Famous Keyboardists in History

Events in Music

  • 1854-06-13 Anthony Faas patents the 1st US accordion, having made improvements to both the keyboard, and to enhance the sound (11,062)
  • 1974-06-08 Keyboardist Rick Wakeman quits rock group "Yes"
  • 1984-12-20 33 unknown Bach keyboard works found in Yale library

Birthdays in Music

  • 1925-10-18 Wim van Gennep, Dutch singer/keyboardist (Heikrekels)
  • 1932-07-07 Josef Zawinul, Austrian-American jazz keyboardist, composer and musician (d. 2007)
  • 1937-05-29 Irmin Schmidt, German keyboardist and rocker (Can), born in Berlin
  • 1938-07-18 Ian Stewart, Scottish keyboardist, road manager, and co-founder of the Rolling Stones, born in Pittenweem, Fife, Scotland (d. 1985)
  • 1938-08-13 Dave "Baby" Cortez [Clowney], American pop keyboardist (The Happy Organ), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1938-11-11 Roger Laver, [Jackson], rock keyboardist (Tornados)
  • 1938-11-16 Toni Brown, American guitarist, singer and keyboardist (Joy of Cooking)
  • 1939-02-12 Ray Manzarek, American musician and keyboardist (The Doors-Light My Fire, Unknown Soldier), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2013)
  • 1939-07-18 Brian Auger, English fusion keyboardist (Befour, Genesis), born in London, England
  • 1939-10-20 Raymond Jones, British keyboardist and songwriter, born in Oldham
  • 1940-05-08 Cathryn "Toni" Tennille, American singer-songwriter, keyboardist (Captain & Tennille) and female Beach Boy, born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1941-01-24 Aaron Neville, American singer & keyboardist (Neville Brothers), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1941-06-09 Jon Lord, British keyboardist (Deep Purple-Hush, White Snake), born in Leicester, England (d. 2012)
  • 1941-12-12 Terry Kirkman, American rock vocalist and keyboardist (Association), born in Salina, Kansas
  • 1941-12-27 Mike Pinder [Michael Thomas Pinder], English keyboard player and Mellotron pioneer (Moody Blues-Nights in White Satin), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1942-02-11 Leon Haywood, American vocalist/keyboardist (It's Got to be Mellow)
  • 1942-04-19 Alan Price, English rock keyboardist (Animals-House of the Rising Sun), born in Fatfield, Washington, England
  • 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)
  • 1943-02-04 Barry Beckett, American keyboardist and record producer (David Hood, Jimmy Johnson, Roger Hawkins), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2009)
  • 1943-03-29 Vangelis [Evángelos Odysséas Papathanassíou], Greek composer and keyboardist (Chariots of Fire), born in Agria, Greece
  • 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, American 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
  • 1945-04-26 Michael "Mike" Finnigan, American keyboard player and vocalist, born in Troy, Ohio
  • 1945-05-07 Cornelius Bumpus, American saxophonist and keyboardist (Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2004)
  • 1945-05-23 Misty Morgan, country keyboardist (duo with Jack Blanchard)
  • 1945-05-29 Gary Brooker, English rock keyboardist and singer (Procol Harum), born in Hackney, London
  • 1945-08-24 Ken Hensley, English songwriter and rock keyboardist (Blackfoot, Uriah Heep), born in Plumstead, England
  • 1945-09-03 Mike Harrison, English keyboardist (Spooky Tooth-It's All About), born in Carlisle, Cumbria, England
  • 1946-01-12 George Duke, American keyboard pioneer & composer, born in San Rafael, California (d. 2013)
  • 1946-03-07 Matthew Fisher, English rock keyboardist (Procol Harum), born in London, England
  • 1946-04-12 René Krijnen, Dutch keyboardist (Les Baroques)
  • 1946-05-25 Timothy "Tim" Hinkley, British singer-songwriter and keyboard player (Jody Grind), born in London
  • 1946-06-25 Allen Lanier, American rock keyboardist, guitarist and vocalist (Blue Oyster Cult), born in Long Island, New York (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, American rock keyboardist (Atlanta Rhythm Section), born in Kinston, Alabama
  • 1946-09-09 Doug Ingle, rock vocalist/keyboards (Iron Butterfly), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1946-10-21 Phil Ryan, Welsh keyboardist and composer (Man, Pete Brown), born in Port Talbot, Wales (d. 2016)
  • 1947-02-27 Louis Clark, British musical arranger & keyboard player (Electric Light Orchestra), born in Kempston, England
  • 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 Stuart "Woolly" Wolstenholme, British keyboardist and vocalist (Barclay James Harvest), born in Chadderton, Lancashire (d. 2010)

