Famous Songwriters in Music History

Historical Events

  • 1914-01-13 IWW-leader/songwriter Joe Hill arrested "Girl from Utah" East-Prussia
  • 1942-10-23 All 12 passengers and crewmen aboard an American Airlines DC-3 airliner are killed when it is struck by a U.S. Army Air Forces bomber near Palm Springs, California. Amongst the victims is award-winning composer and songwriter Ralph Rainger ("Thanks for the Memory", "Love in Bloom", "Blue Hawaii").
  • 1989-06-14 Singer-songwriter Carol King gets a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 463

  • 1665-12-25 Lady Grizel Baillie, Scottish songwriter (d. 1746)
  • 1666-09-05 Gottfried Arnold, German theologist/historian/songwriter
  • 1700-09-11 James Thomson, songwriter (Rule Britannia)
  • 1821-04-23 Pierre Dupont, song writer
  • 1847-10-21 Guiseppe Giacosa, Italian songwriter (libretti opera Puccini)
  • 1862-08-11 Carrie Jacobs Bond, Janesville Wisc, songwriter (I Love You Truly)
  • 1867-08-13 Rudolf Georg Binding, German songwriter/writer (Legenden Der Zeit)
  • 1868-03-27 Patty Smith Hill, author/songwriter (Happy Birthday To You)
  • 1873-08-18 Otto Harbach, songwriter (Smoke Gets in Your Eyes)
  • 1877-09-18 Jozef de Voght, Flemish priest/songwriter (Under the Snow)
  • 1878-03-04 Egbert Van Alstyne, American songwriter and pianist (d. 1951)
  • 1879-10-07 Joe Hill, Jevla Sweden, organizer (IWW)/songwriter (Union Scab)/martyr
  • 1886-09-20 Charles Walter Stansby Williams, songwriter
  • 1887-06-02 Howard Johnson, American songwriter (d. 1941)
  • 1891-06-10 Al Dubin, Swiss songwriter (Tiptoe Thru the Tulips)
  • 1893-10-01 Cliff Friend, American songwriter (d. 1974)
  • 1894-09-09 Arthur Freed, American songwriter and film producer (d. 1973)
  • 1895-01-20 Eva A Jessye, US singer/actress/songwriter (Hallelujah)
  • 1895-02-03 Nick Kenny, Astoria columnist/songwriter (Nick Kenny Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1895-07-04 Irving Caesar, songwriter
  • 1895-09-11 Harry Tobias, songwriter
  • 1896-09-04 Antonin Artaud, Marseilles France, songwriter/dir (Theatre Seraphin)
  • 1897-05-02 J. Fred Coots, American songwriter (d. 1985)
  • 1897-08-24 Fred Rose, American songwriter and publishing executive (d. 1954)
  • 1898-09-27 Vincent (Miller) Youmans, US composer/songwriter (Tea for Two)
  • 1899-09-11 Jimmie Davis, Quitman, Louisiana, American singer and songwriter (You Are My Sunshine)
  • 1899-11-22 Hoagy Carmichael, Bloomington Ind, actor/songwriter (Stardust)
  • 1899-12-05 Sonny Boy Williamson [Aleck Miller], American blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter, born in Tallahatchie County, Mississippi (d. 1965) (year of birth disputed)
  • 1900-08-18 Walter O'Keefe, Hartford Ct, songwriter/TV host (Mayor of Hollywood)
  • 1900-08-23 Malvina Reynolds, American folk singer/songwriter (d. 1978)
  • 1900-10-13 Gerald Marks, American songwriter (All of Me) (d. 1997)
  • 1905-05-10 Markos Vamvakaris, Greek rebetiko musician and songwriter (d. 1972)
  • 1905-12-31 Jule Styne, England, songwriter/composer (1954 Acad Award, 1968 Tony)
  • 1906-01-01 Giovanni D'Anzi, Italian songwriter (d. 1974)
  • 1907-03-29 "Braguinha", Brazilian songwriter (d. 2006)
  • 1907-06-20 Jimmy Driftwood, American songwriter and musician (d. 1998)
  • 1907-07-24 Hugh Charles, songwriter/impressario
  • 1907-08-14 Stanley Adams, songwriter
  • 1907-12-20 Paul Francis Webster, songwriter (d. 1984)
  • 1908-01-28 Paul Misraki, French composer and songwriter (d. 1998)
  • 1908-03-18 Louis Gaste, songwriter
  • 1908-04-15 Eden Ahbez, songwriter
  • 1909-03-06 Dave Clark, music promoter/songwriter
  • 1910-06-29 Franc Henry Loesser, US songwriter/composer (Most Happy Fella)
  • 1910-10-28 Arthur Altman, songwriter
  • 1910-12-11 Noel Rosa, Brazilian songwriter (d. 1937)
  • 1911-06-07 Silas Roy Crain, singer/arranger/songwriter
  • 1911-12-03 Dana Suesse, songwriter (You Ought to be in Pictures)
  • 1913-01-26 Jimmy Van Heusen, songwriter (Love & Marriage)
