On This Day

Musicians Born on April 15

  • 1637 Valentin Molitor, Swiss composer, born in Rapperswil, Switzerland (d. 1713)
  • 1651 Domenico Gabrielli, Italian Baroque composer, born in Bologna, Italy (d. 1690)
  • 1688 Johann Friedrich Fasch, German violinist and composer, born in Buttelstedt, Thuringia, Germany (d. 1758)
  • 1689 Ferdinand Zellbell the elder, Swedish composer (d. 1765)
  • 1710 Marie-Anne de Cupis de Camargo, French dancer, born in Brussels, Spanish Netherlands (d. 1770)
  • 1733 Johann Heinrich Zang, German composer and organist, born in Zella St Blasii, Germany (d. 1811)
  • 1827 Julius Tausch, German composer, born in Dessau (d. 1895)
  • 1843 Carl Eilhardt, German composer and conductor, born in Erfurt, Germany (d. 1911)
  • 1891 Väinö Raitio, Finnish composer, born in Sortavala, Grand Duchy of Finland (d. 1945)
  • 1894 Bessie Smith, American blues singer known as the "Empress of the Blues" (recorded over 200 songs), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee (d. 1937)
  • 1898 Nini de Boël, Flemish operetta singer (White Horse), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1982)
  • 1908 Eden Ahbez [George Aberle], American songwriter ("Nature Boy"; "Lonely Island"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1995)
  • 1914 John Gregory, British ballet dancer (Harlequin Ballet Company, 1959-69), and writer born in Norwich, England (d. 1996) [1]
  • 1917 Pietro Grossi, Italian composer, and electronic music pioneer, born in Venice, Italy (d. 2002)
  • 1924 Neville Marriner, English violinist (London Symphony, 1954-69), and conductor (Academy of St Martin in the Fields, 1958-2011; Minnesota Orchestra, 1979-86), born in Lincoln (d. 2016)
  • 1930 Richard Davis, American jazz double bassist described as "the greatest bass ever heard on a rock album" (Van Morrison's Astral Weeks), born in Chicago, Illinois

  • 1933 Roy Clark, American country and bluegrass singer, guitarist, and banjo player (Hee Haw; The Tonight Show), born in Meherrin, Virginia (d. 2018)
  • 1935 Gene Cherico, American jazz bassist, born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1936 Héctor Quintanar, Mexican composer, born in Mexico City, Mexico (d. 2013)
  • 1939 Marty Wilde, English pop singer-songwriter ("A Teenager In Love"), and father of rocker Kim Wilde, born in London, England
  • 1940 Clarence Satchell, American funk saxophonist (Ohio Players - "Fire"; "Love Rollercoaster"), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1995)
  • 1943 Riem de Wolff, Indonesian-Dutch singer and guitarist (Blue Diamonds), born in Depok, Buitenzorg, Dutch East Indies (d. 2017)
  • 1943 "Mighty" Sam McClain, American soul and blues singer-songwriter, born in Monroe, Louisiana (d. 2015)
  • 1944 Dave Edmunds, Welsh rock singer and guitarist (Rockpile - "Girls Talk"; "I Knew The Bride"), 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)
  • 1947 George Marino, American Grammy Award-winning mastering engineer who worked with Guns N' Roses, Bon Jovi, Stevie Wonder, John Lennon & Yoko Ono, born in Bronx, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1948 Michael Kamen, American composer and arranger (film scores to Brazil and Mr. Holland's Opus; Pink Floyd), born in NYC, New York (d. 2003)
  • 1948 Jan Krzywicki, American classical music composer, conductor, and educator born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1949 Alla Pugacheva, Russian singer, born in Moscow
  • 1955 Jeff Golub, American jazz guitarist (Avenue Blue; Rod Stewart), born in Copley Township, Ohio (d. 2015)
  • 1957 Jiří Gemrot, Czech contemporary classical composer (Dances and Reflections; Maxims), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic)
  • 1958 Matt Reid, American rock keyboardist (Berlin - "Take My Breath Away")
  • 1962 Surjit Bindrakhia [Bains], Punjabi Bhangra singer ("Lakk Tunoo Tunoo"), born in Bindrakh, Punjab (d. 2003)
  • 1965 Linda Perry, American singer-songwriter and producer (4 Non Blondes - "What's Up"; Christina Aguilera - "Beautiful"), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1966 Graeme Clark, Scottish bassist (Wet Wet Wet - "Angel Eyes"; "Love is All Around"), born in Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire, Scotland
  • 1966 Samantha Karen Fox, British pop singer ("Touch Me"), born in London, England
  • 1967 Frankie Poullain [Francis Poullain-Patterson], Scottish bass player (The Darkness - Permission To Land), born in Milnathort, Scotland
  • 1968 Ed O'Brien, British musician and songwriter (Radiohead - OK Computer), born in Oxford, England
  • 1978 Luis Fonsi [Luis López-Cepero], Puerto Rican singer-songwriter ("Despacito"), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 1978 Chris Stapleton, American country and bluegrass singer-songwriter (The SteelDrivers; "Broken Halos"; "Traveller"), born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • 1980 Patrick Carney, American drummer (The Black Keys - "Little Black Submarines"), and music producer, born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1982 Mark Mizzark [Marlis Pugh], rapper (Another Bad Creation), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1982 Anthony Green, American musician (Circa Survive, Saosin), born in Holland, Pennsylvania
  • 1983 Margo Price, American country singer-songwriter ("That's How Rumors Get Started"), born in Aledo, Illinois
  • 1984 Ben Kasica, American rock guitarist (Skillet), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1987 Iyaz [Keidran Jones], British singer, songwriter, and dancer ("Replay"), born in Tortola, British Virgin Islands
  • 1988 Eliza "Doolittle" [Caird], British pop singer-songwriter ("Skinny Genes"; "Pack Up"), born in Westminster, London
  • 1992 Amy Diamond [Deasismont], Swedish singer ("What's In It For Me"), born in Norrköping, Sweden