You Say It's Your Birthday: Babyface

Also Brian Setzer's day today.

Today is the birthday of songwriter/producer Kenneth

"Babyface" Edmonds, who was born in 1959 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Although

Babyface (who earned his nickname from none other than Bootsy Collins) has

enjoyed a successful career singing and writing his own songs, much of his

critical acclaim comes from his behind-the-scenes work, writing songs and

producing albums for such diverse acts as the Jacksons, Sheena Easton, Eric

Clapton and TLC. He got his start working with Antonio "LA" Reid in

Cincinnatti, Ohio; the duo met while working together in a band called the

Deele, making three records with that group before striking out on their own to

produce several "New Jack Swing" artists, Paula Abdul, Pebbles and Johnny Gill

among them.

Babyface and Reid moved to Atlanta, hoping to propagate a

"southern Motown" movement. They formed LaFace records and were nominated for

two Grammys in 1992 for their work on Boyz II Men's "End of the Road" single.

They won again in 1994 for Whitney Houston's sountrack for the film The

Bodyguard.

Meanwhile, Babyface's records, beginning with 1987's

Lovers, have made waves his silky, romantic R&B crooning; singles like

"It's No Crime," "Whip Appeal" and "When Can I See You" have scored well on

both the R&B and pop charts. After somewhat of a falling-out with Reid,

Babyface was awarded two more Grammys in 1994 for his solo work, and won

several more awards at this year's Grammys for his songwriting on "Change the

World," a song performed by Eric Clapton.

Other birthdays: Anthony Nunez

(Nu Flavor), Sheb Wooley, Nathanel Nelson (Flamingos), Bobbie Smith (Spinners),

Glen Campbell, Bobby Hatfield (Righteous Brothers), Bunny Wailer (Wailers),

Brian Setzer (Stray Cats), Katrina Leskanich (Katrina & The Waves) and Malik

"Phife-Dawg" Taylor (A Tribe Called Quest). -- Beth Winegarner