American musicians born in 1945

Here are 50 famous musicians from United States of America were born in 1945:

Don McLean

Don McLean (October 2, 1945 New Rochelle-) a.k.a. Don Mc Lean, McLean, Don or Don McClean is an American musician and singer-songwriter.

His albums: The Best of Don McLean, Classics, American Pie & Other Hits, The Collection, Starry, Starry Night, The Very Best of Don McLean, Legendary Songs of Don McLean, Rearview Mirror, Favorites and Rarities and Greatest Hits: Then & Now. Genres related to him: Folk music, Folk rock and Rock music.

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Micky Dolenz

Micky Dolenz (March 8, 1945 Los Angeles-) otherwise known as George Michael Dolenz, Jr., Mickey Braddock, Micky Braddock, Michael Dolenz, Mickey Dolenz, The Monkees, George Michael "Micky" Dolenz, Jr. or George Michael Dolenz Jr. is an American singer, musician, actor, drummer, keyboard player, television producer, film director, television director, radio personality, theatre director and voice actor. His children are Ami Dolenz, Charlotte Janelle Dolenz, Emily Claire Dolenz and Georgia Rose Dolenz.

His most recognized albums: Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart.

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Tony Williams

Tony Williams (December 12, 1945 Chicago-February 23, 1997 Daly City) also known as Williams, Tony or Anthony Tillmon Williams was an American drummer, musician, record producer, composer and bandleader.

His albums: Million Dollar Legs, Spring, Ultimate Tony Williams, Wilderness, Native Heart, Life Time, The Joy of Flying, Mosaic Select 24: Tony Williams, Angel Street and Civilization. Genres he performed: Jazz fusion, Jazz, Hard bop and Post-bop.

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Steve Martin

Steve Martin (August 14, 1945 Waco-) a.k.a. Stephen Glenn Martin, Stephen Glenn "Steve" Martin, Stephen Glenn Vernon Martin, Pig Eye Jackson or Pig Eye Jackson also is an American comedian, screenwriter, actor, playwright, film producer, television producer, author and musician.

His albums include Let's Get Small, The Crow, Rare Bird Alert, Love Has Come For You and Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers feat. Edie Brickell Live. Genres he performed: Bluegrass, Pop music and Country.

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Peter Criss

Peter Criss (December 20, 1945 Brooklyn-) also known as Criss, Peter is an American drummer, songwriter, record producer and musician.

His albums include Peter Criss, Cat #1, Let Me Rock You, Out of Control and One for All. Genres he performed: Hard rock, Heavy metal, Glam metal, Pop music, Jazz, Soft rock and Pop rock.

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Ellen McIlwaine

Ellen McIlwaine (October 1, 1945 Nashville-) also known as McIlwaine, Ellen, Ellen McIlwane or McIlwane, Ellen is an American singer, singer-songwriter, composer, musician and film score composer.

Her albums: Up from the Skies: The Polydor Years, Honky Tonk Angel, We the People, The Real Ellen McIlwaine / Everyone Needs It, Everybody Needs It and The Real Ellen McIllwaine.

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Itzhak Perlman

Itzhak Perlman (August 31, 1945 Tel Aviv-) otherwise known as Yitzhak Perlman, Isaac Perlman or Perlman, Itzhak is an American conductor, teacher, violinist and actor.

His albums: Cinema Serenade, Greatest Hits, In the Fiddler's House, The Art of Itzhak Perlman, Paganini: Violin Concerto no. 1 / Sarasate: Carmen Fantasy, Virtuoso Violin, Itzhak Perlman's Greatest Hits, Violin Concertos, Saint-Saëns: Violin Concerto No. 3 / Wieniawski: Violin Concerto No. 2 and . Genres he performed: Classical music, Jazz, Klezmer and Baroque music.

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John Fogerty

John Fogerty (May 28, 1945 Berkeley-) a.k.a. John Fogarty, John Cameron Fogerty, J. C. Fogerty, J C Fogerty, Fogerty, John, John C. Fogerty or The Blue Ridge Rangers is an American songwriter, singer, musician, singer-songwriter, guitarist, keyboard player, record producer, film score composer and music artist. His children are called Shane Fogerty, Kelsy Cameron Fogerty, Tyler Fogerty and Lyndsay Fogerty.

