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Music Today in Birthdays and Deaths by Name August 17

Last Updated 11-04-2017

🎵🎸Jack Aurora -- is 50 in the year 2017 and 51 in the year 2018; b.8/17/1967
Rock & Roll Musician

🎵Martin Brinsford -- is 73 in the year 2017 and 74 in the year 2018; b.8/17/1944
Harmonicaist, Percussionist, Saxophonist
Group Names: Brass Monkey

🎵🎸Belinda Carlisle -- is 59 in the year 2017 and 60 in the year 2018; b.8/17/1958
Songwriter, Hip-Pop Singer, Rock & Roll Singer
Names/Places: b. in Hollywood; Morgan Mason's (Pres. Reagan's Speechwriter) wife
Group Names: The Go-Gos, soloist
Song Titles: Our Lips Are Sealed, We Got the Beat, Vacation, Get Up and Go, Head Over Heels, Turn to You, Cool Jerk (previous titles as lead of the Go-Go's), Mad About You, I Feel the Magic, Band of Gold, I Get Weak, Heaven is a Place on Earth, Circle in the Sand, Leave a Light On, Summer Rain
Album Titles: Beauty and the Beat, Vacation, Talk Show (previous titles as lead of The Go-Go's), Belinda, Heaven on Earth, Runaway Horses, Live Your Life Be Free
Video Titles: Runaway Videos, Heaven on Earth, Runaway Horses, Belinda, Belinda Live!, Runaway Live

🎵🎸Dean J. "Deen" Castronovo -- is 53 in the year 2017 and 54 in the year 2018; b.8/17/1964
Singer, Rock & Roll Drummer
Group Names: Hardline

🎵🎸Gilby Clarke -- is 55 in the year 2017 and 56 in the year 2018; b.8/17/1962
Music Producer, Songwriter, Rock & Roll Singer/Guitarist
Group Names: Guns 'n Roses

🎵Lisa Coleman -- is 57 in the year 2017 and 58 in the year 2018; b.8/17/1960 N.S.
Composer, Keyboardist, Rhythm and Blues Keyboardist
Group Names: The Revolution (a backing band for Prince), Wendy and Lisa (with Wendy Melvoin)m soloist
TV Shows: Heroes (composer), Nurse Jackie (composer), Crossing Jordan (composer)

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🎵🎸Jill Cunniff -- is 51 in the year 2017 and 52 in the year 2018; b.8/17/1966
Bassist, Modern Rock Singer
Group Names: Luscious Jackson

✍🎭🎵Wesley Eure -- is 66 in the year 2017 and 67 in the year 2018; b.8/17/1951
Author, Lecturer, Screenwriter, TV/Soap Actor, Producer, Director, Singer
TV Shows: Days of Our Lives (as Mike Horton), Land of the Lost (as Will Marshall), Dragon Tales (creator and writer), Spy TV (writer), Totally Hidden Video (writer and assorted characters)
Movie Titles: C.H.O.M.P.S. (which is the reason why he's in the Demented Datebook!)

🎵🎸Steven Gorman -- is 52 in the year 2017 and 53 in the year 2018; b.8/17/1965
Modern Rock Drummer
Group Names: Black Crowes

🎵🎷Everette Harp -- is 56 in the year 2017 and 57 in the year 2018; b.8/17/1961
Gospel Performer, Blues Saxophonist, Jazz Saxophonist

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🎵🎸Kenji Hino -- is 50 in the year 2017 and 51 in the year 2018; b.8/17/1967
Rock & Roll Musician
Group Names: R U Ready

🎭🎵Kristin Holt -- is 36 in the year 2017 and 37 in the year 2018; b.8/17/1981
Actress, Personality, Singer
Names/Places: aka Kristin Adams
TV Shows: American Idol (Special Correspondent 2003, contestant 2002)

🎵Maria McKee -- is 53 in the year 2017 and 54 in the year 2018; b.8/17/1964
Songwriter, Guitarist, Pop Singer, Country Singer
Group Names: Lone Justice lead, soloist

🎵Kelvin "Posdnous" Mercer -- is 48 in the year 2017 and 49 in the year 2018; b.8/17/1969
Music Producer, Rhythm and Blues Performer, Rapper, Hip Hop Performer
Names/Places: aka Posdnuos or Pos
Group Names: De La Soul

