Birthdays in Music 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 cellist, 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
  • 1932 Little Richard [Wayne Penniman], American singer-songwriter (Tutti Frutti), born in Macon, Georgia
  • 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)
  • 1938 J. J. Cale, American rock guitarist (After Midnight), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 2013)
  • 1939 Frédéric van Rossum, Belgian composer, born in Ixelles, Belgium
  • 1946 José Carreras, Spanish opera tenor (I Lombardi, Three Tenors), born in Barcelona
  • 1947 Kim Simmonds, Welsh guitarist (Savoy Brown), born in Newbridge, Wales
  • 1950 Camarón de la Isla [José Monge Cruz], Spanish flamenco singer, born in San Fernando, Cádiz, Spain (d. 1992)
  • 1950 Osvaldo Golijov, Argentine composer, born in La Plata, Argentina
  • 1952 Bobby Barth, American rocker vocalist and guitarist (Axe), born in Coffeyville, Kansas
  • 1953 Jonathan Lewis, trombonist (Atlantic Star-Touch a 4 Leaf Clover)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1979 Evonne Hsu, Taiwanese singer
  • 1980 Ibrahim Maalouf, Lebanese-born French trumpeter, born in Beirut, Lebanon