On This Day

Birthdays in Music on January 25

  • 1750 Johann Gottfried Vierling, German organist & composer, born in Metzels, Germany (d. 1813)
  • 1834 Pablo Hernández Salces, Spanish composer (d. 1910)
  • 1844 Frederick E. Kitziger, German composer, born in Altenburg, Germany (d. 1903)
  • 1851 Jan Blockx, Belgian opera composer (Sea Bride, Princess of Herberg), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1912)
  • 1858 Giuseppi Radiciotti, Italian musicologist & composer, born in Iesi, Italy (d. 1931)
  • 1880 Francis George Scott, Scottish composer, born in Hawick, Roxburghshire (d. 1958)
  • 1884 Edward Kilenyi, Sr. [Ede Kilényi], Hungarian composer & teacher (Clipped Wings, Outside the Law), born in Békésszentandrás, Hungary (d. 1968)
  • 1886 Wilhelm Furtwängler, German conductor, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1954)
  • 1889 Vladimir Scherbachov, Russian composer & professor (Blokovskaya, Thunderstorm), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1952)
  • 1899 Sleepy John Estes, American blues musician, born in Ripley, Tennessee (d. 1977)
  • 1905 Julia Smith, American composer, pianist, and author on musicology (Aaron Copland), born in Denton, Texas (d. 1989)
  • 1910 Hendrik Willem Hans Osieck, Dutch composer
  • 1915 Ewan MacColl, Scottish folk singer-songwriter (The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face), born in Broughton, United Kingdom (d. 1989)
  • 1921 Alfred Reed, American composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1923 Rusty Draper, American country & pop singer, born in Kirksville, Missouri (d. 2003)
  • 1925 Giorgos Zampetas, Greek musician & songwriter, born in Athens, Greece (d. 1992)

  • 1927 Antônio Carlos Jobim [Tom Jobim], Brazilian singer-songwriter & composer (Getz/Gilberto), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (d. 1994)
  • 1931 Harold Lloyd Jr., American actor, singer and son of famous silent film actor Harold Lloyd sr (Frankenstein's Daughter), born in Beverly Hills, California (d. 1971)
  • 1931 "Stikkan" Stig Anderson, Swedish actor, music entrepreneur and co-founder of Polar Music (ABBA), born in Hova, Sweden (d. 1997)
  • 1938 Etta James [Jamesetta Hawkins], American singer (Roll with Me, At Last), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2012)
  • 1950 Michael Cotten, American rock synthesizer (Tubes) and art designer, born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1952 Sara Mandiano, French singer & songwriter, born in France
  • 1953 Malcolm Green, English-born drummer (Split Enz-I Got You), born in United Kingdom
  • 1956 Andy Cox, British guitarist (Fine Young Cannibals-She Drives Me Crazy), born in Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • 1957 Edmund Theodore Sylvers, American singer-songwriter & musician (Sylvers), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1958 Gary Brian Tibbs, English rock bassist (Adam & The Ants, Roxy Music), born in London, England
  • 1963 Carl Fysh, British rocker (Brother Beyond-Can You Keep a Secret)
  • 1968 Heinrich "Haini" Wolfgramm, Polynesian-American actor & musician (The Jets), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1969 Jesse Harte, American heavy metal vocalist (Southgang-Tainted Angel)
  • 1969 Kina Cosper, American singer, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1971 Ana Ortiz, American actress & singer, born in Manhattan, New York
  • 1974 Jonathan Bryan Colling, American rock musician (4 Fun-Unbelievable Fun Boys), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1981 Tose Proeski, Macedonian Singer, born in Prilep, Macedonia (d. 2007)

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1981 Alicia Keys [Cook], American singer-songwriter (Fallin, Where Do We Go From Here), born in NYC, New York

Singer-Songwriter Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys
  • 1982 Sho Sakurai, Japanese singer & actor, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1983 Andrée Watters, Canadian singer, born in Quebec City, Canada
  • 1985 Tina Karol, Ukrainian singer, born in Orotukan, Russia
  • 1989 Sheryfa Luna, French R&B singer, born in Évreux, France