On This Day

Musicians Born in 1937

Grace Bumbry

Jan 4 Grace Bumbry, mezzo-soprano (Venus in Tannhäuser), born in St. Louis, Missouri

  • Jan 6 Doris Troy [Doris Elaine Higginsen], US R&B singer and songwriter (Just One Look), born in the Bronx, New York (d. 2004)
  • Jan 6 Paolo Conte, Italian singer, born in Asti, Italy
  • Jan 8 Robert Moran, American composer, born in Denver, Colorado
  • Jan 8 Shirley Bassey, Welsh singer (Goldfinger, Moonraker), born in Tiger Bay, United Kingdom
  • Jan 12 Vicente Sardinero, Spanish baritone, born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 2002)
  • Jan 14 Billie Jo Spears, American country singer, born in Beaumont, Texas (d. 2011)
  • Jan 16 Bob Bogle, American surf rock bassist and guitarist (Ventures - "Walk, Don't Run"), born in Wagoner, Oklahoma (d. 2009)
  • Jan 16 Conny Vandenbos [Jacoba Hollestelle], Dutch singer ("My Rose, My Little Rose"), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 2002)
  • Jan 19 Phil Wilson, American jazz trombonist, arranger (Woody Herman; Buddy Rich), and teacher (Berklee College of Music; New England Conservatory), born in Belmont, Massachusetts
  • Jan 21 George Flynn, American pianist, composer (Trinity), and teacher (Columbia; DePaul), born in Miles City, Montana
  • Jan 21 (Fird) "Snooks" Eaglin, American blues and R&B guitarist and singer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2009)
  • Jan 27 John Ogdon, British pianist and composer, born in Mansfield Woodhouse, Nottinghamshire, England (d. 1989)
  • Jan 29 Bobby Scott, American composer, arranger and jazz singer ("He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother"), born in Mt Pleasant, New York (d. 1990)
  • Jan 31 Philip Glass, American minimalist composer (Einstein On The Beach; Koyaanisqatsi), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Feb 1 (Isaac) Don Everly, American rock and roll singer-guitarist (The Everly Brothers - "Bye, Bye Love"; "Wake Up Little Susie"; "When WIll I Be Loved"), born in Brownie, Kentucky (d. 2021)
  • Feb 1 Ray Sawyer, American singer (Dr Hook), born in Chickasaw, Alabama (d. 2018)
  • Feb 2 Martina Arroyo, American opera soprano (NY Metropolitan Opera, 1965-78), born in New York City
  • Feb 2 Tommy Smothers, American comedian and folk singer (The Smothers Brothers Show; Serial), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 4 Bill Ham, American music impresario and manager (ZZ Top), born in Waxahachie, Texas (d. 2016)
  • Feb 4 Ann Southam, Canadian electronic and classical music and dance composer (Glass Houses; Figures; The Emerging Ground), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2010)
  • Feb 5 Cocky van Oost [Kommertje van Vliet], Dutch ballet dancer (Sylphides)
  • Feb 8 Joe Raposa, American composer and songwriter (Sesame Street), born in Fall River Massachusetts (d. 1989)
  • Feb 9 Johnny Sayles, American soul singer ("I Can't Get Enough Of Your Love"), born in Winnsboro, Texas (d. 1993)
  • Feb 11 Lodewijk Boer, Dutch violinist/playwright (The Family)
  • Feb 11 Phillip Walker, American electric blues guitarist, and singer ("Hello My Darling"), born in Welsh, Louisiana (d. 2010)
  • Feb 14 "Magic" Sam [Maghett], American blues guitarist ("Feelin' Good (We're Gonna Boogie)"), born in Granada County, Mississippi (d. 1969)
  • Feb 15 Zoltán Peskó, Hungarian opera conductor and composer, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 2020)
  • Feb 17 Mickey McGill, American vocalist (Dells - "Love is Blue"), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 18 Alan Johnson, American screen and stage choreographer (The Producers - "Springtime for Hitler"; Legs Diamond; 3 Emmy Awards), director (To Be Or Not To Be), and dancer (West Side Story), born in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania (d. 2018)
  • Feb 20 David Ackles, American singer-songwriter (American Gothic), born in Rock Island, Illinois (d. 1999)
