On This Day

Birthdays in Music in 1947

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 260

  • Jan 1 Gary "BB" Coleman, blues vocal/guitarist/producer
  • Jan 1 Paula Tsui, Hong Kong singer
  • Jan 4 Chris Cutler, English musician and composer (Henry Cow, Art Bears)
  • Jan 6 Sandy Denny, English singer-songwriter (Fairport Convention-If You Gotta Go), born in London, England
  • Jan 7 David Porcelijn, Dutch composer & conductor, born in Achtkarspelen, Netherlands

Person of interestDavid Bowie

Jan 8 David Bowie [David Robert Jones], English singer-songwriter (Major Tom, Ziggy Stardust), born in London, England (d. 2016)

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
David Bowie
  • Jan 8 Terry Sylvester, English guitarist & singer (Hollies-You are the Air that I Breathe), born in Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • Jan 13 John Lees, British progressive rock guitarist and vocalist (Barclay James Harvest), born in Oldham
  • Jan 15 Pete Waterman, English record producer (Stock Aitken & Waterman-Road Block), born in Stoke Heath, Coventry
  • Jan 17 Ulysses Dove, dancer/choreographer
  • Jan 20 George Grantham, American drummer & vocalist (Poco-Crazy Eyes), born in Cordell, Oklahoma
  • Jan 21 Jimmy Ibbotson, Penn, country singer (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band)
  • Jan 21 Pye Hastings, English singer and musician (Caravan)
  • Jan 21 Michel Jonasz, French singer and composer
  • Jan 24 Warren Zevon, American rock singer-songwriter and musician (Werewolves of London, Lawyers, Guns and Money, Excitable Boy), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2003)
  • Jan 26 Michel Sardou, French singer

  • Jan 27 Nedra Telley, American vocalist (Ronettes-Be My Little Baby), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 27 Björn Afzelius, Swedish singer (d. 1999)
  • Jan 29 David Byron [Garrick], British vocalist and songwriter (Uriah Heep), born in Epping, England (d. 1985)
  • Jan 29 Marián Varga, Slovak musician
  • Jan 30 Martin Christoph Redel, German composer, born in Detmold, Germany
  • Jan 30 Steve Marriott, English musician & songwriter (Humble Pie-Eat It, Faces), born in Manor Park, London (d. 1991)
  • Jan 31 Jim Nollman, American theatre composer, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Feb 1 Mike Brant, Israeli pop singer, born in Famagusta, Cyprus (d. 1975)
  • Feb 1 Normie Rowe, Australian singer, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Feb 2 Derek Shulman, Scottish musician (Gentle Giant), born in Glasgow
  • Feb 2 Peter Lucia, American rock drummer (Tommy James & Shondells-Crystal Blue), born in Morristown, New Jersey
  • Feb 3 Chose Alberts, [Krommenhoek], vocalist (Yet Many Years)
  • Feb 3 Dave Davies, rock vocalist/guitarist (Kinks-Lola), born in London, England
  • Feb 3 Koos Alberts, [Krommenhoek], Dutch vocalist (Many More Years to Come)
  • Feb 3 Melanie, [Safka], Astoria, vocalist/songwriter (Candles in Rain)
  • Feb 9 Joe Ely, Amarillo Tx, country vocalist (Honky Tonk Masquerade)
  • Feb 9 Major Harris, American R&B singer (Love Won't Let Me Wait), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 2012)
  • Feb 10 Butch Morris, American jazz cornetist and composer
  • Feb 10 John Christopher "Chris" Ethridge, American country rock bass guitarist (International Submarine Band, The Flying Burrito Brothers), born in Meridian, Mississippi (d. 2010)
  • Feb 11 Joselito, Spanish singer

