Musicians in History (Part 5)

Events in Music

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 401 - 500 of 2,017

  • 1939-04-18 Glen Hardin, American rock n roll and country musician (Crickets), born in Wellington, Texas
  • 1939-05-11 Carlos Lyra, Brazilian musician
  • 1939-05-18 Gary S. Paxton [Larry Wayne Stevens], American musician and songwriter (Monster Mash, Alley Oop), born in Coffeyville, Kansas (d. 2016)
  • 1939-05-22 Ian Underwood, American musician (Frank Zappa), born in New York City
  • 1939-05-27 Leo LeBlanc, American country musician and pianist who was legally blind, born in Worcester, Massachusetts (d. 1995)
  • 1939-06-03 Ian Hunter, English rock musician (Mott the Hoople), born in Oswestry, England
  • 1939-06-17 James Gadson, American drummer and session musician, born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1939-07-02 Paul Williams, American baritone singer and choreographer (The Temptations - Cloud Nine), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1973)
  • 1939-08-09 Max Neuhaus, American classical musician and experimental percussionist (sound sculptures), born in Beaumont, Texas (d. 2009)
  • 1939-08-16 Eric Weissberg, American singer and musician (Duelling Banjos), born in New York (d. 2020)
  • 1939-09-06 David Allan Coe, American country musician (Mysterious Rhinestone Cowboy), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1939-09-08 Guitar Shorty [David William Kearney], American blues musician, born in Houston, Texas
  • 1939-10-31 Ali Farka Touré, Malian musician, born in Timbuktu Region, Mali
  • 1939-11-10 Russell Means, Native American activist, actor, writer, and musician, born in Porcupine, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota (d. 2012)
  • 1939-11-14 [Walter] Wendy Carlos, American musician and composer (Switched-On Bach), born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island
  • 1939-11-29 Meco [Domenico Monardo], American musician and record producer (Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk), born in Johnsonburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1939-12-17 James Booker, R&B musician (Gonzo), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1939-12-25 Bob James, American smooth jazz musician, born in Marshall, Missouri
  • 1940-01-06 Van McCoy, American musician and songwriter (The Hustle), born in Englewood, New Jersey (d. 1979)
  • 1940-02-02 Alan Caddy, English musician (The Tornados), born in Chelsea, London (d. 2000)
  • 1940-03-22 Jorge Ben Jor, Brazilian musician
  • 1940-04-20 Timothy Lee Drummond, American musician, born in Canton, Illinois (d. 2015)
  • 1940-05-03 Conny Plank, German record producer and musician, born in Hütschenhausen, Germany (d. 1987)
  • 1940-05-26 Levon Helm, American drummer and singer (The Band - Up On Cripple Creek), born in Elaine, Arkansas (d. 2012)
  • 1940-07-26 Dobie Gray [Lawrence Brown], American musician and singer (Drift Away), born in Simonton, Texas (d. 2011)
  • 1940-08-28 Nik Turner, English musician (Hawkwind), born in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England

Person of interestJohn Lennon

1940-10-09 John Lennon, English musician and member of The Beatles (Imagine), born in Liverpool, England (d. 1980)

