On This Day

Musicians Born on April 6

  • 1631 Vincenzo De Grandis, composer
  • 1660 Johann Kuhnau, Bohemian organist, choirmaster, and composer (Biblical Sonatas), born in Geising, Bohemia (now Germany) (d. 1722)
  • 1672 Andre Cardinal Destouches, composer
  • 1708 Johann George Reutter, Austrian composer, born in Vienna (d. 1772)
  • 1752 Johann Friedrich Kranz, composer
  • 1757 Alessandro Rolla, composer
  • 1778 Joseph Funk, early American composer, born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania (d. 1862)
  • 1812 Gavril Yakimovich Lomakin, composer
  • 1815 Friedrich Robert Volkmann, German composer, born in Lommatzsch, Saxony (d. 1883)
  • 1818 Francis Henry Brown, composer
  • 1835 Jose Marraco y Ferrer, composer
  • 1844 Joseph Ludwig, composer
  • 1878 Carl Emil Theodor Ehrenberg, composer
  • 1885 Carlos Leon Salzedo, composer
  • 1892 Mateusz Glinski, composer
  • 1900 Andres Sas, Belgian Peruvian composer, born in Paris (d. 1967)

  • 1900 Leo Robin, American songwriter ("Thanks For The Memory"; "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend"), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1984)
  • 1901 Willem Pelemans, Flemish composer, and music critic, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1991) [some sources give birthdate as April 8]
  • 1902 James "Rosy" McHargue, American jazz clarinetist, and vocalist (Ted Weems Orchestra; The Wolverines), born in Danville, Illinois (d. 1999)
  • 1908 Vano Il'ich Muradeli, composer
  • 1911 Phyllis Tate, English composer, born in Buckinghamshire (d. 1987)
  • 1917 "Big" Walter Horton, American blues harmonica player ("Everybody's Fishin'"), born in Horn Lake, Mississippi (d. 1981)
  • 1919 Paula Kelly, Grove City, Pennsylvania, American big band singer
  • 1921 Andrew Welsh Imbrie, composer
  • 1922 Dorothy Donegan, American boogie-woogie, swing jazz, and classical pianist, and vocalist, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1998)
  • 1924 Charlie Rouse, American hard bop tenor saxophonist (Thelonious Monk Quartet; Sphere), born in Washington, DC (d. 1988)
  • 1927 Gerry Mulligan, American saxophonist and orchestra leader (Jazz On A Summer Day), born in Queens, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1928 Will Gaines, American-British tap dancer, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2014)
  • 1928 Bob Efford, British jazz and session baritone saxophonist and reed player, born in London (d. 2019)
  • 1929 Joi Lansing [Joyce Brown], American model, film and television actress (Touch Of Evil; Bob Cummings Show), and nightclub singer, born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 1972)
  • 1929 André Previn, German-American conductor (London Symphony), film score composer (My Fair Lady), and jazz pianist, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2019)
  • 1929 Art Taylor, American jazz drummer (Bud Powell, Red Garland, John Coltrane, Donald Byrd), band leader (Taylor's Wailers), and writer (Notes and Tones), born in New York City (d. 1995)
  • 1929 Edison Vasalievich Denisov, Russian avant-garde composer (Sun of the Incas), born in Tomsk, Siberia (d. 1996)
  • 1931 Joan Carlyle, British soprano
  • 1934 Reijo Jyrkiainen, Finnish composer, born in Suistamo, Finland
  • 1934 Horace Tapscott, American jazz pianist and composer (Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra, 1961-98), born in Houston, Texas (d. 1999)

  • 1934 Guy Peellaert, Belgian graphic artist, photographer (Rock Dreams), movie poster and album cover designer (David Bowie -"Diamond Dogs'; Rolling Stones - "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll"), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 2008)
  • 1936 Manfred Schoof, German free jazz trumpeter and composer (Globe United Orchestra), and educator, born in Magdeburg, Germany

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1937 Merle Haggard, American country singer-songwriter ("Mama Tried"; "If We Make It Through December"; "Okie from Muskogee"), born in Oildale, California (d. 2016)

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  • 1939 Beverly "Guitar" Watkins, American blues guitarist, and singer, born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2019)
  • 1940 Donald Myrick, American saxophonist ("If Leaving Me Is Easy"; "One More Night"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1993)
  • 1941 Gheorghe Zamfir, Romanian pan lute player, born in Găești, Romania
  • 1941 (William) Louis Shelton, American session guitarist and music producer, born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1942 Anita Pallenberg, Italian model and actress credited as the muse of the Rolling Stones, born in Rome, Italy (d. 2017)
  • 1944 Felicity Palmer, British mezzo-soprano
  • 1944 John Stax [Fullagar], British rock bassist, and harmonica player (Pretty Things, 1963-67 - "Don't Bring Me Down"; "Cry To Me"), born in Crayford, Kent, England
  • 1946 Danny Kortchmar, American session guitarist, producer and songwriter (James Taylor, Carole King, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, Don Henley), born in New York City
  • 1947 Tony Cooner, British drummer (Hot Chocolate - "You Sexy Thing"), born in Romford, England
  • 1947 Rosemary Ann Butler, American session singer (Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, Warren Zevon, Neil Young, Neil Diamond, Jackson Browne), born in California
  • 1951 Ralph Cooper, Australian drummer (Air Supply - "All Out of Love")
  • 1952 Udo Dirkshneider, heavy metal rocker (Accept - "Balls to the Wall"; Udo)
  • 1952 Stephen Barber, American musician, arranger, and composer, born in Abilene, Texas
  • 1953 Christopher Franke, German musician and composer (Tangerine Dream), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1953 Patrick Doyle, Scottish film composer (Artemis Fowl; Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire; Thor), born in Uddingston, Scotland
  • 1956 Hal Willner, American music producer (Lost In The Stars: The Music of Kurt Weill; Stay Awake: Various Interpretations of Music from Vintage Disney Films; The Carl Stalling Project), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2020)
  • 1960 Warren Haynes, American rock and blues guitarist (The Allman Brothers Band), born in Asheville, North Carolina

  • 1960 John Pizzarelli, American jazz guitarist, vocalist, and record producer, born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • 1964 Johnny Dee [DiTeodoro], American heavy metal drummer (Britny Fox - "Boys in Heat"; "King Kobra"), born in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania
  • 1965 Black Francis [Charles Thompson IV], American singer and songwriter (Pixies; Frank Black), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1968 Vanessa Lann, American composer (Dancing to an Orange Drummer), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1973 Rie Miyazawa, Japanese actress/singer
  • 1975 Dannon Phillip Pampolina, rapper and drummer (Party)
  • 1976 Georg Hólm, Icelandic musician
  • 1978 Myleene Klass, British pop-opera singer,born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England
  • 1978 Martin Mendez, Uruguayan-born bassist (Opeth)
  • 1978 Robert Glasper, American jazz, neo-soul, and R&B pianist, songwriter, arranger, and producer, born in Houston, Texas
  • 1978 Armen Nalbandian, Armenian-American jazz pianist, composer, and activist, born in Manchester, England
  • 1982 Michael Guy Chislett, Australian-American rock and Christian music guitarist (The Academy Is...2007-11; Hillsong United, 1998-present), born in Skipton, Australia
  • 1984 Max Bemis, American musician and songwriter
  • 1985 Garrett Zablocki, American musician