His albums include Centerfield, The Long Road Home: The Ultimate John Fogerty - Creedence Collection, Blue Moon Swamp, Washington 1987, The Blue Ridge Rangers, John Fogerty, Revival, The Best of John Fogerty, Eye of the Zombie and Premonition. His related genres: Gospel music, Rock music, Swamp rock, Country, Blues, Roots rock, Country rock, Southern rock, Blues rock, Swamp pop, Heartland rock, Americana, Rock and roll, Alternative country and Swamp Rock.

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Jimmie Dale Gilmore

Jimmie Dale Gilmore (May 6, 1945 Amarillo-) also known as Jimmy Dale Gilmore or Gilmore, Jimmie Dale is an American record producer, singer, musician, actor and songwriter.

His most well known albums: Fair & Square, Come on Back, After Awhile, One Endless Night, Braver Newer World, Spinning Around the Sun, Heirloom Music, Two Roads and Jimmie Dale Gilmore. Genres: Country.

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Stephen Stills

Stephen Stills (January 3, 1945 Dallas-) also known as Stephen Arthur Stills, Stills, Stephen, Captain Manyhands, Stephen Still or Still, Stephen is an American songwriter, singer, musician, record producer, guitarist, political activist, actor and multi-instrumentalist. His children are Jen Stills, Chris Stills, Justin Stills, Oliver Ragland and Henry Stills.

His albums: Stephen Stills, Manassas, Man Alive!, Illegal Stills, Live, Stephen Stills 2, Stills Alone, Stills, Stills / Illegal Stills / Thoroughfare Gap and Just Roll Tape. Genres he performed include Folk rock, Rock music, Blues rock, Alternative country and Latin American music.

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Carly Simon

Carly Simon (June 25, 1945 New York City-) also known as carly_simon, Simon, Carly or Carly Elisabeth Simon is an American guitarist, singer-songwriter, musician, writer, actor, film score composer and author. Her children are called Ben Taylor and Sally Taylor.

Her albums: Anticipation, Carly Simon, No Secrets, Hotcakes, Playing Possum, Another Passenger, Boys in the Trees, Spy, Come Upstairs and Torch. Her related genres: Pop music, Rock music, Traditional pop music, Adult contemporary music, Folk music and Soft rock.

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Jandek (October 26, 1945 Houston-) is an American guitarist.

Discography: Follow Your Footsteps, Blue Corpse, You Walk Alone, Somebody in the Snow, Glasgow Monday, Chair Beside a Window, Glad to Get Away, Glasgow Sunday, Graven Image and I Threw You Away. Genres he performed include Outsider music, Folk music, Blues, Experimental music and Rock music.

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Ron "Pigpen" McKernan

Ron "Pigpen" McKernan (September 8, 1945 San Bruno-March 8, 1973 Corte Madera) also known as Ron McKernan, The Grateful Dead, Pigpen, Ronald C. McKernan, Ronald Charles McKernan or Ronald C. "Pigpen" McKernan was an American singer, musician and songwriter.

Genres he performed: Blues, Psychedelic rock and Rock music.

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Keith Jarrett

Keith Jarrett (May 8, 1945 Allentown-) also known as Keith Jarret or Keith Jarett is an American songwriter, harpsichordist, jazz pianist, organist, composer and musician. His children are Noah Jarrett and Gabe Jarret.

His albums: At the Blue Note: The Complete Recordings, Eyes of the Heart, Invocations / The Moth and the Flame, Mysteries: The Impulse Years, 1975-1976, Silence, Spheres, Works, Dark Intervals, Book of Ways and Rarum I: Selected Recordings. Genres he performed include Free improvisation, Jazz, Jazz fusion, Avant-garde jazz, Post-bop, Smooth jazz, Free jazz and Classical music.

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Bette Midler

Bette Midler (December 1, 1945 Honolulu-) otherwise known as Bette Davis Midler, The Divine Miss M or Bathhouse Betty is an American actor, film producer, comedian, writer, singer-songwriter, entrepreneur, author, screenwriter, voice actor and television producer. Her child is Sophie von Haselberg.

