Musicians Born on January 2

  • 1732 František "Franz" Xaver Brixi, Czech classical composer and kapellmeister, born in Prague (d. 1771)
  • 1807 Tomasz Napoleon Nidecki, Polish composer, born in Studzianka, West Galicia, (now Poland) (d. 1852)
  • 1809 Friedrich Wilhelm Jahns, German composer, voice teacher and musicologist, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1888)
  • 1837 Mily Balakirev, Russian pianist and composer (Islamej, Tamara), born in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia (d. 1910)
  • 1846 Sandor Erkel, Hungarian composer and son of Ferenc Erkel, born in Pest (d. 1900)
  • 1879 Sydney Baynes, British conductor, arranger, band leader and composer (Destiny Waltz; Endure to Conquer), born in Sudbury, England (d. 1938)
  • 1896 Ernst-Lothar von Knorr, German composer, and music educator, born in Eitorf, Germany (d. 1973)
  • 1901 Torsten Ralf, Swedish operatic tenor (Daphne - "Apollo"), born in Malmö, Sweden (d. 1954)
  • 1904 James Melton, American pop (1920-30's) and operatic tenor (Metropolitan Opera, 1942-50), born in Moultrie, Georgia (d. 1961)
  • 1905 Michael Kemp Tippett, British conductor and composer (A Child of Our Time), born in London (d. 1998)
  • 1907 Salvador Ley, Guatemalan pianist, composer, and educator (National Conservatory; Westchester Conservatory), born in Guatemala City, Guatemala (d. 1985)
  • 1908 Jānis Ķepītis, Latvian pianist, conductor, and composer, born in Beverīna, Latvia (d. 1989)
  • 1912 André Amellér, French double bassist (Paris Opéra, 1937-53), conductor, composer, and educator (École Nationale de Musique - Dijon, 1953-81), born in Arnaville, France (d. 1990)
  • 1912 Barbara Pentland, Canadian concert pianist and composer, born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2000)
  • 1913 Gardner Read, American composer (Quiet Music for Strings; Dance of the Locomotives), and pedagogue (Boston University, 1948-78), born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 2005)
  • 1915 Nick Fatool, American jazz and session drummer, born in Millbury, Massachusetts (d. 2000)
  • 1917 Vera Zorina [Eva Hartwig], German-Norwegian ballet dancer, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2003)
  • 1922 Nico Schuyt, Dutch composer, born in Alkmaar (d. 1992)
  • 1925 Andrzej Nikodemovich, Ukrainian-Polish organist, pianist, composer, and teacher, born in Lviv, Ukraine (d. 2017)
  • 1928 Alberto Zedda, Italian opera conductor and musicologist, born in Milan, Italy (d. 2017)
  • 1928 Tiberiu Olah, Romanian-Hungarian composer, teacher, and musicologist, born in 1928, Batar, Romania (d. 2002)
  • 1930 Julius La Rosa, American singer (fired by Arthur Godfrey on the air), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1931 Frank Marocco, American jazz, pop, classical, and session accordionist, arranger and composer, born in Joliet, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • 1936 Paul Freeman, American conductor and composer (Chicago Sinfonietta, 1987 -2011; Czech National Symphony, 1996-2007), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 2015)

Roger MillerRoger Miller (1936-1992)

American country singer-songwriter ("King of the Road"; "Dang Me"), born in Fort Worth, Texas

  • 1943 Barış Manço, Turkish singer and television producer (d. 1999)
  • 1944 Péter Eötvös, Hungarian composer, conductor and teacher ("Chinese Opera"), born in Székelyudvarhely, Transylvania, Hungary (now Romania)
  • 1946 Richard Cole, American tour manager (Led Zeppelin)
  • 1949 Michael "Chick" Churchill, British blues-rock keyboardist (Ten Years After - "I'm Going Home"), born in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, England
  • 1950 David Shifrin, American classical clarinetist, born in Queens, New York
  • 1952 (Graeme) "Shirley" Strachan, Australian singer (Skyhooks - "Ego Is Not A Dirty Word";"Jukebox in Siberia"), TV host (Shirl's Neighbourhood), and carpenter (Our House), born in Malvern, Victoria, Australia) (d. 2001)
  • 1954 Dawn Silva, American funk and R&B singer (Sly & The Family Stone; Parliament-Funkadelic; The Brides of Funkenstein - "Disco To Go"), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1954 Glen Goins, American funk guitarist and singer (Parliament-Funkadelic - "Fantasy Is Reality"), born in Plainfield, New Jersey (d. 1978)
  • 1954 John Barlow Jarvis, American Grammy Award-winning songwriter ("Love Can Build A Bridge"), touring and session pianist (Vince Gill; James Taylor), and recording artist, born in Pasadena, California
  • 1958 Vladimir Ovchinnikov, Russian concert pianist (Tchaikovsky Prize, 1982; Leeds, 1987), born in Belebey, Bashkir ASSR (now Bashkortostan)
  • 1961 Orrett Rhoden, Jamaican concert pianist, born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1963 Wu Man, Chinese-American pipa (lute-like instrument) player, and composer (Silk Road Ensemble), born in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
  • 1970 Eric Whitacre, American Grammy Award-winning choral conductor and composer (Lux Aurumque; Deep Field), born in Reno, Nevada
  • 1970 Robert Fertitta, American operatic countertenor, born in New York City
  • 1970 Sanda Ladoşi, Romanian pop singer ("I Admit"), born in Târgu Mureș, Transylvania, Romania.
  • 1971 Renée Elise Goldsberry, American actress and singer (Hamilton), born in San Jose, California
  • 1972 Christopher Lennertz, American television, film and video game composer, born in Methuen, Massachusetts
  • 1975 Chris Cheney, Australian rockabilly guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist (The Living End - "One Said to the Other"; "White Noise"; The Wrights - "Evie"), record producer and studio owner, born in Melbourne, Australia, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1975 Doug Robb, American singer (Hoobastank - "The Reason"), born in Agoura Hills, California
  • 1986 Trombone Shorty [Troy Andrews], American jazz musician and producer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1987 Syesha Mercado, American pop and soul singer, born in Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • 1993 Bryson Tiller, American singer and rapper ("Don't"; "Exchange"; "Wild Thoughts"), born in Louisville, Kentucky