On This Day

Birthdays in Music 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
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-born composer, born in Paris, 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 Portrarit), 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)
  • 1921 Hawkshaw Hawkins, American country singer (Ozark Jubilee), born in Huntington, West Virginia
  • 1921 Robert Frank Kurka, American composer, 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)
  • 1939 James Gurley, American guitar player (Big Brother and the Holding Company), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2009)
  • 1942 Dick Parry, English saxophonist (Pink Floyd, 'Money'), born in Kentford, Suffolk
  • 1944 Barry Jenkins, English musician (Animals-House of the Rising Sun), born in Leicester, United Kingdom
  • 1946 Rick Nielsen, American rock vocalist/guitarist (Cheap Trick), born in Rockford, Illinois

Person of interestMaurice Gibb

1949 Maurice Gibb, English rocker (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 rocker (Bee Gees-Saturday Night Fever), born in Douglas, Isle of Man (d. 2012)

Singer-songwriter Robin Gibb
Robin Gibb
  • 1953 David Leisner, American composer
  • 1957 Richard "Ricky" Ross, Scottish rock vocalist (Deacon Blue), born in Dundee, Scotland
  • 1958 Frank Gambale, Australian musician, born in Canberra, Australia
  • 1958 David Heavener, American actor & musician, born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1960 Wakin Chau (Emil Chau), Hong Kong-born singer and actor, born in Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
  • 1960 Luther Campbell [Luke], 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 musician (Manic Street Preachers), born in Blackwood, United Kingdom (disappeared in 1995)
  • 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