On This Day

Musicians Born on February 10

  • 1696 Johann Melchior Molter, German composer, born in Tiefenort, Thuringia (d. 1765)
  • 1702 Jean-Pierre Guignon [né Giovanni Pietro Ghignone], Italian-French violinist and composer, born in Turin, Duchy of Savoy (now Italy) (d. 1774)
  • 1717 Pierre de La Garde, French composer, singer, and guitarist, born in Crécy-la-Chapelle, France (d. c. 1792)
  • 1735 Johann Christoph Kuhnau, composer
  • 1741 Franz Adam Veichtner, German violinist and composer, baptised in Regensburg, Bavaria (d. 1822)
  • 1750 Stanislao Mattei, Italian composer, teacher, musicologist, and monk (born in Bologna, Papal States (d. 1825)
  • 1788 Johann Peter Pixis, German pianist and composer, born in Mannheim, Germany (d. 1874)
  • 1819 Richard Storrs Willis, American composer, mostly of hymns ("Carol"; "Fairest Lord Jesus"), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1900)
  • 1841 Walter Parratt, British organist and composer, born in Huddersfield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England (d. 1924)
  • 1866 Bror Beckman, Swedish composer, born in Kristinehamn, Sweden (d. 1929)
  • 1869 Vasily Kalafati, Russian composer (Cygany), born in Yevpatoria, Crimea (d. 1942)
  • 1879 Franz Carl Bornschein, American composer, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1948)
  • 1893 Jimmy Durante, American actor, comedian and singer known as "the schnozzola" (The Durante-Moore Show, Jimmy Durante Show), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 1980)
  • 1903 Matvey Isaakovich Blanter, Russian-Soviet composer of popular songs and film music ("Katyusha"), born in Pochep, Russian Empire (d. 1990)
  • 1903 Abel Meeropol, American songwriter ("Strange Fruit"; "The House I Live In'), and librettist ("The Good Soldier Schweick"), born in the Bronx, New York City (d. 1986)
  • 1905 Vilko Ukmar, Slovenian composer, born in Postojna, Slovenia (d. 1991)

  • 1905 José Muñoz Molleda, Spanish composer and politician, born in La Línea de la Concepción (d. 1988)
  • 1905 William "Chick" Webb, American jazz drummer and big band leader (introduced Ella Fitzgerald), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1939)
  • 1907 Walter "Foots" Thomas, American saxophonist, flutist, and arranger (Cab Calloway Orchestra), born in Muskogee, Oklahoma, (d. 1981)
  • 1908 Jean Coulthard, Canadian composer, and music educator, born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 2000)
  • 1914 Larry Adler, American pop and classical harmonica player, and composer, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2001)
  • 1915 Aldus Roger, American Cajun accordionist (Lafayette Playboys - "Les Haricots Sont Pas Salés"), born n Carencro, Louisiana (d. 1999)
  • 1916 Oscar "TV Slim" Wills, American blues singer-songwriter and guitarist ("Flatfoot Sam"), born in Houston, Texas (d. 1969)
  • 1921 Adrian Cruft, British composer, born in London (d. 1987)
  • 1923 Cesare Siepi, Italian operatic basso (NY Metropolitan Opera, 1950-74), born in Milan, Italy (d. 2010)
  • 1924 Randy Van Horne, American vocalist (Nat King Cole Show, The Flintstones, The Jetsons), born in El Paso, Texas (d. 2007)

Person of interestLeontyne Price

1927 Leontyne Price, American opera soprano (Porgy & Bess), born in Laurel, Mississippi

Opera Soprano Leontyne Price
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Leontyne Price
  • 1927 Brian Priestman, British conductor and teacher, born in Birmingham, England (d. 2014)
  • 1929 Jerry Goldsmith, American pianist, television and film composer ("The Twilight Zone"; "Planet Of The Apes"), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2004)
  • 1930 Peter Phillips, American composer, born in San Francisco, California [or Jun 18]
  • 1931 Gerhard Rosenfeld, German opera and film score composer, born in Königsberg (d. 2003)
  • 1931 Makoto Shinohara, Japanese composer, born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1932 Rockin Dopsie Sr [Alton Jay Rubin], American Jazz-Fusion singer (Zydeco), born in Carencro, Louisiana (d. 1993)
  • 1933 Don Wilson, American guitarist (The Ventures, Hawaii 5-0 Theme), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1935 Salvator Pueyo, Spanish composer (Abstracciones), and educator (Barcelona Conservatory, 1987-present), born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1935 Theodore Antoniou, Greek conductor and composer (Paean, Celebration), born in Athens (d. 2018)

  • 1939 Barbara Kolb, composer (Trobar Jus), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1939 Roberta Flack, American pop vocalist ("The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face", "Killing Me Softly with His Song"), born in Black Mountain, North Carolina
  • 1940 Hamish Imlach, Scottish folk-comic singer-songwriter ("Cod Liver Oil and the Orange Juice"), born in Calcutta, British India (d. 1996)
  • 1940 Jimmy Merchant, American rock vocalist (Frankie Lymon & Teenagers - "Why Do Fools Fall In Love"), born in NYC, New York
  • 1940 Kenny Rankin, American singer-songwriter ("Peaceful"), born in Washington Heights, New York City (d. 2009)
  • 1943 Ralph "Ral" Donner, American rock and roll singer ("You Don't Know What You've Got (Until You Lose It)", born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1984)
  • 1944 Peter Allen, Australian pop singer-songwriter, painist and performer ("I Go to Rio"; Legs Diamond), born in Tenterfield, New South Wales, Australia (d. 1992)
  • 1944 Rufus Reid, American jazz double bassist composer, and educator, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1946 Kenneth "Kenny" Edwards, American musician and singer-songwriter (The Stone Poneys, Bryndle), born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2010)
  • 1947 Butch Morris, American jazz cornetist and composer
  • 1947 John Christopher "Chris" Ethridge, American country rock bass guitarist (International Submarine Band, The Flying Burrito Brothers), born in Meridian, Mississippi (d. 2012)
  • 1948 Conrad Cummings, American classical composer, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1949 Nigel Olsson, British rock touring and session drummer and backing vocalist (Elton John's Band), born in Wallasey, Cheshire, England
  • 1949 Maxime Le Forestier, French pop and folk singer-songwriter, born in Paris, France
  • 1953 Carl Stone, American electronic composer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1958 Michael Weiss, American musician, born in NYC, New York
  • 1960 Lionel Cartwright, American country music artist (I Watched it on the Radio, Leap of Faith), born in Gallipolis, Ohio
  • 1962 Cliff Burton, American bass guitarist (Metallica), born in Castro Valley, California (d. 1986)
  • 1965 Dana Winner [Chantal Vanlee], Belgian pop singer, born in Hasselt, Belgium
  • 1974 Ivri Lider, Israeli singer, born in Givat Haim (Ihud), Israel
  • 1975 Kool Savas, German rapper, born in Aachen, Germany
  • 1976 Kev Brown, American rapper & hip hop producer, born in Landover, Maryland
  • 1978 Don Omar, Puerto Rican singer, born in Carolina, Puerto Rico
  • 1979 Daryl Palumbo, American musician, born in Bellmore, New York
  • 1981 The Rev [James Owen Sullivan], American musician (Avenged Sevenfold), born in Huntington Beach, California
  • 1981 Natasha St-Pier, Canadian pop singer, born in Bathurst, New Brunswick
  • 1987 Choi Si Won, Korean singer (Super Junior), born in Seoul, South Korea