Birthdays in Music 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, composer
  • 1800 Sydney Nelson, composer
  • 1800 Vaclav Horak, composer
  • 1831 William Joseph Westbrook, composer
  • 1843 Nikolay Nikolayevich Lodizhensky, composer
  • 1853 Hans Koessler, composer
  • 1865 Giuseppe Ferrata, composer
  • 1868 Snitz Edwards, Hungarian actor (College, Phantom of the Opera), born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary (d. 1937)
  • 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, composer
  • 1892 Artur Rodzinski, Spalato, Dalmatia, Polish conductor/composer
  • 1892 Miklos Radnai, composer
  • 1895 Nathaniel Shilkret, American conductor, born in NYC, New York
  • 1896 Maurice Jacobson, composer
  • 1896 Yitzhak Edel, composer
  • 1898 Viktor Ullmann, opera composer (Der Kaiser von Atlantis)
  • 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
  • 1911 Endre Szervanszky, composer [or Dec 27]
  • 1916 Earl Wrightson, singer (Paul Whiteman's Goodyear Revue), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1919 Bernard Drukker, Dutch organist/pianist/orchestra leader (Devil's Wheel)
  • 1920 Virgilio Savona, Italian singer (Quartetto Cetra)
  • 1923 Milt [Bags] Jackson, American jazz vibraphonist (Modern Jazz Quartet), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1999)
  • 1926 Claire Polin [Schaff], composer flautist/musicologist
  • 1926 Richard Verreau, French-Canadian tenor (d. 2005)
  • 1927 Juliusz Luciuk, composer
  • 1930 Werner Heiden, composer
  • 1931 Carel Brons, Dutch composer, born in Groningen (d. 1983)
  • 1933 Anders Bo Leif Linde, Swedish composer
  • 1935 Harold Martina, Netherland Antilles, pianist/conductor
  • 1936 Eve Queler, American conductor, born in NYC, New York
  • 1940 Laszlo Sary, Hungarian composer, born in GyƑrasszonyfa
  • 1940 Richard Henry Orton, composer
  • 1942 Country Joe McDonald, California, rock guitarist/vocalist (& the Fish)
  • 1942 George Couroupos, composer
  • 1942 Judy Stone, Australian pop singer
  • 1947 Gary "BB" Coleman, blues vocal/guitarist/producer
  • 1947 Paula Tsui, Hong Kong singer
  • 1949 Daniel E Gawthrop, American composer
  • 1950 Morgan Fisher, rock keyboardist (British Lions)
  • 1953 Alpha Blondy, [Seydou Kone], Ivory coast, reggae singer (Jerusalem)
  • 1953 Kevin Hangon, composer
  • 1953 Rochelle S Abramson, violinist
  • 1953 Greg Carmichael, British guitarist (Acoustic Alchemy)
  • 1954 Fr David, rocker, born in Paris, France
  • 1958 Grandmaster Flash, [Joseph Saddler], American rocker (Message), born in NYC, New York
  • 1962 Ari Up, German musician (The Slits)
  • 1967 Tim Dog, American rapper
  • 1968 Miki Higashino, Japanese composer
  • 1972 DJ Shadow, American DJ and songwriter
  • 1978 Tarik O'Regan, British composer
  • 1979 Brody Dalle, Australian singer (The Distillers)
  • 1987 Meryl Davis, American ice dancer