Musicians Born on December 25

  • 1583 Orlando Gibbons, English composer (O Clap Your Hands), baptized
  • 1601 Jose Ximenez, Spanish composer, born in Zaragoza (d. 1672)
  • 1646 Harald Vallerius, composer
  • 1665 Lady Grizel Baillie, Scottish songwriter (d. 1746)
  • 1686 Giovanni Battista Somis, composer
  • 1711 Jean-Joseph Cassenea de Mondonville, composer
  • 1725 Esteban Salas y Castro, Cuban composer, born in Havana, Cuba (d. 1803)
  • 1728 Johann Adam Hiller, German composer, born in Wendisch-Ossig, Saxony (d. 1804)
  • 1750 John Christmas Beckwith, British organist and composer (The First Verse of Every Psalm of David with an Ancient or Modern Chant), born in Norwich, England (d. 1809)
  • 1765 Joseph Mazzinghi, composer
  • 1775 Antun Sorkocevic, Ragusan composer and diplomat, born in Dubrovnik, Republic of Ragusa (d. 1841)
  • 1815 Temistocle Solera, composer
  • 1829 Patrick Gilmore, Irish-born American bandmaster and composer (When Johnny Comes Marching Home), born in Ballygar, Ireland (d. 1892)
  • 1831 Johann Herbeck, composer
  • 1837 Cosima Liszt, wife of Austrian composer Richard Wagner
  • 1845 Salvatore Auteri-Manzocchi, Italian opera composer (Graziella), born in Palermo, Italy (d. 1924)
  • 1859 Raoul Gunsbourg, French composer, impresario and opera director (Opéra de Monte-Carlo, 1892-1951), born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 1955)
  • 1874 Lina Cavalieri, Italian soprano (d. 1944)
  • 1883 Fran Lhotka, Czech composer, born in Mladá Vožice (d. 1962)
  • 1886 Kid Ory, American musician (d. 1973)
  • 1900 Gladys Swarthout, American mezzo-soprano (La Gioconda), born in Deepwater, Missouri (d. 1969)
  • 1903 Antiochos Evanghelatos, composer

Cab CallowayCab Calloway (1907-1994)

American singer, bandleader ("Minnie the Moocher"; "The Jumpin' Jive"), writer, radio host, and actor (The Blues Brothers), born in Rochester, New York

  • 1908 Jan Seidel, Czech composer, born in Nymburk, Bohemia (d. 1998)
  • 1910 David Lichine [Lichtenstein], Russian-American dancer (Make Mine Music)
  • 1912 Leighton Noble [Faye Leighton Jepson], American big band singer, bandleader, and TV host (d. 1994)
  • 1912 Werner Fussan, German composer (Heiteres Aquarium) and educator, born Plauen, Germany (d. 1986)
  • 1913 Tony Martin [Alvin Morris], American singer ("It's a Blue World; "To Each His Own"), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2012)
  • 1915 Noelle de Mosa, Neth/British dancer/teacher (Brigadoon)
  • 1915 Pete Rugolo, bandleader/arranger (Fugitive)
  • 1916 Daniel Devoto, Argentine folklorist, musicologist, and poet, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 2001)
  • 1918 Eddie Safranski, American jazz double bassist and orchestra leader (Jonathan Winters Show), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1974)
  • 1919 Naushad Ali, Indian music director (d. 2006)
  • 1920 Jerome Richardson, American jazz musician, born in Oakland, California (d. 2000)
  • 1923 Louis Lane, American conductor (Akron, 1959-83; Lake Erie Opera, 1964-72), and educator (Cleveland Institute, 1982-2004), born in Eagle Pass, Texas (d. 2016)
  • 1926 Enrique Jorrín, Cuban composer and musician (d. 1987)
  • 1928 Harry Klein, English jazz saxophonist, born in London, United Kingdom (d. 2010)
  • 1929 Bill Horton, American doo-wop singer (The Silhouettes - "Get A Job"), born in Hickory, North Carolina (d. 1995)
  • 1929 Chris Kenner, R&B singer (I Like it Like That), born in Kenner, Louisiana (d. 1976)
  • 1934 McKinley Mitchell, American gospel, blues, and R&B singer ("The Town I Live In"), born in Jackson, Mississippi (d. 1986)
  • 1937 O'Kelly Isley, singer (Isley Brothers - "Twist and Shout"), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1938 David Borden, composer
  • 1939 Bob James, American smooth jazz keyboardist and composer ("Angela"; "Tappen Zee"), born in Marshall, Missouri
  • 1940 Pete Brown, English musician and songwriter (Cream), born in Ashtead, Surrey
  • 1940 Peter Brown, rocker, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1941 Don Pullen, pianist/composer
  • 1941 Ronald Perera, composer
  • 1941 Ronnie Cuber, American jazz saxophonist, born in NYC, New York
  • 1942 Barry Goldberg, American blues musician (The Rides), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1943 Trevor Lucas, Australian folk singer-songwriter, and guitarist (Fairport Convention), born in Bungaree, Victoria (d. 1989)
  • 1944 Emory Gordy Jr., American musician & music producer, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1944 Henry Vestine, American guitarist (Canned Heat), born in Takoma Park, Maryland (d. 1997)
  • 1945 (David) Noel Redding, British rock bassist (The Jimi Hendrix Experience - "Purple Haze"), born in Folkstone, England (d. 2003)
  • 1945 Steve Mancha [Clyde Wilson], American soul singer (100 Proof - "Too Many Cooks (Spoil The Soup)"), born in Walhall, South Carolina
  • 1946 Jimmy Buffet, American yacht rock singer-songwriter ("Margaritaville"), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • 1946 L V Johnson, American session soul and R&B guitarist and Chicago blues singer-songwriter ("Don't Cha Mess with My Money, My Honey or My Woman"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1994)

