Musicians Born on December 30

  • 1566 Alessandro Piccinini, Italian lutenist and composer, born in Bologna, The Papal States (d. 1638)
  • 1569 Georg Quitschreiber, German composer, born in Kranichfeld, Electorate of Saxony (d. 1638)
  • 1678 William Croft, English composer and organist, born in Nether Ettington (d. 1727)
  • 1741 Bartolomeo Giacometti, Italian composer, born in Verona, Republic of Venice (d. 1809)
  • 1756 Paul Wranitzky [Pavel Vranicky], Moravian-Austrian composer, born in Neureisch (Nová Říše) in Habsburg Moravia (now Czechia) (d. 1808)
  • 1775 Heinrich Carl Ebell, German composer, born in Neu-Rippon, Germany (d. 1824)
  • 1848 Mary Frances Allitsen, British composer, born in London, England (d. 1912)
  • 1853 André Charles Prosper Messager, French organist, composer and conductor (Les Deux Pigeons, Véronique), born in Montluçon, France (d. 1929)
  • 1859 Josef Bohuslav Foerster, Czech composer, born in Prague, Bohemia, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1951)
  • 1864 Alessandro Longo, Italian composer and musicologist, born in Amantea, Italy (d. 1945)
  • 1880 Alfred Einstein, German-American musicologist and nephew of Albert Einstein, born in Munich, Germany (d. 1952)
  • 1884 Karl Heinrich David, Swiss composer, born in St. Gallen, Switzerland (d. 1951)
  • 1887 Henry George Ley, British organist, composer, and teacher (Eton, 1926-45), born in Chagford, England (d. 1962)
  • 1890 Charles Cyril "Charlie" Creath, American jazz trumpeter, saxophonist, accordionist, and bandleader, born in Ironton, Missouri (d. 1951)
  • 1892 Jaromír Fiala, Czech composer, born in Postoloprty, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1967)
  • 1898 Vincent Lopez, American jazz pianist and big-band leader ("Nola"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1975) [1]
  • 1904 Dmitry Kabalevsky, Russian pianist and composer (In the Fire) [OS 17 Dec], born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1987)
  • 1907 Christine Auwen, Dutch model, singer and actress (Haghezangers), born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands (d. 1983)
  • 1913 Svend Simon Schultz, Danish composer and choral director (Danish Radio Choir, 1949-79), born in Nykøbing Falster, Denmark (d. 1998)
  • 1919 David Willcocks, conductor and composer (Kings College Choir), born in Newquay, Cornwall, (d. 2015)
  • 1926 Stanley Tracey, British jazz pianist and composer (Under Milk Wood), born in Denmark Hill, South London, England (d. 2013)
  • 1928 Bo Diddley [Ellas Bates McDaniels], American rock `n' roll pioneer guitarist (Bo Diddley), born in McComb, Mississippi (d. 2008)
  • 1928 Jack Montrose, American "cool jazz" tenor saxophonist and arranger, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2006)
  • 1930 Orville "Red" Rhodes, American session pedal steel guitarist, born in Alton, Illinois (d. 1995)
  • 1931 Skeeter Davis [Mary Penick], American country-pop singer-songwriter ("(I Can't Help You) I'm Falling Too"; "Set Him Free"; "The End Of The World"),, born in Dry Ridge, Kentucky (d. 2004)
  • 1933 Perry Ford [Brian Pugh], British pop singer, session musician and songwriter (The Ivy League - "Tossing And Turning"), born in Lincoln, England (d. 1999)
  • 1934 Del Shannon [Charles Westover], American rock guitarist, singer and songwriter ("Runaway"), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 1990)
  • 1935 Bruno Canino, Italian pianist, harpsichordist, composer, and music director, born in Naples, Italy
  • 1937 (Noel) Paul Stookey, singer, songwriter and musician (Peter, Paul, & Mary - "The Wedding Song (There Is Love)"), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1937 John Hartford [Harford] American country and bluegrass banjo player, fiddler, and singer-songwriter ("Gentle on My Mind"), born in New York City (d. 2001)
  • 1937 Tsisana Tatishvili, Georgian lyric-dramatic soprano, born in Tbilisi, Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic (d. 2017)
  • 1939 Felix Pappalardi, American rock music producer, songwriter, vocalist, and bassist (Mountain - "Mississippi Queen"), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1983)
  • 1939 Viola Mae Wilkerson, American pop singer ("Gonna Get Along Without Ya Now", born in Watts, Los Angeles, California (d. 2009)
  • 1940 Jerry Granelli, American-Canadian jazz drummer (Vince Guaraldi Trio; Mose Allison), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2021)
  • 1942 Michael Nesmith, American rock guitarist (The Monkees), and singer-songwriter ("Different Drum"), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2021) [1]
  • 1942 Robert Quine, American rock guitarist (Lou Reed; Matthew Sweet; John Zorn), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 2004)
  • 1943 Gösta Winbergh, Swedish tenor, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 2002)
  • 1943 Rolf Gehlhaar, German-American electronic and avant-garde composer, born in Breslau, Germany (now Wrocław, Poland) (d. 2019)