  • 1913-05-18 Charles Trenet, French singer and songwriter (d. 2001)
  • 1913-10-19 Vinicius de Moraes, Brazilian poet and songwriter (d. 1980)
  • 1914-07-26 Ralph Hunsecker Blane, songwriter
  • 1914-09-02 Tom Glazer, American folk singer and songwriter (d. 2003)
  • 1915-01-18 Vassilis Tsitsanis, Greek singer and songwriter (d. 1984)
  • 1915-02-04 Ray Evans, American songwriter with Jay Livingston (d. 2007)
  • 1915-02-14 Irving Gordon, songwriter
  • 1915-05-02 Doris Fisher, American songwriter (d. 2003)
  • 1915-12-02 Adolph Green, songwriter (married to Phyllis Newman)
  • 1916-01-04 Slim Gaillard [Bulee], Edinburgh, Scotland, American Jazz singer/songwriter (d. 1991)
  • 1916-01-21 [JW] Al James Woodie exander, songwriter/vocalist
  • 1916-12-06 Hugo Peretti, American songwriter and record producer (d. 1986)
  • 1918-12-16 Pierre Delanoë, French songwriter and lyricist (d. 2006)
  • 1919-08-24 "Drs P" [Heinz H Polzer], Swiss/Dutch songwriter/singer
  • 1920-03-21 Manolis Chiotis, Greek bouzouki virtuoso and song writer (d. 1970)
  • 1920-12-24 Dave Bartholomew, La, jazz artist/songwriter (Blueberry Hill)
  • 1920-12-31 Rex Allen, American actor, singer, and songwriter (d. 1999)
  • 1921-09-19 Billy Ward, US songwriter/singer/pianist/arranger (Dominoes)
  • 1922-03-24 Dave Appell, singer/musician/songwriter (In the Midnight Hour)
  • 1922-08-25 Ronnie Potsdammer, Dutch singer/song writer/programmer
  • 1922-09-09 Hoyt Curtin, American songwriter (d. 2000)
  • 1922-10-13 Alan Scott, Haddonfield NJ, TV host/songwriter (Spin the Picture)
  • 1923-05-21 Doris Mae Akers, gospel singer/songwriter
  • 1923-08-23 Richard Adler, composer/songwriter (Damn Yankees, Pajama Game)
  • 1923-10-16 Bert Kaempfert, German orchestra leader and songwriter, born in Hamburg (d. 1980)
  • 1924-08-29 Consuelo Velázquez, Mexican songwriter (d. 2005)
  • 1924-11-30 Allan Sherman, parody singer/songwriter (Hello Muddah, Hello Fardah)
  • 1925-01-25 Giorgos Zampetas, Greek musician and songwriter (d. 1992)
  • 1925-10-22 Dory Previn [Dorothy Veronica Langan], Rahway, New Jersey, singer-songwriter (Mythical Kings, Iguanas), (d. 2012)
  • 1925-11-23 Johnny Mandel, American songwriter
  • 1925-12-19 Robert Sherman, songwriter (Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book), born in NYC, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1926-10-10 Oscar Brown Jr, US songwriter (Brown Baby, Forbidden Fruit)
  • 1926-10-19 Arne Bendiksen, Norwegian singer and songwriter
  • 1927-06-13 Slim Dusty [David Kirkpatrick], Australian country music singer-songwriter, born in Kempsey, New South Wales (d. 2003)
  • 1927-07-06 Nilo Soruco, Bolivian songwriter (d. 2004)
  • 1927-09-08 Harlan Howard, American country music songwriter (d. 2002)
  • 1928-05-12 Henry Cosby, African-American songwriter (d. 2002)
  • 1929-03-05 J. B. Lenoir, Monticello, Mississippi, African American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter, active in the 1950s
  • 1929-06-14 Cy Coleman, [Seymour Kaufman], American songwriter (Witchcraft, Sweet Charity), (d. 2004)
  • 1929-07-09 Lee Hazelwood, Ok, country singer/songwriter (Summer Wine, Jackson)
  • 1929-11-10 Marilyn Bergman, American composer and songwriter
  • 1930-03-13 Liz Anderson, American country music singer-songwriter, born in Roseau, Minnesota (d. 2011)
  • 1930-09-04 Jerry Ragavoy, US songwriter/producer (Wonderful Dream)
  • 1930-09-29 Billy Strange [William], singer-songwriter (A Little Less Conversation), born in Long Beach, California (d. 2012)
  • 1931-01-20 Hachidai Nakamura, Japanese songwriter and pianist (d. 1992)
  • 1931-03-10 Georges Dor, Quebec author, playwright, singer and songwriter (d. 2001)
  • 1931-04-12 Leonid Derbenyov, Russian poet-songwriter (d. 1995)
  • 1931-04-29 Lonnie Donegan, Scotish singer-songwriter and the King of Skiffle, born in Glasgow (d. 2002)
  • 1932-03-17 Dick Curless, singer/songwriter
  • 1932-04-05 Billy Bland, American singer and songwriter
  • 1932-04-09 Carl Perkins, Jackson Tn, singer/songwriter (Blue Suede Shoes)

