On This Day

Birthdays in Music on August 4

  • 1664 Louis Lully, French musician and son of Jean-Baptiste Lully, born in Paris, France (d. 1734)
  • 1705 Vaclav Matyas Gurecky, composer
  • 1731 Giuseppe Colla, composer
  • 1748 Maximilian Stadler, composer
  • 1776 Wenzel Sedlak, Bohemian clarinetist and composer, born in Jezbořice, Bohemia (d. 1851)
  • 1799 Olof Wilhelm Udden, composer
  • 1843 Flor van Duyse, composer
  • 1846 Silas Gamaliel Pratt, composer
  • 1870 Harry Lauder, Scottish comedian and singer (Roamin' in the Gloamin), born in Portobello, Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1950)
  • 1888 Philip Greeley Clapp, composer
  • 1892 Johanna Bordewijk-Roepman, composer

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

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  • 1908 Kurt Eichhorn, conductor
  • 1910 William Schuman, American composer (Amer Festival Overture, Juilliard), born in NYC, New York (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, Composer and pianist (Ilona Massey Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 2016)

  • 1923 Arthur Butterworth, composer
  • 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)
  • 1936 Elsbeary Hobbs, American rocker (Drifters), born in NYC, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1937 David Vickerman Bedford, composer
  • 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)
  • 1943 David Carr, rock keyboardist (The Fortunes), born in Leyton, London (d. 2011)
  • 1943 Tina Cole, singer (King Cousins)/actress (Katie-My 3 Sons), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1946 Maureen Starkey [Mary Cox], English ex-wife of Beatle Ringo Starr, born in Liverpool, England (d. 1994)
  • 1947 Paul Leyton, English musician and rocker (Seekers), born in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England
  • 1947 Klaus Schulze, German composer
  • 1952 Moya Brennan, Irish singer (Máire), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 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
  • 1969 Max Cavalera, Brazilian rock vocalist/guitarist (Sepultura)
  • 1981 Marques Houston, American singer and actor (IMx)
  • 1984 Helene Fischer, Russian German singer (Farbenspiel), born in Krasnoyarsk, Soviet Union
  • 1989 Jessica Mauboy, Australian singer (Young Divas)
  • 1992 Tiffany Evans, American singer