Musicians in History (Part 2)

Events in Music

  • 1977-11-11 Wings release "Mull of Kintyre" & "Girl's School"
  • 1978-01-02 Rhino Records releases their 1st album "Wildmania"

Music releaseAlbum Release

1979-05-08 The Cure release their debut album "Three Imaginary Boys" (Boys Don't Cry in US, Australia)

Musician Robert Smith
Musician
Robert Smith
  • 1979-06-01 Wings release "Old Siam, Sir"
  • 1979-06-07 Rock n' roll musician Chuck Berry is charged with tax evasion
  • 1979-06-08 Wings release "Back to the Egg" album
  • 1979-08-10 Wings release "Getting Closer" & "Baby's Request"

Music releaseAlbum Release

1980-09-20 "Blizzard of Ozz", the debut solo album by English rock musician Ozzy Osbourne, is released in the United Kingdom

Rock Vocalist Ozzy Osbourne
Rock Vocalist
Ozzy Osbourne
  • 1981-03-27 "Blizzard of Ozz", the debut solo album by English rock musician Ozzy Osbourne, is released in the United States

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1981-05-21 Reggae musician Bob Marley receives a Jamaican state funeral

Reggae Musician Bob Marley
Reggae Musician
Bob Marley

Music releaseMusic Single

1982-03-26 Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder release the single "Ebony & Ivory" in the UK

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Singer-Songwriter
Stevie Wonder
Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1982-10-29 Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson release "Girl is Mine"

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney

Music releaseAlbum Release

1983-07-25 Metallica's debut album Kill 'Em All is released on Megaforce Records

Metallica Rocker James Hetfield
Metallica Rocker
James Hetfield
Heavy Metal Musician Jason Newsted
Heavy Metal Musician
Jason Newsted

Music releaseAlbum Release

1984-01-27 John Lennon and Yoko Ono release "Milk & Honey" album

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1984-09-24 Paul McCartney release "No More Lonely Nights"

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney

Music releaseAlbum Release

1985-02-14 "Whitney Houston" debut album by Whitney Houston is released (Grammy Award Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female 1986, Billboard Album of Year 1986)

  • 1985-09-22 Rock and country musicians participate in FarmAid in Champaign, Illinois
  • 1986-06-06 "Storms of Life" debut album by Randy Travis is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1987)
  • 1986-10-27 Paul McCartney release "Pretty Little Head"

Music releaseAlbum Release

1986-11-15 Beastie Boys release their debut album "Licensed to Ill" - 1st No. 1 rap album on Billboard charts

Rocker Adam Yauch
Rocker
Adam Yauch
  • 1987-01-20 Rhino Records 1st #1, Billy Vera & Beaters' "At This Moment"
  • 1987-07-21 Guns N' Roses debut album "Appetite for Destruction" is released, and becomes the best-selling debut album of all time with more than 30 million copies sold

Music releaseAlbum Release

1987-10-30 "Faith" debut album by George Michael is released

Pop Superstar George Michael
Pop Superstar
George Michael
  • 1987-11-24 "Make It Last Forever" debut album by Keith Sweat is released (Billboard Song of the Year 1988)
  • 1988-06-14 "Guy" debut album by Guy is released
  • 1988-10-17 Traveling Wilbury's 1st release "Handle With Care"
  • 1989-05-02 "Killin' Time" debut album by Clint Black is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1990)

Music releaseAlbum Release

1990-06-12 "Mariah Carey" debut album by Mariah Carey is released

Singer Mariah Carey
Singer
Mariah Carey
  • 1990-07-04 2 Live Crew release "Banned in the USA" the lyrics quote Star Spangled Banner and Gettysburg Address

Music releaseAlbum Release

1990-10-10 Mexican singer and actress Thalia releases her debut album "Thalía"

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Thalía
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Thalía

Music releaseMusic Single

1990-11-08 Musician Chris Isaak releases single "Wicked Game"

Singer Chris Isaak
Singer
Chris Isaak

Music releaseAlbum Release

1992-05-19 "Some Gave All" debut album by Billy Ray Cyrus is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1993)

Country Singer-Songwriter Billy Ray Cyrus
Country Singer-Songwriter
Billy Ray Cyrus

Music releaseAlbum Release

1992-07-28 R&B singer Mary J. Blige releases her debut album "What's the 411?", with production by Puff Daddy

Singer-songwriter Mary J. Blige
Singer-songwriter
Mary J. Blige
Rapper Puff Daddy
Rapper
Puff Daddy

