On This Day

Musicians Born on January 28

  • 1627 Alfonso Marsh, English composer and lutenist, baptized in London (d. 1681)
  • 1645 Gottfried Vopelius, German hymn composer, born in Herwigsdorf, Saxony (d. 1715)
  • 1691 Johann Balthasar König, German Baroque composer, mainly of hymn music, born in Cannstatt, Duchy of Württemberg (d. 1758)
  • 1693 Gregor Joseph Werner, composer
  • 1722 Johann Ernst Bach, composer
  • 1756 Hans Adolf Friedrich von Eschstruth, composer
  • 1757 Antonio Bartolomeo Bruni, composer
  • 1780 Giovanni Battista Velluti, Italian castrato singer 'the last great castrato', born in Pausula, Italy (d. 1861)
  • 1791 (Louis Joseph) Ferdinand Hérold, French pianist, violinist, and composer of over twenty operas, born in Paris (d. 1833)
  • 1832 Franz Wullner, composer
  • 1841 Viktor Ernst Nessler, composer
  • 1868 Frederic Lamond, Scottish composer, pupil of Liszt, born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1948)
  • 1868 Julian Aguirre, Argentine composer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1924)
  • 1875 Julian Antonio Carillo-Trujillo, composer
  • 1878 Walter Kollo, German composer of operettas, Singspiele, and popular songs (Der Juxbaron), born in Neidenburg, Kingdom of Prussia. (d. 1940)
  • 1887 Artur Rubinstein, Polish-American concert pianist, born in Łódź, Russian Empire (now Poland), (d. 1982)

  • 1887 Lily (Theresa) Strickland, American composer of art songs, piano, and silent film music, and ethnomusicologist (The Music Courier), born in Anderson, South Carolina (d. 1958)
  • 1891 Karel Boleslav Jirak, Czech composer and pedagogue, born in Prague, Bohemia (d. 1972)
  • 1893 Elliot Griffis, American composer, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1967)
  • 1898 Vittorio Rieti, composer
  • 1899 Zilner T Randolph, jazz trumpeter/arranger
  • 1900 Michael Dewar Head, composer
  • 1907 Constantin Regamey, composer
  • 1908 Paul Misraki [Misrachi], French jazz pianist, songwriter, and film score composer (Jean Renoir), born in Constantinople, Ottoman Empire (d. 1998)
  • 1913 Jan Masseus, Dutch composer, born in Rotterdam (d. 1999)
  • 1916 Peter Crossley-Holland, British composer, ethnomusicologist, and educator (UCLA, 1969-83), born in London (d. 2001)
  • 1927 Ronnie Scott [Schatt], British jazz saxophonist and club-owner, born in Aldgate, East London (d. 1996)
  • 1927 Roy Caton, American trumpet player and session musician, born in Frackville, Pennsylvania (d. 2010)
  • 1929 (Bernard) "Acker" Bilk, British clarinetist who was part of the traditional jazz revival of the 1950s and 1960s, born in Pensford, Somerset, England (d. 2014)
  • 1930 Luis de Pablo, Spanish composer, and musicologist, born in Bilbao, Spain
  • 1935 Leonid Grabovsky, Ukranian contemporary classical composer (Meditation and Pathetic Recitative), born in Kiev, Ukraine
  • 1936 Robert Suderburg, American pianist, composer, and conductor, born in Spencer, Iowa (d. 2013)
  • 1941 King Tubby [Osbourne Ruddock], Jamaican sound engineer and record producer, born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 1989)
  • 1943 Dick Taylor, English rock guitarist (The Pretty Things - "S.F. Sorrow"), born in Dartford, England
  • 1943 Brian Keenan, American rock drummer (The Chamber Brothers), born in NYC, New York (d. 1985)
  • 1944 Arnold Mühren, Dutch pop bassist/singer (The Cats - "One Way Wind"), born in Volendam, Holland

  • 1944 John Tavener, British composer (The Whale), born in London, England (d. 2013)
  • 1944 Marty Fried, American rock drummer (The Cyrkle - "Red Rubber Ball"), born in Wayside, New Jersey
  • 1945 José Luis Perales, Spanish pop singer-songwriter ("Quisiera Decir tu Nombre" (I Would Like to Say Your Name)), born Castejón, Spain
  • 1945 Robert Wyatt, English progressive rock musician (Soft Machine), born in Bristol, England
  • 1946 Rick Allen, American rock bass player and keyboardist (The Box Tops - "Cry Like A Baby"), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1946 Gailene Stock, Australian ballerina, teacher, and dance school director, born in Ballarat, Victoria (d. 2014)
  • 1949 Gene McFadden, American singer, songwriter, and record producer (Philadelphia International Records; McFadden & Whitehead - "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now"), born in Olanta, South Carolina (d. 2006) [1]
  • 1949 Eddie Bayers, American session drummer, based in Nashville, born in Patuxent, Maryland
  • 1950 Bob Hay, American songwriter and musician (Squalls; Jolly Beggars), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan t
  • 1951 William "Billy Bass" Nelson Jr, American funk-rock-soul bassist (Funkadelic), born in Plainfield, New Jersey
  • 1952 George Green, American songwriter ("Hurts So Good", "Rain On The Scarecrow"), born in Seymour, Indiana (d. 2011)
  • 1954 Shawn Murray, American rock drummer (Mink Deville)
  • 1955 Dan Higgins, American session saxophone and woodwind player, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1956 [Pierre] "Peter" Schilling, German synthpop musician ("Major Tom (Coming Home)"), born in Stuttgart, Germany
  • 1959 Dave Sharp, British rock guitarist (The Alarm - "Rain In the Summertime"; "68 Guns"), born in Salford, Lancashire, England
  • 1959 Burkhard Dallwitz, German-Australian film and television score composer (The Truman Show) born in Bad Homburg vor der Höhe, Germany
  • 1959 Bill Ware III, American jazz vibraphonist (The Jazz Passengers), born in East Orange, New Jersey
  • 1962 (Leslie Ann) "Sam" Phillips, American singer-songwriter (Martinis & Bikinis; Gilmore Girls; The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), born in Glendale, California
  • 1963 Danny Spitz, heavy metal guitarist (Anthrax, 1983-95, 2005-08 - State of Euphoria), born in Rockland County, New York
  • 1968 Sarah McLachlan, Canadian folk singer-songwriter (Fumbling Towards Ecstasy), born in Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 1968 DJ Muggs [Lawrence Muggerud], American DJ, and record producer (Cypress Hill), born in Queens, New York City
  • 1968 Rakim [William Michael Griffin, Jr.], American rapper, born in Wyandanch, Long Island, New York
  • 1970 Donald Tardy, American death metal drummer (Obituary, Cause of Death)
  • 1972 Tunde Jegede, Nigerian-British cellist, kora player, and composer of contemporary classical, African and pop music, born in London, England
  • 1975 Lee Latchford-Evans, British pop singer (The Steps), born in Chester, England
  • 1976 Jarrod Montague, American rock drummer (Taproot), born in Linden, Michigan
  • 1976 Rick Ross [William Leonard Roberts II] American rapper and songwriter (Port Of Miami), born in Clarksdale, Mississippi
  • 1977 Matt DeVries, American heavy metal guitarist (Chimaira)
  • 1977 Joey Fatone, American pop singer (NSYNC - "Bye Bye Bye"), dancer, actor (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1980 Nick Carter, American pop singer (Backstreet Boys), born in Jamestown, New York
  • 1998 Ariel Winter, American actress (Modern Family) and singer, born in Los Angeles, California