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Birthdays in Music on August 23

  • 1727 Friedrich Hartmann Graf, German composer, born in Rudolstadt, Germany (d. 1795)
  • 1854 Moritz Moszkowski, Polish-German composer, born in Breslau, Prussia (d. 1925)
  • 1879 Alfrēds Kalniņš, Latvian composer, born in Cēsis, Russian Empire (d. 1951)
  • 1886 Gottfried Rudinger, German composer, born in Lindau, Germany (d. 1946)
  • 1893 Roy Agnew, Australian composer (Sonata Ballade), born in Sydney (d. 1944)
  • 1900 Ernst Krenek, Austrian-American composer (Johnny Spielt Auf), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1991)
  • 1900 Malvina Reynolds, American folk singer and songwriter (Morningtown Ride), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1978)
  • 1903 William Primrose, Scottish violist (Method for Violin & Viola), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1982)
  • 1905 Leonard Constant Lambert, English composer (King Pest), born in Fulham, London (d. 1951)
  • 1911 Carl Dolmetsch, French music director (Haslemere Festival), born in Fontenay-sous-Bois, France (d. 1997)

Person of interestGene Kelly

1912 Gene Kelly, American actor (An American in Paris, Going My Way) and dancer (Singin' in the Rain), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1996)

Actor and Dancer Gene Kelly
Actor and Dancer
Gene Kelly
  • 1913 Bob Crosby, American jazz singer and bandleader (Bob-Cats), born in Spokane, Washington (d. 1993)
  • 1913 Luis Felipe Ramón y Rivera, Venezuelan musician and composer, born in San Cristóbal, Táchira, Venezuela (d. 1993)
  • 1917 Tex Williams, American country-western singer, born in Ramsey, Illinois (d. 1985)
  • 1920 Aart Verstegen, Dutch ballet dancer and choreographer (Jolly Joker's Last Joke), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1998)
  • 1924 Edvard Fliflet Braein, Norwegian composer (Ut mot havet), born in Kristiansund, Norway (d. 1976)

  • 1925 Sulkhan Tsintsadze, Georgian composer, born in Gori, Soviet Union (d. 1991)
  • 1925 Włodzimierz Kotoński, Polish composer, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 2014)
  • 1927 Martial Solal, French jazz pianist and composer, born in Algiers, French Algeria
  • 1928 Gerd Natschinski, German composer, born in Chemnitz, Germany (d. 2015)
  • 1932 Mark Russell, American political satirist and pianist (Real People), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1934 Lojze Lebic, Slovenian composer, born in Prevalje, Slovenia
  • 1935 Loren Rush, American composer, born in Richmond, California
  • 1936 Rudy Lewis, American rocker (Drifters), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1964)
  • 1938 Roger Greenaway, English composer and record producer (I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing), born in Fishponds, England
  • 1942 Patricia McBride Lousada, American ballerina (NYC Ballet Co) and cookbook author, born in Teaneck, New Jersey (d. 2019)

Person of interestKeith Moon

1946 Keith Moon, English rock drummer (Who-I'm A Boy), born in London, England (d. 1978)

Rocker Keith Moon
Rocker
Keith Moon
  • 1947 Rex Allen Jr, American country singer (Nashville on the Road), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1947 Terje Rypdal, Norwegian jazz guitarist and composer, born in Oslo, Norway
  • 1947 Willy Russell, English playwright and composer (Shirley Valentine, Educating Rita), born in Whiston, England
  • 1949 Rick Springfield [Richard Lewis Springthorpe], Australian singer (Zoot, Speak to the Sky), born in Balmain, New South Wales
  • 1949 John Bauldie, British music journalist, born in Bolton, England (d. 1996)
  • 1949 Woody Paul [Paul Chrisman], American singer (Riders in the Sky), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1949 Katiana Balanika, Greek actress (On Air) and singer
  • 1951 Jimi Jamison, American rocker (Survivor), born in Durant, Mississippi (d. 2014)
  • 1952 Dalton Reed, American soul singer, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1994)
  • 1952 Vicky Leandros, Greek singer and politician, born in Palaiokastritsa, Corfu, Greece
  • 1953 Bobby Gubby, English rocker (Bucks Fizz-My Camera Never Lies), born in Epsom, Surrey, England
  • 1961 Dean DeLeo, American guitarist (Stone Temple Pilots), born in Montclair, New Jersey
  • 1961 Alexandre Desplat, French film composer (The Grand Budapest Hotel), born in Paris, France
  • 1970 Brad Mehldau, American jazz pianist, born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1974 Shifty Shellshock [Seth Binzer], American musician (Crazy Town), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1975 Eliza Carthy, English singer and fiddler, born in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
  • 1978 Julian Casablancas, American musician, born in NYC, New York
  • 1979 Ritchie Neville, British musician, born in Solihull, United Kingdom
  • 1986 Neil Cicierega, American cartoonist and musician, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1987 Nikki Gil, Filipina actress, host and singer, born in Manila, Phillipines
  • 1988 Alice Glass [Margaret Osborn], Canadian singer and songwriter (Crystal Castles), born in Toronto, Ontario