Birthdays in Music on December 8

  • 1731 Frantisek Xaver Dusek, composer
  • 1737 Robert Kimmerling, composer
  • 1741 Maximilian JLP Gardel, French dancer/choreographer (Menuet Reine)
  • 1744 Pierre Joseph Candielle, composer
  • 1789 John Fawcett, composer
  • 1795 Jacques Francois Gallay, composer
  • 1811 Louis Alexander Balthasar Schindelmeisser, composer
  • 1821 Josip Runjanin, Croatian Serb composer (Croatian National Anthem) and soldier, born in Vinkovci (d. 1878)
  • 1865 Jean Sibelius, Tavastehus Finland, composer (Valse Triste, Finlandia)
  • 1877 Paul Emile Ladmirault, composer
  • 1882 Manuel Maria Ponce, Fresnillo Mexico, composer (Estrellita)
  • 1887 Vicente Emilio Sojo, composer
  • 1890 Bohuslav Jan Martinu, Policka Czechoslovakia, composer (Hry o Marti)
  • 1897 Leslie Heward, composer
  • 1899 James "Pigmeat" Jarrett, pianist
  • 1903 Zoltan Szekely, composer
  • 1905 Charles Cushing, composer
  • 1905 Ernst Hermann Meyer, composer
  • 1907 Tony Aubin, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1981)
  • 1909 Cleo Brown, jazz pianist, born in Meridian, Mississippi (d. 1995)
  • 1911 Nikos Gatsos, Greek poet and lyricist (d. 1992)
  • 1917 Rufo I Wever, Aruban pianist/composer (Ca'i Organ)
  • 1918 Gérard Souzay, French baritone (d. 2004)
  • 1919 Hans-Dieter Hosalla, composer
  • 1919 Mieczysław Weinberg [Moisey Samuilovich Vaynberg], Polish-Soviet composer, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1996)
  • 1921 Terence Weil, cellist/teacher
  • 1922 Jean Ritchie, American folk singer, born in Viper, Kentucky
  • 1925 James E "Jimmy" Smith, US jazz/organist (Walk on the Wild Side)
  • 1925 Samuel "Sammy" Davis Jr., American singer/dancer/actor (Ocean's 11, Candy Man), born in NYC, New York (d. 1990)
  • 1930 Alain Weber, French composer, born in Château-Thierry
  • 1931 Rudolf Komorous, composer
  • 1939 James Galway, flutist (18k gold flute, Royal Phil), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1939 Jerry Butler, Sunflower Miss, rock vocalist (Never Give You Up)
  • 1942 Bobby Elliott, rock drummer (The Hollies), born in Burnley, Lancashire

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

Rocker Jim Morrison
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Jim Morrison
  • 1946 John Rubinstein, actor/composer (Family, Boys from Brazil), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1947 Gregg Allman, guitarist/vocalist (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, 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

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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)
  • 1974 Cristian Castro, Mexican singer
  • 1974 Nick Zinner, American guitarist (Yeah Yeah Yeahs)
  • 1976 Naimee Coleman, Irish singer and songwriter

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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
  • 1993 AnnaSophia Robb, American actress and singer