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Musicians Born 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 cellist and composer, who worked in the Spanish court, born in Lucca, Kingdom Of Italy (d. 1803)
  • 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 guitarist, composer (Excelsior; La Celestina), 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
  • 1899 Louis "Kid Shots" Madison, American jazz cornetist (WPA Brass Band; Eureka Brass Band), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1948)
  • 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

  • 1906 Louis Gesensway, Latvian-American violinist (Philadelphia Orchestra, 1926-71), and composer (Ode To Peace), born in Dvinsk, Russian Empire (now Daugavpils, Latvia) (d. 1976)
  • 1911 Nikola Hercigonja, composer
  • 1912 Saul Chaplin, American composer (d. 1997)
  • 1913 Alvin Derold Etler, American oboist, and composer, born in Battle Creek, Iowa (d. 1973)
  • 1915 Frank Glazer, American pianist (Satie), composer and teacher (Eastman School of Music, 1965-80), born in Chester, Wisconsin (d. 2015)
  • 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)
  • 1922 Fredell Lack, American concert violinist, and teacher (University of Houston, 1959-2009), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 2017)
  • 1923 Donald Lybbert, American composer (Zap; Lines for the Fallen), and educator (Hunter College, 1954-80), born in Cresco, Iowa (d. 1981)
  • 1925 Jindřich Feld, Czech composer (Concerto for Flute and Orchestra), born in Prague (d. 2007)
  • 1926 György Kurtág, Hungarian pianist, composer (Stele; Játékok), and teacher (Franz Liszt Academy, 1967-93), 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 (William) "Smokey" Robinson, American soul singer-songwriter (The Miracles - "You Really Got A Hold On Me"; "Tears Of A Clown"; "My Girl"), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1940 Bobby Rogers, American soul tenor vocalist (The Miracles - "You Really Got A Hold On Me"; "Tears Of A Clown"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2013)
  • 1941 Carlos Roqué Alsina, French-Argentinian pianist & composer, born in Buenos Aries
  • 1941 Francisco Feliciano, Filipino conductor and composer (Pokpok Alimpako), born in Morong, Rizal, Philippines (d. 2014)
  • 1943 Lou Christie [Lugee Sacco], American singer-songwriter ("Lightnin' Strikes"), born in Glenwillard, Pennsylvania
  • 1946 Paul Dean, Canadian rock guitarist (Loverboy - "Working For The Weekend"), born in Vancouver, British Columbia

  • 1946 Pierre van der Linden, Dutch drummer (Brainbox; Focus -"Hocus Pocus"), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1946 Alexander Tchaikovsky, Russian composer (Russian Requiem; Symphony No. 7 - Quarantine), born in Moscow, USSR
  • 1948 Mark Andes, American rock bassist (Spirit, 1968-74, 84, 89; Firefall, 1976-79; Heart, 1982-92), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1948 Tony Iommi, American rock guitarist (Black Sabbath - "Paranoid"; "Iron Man"), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1949 Eddie Hardin, English rock pianist and singer (Spencer Davis Group), born in London, England
  • 1950 Andy Powell, British rock guitarist and songwriter (Wishbone Ash - Argus), born in London, England
  • 1951 Alan Merrill [Allan Sachs], American vocalist and songwriter (The Arrows -"I Love Rock 'n' Roll"), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2020)
  • 1954 Frances Bucholz, rocker (Scorpions-Wind of Change)
  • 1954 Michael Gira, American rock singer-songwriter, and musician (Swans; Angels of Light.0, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 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 ("Crazy"; "Kiss From A Rose"; "Love's Divne"), born in London

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  • 1964 Doug Aldrich, American rock guitarist, born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • 1966 Prince Markie Dee [Mark Anthony Morales], American rapper (Fat Boys - "Jail House Rap"), and actor (Disorderlies), born in (d. 2021) [1]
  • 1967 Kate Radley, British keyboardist (Spiritualized - Ladies and Gentleman We Are Floating In Space), born in England
  • 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
  • 1975 Daniel Adair, Canadian drummer and percussionist (Nickelback; 3 Doors Down), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 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 (Mary) Beth Ditto [Patterson], American rock singer (The Gossip), and actress, born in Judsonia, Arkansas,
  • 1981 Vitas [Vitaly Grachev], Russian operatic-pop singer (Opera #2), born in Daugavpils, Latvian SSR (now Latvia)
  • 1983 Mika Nakashima, Japanese pop singer ("Glamorous Sky"; Yuki no Hama" ), and actress (Nana films) born in Hioki, Kagoshima, Japan
  • 1985 Haylie Duff, American actress (7th Heaven; Napoleon Dynamite), and singer-songwriter, born in Houston, Texas
  • 1986 Maria Mena, Norwegian pop-folk singer-songwriter ("Hold Me"; "You're The Only One"), born in Oslo, Norway