On This Day

Birthdays in Music on January 9

  • 1574 Christoph Buel, German composer, born in Nuremberg (d. 1631)
  • 1620 Johann Weichmann, composer
  • 1748 Stefan Paluselli, composer
  • 1815 William Jackson of Masham, English composer and organist, born in Masham, Yorkshire (d. 1866)
  • 1820 Pavel Krizkovsky, composer
  • 1839 John Knowles Paine, composer, born in Portland, Maine
  • 1843 Christiaan A Ulder, Curacao, composer (waltzes/tumbas)
  • 1851 Giuseppi Gallignani, composer
  • 1856 Stevan Mokranjac [Stojanović], Serbian cellist, educator and composer of choral music (Garlands), born in Negotin, Principality of Serbia (d. 1914)
  • 1867 Jacques Urlus, Dutch tenor (Opera of Leipzig, Song of the Earth)
  • 1896 Warwick Braithwaite, New Zealand-born British conductor (d. 1971)
  • 1897 Luis Gianneo, composer
  • 1898 Gracie Fields, English music hall/vaudeville performer and actress (Queen of Hearts), born in Rochdale, England (d. 1979)
  • 1900 Joseph Frederick Wagner, American conductor & composer, born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1974)
  • 1902 Rudolph Bing, Austrian-born opera impresario (NY Metropolitan Opera), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1997)
  • 1909 Herva Nelli, Italian-born American soprano, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1994)

  • 1910 Dick Henry Jurgen, American swing music bandleader, born in Sacramento, California (d. 1995)
  • 1913 Dr. Hepcat [Albert Lavada Durst], American blues pianist, born in Austin, Texas (d. 1995)
  • 1914 Kenny Clarke, American jazz drummer & bandleader (Epistrop), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1985)
  • 1916 Vic Mizzy, American composer and band leader (Green Acres and The Addams Family themes), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2009)
  • 1921 Seymour Barab, American composer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2014)
  • 1928 Domenico Modugno, Italian singer-songwriter, born in Polignano A Mare, Apulia (d. 1994)
  • 1934 Julian B Coco, Dutch guitarist (Princess Christina), born in Willemstad, Netherlands (d. 2013)
  • 1935 Buddy Scott, American blues guitarist, born in Goodman, Mississippi (d. 1994)
  • 1936 Peter Fletcher, British orchestral conductor & music teacher
  • 1940 Barbara Buczek, Polish composer, born in Kraków, Poland (d. 1993)
  • 1940 Jimmy Boyd, American singer & actor (Howard-Bachelor Father), born in Jayess, Mississippi (d. 2009)
  • 1940 Al Downing, American singer, born in Oklahoma, United States (d. 2005)
  • 1941 Joan Baez, American folk singer & human rights advocate, born in Staten Island, New York
  • 1943 Dick Yount, rocker (Harpers Bizarre)
  • 1943 Kenneth Kelley, American singer (Manhattans, One Life to Live)
  • 1943 Rob Hoeke, Dutch pianist & singer (Drinking on My Bed), born in Haarlem, Netherlands (d. 1999)
  • 1943 Freddie Starr, English comedian & singer (The Freddie Starr Showcase), born in Huyton, United Kingdom (d. 2019)
  • 1943 Scott Walker [Noel Scott Engel], American-born British singer-songwriter and composer (The Walker Brothers), born in Hamilton, Ohio (d. 2019)

Person of interestJimmy Page

1944 Jimmy Page, English rock guitarist (Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven), born in London, England

Rock Star Jimmy Page
Rock Star
Jimmy Page
  • 1948 Bill Cowsill, American singer & musician (The Cowsills - We Can Fly), born in Newport, Rhode Island

  • 1950 David Johansen [Buster Poindexter], American singer-songwriter & actor (Hot! Hot! Hot!), born in Staten Island, New York
  • 1950 Rio Reiser, German rock musician & singer (Ton Steine Scherben), born Berlin, Germany (d. 1996)
  • 1951 Crystal Gayle, American country singer (Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue), born in Paintsville, Kentucky
  • 1954 Lance Hoppens, rocker (Orleans-Still the One, Dance With Me)
  • 1957 Phil Lewis, English rock vocalist (LA Guns-It's Over Now), born in London, England
  • 1959 Cristi Minculescu, Romanian musician, born in Pitești, Romania
  • 1965 Eric Erlandson, American musician (Hole), born in Los Angeles, California

Person of interestDave Matthews

1967 Dave Matthews, South African singer & musician (Dave Matthews Band), born in Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa

Musician Dave Matthews
Dave Matthews
  • 1967 Steven Harwell, American singer & musician (Smash Mouth), born in Santa Clara, California
  • 1968 Al Schnier, American rock guitarist (moe.), born in Oneida County, New York
  • 1970 Lara Fabian, Canadian-Belgian singer, born in Etterbeek, Belgium
  • 1970 Alex Staropoli, Italian keyboardist (Rhapsody Of Fire), born in Trieste, Italy
  • 1973 Sean Paul, Jamaican dancehall singer, born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1978 AJ McLean, American singer (Backstreet Boys), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1979 Tomiko Van, Japanese singer, born in Yamato, Japan
  • 1987 Paolo Nutini, Scottish singer & songwriter, born in Paisley, United Kingdom
  • 1997 Lauryn McClain, American actress & singer, born in Decatur, Georgia