On This Day

Year 1954 in Music History (Part 2)

Events in Music


Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 209

  • Jun 25 David Paich, American rock keyboardist (Toto-Africa), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 28 Ava Barber, American country singer (Lawrence Welk Show), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Jun 30 Bryn B Burrows, rock drummer (Fabulous Poodles)
  • Jul 1 Randall Hall, American rock guitarist (Lynyrd Skynyrd 1987-94), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Jul 5 Jimmy Crespo, American guitarist (Aerosmith), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jul 9 Debbie Sledge, American vocalist (Sister Sledge-We are Family), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 10 Gene Holder, American musician (the dBs)
  • Jul 10 Neil Tennant, English singer and songwriter (Pet Shop Boy-West End Girl), born in North Shields, Northumberland, England
  • Jul 13 Louise Mandrell, country singer (Mandrell Sisters), born in Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Jul 13 Sezen Aksu, Turkish singer
  • Jul 14 Jos Zoomer, Amsterdam Neth, rock drummer (Vandenberg)
  • Jul 18 Ricky Skaggs, American country singer (Heartbroke, Toy Hearts), born in Cordell, Kentucky
  • Jul 18 Tobias Picker, American composer (Emmeline), born in New York City
  • Jul 20 Jay Jay French [John French Segall], American rock guitarist (Twisted Sister), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 22 Al Di Meola, American jazz guitarist (Return To Forever; Elegant Gypsy), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Jul 23 Marisa DeFranco, Canadian musician (The DeFranco Family), born in Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada
  • Jul 25 Ken Greer [Kenneth William Greer], Canadian rock guitarist (Red Rider), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Jul 28 Steve Morse, American rocker (Dixie Dregs, Deep Purple), born in Hamilton, Ohio
  • Aug 6 Elma Miller, Canadian composer, born in Toronto
  • Aug 9 Pete Thomas, British drummer (Elvis Costello), born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, Englan Sheffiled
  • Aug 11 David Ian "Joe" Jackson, English singer, pianist, composer (Steppin' Out), born in Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, England
  • Aug 11 Juan Maria Solare, Argentine composer
  • Aug 11 Sinan Savaskan, Turkish-British contemporary classical music composer and educator (The Age of Analysis; Octandre Ensemble), born in Istanbul, Turkey
  • Aug 12 Pat Metheny, American jazz and fusion guitarist (As Wichita Falls, So Falls Whichita), born in Lee's Summit, Missouri
  • Aug 13 Nico Assumpção, Brazilian bass player, born in São Paulo, Brazil (d. 2001)
  • Aug 17 Eric Johnson, American guitarist, born in Austin, Texas
  • Aug 20 Tawn Mastrey, American disc jockey and music video producer, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2007)
  • Aug 21 Steve Smith, rock drummer (Journey), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 25 Elvis Costello [Declan Patrick McManus], English rock singer and songwriter (Allison; Watching The Detectives; The Other Side Of Summer), born in Paddington, London
  • Aug 25 Marty Jourard, American keyboardist and vocalist (Motels-Only the Lonely), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Aug 26 Michael Chetwood, British keyboard player (T'Pau)
  • Aug 26 Wally Murphy, American pedal steel guitarist (Asleep At The Wheel, 1981-85; STEEL)
  • Aug 29 Julio Fernandez, Cuban-American jazz guitarist (Spyro Gyra), born in Havana, Cuba
  • Sep 6 Banner Thomas, American rock bassist (Molly Hatchet), born in Orange Park, Florida (d. 2017)
  • Sep 6 Patrick O'Hearn, American rock bassist (Missing Persons), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Sep 7 Benmont Tench, American rock keyboardist (Heartbreakers), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • Sep 13 Teddy Mueller, American rock drummer (Axe), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2012)
  • Sep 13 Steve Kilbey, English-Australian singer-songwriter and bass plpayer (The Church), born in Welwyn Garden City, England
  • Sep 13 Denis "Den" Hegarty, Irish doo-wop singer (The Darts), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Sep 14 Barry Cowsill, American rock bassist (The Cowsills - We Can Fly), born in Newport, Rhode Island (d. 2005)
  • Sep 16 Colin Newman, English musician (Wire), born in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England
  • Sep 16 Frank Reed, American singer (Chi-Lites), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 2014)
  • Sep 17 Joël-François Durand, French classical composer, born in Orléans, France
  • Sep 20 Peter White, British rock and smooth jazz guitarist, and songwriter (Al Stewart), born in Luton, England
  • Sep 21 Philthy Animal [Phil Taylor], English rock drummer (Motorhead), born in Hasland, Chesterfield (d. 2015)
  • Sep 26 Craig Chaquico, American rock guitarist (Jefferson Starship), born in Sacramento, California
  • Sep 26 César Rosas, Mexican singer, songwriter and guitarist (Los Lobos), born in Hermosillo, Mexico
  • Sep 28 George Lynch, rock guitarist (Lynch Mob-Wicked Sensations)
  • Sep 30 Patrice Rushen, jazz and R&B pianist and singer and songwriter (Forget Me Nots), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Oct 2 Greg Jennings, American country singer (Restless Heart-Wheels), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Person of interestStevie Ray Vaughan

Oct 3 Stevie Ray Vaughan, American blues guitarist (Texas Flood; "Pride And Joy"; David Bowie - Let's Dance), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1990)

