American musicians born in 1939

Here are 50 famous musicians from United States of America were born in 1939:

Wendy Carlos

Wendy Carlos (November 14, 1939 Pawtucket-) otherwise known as Walter Carlos, Carlos, Wendy or W. Carlos is an American composer, keyboard player and film score composer.

Her discography includes: Switched-On Brandenburgs, Volume 1, Switched‐On Brandenburgs, Volume 2, Tron, Digital Moonscapes, Beauty in the Beast, Switched‐On Bach 2000, Tales of Heaven and Hell, Switched‐On, By Request and Rediscovering Lost Scores, Volume 1. Genres she performed: Electronic music, Classical music, Electronica, Film score, Jazz, Synthpop and Ambient music.

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Phil Spector

Phil Spector (December 26, 1939 The Bronx-) otherwise known as Harvey Phillip Spector, Phillip Harvey "Phil" Spector, The Tycoon of Teen or Spector, Phil and Artists is an American record producer, songwriter, businessperson and session musician. His children are called Donte Phillip Spector, Nicole Audrey Spector, Louis Phillip Spector, Phillip Spector Jr. and Gary Phillip Spector.

His most well known albums: Back to Mono (1958–1969), Phil Spector's Flips and Rarities, Phil Spector: It Felt Like a Kiss (disc 1), Wall of Sound: The Very Best of Phil Spector 1961–1966, A Christmas Gift for You From Phil Spector and Phil Spector Presents the Philles Album Collection. Genres he performed include Punk rock, Pop music, Rock music, Girl group and Rhythm and blues.

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Glen D. Hardin

Glen D. Hardin (April 18, 1939 Wellington-) a.k.a. Glen Dee Hardin or Glen Hardin is an American musician, songwriter, session musician, pianist, music arranger and keyboard player.

Genres he performed: Country, Rock music, Country rock, Rockabilly and Rock and roll.

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Marvin Gaye

Marvin Gaye (April 2, 1939 Washington, D.C.-April 1, 1984 West Adams) otherwise known as MarvinGaye, Marvin' Gaye, Marvin Gay, Marvine Gaye, Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr., Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, Marvin Pentz Gay Jr., M. Gaye, Marvin P. Gaye or Prince of Soul was an American record producer, musician, singer-songwriter, composer, keyboard player and film score composer. He had three children, Marvin Pentz Gaye, Nona Gaye and Frankie Gaye.

His albums: That Stubborn Kinda Fellow, Moods of Marvin Gaye, I Heard It Through the Grapevine, That's the Way Love Is, Trouble Man, Here, My Dear, Midnight Love, Night Life, Compact Command Performances: 15 Greatest Hits and Dream of a Lifetime. Genres: Motown Sound, Funk, Pop music, Reggae, Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Quiet Storm, Psychedelic soul, Doo-wop, Rock music, Disco, Dance-pop, Smooth soul, Jazz, Film score and Blues.

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James Burton

James Burton (August 21, 1939 Dubberly-) also known as Jim Burton or Master of the Telecaster is an American guitarist, musician and actor.

His most important albums: Corn Pickin' and Slick Slidin'. Genres he performed include Rockabilly, Country rock, Rock music, Country and Rock and roll.

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Judy Collins

Judy Collins (May 1, 1939 Seattle-) otherwise known as Judith Marjorie Collins, Marjorie Collins, Collins, Judy, Miss J or Judith Marjorie "Judy" Collins is an American singer, songwriter, actor and musician. She has one child, Clark C. Taylor.

Her discography includes: In My Life, Recollections, Whales and Nightingales, Living, Colors of the Day: The Best of Judy Collins, Judith, Amazing Grace, Trust Your Heart, Fires of Eden and Wind Beneath My Wings. Genres related to her: Folk music, Pop music, Rock and roll and Country.

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David Allan Coe

David Allan Coe (September 6, 1939 Akron-) a.k.a. David Allen Coe or David Alan Coe is an American singer, singer-songwriter, musician, songwriter, actor and guitarist.

