Birthdays in Music on December 28

  • 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
  • 1909 Billy Williams, singer (Your Show of Shows), born in Waco, Texas
  • 1915 Roebuck "Pops" Staples, US gospel singer (Staple Singers), born in Winona, Mississippi (d. 2000)
  • 1919 Inocenti Carreno, composer
  • 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)
  • 1928 Kamillo Lendvay, composer
  • 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 Nichelle Nichols, American actress and singer (Uhura in Star Trek), born in Robbins, Illinois
  • 1938 Richard Sudhalter, British(?) writer/jazz musician
  • 1939 Charles Neville, American vocalist and saxophonist (Neville Brothers), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2018)
  • 1940 Alvin Singleton, American composer, born in New York City
  • 1940 Lonnie Liston Smith, US jazz performer (Cosmic Echoes, Magic Lady)
  • 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)
  • 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, pianist (Amour, Romantic America)
  • 1954 Rosie Vela, American model and singer-songwriter (Zazu, Fool's Paradise), born in Galveston, Texas
  • 1956 Kenneth Grant, bass/vocalist (Midnight Star-No Parking, Operator)
  • 1956 Nigel Kennedy, English violinist
  • 1958 Joe Diffie, country singer/guitarist (Home), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1958 Mike McGuire, Haleyville Ala, singer (Shenandoah-Sunday in the South)
  • 1959 Ana Torroja, Spanish singer (Mecano)
  • 1960 Marty Roe, Lebanon Ohio, singer (Diamond Rio-Meet in the Middle)
  • 1962 Rachel Z, American pianist
  • 1963 Mel Stottlemyre Jr, pitcher (Toronto Blues Jays)
  • 1973 Herborg Kråkevik, Norwegian singer and actress
  • 1978 John Legend [John Stephens], American musician, producer, songwriter and actor (La La Land, Django Unchained), born in Springfield, Ohio
  • 1979 Senna Guemmour, German Singer (Monrose)
  • 1990 David Archuleta, American Idol runner-up, American Singer