On This Day

Year 1939 in Music History (Part 2)

Events in Music


Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 220

  • 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, English rock drummer (Procol Harum-Conquistador)
  • 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)
  • Jul 1 Delaney Bramlett, American rocker (Shindogs, Delaney & Bonnie), born in Pontotoc, Mississippi (d. 2008)
  • Jul 2 Paul Williams, American baritone singer and choreographer (The Temptations - Cloud Nine), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1973)
  • Jul 6 Jet Harris [Terence Harris], English rock bassist (Drifters), born in London, England (d. 2011)
  • Jul 10 Mavis Staples, American gospel singer (The Staple Singers), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jul 14 Karel Gott, Czech singer 'Sinatra of the East', born in Pilsen, Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia (d. 2019)
  • Jul 15 William David Hellerman, composer
  • Jul 16 William Bell, American singer (Tryin' to Love Two), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Jul 16 Denise LaSalle [Ora Denise Allen], American blues and R&B singer recognized as the "Queen of the Blues" (Trapped by a Thing Called Love), born in Leflore County, Mississippi (d. 2018)
  • Jul 17 Spencer Davis [Davies], English guitarist (Spencer Davis Group - "Gimme Some Lovin'"), born in Swansea, Wales (d. 2020)
  • Jul 18 Brian Auger, English fusion keyboardist (Befour, Genesis), born in London, England
  • Jul 18 Dion DiMucci, American rocker (Dion & Belmonts-Teenager in Love), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Jul 25 Richard Akre Trythall, American composer, born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Jul 29 Annea Lockwood, American composer (Piano Burning), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Jul 31 John R. West, rock guitarist (Gary Lewis & Playboys-This Diamond Ring), born in Uhrichsville, Ohio
  • Aug 4 Frankie Ford [Frank Guzzo], rock vocalist (Sea Cruise), born in Gretna, Louisiana, (d. 2015)
  • Aug 6 William "Sonny" Sanders, American songwriter, arranger and producer (Jackie Wilson), born in Chicago, illinois (d. 2016)
  • Aug 8 Philip E Baisley, Augusta Va, singer (Statler Bros-Class of '57)
  • Aug 8 William Alden Hibbard, composer
  • Aug 9 Billy Henderson, American singer (The Spinners - "The Rubberband Man"), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 2007)
  • Aug 9 Max Neuhaus, American classical musician and experimental percussionist (sound sculptures), born in Beaumont, Texas (d. 2009)
  • Aug 11 Attila Bozay, composer
  • Aug 11 Ronnie Dawson, American rockabilly guitarist (Rockabilly Hall of Fame, 1998), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2003) [1]
  • Aug 15 Herman van Keeken, Dutch singer (Daddy Don't Run So Fast), born in Hilversum, Netherlands (d. 1995)
  • Aug 16 Eric Weissberg, American singer and musician (Duelling Banjos), born in New York (d. 2020)
  • Aug 16 Billy Joe Shaver, American country singer-songwriter (When I Get My Wings), born in Corsicana, Texas (d. 2020)
  • Aug 17 Luther Allison, American rock guitarist (Bad News is Coming), born in Mayflower Arkansas
  • Aug 18 Johnny Preston, American singer (Running Bear), born in Port Arthur, Texas (d. 2011)
  • Aug 19 [Peter] Ginger Baker, English drummer (Cream), born in London, England (d. 2019)
  • Aug 21 Ernie Maresca, American singer and songwriter (Runaround Sue; The Wanderer), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2015)
  • Aug 21 Harold Reid, American country bass vocalist (Statler Brothers - "Bed Of Rose's"), born in Staunton, Virginia (d. 2020)
  • Aug 21 James Burton, American guitarist (Ricky Nelson; Elvis Presley; Elvis Costello), born in Dubberly, Louisiana
  • Aug 22 Candido Lima, Portuguese composer, born in Viana do Castelo, Portugal
  • Aug 26 Fred Milano, American doo-wop singer (Dion & The Belmonts), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2012)
  • Aug 27 Edward Patten, American soul singer (Gladys Knight & the Pips), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2005)
  • Aug 28 Clem Cattini, English rock drummer (The Tornados), born in Stoke Newington, North London
  • Aug 31 Jerry Allison, American rock drummer, and songwriter (Buddy Holly & Crickets - "That'll Be The Day"), born in Hillsboro, Texas
  • Aug 31 Jim McCrary, American photographer (album covers such as Tapestry, Ticket to Ride), born in Los Angeles (d. 2012)
  • Aug 31 Paul Winter, American new age music saxophonist, composer, and bandleader (The Paul Winter Consort), born in Altoona, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 2 Bobby Purify [Robert Lee Dickey], American soul singer (I'm Your Puppet), born in Tallahassee, Florida (d. 2011)
  • Sep 2 Sam Gooden, rock vocalist (Impressions-Gypsy Woman), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Sep 5 John Stewart, American singer and songwriter (Kingston Trio, 1961-67; "Daydream Believer"), born in San Diego, California
  • Sep 6 David Allan Coe, American country musician (Mysterious Rhinestone Cowboy), born in Akron, Ohio
  • Sep 7 [Benjamin] Latimore, American blues singer and piano player (Let's Straighten It Out), born in Charleston, Tennessee
  • Sep 8 Guitar Shorty [David William Kearney], American blues musician, born in Houston, Texas
