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Babyface

Real name:  Kenneth Edmonds
Best known at:  »When Can I See You», US #4 (1994)
Birthday:  Apr. 10, 1959
Place of birth:  Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
More:  Island Artists – Babyface

Bach, Paul »Oz»

Best known at:  Spanky And Our Gang, bass, vocal
Birthday:  June 24, 1939
Place of birth:  Paw Paw, West Virginia, USA
Death:  Sep. 21, 1998
Cause of death:  Cancer

Bacharach, Burt

Birthday:  May 12, 1929
Place of birth:  Kansas City, Missouri, USA

Bachman, Randy

Best known at:  Bachman-Turner-Overdrive, guitar, vocal
Birthday:  Sep. 27, 1943
Place of birth:  Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Bachman, Robbie

Best known at:  Bachman-Turner-Overdrive, drums
Birthday:  Feb. 18, 1953
Place of birth:  Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Baez, Joan

Birthday:  Jan. 9, 1941
Place of birth:  Staten Island, New York, USA

Bailey, Barry

Best known at:  Atlanta Rhythm Section, guitar
Birthday:  June 12, 1948
Place of birth:  Decatur, Georgia, USA

Baker, Anita

Best known at:  »Giving You the Best That I Got», US #3 (1988)
Birthday:  Jan. 26, 1958
Place of birth:  Toledo, Ohio, USA

Baker, George

Real name:  George Bouwens
Best known at:  George Baker Selection, »Paloma Blanca», UK #10 (1975)
Birthday:  Dec. 8, 1944
Place of birth:  Netherland
More:  George Baker.com

Baker, Ginger

Real name:  Peter Baker
Best known at:  Cream, drums
Birthday:  Aug. 19, 1939
Place of birth:  Lewisham, London

Baker, LaVern

Real name:  Delores LaVern Baker
Best known at:  US rhythm and blues singer. »Tweedle Dee», US #14 (1955); »I Cried a Tear», US #6 (1958)
Birthday:  Nov. 11, 1929
Place of birth:  Chicago, Illinois, USA
Death:  Mar. 10, 1997 (aged 67)
Cause of death:  Heart failure

Baker, Lefty

Real name:  Eustace Britchforth
Best known at:  Spanky And Our Gang, lead guitar
Birthday:  Jan. 7, 1939
Place of birth:  Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Death:  Aug. 11, 1971 (aged 32)
Cause of death:  Cirrhosis of the liver
More:  Spanky and Our Gang

Baldry, »Long» John

Real name:  John William Baldry
Best known at:  »Let the Heartaches Begin», UK #1 (1967)
Birthday:  Jan. 12, 1941
Place of birth:  Haddon, Derbyshire, England
Death:  July 21, 2005
Cause of death:  Chest infection
More:  Long John Baldry's Official Web Site

Balin, Marty

Real name:  Martyn Jerel Buchwald
Best known at:  Jefferson Airplane (Starship), vocal
Birthday:  Jan. 30, 1942
Place of birth:  Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

Ball, Roger

Best known at:  Average White Band, saxophones
Birthday:  June 4, 1944
Place of birth:  Dundee, Scotland

Ballard, Florence

Best known at:  original singer of The Supremes, 1960-67
Birthday:  June 30, 1943
Place of birth:  Detroit, Michigan, USA
Death:  Feb. 22, 1976
Cause of death:  Cardiac arrest after ingested pills and alcohol.

Ballard, Hank

Real name:  Henry Ballard
Best known at:  Hank Ballard & the Midnighters, vocal
Birthday:  Nov. 18, 1936
Place of birth:  Detroit, Michigan, USA

Ballard, Russ

Best known at:  Argent; guitar, vocal. Also wrote »Since You've Been Gone» and »So You Win Again»
Birthday:  Oct. 31, 1947
Place of birth:  Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, England

Bambaataa, Afrika

Real name:  Kevin Donovan aka Khayan Asim
Best known at:  »Renegades of Funk», UK #30 (1984)
Birthday:  Apr. 10, 1960
Place of birth:  South Bronx, New York, USA

Barbata, John

Best known at:  The Turtles, Jefferson Airplane, drums
Birthday:  Apr. 1, 1946
Place of birth:  New Jersey, USA

Barbero, Lori

Best known at:  Eggtwist, Koalas, Babes in Toyland, drums
Birthday:  Nov. 27, 1961  [some sources: 1960]
Place of birth:  Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Bargeron, Dave

