Birthdays in Music on April 15

  • 1637 Valentin Molitor, composer
  • 1651 Domenico Gabrielli, composer
  • 1688 Johann Friedrich Fasch, composer
  • 1689 Ferdinand Zellbell the elder, Swedish composer (d. 1765)
  • 1757 George Knowil Jackson, composer
  • 1827 Julius Tausch, composer
  • 1843 Carl Eilhardt, composer
  • 1891 Vaino Raitio, composer
  • 1894 Bessie Smith, American blues singer nicknamed the "Empress of Blues" (over 200 songs), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee (d. 1937)
  • 1898 Nini de Boel, Flemish operette singer (White Horse)
  • 1908 Eden Ahbez, American songwriter (Nature Boy), born in Brooklyn, New York (d.1995)
  • 1914 John Gregory, English ballet dancer (Harlequin Ballet Company), born in Norwich (d. 1996)
  • 1915 Ernest Borneman, sexual researcher psychotherapist writer/musicologist
  • 1917 Pietro Grossi, composer
  • 1921 Norman Ewart Thurston, musician
  • 1924 Neville Marriner, English conductor and violinist (Academy of St Martin in the Fields), born in Lincoln (d. 2016)
  • 1930 Richard Davis, American jazz bassist described as "the greatest bass ever heard on a rock album" (Van Morrison's Astral Weeks), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1933 Roy Clark, Meherrin, Virginia, US country singer (Hee Haw, The Tonight Show)
  • 1935 Gene Cherico, American jazz bassist, born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1936 Hector Quintanar, composer
  • 1939 Marty Wilde, English singer-songwriter and father of rocker Kim Wilde, born in London, England
  • 1943 Riem de Wolff, Indonesian/Dutch singer/guitarist (Blue Diamonds)
  • 1943 Mighty Sam McClain, American soul and blues singer-songwriter, born in Monroe, Louisiana (d. 2015)
  • 1944 Dave Edmunds, Welsh singer and guitarist (Rockpile - Girls Talk), born in Cardiff, Wales
  • 1947 Bojoura [Raina van Melzen], Dutch singer and wife of Hans Cleuver, born in The Hague, The Netherlands
  • 1947 Stuart "Woolly" Wolstenholme, British keyboardist and vocalist (Barclay James Harvest), born in Chadderton, Lancashire (d. 2010)
  • 1948 Michael Kamen, American composer (d. 2003)
  • 1949 Alla Pugacheva, Russian singer
  • 1954 Emmanuel, spanish singer, born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1955 Jeff Golub, American jazz guitarist (Avenue Blue, Rod Stewart), born in Copley Township, Ohio (d. 2015)
  • 1958 Matt Reid, rock keyboardist (Berlin-Takes Your Breathe Away)
  • 1962 Surjit Bindrakhia, Punjabi Bhangra singer
  • 1965 Linda Perry, American singer-songwriter and producer (4 Non Blondes, What's Up), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1966 Graeme Clark, bassist (Wet Wet Wet-Angel Eyes, Love is All Around)
  • 1966 Samantha Karen Fox, East End singer (Touch Me), born in London, England
  • 1967 Frankie Poullain [Francis Poullain-Patterson], British bass player (The Darkness), born in Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • 1968 Ed O'Brien, English musician and songwriter (Radiohead), born in Oxford
  • 1974 Josh Todd, American musician (Buckcherry)
  • 1978 Luis Fonsi [Luis L√≥pez-Cepero] Puerto Rican singer-songwriter (Despacito), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 1978 Chris Stapleton, American country musician (The SteelDrivers, Traveller), born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • 1982 Mark Mizzark, [Marlis Pugh], rapper (Another Bad Creation), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1982 Anthony Green, American musician
  • 1984 Ben Kasica, Guitarist of rock band Skillet
  • 1992 Amy Diamond, Swedish singer