  • Feb 12 Guus Willemse, Dutch bassist/singer (Solution)
  • Feb 13 Tony Butler, British musician & rock bassist (Big Country-It's a Big Country, Wonderland), born in Shepherd's Bush, London
  • Feb 14 Tim Buckley, singer-songwriter, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1975)
  • Feb 15 John Adams, composer (Nixon in China), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Feb 15 David Brown, American guitarist (Santana) (d. 2000)
  • Feb 17 Ben Cramer, Dutch vocalist (Clown)
  • Feb 18 Dennis De Young, vocalist (Styx-Babe), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 24 Lonnie Turner, bassist/vocalist (Steve Miller Band-Abracadabra)
  • Feb 24 Rupert Holmes, English musician
  • Feb 27 Gidon Kremer, Latvian violinist (Tchaikovsky Prize 1970), born in Riga, Latvia
  • Feb 27 Louis Clark, British musical arranger & keyboard player (Electric Light Orchestra), born in Kempston, England
  • Mar 1 Alan Thicke, Canadian actor, singer-songwriter (Thicke of the Night, Growing Pains), born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario (d. 2016)
  • Mar 4 Jan Garbarek, Norwegian musician
  • Mar 5 Eddie Hodges, Miss, actor/singer (High Hopes, Adv of Huckleberry Finn)
  • Mar 5 Clodagh Rodgers, Irish singer
  • Mar 6 Kiki Dee, Yorkshire England, singer (Don't Go Breaking My Heart)
  • Mar 7 Donna Loren, singer/actress (Beach Blanket Bingo), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Mar 8 Mike Allsup, Modesto Ca, rock guitarist (Three Dog Night)
  • Mar 8 Carole Bayer Sager, American singer-songwriter (On My Own, That's What Friends Are For) and wife of Burt Bacharach, born in Manhattan, New York
  • Mar 10 Tom Scholz, rock guitarist/keyboardist (Boston-More Than a Feeling)
  • Mar 11 Mark Stein, singer/organist/keyboardist (Vanilla Fudge)
  • Mar 13 Lesley Collier, English ballet dancer, born in Orpington, England
  • Mar 13 Beat Richner, Swiss physician (founder of children's hospitals in Cambodia) and cellist, born in Zürich, Switzerland
  • Mar 15 Ry[land] Cooder, LA, blues guitarist (Crossroads)
  • Mar 15 Stomu Yamash'ta, composer
  • Mar 17 Ian Gomm, rock guitarist
  • Mar 17 Yury Chernavsky, Russian-born Composer and Producer
  • Mar 18 Barry Wilson, England, rock drummer (Procol Harum-Whiter Shade of Pale)
  • Mar 18 Elliot Ray Scheiner, American Grammy winning music producer, mixer and engineer (History of the Eagles), born in the US
  • Mar 20 Carl Palmer, drummer (Asia-Heat of the Moment, Emerson Lake & Palmer)
  • Mar 21 Franco Mussida, Italian progessive rock musician (Premiata Forneria Marconi), born in Milan
  • Mar 22 Harry Vanda, [Vandenberg], Hague Neth, rock guitarist (Easybeats)
  • Mar 24 Mike Kellie, rock drummer (Spooky Tooth-It's All About)
  • Mar 24 Meiko Kaji, Japanese singer and actress

Person of interestElton John

Mar 25 Elton John [Reginald Kenneth Dwight], English singer (Rocketman), born in Pinner, Middlesex

