Famous Songwriters in Music History (Part 3)

Events in Music

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 201 - 300 of 562

  • 1942-07-21 Kim Fowley, Philippines/US rock vocalist/producer/songwriter
  • 1943-01-07 Leona Williams, singer/songwriter (Ladies Get the Blues)

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1943-01-19 Janis Joplin, American rocker and blues singer-songwriter (Down on Me), born in Port Arthur, Texas (d. 1970)

Singer-Songwriter Janis Joplin
Janis Joplin
  • 1943-02-19 Lou Christie [Lugee Sacco], Glenwillard, Pennsylvania, American singer-songwriter (Lightning Striking Again)
  • 1943-03-21 Vivian Stanshall, songwriter/comic
  • 1943-04-15 Mighty Sam McClain, American soul and blues singer-songwriter, born in Monroe, Louisiana (d. 2015)
  • 1943-05-31 Wayne Carson, country musician and songwriter (Always On My Mind), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 2015)
  • 1943-07-05 Robbie Robertson [Jamie], Canadian-American singer-songwriter and rock guitarist (The Band), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1943-07-28 Richard Wright, English singer/songwriter (Pink Floyd-Time, Echoes), born in Hatch End, Middlesex (d. 2008)
  • 1943-08-11 Kenny Gamble, US songwriter (Me & Mrs Jones)
  • 1943-08-12 William Mac Lance "Tiny" McCloud, musician/songwriter
  • 1944-01-06 Van McCoy, US soul singer/songwriter (Hey Mr DJ, Hustle)
  • 1944-03-07 Townes Van Zandt, Texas, singer/songwriter (Kathleen, Loretta), (d. 1997)
  • 1944-05-04 Peggy Santiglia, Belleville, New Jersey, American singer-songwriter (Angels)
  • 1944-05-10 Jackie Lomax, English singer-songwriter (Is This What You Want), born in Liverpool, England (d. 2013)
  • 1944-05-13 Carolyn Franklin, US singer/songwriter (Baby Baby Baby, Angel)
  • 1944-05-17 Jesse Winchester, singer/songwriter (Learn to Love it), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 2014)
  • 1944-06-21 Ray Davies, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Kinks), born in London
  • 1944-07-27 Bobbie Gentry, Mississippi, singer/songwriter (Ode to Billy Joe)
  • 1944-08-02 Jim Capaldi, English singer/songwriter (Traffic-Something So Strong)
  • 1944-08-08 Michael Johnson, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, born in Alamosa, Colorado
  • 1944-11-13 Timmy Thomas, US singer/songwriter (Why Can't We Live Together)
  • 1944-11-30 Luther T Ingram, US singer/songwriter (I'll Be Your Shelter)
  • 1944-12-04 Anna McGarrigle, Canadian folk music singer-songwriter, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1944-12-06 Jonathan King, English singer-songwriter (Everyone's Gone to the Moon) and record producer, born in London
  • 1945-01-03 Stephen Stills, songwriter/guitarist (Cosby Stills & Nash), born in Dallas, Texas

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1945-02-06 Bob Marley, Jamaican reggae musician and singer-songwriter (Wailers-No Woman), born in Nine Mile, Saint Ann, Jamaica (d. 1981)

Reggae Musician Bob Marley
Reggae Musician
Bob Marley
  • 1945-02-13 King Floyd, American singer-songwriter (Groove Me), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2006)
  • 1945-03-23 Franco Battiato, Italian singer, songwriter and filmmaker
  • 1945-04-07 Megas, Icelandic singer, songwriter and writer
  • 1945-05-16 Nicky Chinn, English songwriter/producer (Chinn & Chapman)
  • 1945-09-10 Jose Feliciano, Lares, Puerto Rican singer/songwriter (Light my Fire)
  • 1945-10-01 Donny Hathaway, singer/songwriter (Where is the Love), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1945-10-02 Don McLean, New Rochelle NY, singer/songwriter (American Pie, Vincent)

