On This Day

Musicians Born on February 2

  • 1669 Louis Marchand, French baroque composer and organist (d. 1732)
  • 1714 Gottfried August Homilius, composer
  • 1748 Christian Gottfried Thomas, composer
  • 1773 Vincenc Tomas Vaclav Tucek, composer
  • 1804 Leopold Eugen Mechura, composer
  • 1817 Jose Maria de la Purificacion Ventura, composer
  • 1835 Luigi Manzotti, Italian mine dancer and ballet choreographer, born in Milan (d. 1905)
  • 1840 Louis Bourgault-Ducoudray, composer
  • 1844 Leander Schlegel, composer
  • 1847 Jules Francois Blasini, Curacaos pianist/composer
  • 1856 Makar Grigori Ekmalyan, Armenian composer (Patarag), born in Vagharshapat, Erivan Governorate< russian Empire (now Armenia) (d. 1905)
  • 1873 Leopold Fall, Austrian operetta composer (Dollar Princess)
  • 1875 Friedrich-Max "Fritz" Kreisler, Austrian-American violinist and composer (Alt-Wiener Tanzweisen), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1962)
  • 1883 Mikhail Fabianovich Gnesin, composer
  • 1887 Ernst Hanfstängl, German pianist and politician (d. 1975)
  • 1888 Candelario Huízar, Mexican violist, horn player, and classical and canción composer ("Surco"), born in Jerez, Zacatecas, Mexico (d. 1970)

  • 1901 Jascha Heifetz, US violin virtuoso (Carnegie Hall), born in Vilnius, Lithuania
  • 1904 Jose Enrique Pedreira, composer
  • 1908 Pavel Sivic, Slovenian composer, born in Radovljica, Slovenia (d. 1995)
  • 1908 Renzo Rossellini, Italian composer, born in Rome, Italy (d. 1982)
  • 1911 Jean-Jacques Grunenwald, French organist/composer
  • 1911 Johan J "Jussi" Bjorling, Swedish tenor
  • 1912 Burton Lane, Broadway composer (Finian's Rainbow)
  • 1919 Lisa Della Casa, Swiss operatic soprano (Metropolitan Opera, 1953-67), born in Burgdorf, Switzerland (d. 2012)
  • 1924 Elfi von Dassanowsky, Austrian-American producer and musician
  • 1924 Sonny Stitt [Edward Hammond Boatner Jr], American jazz saxophonist (Blows the Blues), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1982)
  • 1925 Michel Philippot, French composer and musicologist, born in Verzy, France (d. 1996)
  • 1925 Elaine Stritch, American actress (30 Rock, Two's Company), singer and member of the American Theater Hall of Fame, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2014)
  • 1927 Richard Vance Maxfield, composer
  • 1927 Stan Getz [Stanley Gayetski], American jazz tenor saxophonist (Benny Goodman, Jimmy Dorsey), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1991)
  • 1928 Alan Fluck, musical educationalist
  • 1929 Reiner Bredemeyer, German composer, born in Vélez, Colombia (d. 1995)
  • 1929 Waldemar Kmentt, Austrian operatic tenor (Vienna State Opera, 1951-2005), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2015)
  • 1933 Tony Jay, British-American actor, voice artist, and singer (The Hunchback of Notre Dame - "Frollo"), born in London, England (d. 2006)
  • 1937 Martina Arroyo, American opera soprano (NY Metropolitan Opera, 1965-78), born in New York City
  • 1937 Tommy Smothers, American comedian and folk singer (The Smothers Brothers Show; Serial), born in NYC, New York

  • 1940 Alan Caddy, English musician (The Tornados), born in Chelsea, London (d. 2000)
  • 1941 Serge Tcherepnin, French American composer (Serge Modular synthesizer.), born in Issy-les-Moulineaux, France
  • 1942 Graham Nash, British-American musician and singer-songwriter (The Hollies - "Bus Stop"; Crosby, Stills & Nash - "Our House"), born in Blackpool, Lancashire
  • 1943 Peter MacBeth, rocker (Foundations)
  • 1944 Andrew Davis, British conductor ( Toronto Symphony, 1975-88; BBC Symphony, 1989-2000; Lyric Opera of Chicago, 2000-21), born in Ashbridge, England,
  • 1944 Ursula Oppens, American pianist and co-founder (Speculum Musicae-NYC), born in NYC, New York
  • 1945 Ronnie Goodson, American singer (Hi-Lites), born in New Jersey (d. 1980)
  • 1946 Howard Bellamy, American pop and country vocalist (Bellamy Bros - Let Your Love Flow), born in Darby, Florida
  • 1947 Derek Shulman, Scottish musician (Gentle Giant), born in Glasgow
  • 1947 Peter Lucia, American rock drummer (Tommy James & Shondells - "Crystal Blue Persuasion"), born in Morristown, New Jersey
  • 1949 Jetty Weels, Surinamese/Dutch vocalist (Mai Tai)
  • 1949 Ross Valory, rock bassist (Journey - "Don't Stop Believin'"; "Open Arms"), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1949 Tom Tripplehorn, American jazz and rock session and touring guitarist (Gary Lewis & Playboys - "This Diamond Ring"), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 2019)
  • 1951 Alphonso Johnson, American jazz bassist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1954 Hansi Hinterseer, Austrian singer, actor, former skier
  • 1963 Eva Cassidy, American singer, born in Washington D.C (d. 1996)
  • 1966 Robert DeLeo, American bass player, songwriter and backing vocalist (Stone Temple Pilots, Army of Anyone, Hollywood Vampires), born in Montclair, New Jersey
  • 1968 Simon Wickham-Smith, composer and Mongolist
  • 1970 James Murphy, American electronic dance-punk rock musician and record producer (LCD Soundsystem - "Daft Punk Is Playing At My House"), born in Princeton Junction, New Jersey,
  • 1972 Dana International, Israeli singer
  • 1972 Tego Calderón, nominated reggaeton singer/rapper.
  • 1973 Sergio Gonzalez, rocker (Menudo-Cannonball)

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1977 Shakira [Mebarak-Ripoll], Colombian pop singer ("Whenever Wherever"; "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)"), born in Barranquilla, Colombia

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  • 1977 Heather Martin, American gospel singer
  • 1978 Eden Espinosa, American singer and stage actress
  • 1980 Gucci Mane, African-American rapper
  • 1983 Alex Westaway, British musician
  • 1985 Melody Gardot, American jazz singer, born in New Jersey
  • 1992 Danielle White, American singer