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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Casey Kasem: End of the Countdown

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My parents drug me to church every Sunday morning, but my real religion came when we got home. I raced to my bedroom, flipped on the radio, and allowed American Top 40 to convert me into the music-list junkee I am today. Had my parents wanted someone at whom to point a finger of blame, they need look no farther than Kemel Amen Kasem.

Better known as Casey Kasem, he was the voice of American Top 40. Based on Billboard magazine’s Hot 100 singles chart, the radio show counted down the hits every week. Casey peppered his broadcasts with biographical tidbits, trivia, and the simultaneously cheesy and touching long-distance dedications. That voice which challenged listeners to “Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars” is now permanently silent. Kasem died on June 15, 2014, at age 82. He is survived by his wife, Jean Thompson (married 1980-2014), four children, and four grandchildren. He was diagnosed in 2007 with Lewy body dementia, a condition which left him unable to speak.

He was born on April 27, 1932, in Detroit, Michigan where his Lebanese-immigrant parents worked as grocers. He had his first taste for radio covering sports at Detroit’s Northwestern High. When he went to Wayne State University for college, he voiced children on radio programs. In 1952, he was drafted by the Army to serve in Korea, where he worked as a DJ and announcer for the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service.

Once back in the states, he jumped around in various radio jobs in Detroit, Buffalo, New York, Cleveland, San Franciso, Oakland, and Los Angeles. He launched American Top 40 on July 4, 1970 and served as its host until 1988, as well as a second stint from 1998 to 2004. He also worked as a voice actor, most notably as Shaggy from Scooby-Doo cartoon and Robin in Super Friends.


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Friday, June 13, 2014

The Top 100 Country Songs of All Time

First posted on Facebook on April 3, 2011 and then on the blog on August 28, 2011.

The DMDB’s list of the top 100 country songs of all time was created by aggregating multiple best-of lists focused on country songs. See the resources at the bottom of this page.

  1. CrazyPatsy Cline (1961)
  2. Stand by Your Man…Tammy Wynette (1968)
  3. El Paso…Marty Robbins (1959)
  4. Your Cheatin’ Heart…Hank Williams (1953)
  5. He’ll Have to Go…Jim Reeves (1959)
  6. Friends in Low PlacesGarth Brooks (1990)
  7. King of the Road…Roger Miller (1965)
  8. He Stopped Loving Her Today…George Jones (1980)
  9. Ring of Fire…Johnny Cash (1963)
  10. I Fall to Pieces…Patsy Cline (1961)

  11. Sixteen Tons…Tennessee Ernie Ford (1955)
  12. It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky-Tonk Angels…Kitty Wells (1952)
  13. I Walk the LineJohnny Cash (1956)
  14. I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry…Hank Williams (1949)
  15. Hello Darlin’…Conway Twitty (1970)
  16. Forever and Ever, Amen…Randy Travis (1987)
  17. The Devil Went Down to Georgia…Charlie Daniels Band (1979)
  18. Walking the Floor Over You…Ernest Tubb (1941)
  19. Hello Walls…Faron Young (1961)
  20. Always on My Mind…Willie Nelson (1982)

  21. Lovesick Blues…Hank Williams (1949)
  22. Mama Tried…Merle Haggard (1968)
  23. Help Me Make It Through the Night…Sammi Smith (1971)
  24. Crazy Arms…Ray Price (1956)
  25. Folsom Prison Blues…Johnny Cash (1956)
  26. I’m Moving On…Hank Snow (1950)
  27. I Hope You Dance…Lee Ann Womack (2000)
  28. The Dance…Garth Brooks (1990)
  29. I Will Always Love You…Dolly Parton (1974)
  30. Make the World Go Away…Eddy Arnold (1965)

  31. Okie from Muskogee…Merle Haggard (1969)
  32. For the Good Times…Ray Price (1970)
  33. Oh Lonesome Me…Don Gibson (1958)
  34. Sweet Dreams of You…Patsy Cline (1963)
  35. Breathe…Faith Hill (1999)
  36. The Wild Side of Life…Hank Thompson (1952)
  37. Hey, Good Lookin’…Hank Williams (1951)
  38. Wabash Cannonball…Roy Acuff & the Smoky Mountain Boys (1938)
  39. Faded Love…Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys (1950)
  40. Act Naturally…Buck Owens (1963)

  41. I Can’t Stop Loving You…Ray Charles (1962)
  42. Can the Circle Be Unbroken (Bye and Bye)…The Carter Family (1935)
  43. Coal Miner’s Daughter…Loretta Lynn (1970)
  44. Behind Closed Doors…Charlie Rich (1973)
  45. The Battle of New Orleans…Johnny Horton (1959)
  46. Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain…Willie Nelson (1975)
  47. Mammas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys…Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson (1978)
  48. Amazed…Lonestar (1999)
  49. Wildwood Flower…The Carter Family (1928)
  50. Harper Valley P.T.A….Jeannie C. Riley (1968)

  51. Tumbling Tumbleweeds…Sons of the Pioneers (1934)
  52. I Never Promised You a Rose Garden…Lynn Anderson (1970)
  53. God Bless the U.S.A….Lee Greenwood (1984)
  54. Blue Moon of Kentucky…Bill Monroe (1947)
  55. Coat of Many Colors…Dolly Parton (1971)
  56. Blue Yodel #1 (T for Texas)…Jimmie Rodgers (1928)
  57. Jambalaya on the Bayou…Hank Williams (1952)
  58. Tennessee Waltz…Patti Page (1950)
  59. You Are My Sunshine…Jimmie Davis (1940)
  60. Amarillo by Morning…George Strait (1983)

  61. There Stands the Glass…Webb Pierce (1953)
  62. Rhinestone Cowboy…Glen Campbell (1975)
  63. She Thinks I Still Care…George Jones (1962)
  64. Before the Next Teardrop Falls…Freddy Fender (1975)
  65. Don’t Rock the Jukebox…Alan Jackson (1991)
  66. Smokey Mountain Rain…Ronnie Milsap (1980)
  67. I Don’t Hurt Anymore…Hank Snow (1954)
  68. Bouquet of Roses…Eddy Arnold (1948)
  69. Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning…Alan Jackson (2001)
  70. Foggy Mountain Breakdown…Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs (1950)

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  71. Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)…Waylon Jennings (1977)
  72. San Antonio Rose…Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys (1939)
  73. You’re Still the One…Shania Twain (1998)
  74. Please Help Me, I’m Falling…Hank Locklin (1960)
  75. The Gambler…Kenny Rogers (1978)
  76. Cold, Cold Heart…Hank Williams (1931)
  77. On the Other Hand…Randy Travis (1985)
  78. Kiss an Angel Good Mornin’…Charley Pride (1971)
  79. A Satisfied Mind…Porter Wagoner (1955)
  80. Green, Green Grass of Home…Porter Wagoner (1965)

  81. Flowers on the Wall…The Statler Brothers (1965)
  82. Walk on By…Leroy Van Dyke (1961)
  83. I’ll Hold You in My Heart Till I Can Hold You in My Arms…Eddy Arnold (1947)
  84. Galveston…Glen Campbell (1969)
  85. Singing the Blues…Marty Robbins (1956)
  86. I’ve Got a Tiger by the Tail…Buck Owens (1965)
  87. D-I-V-O-R-C-E…Tammy Wynette (1968)
  88. Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy…Red Foley (1950)
  89. Born to Lose…Ted Daffan & His Texans (1943)
  90. Young Love…Sonny James (1956)

  91. Slippin’ Around…Margaret Whiting with Jimmy Wakely (1949)
  92. Almost Persuaded…David Houston (1966)
  93. Blue…LeAnn iRimes (1996)
  94. Anytime…Eddy Arnold (1948)
  95. Sunday Morning Coming Down…Johnny Cash (1970)
  96. Long Black Veil…Lefty Frizzell (1959)
  97. Once a Day…Connie Smith (1964)
  98. There Goes My Everything…Jack Greene (1966)
  99. Together Again…Buck Owens (1964)
  100. Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! That Cigarette…Tex Williams (1947)


Resources and Related Links:
  • original Facebook post (4/3/11)

  • About.com Top 500 Country Music Songs. By Shelly Fabian. (2008).

    List background: site says list was “painstakingly compiled from many sources on the ‘net (including Billboard charts, album charts, and various surveys and polls), with a good deal of common sense thrown in.

  • Associated Content. Top 10 Country Songs of All Time. By Cheap Cannuck. (12/17/08).

  • Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top 10 Country Songs (9/17/08).

    This is a list of the top-charting country songs on the Billboard Hot 100, not the biggest charting songs on the country charts. Consequently, while these are country songs, they are more pop-oriented.

  • Billboard’s “All-Time Top 100 #1 Hits, 1944-1997” (1997).

    This is a list from pages 508-9 of Joel Whitburn’s Top Country Singles: 1944-1997 (4th edition). These are the biggest songs to hit the country charts based on total weeks at #1. Tiebreakers are then decided by weeks in the top 10, weeks in the top 40, and then total weeks on the chart.

  • David Cantwell and Bill Friskics-Warren Heartaches by the Number: Country Music’s 500 Greatest Singles. Vanderbilt University Press and Country Music Foundation Press; 2003.

    Ranked list with detailed commentary on the songs.

  • Ace Collins. The Stories Behind Country Music’s All-Time Greatest 100 Songs. New York, NY; The Berkley Publishing Group. (1996)

    This book actually covers a few more than a 100 songs with the focus on the writers and the path the song took towards fame.

  • Country America Top 100 Country Songs of All Time (1992).

    This was a poll offers a ranked list, but no commentary on songs.

  • Country Music Hall of Fame Jukebox.

    This particular page of the Country Music Hall of Fame site is a jukebox of the most significant songs in country music's history. Broken link.

  • Country Music Television. 100 Greatest Songs of Country Music (2001?).

    This four-part series aired on CMT and offered a unique focus on some of the best country songs of all time, covering from 1935-2001.

  • Country Music Television. 40 Greatest Songs of the Decade (2010).

    Two-hour TV special introduced Nov. 13, 2010 on CMT to celebrate the top 40 videos in country music from 2000-2010.

  • Digital Dream Door 100 Greatest Country Music Songs Edited by Chris F. (11/19/08).

    Title says 100 songs, but there are actually 190 songs ranked on this list. The top 50 have links to be able to listen to the songs. No commentary.

  • FAQs.org Top Country Songs of All Times (2009).

    Ranked list of 94 titles with commentary from guests. List appears to be generated by guest votes, but there’s no clear explanation.

  • imeem.com Top 100 All Time Best Country Songs (year?).

    Link now forwards to myspace.com. Can’t find original source.

  • K92’s All Time Favorites 600, 1975-2005 (2005).

    List only. Only top 10 listed. Now dead link.

  • Hal Leonard Corporation Best Country Songs Ever (1984).

    This is a songbook and not a ranked list. Link goes to Amazon.com and you can look inside the book to see the list of songs included.

  • D.J. McAdam 100 Greatest Country Songs (year?)

    An individual ranked list. No commentary on individual songs, but some comments on the whole list are offered at the end.

  • PopMatters.com/McClatchy-Tribune Country’s Top 100 By Shirley Jinkins and Malcolm Mayhew. (9/07).

    Ranked list with limited commentary.

  • RollingStone.com 100 Greatest Country Songs of All Time. (6/14).

    Ranked list with limited commentary.

  • Traditional Country Hall of Fame.

    Not sure of origins of list. Looks like a personal website instead of an established Hall of Fame.

  • Ultimate Twang The All Time Top 100 (year?)

    No details on how or when this top 100 ranked list was created. Introduction says simply that “the Country Musicologist has utilized a special formula (kept locked up with the colonel's secret recipe, we are told) to devise the top 100 country music hits of all time.” No commentary.

  • Ultimate Twang Celebrating Songs that Defined the 2000s, 1990s, 1980s, 1970s, and 1960s (year?).

    Five different blog entires, each focused on a different decade. Link now goes to a home page and I haven’t found a way to access the individual blog entries.

  • Yahoo! Classic Pop Music Group Country Music’s All-Time Classics by Steve Sullivan (5/31/2012).

    Ranking of more than 1000 country songs based on 50 sources.


Saturday, June 7, 2014

Iggy Azalea hit #1 with “Fancy”

Originally posted 12/25/2014.

image from knowyourmeme.com


Iggy Azalea with Charli XCX “Fancy”


Writer(s): Amethyst Kelly/ Charlotte Aitchison/ George Astasio/ Jason Pebworth/ Jon Shave/ Kurtis McKenzie (see lyrics here)

Released: 2/17/2014, First charted: 3/22/2014

Peak: 17 US, #113 RB, 5 UK (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales (in millions): 4.0 US,0.4 UK, 4.61 world (includes US and UK)

Radio Airplay (in millions): -- Video Airplay (in millions): 404.46


Review: “Fancy” was the fourth single from Australian rapper Iggy Azalea’s debut album – and the one which made her a star. It topped the charts in the U.S., Canada, and New Zealand and went top ten in Australia, the United Kingdom, and other countries. The “electro hop” song was written by Azalea (real name Amethyst Kellly) and Charli XCX (real name Charlotte Aitchison) with the production teams known as “The Invisible Men” and “The Arcade.”

When the song hit #1 in the U.S., Azalea was also a guest rapper on Ariana Grande’s “Problem,” the #2 hit. This made Azlaea only the sixth artist in history to hold down the top two slots and only the third female artist – after Ashanti and Mariah Carey – to have her first two Hot 100 hits in the top five simultaneously. Only Azalea and the Beatles had the distinction of having their first two Hot 100 singles at #1 and #2 simulatenously. WK The song also topped MTV and iTunes’ lists of best songs of 2014. WK

MTV Buzzworthy’s Brad Stern said of the song, “Not since Fergie’s ‘Glamourous’ has there been such a spectactularly sass-filled ode to the glam life.” WK Idolator’s Mike Wass called it a “swag-drenched hip hop/pop delight” and Hip Hop DX’s Janice Llamoca said it was “a hip hop-slash-pop party anthem.” WK Hip Hop Wired’s Chris Tomas said Charli XCX “provides a very potent chorus that women will be chanting in their clubs, cars, and the like.” WK Not all reviews were glowing; About.com’s Bill Lamb said the song felt a “bit too recycled” and that the lyrics had been done better by Stefani nearly a decade earlier on “Luxurious.” WK

The video was directed by Director X and featured Azalea and Charli XCX in the roles of Beverly Hills’ socialites Cher and Tai from the 1995 American comedy film Clueless starring Alicia Silverstone. Both the movie and the video used Los Angeles’ Grant High School as a filming location and outfits in the video were designed to match the film’s clothing with slight updates. The Huffington Post’s Chanel Parks offered props to Iggy for her “music video homage to our favorite movie of all time” WK and Paste magazine’s Taalur Ramsey praised the video as a combination of “a quintessential 90s culture moment with [Iggy’s] hip-hop vibes.” WK Entertainment Weekly named it the best video of 2014. WK


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Note: Footnotes (raised letter codes) refer to sources frequently cited on the blog. Numbers following the letter code indicate page numbers. If the raised letter code is a link, it will go directly to the correct page instead of the home page of a website. You can find the sources and corresponding footnotes on the “Lists” page in the “Song Resources” section.


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Sunday, June 1, 2014

June: Music Makers' Birthdays

Click on any date below to see music makers’ birthdays on that day. Click here to return to the main music makers’ birthday page. Note: Names listed in bold have had dates verified with at least two sources to (hopefully) ensure accuracy. Please email Dave’s Music Database with any corrections.

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JUNE 1

  • Danny Zavatsky (1982). American singer with boy band No Authority.

  • Brandi Carlile (1981). American singer and songwriter.

  • Oliver James (1980). English musician, singer, songwriter and actor.

  • Alanis Morissette (1974). Canadian rock singer/songwriter (“You Oughta Know”, Jagged Little Pill).

  • Damon Minchella. (1969). English bass guitarist.

  • Jason Donovan (1968). Rock musician/actor.

  • Mike Joyce (1963). British rock drummer with The Smiths (The Queen Is Dead).

  • Jesse Johnson (1962). American R&B/funk musician from the Time (“Jungle Love”).

  • Simon Gallup (1960). English goth-rock bassist with The Cure.

  • Alan Wilder (1959). English keyboardist with Depeche Mode (“Enjoy the Silence”).

  • Barry Adamson (1958). English bassist with Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds.

  • Ronnie Dunn (1953). American country singer/songwriter with duo Brooks & Dunn.

  • Bob Walkenhorst (1953). American rock singer/songwriter with The Rainmakers.

  • John Ellis (1952). English guitarist and songwriter with Bazooka Joe and The Vibrators.

  • Charlene (1950). American singer (“I’ve Never Been to Me”) born Charlene D’Angelo.

  • Andrae Crouch (1950). Gospel singer.

  • Wayne Nelson (1950). American rock musician with Little River Band.

  • Tom Robinson (1950). English radio presenter and singer/songwriter.

  • Graham Russell (1950). Australian-English soft rock vocalist with Air Supply (“Lost in Love”, “The One That You Love”).

  • Mike Levine (1949). Rock keyboardist/bassist with Triumph.

  • Ron Wood (1947). English rock guitarist with the Jeff Beck Group, The Faces, and The Rolling Stones.

  • Carol Neblett (1946). American soprano with the New York City Opera.

  • Linda Scott (1945). American singer (“Hey, Look at Me Now”).

  • Frederica Von Stade (1945). American mezzo-soprano (Die Zauberflote).

  • Richard Goode (1943). American concert pianist. 1980 Avery Fisher Award.

  • Ely van Tongeren (1943). Dutch guitarist/singer with the Buffoons.

  • Edo de Waart (1941). Holland-born conductor, Houston Opera 1976.

