You Say It's Your Birthday: Bruce Cockburn

It's also Siouxsie Sioux's birthday today.

Today is the birthday of Bruce Cockburn, who was born in

1945 in Ottawa, Canada. Cockburn is the prolific and well-loved folk-rocker who

recorded classic albums like Dancing in the Dragon's Jaws and Nothing

But a Burning Light. In his late teens Cockburn travelled Europe as a

street musician, studied music in Boston and then worked a while in a Top-40

cover band. His solo debut, High Hands, White Sky was released in 1970

in both Canada and America, although his next four works were released in

Canada alone.

Although Cockburn's twenty-three studio albums have made him

a huge star in his native country, his reputation remains relatively low-key in

the United States. His only stateside hit came in 1980 with "Where The Lions

Are." In the mid-1980s Cockburn's work began taking on a more political feel,

focusing especially on issues of warfare such as the elimination of land

mines.

His video for "If I Had a Rocket Launcher," although it only hit #98, was an

MTV staple in 1984.

Cockburn continues to record and perform; he appeared

at President Clinton's inaugural ball in 1993, and his most recent album,

The Charity of Night, was released earlier this year. Guest musicians on

the record include heavyweights like Ani DiFranco, Rob Wasserman, Jonatha

Brooke, Bonnie Raitt, Maria Muldaur and Bob Weir.

Other birthdays:

Siouxsie Sioux, Isadora Duncan, Ramsey Lewis, Kylie Minogue, Left Eye, Dre

(Outkast), Kecia Spivey (Total), Neil Finn (SplitEnz and Crowded House), Eddie

Harsch (The Black Crowes) and Pete Sears (Jefferson Starship). -- Beth

Winegarner