Birthdays in Music on December 20

  • 1539 Paul Melissus [Paul Schede], German poet/composer
  • 1594 Giovanni Battista Gagliano, composer
  • 1606 Christoph Schultze, composer
  • 1729 Franz Xaver Thomas Pokorny, composer
  • 1758 Othon Joseph Vandenbroek, composer
  • 1774 Guillaume-Perre-Antoine Gatayes, composer
  • 1786 Pietro Raimondi, composer
  • 1809 Friedrich Karl Kuhmstedt, composer
  • 1812 Achille Peri, composer
  • 1867 Fini Valdemar Henriques, composer
  • 1871 Henry Kimball Hadley, composer
  • 1872 Lorenzo Perosi, Italian composer
  • 1886 Domingo Julio Gomez Garcia, composer
  • 1889 Bozidar Sirola, composer
  • 1890 Yvonne Arnaud, French-born pianist, singer and actress (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre), born in Bordeaux, Gironde, Aquitaine, France (d. 1958)
  • 1907 Paul Francis Webster, songwriter (d. 1984)
  • 1908 Julio César Brero [or Giulio Cesare], Italian-born Argentine composer and lawyer (Novella), born in Milan, Italy (d. 1973)
  • 1909 Vagn Holmboe, Danish neo-classical composer (Sinfonia rustica), born in Horsens, Jutland (d. 1996)
  • 1925 Vlastimir Nikolovski, composer
  • 1928 Charles Donald Adams, singer
  • 1938 John Harris Harbison, composer, born in Orange, New Jersey
  • 1939 Agatha N "Kim" Weston, US gospel singer (It Takes Two)
  • 1939 Klaus Schweizer, composer
  • 1940 Larry Willis, rock keyboardist (Blood, Sweat & Tears)
  • 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
  • 1947 Gigliola Cinquetti, Italian singer
  • 1948 Stevie Wright, Australian singer with the Easybeats (Friday on my Mind), born in Leeds, West Yorkshire (d. 2015)
  • 1948 Alan Parsons, audio engineer, music producer (The Dark Side of the Moon, Let it Be), born in London, England
  • 1951 Gilbert Montagné, French musician
  • 1955 Ed Kuepper, German/Australian, singer/songwriter (Saints)
  • 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), singer/songwriter, born in Barking Essex
  • 1957 Mike Watt, US bassist (Rockband Firehose)
  • 1957 Anna Vissi, Greek-Cypriot singer
  • 1961 Mohammad Fouad, Arab singer and actor
  • 1966 Chris Robinson, rocker (Black Crowes-Shake Your Money Maker), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1966 Myrra Malmberg, Swedish singer
  • 1972 Anders Odden, Norwegian musician
  • 1974 Die, Japanese musician (Dir en grey)
  • 1977 Saukrates, Canadian rapper
  • 1981 Chris Edwards, British musician (Kasabian)
  • 1982 David Cook, American singer, winner of American Idol.
  • 1983 Adrián Varela, Mexican singer
  • 1984 David Tavaré, Spanish singer
  • 1990 JoJo, American singer