On This Day

Musicians Born 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)
  • 1714 Rainieri de' Calzabigi, Italian poet & librettist, born in Livorno, Italy (d. 1795)
  • 1719 Johann Christoph Altnikol, German organist, bass singer, composer, and J.S. Bach's son-in-law and copyist, born in Berna bei Seidenberg, Oberlausitz (now Sulików, Poland) (d. 1759)
  • 1726 Johann Ernst Hartmann, Danish organist & composer, born in Glogów, Poland (d. 1793)
  • 1773 Joseph Wölfl, Austrian pianist and composer, born in Salzburg, Austria (d. 1812)
  • 1812 Henry Russell, English pianist and 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 and teacher (The Barber of Baghdad), 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 Warren "Baby" Dodds, American jazz drummer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1959)
  • 1904 Daniel Womack, American Piedmont blues guitarist, singer and harmonica player, born in Danville, Virginia (d. 1996)
  • 1906 Franz Waxman [Wachsmann], German-American film score composer (Rebecca; Sunset Boulevard; A Place In The Sun), born in Königshütte, Silesia, German Empire (now Chorzów, Poland) (d. 1967)
  • 1908 Cladys "Jabbo" Smith, American jazz trumpet pioneer, born in Pembroke, Georgia (d. 1991)
  • 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 and music publicist, born in Aš, Czech Republic
  • 1914 Ralph Marterie, Italian-American trumpeter and big band leader ("Skokiaan"; "Shish-Kebab"; "Dry Marterie"), born in Acerra, Italy (d. 1978)
  • 1916 (Eduardo) "Lalo" Guerrero, American guitarist, Chicano singer-songwriter (Los Carlistas), and women's rights activist, born in Tucson, Arizona (d. 2005)
  • 1918 Dave Bartholomew, American R&B, rock, and jazz musician, composer,producer, and songwriter ("I Hear You Knocking"; "Ain't That A Shame"; "Walkin' To New Orleans"), born in Edgard, Louisiana (d. 2019)
  • 1918 Carolyn DeZurik, American country and polka singer and yodeler (The Cackle Sisters; Prairie Ramblers; The Polka Chips), born in Royalton, Minnesota (d. 2009)
  • 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)
  • 1925 Claude Frank, German-American concert pianist and pedagogue, born in Nuremberg, Germany (d. 2014)
  • 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)
  • 1931 (Erapheael) “Ray” Bryant, American jazz pianist, composer and arranger ("Madison Time"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2011)
  • 1944 Mike Curb, American pop singer, chorale master, and producer (Mike Curb Congregation - "Sweet Gingerbread Man"), 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 (Elizabeth) "Libby" Larsen, American classical composer, and co-founder of the American Composers Forum, born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • 1950 Peter te Bos, Dutch singer (Claw Boys Claw), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1951 Tom "T-Bone" Wolk, American rock bassist (Hall & Oates), born in Yonkers, New York (d. 2010)
  • 1952 (Jesús) "Chucho" Merchán, Colombian session and touring jazz and rock double bassist, and charity organizer (FONEVA), born in Bogotá, Colombia
  • 1957 Ian Burden, English rock keyboard player and bassist (Human League - "Don't You Want Me"), born in Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
  • 1957 Diane Tell, Canadian pop-jazz singer-songwriter, born in Québec City, Quebec
  • 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 and 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
  • 1968 Tariq Hussain, Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist (Splat; Brasstronaut), born in Cowansville, Quebec
  • 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

Ricky Martin

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

  • 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
  • 1984 Jehnny Beth [Camille Berthomier], French musician, singer-songwriter (John & Jehn; Savages; To Love Is to Live), born in Poitiers, France
  • 1986 Edward Southall, British composer, born in Nottingham, United Kingdom
  • 1991 Louis Tomlinson, English pop singer (One Direction), born in Doncaster, England