Music releaseAlbum Release

1992-11-03 Rock band Rage Against the Machine release their debut album "Rage Against the Machine" featuring single "Killing in the Name"

Guitarist Tom Morello
Guitarist
Tom Morello

Music releaseAlbum Release

1993-02-07 Carmen Electra releases her self-titled debut album, "Carmen Electra"

Music releaseAlbum Release

1993-06-08 Drag queen RuPaul releases his debut album "Supermodel of the World"

Actor, Singer and Drag Queen RuPaul
Actor, Singer and Drag Queen
RuPaul

Music releaseAlbum Release

1993-07-05 Icelandic musician Björk releases her 1st solo album "Debut"

Singer Björk
Singer
Björk

Music releaseAlbum Release

1993-11-23 "Doggystyle" debut album by Snoop Doggy Dogg is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1994)

Rapper Snoop Dogg
Rapper
Snoop Dogg
  • 1994-07-05 "Cracked Rear View" debut album by Hootie & the Blowfish is released

Music releaseAlbum Release

1994-08-29 British band Oasis release their debut album "Definitely Maybe", becomes fastest-selling album ever in UK

Musician Noel Gallagher
Musician
Noel Gallagher
  • 1994-11-30 Beatles' 1st album in 25 years, "Live at the BBC", is released in Britain

Music releaseAlbum Release

1995-02-07 Bluegrass and country musician Alison Krauss releases her compilation album "Now that I've Found You"

Country Singer and Musician Alison Krauss
Country Singer and Musician
Alison Krauss
  • 1996-07-09 "Blue" debut album by LeAnn Rimes is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1997)

Music releaseAlbum Release

1996-11-04 British girls group the Spice Girls release their debut album "Spice", goes on to sell 23 million copies

Singer Geri Horner
Singer
Geri Horner
Pop Star Emma Bunton
Pop Star
Emma Bunton
Singer and Fashion Designer Victoria Beckham
Singer and Fashion Designer
Victoria Beckham

Music releaseAlbum Release

1998-08-25 "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" debut album by Lauryn Hill is released (5 Grammy Awards including Album of the Year, Billboard Album of the Year 1998)

Singer-Songwriter Lauryn Hill
Singer-Songwriter
Lauryn Hill

Music releaseAlbum Release

1999-06-01 British singer Dido's debut album, "No Angel", is released in the United States

Singer Dido
Singer
Dido

Music releaseAlbum Release

2000-07-10 Coldplay release their debut album "Parachutes" (Grammy Award Best Alternative Album 2002)

Lead Vocalist of Coldplay Chris Martin
Lead Vocalist of Coldplay
Chris Martin

Music releaseAlbum Release

2001-11-20 Josh Groban releases his debut album "Josh Groban"

Singer Josh Groban
Singer
Josh Groban

Music releaseAlbum Release

2002-06-04 Canadian singer Avril Lavigne releases debut album, "Let Go"

Pop Singer and Songwriter Avril Lavigne
Pop Singer and Songwriter
Avril Lavigne

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2003-01-13 Rock musician Pete Townshend of The Who was arrested in London on suspicion of possessing indecent images of children. He was later cleared.

Music releaseAlbum Release

2004-02-10 Kanye West releases his debut album "The College Dropout" (2005 Grammy Best Rap Album)

Rapper Kanye West
Rapper
Kanye West

Music releaseAlbum Release

2004-12-07 Diana DeGarmo releases her debut album, “Blue Skies”

Music releaseAlbum Release

2005-11-15 Carrie Underwood releases her debut album “Some Hearts” (2006 Billboard Album of the Year, Grammy Award Best New Artist 2007)

Music releaseAlbum Release

2006-07-13 UK singer-songwriter Lily Allen releases her debut album "Alright, Still" (Grammy nominee Best Alternative Music Album)

Recording Artist & Fashion Designer Lily Allen
Recording Artist & Fashion Designer
Lily Allen
  • 2006-11-21 Daughtry release their debut album “Daughtry” (2007 Billboard Album of the Year, American Music Awards Favorite Pop-Rock Album 2007)

Music releaseAlbum Release

2008-03-03 Duffy releases her debut album "Rockferry" (2009 Grammy Best Pop Vocal Album)

Singer Duffy
Singer
Duffy

Music releaseAlbum Release

2008-08-19 "The Fame", debut album by Lady Gaga, is released (Grammy Award Album of the Year, Best Electronic/Dance Album 2009)

