On This Day

Musicians Born in 1934

  • Jan 3 Bryan George Kelly, composer
  • Jan 5 Phil Ramone [Rabinowitz], South-African born American music producer (co-founded A&R records), born in Cape Town
  • Jan 6 Bobby Lord, American country singer (Ozark Jubilee), born in Sanford, Florida (d. 2008)
  • Jan 9 Julian B Coco, Dutch guitarist (Princess Christina), born in Willemstad, Netherlands (d. 2013)
  • Jan 16 Marilyn Horne, American mezzo-soprano, born in Bradford, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 16 Richard Wernick, American composer, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jan 17 Sydney Phillip Hodkinson, composer
  • Jan 26 Huey "Piano" Smith, American rhythm and blues pianist (Rockin' Pneumonia & Boogie Woogie Flu, Having a Good Time), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Jan 29 Noel Harrison, singer/actor (Mark-Girl from UNCLE), born in London, England (d. 2013)
  • Jan 29 Paul Gutama Soegijo, composer
  • Jan 31 Ron Weatherburn, jazz pianist
  • Feb 1 Bob Shane, American folk vocalist (Kingston Trio - Tom Dooley), born in Hilo, Territory of Hawaii (d. 2020)
  • Feb 4 Jouko Sakari Linjama, composer
  • Feb 7 Earl King [Solomon Johnson], American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Come On), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Feb 7 King Curtis [Curtis Ousley], American musician, bandleader and saxophonist (Memphis Soul Stew), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 1971)
  • Feb 11 Francesco Pennisi, composer

  • Feb 13 George Segal, actor/banjo player (Carbon Copy, Fun with Dick & Jane)
  • Feb 14 Florence Henderson, American actress and singer (Carol in The Brady Bunch), born in Dale, Indiana (d. 2016)
  • Feb 14 Michel Corboz, Swiss conductor
  • Feb 16 Austin "Ted" Taylor, US gospel/R&B-singer (Be Ever Wonderful)
  • Feb 16 Harold "Hal" Kalin, American singer (Kalin Twins), born in Port Jervis, New York (d. 2005)
  • Feb 18 Skip Battin, American singer-songwriter (The Byrds), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2003)
  • Feb 18 Aldo Ceccato, Italian conductor (Detroit Symph Orch 1973-77), born in Milan, Italy
  • Feb 18 Bobby Taylor, American singer & producer who discovered "The Jackson 5" (Motown Records), born in Washington, D.C. (birth year contested-1939) (d. 2017)
  • Feb 22 Thomas Paul, American bass (NYC Opera 1963-70), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 24 Renata Scotto, soprano and opera director (Violetta-La Traviata), born in Savona, Italy
  • Feb 24 Shuko Mizuno, Japanese composer (Symphonic Metamorphoses), born in Tokushima, Japan
  • Feb 28 Willie Bobo [Correa], American jazz percussionist (Evil Ways), born in NYC, New York (d. 1983)
  • Mar 2 Bernard Rands, composer (Wildtrack), born in Sheffield, England
  • Mar 4 Barbara McNair, singer/actress (Barbara McNair Show), born in Racine, Wisconsin
  • Mar 4 John Duffey, bluegrass musician
  • Mar 4 Mario Davidovsky, composer (Synchronisms), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Mar 7 Giorgos Katsaros, Greek musician and composer
  • Mar 8 Christian Wolff, composer
  • Mar 10 Judith Jamison, artistic director (Alvin Ailey Dance Theater)
  • Mar 11 Joep Straesser, Dutch composer (Blossom songs, Ramasasiri), born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands (d. 2004)

