Birthdays in Music in 1940

  • Jan 1 Laszlo Sary, Hungarian composer, born in GyƑrasszonyfa
  • Jan 1 Richard Henry Orton, composer
  • Jan 5 Athol Guy, Australian singer, member of The Seekers
  • Jan 6 Van McCoy, American musician (d. 1979)
  • Jan 8 Cristy Lane, US, country/gospel singer
  • Jan 9 Barbara Buczek, composer
  • Jan 9 Jimmy Boyd, McComb Mo, singer/actor (Howard-Bachelor Father)
  • Jan 9 Al Downing, American singer (d. 2005)
  • Jan 11 Mark DeVoto, America Musicologist and composer, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Jan 20 Jorge Peixinho, composer
  • Jan 22 Addie "Micki" Harris, singer (Shirelles-Soldier Boy), born in Passaic, New Jersey
  • Jan 22 Tilo Medek, German composer
  • Jan 23 Johnny Russell, country singer
  • Jan 30 David Johnson, composer
  • Feb 2 Alan "Tea" Caddy, rock guitarist (Tornados-Globetrotter)
  • Feb 2 Alan Caddy, English musician (The Tornados), born in London (d. 2000)
  • Feb 8 Talib Rasul Hakim, composer
  • Feb 9 Brian Bennett, rock drummer (Shadows), born in London, England
  • Feb 10 Hamish Imlach, folk singer/comic
  • Feb 10 Jimmy Merchant, American rock vocalist (Frankie Lymon & Teenagers-Why Do Fools), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 19 Smokey [William] Robinson, American R&B and soul singer-songwriter (The Miracles), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Feb 19 Bobby Rogers, US vocalist (Miracles-You Really Got a Hold on Me), (d. 2013)
  • Feb 20 Barbara Laine Ellis, singer
  • Feb 20 Christoph Eschenbach, Breslau, Germany, pianist/conductor
  • Feb 28 Joe South, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Games People Play), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2012)
  • Feb 29 Gretchen Christopher, British(?) pop singer
  • Mar 1 Ralph Towner, rocker (Oregon)
  • Mar 2 Tony Croatto, Italian-born composer (d. 2005)
  • Mar 10 Dean Torrence, surf music singer (Jan & Dean-Little Old Lady), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 10 Francis Schwartz, composer
  • Mar 11 Alberto Cortez, Argentinian singer
  • Mar 12 Al Jarreau, American jazz singer (Moonlighting), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2017)
  • Mar 12 M.A. Numminen, Finnish singer and writer
  • Mar 15 Phil Lesh, [Chapman], American rock bassist (Grateful Dead), born in Berkeley, California
  • Mar 16 Keith Rowe, English guitarist (AMM) and painter
  • Mar 20 Vito Picone, rocker (Elegants) and actor, born in Staten Island, New York
  • Mar 21 Solomon Burke, American singer
  • Mar 22 Jorge Ben Jor, Brazilian musician
  • Mar 23 Luis Gasca, American trumpeter, born in Houston, Texas
  • Mar 25 Anita Bryant, Barnsdall Oklahoma, singer (George Gobel Show) and anti-homosexuality campaigner
  • Mar 26 Rod Lauren, rocker (If I Had a Girl)
  • Mar 27 Janis Martin, American singer (d. 2007)
  • Mar 29 Raymond Davis, US rock vocalist (Funkadelic-Knee Deep)
  • Mar 29 Astrud Gilberto, Brazil, singer (Girl From Ipanema)
  • Mar 29 Eden Kane [Richard Graham Sarstedt], British singer, born in New Delhi, India
  • Apr 3 Lino Brocka, San Jose Philippines, director (Macho Dancer, Jaguar)
  • Apr 4 Sharon Sheeley, American songwriter
  • Apr 5 Aliza Kashi, Israel, actress/singer (Merv Griffin regular)
  • Apr 7 Jan Wilhelm Morthenson, composer
  • Apr 7 Patricia Paay, Dutch singer (You are not hip)
  • Apr 12 Herbie Hancock, pianist (I Thought it Was You), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Apr 13 Lester Chambers, Ms, vocalist (Chamber Brothers-Time Has Come Today)
  • Apr 16 Stephen Lawrence Pruslin, composer
  • Apr 17 Anja Silja, German soprano
  • Apr 19 Genya Ravan, American vocalist (Goldie & the Gingerbreads, Ten Wheel Drive)
  • Apr 25 O B McClinton, [Burnett], country singer (Keep your arms around me)
  • Apr 26 Giorgio Moroder, producer/singer/songwriter (Cat People, Top Gun), born in Ortisei, Italy
  • May 3 Konrad "Conny" Plank, German record producer and musician
  • May 6 Murray Sidlin, American conductor (National Symphony 1973-77), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • May 7 Armando Krieger, composer
  • May 8 Ricky Nelson, NJ, rock star (Hello Mary Lou, It's Late, Garden Party)
  • May 8 Toni Tennille, American singer
  • May 9 Dick Morrissey, saxophonist
  • May 10 Arthur Alexander, US singer/songwriter (Lonely Just Like Me)
  • May 10 Taurean Blacque, actor (Neal Washington-Hill Street Blues), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • May 11 Ronald Anthony Pellegrino, composer
  • May 12 Norman Whitfield, American songwriter and producer for Motown (I Heard It Through the Grapevine), born in New York City
  • May 13 Richard Brooks, singer (Impressions)
  • May 14 Troy Shondell, American singer
  • May 19 Mickey Newbury, rocker
  • May 20 Shorty Long, soul singer/pianist (Here Comes the Judge)

