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 484

  • 1665-12-25 Lady Grizel Baillie, Scottish songwriter (d. 1746)
  • 1666-09-05 Gottfried Arnold, German theologist/historian/songwriter
  • 1700-09-11 James Thomson, Scottish poet (Rule Britannia), born in Ednam, Scotland (d. 1748)
  • 1780-08-19 Pierre-Jean de Béranger, French poet and songwriter, born in Paris (d. 1857)
  • 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)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1888-05-11 Irving Berlin [Israel Isidore Baline], American composer and lyricist considered one of the greatest songwriters in American history (God Bless America, White Xmas), born in Tyumen, Russian Empire (d. 1989)

Composer and Lyricist Irving Berlin
Composer and Lyricist
Irving Berlin
  • 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, songwriter/TV host (Mayor of Hollywood), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1900-08-23 Malvina Reynolds, American folk singer/songwriter (d. 1978)
  • 1900-10-13 Gerald Marks, American songwriter (All of Me) (d. 1997)
  • 1905-03-27 Leroy Carr, blues singer-songwriter, born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1935)
  • 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)
  • 1914-10-10 Ivory Joe Hunter "The Baron of the Boogie", Rhythm and Blues singer-songwriter, born in Kirbyville, Texas (d. 1974)
  • 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, jazz artist/songwriter (Blueberry Hill), born in Edgard, Louisiana
  • 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)
  • 1925-06-27 Jerome "Doc" Pomus, Blues singer-songwriter ("Save the Last Dance for Me", born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1991)
  • 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)
  • 1926-10-18 Chuck Berry [Charles Andersen], guitarist and singer-songwriter (Roll over Beethoven), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 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)
  • 1928-01-09 Domenico Modugno, Italian singer-songwriter, born in Polignano A Mare, Apulia (d. 1994)
  • 1928-02-11 Raoul Cita, R&B pianist and songwriter (Harptones), born in New York City (d. 2014)
  • 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
  • 1929-05-01 Sonny James, [James Loden], country music singer-songwriter (Young Love), born in Hackelburg, Alabama (d. 2016)
  • 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)

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
  • 2016-01-30 Singer-songwriter Kimberley Walsh (34) weds Triple 8 former member Justin Scott at St James Parish Church in Barbados

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

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  • 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
  • 1935-04-29 Leroy Carr, American blues singer-songwriter, dies at 30
  • 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
  • 1968-02-15 Little Walter [Marion Walter Jacobs], American blues singer-songwriter and harmonica player, dies as the result of a fight at 37
  • 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)
  • 1974-11-08 Ivory Joe Hunter "The Baron of the Boogie", American Rhythm and Blues singer-songwriter, dies at 60
  • 1975-06-29 Tim Buckley, American singer-songwriter, dies at 28 of a heroin overdose
  • 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
  • 1976-01-28 Chris Kenner, American R&B singer-songwriter (I Like it Like That), dies at 46

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)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1989-09-22 Irving Berlin [Israel Isidore Baline], American composer and lyricist considered one of the greatest songwriters in American history (God Bless America, White Xmas), dies at 101

Composer and Lyricist Irving Berlin
Composer and Lyricist
Irving Berlin
  • 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
  • 1991-03-14 Jerome "Doc" Pomus, American blues singer-songwriter (Save Last Dance for Me), dies at 65
  • 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
  • 1994-08-06 Domenico Modugno, Italian singer-songwriter (Volare), dies at 66
  • 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

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