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1945-11-12 Neil Young, Canadian singer/songwriter (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young), born in Toronto, Ontario

Singer-songwriter Neil Young
Neil Young
  • 1945-12-25 Steve Mancha, [Clyde Wilson], US singer/songwriter (Too Many Cooks)

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1946-01-03 John Paul Jones [John Baldwin], English rock bassist and songwriter (Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven), born in London

Musician John Paul Jones
John Paul Jones
  • 1946-02-06 Kate McGarrigle, Canadian folk muisc singer-songwriter, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2010)
  • 1946-04-28 Ginette Reno, French Canadian singer, songwriter and actress
  • 1946-05-10 Dave Mason, Worcester England, singer/songwriter (We Just Disagree)
  • 1946-06-21 Brenda Holloway, US singer/songwriter (When I'm Gone)
  • 1946-08-15 Jimmy Webb, Elk City Oklahoma, songwriter (MacArthur Park, Up Up & Away)

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1946-09-05 Freddie Mercury, British singer-songwriter (Queen - We are Champions), born in Stone Town, Sultanate of Zanzibar (d. 1991)

Singer-Songwriter Freddie Mercury
Freddie Mercury
  • 1946-10-11 Daryl Hall, [Hohl], Penn, rocker/songwriter (Hall & Oates-Sara Smile)

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1947-01-08 David Bowie [Jones], English singer-songwriter (Major Tom, Ziggy Stardust), born in London, England (d. 2016)

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
David Bowie
  • 1947-02-03 Melanie, [Safka], Astoria, vocalist/songwriter (Candles in Rain)
  • 1947-02-14 Tim Buckley, singer-songwriter, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1975)
  • 1947-03-01 Alan Thicke, Canadian actor, singer-songwriter (Thicke of the Night, Growing Pains), born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario (d. 2016)
  • 1947-03-08 Carole Bayer Sager, American singer-songwriter (On My Own, That's What Friends Are For) and wife of Burt Bacharach, born in Manhattan, New York
  • 1947-04-15 Mike Chapman, Australian songwriter/producer (Chinn & Chapman)
  • 1947-06-08 Annie Haslam, English singer-songwriter (Renaissance) and painter, born in Bolton
  • 1947-10-01 Rob Davis, English musician and songwriter (Groovejet (If This Ain't Love), born in London
  • 1947-10-05 Brian Johnson, English singer-songwriter (AC/DC), born in Dunston, Gateshead
  • 1947-10-18 Laura Nyro, singer/songwriter (Eli's Coming, Stoney End), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1947-11-01 Jim Steinman, American songwriter
  • 1947-11-01 Bob Weston, Devon, England, guitarist and songwriter (Fleetwood Mac)(d. 2012)
  • 1947-11-28 Michel Berger, French songwriter (d. 1992)
  • 1948-02-18 Keith Knudsen, American drummer, vocalist and songwriter (Doobie Brothers), born in Le Mars, Iowa (d. 2005)
  • 1948-03-02 Rory Gallagher, Donegal, Irish rock guitarist and songwriter (See Here)
  • 1948-05-26 Stevie [Stephanie] Nicks, American singer songwriter (Fleetwood Mac, Bella Donna), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1948-07-02 Gene McFadden, American songwriter (d. 2006)
  • 1948-07-17 Ron Asheton, guitarist and song writer (Iggy Pop), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2009).
  • 1948-07-25 Steve Goodman, singer/songwriter (Somebody Elses Trouble), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1948-08-19 Susan Jacks (Susan Pesklevits) Saskatoon Canada, singer and songwriter
  • 1948-08-21 Robert Hazard, American singer-songwriter (Girls Just Want to Have Fun), (d. 2008)
  • 1948-11-05 Peter Hammill, English singer/songwriter (Patient)
  • 1948-11-10 Hugh Moffatt, American songwriter
  • 1948-11-12 Errol Brown, singer-songwriter vocalist (Hot Chocolate), born in Kingston, Jamaica

