Famous Vocalists in Music History (Part 2)

Events in Music


Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 630

  • 1937-11-19 Ray Collins, American rock vocalist (Mothers of Invention), born in Pomona, California (d. 2012)
  • 1937-12-17 Art Neville, American vocalist (Neville Brothers), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1938-02-05 Dick van Niehoff, Dutch vocalist (Fouryo)
  • 1938-03-03 Willie Chambers, guitarist/vocalist (Chambers Brothers)
  • 1938-10-03 Eddie Cochran, American rock vocalist and guitarist ("Summertime Blues"; "C'Mon Everybody"), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 1960)
  • 1938-10-18 Ronnie Bright, American doo-wop bass vocalist (Johnny Cymbal's "Mr. Bass Man"; The Coasters, 1968-2009), born in New York City (d. 2015)
  • 1938-11-19 Hank Medress, American doo-wop vocalist (Tokens - "The Lion Sleeps Tonight"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2007)
  • 1939-02-10 Roberta Flack, American pop vocalist ("The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face", "Killing Me Softly with His Song"), born in Black Mountain, North Carolina
  • 1939-03-06 Jerry Naylor, American rock vocalist (Crickets), born in Stephenville, Texas
  • 1939-04-16 Dusty Springfield [Mary O'Brien], British pop vocalist ("I Only Want To Be With You"; "Son Of A Preacher Man"), born in West Hampstead, London (d. 1999)
  • 1939-05-07 Johnny Maestro, American rock vocalist (Crests-16 Candles, Brooklyn Bridge), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2010)
  • 1939-08-04 Frankie Ford [Frank Guzzo], rock vocalist (Sea Cruise), born in Gretna, Louisiana, (d. 2015)
  • 1939-08-21 Harold Reid, American country bass vocalist (Statler Brothers - "Bed Of Rose's"), born in Staunton, Virginia (d. 2020)
  • 1939-09-02 Sam Gooden, rock vocalist (Impressions-Gypsy Woman), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • 1939-09-17 Lamonte McLemore, American rock vocalist (5th Dimension), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1939-10-07 Colin Cooper, British vocalist and harmonica player (Climax Blues Band - "Couldn't Get It Right"), born in Stafford, England (d. 2008)
  • 1939-10-30 Grace Slick, American rock vocalist (Jefferson Airplane - "White Rabbit"), born in Highland Park, Illinois
  • 1939-11-24 Jim Yester, rock vocalist/guitarist (Association), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1939-12-08 Jerry Butler, American soul vocalist (The Impressions; "Never Give You Up"), born in Sunflower, Mississippi
  • 1939-12-11 David Gates, American rock vocalist (Bread-Baby I'm A Want You), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1939-12-15 Cindy Birdsong, American rock vocalist (Labelle-Rainbow, Supremes), born in Camden, New Jersey
  • 1939-12-28 Charles Neville, American vocalist and saxophonist (Neville Brothers), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2018)
  • 1939-12-30 Felix Pappalardi, American rock music producer, songwriter, vocalist, and bassist (Mountain - "Mississippi Queen"), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1983)
  • 1940-02-10 Jimmy Merchant, American rock vocalist (Frankie Lymon & Teenagers - "Why Do Fools Fall In Love"), born in NYC, New York
  • 1940-02-19 Bobby Rogers, American soul tenor vocalist (The Miracles - "You Really Got A Hold On Me"; "Tears Of A Clown"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2013)
  • 1940-03-29 Raymond Davis, American rock vocalist (Funkadelic - "Knee Deep"), born in Sumter, South Carolina (d. 2005)
  • 1940-04-13 Lester Chambers, American rock and soul singer (The Chambers Brothers - "Time Has Come Today"), born in Mississippi
  • 1940-04-19 Genya Ravan, American vocalist (Goldie & the Gingerbreads, Ten Wheel Drive), born in Łódź, Poland
  • 1940-06-08 Sherman Garnes, American rock vocalist (Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers), born in NYC, New York (d. 1977)
  • 1940-07-23 Gary Stites, American rock vocalist (Lonely For You), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1940-09-02 Jimmy Clanton, Baton Rogue, La, rock vocalist (Just a Dream)
  • 1940-09-09 Joe Negroni, rock vocalist (Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers), born in NYC, New York (d. 1978)
  • 1940-09-24 Barbara "Bibs" Allbut, American rock vocalist (Angels - My Boyfriend's Back), born in Orange, New Jersey
  • 1940-10-07 Dino Valenti [Chester "Chet" Powers], American rock guitarist/vocalist (Quicksilver Messenger Service), born in Danbury, Connecticut (d. 1994)

