On This Day

Musicians Born on January 4

  • 1604 Jacob Balde, German jesuit/barok conductor (Jephthe)
  • 1710 Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Italian composer (Il Prigioniero Superbo), born in Iesi, The Papel States (d. 1736)
  • 1717 Antonio Maria Mazzoni, composer
  • 1720 Johann Friedrich Agricola, German (court) composer and organist, born in Dobitschen, Thuringia (d. 1774)
  • 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 (Bohemian String Quartet, 1891-1933), composer (Asrael), and educator, born in Křečovice, Bohema (d. 1935)
  • 1893 Manuel Palau Boix, composer
  • 1894 Wesley La Violette, composer
  • 1898 Roger Vuataz, composer
  • 1904 Erik Chisholm, Scottish conductor, composer (Hindustani Piano Concerto), and educator (South African College of Music, 1949-65), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1965)
  • 1905 Sydney Lipton, British dance band leader, born in London (d. 1995)

  • 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, Italian composer and musicologist, born in Florence, Italy (d. 2014)

Person of interestGrace Bumbry

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

Opera Singer Grace Bumbry
Opera Singer
Grace Bumbry
  • 1939 Jon Appleton, composer
  • 1941 John Bennett Perry, singer/actor (Falcon Crest), born in Williamstown, Massachusetts
  • 1942 John McLaughlin, British jazz-rock fusion guitarist (Mahavishnu Orchestra), born in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England
  • 1944 Volker Hornback, German saxophone player and violinist (Tangerine Dream, 1967-69)
  • 1945 JayDee Maness, American pedal steel guitar player (Desert Rose Band - "Love Reunited"), born in Loma Linda, California
  • 1946 Arthur Conley, American soul singer ("Sweet Soul Music"), born in McIntosh County, Georgia (d. 2003)
  • 1946 Susannah McCorkle, American jazz singer, born in Berkeley, California (d. 2001)
  • 1947 Chris Cutler, English musician and composer (Henry Cow, Art Bears)
  • 1947 John King, American rock drummer (Steve Miller Band, 1972-74), born in Kingsport, Tennessee (d. 2010)
  • 1951 Pete Haycock, British blues-rock guitarist, vocalist, and composer (Climax Blues Band - "Couldn't Get It Right"), born in Stafford, England (d. 2013)
  • 1954 Eugene Chadbourne, American composer and musician
  • 1955 Kathy Forester, American country singer (Forester Sisters - "Mama's Never Seen Those Eyes"), born in Lookout Mountain, Georgia
  • 1955 Mark Hollis, British synth-pop musician (Talk Talk), born in London, England (d. 2019)
  • 1956 Bernard Sumner [Albrecht], English rock guitarist, vocalist (Joy Division and New Order), born in Salford, England
  • 1956 Nels Cline, American guitarist and composer

  • 1957 Patty Loveless [Ramey], singer (Blue Side of Town), born in Pikeville, Kentucky
  • 1959 Vanity [Denise Matthews] Canadian-American pop and R&B singer, Prince protégé , and actress (52 Pick Up), born in Niagara Falls, Ontario (d. 2016)
  • 1960 Michael Stipe, American rock vocalist and songwriter (R.E.M. - "Losing My Religion"; "Stand"; "Everybody Hurts"), born in Decatur, Georgia
  • 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 [Petrus Ratajczyk], American heavy metal singer-songwriter, and bassist (Type O Negative), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2010)
  • 1963 Till Lindemann, German heavy metal singer (Rammstein), born in Leipzig, East Germany
  • 1965 Craig Revel Horwood, Australian-English dancer and judge (Strictly Come Dancing), born in Ballarat, Australia
  • 1965 David Glasper, Welsh rock singer (Breathe - "Hands To Heaven"), born in Cardigan, Wales
  • 1965 Beth Gibbons, English singer (Portishead), born in Exeter, United Kingdom
  • 1965 Cait O'Riordan, British musician (The Pogues), born in Lagos, Nigeria
  • 1966 Deana Carter, American country singer, born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1974 Ian Moor, English singer, born in North Ferriby, United Kingdom
  • 1977 Tim Wheeler, Irish pop-rock singer-songwriter (Ash - "Shining Light"), born in Downpatrick, Northern Ireland
  • 1978 Mai Meneses, Spanish pop singer-songwriter (Nena Daconte), born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1978 Patrick Farrell, American jazz and klezmer accordionist, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1979 Jeph Howard, American rock bass player (The Used), born in Orem, Utah
  • 1989 Waxahatchee [Katie Crutchfield], American folk-rock singer-songwriter born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1995 María Isabel, Spanish pop singer ("Antes muerta que sencilla" - "I'd rather be dead than understated"), born in Ayamonte, Huelva, Spain.