On This Day

Musicians Born in 1944

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 314

  • Jan 2 Péter Eötvös, Hungarian composer, conductor and teacher ("Chinese Opera"), born in Székelyudvarhely, Transylvania, Hungary (now Romania)
  • Jan 3 David Atherton, British conductor (London Sinfonietta; Royal Opera; San Diego Symphony), born in Blackpool, Lancashire, England
  • Jan 4 Volker Hornback, German saxophone player and violinist (Tangerine Dream, 1967-69)
  • Jan 7 Mike McGear [McCartney], British singer-songwriter {The Scaffolds - "Lily The Pink"), and photographer, born in Liverpool, England
  • Jan 8 Joel "Taz" DiGregorio, American country-rock keyboardist (Charlie Daniels Band), born in Southbridge, Massachusetts (d. 2011)

Jimmy Page

Jan 9 Jimmy Page, English rock guitarist (Led Zeppelin - "Stairway to Heaven"), born in London, England

  • Jan 10 Frank Sinatra, Jr., American singer and bandleader, born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 2016)
  • Jan 11 York Georg Holler, composer
  • Jan 12 Viktoria Postnikova, Russian pianist, born in Moscow, Russia
  • Jan 12 Jack Schroer, British saxophonist & pianist (The Caledonia Soul Orchestra), (d. 1995)
  • Jan 15 Joan Marie Johnson, American pop singer (The Dixie Cups - "Chapel Of Love"; "Iko Iko"), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2016)
  • Jan 16 Jim Stafford, American singer ("Spiders & Snakes"; "My Girl Bill, born in Eloise, Florida
  • Jan 17 Françoise Hardy, French pop singer, born in Paris, France
  • Jan 18 Larry "Legs" Smith, British rocker (Bonzo Dog Band - "Urban Spaceman"), born in Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Jan 18 Al Perkins, American steel guitarist (Triple Play), born in De Kalb, Texas
  • Jan 19 Pehr Henrik Nordgren, Finnish composer (The Whole World Will Lament; Kwaidan-balladit), born in Saltvik, Åland Islands, Finland (d. 2008)
  • Jan 19 Laurie London, English singer
  • Jan 21 (Frank) Neely Bruce, American composer (Circular 14: The Apotheosis of Aristides), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Jan 23 Jerry Lawson, American a cappella singer and arranger (Persuasions - "Under the Boardwalk"), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida (d. 2019)
  • Jan 24 Klaus Nomi, German singer, born in Immenstadt, Germany (d. 1983)
  • Jan 27 Kevin Coyne, English musician, born in Derby (d. 2004)
  • Jan 27 Nick Mason, British progressive rock drummer (Pink Floyd), born in Birmingham, England
  • Jan 28 Arnold Mühren, Dutch pop bassist/singer (The Cats - "One Way Wind"), born in Volendam, Holland
  • Jan 28 John Tavener, British composer (The Whale), born in London, England (d. 2013)
  • Jan 28 Marty Fried, American rock drummer (The Cyrkle - "Red Rubber Ball"), born in Wayside, New Jersey
  • Jan 28 Bobby Ball [Harper], British comic, actor, singer and television host (Cannon and Ball; The Last of Summer Wine), born in Oldham, Lancashire, England (d. 2020)
  • Jan 30 Lynn Harrell, American cellist, born in New York City, New York (d. 2020)
  • Jan 31 Charlie Musselwhite, American blues harmonica player (Stand Back!; Get Up!), born in Kosciusko, Mississippi
  • Feb 1 Tommy Duffy, American musician (Echoes), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Feb 2 Andrew Davis, British conductor ( Toronto Symphony, 1975-88; BBC Symphony, 1989-2000; Lyric Opera of Chicago, 2000-21), born in Ashbridge, England,
