Famous Songwriters in Music History (Part 3)

Events in Music


Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 201 - 300 of 1,739

  • 1931-09-12 George Jones, American country singer-songwriter ("Golden Rings"; "Oh Lonesome Me"), born in Saratoga, Texas (d. 2013)
  • 1931-09-24 Anthony Newley, British actor and singer-songwriter (Doctor Dolittle; Goldfinger theme; Willy Wonka score), born in London, England (d. 1999)
  • 1931-11-12 Bob Crewe, songwriter and producer (Big Girls Don't Cry), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2014)
  • 1932-01-31 Rick Hall, American record producer, songwriter, and creator of the "Muscle Shoals sound" (FAME Studio), born in Forest Grove, Mississippi (d. 2018)
  • 1932-02-16 Otis Blackwell, American songwriter ("Fever"; "Don't Be Cruel"; "Great Balls Of Fire"; All Shook Up"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2002)
  • 1932-03-17 Dick Curless, singer/songwriter
  • 1932-03-23 Louisiana Red [Iverson Minter], American blues guitarist, and singer-songwriter ("Sweet Blood Call"), born in Bessemer, Alabama (d. 2012)
  • 1932-04-05 Billy Bland, American singer and songwriter, born in Wilmington, North Carolina (d. 2017)
  • 1932-04-09 Carl Perkins, American rockabilly singer and songwriter ("Blue Suede Shoes"; "Honey Don't"), born in Jackson, Tennessee (d. 1998)

Person of interestLoretta Lynn

1932-04-14 Loretta Lynn, American country singer-songwriter ("Coal Miner's Daughter"; "Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man"), born in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky

Singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn
Singer-songwriter
Loretta Lynn
  • 1932-07-11 Billy Davis, American music producer and songwriter (I'd Like To Buy The World A Coke), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2004)
  • 1932-11-15 [Sally] Petula Clark, English singer-songwriter (Downtown, My Love), born in Epsom, England

Person of interestLittle Richard

1932-12-05 Little Richard [Wayne Penniman], American singer-songwriter and rock 'n' roll pioneer (Tutti Frutti), born in Macon, Georgia (d. 2020)

Singer-Songwriter and Rock 'n' Roll Pioneer Little Richard
Singer-Songwriter and Rock 'n' Roll Pioneer
Little Richard

Person of interestNina Simone

1933-02-21 Nina Simone [Eunice Waymon], American jazz pianist, singer, songwriter, arranger, and civil rights activist (“Mississippi Goddam”; “To Be Young, Gifted, and Black”, “Feeling Good”; “Wild Is The Wind”), born in Tyron, North Carolina (d. 2003)

Singer and Civil Rights Activist Nina Simone
Singer and Civil Rights Activist
Nina Simone
  • 1933-04-24 Freddie Scott, American singer and songwriter ("Cry to Me"), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 2007)
  • 1933-04-25 Jerry Leiber, American songwriter (Leiber & Stoller - "Hound Dog"; "JAilhouse Rock"; "Is That All There Is?"), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2011)
  • 1933-04-29 Rod McKuen, American singer-songwriter ("Love's Been Good to Me"; "Jean"; "Without A Worry In The World"), and poet (Lonesome Cities), born in Oakland, California (d. 2015)

Person of interestWillie Nelson

1933-04-29 Willie Nelson, American country singer-songwriter ("Crazy"; "On the Road Again"; ), born in Abbott, Texas

