On This Day

Birthdays in Music on June 18

  • 1717 Johann Wenzel Anton Stamitz, Czech composer, born in Německý Brod, Bohemia (d. 1757)
  • 1723 Giuseppe Scarlatti, Italian composer, born in Naples (d. 1777)
  • 1744 Georg Augustin Holler, German composer (d. 1814)
  • 1757 Ignaz Joseph Pleyel, Austrian-French composer and piano builder, born in Ruppersthal, Austria (d. 1831)
  • 1780 Michael Henkel, German composer and organist, born in Fulda, Germany (d. 1851)
  • 1820 Martin Andreas Udbye, Norwegian composer and organist, born in Trondheim, Norway (d. 1889)
  • 1822 Henry David Leslie, English composer, born in London, England (d. 1896)
  • 1850 Richard Heuberger, Austrian composer, critic and teacher, born in Graz, Austria (d. 1914)
  • 1891 Con Conrad, American songwriter and producer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1938)
  • 1892 Edward Steuermann, Austrian-American pianist and composer, born in Sambor, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1964)
  • 1903 Jeanette MacDonald, American actress and singer (When I'm Calling You), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1965)
  • 1904 Manuel Rosenthal, French composer (Bootleggers), born in Paris, France (d. 2003)
  • 1905 Eduard Tubin, Estonian composer, born in Torila, Governorate of Livonia (d. 1982)
  • 1906 Kay Kyser, American bandleader and radio personality (Kay Kyser's Kollege), born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina (d. 1985)
  • 1907 Benny Payne, pianist (Billy Daniels Show), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1910 Ray McKinley, American orchestra leader and jazz drummer (Glenn Miller Time), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 1995)

  • 1913 Sammy Cahn [Cohen], American lyricist (Three Coins in a Fountain, High Hopes, Call Me Irresponsible), born in NYC, New York (d. 1993)
  • 1915 Victor Legley, Belgian violinist and composer, born in Hazebrouck, Belgium (d. 1994)
  • 1917 Akhmet Jevdet Ismail Hajiyev, Azerbaijani composer, born in Nukha, Azerbaijan (d. 2002)
  • 1922 Claude Helffer, French pianist (d. 2004)
  • 1925 Herman "Ace" Wallace, Amercian blues guitarist and singer, born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1996)
  • 1927 Simeon Pironkov, Bulgarian composer, born in Lom, Bulgaria (d. 2000)
  • 1933 Tommy Hunt, American singer (Flamingos-Lovers Never Say Goodbye)
  • 1938 Don "Sugarcane" Harris, rocker/actor (Soup for 1, Greeased Lightning)
  • 1942 Hans Vonk, Dutch conductor

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1942 Paul McCartney, English musician and member of The Beatles and Wings, born in Liverpool, England

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  • 1942 Carl Radle, American bass guitarist (Derek and the Dominoes), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 1980)
  • 1943 Raffaella Carrà, Italian singer
  • 1944 Paul Lansky, American electronic composer, born in New York City
  • 1944 Sandy Posey, American singer, born in Jasper, Alabama
  • 1944 Rick Griffin, American artist and a leading designer of psychedelic posters in the 1960s (Grateful Dead), born in Palos Verdes, California (d. 1991)
  • 1947 Douglas Young, British composer, born in London, England
  • 1948 Éva Marton, Hungarian operatic soprano
  • 1949 Prince Lincoln Thompson, Jamaican musician (d. 1999)
  • 1952 Rick Gazda, trumpet player (The Miami Horns)
  • 1953 Jerome Smith, American guitarist (KC & the Sunshine Band-Boogie Shoes), born in Miami, Florida (d. 2000)
  • 1954 William Beard, rock drummer (Face To Face)
  • 1960 West Arkeen, American musician, best known for co-writing several Guns N' Roses songs (It's So Easy, The Garden), born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France (d. 1997)
  • 1961 [Genevieve] Alison Moyet, English rock vocalist (Yaz, Alf), born in Essex, England
  • 1963 Darren "Dizzy" Reed, American musician (Guns n' Roses-Sweet Girl of Mine)
  • 1969 Pål Pot Pamparius, Norwegian musician (Turbonegro)
  • 1971 Nathan Morris, [Alex Vanderpool], rapper (Boyz II Men), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1975 Jemma Griffiths, Welsh singer-songwriter
  • 1976 Blake Shelton, American Country Singer (Doin' What She Likes), born in Ada, Oklahoma
  • 1980 Ivana Wong, Hong Kong singer and songwriter
  • 1989 Renee Olstead, American singer and actress
  • 1994 Takeoff [Kirsnick Ball], American rapper (Migos), born in Lawrenceville, Georgia