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Roy Acuff

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Roy Claxton Acuff
Nickname(s):
King of Country Music
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
89
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Grand Ole Opry. Band Smoky Mountain Boys. Song Wabash Cannonball. Country Music Hall of Fame 1962. Kennedy Center Honors 1991. National Medal of Arts 1991. NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame 1988. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 1541 Vine Street for contributions to the recording industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Louis Armstrong

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Louis Daniel Armstrong
Nickname(s):
Satchmo
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
69, 29 days before his 70th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Songs Hello, Dolly!, What a Wonderful World, I'm a Ding Dong Daddy from Dumas, That Lucky Old Sun, When You're Smiling. Movie Hello, Dolly!. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1990. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1952. Long Island Music Hall of Fame. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1978. Hit Parade Hall of Fame 2009. Gennett Records Walk of Fame 2007. Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2001. Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame 2004. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2017. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 7018 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Desi Arnaz

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y De Acha III
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
69
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

father of
father of
ex-husband of
Younger than Lucille Ball by 5 years.

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Co-founder of Desilu Productions. TV show I Love Lucy. Movie The Long, Long Trailer. Television Academy Hall of Fame 1998. Television Hall of Fame 1990. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6325-1/2 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the motion picture industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.
A star at 6254 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the television industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Lovie Austin

Gender:
Female
Real/Birth Name:
Cora Calhoun
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
84
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23

Brief Facts:

"First female bandleader" - and pianist.

Blue Barron

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Harry Friedman
Also Known As:
Harry Friedman
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
91
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Called his music style "sweet" music. Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 1724 Vine Street for contributions to the recording industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Count Basie

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
William Allen Basie
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
79
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Jazz and swing orchestra Count Basie Orchestra jazz pianist and swing music. Theme song One O'Clock Jump. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1958. Long Island Music Hall of Fame. Kennedy Center Honors 1981. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1981. Presidential Medal of Freedom 1985. New Jersey Hall of Fame 2010. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2002. Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame 2005. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6508 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 20 January 1982.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Ben Bernie

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Benjamin Anzelvitz
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
52
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Movie Wake Up and Live Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6280 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to radio.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Buddy Boudreaux

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
John Landry Boudreaux
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
97
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Big band musician from Baton Rouge.

Lou Breese

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Luigi G. Calabrese

Brief Facts:

Banjo player.

James Brown

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
James Joseph Brown Jr.
Nickname(s):
The Godfather of Soul
The Hardest Working Man in Show Business
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
73
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Song I Got You (I Feel Good). Served 26 months for a high speed chase, in Georgia, 1988. Charter member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1986. Songwriters Hall of Fame 2000. UK Music Hall of Fame 2006. Kennedy Center Honors 2003. Guitar Center RockWalk 1992. Georgia Music Hall of Fame 1983. International Civil Rights Walk of Fame 2011. SoulMusic Hall of Fame 2013. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2013. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2017. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 1501 Vine Street for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 10 January 1997.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Dave Brubeck

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
David Warren Brubeck
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
91, 1 day before his 92nd birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Pianist. Compositions and performed music were sometimes in unusual time signatures. Songs Take Five, Unsquare Dance, Blue Rondo à la Turk. California Hall of Fame 2008. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1994. Kennedy Center Honors 2009. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1989. National Medal of Arts 1994. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 1716 Vine Street for contributions to the recording industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Cab Calloway

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Cabell Calloway III
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
86
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1987. National Medal of Arts 1993. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2004.

George Clinton

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
George Clinton
Birth Date:
Age today:
76, 6 days before his 77th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Founer and member of Parliament-Funkadelic aka group P-Funk. North Carolina Music Hall of Fame 2009. Guitar Center RockWalk 1996 as a member of Parliament-Funkadelic.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1997 as a member of Parliament-Funkadelic.

Cy Coleman

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Seymour Kaufman

Brief Facts:

Jazz pianist. Composed songs for Frank Sinatra: The Best is Yet to Come, Witchraft, Big Spender. Musical Sweet Charity. Won three Tony Awards, plus several Grammys and Emmys. Songwriters Hall of Fame 1981. Theater Hall of Fame 1991.