Singer-Songwriter Lady Gaga
Singer-Songwriter
Lady Gaga
  • 2009-11-23 Susan Boyle releases her debut album “I Dreamed a Dream” (biggest selling album worldwide 2009, 2010 Billboard Album of the Year)

Music releaseAlbum Release

2011-11-18 "The X Factor" group One Direction release their debut album "Up All Night" in Ireland and the UK

Singer Harry Styles
Singer
Harry Styles
Singer-songwriter Zayn Malik
Singer-songwriter
Zayn Malik

Music releaseMusic Single

2014-04-27 Ariana Grande's first single from her second debut album, "Problem" featuring Iggy Azalea, is released

  • 2014-10-27 "Montevallo" debut album by Sam Hunt is released (American Country Countdown Award Digital Album of the Year 2016, Billboard Album of the Year 2015)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2015-03-25 British musician Zayn Malik announces he is leaving the band One Direction

Singer-songwriter Zayn Malik
Singer-songwriter
Zayn Malik
Singer Harry Styles
Singer
Harry Styles

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2015-04-17 Jazz composer and musician John Coltrane is awarded a posthumous Special Citation by the Pulitzer Prize board

Jazz Musician John Coltrane
Jazz Musician
John Coltrane
  • 2015-05-05 "Traveller" debut album by Chris Stapleton is released (Grammy Award Best Country Album 2016, Billboard Album of the Year 2016)
  • 2015-05-17 "Blurryface," 4th studio album by Twenty One Pilots is released (1st album ever to have every track gold-certified)

Music releaseAlbum Release

2015-05-22 Daniel Johns releases “Talk”, his debut album as a solo artist

Musician Daniel Johns
Musician
Daniel Johns

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2015-11-04 Katy Perry is the highest paid musician of the year earning 135 million, according to Forbes Magazine

Pop Star Katy Perry
Pop Star
Katy Perry
  • 2016-03-25 Zayn's [Zayn Malik] solo debut album "Mind of Mine" is released, 1st British male artist to debut at No. 1 in US

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018-04-16 Kendrick Lamar is the first rapper and non classical or jazz musician to win the Pulitzer Prize for music with his album "Damn"

Singer-songwriter, Music Producer Kendrick Lamar
Singer-songwriter, Music Producer
Kendrick Lamar
  • 2019-02-22 Musician Peter Frampton announces he has a degenerative muscular disease and his next tour will be his last

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 2,017

  • 1901-09-03 Eduard van Beinum, Dutch musician and conductor, born in Arnhem, Netherlands (d. 1959)
  • 1902-02-06 George Brunies, American musician, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1974)
  • 1902-03-21 Eddie James "Son" House, folk blues musician (Delta Blues)
  • 1902-03-30 Ted Heath, British musician and band leader (d. 1969)
  • 1903-02-11 Hans Redlich, Austrian-English composer & musicologist (Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians), born in Vienna (d. 1968)
  • 1903-06-12 Emmett Hardy, American jazz musician, born in Gretna, Louisiana (d. 1925)
  • 1903-07-16 Carmen Lombardo, Canadian musician, born in London, Ontario, Canada (d. 1971)
  • 1903-09-15 Roy Acuff, Maynardville Tenn, country musician (Hee Haw)
  • 1904-04-09 Sharkey Bonano, American jazz musician, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1972)
  • 1904-08-13 Charles "Buddy" Rogers, American musician and actor (An Innocent Affair, Wings), born in Olathe, Kansas (d. 1999)
  • 1904-08-21 [William] Count Basie, jazz musician and band leader ( "One O'Clock Jump"), born in Red Bank, New Jersey (d. 1984)
  • 1904-11-21 Coleman Hawkins, American jazz musician who virtually created tenor saxophone for jazz, born in St. Joseph, Missouri (d. 1969)
  • 1905-02-22 Luis Sandi, Mexican musician and composer, born in Mexico City (d. 1996)
  • 1905-03-06 Bob Wills [James Robert Wills], American musician ('King of Western Swing', Steel Guitar Rag), born in Limestone County, Texas (d. 1975)
  • 1905-05-08 Red Nichols, American jazz cornettist, composer and jazz bandleader, born in Ogden, Utah (d. 1965)
  • 1905-05-10 Markos Vamvakaris, Greek rebetiko musician and songwriter (d. 1972)
  • 1905-05-29 Fela Sowande, Nigerian musician and composer, born in Abeokuta, Nigeria (d. 1987)
  • 1905-11-08 Richard Nicholson, musician
  • 1905-12-01 Ida Carroll, English musician and administrator, (d. 1995)
  • 1905-12-02 Osvaldo Pugliese, Argentine musician and composer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1995)
  • 1906-03-27 Pee Wee Russell, American jazz musician, born in Maplewood, Missouri (d. 1969)
  • 1906-04-13 Bud Freeman, American jazz musician and tenor saxophonist (Eel), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1991)
  • 1906-07-07 Anton Karas, Viennese musician (d. 1985)
  • 1906-09-23 Willard F McMurry, musician
  • 1907-03-15 James "Jimmy" McPartland, American cornetist and musician (Magic Horn), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1991)
  • 1907-06-20 Jimmy Driftwood, American folk songwriter and musician, born in Mountain View, Arkansas (d. 1998)
  • 1907-08-08 Benny Carter, American musician and composer (Easy Money, King Carter), born in NYC, New York
  • 1907-09-29 Gene Autry, American singer, songwriter, actor, musician, performer and business tycoon (owner LA/California/Anaheim Angels MLB team 1961-97), born in Near Tioga, Texas (d. 1998)
  • 1907-11-01 Rio Gebhardt, German musician and composer, born in Heilbronn (d. 1944)
  • 1907-11-18 Compay Segundo, Cuban musician (Buena Vista Social Club), born in Siboney, Cuba (d. 2003)
  • 1908-01-07 [Henry] "Red" Allen, American jazz trumpeter, born in Algiers, Louisiana (d. 1967)
  • 1908-01-27 Oran Page, American musician (d. 1954)
  • 1908-01-31 Atahualpa Yupanqui, Argentine folk musician, born in Pergamino, Argentine (d. 1992)
  • 1908-06-27 Hans de Jong, musician and conductor (De Damrakkertjes) (d. 1994)

