On This Day

Birthdays in Music 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, composer
  • 1815 Adolph Trube, composer
  • 1868 Cyril Metodej Hrazdira, Czech composer and conductor, born in Rájec nad Svitavou, Moravia, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1926)
  • 1872 Henri-Paul Busser, composer
  • 1893 Daisy Kennedy, Australian violinist (d. 1981)
  • 1894 Irving Mills, American jazz music publisher (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
  • 1914 Roger Wagner, American choral musician (d. 1992)
  • 1919 Bob Boucher, Kent Ohio, orchestra leader (Music on Ice)
  • 1922 Ernesto Bonino, Italian singer (d. 2008)
  • 1923 Roy Lanham, Western guitar player (Sons of the Pioneers), born in Corbin Kentucky
  • 1928 Ezra Sims, American composer of microtonal music, born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2015)

  • 1928 Pilar Lorengar, Spanish soprano (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, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1937 Bob Bogle, American bassist & guitarist (Ventures-Batman Theme), born in Wagoner, Oklahoma (d. 2009)
  • 1937 Conny Vandenbos, 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
  • 1942 Barbara Lynn, American singer (You'll Lose a Good Thing), born in Beaumont, Texas
  • 1942 Billy Francis, American rocker (Dr Hook), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • 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 & actress (Falstaff, Otello, Turandot), born in Rovigo, Italy
  • 1950 Debbie Allen, American dancer/actress (3 Girls 3, Lydia-Fame), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1950 Damo Suzuki, Japanese singer (Can), born in Japan
  • 1951 Richard Thompson, American rocker (B. T. Express-Here Comes the Express)
  • 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 musician (Killing Joke), born in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom (d. 2007)
  • 1961 Jill Sobule, American singer-songwriter, born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1962 Paul Webb, English rocker (TalkTalk), 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), born in New York
  • 1972 Greg Page, Australian musician and actor, 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 guitarist (The Strokes), born in New York
  • 1982 Samuel Preston, British singer (The Ordinary Boys), born in Worthing, United Kingdom
  • 1984 Jared Slingerland, Canadian musician, born in Kelowna, Canada
  • 1988 FKA Twiggs, English singer-songwriter (LP1), born in Cheltenham, England