Birth: 1928

Bo Diddley

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Bo Diddley

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Ellas McDaniel (born Ellas Otha Bates, December 30, 1928 – June 2, 2008), known as Bo Diddley, was an American R&B and Chicago blues singer, guitarist, songwriter and music producer who played a key role in the transition from the blues to rock and roll, ...

Carl Gardner

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Carl Edward Gardner (April 29, 1928 – June 12, 2011) was an American singer, best known as the foremost member and founder of The Coasters. Known for the 1958 song "Yakety Yak", which spent a week as number one on the Hot 100 pop list, he was inducted int ...

Debbie Dean

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Reba Jeanette Smith, known professionally as Debbie Dean (February 1, 1928–February 17, 2001) was an American singer who was the first white solo artist to record for Motown. Born Reba Jeanette Smith on February 1, 1928 in Corbin, Kentucky. She was the f ...

Herb Reed

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Herbert Reed (August 7, 1928 – June 4, 2012) was an American musician, vocalist and founding member of The Platters, who were known for their hits during the 1950s and 1960s. Reed, who was the last surviving original member of the group, which he co-found ...

Jackie Brenston

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(August 24, 1928 or 1930 – December 15, 1979) was an American R&B singer and saxophonist, who recorded, with Ike Turner's band, the first version of the pioneering rock and roll song "Rocket 88". Brenston was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi, United St ...

Julian "Cannonball" Adderley

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Originally from Tampa, Florida, Adderley moved to New York in 1955. His nickname derived from "cannibal", a title imposed on him by high school colleagues as a tribute to his voracious appetite. Cannonball moved to Tallahassee, Florida, when his parent ...

Maynard Ferguson

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Maynard Ferguson

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Walter Maynard Ferguson (May 4, 1928 – August 23, 2006) was a Canadian jazz musician and bandleader. He came to prominence playing in Stan Kenton's orchestra before forming his own band in 1957. He was noted for his bands, which often served as stepping s ...

Ruth Brown

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Ruth Brown

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Ruth Brown (January 12/January 30, 1928 – November 17, 2006) was an American singer-songwriter and actress, sometimes known as the "Queen of R&B". She was noted for bringing a pop music style to R&B music in a series of hit songs for Atlantic Records in t ...

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