On This Day

June 1939 in Music

Events in Music

  • Jun 3 Beer Barrel Polka hits #1 on the pop singles chart by Will Glahe

Birthdays in Music

  • Jun 2 Charles Miller, rock flutist/saxophonist (War)
  • Jun 3 David Frederick Stock, composer
  • Jun 3 Ian Hunter, English rock musician (Mott the Hoople), born in Oswestry, England
  • Jun 6 Gary U.S. Bonds [Gary Anderson], American blues singer and songwriter (New Orleans), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Jun 6 Louis Andriessen, Dutch composer (Reconstruction), born in Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Jun 8 William "Bill" Watrous, American jazz trombonist, born in Middletown, Connecticut (d. 2018)
  • Jun 9 Ileana CotrubaƟ, Romanian soprano
  • Jun 11 Wilma Burgess, American country-pop singer, born in Orlando, Florida
  • Jun 11 Bernard Purdie, American session drummer, born in Elkton, Maryland
  • Jun 16 Billy "Crash" Craddock, American country singer (Boom Boom Baby, Rub It In), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Jun 17 James Gadson, American drummer and session musician, born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Jun 19 Al Wilson, American singer (Show and Tell, The Snake), born in Meridian, Mississippi (d. 2008)
  • Jun 21 Charles Boone, American composer, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Jun 22 Bobby Harrison, England, rock drummer (Procol Harum-Conquistador)
  • Jun 25 Harold Melvin, American singer (Blue Notes), born in Philadelphia (d. 1997)
  • Jun 27 R. D. Burman, Indian film score composer (1942: A Love Story), born in Calcutta, Bengal Presidency, British India (d. 1994)
  • Jun 30 Lindembergue Cardoso, Brazilian composer, born in Livramento de Nossa Senhora, State of Bahia, Brazil (d. 1989)

Deaths in Music

  • Jun 4 Tommy Ladnier, American jazz musician, dies at 39
  • Jun 16 Chick Webb, American jazz drummer and big band leader (b. 1905)
  • Jun 18 Frans "Sas" van Aerschot, Flemish operetta actor (Paljas), dies at 73