On This Day

Musicians Born on June 2

  • 1577 Giovanni Righi, Italian composer and friar, born in Fabriano (d. 1539)
  • 1614 Benjamin Rogers, English composer (Hymnus Eucharisticus), born in Windsor, England (d. 1698)
  • 1715 Herman-Francois Delange, Belgian composer, born in Liège (d. 1781)
  • 1751 Antoni Weinert, Polish composer, born in Lusdorf (d. 1850)
  • 1806 Isaac Strauss, French violinist, conductor and composer, born in Strasbourg, France (d. 1888)
  • 1807 Robert Fuhrer, composer
  • 1828 James Cutler Dunn Parker, composer
  • 1830 Olivier Metra, French composer (Esperance!), born in Reims (d. 1889)
  • 1831 Jan G Palm, Curacao, bandmaster/choir master/composer

Person of interestEdward Elgar

1857 Edward Elgar, English composer (Coronation Ode, Pomp and Circumstance), born in Lower Broadheath, Worcestershire (d. 1934)

Composer Edward Elgar
Edward Elgar
  • 1863 Paul Felix Weingartner, German conductor (Zara; Dalmatia)
  • 1876 Hakon Børresen, Danish composer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1954)
  • 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)
  • 1903 Mario Pilati, Italian composer, born in Naples (d. 1938)

  • 1909 Robin Orr, Scottish composer, born in Brechin (d. 2006)
  • 1913 Bert Farber, American orchestra leader (Arthur Godfrey, Vic Damone), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2005)
  • 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, American actor and composer (Kansas, Niagara, Stockard Channing Show in Caldwell), born in Caldwell, Kansas (d. 2000)
  • 1923 Del Simmons [James Joseph Simonian], American saxophonist (Captain Beefheart) (d. 2011)
  • 1927 Andre Vandernoot, Flemish conductor (Royal Flemish Opera)
  • 1929 Alcides Lanza, Argentine-Canadian pianist, classical and electro-acoustic composer, and music educator (McGill University, 1976-present), born in Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina
  • 1929 Frédéric Devreese, Belgian conductor, and composer of classical music (Gemini Suite; Valse Sacrée), and film scores (The Cruel Embrace), born in Amsterdam, Belgium (d. 2020)
  • 1932 Sammy Turner, American pop and R&B singer ("Lavender Blue"; "Always"), born in Patterson, New Jersey
  • 1933 Bob Rozario, American pianist (Louis Prima), and orchestra leader (Bobby Darin; Tony Orlando; Donny & Marie), born in Shanghai, China (d. 2013)
  • 1934 Johnny Carter, American singer (The Flamingos, The Dells), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2009)
  • 1936 Otis Williams, American 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, American rock-funk flutist, saxophonist, and singer (War - "Why Can't We Be Friends?"; "Low Rider"), born in Olathe, Kansas (d. 1980)
  • 1939 Janie Bradford, American songwriter for Motown ("Money (That's What I Want)"), born in Charleston, Missouri

Person of interestCharlie Watts

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

Drummer Charlie Watts
Charlie Watts
  • 1941 William Guest, American soul singer (Gladys Knight Show), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2015)
  • 1943 Ilaiyaraaja, Indian composer
  • 1944 Marvin Hamlisch, American composer and conductor (The Sting; A Chorus Line), born in NYC, New York (d. 2012)

  • 1944 Antone Tavares, American R&B musician (Tavares - "Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel"), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1947 Mark Elder, British opera and symphony conductor
  • 1951 Steve Brookins, American rocker (.38 Special)
  • 1951 Dave Flett, Scottish rock guitarist (Manfred Mann's Earth Band; Thin Lizzy), born in Aberdeen, Scotland
  • 1954 Michael Steele, rocker (Bangles - "Eternal Flame"; "Walk Like an Egyptian")
  • 1957 King Lizzard, American entertainer and songwriter
  • 1959 Lydia Lunch, American singer/poetess (Teenage Jesus, Jerks)
  • 1960 Tony Hadley, rock vocalist (Spandau Ballet - "True")
  • 1961 John Cameroon, guitarist (Claw Boys Claw)
  • 1961 Dez Cadena, American punk musician (Black Flag), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1966 Pedro Guerra, Spanish singer-songwriter, born in Güímar, Tenerife
  • 1970 B-Real [Louis Freese], American rapper (Cypress Hill), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1970 Karen Mok, Hong Kong actress and singer (Around the World in 80 Days), born in Hong Kong
  • 1976 Adrian Carlos Olivares, singer (Menudo - "Cannonball"), born in Mexico City
  • 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
  • 1983 Brooke White, American pop singer (High Hopes & Heartbreak), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1985 Ana Cristina, Cuban American singer, composer, and actress
  • 1987 Darin [Zanyar], Swedish pop singer (Lovekiller, Tvillingen), born in Stockholm