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Music Today in Birthdays and Deaths by Name for January 8

Last Updated 01-15-2018

🎵🎸Jeff Abercromble -- is 49 in the year 2018 and 50 in the year 2019; b.1/8/1969
Rock & Roll Musician
Group Names: Fuel

🎵🎷Thurman Barker -- is 70 in the year 2018 and 71 in the year 2019; b.1/8/1948
Composer, Jazz Drummer

🎵Dame Shirley Bassey -- is 81 in the year 2018 and 82 in the year 2019; b.1/8/1937
Singer, Welsh (Wales)
Names/Places: b. in Cardiff
Song Titles: Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever, Moonraker

🎵Al Contrera -- is 78 in the year 2018 and 79 in the year 2019; b.1/8/1940
Singer
Group Names: Mystics (bass)

🎵Juanita Cowart -- is 74 in the year 2018 and 75 in the year 2019; b.1/8/1944
Rhythm and Blues Singer
Group Names: The Marvelettes

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🎭🎵Bob Eubanks -- is 80 in the year 2018 and 81 in the year 2019; b.1/8/1938
Game Show Host, Radio Disc Jock
Misc: music promoter & manager who was a disc jock at KRLA in Los Angeles and brought the Beatles to the Hollywood Bowl.
TV Shows: The Newlywed Game, Card Sharks, Rhyme and Reason, Dream House, The Diamond Head Game, Trivia Trap, Powerball: The Game Show, Family Secrets

🎵Vladimir Feltsman -- is 66 in the year 2018 and 67 in the year 2019; b.1/8/1952
Pianist, Russian

🎵🎸Steve Garvey -- is 60 in the year 2018 and 61 in the year 2019; b.1/8/1958
Punk Rock Bassist
Misc: NOT the baseball player
Group Names: The Buzzcocks

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🎵"Little" Anthony Gourdine -- is 77 in the year 2018 and 78 in the year 2019; b.1/8/1941
Hall of Famer, Songwriter, Rhythm and Blues Singer
Misc: some say b. 1940
Group Names: The Imperials, soloist

🎵Lee Jackson -- is 75 in the year 2018 and 76 in the year 2019; b.1/8/1943
Songwriter, Singer, Bassist, English
Group Names: The Nice

🎵R. Kelly -- is 50 in the year 2018 and 51 in the year 2019; b.1/8/1968
Singer
Misc: some say b. 1967 or 1969

🎵🎸Robby Krieger -- is 72 in the year 2018 and 73 in the year 2019; b.1/8/1946
Hall of Famer, Songwriter, Rock & Roll Guitarist
Names/Places: RFN:Robert Alan
Group Names: The Doors

🎵Cristy Lane -- is 78 in the year 2018 and 79 in the year 2019; b.1/8/1940
Gospel Singer, Country Singer
Names/Places: RN:Eleanor Johnston
Misc: some say b. 1939

🎭🎵Jenny Lewis -- is 42 in the year 2018 and 43 in the year 2019; b.1/8/1976
Actress, Songwriter, Singer, Musician
Group Names: Rilo Kiley, soloist
TV Shows: Life with Lucy, Shannon's Deal (as Neala), Brooklyn Bridge (as Katie Monahan)

🎵🎸Disashi Lumumbo-Kasongo -- is 35 in the year 2018 and 36 in the year 2019; b.1/8/1983
Alternative Rock Guitarist
Group Names: Gym Class Heroes

🎵Chris Marion -- is 56 in the year 2018 and 57 in the year 2019; b.1/8/1962
Country Performer
Group Names: Little River Band

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🎵Erin McCarley -- is 39 in the year 2018 and 40 in the year 2019; b.1/8/1979
Songwriter, Singer

🎵Tift Merritt -- is 43 in the year 2018 and 44 in the year 2019; b.1/8/1975
Songwriter, Musician, Country Singer

🎵Annette Peacock -- is 77 in the year 2018 and 78 in the year 2019; b.1/8/1941
Music Producer, Arranger, Composer, Songwriter, Singer, Musician, Rock-Jazz Performer

✍🎭🎵Sarah Polley -- is 39 in the year 2018 and 40 in the year 2019; b.1/8/1979
Screenwriter, Actress, Movie Director, Singer, Canadian
TV Shows: Road to Avonlea
Movie Titles: Dawn of the Dead, Mr. Nobody, Splice, Go

🎵🎸Mike Reno -- is 63 in the year 2018 and 64 in the year 2019; b.1/8/1955
Musician, Rock & Roll Singer, Canadian
Misc: some say b. 1954
Group Names: Loverboy

✍💻🎵Andy Ross -- is 33 in the year 2018 and 34 in the year 2019; b.1/8/1985
Writer, Dramatist/Playwright, Internet Audio Show Host, Lyricist
Misc: Host of H2R radio show on the Internet

