On This Day

Musicians Born on January 14

  • 1451 Franchinus Gaffurius, Italian music composer, born in Lodi, Italy (d. 1522)
  • 1566 Angelo Notari, Italian composer, born in Padua, Italy (d. 1663)
  • 1655 Angelo Predieri, Italian composer, born in Bologna, Italy (d. 1731)
  • 1722 Friedrich Gottlob Fleischer, German organist & composer, born in Köthen, Germany (d. 1806)
  • 1751 Corona Schröter, German musician, born in Guben, Germany (d. 1802)
  • 1780 François Joseph Dizi , Belgian composer, born in Namur, Belgium (d. 1840)
  • 1800 Ludwig Ritter von Köchel, Austrian musicologist (Köchel catalogue of Mozart's works), born in Krems an der Donau, Austria (d. 1877)
  • 1804 John Park, Scottish composer & minister, born in Greenock, Renfrewshire (d. 1865)
  • 1812 Carl Gradener, German composer, born in Rostock, Germany (d. 1883)
  • 1814 Johannes Josephus Viotta, Dutch physician & composer, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1859)
  • 1819 Fabio Campana, Italian composer, born in Livorno, Italy (d. 1882)
  • 1824 Vladimir Stasov, Russian art & music critic, born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 1906)
  • 1834 William Cleaver Francis Robinson, Irish governor and musical composer, born in County Westmeath, Republic of Ireland (d. 1897)
  • 1839 Emil Bohn, German musician, born in Bielau, Germany (d. 1909)
  • 1844 Clara Kathleen Rogers, American composer, born in Cheltenham, London (d. 1931)
  • 1850 Jean de Reszke, Polish tenor, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1925)

  • 1889 Vincenzo Davico, Italian composer, born in Monaco (d. 1969)
  • 1906 Walter Knape, German conductor & composer, born in Bernburg, Germany (d. 2000)
  • 1908 Russ Columbo [Ruggiero Eugenio di Rodolfo Colombo], American baritone, violinist and actor (You Call It Madness, But I Call It Love), born in Camden, New Jersey (d. 1934)
  • 1910 Renier van der Velden, Belgian composer, born in Borgerhout, Belgium (d. 1993)
  • 1911 George Amadee Tremblay, Canadian pianist & composer, born in Ottawa, Canada (d. 1982)
  • 1911 Helmut Degen, German composer, born in Aglasterhausen, Germany (d. 1995)
  • 1921 Mark Lawrence, American pianist (Alice Pearce), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1923 Zlatan Vauda, Slovene composer and conductor (RTB Children's Choir, 1953-86), born in Pernica, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes (now Slovenia) (d. 2010)
  • 1925 Louis Quilico, Canadian opera singer, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2000)
  • 1927 Zuzana Ruzickova, Czech harpsichordist & Holocaust survivor, born in Bohemia, Czech Republic (d. 2017)
  • 1928 Gerald Arpino, American dancer & choreographer, born in Staten Island, New York (d. 2008)
  • 1929 Billy Walker, American country music singer and guitarist ("Charlie's Shoes"), born in Ralls, Texas (d. 2006)
  • 1930 Edgar Hovhannisyan, Armenian composer, born in Yerevan, Armenia (d. 1998)
  • 1930 Johnny Grande, American accordion and piano player (The Saddlemen; Bill Haley's Comets), and songwriter ("Birth of the Boogie"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2006)
  • 1931 Juraj Pospisil, Czech composer, born in Olomouc, Czech Republic (d. 2007)
  • 1931 Caterina Valente, Italian singer, dancer, and actress (Bon soir, Kathrin!, The Entertainers), born in Paris, France
  • 1932 Grady Tate, American jazz drummer & singer, born in Durham, North Carolina (d. 2017)
  • 1936 Clarence Carter, American blues singer-songwriter ("Patches"), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1937 Billie Jo Spears, American country singer, born in Beaumont, Texas (d. 2011)
  • 1938 Allen Toussaint, American pianist, songwriter and producer ("Mother-In-Law"; "Working In A Coal Mine"; "Southern Nights"), born in Gert Town, Louisiana (d. 2015)

  • 1938 Jack Jones, American singer (Love Boat Theme), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1943 Jose Luis Rodriguez, Venezuelan singer (Dueno De Nada), born in Caracas, Venezuela
  • 1943 Mariss Jansons, Latvian conductor (Bavarian RSO (2003-2019); Royal Concertgebouw (2004-2015), born in Riga, Latvia (d. 2019)
  • 1945 Maina Gielgud, British ballet dancer and administrator, born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1948 Joseph Henry "T Bone" Burnett, American musician and producer (Los Lobos; Sam Philips: BoDeans), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1949 Lamar Williams, American musician (The Allman Brothers Band), born in Gulfport, Mississippi (d. 1983)
  • 1949 Maurice T. "Maury" Muehleisen, American musician and songwriter (Jim Croce), born in Trenton, New Jersey (d. 1973)
  • 1956 Étienne Daho, French singer-songwriter, born in Oran, Algeria
  • 1956 Ben Heppner, Canadian tenor, and broadcaster, born in Murrayville, British Columbia
  • 1957 Steve Jordan, American session and touring drummer (Blues Brothers; The World's Most Dangerous Band; X-pensive Winos; John Mayer Trio), songwriter, and record producer, born in New York City
  • 1959 Chas Smash, English rock singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (Madness - "Our House"), born in Fitzrovia, London
  • 1959 Geoff Tate, German-born American singer & musician (Queensryche - "Breaking the Silence"), born in Stuttgart, Germany
  • 1961 Mike Tramp [Trempenau], Danish heavy metal rocker (White Lion - "Mane Attraction"), born in Copenhagen Denmark
  • 1962 Patricia Morrison [Rainone], American punk rock bassist (Sisters of Mercy-Walk Away, Black Planet), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1967 Zakk Wylde [Jeffrey Wielandt], American rock guitarist (Ozzy Osbourne; Black Label Society), born in Bayonne, New Jersey

Person of interestLL Cool J

1968 LL Cool J [James Todd Smith], American rapper (Bigger and Deffer), born in Bay Shore, New York

Actor and Rapper LL Cool J
Actor and Rapper
LL Cool J

Person of interestDave Grohl

1969 Dave Grohl, American drummer, singer-songwriter (Nirvana, Foo Fighters), born in Warren, Ohio

Singer-Songwriter and Musician Dave Grohl
Singer-Songwriter and Musician
Dave Grohl
  • 1972 Predrag Gosta, Serbian-American conductor (Makris Symphony Orchestra, 2015-present), harpsichordist, and baritone, born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia (now Serbia)
  • 1981 Rosa López, Spanish pop singer, born in Láchar, Spain
  • 1982 Caleb Followill, American alternative-rock vocalist & musician (Kings of Leon), born in Mount Juliet, Tennessee
  • 1983 James Vincent McMorrow, Irish singer-songwriter, born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1988 Jordy [Lemoine], French singer, youngest singer (4 years) to have a #1, born in Paris, France
  • 1988 Mikalah Gordon, American pop singer, born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1990 Grant Gustin, American actor & singer (The Flash), born in Norfolk, Virginia