On This Day

Musicians Born on February 20

  • 1734 Franz Ignaz Beck, German violinist, composer, conductor and music teacher, born in Mannheim, Electorate of the Palatinate (d. 1809)
  • 1745 Johann Peter Salomon, German violinist, composer, conductor, and musical promoter (Hadyn), baptized in Bonn, Germany (d. 1815)
  • 1752 Charles Broche, French organist and composer, born in Rouen, France (d. 1803)
  • 1763 Adalbert Gyrowetz, composer, born in České Budějovice Bohemia
  • 1770 Ferdinando Carulli, composer
  • 1791 Carl Czerny, Czech-Austrian pianist, composer (Schule der Virtuosen), and teacher, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1857)
  • 1802 Charles-Auguste de Beriot, Belgian violinist/composer
  • 1803 Friedrich Theodor Frohlich, composer
  • 1816 Josef Michal Ksawery Jan Poniatowski, composer
  • 1854 Louis van Westerhoven, Dutch actor, singer and opera director (Youth), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1912)
  • 1874 Mary Garden, Aberdeen Scotland, opera star
  • 1876 Théodore "Fyodor" Akimenko, Ukrainian composer, born in Kharkiv Drapeau, Ukraine (d. 1945)
  • 1887 David McKinley Williams, composer
  • 1889 Levko Mykolayevich Revutsky, composer
  • 1891 Ivan Harold Browning, American stage and screen actor and singer (Shuffle Along - "I'm Just Wild About Harry"), born in Brenham, Texas (d. 1978)
  • 1899 Leon Woizikowski, Polish dancer/ballet master (Ballets Russes)

  • 1900 Antonio Veretti, composer
  • 1901 Jimmy Yancey, American boogie-woogie jazz and blues pianist, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1951) [birth year disputed - documentation ranges from 1894-1903]
  • 1901 Fred Robinson, American jazz trombonist (Louis Armstong's Hot Five; Fats Waller; Cab Calloway), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1984)
  • 1903 Karel Janeček, Czech composer, born in Czestochowa (d. 1974)
  • 1904 Armin Loos, German-born American composer, born in Darmstadt (d. 1971)
  • 1906 Jack Jackson, British trumpeter, dance band leader, and influential BBC disc jockey, born in Barnsley, Yorkshire, England (d. 1978)
  • 1907 Nadine Conner, California, soprano (Carmen, Pamina-Magic Flute)
  • 1908 Seymour Österwall, Swedish jazz tenor saxophonist, bandleader and composer, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1981)
  • 1909 Oscar Alemán, Argentine jazz and swing guitarist, and singer ("Rosa Madreselva"), born in Machagai, Chaco, Argentina (d. 1980)
  • 1911 Robert Guyn McBride, composer (Mexican Rhapsody), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • 1913 Jozef Kresanek, composer
  • 1916 Julius Juzeliūnas, Lithuanian composer and organist (The Game), born in Čepolė, Lithuania (d. 2001)
  • 1917 Phil Moore, American jazz pianist, arranger, and bandleader, born in Portland Oregon (d. 1987) [1]
  • 1921 Mervin Shiner, American country singer, born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
  • 1921 Ruth Gipps, British prolific conductor and composer, born in Bexhill-on-Sea, England (d. 1999)
  • 1925 Frank Isola, American jazz drummer (Stan Getz; Gerry Mulligan; Mose Allison), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2004)
  • 1926 Dame Gillian Lynne [Pyrke], British dancer, choreographer and actress, known for Broadway work on "Cats" and "The Phantom of the Opera", born in Bromley, Kent (d. 2018)
  • 1926 Bobby Jaspar, Belgian jazz saxophonist, flautist and composer, born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1963)
  • 1929 Toshiro Mayuzumi, Japanese composer (Sphenogramme), born in Yokohama, Japan (d. 1997)
  • 1933 Charles Kynard, American soul, jazz, and funk Hammond B-3 organ player (Reelin' With The Feelin'), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1979)

