On This Day

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 (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, US 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)

Person of interestSteve Allen

1921 Steve Allen, American comedian, composer, writer 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
  • 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)
  • 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)

Person of interestPhil Spector

1939 (Harvey) Phil Spector, American record producer (Wall of Sound), and convicted murderer, born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2021)

Music Producer Phil Spector
Music Producer
Phil Spector
  • 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 Ira Newborn, American orchestra leader (Manhattan Transfer), born in NYC, New York
  • 1949 George Winston, American pop-instrumental pianist and composer (Autumn; December; Winter Into Spring), born in Hart, Michigan
  • 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 recording engineer & keyboardist (Kraftwerk, 1991-present), born in Wuppertal, Germany
  • 1954 Peter Woods, American rock guitarist (Romeo Void - '"A Girl in Trouble")
  • 1954 Palmolive [Paloma Romero McLardy] Spanish-British punk rock drummer and songwriter (The Slits, The Raincoats), born in Melilla, Spain
  • 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