Musicians Born on December 27

  • 1572 Jan Campanus, Czech composer and humanist, born in Vodňany (d. 1622)
  • 1748 William Marshall, Scottish fiddle composer (The Marchioness of Huntly; The Nameless Lassie), music publisher (A Collection of Strathspey Reels), and clockmaker, born in Fochabers, Scotland (d. 1833)
  • 1752 Johann Mederitsch, Austrian composer, baptized in Vienna, Austrian Empire (d. 1835)
  • 1800 John Goss, British organist and composer (Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven), born in Fareham, Hampshire, England (d. 1880)
  • 1822 John Roberts, Welsh composer, minister and poet, born in Aber­ystwyth, Wales (d. 1877)
  • 1825 Reinhold Finsterbusch, German singer, organist, composer, and choral director (Jesu Tod und Begräbnis), born in Mittweida, Saxony, Germany (d. 1902)
  • 1845 Augusto (de Oliveira) Machado, Portuguese composer (Lauriane; Camões es os Luziadas), born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. 1924)
  • 1856 André Gedalge, French composer (le Petit Savoyard, Phoebé) and Mayor of Chessy, Seine-et-Marne, born in Paris, France (d. 1926)
  • 1859 William Henry Hadow, British educational reformer and musicologist (Oxford History of Music, Studies in Modern Music), born in Ebrington, Gloucestshire (d. 1937)
  • 1864 Joseph Lauber, Swiss concert pianist and composer, born in Ruswil, Switzerland (d. 1952)
  • 1874 Max Ettinger, Jewish-German composer (Jiddische Requiem), born in Lwow, Poland (d. 1951)
  • 1884 Bernard van Dieren, Dutch composer (Diaphony; Chinese Symphony), critic, and music writer, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1936)
  • 1888 (Raffaele Attilio) "Tito" Schipa, Italian tenor and composer (La Rondine), born in Lecce, Italy (d. 1965)
  • 1890 Maurice Schoemaker, Belgian progressive classical composer (Feu d’Artifice - Fireworks), born in Anderlecht, Belgium (d. 1964)
  • 1892 Feliks Roderyk Labunski, Polish pianist, composer and educator (Triptych Champétre), born in Ksawerynow (d. 1979)

Marlene DietrichMarlene Dietrich (1901-1992)

German American actress (The Blue Angel, Shanghai Express), and singer ("Falling in Love Again"), born in Berlin, Germany

  • 1902 Ferenc Szabó, Hungarian composer (Lúdas Matyi, Légy jó mindhalálig), born in Budapest (d. 1969)
  • 1906 Ivan Brkanović, Croatian composer (Triptych - Funeral Folk Rite), born in Škaljari, Montenegro (d. 1987)
  • 1906 Oscar Levant, American pianist, composer and actor (An American in Paris; Dance of Life), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1972)
  • 1907 Nils-Eric Ringbom, Finnish composer, born in Turku (d. 1978)
  • 1907 Willem Van Otterloo, Dutch cellist, composer, and conductor (Residentie Orkest, 1949-73; Melbourne Symphony, 1967-70; Sydney Symphony, 1971-77), born in Winterswijk, Netherlands (d. 1978)
  • 1911 Anna Russell, English music satirist and composer, born in London (d. 2006)
  • 1911 Endre Szervánszky, Hungarian composer (Dark Heaven Requiem), born in Budatétény, Budapest, Hungary (d. 1977)
  • 1914 Ivan Sutton, British concert promoter (City Music Society), born in Purley, London (d. 1996)
  • 1925 Allan Blank, American composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1930 Jacqueline Fontyn, Belgian pianist, contemporary classical composer (Vent d'Est for Accordion and Strings; Halo for Harp), and music educator (1963-90), born in Antwerp, Belgium
  • 1931 (Winfield) Scotty Moore, American guitarist (Elvis Presley; Roy Orbison), born in Gadsden, Tennessee (d. 2016)
  • 1941 Leslie Maguire, British rock pianist (Gerry & the Pacemakers - "Ferry Cross the Mersey"), born in Wallasey, United Kingdom
  • 1941 Mike Pinder, British keyboard player and Mellotron pioneer (Moody Blues - "Nights in White Satin"), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1942 Mike Heron, Scottish folk-rock singer-songwriter (Incredible String Band, 1965-74, 1999-2006), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1943 Joan Manuel Serrat, Spanish pop, rock and nueva canción singer-songwriter, born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1943 Peter Sinfield, British lyricist (King Crimson; Emerson, Lake, & Palmer; Celine Dion), and haiku poet, born in Fulham, London, England
  • 1944 Mick Jones, English rock guitarist (Foreigner - "I Want to Know What Love Is"), born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
  • 1944 Tracy Nelson, American blues rock singer (Mother Earth), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1947 (Alan) "Albhy" Galuten, American Grammy Award-winning record producer, composer, and arranger (Bee Gees), born in Hartsdale, New York
  • 1947 Janet Perry, American operatic soprano, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1948 Larry Byrom, American rock guitarist (Steppenwolf, 1969-71), born in Huntsville, Alabama
  • 1948 Martin Birch, British sound engineer and record producer (Whitesnake; Fleetwood Mac; Iron Maiden), born in Woking, Surrey, England (d. 2020)
  • 1950 Terry Bozzio, American drummer (Missing Persons; Frank Zappa), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1952 David Knopfler, British singer-songwriter (Dire Straits - 1977-80 - "Sultans of Swing", born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1952 Karla Bonoff, American rock singer (New World, Restless Nights), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1956 Karl Denson, American funk and jazz saxophonist, flutist and vocalist (Lenny Kravitz; Tiny Universe), born in Santa Ana, California
  • 1957 Daniel Levitin, American-Canadian cognitive psychologist, writer (This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession), record producer, and nusician, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1960 Donald Nally, American choral conductor (The Crossing), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1960 Youth [Martin Glover], British bassist (Killing Joke), and record producer (The Fireman), born in Slough, Buckinghanshire, England
  • 1967 Niels Meijer, Dutch rock keyboardist (Bob Color)
  • 1972 Matt Slocum, American rock guitarist, cello player, and songwriter (Sixpence None the Richer - "Kiss Me"), born in Bristol, Rhode Island
  • 1973 Kristoffer Zegers, Dutch composer
  • 1980 Cas Haley, American singer and guitarist
  • 1981 Javine [Dionne Hylton], British singer (Surrender, Touch My Fire), born in London, England
  • 1982 James Mead, American guitarist (Kutless)
  • 1982 Terji Skibenæs, Faroese guitarist, (Týr), born in Skipanes, Faroe Islands
  • 1984 Pleasure P. [Marcus Cooper], American R&B singer (Pretty Ricky), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1985 Bjarke Mogensen, Danish classical accordionist (Martin Lohse - In Liquid), and educator (Royal Danish Academy, 2011-present), born in Rønne, Bornholm, Denmark
  • 1985 Tivon Pennicott, Jamaican-American jazz saxophonist (Celery Juice), born in Marietta, Georgia
  • 1986 Metrik [Tom Mundell], British electronic dance music producer and re-mixer ("Freefall"; "Gravity"; “Chasing Sunrise”), born in London, England
  • 1988 Hayley Williams, American power pop-rock singer-songwriter (Paramore - "Still Into You"; solo - "Simmer"), born in Meridian, Mississippi,
  • 1998 Briar Nolet, Canadian actress and dancer (The Next Step, Blood Hunters), born in Toronto, Ontario