On This Day

Musicians Born on January 16

  • 1672 Francesco Mancini, Neapolitan composer, born in Naples, Italy (d. 1737)
  • 1728 Niccolo Piccinni, Italian composer (Buona Figliuola)
  • 1804 Karl August Krebs, German conductor and composer, born in Nuremberg (d. 1880)
  • 1815 Adolph Trube, German organist, teacher and composer, born in Waldenburg, Saxony (d. 1857)
  • 1868 Cyril Metodej Hrazdira, Czech composer and conductor, born in Rájec nad Svitavou, Moravia, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1926)
  • 1872 Henri-Paul Büsser, French composer and conductor, born in Toulouse, France (d. 1973)
  • 1893 Daisy Kennedy, Australian concert violinist, born in Burra-Burra (now Burra), Australia (d. 1981)
  • 1894 Irving Mills [Isadore Minsky], American jazz music publisher, manager (Duke Ellington, 1926-48), singer and lyricist, born in Odessa, Ukraine (d. 1985)
  • 1902 Evelyn Danzig [Levine], American composer (Scarlet Ribbons), born in Waco, Texas (d. 1996)
  • 1904 Max Vredenburg, Dutch composer and music critic, born in Brussels, Netherlands (d. 1976)
  • 1905 Ernesto Halffter, Spanish composer and conductor, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1989)
  • 1914 Roger Wagner, French-American choral director, and educator, was born in Le Puy, France (d. 1992)
  • 1919 Bob Boucher, Kent Ohio, orchestra leader (Music on Ice)
  • 1922 Ernesto Bonino, Italian pop singer, born in Turin, Italy (d. 2008)
  • 1923 Roy Lanham, American western swing and jazz guitarist (The Whippoorwills; Sons of the Pioneers, 1961-86), born in Corbin, Kentucky (d. 1991)
  • 1928 Ezra Sims, American composer of microtonal music, born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2015)

  • 1928 Pilar Lorengar [Lorenza Pilar García], Aragones soprano, born in El Gancho, Zaragoza, Spain (d. 1996)
  • 1929 Tage Nielsen, Danish composer, born in Frederiksberg, Denmark (d. 2003)
  • 1934 Marilyn Horne, American mezzo-soprano, born in Bradford, Pennsylvania
  • 1934 Richard Wernick, American composer (1977 Pulitzer Prize: Visions of Terror and Wonder), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1937 Bob Bogle, American surf rock bassist and guitarist (Ventures - "Walk, Don't Run"), born in Wagoner, Oklahoma (d. 2009)
  • 1937 Conny Vandenbos [Jacoba Hollestelle], Dutch singer ("My Rose, My Little Rose"), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 2002)
  • 1938 Jô Soares, Brazilian author, musician and TV personality, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1939 Ramon "Ray" Philips, Welsh rock singer (Nashville Teens - "Tobacco Road"), born in Tiger Bay, South Wales
  • 1942 Barbara Lynn [Ozen], American blues singer, songwriter and guitarist ("You'll Lose A Good Thing"), born in Beaumont, Texas
  • 1942 Billy Francis, American keyboardist (Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show - "Cover of Rolling Stone"), born in Sacramento, California (d. 2010)
  • 1942 René Angélil, Canadian music executive, actor and director (Omertà, L'apparition), and husband of Céline Dion, born in Montréal, Québec (d. 2016)
  • 1943 Brian Ferneyhough, British composer, born in Coventry, United Kingdom
  • 1943 Gavin Bryars, English composer, born in Goole, United Kingdom
  • 1943 Ronnie Milsap, American country singer (Legend in My Time), born in Robbinsville, North Carolina
  • 1944 Jim Stafford, American singer (Spiders & Snakes, My Girl Bill), born in Eloise, Florida
  • 1946 Katia Ricclarelli, Italian soprano and actress (Falstaff, Otello, Turandot), born in Rovigo, Italy
  • 1947 James "Sandy" Pinkard, American country music songwriter, born in Abbeville, Louisiana
  • 1950 Debbie Allen, American dancer, choreographer, actress (Fame -"Lydia"), producer, and director (A Different World), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1950 (Kemji) "Damo" Suzuki, Japanese rock singer (Can; Damo Suzuki's Network), born in Japan
  • 1951 Richard "Rick" Thompson, American funk-disco guitarist (B. T. Express - "Do It ('Til You're Satisfied)")

  • 1959 Sade [Helen Folasade Adu], Nigerian-born British singer-songwriter, composer, arranger and record producer (Soldier of Love, Smooth Operator), born in Ibadan, Colony and Protectorate of Nigeria
  • 1960 Richard Elliot, Scottish-born American jazz saxophonist (When a Man Loves a Woman cover), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1961 Paul Raven, English rock bassist (Killing Joke), born in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom (d. 2007)
  • 1961 Jill Sobule, American singer-songwriter ("I Kissed a Girl"), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1962 Paul Webb, English rocker (Talk Talk - ''It's My Life"), born in Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
  • 1962 Maxine Jones, American R&B singer (En Vogue), born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • 1971 Josh Evans, American actor (Ricochett, The Doors), and film producer, born in New York City
  • 1972 Greg Page, Australian musician and actor (The Wiggles), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1979 Aaliyah [Haughton], American singer and actress, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2001)
  • 1979 Rashawn Ross, American trumpeter (Dave Mathews Band), born in Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
  • 1980 Lin-Manuel Miranda, American composer and playwright (In The Heights, Hamilton), born in New York City
  • 1981 Nick Valensi, American rock guitarist (The Strokes), born in New York City
  • 1982 (Samuel) Preston, British pop singer (The Ordinary Boys), born in Worthing, West Sussex, England
  • 1984 Jared Slingerland, Canadian rock guitarist and electronic musician, born in Kelowna, British Columbia
  • 1988 FKA Twiggs [Tahliah Barnett], English singer-songwriter (LP1), born in Cheltenham, England