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Musicians Born 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 (d. 1651)
  • 1606 Christoph Schultze, German composer, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1683)
  • 1729 Franz Xaver Thomas Pokorny, Czech composer, born in Městec Králové (d. 1794)
  • 1758 Othon Joseph Vandenbroek, Flemish horn player and composer, born in Ypres, Austrian Netherlands (now Belgium) (d. 1832)
  • 1774 Guillaume-Perre-Antoine Gatayes, French composer & guitarist, born in Paris, France (d. 1846)
  • 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 and conductor, born in Somerville, Massachusetts (d. 1937)
  • 1872 Lorenzo Perosi, Italian priest and sacred oratorio composer, born in Tortona, Italy (d. 1956)
  • 1884 Max Blokzijl, Dutch singer, journalist, and Nazi collaborator, born in Leeuwarden, Netherlands (d. 1946)
  • 1886 Domingo Julio Gómez Garcia, Spanish composer, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1973)
  • 1889 Božidar Širola, Croatian composer, born in Žakanje, Croatia (d. 1956)
  • 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 ("Love Is A Many Splendored Thing"; "The Shadow Of Your Smile"; "I Got It Bad, And That Ain't Good"), 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)
  • 1922 Denny Vaughan, Canadian pianist, singer, arranger and orchestra leader (The Smothers Brothers Show; Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1972) [1]
  • 1925 Vlastimir Nikolovski, Macedonian composer, born in Prileb, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (now North Macedonia) (d. 2001)
  • 1928 Charles Donald Adams, British bass-baritone opera singer (D'Oyly Carte Opera Company,; Gilbert and Sullivan For All), born in Bristol, United Kingdom (d. 1996)
  • 1933 Gordon Getty, American composer, businessman and heir of J. Paul Getty, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1938 John Harris Harbison, American composer (The Flight into Egypt), born in Orange, New Jersey
  • 1939 Kim Weston, American soul singer (with Marvin Gaye - "It Takes Two"), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1939 Klaus Schweizer, German composer, born in Albstadt, Germany
  • 1939 Bill Keith, American bluegrass and country banjoist, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2015)
  • 1940 Larry Willis, American jazz pianist & composer, born in NYC, New York
  • 1944 Robert "Bobby" Colomby, American rock drummer (Blood Sweat & Tears - "Spinning Wheel"), 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 and jazz rock bassist (d. 2019)
  • 1947 Gigliola Cinquetti, Italian pop 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, British music producer (The Alan Parsons Project - I Robot) and recording engineer (The Dark Side of the Moon; Let it Be), born in London, England
  • 1950 Don Heffington, American touring and session drummer, singer, songwriter and producer (Lone Justice; Watkins Family Hour; Emmylou Harris), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2021)
  • 1951 Gilbert Montagné, French pop piano player and singer ("The Fool"), 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 (Stephen William) "Billy" Bragg, English singer-songwriter ("Greetings To The New Brunette"; "Sexuality"; "California Stars"), born in Barking, Essex, England
  • 1957 Mike Watt, American rock bassist (Firehose), born in Portsmouth, Virginia
  • 1957 Anna Vissi, Greek-Cypriot singer, born in Pyla, Cyprus
  • 1957 Arturs Maskats, Latvian classical composer and music director (Rainis Dailes Theatre; Latvian National Opera), born in Valmiera, Latvia
  • 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 rock guitarist (Dir en grey), born in Mie, Japan
  • 1981 Chris Edwards, British rock bassist (Kasabian), born in England
  • 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 [Joanna Levesque], American pop singer-songwriter ("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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