Today's Birthdays in Music

  • 1683 Jean-Philippe Rameau, French composer (Traite), baptized in Dijon, France (d. 1764)
  • 1741 Vaclav Pichl, Czech composer, born in Bechyně, Czech Republic (d. 1805)
  • 1785 George Pinto, English composer, born in London (d. 1806)
  • 1830 Karl Klindworth, German pianist and conductor, born in Hanover, Germany (d. 1916)
  • 1862 Leon Boellmann, French organist and composer (Variations Symphoniques), born in Ensisheim, France (d. 1897)
  • 1879 Luís Costa, Portuguese composer, born in Monte de Fralães, Barcelos (d. 1960)
  • 1886 Jesús Guridi, Sapnish composer, born in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain (d. 1961)
  • 1896 Roberto Gerhard, Spanish Catalan composer, born in Valls, Catalonia, Spain (d. 1970)
  • 1902 Jeno Takacs, Austrian composer, born in Cinfalva, Hungary (d. 2005)
  • 1906 Dmitri Shostakovich, Russian composer (The Gadfly), born in St Petersburg, Russia (d. 1975)
  • 1906 Jaroslav Ježek, Czechoslovakian composer, born in Prague (d. 1942)
  • 1907 Jan Felderhof, Dutch violinist and composer, born in Busum, Netherlands (d. 2006)
  • 1908 Eugen Suchoň, Slovak composer, born in Pezinok, Slovakia (d. 1993)
  • 1911 Lionel Henry Nowak, American composer, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1995)
  • 1914 Frederick Wilhelm Sternfeld, musicologist, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1994)
  • 1916 Tolia Nikiprowetzky, French composer, born in Feodosia (d. 1997)
  • 1923 Sam Rivers, American jazz musician (exponent of free jazz), born in El Reno, Oklahoma (d. 2011)
  • 1924 Norman Ayrton, English actor and opera director (Royal Shakespearean Acad - UK), born in London (d. 2017)
  • 1927 Sir Colin Davis, Weybridge England, conductor (NY Met 1967-71)
  • 1932 Glenn Herbert Gould, pianist (sued Steinway Piano), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1933 Erik Darling, folk singer (Rooftop Singers), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2008)
  • 1933 Ian Tyson, Canadian singer-songwriter (Ian & Sylvia), born in Victoria, British Columbia
  • 1936 Juliet Prowse, actress/dancer (Who Killed Teddy Bear), born in Mumbai, India
  • 1936 Roosevelt "Booba" Barnes, bluesman
  • 1937 Michael Gibbs, jazz composer
  • 1937 Thomas Kessler, Swiss composer, born in Zurich
  • 1939 Joseph "Jesse" Russell, US singer (Slip Sliding Away)
  • 1942 John Taylor, jazz pianist
  • 1943 Gary Alexander, TN, rock vocalist/guitarist (Association)
  • 1943 John Locke, American rock keyboardist (Spirit-I Got A Line on You), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2006)
  • 1944 Eugenia Zukerman, flutist/novelist (Deceptive Cadence), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 1945 Owen "Onnie" McIntyre, Scotland, guitarist (Average White Band)
  • 1945 Reynold Henry Weidenaar, composer
  • 1947 John Fiddler, England, rock vocalist/guitarist (British Lions)
  • 1951 Burleigh Drummond, rocker (Ambrosia)
  • 1953 Richard Harvey, British musician and composer (Gryphon)
  • 1955 Adelmo "Zucchero" Fornaciari, Italian R&B-singer (Senza una Donna)
  • 1955 Steven Severin, British pop bassist (Siouxsie & Banshees-Wild Thing)
  • 1964 Maria Doyle Kennedy, Irish actress and singer

Person of interestWill Smith

1968 Will Smith, American actor and rapper (Men in Black, Independence Day, Fresh Prince of Bel Air), born in West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Actor Will Smith
Will Smith
  • 1970 Dean Ween [Michael Melchiondo, Jr.], American guitarist (Ween, Moistboyz), born in New Hope, Pennsylvania
  • 1974 Daniel Kessler, American musician (Interpol)
  • 1975 Mariusz Duda, Polish rock musician (Riverside), born in Wegorzewo, Poland
  • 1980 T.I. [Clifford Joseph Harris Jr.], American rapper and actor (Bring Em Out, Dead and Gone), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1981 Shane Tutmarc, American songwriter and musician

Person of interestDonald Glover

1983 Donald Glover, American actor, singer and writer (Atlanta, Childish Gambino), born in Edwards Air Force Base, California

Actor, Musician and Director Donald Glover
Actor, Musician and Director
Donald Glover