On This Day

Musicians Born on February 7

  • 1707 Carl August Thielo, composer
  • 1739 Joseph Pouteau, composer
  • 1758 Benedikt Emanuel Schack, composer
  • 1822 Joaquin y Garbayo Gaztambide, composer
  • 1823 Richard Genee, composer
  • 1825 Crystobal Oudrid y Segura, composer
  • 1847 Ernst Franck, German composer/conductor
  • 1863 Mieczyslaw Soltys, composer
  • 1864 Arthur Collins, singer/comedian (Peerless Quartet)
  • 1864 Ricardo Castro Herrera, composer
  • 1871 (Carl) Wilhelm Stenhammar, Swedish composer considered the finest Swedish pianist of his time, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1927)
  • 1875 Erkki Melartin, Finnish composer (Juhlamarssi; Summer Symphony; Fantasia Apocaliptica), born in Käkisalmi, Grand Duchy of Finland (d. 1937)
  • 1875 Walter Courvoisier, composer
  • 1877 Feliks Nowowiejski, Polish organist and composer, born in Wartenburg, East Prussia, German Empire (d. 1946)
  • 1878 Ossip Gabrilovich, Russian-American pianist, conductor (Detroit Symphony, 1918-36), and composer, born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 1936)
  • 1882 Wilbur Sweatman, American ragtime and dixieland jazz clarinetist, composer, and bandleader, born in Brunswick, Missouri (d. 1961) [1]

  • 1887 (James Hubert) "Eubie" Blake, American ragtime composer and pianist ("Memories of You"; "I'm Just Wild About Harry"), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1983) [1]
  • 1891 Joachim Stutschewsky, Austrian-Israeli cellist, composer, and musicologist, born in Romni, Ukraine (d. 1982)
  • 1895 Irving Aaronson, American jazz pianist and big band leader, born in New York City (d. 1963)
  • 1897 Quincy Porter, American composer, teacher, and Pulitzer Prize winner (1954), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1966)
  • 1898 Morgan Lee "Dock" Boggs, American folk and blues singer and banjo player, born in Norton, Virginia (d. 1971)
  • 1907 Raymond “Coco” Colignon, Belgian jazz pianist, organist, and bandleader, born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1987)
  • 1912 Alfred Desenclos, French composer, mostly of liturgical works (Messe de Requiem), born in Pontel, France (d. 1971)
  • 1917 Milton "Milt" Holland, American drummer, percussionist, ethnomusicologist (film Tinkerbell's tinkle, Bewitched's nose tinkle), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2005)
  • 1920 Oscar Brand, Canadian-born American folk vocalist (Draw Me A Laugh), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2016)
  • 1923 George Lascelles, English Earl of Harewood, Director of the Royal Opera House, born in London (d. 2011)
  • 1924 Johnny Jordaan [Johannes van Musscher], Dutch pop and levenslied singer, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1989)
  • 1925 Marius Constant, Rumania, Dutch composer/conductor (Paradise Lost)
  • 1926 Mark Taimanov, Russian pianist, born in Kharkiv, Ukraine (d. 2016)
  • 1927 John Buller, British composer, born in London (d. 2004)
  • 1927 Juliette Gréco, French singer (Sous le ciel de Paris) and actress, born in Montpellier, France (d. 2020) [1]
  • 1927 Laurence "Laurie" Johnson, British film and television score composer (Dr. Strangelove; The Avengers), born in Hampstead, England
  • 1934 Earl King [Solomon Johnson], American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Come On), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1934 "King" Curtis [Ousley], American musician, bandleader and saxophonist (Memphis Soul Stew), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 1971)
  • 1938 Robert Frank Baksa, American contemporary classical composer, born in New York City
  • 1943 Walter Scott, American singer (Bob Kuban) whose murder was featured on "Forensic Files", born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1983)

  • 1948 Jimmy Greenspoon, American session and touring rock organist (Three Dog Night - "Joy to the World"), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2015)
  • 1948 David Campbell, Canadian composer (worked with Adele, Justin Timberlake), born in Toronto
  • 1949 Alan Lancaster, English bassist (Status Quo, 1967-85), born in London, England
  • 1952 Vasco Rossi, Italian rocker (Buoni o cattivi (Good Or Bad)), born in Zocca, Modena
  • 1953 Bruce Gaitsch, American session guitarist, songwriter, and record producer (Chicago; Richard Marx; Peter Cetera; Madonna), born in Chicago, Illinois.
  • 1954 Dieter Bohlen, German pop singer-songwriter, record producer, and television personality, born in Berne, West Germany
  • 1956 Mark St. John [Norton], American rock guitarist (KISS, April- November, 1984), born in Hollywood, California (d. 2007)
  • 1957 Richard Cook, British jazz writer (The Penguin Guide To Jazz Recordings), born in Kew, Surrey (d. 2007)
  • 1958 (Manuel) Mijares, Mexican Latin-pop, folk, and Mariachi vocalist (Maria Bonita), born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1959 Brian Travers, British rock saxophonist (UB40 - "Red, Red Wine"), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1960 Steve Bronski Scottish rock keyboard player (Bronski Beat - "Smalltown Boy"), born in Glasgow, Scotland

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1962 Garth Brooks, American country singer (No Fences; "Friends In Low Places"), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma

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  • 1962 David Bryan [Rashbaum], American rock keyboardist (Bon Jovi - "You Give Love a Bad Name"), and theatrical composer (Memphis; The Toxic Avenger), born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey
  • 1968 Salvatore "Sully Erna", American heavy metal singer, and rhythm guitarist (Godsmack), born in Lawrence, Massachusetts
  • 1975 Wes Borland, American rock guitarist (Limp Bizkit), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1988 Ai Kago, Japanese singer
  • 1988 Nick Costa, American jazz drummer, born in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania
  • 1992 Maimi Yajima, Japanese singer
  • 1996 Mai Hagiwara, Japanese singer