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Steve Vai -- b.6/6/1960
Music Producer, Composer, Songwriter, Singer, Rock & Roll Guitarist
Group Names: Frank Zappa, David Lee Roth Band, Whitesnake

Tobi Vail -- b.7/20/1969
Music Figure
Group Names: Bikini Kill

Holly Valance -- b.5/11/1983
Actress, Pop Singer, Australian
Song Titles: Kiss Kiss
Album Titles: Footprints
TV Shows: Neighbours
Movie Titles: Taken, DOA: Dead or Alive, Pledge This!

Giuseppe Valdengo -- b.5/24/1914 d.10/3/2007 (93)
Opera Baritone, Italian

Carlos (Actor) Valdes -- b.4/20/1989 N.S.
Actor, Composer, Singer, Musician
Misc: stage: Jersey Boys, Once
TV Shows: Arrow (as Cisco Ramon), The Flash (as Cisco Ramon)

Angélica Vale -- b.11/11/1975 N.S.
Actress, Comedienne, Cartoon Voice Actress, Singer, Mexican

Jerry Vale -- b.7/8/1930 d.5/18/2014 (83)
Adult-Pop Singer, Pop Crooner
Names/Places: RN:Genero Louis Vitaliano
Misc: some say b. 1932

Michael "Mike" Vale -- b.7/17/1949 N.S.
Rock & Roll Bassist
Group Names: Tommy James & the Shondells

Nancy Valen -- b.12/14/1965
Actress, Producer, Dancer, Singer
Names/Places: b. in Brooklyn
TV Shows: Hull High (as Donna Breedlove), Baywatch (as Captain Samantha "Sam" Thomas)
Movie Titles: Loverboy, The Heavenly Kid, Porky's Revenge

Ricky Valence -- b.4/10/1939
Pop Singer, British
Misc: sang "Tell Laura I Love Her", parodied by Billy Connolly later on. The BBC refused to play Ricky's hit
Song Titles: Tell Laura I Love Her

Ritchie Valens -- b.5/13/1941 d.2/3/1959 (17)
Composer, Songwriter, Guitarist, Rockabilly Singer
Names/Places: b. in Pacoima, Ca.; RN:Richard Steven Valenzuela
Misc: "Weird Al" Yankovic parodied his hit into "Lasagna"
Song Titles: La Bamba

Nick Valensi -- b.1/16/1981
Rock & Roll Guitarist
Group Names: The Strokes

Caterina Valente -- b.1/14/1931
Actress, Dancer, Singer, Guitarist, Italian
Names/Places: b. in Paris

Dino Valenti -- b.10/7/1943 d.11/16/1994 (51)
Songwriter, Rock & Roll Singer/Guitarist
Names/Places: RN:Chester Powers
Group Names: Quicksilver Messenger Service

Brooke Valentine -- b.10/5/1985
Rhythm and Blues Singer

Dickie Valentine -- b.11/4/1929 d.5/6/1971 (41)
Movie Actor, Pop Singer, English

Eric Valentine -- b.??/??/????
Rock & Roll Musician
Group Names: T-Ride

Gary (New Wave) Valentine -- b.12/24/1955
Songwriter, Rock & Roll Bassist
Group Names: Blondie

Hilton Valentine -- b.5/21/1943
Songwriter, Rock & Roll Guitarist, English
Group Names: The Animals

James Valentine -- b.10/5/1978
Pop Performer
Group Names: Maroon 5

Kathy Valentine -- b.1/7/1959
Bassist, Rock & Roll Singer
Group Names: The Go-Gos, soloist

Kevin Valentine -- b.??/??/????
Rock & Roll Musician
Group Names: Cinderella

Kid Thomas Valentine -- b.2/3/1896 d.6/18/1987 (91)
Jazz Performer

Tony Valentine -- b.5/24/1941
Group Names: Standells

Bobby Valentino -- b.2/27/1980
Songwriter, Violinist, Rhythm and Blues Singer
Names/Places: RN: Bobby Wilson
Group Names: Mista

Bobby Valentino -- b.6/22/1954
Actor, Songwriter, Violinist, Rock & Roll Singer, English
Names/Places: RN: Robert James Beckingham
Group Names: Fabulous Poodles, Hank Wangford, Los Pistoleros, The Bluebells

Marion Valentino -- b.8/23/1955
Singer, Guitarist, British

Mark Valentino -- b.3/12/1942
Names/Places: RN:Anthony Busillo

Sal Valentino -- b.9/8/1942
Songwriter, Musician, Rock & Roll Singer
Group Names: Beau Brimmels (lead)

