On This Day

Musicians Born in 1930

  • Jan 1 Werner Heiden, composer
  • Jan 2 Julius La Rosa, American singer (fired by Arthur Godfrey on the air), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2016)
  • Jan 5 Frederick Charles Tillis, American composer, born in Galveston, Texas
  • Jan 5 Richard Hayes, American actor & singer (Name That Tune), born in Passaic, New Jersey (d. 2014)
  • Jan 10 Byron "Wild Child" Gipson, American blues singer, born in Burlington, Iowa (d. 1994)
  • Jan 10 Lyle Ritz, American jazz ukulele and session bassist, born in Clevelnad, Ohio (d. 2017)
  • Jan 11 Lula Mae Hardaway, American songwriter ("I Was Made to Love Her"; "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours"), and mother of singer Stevie Wonder, born in Eufaula, Alabama
  • Jan 12 Glenn Yarborough, American folk singer & guitarist (Limeliters-Honey & Wine, Jubilee), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2016)
  • Jan 13 Liz Anderson, American country music singer-songwriter (Mama Spank, The Game of Triangles), born in Roseau, Minnesota (d. 2011)
  • Jan 14 Edgar Hovhannisyan, Armenian composer, born in Yerevan, Armenia (d. 1998)
  • Jan 14 Johnny Grande, American accordion and piano player (The Saddlemen; Bill Haley's Comets), and songwriter ("Birth of the Boogie"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2006)
  • Jan 15 Michel Chapuis, French classical organist and pedagogue, born in Dole, France (d. 2017)
  • Jan 15 Earl Hooker, American blues slide guitar player ("Blue Guitar"), born in Quitman County, Mississippi (d. 1970)
  • Jan 17 Robert Ceely, composer
  • Jan 26 Wim Statius Muller, Curaçaoa conductor, pianist, and composer, born in Curaçao (d. 2019)
  • Jan 27 Bobby "Blue" Bland, Rosemark TN, blues singer (Call on the Drummer), (d. 2013)
  • Jan 28 Luis de Pablo, Spanish composer, and musicologist, born in Bilbao, Spain
  • Jan 29 Derek Bailey, British avant-garde jazz guitar virtuoso, born in Sheffield, England (d. 2005)
  • Jan 31 Al De Lory, American session pianist, arranger, and record producer (Glen Campbell), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2012)
  • Feb 5 Ulf Söderblom, Finnish conductor (Finnish National Opera, 1973-93), born in Turku, Finland (d. 2016)
  • Feb 8 Manuel Castillo, Andalusian classical pianist and composer, born in Seville, Spain (d. 2005)
  • Feb 9 Emil Petrovics, Hungarian composer, born in Zrenjanin, Serbia (d. 2011)
  • Feb 10 Peter Phillips, American composer, born in San Francisco, California [or Jun 18]
  • Feb 11 C H Dearnley, organist
  • Feb 13 Dorothy "Dottie" McGuire, American pop vocalist (McGuire Sisters - "Sincerely"; "Sugartime"), born in Middletown, Ohio (d. 2012)
  • Feb 16 Peggy King, American jazz and pop vocalist, former TV personality and actress (George Gobel Show), born in Greensburg, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 17 Usko Merilainen, Finnish composer, born in Tampere, Finland (d. 2004)
  • Feb 26 Lazar Berman, Russian pianist (Budapest 3rd place-1956), born in Leningrad, Russia,
  • Feb 26 Doug Sandom, British drummer (The Who, 1962-64), born in Greenford, England (d. 2019)
  • Feb 28 Marty Grosz, American swing and dixieland jazz guitarist, banjoist, vocalist, and composer born in Berlin, Germany
  • Mar 1 Pierre Max Dubois, composer
  • Mar 2 John Cullum, American singer and actor (Hamlet; 1776; Hawaii; Northern Exposure - "Holling"), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Mar 6 Lorin Maazel, American conductor (Cleveland Orchestra, 1972-82; Orchestre National de France, 1977-91; NY Philharmonic 2001-09), born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France (d. 2014)
  • Mar 9 Thomas Schippers, American conductor (Amahl & Night Visitors), born in Kalamazoo, Michigan (d. 1977)

