On This Day

Musicians Born on June 16

  • 1591 Joseph Solomon Delmedigo, Italian physician, mathematician, and music theorist (d. 1655)
  • 1633 Nathaniel Schnittelbach, German composer and violinist, born in Gdansk (d. 1667)
  • 1637 Giovanni Paulo Colonna, composer
  • 1752 Meingosus Gaelle, composer
  • 1792 Francis Johnson, American keyed Kent bugle virtuoso, violinist, bandleader, and composer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1844) [1]
  • 1843 David Popper, composer
  • 1843 Jan Malat, Czech composer (d. 1915)
  • 1853 Johan Gustaf Emil Sjogren, composer
  • 1863 Paul Antonin Vidal, composer
  • 1874 Mikhail Vladimirovich Ivanov-Boretsky, composer, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1936)
  • 1894 Norman Kerry, American actor (Phantom of the Opera), born in Rochester, New York (d. 1956)
  • 1899 Helen Traubel, American soprano, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1972)
  • 1901 Conrad Beck, Swiss composer, born in Lohn, Schaffhausen (d. 1989)
  • 1903 Huldreich Georg Fruh, composer
  • 1909 Willi Boskovsky, Austrian conductor (New Year's Concert)
  • 1910 Ilona Massey [Hajmássy], Hungarian-American film, stage, and radio actress and singer (Ilona Massey Show), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1974)
  • 1916 Francis Lopez, Basque-French chausson and operetta composer (La Belle de Cadiz; Andalousie; The Three Musketeers), born in Montbeliard, France (d. 1995)
  • 1923 Åke Hermanson, Swedish composer, born in Mollösund, Sweden (d. 1996)
  • 1923 Henryk Czyz, Polish composer and musician, born in Grudziądz (d. 2003)
  • 1924 Lucky [Eli] Thompson, American jazz musician (Cuban Fire!), born in Columbia, South Carolina (d. 2005)
  • 1928 Sergiu Comissiona, Buch Romania, conductor (Haifa Symphony 1959-64)
  • 1929 James K. Randall, American composer, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2014)
  • 1931 Ivo Petric, Slovenian composer, born in Ljubljana
  • 1934 Little Caesar [Carl Burnett], vocalist (Little Caesar & the Romans)
  • 1934 Lucia Dlugoszewski, Polish-American composer (Fire Fragile Flight), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2000)
  • 1938 Mickie Finn, American banjo player, and TV hostess (Mickie Finn's), born in Hugo, Oklahoma
  • 1938 Robert Gutter, American conductor and teacher (founded International Institute for Conductors, 1996), born in New York City (d. 2017)
  • 1939 Billy "Crash" Craddock, American country singer ("Boom Boom Baby"; "Rub It In"), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 1941 Lamont Dozier, American songwriter and producer (Holland–Dozier–Holland - "Heat Wave"; "Where Did Our Love Go"; "You Keep Me Hanging On"), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1941 Dino Ciani, Italian pianist, born in Fiume, Italy (d. 1974)
  • 1942 Eddie Levert, vocalist (O'Jays - "For The Love Of Money"), born in Canton, Ohio
  • 1942 John Rostill, English rocker (The Shadows), born in Birmingham (d. 1973)
  • 1942 David Parry, British-Canadian folk musician (Friends of Fiddler's Green), storyteller (Canadian Museum of Civilization), actor, stage director, and teacher (University of Toronto), born in London, England (d. 1995)
  • 1945 John Dawson [a.k.a. Marmaduke], American musician, singer, and songwriter, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2009)
  • 1946 Tom Harrell. American jazz musician (Time's Mirror), born in Urbana, Illinois
  • 1947 Tom "Bones" Malone, American jazz musician, arranger, and producer (SNL; Blues Brothers), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1949 Peppy Castro [Emil Thielhelm], American rock vocalist (Balance), born in NYC, New York
  • 1950 James Smith, American singer (Stylistics), born in NYC, New York
  • 1952 Gino Vannelli, Canadian singer ("Living Inside Myself"), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1952 Rob Kloet, pop drummer/singer (Nits - In the Dutch Mountains)
  • 1953 Ian Mosley, British drummer (Marillion - "Clutching At Straws"), born in Paddington, London, England
  • 1954 Gary Roberts, rocker (Boomtown Rats - "I Don't Like Mondays")
  • 1954 Doane Perry, American musician, composer, and author (Jethro Tull), born in Mt. Kisco, Westchester County, New York
  • 1958 Jóhannes Helgason, Icelandic guitarist (Þeyr)
  • 1962 Femi Kuti, Nigerian Afrobeat Musician
  • 1969 MC Ren [Lorenzo Jerald Patterson], American rapper, born in Compton, California

Tupac Shakur

1971 Tupac Shakur, American rapper and actor (Juice, Bullet), born in East Harlem, New York (d. 1996)

  • 1978 Jasmine "Fish" Leong, Chinese Malaysian singer (Courage), born in Bahau, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia
  • 1980 Joey Yung, Hong Kong singer
  • 1981 Ben Kweller, American singer/songwriter
  • 1982 Matt Costa, American singer/songwriter

Diana DeGarmo

1987 Diana DeGarmo, American singer (American Idol) and actress (The Young and the Restless), born in Birmingham, Alabama

  • 1987 Ali Stroker, American actress and singer, first actress to appear in a wheelchair on Broadway and win a Tony award, born in Ridgewood, New Jersey
  • 1988 Keshia Chante, Canadian singer
  • 1988 Leeland Dayton Mooring, American musician (Leeland)
  • 1999 Snail Mail [Linsey Jordan], American indie-rock guitarist and singer-songwriter, born in Ellicott City, Maryland