On This Day

Birthdays in Music on February 13

  • 1660 Johann Sigismund Kusser, Hungarian German composer, born in Pressburg, Kingdom of Hungary (d. 1727)
  • 1713 Domingo Miguel Bernaube Terradellas, Spanish composer, born in Barcelona (d. 1751)
  • 1721 John Reid [Robertson], British Army General and composer (d. 1807)
  • 1755 Francois Alexander Sallantin, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1816)
  • 1787 James P Carrell, American hymn composer, born in Washington County, Virgina (d. 1854)
  • 1820 (Albert) Béla Kéler, Hungarian composer, and conductor, born in Bártfa, Kingdom of Hungary (now Bardejov, Slovakia) (d. 1882)
  • 1837 Valentin Zubiaurre, Spanish composer (Ferdinand Set), and educator, born in Garay, Biscay, Spain (d. 1914)
  • 1862 Karel Weis, Czech composer and folk song collector, born in Prague (d. 1944)
  • 1870 Leopold Godowsky, Polish pianist and composer (Java Suite, 53 Studies on Chopin's Études), born in Žasliai, Russian Empire (now Lithuania), (d. 1938)
  • 1873 Fyador Chaliapin, Russian operatic bass-baritone (Boris Godunov), born in Kazan, Russia (d. 1938)
  • 1877 Jāzeps Mediņš, Latvian composer, born in Kaunas, Latvia, Russian Empire (d. 1947)
  • 1883 Bainbridge Crist, American composer (Egyptian Impressions), born in Lawrenceburg, Indiana (d. 1969)
  • 1900 Joseph "Wingy" Manone American jazz trumpeter, composer, singer, and bandleader ("Tar Paper Stomp"; "Downright Disgusted Blues"), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1982)
  • 1902 Valentin Ruiz Aznar, Spanish choirmaster, composer, and priest, born in Borja, Zaragoza, Spain (d. 1972)
  • 1907 Catalina "Katy" de la Cruz, Filipino jazz and torch song singer, born in Bustos, Bulacan, Philippine Islands (d. 2004)
  • 1908 Gerald Strang, American classical and electronic music composer, born in Claresholm, Alberta, Canada (d. 1983)

  • 1908 Lennie Hayton, American pianist, composer, conductor and arranger (Paul Whiteman; Bing Crosby; MGM), born in New York City (d. 1971)
  • 1912 Arthur "Schneeze" Rollini, American big band jazz tenor saxophonist, born in New York City (d. 1993)
  • 1914 George Kleinsinger, American composer (Tubby the Tuba), born in San Bernardino, California (d. 1982)
  • 1918 Irv Cottler, American session and touring drummer (Frank Sinatra; Dinah Shore), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1989)
  • 1919 Joan Edwards, American vocalist (Joan Edwards Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1919 "Tennessee" Ernie Ford, American country music singer ("Sixteen Tons"), and actor, born in Bristol, Tennessee (d. 1991)
  • 1920 Boudleaux Bryant, American country music and pop songwriter ("Love Hurts"; "Bye Bye Love"; "Wake Up Little Susie"), born in Shellman, Georgia (d. 1987)
  • 1920 Eileen Farrell, American soprano (I Got A Right To Sing The Blues; Metropolitan Opera, 1960-66) and film voice (Interrupted Melody), born in Willimantic, Connecticut (d. 2002)
  • 1921 Wardell Gray, American swing and bebop jazz tenor saxophonist, born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 1955)
  • 1923 Yfrah Neaman, Lebanese violinist (d. 2003)
  • 1925 Gene [Eugene] Ames, singer (Ames Brothers), born in Malden, Massachusetts (d. 1997)
  • 1926 Barney Childs, composer
  • 1930 Dorothy "Dottie" McGuire, American pop vocalist (McGuire Sisters - "Sincerely"; "Sugartime"), born in Middletown, Ohio (d. 2012)
  • 1934 George Segal, American actor (Carbon Copy, Fun with Dick & Jane), and banjo player, born in Great Neck, New York
  • 1942 Peter Tork [Thorkelson], American musician and actor (The Monkees), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2019)
  • 1943 Bill Szymczyk, American sound engineer, and record producer (Eagles; Joe Walsh), born in Muskegon, Michigan
  • 1944 Rebop Kwaku Baah, Ghanaian percussionist, born in Konongo, Ghana (d. 1983)
  • 1945 Keith Nichols, English jazz musician, born in Essex, England
  • 1945 King Floyd, American singer-songwriter (Groove Me), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2006)
  • 1945 Roy Dyke, English rock drummer (Ashton, Gardner & Dyke), born in Liverpool, England

  • 1947 Kevin Bloody Wilson [Dennis Bryant], Australian musical comedian, born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1949 Judy Dyble, British folk singer-songwriter (Fairport Convention), born in London (d. 2020)

Person of interestPeter Gabriel

1950 Peter Gabriel, English rock vocalist (Genesis, 1967-75; "In Your Eyes"), born in Surrey, England

Rock Vocalist Peter Gabriel
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  • 1951 Greg Fulginiti, American recording & mastering engineer, born in North Wildwood, New Jersey
  • 1952 Ed Gagliardi, American rock bassist (Foreigner - "Cold As Ice"), born in NYC, (d. 2014)
  • 1953 Rico J. Puno, Filipino pop singer, born in Manila, Philippines (d. 2018)
  • 1955 Jan de Ligt, Dutch saxophonist (I've Got the Bullets)
  • 1955 Scott Smith, Canadian rock bassist (Loverboy), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2000)
  • 1956 Peter Hook, English rock bassist (New Order - "Round & Round"; "Run"), born in Salford, United Kingdom
  • 1957 Tony Butler, British musician & rock bassist (Big Country - "It's A Big Country"; "Wonderland"), born in Shepherd's Bush, London
  • 1957 Doris King, American country vocalist (Girls Next Door - "Slow Boat To China"), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1958 Marc Fox, British percussionist (Haircut 100-Nobody's Fool)
  • 1958 Derek Riggs, British artist (Iron Maiden album covers), born in Portsmouth, England
  • 1960 Michael Craig, English musician and DJ (Culture Club-Do You Want to Hurt Me), born in Hammersmith, London
  • 1961 Henry Rollins [Henry Lawrence Garfield], American musician and actor (Big Ugly Mouth, Talking From the Box), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1961 Les Warner, British musician and producer (The Cult-Fire Woman), born in Fulham, United Kingdom
  • 1966 Frederick "Freedom" Williams, American hip hop and dance music performer (C&C Music Factory - "Everybody Dance Now"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1969 Ahlam [Ahlah Ali Al Shamsi], Bahraini singer, born in Manama, Bahrain
  • 1970 Karoline Krüger, Norwegian singer, born in Bergen, Norway
  • 1971 Sonia [Evans], British singer, born in Liverpool, United Kingdom

Person of interestRobbie Williams

1974 Robbie Williams, English singer (Take That, Feel, She's the One), born in Stoke-on-Trent, England

  • 1976 Feist [Leslie Feist], Canadian singer & songwriter, born in Amherst, Canada
  • 1976 Dave Padden, Canadian musician (Annihilator), born in Canada
  • 1978 Hamish Glencross, Scottish guitarist (My Dying Bride), born in Dundee, Scotland