Birthdays in Music on August 31

  • 1696 Johann Paul Kunzen, composer
  • 1741 Johann Paul Aegidius Martini, composer, born in Freystadt, Germany (d. 1816)
  • 1748 Jean-Etienne Despreaux, French ballet dancer and composer, born in Paris (d. 1820)
  • 1755 Johann Ignaz Walter, German opera singer and composer, born in Perutz, Bohemia (d. 1822)
  • 1775 Francois de Paule Jacques Raymond de Fossa, French classical guitarist and composer, born in Perpignan, France (d. 1849)
  • 1821 Vaclav Hugo Zavrtal, composer
  • 1834 Amilcare Ponchielli, Italian composer (I Lituani), born in Paderno Ponchielli, Italy (d. 1886)
  • 1855 Stefan Surzynski, Polish conductor and composer, born in Srem, Poland (d. 1919)
  • 1856 Nikoghayos Fadeyi Tigranyan, Armenian composer, born in Gyumri, Armenia (d. 1951)
  • 1864 Max Wilhelm Zach, composer
  • 1878 Albert Riemenschneider, American musician and composer, born in Berea, Ohio (d. 1950)
  • 1879 Viktor Alexandrovich Uspensky, composer
  • 1879 Alma Mahler, Viennese composer and Wife of Gustav Mahler, Walter Gropius and Franz Werfel, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1964)
  • 1882 Charles O'Neill, Canadian composer and bandmaster, born in Duntocher, near Glasgow, (d. 1964)
  • 1895 Joseph Moiseyevich Schillinger, composer
  • 1899 Walter Muller von Kulm, Swiss composer, born in Basel, Switzerland (d. 1967)
  • 1908 Peter Conrad Baden, composer
  • 1912 Ramon Vinay, Chilean operatic tenor, born in Chill├ín, Chile (d. 1996)
  • 1918 Alan Jay Lerner, American lyricist (Lerner & Loewe-My Fair Lady), born in NYC, New York (d. 1986)
  • 1918 Lucrecia Roces Kasilag, composer
  • 1924 Klaus Hashagen, composer
  • 1930 Dudley "Big Tiny" Little Jr, American pianist (Lawrence Welk Show), born in Worthington Minnesota (d. 2010)
  • 1932 Roy Castle, English dancer and television entertainer (Record Breakers), born in Scholes, Yorkshire (d. 1994)
  • 1939 Jerry Allison, Hillsboro Tx, rock drummer (Buddy Holly & Crickets)
  • 1941 Emanuel Nunes, composer
  • 1945 Bob Welch, rock vocalist/guitarist (Fleetwood Mac-Oh Well), (d. 2012)
  • 1945 Itzhak Perlman, Tel Aviv Israel, violinist/polio victim (14 Grammys)
  • 1945 Van Morrison [George Ivan], Northern Irish singer (Them, Brown Eyed Girl), born in Bloomfield, Belfast,Bloomfield, Belfast
  • 1948 Rudolf Schenker, German rock guitarist (Scorpions-Virgin Killer), born in Hildesheim, Germany
  • 1949 Rick Roberts, rocker (Firefall)
  • 1952 Bruce Soboroff, Chic Il, rocker (Buckinghams)
  • 1957 Gina Schock, rocker (Gogos-Our Lips Are Sealed)
  • 1957 Glenn Tilbrook, rock vocalist/guitarist (Squeeze-Tempted), born in London, England
  • 1959 Tony DeFranco, Canadian musician (The DeFranco Family)
  • 1960 Chris Whitley, American musician (d. 2005)
  • 1961 David Chastain, heavy metal rocker (Chastain-Rule of Wasteland)
  • 1963 Reb Beach, heavy metal rocker (Winger-17)
  • 1970 Deborah (Debbie) Gibson, singer (Only in My Dreams), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1975 Daniel Harding, British conductor
  • 1975 James Black, Canadian singer-songwriter (Finger Eleven), born in Ontario, Canada
  • 1976 Vincent Delerm, French singer-songwriter, pianist and composer
  • 1977 Craig Nicholls, Australian musician (The Vines)
  • 1979 Simon Neil, Scottish musician (Biffy Clyro)
  • 1980 Joe Budden, American rapper
  • 1981 40 Cal, American rapper
  • 1982 Patrick Nuo, Swiss singer