Ornette Coleman

Mar 9 Ornette Coleman, American jazz saxophonist and composer (Downbeat Musician of Year, 1966), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2015)

  • Mar 10 Raymond Rasberry, American pianist and singer (d. 1995)
  • Mar 12 Stanko Horvat, Croatian composer, born in Zagreb, Croatia (d. 2006)
  • Mar 12 Wardell Quezergue, American jazz, blues, and funk composer, arranger, record producer and bandleader, known as the "Creole Beethoven", born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2011)
  • Mar 13 (Richard Allen) "Blue" Mitchell, American jazz trumpeter (Horace Silver Quintet; Riverside; Blue Note), born in Miami, Florida (d. 1979)
  • Mar 14 Dieter Schnebel, German experimental composer (Harley-Davidson, for nine motorbikes and trumpet), born in Lahr, Germany (d. 2018)
  • Mar 16 Minoru Miky, Japanese composer for traditional Japanese instruments, born in Tokushima (d. 2011)
  • Mar 18 Maurice Peress, American conductor (Kansa City Philharmonic, 1974-80), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 18 Pat Halcox, British jazz trumpeter (Chris Barber Jazz Band, 1954-2008), born in Chelsea, London (d. 2013)
  • Mar 19 Bill Henderson, American jazz singer ("Señor Blues"), and actor (Dreams - "Torpedo"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • Mar 20 Michel Magne, composer
  • Mar 21 James Coco, American character actor (Only When I Laugh; Murder by Death), and singer (Man of La Mancha), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1987)

Stephen Sondheim

Mar 22 Stephen Sondheim, American Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning composer and lyricist (West Side Story; Sunday in the Park With George; A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Gypsy), born in NYC, New York (d. 2021) [1]