Person of interestCliff Richard

1940-10-14 Cliff Richard [Harry Webb], English rock vocalist ("Move It"; "Living Doll"; "We Don't Talk Anymore"), born in Lucknow, British India

  • 1940-12-16 Dimitri van Toren, Dutch singer-songwriter, born in Breda, Netherlands (d. 2015)
  • 1941-01-05 Grady Thomas, American rock vocalist (Parliaments, Funkadelic, Maggot Brain), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1941-01-12 "Long" John Baldry, English blues vocalist ("Don't Try to Lay No Boogie Woogie on the King of Rock and Roll"), born in East Haddon, United Kingdom (d. 2005)
  • 1941-02-03 Chuck Tharp, rock vocalist (Fireballs)
  • 1941-02-05 Barrett Strong, vocalist (Money, That's What I Want), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1941-02-08 Tom Rush, American folk and blues singer-songwriter, and guitarist ("Circle Game"; "No Regrets"), born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire
  • 1941-02-17 Gene Pitney, American vocalist and songwriter ("Town Without Pity"; "Hello Mary Lou"; "He's A Rebel"), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2006)
  • 1941-02-18 Herb Santiago, American pop vocalist (Frankie Lymon & Teenagers - "Why Do Fools Fall In Love")
  • 1941-02-18 Irma Thomas [Lee], American R&B and soul vocalist (It's Raining), born in Ponchatoula, Louisiana
  • 1941-03-15 Mike Love, American vocalist (Beach Boys - "Fun, Fun, Fun"; "California Girls"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1941-04-03 Jan Berry, American rock and roll vocalist (Jan and Dean - "Surf City"), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2004)
  • 1941-05-11 Eric Burdon, Walker-on-Tyne England, rock vocalist (Animals-House of the Rising Sun)
  • 1941-06-10 Harry Muskee, Dutch rock vocalist (Cuby & Blizzards)
  • 1941-06-12 Reg Presley [Reginald Maurice Ball], English rock vocalist (Troggs-Wild Thing) and songwriter, born in Andover, Hampshire, England (d. 2013)
  • 1941-06-15 Harry Nilsson, American pop and rock singer-songwriter ("Everybody's Talkin'"; " One"; "Without You"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1941-07-07 Jim Rodford, British rock bassist (The Kinks; Argent; Zombies), born in St Albans, Hertfordshire, England (d. 2018)
  • 1941-08-24 Ernest Wright Jr, American rock vocalist (Imperials-So Much)
  • 1941-08-26 Chris Curtis [Crummey], British rock drummer, songwriter and vocalist (The Searchers - "Needles And Pins"), born in Oldham, Lancashire (d. 2005)
  • 1941-08-30 John McNally, English rock guitarist and vocalist (Searchers - "Needles And Pins"), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1941-09-16 Joe Butler, American rock vocalist and drummer (Lovin' Spoonful), born in Glen Cove, New York
  • 1941-09-19 "Mama" Cass Elliot, American rock vocalist (Mamas & The Papas), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1974)
  • 1941-10-25 Helen Reddy, Australian-American rock vocalist ("I Am Woman"; "You And Me Against The World"), born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (d. 2020) [1]
  • 1941-11-18 Conleth "Con" Cluskey, Irish pop vocalist (The Bachelors - "Diane"; "I Wouldn't Trade You For The World"), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1941-12-10 Chad Stuart, English rock vocalist and guitarist (Chad & Jeremy), born in Windermere, Cumberland, England
  • 1941-12-12 Liesbeth List, Dutch actress and vocalist (Theodorakis), born in Bandoeng, Dutch East Indies
  • 1941-12-12 Terry Kirkman, American rock vocalist and keyboardist (Association), born in Salina, Kansas
  • 1941-12-29 Ray Thomas, English rock vocalist and flautist (Moody Blues - "Legend Of A Mind"), born in Stourport-on-Severn, United Kingdom (d. 2018)
  • 1942-01-01 Country Joe McDonald, California, rock guitarist/vocalist (& the Fish)
  • 1942-02-05 Cory Wells [Emil Lewandowski], American rock vocalist (3 Dog Night-Joy to the World), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1942-02-11 Leon Haywood, American funk and soul singer, and keyboardist ("It's Got To Be Mellow"; "I Want'a Do Something Freaky To You"), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2016)
