On This Day

Musicians Born in 1938

  • Jan 6 Adriano Celentano, Italian singer and actor, born in Greco
  • Jan 7 Paul Revere, American pianist (Paul Revere & Raiders), born in Harvard Nebraska, (d. 2014)
  • Jan 7 Rory Storm [Alan Caldwell], British rock singer (Rory Storm & the Hurricanes), born in Stoneycroft, Liverpool, England (d. 1972
  • Jan 13 Paavo Johannes Heininen, composer
  • Jan 14 Allen Toussaint, American pianist, songwriter and producer (Mother-In-Law; Working In A Coal Mine), born in Gert Town, Louisiana (d. 2015)
  • Jan 14 Jack Jones, American singer (Love Boat Theme), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 16 Jô Soares, Brazilian author, musician and TV personality, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Jan 19 Eskil Hemberg, composer
  • Jan 24 Julius Arthur Hemphill, American saxophonist, born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Jan 25 Etta James [Jamesetta Hawkins], American singer (Roll with Me, At Last), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2012)
  • Jan 31 Daevid Allen [Christopher David], Australian musician and performance artist (Soft Machine, Gong), born in Melbourne (d. 2015)
  • Feb 1 Jimmy Carl Black, rocker (Mothers Of Invention)
  • Feb 4 Joe Beard, American blues guitarist (No More Cherry Rose), born in Ashland, Mississippi
  • Feb 5 Dick van Niehoff, Dutch vocalist (Fouryo)
  • Feb 6 Ellsworth Milburn, American composer & educator (Menil Antiphons), born in Greensburg, Pennsylvania (d. 2007)
  • Feb 7 Robert Frank Baksa, composer

  • Feb 8 Ray Sharpe, singer-songwriter, (Linda Lu), born in Forth Worth, Texas
  • Feb 11 Willy Correa de Oliveira, composer
  • Feb 11 Bobby "Boris" Pickett, American singer-songwriter (Monster Mash), born in Somerville, Massachusetts (d. 2007)
  • Feb 16 John Corigliano, American composer (Fern Hill, Ghosts of Versailles), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 22 Bobby Hendricks, American R&B singer (Itchy Twitchy Feeling), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • Feb 25 Ed Cobb, American musician, songwriter and producer (Tainted Love), (d. 1999)
  • Mar 2 Simon Estes, Centerville Iowa, bass/baritone (Wonton, Don Carlos)
  • Mar 3 Douglas Leedy, American composer, born in Portland, Oregon (d. 2015)
  • Mar 3 Willie Chambers, guitarist/vocalist (Chambers Brothers)
  • Mar 4 Angus MacLise, American percussionist (d. 1979)
  • Mar 5 Paul Evans, singer/pedal guitarist (Damascus Road)
  • Mar 6 Lovelace Watkins, American singer known as "The Black Sinatra" (The Big, Big Voice of Lovelace Watkins), born in New Brunswick, New Jersey (d. 1995)
  • Mar 8 Lew DeWitt, Va, country singer (Statler Brothers-Flowers on the Wall)
  • Mar 9 Lill-Babs [Barbro Margareta Svensson], Swedish singer and actress, born in Järvsö, Gävleborg County, Sweden
  • Mar 10 Norman Blake, American traditional stringed instrument artist and songwriter, born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Mar 12 Lew De Witt, American country singer and composer (Statler Brothers-Flowers on the Wall)
  • Mar 12 Dimitri Terzakis, Greek composer (Die Farben des Ozeans), born in Athens
  • Mar 12 Tona Scherchen-Hsiao, composer
  • Mar 13 Hans-Joachim Hespos, German composer, born in Emden, Germany
  • Mar 13 Jean-Claude Risset, French composer, born in Le Puy-en-Velay, France (d. 2016)