Barbara MandrellBarbara Mandrell (73 years old)

1948 American country singer and TV host (Mandrell Sisters), born in Houston, Texas

  • 1948 Merry Clayton, American soul, gospel, and session singer (Ray Charles; Rolling Stones - "Gimme Shelter"; Ringo Starr - "Oh My My") and actress (20 Feet From Stardom), born in Gert Town, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1949 Joe Louis Walker, American electric blues guitarist, singer, songwriter, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1949 Simone [Bittencourt de Oliveira], Brazilian pop-samba singer born in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
  • 1952 Desireless [Claudie Fritsch-Mentrop], French singer (Voyage, Voyage), born in Paris, France
  • 1954 Robin Campbell, British reggae vocalist andguitarist (UB40 - "Red Red Wine"),born in Birmingham, England
  • 1954 Steve Wariner, American country singer (Small Town Girl), born in Noblesville, Indiana
  • 1957 Jan Rot, Dutch composer (Wrong Nights; St. Matthew's Passion),born in Makassar, Indonesia
  • 1957 Shane MacGowan, punk rock musician (Pogues - "Red Roses For Me"), born in Pembury, Kent
  • 1958 Alannah Myles, Canadian singer-songwriter and actress (Rockinghorse, Black Velvet), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1964 Tim Royes, English-American music video director, born in London (d. 2007)
  • 1967 Jason Thirsk, American punk rock bassist (Pennywise), born in Hermosa, California (d. 1996)

DidoDido (50 years old)

1971 English pop singer (No Angel; Eminem's "Stan"), born in London, England

  • 1971 Noel Hogan, Irish musician (Cranberries), born in Moyross, Ireland
  • 1972 Josh Freese, American session and touring rock drummer(Devo; Sting; Nine Inch Nails; Kelly Clarkson), born in Orlando, Florida
  • 1976 Tuomas Holopainen, Finnish rock keyboardist and songwriter (Nightwish), born in Kitee, Finland
  • 1982 Shystie [Chanel Cali], British rapper-songwriter, born in London Borough of Hackney, United Kingdom
  • 1984 Jessica Origliasso, Australian singer-songwriter and actress (The Veronicas), born in Albany Creek, Queensland, Australia
  • 1984 Lisa Origliasso, Australian singer-songwriter and actress (The Veronicas), born in Albany Creek, Queensland, Australia