  • 1942-03-02 Lou Reed, American rock vocalist, songwriter and guitarist (Velvet Underground - "Sweet Jane"; "Walk On The Wild Side"), born in NYC, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1942-03-03 Mike Pender, vocalist/guitarist (Searchers-Needles & Pins), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1942-03-09 Mark Lindsay, American rock vocalist (Paul Revere & Raiders - "Kicks"; "Indian Reservation"), born in Eugene, Oregon
  • 1942-04-01 Danny Brooks [Jim Mealey], American pop bass vocalist (The Dovells - "Bristol Stomp"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 197?)
  • 1942-04-01 Phil Margo, American rock vocalist (Tokens - "The Lion Sleeps Tonight"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1942-04-05 Allan Clarke, British rock vocalist (Hollies - "Air That I Breathe"), born in Salford, Lancashire, England
  • 1942-04-08 Roger Chapman, British progressive rock vocalist (Family - "In My Own Time"), born in Leicester, England
  • 1942-05-22 Calvin Simon, American rock vocalist (Funkadelic-1 Nation Under a Groove), born in Beckley, West Virginia
  • 1942-06-16 Eddie Levert, vocalist (O'Jays-For the Love of Money), born in Canton, Ohio
  • 1942-07-21 Kim Fowley, Philippines American rock vocalist/producer/songwriter (d. 2015)
  • 1942-08-24 Joe Chambers, American rock guitarist and vocalist (Chambers Brothers), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1942-08-25 Walter Williams, American rock vocalist (O'Jays-Use to Be My Girl), born in Canton, Ohio
  • 1942-09-08 Brian Cole, American rock vocalist and bassist (Association), born in Tacoma, Washington (d. 1972)
  • 1942-09-10 Danny Hutton, Irish rock vocalist (Three Dog Night)
  • 1942-09-24 Gerry Marsden, British rock vocalist and TV personality (Gerry & Pacemakers - Ferry Cross The Mersey), born in Liverpool, England (d. 2021) [1]
  • 1942-09-24 Phyllis "Jiggs" Allbut, American rock vocalist (Angels - My Boyfriend's Back), born in Orange, New Jersey
  • 1942-09-30 Dewey Martin, Canadian rock drummer (Buffalo Springfield - "For What It's Worth"), born in Chesterville, Ontario (d. 2009)
  • 1942-10-17 Gary Puckett, American pop vocalist (Gary Puckett & The Union Gap - "Woman, Woman"; "Lady Willpower"), born in Hibbing, Minnesota
  • 1942-10-22 Bobby Fuller, American rock vocalist and guitarist (Bobby Fuller Four - "I Fought The Law"), born in Baytown, Texas (d. 1966)
  • 1942-12-02 Ted Bluechel, American rock vocalist and drummer (Association), born in San Pedro, California
  • 1942-12-07 Harry Chapin, American folk-rock singer-songwriter (Taxi; Cat's in the Cradle), born in New York City, New York (d. 1981)
  • 1942-12-10 Beer Bossu [Berend Frederik Gertenbach], Dutch actor and vocalist (Pub Chantant), born in Amsterdam
  • 1943-01-10 Jim Croce, American singer-songwriter ("Time in a Bottle"; "Bad, Bad LeRoy Brown"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1973)
  • 1943-01-28 Dick Taylor, English rock guitarist (The Pretty Things - "S.F. Sorrow"), born in Dartford, England
  • 1943-02-06 Fabian [Fabiano Anthony Forte], American vocalist (Turn Me Loose, Tiger), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1943-02-14 Eric Anderson, American vocalist (Avalanche, Be True to You), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1943-02-26 Bob "Bear" Hite, American vocalist (Canned Heat-Going Up the Country), born in Torrance, California (d. 1981)
  • 1943-03-01 Piet Veerman, Dutch rock vocalist/guitarist (Cats-Sailin' Home)
  • 1943-03-22 Keith Relf, British blues-rock singer and harmonica player (The Yardbirds - "For Your Love"; Renaissance, 1969-71), born in Richmond, England (d. 1976)
  • 1943-04-02 Glen Dale [Richard Garforth], rock vocalist (Fortunes Deal)
  • 1943-04-03 Richard Manuel, Canadian rock pianist and vocalist (The Band - "The Shape I'm In"; "Tears Of Rage"), born in Stratford, Ontario (d. 1986)
  • 1943-07-04 Alan Wilson, American rock guitarist and vocalist (Canned Heat), born in Arlington, Massachusetts (d. 1970)

