On This Day

Birthdays in Music on July 6

  • 1580 Johann Stobäus, North German composer, born in Graudenz, Poland (d. 1646)
  • 1632 Albert Schop, German composer, born in Hamburg (d. 1667)
  • 1632 Pietro Reggio, Italian composer and musician, born in Genoa (d. 1685)
  • 1678 Nicola Francesco Haym, Italian composer, born in Rome (d. 1729)
  • 1702 Franz Anton Maichelbeck, German composer, born in Reichenau, Germany (d. 1750)
  • 1739 Friedrich Wilhelm Rust, German violinist and composer, born in Wörlitz, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1796)
  • 1747 Coelestin Jungbauer, German composer, born in Grattersdorf, Bavaria (d. 1823)
  • 1773 Wenzel Thomas Matiegka, Czech composer, born in Choceň, Czech Republic (d. 1830)
  • 1837 Władysław Żeleński, Polish organist and composer, born in Grodkowice (d. 1921)
  • 1852 John Albert Delany, Australian composer, born in Ratcliff, London (d. 1907)
  • 1864 Alberto Nepomuceno, Brazilian composer and conductor (Artemis), born in Fortaleza, State of Ceará, Brazil (d. 1920)
  • 1865 Emile Jaques-Dalcroze, Swiss musician, composer, and pedagogue (Dalcroze Eurythmics), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1950)
  • 1877 David Stanley Smith, American composer (Merrymount), born in Toledo, Ohio (d. 1949)
  • 1898 Hanns Eisler, Austrian composer (East German National Anthem), born in Leipzig, German Empire (d. 1962)
  • 1904 Robert Whitney, American conductor (Sospiro do Roma), born in Newcastle-on-Tyne, England (d. 1986)
  • 1906 Elisabeth Lutyens, English composer, born in London (d. 1983)

  • 1908 Léonce Grass, Flemish singer and conductor, born in Borgerhout, Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1993)
  • 1910 Dorothy Kirsten, American operatic soprano (Time to Sing, Chevy Show), born in Montclair, New Jersey (d. 1992)
  • 1911 Laverne Andrews, American singer (Andrews Sisters), born in Mound, Minnesota (d. 1967)
  • 1915 Marcel Quinet, Belgian pianist and composer (Vague et Sillon), born in Binche, Belgium (d. 1986)
  • 1917 Hugo Cole, composer and music critic, born in London (d. 1995)
  • 1918 Eugene List, American concert pianist and teacher (Eastman School of Music), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1922 Francisco Moncion, American dancer, born in La Vega, Dominican Republic (d. 1995)
  • 1923 Marie McDonald, American singer and actress known as "The Body Beautiful" (Promises Promises), born in Burgin, Kentucky (d. 1965)
  • 1924 Louie Bellson, American jazz drummer and orchestra leader (Pearl Bailey Show), born in Rock Falls, Illinois (d. 2009)

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1925 Bill Haley, American rock vocalist known as the father of Rock 'n' Roll (Rock Around the Clock), born in Highland Park, Michigan (d. 1981)

Father of Rock 'n' Roll Bill Haley
Father of Rock 'n' Roll
Bill Haley
  • 1927 Charles Whittenberg, American composer, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1984)
  • 1927 Nilo Soruco, Bolivian singer and songwriter, born in Tarija, Bolivia (d. 2004)
  • 1929 Gerd Zacher, German composer, born in Meppen (d. 2014)
  • 1931 Danny White, American singer and bandleader, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1996)
  • 1932 Della Reese [Delloreese Patricia Early], American singer and actress (Della Reese Show, Royal Family), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2017)
  • 1937 Gene Chandler [Eugene Dixon], American rocker (Duke of Earl), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1937 Vladimir Ashkenazy, Russian pianist and conductor (Tchaikovsky-1962), born in Gorky, Russia
  • 1938 Franco Luambo, Congolese composer, guitarist and bandleader (Masumbuku), born in Sona Bata, Belgian Congo (d. 1989)
  • 1939 Jet Harris [Terence Harris], English rock bassist (Drifters), born in London, England (d. 2011)
  • 1940 Jeannie Seely, American country music singer (Don't Touch Me), born in Titusville, Pennsylvania

  • 1949 Michael Shrieve, American drummer, percussionist, and composer (Santana), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1950 Phyllis Hyman, American jazz singer (Prime of My Life), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1995)
  • 1952 Jesse Harms, American musician and songwriter (The Waboritas), born in Massachusetts
  • 1952 Greg Ladanyi, Hungarian-American record producer and recording engineer, born in Elkhart, Indiana (d. 2009)
  • 1953 Nanci Griffith, American singer and songwriter (Poet in My Window), born in Seguin, Texas
  • 1956 John Jorgenson, American singer (Desert Rose Band-Love Reunited), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1959 John Keeble, English rock drummer (Spandau Ballet-True), born in London, England
  • 1967 Heather Nova, Bermudian singer and songwriter (Oyster), born in Bermuda
  • 1969 Michael Grant, British vocalist (Musical Youth)
  • 1970 Inspectah Deck [Jason Hunter], American rapper and producer (Wu-Tang Clan, Czarface), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1970 Frank Salvato II, Italian-American sound Engineer and composer, born in Camden, New Jersey
  • 1970 Martin Smith, English singer (Delirious?), born in London, England
  • 1972 Isabelle Boulay, French-Canadian singer (Parle-moi), born in Sainte-Félicité, Quebec, Canada
  • 1972 Mark Gasser, British concert pianist, born in Sheffield, Yorkshire
  • 1975 50 Cent [Curtis James Jackson III], American rapper and businessman, born in Queens, New York
  • 1979 Nic Cester, Australian musician (Jet), born in Dingley, Melbourne, Australia
  • 1982 Tay Zonday, American singer and keyboardist
  • 1984 Lauren Harris, British rock singer, born in Essex, England
  • 1987 Kate Nash, English singer songwriter and actress, born in London, England