On This Day

June 1944 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jun 18 Farewell concert of conductor Willem Mengelberg in Paris

Birthdays in Music

  • Jun 2 Marvin Hamlisch, American composer and conductor (The Sting; A Chorus Line), born in NYC, New York (d. 2012)
  • Jun 2 Antone Tavares, American R&B musician (Tavares - "Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel"), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • Jun 3 Michael Clarke, American rock drummer (The Byrds, 1964-67 - "Turn! Turn! Turn!"; Flying Burrito Brothers, 1969-71; Firefall, 1974-80), born in Spokane, Washington (d. 1993)
  • Jun 4 Michelle Phillips, American singer and actress (Mamas & Papas), born in Long Beach, California
  • Jun 4 Roger Ball, Scottish saxophonist (Average White Band), born in Broughty Ferry, Scotland
  • Jun 5 Colm Wilkinson, Irish singer (Les Misérables), born in Drimnagh, Ireland
  • Jun 6 Edgar Froese, German musician (Tangerine Dream), born in Tilsit, East Prussia (d. 2015)
  • Jun 6 Peter Albin, American rock bassist and guitar player (Big Brother and the Holding Company), born in San Francisco, California
  • Jun 7 Clarence White, American session and country-rock guitarist (The Byrds, 1968-73 - "Ballad of Easy Rider"), born in Lewiston, Maine (d. 1973)
  • Jun 8 (William) "Boz" Scaggs, American rock guitarist (Steve Miller Band, 1967-68), and singer-songwriter ("Lowdown"; "Lido Shuffle"), born in Canton, Ohio
  • Jun 12 Maurice Jackson, American singer (The Independents - "Leaving Me"), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jun 17 Chris Spedding, British session and touring rock guitarist (Sharks; Bryan Ferry; Harry Nilsson), and producer, born in Staveley, Derbyshire, England
  • Jun 18 Paul Lansky, American electronic composer, born in New York City
  • Jun 18 Sandy Posey, American pop and country singer ("Single Girl"), born in Jasper, Alabama
  • Jun 18 Rick Griffin, American artist and a leading designer of psychedelic posters in the 1960s (Grateful Dead), born in Palos Verdes, California (d. 1991)
  • Jun 19 Chico Buarque, Brazilian musician
  • Jun 21 Jon Hiseman, British drummer (Arthur Brown; Colosseum), born in London, England (d. 2018)
  • Jun 21 Miguel Vicens, Spanish rock bass player (Los Bravos - "Black Is Black"), born in Ferrol, Galicia, Spain
  • Jun 21 Ray Davies, British singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Kinks - "Waterloo Sunset"; "Lola"; ""Celluloid Heroes"; "Come Dancing"), born in Muswell Hill, North London, England
  • Jun 22 Peter Asher, English singer (Peter & Gordon - "World Without Love"), born in London, England
  • Jun 22 Steve Weber, American by psychedelic folk guitarist, (The Holy Modal Rounders - "Bird Song"; "You've Got the Right String but the Wrong Yo-Yo"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2020)
  • Jun 23 Rosetta Hightower, American pop singer (The Orlons - "Don't Hang Up"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, (d. 2014)
  • Jun 24 Charlie Whitney, British rock guitarist (Family), born in Skipton, North Yorkshire, England
  • Jun 24 Chris Wood, British rock saxophone and flute player (Traffic; Ginger Baker's Air Force, Jimi Hendrix), born in Quinton, Birmingham, England (d. 1983)
  • Jun 24 Jeff Beck, British rock guitarist (Yardbirds, 1965-66; Jeff Beck Group, 1967-72), born in Wallington, Surrey, England
  • Jun 25 Robert Charlebois, Canadian singer and composer, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jun 30 Glenn Shorrock, Australian rock vocalist (Little River Band - "Reminiscing"; "Lonesome Loser"), born in Sydney, New South Wales

Deaths in Music

  • Jun 5 Riccardo Zandonai, Italian composer, dies at 61
  • Jun 24 Rio Gebhardt, German composer, dies at 36
  • Jun 25 Lucha Reyes [María de Luz Flores], Mexican mariachi singer ("Guadalajara"), dies of barbiturate intoxication at 38
  • Jun 27 Werner Wehrli, Swiss composer, pedagogue, and conductor, dies at 52