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, composer
  • 1761 Giovanni Domenico Perotti, composer
  • 1762 Jerome-Joseph de Momigny, composer
  • 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, 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)
  • 1899 Alexander Tcherepnin, composer
  • 1900 Boris Semyonovich Shekhter, composer
  • 1904 Alexandra Danilova, Peterhof Russia, ballerina (Turning Point)
  • 1908 Wilfred Conwell Bain, composer
  • 1910 Ennio Porrino, composer
  • 1910 Nina Verchinina, dancer choreographer/teacher
  • 1919 Royalton Kisch, British(?) conductor
  • 1919 Stepan Lucky, composer
  • 1920 DeForest Kelley, American actor, screenwriter, poet and singer (Star Trek), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1999)
  • 1922 Ray Anthony, Bentleyville, Pennsylvania, American orchestra leader (Ray Anthony Show, Peter Gunn Theme)
  • 1923 Nora Brockstedt, Norwegian singer
  • 1923 Slim Whitman, American country singer (Rose Marie), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 2013)
  • 1924 Yvonne Loriod, Houilles France, pianist
  • 1926 David Eugene Tudor, composer, born in Philadelphi, Pennsylvania
  • 1931 Hachidai Nakamura, Japanese songwriter and pianist (d. 1992)
  • 1931 Earl Grant, Idabel, Oklahoma, American musician and singer (Ebb Tide, Winter Wonderland)
  • 1933 Ron Townson, American rock vocalist (The 5th Dimension), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 2001)
  • 1940 Jorge Peixinho, composer
  • 1941 Pierre Lalonde, Quebec singer and television host
  • 1942 William Powell, American R&B singer (O'Jays), born in Canton, Ohio (d. 1977)
  • 1943 Farhad Mehrad, Iranian musician
  • 1945 Eric Stewart, rock guitarist (10cc-I'm Not in Love)
  • 1950 Henk Batenburgh, cabaret performer/singer (Waaldrecht)
  • 1951 Ivan Fischer, Hungarian conductor
  • 1952 Ian Hill, bass guitarist (Judas Priest-Breakin the Law)
  • 1952 Paul Stanley, [Eisen], rock guitarist (KISS-Beth)
  • 1955 Hiromi Ōta, Japanese singer
  • 1965 Greg Kriesel, American bassist (The Offspring)
  • 1965 John Michael Montgomery, American singer
  • 1966 Tracii Guns, rock guitarist (LA Guns-It's Over Now)
  • 1967 Joe Pasquale, rocker (Prey)
  • 1969 Nicky Wire, British Musician (Manic Street Preachers)
  • 1970 Mitch Benn, UK comedian, songwriter, actor
  • 1971 Gary Barlow, English singer (Take That)
  • 1971 "?uestlove" Ahmir Thompson, American DJ, producer and music journalist (The Roots), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1977 Melody, Belgian singer
  • 1979 Rob Bourdon, American musician (Linkin Park)
  • 1979 Will Young, British singer
  • 1980 Matthew Tuck, Welsh guitarist (Bullet for My Valentine)
  • 1983 Mari Yaguchi, Japanese singer (Morning Musume)
  • 1984 Toni Gonzaga, Filipina Actress and Singer