His albums: 17 Greatest Hits, 20 Greatest Hits, The Original Outlaw of Country Music, Essential, 16 Biggest Hits, 18 X-Rated Hits, 1990 Songs For Sale, A Matter of Life... And Death, Biggest Hits and Buckstone County Blues. Genres he performed include Country, Outlaw country, Blues, Heavy metal and Rock music.

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Roberta Flack

Roberta Flack (February 10, 1939 Black Mountain-) a.k.a. Flack, Roberta is an American singer, musician, singer-songwriter and songwriter.

Her albums include Killing Me Softly, Softly With These Songs - The Best of Roberta Flack, The Very Best of Roberta Flack, Only Heaven Can Wait (For Love), First Take, Chapter Two, Roberta Flack Featuring Donny Hathaway, The Best of Roberta Flack, Set the Night to Music and At Her Best – Live. Her related genres: Jazz, Folk music, Soul music and Rhythm and blues.

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Ray Stevens

Ray Stevens (January 24, 1939 Georgia-) also known as Harold Ray Ragsdale, Stevens, Ray or Harold R. Ragsdale is an American songwriter, singer, singer-songwriter and comedian.

His most important albums: His All-Time Greatest Comic Hits, Guitarzan, Ear Candy, #1 With a Bullet, 1,837 Seconds of Humor / This Is Ray Stevens, 20 Comedy Hits, At His Best, Classic Ray Stevens, Collector's Series and Crackin Up. Genres he performed: Country, Pop music and Novelty song.

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Sonny Fortune

Sonny Fortune (May 19, 1939 Philadelphia-) also known as Fortune, Sonny is an American musician.

Related albums: From Now On, In The Spirit Of John Coltrane, Awakening, Live at the A-Trane, Alto Memories, You and the Night and the Music, Great Friends and Trip On The Strip. Genres he performed: Soul jazz, Jazz, Jazz fusion, Modal jazz and Afro-Cuban jazz.

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Dion DiMucci

Dion DiMucci (July 18, 1939 The Bronx-) also known as Dion Dimucci, Dion Francis DiMucci or Dion is an American singer, songwriter and actor. He has three children, Tane DiMucci, Lark DiMucci and August DiMucci.

His albums: Live, Bronx in Blue, Abraham, Martin & John, Bronx Blues: The Columbia Recordings (1962-1965), Brooklyn Dodger, Deja Nu, Dion: His Best, King of the New York Streets, Presenting Dion & The Belmonts, Runaround Sue and Rock 'n' Roll Christmas. Genres: Doo-wop, Rock music, Pop music, Christian music, Rhythm and blues and Blues.

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Gordon Bok

Gordon Bok (October 31, 1939 Camden-) also known as Bok, Gordon is an American singer-songwriter and songwriter.

Related albums: Ensemble, North Wind's Clearing, In the Kind Land, Apples in the Basket, Herrings in the Bay, Dear to Our Island, Schooners, In Concert, Gatherings and Return To The Land. Genres he performed: Folk music.

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Felix Pappalardi

Felix Pappalardi (December 30, 1939 The Bronx-April 17, 1983 Manhattan) also known as Pappalardi, Felix was an American record producer, songwriter and singer.

Genres related to him: Rock music, Hard rock and Blues rock.

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Grace Slick

Grace Slick (October 30, 1939 Highland Park-) also known as Grace Barnett Wing, Slick, Grace, Jefferson Airplane, The Jefferson Airplane, Gracie Slick, The Acid Queen or The Chrome Nun is an American singer, songwriter, singer-songwriter, actor, model, visual artist, painter, illustrator and musician. Her child is called China Kantner.

Her most well known albums: Welcome to the Wrecking Ball, The Best of Grace Slick, Software, Dreams, Manhole, Sunfighter, Dragon Fly and Baron Von Tollbooth & The Chrome Nun. Genres she performed: Psychedelic rock, Rock music, Acid rock, Hard rock, Pop music and Blues rock.

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Ray Manzarek

Ray Manzarek (February 12, 1939 Chicago-May 20, 2013 Rosenheim) also known as Manzarek, Ray, Ray Daniel Manzarek, Raymond Daniel Manczarek, Jr. or The Doors was an American record producer, musician, keyboard player, film director, songwriter, film score composer, screenwriter, film producer and singer. His child is called Pablo Manzarek.

