Birthdays in Music on December 5

  • 1666 Francesco Scarlatti, Italian composer, born in Palermo, Sicily (d. ~1741)
  • 1687 Francesco Xaverio Geminiani, composer
  • 1697 Carlo Arrigoni, composer and musician, born in Florence (d. 1744)
  • 1697 Giuseppe de Majo, composer
  • 1724 Joseph Friebert, composer
  • 1844 John Frederick Bridge, composer
  • 1852 Thomas Linnemann Laub, composer
  • 1870 Vítězslav Novák, Czech composer (d. 1949)
  • 1878 Arrigo Pedrollo, composer
  • 1880 Alexander Schmuller, Russian/Neth violinist/conductor
  • 1884 Evert Cornelis, Dutch conductor/pianist
  • 1888 Askell Snorrason, composer
  • 1895 Henriette H Bosmans, Dutch cellist/pianist/composer
  • 1898 Grace Moore, Slabtown, Tennessee, American soprano (One Night of Love)
  • 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, composer
  • 1911 Władysław Szpilman, Polish pianist (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
  • 1932 Little Richard [Wayne Penniman], Macon, Georgia, American singer-songwriter (Tutti Frutti)
  • 1932 James Cleveland, American gospel singer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1991)
  • 1933 Bernard van Beurden, Dutch composer/music educator
  • 1938 John J Cale, rock guitarist (After Midnight), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 2013)
  • 1939 Frederik van Rossum, composer
  • 1946 Jose Carreras, Barcelona Spain opera tenor (I Lombardi, Three Tenors)
  • 1947 Kim Simmonds, Welsh guitarist (Savoy Brown), born in Newbridge, Wales
  • 1950 Camarón de la Isla, Spanish flamenco singer (d. 1992)
  • 1950 Osvaldo Golijov, Argentine-born composer
  • 1952 Bobby Barth, rocker vocalist/guitarist (Axe)
  • 1953 Jonathan Lewis, trombonist (Atlantic Star-Touch a 4 Leaf Clover)
  • 1956 Krystian Zimerman, Polish pianist
  • 1960 Jack Russell, rocker (Great White-Twice Shy)
  • 1960 Les Nemes, rock bassist (Haircut 100)
  • 1962 José Cura, Argentine tenor
  • 1965 Johnny Rzeznik, American singer, songwriter and guitarist (Goo Goo Dolls)
  • 1965 Wayne Smith, Jamaican reggae musician
  • 1966 Patricia Kaas, French pop singer (Mademoiselle Chant)
  • 1967 René Shuman, [Shumans], rockabilly-bandleader/singer
  • 1967 Gary Allan, American country musician
  • 1979 Evonne Hsu, Taiwanese singer
  • 1980 Ibrahim Maalouf, Lebanese-born French trumpeter