Birthdays

1937 Paul Stookey, singer/songwriter, Peter, Paul and Mary

1940 Kenny Pentifallo, Southside Johnny & The Asbury Dukes

1942 Mike Nesmith, guitarist, The Monkees

1946 – Clive Bunker, drummer, Jethro Tull

1946 – Patti Smith, punk poet laureate

1947 – Jeff Lynne, ELO

1959 Tracy Ullman, comedian and singer

1969 Jay Kay, vocalist, Jamiroquai

1971 Sister Bliss, DJ, producer, keyboardist

1973 – Jon Theodore, drummer, Queens of the Stone Age

1978 – Tyrese Gibson, US rapper, songwriter

1982 – Wesley Schultz, guitarist, The Lumineers

1986 – Ellie Goulding, singer/songwriter

1988 – Leon Jackson, Scottish singer

Died on this day

1967 – Bert Berns, US songwriter and producer (born 1929)

1995 – Clarence Satchell, saxophonist, Ohio Players (born 1940)

1998 – Johnny Moore, singer, The Drifters (born 1934)

2009 – Rowland S. Howard, guitar, The Birthday Party (born 1959)

2016 – Allan Williams, first manager of The Beatles  (born 1930)

And on this day in...

1969 Peter Tork quit The Monkees

1999 – George and Olivia Harrison attacked by an intruder at their Henley-on-Thames home

Celebrating 30 December

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