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-Matthieu Panseron, composer
  • 1806 Ludwig Friedrich Hetsch, composer
  • 1822 Jan Albert van Eyken, composer/organist
  • 1834 Horatio Richmond Palmer, American composer and choir director, born in Sherburne, New York (d. 1907)
  • 1880 Mikhail Fokine, Russian choreographer/founder of modern dance
  • 1886 Ma Rainey, [Gertrude Pridgett], "Mother of the Blues" American singer (d. 1939)
  • 1906 Leopold Spinner, composer
  • 1910 Erland von Koch, composer
  • 1910 Ernst Tittel, Austrian organist and composer, born in Sternberg, Moravia (d. 1969)
  • 1914 Wilfred Howard Mellers, composer
  • 1915 Johnny Shines, American delta blues singer/guitarist, born in Memphis, Tenneessee (d. 1992)
  • 1916 Arnoldus Christian Vlok van Wyk, composer
  • 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 Paul-Andre Gaillard, composer
  • 1925 Jørgen Ingmann, Danish jazz guitarist (Apache, Dansevise), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 2015)
  • 1926 Oldrich Frantisek Korte, composer
  • 1932 Francis Lai, French film music composer
  • 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, producer/singer/songwriter (Cat People, Top Gun), born in Ortisei, Italy
  • 1941 John Mitchell, American composer
  • 1942 Bobby Rydell, rock singer (Wild One, Bye Bye Birdie), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1943 Gary Wright, singer, dream weaver (Spooky Tooth-It's All About)
  • 1945 Michael "Mike" Finnigan, American keyboard player and vocalist, born in Troy, Ohio
  • 1949 Jimmy Hall, rocker (Wet Willie)
  • 1950 Howard "Leon" Reeder, rock guitarist (Champaign)
  • 1950 Peter Schaufuss, director of ballet (Deutsche Opera Berlin)
  • 1950 L. Shankar [Lakshminarayana Shankar], Indian-born American violinist, singer and composer, born in Madras, Tamil Nadu
  • 1959 John Corabi, American Musician
  • 1960 Roger Taylor, English rock drummer (Duran Duran-Hungry Like the Wolf), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1962 Graham "Skin" Skinner, rocker (Hipsway)
  • 1962 Michael Damian, American actor (Young & Restless) and singer (Rock on), born in San Diego, California
  • 1970 Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, American singer (TLC)
  • 1970 Shane Evans, American musician (Collective Soul), born in Stockbridge, Georgia
  • 1971 Jay DeMarcus, American bassist (Rascal Flatts)
  • 1975 Nathan "Joey" Jordison, American musician (Slipknot)
  • 1975 Nerina Pallot, British singer
  • 1978 Avant [Myron Lavell Avant], American R&B singer, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1979 Janne Wirman, Finnish musician (Children of Bodom)
  • 1979 Ariane Moffatt, Quebec singer and songwriter
  • 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
  • 1985 Nam Gyu-Ri, Korean singer, member of See Ya