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1948-12-03 Ozzy Osbourne, English heavy metal vocalist and songwriter (Black Sabbath), born in Birmingham, England

Rock Vocalist Ozzy Osbourne
Rock Vocalist
Ozzy Osbourne
  • 1949-02-28 Arthur "T-Boy" Ross, American songwriter, brother of Diana, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1996)
  • 1949-03-04 Carroll Baker, Canadian country singer and songwriter
  • 1949-03-16 Elliott Murphy, US singer/songwriter
  • 1949-04-24 Véronique Sanson, French singer and songwriter
  • 1949-08-07 Carlo Novi, Mexican songwriter and saxopone player (Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes), born in Mexico City (d. 2010)
  • 1949-08-15 Kate Taylor, American singer-songwriter (It's in His Kiss), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1949-10-18 Gary Richrath, guitarist and songwriter (REO Speedwagon), born in Peoria Illinois, (d. 2015)
  • 1949-11-05 Jimmie Spheeris, American singer-songwriter (d. 1984)
  • 1949-11-29 Stan Rogers, Canadian folk musician and songwriter (d. 1983)
  • 1949-12-06 Linda Creed, American songwriter (d. 1986)
  • 1949-12-07 Tom Waits, California, rocker/song writer (Blue Valentine)
  • 1950-01-28 Bob Hay, American songwriter and musician

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1950-05-13 Stevie Wonder, American singer-songwriter (You are the Sunshine of My Love), born in Saginaw, Michigan

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
  • 1950-07-19 Freddy Moore, American songwriter
  • 1950-07-23 Ian Thomas, Canadian singer-songwriter (Painted Ladies), born in Hamilton, Ontario
  • 1950-11-21 Stephen Geyer, American film & television songwriter
  • 1950-12-20 Alex Chilton, American singer-songwriter (Box Tops), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2010)
  • 1950-12-21 Lillebjørn Nilsen, Norwegian singer-songwriter
  • 1951-04-07 Janis Ian [Janis Eddy Fink], American singer-songwriter and folk musician (At Seventeen, Society's Child), born in NYC, New York
  • 1951-05-03 Chris Cross, American singer-songwriter ("Arthur's Theme"), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1951-06-21 Nils Lofgren, guitarist/singer/songwriter (E Street Band), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1951-07-10 Cheryl Wheeler, American singer and songwriter
  • 1951-07-22 Steven Springer, Port of Spain, Trinidad, guitarist and songwriter (Sir Lancelot Pinard), (d. 2012)
  • 1951-08-16 Eric Bibb, American blues singer-songwriter, born in New York City
  • 1951-08-25 Rob Halford, English heavy metal singer-songwriter (Judas Priest - Got Another Thing), born in Sutton Coldfield, England
  • 1951-10-03 Keb' Mo'[Kevin Roosevelt Moore], American blues singer-songwriter and guitarist, born in Los Angeles
  • 1951-10-26 Maggie Roche, American singer-songwriter (Roches) (d. 2017)
  • 1951-12-08 Jan Eggum, Norwegian singer-songwriter
  • 1952-01-18 R. Stevie Moore, American singer, songwriter, and home recording pioneer
  • 1952-01-25 Sara Mandiano, French singer and songwriter
  • 1952-02-05 Daniel Balavoine, French singer and songwriter (d. 1986)

