On This Day

Birthdays in Music on April 2

  • 1628 Constantin Christian Dedekind, German composer and poet, born in Reinsdorf, Thuringia, Germany (d. 1715)
  • 1632 Georg Caspar Weckler, German organist and composer, baptized in Nuremberg, Bavaria (d. 1695)
  • 1728 Franz Asplmayr, Austrian composer, born in Linz (d. 1786)
  • 1733 Giacomo Tritto, Italian composer, born in Altamura, Italy (d. 1824)
  • 1735 Christian Gotthilf Tag, German composer, born in Beierfeld, Germany (d. 1811)
  • 1735 Franz Volrath Buttstett, German composer, born in Erfurt, Germany (d. 1814)
  • 1763 Giacomo Gotifredo Ferrari, Italian composer, baptized in Rovereto, Italy (d. 1842)
  • 1803 Franz Paul Lachner, German composer, born in Rain, Swabia, Germany (d. 1890)
  • 1817 Teodulo Mabellini, Italian composer, born in Pistoia, Italy (d. 1897)
  • 1877 Arnold Schering, German musicologist (Humor, Heldentum, Tragik), born in Breslau, Germany (d. 1941)
  • 1900 Heinrich Besseler, German musicologist, born in Hörde, Germany (d. 1969)
  • 1901 Anis Fuleihan, American composer, born in Kyrenia, Cyprus (d. 1970)
  • 1902 Danilo Svara, Slovenian composer, born in San Giuseppe, Trieste, Italy (d. 1981)
  • 1905 Serge Lifar, Russian-French dancer, choreographer (Paris Opera Ballet), born in Kiev, Ukraine (d. 1986)
  • 1909 Jean Kurt Forest, German composer, born in Darmstadt, Germany (d. 1975)
  • 1911 Charles "Honi" Coles, American actor and tap dancer (Tito Suarez-Dirty Dancing), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1992)

  • 1912 Herbert Mills, American singer, (The Mills Brothers), born in Piqua, Ohio (d. 1989)
  • 1917 Lou Monte, American singer (Peppino the Italian Mouse), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 1989)
  • 1919 Ian Hunter, British impresario of classical music, born in Hadley Wood, Middlesex (d. 2003)
  • 1926 David Mason, British orchestral, solo and session trumpet player (The Beatles - "Penny Lane"), born in London, England (d. 2011)
  • 1928 Serge Gainsbourg, Russian-French singer (Ford Mustang), born in Paris (d. 1991)
  • 1930 Girolamo Arriego, Italian composer, born in Palermo, Italy
  • 1931 Imre Olsvik, Hungarian composer and ethnomusicologist, born in Budapest (d. 2014)

Person of interestMarvin Gaye

1939 Marvin Gaye [Gay], American soul singer-songwriter ("It Takes Two"; What's Going On"; "Let's Get It On"), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1984)

Singer Marvin Gaye
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Marvin Gaye
  • 1942 Leon Russell [Claude Russell Bridges], American musician and singer-songwriter ("Tight Rope"; "Delta Lady"; "Carney"), born in Lawton, Oklahoma (d. 2016)
  • 1943 Glen Dale [Richard Garforth], rock vocalist (Fortunes Deal)
  • 1943 Larry Coryell, American jazz guitarist (11th House), born in Galveston, Texas (d. 2017)
  • 1946 Kurt Winter, Canadian musician (The Guess Who), born in Winnipeg, Canada (d. 1997)
  • 1947 Emmylou Harris, American country singer ("Together Again"; "Blue Kentucky Girl"), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1948 Dimitris Mitropanos, Greek singer, born in Trikala, Greece (d. 2012)
  • 1949 Joseph "Joe" Vitale, American singer, songwriter, composer and multi-instrumentalist (Roller Coaster Weekend), born in Canton, Ohio
  • 1952 Leon Wilkeson, American rock bassist (Lynyrd Skynyrd - "Sweet Home Alabama"), born in Newport, Rhode Island (d. 2001)
  • 1953 David Robinson, American rock drummer (Cars; The Modern Lovers), born in Malden, Massachusetts
  • 1959 Dean Townson, American country music bassist (Pirates of Mississippi - "Feed Jake"), born in St. Petersburg, Florida
  • 1961 Keren Jane Woodward, English rock vocalist (Bananarama - "Venus"), born in Bristol, England
  • 1962 Billy Dean, American country singer ("Young Man"; "Fire in the Dark"), born in Quincy, Florida
  • 1966 Garnett Silk [Smith], Jamaican reggae musician, born in Manchester, Jamaica (d. 1994)
  • 1967 Greg Camp, American rock songwriter, guitarist, and singer (Smash Mouth - "All Star"), born in West Covina, California
  • 1970 Deva Premal [Jolantha Fries], German singer known for setting ancient Tibetan and Sanskrit mantras into contemporary new age music, born in Nürnberg, Germany
  • 1972 Chico Slimani, Moroccan-British singer (It's Chico Time), born in Bridgend, Wales
  • 1974 Håkan Hellström, Swedish musician (Känn ingen sorg för mig Göteborg), born in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • 1975 Deedee Magno Hall, Filipino-American rocker (Party-Rodeo, That's Why), born in Portsmouth, Virginia
  • 1979 Jesse Carmichael, American musician and songwriter (Maroon 5), born in Boulder, Colorado
  • 1983 Yung Joc [Jasiel Robinson], American rapper ("It's Goin' Down"), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1984 Meryl Cassie, New Zealand actress and singer (The Tribe), born in George, Cape Province, South Africa
  • 1991 Quavo [Quavious Marshall], American rapper (Migos), born in Athens, Georgia