Musicians Born on August 15

  • 1725 Ferdinando Bertoni, Italian composer, born in Salò, Lombardy (d. 1813)
  • 1727 Johann Georg Holzbogen, German violinist and composer, born in Schwandorf, Bavaria (d. 1775)
  • 1736 Johann Christoph Kellner, German organist and composer, born in Gräfenroda, Thuringia, Germany (d. 1803)
  • 1741 Thomas Norris, English singer and composer, baptized in Mere, Wiltshire (d. 1790)
  • 1776 Ignaz von Seyfried, Austrian composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1841)
  • 1787 Alexander Aliabiev, Russian composer remembered as one of the fathers of Russian art song, born in Tobolsk, Siberia (d. 1851)
  • 1822 Wilhelm Rust, German musicologist and composer, born in Dessau, Germany (d. 1892)
  • 1829 Eduard de Hartog, Dutch composer, born in Amsterdam (d. 1909)
  • 1839 Hugh Archibald Clarke, Canadian organist, composer, and educator (The Music of The Spheres), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1927)
  • 1872 Harold Fraser-Simson, English composer, born in London (d. 1944)
  • 1872 Rubin Goldmark, American composer and teacher, born in New York (d. 1936)
  • 1875 Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, African-British composer (Hiawatha's Wedding Feast), born in London, England (d. 1912)
  • 1885 Andrey Pashchenko, Russian composer (A Symphonic Mystery, for Theremin and Orchestra), born in Rostov-on-Don (d. 1972)
  • 1888 Albert Spalding, American violinist and composer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1953)
  • 1890 Jacques Ibert, French composer (Escales), born in Paris, France (d. 1962)
  • 1892 Knud Jeppesen, Danish organist, composer, educator (Royal Danish Academy, 1920-47; Aarhus University, 1946-57), and musicologist (La frottola), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1974)
  • 1893 Alexander Gauk, Russian-Soviet composer, born in Odessa, Ukraine (d. 1963)
  • 1897 Marion Eugene Bauer, American composer, born in Walla Walla, Washington (d. 1955)
  • 1901 Byron Arnold, American composer, born in Vancouver, Washington (d. 1971)
  • 1901 Sulho Ranta, Finnish composer, born in Peräseinäjoki, Finland (d. 1960)
  • 1903 Joe Garland, American big band jazz saxophonist, arranger, and composer (In the Mood; Serenade To A Savage), born in Norfolk, Virginia (d. 1977)
  • 1906 Finn Videro, Danish organist and composer, born in Fuglebjerg, Næstved (d. 1987)
  • 1906 Harry Goodman, American jazz bassist, and sometimes tuba player, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1997)
  • 1910 Hugo Winterhalter, American composer, born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania (d. 1973)
  • 1911 Buster Brown, American blues singer and harmonica player (Fannie Mae), born in Cordele, Georgia (d. 1976)
  • 1918 Florian Zabach, American musician and TV personality (Hot Canary, Club Embassy), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1918 Raymond Gallois-Montbrun, French violinist and composer, born in Saigon, Vietnam (d. 1994)
  • 1922 Lukas Foss [Fuchs], German-American pianist, conductor and composer (Prairie), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2009)
  • 1923 Rose Marie [Mazzetta], American actress, comedienne and singer (The Dick Van Dyke Show - "Sally"; The Doris Day Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1925 Billy Pinkney, American bass vocalist (Drifters - "Ruby Baby"), born in Dalzell, South Carolina (d. 2007)
  • 1925 George Morrow, American jazz double-bassist (Max Roach and Clifford Brown; Sonny Rollins), born in Pasadena, California (d. 1992)

Oscar PetersonOscar Peterson (1925-2007)

Canadian jazz pianist and composer (Downbeat Magazine's Pianist of the Year, 1950-62), born in Montreal, Quebec

