On This Day

Musicians Born on December 3

  • 1509 Kanaka Dasa, Indian musician and composer of Carnatic music, born in Baada, Vijayanagara Empire (now Karnataka, India) (d. 1609)
  • 1576 Marsilio Casentini, Italian composer, born in Trieste, Italy (d. 1651)
  • 1596 Nicolo Amati, Italian violin maker (Stradivari & Guarneri), born in Cremona, Italy (d. 1684)
  • 1668 Casimir Schweizelsperg, German composer, born in Rosenheim, Upper Bavaria
  • 1729 Antonio Soler, Spanish Catalan composer (Fandango), born in Olot, Catalonia, Spain (d. 1783)
  • 1750 Johann Franz Xaver Sterkel, German composer, born in Würzburg, Germany (d. 1817)
  • 1752 Georg Friederich Fuchs, German composer, born in Mainz, Germany (d. 1821)
  • 1758 Joseph Gelinek, Czech composer, born in Beroun, Czech Republic (d. 1825)
  • 1826 Edmond van der Straeten, Belgian lawyer and musicologist, born in Oudenaarde, Belgium (d. 1895)
  • 1883 Anton (Friedrich Wilhelm) von Webern, Austrian 12-tone composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1945)
  • 1888 Ion Nonna Otescu, Romanian composer, born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 1940)
  • 1896 Bolesław Szabelski, Polish organist and composer, born in Radoryż (d. 1979)
  • 1898 Lev Knipper, Soviet composer, born in Tiflis, Russian Empire [now Tbilisi, Georgia] (d. 1974)
  • 1907 Connee Boswell, American jazz singer (The Boswell Sisters; Pete Kelly's Blues), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1976)
  • 1908 Halsey Stevens, American composer (Triskelion), born in Scott, New York (d. 1989)
  • 1909 Dana Suesse, American musician and songwriter (You Ought To Be In Pictures), born in Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri (d. 1987)

  • 1911 Nino Rota [Giovanni Rota Rinaldi], Italian classical and film score composer (Il cappello di paglia di Firenze; The Godfather (I & II; 16 Fellini films), born in Milan, Italy (d. 1979)
  • 1914 Irving Fine, American composer (Toccata), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1962)
  • 1914 Edward "Corky" Cornelius, American jazz trumpeter (Benny Goodman; Gene Krupa), born in Cicero, Indiana (d. 1943)
  • 1919 Charles Craig, English operatic tenor, born in London (d. 1997)
  • 1921 Phyllis Curtin, American soprano (NYC Opera, 1953-64), born in Clarksburg, West Virginia (d. 2016)
  • 1925 Ferlin Husky, American country singer (Born to Lose; Gone), born in Desloge, Missouri (d. 2011)
  • 1926 Hans Otte, German composer and pianist (The Book of Sounds, Book of Hours), born in Plauen, Germany (d. 2007)
  • 1927 Isabelle Harriet Lucas, Canadian-born British actress and singer (Outland, Comics), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1997)

Person of interestAndy Williams

1927 Andy Williams, American pop singer ("Moon River"; "Days of Wine and Roses"), born in Wall Lake, Iowa (d. 2012)

Singer and TV Host Andy Williams
Singer and TV Host
Andy Williams
  • 1929 Clarence Ford, American jazz and R&B clarinet and saxophone player, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1994)
  • 1929 Paul Harris Turok, American composer, educator and music critic (Ragtime Caprice), born in New York (d. 2012)
  • 1929 Werner Rackwitz, German opera director and musicologist (Handel-Renaissance), born in Breslau, Weimar Republic (d. 2014)
  • 1931 [Mary] Jaye P. Morgan, American pop singer ("All I Want From You"), game show panelist (Gong Show), born in Mancos, Colorado
  • 1932 Corry Brokken, Dutch pop singer (1957 Eurovision), born in Breda, The Netherlands (d. 2016)
  • 1938 José Serebrier, Uruguayan conductor and composer (Star Wagon; Passacaglia and Perpetuum Mobile), born in Montevideo, Uruguay
  • 1944 António Variações [António Joaquim Rodrigues Ribeiro], Portuguese singer-songwriter (Dar & Receber), born in Braga, Portugal (d. 1984)
  • 1945 Laura Dean, American choreographer known for her collaborations with composer Steve Reich (Drumming), born in Staten Island, New York
  • 1947 John Wilson, Irish rock drummer (Them), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland

Person of interestOzzy Osbourne

1948 (John) "Ozzy" Osbourne, English heavy metal vocalist and songwriter (Black Sabbath), born in Birmingham, England

Rock Vocalist Ozzy Osbourne
Rock Vocalist
Ozzy Osbourne
  • 1949 Mickey Thomas, American rock vocalist (Jefferson Starship - "Jane"; Starship -"Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now"), born in Cairo, Georgia

  • 1951 Mike Stock, British songwriter and producer (Stock, Aitken & Waterman; Rick Astley; Bananarama; Kylie Minogue), born in Margate, Kent, England
  • 1951 Nicky Stevens [Helen Maria Thomas], Welsh pop singer (Brotherhood of Man - "Save Your Kisses For Me"), born in Carmarthen, Wales, U.K.
  • 1951 Kimberley Rew, British rock singer-songwriter and guitarist (Katrina and the Waves - "Walking on Sunshine"), born in Bristol, England
  • 1952 Don Barnes, American rock guitarist (38 Special - "Teacher, Teacher"), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1952 Duane Roland, American southern-rock guitarist (Molly Hatchet - Flirtin' With Disaster), born in Jeffersonville, Indiana (d. 2006)
  • 1954 Paul Gregg, American country bassist singer (Restless Heart - Big Dreams In A Small Town), born in Altus, Oklahoma
  • 1963 Joe Lally, American rock bassist (Fugazi), born in Silver Spring, Maryland
  • 1968 Montell Jordan [Barnett], American R&B singer, record producer ("This Is How We Do It"), and pastor, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1969 Bill Steer, Scottish-British heavy metal guitarist (Napalm Death; Carcass; Gentlemans Pistols), born in Stockton-on-Tees, England
  • 1970 Amy Helm, American singer-songwriter (Ollabelle), born in Woodstock, New York
  • 1975 Mickey Avalon [Yeshe Perl], American rapper, born in Hollywood, California
  • 1975 Csaba Czébely, Hungarian drummer (Pokolgép), born in Beregszász, Transcarpathia
  • 1978 Trina [Katrina Laverne Taylor], American rapper (Glamorest Life), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1979 Daniel Bedingfield, English-New Zealand pop singer-songwriter ("Gotta Get Thru This"), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1982 Jaycee Chan, American-born Hong Kong singer and actor, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1983 Sherri DuPree-Bemis, American pop-rock singer-songwriter (Eisley), born in Tyler, Texas
  • 1994 Lil Baby [Dominique Armani Jones] American rapper and singer-songwriter (My Turn), born in Atlanta, Georgia