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James Hetfield
(Guitarist, Co-Founder and Main Songwriter of Heavy Metal Band 'Metallica')
James Hetfield
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Birthdate: August 3, 1963
Birthplace: Downey, California, United States

James Hetfield is an American songwriter and musician. He is credited with co-founding one of the most popular heavy metal bands of all time, Metallica. James Hetfield is often regarded as one of the greatest guitarists and vocalists ever. Since the 1980s, Hetfield has played a key role in the success of ESP Guitars, as one of its major endorsers.

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Slash
(Musician)
Slash
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Birthdate: July 23, 1965
Birthplace: Hampstead

Slash is an English-American songwriter, musician, and record producer. After achieving popularity as the lead guitarist of Guns N' Roses, Slash left the band to form Velvet Revolver, a hard rock supergroup. Widely regarded as one of the greatest guitar players in the history of rock, Slash is often named in lists, such as the Top Guitarists of All Time.

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Jerry Garcia
(The Lead Guitarist and a Vocalist with the Rock Band the "Grateful Dead")
Jerry Garcia
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Birthdate: August 1, 1942
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: August 9, 1995

Jerry Garcia had an illustrious 30-year career as the lead guitarist and vocalist of the rock band the Grateful Dead. Rolling Stone ranked him 13th on their 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time list. He was known for his improvisations, participated in many side projects, and released several solo albums.

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Mark Knopfler
(Former lead guitarist, singer and songwriter of the rock band Dire Straits)
Mark Knopfler
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Birthdate: August 12, 1949
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland

Best known as the lead guitarist and singer of the popular rock band Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler is one of Britain’s most celebrated guitar icons. Known for hits such as Sultans of Swing, he and his band also released Brothers in Arms, one of the best-selling albums of all time.

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Dimebag Darrell
(Guitarist, Composer, Musician)
Dimebag Darrell
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Birthdate: August 20, 1966
Birthplace: Dallas
Died: December 8, 2004
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The Edge
(Lead Guitarist and Keyboardist of the Rock Band 'U2')
The Edge
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Birthdate: August 8, 1961
Birthplace: Barking, London, England

David Howell Evans, better known as The Edge, is a musician and songwriter. He first gained fame as the keyboardist, lead guitarist, and backing vocalist of the rock band U2. He is known for his signature style of guitar playing. Besides music, he is an advocate for human rights and is involved in numerous philanthropic endeavors. 

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Buddy Guy
(American Blues Musician Who Was a Prolific Performer from 1950s Until Well Into 21st Century)
Buddy Guy
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Birthdate: July 30, 1936
Birthplace: Lettsworth, Louisiana, United States
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John Lee Hooker
(Guitarist, Singer, Singer-songwriter, Musician, Composer)
John Lee Hooker
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Birthdate: August 22, 1917
Birthplace: Coahoma County
Died: June 21, 2001
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Chris Pérez
(Lead Guitarist for the Tejano Band “Selena y Los Dinos”)
Chris Pérez
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Birthdate: August 14, 1969
Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas, United States
Guitarist Chris Pérez was married to Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla and performed as part of her band, Selena y Los Dinos. Following Selena’s murder by her own manager, Chris sank into depression. He later won a Grammy with the Chris Pérez Band and also wrote a book about Selena. 
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Joe Strummer
(Singer, Guitarist)
Joe Strummer
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Birthdate: August 21, 1952
Birthplace: Ankara, Turkey
Died: December 22, 2002
Joe Strummer is remembered for his memorable performances with the punk rock band The Clash, with whom he delivered hits such as London Calling and Train in Vain. He was known for his rebellious and politically charged lyrics. He also experimented with acting and hosted on a BBC radio show.
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David Crosby
(American singer)
David Crosby
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Birthdate: August 14, 1941
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
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Serj Tankian
(Singer-songwriter)
Serj Tankian
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Birthdate: August 21, 1967
Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon

Serj Tankian is an Armenian-American record producer, singer, and songwriter. Tankian is credited with co-founding the popular band System of a Down. Renowned for his wide vocal range and unusual delivery, Serj Tankian is widely considered one of the best heavy metal vocalists of all time. Also a political activist, Tankian co-founded Axis of Justice, a non-profit organization.