  • Mar 13 Erma Franklin, American gospel and R&B singer (Piece Of My Heart), born in Shelby, Mississippi (d. 2002)
  • Mar 14 Takehisa Kosugi, Japanese violinist and experimental music composer (Group Ongaku; Taj Mahal Travellers), born in Tokyo (d. 2018)
  • Mar 15 Dick Higgins, American composer, born in Cambridge, England (d. 1998)
  • Mar 17 Rudolf Nureyev, Russian ballet dancer/choreographer (Kirov), born on a train near Irkutsk, Soviet Union (d. 1993)
  • Mar 18 Charley Pride, American country singer (Sweet Country), born in Sledge, Mississippi
  • Mar 23 Dave Pike, jazz vibraphone and marimba player, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2015)
  • Mar 24 Holger Czukay [Holger Schüring], German musician (Can), born in Danzig, Poland (d. 2017)
  • Mar 31 Arthur B. Rubinstein, American composer
  • Apr 7 Freddie Hubbard, jazz trumpeter (Art Blakey), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Apr 7 Spencer Dryden, American drummer (Jefferson Airplane), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 8 Barton Keith McLean, composer
  • Apr 11 Kurt Moll, German bass opera singer, born near Cologne, Germany (d. 2017)
  • Apr 13 Frederic Rzewski, American composer (Spacecraft), born in Westfield, Massachusetts
  • Apr 19 Jonathan Tunick, American composer (one of 15 people to have won all four major American show business awards: the Tony Awards, Academy Awards, Emmy Awards and Grammy Awards), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 20 Johnny Tillotson, American singer (Gidget, Poetry in Motion), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Apr 26 Duane Eddy, American guitarist (Peter Gunn, Cannonball), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Apr 26 Maurice Williams, American rocker (Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs), born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 29 Klaus Voormann, German rock bassist (Manfred Mann-Mighty Quinn), born in Berlin, Germany
  • May 4 Tyrone Davis, American R&B singer (Can I Change My Mind, Turn Back The Hands Of Time), born in Greenville, Mississippi (d. 2005)
  • May 5 Johnnie Taylor, American R&B and multi-genre singer (Disco Lady, I Believe in You), born in Crawfordsville, Arkansas (d. 2000)
  • May 10 Maxim Shostakovich, Russian conductor (Atlanta Symphony), born in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Soviet Union
  • May 10 Philip Gordon Winsor, American composer, Born in Morris, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • May 11 Harvey Sollberger, flutist/composer (2 Oboes Troping), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • May 15 Lenny Welch, American singer (Since I Fell for You), born in New York
  • May 17 Pervis Jackson, American R&B singer (Spinners), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2008)
  • May 19 [Brian Keith] Herbie Flowers, English bassist and session musician (Lou Reed, Harry Nilsson, T-Rex), born in Isleworth, England
  • May 20 Marinella, Greek singer and actress
  • May 20 Astrid Kirchherr, German photographer, helped establish The Beatles image, born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 2020)
  • May 26 Jaki Liebesit, German rocker (Can), born in Dresden, Germany (d. 2017)
  • May 26 Teresa Stratas [Anastasia Stratakis], Canadian operatic soprano (Salome), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • May 26 William Bolcom, American composer (Oracles), born in Seattle, Washington
  • May 28 Prince Buster [Cecil Bustamente Campbell], Jamaican-born reggae musician and producer (Madness), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 2016)
  • May 31 Peter Yarrow, American singer-songwriter (Peter, Paul & Mary), born in NYC, New York
  • May 31 Johnny Paycheck [Donald Lytle], American country singer (Take This Job and Shove It), born in Greenfield, Ohio (d. 2003)
  • Jun 4 Simeon Coxe, American songwriter, singer and psychedelic synthesizer player (Silver Apples), born in Knoxville, Tennessee (d. 2020)
  • Jun 9 Charles Wuorinen, American composer (Pulitzer 1980), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 13 Gwynne Howell, British operatic bass, born in Gorseinon, Wales
  • Jun 16 Mickie Finn, Hugo Oklahoma, TV hostess/banjo player (Mickie Finn's)
  • Jun 18 Don "Sugarcane" Harris, American rock guitarist and electric violin pioneer (Don & Dewey; Frank Zappa), born in Pasadena, California (d. 1999)
  • Jun 20 Nikolay Avksentevich Martinov, composer
  • Jun 24 Lowell Cross, American electronic music composer, instrument maker and laser light show inventor, born in Kingsville, Texas
  • Jun 26 Billy Davis Jr, American pop singer (5th Dimension-Up, Up And Away), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Jun 27 Tommy Cannon [Tommy Derbyshire], English comedian and singer (Cannon and Ball), born in Oldham, Lancashire, England
  • Jun 29 Billy Storm [Spicer], American singer (Valiants-This is the Night), born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 2000)
  • Jun 29 Edmund Falkiner, jazz saxophinist and probation officer (d. 1997)
  • Jun 30 Chris Hinze, Dutch flutist (Vivat Vivaldi), born in Hilversum, North Holland, Netherlands
  • Jun 30 Apostolos Nikolaidis, Greek singer (first Greek artist to record or re-record the authentic, "prohibited" rebetika songs in the early 1970s with their original lyrics), born in Drama, Greece(d. 1999)

