Birthdays in Music on August 8

  • 1571 John Ward, English composer, born in Canterbury, England (d. 1638)
  • 1693 Laurent Belissen, composer
  • 1755 Luigi Marchesi, composer
  • 1857 Cecile Chaminade, composer
  • 1871 William Henry Squire, composer
  • 1886 Daniel Ruyneman, composer
  • 1886 Pietro Alessandro Yon, composer
  • 1891 Adolf Busch, German violinist (d. 1952)
  • 1900 Victor Young, orchestra leader (Milton Berle Show, In Old California), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1904 Istvan Szelenyi, composer
  • 1905 Andre Jolivet, composer (L'Eunuque), born in Paris, France
  • 1907 Benny Carter, American musician and composer (Easy Money, King Carter), born in NYC, New York
  • 1913 Axel Stordahl, orchestra leader (Frank Sinatra Show), born in Staten Island, New York
  • 1920 Leo Chiosso, Italian lyricist (d. 2006)
  • 1920 James "Jimmy" Witherspoon, American jump blues singer (Ain't Nobody's Business), born in Gurdon, Arkansas (d. 1997)
  • 1921 Roger Nixon, American composer, born in Tulare, California (d. 2009)
  • 1921 Webb Pierce, American singer (In the Jailhouse Now), born in West Monroe, Louisiana (d. 1991)
  • 1924 Thomas Beversdorf, composer
  • 1926 Urbie [Urban Clifford] Green, American jazz trombonist (toured with Woodie Herman, Frankie Carlie), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • 1928 Don Burrows, Australian musician
  • 1929 Josef Suk, violinist (Artist of Merit-1977), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1931 Jonathan Elkus, composer
  • 1932 Mel Tillis [Lonnie Melvin Tillis], American country singer (Who's Julie, M-M-Mel), born in Pahokee, Florida (d. 2017)
  • 1933 Joe Tex [Joseph Arrington, Jr.], American soul musician (Hold What You've Got, I Gotcha), born in Rogers, Texas (d. 1982)
  • 1937 Louis Neefs, Belgian singer
  • 1938 Connie Stevens [Concetta Ingoglia], singer/actress (Hawaiian Eye, Back to Beach), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1938 Jacques Hetu, composer
  • 1939 Philip E Baisley, Augusta Va, singer (Statler Bros-Class of '57)
  • 1939 William Alden Hibbard, composer
  • 1942 Jay David, rocker (Dr Hook & Medicine Show)
  • 1944 Hans van Eijk, Dutch rock guitarist (Jumping Jewels)
  • 1944 Michael Johnson, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, born in Alamosa, Colorado
  • 1944 John Renbourn, English folk musician (Pentangle), born in London
  • 1949 Airrion Love, US singer (Stylistics-16 Bars)
  • 1950 Willie Hall, American drummer (Blues Brothers Band), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1955 Ali Score, rock drummer (Flock Of Seagulls)
  • 1955 Diddú, Icelandic soprano and songwriter
  • 1956 Chris Foreman, guitarist (Madness-Burning Down the House)
  • 1956 David Grant, Jamaica, singer/songwriter (Stop & Go, Heaven Knows)
  • 1958 Chris[sie Boy] Foreman, rock guitarist (Madness)
  • 1961 The Edge, [Dave Evans], rock guitarist (U2-I Will Follow), born in London, England
  • 1961 Daniel House, American music executive
  • 1961 Rikki Rockett, American drummer (Poison-Every Rose Has a Thorn), born in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1963 Kyoko Chan Cox, American daughter of Yoko Ono and Anthony Cox, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1965 Aaron Abeyta, American musician
  • 1972 Lüpüs Thünder, American musician (The Bloodhound Gang)
  • 1973 Scott Stapp, American singer (Creed)
  • 1976 JC Chasez, American singer (*NSYNC)
  • 1976 Drew Lachey, American singer
  • 1978 Countess Vaughn, American actress and singer
  • 1979 Richard Harwood, British cellist
  • 1979 Sam Totman, English musician (Dragonforce)
  • 1980 Mike Hindert, American musician
  • 1981 Vanessa Amorosi, Australian singer and songwriter
  • 1981 Kaori Iida, Japanese singer and actress
  • 1981 Bradley McIntosh, British pop singer
  • 1995 Malin Reitan, Norwegian singer
  • 1998 Shawn Mendes, Canadian singer-songwriter (Handwritten, Treat You Better), born in Toronto, Ontario