Birthdays in Music on December 17

  • 1638 Johann Ulrich Sultzberger, composer
  • 1749 Domenico Cimarosa, Italian composer (Il Matrimonio Segreto)
  • 1770 Johann Friedrich Schubert, composer
  • 1838 Berthold Tours, composer
  • 1840 Christian Frederik Emil Horneman, composer
  • 1848 Frederick Grant Gleason, composer
  • 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, conductor (Boston Pops), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1900 Lucijan Marija Skerjanc, Yugoslavia, composer/conductor
  • 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 and bandleader (d. 1988)
  • 1915 André Claveau, French singer (d. 2003)
  • 1917 Louis Salvador Palange, composer
  • 1920 Armin Mueller-Stahl, Tilsit East Prussia, actor (Kafka, Music Box)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1952 Mickey Jones, rock bassist, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 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)
  • 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