Musicians Born on July 25

  • 1579 Valerius Otto, German composer, born in Leipzig (d. after 1612)
  • 1654 Agostino Steffani, Italian-German diplomat and composer, born in Castelfranco Veneto, Italy (d. 1728)
  • 1657 Philipp Heinrich Erlebach, German composer, born in Esens, Germany (d. 1714)
  • 1772 Gottlob Benedikt Bierey, German composer, born in Dresden, Germany (d. 1840)
  • 1780 Christian Theodor Weinlig, German composer, teacher and choir master, born in Dresden, Saxony (d. 1842)
  • 1786 Giacomo Cordella, Italian composer, born in Naples, Italy (d. 1846)
  • 1832 Simon Hassler, German-American composer, born in Germany (d. 1901)
  • 1855 Edward Solomon, English composer, born in Lambeth, London (d. 1895)
  • 1878 Heinrich Gebhard, German-born American composer, born in Sobernheim, Rhineland-Palatinate (d. 1963)
  • 1883 Alfredo Casella, Italian pianist, conductor (Boston Pops, 1927-29), and composer (La Giara; Concerto Romana), born in Turin, Italy (d. 1947)
  • 1893 Dorothy Dickson, American actress and dancer (Paying The Piper; Danny Boy), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1995)
  • 1895 Yvonne Printemps, French singer and actress (Paris Waltz; Voyage to America), born in Ermont, France (d. 1977)
  • 1897 Hermann Ambrosius, German composer, born in Hamburg (d. 1983)
  • 1903 André Fleury, French organist and composer, born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France (d. 1995)
  • 1907 (Cornelius) "Johnny" Hodges, American jazz alto saxophonist (Duke Ellington Orchestra), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1970)
  • 1908 Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, Indian Carnatic vocalist, born in Tirukkodikaval, Thanjavur District, India (d. 2003)
  • 1909 Gianandrea Gavazzeni, Italian composer and conductor, born in Bergamo, Italy (d. 1996)
  • 1925 William "Benny" Benjamin, American session drummer (Motown's Funk Brothers), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1969) [1]
  • 1926 Teodor Grigoriu, Romanian classical music and film score composer, born in Galați, Romania (d. 2014)
  • 1930 Annie Ross, British-American jazz singer (Lambert, Hendricks & Ross - "Twisted") and actress, born in London (d. 2020)
  • 1930 Maureen Forrester, Canadian operatic contralto (Mahler's "Resurrection" Symphony), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2010)
  • 1931 Paul Danblon, Belgian composer, opera director, opera administrator and scientific journalist, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 2018)
  • 1932 Gibson Kente, South African playwright and composer, born in Duncan Village, Eastern Cape (d. 2014)
  • 1934 Don Ellis, American avant garde jazz trumpeter, and Grammy Award-winning film score composer (The French Connection), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1978)
  • 1937 Dmitry Smolsky, Belarusian orchestral, choral, theater and pop music composer, and teacher (Belarusian State Academy of Music, 1962-2014), born in Minsk, Belorussian SSR (d. 2017)
  • 1939 Richard Akre Trythall, American composer, born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1941 Donna Theodore, American actress and singer (Hollywood Talent Scouts), born in Pleasanton, California
  • 1941 Manuel "Manny" Charlton, Spanish hard rock guitarist (Nazareth - "Love Hurts"), born in La Línea, Andalusia, Spain
  • 1942 Bruce Woodley, Australian folk-pop singer-songwriter ("Red Rubber Ball"; "Cloudy"; "I Am Australian"), guitarist, and banjo player (The Seekers - "Georgy Girl"; "I'll Never Find Another You"), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1943 Jim McCarty, English rock drummer (Yardbirds - "For Your Love"; Renaissance, 1969-70), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1943 Roy Acuff Jr., American country musician ("Looks Like baby's Gone"), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1944 Tom Dawes, American rock bassist (The Cyrkle -"Red Rubber Ball"), and commercial jingle composer ("Plop, Plop, Fizz, Fizz” for Alka-Seltzer and “7Up, the Uncola”), born in Albany, New York (d. 2007)
  • 1945 Jim Price, America session and touring horn player, and arranger (Rolling Stones; Bonnie and Delaney; Joe Cocker), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1946 José Areas, Nicaraguan percussionist (Santana, 1969-77, 1987-89), born in Leon, Nicaragua
  • 1946 Rita Marley (née Alpharita Anderson), Jamaican singer (I Threes), and the widow of Bob Marley, born in Santiago de Cuba
  • 1948 Steve Goodman, American folk singer and songwriter ("City of New Orleans"; "You Never Even Called Me by My Name"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1984)
  • 1949 Denman Maroney, American jazz pianist and composer (Hyperpiano), born in New Jersey
  • 1950 Mark Clarke, English bassist (Colosseum; Tempest; Uriah Heep), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1951 Vanessa [Connie Witteman], Dutch model and singer, born in Voorburg, Netherlands
  • 1951 Verdine White, American soul-funk, and R&B bassist songwriter (Earth, Wind & Fire - "Mighty, Mighty"; "That's The Way Of The World"), and philanthropist, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1954 Ken Greer, Canadian rock guitarist (Red Rider - "Lunatic Fringe"; "Big League"), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1957 Roger Clinton Jr., American actor and lounge singer, President Clinton's half-brother, born in Hot Springs, Arkansas
  • 1958 Henk Wanders, Dutch bassist (Frank Boeijen Group), born in Nijmegen, Netherlands
  • 1958 Thurston Moore, American guitarist and songwriter (Sonic Youth - "100%"), born in Coral Gables, Florida
  • 1965 Marty Brown, American country singer ("It Must Be The Rain"; "Wildest Dreams"), born in Maceo, Kentucky
  • 1966 Lynda Lemay, French Canadian chanson singer, born in Portneuf, Quebec
  • 1966 Maureen Herman, American bassist (Babes in Toyland) and writer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1969 Trevor Peres, American heavy metal guitarist (Obituary - "The End Complete"), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1971 Roger Creager, American country music singer-songwriter ("Bad Friend to a Good Man"), born in Corpus Christi, Texas
  • 1973 Dani Filth [Daniel Davey], British lyricist, and heavy metal singer (Cradle of Filth), born in Hertford, Hertfordshire, England
  • 1974 Paul Epworth, British Grammy and Academy Award-winning record producer, musician, and songwriter (Adele, Florence and the Machine, and Rihanna), born, Bishop's Stortford, England
  • 1980 Diam's [Mélanie Georgiades], French rapper, born in Nicosia, Cyprus
  • 1988 Sarah Geronimo, Filipino pop singer ("Tala") and actress (You Changed My Life), born in Santa Cruz, Manila, Philippines