Birthdays in Music on February 20

  • 1734 Franz Ignaz Beck, composer
  • 1745 Johann Peter Salomon, composer
  • 1752 Charles Broche, composer
  • 1763 Adalbert Gyrowetz, composer, born in České Budějovice Bohemia
  • 1770 Ferdinando Carulli, composer
  • 1791 Carl Czerny, pianist/composer (Schule der Virtuosen), born in Vienna, Austria
  • 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 Fyodor Akimenko, composer
  • 1887 David McKinley Williams, composer
  • 1889 Levko Mykolayevich Revutsky, composer
  • 1899 Leon Woizikowski, Polish dancer/ballet master (Ballets Russes)
  • 1900 Antonio Veretti, composer
  • 1903 Karel Janeček, Czech composer, born in Czestochowa (d. 1974)
  • 1904 Armin Loos, German-born American composer, born in Darmstadt (d. 1971)
  • 1907 Nadine Conner, California, soprano (Carmen, Pamina-Magic Flute)
  • 1911 Robert Guyn McBride, composer (Mexican Rhapsody), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • 1913 Jozef Kresanek, composer
  • 1916 Julius Juzeliunas, composer
  • 1920 Armin Schibler, Dutch Swiss composer (Devil in the Winter Palace)
  • 1921 Mervin Shiner, American country singer, born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
  • 1921 Ruth Gipps, British(?) conductor/composer
  • 1929 Toshiro Mayuzumi, composer (Sphenogramme), born in Yokohama, Japan
  • 1937 David Ackles, Illinois, vocalist/songwriter (American Gothic)
  • 1937 Nancy Wilson, Chillicothe Ohio, jazz vocalist (Feel Like Making Love)
  • 1939 Barbara Ellis, Olympia Wa, rocker (Fleetwoods)
  • 1939 Roy George Elroy Josephs, jazz dance teacher
  • 1940 Barbara Laine Ellis, singer
  • 1940 Christoph Eschenbach, German-born pianist and conductor, born in Breslau, Germany
  • 1941 Buffy Sainte-Marie, Maine, folksinger (Now That the Buffalo Are Gone)
  • 1942 Charlie Gillett, Lancashire, rock broadcaster (Sound of the City)
  • 1944 Lew Soloff, American jazz trumpeter (Blood, Sweat & Tears), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1945 Alan Hull, singer/composer
  • 1946 J. Geils [John Warren Geils Jr], American rock guitarist (J Geils Band-Centerfold), born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1948 Barry Wordsworth, conductor
  • 1948 Billy Zoom, American guitarist (X), born in Savanna, Illinois

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1950 Walter Becker, American rock bassist (Steely Dan-Peg), born in NYC, New York

Musician and Producer Walter Becker
Musician and Producer
Walter Becker
  • 1951 Kathy Baillie, country vocalist (Baille Boys-Oh Heart), born in Morristown, New Jersey
  • 1951 Randy [Wolfe] California, American guitarist (Spirit), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1997)
  • 1953 Riccardo Chailly, conductor (West Berlin Symph Orchestra), born in Milan, Italy
  • 1953 Poison Ivy, American musician (The Cramps)
  • 1954 Jon Brant, rock bassist (Cheap Trick)
  • 1960 Kee Marcello, rocker (Europe-Final Countdown)
  • 1960 Mark Reilly, [Matt Bianco], rocker (Indio-Big Harvest)
  • 1960 Kee Marcello, Swedish guitarist
  • 1962 Joel Ellis, American rocker (Heavy Bones)
  • 1963 Ian Brown, English rock vocalist (Stone Roses-Made of Stone)
  • 1964 Terry Ilous, rock vocalist (XYZ, Cannibal Jacket) [or Jun 28]

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1967 Kurt Cobain, American rock vocalist (Nirvana), born in Aberdeen, Washington (d. 1994)

Rocker Kurt Cobain
Rocker
Kurt Cobain
  • 1972 K-OS, Canadian musician/rapper
  • 1975 Brian Littrell, singer (Backstreet Boys)
  • 1976 Ed Graham, English drummer (The Darkness)
  • 1977 Amal Hijazi, Lebanese singer (Zaman), born in Kfarfila, Lebanon
  • 1981 Chris Thile, American musician
  • 1985 Yulia Volkova, Russian singer (t.A.T.u.)

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1988 Rihanna [Robyn Rihanna Fenty], Barbadian singer-songwriter (Umbrella, We Found Love, Diamonds), born in Saint Michael, Barbados

Singer Rihanna
Singer
Rihanna