Famous Weddings

  • 1919-12-19 Composer and songwriter Cole Porter (28) weds socialite Linda Lee Thomas (36)

HeartWedding of Interest

1931-06-08 Songwriter Johnny Mercer (21) weds chorus girl Ginger Meehan in New York City

Songwriter Johnny Mercer
Songwriter
Johnny Mercer
  • 1960-01-31 Songwriter Adolph Green marries actress/singer Phyllis Newman in NYC

HeartWedding of Interest

1968-03-01 Singer-songwriter and actress June Carter (38) weds singer-songwriter Johnny Cash (36) at a church in Franklin, Kentucky

Country Singer Johnny Cash
Country Singer
Johnny Cash

HeartWedding of Interest

1968-05-20 "The Who" guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend (23) weds Karen Astley in England

  • 1970-08-02 Songwriter Sammy Cahn marries Tita Curtis in Calif

HeartWedding of Interest

1978-08-02 Canadian singer-songwriter Neil Young (32) weds Pegi Morton

Singer-songwriter Neil Young
Singer-songwriter
Neil Young

HeartWedding of Interest

1979-04-07 Country singer Rosanne Cash (23) weds singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell (28)

Country Singer Rosanne Cash
Country Singer
Rosanne Cash

HeartWedding of Interest

1986-05-24 Country singer Garth Brooks marries songwriter Sandy Mahl

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks

HeartWedding of Interest

1989-02-14 Singer-songwriter Courtney Love (24) weds vocalist James Moreland

Singer-Songwriter Courtney Love
Singer-Songwriter
Courtney Love

HeartWedding of Interest

1990-07-01 Country singer-songwriter Hank Williams Jr (41) weds model Mary Jane Thomas at a Congregational church near his ranch in Missoula, Montana

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams Jr
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams Jr
  • 1992-02-24 Singer-songwriter Courtney Love (27) weds lead singer Kurt Cobain (25) on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii

