On This Day

Musicians Born on February 28

  • 1616 Kaspar Förster, German composer, born in Gdańsk, Poland (d. 1673)
  • 1747 Justin Morgan, American composer and horse breeder, born in West Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1798)
  • 1808 Elias Parish Alvars, British harpist and composer ("Voyage d'un Harpiste en Orient"), born in Teignmouth, England (d. 1849)
  • 1854 Juliusz Zarebski, Polish composer, born in Zhytomyr, Polish Kingdom (d. 1885)
  • 1857 Gustave Kerker, German born American composer for Broadway musicals (The Belle of New York), born in Hertford, Germany (d. 1923)
  • 1875 Viliam Figus-Bystry, Slovakian composer, born in Banská Bystrica (d. 1937)
  • 1876 John Alden Carpenter, American composer (Sea Drift), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1951)
  • 1877 Sergei Bortkiewicz, Russian-Austrian composer, pianist, and conductor, born in Kharkov, Russian Empire (d. 1952)
  • 1878 Artur Kapp, Estonian organist, composer (Peace Symphony; Paradise and Peri), and educator, born in Suure-Jaani, Russian Empire (now Estonia) (d. 1952)
  • 1882 Geraldine Farrar, American soprano and actress (Story of American Singer), born in Melrose, Massachusetts (d. 1967)
  • 1882 Richard Stein, German composer, born in Halle, Germany (d. 1942)
  • 1890 Vaslav Nijinsky, Russian ballet dancer 'the God of Dance', born in Kiev, Ukraine (d. 1950) 3/12 NS
  • 1895 Guiomar Novaes, Brazilian concert pianist (Brazilian Order of Merit), born in São João da Boa Vista, Brazil (d. 1979)
  • 1910 Roman Maciejewski, Polish composer (Requiem - Missa pro defunctis), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1988)
  • 1916 Svend Asmussen, Danish jazz violinist, known as "The Fiddling Viking" (The Swe-Danes), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 2017)
  • 1917 George Malcolm, British keyboard player and conductor (Westminster Cathedral Master of the Music, 1947-59), born in London (d. 1997)

  • 1920 Edward Kassner, Austrian born music publisher (President Records), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1996)
  • 1921 Vladimir Sommer, Czech composer, born in Dolní Jiřetín, Czech Republic (d. 1997)
  • 1921 Donald H. White, American composer (Lyric Suite for Euphonium and Winds; Tuba Sonata) and educator, born in Narberth, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)
  • 1926 Seymour Shifrin, American composer (Satires of Circumstance), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1979)
  • 1926 Stanley Glasser, South African composer, born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 2018)
  • 1927 Don Helms, American steel guitarist (Hank Williams's Drifting Cowboys), born in New Brockton, Alabama (d. 2008)
  • 1929 Joseph Rouleau, French-Canadian bass opera singer (Royal Opera), born in Matane, Quebec (d. 2019)
  • 1930 Marty Grosz, American swing and dixieland jazz guitarist, banjoist, vocalist, and composer born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1932 Donald "Don" Francks, Canadian actor, singer and musician (Terminal Choice; Finian's Rainbow), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 2016)
  • 1934 Willie Bobo [Correa], American jazz percussionist (Evil Ways), born in NYC, New York (d. 1983)
  • 1939 John Fahey, American folk singer and guitarist (Transfiguration of Blind Joe Death), born in Washington, D.C. (d, 2001)
  • 1939 Tommy Tune, dancer/choreographer (Boyfriend), born in Wichita Falls, Texas
  • 1940 Joe South, American singer-songwriter and guitarist ("Games People Play"; "Walk A Mile In My Shoes"), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2012)
  • 1941 Marty Sanders [Kupersmith], American rock guitarist (Jay and the Americans - "This Magic Moment"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1942 Brian Jones, British blues and rock guitarist, organist and sitar player (Rolling Stones, 1962-69), born in Gloucestershire, England (d. 1969)
  • 1943 Barbara Acklin, American soul singer ("Love Makes A Woman"), and songwriter ("Have You Seen Her"), born in Oakland, California (d. 1998)
  • 1943 Donnie Iris [Dominic Ierace], American rock musician (The Cruisers), born in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania
  • 1943 Charles Bernstein, American composer of film and television scores, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1944 Storm Thorgerson, British graphic designer for album art, and music video director (Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Genesis, The Cranberries), born in Potters Bar, Middlesex (d. 2013)
  • 1945 Ronnie Rosman, American rock organist, and accordion player (Tommy James & The Shondells - "I Think We're Alone Now"; "Crystal Blue Persuasion"), born in Greensburg, PA

