Birthdays in Music on August 17

  • 1686 Nicola Antonio Porpora, composer
  • 1775 Philippe Libon, composer
  • 1779 Franz de Paula Roser, composer
  • 1828 George William Warren, composer
  • 1834 Peter Benoit, Flemish composer/conductor (Leie/Rubens Cantata)
  • 1839 Hubert Platt Main, composer
  • 1880 Leo Ascher, Austrian-born composer who moved to the US, born in Vienna (d. 1942)

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

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  • 1903 Abram Chasins, composer
  • 1904 Leopold Nowak, Austrian musicologist (d. 1991)
  • 1907 Marian Viktorovich Koval, composer
  • 1908 Kurt Hessenberg, composer
  • 1909 Larry Clinton, American trumpeter and bandleader (d. 1985)
  • 1910 Eric Aaltonen, composer
  • 1918 Ike Quebec, American tenor-saxophone player, born in Newark. New Jersey (d. 1963)
  • 1921 Maureen O'Hara [FitzSimons], Irish actress and singer (Miracle on 34th St, The Quiet Man), Ranelagh, County Dublin (d. 2015)
  • 1923 Anton Kersjes, violinist/conductor (Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • 1924 Laurence Richard Deniz, jazz guitarist
  • 1926 George Melly, British singer (d. 2007)
  • 1928 Thomas Jefferson Anderson, composer
  • 1933 Mark Dinning, American singer (d. 1986)
  • 1936 Ivan Parik, Czech composer, born in Bratislava
  • 1936 Floyd Red Crow Westerman, Native American musician-actor (d. 2007)
  • 1939 Luther Allison, Mayflower Ark, rock guitarist (Bad News is Coming)
  • 1943 Edward Cowie, composer
  • 1943 Dave "Snaker" Ray, American musician (d. 2002)
  • 1945 Katri Helena, Finnish singer
  • 1946 Hans Vandenburg, Dutch singer/guitarist (Gruppo Sportivo)
  • 1947 Gary Talley, rock guitarist (Box Tops), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1948 Rod MacDonald, American musician
  • 1949 Sib Hashian, rock drummer (Boston), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1953 Kevin Rowlands, rock vocalist (Dexy's Midnight Runners-Come on Eileen)
  • 1954 Eric Johnson, American guitarist
  • 1955 Colin Moulding, English pop guitarist (XTC)
  • 1955 Kevin Welch, California, country songwriter/actor (Thing Called Love)
  • 1958 Belinda Carlisle, (GoGos lead singer, Heaven on Earth), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1960 Stephan Eicher, Swiss singer
  • 1962 Gilby Clarke, US pop guitarist (Guns n' Roses-Civil War)
  • 1964 Colin James, Canadian musician
  • 1965 Glen Goldsmith, rocker (What You See is What You Get)
  • 1965 Steve Gorman, Hopkinsville Ky, rock drummer (Black Crowes)
  • 1966 Maysa Leak, American Jazz Singer
  • 1967 Kevin Max, American singer (dc talk)
  • 1969 Donald E Wahlberg Jr, rocker (New Kids-Hangin' Tough), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1971 Uhm Jung-hwa, South Korean singer and actress
  • 1974 Tony Hajjar, Lebanese musician (At the Drive-In, Sparta)
  • 1977 Tarja Turunen, Finnish singer
  • 1978 Vibeke Stene, Norwegian singer (Tristania)
  • 1980 Lene Marlin, Norwegian singer
  • 1982 Mark Salling, American actor and musician (Glee), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2018)