Country Singer Willie Nelson
Country Singer
Willie Nelson
  • 1933-09-01 Conway Twitty [Harold Jenkins], American country and rockabilly singer-songwriter ("Linda On My Mind"; "Honky Tonk Heroes"), born in Friars Point, Mississippi (d. 1993)
  • 1933-09-25 Ian Tyson, Canadian singer-songwriter (Ian & Sylvia), born in Victoria, British Columbia
  • 1933-10-17 Jeanine Deckers, Belgian nun and singer-songwriter, The Singing Nun, born in Laeken (d. 1985)
  • 1933-11-10 Mack Rice, American musician and songwriter (Mustang Sally), born in Clarksdale, Mississippi (d. 2016)
  • 1933-12-01 Lou Rawls, American soul singer-songwriter and producer ("You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine", "Natural Man"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2006)
  • 1933-12-30 Perry Ford [Brian Pugh], British pop singer, session musician and songwriter (The Ivy League - "Tossing And Turning"), born in Lincoln, England (d. 1999)
  • 1934-02-07 Earl King [Solomon Johnson], American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Come On), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1934-02-18 Skip Battin, American singer-songwriter (The Byrds), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2003)
  • 1934-03-02 Joyce "Dottie" Rambo (nee Luttrell), American gospel singer and songwriter, born in Madisonville, Kentucky (d. 2008)
  • 1934-03-15 Danny Apolinar, cabaret performer and theatrical composer-songwriter (Do Your Own Thing), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1995)
  • 1934-03-25 Johnny Burnette, American rockabilly singer-songwriter and guitarist ("Train Kept A-Rollin'"; "You're Sixteen"), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1964)
  • 1934-03-31 John D. Loudermilk, country singer and songwriter ("Tobacco Road"), born in Durham, North Carolina (d. 2016)
  • 1934-06-09 Jackie Wilson, American soul singer-songwriter and performer ("Lonely Teardrops"; "Higher And Higher": "I Get the Sweetest Feeling"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1984)

Person of interestLeonard Cohen

1934-09-21 Leonard Cohen, Canadian writer and singer-songwriter ("Hallelujah"; Death of Ladies Man), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2016)

Singer-songwriter and writer Leonard Cohen
Singer-songwriter and writer
Leonard Cohen
  • 1934-11-19 Dave Guard, singer-songwriter (The Kingston Trio), born in San Francisco, California (1991)
  • 1934-12-21 (Bennie Ross) "Hank" Crawford, American saxophonist, arranger and songwriter ("Help Me Make It Through the Night"), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2009)
  • 1934-12-21 Harmonica Slim [Travis Blaylock], American blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter ("You Better Believe It"), born in Texarkana, Texas (d. 1984)
  • 1934-12-30 Del Shannon [Charles Westover], American rock guitarist, singer and songwriter ("Runaway"), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 1990)
  • 1935-02-12 Gene McDaniels, American vocalist ("A Hundred Pounds Of Clay"), songwriter ("I Feel Like Making Love") and actor (Young Swingers), born in Kansas City, Kansas (d. 2011)
  • 1935-04-11 Richard Berry, American doo-wop bass vocalist and songwriter ("Louie, Louie"), born in Extension, Louisiana (d. 1997)
  • 1935-05-15 Gordon Mills, British songwriter (Tom Jones - "It's Not Unusual"), born in Madras, India (d. 1986)
  • 1935-07-24 Les Reed, English songwriter (It's Not Unusual), born in Woking, Surrey

Person of interestRoger Miller

1936-01-02 Roger Miller, American country singer-songwriter ("King of the Road"; "Dang Me"), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 1992)

Country Singer Roger Miller
Country Singer
Roger Miller
  • 1936-01-14 Clarence Carter, American blues singer-songwriter ("Patches"), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1936-01-24 Jack Scott, Canadian rock and roll singer-songwriter (My True Love), born in Windsor, Ontario (d. 2019)
  • 1936-02-09 "Stompin' Tom" Connors, Canadian country and folk singer-songwriter ("The Hockey Song"), born in St. John, New Brunswick, (d. 2013)
  • 1936-02-26 Cyrus Faryar, American folk musician, songwriter, and record producer (Modern Folk Quartet), born in Tehran, Persia
  • 1936-03-04 Eric Allandale [Dubuisson], West Indian-British rock and soul trombonist, and songwriter (The Foundations - "Baby Now That I've Found You"), born in Dominica, West Indies (d. 2001)
  • 1936-03-16 Frederick "Fred" Neil, American folk singer-songwriter and dolphin conservationist (Everybody's Talkin'), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2001)
  • 1936-03-20 (Rainford) Lee "Scratch" Perry, Jamaican reggae singer-songwriter and producer (The Upsetters), born in Kendal, Jamaica
  • 1936-03-24 Don Covay [Randolph], American R&B musician and songwriter ("Chain of Fools"), born in Orangeburg, South Carolina (d. 2015)
  • 1936-06-11 Jud Strunk, American singer-songwriter ( "Daisy a Day"), and comedian (Laugh-In), born in Jamestown, New York (d. 1981)
  • 1936-06-30 Dave Van Ronk, American folk singer and songwriter, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2002)
  • 1936-09-21 Dickey Lee, American singer and songwriter (Patches), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1936-11-11 Jack Keller, American songwriter, and record producer ("Run To Him"; "Breakin' In A Brand New Broken Heart"; theme to Bewitched), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1936-11-15 Wolf Biermann, German singer-songwriter and East German dissident, born in Hamburg
  • 1937-01-06 Doris Troy [Doris Elaine Higginsen], US R&B singer and songwriter (Just One Look), born in the Bronx, New York (d. 2004)
  • 1937-02-08 Joe Raposa, American composer and songwriter (Sesame Street), born in Fall River Massachusetts (d. 1989)
  • 1937-02-20 David Ackles, American singer-songwriter (American Gothic), born in Rock Island, Illinois (d. 1999)
  • 1937-03-08 Raynoma Singleton [Gordy], music producer and singer-songwriter (Motown), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2016)
  • 1937-03-08 Richard Fariña, American folk singer-songwriter ("Birmingham Sunday"), and novelist ("Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me"), born in New York City (d. 1966)

