On This Day

Musicians Born on January 13

  • 1683 Johann Christoph Graupner, German harpsichordist and Baroque composer, born in Hartmannsdorf, Saxony (d. 1760)
  • 1690 Gottfried Heinrich Stölzel, German composer and librettist, born in Grünstädtel, Saxony (d. 1749)
  • 1727 Johann Christoph Schmügel, German organist and composer (baptized in Pritzier, Swedish Powerania (now Germany) (d. 1798)
  • 1734 Luca Sorkocevic, composer
  • 1778 Anton Fischer, composer
  • 1788 Carl Ludwig Cornelius Westenholz, composer
  • 1824 Ignacy Marceli Komorowski, Polish composer, born in Warsaw (d. 1857)
  • 1850 Leon Francis Victor Caron, composer
  • 1866 Vasily Sergeyevich Kalinnikov, composer
  • 1870 Henryk Opieński, Polish violinist, conductor, choral director, composer (Zygmunt August and Barbara), and musicologist (Moniuszko), born in Kraków (d. 1942)
  • 1884 Sophie Tucker [Kalish], Russian-born American singer and actress (My Yiddish Mama) known as "last of the red hot mammas", born in Tulchyn, Russian Empire (d. 1966)
  • 1893 Jan Evangelista Zelinka, Czech composer (Meluzina), born in Prague, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1969)
  • 1895 Fortunio Bonanova, Palma de Mallorca Spain, opera singer
  • 1898 Carlo Tagliabue, Italian baritone (d. 1978)
  • 1900 Yasuji Kiyose, Japanese composer, born in Yokkaichi, Oita Prefecture (d. 1981)
  • 1902 Louis "Putney" Dandridge American jazz pianist and singer (Heatin' Up Harlem), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1946)

  • 1904 Richard Addinsell, composer (Taming of Shrew), born in London, England
  • 1905 Percy Humphrey, American jazz trumpet player and bandleader, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1995)
  • 1906 Maxime Jacob, composer
  • 1909 Danny Barker, jazz guitarist
  • 1917 Felix Guerro Diaz, composer
  • 1918 Lester Sill, pioneer music publisher/record producer
  • 1923 Danil Shafran, cellist
  • 1925 Gwyneth “Gwen” Verdon, American actress, singer and dancer (Cotton Club, Sweet Charity), born in Culver City, California (d. 2000)
  • 1926 Melba Liston, American jazz trombonist, arranger, and composer, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1999) [1]
  • 1929 Joe Pass [Passalaqua], American jazz guitarist ("The Trio" with Oscar Peterson; Ella Fitzgerald) and composer, born in New Brunswick, New Jersey (d. 1994)
  • 1930 Liz Anderson, American country music singer-songwriter (Mama Spank, The Game of Triangles), born in Roseau, Minnesota (d. 2011)
  • 1936 Ami Maayani, Israeli composer and conductor, born in Ramat Gan, Israel
  • 1936 Renato Bruson, Italian operatic baritone
  • 1938 Paavo Johannes Heininen, composer
  • 1943 William Duckworth, American composer (Time Curve Preludes), teacher (Bucknell, 1973-2011), and internet pioneer (PitchWeb), born in Morganton, North Carolina (d. 2012)
  • 1946 Eero Koivistoinen, Finnish musician
  • 1947 John Lees, British progressive rock guitarist and vocalist (Barclay James Harvest), born in Oldham, England
  • 1947 Drew Abbott, American rock guitarist (Silver Bullet Band, 1974-83), born in Royal Oak, Michigan
  • 1947 Chris Thomas, British sound engineer and record producer (Beatles; Pink Floyd; Procol Harem; Elton John; The Pretenders), born in Brentford, Middlesex, England
  • 1949 Frank Ricotti, British jazz and session vibraphonist and percussionist, born in London, England

  • 1952 Pekka Pohjola, Finnish rock and jazz-fusion bassist, and composer, born in Helsinki (d. 2008)
  • 1955 Fred White, American drummer (Earth Wind & Fire, 1974-84 - "Shining Star"; "September"), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1955 Trevor Rabin, South African-American rock guitarist (Yes, 1983-94 - "Owner Of A Lonely Heart"), and film score composer (National Treasure), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1955 Paul Kelly, Australian singer-songwriter (The Messengers), born in Adelaide, South Australia
  • 1956 Malcolm Foster, British rock bassist (Pretenders, 1984-89; Simple Minds, 1989-95), born in Hereford, England
  • 1957 Don Snow, British session and touring Hammond organ and keyboard player (Squeeze; Van Morrison), born in London, England
  • 1958 Sandy Stewart, American songwriter, singer, and keyboardist (Cat Dancer), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1959 James Lomenzo, American heavy metal bassist (White Lion; David Lee Roth; Megadeth, 2006-10), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1961 Suggs [Graham McPherson], English singer-songwriter (Madness), born in Hastings, England
  • 1962 Trace Adkins, American country singer ("Ladies Love Country Boys"; "You're Gonna Miss This"), born in Sarepta, Louisiana
  • 1963 Tim Kelly, American rock guitarist (Slaughter), born in Trenton, New Jersey (d. 1998)
  • 1967 George Paterson, Scottish rock singer-songwriter (Donaldson, Moir and Paterson (DMP) - Natural Anthems)
  • 1968 Chara [Miwa Watabiki], Japanese singer and actress (Swallowtail Butterfly), born in Kawaguchi, Saitama, Japan
  • 1980 Krzysztof Czerwinski, Polish conductor and organist, born in Poznan, Poland
  • 1981 Jason James, Welsh heavy metal bassist (Bullet for My Valentine, 2003-15)
  • 1989 Triinu Kivilaan, Estonian pop singer (Vanilla Ninja), born in Viljandi, Estonia