Person of interestBill Withers

Jul 4 Bill Withers, American singer-songwriter and rhythm & blues musician (Ain't No Sunshine, Lean on Me), born in Slab Fork, West Virginia (d. 2020)

Rhythm & Blues Musician Bill Withers
Rhythm & Blues Musician
Bill Withers
  • Jul 5 Stanley Silverman, American composer, born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 6 Franco Luambo, Congolese composer, guitarist and bandleader (Masumbuku), born in Sona Bata, Belgian Congo (d. 1989)
  • Jul 8 Alan Aldridge, British artist, graphic designer and illustrator whose artwork was used in record covers for The Beatles and The Who, born in London, England (d. 2017)
  • Jul 9 Paul Seiko Chihara, American-Japanese composer, born in Seattle, Washington
  • Jul 10 Lee Morgan, American hard-bop trumpeter, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1972)
  • Jul 11 Terry Garthwaite, US guitarist/singer (Joy of Cooking)
  • Jul 14 Bob Scholl, rocker (Mellow Kings)

  • Jul 16 Thorkell Sigurbjörnsson, Icelandic composer, born in Reykjavik (d. 2013)
  • Jul 18 Dudu Pukwana [Mtutuzel], South African saxophonist and composer, born in Walmer Township, Port Elizabeth, South Africa (d. 1990)
  • Jul 18 Ian Stewart, Scottish keyboardist, road manager, and co-founder of the Rolling Stones, born in Pittenweem, Fife, Scotland (d. 1985)
  • Jul 20 Natalie Wood [Natasha Gurdin], American actress (Gypsy, Rebel Without a Cause, West Side Story), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1981)
  • Jul 21 Anton Kuerti, Canadian composer, born in Vienna, Austria
  • Jul 24 Mike Mainieri, American vibraphonist (Steps Ahead), born in the Bronx, New York
  • Jul 26 Bobby Hebb, American country singer and songwriter (Sunny), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2010)
  • Jul 27 Isabelle Aubret [Thérèse Coquerelle], French singer (Un premier amour), born in Lille, France
  • Jul 28 George Cummings, American rocker (Dr Hook & Medicine Show), born in Meridian, Mississippi
  • Jul 28 Arsen Dedić, Croatian singer-songwriter and poet, born in Šibenik, Kingdom of Yugoslavia (d. 2015)
  • Aug 1 Paddy Moloney, Irish musician, composer and producer (The Chieftains), born in Donnycarney, Dublin
  • Aug 6 Igor Mikhailovich Luchenok, Belarusian composer and teacher, born in Minsk, Belarus (d. 2018)
  • Aug 8 Connie Stevens [Concetta Ingoglia], singer/actress (Hawaiian Eye, Back to Beach), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Aug 8 Jacques Hétu, Canadian composer, born in Trois-Rivières, Quebec (d. 2010)
  • Aug 11 Rainer Boesch, composer
  • Aug 13 Dave "Baby" Cortez [Clowney], American pop keyboardist (The Happy Organ), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Aug 15 Nesbert "Stix" Hooper, American jazz drummer (The Crusaders), born in Houston, Texas