Person of interestMerle Haggard

1937-04-06 Merle Haggard, American country singer-songwriter ("Mama Tried"; "If We Make It Through December"; "Okie from Muskogee"), born in Oildale, California (d. 2016)

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard
  • 1937-04-22 (Bernard) "Jack" Nitzsche, American composer, arranger, music producer, keyboardist (Rolling Stones; Neil Young), and songwriter ("Up Where We Belong"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2000)
  • 1937-05-09 Sonny Curtis, American guitarist and singer-songwriter (The Crickets - " I Fought The Law"; solo - "Love Is All Around"), born in Meadow, Texas
  • 1937-05-13 Teddy Randazzo, American pop singer-songwriter (I'm on the Outside Looking In), born in NYC, New York (d. 2003)
  • 1937-06-02 Jimmy Jones, American singer-songwriter ("Handy Man"), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2012)
  • 1937-10-30 Tony Cucchiara, Italian folk singer and songwriter (Cain and Abel), born in Agrigento, Sicily, Italy (d. 2018)
  • 1937-10-31 Tom Paxton, American folk singer and songwriter (Forest Lawn), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1937-12-30 John Hartford [Harford] American country and bluegrass banjo player, fiddler, and singer-songwriter ("Gentle on My Mind"), born in New York City (d. 2001)
  • 1937-12-30 (Noel) Paul Stookey, singer, songwriter and musician (Peter, Paul, & Mary - "The Wedding Song (There Is Love)"), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1938-01-14 Allen Toussaint, American pianist, songwriter and producer ("Mother-In-Law"; "Working In A Coal Mine"; "Southern Nights"), born in Gert Town, Louisiana (d. 2015)
  • 1938-02-08 Ray Sharpe, American rockabilly singer-songwriter, (Linda Lu), born in Forth Worth, Texas
  • 1938-02-11 Bobby "Boris" Pickett, American singer-songwriter ("Monster Mash"), born in Somerville, Massachusetts (d. 2007)
  • 1938-02-25 Ed Cobb, American musician, songwriter and producer (Four Preps - "Tainted Love"), born in Honolulu, Hawaii (d. 1999)
  • 1938-03-10 Norman Blake, American traditional stringed instrument artist and songwriter, born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • 1938-03-25 Hoyt Axton, American songwriter, singer ("No No Song"; "Joy To The World"; "I've Never Been To Spain"), and actor (McCloud; Gremlins; The Rousters), born in Duncan, Oklahoma (d. 1999)
  • 1938-04-03 Jeff Barry [Joel Adelberg], American pop songwriter ("Do Wah Diddy Diddy"; "Da Doo Ron Ron"; "Chapel Of Love"; "Leader Of The Pack'), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1938-04-09 Rockin' Sidney [Simien], American zydeco and R&B singer-songwriter, accordionist, guitarist, organist, and harmonica player ("My Toot-Toot"; "You Ain't Nothing But Fine"), born in Lebeau, Louisiana (d. 1998)
  • 1938-04-20 Johnny Tillotson, American singer-songwriter ("It Keeps Right On A-Hurtin'"; "Poetry In Motion"), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1938-04-26 Maurice Williams, American doo-wop singer, and songwriter (Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs - "Stay"), born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • 1938-05-24 Prince Buster [Cecil Bustamente Campbell], Jamaican singer-songwriter and producer ("Al Capone"; "Madness", "Whine and Grine"), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 2016)
  • 1938-05-31 Peter Yarrow, American singer-songwriter (Peter, Paul & Mary -"Puff The Magic Dragon"), born in NYC, New York
  • 1938-06-04 Simeon Coxe, American songwriter, singer and psychedelic synthesizer player (Silver Apples), born in Knoxville, Tennessee (d. 2020)
  • 1938-06-14 Julie Felix, American-born British-based folk-rock singer-songwriter, and BBC presenter (The Frost Report; Once More With Felix), born in Santa Barbara, California (d. 2020)