Davy Jones

1945 Davy Jones, British singer (The Monkees - "Daydream Believer"), and actor (The Monkees), born in Manchester, England (d. 2012)

  • 1945 Preston Andrew Trombly, American classical and jazz clarinetist, and radio broadcaster, born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1946 Clive Bunker, British drummer (Jethro Tull, 1967-71), born in Luton, Bedfordshire, England
  • 1946 Patti Smith, American poet and punk rock vocalist (Horses; "Because The Night"), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1947 Jeff Lynne, British rock singer-songwriter and record producer (ELO - "Livin' Thing"; Traveling Wilburys - "Handle With Care"; Beatles - "Free As A Bird"), born in Shard End, Birmingham, England
  • 1949 Bruce Fairbairn, Canadian musician and record producer (Loverboy; Bon Jovi; Aerosmith), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 1999)
  • 1950 Dave Stewart, English keyboardist (Hatfield and the North, National Health), born in London, England
  • 1951 Nancy LaMott, American singer, born in Midland, Michigan (d. 1995)
  • 1952 June Anderson, American coloratura soprano, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1952 Somtow Sucharitkul [S. P. Somtow], Thai composer and sci-fi author (Utopia Hunters), born in Bangkok, Thailand
  • 1953 Graham Vick, British opera director (Birmingham Opera Company, 1987-2020), born in Birkenhead, England (d. 2021)
  • 1955 Dindo Yogo [Mabeli], Congolese singer and musician, known as La Voix Cassée, born in Lokutu, Belgian Congo (d. 2000)
  • 1956 Suzy Bogguss, American country singer ("Drive South"; "I Want To Be A Cowboy's Sweetheart"), born in Aledo, Illinois
  • 1959 Paul Milton Jackson Jr., American session and jazz guitarist, composer, arranger, and producer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1959 Tracey Ullman, British actress (The Tracey Ullman Show) and singer ("They Don't Know"), born in Slough, England
  • 1962 Paul Crowder, British musician (The Adventures), sound engineer (Wham!), and filmmaker (Last Play At Shea), born in London
  • 1964 Duglas T. Stewart, Scottish musician (BMX Bandits)
  • 1969 Enno Poppe, German composer (Rundfunk), conductor (ensemble mosaik), and teacher, born in Hemer, Germany
  • 1969 Jay Kay [Jason Cheetham], English jazz-funk singer-songwriter (Jamiroquai), born in Stretford, Lancashire, England
  • 1970 Sister Bliss [Ayalah Bentovim], British elcectronia and trip-hop keyboardist and DJ (Faithless), born in London, England
  • 1973 Jon Theodore, American drummer (The Mars Volta, 2001-06; Queens of the Stone Age, 2013-present), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1978 Inferno [Zbigniew Promiński], Polish heavy metal drummer (Behemoth), born in Tczew, Poland
  • 1978 Tyrese [Gibson], American R&B singer (Tyrese) and actor (Transformers), born in Watts, Los Angeles, California
  • 1980 Kenny Kwan, Hong Kong singer (Boy'z), and actor (Banana Boys), born in The Philippines
  • 1982 Wesley Schultz, American guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter (The Lumineers - "Submarines"), born in Ramsey, New Jersey
  • 1984 Andra Day [Cassandra Batie], American singer-songwriter ("Rise Up"), and actress (The United States vs. Billie Holiday), born in Edmonds, Washington
  • 1985 Samuel Adams, American double bassist, classical and electro-acoustic composer, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1986 Ellie Goulding, English singer and songwriter ("Lights", "Anything Could Happen"), born in Hereford, England
  • 1988 Leon Jackson, Scottish pop-jazz singer (The X-Factor - "When You Believe"), born in Whitburn, West Lothian, Scotland
  • 1995 Dominic Fike, American rock singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist ("3 Nights"), born in Naples, Florida
  • 1995 V [Kim Tae-hyung] South Korean singer-songwriter (BTS), born in Daegu, South Korea