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' Eve, composer
  • 1720 Bernard de Bury, composer
  • 1756 Bernardo Bittoni, composer
  • 1788 Jose Bernardo Alcedo, composer
  • 1820 Adolfe Louis Eugene Fetis, composer
  • 1827 Josef Strauss, Austrian composer (Dorfschwalben aus Austria), born in Mariahilf, Austria (d. 1870)
  • 1873 William Henry Bell, composer
  • 1888 George Sklavos, composer
  • 1889 Witold Friemann, composer
  • 1905 Jack Teagarden [Weldon Leo Teagarden], American trombonist and actor (Meet Band Leaders), born in Vernon, Texas (d. 1964)
  • 1907 Anatole Fistoulari, conductor
  • 1913 Conrad Hermann Hubertius Maria Apollinaris Josten, jazz guitarist
  • 1923 Jim Reeves, US country singer/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 conductor
  • 1934 Sneaky Pete Kleinow, South Blend, IN, country-rock musician (Flying Burrito Brothers), (d. 2007)
  • 1935 Charles Shere, composer
  • 1935 J J Malone, US soul singer (It's a shame)
  • 1935 Justin Tubb, country singer (Grand Ole Opry), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1937 El Fary, Spanish singer and actor (d. 2007)
  • 1940 John Lantree, rocker (The Honeycombs), born in Newbury, Berkshire
  • 1941 Dave Brock, British musician and founder of Hawkwind
  • 1942 Isaac Hayes, composer (Shaft), born in Covington, Tennessee
  • 1944 John Povey, English musician, born in London
  • 1946 Ralf Hütter, German musician (Kraftwerk)

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

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  • 1949 Phil Lynott, Irish rock musician (Thin Lizzy), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1986)
  • 1949 Nikolas Asimos, Greek composer and singer (d. 1988)
  • 1952 John Hiatt, US singer/songwriter (Have a Little Faith in Me)
  • 1952 Rudy Gatlin, Olney Tx, country singer (Gatlin Bros-Broken Lady)
  • 1955 Rob Wiedijk, Dutch rock vocalist (Bob Color)
  • 1956 Rick Olsen, rock guitarist (Berlin-Take My Breath Away)
  • 1961 Rick Rael, heavy metal rocker
  • 1965 KRS-One, American rapper
  • 1966 Dimebag Darrell, heavy metal guitarist (Pantera)
  • 1968 Yuri Shiratori, Japanese voice actress and singer
  • 1970 Fred Durst, American singer (Limp Bizkit)
  • 1971 Brad Avery, American musician (former guitarist for Third Day)
  • 1974 Maxim Vengerov, Russian violinist
  • 1974 Amy Adams, American actress and singer (Arrival, Man of Steel, American Hustle), born in Vicenza, Veneto, Italy
  • 1974 Big Moe, American rapper (d. 2007)
  • 1974 Andy Strachan, Australian musician (The Living End)
  • 1992 Demi Lovato, American actress (Camp Rock) and singer/songwriter (Unbroken), born in Dallas, Texas