On This Day

Musicians Born on August 4

  • 1664 Louis Lully, French musician and son of Jean-Baptiste Lully, born in Paris, France (d. 1734)
  • 1705 Václav Matyáš Gurecký, Bohemian composer, born in Přerov, Czech Republic (d. 1743)
  • 1731 Giuseppe Colla, Italian composer, born in Parma, Italy (d. 1806)
  • 1748 Maximilian Stadler, Austrian pianist and composer and Benedictine monk, born in Melk, Austria (d. 1833)
  • 1776 Wenzel Sedlak, Bohemian clarinetist and composer, born in Jezbořice, Bohemia (d. 1851)
  • 1799 Olof Wilhelm Uddén, Swedish composer, born in Stockholm (d. 1868)
  • 1843 Florimond Van Duyse, Belgian composer and musicologist, born in Ghent (d. 1910)
  • 1846 Silas Gamaliel Pratt, American composer (The Tragedy of the Deep), born in Addison, Vermont (d. 1916)
  • 1870 Harry Lauder, Scottish comedian and singer (Roamin' in the Gloamin), born in Portobello, Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1950)
  • 1888 Philip Greeley Clapp, American composer and educator (University of Iowa, 1919-54), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1954)
  • 1892 Johanna Bordewijk-Roepman, Dutch composer, born in Rotterdam (d. 1971)

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1901 Louis Armstrong, American jazz trumpeter and singer (Hello Dolly; What A Wonderful World), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1971)

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  • 1908 Kurt Eichhorn, German conductor, born in Munich (d. 1994)
  • 1910 William Schuman, American composer (Pulitzer Prize, 1943), and administrator (Juilliard, 1945-61; Lincoln Center, 1961-68), born in New York City (d. 1992)
  • 1912 David Raksin, American composer renown for his work in film and TV (Laura, Modern Times), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2004)
  • 1915 Irving Fields [Yitzhak Schwartz], American lounge pianist and composer (Ilona Massey Show; Bagels & Bongos), born in NYC, New York (d. 2016)

  • 1923 Arthur Butterworth, British classical trumpet player and composer, born in New Moston, England (d. 2014)
  • 1927 Jess Thomas, American tenor known for his singing in Richard Wagner operas, born in Hot Springs, South Dakota (d. 1993)
  • 1929 Kishore Kumar, Indian singer and actor, born in Khandwa, Central Provinces, British (d. 1987)
  • 1933 Rudi van Dantzig, Dutch choreographer/ballet dancer (Painted Birds) (d. 2012)
  • 1936 Elsbeary Hobbs, American rocker (Drifters), born in NYC, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1937 David Vickerman Bedford, British composer and educator, born in Hendon, Middlesex (d. 2011)
  • 1939 Frankie Ford [Frank Guzzo], rock vocalist (Sea Cruise), born in Gretna, Louisiana, (d. 2015)
  • 1940 Timi Yuro [Rosemary Timothy Yuro], American singer (Hurt), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2004)
  • 1940 Larry Knechtel, American session piano and bass player (Simon and Garfunkel; Johnny Rivers), born in Bell, California (d. 2009) [1]
  • 1943 David Carr, rock keyboardist (The Fortunes), born in Leyton, London (d. 2011)
  • 1943 Tina Cole, American singer (King Cousins) and actress (Katie-My Three Sons), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1946 Maureen Starkey [Mary Cox], English ex-wife of Beatle Ringo Starr, born in Liverpool, England (d. 1994)
  • 1946 Max Middleton, British rock keyboard player (Jeff Beck Group), born in Amersham, Buckinghamshire, England
  • 1947 Paul Layton, English musician and rocker (The New Seekers - "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing"), born in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England
  • 1947 Klaus Schulze, German electronic music composer (Audentity), born in Berlin
  • 1952 Moya Brennan [Máire Ní Bhraonáin], Irish folksinger and harpist (Clannad; Máire), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1953 Michael Harris, American trumpet and flugelhorn player (The Phenix Horns - Earth, Wind & Fire; Phil Collins)
  • 1960 Robbin Crosby, American heavy metal rock guitarist and vocalist (Ratt-Round & Round), born in La Jolla, California (d. 2002)
  • 1962 Paul Reynolds, British rock guitarist (A Flock of Seagulls), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1962 Joey Huffman, American rock keyboard and organ player (Soul Asylum), born in Pikeville, Kentucky
  • 1969 Max Cavalera, Brazilian heavy metal guitarist and singer (Sepultura), born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil
  • 1981 Marques Houston, American R&B singer (Immature-IMx) and actor, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1984 Helene Fischer, Russian-German pop singer (Farbenspiel), born in Krasnoyarsk, Soviet Union
  • 1989 Jessica Mauboy, Australian singer (Young Divas), born in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
  • 1992 Tiffany Evans, American pop and R&B singer, born in The Bronx, New York City