Birthdays in Music in 1950

  • Jan 1 Morgan Fisher, rock keyboardist (British Lions)
  • Jan 2 David Shifrin, American classical clarinetist
  • Jan 3 Beth Anderson, American composer, born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • Jan 5 Chris Stein, rock guitarist and co-founder of Blondie (Heart of Glass, Call Me) born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jan 7 Juan Gabriel, [Alberto Aguilera Valadez], Mexican singer, born in Michoacan state (d. 2016)
  • Jan 9 David Johansen, [Buster Poindexter], NY, singer (Hot! Hot! Hot!)
  • Jan 9 Rio Reiser, German rock singer (Ton Steine Scherben), (d. 1996)
  • Jan 15 David Lynn Jones, Bexar Ark, country singer (Bonnie Jean)
  • Jan 16 Debbie Allen, dancer/actress (3 Girls 3, Lydia-Fame), born in Houston, Texas
  • Jan 16 Damo Suzuki, Japanese singer (Can)
  • Jan 18 Claudia de Colombia, Bogato Columbia, spanish singer (Yo Creo En Ti)
  • Jan 20 Henk Batenburgh, cabaret performer/singer (Waaldrecht)
  • Jan 21 Billy Ocean, [Leslie S Charles], Trinidad, singer (Caribbean Queen)
  • Jan 21 Richie Ranno, American rocker (Starz), born in The Bronz, New York
  • Jan 23 Bill Cunningham, American original bass guitarist/keyboardist (Box Tops), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Jan 23 Danny Federici, rocker (E Street Band)
  • Jan 23 John Greaves, English musician (Henry Cow, National Health)
  • Jan 23 Luis Alberto Spinetta, Buenos Aires, Argentina, rock musician (Almendra, Pescado Rabioso, Invisible), (d. 2012)
  • Jan 25 Michael Cotton, rocker (Tubes)
  • Jan 28 Bob Hay, American songwriter and musician
  • Feb 1 Mike Campbell, American guitarist and producer
  • Feb 4 James Dunn, US vocalist (Stylistics-You make me feel Brand New)
  • Feb 4 Philip Ehart, rock drummer (Kansas)
  • Feb 4 Robert-John Stips, rock keyboardist/singer (The Nits)
  • Feb 5 Ann Sexton, US vocalist (You're Gone too Long)
  • Feb 6 Mike Batt, composer/arranger

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Feb 6 Natalie Cole, American vocalist (Pink Cadillac, Miss You Like Crazy), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2015)

Singer and Songwriter Natalie Cole
Singer and Songwriter
Natalie Cole
  • Feb 6 Punky Meadows, rock guitarist (Angel), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Feb 8 Michael Goodroe, rock bassist (Motels-Only the Lonely)
  • Feb 11 Rochelle Fleming, US soul vocalist (First Choice, Smarty Pants)
  • Feb 12 Steve Hackett, rock guitarist (Genesis-Against All Odds/GTR)
  • Feb 13 Peter Gabriel, Surrey England, rock vocalist (Genesis, In Your Eyes)
  • Feb 14 Raymond van het Groenewoud, Belgian vocalist/actor (Brussels by Night)
  • Feb 14 Roger Fisher, American musician (Heart)
  • Feb 16 Kazuki Tomokawa, Japanese acid-folk singer
  • Feb 16 Roman Tam, Hong Kong famous singer (d. 2002)
  • Feb 17 Rick Medlocke, rock guitarist/vocalist (Blackfoot)
  • Feb 19 Andy Powell, rocker (Wishbone Ash)

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Feb 20 Walter Becker, American rock bassist (Steely Dan-Peg), born in NYC, New York

Musician and Producer Walter Becker
Musician and Producer
Walter Becker
  • Feb 22 Ellen Greene, American vocalist/actress (Little Shoppe of Horrors), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Feb 22 Lenny Kuhr, Dutch singer
  • Feb 23 Steve Priest, rock bassist (Sweet Hayes), born in London, England

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Feb 24 George Thorogood, American singer and guitarist (The Delaware Destroyers-Bad to the Bone), born in Wilmington, Delaware

