Birthdays in Music on January 23

  • 1752 Muzio Clementi, Italian composer
  • 1813 Franz Commer, composer
  • 1820 Alexander Nikoleyevich Serov, composer
  • 1837 Amanda Smith, American former slave, singer and evangelist, born in Long Green, Maryland (d. 1915)
  • 1843 Hans Heinrich XIV Hochberg, composer
  • 1867 Herbert Bedford, composer
  • 1868 Juventino Rosas, composer
  • 1869 Carlo Felice Boghen, composer
  • 1878 Rutland Boughton, British composer (The Immortal Hour), born in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire (d. 1960)
  • 1885 Boleslaw Wallek-Walewski, Polish composer and conductor, born in Lviv, Ukraine (d. 1944)
  • 1900 William Ifor Jones, Welsh conductor and organist (d. 1988)
  • 1902 Benjamin "Benny" Waters, American jazz saxophonist and clarinetist, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1998)
  • 1904 Theodor Schaefer, Czech composer, born in Telč (d. 1969)
  • 1909 Norman Fulton, composer

Person of interestDjango Reinhardt

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, American musician, conductor, producer and arranger (Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson), born in Oakland, California (d. 1995)
  • 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, composer, and educator, born in Anderson, Indiana
  • 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 Daniel "Danny" Federici, American rocker and musician (E Street Band), born in Flemington, New Jersey (d. 2008)
  • 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 Robin Zander, American rock vocalist and guitarist (Cheap Trick-Dream Police), born in Beloit, Wisconsin
  • 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)
  • 1954 Richard Finch, American composer, producer, engineer, and song arranger (KC and the Sunshine Band), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1955 Reginald Calloway, trumpet player (Midnight Star-No Parking)
  • 1956 Laza [Lazar] Ristovski, Serbian keyboardist (Smak and Bijelo Dugme), born in Novi Pazar, Yugoslavia (d. 2007)
  • 1959 Earl Falconer, British reggae bassist (UB40-Red Red Wine)
  • 1963 Guido Karp, German music photographer, born in Mayen, West Germany
  • 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
  • 1998 XXXTentacion [Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy], American rapper, singer, and songwriter, born in Plantation, Florida (d. 2018)