  • Mar 14 Shirley Scott, American swing and blues organist (with Stanley Turrentine), born In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2002)
  • Mar 15 Daniel George "Danny" Apolinar, composer/songwriter
  • Mar 15 Wolfgang Hufschmidt, composer
  • Mar 17 Erhard Grosskopf, composer
  • Mar 17 Q T Macon, blues vocal/guitar
  • Mar 18 Pavle Despalj, Croatian composer & conductor (Zagreb; Miami; Tokyo), born in Blato, Korčula
  • Mar 23 Fernand Gignac, Canadian singer and actor (d. 2006)
  • Mar 23 Teresa Proccacini, Italian organist and composer (Clown Music), born in Cerignola, Italy
  • Mar 25 Johnny Burnette, American rockabilly singer-songwriter-guitarist (Train Kept A-Rollin', You're Sixteen), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1964)
  • Mar 27 Arthur Mitchell, African-American choreographer (Dance Theater of Harlem), born in New York
  • Mar 28 Siegfried Thiele, German composer, born in Chemnitz, Germany
  • Mar 29 Ernstalbrecht Stiebler, German composer, born in Berlin
  • Mar 30 Lanny Morgan, American jazz alto saxophonist, born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • Mar 31 John D. Loudermilk, country singer and songwriter (Tobacco Road), born in Durham, North Carolina (d. 2016)
  • Apr 1 Jim Ed Brown, American country music singer (Nashville on the Road), born in Sparkman, Arkansas
  • Apr 5 Stanley Turrentine, American jazz saxophonist (Wonderland), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2000)
  • Apr 6 Reijo Jyrkiainen, Finnish composer, born in Suistamo, Finland
  • Apr 7 Victor Feldman, British jazz pianist and drummer, born in London (d. 1987)
  • Apr 10 Zsolt Durko, Hungarian composer, born in Szeged (d. 1997)
  • Apr 13 Horace Kay, American singer (Tams-You Lied to Your Daddy)
  • Apr 13 Siegfried Matthus, German composer, born in Zadorozhye, Ozyorsky District, Kaliningrad Oblast
  • Apr 16 Robert Stigwood, Australian-born British-resident music entrepreneur and film producer (Saturday Night Fever, Grease), born in Adelaide, South Australia (d. 2016)
  • Apr 17 Donald "Don" Kirshner, American rock & roll producer known as "The Man With the Golden Ear" (invented bubblegum music), born in Bronx, New York (d. 2011)
  • Apr 18 Jan Klusak [Jan Porges], Czech composer, born in Prague
  • Apr 18 George Shirley, African-American tenor (first African-American tenor to perform a leading role at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Apr 19 Dickie Goodman, American parody singer (Flying Saucer), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1989)
  • Apr 19 Jan Helge Guttorm Bark, Swedish trombonist and composer, born in Härnösand, Sweden
  • Apr 30 Jerry Lordan, English singer and composer (Wonderful Land), born in Paddington, London (d. 1995)
  • May 3 Georg Kröll, German composer, born in Linz
  • May 3 Frankie Valli [Francesco Stephen Castelluccio], American singer (Four Seasons-Sherry), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • May 5 John "Ace" Cannon, American pop, rock and country music saxophonist (Tuff Sax), born in Grenada, Mississippi (d. 2018)
  • May 7 Heinz Marti, Swiss composer, born in Bern
  • May 14 Frederik von Pallandt, singer
  • May 19 Jan Wijn, Dutch pianist
  • May 22 Peter Nero [Bernard Nierow], American conductor and pianist (A Sunday in NY, Philadelphia POPS), born in NYC, New York
  • May 23 Robert Moog, American engineer (Moog synthesizer, Moog Music), born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)
  • May 24 Barry Rose, English choir-trainer and organist, born in Chingford, England
  • May 28 Rob du Bois, Dutch composer, born in Amsterdam (d. 2013)
  • May 31 Karl-Erik Welin, composer
  • Jun 1 Charles "Pat" Boone, American singer, actor (April Love, Cross & Switchblade, No More Mr. Nice Guy) and TV personality (The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Jun 2 Johnny Carter, American singer (The Flamingos, The Dells), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2009)
  • Jun 7 Philippe Entremont, French pianist and conductor (Vienna Chamber Orchestra), born in Reims, France
  • Jun 7 Samuel Lipman, American pianist and music critic, born in Los Gatos, California (d. 1994)
  • Jun 9 Jackie Wilson, American soul singer-songwriter and performer (I Get the Sweetest Feeling), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1984)
  • Jun 9 Paul Karolyi, Hungarian composer, born in Budapest (d. 2015)
  • Jun 9 Wild Jimmy Spruill, American blues guitarist, born in Fayetteville, North Carolina (d. 1996)
  • Jun 10 Nicolas Roussakis, American composer, born in Athens, Greece (d. 1994)
  • Jun 11 Thornton James "Pookie" Hudson, American vocalist (The Spaniels- "Goodnite Sweetheart Goodnite"), born in Des Moines, Iowa (d. 2007)
  • Jun 15 Ruby Nash Curtis [Garnett], US R&B singer (Ruby and the Romantics), born in Akron, Ohio
  • Jun 16 Carl (Little Caesar) Burnett, vocalist (Little Caesar & the Romans)
  • Jun 16 Lucia Dlugoszewski, Polish-American composer (Fire Fragile Flight), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2000)
  • Jun 20 Cornel Țăranu, Romanian composer (Garlands), born in Cluj. Romania
  • Jun 26 Luís Filipe Pires, Portuguese composer, born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. 2015)
  • Jun 26 Dave Grusin, American jazz pianist and composer specializing in film scores (The Milagro Beanfield War), born in Littleton, Colorado
  • Jun 29 Henning Kronstam, Danish dancer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1995)

