On This Day

Birthdays in Music on January 18

  • 1543 Alfonso Ferrabosco, Italian composer who brought madrigal music to England, born in Bologna (d. 1588)
  • 1732 Jean-Guillain Cardon, composer
  • 1751 Ferdinand Kauer, composer
  • 1793 William Henry Havergal, composer
  • 1817 Jacques Gregoir, composer
  • 1835 Caesar A Cui, fort architect/composer, born in Vilnius, Lithuania
  • 1840 Ernst Rudorff, composer
  • 1841 Alexis Emmanuel Chabrier, French composer (España, Joyeuse marche, Le Roi Malgré Lui), born in Ambert, Puy-de-Dôme (d. 1894)
  • 1856 John Hyatt Brewer, American composer, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1931)
  • 1861 Raymond Huntington Woodman, composer
  • 1893 John Lawrence Seymour, American composer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1903 Berthold Goldschmidt, German-British opera composer (Beatrice Cenci), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1996)
  • 1904 Anthony Galla-Rini, American accordionist, born in Manchester, Connecticut (d. 2006)
  • 1907 Janos Ferencsik, Hungarian conductor (Budapest Opera), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1984)
  • 1911 Gabor Darvas, Hungarian composer, born in Satu Mare, Romania (d. 1985)
  • 1915 Vassilis Tsitsanis, Greek singer & songwriter, born in Trikala, Greece (d. 1984)

  • 1919 Juan Antonio Orrego-Salas, Chilean composer, born in Santiago, Chile
  • 1920 Constance Moore, American singer & actress (Buck Rogers, Show Business, Atlantic City), born in Sioux City, Iowa (d. 2005)
  • 1922 Yehezkel Braun, Israeli composer (Shir ha-shirim), born in Breslau, Germany (d. 2014)
  • 1941 Bobby Goldsboro, American singer (Honey), born in Marianna, Florida
  • 1941 David Ruffin, American soul musician and early lead singer for The Temptations (My Girl, Ain't Too Proud to Beg), born in Whynot, Mississippi (d. 1991)
  • 1944 Larry "Legs" Smith, British rocker (Bonzo Dog Band-Urban Spaceman), born in Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 1944 Al Perkins, American steel guitarist (Triple Play), born in De Kalb, Texas
  • 1950 Claudia de Colombia, Colombian singer (Yo Creo En Ti), born in Bogotá, Colombia
  • 1952 R. Stevie Moore, American singer, songwriter, and home recording pioneer, born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1956 George Mark Collie, American country singer (Another Old Soldier), born in Waynesboro Tennessee
  • 1956 Tom Bailey, English rock vocalist & keyboardist (Thompson Twins-Doctor Doctor), born in Halifax, West Yorkshire
  • 1959 Bob Rosenberg, American musician (Will To Power), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1967 MC Tab [Sharon Richard], American rapper, born in NYC, New York
  • 1969 Jesse L. Martin, American actor & singer (Rent, The Flash), born in Rocky Mount, Virginia
  • 1970 DJ Quik [David Marvin Blake], American rapper (Quik Is the Name), born in Compton, California
  • 1971 Jonathan Davis, American singer (Korn), born in Bakersfield, California
  • 1973 Crispian Mills, English singer-songwriter & guitarist (Kula Shaker), born in London, England
  • 1974 Christian Burns, English musician (BBMak), born in Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • 1976 Damien Leith, Irish-Australian singer-songwriter (Australian Idol 2006), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1977 Richard Archer, British singer (lead singer of Hard-Fi), born in Staines, United Kingdom
  • 1979 Jay Chou, Taiwanese singer & producer, born in New Taipei City, Taiwan
  • 1980 Estelle Swaray, English singer, born in Hammersmith, London
  • 1983 Samantha Mumba, Irish singer & actress, born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1983 Katie White, British musician (the Ting Tings), born in Lowton, England
  • 1983 Carl McCoy, American singer (Fields of the Nephilim), born in London
  • 1984 Benji Schwimmer, American dancer, born in Newport Beach, California
  • 1984 Maarja Kivi, Estonian singer, born in Tallinn, Estonia
  • 1984 Kristy Lee Cook, American country singer (American Idol season 7), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1988 Ronnie Day [Ronald Guglielmone Jr.], American singer-songwriter (Nine Sleepless Nights), born in Redwood City, California