Birthdays in Music on April 26

  • 1567 Nicolas Forme, French composer (d. 1638)
  • 1603 Francesco Nigetti, composer
  • 1796 Auguste-Matthieu Panseron, composer
  • 1806 Ludwig Friedrich Hetsch, composer
  • 1822 Jan Albert van Eyken, composer/organist
  • 1834 Horatio Richmond Palmer, American composer and choir director, born in Sherburne, New (d. 1907)
  • 1880 Mikhail Fokine, Russia, choreographer/founder of modern dance
  • 1886 Ma Rainey, [Gertrude Pridgett], "Mother of the Blues" American singer (d. 1939)
  • 1906 Leopold Spinner, composer
  • 1910 Erland von Koch, composer
  • 1910 Ernst Tittel, composer
  • 1914 Wilfred Howard Mellers, composer
  • 1915 Johnny Shines, American delta blues singer/guitarist, born in Memphis, Tenneessee (d. 1992)
  • 1916 Arnoldus Christian Vlok van Wyk, composer
  • 1920 Juan C Lampe, Aruba, pianist/composer
  • 1921 Jimmy Giuffre, jazz musician
  • 1922 Paul-Andre Gaillard, composer
  • 1924 Russell Nype, Zion Ill, singer/actor (Burton Farley-Dorothy)
  • 1925 Jørgen Ingmann, Danish musician
  • 1926 Oldrich Frantisek Korte, composer
  • 1932 Francis Lai, French film music composer
  • 1938 Duane Eddy, country singer (Peter Gunn, Cannonball), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1938 Maurice Williams, American rocker (Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs), born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • 1940 Giorgio Moroder, producer/singer/songwriter (Cat People, Top Gun), born in Ortisei, Italy
  • 1941 John Mitchell, American composer
  • 1942 Bobby Rydell, rock singer (Wild One, Bye Bye Birdie), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1943 Gary Wright, singer, dream weaver (Spooky Tooth-It's All About)
  • 1949 Jimmy Hall, rocker (Wet Willie)
  • 1950 Howard "Leon" Reeder, rock guitarist (Champaign)
  • 1950 Peter Schaufuss, director of ballet (Deutsche Opera Berlin)
  • 1959 John Corabi, American Musician
  • 1960 Roger Taylor, rock drummer (Duran Duran-Hungry Like the Wolf)
  • 1962 Graham "Skin" Skinner, rocker (Hipsway)
  • 1962 Michael Damian, singer (Rock on)/actor (Young & Restless), born in San Diego, California
  • 1963 Michael Damian, actor/singer (Joseph & Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat)
  • 1970 Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, American singer (TLC)
  • 1971 Jay DeMarcus, American bassist (Rascal Flatts)
  • 1975 Nathan "Joey" Jordison, American musician (Slipknot)
  • 1975 Nerina Pallot, British singer
  • 1978 Avant, American singer
  • 1979 Janne Wirman, Finnish musician (Children of Bodom)
  • 1979 Ariane Moffatt, Quebec singer and songwriter
  • 1981 Ms. Dynamite, English musician
  • 1982 Jon Lee, British singer (S Club)
  • 1984 Mija Martina, Bosnian singer
  • 1985 Nam Gyu-Ri, Korean singer, member of See Ya