On This Day

Musicians Born on February 17

  • 1444 Rudolf Agricola [Roelof Huysman], Dutch humanist/organist
  • 1653 Arcangelo Corelli, Italian violinist/composer (Concerto Grossi), born in Fusignano, Italy (d. 1713)
  • 1667 Georg Bronner, German composer and organist, born in Hamburg (d. 1720) baptismal date
  • 1675 Johann Melchior Conradi, German composer, born in Oettingen (d. 1756)
  • 1696 Ernst Gottlieb Baron, German lutenist and composer, born in Breslau, Silesia (d. 1760)
  • 1697 Louis-Maurice de La Pierre, French composer, born in Versailles, France (d. 1753)
  • 1747 Narciso Casanovas, Spanish keyboard player, composer, and Benedictine monk, born in Sabadell, Spain (d. 1799)
  • 1754 Jan Jachym Kopriva, Czech composer and organist, born in Cítoliby, Czech Republic (d. 1792)
  • 1796 Giovanni Pacini, Italian composer of opera (Saffo), born in Catania, Sicily (d. 1867)
  • 1816 Friedrich Wilhelm Markull, German composer and muscian, born in Reichenbach, Prussia (1887)
  • 1820 Henri Vieuxtemps, Belgian violin prodigy, composer, and teacher (Brussels Conservatory), born in Verviers, United Kingdom of the Netherlands (now Belgium) (d. 1881)
  • 1821 Lola Montez, Irish dancer and courtesan, born in Grange, Ireland (d. 1861)
  • 1831 Francisco Salvador Daniel, French composer, and ethno-musicologist, born in Bourges, France (d. 1871)
  • 1850 Anton Urspruch, German composer, born in Frankfurt (d. 1907)
  • 1850 Ludwig Bonvin, Swiss born composer who worked in America, born in Sierre, Switzerland ( d. 1939)
  • 1855 Aleksander Różycki, Polish pianist, composer, and music teacher, born in Zhitomir, Russian Empire (d. 1915)

  • 1858 Ernest Ford, English composer, born in Warminster, Wiltshire (d. 1919)
  • 1862 Edward German (Jones), English composer (Merrie England), born in Whitchurch, Shropshire (d. 1936)
  • 1864 Andrew Barton "Banjo" Paterson, Australian bush poet (Waltzing Matilda, The Man From Snowy River), born near Orange, New South Wales (d. 1941)
  • 1882 Kurt Schindler, German-American composer and conductor, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1935)
  • 1887 Leevi Antti Madetoja, Finnish composer (Pohjalaisia), conductor and teacher, born in Oulu, Finland, (d. 1947)
  • 1905 Orville "Hoppy" Jones, American bass singer and cellist (The Ink Spots - "If I Didn't Care"), born in Chicago, Illinois (1944)
  • 1906 Ramon Tapales, Filipino composer and conductor, born in Baybay, Philippines (d. 1995)
  • 1907 Alec Wilder, American classical, jazz, and pop music composer (The Churkendoose), and musicologist (American Popular Song: The Great Innovators, 1900-1950), born in Rochester, New York (d. 1980)
  • 1907 Marjorie Lawrence, Australian-American operatic soprano (Wagner; Interrupted Melody), born in Deans Marsh, Australia (d. 1979)
  • 1910 Alfred Mendelsohn, Romanian composer, and conductor (Romanian National Opera, 1944-63), and teacher, born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 1966)
  • 1913 Oskar Danon, Yugoslav conductor (Belgrade Opera, 1944-65), born in Sarajevo, Austro-Hungarian Empire (now Bosnia and Herzegovina) (d. 2009)
  • 1913 Rene Leibowitz, Polish-born French composer (d. 1972)
  • 1915 Homer Keller, American classical composer, born in Oxnard, California (d. 1996)
  • 1920 Paul Fetler, American composer (December Stillness; Three Poems By Walt Whitman), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2018)
  • 1922 Tommy Edwards, American R&B singer-songwriter ("It's All In The Game"), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1969)
  • 1923 Boniface "Buddy" DeFranco, Italian-American jazz clarinetist and bandleader (Glenn Miller Orchestra), born in Camden, New Jersey (d. 2014)
  • 1924 Margaret Truman, American presidential daughter, writer (Murder at FBI) and pianist, born in Independence, Missouri (d. 2008)
  • 1925 Ron Goodwin, English composer and conductor, Plymouth, Devon, England (d. 2003)
  • 1926 Friedrich Cerha, Austrian composer and conductor, born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1926 Lee Hoiby, American concert pianist and composer (1957 Arts & Letters; Summer and Smoke), born in Madison, Wisconsin (d. 2011)

