On This Day

Musicians Born on January 21

  • 1735 Johann Gottfried Eckard, composer
  • 1751 Josephus Andreas Fodor, Dutch Classical era violinist and composer, born in Venlo, Netherlands (d. 1828)
  • 1762 Giuseppe Antonio Silvani, composer
  • 1775 Manuel Garcia, composer
  • 1801 Ramon Vilanova y Barrera, composer
  • 1814 Thomas Attwood Walmisley, English organist, composer and educator (Cathedral Music), born in London (d. 1856)
  • 1823 Alexandre Edouard Goria, composer
  • 1848 Henri Duparc, French composer
  • 1859 Antoni Wincenty Rutkowski, Polish composer and pianist, born in Warsaw (d. 1886)
  • 1887 Alfred Henry Ackley, American composer, born in Spring Hill, Pennsylvania (d. 1960)
  • 1891 Nikolay Semyonovich Golovanov, composer
  • 1891 Timothy Mather Spelman, American composer, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1970)
  • 1898 Avery Claflin, composer
  • 1899 Alexander Tcherepnin, Russian pianist and composer, born in St Petersburg, Russia (d. 1977)
  • 1904 Robert "Juice" Wilson, American jazz violinist, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1972)
  • 1909 Todor Skalovski, Macedonian choral director and composer (Baltepe), born in Tetovo, Ottoman Empire (d. 2004)

  • 1910 Eua Sunthornsanan, Thai composer and bandleader (d. 1981)
  • 1916 [JW] Al James Woodie exander, songwriter/vocalist
  • 1918 Antonio Janigro, Italian cellist (Zagreb Soloists), born in Milan, Italy
  • 1920 Torsten Nilsson, Swedish organist, choral director, and composer (Out of the Night of the Earth), born in Höör, Sweden (d. 1999)
  • 1921 Todor Popov, Bulgarian composer, born in Dryanovo (d. 2000)
  • 1922 Aristotelis "Telly" Savalas, American singer (If?) and character actor (Kojak, On Her Majesty's Secret Service), born in Garden City New Jersey, (d. 1994)
  • 1923 Lola Flores, Spanish singer, dancer and actress (Kuma Ching, Faraona), born in Cadiz, Spain (d. 1995)
  • 1926 Franco Evangelisti, Italian composer
  • 1926 Brian Brockless, English organist and composer, born in London (d. 1995)
  • 1937 George Flynn, American pianist, composer (Trinity), and teacher (Columbia; DePaul), born in Miles City, Montana
  • 1937 (Fird) "Snooks" Eaglin, American blues and R&B guitarist and singer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2009)

Person of interestPlácido Domingo

1941 Plácido Domingo, Spanish opera and Latin tenor, conductor and artistic director (Verdi's "Otello"), born in Madrid, Spain

Opera Singer and Conductor Plácido Domingo
Opera Singer and Conductor
Plácido Domingo
  • 1941 Richie Havens, American singer-songwriter, and guitarist who opened the Woodstock Festival ("Freedom"; "Here Comes the Sun"), born in Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1942 (Charles) Edwin Starr [Hatcher], American soul and R&B singer (War), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2003)
  • 1942 Mac Davis, American country music singer-songwriter (Baby, Don't Get Hooked On Me) and actor (North Dallas Forty), born in Lubbock, Texas (d, 2020) [1]
  • 1942 Martin Sharp, Australian cartoonist, album cover artist songwriter (Cream), and filmmaker, born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2013)
  • 1944 (Frank) Neely Bruce, American composer (Circular 14: The Apotheosis of Aristides), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1945 Chris Britton, British rock guitarist (Troggs - "Wild Thing"; "Love Is All Around"), born in Watford, England
  • 1947 Jimmy Ibbotson, American country and folk-rock singer (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1947 Pye [Julian] Hastings, British singer and musician (Caravan - In The Land of Grey and Pink), born in Tomnavoulin, Banffshire, Scotland

  • 1947 Michel Jonasz, French pop and jazz singer-songwriter, and composer, born in Drancy, France
  • 1950 Billy Ocean [Leslie Charles], Trinidadian-British pop and R&B singer ("Caribbean Queen"; "Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car"), born in Fyzabad, Trinidad and Tobago
  • 1950 Richie Ranno, American rock guitarist (Starz), born in The Bronx, New York City
  • 1956 Bob Brill, American drummer (Berlin - "You Take My Breath Away"), born in NYC, New York
  • 1965 Cordell Crockett, American rock bassist (Ugly Kid Joe - America's Least Wanted), born in Alameda, California
  • 1970 Mark Trojanowski, American musician (Sister Hazel)
  • 1972 Yasunori Mitsuda, Japanese composer
  • 1972 Cat Power (Chan Marshall), American musician

Person of interestEmma Bunton

1976 Emma Bunton [Baby Spice], English singer (Spice Girls), born in London

Pop Star Emma Bunton
Pop Star
Emma Bunton
  • 1977 Rick Ross, American rapper
  • 1978 Tamir "Nokio" Ruffin, American Singer
  • 1980 Nana Mizuki, Japanese voice actress and singer
  • 1981 Gillian Chung Yan-tung, Hong Kong singer (Twins)
  • 1981 Andy Lee, Korean singer (Shinhwa)
  • 1986 "Coffin" Joe [Spurgeon], British rock drummer (The Horrors), born in Clare, England
  • 1988 William C. Woxlin, Swedish ambient and electronic music composer, born in Borlänge, Sweden