On This Day

Musicians Born on August 7

  • 1818 Henry Litolff, French composer and pianist, born in London, England (d. 1891)
  • 1823 Faustina Hasse Hodges, English-American composer, born in Malmesbury, England (d. 1895)
  • 1868 Granville Bantock, English composer and conductor (Hebridean Symphony), born in London (d. 1946)

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 Saburō Moroi, Japanese composer and educator, born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 1977)
  • 1906 Gerhard Frommel, German composer and pedagogue, born in Karlsruhe, Germany (d. 1984)
  • 1913 George Van Eps, American seven-string jazz guitarist, born in Plainfield, New Jersey (d. 1998)
  • 1921 Karel Husa, Czech-American Pulitzer prize winning composer (Trojan Women), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 2016)
  • 1921 Manitas de Plata, flamenco guitarist, born in Sète, France (d. 2014)
  • 1925 Felice Bryant, American songwriter (Bye Bye Love; Wake Up Little Susie), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2003)
  • 1925 Julian Orbon De Soto, Cuban composer, born in Aviles, Spain (d. 1991)
  • 1928 Herb Reed, American musician (The Platters), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2012)
  • 1930 Veljo Tormis, Estonian composer, specializing in choral music (Curse Upon Iron (Raua needmine)), born in Kuusalu, Estonia (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, American soul singer (Tams-Hey Girl Don't Bother Me), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2013)

  • 1941 Howard Johnson, American jazz baritone saxophonist and tuba player (SNL band), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1942 B.J. Thomas, American singer ("Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head"; "Hooked On A Feeling"; "Growing Pains Theme"), born in Hugo, Oklahoma (d. 2021)
  • 1942 Caetano Veloso, Brazilian musician, born in Santo Amaro, Brazil
  • 1943 Lana Cantrell, Australian singer (Those Were the Days), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1945 Kerry Chater, Canadian musician (Gary Puckett & Union Gap - "Young Girl") and Nashville songwriter, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1945 Patrice Mestral, French composer, born in Paris, France
  • 1949 Carlo Novi, Mexican songwriter and saxophone player (Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes), born in Mexico City, Mexico (d. 2010)
  • 1949 Tim[othy] Renwick, British rock guitarist (Sutherland Brothers & Quiver), born in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England
  • 1950 Rodney Crowell, American country singer (She's Crazy for Leavin'), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1958 Bruce Dickinson, English heavy metal rocker (Iron Maiden-Run to Hills), born in Worksop, United Kingdom
  • 1960 Jacquie O'Sullivan, English singer and songwriter (Bananarama-Venus), born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1962 Bruno Pelletier, Québécois pop singer, born in Charlesbourg, Quebec City, Canada
  • 1963 Marcus Lewis, American soul singer (Sing Me A Song), born in Pontiac, Michigan
  • 1966 Kristin Hersch, American singer and songwriter (Throwing Muses), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1968 [James] Lynn Strait, American singer (Snot), born in Manhasset, New York (d. 1998)
  • 1975 Gaahl [Kristian Eivind Espedal], Norwegian black metal vocalist (Gorgoroth), born in Sunnfjord, Norway
  • 1975 Koray Candemir, Turkish singer, songwriter and producer (Kargo; maSKott), born in Istanbul, Turkey
  • 1978 Jamey Jasta [James Shanahan], American metal singer (Hatebreed), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1978 Vanness Wu, Taiwanese-American singer (F4, Kangta & Vanness), born in Santa Monica, California