On This Day

Birthdays in Music 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 musician (Bye Bye Love), 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, 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)

  • 1942 B. J. Thomas, American singer (Raindrops, Growing Pains Theme), born in Hugo, Oklahoma
  • 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 and songwriter (Gary Puckett & Union Gap - Young Girl), born in British Columbia, Canada
  • 1945 Patrice Mestral, French composer, born in Paris, France
  • 1949 Carlo Novi, Mexican songwriter and saxopone player (Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes), born in Mexico City, Mexico (d. 2010)
  • 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 singer, born in Quebec City, Canada
  • 1963 Marcus Lewis, American singer (Sing me a Song), born in Pontiac, Michigan
  • 1966 Kristin Hersch, American singer/songwriter (Throwing Muses), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1968 Lynn Strait, American singer (Snot), born in Manhasset, New York (d. 1998)
  • 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