On This Day

Musicians Born on February 12

  • 1567 Thomas Campion, English composer, poet and physician, born in London, England (d. 1620)
  • 1740 Matej Sojka, Bohemian composer, born in Vilémov (d. 1817)
  • 1751 Joseph Waast Aubert Nonot, French organist and composer
  • 1752 Josef Reicha, Czech composer
  • 1753 Lambert-Francois Godecharle, composer
  • 1758 Christian Ignatius Latrobe, English clergyman and composer (Selection of Sacred Music), born in the Fulneck Moravian Settlement, Yorkshire (d. 1836)
  • 1760 Jan Ladislav Dussek, Bohemia, pianist/composer, born in Arras, France (d. 1840)
  • 1778 Franz Joseph Volkert, Austrian composer, conductor and organist, born in Vienna (d.1845)
  • 1853 Bertram Luard-Selby, British organist and composer, born in Ightham, Kent, England (d. 1918)
  • 1870 Joe Howard, American vaudeville, Broadway, and television singer (Gay Nineties Revue), and songwriter ("Hello Ma Baby"), born in NYC, New York (d. 1961) [1]
  • 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, Italian priest and composer (Cecilia), born in Patrica, Italy (d. 1954)
  • 1886 Gustaf Lazarus Nordqvist, Swedish organist & composer, born in Stockholm (d. 1949)
  • 1886 Michel Brusselmans, Belgian composer (Flemish Rhapsody), born in Paris, France (d. 1960)
  • 1891 Maurice Yvain, French operetta composer, born in Paris, France (d. 1965)

  • 1898 Roy Harris, American composer (When Johnny Comes Marching Home: An American Overture), born near Chandler, Oklahoma (d. 1979)
  • 1899 Albert Huybrechts, Belgian composer, born in Dinant, Belgium (d. 1936)
  • 1902 William D. Revelli, American band leader, born in Spring Gulch, Colorado (d. 1994)
  • 1909 Barry Wood [Louis Rappaport], American pop vocalist (Your Hit Parade; "We Did It Before (And We Can Do It Again)"), 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, Danube Monarchy (now Hungary) (d. 1969)
  • 1917 Thomas Scherman, American conductor (Little Orchestra Society, 1947-75), born in NYC, New York (d. 1979)
  • 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)
  • 1922 Elisabeth Carron, American soprano ("The Saint of Bleecker Street"; New York City Opera, 1958-73), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2016)
  • 1923 Mel Powell, American composer (Pulitzer Prize Music 1990), born in NYC, New York (d. 1998)
  • 1935 Gene McDaniels, American vocalist ("A Hundred Pounds Of Clay"), songwriter ("I Feel Like Making Love") and actor (Young Swingers), born in Kansas City, Kansas (d. 2011)
  • 1936 Arnost Parsch, Czech composer, born in Bučovice, Czech Republic (d. 2013)
  • 1939 Ray Manzarek, American rock organist and songwriter (The Doors - "Light My Fire"; "Love Her Madly"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2013)
  • 1942 Lionel Grigson, British jazz pianist, and horn player, born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire (d. 1994)
  • 1942 Rick Frank, American drummer (Elephant's Memory)
  • 1944 Marian "Moe" Bandy, American country vocalist (Just Good Ol' Boys), born in Meridian, Mississippi
  • 1945 Joe Schermie, American bass player (Three 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, American southern rock guitarist (Black Oak Arkansas - High on the Hog), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 2013)

  • 1950 Steve Hackett, British progressive rock guitarist, and composer (Genesis, 1971-77; GTR), born in Pimilco, London, England
  • 1951 Gil Moore, Canadian hard rock drummer and vocalist (Triumph) and recording studio owner (Metalworks), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1952 Michael McDonald, American rock singer and keyboardist (Doobie Brothers - "What A Fool Believes"), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1954 Tzimis Panousis, Greek musician and stand-up comedian
  • 1955 Bill Laswell, American bassist and record producer, born in Salem, Illinois
  • 1956 Brian Robertson, Scottish rock guitarist (Thin Lizzy), 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, American pop vocalist (Wilson Philips - "Hold On"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1969 Meja [Meja Anna Pernilla Kullersten], Swedish singer-songwriter (How Crazy Are You?), born in Nynäshamn, Stockholm County
  • 1969 Byron Stroud, Canadian heavy metal bassist, born in New Westminster, British Columbia
  • 1970 Jim Creeggan, Canadian bassist (Barenaked Ladies), born in Scarborough, Toronto
  • 1982 Bobi Wine [Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu], Ugandan politician and pop star, born in Mpigi District, Uganda
  • 1983 Lavinia Meijer, Dutch harpist (Metamorphosis / The Hours), born in South Korea