On This Day

Birthdays in Music on August 9

Person of interestJohann Michael Bach

1648 Johann Michael Bach, German composer (In Dulci Jubilo), born in Arnstadt, Germany (d. 1694)

  • 1690 Lorenzo Zavateri, Italian violinist and composer, born in Bologna (d. 1764)
  • 1718 Placidus Cajetan von Camerloher, German composer, born in Murnau, Bavaria (d. 1782)
  • 1781 Michael Umlauf, Austrian violinist, composer and conductor (premiere of Beethoven's 9th), born in Vienna (d. 1842)
  • 1834 Elias Álvares Lobo, Brazilian composer, born in Itu, Brazil (d. 1901)
  • 1861 Wilhelm Berger, German composer, pianist and conductor, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1911)
  • 1875 Albert William Ketèlbey, British pianist and composer (In A Monastery Garden), born in Aston, Birmingham (d. 1959)
  • 1875 Reynaldo Hahn, Venezuelan-French composer, born in Caracas, Venezuela (d. 1947)
  • 1890 César Cortinas, Uruguayan composer, born in San José de Mayo, Uruguay (d. 1918)
  • 1890 Sándor Jemnitz, Hungarian composer, born in Budapest (d. 1963)
  • 1891 Max [Marcus] Tak, Dutch violinist and radio commentator, born in Amsterdam (d. 1967)
  • 1896 Leonide Massine, Russian ballet dancer and choreographer (Diaghilev Ballet Russe 1914-20), born in Moscow, Russian Empire (d. 1979)
  • 1902 Zino Francescatti, French violinist (NY Phil-1939), born in Marseille, France (d. 1991)
  • 1913 Harry Mills, American baritone singer (Mills Brothers - Paper Doll), born in Piqua, Ohio (d. 1982)
  • 1914 Ferenc Fricsay, Hungarian-Austrian conductor, born in Budapest (d. 1963)
  • 1915 Haim Alexander, Israeli composer, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2012)

  • 1925 Robert Heppener, Dutch composer (Hymns & Conversations, Movie Music), born in Amsterdam (d. 2009)
  • 1926 Michiel de Ruyter, Dutch jazz historian (Mister Jazz), born in Amsterdam (d. 1994)
  • 1935 George S. Leotsakos, Greek composer and musicologist, born in Athens, Greece
  • 1939 Billy Henderson, American singer (The Spinners-That's What Girls Are Made For), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 2007)
  • 1939 Max Neuhaus, American percussionist and composer (sound sculptures), born in Beaumont, Texas (d. 2009)
  • 1944 Viv Prince, rocker (Pretty Things)
  • 1946 Rinus Gerritsen [Marinus], Dutch rock bassist/keyboardist (Golden Earring)
  • 1947 Barbara Mason, American singer (Yes, I'm Ready)
  • 1958 Greg Chaisson, heavy metal rocker (Badlands-Dreams in the Dark)
  • 1959 Diane Williams, Hahn AFB Ger, singer (Girls Next Door-Don't Be Cruel)
  • 1959 Kurtis Blow, American rapper (Krushgroove-The Breaks), born in NYC, New York
  • 1962 Michael Colnroy, Modern English, rocker

Person of interestWhitney Houston

1963 Whitney Houston, American singer (One Moment in Time, Bodyguard), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2012)

  • 1965 Kyle Kyle [Kyle Keiderling], American rock bassist (Bang Tango), born in Kensington, Pennsylvania
  • 1968 Sam Fogarino, American musician (Interpol)
  • 1970 Arion Salazar, American musician (Third Eye Blind)
  • 1972 Juanes, Colombian singer
  • 1972 A-Mei, Taiwanese singer
  • 1976 Leigh Kakaty, Canadian singer (Pop Evil), born in Kingston, Canada
  • 1985 Anna Kendrick, American actress and singer (Pitch Perfect), born in Portland, Maine