Birthdays in Music 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, composer
  • 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)
  • 1895 Mance Lipscomb, American blues musician (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 singer (Old Man River), actor and civil rights activist, born in Princeton, New Jersey (d. 1976)
  • 1902 Frantisek Suchy, composer [or April 21, 1891]
  • 1904 Sharkey Bonano, American jazz musician, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1972)
  • 1906 Antal Dorati, Hungarian-American conductor (Minneapolis Symphony 1949-1960), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1988)
  • 1908 Fred Lohse, German composer, born in Leipzig (d. 1987)
  • 1909 Ivan Ivonovich Dzerzhinsky, Russian composer, born in Tambov, Dzerzhinsky (d. 1978)
  • 1909 Robert Helpmann, Australian actor, choreographer and dancer (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Don Quixote), born in Mount Gambier, South Australia (d. 1986)
  • 1918 Jorn 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. 2017)
  • 1924 Harald Heilmann, German composer, born in Aue, Germany
  • 1928 Tom Lehrer, American musician, satirist and mathematician (That Was The Week That Was), 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, singer/songwriter (Blue Suede Shoes), born in Jackson, Tennessee
  • 1932 Armin Jordan, Swiss conductor (d. 2006)
  • 1935 Aulis Sallinen, composer
  • 1936 Jerzy Maksymiuk, Polish pianist, composer and conductor (BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra 1983-93), born in Grodno, Poland
  • 1941 Kaye Adams, American country singer
  • 1943 Terry Knight, rock producer and singer (Grand Funk Railroad), born in Lapeer, Michigan (d. 2004)
  • 1945 Gus Hardin, [Carol Ann Blankenship], country singer, born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1946 Les Gray, vocalist (Mud-Cat Crept In)
  • 1949 Chico Ryan, rock vocalist (Sha Na Na)
  • 1949 Steve Gadd, American jazz drummer ('Late In The Evening', '50 Ways To Leave Your Lover'), born in Irondequoit, New York
  • 1952 Magnar Åm, Norwegian composer, born in Trondheim
  • 1953 Hal Ketchum, country singer (Small Town Saturday Night), born in Greenwich Village, New York
  • 1957 Ednita Nazario, Ponce PR, spanish singer
  • 1959 Dave Innis, Bartlesville Oklahoma, country singer (Restless Heart-Wheels)
  • 1961 Mark Kelly, keyboardist (Marillion-Real to Reel), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1964 Soyo Oka, Japanese musician

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1977 Gerard Way, American singer-songwriter (My Chemical Romance), born in Summit, New Jersey

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  • 1978 Rachel Stevens, English singer (S Club)
  • 1978 Vesna Pisarović, Croatian singer
  • 1979 Albert Hammond, Jr., American guitarist (The Strokes)
  • 1980 Clueso, German singer, rapper, songwriter and producer
  • 1984 Linda Chung, Hong Kong actress and singer
  • 1985 Yamashita Tomohisa, Japanese singer News
  • 1986 Brian Larsen, American musician and record producer
  • 1987 Jesse McCartney, American actor and singer