Jesse Valenzuela -- b.5/22/1962
Musician, Alternative Rock Singer
Group Names: Gin Blossoms, The Low Watts

Valjean -- b.11/19/1934 d.2/10/2003 (68)
Names/Places: LN:Jones
Song Titles: Theme from Ben Casey

Rudy Vallee -- b.7/28/1901 d.7/3/1986 (85)
Writer, TV/Movie/Stage Actor, Comedian, Composer, Music Publisher, Clarinetist, Saxophonist, Bandleader, Pop Crooner
Names/Places: b. in Island Pond, VT; RN:Hubert Prior Rudy Vallee; d. while watching the Statue of Liberty Centennial ceremonies
Misc: famous of the 1920-30s
TV Shows: Batman (as Evil Lord Phogg)

Alwina Valleria -- b.10/12/1848 d.2/17/1925 (76)
Opera Soprano

Jim Valley -- b.3/13/1943
Rock & Roll Guitarist
Group Names: Paul Revere & the Raiders

Frankie Valli -- b.5/3/1934
Pop Singer
Names/Places: b. in Newark, NJ; RN:Frank Castellaccio;
Group Names: The Four Seasons (lead), soloist
Song Titles: Sherry, Big Girls Don't Cry, Walk Like a Man, Rag Doll, Who Loves You, December 1963 (Oh What a Night) (previous titles as part of The Four Seasons), Can't Take My Eyes Off You, My Eyes Adored You, Swearin' to God, Grease

June Valli -- b.6/30/1928 d.3/12/1993 (64)
Commercial Actress, Pop Singer
Misc: Chiquita Banana voicist
TV Shows: Your Hit Parade (mid 1950s)

Ross Valory -- b.2/2/1949
Bassist, Rock & Roll Singer
Group Names: Journey, Steve Miller Band

Rubén Valtierra -- b.12/26/1964
Keyboardist, Novelty Musician
Group Names: Weird Al Yankovic (studio keyboardist)

Bobby Van -- b.12/6/1930 d.7/31/1980 (49)
Actor, Game Show Host, Panelist, Dancer, Singer
Names/Places: RN:Robert van Stein then King; Elaine Joyce's hubby
Misc: some say b. 1932
TV Shows: The Fun Factor, Showoffs

Gus Van -- b.8/12/1887 d.3/12/1968 (80)
Stage Actor, Comedian, Singer
Misc: with Joe Schenck

Egbert Van Alstyne -- b.3/4/1878 d.7/9/1951 (73)
Composer, Musician

Casey Van Beek -- b.12/1/1942
Country Musician
Group Names: The Tractors

Ludwig van Beethoven -- b.12/16/1770 N.S. d.3/26/1827 N.S. (56)
Composer, German
Names/Places: b. in Bonn; d. in Vienna
Misc: classic orchestras; some say b. Dec 17

Walter van Brunt -- b.4/22/1892 d.4/11/1971 (78)
Stage Actor, Tenor

Armin Van Buuren -- b.12/25/1976 N.S.
Music Producer, Dutch (Netherlands)
Misc: notable DJ who produces trance music
Song Titles: This is What It Feels Like

Dick Vance -- b.11/28/1915 d.7/1/1985 (69)
Jazz Performer

Kenny Vance -- b.12/9/1943
Music Producer, Songwriter, Singer
Group Names: Jay & the Americans

Harry Vanda -- b.3/22/1946
Music Producer, Songwriter, Guitarist, Australian
Names/Places: RN:Harry Vandanberg
Group Names: The Easybeats
Song Titles: Friday On My Mind

Art Van Damme -- b.4/9/1920 d.2/15/2010 (89)
Accordionist, Jazz Musician

David Van Day -- b.11/28/1958
Singer, English
Group Names: Dollar

Adrian Vandenberg -- b.1/31/1959
Songwriter, Singer, Keyboardist, Rock & Roll Singer/Guitarist, Dutch (Netherlands)
Group Names: Vandenberg, Whitesnake

Brian Vander Ark -- b.6/19/1964
Songwriter, Singer/Musician
Group Names: The Verve Pipe

Pierre van der Linden -- b.2/19/1946
Jazz Drummer, Rock & Roll Drummer, Dutch (Netherlands)
Group Names: Focus

Grace Vanderwaal -- b.1/15/2004 N.S.
Songwriter, Singer
TV Shows: America's Got Talent

