On This Day

Birthdays in Music on February 18

  • 1632 Giovanni Battista Vitali, composer
  • 1716 Gaspard Fritz, Swiss composer and violinist, born in Geneva (d. 1783)
  • 1751 Karl Haack, German composer, born in Berlin (d. 1819)
  • 1770 Johann Christian Heinrich Rinck, composer
  • 1771 Friedrich Christian Ruppe, composer and violinist, brother of Christian Friedrich Ruppe
  • 1776 John Parry [Bardd Alaw], Welsh composer and harpist, born in Denbigh (d. 1851)
  • 1819 Joseph Philbrick Webster, composer
  • 1841 Samuel Prowse Warren, composer
  • 1850 George Henschel, composer
  • 1880 Eric De Lamarter, American organist, composer and conductor (Chicago Symphony), born in Lansing, Michigan (d. 1953)
  • 1902 Walter Herbert, German-born conductor and impresario (d. 1975)
  • 1914 Pee Wee King, country vocalist (Pee Wee King Song), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1915 Marcel Landowski, French composer (Un enfant appelle), born in Pont-l'Abbé, Brittany (d. 1999)
  • 1929 Agustín González García, Spanish composer (Prince of Viana Prize), born in Alsasua, Navarra
  • 1929 André Mathieu, Canadian pianist & composer (Concerto de Québec), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1968)
  • 1931 Dieter Schonbach, composer

  • 1933 Elly Belder-Ameling, Dutch soprano

Person of interestYoko Ono

1933 Yoko Ono Lennon [Mrs John Lennon], Japanese singer & artist, born in Tokyo, Japan

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • 1934 Skip Battin, American singer-songwriter (The Byrds), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2003)
  • 1934 Aldo Ceccato, Italian conductor (Detroit Symph Orch 1973-77), born in Milan, Italy
  • 1934 Bobby Taylor, American singer & producer who discovered "The Jackson 5" (Motown Records), born in Washington, D.C. (birth year contested-1939) (d. 2017)
  • 1935 Bosko Petrovic, Croatian jazz musician, founder of the Zagreb Jazz Quartet, born in Bjelovar (d. 2011)
  • 1937 Alan Johnson, American 3-time Emmy Award winning choreographer (Springtime for Hitler, West Side Story), born in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania (d. 2018)
  • 1939 Marlos Nobre, composer
  • 1939 Marek Janowski, Polish-born conductor
  • 1940 Fabrizio de André, Italian singer-songwriter (Storia di un impiegato), born in Genoa, Italy (d. 1999)
  • 1941 David Blue, [Cohen], American folk musician (Cupid's Arrow), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 1982)
  • 1941 Herb Santiago, vocalist (Frankie Lymon & Teenagers-Why Do Fools Fall)
  • 1941 Irma Thomas, [Lee], American vocalist (It's Raining)
  • 1946 Buddy Cage, American pedal steel guitarist (New Riders of the Purple Sage, Great Speckled Bird), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1947 Dennis De Young, American vocalist (Styx-Babe), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1948 Keith Knudsen, American drummer, vocalist and songwriter (Doobie Brothers), born in Le Mars, Iowa (d. 2005)
  • 1953 Derek Pellicci, English-born Australian rock drummer (Little River Band-Help Is On It's Way), born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1953 Robin "Robbie" Bachman, Canadian drummer (BTO-You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet, Brave Belt), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba

Person of interestJohn Travolta

1954 John Travolta, American actor (Grease, Pulp Fiction), born in Englewood, New Jersey

  • 1956 Ted Gärdestad, Swedish singer, born in Sollentuna Municipality, Sweden (d. 1997)
  • 1958 Gar Samuelson, American drummer (Megadeth), born in Dunkirk, New York (d. 1999)
  • 1964 Paul Hanley, British musician (The Fall, Tom Hingley and the Lovers), born in Manchester, England

Person of interestDr. Dre

1965 Dr. Dre [Andre Romelle Young], American rapper & record producer (Still D.R.E., The Next Episode), born in Compton, California

Rapper Dr. Dre
Dr. Dre
  • 1970 Raine Maida, Canadian musician (Our Lady Peace), born in Toronto, Canada
  • 1977 Sean Watkins, American guitarist & songwriter, born in Vista, California
  • 1980 Regina Spektor, Russian-born singer & songwriter, born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1982 Courtney Act [Shane Jenek], Australian drag queen, pop singer, entertainer and reality television personality, born in Brisbane, Queensland
  • 1983 Juelz Santana, American rapper, born in Harlem, New York
  • 1984 Buddy Nielsen, American singer (Senses Fail), born in Ridgewood, New Jersey
  • 1994 J-Hope [Jung Ho-seok] South Korean rapper (BTS), born in Gwangju, South Korea,