Birthdays in Music on December 21

  • December
  • 1616 Pietro Andrea Ziani, Italian organist & composer, born in Venice, Italy (d. 1684)
  • 1628 Samuel Friedrich Capricornus, Czech composer, born in Žerčice, Czech Republic (d. 1665)
  • 1728 Hermann Friedrich Raupach, German composer, born in Stralsund, Germany (d. 1778)
  • 1756 Thomas Anton Kunz, Czech composer, born in Prague, Czech Republic (d. 1830)
  • 1810 Ludwig Schuncke, German pianist & composer, born in Kassel, Germany (d. 1834)
  • 1826 Ernst Pauer, Austrian composer and pianist, born in Vienna (d. 1905)
  • 1848 Edward Everett Rice, American musical composer & theater producer, born in Brighton, Boston (d. 1924)
  • 1850 Zdenek Fibich, Czech classical composer (Šárka, The Bride of Messina), born in Všebořice (d. 1900)
  • 1867 John Winter Thompson, American organist, born in Michigan (d. 1951)
  • 1873 Blagoje Bersa, Croatian composer, born in Dubrovnik, Croatia (d. 1934)
  • 1886 George Norman Peterkin, English composer & music publisher, born in Liverpool, England (d. 1982)
  • 1895 Paul Hoffer, German composer, born in Barmen, Germany (d. 1949)
  • 1896 Leroy Robertson, American composer & music educator, born in Fountain Green, Utah (d. 1971)
  • 1911 Paul Burkhard, Swiss composer, born in Zürich, Switzerland (d. 1977)
  • 1915 Werner von Trapp, Austrian singer (Trapp Family Singers), born in Zell am See, Austria (d. 2007)
  • 1917 Alicia Alonso, Cuban ballerina (American Ballet Theatre), born in Havana, Cuba

  • 1917 Andre Eglevsky, Russian-born ballet dancer & teacher (Limelight), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1977)
  • 1921 Joan Dickson, British cellist and teacher, born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1994)
  • 1924 Rita Reys [Maria Reijs], Dutch jazz singer, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 2013)
  • 1926 John Herbert McDowell, American composer for ballet, TV and the stage, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1985)
  • 1928 Thomas Rajna, Hungarian-born composer, born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1929 Jack Philip Cannon, British composer & teacher, born in Paris, France (d. 2017)
  • 1931 Caroline Kaart [Paterson Raitt], Dutch alto singer, born in Blackness, United Kingdom
  • 1931 David Baker, American composer (Reflections) and educator, born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 2016)
  • 1932 Ilja Zeljenka, Slovak composer, born in Bratislava, Slovakia
  • 1933 Miklos Kocsar, Hungarian composer, born in Debrecen, Hungary
  • 1940 Frank Zappa, American rocker, composer, activist and filmmaker (Mothers of Invention, Catholic Girls), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1993)
  • 1940 Paul [Ray Hildebrand], American singer (Paul & Paula), born in Joshua, Texas
  • 1942 Carla Thomas, US singer (Let Me Be Good to You)
  • 1942 Reinhard Mey, German singer, born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1943 Albert Lee, English guitarist, born in Lingen, Herefordshire
  • 1944 Michael Tilson Thomas, American 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, American conductor (La Traviata), born in Berkeley, California (d. 1995)
  • 1946 Kevin Peek, Australian guitarist, born in Adelaide, Australia (d. 2013)
  • 1947 Paco de Lucía, Spanish musician, born in Algeciras, Spain (d. 2014)
  • 1948 Willi Resetarits, Austrian musician, born in Stinatz, Austria
  • 1950 Lillebjørn Nilsen, Norwegian singer-songwriter, born in Oslo, Norway
  • 1953 Betty Wright [Bessie Norris], American R&B singer-songwriter (Clean Up Woman), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1953 Andras Schiff, Hungarian pianist (Tchaikovsky-1974), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1955 Kazuyuki Sekiguchi, Japanese musician, born in Agano, Niigata Prefecture
  • 1956 Lee Roy Parnell, American country singer (Oughta be a Law), born in Abilene, Texas
  • 1960 Louis Demetrius Alvanis, English classical pianist, born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1961 Ryuji Sasai, Japanese video game composer, born in Osaka Prefecture, Japan
  • 1962 Christy Forester, American musician (Forester Sisters-Men), born in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia
  • 1965 Gabrielle Glaser, musician (Luscious Jackson)
  • 1971 Matthieu Chedid, French musician, born in Boulogne-Billancourt, France
  • 1971 Brett Scallions, American singer (Fuel, The X's), born in Brownsville, Tennessee
  • 1972 Erwin Schrott, Uruguayan opera singer, born in Montevideo, Uruguay
  • 1973 Karmen Stavec, German-born Slovenian singer, born in West Berlin
  • 1975 Paloma Herrera, Argentine ballet dancer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1979 Tuva Novotny, Swedish actress and singer, born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1981 Lynda Thomas, Mexican singer, born in Tijuana, Mexico