On This Day

Birthdays in Music 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)

Person of interestIgor Stravinsky

1882 Igor Stravinsky, Russian composer (Rite of Spring), born in Oranienbaum, Russia (d. 1971) [OS 5th June]

Composer Igor Stravinsky
Composer
Igor Stravinsky
  • 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 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)
  • 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 Kelsey Jones, Canadian composer, born in South Norwalk, Norwalk, Connecticut (d. 2004)
  • 1922 Jerry Fielding, American jazz musician and composer (Lively Ones, Hogan's Heroes), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1980)
  • 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 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
  • 1942 Norman Kuhlice, English rocker (Swinging Blue Jeans-You're No Good)
  • 1943 Christopher Brown, English composer, born in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England

Person of interestBarry Manilow

1943 Barry Manilow [Barry Alan Pincus], American singer/pianist (Mandy, I Write the Songs), born in New York City

Musician Barry Manilow
Musician
Barry Manilow
  • 1947 George S. Clinton, American composer and musician, born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • 1947 Paul Young, English singer and percussionist (Mike + The Mechanics), born in Manchester (d. 2000)
  • 1957 Philip Chevron, Irish musician (Pogues-Peace & Love), born in Dublin (d. 2013)
  • 1957 Martin Dillon, American operatic tenor and teacher, born in Portsmouth, Ohio (d. 2005)
  • 1958 Jello Biafra [Eric Reed Boucher], American musician and activist (Dead Kennedys), born in Boulder, Colorado
  • 1958 Derek Lee Ragin, American countertenor, born in West Point, New York
  • 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), born in Fullerton, California
  • 1969 Kevin Thornton, American vocalist (Color Me Badd-Want to Sex You Up)
  • 1971 Paulina Rubio, Mexican singer, model and businesswoman (La Chica Dorada), born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1980 Kimeru, Japanese singer and actor (The Prince of Tennis), born in Kumamoto-ken
  • 1983 Kazunari Ninomiya, Japanese singer and actor (Arashi, Letters from Iwo Jima), born in Tokyo
  • 1983 Lee Ryan, English singer (Blue), born in Chatham, Kent

Person of interestKendrick Lamar

1987 Kendrick Lamar, American hip hop singer-songwriter (Damn), born in Compton, California

Singer-songwriter, Music Producer Kendrick Lamar
Singer-songwriter, Music Producer
Kendrick Lamar