Musicians Born on December 26

  • 1762 Franz Wilhelm Tausch, German clarinetist, composer, and teacher, born in Hiedelberg, Germany (d. 1817)
  • 1793 Franz Hünten, German pianist and composer, born in Koblenz, Germany (d. 1819)
  • 1797 Hans Skramstad, Norwegian pianist and composer, born in Toten, Norway (d. 1839)
  • 1805 Joseph Léon Gatayes, French harpist and composer, born in Paris (d. 1877)
  • 1808 Albert Grisar, Belgian composer, born in Antwerp (d. 1869)
  • 1812 Wilhelm Volkmar, German composer, born in Bad Hersfeld, Germany (d. 1887)
  • 1826 Franz Coenen, 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 organist, composer, and choir conductor (Minstrels), born in Baexem, Netherlands (d. 1960)
  • 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, American jazz pianist and singer ("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)

Steve AllenSteve Allen (1921-2000)

American comedian, composer, writer and TV host (Tonight Show, Steve Allen Show), born in NYC, New York

  • 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
  • 1930 Jean Ferrat, French singer-songwriter, born in Vaucresson, France (d. 2010)
  • 1931 Thomas Eden Binkley, American lutenist and early music scholar, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1995)
  • 1933 Billy Bean, American jazz guitarist (John Lewis; Herbie Mann; Bud Shank), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • 1935 Abdul "Duke" Fakir, American rock vocalist (Four Tops), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1935 Noel Kelehan, Irish pianist, conductor (RTÉ Concert Orchestra), and arranger (Eurovision; U2), born in Dublin (d. 2012)

Phil SpectorPhil Spector (1939-2021)

American record producer (Wall of Sound), and convicted murderer, born in The Bronx, New York

  • 1942 Earl Cate, American country singer and piano player (Cate Bros - Fire on the Tracks),born in Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • 1942 Ernie Cate, American country singer and guitarist (Cate Bros - Fire on the Tracks), born in Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • 1942 Rob de Nijs, Dutch pop singer (Put A Candle In Your Window), born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 1949 George Winston, American pop-instrumental pianist and composer (Autumn; December; Winter Into Spring), born in Hart, Michigan
  • 1949 Ira Newborn, American orchestra leader (Manhattan Transfer), born in NYC, New York
  • 1950 Michael Jones, American funk and disco musician (B.T. Express - Here Comes the Express)
  • 1952 Andre-Michel Schub, French pianist (Van Cliburn-1981), born in Paris, France
  • 1953 Henning Schmitz, German recording engineer & keyboardist (Kraftwerk, 1991-present), born in Wuppertal, Germany
  • 1954 Palmolive [Paloma Romero McLardy] Spanish-British punk rock drummer and songwriter (The Slits, The Raincoats), born in Melilla, Spain
  • 1954 Peter Woods, American rock guitarist (Romeo Void - '"A Girl in Trouble")
  • 1957 Guy Barker, British jazz trumpeter, composer, and arranger (The Amadeus Project), born in Chiswick, London, England
  • 1962 James Kottak, American rock drummer (Scorpians, 1996-2016), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1963 Lars Ulrich, Danish heavy metal drummer (Metallica - ....And Justice for All), born in Gentoffe, Denmark
  • 1970 James Mercer, American rock singer-songwriter, and guitarist (The Shins - Wincing The Night Away), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1970 Krissada Terrence, Thai-American pop singer & actor, born in Thailand
  • 1979 Chris Daughtry, American rock 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
  • 1987 Adam Walker, British flautist, born in Redingham, Nottinghamshire
  • 1987 Carolina Eyck, German-Sorbian Theremin player and composer (Elegies for Theremin & Voice), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1991 Gabriella Smith, American contemporary classical composer (Forgotten Lullabyes; Bioluminescence Chaconne), born in Berkeley, California