His albums: The Doors Myth And Reality, The Golden Scarab, The Whole Thing Started With Rock & Roll Now It's Out of Control, Love Her Madly, Freshly Dug, Ballads Before the Rain, Atonal Head, Carmina Burana, Love Lion and The Piano Poems: Live From San Francisco. His related genres: Psychedelic rock, Rock music, Blues, Blues rock, Acid rock, Hard rock, Jazz, Funk, Jazz fusion and Rock and roll.

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Jimmy Ruffin

Jimmy Ruffin (May 7, 1939 Collinsville-November 17, 2014) otherwise known as Jimmy Rufin or Ruffin, Jimmy was an American singer.

His discography includes: Sings Top Ten, Early Classics: Jimmy Ruffin, Don't Feel Sorry for Me / Heart, Ruff 'n Ready, Greatest Motown Hits, Sunrise, Tell Me What You Want, I Am My Brother's Keeper, What Becomes of the Brokenhearted / I'll Pick a Rose for My Rose and What Becomes of the Brokenhearted. Genres he performed include Pop music, Rhythm and blues and Soul music.

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James Booker

James Booker (December 17, 1939 New Orleans-November 8, 1983 New Orleans) a.k.a. Booker, James or James Carroll Booker III was an American jazz pianist, musician and pianist.

His albums include Classified, Gonzo: More Than All the 45s, Rare and Previously Unreissued Recordings 1954-1962, 'live!', Junco Partner, New Orleans Piano Wizard: Live!, Resurrection of the Bayou Maharajah, Spiders on the Keys, The Blues Collection 79: New Orleans Keyboard King and King of the New Orleans Keyboard. His related genres: Jazz and Rhythm and blues.

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Andrew Cyrille

Andrew Cyrille (November 10, 1939 New York-) a.k.a. Cyrille, Andrew is an American drummer.

Related albums: Nuba, Metamusicians' Stomp, The Navigator, Special People, C-D-E, Irène Schweizer & Andrew Cyrille, Berne Concert, Something in Return, and Reflections. Genres he performed include Jazz.

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Charles Gayle

Charles Gayle (February 28, 1939 Buffalo-) also known as Gayle, Charles is an American jazz pianist and musician.

His albums: Abiding Variations, Repent, Touchin' on Trane, Jazz Solo Piano, Times Zones, Daily Bread, Consecration, , Forgiveness and Kingdom Come. Genres: Jazz.

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Cindy Birdsong

Cindy Birdsong (December 15, 1939 Mount Holly-) also known as Birdsong, Cindy or Cindy Ann Birdsong is an American nurse, composer, singer-songwriter, songwriter and singer.

Genres she performed: Quiet Storm, Soul music, Rhythm and blues and Pop music.

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Don Alias

Don Alias (December 25, 1939 Harlem-March 29, 2006 New York City) a.k.a. Alias, Don, Charles Alias, Charles D. Alias or Alias, Charles D. was an American record producer, songwriter, musician, boss and percussionist.

His discography includes: Grey. His related genres: Jazz and Jazz fusion.

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Tommy Tune

Tommy Tune (February 28, 1939 Wichita Falls-) a.k.a. Thomas James Tune or Thomas James "Tommy" Tune is an American actor, choreographer, dancer, theatre director, performer, singer and theatrical producer.

Throughout his career, Tommy Tune has won numerous accolades, including 10 Tony Awards, the National Medal of Arts, and multiple Drama Desk Awards. He made his Broadway debut in the 1965 production of "Baker Street" and went on to perform in several successful productions, including "Seesaw," "A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine," and "My One and Only." In addition to his work on stage, he has also appeared in films and on television, including roles in "Hello, Dolly!" and "The Boyfriend." As a choreographer and director, he has worked on productions such as "Grand Hotel," "The Will Rogers Follies," and "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas." In 2015, he published his memoir, "Footnotes: A Memoir," which chronicles his life and career in the entertainment industry.

Tommy Tune was born in Wichita Falls, Texas, and grew up in nearby Happy, Texas. He attended Lamar High School in Houston, Texas, where he started dancing and performing in school musicals. After high school, he attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied theatre and dance.

