Born on this day 6th December

1970 – Ulf Ekberg

Ulf Ekberg, keyboards, vocals with Swedish pop group Ace Of Base who had the 1993 UK No.1 single ‘All That She Wants’ and the 1994 US No.1 single ‘The Sign’. The group sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, making it the third-most successful Swedish band of all time, after ABBA and Roxette.

1969 – Mark Gardener

Mark Gardener, Ride, (1992 UK No.9 single ‘Leave Them All Behind’).

1962 – Ben Watt

Ben Watt, Everything But The Girl, (1995 UK No.3 & 1996 US No.2 single ‘Missing’).

1961 – David Lovering

David Lovering, drummer who with American alternative rock band Pixies, who released the 1988 album Surfer Rosa. They influenced bands such as Nirvana, Radiohead, Bush, Blur and Weezer.

1956 – Randy Rhoads

American heavy metal guitarist Randy Rhoads from Quiet Riot and later the Ozzy Osbourne band. A devoted student of classical guitar, (and guitar teacher), Rhoads combined his classical music influences with his own heavy metal style. He died in an aircraft crash while on tour with Osbourne in Florida on 19 March 1982.

1956 – Peter Buck

Peter Buck, guitar, R.E.M. (1991 UK No.6 & US No.10 single ‘Shiny Happy People’, plus over 20 Top 40 UK singles, 1992 UK No.1 & US No.2 album ‘Automatic For The People’).

1955 – Edward Tudor-Pole

Edward Tudor-Pole, vocals, actor, Tenpole Tudor, (1981 UK No.6 single ‘Swords Of A Thousand Men’), appeared in the film ‘Absolute Beginners’ and became the presenter on TV’s Crystal Maze.

1955 – Rick Buckler

Rick Buckler, drummer with The Jam who had 18 consecutive Top 40 singles in the United Kingdom, from their debut in 1977 to their break-up in December 1982, including four No.1 hits. ‘That’s Entertainment’ and ‘Just Who Is the 5 O’Clock Hero?’ remained the best-selling import singles of all time in the UK.

1948 – Linda Creed

Linda Creed (also known by her married name Linda Epstein), American singer-songwriter and lyricist who teamed up with songwriter-producer Thom Bell and co wrote hits for the Stylistics, including ‘You Are Everything’, ‘Betcha by Golly, Wow’ and ‘You Make Me Feel Brand New’. Diagnosed with breast cancer at 26, Creed kept on working. Whitny Houston recorded her song ‘The Greatest Love of All’ for her 1985 self-titled debut album. Creed died of breast cancer on 10 April 1986, at the age of 37.

1947 – Miroslav Vitous

Miroslav Vitous, Weather Report who had the 1976 single ‘Birdland’ and the 1977 album Heavy Weather.

1947 – Fritz Fryer

Fritz Fryer, from English 1960s pop group The Four Pennies who had the 1964 UK No.1 single ‘Juliet’.

1944 – Jonathan King

Jonathan King, UK pop mogul, singer, producer, TV presenter, (1965 UK No.4 single ‘Everyone’s Gone To The Moon’, plus 12 other UK Top 40 singles under various names, Bubblerock, Shag, Weathermen, Father Abraphart, Sakkarin). King was jailed for seven years in 2001 for sex attacks on five boys.

1943 – Keith West

Keith West, (Keith Hopkins), UK singer, (1967 UK No.2 single ‘Excerpt From A Teenage Opera’).

1942 – Robb Royer

Robb Royer, American musician and songwriter, best known as a founding member of Bread from 1968 to 1971. While he was with the band, they had a UK No. 5 and US No. 1 hit single with ‘Make It With You’.

1935 – George Williams

American soul singer George Williams. With The Tymes he had the 1963 US No.1 hit ‘So Much in Love’ and the 1975 UK No.1 hit ‘Ms Grace’. He died on 28 July 2004.

1920 – Dave Brubeck

Dave Brubeck, jazz pianist, (1962 UK No.12 album ‘Time Further Out’). Brubeck died of heart failure one day before his 92nd birthday on December 5, 2012.

1916 – Hugo Peretti

Hugo Peretti, songwriter, producer. Wrote many classic hits including, ‘Twistin’ The Night Away’, ‘Shout’, ‘You Make Me Feel Brand New.’ Died on 1st May 1986.