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Birthdays in Music on December 26

  • 1687 Johann Georg Pisendel, German violinist/composer
  • 1762 Franz Wilhelm Tausch, composer
  • 1793 Franz Hunten, composer
  • 1797 Hans Skramstad, Norwegian pianist and composer, born in Toten (d. 1839)
  • 1805 Joseph-Leon Gatayes, composer
  • 1808 Albert Grisar, composer
  • 1812 Wilhelm Volkmar, composer
  • 1826 Franz Coenen, composer
  • 1845 Salvatore Auteri Manzocchi, composer
  • 1855 Arnold Mendelssohn, German composer, born in Ratibor, Province of Silesia (d. 1933)
  • 1869 Harry Redman, American composer, writer, and artist, born in Illinois (d. 1958)
  • 1873 Hubert Cuypers, Dutch composer/choir conductor (Minstrels)
  • 1873 Karel Moor, Czech composer and conductor, born in Belgrade (d. 1945)
  • 1879 Armen Tigran Tigranyan, Armenian music composer and conductor, born in Alexandropol, Armenia (d. 1950)
  • 1879 Julius Weismann, German pianist, conductor, and composer (Schwanenweiß), born in Freiburg im Breisgau (d. 1950)
  • 1893 Evgeny Karlovich Tikotsky, Polish/Belorussian composer, born in St. Petersburg (d. 1970)

  • 1893 Yury Nikolayevich Tyulin, Russian composer and music theorist, born in Reval, Russian Empire (d. 1976)
  • 1894 Antonio Molina, Filipino composer, conductor and music administrator (Ana Maria, Hatinggabi), born in Quiapo, Manila, Captaincy General of the Philippines (d. 1980)
  • 1901 Victor Hely-Hutchinson, British composer (Carol Symphony), born in Cape Town, Cape Colony (d. 1947)
  • 1910 Imperio Argentina, Argentine actress and singer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 2003)
  • 1915 Una Mae Carlisle, US jazz pianist/vocalist (Walkin' By The River), born in Xenia, Ohio; (d. 1956)
  • 1916 Helmut Eder, Austrian composer, born in Linz (d. 2005)
  • 1920 Gote Carlid, Swedish composer, born in Hogbo near Sandviken (d. 1953)

Person of interestSteve Allen

1921 Steve Allen, American comedian, composer, actor and TV host (Tonight Show, Steve Allen Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 2000)

TV Personality, Comedian and Composer Steve Allen
TV Personality, Comedian and Composer
Steve Allen
  • 1926 Earle Brown, American composer (open form), born in Lunenburg, Massachusetts (d. 2002)
  • 1926 Zlatko Pibernik, Croatian composer and music teacher, born in Zagreb, Croatia (d. 2010)
  • 1929 Régine, French singer and nightclub owner
  • 1931 Thomas Eden Binkley, musician
  • 1935 Abdul "Duke" Fakir, American rock vocalist (Four Tops), born in Detroit, Michigan

Person of interestPhil Spector

1939 [Harvey] Phil Spector, American record producer (Wall of Sound), born in The Bronx, New York

Music Producer Phil Spector
Music Producer
Phil Spector
  • 1942 Earl Cate, Ark, American country singer and twin (Cate Bros - Fire on the Tracks)
  • 1942 Ernie Cate, Ark, American country singer and twin (Cate Bros - Fire on the Tracks)
  • 1942 Rob de Nijs, Dutch singer (Put a candle in your window)
  • 1949 Ira Newborn, American orchestra leader (Manhattan Transfer), born in NYC, New York
  • 1950 Michael Jones, rocker (BT Express-Here Comes the Express)
  • 1952 Andre-Michel Schub, French pianist (Van Cliburn-1981), born in Paris, France
  • 1953 Henning Schmitz, German musician (Kraftwerk)
  • 1954 Peter Woods, rocker (Romeo Void-Girl in Trouble)
  • 1963 Lars Ulrich, Danish heavy metal drummer (Metallica-Kill 'em All), born in Gentoffe Municipality, Denmark
  • 1970 James Mercer, American musician (The Shins), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1970 Krissada Terrence, Thai-American pop singer & actor, born in Thailand
  • 1979 Chris Daughtry, American singer, born in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina
  • 1979 Mzbel [Nana Akua Amoah], Ghanaian singer (16 Years, Saucy Girl), born in Accra, Ghana
  • 1985 Yuu Shirota, Japanese-Spanish actor & singer, born in Tokyo, Japan