Born on this day 4th December

1992 – Kim Seok-jin

Kim Seok-jin, South Korean singer, songwriter, with the boy band BTS. They became the first Korean act to top the US Billboard chart with their studio album Love Yourself: Tear (2018). BTS also became the fastest group since The Beatles to earn four US No.1 albums, doing so in less than two years. They became the first Asian act to chart a No.1 song in the US since Kyu Sakamoto with ‘Sukiyaki’ (1963).

1973 – Kate Rusby

Kate Rusby, UK folk singer, songwriter. 2007 No.2 indie album Awkward Annie.

1972 – Justin Welch

Justin Welch, drums, Elastica, (1995 UK No.13 single ‘Waking Up’), Me Me Me, (1996 UK No.19 single ‘Hanging Around’).

1969 – Dionne Farris

American singer, songwriter Dionne Farris. She was featured on the hip hop group Arrested Development 1992 hit single ‘Tennessee’. Farris rose to fame with the release of her debut album, Wild Seed – Wild Flower released in 1994 which featured the Top 40 single, ‘I Know’.

1969 – Jay-Z

Jay-Z, (Shawn Carter), 1998 UK No.2 single ‘Hard Knock Life’ 1999 UK No. 10 single with Mariah Carey, ‘Heartbreaker’ 2001 US No.1 album ‘The Blueprint’. Jay-Z married singer Beyoncé in 2008 and as a couple, they have an estimated combined net worth of $1.16 billion.

1967 – Adamski

Adamski, (Adam Tinley, 1990 UK No.1 single ‘Killer’).

1963 – Danny Weinkauf

Danny Weinkauf, bassist from American alternative rock band They Might Be Giants, who scored the 1990 UK No.6 single, ‘Birdhouse In Your Soul’. The band has won two Grammy Awards, one in 2002 for their song ‘Boss of Me, and in 2009 for ‘Here Come the 123s’.

1951 – Gary Rossington

Gary Rossington, American musician best known as a founder of southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd who had the 1974 US No. 8 single ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ the 1977 US No. 5 album Street Survivors and the 1982 UK No.21 single ‘Freebird’.

1948 – Southside Johnny

Southside Johnny, vocals, harmonica, Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, (1978 album ‘Hearts Of Stone’).

1947 – Terry Woods

Terry Woods, from Irish-British Celtic punk band The Pogues who scored the 1987 UK No.8 single ‘The Irish Rover’.

1944 – Hux Brown

Jamaican guitarist Hux Brown. He featured on many successful rocksteady and reggae records in the 60s and 70s, and was later a member of Toots and the Maytals. He died on 18 June 2020 in Oakland, California, aged 75.

1944 – Chris Hillman

American musician Chris Hillman, who with The Byrds had the 1965 UK & US No.1 single ‘Mr Tambourine Man’. He was also a member of Flying Burrito Brothers, and The Souther, Hillman, Furay Band. Hillman was a key figure in the development of country rock.

1944 – Dennis Wilson

American musician, singer, and songwriter Dennis Wilson who co-founded The Beach Boys. He is best remembered as their drummer and as the middle brother of bandmates Brian and Carl Wilson. (1966 UK & US No.1 single ‘Good Vibrations’, plus over 25 other UK Top 40 singles). Wilson drowned while swimming from his boat moored in Marina Del Rey, California on 28th December 1983 after a heavy day’s drinking.

1942 – Bob Mosley

Bob Mosley, from American psychedelic rock group Moby Grape, known for their debut album Moby Grape (1967).

1940 – Freddy Cannon

Freddy Cannon, singer, (1959 US & UK No.3 single, ‘Way Down Yonder In New Orleans’).

1932 – Tommy Morgan

Tommy Morgan, American harmonicist and session musician. He is considered one of the most heard harmonica players in the world, and has worked with many artists including, Randy Newman, Carpenters, Carly Simon, Neil Diamond, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and James Taylor.