  • Pat Boone (1934). American pop singer (“Love Letters in the Sand”, “April Love”) born Charles Eugene Boone.

  • Yehudi Wyner (1929). Composer.

  • Marie Knight (1925). American gospel and R&B singer. Died 8/30/2009.

  • Hal McKusick (1924). American saxophonist, flautist and clarinetist.

  • Povel Ramel (1922). Swedish entertainer, singer, pianist, vaudeville performer, author and song composer. Died 6/5/2007.

  • Nelson Riddle (1921). American bandleader/orchestral leader, and TV/film composer/arranger. Died 10/6/1985.

  • Boris Lazarevich Klyuzner (1919). Composer.

  • Johnny Bond (1915). American country music artist. Died 6/12/1978.

  • Bart Howard (1915). American composer.

  • Szymon Goldberg (1909). Polish-American violinist/conductor, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra.

  • Dinora de Carvalho (1905). Composer.

  • Percy William Whitlock (1903). Composer.

  • Werner Janssen (1899). American conductor/composer, New Year’s Eve in New York.

  • Edgar “Cookie” Fairchild (1898). American bandleader, Jerry Colonna Show.

  • Lieb Glantz (1898). Composer.

  • Samuel L. M. Barlow (1892). Composer.

  • Ernst Kurth (1886). Austrian/Swiss musicologist.

  • Ada Jones (1873). English-born American singer (“Shine on, Harvest Moon” and “Come Josephine, in My Flying Machine” with Billy Murray). Died 5/2/1922.

  • Otto Valdemar Malling (1848). Composer.

  • Carl Bechstein (1826). German piano inventor.

  • Hermann Zopff (1826). Composer.

  • Mikhail Ivan Glinka (1804). Russian composer (“Jota Aragonesa”).

  • John George Schetky (1776). Composer.

  • Ferdinando Paer (1771). Composer.

  • Friedrich Ludwig Seidel (1765). Composer.

  • Christian Gottlob Saupe (1763). Composer.

  • Ignaz J. Pleyel (1757). Austrian composer/piano builder.

  • Frederico Fiorillo (1755). Italian violist/composer.

  • George Muffat (1653). Composer.

  • Felician Schwab (1611). Composer.

  • Allesandre Spontone (1549). Composer.


    JUNE 2

  • Darin Zanyar (1987). Swedish pop singer.

  • Ana Cristina (1985). American pop singer and beauty queen.

  • Leela James (1983). American singer/songwriter.

  • Brooke White (1983). American singer. American Idol.

  • Orish Grinstead (1980). American singer with 702. Died 4/20/2008.

  • Fabrizio Moretti (1980). American rock drummer with the Strokes.

  • Adrian Carlos Olivares (1976). Mexican singer with Menudo (“Cannonball”).

  • Tim Rice-Oxley (1976). English multi-instrumentalist and backing vocalist with Keane (Hopes and Fears).

  • B-Real (1970). Mexican-Cuban rapper with Cypress Hill. Born Louis Freese.

  • Dominic Greensmith (1970). English drummer with Reef and Kubb.

  • Merril Bainbridge (1968). Australian singer and songwriter.

  • Pedro Guerra (1966). Spanish singer/songwriter.

  • Thor Eldon Jonsson (1962). Rock guitarist and co-founder of The Sugarcubes.

  • Dez Cadena (1961). American punk rock singer and guitarist with Black Flag (1981’s Damaged) and the Misfits.

  • John Cameroon (1961). Guitarist with Claw Boys Claw.

  • Tony Hadley (1960). English pop singer for Spandau Ballet (“True”).

  • Lydia Lunch (1959). American singer and performance artist.

  • Michael “Mikki” Steele (1955). American rock bassist with the Bangles (“Walk Like an Egyptian”, “Eternal Flame”). Born Sue Thomas.

  • Steve Brookins (1951). Rock musician with .38 Special.

  • John Whitehead (1948). Musician.

  • Song Dae Kwan (1946). Korean singer.

  • Antone “Chubby” Tavares (1945). American R&B, funk and soul musician with the Tavares Brothers.

  • Marvin Hamlisch (1944). American composer and pianist (The Sting, A Chorus Line). Died 8/6/2012.

  • Ilaiyaraaja (1943). Indian film composer, singer and lyricist.

  • William Guest (1941). American singer with Gladys Knight & the Pips (“Midnight Train to Georgia”).

  • Irene Schweizer (1941). Swiss pianist.

  • Charlie Watts (1941). English rock drummer with The Rolling Stones (“(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”, Beggars Banquet, Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers, Exile on Main Street).

  • Charles Miller (1939). Rock flutist/saxophonist, War.

  • Pierre Favre (1937). Swiss drummer and percussionist-Irene Schweizer.

  • Jimmy Jones (1937). American doo-wop singer/songwriter with The Berliners; wrote “Handy Man” recorded by the Sparks of Rhythm.

  • Johnny Carter (1934). American singer with the Flamingos and the Dells. Died 8/21/2009.

  • Bob Rozario (1933). Chinese orchestra leader, Tony Orlando, Marie.

  • Sammy Turner (1932). American singer, Lavender Blue Moods.

  • Frederic Devreese (1929). Composer.

  • Alcides Lanza (1929). Composer.

  • Andre Vandernoot (1927). Flemish conductor, Royal Flemish Opera.

  • Del Simmons (1923). Rock musician with Captain Beefheart.

  • Marty Napoleon (1921). American jazz pianist.

  • Robert Moffat Palmer (1915). Composer.

  • Bert Farber (1913). American orchestra leader with Arthur Godfrey and Vic Damone.

  • Walter Andreas Schwarz (1913). German singer/songwriter and novelist. April 1/1992.

  • Robin Orr (1909). Scottish composer and professor of music.

  • Valaida Snow (1904). jazz musician and entertainer. Died 5/30/1956.

  • Rosa Rio (1902). American organist. Died 5/13/2010.

  • David Wynne (1900). Composer, studied at University of Wales, Cardiff, University of Bristol, Head of Music, Lewis School Pengam, professor of composition, Cardiff College of Music and Drama.

  • Ernst Kunz (1891). Composer.

  • Howard Johnson (1887). American lyricist. Died 5/1/1941.

  • Hakon Borresen (1876). Composer.

  • Paul Felix Weingartner (1863). German conductor, Zara, Dalmatia.

  • Harry Rowe Shelley (1858). Composer.

  • Edward William Elgar (1857). English classical composer (“Pomp and Circumstance”). Died 2/23/1934.

  • Jan G Palm (1831). Curacao, bandmaster/choir master/composer.

  • Olivier Metra (1830). Composer.

  • James Cutler Dunn Parker (1828). Composer.

  • Robert Fuhrer (1807). Composer.

  • Isaac Strauss (1806). Composer.

  • Michail I Glinka (1803). Russian composer.

  • Christian Traugott Tag (1777). Composer.

  • Antoni Weinert (1751). Composer.

  • Herman-Francois Delange (1715). Composer.

  • Benjamin Rogers (1614). Composer.

  • Giovanni Righi (1577). Composer.


    JUNE 3

  • Dihan Slabbert (1982). South African singer, composer, producer, musician, and songwriter. Pop group, Hi-5.

  • Yuri Ruley (1976). American drummer with Christian punk band, MxPx.

  • Kelly Jones (1974). Welsh rock singer/songwriter and guitarist with the Stereophonics.

  • Lyfe Jennings (1973). American R&B and soul singer/songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist.

  • Ariel Hernandez (1971). American pop and dance musician with No Mercy.

  • Gabriel Hernandez (1971). American pop and dance musician with No Mercy.

  • Esther Hart (1970). Dutch singer.

  • Jamie O'Neal (1968). Australian singer and songwriter.

  • Saffron (1968). Singer.

  • Mike Gordon (1965). American musician.

  • Kerry King (1964). American guitarist with Slayer.

  • David Cole (1962). record producer and musician with C+C Music Factory. Died 1/24/1995.

  • Danny Wilde (1956). American rock musician from the Rembrandts (TV theme for Friends: “I’ll Be There for You”).

  • Dan Hill (1954). Canadian pop singer/songwriter (“Sometimes When We Touch”).

  • Billy Powell (1952). American rock keyboardist for Lynyrd Skynyrd (“Free Bird”). Died 1/28/2009.

  • Deniece Williams (1951). American R&B singer (“Let’s Hear It for the Boy”). Born June Deniece Chandler.

  • Florian Pilkington-Miksa (1950). British drummer. Group, Curved Air.

  • Suzi Quatro (1950). American rock singer (“Stumblin’ In”) and actress (Happy Days).

  • Floyd Lloyd (1949). Jamaican musician and singer.

  • Stephen Ruppenthal (1949). Composer.

  • Carlos Franzetti (1948). Argentinian film composer and arranger.

  • Dave Alexander (1947). American rock bassist with The Stooges. Died 2/10/1975.

  • Mickey Finn (1947). English musician-percussionist. Died 1/11/2003.

  • Eddie Holman (1946). American R&B/gospel/pop/soul artist (“Hey There Lonely Girl”).

  • Michael Clarke (1946). American rock drummer with the Byrds (“Mr. Tambourine Man”, “Turn! Turn! Turn!”, “Eight Miles High”). Born Michael James Dick. Died 12/19/1993.

  • Jack Wilkins (1944). American guitarist.

  • Mike Dennis (1943). Rock musician, Dovells.

  • Anita Harris (1942). Singer and actress, Follow that Camel.

  • Curtis Mayfield (1942). American R&B singer with the Impressions (“People Get Ready”) and then a solo artist (1972’s Superfly). Died 12/26/1999.

  • Ian Hunter (1939). English rock singer/songwriter with Mott the Hoople (“All the Young Dudes”).

  • David Frederick Stock (1936). Composer.

  • Ted Curson (1935). American jazz trumpeter.

  • Dakota Staton (aka “Aliyah Rabia”) (1930). American jazz singer (In the Night). Died 4/10/2007.

  • Boots Randolph (1927). American saxophonist, Yakety Sax. Died 7/3/2007.

  • Carlos Veerhoff (1926). Composer.

  • Janez Maticic (1926). Composer.

  • Jimmy Rogers (1924). blues musician-singer, guitarist and harmonica player with Muddy Waters. Died 12/19/1997.

  • Phil Nimmons (1923). Canadian jazz clarinetist, composer and bandleader.

  • Ivan Patachich (1922). Composer.

  • Antonio Emmanvilovich Spadavecchia (1907). Composer.

  • Josephine Baker (1906). American-born French singer, dancer, and entertainer. Was the highest-paid European entertainer at the height of her career. Died 4/12/1975.

  • Jan Peerce (1904). American operatic tenor. Died 12/15/1984.

  • Memphis Minnie (1897). Blue singer born Lizzie Douglas. Died 8/6/1973.

  • Assen Karastoyanov (1893). Composer.

  • Red Brown (1888). American dixieland jazz trombonist. Died 3/25/1958.

  • Emil Axman (1887). Composer.

  • Lvar Henning Mankell (1868). Composer.

  • Bela Anton Szabados (1867). Composer.

  • Emile Paladilhe (1844). Composer.

  • Eduardo Caudella (1841). Composer.

  • Alexander Charles Lecocq (1832). Composer.

  • Alfonse Charles Renaud de Vilback (1829). Composer.

  • Jean Alexander Ferdinand Poise (1828). Composer.

  • Jose Inzenga y Castellanos (1828). Composer.

  • Frantisek Jan Skroup (1801). Composer.

  • Michael Gottard Fischer (1773). Composer.

  • Frederic Thieme (1750). Composer.

  • James Hook (1746). Composer.

  • Johann Christoph Oley (1738). Composer.

  • Johannes Schenck (1660). Composer.

  • Manuel de Egues (1657). Composer.


    JUNE 4

  • Stefan Lessard (1974). Musician with the Dave Matthews Band.

  • Al B. Sure! (1969). Singer/songwriter.

  • Cecilia Bartoli (1966). Italian Musician.

  • Chris Kavanagh (1964). Rock musician with Sigue Sigue Sputnik.

  • El DeBarge (1961). Michigan R&B musician with family group, DeBarge.

  • Sam Harris (1961). Broadway singer/actor. Winner of TV’s first Star Search.

  • Dagmar Krause (1950). West German singer with Henry Cow and Art Bears.

  • Anthony Braxton (1945). Jazz musician.

  • Gordon Waller (1945). Scottish singer, Peter and Gordon (“World Without Love”).

  • Roger Ball (1944). Scottish saxophonist with the Average White Band.

  • Michelle Phillips (1944). American singer with the Mamas & the Papas (1966’s “California Dreamin’”, “Monday Monday”).

  • Charlie Whitney (1944). Rock guitarist with Family.

  • Dorothy Rudd Moore (1940). Composer.

  • Freddy Fender (1937). Mexican-American country singer/songwriter (“Feelings”, “Before the Next Teardrop Falls”, “Wasted Days and Wasted Nights”). Died 10/14/2006.

  • Morgana King (1930). Jazz singer and actress.

  • Irwin Bazelon (1922). American composer (Duo for Viola).

  • Robert Merrill (1917). American baritone opera singer with the New York Metropolitan Opera. Born Moishe Miller. Died 10/23/2004.

  • Bruno Bettinelli (1913). Composer.

  • Paul Nordoff (1909). American composer (Frog Prince).

  • Marjan Kozina (1907). Composer.

  • Josef Sittard (1846). Music writer.

  • James Hewitt (1770). Composer.


    JUNE 5

  • Dallas Cook (1982). American trombone player with ska band Suburban Legends. Died 10/19/2005.

  • Sebastien Lefebvre (1981). French-Canadian rock rhythm guitarist with Simple Plan.

  • David Bisbal (1979). Spanish singer.

  • Pete Wentz (1979). American emo-rock bassist with Fall Out Boy. Married to singer Ashley Simpson.

  • Christian Martucci (1977). American guitarist, bassist, vocalist and songwriter.

  • Aesop Rock (1976). American hip hop artist and producer.

  • P-Nut (1974). American bassist with 311. Born Aaron Wills.

  • Daniel Gildenlow (1973). Swedish rock singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist and vocalist with Pain of Salvation and The Flower Kings.

  • Dominic Chad (1972). English rock guitarist with Mansun.

  • Mark “Marky Mark” Wahlberg (1971). American rapper (“Good Vibrations”) and actor.

  • Claus Norreen (1970). Danish musician and record producer with Aqua.

  • Brian McKnight (1969). American R&B singer (“Back at One”).

  • Brett James (1968). American country music singer and songwriter.

  • Gary Newby (1966). English musician with The Railway Children.

  • Karl Sanders (1964). American metal singer with Nile.

  • Joe Rudan (1963). Hungarian heavy metal musician with Pokolgep.

  • Anthony Burger (1961). American southern gospel musician and singer. Died 2/22/2006.

  • Robert Lloyd (1959). English singer with The Nightingales and The Prefects. Also a solo artist.

  • Michael Winans (1959). Gospel singer with The Winans.

  • John Fumo (1957). American multi-instrumentalist-trumpeter.

  • Richard Butler (1956). English alternative-rock singer with Psychedelic Furs.

  • Kenny G (1956). American saxophonist (1986’s Duotones, 1992’s Breathless) born Kenneth Bruce Gorelick.

  • Polo Montanez (1955). Cuban singer and songwriter. Died 11/26/2002.

  • Peter Erskine (1954). American jazz session drummer and composer (Weather Report, Steely Dan, Kate Bush, Queen Latifah, Linda Ronstadt).

  • Michael “Nicko” McBain (1954). English rock drummer from Iron Maiden.

  • Carole Fredericks (1952). American singer. Died 6/7/2001.

  • Ronnie Dyson (1950). American singer and actor. Died 11/10/1990.

  • Gail Davies (1948). American country singer, Blue Heartache.

  • Frank Esler-Smith (1948). British arranger/keyboardist for Air Supply. Died 3/1/1991.

  • Laurie Anderson (1947). American singer and performance artist.

  • Johnny Fred Carter (1947). American musician, songwriter, and record producer.

  • Tom Evans (1947). British rock bassist with Badfinger. Died 11/19/1983.

  • Freddie Stone (1946). American R&B guitarist for Sly & the Family Stone (“Everyday People”, “Thank You Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin”, 1969’s Stand!). Born Frederick Stewart.

  • Fuzzy Fuscaldo (1946). Rock musician with Captain Beefheart.

  • Don Reid (1945). American country singer with the Statler Brothers.

  • Bill Hopkins (1943). English composer, music critic, teacher, pianist, studied at Oxford University, taught at Birmingham University and University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

  • Charles Dodge (1942). American composer, electronic music, computer music genres, studied with Gunther Schuller, Darius Milhaud.

  • Martha Argerich (1941). Argentinian pianist, debut 1949.

  • Moira Anderson (1940). Scottish soprano singer (Loch Lomond).

  • Stanley Lunetta (1937). Composer.

  • Misha Mengelberg (1935). Dutch jazz pianist and composer.

  • Peter Schat (1935). Dutch opera composer (Labyrint, Houdine, Symposion).

  • Pete Jolly (1932). American jazz pianist and accordionist. Died 11/6/2004.

  • Nikolay Nikolayevich Sidel’nikov (1930). Composer.

  • Dorothy Claire (1925). American singer with Winchell and Mahoney.

  • Bill Hayes (1925). American singer (“The Ballad of Davy Crockett”) and actor.

  • Daniel Rogers Pinkham (1923). American composer (Signs of Zodiac).

  • Gordon “Specs” Powell (1922). American jazz and bebop drummer. Died 9/15/2007.

  • Kurt Edelhagen (1920). West German jazz pianist (Klimbim).

  • Akeo Watanabe (1919). Japanese conductor with the Nippon Philharmonic Orchestra 1956-68.

  • Branimir Sakac (1918). Composer.