Her albums: Mud Will Be Flung Tonight, Beaches, Bette, Bette Midler Sings the Peggy Lee Songbook, Bathhouse Betty, Bette Midler, Bette of Roses, Broken Blossom, Divine Madness and I'm Beautiful. Genres she performed: Pop music, Rock music, Adult contemporary music and Comedy.

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Debbie Harry

Debbie Harry (July 1, 1945 Miami-) also known as Deborah Harry, Deborah Ann Harry, Angela Tremble, Debbie, Blondie or Deborah Ann "Debbie" Harry is an American musician, actor, film score composer and singer-songwriter.

Her albums: Collection, Debravation, Def Dumb & Blonde, KooKoo, Rockbird, In Love With Love, Necessary Evil, French Kissin' – The Collection, Deborah Harry Collection and Most of All: The Best of Deborah Harry. Genres she performed: New Wave, Punk rock, Pop music, Dance music, Rock music, Disco, Reggae, Pop rock, Ska, Alternative hip hop, Post-punk, Hard rock, Power pop and Hip hop music.

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Gloria Jones

Gloria Jones (October 19, 1945 Cincinnati-) a.k.a. Gloria Richetta Jones or Jones, Gloria is an American record producer, songwriter and singer. She has one child, Rolan Bolan.

Related albums: Tainted Love, Windstorm, Share My Love, Vixen, Reunited and Come Go with Me. Genres she performed: Northern soul, Gospel music and Rhythm and blues.

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Bob Seger

Bob Seger (May 6, 1945 Lincoln Park-) otherwise known as Robert Clark Seger, Robert Clark "Bob" Seger, Bob or Robyn Robbins is an American musician, singer-songwriter, guitarist, pianist and keyboard player. He has two children, Samantha Char Seger and Christopher Cole Seger.

His albums include Back in '72, Seven, Beautiful Loser, Face the Promise, Brand New Morning, Smokin' O.P.'s, The Bob Seger Collection, Early Seger Vol. 1, Best of Bob Seger and Tales of Lucy Blue - The Best of Bob Seger 1966-1975. Genres: Heartland rock, Rock music, Hard rock, Blue-eyed soul, Roots rock, Country, Country rock, Pop rock and Southern rock.

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Leo Kottke

Leo Kottke (September 11, 1945 Athens-) also known as Kottke, Leo is an American guitarist and film score composer.

His most important albums: 6- and 12-String Guitar, Mudlark, Greenhouse, Dreams and All That Stuff, Chewing Pine, Leo Kottke 1971-1976: Did You Hear Me?, Leo Kottke, Burnt Lips, Balance and Guitar Music. His related genres: American Primitivism and American folk music.

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Maury Yeston

Maury Yeston (October 23, 1945 Jersey City-) is an American composer, lyricist and musicologist. He has three children, Jake Yeston, Max Yeston and Emma Yeston.

His albums: Titanic: A New Musical, Nine (New Broadway Cast), Nine (1992 London concert cast), Phantom: The American Musical Sensation, Nine (1987 Australian cast), Nine (1982 original Broadway cast), December Songs (mezzo-soprano: Isabelle Georges, piano: Stan Cramer) and Titanic! Das Musical in Hamburg.

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Anthony Braxton

Anthony Braxton (June 4, 1945 Chicago-) also known as Braxton, Anthony is an American performer, jazz composer, composer, bandleader, musician and professor. He has two children, Tyondai Braxton and Donari Braxton.

His albums include Donna Lee, For Alto, Charlie Parker Project 1993, 19 [Solo] Compositions, 1988, Quartet (Birmingham) 1985, Quartet (London) 1985, Six Compositions (Quartet) 1984, Solo (Milan) 1979, Composition No. 169 + (186 + 206 + 214) and 3 Compositions of New Jazz. His related genres: Free jazz, Jazz, Avant-garde, Opera and Avant-garde jazz.

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Adrienne Barbeau

Adrienne Barbeau (June 11, 1945 Sacramento-) also known as Adrienne Jo Barbeau is an American actor, voice actor, writer and author. She has three children, Cody Carpenter, William Dalton Van Zandt and Walker Steven Van Zandt.

Her albums: Adrienne Barbeau.

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Mick Goodrick

Mick Goodrick (June 9, 1945 Sharon-) is an American , .