Person of interestDonald Fagen

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

Singer Donald Fagen
Singer
Donald Fagen
  • 1948-03-12 Dana Walden, rock keyboardist (Champaign)
  • 1948-03-28 John Evan, British rock keyboardist (Jethro Tull), born in Blackpool, Lancashire
  • 1948-04-14 Larry Ferguson, keyboardist (Hot Chocolate-You Sexy Thing), born in Nassau, Bahamas
  • 1948-04-20 Craig Frost, American keyboardist (Grand Funk Railroad-Some Kind of Wonderful), born in Flint, Michigan
  • 1948-05-05 Frank Esler-Smith, English-Australian rock keyboardist (Air Supply), born in London (d. 1991)
  • 1948-05-24 Ernst Jansz, Dutch keyboardist and singer (Doe Maar), born in Amsterdam
  • 1948-06-24 Patrick Moraz, Swiss progressive rock keyboard player (Yes, The Moody Blues), born in Morges, Switzerland
  • 1948-11-21 Lonnie Jordan, rock keyboardist and vocalist (War), born in San Diego, California
  • 1948-11-21 John "Rabbit" Bundrick, American keyboardist and organist (The Who, The Rocky Horror Picture Show), born in Houston, Texas
  • 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, American rock keyboardist (Little Feat-Time Loves a Hero), born in Waco, Texas
  • 1949-03-25 Bob Ezrin, Canadian music producer and keyboardist, born in Toronto, Canada
  • 1949-03-28 Milan Williams, American keyboardist (Commodores-Three Times a Lady), born in Okolona, Mississippi
  • 1949-05-18 Rick Wakeman, English, rock keyboardist (Yes), born in London
  • 1949-06-01 Mike Levine, Canadian rock keyboardist, bassist (Triumph), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1949-06-20 Bob Andrews, English rock keyboardist and producer (Brinsley Schwarz; The Rumour), born in Leeds, Yorkshire, England
  • 1949-07-16 Alan "Fitz" Fitzgerald, rock keyboardist and 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, American 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, American rock keyboardist (The Tubes, Grateful Dead), born in Phoenix, Arizona (d. 2003)
  • 1951-03-25 Bob Pelander, rock keyboardist/vocalist (Michael Stanley Band)
  • 1951-07-03 Mike Corby, English guitarist and keyboardist (The Babys), born in Windsor, Berkshire, England
  • 1951-07-28 Greg Gluffria, rock keyboardist (House of Lords-Sahara), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1951-08-25 Bob Mayo, American session keyboardist (Peter Frampton), born in New York City (d. 2004)
  • 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 and keyboardist (Good Cause), born in Utrecht, Netherlands
  • 1952-01-10 Scott Thurston, American guitarist & keyboardist (Motels-Only the Lonely), born in Medford, Oregon
  • 1952-02-12 Michael McDonald, rock keyboardist/vocals (Doobie Brothers), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1952-02-27 Kevin Raleigh, American singer & keyboardist (Michael Stanley Band), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1952-03-05 Alan Clark, keyboardist (Dire Straits-Sultans of Swing)
  • 1952-06-03 Billy Powell, American musician and keyboardist (Lynyrd Skynyrd-That Smell, Freebird), born in Corpus Christi, Texas (d. 2009)
  • 1952-06-25 Brian MacLeod, Canadian rock guitarist, keyboardist and vocalist (Chilliwack), born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (d. 1992)
  • 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)

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

LoveWedding 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 manager, and co-founder of the Rolling Stones, dies of a heart attack at 47
  • 1990-07-26 Brent Mydland, American rock keyboardist and vocalist (Grateful Dead), dies of a drug overdose at 38
  • 1991-03-01 Frank Esler-Smith, English-Australian rock keyboardist (Air Supply), dies at 42
  • 1992-04-25 Brian MacLeod, Canadian rock guitarist, keyboardist and vocalist (Chilliwack), dies of cancer at 39
  • 1996-07-12 Jonathan Melvoin, keyboardist (Smashing Pumpkins), dies of heorin OD
  • 1996-07-22 Robert Collins, keyboard player, dies at 33
  • 1999-08-25 Rob Fisher, British rock keyboardist (Naked Eyes), dies at 42
  • 2004-02-03 Cornelius Bumpus, American saxophonist and keyboardist (Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • 2004-02-23 Bob Mayo, American session keyboardist (Peter Frampton), dies of a heart attack at 52
  • 2006-06-02 Vince Welnick, American rock keyboardist (The Tubes, Grateful Dead), commits suicide at 55
  • 2006-06-03 Johnny Grande, original accordion/piano/keyboard player for Bill Haley's Comets (b. 1932)
  • 2006-07-09 Milan Williams, American keyboardist (Commodores-Three Times a Lady), dies at 58
  • 2006-08-04 John Locke, American rock keyboardist (Spirit-I Got A Line on You), dies of cancer at 62
  • 2007-10-06 Laza [Lazar] Ristovski, Serbian keyboardist (Smak and Bijelo Dugme), dies from multiple sclerosis at 51
  • 2009-01-28 Billy Powell, American musician and keyboardist (Lynyrd Skynyrd-That Smell, Freebird), dies at 56
  • 2009-06-10 Barry Beckett, American keyboardist and record producer (David Hood, Jimmy Johnson, Roger Hawkins), dies from complications of a stroke at 66
  • 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
  • 2010-12-13 Stuart "Woolly" Wolstenholme, British keyboardist and vocalist (Barclay James Harvest), commits suicide at 63
  • 2011-07-12 David Carr, English rock keyboardist (The Fortunes), dies at 67
  • 2013-05-20 Ray Manzarek, American musician and keyboardist (The Doors-Light My Fire, Unknown Soldier), dies of cancer at 74
  • 2013-08-14 Allen Lanier, American rock keyboardist, guitarist and vocalist (Blue Oyster Cult), dies from complications from COPD at 67
  • 2016-04-30 Phil Ryan, Welsh keyboardist and composer (Man, Pete Brown), dies at 69
  • 2016-06-24 Bernie Worrell, American keyboardist (Funkadelic-Cosmic Slop), dies at 72
  • 2016-11-04 Eddie Harsch [Edward Hawrysch], Canadian keyboardist (Bulldog, The Black Crowes), dies at 59