On This Day

Year 1949 in Music History (Part 2)

Events in Music


Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 308

  • Apr 26 Jimmy Hall, American rocker (Wet Willie), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Apr 29 Anita Dobson, British stage and screen actress (EastEnders, 1985-88 - "Angie Watts"), and singer ("Anyone Can Fall in Love"), born in Stepney, London, England
  • May 1 Tim Hodgkinson, English composer and musician (Henry Cow)
  • May 1 James "Jim" Clench, Canadian bassist and songwriter (April Wine and Bachman-Turner Overdrive), born in Canada (d. 2010)
  • May 2 Joey Phillips, percussionist (Atlantic Starr-Touch a 4 Leaf Clover)
  • May 4 Zal Cleminson, Scottis guitarist (Alex Harvey Band), born in Glasgow

Person of interestBilly Joel

May 9 Billy Joel, American rock vocalist (Piano Man, Just the Way You Are), born in The Bronx, New York

Pianist, Songwriter and Composer Billy Joel
Pianist, Songwriter and Composer
Billy Joel
  • May 13 Jane Glover, British conductor (London, Mozart Players, Music of the Baroque), born in Helmsley, England
  • May 15 Eric J Beekes, actor/singer (Hunk)
  • May 17 Bill Bruford, English drummer (Yes, King Crimson, Genesis), born in Sevenoaks, Kent
  • May 17 Andrew Latimer, English musician (Camel), born in Guildford, England
  • May 18 Rick Wakeman, English, rock keyboardist (Yes), born in London
  • May 18 William Wallace, Canadian musician (The Guess Who), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • May 19 Dusty Hill, rocker (ZZ Top)
  • May 21 Arno Hintjens, Belgian singer (T C Matic)
  • May 21 Rosalind Plowright, British soprano (Aida, Senta)

Person of interestHank Williams Jr

May 26 Hank Williams Jr, country singer (Honky Tonk), born in Shreveport, Louisiana

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams Jr
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams Jr
  • May 28 Wendy O. Williams, American musician (The Plasmatics) (d. 1998)
  • May 29 Francis Rossi, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Status Quo), born in London, England
  • Jun 1 Mike Levine, Canadian rock keyboardist, bassist (Triumph), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Jun 3 Stephen Ruppenthal, composer
  • 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, rock vocalist (Three Dog Night)
  • 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 11 Frank Beard, American country rock drummer (ZZ Top), 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), born in Union City, New Jersey
  • Jun 14 Alan White, English rock drummer (Yes, Ramshackled), born in Pelton, County Durham, England
  • Jun 14 Jim Lea, British musician (Slade), born in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England
  • Jun 14 Papa Wemba, Congolese singer, 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, bassist (Brownsville Station)
  • Jun 16 Peppy Castro [Emil Thielhelm], American rock vocalist (Balance), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 18 Prince Lincoln Thompson, Jamaican musician (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, Hello, Penny Lover), 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, English rock bassist (Dire Straits), born in Leicester, England
  • Jun 30 Andrew "Andy" Scott, Welsh musician and songwriter (Sweet), born in Wrexham, Wales
  • Jul 1 John Farnham, English-Australian singer (Age of Reason), born in Dagenham, Essex, England
  • Jul 2 Roy Bittan, American piano player (E Street Band), born in Belle Harbor, Queens, New York City
  • Jul 2 Joe English, American drummer (Wings; Sea Level), born in Rochester, New York
  • Jul 3 Johnnie Wilder, Jr., American singer (Heatwave), born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 2006)
  • Jul 4 Tonio K. [Steven Krikorian], American singer (Romeo Unchained; 16 Tons of Monkeys), born in Palm Desert, California
  • Jul 6 Michael Shrieve, American drummer, percussionist, and composer (Santana), born in San Francisco, California
  • Jul 10 Dave Smalley, American rocker (Raspberries)
  • Jul 10 Greg Kihn, American pop musician and radio personality, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Jul 10 John C. Whitehead, American singer (McFadden & Whitehead), born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 2004)
  • Jul 14 Tommy Mottola, American music executive (Casablanca Records), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Jul 15 John Arthur Casken, British composer (The Dream of the Rood), born in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England
  • Jul 15 Trevor Horn, British rock musician/producer (Buggles-"Video Killed The Radio star";Yes-Drama; Frankie Goes To Hollywood), born in Durham, England
  • Jul 16 Alan "Fitz" Fitzgerald, rock keyboardist and vocalist (Night Ranger)
  • Jul 16 Ray Major, rock guitarist (British Lions)
  • Jul 17 Mick Tucker, English rock drummer (Sweet Harlesden), born in London, England
  • Jul 17 Mike Vale, American rock bassist (Tommy James & The Shondells)
  • Jul 17 Geezer Butler, English rock bassist (Black Sabbath), born in Birmingham, England
  • Jul 18 Wally Bryson, American rock guitarist and vocalist (Fotomaker, Raspberries), born in Gastonia, North Carolina
  • Jul 18 Craig Fuller, American singer-songwriter (Pure Prairie League - "Amie"), born in Portsmouth, Ohio

