On This Day

Musicians Born 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, pianist, drummer, and actor, born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2002)

  • 1923 Tito Puente, American mambo and Latin jazz bandleader ("Oye Como Va"), 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
  • 1932 Gerry Granahan, American rocker (Dickey Doo & The Dont's), born in Pittston, Pennsylvania
  • 1938 Johnny Tillotson, American singer-songwriter ("It Keeps Right On A-Hurtin'"; "Poetry In Motion"), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1940 Tim Drummond, American session and touring bass player and songwriter (Ry Cooder; Neil Young; Graham Nash: J.J. Cale; Bob Dylan), born in Canton, Illinois (d. 2015)
  • 1940 Ronald Mundy, American doo-wop tenor vocalist (The Marcels - "Blue Moon"), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2017)
  • 1943 John Eliot Gardiner, English conductor, born in Fontmell Magna, Dorset
  • 1945 Jimmy Winston [Langwith], British rock organist (Small Faces, 1965), and actor (Doctor Who - Day of the Daleks), 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"; Bob Seger), born in Flint, Michigan
  • 1948 Rob Stoner [Rothstein], American session and touring bassist (Bob Dylan), and singer-songwriter, born in New York City
  • 1951 Luther Vandross, American soul singer, songwriter ("Endless Love"; "Dance With My Father"), and vocal arranger (David Bowie - Young Americans), born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1951 Steve Nathan, American rock and country session pianist, Hammond organ, and keyboard player (Muscle Shoals' FAME studio; Nashville's A-Team), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1953 Ollie Brown, American session and touring drummer and percussionist (Billy Preston; Ray Parker, Jr.), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1953 James Chance [Siegfried], American punk-jazz saxophonist, keyboard player,(The Contortions), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1957 Richenel [Hubertus Richenel Baars], Dutch singer and performer ("Turn My Page"), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1963 Brett Garsed, Australian rock guitarist (Nelson; Garsed/Helmerich), born in Victoria, Australia
  • 1963 Kal Swan, Scottish heavy metal singer-songwriter (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
  • 1971 Mikey Welsh, American bass player (Weezer, 1998-2001 - "Island In The Sun"), born in Syracuse, New York (d. 2011)
  • 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