🎵🎸Colin Moulding -- is 62 in the year 2017 and 63 in the year 2018; b.8/17/1955
Songwriter, Singer, New Wave Bassist, English
Group Names: XTC, The Dukes of Stratosphere

🎵Thomas Picardo Jr. -- is 75 in the year 2017 and 76 in the year 2018; b.8/17/1942
Music Producer, Songwriter, Singer
Names/Places: NN:Tommy West
Group Names: Cashman & West

🎵Steve Price -- is 66 in the year 2017 and 67 in the year 2018; b.8/17/1951
Drummer, Rock-Pop Performer
Group Names: Pablo Cruise, sessionist for Grace Slick, Rick James, Mary Jane Girls, other bands

🎵Carman Romano -- is 78 in the year 2017 and 79 in the year 2018; b.8/17/1939
Baritone
Group Names: Elegants & Crescents

🎵Kevin Rowland -- is 64 in the year 2017 and 65 in the year 2018; b.8/17/1953
Songwriter, Hip-Pop Singer/Guitarist, English
Group Names: Dexy's Midnight Runners lead
Song Titles: Geno, Come On Eileen

✍📰🎵🎸Ed Sanders -- is 78 in the year 2017 and 79 in the year 2018; b.8/17/1939
Author, Poet, Publisher, Rock & Roll Singer/Guitarist
Group Names: The Fugs

🎵John Seiter -- is 73 in the year 2017 and 74 in the year 2018; b.8/17/1944
Singer, Keyboardist, Pop Drummer
Group Names: The Turtles, Spanky & Our Gang

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🎵Colton Swon -- is 29 in the year 2017 and 30 in the year 2018; b.8/17/1988 N.S.
Country Singer
Group Names: The Swon Brothers

✍🎵🎸Gary Talley -- is 70 in the year 2017 and 71 in the year 2018; b.8/17/1947
Author, Songwriter, Bassist, Rock & Roll Singer/Guitarist
Group Names: The Box Tops

🎭🎵Tammy Townsend -- is 47 in the year 2017 and 48 in the year 2018; b.8/17/1970
Actress, Singer
TV Shows: Rock Me Baby (as Pam), K.C. Undercover (as Kira Cooper)
Movie Titles: The Preacher's Kid, The Pest

🎭🎵Donnie Wahlberg -- is 48 in the year 2017 and 49 in the year 2018; b.8/17/1969
Actor, Producer, Pop Singer
Names/Places: RFN:Donald E.
Group Names: The New Kids on the Block
TV Shows: Boomtown (as Det. Joel Stevens), Blue Bloods (as Danny Reagan)
Movie Titles: The Sixth Sense, Saw (series)

🎵Kevin Welch -- is 62 in the year 2017 and 63 in the year 2018; b.8/17/1955
Songwriter, Country Singer/Guitarist

🎵Luther Allison -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/17/1939 d.8/12/1997 (57)
Hall of Famer, Blues Singer, Blues Guitarist
Misc: formed the Rolling Stones in 1954 (not the Mick Jagger group) with his brother Gran and was renamed the Four Jivers later on; soloist

🎵Gemma Bellincioni -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/17/1864 d.4/23/1950 (85)
Opera Singer, Italian

🎵Walter Brown -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/17/1917 d.6/??/1956
Blues Singer

🎵Sam Butera -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/17/1927 d.6/3/2009 (81)
Singer, Saxophonist, Rhythm and Blues Performer

✍🎵Abram Chasins -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/17/1903 d.6/21/1987 (83)
Author, Lecturer, Composer, Musicologist, Pianist
Misc: piano teacher, music broadcaster, radio executive

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🎵Larry Clinton -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/17/1909 d.5/2/1985 (75)
Arranger, Composer, Singer, Trumpeter, Bandleader

🎵Mark Dinning -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/17/1933 d.3/22/1986 (52)
Singer, Guitarist
Song Titles: Teen Angel

🎵🎷George Duvivier -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/17/1920 d.7/11/1985 (64)
Arranger, Bassist, Jazz Musician

🎵Georgia Gibbs -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/17/1919 d.12/9/2006 (87)
Pop Singer
Names/Places: b. in Worcester, MA; NN:Her Nibs; FN:Fredda Lipson Gibbons

🎵🎸Sib Hashian -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/17/1949 d.3/22/2017 N.S. (67)
Rock & Roll Drummer
Group Names: Boston