Singer and Guitarist George Thorogood
Singer and Guitarist
George Thorogood
  • Feb 25 Emitt Rhodes, musician (Merry-go-Round)
  • Feb 26 Jonathan Cain, rock guitarist/keyboardist (Journey, Babys), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 28 Stephen Chatman, composer
  • Mar 2 Karen Carpenter, vocalist/drummer (We Only Just Begun), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Mar 3 Ed Marinaro, actor (Hill Street Blues)
  • Mar 3 Re Styles, rock vocalist (Tubes)
  • Mar 4 Emilio Estefan, Cuban-American musician and producer (Miami Sound Machine), born in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
  • Mar 5 Eugene Fodor, Turkey Creek CO, violinist (1974 Tchaikovsky Award)
  • Mar 7 Iris Chacon, Puerto Rican singer and dancer
  • Mar 10 Ted McKenna, rocker (Alex Harvey Band)
  • Mar 11 Bobby McFerrin, singer (Don't Worry Be Happy-Grammy 1989)
  • Mar 13 Steve Hill, country vocalist (A Winning Hand)
  • Mar 15 Jørgen Olsen, Danish singer
  • Mar 18 James Conlon, American conductor (Cincinnati May Festival-1979), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 18 John Hartman, Falls Church Va, rock drummer (Doobie Brothers)
  • Mar 21 Peter Banks, rocker (Yes), (d. 2013)
  • Mar 21 Roger Hodgson, rock vocalist (Supertramp-It's Raining Again)
  • Mar 25 Chuck Greenberg, American musician (Shadowfax) (d. 1995)
  • Mar 26 Ronnie McDowell, Fountain Head Tn, country singer (King is Gone)
  • Mar 26 Teddy Pendergrass, singer (Turn Off the Lights), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 26 Alan Silvestri, American film score composer
  • Mar 27 Maria Ewing, opera singer
  • Mar 27 Tony Banks, English musician and rock keyboardist (Genesis), born in East Hoathly, Sussex
  • Mar 30 Dave Ball, English guitarist (Procul Harum), born in Birmingham (d. 2015)
  • Mar 30 Eugene Bowen, composer (Wonder's Edge)
  • Mar 30 Rupert Greenall, rock keyboardist (Fixx)
  • Mar 31 Richard Hughes, rocker (Johnny Winter Band)
  • Apr 1 Billy Currie, English rock keyboardist and violinist (Ultravox), born in Huddersfield
  • Apr 3 Curtis Stone, N singer (Highway 101-Cry Cry Cry), born in Hollywood, California

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Apr 5 Agnetha Fältskog [Anna Ulvaeus], Swedish singer (ABBA), born in Jönköping, Sweden

  • Apr 5 Mildred Douglas, Surinames/Dutch singer (Mai Tai)
  • Apr 5 Paul Oscher, American blues musician (Muddy Waters Blues Band), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Apr 10 Eddie Hazel, US pop guitarist (Funkadelic-Uncle Jam Wants You)
  • Apr 12 David Cassidy, American singer/actor (Keith-Partridge Family), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 13 Riff West, rock bassist (Molly Hatchet)
  • Apr 22 Peter Frampton, Kent England, guitarist/vocalist (Frampton Comes Alive)
  • Apr 25 Steve Ferrone, Sussex, rock drummer (Average White Band)
  • Apr 26 Howard "Leon" Reeder, rock guitarist (Champaign)
  • Apr 26 Peter Schaufuss, director of ballet (Deutsche Opera Berlin)
  • May 2 Lou Gramm, rocker (Foreigner-Want to Know What Love Is), born in Rochester, New York
  • May 3 Mary Hopkin, South Wales, singer (Those Were the Days)
  • May 4 Darryl Hunt, English pop bassist (Pogues-Pair of Brown Eyes)
  • May 5 Maggie MacNeal, Dutch singer (Mouth & MacNeal, I See a Star)
  • May 5 Googoosh, Faegheh Atashin (فائقه آتشین), Iranian, Persian Singer & actress
  • May 6 Robbie McIntosh, drummer (Avg White Band-Show your Hand)
  • May 7 Prairie Prince, rocker (Tubes)
  • May 9 Tom Petersson, rock bassist (Cheap Trick), born in Rockford, Illinois
  • May 12 Billy Squier, Mass, heavy metal guitarist (Don't Say No)
  • May 12 Jocko Marcellino, rocker (Sha Na Na)
  • May 13 Danny Kirwan, rocker (Fleetwood Mac), born in London, England
  • May 13 John "Jocko" Marcellino, rocker/actor (Tagget, Hot to Trot, Rain Man)

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May 13 Stevie Wonder, American singer-songwriter (You are the Sunshine of My Love), born in Saginaw, Michigan

