On This Day

Birthdays in Music on December 31

  • 1573 Giulio Cesare Monteverdi, Italian composer (Giulio Cesare in Egitto), born in Italy (d. 1630 or 31)
  • 1724 Franz Joseph Oehlschlagel, Czech organist & composer, born in Lahošť, Czech Republic (d. 1788)
  • 1799 Thomas Taglichsbeck, German violinist & composer, born in Ansbach, Germany (d. 1867)
  • 1826 Henry Hiles, English composer, born in Shrewsbury (d. 1904)
  • 1846 Richard Kleinmichel, Russian composer, born in Poznań, Poland (d. 1901)
  • 1859 Max Fiedler, German conductor and composer, born in Zittau, Saxony, (d. 1939)
  • 1874 Ernest Austin, English composer, born in Poplar, London (d. 1947)
  • 1894 Ernest John Moeran, English composer, born in London Borough of Hounslow, United Kingdom (d. 1950)
  • 1899 Silvestre Revueltas, Mexican composer (Sensemaya), born in Santiago Papasquiaro, Mexico (d. 1940)
  • 1902 Lionel Daunais, Quebec singer and composer, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1982)
  • 1904 Nathan Milstein, Ukrainian-American concert violinist (Philadelphia Orch 1942), born in Odessa, Ukraine
  • 1905 Jule Styne, English songwriter & composer (1954 Acad Award, 1968 Tony), born in London, United Kingdom (d. 1994)
  • 1908 Marko Rothmuller, Croatian composer, born in Slavonski Brod, Croatia (d. 1993)
  • 1916 Suzy Delair, French actress and singer (The Murderer Lives at Number 21, Utopia, White Paws), born in Paris, France (d. 2020)
  • 1917 Joan McCracken, American actress, dancer and comedian (Claudie Story of a Marriage), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1961)
  • 1920 Rex Allen, American actor and singer-songwriter known as the "the Arizona Cowboy" (Dr Baxter-Frontier Doctor), born in Willcox, Arizona (d. 1999)

  • 1928 Ross Barbour, American singer (4 Freshmen), born in Columbus, Indiana (d. 2011)
  • 1930 Odetta [Odetta Holmes], American folk singer (Sanctuary), actress and civil rights activist, born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2008)
  • 1940 Mani Neumeier, German musician (Guru Guru), born in Munich, Germany
  • 1942 Andy Summers, English rock guitarist (Police-Roxanne), born in Blackpool, Lancashire
  • 1943 Pete Quaife, English rock bassist (The Kinks), born in Tavistock, England (d. 2010)

Person of interestJohn Denver

1943 John Denver, American country singer (Rocky Mt High, "thank god he's a country boy"), born in Roswell, New Mexico (d. 1997)

Country Singer John Denver
Country Singer
John Denver
  • 1947 Burton Cummings, Canadian musician (Guess Who-These Eyes), born in Winnipeg, Canada
  • 1947 Rita Lee, Brazilian musician, born in São Paulo, Brazil

Person of interestDonna Summer

1948 Donna Summer, American singer (Love to Love You Baby, On the Radio), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2012)

Singer Donna Summer
Singer
Donna Summer
  • 1949 Sara K. [Sara Katherine Wooldridge], American musician (Gypsy Alley), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1951 Fermin Goytisolo, American musician (KC & Sunshine Band-Give It)
  • 1951 Tom Hamilton, American rock bassist (Aerosmith-Dream On), born in Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • 1953 Michael Hedges, American new age guitarist and composer, born in Sacrament, California (d. 1997)
  • 1959 Paul Westerberg, American musician (The Replacements), born in Edina, Minnesota
  • 1959 Baron Waqa, Nauruan politician and musician, born in Boe District, Nauru
  • 1963 Scott Ian, American heavy metal guitarist (Anthrax-I'm the Man), born in Queens, New York
  • 1972 Joey McIntyre, American singer-songwriter (New Kids-Lovin' You Forever), born in Needham, Massachusetts
  • 1973 Malcolm Middleton, Scottish musician (Arab Strap), born in Dumfries, United Kingdom

Person of interestPsy

1977 Psy [Park Jae-sang], South Korean pop star (Gangnam Style), born in Seoul, South Korea

K-Pop Star Psy
K-Pop Star
Psy
  • 1978 Papoose [Shamele Mackie], American rapper, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1979 Bob Bryar, American drummer (My Chemical Romance, Gerardolopoly), born in Downers Grove, Illinois