On This Day

Musicians Born on February 9

  • 1607 Abraham Megerle, Austrian organist, composer, and Kapellmeister, born in Wasserburg am Inn (d. 1680)
  • 1741 Henri-Joseph Rigel, German composer, born in Wertheim am Main, Duchy of Württemberg (d. 1799)
  • 1744 Amos Bull, American composer (The Responsary), born in Enfield, Connecticut (d. 1825)
  • 1756 Karel Blazej Kopriva, Czech organist and composer, born in Cítoliby, Czech Republic (d. 1785)
  • 1771 Daniel Belknap, American composer, born in Framingham, Massachusetts (d. 1815)
  • 1780 Walenty Karol Kratzer, Polish composer, born in Kraków, Poland (d. 1855)
  • 1834 Franz Xaver Witt, German church musician, composer, and priest, born in Walderbach, Bavaria (d. 1888)
  • 1867 Edward Naylor, English composer and organist, born in Scarborough (d. 1934)
  • 1875 Sydney Hugo Nicholson, British choir director, organist, composer, and founder of the Royal School of Church Music, born in London (d. 1947)
  • 1879 [Carl] Natanael Berg, Swedish composer, born in Stockholm (d. 1957)
  • 1885 Alban Berg, a Lulu of a composer!, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1935)
  • 1900 Walter Page, American jazz double bassist, saxophonist, tuba player, and bandleader (Blue Devils; Count Basie Orchestra), born in Gallatin, Missouri (d. 1957)
  • 1902 Blanche Calloway, American jazz vocalist, band leader (Twelve Clouds of Joy), civil rights activist, and broadcaster, born in Rochester, New York (d. 1978)
  • 1903 Georg Trexler, German composer, choirmaster, and organist (St. Trinitatis, Leipzig, 1930-70), born in Pirna, Germany (d. 1979)
  • 1906 Gwen Catley, British coloratura soprano, born in London (d. 1996)
  • 1909 Carmen Miranda, Portuguese vocalist and actress (Copacabana, Date With Judy), born in Marco de Canavezes, Portugal (d. 1955)

  • 1909 Harald Genzmer, German composer, born in Blumenthal, Germany (d. 2007)
  • 1910 Herbert "Peanuts" Holland, American swing jazz trumpeter, born in Norfolk, Virginia (d. 1979)
  • 1913 Erskine Butterfield American swing and boogie-woogie jazz pianist, singer, and composer, born in Syracuse, New York (d. 1961)
  • 1914 Ernest Tubb, American country musician ("Walking the Floor Over You"), born in Crisp, Texas (d. 1984)
  • 1914 Ralph Herman, American orchestra leader (Circus Time), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1922 Kathryn Grayson [Zelma Hedrick], American vocalist and actress (Anchors Aweigh, Kiss Me Kate), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (d. 2010)
  • 1924 George Guest, Welsh organist and choir director, born in Bangor, Gwynedd, Wales (d. 2002)
  • 1925 Bobby Lewis, American rock and roll singer (Tossin' and Turnin'), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 2020)
  • 1925 Salah El Mahdi, Tunisian composer, conductor, musicologist, and artistic director, born in Tunis (d. 2014)
  • 1925 (William Famous) Billy Williamson, American steel guitar player ( Bill Haley and His Saddlemen; Bill Haley & His Comets), born in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania (d. 1996)
  • 1928 Frank Frazetta [Frazzetta], American fantasy illustrator of comic book, paperback, album cover art, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2010)
  • 1929 James Mulcro Drew, American avant-garde composer, born in St. Paul, Minnesota (d. 2010)
  • 1929 Willem Kersters, Flemish composer (Parwati, Gospel Song), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1998)
  • 1930 Emil Petrovics, Hungarian composer, born in Zrenjanin, Serbia (d. 2011)
  • 1931 Xavier Benguerel, Catalan composer (Llibre Vermell; Jo, Dalí), born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 2017)
  • 1933 Maria Dybbro, Danish jazz saxophonist, born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 1936 "Stompin' Tom" Connors, Canadian country and folk singer-songwriter ("The Hockey Song"), born in St. John, New Brunswick, (d. 2013)
  • 1937 Johnny Sayles, American soul singer ("I Can't Get Enough Of Your Love"), born in Winnsboro, Texas (d. 1993)
  • 1938 Dianne Goolkasian Rahbee, American classical pianist, composer and pedagogue, born in Waltham, Massachusetts
  • 1939 Barry Mann [Imberman], American pop songwriter ("You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling"), and singer ("Who Put the Bomp In The Bomp, Bomp, Bomp"), born in Brooklyn, New York

  • 1940 Brian Bennett, British rock drummer (Shadows), born in Palmers Green, North London, England
  • 1942 Carole King, American songwriter, and singer (Tapestry - "You've Got A Friend"; "So Far Away"; "You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1942 Charlie Morrow, American avant-garde composer, and sound artist, born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1942 Miloš Štědroň, Czech composer born in Brno, Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia
  • 1943 Barbara Lewis, American singer (Hello Stranger), born in Salem, Michigan
  • 1943 Ryland Davies, Welsh tenor, born in Cwm, Gwent
  • 1947 Joe Ely, American country singer-songwriter (Honky Tonk Masquerade), born in Amarillo,Texas
  • 1947 Major Harris, American R&B singer ("Love Won't Let Me Wait"), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 2012)
  • 1951 Dennis "D.T." Thomas, American R&B saxophonist (Kool & Gang - "Celebration")
  • 1951 David Pomeranz, American singer, composer, lyricist, and writer for musical theater ("On This Day"), born in New York City
  • 1960 Holly Johnson, British rock vocalist (Frankie Goes To Hollywood - "Relax"), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1961 Jussi Lampi, Finnish musician and actor, born in Lappajärvi, Finland
  • 1962 Anik Bissonnette, Canadian ballet dancer (Les Grands Ballets Canadiens), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1963 Travis Tritt, American country vocalist (Country Club), born in Marietta, Georgia
  • 1963 Lolo Ferrari [Eve Valois], French adult actress and dancer, born in Clermont-Ferrand, Puy-de-Dôme, France (d. 2000)
  • 1963 David Rotheray, British rock guitarist (The Beautiful South), born in Hull, Yorkshire, England
  • 1964 Rachel Bolan [James Southworth], American musician and songwriter (Skid Row), born in Point Pleasant, New Jersey
  • 1966 Amanda Roocroft, British operatic soprano, born in Coppull, Lancashire, England
  • 1968 Alejandra Guzmán, Mexican rock singer ("Volverte a Amar"), born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1981 Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan, American drummer and songwriter (Avenged Sevenfold) Huntington Beach, California (d.2009)
  • 1982 Ami Suzuki, Japanese pop singer-songwriter, born in Zama, Kanagawa, Japan
  • 1984 Han Kyung, Chinese singer (Super Junior), born in Mudanjiang, China
  • 1989 Gia Farrell [Jeannie Bocchicchio], American pop singer-songwriter ("Hit Me Up"), born in Suffern, New York
  • 1997 Catie Waters, American jazz and R&B singer-songwriter, born in Fayetteville, Arkansas