Birthdays in Music on July 4

  • 1694 Louis-Claude Daquin [d'Acquin], French organist and composer (La Rose), born in Paris (d. 1772)
  • 1762 Marco Santucci, Italian composer, born in Camaiore, Tuscany, Italy (d. 1843)
  • 1769 Louis-Luc Loiseau de Persuis, French composer, born in Metz, France (d. 1819)
  • 1793 Franz Pecháček, Austrian-German composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1840)

Person of interestStephen Foster

1826 Stephen Foster, American composer (Oh! Susanna, Swanee River), born in Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania (d. 1864)

Father of American Music Stephen Foster
Father of American Music
Stephen Foster
  • 1829 Hermann Kotzschmar, German-American composer, born in Finsterwalde, Germany (d. 1909)
  • 1840 James McGranahan, American composer, born in Adamsville, Pennsylvania (d. 1907)
  • 1842 Gyula Erkel, Hungarian composer, son of Ferenc Erkel, born in Pest (d. 1909)
  • 1850 Ole Olsen, Norwegian composer and organist, born in Hammerfest, Finnmark (d. 1927)
  • 1854 Heinrich Zöllner, German composer, born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1941)
  • 1883 Maximilian Steinberg, Russian composer, born in Vilnius, Russian Empire (d. 1946)
  • 1886 Heinrich Kaminski, German composer, born in Tiengen, Schwarzwald, Germany (d. 1946)
  • 1895 Irving Caesar, American songwriter (Sometimes I'm Happy), born in NYC, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1896 Adolph Hallis, South African pianist and composer, born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa (d. 1987)

Person of interestGertrude Lawrence

1898 Gertrude Lawrence, English actress (Mimi, Rembrandt) and musical performer, born in London (d. 1952)

Actress and Musical Performer Gertrude Lawrence
Actress and Musical Performer
Gertrude Lawrence

Person of interestGeorge Murphy

1902 George Murphy, American politician (US Senator, California), actor and dancer (MGM Parade), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1992)

Actor and Senator George Murphy
Actor and Senator
George Murphy

  • 1903 Flor Peeters, Flemish organist and composer (Lied Symphony), born in Tielen, Flanders, Belgium (d. 1986)
  • 1904 Artur Malawski, Polish composer, born in Przemyśl, Poland (d. 1957)
  • 1904 Seger Pillot Ellis, American jazz pianist and vocalist, born in Houston, Texas (d. 1995)
  • 1905 Dante Fiorillo, American composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1970)
  • 1907 Howard Taubman, American music and theater critic, born in Manhattan (d. 1996)
  • 1909 Alec Templeton, Welsh pianist and composer (Concertino Lirico), born in Cardiff, Wales (d. 1963)
  • 1910 Champion Jack [William Thomas] Dupree, American boxer and pianist, born in Irish Channel, New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1992)
  • 1915 Jimmie Rogers, singer (Sugar Hill Time), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1921 Tibor Varga, Hungarian violinist and orchestra leader (Ripley's Game), born in Győr, Hungary (d. 2003)
  • 1928 Cathy Berberian, American mezzo-soprano and composer (Stripsody), born in Attleboro, Massachusetts (d. 1983)
  • 1936 Richard "Dick" Hyde, American trombonist and session musician (Frank Sinatra, Steely Dan, Madonna), born in Lansing, Michigan
  • 1938 Bill Withers, American rhythm & blues singer (Lean on Me), born in Slab Fork, West Virginia
  • 1940 Dave Rowberry, English rocker (The Animals-House of the Rising Sun), born in Nottingham, England (d. 2003)
  • 1943 Alan Wilson, American rock guitarist and vocalist (Canned Heat), born in Arlington, Massachusetts (d. 1970)
  • 1943 Conny Bauer, German musician, born in Halle, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany
  • 1944 Harvey Brooks [Goldstein], American bassist, born in Manhattan, New York
  • 1947 William "Bill" Schnee, American musician, music producer, and audio engineer, born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1948 Jeremy Spencer, British rock guitarist (Fleetwood Mac-Oh Well), born in Hartlepool, County Durham, England
  • 1949 Tonio K, American singer (16 Tons of Monkeys), born in Palm Desert, California
  • 1951 Ralph Johnson, American rock drummer (Earth Wind & Fire-Shining Star), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1955 John Waite, English vocalist (Babies/Bad English-Forget Me Not, Missing You), born in Lancaster, England
  • 1958 Kirk Pengilly, Australian rocker (Inxs-Kiss the Dirt), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1959 Bill McCorvey, singer (Pirates of Miss-Fred Jake), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1964 Mark Allen Slaughter, American guitarist (Slaughter-Stick it Live), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1968 Jack Frost, American musician
  • 1971 Andy Creeggan, Canadian musician
  • 1972 William Goldsmith, American drummer (Foo Fighters, Sunny Day Real Estate), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1973 Gackt, Japanese singer
  • 1977 Jonas Kjellgren, Swedish musician (Scar Symmetry)
  • 1978 Stephen McNally, British singer and songwriter (BBMak, 10 Reasons to Live), born in Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • 1983 Ben Jorgensen, American musician
  • 1983 Andy Mrotek, American musician
  • 1984 Gina Glocksen, American singer
  • 1984 Akanishi Jin, Japanese singer
  • 1986 Takahisa Masuda, Japanese singer