  • Feb 20 Nancy Wilson, American jazz vocalist (Feel Like Making Love), born in Chillicothe, Ohio (d. 2018)
  • Feb 22 Dubravko Detoni, Croatian composer, born in Križevci, Croatia
  • Feb 25 Don Randi [Schwartz], American session and touring pop, rock, and jazz keyboard player (Nancy Sinatra), born in New York City
  • Feb 26 Hagood Hardy, Canadian musician and composer (d. 1997)
  • Feb 26 William Ferris, American composer and conductor (William Ferris Chorale, 1971-2000), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2000)
  • Mar 4 [Bernard Barney Jean] Wilen, musician
  • Mar 6 Doug Dillard, American country rock musician (The Dillards; Gene Clark; Dillard & Clark) and actor (Popeye - "Clem"), born in East St. Louis, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • Mar 6 Paul Mefano, French composer, born in Basra, Iraq
  • Mar 6 Ben Keith [Schaeufele], American musician and record producer (Neil Young, Great Speckled Bird), born in Fort Riley, Kansas (d. 2010)
  • Mar 8 Raynoma Singleton [Gordy], music producer and singer-songwriter (Motown), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2016)
  • Mar 8 Richard Fariña, American folk singer-songwriter ("Birmingham Sunday"), and novelist ("Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me"), born in New York City (d. 1966)
  • Mar 10 Alfred Janson, Norwegian jazz and classical pianist and composer (Passacaglia Vendetta; Variations over Variations on a Norwegian Folk Tune), born in Oslo, Norway (d. 2019)
  • Mar 12 Elizabeth Vaughan, Welsh opera soprano (Victor/Victoria), born in Llanfyllin, Wales
  • Mar 13 Terence "Terry" Cox, British drummer (Pentangle; Duffy's Nucleus; Humblebums; Charles Aznavour), born in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England
  • Mar 16 Constança Capdeville, Porteguese pianist and composer, born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 1992)
  • Mar 16 David Del Tredici, American pianist, Neo-Romantic composer, and 1980 Pulitzer winner (In Memory of a Summer Day), born in Cloverdale, California
  • Mar 17 Galina Samsova, Russian ballerina, born in Stalingrad, Soviet Union
  • Mar 19 Clarence "Frogman" Henry, American pianist and singer (Ain't Got No Home), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Mar 20 Jerry Reed, American country music singer (When You're Hot, You're Hot) and actor (Bat 21, Smokey & the Bandit), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2008)
  • Mar 20 Joe Rivers, rocker (Johnnie & Joe)
  • Mar 22 Jon Hassell, American composer and trumpet player (Dream Theory In Malaya), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Mar 22 Angelo Badalamenti, American film composer (Twin Peaks; The Straight Story; Blue Velvet; Mulholland Drive), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Mar 23 Heinz Martin Lonquich, German composer
  • Mar 23 Robert Cage, American blues guitarist (From Lake Mary), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2012)
  • Mar 24 Benjamin Luxon, British operatic baritone (Owen Wingrave), born in Redruth, England
  • Mar 24 Billy Stewart, American R&B singer ("I Do Love You"; "Summertime"), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1970)
  • Mar 27 Johnny Copeland, American blues guitarist and singer (Lion's Den), born in Haynesville, Louisiana (d. 1997)
  • Mar 31 Willem Duyn [Mouth], Dutch singer (Mouth & MacNeal)
  • Apr 3 Louis Satterfield [also known as Lui-Lui, Ealee, and Sat], American trombone player (The Pharaohs, Earth, Wind & Fire, Phenix Horns), born in Shaw, Mississippi (d. 2004)
  • Apr 3 David Maves, American composer and educator, born in Salem, Oregon 

Merle Haggard

Apr 6 Merle Haggard, American country singer-songwriter ("Mama Tried"; "If We Make It Through December"; "Okie from Muskogee"), born in Oildale, California (d. 2016)

