On This Day

Musicians Born on December 22

  • 1624 Tomas Micieres, Spanish composer (d. 1662)
  • 1723 Carl Friedrich Abel, German composer, born in Köthen, Germany (d. 1787)
  • 1815 Lucien Petipa, French ballet dancer, born in Marseille, France (d. 1898)
  • 1819 Franz Abt, German composer & choir conductor, born in Eilenburg, Germany (d. 1885)
  • 1821 Giovanni Bottesini, Italian Romantic composer, conductor and a double bass virtuoso, born in Crema, Lombardy (d. 1889)
  • 1844 Izydor Lotto, Polish violinist & composer, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1927)
  • 1846 Andreas Hallén, Swedish composer, born in Gothenburg, Sweden (d. 1925)
  • 1853 Maria Teresa Carreno, Venezuelan pianist, singer, composer, and conductor, born in Caracas, Venezuela (d. 1917)

Person of interestGiacomo Puccini

1858 Giacomo Puccini, Italian opera composer (La bohème; Tosca; Madame Butterfly), born in Lucca, Italy (d. 1924)

Composer Giacomo Puccini
Composer
Giacomo Puccini
  • 1866 Mieczyslaw Surzynski, Polish organ virtuoso and composer (1904 Organ Concerto), born in Środa, Poland (d. 1924)
  • 1874 Franz Schmidt, Austrian composer & musician, born in Bratislava, Slovakia (d. 1939)
  • 1875 Antoine Mariotte, French composer, born in Avignon (d. 1944)
  • 1883 Edgard Varèse, French-American composer (Ionisation; Poème électronique), born in Burgundy, France (d. 1965)
  • 1885 Joseph Deems Taylor, American composer (Peter Ibbetson) and promoter of classical music, born in NYC, New York (d. 1966)
  • 1900 Alan Bush, English composer pianist and teacher, born in London (d. 1995)
  • 1901 Andre Kostelanetz, Russian-American conductor (Lincoln Portrait), born in St Petersburg, Russia (d. 1980)

  • 1903 Marc Lavry, Israeli composer, born in Riga, Latvia (d. 1967)
  • 1907 Yoshio Hasegawa, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 1981)
  • 1919 Lillian "Lil" Green, American blues singer and songwriter ("Romance In The Dark"), born in Mississippi (d. 1954) [some sources cite year of birth as 1901, and some 1910]
  • 1921 Harold "Hawkshaw" Hawkins, American country singer (Ozark Jubilee; "Lonesome 7-7203"), born in Huntington, West Virginia (d. 1963)
  • 1921 Robert Frank Kurka, American composer ("The Good Soldier Schweik"), born in Cicero, Illinois (d. 1957)
  • 1924 Francesco "Frank" Corsaro, American opera director (The Night of the Iguana, Play of the Week), born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1925 Thomas Christian David, Austrian composer, born in Wels, Austria (d. 2006)
  • 1929 Leonard "Red" Balaban, American jazz tuba and sousaphone player, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2013) [1]
  • 1939 James Gurley, American rock lead guitarist (Big Brother and the Holding Company - "Piece Of My Heart"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2009)
  • 1942 Dick Parry, English session and touring rock saxophonist (Pink Floyd - "Money"), born in Kentford, Suffolk
  • 1944 Colin "Barry" Jenkins , English rock drummer (Animals - "House of the Rising Sun"), born in Leicester, United Kingdom
  • 1946 Rick Nielsen, American rock vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter (Cheap Trick- "I Want You to Want Me"), born in Rockford, Illinois

Person of interestMaurice Gibb

1949 Maurice Gibb, English rock-pop-disco singer-songwriter and bassist (Bee Gees - Saturday Night Fever), born in Douglas, Isle of Man (d. 2003)

Bee Gees Guitarist Maurice Gibb
Bee Gees Guitarist
Maurice Gibb
  • 1949 Michael Osborne, American rock guitarist and vocalist (Axe), born in Florida (d. 1984)

Person of interestRobin Gibb

1949 Robin Gibb, English rock-pop-disco singer-songwriter and producer (Bee Gees - Saturday Night Fever), born in Douglas, Isle of Man (d. 2012)

Singer-songwriter Robin Gibb
Singer-songwriter
Robin Gibb
  • 1953 David Leisner, American classical guitarist and composer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1957 Richard "Ricky" Ross, Scottish rock vocalist (Deacon Blue), born in Dundee, Scotland
  • 1958 Frank Gambale, Australian jazz fusion guitarist, born in Canberra, Australia
  • 1958 David Heavener, American actor and country musician, born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1960 (Emil) Wakin Chau, Hong Kong-born singer and actor, born in Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
  • 1960 Luther Campbell, American rap artist (2 Live Crew), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1966 Marcel "Schmier" Schirmer, German singer and bassplayer (Destruction), born in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
  • 1967 Richey James Edwards, Welsh rock musician and songwriter (Manic Street Preachers), born in Blackwood, United Kingdom (disappeared in 1995; declared d. 2008)
  • 1984 Basshunter [Jonas Erik Altberg], Swedish record producer and DJ (Now You're Gone), born in Halmstad, Sweden
  • 1989 Jordin Sparks, American singer and American Idol winner, born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1991 DaBaby [Jonathan Kirk], American rapper and singer-songwriter (Rockstar), born in Cleveland, Ohio