Best known at:  Blood, Sweat & Tears; trombone, tuba, trumpet
Birthday:  Sep. 6, 1942
Place of birth:  Athol, Massachusetts, USA

Bargeld, Blexa

Best known at:  Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, guitar
Birthday:  Jan. 12, 1959
Place of birth:  Berlin, Germany

Barrett, Marcia

Best known at:  Boney M., vocal
Birthday:  Oct. 14, 1948
Place of birth:  St. Catherine's, Jamaica

Barrett, Syd

Real name:  Roger Keith Barrett
Best known at:  Pink Floyd, guitar, vocals
Birthday:  Jan. 6, 1946
Place of birth:  Cambridge, England
Death:  July 7, 2006
Cause of death:  Diabetes-related illness
More:  Wikipedia : Syd Barrett

Barry, Jeff

Best known at:  Famous compose-team Barry–Greenwich
Birthday:  Apr. 3, 1939
Place of birth:  New York, USA

Basie, Count

Real name:  William Basie
Best known at:  US jazz Genius
Birthday:  Aug. 21, 1904
Place of birth:  Red Bank, New Jersey, USA
Death:  Apr. 26, 1984
Cause of death:  Cancer

Bassey, Shirley

Real name:  Shirley Veronica Bassey
Best known at:  »As I Love You», UK #1 (1959), Bond-theme »Goldfinger», US #8, UK #21 (1964)
Birthday:  Jan. 8, 1937
Place of birth:  Tiger Bay, Cardiff, England

Beck, Jeff

Best known at:  UK guitar hero
Birthday:  June 24, 1944
Place of birth:  Wallington, Surrey, England

Beckley, Gerry

Best known at:  America vocals, guitar
Birthday:  Sep. 12, 1952
Place of birth:  Forth Worth, Texas, USA

Beers, Garry

Best known at:  INXS, bass
Birthday:  June 22, 1957
Place of birth:  Sydney, Australia
More:  An Excess of INXS

Bell, Andy

Best known at:  Erasure, vocal
Birthday:  Apr. 25, 1964
Place of birth:  Peterborough, Cambshire, England

Bell, Archie

Best known at:  Archie Bell & the Drells, vocal
Birthday:  Sep. 1, 1944
Place of birth:  Henderson, Texas, USA

Bell, Madeline

Best known at:  Blue Mink, vocal. As solo: »I'm Gonna Make You Love Me», US #26 (1968)
Birthday:  July 23, 1942
Place of birth:  Newark, New Jersey, USA
More:  Madeline Bell Homepage

Bell, Maggie

Best known at:  Stone the Crows, vocal
Birthday:  Jan. 12, 1945
Place of birth:  Glasgow, Scotland

Belladonna, Joey

Best known at:  Bible Black, Anthrax, vocal
Birthday:  Oct. 30, 1960
Place of birth:  Oswego, New York, USA

Bellamy, David

Best known at:  The Bellamy Brothers, vocal, guitar. »Let Your Love Flow», US #1, UK #7 (1976)
Birthday:  Sep. 16, 1950
Place of birth:  [ Darby, Florida? ], USA
More:  The Bellamy Brothers

Bellamy, Howard

Best known at:  see above
Birthday:  Feb. 2, 1946
Place of birth:  [ Darby, Florida? ], USA
More:  The Bellamy Brothers

Bello, Frank

Best known at:  Anthrax, bass
Birthday:  Sep. 7, 1965
Place of birth:  Bronx, New York, USA

Belushi, John

Best known at:  The Blues Brothers
Birthday:  Jan. 24, 1949
Place of birth:  Chicago, Illinois, USA
Death:  Mar. 5, 1982
Cause of death:  Drug overdose
More:  belushi.com — John Belushi Tribute Page and What caused John Belushi's death?

Belvin, Jesse

Best known at:  US singer, pianist and songwriter
Birthday:  Dec. 15, 1932
Place of birth:  Texarkana, Arkansas, USA
Death:  Feb. 6, 1960
Cause of death:  was killed in car accident, his wife died also.

