On This Day

Musicians Born in 1945

  • Jan 3 Stephen Stills, American songwriter and guitarist (Crosby, Stills & Nash), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Jan 4 Jay Dee Maness, Loma Linda Ca, singer (Desert Rose Band-Love Reunited)
  • Jan 7 Dave Cousins [David Joseph Hindson], English singer-songwriter (Strawbs), born in Hounslow, England

Person of interestRod Stewart

Jan 10 Rod Stewart, British singer (Maggie Mae, Do You Think I'm Sexy), born in London, England

Singer Rod Stewart
Singer
Rod Stewart
  • Jan 12 Maggie Bell, Scottish rock vocalist, born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Jan 14 Maina Gielgud, British ballet dancer & administrator, born in London, United Kingdom
  • Jan 17 William Hart, American singer (4 Gents, Delfonics-I'm Sorry), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 17 Javed Akhtar, Indian lyricist, poet and scriptwriter, born in Gwalior, India
  • Jan 19 Charles Amirkhanian, American composer, born in Fresno, California
  • Jan 20 Eric Stewart, English singer-songwriter & musician (10cc-I'm Not in Love), born in Droylsden, United Kingdom
  • Jan 21 Chris Britton, English rock guitarist (Troggs-Rock & Roll Goldmine), born in Hertfordshire
  • Jan 26 Jacqueline du Pré, English cellist, born in Oxford, United Kingdom (d. 1987)
  • Jan 28 José Luis Perales, Spanish singer
  • Jan 28 Robert Wyatt, English musician
  • Jan 30 Robert Wittinger, Austrian-born German composer, born in Knittelfeld, Austria
  • Jan 31 Noah Creshevsky, composer

  • Feb 1 Ole Buck, Danish composer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Feb 2 Ronnie Goodson, American singer (Hi-Lites), born in New Jersey (d. 1980)
  • Feb 3 Johnny Cymbal, rocker (Mr Bass Man)
  • Feb 3 Willeke Alberti [Verbruggen], Dutch vocalist/actress (Small Truth)

Person of interestBob Marley

Feb 6 Bob Marley, Jamaican reggae musician (Exodus, One Love), born in Nine Mile, Saint Ann, Jamaica (d. 1981)

Reggae Musician Bob Marley
Reggae Musician
Bob Marley
  • Feb 12 Joe Schermie, US bass player (3 Dog Night-Joy to the World), born in Madison, Wisconsin (d. 2002)
  • Feb 13 Keith Nichols, English jazz musician, born in Essex, England
  • Feb 13 King Floyd, American singer-songwriter (Groove Me), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2006)
  • Feb 13 Roy Dyke, English rock drummer (Ashton, Gardner & Dyke), born in Liverpool, England
  • Feb 14 Gregory Hines, American actor and dancer (White Nights, Taps), born in NYC, New York (d. 2003)
  • Feb 14 Vic Briggs, England, rocker (Animals)
  • Feb 15 John Helliwell, British musician (Supertramp)
  • Feb 16 Pete Christlieb, American jazz bebop saxophonist (Deacon Blues, Unforgettable), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 20 Alan Hull, singer/composer
  • Feb 22 Oliver [William Oliver Swofford], American pop singer (Good Morning Starshine, Jean), born in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina (d. 2000)
  • Feb 25 Elkie Brooks, rocker (Pearl's a Singer), born in Manchester, England
  • Feb 26 Mitch Ryder, American rocker (& Detroit Wheels-Devil With the Blue Dress), born in Hamtramck, Michigan
  • Feb 28 Ronnie Rosman, rocker (Tommy James Shondells-Crystal Blue Persuasion)
  • Mar 2 Derek Watkins, British trumpet player and composer (The Spy Who Loved Me, Skyfall), born in Reading, England (d. 2013)
  • Mar 4 Dieter Meier, Swiss singer/children book writer (Yello)

