Birthdays in Music in 1937

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Person of interestGrace Bumbry

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

Opera Singer Grace Bumbry
Opera Singer
Grace Bumbry
  • Jan 6 Doris Troy [Doris Elaine Higginsen], US R&B singer and songwriter (Just One Look), born in the Bronx, New York
  • Jan 6 Paolo Conte, Italian singer
  • Jan 8 Robert Moran, composer
  • Jan 8 Shirley Bassey, Cardiff Wales, singer (Goldfinger, Moonraker)
  • Jan 12 Vicente Sardinero, Spanish baritone (d. 2002)
  • Jan 14 Billie Jo Spears, country singer
  • Jan 16 Bob Bogle, Portland, rock bassist/guitarist (Ventures-Batman Theme)
  • Jan 16 Conny Vandenbos, Dutch singer (My rose, my little rose)
  • Jan 27 John Ogdon, pianist/composer, born in Manchester, England
  • Jan 29 Bobby Scott, jazz singer
  • Jan 31 Philip Glass, minimal composer (Einstein on the Beach), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Feb 1 Don Everly, Brownie Ky, vocalist (Everly Bros-Wake Up Little Susie)
  • Feb 1 Dr Hook, [Ray Sawyer], Ala, vocalist (Dr Hook-When You're in Love)
  • Feb 2 Martina Arroyo, American opera soprano (NY Met), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 2 Tom Smothers, American comedian and folk singer (The Smothers Brothers Show, Serial), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 5 Cocky van Oost, [Kommertje van Vliet], Dutch dancer (Sylphides)
  • Feb 8 Joe Raposa, composer/songwriter (Sesame Street)
  • Feb 9 Johnny Sayles, US vocalist (You Made Me Wiggle)
  • Feb 10 Don Wilson, rock guitarist (Ventures-Walk Don't Run, Batman Theme)
  • Feb 11 Lodewijk Boer, Dutch violinist/playwright (The Family)
  • Feb 14 Magic Sam, rocker (Chicago Bluesman)
  • Feb 15 Zoltan Pesko, composer
  • Feb 17 Mickey McGill, US vocalist (Dells-Love is Blue)
  • Feb 20 David Ackles, Illinois, vocalist/songwriter (American Gothic)
  • Feb 20 Nancy Wilson, Chillicothe Ohio, jazz vocalist (Feel Like Making Love)
  • Feb 22 Dubravko Detoni, composer
  • Feb 26 Hagood Hardy, Canadian musician and composer (d. 1997)
  • Mar 4 [Bernard Barney Jean] Wilen, musician
  • Mar 6 Paul Mefano, French composer, born in Basra, Iraq
  • Mar 6 Ben Keith [Bennett 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 Farina, American writer and folk rocker (Reflections in a Crystal Wind)
  • Mar 12 Elizabeth Vaughan, Welsh opera soprano (Victor-Victoria, born in Llanfyllin
  • Mar 13 Terence "Terry" Cox, British musician (Pentangle, Duffy's Nucleus, Humblebums), born in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
  • Mar 16 Constança Capdeville, Porteguese pianist and composer, born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 1992)
  • Mar 16 David Del Tredici, American composer and pioneer of the Neo-Romantic movement (1980 Pulitzer), 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, singer/actor (Bat 21, Smokey & the Bandit), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Mar 20 Joe Rivers, rocker (Johnnie & Joe)
  • Mar 22 Jon Hassell, American composer and trumpet player, 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, Redruth England, baritone (Owen Wingrave)
  • Mar 24 Billy Stewart, US R&B singer (I Do Love You)
  • 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)

Person of interestMerle Haggard

Apr 6 Merle Haggard, country singer (Death Valley Days), born in Bakersfield, California (d. 2016)