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May 21 Tony Sheridan, English singer-songwriter and guitarist, born in Norwich, England (d. 2013)

Singer-Songwriter and and Guitarist Tony Sheridan
Singer-Songwriter and and Guitarist
Tony Sheridan
  • May 26 Levon Helm, Elaine Arkansas, American musician (The Band), (d. 2012)
  • May 27 Rene Koering, composer
  • May 28 Hans Dulfer, tenor saxophonist/director (Paradiso)
  • May 31 Augie Mayer, rocker (Sir Douglas Quintet)
  • Jun 4 Dorothy Rudd Moore, composer
  • Jun 5 Moira Anderson, Scotland, singer (Loch Lomond)
  • Jun 6 Laudir De Olivera, rocker (Chicago)
  • Jun 6 Phillip Rhodes, composer

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Jun 7 Tom Jones [Thomas John Woodward], Welsh singer (What's New Pussycat), born in Pontypridd, Wales

Singer Tom Jones
Singer
Tom Jones
  • Jun 8 Nancy Sinatra, Jersey City, singer (Boots are Made for Walkin') and daughter of Frank Sinatra
  • Jun 8 Sherman Garnes, rock vocalist (Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers), born in New York City (d. 1977)
  • Jun 10 John William Stevens, jazz drummer
  • Jun 11 Joey Dee, singer (Hey Let's Twist, 2 Tickets to Paris), born in Passaic, New Jersey
  • Jun 13 Bobby Freeman, American singer (Do You Want to Dance), born in Northern California (d. 2017)
  • Jun 14 John Mizelle, composer
  • Jun 15 Willem Frederik Bon, Dutch composer
  • Jun 16 Billy "Crash" Craddock, singer, born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Jun 23 Diana Trask, Australia, singer (Sing Along With Mitch)
  • Jun 23 Stuart Sutcliffe, rocker (Beatles), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Jun 23 Adam Faith, English singer and actor (d. 2003)
  • Jun 25 Clint Warwick, [Eccles], bassist (Moody Blues), born in Birmingham, England (2004)
  • Jun 26 Billy Davis Jr, singer (5th Dimension-One Less Bell), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Jun 29 Viacheslav Artyomov, composer
  • Jun 30 Mark Spoelstra, American folk singer (d. 2007)
  • Jul 3 Fontella Bass, vocalist (Rescue Me), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Jul 6 Jeannie Seely, American singer

