Birthdays in Music on April 8

  • 1533 Claudio Merulo, organist/composer
  • 1692 Giuseppe Tartini, Italy, violinist/composer (Trillo del Diavolo)
  • 1697 Pierre Prowo, German composer, born in Altona (d. 1757)
  • 1708 Georg Zarth, Bohemian composer, born in Hochtann, Bohemia (d. 1778)
  • 1756 Joseph Gehot, composer
  • 1776 Thaddaus Weigl, composer
  • 1843 Asger Hamerik, [Hammerich], composer
  • 1878 Rudolf Nelson, composer
  • 1880 Victor Schertzinger, composer/director (Uptown NY)
  • 1881 Fernand Lamy, composer
  • 1885 Dimitrios Levidis, composer
  • 1889 Adrian Boult, Chester England, conductor/composer (BBC Sym Orch)
  • 1895 Sigurdur Thordarson, composer
  • 1896 Karl Hermann Pillney, composer
  • 1896 Yip Harburg, American lyricist (d. 1981)
  • 1897 Herbert Eimert, German composer/musicologist (Glockenspiel)
  • 1902 Josef Krips, conductor (London Symph 1954-63), born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1904 John Antill, Australian composer (Corroboree), born in Sydney (d. 1986)
  • 1906 Raoul Jobin, French Canadian tenor (d. 1974)
  • 1909 Olavi Pesonen, composer
  • 1920 Carmen McRae (Clark), US jazz singer/pianist (Dream of Life)
  • 1921 Jan Novák, Czech classical composer, born in Nová Říše, Morovia (d. 1984)
  • 1921 Virginia O'Brien, actress and singer (Gus, Ziegfeld Follies), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1923 Franco Corelli, Italian tenor (Don Jose-Carmen)
  • 1928 Monty Sunshine, jazz bandleader (Gotta Travel On)
  • 1928 Fred Ebb, American composer, born in Manhattan, NYC (d. 2004)
  • 1929 Jacques Brel, Belgium, singer/actor (Pain in the A__)
  • 1929 Walter Berry, Austria singer/ex husband of Christa Ludwig
  • 1930 John Reardon, American baritone (Falke-Die Fledermaus), born in NYC, New York
  • 1933 Jaroslav Smolka, composer
  • 1938 Barton Keith McLean, composer
  • 1941 Peggy Lennon, singer (Lennon Sisters), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1942 Roger Chapman, Leicester, rock vocalist (Family-Family Entertainment)
  • 1947 Steve Howe, rock guitarist (Asia, Yes-Roundabout), born in London, England
  • 1947 Larry Norman, American musician and pioneer of Christian rock music (Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?), born in Corpus Christi, Texas (d. 2008)
  • 1952 Adam Woods, rock drummer/pianist (Fixx)
  • 1962 Izzy Stradlin, [Jeff Isabelle], Lafayette IN, guitarist (Guns & Roses)
  • 1963 Julian Lennon, singer (Too Late for Goodbyes) and son of John, born in Liverpool, England
  • 1964 Biz Markie, rocker (Meteor Man, Townsend Television)
  • 1972 Paul Gray, American bassist (Slipknot)
  • 1974 Chino XL, American rapper
  • 1975 Anouk [Teeuwe], Dutch singer, born in The Hague
  • 1979 Alexi Laiho, Finnish guitarist and singer (Children of Bodom, Sinergy, Kylähullut)
  • 1980 Manuel Ortega, Austrian singer
  • 1986 Erika Sawajiri, Japanese actress, model and singer
  • 1989 Hitomi Takahashi, Japanese singer