On This Day

Musicians Born on January 12

  • 1674 Reinhard Keiser, German opera composer
  • 1711 Gaetano Latilla, composer
  • 1715 Jacques Duphly, French composer and harpsichordist, born in Rouen (d. 1789)
  • 1730 Johann Joachim Christoph Bode, German bassoonist and composer, born in Barum, Electorate of Brunswick-Lüneburg (now Germany) (d. 1793)
  • 1737 Brizio Petrucci, Italian composer, born in Massalom-barda, Ravenna, Papal State (d. 1838)
  • 1804 Hippolyte Monpou, French organist and opera composer, born in Paris (d. 1841)
  • 1821 Nikolai Afanisev, composer
  • 1837 Adolf Jensen, German pianist, composer, and teacher, born in Königsberg, Prussian (now Kaliningrad, Russia) (d. 1879)
  • 1837 Carlos Troyer, American composer, born in Frankfurt, Germany (d. 1920)
  • 1870 Karel Burian (also Carl Burrian),Czech operatic tenor, born in Rousínov, Moravia, Austrian Empire (d. 1924)
  • 1876 Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari, Italian light opera composer, born in Venice, Kingdom of Italy (d. 1948)
  • 1884 Louis Horst, American dance choreographer and composer, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1964)
  • 1888 Claude Delvincourt, composer
  • 1898 Jose Forns y Cuadras, composer
  • 1899 Pierre Bernac, French baritone, born in Paris, France (d. 1979)
  • 1900 Vaino Hannikainen, Finnish composer, born in Jyväskylä, Finland (d. 1960)

  • 1904 "Mississippi" Fred McDowell, American blues singer and guitarist, born in Rossville, Tennessee (d. 1972)
  • 1906 Tex Ritter, American country singer (5 Star Jubilee, Wayward Wind), born in Murvaul, Texas (d. 1974)
  • 1908 Jose Limon, Mexican-American dancer & choreographer (I, Odysseus), born in Culiacán, Mexico (d. 1972)
  • 1916 Jay McShann, American jazz pianist & bandleader, born in Muskogee, Oklahoma (d. 2006)
  • 1916 William Pleeth, British cellist, born in London, United Kingdom (d. 1999)
  • 1917 Walter Hendl, American conductor & composer, born in West New York, New Jersey (d. 2007)
  • 1921 Leo Smit, Dutch composer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1943)
  • 1925 Laurentiu Profeta, Romanian composer, born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 2006)
  • 1926 Morton Feldman, American composer (For Philip Guston; Rothko Chapel), born in NYC, New York (d. 1987)
  • 1926 Ray Price, American country singer (Good Times), born in Perryville, Texas (d. 2013)
  • 1927 Salvatore Martirano, American composer, born in Yonkers, New York (d. 1995)
  • 1928 Ruth Brown, American actress & singer sometimes known as the "Queen of R&B" (So Long, Teardrops from My Eyes), born in Portsmouth, Virginia (d. 2006)
  • 1930 Glenn Yarborough, American folk singer & guitarist (Limeliters-Honey & Wine, Jubilee), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2016)
  • 1932 Des O'Connor, British television presenter, singer and comedian, born in Stepney, London (d. 2020)
  • 1932 John Berg, American art director (Columbia Records, 1961-85), winner of 4 Grammy Awards for album art, born in Brooklyn, New York City (d. 2015)
  • 1935 William Lee Gloden, American country music singer (Oak Ridge Boys), born in Brewton, Alabama
  • 1937 Vicente Sardinero, Spanish baritone, born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 2002)
  • 1940 Ronald Shannon Jackson, American avant-garde jazz and funk drummer, and composer (Cecil Taylor; Last Exit; Decoding Society), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2013)
  • 1941 "Long" John Baldry, English blues vocalist ("Don't Try to Lay No Boogie Woogie on the King of Rock and Roll"), born in East Haddon, United Kingdom (d. 2005)
  • 1944 Viktoria Postnikova, Russian pianist, born in Moscow, Russia

  • 1944 Jack Schroer, British saxophonist & pianist (The Caledonia Soul Orchestra), (d. 1995)
  • 1945 Maggie Bell, Scottish rock vocalist, born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1946 Cynthia Robinson, American musician (Sly & Family Stone - "Everyday People"), born in Sacramento, California (d. 2015)
  • 1946 George Duke, American Grammy Award-winning jazz and funk keyboard player, and composer, born in San Rafael, California (d. 2013)
  • 1948 John Etheridge, British guitarist (Soft Machine), born in Lambeth, England
  • 1949 Wayne Wang, American film director (Chan is Missing, Slamdance), born in Hong Kong
  • 1949 Kentaro Haneda, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 2007)
  • 1951 Chris Bell, American rock guitarist (Big Star), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1951 Larry Hoppens, American rock singer-songwriter and guitarist (Orleans - "Still the One"; "Dance With Me"), born in Long Island, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1952 Ricky Van Shelton, American country singer (Wild-Eyed Dream), born in Danville, Virginia
  • 1959 Per Helmstad Gessle, Swedish singer (Roxette-Must Have Been Love), born in Halmstad, Sweden
  • 1959 Blixa Bargeld, German singer & musician (Einstürzende Neubauten, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds), born in West Berlin
  • 1965 Mark Moore, British dance music record producer & DJ (S'Express-Winter Course), born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1965 Rob Zombie [Cummings], American musician & filmmaker, born in Haverhill, Massachusetts
  • 1968 Junichi Masuda, Japanese composer, born in Yokohama, Japan
  • 1970 Raekwon [Corey Woods], American rapper (Wu-Tang Clan), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1970 Zack de la Rocha, American rock musician (Rage Against the Machine), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1973 Dan Haseltine, American singer (Jars of Clay), born in Hampton, Massachusetts
  • 1973 Matt Wong, American musician (Reel Big Fish), born in Hilo, Hawaii
  • 1973 Hande Yener, Turkish singer, born in Kadıköy, Istanbul, Turkey

Person of interestMel C

1974 Melanie Chisholm, English singer "Sporty Spice" (Spice Girls - "Wannabee"), born in Whiston, England

Singer-Songwriter Mel C
Singer-Songwriter
Mel C
  • 1975 Chase Hampton, American pop-rocker (The Party - "Rodeo", "That's Why"), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1975 Jason Freese, American musician, born in Orange County, California
  • 1976 Miki Nakatani, Japanese actress & singer, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1978 Amerie, American singer & songwriter, born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts
  • 1978 Jeremy Camp, American musician, born in Lafayette, Indiana
  • 1978 Kris Roe, American musician (The Ataris), born in Anderson, Indiana

Person of interestZayn Malik

1993 Zayn Malik, English pop singer (One Direction), born in Bradford, England

Singer-songwriter Zayn Malik
Singer-songwriter
Zayn Malik
  • 1995 Laurel McGoff, American singer, born in Medford, Massachusetts