On This Day

Birthdays in Music on April 6

  • 1631 Vincenzo De Grandis, composer
  • 1660 Johann Kuhnau, German composer and writer, born in Geising (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)

  • 1901 Willem Pelemans, Flemish composer/music reviewer
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 1929 Joi Lansing [Joyce Brown], American model, film and television actress, and nightclub singer (Touch of Evil, Bob Cummings Show), born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 1972)
  • 1929 André Previn, German born American conductor (London Symphony), film scorer (My Fair Lady) and pianist, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2019)
  • 1929 Arthur S Taylor Jr, US drummer/band leader (Taylor's Wailers)
  • 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
  • 1936 Manfred Schoof, composer

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1937 Merle Haggard, country singer (Death Valley Days), born in Bakersfield, California (d. 2016)

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard
  • 1940 Donald Myrick, American saxophonist ("If Leaving Me Is Easy, One More Night), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1993)
  • 1941 Gheorghe Zamfir, Romanian musician
  • 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

  • 1946 Daniel Kortchmar, American musician, producer and songwriter, born in NYC, New York
  • 1947 Tony Cooner, Essex, drummer (Hot Chocolate-You Sexy Thing)
  • 1951 Ralph Cooper, Australian drummer (Air Supply-All Out of Love)
  • 1952 Udo Dirkshneider, heavy metal rocker (Accept-Balls to the Wall, Udo)
  • 1953 Christopher Franke, German musician and composer
  • 1953 Patrick Doyle, Scottish film composer (Artemis Fowl, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Thor), born in Uddingston, Scotland
  • 1960 Warren Haynes, rock and blues guitarist (The Allman Brothers Band), born in Asheville, North Carolina
  • 1962 Stan Cullimore, bassist (Housemartins-Happy Hour, Over There)
  • 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/drummer (Party)
  • 1976 Georg Hólm, Icelandic musician
  • 1978 Myleene Klass, British singer
  • 1978 Martin Mendez, Uruguayan-born Bassist (Opeth)
  • 1982 Michael Guy Chislett, Australian-born American guitarist of "The Academy Is...", born in Skipton, Australia
  • 1984 Max Bemis, American musician/songwriter
  • 1985 Garrett Zablocki, American musician