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Jazz musician or singer

Cannonball Adderley

Real/Birth Name:
Julian Edwin Adderley
Nickname(s):
Cannonball
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
46
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1975. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1985.

Red Allen (jazz)

Real/Birth Name:
Henry James Allen
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
61
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Trumpet musician. Credited wih the style later used by Louis Armstrong. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1995.

Ameriie

Real/Birth Name:
Amerie Mi Marie Rogers
Also Known As:
Amerie
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
40
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Songs 1 Thing, Why Don't We Fall in Love. Albums All I Have, Because I Love It. Graduated from college in 2000.

Louis Armstrong

Real/Birth Name:
Louis Daniel Armstrong
Nickname(s):
Satchmo
Gender:
Male
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.

Lovie Austin

Real/Birth Name:
Cora Calhoun
Gender:
Female
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.

Pearl Bailey

Real/Birth Name:
Pearly Mae Bailey
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
72
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Movie St. Louis Blues. Philadelphia Music Alliance Walk of Fame 1987. Theater Hall of Fame. Presidential Medal of Freedom 1988. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 7080 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 1 February 1994.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Philip Bailey

Real/Birth Name:
Philip Irvin Bailey
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
67
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Group Earth, Wind & Fire. Soul, gospel, jazz, pop, R&B and funk vocalist, uses falsetto range. SoulMusic Hall of Fame 2015. 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.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.
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.

Count Basie

Real/Birth Name:
William Allen Basie
Gender:
Male
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.

Bix Beiderbecke

Real/Birth Name:
Leon Bismark Beiderbecke
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
28
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Cornetist, pianist. Songs Georgia on My Mind, Singin' the Blues. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1979. Gennett Records Walk of Fame 2007. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1979. Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame 2004.

Robert Bell

Real/Birth Name:
Robert Earl Bell
Also Known As:
Kool
Muhammad Bayyan
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
67, 14 days before his 68th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Relationships:

older brother of
Older than Ronald Bell by 1 year.

Brief Facts:

Group Kool & the Gang. Songs Hollywood Swinging, Jungle Boogie, Boardmeeting Boys and Girls Clubs Alumni Hall of Fame as a member of Kool & the Gang.
SoulMusic Hall of Fame 2015 as a member of Kool & the Gang.
The Vocal Group Hall of Fame 2007 as a member of Kool & the Gang.
Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 7065 Hollywood Boulevard as a member of band: Kool & the Gang for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 8 October 2015.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.
A star at 7065 Hollywood Boulevard as a member of band: Kool & the Gang for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 8 October 2015.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Ronald Bell

Real/Birth Name:
Ronald Nathan Bell
Also Known As:
Khalis Bayan
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
66
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

younger brother of
Younger than Robert Bell by 1 year.

Brief Facts:

Saxophonist and vocalist. Group Kool & The Gang. Songs Hollywood Swinging, Jungle Boogie, Boardmeeting Boys and Girls Clubs Alumni Hall of Fame as a member of Kool & The Gang.
SoulMusic Hall of Fame 2015 as a member of Kool & The Gang.
The Vocal Group Hall of Fame 2007 as a member of Kool & The Gang.
Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 7065 Hollywood Boulevard as a member of band: Kool & the Gang for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 8 October 2015.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.
A star at 7065 Hollywood Boulevard as a member of band: Kool & the Gang for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 8 October 2015.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Tony Bennett

Real/Birth Name:
Anthony Dominick Benedetto
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
92
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Song I Left My Heart in San Francisco. Album Duets: An American Classic. A respected painter. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1997. Long Island Music Hall of Fame. Kennedy Center Honors 2005. Hit Parade Hall of Fame 2007. New Jersey Hall of Fame 2011. International Civil Rights Walk of Fame 2007. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2001. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 1560 Vine Street for contributions to the recording industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Laura Betti

Real/Birth Name:
Maura Trombetti
Gender:
Female

Brief Facts:

Italian. Movies La Dolce Vita, Last Tango in Paris

Bilal

Real/Birth Name:
Bilal Sayeed Oliver
Also Known As:
Bilal Oliver
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
39, 34 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Records with rappers. Album 1st Born Second. Movie The Fighting Temptations. A neo-soul singer.

Eubie Blake

Real/Birth Name:
James Hubert Blake
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
96, 5 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Pianist. Revue Shuffle Along. Songs I'm Just Wild About Harry, Love Will Find a Way. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1983. Presidential Medal of Freedom 1981. Theater Hall of Fame 1995.

Willie Bobo

Real/Birth Name:
William Correa
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
49
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20

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Descendants:

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Jazz percussionist. Latin jazz.

Buddy Boudreaux

Real/Birth Name:
John Landry Boudreaux
Gender:
Male
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.

Cindy Breakspeare

Real/Birth Name:
Cindy Jean Cameron Breakspeare
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
63, 30 days before her 64th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
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Winner, 1976 Miss World.

Lou Breese

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

Brief Facts:

Banjo player.

Dee Dee Bridgewater

Real/Birth Name:
Denise Garrett
Gender:
Female

Relationships:

Brief Facts:

Moved to France 1986. Broadway musical play The Wiz in role of Glinda the Good Witch - earned a Tony Award. Movies The Wiz, The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh, The Brother from Another Planet

Dave Brubeck

Real/Birth Name:
David Warren Brubeck
Gender:
Male
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.

Michael Bublé

Real/Birth Name:
Michael Steven Bublé
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
43, 15 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Name pronounced "boo-BLAY." Swing/jazz music style, resembling style of Frank Sinatra. Albums Michael Bublé, It's Time, Call me Irresponsible. Songs Home, Let It Snow. Canada's Walk of Fame 2015.

Lou Busch

Real/Birth Name:
Louis Ferdinand Bush
Also Known As:
Joe "Fingers" Carr
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
69
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-husband of
Older than Janet Blair by 10 years.
ex-husband of
Older than Margaret Whiting by 14 years.

Brief Facts:

Pianist. Ragtime music. Added the C in his name later. Died from injuries in a car crash.

