On This Day

Musicians Born 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 Fetrás [Otto Faster], German composer (Mondnacht auf der Alster), born in Hamburg, German Confederation (d. 1931)
  • 1856 Willem Kes, Dutch violinist/composer/conductor (Parkorkest Amsterdam)
  • 1866 Johann Strauss III, Austrian composer and conductor (Dem Muthigen gehört die Welt), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1939)
  • 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, American saxophonist and bandleader, known as the Waltz King ("The Waltz You Saved for Me"), born in Savannah Illinois (d. 1985)

  • 1907 Fernando Previtali, Italian composer and conductor (Rome Radio Symphony), born in Adria, Veneto (d. 1985)
  • 1910 Miguel Bernal Jiménez, Mexican organist, composer and pedagogue (Tata Vasco; Tres Cartas de México), born in Morelia, Mexico (d. 1956)
  • 1912 Machito [Francisco "Frank" Grillo], Latin jazz musician and creator of Cu-bop and salsa music (Afro-Cubans), born in Havana, Cuba - NB: birth date and location disputed (d. 1984)
  • 1912 Gwydion Brooke [Holbrooke], British bassoonist (Royal Philharmonic, 1946-1961), born in Kentford, Suffolk, England (d. 2005)
  • 1914 Jimmy Wakely, American country vocalist (5 Star Jubilee), born in Mineola, Arkansas
  • 1916 Bill Doggett, American jazz and blues Hammond B-3 organist (Honky Tonk), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1996)
  • 1916 Charlie Fowlkes, American baritone saxophonist (Count Basie Orchestra, 1953-80), born in New York City (d. 1980)
  • 1918 Patty Andrews, American vocalist (Andrews Sisters), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2013)
  • 1920 Lee Russell, American vocalist (Vincent Lopez), born in Cleveland, Ohio

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1921 Vera-Ellen [Westmeier Rohe], American actress and dancer (White Christmas; Big Leaguer; On the Town), born in Norwood, Ohio (d. 1981)

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  • 1922 Geraint Evans, Welsh bass-baritone opera singer (Knaben Wunderhorn), born in Cilfynydd, Wales (d. 1992)
  • 1925 Carlos Paredes, Portuguese guitar master, born in Coimbra, Portugal (d. 2004)
  • 1930 Peggy King, American jazz and pop vocalist, former TV personality and actress (George Gobel Show), born in Greensburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1931 Ken Takakura [Goichi Oda], Japanese actor and singer (Black Rain, Story of Antarctic), born in Nakama, Fukuoka (d. 2014)
  • 1932 Gretchen Wyler, American actress, dancer and animal rights activist (Silk Stockings), born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma (d. 2007)
  • 1932 Otis Blackwell, American songwriter ("Fever"; "Don't Be Cruel"; "Great Balls Of Fire"; All Shook Up"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2002)
  • 1932 Harry Goz, American musical theatre actor and voice actor, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2003)
  • 1934 Ted Taylor, American gospel and R&B-singer ("Be Ever Wonderful"), born in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, (d. 1987)
  • 1934 Harold "Hal" Kalin, American singer (Kalin Twins), born in Port Jervis, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1935 Salvatore "Sonny" Bono, American musician, vocalist, (Sonny & Cher), actor, and politician (US Congress (R)-CA, 1995-98), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1998)

  • 1936 William "Buddy" Deppenschmidt, American jazz drummer (Charlie Byrd Trio - "Jazz Samba") born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1938 John Corigliano, American composer (Fern Hill, Ghosts of Versailles), born in NYC, New York
  • 1942 Gabriel Brnčić, Chilean composer, and pedagogue, born in Santiago, Chile
  • 1943 Anthony Dowell, ballet dancer (Royal Ballet), born in London, England
  • 1945 Pete Christlieb, American jazz bebop saxophonist (Deacon Blues, Unforgettable), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1950 Kazuki Tomokawa, Japanese acid-folk singer
  • 1950 Roman Tam, Hong Kong famous singer (d. 2002)
  • 1951 Super Chikan [James Johnson], American blues guitarist (Chikadelic), born in Darling, Mississippi
  • 1952 James Ingram, American R&B singer-songwriter and musician ("Somewhere Out There"; "Just Once"), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 2019)
  • 1953 John "Brad" Bradbury, British ska drummer and record producer (The Specials), born in Coventry, England (d. 2015)
  • 1955 Jeff Clayton, American session and touring jazz saxophonist and composer (Groove Shop), born in Venice, California (d. 2020) [1]
  • 1958 Ice-T [Tracy Marrow], American rapper and actor (New Jack City, Tank Girl, Crazy Six), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1960 Peter "Pete" Willis, British musician and songwriter (Def Leppard), born in Sheffield, England
  • 1961 Andy Taylor, British rock guitarist (Duran Duran - "Hungry Like the Wolf"; The Power Station), born in Tynemouth, England
  • 1962 Tony Kiley, British rock drummer (Blow Monkeys - "Wicked Ways")
  • 1962 John Balance, English musician (Coil, Psychic TV), born in Mansfield, England (d. 2004)
  • 1962 John Balance [Geoffrey Rushton], British poet and industrial rock musician (Coil), born in Mansfield, England (d. 2004)
  • 1967 Damon Reece, British drummer (Spiritualized - Ladies and Gentleman We Are Floating In Space), born in London, England
  • 1970 Serdar Ortaç, Turkish pop singer, born in Istanbul, Turkey
  • 1974 Kimberly Whipkey, American pop singer (pcQuest - "Can't You See?"), born in Shawnee, Oklahoma
  • 1975 Nanase Aikawa, Japanese singer
  • 1976 Kyo, Japanese singer (Dir en grey)
  • 1979 Eric Mun, Korean rapper (Shinhwa)
  • 1982 Wasalu Muhammad Jaco, American rock singer (Japanese Cartoon), born in Chicago Illinois
  • 1982 Lupe Fiasco [Wasalu Jaco] American rapper, (Lupe Fiasco's The Cool), born in Chicago Illinois
  • 1990 The Weeknd [Abel Tesfaye] Canadian pop and R&B singer- songwriter (After Hours; Beauty Behind the Madness), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1995 Denzel Curry, American rapper, singer, and composer (Unlocked), born in Carol City, Florida
  • 1999 Marie Ulven, Norwegian alt-pop-rock singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer (girl in red), born in Horten, Norway