Musicians Born on January 25

  • 1750 Johann Gottfried Vierling, German organist & composer, born in Metzels, Germany (d. 1813)

Robert BurnsRobert Burns (1759-1796)

Scottish poet (Auld Lang Syne) considered the national poet of Scotland, born in Alloway, Scotland

  • 1834 Pablo Hernández Salces, Spanish composer, born in Zaragoza, Spain (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 Giuseppe Radiciotti, Italian musicologist and 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 (Berlin Philharmonic, 1922-45, 1952-54), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1954)
  • 1889 Vladimir Scherbachov, Russian composer & professor (Blokovskaya, Thunderstorm), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1952)
  • 1896 Florence Mills [Winfrey], American cabaret singer, dancer and comedian, known as 'the Queen of Happiness', born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1927)
  • 1899 "Sleepy" John Estes, American blues musician, born in Ripley, Tennessee (d. 1977)
  • 1905 Julia Smith, American composer (Prairie Kaleidoscope; Cynthia Parker), pianist (Orchestrette Classique), teacher, and musicologist (Aaron Copland: His Work and Contribution to American Music), born in Denton, Texas (d. 1989)
  • 1910 Hendrik Willem Hans Osieck, Dutch pianist and composer, born in Amsterdam (d. 2000)
  • 1913 Witold Lutosławski, Polish pianist, composer, and conductor (Musique funèbre; Trois poèmes d'Henri Michaux), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1994)
  • 1915 Ewan MacColl, Scottish folk singer-songwriter (The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face), born in Broughton, United Kingdom (d. 1989)
  • 1917 Floyd "Guitar" Smith, American jazz and blues guitarist and record producer, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1982)
  • 1921 Alfred Reed, American composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1923 (Farrell) "Rusty" Draper, American country and pop singer ("The Shifting, Whispering Sands"; "Are You Satisfied?"), born in Kirksville, Missouri (d. 2003)
  • 1925 Giorgos Zampetas, Greek musician & songwriter, born in Athens, Greece (d. 1992)
  • 1926 James Erb, American composer, arranger, and musicologist (Shenendoah), born in La Junta, Colorado (d. 2014)
  • 1927 Antônio Carlos Jobim [Tom Jobim], Brazilian singer-songwriter & composer (Getz/Gilberto), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (d. 1994)
  • 1929 Benny Golson, American jazz tenor saxophonist, arranger, and composer ("I Remember Clifford"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 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 Stig "Stikkan" Anderson, Swedish music entrepreneur and co-founder of Polar Music (ABBA), born in Hova, Sweden (d. 1997)
  • 1932 Constance Weldon, American symphonic tuba player (Boston Pops; Concertgebouw) and educator, born in Winter Haven, Florida (d. 2020)
  • 1932 Moses "Whispering" Smith, American blues harmonica player and singer ("A Thousand Miles From Nowhere"; "Hound Dog Twist"), born in Union Church, Mississippi (d. 1984)
  • 1938 Etta James [Jamesetta Hawkins], American singer ("Roll With Me"; "At Last"), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2012)
  • 1952 Peter Garland, American composer, and musicologist, born in Portland, Maine
  • 1952 Sara Mandiano [Françoise Castellani], French singer & songwriter, born in France
  • 1953 Malcolm Green, English-born drummer (Split Enz, 1976-81 - "I Got You"), born in United Kingdom
  • 1954 Jan Sandström, Swedish classical music composer (Motorbike Concerto: Snowflakes), born in Vilhelmina, Sweden
  • 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, British rock bassist (Adam & The Ants; Roxy Music), born in London, England
  • 1963 Carl Fysh, British pop-rocker (Brother Beyond - "Can You Keep a Secret?")
  • 1963 Marcello Giordani, Italian tenor (Metropolitan Opera, 1993-2008), born in Augusta, Sicily (d. 2019)
  • 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 rock and R&B singer (Brownstown), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1971 Ana Ortiz, American actress (Ugly Betty - "Hilda"), and singer, born in Manhattan, New York
  • 1974 Jonathan Bryan Colling, American pop singer (4 Fun - Unbelievable Fun Boys), born in Boston, Massachusetts

Alicia KeysAlicia Keys (41 years old)

1981 American pop and R&B singer-songwriter, and pianist ("Girl On Fire"; 'No One"), born in NYC, New York

  • 1981 Toše Proeski, Macedonian pop-rock singer, born in Prilep, Macedonia (d. 2007)
  • 1982 Sho Sakurai, Japanese J-pop and hip-hop singer-songwriter, and actor, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1983 Andrée Watters, Canadian pop-country-rock singer, born in Quebec City, Quebec
  • 1985 Tina Karol [Tetyana Hryhorivna Liberman], Ukrainian pop singer, born in Orotukan, Russia
  • 1989 Sheryfa Luna, French R&B singer, born in Évreux, France
  • 1991 Ariana DeBose, American actress and singer (West Side Story), born in North Carolina