On This Day

Musicians Born on April 12

  • 1626 Paul Hainlein, German composer, born in Nuremberg (d. 1686)
  • 1710 Caffarelli [Gaetano Majorano], Italian castrato soprano, born in Bitonto, Italy (d. 1783)
  • 1716 Felice Giardini, Italian composer, born in Turin, Italy (d. 1796)
  • 1722 Pietro Nardini, Italian composer, born in Livorno (d. 1793)
  • 1726 Charles Burney, English music historian, born in Shrewsbury, England (d. 1814)
  • 1727 Gaspare Gabellone, Italian composer, born in Naples, Italy (d. 1796)
  • 1760 Juan Manuel Olivares, Venezuelan composer, born in Caracas (d. 1797)
  • 1769 Giovanni Agostino Perotti, Italian composer, born in Vercelli, Italy (d. 1855)
  • 1788 Johan Erik Nordblom, Swedish composer, born in Uppsala, Sweden (d. 1848)
  • 1801 Joseph Franz Karl Lanner, Austrian composer and violinist, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1843)
  • 1815 Henry Hugo Pierson, English composer, born in Oxford (d. 1873)
  • 1827 Edward Mollenhauer, American composer, born in Erfurt, Prussia (d. 1914)
  • 1839 Victorin de Joncières, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1903)
  • 1840 Edmond Audran, French composer, born in Lyon, France (d. 1901)
  • 1840 Franz Xaver Haberl, German priest and musicologist (Magister choralis), born in Mallersdorf-Pfaffenberg, Bavaria (d. 1910)
  • 1851 Emil Liebling, German-American composer, born in Pless, Silesia (d. 1914)

  • 1888 Heinrich Neuhaus, Soviet pianist (The Art of Piano Playing), born in Elisavetgrad, Russian Empire (d. 1964)
  • 1892 Johnny Dodds, American early jazz clarinetist, born in Waveland, Mississippi (d. 1940)
  • 1898 Alice "Lily" Pons, French-American coloratura soprano opera singer (Metropolitan Opera, 1931-60) and actress (That Girl From Paris), born in Draguignan, France (d. 1976)
  • 1913 Gabor Jodal, Romanian composer, born in Székelyudvarhely (d. 1989)
  • 1915 Ernest Borneman, German sexual researcher, psychotherapist, musician and writer (Bang, You're Dead), born in Berlin (d. 1995)
  • 1915 Hound Dog Taylor [Theodore Roosevelt], American Chicago blues guitarist and singer, born in Natchez, Mississippi (d. 1975)
  • 1917 Helen Forrest [Fogel], American big band pop and swing singer (Artie Shaw; Benny Goodman; Harry James), born in Atlantic City, New Jersey (d. 1999)
  • 1919 István Anhalt, Hungarian-Canadian classical and electronic music composer (La Tourangelle; Winthrop), educator (McGill; Queens (Ontario) Universities), and writer (Alternative Voices), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 2012) [1]
  • 1919 Billy Vaughn, American singer and bandleader (Sail Along Sil'vry Moon), born in Glasgow, Kentucky (d. 1991)
  • 1923 Ann Miller [Johnnie Lucille Collier], American actress, dancer, and singer (On the Town), born in Chireno, Texas (d. 2004)
  • 1924 Sergiu Natra, Romanian-born Israeli composer, born in Bucharest, Romania
  • 1926 Jane Withers, American actress, model, and singer (All Together Now, Josephine the plumber), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1928 Jean-François Paillard, French conductor, born in Vitry-le-François, France (d. 2013)
  • 1930 Betty Clooney, American singer (Jack Paar Show), born in Maysville, Kentucky (d. 1976)
  • 1931 Martin Boykan, American composer, born in NYC, New York
  • 1931 Leonid Derbenyov, Russian poet-songwriter, born in Moscow (d. 1995)
  • 1932 Henri Lazarof, Bulgarian composer, born in Sofia, Bulgaria (d. 2013)
  • 1932 Tiny Tim [Herbert Khaury], American singer and ukulele player ("Tiptoe Through The Tulips"), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1933 Montserrat Caballé, Spanish soprano, born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 2018)

Person of interestHerbie Hancock

1940 Herbie Hancock, American jazz and funk pianist, and composer ("I Thought it Was You"; "Rockit"; "Watermelon Man"), born in Chicago, Illinois

Musician and Composer Herbie Hancock
Musician and Composer
Herbie Hancock

  • 1941 Julio Euson, Aruban-Dutch singer ("I Use The Soap"), born in Aruba
  • 1942 Daniel Schmidt, American composer and builder of American gamelan
  • 1944 John Kay [Joachim Krauledat], German-born Canadian rock singer (Steppenwolf), born in Tilsit, East Prussia, Germany
  • 1944 Karel Kryl, Czechoslovak folk singer, born in Kroměříž, Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia (d. 1994)
  • 1945 Willie Parnell, American singer (Archie Bell & the Drells - "Tighten Up"), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1945 Douglas "Doug" Riley [Dr Music], Canadian musician and musical director (Famous People Players), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2007)
  • 1946 René Krijnen, Dutch keyboardist (Les Baroques - "Such A Cad")
  • 1948 Lois Reeves, American singer (Martha and the Vandellas, 1969-72), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1950 David Cassidy, American singer ("I Think I Love You"), and actor (Partridge Family - "Keith"), born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1951 Jakson Spires, American rock drummer (Blackfoot), born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • 1952 J. D. Nicholas, British guitarist (Heatwave, Commodores), born in Watford, England
  • 1953 Tony James, English rock bassist (Sigue Sigue Sputnik-Love Missile F-111), born in Shepherds Bush, London
  • 1954 Pat Travers, Canadian rock guitarist (Puttin' it Straight), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1956 Herbert Grönemeyer, German singer (Mensch, Spruenge), born in Göttingen, Germany

Person of interestVince Gill

1957 Vince Gill, American country singer ("When I Call Your Name"), born in Norman, Oklahoma

Country Singer Vince Gill
Country Singer
Vince Gill
  • 1958 Will Sergeant, English rock guitarist (Echo & Bunnymen - Killing Moon), born in Liverpool
  • 1961 D. D. Verni, American heavy metal bassist, and songwriter (Overkill - "Hello From the Gutter"), born in New Providence, New Jersey
  • 1962 Art Alexakis, American musician (Everclear), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1964 Amy Ray, American folk-rock singer and songwriter (Indigo Girls - "Closer To Fine"), born in Decatur, Georgia
  • 1967 Mellow Man Ace [Ulpiano Reyes], Cuban-American rapper and actor ("Only the Strong"), born in Pinar del Río, Cuba
  • 1967 Sarah Cracknell, English singer-songwriter (Saint Etienne), born in Chelmsford, England
  • 1970 Nick Hexum, American singer and songwriter (311), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1972 Şebnem Ferah, Turkish singer (Volvox), born in Yalova, Turkey
  • 1978 Guy Berryman, Scottish bassist (Coldplay), born in Kirkcaldy, Scotland
  • 1980 Brian McFadden, Irish singer and songwriter (Westlife), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1980 Erik Mongrain, Canadian composer and guitarist, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1982 Deen [Fuad Backović], Bosnian singer and fashion designer, born in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
  • 1985 Hitomi Yoshizawa, Japanese singer (Hangry & Angry), born in Miyoshi, Saitama, Japan
  • 1985 Olga Seryabkina, Russian singer and songwriter (Serebro), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1987 Brendon Urie, American musician (Panic! at the Disco), born in St. George, Utah
  • 1994 Airi Suzuki, Japanese singer (Cute), born in Gifu, Japan