Person of interestChristine McVie

1943-07-12 Christine McVie, English rock vocalist (Fleetwood Mac-Got A Hold on Me), born in Bouth, England

Rock vocalist Christine McVie
Rock vocalist
Christine McVie
  • 1943-07-20 Dennis Yost, American vocalist (The Classics IV), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2008)

Person of interestMick Jagger

1943-07-26 Mick Jagger, English rock vocalist (Rolling Stones), born in Dartford, Kent

Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
Mick Jagger

Weddings in Music


Divorces in Music


Deaths in Music

  • 2010-08-14 Abbey Lincoln [Anna Wooldridge], African-American civil rights activist, jazz vocalist, songwriter and actress (Nothing But a Man), dies at 80
  • 2010-10-05 Steve Lee, Swiss musician and vocalist (Gotthard) (b. 1963)
  • 2010-12-13 Stuart "Woolly" Wolstenholme, British keyboardist and vocalist (Barclay James Harvest), commits suicide at 63
  • 2010-12-19 Trudy Pitts, American jazz organist, pianist, and vocalist (b. 1932)
  • 2011-01-04 Gerry Rafferty, Scottish guitarist and vocalist (Baker Street), dies at 63
  • 2011-01-14 Trish Keenan, lead vocalist of English band Broadcast (b. 1968)
  • 2011-06-12 Carl Gardner, American rock vocalist (Coasters-Yakety Yak), dies at 83
  • 2011-07-24 Dan Peek, American rock vocalist and guitarist (America), dies at 60

Person of interestAdam Yauch

2012-05-04 MCA [Adam Yauch], American rap-rock vocalist (Beastie Boys -"(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)"), dies from cancer at 47

Rocker Adam Yauch
Rocker
Adam Yauch
  • 2012-09-07 Dorothy "Dottie" McGuire, American pop vocalist (McGuire Sisters - "Sincerely"; "Sugartime"), dies at 84
  • 2012-12-24 Ray Collins, American rock vocalist (Mothers of Invention), dies at 76
  • 2013-02-04 Reg Presley [Reginald Maurice Ball], English rock vocalist (Troggs-Wild Thing) and songwriter, dies from lung cancer at 71
  • 2013-03-03 Bobby Rogers, American vocalist, dies from complications from diabetes at 73
  • 2013-04-17 Deanna Durbin [Edna Mae Durbin], Canadian actress and vocalist (Every Sunday, Three Smart Girls, 100 Men & a Girl), dies at 91
  • 2013-08-14 Allen Lanier, American rock keyboardist, guitarist and vocalist (Blue Oyster Cult), dies from complications from COPD at 67
  • 2013-10-15 Gloria Lynne [Wilson], American jazz vocalist (Dell Tones), dies of a heart attack at 83
  • 2013-10-30 Pete Haycock, British blues-rock guitarist, vocalist, and composer (Climax Blues Band - "Couldn't Get It Right"), dies of a heart attack at 62
  • 2014-04-01 Joe "Speedo" Frazier, American doo-wop vocalist (Impalas - "Sorry (I Ran All the Way Home)") dies at 70
  • 2015-02-18 Willie C. Jackson, American doo wop baritone vocalist (The Spaniels- "Goodnite Sweetheart Goodnite"), dies at 79
  • 2015-05-21 Louis Johnson, American rock bassist and vocalist (Brothers Johnson), dies at 60
  • 2015-09-28 Frankie Ford [Frank Guzzo], American rock vocalist (Sea Cruise), dies at 76
  • 2015-10-20 Cory Wells [Emil Lewandowski], American rock vocalist (3 Dog Night-Joy to the World), dies at 74
  • 2015-11-26 Ronnie Bright, American doo-wop bass vocalist (Johnny Cymbal - "Mr. Bass Man"; The Coasters, 1968-2009), dies at 77

Person of interestNatalie Cole

2015-12-31 Natalie Cole, American pop vocalist ('Pink Cadillac"; "Miss You Like Crazy"), dies at 65

