On This Day

Birthdays in Music on December 16

  • 1652 Giovanni Maria Casini, Italian organist, composer, and priest, born in Florence, Grand Duchy of Tuscany (now Italy) (d. 1719)
  • 1748 Ferdinand-Philippe-Joseph Staes, Flemish harpsichordist, organist and composer, baptized in Brussels (d. 1809)

Person of interestLudwig van Beethoven

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

  • 1775 Francois-Adrien Boieldieu, French opera composer known as "the French Mozart", porn in Rouen, France (d. 1834)
  • 1777 Janos Fusz, Hungarian-German composer, born in Tolna, Hungary (d. 1819)
  • 1822 Charles Edward Horsley, British organist, conductor and composer, born in London (d. 1876)
  • 1825 Robert Prescott Stewart, Irish composer, organist, conductor, and teacher, born in Dublin (d. 1894)
  • 1847 Augusta Holmes, Irish-French pianist and composer, born in Paris, France (d. 1903)
  • 1869 Alfred Hill, Australian-New Zealand composer and conductor (Hinemoa), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 1960)
  • 1882 Zoltán Kodály, Hungarian composer and ethno-musicologist, (Psalmus Hungaricus; Hary Janos), born in Kecskemét, Hungary (d. 1967)
  • 1893 Vladimir Golschmann, French-American conductor (St. Louis Symphony, 1931-57), born in Paris, France (d. 1972)

Person of interestNoël Coward

1899 Noël Coward, English playwright (Hay Fever, Private Lives), director (In Which We Serve-1942 Academy Award), actor and singer, born in London (d. 1973)

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward
  • 1910 Robert Noehren, American organist and educator, born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2002)
  • 1910 Stanojlo Rajičić, Serbian composer, educator, and musicologist, born in Belgrade, Kingdom of Serbia (d. 2000)
  • 1915 Georgy Sviridov, Soviet Russian neo-romantic composer (The Blizzard; Time; Forward!), born in Fatezh, Kursk Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1998)
  • 1915 Melvin "Turk" Murphy, American Dixieland jazz trombonist, born in Palermo, California (d. 1987)

  • 1918 Pierre Delanoë [Leroyer], French songwriter and lyricist, born in Paris (d. 2006)
  • 1919 Manke Nelis [Cornelis Pieters], Dutch folk-pop vocalist (Small Yodel Boy), and double bassist, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1993)
  • 1922 Seymour "Cy" Leslie, American music (Pickwick Records) and video (MGM/UA Home Entertainment) executive, born in Israel (d. 2008)
  • 1923 Werner Haentjes, German conductor and composer of operas and film scores, born in Bocholt, Germany (d. 2001)
  • 1926 Josef Hadar, Israeli violinist and composer (Evening of Roses), born in Tel Aviv, Mandatory Palestine (now Israel) (d. 2006)
  • 1926 Alfred Koerppen, German organist, composer, and educator born in Wiesbaden, Germany
  • 1926 James McCracken, American operatic tenor (Otello), born in Gary, Indiana (d. 1988)
  • 1931 Kenneth Gilbert, Canadian harpsichordist, organist, musicologist, and educator, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2020)
  • 1931 Karl Denver [Angus McKenzie], Scottish pop singer ("Never Say Goodbye"; "Wimoweh"), born in Springburn, Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1932 Rodion Konstantinovich Schedrin, Soviet-Russian pianist, organist, and composer (The Little Hump-backed Horse), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1933 Johnny "Hammond" Smith, American jazz and bop organist (Wild Horses Rock Steady), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1997)
  • 1935 Howard Quilling, American classical composer (From Quiet Beginnings), and educator, born in Enid, Oklahoma (d. 2016)
  • 1937 Jim Glaser, American singer (Glaser Bros-Getting to Me Again), born in Spalding, Nebraska
  • 1937 Joe Farrell, American jazz saxophonist, born in Chicago Heights, Illinois, (d. 1986)
  • 1937 Bobby Porcelli, American Latin and Afro-Cuban jazz saxophone and flute player, born in New York City
  • 1940 Dimitri van Toren, Dutch singer-songwriter, born in Breda, Netherlands (d. 2015)
  • 1944 John Abercrombie, American jazz guitarist, born in Portchester, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1945 Tony Hicks, British rock guitarist (The Hollies), born in Nelson, England
  • 1946 Benny Andersson, Swedish pop composer and musician (ABBA), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1946 Trevor Pinnock, English conductor and harpsichordist (The English Concert), born in Canterbury, England

  • 1949 Billy Gibbons, American jazz-rock guitarist (Moving Sidewalks, ZZ Top), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1949 Sugar Blue [Jimmie Whiting], American touring and session blues harmonica player (Louisiana Red; Rolling Stones), born in Harlem, New York City
  • 1951 Robben Ford, American jazz, rock, and blues guitarist (L.A. Express; Yellowjackets), born in Woodlake, California
  • 1959 Stephen Irvine, Scottish rock drummer (Lloyd Cole & The Commotions), born in Scotland
  • 1963 Jeff Carson, American country singer, born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1971 Michael McCary, American R&B singer (Boyz II Men), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1971 Paul van Dyk {Mattias Paul], German DJ, and record producer, born in Eisenhüttenstadt, Germany
  • 1973 Mariza [Marisa dos Reis Nunes], Portuguese fado singer, born in Maputo, Portuguese Mozambique
  • 1975 Nawo Kawakita, Japanese heavy metal drummer (Maximum the Hormone)
  • 1975 Benjamin Kowalewicz, Canadian rock singer and songwriter (Billy Talent), born in Pierrefonds, Quebec
  • 1975 Jacob "Jake" Cinninger, American rock guitarist, and songwriter (Umphrey's McGee), born in Niles, Michigan
  • 1978 Kaine [Eric Jackson], American rapper (Ying Yang Twins - U.S.A. (United State of Atlanta)), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1979 Mihai Trăistariu, Romanian singer-songwriter ("Tornerò"), born in Constanța, Romania
  • 1981 Anna Sedokova, Ukrainian pop singer (Nu Virgos), and actress, born in Kiev, Ukrainian SSR, USSR
  • 1997 Zara Larsson, Swedish pop singer-songwriter ("Uncover"; "Never Forget You"), born in Solna, Sweden