  • Friedrich Wildgans (1913). Composer.

  • Alfred Uhl (1909). Austrian composer and professor, studied at Vienna Music Academy.

  • Federico Garcia Lorca (1898). Spanish writer, artist, pianist, and composer. Died 8/19/1936.

  • August Baeyens (1895). Flemish composer, Coriolanus.

  • Adolf Wiklund (1879). Composer.

  • Tony Jackson (1876). American pianist, singer, and composer. Died 4/20/1921.

  • Arthur Somervell (1863). Composer.

  • Ivar Christian Hallstrom (1826). Composer.

  • Prosper Philippe Catherine Sainton (1813). Composer.

  • Alexey Fyodorovich L'vov (1798). Composer.

  • Theodor Zwetler (1759). Composer.

  • Cristoph Raupach (1686). Composer.

  • Nicolas Bernier (1665). Composer.


    JUNE 6

  • Kyle Falconer (1987). Scottish singer with the View.

  • Kim Hyun Joong (1986). South Korean actor and singer with boy band SS501.

  • Gin Wigmore (1986). New Zealand singer/songwriter.

  • Peter Mosely (1980). American rock musician with Yellowcard and Inspection 12.

  • Carl Barat (1978). English rock guitarist with the Libertines and Dirty Pretty Things.

  • Mariana Popova (1978). Bulgarian singer.

  • Camu Tao (1977). American rapper and producer. Died 5/25/2008.

  • Uncle Kracker (1974). American musician.

  • Lisa Brokop (1973). Canadian country music artist.

  • Cristina Scabbia (1972). Italian singer.

  • James “Munky” Shaffer (1970). American rock guitarist with Korn.

  • Douglas Lee Mitchell (1969). American heavy metal artist, Southgang.

  • Angela Cavagna (1966). Italian singer.

  • Sean Yseult (1966). American rock musician-multi-instrumentalist with White Zombie.

  • David Whyte (1965). Rock musician with Brother Beyond.

  • Jay Bentley (1964). American bassist and co-founder of Bad Religion.

  • Tom Araya (1961). Chilean-American rock bassist with Slayer.

  • Dee C. Lee (1961), English pop backing singer with Wham! and Style Council. Born Diane Catherine Sealy. Married at one time to singer Paul Weller.

  • Steve Vai (1960). American guitarist with Frank Zappa, David Lee Roth, and Whitesnake.

  • Robert Hodgens (1959). Scottish guitarist.

  • Jimmy Jam (1959). American R&B/pop songwriter. Record production team. Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.

  • Yukihiro Takahashi (1952). Japanese electropop singer and drummer with the Yellow Magic Orchestra.

  • Dwight Twilley (1951). American singer.

  • Paul Lovens (1949). German musician.

  • Holly Near (1949). American singer/songwriter, producer, actor, author, activist and teacher.

  • Edgar Warren Williams (1949). Composer.

  • Richard Sinclair (1948). English rock bassist, guitarist and vocalist.

  • Terry Williams (1947). Rock musician with First Edition.

  • Tony Levin (1946). American rock bassist, tuba player and synthesizer with King Crimson.

  • Peter Albin (1944). American rock musician with Big Brother and the Holding Company.

  • Monty Alexander (1944). Jamaican pianist and melodica player.

  • Edgar Froese (1944). German artist and pioneer of electronic music and co-founder of Tangerine Dream.

  • Joe Stampley (1943). American country singer.

  • Larry “The Mole” Taylor (1942). Rock musician with Canned Heat.

  • Laudir De Olivera (1940). Rock musician with Chicago.

  • Louis Andriessen (1939). Dutch composer and pianist (Reconstruction).

  • Gary “U.S.” Bonds (1939). American rock singer/songwriter (“New Orleans”, “Quarter to Three”) born Gary Anderson.

  • Richard “Popcorn” Wylie (1939). American pianist, producer, band director and songwriter.

  • Raful Neal (1936). American blues singer, harmonica player and songwriter. Died 9/1/2004.

  • Levi Stubbs (1936). American R&B singer with the Four Tops (“Reach Out (I’ll Be There)”, “I Can’t Help Myself”). Born Levi Stubbles. Died 10/17/2008.

  • Philippe Entremont (1934). French pianist/conductor, Vienna Chamber Orchestra.

  • Boguslaw Schaffer (1929). Composer.

  • Klaus Tennstedt (1926). German conductor (Fidelio). Died 1/11/1998.

  • Serge Nigg (1924). Composer.

  • Ian Hamilton (1922). Composer.

  • Vincent Persichetti (1915). American composer, teacher, and pianist (Sibyl). Died 8/14/1987.

  • Toshitsugu Ogiwara (1910). Composer.

  • Jascha Brodsky (1907). Ukrainian-American violinist. Died 3/3/1997.

  • John Gart (1905). Russian orchestra leader, Paul Winchell Show.

  • Aram Il’yich Khachaturian (1903). Soviet-Armenian composer (Gayane). Died 5/1/1978.

  • Jimmie Lunceford (1902). American jazz alto saxophonist and bandleader. Died 7/12/1947.

  • Sabin V Dragoi (1894). Composer.

  • Ludovic Feldman (1893). Composer.

  • Ted Lewis (1892). American bandleader, singer, and jazz musician. Died 8/25/1971.

  • Istvan Kardos (1891). Composer.

  • Siegfried Wagner (1869). German opera composer and conductor.

  • John Stainer (1840). Composer.

  • William Howard Glover (1819). Composer.

  • Francesco Antonio Norberto Pinto (1815). Composer.

  • Adrien Francois Servais (1807). Composer.

  • Petter Conrad Boman (1804). Composer.

  • Anton Schweitzer (1735). Composer.

  • Adrien Trudo Sale (1722). Composer.

  • Georg Reidel (1676). Composer.

  • Giacomo Antonio Perti (1661). Composer.


    JUNE 7

  • Charlie Simpson (1985). British pop musician with Busted.

  • Necro (1976). American rapper, record producer, actor and director born Ron Braunstein.

  • Cassius Khan (1974). Indian classical musician.

  • T-Low (1974). Musician with Next.

  • Dave Navarro (1967). American rock guitarist with Jane’s Addiction.

  • Eric Kretz (1966). American rock musician with Stone Temple Pilots (1992’s Core, 1994’s Purple).

  • Jean-Pierre Francois (1965). French singer and former footballer.

  • Ecstacy (Whodini) (1964)

  • Roberto Alagna (1963). Sicilian-French operatic tenor.

  • Thierry Hazard (1962). French singer.

  • Prince (1958). American singer/songwriter and musician (“1999”, “When Doves Cry”, 1984’s Purple Rain, 1987’s Sign ‘O’ the Times) born Prince Rogers Nelson.

  • Paddy McAloon (1957). English singer/songwriter with Prefab Sprout (2 Wheels Good).

  • Juan Luis Guerra Seijas (1957). Dominican singer/songwriter and producer.

  • Larry Boone (1956). American country singer/songwriter.

  • Antonio “L.A.” Reid (1956). American record executive, songwriter, producer and co-founder of LaFace Records.

  • Joey Scarbury (1955). Canadian singer (“Believe It Or Not (The Theme from Greatest American Hero)”).

  • Johnny Clegg (1953). English musician, popular figure in South African music history.

  • Royce Campbell (1952). American jazz guitarist.

  • Jack Ryland (1949). Rock singer with Three Dog Night.

  • Billy Butler (1945). American soul singer and songwriter.

  • Clarence White (1944). American folk-rock guitarist with the Byrds from 1969-71. Died 7/15/1973.

  • Townes Van Zandt (1944). American singer/songwriter.

  • Anneke Gronloh (1942). Indonesian/Dutch singer with Burning Sand.

  • Jaime Laredo (1941). Bolivian violinist, Queen Elisabeth of Belgium prize 1959.

  • Tom Jones (1940). Welsh singer (“What’s New Pussycat”, “It’s Not Unusual”).

  • Neeme Jarvi (1937). Estonian conductor, Estonia Opera 1971.

  • Philippe Entremont (1934). French concert pianist.

  • Samuel Lipman (1934). Music critic.

  • Wynn Stewart (1934). American country music performer. Died 7/17/1985.

  • Tina Brooks (1932). American tenor, saxophonist and composer. Died 8/13/1974.

  • Charles Louis Strouse (1928). American composer and lyricist.

  • Dolores Gray (1924). American singer and actress, Designing Woman, Kismet.

  • Hubert Du Plessis (1922). Composer.

  • Tal Farlow (1921). American jazz guitarist. Died 7/25/1998.

  • Dean Martin (1917). Italian-American singer (“That’s Amore”, “Everybody Loves Somebody”) and actor. Died 12/25/1995.

  • Franz Reizenstein (1911). Composer.

  • Silas Roy Crain (1911). Singer/arranger/songwriter.

  • Glen Gray (1900). American bandleader and jazz saxophonist. Died 8/23/1963.

  • George Szell (1897). Hungarian-American conductor and composer. Died 7/30/1970.

  • Athos Palma (1891). Composer.

  • Percy Brier (1885). Composer.

  • Theodor Streicher (1874). Composer.

  • Landon Ronald (1873). Composer.

  • Luigi Maurizio Tedeschi (1867). Composer.

  • Guido Gasperini (1865). Composer.

  • Wladyslaw Gorski (1846). Composer.

  • Leopold von Auer (1845). Hungarians/US violinist.

  • Alexander Ritter (1833). Composer.

  • Karl Frieberth (1736). Composer.

  • Georg von Pasterwiz (1730). Composer.


    JUNE 8

  • Alex Band (1981). Rock musician with The Calling.

  • Kanye West (1977). American rapper (2004’s The College Dropout, 2005’s Late Registration).

  • Peter Jason “P.J.” Farley (1972). Rock bassist with Trixter (“Give It to Me Good”).

  • Nicci Gilbert (1970). Musician with Brownstone.

  • Neil Mitchell (1967). Rock musician with Wet Wet Wet.

  • Doris Pearson (1966). Essex rock musician with 5 Star-Silk and Steel.

  • Rob Pilatus (1965). German-American model/dancer/lip syncher for Milli Vanilli (“Girl You Know It’s True”). Died 4/2/1998.

  • Kino Haitsma (1963). Pianist/arrangeur (Josephine).

  • Nick Rhodes (1962). English rock keyboardist for Duran Duran (“Hungry Like the Wolf”, 1982’s Rio).

  • Mick Hucknall (1960). Blue-eyed soul singer for Simply Red (“Holding Back the Years”, “If You Don’t Know Me by Now”).

  • James Jonathan Sylvers (1955). American R&B keyboardist and singer with the Sylvers.

  • Greg Ginn (1954). American punk-rock singer/songwriter and guitarist with Black Flag (1981’s Damaged).

  • Bonnie Tyler (1951). Welsh singer (“Total Eclipse of the Heart”) born Gaynor Hopkins.

  • Elmar Oliveira (1950). American violinist, Naumburg 1978.

  • Emmanuel Ax (1949). Polish pianist, Artur Rubinstein Comp-1974.

  • Joan La Barbara (1947). Composer.

  • Julie Driscoll (1947). Rock musician and actress.

  • Mick Box (1947). Rock guitarist with Uriah Heep.

  • Boz Scaggs (1944). American musician first with Steve Miller Band and then as a solo artist (1976’s Silk Degrees). Born William Scaggs.

  • Chuck Negron (1942). Rock singer with Three Dog Night (“Joy to the World”).

  • Clarence “Fuzzy” Haskins (1941). American funk/R&B singer with Funkadelic (Knee Deep).

  • Nancy Sinatra (1940). American pop singer (“These Boots Are Made for Walkin’”, “Somethin’ Stupid”) and daughter of Frank Sinatra.

  • Sherman Garnes (1940). Doo-wop singer with Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers.

  • James Darren (1936). American singer and actor born James Ercolani.

  • Hans Gunter Helms (1932). Composer.

  • Yannis Ioannidis (1930). Composer.

  • Jiri Dvoracek (1928). Composer.

  • Anatol Vieru (1926). Romanian composer and music theoretician.

  • Karel Goeyvaerts (1923). Flemish composer (Summer Games).

  • Janos Jagamas (1913). Composer.

  • George Antheil (1900). American composer.

  • Erwin Schulhoff (1894). Czechoslovakian/Russian composer/pianist, Ogelala.

  • Poul Julius Ouscher Schierbeck (1888). Composer.

  • Prospero Bisquertt (1881). Composer.

  • Antonio Nicolau (1858). Spanish composer and conductor.

  • Natalia Janotha (1856). Composer.

  • Jan Kleczynski (1837). Composer.

  • George Garrett (1834). Composer.

  • Spyridon Xyndas (1812). Composer.

  • Robert Schumann (1810). German composer (Fantastiestucke). Died 7/29/1856.

  • Luigi Ricci (1805). Composer.

  • Joseph Lincke (1783). Composer.

  • Nicolas-Marie Dalayrac (1753). Composer.

  • Gabriele Mario Piozzi (1740). Composer.

  • Jakob Friedrich Kleinknecht (1722). Composer.

  • Tomaso Albinoni (1671). Italian composer, Adagio in G-minor.


    JUNE 9

  • Chloe Agnew (1989). Irish singer with Celtic Woman.

  • Alexis Grace (1987). American singer.

  • Kary Ng (1986). Hong Kong singer and actress.

  • Frankee (1983). American singer (“F.U.R.B. (F U Right Back)”) born Nicole Francine Aiello.

  • Christina Sturmer (1982). Austrian singer.

  • Anoushka Shankar (1981). Musician.

  • D’banj {Daniel Oyebanjo} (1980). Nigerian singer/songwriter and harmonica player.

  • James Walsh (1980). English singer/songwriter, guitarist and pianist with Starsailor.

  • Matthew Bellamy (1978). English singer/songwriter, guitarist, and pianist with Muse.

  • Samoth (1974). Norwegian musician and multi-instrumentalist. Metal bands, Emperor and Zyklon.

  • Sky Nellor (1971). DJ.

  • Rick Renstrom (1971). American metal guitarist.

  • Ed Simons (1970). English electronic musician with the Chemical Brothers.

  • Mitch McLee (1969). American drummer, Southgang.

  • Dean Dinning (1967). Rock bassist with Toad the Wet Sprocket.

  • Dean Felber (1967). American rock guitarist with Hootie & the Blowfish.

  • Tatjana Šimić (1963). Dutch-Crotatian singer (“Baby Love”, “Chica Cubana”, “Laat Je Gaan”) and actress.

  • Yuval Banai (1962). Israeli pop singer with Mashina

  • Eddie Lundon (1962). Rock musician with China Crisis.

  • Pete Byrne (1954). English rock musician with Naked Eyes.

  • Paul Chapman (1954). Welsh rock guitarist with UFO and Lone Star.

  • Errol Kennedy (1953). English drummer with Imagination.

  • Uzi Hitman (1952). Israeli singer/songwriter and TV personality. October 17, 2004.

  • James Newton Howard (1951). American film score composer and music producer.

  • Benny Neyman (1951). Dutch singer.

  • Terry Uttley (1951). English rock musician.

  • Trevor Bolder (1950). English bass guitarist.

  • Francis Monkman (1949). English classical, rock, and film score composer.

  • Nathaniel Rosen (1948). American cellist, Tchaikovsky-gold-1978.

  • Jon Lord (1941). English rock keyboardist with Deep Purple and Whitesnake.

  • Ileana Cotrubas (1939). Romanian opera soprano.

  • Charles Wuorinen (1938). American composer, Pulitzer 1980.

  • Jackie Wilson (1934). American R&B singer with the Dominoes and then a solo star (“Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher and Higher”, “Lonely Teardrops”). Died 1/21/1984.

  • Wild Jimmy Spruill (1934). Blues guitarist.

  • Barbara (1930). French singer born Monique Serf. Died 11/24/1997.

  • Johnny Ace (1929). American R&B singer (“Pledging My Love”). Born John Marshall Alexander, Jr. Died 12/25/1954.

  • Franco Donatoni (1927). Composer.

  • Jane Cowan (1915). Cello teacher.

  • Les Paul (1915). American guitarist and inventor of the solid-body electric guitar considered fundamental to rock and roll. Born Lester William Polfus. Died 8/13/2009.

  • Hermann Haller (1914). Composer.

  • Edgar Evans (1912). British tenor, singer, founder of Covent Garden Opera Company, performed more than 45 roles.

  • Ingolf Dahl (1912). German composer, Andante and Arioso.

  • Vbilmos Demian (1910). Composer.

  • Walter Kraft (1905). Composer.

  • Folke Jonsson (1904). Swedish opera singer. December 7, 1981.

  • Fred Waring (1900). American bandleader and radio/TV personality. Died 7/29/1984.

  • Cole Porter (1891). American musical theater composer/lyricist (1934’s Anything Goes, 1949’s Kiss Me, Kate). Died 10/15/1964.

  • Adrian Grigor’yevich Shaposhnikov (1888). Composer.

  • Hugo Kauder (1888). Composer.

  • Kusaku Yamada (1886). Composer.

  • Oscar Back (1879). Austrian-Dutch viola player.

  • Alberic Magnard (1865). Composer.

  • Carl Nielsen (1865). Norre-Lyndelse Denmark. Composer, Det Uuslukkelige.

  • Lucien-Denis-Gabriel-Alberic Magnard (1865). Composer.

  • Joseph Vezina (1849). Composer.

  • Gaetano Braga (1829). Composer.

  • Carlo Marsili (1828). Composer.

  • Carl Otto Ehrenfried Nicolai (1810). German composer, conductor, and founder of the Vienna Philharmonic. Died 5/11/1849.

  • John Howard Payne (1791). American songwriter (“Home Sweet Home!”). Died 1852.
  • Johann Andreas Herbst (1588). German composer and music theorist. Died 1/24/1666.