Related albums: In Pas(s)ing, Live at the Jazz Standard, Rare Birds and In The Same Breath.

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Cornelius Bumpus

Cornelius Bumpus (May 7, 1945 Santa Cruz-February 3, 2004) also known as Bumpus, Cornelius was an American , .

multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter. Bumpus was best known as a member of the Doobie Brothers, where he played saxophone, guitar, and provided backing vocals. He joined the band in 1979 and appeared on their albums "One Step Closer," "Cycles," and "Brotherhood."

Before joining the Doobie Brothers, Bumpus was a member of the band Moby Grape, and also performed with Bobby McFerrin, Steely Dan, and Bonnie Raitt, among others. He released a solo album in 1983, called "A Clear Day's Journey."

Bumpus was known for his dynamic stage presence and his ability to play multiple instruments. He continued to perform and record music throughout his career, even after leaving the Doobie Brothers in the mid-1980s. He passed away in 2004 at the age of 58 due to a heart attack.

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David Sanborn

David Sanborn (July 30, 1945 Tampa-) also known as David Sanborne, Dave Sanborn, Dave Sanborne, david_sanborn or Sanborn, David is an American musician and film score composer.

His albums include Another Hand, Pearls, As We Speak, Close-Up, Closer, Hearsay, Heart to Heart, Hideaway, Sanborn Best ! : Dreaming Girl and Slam. His related genres: Jazz, Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Smooth jazz, Funk and Jazz fusion.

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Ja'net Du Bois

Ja'net Du Bois (August 5, 1945 Brooklyn-) also known as Ja'net DuBois, Jeannette "Ja'net" Dubois, Ja'net, Jeannette Dubois or Ja'Net Du Bois is an American actor, singer, songwriter and voice actor. Her children are called Yovanne Dubois, Burghardt Dubois and Rani DuBois.

Her albums: Hidden Treasures.

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Daniel Carter

Daniel Carter (December 28, 1945 Wilkinsburg-) also known as Carter, Daniel is an American , .

His discography includes: Principle Hope.

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Kim Carnes

Kim Carnes (July 20, 1945 Hollywood-) otherwise known as Carnes, Kim, Kim Karnes, The Female Rod Stewart, Kim Carnes Ellingson, Kim M. Carnes or K.Carnes is an American musician, singer-songwriter and actor.

Her most well known albums: Mistaken Identity, Gypsy Honeymoon: The Best of Kim Carnes, Bette Davis Eyes, The Best of Kim Carnes: Priceless Collection, Premium Gold Collection, Crazy in the Night, The Best of Kim Carnes, To Love Somebody, Romance Dance and St. Vincent's Court. Genres she performed: Pop music, Rock music, Country, Soul music and Blue-eyed soul.

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David Grisman

David Grisman (March 23, 1945 Hackensack-) a.k.a. Dave Grisman, Grisman, David or Dawg is an American musician, composer, record producer and session musician. His children are called Gillian Grisman and Monroe Grisman.

His albums include Quintet '80, Mondo Mando, Here Today, Acousticity, David Grisman's Acoustic Christmas, Dawg '90, Early Dawg, Home Is Where the Heart Is, Hot Dawg and Life of Sorrow. Genres he performed include Bluegrass, Progressive bluegrass, Folk music, Jazz and Americana.

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Jessye Norman

Jessye Norman (September 15, 1945 Augusta-) also known as Norman, Jessye is an American singer and musician.

Her discography includes: Amazing Grace, Les Chemins de l'amour, In the Spirit, I Was Born in Love With You: Jessye Norman Sings Michel Legrand, Sacred Songs, The Jessye Norman Collection, Jessye Norman: Classics, Spirituals in Concert, Symphonie No. 9 / Symphonie No. 6 "Pastorale" and Gala in Leningrad. Genres she performed include Opera, Gospel music, Spiritual and Classical music.

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Chayito Valdez

Chayito Valdez (May 28, 1945 Sinaloa-) is an American singer.

Her discography includes: .

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Arthur Lee

Arthur Lee (March 7, 1945 Memphis-August 3, 2006 Memphis) also known as Arthur Taylor Porter or Lee, Arthur was an American singer, musician, record producer and songwriter.

