On This Day

Musicians Born on December 28

  • 1651 Johann Krieger, German organist and composer, born in Nuremberg, Electorate of Bavaria (d. 1735)
  • 1694 Ceslav Vanura, Czech composer, born in Miletín (d. 1736)
  • 1731 Christian Cannabich, German composer/royal chaplain master
  • 1738 Thaddaus Ferdinand Lipowsky, composer
  • 1751 Josef Blazej Smrcek, composer
  • 1753 Johan Wikmanson, composer
  • 1783 Robert Gallenberg, composer
  • 1805 Tomas Genoves y Lapetra, composer
  • 1812 Julius Reitz, composer
  • 1837 Benjamin Johnson Lang, American conductor and composer, born in Salem, Massachusetts (d. 1909)
  • 1842 Calixa Lavallee, Canadian composer (O Canada), born in Verchères (d. 1891)
  • 1845 Homer Newton Bartlett, composer
  • 1859 Gerard Brucken Fock, Dutch composer and painter, born in Koudekerke, Netherlands (d. 1935)
  • 1860 Alexander von Fielitz, composer
  • 1888 Gabriel von Wayditch, composer
  • 1896 Roger Huntington Sessions, composer (Black Masks), born in Brooklyn, New York

  • 1903 Earl "Fatha" Hines, American jazz pianist and bandleader (Deep Forest), born in Duquesne, Pennsylvania (d. 1983)
  • 1907 Roman Palester, Polish composer: The Weichsel
  • 1908 Felicja Blumental, Polish-Brazilian concert pianist ( Villa-Lobos' Piano Concerto No. 5; Penderecki's Partita for Harpsichord), born in Warsaw, Poland, Russian Empire (d. 1991)
  • 1909 Billy Williams, singer (Your Show of Shows), born in Waco, Texas
  • 1915 Roebuck "Pops" Staples, American gospel singer (The Staple Singers), born in Winona, Mississippi (d. 2000)
  • 1919 Inocente Carreño, Venezuelan composer, born in Porlamar, Venezuela (d. 2016)
  • 1921 Eddy Doorenbos, Dutch vocalist/pianist/guitarist
  • 1921 Johnny Otis [Ioannis Alexandres Veliotes], US R&B musician, producer, and talent scout ("godfather of rhythm and blues"), born in Vallejo California (d. 2012)
  • 1925 Hildegard Knef, German actress, singer, and writer (Touch of Class, Mozambique), born in Ulm, Germany (d. 2002)
  • 1927 Oleg Karavaichuk, Russian pianist and composer, born in Kiev (d. 2016)
  • 1928 Kamilló Lendvay, Hungarian composer (Pezzo Concertanto), born in Budapest (d. 2016)
  • 1928 Moe Koffman, Canadian musician (d. 2001)
  • 1931 John de Mol, Dutch vocalist/composer/producer
  • 1932 Dorsey Burnette, rockabilly singer (Tall Oak Tree, Hey Little One), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1979)
  • 1932 [Grace] Nichelle Nichols, American actress (Star Trek - "Lt. Uhura") and singer (Down To Earth), born in Robbins, Illinois
  • 1938 Dick Sudhalter, American jazz trumpeter, and writer, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2008)
  • 1939 Charles Neville, American vocalist and saxophonist (Neville Brothers), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2018)
  • 1940 Alvin Singleton, American composer ("After Fallen Crumbs"; "Shadows", born in Brooklyn, New York City
  • 1940 Lonnie Liston Smith, American jazz piano and keyboard player (Cosmic Echoes, Magic Lady), born in Richmond, Virginia,
  • 1940 Neon Park [Martin Muller], American illustrator of album covers (Little Feat; Frank Zappa), born in Berkeley, California (d. 1993)

  • 1943 Charles "Chas" Hodges, English musician (Chas & Dave), born in London, England
  • 1943 Bobby Comstock, rocker
  • 1945 Dwight Bement, rocker (Gary Puckett & Union Gap - Young Girl)
  • 1946 Edgar Winter, American rock musician ("Frankenstein"; "Free Ride"), born in Beaumont, Texas
  • 1947 Dick Diamonde [Van Der Sluys], Hilversum, rock bassist (Easybeats)
  • 1950 Alex Chilton, US rock guitarist and vocalist (Box Tops), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2010)
  • 1953 Richard Clayderman, French pop instrumental pianist (Amour, Romantic America), born in Paris
  • 1953 Roberto Cacciapaglia, Italian pianist and composer of electronic and classical music, born in Milan, Italy
  • 1956 Kenneth Grant, American funk bassist andvocalist (Midnight Star - "No Parking On The Dance Floor"; "Operator")
  • 1956 Nigel Kennedy, British classical, jazz and Klezmer violinist, born in Brighton, England
  • 1958 Joe Diffie, American country singer and guitarist (Home), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 2020)
  • 1958 Mike McGuire, American country music songwriter and drummer (Shenandoah - "If Bubba Can Dance (I Can Too)"), born in Hamilton, Alabama
  • 1959 Ana Torroja, Spanish pop singer (Mecano), born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1960 Marty Roe, American country singer (Diamond Rio - "Meet in the Middle"), born in Lebanon Ohio,
  • 1962 Rachel Z [Nicolazzo], American jazz and rock pianist ("Tokyo Blue"; Ozmosys), born in NYC, New York
  • 1962 Michel Petrucciani, French jazz pianist (100 Hearts), born in Orange, France (d. 1999)
  • 1973 Herborg Kråkevik, Norwegian singer and actress, born in Jondal, Norway

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1978 John Legend [Stephens], American singer-songwriter("All Of Me"), producer and actor (Crow: The Legend: Jesus Christ, Superstar), born in Springfield, Ohio

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  • 1979 Senna Guemmour, German singer-songwriter (Monrose), born in Frankfurt, Germany
  • 1990 David Archuleta, American singer (American Idol runner-up), born in Miami, Florida