  • Mar 25 David Burge, American pianist, composer and conductor, born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 2013)
  • Mar 26 Cristóbal Halffter, Spanish conductor, and composer (Yes, speak out, yes; Lazarus), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 2021)
  • Mar 28 Robert Ashley, American composer, born in Ann Arbor, Michigan (d. 2014)
  • Mar 28 Elizabeth Bainbridge, English opera singer, born in Rawtenstall, Lancashire
  • Mar 29 Donny Conn, American musician (The Playmates), born in Waterbury, Connecticut (d. 2015)
  • Mar 30 Rolf Harris, Australian-British comedian, actor, painter, singer-songwriter ("Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport"), television personality, and convicted sex offender, born in Bassendean, Western Australia
  • Apr 1 Grace Lee Whitney, American singer and actress (Star Trek - "Yeoman Rand"), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan (d. 2015)
  • Apr 1 Joan Franks-Williams, composer
  • Apr 2 Girolamo Arriego, Italian composer, born in Palermo, Italy
  • Apr 5 Nabil Totah, Palestinian-American jazz double bassist, born in Ramallah, Palestine Territory (d. 2012)
  • Apr 8 John Reardon, American stage actor and operatic baritone (Metropolitan Opera, 1965-77), born in NYC, New York (d. 1988)
  • Apr 10 Claude Bolling, French jazz and classical cross-over pianist and composer (Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio), born in Cannes, France (d. 2020) [1]
  • Apr 11 Kazuo Fukushima, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo
  • Apr 12 Betty Clooney, American singer (Jack Paar Show), born in Maysville, Kentucky (d. 1976)
  • Apr 15 Richard Davis, American jazz double bassist described as "the greatest bass ever heard on a rock album" (Van Morrison's Astral Weeks), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Apr 16 Herbie Mann, American jazz flutist ("Hijack"; Push Push; Memphis Underground), born in Brooklyn, New York City (d. 2003)
  • Apr 17 Chris Barber, English jazz trombonist ("Petite Fleur"), born in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire (d. 2021)
  • Apr 17 Albert "Al" Schmitt, American Grammy Award-winning recording engineer and record producer (Sam Cooke, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2021) [1]
  • Apr 18 Clive Revill, New Zealand singer and actor (Legend of Hell House), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • Apr 24 Jerome Callet, American musician and designer of brass instruments, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2019)
  • Apr 28 Christopher Headington, English composer, musicologist and pianist, born in London (d. 1996)
  • Apr 29 Joe Porcaro, American jazz and session drummer and percussionist (Lalo Schifrin; Rosemary Clooney; Toto), and educator (Los Angeles College of Music), born in New Britain, Connecticut (d. 2020)
  • May 1 Little Walter [Marion Walter Jacobs], blues singer-songwriter and harmonica player, born in Marksville, Louisiana (d. 1968)
  • May 4 Roberta Peters, American operatic soprano (NY Metropolitan Opera, 1950-85), born in The Bronx, New York City (d. 2017)
  • May 5 Joyce Collins, American jazz and film and television session pianist, singer, and educator, born in Battle Mountain, Nevada (d. 2010)
  • May 8 Heather Harper, Northern Irish operatic soprano (Britten's War Requiem), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 2019)
  • May 11 Gordon Langford [Colman], British composer and arranger of brass, choral, and orchestral music (Facets of Glass; Rhapsody for Trombone), born in Edgware, England (d. 2017)
  • May 16 Friedrich Gulda, Austrian classical and jazz pianist and composer (Ineffable; Concerto for Cello and Wind Orchestra), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2000)
  • May 19 Hans Kox, Dutch composer (Dorian Gray; Symphony No. 4 - "Tasmanian"), and educator, born in Arnhem, Netherlands (d. 2019)
  • May 22 Kenny Ball, English jazz musician, born in Ilford, Essex (d. 2013)
  • May 24 Hans-Martin Linde, German flute and recorder virtuoso, born in Werne, Germany
  • May 27 Eino Tamberg, Estonian composer (Joanna tentata), born in Tallinn, Estonia (d. 2010)
  • May 28 Julian Slade, English popular composer (Salad Days), born in London (d. 2006)
  • May 28 Lawrence "Tricky" Lofton, American jazz trombonist, born in Houston, Texas
  • May 30 David Evatt Tunley, Australian composer, born in Australia
  • Jun 1 Edward Woodward, British singer and actor (Breaker Morant, Wickerman), born in Croydon, Surrey (d. 2009)
  • Jun 3 Dakota Staton, American jazz singer ("Where Flamingos Fly"; "Sex Is A Misdemeanor") , born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2007)
  • Jun 4 Morgana King [Messina], American jazz singer ("Dindi"; "It's A Quiet Thing"), and actress (The Godfather; The Godfather Part II), born in Pleasantville, New York (d. 2018)
  • Jun 4 Pentti Raitio, Finnish composer (‘Lemminkainen Gatecrashes at Pohjola’), born in Pieksämäki, Finland (d. 2014)
  • Jun 5 Nikolay Nikolayevich Sidel'nikov, Russian composer, born in Tver, Soviet Union (d. 1992)
  • Jun 8 Yannis Ioannidis, Greek composer, born in Athens, Greece
  • Jun 9 Barbara [Monique Andrée Serf], French singer ("L'Aigle noir"), born in Paris, France (d. 1997)
  • Jun 12 Jim Nabors, American actor and singer (Gomer Pyle, Back Home Again in Indiana), born in Sylacauga, Alabama (d. 2017)
  • Jun 17 Romuald Twardowski, Polish composer, born in Wilno/ Vilnius, Poland
  • Jun 17 Cliff Gallup, American guitarist (Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps), born in Norfolk, Virginia (d. 1988)
  • Jun 19 Jul Levi, Bulgarian composer and conductor, born in Salonica, Greece
  • Jun 23 Elza Soares, Brazilian samba and jazz singer, named one of the Singers of the Millennium by BBC Radio, born in the Padre Miguel, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (d. 2022)
  • Jun 26 Peter Feuchtwanger, German piano teacher, musicologist, and composer (Studies in Eastern Idiom; Introduction and Ragas for 8 Violas and cello), born in Munich, Germany (d. 2016)
  • Jun 28 Nikolai Nikolayevich Karetnikov, Russian composer, born in Moscow (d. 1994)
  • Jun 30 Doyle Holly, American comedian and musician (Buckaroos), born in Perkins, Oklahoma (d. 2007)
  • Jun 30 June Valli, American singer (Your Hit Parade), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1993)
  • Jul 3 [Karl] Carlos Kleiber, Austrian-Argentine conductor (Bavarian State Orchestra, 1968-97), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2004)
  • Jul 3 Pete Fountain, American jazz clarinetist (Lawrence Welk, 1957-59), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2016)
  • Jul 3 Tommy Tedesco, American jazz and Los Angeles session guitarist (Wrecking Crew; Lalo Schifrin), born in Niagra Falls, New York (d. 1997)
  • Jul 5 Yutaka Makino, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 2005)
  • Jul 7 Hank Mobley, American jazz saxophonist
  • Jul 8 Earl Van Dyke, American jazz and session piano, Hammond B-3, and harpsichord player (Motown Records' Funk Brothers, 1964-72), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1992)
  • Jul 9 Buddy Bregman, American orchestra leader and arranger (Eddie Fisher Show; Ella Fitzgerald's Cole Porter Songbook), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2017)
  • Jul 10 Jacques Klein, Brazilian pianist and composer, born in Aracati, Ceará, Brazil (d. 1982)
  • Jul 14 Eric Norman Stokes, American composer (The Jealous Cellist; Tintinnabulary), born in Haddon Heights, New Jersey (d. 1999)
  • Jul 14 Polly Bergen [Nellie Burgin], American actress, singer, television host, and writer (Rhoda-Winds of War, The Helen Morgan Story), born in Knoxville, Tennessee (d. 2014)
  • Jul 15 Toshiya Sukegawa, Japanese contemporary classical and electro-acoustic composer (The Eternal Morning 1945.8.6; A Projection), born in Sapporo, Japan (d. 2015)
  • Jul 16 John Everett Watts, American composer, born in Maryville, Tennessee (d. 1982)
  • Jul 17 Ryohei Hirose, composer
  • Jul 18 Siegfried Kurz, German conductor and composer, born in Dresden
  • Jul 20 Sally Ann Howes, British-American stage and screen actress and singer (Brigadoon; Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - "Truly Scrumptious"), born in London, England (d. 2021)
  • Jul 21 Anand Bakshi, Indian lyricist (d. 2002)
  • Jul 22 Leoncjusz Ciuciura, Polish classical composer (Spirals), born in Grodzisk Mazowieck, Poland (d. 2017) [1] [2]
  • Jul 22 Ray Pohlman, American session upright and electric bass guitarist and arranger (The Wrecking Crew), and jazz guitarist, born in Baker Township, Iowa (d. 1990)
  • Jul 25 Maureen Forrester, Canadian operatic contralto (Mahler's "Resurrection" Symphony), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2010)
  • Jul 25 Annie Ross, British-American jazz singer (Lambert, Hendricks & Ross - "Twisted") and actress, born in London (d. 2020)
  • Jul 27 Andy White, Scottish drummer, played on 1st Beatles official recording session ("Love Me Do" and "P.S. I Love You"), born in Glasgow (d. 2015)
  • Jul 28 David "Junior" Kimbrough, American bluesman, born in Hudsonville, Mississippi (d. 1998)
  • Jul 29 Paul Taylor, American dancer and choreographer (Paul Taylor Dance Company), born in Wilkinsville, Pennsylvania (d. 2018)
  • Aug 1 Geoffrey Holder, Trinidadian-American actor, choreographer, singer, director and painter (Annie; The Wiz), born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (d. 2014)
  • Aug 1 Lionel Bart [Begleiter], British pop music composer and writer (Oliver!), born in London, England
  • Aug 6 Abbey Lincoln [Anna Wooldridge], African-American civil rights activist, jazz vocalist, songwriter and actress (Nothing But a Man), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2010)
  • Aug 7 Veljo Tormis, Estonian composer, specializing in choral music (Curse Upon Iron (Raua needmine)), born in Kuusalu, Estonia (d. 2017)
  • Aug 11 Heinz Werner Zimmermann, composer
  • Aug 13 Don Ho, Hawaiian-American pop and Hawaiian music singer ("Tiny Bubbles"; "Ain't No Big Thing!"), born in Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii (d. 2007)
  • Aug 13 Heino Jurisalu, Estonian composer (Kvintett puhkpillidele), born in Tartu, Estonia (d. 1991)
  • Aug 20 Mario Bernardi, Canadian pianist and conductor, born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario (d. 2013)
  • Aug 30 Ernie Ball, American entrepreneur and musician who pioneered the development of guitar-related products, born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2004)
  • Aug 31 Dudley "Big Tiny" Little Jr, American pianist (Lawrence Welk Show), born in Worthington Minnesota (d. 2010)
  • Sep 2 Andrey Pavlovich Petrov, composer
  • Sep 4 Jerry Ragovoy, American songwriter and producer ("Piece Of My Heart"; "Time Is On My Side"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2011)
  • Sep 7 Sonny Rollins, American jazz saxophonist (Blue Room), born in NYC, New York
  • Sep 9 Paolo Castaldi, Italian composer, born in Milan, Italy
  • Sep 12 Larry Austin, American classical and electronic composer and educator, born in Duncan, Oklahoma (d. 2018)
  • Sep 17 Lalgudi Jayaraman, Indian Carnatic violinist and composer, born in Chennai, India (d. 2013)
  • Sep 19 Muhal Richard Abrams, American educator and composer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2017)
  • Sep 22 Roger Durham Hannay, American composer and teacher, born in Plattsburg, New York (d. 2006)
  • Sep 22 Joni James [Joan Babbo], American pop singer ("Why Don't You Believe Me?"; "How Important Can It Be?"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2022)

