On This Day

Birthdays in Music 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, composer
  • 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)
  • 1836 Emil Hartmann, Danish composer, born in Copenhagen (d. 1898)
  • 1844 Charles-Marie Widor, French organist, composer and professor (Paris Conservatory), 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, Banker, organized Metropolitan Opera Co
  • 1878 Fritz Cortolezis, composer
  • 1893 Andres Segovia, Linares Spain, classical guitarist, (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
  • 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, violinist/prof (Eastman School), born in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia
  • 1927 Pierre Mercure, Canadian composer (Kaléidoscope), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1966)

Person of interestNina Simone

1933 Nina Simone [Eunice Waymon], American singer and civil rights activist (I Loves You, Porgy), 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, rock producer (Riding with the King)
  • 1943 David Geffen, American record producer (Geffen Records, Asylum) and film studio executive (DreamWorks SKG), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1943 Duncan Swift, jazz pianist
  • 1949 Jerry Harrison, rock keyboardist (Talking Heads), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1951 Vince Welnick, American rock keyboardist (The Tubes, Grateful Dead), born in Phoenix, Arizona (d. 2003)
  • 1952 Jean-Jacques Brunel, rock bassist (Stranglers-Dreamtime)
  • 1958 Mary-Chapin Carpenter, Princeton NJ, country vocalist (This Shirt)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 musician (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, American actor & singer, born in Brooklyn, New York