Birthdays in Music on March 17

  • 1664 Georg Osterreich, composer
  • 1675 Petrus Laurentius Wockenfuss, composer
  • 1746 Jan David Holland, composer
  • 1839 Josef Rheinberger, Vaduz Liechtenstein, opera composer (Munich Conser)
  • 1848 Horace Wadham Nicholl, composer
  • 1876 Frederic Ayers, composer
  • 1880 Guillermo Uribe Holguin, composer
  • 1884 Alcide Nunez, American jazz clarinetist (d. 1934)
  • 1890 Harold Morris, composer
  • 1892 Sayed Darwish, composer
  • 1900 Alfred Newman, composer (Love is a Many Splendored Thing), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1906 Tamara Geva, Russian-born dancer and actress, born in St. Petersburg (d. 1997)
  • 1908 Radie Britain, composer
  • 1911 Raffaele d' Alessandro, composer
  • 1916 Ray Ellington, British singer (d. 1985)
  • 1917 Brian Boydell, composer
  • 1918 D Arendo, [Arend Honhoff], Dutch pianist/composer (Eleonora)

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1919 Nat "King" Cole, singer (Unforgettable, Mona Lisa), born in Montgomery, Alabama (d. 1965)

Musician Nat King Cole
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Nat King Cole
  • 1920 John La Montaine, Oak Park Ill, composer (Pulitzer 1959), (d. 2013)
  • 1924 Stephen Dodgson, composer
  • 1927 Kenneth S Goldstein, folklorist/enthomusicologist
  • 1927 Maurice Ingvar Karkoff, composer
  • 1927 Sulkhan Ivanovich Nasidze, composer
  • 1928 Edino Krieger, composer
  • 1932 Dick Curless, singer/songwriter
  • 1934 Erhard Grosskopf, composer
  • 1934 Q T Macon, blues vocal/guitar
  • 1935 Adam Wade, singer (Tony Orlando & Dawn), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1936 Ladislaw Kupkovic, composer
  • 1938 Rudolf Nureyev, Russian ballet dancer/choreographer (Kirov), born on a train near Irkutsk, Soviet Union (d. 1993)
  • 1941 Paul Kantner, rock singer/guitarist (Jefferson Airplane), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2016)
  • 1941 Clarence Collins, US singer (Imperials-Tears on my pillow)
  • 1941 Edward Harper, composer
  • 1942 Dimitris Poulikakos, Greek composer, singer and actor
  • 1944 John Sebastian, American singer (Loving Spoonful, Welcome Back Kotter), born in NYC, New York
  • 1944 Pat McCauley, N Ireland, rock drummer (Them)
  • 1945 Elis Regina, Brazilian singer (d. 1982)
  • 1946 Harold Brown, rock drummer (War-Summer, Galaxy), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1946 Michael Peter Finnissey, composer
  • 1947 Ian Gomm, rock guitarist
  • 1947 Yury Chernavsky, Russian-born Composer and Producer
  • 1948 Fran Byrne, musician (Ace), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1948 Pat Lloyd, rocker (The Equals), born in London
  • 1951 Scott Gorham, Irish hard rock guitarist (Thin Lizzy-21 Guns)
  • 1952 Nikos Xydakis, Greek musician and composer
  • 1954 Lesley-Anne Down, actress (A Little Night Music, Moonraker), born in London, England
  • 1954 Rena Jones, rock vocalist
  • 1954 Wally Stocker, rock vocalist/guitarist (Babys-Missing You), born in London, England
  • 1955 Paul Overstreet, Van Cleave Miss, country singer (Daddy's Come Around)
  • 1956 Will Rigby, rock percussionist (Amy Rigby Diary of a Mad Housewife)
  • 1959 Mike Lindup, British rock keyboardist/singer (Level 42-Hot Water)
  • 1959 Paul Black, American rock singer
  • 1961 Casey Siemaszko, actor (Biloxi Blues, 3 O'Clock High), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1962 Clare Grogan, rocker (Altered Images-Happy Birthday)
  • 1962 Janet Patricia Gardner, Juneau Alaska, rocker (Vixen-Rev It Up)
  • 1962 Roxy Dora Petrucci, Rochester Minn, rock drummer (Vixen-Rev It Up)
  • 1963 Nick Peros, Canadian composer
  • 1967 Van Conner, rocker (Screaming Trees)

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1967 Billy Corgan, American musician (Smashing Pumpkins), born in Chicago, Illinois

Musician Billy Corgan
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Billy Corgan
  • 1972 Melissa Auf der Maur, Canadian musician
  • 1972 Marc Gunn, poet, podcaster, and Celtic musician (Brobdingnagian Bards)
  • 1975 Justin Hawkins, British singer (The Darkness)
  • 1976 Stephen Gately, Irish singer (Boyzone), born in Dublin, Ireland