Singer Elton John
Singer
Elton John
  • Mar 26 Carmen Krolis, Suriname/Neth singer
  • Mar 31 Al Goodman, rock vocalist (Ray, Goodman, Brown)
  • Apr 1 Robin Scott, English singer (M), born in London
  • Apr 2 Emmylou Harris, American country singer (Together Again), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Apr 4 Salvatore Sciarrino, Italian composer, born in Palermo, Italy
  • Apr 6 Tony Cooner, Essex, drummer (Hot Chocolate-You Sexy Thing)
  • Apr 7 Patricia Bennett, American singer (He's So Fine)
  • Apr 7 Florian Schneider, German musician (Kraftwerk)
  • Apr 7 Charles 'skip' Pitts, soul and blues guitarist (Shaft), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2012)
  • Apr 8 Steve Howe, rock guitarist (Asia, Yes-Roundabout), born in London, England
  • Apr 8 Larry Norman, American musician and pioneer of Christian rock music (Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?), born in Corpus Christi, Texas (d. 2008)
  • Apr 10 Bunny Wailer [Neville O'Riley Livingston], Jamaican vocalist and percussionist (The Wailers with Bob Marley), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Apr 13 Mike Chapman, Australian songwriter and record producer (Chinn & Chapman), born in Nambour, Australia
  • Apr 13 Thanos Mikroutsikos, Greek composer and politician, born in Patras, Greece
  • Apr 15 Bojoura [Raina van Melzen], Dutch singer and wife of Hans Cleuver, born in The Hague, The Netherlands
  • Apr 15 Stuart "Woolly" Wolstenholme, British keyboardist and vocalist (Barclay James Harvest), born in Chadderton, Lancashire (d. 2010)
  • Apr 15 George Marino, American Grammy Award-winning mastering engineer who worked with Guns N' Roses, Bon Jovi, Stevie Wonder, John Lennon & Yoko Ono, born in Bronx, New York (d. 2012)
  • Apr 16 Gerry Rafferty, Scottish guitarist and vocalist (Baker Street), born in Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland (d. 2011)
  • Apr 17 Linda Martin, Irish singer and TV presenter, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Apr 19 Murray Perahia, American pianist (Avery Fischer Prize-1975, Grammy 1988), born in NYC, New York

  • Apr 19 Mark Volman, American rock and roll musician and songwriter (the Turtles), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 20 Björn Skifs, Swedish singer (Blue Swede), born in Vansbro, Dalarna, Sweden
  • Apr 20 Ken Scott, British record producer and engineer (The Beatles, Elton John, Pink Floyd), born in London, England

Person of interestIggy Pop

Apr 21 Iggy Pop [James Osterberg], American rocker (Zombie Birdhouse), born in Muskegon, Michigan

Rocker Iggy Pop
Rocker
Iggy Pop
  • Apr 21 John Weider, bassist (Family-Family Entertainment)
  • Apr 22 Barry Guy, English composer and double bass player, born in London
  • Apr 23 Saskia [Trudy van den Berg], Dutch singer (S & Serge, Spinning Wheel), born in Grootebroek, North Holland
  • Apr 23 Glenn Cornick, English rock bassist (Jethro Tull-Thick as a Brick), born in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, (d. 2014)
  • Apr 23 Alan Broadbent, New Zealand jazz pianist (Developing Story), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Apr 24 Ann Kelly, American singer (Hues Corporation Rock the boat), born in Fairfield, Alabama
  • Apr 25 Bill Fontana, American composer, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Apr 27 Ann Peebles, American singer (I Can't Stand the Rain), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Apr 27 Herbie Murrell, American soul singer (Stylistics-You are My Everything), born in Lane, South Carolina
  • Apr 27 Pete Ham, Welsh rock vocalist (Badfinger-Come & Get It), born in Swansea, Wales
  • Apr 28 Steve Khan, jazz musician (Christmas Waltz), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 29 Tommy James, singer (cri-im-son & clo-o-ver o-o-ver & o-o-ver)
  • May 8 Felicity Lott, English soprano (We come to the river)
  • May 10 Jay Ferguson, American musician and composer (theme for The Office), born in Burbank, California
  • May 11 Butch Trucks, drummer (the Allman Brothers), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 2017)
  • May 13 Pete "Overend" Watts, English rock bassist (Mott The Hoople-All Young Dudes), born in Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • May 13 Robert "Rab" Noakes, Scottish singer-songwriter, born in St Andrews, Fife
  • May 14 Al Ciner, rock guitarist (American Breed), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 15 Graham Goble, Adelaide, Australia, rock guitarist (Little River Band)
  • May 16 Barbara Lee, American singer (Chiffons, He's So Fine)
  • May 19 Jerry Hyman, rock singer/trombonist (Blood Sweat & Tears), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 21 William "Bill" Champlin, American Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter and producer (Chicago, Sons of Champlin), born in Oakland, California
  • May 24 Mike Reid, American country singer (Walk on Faith), born in Altoona, Pennsylvania
  • May 24 Albert Bouchard, American musician, singer and songwriter (Blue Öyster Cult), born in Watertown, New York
  • May 24 Robert "Waddy" Wachtel, American session musician, composer and record producer, born in NYC, New York
  • May 27 Liana Alexandra, composer

