Birthdays in Music on August 7

  • 1818 Henry Charles Litolff, French composer/pianist, born in London, England (d. 1891)
  • 1823 Faustina Hasse Hodges, composer
  • 1868 Granville Bantock, English composer/conductor (Hebridean Symphony)

Person of interestMata Hari

1876 Mata Hari [Margaretha Geertruida Zelle], Dutch exotic dancer, courtesan and convicted German WWI spy, born in Leeuwarden, Netherlands (d. 1917)

Exotic Dancer, Courtesan and German Spy Mata Hari
Exotic Dancer, Courtesan and German Spy
Mata Hari
  • 1887 Charles Luckyth "Luckey" Roberts, stride pianist and composer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1968)
  • 1903 Saburo Moroi, composer
  • 1906 Gerhard Frommel, composer
  • 1913 George Van Eps, American seven-string jazz guitarist, born in Plainfield, New Jersey (d. 1998)
  • 1921 Karel Husa, composer (Trojan Women), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1921 Manitas de Plata, Gypsy guitarist
  • 1925 Felice Bryant, rock writer (Bye Bye Love), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1925 Julian Orbon De Soto, composer
  • 1928 Herb [Herbert] Reed, American musician (The Platters), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2012)
  • 1930 Veljo Tormis, Estonian composer, born in Kuusalu (d. 2017)
  • 1935 Rahsaan Roland Kirk, American jazz multi-instrumentalist (Bright Moments, The Case of the 3 Sided Dream in Audio Color), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 1977)
  • 1936 Charles Pope, US soul singer (Tams-Hey Girl Don't Bother Me)
  • 1942 B J Thomas, Hugo, Oklahoma, American singer (Raindrops, Growing Pains Theme)
  • 1942 Caetano Veloso, Brazilian musician
  • 1943 Lana Cantrell, Australian singer (Those Were the Days), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1945 Patrice Mestral, composer
  • 1949 Carlo Novi, Mexican songwriter and saxopone player (Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes), born in Mexico City (d. 2010)
  • 1950 Rodney Crowell, country singer (She's Crazy for Leavin'), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1952 Richard Joswick, rocker (Bo Donaldson & the Heywoods)
  • 1958 Bruce Dickinson, heavy metal rocker (Iron Maiden-Run to Hills)
  • 1960 Jacquie O'Sullivan, rocker (Bananarama-Venus)
  • 1962 Bruno Pelletier, Québécois singer
  • 1963 Marcus Lewis, American singer (Sing me a Song), born in Pontiac, Michigan
  • 1966 Kristin Hersch, US singer/songwriter (Throwing Muses)
  • 1968 Lynn Strait, American singer (Snot)
  • 1975 Gaahl [Kristian Eivind Espedal], Norwegian musician, born in Sunnfjord, Norway
  • 1975 Koray Candemir, Turkish singer, born in Istanbul, Turkey
  • 1978 Jamey Jasta, American singer (Hatebreed), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1978 Vanness Wu, Taiwanese-American singer (F4, Kangta & Vanness), born in Santa Monica, California