Musicians Born on April 17

  • 1568 Christophe Thomas Walliser, French composer, born in Strasbourg, France (d. 1648)
  • 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 Václav Tomášek, Czech pianist, composer (Eclogues), and pedagogue, born in Skuteč, Bohemia (now Czech Republic) (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)
  • 1893 Irene Castle, American vaudeville, stage, and screen dancer, and animal rights activist, born in New Rochelle, New York (d. 1969)
  • 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)
  • 1920 Genevieve [Ginette Auger], French actress and singer (The Jack Paar Show), born in Paris, France (d. 2004)
  • 1926 Ronald Senator, British composer (Holocaust Requiem), and educator (Musicolor), born In London (d. 2015)
  • 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 Albert "Al" Schmitt, American Grammy Award-winning recording engineer and record producer (Sam Cooke, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2021) [1]
  • 1930 Chris Barber, English jazz trombonist ("Petite Fleur"), born in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire (d. 2021)
  • 1931 Roberta Stephen, Canadian classical composer (The Eye Of The Seasons), born in Alberta
  • 1932 Arthur "Art" Ellefson, Canadian jazz saxophonist, born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
  • 1932 Graziella Sciutti, Italian opera singer, born in Turin, Italy
  • 1934 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, American rocker (Moonglows), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1940 Anja Silja, German soprano, born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1940 Billy Fury [Ronald Wycherley], British rock singer ("When Will You Say I Love You"; "Halfway To Paradise") and actor (That'll Be The Day), born in Liverpool, England (d. 1983)
  • 1941 Adolphus Hailstork, American composer (EarthRise (A Song of Healing); Ghosts in Grey and Blue), and educator, born in Rochester, New York
  • 1943 Roy Estrada, American rock bassist (Mothers Of Invention), and convicted sex offender, born in Santa Ana, California
  • 1944 John Lill, British classical pianist, born in London
  • 1947 Linda Martin, Irish singer and TV presenter, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1948 Jan Hammer, Czech-American rock keyboardist (Mahavishnu Orchestra; Jeff Beck), and composer ("Miami Vice Theme"), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1954 Michael Sembello, American Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter, composer and producer ("Maniac"; "Flashdance"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1955 Pete Shelley [McNeish], English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Buzzcocks - "Going Steady"), born in Leigh, England (d. 2018)
  • 1955 Rob Bolland, Dutch singer and guitarist (Bolland & Bolland), born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa
  • 1959 Stephen Singleton, English rocker (ABC), born in Sheffield, England
  • 1964 Maynard James Keenan, American singer (Tool; A Perfect Circle), born in Ravenna, Ohio
  • 1967 Liz Phair, American musician and songwriter (Exile In Guyville), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1967 Matt Chamberlain, American session drummer (Tori Amos; Edie Brickell; The Slow Music Project; William Shatner; Wallflowers), born in San Pedro, California
  • 1970 Redman [Reginald Noble], American rapper, born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1974 Mikael Åkerfeldt, Swedish guitarist and singer (Opeth), born in Stockholm, Sweden

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1974 English singer and fashion designer (Posh of The Spice Girls), born in Harlow, Essex

  • 1976 Monet Mazur, American actress and musician, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1977 Phil Jamieson, Australian singer (Grinspoon), born in Hornsby, New South Wales
  • 1977 Sizzla Kalonji [Miguel Orlando Collins], Jamaican reggae musician, born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1978 Bilal Abdul-samad, American rocker (Boys), born in Carson, California
  • 1981 Hanna Pakarinen, Finnish singer, born in Lappeenranta, Finland
  • 1988 Takahiro Moriuchi, Japanese singer-songwriter and musician (One Ok Rock), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1989 Avriel "Avi" Kaplan, American pop bass vocalist (Pentonix, 2011-2017; Avriel & the Sequoias), born in Visalia, California