Ray Coniff

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Joseph Raymond Coniff
Also Known As:
Engberg
Jay Raye
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
85, 25 days before his 86th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Arranger for Mitch Miller. Group Ray Coniff Singers. Song Somewhere My Love based on the song Lara's Theme. Between 1957 and 1968, Conniff had 28 albums in the American Top 40. Died from a fall in his bathtub.

Spade Cooley

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Donell Clyde Cooley
Nickname(s):
the King of Western Swing
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
58, 24 days before his 59th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Arrested and convicted 1961 for murdering his second wife. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6802 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to radio.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Bob Crosby

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
George Robert Crosby
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
79
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Relationships:

younger brother of
Younger than Bing Crosby by 10 years.
great uncle of
uncle of
uncle of
uncle of
uncle of
uncle of
uncle of
uncle of

Brief Facts:

Leader of the band The Bob Crosby Orchestra and Bobcats. Movie The Five Pennies Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6313 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to radio.
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A star at 6252 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the television industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Xavier Cugat

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Francesc d'Asís Xavier Cugat Mingall de Bru i Deulofeu
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
90
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-husband of
Older than Abbe Lane by 32 years.
ex-husband of
Older than Charo by 51 years.

Brief Facts:

Songs Perfidia, Brazil. Movies Bathing Beauty, Neptune's Daughter Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 1601 Vine Street for contributions to the recording industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.
A star at 1500 Vine Street for contributions to the television industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Deacon John

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
John Moore
Also Known As:
Deacon John Moore
Birth Date:
Age today:
77, 23 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Guitar. Louisiana Music Hall of Fame 2008. Louisiana Blues Hall of Fame 2000.

Jimmy Dorsey

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
James Francis Dorsey
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
53
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

older brother of
Older than Tommy Dorsey by 1 year.

Brief Facts:

Song Tangerine. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1983. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6505 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Tommy Dorsey

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Thomas Francis Dorsey
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
51, 7 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

younger brother of
Younger than Jimmy Dorsey by 1 year.

Brief Facts:

Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1981. National Radio Hall of Fame 1989. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6675 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Eddy Duchin

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Edwin Frank Duchin
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
40
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Born either April 1 or April 10. Pianist and bandleader. Subject of the somewhat fictionalized movie The Eddy Duchin Story. Died of leukemia.

Billy Eckstine

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
William Clarence Eckstein
Nickname(s):
Mr. B.
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
78
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Songs Prisoner of Love, My Foolish Heart, I Apologize. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 2010. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1985. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6638 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Duke Ellington

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Edward Kennedy Ellington
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
75, 25 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Songwriters Hall of Fame 1971. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1956. Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame 1992. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1978. Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame 1992. Presidential Medal of Freedom 1969. French Legion of Honor. Gennett Records Walk of Fame 2008. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2001. Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame 2004. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6535 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Percy Faith

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Percy Faith
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
67
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Songs Delicado, Theme from a Summer Place. Hit Parade Hall of Fame 2011. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 1501 Vine Street for contributions to the recording industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Shep Fields

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Shep Feldman
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
70
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Relationships:

older brother of
Older than Freddie Fields by 12 years.

Brief Facts:

Band Shep Fields and His Rippling Rhythm. Song Thanks for the Memory. Radio show Shep Fields Revue with Bob Hope as the announcer.

Kinky Friedman

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Richard S. Friedman
Birth Date:
Age today:
73
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Author of mystery novels Greenwich Killing Time, The Mile High Club. Jewish country singer with comedy song They Ain't Making Jews like Jesus Anymore. Band The Texas Jewboys. Peace Corps for 3 years. Candidate for governor of Texas in 2006.

Jackie Gleason

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Herbert John Gleason
Also Known As:
Herbert Walton Gleason Jr.
Nickname(s):
The Great One
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
71
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

TV show The Honeymooners. Movies Smokey and the Bandit, The Hustler, Soldier in the Rain. Tony Award for acting in Broadway musical play Take Me Along. Television Academy Hall of Fame 1994. Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame 1994. Television Hall of Fame 1986. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6231 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.
A star at 6300 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the television industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Benny Goodman

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Benjamin David Goodman
Nickname(s):
King of Swing
Patriarch of the Clarinet
The Professor
Swing's Senior Statesman
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
77, 14 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Clarinet. Jazz and swing music. Song Sometimes I'm Happy. NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame 1983. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1957. Kennedy Center Honors 1982. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1978. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. National Radio Hall of Fame 1988. Jewish-American Hall of Fame. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2003. Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame 2005. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6101 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Merv Griffin

