On This Day

Musicians Born on April 4

  • 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, pianist, critic, and musical education advocate, 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 Grovlez, French pianist, conductor (Opéra de Paris, 1914-34), and composer (L'Almanach aux images), 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
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Muddy Waters
  • 1919 Antony Tudor, English dancer and choreographer (Metropolitan Opera 1957), born in London (d. 1987)
  • 1922 Elmer Bernstein, American film music composer (The Magnificent Seven; To Kill A Mockingbird; The Age Of Innocence; Thoroughly Modern Millie), born in New York City (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
  • 1928 Alfredo "Chocolate" Armenteros, Cuban jazz trumpeter (Orchestra Harlow; Eddie Palmieri), born in Santa Clara, Cuba (d. 2016)

Person of interestAnthony Perkins

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

  • 1932 Clive Davis, American record producer and music industry executive (Columbia, Arista, Sony), 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)
  • 1939 Danny Thompson, English multi-instrumentalist (Blues Incorporated), born in Teignmouth, England
  • 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 Berry Oakley, American rocker and bass player (The Allman Brothers Band), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1972)
  • 1948 David "Pick" Withers, English jazz drummer (Dire Straits), born in Leicester, England
  • 1949 Larry Lingle, American rock guitarist (The Four Seasons, 1979-93), 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)
  • 1953 Chen Yi, Chinese-American violinist, composer (From the Path of Beauty), and educator (UMKC Conservatory, 2006-present), born in Guangzhou, China
  • 1954 Michel Camilo, Dominican pianist (Rendezvous), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • 1956 Allan Harris, American jazz singer and guitarist (Cross That River; Kate's Soulfood), born in Harlem, New York City
  • 1956 Evelyn Hart, Canadian prima ballerina (Royal Winnipeg Ballet), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 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
  • 1999 Sheku Kanneh-Mason, British classical cellist (the Chineke! Orchestra; The Kanneh-Masons), born in Nottingham, England