Singer and Songwriter Natalie Cole
Singer and Songwriter
Natalie Cole
  • 2016-03-10 Ernestine Anderson, American jazz vocalist and blues singer, dies at 87
  • 2016-09-30 Oscar Brand, Canadian-born American folk vocalist (Draw Me a Laugh), dies at 96
  • 2016-12-07 Greg Lake, English rock vocalist and bassist (King Crimson, Emerson, Lake & Palmer), dies of cancer at 69
  • 2017-01-31 John Wetton, British rock vocalist and bassist (Asia, King Crimson), dies of cancer at 67
  • 2017-03-04 Valerie Carter, American folk-rock singer-songwriter, and session vocalist, dies of a heart attack at 64
  • 2017-03-10 [Joan] Joni Sledge, American vocalist (Sister Sledge "We Are Family"), dies at 60
  • 2017-03-16 James Cotton, American blues vocalist and harmonica player, dies at 81
  • 2017-05-27 Gregg Allman, American Hammond organist, guitarist and vocalist (The Allman Brothers Band - "Whipping Post"), dies of cancer at 69
  • 2017-12-12 Pat DiNizio, American rock singer, songwriter and guitarist (The Smithereens - "Only A Memory"), dies from ill health at 62
  • 2017-12-17 Kevin Mahogany, American jazz vocalist (Double Rainbow), dies at 59
  • 2018-01-04 Ray Thomas, English rock vocalist and flautist (Moody Blues-Legend Of A Mind), dies at 76
  • 2018-01-14 Marlene VerPlanck [Pampinella], American jazz and pop vocalist, dies of pancreatic cancer at 84
  • 2018-01-20 Jim Rodford, English rock bassist (The Kinks; Argent; Zombies), dies after a fall at 76
  • 2018-01-24 Mark E. Smith, British rock vocalist (The Fall, The Post-Nearly Man), dies after a long illness at 60
  • 2018-04-26 Charles Neville, American vocalist & saxophonist (Neville Brothers), dies of pancreatic cancer at 79
  • 2018-12-13 Nancy Wilson, American jazz vocalist (Feel Like Making Love), dies at 81
  • 2018-12-28 Christine McGuire, American pop vocalist (McGuire Sisters - "Sincerely"; "Sugartime"), dies at 92
  • 2019-01-07 Clydie Mae King, American session and touring vocalist (Ray Charles; Bob Dylan; Humble Pie; Lynyrd Skynrd), dies of a blood infection at 75
  • 2019-03-26 Ranking Roger [Roger Charlery], British rock vocalist (The Beat, General Public), dies of cancer at 56
  • 2020-01-26 Bob Shane, American folk vocalist (Kingston Trio - Tom Dooley), dies at 85
  • 2020-02-06 Lynn Evans [Carolyn Hargate], American pop vocalist (The Chordettes - "Mr. Sandman"; "Lollipop"), dies of a stroke at 95
  • 2020-03-29 Alan Merrill [Allan Sachs], American vocalist and songwriter (The Arrows -"I Love Rock 'n' Roll"), dies from Covid-19 complications at 69
  • 2020-04-24 Harold Reid, American country bass vocalist (Statler Brothers - "Bed Of Rose's"), dies of kidney failure at 80 [1]
  • 2020-06-04 Steve Priest, English rock bassist and vocalist (The Sweet), dies at 72
  • 2020-09-21 Tommy Devito, American rock baritone vocalist and guitarist (Four Seasons - "Sherry") dies of COVID-19 at 93
  • 2020-09-29 Helen Reddy, Australian-American rock vocalist ("I Am Woman"; "You And Me Against The World"), dies at 78 [1]
  • 2020-12-29 Phyllis McGuire, American pop vocalist (McGuire Sisters - "Sincerely"; "Sugartime"), dies at 89
  • 2021-01-03 Gerry Marsden, British rock vocalist and TV personality (Gerry & Pacemakers - Ferry Cross The Mersey), dies at 78 [1] [2]
  • 2021-02-08 Mary Wilson, American pop vocalist (Supremes - "Where Did Our Love Go?"), dies at 76 [1]
  • 2021-03-02 Bunny Wailer [Neville O'Riley Livingston], Jamaican vocalist and percussionist (The Wailers with Bob Marley), dies of stroke complications at 73

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