On This Day

Birthdays in Music on February 19

  • 1616 Jacques de Saint-Luc, Flemish composer and lutenist, born in Ath (d. ca. 1710)
  • 1671 Charles-Hubert Gervais, French baroque composer, born at the Palais Royal, Paris, France (d. 1744)
  • 1743 [Ridolfo] Luigi Boccherini, Italian composer, cellist (Minuet)
  • 1762 Friedrich Franz Hurka, Czech tenor and composer (d. 1805)
  • 1812 Lauro Rossi, Italian composer (I falsi monetari), born in Macerata (d. 1885)
  • 1841 Felipe Pedrell, Spanish composer and musical scholar, born in Tortosa, Spain (d. 1922)
  • 1843 Adelina Patti, opera soprano (Lucio), born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1863 Emánuel Moór, Hungarian composer, pianist, and inventor of musical instruments, born in Kecskemét, Hungary (d. 1931)
  • 1877 Louis Francois-Marie Aubert, French composer (Habanera)
  • 1880 Arthur Shepherd, American composer, born in Paris, Indiana (d. 1958)
  • 1881 Armin Knab, German composer (Eichendorff-cycle)
  • 1886 George Luther Foote, composer
  • 1902 John Bubbles, rhythm tap dancer (No Maps on My Taps), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1906 Grace Mary Williams, Welsh composer (Penillion), born in Barry (d. 1977)
  • 1906 Hendrik W C Spruit, Dutch conductor
  • 1911 Nikola Hercigonja, composer

  • 1912 Saul Chaplin, American composer (d. 1997)
  • 1913 Alvin Derold Etler, composer
  • 1918 Fay McKenzie, American actress and singer (The Party, Sierra Sue), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2019)
  • 1921 Claude Rene Georges Pascal, composer
  • 1922 Josef Matej, Czech composer, born in Brusperk (d. 1992)
  • 1923 Donald Lybbert, composer
  • 1925 Jindřich Feld, Czech composer (Concerto for Flute and Orchestra), born in Prague (d. 2007)
  • 1926 Gyorgy Kurtag, Hungarian composer (Stele), born in Lugoj, Romania
  • 1932 Jean-Pierre Ponnele, opera director (Carmina Burana), born in Paris, France
  • 1936 Bob Engemann, American singer (The Lettermen), born in Highland Park, Michigan (d. 2013)
  • 1940 Smokey [William] Robinson, American R&B and soul singer-songwriter (The Miracles), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1940 Bobby Rogers, American vocalist (Miracles-You Really Got a Hold on Me), (d. 2013)
  • 1941 Carlos Roqué Alsina, French-Argentinian pianist & composer, born in Buenos Aries
  • 1943 Lou Christie [Lugee Sacco], American singer-songwriter (Lightning Striking Again), born in Glenwillard, Pennsylvania
  • 1946 Paul Dean, rock guitarist/vocalist (Loverboy), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1946 Pierre van der Linden, Dutch drummer (Brainbox)
  • 1948 Mark Andes, American rock bassist (Spirit, Heart, Fireball), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1948 Tony Iommi, rock guitarist (Black Sabbath-Paranoid, Iron Man)
  • 1949 Eddie Hardin, English rock pianist and singer (Spencer Davis Group), born in London, England
  • 1950 Andy Powell, rocker (Wishbone Ash)

  • 1954 Frances Bucholz, rocker (Scorpions-Wind of Change)
  • 1954 Jamie West-Oram, rock guitarist (Fixx)
  • 1956 Dave Wakeling, rock singer/guitarist
  • 1956 Peter Holsapple, rocker (Continental Drifters)
  • 1957 Falco [Johann "Hans" Hölzel], Austrian rock vocalist (Rock Me Amadeus), born in Vienna, Austria

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1963 Seal [Henry Olusegun Adeola Samuel], English singer-songwriter (Killer, Crazy, Kiss by a Rose), born in London

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  • 1964 Doug Aldrich, American rock guitarist, born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • 1966 Prince Markie D, [Mark Morale], rocker (Fat Boys-Jail House Rock)
  • 1968 Frank Watkins, US heavy metalist bass (Obituary, Cause of Death)
  • 1969 Burton C. Bell, American vocalist
  • 1971 Gil Shaham, Israeli-American violinist, born in Urbana, Illinois
  • 1977 Ola Salo, Swedish singer (The Ark)
  • 1978 Immortal Technique, American rapper
  • 1979 Mariska [Anna Maria Rahikainen], Finnish rapper, born in Helsinki, Finland
  • 1979 Mariana Ochoa, Mexican singer and actress
  • 1981 Beth Ditto, American singer (The Gossip)
  • 1981 Vitas, Russian singer
  • 1981 Daniel Letterle, American Actor and Singer
  • 1983 Mika Nakashima, Japanese singer/actress
  • 1985 Haylie Duff, American singer/actress
  • 1986 Maria Mena, Norwegian singer