On This Day

Year 1938 in Music History (Part 2)

Events in Music


Birthdays in Music

  • Jul 16 Thorkell Sigurbjörnsson, Icelandic composer, born in Reykjavik (d. 2013)
  • Jul 18 Dudu Pukwana [Mtutuzel], South African saxophonist and composer, born in Walmer Township, Port Elizabeth, South Africa (d. 1990)
  • Jul 18 Ian Stewart, Scottish keyboardist, road manager, and co-founder of the Rolling Stones, born in Pittenweem, Fife, Scotland (d. 1985)
  • Jul 20 Natalie Wood [Natasha Gurdin], American actress (Gypsy, Rebel Without a Cause, West Side Story), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1981)
  • Jul 21 Anton Kuerti, Canadian composer, born in Vienna, Austria
  • Jul 24 Mike Mainieri, American vibraphonist (Steps Ahead), born in the Bronx, New York
  • Jul 26 Bobby Hebb, American country singer and songwriter (Sunny), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2010)
  • Jul 27 Isabelle Aubret [Thérèse Coquerelle], French singer (Un premier amour), born in Lille, France
  • Jul 28 George Cummings, American rocker (Dr Hook & Medicine Show), born in Meridian, Mississippi
  • Jul 28 Arsen Dedić, Croatian singer-songwriter and poet, born in Šibenik, Kingdom of Yugoslavia (d. 2015)
  • Aug 1 Paddy Moloney, Irish musician, composer and producer (The Chieftains), born in Donnycarney, Dublin
  • Aug 6 Igor Mikhailovich Luchenok, Belarusian composer and teacher, born in Minsk, Belarus (d. 2018)
  • Aug 8 Connie Stevens [Concetta Ingoglia], singer/actress (Hawaiian Eye, Back to Beach), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Aug 8 Jacques Hétu, Canadian composer, born in Trois-Rivières, Quebec (d. 2010)
  • Aug 11 Rainer Boesch, composer
  • Aug 13 Dave "Baby" Cortez [Clowney], American pop keyboardist (The Happy Organ), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Aug 15 Nesbert "Stix" Hooper, American jazz drummer (The Crusaders), born in Houston, Texas

Person of interestKenny Rogers

Aug 21 Kenny Rogers, American singer-songwriter (The Gambler, Through the Years) and entrepreneur (Kenny Rogers Roasters), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2020)