Person of interestBill Withers

1938-07-04 Bill Withers, American singer-songwriter and rhythm & blues musician (Ain't No Sunshine, Lean on Me), born in Slab Fork, West Virginia (d. 2020)

Rhythm & Blues Musician Bill Withers
Rhythm & Blues Musician
Bill Withers
  • 1938-07-26 Bobby Hebb, American country singer and songwriter (Sunny), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2010)
  • 1938-07-28 Arsen Dedić, Croatian singer-songwriter and poet, born in Šibenik, Kingdom of Yugoslavia (d. 2015)

Person of interestKenny Rogers

1938-08-21 Kenny Rogers, American singer-songwriter (The Gambler, Through the Years) and entrepreneur (Kenny Rogers Roasters), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2020)

Country Singer Kenny Rogers
Country Singer
Kenny Rogers
  • 1938-08-22 Dale Hawkins, American rock singer and songwriter (Susie Q), born in St. Mary Parish, Louisiana (d. 2010)
  • 1938-08-24 Mason Williams, American musician, songwriter, author and photographer ("Classical Gas", Smother Brothers Comedy Hour), born in Abilene, Texas
  • 1938-10-16 Nico [Christa Päffgen], German singer-songwriter (Velvet Underground), fashion model, and actress, born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1988)
  • 1938-10-29 Peter Stampfel, American musician and songwriter (The Holy Modal Rounders), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1938-11-06 P. J. Proby [James Marcus Smith], American singer, songwriter and actor (Hold Me, Three Week Hero), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1938-11-12 Mort Shuman, American singer-songwriter (Viva Las Vegas), born in NYC, New York (d. 1991)
  • 1939-01-31 Claude Gauthier, Canadian folk singer-songwriter, and actor, born in Lac-Saguay, Quebec
  • 1939-02-01 Claude François, French pop singer-songwriter ("Comme d'habitude"), born in Ismaïlia, Egypt (d. 1978)
  • 1939-02-09 Barry Mann [Imberman], American pop songwriter ("You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling"), and singer ("Who Put the Bomp In The Bomp, Bomp, Bomp"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1939-02-12 Ray Manzarek, American rock organist and songwriter (The Doors - "Light My Fire"; "Love Her Madly"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2013)
  • 1939-02-18 Bobby Hart [Harshman], American pop songwriter ("I'm Not Your Steppin' Stone"; "Last Train To Clarksville") and singer (Boyce & Hart - "I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight"), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1939-02-21 Ron Nagle, American sculptor, and songwriter, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1939-03-13 Neil Sedaka, American singer and songwriter ("Breaking Up is Hard to Do"), born in Brooklyn, New York

Person of interestMarvin Gaye

1939-04-02 Marvin Gaye [Gay], American soul singer-songwriter ("It Takes Two"; What's Going On"; "Let's Get It On"), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1984)