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Mervyn Edward Griffin Jr.
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
82
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Song I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts. Created TV game shows Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune. Composed a theme for Jeopardy. Host of his TV talk show The Merv Griffin Show. Gaming Hall of Fame 2002. Television Academy Hall of Fame 2009. Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame 2009. Television Hall of Fame 2008. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 1541 Vine Street for contributions to the television industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.
Palm Springs Walk of Stars: A star at 265 S. Palm Canyon Drive; ceremony: 15 October 1998.

Lionel Hampton

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Lionel Leo Hampton
Nickname(s):
The Gates of Swing
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
94
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Drums and vibraphone. Song Flying Home. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1986. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1987. Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame 1992. Kennedy Center Honors 1992. Kentucky Music Hall of Fame 2006. National Medal of Arts 1996. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2001. Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame 2013. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 14 June 1982.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

W.C. Handy

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
William Christopher Handy
Also Known As:
W C Handy
Nickname(s):
Father of the Blues
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
84
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Wrote song Memphis Blues, Beale St Blues, St. Louis Blues. Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame 1983. Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame 1985. Alabama Music Hall of Fame 1987. Songwriters Hall of Fame 1970. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1981. Blues Hall of Fame 2010. Memphis Music Hall of Fame 2012.

Happy Fats

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Leroy LeBlanc

Brief Facts:

Cajun dance band Happy Fats & His Rayne-Bo Ramblers from Rayne, Louisiana. Also Western swing. Segregationist recordings in the 1960s.

Phil Harris

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Wonga Philip Harris
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
91
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

husband of
Alice Faye, until he died.
Older than Alice Faye by 10 years.

Brief Facts:

Radio show The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show. Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic Hall of Fame 2010. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6508 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.
A star at 6651 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to radio.
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Palm Springs Walk of Stars: A star at 123 N. Palm Canyon Drive; ceremony: 24 June 1994.

Skitch Henderson

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Lyle Russell Cedric Henderson
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
87
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-husband of
Younger than Faye Emerson by less than 1 year.

Brief Facts:

Bandleader on TV show The Tonight Show with Steve Allen. Founder of orchestra New York Pops. In prison 4 months for tax evasion.

Woody Herman

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Woodrow Charles Thomas Herman
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
74
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Band The Herd. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1981. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1981. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6805 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Earl Hines

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Earl Kenneth Hines
Also Known As:
Earl "Fatha" Hines
Nickname(s):
Fatha
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
79
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1965. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1980. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame 2005.

Don Ho

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Donald Tai Loy Ho
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
76
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Hawaiian entertainer, famed for songs Tiny Bubbles, The Hawaiian Wedding Song. Host of TV show The Don Ho Show

Jools Holland

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Julian Miles Holland
Birth Date:
Age today:
60
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Pianist. Received an OBE in 2003 in the Queen's Birthday Honours list. Television presenter.

Pee Wee Hunt

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Walter GerhardtHunt
Nickname(s):
Pee Wee
Pee-Wee
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
72
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Big band (swing); played trombone. Song Twelfth Street Rag Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6838 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Chrissie Hynde

Gender:
Female
Real/Birth Name:
Christine Ellen Hynde
Birth Date:
Age today:
66
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Punk rock. Moved to England. Group The Pretenders. Albums Last of the Independents, Learning to Crawl. Active with PETA. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2005 as a member of The Pretenders.

Chubby Jackson

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Greig Stewart Jackson
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
84, 24 days before his 85th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Jazz double bass. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 2000.

Illinois Jacquet

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Jean Baptiste Illinois Jacquet
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
81
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Jazz tenor saxophone soloist. Famed for 80-second solo in the Lionel Hampton song Flying Home. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1985.

Harry James

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Harry Haag James
Also Known As:
The Youngest Contortionist in the World
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
67
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-husband of
Older than Betty Grable by less than 1 year.