Discography: Best of Both Worlds, Live in Liverpool 1992, Vindicator, Arthur Lee and Five String Serenade. Genres he performed: Psychedelic rock and Folk rock.

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Tammi Terrell

Tammi Terrell (April 29, 1945 Philadelphia-March 16, 1970 Philadelphia) also known as Terrell, Tammi, Thomasina Winifred Montgomery, Tommie or Tammy was an American singer and songwriter.

Her albums include Irresistible, The Essential Collection, The Story of Tammi Terrell, Easy, Greatest Hits, You're All I Need, United, Come On and See Me: The Complete Solo Collection, United / You're All I Need and 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell. Genres: Rhythm and blues, Soul music and Pop music.

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Jim Gordon

Jim Gordon (July 14, 1945 Los Angeles-) also known as Gordon, Jim or James Beck Gordon is an American songwriter, drummer and musician.

Genres he performed: Hard rock, Blues, Blues rock, Psychedelic rock and Pop music.

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Vince Martell

Vince Martell (November 11, 1945 New York City-) is an American musician.

Genres he performed include Rock and roll, Hard rock and Psychedelic rock.

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John Barbata

John Barbata (April 1, 1945 Passaic-) also known as Barbata, John is an American drummer.

His related genres: Pop rock, Rock and roll and Pop music.

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Carson Whitsett

Carson Whitsett (May 1, 1945 Mississippi-May 8, 2007) was an American songwriter and organist.

He was known for his work in the Soul and R&B genres and was considered one of the most influential musicians in the southern music scene. Whitsett began his career in the 1960s, playing on sessions for Stax Records and later becoming a session musician for Muscle Shoals Sound Studio. He worked with notable artists such as Etta James, Wilson Pickett, and the Staple Singers.

In addition to his work as a musician, Whitsett was also a successful songwriter, co-writing hits such as “I’ll Take You There” by the Staple Singers and “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man” by Aretha Franklin. He was inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in 1995 and the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame in 2013.

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J. D. Souther

J. D. Souther (November 2, 1945 Detroit-) also known as J.D. Souther, John David Souther, Souther, JD or JD Souther is an American songwriter, singer and actor.

His discography includes: John David Souther, Black Rose, You're Only Lonely, Home by Dawn, 20Songs, If the World Was You, Border Town: The Very Best of J.D. Souther and Natural History. Genres: Rock music, Country, Pop music and Adult contemporary music.

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Teenie Hodges

Teenie Hodges (November 16, 1945 Germantown-June 22, 2014 Dallas) also known as Mabon \"Teenie\" Hodges or Mabon Lewis "Teenie" Hodges was an American songwriter, musician, actor, film score composer and guitarist. He had eight children, Valencia Hodges, Reginald Hodges, Shonte Stokes, Sheila Hodges, Cherie Hodges, Tabitha Gary, Inga Black and Mabon L. Hodges II.

Genres he performed: Soul music and Rhythm and blues.

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Robert Palmer

Robert Palmer (June 19, 1945 Little Rock-November 20, 1997 Valhalla) also known as Robert Franklin Palmer Jr. was an American writer, record producer, journalist, screenwriter, clarinetist, saxophonist and musicologist.

Genres: Rock music, Folk rock, Blues and Folk music.

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Frederica von Stade

Frederica von Stade (June 1, 1945 Somerville-) also known as Frederica Von Stade or von Stade, Frederica is an American singer.

Her albums include Chants d'Auvergne, Martin Katz, Frederica von Stade – Mahler Songs, My Funny Valentine": Frederica von Stade Sings Rodgers and Hart, Chants d'Auvergne, Vol. 1 (feat. soprano Kiri te Kanawa), Songs of the Auvergne, , Symphonie No. 4 (Wiener Philharmoniker feat. conductor: Claudio Abbado, Mezzosopran: Frederica von Stade), Symphony no. 4 / Songs of a Wayfarer and Berlioz: Les nuits d'été, Debussy: La damoiselle élue (Boston Symphony Orchestra feat. Mezzo-soprano: Frederica von Stade, conductor: Seiji Ozawa).

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Doug Rhodes

Doug Rhodes (May 28, 1945-) also known as Rhodes, Doug is an American , .