After his Broadway debut in "Baker Street," Tune became a prominent figure in the world of musical theatre. He starred in and directed several successful productions, including "Nine," "The Will Rogers Follies," and "My One and Only," which he also choreographed. Tune's distinctive style, which combined dance, music, and spectacle, helped to define the Broadway musical in the 1980s and 1990s.

In addition to his work on stage, Tune has also appeared in several films and television shows. He played Cornelius Hackl in the 1969 film adaptation of "Hello, Dolly!" and had a recurring role on the television show "Arrested Development." Tune has also performed in concert halls and cabaret venues across the country, showcasing his talents as a singer and dancer.

Throughout his career, Tune has been recognized for his contributions to the arts. In addition to his Tony Awards and Drama Desk Awards, he has received the National Medal of Arts, the highest honor given to artists by the U.S. government. Tune's influence on the world of musical theatre is immeasurable, and he continues to inspire performers and audiences alike.

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Kim Fowley

Kim Fowley (July 21, 1939 Los Angeles-January 15, 2015) a.k.a. Kim Vincent Fowley, The Incredible Kim Fowley, Incredible Kim Fowley, The, Jimmy Jukebox, Jukebox, Jimmy or Kim Fowley was an American record producer, songwriter, singer, impresario, musician, film director, voice actor and film score composer.

His most well known albums: Outrageous, Fantasy World, The Trip of a Lifetime, Bad News From the Underworld, Outlaw Superman, White Negroes in Deutschland, Automatic, Snake Document Masquerade, The Trip and Let the Madness In. Genres: Rock music, Pop music, Glam rock, Protopunk and Alternative rock.

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Eddie Kendricks

Eddie Kendricks (December 17, 1939 Union Springs-October 5, 1992 Birmingham) also known as Eddie Kendrick, Edward James Kendrick or Kendricks, Eddie was an American songwriter, singer and musician. His children are called Parris Kendrick, Aika Kendrick and Paul Kendrick.

His albums: Girl You Need a Change of Mind, Keep on Truckin', Boogie Down!, For You, Goin' Up in Smoke, Vintage '78, Something More, The Essential Collection, The Motown Solo Albums, Volume 1 and At His Best. His related genres: Rhythm and blues, Disco, Pop music and Soul music.

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Scott McKenzie

Scott McKenzie (January 10, 1939 Jacksonville Beach-August 18, 2012) also known as Scott Mc Kenzie, Philip Blondheim or McKenzie, Scott was an American singer.

Related albums: San Francisco: The Very Best of Scott McKenzie, San Francisco, Stained Glass Reflections, The Voice of Scott McKenzie and Stained Glass Morning. Genres: Pop music.

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Jimmy Boyd

Jimmy Boyd (January 9, 1939 McComb-March 7, 2009 Santa Monica) a.k.a. Clooney, Rosemary & Boyd, Jimmy, Jim Boyd or Little Jimmy Boyd was an American singer, actor and musician. He had one child, Devon Boyd.

Related albums: Best of Jimmy Boyd and I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus / Thumbalina.

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Ernie Terrell

Ernie Terrell (April 4, 1939 Belzoni-December 16, 2014) also known as Ernest Terrell or The Clutch was an American record producer, musician and professional boxer.

Terrell began boxing in 1957 and quickly became a top contender in the heavyweight division. He won the vacant WBA heavyweight title in 1965 by defeating Eddie Machen, but lost it the following year to Muhammad Ali in a highly publicized bout that was marked by Ali's taunting of Terrell.

After retiring from boxing in 1973, Terrell turned to music and worked as a record producer for many years. He also released several albums of his own as a singer and musician, showcasing his soulful voice and skill on the piano.

Throughout his life, Terrell was heavily involved in various charitable causes, particularly those aimed at helping underprivileged youth. After his death in 2014, he was remembered as both a talented athlete and musician, as well as a dedicated humanitarian.

