Birthdays in Music on December 16

  • 1652 Giovanni Maria Casini, composer
  • 1734 Georg Peter Weimar, composer
  • 1748 Ferdinand-Philippe-Joseph Staes, composer

Person of interestLudwig van Beethoven

1770 Ludwig van Beethoven, German composer (5th Symphony, Ode to Joy), born in Bonn, Germany (d. 1827)

  • 1775 Francois-Adrien Boieldieu, composer
  • 1777 Janos Fusz, Hungarian-German composer, born in Tolna, Hungary (d. 1819)
  • 1822 Charles Edward Horsley, composer
  • 1825 Robert Prescott Stewart, composer
  • 1847 Augusta Mary Anne Holmes, composer
  • 1882 Zoltán Kodály, Hungarian composer (d. 1967)
  • 1893 Vladimir Golschmann, conductor with Immortal Downbeat, born in Paris, France
  • 1910 Robert Noehren, composer
  • 1910 Stanojlo Rajicic, composer
  • 1915 Georgy Sviridov, Soviet neoromantic composer (The Blizzard, Time, Forward!)
  • 1915 Turk Murphy, American trombonist (d. 1987)
  • 1918 Pierre Delanoë, French songwriter and lyricist (d. 2006)
  • 1919 Manke Nelis, [Cornelis Pieters], Dutch folk vocalist (Small Yodel Boy)
  • 1923 Werner Haentjes, composer
  • 1926 Alfred Koerppen, composer
  • 1926 James McCracken, American tenor (d. 1988)
  • 1932 Rodion Konstantinovich Schedrin, composer (Humpback Horse), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1937 Jim Glaser, Spalding Neb, singer (Glaser Bros-Getting to Me Again)
  • 1937 Joe Farrell, American jazz saxophonist, born in Chicago Heights, Illinois, (d. 1986)
  • 1940 Dimitri van Toren, Dutch vocalist/composer
  • 1943 Anthony 'Tony' Hicks, Nelson Lancashire, British rock guitarist (The Hollies)
  • 1944 John Abercrombie, American jazz guitarist, born in Portchester, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1946 Benny Andersson, Swedish composer and musician (ABBA), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1946 Trevor Pinnock, English conductor and harpsichordist
  • 1949 Billy Gibbons, American jazz-rock guitarist (Moving Sidewalks, ZZ Top), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1951 Robben Ford, American guitarist
  • 1959 Steven Irvine, rock drummer (Lloyd Cole & The Commotions)
  • 1963 Jeff Carson, American singer
  • 1971 Michael S McCary, [Boss], rapper (Boyz II Men), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1971 Paul van Dyk, German DJ
  • 1973 Mariza [Marisa dos Reis Nunes], Portuguese singer (fado genre), born in Maputo, Portuguese Mozambique
  • 1975 Nawo Kawakita, Japanese drummer (Maximum the Hormone)
  • 1975 Benjamin Kowalewicz, Canadian musician (Billy Talent)
  • 1978 Kaine, American rapper (Ying Yang Twins)
  • 1979 Mihai Trăistariu, Romanian singer
  • 1981 Flo Rida, American rapper
  • 1981 Anna Sedokova, Ukrainian singer
  • 1997 Zara Larsson, Swedish singer-songwriter, born in Stockholm, Sweden