Birthdays in Music on January 17

  • 1517 Antonio Scandello, Italian composer (Passion of Johannes)
  • 1545 Antonio Pace, Italian composer (d. 1581)
  • 1574 Robert Fludd, English composer, born in Bearsted (d. 1637) baptismal date
  • 1659 Antonio Veracini, composer
  • 1712 John Stanley, English blind composer and organist, born in London (d. 1786)
  • 1719 Jean-Joseph Vade, composer
  • 1728 Johann Gottfried Muthel, composer
  • 1733 Thomas Linley the elder, English composer and tenor, born in Badminton, Gloucestershire (d. 1795)
  • 1734 Francois-Joseph Gossec, Belgian-French composer (Les Pêcheurs, Mirza)
  • 1745 Nicolas Roze, composer
  • 1769 Ole Andreas Lindeman, composer
  • 1828 Eduard Remenyi, Hungarian violinist (d. 1898)
  • 1835 Johan Filip von Schantz, composer
  • 1836 Jose Silvestre de los Dolores White Lafitte, composer
  • 1850 Alexander Sergeyevich Taneyev, Russian composer, born in St Petersburg, Russia (d. 1918)
  • 1857 Wilhelm Kienzl, Austrian composer (Evangelimann)
  • 1863 Henry Charles Tonking, British organist and composer, born in Camborne, Cornwall (d. 1926)
  • 1873 Francois Rasse, Belgian composer, born in Helchin (d. 1955)
  • 1877 Hans Jelmoli, Swiss pianist and composer, born in Zurich (d. 1936)
  • 1896 Harry Reser, American banjo player and bandleader (Sammy Kaye Show), born in Piqua, Ohio (d. 1965)
  • 1901 Vasily Petrovich Shirinsky, composer
  • 1907 Henk H Badings, Bandung Indonesia, Dutch opera composer (Orestes)
  • 1911 Hermann Pfrogner, Austrian musicologist (Zerrissene Orpheus)
  • 1912 Orest Alexandrovich Evlahkov, composer
  • 1916 Joel Herron, orchestra leader (Jaye P Morgan Show), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1917 Oskar Morawetz, Svetla Czechoslovakia, composer
  • 1917 Ulysses Simpson Kay, US composer, born in Tucson, Arizona (d. 1995)
  • 1920 George Handy [George Joseph Hendleman], American jazz musician (Handyland, U.S.A.), born in NYC, New York (d. 1997)
  • 1920 Nora Kaye, American prima ballerina, born in NYC, New York
  • 1925 Annie Delorie, Dutch opera singer (Scenes & Arias)
  • 1926 Moira Shearer, Scottish actress and ballerina (Red Shoes), born in Dunfermline Scotland (d. 2006)
  • 1927 Donald Erb, American composer known for large orchestral works, born in Youngstown, Ohio (d. 2008)
  • 1927 Eartha Kitt, American singer (Santa Baby), dancer, comedian, actress and activist (Catwoman-Batman), born in North, South Carolina (d. 2008)
  • 1928 Jean Barraqué, French composer (d. 1973)
  • 1929 Grady Martin, country music guitarist (The Nashville A-Team), born in Chapel Hill, Tennessee (d. 2001)
  • 1930 Robert Ceely, composer
  • 1931 Frederick Alfred Fox, composer
  • 1933 Dalida, Egyptian actress and singer, Miss Egypt (The 6th Day)
  • 1934 Sydney Phillip Hodkinson, composer
  • 1941 Dame Gillian Weir, New Zealand organist
  • 1942 Ulf Hoelscher, German violinist
  • 1943 Chris Montez [Ezekiel Montanez], American guitarist and singer, born in Los Angeles
  • 1944 Françoise Hardy, French singer
  • 1945 William Hart, US singer (4 Gents, Delfonics-I'm Sorry)
  • 1945 Javed Akhtar, Indian lyricist, poet and scriptwriter
  • 1947 Ulysses Dove, dancer/choreographer
  • 1948 Mick Taylor, rock guitarist (Rolling Stones-Brown Sugar)
  • 1948 Anne Queffélec, French pianist
  • 1952 Ryuichi Sakamoto, Japanese musician (Yellow Magic Orchestra) and film composer (Academy Award 1988 for score to The Last Emperor), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1953 Sheila Hutchinson, rocker
  • 1955 Steve Earle, country singer (Guitar Town), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1956 Paul Young, rock vocalist/keyboardist (Every Time You Go Away)
  • 1958 Jez Strode, rocker (Kajagoogoo)
  • 1959 Susanna Hoffs, actress/rocker (Bangles-Walk Like an Egyptian)
  • 1959 Momoe Yamaguchi, Japanese singer and actress
  • 1963 Kai Hansen, German singer and guitarist (Gamma Ray)
  • 1966 Shabba Ranks [Rexton Gordon], Jamaican dancehall musician and reggae deejay (X-tra Naked ), born in St. Ann, Jamaica
  • 1971 Kid Rock [Robert James Ritchie], American rapper, songwriter, musician and actor (Devil Without a Cause), born in Romeo, Michigan
  • 1971 Leonardo Ciampa, Italian-American musician
  • 1972 Ken Hirai, Japanese singer and songwriter
  • 1974 Vesko Kountchev, Bulgarian musician
  • 1975 Tom Jenkinson, English musician (Squarepusher)
  • 1975 Rami Yacoub, Swedish songwriter/producer
  • 1981 Ray J [William Ray Norwood Jr.], McComb, Mississippi, American singer and actor (Everything You Want, Sex tape)
  • 1982 Amanda Wilkinson, Canadian singer
  • 1982 Alex Varkatzas, American Singer (Atreyu)
  • 1983 Julie Budet, French Electronic-Pop Musician
  • 1985 Simone Simons, Dutch singer (Epica)
  • 1985 Riyu Kosaka, Japanese singer (BeForU), born in Yokohama, Japan
  • 1985 Kang-In, South Korean singer/dancer/actor/MC/DJ(Super Junior)