Butterfly

Real/Birth Name:
Ishmael Butler
Gender:
Male

Brief Facts:

Group Digable Planets. Song Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)

Billy Byrd

Real/Birth Name:
William Lewis Byrd
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
81
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Steel guitar. Session musician. Many years with Ernest Tubb in his band The Texas Troubadours

Wendy Carlos

Real/Birth Name:
Walter Carlos
Also Known As:
W Carlos
Gender:
Female (changed from) Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
78
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Moog sythesizer musician. Albums Switched-On Bach, The Well-Tempered Synthesizer featuring adapted music by Bach. Music for movies A Clockwork Orange, Tron. In May 1972 had sex reassignment surgery.

Curly Chalker

Real/Birth Name:
Harold Lee Chalker
Nickname(s):
The King of Chords
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
66
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Pedal steel guitarist. TV show Hee Haw. Steel Guitar Hall of Fame 1985. International Guitar Hall of Fame.

Jim Chapin

Real/Birth Name:
James Forbes Chapin
Gender:
Male

Relationships:

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Jazz drummer. Wrote book Advanced Techniques for the Modern Drummer

Teddy Charles

Real/Birth Name:
Theodore Charles Cohen
Also Known As:
Teddy Cohen
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
84, 3 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Instruments: vibraphone, piano, and drums. In 1951 he changed his last name to Charles. Long Island Music Hall of Fame 2010.

Don Cherry

Real/Birth Name:
Donald Eugene Cherry
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
58, 30 days before his 59th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
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Jazz cornetist. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1995.

Chrisette Michele

Real/Birth Name:
Chrisette Michele Payne
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
35
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

R&B and jazz singer. Album I Am, song Your Joy on iTunes.

Charlie Christian

Real/Birth Name:
Charles Christian
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
25
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Jazz and swing guitarist. Performed with Benny Goodman. Died young, of tuberculosis. Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame 1989. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1981. Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame 2002. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1990. International Guitar Hall of Fame. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1981. Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame 2007.

June Christy

Real/Birth Name:
Shirley Luster
Also Known As:
Sharon Leslie
Gender:
Female

Brief Facts:

Song How High the Moon. With group Stan Kenton Orchestra for a while.

Cozy Cole

Real/Birth Name:
William Randolph Cole
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
71
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Jazz (swing) drummer who had a #1 hit with the album Topsy Part 2

Cy Coleman

Real/Birth Name:
Seymour Kaufman
Gender:
Male

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.

John Coltrane

Real/Birth Name:
John William Coltrane
Nickname(s):
Trane
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
40
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Jazz saxophonist. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1980. Long Island Music Hall of Fame. North Carolina Music Hall of Fame 2009. Philadelphia Music Alliance Walk of Fame 1987. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1980. Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame 2004.

Gene Conners

Real/Birth Name:
Gene Conner
Also Known As:
Gene Connors
Nickname(s):
The Mighty Flea
Gender:
Male
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:

Jazz trombonist. Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame 2008.

Harry Connick Jr.

Real/Birth Name:
Joseph Harry Fowler Connick Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
51, 13 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Movies Independence Day, Hope Floats. TV series Will & Grace. Broadway musical Pajama Game. Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame 2011.

Chick Corea

Real/Birth Name:
Armando Anthony Corea
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
77
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Pianist. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 2010.

Scatman Crothers

Real/Birth Name:
Benjamin Sherman Crothers
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
76
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

TV show Chico and the Man. Known for "scat" (wordless) singing. Movies The King of Marvin Gardens, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The Shining. Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame 1987. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the television industry; ceremony: 8 April 1981.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Charlie Daniels

Real/Birth Name:
Charles Edward Daniels
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
81, 34 days before his 82nd birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Grand Ole Opry. Vocalist, fiddler, guitarist. Songs The Devil Went Down to Georgia, In America. Music City Walk of Fame 2009. North Carolina Music Hall of Fame 1999. Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum 2009. Country Music Hall of Fame 2016.

Olu Dara

Real/Birth Name:
Charles Jones
Also Known As:
Yoruba Olu Dara
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
77
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20

Relationships:

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Leading jazz trumpet and cornet player. Album In the World: From Natchez to New York. Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame.

Miles Davis

Real/Birth Name:
Miles Dewey Davis III
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
65
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-husband of
Older than Cicely Tyson by 7 years.

Brief Facts:

Trumpeter. Album Bitches Brew. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2006. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1962. Guitar Center RockWalk 2006. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1976. French Legion of Honor. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame 2004. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 7060 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 19 February 1998.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.
St. Louis Walk of Fame: A star at 6314 Delmar Boulevard.

Wild Bill Davis

Real/Birth Name:
William Strethen Davis
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
76
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Jazz pianist, organist, and arranger.

Andra Day

Real/Birth Name:
Cassandra Monique Batie
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
33
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Album Cheers to the Fall

Blossom Dearie

Real/Birth Name:
Margrete Blossom Dearie
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
84
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Cabaret singer and pianist. Member of group Blue Flames

Baby Dodds

Real/Birth Name:
Warren Dodds
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
60
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Drummer. Last name pronounced "dots." Also played Dixieland music. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 2010. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1991.

Doodlebug

Real/Birth Name:
Craig Irving
Also Known As:
C Knowledge
Cee Knowledge
C-Knowledge
Knowledge
Gender:
Male
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Group Digable Planets added a "jazz rap" style. Song Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)

Dwele

Real/Birth Name:
Andwele Gardner
Gender:
Male

Brief Facts:

Detroit. Album Subject. Songs Find a Way, I Think I Love U

Snooks Eaglin

Real/Birth Name:
Fird Eaglin Jr.
Also Known As:
Blind Snooks Eaglin
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
73, 28 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19

Brief Facts:

Blind guitarist. New Orleans R&B and jazz. Known for unusual and excellent picking. Louisiana Blues Hall of Fame.

Kyle Eastwood

Real/Birth Name:
Kyle Clinton Eastwood
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
50
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Movies Jersey Boys, Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino, Mystic River

Billy Eckstine

Real/Birth Name:
William Clarence Eckstein
Nickname(s):
Mr. B.
Gender:
Male
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.

