On This Day

June 1942 in Music History

Events in Music

Music Recording

Jun 8 Bing Crosby records "Silent Night"

Music Premiere

Jun 22 European broadcast première of Dmitri Shostakovich's 7th Symphony in London conducted by Sir Henry J. Wood and the London Philharmonic Orchestra


Birthdays in Music

  • Jun 3 Anita Harris, British actress (Follow that Camel), and singer ("Just Loving You"), born in Somerset, England
  • Jun 3 Curtis Mayfield, American singer-songwriter and soul musician ("Freddie's Dead"; "Superfly"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1999)
  • Jun 5 Charles Dodge, American electronic music composer, born in Ames, Iowa
  • Jun 6 Howard "Howie" Kane [Kirshenbaum], American rock singer (Jay and the Americans - "Come a Little Bit Closer")
  • Jun 8 Chuck Negron, American singer-songwriter (Three Dog Night - "Joy to the World"; "One";"Old Fashioned Love Song"), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Jun 10 Janet Vogel, American doo-wop soprano (Skyliners - “Since I Don’t Have You”), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 12 Len Barry [Leonard Borisoff], American singer, songwriter and producer (The Dovells - "Bristol Stomp"; solo - "1-2-3"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2020)
  • Jun 13 James Carr, American singer ("To Love Somebody"), born in Como, Mississippi (d. 2001)
  • Jun 16 Eddie Levert, vocalist (O'Jays - "For The Love Of Money"), born in Canton, Ohio
  • Jun 16 John Rostill, English rocker (The Shadows), born in Birmingham (d. 1973)
  • Jun 16 David Parry, British-Canadian folk musician (Friends of Fiddler's Green), storyteller (Canadian Museum of Civilization), actor, stage director, and teacher (University of Toronto), born in London, England (d. 1995)
  • Jun 17 Norman Kuhlice, English rocker (Swinging Blue Jeans - "You're No Good")
  • Jun 18 Hans Vonk, Dutch conductor (The Hague Philharmonic, 1980-1991; St. Louis Symphony, 1996-2002), born in Amsterdam (d. 2004)

Paul McCartney

Jun 18 Paul McCartney, British rock singer-songwriter, bassist, piano player (The Beatles - "Yesterday"; "I Will"; Wings -"Silly Love Songs"), born in Liverpool, England

  • Jun 18 Carl Radle, American bass guitarist (Derek and the Dominoes), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 1980)
  • Jun 18 Richard Perry, American record producer (Harry Nilsson; Ringo Starr; Leo Sayer; Pointer Sisters), born in Brooklyn, New York City
  • Jun 19 Elaine "Spanky" McFarlane, rocker (Spanky & Our Gang-Lazy Day)

Brian Wilson

Jun 20 Brian Wilson, American singer-songwriter, vocal arranger, and producer (Beach Boys - "In My Room"; "Good Vibrations"; "God Only Knows"; Caroline No"), born in Inglewood, California

  • Jun 22 Murphy Dunne, American actor and musician, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jun 24 Michele Lee, American stage and screen actress, and singer (Knots Landing - "Karen; Seesaw; The Love Bug), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 24 Arthur Brown, British rock singer and songwriter (The Crazy World of Arthur Brown - "Fire"), born in Whitby, Yorkshire
  • Jun 25 Joe Chambers, American jazz drummer, vibraphonist, and composer, born in Chester, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 26 Larry "The Mole" Taylor, American session (The Monkees) and touring rock and blues bass player (Canned Heat - "On the Road Again"; John Mayall; Tom Waits), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2019)
  • Jun 26 Gilberto Gil, Brazilian tropicália singer-songwriter, activist, and politician (Minister of Culture, 2003-08), born in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
  • Jun 27 Bruce Johnston [Benjamin Baldwin], American singer (The Beach Boys), songwriter ("I Write The Songs"), and record producer, born in Peoria, Illinois
  • Jun 27 Frank Mills, Canadian pianist, composer and arranger (Music Box Dancer), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jun 27 John Howard McGuire, American composer, born in Artesia, California

Deaths in Music

  • Jun 1 Ernest Pingoud, Finnish composer, dies at 53
  • Jun 12 Walter Leigh, British composer (The Frogs of Aristophanes), dies at 36
  • Jun 18 Arthur Pryor, American band composer and trombone player, dies at 71