  • Feb 2 Ursula Oppens, American pianist and co-founder (Speculum Musicae, 1972-84), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 3 Trisha Noble, Australian singer and actress
  • Feb 4 Florence LaRue, American pop and R&B vocalist (5th Dimension - "Up, Up, And Away"), born in Plainfield, New Jersey,
  • Feb 5 Al Kooper [Kuperschmidt], American rock musician, record producer and songwriter (Blood Sweat & Tears; Super Session; Bob Dylan; The Tubes; The Banana Splits), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Feb 5 J. R. Cobb, American guitarist & songwriter (Atlanta Rhythm Section, Classic IV), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Feb 6 Georgeanna Tillman, American singer (the Marvelettes), born in Inkster, Michigan (d. 1980)
  • Feb 10 Peter Allen, Australian pop singer-songwriter, painist and performer ("I Go to Rio"; Legs Diamond), born in Tenterfield, New South Wales, Australia (d. 1992)
  • Feb 10 Rufus Reid, American jazz double bassist composer, and educator, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Feb 10 Nathaniel Mayer, American R&B singer ("Village of Love"; "Leave Me Alone"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2008)
  • Feb 12 Marian "Moe" Bandy, American country vocalist (Just Good Ol' Boys), born in Meridian, Mississippi
  • Feb 13 Rebop Kwaku Baah, Ghanaian percussionist, born in Konongo, Ghana (d. 1983)
  • Feb 15 Mick Avory, British rock drummer (The Kinks, 1964-84 - "A Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy"), born in East Molesey, Surrey
  • Feb 17 Karl Jenkins, Welsh composer (Adiemus), born in Penclawdd, Wales
  • Feb 20 Lew Soloff, American jazz trumpeter (Blood, Sweat & Tears), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2015)
  • Feb 23 Johnny Winter [John Dawson], American blues guitarist (Silver Train), born in Leland Miss, (d. 2014)
  • Feb 23 Mike Maxfield, British rocker (Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas)
  • Feb 24 Nicky Hopkins, British rock session pianist (Rolling Stones (1967-75); The Who - "Getting In Tune"; The Kinks - "Sunny Afternoon"; Beatles - "Revolution"; John Lennon - "Jealous Guy"; Quicksilver Messenger Service), born in Perivale, Middlesex (d. 1994)
  • Feb 27 Joyce Breach, American jazz cabaret singer, born in Alameda, California
  • Feb 28 Storm Thorgerson, British graphic designer for album art, and music video director (Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Genesis, The Cranberries), born in Potters Bar, Middlesex (d. 2013)
  • Feb 29 David Briggs, American record producer (Neil Young and Crazy Horse), born in Douglas, Wyoming (d. 1995)
  • Feb 29 Geoff Nicholls, British rock keyboardist (Black Sabbath, 1980-2013), born in Birmingham, England (d. 2017)
  • Mar 1 Mike D'Abo, British rock vocalist (Manfred Mann - "Mighty Quinn"; Jesus Christ Superstar - "Herod"), and songwriter ("Handbags and Gladrags"), born in Betchworth, Surrey, England
  • Mar 1 Roger Daltrey, English singer and founder of the rock band "The Who", born in East Acton, London, England
  • Mar 2 Leif Segerstam, Finnish violinist, conductor, and composer of 342 symphonies (...and counting!), born in Vaasa, Finland
  • Mar 4 Bobby Womack, American R&B singer, guitarist, songwriter, and producer ("It's All Over Now"; "Woman's Got to Have It"; "Across 110th Street"), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2014)
