June 1953 in Music History

Events in Music

Music History

Jun 14 Elvis Presley graduates from L. C. Humes High School in Memphis, Tennessee

Birthdays in Music

  • Jun 4 Jimmy McCulloch, Scottish songwriter and guitarist (Thunderclap Newman; Wings), born in Dumbarton, Scotland (d. 1979)
  • Jun 4 Paul Samson [Sansom] British heavy metal and blues guitarist (Samson), born in Norwich, England (d. 2002)
  • Jun 7 Johnny Clegg, South African musician "The White Zulu", born in Bacup, Lancashire (d. 2019)
  • Jun 12 Jonathan "Rocky" Burnette, American rock and roll vocalist ("Tired of Toein' the Line"), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Jun 14 David Thomas, American singer and songwriter (Pere Ubu), born in Miami, Florida
  • Jun 15 Raphael Wallfisch, British concert cellist, born in London, England
  • Jun 16 Ian Mosley, British drummer (Marillion - "Clutching At Straws"), born in Paddington, London, England
  • Jun 18 Jerome Smith, American guitarist (KC & the Sunshine Band - "Boogie Shoes"), born in Miami, Florida (d. 2000)
  • Jun 19 Larry Dunn [Dunhill], rock and soul keyboardist (Earth Wind & Fire, 1972-83), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Jun 21 Augustus Pablo, Jamaican musician (King Tubbys Meets Rockers Uptown), born in St. Andrew, Jamaica (d. 1999)

Cyndi Lauper (70 years old)

Jun 22 American singer ("Girls Just Want To Have Fun"; "Time After Time"), born in NYC, New York

  • Jun 26 Ralph Ezell, American singer (Shenandoah - "Sunday in the South"), born in Union, Mississippi
  • Jun 26 Robert Davi, American actor (Die Hard; License to Kill), director (The Dukes), and singer ("Davi Sings Sinatra"), born in Queens, New York
  • Jun 29 Billy Hinsche, American pop musician, singer, and songwriter (Dino, Desi & Billy; The Beach Boys), born in Manila, Philippines (d. 2021)
  • Jun 29 Colin Hay, Scottish-Australian guitarist and singer (Men At Work - "Who Can It Be Now?"), born in Saltcoats, Scotland
  • Jun 29 Don Dokken, American heavy metal singer (Dokken - "Alone Again"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 30 Hal Lindes, American-English rock guitarist (Dire Straits, 1980-85), and film score composer (The Boys Are Back), born in Monterey, California

Weddings in Music

Martin Luther King Jr.

Jun 18 Civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. (24) weds fellow activist and singer Coretta Scott (26) on the lawn of her parent’s home in Marion, Alabama; ceremony officiated by his father

James Brown

Jun 19 Singer James Brown (20) weds Velma Warren at Trinity CME Church in Toccoa, Georgia; divorce in 1969

Deaths in Music

Florence Price (1888-1953)

Jun 3 American composer (Wanamaker Prize 1932) and 1st African-American woman to have a composition played by a major orchestra, dies at 66

  • Jun 10 Grzegorz Fitelberg, Polish composer, dies at 73
  • Jun 17 Walter Niemann, German composer, dies at 76
  • Jun 29 Jules van Nuffel, Belgian composer, priest, and musicologist (Nova Organi Harmonia), dies at 70
  • Jun 30 Göte Carlid, Swedish composer (Eine kleine Teemusik), dies at 32