June 1954 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jun 12 "Girl in Pink Tights" closes at Mark Hellinger NYC after 115 performances

Music Single

Jun 12 Bill Haley & His Comets release the hit single "Rock Around the Clock"

Musical Finale

Jun 24 Musical revue "John Murray Anderson's Almanac", starring Harry Belafonte, Hermione Gingold, and Orson Bean, closes at Imperial Theatre, NYC, after 229 performances and a Tony Award win

Birthdays in Music

  • Jun 1 Wiktor Łyjak, Polish organist, historian, instrument restorer, educator, and author, born in Skierniewice, Poland
  • Jun 2 Michael Steele, rocker (Bangles - "Eternal Flame"; "Walk Like an Egyptian")
  • Jun 3 Dan Hill, Canadian pop singer and songwriter ("Sometimes When We Touch"; "Can't We Try"), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Jun 4 Mikey Dread [Michael Campbell], Jamaican reggae singer, producer ("Rocker's Delight"), and broadcaster (BBC), born in. Port Antonio, Jamaica (d. 2008)
  • Jun 4 Raphael Ravenscroft, British session saxophone player (Gerry Rafferty - "Baker Street"; Maxine Nightingale; Roger Waters), born in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England (d. 2014)
  • Jun 4 Scott Earl Holman, American jazz pianist, and composer, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 5 Michael "Nicko" McBrain, English heavy metal drummer (Iron Maiden - "Bring Your Daughter To The Slaughter"), born in London, England
  • Jun 5 Peter Erskine, American jazz drummer (Weather Report, 1978-82; Jaco Pastorious, 1982-87; Bob Mintzer; Elaine Elias), born in Somers Point, New Jersey
  • Jun 9 Pete Byrne Bath, English rocker (Naked Eyes), born in Bath, Somerset
  • Jun 10 Raul Rekow, American percussionist and conguero (Santana, 1976-2013), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2015)
  • Jun 10 Richard "Rich" Hall, American comedian, writer, and musician (Saturday Night Live, Fridays, Not Necessarily the News), born in Alexandria, Virginia
  • Jun 11 Johnny Neel, American musician, singer and songwriter (The Allman Brothers Band; Gov't Mule; Dickey Betts), born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • Jun 13 (Guillermo) "Jorge" Santana, Mexican rock guitarist (Malo - "Suavecito"), born in Autlán de Navarro (d. 2020)
  • Jun 13 (Robert) "Bo" Donaldson, American rock vocalist (The Heywoods - "Billy Don't Be a Hero"), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Jun 13 Rita Cadillac, Brazilian dancer and singer, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Jun 15 Terri Gibbs, American blind country music singer ("Somebody's Knockin'"), born in Miami, Florida
  • Jun 16 Doane Perry, American musician, composer, and author (Jethro Tull), born in Mt. Kisco, Westchester County, New York
  • Jun 16 Gary Roberts, Irish guitarist (Boomtown Rats - "I Don't Like Mondays"), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Jun 18 William Beard, American session and touring rock drummer (Face To Face; Sessions Americana), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jun 20 Michael Anthony [Sobolewski], American rock bassist/singer (Van Halen - "Pretty Woman"), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jun 22 Bobby Valentino, rocker (Fabulous Poodles)
  • Jun 22 Julius Williams, American contemporary classical composer (Midnight Tolls), conductor, and music educator (Berklee), born in The Bronx, NYC
  • Jun 23 Kevin Locke [Tȟokéya Inážiŋ], Lakota Native American flute player, storyteller, educator, and cultural ambassador, born in Southern California (d. 2022)
  • Jun 25 David Paich, American rock keyboardist (Toto - "Rosanna"; "Africa"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 25 Ric Browde, American record producer (Ted Nugent; Poison; Joan Jett; W.A.S.P.), born in the USA
  • Jun 28 Ava Barber, American country singer (Lawrence Welk Show), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Jun 30 Bryn Burrows, British rock drummer (Fabulous Poodles - "Mirror Star"), born in England

Deaths in Music

  • Jun 10 Will Rossiter, British-American songwriter and music publisher, dies at 87
  • Jun 13 Nikolai Obukhov, Russian composer, dies at 62
  • Jun 17 Donato "Danny" Cedrone, American guitarist and bandleader (The Esquires; Bill Haley & His Comets - "Rock Around The Clock"), died of broken neck suffered falling down a staircase at 33
  • Jun 27 Francis L Casadesus, French violinist, composer and conductor, dies at 83