Brief Facts:

Trumpet player. Group Music Makers. Found Frank Sinatra working as a waiter, hired him as singer for his band. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1983. Georgia Music Hall of Fame 1983. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6683 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Quincy Jones

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Quincy Delight Jones Jr.
Nickname(s):
Q
Birth Date:
Age today:
85
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Trumpeter. Producer of the Michael Jackson album Off the Wall. Composed songs Chump Change, Soul Bossa Nova. California Hall of Fame 2008. Kennedy Center Honors 2001. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1981. National Medal of Arts 2010. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2013. International Civil Rights Walk of Fame 2007. SoulMusic Hall of Fame 2013. SoulMusic Hall of Fame 2015. National Humanities Medal 2000. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 1500 Vine Street for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 14 March 1980.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Sammy Kaye

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Sammy Zarnocay Jr.
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
77
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Radio program So You Want to Lead a Band. Songs Hawaiian Sunset, Tell Me You Love Me. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1992. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6767 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.
A star at 6821 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to radio.
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A star at 6419 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the television industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

KC

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Harry Wayne Casey
Nickname(s):
K.C.
Birth Date:
Age today:
67
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Group KC and the Sunshine Band. Songs Boogie Shoes, That's the Way I Like It. Keyboardist and vocals. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 7080 Hollywood Boulevard as a member of band: KC and the Sunshine Band for contributions to the recording industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Stan Kenton

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Stanley Newcomb Kenton
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
67
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Album The Peanut Vendor. Unusual "Progressive" jazz, in a big band sound. Used unusual rhythms, like 5 or 7 beats per measure. Band Stan Kenton Orchestra. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1954. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1982. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6340 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Pee Wee King

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Julius Frank Anthony Kuczynski
Also Known As:
Frank "Pee Wee" King
Nickname(s):
Pee Wee
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
86, 18 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Grand Ole Opry. In the Gene Autry movie Gold Mine in the Sky. Wrote song Tennessee Waltz with Redd Stewart, chosen by Tennessee in 1965 as the state song - sung by Patti Page. Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame 1970. Country Music Hall of Fame 1974. Songwriters Hall of Fame 1970. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 1715 Vine Street for contributions to the recording industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

King Curtis

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Curtis Ousley
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
37
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Tenor sax solo on song Yakety-Yak for the group The Coasters. Also song Charlie Brown. Stabbed to death. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2000. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1987 as a member of The Coasters.
The Vocal Group Hall of Fame 1999 as a member of The Coasters.

Kay Kyser

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
James King Kern Kyser
Nickname(s):
The Ol' Perfessor
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
80
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Band The Kay Kyser Band in the 1930s. North Carolina Music Hall of Fame 1999. National Radio Hall of Fame 1990. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 1708 Vine Street for contributions to the recording industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.
A star at 1601 Vine Street for contributions to radio.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Guy Lombardo

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Gaetano Albert Lombardo
Nickname(s):
Mr. New Year's Eve
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
75
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Trombone player. Theme song Auld Lang Syne. Canada's Walk of Fame 2002. Long Island Music Hall of Fame. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1992. Gennett Records Walk of Fame 2008. Canadian Music Hall of Fame 1978. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6666 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.
A star at 6677 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to radio.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.
A star at 6363 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the television industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Isidro Lopez

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Isidro Manuel Lopez
Nickname(s):
El Indio
Father of Tejano Music
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Considered the father of Chicano/Tejano music. Tejano Hall of Fame. Album Isidro Lopez 15 Original Hits. Alto saxophone player.

Ted Mack

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
William Edward Maguiness
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
72
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

TV show and radio program The Original Amateur Hour Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6300 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the television industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Wingy Manone

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Joseph Matthews Manone
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
82
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Name pronounced Mah-KNOWN. Lost an arm in a streetcar accident. Trumpet musician. Song There'll Come a Time (Wait and See)

Branford Marsalis

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Branford Marsalis
Birth Date:
Age today:
57
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Relationships:

son of
older brother of
Older than Wynton Marsalis by 1 year.

Ancestors:

Brief Facts:

Clarinet and saxophone.

Hugh Masekela

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Hugh Ramapolo Masekela
Birth Date:
Age today:
79
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-husband of
Younger than Miriam Makeba by 7 years.

Brief Facts:

Broadway musical Sarafina

Dave Matthews

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
David John Matthews
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Lead vocals for his band Dave Matthews Band. Album The Gorge. Movies Because of Winn-Dixie, Where the Red Fern Grows. Political activist.