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Patti Scialfa
(Rock Singer-Songwriter & Member of the Rock Band 'E Street Band')
Patti Scialfa
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Birthdate: July 29, 1953
Birthplace: Deal, New Jersey, United States

Patti Scialfa is an American guitarist and singer-songwriter. The wife of popular musician Bruce Springsteen, Scialfa has been an important member of Springsteen's primary backing band, E Street Band, since 1984. As a member of the band, Patti Scialfa became an inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.

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Dan Fogelberg
(Musician)
Dan Fogelberg
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Birthdate: August 13, 1951
Birthplace: Peoria, Illinois, USA
Died: December 16, 2007
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Fatboy Slim
(Disc Jockey)
Fatboy Slim
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Birthdate: July 31, 1963
Birthplace: Bromley, Kent, England
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Pat Smear
(Musician)
Pat Smear
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Birthdate: August 5, 1959
Birthplace: West Los Angeles, California, USA
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Ben Gibbard
(Singer, Singer-songwriter, Actor, Composer, Guitarist)
Ben Gibbard
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Birthdate: August 11, 1976
Birthplace: Bremerton
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Marques Houston
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Birthdate: August 4, 1981
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
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Thurston Moore
(Musician)
Thurston Moore
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Birthdate: July 25, 1958
Birthplace: Coral Gables, Florida, United States
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Buck Owens
(Musician)
Buck Owens
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Birthdate: August 12, 1929
Birthplace: Sherman, Texas, United States
Died: March 25, 2006
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Johnny McDaid
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Birthdate: July 24, 1976
Birthplace: Londonderry
Indie rock/pop singer, songwriter, and producer John McDaid has been part of bands such as Snow Patrol and Vega4. He is also known for his collaborations with popular artists, mostly with Ed Sheeran. He co-wrote Sheeran’s chartbusting track Shape of You and co-produced his platinum album X.
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Ian Anderson
(Composer, Singer, Guitarist, Flautist, Songwriter)
Ian Anderson
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Birthdate: August 10, 1947
Birthplace: Dunfermline
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Ruston Kelly
(Singer-songwriter)
Ruston Kelly
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Birthdate: July 31, 1988
Birthplace: Georgetown, South Carolina
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Taylor Goldsmith
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Birthdate: August 16, 1985
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California
Folk rock singer Taylor Goldsmith is best known as the lead singer and guitarist of the band Dawes. He has previously been part of the band Simon Dawes. He is married to singer Mandy Moore and has written quite a few songs for her album Silver Landings.
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Michael Penn
(Singer)
Michael Penn
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Birthdate: August 1, 1958
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
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Mike Bloomfield
(singer, musician, guitarist, pianist)
Mike Bloomfield
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Birthdate: July 28, 1943
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: February 15, 1981
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Dhani Harrison
(Singer, Guitarist, Composer, Pianist, Model)
Dhani Harrison
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Birthdate: August 1, 1978
Birthplace: Windsor
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Eric Carmen
(Singer)
Eric Carmen
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Birthdate: August 11, 1949
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
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Martin Gore
(Singer-songwriter, Songwriter, Composer, Singer, Guitarist)
Martin Gore
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Birthdate: July 23, 1961
Birthplace: London
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Larry Graham
(Musician)
Larry Graham
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Birthdate: August 14, 1946
Birthplace: Beaumont, Texas, USA
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Pat Metheny
(Guitarist)
Pat Metheny
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Birthdate: August 12, 1954
Birthplace: Lee's Summit
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Allan Holdsworth
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Birthdate: August 6, 1946
Birthplace: Bradford, Yorkshire, England, UK
Died: April 15, 2017
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Vinnie Vincent
(Guitarist and Former Member of the Rock Band ‘Kiss’)
Vinnie Vincent
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Birthdate: August 6, 1952
Birthplace: Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States

Vinnie Vincent is a songwriter cum guitarist. He gained international fame as a member of the band Kiss in the 1980s. He has performed with various other bands as well and founded his own glam metal band, Vinnie Vincent Invasion. He has traveled the world, performing in different countries with multiple artists. 

