Birthdays in Music on February 3

  • 1525 Giovanni Perluigi da Palestrina, composer
  • 1648 Louis Bouteiller, composer
  • 1736 Johann Georg Albrechtsberger, Austria organist/composer
  • 1740 Guillaume Lasceux, composer
  • 1755 Florido Tomeoni, composer
  • 1784 John Fane graaf van Westmorland, English (opera)composer/diplomat

Person of interestFelix Mendelssohn

1809 Felix Mendelssohn [Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy], German composer and pianist (Great Scherzos), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1847)

Composer and Pianist Felix Mendelssohn
Composer and Pianist
Felix Mendelssohn
  • 1817 Emile Racine Gauthier Prudent, composer
  • 1842 Sidney Clopton Lanier, American composer/poet (Hall of Fame)
  • 1868 Damaso Ledesma, composer
  • 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
  • 1900 Mabel Mercer, English cabaret vocalist (Fly Me to the Moon)
  • 1903 Priaulx Rainier, composer
  • 1904 Luigi Dallapiccola, Pisino Istria, Italian composer
  • 1906 Ludvig Nielsen, composer
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1941 Angelo D'Aleo, tenor (Dion & Belmonts-Teenager in Love), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1941 Chuck Tharp, rock vocalist (Fireballs)
  • 1943 Dennis Edwards, American lead singer of The Temptations (Papa was a Rollin' Stone), born in Fairfield, Alabama (d. 2018)
  • 1943 Eric Haydock, 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 Stan Webb, English blues musician (Chicken Shack), born in London
  • 1947 Chose Alberts, [Krommenhoek], vocalist (Yet Many Years)
  • 1947 Dave Davies, rock vocalist/guitarist (Kinks-Lola), born in London, England
  • 1947 Koos Alberts, [Krommenhoek], Dutch vocalist (Many More Years to Come)
  • 1947 Melanie, [Safka], Astoria, vocalist/songwriter (Candles in Rain)
  • 1949 Oscar Benton, Dutch blues vocalist/guitarist (Ze is Zoals Jij)
  • 1949 Arthur Kane, American musician (New York Dolls), born in NYC, New York (d. 2004)
  • 1956 Lee Ranaldo, American musician (Sonic Youth)
  • 1958 Lee Crystal, rocker (Joan Jett & Blackhearts-Ashes in the Wind)
  • 1959 Loi Tolhurst, rocker (Cure-Hell's Kitchen)
  • 1959 Yasuharu Konishi, Japanese musician (Pizzicato Five)
  • 1961 Linda Eder, American singer
  • 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 Sean Kingston, American reggae rapper