Birthdays in Music in 1949

About 1949

How Old? 68 or 69 years old
Generation: Baby Boomer

Chinese Zodiac: Rat (Jan 1 - Jan 28), Ox (Jan 29 - Dec 31)

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 267

  • Jan 1 Daniel E Gawthrop, American composer
  • Jan 2 Chick Churchill, Wales, keyboardist (Ten Years After-I'm Going Home)
  • Jan 5 George Brown, rock drummer (Kool & the Gang-Celebration)
  • Jan 6 Richard Horowitz, composer
  • Jan 7 John Christopher Parry, rocker (Cure)
  • Jan 7 Marshall Chapman, Spartanburg SC, country singer
  • Jan 11 Tom Netherton, singer (Lawrence Welk Show), born in Munich. Germany
  • Jan 11 [Frederick] Dennis Greene, American singer (Sha Na Na), born in New York, (d. 2015)
  • Jan 11 Daryl Braithwaite, Australian rock singer
  • Jan 12 Wayne Wang, director (Chan is Missing, Slamdance)
  • Jan 12 Kentaro Haneda, Japanese composer (d. 2007)
  • Jan 19 Robert Palmer, Batley England, singer (Power Station)
  • Jan 22 James P Pennington, rocker (Exile)
  • Jan 22 Steve Perry, vocalist (Journey-Open Arms, Oh Sherry), born in Hanford, California
  • Jan 24 John Belushi, American comedian and actor (SNL, Blues Brothers), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1982)
  • Jan 26 Derek Holt, rocker (Climax Blues Band)

  • Feb 2 Jetty Weels, Surinamese/Dutch vocalist (Mai Tai)
  • Feb 2 Ross Valory, rock bassist (Journey - Who's Crying Now, Open Arms), born in San Francisco, California
  • Feb 2 Tom Tripplehorn, rocker (Gary Lewis & Playboys-This Diamond Ring)
  • Feb 3 Oscar Benton, Dutch blues vocalist/guitarist (Ze is Zoals Jij)
  • Feb 3 Arthur Kane, American musician (New York Dolls), born in NYC, New York (d. 2004)
  • Feb 4 Roy Yeager, American musician (Atlanta Rhythm Section), born in Greenwood, Mississippi
  • Feb 6 Mike Batt, British director, actor, composer, and former Deputy Chairman (British Phonographic Industry), born in Southampton, England
  • Feb 7 Alan Lancaster, English bassist (Status Quo), born in London, England
  • Feb 10 Nigel Olsson, British rock guitarist and drummer (Elton John's Band), born in Wallasey, Cheshire
  • Feb 10 Maxime Le Forestier, French singer
  • Feb 11 Charlie Hargrett, rock guitarist (Blackfoot)
  • Feb 12 Stanley Knight, country artist (Black Oak Arkansas-High on the Hog)
  • Feb 14 Jimmy Randell, rocker
  • Feb 15 Christopher Rouse, composer
  • Feb 15 Hans Graf, Austrian conductor
  • Feb 17 Fred Frith, English guitarist, violinist and bassist (Skeleton Crew), born in Heathfield, England
  • Feb 19 Eddie Hardin, English rock pianist and singer (Spencer Davis Group), born in London, England
  • Feb 21 Jerry Harrison, rock keyboardist (Talking Heads), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Feb 23 Larry Demps, US R&B vocalist (Dramatics-Me & Mrs Jones)
  • Feb 23 Terry "Tex" Comer, bassist/guitarist
  • Feb 26 Emma Kirkby, British(?) soprano
  • Feb 28 Arthur "T-Boy" Ross, American songwriter, brother of Diana, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1996)
  • Mar 1 Sido Martens, Dutch guitarist/singer/mandolin player (Fungus)
  • Mar 2 Alain Chamfort [Le Govic ], French singer, born in Paris, France
  • Mar 4 Carroll Baker, Canadian country singer and songwriter, born in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia

  • Mar 6 Donald York, rocker (Sha Na Na)
  • Mar 9 Kalevi Aho, Finnish composer, born in Forssa, Finland
  • Mar 9 Tapani Kansa, Finnish singer, born in Hamina, Finland
  • Mar 11 Richard de Bois, Dutch drummer/producer
  • Mar 12 Bill Payne, rock keyboardist (Little Feat-Time Loves a Hero), born in Waco, Texas
  • Mar 12 Mike Gibbons, Welsh musician and drummer (Badfinger), born in Swansea, Wales (d. 2005)
  • Mar 12 Michael "Mike" Gibbins, Welsh musician (Badfinger), born in Swansea, Wales (d. 2005)
  • Mar 13 Julia Migenes, American soprano, born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 16 Elliott Murphy, US singer/songwriter
  • Mar 18 Starr Danias, American ballerina (Turning Point), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 18 Åse Kleveland, Norwegian singer and politician
  • Mar 20 Marcia Ball, American singer and pianist
  • Mar 21 Eddie Money, [Mahoney], singer/guitarist (Take Me Home Tonight), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Mar 23 Ric Ocasek [Richard Otcasek], American rocker (The Cars - Best Friend's Girl; Shake It Up), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Mar 24 Steve Lang, rock bassist (April Wine), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Mar 24 Nick Lowe, England, rock vocalist (Rockpile-Cruel to be Kind)
  • Mar 25 Neil Jones, musician (Bend Me Shape Me)
  • Mar 26 Fran Sheehan, American rock bassist (Boston- "More Than A Feeling"), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Mar 28 Milan Williams, American keyboardist (Commodores-Three Times a Lady), born in Okolona, Mississippi
  • Mar 29 Michael Brecker, American jazz saxophonist (Brecker Brothers), born in Chetelham, Pennsylvania (d. 2007)
  • Mar 30 Dana [Richenda Antoinette de Winterstein] Gillespie, English actress and singer (Jesus Christ Superstar), born in Surrey, England
  • Mar 30 Lene Lovich, English-American singer, songwriter and musician (Lucky Number), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Apr 1 Gill Scott-Heron, American writer, poet and singer (Whities on the Moon), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2011)
  • Apr 2 Joseph "Joe" Vitale, American singer, songwriter, composer and multi-instrumentalist (Roller Coaster Weekend), born in Canton, Ohio
  • Apr 3 Jan Keizer, Dutch singer (BZN-Rhythm of My Heart), born in Volendam, Netherlands
  • Apr 3 Richard Thompson, English vocalist and guitarist (Shoot Out the Lights), born in Notting Hill Gate, London
  • Apr 3 Greg Calbi, American mastering engineer (associated with Eric Carmen, John Lennon, David Bowie, and Bruce Springsteen), born in Yonkers, New York
  • Apr 4 Larry Lingle, American rocker (The Four Seasons), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Apr 4 Michael Fennelly, American musician (The Millennium, Crabby Appleton), born in New York, New York
  • Apr 7 John Oates, American rock guitarist/vocalist (Hall & Oates-Rich Girl), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 9 Chico Ryan, rock vocalist (Sha Na Na)
  • Apr 9 Steve Gadd, American jazz drummer ('Late In The Evening', '50 Ways To Leave Your Lover'), born in Irondequoit, New York
  • Apr 10 Frank de Leeuw, Dutch rock guitarist (Bob Color)
  • Apr 14 Sonja Kristina [Shaw], English songwriter and actress (Hair, Curved Air), born in Brentwood, England
  • Apr 15 Alla Pugacheva, Russian singer
  • Apr 18 Andrew Powell, British composer, performer, and music producer (Donovan, Kate Bush- "The Kick Inside"), born in Surrey, England
  • Apr 21 Patti LuPone, actress/singer (Evita, Life Goes On), born in Northport, New York
  • Apr 23 John Miles, vocal/guitar/keyboards (John Miles Band-Rebel, Zaragon)
  • Apr 24 Véronique Sanson, French singer and songwriter, born in Boulogne-Billancourt, Paris
  • Apr 25 Watermelon Slim [William Homans], American blues musician (The Wheel Man), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Apr 25 Michael Brown, American musician and songwriter, (Don't Walk Away Renee), born in New York City (d. 2015)
  • Apr 26 Jimmy Hall, rocker (Wet Willie)
  • May 1 Tim Hodgkinson, English composer and musician (Henry Cow)
  • May 1 James "Jim" Clench, Canadian bassist and songwriter (April Wine and Bachman-Turner Overdrive), born in Canada (d. 2010)
  • May 4 Zal Cleminson, Scottis guitarist (Alex Harvey Band), born in Glasgow

