On This Day

Musicians Born on August 5

  • 1397 Guillaume Dufay, Franco-Flemish composer and theorist (d. 1474)
  • 1607 Philipp Friedrich Boddecker, German composer and court organist, born in Hagenau (d. 1683)
  • 1623 Antonio Cesti, Italian composer, singer and musician, born in Arezzo (d. 1669) baptismal date
  • 1694 Leonardo Leo, Italian composer, born in San Vito degli Schiavi, Kingdom of Naples (d. 1744)
  • 1797 Friedrich August Kummer, German composer and musician, born in Meiningen (d. 1879)
  • 1811 Ambroise Thomas, French opera composer (Mignon), and music professor, in Metz, France (d. 1896)
  • 1822 Johann Georg Herzog, German composer and organist, born in Hummendorf (d. 1909)
  • 1828 Giovanni Rossi, Italian composer, born in Borgo San Donnino, Parma (d. 1886)
  • 1829 Heinrich Stiehl, German organist and composer, born in Lübeck (d. 1886)
  • 1843 James Scott Skinner, Scottish composer and dancing master, born in Arbeadie, Scotland (d. 1927)
  • 1850 Anton Simon, Russian composer, born in Paris (d. 1916)
  • 1864 Resurreccion Maria de Azkue, Basque priest, composer and first head of the Euskaltzaindia, born in Lekeitio, Spain (d. 1951)
  • 1866 Alfred Holy, Czech composer and harpist, born in Oporto (d. 1948)
  • 1868 Oskar Merikanto [Ala-Kanto], Finnish pianist, organist, and composer, born in Helsinki, Grand Duchy of Finland (d. 1924)
  • 1880 Gertrude E Durden Rush, American composer/playwright (Black Girls Burden), born in Navasota, Texas (d. 1962)
  • 1886 Óscar Esplá Spanish composer, born in Alicante, Spain (d. 1976)

  • 1890 Erich Kleiber, conductor (NBC Symphony 1945-46), born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1890 Hans Gál, Austrian-British composer (Die heilige Ente (The Sacred Duck)), born in Brunn am Gebirge, Austria (d. 1987)
  • 1900 Bodi Rapp [Johanna PAC Goetmakers], Dutch mezzo-soprano and teacher
  • 1901 Juan Carlos Paz, Argentine composer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1972)
  • 1909 Ernestine "Tiny" Davis, American jazz vocalist and trumpeter (International Sweethearts of Rhythm), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1994)
  • 1914 Stjepan Sulek, Croatian violinist/composer (Coriolan), born in Zagreb, Croatia (d. 1986)
  • 1918 Betty Oliphant, Canadian ballerina (d. 2004)
  • 1926 Betsy Jolas, French composer, born in Paris
  • 1927 Gunnar Bucht, Swedish composer, born in Stocksund, Sweden
  • 1932 Tera de Marez Oyens, Dutch composer, born in Velsen, Netherlands (d.1996)
  • 1934 Vern Gosdin, American country singer (Set 'Em Up Joe), born in Woodland, Alabama (d. 2009)
  • 1942 Rick Huxley, English guitarist (Dave Clark 5-Glad All Over), born in Dartford, England (d. 2013)
  • 1942 Charles "Chuck" and "Bing" Day, American session guitarist, bassist and blues performer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2008)
  • 1943 Sammi Smith, American country music singer (Help Me Make It Through the Night), born in Orange County, California (d. 2005)
  • 1946 Rick van der Linden, Dutch keyboardist (Ekseption)
  • 1947 Rick Derringer [Ricky Dean Zehringer], American guitarist, songwriter and producer (The McCoys - "Hang On Sloopy"), born in Fort Recovery, Ohio
  • 1947 Gregory Leskiw, Canadian guitarist (The Guess Who, 1970-72), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1947 Willie Weeks, American session and touring bass player (George Harrison; Vince Gill; Wynonna Judd; David Bowie; Eric Clapton), born in Salemburg, North Carolina
  • 1953 Samantha Sang [Cheryl Lau Sang], Australian pop singer (Emotion), born in Melbourne
  • 1955 Eddie "Fingers" Ojeda, American rock guitarist and songwriter (Twisted Sister, Scarecrow), born in NYC, New York

  • 1956 Ferdi Bolland, Dutch singer/guitarist (Bolland & Bolland)
  • 1959 Pete Burns, English singer (Dead or Alive, "Spin Me Round"), born in Bebington (d. 2016)
  • 1960 Seth Swirsky, American pop songwriter, born in Connecticut
  • 1961 Mark O'Connor, American violinist and composer of classical, jazz and bluegrass music (Appalachian Journey), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1961 Pat Smear [Georg Ruthenberg], American rock guitarist (Foo Fighters), born in West Los Angeles, California
  • 1963 Mike Nocito, American rocker (Johnny Hates Jazz), born in Wiesbaden, West Germany

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1964 MCA [Adam Yauch], American rap-rock vocalist (Beastie Boys -"(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2012)

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  • 1965 Jeff Coffin, American musician (Bela Fleck & the Flecktones), born in Massachusetts
  • 1965 Motoi Sakuraba, Japanese composer, born in Akita Prefecture, Japan
  • 1968 Terri Clark, Canadian country singer
  • 1971 "Evil" Jared Hasselhoff [Hennegan], American rock bassist (Bloodhound Gang), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1971 Evil Jared Hasselhoff, American musician (The Bloodhound Gang)
  • 1972 Christian Olde Wolbers, Belgian musician (Fear Factory)
  • 1975 Eicca Toppinen, Finnish cellist (Apocalyptica)
  • 1978 Nektaria Karantzi, Greek singer (Byzantine Chant)
  • 1981 Kō Shibasaki, Japanese singer and actress (47 Ronin), born in Toshima, Japan
  • 1982 Tobias Regner, German singer
  • 1983 Dawn Richard, American singer (Danity Kane)