Birthdays in Music on January 6

  • 1486 Martin Agricola, [M Sore], German composer/cantor
  • 1683 Francois de La Croix, composer
  • 1692 Rynoldus Popma van Oevering, composer
  • 1695 Giuseppe Sammartini, composer
  • 1702 Jose Melchior de Nebra Blascu, composer
  • 1728 Charles-Joseph-Balthazar Sohier, composer
  • 1791 Jose Melchor Gomiz y Colomer, composer
  • 1794 Kaspar Masek, composer
  • 1798 Ferdinand Simon Gassner, composer
  • 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)
  • 1856 Giuseppe Martucci, composer
  • 1861 Heinrich Gottlieb Noren, composer
  • 1867 Georges Martin Witkowski, composer

  • 1868 Vittorio Monti, composer
  • 1872 Alexander Scriabin, Russian composer (Prometheus) and pianist, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1915)
  • 1873 Karl Straube, German organist/conductor
  • 1878 Dame Adeline GenĂ©e, Danish-British ballerina (d. 1970)
  • 1880 Yuliya Lazarevna Veysberg, composer
  • 1900 Pierre-Octave Ferroud, French composer (Sarabande, Jeunesse)
  • 1902 Mark Brunswick, composer
  • 1902 Sofie-Carmen Eckhardt-Gramatte, composer
  • 1903 Boris Blacher, Newchwang China, German composer (Orchester-Ornament)
  • 1903 Maurice Abravanel, Saloniki Greece, conductor/composer
  • 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 Andreou Papaioannou, composer
  • 1914 Arnold Richardson, composer
  • 1916 Philip Bezanson, composer
  • 1918 Buddy Weed, pianist (Penthouse Party), born in Ossining, New York
  • 1920 Earl Kim, Korean-American composer, born in Dinuba, California (d. 1998)
  • 1922 Finn Einar Mortensen, composer
  • 1924 Earl Scruggs, NC, bluegrass musician (& Flat-Ballad of Jed Clampett), (d. 2012)
  • 1934 Bobby Lord, country singer (Ozark Jubilee), born in Sanford, Florida
  • 1935 Nino Tempo, rock vocalist (Deep Purple), born in Niagara Falls, New York
  • 1935 Paul Wilson, US 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
  • 1937 Paolo Conte, Italian singer
  • 1938 Adriano Celentano, Italian singer and actor
  • 1944 Van McCoy, US musician (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, country singer (Fairport Convention-If You Gotta Go), born in London, England
  • 1949 Richard Horowitz, composer
  • 1951 Kim Wilson, rocker (Fabulous Thunderbirds)
  • 1953 Malcolm Young, guitarist (AC/DC-Highway to Hell), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1959 Kathy Sledge, vocalist (Sister Sledge-We are Family), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1961 Dirk de Vries, Dutch pop bassist (Kong-Slauerhoff)

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, bassist/drummer (Frankie Goes to Hollywood-Relax)
  • 1964 Yuri, Mexican actress and singer
  • 1966 A. R. Rahman, Indian composer
  • 1967 Peter Loran, Teaneck NJ, rock vocalist (Trixter-Give It To Me Good)
  • 1971 Gary Wiseman, American punk-rock drummer
  • 1972 Nek [Filippo Neviani], Italian singer-songwriter, born in Sassuolo, Modena
  • 1978 Nikki Einfeld, Canadian opera singer
  • 1981 Mike Jones, American rapper
  • 1986 Alex Turner, English musician (Arctic Monkeys), born in High Green, Sheffield