On This Day

Musicians Born on December 18

  • 1562 Philipp Dulichius, composer
  • 1569 Jakob Hassler, German composer, born in Nuremberg (d. 1622)
  • 1667 Wenzel Ludwig von Radolt, composer
  • 1734 Jean-Baptiste Rey, composer
  • 1788 Camille Pleyel, Austrian piano builder/composer
  • 1812 Wiktor Kazynski, composer
  • 1848 Karl Schroder, composer
  • 1852 Gaetano Coronaro, Italian conductor, pedagogue, and composer (La Creola), born in Vicenza, Austrian Empire (now Italy) (d. 1908)
  • 1860 Edward Alexander MacDowell, American composer (Indian Suite), born in New York (d. 1908)
  • 1861 Lionel Monckton, British composer (Edwardian musical comedy), born in London, England (d. 1924)
  • 1873 Adolf Vogl, German composer, born in Munich (d. 1961)
  • 1877 Max Pallenberg, Austrian extempore farce actor (Morn to Midnight), husband of Operetta star Fritzi Massary, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1934)
  • 1897 Fletcher Henderson, American pianist, arranger and composer (Benny Goodman Orchestra), born in Cuthbert, Georgia (d. 1952)
  • 1904 Wilf Carter, Canadian country and western singer, born in Port Hilford, Nova Scotia (d. 1996)
  • 1905 Richard Sturzenegger, composer
  • 1906 Edwin H "Buddy" Morris, music publisher

  • 1910 Abe Burrows, American Broadway composer (Guys & Dolls 1951 TONY), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1911 Peg Leg Sam [Arthur Jackson], American country blues harmonica player, singer and comedian, born in Jonesville, South Carolina (d. 1977)
  • 1913 Donald Phillips, British pianist and composer (Spanish Fiesta, Concerto In Jazz), born in Dalston, London (d. 1994)
  • 1913 Saburo Takata, Japanese composer, born in Nagoya (d. 2000)
  • 1914 Connie "Pee Wee" Crayton, American R&B and blues guitarist and singer ("Do Unto Others"), born in Rockdale, Texas (d. 1985)

Person of interestBetty Grable

1916 Betty Grable, American singer, dancer, pin-up girl and actress (I Wake Up Screaming, How to Marry a Millionaire, Gay Divorcee), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1973)

Film actress Betty Grable
Film actress
Betty Grable
  • 1917 Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, American blues, jazz, and R&B alto saxophonist, born in Houston, Texas (d. 1988)
  • 1920 Rita Streich, German singer
  • 1921 Jaime León, Colombian pianist, composer, and conductor Filarmónica de Bogota, 1971-78), born in Cartagena de Indias, Columbia (d. 2015)
  • 1931 Allen Klein, American rock and roll business manager - ABKCO (Sam Cooke; RollingStones, Beatles), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2009)
  • 1938 [Bryan] Chas Chandler, English rock bassist (The Animals-House of the Rising Sun) and manager of Jimi Hendrix, born in Newcastle upon Tyne
  • 1939 Henrica M L "Wiesje" Backer, Dutch dancer/actress/playwright
  • 1941 Sam Andrew, rocker (Big Brother & Holding Company-Cheap Thrills)
  • 1941 Wadada Leo Smith, American trumpeter and composer (Divine Love), born in Leland, Mississippi
  • 1943 Bobby Keys, American saxophonist, born in Slaton, Texas (d. 2014)

Person of interestKeith Richards

1943 Keith Richards, English guitarist and songwriter (The Rolling Stones), born in Dartford, Kent

Guitarist and Songwriter Keith Richards
Guitarist and Songwriter
Keith Richards
  • 1944 Deke [Roger] Leonard, Welsh rock musician (Man), born in Llanelli (d. 2017)
  • 1948 Bill Nelson, British progressive rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter (Be-Bop Deluxe), born in Wakefield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
  • 1948 Laurent Voulzy, French singer and composer
  • 1950 Martha Johnson, rocker (M+M), born in Toronto, Ontario

  • 1950 Randy Castillo, American drummer (Ozzy Osbourne) (d. 2002)
  • 1952 Rosie Vela, American model and singer-songwriter (Zazu, Fool's Paradise), born in Galveston, Texas
  • 1952 David Hentschel, British recording engineer, producer, and film score composer, born in Sussex, England
  • 1953 Elliot Easton [Steinberg], American rock lead guitarist (The Cars - "My Best Friend's Girl"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1953 Jim "Kimo" West, Canadian guitarist (More Guitar Stories), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1957 John Webster, Canadian rocker (Red Rider)
  • 1961 Ken Foreman, rocker (Thrashing Doves-Reprobate's Hymn)
  • 1962 Renaldo Lapuz, Filipino-American Singer
  • 1963 Pauline Ester, French singer
  • 1964 Robson Green, English actor and singer
  • 1965 Mick Collins, American musician (The Gories, The Dirtbombs)
  • 1966 Steve Dullaghan, rocker (Primitives-Lovely, Lump of Coal)
  • 1966 Tracy Byrd, country singer
  • 1966 Mille Petrozza, German singer (Kreator)
  • 1968 Alejandro Sanz, Spanish singer (Más), born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1970 Cowboy Troy [Troy Lee Coleman III], American country rapper (MuzikMafia, Big & Rich), born in Victoria, Texas
  • 1970 DMX [Earl Simmons], American rapper (..And Then There Was X), and actor (Romeo Must Die) , born in Mount Vernon, New York (d. 2021) [1] [2]
  • 1970 Roman Glick, American rock bassist (Brother Cane; Jackyl), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1971 Noriko Matsueda, Japanese composer
  • 1972 Raymond Herrera, American drummer (Fear Factory) and businessman
  • 1974 Euroboy, Norwegian musician (Turbonegro)
  • 1975 Sia [Furler], Australian singer-songwriter and producer (Titanium), born in Adalaide, Australia
  • 1977 Maria Brink, American heavy metal singer and songwriter (In This Moment), born in Schenectady, New York

Person of interestChristina Aguilera

1980 Christina Aguilera, American singer (Genie in a Bottle, What a Girl Wants), born in Staten Island, New York

  • 1982 Dave Luetkenhoelter, American bassist (Kutless)
  • 1987 Ayaka, Japanese singer

Person of interestBillie Eilish

2001 Billie Eilish, American singer-songwriter (When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?), born in Los Angeles, California

Singer-Songwriter Billie Eilish
Singer-Songwriter
Billie Eilish