Birthdays in Music on July 31

  • 1550 Jakob Handl, [Petelin], Austrian composer/bandmaster
  • 1629 Johann Jakob Lowe von Eisenach, composer
  • 1767 Amelie Julia Candielle, composer
  • 1808 Frederick Nichols Crouch, composer
  • 1828 François-Auguste Gevaert, Belgian composer (Le diable au moulin), born in Huise (d. 1908)
  • 1830 František Zdeněk Skuherský, Czech composer, born in Opočno, Bohemia (d. 1892)
  • 1847 Ignatio Cervantes, Cuban pianist and composer (Danzas Cubanas), born in Havana (d. 1905)
  • 1848 Jean Robert Planquette, French composer (Bells of Corneville), born in Paris (d. 1903)
  • 1893 Charles Wilfred Orr, English pianist and composer (settings of A.E. Housman poems), born in Cheltenham (d. 1976)
  • 1894 Roy Bargy, American pianist and composer (Jimmy Durante Show), born in Newaygo, Michigan (d. 1974)
  • 1900 Erich Katz, German-born American composer and musicologist, born in Posen (d. 1974)
  • 1911 George Liberace, American violinist (Liberace Show), born in Menasha, Wisconsin (d. 1983)
  • 1918 Hank Jones, American jazz pianist and composer, born in Vicksburg, Mississippi (d. 2010)
  • 1919 Norman Del Mar, British conductor and writer (Conducting Brahms), born in London (d. 1994)
  • 1920 Rudolf Halaczinsky, German composer, born in Emma-Grube, Upper Silesia (d. 1999)
  • 1931 Kenny Burrell, American guitarist (Organ Grinder Swing), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1932 Morey Carr, American singer (Playmates) (d. 1987)
  • 1936 Bonnie Brown, country singer (The Browns), born in Sparkman, Arkansas (d. 2016)
  • 1939 John R. West, rock guitarist (Gary Lewis & Playboys-This Diamond Ring), born in Uhrichsville, Ohio
  • 1943 Lobo [Kent Lavoie], American singer-songwriter, born in Tallahassee, Florida
  • 1945 Tomas Vackar, composer
  • 1946 Gary Lewis [Levitch], American singer (Gary Lewis & the Playboys) born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1947 Karl Green, English rock bassist (Herman's Hermits), born in Salford, England
  • 1953 Hugh McDowell, British cellist (Electric Light Orchestra), born in Hampstead, London
  • 1957 Daniel Ash, British musician (Bauhaus), born in Northampton, England
  • 1958 Bill Berry, American drummer (R.E.M.), born in Duluth, Minnesota
  • 1959 Stanley Jordan, American jazz guitarist, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1963 Norman Cook [Fatboy Slim], English musician and record producer (Housemartins, Fatboy Slim), born in Bromley, England
  • 1964 Jim Corr, Irish singer and musician (The Corrs), born in Dundalk, Ireland
  • 1967 Mitsuo Iwata, Japanese voice actor and singer, born in Tokorozawa, Saitama, Japan
  • 1967 Minako Honda, Japanese singer and musical actress, born in Itabashi, Tokyo (d. 2005)
  • 1971 John Lowery, American guitarist (The Devil Knows My Name), born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan
  • 1973 Jerry Rivera, Puerto Rican singer (Abriendo Puertas), born in Humacao, Puerto Rico
  • 1974 Emilia Fox, English actress (The Pianist), born in London
  • 1975 Allan von Schenkel, American musician
  • 1976 Joshua Cain, American musician (Motion City Soundtrack)
  • 1978 Will Champion, English musician (drummer for Coldplay), born in Southampton, England
  • 1978 Zac Brown, American musician (Zac Brown Band), born in Dahlonega, Georgia
  • 1979 Jade Kwan, Hong Kong singer, born in Hong Kong
  • 1981 Ira Losco, Maltese singer (Walk on Water), born in Sliema, Malta
  • 1981 Matthew Sanders, American singer (Avenged Sevenfold), born in Huntington Beach, California