On This Day

Musicians Born 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)
  • 1908 John Kirby [Kirk], American jazz double-bassist and tuba player (Benny Goodman; "Undecided"), born in Winchester, Virginia (d. 1952)
  • 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)
  • 1925 Jaap Schröder, Dutch violinist, conductor, musicologist, and pedagogue ( Academy of Ancient Music), born in Amsterdam (d. 2020)
  • 1928 Ross Barbour, American singer (4 Freshmen), born in Columbus, Indiana (d. 2011)
  • 1930 Odetta [Holmes], American folk singer (Sanctuary), actress and civil rights activist, born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2008)
  • 1931 Gil Mellé, American jazz saxophonist and composer, born in New York City (d. 2004)
  • 1933 Fred F. Carter Jr., American country session guitarist, singer, producer and composer (Nashville's "A-Team"), born in Winnsboro, Louisiana (d. 2010)
  • 1940 Mani Neumeier, German musician (Guru Guru), born in Munich, Germany
  • 1940 Bobby Notkoff, American rock and blues violinist (Crazy Horse; The Rockets), born in New York City (d. 2018) [1]
  • 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 ("Sunshine On My Shoulders"; "Thank God I'm A Country Boy"), born in Roswell, New Mexico (d. 1997)

Country Singer John Denver
Country Singer
John Denver
  • 1947 Burton Cummings, Canadian rock singer-songwriter, and keyboardist (Guess Who - "These Eyes"), born in Winnipeg, Canada
  • 1947 Rita Lee [Jones], Brazilian rock singer, songwriter and musician (Os Mutantes), born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1947 June Tabor, British folk singer, born in Warwick, England

Person of interestDonna Summer

1948 Donna Summer [LaDonna Gaines], American disco and pop singer-songwriter ("Love to Love You, Baby"; "On the Radio"; "Last Dance"), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2012)

Singer Donna Summer
Singer
Donna Summer
  • 1948 Stephen Cleobury, British organist and music director (King's College - Cambridge, 1982-2019), born in Bromley, England (d. 2019)
  • 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 Sacramento, California (d. 1997)
  • 1959 Paul Westerberg, American rock singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Replacements), born in Edina, Minnesota
  • 1959 Baron Waqa, Nauruan politician and musician, born in Boe District, Nauru
  • 1962 Jennifer Higdon, American classical music composer (2010 Pulitzer; 3 Grammy Awards) and educator (Curtis Institute of Music, 1994 - present), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1963 Scott Ian, American heavy metal guitarist (Anthrax-I'm the Man), born in Queens, New York
  • 1969 David Rawlings, American guitarist and singer, works with Gillian Welch (All the Good Times), born in North Smithfield, Rhode Island
  • 1972 Joey McIntyre, American singer-songwriter (New Kids On The Block - "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