On This Day

Birthdays in Music on February 15

  • 1557 Alfonso Fontanelli, Italian composer (Ferrara school), born in Reggio nell'Emilia (d. 1622)
  • 1740 Ernst Eichner, German composer and bassoonist, born in Arolsen (d. 1777)
  • 1760 Jean-Francois Le Sueur, French composer during the revolution, born in Drucat-Plessiel, France (d. 1837)
  • 1783 Johann Nepomuk Poissl, Bavarian composer, born in Rattiszell, Bavaria (d. 1865)
  • 1789 Friedrich Fesca, German composer and violinist, born in Magdeburg (d, 1826)
  • 1797 Heinrich [Henry] Engelhard Steinway, German American piano maker (Steinway & Sons), born in Wolfshagen im Harz, Duchy of Brunswick (d. 1871)
  • 1807 Ignacy Feliks Dobrzynski, Polish composer, born in Romanów, Russian Empire (d. 1867)
  • 1822 Theodor Uhlig, German composer and violinist, born in Wurzen, Saxony (d. 1853)
  • 1847 Robert Fuchs, Austrian composer, and teacher (Vienna Conservatory, 1875-1912), born in Frauental, Austria (d. 1927)
  • 1855 Gustav Hollaender, German violinist, conductor, and composer, born in Leobschütz, Germany (d. 1915)
  • 1874 Emilis Melngailis, Latvian composer and ethnomusicologist, born in Vidriži, Russian Empire (d. 1954)
  • 1885 Richard Würz, German composer, and music critic, born in Munich, Germany (d. 1965)
  • 1893 Walter Donaldson, American pianist and popular song composer ("Makin' Whoopee"; "My Blue Heaven"; My Buddy"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1947)
  • 1899 Georges Auric, French composer (one of Les Six), born in Lodève, Hérault, France (d. 1983)
  • 1901 James "Kokomo" Arnold, American blues slide guitarist, and singer, born in Lovejoy's Station, Georgia (d. 1968) [some research gives birth year as 1896]
  • 1905 Harold Arlen [Hyman Arluck], American composer ("Over the Rainbow"; "It's Only A Paper Moon"; "Stormy Weather"), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1986)

  • 1907 Jean Langlais, French organist, and composer (Missa Salve Regina), born in La Fontenelle, Brittany, France (d. 1991)
  • 1916 Ronnie Aldrich, British easy listening and jazz pianist, arranger, and composer, born in Erith, Kent, England (d. 1993)
  • 1920 Ingmar Milveden, Swedish organist, composer, and musicologist, born in Gothenburg, Sweden (d. 2007)
  • 1927 Gottfrid Gräsbeck, Finnish choral director, and composer, born in Turku, Finland (d. 2010)
  • 1928 (Mary) Norma Procter, British contralto, born in Cleethorpes, Engand (d. 2017)
  • 1937 Zoltán Peskó, Hungarian opera conductor and composer, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 2020)
  • 1941 Brian Holland, American pianist, songwriter and producer (Holland–Dozier–Holland - "Heat Wave"; "Where Did Our Love Go"; "You Keep Me Hanging On"), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1942 Glyn Johns, British recording engineer and producer (Eagles; The Who; Eric Clapton), born in Epsom, Surrey, England
  • 1944 Michael "Mick" Avory, British rock drummer (The Kinks, 1964-84 - "A Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy"), born in East Molesey, Surrey
  • 1945 John Helliwell, British rock Saxophonist (Supertramp - "The Logical Song"), born in Todmorden, West Riding of Yorkshire
  • 1947 John Adams, American composer (Nixon In China), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 1947 David Brown, American guitarist (Santana), born in NYC, New York (d. 2000)
  • 1949 Christopher Rouse, American composer (1993 Pulitzer Prize for Music), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2019)
  • 1949 Hans Graf, Austrian conductor, and educator, born in Marchtrenk, Austria
  • 1951 Melissa Manchester, American pop singer (Don't Cry Out Loud), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1955 Hugh Padgham, English record producer and audio engineer (Phil Collins; The Police), born in Amersham, Buckinghamshire
  • 1957 Jake E Lee, American rock guitarist (Badlands, 1988-93; Ozzy Osborne, 1982-89), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • 1959 Alistar "Ali" Campbell, British reggae vocalist and guitarist (UB40, 1978-2008 - "Red Red Wine"), born in Birmingham, England.
  • 1960 Mikey Craig, English musician and DJ (Culture Club - "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me"), born in Hammersmith, London
  • 1967 Jane Child, Canadian musician, born in Toronto, Ontario

  • 1968 Axelle Red, Belgian singer and songwriter, born in Hasselt, Belgium
  • 1969 Birdman [Bryan Williams], American record executive and rapper, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1970 Gloria Trevi, Mexican singer and songwriter (Que Hago Aqui?), born in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico
  • 1974 Mr. Lordi [Tomi Petteri Putaansuu], Finnish singer (Lordi), born in Rovaniemi, Finland

Person of interestBrandon Boyd

1976 Brandon Boyd, American rock singer (Incubus - Make Yourself), born in Van Nuys, California

Musician Brandon Boyd
Musician
Brandon Boyd
  • 1976 Ronnie Vannucci Jr., American drummer (The Killers), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1977 Brooks Wackerman, American drummer (Bad Religion, Avenged Sevenfold), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1978 Kimberly Goss, American singer and musician (Sinergy), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1980 Conor Oberst, American singer and songwriter (Bright Eyes), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1980 Benedict Sheehan, American composer, and choral director (Saint Tikhon Choir), born in Franconia, New Hampshire
  • 1981 Matt Hoopes, American rock guitarist (Relient K), born in Canton, Ohio
  • 1981 Olivia Longott, American hip-hop and R&B singer (G-Unit), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1983 Ashley Cafagna Tesoro, American actress (Saved By The Bell:The New Class; The Bold and the Beautiful), and country and Christian singer, born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • 1984 Doda [Dorota Rabczewska], Polish pop and rock singer-songwriter (Virgin; Diamond B*tch), born in Ciechanów, Poland
  • 1984 Gary Clark Jr. American blues-rock-soul singer-songwriter and guitarist (This Land; The Story of Sonny Boy Slim), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1988 Hironori Kusano, Japanese J-pop singer (NEWS), born in Yokohama, Japan

Person of interestMegan Thee Stallion

1995 Megan Thee Stallion [Pete], American rapper, singer, and songwriter ("Savage"; Good News), born in San Antonio, Texas

Rapper and Singer-Songwriter Megan Thee Stallion
Rapper and Singer-Songwriter
Megan Thee Stallion