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 1940-11-29 Chuck [Charles] Mangione, American jazz musician (Feels So Good), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1940-12-23 Eugene Record, American musician (Chi Lites-Give it Away), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2005)
  • 1940-12-25 Pete Brown, English musician and songwriter (Cream), born in Ashtead, Surrey
  • 1940-12-29 Peter Koelewijn, Dutch musician & songwriter (Come off that Roof), born in Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • 1940-12-31 Mani Neumeier, German musician (Guru Guru), born in Munich, Germany
  • 1941-01-18 David Ruffin, American soul musician and early lead singer for The Temptations (My Girl, Ain't Too Proud to Beg), born in Whynot, Mississippi (d. 1991)
  • 1941-01-24 Michael Chapman, English musician (Looking for 11), born in Leeds, England
  • 1941-02-05 Rick Laird, jazz musician (Gerry Niewood & Timepiece)
  • 1941-02-11 Sergio Mendes, jazz/pop musician (Brazil '66/'77/'88)
  • 1941-02-18 David Blue, [Cohen], American folk musician (Cupid's Arrow), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 1982)
  • 1941-02-28 Marty Sanders, American musician (Jay and the Americans)
  • 1941-03-22 Jeremy Clyde, English musician (Chad & Jeremy) and actor (The Iron Lady), born in Dorney, Buckinghamshire
  • 1941-03-28 Charles Ray "Charlie" McCoy, American Grammy-winning session musician and harmonica player (Hee Haw), born in Oak Hill, West Virginia
  • 1941-04-06 Gheorghe Zamfir, Romanian musician
  • 1941-05-13 Joe Brown, English musician (A Picture of You), born in Swarby, England
  • 1941-05-17 Malcolm Hale, musician (Spanky and Our Gang), born in Butte, Montana (d. 1968)
  • 1941-05-21 Martin Carthy, English folk musician, born in Hatfield, Hertfordshire
  • 1941-06-10 Mickey Jones, American musician and actor (Home Improvement, Justified), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2018)
  • 1941-06-12 Roy Harper, English musician (Folkjokeopus), born in Rusholme, Manchester
  • 1941-07-16 Mišo Kovač, Croatian musician (Mojoj vjernoj publici), born in Tribunj, Croatia
  • 1941-07-26 Brenton Wood [Alfred Smith], American rock musician (Gimme Little Sign), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1941-08-20 Dave Brock, British singer, musician and founder of Hawkwind, born in Isleworth, Middlesex, England
  • 1941-09-14 Alberto Naranjo, Venezuelan musician, born in Caracas, Venezuela

Person of interestLinda McCartney

1941-09-24 Linda McCartney [Eastman], American photographer and musician (Wings) and wife of Paul McCartney, born in New York City (d. 1998)

Musician, Activist and Photographer Linda McCartney
Musician, Activist and Photographer
Linda McCartney
  • 1941-10-07 Larry Young [Khalid Yasin], American jazz musician (Unity), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1978)
  • 1941-10-09 Chucho Valdés [Jesús Valdés Rodríguez], Cuban musician (Orquesta Cubana de Música Moderna), born in Quivicán, Cuba
  • 1941-10-28 Glen Moore, American jazz bassist and composer, born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1941-11-03 Brian Poole, English musician (Brian Poole & The Tremeloes), born in Barking, England
  • 1941-11-06 Doug Sahm, American musician (Sir Douglas Quintet; Texas Tornadoes), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 1999)
  • 1941-11-20 Dr. John [Malcolm John Rebennack], American musician (Right Place, Wrong Time), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2019)
  • 1941-11-22 Jesse Colin Young, American musician
  • 1941-12-23 Ron Bushy, American musician, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1942-02-02 Graham Nash, British-American musician and singer-songwriter (the Hollies, Crosby, Stills & Nash), born in Blackpool, Lancashire
  • 1942-02-08 Terry Melcher [Terrence Jorden], American record producer and musician, Doris Day's son (the Rip Chords, The Byrds), born in NYC, New York
  • 1942-02-12 Lionel Grigson, British jazz musician, born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire (d. 1994)
  • 1942-02-13 Peter Tork [Thorkelson], American musician and actor (The Monkees), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2019)
  • 1942-02-28 Brian Jones [Lewis Brian Hopkins Jones], English musician (Rolling Stones), born in Gloucestershire, England (d. 1969)
  • 1942-03-09 John Cale, Welsh musician, composer and singer-songwriter (Velvet Underground), born in Garnant, Wales
  • 1942-03-09 Gary Walker [Leeds], American musician (The Standells, The Walker Brothers), born in Glendale, California
  • 1942-03-12 Brian O'Hara, English rock musician (The Foremost), born in Liverpool (d. 1999)
  • 1942-03-23 James "Jimmy" Miller, American record producer and musician (The Rolling Stones), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1942-04-02 Leon Russell [Claude Russell Bridges], American musician and singer-songwriter (Tight Rope, Delta Lady, Carney), born in Lawton, Oklahoma (d. 2016)
  • 1942-04-04 Kris Jensen, American musician (Torture), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1942-05-08 Jim "Motorhead" Sherwood [Euclid James Sherwood], American rock musician (Mothers Of Invention), born in Arkansas City, Kansas (d. 2011)
  • 1942-05-09 Mike Millward, English musician (The Fourmost), born in Bromborough, Cheshire (d. 1966)
  • 1942-05-10 Bill Coday, American musician and singer (You’re Gonna Want Me), born in Coldwater, Mississippi (d. 2008)
  • 1942-05-12 Ian Dury, English rock musician (The Blockheads) and actor (Judge Dredd), born in Upminster, Essex (d. 2000)
  • 1942-06-03 Curtis Mayfield, American singer-songwriter and soul musician (Freddie's Dead, Superfly), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1999)

