On This Day

Birthdays in Music on April 21

  • 1546 Arcangelo Crivelli, Italian composer, born in Bergamo, Italy (d. 1617)
  • 1672 Johann Philipp Käfer, German composer, born in Schney, Lichtenfels, Germany (d. 1728)
  • 1749 Johann Michael Malzat, Austrian composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1787)
  • 1779 William Knyvett, British singer and composer, born in Westminster, London (d. 1856)
  • 1814 Béni Egressy, Hungarian composer, born in Kazincbarcika, Hungary (d. 1851)
  • 1824 Anselmo Clavé, Spanish politician and composer, born in Barcelona (d. 1874)
  • 1853 Charles Malherbe, French violinist and composer, born in Paris (d. 1911)
  • 1854 Władysław Rzepko, Polish composer, born in Piórków, Poland (d. 1932)
  • 1871 Leo Blech, German composer and conductor, born in Aachen, Rhenish Prussia (d. 1958)
  • 1871 Vojtěch Říhovský, Czech composer, born in Dub nad Moravou, Czechia (d. 1950)
  • 1891 František Suchý, Czech composer and folk song collector, born in Březové Hory, Bohemia, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1973)
  • 1892 Jaroslav Kvapil, Czech composer, born in Fryšták, Czech Republic (d. 1959)
  • 1899 Clement D'Hooghe, Belgian composer, born in Temse, Belgium (d. 1951)
  • 1899 Randall Thompson, American composer (Trip to Nahant), born in NYC, New York (d. 1984)
  • 1901 Julián Bautista, Spanish composer, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1961)
  • 1907 Antoni Szalowski, Polish composer, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1973)

  • 1907 Beatrice Kay, American singer and actress (Sister Sue-Calvin & Col), born in NYC, New York (d. 1986)
  • 1911 Leonard Warren, American baritone (Met-1939-60) who died on stage, born in NYC, New York (d. 1960)
  • 1912 Feike Asma, Dutch organist and conductor, born in Den Helder, Amsterdam (d. 1984)
  • 1915 Andor Kovach, Romanian composer (Médée), born in Transylvania, Hungary, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 2005)
  • 1919 Don Cornell [Luigi Varlaro], American singer (Sammy Kaye Orch, Hold My Hand), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2004)
  • 1920 Bruno Maderna, conductor/composer, Hyperion) [or Mar 21], born in Venice, Italy
  • 1924 Ira Louvin, Rainsville Ala, country singer, Louvin Brothers)
  • 1933 Ian Carr, Scottish jazz musician (Nucleus), born in Dumfries, Scotland (d. 2009)
  • 1936 Anthony Joseph Gnazzo, American electronic composer (First Things First), born in Plainville, Connecticut
  • 1937 David Lucas, American rock and roll composer, music producer and singer, born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1939 John McCabe, British composer and pianist, born in Liverpool, England (d. 2015)
  • 1942 Bobby McClure, US gospel singer (Don't Mess Up a Good Thing)
  • 1945 Diana Darvey, British actress, singer and dancer (d. 2000)
  • 1946 Doug MacLeod, American blues musician (Blues Music Awards' Acoustic Artist of the Year, 2014, 2016 and 2017), born in NYC, New York

Person of interestIggy Pop

1947 Iggy Pop [James Osterberg], American rocker (Zombie Birdhouse), born in Muskegon, Michigan

Rocker Iggy Pop
Iggy Pop
  • 1947 John Weider, bassist (Family-Family Entertainment)
  • 1948 Paul Davis, Meridian Mi, country/rock vocalist (I Go Crazy)
  • 1949 Patti LuPone, actress/singer (Evita, Life Goes On), born in Northport, New York
  • 1951 Nicoel Barclay, rocker
  • 1951 Robert Gotobed, English drummer (Wire)
  • 1954 Ebiet G. Ade, Indonesian singer
  • 1958 Mike Barson, rock keyboardist (Madness)

Person of interestRobert Smith

1959 Robert Smith, English rock guitarist and vocalist (Cure-Hell's Kitchen), born in Blackpool, England

Musician Robert Smith
Robert Smith
  • 1959 Jerry Only [Gerald Caiafa Jr], American musician (Misfits), born in Lodi, New Jersey
  • 1959 Michael Timmins, Canadian musician (Cowboy Junkies), born in Montreal
  • 1967 Michael Franti, American musician (The Beatnigs, Spearhead), born in Oakland, California
  • 1970 Glen Hansard, Irish singer-songwriter and actor (Falling Slowly) born in Ballymum
  • 1972 Severina [Vuckovic], Croatian pop singer and actress (Moja Stikla), born in Split, SFR Yugoslavia
  • 1977 Doseone [Adam Drucker], American rapper (co-founder of Anticon), born in Napa, Idaho
  • 1978 Jukka Nevalainen, Finnish drummer (Nightwish)
  • 1978 Branden Steineckert, American drummer (Rancid), (The Used)