HeartWedding of Interest

1992-06-27 Singer-songwriter Andrea Bocelli (34) weds Enrica Cenzatti

Italian Tenor Andrea Bocelli
Italian Tenor
Andrea Bocelli
  • 1995-02-06 "The Beach Boys" leader and chief songwriter Brian Wilson (52) weds former model Melinda Ledbetter (47) at Palos Verdes in Peninsula, California
  • 1996-06-08 Lyricist and songwriter Carole Bayer Sager (52) weds former chairman of Warner Bros. Robert Daly (60) in Bel Air, California
  • 1998-02-22 Singer-songwriter Tori Amos (34) weds British sound engineer Mark Hawley (34) in West Wycombe, England
  • 1999-05-01 "Dixie Chicks" singer Emily Erwin (26) weds singer-songwriter Charlie Robison (34) at Lone Star State in Texas
  • 2000-05-09 Puerto Rican actress and former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres (25) weds singer-songwriter Marc Anthony (31) in Las Vegas, Nevada

HeartWedding of Interest

2001-09-01 Singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder (51) marries for second time fashion designer Kai Millard Morris

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Singer-Songwriter
Stevie Wonder
  • 2002-07-20 ABC's World News Tonight co-host Elizabeth Vargas (39) weds singer-songwriter Marc Cohn (43) at the Council on Foreign Relations

HeartWedding of Interest

2002-10-26 American singer-songwriter and TV personality Jessica Simpson (22) weds singer-songwriter Nick Lachey (28) at Riverbend Church in Austin, Texas

Pop Star Jessica Simpson
Pop Star
Jessica Simpson

HeartWedding of Interest

2004-10-02 "Piano Man" singer-songwriter Billy Joel (55) weds television food critic and chef Katie Lee (23) at 15-acre waterfront estate in Centre Island, New York

Pianist, songwriter, and composer Billy Joel
Pianist, songwriter, and composer
Billy Joel

HeartWedding of Interest

2005-05-10 Actress and model Heidi Klum (39) weds British soul and R&B singer-songwriter Seal (49) in Costa Careyes, Mexico

Supermodel Heidi Klum
Supermodel
Heidi Klum
Musician & Songwriter Seal
Musician & Songwriter
Seal
  • 2005-09-26 Country music singer-songwriter Billy Joe Shaver (66) weds Wanda Lynn Canady in Corsicana, Texas
  • 2005-12-17 Australian country singer Kasey Chambers (29) weds singer-songwriter Shane Nicholson in Avoca, New South Wales

HeartWedding of Interest

2006-06-25 Actress Nicole Kidman (45) weds country music singer-songwriter Keith Urban (44) at Cardinal Ceretti Memorial Chapel in Manly, Australia

Actress Nicole Kidman
Actress
Nicole Kidman

HeartWedding of Interest

2006-07-15 Singer-songwriter Avril Lavigne (21) weds "Sum 41" lead singer and guitarist Deryck Whibley (26) at a private estate in Montecito, California

Pop Singer and Songwriter Avril Lavigne
Pop Singer and Songwriter
Avril Lavigne

HeartWedding of Interest

2007-09-01 Singer-songwriter Usher (28) weds hair stylist and wardrobe stylist Tameka Foster (37) at Chateau Elan Winery and Resort in Georgia

Singer Usher
Singer
Usher

HeartWedding of Interest

2007-12-23 "Dr. Izzie Stevens" actress Katherine Heigl (29) weds singer-songwriter Josh Kelley (27) at Stein Eriksen Lodge in Park City, Utah

HeartWedding of Interest

2008-04-04 Singer-songwriter and actress Beyonce Knowles (30) weds rapper Jay-Z (43) at a 13,500-square foot penthouse apartment in New York

Singer Beyoncé Knowles
Singer
Beyoncé Knowles
Rapper & Record Producer Jay-Z
Rapper & Record Producer
Jay-Z

HeartWedding of Interest

2008-04-30 Singer-songwriter Mariah Carey (41) weds actor and rapper Nick Cannon (31) at Bahamian estate on the island of Windermere

