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Events in Music

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1914-01-13 - IWW-leader/songwriter Joe Hill arrested "Girl from Utah" East-Prussia
1942-10-23 - All 12 passengers and crewmen aboard an American Airlines DC-3 airliner are killed when it is struck by a U.S. Army Air Forces bomber near Palm Springs, California. Amongst the victims is award-winning composer and songwriter Ralph Rainger ("Thanks for the Memory", "Love in Bloom", "Blue Hawaii").

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 432

1665-12-25 - Lady Grizel Baillie, Scottish songwriter (d. 1746)
1666-09-05 - Gottfried Arnold, German theologist/historian/songwriter
1700-09-11 - James Thomson, songwriter (Rule Britannia)
1821-04-23 - Pierre Dupont, song writer
1847-10-21 - Guiseppe Giacosa, Italian songwriter (libretti opera Puccini)
1862-08-11 - Carrie Jacobs Bond, Janesville Wisc, songwriter (I Love You Truly)
1867-08-13 - Rudolf Georg Binding, German songwriter/writer (Legenden Der Zeit)
1868-03-27 - Patty Smith Hill, author/songwriter (Happy Birthday To You)
1873-08-18 - Otto Harbach, songwriter (Smoke Gets in Your Eyes)
1877-09-18 - Jozef de Voght, Flemish priest/songwriter (Under the Snow)
1878-03-04 - Egbert Van Alstyne, American songwriter and pianist (d. 1951)
1879-10-07 - Joe Hill, Jevla Sweden, organizer (IWW)/songwriter (Union Scab)/martyr
1886-09-20 - Charles Walter Stansby Williams, songwriter
1887-06-02 - Howard Johnson, American songwriter (d. 1941)
1891-06-10 - Al Dubin, Swiss songwriter (Tiptoe Thru the Tulips)
1893-10-01 - Cliff Friend, American songwriter (d. 1974)
1894-09-09 - Arthur Freed, American songwriter and film producer (d. 1973)
1895-01-20 - Eva A Jessye, US singer/actress/songwriter (Hallelujah)
1895-02-03 - Nick Kenny, Astoria NYC, columnist/songwriter (Nick Kenny Show)
1895-07-04 - Irving Caesar, songwriter
1895-09-11 - Harry Tobias, songwriter
1896-09-04 - Antonin Artaud, Marseilles France, songwriter/dir (Theatre Seraphin)
1897-05-02 - J. Fred Coots, American songwriter (d. 1985)
1897-08-24 - Fred Rose, American songwriter and publishing executive (d. 1954)
1898-09-27 - Vincent (Miller) Youmans, US composer/songwriter (Tea for Two)
1899-09-11 - Jimmie Davis, Quitman, Louisiana, American singer and songwriter (You Are My Sunshine)
1899-11-22 - Hoagy Carmichael, Bloomington Ind, actor/songwriter (Stardust)
1900-08-18 - Walter O'Keefe, Hartford Ct, songwriter/TV host (Mayor of Hollywood)
1900-08-23 - Malvina Reynolds, American folk singer/songwriter (d. 1978)
1900-10-13 - Gerald Marks, American songwriter (All of Me) (d. 1997)
1905-05-10 - Markos Vamvakaris, Greek rebetiko musician and songwriter (d. 1972)
1905-12-31 - Jule Styne, England, songwriter/composer (1954 Acad Award, 1968 Tony)
1906-01-01 - Giovanni D'Anzi, Italian songwriter (d. 1974)
1907-03-29 - "Braguinha", Brazilian songwriter (d. 2006)
1907-06-20 - Jimmy Driftwood, American songwriter and musician (d. 1998)
1907-07-24 - Hugh Charles, songwriter/impressario
1907-08-14 - Stanley Adams, songwriter
1907-12-20 - Paul Francis Webster, songwriter (d. 1984)
1908-01-28 - Paul Misraki, French composer and songwriter (d. 1998)
1908-03-18 - Louis Gaste, songwriter
1908-04-15 - Eden Ahbez, songwriter
1909-03-06 - Dave Clark, music promoter/songwriter
1910-06-29 - Franc Henry Loesser, US songwriter/composer (Most Happy Fella)
1910-10-28 - Arthur Altman, songwriter
1910-12-11 - Noel Rosa, Brazilian songwriter (d. 1937)
1911-06-07 - Silas Roy Crain, singer/arranger/songwriter
1911-12-03 - Dana Suesse, songwriter (You Ought to be in Pictures)
1913-01-26 - Jimmy Van Heusen, songwriter (Love & Marriage)
1913-05-18 - Charles Trenet, French singer and songwriter (d. 2001)