    JUNE 10

  • Tinchy Stryder (1986). British pop and rap singer born Kwasi Danquah.

  • Hoku Ho (1981). American singer/songwriter, musician, and actress. Daughter of singer Don Ho

  • LeMisha “Misha” Grinstead (1978). American singer with 702.

  • Adam Darski (1977). Polish death-metal musician with Behemoth.

  • Dan-e-o. {Daniel Faraldo} (1977). Jamaican-Canadian hip-hop artist with Monolith.

  • Faith Evans (1973). American singer/songwriter. Married to rapper Notorious B.I.G.

  • Flesh-N-Bone (1973). American rapper with Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. Born Stanley Howse.

  • Lemisha Grinsted (1973). Musician with 702.

  • Joel “Jo-Jo” Hailey (1971). American R&B musician with duo K-Ci & JoJo.

  • Erik Rutan (1971). American guitarist. Bands, Morbid Angel, Hate Eternal and Asid.

  • Mike Doughty (1970). American indie and alternative rock singer/songwriter and solo artist. Band, Soul Coughing.

  • Dan Lavery (1969). Musician with Tonic.

  • The D.O.C. (1968). American rapper with Fila Fresh Crew and N.W.A. Born Tracy Lynn Curry.

  • Human Beatbox (1967). Musician with Fat Boys. Born Darren Robinson.

  • Emma Anderson (1967). British musician, guitarist and backing singer with Lush.

  • Joey Santiago (1965). Filipino-American guitarist and composer.

  • Jimmy Chamberlin (1964). American drummer with the Smashing Pumpkins (Siamese Dream, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness).

  • Gary Wallis (1964). English drummer and percussionist.

  • Wong Ka-Kui (1962). Hong Kong composer, songwriter, musician, singer and guitarist. Died 6/30/1993.

  • Kelley Deal (1961). American singer and lead guitarist with the Breeders.

  • Kim Deal (1961). American alternative-rock singer/songwriter with the Pixies (1988’s Surfer Rosa, 1989’s Doolittle).

  • Maxi Priest (1961). Jamaican-British singer/songwriter (“Close to You”).

  • Mark Shaw (1961). English singer and co-founder of Then Jerico.

  • Martin Wesley-Smith (1945). Composer.

  • Rick Price (1944). English rock bassist with Electronic Light Orchestra.

  • Janet Vogel (1942). Rock musician, Skyliners.

  • Shirley Owens Alston (1941). American singer with the Shirelles (“Will You Love Me Tomorrow”, “Soldier Boy”).

  • Mickey Jones (1941). American musician and actor.

  • Harry Muskee (1941). Dutch rock vocalist, Cuby and Blizzards.

  • John William Stevens (1940). English jazz drummer with Spontaneous Music Ensemble. Died 9/13/1994.

  • Nicolas Roussakis (1934). Composer.

  • Joao Gilberto (1931). Brazilian singer and guitarist.

  • Vasile Herman (1929). Composer.

  • Judy Garland (1922). American actress and singer (1939’s The Wizard of Oz and its iconic song “Over the Rainbow”, “The Trolley Song”). Born Frances Ethel Gumm. Mother of singer Liza Minelli. Died 6/22/1969.

  • Zbynek Vostrak (1920). Composer.

  • Oscar Comras (1915). American drummer, namesake of Comras Mall in Bronx Park.

  • Rosita Serrano (1914). Chilean singer and actress. Died 4/6/1997.

  • John Edmunds (1913). Composer.

  • Thor Johnson (1913). American conductor, Cincinnati Symphony 1958.

  • Tikhon Nikoleyevich Khrennikov (1913). Russian and Soviet composer, pianist and actor. Died 8/14/2007.

  • Ralph Kirkpatrick (1911). American musician, musicologist and harpsichordist (Domenico Scarlatti). Died 4/13/1984.

  • Howlin’ Wolf (1910). American blues singer, guitarist, and harmonica player (“Smokestack Lightning”, Moanin’ in the Moonlight). Died 1/10/1976.

  • Robert Still (1910). English composer. Died 1/13/1971.

  • Erwin Dressel (1909). Composer.

  • Dicky Wells (1907). American jazz trombonist. Died 11/12/1985.

  • Frederick Loewe (1904). Austrian-American musical theater composer with Alan Jay Lerner (1956’s My Fair Lady, 1958’s Gigi, 1960’s Camelot). Died 2/14/1988.

  • Gaston Brenta (1902). Composer.

  • Pavel Borkovec (1894). Czechoslovakian composer (Stmivani, Twilight).

  • Punch Miller (1894). American jazz trumpeter. Died 12/2/1971.

  • Franz Andre (1893). Belgian conductor.

  • Al Dubin (1891). Swiss/American songwriter (“Tiptoe Thru the Tulips”). Died 2/11/1945.

  • Powell Weaver (1890). Composer.

  • Benjamin Lambord (1879). Composer.

  • Heinrich von Herzogenberg (1843). Composer.

  • W. A. Remy (1831). Composer.

  • Louis Joseph Daussoigne-Mehul (1790). Composer.

  • Giovanni Battista Polledro (1781). Composer.


    JUNE 11

  • Dan Lavery (1969). Musician with Tonic.

  • Joey Santiago (1965). Alternative rock musician with the Pixies (1988’s Surfer Rosa, 1989’s Doolittle).

  • Robert Birch (Stereo MC's) (1961)

  • Donnie Van Zant (1952). Rock singer with .38 Special.

  • Frank Beard (1949). Rock musician with ZZ Top.

  • Skip Alan (1948). Rock drummer with Them and Pretty Things.

  • Glenn Leonard (1947). R&B singer with the Temptations.

  • John Lawton (1946). British rock singer with Uriah Heep.

  • Joey Dee (1940). American singer.

  • Wilma Burgess (1939). Country-pop singer.

  • Pookie Hudson (1934). Singer with the Spaniels (“Goodnite Sweetheart Goodnite”).

  • Jud Strunk (1933). American singer and comedian with Laugh-In.

  • Josef Anton Reidl (1927). Composer.

  • Brother Dave Gardner (1926). Novelty singer and comedian.

  • Carlisle Floyd (1926). American composer (Slow Dusk).

  • Hazel Scott (1920). Trinidadi-American singer and pianist. Died 10/2/1981.

  • Revaz Kondrat’yevich Gabichvadze (1913). Composer.

  • Rise Stevens (1913). American mezzo-soprano with the Met Opera and actor (Going My Way).

  • Mukhtar Ashrafi (1912). Composer.

  • Carmine Coppola (1910). Composer and conductor (Godfather II, Apocalypse Now).

  • Jose Bernabe Marino Barreto y Casanova (1908). Pianist vocalist bandleader.

  • Clarence “Pinetop” Smith (1904). Jazz pianist/singer (“Pinetop’s Boogie Woogie”). Died 3/15/1929.

  • Emil Frantisek Burian (1904). Composer.

  • Vissarion Yakovlevich Shebalin (1902). Composer.

  • George Frederick McKay (1899). Composer.

  • Richard Stohr (1874). Composer.

  • Richard Strauss (1864). German composer (Don Quixote, 1896’s Also Sprach Zarathustra). Died 9/8/1949.

  • Sigismund Vladislavovich Zaremba (1861). Composer.

  • Luigi Gatti (174-). Composer.

  • Jose Antonio Carlos de Seixas (1704). Composer.

  • Francesco A. Vallotti (1697). Italian organist/composer/theorist.

  • Francesco Antonio Bonporti (1672). Composer.


    JUNE 12

  • Alexandra “Allie” DiMeco (1992). Musician and actress.

  • Chris Young (1985). American country musician.

  • Robyn (1979). Swedish pop singer/songwriter (“With Every Heartbeat”). Born Robyn Carlsson.

  • Kenny Wayne Shepherd (1977). American blues-rock guitarist and singer/songwriter.

  • Bounty Killer (1972). Jamaican reggae and dance hall DJ with The Alliance. Born Rodney Basil Price.

  • Bardi Martin (1969). Musician with Candlebox.

  • Bobby Sheehan (1968). American musician and songwriter. Died 8/20/1999.

  • Cindy Lee Berryhill (1965). American singer/songwriter.

  • Rob Collins (1965). English keyboardist for the Charlatans. Died 7/22/1996.

  • Filip Topol (1965). Czechoslovakian singer/songwriter and pianist.

  • Paul Clark (1962). English musician, business entrepreneur, and former keyboard player with post-punk band The Bolshoi.

  • Grandmaster Dee (1962). Musician with Whodini.

  • Kira Roessler (1961). American punk-rock bassist with Black Flag.

  • Michael Hausman (1960). Musician with ‘til Tuesday.

  • John Linnell (1959). American musician with They Might Be Giants.

  • Meredith Brooks (1958). American singer/songwriter and guitarist.

  • Geri Allen (1957). American pianist.

  • Rocky Burnette (1953). American rock singer (“Tired of Toein’ the Line”).

  • Pete Fardon (1952). English bassist with the Pretenders (“Brass in Pocket”). Died 4/14/1983.

  • Oliver Knussen (1952). Scottish composer (Chicara).

  • Dale Krantz (1952). Singer with Crossings-Collis Band.

  • Bun E. Carlos (1951). American rock drummer with Cheap Trick (“I Want You to Want Me”, “The Flame”).

  • Brad Delp (1951). American rock singer for Boston (“More Than a Feeling”, 1976’s Boston, 1978’s Don’t Look Back). Died 3/9/2007.

  • John Wetton (1949). English prog-rock singer/songwriter and musician with Family, King Crimson, Uriah Heep, U.K., and Asia.

  • Barry Bailey (1948). American rock guitarist with Atlanta Rhythm Section (“So into You”, “Spooky”).

  • Grace Jones (1948). Jamaican singer/actress.

  • Harold Cowart (1944). John Fred and His Playboy Band (“Judy in Disguise”).

  • Maurice Jackson (1944). American singer, Independents-Leaving You.

  • Reg Presley (1943). British rock singer with the Troggs (“Wild Thing”, “Love Is All Around”).

  • Len Barry (1942). American singer/songwriter and record producer.

  • Chick Corea (1941). American jazz pianist and composer who worked with Miles Davis and Return to Forever.

  • Roy Harper (1941). English folk singer/songwriter and guitarist.

  • Reg Presley (1941). English singer and songwriter. Band, The Troggs.

  • Mimi Coertse (1932). South African soprano.

  • Jim Nabors (1930). American actor (Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., The Andy Griffith Show) and singer.

  • Vic Damone (1928). American singer (“On the Street Where You Live”, “You’re Breaking My Heart”) born Vito Farinola.

  • Richard Sherman (1928). Composer and lyricist (Mary Poppins).

  • Leif Thybo (1922). Composer.

  • Priscilla Lane (1915). American singer with The Lane Sisters. Died 4/4/1995.

  • Zeke Zarchy (1915). American trumpet player. Died 4/12/2009.

  • Maurice Ohana (1914). Pianist and composer (La Celestine).

  • Bill Kenny (1914). American musician with The Ink Spots. Died 3/23/1978.

  • Eddie Williams (1912). Blues/jazz bassist.

  • Archie Bleyer (1909). American orchestra leader with Arthur Godfrey.

  • Mansel Treharne Thomas (1909). Composer.

  • Giorgio Nataletti (1907). Composer.

  • Eino Roiha (1904). Composer.

  • Emmett Hardy (1903). American jazz cornet player. Died 6/16/1925.

  • Amadeo Roldan (1900). Composer.

  • Alexandre Tansman (1897). Polish composer and pianist (Dyptique). Died 11/15/1986.

  • John Donald Robb (1892). Composer.

  • Juan de Hernandez (1881). Composer.

  • Narciso Garay (1876). Composer.

  • Willem Louis Frederic Landre (1874). Composer.

  • Achille Simonetti (1857). Composer.

  • Oliver Joseph Lodge (1851). English-born early radio pioneer.

  • Rikard Nordraak (1842). Composer.

  • Marc-Antoine de Muret (1526). Composer.

  • Juan del Encina (1468). Composer.


    JUNE 13

  • Lisa Tucker (1989) American singer and contestant on the 5th season of TV’s American Idol.

  • Raz B (1985) American singer and member of R&B boy band, B2K. Born DeMario Monte Thornton.

  • Sarah Connor (1980). German singer and songwriter.

  • Jason Michael Carroll (1978). American country music artist.

  • Jason “J” Brown (1976). British singer and dancer. Band, Five.

  • Kasia Kowalska (1973). Polish singer/songwriter, producer and actress.

  • Rivers Cuomo (1970). Alternative rock singer/songwriter and guitarist with Weezer (“Buddy Holly”, “Beverly Hills”).

  • Soren Rasted (1969). Danish musician, producer and songwriter with Aqua.

  • Jamie Walters (1969). American pop singer and guitarist (“Hold On”, the Heights’ “How Do You Talk to an Angel?”).

  • David Gray (1968). English singer/songwriter.

  • Deniece Peterson (1968). Rock musician with 5 Star Silk and Steel.

  • Paul De Lisle (1963). Canadian bassist with Smash Mouth.

  • Olvido Gara Jova (1963). Spanish-Mexican DJ, singer and TV personality.

  • Rolf Brendel (1957). Musician with Nena.

  • Rita Cadillac (1954). Brazilian dancer and singer.

  • Bo Donaldson (1953). Rock singer (“Billy Don’t Be a Hero”).

  • Howard Leese (1951). American guitarist, record producer and musical director.

  • Liz Phillips (1951). American composer, sound artist, interactive artist, creates sound installations relating to live forms.

  • Jorge Santana (1951). Mexican musician. Brother of Carlos Santana.

  • Dennis Locorriere (1949). American rock guitarist with Dr Hook.

  • Red Symons (1949). English-born Australian musician, writer, actor, radio host and guitarist with Skyhooks.

  • Mary Lou Turner (1947). American country music artist.

  • James Carr (1942). American gospel singer (To Love Somebody). Died 1/7/2001.

  • Esther Ofarim (1941). Israeli singer.

  • Bobby Freeman (1940). American R&B singer/songwriter (Do You Want to Dance) and record producer.

  • Don “Sugarcane” Harris (1939). Rock musician and actor, Soup for 1, Greeased Lightning.

  • Gwynne Howell (1938). British opera singer.

  • Alan Civil (1929). British horn player. Died 3/19/1989.

  • Wild Bill Moore (1918). American tenor and saxophone player. Died 8/8/1983.

  • Doc Cheatham (1905). Jazz trumpeter, singer and bandleader. Died 6/2/1997.

  • Xian Xinghai (1905). Chinese composer. Died 10/30/1945.

  • Jack Fulton (1903). American composer, songwriter and actor. Died 11/13/1993.

  • Philipp Kutev (1903). Composer.

  • Carlos Chavez (1899). Mexican conductor and composer (Sinfonia India). Died 8/2/1978.

  • Max d’Ollone (1875). Composer.

  • Ede Poldini (1869). Composer.

  • Josef Venantius von Woss (1863). Composer.

  • Antonio Zamara (1829). Composer.

  • Julius Eichberg (1824). Composer.

  • Antoni Henryk Radziwill (1775). Composer.

  • Anton Eberl (1765). Composer.

  • Anton Wranitzky (1761). Composer.

  • Christian Ludwig Dieter (1757). Composer.

  • Henryk Klein (1736). Composer.

  • Angelo Antonio Caroli (1701). Composer.

  • Fidel Molitor (1627). Composer.

  • Tobias Michael (1592). Composer.


    JUNE 14

  • Lucy Hale (1989). American singer and dancer on American Juniors.

  • Kevin McHale (1988). American singer.

  • Siobhan Donaghy (1984). British singer with Sugababes.

  • Lang Lang (1982). Chinese concert pianist.

  • Diablo Cody, Brook Busey (1978). American screenwriter, writer, blogger, journalist, and author.

  • Matt “Mojo” Morginsky (1976). American lead vocalist with Christian band The O.C. Supertones.

  • Bob Nanna (1975). American indie rock musician.

  • Joshua Radin (1974). American folk recording artist, songwriter and actor.

  • Ceca. {Svetlana Raznatovic} (1973). Yugoslavian-Serbian singer.

  • Billie Myers (1971). English rock singer/songwriter.

  • MC Ren (1969). American rapper with N.W.A. Born Lorenzo Patterson.

  • Chris DeGarmo (1963). American rock guitarist for Queensryche (“Silent Lucidity”).

  • Boy George (1961). English pop singer/songwriter with Culture Club (“Karma Chameleon”, “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me”). Born George Allan O’Dowd.

  • Marcus Miller (1959). American jazz musician, composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist.

  • Nick Van Ede (1958). Musician with Cutting Crew (“I Just Died in Your Arms”).

  • Brian David Willis (1958). Rock drummer with Quarterflash (“Harden My Heart”).

  • King Diamond (1956). Danish heavy metal musician and vocalist with Mercyful Fate and King Diamond.

  • Gianna Nannini (1956). Italian singer/songwriter and rock musician.

  • David Thomas (1953). American singer/songwriter with Pere Ubu.

  • Jimmy Lea (1952). English rock bassist with Slade.

  • Papa Wemba (1949). Musician.

  • Alan White (1949). English rock drummer with Yes (“Owner of a Lonely Heart”).

  • Barry “The Fish” Melton (1947). American guitarist with Country Joe and The Fish.

  • Rod Argent (1945). English rock keyboardist and singer with the Zombies (“She’s Not There”) and Argent (“Hold Your Head Up”).

  • Spooner Oldham (1943). American songwriter and session musician.

  • Harold Wheeler (1943). American orchestrator, conductor, composer, record producer and music director.

  • Mervyn “Muff” Winwood (1943). English songwriter/musician/record producer. Was in Spencer Davis Group (“Gimme Some Lovin’”) with younger brother, Steve Winwood.

  • Dary John Mizelle (1940). American composer, co-founder SOURCE magazine, works include, SPANDA Symphonies of Sound, 2006.

  • Renaldo “Obie” Benson (1936). American R&B singer with the Four Tops. Died 7/1/2005.

  • Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson (1932). Composer.

  • Junior Walker (1931). American R&B singer and saxophonist with the All Stars (“Shotgun”). Born Autry DeWalt Mixon, Jr. Died 11/23/1995.

  • Cy Coleman (1929). American songwriter (“Witchcraft”) born Seymour Kaufman. Died 11/18/2004.

  • Theodore Bloomfield (1923). Composer.

  • Arthur Jacobs (1922). Musicologist.

  • Helmer-Rayner Sinisalo (1920). Composer.

  • Carter Harman (1918). Composer.

  • Karl-Rudi Griesbach (1916). Composer.

  • Harry Brandelius (1910). Swedish singer. Died 9/5/1994.

  • Rudolf Kempe (1910). German conductor. Died 5/12/1976.

  • Burl Ives (1909). American folk singer (“Holly Jolly Christmas”) and actor born Burle Icle Ivanhoe. Died 4/14/1995.

  • John Scott Trotter (1908). American orchestra leader (George Gobel Show) and composer. Died 10/29/1975.

  • Sid Phillips (1907). English jazz clarinetist, bandleader, and arranger. Died 5/24/1973.

  • Nappy Lamare (1905). American jazz banjoist, guitarist and vocalist. Died 5/8/1988.

  • Jack Pepper (1902). American singer, dancer, comedian and musician. Died 4/1/1979.

  • Cliff “Ukulele Ike” Edwards (1895). American singer (“When You Wish Upon a Star”). Died 7/17/1971.

  • John McCormack (1884). Irish tenor (“It’s a Long, Long Way to Tipperary”, “Moonlight and Roses”). Died 9/16/1945.

  • Michael Zadora (1882). Composer.

  • Jane Bathori (1877). French opera singer. Died 1/25/1970.

  • Auguste Jean Maria Charles Serieyx (1865). Composer.

  • Frederik Rung (1854). Composer.

  • Nikolay Rubinstein (1835). Composer.

  • Dominique Della-Maria (1769). Composer.

  • Johannes Simon Mayr (1763). Composer.

  • Candido Jose Ruano (1760). Composer.

  • Jan Francisci (1691). Composer.


    JUNE 15

  • William “Billy” Dean Martin (1981). Rock guitarist with Good Charlotte.

  • RoRo (1978). American rapper in Another Bad Creation. Born Romell Chapman.

  • Dryden Mitchell (1976). Musician with Alien Ant Farm.

  • Ice Cube (1969). Rapper first in group N.W.A. (1989’s Straight Outta Compton) before going solo (1991’s Death Certificate, 1992’s The Predator).

  • Rob Mitchell (1966). Musician with Sixpence None The Richer.

  • Michael Britt (1966). Musician with Lonestar.

  • Scott Rockenfield (1963). Musician with Queensryche.

  • Brad Gillis (1957). Rock guitarist and singer with Night Ranger.

  • Terri Gibbs (1954). American singer (“Somebody’s Knockin’”).

  • Steve Walsh (1951). Rock musician with Kansas (“Dust in the Wind”, “Carry on Wayward Son”).

  • Noddy Holder (1950). Rock singer/guitarist with Slade (“Cum on Feel the Noize”).

  • James Smith (1950). Musician with The Stylistics.

  • Russell Hitchcock (1949). Singer with Air Supply (“Lost in Love”, “The One That You Love”).

  • Michael Lutz (1949). Bassist with Brownsville Station.

  • Paul Patterson (1947). British composer, professor, Royal Academy of Music, composes for orchestra, ensemble, film, television, education.

  • Janet Lennon (1946). American singer with the Lennon Sisters (TV’s Lawrence Welk Show).

  • Ian Matthews (1946).

  • Johnny Hallyday (1943). French singer/actor born Jean-Philippe Smet. Considered by some to be the French Elvis Presley.

  • Harry Nilsson (1941). American singer/songwriter and guitarist (“Everybody’s Talkin’”, “Without You”). Died 1/15/1994.

  • Willem Frederik Bon (1940). Dutch composer.

  • Jean-Claude Eloy (1938). French composer (Phenix).

  • Waylon Jennings (1937). Country singer (“Luckenbach, Texas”, “Just the Good Ol’ Boys”). Died 2/13/2002.

  • Alexandru Hrisanide (1936). Composer.

  • Ruby Nash Cutis (1934). American rock musician with Ruby and The Romantics.

  • Geoffrey Penwill Parsons (1929). Piano accompanist.

  • Gideon N N Nxumalo (1929). Composer.

  • Nigel Pickering (1929). Guitarist with Spanky and Our Gang.

  • Jan Carlstedt (1926). Composer.

  • John Veale (1922). Composer.

  • Erroll Garner (1921). American jazz pianist and composer (“Misty”, Concert by the Sea).

  • Johnny Hallyday (1943). French pop singer born Jean-Philippe Smet.

  • Berend Giltay (1910). Composer.

  • David Rose (1910). English orchestra leader (“The Stripper”).

  • Max Rudolf (1902). German conductor with Goteberg Symphony Orchestra.

  • John Wesley Work (1901). Composer.

  • Otto Clarence Luening (1900). American composer (Sonority Canon).

  • Paul J Mares (1900). American jazz trumpetist/composer (Farewell Blues).

  • Thomas Henry Wait Armstrong (1898). Organist.

  • Robert Russell Bennett (1894). American composer and arranger.

  • Charles Wood (1886). Composer.

  • Paul Gilson (1865). Composer.

  • Joseph Guy Marie Ropartz (1864). Composer.

  • Edvard Hagerup Grieg (1843). Norwegian composer (Bewitched One).

  • Nikolay Ivanovich Zaremba (1821). Composer.

  • Franz Danzi (1763). Composer.

  • George Joseph Vogler (1749). Composer.

  • Johann Ernst Altenburg (1734). Composer.

  • Pietro Alessandro Pavona (1728). Composer.

  • Johann David Mayer (1636). Composer.


    JUNE 16

  • Aarya Ambekar (1994). Indian vocalist.

  • Destinee {Destinee Rae Monroe} (1994). American singer with girl group Destinee & Paris.

  • Joe McElderry (1991). English singer.

  • Keshia Chante (1988). Canadian singer.

  • Leeland Dayton Mooring (1988). American musician.

  • Diana DeGarmo (1987). American singer and finalist on TV’s American Idol in 2004.

  • Matt Costa (1982). American singer/songwriter.

  • Ben Kweller (1981). American singer/songwriter.

  • Nathan Followill (1979). Rock musician with Kings of Leon (“Sex on Fire”, “Use Somebody”, 2008’s Only by the Night).

  • Lisa Maffia (1979). English singer/songwriter, model, musician and TV presenter.

  • Fish Leong {Jasmine Leong} (1978). Malaysian-Chinese singer.

  • Kiko Loureiro (1972). Brazilian guitarist.

  • Tupac “2pac” Shakur (1971). American rapper (Me Against the World). Died 9/13/1996.

  • MC Ren (1966). Rapper with N.W.A.

  • Johannes Helgason (1958). Icelandic guitar player.

  • Garry Roberts (1954). Irish new wave guitarist for the Boomtown Rats (“I Don’t Like Mondays”).

  • Ian Mosley (1953). English drummer with Marillion (1985’s Misplaced Childhood).

  • Jerry Hadley (1952). American operatic tenor. Died 7/18/2007.

  • Rob Kloet (1952). Pop drummer/singer with the Nits.

  • Gino Vannelli (1952). Canadian singer/songwriter and musician (“I Just Wanna Stop”, “Living Inside Myself” ).

  • James Smith (1950). American singer with the Stylistics.

  • Peppy Castro (1949). American rock singer with Balance.

  • Tom “Bones” Malone (1947). American jazz musician and multi-instrumentalist.

  • Tom Harrell ( 1946). American jazz trumpeter and composer.

  • Ian Matthews (1946). English musician and songwriter.

  • Eddie Levert (1942). American singer for the O’Jays.

  • John Rostill (1942). English bassist and composer with the Shadows. Died 11/26/1973.

  • Lamont Dozier (1941). American songwriter and record producer. Part of Motown’s Holland-Dozier-Holland songwriting and production team (the The Supremes’ “Where Did Our Love Go”, “Baby Love”, “Stop! In the Name of Love”, and “You Can’t Hurry Love”; the Four Tops’ “Baby, I Need Your Loving”, “I Can’t Help Myself”, and “Reach Out (I’ll Be There)”).

  • Hans Dorrestijn (1940). Dutch cabaret performer.

  • Billy “Crash” Craddock (1939). American country singer (“Rub It In”, “Ruby Baby”).

  • Albert Dailey (1939). American jazz pianist. Died 6/26/1984.

  • Mickie Finn (1938). American TV hostess/banjo player.

  • Little Caesar (1934). Singer with Little Caesar and the Romans.

  • Lucia Dlugoszewski (1934). Composer.

  • Ivo Petric (1931). Composer, classical music, toured with Slavko Osterc ensemble, Artistic Director, Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra 1979-95.

  • James Kirtland Randall (1929). Composer.

  • Clarence Shaw (1926). American jazz trumpeter. Died 8/17/1973.

  • Ake Hermanson (1923). Composer.

  • Henryk Czyz (1923). Polish composer.

  • Francis Lopez (1916). Composer.

  • Ilona Massey (1910). Hungarian actress and singer.

  • Willi Boskovsky (1909). Austrian conductor, New Years concert.

  • Huldreich Georg Fruh (1903). Composer.

  • Conrad Beck (1901). Swiss composer, head of Radio Basel music department for 30 years.

  • Helen Traubel (1899). American operatic soprano (Sieglinde in Walkure, Nightclubs). Died 7/28/1972.

  • Paul Antonin Vidal (1863). Composer.

  • Eugene Ysaye (1858). Composer.

  • Johan Gustaf Emil Sjogren (1853). Composer.

  • David Popper (1843). Composer.

  • Jan Malat (1943). Czechoslovakian composer, teacher.

  • Meingosus Gaelle (1752). Composer.

  • Giovanni Paulo Colonna (1637). Composer.

  • Nathaniel Schnittelbach (1633). Composer.


    JUNE 17

  • Lee Ryan (1983). English singer/songwriter with Blue and a solo singer (“Army of Lovers”).

  • Krayzie Bone (1974). American hip hop rapper, producer and singer. Born Anthony Henderson.

  • Paulina Rubio (1971). Mexican singer (La Chica Dorada).

  • Sasha Sokol (1970). Mexican singer and actress.

  • Kevin Thornton (1969). American singer with Color Me Badd (“I Wanna Sex You Up”).

  • Eric Stefani (1967). American musician, cartoon and film animator, composer and writer.

  • Michael Monroe (1962). Finnish glam musician with Hanoi Rocks.

  • Jello Biafra (1958). American punk singer with the Dead Kennedys.

  • Philip Chevron (1957). Irish singer/songwriter and guitarist with the Pogues.

  • Martin Dillon (1957). American musician and operatic tenor. Died 8/21/2005.

  • Snakefinger (1949). English singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Born Philip Charles Lithman. Died 7/1/1987.

  • George S. Clinton (1947). American songwriter, arranger, composer and session musician.

  • Gregg Rolie (1947). American rock keyboardist and singer with Santana and Journey.

  • Rev. Timothy Wright (1947). American gospel singer and pastor. Died 4/24/2009.

  • Chris Spedding (1944). English rock and jazz guitarist; considered the most versatile session guitarist in the U.K. Born Peter Robinson.

  • Christopher Brown (1943). Composer.

  • Barry Manilow (1943). American Emmy, Tony, and Grammy-winning singer/songwriter and pianist (“Mandy”, “I Write the Songs”).

  • Norman Kuhlice (1942). English rock musician with Swinging Blue Jeans.

  • Dickey Do (1939). Rock musician with Dickey Doo and The Don’t’s. Born Gerry Granahan.

  • Christian Ferras (1933). French violinist and conductor. Died 9/14/1982.

  • Dominic Frontiere (1931). American composer, arranger and accordionist.

  • Cliff Gallup (1930). American guitarist with The Blue Caps. Died 10/9/1988.

  • Romuald Twardowski (1930). Composer.

  • Manuel Enriquez (1926). Composer.

  • Herbert Kelsey Jones (1922). Composer.

  • Jerry Fielding (1922). American composer (Lively Ones, Hogan’s Heroes).

  • Gene de Paul (1919). American pianist, composer and songwriter. Died 2/27/1988.

  • Galina Ivanova Ustvol’skaya (1919). Composer.

  • David “Stringbean” Akeman (1916). American country music banjo player and musician. Died 11/10/1973.

  • Einar Englund (1916). Finnish composer. 6/27/1999.

  • Terry Gilkyson (1916). American singer, composer and guitarist. Died 10/15/1999.

  • Don Gillis (1912). American composer (Symphony #5).

  • Herbert Owen Reed (1910). Composer.

  • Red Foley (1910). American country singer/songwriter born Clyde Julian Foley. Died 9/19/1968.

  • John Verrall (1908). Composer.

  • Sammy Fain (1902). American composer of music. Died 12/6/1989.

  • Hermann Reuter (1900). Composer.

  • Vivian Duncan (1897). American singer, performer, composer, songwriter and entertainer with The Duncan Sisters. Died 9/19/1986.

  • Slavko Osterc (1895). Composer.

  • Bernhard van den Sigtenhorst Meyer (1888). Composer.

  • Alexandre Cellier (1883). Composer.

  • Igor Stravinsky (1882). Russian composer and pianist (The Firebird, The Rite of Spring, Petrushka). Died 4/6/1971.

  • Sidney James Jones (1861). Composer.

  • Fritz Steinbach (1855). Composer.

  • Charles Francois Gounod (1818). French opera composer (Faust).

  • Michel Woldemar (1750). Composer.

  • Joseph Anton Bauer (1725). Composer.


    JUNE 18

  • Jack Barakat (1988). American pop guitarist and backing vocalist with All Time Low.

  • Vadim Pruzhanov (1982). British metal keyboardist with Dragon Force.

  • Ella Chen (1981). Taiwanese singer and actress with girl group S.H.E.

  • Ivana Wong (1979). Hong Kong singer and songwriter.

  • Blake Shelton (1976). American country music artist.

  • Silkk The Shocker (1975). Rapper.

  • Julie Reeves (1974). American country music artist.

  • Ray Lamontagne (1973). American singer/songwriter.

  • Nathan Morris (1971). American R&B singer with Boyz II Men (“End of the Road”, “I’ll Make Love to You”).

  • Pal Pot Pamparius (1969). Norwegian musician with Turbonegro.

  • Jeff Mills (1963). American techno DJ and producer.

  • Dizzy Reed (1963). American rock keyboardist with Guns N’ Roses (“Sweet Child O’ Mine”, “Welcome to the Jungle”).

  • Alison Moyet (1961). English rock singer/songwriter with Yazoo (aka Yaz). Born Genevieve Alison-Jane Moyet.

  • Marty Haggard (1958). American country music singer.

  • Daniels Koran (1958). Saxophonist with Atlantic Star (“Touch a 4 Leaf Clover”).

  • Tom Bailey (1957). English rock musician with Thompson Twins (“Hold Me Now”).

  • Oliver Schroer (1956). Canadian fiddler, composer, and music producer. Died 7/3/2008.

  • William Beard (1954). Rock drummer with Face To Face.

  • Jerome Smith (1953). American guitarist with KC and the Sunshine Band (“Boogie Shoes”).

  • Jackie Leven (1950). Scottish songwriter and folk music musician.

  • Prince Lincoln Thompson (1949). Jamaican-born British reggae singer, musician and songwriter with the Royal Rasses. Died 1/23/1999.

  • Paul Lansky (1944). American composer, electronic music, computer music language pioneer, studied with George Perle and Milton Babbitt, professor of music at Princeton University.

  • Sandy Posey (1944). American singer.

  • Eva Marton (1943). Hungarian soprano.

  • Paul McCartney (1942) English rock singer/songwriter and musician with the Beatles (“Yesterday”, Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The White Album, Abbey Road), the Wings (Band on the Run) and as a solo artist (“Ebony and Ivory”, “Say, Say, Say”).

  • Richard Perry (1942). American music producer.

  • Carl Radle (1942). American bass guitarist. Died 5/30/1980.

  • Hans Vonk (1942). Dutch conductor.

  • Tommy Hunt (1933). American singer with the Flamingos.

  • Simeon Pironkov (1927). Composer.

  • Herman “Ace” Wallace (1925). Blues guitarist/singer.

  • Mat Mathews (1924). Dutch jazz accordionist. Died 2/12/2009.

  • Herman Krebbers (1923). Dutch violist/concert master.

  • Bob Carroll (1918). Singer and actor, Stage Two Revue, Stranger.

  • Akhmet Jevdet Ismail Hajiyev (1917). Composer.

  • Victor Legley (1915). Composer.

  • Sammy Cahn (1913). American musical theater composer (“Three Coins in a Fountain”). Died 1/15/1993.

  • Babe Russin (1911). American tenor saxophonist. Died 8/4/1984.

  • Ray McKinley (1910). American jazz drummer, singer, and bandleader. Died 5/7/1995.

  • Benny Payne (1907). American pianist (Billy Daniels Show).

  • Ray Bauduc (1906). American jazz drummer with The Bob Crosby Orchestra. Died 1988.

  • Kay Kyser (1905). American orchestra leader. Died 7/23/1985.

  • Eduard Tubin (1905). Composer.

  • Manuel Rosenthal (1904). French composer, Bootleggers.

