Famous Songwriters in Music History (Part 2)

Events in Music


Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 568

  • 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 (Mama Spank, The Game of Triangles), born in Roseau, Minnesota (d. 2011)
  • 1930-05-01 Little Walter [Marion Walter Jacobs], blues singer-songwriter and harmonica player, born in Marksville, Louisiana (d. 1968)
  • 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, Scottish singer-songwriter and the King of Skiffle, born in Glasgow (d. 2002)
  • 1931-05-31 Huby Heard, singer-songwriter (The God Squad), born in Hamilton, Ohio (d. 2004)
  • 1931-09-24 Anthony Newley, English actor and singer-songwriter (Dr Doolitte, Goldfinger theme), born in London (d. 1999)
  • 1931-11-12 Bob Crewe, songwriter and producer (Big Girls Don't Cry), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2014)
  • 1932-03-17 Dick Curless, singer/songwriter
  • 1932-04-05 Billy Bland, American singer and songwriter
  • 1932-04-09 Carl Perkins, singer/songwriter (Blue Suede Shoes), born in Jackson, Tennessee

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1932-04-14 Loretta Lynn, American country singer-songwriter (Coal Miner's Daughter), born in Butcher's Hollow Kentucky

Singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn
Singer-songwriter
Loretta Lynn
  • 1932-05-27 [Herman] Junior Parker, Arkansas, blues vocalist/songwriter (Mystery Train)
  • 1932-07-11 Billy Davis, American music producer and songwriter ( I'd Like To Buy The World A Coke), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2004)
  • 1932-12-05 Little Richard [Wayne Penniman], Macon, Georgia, American singer-songwriter (Tutti Frutti)
  • 1933-04-24 Freddie Scott, US songwriter/singer (Cry to Me)
  • 1933-04-25 Jerry Leiber, songwriter (Leiber & Stoller)
  • 1933-09-25 Ian Tyson, Canadian singer-songwriter (Ian & Sylvia), born in Victoria, British Columbia
  • 1933-10-17 Jeanine Deckers, Belgian nun and singer-songwriter, The Singing Nun, born in Laeken (d. 1985)
  • 1933-11-10 Mack Rice, musician and songwriter (Mustang Sally), born in Clarksdale, Mississippi (d. 2016)
  • 1934-02-07 Earl King [Solomon Johnson], American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Come On), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1934-02-18 Skip Battin, singer-songwriter (The Byrds), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2003)
  • 1934-03-15 Daniel George "Danny" Apolinar, composer/songwriter
  • 1934-03-31 John D. Loudermilk, country singer and songwriter (Tobacco Road), born in Durham, North Carolina (d. 2016)

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1934-09-21 Leonard Cohen, Canadian writer and singer-songwriter (Death of Ladies Man), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2016)