Person of interestLouis Jordan

1908-07-08 Louis Jordan, American musician, songwriter and bandleader (Caldonia), born in Brinkley, Arkansas (d. 1975)

Musician Louis Jordan
Musician
Louis Jordan
  • 1908-10-19 Patrick Cairns "Spike" Hughes, British jazz musician/composer (Elegy)
  • 1908-12-01 Georgios Kasassoglou, Greek musician (d. 1984)
  • 1908-12-20 Norman Hackforth, British musician and radio broadcaster (Noel Coward; Twenty Questions), born in Bihar, British India (d. 1996)
  • 1909-01-24 Tiny Winters, English musician, born in London, United Kingdom (d. 1996)
  • 1909-05-09 Don Messer, Canadian country musician (d. 1973)
  • 1909-09-07 Jo Juda, Dutch musician (1st concertmaster of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra), born in Amsterdam (d. 1985)
  • 1909-11-30 Robert Nighthawk, American musician (d. 1967)
  • 1909-12-03 Dana Suesse, American musician and songwriter (You Ought to be in Pictures), born in Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri (d. 1987)

Person of interestDjango Reinhardt

1910-01-23 Django Reinhardt, Belgium born Romani-French jazz guitarist and composer considered the most significant European Jazz musician, born in Liberchies, Pont-à-Celles, Belgium (d. 1953)

Jazz Guitarist Django Reinhardt
Jazz Guitarist
Django Reinhardt
  • 1910-05-23 Scatman Crothers [Benjamin], American actor, singer, dancer and musician (Chico and the Man, The Shining), born in Terre Haute, Indiana (d. 1986)
  • 1910-06-10 Howlin' Wolf [Chester Arthur Burnett], American blues musician (Smokestack Lightnin', Killing Floor), born in White Station, Mississippi (d. 1976)
  • 1910-06-23 Milt Hinton, American jazz bassist (Cab Calloway) and session musician, born in Vicksburg, Mississippi (d. 2000)
  • 1910-07-09 Harold Fox, American fashion designer and musician (d. 1996)
  • 1910-12-07 Edmundo Ros, Trinidadian-Venezuelan musician and arranger, born in Port of Spain, Trinidad (d. 2011)
  • 1910-12-07 Louis Prima, American musician (That Old Black Magic), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1978)
  • 1911-03-30 Dennis Gomm, British composer and musician (d. 1995)
  • 1911-04-10 Martin Denny, musician (Exotica), born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1911-06-10 Ralph Kirkpatrick, American musician, musicologist and harpsichordist (Domenico Scarlatti), born in Leominster, Massachusetts (d. 1984)
  • 1911-08-01 Kenneth Loveless, priest folk musician (d. 1995)
  • 1911-10-24 Sonny Terry, blind Piedmont blues musician, born in Greensboro, Georgia (d. 1986)
  • 1911-12-15 Stan Kenton, American musician, jazz pianist, arranger and bandleader (Artistry In Rhythm), born in Wichita, Kansas (d. 1979)
  • 1912-02-16 Machito [Francisco "Frank" Grillo], Latin jazz musician and creator of Cubop and salsa music (Afro-Cubans), born in Havana, Cuba - NB: birth date and location disputed (d. 1984)

