On This Day

Year 1950 in Music History (Part 2)

Events in Music


Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 231

  • May 16 Ray Condo, Canadian rockabilly musician
  • May 17 Howard Ashman, American playwright and lyricist (Little Shop of Horrors, The Little Mermaid), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1991)
  • May 22 Bernie Taupin, British singer and lyricist (writes with Elton John), born in Sleaford, Lincolnshire
  • May 25 Robert "Robby" Steinhardt, American rock violinist and singer (Kansas), born in Lawrence, Kansas
  • May 29 Rebbie [Maureen] Jackson, singer (R U Tuff Enuff), born in Gary, Indiana
  • Jun 1 Charlene [D'Angelo], singer (I've Never Been To Me)
  • Jun 3 Suzi Quatro[cchio], singer (Stumblin')/actress (Happy Days), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jun 3 Deniece Williams [Chandler], American singer (Love Won't Let Me Wait, Let's Hear it for the Boy,), born in Gary, Indiana
  • Jun 4 Dagmar Krause, German singer (Slapp Happy, Henry Cow, Art Bears), born in Hamburg, Germany
  • Jun 5 Ronnie Dyson, American singer (Hair, All over your face)
  • Jun 8 Elmar Oliveira, American violinist (Naumburg 1978), born in Waterbury, Connecticut
  • Jun 9 Trevor Bolder, British rock musician and record producer (Uriah Heep, The Spiders from Mars), born in Kingston upon Hull, England (d. 2013)
  • Jun 11 Graham Russell, Australian rock vocalist (Air Supply), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Jun 14 Bart van Lier, Dutch trombonist, born in Haarlem
  • Jun 16 James Smith, American singer (Stylistics), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 19 Ann Wilson, American musician (Heart-What About Love), born in San Diego, California
  • Jun 21 Joey Kramer, American hard rock drummer (Aerosmith-Toys in the Attic), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 24 Derrick "Duckie" Simpson, rocker (Black Uhuru), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Jun 30 Leonard Whiting, English actor and singer (Romeo and Juliet), born in London, England
  • Jul 3 Damon Harris, African-American soul singer (The Temptations-My Girl), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2013)
  • Jul 5 Huey Lewis [Hugh Anthony Cregg III], American musician (Huey Lewis and the News), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 5 Michael Monarch, American rock guitarist (Steppenwolf), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 6 Phyllis Hyman, American jazz singer (Prime of My Life), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1995)
  • Jul 9 Gwen Guthrie, American singer ("Ain't Nothin' Goin' on but the Rent"), born in Okemah, Oklahoma (d. 1999)
  • Jul 10 Willie Ford, American R&B singer (Dramatics-Me & Mrs Jones), born in LaGrange, Georgia
  • Jul 11 Bonnie Pointer, American pop singer (Pointer Sisters - "Jump"; "I'm So Excited"), born in Oakland, California (d. 2020)
  • Jul 12 Eric Carr [Paul Charles Caravello], American rock drummer (Kiss), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1991)
  • Jul 16 Tom Terrell, American musicologist, deejay and NPR reviewer, born in Summit, New Jersey (d. 2007)
  • Jul 17 Phoebe Snow [Laub], American singer-songwriter (Poetry Man), born in New York City (d. 2011)

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Jul 18 Richard Branson, British music entrepreneur (Virgin Group), born in London, England

