On This Day

Birthdays in Music on June 19

  • 1613 Christiaan de Placker, Flemish poet and composer, born in Poperinge (d. 1691)
  • 1708 Johann Gottlieb Janitsch, German Baroque composer, born in Schweidnitz, Silesia (d. 1763)
  • 1766 Edmund Weber, German composer, born in Hildesheim, Germany (d. 1828)
  • 1782 John Bray, English-born American actor and composer (The Indian Princess) (d. 1822)
  • 1810 Ferdinand David, German violinist and composer (Hohe Schule des Violinspiels), born in Hamburg (d. 1873)
  • 1815 John William Glover, Irish composer, born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1899)
  • 1842 Carl Johann Adam Zeller, Austrian composer, born in Sankt Peter in der Au, Austria (d. 1898)
  • 1843 Charles-Édouard Lefebvre, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1917)
  • 1854 Alfredo Catalani, Italian operatic composer, born in Lucca, Italy (d. 1893)
  • 1868 Heinrich Schenker, Austrian musicologist (Urlinie) know for his Schenkerian analysis of music, born in Wisniowczyki, Austrian Galicia (d. 1935)
  • 1885 Stevan Hristić, Serbian composer, born in Belgrade, Serbia (d. 1958)
  • 1886 Robert Herberigs, Flemish composer and writer (Hiawatha's Song), born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1974)
  • 1898 Paul Muller-Zurich, Swiss composer, born in Zürich, Switzerland (d. 1993)
  • 1902 Guy Lombardo, Canadian-American orchestra leader (Auld Lang Syne), born in London, Ontario, Canada (d. 1977)
  • 1904 Balys Dvarionas, Lithuanian pianist, composer and educator, born in Liepāja, Russian Empire (now Latvia) (d. 1972)
  • 1905 Taneli Kuusisto, Finnish composer, born in Helsinki (d. 1988)

  • 1909 Edwin Gerschefski, American pianist, composer and teacher (Saugauck Suite), born in Meriden, Connecticut (d. 1992)
  • 1912 Jerry Jerome, American saxophonist (Words & Music), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1912 Virginia MacWatters, American soprano (d. 2005)
  • 1914 Lester Raymond Flatt, American bluegrass guitarist (Flatt & Scruggs - Ballad of Jed Clampett; Foggy Mountain Breakdown), born in Duncan's Chapel, Tennessee (d. 1979)
  • 1927 Karel Kupka, Czech composer, born in Rychvald
  • 1930 Jul Levi, Bulgarian composer and conductor, born in Salonica, Greece
  • 1932 Ernest Ranglin, Jamaican guitarist (Studio One, Jimmy Cliff), born in Manchester, Jamaica
  • 1935 Tommy Devito, American rock baritone vocalist and guitarist (Four Seasons - "Sherry"), born in Montclair, New Jersey (d. 2020)
  • 1936 Shirley Goodman, US R&B singers (Shirley & Lee-Feels so Good)
  • 1936 Marisa Galvany, American soprano
  • 1939 Al Wilson, American singer (Show and Tell, The Snake), born in Meridian, Mississippi (d. 2008)
  • 1942 Elaine "Spanky" McFarlane, rocker (Spanky & Our Gang-Lazy Day)
  • 1944 Chico Buarque, Brazilian musician
  • 1945 Peter Bardens, English musician (Camel), born in London (d. 2002)
  • 1945 Robert Franklin Palmer Jr., American writer, musicologist, and musician (Deep Blues), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1947 Paula Koivuniemi, Finnish singer
  • 1948 Nick Drake, English singer-songwriter (Back to Fruit Tree), born in Rangoon, Burma (d. 1974)
  • 1948 Phylicia Rashad, American actress and singer (The Cosby Show, One Life to Live), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1950 Ann Wilson, American musician (Heart-What About Love), born in San Diego, California
  • 1953 Larry Dunn [Dunhill], US keyboardist (Earth Wind & Fire)
  • 1956 Doug Stone, American singer
  • 1959 Mark DeBarge, American rock vocalist (DeBarge-Who's Johnny), born in Grand Rapids Michigan
  • 1960 Simon Wright, heavy metal drummer (AC/DC)
  • 1960 Luke Morley, British rock guitarist (Thunder), born in Chamberwell, London

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1962 Paula Abdul, American singer-songwriter, choreographer (Straight Up) and TV personality (American Idol), born in San Fernando, California

Singer & Judge of American Idol Paula Abdul
Singer & Judge of American Idol
Paula Abdul
  • 1966 Brian Vander Ark, American singer-songwriter (The Verve Pipe), born in Holland, Michigan
  • 1966 Silje Nergaard, Norwegian jazz singer (Tell Me Where You're Going), born in Steinkjer, Norway
  • 1970 Brian Welch, American guitarist
  • 1970 Antonis Remos, Greek singer
  • 1972 Dennis Lyxzén, Swedish musician
  • 1993 KSI [Olajide Olatunji] British YouTuber, comedian and rapper, born in London, England