On This Day

Musicians Born on February 24

  • 1679 Domenico Natale Sarro, Italian opera composer
  • 1704 Hubert Renotte, Flemish composer and organist, born in Liège (d. 1745)
  • 1717 Bernhard Hupfeld, composer
  • 1766 Samuel Wesley, British organist and composer referred to as "The English Mozart" (Exultate Deo), born in Bristol, England
  • 1771 Johann Baptist Cramer, German/British pianist/composer/publisher
  • 1797 Samuel Lover, composer
  • 1842 Arrigo Boito, Itlaian opera composer (Mefistofele), and librettist (Verdi's "Falstaff"; mention Ponchielli's "La Gioconda"), born in Padua, Italy (d. 1918)
  • 1846 Luigi Denza, Italian composer (Funiculì, Funiculà), born in Castellammare di Stabia (d. 1922)
  • 1858 Arnold Dolmetsch, French-Bohemian musician, instrument builder, and promoter of early music, born in LeMans, France (d. 1940)
  • 1876 Jean Poveigh, composer
  • 1877 Rudolph Ganz, Swiss-American pianist, conductor (St. Louis Symphony, 1921-27), composer, and educator (Chicago Musical College, 1928-54), born in Zurich, Switzerland (d. 1972)
  • 1890 Antonio Massana, composer
  • 1905 Guillaume Landré, Dutch composer, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1968)
  • 1910 Clyde Hart, American swing and bebop jazz piano player and arranger (Stuff Smith; Lionel Hampton; Roy Eldridge), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1945)
  • 1911 Konrad Lechner, composer
  • 1912 Julius Kowalski, composer

  • 1921 Ingvar Lidholm, Swedish composer (Toccata e Canto), born in Jönköping, Sweden (d. 2017)
  • 1923 David Soyer, American cellist
  • 1924 Lionel Dakers, British cathedral organist (Royal School of Church Music), born in Rochester, Kent (d. 2003)
  • 1931 Dominic Chianese, American actor, singer, and musician (The Sopranos, The Godfather Part II), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1932 Michel Legrand, French composer and jazz musician (Summer of '42, Windmills of Your Mind), born in Paris, France (d. 2019)
  • 1933 David "Fathead" Newman, American jazz saxophonist (Ray Charles - "The Right Time"), born in Corsicana, Texas (d. 2009)
  • 1934 Renata Scotto, Italian soprano and opera director (La Traviata - "Violetta"), born in Savona, Italy
  • 1934 Shuko Mizuno, Japanese composer (Symphonic Metamorphoses), born in Tokushima, Japan
  • 1941 Joanie Sommers, American singer and actress
  • 1942 Paul Jones, English rock singer (Manfred Mann - "Do Wah Diddy Diddy") and radio presenter (The Blues Show), born in Portsmouth, England
  • 1943 Pablo Milanés, Cuban musician
  • 1944 Nicky Hopkins, British rock session pianist (Rolling Stones (1967-75); The Who - "Getting In Tune"; The Kinks - "Sunny Afternoon"; Beatles - "Revolution"; John Lennon - "Jealous Guy"; Quicksilver Messenger Service), born in Perivale, Middlesex (d. 1994)
  • 1947 Lonnie Turner, American rock and blues bassist (Steve Miller Band - "Fly Like An Eagle"), born in Berkeley, California (d. 2013)
  • 1947 Rupert Holmes, English musician
  • 1948 Tim Staffell, English singer
  • 1948 Neil Hubbard, British guitarist (Juicy Lucy, Jesus Christ Superstar)
  • 1949 Manuel De Sica, Italian composer, chiefly of film scores, born in Rome (d. 2014)

Person of interestGeorge Thorogood

1950 George Thorogood, American singer and guitarist (The Delaware Destroyers-Bad to the Bone), born in Wilmington, Delaware

Singer and Guitarist George Thorogood
Singer and Guitarist
George Thorogood
  • 1953 Derek St. Holmes, American musician rock guitarist and singer (Ted Nugent band, 1975-78; 2011-14), born in Riverview, Michigan
  • 1954 Plastic Bertrand [Roger François Jouret], Belgian singer (Ça plane pour moi), born in Brussels, Belgium

  • 1955 Bob Abrams, American rocker (Buckinghams), born in Ohio
  • 1958 Sammy Kershaw, American country vocalist (Cadillac Style), born in Kaplan, Louisiana
  • 1961 Persijn "Dakota" Joling, Dutch rock guitarist/singer (Pilgrims-Red)
  • 1962 Michelle Shocked, American singer-songwriter
  • 1973 James Michael Kennedy, rocker (4 Fun-Unbelievable Fun Boys), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1973 Chris Fehn, American percussionist (Slipknot)
  • 1974 Chad Hugo, American musician and producer (The Neptunes)
  • 1974 Bonnie Somerville, American actress and singer
  • 1976 Matt Skiba, American musician (Alkaline Trio, Heavens)
  • 1976 Eric Griffin, American rock guitarist
  • 1977 Alexis Jose Grullon, American vocalist (Menudo-Cannonball), born in NYC, New York
  • 1978 Shinya, Japanese musician (Dir en grey)
  • 1978 John Nolan, American musician (Straylight Run)
  • 1980 Anton Gustafsson, Swedish Iron Maiden fan and tribute artist, born in Kinna, Sweden (d. 2003)
  • 1987 Chieko Kawabe, Japanese singer, model and actress