Person of interestLightnin Hopkins

1912-03-15 Lightnin' [Sam] Hopkins, American blues musician (Ball of Twine), born in Centerville, Texas (d. 1982)

Blues Singer Lightnin Hopkins
Blues Singer
Lightnin Hopkins
  • 1912-05-13 Gil Evans, Canadian-American jazz pianist, composer and arranger (Miles Davis; Absolute Beginners, Out of the Cool), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1988)
  • 1913-07-22 Gorni Kramer, Italian bandleader and musician, born in Rivarolo, Mantovano, Italy (d. 1995)
  • 1913-08-23 Luis Felipe Ramón y Rivera, Venezuelan musician and composer, born in San Cristóbal, Táchira, Venezuela (d. 1993)
  • 1913-10-20 Grandpa [Louis M] Jones, Niagra KY, country musician (Hee-Haw)
  • 1914-01-16 Roger Wagner, American choral musician (d. 1992)
  • 1914-02-09 Ernest Tubb, American country musician (Walking the Floor Over You), born in Crisp, Texas (d. 1984)
  • 1914-02-11 Josh White, Blues, folk and gospel musician, born in Greenville, South Carolina (d. 1969)
  • 1914-03-30 Sonny Boy Williamson I [John Lee], American blues musician (Down & Out Blues), born in Madison County, Tennessee (d. 1948)
  • 1914-05-22 Sun Ra [Herbert Blount], American jazz pianist (The Arkestra), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1993)
  • 1914-06-26 Richard Maltby Sr., American musician and orchestra leader (Vaughn Monroe Show), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1991)
  • 1914-09-13 Leonard Feather, British jazz critic and musician, born in London (d. 1994)
  • 1914-09-28 Jim Boyd, American country and western musician (Men of the West) (d. 1993)
  • 1914-12-02 Eddie Sauter, American musician (Sauter-Finegan Band, Sat Night Revue), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1981)
  • 1914-12-13 George "Tiger" Haynes, American jazz musician (The Three Flames) and actor (In the Heat of the Night, The Wiz), born in Frederiksted, St. Croix (d. 1994)
  • 1915-01-29 John Serry, Sr., American musician and arranger (d. 2003)
  • 1915-04-12 Ernest Borneman, German sexual researcher, psychotherapist, musician and writer (Bang, You're Dead), born in Berlin (d. 1995)
  • 1915-06-27 Hendrik W van Leeuwen, Dutch musician (d. 1995)
  • 1915-07-01 Willie Dixon, American blues musician ("Hoochie Coochie Man"), born in Vicksburg, Mississippi (d. 1992)
  • 1915-09-03 Memphis Slim [John Len Chatman] American blues musician ("Every Day I Have the Blues"), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1988)
  • 1915-10-02 Robert Russell "Chubby" Wise, American musician, born in Lake City, Florida (d. 1996)
  • 1915-10-19 Farid al-Atrash [El-Atrache], Syrian composer, musician, virtuoso oud player, and actor (Akher kedba), born in Jebel Ed-Druz, Southern Syria (d. 1974)
  • 1915-11-29 Billy [William Thomas] Strayhorn, American pianist and composer (Take The 'A' Train), born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 1967)
  • 1916-01-12 Jay McShann, American jazz pianist & bandleader, born in Muskogee, Oklahoma (d. 2006)
  • 1916-02-16 Bill Doggett [William Ballard Doggett], American jazz and blues musician (Honky Tonk), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1996)
  • 1916-05-26 Moondog [Louis Thomas Hardin], American composer, musician and poet, born in Marysville, Kansas (d. 1999)
  • 1916-05-29 Carl Story, American bluegrass musician (Rambling Mountaineers), born in Lenoir, North Carolina (d. 1995)
  • 1916-07-10 Dick Cary, American jazz musician, born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1994)
  • 1916-07-27 Siegfried Reda, German church musician and composer, born in Bochum, Germany (d. 1968)
  • 1916-11-06 Ray Conniff, American bandleader and musician (Ray Conniff Singers), born in Attleboro, Massachusetts (d. 2002)
  • 1917-03-26 Rufus Thomas [Mr. Swing], American musician (Do the Funky Chicken), born in Cayce, Mississippi (d. 2001)
  • 1917-04-19 Johnny Hoes, Dutch musician and producer (Wished I'd stayed with my Mom), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 2011)
  • 1917-11-07 Howard Rumsey, American jazz musician (Lighthouse Cafe), born in Brawley, California (d. 2015)
  • 1917-12-11 Dámaso Pérez Prado, Cuban bandleader and musician, born in Matanzas, Cuba (d. 1989)
  • 1918-01-20 [Juan Garcia] Esquivel!, Mexican musician ("The King of Space Age Pop"), born in Tampico, Mexico (d. 2002)
  • 1918-01-27 Elmore James, musician (Dust My Broom)
  • 1918-08-15 Florian Zabach, American musician and TV personality (Hot Canary, Club Embassy), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1918-11-24 William Strethan "Wild Bill" Davis, musician
  • 1919-03-08 Ivor Keys, musician/teacher
  • 1919-05-31 Emmanual Tettey Mensah, musician
  • 1920-01-03 Renato Carosone, Italian musician (d. 2001)
  • 1920-01-17 George Handy [George Joseph Hendleman], American jazz musician (Handyland, U.S.A.), born in NYC, New York (d. 1997)
  • 1920-02-22 Del Wood [Adelaide Hazelwood], American country musician, born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1989)

