On This Day

Musicians Born on January 11

  • 1703 Columban Praelisauer, German music director and composer, baptized in Kötzting, Electorate of Bavaria (now Bad Kötzting, Germany) (d. 1753)
  • 1727 Franz Sebastian Haindl, composer
  • 1746 Frantisek Adam Mica, composer
  • 1750 Johann Jakob Walder, composer
  • 1801 John Lodge Ellerton, British classical composer (The Bridal of Triermain, Domenica), born in Cheshire, England (d. 1873)
  • 1856 Christian Sinding, Norwegian composer (Rustle of Spring), born in Konsberg, Norway (d. 1941)
  • 1872 Paul Graener, composer
  • 1875 Reinhold Glière, Russian-Soviet composer, born in Kiev, Ukraine (d. 1956)
  • 1880 Rudolf T Palm, Curacao, pianist/composer
  • 1894 Jaroslav Vogel, Czech composer and conductor (d. 1970)
  • 1900 Wilbur De Paris, American swing and Dixieland jazz trombone player, born in Crawfordsville, Indiana (d. 1973)
  • 1902 Maurice Duruflé, French organist (St. Etienne-du-Mond, 1929-75), composer (Requiem, Op. 9), and teacher (Paris Conservatory, 1943-70), born in Louviers (d. 1986)
  • 1906 Johannes Paul Thilman, composer
  • 1909 Gunnar Johnsen Berg, composer
  • 1910 Izler Solomon, conductor, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1918 Albert Weisser, composer

  • 1924 Slim Harpo [James Moore], American blues musician (I'm a King Bee, Baby Scratch My Back), born in Lobdell, Louisiana (d. 1970)
  • 1927 Wilton "Bogey" Gaynair, saxophonist
  • 1929 Wanda Wilkomirska, Polish violinist, born in Warsaw, Poland
  • 1930 Lula Mae Hardaway, American songwriter ("I Was Made to Love Her"; "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours"), and mother of singer Stevie Wonder, born in Eufaula, Alabama
  • 1933 Goldie Hill, American country singer (Grand Ole Opry), born in Karnes County, Texas
  • 1935 Chuck Barksdale, American singer (Dells-I Can Sing a Rainbow)
  • 1936 Katie Webster [Kathyrne Jewel Thorne], American boogie pianist (The Swamp Boogie Queen), born in Houston, Texas (d. 1999)
  • 1940 Mark DeVoto, American composer (Hodayot; Pavane and Zortzico), and musicologist (Schubert), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 1942 Clarence Clemons, American rock saxophonist (Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band), born in Norfolk County, Virginia (d. 2011)
  • 1943 William Albert Penn, composer
  • 1944 York Georg Holler, composer
  • 1946 Naomi Judd [Diana Ellen], American country singer (Judds - Why Not Me), born in Ashland, Kentucky
  • 1946 Tony Kaye [Anthony John Selvidge], English piano and organ player (Yes, 1968-71; 1983-94; 2018–19), born in Leicester, England
  • 1947 Bill Narum, American counter-culture figure, illustrator and rock poster and album art designer (ZZ Top), born in Austin, Texas (d. 2009) [1]
  • 1948 Terry Williams, Welsh rock drummer (Dire Straits), born in Swansea, Wales
  • 1949 Tom Netherton, singer (Lawrence Welk Show), born in Munich. Germany
  • 1949 [Frederick] Dennis Greene, American singer (Sha Na Na), born in New York, (d. 2015)
  • 1949 Daryl Braithwaite, Australian pop singer (Sherbert), born in Melbourne
  • 1952 Lee Ritenour, American jazz-fusion guitarist, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1956 Robert Earl Keen, American singer-songwriter (What I Really Mean), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1958 Vicki Peterson, rock guitarist/vocalist (Bangles), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1968 Tom Dumont, American musician
  • 1970 Joy Nilo, Filipino Composer

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1971 Mary J. Blige, American R&B singer-songwriter (Be Without You) and actress (I Can Do Bad All By Myself), born in NYC, New York

Singer-songwriter Mary J. Blige
Mary J. Blige
  • 1977 Nadia Turner, American singer, born in Miami, Florida
  • 1979 Siti Nurhaliza, Malaysian singer, born in Kampung Awah, Malaysia
  • 1981 Jamelia Niela Davis, English singer, born in Birmingham, England
  • 1981 Tom Meighan, British singer (Kasabian), born in Leicester, United Kingdom
  • 1982 Ashley Taylor Dawson, British actor and singer, born in Manchester, United Kingdom
  • 1985 Rie fu [Rie Funakoshi], Japanese singer, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1985 Newton Faulkner, English singer-songwriter, born in Surrey, England