Musicians Born 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 vaudeville dancer (Mr. Wonderful), 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)

Frank SinatraFrank Sinatra (1915-1998)

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

  • 1918 Joe Williams [Joseph Goreed], American jazz singer (Everyday I have the Blues), born in Cordele, Georgia (d. 1999)
  • 1920 Dick James [Leon Vapnick], British dance band vocalist and Beatles' music publisher (Northern Songs), born in London, England (d. 1986)
  • 1923 David Leon Kaplan, American-Canadian music professor (University of Saskatchewan, 1960-82), conductor (Saskatoon Symphony, 1962-72), and composer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2015)
  • 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 Kyiv, 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)
  • 1936 Reggie Young, American session guitarist (The Memphis Boys), born in Caruthersville, Missouri (d. 2019) [1]
  • 1937 Connie Francis [Concetta Franconero], American singer and actress (Where the Boys Are), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1937 Philip Ledger, British organist, composer, conductor, and academic (King's College Cambridge), born in Bexhill-on-Sea, England (d. 2012)
  • 1938 Joel Chadabe, American electronic music composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2021)
  • 1940 Dionne Warwick, American singer ("I Say a Little Prayer"; "Do You Know The Way to San Jose; "That's What Friends Are For"), 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 - "Windy"), born in Salina, Kansas
  • 1941 Tim Hauser, American jazz singer (Manhattan Transfer - "Boy From New York City"), 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 singer (MC5 - Kick Out The Jams), 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
  • 1946 Denny Dias, American rock guitarist (Steely Dan, 1972-77), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1948 Ray Jackson, English rock musician, born in Wallsend, Northumberland, England
  • 1950 Richard Galliano, French jazz, tango, and classical accordionist, born in Cannes, France
  • 1953 Bruce Kulick, American rock guitarist and singer (KISS), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1957 Cy Curnin, English rock vocalist (The Fixx - "One Thing Leads To Another"; "Saved By Zero"), 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
  • 1960 Q Lazzarus [Diane Luckey], American new-wave singer-songwriter (Goodbye Horses), born in Neptune, New Jersey (d. 2022)
  • 1961 Daniel O'Donnell, Irish singer and television presenter, born in Donegal, Ireland
  • 1963 Ai Orikasa, Japanese voice actress and singer, born in Tokyo
  • 1963 Eric Schenkman, American-Canadian rock and blues guitarist (Spin Doctors - "Pocket Full of Kryptonite"), born in Massachusetts
  • 1964 Rockin' Jeff [Jeff Aaron Brown], British rock musician (The Pasadenas - "Riding on a Train")
  • 1967 Takenobu Mitsuyoshi, Japanese video game music composer, born in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan
  • 1967 Yuzo Koshiro, Japanese video game music composer, born in Hino, Tokyo
  • 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
  • 1985 Sabine Devieilhe, French operatic coloratura soprano, born in Ifs, France