Birthdays in Music on April 23

  • 1464 Robert Fayrfax, English court composer, born in Deeping Gate, Lincolnshire (d. 1521)
  • 1623 Jan Adam Reincken, composer
  • 1649 Andreas Kneller, composer
  • 1715 Johann Friedrich Doles, composer
  • 1735 Ildephons Haas, composer
  • 1747 Alexandre-Auguste Robineau, composer
  • 1756 Alexander Reinagle, composer
  • 1809 Eugene-Prosper Prevost, composer
  • 1812 Louis-Antoine Julien, conductor
  • 1821 Pierre Dupont, song writer
  • 1872 Violet Gordon-Woodhouse, British musician (d. 1951)
  • 1877 Arthur Farwell, composer
  • 1882 Albert Coates, conductor/composer (Eagle), born in St Petersburg, Russia
  • 1890 Donald Nichols Tweedy, composer
  • 1891 Sergei Prokofiev, Russian composer (Peter and the Wolf), born in Sontsovka, Ukraine (d. 1953)
  • 1894 Cow Cow Davenport, American pianist (d. 1955)
  • 1900 Ary Verhaar, Dutch composer, dies at 93
  • 1900 Henry Barraud, composer
  • 1904 Leslie French, actor/singer (More than a Miracle)
  • 1908 Frederick Hawkins, dancer
  • 1913 Jan Meyerowitz, composer
  • 1919 Talivaldis Kenins, composer
  • 1919 Bulent Arel, Turkish-born electronic composer, born in Istanbul (d. 1990)
  • 1920 Louis Barron, composer
  • 1923 Nathan "Dambuza" Mdledle, singer
  • 1924 Arthur Frackenpohl, Irving NJ, composer (Natural Superiority of Music)
  • 1927 Russell Smith, composer
  • 1935 Bunky Green, American musician
  • 1936 Roy Orbison, rock musician (Pretty Woman), born in Vernon, Texas (d. 1988)
  • 1939 Ray Peterson, singer (Tell Laura I Love Her), born in Denton, Texas
  • 1941 Jacqueline Boyer, French singer
  • 1943 Hugh Davies, English composer, born in Exmouth, Devon (d. 2005)
  • 1947 Saskia, [Trudy van den Berg], singer (S & Serge, Spinning Wheel)
  • 1947 Glenn Cornick, English rock bassist (Jethro Tull-Thick as a Brick), born in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, (d. 2014)
  • 1952 Narada, [Michael Walden], Mich, rocker (Don't Want Nobody Else)
  • 1957 Kenji Kawai, Japanese composer
  • 1958 Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, Icelandic music composer
  • 1960 Steve Clark, Hillsborough England, rock guitarist (Def Leppard)
  • 1964 Gen, [Simon Matthews], English pop drummer (Jesus Jones-Zeroes & Ones)
  • 1967 Brent Muscat, rocker (Faster Pussycat-Wake Me When It's Over)
  • 1970 Dennis Bayne Culp, American singer/songwriter
  • 1972 Patricia Manterola, Mexican singer
  • 1974 Carlos Dengler, American musician (Interpol)
  • 1975 Jón Þór Birgisson, Icelandic musician and singer (Sigur Rós)
  • 1977 John Cena, American professional wrestler, rapper and actor (The Marine), born in West Newbury, Massachusetts
  • 1979 Barry Fratelli, Scottish bassist (The Fratellis)
  • 1979 Lauri Ylönen, Finnish singer (The Rasmus)
  • 1982 Taio Cruz, London/English R&B, Pop, Hip Hop singer