On This Day

Musicians Born 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, Northern Ireland (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 trumpeter and composer ("Farewell Blues"), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1949)
  • 1910 Berend Giltay, Dutch composer, born in Hilversum, Netherlands (d. 1975)
  • 1910 David Rose, American Emmy Award winning composer ("The Stripper"; "Holiday For Strings"), and orchestra leader (The Red Skelton Show), born in London, England

  • 1912 Alix Combelle, French swing saxophonist, clarinetist, and bandleader (Quintette du Hot Club de France), born in Paris, France (d. 1978)
  • 1915 Patrick Piggott, British pianist, composer, and musicologist (The Life & Music of John Field; The Innocent Diversion - Music in the Life and Writings of Jane Austen), born in Dover, England (d. 1990)
  • 1915 Allan Reuss, American jazz, big band, and session guitarist (Benny Goodman; Glenn Miller; Mildred Bailey), born in New York City (d. 1988)
  • 1917 Michalis Genitsaris, Greek rebetiko singer and composer, born in Agia Sofia, Piraeus, Greece (d. 2005)
  • 1922 John Veale, English composer, born in Bromley, Kent (d. 2006)
  • 1922 Jaki Byard, American jazz pianist (Charlie Mingus), saxophonist, drummer, composer, arranger, and educator, born in Worcester, Massachusetts (d. 1999)

Person of interestErroll Garner

1923 Erroll Garner, American jazz pianist ("Misty"), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1977)

Jazz Pianist Erroll Garner
Jazz Pianist
Erroll Garner
  • 1923 Melvin Moore, American jazz trumpeter, and singer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1989)
  • 1926 Jan Carlstedt, Swedish composer, born in Orsa, Sweden (d. 2004)
  • 1927 Joji "George" Kawaguchi Japanese jazz drummer and bandleader, born in Fukakusa, Kyoto, Japan (d. 2003)
  • 1929 Geoffrey Penwill Parsons, Australian piano player, born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1995)
  • 1929 Gideon Nxumalo, South African jazz pianist, marimba player, and composer (Jazz Fantasia), born in Kimberley, Cape Province (now South Africa) (d. 1970)
  • 1929 Nigel Pickering, American guitarist (Spanky & Our Gang - "Sunday Will Never Be the Same"; "Lazy Day"), born in Pontiac, Michigan (d. 2011)
  • 1929 Lotfollah "Lotfi" Mansouri, Persian opera director (Canadian Opera Company, 1976-88; introduced opera surtitles, 1983; San Francisco Opera, 1988-2001), born in Tehran, Iran (d. 2013)
  • 1933 Sergio Endrigo, Italian singer ("Marianne"), born in Pola, Istria, Italy (now Croatia) (d. 2005)
  • 1934 Ruby Nash Curtis [Garnett], American pop and R&B singer (Ruby and the Romantics - "Our Day Will Come"; "Hey There Lonely Boy"), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1936 Alexandru Hrisanide, Romanian composer, born in Petrila, Romania (d. 2018)
  • 1937 Ray Coleman, British author (biographies of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Brian Epstein, and Phil Collins), and music journalist (Melody Maker), born in Leicester, England (d. 1996)
  • 1937 Rolf Riehm, German composer (Sirenen, Bilder des Begehrens und des Vernichtens (Sirens, images of desire and destruction)), born in Saarbrücken, Germany
  • 1937 Waylon Jennings, American country singer and guitarist ("I'm A Ramblin' Man" ), born in Littlefield, Texas (d. 2002)

  • 1938 Tony Oxley, British free-jazz and avant-garde drummer, born in Sheffield, England
  • 1938 Aron Burton, American electric and Chicago blues bass guitarist, singer, and songwriter, born in Senatobia, Mississippi (d. 2016)
  • 1940 Willem Frederik Bon, Dutch composer and pedagogue (Les Prédictions), born in Amersfoort, Utrecht, the Netherlands (d. 1983)
  • 1941 Harry Nilsson, American pop and rock singer-songwriter ("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, American pop vocalist (Lennon Sisters), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1946 (Neville) "Noddy" Holder, British rock vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist (Slade - "Cum On Feel The Noize"), born in Walsall, England
  • 1946 Demis Roussos, Greek singer and performer (Aphrodite's Child), born in Alexandria, Egypt (d. 2015)
  • 1946 Duris Maxwell [Ted Lewis], Canadian session and touring drummer (Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers; Powder Blues Band), born in East York, Ontario (d. 2020)
  • 1947 Paul Patterson, British classical composer (Spiders), born in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England
  • 1948 Leah Kunkel (née Cohen), American singer-songwriter (Coyote Sisters), session vocalist (Jackson Browne; Art Garfunkel), and entertaimnet lawyer, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1949 Russell Hitchcock, Australian rock vocalist (Air Supply), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1949 Michael Lutz, American bassist, singer, guitarist (Brownsville Station - "Smokin' In The Boys Room"), and producer, born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 1951 Steve Walsh, American progressive rock singer (Kansas), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1951 Craig Gruber, American rock bassist (Rainbow), born in Cortland, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1951 Joe Pizzulo, American session and touring vocalist (Alice Cooper; Sérgio Mendes - "Never Gonna Let You Go"), born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • 1953 Raphael Wallfisch, British concert cellist, born in London, England
  • 1954 Terri Gibbs, American blind country music singer ("Somebody's Knockin'"), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1957 Brad Gillis, American rock guitarist and vocalist (Night Ranger), born in Honolulu, Hawaii

  • 1961 Kai Eckhardt, Liberian-German jazz-fusion bassist (Garaj Mahal), born in Mainz, Germany
  • 1961 Yoshimi Iwasaki, Japanese j-pop singer ("Touch"), born in Kōtō, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1962 Andrea Rost, Hungarian lyric soprano, born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1963 Scott Rockenfield, American drummer (Queensryche - "Breaking the Silence"), born in Seattle, Washington

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
  • 1969 Idalis DeLeón, American singer (Seduction - "Two To Make It Right"), actress (Six Feet Under), and television host (MTV; Extra), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1970 Gaëlle Méchaly, French soprano, born in Marseille, France
  • 1971 Bif Naked [Beth Torbert], Canadian singer-songwriter ("Spaceman") and actress, born in New Delhi, India
  • 1971 Nasheet Waits, American jazz drummer, born in New York City
  • 1976 Gary Lightbody, Northern Irish musician (Snow Patrol - "Chasing Cars"), born in Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland
  • 1978 RoRo [Romell Chapman], American rapper (Another Bad Creation), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1981 Billy Martin, American guitarist and songwriter (Good Charlotte - The Young and the Hopeless), born in Annapolis, Maryland,
  • 1982 Haley Scarnato, American pop singer (American Idol), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 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 pop singer (Girls Aloud - "Sound of the Underground"; "The Promise"), born in Derry, Northern Ireland
  • 1986 Stjepan Hauser, Croatian cellist (2Cellos), born in Pula, Croatia
  • 1990 Kaspar Uljas, Estonian jazz accordion and bandoneon player, born in Estonia