During his boxing career, Ernie Terrell compiled an impressive record of 46 wins (21 by knockouts) and 9 losses. He was known for his towering height (at 6'6") and long reach, which he used to wear down his opponents. However, his most memorable fight was against Muhammad Ali in 1967, which was dubbed the "The Fight of the Century". Ali, who had been stripped of his titles for refusing to fight in the Vietnam War, was looking to reclaim his crown by defeating Terrell. The fight was marked by Ali's anger towards Terrell, who had refused to call him by his Muslim name and instead called him by his birth name, Cassius Clay. Ali punished Terrell throughout the fight, taunting him by repeatedly asking, "What's my name?" He ultimately won by unanimous decision, but critics praised Terrell for his toughness and resilience.

Aside from his boxing and music careers, Terrell also devoted much of his time to various charitable organizations. He founded the Ernie Terrell Boxing Club in Chicago, which provided free boxing lessons and mentorship to at-risk youth. He also worked with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and other organizations that aimed to improve the lives of disadvantaged children. Over the years, he received numerous awards and commendations for his philanthropic work, including being named the Humanitarian of the Year by the WBC in 1997.

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Bill Dees

Bill Dees (January 24, 1939 Borger-October 24, 2012) otherwise known as William Dees was an American songwriter and singer.

Dees was best known for being the co-writer of the hit song "Oh, Pretty Woman" with Roy Orbison. The two had met in 1962 and formed a songwriting partnership that led to several successful songs, including "It's Over" and "Borne on the Wind". Dees also wrote songs for other notable artists such as Johnny Cash and Glen Campbell. In addition to songwriting, he also had a solo career as a singer and released a few albums in the 1970s. Despite his success, Dees struggled with addiction and health issues throughout his life, eventually passing away from an unspecified illness in 2012 at the age of 73.

Born in Texas in 1939, Dees grew up in poverty and dropped out of high school at the age of 16. He worked odd jobs while pursuing his passion for music and eventually moved to Nashville to pursue a career as a songwriter. It was there that he met Orbison and their songwriting partnership began. "Oh, Pretty Woman" was their biggest hit, reaching number one on the charts in 1964 and later becoming famous again when it was featured in the hit movie Pretty Woman starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere.

Despite his personal struggles, Dees is remembered as a talented songwriter who made a lasting impact on the music industry. His work with Orbison alone cemented his place in music history but his contributions to the careers of other notable artists cannot be overlooked. In 2013, he was posthumously inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

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Jerry Allison

Jerry Allison (August 31, 1939 Hillsboro-) a.k.a. Jerry Ivan Allison or Jerry 'Ivan' Allison is an American drummer.

His related genres: Rockabilly and Rock and roll.

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Kim Weston

Kim Weston (December 30, 1939 Detroit-) also known as Weston, Kim, Agatha Nathalia Weston or Agatha Natalie Weston is an American singer, musician and actor.

Her albums include Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While), Greatest Hits & Rare Classics, The Motown Anthology, For the First Time, This Is America, 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Kim Weston, Helpless / Take Me in Your Arms, Take Two, A Thrill a Moment / I'll Never See My Love Again and What Good Am I Without You. Genres: Soul music and Rhythm and blues.

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Elbridge Bryant

Elbridge Bryant (September 28, 1939 Thomasville-October 26, 1975 Orange County) was an American musician and singer.

Genres he performed: Rhythm and blues, Pop music and Soul music.

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Johnny Tillotson

Johnny Tillotson (April 20, 1939 Jacksonville-) also known as Johnny Tilotson, Jonny Tillotson, Tillotson, Johnny, Johnny Tiloltson, John Tillotson or Tillotson, John is an American songwriter, singer and actor.

His albums include Poetry in Motion, The EP Collection... Plus, 20 Greatest Hits, 25 All-time Greatest Hits, Tears on My Pillow, It Keeps Right on A-Hurtin' / Can Never Stop Me Loving You, Poetry in Motion: The Best of Johnny Tillotson, World Pop Songs, Without You / Cutie Pie and 15 Classic Recordings. Genres he performed include Country and Pop music.

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Bob James

Bob James (December 25, 1939 Marshall-) also known as Robert McElhiney James is an American keyboard player, jazz pianist, songwriter, record producer, musician, singer, composer, film score composer and music arranger.

