Birthdays in Music on February 12

  • 1567 Thomas Campion, England, composer/poet/physician
  • 1740 Matej Sojka, Bohemian composer, born in Vilémov (d. 1817)
  • 1751 Joseph Waast Aubert Nonot, composer
  • 1752 Josef Reicha, Czech composer
  • 1753 Lambert-Francois Godecharle, composer
  • 1758 Christian Ignatius Latrobe, composer
  • 1760 Jan Ladislav Dussek, Bohemia, pianist/composer
  • 1778 Franz Joseph Volkert, composer
  • 1853 Bertram Luard-Selby, composer
  • 1867 Joe Howard, American vocalist (Gay Nineties Revue), born in NYC, New York
  • 1870 Marie Lloyd, English music-hall performer (d. 1922)
  • 1881 Anna Pavlova, Russian prima ballerina and choreographer (Diaghilew, Dying Swan), born in St Petersburg, Russia (d. 1931)
  • 1885 Licinio Refice, composer
  • 1886 Gustaf Lazarus Nordqvist, composer
  • 1886 Michel Brusselmans, composer
  • 1891 Maurice Yvain, French operetta composer, born in Paris, France (d. 1965)
  • 1898 [Le]Roy Harris, Oklahoma, composer (When Johnny Comes Marching Home)
  • 1899 Albert Huybrechts, Belgian composer, born in Dinant, Belgium (d. 1936)
  • 1902 William D Revelli, Spring Gulch Colorado, band leader
  • 1909 Barry Wood, vocalist (Your Hit Parade), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1914 Gordon "Tex" Beneke, American saxophonist/bandleader/vocalist (Glenn Miller Orchestra), born in Fort Worth, Texas; (d. 2000)
  • 1916 Karl Hubert Rudolf Schiske, Austrian composer (Vom Tode), born in Győr, Hungary
  • 1917 Thomas K Scherman, American conductor (Little Orch Society 1947-75), born in NYC, New York
  • 1920 Robert "Bob" Shad [Abraham Shadrinsky], American record producer and record label owner (Big Brother and the Holding Company), born in NYC, New York (d. 1985)
  • 1923 Mel Powell, American composer (Pulitzer Prize Music 1990), born in NYC, New York (d. 1998)
  • 1935 Gene McDaniels, US vocalist, bandleader and actor (Young Swingers)
  • 1936 Arnost Parsch, Czech composer, born in Bučovice, Czech Republic (d. 2013)
  • 1939 Ray Manzarek, American musician and keyboardist (The Doors-Light My Fire, Unknown Soldier), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2013)
  • 1942 Lionel Grigson, British jazz musician, born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire (d. 1994)
  • 1942 Rick Frank, American drummer (Elephant's Memory)
  • 1944 Moe Bandy, Meridian Ms, country vocalist (Just Good Ol' Boys)
  • 1945 Joe Schermie, US bass player (3 Dog Night-Joy to the World), born in Madison, Wisconsin (d. 2002)
  • 1946 Ajda Pekkan, Turkish singer and actress, born in Istanbul, Turkey
  • 1947 Guus Willemse, Dutch bassist/singer (Solution)
  • 1949 Stanley Knight, country artist (Black Oak Arkansas-High on the Hog)
  • 1950 Steve Hackett, English rock guitarist (Genesis-GTR), born in Pimilco, London
  • 1952 Michael McDonald, rock keyboardist/vocals (Doobie Brothers), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1954 Tzimis Panousis, Greek musician and stand-up comedian
  • 1955 Bill Laswell, US bassist and record producer, born in Salem, Illinois
  • 1956 Brian David Robertson, Scottish rock guitarist (Thin Lizzy, Motörhead), born in Clarkston, Scotland
  • 1958 Grant McLennan, Australian musician (The Go-Betweens), born in Rockhampton, Australia (d. 2006)
  • 1959 Omar Hakim, US drummer and composer (Dire Straits, Weather Report), born in NYC, New York
  • 1967 Chitravina N. Ravikiran, Indian composer and musician, born in Mysore, India
  • 1968 Chynna Phillips, US vocalist (Wilson Philips-Hold On), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1968 Gregory Charles, French-Canadian performing artist, born in Montreal, Canada
  • 1969 Meja [Meja Anna Pernilla Kullersten], Swedish singer-songwriter (How Crazy Are You?), born in Nynäshamn, Stockholm County
  • 1970 Jim Creeggan, Canadian bassist (Barenaked Ladies), born in Scarborough, Toronto