Person of interestBilly Joel

May 9 Billy Joel, American rock vocalist (Pianoman, Capt Jack, Bridge), born in The Bronx, New York

Pianist, songwriter, and composer Billy Joel
Pianist, songwriter, and composer
Billy Joel
  • May 13 Franklin Ajaye, American comedian and actor (Jazz Singer, Car Wash), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 13 Jane Glover, British conductor
  • May 15 Eric J Beekes, actor/singer (Hunk)
  • May 17 Bill Bruford, English drummer (Yes, King Crimson, Genesis), born in Sevenoaks, Kent
  • May 17 Andrew Latimer, English musician (Camel), born in Guilford
  • May 18 Bill Wallace, rocker/actor (Fear, Avenging Force, Desperate)
  • May 18 Rick Wakeman, English, rock keyboardist (Yes), born in London
  • May 18 William Wallace, rocker (Guess Who)
  • May 19 Dusty Hill, rocker (ZZ Top)
  • May 21 Arno Hintjens, Belgian singer (T C Matic)
  • May 21 Rosalind Plowright, British soprano (Aida, Senta)

Person of interestHank Williams Jr

May 26 Hank Williams Jr, country singer (Honky Tonk), born in Shreveport, Louisiana

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams Jr
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams Jr
  • May 28 Wendy O. Williams, American musician (The Plasmatics) (d. 1998)
  • May 29 Francis Rossi, guitarist (Status Quo-Picture of a Matchstick Man), born in London, England
  • May 31 Nancy Shade, American soprano
  • Jun 1 Mike Levine, Canadian rock keyboardist, bassist (Triumph), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Jun 3 Stephen Ruppenthal, composer
  • Jun 6 Edgar Warren Williams, composer
  • Jun 6 Holly Near, American folksinger
  • Jun 7 Jack Ryland, rock vocalist (Three Dog Night)
  • Jun 8 Emanuel Ax, Polish American classical pianist, born in Lviv, Ukraine
  • Jun 8 Jeffrey Mylett, American actor and songwriter, born in North Canton, Ohio (d. 1986)
  • Jun 9 Francis Monkman, British film composer, musician and songwriter (Curved Air, Sky) born in Hampstead, North London
  • Jun 11 Frank Beard, American country rock drummer (ZZ Top), born in Frankton, Texas

  • Jun 12 John Wetton, British rock vocalist and bassist (Asia, King Crimson), born in Willington (d. 2017)
  • Jun 13 Dennis Locorriere, Union City NJ, rock guitarist (Dr Hook)
  • Jun 14 Alan White, English rock drummer (Yes, Ramshackled)
  • Jun 14 Jimmy Lea, British musician (Slade)
  • Jun 14 Papa Wemba, Congolese singer, born Kasai region, Belgian Congo (d. 2016)
  • Jun 15 Russell Hitchcock, Australian rock vocalist (Air Supply), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Jun 15 Michael Lutz, bassist (Brownsville Station)
  • Jun 16 Peppy Castro, [Emil Thielhelm], American rock vocalist (Balance), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 18 Prince Lincoln Thompson, Jamaican musician (d. 1999)
  • Jun 20 Bob Andrews, England, rock keyboardist/vocalist

