Birthdays in Music on February 16

  • 1684 Bohuslav Matěj Černohorský, Nymburk, Bohemia, Czech monk/composer
  • 1709 Charles Avison, English composer, born in Newcastle upon Tyne (d. 1770) baptismal date
  • 1774 Pierre Rode, French composer and violinist, born in Bordeaux, Aquitaine (d. 1830)
  • 1790 Chretien Urhan, composer
  • 1813 Semyon Stepanovich Gulak-Artemovsky, composer
  • 1826 Franz von Holstein, composer
  • 1836 Benjamin Edward Woolf, Dutch composer
  • 1847 Ludwig Philipp Scharwenka, German composer (Album polonaise)
  • 1854 Oscar Fetras, composer
  • 1856 Willem Kes, Dutch violinist/composer/conductor (Parkorkest Amsterdam)
  • 1866 Johann Strauss, Austrian composer (Waltz King)
  • 1874 Marie Gutheil-Schoder, German soprano (d. 1935)
  • 1878 Selim Palmgren, Finnish pianist and composer (Daniel Hjort), born in Pori, Finland (d. 1951)
  • 1890 Semyon Semyonovich Bogatiryov, composer
  • 1896 Alexander Brailowsky, Russian pianist (Chopin)
  • 1901 Wayne King, Savannah Ill, saxophonist/bandleader (Waltz King)
  • 1905 José Muñoz Molleda, a Spanish composer, journalist, jurist and politician
  • 1907 Fernando Previtali, composer
  • 1910 Miguel Bernal Jiminez, composer
  • 1912 Machito "Frank Grillo", Florida, bandleader (created salsa music)
  • 1914 Jimmy Wakely, country vocalist (5 Star Jubilee), born in Mineola, Arkansas
  • 1916 Bill Doggett [William Ballard Doggett], American jazz and blues musician (Honky Tonk), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1996)
  • 1918 Patty Andrews, American vocalist (Andrews Sisters), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1920 Lee Russell, vocalist (Vincent Lopez), born in Cleveland, Ohio

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1921 Vera-Ellen [Westmeier Rohe], American actress/dancer (Wonder Man), born in Norwood, Ohio

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  • 1922 Geraint Evans, British opera vocalist (Knaben Wunderhorn)
  • 1930 Peggy King, vocalist/actress (George Gobel Show), born in Greensburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1932 Otis Blackwell, composer/singer
  • 1934 Austin "Ted" Taylor, US gospel/R&B-singer (Be Ever Wonderful)
  • 1934 Harold "Hal" Kalin, American singer (Kalin Twins), born in Port Jervis, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1935 Sonny Bono, vocalist (Sonny & Cher)/(Rep-R-Ca, 1995-98), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1938 John Corigliano, American composer (Fern Hill, Ghosts of Versailles), born in NYC, New York
  • 1942 Gabriel Brncic, composer
  • 1943 Anthony Dowell, ballet dancer (Royal Ballet), born in London, England
  • 1950 Kazuki Tomokawa, Japanese acid-folk singer
  • 1950 Roman Tam, Hong Kong famous singer (d. 2002)
  • 1952 James Ingram, American vocalist (Just Once), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1955 Jeff Clayton, US jazz saxophonist/composer (Groove Shop)
  • 1958 Ice-T [Tracy Marrow], American rapper and actor (New Jack City, Tank Girl, Crazy Six), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1961 Andy Taylor, England, rock guitarist (Duran Duran-Hungry Like the Wolf)
  • 1962 Tony Kiley, rocker (Blow Monkeys-Wicked Ways)
  • 1962 John Balance, English musician (Coil, Psychic TV), born in Mansfield, England (d. 2004)
  • 1965 Dave Lombardo, Cuban drummer (Slayer)
  • 1970 Serdar Ortac, Turkish popstar
  • 1974 Kimberly Dawn Whipany, Oklahoma, rocker (PC Quest-Can You See)
  • 1975 Nanase Aikawa, Japanese singer
  • 1976 Kyo, Japanese singer (Dir en grey)
  • 1979 Eric Mun, Korean rapper (Shinhwa)
  • 1982 Wasalu Muhammad Jaco, American rapper
  • 1990 The Weeknd [Abel Makkonen Tesfaye], Canadian singer-songwriter (Beauty Behind the Madness), born in Toronto, Ontario