Musicians Born on December 8

  • 1724 Claude-Bénigne Balbastre, French organist, harpsichordist, and composer, born in Dijon, France (d. 1799)
  • 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 sacred music composer, born in Wennington, Lancahire, England (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)

Jean SibeliusJean Sibelius (1865-1957)

Finnish composer (Valse Triste, Finlandia), born in Tavastehus, Finland

  • 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)
  • 1906 (Lloyd) "Slim" Andrews, American comic actor (Buffalo Bill in Tomahawk Territory), and singer-songwriter, born in Gravette, Arkansas (d. 1992) [1]
  • 1906 Leo Shuken, American film music composer and arranger (Stagecoach; The Fabulous Dorseys; The Unsinkable Molly Brown), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1976)
  • 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), born in Oranjestad, Aruba (d. 1977)
  • 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)

Sammy Davis Jr.Sammy Davis Jr. (1925-1990)

American vaudeville, stage, and screen singer ("The Candy Man"), dancer, actor (Ocean's 11), and Rat Pack member, born in NYC, New York

  • 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 (d. 2019)
  • 1931 Rudolf Komorous, Czech-born Canadian composer, born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1936 Malcolm Forsyth, South African-Canadian trombonist and composer (Atayoskewin), born in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, (d. 2011)
  • 1939 James Galway, Irish classical flutist known as "The Man With the Golden Flute", born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1939 Jerry Butler, American soul vocalist (The Impressions; "Never Give You Up"), born in Sunflower, Mississippi
  • 1942 (Frederick) "Toots" Hibbert, Jamaican singer-songwriter (The Maytals - "Pressure Drop"), born in May Pen, Jamaica (d. 2020)
  • 1942 Bobby Elliott, British rock drummer (The Hollies), born in Burnley, Lancashire

Jim MorrisonJim Morrison (1943-1971)

American singer-songwriter (The Doors) and poet, born in Melbourne, Florida

  • 1944 George Baker [Johannes Bouwens], Dutch singer and songwriter (Paloma Blanca, Little Green Bag), born in Hoorn, Netherlands
  • 1946 John Rubinstein, American stage and screen actor, and singer (Pippin; Family: Grumpy Old Men (The Musical)), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1947 Gregg Allman, American Hammond organist, guitarist and vocalist (The Allman Brothers Band - "Whipping Post"), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2017)
  • 1949 Ray Shulman, British musician, born in Portsmouth
  • 1950 Dan Hartman, American musician, singer-songwriter, and producer (Edgar Winter Group - "Free Ride; solo- "I Can Dream About You"; James Brown -"Living In America"), born in West Hanover, Pennsylvania (d. 1994)
  • 1950 Jimmy Farrar, American rock vocalist (Molly Hatchet), born in LaGrange, Georgia
  • 1950 Wah-Wah Watson [Melvin Ragin], American session guitarist in Motown's Funk Brothers (Temptations - "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone"), born in Richmond, Virgina (d. 2018)
  • 1951 Jan Eggum, Norwegian singer-songwriter, born in Bergen, Norway
  • 1952 Ric Sanders, British folk-rock, jazz violinist (Fairport Convention; Stomu Yamash'ta; Soft Machine), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1952 Richie Morales, drummer (Spyro Gyra-Morning Dance)
  • 1953 Stan Harrison, American rock and jazz saxophonist and woodwind player (Mud Music Ensemble)
  • 1955 Kasim Sulton, American session and touring bass guitarist (Utopia; Todd Rundgren; Meatloaf), born in Staten Island, New York
  • 1955 Nathan East, American jazz, R&B, and rock session and touring bass player (Fourplay; Phil Collins), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1956 Pierre Pincemaille, French organist, composer, and pedagogue, born in Paris (d. 2018)
  • 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, British rock vocalist (Frankie Goes to Hollywood - "Relax"), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1962 Marty Friedman, American heavy metal guitarist (Megadeath), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1962 Rodolfo Saglimbeni, Venezuelan conductor (Municipal Symphony Orchestra of Caracas, 2003-present), born in Barquisimeto, Venezuela
  • 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

Sinead O'ConnorSinead O'Connor (56 years old)

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

  • 1973 Corey Taylor, American singer (Slipknot, Stone Sour), born in 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
  • 1979 Ingrid Michaelson, American folk-pop singer-songwriter (Lights Out), born in New York City
  • 1982 Chrisette Michele [Payne], American R&B and soul singer-songwriter ("Be OK"; "Epiphany"), born in Central Islip, New York,

Nicki MinajNicki Minaj (40 years old)

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

  • 1984 Sam Hunt, American country pop singer (Take Your Time), born in Cedartown, Georgia
  • 1986 Kate Voegele, American musician, born in Bay Village, Ohio
  • 1990 Jakub Józef Orliński, Polish operatic countertenor singer, and break-dancer, born in Warsaw, Poland