Doug Rhodes (May 28, 1945-) also known as Rhodes, Doug is an American inventor and entrepreneur. He is the founder and CEO of Rhody Products, a company known for its innovative designs and products. Rhodes has been issued over 25 patents and has developed products for various industries, including healthcare, automotive, and aerospace. He is also recognized for his philanthropic work and has donated to several organizations supporting education and research for various diseases. In addition, Rhodes is a regular speaker at events and conferences, sharing his insights and experiences on innovation and entrepreneurship.

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Tom Chapin

Tom Chapin (March 13, 1945 New York City-) a.k.a. Chapin, Tom is an American singer-songwriter, musician and entertainer. His children are called Lily Chapin and Abigail Chapin.

His discography includes: Life Is Like That, Mother Earth, In the City of Mercy, Family Tree, Moonboat, Billy the Squid, Let Me Back Into Your Life, Zag Zig, Join the Jubilee and Around the World and Back Again.

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Stu Cook

Stu Cook (April 25, 1945 Oakland-) a.k.a. Stuart Alden Cook is an American songwriter and musician.

Genres he performed: Roots rock, Swamp pop, Southern rock, Country rock, Rock and roll, Blues rock and Rock music.

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Doug Clifford

Doug Clifford (April 24, 1945 Palo Alto-) a.k.a. Clifford, Doug, Doug "Cosmo" Clifford or Cosmo Clifford is an American drummer, musician and songwriter.

His albums: Cosmo. Genres related to him: Roots rock, Swamp pop, Country rock, Southern rock, Rock and roll, Blues rock and Rock music.

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Jeannie C. Riley

Jeannie C. Riley (October 19, 1945 Stamford-) also known as Jeannie C Riley, Riley, Jeannie C., Jeanie C. Riley, Jennie C. Riley, Jeanne Carolyn Stephenson or Jeannie Riley is an American singer.

Her albums: The Best of Jeannie C. Riley, Harper Valley P.T.A. and Harper Valley PTA. Genres she performed: Gospel music and Country.

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Steve Gadd

Steve Gadd (April 9, 1945 Irondequoit-) also known as Gadd, Steve is an American drummer, musician and session musician. His child is Meaghan Gadd.

Discography: Gadd About, The Gadd Gang, Live at Voce, Trio in Tokyo, Super Trio and Live. Genres related to him: Jazz, Rock music, Blues, Rhythm and blues, Bebop, Post-bop and Jazz fusion.

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Clifton Davis

Clifton Davis (October 4, 1945 Chicago-) also known as Clifton Duncan Davis is an American actor, songwriter, minister and pastor. He has two children, Christian Noel Davis and Holly Danielle Davis.

Davis began his career as a songwriter in the late 1960s and eventually transitioned into acting. One of his most notable roles was as Reverend Reuben Gregory in the popular television series "Amen" which aired from 1986 to 1991.

In addition to his work in entertainment, Davis is also a minister and pastor. He received his Bachelor's degree in Theology from Oakwood University and was ordained in 1987. He has served as pastor of several churches and is also an advocate for inner-city youth.

Davis has also been recognized for his humanitarian efforts and dedication to philanthropy. He has worked with organizations such as UNICEF and the NAACP to promote positive change and help those in need.

Overall, Davis has had a multifaceted career and has had a notable impact in both the entertainment industry and the world at large.

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Walter Parazaider

Walter Parazaider (March 14, 1945 Chicago-) also known as Parazaider, Walter is an American musician and saxophonist.

Genres he performed: Rhythm and blues, Rock music, Blues and Jazz fusion.

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Barbara Harris

Barbara Harris (August 18, 1945 Elizabeth City-) is an American singer.

Barbara Harris is an American singer, best known for being a founding member and lead vocalist of the 1960s girl group The Toys. Born in Elizabeth City, North Carolina in 1945, Harris grew up in a family of musicians and began singing at a young age. She formed The Toys with two other classmates from high school in the early 1960s, and their debut single "A Lover's Concerto" became a #2 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1965. The group went on to release several more successful singles and albums, but disbanded in the early 1970s. Harris continued to perform and record music as a solo artist, and also worked as a session singer and vocal coach. She was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in 2010.

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