On This Day

Musicians Born on August 21

  • 1642 Johann Friedrich Treiber, German historian and composer, born in Osthausen, Arnstadt, Germany (d. 1719)
  • 1689 José Pradas Gallén, Spanish composer, born in Villahermosa del Río, Spain (d. 1757)
  • 1751 Johann Georg Witthauer, German composer, born in Neustadt near Coburg (d. 1802)
  • 1806 Johannes Frederik Fröhlich, Danish violinist and composer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1860)
  • 1825 Kate Fanny Loder, English composer and pianist, born in Bathwick Street, Bathwick, England (d. 1904)
  • 1829 Otto Goldschmidt, German composer, born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1907)
  • 1852 Benedetto Junck, Italian composer, born in Turin, Italy (d. 1903)
  • 1893 Lili [Marie-Juliette Olga] Boulanger, French composer (first female winner of the Prix de Rome composition prize), born in Paris (d. 1918)
  • 1902 Renato Fasano, Italian composer, born in Naples, Italy (d. 1979)
  • 1903 Kostas Giannidis [Yannis Constantinidis], Greek composer and pianist, born in Smyrna (d. 1984)
  • 1904 [William] Count Basie, jazz musician and band leader ("One O'Clock Jump"), born in Red Bank, New Jersey (d. 1984)
  • 1906 Joachim Homs, Spanish composer, born in Barcelona (d. 2003)
  • 1909 John William Haussermann Jr., American composer, born in Manila, Philippines (d. 1986)
  • 1912 Bruce Trent [William Butters], British singer and actor (The Passing Show, Band Waggon), born in St. Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands (d. 1995)
  • 1915 Raquel Rastenni, Danish singer (Seven Lonely Days), born in Copenhagen (d. 1998)
  • 1926 Ben-Zion Orgad, Israeli composer, born in Gelsenkirchen, Germany (d. 2006)

  • 1927 Wilhelm Killmayer, German composer, born in Munich, Germany (d. 2017)
  • 1928 Zdeněk Lukáš, Czech composer, born in Prague (d. 2007)
  • 1928 Art Farmer, American trumpet player (Farmer's Market, The Jazztet), born in Council Buffs, Iowa (d. 1999)
  • 1931 Gregg Smith, choral conductor and composer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • 1933 Janet Baker, English mezzo-soprano (Owen Wingrave), born in Hatfield, West Riding of Yorkshire
  • 1934 Paul Panhuysen, Dutch composer, visual and sound artist, born in Maastricht, Netherlands

Person of interestKenny Rogers

1938 Kenny Rogers, American singer-songwriter (The Gambler, Through the Years) and entrepreneur (Kenny Rogers Roasters), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2020)

Country Singer Kenny Rogers
Country Singer
Kenny Rogers
  • 1939 Ernie Maresca, American singer and songwriter (Runaround Sue; The Wanderer), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1939 Harold Reid, American country bass vocalist (Statler Brothers - "Bed Of Rose's"), born in Staunton, Virginia (d. 2020)
  • 1939 James Burton, American guitarist (Ricky Nelson; Elvis Presley; Elvis Costello), born in Dubberly, Louisiana
  • 1941 Jackie DeShannon [Sharon Lee Myers], American singer-songwriter ("What the World Needs Now Is Love"; "When You Walk In The Room"), born in Hazel, Kentucky
  • 1941 Tom Coster, American rock and jazz keyboard player (Santana), born in Detroit Michigan
  • 1941 Tony Clarke, British rock musician and producer (Moody Blues), born in Coventry, Warwickshire, England (d. 2010) [1]
  • 1943 Clydie Mae King, American session and touring vocalist (Ray Charles; Bob Dylan; Humble Pie; Lynyrd Skynrd), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2019)
  • 1945 Basil Poledouris, American film score composer (The Hunt For Red October), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2006)
  • 1947 Carl Giammarese, American rock guitarist (Buckinghams), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1948 Robert Hazard [Rimato], American singer-songwriter (Girls Just Want to Have Fun), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2008)
  • 1950 Patrick Juvet, Swiss pop singer, born in Montreux, Switzerland
  • 1951 Glenn Hughes, British bassist and vocalist (Finders Keepers/Trapeze/Deep Purple), born in Cannock, Staffordshire, England
  • 1952 Joe Strummer, British lead singer of the punk band "The Clash" (Rock the Casbah), born in Ankara, Turkey (d. 2002)

  • 1954 Steve Smith, rock drummer (Journey), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1957 Budgie [Peter Edward Clarke], English rock drummer (Siouxsie and the Banshees; The Creatures), born in St. Helens, Lancashire, England
  • 1957 Kim Sledge, American vocalist (Sister Sledge - "We Are Family"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1957 Mark Pender, American trumpet player (Miami Horns; Southside Johnny), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1967 Serj Tankian, Armenian-born singer (System of a Down), born in Beirut, Lebanon
  • 1971 Liam Howlett, British musician (The Prodigy), born in Braintree, Essex, England
  • 1971 Matthew Noonan, American concert organist, born in Brockport, New York
  • 1979 Kelis Rogers-Jones, American singer (Milkshake), born in NYC, New York
  • 1981 Collie Buddz [Colin Patrick Harper], American Reggae & Dancehall artist (Come Around), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1984 Alizée Jacotey, French pop singer (Moi... Lolita), born in Ajaccio, France
  • 1985 Jacob (Jake) Pitts, American heavy metal rock guitarist (Black Veil Brides), born in Pocatello, Idaho
  • 1987 Kim Kibum, South Korean actor and singer (Super Junior), born in Seoul, South Korea

Person of interestKacey Musgraves

1988 Kacey Musgraves, American country singer songwriter (Same Trailer, Different Park; Golden Hour), born in Golden, Texas

Singer Songwriter Kacey Musgraves
Singer Songwriter
Kacey Musgraves
  • 1988 Louise Setara [Smith}, English singer and songwriter (Still Waters), born in Reading, England
  • 1988 Paris Bennett, American singer and finalist on American Idol (season 5), born in Rockford, Illinois
  • 1992 Brad Kavanagh, English songwriter and actor (House of Anubis-Fabian Rutter), born in Whitehaven, Cumbria, England
  • 1996 Jamia Simone Nash, American singer and actress, born in Virginia Beach, Virginia