1913-10-19 - Vinicius de Moraes, Brazilian poet and songwriter (d. 1980)
1914-07-26 - Ralph Hunsecker Blane, songwriter
1914-09-02 - Tom Glazer, American folk singer and songwriter (d. 2003)
1915-01-18 - Vassilis Tsitsanis, Greek singer and songwriter (d. 1984)
1915-02-04 - Ray Evans, American songwriter with Jay Livingston (d. 2007)
1915-02-14 - Irving Gordon, songwriter
1915-05-02 - Doris Fisher, American songwriter (d. 2003)
1915-12-02 - Adolph Green, songwriter (married to Phyllis Newman)
1916-01-04 - Slim Gaillard [Bulee], Edinburgh, Scotland, American Jazz singer/songwriter (d. 1991)
1916-01-21 - [JW] Al James Woodie exander, songwriter/vocalist
1916-12-06 - Hugo Peretti, American songwriter and record producer (d. 1986)
1918-12-16 - Pierre Delanoë, French songwriter and lyricist (d. 2006)
1919-08-24 - "Drs P" [Heinz H Polzer], Swiss/Dutch songwriter/singer
1920-03-21 - Manolis Chiotis, Greek bouzouki virtuoso and song writer (d. 1970)
1920-12-24 - Dave Bartholomew, La, jazz artist/songwriter (Blueberry Hill)
1920-12-31 - Rex Allen, American actor, singer, and songwriter (d. 1999)
1921-09-19 - Billy Ward, US songwriter/singer/pianist/arranger (Dominoes)
1922-03-24 - Dave Appell, singer/musician/songwriter (In the Midnight Hour)
1922-08-25 - Ronnie Potsdammer, Dutch singer/song writer/programmer
1922-09-09 - Hoyt Curtin, American songwriter (d. 2000)
1922-10-13 - Alan Scott, Haddonfield NJ, TV host/songwriter (Spin the Picture)
1923-05-21 - Doris Mae Akers, gospel singer/songwriter
1923-08-23 - Richard Adler, composer/songwriter (Damn Yankees, Pajama Game)
1924-08-29 - Consuelo Velázquez, Mexican songwriter (d. 2005)
1924-11-30 - Allan Sherman, parody singer/songwriter (Hello Muddah, Hello Fardah)
1925-01-25 - Giorgos Zampetas, Greek musician and songwriter (d. 1992)
1925-10-22 - Dory Previn [Dorothy Veronica Langan], Rahway, New Jersey, singer-songwriter (Mythical Kings, Iguanas), (d. 2012)
1925-11-23 - Johnny Mandel, American songwriter
1925-12-19 - Robert Sherman, New York City, New York, songwriter (Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book), (d. 2012)
1926-10-10 - Oscar Brown Jr, US songwriter (Brown Baby, Forbidden Fruit)
1926-10-19 - Arne Bendiksen, Norwegian singer and songwriter
1927-07-06 - Nilo Soruco, Bolivian songwriter (d. 2004)
1927-09-08 - Harlan Howard, American country music songwriter (d. 2002)
1928-05-12 - Henry Cosby, African-American songwriter (d. 2002)
1929-06-14 - Cy Coleman, [Seymour Kaufman], American songwriter (Witchcraft, Sweet Charity), (d. 2004)
1929-07-09 - Lee Hazelwood, Ok, country singer/songwriter (Summer Wine, Jackson)
1929-11-10 - Marilyn Bergman, American composer and songwriter
1930-09-04 - Jerry Ragavoy, US songwriter/producer (Wonderful Dream)
1930-09-29 - Billy Strange [William], Long Beach, California, singer-songwriter (A Little Less Conversation), (d. 2012)
1931-01-20 - Hachidai Nakamura, Japanese songwriter and pianist (d. 1992)
1931-03-10 - Georges Dor, Quebec author, playwright, singer and songwriter (d. 2001)
1931-04-12 - Leonid Derbenyov, Russian poet-songwriter (d. 1995)
1932-03-17 - Dick Curless, singer/songwriter
1932-04-05 - Billy Bland, American singer and songwriter
1932-04-09 - Carl Perkins, Jackson Tn, singer/songwriter (Blue Suede Shoes)
1932-05-27 - [Herman] Junior Parker, Arkansas, blues vocalist/songwriter (Mystery Train)
1932-12-05 - Little Richard [Wayne Penniman], Macon, Georgia, American singer-songwriter (Tutti Frutti)
1933-04-24 - Freddie Scott, US songwriter/singer (Cry to Me)
1933-04-25 - Jerry Leiber, songwriter (Leiber & Stoller)
1933-08-08 - Joe Tex, singer/songwriter (Hold What You've Got), (d. 1982)
1934-02-07 - Earl King [Solomon Johnson], New Orleans, Louisiana, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Come On)

