Birthdays in Music on June 12

  • 1468 Juan del Encina, Spanish author and composer, born in Encinas, Spain (d. 1529)
  • 1842 Rikard Nordraak, Norwegian composer, born in Oslo, Norway (d.1866)
  • 1857 Achille Simonetti, Italian violinist and composer, born in Turin, Italy (d. 1928)
  • 1874 Willem Landré, Dutch composer, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1948)
  • 1876 Narciso Garay, Panamanian composer, born in Panama (d. 1953)
  • 1885 Werner Erich Josten, German composer (Jungle), born in Elberfeld, Germany (d. 1963)
  • 1892 John Donald Robb, American composer, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1989)
  • 1897 Alexandre Tansman, Polish composer (Dyptique), born in Łódź, Poland (d. 1986)
  • 1900 Amadeo Roldán, Cuban composer and violinist, born in Paris (d. 1939)
  • 1903 Emmett Hardy, American jazz musician, born in Gretna, Louisiana (d. 1925)
  • 1904 Eino Roiha, Finnish composer, born in Vyborg (d. 1955)
  • 1907 Giorgio Nataletti, Italian composer, born in Rome, Italy (d. 1972)
  • 1908 Marina Semyonova, Russian ballerina, born in Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire (d. 2010)
  • 1909 Archie Bleyer, American orchestra leader (Arthur Godfrey), born in Queens, New York (d. 1989)
  • 1909 Mansel Treharne Thomas, Welsh composer, born in Tylorstown, Rhondda, Wales (d. 1986)
  • 1914 Peter Lancelot Williams, English dance journalist, born in Burton Joyce, Nottingham (d. 1995)

  • 1914 Bill Kenny, American singer (The Bill Kenny Show), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • 1922 Leif Thybo, Danish composer and organist, born in Holstebro, Denmark (d. 2001)
  • 1928 Richard Sherman, American composer and lyricist (The Sherman Brothers - Mary Poppins), born in NYC, New York
  • 1928 Vic Damone [Vito Farinola], American singer (On the Street Where You Live), entertainer, actor and TV presenter (Vic Damone Show), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2018)
  • 1930 Jim Nabors, American actor and singer (Gomer Pyle, Back Home Again in Indiana), born in Sylacauga, Alabama (d. 2017)
  • 1941 Armando "Chick" Corea, American jazz-fusion pianist and composer (Return To Forever, Delhpi I, Toy Dance), born in Chelsea, Massachusetts
  • 1941 Reg Presley [Reginald Maurice Ball], English rock vocalist (Troggs-Wild Thing) and songwriter, born in Andover, Hampshire, England (d. 2013)
  • 1941 Roy Harper, English musician (Folkjokeopus), born in Rusholme, Manchester
  • 1942 Len Barry [Leonard Borisoff], American rocker (1-2-3-Dovells), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1944 Maurice Jackson, American singer (The Independents - "Leaving Me"), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1946 Eelco Gelling, Dutch blues guitarist (Cuby + Blizzards), born in Zwartsluis, Netherlands
  • 1948 Lyn Collins [Gloria Lavern Collins], American soul singer (Think About It), born in Dime Box, Texas (d. 2005)
  • 1949 John Wetton, British rock vocalist and bassist (Asia, King Crimson), born in Willington (d. 2017)
  • 1951 Bun E. Carlos [Brad Carlson], American rock drummer (Cheap Trick-Dream Police), born in Rockford, Illinois
  • 1951 Brad Delp, American rock musician (lead singer of Boston and RTZ), born in Peabody, Massachusetts (d. 2007)
  • 1952 Dale Krantz, American singer (Rossington-Collins Band)
  • 1952 Oliver Knussen, British composer (Where the Wild Things Are, Chicara), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2018)

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1952 Pete Farndon, English musician (The Pretenders), born in Hereford, England (d. 1983)

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  • 1953 Jonathan "Rocky" Burnette, American rock and roll vocalist ("Tired of Toein' the Line"), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1958 Rebecca Holden, American actress and singer (Knight Rider), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1959 John Linnell, American musician (They Might Be Giants), born in NYC, New York
  • 1962 Paul Clark, English musician (The Bolshoi), born in Leeds, England
  • 1965 Cindy Lee Berryhill, American singer and songwriter (Baby), born in Silver Lake, Los Angeles, California
  • 1965 Filip Topol, Czech musician and writer
  • 1968 Bobby Sheehan, American musician (Blues Traveler) (d. 1999)
  • 1969 Zsolt Daczi, Hungarian guitarist (Omen, Bikini) (d. 2007)
  • 1977 Kenny Wayne Shepherd [Brobst], American blues-rock guitarist, born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1981 John Gourley, American musician, singer, and songwriter (Portugal. The Man), born in Wasilla, Alaska
  • 1982 Ben Blackwell, American musician
  • 1983 Josh Dies, American author and musician (Showbread)
  • 1985 Tasha-Ray Evin, Canadian musician (Lillix)
  • 1985 Chris Young, American musician
  • 1992 Allie DiMeco American musician and actress (The Naked Brothers Band)