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Max Cavalera
(Lead Singer and Guitarist for Heavy Metal Bands: 'Soulfly', 'Cavalera Conspiracy' and 'Killer Be Killed')
Max Cavalera
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Birthdate: August 4, 1969
Birthplace: Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Massimiliano Antonio Cavalera is a Brazilian singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He is credited with co-founding the popular heavy metal band Sepultura where he was the rhythm guitarist and lead singer until 1996. Massimiliano Antonio Cavalera is currently associated with the American heavy metal bands, Killer Be Killed, Cavalera Conspiracy, and Soulfly. He co-founded Cavalera Conspiracy with his brother in 2007.

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Rick Derringer
(Singer, Artist, Composer, Guitarist)
Rick Derringer
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Birthdate: August 5, 1947
Birthplace: Fort Recovery
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Juanes
(One of the Best Selling and Grammy Award Winning Colombian Hard Rock Musician)
Juanes
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Birthdate: August 9, 1972
Birthplace: Carolina del Príncipe, Colombia

Juanes is a Colombian musician best known for his association with the rock band Ekhymosis. Having sold over 15 million albums worldwide, Juanes is one of the best-selling artistes of his generation. Over the course of his illustrious career, Juanes has won many prestigious awards such as Latin Grammy Awards and Grammy Awards.

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Jackie DeShannon
(Singer-songwriter)
Jackie DeShannon
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Birthdate: August 21, 1941
Birthplace: Hazel, Kentucky, United States
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Lee Ann Womack
(Singer-songwriter)
Lee Ann Womack
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Birthdate: August 19, 1966
Birthplace: Jacksonville, Texas, United States
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Steve Morse
(Guitarist)
Steve Morse
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Birthdate: July 28, 1954
Birthplace: Hamilton
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Danielle Bradbery
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Birthdate: July 23, 1996
Birthplace: League City, Texas, United States
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Tommy Bolin
(Guitarist who worked with Zephyr, Deep Purple, and The James Gang, as well as working as a solo artist)
Tommy Bolin
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Birthdate: August 1, 1951
Birthplace: Sioux City, Iowa, United States
Died: December 4, 1976
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Nadia Bjorlin
(Actress)
Nadia Bjorlin
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Birthdate: August 2, 1980
Birthplace: Newport, Rhode Island, USA
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Andrew Gold
(Singer)
Andrew Gold
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Birthdate: August 2, 1951
Birthplace: Burbank, California, USA
Died: June 3, 2011
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Billy Joe Shaver
(Singer-songwriter)
Billy Joe Shaver
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Birthdate: August 16, 1939
Birthplace: Corsicana, Texas, USA
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José González
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Birthdate: July 31, 1978
Birthplace: Angered, Gothenburg, Sweden
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John Hiatt
(Singer)
John Hiatt
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Birthdate: August 20, 1952
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
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Gustavo Cerati
(One of the Most Important and Influential Figures of Ibero-American Rock)
Gustavo Cerati
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Birthdate: August 11, 1959
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Federal District, Argentina
Died: September 4, 2014

Gustavo Cerati was one of the finest South American singers and one of the pioneers of Ibero-American rock. He headed the popular pop-rock trio Soda Stereo and later also penned lyrics and recorded for artists such as Shakira. He died at age 55, after a stroke and a 4-year coma.

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Dave Baksh
(Musician, singer and songwriter best known as one of the guitarists of rock band Sum 41)
Dave Baksh
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Birthdate: July 26, 1980
Birthplace: Ajax, Canada
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Terri Clark
(Country Singer Known for Her Albums: 'Terri Clark', 'Just the Same', and 'How I Feel')
Terri Clark
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Birthdate: August 5, 1968
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Terri Clark is a Canadian country music artist who is popular in both Canada and USA. Born into a family of music lovers, she began her career playing gigs at bars. Her first single was a moderate success and helped her get a footing in the music industry. She has since released numerous hit albums and has won many awards. 

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Jim Capaldi
(Drummer)
Jim Capaldi
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Birthdate: August 2, 1944
Birthplace: Evesham, Worcestershire, England
Died: January 28, 2005