Birthdays in Music on January 22

  • January
  • 1649 Pascal Collasse, composer
  • 1707 Carl Hockh, German composer and violinist (d. 1773)
  • 1709 Joseph Riepel, Austrian-born German composer, born in Rainbach im Mühlkreis (d. 1782)
  • 1727 Claude-Benigne Balbastre, composer
  • 1729 Giuseppe Luigi Tibaldi, composer
  • 1748 Lewis Edson, early American composer, born in Woodstock, New York (d. 1820)
  • 1756 Vincenzo Righini, composer
  • 1779 Stefano Pavesi, composer
  • 1781 Francois-Antoine Habeneck, composer
  • 1815 Ferdinand Christian Wilhelm Praeger, composer
  • 1824 Josef Leopold Zvonar, composer
  • 1842 Charles Henri Marechal, composer
  • 1855 Ernst Kullak, composer
  • 1861 Karel Stecker, composer
  • 1870 Charles Arnold Tournemire, composer
  • 1871 Leon Jessel, German composer (The Parade of the Tin Soldiers), born in Stettin (d. 1942)

  • 1882 Theodore Kosloff, Russian-born actor, ballet dancer and choreographer, born in Moscow, Russian Empire (d. 1956)
  • 1886 John Joseph Becker, composer
  • 1890 Vinko Zganec, Croatian ethnomusicologist (d. 1976)
  • 1897 Josef Stanislav, composer
  • 1897 Rosa Ponselle, opera diva (Casta Diva, La Forza del Destino)
  • 1897 "Blind" Willie Johnson American blues/spiritual singer and guitarist
  • 1898 Alexander Abramsky, composer
  • 1898 Gustaf Paulson, composer
  • 1900 Franz Salmhofer, composer
  • 1901 Hans-Erich Apostel, Austrian composer (Sonata Ritmica)
  • 1903 Robin Humphrey Milford, composer

Person of interestGeorge Balanchine

1904 George Balanchine, Russian-American ballet composer and choreographer who founded the New York City Ballet, born in St. Petersburgh, Russian Empire (d. 1983) [OS=Jan 9]

Ballet Choreographer George Balanchine
Ballet Choreographer
George Balanchine
  • 1911 Bruno Kreisky, Austrian bandleader/chancellor (1970-83)
  • 1911 Roberto Garcia Morillo, composer
  • 1911 Suzanne Danco, Belgian opera singer
  • 1913 Verdina Shlonsky, composer
  • 1914 Dimitri Dragatakis, composer
  • 1916 Henri Dutilleux, French composer (Tout un monde lointain, L'arbre des songes), born in Angers, France (d. 2013)
  • 1917 Albert "Pud" Brown, clarinetist/saxophonist
  • 1920 William Warfield, singer (Show Boat)
  • 1921 Andre Hodeir, composer
  • 1923 Friedrich Zehm, composer
  • 1923 Leslie Bassett, classical composer (Variations for Orchestra - Pulitzer Prize 1966), born in Hanford, California (d. 2016)
  • 1924 J. J. Johnson, American composer and jazz trombonist, born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 2001)
  • 1931 Sam Cooke, American singer and entrepreneur described as "the inventor of soul music" (You Send Me), born in Clarksdale Mississippi (d. 1964)

  • 1940 Addie "Micki" Harris, singer (Shirelles-Soldier Boy), born in Passaic, New Jersey
  • 1940 Tilo Medek, German composer

Person of interestMalcolm McLaren

1946 Malcolm McLaren, British band manager (the Sex Pistols), born in London (d. 2010)

Band Manager and Pioneer of Punk Malcolm McLaren
Band Manager and Pioneer of Punk
Malcolm McLaren
  • 1948 Gilbert Levine, American conductor, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1949 James P Pennington, rocker (Exile)
  • 1949 Steve Perry, vocalist (Journey-Open Arms, Oh Sherry), born in Hanford, California
  • 1952 Teddy Gentry, American country music singer (Alabama-Mt Music), born in Fort Payne, Alabama
  • 1953 Myung-Whun Chung, South Korean pianist & conductor (Chung Trio), born in Seoul, South Korea
  • 1956 Steve Riley, American drummer, born in Revere, Massachusetts

Person of interestMichael Hutchence

1960 Michael Hutchence, Australian rock vocalist & actor (INXS, Dogs in Space), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 1997)

  • 1961 Daniel Johnston, American musician & artist ("Hi, How Are You"), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1965 Jazzy Jeff Townes, American rapper (Parents Just Don't Understand), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1965 Ray Mayhew, English musician (Sigue Sigue Sputnik-Love Missile F-111), born in Southampton, United Kingdom
  • 1965 Steven Adler, American musician (Guns & Roses-Sweet Child), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1968 Heath [Hiroshi Morie], Japanese musician, singer and songwriter (X Japan), born in Amagasaki, Hyogo, Japan
  • 1980 Ben Moody, American guitarist (Evanescence), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1980 Lizz Wright, American jazz & gospel singer, born in Hahira, Georgia
  • 1981 Willa Ford, American singer, born in Ruskin, Florida
  • 1993 Netta Barzilai, Israeli singer (Eurovision song contest winner 2018), born in Hod HaSharon, Israel
  • 1998 Silentó [Ricky Hawk] American rapper "Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)", born in Atlanta, Georgia