On This Day

Musicians Born on December 11

  • 1566 Manuel Cardoso, Portuguese composer, born in Fronteira (d. 1650)
  • 1676 Johann Georg Weichenberger, Austrian composer, born in Graz, Austria (d. 1740)
  • 1757 Charles Wesley, English organist and composer, born in Bristol (d. 1834)
  • 1758 Carl Friedrich Zelter, German composer, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1832)
  • 1793 Pietro Antonio Coppola, Italian composer, born in Enna, Italy (d. 1877)

Person of interestHector Berlioz

1803 Hector Berlioz, French composer (Symphonie fantastique), born in La Côte-Saint-André, France (d. 1869)

Composer Hector Berlioz
Composer
Hector Berlioz
  • 1838 Whitney Eugene Thayer, American composer, born in Mendon, Massachusetts (d. 1889)
  • 1855 Julian Edwards, American composer, born in Manchester, England (d. 1910)
  • 1868 Ernst Henrik Ellberg, Swedish composer, born in Söderhamn, Sweden (d. 1948)
  • 1876 Mieczysław Karłowicz, Polish composer and conductor (Rebirth Symphony, Op. 7), born in Vishnyeva, Russian Empire (now Belarus) (d. 1909)

Person of interestCarlos Gardel

1890 Carlos Gardel, Argentine singer and the most prominent figure in the history of tango, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1935)

  • 1905 Koos van de Griend, Dutch composer, born in Kampen, Netherlands (d. 1950)
  • 1906 Jack Purvis, American jazz trumpet player and composer, born in Kokomo, Indiana (d. 1962)
  • 1907 Norbert Rosseau, Belgian composer, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1975)
  • 1908 Elliott Carter, American classical composer and winner of two Pulitzer prizes, born in New York City (d. 2012)
  • 1910 Noel Rosa, Brazilian songwriter, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (d. 1937)

  • 1917 [Dámaso] Pérez Prado, Cuban bandleader and musician, born in Matanzas, Cuba (d. 1989)
  • 1922 Grigoris Bithikotsis, Greek singer, born in Peristeri, Athens (d. 2005)
  • 1926 Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton, American rhythm-and-blues singer and songwriter (Hound Dog, Ball & Chain, Stronger than Dirt), born in Ariton, Alabama (d. 1984)
  • 1930 Leonard Friedman, British-Lithuanian violinist (Scottish Baroque Ensemble), born in London (d. 1994)

Person of interestRita Moreno

1931 Rita Moreno [Rosita Dolores Alverío], Puerto Rican singer, dancer and actress (West Side Story), born in Humacao, Puerto Rico

Singer, Dancer and Actress Rita Moreno
Singer, Dancer and Actress
Rita Moreno
  • 1938 Enrico Macias, Algerian-French singer, born in Constantine, Algeria
  • 1938 McCoy Tyner, American jazz pianist (John Coltrane Quartet), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2020)
  • 1939 David Gates, American rock vocalist (Bread-Baby I'm A Want You), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1941 Rogier van Otterloo, Dutch composer and conductor, born in Bilthoven, Netherlands (d. 1988)
  • 1944 Brenda Lee, American singer (I'm Sorry), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1944 David Ashley White, American composer and educator, born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1944 Jon Garrison, American tenor, born in Higginsville, Missouri
  • 1948 Stamatis Spanoudakis, Greek composer, born in Athens, Greece
  • 1948 Chester Thompson, American session and touring drummer and percussionist (Frank Zappa; Genesis; Chester Thompson Trio), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1954 Jermaine Jackson, American singer (Jackson 5 - "ABC"; "Let's Get Serious"), born in Gary, Indiana
  • 1954 Guðlaugur Kristinn Óttarsson, Icelandic musician, born in Iceland
  • 1954 Vicki Randle, American singer-songwriter, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1958 Nikki Sixx [Frank Carlton Serafino Feranna, Jr.], American musician (Mötley Crüe), born in San Jose, California
  • 1960 Rachel Portman, English film score composer (Emma; Chocolat), born in Haslemere, England
  • 1961 Darryl Jones, American bass player (Sting; Rolling Stones, 1993-present), born in Chicago, Illinois

  • 1962 Curtis "Fitz" Williams, American keyboard player (Kool & The Gang)
  • 1962 Paul Haslinger, Austrian musician and composer, born in Linz, Austria
  • 1962 Nele Karajlić, Bosnian singer (Zabranjeno pušenje), born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • 1963 Jon Brion, American musician and record producer, born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey
  • 1964 Justin Currie, Scottish rock vocalist and bassist (Del Amitri - "Roll To Me"), born in Glasgow
  • 1964 Dave Schools, American musician (Widespread Panic), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1964 Cosy Sheridan, American singer (The Pomegranate Seed), born in Concord, New Hampshire
  • 1966 Martin Blunt, British rock bassist (The Charlatans - "The Only One I Know"), born in West Midlands, England
  • 1966 Terry Sharpe, Irish rocker (The Adventures, Starjets-Starjets), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1966 Leon Lai, Chinese-born Hong Kong actor and singer, born in Beijing, China
  • 1967 DJ Yella, American DJ and music producer (N.W.A), born in Compton, California
  • 1973 Valentina Lisitsa, Ukrainian-American concert, pianist born in Kiev, Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic
  • 1981 Zacky Vengeance [Baker], American rock guitarist (Avenged Sevenfold), born in Olympia, Washington
  • 1983 Yoh Miyamori, Japanese musician (Orange Range), born in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan
  • 1987 Natalia Gordienko, Moldovan singer and dancer, born in Chișinău, Moldova

Person of interestHailee Steinfeld

1996 Hailee Steinfeld, American actress and singer (True Grit, Pitch Perfect), born in Los Angeles, California

Actress and Singer Hailee Steinfeld
Actress and Singer
Hailee Steinfeld