On This Day

Musicians Born on June 20

  • 1585 Lazaro Valvasensi, Italian organist and composer, born in Valvasone, Italy (d. 1661)
  • 1615 Salvatore Rosa, Italian baroque painter, poet, musician and actor, born in Arenella, Italy (d. 1673)
  • 1730 Nonnosus Madlseder, German composer, born in Merano (d. 1797)
  • 1743 Anna Laetitia Barbauld, English poet and writer of hymns (Life! I Know Not What Thou Art), born in Kibworth Harcourt, Leicestershire, England (d. 1825)
  • 1756 Joseph Martin Kraus, German composer, born in Miltenberg am Main, Bavaria (d. 1792)
  • 1819 Jacques Offenbach, German-French composer (Tales of Hoffmann), born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1880)
  • 1861 Arthur Battelle Whiting, American composer and teacher, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1936)
  • 1883 Giannotto Bastianelli, Italian musician and composer, born in Fiesole, Italy (d. 1927)
  • 1896 Wilfred Pelletier, Canadian conductor (Voice of Firestone), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1982)
  • 1897 Elisabeth Hauptmann, German writer (co-author of The Threepenny Opera), born in Peckelsheim, Westphalia, German Empire (d. 1973)
  • 1899 Anthon van der Horst, Dutch organist and composer, born in Amsterdam (d. 1965)
  • 1906 Bob Howard, American singer and pianist (Sing it Again), born in Newton, Massachusetts (d. 1986)
  • 1907 Jimmy Driftwood, American folk songwriter and musician, born in Mountain View, Arkansas (d. 1998)
  • 1914 Friedrich Zipp, German composer, born in Frankfurt, Germany (d. 1997)
  • 1920 Donato "Danny" Cedrone, American guitarist and bandleader (The Esquires; Bill Haley & His Comets - "Rock Around The Clock"), born in Jamesville, New York (d. 1954)
  • 1924 Chet Atkins, American guitarist (Me & My Guitar), born in Luttrell, Tennessee (d. 2001)

  • 1927 John M Dengler, American jazz multi-instrumentalist - bass sax/trumpet/trombone (The Intensely Vigorous Jazz Band), born in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania [1]
  • 1928 Eric Dolphy, jazz musician, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1964)
  • 1929 Ingrid Haebler, Austrian pianist (Haydn/Mozart/Schubert), born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1931 Arne Nordheim, Larvik Norway, conductor/composer (Aftonland)
  • 1934 Cornel Țăranu, Romanian composer (Garlands), born in Cluj. Romania
  • 1934 Alain Bancquart, French contemporary classical composer, born in Dieppe, France
  • 1936 Billy Guy, American singer (The Coasters - "Young Blood"), born in Itasca, Texas (d. 2002)
  • 1937 Jerry Keller, American pop singer-songwriter ("Here Comes Summer"), and actor (If Ever I See You Again), born in Fort Smith, Arkansas
  • 1938 Nikolay Avksentevich Martinov, composer
  • 1938 Mickie Most [Michael Hayes], British record producer (Herman's Hermits, The Nashville Teens, Donovan, Lulu), born in Aldershot, Hampshire, England (d. 2003)

Person of interestBrian Wilson

1942 Brian Wilson, American singer-songwriter, vocal arranger, and producer (Beach Boys - "In My Room"; "Good Vibrations"; "God Only Knows"; Caroline No"), born in Inglewood, California

Singer-Songwriter Brian Wilson
Singer-Songwriter
Brian Wilson
  • 1945 (Morna) Anne Murray, Canadian popsinger ("Snow Bird"; "You Needed Me"), born in Springhill, Nova Scotia Canada,
  • 1946 André Watts, American-Hungarian concert pianist and educator, born in Nuremberg, Germany
  • 1947 Dolores Brooks, American singer (The Crystals - "Then He Kissed Me"; "Da Doo Ron Ron"), born in Brooklyn, New York City
  • 1948 Alan Longmuir, Scottish pop-rock musician (Bay City Rollers - "Saturday Night"), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 2018)
  • 1949 Bob Andrews, English rock keyboardist and producer (Brinsley Schwarz; The Rumour), born in Leeds, Yorkshire, England

Person of interestLionel Richie

1949 Lionel Richie, American singer (Commodores, 1968-82; "Easy"; "Three Times A Lady"; solo -"Hello"; "All Night Long"), and TV personality (American Idol, 2018-21), born in Tuskegee, Alabama

  • 1951 Peter Gordon, composer
  • 1954 Michael Anthony [Sobolewski], American rock bassist/singer (Van Halen - "Pretty Woman"), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1958 (Beranadette) "Kelly" Johnson, British heavy metal guitarist (Girlschool - "St. Valentine's Day Massacre"), born in Edmonton, London, England (d. 2007)
  • 1960 John Taylor, English musician (Duran Duran), born in Solihull, Warwickshire
  • 1963 Amir Derakh [Davidson], American rock guitarist, and synthesizer player (Orgy; Julien-K), born in Schenectady, New York
  • 1967 Joey Cathcart, American rock guitarist (Nelson - "Love & Affection") (d. 2021)
  • 1967 [Matthew] Murphy Karges, American bassist (Sugar Ray - "Every Morning"), born in Orange County, California
  • 1967 Francis Reyes, Filipino new wave and Pinoy rock guitarist (The Dawn), broadcaster, and music editor, born in Lipa City, Batangas, Philippines
  • 1971 Jeordie White, American rock bassist (Marilyn Manson), born in Pompton Lakes, New Jersey
  • 1973 Chino Moreno, American musician (Deftones)
  • 1976 Jerome Fontamillas, Filipino-American rock keyboardist (Switchfoot), born in Pasay, Philippines
  • 1979 Charlotte Hatherley, English guitarist (Ash)
  • 1980 Tony Lovato, American singer and guitarist (Mest), born in Blue Island, Illinois