Weddings in Music


Divorces in Music


Deaths in Music

Deaths 101 - 200 of 744

  • 1969-07-03 Brian Jones [Lewis Brian Hopkin Jones], English musician (Rolling Stones), drowns to death at 27
  • 1969-09-05 Josh White, American blues, folk and gospel musician, dies at 55
  • 1969-10-03 Skip James, American blues musician (b. 1902)
  • 1969-10-30 Pops Foster, American musician (b. 1892)
  • 1969-11-18 Ted Heath, British musician and bandleader (b. 1902)
  • 1970-01-31 Slim Harpo [James Moore], American blues musician (I'm a King Bee, Baby Scratch My Back), dies of a heart attack at 46
  • 1970-03-21 Manolis Chiotis, Greek songwriter and musician (b. 1920)
  • 1970-06-11 Earl Grant, American musician and singer (b. 1931)
  • 1971-01-19 Harry Shields, American musician (b. 1899)
  • 1971-04-17 Carmen Lombardo, Canadian musician, dies at 67
  • 1971-08-13 King Curtis [Curtis Ousley], American musician, bandleader and saxophonist (Memphis Soul Stew), murdered at 37
  • 1971-08-25 Ted Lewis [Theodore Leopold Friedman], American entertainer, bandleader and musician (Is Everybody Happy?), dies of lung failure at 81
  • 1971-11-18 [Herman] Junior Parker, American blues singer and musician (Mystery Train), dies during brain operation at 39
  • 1972-02-08 Markos Vamvakaris, Greek musician and songwriter (b. 1905)
  • 1972-03-27 Sharkey Bonano, American jazz musician, dies at 67
  • 1972-04-27 Phil King, English musician (Blue Oyster Cult), shot in head at 24 while gambling
  • 1972-05-18 Daniel Ray "Danny" Whitten, American musician & songwriter (Crazy Horse, Rod Stewart- "I Don't Want To Talk About It"), dies of a methaqualone overdose at 29
  • 1972-12-03 Bill Johnson, American musician (b. 1872)
  • 1973-01-26 Jay C. Higginbotham, American musician (b. 1906)
  • 1973-08-06 Memphis Minnie, American blues musician, dies at 76
  • 1973-08-17 Paul Williams, American baritone singer and choreographer (The Temptations - Cloud Nine), commits suicide at 32
  • 1973-09-15 Victor Jara, Chilean musician (b. 1941)
  • 1974-05-08 Graham Bond, British R&B musician, dies jumping under a train at 36

