Musicians Born 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 Lacroix, French priest, composer, maitre de musique (Paris Sainte-Chapelle, 1726-45), born in Senlis, France (d. 1759)
  • 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 Sohier, French violinist and composer, born in Lille, France (d. 1759)
  • 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, educator, and composer (Mataswintha), born in Samter, Grand Duchy of Posen, Kingdom of Prussia (now 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)
  • 1899 Sophie-Carmen "Sonia" Eckhardt-Gramatté, Russian-Canadian pianist and composer, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1974) [1]
  • 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)
  • 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 and singer (King of Jazz; Soup to Nuts; Good News), 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 bluegrass banjo player (Flatt & Scruggs - "Foggy Mountain Breakdown"; "Ballad of Jed Clampett"), born in Flint Hill, North Carolina (d. 2012)
  • 1934 Bobby Lord, American country singer (Ozark Jubilee), born in Sanford, Florida (d. 2008)
  • 1935 Nino Tempo [Antonino LoTempio], American session saxophonist and pop vocalist ("Deep Purple"; "Sister James"), born in Niagara Falls, New York
  • 1935 Paul Wilson, American doo-wop baritone singer (Flamingos, 1953-64 - "I Only Have Eyes For You"; "Lovers Never Say Goodbye"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1988)
  • 1936 Ebo Taylor, Ghanaian highlife and Afrobeat musician and composer, born in Cape Coast, Gold Coast
  • 1937 Doris Troy [Higginsen], American 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 Laudir de Oliveira, Brazilian percussionist (Sérgio Mendes; Chicago, 1973-81), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (d. 2017)
  • 1940 Van McCoy, American musician and songwriter ("The Hustle"), born in Englewood, New Jersey (d. 1979)

Syd Barrett

1946 Syd Barrett, British guitarist and singer-songwriter (Pink Floyd, 1964-68 - "See Emily Play"; solo -"The Madcap Laughs"), born in Cambridge, England (d. 2006)

  • 1947 Jacques Bolognesi, French jazz trombonist and accordion player (Hermetotico), born in Gap, France
  • 1947 Sandy Denny, English singer-songwriter (Fairport Convention - "If You Gotta Go"), born in London, England
  • 1949 Chris Laurence, British classical, jazz and session double bassist, born in London
  • 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

Michael Houser

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

  • 1963 Paul Brindley, English pop bassist (Sundays, Can't Be Sure)
  • 1964 Mark O'Toole, English musician (Frankie Goes to Hollywood - "Relax"), born in Liverpool, England
  • 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