  • Apr 7 Charlie Thomas, American pop singer (The Drifters, 1958-67 - "Sweets For My Sweet"; "Save The Last Dance For Me"), born in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • Apr 21 David Lucas, American rock and roll composer, music producer and singer, born in Buffalo, New York
  • Apr 22 (Bernard) "Jack" Nitzsche, American composer, arranger, music producer, keyboardist (Rolling Stones; Neil Young), and songwriter ("Up Where We Belong"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2000)
  • Apr 24 Joe Henderson, American jazz saxophonist, born in Lima, Ohio (d. 2001)
  • Apr 29 Lefty Dizz [Walter Williams], American Chicago-style blues guitarist and singer, born in Osceola, Arkansas (d. 1993)
  • May 1 Bo Nilsson, Swedish composer (Doppelspiel), born in Skellefteå (d. 2018)
  • May 2 Torbjörn Hultcrantzn, Swedish jazz double player, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1994)
  • May 4 Ron Carter, American jazz double bassist and cellist (Ron Carter Meets Bach), born in Ferndale, Michigan
  • May 4 Hans Ulrich Lehmann, Swiss composer, born in Biel, Switzerland (d. 2013)
  • May 4 Dick Dale [Mansour], American surf guitarist ("Let's Go Tripping"; "Misirlou"; "Pipeline"), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2019)
  • May 5 Delia Derbyshire, English musician and composer (Doctor Who theme; White Noise), born in Coventry, England (d. 2001)
  • May 9 Dave Prater, American soul singer (Sam & Dave - "Soul Man"), born in Ocilla, Georgia (d. 1988)
  • May 9 Sonny Curtis, American guitarist and singer-songwriter (The Crickets - " I Fought The Law"; solo - "Love Is All Around"), born in Meadow, Texas
  • May 10 Mike Melvoin, American jazz and studio pianist, composer, and arranger, born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin (d. 2012)
  • May 13 Judith Somogi, American conductor (Frankfurt Opera-1982), born in NYC, New York
  • May 13 Teddy Randazzo, American pop singer-songwriter (I'm on the Outside Looking In), born in NYC, New York (d. 2003)
  • May 14 Peter Williams, British organist and musicologist, born in Wolverhampton, England (d. 2016)
  • May 15 Trinidad "Trini" Lopez, American singer and guitarist ("If I Had A Hammer"; "Lemon Tree"), and actor (The Dirty Dozen), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2020)
  • May 26 Yehuda Yannay, Romanian composer, born in Timișoara, Romania
  • May 29 Irmin Schmidt, German keyboardist and rocker (Can), born in Berlin, Germany
  • May 29 Peter Kolman, Austrian composer, born in Bratislava, Slovakia
  • May 29 Hibari Misora [Kazue Katō], Japanese pop singer ("Kawa no nagare no yō ni" - Like the Flow of the River), and actress born in Yokohama, Japan (d. 1988)
  • Jun 2 Jimmy Jones, American singer-songwriter ("Handy Man"), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2012)
  • Jun 4 Freddy Fender [Baldemar Huerta], American rock, country and Tejano singer ("Wasted Days And Wasted Nights"; "Before The Next Teardrop Falls"; Texas Tornados - "A Man Can Cry"), born in San Benito, Texas (d. 2006)
  • Jun 5 Floyd Butler, American soul singer (Friends of Distinction - "Grazing In The Grass"), born in San Diego, California (d. 1990)
  • Jun 7 Neeme Järvi, Estonian-American conductor (Gothenburg Symphony, 1982-2004; Detroit Symphony, 1990-2005), born in Tallinn, Estonia
  • Jun 15 Ray Coleman, British author (biographies of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Brian Epstein, and Phil Collins), and music journalist (Melody Maker), born in Leicester, England (d. 1996)
  • Jun 15 Rolf Riehm, German composer (Sirenen, Bilder des Begehrens und des Vernichtens (Sirens, images of desire and destruction)), born in Saarbrücken, Germany
  • Jun 15 Waylon Jennings, American country singer and guitarist ("I'm A Ramblin' Man" ), born in Littlefield, Texas (d. 2002)
  • Jun 20 Jerry Keller, American pop singer-songwriter ("Here Comes Summer"), and actor (If Ever I See You Again), born in Fort Smith, Arkansas
