On This Day

Musicians Born on April 13

  • 1713 Pierre Jélyotte, French composer, born in Lasseube, France (d. 1797)
  • 1762 Charles Frederick Horn, English musician and composer, born in Nordhausen, Germany (d. 1830)
  • 1799 Ludwig Rellstab, German music theorist, born in Berlin (d. 1860)
  • 1799 Joseph Rastrelli, German composer, born in Dresden, Germany (d. 1842)
  • 1816 William Sterndale Bennett, English composer, born in Sheffield, Yorkshire (d. 1875)
  • 1830 Eduard Lassen, Belgian-Danish composer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1904)
  • 1865 Heinrich Reinhardt, Austrian composer, born in Pressburg (d. 1922)
  • 1868 John Blackwood McEwen, Scottish classical composer, born in Hawick, Scotland (d. 1948)
  • 1873 Theodore F. Morse, American composer, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1924)
  • 1886 Ethel Leginska, British pianist and composer, born in Hull, Yorkshire, England (d. 1970)
  • 1894 Ludvig Irgens-Jensen, Norwegian composer, born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1969)
  • 1895 Olga Rudge, American concert violinist, born in Youngstown, Ohio (d. 1996)
  • 1899 Alexander Alexandrovich Davidenko, Soviet composer, born in Odessa (d. 1934)
  • 1902 Del Porter, American jazz singer (Foursome - "Walkin' My Baby Back Home"; Spike Jones and His City Slickers - "Der Fuehrer's Face"), born in Newberg, Oregon (d. 1977)
  • 1906 Lawrence "Bud" Freeman, American jazz tenor saxophonist, bandleader, and composer ("The Eel"; "Zen Is When"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1991)
  • 1911 Nino Sanzogno, Italian conductor (La Fenice) and composer, born in Venice (d. 1983)

  • 1919 [Harold] Howard Keel, American actor, singer, (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers; Kiss Me Kate), and president of the Screen Actors Guild, born in Gillespie, Illinois (d. 2004)
  • 1920 John LaPorta, American jazz clarinetist and composer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2004)
  • 1920 Ken Nordine, American voice-over and recording artist (World Jazz), born in Cherokee, Iowa (d. 2019)
  • 1925 Hilda Dianda, Argentine composer, born in Córdoba, Argentina
  • 1932 Karl Kroeger, American composer, born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1933 Shani Wallis, Irish-American singer and actress (Oliver), born in Tottenham, Middlesex, England
  • 1934 Horace Kay, American soul singer (Tams - "Hey Girl Don't Bother Me"; "What Kind of Fool (Do You Think I Am)"), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1995)
  • 1934 Siegfried Matthus, German composer, born in Zadorozhye, Ozyorsky District, Kaliningrad Oblast
  • 1936 Henryk Majewski, Polish big band jazz trumpeter (Old Timers), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 2005)
  • 1938 Frederic Rzewski, American composer (Spacecraft), born in Westfield, Massachusetts
  • 1940 Lester Chambers, American rock and soul singer (The Chambers Brothers - "Time Has Come Today"), born in Mississippi
  • 1940 Vladimir Cosma, Romanian-French violinist, conductor, and classical and film score composer, born in Bucharest, Romania
  • 1942 Bill Conti, American film score composer (Rocky; The Right Stuff), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1943 Eve Graham, Scottish singer (The New Seekers), born in Auchterarder, Scotland
  • 1944 Brian Pendleton, English musician (The Pretty Things, 1963-66 - "Don't Bring Me Down"), born in Durham, England (d. 2001)
  • 1944 Jack Casady, American rock bassist (Hot Tuna - "Hesitation Blues"; Jefferson Airplane -"Volunteers"; "White Rabbit"), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1945 Lowell George, American rock vocalist and guitarist (Little Feat - "Willin'"; "Dixie Chicken"), born in Hollywood, California (d. 1979)
  • 1945 Stacy Johnson, American singer (Ike and Tina Turner Revue; The Sharpees - "Tired of Being Alone"), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2017)
  • 1946 Al Green, American soul singer ("Let's Stay Together"; "Love And Happiness"), born in Forest City, Arkansas
  • 1947 Mike Chapman, Australian songwriter and record producer (Chinn & Chapman), born in Nambour, Australia

  • 1947 Thanos Mikroutsikos, Greek composer and politician, born in Patras, Greece
  • 1948 [Piet] "Peter" Sweval, American rock bassist (Looking Glass - "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)" ; Starz - "Cherry Baby"), born in Toms River, New Jersey (d. 1990)
  • 1950 Riff West, American rock bassist (Molly Hatchet), born in Corpus Christi, Texas (d. 2014)
  • 1951 Max Weinberg, American rock drummer (E Street Band; Conan O'Brien Show), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1951 Peabo Bryson, American R&B, soul, and pop vocalist ("Show and Tell"; "Tonight, I Celebrate My Love"; "A Whole New World"), born in Greenville, South Carolina
  • 1954 Jimmy Destri, American rock keyboardist, and songwriter (Blondie - "Heart of Glass"; "Rapture"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1954 Niels Olsen, Danish singer and songwriter (The Olsen Brothers) won 2000 Eurovision Song Contest, born in Odense, Denmark
  • 1955 Louis Johnson, American rock bassist and vocalist (Brothers Johnson), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2015)
  • 1957 Wayne Lewis, American keyboardist (Atlantic Starr), born in White Plains, New York
  • 1958 Randy Piper, American heavy metal rocker (Wasp - "Wildchild"), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1961 Tammy Stephens, American singer (Girls Next Door - "Don't Be Cruel"), born in Arlington, Texas
  • 1961 (Clarence) "Butch" Taylor, American rock and jazz keyboardist and composer (Dave Matthews Band, 1998-2008), born in Shawsville, Virginia
  • 1962 Hillel Slovak, Israeli musician (What Is This?, 1980-85; Red Hot Chili Peppers, 1982-87), born in Haifa, Israel (d. 1988)
  • 1964 Bill D'Angelo, American heavy metal guitarist (Femme Fatale), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico (d. 2005)
  • 1966 Marc Ford, American guitarist (The Black Crowes - "Hard To Handle"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1967 Olga Tañón, Puerto Rican singer, born in Santurce, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 1971 Valensia, Dutch composer and singer, born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1972 Jeroen Thesseling, Dutch pop bassist (Pestilence, Spheres)
  • 1972 Aaron Lewis, American rock singer and songwriter (Staind - "It's Been Awhile"; "Eyes Wide Open"), born in Rutland, Vermont
  • 1975 Lou Bega, German mambo musician (Mambo No. 5), and artist, born in Munich, Germany
  • 1978 Chris Sligh, American singer and Idol finalist, born in Madison, Tennessee
  • 1979 Tony Lundon, Irish pop singer (Liberty X - "Thinking It Over"), TV presenter (Toast), and film maker, born in Galway, Ireland
  • 1981 Justyna Danczowska, Polish concert pianist, born in Krakow, Poland
  • 1982 Nellie McKay, British-American singer, born in London
  • 1982 Janice Vidal, Hong Kong singer, born in Hong Kong
  • 1982 Jill Vidal, Hong Kong singer, born in Hong Kong