Today in Keyboardist History

Events in Music

  • 1974-06-08 Keyboardist Rick Wakeman quits rock group "Yes"

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 141

  • 1925-10-18 Wim van Gennep, Dutch singer/keyboardist (Heikrekels)
  • 1932-07-07 Josef Zawinul, Austrian-American jazz keyboardist, composer and musician (d. 2007)
  • 1938-08-13 Dave "Baby" Cortez, American pop keyboardist
  • 1938-11-11 Roger Laver, [Jackson], rock keyboardist (Tornados)
  • 1938-11-16 Toni Brown, US guitarist/singer/keyboardist (Joy of Cooking)
  • 1939-02-12 Ray Manzarek, American keyboardist (Doors-Light My Fire, Unknown Soldier)
  • 1939-07-18 Brian Auger, fusion keyboardist (Befour, Genesis), born in London, England
  • 1939-10-20 Raymond Jones, British keyboardist and songwriter, born in Oldham
  • 1940-12-20 Larry Willis, rock keyboardist (Blood, Sweat & Tears)
  • 1941-01-24 Aaron Neville, US singer/keyboardist (Neville Brothers)
  • 1941-06-09 Jon Lord, British keyboardist (Deep Purple-Hush, White Snake), born in Leicester, England (d. 2012)
  • 1941-12-12 Terry Kirkman, Salina Ks, rock vocalist/keyboardist (Association)
  • 1942-02-11 Leon Haywood, US vocalist/keyboardist (It's Got to be Mellow)
  • 1942-04-19 Alan Price, England, rock keyboardist (Animals-House of the Rising Sun)
  • 1942-08-27 Daryl Dragon, American keyboardist (Captain & Tennille), born in Pasadena, California
  • 1942-11-29 Felix Cavaliere, Pelham NY, rock keyboardist (Rascals - Lonely too Long)
  • 1943-03-29 Vangelis, [Papathanasiou], composer/keyboardist (Chariots of Fire)
  • 1943-05-08 Toni Tennille, American singer-songwriter, keyboardist (Captain & Tennille) and female Beach Boy, born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1943-05-12 David Walker, rock keyboardist (Gary Lewis & Playboys-Diamond Ring)
  • 1943-06-26 Georgie Fame [Clive Powell], English R&B and jazz singer and keyboard player (Get Away, Ballad of Bonnie & Clyde), born in Lancashire, England
  • 1943-08-04 David Carr, rock keyboardist (The Fortunes), born in Leyton, London (d. 2011)
  • 1943-09-25 John Locke, American rock keyboardist (Spirit-I Got A Line on You), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2006)
  • 1944-04-19 Bernie Worrell, US keyboardist (Funkadelic-Cosmic Slop), born in Long Branch, New Jersey (d. 2016)
  • 1944-05-26 Verden "Phally" Allen, keyboardist (Mott the Hoople)
  • 1944-07-22 Rick Davies, rock vocalist/keyboardist (Supertramp), born in London, England
  • 1945-05-23 Misty Morgan, country keyboardist (duo with Jack Blanchard)
  • 1945-05-29 Gary Brooker, rock keyboardist (Procol Harum)
  • 1945-08-12 Ron Mael, American songwriter, composer and record producer (Sparks), born in Culver City, California
  • 1945-08-24 Ken Hensley, rock keyboardist (Blackfoot, Uriah Heep)
  • 1945-09-03 Mike Harrison, keyboardist (Spooky Tooth-It's All About)
  • 1946-03-07 Matthew Fisher, rock keyboardist (Procol Harum), born in London, England
  • 1946-04-12 RenĂ© Krijnen, Dutch keyboardist (Les Baroques)
  • 1946-06-25 Allen Lanier, rock keyboardist/guitarist/vocalist (Blue Oyster Cult), (d. 2013)
  • 1946-07-29 Neal Doughty, Evansville IN, rock keyboardist (Reo Speedwagon)
  • 1946-08-05 Rick van der Linden, Dutch keyboardist (Ekseption)
  • 1946-08-09 Rinus Gerritsen [Marinus], Dutch rock bassist/keyboardist (Golden Earring)
  • 1946-09-08 Dean Daughtry, rock keyboardist (Atlanta Rhythm Section)
  • 1946-10-21 Phil Ryan, Welsh keyboardist and composer (Man, Pete Brown), born in Port Talbot, Wales (d. 2016)
  • 1947-03-10 Tom Scholz, rock guitarist/keyboardist (Boston-More Than a Feeling)
  • 1947-03-11 Mark Stein, singer/organist/keyboardist (Vanilla Fudge)
  • 1947-04-15 Wooly Wolstenholme, keyboardist/vocalist (Barclay James Harvest)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1948-01-10 Donald Fagen, rock vocalist/keyboardist (Steely Dan-Peg), born in Passaic, New Jersey

