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, American hymn composer, and music publisher, born in Ridgefield, Connecticut (d. 1925)
  • 1880 Leo Ascher, Austrian-American operetta composer (Hoheit tanzt Walzer - Her Highness Dances the Waltz), Vienna, Austria (d. 1942)

Mae West

1893 Mae West, American stage and screen actress, writer (She Done Him Wrong; I'm No Angel), and singer (Way Out West), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1980)

  • 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, arranger, bandleader, and composer, born in Brooklyn, New York City (d. 1985)
  • 1910 Erkki Aaltonen, Finnish composer, born in Hämeenlinna, Finland (d. 1990)
  • 1917 Zhou Xiaoyan, Chinese operatic soprano and pedagogue (Shanghai Conservatory, 1949-65 and 1970-78), born in Wuhan, China (d. 2016)
  • 1918 Ike Quebec, American jazz tenor-saxophone player, born in Newark. New Jersey (d. 1963)

Maureen O'Hara

1920 Maureen O'Hara [FitzSimons], Irish-American actress (Miracle on 34th Street; The Quiet Man; Only The Lonely), and singer, born in Ranelagh, County Dublin, Ireland (d. 2015)

  • 1923 Anton Kersjes, Dutch violinist and conductor (Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra) (d. 2004)
  • 1924 Laurence Deniz, Welsh jazz guitarist, and composer (Our Man In Havana), born in Cardiff, Wales (d. 1996)
  • 1926 George Melly, English jazz and blues singer, born in Liverpool, England (d. 2007)
  • 1928 (Thomas Jefferson) "T.J." Anderson, American classical composer, and educator (Tufts, 1972-90), born in Coatesville, Pennsylvania
  • 1933 Mark Dinning, American pop singer (Teen Angel), born in Manchester, Oklahoma (d. 1986)
  • 1936 Floyd Red Crow Westerman, Native American musician and actor and activist, born on Lake Traverse Indian Reservation, South Dakota (d. 2007)
  • 1936 Ivan Parik, Czech classical and electro-acoustic composer (Quadrophony), born in Bratislava (d. 2005)
  • 1939 Luther Allison, American rock guitarist ("Bad News Is Coming"), born in Mayflower Arkansas (d. 1997)
  • 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)
  • 1942 Tommy West [Picardo], American record producer (Jim Croce; Anne Murray), and singer-songwriter, born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 2021)
  • 1943 Dave "Snaker" Ray, American blues singer, and guitarist, born in St. Paul, Minnesota (d. 2002)
  • 1943 Edward Cowie, English composer (Leviathan), and painter, born in Birmingham, England
  • 1945 Katri-Helena, Finnish singer, born in Tuupovaara, Finland
  • 1946 Hans Vandenburg, Dutch rock singer and guitarist (Gruppo Sportivo), born in the Hague, Netherlands
  • 1947 Gary Talley, American rock guitarist (Box Tops - "The Letter"), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1948 Alexander Ivashkin, Russian cellist, conductor, and sitar player, born in Blagoveshchensk, Russia (d. 2014)
  • 1948 Rod MacDonald, American singer-songwriter, born in Southington, Connecticut
  • 1949 Sib Hashian, American rock drummer (Boston - "More Than A Feeling"), 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 bassist, and songwriter (XTC - "Generals And Majors"), born in Swindon, England
  • 1955 Kevin Welch, American country songwriter ("True Love Never Dies"), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1957 Ron Strykert, Australian rock guitarist (Men At Work - "Who Can It Be Now?"), born in Korumburra, Victoria [several sources cite August 18]
  • 1958 Belinda Carlisle, American new wave-pop singer (The Go-Go's - "Vacation"; solo - "Heaven On Earth"), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1960 Stephan Eicher, Swiss singer, born in Münchenbuchsee, Switzerland
  • 1962 Gilby Clarke, American rock guitarist (Guns N' Roses, 1991-94; Rock Star Supernova), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1964 Colin James, Canadian singer-songwriter, born in Regina, Saskatchewan
  • 1965 Glen Goldsmith, British singer-songwriter ("What You See Is What You Get"), born in High Wycombe, England
  • 1965 Steve Gorman, American rock drummer (Black Crowes - "Hard To Handle"), and radio personality, born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky
  • 1966 Maysa [Leak], American jazz and R&B singer, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1967 Kevin Max, American singer (dc talk), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • 1969 Donnie Wahlberg, American pop singer (New Kids On The Block - "Hangin' Tough"), actor (Band of Brothers; Boomtown), and producer, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1969 Linas Rimša, Lithuanian classical and jazz composer, born in Vilnius, Lithuanian SSR
  • 1969 Uhm Jung-hwa, South Korean K-pop singer (Rose of Betrayal; Festival), and actress, born in Jecheon-si, South Korea
  • 1974 Tony Hajjar, Lebanese-American drummer (At the Drive-In; Sparta), born in Beirut, Lebanon
  • 1977 Tarja Turunen, Finnish heavy metal and classical soprano (Nightwish), born in Kitee, Finland
  • 1978 Vibeke Stene, Norwegian goth-metal singer (Tristania), and actress, 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, American-British actor, dancer, and singer (Billy Elliot - The Musical), born in Pasedena, California
  • 1994 Phoebe Bridgers, American singer-songwriter (Punisher), born in Newport Beach, California

Lil Pump

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

  • 2003 The Kid Laroi [Charlton Howard], Australian singer-songwriter (Without You), born in Waterloo, Australia