On This Day

Musicians Born in 1939

  • Jan 4 Jon Appleton, composer
  • Jan 7 David Buchan, ethno-musicologist
  • Jan 10 Scott McKenzie, American singer (San Francisco), born in Jacksonville Beach, Florida (d. 2012)
  • Jan 15 Christopher Steel, British composer, born in London

Person of interestPhil Everly

Jan 19 Phil Everly, American singer and half of the rock and roll duo "The Everly Brothers" (Bye Bye Love, Wake Up Little Susie), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2014)

Singer Phil Everly
Singer
Phil Everly
  • Jan 23 Ray Elliott, Irish rock pianist & saxophonist (Them), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Jan 24 Ray Stevens, American singer (Ahab the Arab, Streak), born in Clarkdale, Georgia
  • Jan 26 Marshall Lieb, rocker (Teddy Bears)
  • Jan 27 Tigran Yegiayi Mansuryan, composer
  • Jan 31 Claude Gauthier, Canadian singer and songwriter
  • Feb 1 Del McCoury, bluegrass singer/musician
  • Feb 1 Claude François, French singer (d. 1978)
  • Feb 5 Derek Wadsworth, British jazz composer and arranger, born in Cleckheaton, Yorkshire (d. 2008)
  • Feb 9 Barry Mann [Imberman], American R&B singer (Who Put the Bomp), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Feb 10 Barbara Kolb, composer (Trobar Jus), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Feb 10 Roberta Flack, American vocalist (If Ever I Saw Your Face), born in Black Mountain, North Carolina

  • Feb 11 Gerry Goffin, American rock lyricist (married Carole King), born in Queens NY, (d. 2014)
  • Feb 12 Ray Manzarek, American musician and keyboardist (The Doors-Light My Fire, Unknown Soldier), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2013)
  • Feb 14 Chris Pyne, trombonist
  • Feb 17 John Leyton, British singer
  • Feb 18 Marlos Nobre, composer
  • Feb 18 Marek Janowski, Polish-born conductor
  • Feb 20 Roy George Elroy Josephs, jazz dance teacher
  • Feb 21 Richard Beymer, Avoca IA, actor (West Side Story, Diary of Anne Frank)
  • Feb 21 Ron Nagle, rock producer (Riding with the King)
  • Feb 27 Antoinette Sibley, British ballerina (Turning Point), born in Bromley, United Kingdom
  • Feb 28 John Fahey, American folk singer and guitarist (Transfiguration of Blind Joe Death), born in Washington, D.C. (d, 2001)
  • Feb 28 Tommy Tune, dancer/choreographer (Boyfriend), born in Wichita Falls, Texas
  • Mar 1 Leo Brouwer, Cuban composer, conductor and musician, born in Havana
  • Mar 1 Warren Davis, rocker (Monotones)
  • Mar 2 Gerard van Tongeren, Dutch singer (Buffoons)
  • Mar 6 Jerry Naylor, Stephenville Tx, rock vocalist (Crickets)
  • Mar 7 Marion Marlowe, American singer (Arthur Godfrey & Friends), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Mar 8 Robert Tear, tenor (Welsh National Opera 1970), born in Barry, Wales
  • Mar 8 Yannis Vlachopoulos, composer
  • Mar 11 Leonardo "Flaco" Jiménez, American Tex-Mex accordionist, born in San Antonio, Texas

  • Mar 13 Neil Sedaka, American singer and songwriter (Breaking Up is Hard to Do), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Mar 14 Stavros Xarhakos, Greek composer
  • Mar 18 Travis Pritchett, rocker (Travis & Bob)
  • Mar 18 Giannis Markopoulos, Greek composer
  • Mar 23 Boris Ivanovich Tischenko, composer
  • Mar 23 Pepe Lienhard, Swiss band leader and entertainer
  • Apr 1 Rudolph Isley, rocker (Isley Brothers-Shout), born in Cincinnati, Ohio

Person of interestMarvin Gaye

Apr 2 Marvin Gaye, American singer (Sexual Healing), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1984)