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Singer-Songwriter
Stevie Wonder
  • May 16 Jock Bartley, rocker (Firefall)
  • May 16 Ray Condo, Canadian rockabilly musician
  • May 17 Howard Ashman, American lyricist (d. 1991)
  • May 22 Bernie Taupin, lyricist (writes with Elton John)
  • May 29 Rebbie [Maureen] Jackson, singer (R U Tuff Enuff), born in Gary, Indiana
  • Jun 1 Charlene [D'Angelo], singer (I've Never Been To Me)
  • Jun 3 Suzi Quatro[cchio], singer (Stumblin')/actress (Happy Days), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jun 4 Dagmar Krause, West Germany, singer (Henry Cow, Art Bears)
  • Jun 5 Ronnie Dyson, US, singer (Hair, All over your face)
  • Jun 8 Elmar Oliveira, violinist (Naumburg 1978), born in Waterbury, Connecticut
  • Jun 11 Graham Russell, Australian rock vocalist (Air Supply), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Jun 11 Lindsey de Paul, singer
  • Jun 16 James Smith, US, singer (Stylistics-Can't Give you Anything)
  • Jun 19 Ann Wilson, American musician (Heart-What About Love), born in San Diego, California
  • Jun 21 Joey Kramer, American hard rock drummer (Aerosmith-Toys in the Attic), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 24 Derrick "Duckie" Simpson, rocker (Black Uhuru), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Jul 3 Damon Harris, Balt Md, musician (The Temptations-My Girl), (d. 2013)
  • Jul 4 David Jensen, rock British DJ
  • Jul 5 Huey Lewis [Hugh Anthony Cregg III], American musician (Huey Lewis and the News), born in New York City
  • Jul 5 Michael Monarch, rock guitarist (Steppenwolf), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 6 Phyllis Hyman, jazz Singer
  • Jul 9 Gwen Guthrie, American singer (d. 1999)
  • Jul 10 Willie Ford, US R&B-singer (Dramatics-Me & Mrs Jones)
  • Jul 11 Bonnie Pointer, singer (Pointer Sisters-Jump, I'm So Excited)
  • Jul 12 Eric Carr [Paul Charles Caravello], rock drummer (Kiss), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1991)
  • Jul 16 Tom Terrell, musicologist, deejay

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Jul 18 Richard Branson, British music enterperneur (Virgin Atlantic), born in London, England

