Birthdays in Music on January 4

  • 1604 Jacob Balde, German jesuit/barok conductor (Jephthe)
  • 1710 Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Italian composer (Il Prigioniero Superbo)
  • 1717 Antonio Maria Mazzoni, composer
  • 1720 Johann Friedrich Agricola, German (court)composer/organist
  • 1759 Maria Rosa Coccia, composer
  • 1773 Johann Peter Heuschkel, composer
  • 1805 Stephan Hale Alonzo Marsh, composer
  • 1807 Baltasar Saldoni, composer
  • 1844 Thomas H Rollinson, composer
  • 1870 Percy Pitt, English composer (BBC), born in London (d. 1932)
  • 1874 Josef Suk, Czech violinist/composer (Asrael)
  • 1877 Gibson Gowland, British actor (Greed, Blind Husbands, The Phantom of the Opera), born in Spennymoor, Durham, England (d. 1877)
  • 1893 Manuel Palau Boix, composer
  • 1894 Wesley La Violette, composer
  • 1898 Roger Vuataz, composer
  • 1916 Lionel Newman, American film music composer (Peyton Place), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1989)
  • 1916 Slim Gaillard [Bulee], Edinburgh, Scotland, American Jazz singer/songwriter (d. 1991)
  • 1922 Frank Wess, flutist/saxophonist/composer, (d. 2013)
  • 1923 Flavio Testi, composer

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1937 Grace Bumbry, mezzo-soprano (Venus in Tannhäuser), born in St. Louis, Missouri

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  • 1939 Jon Appleton, composer
  • 1941 John Bennett Perry, singer/actor (Falcon Crest), born in Williamstown, Massachusetts
  • 1942 John McLaughlin, rock guitarist (Sentimental Journey/Clouds of Joy)
  • 1944 Volker Hornback, rocker (Tangerine Dream)
  • 1945 Jay Dee Maness, Loma Linda Ca, singer (Desert Rose Band-Love Reunited)
  • 1946 Arthur Conley, McIntosh County, Georgia, US soul singer (Sweet Soul Music), (d. 2003)
  • 1946 Susannah McCorkle, American jazz singer (d. 2001)
  • 1947 Chris Cutler, English musician and composer (Henry Cow, Art Bears)
  • 1951 Peter Haycock, rock guitarist (All Along the Watchtower), (d. 2013)
  • 1954 Eugene Chadbourne, American composer and musician
  • 1955 Kathy Forester, Lookout Mt Ga, country singer (Forester Sister-Men)
  • 1955 Mark Hollis, English pop musician (Talk Talk, Dum Dum Girl)
  • 1956 Barney Sumner, English rock guitarist, vocalist (New Order-Blue Monday), born in Salford
  • 1956 Bernard Albrecht, English pop guitarist (Joy Division)
  • 1956 Nels Cline, American guitarist and composer
  • 1957 Patty Loveless, [Ramey], singer (Blue Side of Town), born in Pikeville, Kentucky
  • 1959 Denise Matthews "Vanity", singer (Prince protege) and actress (52 Pick Up), born in Niagara Falls, Ontario (d. 2016)
  • 1960 Michael Stipe, US rock vocalist (REM-Losing My Religion, Stand)
  • 1962 Martin McAloon, rocker (Prefab Sprout-2 Wheels Good)
  • 1962 Patrick Cassidy, American actor and composer (Fever Pitch, Off the Wall), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1962 Peter Steele, American musician (Type O Negative)
  • 1963 Till Lindemann, German singer (Rammstein)
  • 1965 David Glasper, rocker (Breathe-All I Need)
  • 1965 Beth Gibbons, English singer (Portishead)
  • 1965 Cait O'Riordan, British musician (The Pogues)
  • 1966 Deana Carter, American country singer, born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1974 Ian Moor, English singer
  • 1977 Tim Wheeler, Irish singer (Ash)
  • 1978 Mai Meneses, Spanish singer
  • 1979 Jeph Howard, American musician (The Used)
  • 1995 María Isabel, Spanish singer