Singer Marvin Gaye
Singer
Marvin Gaye
  • Apr 3 François de Roubaix, French film score composer, born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France (d. 1975)
  • Apr 4 Hugh Masekela, South African trumpeter, anti-apartheid activist (I Am Not Afraid), described as the "father of South African jazz", born in Witbank, South Africa (d. 2018)
  • Apr 4 Major Lance, American soul singer (The Monkey Time), born in Winterville, Mississippi (d. 1994)
  • Apr 4 Danny Thompson, English multi-instrumentalist (Blues Incorporated), born in Teignmouth, England
  • Apr 5 Ronald "Ronnie" White, American singer (The Miracles - "Shop Around"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1995)
  • Apr 5 Crispian St. Peters, English singer (The Changin' Times), born in Swanley, Kent
  • Apr 7 Gary Kellgren, American music producer who co-founded The Record Plant studios, born in Shenandoah, Iowa (d. 1977)
  • Apr 14 Jennifer Fowler, British composer, born in Bunbury, Austrtalia
  • Apr 15 Marty Wilde, English singer, songwriter and father of rocker Kim Wilde, born in London, England
  • Apr 16 Dusty Springfield [Mary O'Brien], English vocalist (Growing Pains), born in London (d. 1999)
  • Apr 16 John DeLaFose, American French speaking zydeco musician, born in Duralde, Evangeline Parish, Louisiana (d. 1994)
  • Apr 18 Glen Hardin, American rock n roll and country musician (Crickets), born in Wellington, Texas
  • Apr 21 John McCabe, British composer and pianist, born in Liverpool, England (d. 2015)
  • Apr 23 Ray Peterson, American singer (Tell Laura I Love Her), born in Denton, Texas (d. 2005)
  • Apr 23 Patrick Williams, American composer, arranger, and conductor, born in Bonne Terre, Missouri
  • Apr 27 Jerry Mercer, Canadian rock drummer (April Wine), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Apr 30 Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, American composer (1st woman composer to win Pulitzer Prize - 1982), born in Miami, Florida
  • May 1 Judy Collins, singer (Send in the Clowns, Clouds), born in Seattle, Washington
  • May 3 Jonathan Harvey, English composer (Bhakti, Music of Stockhausen), born in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham (d. 2012)
  • May 6 Herbie Cox, American rocker (Cleftones), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • May 7 Johnny Maestro, American rock vocalist (Crests-16 Candles, Brooklyn Bridge), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2010)
  • May 9 Bruce Mather, Canadian pianist and composer, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • May 11 Carlos Lyra, Brazilian musician
  • May 14 Troy Shondell, American singer (This Time (We’re Really Breaking Up)), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana (d. 2016)
  • May 18 Gary S. Paxton [Larry Wayne Stevens], American musician and songwriter (Monster Mash, Alley Oop), born in Coffeyville, Kansas (d. 2016)
  • May 19 Richard Lowe Teitelbaum, American composer, born in New York City
  • May 19 Tomasz Sikorski, Polish minimalist composer (Solitude of Sounds), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1988)
  • May 19 Sonny Fortune [Cornelius Fortune], American jazz saxophonist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2018)
  • May 21 Heinz Holliger, Swiss composer, oboist and conductor, born in Langenthal, Switzerland
  • May 22 Ian Underwood, American musician (Frank Zappa), born in New York City
  • May 22 Árni Egilsson, Icelandic classical and jazz bassist and composer, born in Reykjavík, Iceland
  • May 23 Michel Colombier, French composer and songwriter (d. 2004)
  • May 27 Donald "Don" Williams, American country singer (I Believe in You), born in Floydada Texas (d. 2017)
  • May 27 Leo LeBlanc, American country musician and pianist who was legally blind, born in Worcester, Massachusetts (d. 1995)
  • May 31 Charles Drain, American soul singer, born in Eupora, Mississippi (d. 1995)
  • Jun 2 Charles Miller, rock flutist/saxophonist (War)
  • Jun 3 David Frederick Stock, composer
  • Jun 3 Ian Hunter, English rock musician (Mott the Hoople), born in Oswestry, England
  • Jun 3 David Stock, American composer and conductor (Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2015)
  • Jun 6 Gary U.S. Bonds [Gary Anderson], American blues singer and songwriter (New Orleans), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Jun 6 Louis Andriessen, Dutch composer (Reconstruction), born in Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Jun 8 William "Bill" Watrous, American jazz trombonist, born in Middletown, Connecticut (d. 2018)
  • Jun 9 Ileana Cotrubaş, Romanian soprano, born in Galați, Romania
  • Jun 11 Wilma Burgess, American country-pop singer, born in Orlando, Florida (d. 2003)
  • Jun 11 Bernard Purdie, American session drummer, born in Elkton, Maryland
  • Jun 16 Billy "Crash" Craddock, American country singer (Boom Boom Baby, Rub It In), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Jun 17 James Gadson, American drummer and session musician, born in Kansas City, Missouri

