On This Day

Birthdays in Music on July 17

  • 1674 Isaac Watts, English writer, preacher and hymnist (Horae Lyrican), born in Southampton, England (d. 1748)
  • 1702 Johann Schneider, German composer and pupil of Bach, born in Coburg, Bavaria, Germany (d. 1788)
  • 1775 August Harder, German composer, born in Schönerstädt (d. 1813)
  • 1817 Ignace Leybach, French pianist and composer, born in Gambsheim, Alsace, France (d. 1891)
  • 1832 Johan August Söderman, Swedish composer, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1876)
  • 1839 Friedrich Gernsheim, German composer, born in Worms, Germany (d. 1916)
  • 1853 Francesco Fanciulli, American-Italian composer, born in Porto Santo Stefano, Tuscany (d. 1915)
  • 1873 Antonina Neshdanova, Russian soprano (Rigoletto)
  • 1875 Donald Francis Tovey, Eton England, musicologist/composer
  • 1876 Vittorio Gnecchi, Italian composer (Cassandra), born in Milan, Italy (d. 1954)
  • 1878 Henri Zagwijn, composer
  • 1885 Benjamin James Dale, composer
  • 1903 Valerian Mikhaylovich Bogdanov-Berezovsky, Russian composer, born in Starozhilovka (d. 1971)
  • 1904 Jef Alpaerts, Flemish pianist/conductor
  • 1905 Norman Waterhouse Lees, jazz fan
  • 1908 Rudolf Petzold, composer

  • 1913 Everett Helm, composer
  • 1915 Esther Williamson Ballou, American organist, composer and educator, born in Elmira, New York (d. 1973)
  • 1916 Eleanor Steber, Wheeling WV, soprano (Metropolitan Opera-1940)
  • 1921 George Barnes, Chicago Hgts, guitarist (Skip Farrell Show)
  • 1928 Vince Guaraldi, American jazz pianist and composer (Peanuts TV specials), born in San Francisco (d. 1976)
  • 1928 Joseph Albert Morello, American jazz drummer, born in Irvington, New Jersey (d. 2011)
  • 1930 Ryohei Hirose, composer
  • 1932 Niccolo Castiglioni, composer
  • 1932 Wojciech Kilar, Lwów, Second Polish Republic, composer (The Pianist), (d. 2013)
  • 1934 Philippe Capdenat, composer
  • 1935 P D Q Bach, [Peter Schickele], Iowa, composer (5th of Beethoven)
  • 1939 Spencer Davis [Davies], English guitarist (Spencer Davis Group), born in Swansea, Wales
  • 1942 Gale Garnett, New Zealand singer (We'll Sing in the Sunshine), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1947 Wolfgang Flür, German musician (Kraftwerk), born in Frankfurt, Germany
  • 1948 Brian Glascock, English rock drummer (Motels-Only the Lonely), born in Islington, England
  • 1948 Luc Bondy, Swiss theatre and opera director, born in Zurich Switzerland (d. 2015)
  • 1948 Ron Asheton, American guitarist and songwriter (The Stooges), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2009).
  • 1949 Mick Tucker, English rock drummer (Sweet Harlesden), born in London, England
  • 1949 Mike Vale, American rock bassist (Tommy James & The Shondells)
  • 1949 Geezer Butler, English rock bassist (Black Sabbath), born in Birmingham, England

  • 1950 Phoebe Snow [Laub], American singer-songwriter (Poetry Man), born in New York City (d. 2011)
  • 1951 Lucie Arnaz, American actress (Kim-Here's Lucy, Jazz Singer), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1952 Chet McCracken, American rocker (Doobie Brothers), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1952 Nicolette Larson, American rock vocalist (Twins, Lotta Love), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1997)
  • 1957 Bruce Crump, American rock drummer (Molly Hatchet), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1960 Dawn Upshaw, American soprano (Symphony of Sorrowful Songs), born in Nashville, Tennesee
  • 1964 Craig Morgan [Greer], American singer (My Kind of Livin'), born in Kingston Springs, Tennessee
  • 1970 Mandy Smith, English singer (I Just Can't Wait), born in Tottenham, England
  • 1973 Tony Dovolani, Albanian ballroom dancer, born in Prishtina, Kosovo
  • 1974 Laura Macdonald, Scottish jazz musician, born in Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • 1975 Paul Hinojos, American guitarist (At the Drive-In, The Mars Volta), born in Los Angeles, California

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1976 Luke Bryan, American country singer (I'll Stay Me), born in Leesburg, Georgia

Country Music Singer-Songwriter Luke Bryan
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  • 1977 Lehmber Hussainpuri, Indian singer, born in Kapurthala, India
  • 1978 Émilie Simon, French singer, born in Montpellier, France
  • 1982 Natasha Hamilton, British singer (Atomic Kitten), born in Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • 1984 Asami Kimura, Japanese singer (Country Musume), born in Hokkaido, Japan
  • 1985 Tom Fletcher, British singer (McFly), born in Harrow, United Kingdom
  • 1986 Dana, Korean singer and actress (TSZX), born in Seoul, South Korea