On This Day

Birthdays in Music on January 31

  • 1517 Gioseffo Zarlino, composer
  • 1573 Ambrosius Metzger, composer
  • 1614 Nicolas Saboly, French composer and poet, born in Monteux (d. 1675)
  • 1734 Julien-Amable Mathieu, composer
  • 1759 Francois Devienne, French composer, born in Joinville, France (d. 1803)
  • 1784 Carl Wilhelm Henning, composer

Person of interestFranz Schubert

1797 Franz Peter Schubert, Austrian composer (Unfinished Symphony), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1828)

Composer Franz Schubert
Franz Schubert
  • 1798 Karl Gottlieb Reissiger, composer
  • 1836 Henryk Szulc, composer
  • 1891 Max Drischner, composer
  • 1894 Isham Jones, American musician, bandleader and songwriter (Star Dust, I'll See You in My Dreams), born in Coalton, Ohio (d. 1956)
  • 1901 Blaž Arnič, Slovenian composer, born near Mount Raduha, Austria-Hungary (d. 1970)
  • 1906 Benjamin Frankel, British composer, born in London, England (d. 1973)
  • 1908 Atahualpa Yupanqui, Argentine folk musician, born in Pergamino, Argentine (d. 1992)
  • 1913 Hector Iglesias Villoud, composer
  • 1915 Bobby Hackett, American jazz cornetist and orchestra leader (Air time '57), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 1976)

  • 1915 Alan Lomax, American musicologist (d. 2002)
  • 1917 José Maceda, Filipino composer, born in Manila, Philippines (d. 2004)
  • 1921 Carol Channing, American actress (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Hello Dolly), singer and comedian, born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2019)
  • 1921 Mario Lanza [Alfredo Arnold Cocozza], Italian-American actor and singer (Great Caruso, Toast of New Orleans), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1959)
  • 1928 Chuck Willis, American rock vocalist (C C Rider), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1958)
  • 1932 Rick Hall, country/R&B singer
  • 1934 Ron Weatherburn, jazz pianist
  • 1935 Bojidar Dimov, composer
  • 1936 Marvin Junior, singer (Dells-Oh What a Night)
  • 1937 Philip Glass, American minimalist composer (Einstein on the Beach), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1938 Daevid Allen [Christopher David], Australian musician and performance artist (Soft Machine, Gong), born in Melbourne (d. 2015)
  • 1939 Claude Gauthier, Canadian singer and songwriter
  • 1942 Gerald Chanberlain, rocker
  • 1944 Charley Musselwhite, blues musician (Stand Back, Louisiana Fog)
  • 1945 Noah Creshevsky, composer
  • 1946 Terry Kath, American musician & songwriter (Chicago), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1976)
  • 1947 Jim Nollman, American theatre composer, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1951 Harry Wayne Casey [K.C.], American musician (KC & Sunshine Band-Give It), born in Opa-locka, Florida
  • 1951 Phil Manzanera, English musician & record producer (Roxy Music-Let's Stick Together), born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1951 Dave Benton, Aruban-born musician, born in Oranjestad, Aruba

  • 1954 Adrian Vandenberg, Dutch rock guitarist (Whitesnake), born in the Hague, Netherlands

Person of interestJohn Lydon

1956 Johnny Rotten [John Lydon], English singer-songwriter & musician (Sex Pistols-God Save the Queen), born in Holloway, United Kingdom

Musician John Lydon
John Lydon
  • 1958 Tom Schuman, American pianist (Spyro Gyra-Morning Dance), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1961 Lloyd Cole, English rocker (Lloyd Cole and the Commotions), born in Buxton, Derbyshire
  • 1962 Sophie Muller, English music video director, born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1964 Remi Bouchard, Canadian composer (1989 India Open), born in Manitoba, Canada
  • 1964 Jeff Hanneman, American musician (Slayer), born in Oakland, California (d. 2013)
  • 1966 Al Jaworsky [Alan Doughty], English musician & bassist (Jesus Jones), born in Plymouth, United Kingdom
  • 1967 Fat Mike [Michael Burkett], American musician (NOFX), born in Newton, Massachusetts
  • 1970 Minnie Driver, British actress & singer-songwriter (Good Will Hunting, The Riches), born in London, England
  • 1977 Shingo Katori, Japanese actor & singer (SMAP), born in Yokohama, Japan
  • 1980 Ryan Kienle, American musician, born in Poughkeepsie, New York

Person of interestJustin Timberlake

1981 Justin Timberlake, American singer-songwriter & actor (Sexyback, My Love), born in Memphis, Tennessee

Singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake
  • 1982 Elena Paparizou, Swedish-born Greek singer, born in Borås, Sweden
  • 1987 Tyler Hubbard, American country musician (Florida Georgia Line), born in Monroe, Georgia
  • 1987 Marcus Mumford, British singer-songwriter (Mumford and Sons), born in Orange County, California