Musicians Born on January 1

  • 1628 Christoph Bernhard, German composer
  • 1652 Johann Krieger, German composer and organist, born in Nuremberg (d. 1735)
  • 1697 Johann Pfeiffer, composer
  • 1723 Christian Friedrich Gregor, composer
  • 1748 Giovanni Furno, composer
  • 1777 Micah Hawkins, composer
  • 1784 William Beale, English composer and baritone, born in Lankrake, Cornwall (d. 1854)
  • 1800 Sydney Nelson, composer
  • 1800 Vaclav Horak, composer
  • 1831 William Joseph Westbrook, British composer (d. 1894)
  • 1843 Nikolay Nikolayevich Lodizhensky, composer
  • 1853 Hans Koessler, German composer, conductor and music teacher, born in Waldeck, Kingdom of Bavaria (d. 1926)
  • 1865 Giuseppe Ferrata, composer
  • 1874 Hugo Leichtentritt, composer
  • 1878 Edwin Franko Goldman, composer
  • 1885 Roland Diggle, English-born American composer and organist (d. 1954)
  • 1889 Alexander Smallens, conductor, born in St Petersburg, Russia
  • 1889 Tadeusz Jarecki, Polish composer and conductor (d. 1955)
  • 1892 Artur Rodzinski, Polish conductor (Cleveland Orchestra, 1933-43; New York Philharmonic, 1943-47; Chicago Symphony, 1947-48), born in Split, Kingdom of Dalmatia (d. 1958)
  • 1892 Miklos Radnai, composer
  • 1895 Nathaniel Shilkret, American conductor, born in NYC, New York
  • 1896 Maurice Jacobson, British concert pianist, composer, and music publisher, born in London, England (d. 1976)
  • 1896 Yitzhak Edel, composer
  • 1898 Viktor Ullmann, Austrian pianist, conductor, and composer (Der Kaiser von Atlantis), born in Teschen, Silesia (now Poland) (d. 1944)
  • 1899 Juozas Tallat-Kelpsa, composer
  • 1899 Raymond Loucheur, composer
  • 1900 Xavier Cugat, Spanish American bandleader (married Abbe Lane, Charo), born in Girona, Catalonia (d. 1990)
  • 1906 Giovanni D'Anzi, Italian songwriter (d. 1974)
  • 1907 Erich Schmid, composer
  • 1916 Earl Wrightson, American actor and singer (Pinafore, Paul Whiteman's Goodyear Revue), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1993)
  • 1919 Bernard Drukker, Dutch organist, pianist, and orchestra leader (Devil's Wheel)
  • 1920 Virgilio Savona, Italian jazz singer and composer (Quartetto Cetra - "Un bacio a mezzanotte"; "Crapa pelada"), born in Palermo, Italy (d. 2009)
  • 1923 Barbara Baxley, American stage and screen actress (Norma Rae; Countdown; Nashville), and singer, born in Stockton, California (d. 1990)
  • 1923 Milt Jackson, American jazz vibraphonist (Modern Jazz Quartet), pianist, and composer ("Bags Groove"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1999)
  • 1924 Arthur Prysock, American jazz and R&B singer ("I Didn't Sleep a Wink Last Night"; "In The Rain"), born in was born in Spartanburg, South Carolina (d. 1997) (some sources state year as 1929)
  • 1926 Claire Polin [Schaff], composer flautist andmusicologist
  • 1926 Richard Verreau, French-Canadian operatic tenor, born in Château-Richer, Québec (d. 2005)
  • 1927 Juliusz Luciuk, composer
  • 1930 Werner Heider, German, pianist, conductore, and composer, born in Fürth, Bavaria, Germany
  • 1931 Carel Brons, Dutch composer, born in Groningen (d. 1983)
  • 1933 Bo Linde, Swedish neo-classical composer, born in Gävle, Sweden (d. 1970)
  • 1935 Harold Martina, Netherland Antilles, pianist/conductor
  • 1936 Eve Queler, American conductor, born in NYC, New York
  • 1940 László Sáry, Hungarian classical pianist and composer (12 Haiku; Flowers of Heaven), born in Győrasszonyfa, Hungary
  • 1940 Richard Henry Orton, composer
  • 1942 "Country" Joe McDonald, American rock singer and guitarist (Country Joe and the Fish - "I Feel Like I'm Fixin' To Die Rag"), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1942 George Couroupos, Greek contemporary classical composer, born in Athens, Greece
  • 1942 Judy Stone, Australian pop singer
  • 1947 Gary "BB" Coleman, American blues record producer, singer, and guitarist ("If You Can Beat Me Rockin' (You Can Have My Chair)"), born in Paris, Texas (d. 1994)
  • 1947 Paula Tsui, Hong Kong Canto-pop singer, born in Wuhan, Hubei, China
  • 1949 Daniel E Gawthrop, American composer
  • 1950 Morgan Fisher, British rock keyboardist (Mott The Hoople, 1973-76 - "All The Young Dudes"; British Lions), born in London, England
  • 1953 Alpha Blondy [Seydou Kone], Ivory coast, reggae singer ("Jerusalem")
  • 1953 Greg Carmichael, British guitarist (Acoustic Alchemy)
  • 1953 Kevin Hangon, composer
  • 1954 F.R. David [Elli Fitoussi], French pop singer-songwriter ("Words"), born in Menzel Bourguiba, French Tunisia
  • 1956 Andy Gill, British guitarist and record producer (Gang of Four - "Damaged Goods"), born in Manchester, England (d. 2020)
  • 1956 Martin Plaza [Murphy], Australian new wave singer-songwriter (Mental As Anything - "Live It Up"; solo - "Concrete and Clay"), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1958 Grandmaster Flash [Joseph Saddler], Barbadian-American hip-hop DJ and rapper ("Message"), born in Bridgetown, Barbados
  • 1962 Ari Up [Forster], German punk rock singer (The Slits - "In the Beginning There Was Rhythm"), born in Munich, West Germany (d. 2010)
  • 1967 Tim Dog {Blair], American rapper (Penicillin on Wax), born in The Bronx, NYC (d. 2013)
  • 1968 Miki Higashino, Japanese video game composer (Suikoden series), born in Japan
  • 1968 Rick J. Jordan [Hendrik Stedler], German keyboardist, composer, producer, and audio engineer (Scooter, 1993-2014 - "Jumping All Over the World"), born in Hanover, West Germany
  • 1971 Chris Potter, American jazz saxophonist and composer (Red Rodney; Paul Motian; Dave Holland), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1972 DJ Shadow [Joshua Davis], American hip-hop DJ and songwriter (Endtroducing.....), born in San Jose, Clifornia
  • 1978 Tarik O'Regan, British contemporary classical composer (Threshold of Night; Heart of Darkness), born in London, England
  • 1979 Brody Dalle [Bree Robinson], Australian punk rock singer (The Distillers), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1979 Koichi Domoto, Japanese J-Pop singer-songwriter (KinKi Kids - "Glass no Shōnen / Glass Boy"), born in Ashiya, Hyōgo, Japan
  • 1980 Richie Faulkner, British heavy metal guitarist (Judas Priest, 2011-present), born in London, England
  • 1981 Naughty Boy [Shahid Khan], British DJ, record producer, songwriter and musician ("La La La"), born in Watford, England
  • 1995 Poppy [Moriah Rose Pereira], American pop singer-songwriter ("I Disagree"), born in Boston, Massachusetts