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)

Mata Hari

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

  • 1887 (Charles Luckyth) "Luckey" Roberts, stride pianist and composer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1968) [various sources dispute year - 1887 to 1895] [1]
  • 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 [Ricardo Baliardo], French gypsy 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 and vocalist (The Platters - "Twilight Time"; "Only You"; "The Great Pretender"), 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 and session 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 Tropicalismo singer-songwriter, and guitarist, born in Santo Amaro, Brazil
  • 1942 David Rubinson, American sound engineer, record producer (Herbie Hancock; Santana; The Pointer Sisters; The Clancy Brothers), and film producer, born in Brooklyn, New York City
  • 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 Renwick, British rock guitarist (Sutherland Brothers & Quiver), born in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England
  • 1950 Rodney Crowell, American country singer-songwriter (Above and Beyond; She's Crazy for Leavin'), and record producer, born in Houston, Texas
  • 1952 Ian Hobson, British pianist, opera conductor and music professor, born in Wolverhampton, West Midlands, England
  • 1958 Bruce Dickinson, British heavy metal rocker (Iron Maiden - "Run to Hills"), born in Worksop, England
  • 1960 Jacquie O'Sullivan, British rock singer and songwriter (Bananarama - "Venus"), born in London, England
  • 1962 Bruno Pelletier, Québécois-Canadian pop singer, born in Charlesbourg, Quebec City, Quebec
  • 1962 Michael "Weiki" Weikath, German heavy metal guitarist (Helloween), born in Hamburg, West Germany
  • 1963 Marcus Lewis, American soul singer (Sing Me A Song), born in Pontiac, Michigan
  • 1965 Johnny Solinger, American rock singer-songwriter (Skid Row, 1999 to 2015), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2021)
  • 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