  • Jun 19 Al Wilson, American singer (Show and Tell, The Snake), born in Meridian, Mississippi (d. 2008)
  • Jun 21 Charles Boone, American composer, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Jun 22 Bobby Harrison, English rock drummer (Procol Harum-Conquistador)
  • Jun 25 Harold Melvin, American singer (Blue Notes), born in Philadelphia (d. 1997)
  • Jun 27 R. D. Burman, Indian film score composer (1942: A Love Story), born in Calcutta, Bengal Presidency, British India (d. 1994)
  • Jun 30 Lindembergue Cardoso, Brazilian composer, born in Livramento de Nossa Senhora, State of Bahia, Brazil (d. 1989)
  • Jul 1 Delaney Bramlett, American rocker (Shindogs, Delaney & Bonnie), born in Pontotoc, Mississippi (d. 2008)
  • Jul 2 Paul Williams, American baritone singer and choreographer (The Temptations - Cloud Nine), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1973)
  • Jul 6 Jet Harris [Terence Harris], English rock bassist (Drifters), born in London, England (d. 2011)
  • Jul 10 Mavis Staples, American gospel singer (The Staple Singers), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jul 14 Karel Gott, Czech singer 'Sinatra of the East', born in Pilsen, Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia (d. 2019)
  • Jul 15 William David Hellerman, composer
  • Jul 16 William Bell, American singer (Tryin' to Love Two), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Jul 16 Denise LaSalle [Ora Denise Allen], American blues and R&B singer recognized as the "Queen of the Blues" (Trapped by a Thing Called Love), born in Leflore County, Mississippi (d. 2018)
  • Jul 17 Spencer Davis [Davies], English guitarist (Spencer Davis Group - "Gimme Some Lovin'"), born in Swansea, Wales (d. 2020)
  • Jul 18 Brian Auger, English fusion keyboardist (Befour, Genesis), born in London, England
  • Jul 18 Dion DiMucci, American rocker (Dion & Belmonts-Teenager in Love), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Jul 25 Richard Akre Trythall, American composer, born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Jul 29 Annea Lockwood, American composer (Piano Burning), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Jul 31 John R. West, rock guitarist (Gary Lewis & Playboys-This Diamond Ring), born in Uhrichsville, Ohio
  • Aug 4 Frankie Ford [Frank Guzzo], rock vocalist (Sea Cruise), born in Gretna, Louisiana, (d. 2015)
  • Aug 6 William "Sonny" Sanders, American songwriter, arranger and producer (Jackie Wilson), born in Chicago, illinois (d. 2016)
  • Aug 8 Philip E Baisley, Augusta Va, singer (Statler Bros-Class of '57)
  • Aug 8 William Alden Hibbard, composer
  • Aug 9 Billy Henderson, American singer (The Spinners - "The Rubberband Man"), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 2007)
  • Aug 9 Max Neuhaus, American classical musician and experimental percussionist (sound sculptures), born in Beaumont, Texas (d. 2009)
  • Aug 11 Attila Bozay, composer
  • Aug 11 Ronnie Dawson, American rockabilly guitarist (Rockabilly Hall of Fame, 1998), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2003) [1]
  • Aug 15 Herman van Keeken, Dutch singer (Daddy Don't Run So Fast), born in Hilversum, Netherlands (d. 1995)
  • Aug 16 Eric Weissberg, American singer and musician (Duelling Banjos), born in New York (d. 2020)