  • Jun 21 Raphaël Sommer, Czech cellist, and educator, born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 2001)
  • Jun 22 Christopher Percy Gordon Blackwell, English businessman and record producer (Island Records), born in Westminster, London, England
  • Jun 23 Niki Sullivan, American guitarist (The Crickets), born in South Gate, California (d. 2004)
  • Jun 26 Ruben "Baby" López Furst, Argentine jazz pianist, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 2000)
  • Jul 2 Dee [David] Palmer, English keyboard player and composer (Jethro Tull, 1972-80), born in Hendon, London
  • Jul 6 Gene Chandler [Eugene Dixon], American rocker (Duke of Earl), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jul 6 Vladimir Ashkenazy, Russian pianist and conductor (Tchaikovsky-1962), born in Gorky, Russia
  • Jul 10 Sandy Stewart [Galitz], American jazz and cabaret singer ("My Coloring Book"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 10 George Young, American jazz and session saxophonist (White Elephant Orchestra; Saturday Night Live Band), born in Philadelphia, PA)
  • Jul 12 Michel Louvain, French Canadian singer (Buenas Noches Mi Amor), born in Quebec, Canada
  • Jul 12 Howard "Howie" Casey, British rock saxophonist (Derry and the Seniors), born in Liverpool, England
  • Jul 19 George Hamilton IV, American country musician, born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (d. 2014)
  • Jul 22 Chuck Jackson, American pop and R&B singer ("Any Day Now"; "I Don't Want to Cry"; "I Keep Forgettin'"), born in Latta, South Carolina
  • Jul 24 Barry Lloyd Vercoe, New Zealand composer and computer scientist (MIT Media Lab), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • Jul 25 Dmitry Smolsky, Belarusian orchestral, choral, theater and pop music composer, and teacher (Belarusian State Academy of Music, 1962-2014), born in Minsk, Belorussian SSR (d. 2017)
  • Jul 28 Peter Duchin, American pianist and bandleader (Peter Duchin Orchestra), born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 2 Garth Hudson, Canadian rock Lowrey organist, accordion player and saxophonist (The Band - "Chest Fever"; "Up On Cripple Creek"), born in Windsor, Ontario
  • Aug 4 David Vickerman Bedford, British composer and educator, born in Hendon, Middlesex, England (d. 2011)
  • Aug 6 Baden Powell de Aquino, Brazilian guitarist (d. 2000)
  • Aug 6 Paul Griffin, American session musician and pianist, born in Harlem, New York (d. 2000)
  • Aug 6 Charlie Haden, American jazz double-bassist (Liberation Music Orchestra; Quartet West), born in Shenandoah, Iowa (d. 2014)
  • Aug 8 (Ludwig) "Louis" Neefs, Belgian pop singer (Eurovision, 1967 & 1969), born in Gierle, Belgium (d. 1980)
  • Aug 11 Allegra Kent [Iris Cohen], American ballet dancer (New York City Ballet) and teacher, born in Santa Monica, California
  • Aug 11 Barbara Smith Conrad, American operatic mezzo-soprano singer, and educator (Wagner Theater), born in Atlanta, Texas (d. 2017)
  • Aug 14 Brian Fennelly, American classical composer (A Thoreau Symphony), born in Kingston, New York (d. 2015)
  • Aug 16 David Behrman, American composer (On The Other Ocean), born in Salzburg, Austria
  • Aug 20 El Fary, Spanish singer and actor, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 2007)
  • Aug 20 Sky Saxon [Richard Marsh], American rocker (The Seeds - "Pushin' To Hard"), born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 2009)
  • Aug 22 Donald MacLeary, British ballet dancer (Royal Ballet), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Aug 27 Alice Coltrane [née McLeod], American jazz harp, piano, and organ player (Journey in Satchidananda), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2007)
