Musicians Born on February 3

  • 1525 Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Italian composer, born in Palestrina, Papal States (d. 1594) [birthday unconfirmed]
  • 1648 Louis Bouteiller, composer
  • 1736 Johann Georg Albrechtsberger, Austria organist/composer
  • 1740 Guillaume Lasceux, composer
  • 1755 Florido Tomeoni, composer
  • 1784 John Fane, British politician, diplomat (11th Earl of Westmoreland), and composer (Royal Academy of Music, 1830), born in Piccadilly, London (d. 1859)

Felix Mendelssohn

1809 (Jacob Ludwig) Felix Mendelssohn [Bartholdy], German composer and pianist (Italian Symphony; Songs Without Words), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1847)

  • 1817 Emile Racine Gauthier Prudent, composer
  • 1840 Georges Jacobi, German violinist, composer (The Black Crook), and conductor (Alhambra Theatre, London, 1872-98), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1906))
  • 1842 Sidney Clopton Lanier, American composer/poet (Hall of Fame)
  • 1868 Dámaso Ledesma, Spanish organist, composer, musicologist, and priest, born in Ciudad Rodrigo, Spain (d. 1928)
  • 1886 Erwin Kroll, German composer, born in German Eylau (d. 1976)
  • 1887 Carlo Jachino, composer
  • 1895 Nick Kenny, Astoria columnist/songwriter (Nick Kenny Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1898 Lillian "Lil" Hardin Armstrong, American jazz pianist, composer, and bandleader, born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1971)
  • 1900 Mabel Mercer, British jazz and cabaret singer whose style and phrasing influenced Frank Sinatra ("Fly Me To The Moon"), born in Burton upon Trent, England (d. 1984)
  • 1903 (Ivy) Priaulx Rainier, South African-British composer (Ploërmel), born in Howick, Colony of Natali (now South Africa) (d. 1986)
  • 1904 Luigi Dallapiccola, Italian 12-tone composer (Il prigioniero; Ulisse), born in Pisino d'Istria, Austrian Empire (now Pazin,Croatia) (d. 1975)
  • 1906 Ludvig Nielsen, Norwegian organist, composer, choir director, and conductor (Nidaros Cathedral, 1935-76), born in Borge, Norway (d. 2001)
  • 1910 Blas Galindo Dimas, San Gabriel Mexico, composer (A la Patria)
  • 1911 Jehan [Ariste] Alain, French organist/composer
  • 1911 Jesse Thomas, blues singer
  • 1915 Richard Bales, composer
  • 1919 (Eugene) "Snooky" Young, American jazz trumpeter who mastered the plunger mute, born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 2011)
  • 1923 Alys Robi, Quebec singer
  • 1927 Val Doonican [Michael Valentine], Irish singer and entertainer, born in Waterford (d. 2015)
  • 1929 Russell Arms, vocalist (Your Hit Parade), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1935 Johnny "Guitar" Watson, rock guitarist
  • 1936 Jim Marshall, American photographer (The Beatles final concert in San Francisco; Woodstock Festival), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2010)
  • 1941 Angelo D'Aleo, American pop tenor (Dion & Belmonts - "Teenager In Love"), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1941 Chuck Tharp, rock vocalist (Fireballs)
  • 1943 Dennis Edwards, American po and R&B singer (The Temptations - "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone"), born in Fairfield, Alabama (d. 2018)
  • 1943 Eric Haydock, British bassist (Hollies - "He Aint Heavy, He's My Brother")
  • 1944 Trisha Noble, Australian singer and actress
  • 1945 Johnny Cymbal, rocker (Mr Bass Man)
  • 1945 Willeke Alberti [Verbruggen], Dutch vocalist/actress (Small Truth)
  • 1946 Eva Maros, Hungarian classical harpist, born in Pécs, Hungary
  • 1946 Stan Webb, English blues musician (Chicken Shack), born in London
  • 1947 Chose Alberts [Krommenhoek], vocalist (Yet Many Years)
  • 1947 Dave Davies, British rock guitarist and vocalist (The Kinks - "You Really Got Me"; "Lola"; "Living On A Thin Line"), born in Muswell Hill, North London, England [1]
  • 1947 Koos Alberts [Krommenhoek], Dutch vocalist (Many More Years to Come)
  • 1947 Melanie [Safka], American singer-songwriter ("Brand New Key"; "What Have They Done to My Song Ma"; "Candles in Rain"), born in Astoria, Queens, New York
  • 1949 Arthur Kane, American musician (New York Dolls), born in NYC, New York (d. 2004)
  • 1949 Oscar Benton, Dutch blues vocalist/guitarist (Ze is Zoals Jij)
  • 1950 John Schlitt, American Christian rock singer (Petra), born in Lincoln, Illinois
  • 1956 Lee Ranaldo, American musician (Sonic Youth)
  • 1958 Lee Crystal [Sackett], American drummer (Joan Jett & The Blackhearts - "I Love Rock'n'Roll"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1959 Loi Tolhurst, rocker (Cure-Hell's Kitchen)
  • 1959 Yasuharu Konishi, Japanese musician (Pizzicato Five)
  • 1961 Linda Eder, American pop and musical theater singer, born in Tucson, Arizona
  • 1970 Richard Kotzen, American rock musician, born in Reading, Pennsylvania
  • 1977 Daddy Yankee [Ramón Rodríguez], reggaeton singer and rapper (Despacito), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 1978 Eliza Schneider, American actress and singer
  • 1981 Alisa Reyes, American actress and singer
  • 1982 Jessica Harp, American singer (The Wreckers)
  • 1990 Callum Huggan, Scottish marimbist and percussionist, born in Lanarkshire, Scotland
  • 1990 Sean Kingston, American reggae rapper