Musicians Born on June 17

  • 1725 Joseph Anton Bauer, composer (d. 1808)
  • 1750 Michel Woldemar, French violinist and composer, born in Orléans, France (d. 1815)
  • 1818 Charles Gounod, French opera composer (Faust), born in Paris, France (d. 1893)
  • 1855 Fritz Steinbach, German conductor and composer, born in Grünsfeld, Germany (d. 1916)
  • 1861 Sidney Jones, British conductor and composer (The Geisha, A Gaiety Girl), born in Islington, London (d. 1946)

James Weldon Johnson

1871 James Weldon Johnson, American Harlem Renaissance poet, lyricist ("Lift Every Voice And Sing"), civil rights activist, and leader of the NAACP, born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 1938)

Igor Stravinsky

1882 Igor Stravinsky, Russian composer (Le Sacre du Printemps - The Rite of Spring; The Firebird), born in Oranienbaum, Russia (d. 1971) [OS 5th June]

  • 1883 Alexandre Eugène Cellier, French organist and composer, born in Molières-sur-Cèze, France (d. 1968)
  • 1888 Bernhard van den Sigtenhorst Meyer, Dutch composer, born in Amsterdam (d. 1953)
  • 1895 Sam Wooding, American jazz pianist, bandleader, one of the 1st to tour Europe (Chocolate Kiddies), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1985)
  • 1895 Slavko Osterc, Slovenian composer, born in Veržej, Slovenia (d. 1941)
  • 1900 Hermann Reuter, German composer, born in Stuttgart (d. 1985)
  • 1902 Sammy Fain, American popular music composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1989)
  • 1908 John Verrall, American composer, born in Britt, Iowa (d. 2001)
  • 1910 H. Owen Reed, American composer, born in Odessa, Missouri (d. 2014)
  • 1910 Red Foley, American country singer (Mr Smith Goes to Washington), born in Blue Lick, Kentucky (d. 1968)
  • 1912 Don Gillis, American composer (Symphony 5½ - A Symphony for Fun), born in Cameron, Missouri (d. 1978)
  • 1915 Stringbean [David Akeman], American banjoist and comedian (Hee Haw), born in Annville, Kentucky (d. 1973)
  • 1916 Einar Englund, Finnish composer, born in Gotland, Sweden (d. 1999)
  • 1919 Galina Ustvolskaya, Russian composer, born in Petrograd, Russia (d. 2006)
  • 1922 Jerry Fielding, American jazz musician and composer (Lively Ones, Hogan's Heroes), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1980)
  • 1922 Kelsey Jones, Canadian composer, born in South Norwalk, Norwalk, Connecticut (d. 2004)
  • 1926 Manuel Enríquez, Mexican composer, born in Ocotlán, Jalisco, Mexico (d. 1994)
  • 1927 Martin Böttcher, German composer and conductor, born in Berlin (d. 2019)
  • 1930 Cliff Gallup, American guitarist (Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps), born in Norfolk, Virginia (d. 1988)
  • 1930 Romuald Twardowski, Polish composer, born in Wilno/ Vilnius, Poland
  • 1933 Christian Ferras, French violinist and conductor, born in Le Touquet, France (d. 1982)
  • 1939 James Gadson, American drummer and session musician, born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1940 Alton Kelley, American graphic artist, known for concert posters and album cover art (Grateful Dead -"Workingman's Dead"; Steve Miller Band - "Book of Dreams"), born in Houlton, Maine (d. 2008)
  • 1940 Chuck Rainey, American jazz and session bassist (Steely Dan; Quincy Jones; Aretha Franklin; Mose Allison), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1942 Norman Kuhlice, English rocker (Swinging Blue Jeans - "You're No Good")

Barry Manilow

1943 Barry Manilow [Pincus], American pop singer, and piano player ("Mandy": "Daybreak"; "I Write The Songs"; "Copacabana"), born in New York City

  • 1943 Christopher Brown, English composer, born in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England
  • 1944 Chris Spedding, British session and touring rock guitarist (Sharks; Bryan Ferry; Harry Nilsson), and producer, born in Staveley, Derbyshire, England
  • 1946 B. J. Cole, British session and touring pedal steel guitarist and dobro player (Cochise; Humble Pie; k.d. lang; John Cale; Sting), born in Enfield, England
  • 1947 George S. Clinton, American film score (Austin Powers films; Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee; Mortal Kombat movies;), stage, and concert composer, born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • 1947 Gregg Rolie, American rock singer and keyboardist (Santana, 1965-71; Journey, 1973-80; Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, 2012-present), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1947 Paul Young, British rock singer and percussionist (Mike + The Mechanics - "All I Need Is A Miracle"), born in Manchester, England (d. 2000)
  • 1947 Rev. Timothy Wright, American gospel singer (Been There Done That), and pastor, born in Brooklyn, New York City (d. 2009)
  • 1947 Vlastimir Trajković, Serbian avant-garde composer, and educator, born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia (d. 2017)
  • 1950 Nicky Marrero, American percussionist and timbalero (Eddie Palmieri; Fania All Stars; Típica 73!), born in South Bronx, New York City
  • 1957 Martin Dillon, American operatic tenor and teacher, born in Portsmouth, Ohio (d. 2005)
  • 1957 Philip Chevron, Irish musician (The Pogues - Peace & Love), born in Dublin (d. 2013)
  • 1958 Derek Lee Ragin, American countertenor, born in West Point, New York
  • 1958 Jello Biafra [Eric Reed Boucher], American musician and activist (Dead Kennedys), born in Boulder, Colorado
  • 1962 (Martin) "Bap" Kennedy, Irish singer-songwriter ("Moonlight Kiss"; "Sailor's Revenge"), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 2016)
  • 1962 Michael Monroe, Finnish singer (Hanoi Rocks), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • 1965 David Longdon, English progressive rock musician (Big Big Train), born in Nottingham, England
  • 1967 Eric Stefani, American musician (No Doubt, 1986-95 - "Don't Talk"; "Spiderwebs"), born in Fullerton, California
  • 1969 Kevin Thornton, American R&B vocalist (Color Me Badd - "I Wanna Sex You Up")
  • 1971 Paulina Rubio, Mexican singer, model and businesswoman (La Chica Dorada), born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1974 Ricardo "Rikrok" Ducet, Jamaican-British singer (with Shaggy - "It Wasn't Me"), born in Manchester, Jamaica
  • 1980 Kimeru, Japanese singer and actor (The Prince of Tennis), born in Kumamoto-ken
  • 1983 Jaimie Branch, American avant-garde trumpet player and composer (Fly Or Die), born in Huntington, Long Island, New York (d. 2022)
  • 1983 Kazunari Ninomiya, Japanese singer (Arashi) and actor (Letters from Iwo Jima), born in Katsushika, Tokyo
  • 1983 Lee Ryan, English singer (Blue), born in Chatham, Kent
  • 1983 Mickey Guyton, American country music singer (Black Like Me), born in Arlington, Texas