On This Day

Musicians Born on April 3

  • 1569 Giovanni Battista Massarengo, Italian composer, born in Parma, Italy (d. c.1596)
  • 1603 William Smith, British composer of Anglican scared choral works, baptized in Durham, England (d. 1645)
  • 1617 Antimo Liberati, Italian composer, born in Foligno, Italy (d. 1692)
  • 1649 Joseph François Salomon, French composer, born in Toulon, France (d. 1732)
  • 1682 Johann Valentin Rathgeber, German benedictine and composer, born in Oberelsbach, Germany (d. 1750)
  • 1751 Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, French opera composer, born in Eymet, France (d. 1796)
  • 1757 Ferenc Verseghy, Hungarian poet and composer, born in Szolnok, Hungary (d. 1822)
  • 1825 Adolf Rzepko, Polish composer, born in Prague, Bohemia, Austrian Empire (now Czech Republic) (d. 1892)
  • 1859 Reginald De Koven, American operetta and popular song composer (Oh Promise Me), born in Middletown, Connecticut (d. 1920)
  • 1871 Mistinguett [Jeanne Florentine Bourgeois], French actress and singer (Moulin Rouge star), born in Enghien-les-Bains, Val-d'Oise, France (d. 1956)
  • 1874 Eduardo Sanchez de Fuentes, Cuban composer, born in Havana, Cuba (d. 1944)
  • 1886 (Arthur) "Dooley" Wilson, American piano player, singer, and actor (Casablanca; Stormy Weather; Beulah), born in Tyler, Texas (d. 1953)
  • 1889 Grigoras Dinicu, Romanian violin virtuoso and composer, born in Bucharest, Kingdom of Romania (d. 1949)
  • 1895 Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Italian composer, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1968)
  • 1898 George Jessel, American stage and screen actor, singer, producer and host known as "The Toastmaster General", born in NYC, New York (d. 1981)
  • 1902 Henri Garat, French actor and singer (Les dieux s'amusent; Congress Dances), born in Paris, France (d. 1959)
  • 1902 Siguringi Eirikur Hjorleifsson, Icelandic composer, born in Bergskot, Grindavík, Iceland (d. 1975)
  • 1903 James "Bubber" Miley, American jazz trumpet and cornet player (Duke Ellington, 1923-29 - "East St. Louis Toodle-Oo"; "Black And Tan Fantasy"), born in Aiken, South Carolina (d. 1932)
  • 1904 Sally Rand, American burlesque dancer, vedette, and actress known for her ostrich feather fan and balloon bubble dances, born in Elkton, Missouri (d. 1979)
  • 1904 Peter Van Steeden, composer and orchestra leader (Break the Bank), born in Amsterdam (d. 1990)
  • 1906 Walter "Fats" Pichon American jazz pianist, singer, and big bandleader, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1967)
  • 1910 Homesick James [Williamson], American blues slide guitarist and singer (Elmore James band, 1955-62), born in Somerville, Tennessee (d. 2006) [date of birth variously reported as 1905, 1910, and 1914; surname also disputed]
  • 1911 Watkins Shaw, British musicologist, born in Bradford, Yorkshire, England (d. 1996)
  • 1913 George Barati, American cellist, composer, and conductor (Honolulu Symphony, 1950-67), born in Győr, Hungary (d. 1996)
  • 1914 George Sopkin, American cellist (Fine Arts Quartet, 1941-79), and teacher, born in Chicago, Ilinois (d. 2008)
  • 1916 Ken Kersey, Canadian jazz pianist, and composer ("Boogie Woogie Cocktail"), born in Harrow, Ontario (d. 1983)
  • 1917 Bill Finegan, American composer (Sauter-Finegan Band, Sat Night Revue), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2008)
  • 1917 Tibor Andrasovan, Slovak composer, born in Slovenská Lupca, Zólyom, Austria-Hungary (d. 2001)
  • 1918 Enrique Iturriaga, Peruvian composer (Sinfonía Junín y Ayacucho), born in Lima, Peru (d. 2019)
  • 1918 Louis Applebaum, Canadian conductor and composer, born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2000)
