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 (1977 Pulitzer Prize: Visions of Terror and Wonder), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jan 17 Sydney Phillip Hodkinson, composer
  • Jan 17 Cedar Walton, American hard bop jazz pianist (Jazztet; Art Blakey), and composer ("Mosaic"), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2013)
  • Jan 26 Huey "Piano" Smith, American R&B pianist ("Rockin' Pneumonia & Boogie Woogie Flu"; "Having a Good Time"), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Jan 29 Noel Harrison, British singer ("The Windmills of Your Mind"), and actor (Girl from U.N.C.L.E. - "Mark Slate"), born in London, England (d. 2013)
  • Jan 29 Paul Gutama Soegijo, composer
  • Jan 31 Ron Weatherburn, British jazz pianist, born in the Borough of Barking and Dagenham, England (d. 1995)
  • Feb 1 Bob Shane, American folk vocalist (Kingston Trio - Tom Dooley), born in Hilo, Territory of Hawaii (d. 2020)
  • Feb 4 Jouko Sakari Linjama, Finnish organist and composer, born in Kirvu, Finland
  • Feb 7 Earl King [Solomon Johnson], American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Come On), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Feb 7 "King" Curtis [Ousley], American musician, bandleader and saxophonist (Memphis Soul Stew), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 1971)
  • Feb 11 Francesco Pennisi, Italian contemporary classical composer, born in Acireale, Sicily (d. 2000)
  • Feb 13 George Segal, American actor (Carbon Copy; Fun With Dick & Jane; Just Shoot Me!), and banjo player, born in Great Neck, New York (d. 2021)
  • Feb 14 Florence Henderson, American actress (The Brady Bunch - "Carol"), and singer, born in Dale, Indiana (d. 2016)
  • Feb 14 Michel Corboz, Swiss conductor (founded L’Ensemble Vocal de Lausanne, 1961), born in Marsens, Switzerland
  • Feb 16 Ted Taylor, American gospel and R&B-singer ("Be Ever Wonderful"), born in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, (d. 1987)
  • 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 Symphony, 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 22 Paavo Pohjola, Finnish concert violinist and conductor, born in Seinäjoki, Finland
  • Feb 24 Renata Scotto, Italian soprano and opera director (La Traviata - "Violetta"), 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 2 Joyce "Dottie" Rambo (nee Luttrell), American gospel singer and songwriter, born in Madisonville, Kentucky (d. 2008)
  • Mar 4 Barbara McNair, American singer ("Till There Was You") and actress (They Call Me MR. Tibbs), born in Racine, Wisconsin (d. 2007)
  • Mar 4 John Duffey, American bluegrass guitarist, dobro, and mandolin player (Country Gentlemen), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1996)
  • Mar 4 Mario Davidovsky, Argentine-American electro-acoustic composer (Synchronisms), born in Médanos, Argentina (d. 2019)
  • Mar 7 Giorgos Katsaros, Greek musician and composer, born in Corfu
  • Mar 8 Christian Wolff, composer
  • Mar 10 Judith Jamison, artistic director (Alvin Ailey Dance Theater)
  • Mar 10 Fou Ts'ong, Chinese-British concert pianist, born in Shanghai, Republic of China (d. 2020)
  • 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 Danny Apolinar, cabaret performer and theatrical composer-songwriter (Do Your Own Thing), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1995)
  • Mar 15 Wolfgang Hufschmidt, composer
  • Mar 17 Erhard Grosskopf, German avant-garde composer, born in Berlin, Germany
  • 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, born in Montréal, Québec (d. 2006)
  • Mar 23 Teresa Proccacini, Italian organist and composer (Clown Music), born in Cerignola, Italy
  • Mar 25 Johnny Burnette, American rockabilly singer-songwriter and 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 29 Mei Baojiu, Chinese opera performer and director (Mei Lanfang Peking Opera), born in Shanghai, China (d. 2016)
  • Mar 30 Lanny Morgan, American West coast jazz and studio alto saxophonist (Maynard Ferguson), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • Mar 31 Shirley Jones, American Academy Award-winning actress (Elmer Gantry; Oklahoma!), and singer (Partridge Family), born in Charleroi, Pennsylvania
  • 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 6 Horace Tapscott, American jazz pianist and composer (Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra, 1961-98), born in Houston, Texas (d. 1999)
  • Apr 6 Guy Peellaert, Belgian graphic artist, photographer (Rock Dreams), movie poster and album cover designer (David Bowie -"Diamond Dogs'; Rolling Stones - "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll"), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 2008)
  • Apr 7 Victor Feldman, British jazz pianist and drummer, born in London (d. 1987)
  • Apr 10 Zsolt Durko, Hungarian composer, born in Szeged, Hungary (d. 1997)
  • Apr 13 Horace Kay, American soul singer (Tams - "Hey Girl Don't Bother Me"; "What Kind of Fool (Do You Think I Am)"), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1995)
  • 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; Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band), born in Adelaide, South Australia (d. 2016)
  • Apr 17 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 Klusák [Porges], Czech contemporary classical and film score composer, born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 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 and producer ("The Flying Saucer"; "Energy Crisis '74"; "Mr. Jaws"), 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"; "Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You"), 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 21 (Elbert) "Sonny" Forriest, American guitarist (The Coasters; Ray Charles; Hank Crawford), born in Pendleton, North Carolina (d. 1999)
  • 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 ("Tutti Frutti"), 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, 1976-91), 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 ("Lonely Teardrops"; "Higher And Higher": "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 13 Uriel Jones, American jazz and session drummer (Motown's Funk Brothers), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2009)
  • Jun 15 Ruby Nash Curtis [Garnett], American pop and R&B singer (Ruby and the Romantics - "Our Day Will Come"; "Hey There Lonely Boy"), born in Akron, Ohio
  • Jun 16 Little Caesar [Carl Burnett], vocalist (Little Caesar & the Romans)
  • Jun 16 Lucia Dlugoszewski, Polish-American composer (Fire Fragile Flight), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2000)
  • Jun 18 Gladstone "Gladdy" Anderson, Jamaican ska and reggae session keyboard player, and band leader ("The Liquidator"), born in Jones Town, Jamaica (d. 2015)
  • Jun 20 Cornel Țăranu, Romanian composer (Garlands), born in Cluj. Romania
  • Jun 20 Alain Bancquart, French contemporary classical composer, born in Dieppe, France
  • Jun 26 Filipe Pires, Portuguese pianist, composer (Portugaliae Genesis), and educator, born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. 2015)
  • Jun 26 Dave Grusin, American jazz pianist and Academy and Grammy Award-winning composer specializing in film scores (The Milagro Beanfield War; Ishtar), born in Littleton, Colorado
  • Jun 29 Henning Kronstam, Danish dancer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1995)
  • Jul 3 Roger Christian, American radio personality and lyricist ("Don’t Worry Baby"; "Little Deuce Coupe"; "The Little Old Lady From Pasadena"), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1991)
  • Jul 5 Diane Andersen, Danish-Belgian concert pianist, born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Jul 7 Vinko Globokar, French-Slovenian trombone player and avant-garde composer (Eppure si muove), born in Anderny, France
  • 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 23 Steve Lacy [Lackritz], American jazz soprano saxophonist (Thelonious Monk), born in New York City (d. 2004)
  • 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, and choreographer (NYC Ballet Company, 1949-84), actor (Seven Brides For Seven Brothers), and educator (founded National Dance Institute, 1976), born in Dedham Massachusetts (d. 2021) [1]
  • 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"; "Have You Ever Loved A Woman"), 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 ("We're Gonna Make It"; "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 12 Edward Wistenberg, Dutch concert harpist and pedagogue, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 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)