  • Aug 27 Phil Shulman, Scottish rock horn player (Gentle Giant), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Aug 27 Tommy Sands, American actor (The Singing Idol; Ensign Pulver), and singer ("Teen-Age Crush"; "Love in a Goldfish Bowl"), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 28 Joe Osborn, American session bass player (Bridge Over Troubled Water), born in Mound, Louisana (d. 2018)
  • Sep 7 Olly Wilson, American composer and founder of TIMARA, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2018)
  • Sep 10 Paul Martin Palombo, American composer, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1987)
  • Sep 11 Iosif Kobzon, Soviet-Russian singer and businessman, born in Chasiv Yar, Ukraine (d. 2018)
  • Sep 15 Les Braid, British bassist (Swinging Blue Jeans - "Hippie-Hippie Shake), born in West Derby, Liverpool, England (d. 2005)
  • Sep 18 Norman Dinerstein, American composer, born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1982)
  • Sep 20 Monica Zetterlund, Swedish jazz singer (with Bill Evans - "Waltz For Debby"), and actress, born in Hagfors, Sweden (d. 2005)
  • Sep 20 Margo Guryan, American jazz and pop pianist, songwriter, and singer (“I’m on My Way to Saturday”; "Take a Picture"), born in Hempstead, Long Island, New York (d. 2021)
  • Sep 22 Jalal Zolfonun, Iranian composer (Gol-e Sadbarg), setar (Persian lute) player, and teacher was born in Abadeh, Iran (d. 2012)
  • Sep 25 Michael Gibbs, jazz composer (Mike Gibbs + 12 play Gil Evans), born in Harare, Zimbabwe
  • Sep 25 Thomas Kessler, Swiss composer, born in Zurich, Switzerland
  • Sep 28 Edward Applebaum, American classical music composer (The Princess In The Garden), born In Los Angeles, California
  • Sep 30 Valentin Silvestrov, Ukranian pianist and contemporary classical composer (Melodies of Instances; Quiet Songs), born in Kyiv, Ukrainian SSR, USSR (now Ukraine)
  • Oct 3 Boldizsár Csiky, Romanian composer, born in Târgu Mureș, Romania
  • Oct 3 Ton de Kruyf, Dutch composer, born in Leerdam, Netherlands (d. 2012)
  • Oct 9 Pat Burke, British rock saxophonist (Foundations - "Baby Now That I've Found You"; "Build Me Up Buttercup"), born in Kingston, Jamaica, British West Indies
  • Oct 16 Emile Ford, St. Lucian pop singer (first Black male singer to top UK charts - "What Do You Want to Make Those Eyes at Me For?"), and sound engineer, born in Castries, St Lucia (d. 2016)
  • Oct 20 Wanda Jackson, American country singer ("Let's Have a Party"), born in Maud, Oklahoma
  • Oct 21 Norman Wright, American doo-wop tenor vocalist (Del-Vikings - “Come Go With Me”) (d. 2010)
  • Oct 22 Tadeáš Salva, Slovak composer, born in Lúčky, Slovakia (d. 1997)
  • Oct 22 Manos Loïzos, Greek composer (Ta Tragoudia Mas) and well known leftist and critic of the Greek military junta, born in Alexandria, Kingdom of Egypt (d. 1982)
  • Oct 23 Yvonne Staples, American R&B singer (The Staple Singers), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2018)
  • Oct 24 Miguel Ángel Coria, Spanish composer of classical music, born in Madrid (d. 2016)
  • Oct 25 Roberto Menescal, Brazilian pop, bossa nova, and samba guitarist, composer ("O Barquinho"), and record producer, born in Vitoria, Espírito Santo, Brazil
  • Oct 29 Michael Ponti, German pianist (Boston Competition 1964), born in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
  • Oct 29 Sonny Osborne, American bluegrass banjo player (The Osborne Brothers - "Rocky Top"), born in Roark, Kentucky (d. 2021)
  • Oct 30 Tony Cucchiara, Italian folk singer and songwriter (Cain and Abel), born in Agrigento, Sicily, Italy (d. 2018)
  • Oct 31 Tom Paxton, American folk singer and songwriter (Forest Lawn), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Nov 1 Bill Anderson, American country music singer and songwriter ("Still"; "Sometimes"; "I Can't Wait Any Longer"), born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • Nov 2 Earl "Speedoo" Carroll, American rocker (Cadillacs, Coasters), born in NYC, New York
