On This Day

November 1938 in Music History

Birthdays in Music

  • Nov 2 Jay Black [David Blatt], American pop singer (Jay and the Americans - “Come A Little Bit Closer”; “This Magic Moment”), born in Brooklyn, New York City (d. 2021)
  • Nov 4 Harry Elston, American R&B singer (Friends of Distinction), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Nov 5 Joe Dassin, French-American singer (Les Champs-Élysées), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1980)
  • Nov 6 P. J. Proby [James Marcus Smith], American singer, songwriter and actor (Hold Me, Three Week Hero), born in Houston, Texas
  • Nov 6 Jim Pike, American singer (The Lettermen), born in Missouri (d. 2019)
  • Nov 7 Dee Clark, American singer ("Raindrops"), born in Blytheville, Arkansas (d. 1990)
  • Nov 8 Richard Stoker, British composer, born in Castleford, Yorkshire
  • Nov 10 Hein van Royen, Dutch director of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (1974-91), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1991)
  • Nov 11 Narvel Felts, American country singer (Reconsider Me), born in Keiser, Arkansas
  • Nov 11 Roger Lavern [Jackson], English rock keyboardist (Tornados - "Telstar"), born in Kidderminster, England (d. 2013)
  • Nov 12 Mort Shuman, American singer, and songwriter, with Doc Pomus ("Viva Las Vegas"; "Save The Last Dance For Me"), born in New York City (d. 1991)
  • Nov 13 Adrian Barber, British musician and producer, born in Ilkley, United Kingdom
  • Nov 16 Richard Landry, American composer, born in Cecilia, Louisiana
  • Nov 16 Toni Brown, American guitarist, singer and keyboardist (Joy of Cooking)
  • Nov 17 Alvaro Leon Cassuto, composer

Gordon Lightfoot

Nov 17 Gordon Lightfoot, Canadian folksinger ("Sundown"; "The Wreck of The Edmund Fitzgerald"), born in Orillia, Ontario

  • Nov 19 Henry "Hank" Medress, American doo-wop singer (The Tokens - "The Lion Sleeps Tonight"), and record producer (The Chiffons; Tony Orlando & Dawn), born in Brooklyn, New York City (d. 2007)

Deaths in Music

  • Nov 21 Leopold Godowsky, Polish pianist and composer (Java Suite, 53 Studies on Chopin's Études) dies of stomach cancer at 68