Singer Marvin Gaye
Singer
Marvin Gaye

Weddings in Music


Divorces in Music


Deaths in Music

Deaths 201 - 300 of 537

  • 1996-07-08 James Woodie Alexander, songwriter/vocalist, dies at 80
  • 1996-12-01 Irving Gordon, American songwriter ("Unforgettable"; "Me, Myself, And I"), dies of multiple myeloma cancer at 81
  • 1996-12-17 Irving Caesar, American songwriter (Sometimes I'm Happy), dies at 101
  • 1996-12-29 Mireille Hartuch, singer/songwriter, dies at 90
  • 1997-01-01 Townes Van Zandt, American singer-songwriter, dies at 52
  • 1997-01-27 Gerald Marks, American songwriter (All of Me), dies at 96
  • 1997-04-08 Laura Nyro, American singer-songwriter ("Wedding Bell Blues"; "Stoned Soul Picnic"; "And When I Die"), dies of ovarian cancer at 49
  • 1997-04-16 Mae Boren Axton, American songwriter, known as the"Queen Mother of Nashville" ("Heartbreak Hotel"), dies at 82
  • 1997-05-23 Lovie Lee [Edward Lee Watson], American electric blues pianist, singer, and songwriter, dies at 88
  • 1997-06-26 Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, Native Hawaiian singer, songwriter ("Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World"), and Hawaiian sovereignty advocate, dies from respiratory failure at 38
  • 1998-01-19 Carl Perkins, American singer and songwriter (Blue Suede Shoes), dies at 65
  • 1998-02-25 Rockin' Sidney [Simien], American zydeco and R&B singer-songwriter, accordionist, guitarist, organist, and harmonica player ("My Toot-Toot"; "You Ain't Nothing But Fine"), dies of throat cancer at 59
  • 1998-06-25 Lounès Matoub, Kabylian singer-songwriter, guitar and mandole player, and Berber rights activist,, assassinated by the Armed Islamic Group (GIA) at 42
  • 1998-07-12 Jimmy Driftwood, American folk songwriter and musician, dies at 91
  • 1998-10-01 Pauline Julien, Canadian singer-songwriter, social and political activist, takes her own life after a brain disease diagnosis, at 70
  • 1998-10-02 Gene Autry, American cowboy singer, songwriter, actor, musician, ("Back In The Saddle Again";"Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer") and business tycoon (owner MLB Angels team, 1961-97), dies of lymphoma at 91
  • 1998-10-29 Paul Misraki [Misrachi], French jazz pianist, songwriter, and film score composer (Jean Renoir), dies at 90
  • 1998-11-19 Glenn Reeves, American rockabilly singer-songwriter and radio deejay (Heartbreak Hotel), dies of cancer at 67
  • 1998-11-27 Barbara Acklin, American soul singer ("Love Makes A Woman") and songwriter ("HAve You Seen Her"), dies of pneumonia at 55
  • 1998-12-25 Bryan MacLean, American singer, musician and songwriter (Love) (b. 1946)
  • 1999-01-11 Fabrizio de André, Italian singer-songwriter (Storia di un impiegato), dies of lung cancer at 58
  • 1999-02-02 David McComb, Australian singer-songwriter, and guitarist (The Triffids, 1976-89; d The Blackeyed Susans, 1989–93), dies after unsuccessful heart transplant at 38
  • 1999-02-14 Buddy Knox, American singer and songwriter (Party Doll, Lovey Dovey), dies at 65
  • 1999-03-02 David Ackles, American singer-songwriter (American Gothic), dies of lung cancer at 62
  • 1999-03-07 Lowell Fulson, Choctaw-Cherokee-American blues guitarist and songwriter (“3 O’Clock Blues”; “Reconsider Baby”), dies at 77
  • 1999-04-14 Anthony Newley, British actor and singer-songwriter (Doctor Dolittle; Goldfinger theme; Willy Wonka score), dies at 67
  • 1999-04-16 Alexander "Skip" Spence, Canadian-American guitarist, singer and songwriter (Jefferson Airplane), dies of lung cancer at 52
  • 1999-04-29 Perry Ford [Brian Pugh], British pop singer, session musician and songwriter (The Ivy League - "Tossing And Turning"), dies at 65
  • 1999-05-10 Shel Silverstein, American writer and cartoonist (Now Here's My Plan: A Book of Futilities; The Giving Tree) and songwriter ("A Boy Named Sue"; "The Cover Of The Rolling Stone"), dies at 68
  • 1999-07-03 Mark Sandman, Mark Sandman, American singer-songwriter and musician (Morphine; Treat Her Right) dies of a heart attack at 46
  • 1999-09-19 Ed Cobb, American musician, songwriter and producer (Tainted Love), dies at 61
  • 1999-10-26 Hoyt Axton, American songwriter, singer ("No No Song"; "Joy To The World"; "I've Never Been To Spain"), and actor (McCloud; Gremlins; The Rousters), dies of a heart attack at 61
  • 1999-12-17 Rex Allen, American actor and singer-songwriter known as the "the Arizona Cowboy" (Dr Baxter-Frontier Doctor), dies at 78