Person of interestAlan Menken

Jul 22 Alan Menken, American Disney composer (Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast - 8 Oscars), born in New Rochelle, New York

Disney Composer Alan Menken
Disney Composer
Alan Menken
  • Jul 26 Roger Taylor, English rock drummer (Queen-Bohemian Rhapsody), born in Norfolk, England
  • Jul 27 David Muse, American rocker (Firefall - "You Are The Woman"), born in Rome, Georgia

Person of interestMaureen McGovern

Jul 27 Maureen McGovern, singer (The Morning After), born in Youngstown, Ohio

  • Jul 28 Simon Kirke, British rock drummer (Bad Company), born in London, England
  • Jul 28 Steve Peregrin Took, English musician (Tyrannosaurus Rex), born in London (d. 1980)
  • Jul 28 Peter Doyle, Australian pop singer (The New Seekers - "I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing"), born in Melbourne (d. 2001)
  • Jul 30 Joyce Jones, American soul singer (First Choice), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 30 Richard "Duck" Baker, American acoustic guitarist, born in Washington, D.C.
  • Aug 2 "Fat" Larry James, American drummer (Fat Larry's Band) (d. 1987)
  • Aug 3 Morris "B. B." Dickerson, American bassist (War - "Why Can't We Be Friends?"; "Low Rider"), born in Torrence, California (d. 2021)
  • Aug 7 Carlo Novi, Mexican songwriter and saxophone player (Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes), born in Mexico City, Mexico (d. 2010)
  • Aug 7 Tim[othy] Renwick, British rock guitarist (Sutherland Brothers & Quiver), born in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England
  • Aug 8 Airrion Love, American singer (Stylistics-16 Bars)
  • Aug 9 Brie Howard-Darling, American musician, artist and cake designer (Boxing Gandhis, Fanny), born in Stockton, California
  • Aug 10 Gene Johnson, Sugar Grove Pa, singer (Diamond Rio-Meet in the Middle)
  • Aug 11 Eric Carmen, rocker (All by Myself), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Aug 12 Mark Knopfler, British musician (Dire Straits), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Aug 13 Sheralee, vocalist (Your Hit Parade), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Aug 15 Kate Taylor, American singer and songwriter (It's In His Kiss), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Aug 16 Bill "Sputnik" Spooner, American rock guitarist (The Tubes - "Talk To Ya Later"), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Aug 17 Sib Hashian, American rock drummer (Boston), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Aug 18 Nigel Griggs, English musician (Split Enz), born in Hatfield, United Kingdom
  • Aug 20 Phil Lynott, Irish rock singer and bass player (Thin Lizzy - "The Boys Are Back In Town"), born in West Bromwich, England. (d. 1986)
  • Aug 20 Nikolas Asimos, Greek counter-culture composer and singer, born in Thessaloniki, Greece (d. 1988)
  • Aug 20 Katiana Balanika [Aikaterini Athaniti], Greek actress (On Air) and singer
  • Aug 23 Rick Springfield [Springthorpe], Australian singer ("Speak to the Sky"; "Jessie's Girl") and actor (General Hospital), born in Balmain, New South Wales
  • Aug 23 John Bauldie, British music journalist, born in Bolton, England (d. 1996)
  • Aug 23 Woody Paul [Paul Chrisman], American singer (Riders in the Sky), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Aug 24 Stephen Harrison Paulus, American composer, born in Summit, New Jersey
  • Aug 24 Stephen Paulus, American composer (To Be Certain of the Dawn) and co-founder of the American Composer's Forum, born in Summit, New Jersey (d. 2014)
  • Aug 25 Gene Simmons [Chaim Witz], Israeli-American rock guitarist (KISS, Rock and Roll All Nite), born in Tirat Carmel, Israel
  • Aug 25 Fariborz Lachini, Iranian-Canadian composer, born in Tehran, Iran
  • Aug 25 Henry Paul, American southern rock and county guitarist and singer (Outlaws - "Green Grass And High Tides"; Blackhawk), born in Kingston, New York
  • Aug 26 Leon Redbone [Dickran Gobalian], American blues and jazz musician (Seduced, Theme to Mr. Belvedere), born in Nicosia, Cyprus (d. 2019)
  • Aug 27 Edith Valckaert, Belgian violinist and educator, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1992)
  • Aug 27 Jeff Cook, American country guitarist, singer and fiddler (Alabama - Mountain Music), born in Fort Payne, Alabama

Weddings in Music


Divorces in Music


Deaths in Music