On This Day

Year 1940 in Music History (Part 2)

Events in Music


Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 208

  • Jun 30 Mark Spoelstra, American folk singer and songwriter, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2007)
  • Jul 3 Jerry "The Geator" Blavat, American disc jockey and music promoter, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania [1]
  • Jul 3 Fontella Bass, American R&B and soul singer and songwriter (Rescue Me), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 2012)
  • Jul 4 Dave Rowberry, English rocker (The Animals-House of the Rising Sun), born in Nottingham, England (d. 2003)
  • Jul 5 Arthur Blythe, American jazz saxophonist, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2017)
  • Jul 6 Jeannie Seely, American country music singer (Don't Touch Me), born in Titusville, Pennsylvania

Person of interestRingo Starr

Jul 7 Ringo Starr [Richard Starkey], English drummer and member of The Beatles, born in Liverpool, England

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
  • Jul 10 Helen Donath, American soprano, born in Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Jul 11 Ronnie Mack, American singer-songwriter (He's So Fine), born in Harlem, New York (d. 1963)
  • Jul 16 Tony Jackson, English bass player (The Searchers), born in Dingle, Liverpool, Lancashire (d. 2003)
  • Jul 19 Vikki Carr [Florencia Vicenta de Casillas Martinez Cardona], American singer (Let it Be Him), born in El Paso, Texas
  • Jul 23 Gary Stites, American rock vocalist (Lonely For You), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Jul 26 Dobie Gray [Lawrence Brown], American musician and singer (Drift Away), born in Simonton, Texas (d. 2011)
  • Jul 26 Tolis Voskopoulos, Greek singer (Oi Erastes tou Oneirou), born in Kokkinia, Piraeus, Greece
  • Jul 27 Pina Bausch, German dancer and choreographer, born in Solingen, Germany (d. 2009)
  • Jul 30 Reva Rose, American singer and actress (Temperature's Rising), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 3 Joseph Dorfman, Israeli composer, born in Odessa, Ukraine (d. 2006)
  • Aug 4 Timi Yuro [Rosemary Timothy Yuro], American singer (Hurt), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2004)
  • Aug 4 Larry Knechtel, American session piano and bass player (Simon and Garfunkel; Johnny Rivers), born in Bell, California (d. 2009) [1]
  • Aug 10 Bobby Hatfield, American rocker (Righteous Bros-Unchained Melody), born in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin (d. 2003)
  • Aug 12 Alexander Yossifov, Bulgarian conductor and composer (Back To The Beginning ), born in Sofia, Bulgaria (d. 2016)
  • Aug 12 Tony Allen, Nigerian drummer who pioneered Afrobeat sound, born in Lagos, Nigeria (d. 2020)
  • Aug 12 Rod Bernard, American "swamp pop" singer ("Allons Danser Colinda"), born in Opelousas, Louisiana. (d. 2020)
  • Aug 14 Darrell George "Dash" Crofts, American singer (Seals & Crofts - "Summer Breeze"), born in Cisco, Texas
  • Aug 15 Rita Shane, American soprano, born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2014)
  • Aug 19 Johnny Nash, American rocker (I Can See Clearly Now), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2020)
  • Aug 20 John Lantree, English rocker (The Honeycombs), born in Newbury, Berkshire
  • Aug 24 Tony Secunda, English rock band manager (The Moody Blues), born in Epsom, Surrey, England (d. 1995)
  • Aug 25 José Van Dam, bass-baritone (Francois d'Assisif), born in Brussels, Belgium
  • Aug 27 Warren Harding "Sonny" Sharrock, American jazz guitarist (Last Exit), born on Ossining, New York (d. 1994)
  • Aug 28 Nik Turner, English musician (Hawkwind), born in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
  • Aug 28 (Bhekizizwe) Joseph Shabalala, South African singer, songwriter, founder and musical director of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, born in Ladysmith, South Africa (d. 2020) [1] [2]
  • Sep 2 Jimmy Clanton, Baton Rogue, La, rock vocalist (Just a Dream)
  • Sep 2 Mike Pyne, jazz Pianist
  • Sep 5 Lewis Spratlan, American classical composer and Pulitzer Prize winner (Life Is A Dream), born in Miami, Florida

