On This Day

Birthdays in Music on December 8

  • 1731 František Xaver Dušek, Czech composer, born in Chotěborky, Jaroměř, Czech Republic (d. 1799)
  • 1737 Robert Kimmerling, Austrian composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1799)
  • 1741 Maximilien Gardel, French ballet dancer and choreographer (Menuet Reine), born in Mannheim, Germany (d. 1787)
  • 1744 Pierre-Joseph Candeille, French composer, born in Estaires, France (d. 1827)
  • 1789 John Fawcett, English composer (d. 1867)
  • 1795 Jacques-François Gallay, French horn player and composer, born in Perpignan, France (d. 1864)
  • 1811 Louis Schindelmeisser, German clarinetist and composer, born in Königsberg, Prussia (d. 1864)
  • 1821 Josip Runjanin, Croatian Serb composer (Croatian National Anthem) and soldier, born in Vinkovci (d. 1878)
  • 1865 Jean Sibelius, Finnish composer (Valse Triste, Finlandia), born in Tavastehus, Finland (d. 1957)
  • 1877 Paul Ladmirault, French composer, born in Nantes, France (d. 1944)
  • 1882 Manuel Ponce, Mexican composer (Estrellita), born in Fresnillo, Zacatecas, Mexico (d. 1948)
  • 1887 Vicente Emilio Sojo, Venezuelan composer, born in Guatire, Miranda state, Venezuela (d. 1974)
  • 1890 Bohuslav Martinů, Czech, composer (Hry o Marti), born in Polička, Bohemia (d. 1959)
  • 1897 Leslie Heward, English composer, born in Liversedge, Yorkshire (d. 1943)
  • 1899 James "Pigmeat" Jarrett, American pianist, born in Cordele, Georgia (d. 1995)
  • 1903 Zoltán Székely, Hungarian violinist and composer, born in Kocs, Hungary (d. 2011)

  • 1905 Charles Cushing, American composer, born in Oakland, California (d. 1982)
  • 1905 Ernst Hermann Meyer, German composer, born in Berlin (d. 1988)
  • 1907 Tony Aubin, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1981)
  • 1909 Cleo Brown, American jazz pianist, born in Meridian, Mississippi (d. 1995)
  • 1911 Nikos Gatsos, Greek poet and lyricist, born in Asea, Greece (d. 1992)
  • 1917 Rufo I Wever, Aruban pianist and composer (Ca'i Organ)
  • 1918 Gérard Souzay, French baritone, born in Angers, France (d. 2004)
  • 1919 Hans-Dieter Hosalla, German composer, born in Erfurt, Germany (d. 1995)
  • 1919 Mieczysław Weinberg [Moisey Samuilovich Vaynberg], Polish-Soviet composer, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1996)
  • 1921 Terence Weil, British cellist (Melos Ensemble), born in London (d. 1995)
  • 1922 Jean Ritchie, American folk singer, born in Viper, Kentucky (d. 2015)
  • 1925 Jimmy Smith, American jazz musician and organist (Walk on the Wild Side), born in Norristown, Pennsylvania (d. 2005)
  • 1925 Sammy Davis Jr., American singer, dancer and actor (Ocean's 11, Candy Man), born in NYC, New York (d. 1990)
  • 1929 Ali Bongo [William Oliver Wallace], British comedy musician and magician (President of The Magic Circle - Shriek of Araby), born in England (d. 2009)
  • 1930 Alain Weber, French composer, born in Château-Thierry
  • 1931 Rudolf Komorous, Czech-born Canadian composer, born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1939 James Galway, Irish flutist (18k gold flute, Royal Phil), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1939 Jerry Butler, American rock vocalist (Never Give You Up), born in Sunflower, Mississippi
  • 1942 Bobby Elliott, rock drummer (The Hollies), born in Burnley, Lancashire

Person of interestJim Morrison

1943 Jim Morrison, American singer-songwriter (The Doors) and poet, born in Melbourne, Florida (d. 1971)

Poet and Rocker Jim Morrison
Poet and Rocker
Jim Morrison

  • 1944 George Baker [Johannes Bouwens], Dutch singer and songwriter (Paloma Blanca, Little Green Bag), born in Hoorn, Netherlands
  • 1946 John Rubinstein, actor/composer (Family, Boys from Brazil), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1947 Gregg Allman, guitarist/vocalist (The Allman Brothers Band), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2017)
  • 1949 Ray Shulman, British musician, born in Portsmouth
  • 1950 Jimmy Farrar, American rock vocalist (Molly Hatchet), born in LaGrange, Georgia
  • 1950 Dan Hartman, American musician (Edgar Winter Group), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1951 Jan Eggum, Norwegian singer-songwriter
  • 1952 Richie Morales, drummer (Spyro Gyra-Morning Dance)
  • 1956 Warren Cuccurullo, rock guitarist (Missing Persons)
  • 1957 Phil Collen, English heavy-metal guitarist (Def Leppard - Love Bites), born in London, England
  • 1958 Bird McIntyre, Thai pop singer, musician
  • 1959 Marty Raybon, American singer (Shenandoah-Sunday in the South), born in Sanford, Florida
  • 1959 Paul Rutherford, vocalist (Frankie Goes to Hollywood-Relax)
  • 1962 Marty Friedman, American guitarist
  • 1964 James Blundell, Australian country singer
  • 1964 Sandy Burnett, English record producer
  • 1965 Carina Lau, Hong Kong actress and singer (Days of Being Wild), born in Suzhou, China

Person of interestSinead O'Connor

1966 Sinéad O'Connor, Irish singer-songwriter (Nothing Compares 2 U), born in Glenageary, Ireland

Singer-Songwriter Sinead O'Connor
Singer-Songwriter
Sinead O'Connor
  • 1973 Corey Taylor, American singer (Slipknot, Stone Sour), born Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1974 Cristian Castro, Mexican singer, born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1974 Nick Zinner, American guitarist (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), born in Massachusetts
  • 1976 Naimee Coleman, Irish singer and songwriter, born in Dublin, Ireland

Person of interestNicki Minaj

1982 Nicki Minaj, Trinidadian-American rapper and singer (Super Bass, Starships), born in Saint James, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

Rapper & Singer Nicki Minaj
Rapper & Singer
Nicki Minaj
  • 1984 Sam Hunt, American country pop singer (Take Your Time), born in Cedartown, Georgia
  • 1986 Kate Voegele, American musician, born in Bay Village, Ohio
  • 1993 AnnaSophia Robb, American actress and singer, born in Denver, Colorado