His albums include Rameau, Joy Ride, Urban Flamingo, 12, All Around the Town, An Anthology, Dancing on the Water, Grand Piano Canyon, H and Hands Down. Genres he performed include Smooth jazz, Jazz fusion, Jazz, Sophisti-pop and Crossover jazz.

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Edward Patten

Edward Patten (August 27, 1939 Atlanta-February 25, 2005 Livonia) also known as Edward Roy Patten or Eddie Patten was an American musician, singer, songwriter and record producer.

Genres he performed: Soul music, Rhythm and blues and Pop music.

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Don Williams

Don Williams (May 27, 1939 Floydada-) also known as Williams, Don or The Gentle Giant is an American songwriter, singer, musician and singer-songwriter. He has two children, Gary Williams and Tim Williams.

His albums include Some Broken Hearts, Best Friends, The Best Of, 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Don Williams, The Definitive Collection, The Definitive Don Williams: His Greatest Hits, 20 Greatest Hits, An Evening With Don Williams: Best of Live, Anthology and Best of Don Williams, Volume II. Genres he performed: Pop music, Country rock, Country and Country pop.

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Bob Neuwirth

Bob Neuwirth (June 20, 1939 Akron-) otherwise known as Neuwirth, Bob, B. Neuwirth or Bobby Neuwirth is an American record producer, songwriter, singer, actor and visual artist.

His albums: Back to the Front, Look Up, 99 Monkeys, Last Day on Earth and The Place I Can't Afford to Go.

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Rudolph Isley

Rudolph Isley (April 1, 1939 Cincinnati-) also known as Isley, Rudolph is an American singer.

Genres: Rock music, Soul music, Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues, Funk and Gospel music.

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Alan Silva

Alan Silva (January 22, 1939 Bermuda-) a.k.a. Silva, Alan is an American songwriter, musician, bandleader and composer.

His albums include Skilfullness and The Ongoing Strings. Genres he performed include Free jazz, Avant-garde jazz and Jazz.

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Laurence Guittard

Laurence Guittard (July 16, 1939 San Francisco-) otherwise known as Hoddy is an American singer and actor.

He is known for his roles on Broadway, including his portrayal of Perón in "Evita" and Robert in "Company". Guittard also appeared in films such as "The Happy Hooker" and "The Bermuda Triangle". He began his career singing in nightclubs before transitioning to musical theater. Guittard was awarded the Theatre World Award for his performance in "A Joyful Noise" and was nominated for a Tony Award for his role in "The Rothschilds".

Guittard's Broadway career began in 1964 in the original production of "Fiddler on the Roof" where he conveyed the character of Fyedka. He worked consistently in theatre throughout the 1960s to the 1980s and also performed in the West End productions of the musicals "Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris" and "Noël Coward In Two Keys". In addition, he worked in the television series "As the World Turns" and "Another World" in the 1980s. Guittard retired from acting in the late 1990s and is currently living in upstate New York with his partner.

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Meco (November 29, 1939 Johnsonburg-) also known as Mecca, Meco Monardo or Domenico Monardo is an American record producer, musician and music arranger.

His albums: Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk, The Best of Meco, Christmas in the Stars: Star Wars Christmas Album, Encounters of Every Kind, Ewok Celebration, Music From Star Trek and The Black Hole, Plays Music From 'The Empire Strikes Back', Pop Goes the Movies, The Force Theme / Empire Strikes Back (medley) and Meco Plays The Wizard of Oz. Genres he performed include Disco, Easy listening, Funk and Space disco.

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Ronald White

Ronald White (April 5, 1939 Detroit-August 26, 1995 Detroit) also known as White, Ronald or Ronnie was an American songwriter, musician, entrepreneur and singer. His children are Michelle Lynn White, Pamela Claudette White and Ronald White, II.

Ronald White is best known for being one of the original members of the Motown group, The Miracles. He co-wrote many of the group's biggest hits including "My Girl Has Gone," "I'll Try Something New," and "The Love I Saw in You Was Just a Mirage." White was also a talented guitarist and his playing was featured prominently on many of The Miracles' recordings.

