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OCTOBER BIRTHDAYS

October 2: Sting (AKA Gordon Sumner-he got the other name as the result of a penchant for wearing a yellow and black jersey) (1951), DonMcLean  (1945)

October 3: Chubby Checker (AKA Ernest Evans) (1941)

October 4: Timbuk3's Barbara  MacDonald (1958)

October 5: Bob Geldorf of the Boomtown Rats (1954), Steve Miller (1943)

October 6: The Dead's Bob Weir (AKA Robert Hall) (1947) Millie Small (1948), Kevin Cronin REO Speedwagon (1951)

October 7: The Main Ingredient's Tony Sylvester (1941), John Mellencamp (1951)

October 8: Doc Green of The Drifters (1934), Johnny Ramone (1948) Average White Band's Hamish Stewart (1949), Robert "Kool" Bell (1950)

October 9: John Lennon (1940), John Entwhistle of The Who (1944)Jackson Brown (1948), Sean Ono Lennon (1975)

October 10: Ivory Joe ("Since I Met You Baby") Hunter (1914),Procol Harum's lyricist Keith Reid (1946),
David Lee Roth (1955),Tanya Tucker (1958), Spandau Ballet's Martin Kemp (1961)

October 11: Little Willie Littlefield (1931), Lester Bowie (1941) Hall and Oates' Daryl Hall (1948)

October 12: Sam Moore of Sam and Dave (1935)

October 13: Paul Simon (1941), Sammy Hagar (1947),  Marie Osmond (1959)

October 14: Songwriter Bill Justis (1926), Cliff Richard (1940),
Whitesnake's Colin Hodgkinson (1945), The Moody Blues' Justin Hayward (1946),
Thomas Dolby (1958)

October 15 : Blues-belter Victoria Spivey (1906),
Mickey "Guitar" Baker of Mickey and Sylvia ("Love is Strange") (1925),
The Carpenters' Richard Carpenter (1946), Chris DeBurgh (1947), Tito Jackson (1953)

October 16: Dave Hynes of The Spencer Davis Group (1945),
Spandau Ballet's Gary Kemp (1960)

October 17: Drummer Cozy Cole (1928),
Ska trombonist Rico Rodriquez of The Specials(1934),
James Seals of Seals and Crofts(1941),
Gary Puckett, born in Hibbing, MN, former home of Bob Dylan (1942)

October 18: Chuck Berry (1926), Laura Nyro (1947),
The Doobie Brothers' Keith Knudson (1952),
Wynton Marsalis (1961)

October 19: Dave Guard of The Kingston Trio (1935), Peter Tosh (1944),
Wilbert Hart of The Delfonics (1947), Dan "Woody" Woodgate of Madness (1960).

October 20: Hootie and the Blowfish's drummer James George "Soni" Sonefeld (1964),
Tom Petty (1953), Tiffany (1970)

October 21: Steve Cropper of Booker T & the MGs (1926),
Manfred Mann  AKA Michael Lubowitz (1940), Dizzy (John Birks) Gillespie (1917),
Bjork Dudmundsdottir (1966), The Go-Gos' Charlotte Caffey (1953)

October 22: Queen of the Beach Annette Funicello (1942), Eddie Brigati of The Rascals (1942), Leslie West of Mountain (1945)

October 23: Charlie Foxx (1939), Songwriter Ellie "Be My Baby" Greenwich (1939),
Pauline Black of The Selector (1950)

October 24: Country blues harp player extraordinaire Sonny Terry (1911),
J.P. Richardson AKA The Big Bopper (1930), The Stones' Bill Wyman (1935),
Jerry Edmonton of Steppenwolf (1946), Mott the Hoople's Dale Griffin (1950)

October 25: Ed Robinson of Barenaked Ladies (1970), Matthias Jabs of The Scorpions (1956),
Jon Anderson of Yes (1944), Helen Reddy (1941), Minnie Pearl (1912)

October 26: Mahalia Jackson (1911), Dave Hynes of The Spencer Davis Group (1945),
Spandau Ballet's Gary Kemp (1960), Natalie Merchant (1963)

October 27: Honkytonk tinkler Floyd Cramer (1933),
Simon LeBon of Duran Duran (1958)

October 28: Jazz songstress Cleo Laine (1927), Wayne Fontana (1945),
Joy Division's Stephen Morris (1957), Neville Henry of the Blow Monkeys (1959)

October 29: Denny Laine of Wings (1944),Peter Green, founding member of Fleetwood Mac (1946),
Peter Timmins of The Cowboy Junkies (1965)

October 30: Jefferson Airplane's Grace Slick (1943), Timothy B. Schmidt of Poco/The Eagles (1947)

October 31: Folky Tom Paxton (1937), Kinky Friedman (1944),Lawrence "Larry" Mullen Jnr. of U2 (1961),
King Ad-Rock AKA Adam Horowitz of the Beastie Boys (1966),Bernard Edwards of Chic (1952)

OCTOBER DEPARTURES

October 1: Vocalist and former Les Paul spouse Mary Ford (1977)

October 2: Gene Autrey  (1988)

October 4: Bebop trumpeter Art Farmer (1999), Hank Williams' fiddler
Jerry Rivers (1996), Janis Joplin (1970)

October 5: The Temptations' lead singer Eddie Kendricks (1992)

October 6: Bandleader and arranger Nelson Riddle (1985)

October 7: Seminal New Orlean's R&B vocalist Smiley Lewis ("I Hear You Knockin") AKA Overton Amos Lemons (1966), Popeyed opera starMario Lanza (1959)

October 8: The Cuban Revolution's Ernesto "Che" Guevara, of lead poisoning (1968)

October 9: Gospel great Sister Rosetta Tharpe (1973), Vibraharpist Milt Jackson (1999)

October 10: R&B bandleader Earl Bostic (1965)

October 14: Leonard Bernstein (1990), Bing Crosby (1977)

October 16: Early blues diva Ella Mae Morse (1999), jazz drummers Art Blakey (1990),
and Gene Krupa (1973) Cole Porter (1964)

October 17: Tennessee Ernie Ford (1991)
 

October 20: Earl Bostic (1965), Henry "The Sunflower" Vestine of Canned Heat (1997),
Ronnie Van Zandt and Steve Gaines of Lynard Skynard in a plane crash (1977)

October 21: Blind Melon's Shannon Hoon (1995), jazz drummers Art Blakey (1990) and Gene Krupa (1973), Bill Black (Elvis' '54-'57 guitarist) (1965), Cole Porter (1964)

October 22: Folksinger Ewan MacColl (1989)

October 23: Al Jolson (1950), flatpickin' Merle Watson (1985),
Tommy Edwards who had the hit referred to above, "It's All in the Game" (1969)

October 25: Nick Drake (1974), Gary Holton of Heavy Metal Kids (1985),
Rock promoter Bill Graham in a 'copter crackup (1991),
country singer and humorist Roger Miller (1992)

October 27: Bandleader Xavier Cugat (1990)

October 28: R&B vocalist Billy Wright (1991)

October 29: Duane Allman (1971)