  • May 28 Leland Sklar, musician and bass guitarist, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • May 31 Junior [William] Campbell, Scottish singer and guitarist (Marmalade), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Jun 1 Ron Wood, rock guitarist (Faces, Jeff Beck Group, Rolling Stones)
  • Jun 2 Mark Elder, British opera and symphony conductor
  • Jun 3 Mickey Finn, British guitarist and percussionist (T. Rex) (d. 2003)
  • Jun 5 Tom Evans, rock bassist/vocalist (Badfinger), born in Liverpool, England
  • Jun 5 Laurie Anderson, American avant-garde artist and musician (known for O Superman), born in Glen Ellyn, Illinois
  • Jun 8 Joan La Barbara, American vocalist and composer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 8 Mick Box, English rock guitarist (Uriah Heep), born in Walthamstow, East London
  • Jun 8 Annie Haslam, English singer-songwriter (Renaissance) and painter, born in Bolton
  • Jun 11 Glenn Leonard, American R&B singer (Temptations), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jun 14 Barry Melton, American guitarist (Country Joe and the Fish), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jun 15 Paul Patterson, composer
  • Jun 16 Tom "Bones" Malone, American jazz musician, arranger, and producer, born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Jun 17 George S. Clinton, American composer and musician, born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Jun 17 Paul Young, English singer and percussionist (Mike + The Mechanics), born in Manchester (d. 2000)
  • Jun 18 Douglas Young, composer
  • Jun 19 Paula Koivuniemi, Finnish singer
  • Jun 20 Dolores Brooks, American singer (the Crystals)
  • Jun 21 Joseph "Joey" Molland, British rock guitarist (Badfinger-Come & Get It), born in Liverpool, England
  • Jun 22 Howard Kaylan, American rock and roll musician and writer (The Turtles), born in NYC, New York

Person of interestMick Fleetwood

Jun 24 Mick Fleetwood, rock drummer (Fleetwood Mac-Go Your Own Way), born in London, England

Musician Mick Fleetwood
Musician
Mick Fleetwood
  • Jun 24 Marianne Delgorge, singer/actress (Ice Cream Soda)
  • Jun 30 Jasper van 't Hof, Dutch jazz pianist (Live in Montreux), born in Enschede, Overijssel, Netherlands
  • Jul 1 Marc Benno, American musician (Rock 'n' Roll Me Again), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Jul 3 Betty Buckley, American actress (Abby-8 is Enough, 1776, Cats), born in Big Spring, Texas
  • Jul 4 William "Bill" Schnee, American musician, music producer, and audio engineer, born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Jul 7 Rob Townsend, rock drummer (Family Leicester)
  • Jul 9 Mitch Mitchell, English drummer (Jimi Hendrix Experience), born in Ealing, Middlesex (d. 2008)
  • Jul 9 Jerney Kaagman, Dutch singer (Earth & Fire), born in The Hague, Netherlands

  • Jul 9 Haruomi Hosono, Japanese musician (Yellow Magic Orchestra), born in Minato, Tokyo, Japan
  • Jul 10 Arlo Guthrie, American singer (Alice's Restaurant, City of New Orleans), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jul 11 Jeff Hanna, country singer (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jul 15 Peter Banks [Brockbanks], British rock guitarist and singer-songwriter described as "the architect of progressive music" (Yes, the Syn, Flash), born in Chipping Barnet, London (d. 2013)
  • Jul 15 [Roger Kynard] Roky Erickson, American musician (The 13th Floor Elevators), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2019)
  • Jul 17 Wolfgang Flür, German musician (Kraftwerk), born in Frankfurt, Germany
  • Jul 19 Bernie Leadon, American guitarist and vocalist (Eagles-Take it Easy), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Jul 19 Brian May, English rock guitarist (Queen-We are the Champions), born in London, England

Person of interestCarlos Santana

Jul 20 Carlos Santana, Mexican rock guitarist (Santana-Black Magic Woman), born in Autlán de Navarro

