Birthdays in Music on March 20

  • 1680 Baron Emanuele d' Astorga, Italian composer (Stabat mater)
  • 1739 Eligio Celestino, composer
  • 1774 John Braham, English tenor singer and composer, born in London (d. 1856)
  • 1829 Charles Albert White, composer
  • 1833 Henry Southwick Perkins, composer
  • 1863 Ernesto Nazareth, composer
  • 1872 Bernhard Seklas, composer
  • 1873 Sergei V Rachmaninov, Russian/US pianist/composer (Aleko) [NS=Apr 1]
  • 1883 Karl Hasse, German composer, born in Dohna (d. 1960)
  • 1890 Lauritz Melchior, Copenhagen Denmark, baritone tenor (National Symphony)
  • 1915 Sviatosiav Richter, Zhitomir Ukraine, pianist (Stalin Prize-1945)
  • 1917 Vera Lynn, singer (Anniversary Waltz)
  • 1918 Bernd-Alois Zimmermann, German composer (Soldiers)
  • 1918 Marian McPartland, jazz pianist (Bill Mayer, Jimmy McPartland), (d. 2013)
  • 1921 Primoz Ramovs, composer
  • 1922 Larry Elgart, bandleader/alto sax (Elgart Orch), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1927 John Pierre Herman Joubert, composer (Chamber Music for brass quintet)
  • 1930 Michel Magne, composer
  • 1931 Antonio Tauriello, composer
  • 1932 Tod Dockstader, composer
  • 1933 Jacquez Guyonnet, composer
  • 1936 Lee "Scratch" Perry, Jamaican Reggae artist
  • 1937 Jerry Reed, singer/actor (Bat 21, Smokey & the Bandit), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1937 Joe Rivers, rocker (Johnnie & Joe)
  • 1940 Vito Picone, rocker (Elegants) and actor, born in Staten Island, New York
  • 1946 Ranger Doug, [Douglas Green], Ill, singer (Riders in Sky-Cowboy Way)
  • 1947 Carl Palmer, drummer (Asia-Heat of the Moment, Emerson Lake & Palmer)
  • 1949 Marcia Ball, American singer and pianist
  • 1951 Guy Perry, rock guitarist/vocalist (Motels-Only the Lonely)
  • 1951 Jimmie Vaughan, American guitarist (Fabulous Thunderbirds), born in Dallas County, Texas
  • 1954 Jim Seales, Hamilton Ala, singer (Shenandoah-Sunday in the South)

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1957 Spike Lee [Shelton Jackson Lee], American film director (Mo Better Blues, Jungle Fever, Malcolm X), born in Atlanta, Georgia

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  • 1959 Richard Drummie, rocker (Go West-Call Me, Don't Look Down)
  • 1963 Paul Mirkovich, rock keyboardist (Nelson-Love & Affection)
  • 1964 Natacha Atlas, Belgian singer
  • 1966 Alka Yagnik, Indian singer
  • 1972 Alexander Kapranos, Greek-British musician (Franz Ferdinand)
  • 1976 Chester Bennington, American musician (Linkin Park)
  • 1979 Molly Jenson, American musician
  • 1980 Ock Ju-Hyun, South Korean singer
  • 1982 Nick Wheeler, American guitarist (The All-American Rejects)
  • 1984 Winta, Norwegian musician
  • 1986 Dean Geyer, Australian singer/actor