In addition to his musical talents, White was also a successful businessman. He founded the popular Detroit restaurant "Ribs 'N Soul" in the 1970s, which became a favorite spot for musicians and sports stars alike. White was also a co-founder of the Detroit-based record label, Tri-Phi Records.

Tragically, White passed away from leukemia on August 26, 1995, at the age of 56. He was posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1997, in recognition of his contributions to the Motown sound.

White grew up in Detroit, Michigan and was childhood friends with future Miracles member Smokey Robinson. The two met in elementary school and formed a musical partnership that would last for decades. In fact, White and Robinson co-wrote many of The Miracles' biggest hits together.

Aside from his work with The Miracles, White also collaborated with other Motown artists. He co-wrote Marvin Gaye's hit song "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)," which became a top ten hit in 1965.

In addition to his music and business endeavors, White was a philanthropist and community activist. He was involved with the United Negro College Fund and helped organize fundraising events for the organization.

White's contributions to music and his community have been honored in various ways since his passing. In 2009, a stretch of Detroit's Woodward Avenue was renamed "Ronald White Way" in his honor.

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Warren "Pete" Moore

Warren "Pete" Moore (November 19, 1939 Detroit-) a.k.a. Warren Moore, Lee Mason, Mason, Lee, Warren "Pete" Moore, Pete Moore or Warren Thomas Moore is an American musician, songwriter, entrepreneur, singer and record producer. He has two children, Monette Moore and Monique Moore.

His most important albums: Chappell Recorded Music and Shady Blues / Psychedelic Portrait.

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Luther Johnson

Luther Johnson (April 11, 1939 Itta Bena-) also known as Luther \"Guitar Jr.\" Johnson, Luther "Guitar Jr" Johnson, Luther 'Guitar Junior' Johnson, Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson, Johnson, Luther "Guitar Jr.", Guitar Junior, Luther Johnson or Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson and The Magic Rockers is an American singer, musician and guitarist.

His discography includes: Charly Blues Masterworks, Volume 1: The Crawl, Talkin' About Soul and Blues Explosion. His related genres: Chicago blues.

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Tony Asher

Tony Asher (May 2, 1939 London-) is an American lyricist.

He is best known for his collaboration with Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys on their critically-acclaimed album "Pet Sounds" in 1966. Prior to that, Asher worked as an advertising copywriter in Los Angeles. After "Pet Sounds," he continued to work in the music industry, writing lyrics for various artists such as Diana Ross and Blood, Sweat & Tears. Asher is also a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

In addition to his work as a lyricist, Tony Asher has also been involved in various film and television projects. He co-wrote the screenplay for the 1980 film "The Hearse," and contributed to the soundtrack for the popular television series "The Wonder Years" in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Asher has remained active in the music industry throughout his career, and has received numerous accolades for his work, including induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Beach Boys in 1988. Asher is also known for his philanthropic efforts, and has served on the board of various organizations focused on supporting mental health research and advocacy.

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Larry Harlow

Larry Harlow (March 20, 1939 Brooklyn-) a.k.a. Orquesta Harlow, Harlow, Larry, Lawrence Ira Kahn, El Judío Maravilloso or The Marvellous Jew is an American record producer and pianist.

Discography: Así soy yo, , Latin Jazz Encounter - Live at Birdland, Miami Sessions and 40th Anniversary Live Concert. Genres: Salsa music.

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Betty Everett

Betty Everett (November 23, 1939 Greenwood-August 19, 2001 South Beloit) also known as Betty Everette, Betty Everitt or Everett, Betty was an American singer.

Discography: You're No Good / Chained to Your Love, Hot to Hold, The Very Best of Betty Everett, It's in His Kiss, Getting Mighty Crowded / Chained to a Memory, There'll Come a Time, Delicious Together and It's in His Kiss: The Very Best of the Vee-Jay Years. Her related genres: Rhythm and blues, Southern soul and Country.

