On This Day

Birthdays in Music on February 6

  • 1673 Maximilian Dietrich Freisslich, German composer, born in Immelborn, Germany (d. 1731)
  • 1695 Andre Cheron, French composer & organist & harpsichordist, born in Paris, France (d. 1766)
  • 1705 Johann Matthias Leffloth, German composer, born in Nuremberg, Germany (d. 1731)
  • 1793 Pietro Rovelli, Italian composer, born in Parma, Italy (d. 1838)
  • 1802 Charles Wheatstone, English scientist & inventor, born in Barnwood, United Kingdom (d. 1875)
  • 1807 Hans Matthison-Hansen, Danish composer, born in Flensburg, Germany (d. 1890)
  • 1834 Ema Puksec, Croatian singer, born in Ogulin, Croatia (d. 1889)
  • 1848 Luigi Mancinelli, Italian orchestral composer, born in Orvieto, Italy (d. 1921)
  • 1878 Waclaw Gieburowski, Polish conductor & composer, born in Bydgoszcz, Poland (d. 1943)
  • 1881 Karl Weigl, Austrian-American composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1949)
  • 1900 Roy Smeck, American musician, born in Reading, Pennsylvania (d. 1994)
  • 1902 George Brunies, American musician, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1974)
  • 1903 Claudio Arrau, Chilean pianist (Boston Symphony Orchestra), born in Chillán, Chile (d. 1991)
  • 1909 Israel Citkowitz, American composer (d. 1974)
  • 1914 Thurl Ravenscroft, American voice actor and bass singer (Tony the Tiger, You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch), born in Norfolk, Nebraska (d. 2005)
  • 1917 Arthur Gold, Canadian pianist, born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1990)

  • 1917 Liberato Firmino Sifonia, Italian composer, born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 1995)
  • 1923 Maurice Le Roux, French composer, born in Paris, France (d. 1992)
  • 1931 Mamie Van Doren, American actress, model, singer, and sex symbol (Teacher's Pet, The Navy vs. the Night Monsters), born in Rowena, South Dakota
  • 1938 Ellsworth Milburn, American composer & educator (Menil Antiphons), born in Greensburg, Pennsylvania (d. 2007)
  • 1941 Stephen Albert, American composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1992)
  • 1942 John London, American songwriter & bassist (Michael Nesmith band), born in Brazos County, Texas
  • 1943 Fabian [Fabiano Anthony Forte], American vocalist (Turn Me Loose, Tiger), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1944 Georgeanna Tillman, American singer (the Marvelettes), born in Inkster, Michigan (d. 1980)

Person of interestBob Marley

1945 Bob Marley, Jamaican reggae musician (Exodus, One Love), born in Nine Mile, Saint Ann, Jamaica (d. 1981)

Reggae Musician Bob Marley
Reggae Musician
Bob Marley
  • 1946 Kate McGarrigle, Canadian folk music singer-songwriter, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2010)
  • 1946 Richie Hayward, American drummer (Little Feat), born in Des Moines, Iowa (d. 2010)
  • 1949 Mike Batt, British director, actor, composer, and former Deputy Chairman (British Phonographic Industry), born in Southampton, England

Person of interestNatalie Cole

1950 Natalie Cole, American vocalist (Pink Cadillac, Miss You Like Crazy), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2015)

Singer and Songwriter Natalie Cole
Singer and Songwriter
Natalie Cole
  • 1950 Punky Meadows, American rock guitarist (Angel), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1951 Margo [Margeret Catherine O'Donnell ], Irish singer, born in County Donegal, Ireland
  • 1954 Scott Kempner, American rhythm guitarist (Del-Lords), born in the Bronx, New York
  • 1957 Jerry Marotta, American drummer (Orleans-Love Takes Time), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1957 Simon Phillips, English drummer & record producer (Toto), born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1959 Ken Nelson, English record producer, born in Liverpool, England
  • 1962 Axl Rose [William Bailey], American singer & songwriter (Guns & Roses), born in Lafayette, Indiana
  • 1964 Skip Ewing, American country vocalist (Coast of Colorado), born in Redlands, California
  • 1964 Gordon Downie, Canadian rock singer-songwriter & musician (The Tragically Hip), born in Amherstview, Ontario (d. 2017)
  • 1966 Rick Astley, English singer & songwriter (Never Gonna Give You Up), born in Newton-le-Willows, United Kingdom
  • 1967 Anita Cochran, American singer, born in South Lyon, Michigan
  • 1967 Izumi Sakai, Japanese singer (Zard), born in Kurume, Japan (d. 2007)
  • 1968 Akira Yamaoka, Japanese composer, born in Niigata, Japan
  • 1975 Tomoko Kawase, Japanese singer, born in Kyoto, Japan
  • 1979 Dan Bălan, Moldovan singer (O-Zone), born in Chișinău, Moldova
  • 1980 Mamiko Noto, Japanese voice actress & singer, born in Kanazawa, Japan
  • 1981 Jens Lekman, Swedish musician, born in Angered, Sweden
  • 1982 Tank [Lü Jianzhong], Taiwanese singer, born in Taitung City, Taiwan
  • 1984 Piret Järvis, Estonian singer, born in Tallinn, Estonia
  • 1988 Allison Holker, American dancer, born in Minnesota, United States