🎵William Ruffley -- is 76 in the year 2018 and 77 in the year 2019; b.1/8/1942
Music Figure, English
Group Names: The Famous Flamingos, The Big Three

🎵Ron Sexsmith -- is 54 in the year 2018 and 55 in the year 2019; b.1/8/1964
Songwriter, Singer, Canadian

🎵🎸Terry Sylvester -- is 71 in the year 2018 and 72 in the year 2019; b.1/8/1947
Hall of Famer, Songwriter, Rock & Roll Singer/Guitarist, English
Group Names: The Escorts, The Hollies, Swinging Blue Jeans

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🎭🎮🎵Scott Whyte -- is 40 in the year 2018 and 41 in the year 2019; b.1/8/1978
Actor, Video Game Voice Actor, Composer
TV Shows: City Guys
Movie Titles: Reeker, D2: The Mighty Ducks, D3: The Mighty Ducks
Video Games: Batman: Arkham Knight, Lego's Marvel's Avengers, Halo 5: Guardians, Transformers: Devastation, Final Fantasy XV, Mighty No. 9, Rachet and Clank, Skylanders: Imaginators

🎭🎵May Wynn -- is 88 in the year 2018 and 89 in the year 2019; b.1/8/1930
Actress, Dancer, Singer
Names/Places: RN:Donna Lee Hickey

🎨⛪🎭🎵🎸David Bowie -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/8/1947 d.1/10/2016 N.S. (69)
Hall of Famer, Painter, Protestant, Vegetarian, Movie Actor, Music Producer, Arranger, Songwriter, Singer/Guitarist, Saxophonist, Rock & Roll Performer, English
Names/Places: b. in London; RN:David Robert Heywood Jones; Iman's hubby
Group Names: The Tin Machine, soloist
Song Titles: The Laughing Gnome, Space Oddity, The Jean Genie, Drive-In Saturday, Life on Mars?, Sorrow, Rebel Rebel, Diamond Dogs, Knock on Wood, Young Americans, Fame, Golden Years, Sound and Visiopn, Heroes, Breaking Glass, Boys Keep Swinging, DJ, Ashes to Ashes, Fashion, Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps), Under Pressure (with Queen), Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy (with Bing Crosby), Let's Dance, China Girl, Modern Love, Blue Jean, Tonight (with Tina Turner), This is Not America (with the Pat Metheny Group), Dancing in the Street (with Mick Jagger), Absolute Beginners, Underground, Day-In Day-Out, Never Let Me Down, Jump They Say
Album Titles: David Bowie, Space Oddity, The Man Who Sold the World, Hunky Dory, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, Aladdin Sane, Pin Ups, Diamond Dogs, Young Americans, Station to Station, Low, Heroes, Lodger, Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps), Let's Dance, Tonight, Never Let Me Down, Tin Machine, Tin Machine II, Black Tie White Noise, The Buddha of Suburbia, Outside, Earthling, Hours..., Heathen, Reality, The Next Day, Blackstar
Video Titles: Video EP, Serious Moonlight, Love You Till Tuesday, Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars: The Motion Picture, Jazzin' For Blue Jean, Ricochet, Day-In Day-Out, Glass Spider, Black Tie White Noise, The Video Collection, Best of Bowie, A Reality Tour
Movie Titles: The Man Who Fell to Earth, Just a Gigolo, The Snowman, Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, Jazzin' to Blue Jean, Labyrinth, Absolute Beginners, The Last Temptation of Chrrist, The Linguini Incident, Basquiat, Gunslinger's Revenge, Everybody Loves Sunshine

🎵🎷Wendell Culley -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/8/1906 d.5/8/1983 (77)
Jazz Trumpeter
Misc: worked with Cab Calloway, Lionel Hampton and Count Basie principally as a section player

🎵Jimmy Elledge -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/8/1943 d.6/10/2012 (69)
Country Singer

✍🎭🎵José Ferrer -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/8/1912 d.1/26/1992 (80)
Writer, TV/Movie/Stage Actor, Producer/Director, Singer, Pianist, Puerto Rican
Names/Places: b. in Santurce; RN:Jose Vincente Ferrer Otero y Cintron; Rosemary Clooney's ex-hubby
Misc: some say b. in 1909 or 1919

🎵Bill Graham -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/8/1931 d.10/25/1991 (60)
Hall of Famer, Music Producer, German
Names/Places: RN:Wolfgang Grajonca
Misc: rock impresario and promoter

🎭🎵Alexander Gray -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/8/1902 d.10/4/1976 (74)
Actor, Singer

🎵🎸Paul Hester -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/8/1959 d.3/25/2005 (46)
Rock & Roll Drummer
Group Names: Split Enz, Crowded House