Musician, Singer and Songwriter Stevie Ray Vaughan
Musician, Singer and Songwriter
Stevie Ray Vaughan
  • Oct 3 Dawayne Bailey, American rock guitarist (Silver Bullet Band, 1983-86; Chicago, 1986-95), born in Manhattan, Kansas
  • Oct 6 David Hidalgo, American Tex-Mex and roots singer-songwriter, guitarist and accordion player (Los Lobos - "Will The Wolf Survive?"; Latin Playboys), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Oct 7 Kenneth Atchley, American composer
  • Oct 8 Carl Vine, Australian classical composer, born in Perth, Australia
  • Oct 10 James Fearnley, English accordionist (The Pogues), born in Worsley, Greater Manchester

Person of interestDavid Lee Roth

Oct 10 David Lee Roth, American rock singer (Van Halen - "Jump!"), born in Bloomington, Indiana

Van Halen Rocker David Lee Roth
Van Halen Rocker
David Lee Roth
  • Oct 10 Mohamed Mounir, Egyptian singer and actor (El Malek Howwa El Malek), born in Aswan, Egypt
  • Oct 12 Ed Cherry, American jazz and session guitarist (Dizzy Gillespie, 1978-92), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Oct 20 Steve Orich, orchestrator
  • Oct 20 Günter Müller, German sound artist, improvisor and percussionist
  • Oct 24 Perry Lee "Tiny" Tavares, American rocker, born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • Oct 24 Jozef Ráž, Slovak musician and singer, born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia
  • Oct 29 Anita Meijer, Dutch singer (Just a Disillusion)
  • Oct 30 T. Graham Brown, American country singer (Come as you Were), born in Arabi, Georgia
  • Nov 1 Chris Morris, Britsh rock guitarist and singer (Paper Lace - "The Night Chicago Died"), born in Nottingham, England)
  • Nov 3 Adam Ant [Stuart Goddard], English punk rocker (Goody Two Shoes, Antmusic), born in London
  • Nov 4 Chris Difford, British lyricist, guitarist and vocalist (Squeeze - "Black Coffee In Bed"; "Tempted"), born in Greenwich, London
  • Nov 8 Rickie Lee Jones, American singer-songwriter ("Chuck E's In Love"), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Nov 8 Jeanette McGruder, American singer (P Funk; Brides of Funkenstein), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Nov 8 Ricky Lawson, American musician, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2013)
  • Nov 9 Dennis Stratton, British rock guitarist (Iron Maiden), born in London
  • Nov 9 Sue Upton, English actress (The Benny Hill Show) and dancer, born in Chadwell Heath, Essex, England
  • Nov 10 Mario Cipollina, American rock bassist (Huey Lewis & The News), born in San Rafael, California
  • Nov 12 Levine Andrade, Indian-British violinist (Arditti Quartet, 1974-90), film score composer and conductor, born in Bombay, India (d. 2018)
  • Nov 14 Yanni [Chryssomallis], Greek new age musician (Live at the Acropolis, Sand Dance), born in Kalamata, Greece
  • Nov 15 Ab Bryant, rock bassist/vocalist (Chilliwack)
  • Nov 15 Mitch Easter, American record producer (REM), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Nov 15 Tony Thompson, American session and touring drummer (Chic; LaBelle; The Power Station), born in New York City (d. 2003)
  • Nov 18 John Parr, British pop singer (St. Elmo's Fire), born in Worksop, Nottinghamshire
  • Nov 18 Carter Burwell, American film composer (Coen Brothers films, Twilight Saga), born in New York City
  • Nov 19 Annette Guest, American pop singer (First Choice - "Smarty Pants"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Nov 19 Tom Scheckel, American rock drummer (Buckinghams), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Nov 20 Frank Marino, Canadian rock guitarist (Mahogany Rush), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Nov 23 Bruce Hornsby, American pop, rock, and bluegrass, singer-songwriter, and piano player (The Way It Is), born in Williamsburg, Virginia
  • Nov 24 Emir Kusturica, Serbian-French film maker (When Father Was Away on Business; Black Cat, White Cat), and punk rock bassist (No Smoking), born in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Nov 30 George McArdle, rock bassist (Little River Band Melbourne
  • Nov 30 June Pointer, singer (Pointer Sisters-I'm So excited)
  • Dec 2 Danielle Alexander, American country music pianist, born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Dec 2 Rob Mounsey, American session pianist, composer, and arranger, born in Berea, Ohio
  • Dec 3 Paul Gregg, American country bassist singer (Restless Heart - Big Dreams In A Small Town), born in Altus, Oklahoma
  • Dec 6 Chris Stamey, American musician, born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • Dec 7 Mike Nolan, Irish singer (Bucks Fizz-My Camera Never Lies), born in Dublin, Republic of Ireland
  • Dec 9 Kip Hanrahan, American jazz producer (American Clavé), born in the Bronx, New York
  • Dec 9 Jack Sonni , American guitarist (Dire Straits, 1984-88), born in Indiana, Pennsylvania
  • Dec 10 Jack Hues, English musician (Wang Chung), born in Gillingham, Kent, England
  • Dec 10 Geoff Deane, British pop singer (Modern Romance), born in London
  • Dec 11 Jermaine Jackson, American singer (Jackson 5 - "ABC"; "Let's Get Serious"), born in Gary, Indiana
  • Dec 11 Guðlaugur Kristinn Óttarsson, Icelandic musician, born in Iceland
  • Dec 11 Vicki Randle, American singer-songwriter, born in San Francisco, California

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