August 16th: Born on this day

1915, Born on this day, Al Hibbler, (1955 UK No.2 & US No.3 single ‘Unchained Melody’). Read the full story

1945, Born on this day, Kevin Ayers, singer, songwriter, and founder member of Soft Machine, who had the 1970 UK No.18 album, ‘Third’. Ayers who was a major influential force in the English psychedelic movement died on 18th February 2013.

1945, Born on this day, Gary Loizzo, American Breed, (1967 US No.5 & UK No. 24 single ‘Bend Me, Shape Me’).

1946, Born on this day, Gordon Fleet, The Easybeats, (1966 UK No.6 & 1967 US No. 16 single ‘Friday On My Mind’).

1948, Born on this day, Barry Hay, Golden Earring, (1974 UK No.7 & US 13 single ‘Radar Love’).

1949, Born on this day, Scott Asheton, drums, Iggy Pop And The Stooges, (1973 album ‘Raw Power’).

1953, Born on this day, James Taylor, Kool & The Gang, (1981 US No.1 & UK No.7 single, Celebration. 1984 UK No.2 single ‘Joanna’, and over 15 other top 40 hits).

1957, Born on this day, Tim Farriss, guitar, INXS, (1988 UK No.2 & US No.1 single ‘Need You Tonight’). 1987 album ‘Kick’ has sold over 10m copies in the US alone and features four Top 10 singles; ‘Need You Tonight,’ ‘Devil Inside’, ‘New Sensation,’ and ‘Never Tear Us Apart.’

1958, Born on this day, Madonna, (Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone), singer, actress, (first hit 1984 UK No.6 single ‘Holiday’, 1984 US No.1 ‘Like A Virgin’, first UK No.1 1985 ‘Into The Groove’, plus 6 other UK No.1’s & over 10 US No.1 singles and over 30 other top 40 hits).

1964, Born on this day, Matt Lukin, bass, Mudhoney, (1991 UK No.60 single ‘Let It Slide’).

1967, Born on this day, MC. Remedee, Cookie Crew, (1988 UK No.5 single ‘Rock Da House’).

1968, Born on this day, LL Cool J, (1995 US No.3 single ‘Hey Lover’, 1997 UK No.1 single ‘Ain’t Nobody’ and 2000 US No.1 album ‘G.O.A.T.).

1972, Born on this day, Emily Robison, singer, Dixie Chicks, (1999 UK No.26 single, ‘There’s Your Trouble’, 2000 single ‘Cowboy Take Me Away’).

1980, Born on this day, Venessa Carlton, (2002 UK No.6 single ‘A Thousand Miles’).

1980, Born on this day, Bob Hardy, bass, Franz Ferdinand, (winners of the 2004 Mercury Music Prize for their self-titled debut album).

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