Person of interestKenny Rogers

Aug 21 Kenny Rogers, American singer-songwriter (The Gambler, Through the Years) and entrepreneur (Kenny Rogers Roasters), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2020)

Country Singer Kenny Rogers
Country Singer
Kenny Rogers
  • Aug 22 Dale Hawkins, American rock singer and songwriter (Susie Q), born in St. Mary Parish, Louisiana (d. 2010)
  • Aug 23 Roger Greenaway, English composer and record producer (I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing), born in Fishponds, England
  • Aug 24 David Freiberg, American rock bassist (Quicksilver Messenger, Jefferson Airplane/Starship - "Jane"), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Aug 24 Mason Williams, American musician, songwriter, author and photographer ("Classical Gas", Smother Brothers Comedy Hour), born in Abilene, Texas
  • Aug 24 Charles Calello, American composer, conductor, arranger (The Four Seasons; Sinatra; Streisand; Springsteen), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Aug 26 Jet Black, English drummer, one of the founding members of The Stranglers
  • Sep 6 Joan Tower, American composer (Breakfast Rhythms), born in New Rochelle, New York
  • Sep 6 Henry Diltz, American music photographer (Woodstock; Monterey Pop Festival; album covers), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Sep 11 Charles Patrick, American rocker (The Monotones)
  • Sep 12 Judy Clay [Guions], American soul and gospel singer, born in St Paul, North Carolina (d. 2001)
  • Sep 12 Tatiana Troyanos, American mezzo-soprano (Octavian-Der Rosenleavalier), born in NYC, New York
  • Sep 19 Zygmunt Krauze, Polish composer, born in Warsaw, Poland