Klasseje Van Der Wal -- b.12/1/1948 d.2/13/2018 N.S. (69)
Bassist, Dutch (Netherlands)
Group Names: Shocking Blue

Bart Van Der Zeeluw -- b.9/11/1968
Group Names: K's Chioce

Luther Vandross -- b.4/20/1951 d.7/1/2005 (54)
Music Producer, Arranger, Songwriter, Soul Singer
Names/Places: MN:Ronzoni
Misc: was an in-demand background vocalist for several different artists; he also wrote commercial jingles
Song Titles: Never Too Much, Bad Boy/Having a Party, Superstar (medley), Give Me the Reason, Stop to Love, Power of Love/Love Power, The Best Things in Life Are Free (with Janet Jackson, BBD, and Ralph Tresvant)
Album Titles: Never Too Much, "Forever, For Always, For Love", Busy Body, The Night I Fell in Love, Give Me the Reason, Any Love, Power of Love, Never Let Me Go, Songs, Your Secret Love, I Know, Luther Vandross, Dance with My Father
Movie Titles: The Goonies (soundtrack), The Heat (soundtrack)
Video Games: Grand Theft Auto IV (soundtrack)

Jerry Van Dyke -- b.7/27/1931 d.1/5/2018 N.S. (86)
Actor, Comedian, Banjoist
Names/Places: b. in Danville, IL; Dick's brother
Misc: some say b. 1932; he turned down the lead role of Gilligan for Gilligan's Island
TV Shows: My Mother the Car (as Dave Crabtree), Accidental Family, 13 Queens Blvd, Coach (as Luther Van Dam)

Leroy Van Dyke -- b.10/4/1929
Songwriter, Country Singer
Names/Places: b. in Springfort, MO
Song Titles: The Auctioneer (fast-talking novelty tune)
TV Shows: Ozark Jubilee

William Van Dyke -- b.10/18/1946
Songwriter, Singer

Nick Van Eede -- b.6/14/1959
Music Producer, Songwriter, Singer, English
Group Names: Cutting Crew

Fred Van Eps -- b.12/30/1878 d.11/22/1960 (81)
Names/Places: George's father

George Van Eps -- b.8/7/1913 d.11/29/1998 (85)
Names/Places: Fred's son

Vanessa-Mae -- b.10/27/1978
Violinist, Country Singer, Singaporian
Names/Places: LN:Vanakorn Nicholson

Vangelis -- b.3/29/1943
Music Producer, Composer, Songwriter, Keyboardist, Synthesizer, Greek
Names/Places: RN:Evangelos Papathanassiou
Misc: composed the Chariots of Fire & Cosmos (Heaven and Hell) themes; some say b. in June 15 1947

Alex Van Halen -- b.5/8/1953
Songwriter, Heavy Metal Drummer, Dutch (Netherlands)
Names/Places: Eddie's brother
Misc: some say June 8, 1950, or 1955
Group Names: Van Halen

Eddie Van Halen -- b.1/26/1955
Songwriter, Heavy Metal Guitarst, Heavy Metal Keybordist, Golfer, Dutch (Netherlands)
Names/Places: Alex's brother, Valerie Bertinelli's ex-
Misc: some say b. 1957 but Eddie sez he was turning 42 in 1997, making him born in 1955
Group Names: Van Halen (lead guitarist)
Song Titles: You Really Got Me, Dance the Night Away, Oh Pretty Woman, Dancing in the Street, Jump, I'll Wait, Panama, Why Can't This Be Love, Love Walks In, Black and Blue, When It's Love, Finish What Ya Started, Poundcake, Runaround, Top of the World, The Dream is Over, Won't Get Fooled Again, Don't Tell Me What Love Can Do, Can't Stop Lovin' You, Amsterdam, Humans Being, Me Wise Magic, Without You, Fire in the Hole, It's About Time, Tattoo
Album Titles: Van Halen (1978), Van Halen II (1979), Women and Children First (1980), Fair Warning (1981), Diver Down (1982), 1984 (1984), 5150 (1986), OU812 (1988), For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge (1991), Balance (1995), Van Halen III (1998), A Different Kind of Truth (2012)
Video Titles: Live Without a Net, Video Hits Volume 1, Live: Right Here Right Now

Jan Van Halen -- b.1/18/1920 d.12/9/1986 (66)
Roman Catholic, Pianist, Saxophonist, Bandleader, Jazz Clarinetist, Dutch (Netherlands)
Names/Places: Eddie & Alex's father (missed his future grandson Wolfie by five years)
Song Titles: Big Bad Bill (is Sweet William Now, on the Van Halen album "Diver Down")