Singer Mariah Carey
Singer
Mariah Carey
Actor & Rapper Nick Cannon
Actor & Rapper
Nick Cannon
  • 2008-05-17 Singer-songwriter and actress Ashlee Simpson (26) weds rock band Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz (31) in Encino, California
  • 2008-08-07 Singer-songwriter Jewel (38) weds rodeo champion Ty Murray (42) at The Cove Atlantis Resort in Paradise Island, Bahamas
  • 2009-01-31 "Stay" singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb (40) weds Late Night with Conan O'Brien music supervisor Roey Hershkovitz (30) at Manhattan restaurant in New York City
  • 2009-03-11 Actress and singer Mandy Moore (28) weds alt-country/rock singer-songwriter Ryan Adams (37) Savannah, Georgia
  • 2009-09-04 Singer and actress Christina Milian (27) weds singer-songwriter The-Dream (31) at the Little White Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada

HeartWedding of Interest

2010-05-22 Singer-songwriter and guitarist Alanis Morissette (38) weds rapper Mario Treadway (32) in Los Angeles

Singer-Songwriter Alanis Morissette
Singer-Songwriter
Alanis Morissette

HeartWedding of Interest

2010-07-31 R&B singer-songwriter Alicia Keys (31) weds Grammy Award winning rapper Swizz Beatz (33) at a private home on the French island of Corsica

Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys
Singer-songwriter
Alicia Keys

HeartWedding of Interest

2010-10-23 Singer-songwriter Katy Perry (25) weds actor-comedian Russell Brand (35) at luxury resort Aman-i-Khas in Northern India

Pop Star Katy Perry
Pop Star
Katy Perry
Comedian Russell Brand
Comedian
Russell Brand
  • 2011-01-01 Singer-songwriter Kellie Pickler (25) weds country music songwriter Kyle Jacobs (34) at the Jumby Bay Resort in Antigua

HeartWedding of Interest

2011-01-01 Singer-songwriter Shania Twain (46) weds Swiss business executive Frederic Thiebaud in Rincon, Puerto Rico

Singer Shania Twain
Singer
Shania Twain

HeartWedding of Interest

2011-07-15 American TV personality and host Vanessa Minnillo (30) weds American singer-songwriter Nick Lachey (37) at Sir Richard Branson's private Necker Island in British Virgin Islands

TV Personality & Model Vanessa Minnillo
TV Personality & Model
Vanessa Minnillo
  • 2011-10-16 Actress, screenwriter and model Nikki Reed (24) weds singer-songwriter Paul McDonald (27) at a private ranch in Malibu, California
  • 2011-11-11 Sixteen-time Grammy Award-winning hit producer and songwriter David Foster (62) weds model Yolanda Hadid in Beverly Hills
  • 2012-01-07 Lady Antebellum singer-songwriter Hillary Scott (26) weds drummer Chris Tyrrell (25) at the Appel Inn near Albany, New York
  • 2012-09-23 Actor Antonio Sabato Jr. (40) weds singer-songwriter Cheryl Moana Marie at a private Anini Beach estate on the island of Kauai
  • 2013-06-01 Napster founder Sean Parker (33) weds singer-songwriter Alexandra Lenas at the Ventana Inn in Big Sur, California
  • 2013-09-14 Singer-songwriter John Legend (34) weds model Chrissy Teigen (27) at Villa Pizzo in Lake Como, Italy
  • 2013-09-21 Golden Globe-winning actor Andy Samberg (35) weds singer-songwriter Joanna Newsom (31) at the Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur, California
  • 2013-10-24 Country music singer-songwriter Ashley Monroe (27) weds MLB pitcher John Danks (28) at Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee
  • 2014-05-31 Rock singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge (53) weds tv actress Linda Wallem (53) at San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, California
  • 2014-08-31 Singer-songwriter Ashlee Simpson (29) weds "Hunger Games" actor Evan Ross (26) in Greenwich, Connecticut
  • 2014-11-16 Singer-songwriter Solange Knowles (28) weds music video director Alan Ferguson (51) in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 2015-01-01 Singer-songwriter Ben Harper (45) weds social advocate Jaclyn Matfus