Billy May

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
William E. May
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
87
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Song Take the A Train. Lead band The Billy May Orchestra. Trumpeter. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1988.

Jim McCartney

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
James McCartney
Nickname(s):
Jim
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
73
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

grandfather of
husband of
Mary Patricia McCartney, until her earlier death.
Older than Mary Patricia McCartney by 7 years.
father of
father of
grandfather of

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Jazz band Jim Mac Jazz Band

Jay McShann

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
James Columbus McShann
Nickname(s):
Hootie
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
90
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Big band The Jay McShann Orchestra. Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame 1989. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1985. Blues Hall of Fame 1988. Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame 1998.

Glenn Miller

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Alton Glenn Miller
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
40
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1953. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1978. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6915 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Vaughn Monroe

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Vaughn Wilton Monroe
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
61
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Songs Racing with the Moon, In the Still of the Night, In the Middle of the House, Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 1600 Vine Street for contributions to the recording industry.
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A star at 1755 Vine Street for contributions to radio.
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Jelly Roll Morton

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Ferdinand Joseph Lamothe
Also Known As:
Ferdinand Morton
Ferd Morton
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
55
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Birthday may be October 20, 1890. World War I draft registration card shows September 13, 1884. Confusion over his birth name also, may have been LaMenthe or LaMotte. Jazz pianist. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1998. Claimed he wrote songs Alabama Bound, Tiger Rag, copyrighted by others. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1963. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1982. Gennett Records Walk of Fame 2007. Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. Louisiana Blues Hall of Fame. Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame 2004.

Ozzie Nelson

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Oswald George Nelson
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
69
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

father of
grandfather of
husband of
Harriet Hilliard, until he died.
Older than Harriet Hilliard by 3 years.
grandfather of
father of
grandfather of
by adoption grandfather of
grandfather of

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Duo Ozzie & Harriet Nelson, Fibber McGee and Molly. Radio show and TV show The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet. Had a big band in the 1930s. Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame 2013. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6555 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the television industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.
Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 1500 Vine Street for involvement with group group: Fibber McGee and Molly for contributions to radio; ceremony: 21 December 1983.
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A star at 1500 Vine Street for involvement with group group: Fibber McGee and Molly for contributions to radio; ceremony: 21 December 1983.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.
Anaheim / Orange County Walk of Stars: A star for involvement with show show: Ozzie & Harriet Nelson for Show Business fame.
Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6260 Hollywood Boulevard for involvement with show show: Ozzie & Harriet Nelson for contributions to radio.
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Tommy Newsom

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Thomas Penn Newsom
Nickname(s):
Mr. Excitement
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
78
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Album Live from Beautiful Downtown Burbank. Saxophonist and backup bandleader for Johnny Carson. Music arranger. Won two Tony Awards as a musical director.

Red Nichols

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Ernest Loring Nichols
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
60
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21

Brief Facts:

Cornet player. Leader of band Red Nichols and His Five Pennies. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1986.

King Oliver

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Joseph Nathan Oliver
Also Known As:
Joe Oliver
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
52, 31 days before his 53rd birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Jazz cornetist. Pioneered use of mutes in jazz. Taught Louis Armstrong. Songs Dippermouth Blues, Sweet Like This, Canal Street Blues, Doctor Jazz, Snag It. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1984. Gennett Records Walk of Fame 2007. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1984.

Johnny Otis

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Ioannis Alexandres Veliotes
Also Known As:
John Veliotis
Johnny Otis Show
Nickname(s):
Godfather of Rhythm and Blues
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
90, 20 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Greek ancestry. Book Listen to the Lambs. Songs Willie and the Hand Jive, Harlem Nocturne, Every Beat of My Heart, Double Crossing Blues. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1994. Blues Hall of Fame 2000. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2017.

John Pizzarelli

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
John Paul Pizzarelli Jr.
Birth Date:
Age today:
58
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Ancestors:

Brief Facts:

Guitarist. Book World on a String. Album Meets the Beatles

Louis Prima

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Louis Prima
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
67
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-husband of
Older than Keely Smith by 21 years.

