On This Day

Musicians Born on August 25

  • 1758 Franz Teyber, Austrian composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1810)
  • 1880 Robert E. Stolz, Austrian composer and conductor, born in Graz, Austria (d. 1975)
  • 1887 Olav Fartein Valen, Norwegian composer, born in Stavanger, Norway (d. 1952)
  • 1891 Alberto Savinio [Andrea Francesco Alberto de Chirico], Italian composer (Capitano Ulisse), born in Athens (d. 1952)
  • 1891 Luis Iruarrizaga Aguirre, Basque priest, organist and composer of religious music, born in Yurre, Viscaya, Spain (d. 1928)
  • 1891 Samuel Gardner, American composer, born in Kropyvnytskyi, Ukraine (d. 1984)
  • 1897 Jaroslav Řídký, Czech composer, born in Reichenberg, Czech Republic (d. 1956)
  • 1900 Mary Bruce, American tap dance teacher, born in Chicago (d. 1995)
  • 1902 Stefan Wolpe, German composer (Zeus & Elidco), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1972)
  • 1905 Undine Smith Moore, African-American composer, born in Jarratt, Virginia (d. 1989)
  • 1909 Arwel Hughes, Welsh composer, born in Rhosllannerchrugog, Wales (d. 1988)
  • 1909 Ruby Keeler, Canadian actress, singer, and dancer (Dames, 42nd Street), born in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia (d. 1993)
  • 1911 Jacopo Napoli, Italian composer, born in Naples, Italy (d. 1994)
  • 1914 Alexei Haieff, American composer (Princess Zondilda), born in Biagoveschensk, Siberia (d. 1994)
  • 1918 Leonard Bernstein, American conductor and composer (West Side Story), born in Lawrence, Massachusetts (d. 1990)
  • 1918 Richard Greene, English composer and actor (The Adventures of Robin Hood), born in Plymouth, Devon, England (d. 1985)

  • 1920 Leonard Gaskin, American jazz bassist (Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis), born in New York City (d. 2009)
  • 1922 Ronnie Potsdammer, Dutch singer, songwriter and programmer, born in Hoogeveen, Netherlands (d. 1994)
  • 1922 Ivry Gitlis, Israeli classical violin virtuoso, born in Haifa, Palestine Mandate (d. 2020)
  • 1928 Karl Korte, American composer and educator, born in Ossining, New York
  • 1933 Wayne Shorter, American jazz saxophonist and composer (Weather Report), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1940 José Van Dam, bass-baritone (Francois d'Assisif), born in Brussels, Belgium
  • 1942 Walter Williams, American rock vocalist (O'Jays-Use to Be My Girl), born in Canton, Ohio
  • 1944 Pat Martino, American jazz guitarist (2004 Guitar Player of the Year, Down Beat), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1949 Gene Simmons [Chaim Witz], Israeli-American rock guitarist (KISS, Rock and Roll All Nite), born in Tirat Carmel, Israel
  • 1949 Fariborz Lachini, Iranian-Canadian composer, born in Tehran, Iran
  • 1949 Henry Paul, American southern rock and county guitarist and singer (Outlaws - "Green Grass And High Tides"; Blackhawk), born in Kingston, New York
  • 1950 Willy Deville [William Paul Borsey Jr.], American rock vocalist and guitarist (Mink Deville), born in Stamford, Connecticut (d. 2009)
  • 1950 Charles Fambrough, American jazz bassist (Jazz Messengers), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2011)
  • 1951 Rob Halford, English heavy metal singer-songwriter (Judas Priest - Got Another Thing), born in Sutton Coldfield, England
  • 1951 Ria Thielsch, Indo-Dutch singer (Luv), born in Manokwari, Netherlands New Guinea
  • 1951 Bob Mayo, American session keyboardist (Peter Frampton), born in New York City (d. 2004)
  • 1952 Geoff Downes, English keyboardist (Buggles, Yes, Asia), born in Stockport, Cheshire, England
  • 1954 Elvis Costello [Declan Patrick McManus], English rock singer and songwriter (Allison; Watching The Detectives; The Other Side Of Summer), born in Paddington, London
  • 1954 Marty Jourard, American keyboardist and vocalist (Motels-Only the Lonely), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1955 John McGeoch, Scottish rock guitarist (Magazine: Siouxsie and the Banshees - "Spellbound"; Visage; Public Image Ltd.), born in Greenock, Scotland (d. 2004)

  • 1956 Matt Aitken, English songwriter and rocker (Stock Aitken & Waterman-Road Block), born in Coventry, England
  • 1958 Saskia van Orly, Dutch singer (Tambourine)

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1961 Billy Ray Cyrus, American country singer (Achy Breaky Heart), born in Flatwoods, Kentucky

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  • 1962 Mazzi Rawd, heavy metal rocker (Femme Fatale)
  • 1962 Vivian Campbell, Irish heavy metal singer (Def Leppard), born in Belfast, Ireland
  • 1965 Mia Zapata, American singer (The Gits), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1993)
  • 1966 Derek Sherinian, American keyboardist (Dream Theater; Sons Of Apollo), born in Laguna Beach, California
  • 1967 Jeff Tweedy, American singer-songwriter (Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot), born in Belleville, Illinois
  • 1968 Rafet El Roman [Yaşdut], Turkish pop singer and songwriter (Gençliğin Gözyaşı - The Tears of the Youth), born in at Uzunköprü. Turkey
  • 1968 Stuart Murdoch, Scottish singer and songwriter (Belle & Sebastian), born in Clarkston, East Renfrewshire, Scotland
  • 1968 Takeshi Ueda, Japanese rock bassist (The Mad Capsule Markets), born in Yokohama, Japan
  • 1968 Spider One [Michael David Cummings], American musician (Powerman 5000), born in Haverhill, Massachusetts
  • 1970 Jo Dee Messina, American country music singer (I'm Alright), born in, in Framingham, Massachusetts
  • 1983 James Righton, British rock musician (Klaxons), born in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England
  • 1987 Liu Yifei, Chinese actress and singer, born in Wuhan, China
  • 1987 Luka Šulić, Slovenian-Croatian cellist (2Cellos), born in Maribor, Slovenia
  • 1988 Raymond Quinn, British pop singer, born in Knowsley Village, Merseyside, England
  • 1992 Miyabi Natsuyaki, Japanese singer (Pink Cres), born in Chiba Prefecture, Japan