On This Day

Musicians Born on February 8

  • 1586 Jacob Praetorius, composer
  • 1708 Vaclav Jan Kopriva, Czech composer and organist, born in Cítoliby, Czech Republic (d. 1789)
  • 1741 Andre-Ernest-Modeste Gretry, composer
  • 1764 Joseph Leopold von Eybler, Austrian composer
  • 1789 Ludwig Wilhelm Maurer, composer
  • 1810 Norbert Burgmüller, German composer, born in Düsseldorf, Germany (d. 1836)
  • 1828 Antonio Cagnoni, composer
  • 1888 Matthijs Vermeulen, Dutch composer/music critic
  • 1891 Edgar Palm, Curacao, pianist/composer
  • 1900 Guy Douglas Hamilton Warrack, composer
  • 1903 Greta Keller, Austrian-born cabaret singer and actress, born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 1977)
  • 1904 Igor' Fyodorovich Belza, composer
  • 1906 Artur Balsam, Polish/US pianist (Begeleidde Menuhin, Milstein)
  • 1908 Grigor Eghiazaryan, composer
  • 1912 Simon Jurovsky, composer
  • 1914 Jules van Ackere, Flemish musicologist (Eternal Music)

  • 1915 Lambros Georges Guetary Worloou, singer
  • 1919 Buddy Morrow, orchestra leader (Jimmie Rodgers Show)
  • 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)
  • 1930 Manuel Castillo, composer
  • 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)

Person of interestJohn Williams

1932 John Williams, 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

Composer John Williams
John Williams
  • 1933 Elly Ameling, Rotterdam Holland, soprano (Ilya-Idomeneo)
  • 1936 Larry Verne, singer (Custer)
  • 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, composer
  • 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
  • 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 Jose de Almeida Prado, composer
  • 1946 Adolfo "Fito" de la Parra, Mexican blues-rock drummer (Canned Heat), born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 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 bassist (Spock's Beard)
  • 1961 Sammy Llanas, American rocker (Bodeans, 1983-2011 - "Closer To Free"), born in Wisconsin
  • 1961 Vince Neil, American singer (Mötley Crüe)
  • 1963 Joshua Kadison, American pianist and songwriter
  • 1968 Claudette Pace, Maltese singer
  • 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 musician (Linkin Park)
  • 1979 Josh Keaton, American actor and singer, born in Hacienda Heights, California
  • 1980 Cameron Muncey, Australian guitarist (Jet)
  • 1981 Myriam Montemayor Cruz, Mexican singer
  • 1982 Danny Tamberelli, American actor, comediian, and musician, born in Wyckoff, New Jersey,
  • 1983 Jim Verraros, American singer