On This Day

Musicians Born on January 9

  • 1574 Christoph Buel, German composer, born in Nuremberg (d. 1631)
  • 1620 Johann Weichmann, German organist, and sacred and secular music composer (Sorgen-Lägerin), born in Wolgast, Pomerania (d. 1652)
  • 1748 Stefan Paluselli, Austrian choirmaster, composer, and monk, born in Kurtatsch, South Tyrol (d. 1805)
  • 1815 William Jackson of Masham, English composer and organist, born in Masham, Yorkshire (d. 1866)
  • 1820 Pavel Křížkovský, Czech choral composer and conductor (Sts. Cyril and Methodius), born in Kreuzendorf, Austrian Silesia (d. 1885)
  • 1839 John Knowles Paine, American composer (Symphony No. 2 - In Spring), born in Portland, Maine (d. 1906)
  • 1843 Christiaan A Ulder, Curacao, composer (waltzes/tumbas)
  • 1851 Giuseppi Gallignani, Italian composer and conductor, born in Faenza, Emilia-Romagna, Papal State (now Italy) (d. 1923)
  • 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 dramatic tenor (Opera of Leipzig, 1900-14; Tristan und Isolde; Song of the Earth), born in Hergenrath, Rhine Province (now part of Kelmis, Belgium)(d. 1935)
  • 1896 Warwick Braithwaite, New Zealand-British conductor, primarily of opera, born in Dunedin, New Zealand (d. 1971)
  • 1897 Luis Gianneo, Argentine pianist, organist, conductor, composer, and teacher, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1968)
  • 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)
  • 1918 Betty Roché [Mary Elizabeth Roach], American jazz singer (Duke Ellington - "Take The 'A' Train"), born in Wilmington, Delaware (d. 1999)
  • 1921 Seymour Barab, American cellist (Philip Glass Ensemble), and composer of fairy tale operas (Little Red Riding Hood), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2014)
  • 1925 Ofelya Hambardzumyan, Armenian folk singer, born in Yerevan, Armenia SSR (d. 2016)
  • 1926 John "Bucky" Pizzarelli, American jazz guitarist, born in Paterson, New Jersey (d. 2020)
  • 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 and choral conductor, and music teacher (d. 1999)
  • 1940 Barbara Buczek, Polish composer, born in Kraków, Poland (d. 1993)
  • 1940 Jimmy Boyd, American singer ("I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus"), and actor (Bachelor Father - "Howard"), born in Jayess, Mississippi (d. 2009)
  • 1940 Al Downing, American rockabilly piano player and singer (Big Al & The Chartbusters), born in Centralia, Oklahoma (d. 2005)
  • 1941 Joan Baez, American folk singer ("Diamonds & Rust"), and human rights advocate, born in Staten Island, New York
  • 1943 Dick Yount, American rock bassist and singer (Harpers Bizarre - "Feelin' Groovy") (d. 2019)
  • 1943 Kenneth "Wally" Kelly, American R&B singer (Manhattans - "Kiss And Say Goodbye"), born in New Jersey (d. 2015)
  • 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)
  • 1943 Ariel Bybee, American mezzo-soprano (Morman Tabernacle Choir; Metropolitan Opera, 1977-95), born in Reno, Nevada (d. 2018)

Person of interestJimmy Page

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

Rock Star Jimmy Page
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  • 1948 Bill Cowsill, American singer & musician (The Cowsills - "Hair"; "The Rain, The Park, And Other Thing"), born in Newport, Rhode Island (d. 2006)
  • 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 in Berlin, Germany (d. 1996)
  • 1951 Crystal Gayle, American country singer ("Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue"; "One From The Heart"), born in Paintsville, Kentucky
  • 1954 Lance Hoppens, American rock bassist (Orleans - "Still the One"; "Dance With Me"), born in Bay Shore, Long Island, New York
  • 1957 Phil Lewis, English rock vocalist (L.A. Guns - "It's Over Now)", born in London, England
  • 1959 Cristi Minculescu, Romanian musician, born in Pitești, Romania
  • 1960 Haukur Tómasson, Icelandic classical composer (Gudruns 4th Song; Strati), born in Reykjavik, Iceland
  • 1965 Eric Erlandson, American rock guitarist (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
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  • 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
  • 1976 Svitlana Azarova, Ukrainian-Dutch contemporary classical music composer (Momo and the Time Thieves), born in the Ukrainian SSR
  • 1978 A.J. McLean, American pop singer (Backstreet Boys), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1979 Tomiko Van, Japanese pop-rock singer (Do As Infinity), born in Yamato, Japan
  • 1987 Paolo Nutini, Scottish rock singer & songwriter (Sunny Side Up), born in Paisley, United Kingdom
  • 1997 Lauryn McClain, American actress & singer, born in Decatur, Georgia
  • 2000 Flo Milli [Tamia Carter], American rapper and songwriter ( Ho, Why Is You Here?), born in Mobile, Alabama