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)
  • 1904 Frankie Masters [Masterman], American banjo player, guitarist, vocalist and big band leader ("Scatter-Brain"), born in St. Marys, West Virginia (d. 1990)
  • 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 Billy Vaughn, American singer, saxophonist, and bandleader ("Sail Along Sil'vry Moon"), born in Glasgow, Kentucky (d. 1991)
  • 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]
  • 1922 (Edwin) "Ted" Astley, British arranger, bandleader, and film and television composer (The Mouse That Roared; The Saint), born in Warrington, Lancashire, England (d. 1998)
  • 1923 Ann Miller [Johnnie Lucille Collier], American actress, dancer, and singer (On the Town), born in Chireno, Texas (d. 2004)
  • 1924 Sergiu Natra, Romanian-Israeli composer (Symphony in Red, Blue, Yellow and Green), and music professor (Tel Aviv University, 1975-85), born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 2021)
  • 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 Leonid Derbenyov, Russian poet-songwriter, born in Moscow (d. 1995)
  • 1931 Martin Boykan, American composer, born in NYC, New York
  • 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 bel canto operatic soprano, and unlikely pop star (with Freddie Mercury - Barcelona), born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 2018)
  • 1939 Peter Giger, Swiss progressive rock and jazz percussionist and bandleader (Dzyan), born in Zurich, Switzerland

Herbie Hancock

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

  • 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 Doug Riley, Canadian jazz keyboard player (Dr. Music), and musical director (Famous People Players), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2007)
  • 1945 Willie Parnell, American singer (Archie Bell & the Drells - "Tighten Up"), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1946 René Krijnen, Dutch rock 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

Vince Gill

1957 Vince Gill, American multiple Grammy and Country Music Award-winning singer ("When I Call Your Name"), and guitarist (Eagles, 2017-present), born in Norman, Oklahoma

  • 1958 Will Sergeant, British rock guitarist (Echo & Bunnymen - Killing Moon), born in Liverpool, England
  • 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, Britiish synth-pop singer-songwriter (Saint Etienne), born in Chelmsford, England
  • 1970 Nick Hexum, American singer and songwriter (311), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1971 Catali Antonini, Italian jazz vocalist, dancer, and composer, born in Corsica, France
  • 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, 1998-2004; solo - Almost Here), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1980 Erik Mongrain, Canadian composer and acoustic 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
  • 1988 Paulo Londra, Argentine rapper and singer (“Adán Y Eva”; “Nena Maldición”), born in Córdoba, Argentina
  • 1994 Airi Suzuki, Japanese singer (Cute), born in Gifu, Japan