Birthdays in Music on January 23

  • 1752 Muzio Clementi, Italian composer
  • 1813 Franz Commer, composer
  • 1820 Alexander Nikoleyevich Serov, composer
  • 1837 Amanda Berry Smith, American former slave, singer and evangelist
  • 1843 Hans Heinrich XIV Hochberg, composer
  • 1867 Herbert Bedford, composer
  • 1868 Juventino Rosas, composer
  • 1869 Carlo Felice Boghen, composer
  • 1878 Rutland Boughton, composer
  • 1885 Boleslaw Wallek-Walewski, composer
  • 1900 William Ifor Jones, Welsh conductor and organist (d. 1988)
  • 1902 Benny Waters, saxophonist
  • 1904 Theodor Schaefer, Czech composer, born in Telč (d. 1969)
  • 1909 Norman Fulton, composer

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1910 Django Reinhardt, Belgium born Romani-French jazz guitarist and composer considered the most significant European Jazz musician, born in Liberchies, Pont-à-Celles, Belgium (d. 1953)

Jazz Guitarist Django Reinhardt
Jazz Guitarist
Django Reinhardt
  • 1911 Dan Smith, harmonica/gospel singer
  • 1925 Marty Paich, orchestra leader (Sonny & Cher, Glenn Campbell), born in Oakland, California
  • 1930 Ken Errair, American singer (Four Freshmen), (d. 1969)
  • 1933 Chita Rivera, American actress (West Side Story, Sweet Charity), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1933 Joel Spiegelman, American composer
  • 1939 Ray Elliott, Irish rock pianist/saxophonist (Them), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1940 Johnny Russell, country singer
  • 1943 Jimmy Castor, American pop and funk musician (Troglodyte (Cave Man), Jimmy Castor Bunch), born in NYC, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1943 Gary Burton, American jazz vibraphonist
  • 1944 Jerry Lawson, US singer (Persuasions-Under the Boardwalk)
  • 1948 Anita Pointer, rock vocalist (Pointer Sisters-She's So Shy), born in Oakland, California
  • 1950 Bill Cunningham, American original bass guitarist/keyboardist (Box Tops), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1950 Danny Federici, rocker (E Street Band)
  • 1950 John Greaves, English musician (Henry Cow, National Health)
  • 1950 Luis Alberto Spinetta, rock musician (Almendra, Pescado Rabioso, Invisible), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 2012)
  • 1953 Lamont Robin Zander, rocker (Cheap Trick)
  • 1954 Edward Ka-spel, English singer/songwriter (Legendary Pink Dots)
  • 1954 Franco De Vita, Venezuelan spanish singer (Extranjero), born in Caracas
  • 1954 Rick Finch, rocker (KC & Sunshine Band-Give It)
  • 1955 Robin Zander, rocker vocalist/guitarist (Cheap Trick-Dream Police)
  • 1959 Earl Falconer, British reggae bassist (UB40-Red Red Wine)
  • 1971 Marc Nelson, American R&B singer and lyricist
  • 1976 Angelica Lee, Taiwanese actress and singer
  • 1979 Sampsa Astala, Finnish musician (Lordi)
  • 1987 Felicia Brandström, Swedish singer