Brief Facts:

Name pronounced "Loo-ee Pree-ma." Song That Old Black Magic. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1993. Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 1615 Vine Street for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 25 July 2010.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Tito Puente

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Ernest Anthony Puente Jr.
Nickname(s):
El Rey
The King of Mambo
The King of Latin Music
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
77
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Album Dance Mania. Guitar Center RockWalk 2000. International Latin Music Hall of Fame 1990. National Medal of Arts 1997. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1995. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2001. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6933 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 14 August 1990.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Questlove

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Ahmir Khalib Thompson
Also Known As:
?uestlove
BROther ?uestion
Questo
Brother Question
Birth Date:
Age today:
47
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Drummer. Group The Roots. Albums things fall apart, The Roots Come Alive. TV show Late Night with Jimmy Fallon as the house band. Philadelphia Music Alliance Walk of Fame 2015 as a member of The Roots.

Alvino Rey

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Alvin Henry McBurney
Nickname(s):
Father of the pedal steel guitar
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
95
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

husband of
Luise King, until her earlier death.
Older than Luise King by 5 years.
uncle of

Brief Facts:

Swing music, big band leader, pedal steel guitarist. Steel Guitar Hall of Fame 1978.

Nelson Riddle

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Nelson Smock Riddle Jr.
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
64
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

TV show The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6724 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Buddy Rogers

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Charles Edward Rogers
Also Known As:
Charles "Buddy" Rogers
Nickname(s):
America's Boyfriend
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
94
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

husband of
Mary Pickford, until her earlier death.
Younger than Mary Pickford by 12 years.

Brief Facts:

Movie Wings. Trombonist. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6135 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the motion picture industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.
Palm Springs Walk of Stars: A star at 123 N. Palm Canyon Drive; ceremony: 26 November 1993.

Raymond Scott

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Harry Warnow
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
85
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Wrote song Powerhouse which was used in many cartoons. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1994.

Paul Shaffer

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Paul Allen Wood Shaffer
Birth Date:
Age today:
68
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Last name pronounced Shay-fer. Known for TV show Late Night with David Letterman. TV show A Year at the Top. Also musical director and producer at induction ceremonies for the Rock and Roll hall. Canada's Walk of Fame 2006. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2002.

Artie Shaw

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Arthur Jacob Arshawsky
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
94
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-husband of
Older than Ava Gardner by 12 years.
ex-husband of
ex-husband of
Older than Evelyn Keyes by 6 years.
ex-husband of
Older than Lana Turner by 10 years.

Brief Facts:

Clarinetist. Swing and jazz. Songs Star Dust, Monnglow, Dancing in the Dark, Begin the Beguine. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1996. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1990. Gennett Records Walk of Fame 2009. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 1709 Vine Street for contributions to the recording industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Tony Snow

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Robert Anthony Snow
Nickname(s):
Tony
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
53
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Former press secretary for George W. Bush. Conservative radio commentator, show The Tony Snow Show. Host on Fox TV show Fox News Sunday. His own band Beats Jammin'. Died of cancer.

Deuce Spriggins

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
George R. Braunsdorf

Relationships:

Brief Facts:

Movie Wabash Cannon Ball

Jesse Stone

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Jesse Stone
Also Known As:
Charles E. Calhoun
Chuck Calhoun
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
97
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Songs Money Honey, Shake, Rattle and Roll, Don't Let Go. Credited with creating the bass line for early rock and roll music. Songwriters Hall of Fame 2010. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2010.

Sun Ra

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Herman Poole Blount
Also Known As:
Le Sony'r Ra
Nickname(s):
Sonny
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
79, 8 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Also a philosopher. Claimed to be from Saturn at one point. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1984. Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame 1979. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1987.

Thelma Terry

Gender:
Female
Real/Birth Name:
Thelma Combes

Billy Tipton

Gender:
Male (changed from) Female
Real/Birth Name:
Dorothy Lucille Tipton
Also Known As:
Billy Lee Tipton
Nickname(s):
Tippy
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
74, 23 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Notable for the discovery, after his death, that he was born biologically female. Hid gender from female partners and others, including adopted family.

Bobby Troup

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Robert William Troup Jr.
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
80
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

husband of
Julie London, until he died.
Older than Julie London by 8 years.

Brief Facts:

TV show Emergency! with wife Julie London. Wrote song Route 66. Cruisin' Hall of Fame 1995.