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Jul 7 Ringo Starr, [Richard Starkey], Beatles drummer (Magic Christian), born in Liverpool, England

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
  • Jul 9 John Salvito, rocker (Duprees)
  • Jul 10 Helen Donath, American soprano
  • Jul 16 Tony Jackson, rock bassist/vocalist (Searchers), born in Liverpool, England
  • Jul 19 Vikki Carr [Florencia Vicenta de Casillas Martinez Cardona)], singer (Let it Be Him), born in El Paso, Texas
  • Jul 23 Gary Stites, rock vocalist (Lonely For You)
  • Jul 26 Dobie Gray, Brookshire Texas, American singer (Drift Away)
  • Jul 26 Tolis Voskopoulos, Greek singer
  • Jul 27 Pina Bausch, German dancer
  • Jul 30 Reva Rose, singer/actress (Temperature's Rising), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 2 Doris Kenner, singer (Shirelles-Soldier Boy), born in Passaic, New Jersey
  • Aug 3 Joseph Dorfman, composer
  • Aug 4 Rosemarie "Timi" Yuro, US singer (Hurt)
  • Aug 10 Bobby Hatfield, Wisc, rocker (Righteous Bros-Unchained Melody)
  • Aug 12 Alexander Yossifov, composer
  • Aug 14 Dash Crofts, Cisco Tx, singer (Seals & Crofts-Summer Breeze)
  • Aug 15 Rita Shane, American soprano
  • Aug 19 Johnny Nash, rocker (I Can See Clearly Now), born in Houston, Texas
  • Aug 20 John Lantree, rocker (The Honeycombs), born in Newbury, Berkshire
  • Aug 24 Tony Secunda, rock band manager
  • Aug 25 Jose Van Dam, bass-baritone (Francois d'Assisif), born in Brussels, Belgium
  • Aug 27 Warren Harding "Sonny" Sharrock, American jazz guitarist
  • Aug 28 Nik Turner, English musician (Hawkwind)
  • Sep 2 Jimmy Clanton, Baton Rogue, La, rock vocalist (Just a Dream)
  • Sep 2 Mike Pyne, jazz Pianist
  • Sep 5 Lewis Spratlan, composer
  • Sep 6 Jackie Trent, English singer-songwriter (Neighbours theme) and actress, born in Newcastle-under-Lyme (d. 2015)
  • Sep 9 Joe Negroni, rock vocalist (Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers), born in New York City (d. 1978)
  • Sep 10 Roy Ayers, LA, disco jazz artist (Fever, You Send Me)
  • Sep 11 Bernie Dwyer, rock drummer (Freddie & The Dreamers)
  • Sep 13 Joyce Schouten, Dutch singer (Fouryo's)
  • Sep 13 Gene Page, arranger and composer (Righteous Brothers, Marvin Gaye), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1998)
  • Sep 18 Frankie Avalon, actor (Beach movies)/singer (Venus), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 19 Bill Medley, Santa Ana Cal, rocker (Righteous Bros-Up Where We Belong)
  • Sep 19 Paul Williams, singer/composer/actor (Planet of the Apes), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Sep 19 Sylvia Tyson, Canadian singer-songwriter, born in Chatham, Ontario
  • Sep 22 Edward Boguslawski, composer
  • Sep 23 Tim Rose, American singer-songwriter, born in Washington D. C. (d. 2002)
  • Sep 24 Barbara Allbut, rock vocalist (Angels), born in Orange, New Jersey
  • Sep 27 Josephine Barstow, opera singer
  • Sep 29 Nicola Di Bari, Italian singer
  • Oct 2 Lord Davies, chairman (Welsh National Opera)
  • Oct 3 Alan O'Day, rocker, born in Hollywood, California (d. 2013)
  • Oct 7 Dino Valenti, rock guitarist/vocalist (Quicksilver Messenger Service)
  • Oct 8 Fred Cash, rocker (Impressions), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Oct 9 Hans Ulrich Humpert, composer

