On This Day

Musicians Born on April 9

  • 1611 Giacomo Maria Predieri, Italian composer, born in Bologna, Italy (d. 1695)
  • 1627 Johann Kaspar Kerll, German composer, born in Adorf, Germany (d. 1693)
  • 1716 Johann Georg Zechner, Austrian composer, born in Gleisdorf, Austria (d. 1778)
  • 1717 Georg Matthias Monn, Austrian composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1750)
  • 1751 Emanuel Schikaneder, German playwright and composer, born in Straubing, Germany (d. 1812)
  • 1754 Antonio Frantisek Becvarovsky, Czech composer, born in Mlada Boleslav, Bohemia (d. 1823)
  • 1757 Wojciech Boguslawski, Polish composer, born in Glinno, Poznań County, Poland (d. 1829)
  • 1794 Theobald Boehm, German inventor of the modern flute, born in Munich, Germany (d. 1881)
  • 1798 Giuditta Pasta, Italian soprano, born in Saronno, Italy (d. 1865)
  • 1847 Paolo Tosti, Italian composer, born in Ortona, Italy (d. 1916)
  • 1847 Francis William Davenport, English composer, born in Wilderslowe, Derby (d. 1925)
  • 1850 Hermann Zumpe, German composer, born in Oppach, Germany (d. 1903)
  • 1854 Seaborn McDaniel Denson, American composer, born in Cleburne County, Alabama (d. 1936)
  • 1871 Arthur Fickenscher, American composer, born in Aurora, Illinois (d. 1954)
  • 1874 Julius Bittner, Austrian composer (Little Violet), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1939)
  • 1883 Renzo Bossi, Italian composer, born in Como (d. 1965)

  • 1884 Franco Vittadini, Italian composer, born in Pavia, Italy (d. 1948)
  • 1888 Florence Price, American composer (Wanamaker Prize, 1932) and 1st African-American woman to have a composition played by a major orchestra, born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 1953)
  • 1889 Efrem Zimbalist, Russian composer and violinist, born in Rostov on Don, Russia (d. 1985)
  • 1894 Ernest Kanitz, Austrian-American composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1978)
  • 1894 Edmund Jenkins, American clarinetist and composer (Charlestonia; Afram), born Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1926) [1]
  • 1895 (Beau De Glen) "Mance" Lipscomb, American blues singer and guitarist ("Shine On, Harvest Moon"), born in Navasota, Texas (d. 1976)
  • 1895 Rudolf Kattnigg, Austrian composer, born in Carinthia, Austria (d. 1955)
  • 1898 Julius Patzak, Austrian tenor singer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1974)
  • 1898 Paul Robeson, American bass-baritone singer ("Old Man River"), actor and civil rights activist, born in Princeton, New Jersey (d. 1976)
  • 1902 František Suchý, Czech oboist and composer (Moravian Wind Quintet), born in Libina, Bohemia, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1977)
  • 1904 Joseph "Sharkey" Bonano, American Dixieland jazz trumpeter and singer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1972)
  • 1906 Antal Doráti, Hungarian-American conductor (Minneapolis Symphony, 1949-1960; National Symphony, 1970-77), and composer, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1988)
  • 1908 Fred Lohse, German composer, born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1987)
  • 1909 Ivan Ivonovich Dzerzhinsky, Russian composer, born in Tambov, Dzerzhinsky, Russian Empire (d. 1978)
  • 1909 Robert Helpmann, Australian actor, choreographer and dancer (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Don Quixote), born in Mount Gambier, South Australia (d. 1986)
  • 1916 Julian Dash, American swing jazz tenor saxophonist, and composer ("Tuxedo Junction"), born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1974)
  • 1918 Jørn Utzon, Danish architect (Sydney Opera House), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 2008)
  • 1920 Art Van Damme, American jazz accordionist (Chicago Jazz), born in Norway, Michigan (d. 2010)
  • 1923 Bruno Kiefer, German-born Brazilian composer, born in Baden-Baden, Germany (d. 1987)
  • 1924 Harald Heilmann, German composer, born in Aue, Germany (d. 2018)

