Musicians Born 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 (Weldon Leo) "Jack" Teagarden, American jazz trombonist (Paul Whiteman, 1933-38; Louis Armstrong's All-Stars, 1946-51), singer ("Basin Street Blues"), and bandleader, born in Vernon, Texas (d. 1964)
  • 1907 Anatole Fistoulari, Ukrainian conductor, born in Kyiv, Ukraine (d. 1995)
  • 1923 Jim Reeves, American country singer ("He'll Have To Go"; "Distant Drums"), and actor (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 contemporary classical composer, broadcaster, music critic, and educator, born in Berkeley, California (d. 2020)
  • 1935 J. J. Malone, American blues and soul singer, guitarist, and keyboard player ("It's A Shame"), born in Pete's Corner, Alabama (d. 2004)
  • 1935 Justin Tubb, American country songwriter and singer (I Gotta Go Get My Baby; 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)
  • 1937 Sky Saxon [Richard Marsh], American rocker (The Seeds - "Pushin' To Hard"), born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 2009)
  • 1940 John Lantree, English rocker (The Honeycombs), born in Newbury, Berkshire
  • 1941 Dave Brock, British progressive rock singer, and multi-instrumental musician (Hawkwind), born in Isleworth, Middlesex, England

Isaac Hayes

1942 Isaac Hayes, American musician and composer ("Shaft"), born in Covington, Tennessee (d. 2008)

  • 1944 John Povey, English musician (The Pretty Things; Electric Banana), born in London
  • 1946 Ralf Hütter, German musician (Kraftwerk), born in Krefeld, Germany
  • 1947 David Lasley, American session vocalist and songwriter, born in Branch, Michigan
  • 1947 James Pankow, American trombonist, arranger and composer (Chicago - "Make Me Smile"; "Colour My World"), born in St. Louis, Missouri

Robert Plant

1948 Robert Plant, British rock vocalist (Led Zeppelin - "Stairway To Heaven"), born in West Bromwich, England

  • 1949 Katiana Balanika [Aikaterini Athaniti], Greek actress (On Air) and singer
  • 1949 Nikolas Asimos, Greek counter-culture composer and singer, born in Thessaloniki, Greece (d. 1988)
  • 1949 Phil Lynott, Irish rock singer and bass player (Thin Lizzy - "The Boys Are Back In Town"), born in West Bromwich, England. (d. 1986)
  • 1952 Doug Fieger, American singer–songwriter (The Knack - "My Sharona"), born in Oak Park, Michigan (d. 2010)
  • 1952 John Clayton, American session and jazz bassist, arranger, composer (Clayton Brothers; Diana Krall), and classical double bassist (Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra), born in Venice, California
  • 1952 John Hiatt, American singer and songwriter ("Have a Little Faith in Me"), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1952 Rudy Gatlin, American country singer (Gatlin Brothers - "Broken Lady"), born in Olney, Texas
  • 1954 Tawn Mastrey, American disc jockey and music video producer, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2007)
  • 1955 Rob Wiedijk, Dutch rock vocalist (Bob Color)
  • 1956 Rick Olsen, American rock guitarist (Berlin - "Take My Breath Away")
  • 1964 Miljenko "Dino" Dvornik, Croatian singer known as "the Croatian King of Funk", born in Split, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia (d. 2008)
  • 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 Christian rock guitarist (Third Day, 1995-08)

Amy Adams

1974 Amy Adams, American actress (Junebug; Enchanted: Julie & Julia; American Hustle; Big Eyes), born in Vicenza, Veneto, Italy

  • 1974 Andy Strachan, Australian musician (The Living End), born in Adelaide, Australia
  • 1974 Big Moe [Kenneth Doniell Moore], American rapper (Screwed Up Click), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2007)
  • 1974 Maxim Vengerov, Russian-Israeli violinist, born in Novosibirsk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
  • 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

Demi Lovato

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