Famous Divorces


Broken-heartDivorce of Interest

1976-11-24 Singer-songwriter Donna Summer (27) divorces actor Helmuth Sommer after 5 years of marriage

Singer Donna Summer
Singer
Donna Summer

Broken-heartDivorce of Interest

1989-06-15 Singer-songwriter Courtney Love (24) divorces vocalist James Moreland only 4 months after getting married

Singer-Songwriter Courtney Love
Singer-Songwriter
Courtney Love

Broken-heartDivorce of Interest

2005-12-16 American singer-songwriter and TV personality Jessica Simpson (25) divorces singer-songwriter Nick Lachey (31) due to irreconcilable differences

Pop Star Jessica Simpson
Pop Star
Jessica Simpson
  • 2006-06-30 American singer-songwriter and TV personality Jessica Simpson (25) divorces 98 Degrees boy band singer Nick Lachey (32) due to irreconcilable differences after 3 years of marriage

Broken-heartDivorce of Interest

2007-04-24 Recording artist and the most-awarded female act of all-time Whitney Houston (43) divorces R&B singer-songwriter Bobby Brown (38) due to irreconcilable differences after 14 years of marriage

Singer and actress Whitney Houston
Singer and actress
Whitney Houston

Broken-heartDivorce of Interest

2010-11-16 Singer-songwriter Avril Lavigne (25) divorces "Sum 41" lead singer and guitarist Deryck Whibley (29) due to irreconcilable differences after 3 years of marriage

Pop Singer and Songwriter Avril Lavigne
Pop Singer and Songwriter
Avril Lavigne
  • 2011-02-08 Singer-songwriter and actress Ashlee Simpson (26) divorces rock band Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz (31) due to irreconcilable differences after two and a half years of marriage
  • 2011-11-22 Singer-songwriter and actress Ashlee Simpson (27) divorces rock band Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz (33) due to irreconcilable differences after two and a half year of marriage

Broken-heartDivorce of Interest

2012-04-06 Actress and model Heidi Klum (39) divorces British soul and R&B singer-songwriter Seal (49) due to irreconcilable differences after almost seven years of marriage

Supermodel Heidi Klum
Supermodel
Heidi Klum
Musician & Songwriter Seal
Musician & Songwriter
Seal

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 226

  • 1746-12-06 Lady Grizel Baillie, Scottish songwriter (b. 1665)
  • 1774-10-16 Robert Fergusson, Scottish songwriter (Scottish Poems), dies
  • 1915-11-19 Joe Hill, Labor leader/songwriter, executed for murder
  • 1926-12-29 Rainer M Rilke, Austrias songwriter/writer (Wise Queen), dies at 51
  • 1937-05-04 Noel Rosa, Brazilian songwriter (b. 1910)
  • 1941-02-20 La Bolduc, French Canadian singer and songwriter (b. 1894)
  • 1942-04-08 Kostas Skarvelis, Greek songwriter (b. 1880)
  • 1945-02-11 Al Dubin, Swiss songwriter (Tiptoe Thru The Tulips), dies at 53
  • 1946-12-30 Patty Smith Hill, songwriter (Happy Birthday To You), dies at 78
  • 1947-07-15 Walter Donaldson, American songwriter (b. 1893)
  • 1954-12-01 Fred Rose, American songwriter and music publishing executive (b. 1897)
  • 1961-10-21 Nils J E Ferlin, Swedish songwriter (Goggles), dies
  • 1965-05-25 Sonny Boy Williamson [Aleck Miller], American blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter, dies at 65
  • 1967-04-04 Al Lewis, American songwriter (b. 1901)
  • 1967-04-29 J. B. Lenoir, African American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter, active in the 1950s, dies at 38
  • 1967-12-30 Bert Berns, US songwriter/producer (Twist & Shout), dies at about 38
  • 1969-07-28 Frank H Loesser, US songwriter/composer (Guys & Dolls), dies at 59
  • 1970-03-20 Manolis Chiotis, Greek bouzouki virtuoso and song writer (b. 1920)
  • 1970-03-21 Manolis Chiotis, Greek songwriter and musician (b. 1920)

