Birthdays in Music 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. 1977)
  • 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)
  • 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), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 1985)
  • 1908 Herbert von Karajan, Austrian conductor (Berlin Philharmonic), born in Salzburg (d. 1989)
  • 1911 Goddard Lieberson, English composer and President of Columbia Records, 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 and actress (My Little Margie, 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, brn in Pilsen, Czech Republic (d. 1998)
  • 1928 David Farquhar Andress, New Zealand composer, born in Cambridge, New Zealand (d. 2007)
  • 1928 Tony Williams, American singer (Platters-Only You, Harbor Lights), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey (d. 1992)
  • 1929 Joe Meek, English record producer (Telstar), born in Newent, Gloucestershire, England (d. 1967)
  • 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, 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
  • 1942 Allan Clarke, English rock vocalist (Hollies-Air That I Breathe), born in Salford, Lancashire, England
  • 1944 Nicholas Caldwell, Rhythm and Blues singer (Whispers), 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)

Person of interestAgnetha Fältskog

1950 Agnetha Fältskog [Anna Ulvaeus], Swedish singer (ABBA), 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, dummer and percussionist (English Beat)
  • 1954 Stan Ridgway, American singer-songwriter (Wall Of Voodoo), born in Bartsow, 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 musician
  • 1970 Miho Hatori, Japanese singer and songwriter (Cibo Matto)

Person of interestPharrell Williams

1973 Pharrell Williams, American music producer (The Neptunes), born in Virginia Beach, Virginia

  • 1974 Sahaj Ticotin, American musician/producer (Ra)
  • 1980 Lee Jae Won, South Korean actor, singer, and rapper