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1969 Leeroy Thornhill (of The Prodigy) is born in Barking, East London, England.

1968 Thom Yorke (lead singer/songwriter for Radiohead) is born in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, England.

1967 R&B singer Toni Braxton is born in Severn, Maryland.

1953 Tico Torres (drummer for Bon Jovi) is born Hector Juan Samuel Torres in New York.

1951 John Mellencamp is born in Seymour, Indiana. He has Spina bifida, but survives thanks to an experimental surgery performed at Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis.More

1950 David Taylor (bass guitarist for Edison Lighthouse) is born.

1949 David Hope (bass guitarist for Kansas) is born in Topeka, Kansas.

1945 Rock musician Kevin Godley (of 10cc) is born in Prestwich, Lancashire, England.

1944 Folk singer Judee Sill is born in Studio City, California. In 1971, she becomes the first artist to be signed to David Geffen's Asylum Records.

1941 Martin Murray (rhythm guitarist for The Honeycombs) is born in London, England.

1941 R&B singer Tony Silvester (of The Main Ingredient) is born Enrique Antonio Silvester in Colon, Panama. Known for the 1972 hit song "Everybody Plays the Fool."

1939 Colin Cooper (vocalist, saxophonist and harmonica player for The Climax Blues Band) is born in Stafford, England.

1927 Jazz/pop singer Al Martino is born Jasper Cini in Philadelphia. He plays the Sinatra-like Johnny Fontane in The Godfather.

1922 Actress Martha Stewart (not to be confused with the TV personality Martha Stewart) is born Martha Haworth in Bardwell, Kentucky, but would be raised in Brooklyn, New York.

1911 Jazz drummer "Papa" Jo Jones is born Jonathan David Samuel Jones in Chicago, Illinois. He was a member of Count Basie's Orchestra from 1934-1948.

1911 Vaughn Monroe, big band leader, singer, and actor, is born in Akron, Ohio. His signature song was "Racing With the Moon"

1879 Songwriter Joe Hill (Joseph Hillström) is born Joel Emmanuel Hägglund at Gävle, Sweden. His labor activism during the early 20th century in America influenced his most famous songs, including "The Preacher and the Slave" in 1911.

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