On This Day

Musicians Born on August 17

  • 1686 Nicola Antonio Porpora, Italian composer and singing teacher, born in Naples (d. 1768)
  • 1775 Philippe Libon, Spanish composer, born in Cadiz, Spain (d. 1838)
  • 1779 Franz de Paula Roser, Austrian composer and conductor, born in Naarn, Upper Austra (d. 1830)
  • 1828 George William Warren, American composer and organist, born in Albany, New York (d. 1902)
  • 1834 Peter Benoit, Flemish composer and conductor (Leie/Rubens Cantata), born in Harelbeke, Flanders (d. 1901)
  • 1839 Hubert Platt Main, composer
  • 1880 Leo Ascher, Austrian-born composer who moved to the US, born in Vienna (d. 1942)

Person of interestMae West

1893 Mae West, American actress and singer (She Done him Wrong), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1980)

Actress Mae West
Mae West
  • 1901 Henri Tomasi, French classical and film music composer (Requiem for Peace; The Silence of the Sea), born of Marseille, France (d. 1971)
  • 1903 Abram Chasins, American composer, born in New York City (d. 1987)
  • 1904 Leopold Nowak, Austrian musicologist (International Bruckner Society; Mozart's Requiem), and educator (Vienna University, 1932-73), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1991)
  • 1907 Marian Viktorovich Koval, Russian composer, born in Pristan Voznesenya, Olonets district, Russian Empire (d. 1971)
  • 1907 Zygmunt Mycielski, Polish composer and music critic, born in Przeworsk, Habsburg Empire (now Poland) (d. 1987)
  • 1908 Kurt Hessenberg, German composer, born in Frankfurt, Germany (d.1994)
  • 1909 Larry Clinton, American trumpeter and bandleader (d. 1985)
  • 1910 Erkki Aaltonen, Finnish composer, born in Hämeenlinna, Finland (d. 1990)

  • 1918 Ike Quebec, American tenor-saxophone player, born in Newark. New Jersey (d. 1963)
  • 1920 Maureen O'Hara [FitzSimons], Irish actress and singer (Miracle on 34th St, The Quiet Man), Ranelagh, County Dublin (d. 2015)
  • 1923 Anton Kersjes, Dutch violinist and conductor (Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra) (d. 2004)
  • 1924 Laurence Deniz, Welsh jazz guitarist, born in Cardiff, Wales
  • 1926 George Melly, English jazz and blues singer, born in Liverpool, England (d. 2007)
  • 1928 T.J. [Thomas Jefferson] Anderson, American composer, born in Coatesville, Pennsylvania
  • 1933 Mark Dinning, American pop singer (Teen Angel), born in Manchester, Oklahoma (d. 1986)
  • 1936 Ivan Parik, Czech composer, born in Bratislava
  • 1936 Floyd Red Crow Westerman, Native American musician and actor and activist, born on Lake Traverse Indian Reservation, South Dakota (d. 2007)
  • 1939 Luther Allison, American rock guitarist (Bad News is Coming), born in Mayflower Arkansas
  • 1942 John Tyrrell, British musicologist (Leoš Janáček; The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians), born in Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe) (d. 2018)
  • 1943 Edward Cowie, English composer, born in Birmingham, England
  • 1943 Dave "Snaker" Ray, American musician (d. 2002)
  • 1945 Katri-Helena, Finnish singer, born in Tuupovaara, Finland
  • 1946 Hans Vandenburg, Dutch singer/guitarist (Gruppo Sportivo)
  • 1947 Gary Talley, American rock guitarist (Box Tops), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1948 Rod MacDonald, American singer-songwriter, born in Southington, Connecticut
  • 1948 Alexander Ivashkin, Russian cellist, conductor, and sitar player, born in Blagoveshchensk, Russia (d. 2014)
  • 1949 Sib Hashian, American rock drummer (Boston), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1953 Kevin Rowlands, British rock vocalist (Dexy's Midnight Runners-Come on Eileen), born in Wednesfield, England

  • 1954 Eric Johnson, American guitarist, born in Austin, Texas
  • 1955 Colin Moulding, English pop guitarist (XTC), born in Swindon, England
  • 1955 Kevin Welch, American country songwriter/actor (Thing Called Love), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1958 Belinda Carlisle, American singer (Go-Gos, Heaven on Earth), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1960 Stephan Eicher, Swiss singer, born in Münchenbuchsee, Switzerland
  • 1962 Gilby Clarke, American guitarist (Guns N' Roses), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1964 Colin James, Canadian singer-songwriter, born in Regina, Saskatchewan
  • 1965 Glen Goldsmith, English singer-songwriter (What You See is What You Get), High Wycombe, England
  • 1965 Steve Gorman, American rock drummer (Black Crowes), born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky
  • 1966 Maysa Leak, American Jazz Singer, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1967 Kevin Max, American singer (dc talk), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • 1969 Donald E Wahlberg Jr, American rocker (New Kids-Hangin' Tough), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1969 Linas Rimša, Lithuanian classical and jazz composer, born in Vilnius, Lithuanian SSR
  • 1971 Uhm Jung-hwa, South Korean singer and actress
  • 1974 Tony Hajjar, Lebanese-American musician (At the Drive-In, Sparta), born in Beirut, Lebanon
  • 1977 Tarja Turunen, Finnish singer, born in Kitee, Finland
  • 1978 Vibeke Stene, Norwegian singer (Tristania), born in Sokndal, Norway
  • 1980 Lene Marlin, Norwegian singer-songwriter, born in Tromsø, Norway
  • 1982 Mark Salling, American actor and musician (Glee), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2018)
  • 1990 Colin Bates, British-American actor, dancer, and singer (Billy Elliot - The Musical)
  • 1994 Phoebe Bridgers, American isinger-songwriter (Punisher) , born in Newport Beach, California

Person of interestLil Pump

2000 Lil Pump [Gazzy Garcia], American rapper (Gucci Gang), born in Miami, Florida

Rapper Lil Pump
Lil Pump