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 Sessions, American Pulitzer Prize winning composer (Concerto for Orchestra; The Black Maskers), musicologist, and educator (Princeton, 1936-45, 53-65; Berkeley, 1945-53), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1985)
  • 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, American singer (Your Show of Shows), born in Waco, Texas (d. 1984)
  • 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 Veliotes], American R&B musician, songwriter, producer and talent scout ("Willie and the Hand Jive"; "Cupid's Boogie"), known as "the 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), conductor, and educator, born in Budapest (d. 2016)
  • 1928 Moe Koffman, Canadian jazz saxophonist and flautist (Cool and Hot Sax), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2001)
  • 1931 John de Mol, Dutch vocalist, composer, and 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; "Fly Me To The Moon"), born in Robbins, Illinois (d. 2022)
  • 1938 Bruce Yarnell, American actor (Outlaws) and singer, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1973)
  • 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)
  • 1941 Bob Seidemann, American photographer and album cover artist (Blind Faith; Jerry Garcia), born in New York City (d. 2017)
  • 1942 Allan Schwartzberg, American pop, jazz, rock, and funk session and touring drummer (Mountain, James Browwn, Gloria Gaynor, Peter Gabriel, Yoko Ono, Brecker Brothers), and bandleader (Geraldo Rivera's Goodnight America), born in New York City
  • 1943 Bobby Comstock, rocker
  • 1943 Charles "Chas" Hodges, English musician (Chas & Dave), born in London, England
  • 1945 Dwight Bement, American rock saxophonist (Gary Puckett & Union Gap - "Lady Willpower"; Flash Cadillac), born in San Diego, California
  • 1946 Edgar Winter, American rock musician ("Frankenstein"; "Free Ride"), born in Beaumont, Texas
  • 1947 Dick Diamonde [Van Der Sluys], Hilversum, rock bassist (Easybeats)
  • 1948 Mary Weiss, American pop singer (The Shangri-Las - "Leader of the Pack"), born in Jamaica, Queens, NYC
  • 1950 Alex Chilton, American rock guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, and producer (Box Tops - "The Letter"; Big Star - "Thirteen"), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2010)
  • 1953 Martha Wash, American disco singer-songwriter (Two Tons O' Fun; The Weather Girls - "It's Raining Men"), born in San Francisco, California
  • 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 Michel Petrucciani, French jazz pianist (100 Hearts), born in Orange, France (d. 1999)
  • 1962 Rachel Z [Nicolazzo], American jazz and rock pianist ("Tokyo Blue"; Ozmosys), born in NYC, New York
  • 1973 Herborg Kråkevik, Norwegian singer and actress, born in Jondal, Norway

John LegendJohn Legend (43 years old)

1978 American EGOT (Emmy; Grammy; Oscar; and Tony Awards winner), piano player; singer-songwriter ("All Of Me"; "Glory"), producer, actor (Jesus Christ, Superstar), and television personality (The Voice), born in Springfield, Ohio

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