On This Day

Year 1945 in Music History (Part 2)

Events in Music


Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 270

  • May 13 Magic Dick [Richard Salwitz], American harmonicaist and musician (J Geils Band- "Centerfold"), born in New London, Connecticut
  • May 13 Louis "Blue Lou" Marini, American saxophonist, arranger, and composer (Blues Brothers), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • May 15 Lasse Berghagen, Swedish pop singer-songwriter (Teddybjörnen Fredriksson), born in Enskede, Sweden
  • May 16 Nicky Chinn, English songwriter/producer (Chinn & Chapman)

Person of interestPete Townshend

May 19 Peter Townshend, English rock guitarist, vocalist and composer (The Who-Tommy), born in London, England

  • May 23 Misty Morgan, American country keyboardist (duo with Jack Blanchard - "Tennessee Bird Walk"), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2021)
  • May 24 Terry Callier, American soul, folk and jazz guitarist, and singer-songwriter ("What Color Is Love"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • May 26 Garry Peterson, rocker (Guess Who)
  • May 27 Bruce Cockburn, folk rock vocalist (Waterwalker), born in Ottawa, Canada
  • May 28 John Fogerty, American rocker (Creedence Clearwater Revival), born in Berkeley, California
  • May 29 Gary Brooker, English rock keyboardist and singer (Procol Harum), born in Hackney, London
  • May 30 Steve Smith, American singer (Lawrence Welk Show), born in San Francisco, California
  • May 30 Gladys Horton, American pop singer (The Marvelettes - "Please Mr. Postman"; "Too Many Fish In The Sea"), born in Gainesville, Florida (d. 2011) [or 1944]
  • Jun 1 Linda Scott [Sampson], American pop singer (I've Told Every Little Star), born in Queens, New York
  • Jun 4 Anthony Braxton, American jazz musician and composer, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jun 4 Gordon Waller, Scottish singer (Peter & Gordon-World Without Love), born in Braemar, Aberdeenshire, Scotland (d. 2009)
  • Jun 5 Don Reid, American country singer (Statler Bros-Flowers on the Wall), born in Staunton, Virginia
  • Jun 10 Martin Wesley-Smith, Australian composer, born in Adelaide, Australia
  • Jun 14 Rod Argent, English rock musician (The Zombies - "She's Not There"; Argent - "Hold Your Head Up"), born in St Albans, Hertfordshire
  • Jun 16 John Dawson [a.k.a. Marmaduke], American musician, singer, and songwriter, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2009)
  • Jun 19 Peter Bardens, English musician (Camel), born in London (d. 2002)
  • Jun 19 Robert Franklin Palmer Jr., American writer, musicologist, and musician (Deep Blues), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Jun 20 [Morna] Anne Murray, Canadian popsinger (Snow Bird; You Needed Me), born in Springhill, Nova Scotia Canada,
  • Jun 23 Paul Goddard, Georgia, rock bassist (Atlanta Rhythm Section)
  • Jun 25 Carly Simon, American singer (Anticipation, You're So Vain), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 26 Barry Schrader, American electronic muscic composer, born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 28 Dave Knights, British rock bassist (Procol Harum-Conquistador), born in London, England
  • Jul 1 Deborah Harry, American singer (Blondie-Heart of Glass), born in Miami, Florida
  • Jul 2 James Orville Fulkerson, composer
  • Jul 7 Matti Salminen, Turku Finland, bass player (King Philipp-Don Carlos)
  • Jul 10 Peter Michalica, Slovak violinist, born in Kremnica, Slovakia
  • Jul 11 Robin Muyser, Dutch bassist (Les Baroques - "Such A Cad"), born in Baarn, Netherlands
  • Jul 14 Peter James Leonard Klatzow, composer
  • Jul 14 Jim Gordon, American drummer and studio musician (Derek and the Dominos), born in Los Angeles, California [1]
  • Jul 15 Peter Lewis, rock guitarist/vocalist (Moby Grape), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 18 James William Guercio, American music producer (Chicago), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jul 20 John Lodge, English bassist, vocalist, and songwriter (The Moody Blues), born in Birmingham, England
  • Jul 20 Kim Carnes, American rock vocalist (Bette Davis Eyes), born in Pasadena, California
  • Jul 20 Johnny Loughrey, Irish singer, born in Newtownstewart, Northern Ireland (d. 2005)
  • Jul 23 Harold W Hennep, Arubians Dutch dancer and actor (Plus Echo)
  • Jul 25 Donna Theodore, American actress and singer (Hollywood Talent Scouts), born in Pleasanton, California
  • Jul 29 Mike Garson, American rock and jazz pianist (David Bowie), born in New York City
  • Jul 30 David Sanborn, American jazz saxophonist (David Letterman Show), born in Tampa, Florida
  • Jul 31 Charlotte Diamond, Canadian Juno Award-winning children's singer-songwriter ("I Am A Pizza"), born in Richmond, British Columbia
  • Aug 6 John Kongos, South African singer and songwriter (He's Gonna Step On You Again), born in Johannesburg
  • Aug 7 Kerry Chater, Canadian musician (Gary Puckett & Union Gap - "Young Girl") and Nashville songwriter, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Aug 7 Patrice Mestral, French composer, born in Paris, France
  • Aug 12 Ron Mael, American songwriter, composer and record producer (Sparks), born in Culver City, California

Person of interestSteve Martin

Aug 14 Steve Martin, American comedian, banjo player, author and actor (Parenthood; The Jerk; Roxanne), born in Waco, Texas

