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Birthdays in Music on April 7

  • 1694 Coelestin Praelisauer, composer
  • 1699 Andreas Benedikt Praelisauer, composer
  • 1727 Henri Hardouin, French composer, born in Grandpré (d. 1808)
  • 1745 Georg Druschetzky, composer
  • 1748 Georg Wenzel Ritter, composer
  • 1763 Domenico Dragonetti, composer
  • 1768 Karl Theodor Toeschi, composer
  • 1819 Hubert Leonard, composer
  • 1826 Johann Hermann Berens, composer
  • 1851 Otto Adolf Klauwell, composer
  • 1870 Joseph Ryeland, Belgian composer/Baron
  • 1893 Irene Castle, dancer (leader in anti-vivisection movement)
  • 1895 Eduardo Toldra, composer
  • 1897 Harald Sigurd Johan Sæverud, Norwegian composer, born in Bergen (d. 1992)
  • 1899 Robert Casadesus, French pianist (d. 1972)
  • 1908 Percy Faith, conductor (Summer Place)

Person of interestBillie Holiday

1915 Billie Holiday [Eleanora Fagan], American jazz singer (Lady Sings the Blues), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1959)

Jazz Musician Billie Holiday
Jazz Musician
Billie Holiday
  • 1918 Peanuts Hucko, dixieland clarinetist (Lawrence Welk Show), born in Syracuse, New York
  • 1919 Ralph Flanagan, orchestra leader (Let's Dance), born in Loraine, Ohio

Person of interestRavi Shankar

1920 Ravi Shankar, Indian musician (The Pandit), born in Varanasi, 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, orchestra leader (Don Knotts Show, Big Show), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1927 Babatunde Olatunji, Nigerian percussionist (Drums of Passion), 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, Irontown Oh, country singer (Detroit City)
  • 1937 Charlie Thomas, singer (Drifters), born in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • 1938 Freddie Hubbard, jazz trumpeter (Art Blakey), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1938 Spencer Dryden, American drummer (Jefferson Airplane), born in NYC, New York
  • 1939 Gary Kellgren, American music producer who cofounded The Record Plant studios, born in Shenandoah, Iowa (d. 1977)
  • 1940 Jan Wilhelm Morthenson, Swedish composer, born in Örnsköldsvik
  • 1943 Mick Abrahams, Luton, rock guitarist (Jethro Tull, Blodwyn Pig)
  • 1943 Roberta Shore, Monterrey Park, California, actress/singer (Virginian)
  • 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 Düsseldorf, Germany (d. 2020)
  • 1947 Charles 'skip' Pitts, American soul & blues guitarist (Shaft), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2012)
  • 1948 Carol Douglas, American singer
  • 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/vocalist (Hall & Oates-Rich Girl), 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, Union NJ, country singer (Restless Heart-Wheels)
  • 1952 Bruce Gary, rock drummer (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), born in London
  • 1958 Tony Aire, rocker (Adventures-Sea of Love)
  • 1962 Alain Robert, French rock and urban climber
  • 1967 Artemis Gounaki, composer, writer and music producer
  • 1970 Leif Ove Andsnes, Norwegian pianist
  • 1975 John Cooper, American christian rock musician (Skillet), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1985 Saad Lamjarred, Moroccan pop star (Lmaallem), born in Rabat, Morocco