Birthdays in Music on July 16

  • 1725 Georg Simon Löhlein, German pianist and composer, born in Neustadt bei Coburg, Germany (d. 1781)
  • 1728 Henri Moreau, Flemish composer, born in Liège (d. 1803)
  • 1822 Luigi Arditi, Italian violinist and composer, born in Crescentino, Italy (d. 1903)
  • 1834 Carlo Angeloni, Italian composer, born in Lucca, Italy (d. 1901)
  • 1848 Henri Viotta, Dutch conductor and composer (Lexicon of Music), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1933)
  • 1855 Charles Francis Abdy Williams, composer (d. 1923)
  • 1858 Eugene Ysaye, Belgian composer and violinist, born in Liège (d. 1931)
  • 1901 Fritz Mahler, Austrian composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1973)
  • 1902 Mary Philbin, American actress (Phantom of the Opera), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1993)
  • 1903 Carmen Lombardo, Canadian musician, born in London, Ontario, Canada (d. 1971)
  • 1904 Goffredo Petrassi, Italian composer (Beatitudines), born in Zagarolo, Italy (d. 2003)
  • 1909 Teddy [John Edward] Buckner, American trumpeter (Dixieland music), born in Sherman, Texas (d. 1994)

Person of interestGinger Rogers

1911 Ginger Rogers [Virginia McMath], American actress, dancer and singer (Top Hat, Kitty Foyle), born in Independence, Missouri (d. 1995)

Actress and Dancer Ginger Rogers
Actress and Dancer
Ginger Rogers
  • 1912 Ray Barr, American pianist (Vincent Lopez Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 1983)
  • 1918 Bayani Casimiro, Filipino dancer and actor [Okey Ka Fairy Ko!], born in San Pablo, Laguna, Philippine Islands (d. 1989)
  • 1925 Cal Tjader, American Latin jazz musician, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1982)

  • 1928 Bella Davidovich, Jewish Soviet-American pianist (Chopin, Beethoven, Ravel), born in Baku, Azerbaijan
  • 1928 Ticho Parly, Danish tenor, born in Copenhagen (d. 1993)
  • 1930 John Everett Watts, American composer, born in Maryville, Tennessee (d. 1982)
  • 1932 John Chilton, English jazz trumpeter (Feetwarmers), born in London (d. 2016)
  • 1933 Sollie McElroy, R&B singer (Flamingos-Golden Teardrops), born in Gulfport, Harrison County, Mississippi (d. 1995)
  • 1936 Buddy Merrill, American guitarist (Lawrence Welk Show), born in Torrey, Utah
  • 1938 Thorkell Sigurbjörnsson, Icelandic composer, born in Reykjavik (d. 2013)
  • 1939 William Bell, American singer (Tryin' to Love Two), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1939 Denise LaSalle [Ora Denise Allen], American blues and R&B singer recognized as the "Queen of the Blues" (Trapped by a Thing Called Love), born in Leflore County, Mississippi (d. 2018)
  • 1941 Mišo Kovač, Croatian musician (Mojoj vjernoj publici), born in Tribunj, Croatia
  • 1942 Desmond Dekker, Jamaican reggae pioneer (Aces-Israelites), born in Saint Andrew Parish, Jamaica (d. 2006)
  • 1944 Thomas Boggs, American rock drummer (Box Tops), born in Wynne, Arkansas (d. 2008)
  • 1948 Pinchas Zukerman, Israeli-American violinist (Leventritt 1967), born in Tel Aviv, Israel
  • 1948 Rubén Blades, Panamanian singer and actor, born in Panama City, Panama
  • 1949 Alan "Fitz" Fitzgerald, rock keyboardist and vocalist (Night Ranger)
  • 1949 Ray Major, rock guitarist (British Lions)
  • 1950 Tom Terrell, American musicologist, deejay and NPR reviewer, born in Summit, New Jersey (d. 2007)
  • 1952 Stewart Copeland, American drummer (The Police-Roxanne), born in Alexandria, Virginia

Person of interestMichael Flatley

1958 Michael Flatley, Irish choreographer (Lord of Dance), born in Chicago, Illinois

Irish Dancer Michael Flatley
Irish Dancer
Michael Flatley
  • 1959 Doug Herzog, American television executive (Viacom Music and Entertainment Group), born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • 1960 Eus van Someren, Dutch pop guitarist (Scene, Blaauw), born in Beverwijk, Netherlands
  • 1971 Ed Kowalczyk, American singer (Live), born in York, Pennsylvania
  • 1972 Mindy Carson, American vocalist (Club Embassy, Ford Star Revue), born in NYC, New York
  • 1975 Jamie Oliver, Welsh keyboardist (No Devotion), born in Pontypridd, Wales
  • 1994 Mark Indelicato, American singer and actor (Ugly Betty), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania