Birthdays in Music in 1939

  • Jan 4 Jon Appleton, composer
  • Jan 7 David Buchan, ethno-musicologist
  • Jan 10 Scott McKenzie, American singer ('San Francisco;), (d. 2012)
  • Jan 15 Charles Christopher Steel, composer
  • Jan 21 Mary Ellen McAnally, Illinois, poet (Dance of the Zygotes)
  • Jan 23 Ray Elliott, Irish rock pianist/saxophonist (Them), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Jan 24 Ray Stevens, Clarksdale Ga, singer (Ahab the Arab, Streak)
  • Jan 26 Marshall Lieb, rocker (Teddy Bears)
  • Jan 27 Tigran Yegiayi Mansuryan, composer
  • Jan 31 Claude Gauthier, Canadian singer and songwriter
  • Feb 1 Del McCoury, bluegrass singer/musician
  • Feb 1 Claude François, French singer (d. 1978)
  • Feb 5 Derek Wadsworth, British jazz composer and arranger, born in Cleckheaton, Yorkshire (d. 2008)
  • Feb 9 Barry Mann, R&B singer (Who Put the Bomp in the Bomp Bomp Bomp)
  • Feb 10 Barbara Kolb, composer (Trobar Jus), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Feb 10 Roberta Flack, Black Mountain North Carolina, US vocalist (If Ever I Saw Your Face)
  • Feb 11 Gerry Goffin, American rock lyricist (married Carole King), born in Queens NY, (d. 2014)
  • Feb 12 Ray Manzarek, American keyboardist (Doors-Light My Fire, Unknown Soldier)
  • Feb 14 Chris Pyne, trombonist
  • Feb 17 John Leyton, British singer
  • Feb 18 Marlos Nobre, composer
  • Feb 18 Marek Janowski, Polish-born conductor
  • Feb 20 Barbara Ellis, Olympia Wa, rocker (Fleetwoods)
  • Feb 20 Roy George Elroy Josephs, jazz dance teacher
  • Feb 21 Richard Beymer, Avoca IA, actor (West Side Story, Diary of Anne Frank)
  • Feb 21 Ron Nagle, rock producer (Riding with the King)
  • Feb 28 John Fahey, singer (Transfiguration of Blind Joe Death)
  • Feb 28 Tommy Tune, dancer/choreographer (Boyfriend), born in Wichita Falls, Texas
  • Mar 1 Leo Brouwer, Cuban composer, conductor and musician, born in Havana
  • Mar 1 Warren Davis, rocker (Monotones)
  • Mar 2 Gerard van Tongeren, Dutch singer (Buffoons)
  • Mar 6 Jerry Naylor, Stephenville Tx, rock vocalist (Crickets)
  • Mar 7 Marion Marlowe, singer (Arthur Godfrey & Friends), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Mar 8 Robert Tear, tenor (Welsh National Opera 1970), born in Barry, Wales
  • Mar 8 Yannis Vlachopoulos, composer
  • Mar 11 Flaco Jiménez, American musician
  • Mar 13 Neil Sedaka, American singer/songwriter (Breaking Up is Hard to Do), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Mar 14 Stavros Xarhakos, Greek composer
  • Mar 18 Travis Pritchett, rocker (Travis & Bob)
  • Mar 18 Giannis Markopoulos, Greek composer
  • Mar 23 Boris Ivanovich Tischenko, composer
  • Mar 23 Pepe Lienhard, Swiss band leader and entertainer
  • Apr 1 Rudolph Isley, rocker (Isley Brothers-Shout), born in Cincinnati, Ohio

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Apr 2 Marvin Gaye (Jr), singer (Sexual Healing), born in Washington, D.C.

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  • Apr 3 François de Roubaix, French film score composer (d. 1975)
  • Apr 4 Hugh Masekela, Wilbank South Africa, trumpeter (I Am Not Afraid)
  • Apr 4 Major Lance, American singer (d. 1994)
  • Apr 5 Lonnie White, vocalist (Smokey Robinson & Miracles-Shop Around)
  • Apr 5 Crispian St. Peters, British singer
  • Apr 14 Jennifer Fowler, composer
  • Apr 15 Marty Wilde, English singer-songwriter and father of rocker Kim Wilde, born in London, England
  • Apr 16 Dusty Springfield, [Mary O'Brien], vocalist (Growing Pains), born in London, England
  • Apr 16 John DeLaFose, zydeco Musician
  • Apr 18 Glen Hardin, American rock n roll and country musician (Crickets), born in Wellington, Texas
  • Apr 21 John McCabe, British composer and pianist, born in Liverpool, Merseyside
  • Apr 23 Ray Peterson, singer (Tell Laura I Love Her), born in Denton, Texas
  • Apr 27 Jerry Mercer, rock drummer (April Wine), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Apr 30 Ellen Taafe Zwilich, (1st woman composer Pulitzer 1982), born in Miami, Florida
  • May 1 Judy Collins, singer (Send in the Clowns, Clouds), born in Seattle, Washington
  • May 3 Jonathan David Harvey, English composer (Bhakti, Music of Stockhausen)
  • May 6 Herbie Cox, rocker (Cleftones)
  • May 7 Johnny Maestro, NY rock vocalist (Crests-16 Candles, Brooklyn Bridge)
  • May 9 Bruce Mather, composer
  • May 11 Carlos Lyra, Brazilian musician
  • May 18 Gary S. Paxton, Musician and songwriter (Monster Mash), born in Coffeyville, Kansas (d. 2016)
  • May 19 Richard Lowe Teitelbaum, composer
  • May 19 Tomasz Sikorski, composer
  • May 21 Heinz Holliger, composer, oboist, & conductor
  • May 23 Michel Colombier, French composer and songwriter (d. 2004)
  • May 27 Don Williams, Floydada Texas, country singer (I Believe in You)
  • May 27 Jerry Mercer, rock drummer (April Wine Montreal Montreal)
  • May 31 Charles Drain, American soul singer, born in Eupora, Mississippi (d. 1995)
  • Jun 2 Charles Miller, rock flutist/saxophonist (War)
  • Jun 3 David Frederick Stock, composer
  • Jun 3 Ian Hunter, English rock musician (Mott the Hoople), born in Oswestry, England
  • Jun 6 Gary "US" Bonds, [Anderson], Fla, singer/songwriter (New Orleans)
  • Jun 6 Louis Andriessen, Dutch composer (Reconstruction)
  • Jun 9 Ileana Cotrubaş, Romanian soprano
  • Jun 11 Wilma Burgess, country-pop singer
  • Jun 11 Bernard Purdie, American session drummer
  • Jun 16 Billy "Crash" Craddock, American country singer (Boom Boom Baby, Rub It In), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Jun 17 Dickey Do, [Gerry Granahan], rocker (Dickey Doo & The Dont's)
  • Jun 19 Al Wilson, American singer (d. 2008)
  • Jun 21 Charles Boone, composer
  • Jun 22 Bobby Harrison, England, rock drummer (Procol Harum-Conquistador)
  • Jun 25 Harold Melvin, American singer (Blue Notes), born in Philadelphia (d. 1997)
  • Jun 27 Rahul Dev Burman, Indian composer and actor (d. 1994)
  • Jun 30 Lindembergue Cardoso, composer
  • Jul 1 Delaney Bramlett, Oklahoma, rocker (Shindogs, Delaney & Bonnie)
  • Jul 2 Paul Williams, American musician (The Temptations-My Girl)
  • Jul 6 Jet Harris [Terence Harris], English rock bassist (Drifters), born in London, England (d. 2011)
  • Jul 10 Mavis Staples, American gospel singer (The Staple Sisters), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jul 14 Karel Gott, Czech singer
  • Jul 15 William David Hellerman, composer
  • Jul 16 William Bell, [Yarborough], US singer (Tryin' to Love Two)
  • Jul 17 Spencer Davis, Wales, vocalist (Spencer Davis Group-Gimme Some Lovin)
  • Jul 18 Brian Auger, fusion keyboardist (Befour, Genesis), born in London, England
  • Jul 18 Dion DiMucci, rocker (Dion & Belmonts-Teenager in Love), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Jul 25 Richard Akre Trythall, composer
  • Jul 28 Clem Cattini, rock drummer (Tornados London)
  • Jul 29 Annea Lockwood, composer
  • Jul 31 John R West, rock guitarist (Gary Lewis & Playboys-This Diamond Ring)
  • Aug 2 Edward Pattern, singer (Gladys Knight & the Pips), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Aug 4 Frankie Ford [Frank Guzzo], rock vocalist (Sea Cruise), born in Gretna, Louisiana, (d. 2015)
  • Aug 6 William "Sonny" Sanders, US singer (Rayber Voices)
  • Aug 8 Philip E Baisley, Augusta Va, singer (Statler Bros-Class of '57)
  • Aug 8 William Alden Hibbard, composer
  • Aug 9 Billy Henderson, rocker (Spinners-That's What Girls Are Made For)
  • Aug 9 Max Neuhaus, American percussionist and composer (sound sculptures), born in Beaumont, Texas (d. 2009)
  • Aug 11 Attila Bozay, composer
  • Aug 15 Herman van Keeken, Dutch singer (Daddy don't run so fast)
  • Aug 17 Luther Allison, Mayflower Ark, rock guitarist (Bad News is Coming)
  • Aug 18 Johnny Preston, singer (Running Bear), born in Port Arthur, Texas (d. 2011)
  • Aug 19 Ginger [Peter] Baker, England, drummer (Cream-White Room)
  • Aug 21 Ernie Maresca, singer/songwriter (Runaround Sue, Wanderer)
  • Aug 21 Harold W Reid, Augusta County Va, singer (Statler Bros-Class of '57)
  • Aug 21 James Burton, American guitarist
  • Aug 22 Candido Lima, composer
  • Aug 22 Fred Milano, rocker (Dion & The Belmonts) [or 8/26/40], born in The Bronx, New York
  • Aug 28 Clem Cattini, English rock drummer (the Tornados), born in London
  • Aug 28 Edward Patten, US soul singer (Gladys Knight & the Pips)
  • Aug 31 Jerry Allison, Hillsboro Tx, rock drummer (Buddy Holly & Crickets)
  • Sep 2 Bobby Purify [Robert Lee Dickey], American soul singer (I'm Your Puppet), born in Tallahassee, Florida (d. 2011)
  • Sep 2 Sam Gooden, rock vocalist (Impressions-Gypsy Woman), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Sep 5 John Stewart, rocker (Kingston Trio-Fire in the Wind), born in San Diego, California
  • Sep 6 David Allan Coe, country musician (Mysterious Rhinestone Cowboy)
  • Sep 7 [Benjamin] Latimore, US singer (Let's Straighten It Out)
  • Sep 8 Guitar Shorty, American musician
  • Sep 10 Artie Tripp, rocker (Mothers Of Invention)
  • Sep 10 Cynthia Lennon [nee Powell], wife of Beatle John Lennon, born in Blackpool, Lancashire (d. 2015)
  • Sep 12 Phillip Ramey, composer
  • Sep 17 Joseph Mosikili, South African actor/singer
  • Sep 17 Lamonte McLemore, rock vocalist (5th Dimension), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Sep 17 Shelby Flint, American singer
  • Sep 18 Naresh Kumar Sohal, composer
  • Sep 23 Roy Buchanan, American blues guitarist, born in Ozark, Arkansas (d. 1988)
  • Sep 25 Joseph "Jesse" Russell, US singer (Slip Sliding Away)
  • Sep 29 Tommy Boyce, American songwriter (Boyce & Hart, Monkees), born in Charlottesville, Virginia (d. 1994)
  • Oct 5 Marie Laforêt, French singer and actress
  • Oct 7 Colin Cooper, rocker (Climax Blues Band)
  • Oct 8 Armando Gentilucci, composer
  • Oct 9 O. V. [Overton Vertis] Wright, American singer, born in Lenow, Tennessee, (d. 1980)
  • Oct 11 Woiciech Wiesidlowski Lowski, dancer
  • Oct 20 Jay Siegel, rock bassist (Tokens-Lion Sleeps Tonight), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Oct 20 Raymond Jones, British keyboardist and songwriter, born in Oldham
  • Oct 22 Ray Jones, rock bassist (Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas)
  • Oct 23 Charlie Foxx, US songwriter/soul singer (Mockingbird)
  • Oct 23 Ellie Greenwich, rocker
  • Oct 24 Uri Sharvit, Israeli composer, born in Jerusalem
  • Oct 30 Eddie Holland, US singer/songwriter (Jamie, Leaving Here)
  • Oct 30 Grace Slick, rock vocalist (Jefferson Airplane-White Rabbit), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Oct 30 Norman West, US singer (Soul Children, Hearsay, Give 'em Love)
  • Oct 31 Alui Farka Touré, Malian musician
  • Nov 7 Daniel Manneke, composer
  • Nov 10 Tommy "Bubba" Facenda, rocker
  • Nov 12 Ruby Nash Curtis [Garnett], US R&B singer (Ruby and the Romantics), born in Akron, Ohio
  • Nov 12 Lucia Popp, Slovakian soprano (d. 1993)
  • Nov 13 Idris Muhammad, American jazz drummer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana, (d. 2014)
  • Nov 14 Wendy (Walter) Carlos, Pawtucket RI, composer (Switched on Bach)
  • Nov 18 Tom Johnson, American composer (Nine Bells), born in Greeley, Colorado
  • Nov 19 Warren "Pete" Moore, US singer (Miracles-Tears of a Clown), Detroit MI
  • Nov 20 Dick Smothers, American comedian and folk singer (The Smothers Brothers Show), born in NYC, New York
  • Nov 23 Betty Everett, US singer (Getting Mighty Crowded)
  • Nov 24 Jim Yester, rock vocalist/guitarist (Association), born in Birmingham, Alabama

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Nov 26 Tina Turner, [Anna Mae Bullock], American singer (Proud Mary), born in Nutbush, Tennessee

Singer Tina Turner
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Tina Turner
  • Nov 28 Gary Troxel, rocker (The Fleetwoods), born in Centralia, Washington
  • Nov 29 Meco [Domenico Monardo], musician and producer (Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk), born in Johnsonburg, Pennsylvania
  • Nov 29 Domenico Monardo, American record producer
  • Dec 1 Dianne Lennon, singer (Lennon Sisters), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 5 Frederik van Rossum, composer
  • Dec 6 Tomés Svoboda, Czech composer (Etude), born in Paris, France
  • Dec 8 James Galway, flutist (18k gold flute, Royal Phil), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Dec 8 Jerry Butler, Sunflower Miss, rock vocalist (Never Give You Up)
  • Dec 11 David Gates, rock vocalist (Bread-Baby I'm A Want You), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Dec 15 Cindy Birdsong, rock vocalist (Labelle-Rainbow, Supremes), born in Camden, New Jersey
  • Dec 15 Nicolaus A Huber, composer
  • Dec 17 Eddie Kendricks, Alabama, American singer-songwriter (The Temptations-My Girl, Boogie Down)
  • Dec 17 James Booker, R&B musician (Gonzo), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Dec 18 Henrica M L "Wiesje" Backer, Dutch dancer/actress/playwright
  • Dec 20 Agatha N "Kim" Weston, US gospel singer (It Takes Two)
  • Dec 20 Klaus Schweizer, composer
  • Dec 22 James Gurley, American musician
  • Dec 23 Johnny Kidd, [Frederick Heath], rocker (Johnny Kidd & Pirates), born in London, England
  • Dec 25 Bob James, American smooth jazz musician, born in Marshall, Missouri
  • Dec 26 [Harvey] Phil Spector, record producer (Wall of Sound)
  • Dec 29 Ed Bruce, Keiser Arkansas, country singer