1939 – Singer/songwriter Ray Stevens is born. Best known as a novelty singer, Stevens lands his first top 40 song in 1961 with “Jeremiah Peabody’s Poly Unsaturated Quick Dissolving Fast Acting Pleasant Tasting Green and Purple Pills.” His two No. 1 songs are “Everything Is Beautiful” in 1970 and “The Streak” in 1974.
1939 – Phil Everly is born in Chicago. He is the younger half of the duo the Everly Brothers. The two score five No. 1 hits, the biggest of which is “All I Have to Do Is Dream.”
1939 – Actor Sal Mineo is born in New York. As well as starring in The Gene Krupa Story and Rock Pretty Baby, Sal scored a top 10 hit in 1957 with “Start Movin’ (In My Direction).”
1939 – Scott McKenzie (Philip Blondheim) is born in Jacksonville, Fla. His biggest hit is the 1967 song “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair),” which reaches No. 4 on Chart Toppers’s Hot 100. He writes the Beach Boys’ 1988 No. 1 hit, “Kokomo.”