Musician Leonard Cohen
Musician
Leonard Cohen
  • 1934-11-19 Dave Guard, singer-songwriter (The Kingston Trio), born in San Francisco, California (1991)
  • 1934-12-30 Del Shannon, American rock musician and songwriter (Runaway), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 1990)
  • 1935-05-15 Gordon Mills, British songwriter (Tom Jones - "Its not Unusual"), born in Madras, India (d. 1986)
  • 1935-07-24 Les Reed, songwriter ("It's Not Unusual)
  • 1936-03-24 Don Covay [Donald Randolph], American R & B musician and songwriter (Chain of Fools), born in Orangeburg, South Carolina (d. 2015)
  • 1936-09-21 Dickey Lee, American singer and songwriter
  • 1936-11-12 Mort Shuman, singer-songwriter (Viva Las Vegas), born in New York City (d. 1991)
  • 1936-11-15 Wolf Biermann, German singer-songwriter and East German dissident, born in Hamburg
  • 1937-01-06 Doris Troy, [Payne], US soul singer/songwriter (Just One Kiss)
  • 1937-02-08 Joe Raposa, composer/songwriter (Sesame Street)
  • 1937-02-20 David Ackles, Illinois, vocalist/songwriter (American Gothic)
  • 1937-03-08 Raynoma Singleton [Gordy], music producer and singer-songwriter (Motown), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2016)
  • 1937-04-22 Jack Nitzsche, composer/songwriter (An Officer & a Gentleman)
  • 1937-05-20 Teddy Randazzo, song writer (I'm on the Outside Looking In)
  • 1937-06-02 Jimmy Jones, American singer-songwriter (Handy Man), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2012)
  • 1937-10-31 Tom Paxton, folk singer/songwriter (Forest Lawn), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1938-01-14 Allen Toussaint [Naomi Neville], American R&B musician & songwriter (Ride Your Pony), born in Gert Town, Louisiana (d. 2015)
  • 1938-02-08 Ray Sharpe, singer-songwriter, (Linda Lu), born in Forth Worth, Texas
  • 1938-02-11 Bobby "Boris" Pickett, singer-songwriter (Monster Mash)
  • 1938-02-25 Ed Cobb, American musician, song-writer and producer (Tainted Love), (d. 1999)
  • 1938-07-26 Bobby Hebb, country singer/songwriter (Sunny), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1938-10-16 Nico (born Christa Päffgen; singer-songwriter, fashion model, actress) (d. 1988)
  • 1938-10-29 Peter Stampfel, musician and songwriter (The Holy Modal Rounders), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1939-01-31 Claude Gauthier, Canadian singer and songwriter
  • 1939-03-13 Neil Sedaka, American singer/songwriter (Breaking Up is Hard to Do), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1939-04-15 Marty Wilde, English singer-songwriter and father of rocker Kim Wilde, born in London, England
  • 1939-05-18 Gary S. Paxton, Musician and songwriter (Monster Mash), born in Coffeyville, Kansas (d. 2016)
  • 1939-05-23 Michel Colombier, French composer and songwriter (d. 2004)
  • 1939-06-06 Gary "US" Bonds, [Anderson], Fla, singer/songwriter (New Orleans)
  • 1939-08-21 Ernie Maresca, singer/songwriter (Runaround Sue, Wanderer)
  • 1939-09-29 Tommy Boyce, American songwriter (Boyce & Hart, Monkees), born in Charlottesville, Virginia (d. 1994)
  • 1939-10-20 Raymond Jones, British keyboardist and songwriter, born in Oldham
  • 1939-10-23 Charlie Foxx, US songwriter/soul singer (Mockingbird)
  • 1939-10-30 Eddie Holland, US singer/songwriter (Jamie, Leaving Here)
  • 1939-12-17 Eddie Kendricks, Alabama, American singer-songwriter (The Temptations-My Girl, Boogie Down)
  • 1940-02-19 Smokey [William] Robinson, American R&B and soul singer-songwriter (The Miracles), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1940-02-28 Joe South, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Games People Play), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2012)
  • 1940-04-04 Sharon Sheeley, American songwriter
  • 1940-04-26 Giorgio Moroder, producer/singer/songwriter (Cat People, Top Gun), born in Ortisei, Italy
  • 1940-05-10 Arthur Alexander, US singer/songwriter (Lonely Just Like Me)
  • 1940-05-12 Norman Whitfield, American songwriter and producer for Motown (I Heard It Through the Grapevine), born in New York City

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1940-05-21 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
  • 1940-09-06 Jackie Trent, English singer-songwriter (Neighbours theme) and actress, born in Newcastle-under-Lyme (d. 2015)
  • 1940-09-19 Sylvia Tyson, Canadian singer-songwriter, born in Chatham, Ontario
  • 1940-09-23 Tim Rose, American singer-songwriter, born in Washington D. C. (d. 2002)
  • 1940-10-18 Cynthia Weil, American songwriter, born in New York City
  • 1940-12-25 Pete Brown, English musician and songwriter (Cream), born in Ashtead, Surrey

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1941-01-24 Neil Diamond, American singer-songwriter, born in Brooklyn, New York

Singer-songwriter Neil Diamond
Singer-songwriter
Neil Diamond
  • 1941-02-17 Gene Pitney, vocalist/songwriter (Town Without Pity), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1941-04-02 Leon Russell, musician and singer-songwriter (Carny), born in Lawton, Oklahoma (d. 2016)

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1941-05-24 Bob Dylan [Robert Zimmerman], American singer-songwriter (Blowin' in Wind, The Times They Are a-Changin') and cultural icon, born in Duluth, Minnesota

