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June 1938 in Music History

Events in Music

Music release#1 in the Charts

Jun 25 "A Tisket A Tasket" by Ella Fitzgerald with Chick Webb hits #1

Jazz Musician Ella Fitzgerald
Jazz Musician
Ella Fitzgerald

Birthdays in Music

  • Jun 4 Simeon Coxe, American songwriter, singer and psychedelic synthesizer player (Silver Apples), born in Knoxville, Tennessee (d. 2020)
  • Jun 7 Idris Sardi, Indonesian violinist and composer, noted for his film scores, born in Jakarta, Indonesia (d. 2014)
  • Jun 9 Charles Wuorinen, American composer (Pulitzer 1980), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 13 Gwynne Howell, Welsh operatic bass, born in Gorseinon, Wales
  • Jun 14 Julie Felix, American-born British-based folk-rock singer-songwriter, and BBC presenter (The Frost Report; Once More With Felix), born in Santa Barbara, California (d. 2020)
  • Jun 15 Tony Oxley, British free-jazz and avant-garde drummer, born in Sheffield, England
  • Jun 15 Aron Burton, American electric and Chicago blues bass guitarist, singer, and songwriter, born in Senatobia, Mississippi (d. 2016)
  • Jun 16 Mickie Finn, American banjo player, and TV hostess (Mickie Finn's), born in Hugo, Oklahoma
  • Jun 16 Robert Gutter, American conductor and teacher (founded International Institute for Conductors, 1996), born in New York City (d. 2017)
  • Jun 18 Don "Sugarcane" Harris, American rock guitarist and electric violin pioneer (Don & Dewey; Frank Zappa), born in Pasadena, California (d. 1999)
  • Jun 20 Nikolay Avksentevich Martinov, composer
  • Jun 20 Mickie Most [Michael Hayes], British record producer (Herman's Hermits, The Nashville Teens, Donovan, Lulu), born in Aldershot, Hampshire, England (d. 2003)
  • Jun 23 Alan Vega [Bermowitz] American punk rock vocalist (Suicide - "Ghost Rider"; "Dream Baby Dream"; Cubist Blues), and visual artist, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2016)
  • Jun 24 Lowell Cross, American electronic music composer, instrument maker and laser light show inventor, born in Kingsville, Texas
  • Jun 24 Edmund Falkiner, jazz saxophinist and probation officer (d. 1997)
  • Jun 26 Billy Davis Jr, American pop singer (5th Dimension - "Up, Up And Away"), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Jun 27 Tommy Cannon [Derbyshire], English comedian and singer ("Cannon and Ball"), born in Oldham, Lancashire, England
  • Jun 29 Billy Storm [Spicer], American singer (Valiants - "This Is The Night"), born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 2000)
  • Jun 30 Chris Hinze, Dutch flutist (Vivat Vivaldi), born in Hilversum, North Holland, Netherlands
  • Jun 30 Apostolos Nikolaidis, Greek singer (first Greek artist to record or re-record the authentic, "prohibited" rebetika songs in the early 1970s with their original lyrics), born in Drama, Greece(d. 1999)

Deaths in Music

Person of interestJames Weldon Johnson

Jun 26 James Weldon Johnson, American Harlem Renaissance poet, lyricist ("Lift Every Voice And Sing"), civil rights activist, and leader of the NAACP, dies in a car crash at 67

Writer and Civil Rights Activist James Weldon Johnson
Writer and Civil Rights Activist
James Weldon Johnson