  • 1918 Sixten Ehrling, Swedish pianist, conductor (Royal Opera of Stockholm, 1953-60; Detroit Symphony, 1963-73), and educator (Juilliard, 1973-87), born in Malmö, Sweden (d. 2005)
  • 1920 Stan Freeman, American composer (Melody Tour), born in Waterbury, Connecticut (d. 2001)

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1922 Doris Day [Kappelhoff], American singer, animal welfare activist and actress known as the "girl next door" actress (Pillow Talk, The Man Who Knew Too Much), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 2019)

  • 1924 Murray Dickie, Scottish opera singer and director, born in Bishopton, Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1995)
  • 1924 Joseph Kerman, American educator and musicologist ( Contemplating Music: Challenges to Musicology), born in London, England (d. 2014)
  • 1927 Pierre D'Archambeau. American concert violinist, born in Yverdon, Switzerland (d. 2014)
  • 1928 Don Gibson, American country musician and songwriter ("Sweet Dreams"; "I Can't Stop Loving You"), born in Shelby, North Carolina (d. 2003)
  • 1936 Scott LaFaro, American jazz bassist (Bill Evans Trio), born in Irvington, New Jersey (d. 1961)
  • 1936 Jimmy McGriff, American jazz Hammond organist, born in Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2008)
  • 1937 Louis Satterfield [also known as Lui-Lui, Ealee, and Sat], American trombone player (The Pharaohs, Earth, Wind & Fire, Phenix Horns), born in Shaw, Mississippi (d. 2004)
  • 1937 David Maves, American composer and educator, born in Salem, Oregon 
  • 1938 Jeff Barry [Joel Adelberg], American pop songwriter ("Do Wah Diddy Diddy"; "Da Doo Ron Ron"; "Chapel Of Love"; "Leader Of The Pack'), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1939 François de Roubaix, French film score composer, born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France (d. 1975)
  • 1941 Jan Berry, American rock and roll vocalist (Jan and Dean - "Surf City"), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2004)
  • 1941 Philippé Wynne, American soul singer ("I'll Be Around"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1984)
  • 1942 Billy Joe Royal, American country and pop singer ("Down in the Boondocks"), born in Valdosta, Georgia (d. 2015)
  • 1942 Wayne Newton, American singer and entertainer (Daddy, Don't You Walk So Fast; Danke Schon), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • 1942 Herbie Greene, American photographer best known for his portraits for rock and roll luminaries (The Grateful Dead), born in Indio, California
  • 1943 Richard Manuel, Canadian rock pianist and vocalist (The Band - "The Shape I'm In"; "Tears Of Rage"), born in Stratford, Ontario (d. 1986)
  • 1943 Mario Lavista, Mexican composer and writer, born in Mexico City
  • 1943 Artie Traum, American folk guitarist, songwriter, producer, and film maker, born in The Bronx, New York City
  • 1944 Barry Pritchard, British rock guitarist (Fortunes - "You've Got Your Troubles"; "Here It Comes Again"; "This Golden Ring"), born in Birmingham, England (d. 1999)
  • 1944 Tony Orlando [Cassavitis], American pop singer (& Dawn - "Tie A Yellow Ribbon"; "Knock Three Times"), born in NYC, New York
  • 1946 (David) Dee Murray [Oates], British bassist (Elton John backing band), born in Gillingham, Kent, England (d. 1992)
  • 1947 Anders Eliasson, Swedish contemporary classical composer, born in Borlänge, Sweden (d. 2013)
  • 1948 Garrick Ohlsson, American concert pianist (International Busoni winner, 1966; Chopin Prize, 1970), born in Bronxville, New York
  • 1949 Jan Keizer, Dutch pop singer (BZN - "Rhythm of My Heart"), born in Volendam, Netherlands
