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 and 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 and 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, Russian ballet dancer considered one of the greatest ballerinas of the 20th century (Bolshoi Theatre), born in St Petersburg, Russia (d. 1998)
  • 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 [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 [Wulf Grajonca], German-American impresario and rock concert promoter (Fillmore; Winterland Ballroom; Live-Aid), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1991)

Elvis PresleyElvis Presley (1935-1977)

American King of Rock and Roll ("Hound Dog"; "Love Me Tender"; "Heartbreak Hotel"; "Suspicious Minds"), and actor (Jailhouse Rock; King Creole), born in Tupelo Mississippi

  • 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 (Trinity Requiem), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1937 Shirley Bassey, Welsh singer (Goldfinger; Moonraker), born in Tiger Bay, United Kingdom
  • 1938 Jørn Elniff, Danish bebop jazz drummer (Music for Mice and Men; Bud Powell), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1991)
  • 1940 Cristy Lane, American country music and 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 (Beau Brummels - "Just A Little"), born in Rudyard, Michigan (d. 2007)
  • 1943 Lee Jackson, English bass guitarist and singer-songwriter (Nice), born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England
  • 1943 Marcus Hutson, American R&B singer (The Whispers - "And the Beat Goes On"; "Rock Steady"), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2000)
  • 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"; "Hello, I Love You"), born in Los Angeles, California

David BowieDavid Bowie (1947-2016)

English rock singer-songwriter ("Space Oddity"; "Changes"; "Ziggy Stardust"; "Heroes"), mime, and actor (Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence; Labyrinth), born in London, England

  • 1947 Terry Sylvester, English guitarist & singer (Hollies, 1969-81 - "YHe Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother";"Lomg Cool Woman In A Black Dress"), 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
  • 1954 Jerry Vivino, American rock and R&B saxophonist (Max Weinberg 7; Vivino Brothers), born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • 1955 Mike Reno [Ryanoski], Canadian rock vocalist (Loverboy - "Working For The Weekend"), born in New Westminster, British Columbia
  • 1956 Archie Roach, Aboriginal Australian blues singer-songwriter (Took The Children Away), born in the Framlingham Aboriginal Reserve, Australia (d. 2022)
  • 1957 Nacho Duato, Spanish classical dancer & choreographer, born in Valencia, Spain
  • 1959 Paul Hester, Australian drummer (Split Enz; Crowded House, 1985-94 -"Don't Dream It's Over"; "It's Only Natural"), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2005)
  • 1962 Chris Marion, American soft rock keyboardist (Little River Band), since 2006), born in Belton, Texas
  • 1965 Rossen Milanov, Bulgarian conductor (Philadelphia Orchestra, 2000-11; Princeton Symphony, 2009-present; Columbus, 2015-present), born in Sofia, Bulgaria
  • 1966 Andrew Wood, American singer (Mother Love Bone), born in Columbus, Mississippi (d. 1990)

R. KellyR. Kelly (55 years old)

1967 American R&B singer-songwriter ("I Wish I Could Fly"), record producer, and convicted sex offender, born in Chicago, Illinois

  • 1969 Jeff Abercrombie, American rock bassist (Fuel, 1989-2010 - "Shimmer"), born in Kenton, Tennessee
  • 1969 Maria Salgueiro, Portuguese folk and world music singer, and songwriter (Madredeus, 1987-2007), born in Lisbon, Portugal
  • 1969 Teresa Salguerio, Portuguese singer (Madredeus), born in Lisbon, Portugal
  • 1973 Mark Knight, British musician, born in Brighton, England
  • 1975 DJ Clue, [Ernesto Shaw] American hip-hop DJ and music producer, born in NYC, New York
  • 1975 Harris Jayaraj, Indian music composer, born in Chennai, India
  • 1982 Wil Francis, American horror-punk rock singer (Aiden), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1983 Felipe Colombo, Argentine-Mexican pop-rock singer (Erreway), and actor, born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1985 Rachael Lampa, American singer, born in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Cynthia ErivoCynthia Erivo (35 years old)

1987 British Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Award-winning stage and screen actress (The Color Purple; Harriet) and singer-songwriter ("Stand Up"), 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
  • 1993 Klara Söderberg, Swedish pop-country-folk singer-songwriter (First Aid Kit - "Emmylou"), born in Enskede, Sweden