Deaths in Music

Deaths 1 - 100 of 203

1746-12-06 - Lady Grizel Baillie, Scottish songwriter (b. 1665)
1774-10-16 - Robert Fergusson, Scottish songwriter (Scottish Poems), dies
1915-11-19 - Joe Hill, Labor leader/songwriter, executed for murder
1926-12-29 - Rainer M Rilke, Austrias songwriter/writer (Wise Queen), dies at 51
1937-05-04 - Noel Rosa, Brazilian songwriter (b. 1910)
1941-02-20 - La Bolduc, French Canadian singer and songwriter (b. 1894)
1942-04-08 - Kostas Skarvelis, Greek songwriter (b. 1880)
1945-02-11 - Al Dubin, Swiss songwriter (Tiptoe Thru The Tulips), dies at 53
1946-12-30 - Patty Smith Hill, songwriter (Happy Birthday To You), dies at 78
1947-07-15 - Walter Donaldson, American songwriter (b. 1893)
1954-12-01 - Fred Rose, American songwriter and music publishing executive (b. 1897)
1961-10-21 - Nils J E Ferlin, Swedish songwriter (Goggles), dies
1967-04-04 - Al Lewis, American songwriter (b. 1901)
1967-12-30 - Bert Berns, US songwriter/producer (Twist & Shout), dies at about 38
1969-07-28 - Frank H Loesser, US songwriter/composer (Guys & Dolls), dies at 59
1970-03-20 - Manolis Chiotis, Greek bouzouki virtuoso and song writer (b. 1920)
1970-03-21 - Manolis Chiotis, Greek songwriter and musician (b. 1920)
1971-10-02 - Bola de Nieve, Cuban singer, pianist, and songwriter (b. 1911)
1972-02-08 - Markos Vamvakaris, Greek musician and songwriter (b. 1905)
1973-05-29 - P. Ramlee, Malaysian film actor, director, singer and songwriter. (b. 1929)
1974-04-15 - Giovanni D'Anzi, Italian songwriter (b. 1906)
1975-06-29 - Tim Buckley, American singer-songwriter (b. 1947)
1975-07-19 - Lefty Frizzell, American country music singer and songwriter (b. 1928)
1975-12-01 - Nick Kenny, US columnist/songwriter (Nick Kenny Show), dies at 80
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1976-06-25 - Johnny Mercer, US songwriter (That old Black Magic), dies at 66
1977-06-22 - Peter Laughner, American singer, songwriter and guitarist (Rocket From the Tombs, Pere Ubu) (b. 1952)
1979-07-06 - Van McCoy, singer/songwriter (Hey Mr DJ, Hustle), dies at 35
1979-11-23 - Judee Sill, American musician and songwriter (b. 1944)
1981-12-27 - Hoagy Carmichael, US actor/songwriter (Stardust), dies at 82
1982-08-13 - Joe Tex, American singer and songwriter (b. 1933)
1983-06-26 - Walter O'Keefe, songwriter/TV host (Mayor of Hollywood), dies at 82
1983-06-30 - Bo Gentry, songwriter/producer, dies
1984-01-18 - Vassilis Tsitsanis, Greek singer and songwriter (b. 1915)
1984-03-11 - Kostas Roukounas, Greek rembetiko singer and song writer (b. 1903)
1984-04-06 - Jimmy Kenndy, British songwriter (South of the Border), dies
1984-05-14 - Larry Stock, songwriter (Blueberry Hill), dies
1984-07-04 - Jimmie Spheeris, American singer-songwriter (b. 1949)
1985-04-08 - J. Fred Coots, American songwriter (b. 1897)
1985-05-17 - Abe Burrows, songwriter, composer, and writer (b. 1910)
1986-03-04 - Howard Greenfield, American songwriter (b. 1936)
1986-04-10 - Linda Creed, American songwriter (b. 1948)
1986-05-01 - Hugo Peretti, American songwriter and record producer (b. 1916)
1986-08-16 - John Hurley, song writer (Son of a Preacher Man), dies at 45
1986-12-05 - Carmol Taylor, country songwriter, dies at 53 of cancer
1987-06-25 - Boudleaux Bryant, song writer (for Everly Bros), dies at 67
1987-10-16 - Dana Suesse, songwriter (You Ought to be in Pictures), dies at 75
1988-04-25 - Carolyn Franklin, singer/songwriter/son of Aretha, dies at 43
1989-02-05 - Joe Raposa, composer/songwriter (Sesame Street), dies at 51