  • Mar 6 Hugh Grundy, Winchester England, drummer (Zombies-She's Not There)
  • Mar 7 Arthur Lee, rocker (Vindicator)
  • Mar 8 Micky Dolenz, American singer and actor (Circus Boy, The Monkees), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 8 Bruce Broughton, American composer
  • Mar 9 Laura Lee, American soul and gospel singer (Dirty Man, Women's Love Rights), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Mar 9 Robin Trower, English guitarist (Procol Harum-Whiter Shade of Pale), born in London, England
  • Mar 9 Robert Calvert, South African-British writer and musician (Hawkwind), born in Pretoria (d. 1988)
  • Mar 11 Harvey Mandel, rock guitarist (Drei Amerikanische LP's)
  • Mar 12 Hans van Emden, Dutch guitarist (Les Baroques)
  • Mar 14 Herman[us J] van Veen, Neth, cabaretier/singer/composer/writer
  • Mar 14 Michael Martin Murphey, country singer (Wildfire), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Mar 14 Walt Parazaider, rock saxophonist (Chicago), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Mar 17 Elis Regina, Brazilian singer (d. 1982)
  • Mar 18 Eric Woolfson, Scottish singer and producer (The Alan Parsons Project), born in Glasgow (d. 2009)
  • Mar 21 Rosemary Stone, vocalist/pianist (Sly & Family Stone-Everyday People)
  • Mar 21 Vernon Guy, US gospel singer (Cool Sounds, Sharpees)
  • Mar 22 Alan Opie, baritone (Boughton Bethlehem, Britten 5 Canticles)
  • Mar 22 Chuck Jackson, American singer (Playboy, Independents), born in Greenville, South Carolina
  • Mar 23 Franco Battiato, Italian singer, songwriter and filmmaker
  • Mar 28 Chuck Portz, bassist (Turtles-Happy Together), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Mar 29 John "Speedy" Keen, British musician, songwriter, producer (Thunderclap Newman - "Something in the Air"), born in Ealing, London (d. 2002)

Person of interestEric Clapton

Mar 30 Eric Clapton, English singer and guitarist (Tears in Heaven), born in Ripley, Surrey, England

Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Eric Clapton
Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
Eric Clapton
  • Mar 30 Richard Evans, British graphic designer, album cover designer (The Who; The Doors; Pink Floyd; Louis Armstrong), born in Wilmslow, Cheshire
  • Apr 1 John Barbata, American drummer (Turtles-Happy Together, Elenore), born in Passiac, New Jersey
  • Apr 1 Kenny Buttrey, American influential drummer, born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2004)
  • Apr 7 Megas, Icelandic singer, songwriter and writer
  • Apr 9 Gus Hardin [Carolyn Ann Blankenship], American country singer, born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 1996)
  • Apr 12 Willie Parnell, American singer (Archie Bell & the Drells), born in Houston, Texas
  • Apr 12 Douglas "Doug" Riley [Dr Music], Canadian musician and musical director (Famous People Players), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2007)
  • Apr 13 Lowell George, American rock vocalist and guitarist (Little Feat - Dixie Chicken), born in Hollywood, California (d. 1979)
  • Apr 13 Stacy Johnson, American singer (Sharpees-Tired of Being Alone)

Person of interestRitchie Blackmore

Apr 14 Ritchie Blackmore, English guitarist (Rainbow-Stone Cold, Deep Purple), born in Weston-super-Mare, England

  • Apr 16 Stefan Grossman, American country blues singer (Yazoo Basin Boogie), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 19 Laurence Shurtliff [Ram Rod], American music executive and roadie (the Grateful Dead), born in Pendleton, Oregon (d. 2006)
  • Apr 19 Michael “Mike” Stewart, American music producer and co-founder and guitarist for We Five, born in Riverside County, California (d. 2002)
  • Apr 20 Jimmy Winston [James Langwith], British organist and actor (Doctor Who, Small Faces), born in London, England
  • Apr 21 Diana Darvey, British actress, singer and dancer (d. 2000)
  • Apr 24 Doug Clifford, American rock drummer (Creedence Clearwater Revival-Proud Mary), born in Palo Alto, California
  • Apr 24 Eugene O'Brien, American composer, born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • Apr 24 Robert Knight, American singer (Everlasting Love), born in Franklin, Tennessee
  • Apr 25 Björn Ulvaeus, Swedish songwriter, producer and singer (ABBA), born in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Apr 25 Michael Kogel, German musician, born in Berlin
  • Apr 25 Stu Cook, American rock bassist (Creedence Clearwater Revival-Proud Mary), born in Oakland, California
  • Apr 26 Michael "Mike" Finnigan, American keyboard player and vocalist, born in Troy, Ohio
  • Apr 29 Tammi Terrell [Thomasina Montgomery], singer (Ain't No Mountain High Enough), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1970)
  • May 1 Rita Coolidge, American Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter (Higher & Higher, We're All Alone), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • May 2 Goldy McJohn, Canadian musician (Steppenwolf), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2017)
  • May 2 Randy Cain, American soul singer (4 Gents/Delfonics), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2009)
  • May 2 Judge Dread [Alexander Hughes] English reggae musician, born in Kent, England (d. 1998)
  • May 4 Georg Wadenius, Swedish rocker (Blood, Sweat & Tears), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • May 6 Bob Seger, American singer and songwriter (Old Time Rock and Roll, Hollywood Nights), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • May 6 Victoria Bond, American conductor and composer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 7 Cornelius Bumpus, American saxophonist and keyboardist (Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2004)
  • May 7 Christy Moore, Irish folk singer and songwriter, born in Newbridge, County Kildare, Ireland
  • May 8 Keith Jarrett, American jazz and classical pianist and composer (The Köln Concert), born in Allentown, Pennsylvania

