Birthdays in Music on January 26

  • 1613 Johann Jakob Wolleb, composer
  • 1708 William Hayes, English composer and organist, born in Gloucester (d. 1777) baptismal date
  • 1742 Johann Friedrich Ludwig Sievers, German composer, born in Hanover (d. 1806)
  • 1748 Emmanuel Aloys Forster, composer
  • 1852 Frederick Corder, composer
  • 1855 Arthur Hervey, composer
  • 1900 Karl Ristenpart, German conductor (d. 1967)
  • 1901 Ervin Major, Hungarian composer, born in Budapest (d. 1967
  • 1905 Maria Augusta von Trapp, Austrian singer, inspired "Sound of Music", (d. 2014)
  • 1907 Eddie Ballantine, orchestra leader (Don McNeill TV Club), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1908 Stephane Grappelli, French jazz/violinist
  • 1910 Marijan Lipovsek, composer
  • 1911 Norbert Schultze, composer
  • 1913 Jimmy Van Heusen, songwriter (Love & Marriage)
  • 1916 Lothar Jensch, composer
  • 1921 Frantisek Chaun, composer
  • 1921 Johannes Driessler, composer
  • 1924 Warren Frank Benson, composer
  • 1924 Alice Babs, Swedish singer
  • 1926 Ronnie Hilton, singer (Moonraker)
  • 1930 A N Solomons, chairman (Singer & Friedlander)
  • 1932 Coxsone Dodd, Jamaican record producer
  • 1934 Huey "Piano" Smith, American rhythm and blues pianist (Rockin' Pneumonia & Boogie Woogie Flu, Having a Good Time), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1935 Peter Ronnefeld, composer
  • 1935 Zbigniew Penherski, composer
  • 1939 Marshall Lieb, rocker (Teddy Bears)
  • 1943 Jean Knight [Jean Caliste], American soul, funk and R&B singer (Mr Big Stuff), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1943 Peter Kenton Winkler, composer
  • 1945 Jacqueline du Pré, English cellist (d. 1987)
  • 1947 Michel Sardou, French singer
  • 1949 Derek Holt, rocker (Climax Blues Band)
  • 1951 Andy Hummell, rock bassist (Big Star), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1951 David Briggs, rock guitarist (Little River Band-Help is on it's Way)
  • 1953 Bert Heerink, Amsterdam, rock vocalist
  • 1953 Lucinda Williams, singer
  • 1955 Lucia Mendez, Mexican actress and singer (Lucia es Luna Moreno), born in León, Guanajuato, Mexico

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1955 Eddie Van Halen, Dutch-American rock guitarist (Van Halen-Jump, 1984), born in Nijmegen, Netherlands

Hall of Fame rocker Eddie Van Halen
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Eddie Van Halen
  • 1956 Lisa Boray, [Schulte Nordholt], Dutch singer (Lovers Until the End)
  • 1958 Anita Baker, singer (Giving You the Best That I Got), born in Toledo, Ohio
  • 1958 B James Lowry, rocker (Boys Band)
  • 1958 Norman Lamont Hassan, British reggae musician (UB40-Red Red Wine)
  • 1960 Charlie Gillingham, American musician (Counting Crows)
  • 1962 Tom Keifer, rock guitarist/vocalist (Cinderella-Heartbreak Station)
  • 1963 Andrew Ridgeley, England, rock guitarist (Wham-Wake Me Up)
  • 1963 Jazzie B, [Beresford Romeo], English rapper (Soul II Soul-Feel Free)
  • 1967 Pradip Somasundaran, Indian playback singer
  • 1970 Kirk Franklin, American singer
  • 1976 Willie Adler, American guitar player
  • 1986 Matt Heafy, American musician (Trivium)
  • 1988 Mia Rose, British-Portuguese singer