On This Day

Musicians Born on April 5

  • 1595 John Wilson, English composer, born in Faversham, Kent (d. 1674)
  • 1598 Laurentius Erhard, German composer, born in Haguenau, Alsace (d. 1669)
  • 1698 Georg Gottfried Wagner, German composer, born in Mühlberg, Saxony, Germany (d. 1756)
  • 1752 Sébastien Érard, French musical instruments maker, born in Strasbourg, France (d. 1831)
  • 1784 Louis Spohr, German violin virtuoso and composer (Faust), born in Braunschweig, Germany (d. 1859)
  • 1799 Vincenzo Fioravanti, Italian composer, born in Rome (d. 1877)
  • 1828 Pietro Platania, Italian composer, born in Catania, Italy (d. 1907)
  • 1830 Alexander Muir, Canadian composer (The Maple Leaf Forever), born in Lesmahagow, Scotland (d. 1906)
  • 1839 Stanislaw Pilinski, French pianist and composer, born in Paris (d. 1905)
  • 1853 Alfonso Rendano, Italian composer, born in Consenza, Italy (d. 1931)
  • 1854 Vicente Goicoechea Errasti, Basque composer, born in Ibarra, Álava (d. 1916)
  • 1859 Wilhelm Harteveld, Swedish composer, born in Stockholm (d. 1927)
  • 1862 Louis Ganne, French composer, born in Buxières-les-Mines (d. 1923)
  • 1869 Albert Roussel, French composer (Rapsodie Flamende), born in Tourcoing, France (d. 1937)
  • 1876 Patrick Vretblad, Swedish composer, born in Svartnäs, Sweden (d. 1953)
  • 1885 Dimitrie Cuclin, Romanian composer, born in Galați County, Romania (d. 1978)

  • 1886 Jacques Handschin, Swiss musicologist (Der Toncharakter), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1955)
  • 1898 Herb Flemming [Nicolaiih El-Michelle], American jazz trombonist and vocalist, born in Butte, Montana (d. 1976)
  • 1903 Thomas Pitfield, British composer, born in Bolton, England (d. 1999)
  • 1905 Jef Maes, Belgian composer and violinist, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1996)
  • 1908 George Schick, Czech conductor (Chicago Symphony, 1950-56; Metropolitan Opera, 1958-69), and educator, born in Prague, Austria-Hungary (now Czech Republic) (d. 1985)
  • 1908 Herbert von Karajan, Austrian conductor (Berlin Philharmonic, 1955-89), born in Salzburg, Austria-Hungary (d. 1989)
  • 1911 Goddard Lieberson, English composer and record label executive (President of Columbia Records, 1957-71 & 73-75) born in Hanley, Staffordshire, England (d. 1977)
  • 1917 Richard Yardumian, American composer (Come Creator Spirit), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1985)
  • 1922 Gale Storm [Josephine Owaissa Cottle], American singer ("I Hear You Knockin'"), and actress (My Little Margie; The Gale Storm Show), born in Bloomington, Texas (d. 2009)
  • 1922 Harry Freedman (Henryk Frydmann), Canadian composer, born in Lodz, Poland (d. 2005)
  • 1925 Oldrich Flosman, Czechoslovakian composer, born in Pilsen, Czech Republic (d. 1998)
  • 1928 David Farquhar Andress, New Zealand composer (Ring Around the Moon; A Unicorn for Christmas), born in Cambridge, New Zealand (d. 2007)
  • 1928 Tony Williams, American singer (The Platters, 1953-59 - "Only You"; "The Great Pretender"), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey (d. 1992)
  • 1929 Joe Meek, English record producer (Telstar), born in Newent, Gloucestershire, England (d. 1967)
  • 1930 Nabil Totah, Palestinian-American jazz double bassist, born in Ramallah, Palestine Territory (d. 2012)
  • 1932 Billy Bland, American singer and songwriter, born in Wilmington, North Carolina (d. 2017)
  • 1934 Stanley Turrentine, American jazz saxophonist (Wonderland), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2000)
  • 1935 Peter Grant, English rock band manager (Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin), born in South Norwood, England (d. 1995)
  • 1936 John White, English composer and musical performer (systems music), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1939 Ronald "Ronnie" White, American singer (The Miracles - "Shop Around"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1995)

  • 1939 Crispian St. Peters, English singer (The Changin' Times), born in Swanley, Kent
  • 1940 Aliza Kashi, Israeli actress and singer (Merv Griffin regular), born in Israel
  • 1941 Dave Swarbrick, British folk fiddler, and songwriter (Fairport Convention; Martin Carthy), born in New Malden, Surrey (d. 2016)
  • 1942 Allan Clarke, British rock vocalist (Hollies - "Air That I Breathe"), born in Salford, Lancashire, England
  • 1944 Nicholas Caldwell, American R&B singer (Whispers - "And The Beat Goes On"), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2016)
  • 1946 Jennifer Penney, Canadian ballerina, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1946 Larry Frederick Wendt, American composer, born in Napa, California
  • 1948 Dave Holland, English heavy metal rocker (Judas Priest - "Breakin' The Law"), born in Northampton, England (d. 2018)
  • 1948 Hans Theessink, Dutch blues guitarist, mandolin player, singer-songwriter, born in Enschede, Netherlands

Person of interestAgnetha Fältskog

1950 Agnetha Fältskog [Anna Ulvaeus], Swedish singer (ABBA - "Dancing Queen"), born in Jönköping, Sweden

  • 1950 Mildred Douglas, Surinames/Dutch singer (Mai Tai)
  • 1950 Paul Oscher, American blues musician (Muddy Waters Blues Band), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1951 Everett Morton, Nevisian-born English drummer and percussionist (English Beat), born in Saint Kitts, West Indies
  • 1954 Stan Ridgway, American singer-songwriter (Wall Of Voodoo), born in Barstow, California
  • 1964 Christopher "Kid" Reid, American rapper (Kid 'n Play)
  • 1966 Michael "Mike" McCready, American musician and lead guitarist (Pearl Jam), born in Pensacola, Florida
  • 1968 Paula Cole, American pop singer ("I Don't Want To Wait"), born in Rockport, Massachussetts
  • 1970 Miho Hatori, Japanese singer and songwriter (Cibo Matto)

Person of interestPharrell Williams

1973 Pharrell Williams, American singer, songwriter ("Happy"), music producer (The Neptunes), and film producer (Hidden Figures), born in Virginia Beach, Virginia

  • 1974 Sahaj Ticotin, American musician/producer (Ra)
  • 1975 Juicy J [Jordan Houston], American rapper, songwriter, and record producer (Three 6 Mafia), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1980 Lee Jae Won, South Korean actor, singer, and rapper
  • 1981 Mariqueen Maandig (Rezner), Filipino-American singer, songwriter, and musician (How to Destroy Angels; West Indian Girl), born in The Phillippines