Ahmet Ertegun

Real/Birth Name:
Ahmet Ertegün
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
83
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

younger brother of
Younger than Nesuhi Ertegun by 5 years.

Brief Facts:

Co-founder and president of Atlantic Records. Died some time after he fell and hit his hrad. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2017. International Best-Dressed Hall of Fame List 1986. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1987.

Bill Evans

Real/Birth Name:
William John Evans
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
51, 30 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Pianist. Song Waltz for Debby. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1982. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1982. Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame 2010.

Marianne Faithfull

Real/Birth Name:
Marian Evelyn Faithfull
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
71
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Movie The Girl on a Motorcycle. Album Easy Come, Easy Go. Song As Tears Go By. London theatre.

Ella Fitzgerald

Real/Birth Name:
Ella Jane Fitzgerald
Nickname(s):
Lady Ella
Queen of Scat
First Lady of Song
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
59
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Won 13 Grammy Awards, and was awarded the National Medal of Art by Ronald Reagan. Presidential Medal of Freedom 1992. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1979. National Women's Hall of Fame 1995. Kennedy Center Honors 1979. Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame 1984. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1978. Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame 1997. National Medal of Arts 1987. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2001. Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame 2005. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6738 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Mary Ford

Real/Birth Name:
Iris Colleen Summers
Also Known As:
Colleen Hatfield
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
53
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-wife of
Younger than Les Paul by 9 years.

Brief Facts:

Name was picked out of a phone book. Singer and rhythm guitarist with husband Les Paul accompanying on guitar. Duo Les Paul and Mary Ford. Songs How High the Moon, Vaya Con Dios, Mockingbird Hill, Bye Bye, Blues, I'm Sitting on Top of the World. Grammy Hall of Fame. Hit Parade Hall of Fame 2009. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 1541 Vine Street for involvement with group group: Les Paul and Mary Ford for contributions to the recording industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Pete Fountain

Real/Birth Name:
Pierre Dewey LaFontaine Jr
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
86, 34 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Clarinetist. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1997. Delta Music Museum Hall of Fame 2008. Louisiana Music Hall of Fame 2007.

Aretha Franklin

Real/Birth Name:
Aretha Louise Franklin
Nickname(s):
The Queen of Soul
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
76
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Songs Respect, (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, I Say a Little Prayer. Movie The Blues Brothers. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1987. UK Music Hall of Fame 2005. Kennedy Center Honors 1994. Hit Parade Hall of Fame 2007. Presidential Medal of Freedom 2005. National Medal of Arts 1999. Michigan Women's Hall of Fame 2001. GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame 2012. SoulMusic Hall of Fame 2012. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2015. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6920 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 13 June 1979.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Nnenna Frelon

Real/Birth Name:
Nnenna Pierce
Gender:
Female

Brief Facts:

First name is a Nigerian word meaning "First Daughter". American woman, career began after marriage and 3 children. Movie What Women Want. Albums Blueprint of a Lady: Sketches of Billie Holiday, Soulcall

Erroll Garner

Real/Birth Name:
Erroll Louis Garner
Gender:
Male
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:

Pianist. Song Misty. some source born 1921. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1993. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1993. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6363 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

J. Geils

Real/Birth Name:
John Warren Geils Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
71
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Group The J. Geils Band. Album Freeze-Frame. Song Centerfold. Guitar. International Guitar Hall of Fame.

Stan Getz

Real/Birth Name:
Stanley Gayetzki
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
64
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1986. Philadelphia Music Alliance Walk of Fame 1988. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1983. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame.

Dizzy Gillespie

Real/Birth Name:
John Birks Gillespie
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
75
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Trumpet player - his trumpet had a bent tube and the bell pointed upward. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1960. Kennedy Center Honors 1990. Philadelphia Music Alliance Walk of Fame 1987. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1982. Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame 1993. National Medal of Arts 1989. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. South Carolina Hall of Fame 1985. Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame 2004. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 7057 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 20 October 1995.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Benny Goodman

Real/Birth Name:
Benjamin David Goodman
Nickname(s):
King of Swing
Patriarch of the Clarinet
The Professor
Swing's Senior Statesman
Gender:
Male
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.

Gogi Grant

Real/Birth Name:
Myrtle Audrey Arinsberg
Also Known As:
Audrey Brown
Audrey Grant
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
91
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Song The Wayward Wind. Also dubbed vocals for Ann Blyth in movie The Helen Morgan Story

Urbie Green

Real/Birth Name:
Urban Clifford Green
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
92
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Trombonist. Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame 1995.

Vince Guaraldi

Real/Birth Name:
Vincent Anthony Dellaglio
Also Known As:
Vincent Anthony Guaraldi
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
47
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Name changed when his stepfather adopted him. Composed song Linus and Lucy and other music for the animated Peanuts movies.

Shafi Hadi

Real/Birth Name:
Curtis Porter
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
89, 3 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Saxophone.

Jim Hall (jazz)

Real/Birth Name:
James Stanley Hall
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
83, 6 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Jazz guitarist. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 2003. International Guitar Hall of Fame.

Lionel Hampton

Real/Birth Name:
Lionel Leo Hampton
Nickname(s):
The Gates of Swing
Gender:
Male
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.

Slide Hampton

Real/Birth Name:
Locksley Wellington Hampton
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
86
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Trombonist. Grammy winner 2005 as arranger for album The Way - Music of Slide Hampton, song Past Present & Future. Named a Jazz Master 2006.

Herbie Hancock

Real/Birth Name:
Herbert Jeffrey Hancock
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
78
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Jazz pianist. Multiple Grammy awards. Album The Essential Herbie Hancock. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 2005. Guitar Center RockWalk 2003. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1993. Kennedy Center Honors 2013. SoulMusic Hall of Fame 2014. Movie Valerian and the Ciry of a Thousand Planets Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 7057 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 8 September 1994.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Coleman Hawkins

Real/Birth Name:
Coleman Randolph Hawkins
Nickname(s):
Hawk
Bean
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
64
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Tenor saxophonist. Associated with swing music and big band, had a role in the development of bebop in the 1940s. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1982. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1982. Gennett Records Walk of Fame 2008. Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame 2004.