Singer Donald Fagen
Donald Fagen
  • 1948-03-12 Dana Walden, rock keyboardist (Champaign)
  • 1948-04-14 Larry Ferguson, Nassau, keyboardist (Hot Chocolate-You Sexy Thing)
  • 1948-04-20 Craig Frost, keyboardist (Grand Funk Railroad-Some Kind of Wonderful)
  • 1948-05-15 Brian Eno, Woodbridge England, rock keyboardist/singer (On Land)
  • 1948-06-24 Patrick Moraz, Swiss progressive rock keyboard player (Yes, The Moody Blues), born in Morges, Switzerland
  • 1948-07-19 Keith Godchaux, American pianist (Grateful Dead), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1979)
  • 1948-08-23 Ernst Jansz, Dutch keyboardist/singer (Doe Maar)
  • 1948-11-21 Lonnie Jordan, rock keyboardist and vocalist (War), born in San Diego, California
  • 1949-01-02 Chick Churchill, Wales, keyboardist (Ten Years After-I'm Going Home)
  • 1949-02-21 Jerry Harrison, rock keyboardist (Talking Heads), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1949-03-12 Bill Payne, rock keyboardist (Little Feat-Time Loves a Hero), born in Waco, Texas
  • 1949-03-28 Milan Williams, US keyboardist (Commodores-Three Times a Lady)
  • 1949-04-25 Michael Brown, American keyboardist (Left Bank-Don't Walk Away Renee), born in NYC, New York
  • 1949-05-18 Rick Wakeman, English, rock keyboardist (Yes), born in London
  • 1949-06-01 Mike Levine, rock keyboardist/bassist (Triumph)
  • 1949-06-20 Bob Andrews, England, rock keyboardist/vocalist
  • 1949-07-16 Alan "Fitz" Fitzgerald, rock keyboardist/vocalist (Night Ranger)
  • 1950-01-01 Morgan Fisher, rock keyboardist (British Lions)
  • 1950-01-23 Bill Cunningham, American original bass guitarist/keyboardist (Box Tops), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1950-02-04 Robert-John Stips, rock keyboardist/singer (The Nits)
  • 1950-02-26 Jonathan Cain, rock guitarist/keyboardist (Journey, Babys), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1950-03-27 Tony Banks, English musician and rock keyboardist (Genesis), born in East Hoathly, Sussex
  • 1950-03-30 Rupert Greenall, rock keyboardist (Fixx)
  • 1950-04-01 Billy Currie, English rock keyboardist and violinist (Ultravox), born in Huddersfield
  • 1950-12-30 Dave Stewart, English keyboardist (Hatfield and the North, National Health), born in London, England
  • 1951-01-27 Seth Justman, rock keyboardist (J Geils Band-Centerfold), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1951-02-21 Vince Welnick, rock keyboardist (Tubes)
  • 1951-03-25 Bob Pelander, rock keyboardist/vocalist (Michael Stanley Band)
  • 1951-07-03 Mike Corby [Michael John], Windsor, Berkshire, English guitarist/keyboardist (The Babys)
  • 1951-07-28 Greg Gluffria, rock keyboardist (House of Lords-Sahara), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1951-09-21 Henk Hofstede, Dutch singer/guitarist/keyboardist (Nits)
  • 1951-10-20 Al Greenwood, keyboardist (Foreigner-Feels Like the First Time)
  • 1951-12-07 Henk Temming, Dutch vocalist/keyboardist (Good Cause)
  • 1952-01-10 Scott Thurston, keyboardist/guitarist (Motels-Only the Lonely)
  • 1952-01-13 Cornelius Bumpus, American saxophonist and keyboardist (Doobie Bros), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2004)
  • 1952-02-12 Michael McDonald, rock keyboardist/vocals (Doobie Brothers), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1952-02-27 Kevin Raleigh, rock vocalist/keyboardist (Michael Stanley Band)
  • 1952-03-05 Alan Clark, keyboardist (Dire Straits-Sultans of Swing)
  • 1952-06-25 Brian MacLeod, rock guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist (Chilliwack)
  • 1952-08-06 Ton Scherpenzeel, Dutch rock keyboardist (Kayak, Earth & Fire), born in Hilversum, The Netherlands
  • 1952-08-25 Geoff Downes, English keyboardist (Buggles, Yes, Asia), born in Stockport, Cheshire, England
  • 1952-10-21 Brent Mydland, American rock keyboardist and vocalist (Grateful Dead), born in Munich,Germany
  • 1952-10-29 Arnell Carmichael, rock keyboardist (Raydio)
  • 1952-11-11 Paul Cowsill, rock keyboardist (The Cowsills-We Can Fly), Newport, Rhode Island
  • 1953-03-02 William Simmons, sax/keyboardist (Midnight Star-No Parking)
  • 1953-03-31 Sean Hopper, California, rock keyboardist (Huey Lewis & The News)
  • 1953-06-19 Larry Dunn, [Dunhill], US keyboardist (Earth Wind & Fire)
  • 1953-10-21 Charlotte Caffey, rock guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist (Go-Go's)
  • 1954-04-13 Jimmy Destri, rock keyboardist (Blondie-Heart of Glass, Rapture)
  • 1954-05-22 Jerry Dammers, keyboardist (Specials-Special)
  • 1954-06-25 David Paich, rock keyboardist (Toto-Africa)
  • 1954-08-25 Marty Jourard, American keyboardist and vocalist (Motels-Only the Lonely), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1954-09-07 Benmont Tench, rock keyboardist (Heartbreakers), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1955-05-20 Steve George, rock keyboardist (Mr Mister)
  • 1955-05-21 John Glavin, rock keyboardist (Molly Hatchet
  • 1956-01-17 Paul Young, rock vocalist/keyboardist (Every Time You Go Away)
  • 1956-01-18 Tom Bailey, English rock vocalist/keyboardist (Thompson Twins-Doctor Doctor), born in Halifax, West Yorkshire
  • 1956-11-05 Rob Fisher, Bath England, rock keyboardist (Naked Eyes)

