On This Day

Musicians Born 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, Bohemian clarinetist, band leader, and composer, born in Polepy, Austrian Empire (now Czech Republic) (d. 1899)
  • 1834 Amilcare Ponchielli, Italian composer (I Lituani, La Giaconda), 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, Polish-American violinist and conductor (Boston Symphony 1896-1907; St. Louis Symphony, 1907-21), born in Lemberg, Galicia (now L’vov, Ukraine) (d. 1921)
  • 1878 Albert Riemenschneider, American pianist, educator, musicologist, and founder of America'a oldest Bach Festival, born in Berea, Ohio (d. 1950)
  • 1879 Viktor Alexandrovich Uspensky, composer
  • 1879 Alma Schindler 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)
  • 1893 Lily Laskine, French harpist, born in Paris (d. 1988)
  • 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 Chillán, 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)
  • 1936 Igor Zhukov, Russian pianist, conductor (Moscow Chamber Orchestra), and sound engineer, born in Gorky (now Nizhny Novgorod), Russia (d. 2018)
  • 1939 Jerry Allison, American rock drummer, and songwriter (Buddy Holly & Crickets - "That'll Be The Day"), born in Hillsboro, Texas
  • 1939 Jim McCrary, American photographer (album covers such as Tapestry, Ticket to Ride), born in Los Angeles (d. 2012)
  • 1939 Paul Winter, American new age music saxophonist, composer, and bandleader (The Paul Winter Consort), born in Altoona, Pennsylvania
  • 1941 Emanuel Nunes, composer
  • 1944 Roger Dean, British artist and designer (Yes; Osibia; Asia album art), born in Ashford, Kent, England
  • 1945 Bob Welch, American rock vocalist, guitarist (Fleetwood Mac), born in Hollywood, California (d. 2012)
  • 1945 Itzhak Perlman, violinist/polio victim (14 Grammys), born in Tel Aviv, Israel
  • 1945 [George Ivan] "Van" Morrison, Northern Irish singer-songwriter (Astral Weeks, Moondance), born in Bloomfield, Belfast
  • 1948 Rudolf Schenker, German rock guitarist (Scorpions-Virgin Killer), born in Hildesheim, Germany
  • 1949 Rick Roberts, American singer-songwriter (Flying Burrito brothers; Firefall - "You Are The Woman"), born in Clearwater, Florida
  • 1950 Wilton Felder, American saxophonist and bassist (The Crusaders), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2015)

  • 1952 Bruce Soboroff, American rock keyboard player (Buckinghams, 1986-present), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1957 Gina Schock, American rock drummer (The Go-Go's - "Our Lips Are Sealed"; "Vacation"), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1957 Glenn Tilbrook, British rock singer, guitarist, songwriter (Squeeze - "Black Coffee In Bed"), born in London, England
  • 1959 Tony DeFranco, Canadian pop singer (The DeFranco Family - "Heartbeat - It's a Lovebeat"), born in Port Colborne, Ontario
  • 1960 Chris Whitley, American blues-rock guitarist, singer and songwriter, born in Houston, Texas (d. 2005)
  • 1961 David Chastain, American heavy metal guitarist (Chastain-Rule of Wasteland), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1963 Richard "Reb" Beach, American heavy metal guitarist (Winger; Whitesnake), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1970 Deborah (Debbie) Gibson, singer (Only in My Dreams), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1975 Daniel Harding, British conductor (Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, 2007 to present), born in Oxford, England
  • 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), born in Sydney
  • 1979 Simon Neil, Scottish rock musician (Biffy Clyro), born in Irvine, North Ayrshire, Scotland, S
  • 1980 Joe Budden, American rapper (Pump It Up), born in New York, New York
  • 1982 Patrick Nuo, Swiss pop singer, born in Lucerne