  • Nov 3 Paula Wayne [Watkins], American stage and Emmy Award-winning actress (Golden Boy; Everglade!), pop vocalist ("Everything's Great"), and civil rights activist, born in Mountain View, Oklahoma (d. 2018)
  • Nov 5 Jackie Verdell, American gospel singer (The Davis Sisters, 1955-66), pop singer-songwriter ("Why Not Give Me A Chance") and session vocalist (Wilson Picket; Van Morrison), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1991)
  • Nov 6 Edwin Roxburgh, English composer and conductor, born in Liverpool, England
  • Nov 11 Buddy Ace [Jimmie Lee Land], American Texas blues singer, born in Jasper, Texas (d. 1994)
  • Nov 13 Kamahl [Kandiah Kamalesvaran], Australian singer (Elephant Song), born in Kuala Lumpur
  • Nov 13 Tabu Ley Rochereau [Pascal-Emmanuel Sinamoyi Tabu], African musician (Orchestre Afrisa International), born in Bagata, Bandundu, Belgian Congo (d. 2013)
  • Nov 14 Joseph Billingslea, Jr., American R&B singer (The Contours - "Do You Love Me"), born in Hamtramck, Michigan
  • Nov 15 William "Little Willie" John, American R&B singer ("Fever"; "Leave My Kitten Alone"), born in Cullendale, Arkansas (d. 1968)
  • Nov 15 Jimmy Ellis, American soul singer (The Trammps - "Disco Inferno"), born in Rock Hill, South Carolina(d. 2012)
  • Nov 19 Ray Collins, American rock vocalist (Mothers of Invention), born in Pomona, California (d. 2012)
  • Nov 19 José Molina [Quijada], Spanish-born American flamenco dancer, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 2018)
  • Nov 20 René Kollo, German tenor, born in Berlin, Germany
  • Nov 22 Nikolai Kapustin, Russian jazz pianist and composer, born in Horlivka, Soviet Ukraine (d. 2020)
  • Nov 24 Jeremy Taylor, British teacher, folk singer, songwriter ("Ag Pleez Deddy"; "Piece of Ground"), born in Newbury, England
  • Nov 26 Bob Babbitt [Robert Kreinar], Hungarian-American session bassist (Motown's The Funk Brothers), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • Nov 27 Robert "Bootsie" Barnes, American jazz tenor saxophonist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2020) [1]
  • Nov 30 Jimmy Bowen, American record producer and pop star ("I'm Stickin' With You"), born in Santa Rita, New Mexico
  • Dec 1 Gordon Crosse, English composer (Grace of Todd), born in Bury, England
  • Dec 2 Katherine Hoover, American flautist, composer (Eleni: A Greek Tragedy), teacher, and conductor, born in Elkins, West Virginia (d. 2018)
  • Dec 10 Don Sebesky, American orchestra leader (Jimmy Dean Show), born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey
  • Dec 12 Connie Francis [Concetta Franconero], American singer and actress (Where the Boys Are), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Dec 12 Philip Ledger, British organist, composer, conductor, and academic (King's College Cambridge), born in Bexhill-on-Sea, England (d. 2012)
  • Dec 16 Jim Glaser, American singer (Glaser Bros-Getting to Me Again), born in Spalding, Nebraska
  • Dec 16 Joe Farrell, American jazz saxophonist, born in Chicago Heights, Illinois, (d. 1986)
  • Dec 16 Bobby Porcelli, American Latin and Afro-Cuban jazz saxophone and flute player, born in New York City
  • Dec 17 Art Neville, American funk and R&B singer, keyboard player, and songwriter (Neville Brothers; The Funky Meters), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2019)
  • Dec 25 O'Kelly Isley, singer (Isley Brothers-Twist & Shout), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Dec 30 John Hartford [Harford] American country and bluegrass banjo player, fiddler, and singer-songwriter ("Gentle on My Mind"), born in New York City (d. 2001)
  • Dec 30 (Noel) Paul Stookey, singer, songwriter and musician (Peter, Paul, & Mary - "The Wedding Song (There Is Love)"), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Dec 30 Tsisana Tatishvili, Georgian lyric-dramatic soprano, born in Tbilisi, Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic (d. 2017)

About 1937

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