  • 1928 Marta Romero, Puerto Rican actress & singer (La Divina Infiel, The Shadow of the Bat), born in Ponce, Puerto Rico (d. 2013)
  • 1929 Dame Patricia Routledge, British stage and screen actress and singer (Keeping Up Appearances; Talking Heads: A Lady of Letters), born in Tranmere, Birkenhead
  • 1930 Usko Merilainen, Finnish composer, born in Tampere, Finland (d. 2004)
  • 1932 Charles "Buck" Trent, American banjoist and singer (Hee Haw), born in Spartanburg, South Carolina
  • 1935 Johnny Bush, American country singer, born in Houston, Texas (d. 2020)
  • 1936 John Leyton, British actor and singer ("Johnny Remember Me"), born in Frinton-on-Sea, England
  • 1937 Mickey McGill, American vocalist (Dells - "Love is Blue"), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1941 Gene Pitney, American vocalist and songwriter ("Town Without Pity"; "Hello Mary Lou"; "He's A Rebel"), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2006)
  • 1944 Karl Jenkins, Welsh composer (Adiemus), born in Penclawdd, Wales
  • 1947 Ben Cramer, Dutch pop and musical theater singer ("De Clown"), born in Amsterdam. Holland
  • 1947 Dodie Stevens [Geraldine Pasquale], American pop singer ("Pink Shoe Laces"), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1948 José José 'The Prince of Song' [José Rómulo Sosa Ortiz], Mexican singer and actor, born in Mexico City, Mexico (d. 2019)
  • 1949 Fred Frith, English guitarist, violinist and bassist (Skeleton Crew), born in Heathfield, England
  • 1950 Rick Medlocke, American rock guitarist and vocalist (Blackfoot), born in Jackson, Florida
  • 1957 Loreena McKennitt, Canadian world and Celtic harpist, accordion, and piano player, singer, and composer ("The Mummer's Dance"), born in Morden, Manitoba
  • 1962 David McComb, Australian singer-songwriter, and guitarist (The Triffids, 1976-89; d The Blackeyed Susans, 1989–93), born in Perth, Australia (d. 1999)
  • 1962 Samuel Bayer, American music video director
  • 1966 Melissa Brooke-Belland, American musician (Voice of the Beehive-Let it Bee), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1966 Quorthon [Thomas Forsberg], Swedish heavy and Viking metal musician, and record producer (Bathory), born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 2004)
  • 1966 Michael Lepond, American musician (Symphony X), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1967 Chanté Moore, American R&B singer, actress and author (Precious), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1968 Patrick Uterwijk, Dutch heavy metal guitarist (Pestilence - Consuming Impulse), born in The Netherlands
  • 1970 Tim Mahoney, American rock guitarist (311), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1971 Martyn Bennett [-Knight], Canadian-Scottish celtic-fusion piper, pianist, and composer, born in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador (d. 2005)

Person of interestBillie Joe Armstrong

1972 Billie Joe Armstrong, American singer and musician (Green Day - "Basket Case"; "American Idiot"), born in Oakland, California

  • 1972 Taylor Hawkins, American drummer (Foo Fighters - "Everlong"; "My Hero"), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1972 Yuki Isoya, Japanese singer (formerly Judy and Mary)
  • 1974 Kaoru, Japanese musician, born in Hyogo, Japan
  • 1974 Bryan White, American singer, born in Lawton, Oklahoma
  • 1975 Harisu, South Korean singer, model and actress
  • 1977 Matthew Kaminski, jazz, and baseball organist (Atlanta Braves), polka accordionist, and educator, born in Chicago, Illinois

Person of interestEd Sheeran

1991 Ed Sheeran, English singer-songwriter ("Shape of You"; "Thinking Out Loud"), born in Halifax, England

Singer-Songwriter Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran
  • 1992 Meaghan Martin, American actress and singer (Camp Roc), born in Fallon, Nevada