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1970-10-04 Janis Joplin, American rocker and blues singer-songwriter (Down on Me), dies of a drug overdose at 27

Singer-Songwriter Janis Joplin
Singer-Songwriter
Janis Joplin
  • 1971-10-02 Bola de Nieve, Cuban singer, pianist, and songwriter (b. 1911)
  • 1972-02-08 Markos Vamvakaris, Greek musician and songwriter (b. 1905)
  • 1973-05-29 P. Ramlee, Malaysian film actor, director, singer and songwriter. (b. 1929)
  • 1974-04-15 Giovanni D'Anzi, Italian songwriter (b. 1906)
  • 1975-06-29 Tim Buckley, American singer-songwriter (b. 1947)
  • 1975-07-19 Lefty Frizzell, American country music singer and songwriter (b. 1928)
  • 1975-12-01 Nick Kenny, US columnist/songwriter (Nick Kenny Show), dies at 80

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1976-06-25 Johnny Mercer, US songwriter (That old Black Magic), dies at 66

Songwriter Johnny Mercer
Songwriter
Johnny Mercer
  • 1977-06-22 Peter Laughner, American singer, songwriter and guitarist (Rocket From the Tombs, Pere Ubu) (b. 1952)
  • 1979-07-06 Van McCoy, singer/songwriter (Hey Mr DJ, Hustle), dies at 35
  • 1979-09-28 Jimmy McCulloch, Scottish songwriter and guitarist (Wings), dies at 26
  • 1979-11-23 Judee Sill, American musician and songwriter (b. 1944)
  • 1980-06-21 Bert Kaempfert, German orchestra leader and songwriter, dies of a stroke at 56
  • 1981-12-27 Hoagy Carmichael, US actor/songwriter (Stardust), dies at 82
  • 1982-08-13 Joe Tex, American singer and songwriter (b. 1933)
  • 1983-06-26 Walter O'Keefe, songwriter/TV host (Mayor of Hollywood), dies at 82
  • 1983-06-30 Bo Gentry, songwriter/producer, dies
  • 1984-01-18 Vassilis Tsitsanis, Greek singer and songwriter (b. 1915)
  • 1984-03-11 Kostas Roukounas, Greek rembetiko singer and song writer (b. 1903)
  • 1984-04-06 Jimmy Kenndy, British songwriter (South of the Border), dies
  • 1984-05-14 Larry Stock, songwriter (Blueberry Hill), dies
  • 1984-07-04 Jimmie Spheeris, American singer-songwriter (b. 1949)
  • 1985-04-08 J. Fred Coots, American songwriter (b. 1897)
  • 1985-05-17 Abe Burrows, songwriter, composer, and writer (b. 1910)
  • 1986-03-04 Howard Greenfield, American songwriter (b. 1936)
  • 1986-04-10 Linda Creed, American songwriter (b. 1948)
  • 1986-05-01 Hugo Peretti, American songwriter and record producer (b. 1916)
  • 1986-08-16 John Hurley, song writer (Son of a Preacher Man), dies at 45
  • 1986-12-05 Carmol Taylor, country songwriter, dies at 53 of cancer
  • 1987-06-25 Boudleaux Bryant, song writer (for Everly Bros), dies at 67
  • 1987-10-16 Dana Suesse, songwriter (You Ought to be in Pictures), dies at 75
  • 1988-04-25 Carolyn Franklin, singer/songwriter/son of Aretha, dies at 43
  • 1989-02-05 Joe Raposa, composer/songwriter (Sesame Street), dies at 51
  • 1989-05-15 Johnny Green, American songwriter (b. 1908)
  • 1990-02-08 Del Shannon, American rock musician and songwriter (Runaway), commits suicide at 55
  • 1991-02-26 Slim Gaillard [Bulee], American Jazz singer/songwriter, dies at 75