  • Aug 16 Billy Joe Shaver, American country singer-songwriter (When I Get My Wings), born in Corsicana, Texas (d. 2020)
  • Aug 17 Luther Allison, American rock guitarist (Bad News is Coming), born in Mayflower Arkansas
  • Aug 18 Johnny Preston, American singer (Running Bear), born in Port Arthur, Texas (d. 2011)
  • Aug 19 [Peter] Ginger Baker, English drummer (Cream), born in London, England (d. 2019)
  • Aug 21 Ernie Maresca, American singer and songwriter (Runaround Sue; The Wanderer), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2015)
  • Aug 21 Harold Reid, American country bass vocalist (Statler Brothers - "Bed Of Rose's"), born in Staunton, Virginia (d. 2020)
  • Aug 21 James Burton, American guitarist (Ricky Nelson; Elvis Presley; Elvis Costello), born in Dubberly, Louisiana
  • Aug 22 Candido Lima, Portuguese composer, born in Viana do Castelo, Portugal
  • Aug 26 Fred Milano, American doo-wop singer (Dion & The Belmonts), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2012)
  • Aug 27 Edward Patten, American soul singer (Gladys Knight & the Pips), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2005)
  • Aug 28 Clem Cattini, English rock drummer (The Tornados), born in Stoke Newington, North London
  • Aug 31 Jerry Allison, American rock drummer (Buddy Holly & Crickets), born in Hillsboro, Texas
  • Aug 31 Jim McCrary, American photographer (album covers such as Tapestry, Ticket to Ride), born in Los Angeles (d. 2012)
  • Sep 2 Bobby Purify [Robert Lee Dickey], American soul singer (I'm Your Puppet), born in Tallahassee, Florida (d. 2011)
  • Sep 2 Sam Gooden, rock vocalist (Impressions-Gypsy Woman), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Sep 5 John Stewart, American singer and songwriter (Kingston Trio, 1961-67; "Daydream Believer"), born in San Diego, California
  • Sep 6 David Allan Coe, American country musician (Mysterious Rhinestone Cowboy), born in Akron, Ohio
  • Sep 7 [Benjamin] Latimore, American blues singer and piano player (Let's Straighten It Out), born in Charleston, Tennessee
  • Sep 8 Guitar Shorty [David William Kearney], American blues musician, born in Houston, Texas
  • Sep 10 Artie Tripp, American rocker (Mothers Of Invention), born in Athens, Ohio
  • Sep 10 Cynthia Lennon [nee Powell], wife of Beatle John Lennon, born in Blackpool, Lancashire (d. 2015)
  • Sep 12 Phillip Ramey, American composer, born in Elmhurst, Illinois
  • Sep 17 Joseph Mosikili, American-born South African broadway actor and singer, born in Amarillo, Texas
  • Sep 17 Lamonte McLemore, American rock vocalist (5th Dimension), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Sep 17 Shelby Flint, American singer-songwriter (Angel on My Shoulder, Cast Your Fate to the Wind), born in North Hollywood, California
  • Sep 18 Naresh Sohal, Indian composer, born in Punjab, India
  • Sep 21 Trevor James Hold, British composer, writer, and musicologist (John Clare Songbook), born in Northampton, England (d. 2004)
  • Sep 23 Roy Buchanan, American blues guitarist, born in Ozark, Arkansas (d. 1988)
  • Sep 24 Sonny Turner, American singer (The Platters, The Metrotones), born in Fairmont, West Virginia
  • Sep 25 "Sweet Joe" Russell, American a cappella singer (The Persuasions - Slip Sliding Away, born in Henderson, North Carolina (d. 2012)

