On This Day

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, Deepwater Missouri, mezzo-soprano (La Gioconda)
  • 1903 Antiochos Evanghelatos, composer
  • 1907 Cab[ell] Calloway, American bandleader (Minnie the Moocha, Jazzball), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1908 Jan Seidel, Czech composer, born in Nymburk, Bohemia (d. 1998)
  • 1910 David Lichine [Lichtenstein], Russian/US dancer (Make Mine Music)
  • 1912 Leighton Noble, singer/bandleader
  • 1912 Werner Fussan, composer
  • 1913 Tony Martin [Alvin Morris], American singer (It's a Blue World, To Each), born in San Francisco, California
  • 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, orchestra leader (Jonathan Winters Show), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 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 & Shout), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1938 David Borden, composer
  • 1939 Bob James, American smooth jazz musician, born in Marshall, Missouri
  • 1940 Peter Brown, rocker, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1940 Pete Brown, English musician and songwriter (Cream), born in Ashtead, Surrey
  • 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 Henry Vestine, American guitarist (Canned Heat), born in Takoma Park, Maryland (d. 1997)
  • 1944 Emory Gordy Jr., American musician & music producer, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 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 singer/songwriter (Too Many Cooks)
  • 1946 Jimmy Buffet, American yacht rock singer-songwriter ("Margaritaville"), born in Mobile, Alabama

Person of interestBarbara Mandrell

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

Country Singer and TV Host Barbara Mandrell
Country Singer and TV Host
Barbara Mandrell

  • 1948 Merry Clayton, American soul and gospel singer (Ray Charles; Rolling Stones - "Gimme Shelter") and actress, born in Gert Town, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1949 Simone [Bittencourt de Oliveira], Brazilian pop-samba singer born in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
  • 1949 Joe Louis Walker, American as an electric blues guitarist, singer, songwriter, born in San Francisco, California
  • 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)
  • 1971 Noel Hogan, Irish musician (Cranberries), born in Moyross, Ireland

Person of interestDido

1971 Dido [Florian O'Malley Armstrong], English pop singer (No Angel; Eminem's "Stan"), born in London, England

Singer Dido
  • 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