  • 1946 Pierre Dørge, Danish avant-garde and jazz-fusion guitarist (Thermaenius; New Jungle Orchestra), born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 1949 Arthur "T-Boy" Ross, American songwriter ("I Want You"), brother of Diana, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1996)
  • 1950 Stephen Chatman, American-Canadian composer (Choir Practice), and educator (University of British Columbia, 1976-present), born in Faribault, Minnesota
  • 1951 Bill Cratty, American modern dancer and choreographer, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1998)
  • 1952 Eddie Manion, American touring and session rock saxophonist (Asbury Jukes; Disciples of Soul)
  • 1952 William Finn, American theatrical composer, lyricist, and Tony Award Winner (Falsettos; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1955 Randy Jackson, American rock singer, guitarist, and keyboard player (Zebra), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1957 Cindy Wilson, American rock vocalist (B-52's - "Love Shack"), born in Athens, Georgia
  • 1957 Ian Stanley, British rock keyboardist and songwriter (Tears For Fears, 1981-87 - "Shout"; "Everybody Wants To Rule The World"), born in Bath, England
  • 1957 Phil Gould, British rock drummer and percussionist (Level 42 - "Something About You"), born in Hong Kong
  • 1957 Paul Delph, American rock session and touring keyboardist and producer, born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1996)
  • 1958 Jeanne Mas, French pop singer ("Toute première fois"), and actress, born in Alicante, Spain
  • 1964 Rihards Dubra, Latvian composer, primarily of sacred choral works, born in Riga, Latvian SSR, Soviet Union (now Latvia)
  • 1965 Markus Stenz, German conductor (Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, 2012-19), born in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, West Germany
  • 1966 Edward Shearmur, British film score composer (Diary of a Wimpy Kid; Charlie's Angels), born in London, England
  • 1967 Marcus Lillington, British pop guitarist and keyboard player (Breathe - "Hands to Heaven"), born in Bideford, Devon, England
  • 1969 Elisa Fiorillo, American pop and jazz singer (Forgive Me For Dreaming), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1969 Pat Monahan, American rock singer, songwriter, and musician (Train - "Drops Of Jupiter"; Hey, Soul Sister"), born in Erie, Pennsylvania
  • 1971 Junya Nakano, Japanese video game composer (Threads Of Fate; Final Fantasy X) born in Kyoto, Japan
  • 1971 Nigel Godrich, British record producer, recording engineer, and musician (Radiohead; Thom Yorke; Atoms for Peace), born in Westminster, London
  • 1977 Jason Aldean [Williams], American country singer ("Dirt Road Anthem"), born in Macon, Georgia
  • 1978 Jeanne Cherhal, French singer-songwriter, born in Nantes, France
  • 1984 Ben Fagan, American musician, songwriter, and reality show contestant, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1985 Fefe Dobson, Canadian pop-rock singer-songwriter ("Bye Bye Boyfriend"), born in Scarborough, Ontario
  • 1986 Alex Tanas, Canadian pop-reggae drummer (Magic! -"Rude"), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1988 Markéta Irglová, Czech Academy Award-winning songwriter ("Falling Slowly"), singer, and actress (Once), born in Valašské Meziříčí, Czechia
  • 1989 Zhang Liyin, Chinese K-pop and R&B singer, born in Chengdu, China
  • 1994 Jake Bugg [Kennedy], British blues-rock singer-songwriter, and musician, born in Nottingham, England