Person of interestDuke Ellington

1974-05-24 Duke Ellington, American musician, dies of cancer at 75

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington
  • 1974-08-03 Erik Darling, American folk musician (Rooftop Singers), dies at 74
  • 1974-10-16 Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavatar, noted Carnatic musician (b. 1895)
  • 1974-11-19 George Brunies, American musician (b. 1902)
  • 1974-12-26 Farid al-Atrash [El-Atrache], Syrian composer, musician, virtuoso oud player, and actor (Akher kedba), dies of heart disease at 59

Person of interestLouis Jordan

1975-02-04 Louis Jordan, American musician, songwriter and bandleader (Caldonia), dies of a heart attack at 66

Musician Louis Jordan
Musician
Louis Jordan
  • 1975-04-24 Pete Ham, rock musician (Badfinger), commits suicide by hanging himself at 27
  • 1975-05-13 Bob Wills [James Robert Wills], American musician ('King of Western Swing', Steel Guitar Rag), dies from bronchial pneumonia at 69
  • 1975-10-31 SD Burman, Indian musician (b. 1906)
  • 1975-12-17 Noble Sissle, jazz musician, dies at 86
  • 1976-01-10 Howlin' Wolf [Chester Arthur Burnett], American blues musician (Smokestack Lightnin', Killing Floor), dies of complications during kidney surgery at 65
  • 1976-01-30 Mance Lipscomb, American blues musician (Shine On, Harvest Moon), dies at 80
  • 1976-02-05 Rudy Pompilli, American musician (Bill Haley and His Comets) (b. 1926)
  • 1976-02-09 Percy Faith, Canadian musician (b. 1908)
  • 1976-05-14 Keith Relf, British musician and vocalist (the Yardbirds-For Your Love, Renaissance), electrocuted while playing an improperly earthed electric guitar at 33
  • 1976-08-29 Kazi Nazrul Islam, Bengali poet, musician, revolutionary and philosopher, dies at 77
  • 1977-01-23 Dick Burnett, American musician (Man of Constant Sorrow), dies at 93
  • 1977-06-05 "Sleepy" John Estes, American Blues musician ("Drop Down Mama"), dies at 78

Person of interestElvis Presley

1977-08-16 Elvis Presley, American musician, dies at Graceland at 42, with the official cause of death being cardiac arrhythmia

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • 1977-09-04 Stelios Perpiniadis, Greek musician (b. 1899)
  • 1977-10-20 Cassie Gaines, American rock musician (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies in a plane crash at 28
  • 1977-10-20 Ronnie Van Zant, American rock musician (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies in a plane crash at 29
  • 1977-11-19 Sonny [William] Criss, American jazz musician (bebop, Jazz USA), commits suicide at 50
  • 1978-01-23 Terry Kath, American musician and songwriter (Chicago), accidentally shot in head at 31
  • 1978-03-30 Larry Young [Khalid Yasin], American jazz musician (Unity), dies at 37 in unclear circumstances
  • 1978-08-24 Louis Prima, American musician (That Old Black Magic), dies at 67
  • 1979-01-08 Sara Carter, American country musician, songwriter and vocalist (Carter Family), dies at 81

Person of interestSid Vicious

1979-02-02 Sid Vicious [John Simon Ritchie], English musician and bassist (Sex Pistols), dies of a heroin overdose at 21

Musician Sid Vicious
Musician
Sid Vicious
  • 1979-05-11 Lester Raymond Flatt, American musician (Ballad of Jed Clampett), dies at 64
  • 1979-05-21 Blue [Richard Allen] Mitchell, American jazz musician (Riverside, Blue Note), dies of cancer at 79
  • 1979-06-21 Angus Maclise, American mystic, shaman, musician, and composer (b. 1938)
  • 1979-07-06 Van McCoy, American musician and songwriter (The Hustle), dies of a heart attack at 39
  • 1979-08-25 Stan Kenton, American musician, jazz pianist, arranger and bandleader (Artistry In Rhythm), dies at 67
  • 1979-11-23 Judee Sill, American musician and songwriter (b. 1944)
  • 1980-02-17 Jerry Fielding, American jazz musician and composer (Lively Ones, Hogan's Heroes), dies at 57
  • 1980-02-19 Bon Scott [Ronald Belford Scott], Australian rock musician (lead singer and lyricist of AC/DC), dies at 33
  • 1980-10-27 Steve Peregrin Took, English musician (Tyrannosaurus Rex), dies of a drug overdose at 31

MurderJohn Lennon

1980-12-08 John Lennon, British musician, pop star and member of The Beatles (Imagine), shot and murdered in NY by Mark David Chapman at 40

