in Music
May 26th: Born on this day
1904, Born on this day, George Formby, UK singing comedian and ukulele player. He made over 20 films and his best-known song is 'Leaning On A Lamp Post'. He was made an OBE in 1946, and died on March 6th 1961. Formby was a major influence on George Harrison
1920, Born on this day, American singer, actress, Peggy Lee, real name: Norma Dolores Egstrom, (1958 US No. 8 & UK No.5 single 'Fever', worked with Benny Goodman, Randy Newman, Quincy Jones. She was nominated for 12 Grammy Awards, winning Best Contemporary Vocal Performance for her 1969 hit ‘Is That All There Is’’ She died on 21st January 2002.
1926, Born on this day, Miles Davis, jazz trumpeter and composer who had a 1959 album with Kind of Blue. He was a major influence on jazz music. Davis died on September 28th 1991.
1941, Born on this day, Art Sharp, Nashville Teens, (1964 UK No.6 single 'Tobacco Road').
1942, Born on this day, Ray Ennis, Swinging Blue Jeans, (1964 UK No.2 and US No.24 single 'Hippy Hippy Shake').
1943, Born on this day, Levon Helm, drummer and singer with The Band. He died of throat cancer aged 71 on 19th April 2012. Helm formed his own high school band, the Jungle Bush Beaters, at 17, he later joined The Hawks (who became Bob Dylan's backing group) who then became known as The Band. He sang on Band classics like 'The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,' 'Up on Cripple Creek,' 'Rag Mama Rag,' and 'The Weight.'
1945, Born on this day, Verden Allen, keyboards, Mott The Hoople, (1972 UK No.3 & US No.37 single 'All The Young Dudes').
1945, Born on this day, Gary Peterson, Guess Who, (1970 US No.1 & UK No.19 single 'American Woman').
1946, Born on this day, Mick Ronson guitarist, producer, member of The Rats, then worked with David Bowie, (1972 UK album The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars 1974 UK No.5 single 'Rebel Rebel'). Also worked with Mott The Hoople, Bob Dylan, Ian Hunter. Released the 1974 UK No.9 solo album 'Slaughter On Tenth Avenue'. Ronson died on April 29th 1993.
1948, Born on this day, Stevie Nicks, singer, Fleetwood Mac who scored the 1987 UK No.5 single 'Little Lies' and 1977 US No.1 single 'Dreams', from world-wide No.1 album Rumours. Solo, 1981 US No.1 & UK No.11 album 'Bella Donna', 1989 UK No. 16 single 'Rooms On Fire'.
1949, Born on this day, Hank Williams Jr, country singer, songwriter, son of country music's greatest star.
1959, Born on this day, Wayne Hussey, guitar, Dead Or Alive, (1985 UK No.1 single 'You Spin me round, Like A record'), Sisters Of Mercy, The Mission, (1988 UK No.12 single 'Tower Of Strength').
1962, Born on this day, Colin Vearncombe, singer, songwriter, Black, (1987 UK No.8 single 'Wonderful Life'). Solo
1964, Born on this day, Lenny Kravitz, US singer, guitarist, songwriter, (1990 UK No.39 single 'Let Love Rule', 1999 UK No.1 single 'Fly Away', 1993 UK No.1 album 'Are You Gonna Go My Way'). Worked with Mick Jagger, Madonna and David Bowie.
1972, Born on this day, Alan White, drums, Oasis (replaced Tony McCarroll in 1995, 1996 UK No.1 single 'Don't Look Back In Anger'). Sacked from the band in 2004.
1978, Born on this day, Jaheim Hoagland, (aka Jaheim), US R&B singer, (2006 US No.1 album ‘Ghetto Classics’).
1981, Born on this day, Isaac Slade, lead singer and pianist, The Fray, (2005 US Top 3 single ‘How to Save a Life’).


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