Person of interestLionel Richie

Jun 20 Lionel Richie, American singer (Commodores, Hello, Penny Lover), born in Tuskegee, Alabama

  • Jun 22 Alan Osmond, singer (Osmond Brothers, Donnie & Marie), born in Ogden, Utah
  • Jun 22 Gary Moffet, rock guitarist (April Wine), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jun 22 Larry Junstrom, rock bassist (.38 Special)
  • Jun 24 John Illsley, English rock bassist (Dire Straits), born in Leicester, England
  • Jun 30 Andrew Scott, Wales, rock guitarist (Sweet)
  • Jun 30 Andrew "Andy" Scott, Welsh musician and songwriter (Sweet), born in Wrexham, Wales
  • Jul 1 John Farnham, Australian singer
  • Jul 2 Roy Bittan, American piano player (E Street Band), born in Belle Harbor, Queens, New York City
  • Jul 3 Johnnie Wilder, Jr., American singer (Heatwave) (d. 2006)
  • Jul 4 Tonio K, American singer (16 Tons of Monkeys), born in Palm Desert, California
  • Jul 6 Michael Shrieve, American drummer, percussionist, and composer (Santana), born in San Francisco, California
  • Jul 10 Dave Smalley, American rocker (Raspberries)
  • Jul 10 Greg Kihn, American pop musician and radio personality, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Jul 10 John C. Whitehead, American singer (McFadden & Whitehead), born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 2004)
  • Jul 14 Tommy Mottola, American music executive (Casablanca Records), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Jul 15 John Arthur Casken, composer
  • Jul 15 Trevor Horn, rock producer (Buggles-Video Killed, Yes, Frankie)
  • Jul 16 Alan "Fitz" Fitzgerald, rock keyboardist and vocalist (Night Ranger)
  • Jul 16 Ray Major, rock guitarist (British Lions)
  • Jul 17 Mick Tucker, rock drummer (Sweet Harlesden), born in London, England
  • Jul 17 Mike Vale, rock bassist (Tommy James & The Shondells)
  • Jul 17 Geezer Butler, English rock bassist (Black Sabbath), born in Birmingham, England
  • Jul 18 Wally Bryson, American rock guitarist and vocalist (Fotomaker, Raspberries), born in Gastonia, North Carolina

Person of interestAlan Menken

Jul 22 Alan Menken, American Disney composer (Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast - 8 Oscars), born in New Rochelle, New York

Disney Composer Alan Menken
Disney Composer
Alan Menken
  • Jul 26 Roger Taylor, English rock drummer (Queen-Bohemian Rhapsody), born in Norfolk, England
  • Jul 27 David Muse, American rocker (Firefall), born in Rome, Georgia

Person of interestMaureen McGovern

Jul 27 Maureen McGovern, singer (Got To Be a Morning After), born in Youngstown, Ohio

  • Jul 28 Simon Kirke, rock drummer (Bad Company), born in London, England
  • Jul 28 Steve Peregrin Took, English musician (Tyrannosaurus Rex), born in London (d. 1980)