Wolfgang William Van Halen -- b.3/16/1991
Video Game Voice Actor, Rock & Roll Bassist
Names/Places: Valerie Bertinelli & Eddie's son (named after Mozart & already imitating daddy's guitar riffs at 6 mos!)
Group Names: Van Halen (bassist 2006-present as of 2016)
TV Shows: Valerie's Home Cooking (occasional guest)
Video Games: Guitar Hero: Van Halen

Jimmy Van Heusen -- b.1/26/1913 d.2/7/1990 (77)
Composer, Songwriter
Names/Places: b. in Syracuse, NY; NN:James; RN:Edward Chester Babcock
Misc: d. Feb 6?
Song Titles: Tin Pan Alley, Love & Marriage, High Hopes, Swinging on a Star

Peter Van Hooke -- b.4/6/1950
Rock & Roll Drummer, English
Misc: some say b. June 4
Group Names: Mike & the Mechanics, Headstone (Van Morrison's band), Ezio

Randy Van Horne -- b.2/10/1924 d.9/26/2007 (83)
Singer, Musician
Misc: one of the busiest vocal group contractors of the space age pop era

Carice Van Houten -- b.9/5/1976
Actress, Producer, Singer, Dutch (Netherlands)
TV Shows: Game of Thornes (as Melisandre)
Movie Titles: Black Book, Repo Men, Valkyrie

David Vanian -- b.10/12/1956
Punk Rock Singer, English
Names/Places: RN:David Letts
Group Names: The Damned

Vanilla Ice -- b.10/31/1967
Movie Actor, Rapper
Names/Places: RN:Robert Matthew Van Winkle
Misc: some say b. 1968 or 1969 but who cares anymore?
Song Titles: Ice Ice Baby
Movie Titles: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Cool as Ice

Merete Van Kamp -- b.11/17/1961
Actress, Singer, Danish (Denmark)
TV Shows: Dallas (as Grace)
Movie Titles: Lethal Women, Poison Ivy: The New Seduction, Mission Kill

Thijs van Leer -- b.3/31/1948
Songwriter, Flutist, Organist, Dutch (Netherlands)
Group Names: Focus

Robbie Van Leeuwen -- b.10/29/1944
Songwriter, Sitarist, Rock & Roll Guitarist, Dutch (Netherlands)
Group Names: Shocking Blue, the Motions

Troy Van Leeuwen -- b.1/5/1968 N.S.
Music Producer, Alternative Rock Guitarist
Group Names: Queens of the Stone Age

Joey Vann -- b.4/3/1943 d.2/28/1984 (40)
Group Names: The Duprees

Gino Vannelli -- b.6/16/1952
Composer, Songwriter, Pop Singer, Canadian
Names/Places: Not to be confused with Gino Vanelli
Misc: soul-styled
Song Titles: I Just Wanna Stop, Living Inside Myself, Black Cars, Wild Horses

Ronnie Vannucci -- b.2/15/1976
Alternative Rock Performer
Group Names: The Killers

Carson Van Osten -- b.9/24/1945 d.12/22/2015 N.S. (70)

Nina Van Pallandt -- b.7/15/1932
Actress, Singer, Danish (Denmark)
Misc: retired from acting in 1988
Movie Titles: The Long Goodbye, American Gigolo, Cutter's Way, The Sword and the Sorcerer

Mario Van Peebles -- b.1/15/1957
Writer, TV/Movie Actor, Comedian, Movie Director, Songwriter, Model, Mexican
Names/Places: Melvin's son
TV Shows: Cosby Show (occ), Sonny Spoon, L.A. Law (as Andrew Taylor)
Movie Titles: New Jack City

Melvin Van Peebles -- b.8/21/1932
Dramatist/Playwright, Screen/Scriptwriter, Movie Actor, Movie Director, Composer
Names/Places: RLN:Peebles
Misc: some say b. Sep 21
Movie Titles: Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song, Panther, Last Action Hero, Classified X

Darnell Van Rensalier -- b.5/17/1970
Rhythm and Blues Singer
Group Names: Shai

Dave Van Ronk -- b.6/30/1936 d.2/10/2002 (65)
Songwriter, Singer/Guitarist, Blues Performer, Folk Performer

Ricky Van Shelton -- b.1/12/1952
Country Singer/Guitarist

Jan Van Sichem Jr. -- b.10/13/1972
Rock & Roll Guitarist, Belgiumese
Group Names: K's Choice

