1959 – Jazz singer Billie Holiday dies. She posthu… Read more

1959 – Jazz singer Billie Holiday dies. She posthu…

1959 – Jazz singer Billie Holiday dies. She posthumously receives a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987 and three of her recordings receive Grammy Hall of Fame Awards: “Strange Fruit” (1939), “God Bless the Child” (1941) and “Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be?)” (1945). The 1972 film “Lady Sings the Blues” is based on […]

1955 – Elvis Costello (Declan McManus) is born in … Read more

1955 – Elvis Costello (Declan McManus) is born in …

1955 – Elvis Costello (Declan McManus) is born in London. His biggest hit is the top 20 song “Veronica” in 1989, which he writes with Paul McCartney. Elvis Costello (born Declan Patrick MacManus 25 August 1954) is an English musician and singer-songwriter, with Irish ancestry. Costello came to prominence as an early participant in London’s […]

1951 – Vocalist Rob Halford of Judas Priest is bor… Read more

1951 – Vocalist Rob Halford of Judas Priest is bor…

1951 – Vocalist Rob Halford of Judas Priest is born in Birmingham, England. Robert John Arthur Halford (born August 25, 1951) is an English singer and songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist for the heavy metal band Judas Priest. Halford has a three-and-a-half octave vocal range (D2-B5). He is one of the most respected […]

1949 – David Coverdale of the groups Whitesnake an… Read more

1949 – David Coverdale of the groups Whitesnake an…

1949 – David Coverdale of the groups Whitesnake and Deep Purple is born in Saltburnon- Sea, England. David Coverdale (born September 22, 1951 in Saltburn-by-the-Sea, North Yorkshire) is an English rock vocalist most famous for his work with the English hard rock band Deep Purple, and his later band Whitesnake. Career Coverdale, briefly a student […]

1949 – Kiss bassist Gene Simmons is born Chaim Wit… Read more

1949 – Kiss bassist Gene Simmons is born Chaim Wit…

1949 – Kiss bassist Gene Simmons is born Chaim Witz in Haifa, Israel. Gene Simmons (born Chaim Witz (pronounced Haium) on August 25, 1949) is an Israeli-born American hard rock bass guitarist, vocalist, and actor. He is best known as “The Demon,” his blood-spitting, fire-breathing, and tongue-wagging persona in the hard rock band Kiss, an […]