On This Day

Musicians Born on December 27

  • 1572 Jan Campanus, Czech composer and humanist, born in Vodňany (d. 1622)
  • 1748 William Marshall, Scottish fiddle composer (strathspeys The Marchioness of Huntly), born in Fochabers, Scotland (d. 1833)
  • 1752 Johann Georg Anton Mederitsch-Gallus, composer
  • 1800 John Goss, English organist and composer (Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven), (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, composer
  • 1888 (Raffaele Attilio) "Tito" Schipa, Italian tenor and composer (La Rondine), born in Lecce, Italy (d. 1965)
  • 1890 Maurice Schoemaker, composer
  • 1892 Feliks Roderyk Labunski, Polish pianist, composer and educator (Triptych Champétre), born in Ksawerynow (d. 1979)

Person of interestMarlene Dietrich

1901 Marlene Dietrich, German American actress and singer (The Blue Angel, Shanghai Express), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1992)

Actress and Singer Marlene Dietrich
Actress and Singer
Marlene Dietrich

  • 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 conductor, cellist and composer (Melbourne 1967-71), born in Winterswijk, Netherlands (d. 1978)
  • 1911 Anna Russell, English music satirist and composer, born in London (d. 2006)
  • 1911 Endre Szervanszky, composer [or Jan 1]
  • 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 Fontijn, Flemish composer
  • 1931 Scotty Moore, guitarist (for Elvis), born in Gadsden, Tennessee (d. 2016)
  • 1941 Leslie Maguire, English pianist (Gerry & the Pacemakers - "Ferry Cross the Mersey"), born in Wallasey, United Kingdom
  • 1941 Michael Thomas "Mike" Pinder, English keyboard player and Mellotron pioneer (Moody Blues-Nights in White Satin), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1942 Mike Heron, rock musician, born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1943 Joan Manuel Serrat, Spanish musician
  • 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 Janet Perry, American operatic soprano, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1947 Alan Bruce "Albhy" Galuten, American Grammy Award-winning record producer, composer, and arranger (Bee Gees), born in Hartsdale, New York

  • 1948 Larry Byrom, American rock guitarist (Steppenwolf, 1969-71), born in Huntsville, Alabama
  • 1948 Martin Birch, British sound engineer and record producer (Whitesnake; Iron Maiden), born in Woking, Surrey, England (d. 2020)
  • 1950 Terry Bozzio, American drummer (Missing Persons; Frank Zappa), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1952 Karla Bonoff, American rock singer (New World, Restless Nights), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1952 David Knopfler, British singer-songwriter (Dire Straits), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1956 Karl Denson, American funk and jazz saxophonist, flutist and vocalist (Lenny Kravitz; Tiny Universe), born in Santa Ana, California
  • 1960 Donald Nally, American choral conductor (The Crossing), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1967 Niels Meijer, Dutch rock keyboardist (Bob Color)
  • 1972 Matt Slocum, American musician (Sixpence None the Richer)
  • 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)
  • 1984 Pleasure P. [Marcus Cooper], American R&B singer (Pretty Ricky), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1985 Tivon Pennicott, Jamaican-American jazz saxophonist (Celery Juice), born in Marietta, Georgia
  • 1985 Bjarke Mogensen, Danish classical accordionist (Martin Lohse - In Liquid), and educator (Royal Danish Academy, 2011-present), born in Rønne, Bornholm, Denmark
  • 1988 Hayley Williams, American singer-songwriter (Paramore; Petals for Armor), born in Meridian, Mississippi,
  • 1998 Briar Nolet, Canadian actress and dancer (The Next Step, Blood Hunters), born in Toronto, Ontario