Benante, Charlie

Best known at:  Anthrax, drums
Birthday:  Nov. 27, 1962
Place of birth:  Bronx, New York, USA

Benatar, Pat

Real name:  Patricia Andrzejewski
Birthday:  Jan. 10, 1953
Place of birth:  Brooklyn, New York, USA

Bennett, Brian

Best known at:  The Shadows, drums
Birthday:  Feb. 9, 1940
Place of birth:  London, England

Bennett, Cliff

Best known at:  Cliff Bennett & the Rebel Rousers, vocal
Birthday:  June 4, 1940
Place of birth:  Slough, Buckshire, England

Bennett, Tony

Real name:  Anthony Domenic Benedetto
Best known at:  »Stranger in Paradise», US & UK #1 (1955)
Birthday:  June 3, 1926
Place of birth:  Long Island, New York, USA

Benno, Marc

Real name:  Benny Darron
Best known at:  Asylum Choir, guitar
Birthday:  July 1, 1947
Place of birth:  Dallas, Texas, USA

Benson, George

Birthday:  Mar. 22, 1943
Place of birth:  Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, USA

Benton, Brook

Real name:  Benjamin Franklin Peay
Best known at:  »Rainy Night in Georgia», US #4 (1970)
Birthday:  Sep. 19, 1931
Place of birth:  Camden, South Carolina, USA
Death:  Apr. 9, 1988
Cause of death:  Following an illness

Berggren, Jenny

Best known at:  Ace of Base, vocal
Birthday:  May 19, 1972
Place of birth:  Gothenburg, Sweden

Berggren, Jonas 'Joker'

Best known at:  Ace of Base, keyboards
Birthday:  Mar. 21, 1967
Place of birth:  Gothenburg, Sweden

Berggren, Linn

Real name:  Malin Berggren
Best known at:  Ace of Base, vocal
Birthday:  Oct. 31, 1970
Place of birth:  Gothenburg, Sweden

Berry, Bill

Real name:  William Thomas Berry
Best known at:  R.E.M., drums, vocals
Birthday:  July 31, 1958
Place of birth:  Duluth, Minnesota, USA
Trivia:  during a concert in Switzerland (Mar. 1, 1995) Berry suffered a brain haemorrhage, but recovered after some months
More:  The official site R.E.M.hq

Berry, Chuck

Real name:  Charles Edward Anderson Berry
Best known at:  Mr. Duck and Roll Guitar
Birthday:  Oct. 18, 1926
Place of birth:  St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Berry, David

Real name:  David Grundy
Best known at:  Dave Berry & the Cruisers
Birthday:  Feb. 6, 1941
Place of birth:  Woodhouse, Sheffield, England
Trivia:  Grundy took his art name from his hero: Chuck Berry
More:  Dave Berry – Biography

Best, Pete

Real name:  Randolph Peter Best
Best known at:  original Beatle-drummer
Birthday:  Nov. 24, 1941
Place of birth:  Madras, India

Betts, Dickey

Real name:  Richard Betts
Best known at:  The Allman Brothers Band, guitar, vocal
Birthday:  Dec. 12, 1943
Place of birth:  West Palm Beach, Florida, USA

Bevan, Bev

Best known at:  The Move, Electric Light Orchestra, drums
Birthday:  Nov. 24, 1944
Place of birth:  Birmingham, England
Trivia:  Bevan's early bands were Denny Laine and The Diplomats and Carl Wayne and the Vikings. Later he recorded with Ian Gillan and Black Sabbath
More:  The Move – Bev Bevan

Big Bopper, the

Real name:  Jiles Perry Richardson
Birthday:  Oct. 24, 1930
Place of birth:  Sabine Pass, Texas, USA
Death:  Feb. 3, 1959
Cause of death:  Aeroplane crash; also died Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens.

Big Maybelle

Real name:  Maybelle Louise Smith
Best known at:  US blues singer
Birthday:  May 1, 1924
Place of birth:  Jackson, Tennessee, USA
Death:  Jan. 23, 1972
Cause of death:  Passed away from the effects of a diabetic coma.

