On This Day

Birthdays in Music on December 12

  • 1579 Heinrich Steuccius, German composer, born in Weissenfels, Germany (d. 1645)
  • 1630 Olof Rudbeck, Swedish scientist, writer and composer, born in Västerås (d. 1702)
  • 1685 Lodovico Giustini, Italian composer, born in Pistoia, Italy (d. 1743)
  • 1715 Gennaro Manna, Italian composer, born in Naples, Italy (d. 1779)
  • 1835 Georges Jean Pfeiffer, French composer, born in Versailles, France (d. 1908)
  • 1879 Percy Fletcher, British composer, born in Derby (d. 1932)
  • 1887 Kurt Magnus Atterberg, Swedish composer, born in Gothenburg, Sweden (d. 1974)
  • 1889 Václav Štěpán, Czech pianist and composer, born in Pečky, Austria-Hungary (d. 1944)
  • 1900 Sammy Davis, Sr., American dancer, born in Wilmington, North Carolina (d. 1988)
  • 1907 Fred Elizalde, Spanish Filipino composer, born in Manila (d. 1979)
  • 1907 Roy Douglas, English composer and arranger (Tomorrow We Live-At Dawn We Die), born in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent (d. 2015)
  • 1913 Hal Dickinson, American singer (Modernaires), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1970)
  • 1913 Stanley Bate, English composer, born in Plymouth, England (d. 1959)

Person of interestFrank Sinatra

1915 Frank Sinatra, American singer (Strangers in the Night, My Way) and actor (From Here to Eternity) known as 'old blue eyes', born in Hoboken, New Jersey (d. 1998)

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • 1918 Joe Williams [Joseph Goreed], American jazz singer (Everyday I have the Blues), born in Cordele, Georgia (d. 1999)
  • 1924 Francis Miroglio, French composer (Extensions), born in Marseille, France (d. 2005)

  • 1924 Nevit Kodallı, Turkish composer, born in Mersin, Turkey (d. 2009)
  • 1925 Vladimir Shainsky, Soviet and Russian composer, born in Kiev, Ukraine (d. 2017)
  • 1928 Lonesome Sundown [Cornelius Green III], American blues singer and guitarist, born in Donaldsonville, Louisiana (d. 1995)
  • 1929 Toshiko Akiyoshi, Japanese jazz pianist and composer, born in Liaoyang, Manchuria, Republic of China
  • 1930 Friedrich Voss, German composer and pianist, born in Halberstadt, Germany
  • 1933 Manu Dibango, Cameroonian musician (Soul Makossa), born in Douala, French Cameroon (d. 2020)
  • 1934 Habib Hassan Touma, Palestinian composer, born in Nazareth, Israel (d. 1998)
  • 1936 Bengt Emil Johnson, Swedish author and composer, born in Saxdalen, Sweden (d. 2010)
  • 1937 Connie Francis [Concetta Franconero], American singer and actress (Where the Boys Are), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1938 Joel Chadabe, American composer, born in NYC, New York
  • 1940 Dionne Warwick, American singer (Solid Gold, Way to San Jose), born in East Orange, New Jersey
  • 1941 Liesbeth List, Dutch actress and vocalist (Theodorakis), born in Bandoeng, Dutch East Indies
  • 1941 Terry Kirkman, American rock vocalist and keyboardist (Association), born in Salina, Kansas
  • 1941 Tim Hauser, American jazz singer (Manhattan Transfer-Tuxedo Junction), born in Troy, New York, (d. 2014)
  • 1943 Dickey Betts, American guitarist (The Allman Brothers band - Ramblin' Man), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1943 Grover Washington Jr., American jazz saxophonist (Mr Magic), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1999)
  • 1944 Rob Tyner [Robert Derminer], American hard rock musician (MC5), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1991)
  • 1945 Alan Ward, English rock musician, born in Nottingham, England
  • 1945 Tony Williams, American jazz drummer (Miles Davis), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1997)
  • 1946 Clive Bunker, British rock drummer (Jethro Tull), born in Luton, Bedfordshire, England

  • 1948 Ray Jackson, English rock musician, born in Wallsend, Northumberland, England
  • 1953 Bruce Kulick, American rock guitarist and singer (KISS), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1957 Cy Curnin, English rock vocalist (Fixx-Sign of Fire), born in Wimbledon, England
  • 1957 Sheila E.[scovedo], American singer, drummer and percussionist (Krush Grove, Holly Rock), born in Oakland, California
  • 1959 Belouis Some, British rock musician (Neville Keighley-Some People), born in England
  • 1960 Jaap van Zweden, Dutch violinist and concert master, born in Amsterdam
  • 1961 Daniel O'Donnell, Irish singer and television presenter, born in Donegal, Ireland
  • 1963 Ai Orikasa, Japanese voice actress and singer, born in Tokyo
  • 1964 Rockin' Jeff [Jeff Aaron Brown], British rock musician (The Pasadenas-Riding on a Train)
  • 1967 Yuzo Koshiro, Japanese video game music composer, born in Hino, Tokyo
  • 1967 Takenobu Mitsuyoshi, Japanese video game music composer, born in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan
  • 1968 Tatianna, Spanish singer (Baile Commigo, Chicad de Hoy), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1972 Kevin Parent, French Canadian singer and songwriter, born in Greenfield Park, Quebec, Canada
  • 1976 Dan Hawkins, English guitarist (The Darkness), born in Chertsey, England
  • 1978 Evren Genis, Turkish composer, born in Ankara, Turkey
  • 1978 Louis, Korean singer ("Jung Hwa Ban Jum")
  • 1979 Sharin Foo, Danish singer and bassist, born in Emmelev, Djursland, Denmark
  • 1983 Katrina Elam, American country music singer, born in Bray, Oklahoma