On This Day

Birthdays in Music on December 13

  • 1732 Jean-Claude Trial, French composer, born in Avignon, France (d. 1771)
  • 1740 Franz Xaver Schnitzer, German composer, born in Bad Wurzach, Germany (d. 1785)
  • 1770 John Clarke-Whitfeld, English organist and composer, born in Gloucester, England (d. 1836)
  • 1797 Heinrich Heine, German poet and lyricist (Schubert, Liszt), born in Düsseldorf, Germany (d. 1856)
  • 1819 Edwin George Monk, English church organist and composer, born in Frome, Somerset (d. 1900)
  • 1835 Phillips Brooks, American Episcopal bishop and composer (Little Town of Bethlehem), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1893)
  • 1838 Marie-Alexis Castillon de Saint-Victor, French composer, born in Chartres, France (d. 1873)
  • 1843 George Stephănescu, Romanian composer, born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 1925)
  • 1850 Iver Holter, Norwegian composer, born in Gausdal, Norway (d. 1941)
  • 1853 Joseph Sickman Corsen, Curacao musician, composer and screenwriter, born in Curacao (d. 1911)
  • 1858 Jakab Gyula Major, Hungarian pianist and composer, born in Kosice, Czech Republic (d. 1925)
  • 1865 Gustav Luders, German-American composer, born in Bremen, Germany (d. 1913)
  • 1877 Mykola Leontovych, Ukrainian composer, born in Selevyntsi, Podolia, Russian Empire (d. 1921)
  • 1898 Daniel Lazarus, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1964)
  • 1899 Yusef Greiss, Egyptian composer, born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 1961)
  • 1900 Jonel Perlea, Romanian composer, born in Ograda, Romania (d. 1970)

  • 1902 Paul Kurzbach, German composer, born in Hohndorf, Germany (d. 1997)
  • 1903 Carlos Montoya, American flamenco guitarist (Suite Flamenco 1966), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1993)
  • 1906 Ingemar Liljefors, Swedish composer, born in Gothenburg, Sweden (d. 1981)
  • 1908 Victor Babin, Russian pianist and composer (Vronsky & Babin), born in Moscow (d. 1972)
  • 1910 Lillian Roth [Rutstein], American singer and actress (Animal Crackers), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1980)
  • 1913 Jimmy Carroll, American pianist (Most Important People), born in NYC, New York (d. 1972)
  • 1914 George "Tiger" Haynes, American jazz musician (The Three Flames) and actor (In the Heat of the Night, The Wiz), born in Frederiksted, St. Croix (d. 1994)
  • 1917 Dave Street [Patrick Devlin], American actor and singer (Moonrise, I Surrender Dear, Broadway Open House), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1971)
  • 1920 Frits Noske, Dutch musicologist (Signifier & the Signified), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1993)
  • 1933 Lou Adler, American music executive, director, producer, and co-owner of the famous Roxy Theatre, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2017)
  • 1938 Alvin Curran, American composer, born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1938 Tony Gomez, British rocker (Foundations), born in Colombo, Ceylon (d. 2015)
  • 1941 Robert Covington, American drummer and singer, born in Yazoo City, Mississippi (d. 1996)
  • 1943 Margaret "Marti" Webb, British actress and singer (Evita, Tell Me on a Sunday), born in Hampstead, London
  • 1946 Radim Hladík, Czech guitarist (The Blue Effect), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 2016)
  • 1948 Davy O'List, English rocker (Roxy Music), born in Chiswick, London
  • 1949 Randy Owen, American country music star (Alabama-Mt Music), born in Fort Payne, Alabama
  • 1949 Tom Verlaine, American rock vocalist (Television), born in Denville, New Jersey
  • 1954 John Anderson, American country singer and actor (I've Got a Feelin', Money in the Bank), born in Apopka, Florida
  • 1954 Steve Forbert, American musician (Romeo's Tune), born in Meridian, Mississippi

  • 1956 Majida El Roumi, Lebanese singer, born in Kfarshima, Lebanon
  • 1957 Morris Day, American singer (The Time), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1958 Dana Strum, American rock bassist (Slaughter-Stick it Live), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1961 Harry Gregson-Williams, English composer, born in Chichester, England
  • 1964 Lucky Peterson [Judge Kenneth Peterson], American musician (The Son of a Bluesman), born in Buffalo, New York

Person of interestJamie Foxx

1967 Jamie Foxx, American actor (Ray, In Living Color) comedian and musician, born in Terrell, Texas

Actor and Singer-Songwriter Jamie Foxx
Actor and Singer-Songwriter
Jamie Foxx
  • 1969 Murat Nasyrov, Russian singer and composer, born in Almaty, Kaszakhstan (d. 2007)
  • 1974 Nicholas McCarthy, German-English guitarist (Franz Ferdinand), born in Blackpool, England
  • 1975 Tom DeLonge, American guitarist (blink-182, Angels & Airwaves), born in Poway, California
  • 1978 Ryo Kawakita, Japanese guitarist (Maximum the Hormone), born in Tokyo
  • 1981 Amy Lee [Hartzler], American singer and songwriter (Evanescence), born in Riverside, California
  • 1982 Anthony Callea, Australian singer and songwriter, born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • 1983 Matt Deis, American bassist (All That Remains), born in Peterborough, New Hampshire

Person of interestTaylor Swift

1989 Taylor Swift, American singer and songwriter (Our Song), born in Reading, Pennsylvania

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift
Singer-songwriter
Taylor Swift
  • 1991 Jay Greenberg, American composer, born in New Haven, Connecticut