On This Day

Birthdays in Music on December 2

  • 1578 Agostino Agazzari, Italian composer, born in Siena, Italy (d. 1640)
  • 1760 Joseph Graetz, German composer (d. 1826)
  • 1813 Jacob Rosenhaim, Jewish-German composer, born in Mannheim, Germany (d. 1894)
  • 1856 Robert Kajanus, Finnish conductor and composer, born in Helsingfors, Finland, Russian Empire (d. 1933)
  • 1863 Gustav Wohlgemuth, German composer, born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1937)
  • 1866 Harry Burleigh, African American composer (Springarn Medal), born in Erie, Pennsylvania (d. 1949)
  • 1870 Francis Casadesus, French violinist, composer and conductor, born in Paris (d. 1954)
  • 1893 Louis Freeman, Scottish band leader, born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1994)
  • 1893 Leo Ornstein, Russian-American composer (Bio in Sonata Form), born in Kremenchuk, Russia (d. 2002) (birth date uncertain)
  • 1895 Harriet Cohen, British pianist, born in London (d. 1967)
  • 1899 John Barbirolli, English conductor (NY Philharmonic Orchestra), born in Southampton Row, Holborn, London (d. 1970)
  • 1901 Staf Nees, Flemish composer (Maria-oratorio), born in Mechelen, Belgium (d. 1965)
  • 1902 Miroslav Ponc, Czech composer, born in Vysoké Mýto (d. 1976)
  • 1905 Osvaldo Pugliese, Argentine musician and composer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1995)
  • 1914 Eddie Sauter, American musician (Sauter-Finegan Band, Sat Night Revue), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1981)
  • 1915 Adolph Green, American lyricist and playwright (It's Always Fair Weather), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2002)

  • 1915 Nico Richter, Dutch composer, born in Amsterdam (d. 1945)
  • 1917 Sylvia Syms, American jazz singer (Hello Dolly, Dream Girl, Them There Eyes), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1992)
  • 1918 Milton Delugg, American orchestra leader (Tonight Show), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2015)
  • 1920 Robert Moevs, American composer, born in La Crosse, Wisconsin (d. 2007)
  • 1923 Maria Callas, American soprano (Carmen), born in NYC, New York (d. 1977)
  • 1929 Harvey Phillips, American tubist (NYC Ballet Orchestra), born in Aurora, Missouri (d. 2010)
  • 1935 Jürg Wyttenbach, Swiss composer, born in Bern, Switzerland
  • 1936 Peter Michael Braun, German composer, born in Wuppertal, Germany (d. 2019)
  • 1941 Tom McGuiness, English rocker (The Blues Band), born in Wimbledon, London
  • 1942 Ted Bluechel, American rock vocalist and drummer (Association), born in San Pedro, California
  • 1943 Dave Munden, English rock drummer (Brian Poole & The Tremeloes), born in Dagenham, Essex, England
  • 1950 Merrill Ashley, American ballerina (NYC Ballet), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1954 Danielle Alexander, American country music pianist, born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1960 Rick Savage, English bass player (Def Leppard-Hysteria, Rock of Ages), born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England
  • 1960 Razzle [Nicholas Dingley], British drummer (Hanoi Rocks), born in Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, England (d. 1984)
  • 1968 Nate Mendel, American bassist (Foo Fighters), born in Richland, Washington
  • 1978 Nelly Furtado, Canadian singer and songwriter (I'm Like a Bird), born in Victoria, British Columbia
  • 1978 Chris Wolstenholme, British musician and bassist (Muse), born in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England
  • 1979 Yvonne Catterfeld, German singer and actress, born in Erfurt, East Germany

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  • 1982 Pizon [Michael Scala], Italian-American rapper and producer, born in Queens, New York
  • 1986 Tal Wilkenfeld, Australian musician (Jeff Beck, Prince), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1987 Teairra Marí, American R&B singer and songwriter, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1998 Juice Wrld [Jarad Higgins ], American rapper and singer-songwriter (All Girls Are the Same, Lucid Dreams), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2019)