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Birthdays in Music in December 1939

Birthdays in Music

  • 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 8 James Galway, flutist (18k gold flute, Royal Phil), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Dec 8 Jerry Butler, Sunflower Miss, rock vocalist (Never Give You Up)
  • Dec 11 David Gates, American rock vocalist (Bread-Baby I'm A Want You), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Dec 15 Cindy Birdsong, rock vocalist (Labelle-Rainbow, Supremes), born in Camden, New Jersey
  • Dec 15 Nicolaus A Huber, composer
  • 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
  • Dec 20 Bill Keith, American banjoist, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2015)
  • Dec 22 James Gurley, American guitar player (Big Brother and the Holding Company), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2009)
  • Dec 23 Johnny Kidd [Frederick Heath], American rocker (Johnny Kidd & Pirates), born in London, England
  • Dec 25 Bob James, American smooth jazz musician, born in Marshall, Missouri

Person of interestPhil Spector

Dec 26 [Harvey] Phil Spector, American record producer (Wall of Sound), born in The Bronx, New York

Music Producer Phil Spector
Music Producer
Phil Spector
  • Dec 28 Charles Neville, American vocalist and saxophonist (Neville Brothers), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2018)
  • Dec 29 William Edwin "Ed" Bruce, American country singer (Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys), born in Keiser, Arkansas

About December 1939

How Old? 79 years old
Generation: Traditionalist or Silent Generation
Leap Year: No

Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit
Star Signs: Sagittarius (Nov 22 - Dec 21), Capricorn (Dec 22 - Jan 19)