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Oct 9 John Lennon, British musician, pop star and member of The Beatles (Imagine), born in Liverpool, England (d. 1980)

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Oct 13 Chris Farlowe [John Henry Deighton], English singer (Out of Times), born in London
  • Oct 13 Pharoah Sanders, American saxophonist

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Oct 14 Cliff Richard [Harry Webb], English rock vocalist (Suddenly), born in Lucknow, India

  • Oct 18 Cynthia Weil, American songwriter, born in New York City
  • Oct 20 Kathy Kirby, British singer
  • Oct 21 Manfred Mann, [Michael Lubowitz], South Africa, rocker (Mighty Quinn)
  • Oct 23 Freddie Marsden, English rock drummer (Gerry and the Pacemakers), born in Liverpool, England (d. 2006)
  • Oct 27 Anthea Joseph, music producer
  • Oct 29 Frida Boccara, French singer (d. 1996)
  • Nov 1 Barry Sadler, American singer (d. 1989)
  • Nov 3 Dieter Acker, composer
  • Nov 4 Delbert McClinton, singer (Gonna Find a Good Woman), born in Lubbock, Texas
  • Nov 9 Sergio Cervetti, composer
  • Nov 10 Screaming Lord Sutch, rocker
  • Nov 13 Justine "Baby" Washington, US singer (Only Those in Love)
  • Nov 14 Freddie Garrity, rocker (Freddie & the Dreamers-I'm Telling You Now)
  • Nov 17 Luke Kelly, Irish folk music singer and banjo player
  • Nov 19 Alberto Villalpando, composer
  • Nov 21 Dr. John [Rebennack], American vocalist (I Was in Right Place), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Nov 24 Wendell Morris Logan, composer
  • Nov 25 Percy Sledge, soul singer (When A Man Loves A Woman)
  • Nov 28 Bruce Channel [McMeans], American singer (Hey! Baby), born in Jacksonville, Texas
  • Nov 28 Clem Curtis, British singer (The Foundations), born in Trinidad
  • Nov 29 Chuck Mangione, jazz hornist (Chasing the Clouds Away), born in Rochester, New York

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Dec 1 Richard Pryor, American comedian and actor (Lady Sings the Blues, Stir Crazy), born in Pecoria, Illinois (d. 2005)

Comedian and Actor Richard Pryor
Comedian and Actor
Richard Pryor
  • Dec 4 Freddy Cannon, [Picariello], Lynn Ma, rocker (Palisades Park)
  • Dec 6 Steve Alaimo, rocker (Mashed Potatoes), born in Rochester, New York
  • Dec 9 Sammy Strain, US singer (Imperials-Hurt So Bad)
  • Dec 12 Dionne Warwick, singer (Solid Gold, Way to San Jose), born in East Orange, New Jersey
  • Dec 16 Dimitri van Toren, Dutch vocalist/composer
  • Dec 19 Phil Ochs, anti-war folk singer (Joe Hill, War is Over), born in El Paso, Texas
  • Dec 20 Larry Willis, rock keyboardist (Blood, Sweat & Tears)
  • Dec 21 Frank Zappa, rocker (Mothers of Invention, Catholic Girls), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Dec 21 Paul, [Ray Hildebrand], Tx, singer (Hey Paula)
  • Dec 23 Eugene Record, US singer (Chi Lites-Give it Away)
  • Dec 23 Jorma Kaukonen, rock guitarist (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Dec 25 Peter Brown, rocker, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Dec 25 Pete Brown, English musician and songwriter (Cream), born in Ashtead, Surrey
  • Dec 28 Alvin Singleton, American composer, born in New York City
  • Dec 28 Lonnie Liston Smith, US jazz performer (Cosmic Echoes, Magic Lady)
  • Dec 29 Peter Koelewijn, Dutch writer/vocalist (Come off that Roof)
  • Dec 31 Mani Neumeier, German musician (Guru Guru)