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Fritz Richmond

Fritz Richmond (July 10, 1939 Newton-November 20, 2005) a.k.a. Richmond, Fritz was an American , .

musician and folk artist, best known for his skill on the washtub bass. He played with various legendary American folk musicians, including Bob Dylan, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, and even appeared on The Muppet Show. Richmond was also a talented visual artist, creating intricate and colorful washtub bass designs, as well as other folk art pieces. He was known for his warm personality and generosity, often teaching others how to play the washtub bass or giving away his artwork. Richmond passed away in 2005 from lung cancer, leaving behind a legacy as one of the most unique and beloved figures in the folk music community.

Richmond was born in Newton, Massachusetts in 1939 and grew up in a musical family. His mother was a pianist and his father played the ukulele. In his early years, Richmond was a drummer in a rock band, but he soon discovered his passion for the washtub bass and became an expert in playing it.

In the 1960s, Richmond moved to Berkeley, California, where he became a part of the thriving folk music scene. He played with numerous musicians, including the Jim Kweskin Jug Band and Maria Muldaur. He also co-founded the group The Freebo's with songwriter Dan Hicks.

Richmond was not only an accomplished musician, but also a talented visual artist. Over the years, he created intricate washtub bass designs that became integral to his performances. He also painted folk art pieces, which were highly sought after.

Despite his success, Richmond was known for his humble and giving nature. He often shared his knowledge of the washtub bass with others and was always willing to lend a helping hand to aspiring musicians.

Richmond's legacy lives on through his contributions to folk music and art. In 2014, he was posthumously inducted into the Jug Band Hall of Fame.

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Cleveland Eaton

Cleveland Eaton (August 31, 1939 Fairfield-) a.k.a. Eaton, Cleveland is an American musician, bandleader, record producer, businessperson, composer and publisher.

His most recognized albums: Plenty Good Eaton. His related genres: Funk, Jazz, Swing music, Popular music and Rhythm and blues.

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Jamey Aebersold

Jamey Aebersold (July 21, 1939 New Albany-) also known as Jamie Aebersold, Jamey Abersold, Aebersold, Jazz and Rock Instructional or Aebersold, Jamey is an American jazz pianist.

Discography: Jazz Ear Training, Volume 100: St. Louis Blues, Volume 105: Dave Brubeck, Volume 11: Herbie Hancock, Volume 16: Turnarounds, Cycles & II/V7s, Volume 17: Horace Silver, Volume 1: How to Play Jazz and Improvise, Volume 22: Favorite Standards, Volume 24: Major and Minor and Volume 25: All-Time Standards. Genres he performed: Jazz.

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James Gurley

James Gurley (December 22, 1939 Detroit-December 20, 2009 Palm Desert) also known as Gurley, James or James Martin Gurley was an American guitarist and musician. His children are called Django Gurley and Hongo Gurley.

James Gurley was best known as the lead guitarist for the influential psychedelic rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company during the 1960s. He was a self-taught musician who developed a unique style of playing the guitar. Gurley's guitar work was characterized by his heavy use of feedback and distortion, which helped to define the sound of the era.

Gurley was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1939. He began playing guitar at a young age and was heavily influenced by blues and rock music. In the early 1960s, he moved to San Francisco and became involved in the city's burgeoning music scene.

In 1965, Gurley joined Big Brother and the Holding Company, which at the time was fronted by the legendary singer Janis Joplin. The band quickly gained a following for their high-energy performances and eclectic sound, which combined elements of blues, rock, and psychedelia.

Gurley's guitar work was a key component of the band's success, and he was widely recognized as one of the era's most innovative musicians. Despite the band's success, they disbanded in 1972, and Gurley went on to play with several other groups over the years.

James Gurley passed away at the age of 69 in Palm Desert, California, on December 20, 2009, from a heart attack. His legacy as a pioneering guitarist and influential musician lives on to this day.

In addition to his work with Big Brother and the Holding Company, James Gurley also played with other prominent musicians of the era such as Country Joe McDonald and Herbie Rich. He also experimented with other genres of music such as jazz and country. Gurley was known for his use of unconventional guitar techniques such as playing with a broken glass bottle and wrapping his guitar in tape to alter the sound. Along with his musical contributions, Gurley was also known for his charismatic personality and larger-than-life stage presence. He was inducted into the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Hall of Fame in 2010, a year after his passing.

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