Birthdays in Music on January 5

  • 1560 William Cobbold, composer
  • 1596 Henry Lawes, English composer, born in Dinton, United Kingdom (d. 1662)
  • 1661 Jacob Balthasar Schutz, German composer, born in Nuremberg (d. 1700)
  • 1667 Antonio Lotti, Italian Baroque composer, born in Venice, Italy (b. 1740)
  • 1679 Pietro Filippo Scarlotti, Italian composer, born in Rome, Italy (d. 1750)
  • 1710 Friedrich Wilhelm Reidt, composer
  • 1778 Fortunato Santini, Italian priest & composer, born in Rome, Italy (d. 1861)
  • 1788 Kaspar Ett, German organist & composer, born in Eresing, Germany (d. 1847)
  • 1810 Auguste Mermet, French opera composer, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1889)
  • 1823 William Rockstro, English musicologist & composer, born in Cheam, Sutton (d. 1895)
  • 1835 Friedrich Richard Faltin, Finnish composer, born in Gdańsk, Poland (d. 1918)
  • 1871 Frederick Converse, American composer (The Pipe of Desire), born in Newton, Massachusetts (d. 1940)
  • 1880 Nikolai Medtner, Russian pianist and composer (Skazi), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1951)
  • 1881 Nikolay Andreyevich Roslavets, Russian composer, born in Surazh, Russia (d. 1944)
  • 1893 Friedrich Blume, German musicologist (Das Rassenproblem in der Musik), born in Schlüchtern, Germany (d. 1975)
  • 1895 Elizabeth Cotten, American musician, born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina (d. 1987)

  • 1897 Theo Mackeben, German pianist & composer (Lady Fanny, Bel Ami), born in Starogard Gdański, Poland (d. 1953)
  • 1902 Pierre Palla, Dutch pianist & organist, born in Venlo, Netherlands (d. 1968)
  • 1903 Leighton Lucas, English composer & conductor, born in London, United Kingdom (d. 1982)
  • 1904 Erica Morini, Austrian concert violinist, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1995)
  • 1915 Uta Graf, singer/teacher
  • 1917 Reginald Smith Brindle, British composer, born in Cuerden, Lancashire (d. 2003)
  • 1917 Wieland Wagner, German opera director, born in Bayreuth, Germany (d. 1966)
  • 1920 Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Italian pianist, born in Brescia, Italy (d. 1995)
  • 1923 Sam Phillips, American record producer and founder of Sun Records (launched Elvis Presley's career), born in Florence, Alabama (d. 2003)
  • 1929 Wilbert Harrison, American R&B singer (Kansas City), born in Charlotte, North Carolina (d. 1994)
  • 1930 Frederick Charles Tillis, American composer, born in Galveston, Texas
  • 1930 Richard Hayes, American actor & singer (Name That Tune), born in Passaic, New Jersey (d. 2014)
  • 1931 Alfred Brendel, Austrian pianist, born in Loučná nad Desnou, Czech Republic
  • 1931 Alvin Ailey, African-American choreographer (American Dance Theater), born in Rogers, Texas (d. 1989)
  • 1934 Phil Ramone [Rabinowitz], South-African born American music producer (co-founded A&R records), born in Cape Town
  • 1940 Athol Guy, Australian singer (The Seekers), born in Colac, Australia
  • 1941 Grady Thomas, American rock vocalist (Parliaments, Funkadelic, Maggot Brain), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1942 Maurizio Pollini, Italian classical pianist, born in Milan, Italy
  • 1949 George Brown, American rock drummer (Kool & the Gang-Celebration), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • 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), born in Mojave, California
  • 1954 Bryan Hitt, American rock drummer (REO Speedwagon-Keep on Loving You), born in Center, Texas
  • 1957 Vincent Calloway, American trumpet player (Midnight Star-No Parking), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1961 Iris DeMent, American country singer (Our Town), born in Paragould, Arizona
  • 1963 Rick Ambrose, Dutch singer (Jewel)
  • 1964 Ted Harris Poley, American rocker (Danger Danger-Screw It), born in Englewood, New Jersey
  • 1966 Kate Schellenbach, American musician (Luscious Jackson), born in New York City, New York
  • 1968 DJ Bobo [Peter Baumann], Swiss singer, born in Kölliken
  • 1968 Carrie Ann Inaba, American dancer & choreographer, born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1969 Marilyn Manson, American musician & artist, born in Canton, Ohio
  • 1972 Sakis Rouvas, Greek singer, born in Corfu Island, Greece
  • 1973 Phil Joel, Australian bassist (Newsboys), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1976 Matt Wachter, American bassist (30 Seconds to Mars), born in Pottsville, Pennsylvania
  • 1986 Teppei Koike, Japanese actor & singer, born in Osaka Prefecture, Japan
  • 1988 Pauline, French singer, born in Lens, France