On This Day

Musicians Born on January 8

  • 1668 Jean Gilles, French composer, born in Tarascon (d. 1705)
  • 1777 Filippo Traetta, Italian-born American composer & music teacher, born in Venice, Italy (d. 1854)
  • 1787 Johann Ludwig Bohner, German composer, born in Töttelstädt, Germany (d. 1860)
  • 1788 Erik Drake, Swedish composer (Royal Swedish Academy of Music), born on Föllingsö, Östergötland (d. 1870)
  • 1792 Lowell Mason, American organist & composer (Zebulo), born in Medfield, Massachusetts (d.1872)
  • 1812 Sigismond Fortune Francois Thalberg, Swiss pianist, born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 1871)
  • 1812 William Henry Holmes, English composer, born in Sudbury, England (d. 1885)
  • 1822 Alfredo Carlo Piatti, Italian composer, born in Bergamo, Italy (d. 1901)
  • 1824 Per August Olander, Swedish composer, born in Linköping, Sweden (d. 1886)
  • 1830 Hans von Bülow, German pianist & composer, born in Dresden, Germany (d. 1894)
  • 1846 Albert Cahen, composer
  • 1846 William Wallace Gilchrist, American composer, born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 1916)
  • 1873 Lucien Capet, French composer and violinist, born in Paris, France (d. 1928)
  • 1883 Josue Teofilo Wilkes, composer
  • 1892 Werner Wehrli, composer
  • 1896 Jaromir Weinberger, composer (Bird's Opera), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia

  • 1902 Gret Palucca, German dancer/choreography (Silent Song)
  • 1905 Giacinto Scelsi, Italian composer and surrealist poet, born in La Spezia, Italy (d. 1988)
  • 1906 Serge Poliakoff, Russian/French painter/guitarist
  • 1910 Galina Ulanova, ballerina (Bolshoi), born in St Petersburg, Russia
  • 1911 Andrej Ocenas, composer
  • 1912 Rudolf G Escher, Dutch composer (True Face of Peace)
  • 1914 Charles Borromeo Mills, composer
  • 1922 Abbey Simon, American pianist, born in NYC, New York
  • 1923 Giorgio Tozzi, American operatic bass (dubbed vocals of Emile de Becque for "South Pacific" film), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2011)
  • 1924 Benjamin Lees [Lysniansky], American composer (Kalmar Nyckel; Memorial Candles), born in Harbin, Manchuria, China (d. 2010)
  • 1924 Robert Starer, Austrian-born American composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2001)
  • 1924 Ron Moody [Ronald Moodnick], British composer, singer and actor (12 Chairs, Oliver!), born in London, England (d. 2015)
  • 1926 Evelyn Lear [Shulman], American soprano, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1926 Jani Christou, Greek composer, born in Heliopolis, Egypt (d. 1970)
  • 1926 Kelucharan Mohapatra, Indian Odissi dancer, born in Raghurajpur, India (d. 2004)
  • 1931 Bill Graham, German-American impresario & rock concert promoter (Fillmore), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1991)

Person of interestElvis Presley

1935 Elvis Presley, American singer and King of Rock and Roll (Blue Suede Shoes, Hounddog), born in Tupelo Mississippi (d. 1977)

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • 1935 Ian Bargh, Scottish-born Canadian jazz pianist and composer, born in Prestwick, Scotland (d. 2012)
  • 1936 Zdeněk Mácal, Czech conductor, born in Bmo, Czech Republic
  • 1937 Robert Moran, American composer, born in Denver, Colorado

  • 1937 Shirley Bassey, Welsh singer (Goldfinger, Moonraker), born in Tiger Bay, United Kingdom
  • 1940 Cristy Lane, American country music & gospel singer, born in Peoria, Illinois
  • 1941 Little Anthony [Anthony Gourdine], American rhythm and blues singer (Little Anthony and the Imperials-Goin' Out of My Head), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1942 John Peterson, American drummer (the Beau Brummels), born in Rudyard, Michigan (d. 2007)
  • 1943 Lee Jackson, English bass guitarist & singer-songwriter (Nice), born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England
  • 1943 Marcus Hutson, American musician (Whispers), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1944 Joel "Taz" DiGregorio, American country-rock keyboardist (Charlie Daniels Band), born in Southbridge, Massachusetts (d. 2011)
  • 1946 Robby Krieger, American guitarist (The Doors-Light My Fire), born in Los Angeles, California

Person of interestDavid Bowie

1947 David Bowie [David Robert Jones], English rock singer-songwriter ("Space Oddity"; "Changes"; "Ziggy Stardust"), born in London, England (d. 2016)

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
David Bowie
  • 1947 Terry Sylvester, English guitarist & singer (Hollies-You are the Air that I Breathe), born in Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • 1951 Paul Dresher, American composer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1952 Vladimir Feltsman, Russian-American pianist, born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1955 Mike Reno [Ryanoski], Canadian rock vocalist (Loverboy - "Working For The Weekend"), born in New Westminster, British Columbia
  • 1957 Nacho Duato, Spanish classical dancer & choreographer, born in Valencia, Spain
  • 1959 Paul Hester, Australian drummer, born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2005)
  • 1962 Chris Marion, American musician, born in Belton, Texas
  • 1965 Rossen Milanov, Bulgarian orchestral conductor (Philadelphia, 2000-11; Princeton, 2009-present; Columbus, 2015-present), born in Sofia, Bulgaria
  • 1966 Andrew Wood, American singer (Mother Love Bone), born in Columbus, Mississippi (d. 1990)

Person of interestR. Kelly

1967 R. Kelly [Robert Sylvester Kelly], American R&B singer-songwriter (I Wish I Could Fly), born in Chicago, Illinois

R&B Singer R. Kelly
R&B Singer
R. Kelly
  • 1969 Maria Salgueiro, Portuguese folk and world music singer, and songwriter (Madredeus, 1987-2007), born in Lisbon, Portugal
  • 1969 Jeff Abercrombie, American bassist, born in Kenton, Tennessee
  • 1969 Teresa Salguerio, Portuguese singer (Madredeus), born in Lisbon, Portugal
  • 1973 Mark Knight, British musician, born in Brighton, England
  • 1975 DJ Clue, American DJ & producer, born in NYC, New York
  • 1975 Harris Jayaraj, Indian music composer, born in Chennai, India
  • 1982 Wil Francis, American singer, born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1983 Felipe Colombo, Argentine-Mexican actor & singer, born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1985 Rachael Lampa, American singer, born in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Person of interestCynthia Erivo

1987 Cynthia Erivo, British actress (Harriet Tubman) and singer-songwriter, born in London, England

Actress Cynthia Erivo
Cynthia Erivo
  • 1988 Adam T. Siska, American musician
  • 1990 Maci Wainwright, American singer, born in Edmond, Oklahoma
  • 1991 Asuka Hinoi, Japanese singer, born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1993 Klara Söderberg, Swedish pop-country-folk singer-songwriter (First Aid Kit - "Emmylou"), born in Enskede, Sweden