Birkin, Jane

Best known at:  »Je táime...moi non plus», UK #1 (1969)
Birthday:  Dec. 14, 1947
Place of birth:  London, England

Birrell, Pete

Best known at:  Freddie and the Dreamers, bass
Birthday:  May 9, 1941
Place of birth:  Manchester, England
More:  Wikipedia : Pete Birrell

Bishop, Elvin

Best known at:  Paul Butterfield Blues Band, guitar
Birthday:  Oct. 21, 1942
Place of birth:  Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

Bjelland, Kat

Real name:  Katherine Bjelland
Best known at:  The Neurotics, The VenaraysBabes In Toyland, lead vocal, guitar
Birthday:  Dec. 8, 1963
Place of birth:  Salem, Oregon, USA
More:  Wikipedia : Kat Bjelland

Björk

Real name:  Björk Gudmundsdóttir
Birthday:  Nov. 21, 1965
Place of birth:  Reykjavik, Iceland
More:  björk.com/unity

Black Francis  [aka Frank Black]

Real name:  Charles Michael Kitteridge Thompson IV
Best known at:  The Pixies, vocal, guitar
Birthday:  Apr. 6, 1965
Place of birth:  Long Beach, California, USA
More:  FrankBlack.net – Bio Section

Black, Cilla

Real name:  Priscilla Maria Veronica White
Best known at:  »Anyone Who Had a Heart» and »You're My World»; both UK #1, (1964)
Birthday:  May 27, 1943
Place of birth:  Liverpool, Lancashire, England

Blackmore, Ritchie

Birthday:  Apr. 14, 1945
Place of birth:  Weston-Super-Mare, Avon, England
More:  The Official Ritchie Blackmore & Blackmore's Night and Deep Purple

Blackwell, Otis

Best known at:  wrote hits like »Don't Be Cruel», »Return to Sender» and »Great Balls of Fire» for Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis, among others
Birthday:  1931
Place of birth:  Brooklyn, New York, USA
Death:  May 6, 2002
Cause of death:  Apparently heart attack.

Blackwell, Bumps

Real name:  Robert A. Blackwell
Best known at:  wrote »Long Tall Sally» and »Rip it Up»
Birthday:  May 23, 1918 or 1922
Place of birth:  Seattle, Washington, USA
Death:  Mar. 9, 1985
Cause of death:  Pneumonia

Bland, Bobby 'Blue'

Real name:  Robert Calvin Bland
Best known at:  GREAT blues and soul singer
Birthday:  Jan. 27, 1930
Place of birth:  Rosemark, Tennessee, USA

Bley, Carla

Real name:  Carla Borg
Best known at:  US jazzer
Birthday:  May 11, 1938
Place of birth:  Oakland, California, USA

Blige, Mary J.

Real name:  Mary Jane Blige
Best known at:  »My Life», US #7, R&B #1 (1995)
Birthday:  Jan. 11, 1971
Place of birth:  Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Blind Lemon Jefferson

Real name:  Deacon L. J. Bates
Best known at:  US blues man
Birthday:  July 11, 1897
Place of birth:  Couchman, Texas, USA
Death:  Dec. 1930
Cause of death:  Heart attack, was left on the street to die of exposure.

Bloomfield, Mike

Birthday:  July 28, 1944
Place of birth:  Chicago, Illinois, USA
Death:  Feb. 15, 1981
Cause of death:  Apparently accidental drug overdose, found dead in his car.

Blow, Curtis

Real name:  Kurt Walker
Best known at:  US singer, rapper
Birthday:  Aug. 9, 1959
Place of birth:  New York, USA

Bluechel, Jr., Ted

Best known at:  The Association, drums, vocal
Birthday:  Dec. 2, 1942
Place of birth:  San Pedro, California, USA

Bolan, Marc

Real name:  Mark Feld
Birthday:  Sep. 30, 1947
Place of birth:  Hackney, London, England
Death:  Sep. 16, 1977
Cause of death:  Road accident. His car (driven by his girlfriend Gloria Jones), crashed into a tree. Bolan lost his life while Jones survived but was badly injured
More:  The Official Marc Bolan Fan Club

Bolder, Trevor

Best known at:  The Spiders From Mars, Uriah Heep, bass
Birthday:  June 9, 1950
Place of birth:  Hull, England
Death:  May 21, 2013
Cause of death:  Pancreatic cancer
More:  Uriah Heep

Bolin, Tommy

Best known at:  Deep Purple, guitar
Birthday:  Aug. 1, 1951
Place of birth:  Sioux City, Iowa, USA
Death:  Dec. 4, 1976
Cause of death:  Heroin overdose

Bolton, Michael

Real name:  Michael Bolotin
Best known at:  »How Am I Supposed to Live Without You», UK #3 (1990)
Birthday:  Feb. 26, 1953
Place of birth:  New Haven, CT, USA

Bond, Graham

Best known at:  Graham Bond Organization, vocal
Birthday:  Oct. 28, 1937
Place of birth:  Romford, England
Death:  May 8, 1974
Cause of death:  Fell (or jumped) under a subway train.