Peter Van Steeden -- b.4/4/1904 d.1/3/1990 (85)
Composer, Bandleader
TV Shows: Break the Bank

Alfred "Alf" Van Straten -- b.9/20/1905 d.12/4/1988 (83)
Saxophonist, Bandleader, English

Randy Van Warmer -- b.3/30/1955 d.1/12/2004 (48)
Composer, Songwriter, Singer/Guitarist, Guitarist, Pop Singer
Names/Places: MN:Von

Andrew Van Wyngarden -- b.2/1/1983
Musician, Rock & Roll Singer

Donnie Van Zandt -- b.6/11/1952
Songwriter, Rock & Roll Singer/Guitarist
Group Names: .38 Special

Marie Van Zandt -- b.10/8/1858 d.12/31/1919 (61)
Soprano, Opera Singer

Steve "Miami" Van Zandt -- b.11/22/1950
Actor, Producer, Songwriter, Rock & Roll Singer/Guitarist
Names/Places: NN:Little Steven
Song Titles: Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band
TV Shows: The Sopranos (as Silvio Dante)

Townes Van Zandt -- b.3/7/1944 d.1/1/1997 (52)
Songwriter, Country Singer
Misc: belived to be b. Mar 7, not June 7

John Roy "Johnny" Van Zant -- b.2/27/1959
Country Singer, Rock & Roll Singer
Group Names: Lynard Skynard Tribute Band

Ronnie Van Zant -- b.1/15/1949 d.10/20/1977 (28)
Songwriter, Rock & Roll Singer
Names/Places: RFMN:Ronald Wayne
Group Names: Lynard Skynard

Agnès Varda -- b.5/30/1928 N.S. d.3/29/2019 N.S. (90)
Movie Director, Songwriter, Belgiumese

Edgard Varèse -- b.12/22/1883 d.11/6/1965 (81)
Author, Composer, French
Names/Places: aka Edgard Victor Achille Charles Varèse
Misc: coined the term "Organized Sound"; founded the International Composers Guild & was its director

Pedro Vargas -- b.4/29/1906 d.10/30/1989 (83)
Misc: an international star

Wilfrido Vargas -- b.4/24/1949
Jazz Saxophonist, Dominican Republican

Astrid Varnay -- b.4/25/1918 d.9/4/2006 (88)
Opera Singer, Swedish

Elle Varner -- b.2/12/1989 N.S.

Phil Varone -- b.10/15/1967
Music Producer, Songwriter, Heavy Metal Drummer
Group Names: Saigon Kick

Silvio Varviso -- b.2/26/1924 d.11/1/2006 (82)
Conductor, Swiss
Misc: spent most of his life devoted to conducting operas

Dave Vasco -- b.7/18/1948
Guitarist, British

Phil Vassar -- b.5/28/1964
Songwriter, Country Singer

Frankie Vaughan -- b.2/3/1928 N.S. d.9/17/1999 N.S. (71)
Dancer, Singer, English
Names/Places: RLN:Abelson

Greg Vaughan -- b.6/15/1973
Actor, Composer, Model
TV Shows: Beverly Hills 90210 (as Cliff), 90210 (as Kai), Malibu Shores (as Josh), Charmed (as Dan Gordon), Second Chances

Jimmy Vaughan -- b.3/20/1951
Blues Guitarist, Rock & Roll Guitarist
Names/Places: MN:Lee; b. in Austin, TX; Stevie Ray's brother
Group Names: The Fabulous Thunderbirds (co-founder)

Sarah "Sassy" Vaughan -- b.3/27/1924 N.S. d.4/3/1990 N.S. (66)
Jazz Singer, Jazz Pianist
Names/Places: b. in Newark, N.J.; NN:The Divine One
Misc: 3-octave voice range

Stevie Ray Vaughan -- b.10/3/1954 d.8/27/1990 (35)
Music Producer, Songwriter, Blues Singer, Blues Guitarist, Rock & Roll Singer
Group Names: Triple Threat (lead), Double Trouble, soloist
Album Titles: Texas Flood, Couldn't Stand The Weather, Soul To Soul, In Step, Family Style, The Sky is Crying

Billy Vaughn -- b.4/12/1919 d.9/26/1991 (72)
Conductor/Composer, Arranger, Singer, Bandleader
Names/Places: RN:Richard
TV Shows: The A. Team (as Hunt Stockwell)

Danny Vaughn -- b.7/18/1961
Rock & Roll Singer
Group Names: Tyketto, soloist

Denny Vaughn -- b.12/21/1921 d.10/2/1972 (50)

