On This Day

Musicians Born on December 5

  • 1666 Francesco Scarlatti, Italian composer, born in Palermo, Sicily (d. ~1741)
  • 1687 Francesco Geminiani, Italian violinist and composer, born in Lucca, Italy (d. 1762)
  • 1697 Carlo Arrigoni, Italian composer and musician, born in Florence (d. 1744)
  • 1697 Giuseppe de Majo, Italian composer and organist, born in Naples (d. 1771)
  • 1724 Joseph Friebert, Austrian composer, born in Gnadendorf, Lower Austria (d. 1799)
  • 1844 Frederick Bridge, English organist and composer, born in Oldbury, Worcestershire (d. 1924)
  • 1852 Thomas Laub, Danish organist and composer, born in Langå, Denmark (d. 1927)
  • 1870 Vítězslav Novák, Czech composer, born in Kamenice nad Lipou, Czech Republic (d. 1949)
  • 1878 Arrigo Pedrollo, Italian composer, born in Montebello Vicentino, Veneto, Italy (d. 1964)
  • 1880 Alexander Schmuller, Russian-Dutch violinist and conductor, born in Mazyr, Belarus (d. 1933)
  • 1884 Evert Cornelis, Dutch conductor and pianist, born in Amsterdam (d. 1931)
  • 1888 Áskell Snorrason, Icelandic composer, born in Öndolfsstaðir, Iceland (d. 1970)
  • 1895 Henriëtte Bosmans, Dutch pianist and composer, born in Amsterdam (d. 1952)
  • 1898 Grace Moore, American soprano and actress (One Night of Love), born in Slabtown, Tennessee (d. 1947)
  • 1899 Sonny Boy Williamson II [Aleck Miller], American blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter, born in Tallahatchie County, Mississippi (d. 1965) (year of birth disputed)
  • 1901 Hanns Jelinek, Austrian composer, born in Vienna (d. 1969)

  • 1911 Władysław Szpilman, Polish pianist and classical composer, born in Sosnowiec, Congress Poland, Russian Empire (d. 2000)
  • 1915 Carl Donnell "Kansas" Fields, American jazz drummer, born in Chapman, Kansas (d. 1995)
  • 1923 Johnny Pate, American jazz bassist (Chicago soul), born in Chicago Heights, Illinois

Person of interestBhumibol Adulyadej

1927 Bhumibol Adulyadej [Rama IX], King of Thailand (1946-2016), jazz saxophonist and composer, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 2016)

King of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej
King of Thailand
Bhumibol Adulyadej

Person of interestLittle Richard

1932 Little Richard [Wayne Penniman], American singer-songwriter and rock 'n' roll pioneer (Tutti Frutti), born in Macon, Georgia (d. 2020)

Singer-Songwriter and Rock 'n' Roll Pioneer Little Richard
Singer-Songwriter and Rock 'n' Roll Pioneer
Little Richard
  • 1932 James Cleveland, American gospel singer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1991)
  • 1933 Bernard van Beurden, Dutch composer and music educator, born in Amsterdam (d. 2016)
  • 1934 Art Davis, American bassist ("A Time Remembered"), born in Hamburg, Pennsylvania (d. 2007)
  • 1936 Robert Freeman, English photo-journalist and graphic designer (early Beatles album art and film posters), born in London (d. 2019) [1]
  • 1938 J. J. Cale, American rock guitarist (After Midnight), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 2013)
  • 1939 Frederik Van Rossum, Belgian pianist, composer (Waves; In memoriam Glenn Gould) , and pedagogue, born in Ixelles, Belgium
  • 1939 Frédéric van Rossum, Belgian composer, born in Ixelles, Belgium
  • 1945 Geoff Emerick, British sound engineer and record producer (Beatles; Elvis Costello) born in Crouch End, North London, England (d. 2018)

Person of interestJosé Carreras

1946 José Carreras, Spanish opera tenor (I Lombardi, Three Tenors), born in Barcelona

Opera Singer José Carreras
Opera Singer
José Carreras
  • 1947 Jim Messina, American guitarist and songwriter (Buffalo Springfield; Poco: Loggins & Messina - "Your Mamma Don't Dance"), born in Maywood, California
  • 1947 Kim Simmonds, Welsh guitarist (Savoy Brown), born in Newbridge, Wales
  • 1947 Rick Wills, British bass guitarist (Peter Frampton, 1972-74: Foreigner, 1977-91), born in Cambridge, England
  • 1950 Camarón de la Isla [José Monge Cruz], Spanish flamenco singer, born in San Fernando, Cádiz, Spain (d. 1992)
  • 1950 Osvaldo Golijov, Argentine composer (Oceana), born in La Plata, Argentina
  • 1952 Bobby Barth, American rocker vocalist and guitarist (Axe), born in Coffeyville, Kansas

  • 1953 John Molo, American rock and jazz drummer (Bruce Hornsby and The Range; Moonalice) ,born in Bethesda, Maryland)
  • 1956 Krystian Zimerman, Polish pianist and conductor, born in Zabrze, Poland
  • 1960 Jack Russell, American rocker (Great White-Twice Shy), born in Montebello, California
  • 1960 Les Nemes, English rock bassist (Haircut 100), born in Croydon, England
  • 1960 Brian Bromberg, American jazz bass player (You Know That Feeling), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • 1962 José Cura, Argentine tenor, born in Rosario, Argentina
  • 1965 Johnny Rzeznik, American singer, songwriter and guitarist (Goo Goo Dolls), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1965 Wayne Smith, Jamaican reggae musician (Under Mi Sleng Teng), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1966 Patricia Kaas, French pop singer (Mademoiselle Chant), born in Forbach, Lorraine, France
  • 1967 René Shuman, Dutch bandleader and singer, born in Geleen, Limburg, Netherlands
  • 1967 Gary Allan, American country musician (Used Heart For Sale), born in La Mirada, California
  • 1976 Evonne Hsu, Taiwanese-American Mando-pop singer, born in Longview, Texas
  • 1980 Ibrahim Maalouf, Lebanese-born French trumpeter, born in Beirut, Lebanon
  • 1982 Keri Hilson, American singer and songwriter (The Way I Are), born in Decatur, Georgia
  • 1994 Emily Marie Estefan, American music artist and daughter of Gloria & Emilio Estefan, born in Miami, Florida