Bonds, Gary U.S.

Real name:  Gary Anderson
Best known at:  »Quarter to Three», US #1, UK #7 (1961); »This Little Girl», US #11, UK #43 (1981)
Birthday:  June 6, 1939
Place of birth:  Jacksonville, Florida, USA
More:  The Official Gary US Bonds Web Site

Bonham, John

Best known at:  Led Zeppelin, drums
Birthday:  May 31, 1947
Place of birth:  Birmingham, England
Death:  Sep. 25, 1980
Cause of death:  Fell asleep after heavy drinking and choked in his own vomit.

Bono, Sonny

Real name:  Salvatore Bono
Best known at:  duet Sonny & Cher
Birthday:  Feb. 16, 1935
Place of birth:  Detroit, Michigan, USA
Death:  Jan. 5, 1998
Cause of death:  Skiing accident, died of head injuries after running into a tree.

Boone, Daniel

Real name:  Peter Lee Sterling
Best known at:  »Beautiful Sunday»; UK #21, US #15 (1972)
Birthday:  July 31, 1942
Place of birth:  England

Boone, Debby

Real name:  Deborah Ann Boone
Best known at:  »You Light Up My Life», US #1 (1977)
Birthday:  Sep. 22, 1956
Place of birth:  Hackensack, New Jersey, USA
Trivia:  daughter of Pat Boone (see below)

Boone, Pat

Real name:  Charles Eugene Boone
Best known at:  »Love Letters in the Sand» (US #1, UK #2); »April Love» (US #1, UK #7); both -57
Birthday:  June 1, 1934
Place of birth:  Jacksonville, Florida, USA

Bostic, Earl

Best known at:  US alto saxophonist
Birthday:  Apr. 25, 1913
Place of birth:  Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
Death:  Oct. 28, 1965
Cause of death:  Heart attack

Bowie, David

Real name:  David Robert Jones
Birthday:  Jan. 8, 1947
Place of birth:  Brixton, London, England

Boy George

Real name:  George O'Dowd
Best known at:  Culture Club, vocal
Birthday:  June 14, 1961
Place of birth:  Eltham, Kent, England

Box, Mick

Best known at:  Uriah Heep, guitar
Birthday:  June 8, 1947
Place of birth:  London, England

Boxcar Willie

Real name:  Cecil Travis Martin
Best known at:  »Bad News», US C&W #36 (1982)
Birthday:  Sep. 1, 1931
Place of birth:  Sterre, Texas, USA
Death:  Apr. 12, 1999
Cause of death:  Leukemia

Braid, Les

Real name:  William Leslie Braid
Best known at:  The Swinging Blue Jeans, bass
Birthday:  Sep. 15, 1941
Place of birth:  Liverpool, England
Death:  July 31, 2005
Cause of death:  Cancer
More:  The Swinging Blue Jeans

Bramlett, Bonnie

Real name:  Bonnie Lynn O'Farrell
Best known at:  Delaney & Bonnie, vocal
Birthday:  Nov. 8, 1944
Place of birth:  Acton, Illinois, USA

Bramlett, Delaney

Best known at:  Delaney & Bonnie, guitar
Birthday:  July 1, 1939
Place of birth:  Pontotoc County, Mississippi, USA

Branigan, Laura

Best known at:  »Self Control», US #4, UK #5 (1984)
Birthday:  July 3, 1957
Place of birth:  New York, USA
Death:  Aug. 26, 2004
Cause of death:  Brain aneurysm. Died peacefully in her sleep. Had complained to a friend and family of a headache for about two weeks before she died, but had not sought medical attention
More:  Laura Branigan's Official Website

Braunn, Erik

Best known at:  Iron Butterfly, original guitarist, vocal
Birthday:  Aug. 11, 1950
Place of birth:  Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Death:  July 25, 2003
Cause of death:  Cardiac arrest

Brecker, Randy

Best known at:  Blood, Sweat and Tears, trumpet, flugelhorn
Birthday:  Nov. 27, 1945
Place of birth:  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Brel, Jacques

Birthday:  Apr. 8, 1929
Place of birth:  Schaerbeck, Belgium
Death:  Oct. 9, 1978
Cause of death:  Cancer

