On This Day

Birthdays in Music on February 29

  • 1696 Esprit Antoine Blanchard, French composer, born in Pernes (d. 1770)
  • 1724 Eva Marie Veigel [La Violette], Austrian ballet dancer and wife of actor David Garrick, born in Vienna, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1822)
  • 1792 Gioacchino Rossini, Italian composer (Barber of Seville), born in Pesaro, Italy (d. 1839)
  • 1812 Hermann Hirschboch, German composer
  • 1820 Adolf Schimon, Austrian German composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1887)
  • 1884 Alfred Sendrey, American composer and musicologist, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1976)
  • 1896 Wladimir Rudolfovich Vogel, Swiss composer, born in Zurich (d. 1984)
  • 1904 Alan Richardson, Scottish composer and pianist, born in Edinbugh, Scotland (d. 1978)
  • 1904 Jimmy Dorsey, American orchestra leader (Stage Show), born in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania
  • 1904 Rukmini Devi Arundale, Indian dancer and founder of Kalakshetra (d. 1986)
  • 1920 James Mitchell, American dancer and actor (All My Children, Bloomer Girl), born in Sacramento, California (d. 2010)
  • 1920 Ivan Petrov, Russian operatic bass (d. 2003)
  • 1928 Alan Loveday, New Zealand and British violinist, born in Palmerston North, New Zealand (d. 2016)
  • 1928 McHenry Boatwright, American operatic singer, born in Tennille, Georgia (d. 1994)
  • 1932 Reri Grist, African-American coloratura soprano
  • 1940 Gretchen Christopher, American singer (The Fleetwoods), born in Olympia, Washington
  • 1944 David Briggs, American record producer (Neil Young and Crazy Horse), born in Douglas, Wyoming (d. 1995)
  • 1960 Ian McKenzie Anderson, British musician
  • 1960 Khaled, Algerian ra├» musician
  • 1964 Jahred Shane, Afro-Brazilian rapper/singer of Hed PE
  • 1972 Dave Williams, American singer (Drowning Pool) (d. 2002)

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1976 Ja Rule, American rapper (Between Me and You, Always on Time) and actor, born in NYC, New York

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  • 1980 Chris Conley, American musician