Today's special An Artist Is Born birthday shoutout goes to MICK AVORY (1944). A drummer and percussionist, Avory is best known as a member of legendary English rock band THE KINKS. He was the group's longtime drummer; staying with them from their formation and until 1984. Aside from the Davies brothers, he is the longest standing member of the band. Avory was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Kinks back in 1990. Outside of The Kinks, he has worked with Dave Clark, Noel Redding of the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Animals' Dave Rowberry.
Other notable music birthdays today include producer Brian Holland (1941), Supertramp's John Helliwell (1945), Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Jake E. Lee (1957), UB40 singer Ali Campbell (1959), Culture Club bassist Mikey Craig (1960), Lordi frontman Tomi Putaansuu (1974), Incubus vocalist Brandon Boyd (1976), Killers drummer Ronnie Vannucci Jr. (1976), Bad Religion drummer Brooks Wackerman (1977), and Sinergy's Kimberly Goss (1978).