On This Day

Musicians Born on December 19

  • 1676 Louis-Nicholas Clerambault, French organist and composer, born in Paris, France (d.1749)
  • 1797 Josef Theodor Krov, Bohemian composer, singer and teacher, born in Nové Strašecí, Czechia (d. 1859)
  • 1825 George Frederick Bristow, American composer (Rip Van Winkle), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1898)
  • 1864 Adolf Sandberger, German composer and musicologist, born in Würzburg (d. 1943)
  • 1876 Carlo Gatti, Italian musicologist (Verdi), born in Florence, Italy (d. 1965)
  • 1878 Anton Lajovic, Slovenian composer, born in Vače, Slovenia (d. 1960)
  • 1879 Otto Emanuel Olsson, Swedish organist and composer, born in Stockholm (d. 1964)
  • 1880 Nemesio Otaño, Spanish organist, choral director, educator, and composer (Basque Suite), born in Azcoitia, Spain (d. 1956) [1]
  • 1881 Joseph "King" Oliver, American jazz cornet player, composer, bandleader, and mentor to Louis Armstrong, born in Aben, Louisiana (d. 1938)
  • 1882 Walter Braunfels, German composer (Die Vögel -The Birds), born in Frankfurt am Main (d. 1954)
  • 1884 Ferdinando Liuzzi, Italian composer and musicologist, born in Senigallia, Italy (d. 1940)
  • 1888 Fritz Reiner, Hungarian-American conductor (Chicago Symphony Orchestra, 1953-63), born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary (d. 1963) [1]
  • 1894 Paul Dessau, German composer and conductor (Adventures of Casanova; Never Trust a Woman), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1979)
  • 1901 Dimitar Nenov, Bulgarian composer, pianist and architect, born in Razgrad, Bulgaria (d. 1953)
  • 1902 Leonard Hirsch, Irish violinist/orchestra leader (RAF Symphony Orchestra), born in Dublin (d. 1995) [1]

Person of interestEdith Piaf

1915 Édith Piaf [Édith Giovanna Gassion], French chanteuse (Little Sparrow, Le Vie En Rose), born in Paris, France (d. 1963)

Singer Edith Piaf
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Edith Piaf

  • 1916 Hal Hastings, American orchestra leader (Chevrolet on Broadway), born in NYC, New York (d. 1973)
  • 1918 Professor Longhair [Henry Roeland Byrd], American blues singer and pianist, born in Bogalusa, Louisiana (d. 1980)
  • 1920 "Little" Jimmy Dickens, American country singer (Grand Ole Opry), born in Bolt, West Virginia (d. 2015)
  • 1921 Ludvík Podéšť, Czech composer, born in Dubňany (d. 1968)
  • 1925 Robert Sherman, songwriter (Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book), born in NYC, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1928 Galt MacDermot, Canadian composer (Hair), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2018)
  • 1928 Michael Hurd, British composer and musicologist known for his choral music (Jonah-Man Jazz), born in Gloucester, England (d. 2006)
  • 1935 Bobby Timmons, American jazz pianist (Moanin'), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1974)
  • 1940 Phil Ochs, American anti-war folk singer (Joe Hill, War is Over), born in El Paso, Texas (d. 1976)
  • 1941 Maurice White, singer-songwriter (Earth, Wind & Fire), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2016)
  • 1942 Cornell Dupree, American jazz and R&B session guitarist (Atlantic Records - Aretha Franklin), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2011)
  • 1944 Alvin Lee, British rock vocalist and guitarist (10 Years After), born in Nottingham, England (d. 2013)
  • 1944 Zal Yanovsky, Canadian rock guitarist (Lovin' Spoonful - "Do You Believe in Magic?"), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2002)
  • 1944 Steve Tyrell [Stephen Bilao III], American jazz and standards singer and record producer, born in Palo Pinto, Texas
  • 1945 John McEuen, American bluegrass, folk-rock fiddler, guitarist, banjo, and mandolin player (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band; Steve Martin), born in Oakland, California
  • 1947 Janie Fricke, American country music singer (It Ain't Easy Bein' Easy), born in South Whitley, Indiana
  • 1949 Lenny White, American jazz-fusion drummer (Return to Forever), born in Queens, New York City
  • 1949 Sebastian [Knud Torben Christensen], Danish musician and composer, born in Sønderborg, Denmark
  • 1957 Doug Johnson, Canadian rock keyboardist (Loverboy - "Working For The Weekend"), born in Surrey, British Columbia
  • 1958 Limahl [Christopher Hamill], English pop singer (Kajagoogoo-Too Shy), born in Pemberton, Lancashire, England
  • 1958 Steven Isserlis, British cellist, born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1965 (Eugene) Chuckii Booker, American R&B musician, songwriter, and producer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1970 Zac Foley, English rock bassist (EMF "Unbelievable"), born in Gloucester (d. 2002)
  • 1974 Mikko "Mige" Paananen, Finnish rock bassist (HIM), born in Helsinki, Finland.
  • 1975 Casual [Jon Owens], American rapper (Smash Rockwell), born in Oakland, California
  • 1979 Kevin Devine, American singer-songwriter (Brother's Blood), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1985 Lady Sovereign [Louise Amanda Harman], British rapper (9 to 5, Love Me or Hate Me), born in London, England
  • 1991 Declan Galbraith, British pop singer ("Tell Me Why"), born in Hoo St. Werburgh Kent, England