Birthdays

1934 – Hughie "Piano" Smith, R&B pianist

1945 – Ashley Hutchings, bassist, Fairport Convention

1948 – Corky Laing, drummer, Mountain

1949 – Derek Holt, guitarist, Climax Blues Band

1951 – David Briggs, guitarist, Little River Band

1953 – Lucinda Williams, blues/country singer

1955 – Eddie Van Halen, guitarist, Van Halen

1958 – Norman Hassan, percussionist, UB40

1958 – Anita Baker, soul/funk singer

1960 – Charlie Gillingham, keyboardist, Counting Crows

1963 – Andrew Ridgeley, guitarist, Wham!

1963 – Jazzie B, producer; keyboardist, Soul II Soul

1964 – Susannah Melvoin, singer, Prince & The Revolution

1964 – Wendy Melvoin, guitarist, Prince & The Revolution

Died on this day

1989 – Donnie Elbert, (Northern) soul singer  (born 1936)

2011 – Gladys Horton, lead singer, The Marvelettes (born 1945)

2016 – Colin Vearncombe, singer/songwriter, Black (born 1962)

And on this day in...

1968 –  Pink Floyd played their first gig without Syd Barrett, at Southampton University

Celebrating 26 January

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