Peak UK Chart Position: #1 in February 2013.

Franz Peter Schubert, Austrian composer, was born on this day in 1797 (died November 19th 1828). Elsewhere in the world of popular music, these are the birthdays for January 31st:

  • John Lydon, aka Johnny Rotten – born John Joseph Lydon, Holloway, London, England – singer/songwriter/musician, turns 61 today (with Sex Pistols: “God Save The Queen” UK #2 in 1977, “Something Else/Friggin’ In The Riggin'” and “C’Mon Everybody” both UK #3 in 1979; with Public Image Ltd: “This Is Not A Love Song” UK #5 in 1983, “Public Image” UK #9 in 1978)
  • Lloyd Cole – born in Buxton, Derbyshire, England – singer/songwriter/musician, is 56 today (as Lloyd Cole and the Commotions: “Lost Weekend” UK #17, “Brand New Friend” UK #19, both 1985; solo: “Like Lovers Do” UK #24 in 1995)
  • Harry Wayne Casey, aka K.C. – born in Hialeah, Florida, United States – musician/singer/songwriter/producer, is 66 today (as KC and the Sunshine Band: “Give It Up” UK #1 in 1983, “Please Don’t Go” UK #3/US #1 in 1979, “That’s The Way (I Like It)” UK #4/US #1 in 1975)
  • Marcus Mumford – born Marcus Oliver Johnstone Mumford, Yorba Linda, California, United States – musician/singer/songwriter, is 30 today (as Mumford & Sons: “I Will Wait” UK #12 in 2012, “Believe” UK #20 in 2015)
  • Phil Manzanera – born Philip Geoffrey Targett-Adams, in London, England – musician/songwriter/producer, is 66 today (with Roxy Music: “Jealous Guy” UK #1 in 1981, “Love Is The Drug” UK #2 in 1975, “Dance Away” UK #2 in 1979)
  • Sophie Muller – born in St Pancras, London, England – music video director, turns 55 today (director of several UK number one videos including: Shakespear’s Sister “Stay” in 1992, No Doubt “Don’t Speak” in 1997, Sugababes “Freak Like Me” in 2002)

Last for today, only a few days after featuring *NSYNC, it is the birthday of Justin Timberlake – born Justin Randall Timberlake, in Memphis, Tennessee, United States – who celebrates his 36th birthday. An accomplished actor as well as music performer, he was quick to find success as a solo artist, with three UK number two hits from his first four releases, having to wait until 2006’s “Sexyback” for his first chart-topper. There have been three more since, with his Madonna duet “4 Minutes”, and also “Give It To Me” with Timbaland and Nelly Furtado amongst them. Most recently, he has been back in front of the camera, filming scenes for Woody Allen’s latest movie, wearing a vintage lifeguard outfit.

Here’s his fourth UK number one “Mirrors”, as performed at the 2013 BRIT Awards.

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