Birthdays in Music on April 17

  • 1587 Marco Ivan Lukacic, composer
  • 1683 Johann David Heinichen, composer
  • 1715 Johann Wolfgang Kleinknecht, composer
  • 1719 Christian Gottfried Krause, composer
  • 1738 Philip Hayes, composer
  • 1741 Johann Gottlieb Naumann, composer
  • 1774 Vaclav Jan Krtitel Tomasek, organist/pianist/composer
  • 1797 Jean-Baptiste-Joseph Tolbecque, Belgian composer/conductor
  • 1811 Ann Sheppard Mounsey, composer
  • 1820 Gottfried Conradi, composer
  • 1833 Jean-Baptiste Accolay, Belgian composer (d. 1900)
  • 1863 Johannes P Boskaljon, Curacao composer/conductor
  • 1882 Artur Schnabel, Lipnik Austria, pianist (Beethoven Piano Sonatas)
  • 1883 Hermann Darewsky, composer
  • 1885 Cecil Burleigh, composer
  • 1886 Otto Lederer, Czechoslovakia, actor (Jazz Singer)
  • 1897 Harald Saeverud, Bergen Norway, composer (Saline) [NS]
  • 1902 Anton Beuving, lyricist (Ketelbinkie)
  • 1903 Gregor Piatigorsky, Ekaterinoslav Russia, cellist (or 4/20)
  • 1903 Nicolas Nabokov, Near Lubcha Minsk Russia, composer (Holy Devil)
  • 1919 Chavela Vargas, Costa Rican-Mexican singer
  • 1927 Christopher Whelen, composer
  • 1929 James Last, German-born composer and big band leader, born in Bremen, Germany (d. 2015)
  • 1930 Chris Barber, jazz trombonist
  • 1930 Genevieve, singer (Jack Paar Show, Scruples), born in Paris, France
  • 1932 Graziella Sciutti, Italian opera singer
  • 1934 Don Kirshner, rock & roll producer (invented bubblegum music)
  • 1936 Pete Graves, rocker (Moonglows)
  • 1940 Billy Fury [Ronald Wycherley], English singer (When Will You Say I Love You), born in Liverpool, England (d. 1983)
  • 1940 Anja Silja, German soprano
  • 1941 Adolphus Hailstork, composer
  • 1943 Roy Estrada, rocker (Morthers Of Invention)
  • 1944 John Lill, professor/pianist
  • 1947 Linda Martin, Irish singer
  • 1948 Jan Hammer, composer (Escape from TV, Miami Vice)
  • 1954 Michael Sembello, American musician
  • 1955 Rob Bolland, Dutch singer/guitarist (Bolland & Bolland)
  • 1959 Stephen Singleton, Sheffield, rocker (ABC)
  • 1964 Maynard James Keenan, American singer (Tool and A Perfect Circle)
  • 1967 Liz Phair, American musician/songwriter
  • 1970 Redman, American rapper

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1974 Victoria Beckham [Adams], English singer (Posh Spice-Spice Girls), born in Harlow, Essex

  • 1974 Mikael Ã…kerfeldt, Swedish guitarist and singer (Opeth)
  • 1976 Monet Mazur, American actress and musician
  • 1977 Phil Jamieson, Australian singer (Grinspoon)
  • 1978 Bilal Abdul-samad, rocker (Boys)
  • 1981 Hanna Pakarinen, Finnish singer