On This Day

Musicians Born 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, British politician, diplomat (11th Earl of Westmoreland), and composer (Royal Academy of Music, 1830), born in Piccadilly, London (d. 1859)

Person of interestFelix Mendelssohn

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

Composer and Pianist Felix Mendelssohn
Composer and Pianist
Felix Mendelssohn
  • 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
  • 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, born in Pisino, Austrian Empire (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, Woodstock), 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 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

  • 1946 Eva Maros, Hungarian classical harpist, born in Pécs, Hungary
  • 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 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)
  • 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 Sean Kingston, American reggae rapper