  • Sep 19 Bra Willie [Keorapetse Kgositsile], South African poet and political activist (Point of Departure: Fire Dance Fire Song), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 2018)
  • Sep 20 Eric Gale, American jazz guitarist (Negril, Stuff), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1994)
  • Sep 20 Jane Manning, English soprano, born in Norwich
  • Sep 21 Atli Heimir Sveinsson, Icelandic composer, born in Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Sep 21 Yūji Takahashi, Japanese pianist and composer, born in Japan
  • Sep 24 Steve Douglas [Kreisman], American session and touring saxophonist and flautist (Phil Specter; Duane Eddy; Beach Boys), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1993)
  • Sep 28 Ben E. King [Benjamin Earl Nelson], American soul singer ("Stand by Me"), born in Henderson, North Carolina (d. 2015)
  • Oct 3 Eddie Cochran, American rock vocalist and guitarist (C'Mon Everybody), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 1960)
  • Oct 3 Tereza Kesovija, Croatian singer, born in Konavle, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
  • Oct 5 Carlo Mastrangelo, Italian-American rocker (Dion & The Belmonts), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2016)
  • Oct 10 Gloria Coates, American post-minimalist composer, born in Wausau, Wisconsin
  • Oct 15 Marv Johnson, American gospel and R&B singer (Move 2 mountains), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1993)
  • Oct 15 Rafael Aponte-Ledeé, Puerto Rican composer, born in Guayama, Puerto Rico
  • Oct 15 Fela Kuti, Nigerian Afrobeat musician and composer, born in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria (d. 1997)
  • Oct 16 Nico [Christa Päffgen], German singer-songwriter (Velvet Underground), fashion model, and actress, born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1988)
  • Oct 18 Ronnie Bright, American doo-wop bass vocalist (Johnny Cymbal's "Mr. Bass Man"; The Coasters, 1968-2009), born in New York City (d. 2015)
  • Oct 24 Fred E. Finn, American pianist (Mickie Finn's), born in San Francisco, California
  • Oct 27 Elliot del Borgo, American music educator (SUNY/Crane School of Music, 1966-95) and composer (1980 Winter Olympics), born in Port Chester, New York (d. 2013)
  • Oct 29 Peter Stampfel, American musician and songwriter (The Holy Modal Rounders), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Nov 2 Jay Black, American singer (Jay and the Americans), born in NYC, New York
  • Nov 4 Harry Elston, American R&B singer (Friends of Distinction), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Nov 5 Joe Dassin, French-American singer (Les Champs-Élysées), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1980)
  • Nov 6 P. J. Proby [James Marcus Smith], American singer, songwriter and actor (Hold Me, Three Week Hero), born in Houston, Texas
  • Nov 6 Jim Pike, American singer (The Lettermen), born in Missouri (d. 2019)
  • Nov 7 Dee Clark, American singer (Raindrops), born in Blytheville, Arkansas (d. 1990)
  • Nov 8 Richard Stoker, British composer, born in Castleford, Yorkshire
  • Nov 10 Hein van Royen, Dutch director of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (1974-91), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1991)
  • Nov 11 Narvel Felts, American country singer (Reconsider Me), born in Keiser, Arkansas
  • Nov 11 Roger Lavern [Jackson], English rock keyboardist (Tornados), born in Kidderminster, England (d. 2013)
  • Nov 12 Mort Shuman, American singer-songwriter (Viva Las Vegas), born in NYC, New York (d. 1991)

  • Nov 13 Adrian Barber, British musician and producer, born in Ilkley, United Kingdom
  • Nov 16 Richard Landry, American composer, born in Cecilia, Louisiana
  • Nov 16 Toni Brown, American guitarist, singer and keyboardist (Joy of Cooking)
  • Nov 17 Alvaro Leon Cassuto, composer

Person of interestGordon Lightfoot

Nov 17 Gordon Lightfoot, Canadian folksinger (Sundown), born in Orillia, Ontario

Singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot
Singer-songwriter
Gordon Lightfoot
  • Nov 19 Hank Medress, American doo-wop vocalist (Tokens - "The Lion Sleeps Tonight"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2007)
  • Dec 1 Sandy Nelson, Santa Monica, 50s rocker (Teen Beat, All Night Long)
  • Dec 3 Jose Serebrier, Uruguayan conductor and composer (Star Wagon), born in Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Dec 4 Yvonne Minton, Australian-British soprano, born in Sydney, Australia
  • Dec 5 J. J. Cale, American rock guitarist (After Midnight), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 2013)
  • Dec 9 William Thomas McKinley, American composer and jazz pianist, born in New Kensington, Pennsylvania (d. 2015)
  • Dec 10 Yuri Temirkanov, Russian conductor (Kirov), born in Nalchik, Russia
  • Dec 11 Enrico Macias, Algerian-French singer, born in Constantine, Algeria
  • Dec 11 McCoy Tyner, American jazz pianist (John Coltrane Quartet), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2020)
  • Dec 12 Joel Chadabe, American composer, born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 13 Alvin Curran, American composer, born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • Dec 13 Tony Gomez, British rocker (Foundations), born in Colombo, Ceylon (d. 2015)
  • Dec 17 Carlo Little, English drummer (d. 2005)
  • Dec 18 [Bryan] Chas Chandler, English rock bassist (The Animals-House of the Rising Sun) and manager of Jimi Hendrix, born in Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Dec 20 John Harris Harbison, American composer, born in Orange, New Jersey
  • Dec 25 David Borden, composer
  • Dec 28 Richard Sudhalter, British(?) writer/jazz musician

About 1938

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