Birthdays in Music on April 15

  • 1637 Valentin Molitor, composer
  • 1651 Domenico Gabrielli, composer
  • 1688 Johann Friedrich Fasch, composer
  • 1689 Ferdinand Zellbell the elder, Swedish composer (d. 1765)
  • 1757 George Knowil Jackson, composer
  • 1827 Julius Tausch, composer
  • 1843 Carl Eilhardt, composer
  • 1891 Vaino Raitio, composer
  • 1894 Elizabeth Mae "Bessie" Smith, Empress of Blues (over 200 songs)
  • 1898 Nini de Boel, Flemish operette singer (White Horse)
  • 1908 Eden Ahbez, American songwriter (Nature Boy), born in Brooklyn, New York (d.1995)
  • 1914 John Gregory, English ballet dancer (Harlequin Ballet Company), born in Norwich (d. 1996)
  • 1915 Ernest Borneman, sexual researcher psychotherapist writer/musicologist
  • 1917 Pietro Grossi, composer
  • 1921 Norman Ewart Thurston, musician
  • 1924 Neville Marriner, English conductor and violinist (Academy of St Martin in the Fields), born in Lincoln (d. 2016)
  • 1933 Roy Clark, Meherrin, Virginia, American country singer (Hee Haw, The Tonight Show)
  • 1935 Gene Cherico, American jazz bassist, born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1936 Hector Quintanar, composer
  • 1939 Marty Wilde, English singer-songwriter and father of rocker Kim Wilde, born in London, England
  • 1943 Riem de Wolff, Indonesian/Dutch singer/guitarist (Blue Diamonds)
  • 1943 Mighty Sam McClain, American soul and blues singer-songwriter, born in Monroe, Louisiana (d. 2015)
  • 1944 Dave Edmunds, Wales, singer/guitarist (Rockpile-Baby I Love You)
  • 1944 Gerard Schoenaker, Dutch singer (Les Baroques)
  • 1947 Bojoura, [Raina GB van Melzen], Dutch singer/wife of Hans Cleuver
  • 1947 Michael DeBello, singer (Maniac)
  • 1947 Mike Chapman, Australian songwriter/producer (Chinn & Chapman)
  • 1947 Wooly Wolstenholme, keyboardist/vocalist (Barclay James Harvest)
  • 1948 Michael Kamen, American composer (d. 2003)
  • 1949 Alla Pugacheva, Russian singer
  • 1954 Emmanuel, Mexico City Mexico, spanish singer
  • 1958 Matt Reid, rock keyboardist (Berlin-Takes Your Breathe Away)
  • 1962 Surjit Bindrakhia, Punjabi Bhangra singer
  • 1965 Linda Perry, American musician
  • 1966 Graeme Clark, bassist (Wet Wet Wet-Angel Eyes, Love is All Around)
  • 1966 Samantha Karen Fox, East End singer (Touch Me), born in London, England
  • 1967 Frankie Poullain, British musician (The Darkness)
  • 1968 Ed O'Brien, English musician and songwriter (Radiohead), born in Oxford
  • 1974 Josh Todd, American musician (Buckcherry)
  • 1978 Luis Fonsi [Luis L√≥pez-Cepero] Puerto Rican singer-songwriter (Despacito), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 1978 Chris Stapleton, American country musician (The SteelDrivers, Traveller), born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • 1982 Mark Mizzark, [Marlis Pugh], rapper (Another Bad Creation), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1982 Anthony Green, American musician
  • 1984 Ben Kasica, Guitarist of rock band Skillet
  • 1992 Amy Diamond, Swedish singer