Person of interestPaul McCartney

1942-06-18 Paul McCartney, English musician and member of The Beatles and Wings, born in Liverpool, England

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • 1942-06-22 Murphy Dunne, American actor and musician, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1942-07-10 Ronnie James Dio [Ronald James Padavona], American singer, songwriter and musician (Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio, and Heaven & Hell), born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire (d. 2010)
  • 1942-07-13 Roger [Jim] McGuinn, American musician (the Byrds), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1942-07-27 Bobby [Robert Arthur Thornbury] Campbell, Scottish journalist and musician, born in Glasgow (d. 1997)
  • 1942-08-01 Jerry Garcia, American rock musician (Grateful Dead), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1995)
  • 1942-08-07 Caetano Veloso, Brazilian musician, born in Santo Amaro, Brazil
  • 1942-08-14 Son [Frank] Seals, American blues musician (Nothing But the Truth), born in Osceola, Arkansas (d. 2004)
  • 1942-08-20 Isaac Hayes, American musician and composer (Shaft), born in Covington, Tennessee (d. 2008)
  • 1942-08-29 Sterling Morrison, American musician (Velvet Underground), born in East Meadow, New York (d. 1995)
  • 1942-09-08 Sal Valentino [Salvatore Willard Spampinato], American rock musician (the Beau Brummels), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1942-09-25 Billy Mundi [also Tony Schnasse, born Antonio Salas], American session musician and drummer (The Mothers of Invention, Rhinoceros), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2014)
  • 1942-10-05 Richard Street, American R&B musician (The Temptations), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2013)
  • 1942-10-12 Melvin Franklin, American musician (The Temptations), born in Montgomery, Alabama (d. 1995)
  • 1942-10-16 Dave Lovelady, English musician (The Fourmost), born in Liverpool
  • 1942-12-25 Barry Goldberg, American blues musician (The Rides), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1942-12-27 Mike Heron, rock musician, born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1942-12-30 Michael Nesmith, American rock musician (The Monkees), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1943-01-03 Van Dyke Parks, American songwriter/producer/arranger (Song Cycle; Orange Crate Art), born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • 1943-01-08 Marcus Hutson, American musician (Whispers), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1943-01-20 Farhad Mehrad, Iranian musician, born in Tehran, Iran (d. 2002)
  • 1943-01-23 Jimmy Castor, American pop & funk musician (Troglodyte (Cave Man), Jimmy Castor Bunch), born in NYC, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1943-02-04 Jimmy Johnson, American session guitarist and co-founder of the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, born in Sheffield, Alabama (d. 2019)
  • 1943-02-24 Pablo Milanés, Cuban musician

Person of interestGeorge Harrison

1943-02-25 George Harrison, English musician and member of The Beatles, born in Liverpool, England (d. 2001)

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison

Weddings in Music

Divorces in Music

Deaths in Music

Deaths 401 - 500 of 744

  • 2002-03-12 John "Speedy" Keen, British musician, songwriter, producer (Thunderclap Newman - "Something in the Air"), dies of heart failure at 56
  • 2002-04-03 Fad Gadget, English singer and musician (b. 1956)
  • 2002-06-05 Curtis Amy, American jazz musician (Way Down), dies at 72
  • 2002-10-12 Ray Conniff, American bandleader and musician (Ray Conniff Singers), dies at 85
  • 2002-10-30 Jam Master Jay, American rapper and musician (Run DMC) (b. 1965)
  • 2002-11-28 Dave "Snaker" Ray, American blues musician (b. 1943)
  • 2002-12-13 Zal Yanovsky, Canadian musician (The Lovin' Spoonful) (b. 1945)
  • 2003-01-02 Eric Jupp, British-born musician, dies at 80
  • 2003-01-16 Henryk Czyz, Polish composer and musician, dies at 79
  • 2003-03-02 Hank Ballard [John Henry Kendricks], American rocker (The Midnighters - "The Twist" - pre-Chubber Checker), dies at 75
  • 2003-03-31 Tommy Seebach, Danish musician and singer (Sir Henry and his Butlers), dies at 53
  • 2003-04-17 Earl King, American musician and songwriter (b. 1934)

