Musicians in History (Part 2)

Events in Music

  • 1976-07-23 Wings release "Let 'em In"
  • 1977-02-17 Kalakuta Republic, commune of Nigerian musician and activist Fela Kuti, burnt to the ground by soldiers in Lagos

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1977-05-27 The Sex Pistols release "God Save the Queen", sparking major controversy and leading to a ban on the song by the BBC

Band Manager and Pioneer of Punk Malcolm McLaren
Band Manager and Pioneer of Punk
Malcolm McLaren
Rocker Steve Jones
Rocker
Steve Jones
  • 1977-11-11 Wings release "Mull of Kintyre" & "Girl's School"
  • 1978-01-02 Rhino Records releases their 1st album "Wildmania"
  • 1978-03-24 Wings release "With a Little Luck"
  • 1978-03-31 Wings release "London Town" album
  • 1979-01-06 The Village People's Y.M.C.A becomes their only UK #1 single. At its peak it sold over 150,000 copies a day.
  • 1979-03-23 Wings release "Goodnight Tonight"

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1979-06-07 Rock 'n' roll musician Chuck Berry is charged with tax evasion

Rock Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Chuck Berry
Rock Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
Chuck Berry
  • 1979-06-08 Wings release "Back to the Egg" album
  • 1979-08-10 Wings release "Getting Closer" & "Baby's Request"
  • 1980-08-16 British rock musician Jools Holland quits band Squeeze

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 "Milk & Honey" album by John Lennon and Yoko Ono released, featuring un-released recordings made during the 1980 "Double Fantasy" sessions, including "Grow Old With Me"

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

Music releaseAlbum Release

1986-06-06 "Storms of Life" debut album by Randy Travis is released (Billboard Album of the Year, 1987)

Country Music Singer Randy Travis
Country Music Singer
Randy Travis

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"

Music releaseAlbum Release

1987-07-21 Guns & 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

Rocker and Singer-Songwriter Axl Rose
Rocker and Singer-Songwriter
Axl Rose

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 Wilburys release "Volume 1", featuring the single "Handle With Care"

Music releaseAlbum Release

1989-05-02 "Killin' Time" debut album by Clint Black is released (Billboard Album of the Year, 1990)

Country Singer Clint Black
Country Singer
Clint Black

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

Music releaseAlbum Release

1996-07-09 "Blue" debut album by LeAnn Rimes is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1997)

Country Singer LeAnn Rimes
Country Singer
LeAnn Rimes

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
  • 1999-01-10 Fatboy Slim (Norman Cook) achieves his third UK No.1 single with 'Praise You'

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2001-01-14 Jennifer Lopez scored her first UK No.1 single with 'Love Don't Cost A Thing'

Singer and Actress Jennifer Lopez
Singer and Actress
Jennifer Lopez

Music releaseAlbum Release

2001-11-20 Josh Groban releases his debut album "Josh Groban"; sales exceed over 5 million units

Singer Josh Groban
Singer
Josh Groban
  • 2002-02-17 Westlife go to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'World Of Our Own.' The Irish boy band's 10th UK No.1 single.

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

Music releaseAlbum Release

2016-04-29 Canadian musician Drake releases "Views", his 4th studio album

Singer-Songwriter Drake
Singer-Songwriter
Drake

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 and Rapper Kendrick Lamar
Singer-songwriter and Rapper
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 2,136

  • 1900-05-28 Tommy Ladnier, American jazz trumpeter (Lovie Austin; King Oliver; New Orleans Feetwarmers; Noble Sissle; Sidney Bechet), born in Mandeville, Louisiana (d. 1939)
  • 1900-06-09 Fred Waring, American musician and conductor (name behind the Waring Blender), born in Tyronne, Pennsylvania (d. 1984)
  • 1900-06-21 Gunnar Ek, Swedish composer and musician, born in Asarum Blekinge (d. 1981)
  • 1900-07-13 George Lewis, American musician (d. 1969)
  • 1900-07-29 Don Redman, American jazz musician and orchestra leader (Sugar Hill Times), born in Piedmont, West Virginia (d. 1964)
  • 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 Edward "Son" House, American delta blues singer-songwriter and guitarist ("Walking Blues"; "Preachin' The Blues"), born in Lyons, Mississippi (d. 1988)
  • 1902-03-30 Ted Heath, British jazz trombonist, composer, and big band leader, born in Wandsworth, London, England (d. 1969)
  • 1903-02-11 Hans Redlich, Austrian-English composer & musicologist (Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians), born in Vienna (d. 1968)
  • 1903-05-06 Cliff Carlisle, American country and blues musician, singer, songwriter, and yodeler ("Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad"), born in Taylorsville, Kentucky (d. 1983)
  • 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 Joseph "Sharkey" Bonano, American Dixieland jazz trumpeter and singer, 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, American western-swing singer, and bandleader, known as the 'King of Western Swing' (Texas Playboys -"Steel Guitar Rag"), born in Limestone County, Texas (d. 1975)
  • 1905-05-08 Ernest "Red" Nichols, American jazz cornetist, composer and jazz bandleader (His Five Pennies - "Ida, Sweet as Apple Cider"; "Bugler's Lament"), 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 Charles "Pee Wee" Russell, American jazz clarinet and saxophone player, born in Maplewood, Missouri (d. 1969)
  • 1906-04-13 Lawrence "Bud" Freeman, American jazz tenor saxophonist, bandleader, and composer ("The Eel"; "Zen Is When"), 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 cowboy singer, songwriter, actor, musician, ("Back In The Saddle Again"; "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer") and business tycoon (owner MLB Angels team, 1961-97), born 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, Argentina (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 double bassist and composer (Elegy), born in London (d. 1987)
  • 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 folk fiddler, and television host (Jubilee, 1959-73), born in Tweedside, New Brunswick (d. 1973)
  • 1909-05-19 Schlomo Joffe, Polish-Israeli folk and classical musician and composer, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1995)
  • 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 Benjamin "Scatman" Crothers, American singer, musician ("Television Blues"), and actor (Chico and the Man; The Shining), born in Terre Haute, Indiana (d. 1986)
  • 1910-06-10 Howlin' Wolf [Chester Arthur Burnett], American blues singer, guitarist, and harmonica player ("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 jazz and pop singer, trumpeter, and bandleader ("That Old Black Magic"; "Oh, Marie"), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1978)
  • 1911-03-30 Dennis Gomm, British composer and musician (d. 1995)
  • 1911-04-10 Martin Denny, American 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 Cu-bop and salsa music (Afro-Cubans), born in Havana, Cuba - NB: birth date and location disputed (d. 1984)