1989-05-15 - Johnny Green, American songwriter (b. 1908)
1991-02-26 - Slim Gaillard [Bulee], American Jazz singer/songwriter, dies at 75
1991-03-14 - Howard Ashman, song writer (Under the Sea), dies of AIDs at 40
1992-06-24 - Tony LeMans, singer/songwriter, dies in a car crash at 29
1992-07-30 - Titti Sotto, latin songwriter, dies at 48 of aids
1992-11-19 - Bobby Russell, song writer (Honey, Little Green Apples), dies at 52
1992-12-28 - Mort Greene, US songwriter (My Grandfather's Clock), dies at 80
1993-01-15 - Sammy Cahn, American songwriter (b. 1913)
1993-06-09 - Arthur Alexander, singer/songwriter (You Better Move On), dies at 53
1993-12-30 - Mack David, US songwriter (Bachelor in Paradise), dies at 81
1994-01-16 - Harry Nilsson, singer/Songwriter, dies at 52
1994-01-18 - Arthur Altman, songwriter, dies at 83
1994-01-27 - Stanley Adams, songwriter, dies at 86
1994-02-02 - Willie Mae Ford Smith, gospel Singer/Songwriter, dies at 89
1994-03-22 - Dan Hartman, American singer-songwriter (Love Sensation), dies of an AIDS-related brain tumor at 43
1994-11-16 - Chester Dino Powers Valenti, singer/Songwriter, dies at 57
1994-11-23 - Tommy Boyce, US songwriter (Be My Guest), commits suicide at 55
1994-11-24 - Tommy Boyce, songwriter (Boyce & Hart), dies at 55
1994-12-15 - Harry Tobias, songwriter, dies at 99
1995-01-12 - Francis Lopez, songwriter, dies at 77
1995-03-04 - Eden Ahbez, songwriter, dies at 86
1995-03-23 - Daniel George "Danny" Apolinar, composer/songwriter, dies at 61
1995-05-25 - Dick Curless, singer/songwriter, dies at 63
1995-07-22 - Dave Clark, music promoter/songwriter, dies at 85
1995-07-24 - Jeremiah Jerry Patrick Lordam, songwriter/compser, dies at 61
1995-07-27 - Doris Mae Akers, gospel singer/songwriter, dies at 72
1995-10-06 - Hugh Charles, songwriter/impressario, dies at 88
1995-11-13 - Ralph Hunsecker Blane, songwriter, dies at 81
1995-11-21 - Smilin' Jim Eames, singer/songwriter, dies at 71
1995-12-14 - Don Anthony, bandleader/songwriter, dies at 85
1996-01-08 - William Mac Lance "Tiny" McCloud, musician/songwriter, dies at 52
1996-02-29 - Wes Farrell, songwriter, dies at 56
1996-04-04 - Larry Laprise, songwriter, dies at 83
1996-05-15 - George M Tindley, songwriter/vocalist, dies at 57
1996-07-08 - James Woodie Alexander, songwriter/vocalist, dies at 80
1996-09-13 - Silas Roy Crain, singer/songwriter, dies at 85
1996-12-01 - Irving Gordon, songwriter, dies at 81
1996-12-17 - Irving Caesar, songwriter, dies at 101
1996-12-29 - Mireille Hartuch, singer/songwriter, dies at 90
1997-01-27 - Gerald Marks, American songwriter (All of Me) (b. 1900)
1997-04-16 - Mae Boren Axton, song writer (Heartbreak Hotel), dies at 82
1998-01-19 - Carl Perkins, singer/songwriter, dies at 65
1998-02-18 - Robert Merrill, songwriter (Funny Girl), commits suicide at 76
1998-07-12 - Jimmy Driftwood, American folk songwriter and musician (b. 1907)
1998-10-29 - Paul Misraki, French songwriter (b. 1908)
1998-11-27 - Barbara Acklin, American singer and songwriter (b. 1943)
1998-12-25 - Bryan MacLean, American singer, musician and songwriter (Love) (b. 1946)
1999-02-14 - Buddy Knox, American singer and songwriter (b. 1933)
1999-03-02 - David Ackles, American singer and songwriter (b. 1937)
1999-04-16 - Skip Spence, Canadian-born guitarist, singer and songwriter (Jefferson Airplane) (b. 1946)
1999-08-16 - Pee Wee King, American country musician and songwriter (b. 1914)
1999-10-26 - Hoyt Axton, American actor and country music singer-songwriter (b. 1938)


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