  • Sep 29 Tommy Boyce, American songwriter (Boyce & Hart, Monkees), born in Charlottesville, Virginia (d. 1994)
  • Oct 2 Lolly Vegas [Candido Vasquez], American rock singer (Redbone - "Come And Get Your Love"), born in Coalinga, California (d. 2010)
  • Oct 5 Marie Laforêt, French singer and actress, born in Soulac-sur-Mer, Gironde France
  • Oct 7 Colin Cooper, British vocalist and harmonica player (Climax Blues Band - "Couldn't Get It Right"), born in Stafford, England (d. 2008)
  • Oct 7 Joel Brodsky, American photographer, credited with photographing over 400 album covers, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2007)
  • Oct 8 Armando Gentilucci, Italian composer, born in Lecce, Italy (d. 1989)
  • Oct 8 Andrew William Thomas, American composer (Three Transformations), born in Ithaca, New York
  • Oct 9 O. V. [Overton Vertis] Wright, American singer, born in Lenow, Tennessee, (d. 1980)
  • Oct 11 Woytec Lowski [Woiciech Wiesidlowski], Polish dancer and ballet master, born in Brzesc, Poland (d. 1995)
  • Oct 18 William "Billy" Cox, American bass player (performed with Jimi Hendrix), born in Wheeling, West Virginia
  • Oct 20 Jay Siegel, rock bassist (Tokens-Lion Sleeps Tonight), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Oct 20 Raymond Jones, British keyboardist and songwriter, born in Oldham
  • Oct 22 Ray Jones, rock bassist (Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas)
  • Oct 23 Charlie Foxx, American soul songwriter, guitarist, and singer (Mockingbird), born in Greensboro, North Carolina (d. 1998)
  • Oct 24 Uri Sharvit, Israeli composer, born in Jerusalem
  • Oct 30 Eddie Holland, American singer and songwriter (Jamie, Leaving Here), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Oct 30 Grace Slick, American rock vocalist (Jefferson Airplane - "White Rabbit"), born in Highland Park, Illinois
  • Oct 30 Norman West, American singer (Soul Children, Hearsay, Give 'em Love)
  • Oct 31 Ali Farka Touré, Malian musician, born in Timbuktu Region, Mali (d. 2006)
  • Nov 7 Daniel Manneke, Dutch composer and organist, born in Kruiningen, Netherlands
  • Nov 10 Tommy "Bubba" Facenda, American rock and roll artist (High School U.S.A.), born in Portsmouth, Virginia
  • Nov 10 Russell Means, Native American activist, actor, writer, and musician, born in Porcupine, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota (d. 2012)
  • Nov 12 Lucia Popp, Slovakian soprano (d. 1993)
  • Nov 13 Idris Muhammad [Leo Morris], American jazz drummer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2014)
  • Nov 14 [Walter] Wendy Carlos, American musician and composer (Switched-On Bach), born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island
  • Nov 16 Henrik Otto Donner, Finnish trumpeter, and avant garde and film score composer, born in Tampere, Finland (d. 2013)
  • Nov 18 Tom Johnson, American composer (Nine Bells), born in Greeley, Colorado
  • Nov 19 Warren "Pete" Moore, American singer (Miracles - "Tears of a Clown"), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Nov 20 Dick Smothers, American comedian and folk singer (The Smothers Brothers Show), born in NYC, New York
  • Nov 23 Betty Everett, American singer (Getting Mighty Crowded)

  • Nov 24 Jim Yester, rock vocalist/guitarist (Association), born in Birmingham, Alabama

Person of interestTina Turner

Nov 26 Tina Turner [Anna Mae Bullock], American singer (Proud Mary), born in Nutbush, Tennessee

Singer Tina Turner
Singer
Tina Turner
  • Nov 26 David White, American singer and songwriter (Danny And The Juniors - "At The Hop": Leslie Gore - "You Don't Own Me"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2019)
  • Nov 28 Gary Troxel, rocker (The Fleetwoods), born in Centralia, Washington
  • Nov 29 Meco [Domenico Monardo], American musician and record producer (Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk), born in Johnsonburg, Pennsylvania
  • Dec 1 Dianne Lennon, singer (Lennon Sisters), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 5 Frédéric van Rossum, Belgian composer, born in Ixelles, Belgium
  • Dec 6 Tomés Svoboda, Czech composer (Etude), born in Paris, France
  • Dec 6 Steve Alaimo, American rocker (Mashed Potatoes), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Dec 8 James Galway, Irish flutist (18k gold flute, Royal Phil), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Dec 8 Jerry Butler, American rock vocalist (Never Give You Up), born in Sunflower, Mississippi
  • Dec 11 David Gates, American rock vocalist (Bread-Baby I'm A Want You), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Dec 15 Cindy Birdsong, American rock vocalist (Labelle-Rainbow, Supremes), born in Camden, New Jersey
  • Dec 15 Nicolaus A. Huber, German composer, born in Passau, Germany
  • Dec 17 Eddie Kendricks, Alabama, American singer-songwriter (The Temptations-My Girl, Boogie Down)
  • Dec 17 James Booker, R&B musician (Gonzo), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Dec 18 Henrica M L "Wiesje" Backer, Dutch dancer/actress/playwright
  • Dec 20 Kim Weston, American soul singer (It Takes Two), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Dec 20 Klaus Schweizer, composer

About 1939

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