On This Day

Birthdays in Music on July 18

  • 1670 Giovanni Battista Bononcini, Italian opera-composer, born in Modena, Italy (d. 1747)
  • 1711 Pierre-Joseph Le Blan, composer, born in Soignies, Belgium (d. 1765)
  • 1766 Friedrich Fleischmann, German composer, born in Marktheidenfeld, Germany (d. 1798)
  • 1810 Peter [Josef Anton] Singer, Austrian monk, organist and composer, born in Unterhäselgehr, Tyrol (d. 1882)
  • 1821 Pauline Viardot, French mezzo-soprano and composer, born in Paris (d. 1910)
  • 1870 Emil Młynarski, Polish conductor and composer, born in Kybartai, Lithuania (d. 1935)
  • 1872 Julius Fučík, Czech composer, born in Prague, Austria-Hungary (d. 1916)
  • 1880 Otto Vrieslander, German composer, born in Münster, Germany (d. 1950)
  • 1893 Josef Hüttel, Czech composer, born in Melnik, Bohemia (d. 1951)
  • 1894 Bernard Wagenaar, Dutch-American composer (3 Songs for Chinese), born in Arnherm, Netherlands (d. 1971)
  • 1902 Karel Mengelberg, Dutch composer and conductor, born in Utrecht (d. 1984)
  • 1902 Chill Wills, American singer and actor (Fronteir Circus, Rounders), born in Seagoville Texas (d. 1978)
  • 1903 Božidar Kunc, Croatian composer, born in Zagreb, Croatia (d. 1964)
  • 1906 Belle Stewart, Scottish traditional singer, born in Caputh, Blairgowrie, Scotland (d. 1997)
  • 1907 Yvonne Desportes, French composer, born in Coburg, Germany (d. 1993)
  • 1909 Harriet Nelson [Peggy Lou Snyder], American singer and actress (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, Follow the Fleet), born in Des Moines, Iowa (d. 1994)

  • 1914 Herbert Collum, German composer, born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1982)
  • 1915 Jane Frazee [Mary Jane Frehse], American actress, singer, and dancer (Beautiful But Broke, Beulah), born in Duluth, Minnesota (d. 1985)
  • 1917 Henri Salvador, French Caribbean singer, born in Cayenne, French Guiana (d. 2008)
  • 1923 Héctor Tosar, Uruguayan pianist and composer, born in Montevideo, Uruguay (d. 2002)
  • 1927 Carlo Franci, Argentine composer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1927 Kurt Masur, German conductor (New York Philharmonic), born in Breig (d. 2015)
  • 1929 "Screamin' Jay" Hawkins, R&B musician (I Put a Spell on You), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2000)
  • 1930 Siegfried Kurz, German conductor and composer, born in Dresden
  • 1931 "Papa" Dee Allen, American percussionist (War-World is a Ghetto), born in Wilmington, Delaware (d. 1988)
  • 1933 Raymond Murray Schafer, Canadian composer (Patria), born in Sarnia, Ontario
  • 1938 Dudu Pukwana [Mtutuzel], South African saxophonist and composer, born in Walmer Township, Port Elizabeth, South Africa (d. 1990)
  • 1938 Ian Stewart, Scottish keyboardist, road manager, and co-founder of the Rolling Stones, born in Pittenweem, Fife, Scotland (d. 1985)
  • 1939 Brian Auger, English fusion keyboardist (Befour, Genesis), born in London, England
  • 1939 Dion DiMucci, American rocker (Dion & Belmonts-Teenager in Love), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1941 Jack Jersey, Indonesian-Dutch singer and producer, born in Cimahi, Indonesia (d. 1997)
  • 1941 Lonnie Mack, American rocker (Baby What's Wrong), born in Aurora, Indiana (d. 2016)
  • 1941 Martha Reeves, American singer (Martha Reeves & Vandellas-Dancing in St), born in Eufaula, Alabama
  • 1943 Robin McDonald, Scottish rock guitarist (Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas), born in Nairn, Scotland (d. 2015)
  • 1945 James William Guercio, American music producer, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1948 Cesar Zuiderwijk, Dutch rock drummer (Golden Earring, Radar Love), born in The Hague, Netherlands

  • 1949 Wally Bryson, American rock guitarist and vocalist (Fotomaker, Raspberries), born in Gastonia, North Carolina

Person of interestRichard Branson

1950 Richard Branson, British music entrepreneur (Virgin Group), born in London, England

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  • 1950 Glenn Hughes, American singer (Village People), born in NYC, New York (d. 2001)
  • 1954 Ricky Skaggs, American country singer (Heartbroke, Toy Hearts), born in Cordell, Kentucky
  • 1954 Tobias Picker, American composer (Emmeline), born in New York City
  • 1955 Terry Chambers, English drummer (XTC), born in Wiltshire, England
  • 1956 Audrey Landers [Hamburg], American actress and singer (Dallas, Chorus Line), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1958 Nigel Twist, British rock drummer (Alarm-In the Summertime), born in Manchester
  • 1962 Jack Irons, American drummer (red Hot Chilli Peppers), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1970 Patrick Dancy, TV rocker (Guys Next Door-I Was Made For You)
  • 1975 Daron Malakian, American guitarist (System of a Down, Scars on Broadway)
  • 1975 M.I.A [Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam], British-Sri Lankan rapper (Paper Planes, Sunshowers), born in London, England
  • 1978 Verónica Romeo, Spanish singer
  • 1979 Jermaine Paul, American musician
  • 1980 Ryoko Hirosue, Japanese actress and singer

Person of interestPriyanka Chopra

1982 Priyanka Chopra, Indian actress, singer and beauty queen (Miss World 2000), born in Jamshedpur, India

  • 1982 Ryan Cabrera, American musician and TV host
  • 1991 Karina Pasian, American singer and pianist
  • 1992 Bishop Briggs, English singer-songwriter (River), born in London, England