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June 1948 in Music History

Events in Music

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Jun 3 Musical "Sleepy Hollow", based on Washington Irving's novel, opens at St James Theater, NYC; runs for 12 performances

  • Jun 5 "(Ghost) Riders in the Sky: A Cowboy Legend" single released by Stan Jones
  • Jun 8 Revival of Jerome Kerns' musical "Sally" closes at Martin Beck Theater, NYC, after 36 performances
  • Jun 12 "Hold It!" closes at National Theater NYC after 46 performances
  • Jun 12 The musical "Sleepy Hollow" closes at St James Theater NYC after 12 performances
  • Birthdays in Music

    • Jun 4 Paquito D'Rivera, Cuban-American Grammy Award-winning clarinetist, saxophonist and jazz and classical composer, born in Havana, Cuba
    • Jun 5 Gail Davies, American country singer and producer ("I'll Be There (If You Ever Want Me)"; "Blue Heartache"), born in Broken Bow, Oklahoma
    • Jun 6 Richard Sinclair, British progressive rock bassist, singer, guitarist, and songwriter (Caravan -"In the Land of Grey and Pink"), born in Canterbury, England
    • Jun 6 Phil Jones, American session and touring drummer and percussionist (Tom Petty; Cracker; Pegi Young), born in Oskaloosa, Iowa
    • Jun 9 Nathaniel Rosen, American cellist (Tchaikovsky-gold-1978), born in Altadena California
    • Jun 11 Skip Alan, English drummer (Them - "G-L-O-R-I-A", Pretty Things - "S.F. Sorrow"), born in Westminster, London
    • Jun 11 Lynsey de Paul, British singer and actress (Sugar Me), born in London (d. 2014)
    • Jun 11 Bob Roetker, American jazz guitarist (Jazz Ambassadors), and teacher (Armed Forces School of Music), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
    • Jun 12 Lyn Collins [Gloria Lavern Collins], American soul singer (Think About It), born in Dime Box, Texas (d. 2005)
    • Jun 14 Stephen John Hunter, American guitarist, born in Decatur, Illinois
    • Jun 15 Leah Kunkel (née Cohen), American singer-songwriter (Coyote Sisters), session vocalist (Jackson Browne; Art Garfunkel), and entertaimnet lawyer, born in Baltimore, Maryland
    • Jun 18 Éva Marton, Hungarian operatic soprano, born in Budapest, Hungary
    • Jun 19 Nick Drake, English singer-songwriter (Pink Moon), born in Rangoon, Burma (d. 1974)
    • Jun 19 Phylicia Rashad, American actress and singer (The Cosby Show, One Life to Live), born in Houston, Texas
    • Jun 20 Alan Longmuir, Scottish pop-rock musician (Bay City Rollers - "Saturday Night"), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 2018)
    • Jun 22 Todd Rundgren, American rock singer-songwriter ("We Gotta Get You A Woman"; "Hello It's Me"; "Bang The Drum All Day"), multi-instrumentalist and producer (The Tubes; XTC; Grand Funk Railroad), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    • Jun 23 Myles Goodwyn, rock guitarist/vocalist (April Wine), born in Montreal, Quebec
    • Jun 23 Nigel Osborne, British composer, teacher and music therapist, born in Manchester, England
    • Jun 24 Patrick Moraz, Swiss progressive rock keyboard player (Yes, 1974-77; The Moody Blues, 1978-91), born in Morges, Switzerland
    • Jun 27 Camile Baudoin, American guitarist (The Radiators), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
    • Jun 27 Bill Summers, American jazz, fusion, and Afro-Cuban jazz percussionist and conguero (Herbie Hancock's Headhunters; Sonny Rollins; Quincy Jones), born in Detroit, Michigan
    • Jun 29 Dervin Gordon, British musician (The Equals), born in Jamaica
    • Jun 29 Bill Kirchen, American singer and guitarist (Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen - "Hot Rod Lincoln"), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut
    • Jun 29 Ian Paice, British hard rock drummer (White Snake; Deep Purple - "Smoke On The Water"), born in Nottingham, England

    Deaths in Music

    • Jun 1 Sonny Boy Williamson I [John Lee], American blues musician (Down & Out Blues), dies at 34
    • Jun 7 Georges Hüe, French composer, dies at 90
    • Jun 8 Franz Carl Bornschein, American composer, dies at 69
    • Jun 14 Ernst Henrik Ellberg, Swedish composer, dies at 79
    • Jun 14 John Blackwood McEwen, Scottish classical composer, dies at 80
    • Jun 20 George Frederick Boyle, Australian-American composer, dies at 61
    • Jun 27 George Templeton Strong, American composer, dies at 92