🎵Rafael Lay -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/17/1927 d.8/13/1982 (54)
Composer, Violinist, Cuban

🎵🎸Drake Kid Levin -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/17/1946 d.7/4/2009 (62)
Rock & Roll Guitarist
Group Names: Paul Revere & the Raiders

✍🎵🎷George Melly -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/17/1926 d.7/5/2007 (80)
Writer, Lecturer, Music Critic, Blues Singer, Jazz Singer, English

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🎵Duke Pearson -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/17/1932 d.8/4/1980 (47)
Composer, Pianist, Bandleader

🎵Niccolo Porpora -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/17/1686 d.3/3/1768 (81)
Educator, Composer, Italian

🎵Ike Quebec -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/17/1918 d.1/16/1963 (44)
Tenor-sax

🎵James Ramey -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/17/1944 d.10/28/1970 (26)
Singer
Names/Places: NN:Baby Huey

🎵Wayne Raney -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/17/1921 d.1/23/1993 (71)
Singer, Harmonicaist
Group Names: Delmore Brothers

🎵George Sebastian -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/17/1903 d.4/12/1989 (85)
Conductor, Hungarian

🎵🎷Derek Smith -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/17/1931 d.8/21/2016 N.S. (85)
Jazz Pianist, English
Misc: spent seven years as pianist in Johnny Carson's late night television big band; his death was announced on Aug 21, 2016

🎵E. W. "Bud" Wendell -- Birth 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

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🎭🎵Pearl Bailey -- Death Anniversary -- b.6/27/1918 d.8/17/1990 (72)
TV/Stage Actress, Gospel Singer, Blues Singer
Names/Places: b. in Newport News, VA; d. in Philadelphia
TV Shows: The Pearl Bailey Show, Silver Spoons (as Lulu Baker)
Movie Titles: The Fox and The Hound (as the voice of Big Mama the owl)

🎵Ole Bull -- Death Anniversary -- b.2/5/1810 d.8/17/1880 (70)
Composer, Violinist, Norweigan

🎵Mike Condello -- Death Anniversary -- b.5/6/1946 d.8/17/1995 (49)
Songwriter, Novelty Singer
Group Names: Hub Kapp and The Wheels (fronted by Pat McMahon), The Ladmo Trio
TV Shows: Wallace and Ladmo Show (co-host and parodist)

🎵Lorenzo Da Ponte -- Death Anniversary -- b.3/10/1749 d.8/17/1838 (89)
Professor, Librettist, Italian

🎵🎷Wild Bill Davis -- Death Anniversary -- b.11/24/1918 d.8/17/1995 (76)
Arranger, Organist, Jazz Pianist

✍🎵Ira Gershwin -- Death Anniversary -- b.12/6/1896 d.8/17/1983 (86)
Author, Lyricist
Names/Places: b. in New York City; d. in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Misc: with his composer brother George, wrote such classic songs as "S Wonderful" and "The Man I Love"

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🎵Richard Hoffman -- Death Anniversary -- b.5/24/1831 d.8/17/1909 (78)
Composer, Pianist, American, British

🎵🎸Preston Hubbard -- Death Anniversary -- b.3/15/1953 d.8/17/2016 N.S. (63)
Rock & Roll Bassist
Group Names: Room Full of Blues, Fabulous Thunderbirds

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🎵Billy Murray -- Death Anniversary -- b.5/25/1877 d.8/17/1954 (77)
Pop Singer
Names/Places: NN:The Denver Nightengale
Misc: major star 1900-1930

🎵Flip Phillips -- Death Anniversary -- b.2/26/1915 d.8/17/2001 (86)
Tenor-sax

🎵Johnny Sayles -- Death Anniversary -- b.2/9/1937 d.8/17/1993 (56)
Soul Singer

🎵🎸Phil Seymour -- Death Anniversary -- b.5/15/1952 d.8/17/1993 (41)
Songwriter, Singer, Drummer, Rock & Roll Performer

🎵🎷Clarence Shaw -- Death Anniversary -- b.6/16/1926 d.8/17/1973 (47)
Jazz Trumpeter

🎵🎷Ray Wetzel -- Death Anniversary -- b.9/22/1924 d.8/17/1951 (26)
Jazz Trumpeter

🎵Paul Williams -- Death Anniversary -- b.7/2/1939 d.8/17/1973 (34)
Hall of Famer, Rhythm and Blues Singer
Group Names: The Temptations

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