On This Day

June 1939 in Music History

Events in Music

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

Birthdays in Music

  • Jun 2 Charles Miller, American rock-funk flutist, saxophonist, and singer (War - "Why Can't We Be Friends?"; "Low Rider"), born in Olathe, Kansas (d. 1980)
  • Jun 2 Janie Bradford, American songwriter for Motown ("Money (That's What I Want)"), born in Charleston, Missouri
  • Jun 3 Ian Hunter, English rock singer (Mott the Hoople - "All The Young Dudes"; "Roll Away The Stone"), born in Oswestry, England
  • Jun 3 David Stock, American composer (Rosewood Reflections), and conductor (Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, 1976-99), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2015)
  • Jun 6 Gary U.S. Bonds [Anderson], American blues singer and songwriter (New Orleans), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Jun 6 Louis Andriessen, Dutch composer (Reconstruction), born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 2021)
  • Jun 6 Richard "Popcorn" Wylie, American R&B and soul pianist, bandleader, songwriter, and record producer, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2008)
  • Jun 7 Yuli Turovsky, Russian-Canadian cellist (Borodin Trio, 1976-91), conductor (I Musici de Montreal Chamber Orchestra, 1983-2011), and teacher, born in Moscow, USSR (d. 2013)
  • Jun 7 Eri Klas, Estonian conductor (Netherlands Radio Symphony; Aarhus Symphony; Estonian National Opera, 1975-95), and educator, born in Tallinn, Estonia (d. 2016)
  • Jun 8 William "Bill" Watrous, American jazz trombonist, born in Middletown, Connecticut (d. 2018)
  • Jun 8 Laurence Cook, American jazz drummer, percussionist, and avant garde composer, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jun 9 Ileana Cotrubaş, Romanian soprano, born in Galați, Romania
  • Jun 11 Wilma Burgess, American country-pop singer ("Misty Blue"), born in Orlando, Florida (d. 2003)
  • Jun 11 Bernard Purdie, American jazz and 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, British rock drummer (Procol Harum, 1967), born in West Ham, England
  • Jun 25 Harold Melvin, American soul and R&B singer (The Blue Notes - "If You Don't Know Me By Now") , 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 trumpeter (Lovie Austin; King Oliver; New Orleans Feetwarmers; Noble Sissle; Sidney Bechet), dies of a heart attack at 39
  • Jun 16 Chick Webb, American jazz drummer and big band leader (introduced Ella Fitzgerald), dies of Pott's disease (tuberculosis of the spine), at 34
  • Jun 18 Frans "Sas" van Aerschot, Flemish operetta actor (Paljas), dies at 73