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  • Jul 18 Glenn Hughes, American singer (Village People), born in NYC, New York (d. 2001)
  • Jul 19 Freddy Moore, American rock musician and songwriter, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Jul 21 Larry Tolbert, rock drummer (Raydio)
  • Jul 23 Blair Thornton, Canadian rock guitarist (Bachman-Turner-Overdrive), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Jul 23 Ian Thomas, Canadian singer-songwriter (Painted Ladies), born in Hamilton, Ontario
  • Jul 25 Mark Clarke, English bassist (Colosseum; Tempest; Uriah Heep), born in Liverpool, England
  • Jul 26 Duncan Mackay, British composer and keyboard player, born in Leeds, Yorkshire, England
  • Jul 27 Michael Vaughn, English rocker (Paper Lace - "The Night Chicago Died"), born in Sheffield, Yorkshire
  • Jul 30 Wime de Craene, Flemish singer and composer, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1990)
  • Aug 2 Ted Turner, English rock guitarist and vocalist (Wishbone Ash), born in Birmingham, England
  • Aug 7 Rodney Crowell, American country singer (She's Crazy for Leavin'), born in Houston, Texas
  • Aug 8 Willie Hall, American drummer (Blues Brothers Band), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Aug 8 Liberatori "Liberty" DeVitto, American rock drummer (Billy Joel, 1976-2006), born in New York City
  • Aug 11 Erik Brann, rock guitarist (Iron Butterfly) (d. 2003), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Aug 12 Kid Creole [August Darnell], musician and actor (Obsession A Taste of Fear), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Aug 15 Billy Griffin, American singer (Miracles - "Love Machine"), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Aug 15 Tommy Aldridge, American heavy metal and hard rock drummer (Black Oak Arkansas; Ozzy Osbourne; Whitesnake), born in Pearl, Mississippi
  • Aug 18 Dennis Elliott, English rock drummer (Foreigner), born in London, England
  • Aug 21 Patrick Juvet, Swiss pop singer, born in Montreux, Switzerland
  • Aug 25 Willy Deville [William Paul Borsey Jr.], American rock vocalist and guitarist (Mink Deville), born in Stamford, Connecticut (d. 2009)
  • Aug 25 Charles Fambrough, American jazz bassist (Jazz Messengers), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2011)
  • Aug 30 Micky Moody, English guitarist (Whitesnake, Juicy Lucy), born in Middleborough, England
  • Aug 31 Wilton Felder, American saxophonist and bassist (The Crusaders), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2015)
  • Sep 2 Michael Rother, German musician (Neu!, Kraftwerk, Harmonia, Cluster), born in Hamburg, West Germany
  • Sep 3 Aaron "A-Train" Smith, American drummer (The Temptations; Romeo Void), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Sep 3 Doug Pinnick, American bassist and singer (King's X), born in Braidwood, Illinois
  • Sep 7 Mark "Moogy" Klingman, American rock musician and songwriter (Utopia), born in Great Neck, Long Island, New York (d. 2011)
  • Sep 8 Will Lee, American bassist (Late Show with David Letterman), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • Sep 8 Zachary Richard, American Cajun and zydeco singer-songwriter, guitarist, and accordion player, born in Scott, Louisiana
  • Sep 9 John McFee, American rock and pedal steel guitarist (Van Morrison; Doobie Brothers), born in Santa Cruz California
  • Sep 10 Don Powell, English rock drummer (Slade), born in Bilston, England
  • Sep 10 Joe Perry, American rock guitarist (Aerosmith - "Walk This Way"), born in Lawrence, Massachusetts
  • Sep 14 Paul Kossoff, British rock guitarist (Free - "All Right Now"), born in London, England (d. 1976)
  • Sep 16 David Bellamy, American singer (The Bellamy Brothers-Let Your Love Flow), born in Darby, Florida
  • Sep 17 [John] Fee Waybill, American rock snger and songwriter (The Tubes - "Talk To Ya Later"), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Sep 18 Carl Verbraeken, Belgian composer, born in Wilrijk, Belgium
  • Sep 19 Stanley Sheldon, American bass guitar player (Peter Frampton), born in 1950 in Ottawa, Kansas
  • Sep 20 Loredana Bertè, Italian singer and 2nd ex-wife of Bjorn Borg, born in Milan, Italy
  • Sep 22 Kirka, Finnish singer (d. 2007)
  • Sep 28 Paul Burgess, British drummer (10cc-Not Alone)
  • Sep 28 Laurie Lewis, American musician
  • Sep 30 Renato Zero [Fiacchini], Italian pop, rock and soul singer (Madame), born in Rome
  • Oct 1 Jeane Manson, American singer and actress,, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Oct 2 Michael Rutherford, British rock bassist and guitar player (Genesis; Mike & the Mechanics - "Living Years"), born in Chertsey, Surrey, England
  • Oct 3 Ronnie Laws, American saxophonist/guitarist (Earth, Wind & Fire), born in Houston, Texas
  • Oct 3 John Curulewski, American rock guitarist and singer (Styx), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1988)
  • Oct 5 Jeff Conaway, American actor and singer (Taxi - "Bobby"; Grease - "Kenickie"; Babylon 5 - "Zack"), born in NYC, New York (d. 2011)
  • Oct 5 "Fast" Eddie Clarke, British guitarist (Fastway, Motörhead), born in Twickenham, London (d. 2018)
  • Oct 6 Thomas McClary, American soul guitarist and singer (The Commodores), born in Eustis, Florida
  • Oct 8 Robert "Kool" Bell, American funk rock bassist (Kool & the Gang - "Joanna"), born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • Oct 11 Andrew Woolfolk, American pop musician (Earth, Wind & Fire - Shining Star), born in Texas
  • Oct 15 Chris De Burgh, British-Irish rock vocalist (The Lady in Red), born in Venado Tuerto, Santa Fe Province, Argentina
  • Oct 17 Sandra Reemer, Dutch singer (As Love Goes)
  • Oct 20 Tom Petty, American classic rock singer (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), born in Gainesville, Florida (d. 2017)
  • Oct 20 Elodie Lauten [Genevieve Schecroun], French-American composer (The Death of Don Juan), born in Paris (d. 2014)
  • Oct 23 Harry Sacksioni, Dutch guitarist (Around the Corner)
  • Oct 24 Steven Greenberg, American composer and musician (Lipps Inc.), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Oct 25 Chris Norman, British singer (Smokie), born in Redcar, England
  • Nov 1 Dan Peek, American rock vocalist and guitarist (America), born in Panama City, Florida (d. 2011)
  • Nov 11 Jim Peterik, American rock musician and songwriter (Survivor - "Eye Of The Tiger"), born in Berwyn, Illinois
  • Nov 12 James Pugh, American session and touring trombonist, composer, and educator (Thundering Herd; Chick Corea; Steely Dan), born in Camden, New Jersey
  • Nov 18 Graham Parker, British singer-songwriter (Squeezing Out Sparks - "Local Girls"; "Mercury Poisoning"), born in Hackney, London, England
  • Nov 18 Rudy Sarzo, Cuban-American bass guitarist (Quiet Riot; Ozzy Osbourne), born in Havana, Cuba
  • Nov 19 James Adler, American concert pianist and composer (Memento mori - An AIDS Requiem), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Nov 20 Gary Green, British guitarist (Gentle Giant), born in London, England
  • Nov 21 Livingston Taylor, American singer-songwriter (I Will Be In Love With You), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Nov 21 Stephen Geyer, American film & television songwriter (Greatest American Hero), born in Lima, Peru
  • Nov 21 Gary Pihl, American guitarist (Sammy Hagar), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Nov 22 "Little" Steven Van Zandt, American guitarist, songwriter, producer (E-Street Band; Asbury Jukes), and actor (The Sopranos), born in Winthrop, Massachusetts
  • Nov 22 [Ma]Tina Weymouth, rock bassist (Talking Heads-& She Was), born in Coronado, California

Deaths in Music