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Singer-Songwriter
Bob Dylan
  • 1941-06-16 Lamont Dozier, songwriter (Dozier-Holland-Dozier), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1941-06-23 Robert Hunter, American lyricist and singer-songwriter (Grateful Dead)
  • 1941-07-02 Stéphane Venne, French Canadian songwriter
  • 1941-08-01 Étienne Roda-Gil, French songwriter and screenwriter (d. 2004)
  • 1941-08-02 Homer Banks, US singer/songwriter (Be What You Are)
  • 1941-09-21 Tony Moon, American rock songwriter (Dante & the Evergreens), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1941-10-03 Chubby Checker [Ernest Evans], American singer-songwriter (The Twist, Limbo Rock), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1941-10-21 Steve Cropper, TN, guitarist/songwriter (Booker T & MGs)
  • 1941-10-30 Otis Williams [Otis Miles], American singer-songwriter (The Temptations), born in Texarkana, Texas
  • 1941-11-16 Dan Penn, US songwriter/producer/gospel singer (Out in Left Field)
  • 1941-11-21 David Porter, US songwriter (Soul Man)
  • 1941-12-09 Dan Hicks, American singer-songwriter (Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 2016)
  • 1941-12-19 Maurice White, singer-songwriter (Earth, Wind & Fire), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2016)
  • 1942-01-21 Mac Davis, American country music singer-songwriter, actor (Mac Davis Show, North Dallas 40), born in Lubbock, Texas
  • 1942-02-09 Carole King, singer-songwriter (Tapestry), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1942-03-09 John Cale, Garnant, Welsh musician, composer and singer-songwriter (Velvet Underground)
  • 1942-05-17 Taj Mahal, American singer/songwriter (Real Thing), born in NYC, New York

