On This Day

Musicians Born on December 14

  • 1730 Capel Bond, English composer, born in Gloucester (d. 1790)
  • 1738 Jan Antonín Koželuh, Czech composer, born in Velvary, Czech Republic (d. 1814)
  • 1779 Mariano Rodríguez de Ledesma, Spanish composer, born in Zaragoza, Spain (d. 1847)
  • 1783 Johann Christoph Kienlen, German composer, born in Ulm, Germany (d. 1829)
  • 1789 Maria Szymanowska, Polish pianist and composer, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1831)
  • 1868 Richard Batka, Austrian music critic and composer, born in Prague, Czech Republic (d. 1922)
  • 1873 Joseph Jongen, Belgian organist and composer (Symphonie concertante, Op. 81), born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1953) [1]
  • 1875 Dobri Khristov, Bulgarian composer, born in Varna, Bulgaria (d. 1941)
  • 1877 Lieven Duvosel, Flemish music composer (Leiecyclys), born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1956)
  • 1883 Manolis Kalomiris, Greek opera composer, born in Smyrna, Greece (d. 1962)
  • 1894 Joaquin Zamacois Soler, Chilean-Spanish composer, born in Santiago de Chile, Chile (d. 1976)
  • 1898 Frederick Douglass Hall, American composer, born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1982)
  • 1900 Boyan Georgiev Ikonomov, Bulgarian composer, born in Nikopol, Bulgaria (d. 1973)
  • 1902 Viola Wells [Evans], American jazz, blues, and gospel singer, born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1984)
  • 1905 Sydney Lipton, British dance band leader, born in London (d. 1995)
  • 1906 Helmut Bornefeld, German organist and composer, born in Stuttgart-Untertürkheim, Germany (d. 1990)

  • 1906 Alexander Tsfasman, Soviet Russian jazz pianist, composer, and arranger, in Alexandrovsk, Russian Empire (now Zaporizhya, Ukraine) (d. 1971)
  • 1909 Phia Berghout, Dutch harpist, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1993)
  • 1911 Spike Jones [Lindley Armstrong Jones], American bandleader (Der Fueher's Face, Cocktails For Two), born in Long Beach, California (d. 1965)
  • 1914 Rosalyn Tureck, American pianist (Bach & Rock), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2003)
  • 1915 Daniel "Dan" Dailey, American dancer and actor (You're My Everything, Governor & J.J.), born in NYC, New York (d. 1978)
  • 1915 Ruth Railton, British musical director (National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, 1948-65), born in Kent, England (d. 2001)
  • 1920 Clark Terry, American jazz trumpeter, born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 2015)
  • 1922 Cecil Payne, American jazz baritone saxophonist, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2007)
  • 1924 Marion Morgan, American singer (Stop the Music)
  • 1927 Richard Cassilly, American tenor, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1998)
  • 1929 Ron Nelson, American composer, born in Joliet, Illinois
  • 1932 Abbe Lane, American singer and wife of Xavier Cugat (Xavier Cugat Show), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1932 Charlie Rich, American country vocalist (Behind Closed Doors), born in Colt, Arkansas (d. 1995)
  • 1933 Leo Wright, American jazz saxophone and flute player (Dizzy Gillespie;; Blues Shout; I Left My Heart In San Francisco), born in Wichita Falls, Texas (d. 1991)
  • 1942 Dick Wagner, American rock guitarist (the Frost), born in Oelwein, Iowa (d. 2014)
  • 1943 Frank Allen, English rock vocalist (Searchers - "Needles & Pins"), born in Hayes, Middlesex, England
  • 1946 Jackie McAuley, Irish rock pianist (Them - "Here Comes The Night"), born in Coleraine, Londonderry, Northern Ireland
  • 1946 Jane Birkin, British pop singer ("Je t'aime... moi non plus") and actress (Dust; Death On The Nile), born in Marylebone, London, England
  • 1946 Joyce Vincent Wilson, American pop singer (Tony Orlando & Dawn), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1947 Christopher Parkening, American classical guitarist (transcribed sacred music), born in Los Angeles, California

  • 1949 Cliff Williams, English rock bassist (AC/DC), born in Romford, Essex, England
  • 1952 Tamara Danz, German singer (Silly), born in Breitungen, Thuringia (d. 1996)
  • 1952 John Lurie, American jazz saxophonist (Lounge Lizards), composer and actor (Down By Law; Stranger Than Paradise), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1953 René Eespere, Soviet-born Estonian composer, born in Tallinn, Estonia
  • 1954 Ib Andersen, Danish ballet dancer, born in Copenhagen
  • 1958 Jan Dijksma, Dutch rock bassist (Weekend at Waikiki)
  • 1958 Mike Scott, Scottish rocker (Blues Inc; Waterboys - "Rainbow Warrior"), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1958 Peter "Spider" Tracy, English rock tin whistle player and vocalist (The Pogues - "Fairy Tale Of New York"), born in Eastbourne, England
  • 1959 Franco [Iglesias], Cuban Latin pop singer ("Toda la Vida"; "María"), born in Cuba
  • 1964 C. J. Snare, American vocalist (Firehouse-Love of a Lifetime), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1966 Tim Sköld, Swedish-American musician, born in Skövde, Sweden
  • 1970 Anna Maria Jopek, Polish jazz, pop and world music singer, born in Warsaw, Poland
  • 1970 Beth Orton, English singer and songwriter, born in East Dereham, Norfolk, England
  • 1972 Eric Anderson, American musical theatre actor, born in Newport Beach, California
  • 1973 Tia Texada, American actress and singer, born in Louisiana
  • 1975 Justin Furstenfeld, American rock singer (Blue October)
  • 1977 Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Colombian-Austrian conductor (Houston Symphony, 2014-22; Frankfurt Radio Symphony, 2005-2021), born in Medellín, Colombia
  • 1978 Radu Sârbu, Moldovan singer (O-Zone), born in Peresecina, Moldova
  • 1978 Martina Filjak, Croatian concert pianist, born in Zagreb, Croatia
  • 1979 Sophie Monk, Australian actress, singer, and model, born in London
  • 1980 Tata Young, Thai-American singer, born in Bangkok, Thailand
  • 1982 Anthony Way, English singer and actor, born in London
  • 1985 Ren Yagami, Japanese actor and singer, born in Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
  • 1988 Vanessa Hudgens, American singer and actress (High School Musical), born in Salinas, California
  • 1988 Awkwafina [Nora Lum], American rapper and actress (Ocean's 8), born in New York City
  • 1988 Yvonne Mwale, Zambian jazz and blues singer, born in Lusaka, Zambia
  • 1991 Offset [Kiari Cephus], American rapper (Migos), born in Lawrenceville, Georgia
  • 1992 Tori Kelly, American singer (Nobody Love), born in Wildomar, California