On This Day

June 1949 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jun 18 "Along Fifth Avenue" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 180 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Jun 1 Mike Levine, Canadian rock keyboardist, bassist (Triumph), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Jun 3 Stephen Ruppenthal, American trumpet player and composer (Kakao-Poetic Lippudenies of the Ungumptious), born
  • Jun 6 Edgar Warren Williams, American composer, born in Orlando, Florida
  • Jun 6 Holly Near, American folksinger, actress and activist, born in Ukiah, California
  • Jun 7 Jack Ryland, American rock bassist (Three Dog Night, 1973-75 - "The Show Must Go On"; "Play Something Sweet") (d. 1996)
  • Jun 8 Emanuel Ax, Polish-American classical pianist, born in Lviv, Ukraine
  • Jun 8 Jeffrey Mylett, American actor and songwriter, born in North Canton, Ohio (d. 1986)
  • Jun 9 Francis Monkman, British film composer, musician and songwriter (Curved Air; Sky), born in Hampstead, North London
  • Jun 9 George Bunnell, American rock songwriter, guitarist and bass player (Strawberry Alarm Clock - "Incense And Peppermints"), born in Lawrence, Massachusetts
  • Jun 11 Frank Beard, American blues-rock drummer (ZZ Top - "Legs"), born in Frankton, Texas
  • Jun 12 John Wetton, British rock vocalist and bassist (Asia, King Crimson), born in Willington (d. 2017)
  • Jun 13 Dennis Locorriere, American rock vocalist and guitarist (Dr. Hook - "The Cover of 'Rolling Stone'"), born in Union City, New Jersey
  • Jun 14 Alan White, English rock drummer (John Lennon; Yes, 1972-present; solo - Ramshackled), born in Pelton, County Durham, England
  • Jun 14 Jim Lea, British musician (Slade), born in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England
  • Jun 14 Papa Wemba [Wembadio Kikumba], Congolese singer, known as the "King of Rumba Rock", born in the Kasai region, Belgian Congo (d. 2016)
  • Jun 15 Russell Hitchcock, Australian rock vocalist (Air Supply), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Jun 15 Michael Lutz, American bassist, singer, guitarist (Brownsville Station - "Smokin' In The Boys Room"), and producer, born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Jun 16 Peppy Castro [Emil Thielhelm], American rock vocalist (Balance), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 18 "Prince" Lincoln Thompson, Jamaican reggae singer-songwriter ("Humanity"; "Daughters Of Zion"), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 1999)
  • Jun 20 Bob Andrews, English rock keyboardist and producer (Brinsley Schwarz; The Rumour), born in Leeds, Yorkshire, England

Person of interestLionel Richie

Jun 20 Lionel Richie, American singer (Commodores, 1968-82; "Easy"; "Three Times A Lady"; solo -"Hello"; "All Night Long"), and TV personality (American Idol, 2018-21), born in Tuskegee, Alabama

  • Jun 22 Alan Osmond, singer (Osmond Brothers, Donnie & Marie), born in Ogden, Utah
  • Jun 22 Gary Moffet, rock guitarist (April Wine), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jun 22 Larry Junstrom, American rock bassist (.38 Special), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2019)
  • Jun 24 John Illsley, British rock bassist (Dire Straits), born in Leicester, England
  • Jun 30 Andrew "Andy" Scott, Welsh musician and songwriter (Sweet - "Love Is Like Oxygen"), born in Wrexham, Wales

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

Jun 30 Filmmaker Billy Wilder (43) weds former singer Audrey Young

Filmmaker Billy Wilder
Filmmaker
Billy Wilder

Deaths in Music

  • Jun 2 Dynam-Victor Fumet, French composer, dies at 82