Brenston, Jackie

Best known at:  US saxophonist and singer. »The Rocket 88», US R&B #1 (1951)
Birthday:  Aug. 15, 1930
Place of birth:  Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Death:  Dec. 15, 1979
Cause of death:  Heart attack

Bricheno, Tim

Best known at:  All About Eve, guitar
Birthday:  July 6, 1963
Place of birth:  Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England

Bridges, Alicia

Best known at:  »I Love the Nightlife», US #5, UK #32 (1978)
Birthday:  July 15, 1953
Place of birth:  Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Brigati, Eddie

Best known at:  The (Young) Rascals, vocal, percussion
Birthday:  Oct. 22, 1946
Place of birth:  Garfield, New Jersey, USA

Briggs, Vic

Real name:  Victor Harvey Briggs III
Best known at:  The Steampacket, Eric Burdon & the Animals [aka The New Animals], guitar
Birthday:  Feb. 14, 1945
Place of birth:  Hampton, London, England
More:  Antion — Healing Music Chant and Voice

Brilleaux, Lee

Real name:  Lee Green
Best known at:  Dr. Feelgood, vocal, guitar
Birthday:  May 10, 1952
Place of birth:  Durban, South Africa
Death:  Apr. 7, 1994
Cause of death:  Lymphoma
More:  Official Dr. Feelgood Website - Lee Brilleaux

Britt, Elton

Real name:  James Britt Baker
Best known at:  US country singer
Birthday:  June 27, 1913
Place of birth:  Marshall, Arkansas, USA
Death:  June 23, 1972
Cause of death:  Heart attack

Brock, Tony

Best known at:  The Babys, drums
Birthday:  Mar. 31, 1954
Place of birth:  Bournemouth, Dorset, England

Bronski, Steve

Best known at:  Bronski Beat, keyboards
Birthday:  Feb. 7, 1960
Place of birth:  Glasgow, Scotland

Brooker, Gary

Best known at:  Procol Harum, vocal, piano, SONGwriting
Birthday:  May 29, 1945
Place of birth:  Southend, Essex, England

Brooks, Elkie

Real name:  Elaine Bookbinder
Best known at:  Vinegar Joe, vocal
Birthday:  Feb. 25, 1945
Place of birth:  Salford, Lancashire, England

Broonzy, 'Big' Bill

Best known at:  US blues man
Birthday:  June 26, 1893
Place of birth:  Scott, Mississippi, USA
Death:  Aug. 15, 1958
Cause of death:  Lung cancer

Broughton, Edgar

Best known at:  Edgar Broughton Band, guitar, vocal
Birthday:  Oct. 24, 1947
Place of birth:  Warwick, Warwickshire, England

Brown, Arthur

Best known at:  Crazy World of Arhur Brown. »Fire», UK #1, US #2 (1968)
Birthday:  June 24, 1944
Place of birth:  Whitby, England

Brown, Danny Joe

Best known at:  Molly Hatchet, vocal
Birthday:  Aug. 24, 1951
Place of birth:  Jacksonville, Florida, USA
Death:  Mar. 10, 2005
Cause of death:  Complications from diabetes
More:  In Memory of Danny Joe Brown 1951-2005

Brown, Erroll

Best known at:  Hot Chocolate, vocal
Birthday:  Nov. 12, 1948
Place of birth:  Kingston, Jamaica

Brown, Foxie

Real name:  Inga Marchand
Best known at:  US female rap artist
Birthday:  Sep. 6, 1979
Place of birth:  Brooklyn, New York, USA

Brown, Buster

Real name:  Wayman Glasco
Best known at:  wrote »Fannie Mae», R&B #1 (1959)
Birthday:  Aug. 15, 1911
Place of birth:  Cordele, Georgia, USA
Death:  Jan. 31, 1976
Cause of death:  ?

Brown, James

Best known at:  Mr. SOUL
Birthday:  May 3, 1928
Place of birth:  Barnwell, South Carolina, USA
Death:  Dec. 25, 2006
Cause of death:  Heart failure after being hospitalized with pneumonia.

