On This Day

Birthdays in Music on January 26

  • 1613 Johann Jakob Wolleb, composer
  • 1708 William Hayes, English composer and organist, born in Gloucester (d. 1777) baptismal date
  • 1742 Johann Friedrich Ludwig Sievers, German composer, born in Hanover (d. 1806)
  • 1748 Emmanuel Aloys Forster, composer
  • 1852 Frederick Corder, composer
  • 1855 Arthur Hervey, composer
  • 1900 Karl Ristenpart, German conductor (d. 1967)
  • 1901 Ervin Major, Hungarian composer, born in Budapest (d. 1967)
  • 1905 Maria Augusta von Trapp, Austrian singer who inspired the "Sound of Music", born in Vienna, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1987)
  • 1907 Eddie Ballantine, orchestra leader (Don McNeill TV Club), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1908 Stéphane Grappelli, French jazz violinist who founded the Quintette du Hot Club de France, born in Paris, France (d. 1997)
  • 1910 Marijan Lipovsek, composer
  • 1911 Norbert Schultze, composer
  • 1913 Jimmy Van Heusen [Edward Chester Babcock], American composer and songwriter (All the Way, Love & Marriage), born in Syracuse, New York (d. 1990)
  • 1916 Lothar Jensch, composer
  • 1921 Frantisek Chaun, composer

  • 1921 Johannes Driessler, composer
  • 1923 Anne Jeffreys [Annie Carmichael], American singer and actress (Dick Tracy, Topper, General Hospital), born in Goldsboro, North Carolina (d. 2017)
  • 1924 Warren Frank Benson, American composer, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2005)
  • 1924 Alice Babs, Swedish singer and actress, born in Västervik, Sweden (d. 2014)
  • 1926 Ronnie Hilton, British radio presenter and singer (Moonraker), born in Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England (d. 2001)
  • 1930 Wim Statius Muller, Curaçaoa conductor, pianist and composer, born in Curaçao
  • 1932 Coxsone Dodd, Jamaican record producer
  • 1934 Huey "Piano" Smith, American rhythm and blues pianist (Rockin' Pneumonia & Boogie Woogie Flu, Having a Good Time), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1935 Peter Ronnefeld, German composer and conductor (Die Nachtausgabe), born in Dresden, Germany (d. 1965)
  • 1935 Zbigniew Penherski, composer
  • 1939 Marshall Lieb, rocker (Teddy Bears)
  • 1943 Jean Knight [Jean Caliste], American soul, funk and R&B singer (Mr Big Stuff), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1943 Peter Kenton Winkler, American composer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1945 Jacqueline du Pré, English cellist, born in Oxford, United Kingdom (d. 1987)
  • 1947 Michel Sardou, French singer, born in Paris, France
  • 1948 Laurence "Corky" Laing, Canadian rock drummer and songwriter (Mountain, Cork), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1949 Derek Holt, British musician (Climax Blues Band), born in Stafford, United Kingdom
  • 1951 Andy Hummell, American rock bassist (Big Star), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1951 David Briggs, American rock guitarist (Little River Band-Help is on it's Way), born in Douglas, Wyoming (d. 1995)
  • 1953 Bert Heerink, Dutch rock vocalist, born in Utrecht, Netherlands

  • 1953 Lucinda Williams, American singer-songwriter (Passionate Kisses, Car Wheels on a Gravel Road), born in Lake Charles, Louisiana
  • 1955 Lucia Mendez, Mexican actress & singer (Lucia es Luna Moreno), born in León, Guanajuato, Mexico

Person of interestEddie Van Halen

1955 Eddie Van Halen, Dutch-American rock guitarist (Van Halen-Jump, 1984), born in Nijmegen, Netherlands

Hall of Fame rocker Eddie Van Halen
Hall of Fame rocker
Eddie Van Halen
  • 1956 Lisa Boray [Schulte Nordholt], Dutch singer (Lovers Until the End), born in Breda, Netherlands
  • 1958 Anita Baker, American singer (Giving You the Best That I Got), born in Toledo, Ohio
  • 1958 B. James Lowry, rocker (Boys Band)
  • 1958 Norman Lamont Hassan, British reggae musician (UB40-Red Red Wine), born in Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • 1960 Charlie Gillingham, American musician (Counting Crows), born in Torrance, California
  • 1962 Tom Keifer, American rock guitarist & vocalist (Cinderella-Heartbreak Station), born in Springfield, Pennsylvania
  • 1963 Andrew Ridgeley, English rock guitarist (Wham-Wake Me Up), born in Windlesham, United Kingdom
  • 1963 Jazzie B [Beresford Romeo], English rapper (Soul II Soul-Feel Free), born in Hornsey, London, England
  • 1967 Pradip Somasundaran, Indian playback singer, born in Thrissur, India
  • 1970 Kirk Franklin, American singer, born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1974 Rokia Traoré, Malian singer-songwriter (Tchamantché), born in Kolokani, Mali
  • 1976 Willie Adler, American guitar player
  • 1981 Gustavo Dudamel, Venezuelan Spanish conductor (Los Angeles Philharmonic), born in Barquisimeto, Venezuela
  • 1986 Matt Heafy, American-Japanese musician (Trivium), born in Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan
  • 1988 Mia Rose, British-Portuguese singer, born in Wimbledon, London