  • 1991-03-14 Howard Ashman, song writer (Under the Sea), dies of AIDs at 40
  • 1992-06-24 Tony LeMans, singer/songwriter, dies in a car crash at 29
  • 1992-07-30 Titti Sotto, latin songwriter, dies at 48 of aids
  • 1992-10-05 Eddie Kendricks, American singer-songwriter (The Temptations), dies of lung cancer at 52
  • 1992-11-19 Bobby Russell, song writer (Honey, Little Green Apples), dies at 52
  • 1992-12-28 Mort Greene, US songwriter (My Grandfather's Clock), dies at 80
  • 1993-01-15 Sammy Cahn, American songwriter (b. 1913)
  • 1993-06-09 Arthur Alexander, singer/songwriter (You Better Move On), dies at 53
  • 1993-12-30 Mack David, US songwriter (Bachelor in Paradise), dies at 81
  • 1994-01-16 Harry Nilsson, singer/Songwriter, dies at 52
  • 1994-01-18 Arthur Altman, songwriter, dies at 83
  • 1994-01-27 Stanley Adams, songwriter, dies at 86
  • 1994-02-02 Willie Mae Ford Smith, gospel Singer/Songwriter, dies at 89
  • 1994-03-22 Dan Hartman, American singer-songwriter (Love Sensation), dies of an AIDS-related brain tumor at 43
  • 1994-11-16 Chester Dino Powers Valenti, singer/Songwriter, dies at 57
  • 1994-11-23 Tommy Boyce, American songwriter (Boyce & Hart, Monkees), commits suicide at 55
  • 1994-12-15 Harry Tobias, songwriter, dies at 99
  • 1995-01-12 Francis Lopez, songwriter, dies at 77
  • 1995-03-04 Eden Ahbez, songwriter, dies at 86
  • 1995-03-23 Daniel George "Danny" Apolinar, composer/songwriter, dies at 61
  • 1995-05-25 Dick Curless, singer/songwriter, dies at 63
  • 1995-07-22 Dave Clark, music promoter/songwriter, dies at 85
  • 1995-07-24 Jeremiah Jerry Patrick Lordam, songwriter/compser, dies at 61
  • 1995-07-27 Doris Mae Akers, gospel singer/songwriter, dies at 72
  • 1995-10-06 Hugh Charles, songwriter/impressario, dies at 88
  • 1995-11-13 Ralph Hunsecker Blane, songwriter, dies at 81
  • 1995-11-21 Smilin' Jim Eames, singer/songwriter, dies at 71
  • 1995-12-14 Don Anthony, bandleader/songwriter, dies at 85
  • 1996-01-08 William Mac Lance "Tiny" McCloud, musician/songwriter, dies at 52
  • 1996-02-29 Wes Farrell, songwriter, dies at 56
  • 1996-04-04 Larry Laprise, songwriter, dies at 83
  • 1996-05-15 George M Tindley, songwriter/vocalist, dies at 57
  • 1996-07-08 James Woodie Alexander, songwriter/vocalist, dies at 80
  • 1996-09-13 Silas Roy Crain, singer/songwriter, dies at 85
  • 1996-12-01 Irving Gordon, songwriter, dies at 81
  • 1996-12-17 Irving Caesar, songwriter, dies at 101
  • 1996-12-29 Mireille Hartuch, singer/songwriter, dies at 90
  • 1997-01-27 Gerald Marks, American songwriter (All of Me) (b. 1900)
  • 1997-04-16 Mae Boren Axton, song writer (Heartbreak Hotel), dies at 82
  • 1998-01-19 Carl Perkins, singer/songwriter, dies at 65
  • 1998-02-18 Robert Merrill, songwriter (Funny Girl), commits suicide at 76
  • 1998-07-12 Jimmy Driftwood, American folk songwriter and musician (b. 1907)
  • 1998-10-29 Paul Misraki, French songwriter (b. 1908)
  • 1998-11-27 Barbara Acklin, American singer and songwriter (b. 1943)

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