Brown, Ruth

Real name:  Ruth Weston
Best known at:  Pioneer R&B singer in the early '50s. »Teardrops from My Eyes», US R&B #1 (1950)
Birthday:  Jan. 30, 1928
Place of birth:  Portsmouth, Virginia, USA
More:  Ruth Brown and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum – Ruth Brown: Biography

Brown, Sam

Best known at:  »Stop!», UK #4 (1989)
Birthday:  Oct. 7, 1964
Place of birth:  Stratford, East London, England

Brown, Toni

Best known at:  Joy of Cooking, vocal, keyboards, guitar
Birthday:  Nov. 16, 1938
Place of birth:  Madison, Wisconsin, USA
More:  Toni Brown.com

Browne, Jackson

Real name:  Clyde Jackson Browne
Birthday:  Oct. 9, 1948
Place of birth:  Heidelberg, West Germany

Bruce, Jack

Real name:  John Symon Asher Bruce
Best known at:  The Graham Bond Organization, Cream, bass, vocal
Birthday:  May 14, 1943
Place of birth:  Lanarkshire, Scotland
Death:  Oct. 25, 2014  [aged 71]
Cause of death:  Liver disease

Bruce, Michael

Best known at:  Billion Dollar Babies, guitar, vocals
Birthday:  Mar. 16, 1948   [some sources: Nov. 21.]
Place of birth:  California, USA
More:  Michael Bruce

Bruford, Bill

Best known at:  Yes, King Crimson, drums
Birthday:  May 17, 1948
Place of birth:  London, England

Bryan, David

Real name:  David Bryan Rashbaum
Best known at:  Bon Jovi, keyboards
Birthday:  Feb. 7, 1962
Place of birth:  Edison, New Jersey, USA
More:  DavidBryan.com – the Official website of Bon Jovi Keyboardist David Bryan

Bryant, Boudleaux

Best known at:  co-wrote with his wife Felice (see below) legions of hits
Birthday:  Feb. 13, 1920
Place of birth:  Shellman, Georgia, USA
Death:  June 25, 1987
Cause of death:  Cancer

Bryant, Felice

Best known at:  famous compose-team, see above
Birthday:  Aug. 7, 1925
Place of birth:  Milwaukee, WI, USA
Death:  Apr. 22, 2003
Cause of death:  Cancer.

Bryon, Dennis

Best known at:  Amen Corner, drums
Birthday:  Apr. 14, 1949
Place of birth:  Cardiff, England

Brzezicki, Mark

Best known at:  Big Country, drums
Birthday:  June 21, 1957
Place of birth:  Slough, Buckshire, England

Buck, Peter

Best known at:  R.E.M., guitar
Birthday:  Dec. 6, 1956
Place of birth:  Berkeley, California, USA
More:  Xtreme Musician: Peter Buck or the official site R.E.M.HQ

Buchanan, Roy

Best known at:  US rock and blues guitarist
Birthday:  Sep. 23, 1939
Place of birth:  Ozark, Arkansas, USA
Death:  Aug. 14, 1988
Cause of death:  Hanged himself in a police cell.

Buckingham, Lindsey

Best known at:  Fleetwood Mac, guitar, vocal
Birthday:  Oct. 3, 1947
Place of birth:  Palo Alto, California, USA

Buckley, Jeff

Birthday:  Nov. 17, 1966
Place of birth:  Anaheim, California, USA
Death:  May 29, 1997
Cause of death:  Tragic and bizarre drowning in the River Mississippi
Trivia:  son of Tim Buckley (see below).

Buckley, Tim

Real name:  Timothy Buckley III
Best known at:  US singer-songwriter
Birthday:  Feb. 14, 1947
Place of birth:  Washington DC, USA
Death:  June 29, 1975
Cause of death:  Mistaking a lethal dose of heroin and morphine for cocaine
Trivia:  his son Jeff (see above) also lost his life kind of accidentally.

Bunnell, Dewey

Best known at:  America, vocals, guitar
Birthday:  Jan. 19, 1951
Place of birth:  Yorkshire, England

Burdon, Eric

Birthday:  May 11, 1941
Place of birth:  Walker, Northumberland, England
More:  ericburdon.com

Burke, Clem

Real name:  Clement Burke
Best known at:  Blondie, drums
Birthday:  Nov. 24, 1955
Place of birth:  Brooklyn, New York, USA

Burke, Solomon

Best known at:  »Cry to Me», US #5 (1962)
Birthday:  Mar. 21, 1940
Place of birth:  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Death:  Oct. 10, 2010
Cause of death:  According to the family Solomon Burke died of natural causes
Trivia:  Burke was titled as »King of Rock & Soul»

Burnette, Billy

Best known at:  Fleetwood Mac, guitar, vocal
Birthday:  May 8, 1953
Place of birth:  Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Trivia:  son of Dorsey Burnette.