  • Jeanette MacDonald (1903). American soprano singer and actress paired with Maurice Chevalier and Nelson Eddy in movie musicals. Died 1/14/1965.

  • Louis Alter (1902). American pianist, songwriter and composer. Died 11/5/1980.

  • Jimmy Dale (1901). American orchestra leader, Sonny and Cher.

  • Edward Steuermann (1892). Composer.

  • Richard Heuberger (1850). Composer.

  • Henry David Leslie (1822). Composer.

  • Martin Andreas Udbye (1820). Composer.

  • Michael Henkel (1780). Composer.

  • Ignaz Joseph Pleyel (1757). Composer.

  • Augustin Holler (1744). Composer.

  • Karel van Poucke (1740). Flemish sculptor.

  • Giuseppe Scarlotti (1723). Composer.


    JUNE 19

  • Emil Coleman (1984). Orchestra leader with Arthur Murray Party.

  • Dennis Lyxzen (1972). Swedish punk musician with Refused.

  • Brian “Head” Welch (1970). American rock guitarist with Korn.

  • Brian Vander Ark (1966). American singer/songwriter with the Verve Pipe.

  • Paula Abdul (1962). American dance-pop singer (“Straight Up”, “Opposites Attract”) and choreographer. Judge on TV’s American Idol.

  • Luke Morley (1960). English rock guitarist, songwriter and producer with Thunder and Terraplane.

  • Simon Wright (1960). English rock drummer with AC/DC from 1982-89 and Dio from 1989 on.

  • Mark DeBarge (1959). American R&B singer/songwriter and trumpeter with DeBarge.

  • Dennis Fuller (1959). German dance-pop musician with London Boys. Died 1/21/1996.

  • Larry Dunn (1953). American R&B keyboardist, Earth, Wind & Fire (“Shining Star”, “Best of My Love”, “After the Love Has Gone”).

  • Ann Wilson (1950). American rock singer and guitarist in Heart (“Alone”, “Barracuda”) with sister Nancy.

  • Nick Drake (1948). British folk singer/songwriter (Five Leaves Left, Pink Moon). Died 11/25/1974.

  • Paula Koivuniemi (1947). Finnish singer.

  • Elaine “Spanky” McFarlane (1942). American rock singer with Spanky & Our Gang (“Lazy Day”).

  • Jeff Moss (1942). Composer, lyricist and writer for TV series, Sesame Street. Died 9/24/1998.

  • Al Wilson (1939). American soul singer. Died 4/21/2008.

  • Don “Sugarcane” Harris (1938). American rock guitarist and violinist. Died 12/1/1999.

  • Marisa Galvany (1936). American soprano.

  • Shirley Goodman (1936). American R&B singer with Shirley & Lee. Died 7/5/2005.

  • Tommy Devito (1935). American rock musician with the Four Seasons.

  • Dave Lambert (1917). Jazz lyricist, singer and former member of the trio Lambert, Hendricks & Ross. Died 10/3/1966.

  • Lester Flatt (1914). American bluesgrass singer who worked with Earl Scruggs (“Foggy Mountain Breakdown”, “The Ballad of Jed Clampet (The Theme for The Beverly Hillbillies)”). Died 5/11/1979.

  • Jerry Jerome (1912). American saxophonist (Words and Music).

  • Edwin Gerschefski (1909). Composer.

  • Taneli Kuusisto (1905). Finnish composer and music critic. Died 3/30/1988.

  • Balis Dvarionas (1904). Composer.

  • Guy Lombardo (1902). Canadian orchestra leader (“Winter Wonderland”, “Charmaine!”). Died 11/5/1977.

  • Paul Muller-Zurich (1898). Composer.

  • Stevan Hristic (1885). Composer.

  • Alfredo Catalani (1854). Italian operatic composer. Died 8/7/1893.

  • Charles Edouard Lefebvre (1843). Composer.

  • Carl Johann Adam Zeller (1842). Composer.

  • John William Glover (1815). Composer.

  • Ferdinand David (1810). Violist/compser (Hohe Schule des Violinspiels).

  • Edmund Weber (1766). Composer.

  • Johann Wenzel Anton Stamitz (1717). Composer.

  • Johann Gottlieb Janitsch (1708). Composer.

  • Christian de Placker (1613). Composer.


    JUNE 20

  • Angerfist (1981). Dutch Hardcore techno musician and DJ born Danny Masseling.

  • Tony Lovato (1980). American pop-punk singer and guitarist with Mest.

  • Charlotte Hatherley (1979). English rock singer/songwriter and guitarist with Ash.

  • Chuck Wicks (1979). American country music artist.

  • Chino Moreno (1973). American rock singer and guitarist with Deftones.

  • Twiggy Ramirez (1972). American rock musician with Marilyn Manson. Born Jeordi White.

  • Murphy Karges (1967). American rock bassist with Sugar Ray.

  • Joseph William Cathcart (1967). Rock guitarist with Nelson “(Can’t Live without Your Love and Affection”).

  • Amir Derakh (1963). American musician.

  • John Taylor (1960). English rock bassist with Duran Duran (“Hungry Like the Wolf”, 1982’s Rio).

  • Kelly Johnson (1958). English guitarist. Died 7/15/2007.

  • Michael Anthony (1954). American rock bassist with Van Halen (“Jump”, “Running with the Devil”, 1978’s Van Halen) born Michael Anthony Sobolewski.

  • Peter Gordon (1951). American experimental composer, musician, opera, world music, jazz, rock influences, founder, Love of Life Orchestra. Composed for Suzanne Vega and Laurie Anderson.

  • Bob Andrews (1949). English rock keyboardist/vocalist.

  • Lionel Richie (1949). American R&B/pop singer with the Commodores (“Three Times a Lady”) and a solo star (“All Night Long (All Night)”, “Hello”).

  • Alan Longmuir (1948). Scottish rock bassist with the Bay City Rollers.

  • Nigel Morris (1948). Rock musician with Isotope.

  • Dolores Brooks (1947). American singer with girl group The Crystals.

  • Andre Watts (1946). German classical pianist.

  • Anne Murray (1945). Canadian country/adult contemporary singer (“Snowbird”, “You Needed Me”).

  • Brian Wilson (1942). American singer/songwriter and musician with the Beach Boys (“Good Vibrations”, “California Girls”, Pet Sounds) and a solo artist (Smile).

  • Nikolay Avksentevich Martinov (1938). Composer.

  • Mickie Most (1938). English record producer. Died 5/30/2003.

  • Jerry Keller (1937). American rock singer/songwriter (“If Ever I See You Again”) and actor.

  • Billy Guy (1936). American singer. Died 11/5/2002.

  • Bobby Nunn (1936). Rock musician with the Coasters (“Young Blood”).

  • Arne Nordheim (1931). Norwegian conductor and composer (Aftonland).

  • Ingrid Haebler (1929). Austrian pianist.

  • Eric Dolphy (1928). American jazz alto saxophonist, flautist, and bass clarinetist. Died 6/29/1964.

  • Robert Satanowski (1928). Composer.

  • John M Dengler (1927). Jazz bass sax/trumpet/trombone.

  • Chet Atkins (1924). American country guitarist and record producer. Credited with creating the “Nashville Sound.” Died 6/30/2001.

  • Audie Murphy (1924). American country composer, actor, and decorated soldier. Died 5/28/1971.

  • Friedrich Zipp (1914). Composer.

  • Jimmy Driftwood (1907). American folk songwriter and musician. Died 7/12/1998.

  • Bob Howard (1906). American singer/pianist, Sing it Again.

  • Ernest White (1900). Composer.

  • Anthon van der Horst (1899). Dutch organist/composer.

  • Giannotto Bastianelli (1883). Composer.

  • Arthur Battelle Whiting (1861). Composer.

  • Jacques Offenbach (1819). Born in Cologne, French composer, Tales of Hoffmann.

  • Joseph Martin Kraus (1756). Composer.

  • Nonnosus Madlseder (1730). Composer.

  • Lazaro Valvasensi (1585). Composer.


    JUNE 21

  • Ryeowook (1987). Korean singer/songwriter and actor. Born Kim Ryeo-wook.

  • Kris Allen (1985). American singer/songwriter. Winner of TV’s American Idol in 2009.

  • Rob Mills (1982). Australian singer.

  • Brandon Flowers (1981). American singer/songwriter and keyboardist with the Killers (“Mr. Brightside”, Hot Fuss).

  • Jean-Pascal Lacoste (1978). French singer.

  • Rim’K (1978). French rapper. Born Abdelkrim Bram-Benalla.

  • Mike Einziger (1976). American guitarist and songwriter with Incubus.

  • Justin Cary (1975). Musician with Sixpence None The Richer.

  • Allison Moorer (1972). American country singer.

  • Sonique (1968). British singer and DJ. Born Sonia Clarke.

  • Tim Simenson (1967). English musician, composer and record producer with Bomb the Bass.

  • Sascha K (1961). German rock musician with KMFDM. Born Sascha Konietzko.

  • Kip Winger (1961). American rock singer with Winger.

  • Kathy Mattea (1959). American country/bluegrass ountry singer (“Come from the Heart”, “Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses”).

  • Mark Brzezicki (1957). English rock drummer with Big Country (“In a Big Country”).

  • Augustus Pablo (1953). Jamaican musician, reggae and dub record producer and keyboardist. Died 5/18/1999.

  • Marcella Detroit (1952). American singer/songwriter with Shakespears Sister.

  • Nils Lofgren (1951). American singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. With Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band and Crazy Horse.

  • Alan Silson (1951). English guitarist and vocalist with Smokie.

  • Joey Kramer (1950). American rock drummer for Aerosmith (“Dream On”, “Walk This Way”, 1975’s Toys in the Attic, 1976’s Rocks).

  • John Paul Young (1950). Scottish-born Australian singer.

  • Leon Everette (1948). American country music artist.

  • Joey Malland (1947). British rock guitarist/songwriter for Badfinger (“Come and Get It”).

  • Brenda Holloway (1946). American singer and songwriter (“When I’m Gone”).

  • Chris Britton (1945). English rock guitarist with the Troggs (“Wild Thing”).

  • Miguel Danus (1944). Vicens rock musician.

  • Ray Davies (1944). English rock singer/guitarist with The Kinks (“You Really Got Me”, “Waterloo Sunset”, Village Green Preservation Society).

  • Jon Hiseman (1944). English drummer, record producer and music publisher. Formed bands Colosseum, Coloseeum II with Don Airey, Gary Moore and Tempest with Alan Holdsworth.

  • Don Black (1938). English lyricist for musicals, films and songs.

  • Dave Godin (1936). English soul singer. Died 10/15/2004.

  • Lalo Schifrin (1932). Argentinian pianist and composer.

  • Ocie Lee “O.C.” Smith (1932). American jazz singer (“Little Green Apples”). Died 11/23/2001.

  • Alexandre Lagoya (1929). Egyptian classical guitarist. Died 8/24/1999.

  • Judith Raskin (1928). American soprano, Susanna-Le Nozze di Figaro.

  • Wally Fawkes (1924). Cartoonist/jazz clarinettist.

  • Frank Scott (1921). American pianist on the Lawrence Welk Show.

  • Earl K. Brent (1914). American songwriter, composer and lyricist. Died 7/8/1977.

  • Jan Decadt (1914). Composer.

  • Charles Jones (1910). Composer.

  • Kurt Schwaen (1909). Composer.

  • Luis Maria Millet (1906). Composer.

  • Harold Spina (1906). American composer. Died 8/11/1997.

  • Mack Gordon (1904). American composer and song lyricist. Died 3/1/1959.

  • Louis Krasner (1903). Violinist.

  • Skip James (1902). Blues guitarist and singer. Died 10/3/1969.

  • Wilhelm Maler (1902). Composer.

  • Dewey Jackson (1900). American jazz trumpeter and cornet player. Died 1/1/1994.

  • Pavel Haas (1899). Composer.

  • Alois Haba (1893). Czechoslovakian opera composer (Mother).

  • Hilding Rosenberg (1892). Swedish composer (Babels Torn).

  • Albert Herbert Brewer (1865). Composer.

  • Henry Holden Huss (1862). Composer.

  • Ernst II (1818). Duke of Saxon-Coburg-Gotham 1844-93. Composer.

  • Karl Friedrich Curschmann (1805). Composer.

  • Wilhelm Speyer (1790). Composer.

  • Charles Edward Horn (1786). English composer and singer. Died 10/21/1849.

  • Johann Christoph Frederic Bach (1732). Composer and son of Johann Sebastian Bach. Died 1/26/1795.

  • Cajetan Kolberer (1668). Composer.

  • Giovanni Del Turco (1577). Composer.


    JUNE 22

  • Scott MacIntyre (1985). American singer/songwriter and pianist.

  • Chris Urbanowicz (1981). English rock guitarist and synthesizer with the Editors.

  • Eric Stretch (1980). Member of boy band No Authority.

  • Jai Rodriguez (1979). Puerto Rican-Italian American actor and musician.

  • Mike Alexander (1977). English thrash-metal bassist with Evile. Died 10/5/2009.

  • Gordon Moakes (1976). English rock multi-instrumentalist and backing singer with Bloc Party.

  • Steven Page (1970). Canadian rock singer/songwriter and guitarist with Barenaked Ladies ("One Week", "If I Had a Million Dollars").

  • Schoolly D (1966). American rapper born Jesse B. Weaver Jr.

  • Dicky Barrett (1964). American musician with The Mighty Mighty Bosstones.

  • Tommy Cunningham (1964). Scottish pop drummer with Wet Wet Wet

  • Mike Edwards (1964). British rock singer with Jesus Jones (“Right Here Right Now”).

  • Kevin Sargeant (1964). Rock musician with Thrashing Doves (“Reprobate’s Hymn”).

  • Anne-Marie Ruddock (1963). English rock singer with Amazulu (“Excitable”).

  • Bobby Gillespie (1961). Scottish rock musician with Primal Scream and the Jesus and Mary Chain (1985’s Psychocandy).

  • Jimmy Somerville (1961). Scottish rock singer with Bronski Beat and the Communards.

  • Alan Anton (1959). Canadian bassist with Cowboy Junkies.

  • Nicola Sirkis (1959). French musician with Indochine.

  • Ruby Turner (1958). Jamaican-British soul singer/songwriter and actress.

  • Garry Beers (1957). Australian rock bassist with INXS (“Need You Tonight”, “What You Need”) born Gary Williams Beers.

  • John Ryder (1957). Rock bassist with Face To Face.

  • Derek Forbes (1956). Scottish rock bassist for Simple Minds (“Don’t You Forget About Me”).

  • Green Gartside (1955). Welsh rock singer with Scritti Politti.

  • Bobby Valentino (1954). Rock musician with the Fabulous Poodles.

  • Cyndi Lauper (1953). American pop singer/songwriter (“Girls Just Want to Have Fun”, “Time after Time”, 1983’s She’s So Unusual).

  • Larry Junstrom (1949). Rock bassist with .38 Special.

  • Gary Moffet (1949). Canadian rock guitarist with April Wine.

  • Alan Osmond (1949). American singer with the Osmond Brothers (“One Bad Apple”).

  • Todd Rundgren (1948). American singer/songwriter (“Hello It’s Me”, Something/Anything?), musician, and producer (Meat Loaf’s Bat Out of Hell).

  • Eliades Ochoa (1946). Cuban guitarist and singer.

  • Howard Kaylan (1945). American rock singer with the Turtles (“Happy Together”) and Flo & Eddie.

  • Peter Asher (1944). English singer and guitarist in duo Peter & Gordon (“A World Without Love”).

  • Steve Weber (1944). Guitarist with Rounders.

  • Bobby Harrison (1939). English rock drummer with Procol Harum (“A Whiter Shade of Pale”).

  • Chris Blackwell (1937). British record executive.

  • Verne Allison (1936). Singer with The Dells.

  • Kris Kristofferson (1936). American country singer/songwriter (Janis Joplin’s “Me and Bobby McGee”, Sammi Smith’s “Help Me Make It Through the Night”) and actor (A Star Is Born).

  • Hermeto Pascoal (1936). Brazilian composer, multi-instrumentalist and record producer.

  • Roy Drusky (1930). Country music singer. Died 9/23/2004.

  • Ruth Zechlin (1926). Composer.

  • Guus Jansen (1911). Jazz pianist (Net als Toen).

  • Peter Pears (1910). English tenor and composer (Death in Venice). Died 4/3/1986.

  • Erik Fiehn (1907). Danish film composer. Died 12/10/1977.

  • Walter Leigh (1905). Composer.

  • Ben Pollack (1903). American drummer and bandleader. Died 6/7/1971.

  • Jack Whiting (1901). American actor and singer (Marge and Gower Champion Show).

  • Osvald Chlubna (1893). Composer.

  • Jose Rolon (1883). Composer.

  • Frank Heino Damrosch (1859). Author/musician/teacher. Founded Institute of Music.

  • Theodor Leschetizky (1830). Composer.

  • Frederic Louis Ritter (1824). Composer.

  • Etienne-Nicolas Mehul (1763). French organist/opera composer (Le Jeune Henri).

  • Heinrich Gottfried Reichard (1742). Composer.

  • Alois Luigi Tomasini (1741). Composer.

  • Francesco Onofrio Manfredini (1684). Italian Baroque composer and violinist. Died 10/6/1762.

  • Lambert Pietkin (1613). Composer.

  • Pablo Bruna (1611). Composer.


    JUNE 23

  • Isabella Leong (1988). Hong Kong actress and former singer.

  • Duffy (1984). Welsh singer/songwriter (“Mercy”) born Aimee Ann Duffy.

  • Anthony Costa (1981). British singer with boy band Blue (“Do You Ever Think of Me”).

  • Jessica Taylor (1980). English pop singer with Liberty X.

  • Memphis Bleek (1978). American rapper.