  • May 9 Steve Katz, American rock guitarist and vocalist (Blood, Sweat & Tears), born in NYC, New York
  • May 12 "Little" Jayotis Washington, American cappella singer (The Persuasions), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • May 12 Ian McLagan, English rocker (Faces), born in Hounslow, Middlesex, (d. 2014)
  • May 13 Magic Dick [Richard Salwitz], American harmonicaist and musician (J Geils Band- "Centerfold"), born in New London, Connecticut
  • May 13 Louis "Blue Lou" Marini, American saxophonist, arranger, and composer (Blues Brothers), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • May 15 Lasse Berghagen, Swedish pop singer-songwriter (Teddybjörnen Fredriksson), born in Enskede, Sweden
  • May 16 Nicky Chinn, English songwriter/producer (Chinn & Chapman)

Person of interestPete Townshend

May 19 Peter Townshend, English rock guitarist, vocalist and composer (The Who-Tommy), born in London, England

  • May 23 Misty Morgan, country keyboardist (duo with Jack Blanchard)
  • May 26 Garry Peterson, rocker (Guess Who)
  • May 27 Bruce Cockburn, folk rock vocalist (Waterwalker), born in Ottawa, Canada
  • May 28 John Fogerty, American rocker (Creedence Clearwater Revival), born in Berkeley, California
  • May 29 Gary Brooker, English rock keyboardist and singer (Procol Harum), born in Hackney, London
  • May 30 Steve Smith, American singer (Lawrence Welk Show), born in San Francisco, California
  • May 30 Gladys Horton, American pop singer (The Marvelettes), born in Gainesville, Florida (d. 2011) [or 1944]
  • Jun 1 Linda Scott [Sampson], American pop singer (I've Told Every Little Star), born in Queens, New York
  • Jun 4 Anthony Braxton, American jazz musician and composer, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jun 4 Gordon Waller, Scottish singer (Peter & Gordon-World Without Love), born in Braemar, Aberdeenshire, Scotland (d. 2009)
  • Jun 5 Don Reid, American country singer (Statler Bros-Flowers on the Wall), born in Staunton, Virginia
  • Jun 10 Martin Wesley-Smith, Australian composer, born in Adelaide, Australia
  • Jun 14 Rod Argent, English rock musician (The Zombies, Argent), born in St Albans, Hertfordshire
  • Jun 16 John Dawson [a.k.a. Marmaduke], American musician, singer, and songwriter, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2009)
  • Jun 19 Peter Bardens, English musician (Camel), born in London (d. 2002)
  • Jun 19 Robert Franklin Palmer Jr., American writer, musicologist, and musician (Deep Blues), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Jun 20 [Morna] Anne Murray, Canadian popsinger (Snow Bird; You Needed Me), born in Springhill, Nova Scotia Canada,
  • Jun 23 Paul Goddard, Georgia, rock bassist (Atlanta Rhythm Section)
  • Jun 25 Carly Simon, American singer (Anticipation, You're So Vain), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 26 Barry Schrader, American electronic muscic composer, born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 28 Dave Knights, British rock bassist (Procol Harum-Conquistador), born in London, England
  • Jul 1 Deborah Harry, American singer (Blondie-Heart of Glass), born in Miami, Florida

