On This Day

Musicians Born on April 7

  • 1694 Coelestin Praelisauer, German organist, composer, and monk, baptized in Kötzting, Electorate of Bavaria (now Bad Kötzting, Germany) (d. 1745)
  • 1699 Andreas Benedikt Praelisauer, German choirmaster and composer, baptized in Kötzting, Electorate of Bavaria (now Bad Kötzting, Germany) (d. 1743)
  • 1727 Henri Hardouin, French composer, born in Grandpré (d. 1808)
  • 1745 Georg Druschetzky, composer
  • 1748 Georg Wenzel Ritter, composer
  • 1763 Domenico Dragonetti, Italian composer and double bass player, born in Venice, Republic of Venice (now Italy) (d. 1846)
  • 1768 Karl Theodor Toeschi, composer
  • 1819 Hubert Léonard, Belgian violinist, and pedagogue (Brussels Conservatoire, 1848-67), born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1890)
  • 1826 Johann Hermann Berens, composer
  • 1851 Otto Adolf Klauwell, composer
  • 1870 Joseph Ryelandt, Belgian composer (Christus Rex - Christ the King), born in Bruges, Belgium (d. 1965)
  • 1895 Eduardo Toldrà, Spanish Catalan composer and conductor, born in Vilanova i la Geltrú, Spain (d. 1962)
  • 1897 Harald Sæverud, Norwegian composer (Rondo Amoroso; Sinfonia Dolorosa), born in Bergen (d. 1992)
  • 1899 Robert Casadesus, French concert pianist and composer (Symphony No. 7 - "Israel"), born in Paris (d. 1972)
  • 1908 Percy Faith, Canadian-American pop and easy listening composer and bandleader ("Theme from A Summer Place"), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1976)

Person of interestBillie Holiday

1915 Billie Holiday [Eleanora Fagan], American jazz singer ( "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm"; "Strange Fruit"), and songwriter ("God Bless The Child"; "Lady Sings the Blues"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1959) [1]

Jazz Musician Billie Holiday
Jazz Musician
Billie Holiday

  • 1918 Michael "Peanuts" Hucko, American big band jazz and session clarinetist (Glenn Miller's Army-Air Force Band; Lawrence Welk Show), born in Syracuse, New York (d. 2003)
  • 1919 Ralph Flanagan, American orchestra leader (Let's Dance), born in Loraine, Ohio

Person of interestRavi Shankar

1920 Ravi Shankar [Chowdhury], Bengali Brahmin sitar master and Indian classical music composer (West Meets East; Concert for Bangladesh), born in Benares, British, India (d. 2012)

Musician Ravi Shankar
Ravi Shankar
  • 1922 Kenneth Peacock, Canadian pianist, ethnomusicologist and composer (Rituals of Earth, Fire and Darkness), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2000)
  • 1922 Ramón "Mongo" Santamaría, Cuban percussionist (Afro Blue), born in Havana (d. 2003)
  • 1924 Ikuma Dan, Japanese composer (Yūzuru), born in Toyko (d. 2001)
  • 1924 Nick Perito, American orchestra leader (Don Knotts Show, Big Show), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1927 Babatunde Olatunji, Nigerian percussionist (Drums of Passion), educator, and social activist, born in Ajido, Lagos (d. 2003)
  • 1932 Louis "Mr Bo" Collins, blues singer
  • 1934 Victor Feldman, British jazz pianist and drummer, born in London (d. 1987)
  • 1935 Bobby Bare, American country singer ("500 Miles Away From Home"; "Come Sundown"; "Marie Laveau"), born in Ironton, Ohio
  • 1937 Charlie Thomas, American pop singer (The Drifters, 1958-67 - "Sweets For My Sweet"; "Save The Last Dance For Me"), born in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • 1938 Freddie Hubbard, jazz trumpeter (Art Blakey), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1938 Spencer Dryden, American drummer (Jefferson Airplane - "White Rabbit"; New Riders of the Purple Sage), born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1938 Alexander von Schlippenbach, German jazz pianist and composer (Globe Unity Orchestra), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1939 Gary Kellgren, American music producer who co-founded The Record Plant studios, born in Shenandoah, Iowa (d. 1977)
  • 1940 Jan Wilhelm Morthenson, Swedish composer, born in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden
  • 1943 Mick Abrahams, British rock guitarist (Jethro Tull, 1967-68; Blodwyn Pig, 1969-70), born in Luton, England
  • 1943 Roberta Shore [Schourop], American actress (The Virginian), and singer, born in Monterey Park, California,
  • 1944 Carol Grimes, British singer (Delivery), born in London, England

  • 1945 Megas, Icelandic singer, songwriter and writer
  • 1946 Barbara Benary, American composer (Gamelon Son Of Lion), born in Bay Shore, Long Island, New York (d. 2019)
  • 1947 Patricia Bennett, American singer (Chiffons - "He's So Fine"), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1947 Florian Schneider, German musician (Kraftwerk), born in Düsseldorf, Germany (d. 2020)
  • 1947 Charles '"Skip" Pitts, American soul & blues guitarist (Shaft), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2012)
  • 1948 Carol Douglas, American disco singer ("Doctor's Orders"), born in Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York City
  • 1948 Dallas Taylor, American session drummer (Crosby, Stills & Nash; Clear Light), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 2015)
  • 1949 Patricia [Anglaia Margareth Paaij] Paay, Dutch singer (You Are Not Hip), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • 1949 John Oates, American rock guitarist and vocalist (Hall & Oates - "Rich Girl"; "Maneater"), born in NYC, New York
  • 1951 Janis Ian [Janis Eddy Fink], American singer-songwriter and folk musician ("At Seventeen"; "Society's Child"), born in NYC, New York
  • 1951 John Dittrich, American country music drummer (Restless Heart - "Wheels"; "The Bluest Eyes In Texas"), born in Union, New Jersey
  • 1952 Bruce Gary, American rock drummer (The Knack - "My Sharona"), born in Burbank, California
  • 1955 Greg Reeves, American bass guitarist (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: Déjà Vu), born in Warren, Ohio
  • 1957 Simon Climie, English singer-songwriter and producer (Climie Fisher - "Love Changes Everything"), born in London
  • 1958 Tony Aire, rocker (Adventures - "Sea of Love")
  • 1962 Alain Robert, French rock & urban climber, born in Digoin, France
  • 1967 Artemis Gounaki, composer, writer and music producer
  • 1970 Leif Ove Andsnes, Norwegian classical pianist, born in Karmøy, Norway
  • 1975 John Cooper, American christian rock musician (Skillet), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1978 Duncan James, British pop singer (Blue -"If You Come Back"), and actor (Hollyoaks), born in Dorset, England
  • 1985 Saad Lamjarred, Moroccan pop singer-songwriter ("Lm3allem"), born in Rabat, Morocco
  • 1991 Anne-Marie [Nicholson], British pop singer-songwriter ("Rockabye"; "Friends"), born in East Tilbury in Essex, England