  • Jason Mraz (1977). American pop singer/songwriter (“I’m Yours”).

  • Joe Becker (1976). American guitarist, composer and multi-instrumentalist.

  • K.T. Tunstall (1975). Scottish singer/songwriter and guitarist (“Black Horse & Cherry Tree”, “Suddenly I See”).

  • Marija N. (1973). Russian-Latvian singer born Marija Naumova.

  • Martin Deschamps (1970). Canadian rock singer.

  • Yann Tiersen (1970). French musician and composer.

  • Chico DeBarge (1966). American R&B singer with family act DeBarge.

  • Mark Chadwick (1966). German singer/songwriter, guitarist and co-founder of The Levellers.

  • Paul “Bonehead” Arthurs (1965). English rock guitarist with Oasis.

  • Joey Allen (1964). American rock guitarist for Warrant (“Cherry Pie”).

  • Chuck Billy (1962). American rock singer with thrash metal band Testament.

  • Richard Coles (1962). Rock keyboardist with the Communards.

  • Steve Shelley (1962). American rock drummer with Sonic Youth.

  • Mark Drillich (1961). Dutch pop bassist, Kong-Slauerhoff.

  • Donald Harrison (1960). American jazz saxophonist known as “The King of Nouveau Swing”.

  • Lee John (1957). English singer and actor, Body Talk.

  • Randy Jackson (1956). American record producer, music manager and judge on TV’s American Idol.

  • Glenn Danzig (1955). American rock singer/songwriter with Danzig.

  • Pake McEntire (1953). American country music artist.

  • John Hughes (1950). Irish musician and manager with Celtic folk-rock band The Corrs.

  • Myles Goodwyn (1948). American rock singer/songwriter and record producer with April Wine.

  • Luther Kent (1948). American blues singer.

  • Jimmy Castor (1947). American musician.

  • Paul Goddard (1945). American rock bassist, Atlanta Rhythm Section.

  • Jimmy Castor (1943). American musician, saxophonist, pop, funk, disco, hip hop genres, known for hit single 'Troglodyte' 1972.

  • James Levine (1943). American conductor, pianist and orchestra director with the Metropolitan Opera.

  • Robert Hunter (1941). American lyricist, singer/songwriter and poet who worked with Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead.

  • Adam Faith (1940). English singer (“Poor Me”, “What Do You Want?”), actor and journalist. Died 3/8/2003.

  • Stuart Sutcliffe (1940). Scottish rock bassist in early version of the Beatles. Died 4/10/1962.

  • Diana Trask (1940). Australian singer, Sing Along With Mitch.

  • Niki Sullivan (1937). American guitarist with Buddy Holly & the Crickets (“That’ll Be the Day”, “Peggy Sue”). Died 4/6/2004.

  • June Carter Cash (1929). American country singer/songwriter from famous musical Carter family. Married country star Johnny Cash. Died 5/15/2003.

  • Henri Pousseur (1929). Composer born in Belgium. Composer, Homo Habitis.

  • Bob Fosse (1927). American choreographer and film director (Cabaret, Damn Yankees, All That Jazz). Died 9/23/1987.

  • Lars Johan Werle (1926). Composer.

  • Amada Galvez Santos Ocampo (1925). Composer.

  • Sahib Shihab (1925). British jazz saxophonist, baritone and sopranist. Died 10/24/1989.

  • George Russell (1923). American jazz pianist, composer and theorist. Died 7/27/2009.

  • Francis Thorne (1922). American composer (Burlesque Overture).

  • Paul Des Marais (1920). Composer.

  • Eddie Miller (1911). American jazz musician. Died 4/8/1991.

  • Milt Hinton (1910). American jazz double bassist. Died 12/19/2000.

  • Willie Mae “Mother” Smith (1904). Gospel singer/evangelist folk artist.

  • Alexander Moiseyevich Veprik (1899). Composer.

  • Anna Achmatova (1888). AA Gorenko, Russian conductor, Tsjetki.

  • John Finley Williamson (1887). American conductor, Westminster Choir.

  • Blair Fairchild (1877). Composer.

  • Hermann Stephani (1877). Composer.

  • Maude Valerie White (1855). Composer.

  • Stephane Raoul Pugno (1852). Composer.

  • Antoine Joseph Sax (1848). Inventor, saxophone.

  • George Sax (1846). Inventor, saxophone.

  • Ernest Guiraud (1837). Composer.

  • Carl Heinrich Carsten Reinecke (1824). German composer, conductor and pianist. Died 3/10/1910.

  • Konrad Back (1749). Composer.

  • Johann Baptista Serranus (1540). Composer.


    JUNE 24

  • Nichkhun (1988). South Korean pop musician with boy band 2PM.

  • Solange Knowles (1986). American singer/songwriter, actress, model & dancer.

  • Ariel Pink (1978). American recording artist.

  • Emppu Vuorinen (1978). Finnish heavy metal guitarist and songwriter with Nightwish.

  • Glenn Medeiros (1970). American pop singer/songwriter (“She Ain’t Worth It”, “Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love for You”).

  • Sissel Kyrkjebo (1969). Norwegian soprano.

  • Jeff Cease (1967). American rock guitarist for the Black Crowes (1990’s Shake Your Money Maker).

  • Richard Z. Kruspe (1967). German rock guitarist with Rammstein.

  • Hope Sandoval (1966). American singer/songwriter.

  • Curt Smith (1961). English rock singer/songwriter, bassist, and synthesizer player for Tears for Fears (“Shout”, 1985’s Songs from the Big Chair).

  • Siedah Garrett (1960). American singer/songwriter (“I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” with Michael Jackson).

  • Andy McCluskey (1959). English singer/songwriter and bassist with Orchestal Manoeveres in the Dark (“If You Leave”). Born George Andrew McCluskey.

  • Terence “Astro” Wilson (1957). English singer with UB40 (“Red Red Wine”, “Can’t Help Falling in Love”).

  • Derrick Simpson (1950). Jamaican rock musician, Black Uhuru.

  • John Illsley (1949). English rock bassist for Dire Straits (“Sultans of Swing”, “Money for Nothing”, 1985’s Brothers in Arms).

  • Patrick Moraz (1948). Swiss progressive-rock keyboardist with Yes and the Moody Blues (1978-92).

  • Mick Fleetwood (1947). English rock drummer with Fleetwood Mac (1977’s Rumours). Born Michael John Kells Fleetwood.

  • Colin Blunstone (1945). English rock singer/songwriter with the Zombies (“She’s Not There”) and Alan Parsons Project (1982’s Eye in the Sky).

  • Jeff Beck (1944). English rock guitarist with the Yardbirds and the Jeff Beck Group. Born Geoffrey Arnold Beck.

  • Chris Wood (1944). English rock musician and founding member of Traffic (“Dear Mr. Fantasy”, 1967’s Mr. Fantasy). Died 7/12/1983.

  • John “Charlie” Whitney (1944). British rock guitarist with Family and Streetwalkers.

  • Arthur Brown (1942). English rock singer.

  • Michele Lee (1942). American singer, dancer, actress (Knots Landing), producer, and director born Michele Dusiak.

  • Paul “Oz” Bach (1939). American folk-rock bassist and singer with Spanky & Our Gang. Died 9/21/1998.

  • Lowell Cross (1938). Composer.

  • Terry Riley (1935). American composer (Spectra).

  • Roy Elihu Travis (1922). American composer, Passion of Dedipus.

  • Bernhard Krol (1920). Composer.

  • Max van Praag (1913). Dutch singer.

  • Denis Dowling (1910). Baritone.

  • Milton Katims (1909). American conductor/violist, WOR-NYC.

  • Hugo Distler (1908). Composer.

  • Jose de Lima Siquiera (1907). Composer.

  • Pierre Fournier (1906). French cellist with Paris Conservatoire. Died 1/8/1986.

  • Phil Harris (1904). American singer/songwriter, musician, actor and comedian. Died 8/11/1995.

  • Marcel Mule (1901). French classical saxophonist. Died 12/19/2001.

  • Harry Partch (1901). American composer (Oedipus) and instrument creator. Died 9/3/1974.

  • Gene Austin (1900). American singer/songwriter (“Yes Sir! That’s My Baby”, “Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue”, “My Blue Heaven”). Died 1/24/1972.

  • Captain John Handy (1900). American jazz alto saxophonist. Died 1/12/1971.

  • Thomas Carl Whitmer (1873). Composer.

  • Gervais Bernard Gaston Salvayre (1847). Composer.

  • Louis Brassin (1840). Composer.

  • Anna Caroline Oury (1808). Composer.

  • George James Webb (1803). Composer.

  • Johann Paul Wessely (1762). Composer.

  • Johann Melchior Dreyer (1747). Composer.

  • Jean Baptiste Rochefort (1746). Composer.

  • Jan Campanus (1572). Composer.


    JUNE 25

  • Megan Burns (1986). British musician and actress. Born Betty Curse.

  • Casey Desmond (1986). American singer/songwriter and musician.

  • Aya Matsuura (1986). Japanese singer.

  • Rain (1982). South Korean singer, dancer, model, actor, and designer born Jung Ji Hoon.

  • Brandi Burkhardt (1979). American vocalist, actress and beauty queen.

  • Chenoa (1975). Argentine-Spanish music artist born Maria Falomir.

  • Mario Calire (1974). American rock drummer with the Wallflowers and Ozomatli.

  • Jim LaMarca (1974). American heavy metal bassist with Chimaira.

  • Mike Kroeger (1972). Canadian rock bassist with Nickelback.

  • Roope Latvala (1970). Finnish guitarist with Children of Bodom, Sinergy and Stone.

  • Zim Zum (1969). American rock musician born Timothy Linton.

  • Candyman (1968). American rapper and record producer born Candell Manson.

  • George Michael (1963). Greek-born British singer with pop group Wham! (“Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go”) and then a solo star (1987’s Faith). Born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou.

  • David Paich (1954). American rock singer/songwriter and keyboardist with Toto (“Africa”, “Rosanna”).

  • Tim Finn (1952). New Zealand-born singer/songwriter and musician with Split Enz and then a solo artist. One album with Crowded House (1991’s Woodface). Born Brian Timothy Finn.

  • Brian MacLeod (1952). Rock singer, guitarist, and keyboardist with Chilliwack. Died 4/25/92.

  • Allen Lanier (1946). Rock keyboardist and rhythm guitarist with Blue Oyster Cult.

  • Ian McDonald (1946). English rock musician with King Crimson (1969’s In the Court of the Crimson King) and Foreigner (“Hot Blooded”, “Cold As Ice”).

  • Carly Simon (1945). American singer/songwriter (“You’re So Vain”).

  • Clint Warwick (1940). English rock bassist with the Moody Blues. Died 5/15/2004.

  • Harold Melvin (1939). American R&B singer who fronted the Blue Notes (“If You Don’t Know Me by Now”). Died 3/24/1997.

  • Eddie Floyd (1935). American R&B singer/songwriter (“Knock on Wood”).

  • Kurt Schwertsik (1935). Composer.

  • William Joseph Russo (1928). American jazz composer. Died 1/11/2003.

  • Clifton Chenier (1925). American blues singer, Bayou Blues.

  • Ziggy Talent (1925). American singer, Vaughn Monroe Show.

  • Johnny Smith (1922). Guitarist.

  • Peter Charles Arthur Wishart (1921). Composer.

  • Peter Lind Hayes (1915). American comedian/singer, Peter Lind Hayes Show.

  • Wandy Tworek (1913). Danish violin virtuoso and entertainer. Died 11/22/1990.

  • Arthur Tracy (1903). Russian street singer, Vincent Lopez Show, Limelight.

  • Adolf Brunner (1901). Composer.

  • Hans Barth (1897). Composer.

  • Ethel Glenn Hier (1889). Composer.

  • Jean Gallon (1878). Composer.

  • Vasily Georgiyevich Wrangell (1862). Composer.

  • Gustave Charpentier (1860). French composer, opera Louise.

  • Ferdinando Giorgetti (1796). Composer.

  • Benvenuto Robbio San Rafaele (1735). Composer.

  • Francesco Araja (1709). Composer.


    JUNE 26

  • Ariana Grande (1993). American actress and singer.

  • Damien Sargue (1981). French singer.

  • Sinik (1980). Algerian-French rap artist. Born Thomas Idir.

  • Ryan Tedder (1979). American singer/songwriter with OneRepublic (“Apologize”) and record producer.

  • KJ-52 (1975). American rapper. Born Jonah Sorrentino.

  • Jeff Frankenstein (1974). American musician and keyboardist with Newsboys.

  • Nicole Saba (1974). Lebanese singer and actress.

  • Gretchen Wilson (1973). American country singer (“Redneck Woman”).

  • Irv Gotti (1970). American hip hop and R&B record producer.

  • Colin Greenwood (1969). English rock bassist with Radiohead (The Bends, OK Computer).

  • Mark Decloedt (EMF) (1967)

  • Harriet Wheeler (1963). English pop singer/songwriter with the Sundays (“Here’s Where the Story Ends”).

  • Terri Nunn (1961). American rock singer with Berlin (“Take My Breath Away”).

  • Stef Burns (1959). American musician with Huey Lewis & the News.

  • Patty Smyth (1957). American rock singer with Scandal (“The Warrior”) and later a solo artist (“Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough”).

  • Chris Isaak (1956). American rock singer/songwriter (“Wicked Game”).

  • Mick Jones (1955). British punk-rock guitarist with The Clash (1977’s The Clash, London Calling). Born Michael Geoffrey Jones.

  • Ralph Ezell (1953). American country bassist with Shenandoah (“Sunday in the South”). Died 11/30/2007.

  • Rindy Ross (1951). American rock singer/saxophonist with Quarterflash (“Harden My Heart”).

  • Larry Williams (1950). Musician.

  • Barry Schrader (1945). American composer, electro-acoustic genre, wrote, 'Introducton to Electro-Acoustic Music'.

  • Georgie Fame (1943). British singer and keyboardist (“Get Away”, “Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde”).

  • John Allen Strang (1943). Composer.

  • Gilberto Gil (1942). Brazilian singer/songwriter and guitarist.

  • Larry Taylor (1942). American rock bassist with Canned Heat (“On the Road Again”), Jerry Lee Lewis, and the Monkees.

  • Billy Davis, Jr. (1940). American R&B singer and musician with the 5th Dimension (“Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In”, “One Less Bell to Answer”).

  • Dave Grusin (1934). American composer, arranger and pianist.

  • Luis Felipe Pires (1934). Composer.

  • Claudio Abbado (1933). Italian composer and conductor with the London Symphony.

  • Lucien Goethals (1931). Composer.

  • Willem G Statius Muller (1930). Netherlands conductor, pianist, and composer.

  • Jacob Druckman (1928). American composer, Animus I Auerole.

  • Don Lanphere (1928). American jazz tenor and soprano saxophonist. Died 10/9/2003.

  • Syd Lawrence (1924). Bandleader, Syd Lawrence Orchestra.

  • Richard Maltby, Sr. (1914). American conductor, arranger and bandleader (Vaughn Monroe Show). Died 8/19/1991.

  • Wolfgang Windgassen (1914). German tenor, Stuttgart Opera.

  • “Col. Tom” Parker (1909). Dutch-born rock manager for Elvis Presley. Born Andreas Cornelis Van Kuijk. Died 1/21/1997.

  • Alberto Rabagliati (1906). Italian singer. Died 3/7/1974.

  • Al Stillman (1906). American lyricist. Died 1979.

  • Antonia Brico (1902). Born in Rotterdam, Holland, conductor/pianist, Antonia.

  • William Busch (1901). Composer.

  • Bill Wirges (1894). American orchestra leader, Growing Paynes.

  • “Big Bill” Broonzy (1893 – although often cited as 1898). American blues singer/guitarist (“Key to the Highway”). Died 8/15/1958.

  • Heinrich Lemacher (1891). Composer.

  • Albert Siklos (1878). Composer.

  • Camille Zeckwer (1875). Composer.

  • Mikhail Vladimirovich Ivanov-Boretsky (1874). Composer.

  • Moritz Furstenau (1824). Composer.

  • Frederick Bowen Jewson (1823). Composer.

  • Louis Joseph Claude Saint-Amans (1749). Composer.

  • Leopold Jan Antonin Kozeluh (1747). Composer.

  • Johannes Schultz (1582). Composer.


    JUNE 27

  • Gabi Wilson (1997). Singer.

  • Aselin Debison (1990). Canadian singer/songwriter (“Faze”, “Life”).

  • Drake Bell (1986). Guitarist with 24/7.

  • Alsou Abramova (1983). Russian singer/songwriter, pianist, and actress.

  • Evan Taubenfeld (1983). American singer/songwriter and guitarist.

  • Jennifer Goodridge (1980). American songwriter, vocalist and rhythm guitarist with Enemies Friends and Seaspin.

  • Benjamin Speed (1979). Australian musician and composer of film scores, theatre and TV.

  • John Warne (1979). American bassist and backing vocalist with Relient.

  • Lolly (1978). British singer, TV presenter and actress. Born Anna Kumble.

  • Sabine Dunser (1977). German singer with Elis. Died 7/8/2006.

  • Leigh Nash (1976). American alternative-rock singer/songwriter with Sixpence None the Richer.

  • Tony McCarroll (1972). English rock drummer with Oasis.

  • Dawud Wharnsby (1972). Canadian singer/songwriter, poet, performer, multi-instrumentalist and TV personality.

  • Draco Rosa (1969). American musician, singer/songwriter and record producer.

  • Margo Timmins (Cowboy Junkies) (1961)

  • Lorrie Morgan (1959). American country singer (“Five Minutes”, “What Part of No”).

  • Jeffrey Lee Pierce (1958). American punk singer/songwriter and guitarist with Gun Club. Died 3/31/1996.