Person of interestRaquel Welch

Sep 5 Raquel Welch, American actress and singer (Myra Breckenridge; 1,000,000 BC; 100 Rifles), born in Chicago, Illinois

Actress Raquel Welch
Actress
Raquel Welch
  • Sep 6 Jackie Trent, English singer-songwriter (Neighbours theme) and actress, born in Newcastle-under-Lyme (d. 2015)
  • Sep 9 Joe Negroni, rock vocalist (Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers), born in NYC, New York (d. 1978)
  • Sep 10 Roy Ayers, American disco jazz artist (Fever, You Send Me), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Sep 11 Bernie Dwyer, British rock drummer (Freddie & The Dreamers), born in Manchester, England (d. 2002)
  • Sep 13 Joyce Schouten, Dutch pop singer (Fouryo's)
  • Sep 13 Gene Page, American arranger and composer (Righteous Brothers, Marvin Gaye), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1998)
  • Sep 18 Frankie Avalon [Francis Avallone], American actor and singer (Beach Party, Venus), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 19 Bill Medley, American singer and songwriter (The Righteous Brothers), born in Santa Ana, California
  • Sep 19 Paul Williams, American singer, actor and composer (Rainy Days and Mondays, Evergreen), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Sep 19 Sylvia Tyson, Canadian singer-songwriter, born in Chatham, Ontario
  • Sep 22 Edward Boguslawski, composer
  • Sep 23 Tim Rose, American singer-songwriter, born in Washington D. C. (d. 2002)
  • Sep 23 Mohammad Reza Shajarian, Iranian classical singer, born in Mashhad, Iran (d. 2020)
  • Sep 24 Barbara "Bibs" Allbut, American rock vocalist (Angels - My Boyfriend's Back), born in Orange, New Jersey
  • Sep 27 Josephine Barstow, British opera soprano singer, born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England
  • Sep 29 Nicola Di Bari, Italian singer
  • Sep 30 Lori Burton [Dolores Squeglia], American singer, songwriter and record producer, born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Oct 2 Lord Davies, British engineer and chairman (Welsh National Opera)
  • Oct 3 Alan O'Day, American singer and songwriter (Undercover Angel, over 100 songs for the Muppet Babies), born in Hollywood, California (d. 2013)
  • Oct 7 Dino Valenti [Chester "Chet" Powers], American rock guitarist/vocalist (Quicksilver Messenger Service), born in Danbury, Connecticut (d. 1994)
  • Oct 8 Fred Cash, American soul singer (Impressions -"People Get Ready"), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Oct 9 Hans Ulrich Humpert, German composer, born in Paderborn, Germany (d. 2010)

Person of interestJohn Lennon

Oct 9 John Lennon, English musician and member of The Beatles (Imagine), born in Liverpool, England (d. 1980)

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Oct 10 Mouse [Stanley Miller] American artist, notable for psychedelic rock concert poster designs and album art (Grateful Dead; Journey), born in Fresno, California
  • Oct 13 Chris Farlowe [John Henry Deighton], English singer (Out of Times), born in London
  • Oct 13 Pharoah Sanders, American jazz saxophonist, born in Little Rock, Arkansas

Person of interestCliff Richard

Oct 14 Cliff Richard [Harry Webb], English rock vocalist ("Move It"; "Living Doll"; "We Don't Talk Anymore"), born in Lucknow, British India