Actor and Comedian Steve Martin
Actor and Comedian
Steve Martin
  • Aug 16 Gary Loizzo, American rock guitarist and singer (American Breed - "Bend Me, Shape Me"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • Aug 16 Gordon "Snowy" Fleet, British rock drummer (Easybeats - "Friday On My Mind"), born in Liverpool, England
  • Aug 16 Kevin Ayers, British progressive rocker (Soft Machine; Joy of a Toy), born in Herne Bay, Kent, England (d. 2013)
  • Aug 16 Suzanne Farrell, American ballerina (Don Quioxote), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Aug 17 Katri-Helena, Finnish singer, born in Tuupovaara, Finland
  • Aug 18 Sarah Dash, American rock vocalist (Patti LaBelle & Bluebirds), born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • Aug 18 Barbara Harris, American singer (Toys-A Lover's Concerto), born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 2018)
  • Aug 19 Ian Gillan, English heavy metal and rock singer (Deep Purple - "Smoke On The Water"; Jesus Christ Superstar), born in London
  • Aug 21 Basil Poledouris, American film score composer (The Hunt For Red October), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2006)
  • Aug 22 Ron Dante, rock vocalist (Archies - "Sugar, Sugar"), and producer (Barry Manilow), born in Staten Island, New York
  • Aug 24 Ken Hensley, English songwriter and rock keyboardist (Blackfoot, Uriah Heep), born in Plumstead, England (d. 2020)
  • Aug 24 Molly Duncan, Scottish saxophonist (Average White Band), born in Montrose, Scotland
  • Aug 28 Bob Segarini, American musician and radio personality, born in Stockton, California
  • Aug 29 Chris Copping, English rock bassist (Procol Harum), born in Middleton, Lancashire, England
  • Aug 30 David Schiff, American composer, born in New York City
  • Aug 30 Fred Tackett, American songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (Little Feat, 1988-2012), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Aug 31 Bob Welch, American rock vocalist, guitarist (Fleetwood Mac), born in Hollywood, California (d. 2012)
  • Aug 31 Itzhak Perlman, violinist/polio victim (14 Grammys), born in Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Aug 31 [George Ivan] "Van" Morrison, Northern Irish singer-songwriter (Astral Weeks, Moondance), born in Bloomfield, Belfast
  • Sep 3 George Biondo, American rock bass player (Steppenwolf), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Sep 3 Mike Harrison, English keyboardist (Spooky Tooth-It's All About), born in Carlisle, Cumbria, England
  • Sep 4 Daniel Wood "Danny" Gatton, American guitarist (88 Elmira St.), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1994)
  • Sep 5 Al Stewart, Scottish rocker (Year of the Cat), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Sep 6 Petr Novák, Czech musician (George and Beatovens, Flamengo), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 1997)
  • Sep 7 Luis Aravena Munoz, Chilean singer/exiled in Netherlands (d. 1991)
  • Sep 8 Kelly Groucutt, English musician (Electric Light Orchestra), born in Coseley, England (d. 2009)
  • Sep 8 Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, American rocker (Grateful Dead), born in San Bruno, California (d. 1973)
  • Sep 9 Dee Dee Sharp [Dione Larue], American R&B singer (I Love You Anyway), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 10 José Feliciano, Puerto Rican singer/songwriter (Light My Fire; Feliz Navidad), born in Lares, Puerto Rico
  • Sep 11 Leo Kottke, American guitarist (Ice Water, Greenhouse), born in Athens, Georgia
  • Sep 12 John Mauceri, American conductor (Washington, D.C. Opera), born in NYC, New York
  • Sep 12 David Garrick [Philip Darryl Core], British singer (Dear Mrs Applebee), born in Liverpool, Merseyside (d. 2013)
  • Sep 13 Alain Louvier, French classical composer, born in Paris
  • Sep 15 Jessye Norman, American opera singer (Carmen), born in Augusta, Georgia (d. 2019)
  • Sep 19 David Bromberg, American musician (Demon in Disguise), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 20 Laurie Spiegel, American composer, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Sep 20 Hillard "Sweet Pea" Atkinson, American R&B singer (Was (Not Was)), born in ‎Oberlin, Ohio (d. 2020) [1]
  • Sep 23 Ronald Bushy, rock drummer (Iron Butterfly), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Sep 24 John Milford Rutter, English composer, conductor, and arranger, mainly of choral music (Mass OfThe Children), born in London.
  • Sep 25 Onnie McIntyre, Scottish guitarist (Average White Band - "Pick Up The Pieces"), born in Lennoxtown, Scotland
  • Sep 25 Reynold Henry Weidenaar, American video artist and composer, born in East Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Sep 26 Bryan Ferry, English rocker (Roxy Music-Let's Stick Together), born in Washington, County Durham, England
  • Sep 26 Gal Costa, Brazilian singer, born in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
  • Sep 27 Misha Dichter, pianist (Tchaikowsy 2nd prize-1966), born in Shanghai, China
  • Sep 29 Kyriacos Sfetsas, composer
  • Sep 29 Tatiana Tauer, harpist
  • Oct 1 Donny Hathaway, American singer-songwriter (Where Is The Love), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1979)
  • Oct 2 Don McLean, American singer and songwriter (American Pie; Vincent), born in New Rochelle, New York
  • Oct 3 Antonio Martinez, Spanish rock guitarist (Los Bravos - "Black Is Black", born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1990)
  • Oct 4 Clifton Davis, American actor (That's My Mama; Amen) and singer-songwriter ("Never Can Say Goodbye"), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Oct 5 Brian Connolly, Scottish singer (Sweet), born in Glasgow, Scotland

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