Fletcher Henderson

Real/Birth Name:
James Fletcher Hamilton Henderson Jr.
Nickname(s):
Architect of Swing
Smack
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
55, 11 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Important in the development of big band jazz and swing music. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1979. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1979. Gennett Records Walk of Fame 2008. Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame 2014.

Woody Herman

Real/Birth Name:
Woodrow Charles Thomas Herman
Gender:
Male
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

Real/Birth Name:
Earl Kenneth Hines
Also Known As:
Earl "Fatha" Hines
Nickname(s):
Fatha
Gender:
Male
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.

Al Hirt

Real/Birth Name:
Alois Maxwell Hirt
Nickname(s):
Jumbo
The Round Mound of Sound
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
76
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Trumpet player. New Orleans Jazz. Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.

Billie Holiday

Real/Birth Name:
Eleanora Fagan
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
44
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2000. Blues Hall of Fame 1991. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1961. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1979. National Women's Hall of Fame 2011. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2002. Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame 2004. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2017. Philadelphia Music Alliance Walk of Fame 2015. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 1540 Vine Street for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 7 April 1986.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Lena Horne

Real/Birth Name:
Lena Calhoun Horne
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
92
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Movie Stormy Weather. Kennedy Center Honors 1984. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1991. Georgia Music Hall of Fame 1991. International Best-Dressed Hall of Fame List 1983. International Civil Rights Walk of Fame 2006. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2003. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6282 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the motion picture industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.
A star at 6250 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Pee Wee Hunt

Real/Birth Name:
Walter GerhardtHunt
Nickname(s):
Pee Wee
Pee-Wee
Gender:
Male
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.

Chubby Jackson

Real/Birth Name:
Greig Stewart Jackson
Gender:
Male
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

Real/Birth Name:
Jean Baptiste Illinois Jacquet
Gender:
Male
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.

Etta James

Real/Birth Name:
Jamesetta Hawkins
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
73, 5 days before her 74th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Songs At Last, Dance with Me, Henry. The latter is a variant of song Work with Me, Annie by Hank Ballard. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1993. Blues Hall of Fame 2001. Grammy Hall of Fame 1993. Rockabilly Hall of Fame. SoulMusic Hall of Fame 2014. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 7080 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 18 April 2003.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Al Jarreau

Real/Birth Name:
Alwin Lopez Jarreau
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
76, 28 days before his 77th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Album Breakin' Away. Songs We're in This Love Together, We Are the World. Broadway musical play Grease. SoulMusic Hall of Fame 2012. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 7083 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 6 March 2001.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Herb Jeffries

Real/Birth Name:
Umberto Alexander Valentino
Also Known As:
Herb Jeffrey
Herbert Jeffrey
Umberto Alejandro Ballentino
Nickname(s):
The Bronze Buckaroo
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
100
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-husband of
Older than Tempest Storm by 14 years.

Brief Facts:

Itallian/Irish/one quarter Ethiopian. Singng cowboy in films made for black audiences. Movies Harlem on the Prairie, The Bronze Buckaroo, Calypso Joe. Album The Bronze Buckaroo (Rides Again). Member of the group Duke Ellington Orchestra. Songs Flamingo, In My Solitude, I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good, When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano, Basin Street Blues. Hall of Great Western Performers 2004. Western Music Association Hall of Fame 1997. Texas Trail of Fame 2001. National Broadcasters Hall of Fame 1995. Santa Clarita Walk of Western Stars 2001. Palm Springs Walk of Stars: A star at 255 S. Palm Canyon Drive; ceremony: 20 November 1998.

Young Jessie

Real/Birth Name:
Obediah Donnell Jessie
Also Known As:
Obie Jessie
Nickname(s):
Obie
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
81
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Song Mary Lou. Harmony on song Searchin' with group The Coasters

Jessy J

Real/Birth Name:
Jessica Arellano
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
35
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Jazz saxophonist. Album and song Tequila Moon

J.J. Johnson

Real/Birth Name:
James Louis Johnson
Also Known As:
J. J. Johnson
Jay Jay Johnson
Nickname(s):
Jay
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
77, 13 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Trombonist. Scored TV series Starsky & Hutch, Mike Hammer, The Six Million Dollar Man. Suicide by gunshot. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1988. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1988.

Johnnie Johnson

Real/Birth Name:
Johnnie Clyde Johnson
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
80
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Jazz pianist. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2001. West Virginia Music Hall of Fame 2007. St. Louis Walk of Fame: A star at 6628 Delmar Boulevard.

Lonnie Johnson

Real/Birth Name:
Alonzo Johnson
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
71
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Guitar and violin. Died months after a car struck him. Blues Hall of Fame 1990. Gennett Records Walk of Fame 2010. International Guitar Hall of Fame. Louisiana Blues Hall of Fame.

Jo Jones

Real/Birth Name:
Jonathan David Samuel Jones
Also Known As:
Papa Jo Jones
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
73, 34 days before his 74th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Jazz drummer. Pioneered use of brushes. Movie Jamminn' the Blues. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1990. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1979. Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame 1990.

Philly Joe Jones

Real/Birth Name:
Joseph Rudolph Jones
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
62
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Drummer. Member of band Miles Davis Quintet. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 2010. Philadelphia Music Alliance Walk of Fame 1996.

Louis Jordan

Real/Birth Name:
Louis Thomas Jordan
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
66
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1987. Blues Hall of Fame 1983. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1998. Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame 1998. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2017.

Stan Kenton

Real/Birth Name:
Stanley Newcomb Kenton
Gender:
Male
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.

Jack Kevorkian

Real/Birth Name:
Jacob Kevorkian
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
83, 8 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Pathologist who supported right-to-die efforts. Convicted of second-degree homicide. A pathologist. Painted with oil. Composed music.

Bobby Keys

Real/Birth Name:
Robert Henry Keys
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
70, 16 days before his 71st birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Saxophonist. Member of band The Rolling Stones. Song Brown Sugar. Movie Mad Dogs & Englishmen. West Texas Walk of Fame 1984.