Weddings in Music

  • 1984-08-18 Duran Duran keyboardist Nick Rhodes (22) weds Des Moines department store heiress Julie Anne Friedman (25) at London registrar's office

HeartWedding of Interest

1986-10-18 "Fleetwood Mac" member Christine McVie (43) weds keyboardist Eduardo Quintela

Rock vocalist Christine McVie
Rock vocalist
Christine McVie

Deaths in Music

  • 1985-12-12 Ian Stewart, Scottish keyboardist/road mgr (Rolling Stones), dies at 47
  • 1990-07-26 Brent Mydland, American rock keyboardist and vocalist (Grateful Dead), dies of a drug overdose at 38
  • 1996-07-12 Jonathan Melvoin, keyboardist (Smashing Pumpkins), dies of heorin OD
  • 1996-07-22 Robert Collins, keyboard player, dies at 33
  • 2004-02-03 Cornelius Bumpus, American saxophonist and keyboardist (Doobie Bros), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • 2006-06-02 Vince Welnick, musician, keyboardist (The Grateful Dead) (b. 1951)
  • 2006-06-03 Johnny Grande, original accordion/piano/keyboard player for Bill Haley's Comets (b. 1932)
  • 2006-08-04 John Locke, American rock keyboardist (Spirit-I Got A Line on You), dies of cancer at 62
  • 2009-08-20 Larry Knechtel, American keyboard player and bassist (b. 1940)
  • 2009-09-02 Guy Babylon, American keyboard player (Elton John) and arranger dies at 52
  • 2011-07-12 David Carr, English rock keyboardist (The Fortunes), dies at 67
  • 2016-04-30 Phil Ryan, Welsh keyboardist and composer (Man, Pete Brown), dies at 69
  • 2016-06-24 Bernie Worrell, US keyboardist (Funkadelic-Cosmic Slop), dies at 72