Birthdays in Music on April 23

  • 1464 Robert Fayrfax, English court composer, 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, born in Harley Street, St Marylebone, London (d. 1951)
  • 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 Nichols Tweedy, American composer, born in Danburry, Connecticut (d. 1948)
  • 1891 Sergei Prokofiev, Russian composer (Peter and the Wolf), born in Sontsovka, 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, Canadian composer, 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, singer
  • 1924 Arthur Frackenpohl, American composer (Natural Superiority of Music), born in Irvington, New Jersey
  • 1927 Russell Smith, American composer, born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama (d. 1998)
  • 1935 Bunky Green, American jazz musician, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1936 Roy Orbison, American rock musician (Pretty Woman), born in Vernon, Texas (d. 1988)
  • 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, French singer (Tom Pillibi), born in Paris
  • 1943 Hugh Davies, English composer, born in Exmouth, Devon (d. 2005)
  • 1947 Saskia, [Trudy van den Berg], singer (S & Serge, Spinning Wheel)
  • 1947 Glenn Cornick, English rock bassist (Jethro Tull-Thick as a Brick), born in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, (d. 2014)
  • 1949 John Miles, vocal/guitar/keyboards (John Miles Band-Rebel, Zaragon)
  • 1952 Narada, [Michael Walden], Mich, rocker (Don't Want Nobody Else)
  • 1957 Kenji Kawai, Japanese composer
  • 1958 Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, Icelandic music composer
  • 1960 Steve Clark, English rock guitarist (Def Leppard), born in Hillsborough, England (d. 1991)
  • 1964 Gen, [Simon Matthews], English pop drummer (Jesus Jones-Zeroes & Ones)
  • 1967 Brent Muscat, rocker (Faster Pussycat-Wake Me When It's Over)
  • 1968 Charles Stanton "Stan" Frazier, American musician, record producer, songwriter and restauranteur (Sugar Ray), born in Newport Beach, California
  • 1970 Dennis Bayne Culp, American singer/songwriter
  • 1972 Patricia Manterola, Mexican singer
  • 1974 Carlos Dengler, American musician (Interpol)
  • 1975 Jón Þór Birgisson, Icelandic musician and singer (Sigur Rós)
  • 1977 John Cena, American professional wrestler, rapper and actor (The Marine), born in West Newbury, Massachusetts
  • 1979 Barry Fratelli, Scottish bassist (The Fratellis)
  • 1979 Lauri Ylönen, Finnish singer (The Rasmus)
  • 1982 Taio Cruz, London/English R&B, Pop, Hip Hop singer
  • 1996 Joshua "Josh" Kiszka, American vocalist (Greta Van Fleet), born in Frankenmuth, Michigan
  • 1996 Jake Kiszka, American guitarist (Greta Van Fleet), born in Frankenmuth, Michigan