Celebrating 8 December

Birthdays

1939 James Galway, Irish flautist

1939 Jerry Butler, lead singer, The Impressions

1941 Bobby Elliott, drummer, The Hollies

1943 – Graham Knight, bassist, Marmalade

1947 – Geoff Daking, drummer, Blue Magoos

1949 – Ray Shulman, bassist, Gentle Giant

1953 Colin Gibb, Black Lace

1955 – Nathan East, jazz/R'&B bassist

1956 Warren Cuccurullo, guitarist, Missing Persons

1957 Phil Collen, lead guitarist, Def Leppard

1959 Paul Rutherford, singer, Frankie Goes To Hollywood

1962 Marty Friedman, guitarist, Megadeth

1966 Sinéad O'Connor, Irish singer

1973 Judith Pronk, singer, Alice Deejay

1973 Corey Taylor, lead singer, Slipknot

1974 Nick Zinner, guitarist, Yeah Yeah Yeahs

1982 Chrisette Michele, US R&B singer

Died on this day

1980 – John Lennon, Beatle (born 1940)

1982 – Marty Robbins, US country & western star (born 1925)

1984 – Nick Dingley, drummer, Hanoi Rocks (born 1960)

2004 – Dimebag Darrell, guitarist, Pantera (born 1966)

2019 – Juice WRLD, US rapper (born 1998)

And on this day in...

1968 –  Graham Nash left The Hollies, on his way to Crosby, Stills and Nash

1995 –  The Grateful Dead announced their dissolution, after Jerry Garcia's death four months earlier

2013 –  Metallica became the first band to play on all seven continents when they played at Carlini Base in Antarctica