DJ Kilmore

Real/Birth Name:
Chris Kilmore
Gender:
Male

Brief Facts:

Took over turntable in band Incubus from DJ Lyfe

Morgana King

Real/Birth Name:
Maria Grazia Morgana Messina de Berardinis
Gender:
Female

Brief Facts:

Movie The Godfather

Diana Krall

Real/Birth Name:
Diana Jean Krall
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
53
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

wife of
Younger than Elvis Costello by 10 years.

Brief Facts:

Pianist and vocalist. Grammy award winner. Albums Stepping Out, Only Trust Your Heart, Love Scenes, The Girl in the Other Room. Movie Public Enemies. Active in benefits for multiple myeloma disease. Canada's Walk of Fame 2004.

Gene Krupa

Real/Birth Name:
Eugene Bertram Krupa
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
64
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Drummer. Modern Drummer Hall of Fame 1978. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1983. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1972. Guitar Center RockWalk 1991. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2004.

Lady Gaga

Real/Birth Name:
Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta
Also Known As:
Lady GaGa
Jo Calderone
Gaga
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
32
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Electronica and dance/pop music. Album The Fame. Song Just Dance, Born This Way. Known for unusual style or fashion. Also a burlesque dancer at one time. 2011 AP Entertainer of the Year. Activist for tolerance and anti-bullying causes.

Ladybug Mecca

Real/Birth Name:
Mary Ann Vierra
Also Known As:
Ladybug
Gender:
Female
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Brazilian-American. Group Digable Planets. Song Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)

Scrappy Lambert

Real/Birth Name:
Harold Lambert
Also Known As:
Gordon Wallace
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
86
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Dance band vocalist who appeared on hundreds of recordings from the 1920s to the 1940s. Song Cheerio, Cherry Lips, Cheerio used on the radio show Dr. Demento as the closing theme, recorded under the name Gordon Wallace.

Storm Large

Real/Birth Name:
Susan Storm Large
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
49
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Groups The Balls, Pink Martini. TV show Rock Star: Supernova Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame 2014 as a member of Pink Martini.

Bettye LaVette

Real/Birth Name:
Betty Haskins
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
72
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Soul singer, with elements of other styles. Strong tremolo in the voice. Song Let Me Down Easy. SoulMusic Hall of Fame 2014. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2016.

Ledisi

Real/Birth Name:
Ledisi Anibade Young
Also Known As:
Ledisi Young
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
46
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

R&B/soul singer from New Orleans. First name means "to bring forth" or "to come here" in Yoruba language. Known for scat style. Albums Feeling Orange but Sometimes Blue, Turn Me Loose, Pieces of Me. Movie Leatherheads

Peggy Lee

Real/Birth Name:
Norma Delores Egstrom
Also Known As:
Miss Peggy Lee
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
81
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Song Mañana (Is Soon Enough for Me). Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1992. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. Songwriters Hall of Fame 1999. Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame 2002. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6319 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Abbey Lincoln

Real/Birth Name:
Anna Marie Wooldridge
Also Known As:
Aminata Moseka
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
80, 8 days after her birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Movies For Love of Ivy, The Girl Can't Help It. Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame 1975.

Shorty Long

Real/Birth Name:
Frederick EarlLong
Nickname(s):
Shorty
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
29
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Motown. Songs Devil with the Blue Dress On, Chantilly Lace, Here Comes the Judge. He and a friend drowned when their boat capsized on the Detroit River in Michigan. Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame 1980.

Johnny Mandel

Real/Birth Name:
John Alfred Mandel
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
92
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Song The Shadow of Your Smile. Songwriters Hall of Fame 2010. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame.

Herbie Mann

Real/Birth Name:
Herbert Jay Solomon
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
73
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20

Brief Facts:

Jazz flutist.

Branford Marsalis

Real/Birth Name:
Branford Marsalis
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
58, 29 days after his birthday
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.

Ellis Marsalis

Real/Birth Name:
Ellis Louis Marsalis Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
83
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Jazz pianist. Louisiana Music Hall of Fame 2006.

Wynton Marsalis

Real/Birth Name:
Wynton Learson Marsalis
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
56, 24 days before his 57th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Relationships:

younger brother of
Younger than Branford Marsalis by 1 year.
son of

Ancestors:

Brief Facts:

Trumpeter. Also Classical music. Pulitzer Prize for Music 1997. Chevalier of the Legion of Honour. French Legion of Honor 2009. International Best-Dressed Hall of Fame List 1999. National Medal of Arts 2005.. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1996. National Humanities Medal 2015.

Billy May

Real/Birth Name:
William E. May
Gender:
Male
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

Real/Birth Name:
James McCartney
Nickname(s):
Jim
Gender:
Male
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

Bobby McFerrin

Real/Birth Name:
Robert McFerrin Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
68
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Ancestors:

Brief Facts:

Famed especially for song Don't Worry, Be Happy. Grammy winner. Unusual polyphonic and multiphonic stype.

Marian McPartland

Real/Birth Name:
Margaret Marian Turner
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
95
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Radio program Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz. Appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2010 New Year Honours. National Radio Hall of Fame 2007. Long Island Music Hall of Fame 2006. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1999.

Jay McShann

Real/Birth Name:
James Columbus McShann
Nickname(s):
Hootie
Gender:
Male
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.

Joe Messina

Real/Birth Name:
Joe Messina
Nickname(s):
The White Brother with Soul
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
89
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Guitarist. Band The Funk Brothers. Performed on song I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) Guitar Center RockWalk 2002 as a member of The Funk Brothers.
Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum 2007 as a member of The Funk Brothers.
Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2014 as a member of The Funk Brothers.
Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 7065 Hollywood Boulevard as a member of band: The Funk Brothers for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 21 March 2012.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.
A star at 7065 Hollywood Boulevard as a member of band: The Funk Brothers for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 21 March 2012.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Spike Milligan

Real/Birth Name:
Terrence Alan Patrick Seán Milligan
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
83
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Irish citizenship. Radio show The Goon Show. Book Puckoon. Honorary Knight (KBE). London Avenue of Stars.