Ike Turner

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Ike Wister Turner
Also Known As:
Izear Luster Turner Jr.
Nickname(s):
Father of Rock 'n' Roll
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
76
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-husband of
Older than Tina Turner by 8 years.

Brief Facts:

Group Ike & Tina Turner. Songs It's Gonna Work Out Fine, River Deep - Mountain High, I Want to Take You Higher, Proud Mary, Nutbush City Limits. Death ruled a drug overdose on cocaine. Blues Hall of Fame 2005. Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame. Guitar Center RockWalk 2005. International Guitar Hall of Fame. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2015. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1991 as a member of Ike & Tina Turner.
St. Louis Walk of Fame: A star at 6659 Delmar Boulevard.

Rudy Vallee

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Hubert Prior Vallée
Also Known As:
Rudy Vallée
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
84, 25 days before his 85th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-husband of
Older than Jane Greer by 23 years.

Brief Facts:

Movies The Batchelor and the Bobby-Soxer, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying. Famed for the song Whiffenpoof Song. Popular singer in the 1930s. National Broadcasters Hall of Fame 1978. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 1632 Vine Street for contributions to radio.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.
Palm Springs Walk of Stars: A star at 123 N. Palm Canyon Drive; ceremony: 13 January 1995.

Johnny Ventura

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Juan de Dios Ventura Soriano
Birth Date:
Age today:
78
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Merengue music. International Latin Music Hall of Fame 1999.

Fred Waring

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Fredrick Malcolm Waring
Nickname(s):
America's Singing Master
The Man Who Taught America How to Sing
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
84
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Songs Button Up Your Overcoat, Dancing in the Dark. Financial backer for the Waring blender. Congressional Gold Medal 1982. National Broadcasters Hall of Fame 1981. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6300 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry.
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A star at 6556 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to radio.
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A star at 1751 Vine Street for contributions to the television industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.
Palm Springs Walk of Stars: A star at 123 N. Palm Canyon Drive; ceremony: 11 April 1997.

Ted Weems

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Wilfred Theodore Weymes
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
61
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Songs Piccolo Pete, Heartaches. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 2003. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 1680 Vine Street for contributions to the recording industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Lawrence Welk

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Lawrence Welk
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
89
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

TV show The Lawrence Welk Show. Born in a German-speaking community, which was the origin of his accent. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1989. Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame. Gennett Records Walk of Fame 2007. South Dakota Hall of Fame 1978. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6613 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.
A star at 1601 Vine Street for contributions to the television industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Maurice White

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Maurice White
Nickname(s):
Reese
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
74
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

older brother of
Older than Verdine White by 9 years.

Brief Facts:

Founder of group Earth, Wind & Fire. Soul, gospel, jazz, pop, R&B and funk. SoulMusic Hall of Fame 2014. Memphis Music Hall of Fame 2017. Guitar Center RockWalk 2003 as a member of Earth, Wind & Fire.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2000 as a member of Earth, Wind & Fire.
Songwriters Hall of Fame 2010 as a member of Earth, Wind & Fire.
The Vocal Group Hall of Fame 2003 as a member of Earth, Wind & Fire.
Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 7080 Hollywood Boulevard as a member of band: Earth, Wind & Fire for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 14 September 1995.
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A star at 7080 Hollywood Boulevard as a member of band: Earth, Wind & Fire for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 14 September 1995.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Bob Wills

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
James Robert Wills
Nickname(s):
The King of Western Swing
Jim Rob
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
70
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Western swing band The Texas Playboys. Songs San Antonio Rose, Faded Love. Country Music Hall of Fame 1968. Texas Country Music Hall of Fame 2000. Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame 1970. West Texas Walk of Fame 1990. Texas Trail of Fame 1998. Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame 2001 as a member of The Texas Playboys.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1999 as a member of The Texas Playboys.
Western Music Association Hall of Fame 1995 as a member of The Texas Playboys.

Kai Winding

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Kai Cresten Winding
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
60, 12 days before his 61st birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21

Brief Facts:

Danish-born jazz trombone player. Pronounced "Keye Winn-Ding." Song More from the movie Mondo Cane

Hugo Winterhalter

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Hugo Winterhalter
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
64, 33 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Arranged song Stardust. Songs Blue Christmas, The Third Man Theme, My Foolish Heart, Blue Tango Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 1600 Vine Street for contributions to the recording industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.
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