Birthdays in Music on December 24

  • 1653 Georg Motz, German composer, born in Augsburg, Germany (d. 1733)
  • 1679 Domenico Natale Sarro, Italian composer, born in Trani, Italy (d. 1744)
  • 1719 Johann Christoph Altnikol, German organist & composer (Bach's son-in-law & copyist), born in Sulików, Poland (d. 1759)
  • 1726 Johann Ernst Hartmann, Danish organist & composer, born in Glogów, Poland (d. 1793)
  • 1773 Joseph Wölfl, Austrian pianist & composer, born in Salzburg, Austria (d. 1812)
  • 1812 Henry Russell, English pianist & composer, born in Sheerness, United Kingdom (d. 1900)
  • 1813 Henry Wellington Greatorex, English-American musician, born in Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom (d. 1853)
  • 1824 Peter Cornelius, German composer & writer, born in Mainz, Germany (d. 1874)
  • 1826 Ignacy Krzyzanowski, Polish composer, born in Opatów, Poland (d. 1905)
  • 1829 Benjamin Ipavec, Slovene Romantic composer, born in Šentjur, Slovenia (d. 1909)
  • 1829 José Rogel, Spanish composer, born in Orihuela, Spain (d. 1901)
  • 1842 Nicola d' Arienzo, Italian composer and writer, born in Naples, Italy (d. 1915)
  • 1859 Roman Statkowski, Polish composer, born in Szczypiorno, Poland (d. 1925)
  • 1870 Rosario Scalero, Italian composer, born in Moncalieri, Italy (d. 1954)
  • 1879 Stanislav Pylypovych Lyudkevych, Polish composer, born in Jarosław, Poland (d. 1979)
  • 1881 Bronislaw Zygmunt Szulc, Polish composer, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1955)

  • 1881 Charles Wakefield Cadman, American composer, born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania (d. 1946)
  • 1898 Baby Dodds, American jazz drummer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1959)
  • 1904 Daniel K Womack, American singer & guitarist, born in Danville, Virginia (d. 1996)
  • 1906 Franz Waxman, German film composer, born in Chorzów, Poland (d. 1967)
  • 1909 Adam Popovich, American composer, born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1910 Mitchell Ayres, American orchestra leader (Hollywood Palace), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1913 Karl Michael Komma, German composer & music publicist, born in Aš, Czech Republic
  • 1920 Dave Bartholomew, American jazz artist & songwriter (Blueberry Hill), born in Edgard, Louisiana
  • 1921 Gerard Thomas Victory, Irish composer, born in Dublin, Republic of Ireland (d. 1995)
  • 1924 [Irving] Lee Dorsey, American pop and R&B singer (Working in the Coal Mine), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1986)
  • 1925 Mohammed Rafi, Indian actor and playback singer, born in Kotla Sultan Singh, India (d. 1980)
  • 1925 Yafa Yarkoni, Israeli singer (Road to Jerusalem, Don't Say Goodbye, Say I will see You), born in Mandatory Palestine (d. 2012)
  • 1927 Teresa Stich-Randall, American soprano (Vienna State Opera), born in New Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2007)
  • 1929 Noel DaCosta, Nigerian-Jamaican composer, born in Lagos, Nigeria (d. 2002)
  • 1930 Robert Joffrey [Abdullah Jaffa Anver Bey Khan], American dancer, born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1931 Mauricio Kagel, Argentine-German composer, born in Buenos Aires, Germany (d. 2008)
  • 1944 Mike Curb, American singer (Mike Curb Congregation), born in Savannah, Georgia
  • 1945 Lemmy [Ian Fraser Kilmister], British heavy metal musician (Motörhead), born in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire (d. 2015)
  • 1945 John Till, Canadian musician, born in Stratford, Canada
  • 1946 Jan Akkerman, Dutch guitarist and composer (Focus-Can't Stand Noise), born in Amsterdam
  • 1949 Ray Colcord III, American film & television composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1950 Libbi Larsen, American composer, born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • 1950 Peter te Bos, Dutch singer (Claw Boys Claw), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1951 Johnny Contardo, American singer (Sha Na Na-Shannon), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1957 Ian Burden, English musician (Human League-Only Human), born in Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
  • 1957 Diane Tell, Quebec singer, born in Québec City, Canada
  • 1958 Munetaka Higuchi, Japanese drummer, born in Nara Prefecture, Japan
  • 1961 Darren Wharton, British musician (Dare, Thin Lizzy), born in Failsworth, United Kingdom
  • 1962 Michael Ray, American jazz trumpeter, born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • 1963 Mary Ramsey, American singer & violinist (10,000 Maniacs), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1965 Millard Powers, American musician and songwriter, born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 1968 Doyle Bramhall II, American guitarist, born in Texas
  • 1969 Kenny "Damn" Kelly, rapper (Riff-Judy had a Boyfriend), born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • 1970 Will Oldham, American singer and songwriter, born in Louisville, Kentucky

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1971 Ricky Martin, Puerto Rican singer (Menudo) and actor (General Hospital), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico

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  • 1971 Giorgos Alkaios, Greek singer, born in Athens, Greece
  • 1980 Tomas Kalnoky, American musician (Streetlight Manifesto), born in Prague, Czech Republic
  • 1981 Dima Bilan, Russian actor & singer-songwriter, born in Ust-Dzheguta, Russia
  • 1982 Aiba Masaki, Japanese singer & actor, born in Chiba, Japan
  • 1982 Robert Schwartzman, American actor & musician, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1986 Edward Southall, British composer, born in Nottingham, United Kingdom
  • 1991 Louis Tomlinson, English pop singer (One Direction), born in Doncaster, England