Birthdays in Music on April 4

  • April
  • 1716 John Evangelist Schreiber, composer
  • 1731 Francesc Morera i Cots, Valencian composer, born in Sant Mateu (d. 1793)
  • 1740 Wolfgang Nicolaus Haueisen, composer
  • 1752 Niccolo Antonio Zingarelli, Italian composer (Andromeda), born in Naples, Italy (d. 1837)
  • 1755 Vincenc Mašek, Bohemian composer, born in Zvíkovec, Czech Republic (d. 1831)
  • 1762 Stephen Storace, English composer, born in London (d. 1796)
  • 1785 Bettina von Arnim, German writer and composer of the Romantic era (This Book Belongs to the King), born in Frankfurt, Germany (d. 1859)
  • 1804 Joseph Fischhof, Czech-Austrian pianist and composer, born in Bučovice, Moravia (d. 1857)
  • 1836 Charles Jerome Hopkins, American composer, born in Burlington, Vermont (d. 1898)
  • 1843 Hans Richter, Austrian-Hungarian composer, born in Raab, Kingdom of Hungary, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1916)
  • 1872 Nikolai Amani, Russian composer, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1904)
  • 1872 Pauline de Haan-Manifarges, Dutch singer, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1954)
  • 1875 Jozef Szulc, Polish composer, born in Warsaw (d. 1956)
  • 1875 Pierre Monteux, French-American conductor (Boston Symph Orch 1919-24), born in Paris, France (d. 1964)
  • 1879 Gabriel Groulez, French composer, born in Lille, France (d. 1944)
  • 1882 Mary Howe, American composer (Sand) and pianist, born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1964)

  • 1895 Arthur Murray [Moses Teichman], American ballroom dancer and businessman (Arthur Murray Dance Party), born in NYC, New York (d. 1991)
  • 1905 Eugene Bozza, French composer, born in Nice, France (d. 1991)
  • 1913 Frances Langford, American singer (Armed Forces Hour, Star Time), born in Lakeland, Florida (d. 2005)

Person of interestMuddy Waters

1913 Muddy Waters [McKinley Morganfield], American blues guitarist (Hoochie Coochie Man), born in Jug's Corner (Issaquena County) or Rolling Fork, Mississippi (d. 1983)

Blues Musician Muddy Waters
Blues Musician
Muddy Waters
  • 1919 Antony Tudor, English dancer and choreographer (Metropolitan Opera 1957), born in London (d. 1987)
  • 1922 Elmer Bernstein, American movie music composer (The Magnificent Seven, To Kill A Mockingbird, The Age Of innocence, Thoroughly Modern Mille), born in NYC, New York (d. 2004)
  • 1925 Erna Spoorenberg, Dutch singer, born in Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia (d. 2004)
  • 1928 Monty Norman, English singer and film composer (James Bond Theme), born in London

Person of interestAnthony Perkins

1932 Anthony Perkins, American actor and singer (Psycho, Friendly Persuasion, Fear Strikes Out, Pretty Poison), born in NYC, New York (d. 1992)

  • 1932 Clive Davis, American record producer and music industry executive, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1933 Seoirse Bodley, Irish composer and professor of music (University College Dublin), born in Dublin
  • 1935 François-Bernard Mâche, French composer, born in Clermont-Ferrand, France
  • 1936 Margo J. Sylvia, rocker (Tune Weavers) (d. 1991)
  • 1939 Hugh Masekela, South African trumpeter, anti-apartheid activist (I Am Not Afraid), described as the "father of South African jazz," born in Witbank, South Africa (d. 2018)
  • 1939 Major Lance, American soul singer (The Monkey Time), born in Winterville, Mississippi (d. 1994)
  • 1940 Sharon Sheeley, American songwriter (Somethin' Else), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2002)
  • 1942 Kris Jensen, American musician (Torture), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1946 Dave Hill, English rock guitarist (Slade-Coz I Love You), born in Holbeton, Devon
  • 1947 Salvatore Sciarrino, Italian composer, born in Palermo, Italy
  • 1948 David "Pick" Withers, English jazz drummer (Dire Straits), born in Leicester, England
  • 1948 [Raymond] Berry Oakley III, American bassist (Allman Brothers Band), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1972)
  • 1949 Larry Lingle, American rocker (The Four Seasons), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1949 Michael Fennelly, American musician (The Millennium, Crabby Appleton), born in New York, New York
  • 1951 Steve Gatlin, American country singer (Gatlin Bros-Broken Lady), born in Olney, Texas
  • 1952 Gary Moore, Irish rock guitarist (Skid Row-Oh Pretty Woman), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 2011)
  • 1954 Michel Camilo, Dominican pianist (Rendezvous), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • 1956 Evelyn Hart, Canadian prima ballerina (Royal Winnipeg Ballet), born in Toronto, Canada
  • 1957 Graeme Kelling, Scottish pop guitarist (Deacon Blue), born in Paisley, Scotland (d. 2004)
  • 1957 Ali El Haggar, Egyptian singer and actor, born in Imbabah, Giza
  • 1957 Nobuyoshi Kuwano, Japanese musician (Rats & Star), born in Ōta, Tokyo
  • 1958 Cazuza, Brazilian poet, singer and composer, born in Rio de Janeiro (d. 1990)
  • 1960 Jane Eaglin, English dramatic soprano, born in Lincoln, England
  • 1963 David Gavurin, English pop guitarist and composer (Sundays, Blind)
  • 1963 Nigel Preston, British drummer (The Cult), born in Birmingham (d. 1992)
  • 1964 Robbie Rist, American actor (Oliver-Brady Bunch) and musician, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1966 Mike Starr [Michael], musician (Alice in Chains bassist), born in Honolulu, Hawaii (d. 2011)
  • 1972 Jill Scott, American soul singer and songwriter (Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1972 Magnus Sveningsson, Swedish musician (The Cardigans), born in Falköping, Sweden
  • 1977 Adam Dutkiewicz, American guitarist (Killswitch Engage), born in Westhampton, Massachusetts
  • 1978 Lemar Obika, English singer and songwriter, born in Tottenham, London
  • 1978 Aska Yang, Taiwanese singer (Dove), born in Taoyuan, Taiwan
  • 1979 Andy McKee, American fingerstyle guitarist, born in Topeka, Kansas
  • 1980 Johnny Borrell, English singer (Razorlight), born in Sutton, London
  • 1994 Risako Sugaya, Japanese pop singer (Berryz Kobo), born in Kanagawa, Japan