Birthdays in Music on December 21

  • 1616 Pietro Andrea Ziani, composer
  • 1628 Samuel Friedrich Capricornus, composer
  • 1728 Hermann Friedrich Raupach, composer
  • 1756 Thomas Anton Kunz, composer
  • 1810 Ludwig Schuncke, composer
  • 1826 Ernst Pauer, Austrian composer and pianist, born in Vienna (d. 1905)
  • 1848 Edward Everett Rice, composer
  • 1850 Zdenek Fibich, Czech classical composer (Šárka, The Bride of Messina), born in Všebořice (d. 1900)
  • 1867 John Winter Thompson, composer
  • 1873 Blagoje Bersa, Croatian composer (d. 1934)
  • 1886 George Norman Peterkin, composer
  • 1895 Paul Hoffer, German composer, born in Barmen (d. 1949)
  • 1896 Leroy Robertson, composer
  • 1911 Paul Burkhard, composer
  • 1915 Werner von Trapp, member of the Trapp Family Singers (d. 2007)
  • 1917 Alicia Alonso, ballerina (American Ballet Theatre), born in Havana, Cuba

  • 1921 Joan Dickson, British cellist and teacher, born in Edinburgh (d. 1994)
  • 1924 Rita Reys, [Maria Reijs], Dutch jazz singer, (d. 2013)
  • 1926 John Herbert McDowell, American composer for ballet, TV and the stage (d. 1985)
  • 1928 Thomas Rajna, composer
  • 1929 Jack Philip Cannon, British composer, born in Paris (d. 2017)
  • 1931 Caroline Kaart, [Paterson Raitt], Dutch alto singer
  • 1931 David Baker, composer (Reflections) and educator, born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 2016)
  • 1932 Ilja Zeljenka, composer
  • 1933 Miklos Kocsar, composer
  • 1940 Frank Zappa, American rocker, composer, activist and filmmaker (Mothers of Invention, Catholic Girls), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1993)
  • 1940 Paul, [Ray Hildebrand], Tx, singer (Hey Paula)
  • 1942 Carla Thomas, US singer (Let Me Be Good to You)
  • 1942 Reinhard Mey, German singer
  • 1943 Albert Lee, English guitarist, born in Lingen, Herefordshire
  • 1944 Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor (NY Phil Young People), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1946 Carl Wilson, American rock vocalist and guitarist (Beach Boys), born in Hawthorne California (d. 1998)
  • 1946 Christopher Keene, conductor (La Traviata), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1947 Paco de Lucía, Spanish musician
  • 1948 Willi Resetarits, Austrian musician
  • 1950 Lillebjørn Nilsen, Norwegian singer-songwriter
  • 1953 Betty Wright [Bessie Norris], American R&B singer-songwriter (Clean Up Woman), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1953 Andras Schiff, pianist (Tchaikovsky-1974), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1955 Kazuyuki Sekiguchi, Japanese musician
  • 1956 Lee Roy Parnell, country singer (Oughta be a Law), born in Abilene, Texas
  • 1960 Louis Demetrius Alvanis, London-based pianist
  • 1961 Ryuji Sasai, Japanese video game composer, born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1962 Christy Forester, Lookout Mt Ga, country singer (Forester Sister-Men)
  • 1964 Ed Jongsma, Dutch pop bassist (Sleeze Beez-Look Like Hell)
  • 1965 Gabrielle Glaser, musician (Luscious Jackson)
  • 1971 Mathieu Chedid, French musician
  • 1971 Brett Scallions, American singer (Fuel, The X's)
  • 1972 Erwin Schrott, Uruguayan opera singer
  • 1973 Karmen Stavec, German-born Slovenian singer
  • 1975 Paloma Herrera, Argentine ballet dancer
  • 1979 Tuva Novotny, Swedish actress and singer
  • 1981 Lynda Thomas, Mexican singer