Birthdays in Music on January 5

  • 1560 William Cobbold, composer
  • 1596 Henry Lawes, English composer
  • 1661 Jacob Balthasar Schutz, composer
  • 1667 Antonio Lotti, Italian composer (b. 1740)
  • 1679 Pietro Filippo Scarlotti, composer
  • 1710 Friedrich Wilhelm Reidt, composer
  • 1778 Fortunato Santini, composer
  • 1788 Kaspar Ett, German organist/composer
  • 1810 Auguste Mermet, composer
  • 1823 William Rockstro, composer
  • 1835 Friedrich Richard Faltin, composer
  • 1871 Frederick Shepherd Converse, composer, born in Newton, Massachusetts
  • 1880 Nikolai Medtner, Russian pianist and composer (Skazi), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1951)
  • 1881 Nikolay Andreyevich Roslavets, composer
  • 1893 Friedrich Blume, German musicologist (Das Rassenproblem in der Musik)
  • 1895 Elizabeth Cotten, American musician (d. 1987)
  • 1897 Theo Mackeben, German pianist/composer (Lady Fanny, Bel Ami)
  • 1902 Pierre Palla, Dutch pianist/organist
  • 1903 Leighton Lucas, composer
  • 1904 Erica Morini, concert violinist (d. 1995), born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1915 Uta Graf, singer/teacher
  • 1917 Reginald Smith Brindle, composer
  • 1917 Wieland Wagner, German opera director
  • 1920 Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Brescia Italy, pianist
  • 1923 Sam [Samuel] Phillips, Florence Alabama, record producer and founder of Sun Records (launched Elvis Presley's career)
  • 1923 Sam Phillips, American record producer and founder of Sun Records and Sun Studios, born in Florence, Alabama (d. 2003)
  • 1929 Wilbert Harrison, American R&B singer (Kansas City)
  • 1930 Frederick Charles Tillis, composer
  • 1930 Richard Hayes, singer/emcee (Name That Tune), born in Passaic, New Jersey
  • 1931 Alfred Brendel, Wiesenberg Moravia, Austrian pianist
  • 1931 Alvin Ailey, choreographer (American Dance Theater)
  • 1940 Athol Guy, Australian singer, member of The Seekers
  • 1941 Grady Thomas, US rock vocalist (Parliaments, Funkadelic, Maggot Brain)
  • 1942 Maurizio Pollini, pianist, born in Milan, Italy
  • 1949 George Brown, rock drummer (Kool & the Gang-Celebration)
  • 1950 Chris Stein, American rock guitarist and co-founder of Blondie (Heart of Glass, Call Me), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1953 Steve Archer, American singer (The Archers)
  • 1954 Bryan Hitt, rocker (REO Speedwagon-Keep on Loving You)
  • 1957 Vincent Calloway, Kentucky, trumpet player (Midnight Star-No Parking)
  • 1963 Rick Ambrose, singer (Jewel)
  • 1964 Ted Harris Poley, rocker (Danger Danger-Screw It), born in Englewood, New Jersey
  • 1966 Kate Schellenbach, musician (Luscious Jackson)
  • 1968 DJ Bobo [Peter Baumann], Swiss singer, born in K├Âlliken
  • 1968 Carrie Ann Inaba, American dancer and choreographer
  • 1969 Marilyn Manson, singer/musician
  • 1972 Sakis Rouvas, Greek singer
  • 1973 Phil Joel, Australian bassist (Newsboys)
  • 1974 John Drew Nichols, Oklahoma, rocker (PC Quest-Can You See)
  • 1976 Matt Wachter, American bassist (30 Seconds to Mars)
  • 1986 Teppei Koike, Japanese actor and singer
  • 1988 Pauline, French singer