Musicians Born on February 10

  • 1696 Johann Melchior Molter, German composer, born in Tiefenort, Thuringia (now Germany) (d. 1765)
  • 1702 Jean-Pierre Guignon [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, Bohemian composer, choral director, novelist and lawyer, born in Geising, Saxony (d. 1722)
  • 1741 Franz Adam Veichtner, German violinist and composer, baptized 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)

Jimmy DuranteJimmy Durante (1893-1980)

American vaudeville, radio, and screen actor, comedian (The Durante-Moore Show; Frosty The Snowman), piano player and singer ("Inka Dinka Doo"; "Make Someone Happy") known as "the schnozzola" born in Manhattan, New York

  • 1902 Jack Pettis, American jazz saxophonist and bandleader, born in Ehrmandale, Indiana (d. 1963)
  • 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)
  • 1903 Matvey Isaakovich Blanter, Russian-Soviet composer of popular songs and film music ("Katyusha"), born in Pochep, Russian Empire (d. 1990)
  • 1905 (William) "Chick" Webb, American jazz drummer and big band leader (introduced Ella Fitzgerald), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1939)
  • 1905 José Muñoz Molleda, Spanish composer and politician, born in La Línea de la Concepción (d. 1988)
  • 1905 Vilko Ukmar, Slovenian composer, born in Postojna, Slovenia (d. 1991)
  • 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)
  • 1927 Brian Priestman, British conductor and teacher, born in Birmingham, England (d. 2014)

Leontyne PriceLeontyne Price (95 years old)

1927 American opera soprano (Porgy & Bess, Aida; Metropolitan Opera. 1961-85), born in Laurel, Mississippi

  • 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 rock guitarist (The Ventures - "Hawaii 5-0 Theme"; "Walk, Don't Run"), born in Tacoma, Washington (d. 2022)
  • 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)
  • 1937 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
  • 1939 Barbara Kolb, composer (Trobar Jus), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 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 Nathaniel Mayer, American R&B singer ("Village of Love"; "Leave Me Alone"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2008)
  • 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 Kenny Edwards, American musician and singer-songwriter (The Stone Poneys; Bryndle), born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2010)
  • 1947 (Lawrence) "Butch" Morris, American jazz cornetist, composer, and conductor, born in Long Beach, California (d. 2013)
  • 1947 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 Maxime Le Forestier, French pop and folk singer-songwriter, born in Paris, France
  • 1949 Nigel Olsson, British rock touring and session drummer and backing vocalist (Elton John's Band), born in Wallasey, Cheshire, England
  • 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)
  • 1963 Smiley Culture [David Victor Emmanuel], British reggae singer ("Police Officer"; "Cockney Translation"), born in Stockwell, South London (d. 2011)
  • 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 Natasha St-Pier, Canadian pop singer, born in Bathurst, New Brunswick
  • 1981 The Rev [James Owen Sullivan], American musician (Avenged Sevenfold), born in Huntington Beach, California
  • 1987 Choi Si Won, Korean singer (Super Junior), born in Seoul, South Korea