  • Mar 6 Kiri Te Kanawa, New Zealand operatic soprano (Don Giovanni), born in Gisborne, New Zealand
  • Mar 6 Mary Wilson, American pop vocalist (Supremes - "Where Did Our Love Go?"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2021) [1]
  • Mar 7 Townes Van Zandt, American singer-songwriter ("Kathleen"; "Loretta"), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 1997)
  • Mar 8 Sergey Nikitin, Russian composer
  • Mar 8 Palito Ortega, Argentine singer and actor
  • Mar 9 Trevor Burton, English guitarist and rocker (The Move), born in Aston, Birmingham
  • Mar 10 David Friedman, American jazz and session percussionist, vibraphone and marimba player (Double Image), born in New York City
  • Mar 11 Ric Rothwell, British rock drummer (Mindbenders - "The Game of Love"), born in Reddish, Cheshire, England
  • Mar 11 Graham Lyle, Scottish singer-songwriter ("What's Love Got to Do with It"), born in Bellshill, Scotland
  • Mar 11 Robert "Bobby" Lyle, American jazz pianist, born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Mar 14 Boris Brott, Canadian conductor (Hamilton Philharmonic, 1969-90) and music promoter (Brott Music Festival: National Academy Orchestra of Canada), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2022)
  • Mar 15 Gordon "Jazz" Summers, British music manager (Wham, Snow Patrol), born in Winchester, Hampshire (d. 2015)
  • Mar 15 David Costell, American rock bassist (Gary Lewis and The Playboys - "This Diamond Ring"), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 15 Ralph MacDonald, Trinbagonian-American jazz and R&B percussionist and songwriter ("Just the Two of Us"; "Where Is The Love"), born in Harlem, New York City (d. 2011)
  • Mar 17 John Sebastian, American singer (Loving Spoonful - "Summer In The City"; solo - "Welcome Back"), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 17 Pat McCauley, Northern Irish rock keyboardist and drummer (Them - "Here Comes The Night") (d. 1984)
  • Mar 19 Joseph Celli, composer
  • Mar 19 Myung-Wha Chung, Korean concert cellist (Chung Trio), and educator, born in Seoul, Japanese Korea (now South Korea)
  • Mar 19 Tom Constanten, American rock keyboardist (Grateful Dead, 1968-70 - Aoxomoxoa), born in Long Branch, New Jersey
  • Mar 21 Henrik Colding-Jorgensen, composer
  • Mar 21 Jamary Oliveira, Brazilian composer (Sanctus; Piano Pièce), and music professor, born in Saúde, Bahia, Brazil (d. 2020)
  • Mar 21 David Lindley, American musician (The Kaleidoscope), born in San Marino, California
  • Mar 21 Gaye Adegbalola [Todd], American blues singer and guitarist (Sapphire, The Uppity Blues Women - "Middle Age Blues Boogie"), teacher, and activist, born in Fredericksburg, Virginia
  • Mar 22 Chris Stainton, English session and touring bass and keyboard player (Joe Cocker; The Who), born in Woodseats, England
  • Mar 23 Michael Nyman, British pianist and composer (Mesmer; Carrington; The Piano), born in Stratford, London
  • Mar 23 Ric Ocasek [Otcasek], American songwriter, guitarist, singer, and producer (The Cars - "Best Friend's Girl"; "Shake It Up"; "You Are The Girl"), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2019)
  • Mar 25 Kelly Garrett, American actress and singer (The Night That Made America Famous), born in Chester, Pennsylvania (d. 2013)

