On This Day

Musicians Born on July 8

  • 1574 Giovanni Battista Stefanini, composer
  • 1604 Heinrich Albert, German composer (Arien oder Melodien)
  • 1637 Johann Georg Ebeling, German composer, born in Lüneburg (d. 1676)
  • 1638 Matteo Coferati, composer
  • 1757 Richard Wainwright, English composer and church organist (d. 1825)
  • 1819 Vatroslav Lisinski [Ignatius Fuchs], Croatian composer (Love and Malice), born in Zagreb, Kingdom of Croatia, Austrian Empire (d. 1854)
  • 1857 Rudolf Dellinger, composer
  • 1871 Clement Harris, English composer, born in London (d. 1897)
  • 1882 Percy Grainger, Australian-American concert pianist and composer (Hill Songs; Country Garden), born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • 1900 George Antheil, American composer (Airplane Sonata), born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • 1904 Bill Challis, arranger/pianist
  • 1907 Kishio Hirao, composer

Person of interestLouis Jordan

1908 Louis Jordan, American musician, songwriter and bandleader (Caldonia), born in Brinkley, Arkansas (d. 1975)

Musician Louis Jordan
Louis Jordan
  • 1911 Gertrude Niesen, American actress, comedian, and songwriter (Start Cheering, Rookies on Parade), born in NYC, New York (d. 1975)
  • 1914 Billy Eckstine, American jazz singer (Tenderly, A Fool in Love), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1993)
  • 1924 Johnnie Johnson, American blues and jazz piano player (Chuck Berry's band), born in Fairmount, West Virginia (d. 2005)

  • 1928 Norma Donaldson, American singer and actress (Poetic Justice, 5 Heartbeats), born in Harlem, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1931 Jerry Vale [Gennaro Vitaliano], American pop singer ("Arriverderci Roma"; "Have You Looked Into Your Heart"), born in The Bronx, New York City (d. 2014)
  • 1931 Louis Ballard [Honganózhe], Native American composer and educator (The Four Moons), born near Quapaw, Oklahoma (d. 2007) [1]
  • 1935 Steve Lawrence [Sidney Leibowitz], American singer and actor (Go Away Little Girl, Lonely Guy), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1938 Alan Aldridge, British artist, graphic designer and illustrator whose artwork was used in record covers for The Beatles and The Who, born in London, England (d. 2017)
  • 1944 Jaimoe "Johnny" Johanson, American rock drummer (The Allman Brothers Band), born in Ocean Springs, Mississippi
  • 1946 Cynthia Gregory, LA, ballerina (NY Ballet Co)
  • 1948 Raffi, children's singer (Baby Beluga)
  • 1951 Greg T Walker, rock bassist (Blackfoot)
  • 1951 Pleas Ned Sublette, composer
  • 1956 Russell Christian, rocker (Christians-Harvest the World)
  • 1958 Carlos Cavazo, rocker (Quiet Riot - Metal Health)
  • 1958 Fred Young, singer (Kentucky Headhunters-Davy Crockett), born in Glasgow, Kentucky
  • 1961 Andy Fletcher, rocker (Depeche Mode-Just Can't Get Enough)
  • 1961 Graham Jones, rock guitarist (Haircut 100)

Person of interestToby Keith

1961 Toby Keith, American country singer and actor (Boomtown, Blue Moon), born in Clinton, Oklahoma

Country Singer and Actor Toby Keith
Country Singer and Actor
Toby Keith
  • 1967 Jordan Chan, Hong Kong actor and singer
  • 1969 Sugizo [Yasuhiro Sugihara], Japanese guitarist and singer, born in Hadano, Kanagawa
  • 1970 Beck [Bek David Campbell], American singer (Morning Phase), born in Los Angeles
  • 1974 Zhanna Friske, Russian actress and singer
  • 1975 Elias Viljanen, Finnish Guitarist
  • 1976 David Kennedy, American guitarist (Angels & Airwaves)
  • 1985 Jamie Cook, British musician (Arctic Monkeys)
  • 1992 Taylor Maine Pearl Brooks, daughter of country singer Garth Brooks
  • 1992 Benjamin Grosvenor, British pianist