On This Day

Birthdays in Music on December 3

  • 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
  • 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, Italian composer (Torquemada, the Godfather films), born in Milan, Italy (d. 1979)

  • 1914 Irving Fine, American composer (Toccata), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1962)
  • 1919 Charles Craig, English opera singer, born in London (d. 1997)
  • 1921 Phyllis Curtin, American soprano (NYC Opera), 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)
  • 1927 Andy Williams, American singer (Moon River, Andy Williams Show), born in Wall Lake, Iowa (d. 2012)
  • 1929 Clarence Ford, American sax player, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1994)
  • 1929 Paul Harris Turok, American composer, born in New York (d. 2012)
  • 1929 Werner Rackwitz, German musicologist (Handel-Renaissance), born in Breslau, Weimar Republic (d. 2014)
  • 1931 Jaye P. Morgan, American pop singer, actress and game show panelist (Gong Show, Night Patrol), born in Mancos, Colorado
  • 1932 Corry Brokken, Dutch singer (1957 Eurovision)
  • 1938 Jose Serebrier, Uruguayan conductor and composer (Star Wagon), 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, Staten Island composer/choreographer (Drumming), born in NYC, New York
  • 1947 John Wilson, Irish rock drummer (Them), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1948 Diane Kurys, [Emir Kusturica], Sarajevo, bass guitarist

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

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  • 1949 Mickey Thomas, rock vocalist (Jefferson Airplane, Starship)
  • 1951 Mike Stock, rocker (Stock, Aitken & Waterman-Road Block)
  • 1951 Nicky Stevens, British singer (Brotherhood of Man)
  • 1952 Don Barnes, rock guitarist (38 Special)
  • 1952 Duane Roland, rock guitarist (Molly Hatchet)
  • 1954 Paul Gregg, country singer (Restless Heart-Wheels)
  • 1963 Joe Lally, American musician (Fugazi)
  • 1968 Montell Jordan, American singer and record producer
  • 1969 Bill Steer, British guitarist
  • 1975 Mickey Avalon, American rapper
  • 1975 Csaba Czébely, Hungarian drummer (Pokolgép)
  • 1978 Trina, American rapper
  • 1979 Daniel Bedingfield, English New Zealand singer, born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1982 Jaycee Chan, American-born Hong Kong singer and actor, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1983 Sherri DuPree, American vocalist