Country Singer Kenny Rogers
Country Singer
Kenny Rogers
  • Aug 22 Dale Hawkins, American rock singer and songwriter (Susie Q), born in St. Mary Parish, Louisiana (d. 2010)
  • Aug 23 Roger Greenaway, English composer and record producer (I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing), born in Fishponds, England
  • Aug 24 David Freiberg, American rock bassist (Quicksilver Messenger, Jefferson Airplane/Starship - "Jane"), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Aug 24 Mason Williams, American musician, songwriter, author and photographer ("Classical Gas", Smother Brothers Comedy Hour), born in Abilene, Texas
  • Aug 24 Charles Calello, American composer, conductor, arranger (The Four Seasons; Sinatra; Streisand; Springsteen), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Aug 26 Jet Black, English drummer, one of the founding members of The Stranglers
  • Aug 28 Beatricce "Beebe" Freitas [nee Botty], American pianist, organist, and voice teacher (Hawaii Opera Theatre), born in Youngstown, Ohio (d. 2018)
  • Sep 6 Joan Tower, American composer (Breakfast Rhythms), born in New Rochelle, New York
  • Sep 6 Henry Diltz, American music photographer (Woodstock; Monterey Pop Festival; album covers), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Sep 11 Charles Patrick, American rocker (The Monotones)
  • Sep 12 Judy Clay [Guions], American soul and gospel singer, born in St Paul, North Carolina (d. 2001)
  • Sep 12 Tatiana Troyanos, American mezzo-soprano (Octavian-Der Rosenleavalier), born in NYC, New York
  • Sep 19 Zygmunt Krauze, Polish composer, born in Warsaw, Poland
  • Sep 19 Bra Willie [Keorapetse Kgositsile], South African poet and political activist (Point of Departure: Fire Dance Fire Song), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 2018)
  • Sep 20 Eric Gale, American jazz guitarist (Negril, Stuff), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1994)
  • Sep 20 Jane Manning, English soprano, born in Norwich
  • Sep 21 Atli Heimir Sveinsson, Icelandic composer, born in Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Sep 21 Yūji Takahashi, Japanese pianist and composer, born in Japan
  • Sep 24 Steve Douglas [Kreisman], American session and touring saxophonist and flautist (Phil Spector; Duane Eddy; Beach Boys), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1993)
  • Sep 28 Ben E. King [Benjamin Earl Nelson], American soul singer ("Stand by Me"), born in Henderson, North Carolina (d. 2015)
  • Oct 3 Eddie Cochran, American rock vocalist and guitarist ("Summertime Blues"; "C'Mon Everybody"), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 1960)
  • Oct 3 Tereza Kesovija, Croatian singer, born in Konavle, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
  • Oct 5 Carlo Mastrangelo, Italian-American rocker (Dion & The Belmonts), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2016)
  • Oct 10 Gloria Coates, American post-minimalist composer, born in Wausau, Wisconsin
  • Oct 15 Marv Johnson, American gospel and R&B singer (Move 2 mountains), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1993)
  • Oct 15 Rafael Aponte-Ledeé, Puerto Rican composer, born in Guayama, Puerto Rico
  • Oct 15 Fela Kuti, Nigerian Afrobeat musician and composer, born in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria (d. 1997)
  • Oct 16 Nico [Christa Päffgen], German singer-songwriter (Velvet Underground), fashion model, and actress, born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1988)
  • Oct 18 Ronnie Bright, American doo-wop bass vocalist (Johnny Cymbal's "Mr. Bass Man"; The Coasters, 1968-2009), born in New York City (d. 2015)
  • Oct 24 Fred E. Finn, American pianist (Mickie Finn's), born in San Francisco, California
  • Oct 27 Elliot del Borgo, American music educator (SUNY/Crane School of Music, 1966-95) and composer (1980 Winter Olympics), born in Port Chester, New York (d. 2013)
  • Oct 29 Peter Stampfel, American musician and songwriter (The Holy Modal Rounders), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Nov 2 Jay Black, American singer (Jay and the Americans), born in NYC, New York
  • 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), born in Kidderminster, England (d. 2013)
  • Nov 12 Mort Shuman, American singer-songwriter (Viva Las Vegas), born in NYC, New York (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

Person of interestGordon Lightfoot

Nov 17 Gordon Lightfoot, Canadian folksinger (Sundown), born in Orillia, Ontario

Singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot
Singer-songwriter
Gordon Lightfoot
  • Nov 19 Hank Medress, American doo-wop vocalist (Tokens - "The Lion Sleeps Tonight"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2007)
  • Dec 1 Sandy Nelson, Santa Monica, 50s rocker (Teen Beat, All Night Long)
  • Dec 3 José Serebrier, Uruguayan conductor and composer (Star Wagon; Passacaglia and Perpetuum Mobile), born in Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Dec 4 Yvonne Minton, Australian-British soprano, born in Sydney, Australia
  • Dec 5 J. J. Cale, American rock guitarist (After Midnight), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 2013)
  • Dec 9 William Thomas McKinley, American composer and jazz pianist, born in New Kensington, Pennsylvania (d. 2015)
  • Dec 10 Yuri Temirkanov, Russian conductor (Kirov), born in Nalchik, Russia
  • Dec 11 Enrico Macias, Algerian-French singer, born in Constantine, Algeria
  • Dec 11 McCoy Tyner, American jazz pianist (John Coltrane Quartet), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2020)
  • Dec 12 Joel Chadabe, American composer, born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 13 Alvin Curran, American composer, born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • Dec 13 Tony Gomez, British rocker (Foundations), born in Colombo, Ceylon (d. 2015)
  • Dec 17 Carlo Little, English drummer (d. 2005)
  • Dec 18 [Bryan] Chas Chandler, English rock bassist (The Animals-House of the Rising Sun) and manager of Jimi Hendrix, born in Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Dec 20 John Harris Harbison, American composer (The Flight into Egypt), born in Orange, New Jersey
  • Dec 25 David Borden, composer
  • Dec 28 Dick Sudhalter, American jazz trumpeter, and writer, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2008)

Weddings in Music


Divorces in Music


Deaths in Music