On This Day

Musicians Born on April 23

  • 1464 Robert Fayrfax, English Renaissance composer (Courts of Henry VII and Henry VIII), born in Deeping Gate, Lincolnshire (d. 1521)
  • 1623 Jan Adam Reincken, Dutch-German composer, born in Deventer, Netherlands (d. 1722)
  • 1649 Andreas Kneller, German composer, born in Lübeck, Germany (d. 1724)
  • 1715 Johann Friedrich Doles, German composer, pupil of J. S. Bach, born in Steinbach-Hallenberg, Germany (d. 1797)
  • 1735 Ildephons Haas, German composer, born in Offenburg, Germany (d. 1791)
  • 1747 Abbé Alexandre-Auguste Robineau, French composer and painter, born in Paris (d. 1828)
  • 1756 Alexander Reinagle, English-American composer, born in Portsmouth, England (d. 1809)
  • 1809 Eugene-Prosper Prevost, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1872)
  • 1812 Louis-Antoine Jullien, French conductor, born in Sisteron, France (d. 1860)
  • 1821 Pierre Dupont, French songwriter, born in Lyon, France (d. 1870)
  • 1872 Violet Gordon-Woodhouse, British musician (harpsichord and clavichord), born in Harley Street, St Marylebone, London (d. 1948)
  • 1877 Arthur Farwell, American composer, born in St Paul, Minnesota (d. 1952)
  • 1882 Albert Coates, English conductor and composer (Eagle), born in St Petersburg, Russia
  • 1890 Donald Tweedy, American composer, and educator, born in Danbury, Connecticut (d. 1948)
  • 1891 Sergei Prokofiev, Russian composer (Peter and the Wolf; Alexander Nevsky), born in Sontsovka, Russian Empire (now Sontsivka, Ukraine) (d. 1953)
  • 1894 Charles "Cow Cow" Davenport, American boogie-woogie and blues musician, born in Anniston, Alabama (d. 1955)
  • 1900 Ary Verhaar, Dutch composer, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1994)
  • 1900 Henry Barraud, French composer, born in Bordeaux, France (d. 1997)
  • 1904 Leslie French, British actor and singer (Death in Venice; More than a Miracle), born in Bromley, Kent, England (d. 1999)
  • 1908 Frederick Hawkins, American dancer and choreographer, born in Trinidad, Colorado (d. 1994)
  • 1913 Jan Meyerowitz, German-American composer, born in Breslau, Germany (d. 1998)
  • 1919 Tālivaldis Ķeniņš, Latvian-Canadian composer, organist, and pedagogue, born in Liepāja, Latvia (d. 2008)
  • 1919 Bulent Arel, Turkish-born electronic composer, born in Istanbul (d. 1990)
  • 1920 Louis Barron, American composer (electronic music), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1989)
  • 1921 Janet Blair [Martha Janet Lafferty], American singer and actress (Leave it to the Girls, Smith Family), born in Altoona, Pennsylvania (d. 2007)
  • 1923 Nathan "Dambuza" Mdledle, South African singer (Manhattan Brothers) and actor
  • 1924 Arthur Frackenpohl, American composer, arranger, and pedagogue (Natural Superiority of Music), born in Irvington, New Jersey (d. 2019)
  • 1924 Bobby Rosengarden, American jazz and session drummer, and bandleader, born in Elgin, Illinois (d. 2007)
  • 1927 Russell Smith, American composer, born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama (d. 1998)
  • 1929 Len Barnard, Australian jazz drummer ("The Naked Dance"; Galapagos Duck), born in Melbourne Australia (d. 2005)
  • 1935 Vernice "Bunky" Green, American jazz saxophonist (Healing The Pain), and educator, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1935 Milton Banana [Antônio de Souza], Brazilian bossa nova jazz drummer (João Gilberto and Stan Getz), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (d. 1998)
  • 1936 Roy Orbison, American rock singer-songwriter ("Pretty Woman"; "Only The Lonely"; Traveling Wilburys - "Handle With Care"), born in Vernon, Texas (d. 1988)
  • 1938 Roland White [LeBlanc], American bluegrass mandolin player and vocalist (Kentucky Colonels; Lester Flatt's Nashville Grass), born in Madawaska, Maine (d. 2022)
  • 1939 Ray Peterson, American singer ("Tell Laura I Love Her"), born in Denton, Texas (d. 2005)
  • 1939 Patrick Williams, American composer, arranger, and conductor, born in Bonne Terre, Missouri
  • 1941 Jacqueline Boyer [Eliane Ducos], French pop singer ("Tom Pillibi"), born in Paris
  • 1943 Si Kahn, American folk and bluegrass singer-songwriter (Aragon Mill), and civil rights activist, born in State College, Pennsylvania
  • 1943 Hugh Davies, English composer, born in Exmouth, Devon (d. 2005)
  • 1947 Saskia [Trudy van den Berg], Dutch singer (S & Serge; Spinning Wheel), born in Grootebroek, North Holland
  • 1947 Glenn Cornick, English rock bassist (Jethro Tull, 1967-70; Wild Turkey), born in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, (d. 2014)
  • 1947 Alan Broadbent, New Zealand jazz pianist (Developing Story), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1949 John Miles, British vocalist and musician (John Miles Band - "Rebel"; "Zaragon"; Alan Parsons Project), born in Jarrow, Durham, England (d. 2021)
  • 1949 David Cross, British progressive rock electric violinist (King Crimson, 1972-74; David Cross Band; Radius), born in Turnchapel, England
  • 1952 Narada Michael Walden, American rock, R&B, and jazz fusion musician and producer ("I Don't Want Nobody Else (To Dance with You)"; Divine Emotions"), born in Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • 1957 Kenji Kawai, Japanese film score composer, born in Shinagawa, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1958 Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, Icelandic music composer, born in Reykjavík, Iceland
  • 1960 Steve Clark, English rock guitarist (Def Leppard), born in Hillsborough, England (d. 1991)
  • 1964 Gen [Simon Matthews], British pop drummer (Jesus Jones - "Right Here, Right Now"), born in Wiltshire, England
  • 1967 Brent Muscat, American hard rock musician (Faster Pussycat - "Wake Me When It's Over"), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1968 Stan Frazier, American drummer, record producer, and singer- songwriter (Sugar Ray, 1986-2012 - "Every Morning", born in Newport Beach, California
  • 1970 Dennis Culp, American singer and songwriter, born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1972 Patricia Manterola, Mexican singer and actress (Apuesta por un Amor), born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1974 Carlos Dengler, American musician (Interpol), born in Queens, New York
  • 1975 Jón Þór Birgisson, Icelandic musician and singer (Sigur Rós)
  • 1976 Aaron Dessner, American songwriter, musician and producer (The National),

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1977 John Cena, American professional wrestler, rapper and actor (The Marine), born in West Newbury, Massachusetts

  • 1979 Barry Fratelli [Wallace], Scottish rock bassist (The Fratellis - Costello Music; Here We Stand), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1979 Lauri Ylönen, Finnish singer and songwriter (The Rasmus), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • 1980 Taio Cruz [Adetayo Onile-Ere], British singer, songwriter, rapper and record producer ("Break Your Heart"), born in Brent, England
  • 1996 Josh Kiszka, American vocalist (Greta Van Fleet), born in Frankenmuth, Michigan
  • 1996 Jake Kiszka, American guitarist (Greta Van Fleet), born in Frankenmuth, Michigan