On This Day

Musicians Born on July 15

  • 1638 Giovanni Buonaventura Viviani, Italian composer, born in Florence (d. 1693)
  • 1700 Johann Christoph Richter, German composer Pantaleon Player and Organist, born in Dresden (d. 1785)
  • 1802 John Barnett, English composer (The Mountain Sylph), born in Bedford, England (d. 1892)
  • 1818 Heinrich Esser, German violinist and composer, born in Mannheim (d. 1872)
  • 1849 Moritz Heuzenroeder, German pianist and composer who settled in Australia, born in Ottersberg, Germany (d. 1897)
  • 1870 Ernest Walker, British composer, born in Bombay, British India (d. 1949)
  • 1884 Enrique Soro, Chilean composer, born in Concepción, Chile (d. 1954)
  • 1898 Noel Gay [Reginald Moxon Armitage], British composer (Who's been polishing the Sun), born in Wakefield, Yorkshire, England (d. 1954)
  • 1898 Norman Demuth, British composer and musicologist specializing in French works, born in Croyden, Surrey, England (d. 1968)
  • 1901 John Wesley Work III, African-American composer, musicologist and scholar of African-American folklore and music, born in Tullahoma, Tennessee (d. 1967)
  • 1904 Dorothy Fields, American lyricist (I'm in the Mood for Love), born in Allenhurst, New Jersey (d. 1974)
  • 1910 Ronald Binge, British composer (Elizabethan Serenade, Sailing By), born in Derby, England (d. 1979)
  • 1913 Lloyd "Cowboy" Copas, American country singer ("Candy Kisses"; "Alabam"), born in Blue Creek, Ohio (d. 1963)
  • 1913 Dorothy Schwartz, American violinist (d. 2007)
  • 1921 Jack Hamilton Beeson, composer
  • 1923 [Joseph Rudolph] Philly Joe Jones, American jazz drummer (Miles Davis Quintet), born in Philadelphia (d. 1985)

  • 1926 John Arthur Neill Lambert, composer
  • 1928 Joseph Arthurlin "Joe" Harriott, Jamaican-British be-bop and free-form jazz alto saxophonist (Abstract), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 1973)
  • 1929 Charles Anthony [Caruso], tenor (2,928 performances at Metropolitan Opera), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2012)
  • 1932 Nina Van Pallandt, Danish actress and singer (American Gigolo), born in Copenhagen Denmark
  • 1933 Frederico Davia, opera singer
  • 1933 Julian Bream, English classical guitarist and lutenist, born in London, England (d. 2020)
  • 1934 Harrison Birtwistle, English composer, born in Accrington, Lancashire
  • 1939 William David Hellerman, composer
  • 1941 Geoffrey Burgon, composer
  • 1944 Millie Jackson, Thompson Ga, model/singer (Get it out 'cha system)
  • 1945 Peter Lewis, rock guitarist/vocalist (Moby Grape), born in Los Angeles, California

Person of interestLinda Ronstadt

1946 Linda Ronstadt, American rock/country/pop/Latin/opera singer (Different Drum; What's New?) and actress (Pirates of Penzance), born in Tucson, Arizona

Singer and Actress Linda Ronstadt
Singer and Actress
Linda Ronstadt
  • 1947 Peter Banks [Brockbanks], British rock guitarist and singer-songwriter described as "the architect of progressive music" (Yes, the Syn, Flash), born in Chipping Barnet, London (d. 2013)
  • 1947 Roky Erickson [Roger Kynard], American musician (The 13th Floor Elevators - "Starry Eyes"; "Don't Slander Me"), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2019)
  • 1948 Alicia Bridges, American pop singer ("I Love The Nightlife"), born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 1949 John Arthur Casken, British composer (The Dream of the Rood), born in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England
  • 1949 Trevor Horn, British rock musician/producer (Buggles-"Video Killed The Radio star";Yes-Drama; Frankie Goes To Hollywood), born in Durham, England
  • 1952 David Pack, rocker (Ambrosia)
  • 1952 Jeff Carlisi, American rock guitarist (.38 Special), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1952 Larken Collins, rocker (Rossington-Collins Band)

  • 1952 Johnny Thunders [Genzale], American punk rock guitarist (New York Dolls), born in Queens, New York (d. 1991)
  • 1956 Joe Satriani, American rock guitarist, born in Westbury, New York
  • 1956 Ian Curtis, English rock vocalist (Joy Division-Transmission) (d. 1980)
  • 1959 Shep Pettibone, American record producer, born in Ocean Grove, New Jersey
  • 1970 Chi Cheng, American musician (Deftones), (d. 2013)
  • 1971 Danijela, Croatian singer
  • 1973 John Dolmayan, Lebanese-born drummer (System of a Down)
  • 1974 Chot Ulep, Filipino musician, born in Quezon City, Philippines
  • 1976 Jim Jones, African Puerto Rican American rapper
  • 1977 Ray Toro, American musician (My Chemical Romance)
  • 1977 Faraz Anwar, Pakistani guitarist (Mizraab)
  • 1979 Laura Benanti, American musical theatre actress
  • 1984 Vice Cooler, American musician
  • 1990 Olly Alexander [Oliver Thornton], British actor, singer-songwriter (Years & Years), and LGBT activist, born in Harrogate, England
  • 1992 Koharu Kusumi, Japanese pop singer (Morning Musume), born in Ojimaya, Niigata Prefecture, Japan