Person of interestJune Carter Cash

2003-05-15 June Carter Cash, American musician and singer dies aged 73

Country Singer June Carter Cash
Country Singer
June Carter Cash
  • 2003-05-25 Jeremy Michael Ward, American musician (The Mars Volta) (b. 1976)
  • 2003-07-12 Benny Carter, American musician (b. 1907)
  • 2003-07-13 Compay Segundo, Cuban musician (Buena Vista Social Club), dies at 95
  • 2003-07-16 Celia Cruz, Cuban musician (b. 1924)
  • 2003-07-25 Erik Brann, American musician (Iron Butterfly) (b. 1950)
  • 2003-08-21 Wesley Willis, American musician (b. 1963)
  • 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
  • 2003-09-14 John Serry, Sr., American musician, (b. 1915)
  • 2003-09-23 Ronnie Dawson, American rockabilly musician (b. 1939)
  • 2003-09-27 Paul Burlison, American rockabilly musician (The Rock N Roll Trio), dies at 74
  • 2003-10-21 Elliott Smith, American musician (b. 1969)
  • 2003-10-23 Tony Capstick, English actor, comedian, and musician (b. 1944)
  • 2003-11-17 Don Gibson, American country musician (Sweet Dreams), dies at 75
  • 2003-11-19 Greg Ridley, English musician (Humble Pie), dies at 56
  • 2004-01-14 Valfar, Norwegian musician (Windir) (b. 1978)
  • 2004-01-17 Czeslaw Niemen, Polish musician (b. 1939)
  • 2004-03-04 John McGeoch, Scottish musician (b. 1955)
  • 2004-03-10 Dave Blood, real name David Schulthise; American musician, bassist for The Dead Milkmen (b. 1956)
  • 2004-03-26 Jan Berry, American musician (Jan and Dean) dies after a stroke at 62
  • 2004-04-15 Ray Condo, Canadian musician, dies at 53
  • 2004-05-12 John LaPorta, American Jazz clarinetist and composer, dies at 84
  • 2004-06-03 Quorthon, Swedish musician (Bathory) (b. 1966)
  • 2004-07-13 Arthur Kane, American musician (New York Dolls), dies from advanced leukemia at 55
  • 2004-07-23 Carlos Paredes, Portuguese musician and composer (b. 1925)
  • 2004-07-23 Piero Piccioni, Italian musician, conductor and composer, dies at 82
  • 2004-08-02 Don Tosti, American musician (b. 1923)

Person of interestRick James

2004-08-06 Rick James, American funk musician ("Super Freak"), dies of pulmonary failure and cardiac failure at 56

Musician Rick James
Rick James
  • 2004-08-17 D-Roc the Executioner [Dennis Miles], American heavy metal musician (Body Count), dies of complications of lymphoma at 44
  • 2004-09-09 Ernie Ball, American entrepreneur and musician who pioneered the development of guitar-related products, dies at 74
  • 2004-09-19 Ellis Marsalis, Sr., American businessman, musician, and activist
  • 2004-10-01 Bruce Palmer, Canadian musician (Buffalo Springfield) (b. 1946)

Person of interestVaughn Meader

2004-10-29 Vaughn Meader, American comedian and musician, dies of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 68 (b. 1936)

