On This Day

Birthdays in Music on February 22

  • 1542 Santino Garsi da Parma, Italian composer (d. 1604)
  • 1573 Gemignano Capilupi, composer
  • 1745 Joao de Sousa Carvalho, composer
  • 1749 Johann Nikolaus Forkel, musicologist/1st biographer of Bach
  • 1761 Erik Eriksson Tulindberg, composer
  • 1761 Jacob Kimball, composer
  • 1764 Alexander Campbell, composer
  • 1770 Jan Matyas Nepomuk August Vitasek, composer
  • 1772 Joseph Lipavsky, composer
  • 1772 Karl Jacob Wagner, composer
  • 1779 Joachim Nicolas Eggert, Swedish composer, born in Ginst, Rügen Island (d. 1813)
  • 1810 Holger Simon Paulli, composer
  • 1814 Oskar Kolberg, Polish ethnographer, folklorist, and composer (Lud), born in Przysucha, Poland (d. 1890)
  • 1817 Niels Wilhelm Gade, Danish violinist/composer/conductor
  • 1819 Bernardo Calvo Puig, composer
  • 1833 Josef Foerster, Czech composer, and music teacher born in Osenice, Bohemia, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1907)

  • 1834 Albert Heinrich Zabel, composer
  • 1836 Eduard Wachmann, composer
  • 1842 Carl Rosa, founder (Rosa opera company), born in Hamburg, Germany
  • 1844 Kazamierz Julian Kratzer, Polish composer, born in Krakow (d. 1890)
  • 1883 Jaroslav Kocian, composer
  • 1894 Alexander Spitzmuller-Harmersbach, composer
  • 1896 Nacio Herb Brown, American composer (Singin' In The Rain), born in Deming, New Mexico (d. 1964)
  • 1902 Hanns Neupert, German piano builder/author (Das Klavichord)
  • 1903 Robert Weede, American baritone (d. 1972)
  • 1905 Luis Sandi, Mexican musician and composer, born in Mexico City (d. 1996)
  • 1906 Edmund von Borck, composer
  • 1910 Al Sears, jazz performer
  • 1913 "Buddy" Tate, American jazz saxophonist, born in Sherman, Texas (d. 2001)
  • 1919 Jiří Pauer, Czech composer, born in Libušín (d. 2007)
  • 1919 Tahia Carioca, Egyptian actress and belly dancer (Watch out for Zouzou), born in Egypt (d. 1999)
  • 1920 Bettina Vernon-Warren, dancer
  • 1920 Del Wood [Adelaide Hazelwood], American country musician, born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1989)
  • 1921 Giulietta Masina, Italian actress (La Strada, Swindle, White Sheik) and wife of director Federico Fellini, born in San Giorgio di Piano, Italy (d. 1994)
  • 1922 Andre Asriel, Austrian composer, born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1922 Felix Werder, German-born Australian composer, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2012)

  • 1923 Norman "Hurricane" Smith, English musician and producer (Oh, Babe, What Would You Say?, Don't Let It Die), born in Edmonton, London (d. 2008)
  • 1927 David Ahlstrom, American composer, born in Lancaster, New York (d. 1992)
  • 1927 Guy Mitchell [Albert George Cernik], American singer and actor (Red Garters, 3 Redheads from Seattle), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1999)
  • 1929 Marni Nixon, American singer (for Audrey Hepburn, Natalie Wood & Deborah Kerr), born in Altadena, California (d. 2016)
  • 1933 Louise Lopez, American singer (Odyssey), born in Connecticut (d. 2015)
  • 1934 Thomas Paul, American bass (NYC Opera 1963-70), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1936 Ernie K-Doe [Ernest Kador Jr.], African-American R&B singer (Mother-in-Law"), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1937 Dubravko Detoni, Croatian composer, born in Križevci, Croatia
  • 1938 Bobby Hendricks, American R&B singer (Itchy Twitchy Feeling), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1945 Oliver [William Oliver Swofford], American pop singer (Good Morning Starshine, Jean), born in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina (d. 2000)
  • 1950 Ellen Greene, American vocalist & actress (Little Shoppe of Horrors), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1950 Lenny Kuhr, Dutch singer, born in Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • 1953 Graham Lewis, English musician (Wire), born in Grantham, United Kingdom
  • 1961 Akira Takasaki, Japanese guitarist, born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1966 Suave [Waymond Anderso], American R&B singer (covered The Temptations' "My Girl"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1968 Bradley Nowell, American ska musician (Sublime), born in Long Beach, California (d. 1996)
  • 1969 Joaquín Cortés, Spanish dancer, born in Córdoba, Spain
  • 1971 Lea Salonga, Filipina singer & actress (Miss Siagon), born in Manila, Phillipines
  • 1974 James Blunt, English musician, born in Hampshire, England