  • 1925 Rose Maddox, American country and bluegrass singer-songwriter, and fiddle player (Sing a Little Song of Heartache), born in Boaz, Alabama (d. 1998)
  • 1926 Lyutsian Abramovich Prigozhn, Russian composer, born in Tashkent (d. 1994)
  • 1927 Joe Castro, American bebop and West Coast jazz pianist (Teddy Edwards Quartet; June Christy), born in Miami, Arizona (d. 2009)
  • 1931 Mario Kuri-Aldana, Mexican composer, born in Tampico, Mexico (d. 2013)
  • 1932 Bill Dowdy, American jazz drummer (The Three Sounds), born in Osceola, Arkansas (d. 2017)
  • 1933 Bobby Helms, American country music singer (Jingle Bell Rock), born in Bloomington, Indiana (d. 1997)
  • 1933 Floyd Ashton, American singer (The Tams - "Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy"), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1934 Georgy Garanian, Armenian-Russian jazz saxophonist, bandleader and composer, born in Moscow, USSR (d. 2010)
  • 1934 Nino Ferrer, French-Italian singer and composer (Mirza, Cornichons), born in Genoa, Italy (d. 1998)
  • 1935 Jim Dale, English actor, director and singer (Barnum; My One & Only), born in Rothwell, England
  • 1937 Janet Mead, Australian Catholic nun and pop-rock singer (The Lord's Prayer), born in Adelaide, Australia (d. 2022)
  • 1938 Nesbert "Stix" Hooper, American jazz drummer (The Crusaders), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1939 Herman van Keeken, Dutch singer ("Daddy Don't Run So Fast"), born in Hilversum, Netherlands (d. 1995)
  • 1939 Norma Waterson, British folk music revivalist, and singer-songwriter, born in Hull, East Yorkshire, England (d. 2022)
  • 1940 Rita Shane, American soprano, born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2014)
  • 1941 Don Rich, American guitarist and country singer (Hee Haw), born in Olympia, Washington (d. 1974)
  • 1942 Peter York, British rock drummer (Spencer Davis Group), born in Redcar, Yorkshire
  • 1944 Frederick Knight, American R&B singer-songwriter ("I've Been Lonely For So Long"), and record producer, born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1944 Pamela Polland, American singer-songwriter (Hawaiianized Pop Classics), born in California
  • 1944 Sylvie Vartan, Armenian-Bulgarian-French pop-yé-yé singer ("Twiste et Chante"), and actress, born in Iskretz, Bulgaria
  • 1946 Jimmy Webb, American singer and songwriter ("MacArthur Park"; "Up Up & Away"), born in Elk City, Oklahoma
  • 1947 (Gerardo) "Jerry" Velez, American drummer and percussionist (Jimi Hendrix's Woodstock appearance; Spyro Gyra - "Morning Dance"), born in The Bronx, New York City
  • 1948 Patsy Gallant, Canadian pop singer ("It'll All Come Around"), born in Campbellton, New Brunswick
  • 1948 Tom Johnston, American guitarist and vocalist (The Doobie Brothers, 1970-77 & 1987-present - "Listen To The Music"; "China Grove"), born in Visalia, California
  • 1949 Kate Taylor, American singer and songwriter ("It's In His Kiss"), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1950 Billy Griffin, American singer (Miracles - "Love Machine"), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1950 Tommy Aldridge, American heavy metal and hard rock drummer (Black Oak Arkansas; Ozzy Osbourne; Whitesnake), born in Pearl, Mississippi
  • 1951 Bobby Caldwell, American singer ("What You Won't Do for Love"), born in NYC, New York
  • 1952 Ger Hoeymakers, Dutch rock guitarist (Franc Boeijen Group), born in Sevenum, Netherlands
  • 1956 Lorraine Desmarais, French Canadian jazz pianist and composer, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1956 Peter-John Vettese, Scottish keyboardist (Jethro Tull, 1982-89), songwriter, arranger, and producer born in Scotland, United Kingdom
  • 1956 Vinny Denunzio, American drummer (The Feelies), born in New Jersey
  • 1961 Matt Johnson, English singer-songwriter (The The), born in London, England
  • 1966 Shirley Kwan [Kwan Suk Yee] Chinese Canto-pop singer ("Happy Are Those In Love"), born in Hong Kong
  • 1972 Mikey Graham, Irish pop singer (Boyzone - "Words"; "No Matter What"), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1978 Tim Foreman, American bassist (Switchfoot - "The Beautiful Letdown"), born in Lake Arrowhead, California
  • 1979 Ailyn Perez, American operatic soprano, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1984 Edward "Ted" Dwane, British folk-rock double bassist (Mumford & Sons), born in London
  • 1985 Emily Kinney, American actress (The Walking Dead) and singer, born in Wayne, Nebraska
  • 1985 Nipsey Hussle [Ermias Asghedom], American rapper and activist, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2019)
  • 1989 Belinda [Belinda Peregrín Schüll], Mexican singer, songwriter and actress, born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1989 Joe Jonas, American pop singer (Jonas Brothers), born in Casa Grande, Arizona
  • 1989 Tiffanie Anderson, American singer, dancer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1995 Chief Keef [Keith Cozart}, American rap artist (Drill), born in Chicago, Illinois