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, composer
  • 1799 Thomas Taglichsbeck, composer
  • 1826 Henry Hiles, English composer, born in Shrewsbury (d. 1904)
  • 1846 Richard Kleinmichel, composer
  • 1859 Max Fiedler, German conductor and composer, born in Zittau, Saxony, (d. 1939)
  • 1874 Ernest Austin, composer
  • 1894 Ernest John Moeran, British composer
  • 1899 Silvestre Revueltas, Santiago Papasquiaro Mexico, composer (Sensemaya)
  • 1902 Lionel Daunais, Quebec singer and composer (d. 1982)
  • 1904 Nathan Milstein, Odessa Russia, concert violinist (Philadelphia Orch 1942)
  • 1905 Jule Styne, England, songwriter/composer (1954 Acad Award, 1968 Tony)
  • 1908 Marko Rothmuller, composer
  • 1916 Suzy Delair, French actress and singer (The Murderer Lives at Number 21, Utopia, White Paws), born in Paris, France
  • 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, singer (4 Freshmen), born in Columbus, Indiana
  • 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 Peter Quaife, English rock bassist (The Kinks), born in Tavistock, Devon (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
  • 1943 Pete Qualfe, English rocker (The Kinks), born in Tavistock, Devon (d. 2010)
  • 1947 Burton Cummings, rock guitarist (Guess Who-These Eyes)
  • 1947 Rita Lee, Brazilian Rock Star

Person of interestDonna Summer

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

Singer Donna Summer
Donna Summer
  • 1949 Sara K. [Sara Katherine Wooldridge], American musician (Gypsy Alley), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1951 Fermin Goytisolo, rocker (KC & Sunshine Band-Give It)
  • 1951 Tom Hamilton, rock bassist (Aerosmith-Dream On), born in Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • 1959 Paul Westerberg, singer (The Replacements)
  • 1959 Baron Waqa, Nauruan politician and musician
  • 1963 Scott Ian, American heavy metal guitarist (Anthrax-I'm the Man), born in Queens, New York
  • 1972 Joseph Mulrey McIntyre, rocker (New Kids-Lovin' You Forever)
  • 1973 Malcolm Middleton, Scottish musician (Arab Strap)
  • 1978 Papoose [Shamele Mackie], American rapper, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1979 Bob Bryar, American drummer (My Chemical Romance, Gerardolopoly)