On This Day

Birthdays in Music on December 17

  • 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 August Korling, composer
  • 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 Sy Oliver, American jazz arranger, songwriter and bandleader (Yes, Indeed!), born in Battle Creek, Michigan (d. 1988)
  • 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
  • 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, vocalist (Neville Brothers), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1938 Carlo Little, English drummer (d. 2005)
  • 1939 Eddie Kendricks, Alabama, American singer-songwriter (The Temptations-My Girl, Boogie Down)
  • 1939 James Booker, R&B musician (Gonzo), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1942 Paul Butterfield, blues musician (Better Days), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1943 Dave Dee, British musician (Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich), born in Salisbury, Wiltshire (d. 2009)
  • 1943 William Brooks, composer
  • 1943 Ron Geesin, Scottish musician and composer
  • 1947 Jim Hodder, American drummer (Steely Dan), born in Bethpage, New York (d. 1990)
  • 1948 Jim Alexander, American musician (The Bar-Kays)
  • 1948 Jim Bonfanti, rocker (Raspberries-Go All the Way)
  • 1949 Paul Rodgers, Engl, rocker (Bad Company-Feel Like Makin Love, Firm)
  • 1950 Carlton Barrett, Jamaicans reggae drummer (Bob Marley & Wailers)
  • 1951 Wanda Hutchison, rocker
  • 1953 Ikue Mori, Japanese experimental drummer and composer, born in Tokyo
  • 1953 Mark Gane, rocker (M+M), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1958 Mike Mills, US pop bassist (REM-One I Love)
  • 1959 Robert "Bob" Stinson, American rock guitarist (The Replacements), born in Waconia, Minnesota (d. 1995)
  • 1961 Sara Dallin, British musician (Bananarama), born in Bristol, England
  • 1964 Ginger, English singer and guitarist (The Wildhearts)
  • 1967 Gigi D'Agostino, Italian DJ and musician
  • 1978 Neil Sanderson, Canadian drummer (Three Days Grace)
  • 1979 Ryan Key, American musician and songwriter (Yellowcard)
  • 1982 Onur Ozsu, Turkish music artist, born in Izmir
  • 1994 Nat Wolff, American actor, and singer-songwriter