Red Mitchell

Real/Birth Name:
Keith Moore Mitchell
Nickname(s):
Red
Gender:
Male

Money Mark

Real/Birth Name:
Mark Ramos Nishita
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age:
58 or 59

Thelonious Monk

Real/Birth Name:
Thelonious Sphere Monk
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
64
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Brief Facts:

DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1963. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1980. North Carolina Music Hall of Fame 2009. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame 2004. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 7055 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 24 July 1989.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Michael Moriarty

Real/Birth Name:
Michael Moriarty
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
77
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

TV series Law & Order. Movies Bang the Drum Slowly, Who'll Stop the Rain, Q: The Winged Serpent, The Stuff, Pale Rider, Troll, Courage Under Fire, Shiloh. Moved to Canada, declaring himself a political exile. He was granted Canadian citizenship.

Jelly Roll Morton

Real/Birth Name:
Ferdinand Joseph Lamothe
Also Known As:
Ferdinand Morton
Ferd Morton
Gender:
Male
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.

Gerry Mulligan

Real/Birth Name:
Gerald Joseph Mulligan
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
68
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Baritone saxophonist. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1984. Philadelphia Music Alliance Walk of Fame 1990. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1984.

Najee

Real/Birth Name:
Jerome Najee Rasheed
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
60
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

A smooth jazz saxophonist and flautist. Song Najee's Theme. International Civil Rights Walk of Fame 2008. SoulMusic Hall of Fame 2014.

Phil Napoleon

Real/Birth Name:
Filippo Napoli
Gender:
Male

Red Nichols

Real/Birth Name:
Ernest Loring Nichols
Gender:
Male
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.

Chuck Niles

Real/Birth Name:
Charles Neidel
Nickname(s):
Bebop Charlie
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
76
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Jazz radio disc jockey at KKJZ-FM 88.1 in Long Beach CA. Real name rhymes with "idle." Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 7080 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to radio; ceremony: 5 March 1998.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Laura Nyro

Real/Birth Name:
Laura Nigro
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
49
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

She pronounced the name "NEER-oh". Song Wedding Bell Blues, Stoned Soul Picnic, And When I Die. Songwriters Hall of Fame 2010. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2012. Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame 2001.

Odetta

Real/Birth Name:
Odetta Holmes
Also Known As:
Odetta Felious
Odetta Gordon
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
77, 29 days before her 78th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Albums Odetta Sings Ballads and Blues, Gonna Let It Shine. Movies The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, Sanctuary. National Medal of the Arts & Humanities awarded 1999. National Medal of Arts 1999.

King Oliver

Real/Birth Name:
Joseph Nathan Oliver
Also Known As:
Joe Oliver
Gender:
Male
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.

Rita Ora

Real/Birth Name:
Rita Sahatçiu
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
27
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Grew up in West London. Song R.I.P.. Movies Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, Fifty Shades Freed

Charlie Parker

Real/Birth Name:
Charles Christopher Parker Jr.
Nickname(s):
Charlie
Bird
Yardbird
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
34
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Saxophone player. Nickname Yardbird because he liked chicken. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1955. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1979. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. Hall of Famous Missourians 1994. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2002. Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame 2004.

Ray Parker Jr

Real/Birth Name:
Ray Erskine Parker Jr
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
64
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Composed theme music for movie Ghostbusters. Guitarist. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 7065 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 6 March 2014.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Les Paul

Real/Birth Name:
Lester William Polsfuss
Also Known As:
Lester Polfuss
Rhubarb Red
Gender:
Male
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 Mary Ford by 9 years.

Brief Facts:

Famed guitarist. Responsible for electric guitar sound and popularity of the Les Paul Gibson guitar. Invented multi-track recording. Songs How High the Moon, Vaya Con Dios, Mockingbird Hill, Bye Bye, Blues, I'm Sitting on Top of the World. Band The Les Paul Trio. Often recorded with his wife, Mary Ford. Songs Vaya Con Dios, How High the Moon. Duo Les Paul and Mary Ford. Grammy Hall of Fame. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1988. National Inventors Hall of Fame. New Jersey Hall of Fame 2010. Guitar Center RockWalk 1988. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1990. Hit Parade Hall of Fame 2009. National Medal of Arts 2007. New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame 1996. National Broadcasters Hall of Fame 2006. International Guitar Hall of Fame. Music City Walk of Fame 2011. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 1541 Vine Street for involvement with group group: Les Paul and Mary Ford for contributions to the recording industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Teddy Pendergrass

Real/Birth Name:
Theodore DeReese Pendergrass
Also Known As:
Theodore DeReese Pendergrass Sr.
Nickname(s):
Teddy P
TP
Teddy Bear
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
59
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

R&B and soul singer. Songs If You Don't Know Me by Now, Close the Door. Philadelphia Music Alliance Walk of Fame 1989. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2004. SoulMusic Hall of Fame 2014.

Oscar Peterson

Real/Birth Name:
Oscar Emmanuel Peterson
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
82
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Canadian jazz pianist. Canadian Music Hall of Fame 1978. Juno Awards Hall of Fame. Canadian Jazz and Blues Hall of Fame. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1984. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1995. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. Canada's Walk of Fame 2013.

Flip Phillips

Real/Birth Name:
Joseph Edward Filipelli
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
86
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Tenor saxophone and clarinet.

Bucky Pizzarelli

Real/Birth Name:
John Paul Pizzarelli
Also Known As:
Johnny Buck
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
92
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Jazz guitarist and banjoist. Member of The Tonight Show Band. New Jersey Hall of Fame 2011. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame 2005. International Guitar Hall of Fame.

John Pizzarelli

Real/Birth Name:
John Paul Pizzarelli Jr.
Gender:
Male
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

Mel Powell

Real/Birth Name:
Melvin Epstein
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
75
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Relationships:

husband of
Martha Scott, until he died.
Younger than Martha Scott by 10 years.

Brief Facts:

Jazz pianist. Pulitzer Prize 1990 for music composition. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1997. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame.

Linda Purl

Real/Birth Name:
Linda M. Purl
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
63, 22 days after her birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-wife of
Younger than Desi Arnaz Jr. by 2 years.

