January 1939 in Music History

Events in Music

Music Premiere

Jan 20 Charles Ives' 1st Sonata "Concord" premieres

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 3 (Gwendolyn) Dianne Brooks, American R&B, jazz, session and touring vocalist (Three Playmates - "Sugah Wooga"; solo - "Walking On My Mind"; Anne Murray), born in New Jersey (d. 2005)
  • Jan 4 Jon Appleton, American electronic and electro-acoustic music composer, educator, and co-developer of the Synclavier, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2022)
  • 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

Phil Everly (1939-2014)

Jan 19 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

  • Jan 23 Ray Elliott, Irish rock and jazz saxophonist, flutist, and keyboard player (Them), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 1993)

Ray Stevens (84 years old)

Jan 24 American country, pop, and novelty singer-songwriter ("Ahab the Arab"; "Everything Is Beautiful"; "The 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 30 Norma Tanega, American folk and pop singer-songwriter, guitarist ("Walkin' My Cat Named Dog"; "You're Dead"), percussionist, and painter, born in Vallejo, California (d. 2019)
  • 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 (Little Violet; Missa Austriaca), dies at 64