On This Day

Musicians Born on January 25

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

Person of interestRobert Burns

1759 Robert Burns, Scottish poet (Auld Lang Syne) considered the national poet of Scotland, born in Alloway, Scotland (d. 1796)

Poet and Lyricist Robert Burns
Poet and Lyricist
Robert Burns
  • 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 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 (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)
  • 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 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 Rusty Draper, American country & pop singer, 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 Sara Mandiano [Françoise Castellani], French singer & songwriter, born in France
  • 1952 Peter Garland, American composer, and musicologist, born in Portland, Maine
  • 1953 Malcolm Green, English-born drummer (Split Enz, 1976-81 - "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, 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
  • 1981 Toše Proeski, Macedonian pop-rock singer, born in Prilep, Macedonia (d. 2007)

Person of interestAlicia Keys

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

Singer-Songwriter Alicia Keys
Singer-Songwriter
Alicia Keys
  • 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