Michael Vaughn -- b.7/27/1950
Rock & Roll Singer/Guitarist, British
Group Names: Paper Lace

Colin Vearncombe -- b.5/26/1962 d.1/26/2016 N.S. (53)
Songwriter, Keyboardist, Punk Rock Singer/Guitarist, English
Names/Places: aka Black
Group Names: Black (lead)
Song Titles: Wonderful Life (1987)

Eddie Vedder -- b.12/23/1964
Songwriter, Alternative Rock Singer
Misc: some say b. 1966 or 1965
Group Names: Pearl Jam (lead)

Bobby Vee -- b.4/30/1943 d.10/24/2016 N.S. (73)
Actor, Songwriter, Pop Singer
Names/Places: b. in Fargo, ND; RN:Robert Thomas Velline

Cees Veerman -- b.10/6/1943 d.3/15/2014 (70)
Rock & Roll Singer
Group Names: The Cats

Carlos Vega -- b.12/7/1956 d.4/7/1998 (41)
Misc: sessionist

Suzanne Vega -- b.7/11/1959
Composer/Songwriter, Folk Singer/Guitarist
Misc: some say b. Aug 12 or 1960
Song Titles: Tom's Diner, Luka

Lolly Vegas -- b.10/2/1939 d.3/4/2010 (70)
Songwriter, Singer/Guitarist
Group Names: Redbone

Rosie (Singer) Vela -- b.12/28/1954
Singer, British

Camile Velasco -- b.9/1/1985
Reggae Singer, Phillipean
Names/Places: stage name: Eli-Mac
Misc: American Idol Finalist #9 (2004)

Jaci Velasquez -- b.10/15/1979
Actress, Singer, Christian/Contemporary Performer

Geraldo Velez -- b.8/15/1947
Jazz Performer, Congo, Puerto Rican
Names/Places: NN: Jerry
Group Names: Spyro Gyra

Martha Veléz -- b.8/25/1945
Actress, Singer
TV Shows: aka Pablo
Movie Titles: Safe, One Eight Seven, Star Maps, Side Out

Giovanni Velluti -- b.1/28/1780 d.1/22/1861 (80)
Opera Singer

Lonnie Vencent -- b.3/3/1964
Rock & Roll Musician
Group Names: Bulletboys

Julieta Venegas -- b.11/24/1970 N.S.
Pop Singer
Misc: Latin pop artist

Nik Venet -- b.12/3/1936 d.1/2/1998 (61)
Music Producer
Misc: produced more than 300 albums by such greats as the Beach Boys, Glen Campbell, and Bobby Darin.

Arthur Venosa -- b.9/3/1939
Group Names: Elegants

John Ventimiglia -- b.7/17/1963
Actor, Composer
TV Shows: The Sopranos (as Artie Bucco)
Movie Titles: The Iceman, Operation Autumn, Flypaper

Charles Ventre -- b.7/5/1952
Country Musician
Group Names: River Road

Cassie Ventura -- b.8/26/1986 N.S.
Actress, Rhythm and Blues Singer

Charlie Ventura -- b.12/2/1916 d.1/17/1992 (75)
Reeds, Tenor-sax, Jazz Performer
Names/Places: b. in Philadelphia

Ray Ventura -- b.4/16/1908 d.3/30/1979 (70)
Music Producer, Bandleader, French

Joe Venuti -- b.9/16/1903 d.8/14/1978 (74)
Violinist, Jazz Musician, Italian
Misc: some say b. 1900; his single Stop! Look! Listen! was the first #1 hit single on Billboard magazine's first pop singles chart 1-4-36; born possibly on Sep 16, 1903.
Song Titles: Stop! Look! Listen!

Billy Vera -- b.5/28/1944
TV Actor, Songwriter, Pop Singer, Bandleader
Names/Places: RN:William McCord Jr.
Group Names: Billy & The Beaters (lead)
Song Titles: At This Moment (which was a flop when it came out in 1981, but hit #1 on the singles chart in 1987 when it was used in an episode of "Family Ties" the year before), I Can Take Care of Myself
TV Shows: Into the Night With Rick Dees (bandleader); Beverly Hills 90210 (as Duke Weatherall)

Joey Vera -- b.4/24/1963
Heavy Metal Bassist
Group Names: Armored Saint, Fates Warning

