On This Day

Birthdays in Music on April 26

  • 1567 Nicolas Formé, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1638)
  • 1603 Francesco Nigetti, Italian composer, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1681)
  • 1796 Auguste Mathieu Panseron, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1859)
  • 1806 Karl Ludwig Friedrich Hetsch, German composer, born in Stuttgart, Germany (d. 1872)
  • 1822 Jan Albert van Eijken, Dutch composer and organist, born in Amersfoort, Netherlands (d. 1868)
  • 1834 Horatio Richmond Palmer, American composer and choir director, born in Sherburne, New York (d. 1907)
  • 1880 Mikhail Fokine, Russian choreographer and founder of modern dance, born in Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire (d. 1942)
  • 1886 Ma Rainey [Gertrude Pridgett], American singer "Mother of the Blues", born in Columbus, Georgia (d. 1939)
  • 1910 Erland von Koch, Swedish composer, born in Stockholm (d. 2009)
  • 1910 Ernst Tittel, Austrian organist and composer, born in Sternberg, Moravia (d. 1969)
  • 1914 Wilfrid Howard Mellers, English musicologist and composer (François Couperin and the French Classical Tradition), born in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire (d. 2008)
  • 1915 Johnny Shines, American delta blues singer and guitarist, born in Memphis, Tenneessee (d. 1992)
  • 1916 Arnoldus van Wyk, South African composer, born in Calvinia, Cape Province (d. 1983)
  • 1920 Padu del Caribe ["Father of the Caribbean," born Juan Chabaya Lampe], Aruban pianist and composer who wrote "Aruba Dushi Tera" - Aruba's national anthem, is born
  • 1920 Russell Nype, American singer and actor (The Stuff, Call Me Madam, Dorothy), born in Zion, Illinois (d. 2018)
  • 1921 James "Jimmy" Giuffre, American jazz musician, composer, and arranger, born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2008)

  • 1922 Margaret Scott, South-African ballet dancer and founder (Australian Ballet School), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 2019)
  • 1922 Paul-André Gaillard, Swiss composer, born in Veytaux, Switzerland (d. 1992)
  • 1925 Jørgen Ingmann, Danish jazz guitarist (Apache, Dansevise), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 2015)
  • 1926 Oldřich František Korte, Czech composer, born in Šaľa, Slovakia (d. 2014)
  • 1932 Francis Lai, French film music composer (Love Story), born in Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France (d. 2018)
  • 1936 Doug Sax, American mastering engineer (Bob Dylan, The Doors, Pink Floyd, Ray Charles), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2015)
  • 1938 Duane Eddy, American guitarist (Peter Gunn, Cannonball), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1938 Maurice Williams, American rocker (Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs), born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • 1940 Giorgio Moroder, Italian producer, singer and songwriter (Cat People, Top Gun), born in Ortisei, Italy
  • 1941 John Mitchell, American classical composer, born in Hollywood, California
  • 1942 Bobby Rydell, American rock singer (Wild One, Bye Bye Birdie), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1943 Gary Wright, American singer (Spooky Tooth-It's All About), born in Cresskill, New Jersey
  • 1945 Michael "Mike" Finnigan, American keyboard player and vocalist, born in Troy, Ohio
  • 1949 Jimmy Hall, American rocker (Wet Willie), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1950 Peter Schaufuss, Danish dancer and director of ballet (Deutsche Opera Berlin), born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 1950 L. Shankar [Lakshminarayana Shankar], Indian-born American violinist, singer and composer, born in Madras, Tamil Nadu
  • 1959 John Corabi, American musician (Mötley Crüe), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1960 Roger Taylor, English rock drummer (Duran Duran-Hungry Like the Wolf), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1962 Grahame "Skin" Skinner, Scottish rocker (Hipsway), born in Glasgow
  • 1962 Michael Damian, American actor (Young & Restless) and singer (Rock on), born in San Diego, California
  • 1970 T-Boz [Tionne Watkins], American singer (TLC), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1970 Shane Evans, American musician (Collective Soul), born in Stockbridge, Georgia
  • 1971 Jay DeMarcus, American bassist (Rascal Flatts), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1975 Joey Jordison, American musician (Slipknot), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1975 Nerina Pallot, British singer (Sophia), born in London
  • 1978 Avant [Myron Lavell Avant], American R&B singer, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1979 Janne Wirman, Finnish musician (Children of Bodom), born in Espoo, Finland
  • 1979 Ariane Moffatt, Canadian singer (Aquanaute -La barricade, Dans un océan), born in Saint-Romuald, Quebec, Canada
  • 1981 Ms. Dynamite [Niomi Arleen McLean-Daley] English musician, born in Archway, North London
  • 1982 Jon Lee, English actor and singer (S Club 7), born in Ipplepen, Devon
  • 1984 Mija Martina, Bosnian singer (Eurovision 2019- Ne Brini), born in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • 1985 Nam Gyu-Ri, Korean singer (member of See Ya), born in Seoul, South Korea