Business Magnate Richard Branson
Business Magnate
Richard Branson
  • Jul 18 Glenn Hughes, American singer (Village People) (d. 2001)
  • Jul 19 Freddy Moore, American songwriter
  • Jul 21 Larry Tolbert, rock drummer (Raydio)
  • Jul 23 Blair Thornton, rock guitarist (Bachman-Turner-Overdrive)
  • Jul 23 Ian Thomas, Canadian singer-songwriter (Painted Ladies), born in Hamilton, Ontario
  • Jul 25 Mark Clarke, rocker (Uriah Heep)
  • Jul 27 Michael Vaughn, rocker (Paper Lace)
  • Jul 30 Wime de Craene, Flemish chansonnier/composer
  • Aug 2 Ted Turner, English rock guitarist and vocalist (Wishbone Ash), born in Birmingham, England
  • Aug 7 Rodney Crowell, country singer (She's Crazy for Leavin'), born in Houston, Texas
  • Aug 8 Willie Hall, American drummer (Blues Brothers Band), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Aug 11 Erik Brann, rock guitarist (Iron Butterfly) (d. 2003), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Aug 12 Kid Creole, [August Darnell], rocker/actor (Obsession A Taste of Fear)
  • Aug 15 Thomas Aldrich, country drummer (Black Oak Arkansas)
  • Aug 15 Billy Griffin [William], US singer (Miracles-Love Machine)
  • Aug 18 Dennis Elliott, rock drummer (Foreigner), born in London, England
  • Aug 21 Patrick Juvet, Swiss singer
  • Aug 25 Willy Deville [William Paul Borsey Jr.], American rock vocalist/guitarist (Mink Deville), born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 25 Charles Fambrough, American jazz musician
  • Sep 2 Michael Rother, German musician (Neu!, Kraftwerk, Harmonia, Cluster)
  • Sep 3 Aaron Smith, rocker (Romeo Void)
  • Sep 3 Doug Pinnick, American bassist and singer (King's X)
  • Sep 8 Daniel Victor Starr, composer
  • Sep 8 Will Lee, bassist (Late Show with David Letterman)
  • Sep 9 John McFee, Santa Cruz California, rock guitarist (Doobie Brothers)
  • Sep 10 Don Powell, England, rock drummer (Slade)
  • Sep 10 Joe Perry, Lawrence, Massachusetts, American rock guitarist (Aerosmith-Walk this Way)
  • Sep 14 Paul Kossoff, rock guitarist (Free), born in London, England
  • Sep 16 David Bellamy, singer (Bellamy Bros-Let Your Love Flow), born in Darby, Florida
  • Sep 17 Fee Waybill, Ohaha Neb, rocker (Tubes)
  • Sep 18 Mike Hossack, rock drummer (Doobie Brothers), born in Patterson, New Jersey (d. 2012)
  • Sep 20 Loredana Berte, singer/2nd ex wife of Bjorn Borg, born in Milan, Italy
  • Sep 22 Kirka, Finnish singer (d. 2007)
  • Sep 28 Paul Burgess, British drummer (10cc-Not Alone)
  • Sep 28 Laurie Lewis, American musician
  • Sep 30 Renato Zero, Italian musician
  • Oct 1 Jeane Manson, American singer and actress
  • Oct 2 Michael Rutherford, English pop bassist and rocker (Genesis-Against All Odds, Mike & Mechanics)
  • Oct 3 Ronnie Laws, US saxophonist/guitarist (Earth, Wind & Fire)
  • Oct 6 Thomas McClary, US soul guitarist (Commodores-Still)
  • Oct 8 Robert "Kool" Bell, rocker (Kool & the Gang-Joanna), born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • Oct 11 Andrew Woolfolk, US pop musician (Earth, Wind & Fire-Shining Star)
  • Oct 15 Chris De Burgh, [Davidson], Argent/Irish rock vocalist (Lady in Red)
  • Oct 17 Sandra Reemer, Dutch singer (As Love Goes)
  • Oct 20 Tom Petty, American classic rock singer (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • Oct 23 Harry Sacksioni, Dutch guitarist (Around the Corner)
  • Oct 24 Terry Buffin, rock drummer (British Lions)
  • Oct 24 Steven Greenberg, American composer
  • Nov 1 Dan Peck, Panama City Fla, rock vocalist/guitarist (America)
  • Nov 11 Jim Peterik, rocker (Survivor)
  • Nov 18 Graham Parker, musician (Live Sparks, Mercury Poisoning)
  • Nov 18 Rudy Sarzo, Cuban bass guitarist
  • Nov 20 Gary Green, rocker (Gentle Giant)
  • Nov 21 Livingston Taylor, rocker (I Will be in Love With You), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Nov 21 Stephen Geyer, American film & television songwriter
  • Nov 22 Little Steven, [Van Zandt], Asbury Park NJ, rocker (Born to Run)
  • Nov 22 [Ma]Tina Weymouth, rock bassist (Talking Heads-& She Was), born in Coronado, California
  • Nov 22 Art Sullivan, Belgian singer
  • Nov 23 Cecil Hooker, rocker (Snuff)
  • Nov 30 Greg Gordon, rock vocalist (Boys Band)
  • Dec 1 Keith Thibodeaux, American actor and drummer
  • Dec 5 Camarón de la Isla, Spanish flamenco singer (d. 1992)
  • Dec 5 Osvaldo Golijov, Argentine-born composer
  • Dec 6 Daniel Sahuleka, Moluks/Dutch singer/guitarist (Viva la Libertad)
  • Dec 6 Joe Hisaishi, Japanese composer
  • Dec 8 Dan Hartman, Harrisburg Pennsylvania, American musician (Edgar Winter Group)
  • Dec 9 Joan Armatrading, St Kitts, singer (Back to the Night)
  • Dec 13 Davey O'List, rocker (Roxy Music)
  • Dec 17 Carlton Barrett, Jamaicans reggae drummer (Bob Marley & Wailers)
  • Dec 18 Martha Johnson, rocker (M+M), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Dec 18 Randy Castillo, American drummer (Ozzy Osbourne) (d. 2002)
  • Dec 20 Alex Chilton, American singer-songwriter (Box Tops), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2010)
  • Dec 21 Lillebjørn Nilsen, Norwegian singer-songwriter
  • Dec 24 Libbi Larsen, composer
  • Dec 24 Peter te Bos, Dutch singer (Claw Boys Claw)
  • Dec 26 Michael Jones, rocker (BT Express-Here Comes the Express)
  • Dec 27 Terry Bozzio, rock drummer (Missing Persons-Hello I Love You)
  • Dec 28 Alex Chilton, rock guitarist/vocalist (Box Tops), born in Memphis, Tennessee