On This Day

Birthdays in Music on January 20

  • 1586 Johann Hermann Schein, German composer (Fontana d'Israel)
  • 1681 Francesco Bartolomeo Conti, composer
  • 1703 Joseph-Hector Fiocco, composer
  • 1743 Pascal Boyer, French composer, born in Tarascon, Provence, France (d .1794)
  • 1761 Giovanni Domenico Perotti, composer
  • 1762 Jerome-Joseph de Momigny, Belgian FRench composer, born in Philippeville, Belgium (d. 1842)
  • 1783 Justus Johann Friedrich Dotzauer, German cellist and composer (d. 1860)
  • 1809 Sebastian de Iradier, Spanish composer (La Paloma)
  • 1844 Johan Peter Selmer, composer
  • 1855 Amedee-Ernest Chausson, composer
  • 1867 Yvette Guilbert [Emma Laure Esther Guilbert], French singer and actress, born in Paris, France (d. 1944)
  • 1870 Guillaume Jean Joseph Nicolas Lekeu, composer
  • 1876 Józef Hofmann, Polish pianist (d. 1967)
  • 1877 Ruth St Denis, ballerina (Dances of the 5 Senses), born in Newark, New Jersey

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1888 Lead Belly [Huddie William Ledbetter], American blues 12 string guitarist (Rock Island Line), born in Mooringsport, Louisiana (d. 1949)

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  • 1891 Mischa Elman, Talnoye Ukraine, US violinist

  • 1894 Walter Hamor Piston, Rockland Maine, composer (Incredible Flutis)
  • 1895 Eva Jessye, American singer, actress, songwriter (Hallelujah) and 1st black woman to receive international distinction as a choral conductor, born in Coffeyville, Kansas (d. 1992)
  • 1896 Elmer R Diktonius, Finnish musicologist/author (Janne Kubik)
  • 1896 George Burns [Nathan Birnbaum], American actor, comedian and singer (Oh God, Burns and Allen), born in NYC, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1900 Boris Semyonovich Shekhter, Russian composer, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1961)
  • 1910 Ennio Porrino, Italian composer, born in Cagliari, Italy (d. 1959)
  • 1910 Nina Verchinina, Russian-Brazilian dancer & choreographer, born in Russia (d. 1995)
  • 1918 [Juan Garcia] Esquivel!, Mexican musician ("The King of Space Age Pop"), born in Tampico, Mexico (d. 2002)
  • 1919 Royalton Kisch, British conductor, born in born in Marylebone, London (d. 1995)
  • 1919 Stepan Lucky, Slovak film score composer, born in Žilina, Slovakia (d. 2006)
  • 1922 Ray Anthony, American orchestra leader (Ray Anthony Show, Peter Gunn Theme), born in Bentleyville, Pennsylvania
  • 1923 Nora Brockstedt, Norwegian singer, born in Oslo, Norway (d. 2015)
  • 1923 Slim Whitman, American country singer (Rose Marie), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 2013)
  • 1924 Yvonne Loriod, French pianist, born in Houilles, France
  • 1926 David Tudor, American composer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1996)
  • 1928 Robert Satanowski, Polish opera conductor and general, born in Łódź, Poland (d. 1997)
  • 1929 [Wilbur James] Jimmy Cobb, American jazz drummer (Miles Davis' First Great Sextet), born in Washington D.C. (d. 2020)
  • 1931 Hachidai Nakamura, Japanese songwriter & pianist, born in China (d. 1992)
  • 1931 Earl Grant, American musician & singer (Ebb Tide, Winter Wonderland), born in Idabel, Oklahoma (d. 1970)
  • 1933 Ron Townson, American rock vocalist (The 5th Dimension), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 2001)

  • 1940 Jorge Peixinho, Portuguese composer & conductor, born in Montijo, Portugal
  • 1941 Pierre Lalonde, Canadian singer & television host, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2016)
  • 1942 William Powell, American R&B singer (O'Jays), born in Canton, Ohio (d. 1977)
  • 1943 Farhad Mehrad, Iranian musician, born in Tehran, Iran (d. 2002)
  • 1945 Eric Stewart, English singer-songwriter & musician (10cc-I'm Not in Love), born in Droylsden, United Kingdom
  • 1947 George Grantham, American drummer and vocalist (Poco-Crazy Eyes), born in Cordell, Oklahoma
  • 1948 Mel Pritchard, British progressive rock drummer (Barclay James Harvest), born in Oldham, Lancashire (d. 2004)
  • 1951 Ivan Fischer, Hungarian conductor & composer, born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1952 Ian Hill, English musician (Judas Priest-Breakin the Law), born in West Bromwich, United Kingdom
  • 1952 Paul Stanley, American musician (KISS-Beth), born in Manhattan, New York
  • 1955 Hiromi Ōta, Japanese singer, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1965 Greg K., American musician & singer (The Offspring), born in Glendale, California
  • 1965 John Michael Montgomery, American country music singer, born in Danville, Kentucky
  • 1966 Tracii Guns, American musician (LA Guns-It's Over Now), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1967 Joe Pasquale, singer and songwriter (Prey)
  • 1968 Fantastic Negrito [Xavier Amin Dphrepaulezz], American singer-songwriter (The Last Days of Oakland, Please Don't Be Dead), born in Massachusetts
  • 1969 Nicky Wire, British musician (Manic Street Preachers), born in Blackwood, United Kingdom
  • 1970 Mitch Benn, English comedian & musician, born in Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • 1971 Gary Barlow, English singer (Take That), born in Frodsham, United Kingdom
  • 1971 Questlove [Ahmir Thompson], American DJ, producer and music journalist (The Roots), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1977 Melody, Belgian singer, born in Ronse, Belgium
  • 1979 Rob Bourdon, American musician (Linkin Park), born in Calabasas, California
  • 1979 Asaka Kubo, Japanese singer (A+Jyuc), born in Japan
  • 1979 Will Young, British singer-songwriter & actor, born in Wokingham, United Kingdom
  • 1980 Matthew Tuck, Welsh guitarist (Bullet for My Valentine), born in Bridgend, United Kingdom
  • 1983 Mari Yaguchi, Japanese singer (Morning Musume), born in Yokohama, Japan
  • 1984 Toni Gonzaga, Filipino singer & actress, born in Rizal, Phillipines