Today's Birthdays in Music

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  • 1722 Johannes Schmidlin, composer
  • 1759 Gervais-Francois Couperin, composer
  • 1780 Jan Emmanuel Dulezalek, composer
  • 1783 Thomas Forbes Walmisley, composer

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1813 Richard Wagner, German composer (Ring, Flying Dutchman), born in Leipzig, Saxony, Germany (d. 1883)

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  • 1820 Alexander Ernst Fesca, composer
  • 1850 Johann Schrammel, composer
  • 1852 Emile Sauret, composer
  • 1865 Enrique Morera, composer
  • 1874 Francesco Paolo Neglia, composer
  • 1879 Eastwood Lane, composer
  • 1879 Jean Emile Paul Cras, composer
  • 1884 Alceo Toni, Italian composer, born in Lugo di Romagna (d. 1969)
  • 1885 Julio Fonseca, composer
  • 1891 Eddie Edwards, American jazz trombonist (d. 1963)
  • 1892 Louis van Tulder, Dutch tenor (From Office Stool to High C)
  • 1898 RenĂ© de Vos, Dutch actor/composer (Jij Bent Mijn Leven)

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1907 Laurence Olivier, English actor (Rebecca, Hamlet, Jazz Singer), born in Dorking, Surrey (d. 1989)

  • 1914 Sun Ra, American musician (d. 1993)
  • 1916 Gordon Binkerd, American composer, born in Lynch, Nebraska (d. 2003)
  • 1917 Georg Tintner, Austrian-born conductor (d. 1999)
  • 1917 Daniel Nagrin, American modern dancer and choreographer
  • 1924 Charles Aznavour, Armenia, French singer (Monsieur Carnavel, Tin Drum)
  • 1924 Claude Andre Francois Ballif, composer
  • 1925 James King, American tenor (d. 2005)
  • 1928 Roscoe Robinson, US gospel singer
  • 1929 Asher Ben-Yohanan, composer
  • 1930 Kenny Ball, English jazz musician, born in Ilford, Essex (d. 2013)
  • 1933 John Browning, pianist (Leventritt Award-1956), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1934 Peter Nero, American conductor/pianist (A Sunday in NY), born in NYC, New York
  • 1941 Sebastian Forbes, composer
  • 1942 Calvin Simon, US rock vocalist (Funkadelic-1 Nation Under a Groove)
  • 1942 Malika A Sabirova, Russian dancer
  • 1950 Bernie Taupin, lyricist (writes with Elton John)
  • 1954 Jerry Dammers, keyboardist (Specials-Special)
  • 1955 Iva Davies, rock guitarist/vocalist (Icehouse)
  • 1955 Jimmy Lyon, American guitarist (Eddie Money, The Greg Kihn Band)
  • 1956 Natasha Shneider, Russian-born musician
  • 1959 [Steven] Morrissey, British rock vocalist (The Smiths), born in Davyhulme, Lancashire
  • 1961 Dana Williams, singer (Diamond Rio-Meet in the Middle), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1966 Kenny Hickey, American guitarist (Type O Negative)
  • 1967 John Vanderslice, American musician
  • 1980 Rhett Fisher, actor/musician