On This Day

Birthdays in Music on January 24

  • 1758 Johann Chrysostomus Drexel, German composer, born in Epfenhausen, Bavaria (d. 1801)
  • 1774 Karl Moser, German composer and violinist, born in Berlin (1851)
  • 1776 Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann, German writer/judge/composer (Undine)
  • 1796 Nicholas Mori, Anglo-Italian violinist & conductor, born in London, England (d. 1839)
  • 1828 Karol Studzinski, Polish violinist & composer, born in Krakow; (d. 1883)
  • 1829 William Mason, American pianist, pedagogue and composer, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1908)
  • 1859 Alexander Alexandrovich Ilyinsky, Russian composer (The Fountain of Bakhchisaray), born in Tsarskoye Selo, Russia (d. 1920)
  • 1909 Tiny Winters, English musician, born in London, United Kingdom (d. 1996)
  • 1913 Norman Dello Joio [Dello Ioio], American composer, born in New York City, New York (d. 2008)
  • 1915 Vitezslava Kapralova, Czech composer, born in Brno, Czechia (d. 1940)
  • 1918 Gottfried von Einem, Austrian composer (Dantons Tod), born in Bern, Switzerland (d. 1996)
  • 1919 Leon Kirchner, American contemporary classical composer (Pulitzer Prize for Music 1967), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2009)
  • 1920 Don Saddler, American choreographer & dancer (Holiday Hotel), born in Van Nuys, California (d. 2014)
  • 1923 Simeon ten Holt, Dutch minimalist composer (Canto Ostinato), born in Bergen, Netherlands (d. 2012)
  • 1924 David Craighead, American organist and educator, born in Strasburg, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)

Person of interestMaria Tallchief

1925 Maria Tallchief, American prima ballerina, born in Fairfax, Oklahoma (d. 2013)

Ballerina Maria Tallchief
Ballerina
Maria Tallchief

  • 1931 Ib Norholm, Danish composer & organist, born in Søborg, Gladsaxe (d. 2019)
  • 1933 Zeke Carey, American R&B singer (Go, Johnny, Go!, Rock Rock Rock!), born in Bluefield, West Virginia (d. 1999)
  • 1936 Daniel Goode, American composer, born in New York
  • 1936 Jack Scott, Canadian rocker (My True Love), born in Windsor, Canada
  • 1938 Julius Arthur Hemphill, American saxophonist, born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1939 Ray Stevens, American singer (Ahab the Arab, Streak), born in Clarkdale, Georgia
  • 1941 Aaron Neville, American singer & keyboardist (Neville Brothers), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1941 Michael Chapman, English musician (Looking for 11), born in Leeds, England

Person of interestNeil Diamond

1941 Neil Diamond, American singer-songwriter, born in Brooklyn, New York

Singer-songwriter Neil Diamond
Singer-songwriter
Neil Diamond
  • 1944 Klaus Nomi, German singer, born in Immenstadt, Germany (d. 1983)
  • 1947 Warren Zevon, American rock singer-songwriter & musician (Werewolves of London, Lawyers, Guns and Money, Excitable Boy), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2003)
  • 1948 Michael Des Barres, British actor & rock singer, born in Hove, United Kingdom
  • 1949 John Belushi, American comedian & actor (SNL, Blues Brothers), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1982)
  • 1956 Hanne Krogh, Norwegian singer (Bobbysocks), born in Oslo, Norway
  • 1956 Lounès Matoub, Berber Kabyle singer, born in Béni-Aïssi, Algeria (d. 1998)
  • 1957 Vladimir "Vlatko" Stefanovski, Macedonian guitarist, born in Prilep
  • 1958 Jools Holland, British musician & TV presenter, born in Blackheath, London
  • 1967 John Myung, American musician (Dream Theater), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1968 Michael Kiske, German musician, born in Hamburg, Germany
  • 1972 Naoshi Mizuta, Japanese composer, born in Kōchi
  • 1972 Beth Hart, American singer-songwriter (LA Song, Screamin' for My Supper), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1980 Yamandu Costa, Brazilian guitarist & composer (Os Fronteiriços), born in Passo Fundo
  • 1984 Witold Kiełtyka, Polish drummer (Decapitated), born in Krosno, Poland (d. 2007)