  • 1999-12-26 Curtis Mayfield, American singer-songwriter and soul musician (Freddie's Dead, Superfly), dies from complications of type 2 diabetes at 57
  • 2000-03-07 Pee Wee King [Julius Frank Kuczynski], American country singer, accordionist, and songwriter ("Tennesee Waltz"; "Slow Poke"), dies of a heart attack at 84
  • 2000-03-09 Ivo Robić, Croatian singer and songwriter (b. 1923)
  • 2000-05-10 Dédé Fortin, Quebec singer and songwriter (Les Colocs) (b. 1962)
  • 2000-07-01 Micheal "Cub" Koda, American rock singer-songwriter and guitarist (Brownsville Station - "Smokin' In The Boys Room'), dies of kidney disease at 50
  • 2000-08-13 Nazia Hassan, Pakistani pop singer-songwriter, lawyer and social activist known as "Queen of Pop" in South Asia, dies of lung cancer at 35
  • 2000-08-25 Jack Nitzsche, American composer, arranger, music producer, keyboardist (Rolling Stones; Neil Young), and songwriter ("Up Where We Belong"), dies at 63
  • 2000-10-01 Robert Allen, American pianist and songwriter (b. 1928)
  • 2000-11-05 Jimmie Davis, American singer and songwriter (You Are My Sunshine), dies at 101
  • 2000-12-03 Hoyt Curtin, American composer (Hanna-Barbera cartoon theme songs), dies at 78
  • 2000-12-18 Kirsty MacColl, English singer and songwriter (Electric Landlady), dies when run over by a power boat in the National Marine Park of Cozumel at 41
  • 2001-02-19 Charles Trenet, French pop singer and songwriter ("Boum!"; "La Mer"), dies at 87
  • 2001-03-10 Massimo Morsello, Italian fascist political singer and songwriter, dies at 42
  • 2001-05-09 James E. Myers, American songwriter (Rock Around the Clock) & producer, dies at 81
  • 2001-05-20 Renato Carosone, Italian canzone napoletana singer, pianist, songwriter ("Tu vuò fà l'americano" - "You Want to Be American"), and accordionist, dies at 81
  • 2001-07-03 Johnny Russell, American country singer and songwriter (b. 1940)
  • 2001-07-07 Frederick "Fred" Neil, American folk singer-songwriter and dolphin conservationist (Everybody's Talkin'), dies from skin cancer at 65
  • 2001-08-23 Eric Allandale [Dubuisson], West Indian-British rock and soul trombonist, and songwriter (The Foundations - "Baby Now That I've Found You"), dies at 65
  • 2001-11-29 Mic Christopher, Irish singer and songwriter (b. 1969)
  • 2002-01-20 Henry Cosby, American songwriter, musician and producer for Motown (Tears of a Clown), dies at 73
  • 2002-01-21 Peggy Lee [Norma Delores Egstrom], American singer ("Fever"; "Is That All There Is?"), songwriter ("Mañana"), and actress (Pete Kelly's Blues; Lady and the Tramp), dies of a heart attack at 81
  • 2002-01-22 Sheldon Allman, American-Canadian actor, singer, and songwriter (Nevada Smith, Harris Against the World), dies at 77
  • 2002-02-10 Dave Van Ronk, American folk singer and songwriter, dies at 65
  • 2002-02-16 Billy Ward, American singer and songwriter (Billy Ward and his Dominoes), dies at 80
  • 2002-03-03 Harlan Howard, American country music songwriter, dies at 74
  • 2002-03-12 John "Speedy" Keen, British musician, songwriter, producer (Thunderclap Newman - "Something in the Air"), dies of heart failure at 56
  • 2002-05-06 Otis Blackwell, American songwriter ("Fever"; "Don't Be Cruel"; "Great Balls Of Fire"; All Shook Up"), dies of a heart attack at 70
  • 2002-05-17 Sharon Sheeley, American songwriter (Somethin' Else), dies of complications following a cerebral hemorrhage at 62 (b. 1940)
  • 2002-07-11 Rosco Gordon, American R&B pianist, singer, and songwriter ("Booted"; "No More Doggin'"), dies of a heart attack at 74
  • 2002-09-24 Tim Rose, American singer-songwriter, dies at 62
  • 2002-10-14 Norbert Schultze, American composer and songwriter (b. 1911)
  • 2002-11-03 Lonnie Donegan, Scottish singer-songwriter and the King of Skiffle, dies at 71
  • 2002-11-26 Polo Montañez, Cuban singer and songwriter (b. 1955)
  • 2002-12-31 Kevin Macmichael, Canadian guitarist, songwriter and record producer (Cutting Crew - "(I Just) Died in Your Arms"), dies of lung cancer at 51
  • 2003-01-15 Doris Fisher, American singer and songwriter ("Tutti Frutti"; You Always Hurt the One You Love": "Tampico"), dies at 87
  • 2003-04-03 Homer Banks, American singer and songwriter ("Be What You Are"), dies at 61
  • 2003-04-17 Earl King, American R&B and blues guitarists, singer, and songwriter ("Come On"; "Big Chief"), dies from diabetes-related complications at 69

