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Birthdays in Music on December 20

  • 1539 Paulus Melissus, humanist Neo-Latin writer, translator, and composer, born in Mellrichstadt, Germany (d. 1602)
  • 1594 Giovanni Battista de Gagliano, Italian composer
  • 1606 Christoph Schultze, German composer, born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1729 Franz Xaver Thomas Pokorny, Czech composer, born in Městec Králové (d. 1794)
  • 1758 Othon Joseph Vandenbroek, composer (d. 1832)
  • 1774 Guillaume-Perre-Antoine Gatayes, French composer & guitarist, born in Paris, France
  • 1786 Pietro Raimondi, Italian composer, born in Rome, Italy (d. 1853)
  • 1809 Friedrich Karl Kuhmstedt, German composer, born in Oldisleben, Germany (d. 1858)
  • 1812 Achille Peri, Italian composer & conductor, born in Reggio Emilia, Italy (d. 1880)
  • 1871 Henry Kimball Hadley, American composer & conductor, born in Somerville, Massachusetts
  • 1872 Lorenzo Perosi, Italian composer, born in Tortona, Italy
  • 1884 Max Blokzijl, Dutch singer, journalist, and Nazi collaborator, born in Leeuwarden, Netherlands (d. 1946)
  • 1886 Domingo Julio Gomez Garcia, Spanish composer, born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1889 Božidar Širola, Croatian composer, born in Žakanje, Croatia
  • 1890 Yvonne Arnaud, French-born pianist, singer and actress (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre), born in Bordeaux, Gironde, Aquitaine, France (d. 1958)
  • 1907 Paul Francis Webster, American lyricist, born in NYC, New York (d. 1984)

  • 1908 Julio César Brero [or Giulio Cesare], Italian-born Argentine composer and lawyer (Novella), born in Milan, Italy (d. 1973)
  • 1908 Norman Hackforth, British musician and radio broadcaster (Noel Coward; Twenty Questions), born in Bihar, British India (d. 1996)
  • 1909 Vagn Holmboe, Danish neo-classical composer (Sinfonia rustica), born in Horsens, Jutland (d. 1996)
  • 1925 Vlastimir Nikolovski, Macedonian composer, born in Prileb, Macedonia (d. 2001)
  • 1928 Charles Donald Adams, English opera singer and actor, born in Bristol, United Kingdom
  • 1933 Gordon Getty, American composer, businessman and heir of J. Paul Getty, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1938 John Harris Harbison, American composer, born in Orange, New Jersey
  • 1939 Kim Weston, American soul singer (It Takes Two), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1939 Klaus Schweizer, composer
  • 1939 Bill Keith, American banjoist, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2015)
  • 1940 Larry Willis, American jazz pianist & composer, born in NYC, New York
  • 1944 Robert Colomby, American rock drummer (Blood Sweat & Tears-When I Die), born in NYC, New York
  • 1945 Peter Criss [George Peter John Criscuola], American drummer and singer (Kiss), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1946 Douglass Lubahn, psychedelic rock & jazz rock bassist
  • 1947 Gigliola Cinquetti, Italian singer, born in Verona, Italy
  • 1948 Stevie Wright, Australian singer with the Easybeats (Friday on my Mind), born in Leeds, West Yorkshire (d. 2015)
  • 1948 Alan Parsons, English audio engineer & music producer (The Dark Side of the Moon, Let it Be), born in London, England
  • 1951 Gilbert Montagné, French musician, born in Paris, France
  • 1955 Ed Kuepper, Australian guitarist and singer-songwriter (The Saints), born in Bremen, Germany
  • 1956 Guy Babylon, American keyboard player (Elton John) and arranger, born in New Windsor, Maryland (d. 2009|)

  • 1957 Billy Bragg, English rocker (It Says Here, Ideology), born in Barking, Essex
  • 1957 Mike Watt, US bassist (Rockband Firehose), born in Portsmouth, Virginia
  • 1957 Anna Vissi, Greek-Cypriot singer, born in Pyla, Cyprus
  • 1961 Mohammad Fouad, Arab singer and actor, born in Ismailia Governorate, Egypt
  • 1966 Chris Robinson, American rocker (Black Crowes-Shake Your Money Maker), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1966 Myrra Malmberg, Swedish singer, born in Farsta, Stockholm
  • 1972 Anders Odden, Norwegian musician, born in Stavanger, Norway
  • 1974 Die, Japanese musician (Dir en grey), born in Mie, Japan
  • 1977 Saukrates, Canadian rapper, born in Ottawa, Canada
  • 1981 Chris Edwards, British musician (Kasabian)
  • 1982 David Cook, American singer and American Idol winner, born in Houston, Texas
  • 1983 Adrián Varela, Mexican singer, born in Culiacán, Mexico
  • 1984 David Tavaré, Spanish singer, born in Pollença, Spain
  • 1990 JoJo, American singer (Too Little Too Late, Baby It's You), born in Brattleboro, Vermont

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1998 Dylan Wang [Wang Hedi], Chinese actor and singer (Meteor Garden), born in Chengdu, Sichuan

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