On This Day

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, English composer/conductor (A Child of Our Time), born in London (d. 1998)
  • 1907 Salvador Ley, composer
  • 1908 Janis Kepitis, composer
  • 1912 Andre Ameller, composer
  • 1912 Barbara Pentland, Canadian concert pianist and composer, born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2000)
  • 1913 Gardner Read, composer, born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1915 Nick Fatool, American jazz and session drummer, born in Millbury, Massachusetts (d. 2000)

  • 1917 Vera Zorina, German dancer (d. 2003)
  • 1922 Nico Schuyt, Dutch composer, born in Alkmaar (d. 1992)
  • 1925 Andry Maryanovich Nikodemovich, composer
  • 1928 Tiberiu Olah, composer
  • 1928 Alberto Zedda, Italian opera conductor and musicologist, born in Milan, Italy (d. 2017)
  • 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 and classical accordionist, arranger and composer, born in Joliet, Illinois (d. 2012)

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1936 Roger Miller, American country singer-songwriter ("King of the Road"; "Dang Me"), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 1992)

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  • 1936 Paul Freeman, American conductor and composer (Chicago Sinfonietta, 1987 -2011; Czech National Symphony, 1996-2007), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 2015)
  • 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 Strachan, Australian rock singer (Skyhooks) (d. 2001)
  • 1954 Dawn Silva, American singer (The Brides of Funkenstein, P-Funk)
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 1972 Christopher Lennertz, American television, film and video game composer, born in Methuen, Massachusetts
  • 1975 Chris Cheney, Australian rock singer-songwriter, and guitarist (The Living End - "The Second Solution"), 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