On This Day

Musicians Born in April 1939

  • Apr 1 Rudolph Isley, American rocker (Isley Brothers - "Shout"), born in Cincinnati, Ohio

Person of interestMarvin Gaye

Apr 2 Marvin Gaye [Gay], American soul singer-songwriter ("It Takes Two"; What's Going On"; "Let's Get It On"), 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 6 Beverly "Guitar" Watkins, American blues guitarist, and singer, born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2019)
  • 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 pop singer-songwriter ("A Teenager In Love"), and father of rocker Kim Wilde, born in London, England
  • Apr 16 Dusty Springfield [Mary O'Brien], British pop vocalist ("I Only Want To Be With You"; "Son Of A Preacher Man"), born in West Hampstead, 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 piano player, and arranger (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

About April 1939

How Old? 82 years old
Generation: Silent Generation
Leap Year: No

Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit
Star Signs: Aries (Mar 21 - Apr 19), Taurus (Apr 20 - May 20)