On This Day

Birthdays in Music on April 8

  • 1533 Claudio Merulo, Italian organist and composer, born in Correggio, Italy (d. 1604)
  • 1692 Giuseppe Tartini, Venetian Baroque composer and violinist (Trillo del Diavolo), born in Piran, Venice (d. 1770)
  • 1697 Pierre Prowo, German composer, born in Altona (d. 1757)
  • 1708 Georg Zarth, Bohemian composer, born in Hochtann, Bohemia (d. 1778)
  • 1756 Joseph Gehot, Belgian composer, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1820)
  • 1776 Thaddäus Weigl, Austrian composer (d. 1844)
  • 1798 Dionysios Solomos, Greek poet of the Greek national anthem, born in Zakynthos Island, Greece (d. 1857)
  • 1843 Asger Hamerik [Hammerich], Danish composer, born in Frederiksberg, Denmark (d. 1923)
  • 1878 Rudolf Nelson, German composer, born in Berlin (d. 1960)
  • 1881 Fernand Lamy, French composer, born in Chauvigny, France (d. 1966)
  • 1885 Dimitrios Levidis, Greek composer, born in Athens, Greece (d. 1951)
  • 1888 Victor Schertzinger, American composer and director (Uptown NY), born in Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania (d. 1941)
  • 1889 Adrian Boult, British conductor (BBC Symphony Orchestra, 1930-50; London Philharmonic, 1950-59), born in Chester, England (d. 1983)
  • 1895 Sigurdur Thordarson, composer
  • 1896 Karl Hermann Pillney, composer
  • 1896 Yip Harburg [Isidore Hochberg], American lyricist (Somewhere Over The Rainbow), born in NYC, New York; (d. 1981)

  • 1897 Herbert Eimert, German composer/musicologist (Glockenspiel)
  • 1902 Josef Krips, conductor (London Symph 1954-63), born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1904 John Antill, Australian composer (Corroboree), born in Sydney (d. 1986)
  • 1906 Raoul Jobin, French Canadian tenor (d. 1974)
  • 1909 George Dixon, trumpet/sax
  • 1909 Olavi Pesonen, Finnish composer, born in Helsinki, Finland (d. 1993)
  • 1920 Carmen McRae (Clark), US jazz singer/pianist (Dream of Life)
  • 1921 Jan Novák, Czech classical composer, born in Nová Říše, Morovia (d. 1984)
  • 1923 Franco Corelli, Italian tenor (Don Jose-Carmen), born in Ancona, Italy (d. 2003)
  • 1927 Oliver "Ollie" Mitchell, American musician and bandleader (The Wrecking Crew), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2013)
  • 1928 Monty Sunshine, British jazz clarinetist and bandleader (Petite Fleur), born in Stepney, London (d. 2010)
  • 1928 Fred Ebb, American composer, born in Manhattan, NYC (d. 2004)
  • 1929 Jacques Brel, Belgian singer, songwriter, actor, director and composer (Le Far West, Pain in the A__), born in Schaerbeek, Brussels (d. 1978)
  • 1929 Walter Berry, Austria singer/ex husband of Christa Ludwig
  • 1930 John Reardon, American baritone (Falke-Die Fledermaus), born in NYC, New York
  • 1933 Jaroslav Smolka, Czech composer
  • 1938 Barton Keith McLean, composer
  • 1941 Peggy Lennon, singer (Lennon Sisters), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1942 Roger Chapman, Leicester, rock vocalist (Family-Family Entertainment)
  • 1944 Santiago Jiménez Jr, American folk and Tejano accordionist (El Mero Mero, Viva Seguin), born in Texas

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1947 Steve Howe, English rock guitarist (Asia, Yes-Roundabout), born in London, England

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  • 1947 Larry Norman, American musician and pioneer of Christian rock music (Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?), born in Corpus Christi, Texas (d. 2008)
  • 1951 Mel Schacher, American bassist (Grand Funk Railroad-Some Kind of Wonderful), born in Owosso, Michigan
  • 1952 Adam Woods, rock drummer/pianist (Fixx)
  • 1962 Izzy Stradlin [Jeff Isabelle], Lafayette IN, guitarist (Guns & Roses)
  • 1963 Julian Lennon, singer (Too Late for Goodbyes) and son of John, born in Liverpool, England
  • 1964 Biz Markie, rocker (Meteor Man, Townsend Television)
  • 1972 Paul Gray, American bassist (Slipknot)
  • 1974 Chino XL, American rapper
  • 1975 Anouk [Teeuwe], Dutch singer, born in The Hague
  • 1979 Alexi Laiho, Finnish guitarist and singer (Children of Bodom, Sinergy, Kylähullut), born in Espoo, Finland (d. 2021)
  • 1980 Manuel Ortega, Austrian singer
  • 1986 Erika Sawajiri, Japanese actress, model and singer
  • 1989 Hitomi Takahashi, Japanese singer
  • 1989 Matty Healy [Matthew Healy], British vocalist and guitarist (The 1975), born in London, England
  • 1990 Jonghyun [Kim Jong-hyun], South Korean singer-songwriter, radio host, and author (SHINee), born in Jung District, Seoul, South Korea (d. 2017)