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🎵Marcus Hutson -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/8/1943 d.??/??/2000
Rhythm and Blues Singer
Group Names: The Whispers

🎵Dick Jurgens -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/8/1910 d.10/5/1995 (85)
Composer, Trumpeter, Bandleader

🎵Hans Kindler -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/8/1892 d.8/30/1949 (57)
Musician, Cellist, Conductor, Dutch (Netherlands)

🎵Evelyn Lear -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/8/1926 d.7/1/2012 (86)
Opera Soprano

🎵Lowell Mason -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/8/1833 d.8/11/1872 (39)
Educator, Composer, Organist
Misc: Boston Academy of Music founder; hymnwrtier; b. 1792?

🎵🎸Marc Moreland -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/8/1958 d.3/13/2002 (44)
New Wave Guitarist
Group Names: Wall of Voo Doo

🎭🎵Jimmy O'Neill -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/8/1940 d.1/11/2013 (73)
TV Host, Radio Disc Jock
TV Shows: Shindig (host 1964-66)

🎵Luther Perkins -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/8/1928 d.8/5/1968 (40)
Country Singer
Misc: played an essential role in defining Johnny Cash's "boom-chicka-boom" rockabilly sound, beginning in 1955

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🎵🎸John Peterson -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/8/1942 d.11/11/2007 (65)
Singer, Rock & Roll Drummer
Group Names: Beau Brimmels, Harpers' Bizarre

🎭🎵🎸Elvis Presley -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/8/1935 d.8/16/1977 (42)
Hall of Famer, Movie Actor, Music Producer, Composer/Songwriter, Singer/Guitarist, Country-Rock Performer
Names/Places: b. in Tupelo, MS; MN:Aron; changed to Aaron; NN:The King of Rock and Roll; Priscilla's ex-husband
Misc: The first real star of rock and roll; too many notable hits to list here!; d. at Graceland Mansion in Memphis, Tennessee; Billboard ranks him as the top pop recording artist of all time with 17 No. 1 songs. The 1956 two-sided hit ``Don't Be Cruel/Hound Dog'' stays at No. 1 for 11 weeks, a record for the rock era that stands until 1992. Hall of Famer in America's Pop, Country Music, and Rock and Roll
Song Titles: Heartbreak Hotel, Don't Be Cruel, Hound Dog, Love Me Tender, Too Much, All Shook Up, Teddy Bear, Jailhouse Rock, Don't, Hard Headed Woman, Stuck on You, It's Now or Never, Are You Lonesome Tonight?, Surrender, Good Luck Charm, Return to Sender, Suspicious Minds, Way Down, A Little Less Conversation
Album Titles: Elvis Presley, Elvis, Loving You, Elvis is Back!, Something for Everybody, Pot Luck, Aloah from Hawaii via Satellite
Movie Titles: Jailhouse Rock, G.I. blues, Blue Hawaii, Fun in Acapulco, Viva Las Vegas

✍🎭🎵Soupy Sales -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/8/1926 d.10/22/2009 (83)
Author, Comedian, TV Host, Panelist, Radio Disc Jock
Names/Places: b. in Franklinton, N.C.; RN:Milton Soupbone Hines Supman
Misc: World's Leading Authority on Pie Throwing
TV Shows: Soupy Sales Show, What's My Line, Sha Na Na

🎵Giorgio Tozzi -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/8/1923 d.5/30/2011 (88)
Bass Singer/Basso

🎵Bobby Tucker -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/8/1923 d.4/12/2007 (84)
Arranger, Singer, Pianist

🎵Georgie Auld -- Death Anniversary -- b.5/19/1919 d.1/8/1990 (70)
Alto-sax, Tenor-sax
Group Names: Benny Goodman Band, Artie Shaw Band

🎭🎵Jay S. Blackton -- Death Anniversary -- b.3/25/1909 d.1/8/1994 (84)
Stage Director, Arranger, Composer, Bandleader, Conductor
Misc: a Broadway top musical dir., Oklahoma!, Annie Get Your Gun, George M.

