On This Day

Birthdays in Music on December 30

  • 1566 Alessandro Piccinini, composer
  • 1569 Georg Quitschreiber, composer
  • 1678 William Croft, English composer and organist, born in Nether Ettington (d. 1727)
  • 1741 Bartolomeo Giacometti, composer
  • 1756 Pavel Vranicky, composer
  • 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
  • 1884 Karl Heinrich David, composer
  • 1887 Henry George Ley, composer
  • 1892 Jaromír Fiala, Czech composer, born in Postoloprty, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary (d 1967)
  • 1898 Vincent Lopez, American orchestra leader (Welcome Aboard), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1904 Dmitry B Kabalevsky, composer (In the Fire) [OS 17 Dec], born in St Petersburg, Russia

  • 1907 Christina E "Christine" Auwen, Dutch model/singer (Haghezangers)
  • 1913 Svend Simon Schultz, Danish composer, born in Nykøbing Falster (d. 1998)
  • 1919 David Willcocks, conductor and composer (Kings College choir), born in Newquay, Cornwall, (d. 2015)
  • 1926 Stanley Tracey, Denmark Hill, London, jazz composer, (d. 2013)
  • 1928 Bo Diddley [Ellas Bates McDaniels], American rock `n' roll pioneer (Bo Diddley), born in McComb, Mississippi (d. 2008)
  • 1931 Skeeter Davis, [Mary Penick], Dry Ridge Ky, singer (End of World)
  • 1934 Del Shannon, American rock musician and songwriter (Runaway), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 1990)
  • 1935 Bruno Canino, Italian composer, born in Naples, Italy
  • 1937 John Hartford, American country singer (Gentle on My Mind), born in NYC, New York
  • 1937 Paul Stookey, singer and musician (Peter, Paul, & Mary), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1942 Michael Nesmith, American rock musician (The Monkees), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1942 Robert Quine, American guitarist, born in Akron, Ohio (d. 2004)
  • 1943 Rolf Gehlhaar, composer
  • 1943 Gösta Winbergh, Swedish tenor, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 2002)

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1945 Davy Jones, English singer (The Monkees), born in Manchester, England (d. 2012)

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  • 1945 Preston Andrew Trombly, composer
  • 1946 Patti Smith, rock vocalist (Radio Ethiopia), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 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 Somtow Sucharitkul [S. P. Somtow], Thai composer and sci-fi author (Utopia Hunters), born in Bangkok, Thailand
  • 1952 June Anderson, American soprano
  • 1955 Dindo Yogo, Congolese musician (d. 2000)
  • 1956 Suzy Bogguss, singer (I Want to be a Cowboy's Sweetheart), born in Aledo, Illinois
  • 1959 Tracey Ullman, Slough England, singer/actress (Tracey Ullman Show)
  • 1962 Paul Crowder, rocker (The Adventures-Sea of Love)
  • 1964 Duglas T. Stewart, Scottish musician (BMX Bandits)
  • 1969 Jay Kay, English musician (Jamiroquai)
  • 1978 Zbigniew Robert Promiński, Polish drummer
  • 1978 Tyrese, American singer and actor
  • 1980 Kenny Kwan, Hong Kong singer
  • 1986 Ellie Goulding, English singer and songwriter (Lights, Anything Could Happen), born in Hereford, England
  • 1988 Leon Jackson, Scottish singer
  • 1995 V [Kim Tae-hyung] South Korean singer-songwriter (BTS), born in Daegu, South Korea