On This Day

Birthdays in Music on February 5

  • 1662 Giuseppi Vignola, composer
  • 1711 Joseph Umstatt, Austrian composer, born in Vienna (d. 1762)
  • 1732 Nathanael Gottfried Gruner, composer
  • 1748 Christian Gottlob Neefe, German composer, conductor and tutor of Beethoven, born in Shimnitz, Saxony (d. 1798)
  • 1810 Ole Bull, Norwegian violinist (d. 1880)
  • 1862 Felipe Villanueva y Gutierrez, Mexican composer
  • 1863 Armand Parent, composer
  • 1864 Carl Teike, German military composer, born in Stettin-Altdamm, Pomerania (d. 1922)
  • 1865 Harvey Worthington Loomis, American composer (Lyrics of the Red Man), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1930)
  • 1866 Rossetter Gleason Cole, composer
  • 1868 Lodewijk Mortelmans, Belgian composer, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1952)
  • 1882 Felice Lattuada, composer
  • 1889 Ioan Dumitru Chirescu, composer
  • 1902 Bronislaw Kaper, Polish film composer and Academy Award winner (Green Dolphin Street, Lili), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1983)
  • 1903 Ivan Galamian, American violinist and violin teacher, born in Tabriz, Persia (d. 1981)
  • 1909 Grażyna Bacewicz, Polish violinist & composer, born in Łódź (d. 1969)

  • 1912 Zoltán Pongrácz, Hungarian avant-garde composer (Mariphonia), born in Diószeg (d. 2007)
  • 1913 Rozelle Claxton, pianist/arranger
  • 1918 Gara Garayev [Kara Karayev], Soviet-Azerbaijani composer (Seven Beauties), born in Baku (d. 1982)
  • 1921 John M Pritchard, conductor, born in London, England
  • 1923 Claude King, American country music singer (Wolverton Mountain), born in Keithville, Louisiana (d. 2013)
  • 1929 Hal Blaine [Harold Belsky], American drummer and session musician (The Wrecking Crew), born in Holyoke, Massachusetts (d. 2019)
  • 1935 Alex Harvey, rocker (Just Visiting This Planet)
  • 1937 Cocky van Oost, [Kommertje van Vliet], Dutch dancer (Sylphides)
  • 1938 Dick van Niehoff, Dutch vocalist (Fouryo)
  • 1939 Derek Wadsworth, British jazz composer and arranger, born in Cleckheaton, Yorkshire (d. 2008)
  • 1941 Barrett Strong, vocalist (Money, That's What I Want), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1941 Rick Laird, jazz musician (Gerry Niewood & Timepiece)
  • 1942 Cory Wells [Emil Lewandowski], American rock vocalist (3 Dog Night-Joy to the World), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1943 Ivan Alexandrovich Tcherepnin, French-American composer of Russian and Chinese parentage (Le va et le vient), born in Issy-les-Moulineaux, France (d. 2003)
  • 1943 Larry Tamblyn, American rock guitarist (Standells-Dirty Water), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1944 Al Kooper [Alan Peter Kuperschmidt], American rock musician, record producer and songwriter (Blood Sweat & Tears, Super Session), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1944 J. R. Cobb, American guitarist & songwriter (Atlanta Rhythm Section, Classic IV), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1948 David Denny, American rock guitar player (Steve Miller Band-Abracadabra), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1950 Ann Sexton, American vocalist (You're Gone too Long), born in Greenville, South Carolina
  • 1951 Elizabeth Swados, American composer & playwright (1972 TONY), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2016)

  • 1952 Daniel Balavoine, French singer -songwriter, born in Alençon, France (d. 1986)
  • 1954 Cliff Martinez, American musician, born in the Bronx, New York
  • 1960 Aris Christofellis, Greek countertenor, born in Athens, Greece
  • 1962 Tommy Skeoch, American guitarist (Tesla-Psychotic Supper)
  • 1964 Alexia Vassiliou, Cypriot singer & film score composer, born in Famagusta, Cyprus
  • 1964 Duff McKagan [Michael Andrew], American bassist (Guns N' Roses), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1968 Chris Barron, American singer & songwriter (Spin Doctors), born in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
  • 1968 Nir Kabaretti, Israeli conductor, born in Tel Aviv, Israel
  • 1969 Bobby Brown, American singer-songwriter ("My Prerogative"), born in Roxbury, Massachusetts
  • 1971 Sara Evans, American singer, born in Boonville, Missouri
  • 1973 Trijntje Oosterhuis, Dutch singer, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1975 Adam Carson, American musician (AFI), born in Ukiah, California
  • 1985 Lindsey Cardinale, American singer, born in Hammond, Louisiana
  • 1987 Darren Criss, American actor & singer-songwriter (Glee, The Assassination of Gianni Versace), born in San Francisco, California