Birthdays in Music on December 11

  • 1566 Manuel Cardoso, Portuguese composer, born in Fronteira (d. 1650)
  • 1676 Johann Georg Weichenberger, composer
  • 1757 Charles Wesley, composer
  • 1758 Carl Friedrich Zelter, composer
  • 1793 Pietro Coppola, composer
  • 1803 Hector Berlioz, French composer (d. 1869)
  • 1823 Yury Nikolayevich Golitsin, composer
  • 1838 Whitney Eugene Thayer, composer
  • 1855 Julian Edwards, composer
  • 1868 Ernst Henrik Ellberg, composer
  • 1876 Mieczyslaw Karlowicz, composer

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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, composer
  • 1907 Norbert Rosseau, composer
  • 1908 Elliott Cook Carter Jr, American composer (Tom & Lily), born in NYC, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1910 Noel Rosa, Brazilian songwriter (d. 1937)
  • 1917 Dámaso Pérez Prado, Cuban bandleader and musician, born in Matanzas, Cuba (d. 1989)
  • 1922 Grigoris Bithikotsis, Greek singer (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)

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

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  • 1938 Enrico Macias, Algerian-born French singer
  • 1938 McCoy Tyner, US jazz pianist (John Coltrane Quartet), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1939 David Gates, rock vocalist (Bread-Baby I'm A Want You), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1941 Rogier van Otterloo, Dutch composer/conductor
  • 1944 Brenda Lee, [Brenda Mae Tarpley], Lithonia Ga, singer (I'm Sorry)
  • 1944 David Ashley White, composer
  • 1944 Jon Garrison, American tenor
  • 1948 Stamatis Spanoudakis, Greek composer
  • 1954 Jermaine Jackson, singer (Jackson 5-ABC), born in Gary, Indiana
  • 1958 Nikki Sixx [Frank Carlton Serafino Feranna, Jr.], American musician (Mötley Crüe), born in San Jose, California
  • 1960 Rachel Portman, English film composer
  • 1961 Darryl Jones, American musician (Rolling Stones), born Chicago, Illinois
  • 1962 Curtis Williams, rocker
  • 1962 Paul Haslinger, Austrian-born composer
  • 1962 Nele Karajlić, Bosnian singer
  • 1963 Jon Brion, American musician/record producer
  • 1964 Justin Currie, Scottish rock vocalist/bassist (Del Amitri)
  • 1964 David Schools, American musician (Widespread Panic)
  • 1964 Cosy Sheridan, American singer
  • 1966 Terry Sharpe, rocker (The Adventures, Starjets-Starjets)
  • 1966 Leon Lai, Hong Kong Cantonese singer/actor
  • 1967 DJ Yella, American DJ and music producer (N.W.A)
  • 1981 Zacky Vengeance, American musician (Avenged Sevenfold)
  • 1983 Yoh Miyamori, Japanese musician (Orange Range)
  • 1987 Natalia Gordienko, Moldovan singer and dancer
  • 1993 Gina Miele, American singer and actress