Birthdays in Music on April 20

  • 1594 Matthäus Appelt, German composer, born in Neustadt, Silesia (d. 1648)
  • 1705 Balthasar Schmid, German composer and printer, born in Nuremberg, Bavaria (d. 1749)
  • 1725 Johann Friedrich Klöffler, German composer, born in Kassel, Germany (d. 1790)
  • 1748 Georg Michael Telemann, German composer, born in Plön, Germany (d. 1831)
  • 1748 Guillaume Albert Teniers, Flemish composer, born in Leuven, Belgium (d. 1820)
  • 1761 Johann Gottlieb Karl Spazier, German composer, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1805)
  • 1858 Auguste Chapuis, French composer, born in Dampierre-sur-Salon, France (d. 1933)
  • 1866 Victor Hollaender, German composer, born in Leobschutz, Silesia (d. 1940)
  • 1870 Simeon Roncal, Bolivian composer, born in Sucre, Bolivia (d. 1953)
  • 1881 Nikolai Myaskovsky, Russian composer (Kirov is With Us), born in Modlin Fortress, Poland (d. 1950)
  • 1881 Sem Dresden, Dutch composer and conductor, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1957)
  • 1895 Emile Christian, American jazz trombonist, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1973)
  • 1900 Fred Raymond, Austrian composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1954)
  • 1902 Veselin Stoyanov, Bulgarian composer, born in Shumen, Bulgaria (d. 1969)
  • 1907 William Dollar, American ballet dancer and choreographer, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1986)
  • 1908 Lionel Hampton, American jazz vibraphone player and actor, born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2002)

  • 1923 Tito Puente, American bandleader (Dance Mania), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2000)
  • 1924 Gerhard Samuel, American conductor and composer, born in Bonn, Germany (d. 2008)
  • 1925 Richard Hoffmann, Austrian composer, born in Vienna
  • 1938 Johnny Tillotson, American singer (Gidget, Poetry in Motion), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1940 Timothy Lee Drummond, American musician, born in Canton, Illinois (d. 2015)
  • 1943 John Eliot Gardiner, English conductor, born in Fontmell Magna, Dorset
  • 1945 Jimmy Winston [James Langwith], British organist and actor (Doctor Who, Small Faces), born in London, England
  • 1947 Björn Skifs, Swedish singer (Blue Swede), born in Vansbro, Dalarna, Sweden
  • 1947 Ken Scott, British record producer and engineer (The Beatles, Elton John, Pink Floyd), born in London, England
  • 1948 Craig Frost, American keyboardist (Grand Funk Railroad-Some Kind of Wonderful), born in Flint, Michigan
  • 1951 Luther Vandross, American rock vocalist (Dance with my Father), born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1957 Richenel [Hubertus Richenel Baars], Dutch singer and performer (Turn My Page), born in Amsterdam
  • 1963 Brett Edward Garsed, Australian heavy metal artist (Nelson), born in Victoria, Australia
  • 1963 Kal Swan, Scottish heavy metal rocker (Bad Moon Rising), born in Raleigh, Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1967 Mike Portnoy, American drummer (Dream Theater), born in Long Beach, New York
  • 1971 Tina Cousins, English singer (Mysterious Times), born in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, England
  • 1972 Stephen Marley, Jamaican-American reggae musician, son of Bob Marley, born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • 1980 Blümchen [Jasmin Wagner], German singer (Boomerang), born in Hamburg, Germany