  • Oct 18 Cynthia Weil, American songwriter ("We Got Get Out Of This Place"; "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'"), born in NYC, New York
  • Oct 20 Kathy Kirby, British singer
  • Oct 21 Manfred Mann [Michael Lubowitz], British, rocker ("Mighty Quinn"; "Blinded By The Light"), born in Johannesburg, Transvaal, Union of South Africa
  • Oct 23 Ellie Greenwich, American singer-songwriter (Da Doo Ron Ron, Leader of the Pack), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2009)
  • Oct 23 Freddie Marsden, English rock drummer (Gerry and the Pacemakers), born in Liverpool, England (d. 2006)
  • Oct 27 Anthea Joseph, British music promoter, born in London (d. 1997)
  • Oct 29 Frida Boccara, French singer, born in Casablanca, French Morocco (d. 1996)
  • Nov 1 Barry Sadler, American singer ("Ballad Of The Green Berets"), born in Carlsbad, New Mexico (d. 1989)
  • Nov 2 Gigi Proletti, Italian actor, director and singer (Alleluja brava gente), born in Rome, Italy
  • Nov 3 Dieter Acker, German composer and pedagogue, born in Sibiu, Romania (d. 2006)
  • Nov 4 Delbert McClinton, American singer (Gonna Find a Good Woman), born in Lubbock, Texas
  • Nov 9 Sergio Cervetti, composer, born in Dolores, Uruguay
  • Nov 10 Screaming Lord [David Edward] Sutch, English rocker and politician (founder of Official Monster Raving Loony Party), born in Hampstead, London (d. 1999)
  • Nov 13 Baby Washington, American singer (Only Those in Love), born in Bamberg, South Carolina
  • Nov 14 Freddie Garrity, British pop singer (Freddie & the Dreamers - "I'm Telling You Now"), born in Crumpsall, Manchester, England (d. 2006)
  • Nov 17 Luke Kelly, Irish folk music singer and banjo player
  • Nov 19 Alberto Villalpando, Bolivian composer (Phantastischen Liturgie), born in La Paz, Bolivia
  • Nov 20 Jim Horn, American session and touring saxophonist (Duane Eddy, Wrecking Crew; George Harrison), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Nov 21 Natalia Makarova, a Soviet-Russian-born prima ballerina and choreographer (Kirov Ballet, 1956-70), born in Leningrad, USSR
  • Nov 24 Wendell Morris Logan, composer
  • Nov 25 Percy Sledge, American soul singer (When A Man Loves A Woman), born in Leighton, Alabama (d. 2015)
  • Nov 27 Maciej Małecki, Polish pianist and composer, born in Warsaw, Poland
  • Nov 28 Bruce Channel [McMeans], American singer (Hey! Baby), born in Jacksonville, Texas
  • Nov 28 Clem Curtis, British singer (The Foundations), born in Trinidad
  • Nov 29 Charles "Chuck" Mangione, American jazz flugel horn and trumpet player (Feels So Good), born in Rochester, New York

Person of interestRichard Pryor

Dec 1 Richard Pryor, American comedian and actor (Lady Sings the Blues, Stir Crazy), born in Peoria, Illinois (d. 2005)

Comedian and Actor Richard Pryor
Comedian and Actor
Richard Pryor
  • Dec 6 Jay Leonhart, American session and touring jazz and pop double bassist and songwriter (The Bass Lesson), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Dec 9 Sammy Strain, American singer (Imperials-Hurt So Bad), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Dec 12 Dionne Warwick, American singer (Solid Gold, Way to San Jose), born in East Orange, New Jersey
  • Dec 16 Dimitri van Toren, Dutch singer-songwriter, born in Breda, Netherlands (d. 2015)
  • Dec 19 Phil Ochs, American anti-war folk singer (Joe Hill, War is Over), born in El Paso, Texas (d. 1976)
  • Dec 20 Larry Willis, American jazz pianist & composer, born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 21 Tony Rivers [Thompson], British pop singer and vocal arranger (Harmony Grass; Cliff Richard), born in Shildon, England
  • Dec 21 Frank Zappa, American rocker, composer, activist and filmmaker (Mothers of Invention, Hot Rats), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1993)
  • Dec 21 Paul [Ray Hildebrand], American singer (Paul & Paula), born in Joshua, Texas
  • Dec 23 Eugene Record, American musician (Chi Lites-Give it Away), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2005)
  • Dec 23 Jorma Kaukonen, American rock guitarist (Jefferson Airplane; Hot Tuna), born in Washington, D.C.

Weddings in Music


Deaths in Music