On This Day

Musicians Born on February 21

  • 1556 Sethus Calvisius, composer
  • 1674 Johann Augustin Kobelius, composer
  • 1690 Christoph Stoltzenberg, composer
  • 1776 Vincenzo Lavigna, composer
  • 1795 Francisco Manuel da Silva, composer
  • 1801 Johann Wenzel Kalliwoda, Bohemian violinist, and composer, born in Prague, Bohemia (d. 1866)
  • 1814 Nicolo Gabrielli, composer
  • 1821 Charles Scribner, American music publisher (Scribner Catalog)
  • 1831 Eduard Rappoldi, composer
  • 1836 Clement Léo Delibes, French romantic composer (Coppélia; Sylvia; Le roi l'a dit; Lakmé), born in Saint-Germain-du-Val, France (d. 1891)
  • 1844 Charles-Marie Widor, French organist (Saint-Sulpice, 1870-1933), composer (10 organ symphonies), and professor (American Conservatory at Fontainebleau, 1921-34), born in Lyon, France (d. 1937)
  • 1861 Pierre de Bréville, French composer, author and professor (Une histoire du théâtre lyrique en France), born in Bar-le-Duc, Meuse (d. 1949)
  • 1867 Otto Hermann Kahn, German-American banker and patron of the arts, organized Metropolitan Opera Company, born in Mannheim, Germany (d. 1934)
  • 1878 Fritz Cortolezis, German conductor, opera director, and composer, born in Passau, Bavaria, Germany (d. 1934)
  • 1893 Andres Segovia, Spanish classical guitarist, born in Linares, Spain (d. 1987)
  • 1898 Vassily Vainonen, Russian ballet dancers/choreographer (Gayaneh)

  • 1902 Bob [Hijman] Scholte, Dutch vocalist [or 1909]
  • 1903 Eric Fogg, English composer, born in Manchester (d. 1939)
  • 1904 Armand Preud'homme, Flemish organist/poet
  • 1909 George G F van Renesse, Dutch pianist/music director
  • 1910 Al Sears, American jazz and R&B saxophonist (Duke Elllington Orchestra; Johnny Hodges - "Castle Rock"), born in Macomb, Illinois (d. 1990)
  • 1912 Nikita Magaloff, Russian/Swiss pianist (Arkadia 598-Schubert)
  • 1917 Lucille Bremer, American actress and dancer (Meet Me In St. Louis; Ziegfeld Follies), born in Amsterdam, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1922 Uroš Krek, Slovenian composer, born in Ljubljana (d. 2008)
  • 1923 Zvi Zeitlin, Russian-American classical violinist and music professor (Eastman School, 1967-2012), born in in Dubroŭna, Russia (now Belarus) (d. 2012)
  • 1927 Pierre Mercure, Canadian composer (Kaléidoscope), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1966)
  • 1929 Henry Kloss, American audio engineer (acoustic loudspeaker), born in Altoona, Pennsylvania (d. 2002)

Person of interestNina Simone

1933 Nina Simone [Eunice Waymon], American jazz pianist, singer, songwriter, arranger, and civil rights activist (“Mississippi Goddam”; “To Be Young, Gifted, and Black”, “Feeling Good”; “Wild Is The Wind”), born in Tyron, North Carolina (d. 2003)

Singer and Civil Rights Activist Nina Simone
Singer and Civil Rights Activist
Nina Simone
  • 1939 Richard Beymer, Avoca IA, actor (West Side Story, Diary of Anne Frank)
  • 1939 Ron Nagle, American sculptor, and songwriter, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1943 David Geffen, American record producer (Geffen Records, Asylum) and film studio executive (DreamWorks SKG), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1943 Duncan Swift, British jazz stride pianist, born in Rotherham, Yorkshire, England (d. 1997)
  • 1949 Jerry Harrison, American rock keyboardist (Talking Heads), and record producer (Kenny Wayne Shepherd; The String Cheese Incident), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1951 Vince Welnick, American rock keyboardist (The Tubes - "Talk To Ya Later"; Grateful Dead, 1990-95), born in Phoenix, Arizona (d. 2003)
  • 1952 Jean-Jacques Brunel, rock bassist (Stranglers-Dreamtime)
  • 1958 Mary-Chapin Carpenter, American country-pop singer-songwriter ("This Shirt"; "Shut Up And Kiss Me"), born in Princeton, New Jersey

  • 1958 Steve Nieve [Nason], British session and touring keyboard player and composer (Elvis Costello), born in Bishop’s Stortford, England
  • 1959 José María Cano, Spanish musician
  • 1960 Steve Wynn, American singer-songwriter (The Dream Syndicate), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1963 Ranking Roger [Roger Charlery], British rock vocalist (The Beat, General Public), born in Birmingham, England (d. 2019)
  • 1966 Wendy James, English vocalist (Transvision Vamp-Velveteen), born in London, England
  • 1967 Michael Ward, American rock guitarist (John Hiatt, 1993-94; The Wallflowers, 1996-2001 - "One Headlight"; Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, 2007-16), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1969 James Dean Bradfield, Welsh singer-songwriter (Manic Street Preachers), born in Pontypool, Wales
  • 1969 Eric Wilson, American musician, born in Long Beach, California
  • 1969 Corey Harris, American blues & reggae guitarist (The Blues miniseries, From Mississippi to Mali), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1971 Randy Blythe, American musician, born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1972 Seo Taiji, Korean musician, born in Seoul, South Korea
  • 1972 Christian Howes, American jazz violinist (Out Of The Blue), born in Rocky River, Ohio
  • 1973 Heri Joensen, Faroese musician, born in Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
  • 1973 Bowie Tsang, Taiwanese singer & TV host, born in Hong Kong
  • 1974 Wish Bone [Charles C. Scruggs], American rapper (Bone Thugs-N-Harmony), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1977 Rhiannon Giddens, American singer, fiiddler, and banjo player (Carolina Chocolate Drops), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 1980 Tiziano Ferro, Italian singer, born in Latina, Italy
  • 1982 Chantal Claret, American musician, born in Berkeley, California
  • 1986 Charlotte Church, Welsh singer-songwriter, born in Llandaff, Wales
  • 1989 Corbin Bleu [Reivers], American actor & singer (High School Musical - "Chad"), born in Brooklyn, New York