  • 1949 Richard Thompson, English singer-songwriter, and guitarist ("Tear-Stained Letter"; "1952 Vincent Black Lightning"), born in Notting Hill Gate, London
  • 1949 Greg Calbi, American mastering engineer (Eric Carmen; John Lennon; David Bowie; Bruce Springsteen), born in Yonkers, New York
  • 1949 Eric Kloss, American jazz saxophonist, born in Greenville, Pennsylvania
  • 1949 Daniel Catán, Mexican composer (Rappaccini's Daughter; Florencia en el Amazonas), born in Mexico City (d. 2011)
  • 1950 Curtis Stone, American country music bassist and mandolin player (Highway 101 - "Cry, Cry, Cry"), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1952 Dave Bronze, British session and touring bass player (Eric Clapton; Tom Jones; Robin Trower), born in Billercay, Essex, England
  • 1953 Huub van der Lubbe, Dutch rock singer (Stampei - The Dike), born in Amsterdam
  • 1953 Craig Taubman, Jewish-American singer (Friday Night Live), born in Millington, Tennessee
  • 1953 Pattie D'Arcy, American musical theater, session and touring vocalist (Cher), born in Orange, New Jersey (d. 2007)
  • 1954 Elisabetta Brusa, Italian-British composer (Simply Largo), and educator, born in Milan, Italy
  • 1955 John Mooney, American blues-funk guitarist, slide guitarist and singer (Bluesiana), born in East Orange, New Jersey
  • 1956 Miguel Bose, Panamanian-born Spanish singer and actor (El Avaro, Queen Margot), born in Panama City
  • 1960 Arjen Anthony Lucassen, Dutch progressive rock singer-songwriter, and musician (Ayreon), born in Hilversum, Netherlands
  • 1960 Marie Denise Pelletier, Canadian pop singer (Entre la tête et le cœur), born in Montréal, Québec
  • 1962 Mike Ness, American punk rock singer-songwriter, and guitarist (Social Distortion), born in Lynn, Massachusetts
  • 1962 Simon Raymonde, British bassist, songwriter, and record producer (Cocteau Twins), born in Lewisham, London, England
  • 1963 Criss Oliva, American musician (Savatage), born in Pompton Plains, New Jersey (d. 1993)
  • 1963 Tsuyoshi Sekito, Japanese video game composer, born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1965 Nazia Hassan, Pakistani pop singer-songwriter, lawyer and social activist known as "Queen of Pop" in South Asia, born in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan (d. 2000)
  • 1968 Sebastian Bach [Bierk], Canadian heavy metal singer (Skid Row - "I Remember You"; "Psycho Love"), born in Freeport, Bahamas
  • 1969 Jeremy Huw Williams, Welsh baritone opera singer, born in Cardiff, Wales
  • 1973 Kelly Price, American R&B and gospel vocalist ("Friend of Mine"), born in Queens, New York
  • 1976 Drew Shirley, American Christian-rock guitarist (All Together Separate; Switchfoot, 2003-present), born in Key West, Florida
  • 1981 Aaron Bertram, American ska trumpeter (Suburban Legends, 1998-2005), and children's music educator (Kids Imagine Nation), born in Lubbock, Texas
  • 1982 Fler [Patrick Losensky], German rapper, born in Berlin
  • 1985 Leona Lewis, English pop singer-songwriter ("Bleeding Love"; "Better In Time"), born in Islington, London
  • 1987 Julie Sokolow, American film director and musician, born in Holmdel, New Jersey
  • 1987 Rachel Bloom, American actress, writer, and singer-songwriter (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), born in Los Angeles county, California
  • 1995 BONZIE [Nina Ferraro], American indie rock singer-songwriter and musician born in Racine, Wisconsin
  • 1999 Sam Kiszka, American bass player (Greta Van Fleet), born in Frankenmuth, Michigan
  • 2001 Matthew Whitaker, American jazz pianist (Outta The Box), born in Hackensack, New Jersey