Weddings in Music

Divorces in Music

Deaths in Music

Deaths 201 - 273 of 273

  • 2008-08-05 Reg Lindsay, Australian country and western singer/songwriter (b. 1929)
  • 2008-08-05 Robert Hazard, American singer-songwriter (Girls Just Want to Have Fun), dies after surgery at 59
  • 2008-08-16 Dorival Caymmi, Brazilian singer and songwriter (b. 1914)
  • 2008-09-15 Richard Wright, English singer/songwriter (Pink Floyd), dies of cancer at 65
  • 2008-09-16 Norman Whitfield, American songwriter and producer for Motown (I Heard It Through the Grapevine), dies at 68
  • 2008-12-01 Mikel Laboa, Basque singer and songwriter (b. 1934)
  • 2009-01-29 John Martyn, British singer songwriter, dies at 60
  • 2009-03-14 Alain Bashung, French singer, songwriter, comedian and actor. (b. 1947)
  • 2009-05-12 Antonio Vega, Spanish pop singer-songwriter (b. 1957)
  • 2009-05-24 Jay Bennett, American guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, engineer, producer, and singer-songwriter (b. 1963)
  • 2009-06-05 Jeff Hanson, American singer-songwriter, dies at 31
  • 2009-06-14 Ivan Della Mea, Italian singer-songwriter (b. 1940)
  • 2009-08-13 Les Paul, American jazz, country and blues guitarist, songwriter and inventor (solid-body electric guitar), dies at 94
  • 2009-09-14 Patrick Swayze, American actor, dancer, and songwriter (b. 1952)
  • 2009-09-14 Henry Gibson, American actor and songwriter (b. 1935)
  • 2009-12-25 Vic Chesnutt, American singer and songwriter (b. 1964)
  • 2009-12-28 James Owen Sullivan, American drummer and songwriter (Avenged Sevenfold) dies aged 28
  • 2010-01-04 Sandro, Argentine songwriter (b. 1945)
  • 2010-01-18 Kate McGarrigle, Canadian folk music singer-songwriter, dies at 63
  • 2010-03-17 Alex Chilton, American singer-songwriter (Box Tops), dies of a heart attack at 59
  • 2010-04-21 Gustav Lorentzen, Norwegian singer-songwriter (b. 1947)
  • 2010-09-08 Rich Cronin, US singer-songwriter (Lyte Funkie Ones) dies of cancer aged 36
  • 2010-10-04 Sir Norman Wisdom, English comedian, singer-songwriter and actor (b. 1915)
  • 2011-01-04 Gerry Rafferty, British musician and songwriter (b. 1947)
  • 2011-04-17 Nikos Papazoglou, Greek singer and songwriter (b. 1948)
  • 2011-04-23 Tom King, American songwriter and musician (b. 1943)
  • 2011-06-03 Andrew Gold, American singer, musician and songwriter. (b. 1951)

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2011-07-23 Amy Winehouse, British singer songwriter, dies from alcohol intoxication at 27

  • 2011-08-22 Jerry Leiber, American songwriter (b. 1933)
  • 2011-08-22 Nick Ashford, American songwriter (b. 1942)
  • 2011-10-31 Liz Anderson, American country music singer-songwriter (Mama Spank, The Game of Triangles), dies of heart and lung disease at 81
  • 2012-01-03 Bob Weston, British guitarist and songwriter (Fleetwood Mac), dies from a gastrointestinal hemorrhage at 64 (body found on this date)
  • 2012-02-14 Dory Previn, American singer-songwriter, dies at 86
  • 2012-02-22 Billy Strange, American singer-songwriter, dies at 81
  • 2012-03-06 Robert Sherman, American songwriter, dies at 86

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2012-05-20 Robin Gibb, British singer song-writer, dies from colon and liver cancer at 62

Singer-songwriter Robin Gibb
Robin Gibb
  • 2012-08-02 Jimmy Jones, American singer-songwriter (Handy Man), dies at 75
  • 2012-09-05 Joe South, American singer-songwriter and guitarist, dies from heart failure at 72

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2012-12-09 Jenni Rivera, Mexican-American singer-songwriter, dies in a plane crash at 43

Singer Jenni Rivera
Jenni Rivera

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2013-02-16 Tony Sheridan, English singer-songwriter and guitarist, dies at 72

