Birthdays in Music on April 5

  • 1595 John Wilson, English composer, born in Faversham, Kent (d. 1674)
  • 1598 Laurentius Erhard, composer
  • 1698 Georg Gottfried Wagner, composer
  • 1727 Pasquale Ankossi, composer
  • 1752 Sébastien Érard, French musical instruments maker (d. 1831)
  • 1784 Louis [Ludwig] Spohr, German violin virtuoso/composer (Faust)
  • 1799 Vincenzo Fioravanti, composer
  • 1828 Pietro Plantania, composer
  • 1839 Stanislaw Pilinski, composer
  • 1853 Alfonso Randano, composer
  • 1854 Vicente Goicoechea Errasti, composer
  • 1859 Wilhelm Harteveld, composer
  • 1862 Louis Ganne, French composer, born in Buxières-les-Mines (d. 1923)
  • 1869 Albert Roussel, Tourcoing France, composer (Rapsodie Flamende)
  • 1876 Viktor Patrick Vretblad, composer
  • 1885 Dimitrie Cuclin, composer
  • 1886 Jacques Handschin, Swiss musicologist (Der Toncharakter)
  • 1903 Thomas Baron Pitfield, composer
  • 1905 Jef Maes, Belgian composer and violinist (d. 1996)
  • 1908 George Schick, conductor (Chicago Symphony), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1908 Herbert von Karajan, Austrian conductor (Berlin Philharmonic), born in Salzburg (d. 1989)
  • 1917 Richard Yardumian, American composer (Come Creator Spirit), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1985)
  • 1922 Harry Freedman (Henryk Frydmann), Canadian composer, born in Lodz, Poland (d. 2005)
  • 1925 Oldrich Flosman, composer
  • 1928 David Farquhar Andress, composer
  • 1928 Tony Williams, Elizabeth NJ, singer (Platters-Only You, Harbor Lights)
  • 1929 Joe Meek, English record producer
  • 1932 Billy Bland, American singer and songwriter
  • 1934 Stanley Turrentine, jazz saxophonist (Wonderland)
  • 1935 Peter Grant, rock band manager
  • 1936 John White, English composer and musical performer (systems music), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1938 Ronald Anthony White Jr, singer
  • 1939 Lonnie White, vocalist (Smokey Robinson & Miracles-Shop Around)
  • 1939 Crispian St. Peters, British singer
  • 1940 Aliza Kashi, Israel, actress/singer (Merv Griffin regular)
  • 1942 Allan Clarke, rock vocalist (Hollies-Air That I Breathe)
  • 1944 Dave Holland, heavy metal rocker (Judas Priest-Breakin' the Law)
  • 1944 Nicholas Caldwell, Rhythm and Blues singer (Whispers), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2016)
  • 1946 Larry Frederick Wendt, composer

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1950 Agnetha Fältskog [Anna Ulvaeus], Swedish singer (ABBA), born in Jönköping, Sweden

  • 1950 Mildred Douglas, Surinames/Dutch singer (Mai Tai)
  • 1950 Paul Oscher, American blues musician (Muddy Waters Blues Band), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1951 Everett Morton, rocker (English Beat)
  • 1954 Stan Ridgway, American singer-songwriter (Wall Of Voodoo), born in Bartsow, California
  • 1964 Christopher "Kid" Reid, American rapper (Kid 'n Play)
  • 1968 Paula Cole, American musician
  • 1970 Miho Hatori, Japanese singer and songwriter (Cibo Matto)

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1973 Pharrell Williams, American music producer (The Neptunes), born in Virginia Beach, Virginia

  • 1974 Sahaj Ticotin, American musician/producer (Ra)
  • 1980 Lee Jae Won, South Korean actor, singer, and rapper