On This Day

November 1949 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Nov 25 "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" appears on music charts
  • Nov 28 "Texas, Li'l Darlin'" opens at Mark Hellinger NYC for 293 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Nov 1 David Foster, Canadian musician, composer, and record producer (Chicago, Celene Dion, Andrea Bocelli; "The Prayer"), born in Victoria, British Columbia
  • Nov 5 Jimmie Spheeris, American singer and songwriter, born in Phenix City, Alabama (d. 1984)
  • Nov 5 Bram Beekman, Dutch organist, composer and teacher (Brabants Conservatory, 1980-2012), born in Vlissingen, The Netherlands (d. 2016)
  • Nov 6 Arturo Sandoval, Cuban-American jazz trumpeter and composer, born in Artemisa, Cuba
  • Nov 7 Steven Stucky, American composer (Los Angeles Philharmonic, 1988-2009), born in Hutchinson, Kansas (d. 2016)
  • Nov 8 Al Berger, American musician (Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes)
  • Nov 8 Bonnie Raitt, American blues country singer-songwriter (Nick of Time, Something To Talk About), born in Burbank, California
  • Nov 9 Tommy Caldwell, American rocker (Marshall Tucker Band), born in Spartanburg, South Carolina (d. 1980)
  • Nov 10 Ann Reinking, American dancer and actress (All the Jazz, Micki & Maude), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2020) [1]
  • Nov 12 Arthur "Pooch" Tavares, rocker
  • Nov 13 Roger Steen, American rock guitarist and vocalist (Tubes), born in Pipestone, Minnesota
  • Nov 13 Terry Reid, English rock guitarist (River, Bang Bang You're Terry Reid), born in Huntingdon, England
  • Nov 14 James "J.Y." Young, American rock guitarist (Styx), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Nov 15 Steve Fossen, American bass guitar player (Heart, 1973-82), born in Kenmore, Washington
  • Nov 16 Pattie Santos, American singer (It's a Beautiful Day), born in San Francisco (d. 1989)
  • Nov 16 William Ackerman, American guitarist and composer, founder of Windham Hill Records, born in Palo Alto, California
  • Nov 18 Bonnie St. Claire [Bonje Cornelia Swart], Dutch singer ("Tame Me Tiger"; "I Won't Stand Between Them"), born in Rozenburg, Netherlands
  • Nov 18 Herman Rarebell [Hermann Erbel], German rock drummer and lyricist (Scorpions - "Rock You Like A Hurricane"), born in Schmelz, West Germany
  • Nov 20 William Harry "Billy" Jones, American rock guitarist (The Outlaws), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan (d. 1995)
  • Nov 21 Judith Shatin, American contemporary classical and electronic composer (Hark My Love; Ice Becomes Water), and educator (University of Virginia)
  • Nov 23 Charlie Black, American country music songwriter (Anne Murray - "Shadows in the Moonlight"; K.T. Oslin - "Come Next Monday"), born in Cheverly, Maryland (d. 2021)
  • Nov 24 Anita Louis, American singer (Soul Children, I'll Be the Other Woman)
  • Nov 24 Jim Warren, American artist whose work includes album art for Bob Seger and Prince, born in Long Beach, California
  • Nov 25 [Boris] Alexander Godunov, Sakhalin USSR, dancer/actor (Die Hard)
  • Nov 26 Shlomo Artzi, Israeli singer and songwriter, born in Alonei Abba, Israel
  • Nov 28 Alexander Godunov, Russian composer/dancer (Bolshoi) defected 1979
  • Nov 28 Hugh McKenna, British rock keyboardist (The Sensational Alex Harvey Band), born in Coatsbridge, England (d. 2019)
  • Nov 28 Paul Shaffer, Canadian keyboardist and orchestra leader (SNL, David Letterman), born in Thunder Bay, Ontario
  • Nov 29 Stan Rogers, Canadian folk musician and songwriter, born in Hamilton, Ontario (d. 1983)
  • Nov 30 Bill Reichenbach Jr., American jazz and session trombonist, and euphonium player born in Takoma Park, Maryland
  • Nov 30 Ruby Starr [Constance Henrietta Mierzwiak], American rock singer (Black Oak Arkansas), born in Toledo, Ohio (d. 1995)

Deaths in Music

Person of interestBill Robinson

Nov 25 Bill Robinson "Bojangles" American famed tap dancer (The Little Colonel, Stormy Weather), dies at 71

Tap Dancer and Actor Bill Robinson
Tap Dancer and Actor
Bill Robinson