Artist and other music celebrity Birthdays

Born on this day 30 July in 1958, Kate Bush, UK singer, songwriter, who had the 1978 UK No.1 single ‘Wuthering Heights’ (at the age of 19). Her 1985 UK No.1 album ‘Hounds Of Love’ spent 52 weeks on the chart. In 1987, she won a Brit Award for Best British Female Solo Artist, and in 2002 an Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music. Bush was appointed Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to music.

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Born this day 29 July in 1946 Neal Doughty is an American keyboardist, best known as a founding member of the rock band REO Speedwagon  (1981 US No.1 & UK No.7 single ‘Keep On Loving You’)  As of 2017, Doughty is the last original member still playing with the band.


Born This Day 16 September in 1984, Katie Melua, UK singer, songwriter, (2004 UK No.1 album ‘Call Off The Search’, 2004 UK Top 10 single ‘The Closest Thing To Crazy’, 2007 UK No.1 single ‘What a Wonderful World’ with Eva Cassidy).


Born This Day 14 September 1983, Amy Winehouse UK singer, songwriter. Winehouse’s debut album, Frank (2003), was a critical success in the UK and was nominated for the Mercury Prize. Her follow-up album, Back to Black (2006), led to five 2008 Grammy Awards, tying the then record for the most wins by a female artist in a single night, and made her the first British female to win five Grammys.

Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on 23 July 2011, aged 27. Her album Back to Black posthumously became, for a time, the UK’s best-selling album of the 21st century.

Jimmy Webb

Born on this day (15 August) in 1946,  Jimmy Webb American singer, songwriter who wrote the 1968 hit for Richard Harris ‘MacArthur Park’, plus ‘Galveston’, for Glen Campbell (and other hits for Campbell), and ‘Up Up and Away’, a hit for 5th Dimension.

According to BMI, his song ‘By the Time I Get to Phoenix’ was the third most performed song in the fifty years between 1940 and 1990.

Webb is the only artist ever to have received Grammy Awards for music, lyrics, and orchestration.

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Mark Knopfler

Born this day (12 August) in 1949, Mark Knopfler British songwriter, guitarist, singer with Dire Straits, (1985 US No.1 single ‘Money For Nothing’, 1986 UK No.2 single ‘Walk Of Life’, 1985 world-wide No.1 album ‘Brothers In Arms’).

Knopfler has recorded and performed with many prominent musicians, including Chet Atkins, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Bryan Ferry, Emmylou Harris, Van Morrison, Steely Dan, Sting, and James Taylor.

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