On This Day

June 1940 in Music History

Birthdays in Music

  • Jun 4 Dorothy Rudd Moore, African-American composer (Songs from the Dark Tower; Dirge and Deliverance), born in New Castle, Delaware
  • Jun 5 Moira Anderson, Scottish singer ("Loch Lomond"), born in Kirkintilloch, Scotland
  • Jun 6 Phillip Rhodes, American composer, born in Forest City, North Carolina

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Jun 7 Tom Jones [Woodward], Welsh pop singer ("What's New, Pussycat?"; "Delilah"), and TV personality (The Voice UK), born in Pontypridd, Wales

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  • Jun 8 Nancy Sinatra, American singer ("These Boots Are Made for Walkin'"; "Something Stupid"), and daughter of Frank Sinatra, born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Jun 8 Sherman Garnes, American rock vocalist (Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers), born in NYC, New York (d. 1977)
  • Jun 10 John William Stevens, jazz drummer
  • Jun 11 Joey Dee [DiNicola] American singer (The Starliters - "Peppermint Twist"), born in Passaic, New Jersey
  • Jun 13 Bobby Freeman, American rock, soul and R&B singer ("Do You Want to Dance"), born in Northern California (d. 2017)
  • Jun 14 Dary John Mizelle, American composer, born in Stillwater, Oklahoma
  • Jun 15 Willem Frederik Bon, Dutch composer and pedagogue (Les Prédictions), born in Amersfoort, Utrecht, the Netherlands (d. 1983)
  • Jun 17 Chuck Rainey, American jazz and session bassist (Steely Dan, Quincy Jones; Aretha Franklin; Mose Allison), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Jun 17 Alton Kelley, American graphic artist, known for concert posters and album cover art (Grateful Dead -"Workingman's Dead"; Steve Miller Band - "Book of Dreams" ), born in Houlton, Maine (d. 2008)
  • Jun 23 Diana Trask, Australia, singer (Sing Along With Mitch)
  • Jun 23 Stuart Sutcliffe, Scottish rocker who was the original bassist for the Beatles, born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1962)
  • Jun 23 Adam Faith, English singer and actor (d. 2003)
  • Jun 25 Clint Warwick [Albert Eccles], English bassist (Moody Blues, 1964-66 - "Go Now"), born in Birmingham, England (d. 2004)
  • Jun 25 Mary Beth Peil, American actress and singer (Mirrors, Dawson's Creek, The Stepford Wives), born in Davenport, Iowa
  • Jun 29 Vyacheslav Artyomov, Russian composer, born in Moscow
  • Jun 30 Mark Spoelstra, American folk singer and songwriter, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2007)

Deaths in Music

  • Jun 8 Frederick Converse, American composer (The Pipe of Desire), dies at 69
  • Jun 16 Vitezslava Kapralova, composer, dies at 25
  • Jun 19 Maurice Jaubert, French composer and soldier, dies a few hours after being fatally wounded in action at 40
  • Jun 20 Jehan Alain, French organist/composer, dies in battle at 29