On This Day

Musicians Born on April 1

  • 1582 Thomas Simpson, English composer who worked in Germany, born in Kent (d. 1628)
  • 1643 Christian Demelius, composer
  • 1721 Pieter Hellendaal, Dutch violinist/organist/composer (Glees)
  • 1725 Francois Bainville, composer
  • 1772 Ignaz Franz von Mosel, Austrian composer, born in Vienna (d. 1844)
  • 1802 Hubert Reis, German composer and violinist, born in Bonn (d. 1886)
  • 1834 Isidore Edouard Legouix, composer
  • 1847 Gavriil Musicescu, composer
  • 1866 Ferruccio Busoni, Italian pianist, composer, and conductor (Arlecchino), born in Empoli (d. 1924)
  • 1871 F. Melius Christiansen, composer
  • 1872 Tadeusz Joteyko, Polish conductor, composer, and musicologist (Zygmunt August), born in Poczujki, Russian Empire (d. 1932)
  • 1873 Sergei Rachmaninoff, Russian-American piano virtuoso, conductor, and composer (Aleko; Piano Concerto No. 3), born in Oneg or Semyonovo, Russian Empire (d. 1943) [OS=Mar 20]
  • 1883 Alexander Vasilyevich Alexandrov, Russian Soviet composer, born in Plakhino, Ryazan Governorate (d. 1946) [OS date]
  • 1886 Casimir von Pászthory, Austrian composer, born in Budapest (d. 1966)
  • 1895 Alberta Hunter, American blues singer, and composer ("Downhearted Blues"), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1984)
  • 1897 Lucille Bogan, American blues singer and songwriter ("Sweet Petunia"; "Black Angel Blues"), born in Amory, Mississippi (d. 1948)

  • 1901 Boris Koutzen, Russian violinist, composer, and educator, born in Uman, Russia (now Ukraine) (d. 1966)
  • 1905 Winfried Zillig, German opera composer, and conductor (Fantasia Irica), born in Würzburg, Germany (d. 1963)
  • 1907 Walter Kaufmann, German-American conductor (Winnipeg Symphony, 1948-57), composer (Navaratnam), and musicologist (The Ragas of South India), born in Karlsbad, Germany (d. 1984)
  • 1909 Eddy Duchin, American jazz pianist and bandleader (Eddy Duchin Orchestra), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1951)
  • 1910 Harry Carney, American tenor and baritone jazz saxophonist (Duke Ellington Orchestra, 1927-74), born in Boston, Massachussets (d. 1974)
  • 1911 Gunther Rennert, opera director and producer, born in Essen, Germany
  • 1914 Carla van Neste, Belgian violinist
  • 1915 Art Lund, American pop baritone singer ("Mam'selle"), screen and stage actor (Fiorello!), born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 1990)
  • 1917 Johnny Andrews, American singer/host (Songs at Twilight), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1921 Douglas Allenbrook, composer
  • 1921 William L Bergsma, American composer (Fortunate Island), born in Oakland, California
  • 1921 Steve Race, British composer, jazz pianist and radio and television presenter (BBC's "My Music", 1967-94), born in Lincoln, England (d. 2009)
  • 1922 Jimmie Lloyd [Logdon], American country and rockabilly singer ("I Got a Rocket in My Pocket"), born in Panther, Kentucky (d. 2001)
  • 1922 Irving "Duke" Jordan, American jazz pianist (Charlie Parker, Stan Getz, Sonny Stitt), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2006)
  • 1924 Gunther Becker, composer
  • 1925 Kathy Stobart, British jazz tenor saxophonist, bandleader, and teacher, born in South Shields, England (d. 2014)
  • 1926 Charles Bressler, American tenor
  • 1927 Amos Milburn, American R&B singer and pianist ("One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer"), born in Houston, Texas (d. 1980)
  • 1929 Jane Powell, American singer and actress (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1930 Grace Lee Whitney, American singer and actress (Star Trek - "Yeoman Rand"), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan (d. 2015)

  • 1930 Joan Franks-Williams, composer
  • 1932 (Mary Frances) "Debbie" Reynolds, American actress and singer (Singin' In The Rain -"Kathy Selden"; The Unsinkable Molly Brown), born in El Paso, Texas (d. 2016)
  • 1932 Jiri Smutny, Czech composer, born in Prague
  • 1934 Jim Ed Brown, American country music singer (Nashville on the Road), born in Sparkman, Arkansas
  • 1939 Rudolph Isley, American rocker (Isley Brothers - "Shout"), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1942 Alan Blakley, British guitarist and record producer (The Tremeloes - "Here Comes My Baby"; "Silence Is Golden"), born in Bromley, Kent, England (d. 1996)
  • 1942 Danny Brooks [Jim Mealey], American pop bass vocalist (The Dovells - "Bristol Stomp"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 197?)
  • 1942 Phil Margo, American rock vocalist (Tokens - "The Lion Sleeps Tonight"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1945 John Barbata, American drummer (Turtles - "Happy Together"; "Elenore"), born in Passiac, New Jersey
  • 1945 Kenny Buttrey, American influential drummer, born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2004)
  • 1946 Ronnie "Plonk" Lane, English rock bassist (Small Faces - "Hey Girl"), born in London, England
  • 1947 Robin Scott, English singer (M), born in London
  • 1948 Jimmy Cliff [Chambers], Jamaican reggae singer ("The Harder They Come"), born in St James, Colony of Jamaica
  • 1948 Simon Crowe, Irish rock drummer (Boomtown Rats - "I Don't Like Mondays"), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1949 Gill Scott-Heron, American poet, singer, and pianist ("Whitey On The Moon"; “Johannesburg"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2011)
  • 1950 Billy Currie, British rock keyboardist and violinist (Ultravox), born in Huddersfield, England
  • 1951 Henry Gross, American guitarist (Sha Na Na, 1969-70), and singer-songwriter ("Shannon"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1952 Tirso Cruz III, Filipino actor and singer, born in Sampaloc, Manila, Philippines
  • 1952 Rob Wasserman, American jazz and rock double bassist, and composer (RatDog; Duets), born in San Mateo, California (d. 2016)
  • 1954 Jeff Porcaro, American drummer/percussionist (Toto - "Roxanna"; "Africa"), born in Los Angeles, California

  • 1954 Susumu Hirasawa, Japanese electropop musician, born in Nakagawa, Adachi, Tokyo
  • 1955 Emmanuel [Acha], Mexican singer (Íntimamente, La Chica de Humo), born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1958 D. Boon, American musician d. (1985)
  • 1961 Mark White, British rock guitarist, singer-songwriter and record producer (ABC - "All of My Heart", born in Sheffield, England
  • 1961 Susan Boyle, Scottish pop singer (Britain's Got Talent, 2009 -"I Dreamed A Dream"), born in Dechmont, West Lothian, Scotland
  • 1962 Sara Lazarus, American jazz singer ("It's All Right With Me"), born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • 1965 Peter O'Toole, Irish pop bassist (Hothouse Flowers - "People"; "Thing Of Beauty"), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1965 Robert Steadman, English composer, born in Chiswick, London
  • 1967 Phil Demmel, American musician
  • 1968 Julia Boutros, Lebanese singer
  • 1972 Jesse Tobias, American musician
  • 1974 Richard Christy, American heavy metal drummer (Charred Walls of the Damned), and radio personality (The Howard Stern Show), born in Fort Scott, Kansas, U.S.
  • 1975 John Butler, Australian singer and musician
  • 1981 Hannah Spearritt, British pop singer (S-Club7), born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England
  • 1986 Hillary Scott, American singer and songwriter (Lady A), born in Nashville, Tennessee