Birthdays in Music on June 2

  • 1577 Giovanni Righi, Italian composer and friar, born in Fabriano (d. 1539)
  • 1614 Benjamin Rogers, composer
  • 1715 Herman-Francois Delange, composer
  • 1751 Antoni Weinert, composer
  • 1777 Christian Traugott Tag, composer
  • 1806 Isaac Strauss, composer
  • 1807 Robert Fuhrer, composer
  • 1828 James Cutler Dunn Parker, composer
  • 1830 Olivier Metra, composer
  • 1831 Jan G Palm, Curacao, bandmaster/choir master/composer
  • 1857 Edward William Elgar, English composer (Pomp & Circumstance), born in Lower Broadheath, Worcestershire (d. 1934)
  • 1863 Paul Felix Weingartner, German conductor (Zara, Dalmatia)
  • 1876 Hakon Borresen, composer
  • 1887 Howard Johnson, American songwriter (d. 1941)
  • 1891 Ernst Kunz, Swiss composer, born in Bern (d. 1980)
  • 1900 David Wynne, Welsh composer (Owain ab Urien), born in Penderyn (d. 1983)
  • 1909 Robin Orr, Scottish composer, born in Brechin (d. 2006)
  • 1913 Bert Farber, American orchestra leader (Arthur Gudfrey, Vic Damone), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1913 Walter Andreas Schwarz, German singer and author (d. 1992)
  • 1915 Robert Moffat Palmer, American composer, born in Syracuse, New York (d. 2010)
  • 1917 Max Showalter, Caldwell Ks, actor/composer (Stockard Channing Show)
  • 1923 Del Simmons [James Joseph Simonian], American saxophonist (Captain Beefheart) (d. 2011)
  • 1927 Andre Vandernoot, Flemish conductor (Royal Flemish Opera)
  • 1929 Alcides Lanza, composer
  • 1929 Frederic Devreese, composer
  • 1932 Sammy Turner, Patterson, NJ, singer (Lavender Blue Moods)
  • 1933 Bob Rozario, orchestra leader (Tony Orlando, Marie), born in Shanghai, China
  • 1934 Johnny Carter, US singer (The Flamingos, The Dells), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2009)
  • 1936 Otis Williams, doo wop singer (Charms), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1937 Jimmy Jones, American singer-songwriter (Handy Man), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2012)
  • 1939 Charles Miller, rock flutist/saxophonist (War)

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1941 Charlie Watts, drummer (Rolling Stones), born in London, England

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  • 1941 William Guest, singer (Gladys Knight Show), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d 2015)
  • 1943 Ilaiyaraaja, Indian composer
  • 1944 Marvin Hamlisch, American composer/pianist (Sting, Chorus Line), born in NYC, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1944 Antone Tavares, American R&B musician (Tavares)
  • 1947 Mark Elder, British opera and symphony conductor
  • 1951 Steve Brookins, rocker (.38 Special)
  • 1954 Michael Steele, rocker (Bangles-Eternal Flame, Walk Like an Egyptian)
  • 1957 King Lizzard, American entertainer and songwriter
  • 1959 Lydia Lunch, US singer/poetess (Teenage Jesus, Jerks)
  • 1960 Tony Hadley, rock vocalist (Spandau Ballet-True)
  • 1961 John Cameroon, guitarist (Claw Boys Claw)
  • 1961 Dez Cadena, American musician (Black Flag)
  • 1966 Pedro Guerra, Spanish songwriter and singer
  • 1970 B-Real, American rapper (Cypress Hill)
  • 1976 Adrian Carlos Olivares, Mexico City, singer (Menudo-Cannonball)
  • 1976 Tim Rice-Oxley, English musician (Keane), born in Oxford, England
  • 1980 Fabrizio Moretti, Brazilian-born rock drummer (The Strokes), born in Rio de Janeiro
  • 1981 Tucker Rountree, American guitarist and composer.
  • 1983 Brooke White, American singer
  • 1985 Ana Cristina, Cuban American singer, composer, and actress
  • 1987 Darin Zanyar, Swedish Singer