Person of interestLightnin Hopkins

1912-03-15 (Sam) Lightnin' 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)
  • 1913-01-18 Giannis "Yannis" Papaioannou, Greek musician and composer born in Kios, Ottoman Empire (now Gemlik, Turkey) (d. 1972)
  • 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, French-American choral director, and educator, was born in Le Puy, France (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, American jazz and blues Hammond B-3 organist (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)
  • 1917-06-13 Philip Bodner, American jazz clarinetist and studio musician (also played flute, oboe, saxophone, piccolo, and English horn), born in Waterbury, Connecticut (d. 2008)
  • 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)

Weddings in Music


Divorces in Music


Deaths in Music

Deaths 101 - 200 of 784

  • 1965-09-15 Steve Brown, American musician (b. 1890)
  • 1965-09-16 Ahn Eak-tai, Korean musician, composer, and conductor (b. 1906)
  • 1966-03-07 Mike Millward, English musician (The Fourmost), dies of leukaemia at 23
  • 1966-06-01 Papa Jack Laine, American musician and pioneering bandleader, dies at 92
  • 1967-03-10 Yiorgos Batis, Greek composer and musician (b. 1885)
  • 1968-06-15 John "Wes" Montgomery, American influential jazz guitarist and Grammy Award winner, dies of a heart attack at 45
  • 1968-10-31 Malcolm Hale, American musician (Spanky and Our Gang), dies of monoxide poisoning at 27
  • 1968-12-13 Siegfried Reda, German church musician and composer, dies at 52
  • 1969-05-19 Coleman Hawkins, American jazz musician who virtually created tenor saxophone for jazz, dies at 64
  • 1969-07-03 Brian Jones, British blues and rock guitarist, organist and sitar player (Rolling Stones, 1962-69), drowns in his swimming pool at 27
  • 1969-09-05 Josh White, American blues, folk and gospel musician, dies at 55
  • 1969-10-03 Nehemiah "Skip" James, American Delta blues singer, guitarist and piano player ("I'm So Glad"), dies at 67
  • 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)
  • 1970-06-10 Earl Grant, American American pop pianist, organist, and singer, dies in a car crash in New Mexico at 39
  • 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
  • 1972-08-03 Giannis "Yannis" Papaioannou, Greek musician and composer, dies at 64
  • 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)
  • 1973-09-20 Maurice T. "Maury" Muehleisen, American musician and songwriter (Jim Croce), dies in a plane crash at 24
  • 1974-05-08 Graham Bond, British R&B musician, dies jumping under a train at 36

Person of interestDuke Ellington

1974-05-24 Edward "Duke" Ellington, American bandleader, composer and pianist ("Take the A Train"; "It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)"), dies of cancer at 75

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington
  • 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, Welsh rock singer-songwriter, and guitarist (Badfinger - "Without You"; "No Matter What"; Day After Day"), takes his own life at 27
  • 1975-05-13 Bob Wills, American musician, known as the '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 (Beau De Glen) "Mance" Lipscomb, American blues singer and guitarist ("Shine On, Harvest Moon"), dies of a stroke at 80
  • 1976-02-05 Rudy Pompilli, American musician (Bill Haley and His Comets) (b. 1926)
  • 1976-02-09 Percy Faith, Canadian-American pop and easy listening composer and bandleader ("Theme from A Summer Place"), dies at 67
  • 1976-05-14 Keith Relf, British blues-rock singer and harmonica player (The Yardbirds - "For Your Love"; Renaissance, 1969-71), 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 folk singer, songwriter and guitarist, dies at 78
  • 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 William "Sonny" Criss, American bebop jazz saxophonist (Jazz U.S.A.), commits suicide while suffering from stomach cancer 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 jazz and pop singer, trumpeter, and bandleader ("That Old Black Magic"; "Oh, Marie"), 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 Flatt, American bluegrass guitarist (Flatt & Scruggs - "Foggy Mountain Breakdown"; "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 percussionist, mystic, shaman, and composer (Velvet Underground), dies of hypoglycemia and pulmonary tuberculosis at 41
  • 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 singer-songwriter (Crayon Angels: Jesus Was A Cross Maker), dies of a drug overdose at 35
  • 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"; "Three Little Birds"; "No Woman, No Cry"), 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, American 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 (Creem; Rolling Stone), and musician (Birdland), dies of accidental cold medicine overdose at 33
  • 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
  • 1983-04-03 Danny Rapp, American musician (Danny & The Juniors - "At The Hop"), takes his own life at 41
  • 1983-04-05 Cliff Carlisle, American country and blues musician, singer, songwriter, and yodeler ("Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad"), dies at 79
  • 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, Canadian folk musician and songwriter, dies in aircraft fire at 33
  • 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 [1]
  • 1986-03-11 Sonny Terry, American bind Piedmont blues musician, dies at 74
  • 1986-05-19 Jimmy Lyons, American musician (b. 1931)

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