Weddings in Music


Divorces in Music


Deaths in Music

Deaths 101 - 200 of 273

  • 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
  • 1996-06-22 Arthur "T-Boy" Ross, American songwriter, brother of Diana, found murdered at 47
  • 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)
  • 1998-12-25 Bryan MacLean, American singer, musician and songwriter (Love) (b. 1946)
  • 1999-02-14 Buddy Knox, American singer and songwriter (Party Doll, Lovey Dovey), dies at 65
  • 1999-03-02 David Ackles, American singer and songwriter (b. 1937)
  • 1999-04-14 Anthony Newley, English actor and singer-songwriter (Dr Doolitte, Goldfinger theme), dies at 67
  • 1999-04-16 Skip Spence, Canadian-born guitarist, singer and songwriter (Jefferson Airplane) (b. 1946)
  • 1999-08-16 Pee Wee King, American country musician and songwriter (b. 1914)
  • 1999-09-19 Ed Cobb, American musician, song-writer and producer (Tainted Love), dies at 61
  • 1999-10-26 Hoyt Axton, American actor and country music singer-songwriter (b. 1938)
  • 1999-12-17 Rex Allen, American actor, singer and songwriter (b. 1920)
  • 2000-03-07 Pee Wee King, American country music songwriter and musician (b. 1914)
  • 2000-03-09 Ivo Robić, Croatian singer and songwriter (b. 1923)
  • 2000-05-10 Dédé Fortin, Quebec singer and songwriter (Les Colocs) (b. 1962)
  • 2000-10-01 Robert Allen, American pianist and songwriter (b. 1928)
  • 2000-12-03 Hoyt Curtin, American songwriter (b. 1922)
  • 2000-12-18 Kirsty MacColl, English singer and songwriter (b. 1959)
  • 2001-05-09 James E. Myers, American songwriter (Rock Around the Clock) and producer (b. 1919)
  • 2001-07-03 Johnny Russell, American country singer and songwriter (b. 1940)
  • 2001-07-07 Fred Neil, American singer-songwriter (b. 1936)
  • 2001-10-17 Jay Livingston, American songwriter (b. 1915)
  • 2001-11-29 Mic Christopher, Irish singer and songwriter (b. 1969)
  • 2002-02-10 Dave Van Ronk, American folk singer/songwriter (b. 1936)
  • 2002-05-06 Otis Blackwell, American pianist, singer and songwriter (b. 1932)
  • 2002-05-17 Sharon Sheeley, American songwriter (b. 1940)
  • 2002-09-24 Tim Rose, American singer-songwriter, dies at 62
  • 2002-10-14 Norbert Schultze, American composer and songwriter (b. 1911)
  • 2002-11-03 Lonnie Donegan, Scottish singer-songwriter and the King of Skiffle, dies at 71
  • 2002-11-26 Polo Montañez, Cuban singer and songwriter (b. 1955)
  • 2003-01-15 Doris Fisher, American singer and songwriter (b. 1915)
  • 2003-02-19 Johnny PayCheck, American country singer/songwriter (b. 1938)
  • 2003-04-17 Earl King, American musician and songwriter (b. 1934)
  • 2003-04-22 Felice Bryant, American songwriter (b. 1925)
  • 2003-07-06 Skip Battin, American singer-songwriter (The Byrds), dies at 69
  • 2003-08-03 Roger Voudouris, American singer and songwriter (b. 1954)
  • 2003-08-13 Ed Townsend, American songwriter and producer (b. 1929)
  • 2003-08-15 Gösta Sundqvist, Finnish songwriter and singer (heart attack) (b. 1957)
  • 2003-09-19 Slim Dusty [David Kirkpatrick], Australian country music singer-songwriter, dies of cancer at 76
  • 2004-01-12 Randy VanWarmer, American singer and songwriter (b. 1955)
  • 2004-04-01 Nilo Soruco, Bolivian songwriter (b. 1927)
  • 2004-05-05 Ritsuko Okazaki, Japanese singer-songwriter (Kanashii Jiyū / Koi ga, Kiete Yuku), dies at 44
  • 2004-05-31 Étienne Roda-Gil, French songwriter and screenwriter (b. 1941)
  • 2004-06-24 Ifigeneia Giannopoulou, Greek songwriter (b. 1957)
  • 2004-06-26 Naomi Shemer, Israeli singer and song-writer (b. 1930)
  • 2004-07-29 James Hubert "Huby" Heard, American singer-songwriter (The God Squad), dies at 73
  • 2004-08-26 Laura Branigan, American singer-songwriter (Gloria), dies of a brain aneurysm at 47
  • 2004-09-03 Billy Davis, American music producer and songwriter ( I'd Like To Buy The World A Coke), dies at 72
  • 2004-10-19 Elliott Smith, American Singer Songwriter(b. 1969)
  • 2004-11-18 Cy Coleman, American composer, songwriter and pianist (b. 1929)
  • 2004-11-24 Wong Jim, Hong Kong songwriter (b. 1940)
  • 2005-01-22 Consuelo Velázquez, Mexican songwriter (b. 1924)
  • 2005-01-28 Jim Capaldi, English singer and songwriter (b. 1944)
  • 2005-02-08 Keith Knudsen, American drummer, vocalist and songwriter (The Doobie Brothers), dies at 56
  • 2005-02-15 Pierre Bachelet, French singer and songwriter (b. 1944)
  • 2005-03-12 Stavros Koujioumtzis, Greek songwriter (b. 1932)
  • 2005-04-01 Jack Keller, American songwriter (b. 1936)
  • 2005-07-22 Eugene Record American songwriter and singer (The Chi-Lites) (b. 1940)
  • 2006-01-27 Gene McFadden, American singer and songwriter (b. 1948)
  • 2006-03-06 King Floyd, American singer-songwriter (Groove Me), dies at 61
  • 2006-03-17 Bob Blue, American singer/songwriter (b. 1948)
  • 2006-03-23 Cindy Walker, American singer, songwriter and dancer (b. 1918)
  • 2006-03-26 Nikki Sudden, British singer/songwriter (b. 1956)
  • 2006-05-31 Lula Mae Hardaway, American songwriter, mother of singer Stevie Wonder (b. 1930)
  • 2006-07-17 Sam Myers, American musician and songwriter (b. 1936)
  • 2006-09-20 John W. Peterson, American songwriter (b. 1921)
  • 2006-10-28 Marijohn Wilkin, American songwriter (b. 1920)
  • 2006-12-22 Dennis Linde, American songwriter (b. 1943)
  • 2006-12-24 "Braguinha", Brazilian songwriter (b. 1907)
  • 2007-01-11 Puchi Balseiro, Puerto Rican singer & songwriter (b. 1926)
  • 2007-02-02 Eric von Schmidt, American folk/blues singer-songwriter (b. 1931)
  • 2007-02-15 Ray Evans, American songwriter (b. 1915)
  • 2007-02-17 Dermot O'Reilly, Irish-born Canadian musician, producer and songwriter (b. 1943)
  • 2007-02-25 Mark Spoelstra, American singer/songwriter (b. 1940)
  • 2007-03-19 Luther Ingram, American soul singer and songwriter (b. 1937)
  • 2007-04-21 Lobby Loyde, Australian guitarist and songwriter (b. 1941)
  • 2007-04-25 Bobby "Boris" Pickett, American singer and songwriter (b. 1938)
  • 2007-05-06 Đorđe Novković, Croatian songwriter (b. 1943)
  • 2007-06-04 Freddie Scott, American singer and songwriter (b. 1933)
  • 2007-07-23 Ron Miller, American songwriter and record producer (b. 1933)
  • 2007-08-04 Lee Hazlewood, American country singer, songwriter and producer (b. 1929)
  • 2007-12-16 Dan Fogelberg, American singer/songwriter (b. 1951)
  • 2008-01-08 Clyde Otis, American song writer and music producer (b. c. 1924)
  • 2008-02-19 Yegor Letov, Russian song writer and singer (b. 1964)
  • 2008-08-05 Reg Lindsay, Australian country and western singer/songwriter (b. 1929)