Diana Ross

Mar 26 Diana Ross [Earle], American singer (The Supremes - "Stop! In The Name Of Love"; "You Can't Hurry Love"; "I Hear A Symphony"), and actress (Lady Sings Blues; Mahogany), born in Detroit, Michigan

  • Mar 29 Terrence "Terry" Jacks, Canadian singer-songwriter, record producer ("Seasons In The Sun"), and environmentalist, born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Mar 31 Rod Allen [Bainbridge] British pop-rock singer and bassist (Fortunes - "You've Got Your Troubles"; "Here It Comes Again"), born in Leicester, England (d. 2008)
  • Mar 31 Mick Ralphs, British rock guitarist (Mott the Hoople - "All The Young Dudes"; Bad Company - "Can't Get Enough"), born in Stoke Lacy, Herefordshire, England
  • Apr 3 Barry Pritchard, British rock guitarist (Fortunes - "You've Got Your Troubles"; "Here It Comes Again"; "This Golden Ring"), born in Birmingham, England (d. 1999)
  • Apr 3 Tony Orlando [Cassavitis], American pop singer (& Dawn - "Tie A Yellow Ribbon"; "Knock Three Times"), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 5 Nicholas Caldwell, American R&B singer (Whispers - "And The Beat Goes On"), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2016)
  • Apr 6 Felicity Palmer, British mezzo-soprano
  • Apr 6 John Stax [Fullagar], British rock bassist, and harmonica player (Pretty Things, 1963-67 - "Don't Bring Me Down"; "Cry To Me"), born in Crayford, Kent, England
  • Apr 7 Carol Grimes, British singer (Delivery), born in London, England
  • Apr 8 Santiago Jiménez Jr, American folk and Tejano accordionist (El Mero Mero, Viva Seguin), born in Texas
  • Apr 10 Danny Woods, American musician (CEO of the Board), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2018)
  • Apr 12 John Kay [Joachim Krauledat], German-born Canadian rock singer (Steppenwolf), born in Tilsit, East Prussia, Germany
  • Apr 12 Karel Kryl, Czechoslovak folk singer, born in Kroměříž, Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia (d. 1994)
  • Apr 13 Brian Pendleton, English musician (The Pretty Things, 1963-66 - "Don't Bring Me Down"), born in Durham, England (d. 2001)
  • Apr 13 Jack Casady, American rock bassist (Hot Tuna - "Hesitation Blues"; Jefferson Airplane - "Volunteers"; "White Rabbit"), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Apr 15 Dave Edmunds, Welsh rock singer and guitarist (Rockpile - "Girls Talk"; "I Knew The Bride"), born in Cardiff, Wales
  • Apr 15 John Wilbraham, British classical, baroque, and session trumpeter (Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields; English Chamber Orchestra; The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour), and educator, born in Bournemouth, England (d. 1998)
  • Apr 16 Dennis Russell Davies, American conductor and composer, born in Toledo, Ohio
  • Apr 16 Mike Mitchell, American rock guitarist (The Kingsmen -"Louie, Louie"), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 2021)
  • Apr 17 John Lill, British classical pianist, born in London
  • Apr 18 Rudy Shackelford, American organist, composer, and musicologist, born in Newport News, Virginia
  • Apr 19 Bernie Worrell, American keyboardist (Funkadelic - "Cosmic Slop"), born in Long Branch, New Jersey (d. 2016)