  • Jul 28 Peter Doyle, Australian singer (The New Seekers) (d. 2001)
  • Jul 30 Joyce Jones, American singer (1st Choice), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 30 Richard "Duck" Baker, American acoustic guitarist, born in Washington D.C.
  • Aug 2 "Fat" Larry James, American drummer (Fat Larry's Band) (d. 1987)
  • Aug 3 Morris "B. B." Dickerson, American bassist (War, Low Rider, Outlaw), born in Torrence, California
  • Aug 7 Carlo Novi, Mexican songwriter and saxopone player (Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes), born in Mexico City (d. 2010)
  • Aug 8 Airrion Love, US singer (Stylistics-16 Bars)
  • Aug 10 Gene Johnson, Sugar Grove Pa, singer (Diamond Rio-Meet in the Middle)
  • Aug 11 Eric Carmen, rocker (All by Myself), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Aug 12 Mark Knopfler, British musician (Dire Straits), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Aug 13 Sheralee, vocalist (Your Hit Parade), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Aug 15 Kate Taylor, American singer-songwriter (It's in His Kiss), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Aug 16 Bill "Sputnik" Spooner, American rock guitarist (The Tubes), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Aug 16 Scott Asheton, American musician (The Stooges)
  • Aug 17 Sib Hashian, rock drummer (Boston), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Aug 18 Nigel Griggs, rocker (Split Enz)
  • Aug 20 Phil Lynott, Irish rock musician (Thin Lizzy), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1986)
  • Aug 20 Nikolas Asimos, Greek composer and singer (d. 1988)
  • Aug 23 Rick Springfield [Richard Lewis Springthorpe], Australian singer and multi-instrumentalist (Zoot, Speak to the Sky), born in Guildford, New South Wales
  • Aug 23 John Bauldie, British music journalist, born in Bolton, England (d. 1996)
  • Aug 23 Rick Springfield, Australian singer (General Hospital, Jessie's Girl), born in Balmain, New South Wales, Australia
  • Aug 23 Woody Paul, [Paul Chrisman], singer (Riders in the Sky), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Aug 23 Katiana Balanika, Greek actress and singer
  • Aug 24 Stephen Harrison Paulus, composer
  • Aug 25 Gene Simmons [Chaim Witz], Israeli-American rock guitarist (KISS, Rock and Roll All Nite), born in Tirat Carmel, Israel
  • Aug 25 Fariborz Lachini, Iranian-Canadian composer, born in Tehran, Iran
  • Aug 26 Leon Redbone [Dickran Gobalian], American blues and jazz musician (Seduced, Theme to Mr. Belvedere), born in Cyprus
  • Aug 27 Edith Valckaert, Belgian violinist
  • Aug 27 Jeff Cook, Fort Payne Ala, country guitar/vocalist (Alabama-Mt Music)
  • Aug 28 Hugh Cornwell, English rocker (The Stranglers-Dreamtime), born in Tufnell Park, North London, England
  • Aug 28 Dennis Davis, American drummer (David Bowie), born in New York City (d. 2016)
  • Aug 29 Peter John Wiegold, English composer, born in Ilford, Essex
  • Aug 30 Peter Maffay, Romanian-German musician, born in Brașov, Romania
  • Aug 31 Rick Roberts, rocker (Firefall)
  • Sep 2 Albert West[laken], Dutch singer (Dumb Willie)
  • Sep 4 [Adolf] Dado Topić, Croatian musician (Time, Dragonfly), born in Siverić)
  • Sep 5 David "Clem" Clempson, English rocker (Humble Pie), born in Tamworth, Staffordshire
  • Sep 6 Jimmy Litherland, English rocker (Mitarbeit), born in Salford, Lancashire, England
  • Sep 7 Gloria Gaynor, American disco singer (I Will Survive), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Sep 10 Barriemore Barlow, rocker (Jethro Tull)
  • Sep 12 Tony Stevens, English rocker (Foghat, Savoy Brown), born in London
  • Sep 13 Craig McGregor, American rocker (Foghat), born in Sioux City, Iowa
  • Sep 14 Steve Gaines, American rock vocalist and guitarist (Lynyrd Skynyrd), born in Seneca, Missouri (d. 1977)
  • Sep 14 Tommy Seebach, Danish musician (d. 2003)
  • Sep 14 Eikichi Yazawa, Japanese singer and songwriter, born in Hiroshima, Japan
  • Sep 14 Edward "Ed" King, American psychedelic rock musician (Strawberry Alarm Clock, Lynyrd Skynyrd), born in Glendale, California (d. 2018)
  • Sep 18 Kerry Livgren, American rock guitarist (Kansas), born in Topeka, Kansas
  • Sep 20 Jan Hendriks, guitarist (Doe Maar)
  • Sep 22 David Coverdale, English singer (Whitesnake, Deep Purple), born in Saltburn-by-the-Sea, England