Birthdays in Music on January 8

  • January
  • 1668 Jean Gilles, French composer, born in Tarascon (d. 1705)
  • 1777 Filippo Traetta, Italian composer/musicologist
  • 1779 John White, English organist and violinist (d. 1831)
  • 1787 Johann Ludwig Bohner, composer
  • 1788 Erik Drake, Swedish composer (Royal Swedish Academy of Music), born on Föllingsö, Östergötland (d. 1870)
  • 1792 Lowell Mason, Medfield Mass, organist/composer (Zebulo)
  • 1812 Sigismond Fortune Francois Thalberg, composer
  • 1812 William Henry Holmes, composer
  • 1822 Alfredo Carlo Piatti, composer
  • 1824 Per August Olander, composer
  • 1830 Hans von Bülow, German pianist and composer (d. 1894)
  • 1846 Albert Cahen, composer
  • 1846 William Wallace Gilchrist, composer
  • 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. 1998)
  • 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, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2011)
  • 1924 Benjamin Lees [Lysniansky], American composer, born in Harbin, 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
  • 1946 Robby Krieger, American guitarist (Doors-Light My Fire), born in Los Angeles, California

Person of interestDavid Bowie

1947 David Bowie [David Robert Jones], English singer-songwriter (Major Tom, Ziggy Stardust), born in London, England (d. 2016)

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
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, Canadian musician vocalist (Loverboy), born in Vancouver, 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
  • 1966 Andrew Wood, American singer (Mother Love Bone), born in Columbus, Mississippi (d. 1990)
  • 1967 R. Kelly [Robert Kelly], American singer-songwriter, born in Chicago, Illinois

Person of interestR. Kelly

1969 R. Kelly [Robert Sylvester Kelly], American R&B singer (I Wish I Could Fly), born in Chicago, Illinois

R&B Singer R. Kelly
R&B Singer
R. Kelly
  • 1969 Jeff Abercrombie, American bassist, born in Kenton, Tennessee
  • 1969 Teresa Salguerio, Portuguese singer (Madredeus), born in Lisbon, Portugal
  • 1972 Ted Yoder, American Yoderizing musician (hammered dulcimer), born in Goshen, Indiana
  • 1973 Mark Knight, British musician, born in Brighton, England
  • 1975 DJ Clue, American DJ & producer, born in New York City, 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
  • 1987 Cynthia Erivo, British actress and singer-songwriter, born in London, England
  • 1988 Adam T. Siska, American musician
  • 1990 Maci Wainwright, American singer, born in Edmond, Oklahoma
  • 1991 Asuka Hinoi, Japanese singer, born in Osaka, Japan