On This Day

Musicians Born on February 26

  • 1587 Stefano Landi, Italian composer (d. 1639)
  • 1588 Nicolaus Erich, German composer (d. 1631)
  • 1675 Johann Philipp Treiber, German composer, born in Arnstadt (d. 1727)
  • 1677 Nicola Fago, Italian baroque composer, born in Taranto (d. 1745)
  • 1717 John Randall, British composer (d. 1799)
  • 1770 Antoine Reicha, Czech born French composer and teacher, friend of Beethoven, born in Prague (d. 1836)
  • 1772 Caspar Fürstenau, German flautist and composer, born in Münster (d. 1819)
  • 1831 Filippo Marchetti, Italian opera composer, born in Bolognola, (d. 1902)
  • 1834 Aleksander Zarzycki, Polish composer (Warsaw Music Society), born in Lviv, Austria-Hungary (d. 1895)
  • 1838 Wendelin Weißheimer, German composer and conductor, born in Osthofen (d. 1910)
  • 1868 Leonard Borwick, English concert pianist, born in Walthamstow, England (d. 1925)
  • 1874 Carl Vogler, Swiss composer, born in Oberrohrdorf (d. 1951)
  • 1875 Richard Wetz, German composer (Requiem, Op. 50 in B minor), born in Gleiwitz, Upper Silesia (now Gliwice, Poland) (d. 1935)
  • 1877 Russell Alexander, American vaudeville composer and entertainer (Barnum & Bailey Circus Band), born in Nevada, Missouri (d. 1915)
  • 1879 Frank Bridge, English violinist, composer, conductor and tutor of Benjamin Britten, born in Brighton, England (d. 1941)
  • 1884 Dina Appeldoorn, Dutch pianist and composer, born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands (d. 1938)

  • 1885 Lili Green [Alice Sally Mary], Dutch English dancer, born in Bromley, England (d. 1977)
  • 1888 Ida Cox (nee Prather), American blues singer and vaudeville performer, born in Habersham County, Georgia (d. 1967) [birth year disputed, may be 1894 or 1896]
  • 1896 Eduard Flipse, Dutch conductor and composer
  • 1902 Rudolf Moralt, German conductor (Vienna Philharmonic)
  • 1905 William Russell [Russell William Wagner], American violinist, modern composer (Fugue for Eight Percussion Instruments), and musicologist (Oh, Mister Jelly), born in Canton, Missouri (d. 1992)
  • 1909 Chauncey Haughton, American jazz clarinetist, and saxophonist (Blanche Calloway; Chick Webb; Cab Calloway), born in Chestertown, Maryland (d. 1989)
  • 1914 Witold Rowicki, Polish conductor and composer, born in Taganrog, (d. 1989)
  • 1916 (John Herbert) "Jackie" Gleason, American comedian, (The Jackie Gleason Show; The Honeymooners), actor (Requiem For A Heavyweight; The Hustler), composer, and conductor (Music for Lovers Only), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1987)
  • 1916 Mordecai Seter, Israeli composer, born in Novorossiysk, Russia (d. 1994)
  • 1919 Luc-Andre Marcel, French composer, born in Entrecasteaux, France (d. 1992)
  • 1921 Betty Hutton [Elizabeth June Thornburg], American actress, dancer, singer and comedian (Greatest Show on Earth), born in Battle Creek, Michigan (d. 2007)
  • 1922 Bunny Briggs [Bernard Briggs], American tap dancer, born in Harlem, New York (d. 2014)
  • 1924 Mark Bucci, American composer (1959 Arts & Letters Award), born in NYC, New York
  • 1925 David Pell, American big band jazz saxophonist, bandleader (Dave Pell Octet), and record producer, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1926 Arsene Souffriau, Belgian pioneering electronic music composer, born in Ixelles, Belgium
  • 1927 Donald Gramm, American bass-baritone, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1928 Aldonis Kalnins, Latvian composer, born in Užava parish, Soviet Union

Person of interestFats Domino

1928 Antione "Fats" Domino, American rhythm & blues star of the early rock ’n’ roll era (Blueberry Hill, Blue Monday), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2017)

Singer Fats Domino
Fats Domino
  • 1928 Monique Leyrac, French Canadian singer and actress (Lights of My City, Act of the Heart), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1930 Lazar Berman, Russian pianist (Budapest 3rd place-1956), born in Leningrad, Russia,

  • 1930 Doug Sandom, British drummer (The Who, 1962-64), born in Greenford, England (d. 2019)
  • 1931 Francisco Kroepfl, Argentinian composer, born in Timișoara, Romania

Person of interestJohnny Cash

1932 Johnny Cash, American country singer (I Walk the Line, Ring of Fire, A Boy Named Sue), born in Kingsland, Arkansas (d. 2003)

Country Singer Johnny Cash
Country Singer
Johnny Cash
  • 1936 Cyrus Faryar, American folk musician, songwriter, and record producer (Modern Folk Quartet), born in Tehran, Persia
  • 1937 Hagood Hardy, Canadian musician and composer (d. 1997)
  • 1937 William Ferris, American composer and conductor (William Ferris Chorale, 1971-2000), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2000)
  • 1942 Yōsuke Yamashita, Japanese jazz pianist, and composer of jazz, film scores, and classical works, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1943 Bob "Bear" Hite, American vocalist (Canned Heat-Going Up the Country), born in Torrance, California (d. 1981)
  • 1943 Paul Cotton, American rocker (Poco), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1945 Mitch Ryder, American rocker (& Detroit Wheels-Devil With the Blue Dress), born in Hamtramck, Michigan
  • 1947 Guy Klucevsek, American jazz and free-improv accordionist and composer, born in New York City
  • 1949 Emma Kirkby, English soprano, born in Surrey, England
  • 1950 Jonathan Cain, American rock guitarist & keyboardist (Journey, Babys), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1953 Michael Bolton, American rock vocalist (That's What Love Is All About), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1956 Keisuke Kuwata, Japanese singer, born in Chigasaki, Japan
  • 1960 Jaz Coleman, British musician (Killing Joke), born in Cheltenham, United Kingdom
  • 1966 Najwa Karam, Lebanese singer, born in Zahlé, Lebanon
  • 1968 Tim Commerford, American bass player (Rage Against the Machine), born in Irvine, California
  • 1969 Hitoshi Sakimoto, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1971 Erykah Badu [Erica Abi Wright], American singer-songwriter, born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1971 Max Martin, Swedish composer & producer, born in Stenhamra, Sweden
  • 1971 Hélène Ségara, French singer, born in Six-Fours-les-Plages, France
  • 1976 Chad Urmston, American musician, born in Sherborn, Massachusetts
  • 1979 Corinne Bailey Rae, English singer, born in Leeds, United Kingdom
  • 1979 Shalim Ortiz, Puerto Rican singer & actor, born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 1980 Alex Fong, Hong Kong singer, born in British Hong Kong
  • 1982 Sara Gazarek, American jazz vocalist and educator, born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1984 Natalia Lafourcade, Mexican singer, born in Mexico City
  • 1986 Crystal Kay, Japanese singer, born in Yokohama, Japan
  • 1987 Juliet Simms, American singer & songwriter (Automatic Loveletter), born in San Francisco, California