Celebrating 5 January

Birthdays

1940 Athol Guy, bassist, The Seekers

1941 – Grady Thomas, Funkadelic; Parliament

1949 George Brown, drummer, Kool and the Gang

1950 – Chris Stein, guitarist, Blondie

1951 – Biff Byford, vocalist, Saxon

1960 – Phil Thornalley, producer, bassist , The Cure

1963 – Grant Young, drummer, Soul Asylum

1966 – Kate Schellenbach, drummer, Luscious Jackson

1969 – Marilyn Manson (Brian Warner), singer

1970 – Jeffrey Jey, lead singer, Eiffel 65

1970 – Troy van Leeuwen, guitarist, Queens of the Stone Age

1976 – Matt Wachter, bassist, Angels & Airwaves

Died on this day

1976 – Mal Evans, Beatles roadie/bodyguard (born 1935)

1979 – Charles Mingus, jazz bassist (born 1922)

1998 – Sonny Bono, singer, Sonny & Cher (born 1935)

1998 – Ken Forssi, bassist, Love (born 1943)

2006 – Alex St. Clair, guitarist, Captain Beefheart (born 1941)

2004 – John Guerin, drummer, Frank Zappa (born 1939)

2010 – Willie Mitchell, trumpeter (born 1928)

2016 – Nicholas Caldwell, singer, The Whispers (born 1944)

2019 – Eric Haydock, bassist, The Hollies (born 1943)

And on this day in...

1973 Bruce Springsteen released his debut album Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.

1979 Prince made his live debut in Minneapolis