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1979 Nokio the N-Tity (of the R&B group Dru Hill) is born Tamir Mateen Raheem Hameed Ruffin in Baltimore, Maryland.

1976 Emma Bunton ("Baby Spice" of Spice Girls) is born in Finchley, North London.

1956 Rob Brill (drummer for Berlin) is born in California.

1950 Billy Ocean, known for his hit "Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run)," is born Leslie Sebastian Charles in Trinidad and Tobago. He moves to Romford, England, at age 10.

1945 Peter Kircher (drummer for Status Quo) is born in Folkestone, Kent, England.

1944 Chris Britton (lead guitarist for The Troggs) is born in Watford, Hertfordshire, England.

1942 Country singer-songwriter Mac Davis is born in Lubbock, Texas. He writes "In The Ghetto" and "A Little Less Conversation" for Elvis Presley.

1942 Motown singer Edwin Starr is born Charles Edwin Hatcher in Nashville, Tennessee, but grows up in Cleveland, Ohio.

1941 Richie Havens is born in Brooklyn, New York. His music career takes off when he performs as the opening act at Woodstock in 1969.

1941 Opera singer Placido Domingo (of The Three Tenors) is born in Madrid, Spain.

1938 Lupine disc jockey Wolfman Jack is born Robert Weston Smith in Brooklyn, New York. In the 1960s he blasts rock 'n roll to the masses from a high-powered border blaster signal at XERF-AM in Mexico.

1936 Blues guitarist Snooks Eaglin is born in New Orleans, Louisiana.

1923 Frank Virtue, of the rock and roll band The Virtues, is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1917 Jazz pianist Billy Maxted is born in Racine, Wisconsin.

1834 Peter Dodds McCormick, the man who is best known for the patriotic tune, "Advance Australia Fair", is born in Glasgow, Scotland. Though his date of birth is usually given as being on an unknown date in 1834, this is a little off. Twenty-two years later, he would emigrate to Sydney, Australia, where in 1878, he would compose his famous tune, as well as many other patriotic songs, most of which were Scottish tunes. A little side note, one of Peter's siblings, most likely a brother, was credited as having invented the life jacket.

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