Singer-Songwriter and and Guitarist Tony Sheridan
Singer-Songwriter and and Guitarist
Tony Sheridan
  • 2013-04-22 Richie Havens, American singer-songwriter and guitarist, dies from a heart attack at 72
  • 2013-09-16 Jackie Lomax, English singer-songwriter (Is This What You Want), dies at 69
  • 2014-04-11 Jesse Winchester, American musician and songwriter, dies from bladder cancer at 69
  • 2014-09-11 Bob Crewe, American songwriter and producer (Big Girls Don't Cry), dies at 83
  • 2014-12-13 Raoul Cita, R&B pianist and songwriter (Harptones), dies at 86
  • 2015-01-29 Rod McKuen, American singer-songwriter (Jean) and poet, dies at 81
  • 2015-01-31 Don Covay [Donald Randolph], American R & B musician and songwriter (Chain of Fools), dies at 78
  • 2015-03-21 Jackie Trent, English singer-songwriter (Neighbours theme) and actress, dies at 74
  • 2015-03-26 John Renbourn, English folk guitarist and songwriter (Pentangle), dies of a heart attack at 70
  • 2015-05-06 Errol Brown, British-Jamaican singer-songwriter (Hot Chocolate - You Sexy Thing), dies at 71

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2015-05-14 B.B. King, American Blues guitarist and singer-songwriter, dies at 89

Blues Musician B.B. King
Blues Musician
B.B. King
  • 2015-06-16 Mighty Sam McClain, American soul and blues singer-songwriter, dies at 72
  • 2015-09-13 Gary Richrath, American guitarist and songwriter (REO Speedwagon), dies at 65
  • 2015-10-08 Jim Diamond, Scottish singer/songwriter (I Should Have Known Better), dies at 64
  • 2015-11-10 Allen Toussaint [Naomi Neville], American R&B musician & songwriter (Ride Your Pony), dies at 77

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2016-01-10 David Bowie [Jones], English singer-songwriter (Major Tom, Ziggy Stardust), dies of cancer at 69

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
David Bowie
  • 2016-01-18 Glenn Frey, American singer-songwriter (The Eagles), dies at 67
  • 2016-01-26 Colin Vearncombe, English singer-songwriter (Black-Wonderful Like), dies after a road accident at 53
  • 2016-02-04 Maurice White, American singer-songwriter (Earth, Wind & Fire), dies at 74
  • 2016-02-06 Dan Hicks, American singer-songwriter (Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks), dies at 74
  • 2016-02-22 Sonny James [James Loden], American country music singer-songwriter (Young Love), dies at 87
  • 2016-03-30 Gianmaria Testa, Italian singer-songwriter, dies of cancer at 57

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2016-04-21 Prince [Rogers Nelson], American singer-songwriter and musician (1999, Purple Rain), dies at 57

  • 2016-06-27 Mack Rice, musician and songwriter (Mustang Sally), dies at 82
  • 2016-07-17 Gary S. Paxton, American musician and songwriter (Monster Mash), dies at 77
  • 2016-07-20 Wayne Carson, American country musician and songwriter (Always On My Mind), dies at 73
  • 2016-09-21 John D. Loudermilk, American country singer and songwriter (Tobacco Road), dies at 82

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2016-11-07 Leonard Cohen, Canadian writer and singer-songwriter (Death of Ladies Man), dies at 82

Musician Leonard Cohen
Leonard Cohen
  • 2016-11-11 Raynoma Singleton [Gordy], music producer and singer-songwriter (Motown), dies at 79
  • 2016-11-13 Leon Russell, American musician and singer-songwriter (Carny), dies at 74
  • 2016-12-13 Alan Thicke, Canadian actor, singer-songwriter (Thicke of the Night, Growing Pains), dies at 69

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2016-12-25 George Michael [Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou], English singer-songwriter and pop superstar (Wham!, I Want Your Sex), dies of suspected heart failure at 53

Pop Superstar George Michael
Pop Superstar
George Michael
  • 2017-01-21 Maggie Roche, American singer-songwriter (Roches), dies of cancer at 65