On This Day

Birthdays in Music on April 30

  • 1717 Guillaume-Gommaire Kennis, Belgian violinist and composer, born in Lier, Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1789)
  • 1792 Johann Friedrich Schwencke, German composer, born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1852)
  • 1837 Alfred R. Gaul, English composer, born in Nottingham (d. 1913)
  • 1870 Franz Lehár, Austrian-Hungarian composer (Naughty Marietta), born in Komárom, Austria-Hungary (d. 1948)
  • 1883 David John de Lloyd, Welsh musician and composer, born in Skewen, Wales (d. 1948)
  • 1884 Albert Elkus, American composer, born in Sacramento, California (d. 1962)
  • 1885 Luigi Russolo, Italian Futurist composer (The Art of Noises), born in 30 April 1885 Portogruaro, Italy (d. 1947)
  • 1886 Frank Merrick, English composer, born in Clifton, Bristol, England (d. 1981)
  • 1889 Acario Cotapos, Chilean composer, born in Valdivia, Chile (d. 1969)
  • 1889 Rudolph Hermann Simonsen, Danish composer (Symphony Number 2, Hellas), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1947)
  • 1896 [Reverend] Gary Davis, American blues and folk guitarist (A Little More Faith), born in Laurens, South Carolina (d. 1972)
  • 1902 André-François Marescotti, Swiss organist and composer, born in Carouge, Switzerland (d. 1995)
  • 1902 Rudolf Wittelsbach, Swiss pianist and composer, born in Constantinople, Turkey (d. 1972)
  • 1903 Günter Raphael, German composer (Symphony Breve), born in Berlin (d. 1960)
  • 1911 Hans Studer, Swiss composer, born in Murii (d. 1984)
  • 1914 Sid Weiss, American jazz bassist, born in Schenectady, New York (d. 1994)

  • 1916 Robert Shaw, American chorale conductor (Robert Shaw Chorale), born in Red Bluff, California (d. 1999)
  • 1917 Bea Wain, American singer and radio host (Deep Purple, Heart and Soul), born in The Bronx, Yew York (d. 2017)
  • 1920 Leen 't Hart, Dutch organist and composer, born in Delft, Netherlands (d. 1992)
  • 1924 Sheldon Harnick, American lyricist (Fiorello, Fiddler on the Roof), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1925 Johnny Horton, American country music and rockabilly singer (The Battle of New Orleans), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1960)
  • 1932 Antón Larrauri, Spanish composer, born in Bilbao, Spain
  • 1934 Jerry Lordan, English singer and composer (Wonderful Land), born in Paddington, London (d. 1995)
  • 1936 Robert "Bobby" Gregg, American drummer and record producer (Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2014)
  • 1939 Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, American composer (1st woman composer to win Pulitzer Prize - 1982), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1941 Johnny Farina, American rocker (Santo & Johnny), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1941 Wilfried Jentzsh, German composer, born in Dresden, Germany
  • 1943 Bobby Vee, American pop singer (Night has a Thousand Eyes), born in Fargo, North Dakota (d. 2016)
  • 1948 Wayne Kramer, American guitarist (MC5, Dangerous Madness), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1953 Merrill Osmond, singer (Osmond Brothers, Donnie & Marie), born in Ogden, Utah
  • 1956 Jorge Chaminé, Portuguese baritone
  • 1964 Barrington Levy, Jamaican musician
  • 1967 John Robert "J. R." Richards, American singer-songwriter, record producer, and TV and film composer. (Dishwalla), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • 1968 Paulo Jr, Brazilian pop bassist (Sepultura, Morbid Visions)
  • 1969 Joey Restivo, rocker (Linear-I Never Felt This Way, Lies), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1969 Warren Defever, American musician, composer
  • 1976 Amanda Palmer, American musician (The Dresden Dolls)
  • 1982 Lloyd Banks, American rapper
  • 1982 Cleo Higgins, British singer and actress (Cleopatra), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1982 Andrew Seeley, Canadian actor and singer
  • 1983 Yamini, Tamil Singer
  • 1985 Ashley Alexandra Dupré, American singer and call girl