Brief Facts:

Broadway musical The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Raised in Japan. Movies for television Criminal Intent, Frozen Impact, Secrets and many others. TV series Matlock, Happy Days. Movie Mighty Joe Young (1998)

Sue Raney

Real/Birth Name:
Raelene Claire Claussen
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
78
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Big band singer, with Nelson Riddle Orchestra, Stan Kenton Orchestra

Buddy Rich

Real/Birth Name:
Bernard Rich
Also Known As:
Bernard "Buddy" Rich
Nickname(s):
Buddy
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
69
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1974. Guitar Center RockWalk 1991. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1981. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame.

Robert Ringwald

Real/Birth Name:
Robert Scott Ringwald
Also Known As:
Bob Ringwald
Nickname(s):
Bob
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
77
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Blind jazz pianist. Movie for television Twice Upon a Time

Max Roach

Real/Birth Name:
Maxwell Lemuel Roach
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
83
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Jazz drummer, known for defining the style of drumming in jazz. Awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. International Percussive Art Society's Hall of Fame. Grammy Hall of Fame. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1980. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1991. North Carolina Music Hall of Fame 2009. Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame 2005.

Buddy Rogers

Real/Birth Name:
Charles Edward Rogers
Also Known As:
Charles "Buddy" Rogers
Nickname(s):
America's Boyfriend
Gender:
Male
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.

Shorty Rogers

Real/Birth Name:
Milton Rogers
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
70
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Flugelhorn. One of the principal creators of West Coast jazz. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1989.

Sonny Rollins

Real/Birth Name:
Theodore Walter Rollins
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
88, 17 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Saxophonist. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1973. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1999. Kennedy Center Honors 2011. National Medal of Arts 2010. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame 2005.

Pete Rugolo

Real/Birth Name:
Pietro Rugolo
Peter Rugolo
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
95
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Arranger for Stan Kenton and composer of movie and TV scores.

Pee Wee Russell

Real/Birth Name:
Charles Ellsworth Russell
Also Known As:
Pee-Wee Russell
Nickname(s):
Pee Wee
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
62
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20

Brief Facts:

Jazz clarinetist. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1969. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1987. Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame 2011.

Pharoah Sanders

Real/Birth Name:
Farrell Sanders
Ferrell Sanders
Also Known As:
Pharaoh Sanders
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
77, 19 days before his 78th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Jazz tenor saxophonist. Albums Karma, Thembi, Jewels of Thought. Grammy Award winner. Name suggested by Sun Ra. His name is spelled with ending "oah" rather than the common spelling Pharaoh. Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame 2000. Arkansas Black Hall of Fame 2004. Arkansas Jazz Hall of Fame 1994.

Artie Shaw

Real/Birth Name:
Arthur Jacob Arshawsky
Gender:
Male
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.

Shing02

Real/Birth Name:
Shingo Annen
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age:
43 or 44
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Lived also in Tanzania, England, and San Francisco in the US. Album Waikyoku. Able to write music in either English or Japanese.

Horace Silver

Real/Birth Name:
Horace Ward Martin Tavares Silva
Gender:
Male
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:

Hard bop style. Song Filthy McNasty. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1996. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1991. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame.

Nina Simone

Real/Birth Name:
Eunice Kathleen Waymon
Also Known As:
Dr. Nina Simone
Nickname(s):
The High Priestess of Soul
Gender:
Female
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:

Unusually low vocal range. Civil rights activist. Songs My Baby Just Cares for Me, I Put a Spell on You, Four Women, I Loves You Porgy, Feeling Good, Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood, Sinnerman, To Be Young, Gifted and Black, Ain't Got No/I Got Life, I Want a Little Sugar in My Bowl. Philadelphia Music Alliance Walk of Fame 1994. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 2002. North Carolina Music Hall of Fame 2009. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. SoulMusic Hall of Fame 2015.

Zoot Sims

Real/Birth Name:
John Haley Sims
Nickname(s):
Zoot
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
59
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Saxophonist with big band of Alvino Rey. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1985. Songwriters Hall of Fame 2010. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1992. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame.

Jimmy Slyde

Real/Birth Name:
James T. Godbolt
Gender:
Male

Brief Facts:

Jazz tap dancer, world renowned, especially known for his innovative tap style mixed with jazz.

Putter Smith

Real/Birth Name:
Patrick Verne Smith
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
77
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Movie Diamonds Are Forever

Stuff Smith

Real/Birth Name:
Hezekiah Leroy Gordon Smith
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
58
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Jazz violinist - the first violinist to use electric amplification techniques on a violin. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1994.

Willie "The Lion" Smith

Real/Birth Name:
William Henry Joseph Bonaparte Bertholoff
Also Known As:
William Henry Joseph Bonaparte Bertholoff Smith
Nickname(s):
The Lion
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
79
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Jazz pianist, a master of the "stride" style. Also a ragtime composer. The name Smith was added at age 3, his stepfather's last name. Served as a Buffalo Soldier in France in World War I. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1987.

Squibble the Termite

Real/Birth Name:
Michael Gabredikan
Gender:
Male

Brief Facts:

Group Digable Planets, replaced by Doodlebug

Jo Stafford

Real/Birth Name:
Jo Elizabeth Stafford
Nickname(s):
G.I. Jo
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
90
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

wife of
Paul Weston, until his earlier death.
Younger than Paul Weston by 5 years.

Brief Facts:

Songs I'll Walk Alone, I'll Be Seeing You, I'll Never Smile Again, You Belong to Me. Member of group The Pied Pipers. The first recording artist to sell twenty-five million records. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 2003. Hit Parade Hall of Fame 2009. The Vocal Group Hall of Fame 2001 as a member of The Pied Pipers.
Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 1625 Vine Street for contributions to the recording industry.
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A star at 1709 Vine Street for contributions to radio.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.
A star at 6270 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the television industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Kay Starr

Real/Birth Name:
Katherine Laverne Starks
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
94
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Native American ancestry. Pop, jazz, country and swing music. Songs Wheel of Fortune, Hoop-de-Doo, Come On-A My House, The Rock and Roll Waltz. Hit Parade Hall of Fame 2008. Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame 2000. Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame 2002. Oklahoma Hall of Fame 1988. Memphis Music Hall of Fame 2013. 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.

