On This Day

Musicians Born on July 23

  • 1735 Johannes Herbst, German composer, born in Kempten, Bavaria, Germany (d. 1812)
  • 1769 Alexey Titov, Russian composer, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1827)
  • 1773 Karl Ludwig Hellwig, German composer, born in Bliesdorf, Germany (d. 1838)
  • 1793 Joseph Hartmann Stuntz, Swiss composer, born in Arlesheim, Switzerland (d. 1859)
  • 1796 Franz Berwald, Swedish composer, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1868)
  • 1803 Johann Vesque von Püttlingen, Austrian lawyer and composer, born in Lubomirski Palace, Opole Lubelskie, Poland (d. 1883)
  • 1806 Eduard Marxsen, German pianist and composer, born in Nienstädten, Hamburg, Germany (d. 1887)
  • 1825 Richard Hol, Dutch composer, organist and conductor, born in Amsterdam (d. 1904)
  • 1838 Édouard Colonne, French composer and violinist, born in Bordeaux, France (d. 1910)
  • 1849 Geza Zichy, Hungarian composer and one-armed pianist, born at Sztára Castle (d. 1924)
  • 1856 Arthur H. Bird, American composer, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1923)
  • 1866 Francesco Cilea, Italian composer (L'arlesiana), born in Palmi (d. 1950)
  • 1876 William Gillies Whittaker, English composer, born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England (d. 1944)
  • 1884 Apolinary Szeluto, Polish pianist and composer, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1966)
  • 1892 Petros John Petridis, Greek composer (Isotope Suite), born in Nigdé (Capodocia), Turkey (d. 1977)
  • 1902 Walter Burle Marx, Brazilian pianist and composer, born in São Paulo, Brazil (d. 1990)

  • 1904 Adone Zecchi, Italian composer, born in Bologna (d. 1995)
  • 1905 Erich Itor Kahn, German composer of Jewish descent, born in Rimbach, Odenwald (d. 1956)
  • 1916 Ben Weber, American composer (Thorne Music Award-1965), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1979)
  • 1920 Amália Rodrigues, Portuguese fado singer, born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. 1999)
  • 1921 Jerome Rosen, American composer and educator, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2011)
  • 1922 Stefans Grové, South African composer (Nonyana, The Ceremonial Dancer; Cyclops; Glimpses), born in Bethlehem, Orange Free State, Union of South Africa (d. 2014)
  • 1925 Gloria DeHaven, American musical actress (Step Lively), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2016)
  • 1928 Leon Fleisher, American pianist and conductor (Annapolis Symphony 1970-82), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2020) [1]
  • 1929 Jack Richardson, Canadian record producer (The Guess Who), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2011)
  • 1934 Cleve Duncan, American rocker (The Penguins-Earth Angel), born in Los Angeles (d. 2012)
  • 1934 Steve Lacy [Lackritz], American jazz soprano saxophonist (Thelonious Monk), born in New York City (d. 2004)
  • 1940 Gary Stites, American rock vocalist (Lonely For You), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1942 Jan de Hont, Dutch guitarist (ZZ & Masks), born in Amsterdam
  • 1942 Madeline Bell, American singer (Black Nativity), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1943 Tony Joe White, American rocker (Polk Salad Annie), born in Oak Grove, Louisiana (d. 2018)
  • 1944 Dino Danelli, American rock drummer (Fotomaker, Young Rascals), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • 1945 Harold W Hennep, Arubians Dutch dancer and actor (Plus Echo)
  • 1946 Andy MacKay, English rock saxophone and oboe player (Roxy Music), born in London
  • 1946 Keith Ferguson, American blues bassist (Fabulous Thunderbirds), born in Houston, Texas (d. 1997)
  • 1947 David Essex [Cook], English rock vocalist and actor (That'll be the Day), born in London, England

  • 1950 Blair Thornton, Canadian rock guitarist (Bachman-Turner-Overdrive), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1950 Ian Thomas, Canadian singer-songwriter (Painted Ladies), born in Hamilton, Ontario
  • 1952 Janis Siegel, American jazz singer (Manhattan Transfer-Tuxedo Junction), born in NYC, New York
  • 1954 Marisa DeFranco, Canadian musician (The DeFranco Family), born in Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada
  • 1961 Martin Gore, English rocker (Depeche Mode-Just Can't Get Enough), born in Dagenham, Essex, England
  • 1965 Slash [Saul Hudson], English-American rock guitarist & songwriter (Guns N' Roses-Sweet Child o' Mine), born in London, England
  • 1968 Nick Menza, American musician and drummer (Megadeth), born in Munich, West Germany (d. 2016)
  • 1970 Sam Watters, American R&B singer and songwriter (Color Me Badd - "Wanna Sex You Up"), born in Camp Springs, Maryland

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1971 Alison Krauss, American bluegrass singer and fiddler (Union Station; Raising Sand), born in Decatur, Illinois

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  • 1971 Dalvin DeGrate, American R&B singer and rapper, (Jodeci - "Cry For You"), born in Hampton, Virginia
  • 1971 Christopher Lee [Lee Meng Soon], Malaysian actor, singer and model (Show Hand), born in Malacca, Malaysia
  • 1971 Zindy Laursen, Danish-American pop singer (Cut'N'Move - "Give It Up"; Zindy Kuku Boogaloo), born in Svendborg, Denmark
  • 1973 Fran[cis] Healy, Scottish rock musician (Travis), born in Stafford, England
  • 1973 Himesh Reshammiya, Indian Bollywood composer, singer and actor.
  • 1976 Jonathan Gallant, Canadian musician (Billy Talent), born in Streetsville, Ontario
  • 1978 Stefanie Sun, Singaporean singer
  • 1980 Michelle Williams, American singer (Destiny's Child), born in Rockford, Illinois
  • 1981 Steve Jocz, Canadian drummer (Sum 41)
  • 1985 Matthew Murphy, English musician (The Wombats), born in Liverpool