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Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 38 of 38

1859-12-22 - Cecil [James] Sharp, collector of English folk music and dance, born in London, England
1900-08-23 - Malvina Reynolds, American folk singer/songwriter (d. 1978)
1909-06-14 - Burl Ives, Hunt Ill, folk singer/actor (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof)
1911-08-01 - Kenneth Norman Joseph Loveless, priest folk musician
1912-07-14 - Woodrow Wilson "Woodie" Guthrie, folk singer (This Land Is Your Land)
1914-09-02 - Tom Glazer, American folk singer and songwriter (d. 2003)
1919-05-03 - Pete Seeger, folk singer (Weaver, Goodnight Irene), born in NYC, New York
1924-05-02 - Theodore Bikel, Austrian/US folk singer/actor (Russians Are Coming)
1928-04-09 - Tom Lehrer, parody/folk singer (That Was The Week That Was)
1930-12-31 - Odetta [Odetta Holmes], American folk singer, actress and civil rights activist, born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2008)
1930-12-31 - Odetta, [Holmes], Birmingham Ala, folk singer (Sanctuary)
1932-09-28 - VĂ­ctor Jara, Chilean folk singer and activist (d. 1973)
1933-03-06 - Dorothy "Dolly" Ann Collins, folk musician/composer
1935-03-04 - Nancy Whiskey, Scottish folk singer (d. 2003)
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1936-11-09 - Mary Travers, Louisville Ky, folk singer (Peter Paul & Mary)
1937-03-08 - Richard Farina, American writer and folk rocker (Reflections in a Crystal Wind)
1937-10-31 - Tom Paxton, folk singer/songwriter (Forest Lawn), born in Chicago, Illinois
1940-02-10 - Hamish Imlach, folk singer/comic
1940-06-30 - Mark Spoelstra, American folk singer (d. 2007)
1940-11-17 - Luke Kelly, Irish folk music singer and banjo player
1940-12-19 - Phil Ochs, El Paso Tx, anti-war folk singer (Joe Hill, War is Over)
1941-01-09 - Joan Baez, Staten Island, folk singer/human rights advocate
1941-01-21 - Richie Havens, Bkln, folk singer (Here Comes the Sun), (d. 2013)
1942-11-20 - Norman Greenbaum, Mass, folk singer (Spirit in the Sky)
1944-04-12 - Karel Kryl, folk singer
1944-12-04 - Anna McGarrigle, Canadian folk music singer-songwriter, born in Montreal, Quebec
1947-08-14 - Maddy Prior, English folk singer (Steeleye Span, Silly Sisters, Carnival Band)
1948-05-11 - Shigeru Izumiya, Japanese folk musician
1949-11-29 - Stan Rogers, Canadian folk musician and songwriter (d. 1983)
1950-02-16 - Kazuki Tomokawa, Japanese acid-folk singer
1951-04-07 - Janis Ian, [Janis Eddy Fink], lesbian/folk rocker (At 17), born in NYC, New York
1953-09-26 - Dolores Keane, Irish folk singer
1956-09-15 - Maggie Reilly, Scottish folk singer
1961-07-21 - Amar Singh Chamkila, Punjabi folk singer
1968-01-28 - Sarah McLachlan, folk singer (Fumbling Towards Ecstasy)
1971-11-19 - Alice Peacock, American folk singer
1973-12-04 - Kate Rusby, English folk singer
1985-05-28 - Colbie Caillat, American folk singer-songwriter

Deaths in Music

Deaths 1 - 24 of 24

1924-06-23 - Cecil [James] Sharp, English folk musician, dies at 64
1961-04-29 - Cisco Houston, American folk singer (b. 1918)
1966-04-30 - Richard Farina, American writer and folk rocker, dies on his birthday in a motorcycle accident
1967-10-03 - Woodrow Wilson "Woodie" Guthrie, US folk singer/guitarist, dies at 55
1976-10-10 - Silvana Armenulic, Yugoslavian folk singer (b. 1939)
1984-09-20 - Steve Goodman, folk singer/guitarist, dies at 36
1989-01-08 - Johnny Jordaan, [Jan van Musscher], Dutch folk singer, dies at 64
1991-03-22 - Dave Guard, American folk singer (The Kingston Trio) (b. 1934)
1991-09-24 - Peter Bellamy, folk singer (b. 1944)
1994-03-03 - Karel Kryl, folk singer, dies at 49
1995-03-19 - Kenneth Norman Joseph Loveless, priest folk musician, dies at 83
1995-04-14 - Burl Ives, folk singer/actor (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), dies at 85
1995-05-15 - Perry Lederman, folk singer, dies at 52
1995-09-22 - Dorothy "Dolly" Ann Collins, folk musician/composer, dies at 62
1996-01-01 - Hamish Imlach, folk singer/comic, dies at 55
1996-09-28 - Bob Gibson, folk singer, dies at 64
2002-02-10 - Dave Van Ronk, American folk singer/songwriter (b. 1936)
2007-08-01 - Tommy Makem, Irish folk singer (b. 1932)
2008-12-02 - Odetta [Odetta Holmes], American folk singer, actress and civil rights activist, dies of heart disease at 77
2009-08-07 - Mike Seeger, American folk musician (b. 1933)
2010-01-18 - Kate McGarrigle, Canadian folk music singer-songwriter, dies at 63
2010-03-04 - Fred Wedlock, British folk musician (b. 1942)
2011-10-05 - Bert Jansch, Scottish folk musician (b. 1943)
2014-01-27 - Pete Seeger, American folk singer (Weaver, Goodnight Irene) and activist, helped create the modern American folk music movement, dies at 94


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