Musicians Born 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 (d. 1740)
  • 1679 Pietro Filippo Scarlotti, Italian composer, born in Rome, Italy (d. 1750)
  • 1688 Johann Georg Pisendel, German violinist and composer, born in Cadolzburg, Bavaria (d. 1755)
  • 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)
  • 1861 Heinrich Gottlieb Noren, Austrian violinist and composer (Kaleidoscope), born in Graz (d. 1928)
  • 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 folk and blues guitarist and songwriter ("Freight Train"), born in Carrboro, 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)
  • 1910 Hugh Brannum, American actor and singer (Captain Kangaroo - "Mr. Green Jeans"; The Fred Waring Show - "Lumpy"), born in Sandwich, Illinois (d. 1987)
  • 1915 Uta Graf, German-American soprano and teacher, born in Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg, Germany; (d. 1995)
  • 1917 Reginald Smith Brindle, British composer, born in Cuerden, Lancashire (d. 2003)
  • 1917 Wieland Wagner, German opera director, born in Bayreuth, Germany (d. 1966)
  • 1919 Severino Gazzelloni, Italian flautist, born in Roccasecca, Italy (d. 1992)
  • 1920 Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Italian pianist, born in Brescia, Italy (d. 1995)
  • 1923 (Patrick) "Buddy" Attaway, American country and Cajun fiddler, and songwriter ("I'm Sitting On Top Of The World"), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 1968)
  • 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"; "Let's Work Together"), 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 dancer and choreographer (American Dance Theater), born in Rogers, Texas (d. 1989)
  • 1934 Phil Ramone [Rabinowitz], American 14-time Grammy Award-winning music producer (Burt Bacharach; Paul Simon; Billy Joel; Tony Bennett), and studio owner (co-founded A&R Recording), born in Cape Town, South Africa (d. 2013)
  • 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
  • 1948 Rob Quist, American country and bluegrass singer-songwriter, guitarist and banjo player (Mission Mountain Wood Band), born in Cut Bank, Montana
  • 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 On The Dance Floor"; "Operator"), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1961 Iris DeMent, American country singer ("Our Town"), born in Paragould, Arizona
  • 1963 Rick Ambrose, Dutch singer (Jewel - "Mystery Of Fate,"), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1964 Ted Harris Poley, American rocker (Danger Danger - "Screw It"), born in Englewood, New Jersey
  • 1966 Kate Schellenbach, American musician (Luscious Jackson), born in NYC, New York
  • 1968 Carrie Ann Inaba, American dancer and choreographer (In Living Color; Dancing With The Stars), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1968 DJ Bobo [Peter Baumann], Swiss pop-eurodance singer-songwriter, and producer ("Somebody Dance With Me";"Let The Dream Come True"), born in Kölliken, Switzerland
  • 1969 Marilyn Manson [Brian Warenr], American shock-rock singer-songwriter (Marilyn Manson - "The Dope Show"; "Tainted Love"), artist and actor, born in Canton, Ohio
  • 1972 Sakis Rouvas, Greek pop-rock singer and musician ("Shake It"), 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 [Vasseur] French pop singer-songwriter ("Allô le monde"), born in Lens, Pas-de-Calais, France