Comedian and Musician Vaughn Meader
Comedian and Musician
Vaughn Meader
  • 2004-11-13 John Balance, English musician (Coil, Psychic TV), dies from a fall from a two-storey balcony at his home at 42
  • 2004-11-19 Terry Melcher, American musician and record producer (b. 1942)
  • 2004-11-20 Jenny Ross, English musician (Section 25) (b. 1962)
  • 2004-12-02 Kevin Coyne, English musician, dies at 60
  • 2004-12-20 Son [Frank] Seals, American blues musician (Nothing But the Truth) dies from diabetes complications at 62
  • 2004-12-26 Sigurd Køhn, Norwegian jazz musician, in 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake (b. 1959)
  • 2004-12-26 Aki Sirkesalo, Finnish musician, in 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake (b. 1962)
  • 2004-12-27 Hank Garland, American musician (b. 1930)
  • 2005-01-11 James Griffin, American musician (Bread) (b. 1943)
  • 2005-01-30 Martyn Bennet, Canadian musician (b. 1971)
  • 2005-01-30 Wes Wehmiller, American musician (b. 1971)
  • 2005-02-08 Jimmy Smith, American jazz musician and organist (Walk on the Wild Side), dies at 79
  • 2005-03-02 Martin Denny, American musician (Exotica), dies at 93
  • 2005-03-04 Robert Consoli, American actor and musician (b. 1964)
  • 2005-04-08 Herbie Lovelle, America drummer, studio musician (Hot Lips Page) and actor (Law & Order), dies at 85
  • 2005-04-13 Johnnie Johnson, American blues & jazz piano player (Chuck Berry's band), dies from kidney problems and pneumonia at 80
  • 2005-07-01 Renaldo "Obie" Benson, American singer (The Four Tops), dies at 69
  • 2005-07-14 Joe Harnell, American musician, composer and arranger, dies at 80
  • 2005-07-21 Long John Baldry, British blues musician (Don't try to Lay No Boogie), dies at 64
  • 2005-07-30 Lucky [Eli] Thompson, American jazz musician (Cuban Fire!), dies at 81
  • 2005-08-06 Ibrahim Ferrer, Cuban musician (Buena Vista Social Club) (b. 1927)
  • 2005-08-16 Vassar Clements, American musician (b. 1928)
  • 2005-09-01 R. L. Burnside, American blues musician (Deep Blues), dies at 78 (b. 1926)
  • 2005-09-10 Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, American blues singer (Mary is Fine), dies at 81
  • 2005-10-04 Michael "Mike" Gibbins, Welsh musician (Badfinger), dies from a brain aneurysm at 56
  • 2005-10-19 Dallas Cook, American musician (Suburban Legends) (b. 1982)
  • 2005-10-28 Fernando Quejas, Cape Verdean singer and musician (b. 1922)
  • 2005-11-20 Chris Whitley, American musician (b. 1960)
  • 2005-12-13 Timothy Jordan II, American musician (The All American Rejects, Jonezetta) (b. 1981)
  • 2006-01-01 Bryan Harvey, American musician (House of Freaks), dies at 49
  • 2006-02-08 Elton Dean, English musician (Soft Machine) (b. 1945)
  • 2006-02-14 Darry Cowl, French musician and actor, dies at 80
  • 2006-02-17 Ray Barretto, Puerto Rican American congo drummer (El Watusi), dies at 76
  • 2006-02-22 Anthony Burger, American musician and singer (b. 1961)
  • 2006-03-01 Johnny Jackson, American musician (b. 1951)
  • 2006-03-07 Ali Farka Touré, Malian musician (b. 1939)
  • 2006-03-18 Dan Gibson, musician (b. 1922)
  • 2006-03-28 Proinsias Ó Maonaigh, Irish musician (b. 1922)
  • 2006-05-14 Lewis "Lew" Anderson, American actor and musician (The Howdy Doody Show), dies of prostate cancer at 84
  • 2006-06-06 Billy Preston, American soul musician, singer and pianist, 5th Beatle (David Brenner Show), dies following long-term health issues at 59
  • 2006-06-20 Claydes Charles Smith, American musician (Kool & The Gang), dies at 57
  • 2006-07-17 Sam Myers, American musician and songwriter (b. 1936)
  • 2006-08-03 Arthur Lee, American psychedelic rock musician (b. 1945)
  • 2006-08-16 Jon Nödtveidt, Swedish musician (Dissection), dies at 31
  • 2006-08-21 Ustad Bismillah Khan, Indian musician (b. 1916)
  • 2006-09-09 Richard Burmer, American composer and musician, dies at 50
  • 2006-09-21 Raymond "Boz" Burrell, British rock musician (King Crimson, Bad Company), dies of a heart attack at 60
  • 2006-10-14 Freddy Fender, American musician ("Before the Next Teardrop Falls"), dies at 69
  • 2006-11-03 Paul Mauriat, French musician (Love Is Blue), dies at 81
  • 2006-12-03 Logan Whitehurst, American musician (b. 1977)
  • 2006-12-07 Jay McShann, American musician (b. 1910)
  • 2006-12-17 Denis Payton, English rock musician (Dave Clark Five - Glad All Over), dies at 63
  • 2006-12-23 Timothy J. Tobias, American composer and musician, dies at 54
  • 2007-01-06 Sneaky Pete Kleinow, American country-rock musician (Flying Burrito Brothers), dies at 72
  • 2007-01-12 Alice Coltrane, American jazz musician (b. 1937)