Brian Epstein

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

Leonard Cohen

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

  • Sep 26 Dick Heckstall-Smith, British jazz-blues saxophonist, born in Ludlow, Shropshire, England (d. 2004)
  • Sep 30 Udo Jürgens [Bockelmann], Austrian-Swiss pop singer-songwriter (Eurovision Song Contest, 1966), born in Klagenfurt, Federal State of Austria (now Austria) (d. 2014)
  • Oct 3 Benjamin Boretz, American composer, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Oct 7 Amiri Baraka {Everett Leroy Jones], American poet (Somebody Blew Up America), writer (Black Music), and music critic, 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, American jazz saxophonist and composer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1996)
  • Oct 22 Donald McIntyre, Bass-Baritone (Wotan-Das Rheingold), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Oct 23 Lewis Merenstein, American record producer (Miriam Makeba; Van Morrison's Astral Weeks; Glass Harp), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2016)
  • 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 27 Barre Phillips, American jazz double bassist, based in France, born in San Francisco, California
  • Oct 27 Ivan Jullien, French jazz and session trumpeter and bandleader, born in Vincennes, France (d. 2015)
  • 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 conductor and composer (Rich Little Show), born in Buffalo, 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, Indian singer, actress, and founder of Calcutta Youth Choir, born in Calcutta, Bengal Presidency, British India (d. 2019)
  • 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 17 Marion Montgomery [Marian Runnells], American-British jazz singer ("Maybe the Morning"), born in Natchez, Mississippi, (d. 2002)
  • 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 (Solo a Solo; Cantata manriqueña), born in Palencia, Spain (d. 2015)
  • Nov 24 Martin Charnin, American Broadway stage singer, dancer (West Side Story), director, and lyricist (Annie), born in New York City (d. 2019)
  • Nov 28 Carlos Fariñas, Cuban avant-garde composer, born in Cienfuegos, Cuba (d. 2002)
  • 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 7 Armando Manzanero, Mexican composer and singer ("It’s Impossible"; "Adoro"), born in Merida, Mexico (d. 2020) date disputed [1]
  • Dec 9 Alan Ridout, British composer, born in West Wickham, England (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 (Bennie Ross) "Hank" Crawford, American saxophonist, arranger and songwriter ("Help Me Make It Through the Night"), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2009)
  • Dec 21 Harmonica Slim [Travis Blaylock], American blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter ("You Better Believe It"), born in Texarkana, Texas (d. 1984)
  • Dec 23 Claudio Scimone, Italian conductor (I Solisti Veneti), born in Padua (d. 2018)
  • Dec 25 McKinley Mitchell, American gospel, blues, and R&B singer ("The Town I Live In"), born in Jackson, Mississippi (d. 1986)
  • Dec 30 Del Shannon [Charles Westover], American rock guitarist, singer and songwriter ("Runaway"), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 1990)

About 1934

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