On This Day

Musicians Born on December 17

  • 1734 Georg Peter Weimar, German cantor and composer, born in Stotternheim (d. 1800)
  • 1749 Domenico Cimarosa, Italian composer (Il Matrimonio Segreto), born in Aversa, Italy (d. 1801)
  • 1770 Johann Friedrich Schubert, German composer, born in Rudolstadt, Germany (d. 1811)
  • 1838 Berthold Tours, Dutch-English composer, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1897)
  • 1840 C. F. E. Horneman, Danish composer, born in Copenhagen (d. 1906)
  • 1848 Frederick Grant Gleason, American composer, born in Middletown, Connecticut (d. 1903)
  • 1861 Fritz Volbach, German musicologist/conductor/composer
  • 1863 Ion Vidu, Romanian composer and conductor, born in Mânerău, Arad district (d. 1931)
  • 1864 (John) Felix Körling, Swedish composer and conductor, born in Kristdala, Sweden (d. 1937)
  • 1869 Nikolay Ivanovich Kazanli, composer
  • 1894 Arthur Fiedler, American conductor (Boston Pops), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1979)
  • 1900 Lucijan Marija Škerjajanc, Slovene pianist/composer/conductor/teacher, born in Graz, Austria (d. 1973)
  • 1903 Ray Noble, English bandleader, comedian and actor (The Very Thought of You), born in Brighton, Sussex, England (d. 1978)
  • 1906 Fernando Lopez-Garcia, composer
  • 1908 William Brocklesby Wordsworth, composer
  • 1910 Melvin "Sy" Oliver, American jazz arranger, songwriter (Tommy Dorsey - "Yes, Indeed!"), and bandleader, born in Battle Creek, Michigan (d. 1988) [1]

  • 1915 André Claveau, French pop singer and actor (Dors, mon amour), born in Paris; (d. 2003)
  • 1917 Louis Salvador Palange, composer
  • 1922 Hubert H A Beckers, Curacaoan opera singer
  • 1924 Sándor Lakatos, Hungarian violinist, bandleader, and actor (mostly as a gypsy violinist), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1994)
  • 1925 Rijk de Gooyer, Dutch actor, comedian and singer (Black Rider, Rififi in Amsterdam), born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 2011)
  • 1930 Makoto Moroi, composer
  • 1936 Tommy Steele [Thomas Hicks], English pop singer, 1st British Rock and Roll star, born in London
  • 1937 Art Neville, American vocalist (Neville Brothers), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1938 Carlo Little, English drummer (d. 2005)
  • 1939 Eddie Kendricks, American singer-songwriter (The Temptations - "The Way You Do the Things You Do" ;, "Just My Imagination"), born in Union Springs, Alabama (d. 1992)
  • 1939 James Booker, American R&B musician (Gonzo), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1942 Paul Butterfield, American blues singer and harmonica player (Paul Butterfield Blues Band; Better Days), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1987)
  • 1943 Dave Dee, British musician (Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich), born in Salisbury, Wiltshire (d. 2009)
  • 1943 William Brooks, composer, educator, and musicologist
  • 1943 Ron Geesin, Scottish musician and avant-garde, symphonic rock, and film score composer, born in Stevenston, Ayrshire, Scotland
  • 1944 Giedrė Lukšaitė-Mrázková, Lithuanian–Czech harpsichord player, organist, and educator, born in Kaunas, Lithuania
  • 1947 Jim Hodder, American drummer (Steely Dan), born in Bethpage, New York (d. 1990)
  • 1948 James Alexander, American R&B bassist (The Bar-Kays - "Soul Finger"; "Shaft)
  • 1948 Jim Bonfanti, American drummer (Raspberries - "Go All the Way"), born in Windber, Pennsylvania
  • 1949 Paul Rodgers, English-Canadian rock singer and musician (Bad Company - "Feel Like Makin' Love", "Rock and Roll Fantasy"; The Firm; + Queen), born in Middlesbrough, England

  • 1950 Carlton "Carly" Barrett, Jamaican reggae drummer (The Upsetters; Bob Marley & Wailers), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 1987)
  • 1951 Wanda Hutchinson, American pop-R&B singer (The Emotions - "So I Can Love You"; "Best Of My Love"), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1953 Ikue Mori, Japanese experimental drummer and composer, born in Tokyo
  • 1953 Mark Gane, rocker (M+M), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1958 Mike Mills, American rock bassist (R.E.M. - "The One I Love"), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1959 Robert "Bob" Stinson, American rock guitarist (The Replacements - Please To Meet Me), born in Waconia, Minnesota (d. 1995)
  • 1961 Sara Dallin, British musician (Bananarama), born in Bristol, England
  • 1964 Ginger Wildheart [David Leslie Walls], British singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Wildhearts), born in Suth Shields, Tyne & Wear, England
  • 1967 Gigi D'Agostino, Italian DJ and musician
  • 1970 DJ Homicide [Craig Bullock], American musician, rapper, DJ, and record producer (Sugar Ray), born in Pasadena, California
  • 1978 Neil Sanderson, Canadian drummer (Three Days Grace), born in Peterborough, Ontario
  • 1979 Ryan Key, American musician and songwriter (Yellowcard), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1981 40 Cal. [Calvin Alan Byrd], American rapper, born in Harlem, New York City
  • 1982 Onur Ozsu, Turkish music artist, born in Izmir
  • 1994 Nat Wolff, American actor, and singer-songwriter (The Naked Brothers Band), born in Los Angeles, California