Musicians Born 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)
  • 1875 Donald Tovey, British musicologist (Essays in Musical Analysis), pianist, and composer (The Bride of Dionysus), born in Eton, England (d. 1940)
  • 1876 Vittorio Gnecchi, Italian composer (Cassandra), born in Milan, Italy (d. 1954)
  • 1878 Henri Zagwijn, Dutch composer and musicologist, born in Nieuwer-Amstel, Netherlands (d. 1954)
  • 1885 Benjamin Dale, British composer (Before the Paling of the Stars; The Flowing Tide), and educator (Royal Academy), born in Upper Holloway, Islington, England (d. 1943)
  • 1903 Valerian Mikhaylovich Bogdanov-Berezovsky, Russian composer, born in Starozhilovka (d. 1971)
  • 1904 Jef Alpaerts, Flemish pianist, educator, and conductor (Collegium Musicum Antverpiense), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1973)
  • 1908 Rudolf Petzold, German educator and composer, born in Liverpool, England (d. 1991)
  • 1913 Everett Helm, American music critic and composer, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1999)
  • 1914 Eleanor Steber, American soprano (Metropolitan Opera, 1940-66), born in Wheeling, West Virginia (d. 1990)
  • 1915 Esther Williamson Ballou, American organist, composer and educator, born in Elmira, New York (d. 1973)
  • 1921 George Barnes, American swing-jazz and session guitarist, and electric guitar pioneer, born in South Chicago Heights, Illinois (d. 1977)
  • 1928 Joe Morello, American jazz drummer (Dave Brubeck Quartet - "Blue Rondo à la Turk"), born in Springfield, Massachussets (d. 2011)
  • 1928 Vince Guaraldi, American jazz pianist and composer ("Cast Your Fate to the Wind"; Peanuts TV specials), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1976)
  • 1930 Ryōhei Hirose, Japanese composer who incorporated both traditional and western instrumentation, born in Hakodate, Hokkaidō, Japan (d. 2008)
  • 1932 Niccolo Castiglioni, Italian composer, born in Milan, Italy (1996)
  • 1932 Wojciech Kilar, Polish classical (Missa Pro Pace), and film score composer (Bram Stoker's Dracula; The Pianist), born in Lwów, Second Polish Republic (now Ukraine) (d. 2013)
  • 1934 Philippe Capdenat, French classical composer, born in Bordeaux, France
  • 1935 P D Q Bach [Peter Schickele], American composer (5th of Beethoven), born in Ames, Iowa
  • 1938 Stan Bronstein, American rock saxophonist (Elephant's Memory), born in New York City (d. 2020)
  • 1939 Ma Shui-long, Taiwanese classical composer (The Peacock Flies Southeast), born in Keelung, Taiwan (d. 2015)
  • 1939 Spencer Davis [Davies], English guitarist (Spencer Davis Group - "Gimme Some Lovin'"), born in Swansea, Wales (d. 2020)
  • 1942 Gale Garnett, New Zealand singer ("We'll Sing in the Sunshine"), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1945 Eric McCredie, Scottish pop bassist (Middle Of The Road - "Chirpy, Chirpy, Cheep Cheep"), born in Patrick, Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2007)
  • 1947 Abraham Laboriel, Sr, Mexican-American session and jazz bassist, born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1947 Anders Koppel, Danish Hammond B-3 organist (Savage Rose; Bazaar), and composer of ballet and film scores and classical concert pieces, born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 1947 Mick Tucker, English rock drummer (Sweet - "Ballroom Blitz"), born in Kingsbury, North West London, England (d. 2002)
  • 1947 Wolfgang Flür, German percusionist (Kraftwerk, 1973-87), born in Frankfurt, Germany
  • 1948 Brian Glascock, British 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, bassist, and songwriter (The Stooges), born in Washington DC (d. 2009)
  • 1949 (Terence) "Geezer" Butler, English rock bassist (Black Sabbath), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1949 Mike Vale [Vucish], American rock bassist and songwriter (Tommy James & The Shondells - "Crystal Blue Persuasion")
  • 1950 Phoebe Snow [Laub], American singer-songwriter ("Poetry Man"), born in New York City (d. 2011)
  • 1951 Lucie Arnaz, American actress (Here's Lucy - "Kim": The Jazz Singer), and singer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1952 Chet McCracken, American drummer (Doobie Brothers, 1979-82), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1952 Fran Smith, Jr., American rock bassist player (The Hooters - "All You Zombies"; "And We Danced"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1952 Nicolette Larson, American rock vocalist ("Lotta Love"; "I Only Want To Be With You"), born in Helena, Montana (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, Tennessee
  • 1963 Regina Belle, American pop, and R&B singer-songwriter, and Grammy Award winner (with Peabo Bryson - "A Whole New World"), born in Engelwood, New Jersey
  • 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
  • 1972 Elizabeth Cook, American country music singer-songwriter (Aftermath), born in Wildwood, Florida
  • 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 American country singer ("I'll Stay Me"), and television personality (American Idol), born in Leesburg, Georgia

  • 1977 Lehmber Hussainpuri, Indian singer, born in Kapurthala, India
  • 1978 Émilie Simon, French singer, born in Montpellier, France
  • 1979 Brendan James, American piano player, and singer-songwriter born in Derry, New Hampshire
  • 1980 Philip Lawrence, American songwriter, musician, and record producer (Bruno Mars), born in Evansville, Indiana
  • 1982 Natasha Hamilton, British singer (Atomic Kitten - "Whole Again"), born in Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • 1984 Asami Kimura, Japanese singer (Country Musume), born in Hokkaido, Japan
  • 1985 Tom Fletcher, British pop singer, and guitarist (McFly - "5 Colours In Her Hair"; "All About You"), born in Harrow, London, England
  • 1986 Dana, Korean singer and actress (TSZX), born in Seoul, South Korea
  • 1987 Jeremih [Jeremy Felton], American singer, songwriter, rapper, and record producer ("Birthday Sex"; "Don't Tell 'Em"), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1994 Kali Uchis [Karly-Marina Loaiza], American singer (Telepatía), born in Alexandria, Virginia
  • 1994 Kali Uchis, Colombian-American singer-songwriter (Get You), born in Alexandria, Virginia