On This Day

Musicians Born on June 11

  • 1672 Francesco Antonio Bonporti, Italian priest and amateur composer, born in Padua, Italy (d. 1749)
  • 1697 Francesco Antonio Vallotti, Italian organist, composer and theorist, born in Vercelli, Piedmont, Italy (d. 1780)
  • 1704 José António Carlos de Seixas, Portuguese composer, born in Coimbra, Portugal (d. 1742)
  • 1740 Luigi Gatti, Italian composer, born in Lazise, Verona (d. 1817)
  • 1849 Joseph Vezina, Quebec composer, born in Quebec City (d. 1924)
  • 1861 Sigismund Vladislavovich Zaremba, Ukrainian-Russian composer, born in Zhytomyr, Ukraine (d. 1915)

Person of interestRichard Strauss

1864 Richard Strauss, German composer (Also sprach Zarathustra, Don Quixote), born in Munich, Germany (d. 1949)

Composer and Conductor Richard Strauss
Composer and Conductor
Richard Strauss
  • 1874 Richard Stöhr, Austrian composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1967)
  • 1899 George Frederick McKay, American composer, born in Harrington, Washington (d. 1970)
  • 1902 Vissarion Yakovlevich Shebalin, Soviet composer, born in Omsk, Russia (d. 1963)
  • 1904 Clarence "Pinetop" Smith, American jazz pianist and singer (Boogie Woogie Piano), born in Troy, Alabama (d. 1929)
  • 1904 Emil František Burian, Czech author and composer, born in Plzeň, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1959)
  • 1904 Alan Roth, American orchestra leader (Milton Berle Show), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1972)
  • 1907 Marino Barreto, Cuban pianist and singer, born in Havana, Cuba (d. 1995)
  • 1910 Carmine Coppola, American composer and conductor (The Godfather II, Apocalypse Now), born in NYC, New York (d. 1991)
  • 1912 Mukhtar Ashrafi, Soviet-Uzbek composer, born in Bukhara, Uzbekistan (d. 1975)

  • 1920 Hazel Scott, Trinidadian singer and pianist, born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (d. 1981)
  • 1920 Shelly Manne, American 'West Coast' jazz and session drummer, percussionist, composer, and bandleader, born in New York City (d. 1984)
  • 1922 Tony Charmoli, American dancer, choreographer, and director (Dinah Shore, Danny Kaye), born in Mountain Iron, Minnesota (d. 2020)
  • 1926 Brother Dave Gardner, American comedian, drummer and singer, born in Jackson, Tennessee (d. 1983)
  • 1926 Carlisle Floyd, American opera composer (Slow Dusk), born in Latta, South Carolina
  • 1927 Beryl Grey, English prima ballerina, born in Highgate, London
  • 1927 Josef Anton Reidl, German composer, born in Munich, Germany (d. 2016)
  • 1928 Bob Gordon, American cool jazz baritone saxophonist, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1955)
  • 1929 Lennie Niehaus, American jazz saxophonist and film composer (Clint Eastwood films), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2020)
  • 1931 Audrey Schuh, American operatic soprano, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1934 Thornton James "Pookie" Hudson, American vocalist (The Spaniels - "Goodnite Sweetheart Goodnite"), born in Des Moines, Iowa (d. 2007)
  • 1936 Jud Strunk, American singer-songwriter ( "Daisy a Day"), and comedian (Laugh-In), born in Jamestown, New York (d. 1981)
  • 1939 Wilma Burgess, American country-pop singer ("Misty Blue"), born in Orlando, Florida (d. 2003)
  • 1939 Bernard Purdie, American jazz and session drummer, born in Elkton, Maryland
  • 1940 Joey Dee [DiNicola] American singer (The Starliters - "Peppermint Twist"), born in Passaic, New Jersey
  • 1947 Glenn Leonard, American R&B singer (Temptations, 1975-83 - "In A Lifetime"; "Power"), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1948 Skip Alan, English drummer (Them - "G-L-O-R-I-A", Pretty Things - "S.F. Sorrow"), born in Westminster, London
  • 1948 Lynsey de Paul, British singer and actress (Sugar Me), born in London (d. 2014)
  • 1948 Bob Roetker, American jazz guitarist (Jazz Ambassadors), and teacher (Armed Forces School of Music), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1949 Frank Beard, American blues-rock drummer (ZZ Top - "Legs"), born in Frankton, Texas

  • 1950 Graham Russell, Australian rock vocalist (Air Supply), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1952 Donnie Van Zant, American rock vocalist (.38 Special), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1954 Johnny Neel, American musician, singer and songwriter (The Allman Brothers Band; Gov't Mule; Dickey Betts), born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • 1956 Jamaaladeen Tacuma [Rudy McDaniel], American jazz bassist (Ornette Coleman), born in Hempstead, New York
  • 1958 Kevin Wilkinson, British drummer (The Waterboys; China Crisis; Squeeze), born in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England (d. 1999)
  • 1960 Nick Hallam, British DJ and producer (Stereo MCs - "Connected"), born in Nottingham, England
  • 1962 Rob B [Birch], British singer (Stereo MCs - "Connected"), born in Ruddington, Nottinghamshire, England
  • 1963 Elvis Stanić, Croatian contemporary jazz fusion guitarist, born in Rijeka, Yugoslavia (now Croatia)
  • 1964 Antti Sarpila, Finnish swing jazz clarinetist, born in Helsinki, Finland
  • 1965 Gioia Bruno, Italian-American rocker (Exposé), born in Bari, Puglia, Italy
  • 1969 Nancy Blogg, Swiss dancer (Josephine)
  • 1969 Steven Drozd, American rock singer-songwriter, and drummer (The Flaming Lips - "Do You Realize??"), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1970 Chris Rice, American contemporary Christian and folk music singer-songwriter ("When Did You Fall (In Love With Me)"), poet, and visual artist, born in Clinton, Maryland
  • 1976 Tai Anderson, American contemporay Christian rock bass player (Third Day, 1992-2015), born in Georgia
  • 1977 Ozan Musluoğlu, Turkish ska-punk (Athena), and jazz bassist, born in Germany
  • 1979 Texito Langa, Mozambican jazz drummer-percussionist, composer, and arranger, born in Maputo, Mozambique
  • 1985 Chris Trousdale, American pop singer and dancer, born in New Port Richey, Florida
  • 1985 Josh Ramsay, Canadian singer and songwriter (Marianas Trench), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1987 TiA, Japanese pop singer (Ryuusei), born in Yokohama, Japan