On This Day

Birthdays in Music on June 14

  • 1691 Jan Francisci, Slovak composer, born in Banská (d. 1758)
  • 1730 Antonio Sacchini, Italian opera composer, born in Florence (d. 1786)
  • 1760 Candido Jose Ruano, Spanish composer, born in El Viso, Spain (d. 1803)
  • 1763 Johannes Simon Mayr, Italian composer, born in Mendorf, Bavaria (d. 1845)
  • 1769 Dominique Della-Maria, French Italian composer (The Prisoner), born in Marseilles France (d. 1800)
  • 1835 Nikolay Rubinstein, Russian composer and pianist, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1881) (O.S. 2 June)
  • 1854 Frederik Rung, Danish composer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1914)
  • 1865 Auguste Serieyx, French composer and pedagogue, born in Amiens, France (d. 1949)
  • 1877 Jane Bathori, French mezzo-soprano, born in Paris (d. 1970)
  • 1882 Michael Zadora, American pianist and composer, born in New York City (d. 1946)
  • 1884 John McCormack, Irish-American tenor (Irish folksongs), born in Athlone, County Westmeath, Ireland (d. 1945)
  • 1893 Siggie Nordstrom, American singer (The Nordstrom Sisters), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1980)
  • 1895 Cliff Edwards "Ukulele Ike", American singer (54th Street Revue, When You Wish Upon a Star), born in Hannibal, Missouri (d. 1971)
  • 1904 Benno Ammann, Swiss composer, born in Gersau, Sweden (d. 1986)
  • 1908 John Scott Trotter, American orchestra leader (George Gobel Show), born in Charlotte, North Carolina (d. 1975)
  • 1909 Burl Ives, American folk singer and actor (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), born in Hunt City, Illinois (d. 1995)

  • 1910 Rudolf Kempe, German conductor (Tonhalle Orch 1965-72), born in Dresden, Germany (d. 1976)
  • 1916 Karl-Rudi Griesbach, German composer, born in Breckerfeld, Germany (d. 2000)
  • 1918 Carter Harman, American composer, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2007)
  • 1920 Helmer-Rayner Sinisalo, Karelian composer, born in Zlatoust, Ural (d. 1989)
  • 1922 Arthur Jacobs, English musicologist (Penguin Dictionary of Music), born in Manchester (d. 1996)
  • 1923 Theodore Bloomfield, American conductor, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1998)
  • 1929 Cy Coleman [Seymour Kaufman], American songwriter (Witchcraft, Sweet Charity), born in NYC, New York (d. 2004)
  • 1932 Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, American composer, born in Manhattan, New York
  • 1936 Renaldo "Obie" Benson, American singer (The Four Tops), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2005)
  • 1940 Dary John Mizelle, American composer, born in Stillwater, Oklahoma
  • 1943 Harold Wheeler, American composer and orchestrator, born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1943 [Dewey Lindon] Spooner Oldham, American songwriter and session musician (Muscle Shoals), born in Center Star, Alabama
  • 1945 Rod Argent, English rock musician (The Zombies, Argent), born in St Albans, Hertfordshire
  • 1947 Barry Melton, American guitarist (Country Joe and the Fish), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1948 Stephen John Hunter, American guitarist, born in Decatur, Illinois
  • 1949 Alan White, English rock drummer (Yes, Ramshackled), born in Pelton, County Durham, England
  • 1949 Jim Lea, British musician (Slade), born in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England
  • 1949 Papa Wemba, Congolese singer, born Kasai region, Belgian Congo (d. 2016)
  • 1950 Bart van Lier, Dutch trombonist, born in Haarlem
  • 1953 David Thomas, American singer and songwriter (Pere Ubu), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1956 King Diamond [Kim Petersen], Danish heavy metal musician (Merciful Fate, King Diamond), born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 1958 Brian David Willis, rock drummer (Quarterflash)

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1961 Boy George [O'Dowd], British singer-songwriter (Culture Club), born in Bexley, Kent, England

Singer-Songwriter Boy George
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  • 1963 Chris DeGarmo, American guitarist (Queensryche-Breaking the Silence), born in Wenatchee, Washington
  • 1965 Trina Shoemaker, American mixer, record producer, and sound engineer (Queens of the Stone Age, Sheryl Crow), born in Joliet, Illinois
  • 1969 MC Ren [Lorenzo Jerald Patterson], American rapper, born in Compton, California
  • 1973 Ceca Raznatovic, Serbian singer
  • 1975 Bob Nanna, American musician (Braid, Hey Mercedes, The City on Film)
  • 1978 The-Dream [Terius Nash], American R&B singer, born in Rockingham, North Carolina
  • 1982 Lang Lang, Chinese concert pianist (The Painted Veil, Berlin Philharmonic), born in Shenyang, China
  • 1984 Siobhán Donaghy, British singer (ex-Sugababes)
  • 1988 Kevin Michael McHale, American singer