  • Jul 2 James Orville Fulkerson, composer
  • Jul 7 Matti Salminen, Turku Finland, bass player (King Philipp-Don Carlos)
  • Jul 10 Peter Michalica, Slovak violinist, born in Kremnica, Slovakia
  • Jul 11 Robin Muyser, Dutch bassist (Les Baroques - "Such A Cad"), born in Baarn, Netherlands
  • Jul 14 Peter James Leonard Klatzow, composer
  • Jul 14 Jim Gordon, American drummer and studio musician (Derek and the Dominos), born in Los Angeles, California [1]
  • Jul 15 Peter Lewis, rock guitarist/vocalist (Moby Grape), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 18 James William Guercio, American music producer (Chicago), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jul 20 John Lodge, English bassist, vocalist, and songwriter (The Moody Blues), born in Birmingham, England
  • Jul 20 Kim Carnes, American rock vocalist (Bette Davis Eyes), born in Pasadena, California
  • Jul 20 Johnny Loughrey, Irish singer, born in Newtownstewart, Northern Ireland (d. 2005)
  • Jul 23 Harold W Hennep, Arubians Dutch dancer and actor (Plus Echo)
  • Jul 25 Donna Theodore, American actress and singer (Hollywood Talent Scouts), born in Pleasanton, California
  • Jul 29 Mike Garson, American rock and jazz pianist (David Bowie), born in New York City
  • Jul 30 David Sanborn, American jazz saxophonist (David Letterman Show), born in Tampa, Florida
  • Aug 6 John Kongos, South African singer and songwriter (He's Gonna Step On You Again), born in Johannesburg
  • Aug 7 Kerry Chater, Canadian musician (Gary Puckett & Union Gap - "Young Girl") and Nashville songwriter, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Aug 7 Patrice Mestral, French composer, born in Paris, France
  • Aug 12 Ron Mael, American songwriter, composer and record producer (Sparks), born in Culver City, California

Person of interestSteve Martin

Aug 14 Steve Martin, American comedian, banjo player, author and actor (Parenthood; The Jerk; Roxanne), born in Waco, Texas

Actor and Comedian Steve Martin
Actor and Comedian
Steve Martin
  • Aug 16 Gary Loizzo, American rock guitarist and singer (American Breed - "Bend Me, Shape Me"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • Aug 16 Gordon "Snowy" Fleet, British rock drummer (Easybeats - "Friday On My Mind"), born in Liverpool, England
  • Aug 16 Kevin Ayers, British progressive rocker (Soft Machine; Joy of a Toy), born in Herne Bay, Kent, England (d. 2013)
  • Aug 16 Suzanne Farrell, American ballerina (Don Quioxote), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Aug 17 Katri-Helena, Finnish singer, born in Tuupovaara, Finland
  • Aug 18 Sarah Dash, American rock vocalist (Patti LaBelle & Bluebirds), born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • Aug 18 Barbara Harris, American singer (Toys-A Lover's Concerto), born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 2018)
  • Aug 19 Ian Gillan, English heavy metal and rock singer (Deep Purple - "Smoke On The Water"; Jesus Christ Superstar), born in London
  • Aug 21 Basil Poledouris, American film score composer (The Hunt For Red October), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2006)
  • Aug 22 Ron Dante, rock vocalist (Archies - "Sugar, Sugar"), and producer (Barry Manilow), born in Staten Island, New York

