Birthdays in Music on December 19

  • 1676 Louis-Nicholas Clerambault, composer/organist, born in Paris, France
  • 1797 Josef Theodor Krov, composer
  • 1825 George Frederick Bristow, composer
  • 1864 Adolf Sandberger, composer
  • 1876 Carlo Gatti, Italian composer (d. 1965)
  • 1878 Anton Lajovic, composer
  • 1879 Otto Emanuel Olsson, composer
  • 1880 Nemesio Otano y Eugenio, composer
  • 1882 Walter Braunfels, composer
  • 1884 Ferdinando Liuzzi, composer
  • 1888 Fritz Reiner, US conductor (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1894 Paul Dessau, German composer and conductor (Adventures of Casanova, Never Trust a Woman), born in Hamburg, Germany
  • 1901 Dimitar Nenov, Bulgarian composer, pianist and architect, born in Razgrad, Bulgaria (d. 1953)
  • 1902 Leonard Hirsch, British violinist/orchestra leader (RAF Symph Orchestra)
  • 1905 Charles Robert Owen Medley, dancer/choreographer

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1915 Édith Piaf, [E Giovanna Gassion], chanteuse (Little Sparrow), born in Paris, France (d. 1963)

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  • 1916 Hal Hastings, American orchestra leader (Chevrolet on Broadway), born in NYC, New York
  • 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
  • 1921 Ludvik Podest, composer
  • 1925 Robert Sherman, songwriter (Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book), born in NYC, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1928 Galt MacDermot, composer (Letting Down My Hair), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1928 Michael Hurd, composer
  • 1935 Bobby Timmons, American jazz pianist (d. 1974)
  • 1940 Phil Ochs, anti-war folk singer (Joe Hill, War is Over), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1941 Maurice White, singer-songwriter (Earth, Wind & Fire), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2016)
  • 1944 Alvin Lee, Nottingham England, rock vocals/guitarist (10 Years After), (d. 2013)
  • 1944 Zal Yanovsky, rock guitarist (Lovin' Spoonful-Do You Believe in Magic)
  • 1945 John McEuen, rocker (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band)
  • 1947 Janie Fricke, South Whitley In, singer (It Ain't Easy Bein' Easy)
  • 1949 Lenny White, American jazz drummer (Chick Corea's Return to Forever), born in New York City
  • 1949 Sebastian [Knud Torben Christensen], Danish musician and composer, born in Sønderborg, Denmark
  • 1957 Doug Johnson, rock keyboardist (Loverboy-Get Lucky)
  • 1958 Limahl, British rocker (Kajagoogoo-Too Shy)
  • 1963 Jennifer Beals, actress (Flashdance, Bride), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1965 Chuckii Booker, rocker
  • 1970 Zac Foley, English rock bassist (EMF "Unbelievable"), born in Gloucester (d. 2002)
  • 1974 Mikko Paananen, Finnish bassist (HIM)
  • 1975 Casual, [Jon Owens], rapper
  • 1979 Kevin Devine, American musician
  • 1982 Vincent Accardi, American musician
  • 1985 Lady Sovereign [Louise Amanda Harman], British rapper (9 to 5, Love Me or Hate Me), born in London, England
  • 1991 Declan Galbraith, English singer