Musician Carlos Santana
Musician
Carlos Santana
  • Jul 22 Don Henley, rock drummer/vocalist (Eagles-Desparado), born in Linden, Texas
  • Jul 23 David Essex [Cook], English rock vocalist and actor (That'll be the Day), born in London, England
  • Jul 24 Peter Serkin, American pianist (Tashi), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 26 Al Anderson, American songwriter and guitarist (NRBQ), born in Windsor, Connecticut
  • Jul 30 John Siomos, American rock drummer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2004)
  • Jul 31 Karl Green, English rock bassist (Herman's Hermits), born in Salford, England
  • Aug 1 Rick Anderson, American actor and rock bassist (Tubes), born in St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Aug 1 Rick Coonce, American rock drummer (Grass Roots), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2011)
  • Aug 2 Massiel, Spanish singer, born in Madrid, Spain
  • Aug 4 Paul Leyton, English musician and rocker (Seekers), born in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England
  • Aug 4 Klaus Schulze, German composer
  • Aug 5 Rick Derringer [Ricky Dead Zehringer], American guitarist, songwriter and producer (The McCoys), born in Fort Recovery, Ohio
  • Aug 9 Barbara Mason, American singer (Yes, I'm Ready)
  • Aug 10 Ian Anderson, Scottish-born musician, singer, and songwriter (Jethro Tull), born in Fife, Scotland
  • Aug 11 Catherine Collard, French pianist (Schumann/Brahms)
  • Aug 14 Maddy Prior, English folk singer (Steeleye Span, Silly Sisters, Carnival Band), born in Blackpool, United Kingdom
  • Aug 15 Geraldo Velez, Puerto Rican musician and jazz congas player (Spyro Gyra-Morning Dance), born in Puerto Rico
  • Aug 17 Gary Talley, rock guitarist (Box Tops), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Aug 19 Gerard Schwarz, American trumpeter/conductor (LA Chamber Orchestra), born in Weehawken, New Jersey
  • Aug 21 Carl Giammarese, American rock guitarist (Buckinghams), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 22 Donna Godchaux, American rocker (Grateful Dead), born in Florence, Alabama

  • Aug 23 Rex Allen Jr, American country singer (Nashville on the Road), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 23 Terje Rypdal, Norwegian jazz guitarist and composer, born in Oslo, Norway
  • Aug 23 Willy Russell, English playwright and composer (Shirley Valentine, Educating Rita), born in Whiston, England
  • Sep 2 Richard Coughlan, English drummer and percussionist (Caravan), (d. 2013)
  • Sep 3 Eric Bell, Northern Irish rock guitarist (Thin Lizzy), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Sep 5 Buddy Miles, American rock drummer (The Electric Flag), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 2008)
  • Sep 6 Sylvester [James Jr.], American singer-songwriter (Do Ya Wanna Funk), born in Watts, Los Angeles, California (d. 1988)
  • Sep 8 Valery Afanassiev, Russian pianist and conductor, born in Moscow
  • Sep 9 David Rosenboom, composer
  • Sep 14 Jon Bauman, American singer (Sha Na Na), born in Queens, New York
  • Sep 18 Hans Vermeulen, Dutch singer and guitarist (Sandy Coast), born in Voorburg, Netherlands (d. 2017)
  • Sep 19 Lol Creme [Lawrence Creme], English rock vocalist and guitarist (10cc), born in Prestwich, Lancashire, England
  • Sep 20 Mia Martini, Italian singer, born in Bagnara Calabra, Reggio Calabria, Italy (d. 1995)
  • Sep 21 Donald "Don" Felder, American rock musician and songwriter (Eagles), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • Sep 21 Geoff Workman, British record producer and engineer (Toto, Queen, The Cars), born in Liverpool, England
  • Sep 23 Neal Smith, American musician and drummer for rock group "Alice Cooper", born in Akron, Ohio
  • Sep 23 Don Grolnick, jazz musician
  • Sep 23 Mary Kay Place, actress/country singer (Mary Hartman!), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Sep 25 John Fiddler, English rock vocalist and guitarist (British Lions), born in Darlaston, Wednesbury, England

About 1947

How Old? 71 or 72 years old
Generation: Baby Boomer

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