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🎵Buddy Bregman -- Death Anniversary -- b.7/9/1930 d.1/8/2017 N.S. (86)
Music Producer, Arranger, Composer, Bandleader
Names/Places: Jule Styne's nephew
Misc: provided jazz backing for Judy Garland, Ella Fitzgerald, Sammy Davis Jr., Fred Astaire, TV, & records
Movie Titles: The Pajama Game (orchestral)

✍🎭🎵Pat Buttram -- Death Anniversary -- b.6/19/1917 d.1/8/1994 (78)
Comedy Writer, TV/Movie/Stage Actor, Comedian, Country Singer
Misc: Cowboy Actor; Gene Autry's sidekick; a favorite Hollywood toastmaster
TV Shows: Green Acres (as Mister Eustace Charleton Haney)

🎭🎵Carole Carr -- Death Anniversary -- b.3/26/1928 d.1/8/1997 (68)
Actress, Singer

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🎵Sara Dougherty Carter -- Death Anniversary -- b.7/21/1898 d.1/8/1979 (80)
Hall of Famer, Country Singer/Guitarist
Misc: some say b. 1899
Group Names: The Carter Family

🎵🎸Steve Clark -- Death Anniversary -- b.4/23/1960 d.1/8/1991 (30)
Songwriter, Heavy Metal Guitarst, English
Group Names: Def Leppard

🎵Otis Clay -- Death Anniversary -- b.2/11/1942 d.1/8/2016 N.S. (73)
Hall of Famer, Gospel Singer, Rhythm and Blues Singer

🎵Arcangelo Corelli -- Death Anniversary -- b.2/17/1653 N.S. d.1/8/1713 N.S. (59)
Composer, Violinist, Italian

🎵Andrae Edward Crouch -- Death Anniversary -- b.7/1/1942 d.1/8/2015 (72)
Songwriter, Keyboardist, Pianist, Gospel Singer

🎵Reather Dixon -- Death Anniversary -- b.5/1/1944 d.1/8/2014 (69)
Rhythm and Blues Singer
Misc: some say b. 1945
Group Names: The Bobbettes

🎵John A. Gambling -- Death Anniversary -- b.2/5/1930 d.1/8/2004 (73)
Radio Disc Jock

🎭🎵Patsy Garrett -- Death Anniversary -- b.5/4/1921 d.1/8/2015 (93)
Actress, Singer
TV Shows: Nanny & the Professor (as Mrs. Florence Fowler)

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🎵Louis Gaste -- Death Anniversary -- b.3/18/1908 d.1/8/1995 (86)
Composer
Misc: wrote the song known in English as How Much Is That Doggy In The Window; d. was 88?

🎵Nicolai Gedda -- Death Anniversary -- b.7/11/1925 d.1/8/2017 N.S. (91)
Opera Tenor, Swedish

🎵Ron Goodwin -- Death Anniversary -- b.2/17/1925 d.1/8/2003 (77)
Arranger, Bandleader, Conductor, British

🎵George Handy -- Death Anniversary -- b.1/17/1920 d.1/8/1997 (76)
Arranger, Composer, Pianist

🎵Denise LaSalle -- Death Anniversary -- b.7/16/1939 d.1/8/2018 N.S. (78)
Hall of Famer, Music Producer, Blues Singer, Rhythm and Blues Singer, Soul Singer
Names/Places: LN:Craig

🎵Curtis Lee -- Death Anniversary -- b.10/28/1939 d.1/8/2015 (75)
Songwriter, Pop Singer

🎵Tom Netherton -- Death Anniversary -- b.1/11/1947 d.1/8/2018 N.S. (70)
Singer, German
TV Shows: Lawrence Welk Show (regular)

🎵Jimmy Palao -- Death Anniversary -- b.2/19/1879 d.1/8/1925 (45)
Violinist

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🎵Maud Powell -- Death Anniversary -- b.8/22/1867 d.1/8/1920 (52)
Violinist

🎵Peter Sarstedt -- Death Anniversary -- b.12/10/1941 d.1/8/2017 N.S. (75)
Songwriter, Folk Singer/Guitarist, India

🎵Joseph "Red" Simpson -- Death Anniversary -- b.3/6/1934 N.S. d.1/8/2016 N.S. (81)
Songwriter, Country Singer
Misc: trucker-themed songs

🎵Richard Tauber -- Death Anniversary -- b.5/16/1892 d.1/8/1948 (55)
Tenor, Opera Singer, Austrian

🎵Sir Michael Tippett -- Death Anniversary -- b.1/2/1905 d.1/8/1998 (93)
Composer, Conductor, English
Misc: His works include, the oratorio, "A Child of our Time," and the operas, "The Midsummer Marriage" and "King Priam."

🎵Richard Tucker II -- Death Anniversary -- b.8/28/1913 d.1/8/1975 (61)
Tenor, Opera Singer

🎵E. W. "Bud" Wendell -- Death Anniversary -- b.8/17/1927 d.1/8/2016 N.S. (88)
Hall of Famer, Music Executive, Country Figure
Misc: in the Country Music Hall of Fame

🎭🎵Eduardo Hernández Moncada -- Birth Anniversary Conflict -- b.9/24/1899 or 1/8/1910 d.12/31/1995 (96)
Actor, Producer, Composer, Pianist, Conductor, Portuguese
Names/Places: LN:Moncada

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