On This Day

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)

Person of interestJean Sibelius

1865 Jean Sibelius, Finnish composer (Valse Triste, Finlandia), born in Tavastehus, Finland (d. 1957)

Composer Jean Sibelius
Composer
Jean Sibelius
  • 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 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)

Person of interestSammy Davis Jr.

1925 Sammy Davis Jr., American vaudeville, stage, and screen singer ("The Candy Man"), dancer, actor (Ocean's 11), and Rat Pack member, born in NYC, New York (d. 1990)

Singer, Actor and TV Host Sammy Davis Jr.
Singer, Actor and TV Host
Sammy Davis Jr.
  • 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 Bobby Elliott, British rock drummer (The Hollies), born in Burnley, Lancashire
  • 1942 [Frederick] "Toots" Hibbert, Jamaican singer-songwriter (The Maytals - "Pressure Drop"), born in May Pen, Jamaica (d. 2020)

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, 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 Jimmy Farrar, American rock vocalist (Molly Hatchet), born in LaGrange, Georgia
  • 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 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 Richie Morales, drummer (Spyro Gyra-Morning Dance)
  • 1953 Stan Harrison, American rock and jazz saxophonist and woodwind player (Mud Music Ensemble)
  • 1953 Ric Sanders, British folk-rock, jazz violinist (Fairport Convention; Stomu Yamash'ta; Soft Machine, born in Birmingham, England
  • 1955 Kasim Sulton, American session and touring bass guitarist (Utopia; Todd Rundgren; Meatloaf), born in Staten Island, New York
  • 1956 Warren Cuccurullo, rock guitarist (Missing Persons)
  • 1956 Pierre Pincemaille, French organist, composer, and pedagogue, born in Paris (d. 2018)
  • 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

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 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

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
  • 1982 Chrisette Michele [Payne], American R&B and soul singer-songwriter ("Be OK"; "Epiphany"), born in Central Islip, New York,
  • 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 Anna Sophia Robb, American actress and singer, born in Denver, Colorado