On This Day

Musicians Born on January 3

  • 1757 Johann Abraham Sixt, composer
  • 1777 Louis Poinsot, French instrument worker
  • 1786 [Johann Christian] Friedrich Schneider, German composer and conductor (d. 1853)
  • 1802 Feliks Ostrowski, Polish pianist and composer, born in Kraśnik, Russian Empire (d. 1860)
  • 1806 Henriette Sontag, German soprano (d. 1854)
  • 1823 Jaak-Nikolaas Lemmens, Flemish composer
  • 1828 Karl Collan, Finnish composer
  • 1830 Alexander Ewing, composer
  • 1853 Iwan Knorr, German composer, born in Mewe (d. 1916)
  • 1865 Henry Lytton, British actor and opera singer (The Mikado), born in London, England (d. 1936)
  • 1869 Paul Charles Rene Landormy, composer
  • 1870 Henry Eichheim, American composer (Bali -Symphonic Variations), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1942)
  • 1884 Raoul Armand Georg Koczalski, Polish pianist and composer, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1948)
  • 1893 Godfried Devreese, Belgian violinist, composer (Gothic Symphony), and conductor, born in Kortrijk, Belgium (d. 1972)
  • 1895 Boris Mykolayovich Lyatoshyns'ky, Ukrainian composer and the father of modern Ukrainian music, born in Zhytomyr, Russian Empire (d. 1968)
  • 1895 Mihail Andricu, composer

  • 1900 Maurice Jaubert, French composer, born in Nice (d. 1940)
  • 1902 Preston Jackson [James Preston McDonald], American jazz trombonist (Preservation Hall Jazz Band), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1983)
  • 1904 Boris Kochno, Russian ballet dancer (La Chatte)

Person of interestVictor Borge

1909 Victor Borge [Borge Rosenbaum], Danish-American comedian and pianist, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 2000)

Comedian and Pianist Victor Borge
Comedian and Pianist
Victor Borge
  • 1914 Jean Louvel, Flemish pianist/conductor/composer
  • 1916 Antonio Estévez, Venezuelan composer and conductor (Cantata Criolla), born in Calabozo, Guárico, Venezuela (d. 1988)
  • 1916 Maxene Andrews, American singer (Andrew Sisters - "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy"), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1995)
  • 1916 Bernard Greenhouse, American cellist (Beaux Arts Trio), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2011)
  • 1919 Herbie Nichols, American jazz pianist and composer ("Lady Sings the Blues"), born in Manhattan, New York City (d. 1963)
  • 1920 Renato Carosone, Italian canzone napoletana singer, pianist, songwriter ("Tu vuò fà l'americano" - "You Want to Be American"), and accordionist, born in Naples, Kingdom of Italy (d. 2001)
  • 1921 Musa Kaleem [Orlando Wright], American jazz saxophonist, born in Wheeling, West Virginia (d. 1988)
  • 1922 Jacques Wildberger, Swiss composer (In My End is My Beginning), born in Born, Switzerland (d. 2006)
  • 1923 Dragutin Gostuški, Serbian composer, and musicologist (d. 1988)
  • 1924 Nell Rankin, American operatic mezzo-soprano (Carmen; Metropolitan Opera, 1951-76), born in Montgomery, Alabama (d. 2005)
  • 1926 Danny Overbea, American rock singer and guitarist (40 Cups of Coffee), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1994)

Person of interestGeorge Martin

1926 George Martin, British record producer (The Beatles; Jeff Beck; America), born in London, England (d. 2016)

Music Producer George Martin
Music Producer
George Martin
  • 1929 Ernst Mahle, Brazilian composer
  • 1934 Bryan George Kelly, composer
  • 1936 Jos Kunst, Dutch composer, born in Roermond, Netherlands (d. 1996)
  • 1943 Van Dyke Parks, American songwriter/producer/arranger (Song Cycle; Orange Crate Art), born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi

  • 1943 Petras Bingelis, Lithuania conductor, founder and artistic director (Kaunas State Choir, 1969-2020), born in Mardasava, Lithuania (d. 2020)
  • 1943 HK Gruber, Austrian double bassist, conductor, and composer (Frankenstein!!), born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1944 David Atherton, English conductor
  • 1945 Stephen Stills, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Buffalo Springfield - "For What It's Worth"; Crosby, Stills & Nash - "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes"), born in Dallas, Texas

Person of interestJohn Paul Jones

1946 John Paul Jones [John Baldwin], English rock bassist and songwriter (Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven), born in London

Musician John Paul Jones
John Paul Jones
  • 1948 Larry McNeeley, banjo player (Glen Campbell Hour), born in Lafayette, Indiana
  • 1950 Beth Anderson, American composer, born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • 1950 Olivier Greif, French classical composer (Lettres de Westerbork), born in Paris (d. 2000)
  • 1954 Ross The Boss [Ross Friedman], American guitarist (The Dictators), born in the Bronx, New York
  • 1959 Rusty Golden, American pop, country, and gospel singer-songwriter and musician (The Boys Band; The Goldens), born in Brewton, Alabama
  • 1961 Erwin Blom, Dutch singer/guitarist (Eton Crop)
  • 1962 Guy Pratt, English musician, born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1966 Martin Galway, Northern Ireland composer
  • 1969 Nikki Nelson, Topaz Lake Nev, country singer (Highway 101-Cry Cry Cry)
  • 1972 Nichole Nordeman, American singer
  • 1978 Kimberley Locke, American singer
  • 1980 Rob Arnold, American guitarist (Chimaira)
  • 1986 Lloyd Polite, American R&B singer