Giuseppe Verdi -- b.10/10/1813 d.1/27/1901 (87)
Composer, Italian
Names/Places: b. in Le Roncole
Misc: of operas, Rigoletto, La Traviata, Otello; some say b. Oct 9

Gwen Verdon -- b.1/13/1925 d.10/18/2000 (75)
Movie/Stage Actress, Dancer, Singer
Names/Places: b. in Culver City, Calif.
Movie Titles: Cotton Club, Sweet Charity

Ben Vereen -- b.10/10/1946
TV/Movie/Stage Actor, Variety Show Host, Cartoon Voice Actor, Dancer, Singer
Names/Places: b. in Miami, FL
Misc: stage: Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, Pippin
TV Shows: Roots (as Chicken George), Webster (as Uncle Philip Long), Tenspeed & Brownshoe (as EL Tenspeed Turner), Ben Vereen Comin (as At Ya), Star Trek The Next Generation (as Dr. La Forge), The Fresh Prince (as his real father)

Mariska Veres -- b.10/1/1948 d.12/2/2006 N.S. (58)
Singer, Dutch (Netherlands)
Group Names: Shocking Blue (lead)
Song Titles: Venus

John Verity -- b.7/3/1949
Rock & Roll Singer/Guitarist, English
Misc: wikipedia says b. July 3, many say May 2, 1944
Group Names: Argent, soloist

Tom Verlaine -- b.12/13/1949
Music Producer, Songwriter, Punk Rock Singer/Guitarist
Names/Places: RN:Thomas Miller
Group Names: Television (lead), soloist

Ron Verlin -- b.4/29/1956
Music Figure
Group Names: Shooting Star

Ewan Vernal -- b.2/27/1964
Bassist, Keyboardist, Scotish
Group Names: Deacon Blue

Larry Verne -- b.2/8/1936 d.10/8/2013 (77)
Misc: turned into a construction foreman & assistant set director in motion pictures
Song Titles: Mr. Custer

Marcus Verne -- b.1/29/1964
Hip-Pop Performer
Group Names: Living In A Box

D. D. Verni -- b.4/12/1961
Music Producer, Songwriter, Heavy Metal Bassist
Group Names: Overkill

Larry Vernieri -- b.??/??/1940 or ??/??/1941 d.12/7/1999
Group Names: Joey Dee & the Starlighters

Mike (Music) Vernon -- b.11/20/1944
Music Producer, English
Misc: founded Blue Horizon Records

Mayra Verónica -- b.8/20/1980 N.S. or 8/20/1977 N.S.
Singer, Model, Cuban
Movie Titles: Pledge This!

Jim Verraros -- b.2/8/1983
Actor, Singer
TV Shows: American Idol (finalist #9 2002)

Shirley Verrett -- b.5/31/1931 d.11/5/2010 (79)
Opera Mezzo-Soprano
Names/Places: b. in New Orleans
Misc: some say b. 1931

Jesse Vest -- b.5/10/1977
Rock & Roll Bassist
Group Names: Days of the New, The Louisville Crashers, Tantric

Henry "The Sunflower" Vestine -- b.12/25/1944 d.10/20/1997 (52)
Rock & Roll Guitarist
Group Names: Canned Heat, Frank Zappa

Peter Vettese -- b.8/15/1956
Music Producer, Arranger, Songwriter, Keyboardist, Rock & Roll Musician, Scotish
Group Names: Jethro Tull

El Vez -- b.??/??/1960
Foreign Singer, Mexican
Names/Places: RN: Robert Lopez
Misc: Elvis impersonator

Pauline Viardot-Garcia -- b.7/18/1821 d.5/18/1910 (88)
Mezzo-Soprano, Opera Soprano, French

Sid Vicious -- b.5/10/1957 d.2/2/1979 (21)
Songwriter, Bassist, Punk Rock Singer/Guitarist, British
Names/Places: RN:John Simon Ritchie
Group Names: The Sex Pistols

Harold Vick -- b.4/3/1936 d.11/13/1987 (51)
Teacher, Actor, Composer, Flautist, Jazz Saxophonist
Misc: hard bop and soul jazz style

Wanda Vick -- b.10/16/1960
Country Performer

Diana Vickers -- b.7/30/1991 N.S.
Pop Singer, English
Misc: her singing comapred with Ellie Goulding and Kate Bush

Jon Vickers -- b.10/29/1926 d.7/10/2015 (88)
Tenor, Opera Performer, Canadian

Mike Vickers -- b.4/18/1940
Clarinetist, Flautist, Saxophonist, Alto-sax, Rock & Roll Guitarist, English
Misc: some say b. 1941 but was incorrect
Group Names: Manfred Mann

Yvette Vickers -- b.8/26/1928 d.??/??/2010
Movie Actress, Singer, Model, Playmate
Names/Places: nee Vedder
Misc: July 1959 Playmate; her mummified body was found April 27, 2011, close to a year after she died
Movie Titles: Sunset Blvd.

