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Founder of The Mamas and Papas, composer, arranger and musician John Phillips was born on August 30, 1935 (d. 2001).
Irish blues belter and multi-instrumentalist Van Morrison was born August 31, 1945.
Today in 1933 country star Conway Twitty first found his voice (d. 1993).
Archie Bell of Archie Bell and the Drells was also born today in 1944.
Barry Gibbs of The BeeGees was also born this day in 1946.
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One of the greatest musical geniuses of the 20th century, and a sax player who changed the way not only saxophonists played their instrument, but other musicians as well, Charlie “Bird” Parker was born today in 1920 (d. 1955). A few videos don’t do him justice; go to YouTube and listen to some of Bird’s other work.
The ‘Queen of the Blues’ (and jazz) Dinah Washington was born today in 1924 (d. 1963). Dinah also had considerable influence over vocalists of varied genres.
Also born today in 1958, pop star Michael Jackson (d. 2009). You’ll find his videos all over the Internet.