  • 1928 Monty Sunshine, British jazz clarinetist and bandleader (Petite Fleur), born in Stepney, London (d. 2010)
  • 1928 Tom Lehrer, American musician ("The Elements"), satirist (That Was The Week That Was), and mathematician, born in NYC, New York
  • 1929 Harvey Lichtenstein, American head of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1932 Carl Perkins, American rockabilly singer and songwriter ("Blue Suede Shoes"; "Honey Don't"), born in Jackson, Tennessee (d. 1998)
  • 1932 Armin Jordan, Swiss conductor, born in Luzern, Switzerland (d. 2006)
  • 1932 Abdul Mati [Matias Klarwein], French artist known for his works used on music album covers (Santana's Abraxus; Miles Davis' Bitches Brew; Osibisa's Heads; Jon Hassel's Dream Theory), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 2002)
  • 1935 Aulis Sallinen, Finnish composer, born in Salmi, Russia
  • 1935 Reuben Wilson, American jazz organist ("Got to Get Your Own"), born in Mounds, Oklahoma
  • 1936 Jerzy Maksymiuk, Polish pianist, composer and conductor (BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, 1983-93), born in Grodno, Poland
  • 1938 Rockin' Sidney [Simien], American zydeco and R&B singer-songwriter, accordionist, guitarist, organist, and harmonica player ("My Toot-Toot"; "You Ain't Nothing But Fine"), born in Lebeau, Louisiana (d. 1998)
  • 1941 (Princetta) Kay Adams, American country singer ("I Cried At Your Wedding,"; "Little Pink Mack"), born in Knox City, Texas
  • 1943 Terry Knight [Knapp], American rock singer, manager, and record producer (Grand Funk Railroad), born in Lapeer, Michigan (d. 2004)
  • 1945 Gus Hardin [Carolyn Ann Blankenship], American country singer, born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 1996)
  • 1946 Les Gray, English vocalist (Mud - "Tiger Feet"), born in Carshalton, Surrey (d. 2004)
  • 1948 Philip Wright, British rock drummer, and singer (Paper Lace -"The Night Chicago Died"), born in St. Ann's, Nottingham, England
  • 1949 (David Allan) "Chico" Ryan, American rock bassist and singer (Sha Na Na), born in Arlington, Massachusetts (d. 1998)
  • 1949 Steve Gadd, American jazz and rock session drummer (Paul Simon - "Late In The Evening"; "50 Ways To Leave Your Lover"; Steely Dan - "Aja"'), born in Irondequoit, New York
  • 1950 Peter John Wood, British session and touring rock keyboardist, born in Middlesex, England (d. 1993)
  • 1951 Andrzej Krzanowski, Polish classical composer and accordionist (The Wind Carries the Echo Across a Wood Clearing), born in Bielsko-Biała, Poland (d. 1990)
  • 1952 Magnar Åm, Norwegian composer, born in Trondheim, Norway

  • 1953 Hal Ketchum, American country singer ("Small Town Saturday Night"), born in Greenwich Village, New York (d. 2020)
  • 1957 Ednita Nazario, Puerto Rican Latin pop and rock singer, born in Ponce, Puerto Rico
  • 1959 Dave Innis, American country singer (Restless Heart - "Wheels"), born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma
  • 1961 Mark Kelly, Irish keyboardist (Marillion - "Real to Reel"), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1964 Soyo Oka, Japanese musician, born in Nishinomiya City, Hyogo, Japan
  • 1970 Josh Todd [Gruber], American musician, singer (Buckcherry), and actor, born in Los Angeles, California

Person of interestGerard Way

1977 Gerard Way, American singer-songwriter (My Chemical Romance - "Welcome To The Black Parade"), born in Summit, New Jersey

Singer-Songwriter Gerard Way
Singer-Songwriter
Gerard Way
  • 1978 Rachel Stevens, English singer (S Club 7), born in Southgate, London
  • 1978 Vesna Pisarović, Croatian singer, born in Brčko, Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • 1979 Albert Hammond, Jr., American guitarist (The Strokes), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1980 Clueso [Thomas Hübner], German pop singer, rapper, songwriter and producer, born in Erfurt, Germany
  • 1984 Linda Chung, Chinese-Canadian actress and singer, born in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada
  • 1985 Yamashita Tomohisa, Japanese singer and actor, born in Funabashi, Chiba, Japan
  • 1986 Brian Larsen, American musician and record producer, born in Laurel, Maryland
  • 1987 Jesse McCartney, American actor and singer, born in Ardsley, New York

Person of interestLil Nas X

1999 Lil Nas X [Montero Lamar Hill], American singer-songwriter and rapper (Old Town Road), born in Lithia Springs, Georgia

Rapper and Singer-Songwriter Lil Nas X
Rapper and Singer-Songwriter
Lil Nas X
  • 2000 Jackie Evancho, American classical crossover singer (The Debut), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania