On This Day

Musicians Born on January 15

  • 1730 John Malchair, German-born English artist, violinist and composer, born in Cologne (d. 1812)
  • 1733 Joseph Lederer, German composer, born in Swabia (d. 1796)
  • 1742 Eugene Godecharle, Belgian violinist & composer, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1798)
  • 1845 Heinrich Vogl, German operatic heldentenor, born in Munich, Germany (d. 1900)
  • 1871 Bertram Shapleigh, American composer, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1940)
  • 1878 Johanna Muller-Hermann, Austrian composer (Lied der Erinnerung), born in Vienna (d. 1941)
  • 1892 Frank Hutchens, New Zealand-born composer working in Australia, born in Leeston, New Zealand (d. 1965)
  • 1893 Ivor Novello [David Ivor Davies], Welsh composer, writer and actor (Keep the Home Fires Burning, The Truth Game), born in Cardiff, Wales (d. 1951)
  • 1896 Jacobo Ficher, Argentine composer, born in Odesa, Ukraine (d. 1978)
  • 1905 Roosevelt Holts, American blues singer and guitarist, born in Tylertown, Mississippi (d. 1994)
  • 1906 Rezso Kokai, Hungarian composer, born in Budapest (d. 1962)
  • 1908 Roberta Bitgood, American organist & composer, born in New London, Connecticut (d. 2007)
  • 1909 Elie Siegmeister, American composer (Plough & the Stars), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 1991)
  • 1909 Gene Krupa, American jazz and big band drummer (Benny Goodman, "Sing, Sing, Sing"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1973)
  • 1913 Miriam Hyde, Australian composer, born in Adelaide, Australia (d. 2005)
  • 1925 Ruth Slenczynska, American pianist, born in Sacramento, California

  • 1927 Francis Routh, British composer, born in Worcestershire, England
  • 1929 "Queen" Ida [Lewis], Louisiana Creole accordionist, born in Lake Charles, Louisiana
  • 1929 Eva Badura-Skoda, German-Austrian composer, born in Munich, Germany
  • 1929 Teizo Matsumura, Japanese composer ("Chinmoku / Silence"; "Hymn to Aurora") and haiku poet, born in Kyoto, Japan (d. 2007)
  • 1930 Michel Chapuis, French classical organist and pedagogue, born in Dole, France (d. 2017)
  • 1930 Earl Hooker, American blues slide guitar player ("Blue Guitar"), born in Quitman County, Mississippi (d. 1970)
  • 1931 Murad Kazhlayev, Soviet and Dagestani composer, born in Baku, Azerbaijan
  • 1932 Enrique Raxach, Dutch composer, born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1935 Malcolm Frager, American concert pianist, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1991)
  • 1939 Christopher Steel, British composer ("Changing Moods"; "The Morning Stars Sang Together"), born in London (d. 1992)
  • 1941 Captain Beefheart [Don Van Vliet], American singer-songwriter (Bongo Fury, Shiny Beast), born in Glendale, California (d. 2010)
  • 1942 Edward "Sonny" Bivins, American singer (Manhattans-Kiss & Say Goodbye), born in Macon, Georgia
  • 1947 Pete Waterman, English record producer (Stock Aitken & Waterman-Road Block), born in Stoke Heath, Coventry
  • 1948 Ronnie Van Zant, American rock musician (Lynyrd Skynyrd), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 1977)
  • 1950 David Lynn Jones, American country singer (Bonnie Jean), born in Bexar, Arkansas

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1951 Charo [Maria Baeza], Spanish-American actress, comedienne and flamenco guitarist (Chico and the Man, Love Boat), born in Murcia, Spain

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  • 1951 Peter Collins, British sound engineer and record producer (Rush; October Project; Jermaine Stewart), born in London
  • 1952 Melvyn Gale, English cellist (Electric Light Orchestra, 1975-79 - "Livin' Thing"), born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1952 Boris Blank, Swiss artist & musician (Yello, Tranceonic), born in Zurich, Switzerland
  • 1953 Bob Clearmountain, American Grammy Award-winning sound engineer (Bruce Springsteen; Crowded House), and record producer (Brayn Adams; Bon Jovi), born in Connecticut
  • 1953 Chris D. [Desjardins], American punk rock singer, and poet (The Flesh Eaters), born in Riverside, California
  • 1959 Pete Trewavas, British bassist, (Marillion-Clutching at Straws), born in Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
  • 1960 Aaron Jay Kernis, American composer, born in Bensalem Township, Pennsylvania
  • 1962 Conrad Lant, English musician, born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1964 Osmo Tapio Räihälä, Finnish composer, born in Suomussalmi, Finland
  • 1965 Derek B, British rapper (Bullet from a Gun), born in London, United Kingdom (d. 2009)
  • 1967 Lisa Lisa [Velez], American rock vocalist (Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam), born in NYC, New York
  • 1975 Shahab Tolouie, Iranian Persian-Falmenco fusion guitarist, composer, and singer, born in Shahsavar, Mazandaran Province, Iran
  • 1979 Young Dro [D'Juan Hart], American rapper (Shoulder Lean), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1979 Ken Chu, Taiwanese singer-actor & taichi champ, born in Taiwan
  • 1981 Pitbull [Armando Christian Perez], American rapper, born in Miami, Florida
  • 1981 Howie Day, American singer, born in Bangor, Maine
  • 1987 Aria C Jalali, American rock musician, born in California