  • Aug 24 Ken Hensley, English songwriter and rock keyboardist (Blackfoot, Uriah Heep), born in Plumstead, England (d. 2020)
  • Aug 24 Molly Duncan, Scottish saxophonist (Average White Band), born in Montrose, Scotland
  • Aug 28 Bob Segarini, American musician and radio personality, born in Stockton, California
  • Aug 29 Chris Copping, English rock bassist (Procol Harum), born in Middleton, Lancashire, England
  • Aug 30 David Schiff, American composer, born in New York City
  • Aug 30 Fred Tackett, American songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (Little Feat, 1988-2012), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Aug 31 Bob Welch, American rock vocalist, guitarist (Fleetwood Mac), born in Hollywood, California (d. 2012)
  • Aug 31 Itzhak Perlman, violinist/polio victim (14 Grammys), born in Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Aug 31 [George Ivan] "Van" Morrison, Northern Irish singer-songwriter (Astral Weeks, Moondance), born in Bloomfield, Belfast
  • Sep 3 George Biondo, American rock bass player (Steppenwolf), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Sep 3 Mike Harrison, English keyboardist (Spooky Tooth-It's All About), born in Carlisle, Cumbria, England
  • Sep 4 Daniel Wood "Danny" Gatton, American guitarist (88 Elmira St.), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1994)
  • Sep 5 Al Stewart, Scottish rocker (Year of the Cat), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Sep 6 Petr Novák, Czech musician (George and Beatovens, Flamengo), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 1997)
  • Sep 7 Luis Aravena Munoz, Chilean singer/exiled in Netherlands (d. 1991)
  • Sep 8 Kelly Groucutt, English musician (Electric Light Orchestra), born in Coseley, England (d. 2009)
  • Sep 8 Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, American rocker (Grateful Dead), born in San Bruno, California (d. 1973)
  • Sep 9 Dee Dee Sharp [Dione Larue], American R&B singer (I Love You Anyway), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 10 José Feliciano, Puerto Rican singer/songwriter (Light My Fire; Feliz Navidad), born in Lares, Puerto Rico
  • Sep 11 Leo Kottke, American guitarist (Ice Water, Greenhouse), born in Athens, Georgia
  • Sep 12 John Mauceri, American conductor (Washington, D.C. Opera), born in NYC, New York
  • Sep 12 David Garrick [Philip Darryl Core], British singer (Dear Mrs Applebee), born in Liverpool, Merseyside (d. 2013)
  • Sep 13 Alain Louvier, French classical composer, born in Paris
  • Sep 15 Jessye Norman, American opera singer (Carmen), born in Augusta, Georgia (d. 2019)
  • Sep 19 David Bromberg, American musician (Demon in Disguise), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 20 Laurie Spiegel, American composer, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Sep 20 Hillard "Sweet Pea" Atkinson, American R&B singer (Was (Not Was)), born in ‎Oberlin, Ohio (d. 2020) [1]
  • Sep 23 Ronald Bushy, rock drummer (Iron Butterfly), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Sep 24 John Milford Rutter, English composer, conductor, and arranger, mainly of choral music (Mass OfThe Children), born in London.
  • Sep 25 Onnie McIntyre, Scottish guitarist (Average White Band - "Pick Up The Pieces"), born in Lennoxtown, Scotland

  • Sep 25 Reynold Henry Weidenaar, American video artist and composer, born in East Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Sep 26 Bryan Ferry, English rocker (Roxy Music-Let's Stick Together), born in Washington, County Durham, England
  • Sep 26 Gal Costa, Brazilian singer, born in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
  • Sep 27 Misha Dichter, pianist (Tchaikowsy 2nd prize-1966), born in Shanghai, China
  • Sep 29 Kyriacos Sfetsas, composer
  • Oct 1 Donny Hathaway, American singer-songwriter (Where Is The Love), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1979)
  • Oct 2 Don McLean, American singer and songwriter (American Pie; Vincent), born in New Rochelle, New York
  • Oct 3 Antonio Martinez, Spanish rock guitarist (Los Bravos - "Black Is Black", born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1990)
  • Oct 4 Clifton Davis, American actor (That's My Mama; Amen) and singer-songwriter ("Never Can Say Goodbye"), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Oct 5 Brian Connolly, Scottish singer (Sweet), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Oct 5 Geoff Leigh, British saxophonist and flute player (Henry Cow), born in Manchester, England
  • Oct 7 Kevin Godley, English rock drummer, vocalist, and producer (10cc - "I'm Not On Love"), born in Manchester, England
  • Oct 8 Ray Royer, English rock guitarist (Procol Harum - "A Whiter Shade Of Pale"), born in The Pinewoods, Essex
  • Oct 8 Joseph Rescigno, American opera conductor (Florentine Opera Company of Milwaukee, 1981-2019), born in Flushing, New York
  • Oct 9 Taiguara [Chalar da Silva], Brazilian singer and songwriter, born in Montevideo, Uruguay (d. 1996)
  • Oct 10 Alan Cartwright, English rock bass player (Procol Harum, 1972-77), born in London
  • Oct 13 Karen Akers, American singer (On Stage at Wolf Trap), born in NYC, New York
  • Oct 13 Christophe [Daniel Bevilacqua], French singer (Aline), born in Juvisy-sur-Orge, Paris
  • Oct 14 Colin Hodgkinson, English musician (Whitesnake), born in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

About 1945

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