Born on this day 2nd December

1991 – Charlie Puth

American singer and songwriter Charlie Puth best known for writing and singing on Wiz Khalifa’s US No.1 single ‘See You Again’, taken from the Furious 7 soundtrack.

1986 – Tal Wilkenfeld

Tal Wilkenfeld, Australian bass guitarist who has gained worldwide attention performing alongside some of rock and jazz music’s most notable artists including Jeff Beck.

1981 – Britney Spears

Britney Spears, US singer, (1999 US & UK No.1 single ”Baby One More Time’, 1999 album ‘Baby One More Time’, spent 82 weeks on the UK chart. Biggest selling teenage act in the world with album sales over 40m).

1978 – Nelly Furtado

Canadian singer and songwriter Nelly Furtado. Her debut album Whoa, Nelly! (2000) spawned two top 10 hit singles; ‘I’m Like a Bird’ and ‘Turn Off the Light’. Furtado’s third album Loose (2006) became her best selling album with 12 million copies sold worldwide.

1978 – Chris Wolstenholme

Chris Wolstenholme, bassist from English rock band Muse who scored the 2003 UK No.1 album Absolution, and the 2003 UK No.8 single, ‘Time Is Running Out’. Muse were nominated for five Grammy Awards, of which they won Best Rock Album for The Resistance.

1971 – Donna Matthews

Donna Matthews, guitar, Elastica, (1995 UK No.13 single ‘Waking Up’).

1968 – Nate Mendel

Nate Mendel, American bassist with, Foo Fighters, The Jealous Sound, Sunny Day Real Estate, and The Fire Theft. Mendel was also a member of Diddly Squat, and punk bands Christ On A Crutch.

1960 – Rick Savage

Rick Savage, bass player, Def Leppard, (1987 UK No.6 single ‘Animal’ 1987 world wide No.1 album Hysteria 1988 US No.1 single ‘Love Bites’).

1960 – Sydney Youngblood

Sydney Youngblood, singer, (1989 UK No.3 single ‘If Only I Could’).

1949 – Garth Dennis

Jamaican musician Garth Dennis. He was a founder member of Black Uhuru, later a member of The Wailing Souls for ten years. He grew up in Trenchtown and became friends with Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, and Bunny Wailer. He died from complications of pneumonia age 72 on 9 December 2021.

1942 – Ted Bluechel

Ted Bluechel Jr, drums, vocals, The Association, (1967 US No.1 single ‘Windy’).

1941 – Tom McGuinness

Tom McGuinness, guitar, vocals, Manfred Mann, who had the 1964 UK & US No.1 single ‘Do Wah Diddy Diddy’. As a member of McGuinness Flint had the 1970 UK No.2 single ‘When I’m Dead And Gone’. McGuinness later became a member of The Blues Band.

1933 – Ernest Warren

Ernest Warren singer with Fifties doo-wop group The Spaniels. Their 1954 hit ‘Goodnite, Sweetheart, Goodnite’ was featured in such films as Three Men and a Baby and American Graffiti. The Spaniels became one of the first artists to sign with Vee-Jay Records, the first large, independent Afro-American owned record label. He died on 7 May 2012.

1906 – Peter Carl Goldmark

Dr Peter Carl Goldmark, who invented the long-playing microgroove record in 1945. The invention went on to revolutionise the way people listened to music. Goldmark was Killed in a car crash on 7th December 1977.