Birthdays in Music on February 17

  • 1444 Rudolf Agricola, [Roelof Huysman], Dutch humanist/organist
  • 1653 Arcangelo Corelli, Fusignano Italy, violinist/comp (Concerto Grossi)
  • 1667 Georg Bronner, German composer and organist, born in Hamburg (d. 1720) baptismal date
  • 1675 Johann Melchior Conradi, composer
  • 1696 Ernst Gottlieb Baron, composer, born in Breslau Silesia
  • 1697 Louis-Maurice de La Pierre, composer
  • 1747 Narciso Casanovas, composer
  • 1754 Jan Jachym Kopriva, Czech composer and organist, born in Cítoliby, Czech Republic (d. 1792)
  • 1796 Giovanni Pacini, composer
  • 1816 Friedrich Wilhelm Markull, composer
  • 1820 Henri Vieuxtemps, Verviers Belgium, composer/teacher (Brussels Cons)
  • 1821 Lola Montez, Irish dancer (d. 1861)
  • 1831 Francisco Salvador Daniel, composer
  • 1850 Anton Urspruch, composer
  • 1850 Ludwig Bonvin, composer
  • 1858 Ernest Ford, English composer, born in Warminster, Wiltshire (d. 1919)
  • 1862 Edward German (Jones), Whitchurch Shropshire, British composer
  • 1882 Kurt Schindler, composer
  • 1887 Leevi Antti Madetoja, composer
  • 1906 Ramon Tapales, composer
  • 1907 Alec Wilder, composer (1973 ASCAP award), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1909 Marjorie Lawrence, Australia, soprano (Venus-Tannhäuser)
  • 1913 Oskar Danon, Yugoslav composer, born in Sarajevo (d. 2009)
  • 1913 Rene Leibowitz, composer
  • 1915 Homer Keller, American composer (d. 1996)
  • 1920 Paul Fetler, American composer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1922 Tommy Edwards, rock vocalist (It's All in the Game)
  • 1924 Margaret Truman, Mo, pres daughter/writer (Murder at FBI)/pianist
  • 1925 Ron Goodwin, English composer and conductor (d. 2003)
  • 1926 Friedrich Cerha, composer
  • 1926 Lee Hoiby, composer (1957 Arts & Letters), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1928 Marta Romero, Puerto Rican actress & singer
  • 1930 Usko Merilainen, composer
  • 1932 Buck Trent, Spartanburg SC, banjoist/singer (Hee Haw)
  • 1933 Bobby Lewis, singer (Tossin' & Turnin'), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1935 Johnny Bush, country singer
  • 1937 Mickey McGill, US vocalist (Dells-Love is Blue)
  • 1939 John Leyton, British singer
  • 1941 Gene Pitney, vocalist/songwriter (Town Without Pity), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1944 Karl Jenkins, Welsh composer
  • 1947 Ben Cramer, Dutch vocalist (Clown)
  • 1948 José José, Mexican singer and actor
  • 1949 Fred Frith, English guitarist/violinist/bassist (Skeleton Crew)
  • 1950 Rick Medlocke, rock guitarist/vocalist (Blackfoot)
  • 1957 Loreena McKennitt, Canadian musician
  • 1962 David McComb, Australia, vocalist/songwriter (Triffids)
  • 1962 Samuel Bayer, American music video director
  • 1963 Dan Reed, rocker/actor (HOTS, Lake Consequence)
  • 1966 Melissa Brooke-Belland, rocker (Voice of the Beehive-Let it Bee)
  • 1966 Quorthon, Swedish musician (Bathory) (d. 2004)
  • 1966 Michael Lepond, American musician
  • 1967 Chanté Moore, American singer
  • 1968 Patrick Uterwijk, pop guitarist (Pestilence, Consuming Impulse)
  • 1970 Tim Mahoney, American musician (311)
  • 1971 Martyn Bennett, Canadian composer (d. 2005)

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1972 Billie Joe Armstrong, singer/musician (Green Day), born in Oakland, California

  • 1972 Taylor Hawkins, American musician (Foo Fighters)
  • 1972 Yuki Isoya, Japanese singer (formerly Judy and Mary)
  • 1974 Kaoru, Japanese musician
  • 1974 Bryan White, American singer
  • 1975 Wish Bone, American rapper
  • 1975 Harisu, South Korean singer, model and actress
  • 1982 Lupe Fiasco, American rapper

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

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  • 1992 Meaghan Jette Martin, American child actress and singer