  • Jul 7 Vinko Globokar, composer
  • Jul 12 Van Cliburn, American pianist (Tchaikovsky Competition winner, 1958), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 2013)
  • Jul 13 Roger Reynolds, composer
  • Jul 15 Harrison Birtwistle, English composer, born in Accrington, Lancashire
  • Jul 17 Philippe Capdenat, French classical composer, born in Bordeaux, France
  • Jul 23 Cleve Duncan, American rocker (The Penguins-Earth Angel), born in Los Angeles (d. 2012)
  • Jul 24 Jimmy Holiday, American singer (How Can I Forget), born in Sallis, Mississippi (d. 1987)
  • Jul 26 Anthony Gilbert, British composer, born in London
  • Jul 28 Jacques d'Amboise, American ballet dancer (NYC Ballet Company), born in Dedham Massachusetts
  • Jul 30 André Prévost, Canadian composer, born in Hawkesbury, Ontario, Canada (d. 2001)
  • Aug 1 Hermann Baumann, German classical horn player, composer and teacher, born in Hamburg
  • Aug 5 Vern Gosdin, American country singer (Set 'Em Up Joe), born in Woodland, Alabama (d. 2009)
  • Aug 10 James Carl Tenney, American composer, born in Silver City, New Mexico (d. 2006)
  • Aug 13 Leifur Thórarinsson, Icelandic composer, born in Reykjavík, Iceland (d. 1998)
  • Aug 15 Nino Ferrer, French-Italian singer and composer (Mirza, Cornichons), born in Genoa, Italy (d. 1998)
  • Aug 16 Ketty Lester [Revoyda Frierson], American singer/actress (Love Letters), born in Hope, Arkansas
  • Aug 18 Ronnie Carroll, British singer (Walk Hand in Hand), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 2015)
  • Aug 20 "Sneaky" Pete Kleinow, American country-rock musician (Flying Burrito Brothers), born in South Bend, Indiana (d. 2007)
  • Aug 21 Paul Panhuysen, Dutch composer, visual and sound artist, born in Maastricht, Netherlands
  • Aug 22 John Chowning, American composer (Turenas), born in Salem, New Jersey
  • Aug 23 Lojze Lebic, Slovenian composer, born in Prevalje, Slovenia
  • Aug 24 Roger Donald Dickerson, American composer (New Orleans Concerto), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Aug 29 Gene Allison, American R&B-singer (You Can Make It If You Try), born in Pegram, Tennessee (d. 2004)
  • Aug 29 Jean-Pierre Guézec, French composer (Colorful Architectures), born in Dijon (d. 1971)
  • Sep 2 Michael Sahl, composer
  • Sep 3 Xavier Darasse, French organist and composer, born in Toulouse, France (d. 1992)
  • Sep 3 Freddie King, American blues singer (Hideaway), born in Gilmer, Texas (d. 1976)
  • Sep 5 Carol Lawrence, American actress (West Side Story), born in Melrose Park, Illinois
  • Sep 7 Little Milton [James Milton Campbell], American blues singer and guitarist (Grits Ain't Groceries), born in Inverness, Mississippi (d. 2005)
  • Sep 8 Peter Maxwell Davies, British composer (Prolation, Taverner), born in Manchester, England (d. 2016)

  • Sep 10 Larry Sitsky, Australian composer, born in Tianjin. China
  • Sep 10 Vassil Kazandjiev, Bulgarian composer, born in Rousse
  • Sep 11 Oliver Jones, Canadian jazz pianist and composer, born in Little Burgundy, Montreal, Quebec
  • Sep 16 George Chakiris, American actor (West Side Story), born in Norwood, Ohio
  • Sep 16 Ronnie Drew, Irish singer (The Dubliners), born in Dún Laoghaire, County Dublin, Ireland (d. 2008)