Burnette, Dorsey

Best known at:  »Tall Oak Tree», US #23 (1960)
Birthday:  Dec. 28, 1932
Place of birth:  Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Death:  Aug. 19, 1979
Cause of death:  Heart attack
Trivia:  father of Billy Burnette.

Burnette, Johnny

Best known at:  covered »You're Sixteen», UK #3 (1961)
Birthday:  Mar. 25, 1934
Place of birth:  Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Death:  Aug. 15, 1964
Cause of death:  Fell from his boat while fishing on Clear Lake, California, and drowned
Trivia:  brother of Dorsey Burnette.

Burnette, Rocky

Best known at:  »Tired of Toein' the Line», US #8 (1980)
Birthday:  June 12, 1953
Place of birth:  Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Trivia:  son of Johnny Burnette.

Burns, Pete

Real name:  Pete Jozzepi Burns
Best known at:  Dead or Alive, vocal
Birthday:  Aug. 5, 1959
Place of birth:  Liverpool, England

Burrell, Boz

Real name:  Raymond Burrell
Best known at:  Bad Company, bass
Birthday:  Aug. 1, 1946
Place of birth:  Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England

Burton, Cliff

Real name:  Clifford Lee Burton
Best known at:  Metallica, bass
Birthday:  Feb. 10, 1962
Place of birth:  San Francisco, California, USA
Death:  Sep. 27, 1986
Cause of death:  the tour bus went off the road, killing Burton instantly.

Burton, James

Best known at:  Famous US session guitarist
Birthday:  Aug. 21, 1939
Place of birth:  Shreveport, Louisiana, USA
More:  The official James Burton Website and Fender® Artist Series – James Burton
Trivia:  was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 6, 2001.

Bush, David

Best known at:  The Fall, keyboards, machines
Birthday:  June 4, 1959
Place of birth:  Taplow, England
More:  The Official Fall Website

Bush, Kate

Real name:  Catherine Bush
Birthday:  July 30, 1958
Place of birth:  Bexleyheat, Kent, England

Bushy, Ronald

Best known at:  Iron Butterfly, drums
Birthday:  Sep. 23, 1945
Place of birth:  Washington, DC, USA

Butler, Geezer

Real name:  Terence Butler
Best known at:  Black Sabbath, bass
Birthday:  July 17, 1949
Place of birth:  Birmingham, England

Butler, Jerry

Best known at:  »Only the Strong Survive», US #4 (1969)
Birthday:  Dec. 8, 1939
Place of birth:  Sunflower County, Mississippi, USA
Trivia:  was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991.

Butler, Richard

Best known at:  Psychedelic Furs, vocal
Birthday:  June 5, 1956
Place of birth:  Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey, England
More:  The Psychedelic Furs – Richard Butler

Butler, Tim

Best known at:  Psychedelic Furs, bass
Birthday:  Dec. 7, 1958
Place of birth:  Middlesex, England
More:  The Psychedelic Furs – Tim Butler

Butler, Tony

Best known at:  Big Country, bass
Birthday:  Feb. 3, 1957
Place of birth:  Ealing, London, England

Butterfield, Paul

Birthday:  Dec. 17, 1942
Place of birth:  Chicago, Illinois, USA
Death:  May 4, 1987
Cause of death:  Drug overdose.

Buxton, Glen

Best known at:  Alice Cooper, lead guitar
Birthday:  Nov. 10, 1947
Place of birth:  Akron, Ohio, USA
Death:  Oct. 19, 1997
Cause of death:  Heart failure as a result of pneumonia
More:  SickthingsUK — the Unofficial Alice Cooper Site: Glen Buxton

Byrne, David

Best known at:  Talking Heads, vocal, guitar, songwriting
Birthday:  May 14, 1952
Place of birth:  Dumbarton, Scotland

Byrne, Fran

Best known at:  Bees Make Honey, Ace, drums
Birthday:  Mar. 17, 1948
Place of birth:  Dublin, Eire

Byron, David

Real name:  David Garrick
Best known at:  Uriah Heep, vocal
Birthday:  Jan. 29, 1947
Place of birth:  Epping, Essex, England
Death:  Feb. 28, 1985
Cause of death:  Heart attack after longtime drug using and alcoholism.