  • Apr 22 Joshua Rifkin, American conductor and musicologist who played a key role in the ragtime revival of the 1970s, born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 22 Howie Wyeth, American drummer and pianist (Bob Dylan; Robert Gordon; Christine Lavin), born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 1996)
  • Apr 24 (Bernard) St. Clair Lee, American pop singer (The Hues Corporation - "Rock The Boat"), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2011)
  • Apr 24 Tony Visconti, American music producer (David Bowie's Blackstar; Low; "Heroes"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Apr 27 Cuba Gooding Sr., American pop and soul singer (The Main Ingredient - "Everybody Plays the Fool"), born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)
  • Apr 27 Herb Pedersen, American singer (Desert Rose Band - "Love Reunited"), born in Berkeley, California
  • May 2 Bob Henrit, English pop drummer (Argent - "Hold Your Head Up"; The Kinks), born in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, England
  • May 3 Pete Staples, British rock bassist (Troggs - "Wild Thing"; "Love Is All Around"), born in Andover, Hampshire, England
  • May 4 Peggy Santiglia, American singer-songwriter (Angels), born in Belleville, New Jersey
  • May 7 Alison Bauld, Australian composer, born in Sydney, Australia
  • May 8 Gary Glitter [Paul Gadd], British glam rocker (Rock and Roll, Parts 1 and 2), and convicted sex offender, born in Banbury, England
  • May 8 Bill Legend [Fifield], British musician and rock drummer (T. Rex), born in Barking, Essex
  • May 8 Dorothy Combs (Morrison), American gospel, session and touring singer (Edwin Hawkins Singers - "Oh Happy Day"; The Combs Sisters; Blues Broads), born in Longview, Texas
  • May 9 Richard Furay, American singer-songwriter, and guitarist (Buffalo Springfield; Poco), born in Yellow Springs, Ohio
  • May 10 Jackie Lomax, English singer-songwriter (Is This What You Want), born in Liverpool, England (d. 2013)
  • May 12 James Purify, American R&B singer ("I'm Your Puppet"), born in Pensacola, Florida (d. 2021)
  • May 12 Orestes Vilató, Cuban-American percussionist and timbalero, born in Camagüey, Cuba
  • May 13 Carolyn Franklin, American singer-songwriter ("Angel"), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1988)
  • May 14 Gene Cornish, Canadian rock bassist/vocalist (Fotomaker, Rascals - "Good Lovin'"), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • May 15 Ian "Tich" Amey, British rock musician (Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich), born in Salisbury Wiltshire
  • May 16 Billy Cobham, Panamanian-American jazz drummer (Mahavishnu Orchestra), born in Colón, Panama
  • May 17 Jesse Winchester, singer/songwriter (Learn to Love it), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 2014)
  • May 18 Albert Hammond, British singer-songwriter ("It Never Rains In Southern California"), born in London, England
  • May 20 Boudewijn de Groot, Dutch folk singer ("Sleep Well, Mr. President"), born in a Japanese concentration camp, near Batavia, occupied Dutch East Indies (now Jakarta, Indonesia)
  • May 20 Cipa Dichter, pianist/wife of Misha Dichter, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Joe Cocker

