On This Day

Musicians Born on February 4

  • 1549 Eustache du Caurroy, composer
  • 1581 Daniel Selich, German court composer, born in Wittenberg (d. 1626)
  • 1677 Johann Ludwig Bach, German composer (d. 1731)
  • 1751 Blas de Laserna, composer
  • 1758 Pierre-Gabriel Gardel, French ballet dancer/choreographer
  • 1767 Johann Franz Volkert, composer
  • 1805 Georg Andreas Henkel, German composer (d. 1871)
  • 1808 Josef Kajetán Tyl, Czech playwright, author of the Czech national anthem(d. 1856)
  • 1875 Raymond Moulaert, Belgian pianist and composer, born in Brussels, Belgian (d. 1962)
  • 1876 Victor Jean Leonard Vreuls, composer
  • 1893 Bernard Rogers, American composer (Warrior, Marriage of Aude, Passion), born in NYC, New York
  • 1903 Edwin Denby, Tientsin China, US dance critic/poet (Snoring in N)
  • 1904 Predrag Milosevic, composer
  • 1908 Emmanuel "Manny" Klein, American jazz trumpeter, born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1912 Erich Leinsdorf, Austrian-born American conductor, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1993)
  • 1915 Ray Evans, American songwriter with Jay Livingston (d. 2007)

  • 1916 David Vassall Cox, British composer ("Lillibullero"), born in Broadstairs, Isle of Thanet, England in (d.1997)
  • 1929 Paul Burlison, American rockabilly musician (The Rock N Roll Trio), born in Brownsville, Tennessee (d. 2003)
  • 1932 Ivan Davis, Jr., American concert pianist, and teacher, born in Electra,Texas (d. 2018)
  • 1934 Jouko Sakari Linjama, Finnish organist and composer, born in Kirvu, Finland
  • 1937 Bill Ham, American music impresario and manager (ZZ Top), born in Waxahachie, Texas (d. 2016)
  • 1938 Joe Beard, American blues guitarist (No More Cherry Rose), born in Ashland, Mississippi
  • 1941 John Steel, British rock drummer (The Animals - "House of the Rising Sun"), born in Gateshead, County Durham, England
  • 1941 Mike Deasy, American rock and jazz session guitarist, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1942 Johnny Gamble, rocker (Classics)
  • 1943 Jimmy Johnson, American session guitarist and co-founder of the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, born in Sheffield, Alabama (d. 2019)
  • 1943 Barry Beckett, American keyboardist and record producer (David Hood, Jimmy Johnson, Roger Hawkins), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2009)
  • 1944 Florence LaRue, American pop and R&B vocalist (5th Dimension - "Up, Up, And Away"), born in Plainfield, New Jersey,

Person of interestAlice Cooper

1948 Alice Cooper [Vincent Furnier], American theatrical rock singer and songwriter ("School's Out") , born in Detroit, Michigan

Rocker Alice Cooper
Rocker
Alice Cooper
  • 1948 Marguerite "Marge" Ganser, American pop singer (The Shangri-Las), born in Queens, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1948 Mary Ann Ganser, American pop singer (The Shangri-Las), born in Queens, New York (d. 1970)
  • 1949 Roy Yeager, American musician (Atlanta Rhythm Section), born in Greenwood, Mississippi
  • 1949 Ludger Rémy, German harpsichordist, conductor (Les Amis de Philippe), and musicologist, born in Kalkar, Germany (d. 2017)
  • 1950 James Dunn, American vocalist (Stylistics), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1950 Phil Ehart, American rock drummer, and songwriter (Kansas - "Point of Know Return"), born in Coffeyville, Kansas
  • 1950 Robert-John Stips, rock keyboardist/singer (The Nits)

  • 1951 Dariush Eghbali, Iranian singer and musician, born in Tehran, Iran
  • 1952 Jerry Shirley, British rock drummer (Humble Pie - "Black Coffee"), born in Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, England
  • 1953 Kitarō [Masanori Takahashi], Japanese New Age composer (Thinking of You), born in Toyohashi, Japan
  • 1957 Don Davis, American trombonist, arranger, and composer, mostly for film (The Matrix), and television (Beauty & The Beast), born in Anaheim, California
  • 1960 Tim Booth, British rock singer (James - "Sit Down"), born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England
  • 1960 Jonathan Larson, American composer (Rent), born in White Plains, New York (d. 1996)

Person of interestClint Black

1962 Clint Black, American country vocalist (Killin' Time, A Better Man), born in Long Branch, New Jersey

Country Singer Clint Black
Country Singer
Clint Black
  • 1964 Noodles [Kevin Wasserman], American guitarist (The Offspring), born in Los Angeles, California.
  • 1965 Petr Muk, Czech new-wave and pop musician, and singer-songwriter (Oceán; Shalom), born in Český Krumlov, Czechoslovakia (d. 2010)
  • 1969 Duncan Coutts, Canadian rock bassist (Our Lady Peace), born in St. Catharine, Ontario
  • 1975 Natalie Imbruglia, Australian-British singer-songwriter (Left of the Middle), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1976 Cam'ron [Cameron Ezike Gile], American rapper, born in East Harlem, New York

Person of interestChen Kun

1976 Chen Kun, Chinese actor (Painted Skin), and singer ("Power to Go"), born in Chongqing, China

Actor and Singer Chen Kun
Actor and Singer
Chen Kun
  • 1977 Gavin DeGraw, American rock singer-songwriter "Not Over You"), born in South Fallsburg, New York
  • 1982 Kimberly Wyatt, American singer & dancer (Pussycat Dolls), born in Warrensburg, Missouri