Musicians Born on February 8

  • 1586 Jacob Praetorius, German Baroque organist, composer, and pedagogue, born in Hamburg, Germany, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1651)
  • 1708 Vaclav Jan Kopriva, Czech composer and organist, born in Cítoliby, Czech Republic (d. 1789)
  • 1741 André Grétry, French opera composer, born in Prince-Bishopric of Liège (now Belgium) (d. 1813)
  • 1764 Joseph Leopold von Eybler, Austrian composer, born in Schwechat, Habsburg Empire (now Austria) (d. 1846)
  • 1789 Ludwig Wilhelm Maurer, German composer and pianist, born in Potsdam (d. 1878)
  • 1810 Norbert Burgmüller, German composer, born in Düsseldorf, Germany (d. 1836)
  • 1828 Antonio Cagnoni, Italian composer, born in Godiasco (d. 1896)
  • 1881 (William) Crickett Smith, American ragtime, and jazz cornetist and trumpeter (James Reese Europe's Clef Club; Ziegfeld's Midnight Frolics; Louis Mitchell's Jazz Kings), and band leader, born in Emporia, Kansas (d. 1944)
  • 1888 Matthijs Vermeulen, Dutch composer and music journalist, born in Helmond, Netherlands (d. 1967)
  • 1900 Guy Warrack, Scottish composer, born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1986)
  • 1903 Greta Keller, Austrian-born cabaret singer and actress, born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 1977)
  • 1904 Igor' Fyodorovich Belza [Boelza], Soviet composer, born in Kielce, Kingdom of Poland (d. 1994)
  • 1905 Edgar Palm, Curacao pianist and composer (d. 1990)
  • 1906 Artur Balsam, Polish-American classical pianist (Begeleidde Menuhin, Milstein), born in Warsaw, Kingdom of Poland (d. 1994)
  • 1908 Grigor Eghiazaryan, Armenian composer, born in Blur, Russian Empire (d. 1988)
  • 1912 Simon Jurovsky, Slovak composer, born in Ulmanka (d. 1963)
  • 1914 Jules van Ackere, Flemish musicologist (Eternal Music; Maurice Ravel), born in Heule, Netherlands (d. 2008)
  • 1915 Georges Guetary, French singer and dancer (An American In Paris), born in Alexandria, Egypt (d. 1997)
  • 1919 Buddy Morrow [Muni Zudekoff], American big band jazz and session trombonist and orchestra leader ("Night Train"), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 2010)
  • 1922 Manuel Oltra, Spanish secular and sacred music composer, and professor (Barcelona Conservatory, 1959-87), born in Valencia, Spain (d. 2015)
  • 1925 Alvin Brehm, American musician and composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2014)
  • 1927 Zdeněk Zouhar, Czech composer, and teacher, born in Kotvrdovice, Czechoslovakia[(d. 2011)
  • 1928 Jack Larson, American actor (The Adventures of Superman -"Jimmy Olsen"), screenwriter, and librettist (Virgil Thomson's "Lord Byron"), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2015)
  • 1930 Manuel Castillo, Andalusian classical pianist and composer, born in Seville, Spain (d. 2005)
  • 1931 Shadia [Fatmah Ahmed Kamal Shaker], Egyptian actress and singer Midaq Alley, The Thief and the Dogs), born in Sharqia Governorate, Egypt, birth date disputed (d. 2017)

John WilliamsJohn Williams (90 years old)

1932 American composer responsible for some of the most recognizable film scores (Jaws, Star Wars, Harry Potter, India Jones, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial), born in NYC, New York

  • 1933 Elly Ameling, Dutch soprano (Ilya-Idomeneo), born in Rotterdam, Holland
  • 1936 Larry Verne, American singer (Mr. Custer), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2013)
  • 1937 Joe Raposa, American composer and songwriter (Sesame Street), born in Fall River Massachusetts (d. 1989)
  • 1938 Ray Sharpe, American rockabilly singer-songwriter, (Linda Lu), born in Forth Worth, Texas
  • 1940 Talib Rasul Hakim [Stephen Chambers], American composer (d. 1988)
  • 1941 Tom Rush, American folk and blues singer-songwriter, and guitarist ("Circle Game"; "No Regrets"), born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire
  • 1942 Terry Melcher [Terrence Jorden], American record producer and musician, Doris Day's son (The Rip Chords; The Byrds), born in NYC, New York (d. 2004)
  • 1943 Creed Bratton [William Schneider], American rock guitarist (Grass Roots - "Sooner or Later"), and actor (The Office -"Creed Bratton"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1943 José Antônio Rezende de Almeida Prado, Brazilian composer, born in Santos, São Paulo, Brazil (d. 2010)
  • 1946 Adolfo "Fito" de la Parra, Mexican blues-rock drummer (Canned Heat), born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1946 Paul Wheatbread, American musician (Gary Puckett & Union Gap - Young Girl), born in San Diego, California
  • 1948 "England" Dan [Seals], American pop and country singer (England Dan & John Ford Coley - "I'd Really Love to See You Tonight"), born in McCamey, Texas (d. 2009)
  • 1950 Michael Goodroe, American rock bassist (Motels - "Only the Lonely"), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • 1952 Hans Van de Lubbe, Dutch bassist/singer (Dike)
  • 1956 Dave Meros, American progressive rock bassist (Spock's Beard), born in Salinas, California
  • 1961 Sammy Llanas, American rock singer-songwritrer (Bodeans, 1983-2011 - "Closer To Free"), born in Wisconsin
  • 1961 Vince Neil, American rock singer (Mötley Crüe - "Girls, Girls, Girls"), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1963 Joshua Kadison, American pop-rock singer-songwriter and piano player ("Jessie"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1968 Claudette Pace (Buttigieg), Maltese pop singer ("Desire"), and politician (Member of Parliament), born in Naxxar, Malta
  • 1971 William "Will" Turpin, American musician (Collective Soul) and producer (Gooey Music), born in Fairbanks, Alaska
  • 1972 Ted Yoder, American Yoderizing musician (hammered dulcimer), born in Goshen, Indiana
  • 1974 Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, French musician, singer-songwriter, and producer (Daft Punk -"Get Lucky"), born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
  • 1977 Dave Farrell, American rock bass player (Linkin Park - "In The End"; "What I've Done"), born in Plymouth, Massachusetts
  • 1979 Josh Keaton [Weiner], American actor and singer (No Authority), born in Hacienda Heights, California
  • 1980 Cameron Muncey, Australian guitarist (Jet - "Are You Gonna Be My Girl"), born in Dingley Village, Australia
  • 1981 Myriam [Montemayor Cruz], Mexican Latin-pop singer, born in Monterrey, Mexico
  • 1982 Danny Tamberelli, American actor, comedian, and musician, born in Wyckoff, New Jersey
  • 1983 Jim Verraros, American pop singer (American Idol, 2002), born in Mount Prospect, Illinois
  • 1985 Jeremy Davis, American rock bassist and songwriter (Paramore, 2004-15 - "Misery Business"; "Still Into You"), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1986 Anderson Paak [Brandon Paak Anderson], American singer-songwriter and rapper ("Leave the Door Open"), born in Oxnard, California
  • 1994 (Nicole) "Nikki" Yanofsky, Canadian jazz-pop singer ("I Believe"), born in Montreal, Quebec.
  • 1997 Bella Poarch, Filipina-American singer and TikToker (most liked video on TikTok), born in the Philippines