Birthdays in Music on March 8

  • 1560 Don Carlo Gesualdo, Italian composer (d. 1613)
  • 1607 Johann von Rist, German composer and poet known for his hymns, born in Ottensen, Holstein (d. 1667)
  • 1714 Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, German composer, son of JS Bach
  • 1743 Bendix Friedrich Zinck, composer
  • 1778 Friedrich August Kanne, composer
  • 1783 Gottfied Wilhelm Fink, German composer, born in Sulza, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1846)
  • 1825 George William Martin, composer
  • 1840 Franco Faccio, Italian composer/conductor
  • 1843 Per Jonas Fredrik Vilhelm Svedbom, composer
  • 1853 Edward Hubertus Joannes Keurvels, Flemish composer (Parisina)
  • 1857 Ruggero Leoncavallo, Italian composer (I pagliacci/Zaza), born in Naples, Italy (d. 1919)
  • 1859 Otto Taubmann, composer
  • 1872 Paul Juon, Russian/Swiss violinist/composer
  • 1876 Franco Alfano, Italian opera composer (Il dottore Antonio)
  • 1883 Manuel Gomez Carillo, composer
  • 1909 Anthony Donato, composer
  • 1911 Alan Hovhaness, Somerville Mass, composer (Lousadzak, Ukiyo)
  • 1915 Tapio Rautavaara, Finnish athlete, actor, and singer (d. 1979)
  • 1919 Ivor Keys, musician/teacher
  • 1920 James Daniel "Danny" Turner, saxophonist
  • 1921 Egbert George "Pete" Pitterson, trumpeter
  • 1922 Cyd Charisse [Tula Finklea], American dancer and actress (Singin' in the Rain), born in Amarillo, Texas (d. 2008)
  • 1925 Darwin Horacio Vargas-Wallis, composer
  • 1927 Jaromir Podesva, composer
  • 1927 Josef Berg, Czech composer (d. 1971)
  • 1928 Frank Michael Beyer, composer
  • 1928 Judy Johnson, singer (Your Show of Shows), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • 1933 Johnny Dollar, American country and rockabilly singer, born in Kilgore, Texas (d. 1986)
  • 1934 Christian Wolff, composer
  • 1936 Gabor Szabo, Hungarian jazz guitarist (Perfect Circle)
  • 1937 Raynoma Singleton [Gordy], music producer and singer-songwriter (Motown), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2016)
  • 1937 Richard Farina, American writer and folk rocker (Reflections in a Crystal Wind)
  • 1938 Lew DeWitt, Va, country singer (Statler Brothers-Flowers on the Wall)
  • 1939 Robert Tear, tenor (Welsh National Opera 1970), born in Barry, Wales
  • 1939 Yannis Vlachopoulos, composer
  • 1941 Ivana Loudova, composer
  • 1941 Yvar Emilian Mikhashoff, composer
  • 1944 Sergey Nikitin, Russian composer
  • 1944 Palito Ortega, Argentine singer and actor
  • 1945 Micky Dolenz, actor (Circus Boy)/singer (Monkees), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1945 Bruce Broughton, American composer
  • 1946 Randy Meisner, rock bassist/vocalist (Poco, Eagles-Take it Easy)
  • 1947 Mike Allsup, Modesto Ca, rock guitarist (Three Dog Night)
  • 1947 Carole Bayer Sager, American singer-songwriter (On My Own, That's What Friends Are For) and wife of Burt Bacharach, born in Manhattan, New York
  • 1948 Little Peggy March, [Margaret Battavio], vocalist (I Will Follow Him)
  • 1953 Bob Brozman, American musician
  • 1954 Cheryl Baker, rock vocalist (Bucks Fizz-My Camera Never Lies)
  • 1957 Billy Childs, composer/pianist
  • 1957 Clive Burr, East Ham, London, drummer (Iron Maiden 1979-82), (d. 2013)
  • 1958 Gary Numan, [Gary Webb], Hammersmith England, vocalist (Replicas)
  • 1964 Peter [Ped] Gill, English drummer (Frankie Goes to Hollywood, born in Liverpool
  • 1968 Shawn Mullins, American musician
  • 1972 Angie Hart, Australian pop singer
  • 1973 Anneke van Giersbergen, Dutch singer (The Gathering)
  • 1975 Peggy Zina, Greek singer
  • 1979 Tom Chaplin, English singer (Keane)
  • 1979 Andy Ross, American guitarist (OK Go)
  • 1984 Dave Moffatt, Canadian musician
  • 1985 Ewa Sonnet, Polish model and pop singer