May 20 (John) "Joe" Cocker, English rock vocalist ("With A Little Help From My Friends"; "Cry Me A River"; "You Are So Beautiful"), born in Sheffield, England, (d. 2014)

  • May 21 Marcie Blane [Blank], American pop singer (Bobby's Girl), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 23 Ramon "Tiki" Fulwood, American funk drummer (Parliament-Funkadelic; Miles Davis), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1979)
  • May 24 Patti LaBelle [Holte], American pop, R&B, and disco singer (LaBelle - "Lady Marmalade"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • May 26 (Terence) Verden Allen, Welsh rock keyboardist (Mott the Hoople - "All Young Dudes"), born in Crynant, Neath, Wales
  • May 27 Billy Adamson, Scottish drummer (The Searchers, 1969-98), born in Peebles, Scotland (d. 2013)
  • May 28 Billy Vera, American rock singer-songwriter (Billy & The Beaters - "At This Moment"; "Into the Night"), born in Riverside, California
  • May 28 Gladys Knight, American singer known as the Empress of Soul (The Pips - "Midnight Train to Georgia"), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • May 28 Gary Stewart, American country singer ("She's Actin' Single"), born in Jenkins, Kentucky (d. 2003)
  • May 28 Patricia Quinn, Lady Stephens, Northern-Irish actress, voice artist and singer (The Rocky Horror Picture Show), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • May 30 Lenny Davidson, British rock guitarist (Dave Clark Five - "Glad All Over"), born in London, England
  • Jun 2 Marvin Hamlisch, American composer and conductor (The Sting; A Chorus Line), born in NYC, New York (d. 2012)
  • Jun 2 Antone Tavares, American R&B musician (Tavares - "Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel"), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • Jun 3 Michael Clarke, American rock drummer (The Byrds, 1964-67 - "Turn! Turn! Turn!"; Flying Burrito Brothers, 1969-71; Firefall, 1974-80), born in Spokane, Washington (d. 1993)
  • Jun 4 Michelle Phillips, American singer and actress (Mamas & Papas), born in Long Beach, California
  • Jun 4 Roger Ball, Scottish saxophonist (Average White Band), born in Broughty Ferry, Scotland
  • Jun 5 Colm Wilkinson, Irish singer (Les Misérables), born in Drimnagh, Ireland
  • Jun 6 Edgar Froese, German musician (Tangerine Dream), born in Tilsit, East Prussia (d. 2015)
  • Jun 6 Peter Albin, American rock bassist and guitar player (Big Brother and the Holding Company), born in San Francisco, California
  • Jun 7 Clarence White, American session and country-rock guitarist (The Byrds, 1968-73 - "Ballad of Easy Rider"), born in Lewiston, Maine (d. 1973)
  • Jun 8 (William) "Boz" Scaggs, American rock guitarist (Steve Miller Band, 1967-68), and singer-songwriter ("Lowdown"; "Lido Shuffle"), born in Canton, Ohio
  • Jun 12 Maurice Jackson, American singer (The Independents - "Leaving Me"), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jun 17 Chris Spedding, British session and touring rock guitarist (Sharks; Bryan Ferry; Harry Nilsson), and producer, born in Staveley, Derbyshire, England
  • Jun 18 Paul Lansky, American electronic composer, born in New York City
  • Jun 18 Sandy Posey, American pop and country singer ("Single Girl"), born in Jasper, Alabama
  • Jun 18 Rick Griffin, American artist and a leading designer of psychedelic posters in the 1960s (Grateful Dead), born in Palos Verdes, California (d. 1991)
  • Jun 19 Chico Buarque, Brazilian musician
  • Jun 21 Jon Hiseman, British drummer (Arthur Brown; Colosseum), born in London, England (d. 2018)
  • Jun 21 Miguel Vicens, Spanish rock bass player (Los Bravos - "Black Is Black"), born in Ferrol, Galicia, Spain
  • Jun 21 Ray Davies, British singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Kinks - "Waterloo Sunset"; "Lola"; ""Celluloid Heroes"; "Come Dancing"), born in Muswell Hill, North London, England
  • Jun 22 Peter Asher, English pop singer, guitarist (Peter & Gordon - "A World Without Love"), artist manager, and record producer (Linda Ronstadt; James Taylor), born in London, England
  • Jun 22 Steve Weber, American by psychedelic folk guitarist, (The Holy Modal Rounders - "Bird Song"; "You've Got the Right String but the Wrong Yo-Yo"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2020)
  • Jun 23 Rosetta Hightower, American pop singer (The Orlons - "Don't Hang Up"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, (d. 2014)
  • Jun 24 Charlie Whitney, British rock guitarist (Family), born in Skipton, North Yorkshire, England
  • Jun 24 Chris Wood, British rock saxophone and flute player (Traffic; Ginger Baker's Air Force, Jimi Hendrix), born in Quinton, Birmingham, England (d. 1983)
