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Celebrity Birthdays for May 21: Singer Ron Isley of the Isley Brothers is 83. Baseball Hall of Fame manager Bobby Cox is 83. '60s pop vocalist Marcie Blane is 80. Keyboardist Bill Champlin (Chicago) is 77.


Today in Music History for June 1: In 1915, country singer Johnny Bond was born in Enville, Okla.


Celebrity Birthdays for May 20: Actor-author James McEachin is 94. Actor Anthony Zerbe is 88. Former world champion figure skater and federal cabinet minister Otto Jelinek is 84. Actor David Proval ("The Sopranos") is 82. Singer-actress Cher is 78.


Today in Music History for May 27: In 1799, George Washington Doane, American Episcopal clergyman, was born.


Celebrity Birthdays for May 19: TV personality David Hartman is 89. Actor James Fox is 85. Actress Nancy Kwan is 85. Composer-musician John Mills-Cockell is 81. Musician Pete Townshend is 79. Concert pianist David Helfgott is 77.


Today in Music History for May 28: In 1878, Canadian soprano Louise Edvina was born in Montreal. She spent much of her career in London, and became one of the city's favourite artists in the early 1900s.


Today in History for June 1: On this date: In 1533, Anne Boleyn, the second wife of King Henry VIII, was crowned as Queen Consort of England. In 1812, U.S.


Today in Music History for May 31: In 1809, composer Franz Josef Haydn died in Vienna, Austria, at age 77. In 1913, Edward Fisher, founder of the Toronto Conservatory of Music, died at age 65.


Today in Music History for May 26: In 735, Bede the Venerable, known as the father of English church history, Benedictine monk, priest, writer, hymn writer, died at about age 62.


Celebrity Birthdays for May 22: Actor-director Richard Benjamin is 86. Actor Frank Converse is 86. Actress Barbara Parkins ("Peyton Place," ''Valley of the Dolls") is 82. Songwriter Bernie Taupin is 74. Actor Al Corley ("Dynasty") is 68.