Person of interestNina Simone

2003-04-21 Nina Simone [Eunice Waymon], American jazz pianist, singer, songwriter, arranger, and civil rights activist (“Mississippi Goddam”; “To Be Young, Gifted, and Black”, “Feeling Good”; “Wild Is The Wind”), dies of breast cancer at 70

Singer and Civil Rights Activist Nina Simone
Singer and Civil Rights Activist
Nina Simone
  • 2003-04-22 Felice Bryant, American songwriter (Bye Bye Love; Wake Up Little Susie), dies at 77
  • 2003-07-06 Skip Battin, American singer-songwriter (The Byrds), dies at 69
  • 2003-08-03 Roger Voudouris, American singer and songwriter (b. 1954)
  • 2003-08-13 Ed Townsend, American songwriter and producer (b. 1929)
  • 2003-08-15 Gösta Sundqvist, Finnish songwriter and singer (heart attack) (b. 1957)
  • 2003-09-07 Warren Zevon, American rock singer-songwriter and musician (Werewolves of London, Lawyers, Guns and Money, Excitable Boy), dies of pleural mesothelioma at 56
  • 2003-09-19 Slim Dusty [David Kirkpatrick], Australian country music singer-songwriter, dies of cancer at 76
  • 2003-09-26 Robert Palmer, English singer-songwriter (Power Station), dies of a heart attack at 54
  • 2003-11-21 Teddy Randazzo, American pop singer-songwriter (I'm on the Outside Looking In), dies at 68
  • 2004-01-12 Randy VanWarmer, American singer-songwriter and guitarist ("Just When I Needed You Most"), dies of leukemia at 48
  • 2004-02-16 Doris Troy [Doris Elaine Higginsen], US R&B singer and songwriter (Just One Look), dies from emphysema at 67
  • 2004-02-21 Bart Howard [Howard Joseph Gustafson], American songwriter (Fly Me to the Moon), dies at 88
  • 2004-04-01 Nilo Soruco, Bolivian singer and songwriter, dies at 76
  • 2004-05-05 Ritsuko Okazaki, Japanese singer-songwriter (Kanashii Jiyū / Koi ga, Kiete Yuku), dies at 44
  • 2004-05-11 John Whitehead, American songwriter and soul singer (McFadden & Whitehead - "Ain't No Stopping Us Now" ), murdered outside of his home at 55
  • 2004-05-31 Étienne Roda-Gil, French songwriter and screenwriter, dies at 62
  • 2004-06-24 Ifigeneia Giannopoulou, Greek songwriter (b. 1957)
  • 2004-06-26 Naomi Shemer, Israeli singer-songwriter (b. 1930)
  • 2004-07-29 James Hubert "Huby" Heard, American singer-songwriter (The God Squad), dies at 73
  • 2004-08-26 Laura Branigan, American singer-songwriter (Gloria), dies of a brain aneurysm at 52 [1]
  • 2004-09-03 Billy Davis, American music producer and songwriter (I'd Like To Buy The World A Coke), dies at 72
  • 2004-10-19 Elliott Smith, American Singer Songwriter(b. 1969)
  • 2004-11-18 Cy Coleman [Seymour Kaufman], American songwriter (Witchcraft, Sweet Charity), dies at 75
  • 2004-11-24 Wong Jim, Hong Kong songwriter (b. 1940)
  • 2005-01-22 Consuelo Velázquez, Mexican songwriter, dies at 88
  • 2005-01-28 Jim Capaldi, English singer and songwriter (Traffic-Something So Strong), dies at 60
  • 2005-02-08 Keith Knudsen, American drummer, vocalist and songwriter (The Doobie Brothers, Southern Pacific), dies of pneumonia at 56
  • 2005-02-15 Pierre Bachelet, French singer and songwriter (b. 1944)
  • 2005-02-28 Chris Curtis [Crummey], British rock drummer, songwriter and vocalist (The Searchers - "Needles And Pins"), dies at 63

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