  • Jun 24 Jeff Beck, British rock guitarist (Yardbirds, 1965-66; Jeff Beck Group, 1967-72), born in Wallington, Surrey, England
  • Jun 25 Robert Charlebois, Canadian singer and composer, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jun 30 Glenn Shorrock, Australian rock vocalist (Little River Band - "Reminiscing"; "Lonesome Loser"), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Jul 4 Harvey Brooks [Goldstein], American rock, blues, and folk session bassist (Bob Dylan; The Electric Flag), and record producer (Karen Dalton), born in Manhattan, New York
  • Jul 6 Byron Berline, American world champion bluegrass fiddle player, born in Caldwell, Kansas (d. 2021) [1]
  • Jul 7 Warren Entner, rock vocalist/guitarist (Grass Roots), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jul 8 Jaimoe "Johnny" Johanson, American rock drummer (The Allman Brothers Band), born in Ocean Springs, Mississippi
  • Jul 8 Jonelle Allen, American stage and screen actress (Two Gentlemen of Verona; Palmerstown, USA - "Bessie"; Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman - "Grace"), and singer, born in New York City
  • Jul 8 Michael Dunford, British guitarist and songwriter (The Nashville Teens, 1960-63; Renaissance - "Scheherazade"), born inn Surrey, England (d. 2012)
  • Jul 9 Joe Miceli, American drummer (John Fred and His Playboy Band - "Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)"), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana (d. 2019)
  • Jul 9 Dorian Rudnytsky, American concert and session cellist (New York Rock & Roll Ensemble), and composer (Costa Blanca Suite), born in New York City
  • Jul 15 Millie Jackson, American disco and R&B singer ("Hurts So Good"; "If You're Not Back in Love By Monday"), born in Thompson, Georgia
  • Jul 16 Thomas Boggs, American rock drummer (Box Tops), born in Wynne, Arkansas (d. 2008)
  • Jul 16 Betty Davis (née Mabry); American model, soul and funk singer-songwriter ("They Say I'm Different"; "Nasty Gal"), born in Durham, North Carolina (d. 2022)
  • Jul 19 Commander Cody [George Frayne], American singer and pianist (Commander Cody & Lost Planet Airmen - "Hot Rod Lincoln"), born in Boise, Idaho (d. 2021)
  • Jul 19 Tim McIntire, American actor (Brubaker; Stand By Your Man), singer-songwriter, and musician (Funzone), born in Yaak, Montana (d. 1986)
  • Jul 22 Estelle Bennett, vocalist (Ronettes - "Be My Baby"), born in NYC, New York (d. 2009)
  • Jul 22 Rick Davies, British rock vocalist, keyboardist, and songwriter (Supertramp - "Goodbye, Stranger"), born in London, England
  • Jul 23 Dino Danelli, American rock drummer (Fotomaker; Young Rascals), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Jul 24 Jim Armstrong, Irish rock guitarist (Them - "Here Comes The Night"), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Jul 25 Tom Dawes, American rock bassist (The Cyrkle -"Red Rubber Ball"), and commercial jingle composer ("Plop, Plop, Fizz, Fizz” for Alka-Seltzer and “7Up, the Uncola”), born in Albany, New York (d. 2007)
  • Jul 27 Barbara Thompson, British jazz saxophonist and composer, born in Oxford, England
  • Jul 27 Bobbie Gentry [Roberta Streeter], American singer and songwriter ("Ode to Billy Joe"), born in Chickasaw County, Mississippi
  • Jul 28 Bobby King, American session and touring soul singer (Bobby & Terry; Ry Cooder; Bruce Springsteen; Boz Scaggs), born in Lake Charles, Louisiana
  • Jul 30 Jimmy Cliff [Chambers], Jamaican reggae singer ("The Harder They Come"), born in St James, Colony of Jamaica
  • Jul 30 Teresa Cahill, British soprano opera singer, born in Maidenhead, Berkshire, England
  • Aug 2 Jim Capaldi, English singer and songwriter (Traffic - "Something So Strong"; "The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys"), born in Evesham, Worcestershire, England (d. 2005)
  • Aug 2 Juvenal "Naná' Vasconcelos, Brazilian jazz and world music percussionist, and berimbau player (Pat Metheny, Björk, Milton Nascimento), born in Recife, Brazil (d. 2016)
  • Aug 8 Hans van Eijk, Dutch rock guitarist (Jumping Jewels)
  • Aug 8 Michael Johnson, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, born in Alamosa, Colorado
  • Aug 8 John Renbourn, British jazz and folk guitarist and songwriter (Pentangle), born in Marleybone, London, England (d. 2015)
  • Aug 9 Viv Prince, British drummer (Pretty Things - "Honey I Need"), born in Loughborough, England
  • Aug 12 Peter Hofmann, German tenor
  • Aug 13 David Mahler, American pianist and composer, born in Plainfield, New Jersey
  • Aug 15 Frederick Knight, American singer and songwriter ("I've Been Lonely For So Long"), born in Birmingham, Alabama

About 1944

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