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)
  • 1885 Licinio Refice, composer
  • 1886 Gustaf Lazarus Nordqvist, composer
  • 1886 Michel Brusselmans, composer
  • 1891 Maurice Yvain, composer
  • 1898 [Le]Roy Harris, Oklahoma, composer (When Johnny Comes Marching Home)
  • 1899 Albert Huybrechts, composer
  • 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, saxophonist/bandleader/vocalist (Glenn Miller Orchestra)
  • 1916 Karl Hubert Rudolf Schiske, Austrian composer (Vom Tode)
  • 1917 Thomas K Scherman, American conductor (Little Orch Society 1947-75), born in NYC, New York
  • 1923 Mel Powell, American composer (Pulitzer Prize Music 1990), born in NYC, New York (d. 1998)
  • 1929 Agustin Gonzalez Acilu, Spanish composer, born in Alsasua
  • 1935 Gene McDaniels, US vocalist, bandleader and actor (Young Swingers)
  • 1936 Arnost Parsch, composer
  • 1939 Ray Manzarek, American keyboardist (Doors-Light My Fire, Unknown Soldier)
  • 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, bassist (3 Dog Night-Joy to the World), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1946 Ajda Pekkan, Turkish singer
  • 1947 Guus Willemse, Dutch bassist/singer (Solution)
  • 1949 Stanley Knight, country artist (Black Oak Arkansas-High on the Hog)
  • 1950 Steve Hackett, rock guitarist (Genesis-Against All Odds/GTR)
  • 1951 Gil "The Bird" Moore, rocker (Triumph)
  • 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, American bassist and record producer
  • 1958 Grant McLennan, Australian musician (The Go-Betweens) (d. 2006)
  • 1959 Omar Hakim, drummer (Dire Straits, Weather Report)
  • 1967 Chitravina N. Ravikiran, Indian composer and musician
  • 1968 Chynna Phillips, vocalist (Wilson Philips-Hold On), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1968 Grégory Charles, French Canadian singer, dancer, pianist, radio and television host
  • 1969 Meja [Anna Kullersten}, Swedish singer-songwriter (How Crazy Are You?), born in Nynäshamn, Stockholm County
  • 1970 Jim Creeggan, Canadian bassist (Barenaked Ladies)