Person of interestBrian Epstein

Sep 19 Brian Epstein, English music entrepreneur and manager (Beatles), born in Liverpool, England (d. 1967)

Music Entrepreneur and Beatles Manager Brian Epstein
Music Entrepreneur and Beatles Manager
Brian Epstein

Person of interestLeonard Cohen

Sep 21 Leonard Cohen, Canadian writer and singer-songwriter ("Hallelujah"; Death of Ladies Man), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2016)

Singer-songwriter and writer Leonard Cohen
Singer-songwriter and writer
Leonard Cohen
  • Sep 26 Dick Heckstall-Smith, English jazz-blues saxophonist, born in Ludlow, Shropshire (d. 2004)
  • Sep 30 Udo Jürgens, Austrian singer
  • Oct 3 Benjamin Boretz, American composer, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Oct 7 Amiri Baraka, American writer (Black Music), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2014)
  • Oct 13 Nana Mouskouri, Greek singer (Try to Remember), born in Chania, Crete, Greece
  • Oct 15 N. Ramani, Indian flutist, born in Tiruvarur, Tamil Nadu, India (d. 2015)
  • Oct 17 Emmanuel "Rico" Rodriguez, Jamaican ska trombonist (The Specials), born in Kingston (d. 2015)
  • Oct 19 Dave Guard, American folk singer, songwriter and arranger (Kingston Trio - "Tom Dooley"), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1991)
  • Oct 20 Eddie Harris, saxophonist/composer
  • Oct 22 Donald McIntyre, Bass-Baritone (Wotan-Das Rheingold), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Oct 26 Hans-Joachim Rödelius, German composer and musician (Cluster, Harmonia), born in Berlin
  • Oct 26 Jacques Loussier, French pianist and composer who created jazz arrangements of Bach and other classical music, born in Angers, France (d. 2019)
  • Oct 29 Pim Jacobs, Dutch jazz pianist, TV host and actor (Gilas), born in Hilversum, Netherlands (d. 1996)
  • Oct 29 Ramon Sender, Spanish composer, born in Madrid, Spain
  • Oct 29 Robert E Hughes, American orchestra leader (Rich Little Show), born in NYC, New York
  • Oct 30 Frans Brüggen, Dutch flautist, recorder player, and conductor (Orchestra of the 18th Century), born in Amsterdam (d. 2014)
  • Oct 31 Walter Steffens, German composer, born in Burtscheid, Aachen, Germany
  • Nov 1 William Mathias, Welsh composer, born in Whitland (d. 1992)
  • Nov 3 Ruma Guha Thakurta, Singer, Actress, Dancer, Founder of Calcutta Youth Choir
  • Nov 8 Doc Green, American pop baritone vocalist (The Drifters) (d. 1989)
  • Nov 14 Ellis Marsalis, American jazz pianist & teacher, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2020)
  • Nov 15 Peter Dickinson, English composer, born in Lytham St Annes, Lancashire
  • Nov 17 Alan Curtis, American harpsichordist, musicologist and conductor, born in Mason, Michigan (d. 2015)
  • Nov 19 Dave Guard, singer-songwriter (The Kingston Trio), born in San Francisco, California (1991)
  • Nov 24 Alfred Schnittke, Russian composer (St Florian; Life With An Idiot), born in Engels, Volga-German Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic (d. 1998)
  • Nov 24 Claudio Prieto, Spanish composer, born in Palencia, Spain (d. 2015)
  • Nov 24 Martin Charnin, Broadway lyricist (Annie, West Side Story)
  • Nov 28 Carlos Farinas, composer
  • Dec 1 Billy Paul [Paul Williams], American singer (Me & Mrs Jones), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)
  • Dec 5 Art Davis, American bassist (A Time Remembered), born in Hamburg, Pennsylvania (d. 2007)
  • Dec 9 Alan Ridout, English composer, born in West Wickham, (d. 1996)
  • Dec 9 Junior Wells, American blues singer (In My Younger Days), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1998)
  • Dec 12 Habib Hassan Touma, Palestinian composer, born in Nazareth, Israel (d. 1998)
  • Dec 21 [Bernie Ross] Hank Crawford, American saxophonist, arranger and songwriter (Help Me Make It Through the Night), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2009)
  • Dec 25 McKinley Mitchell, US gospel/singer (The Town I Live In)
  • Dec 30 Del Shannon, American rock musician and songwriter (Runaway), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 1990)

About 1934

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