Dan Vickery -- b.8/26/1966
Rock & Roll Musician
Group Names: Counting Crows

Tony Victor -- b.4/11/1943
Group Names: Classics

Victoria Vida -- b.3/10/1999 N.S.
Actress, Internet Video Actress, Singer
TV Shows: Project MC2 (as Adrienne Atome)

Christina Vidal -- b.11/18/1981
Actress, Producer, Singer
TV Shows: Tania (star)
Movie Titles: Welcome to the Dollhouse, Life with Mikey, Brink!, Freaky Friday, See No Evil

Donnie Vie -- b.3/29/1966
Rock & Roll Musician
Group Names: Enuff Z'Nuff

Mary Ann "Ladybug" "Mecca" Vieira -- b.??/??/????
Rapper, Brazilian
Group Names: Digable Planets

Butch Vig -- b.8/2/1955 or 8/2/1957 N.S.
Music Producer, Alternative Rock Drummer
Group Names: Garbage

Bruce Vilanch -- b.11/23/1948
Comedy Writer, Actor, Panelist, Songwriter
Movie Titles: Get Bruce!

Heitor Villa-Lobos -- b.3/5/1887 d.6/17/1959 (72)
Names/Places: or Hector?

Guy Villari -- b.8/11/1942 N.S. d.9/21/2017 N.S. (75)
Group Names: Regents

Diana Villegas -- b.4/18/1965
Pop Singer
Names/Places: Sylvia & Vicky's twin
Group Names: The Triplets

Jasmine Villegas -- b.12/7/1993 N.S.
Rhythm and Blues Singer
Names/Places: aka Jasmine V

Sylvia Villegas -- b.4/18/1965
Pop Singer
Names/Places: Diana & Vicky's twin
Group Names: The Triplets

Vicky Villegas -- b.4/18/1965
Pop Singer
Names/Places: Diana & Sylvia's twin
Group Names: The Triplets

Ramon Vinay -- b.8/31/1911 d.1/4/1996 (84)
Opera Singer, Chilean

Darrin Vincent -- b.12/27/1969
Bassist, Bluegrass Singer
Group Names: Dailey and Vincent

Gene Vincent -- b.2/11/1935 d.10/12/1971 (36)
Movie Actor, Composer, Songwriter, Rock & Roll Singer/Guitarist
Names/Places: b. in Norfolk, VA; RN:Eugene Vincent Craddock
Misc: The Blue Caps band backed him
Song Titles: Be-Bop-A-Lula

Rhonda Vincent -- b.7/13/1962
Songwriter, Fiddler, Mandolin, Bluegrass Singer/Guitarist

Vinnie Vincent -- b.9/6/1952
Songwriter, Rock & Roll Singer/Guitarist
Group Names: KISS

Leroy Vinnegar -- b.7/13/1928 d.8/3/1999 (71)
Jazz Bassist

Vinnie -- b.9/17/1970
Rap Music Performer
Group Names: Naughty By Nature

Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson -- b.12/18/1917 d.7/2/1988 (70)
Alto-sax, Bandleader, Blues Singer

Walter Vinson -- b.2/2/1901 d.4/22/1975 (74)
Songwriter, Singer/Guitarist, Country-Blues Performer
Group Names: the Mississippi Shieks

Bobby Vinton -- b.4/16/1935
Variety Show Host, Songwriter, Saxophonist, Trumpeter, Bandleader, Pop Crooner
Names/Places: b. in Canonsburg, Pa; NN: The Polish Prince; RFN: Stanley Robert
Misc: some say b. 1941
Song Titles: Roses Are Red, Blue Velvet, Bobby Vinton Show

Domenic "John" Viotti -- b.??/??/1931 d.10/27/1992 (61)
Movie Actor, Jazz Pianist

Giovanni Viotti -- b.5/12/1755 O.S. or 5/23/1755 N.S. d.3/3/1824 (68)
Composer, Violinist, Italian

Douglas Vipond -- b.10/15/1966
Drummer, Percussionist, Scotish
Group Names: Deacon Blue

Doug Virden -- b.10/14/1970
Violinist, Country Musician
Group Names: Sons of the Desert

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