On This Day

Birthdays in Music on August 20

  • 1561 Jacopo Peri, Italian composer and singer who wrote the 1st recognized opera "Dafne", born in Rome (d. 1633)
  • 1666 Alphonse d'Ève, Flemish Baroque composer, born in Brussels (d. 1727)
  • 1720 Bernard de Bury, French musician and composer, born in Versailles, France (d. 1785)
  • 1756 Bernardo Bittoni, Italian composer, born in Fabriano, Italy (d. 1829)
  • 1788 José Bernardo Alcedo, Peruvian composer, born in Lima, Peru (d. 1878)
  • 1820 Adolphe Fétis, Belgian-French pianist and composer, born in Paris (d. 1873)
  • 1827 Josef Strauss, Austrian composer (Dorfschwalben aus Austria), born in Mariahilf, Austria (d. 1870)
  • 1873 William Henry Bell, English composer, born in St Albans, England (d. 1946)
  • 1888 George Sklavos, Greek composer, born in Brailov, Romania (d. 1976)
  • 1889 Witold Friemann, Polish composer, born in Konin, Poland (d. 1977)
  • 1905 Jack Teagarden [Weldon Leo Teagarden], American trombonist and actor (Meet Band Leaders), born in Vernon, Texas (d. 1964)
  • 1907 Anatole Fistoulari, Ukrainian conductor, born in Kiev, Ukraine (d. 1995)
  • 1923 Jim Reeves, American country singer and actor (Gun Fury, Kimberley Jim), born in Panola County, Texas (d. 1964)
  • 1926 Frank Rosolino, American jazz trombonist (The Frank Rosolino Sextet), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1978)
  • 1930 Mario Bernardi, Canadian pianist and conductor, born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario (d. 2013)
  • 1934 Sneaky Pete Kleinow, American country-rock musician (Flying Burrito Brothers), born in South Bend, Indiana (d. 2007)

  • 1935 Charles Shere, American composer, born in Berkeley, California
  • 1935 J. J. Malone, American soul singer (It's a shame), born in Pete's Corner, Alabama (d. 2004)
  • 1935 Justin Tubb, American country singer (Grand Ole Opry), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 1998)
  • 1936 Carla Fracci, Italian ballerina, born in Milan, Italy
  • 1937 El Fary, Spanish singer and actor, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 2007)
  • 1940 John Lantree, English rocker (The Honeycombs), born in Newbury, Berkshire
  • 1941 Dave Brock, British singer, musician and founder of Hawkwind, born in Isleworth, Middlesex, England
  • 1942 Isaac Hayes, American musician and composer (Shaft), born in Covington, Tennessee (d. 2008)
  • 1944 John Povey, English musician, born in London
  • 1946 Ralf Hütter, German musician (Kraftwerk), born in Krefeld, Germany

Person of interestRobert Plant

1948 Robert Plant, English rock vocalist (Led Zeppelin), born in West Bromwich, England

Rock Vocalist Robert Plant
Rock Vocalist
Robert Plant
  • 1949 Phil Lynott, Irish rock musician (Thin Lizzy), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1986)
  • 1949 Nikolas Asimos, Greek counter-culture composer and singer, born in Thessaloniki, Greece (d. 1988)
  • 1952 John Hiatt, American singer and songwriter (Have a Little Faith in Me), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1952 Rudy Gatlin, American country singer (Gatlin Bros-Broken Lady), born in Olney, Texas
  • 1955 Rob Wiedijk, Dutch rock vocalist (Bob Color)
  • 1956 Rick Olsen, American rock guitarist (Berlin-Take My Breath Away)
  • 1961 Rick Rael, heavy metal rocker
  • 1965 KRS-One [Lawrence Parker], American rapper, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1966 "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, American heavy metal guitarist (Pantera), born in Arlington, Texas (d. 2004)
  • 1968 Yuri Shiratori, Japanese voice actress and singer, born in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
  • 1970 Fred Durst, American singer (Limp Bizkit), born in Gastonia, North Carolina
  • 1971 Brad Avery, American musician (former guitarist for Third Day)
  • 1974 Maxim Vengerov, Russian-Israeli violinist, born in Novosibirsk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
  • 1974 Amy Adams, American actress and singer (Arrival, Man of Steel, American Hustle), born in Vicenza, Veneto, Italy
  • 1974 Big Moe [Kenneth Doniell Moore], American rapper (Screwed Up Click), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2007)
  • 1974 Andy Strachan, Australian musician (The Living End), born in Adelaide, Australia
  • 1979 Jamie Cullum, English singer-songwriter, pianist and radio presenter, born in Rochford, England
  • 1984 Golan Yosef, Dutch actor and dancer, born in Gouda, Netherlands

Person of interestDemi Lovato

1992 Demi Lovato, American actress (Camp Rock) and singer/songwriter (Unbroken), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Actress and Singer-Songwriter Demi Lovato
Actress and Singer-Songwriter
Demi Lovato