With less than a week to go before Christmas, I decided to see if any well-known musicians were born on Christmas Day. As it happens, quite a few were. Let’s look at some of the highlights.
Bandleader Cab Calloway was born on Christmas in 1907. In fact, he was born right down the street from a house I lived in in Rochester, NY. Not sure who Cab was? This is probably where most people who aren’t big jazz fans know him from:
Remember the classic song “Get A Job” by the Silhouettes? One of the members of that doo-wop group, Bill Horton, was a Christmas baby. As was O’Kelly Isley, who in addition to having an awesome first name, was one of the founding members of the Isley Brothers.
Keyboardist Bob James was born on December 25, 1939. He’s another guy whose name you might not know, but who’s music you’ll definitely recognize, particularly this fabulous TV theme:
Other Christmas kids include Peter Brown, writer of Madonna’s “Material Girl”; Harry Vestine, guitarist with Canned Heat; Noel Redding of the Jimi Hendrix Experience; Robin Campbell from UB40; and country star Barbara Mandrell.
We’ll wrap up this list of Christmas arrivals with a Drive staple. On December 25, 1946, James and Mary Buffett of Pascagoula, Mississippi, welcomed young James William Buffett into the family. He would of course go on to be the official singer of cheeseburgers, paradise, margaritas and much more.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to one and all!