On This Day

Musicians Born on January 17

  • 1517 Antonio Scandello, Italian composer (Passion of Johannes), born in Bergamo, Republic of Venice (now Italy) (d. 1580)
  • 1545 Antonio Pace, Italian composer (d. 1581)
  • 1659 Antonio Veracini, Italian violinist and Baroque composer, born in Florence, Grand Duchy of Tuscany (now Italy) (d. 1733)
  • 1712 John Stanley, English blind composer and organist, born in London (d. 1786)
  • 1720 Jean-Joseph Vadé, French songwriter, poet, and playwright, born in Ham, France (d. 1757)
  • 1728 Johann Gottfried Müthel, German keyboard virtuoso and composer, born in Mölln, Duchy of Lauenburg (now Germany) (d. 1788)
  • 1733 Thomas Linley the elder, English composer and tenor, born in Badminton, Gloucestershire (d. 1795)
  • 1734 François-Joseph Gossec, Belgian-French composer (Les Pêcheurs; Mirza), born in Vergnies, Austrian Netherlands (now Belgium) (d. 1829)
  • 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 Badings, Dutch opera composer (Orestes), born in Bandung, Java, Dutch East Indies (d. 1987)
  • 1910 Sidney “Big Sid” Catlett, American jazz drummer (Louis Armstrong), born in Evansville, Indiana (d. 1951)
  • 1911 Hermann Pfrogner, Austrian musicologist (Zerrissene Orpheus)
  • 1912 Orest Alexandrovich Evlahkov, composer
  • 1916 Joel Herron, American orchestra leader (Jaye P Morgan Show), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • 1917 Oskar Morawetz, Czech-Canadian composer (From the Diary of Anne Frank), born in Světlá nad Sázavou, Bohemia (now Czech Republic); (d. 2007)
  • 1920 Nora Kaye, American prima ballerina, born in NYC, New York (d. 1987)
  • 1920 George Handy [Hendleman], American bebop jazz arranger, pianist and composer (Handyland, U.S.A.), born in New York City (d. 1997)
  • 1925 Annie Delorie, Dutch opera singer (Scenes & Arias) (d. 2009)
  • 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, activist, and actress (Batman - "Catwoman"), born in North, South Carolina (d. 2008)
  • 1928 Jean Barraqué, French composer, born in Hauts-de-Seine, France (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 A. Fox, American classical composer (Nightscenes; Shaking The Pumpkin),and educator (Indiana University, 1974-94), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2011)

  • 1933 Dalida [Yolande Christina Gigliotti], French-Italian actress (The Sixth Day), singer (Bambino), and Miss Egypt 1954, born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 1987)
  • 1934 Sydney Phillip Hodkinson, composer
  • 1934 Cedar Walton, American hard bop jazz pianist (Jazztet; Art Blakey), and composer ("Mosaic"), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2013)
  • 1941 Dame Gillian Weir, New Zealand organist, born in Martinborough, New Zealand
  • 1942 Ulf Hoelscher, German violinist, born in Kitzingen, Germany
  • 1943 (Ezekiel Christopher) "Chris" Montez, American rock guitarist and singer ("Let's Dance"; "Call Me"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1944 Françoise Hardy, French pop singer, born in Paris, France
  • 1945 William Hart, American singer (4 Gents; Delfonics - "I'm Sorry"), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1945 Javed Akhtar, Indian lyricist, poet and scriptwriter, born in Gwalior, India
  • 1945 Ivan Karabits, Ukrainian composer, conductor, and educator, born in Yalta, Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine (d. 2002)
  • 1946 Frank Bey [Bass], American blues singer-songwriter (All My Dues Are Paid), born in Millen, Georgia (d. 2020)
  • 1947 Ulysses Dove, American dancer & choreographer, born in Columbia, South Carolina (d. 1996)
  • 1948 Mick Taylor, British rock guitarist (John Mayhall' Bluesbreakers, 1967-69; Rolling Stones, 1969-74 - "Brown Sugar", "Honky Tonk Woman"), born in Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
  • 1948 Anne Queffélec, French concert pianist, born in Paris, France
  • 1952 Ryuichi Sakamoto, Japanese musician (Yellow Magic Orchestra) and Academay Award-winning film composer (The Last Emperor), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1955 Steve Earle, American roots-rock singer-songwriter (Guitar Town), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1955 Kazumasa Akiyama, Japanese jazz-fusion guitarist (Dig My Style), born in Tokyo
  • 1956 Paul Young, British rock and blue-eyed soul vocalist ("Every Time You Go Away"; Band-Aid - "Do They Know It's Christmas?"), born in Luton, England
  • 1956 Cristina [Monet Zilkha], American dance-pop singer songwriter (Sleep It Off), born in New York City (d. 2020)
  • 1958 Jez Strode, British rock drummer (Kajagoogoo), born in London, United Kingdom

  • 1959 Susanna Hoffs, American actress & musician (Bangles-Walk Like an Egyptian), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1959 Momoe Yamaguchi, Japanese singer & actress, born in Ebisu, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1963 Kai Hansen, German singer & guitarist (Gamma Ray), born in Hamburg, Germany
  • 1963 Cyrus Chestnut, American jazz pianist and composer, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1966 Shabba Ranks [Rexton Gordon], Jamaican dancehall musician & reggae deejay (X-tra Naked), born in St. Ann, Jamaica
  • 1969 Tiësto [Tijs Michiel Verwest], Dutch DJ and record producer considered the "Godfather of EDM", born in Breda, Netherlands
  • 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, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1972 Ken Hirai, Japanese singer and songwriter, born in Higashi-osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
  • 1972 Stéphane Escoms, French jazz keyboard and accordion player, born in France
  • 1974 Vesko Kountchev, Bulgarian musician, born in Sofia, Bulgaria
  • 1975 Tom Jenkinson, English musician (Squarepusher), born in Chelmsford, United Kingdom
  • 1975 Rami Yacoub, Swedish songwriter & producer, born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1976 Aga Zaryan [Agnieszka Skrzypek], Polish jazz singer (A Book of Luminous Things), born in Warsaw, Poland
  • 1978 Charles Richard "Ricky" Wilson, British singer-songwriter (Kaiser Chiefs - "Ruby"), born in Keighley, West Yorkshire, England
  • 1980 Gareth McLearnon, Northern Irish flautist, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1981 Ray J [William Ray Norwood Jr.], American singer and actor (Everything You Want), born in McComb, Mississippi
  • 1982 Amanda Wilkinson, Canadian country music singer, born in Belleville, Canada
  • 1982 Alex Varkatzas, American heavy metal singer (Atreyu), born in Orange County, California
  • 1983 Julie Budet, French musician (Yelle)
  • 1984 Calvin Harris, Scottish DJ, singer-songwriter and producer (We Found Love), born in Dumfries, Scotland
  • 1985 Simone Simons, Dutch singer (Epica), born in Hoensbroek, Netherlands
  • 1985 Riyu Kosaka, Japanese singer (BeForU), born in Yokohama, Japan
  • 1985 Kangin [Kim Young-woon], South Korean singer, dancer, actor and DJ (Super Junior), born in Seoul, South Korea