Ray Charles

Sep 23 Ray Charles [Robinson], American singer and pianist who pioneered soul music ("Georgia On My Mind"; "Mess Around"; "Hit The Road, Jack") born in Albany, Georgia (d. 2004)

  • Sep 23 Irene Reid, American jazz singer ("I Must Be Doing Something Right"). born in Savannah, Georgia (d. 2008)
  • Sep 25 Shel Silverstein, American writer and cartoonist (Now Here's My Plan: A Book of Futilities; The Giving Tree) and songwriter ("A Boy Named Sue"; "The Cover Of The Rolling Stone"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1999)
  • Sep 26 Fritz Wunderlich, German tenor (Stuttgart 1955-58), born in Kusel, Germany (d. 1966)
  • Sep 27 Igor Kipnis, American harpsichordist, pianist, conductor, and educator, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2002)
  • Sep 28 Tommy Collins [Leonard Sipes], American country singer-songwriter ("Don't Growl"), born in Bethany, Oklahoma (d. 2000)
  • Sep 29 Richard Bonynge, Australian conductor (Aust Orch Sydney-1976), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Sep 29 Billy Strange [William], American singer-songwriter (A Little Less Conversation), born in Long Beach, California (d. 2012)

Richard Harris

Oct 1 Richard Harris, Irish actor (Man Called Horse), and singer ("MacArthur Park"), born in Limerick, Ireland (d. 2002)

