On This Day

Musicians Born on February 25

  • 1555 Alonso Lobo, Spanish composer (Versa est in luctum), baptized in Osuna, Habsburg Spain (d. 1617)
  • 1680 Philipp Hyacinth Lobkowitz, Bohemian composer and patron (Gluck)
  • 1727 Armand-Louis Couperin, French composer and organist (Notre Dame)
  • 1732 Robert Hudson, British composer, born in London, England (d. 1815)
  • 1735 Ernst Wilhelm Wolf, German composer, born in Grossen Behringen, Thuringia (d. 1792)
  • 1788 Mateo Ferrer, Spanish composer and organist, born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 1864)
  • 1811 Carl Schuberth, German composer, born in Magdeburg, (d. 1863)
  • 1840 Alexis Hollander, German composer, born in Ratibor, Silesia (d. 1924)

Person of interestEnrico Caruso

1873 Enrico Caruso, Italian operatic tenor (Faust), born in Naples, Italy (d. 1921)

Operatic Tenor Enrico Caruso
Operatic Tenor
Enrico Caruso
  • 1877 Erich von Hornbostel, Austrian musicologist (d. 1935)
  • 1879 Otakar Ostrcil, composer
  • 1890 Myra Hess, concert pianist, born in London, England
  • 1895 Henri Martelli, French composer, born in Bastia, Corsica, France (d. 1980)
  • 1900 Hartzell "Tiny" Parham, American jazz pianist, theater organist, and bandleader, born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (d. 1943)
  • 1901 Federico Ghisi, composer
  • 1906 Boris Papandopulo, Croatian composer, born in Bad Honnef, Germany (d. 1991)

  • 1918 Rena Kyriakou, Greek pianist (d. 1994)
  • 1919 Fred Katz, American classical and jazz cellist (Chico Hamilton Quintet), and composer (Roger Corman films), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2013).
  • 1922 Matti Rautio, Finnish classical composer (The Blue Heron), born in Helsinki, Finland (d. 1986) 
  • 1927 Jacques Monod, composer
  • 1927 Ralph Stanley, American bluegrass musician, born in Dickenson County, Virginia (d. 2016)
  • 1927 René Thomas, Belgian jazz guitarist, born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1975)
  • 1929 Tommy Newsom, American saxophonist and bandleader (Tonight Show), born in Portsmouth, Virginia (d. 2007)
  • 1932 Faron Young, American country singer ("Hello Walls"; "It's Four in the Morning"), and actor (Hidden Guns; Daniel Boone, Trailblazer), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 1996)
  • 1932 Martin William Karlins, composer
  • 1932 Åke Persson, Swedish bebop jazz trombonist (Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band, 1963–71), born in Hässleholm Sweden (d. 1975)
  • 1936 Norman Orville Scribner, composer
  • 1936 Norman Scribner, American organist, conductor, choral director (St. Alban's, 1960-2007; Choral Arts Society of Washington, 1965-2012), and composer (Song for St. Cecilia), born in Washington DC (d. 2015)
  • 1937 Don Randi [Schwartz], American session and touring pop, rock, and jazz keyboard player (Nancy Sinatra), born in New York City
  • 1938 Ed Cobb, American musician, songwriter and producer (Four Preps - "Tainted Love"), born in Honolulu, Hawaii (d. 1999)
  • 1941 Ramon Pagayon Santos, composer

Person of interestGeorge Harrison

1943 George Harrison, British guitarist, singer, songwriter, and sitar player (Beatles -"While My Guitar Gently Weeps"; "Here Comes The Sun"; solo - "If Not For You"; Traveling Wilburys - "Handle With Care"), born in Liverpool, England (d. 2001)

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison
  • 1943 Maryann Amacher, composer
  • 1943 Elliot Roberts [Rabinowitz] American music manager (Joni Mitchell; Neil Young), and label executive (Asylum Records), born in the Bronx, New York City (2019)
  • 1945 Elkie Brooks [Elaine Bookbinder], British rock singer ("Pearl's A Singer"), born in Manchester, England
  • 1947 Doug Yule, American bassist and singer (Velvet Underground, 1968-73), born in Mineola, Long Island, New York

  • 1947 Ryo Kawasaki, Japanese jazz fusion guitarist, composer, band leader, and synthesizer software programmer, born in Kōenji, Tokyo, Japan (d. 2020)
  • 1950 Emitt Rhodes, American rock singer-songwriter, musician (Merry-Go-Round), sound engineer, and record producer, born in Decatur, Illinois (d. 2020)
  • 1952 Jerry Chamberlain, American musician
  • 1954 John Doe, American musician
  • 1957 Stuart "Woody" Wood, Scottish pop guitarist (Bay City Rollers - "Saturday Night"), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1957 Dennis Diken, American drummer (Smithereens -"Only A Memory"), born in Belleville, New Jersey
  • 1959 Mike Peters, Welsh rock singer (Alarm - "Rain In the Summertime"; Big Country,2010-13), born in Prestatyn, Wales
  • 1962 Foster Sylvers, American singer (Sylvers), born in Pasadena, California
  • 1962 LaVerne Butler, American jazz singer, born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1965 Brian Baker, American guitarist
  • 1968 Evridiki, Greek Cypriot singer
  • 1971 Daniel Powter, Canadian rock singer-songwriter ("Bad Day"), born in Vernon, British Columbia
  • 1973 Justin Jeffre, American singer (98 Degrees)
  • 1973 Julio José Iglesias, Spanish singer
  • 1976 Chris Pitman, rocker (Zaum, Tool)
  • 1976 Rashida Jones, American actress (Parks and Recreation), writer, model, and musician, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1977 Sarah Jezebel Deva, English singer
  • 1979 Joanna Pascale, American jazz singer (When Lights Are Low) and educator (Temple University), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1982 Bert McCracken, American singer (The Used)
  • 1984 Lovefoxxx, Brazilian singer (CSS)
  • 1986 Danny Saucedo, Swedish singer
  • 1987 Eva Avila, Canadian singer