On This Day

Birthdays in Music on December 10

  • 1764 Louis-Sébastien Lebrun, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1829)
  • 1813 Errico Petrella, Italian composer, born in Palermo, Italy (d. 1877)
  • 1822 César Franck, Belgian composer and organist (Symphonic Variations), born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1890)
  • 1823 Theodore Furchtegott Kirchner, German composer, born in Neukirchen, Germany (d. 1903)
  • 1823 Wilhelm Kuhe, German composer, born in Prague, Czech Republic (d. 1912)
  • 1868 Louis Victor Saar, Dutch-American composer, born in Rotterdam (d. 1937)
  • 1872 Johann Babtist Thaller, German composer, born in Röhrmoos, Germany (d. 1952)
  • 1885 János Hammerschlag, Hungarian composer, born in Prague (d. 1954)
  • 1885 Marios Varvoglis, Greek composer (Behind the Barbed Wire Fence), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1967)
  • 1893 Walter Rein, German composer, born in Stotternheim (d. 1955)
  • 1908 Olivier Messiaen, French composer (L'Ame en Bourgeon; St Francois d'Assise), born in Avignon, France (d. 1992)
  • 1913 Morton Gould, American prolific composer (Verdun), born in Richmond Hill, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1914 Dorothy Lamour [Mary Kaumeyer], American actress and singer (Road to Bali, My Favorite Brunette), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1996)
  • 1919 Sven-Eric Emanuel Johanson, Swedish composer, born in Västervik, Sweden (d. 1997)
  • 1919 Alexander Courage, American composer of original Star Trek theme, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2008)
  • 1922 Allen Dwight Sapp, American composer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1999)

  • 1923 Abelardo Quinteros, Chilean composer, born in Valparaiso, Chile
  • 1926 Dag Schjelderup-Ebbe, Norwegian musicologist, educator, and composer, born in Oslo, Norway (d. 2013)
  • 1926 Guitar Slim [Eddie Jones], blues guitarist ("The Things That I Used to Do"), born in Greenwood, Mississippi (d. 1959)
  • 1937 Don Sebesky, American orchestra leader (Jimmy Dean Show), born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey
  • 1938 Yuri Temirkanov, Russian conductor (Kirov), born in Nalchik, Russia
  • 1941 Chad Stuart, English rock vocalist and guitarist (Chad & Jeremy), born in Windermere, Cumberland, England
  • 1941 Kyu Sakamoto, Japanese singer and actor, born in Kawasaki (d. 1985)
  • 1941 Peter Sarstedt, British pop-folk singer-songwriter and guitarist ("Where Do You Go To (My Lovely?"), born in New Delhi, British India (d. 2017)
  • 1941 Ralph Tavares, Cape Verdean-American R&B and soul singer (Tavares - "Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel"), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1942 Beer Bossu [Berend Frederik Gertenbach], Dutch actor and vocalist (Pub Chantant), born in Amsterdam
  • 1943 Jessica Cleaves, American singer and songwriter (The Friends of Distinction), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2014)
  • 1945 Eric Boom, Dutch guitarist and producer
  • 1946 Ace Kefford, English bassist (The Move), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1946 Gloria Loring, American actress and singer (Days of our Life), born in NYC, New York
  • 1948 Jessica Cleaves, American soul singer and songwriter (The Friends of Distinction - "Grazing In The Grass"; Earth, Wind & Fire; Parliament Funkadelic), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2014)
  • 1949 Ismail "Pops" Mohamed, South African jazz multi-instrumentalist and producer, born in Benoni, Gauteng, South Africa
  • 1950 Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, Irish pianist, composer and educator (University of Limerick), born in Clonmel, Ireland (d. 2018)
  • 1951 Ellen Nikolaysen, Norwegian singer (You Made Me Feel I Could Fly), born in Oslo, Norway
  • 1951 Lary Fast, American keyboard and synthesizer player, and composer (Synergy; Peter Gabriel), born in Livingston, New Jersey
  • 1953 Diane Schuur, American jazz singer (Diane Schuur & the Count Basie Orchestra), born in Tacoma, Washington

  • 1954 Jack Hues, English musician (Wang Chung), born in Gillingham, Kent, England
  • 1954 Geoff Deane, British pop singer (Modern Romance), born in London
  • 1955 Garth Smith [Davies], British punk rock bassist (Buzzcocks), born in Tyldesley, Lancashire, England
  • 1957 Paul Hardcastle, British composer and musician ("19"; "Don't Waste My Time"), born in Kensington, London
  • 1961 Nia Peeples, American dancer and host (Fame, Party Machine), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1965 (Joseph) "J" Mascis, American rock singer and guitarist (Dinosaur Jr), born in Amherst, Massachusetts
  • 1972 Brian Molko, Belgian-born singer and songwriter (Placebo - "Nancy Boy"), born in Brussels, Belgium
  • 1972 Dimitri Tikovoi, French pop, rock, and dance musician and record producer, born in Paris
  • 1974 Meg White, American drummer (The White Stripes), born in Grosse Point Farms, Michigan
  • 1980 Sarah Chang, Korean-American classical violinist child prodigy, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1980 Massari [Sari Abboud], Lebanese-born Canadian R&B singer (Be Easy), born in Beirut, Lebanon
  • 1981 Taufik Batisah, Singaporean singer
  • 1982 Tim Deegan, Canadian MuchMusic VJ, born in Oshawa, Ontario
  • 1983 Katrin Siska, Estonian singer (Vanilla Ninja), born in Tallinn, Estonia
  • 1985 Raven-Symoné [Pearman], American actress and singer (The Cosby Show; That's So Raven), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1985 Grace Chatto, British electronic-pop singer and cellist (Clean Bandit - "Rather Be"; "Symphony"), born in London