On This Day

Birthdays in Music on June 15

  • 1636 Johann David Mayer, German composer, born in Schwäbisch Hall (d. 1696)
  • 1728 Pietro Alessandro Pavona, Italian composer (d. 1786)
  • 1734 Johann Ernst Altenburg, German composer, organist and trumpeter, born in Weißenfels (d. 1801)
  • 1749 George Joseph Vogler, German composer, organist and teacher, born in Würzburg (d. 1814)
  • 1763 Franz Danzi, German composer and cellist, born in Schwetzingen (d. 1826)
  • 1821 Nikolay Zaremba, Russian composer and teacher of Tchaikovsky, born in Vitebsk Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1879)
  • 1843 Edvard Grieg, Norwegian composer (Bewitched One), born in Bergen, Norway (d. 1907)
  • 1864 Guy Ropartz [Joseph Guy Marie Ropartz], French composer, born in Guingamp, France (d. 1955)
  • 1865 Paul Gilson, Belgian composer, born in Brussels (d. 1942)
  • 1886 Charles Wood, Irish composer of church music, born in Armagh, United Kingdom (d. 1926)
  • 1894 Robert Russell Bennett, American composer and arranger (Oklahoma!), born in Kansas City, Kansas (d. 1981)
  • 1898 Thomas Henry Wait Armstrong, English organist and composer, born in Peterborough, England (d. 1994)
  • 1900 Otto Luening, German American conductor, composer and electronic music pioneer (Sonority Canon), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1996)
  • 1900 Paul J Mares, American jazz trumpetist/composer (Farewell blues)
  • 1910 Berend Giltay, Dutch composer, born in Hilversum, Netherlands (d. 1975)
  • 1910 David Rose, orchestra leader (Red Skelton Show, Stripper), born in London, England

  • 1917 Michalis Genitsaris, Greek singer and composer (d. 2005)
  • 1922 John Veale, English composer, born in Bromley, Kent (d. 2006)

Person of interestErroll Garner

1923 Erroll Garner, American jazz pianist (Misty), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Jazz Pianist Erroll Garner
Jazz Pianist
Erroll Garner
  • 1926 Jan Carlstedt, Swedish composer, born in Orsa, Sweden (d. 2004)
  • 1929 Geoffrey Penwill Parsons, Australian piano player, born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1995)
  • 1929 Gideon Nxumalo, South African jazz composer and pianist, born in Kimberley, South Africa (d. 1970)
  • 1929 Nigel Pickering, American guitarist (Spanky & Our Gang), born in Pontiac, Michigan (d. 2011)
  • 1933 Sergio Endrigo, Italian singer (Marianne), born in Pola, Istria, Italy (now Croatia) (d. 2005)
  • 1934 Ruby Nash Curtis [Garnett], US R&B singer (Ruby and the Romantics), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1936 Alexandru Hrisanide, Romanian composer, born in Petrila, Romania (d. 2018)
  • 1937 Ray Coleman, British music journalist and biographer, born in Leicester (d. 1996)
  • 1937 Rolf Riehm, German composer, born in Saarbrücken
  • 1937 Waylon Jennings, American country singer and guitarist (Ramblin' Man), born in Littlefield, Texas (d. 2002)
  • 1940 Willem Frederik Bon, Dutch composer and pedagogue (Les Prédictions), born in Amersfoort, Utrecht, the Netherlands (d. 1983 )
  • 1941 Harry Nilsson, American singer-songwriter and rock vocalist (Everybody's Talkin', One, Without You), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1943 [Mervyn] Muff Winwood, English songwriter and bassist (Spencer Davis Group, "Gimme Some Lovin"), born in Erdington, Birmingham
  • 1943 Johnny Hallyday [Jean-Philippe Smet], French singer and actor known as the "Elvis Presley of France," born in Paris, France (d. 2017)
  • 1946 Janet Lennon, vocalist (Lennon Sisters)
  • 1946 Noddy Holder, Walsall United Kingdom, rock vocalist/guitarist (Slade- Cum On Feel The Noize)
  • 1946 Demis Roussos, Greek singer and performer (Aphrodite's Child), born in Alexandria, Egypt (d. 2015)

  • 1946 Duris Maxwell [a.k.a. Ted Lewis], Canadian drummer (Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers, Powder Blues Band), born in East York, Ontario, Canada
  • 1947 Paul Patterson, British classical composer (Spiders), born in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England
  • 1949 Russell Hitchcock, Australian rock vocalist (Air Supply), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1949 Michael Lutz, bassist (Brownsville Station)
  • 1951 Steve Walsh, American singer (Kansas), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1951 Craig Gruber, American rock bassist (Rainbow), born in Cortland, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1954 Terri Gibbs, blind singer (Somebody's Knockin'), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • 1957 Brad Gillis, American rock guitarist/vocalist (Night Ranger), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1961 Kai Eckhardt, German musician (Garaj Mahal)
  • 1961 Yoshimi Iwasaki, Japanese singer/actress
  • 1962 Andrea Rost, Hungarian soprano
  • 1963 Scott Rockenfield, drummer (Queensryche-Breaking the Silence)
  • 1966 Idalis DeLeon, American actress/singer

Person of interestIce Cube

1969 Ice Cube [O'Shea Jackson], American rapper and actor (Boyz in the Hood, Anaconda), born in Los Angeles, California

Rapper Ice Cube
Rapper
Ice Cube
  • 1970 Gaëlle Méchaly, French soprano
  • 1971 Bif Naked [Beth Torbert], Canadian singer-songwriter (Spaceman) and actress, born in New Dehli, India
  • 1976 Gary Lightbody, Northern Irish musician (Snow Patrol)
  • 1978 RoRo, [Romell Chapman], rapper (Another Bad Creation), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1981 William Dean Martin, American musician (Good Charlotte)
  • 1982 Haley Scarnato, American singer
  • 1983 Julia Fischer, German violinist and pianist, born in Munich, Germany
  • 1983 Laura Imbruglia, Australian singer-songwriter, born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1985 Nadine Coyle, Northern Irish singer (Girls Aloud)
  • 1986 Stjepan Hauser, Croatian cellist (2Cellos), born in Pula, Croatia