Birthdays in Music on February 23

  • 1649 John Blow, composer of 1st English opera (Venus & Adonis) (baptized)

Person of interestGeorge Frideric Handel

1685 George Frideric Handel, German-British baroque composer and organist (Messiah, Water Music), born in Halle, Duchy of Magdeburg, Germany (d. 1759)

  • 1730 Christian Joseph Lidarti, composer
  • 1811 George Washington Hewitt, composer
  • 1848 Thomas Paine Westendorf, composer
  • 1873 Dmitri Arakishvili, composer
  • 1876 Wadih Sabra, Lebanese composer (Kulluna lil Watan), born in Beirut (d. 1952)
  • 1880 Edgar Istel, German composer, born in Mainz (d. 1948)
  • 1882 Ladislav Vycpalek, composer
  • 1886 Albert Edward Sammons, composer
  • 1887 Oskar Frederik Lindberg, composer
  • 1900 Elinor Remick Warren, American composer, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1991)
  • 1905 Leonidas Zoras, French composer
  • 1916 Martindale Sidwell, organist/conductor
  • 1920 Hall Overton, Bangor Michigan, composer (Enchanted Pear Tree)
  • 1924 Lejaren Hiller, American composer (Illiac Suite), born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)

  • 1926 Regine Crespin, French vocalist (Sheherazade, Les Nuits D'ete)
  • 1927 Ivan Hrušovský, Slovak composer and educator (Rytmus), born in Bratislava, Slovakia (d. 2001)
  • 1929 Richard Moryl, American composer, born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1944 Johnny Winter, [John Dawson], American blues guitarist (Silver Train), born in Leland Miss, (d. 2014)
  • 1944 Mike Maxfield, British rocker (Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas)
  • 1946 Norman "Rusty" Young, American rock musician, singer and songwriter (Poco- In the Heart of the Night, Crazy Love), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1949 Larry Demps, US R&B vocalist (Dramatics-Me & Mrs Jones)
  • 1949 Terry "Tex" Comer, bassist/guitarist
  • 1950 Steve Priest, rock bassist (Sweet Hayes), born in London, England
  • 1952 Bradley "Brad" Whitford, American rock guitarist (Aerosmith-Janie's Got a Gun, Last Child), born in Winchester, Massachusetts
  • 1955 Howard Jones, rock pianist/vocalist (Things Can Only Get Better)
  • 1958 David Sylvian, vocalist, guitarist (Japan), born in Beckenham, England
  • 1958 Ria Brieffies, Dutch vocalist (Dolly Dots)
  • 1962 Michael Wilton, American rock guitarist (Queensrÿche), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1963 Robert Collins, English keyboard player (The Charlatans), born in Rowley Regis, United Kingdom (d. 1996)
  • 1964 John Norum, Swedish rocker (Europe), born in Vardø, Norway
  • 1965 Sylvie Guillem, French ballerina (Royal Ballet), born in Paris, France
  • 1966 Mark Abrahamian, American guitarist (Starship), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2012)
  • 1967 Chris Vrenna, American musician, producer, and sound engineer (Nine Inch Nails, Tweaker), born in Erie, Pennsylvania
  • 1972 Steve Holy, American country singer, born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1973 Lars-Olof Johansson, Swedish musician (The Cardigans), born in Huskvarna, Sweden
  • 1974 Jaime Villarreal, Mexican musician
  • 1975 Robert Lopez, American composer, born in Manhattan, New York
  • 1978 Residente [René Pérez], Puerto Rican musician (Calle 13), born in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico
  • 1979 D-Roc [D'Angelo Holmes], American rapper (Ying Yang Twins), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1986 Holly Brook, American musician, born in Mazomanie, Wisconsin
  • 1986 Kazuya Kamenashi, Japanese pop star (KAT-TUN), born in Tokyo, Japan