On This Day

Birthdays in Music on July 2

  • 1581 Johann Staden, German baroque composer, probably born in Nuremberg (d. 1634) baptismal date
  • 1589 Guillaume van Messaus, Belgian composer, born in Antwerp (d. 1640)
  • 1636 Daniel Speer, German composer, born in Breslau (d. 1707)
  • 1714 Christoph Willibald Gluck, Austrian composer (Il re pastore), born in Erasbach, Germany (d. 1787)
  • 1737 François Léonard Rouwyzer, composer, born in Maastricht (d. 1827)
  • 1746 Hardenack Otto Conrad Zinck, German-Danish composer, born in Husum, Germany (d. 1832)
  • 1763 Peter Ritter, German cellist and composer, born in Mannheim, Palatinate (d. 1809)
  • 1793 Antoine Prumier, French harpist and composer, born in Paris (d. 1868)
  • 1814 Thérèse Wartel, French pianist and composer, born in Paris (d. 1865)
  • 1819 Charles-Louis Hanon, French composer and piano pedagogue (The Virtuoso Pianist in 60 Exercises), born in Renescure, France (d. 1900)
  • 1857 Francesco Spetrino, Italian conductor and composer, born in Palermo, Italy (d. 1948)
  • 1880 Albert Szirmai, Hungarian operetta composer, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1967)
  • 1892 Jack Hylton, English orchestra leader and impresario (Crazy Passage Show), born in Great Lever, Lancashire, England (d. 1965)
  • 1904 Carl Weinrich, American organist and composer, born in Paterson, New Jersey (d. 1981)
  • 1906 Robert Levine Sanders, American composer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1974)
  • 1910 Earl Robinson, American composer, born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1991)

  • 1910 William Douglas Denny, American composer, born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1980)
  • 1914 Frederick Fennell, American conductor (Time & Winds), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2004)
  • 1918 Sheikh Imam, Egyptian singer and composer, born in Giza (d. 1995)
  • 1922 Genrikh Matusovich Vagner, Belarusian composer born in Żyrardów, Poland (d. 2000)
  • 1924 Rick Besoyan, American singer, actor, playwright, composer and director (Little Mary Sunshine), born in Reedley, California (d. 1970)
  • 1925 Marvin Rainwater, country singer (Ozark Jubilee), born in Wichita, Kansas (d. 2013)
  • 1926 Billy Usselton, American big band jazz saxophonist (Les Brown and His Band of Renown), born in New Castle, Pennsylvania (d. 1994)
  • 1926 Lee Allen, American tenor sax player (Walkin' With Mr Lee), born in Pittsburg, Kansas (d. 1994)
  • 1927 Brock Peters [George Fisher], American actor and singer (Carmen Jones, To Kill a Mockingbird), born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1932 Sammy Turner, vocalist (Lavender Blue), born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • 1933 David Lewin, American composer, born in New York City (d. 2003)
  • 1935 Gilbert Kalish, pianist/professor (SUNY Stony Brook), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1939 Paul Williams, American baritone singer and choreographer (The Temptations - Cloud Nine), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1973)
  • 1941 Stéphane Venne, French Canadian songwriter
  • 1945 James Orville Fulkerson, composer
  • 1948 Gene McFadden, American R&B singer-songwriter and producer (McFadden & Whitehead - Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now), born in Olanta, South Carolina (d. 2006)
  • 1949 Roy Bittan, American piano player (E Street Band), born in Belle Harbor, Queens, New York City
  • 1951 Joe Puerta, American rock bassist (Ambrosia; The Range), born in Lomita, California
  • 1952 Johnny Colla, American musician (Huey Lewis and the News), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1952 Wayne Haner, rock bassist (Axe)
  • 1956 Jeffrey Cooper, rock guitarist (Midnight Star-No Parking)
  • 1957 Mick Anker, British rocker and bass guitarist (Blow Monkeys-Wicked Ways)
  • 1964 Dave Parsons, rocker (Transvision Vamp, Sham 69-That's Life)

Person of interestJenni Rivera

1969 Jenni Rivera, Mexican-American singer-songwriter (Jenni, 2008), born in Long Beach, California

Singer Jenni Rivera
Singer
Jenni Rivera
  • 1970 Colin Edwin, Australian musician (Porcupine Tree)
  • 1970 Monie Love, English rapper
  • 1974 Rocky Gray, American musician
  • 1975 Erik Ohlsson, Swedish guitarist (Millencolin)
  • 1979 Diana Gurtskaya, Georgian singer
  • 1983 Michelle Branch, American singer (The Wreckers)

Person of interestAshley Tisdale

1985 Ashley Tisdale, American actress and singer (High School Musical), born in Monmouth County, New Jersey

Actress and Singer Ashley Tisdale
Actress and Singer
Ashley Tisdale
  • 1991 Burna Boy [Damini Ogulu], Nigerian singer-songwriter (African Giant), born in Port Harcourt, Nigeria