Musicians Born on December 15

  • 1534 Lucas Osiander, German composer, born in Nuremberg (d. 1604)
  • 1567 Christoph Demantius, German composer, born in Reichenberg (d. 1643)
  • 1574 Samuel Besler, German-Polish composer, born in Brzeg (d. 1625)
  • 1657 Michel-Richard Delalande, French organist and baroque composer (De Profundis), born in Paris (d. 1726)
  • 1667 Ludwig Ernst, German composer, born in Gotha (d. 1739)
  • 1765 Philippe-Jacques Pfeffinger, French composer, born in Strasbourg, France (d. 1821)
  • 1801 August Freyer, Polish musician and composer, born in Saxony (d. 1883)
  • 1812 Isidor Dannström, Swedish composer, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1897)
  • 1821 Auguste Vaucorbeil, French composer, born in Rouen, France (d. 1884)
  • 1822 Edward Stephen, Welsh musician and composer, born in Maentwrog, Merionethshire (d. 1885)
  • 1823 Friedrich Gottlieb Schwencke, German organist and composer, born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1896)
  • 1830 Francesco D'Arcais, Italian composer, born in Cagliari, Italy (d. 1890)
  • 1842 Henry Gadsby, English musician and composer, born in Hackney, England (d. 1907)
  • 1857 Eugeniusz Pankiewicz, Polish composer, born in Siedlce, Poland (d. 1898)
  • 1873 Kacsóh Pongrác, Hungarian composer, born in Budapest (d. 1923)
  • 1875 Friedrich Niggli, Swiss composer, born in Aarburg, Switzerland (d. 1959)
  • 1879 Rudolf von Laban, Czech-German choreographer (modern dance), born in Bratislava, Austria-Hungary (d. 1958)
  • 1891 A. P. Carter, American musician (Carter Family), born in Maces Spring, Virginia
  • 1892 David Guion, American composer (Home on the Range), born in Ballinger, Texas (d. 1981)
  • 1892 José María Castro, Argentine composer, born in Avellaneda, Buenos Aires (d. 1964)
  • 1898 Fernando Remacha, Spanish composer, born in Tudela, Navarre, Spain (d. 1984)
  • 1905 Ferenc Farkas, Hungarian composer, born in Nagykanizsa, Hungary (d. 2000)
  • 1910 John H. Hammond, American music producer, talent scout, promoter, and activist, "discovered" Billie Holiday, Teddy Wilson, Count Basie, Bob Dylan, and Bruce Springsteen, born in NYC, New York (d. 1987)
  • 1911 Stan Kenton, American musician, jazz pianist, arranger and bandleader (Artistry In Rhythm), born in Wichita, Kansas (d. 1979)
  • 1916 (Edwin) "Buddy" Cole, American jazz and session pianist, Hammond organist, orchestra leader, and composer ("Truth Or Consequences"), born in Irving, Illinois (d. 1964)
  • 1920 Howard Cable, Canadian conductor, arranger, and composer, born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2016)
  • 1922 Alan Freed, American disc jockey who accepted payola and introduced term "rock-n-roll", born in Windber, Pennsylvania (d. 1965)
  • 1924 Esther Bejarano, German accordionist, singer (Coincidence; Microphone Mafia), anti-fascism activist, and Holocaust survivor, born in Saarlouis, Germany (d. 2021)
  • 1925 Jack Rothstein, British concert violinist (London Czech Trio), conductor (Viennese Orchestra of London), and session player (The Beatles - "I Am the Walrus"; "Within You Without You"; Paul McCartney - “Here Today”), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 2001)
  • 1928 Ida Haendel, Polish-British-Canadian child prodigy violinist, teacher, and author (Woman with Violin), born in Chelm, Poland (d. 2020)
  • 1928 Jerry Wallace, American country and pop singer ("Primrose Lane"; "If You Leave Me Tonight I'll Cry"), born in Guilford, Missouri (d. 2008)
  • 1929 Barry Harris, American bebop jazz pianist (Cannonball Adderly; Lee Morgan; "The Bird of Red and Gold"), and educator, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2021) [1]
  • 1932 Curtis Fuller, American jazz trombonist (Yusef Lateef; John Coltrane; Farmer/Golson Jazztet), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2021)
  • 1932 Elaine Barkin, American composer, born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1932 Igor Stuhec, Slovenian composer, born in Kremberk
  • 1933 Jesse Belvin, American pop singer, piano player (Mr. Easy), and songwriter (Earth Angel), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 1960)
  • 1936 Eddie Palmieri, American Latin jazz pianist, bandleader, and composer (La Perfecta), born in New York City
  • 1936 Krzysztof Sadowski, Polish jazz pianist, Hammond organ player, and composer, born in Warsaw
  • 1939 Cindy Birdsong, American rock vocalist (Patti LaBelle & Blue Belles, 1963-67; The Supremes, 1967-76), born in Camden, New Jersey
  • 1939 Dave Clark, British rock drummer, singer-songwriter, and producer (Dave Clark Five - "Glad All Over"), born in Tottenham, Middlesex, England
  • 1939 Nicolaus A. Huber, German composer, born in Passau, Germany
  • 1946 Carmine Appice, American musician (Have You Heard, Keep on Rolling), born in NYC, New York
  • 1946 Harry Ray, American soul singer (Ray, Goodman, Brown - "Special Lady"), born in Long Branch, New Jersey (d. 1992)
  • 1949 Don Johnson, American actor (Miami Vice - "Sonny Crockett"; Nash Bridges), and pop singer ("Heartbeat"), born in Flatt Creek, Missouri
  • 1950 Stjepko Gut, Serbian jazz trumpeter, flügelhorn player, and teacher, born in Ruma, Yugoslavia (now Serbia)
  • 1951 Ken Knox, American singer-songwriter (Chairmen of the Board), born in Charleston, West Virginia
  • 1955 Paul Simonon, English pop bassist (Clash-Havana 3 AM)
  • 1957 Tim Reynolds, German guitarist (Dave Matthews Band), born in Wiesbaden, Germany
  • 1957 Vinx [Parrette], American rock and world music percussionist and singer-songwriter (Sting; Jungle Funk), born in Fairfield, California
  • 1960 Doug Phelps, American singer (Ky Headhunters - Davy Crockett), born in Leachville, Arkansas
  • 1960 Walter Werzowa, Austrian composer
  • 1978 Mark Jansen, Dutch guitarist (Epica)
  • 1980 Sergio Pizzorno, English guitarist (Kasabian)
  • 1981 Najoua Belyzel, French singer, born in Nancy, France
  • 1983 Ronnie Radke, American punk-metal singer (Escape The Fate; Falling In Reverse), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1984 Joshua Hayward, British Guitarist (The Horrors)
  • 1991 Alana Haim, American singer (Haim) and actress (Licorice Pizza), born in Los Angeles, California