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard

  • Apr 7 Charlie Thomas, singer (Drifters), born in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • Apr 22 Jack Nitzsche, composer/songwriter (An Officer & a Gentleman)
  • Apr 24 Joe Henderson, American jazz saxophonist, born in Lima, Ohio (d. 2001)
  • May 1 Bo Nilsson, Swedish composer (Doppelspiel)
  • May 4 Ron Carter, American jazz bassist (Ron Carter Meets Bach), born in Ferndale, Michigan
  • May 4 Hans Ulrich Lehmann, Swiss composer, born in Biel, Switzerland
  • May 4 Dick Dale [Richard Anthony Mansour], American guitarist, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • May 5 Delia Derbyshire, English musician and composer (Doctor Who theme, White Noise), born in Coventry, England (d. 2001)
  • May 9 Dave Prater, American singer and musician (Sam & Dave), born in Ocilla, Georgia (d. 1988)
  • May 9 Sonny Curtis, Texas, guitarist (Crickets)
  • May 13 Judith Somogi, American conductor (Frankfurt Opera-1982), born in NYC, New York
  • May 14 Peter Frederic Williams, composer
  • May 15 Trini Lopez [Trinidad Lopez], American singer and guitarist (If I Had a Hammer), born in Dallas, Texas
  • May 20 Teddy Randazzo, song writer (I'm on the Outside Looking In)
  • May 26 Yehuda Yannay, composer
  • May 29 Irmin Schmidt, rocker (Can)
  • May 29 Peter Kolman, composer
  • Jun 2 Jimmy Jones, American singer-songwriter (Handy Man), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2012)
  • Jun 4 Freddy Fender, American musician ("Before the Next Teardrop Falls"), born in San Benito, Texas (d. 2006)
  • Jun 5 Stanley Lunetta, composer
  • Jun 5 Floyd Butler, American soul singer (Friends of Distinction), born in San Diego, California (d. 1990)
  • Jun 7 Neeme Järvi, Estonian conductor
  • Jun 15 Ray Coleman, British music journalist and biographer, born in Leicester (d. 1996)
  • Jun 15 Rolf Riehm, German composer, born in Saarbrücken
  • Jun 15 Waylon Jennings, American country singer and guitarist (Ramblin' Man), born in Littlefield, Texas (d. 2002)
  • Jun 20 Jerry Keller, rocker/actor (If Ever I See You Again)
  • Jul 6 Gene Chandler, [Eugene Dixon], rocker (Duke of Earl), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jul 6 Vladimir Ashkenazy, Russian pianist/conductor (Tchakowsky-1961), born in Gorky, Russia
  • Jul 10 Sandy Stewart, singer (Sing Along With Mitch, Mr President), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 12 Michel Louvain, French Canadian singer (Buenas Noches Mi Amor), born in Quebec, Canada
  • Jul 19 George Hamilton IV, American country musician, born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, (d. 2014)
  • Jul 24 Barry Lloyd Vercoe, composer
  • Jul 27 Chuck Jackson, Latta SC, singer (Any Day Now, I Don't Want to Cry)
  • Jul 28 Peter Duchin, American pianist and bandleader (Peter Duchin Orchestra), born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 2 Garth Hudson, Canadian pop musician (The Band-Life is a Carnival)
  • Aug 4 David Vickerman Bedford, composer
  • Aug 6 Baden Powell de Aquino, Brazilian guitarist (d. 2000)
  • Aug 6 Paul Griffin, American session musician and pianist, born in Harlem, New York
  • Aug 6 Charlie [Charles Edward] Haden, American jazz double-bassist (Liberation Music Orchestra), born in Shenandoah, Iowa (d. 2014)
  • Aug 8 Louis Neefs, Belgian singer
  • Aug 14 Brian Fenelly, composer
  • Aug 16 David Behrman, composer
  • Aug 20 El Fary, Spanish singer and actor (d. 2007)
  • Aug 22 Donald MacLeary, British ballet dancer (Royal Ballet), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Aug 27 Alice Coltrane, jazz musician
  • Aug 27 Phil Shulman, Welsh rocker (Gentle Giant), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Aug 27 Tommy Sands, singer/actor (Teenage Rock, Dream With Me), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Sep 7 Olly Wilson, American composer and founder of TIMARA, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2018)
  • Sep 10 Paul Martin Palombo, composer
  • Sep 11 Iosif Kobzon, Soviet singer and Russian businessman
  • Sep 18 Norman Dinnerstein, composer
  • Sep 20 Monica Zetterlund, Swedish actress and singer (d. 2005)
  • Sep 25 Michael Gibbs, jazz composer
  • Sep 25 Thomas Kessler, Swiss composer, born in Zurich
  • Sep 28 Edward Applebaum, composer
  • Sep 30 Valentin Vasil'yevich Sil'vestrov, composer
  • Oct 3 Boldizsar Csiky, composer
  • Oct 3 Ton de Kruyf, composer
  • Oct 9 Pat Burke, rocker (Foundations)
  • Oct 16 Emile Ford, singer and engineer (first black male singer to top UK charts), born in Castries, St Lucia (d. 2016)
  • Oct 20 Wanda Jackson, Maud Oklahoma, country singer (Let's Have a Party)
  • Oct 21 Norman Wright, rocker (Del-Vikings)
  • Oct 22 Tadeas Salva, composer
  • Oct 22 Manos Loïzos, Greek composer (d. 1982)
  • Oct 24 Miguel Angel Coria, composer
  • Oct 29 Michael Ponti, Freiburg Germany, pianist (Boston Competition 1964)
  • Oct 31 Tom Paxton, American folk singer and songwriter (Forest Lawn), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Nov 1 Bill Anderson, country singer (Still, From This Pen)
  • Nov 2 Earl "Speedoo" Carroll, American rocker (Cadillacs, Coasters), born in NYC, New York
  • Nov 3 Paula Wayne, Hobart Oklahoma, vocalist (Everything's Great)
  • Nov 6 Edwin Roxburgh, English composer and conductor, born in Liverpool
  • Nov 11 Buddy Jimmy Lee Land Ace, singer
  • 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 15 William E "Little Willie" John, [Woods], US R&B singer (Fever)
  • Nov 15 Jimmy Ellis, RockHill, South Carolina, soul singer (The Trammps - Disco Inferno), (d. 2012)
  • Nov 19 Ray Collins, rocker (Mothers of Invention)
  • Nov 19 José Molina [Quijada], Spanish-born American flamenco dancer, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 2018)
  • Nov 20 René Kollo, German tenor
  • 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, Bury Lancashire England, composer (Grace of Todd)
  • Dec 10 Don Sebesky, American orchestra leader (Jimmy Dean Show), born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey
  • Dec 12 Connie Francis [Concetta Franconero], US singer and actress (Where the Boys Are), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Dec 16 Jim Glaser, Spalding Neb, singer (Glaser Bros-Getting to Me Again)
  • Dec 16 Joe Farrell, American jazz saxophonist, born in Chicago Heights, Illinois, (d. 1986)
  • Dec 17 Art Neville, vocalist (Neville Brothers), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Dec 25 O'Kelly Isley, singer (Isley Brothers-Twist & Shout), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Dec 30 John Hartford, American country singer (Gentle on My Mind), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 30 Paul Stookey, singer and musician (Peter, Paul, & Mary), born in Baltimore, Maryland