  • Sep 10 Artie Tripp, American rocker (Mothers Of Invention), born in Athens, Ohio
  • Sep 10 Cynthia Lennon [nee Powell], wife of Beatle John Lennon, born in Blackpool, Lancashire (d. 2015)
  • Sep 12 Phillip Ramey, American composer, born in Elmhurst, Illinois
  • Sep 17 Joseph Mosikili, American-born South African broadway actor and singer, born in Amarillo, Texas
  • Sep 17 Lamonte McLemore, American rock vocalist (5th Dimension), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Sep 17 Shelby Flint, American singer-songwriter (Angel on My Shoulder, Cast Your Fate to the Wind), born in North Hollywood, California
  • Sep 18 Naresh Sohal, Indian composer, born in Punjab, India
  • Sep 21 Trevor James Hold, British composer, writer, and musicologist (John Clare Songbook), born in Northampton, England (d. 2004)
  • Sep 23 Roy Buchanan, American blues guitarist, born in Ozark, Arkansas (d. 1988)
  • Sep 24 Sonny Turner, American singer (The Platters, The Metrotones), born in Fairmont, West Virginia
  • Sep 25 "Sweet Joe" Russell, American a cappella singer (The Persuasions - Slip Sliding Away, born in Henderson, North Carolina (d. 2012)
  • Sep 29 Tommy Boyce, American songwriter (Boyce & Hart, Monkees), born in Charlottesville, Virginia (d. 1994)
  • Oct 2 Lolly Vegas [Candido Vasquez], American rock singer (Redbone - "Come And Get Your Love"), born in Coalinga, California (d. 2010)
  • Oct 5 Marie Laforêt, French singer and actress, born in Soulac-sur-Mer, Gironde France
  • Oct 7 Colin Cooper, British vocalist and harmonica player (Climax Blues Band - "Couldn't Get It Right"), born in Stafford, England (d. 2008)
  • Oct 7 Joel Brodsky, American photographer, credited with photographing over 400 album covers, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2007)
  • Oct 8 Armando Gentilucci, Italian composer, born in Lecce, Italy (d. 1989)
  • Oct 8 Andrew William Thomas, American composer (Three Transformations), born in Ithaca, New York
  • Oct 9 O. V. [Overton Vertis] Wright, American singer, born in Lenow, Tennessee, (d. 1980)
  • Oct 11 Woytec Lowski [Woiciech Wiesidlowski], Polish dancer and ballet master, born in Brzesc, Poland (d. 1995)
  • Oct 18 William "Billy" Cox, American bass player (performed with Jimi Hendrix), born in Wheeling, West Virginia
  • Oct 20 Jay Siegel, rock bassist (Tokens-Lion Sleeps Tonight), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Oct 20 Raymond Jones, British keyboardist and songwriter, born in Oldham
  • Oct 22 Ray Jones, rock bassist (Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas)
  • Oct 23 Charlie Foxx, American soul songwriter, guitarist, and singer (Mockingbird), born in Greensboro, North Carolina (d. 1998)
  • Oct 24 Uri Sharvit, Israeli composer, born in Jerusalem
  • Oct 30 Eddie Holland, American singer and songwriter (Jamie, Leaving Here), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Oct 30 Grace Slick, American rock vocalist (Jefferson Airplane - "White Rabbit"), born in Highland Park, Illinois
  • Oct 30 Norman West, American singer (Soul Children, Hearsay, Give 'em Love)
  • Oct 31 Ali Farka Touré, Malian musician, born in Timbuktu Region, Mali (d. 2006)
  • Nov 7 Daniel Manneke, Dutch composer and organist, born in Kruiningen, Netherlands
  • Nov 10 Tommy "Bubba" Facenda, American rock and roll artist (High School U.S.A.), born in Portsmouth, Virginia
  • Nov 10 Russell Means, Native American activist, actor, writer, and musician, born in Porcupine, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota (d. 2012)
  • Nov 12 Lucia Popp, Slovakian soprano (d. 1993)
  • Nov 13 Idris Muhammad [Leo Morris], American jazz drummer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2014)
  • Nov 14 [Walter] Wendy Carlos, American musician and composer (Switched-On Bach), born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island
  • Nov 16 Henrik Otto Donner, Finnish trumpeter, and avant garde and film score composer, born in Tampere, Finland (d. 2013)
  • Nov 18 Tom Johnson, American composer (Nine Bells), born in Greeley, Colorado
  • Nov 19 Warren "Pete" Moore, American singer (Miracles - "Tears of a Clown"), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Nov 20 Dick Smothers, American comedian and folk singer (The Smothers Brothers Show), born in NYC, New York
  • Nov 23 Betty Everett, American singer (Getting Mighty Crowded)
  • Nov 24 Jim Yester, rock vocalist/guitarist (Association), born in Birmingham, Alabama

Person of interestTina Turner

Nov 26 Tina Turner [Anna Mae Bullock], American singer (Proud Mary), born in Nutbush, Tennessee

Singer Tina Turner
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  • Nov 26 David White, American singer and songwriter (Danny And The Juniors - "At The Hop": Leslie Gore - "You Don't Own Me"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2019)
  • Nov 28 Gary Troxel, rocker (The Fleetwoods), born in Centralia, Washington
  • Nov 29 Meco [Domenico Monardo], American musician and record producer (Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk), born in Johnsonburg, Pennsylvania
  • Dec 1 Dianne Lennon, singer (Lennon Sisters), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 5 Frédéric van Rossum, Belgian composer, born in Ixelles, Belgium
  • Dec 6 Tomés Svoboda, Czech composer (Etude), born in Paris, France

Weddings in Music


Deaths in Music