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 1981-02-15 Mike Bloomfield, American musician (Electric Flag), dies of a drug overdose at 37
  • 1981-04-21 Eddie Sauter, American musician (Sauter-Finegan Band, Sat Night Revue), dies at 66

Person of interestBob Marley

1981-05-11 Bob Marley, Jamaican reggae musician (One Love), dies of brain and lung cancer at 36

Reggae Musician Bob Marley
Reggae Musician
Bob Marley
  • 1981-05-16 Ernie Freeman, American musician (Raunchy), pianist and arranger, dies at 58
  • 1981-05-28 Mary Lou Williams, US jazz pianist and composer (Zodiac Suite), dies at 71

Person of interestLightnin Hopkins

1982-01-30 Lightnin' [Sam] Hopkins, American blues musician (Ball of Twine), dies of esophageal cancer at 69

Blues Singer Lightnin Hopkins
Blues Singer
Lightnin Hopkins
  • 1982-02-04 Alex Harvey, Scottish musician (b. 1935)
  • 1982-04-30 Lester Bangs, American music journalist, author, and musician (b. 1949)
  • 1982-05-05 Cal Tjader, American Latin jazz musician, dies at 56
  • 1982-07-15 Bill Justis, American musician and producer (Raunchy), dies of cancer at 58
  • 1982-08-13 Joe Tex [Joseph Arrington Jr.], American soul musician (Hold What You've Got, I Gotcha), dies at 49
  • 1982-12-02 David Blue [Cohen], American folk musician, dies of a heart attack while jogging in Greenwich Village at 41
  • 1983-01-21 Lamar Williams, American musician (The Allman Brothers Band), dies of cancer at 34
  • 1983-04-05 Danny Rapp, American musician (Danny & the Juniors) (b. 1941)
  • 1983-05-06 Kai Winding, Danish-American Jazz musician and trombonist (Georgia On My Mind), dies of a brain tumor at 60
  • 1983-06-02 Stan Rogers, musician, dies in aircraft fire
  • 1983-11-19 Tom Evans, English rock musician (Badfinger), commits suicide at 36
  • 1984-01-01 Alexis Korner, British blues musician (Blues Inc-Bootleg Him), dies at 55
  • 1984-04-13 Ralph Kirkpatrick, American musician, musicologist and harpsichordist (Domenico Scarlatti), dies at 72
  • 1984-04-15 Machito, Latin jazz musician & creator of Cubop and salsa music (Afro-Cubans), dies following a stroke at 76
  • 1984-04-26 William "Count" Basie, American jazz musician & bandleader, dies at 79
  • 1984-06-02 Georgios Kasassoglou, Greek musician (b. 1908)
  • 1984-07-29 Fred Waring, American musician and conductor (name behind the Waring Blender), dies at 84
  • 1984-09-06 Ernest Tubb, American country musician (Walking the Floor Over You), dies of emphysema at 70
  • 1984-12-08 Razzle [Nicholas Dingley], British drummer (Hanoi Rocks), dies at 24
  • 1985-01-20 Jo Juda, Dutch musician (1st concertmaster of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra), dies at 75
  • 1986-01-04 Phil Lynott, Irish rock musician (Thin Lizzy), dies of an overdose at 36
  • 1986-03-11 Sonny Terry, American bind Piedmont blues musician, dies at 74
  • 1986-05-19 Jimmy Lyons, American musician (b. 1931)
  • 1986-11-07 Tracy Pew, Australian musician (The Birthday Party) (b. 1957)
  • 1986-11-22 Scatman Crothers [Benjamin], American actor, singer, dancer and musician (Chico and the Man, The Shining), dies at 76
  • 1987-02-02 Patrick "Spike" Hughes, British jazz musician (Cinderella), dies at 78
  • 1987-03-13 Fela Sowande, Nigerian musician and composer, dies at 81
  • 1987-03-23 Dean Paul Martin, musician/tennis pro, killed in plane crash at 29
  • 1987-07-01 Snakefinger, British-born musician (b. 1949)
  • 1987-09-11 Peter Tosh, Jamaican reggae musician (The Wailers), shot dead in Jamaica at 42
  • 1987-09-21 Jaco Pastorius, American jazz musician and bass guitarist (Weather Report), dies at 35
  • 1987-10-16 Dana Suesse, American musician and songwriter (You Ought to be in Pictures), dies at 77
  • 1987-12-12 Enrique Jorrín, Cuban musician and composer (b. 1926)