  • Jack Poels (1957). Dutch rock vocalist/guitarist, Rowwen Heze-In the Wei.

  • Gilson Lavis (1951). English drummer with Squeeze and Jools Holland’s Rhythm & Blues Orchestra.

  • Camile Baudoin (1948). American rock guitarist with the Radiators.

  • Janice Giteck (1946). American composer, influenced by world music, American Indian music, studied with Olivier Messiaen.

  • Daria Semegen (1946). West German composer, classical music, electronic music genres, Fulbright Fellow.

  • Bruce Johnston (1942). American musician and songwriter with the Beach Boys (“Good Vibrations”, Pet Sounds), but best known as a songwriter (Barry Manilow’s “I Write the Songs”). Born Benjamin Baldwin.

  • Frank Mills (1942). Pianist/composer/arranger, Music Box Dancer.

  • John Howard McGuire (1942). Composer.

  • Rahul Dev “R.D.” Burman (1939). Bollywood music composer. Died 1/4/1994.

  • Byron Lee (1935). Jamaican musician, record producer & entrepreneur with Byron Lee and the Dragonaires. Died 11/4/2008.

  • Ersel Hickey (1934). American rockabilly singer (“Bluebirds Over the Mountain”). Died 7/12/2004.

  • Gary Crosby (1933). American singer and actor. Died 8/24/1995.

  • Anna Moffo (1932). Singer.

  • Hugh Wood (1932). English composer, studied with William Lloyd Webber, Anthony Milner, Iain Hamilton, works include Symphony and Violin Concerto.

  • Alojz Srebotnjak (1931). Composer.

  • Ryszard Kwiatkowski (1931). Composer.

  • Doc Pomus (1925). American blues singer/songwriter. Died 3/14/1991.

  • Rosalie Allen (1924). American singer and entertainer. Died 9/24/2003.

  • George Theophilus Walker (1922). American composer, Praise of Lillies.

  • Hallvard Olav Johnsen (1916). Composer.

  • Hendrik W van Leeuwen (1915). Musician.

  • Elton Britt (1913). Country singer/songwriter and guitarist (Sat Night Jamboree). Died 6/22/1972.

  • V K Narayana Menon (1911). Composer.

  • Karel Reiner (1910). Composer.

  • Gianandrea Gavazzeni (1909). Composer.

  • Hans de Jong (1908). Musician/conductor, De Damrakkertjes.

  • Georg Malmsten (1902). Finnish singer, musician and composer. Died 5/25/1981.

  • Tibor Harsanyi (1898). Composer.

  • Arthur Harmat (1885). Composer.

  • May Irwin (1862). American comedienne/singer, Hot Time in the Old Town.

  • Mildred J. Hill (1859). American schoolteacher and composer (“Happy Birthday to You”). Died 1915.

  • Jacob Adolf Hagg (1850). Composer.

  • Vladislav Ivanovich Zaremba (1833). Composer.

  • August Conradi (1821). Composer.

  • Carl Albert Loeschhorn (1819). Composer.

  • John Pike Hullah (1812). Composer.

  • Stephen Elvey (1805). Composer.

  • Philipp Friedrich Silcher (1789). Composer.

  • Johann Nepomuk Went (1745). Composer.

  • Wenzel Raimund Pirck (1718). Composer.


    JUNE 28

  • Seohyun (1991). South Korean singer with Girls’ Generation.

  • Kellie Pickler (1986). American country singer and American Idol contestant.

  • Mark Stoermer (1977). American musician with the Killers.

  • Jon Nödtveidt (1975). Swedish death metal guitarist and vocalist with Dissection. Died 8/13/2006.

  • Ray Slijngaard (1971). Dutch rapper, singer and songwriter with 2 Unlimited.

  • Chayanne (1968). Puerto Rican Latin/pop singer.

  • Bobby Bare, Jr. (1966). American musician and son of musician Bobby Bare.

  • Charlie Clouser (1963). American musician.

  • Andy Cousin (1963). Rock musician, All About Eve-All About Scarlet and Other Stories.

  • Beverley Craven (1963). British singer/songwriter.

  • Claudia Fontaine (1960). British backing vocalist with Incognito, the Beatmasters, and Pink Floyd.

  • Oran “Juice” Jones (1958). Rock musician, Curiosity, Here I Go Again.

  • Ava Barber (1954). American country singer, Lawrence Welk Show.

  • Lloyd Maines (1951). American country music musician and producer.

  • David Lanz (1950). American pianist.

  • Robert Xavier Rodriguez (1946). Composer.

  • Dave Knights (1945). English rock bassist with Procol Harum (“A Whiter Shade of Pale”).

  • Renato Pagliari (1940). Italian singer. Vocal duo, Renee and Renato. Died 8/6/2009.

  • Gunnar Reynir Sveinsson (1933). Composer.

  • Nikolay Nikolayevich Karetnikov (1930). Composer.

  • Giselher W. Kleber (1925). German opera composer, Die Rauber.

  • George Morgan (1924). American country singer.

  • Willem “Wim” Sonneveld (1917). Dutch singer and actor, My Fair Lady.

  • David “Honeyboy” Edwards (1915). American blues guitarist and singer.

  • Lester Raymond Flatt (1914). American bluegrass musician (“Ballad of Jed Clampett”).

  • George Walter Selwyn Lloyd (1913). English composer, Serf, John Socman.

  • Sergiu Celibidache (1912). Conductor.

  • Arnold Shaw (1909). American composer, songwriter, and music business executive for Leeds Music Corporation, later MCA, wrote book on Harry Belafonte, series on 20th century American music.

  • Safford Cape (1906). American-Belgian conductor, composer, and music historian.

  • Wlodzimierz Pozniak (1904). Composer.

  • Adrian Rollini (1903). American multi-instrumentalist, bass saxophonist and bandleader. Died 5/15/1956.

  • Richard Rodgers (1902). American musical theater composer, often collaborated with Oscar Hammerstein II (1943’s Oklahoma!, 1945’s Carousel, 1949’s South Pacific, 1956’s The King and I, 1959’s The Sound of Music). Died 12/30/1979.

  • Kazimierz Sikorski (1895). Composer.

  • Luciano Gallet (1893). Composer.

  • Nils Bjorkander (1893). Composer.

  • Boleslav Vomacka (1887). Composer.

  • Giuseppe Mule (1885). Composer.

  • Sigurd von Koch (1879). Composer.

  • Oley Speaks (1874). Composer.

  • Edwin Arthur Jones (1853). Composer.

  • Hans Huber (1857). Composer.

  • Sveinbjorn Sveinbjornsson (1847). Composer.

  • Joseph Joachim (1831). German/Austrian violinist, conductor, and composer (Hungarian Concerto). Died 8/15/1907.

  • Napoleon Coste (1805). French guitarist and composer. Died 2/17/1883.

  • Jean-Jacques Beauvarget-Charpentier (1734). Composer.

  • Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712). French composer/social contractor, Confession.

  • Paul Siefert (1586). Composer.

  • Cristofano Malvezzi (1547). Composer.


    JUNE 29

  • Shin Dongho (1994). South Korean singer with U-KISS.

  • Sayuri Sugawara (1990). Japanese singer.

  • Becky Taylor (1988). English singer.

  • Ana Free (1987). Portuguese singer/songwriter.

  • Edward Maya (1986). Romanian singer/songwriter, musician, and producer.

  • Derek Lee Rock (1984). American drummer with Melee and Suburban Legends.

  • Aundrea Fimbres (1983). American singer/songwriter and dancer with Danity Kane.

  • Nino (1981). Greek singer/songwriter and musician.

  • Katherine Jenkins (1980). Welsh mezzo-soprano.

  • Baris Akarsu (1979). Turkish musician and actor. Died 7/4/2007.

  • Abz Love (1979). English singer and DJ with boy band Five. Born Richard Abidin “Abs” Breen.

  • Sam Farrar (1978). American rock singer with Phantom Planet.

  • Nicole Scherzinger (1978). American singer/songwriter, dancer, and actress with the Pussycat Dolls. Born Nicole Prescovia Elikolani Valiente.

  • Nawal Al Zoghbi (1972). Lebanese singer.

  • DJ Shadow (1972). American music producer, DJ and songwriter.

  • Matthew Good (1971). Canadian rock singer/songwriter.

  • Emily Skinner (1970). American actress and singer.

  • Murray Foster (1967). Canadian bassist with Moxy Fruvous and Great Big Sea.

  • Melora Hardin (1967). American actress and singer.

  • Barry D (1965). Iain Bakker, English pop musician, Jesus Jones.

  • Tripp “Rex” Eisen (1965). American metal guitarist with Static-X.

  • Stedman Pearson (1964). English rock singer/songwriter with Five Star (“Silk and Steel”).

  • Anne-Sophie Mutter (1963). German violinist with the Berlin Philharmonic.

  • Greg Hetson (1961). American rock singer and guitarist with Bad Religion and the Circle Jerks.

  • Mark Radcliffe (1958). English musician with the Shirehorses and The Family Mahone.

  • Maria Conchita Alonso (1957). Cuban-born Venezuelan singer and actress.

  • Robert Forster (1957). Australian singer/songwriter and guitarist with The Go-Betweens.

  • Don Dokken (1953). American heavy metal rock singer and guitarist with Dokken (“Alone Again”).

  • Colin James Hay (1953). Scottish-Australian rock singer with Men at Work (“Who Can It Be Now?”, “Down Under”, 1982’s Business As Usual).

  • Billy Hinsche (1953). Born in Manila, Philippines, rock musician and member of Dino, Desi, and Billy singing group, toured with the Beach Boys.

  • Don Moen (1950). American singer and musician.

  • Sean Bergin (1948). South African saxophonist and flautist. Died 2012.

  • Derv Gordon (1948). Jamaican-British lead vocalist with the Equals.

  • Bill Kirchen (1948). Singer and guitarist with Commander Cody & His Lost Planet.

  • Ian Paice (1948). English rock drummer with Deep Purple (“Hush”, “Smoke on the Water”) and Whitesnake.

  • Johnnie Richardson (1945). Rock musician, Johnnie and Joe.

  • Little Eva (1943). American pop singer (“The Loco-Motion”). Born Eva Narcissus Boyd. Died 4/10/2003.

  • Roger Ruskin Spear (1943). English saxophonist, Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band.

  • Vyacheslav Artyomov (1940). Russian composer.

  • Billy Storm (1938). Singer with the Valiants (“This Is the Night”).

  • Edmund Falkiner (1938). Jazz saxophinist/probation officer.

  • Leonard Lee (1936). American singer with Shirley and Lee (“Let the Good Times Roll”).

  • Johnny Ace (1929). American singer born John Marshall Alexander, Jr. Member of the B.B. King band.

  • Michio Mamaia (1929). Composer.

  • Hale Smith (1925). American composer, pianist, arranger, and editor. Died 11/24/2009.

  • Ezra Laderman (1924). American composer (Jacob and the Indians).

  • Flo Sandon’s (1924). Italian singer. Died 11/17/2006.

  • Chou Wen-Chung (1923). Chinese-American composer (Mode of Shang).

  • Ray Harryhausen (1920). American film producer and special effects expert.

  • Ruth Warrick (1915). American singer and actress. Died 1/15/2005.

  • Rafael Kubelik (1914). Czech conductor. Died 1996.

  • José Pablo Moncayo Garcia (1912). Mexican pianist, conductor, and composer (Huapango). Died 6/16/1958.

  • Bernard Herrmann (1911). American film music composer. Died 12/24/1975.

  • Frank Loesser (1910). American composer (Guys and Dolls). Died 7/26/1969.

  • Leroy Anderson (1908). American composer (“Sleigh Ride”, “The Syncopated Clock”). Died 5/18/1975.

  • Hendrik Diels (1901). Flemish conductor.

  • Nelson Eddy (1901). American baritone singer and star of movie musicals with Jeanette MacDonald. Died 3/6/1967.

  • Ottmar Gerster (1897). Composer.

  • Aare Merikanto (1893). Finnish composer. Died 1958.

  • George Frederick Boyle (1886). Composer.

  • Andre Gailhard (1885). Composer.

  • S Pedro Humberto Allende (1885). Chilian composer, And una Mananita.

  • Curt Sachs (1881). German-American musicologist. Died 1959.

  • Georg Gohler (1874). Composer.

  • Joseph Carl Breil (1870). American tenor, composer, and conductor. Died 1926.

  • Anton Beer-Walbrun (1864). Composer.

  • Joseph Paul Skelly (1850). Composer.

  • Josef Labor (1842). Composer.

  • August Alexander Klengel (1783). Composer.

  • Constantin Reindl (1738). Composer.


    JUNE 30

  • Lamb Gaede (1992). American singer with Prussian Blue.

  • Lynx Gaede (1992). American singer with Prussian Blue.

  • Jamai Loman (1986). Dutch singer and actor.

  • Rafal Blechacz (1985). Polish classical pianist.

  • Fantasia Barrino (1984). American R&B singer (“I Believe”) and winner of TV’s American Idol in 2004.

  • Cheryl Cole (1983). English singer/songwriter with Girls Aloud. Born Cheryl Tweedy.

  • Brendan James (1983). British drummer with Thirteen Senses.

  • Patrick Wolf (1983). English singer/songwriter born Patrick Denis Apps.

  • Andy Knowles (1982). English rock drummer with Franz Ferdinand.

  • Matisyahu (1979). American Hasidic Jewish reggae musician. Born Matthew Paul Miller.

  • Tom Drummond (1969). American rock bassist with Better Than Ezra (“Good”, “In the Blood”).

  • Phil Anselmo (1968). American heavy metal singer/songwriter with Pantera.

  • Yngwie Malmsteen (1963). Swedish guitarist, composer, multi-instrumentalist and bandleader.

  • Julianne Regan (1962). English rock singer/songwriter with All About Eve (“All About Scarlet”).

  • Murray Cook (1960). Australian singer/songwriter and guitarist with the Wiggles.

  • Brendan Perry (1959). British singer/songwriter and producer with Dead Can Dance and The Scavengers.

  • Tommy Keene (1958). American singer/songwriter and guitarist.

  • Lina Nikolakopoulou (1958). Greek composer.

  • Esa-Pekka Salonen (1958). Finnish conductor and composer (Giro).

  • Ronald Winans (1956). American gospel singer with the Winans. Died 6/17/2005.

  • Philip Adrian Wright (1956). English keyboardist with Human League (“Don’t You Want Me”, “Human”).

  • Bryn B. Burrows (1954). Rock drummer, Fabulous Poodles.

  • Hal Lindes (1953). English-American guitarist and songwriter with Dire Straits (“Sultans of Swing”, 1978’s Dire Straits).

  • Stanley Clarke (1951). American jazz bassist and composer with Return to Forever with Chick Corea.

  • Andre Hazes (1951). Dutch barkeeper/singer, We Love Orange.

  • Andrew Scott (1949). Welsh rock singer/songwriter and guitarist with Sweet.

  • Jasper van ‘t Hof (1947). Dutch jazz pianist, Live in Montreux.

  • William “Billy” Brown (1946). R&B singer with the Moments (“Love on a Two-Way Street”); later called Ray, Goodman, & Brown (“Special Lady”).

  • Glenn Shorrock (1944). Australian rock singer/songwriter with Little River Band (“Cool Change”, “Lonesome Loser”, “Reminiscing”).

  • Florence Ballard (1943). American R&B singer and an original member of The Supremes (“Where Did Our Love Go”, “Baby Love”, “Stop! In the Name of Love”). Died 2/22/1976.

  • Micki Grant (1941). American composer, singer, soprano, actress, writer.

  • Mark Spoelstra (1940). American folk and blues singer/songwriter and guitarist. Died 2/25/2007.

  • Lindembergue Cardoso (1939). Composer.

  • Tony Hatch (1939). English composer, songwriter, pianist, music producer and arranger.

  • Chris Hinze (1938). Dutch flutist, Vivat Vivaldi.

  • Apostolos Nikolaidis (1938). Greek singer. Died 4/22/1999.

  • Nancy Dussault (1936). American singer and actress.

  • Dave Van Ronk (1936). American folk-rock singer and guitarist. Died 2/10/2002.

  • Martin Mailman (1932). American composer, teacher, guest conductor-composer at over 90 colleges across the U.S. and Europe.

  • Andrew Hill (1931). American jazz pianist and composer. Died 4/20/2007.

  • James Loughran (1931). British conductor.

  • June Valli (1930). American singer on Your Hit Parade.

  • Nikolai Karetnikov (1930). Composer.

  • Alexander Kelly (1929). Pianist/teacher.

  • Will Gay Bottje (1925). Composer.

  • Gordon Reynolds (1921). Musician.

  • Stuart Foster (1918). American singer, Galen Drake Show.

  • Lena Horne (1917). American actress and singer (“Stormy Weather”). First black person to sign a long-term contract with a major Hollywood studio. Died 5/9/2010.

  • Natko Devcic (1914). Composer.

  • Tibor de Machula (1912), Hungarian/Dutch cellist.

  • Lucino Tinio Sacramento (1908). Composer.

  • Maritta Marke (1905). Swedish actress and singer.

  • Harry Shields (1899). American jazz clarinetist. Died 1/19/1971.

  • Wilfred Pelletier (1896). Canadian conductor, Voice of Firestone.

  • Bo Carter (1892). American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Mississippi Sheiks). Died 1962.

  • Laszlo Lajtha (1892). Composer.

  • Ricardo Drigo (1846). Composer.

  • Edward John Hopkins (1818). Composer.

  • Niels Schiorring (1743). Composer.

  • Christian Ernst Graf (1723). Composer.

  • Jiri Antonin Benda (1722). Composer.

  • Mauritius Vogt (1669). Composer.

  • Giovanni Maria Sabino (1588). Italian composer, organist, and teacher. Died 1649.


    This page last updated June 8, 2013.