Birthdays in Music on August 12

  • 1626 Giovanni Legrenzi, composer
  • 1644 Georg Christoph Leuttner, composer
  • 1644 Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber, composer
  • 1696 Maurice Greene, English composer, born in London (d. 1755)
  • 1751 Johann Baptist Lasser, composer
  • 1825 Frederick Arthur Gore Ouseley, composer
  • 1838 Joseph Barnby, conductor/academic principal
  • 1853 Jean Louis Nicode, composer
  • 1875 Ettore Panizza, composer
  • 1875 Mezio Agostini, Italian composer, born in Fano, Italy (d. 1944)
  • 1881 Vaclav Vackar, composer
  • 1885 Alexander Albrecht, composer
  • 1890 Al Goodman, Nikopol Russia, orchestra leader (NBC Comedy Hour)
  • 1897 Manuel Blancafort, composer
  • 1897 Ramon Gonzalez Barron, composer
  • 1900 Jose Ignacio Prieto Arrizubieta, composer
  • 1910 Heinrich Sutermeister, Swiss composer (Romeo & Juliet)
  • 1914 Ruth Lowe, Canadian pianist and composer (I'll Never Smile Again) (d. 1981)
  • 1915 Michael Kidd, American choreographer and dancer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2007)
  • 1918 Sid Bernstein, music producer/promoter (Beatles, Rolling Stones), born in NYC, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1920 Percy Mayfield, US singer (Please Send Me Someone to Love)
  • 1925 Earl Coleman, American jazz singer, born in Port Huron, Michigan (d. 1995)
  • 1926 Joe Jones, American R&B singer (d. 2005)
  • 1927 Porter Wagoner, country singer, discovered Dolly Parton (Y'All Come), (d. 2007)
  • 1929 Buck Owens, [Alvis Edgar], Sherman Texas, country singer (Hee Haw)
  • 1929 Joji Yuasa, Japanese composer, born in Kōriyama, Fukushima
  • 1932 Sergey Mikhaylovich Slonimsky, composer
  • 1936 Gerard Masson, composer
  • 1940 Alexander Yossifov, composer
  • 1943 William Mac Lance "Tiny" McCloud, musician/songwriter
  • 1944 Peter Hofmann, German tenor
  • 1945 Ron Mael, American songwriter, composer and record producer (Sparks), born in Culver City, California
  • 1949 Mark Knopfler, British musician (Dire Straits), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1950 Kid Creole, [August Darnell], musician and actor (Obsession A Taste of Fear), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1954 Pat Metheny, jazz guitarist (As Wichita Falls)
  • 1955 Heintje, [Hendrik Simons], Dutch singer (Mama)
  • 1960 Morty Black, heavy metal rocker (TNT-7 Seas)
  • 1961 Roy Hay, guitarist (Culture Club-Do You Really Want to Hurt Me)
  • 1961 Lawrence Hayward, English musician (Felt, Denim, Go Kart Mozart)
  • 1963 Sir Mix A Lot, American rapper
  • 1967 Tom Holkenborg, drummer (Weekend at Waikiki)
  • 1967 Andy Hui, Hong Kong actor and singer
  • 1972 Del "The Funkee Homosapian", rapper
  • 1976 Mikko Viljami "Linde" Lindström, Finnish guitarist
  • 1976 Wednesday 13, American musician (Wednesday 13, Murderdolls)
  • 1977 Park Yong-ha, South Korean actor and singer
  • 1980 Matt Thiessen, Canadian-American musician (Relient K)
  • 1980 Jade Villalon, American singer/songwriter