On This Day

Musicians Born on April 18

  • 1605 Giacomo Carissimi, Italian composer (Jephta), baptized in Marino, Rome (d. 1674)
  • 1729 Gaétan Vestris, French ballet dancer, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1808)
  • 1759 Jacques Widerkehr, Alsatian composer, born in Strasbourg, France (d. 1823)
  • 1764 Bernhard Anselm Weber, German pianist, conductor and composer, born in Mannheim, Germany (d. 1821)
  • 1777 Ignac Ruzitska, Austrian composer, born in Bazin, Kingdom of Hungary (d. 1833)
  • 1786 Franz Xaver Schnyder von Wartensee, Swiss composer, born in Lucerne, Switzerland (d. 1868)
  • 1806 Ludwig Schuberth, German composer, born in Magdeburg, Germany (d. 1850)
  • 1819 Franz von Suppé, Austrian composer (Poet und Bauer), born in Spalato, Dalmatia, Austrian Empire (now Split, Crotia) (d. 1895)
  • 1839 Frantz Jehin-Prume, Canadian violinist and composer, born in Spa, Liège, Belgium (d. 1899)
  • 1845 Wilhelm Gericke, Austrian composer, born in Schwanberg, Austria (d. 1925)
  • 1855 Josef Gruber, Austrian organist and composer, born in Wösendorf in the Wachau (d. 1933)
  • 1873 Jean Roger-Ducasse, French composer, born in Bordeaux, France (d. 1954)
  • 1882 Leopold Stokowski, British conductor (Philadelphia Orchestra, 1912-40; Disney's Fantasia, 1939; American Symphony Orchestra, 1962-72), born in London, England (d. 1977)
  • 1901 Al Lewis, American lyricist, songwriter and music publisher ("Blueberry Hill"; "You Gotta Be a Football Hero"), born in New York City (d. 1967)
  • 1903 Yury Sergeyevich Milyutin, Russian composer, born in Moscow (d. 1968)
  • 1906 Eurreal "Little Brother" Montgomery, American jazz, boogie-woogie and blues pianist, singer, and composer ("Crescent City Blues"), born in Kentwood, Louisiana (d. 1985)

  • 1907 Miklós Rózsa, Hungarian-American classical and film music composer (Spellbound; A Double Life; Ben-Hur), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1995)
  • 1908 Eric Spear, British film and TV composer (Coronation Street theme), born in Croydon, Surrey (d. 1966)
  • 1910 Sylvia Fisher, Australian operatic soprano (Albert Herring Opera), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 1996)
  • 1913 Kent Kennan, American composer, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2003)
  • 1913 Miloš Sokola, Czech violinist and composer, born in Bučovice (d. 1976)
  • 1918 Tony Mottola, American jazz guitarist, born in Kearney, New Jersey (d. 2004)
  • 1919 Virginia O'Brien, American actress and singer (Meet the People; DuBarry Was A Lady; Thousands Cheer), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2001)
  • 1924 Buxton Orr, Anglo-Scottish composer, born in Glasgow (d. 1997)
  • 1924 Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, American blues singer ("Mary Is Fine"), born in Vinton, Louisiana (d. 2005)
  • 1925 Robert Crawford, Scottish composer, born in Edinburgh (d. 2011)
  • 1926 Jimmy Rowser, American jazz double-bassist (Dinah Washington; Ray Bryant; Les McCann), and teacher, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2004)
  • 1928 Ken Colyer, British New Orleans jazz devotee trumpeter, cornetist, and bandleader, born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England (d. 1988)
  • 1930 Clive Revill, New Zealand singer and actor (Legend of Hell House), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1934 Jan Klusák [Porges], Czech contemporary classical and film score composer, born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1934 George Shirley, African-American tenor (first African-American tenor to perform a leading role at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1935 Paul A. Rothchild, American record producer (produced Janis Joplin's final album Pearl), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1995)
  • 1939 Glen Hardin, American rock n roll and country piano player, and arranger (Crickets), born in Wellington, Texas
  • 1940 Mike Vickers, British rock guitarist (Manfred Mann, 1962-65 - "Doo Wah Diddy"), born in Southampton, Hampshire
  • 1942 Richard Angas, British operatic bass singer (English National Opera, 1980-2000), born in Esher, England (d. 2013)
  • 1943 Lesley Miller, American pop, session, and advertising jingle singer ("He Wore A Green Beret"; "Reach Out and Touch Someone"), born in Baltimore, Maryland

  • 1944 Rudy Shackelford, American organist, composer, and musicologist, born in Newport News, Virginia
  • 1946 Skip [Alexander Lee] Spence, Canadian guitarist and vocalist (Moby Grape - "Omaha"), born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada
  • 1946 Lenny Baker, American musician (Sha Na Na), born in Whitman, Massachusetts (d. 2016)
  • 1947 Walt Richmond, American rock keyboardist (The Tractors; J.J. Cale; Bob Seger; Eric Clapton), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1948 Catherine Malfitano, American soprano (Metropolitan Opera), born in NYC, New York
  • 1949 Andrew Powell, British composer, performer, and music producer (Donovan; Kate Bush - "The Kick Inside"), born in Surrey, England
  • 1952 Jim Scholten, American country singer ("Betty's Bein' Bad"), born in Midland, Michigan
  • 1958 Les Pattinson, Britsh rock bassist (Echo & Bunnymen - "Heaven Up Here"), born in Ormskirk, Lancashire, England
  • 1960 Mick Sweda, American rocker (Bulletboys), born in Gowanda, New York
  • 1961 Kelly Hansen, American heavy metal rocker (Hurricane-I'm on to You), born in Hawthorne, California
  • 1962 Shirlie Holliman, English pop singer (Wham!, Pepsi & Shirlie), born in Bushey Heath, Hertfordshire, England
  • 1964 Bez [Mark Berry], English percussionist and dancer (Happy Mondays), born in Bolton, Lancashire
  • 1965 Diana Villegas, American-Mexican rocker (The Triplets), born in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
  • 1965 Sylvia Villegas, American-Mexican rocker (The Triplets), born in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
  • 1965 Vicky Villegas, American-Mexican rocker (The Triplets), born in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
  • 1967 Jayce Fincher Jr, American heavy metal bassist (Southgang - "Tainted Angel"; Marvelous 3)
  • 1970 Greg Eklund, American drummer (Everclear, 1994-2003), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1974 Mark Tremonti, American rock guitarist (Creed - "With Arms Wide Open"; Alter Bridge -"Isolation"), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1974 Millie Corretjer, Puerto Rican singer (De Hoy en Adelante), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 1974 Madeleine Peyroux, American French jazz and blues singer-songwriter, born in Athens, Georgia
  • 1976 Fayray, Japanese singer (Taiyō no Gravity), born in Tokyo
  • 1979 Nuria Fergó, Spanish singer (La vida son sólo dos días), born in Nerja, Spain
  • 1982 Marie-Élaine Thibert, Canadian singer, born in Lasalle, Montreal, Quebec
  • 1985 Elena Temnikova, Russian singer (Serebro), born in Kurgan, Russia
  • 1987 Sandra Lyng Haugen, Norwegian singer (Play My Drum), born in Mosjøen, Norway
  • 1992 Jēkabs Jančevskis, Latvian pianist, choral and orchestral composer (When; Adveniat Regnum), and teacher, born in Riga, Latvia
  • 1996 Alexey Zhigalkovich, Belarusian singer (S druz'yami), born in Minsk, Belarus