  • 1933 Jan Henrik Kayser, Norwegian concert pianist (Grieg Prize, 1978), born in Bergen, Norway (d. 2016)
  • 1935 Raven Wilkinson, American ballerina, first African American woman to dance with major ballet company, born in New York City (d. 2018)
  • 1937 David Ackles, American singer-songwriter (American Gothic), born in Rock Island, Illinois (d. 1999)
  • 1937 Nancy Wilson, American jazz vocalist (Feel Like Making Love), born in Chillicothe, Ohio (d. 2018)
  • 1939 (Roy George) Elroy Josephs, Jamaican-British jazz dance teacher, and actor, born in Jamaica (d. 1997)
  • 1940 Barbara Ellis, American rocker (Fleetwoods), born in Olympia, Washington
  • 1940 Christoph Eschenbach, German pianist and conductor (Houston Symphony, 1988-99; Philadelphia Orchestra, 2003-08: National Symphony 2010-17), born in Breslau, Germany (now Wrocław, Poland)
  • 1941 Buffy Sainte-Marie, Indigenous Canadian-American folksinger (Now That the Buffalo Are Gone), and songwriter ("Up Where We Belong"), born in the Piapot 75 reserve, Saskatchewan
  • 1944 Lew Soloff, American jazz trumpeter (Blood, Sweat & Tears), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1945 Alan Hull, British folk singer-songwriter, and guitarist (Lindisfarne - "Lady Eleanor"), born in Benwell, Newcastle upon Tyne, England (d. 1995)
  • 1946 (John) J. Geils, American rock guitarist (J Geils Band - "Centerfold"; "Freeze Frame"), born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1948 Barry Wordsworth, conductor
  • 1948 Billy Zoom [Stuart Kindell], American punk rock guitarist (X), born in Savanna, Illinois

Person of interestWalter Becker

1950 Walter Becker, American rock bassist, guitarist, songwriter and record producer (Steely Dan - "Deacon Blues"; "Peg"), born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)

Musician and Record Producer Walter Becker
Musician and Record Producer
Walter Becker
  • 1951 Kathy Baillie, American country vocalist (Baille Boys-Oh Heart), born in Morristown, New Jersey
  • 1951 Randy California [Wolfe], American guitarist (Spirit), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1997)
  • 1951 Patrice Fisher, American jazz, pop, and Celtic harpist, and teacher, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1953 Riccardo Chailly, conductor (West Berlin Symphony), born in Milan, Italy
  • 1953 Poison Ivy {Kristy Wallace], American rock guitarist (The Cramps), born in San Bernadino, California
  • 1954 Jon Brant, American rock bassist (Cheap Trick, 1981-87), born in Chicago, Illinois

  • 1960 Kee Marcello [Kjell Hilding Löfbom], Swedish rock guitarist (Europe - Final Countdown; Easy Action), born in Ludvika, Sweden
  • 1962 Joel Ellis, American glam- metal singer (Cats In Boots; Heavy Bones)
  • 1963 Ian Brown, English rock vocalist (Stone Roses-Made of Stone)
  • 1963 Darek Oleszkiewicz [formerly known as Oles], Polish jazz bassist, composer (Los Angeles Jazz Quartet), and educator, born in Wrocław, Poland
  • 1964 Terry Ilous, rock vocalist (XYZ, Cannibal Jacket) [or Jun 28]

Person of interestKurt Cobain

1967 Kurt Cobain, American rock singer-songwriter (Nirvana - "Smells Like Teen Spirit"), born in Aberdeen, Washington (d. 1994)

Rocker Kurt Cobain
Rocker
Kurt Cobain
  • 1972 k-os [Kevin Brereton], Canadian rapper, songwriter, and musician, born in Toronto, Ontaro
  • 1975 Brian Littrell, American pop (Backstreet Boys), and Christian music singer, born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • 1976 Ed Graham, British drummer (The Darkness, 2000-14), born in Great Yarmouth, England
  • 1976 Fulvia di Domenico, Italian jazz and world music singer-songwriter, born in Rome, Italy
  • 1977 Amal Hijazi, Lebanese pop singer (Zaman), born in Kfarfila, Lebanon
  • 1981 Chris Thile, American folk and progressive bluegrass mandolin player, songwriter (Nickel Creek; Punch Brothers), and broadcaster (Live From Here), born in Oceanside, California
  • 1984 Johannes "Jo" Alisch, German classical cellist, and jazz bassist, born in Mannheim, Germany
  • 1985 Julia Volkova, Russian pop singer (t.A.T.u. -single, "All the Things She Said"), born in Moscow

Person of interestRihanna

1988 Rihanna [Robyn Rihanna Fenty], Barbadian R&B and pop singer-songwriter ("Umbrella"; "Only Girl (In The World)"; "We Found Love"; "Diamonds"), born in Saint Michael, Barbados

Singer Rihanna
Singer
Rihanna
  • 1996 Mabel [McVey], English pop singer-songwriter ("Finders Keepers"), born in Málaga, Spain
  • 2003 Olivia Rodrigo, American actress and singer-songwriter ("Driver's License"), born in Temecula, California