On This Day

January 1939 in Music History

Events in Music

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 4 Jon Appleton, composer
  • Jan 7 David Buchan, ethno-musicologist
  • Jan 10 Scott McKenzie, American singer (San Francisco), born in Jacksonville Beach, Florida (d. 2012)
  • Jan 15 Christopher Steel, British composer ("Changing Moods"; "The Morning Stars Sang Together"), born in London (d. 1992)
  • Jan 16 Ramon "Ray" Philips, Welsh rock singer (Nashville Teens - "Tobacco Road"), born in Tiger Bay, South Wales

Person of interestPhil Everly

Jan 19 Phil Everly, American rock and roll singer-guitarist (The Everly Brothers - "Bye, Bye Love"; "Wake Up Little Susie"; "When WIll I Be Loved"),, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2014)

Singer Phil Everly
Singer
Phil Everly
  • Jan 23 Ray Elliott, Irish rock pianist & saxophonist (Them), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Jan 24 Ray Stevens, American singer (Ahab the Arab, Streak), born in Clarkdale, Georgia
  • Jan 26 Marshall Leib [Leibovitz], American pop singer (Teddy Bears - "To Know Him Is To Love Him"), and record producer, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2002)
  • Jan 27 Tigran Yegiayi Mansuryan, composer
  • Jan 31 Claude Gauthier, Canadian folk singer-songwriter, and actor, born in Lac-Saguay, Quebec

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 9 Johann Strauss, Austrian conductor and Royal ball director, dies at 72
  • Jan 10 Julius Bittner, Austrian composer (Missa Austriaca), dies at 64