On This Day

Birthdays in Music 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, composer
  • 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)
  • 1910 Alfred Mendelsohn, composer
  • 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, composer
  • 1929 Paul Burlison, rockabilly musician (The Rock N Roll Trio), born in Brownsville, Tennessee (d. 2003)
  • 1932 Ivan Davis, Electra Texas, pianist/writer (Hunger, Corn is Green)
  • 1934 Jouko Sakari Linjama, composer
  • 1937 Bill Ham [Billy Mack 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, rock drummer (Animals-House of the Rising Sun)
  • 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 Gordon, Penn, rocker (5th Dimension-One Less Bell)

Person of interestAlice Cooper

1948 Alice Cooper, [Vincent Furnier], rocker (School's Out), born in Detroit, Michigan

Rocker Alice Cooper
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
  • 1950 James Dunn, American vocalist (Stylistics), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1950 Philip Ehart, rock drummer (Kansas)
  • 1950 Robert-John Stips, rock keyboardist/singer (The Nits)
  • 1951 Dariush Eghbali, Iranian singer and musician, born in Tehran, Iran
  • 1952 Jerry Shirley, rock drummer (Humble Pie-Hot N Nasty, Eat It)
  • 1953 Kitarō, Japanese New Age composer (Thinking of You), born in Toyohashi, Japan
  • 1957 Don Davis, American composer
  • 1960 Tim Booth, British singer (Heat, The World's End), born in Leeds, England
  • 1960 Jonathan Larson, American composer (Rent), born in White Plains, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1962 Clint Black, American country vocalist (Killin' Time, A Better Man), born in Long Branch, New Jersey
  • 1964 Noodles, American guitarist (The Offspring)
  • 1969 Duncan Coutts, Canadian bassist (Our Lady Peace)
  • 1976 Cam'ron, American rapper

Person of interestChen Kun

1976 Chen Kun, Chinese actor (Painted Skin), born in Chongqing, China

Actor and Singer Chen Kun
Actor and Singer
Chen Kun
  • 1977 Gavin DeGraw, American musician
  • 1982 Kimberly Wyatt, American singer & dancer (Pussycat Dolls), born in Warrensburg, Missouri