On This Day

Birthdays in Music on February 27

  • 1649 Johann Philipp Krieger, composer
  • 1702 Johann Valentin Gorner, composer
  • 1745 Silverius Muller, composer
  • 1746 Gian Francesco Fortunati, composer
  • 1759 Johann Carl Friedrich Rellstab, composer
  • 1784 Job Plimpton, composer
  • 1822 Eugene Gautier, composer
  • 1846 Joaquin Valverde Durán Spanish composer, born in Badajoz (d. 1910)
  • 1848 Hubert Parry, English musicologist and composer (Jerusalem), born in Bournemouth, England (d. 1918)
  • 1867 Wilhelm Peterson-Berger, Swedish composer and music critic, born in Ullånger, Sweden (d. 1942)
  • 1870 Louis Coerne, composer
  • 1879 Jose Sancho Marraco, composer
  • 1888 Lotte Lehmann, German soprano (Der Rosenkavalier, Fidelio), born in Perleberg Germany (d. 1976)
  • 1890 Freddie Keppard, American jazz musician (d. 1933)
  • 1891 Georges E Migot, French composer
  • 1893 Joseph Messner, Austrian organist and composer, born in Schwaz, Tyrol (d. 1969)

  • 1894 Robert-Lucien Siohan, composer

Person of interestMarian Anderson

1897 Marian Anderson, American contralto and celebrated singer (My Lord, What a Morning), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1993)

  • 1898 Rutkowski Bronislaw, composer
  • 1907 Mildred Bailey [Rinker], American jazz singer known as "The Queen of Swing" (Rockin' Chair, Please Be Kind), born in Teoka, Washington (d. 1951)
  • 1909 Elisabeth Welch, singer (Song of Freedom, Over the Moon)
  • 1919 Roman Haubenstock-Ramati, composer
  • 1920 Jose Melis, orchestra leader (Jack Paar Program), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1920 Robert L. "Bob" Talley, American jazz and blues pianist and composer (Blues Alley All Star Band), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 1995)
  • 1921 Andras Szollosy, composer
  • 1922 Jackie Kelso [John Joseph Kelson Jr], American jazz saxophonist and session musician, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2012)
  • 1923 Dexter Gordon, American jazz tenor saxophonist and actor (Round Midnight, The Other Side of Round Midnight), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1990)
  • 1923 Viktor Kalabis, composer
  • 1927 Guy Mitchell [Albert George Cernik], American singer and actor (Red Garters, 3 Redheads from Seattle), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1999)
  • 1935 Alberto Remedios, British opera & concert singer, born in Liverpool, England (d. 2016)
  • 1935 Mirella Freni, Italian lyric soprano (Madame Butterfly), born in Modena, Italy
  • 1936 Chuck Glaser, American singer (Glaser Bros-Getting to Me Again), born in Spalding, Nebraska
  • 1939 Antoinette Sibley, British ballerina (Turning Point), born in Bromley, United Kingdom
  • 1943 Morten Lauridsen, American composer, born in Colfax, Washington
  • 1947 Gidon Kremer, Latvian violinist (Tchaikovsky Prize 1970), born in Riga, Latvia
  • 1947 Louis Clark, British musical arranger & keyboard player (Electric Light Orchestra), born in Kempston, England

  • 1948 Eddie Gray, American rock guitarist (Tommy James & Shondells-Crystal Blue), born in Niles, Michigan
  • 1951 Steve Harley, English rocker (Come Up & See Me), born in Kent, England
  • 1952 Henk Westbroek, Dutch singer (Good Cause), born in Utrecht, Netherlands
  • 1952 Kevin Raleigh, American singer & keyboardist (Michael Stanley Band), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1954 Neal Schon, American rock guitarist (Journey-Open Arms, Bad English), born in Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma
  • 1955 Garry Christian, English singer, born in Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • 1955 Peter Christopherson, English musician & video director, born in Leeds, United Kingdom (d. 2010)
  • 1957 Adrian Smith, English heavy metal guitarist (Iron Maiden-Aces High), born in London Borough of Hackney, London
  • 1959 Johnny Van Zant, American rock vocalist (Lynyrd Skynyrd), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1960 Paul Humphreys, English singer & musician (OMD-Crush, Pacific Age), born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1964 Ewen Vernal, British pop bassist (Deacon Blue), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1965 Frank Peter Zimmermann, German violinist, born in Duisburg, West Germany
  • 1969 Brad Vander Ark, American musician, born in Holland, Michigan
  • 1970 Patricia Petibon, French opera singer, born in Montargis, France
  • 1971 Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas, American singer (TLC), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1973 Roderick "Pooh" Clark, American R&B singer (High-5)
  • 1980 Bobby Valentino, American singer, born in Jackson, Mississippi

Person of interestJosh Groban

1981 Josh Groban, American singer (You Raise Me Up), born in Los Angeles, California

Singer Josh Groban
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Josh Groban
  • 1984 Antti Tuisku, Finnish singer, born in Rovaniemi, Finland
  • 1989 Kelly Breeding, American singer (B5), born in Liberal, Kansas