Birthdays in Music on April 17

  • 1587 Ivan Lukačić, Croatian composer, born in Šibenik, Croatia (d. 1648)
  • 1683 Johann David Heinichen, German composer, born in Crössuln, Weissenfels, Germany (d. 1729)
  • 1715 Johann Wolfgang Kleinknecht, German composer, born in Ulm, Germany (d. 1786)
  • 1719 Christian Gottfried Krause, German composer, born in Wińsko, Poland (d. 1770)
  • 1738 Philip Hayes, English composer, born in Oxford (d. 1797)
  • 1741 Johann Gottlieb Naumann, German composer, born in Blasewitz, Dresden, Germany (d. 1801)
  • 1774 Vaclav Jan Krtitel Tomasek, Czech composer, born in Skuteč, Bohemia (d. 1850)
  • 1797 Jean-Baptiste-Joseph Tolbecque, Belgian-French composer and conductor, born in Hanzinne, Belgium (d. 1869)
  • 1811 Ann Mounsey, English composer, born in Soho, London (d. 1891)
  • 1820 Gottfried Conradi, Norwegian composer, born in Tønsberg, Norway (d. 1896)
  • 1833 Jean-Baptiste Accolay, Belgian composer, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1900)
  • 1863 Johannes Petrus Boskaljon, Curacaoian composer and conductor, born in Willemstad (d. 1936)
  • 1882 Artur Schnabel, Austrian pianist (Beethoven Piano Sonatas), born in Lipnik, Moravia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1951)
  • 1883 Herman Darewsky, British composer, born in Minsk, Russian Empire (d. 1947)
  • 1885 Cecil Burleigh, American composer, born in Wyoming, New York (d. 1980)
  • 1886 Otto Lederer, Austrian actor (The Jazz Singer), born in Prague, Austria-Hungary (d. 1965)
  • 1897 Harald Saeverud, Norwegian composer (Saline), born in Bergen, Norway (d. 1992)
  • 1902 Anton Beuving, Dutch lyricist (Ketelbinkie), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands d. 1977)
  • 1903 Gregor Piatigorsky, Ukrainian-American cellist, born in Ekaterinoslav, Ukraine (d. 1976)
  • 1903 Nicolas Nabokov, Russian composer (Holy Devil), born in Lubcza, Minsk, Belarus (d. 1978)
  • 1919 Chavela Vargas, Costa Rican-Mexican singer, born in San Joaquín de Flores, Heredia Province, Costa Rica (d. 2012)
  • 1927 Christopher Whelen, British composer and conductor, born in London, England (d. 1993)
  • 1929 James Last, German-born composer and big band leader, born in Bremen, Germany (d. 2015)
  • 1930 Chris Barber, jazz trombonist
  • 1930 Genevieve, singer (Jack Paar Show, Scruples), born in Paris, France
  • 1930 Albert "Al" Schmitt, American Grammy Award winning recording engineer and record producer (Sam Cooke, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1932 Graziella Sciutti, Italian opera singer
  • 1932 Arthur "Art" Ellefson, Canadian jazz saxophonist, born in Moose Jaw, Canada
  • 1934 Donald "Don" Kirshner, American rock & roll producer known as "The Man With the Golden Ear" (invented bubblegum music), born in Bronx, New York (d. 2011)
  • 1936 Pete Graves, rocker (Moonglows)
  • 1940 Billy Fury [Ronald Wycherley], English singer (When Will You Say I Love You), born in Liverpool, England (d. 1983)
  • 1940 Anja Silja, German soprano
  • 1941 Adolphus Hailstork, composer
  • 1943 Roy Estrada, American rocker (Mothers Of Invention), born in Santa Ana, California
  • 1944 John Lill, professor/pianist
  • 1947 Linda Martin, Irish singer
  • 1948 Jan Hammer, composer (Escape from TV, Miami Vice)
  • 1954 Michael Sembello, American Grammy-award winning singer-songwriter, composer and producer (Maniac, Flashdance), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1954 Michael Sembello, American Grammy-award winning singer songwriter, composer and producer (Maniac, Flashdance), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1955 Pete Shelley, vocal/guitar (Buzzcocks-Going Steady, Love Bites)
  • 1955 Rob Bolland, Dutch singer/guitarist (Bolland & Bolland)
  • 1959 Stephen Singleton, Sheffield, rocker (ABC)
  • 1964 Maynard James Keenan, American singer (Tool and A Perfect Circle)
  • 1967 Liz Phair, American musician/songwriter
  • 1967 Matthew "Mat" Chamberlain, American musician, songwriter and session player, born in San Pedro, California
  • 1970 Redman, American rapper

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1974 Victoria Beckham [Adams], English singer (Posh Spice in the Spice Girls), born in Harlow, Essex

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  • 1974 Mikael Åkerfeldt, Swedish guitarist and singer (Opeth)
  • 1976 Monet Mazur, American actress and musician
  • 1977 Phil Jamieson, Australian singer (Grinspoon)
  • 1978 Bilal Abdul-samad, rocker (Boys)
  • 1981 Hanna Pakarinen, Finnish singer