Slam Stewart

Real/Birth Name:
Leroy Eliot Stewart
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
73
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

String bass.

Sun Ra

Real/Birth Name:
Herman Poole Blount
Also Known As:
Le Sony'r Ra
Nickname(s):
Sonny
Gender:
Male
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.

Art Tatum

Real/Birth Name:
Arthur Tatum Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
47, 23 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Pianist. Blind in one eye, partially in the other eye. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1985. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1964. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame 2004.

Jack Teagarden

Real/Birth Name:
Weldon Leo Teagarden
Nickname(s):
Big T
The Swingin' Gate
Father of Jazz Trombone
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
58
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Trombone jazz. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1969. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1985. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame 2005.

Flash Terry

Real/Birth Name:
Verbie Jean Terry
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
69
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Guitarist and singer. Song Enough Troubles of My Own. Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame 1994. Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame 2003.

Thelma Terry

Real/Birth Name:
Thelma Combes
Gender:
Female

Toots Thielemans

Real/Birth Name:
Jean-Baptiste Frédéric Isidor
Also Known As:
Jean-Baptiste Frédéric Isidor, Baron Thielemans
John Tillman
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
94
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Guitarist, harmonica, known for whistling. Song Bluesette. Whistled melody in Old Spice commercials.

Billy Tipton

Real/Birth Name:
Dorothy Lucille Tipton
Also Known As:
Billy Lee Tipton
Nickname(s):
Tippy
Gender:
Male (changed from) Female
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.

Allen Toussaint

Real/Birth Name:
Allen Toussaint
Also Known As:
Al Tousan
Allen Orange
Naomi Neville
Clarence Toussaint
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
77
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Pianist. Songs Fortune Teller, Sweet Touch of Love. Louisiana Blues Hall of Fame. Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. National Medal of Arts 2013. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1998. Songwriters Hall of Fame 2011. SoulMusic Hall of Fame 2015. Blues Hall of Fame 2012.

Bobby Troup

Real/Birth Name:
Robert William Troup Jr.
Gender:
Male
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.

Tommy Turk

Real/Birth Name:
Thomas Eugene Turk
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age:
54 or 55
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Song Bye Bye Blues. Shot fatally in a tavern during a robbery.

Sarah Vaughan

Real/Birth Name:
Sarah Lois Vaughan
Nickname(s):
Sassy
The Divine One
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
66, 7 days after her birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Songs Misty, Smooth Operator, Broken Hearted Melody, Whatever Lola Wants. New Jersey Hall of Fame 2012. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1982. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1982. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2003. Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame 2010. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6834 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 31 July 1985.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Tom Waits

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

Brief Facts:

A composer and singer with multiple genres. Albums Bone Machine, Rain Dogs, Mule Variations. Acted in movies The Outsiders, Down by Law, Cold Feet. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2011.

Fats Waller

Real/Birth Name:
Thomas Wright Waller
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
39
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Pianist. Songs Ain't Misbehavin', The Joint is Jumpin'. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1968. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1989. Songwriters Hall of Fame 1970. Gennett Records Walk of Fame 2008. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame 2005.

Dinah Washington

Real/Birth Name:
Ruth Lee Jones
Nickname(s):
Queen of the Blues
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
39
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-wife of
Older than Dick Lane by 3 years.

Brief Facts:

Song What a Diff'rence a Day Makes. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1993. Blues Hall of Fame 2003. Alabama Music Hall of Fame 1991. Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame 1986. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1987. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. Hit Parade Hall of Fame 2012.

Chuck Wayne

Real/Birth Name:
Charles Jagelka
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
74
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Guitar. Songs Sonny, Butterfinger

Cootie Williams

Real/Birth Name:
Charles Melvin Williams
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
74
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Trumpeter. Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame 1991. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1993.

Nancy Wilson (Jazz)

Real/Birth Name:
Nancy Wilson
Nickname(s):
Sweet Nancy
The Baby
Fancy Miss Nancy
The Girl With the Honey-Coated Voice
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
81
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Albums Turned to Blue, Yesterday's Love Songs/Today's Blues. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1999. Guitar Center RockWalk 1986. International Civil Rights Walk of Fame 2005. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6541 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 27 September 1990.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Kai Winding

Real/Birth Name:
Kai Cresten Winding
Gender:
Male
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

Amy Winehouse

Real/Birth Name:
Amy Jade Winehouse
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
27
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

English pop/jazz singer and guitarist. Song and album Rehab. Albums Frank, Back to Black. Troubled lifestyle. Death ruled due to accidental alcohol poisoning when she resumed drinking after a period of abstinence.

Stevie Wonder

Real/Birth Name:
Stevland Hardaway Judkins
Also Known As:
Little Stevie Wonder
Stevland Hardaway Morris
Steveland Judkins Hardaway
Eivets Rednow
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
68
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Brief Facts:

Birth name Stevland Judkins - changed several times. Blind singer and pianist. Movie Muscle Beach Party. Songs For Once in My Life, You Are the Sunshine of My Life, I Just Called to Say I Love You. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1989. Songwriters Hall of Fame 1983. Michigan Walk of Fame 2006. Kennedy Center Honors 1999. Guitar Center RockWalk 1985. Hit Parade Hall of Fame 2008. Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song 2009. International Civil Rights Walk of Fame 2006. Presidential Medal of Freedom 2014. Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame 2001. SoulMusic Hall of Fame 2012. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 7050 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 1 February 1994.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Lester Young

Real/Birth Name:
Lester Willis Young
Nickname(s):
Pres
Prez
The Prez
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
49
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Tenor saxophonist and clarinetist. Member of Count Basie Orchestra. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1980. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1980. Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame. Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame 2004.

Monica Zetterlund

Real/Birth Name:
Monica Nilsson
Gender:
Female

Brief Facts:

Swedish jazz singer. Movie The Emigrants. Died in a house fire in her flat in Stockholm, 2005.
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