Birthdays

1931 Rita Moreno, singer, actress

1938 McCoy Tyner, jazz pianist, John Coltrane Quartet

1940 David Gates, frontman and guitarist, Bread

1944 Brenda Lee, Little Miss Dynamite

1951 – Philip "Spike" Edney, keyboardist, Queen, Brian May

1954 – Jermaine Jackson, bassist/vocalist, The Jacksons

1958 – Nikki Sixx, bassist, Mötley Crüe

1961 Darryl Jones, bassist, Rolling Stones

1962 Curtis Williams, keyboardist, Kool and the Gang

1964 Justin Currie, bassist, Del Amitri

1967 DJ Yella, US rapper, NWA

1972 Easther Bennett, singer, Eternal

1981 Zachy Vengeance, guitarist, Avenged Sevenfold

Died on this day

1964 – Sam Cooke, the King of Soul (born 1931)

2012 – Ravi Shankar, sitar master (born 1920)

And on this day in...

1982 –  The Jam played their last ever gig, in Brighton, England

Celebrating 11 December

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