On This Day

Birthdays in Music on January 6

  • 1486 Martin Agricola [M Sore], German composer & cantor, born in Świebodzin, Poland (d. 1556)
  • 1673 1st Duke of Chandos, English aristocrat, eponym of Handel's Chandos Anthems, born in Herefordshire, United Kingdom (d. 1744)
  • 1683 Francois de La Croix, composer
  • 1692 Rynoldus Popma van Oevering, Dutch composer, born in Wergea, Netherlands (d. 1781)
  • 1695 Giuseppe Sammartini, Italian composer, born in Milan, Italy (d. 1750)
  • 1702 Jose Melchior de Nebra Blascu, Spanish composer, born in Calatayud, Spain (d. 1768)
  • 1728 Charles-Joseph-Balthazar Sohier, composer
  • 1791 Jose Melchor Gomiz, Spanish composer, born in Ontinyent, Spain (d. 1836)
  • 1794 Kaspar Masek, Czech-Slovenian composer, born in Prague, Czech Republic (d. 1873)
  • 1798 Ferdinand Simon Gassner, Austrian composer and music writer, born in Vienna; (d. 1851)
  • 1803 Henri Herz, Austrian pianist and composer, born in Vienna (d. 1888)
  • 1807 Ludwig Erk, German composer and folk song collector, born in Wetzlar (d. 1883)
  • 1838 Max Bruch, German composer (Kol Nidre), born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1920)
  • 1850 Franz Xaver Scharwenka, German pianist & composer (Mataswintha), born in Szamotuły, Poland (d. 1924)
  • 1856 Giuseppe Martucci, Italian composer, born in Capua, Italy (d. 1909)
  • 1867 Georges Martin Witkowski, French conductor & composer, born in Mostaganem, Algeria (d. 1943)

  • 1868 Vittorio Monti, Italian composer, born in Naples, Italy (d. 1922)
  • 1872 Alexander Scriabin, Russian composer (Prometheus) and pianist, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1915)
  • 1873 Karl Straube, German organist & conductor, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1950)
  • 1878 Dame Adeline Genée, Danish-British ballerina, born in Aarhus, Denmark (d. 1970)
  • 1880 Yuliya Veysberg, Russian music critic & composer, born in Orenburg, Russia (d. 1942)
  • 1900 Pierre-Octave Ferroud, French composer (Sarabande, Jeunesse), born in Chasselay, Rhône, France (d. 1936)
  • 1902 Mark Brunswick, American composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1971)
  • 1902 Sophie-Carmen Eckhardt-Gramatté, Russian-born Canadian composer, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1974)
  • 1903 Boris Blacher, German composer (Orchester-Ornament), born in Yingkou, China (d. 1975)
  • 1903 Maurice Abravanel, American classical music conductor, born in Thessaloniki, Greece (d. 1993)
  • 1903 Stanley Smith, American actor (Honey, King of Jazz, Soup to Nuts), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1974)
  • 1908 Menachem Avidom, Israeli composer, born in Stanislaviv, Austria-Hungary (d. 1995)
  • 1911 Yannis Papaioannou, Greek composer & teacher, born in Kavala, Greece (d. 1989)
  • 1916 Philip Bezanson, American composer, born in Athol, Massachusetts (d. 1975)
  • 1918 Buddy Weed, American pianist (Penthouse Party), born in Ossining, New York (d. 1997)
  • 1920 Earl Kim, Korean-American composer, born in Dinuba, California (d. 1998)
  • 1922 Finn Einar Mortensen, Norwegian composer, born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1983)
  • 1924 Earl Scruggs, American musician (& Flat-Ballad of Jed Clampett), born in Cleveland County, North Carolina (d. 2012)
  • 1934 Bobby Lord, American country singer (Ozark Jubilee), born in Sanford, Florida (d. 2008)
  • 1935 Nino Tempo, American rock vocalist (Deep Purple), born in Niagara Falls, New York

  • 1935 Paul Wilson, American R&B-singer (Flamingos-Lovers Never Say Goodbye)
  • 1937 Doris Troy [Doris Elaine Higginsen], US R&B singer and songwriter (Just One Look), born in the Bronx, New York (d. 2004)
  • 1937 Paolo Conte, Italian singer, born in Asti, Italy
  • 1938 Adriano Celentano, Italian singer and actor, born in Greco
  • 1940 Van McCoy, American musician and songwriter (The Hustle), born in Englewood, New Jersey (d. 1979)

Person of interestSyd Barrett

1946 Syd Barrett, English guitarist and early vocalist of the band Pink Floyd, born in Cambridge, England (d. 2006)

Rocker Syd Barrett
Rocker
Syd Barrett
  • 1947 Sandy Denny, English singer-songwriter (Fairport Convention-If You Gotta Go), born in London, England
  • 1951 Kim Wilson, American musician (Fabulous Thunderbirds), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1953 Malcolm Young, Scottish guitarist (AC/DC-Highway to Hell), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2017)
  • 1959 Kathy Sledge, American vocalist (Sister Sledge-We are Family), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Person of interestMichael Houser

1962 Michael Houser, American guitarist (Widespread Panic), born in Boone, North Carolina (d. 2002)

Guitarist Michael Houser
Guitarist
Michael Houser
  • 1963 Paul Brindley, English pop bassist (Sundays, Can't Be Sure)
  • 1964 Mark O'Toole, English musician (Frankie Goes to Hollywood-Relax), born in Walton, Liverpool
  • 1964 Yuri, Mexican actress and singer, born in Veracruz, Mexico
  • 1966 A. R. Rahman, Indian composer, born in Madras, India
  • 1967 Peter Loran, American rock vocalist (Trixter-Give It To Me Good), born in Teaneck, New Jersey
  • 1971 Gary Wiseman, American punk-rock drummer, born in Tyler, Texas
  • 1972 Nek [Filippo Neviani], Italian singer-songwriter, born in Sassuolo, Modena
  • 1975 Yukana, Japanese voicer actress & singer, born in Futtsu, Japan
  • 1978 Nikki Einfeld, Canadian coloratura soprano, born in Manitoba
  • 1981 Mike Jones, American rapper, born in Houston, Texas
  • 1986 Alex Turner, English musician (Arctic Monkeys), born in High Green, Sheffield