Birthdays in Music on April 1

  • 1582 Thomas Simpson, English composer who worked in Germany, born in Kent (d. 1628)
  • 1643 Christian Demelius, composer
  • 1721 Pieter Hellendaal, Dutch violinist/organist/composer (Glees)
  • 1725 Francois Bainville, composer
  • 1772 Ignaz Franz von Mosel, Austrian composer, born in Vienna (d. 1844)
  • 1802 Hubert Reis, German composer and violinist, born in Bonn (d. 1886)
  • 1834 Isidore Edouard Legouix, composer
  • 1847 Gavriil Musicescu, composer
  • 1866 Ferruccio Busoni, Italian pianist/composer/conductor (Arlecchino), born in Empoli (d. 1924)
  • 1871 F Melius Christiansen, composer
  • 1872 Tadeusz Joteyko, composer
  • 1873 Sergei Rachmaninoff, Novgorod Russia, composer (Prelude in C# Minor)
  • 1883 Aleksander V Aleksandrov, Russian composer/conductor
  • 1883 Lon Chaney, actor, "man of 1000 faces" (High Noon, Phantom of Opera, born in Colorado Springs, Colorado (d. 1930)
  • 1886 Casimir von Paszthory, composer
  • 1895 Alberta Hunter, blues singer/composer (Downhearted Blues)
  • 1901 Boris Koutzen, composer
  • 1905 Winfried P I Zillig, German opera composer/conductor (Fantasia Irica)
  • 1907 Walter Kaufmann, composer
  • 1909 Eddie Duchin, Mass, society pianist/bandleader (Eddie Duchin Orch)
  • 1911 Gunther Rennert, Essen Germany, opera director/producer
  • 1914 Carla van Neste, Belgian violinist
  • 1915 Art Lund, Salt Lake City Utah, singer (Ken Murray Show)
  • 1917 Johnny Andrews, singer/host (Songs at Twilight), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1921 Douglas Allenbrook, composer
  • 1921 William L Bergsma, composer (Fortunate Island), born in Oakland, California
  • 1924 Gunther Becker, composer
  • 1926 Charles Bressler, American tenor
  • 1927 Amos Milburn, R&B singer and pianist, born in Houston, Texas (d. 1980)
  • 1928 Jane Powell, singer/actress (7 Brides for 7 Brothers), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1930 Joan Franks-Williams, composer
  • 1932 Jiri Smutny, Czech composer, born in Prague
  • 1934 Jim Ed Brown, American country music singer (Nashville on the Road), born in Sparkman, Arkansas
  • 1939 Rudolph Isley, rocker (Isley Brothers-Shout), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1942 Alan Blakley, rocker (Brian Poole & The Tremeloes)
  • 1942 Danny Brooks, rocker (Dovells)
  • 1942 Phil Margo, Bkln, rock vocalist (Tokens-Lion Sleeps Tonight)
  • 1945 Kenny Buttrey, American influential drummer, born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2004)
  • 1946 John Barbata, drummer (Turtles-Happy Together, Eleanor)
  • 1946 Ronnie "Plonk" Lane, rock bassist (Small Faces-Hey Girl), born in London, England
  • 1947 Robin Scott, English singer (M), born in London
  • 1948 Jimmy Cliff, Reggae singer
  • 1948 Simon Crowe, rock drummer (Boomtown Rats-Maxinguaye)
  • 1949 Gill Scott-Heron, US, writer/poet/singer (Whities on the Moon)
  • 1952 Billy Currie, rock keyboardist/violinist (Ultravox-We Came to Dance)
  • 1954 Jeff Porcaro, drummer/percussionist (Toto-Roxanne, Africa), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1955 Stan Ridway, rocker (Wall Of Voodoo)
  • 1956 Peter O'Toole, Irish pop bassist (Hothouse Flowers-People)
  • 1958 D. Boon, American musician d. (1985)
  • 1961 Mark White, rock guitarist (ABC-All of My Heart)
  • 1965 Robert Steadman, English composer
  • 1967 Phil Demmel, American musician
  • 1968 Julia Boutros, Lebanese singer
  • 1972 Jesse Tobias, American musician
  • 1974 Richard Christy, American drummer
  • 1975 John Butler, Australian singer and musician
  • 1981 Hannah Spearritt, British singer