  • Oct 2 Günter Kochan, German composer, born in Luckau, Germany (d. 2009)
  • Oct 4 József Soproni, Hungarian composer and educator, born in Sopron
  • Oct 5 Arlene Saunders [Soszynski], American soprano, 1961-85 (Hamburg Opera; New York Metropolitan Opera), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2020)
  • Oct 8 Tōru Takemitsu, Japanese classical music and film score composer (November Steps; Ran), born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 1996)
  • Oct 8 (Park Frederick) "Pepper" Adams, American jazz saxophonist (Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Big Band), born in Highland Park, Michigan
  • Oct 9 Fjölnir Stefánsson, Icelandic composer, born in Reykjavíc, Iceland (d. 2011)
  • Oct 12 Jack Gottlieb, American composer, writer and editor, born in New Rochelle, New York (d. 2011)
  • Oct 14 Robert Parker, American saxophonist and soul singer (Barefootin'), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2020)
  • Oct 16 Carmen Sevilla, Spanish actress, singer and TV presenter (Vengeance, Searching for Monica, Don Juan), born in Seville, Spain
  • Oct 17 Angelo Paccignini, composer
  • Oct 18 Barry McDaniel, American lyric baritone (Deutsche Oper Berlin, 1962-99), born in Lyndon, Kansas (d. 2018)
  • Oct 24 The Big Bopper [Jiles Perry Richardson], American musician, born in Sabine Pass, Texas (d. 1959)
  • Oct 28 Harry Gilbert Trythall, American composer and pianist, born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Oct 28 John Mayer, Indian violinist and composer (Indo-Jazz Fusions), born in Calcutta, Bengal, British India (d. 2004) [1]
  • Oct 29 Natalie Sleeth, American composer, born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 1992)
  • Oct 29 Omara Portuondo, Cuban singer (Cuarteto d'Aida; Buena Vista Social Club), born in Havana, Cuba
  • Oct 30 Clifford Brown, American jazz trumpeter and composer (Joyspring, Jordu), born in Wilmington, Delaware (d. 1956)
  • Oct 31 Ray Crane, English trumpeter, born in Skegness, Lincolnshire (d. 1994)
  • Oct 31 Booker Ervin [Booker Telleferro Ervin II], American saxophonist (Charles Mingus), born in Denison, Texas (d. 1970)
  • Nov 1 John Scott, British musician, film, television, and classical composer, born in Bishopston, Bristol, England
  • Nov 6 Raymond Baervoets, Belgian composer (Metamorphoses), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1989)
  • Nov 11 Hank Garland, American country, rock and jazz guitar virtuoso ("Sugarfoot Rag"; "(Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame"; "Jingle Bell Rock"), born in Cowpens, South Carolina (d. 2004)
  • Nov 11 Vernon Handley, English conductor, born in Enfield, England (d. 2008)
  • Nov 14 Jay Migliori, saxophonist (Supersax), born in Erie, Pennsylvania (d. 2001)
  • Nov 14 Peter Katin, British concert pianist, born in London (d. 2015)
  • Nov 17 David Werner Amram, composer ("Splendor in the Grass"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Nov 22 Peter Hall, English stage, film and opera director (Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre director), born in Bury St Edmunds, England (d. 2017)
  • Nov 22 Peter Hurford, British organist, composer and choral conductor (St. Albans Cathedral), born in Minehead, England (d. 2019)
  • Dec 1 Matt Monro [Terence Parsons], English pop singer ("Softly As I Leave You"), born Shoreditch, London (d. 1985)
  • Dec 4 Paul-Heinz Dittrich, German composer, born in Gornsdorf, Germany (d. 2020)
  • Dec 4 Jim Hall, American jazz guitarist and composer, born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2013)
  • Dec 7 Richard Felciano, American composer, born in Santa Rosa, California
  • Dec 8 Alain Weber, French composer, born in Château-Thierry (d. 2019)
  • Dec 11 Leonard Friedman, British-Lithuanian violinist (Scottish Baroque Ensemble), born in London (d. 1994)
  • Dec 12 Friedrich Voss, German composer and pianist, born in Halberstadt, Germany
  • Dec 17 Makoto Moroi, Jpansese composer (Yamauba; The Vision of Cain), born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 2013)
  • Dec 24 Robert Joffrey [Abdullah Jaffa Anver Bey Khan], American dancer, born in Seattle, Washington
  • Dec 26 Jean Ferrat, French singer-songwriter, born in Vaucresson, France (d. 2010)
  • Dec 27 Jacqueline Fontyn, Belgian pianist, contemporary classical composer (Vent d'Est for Accordion and Strings; Halo for Harp), and music educator (1963-90), born in Antwerp, Belgium
  • Dec 29 Glenn Reeves, American rockabilly singer-songwriter and radio deejay (Heartbreak Hotel), born in Shamrock, Texas (d. 1998)
  • Dec 29 Willy Giefer, German composer, born in Koblenz, Germany
  • Dec 30 Orville "Red" Rhodes, American session pedal steel guitarist, born in Alton, Illinois (d. 1995)
  • Dec 31 Odetta [Holmes], American folk singer (Sanctuary), actress and civil rights activist, born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2008)

About 1930

Chinese Zodiac: Snake (Jan 1 - Jan 29), Horse (Jan 30 - Dec 31)