On This Day

Birthdays in Music 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 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)
  • 1924 Chet Atkins, American guitarist (Me & My Guitar), born in Luttrell, Tennessee (d. 2001)
  • 1927 John M Dengler, jazz bass sax/trumpet/trombone

  • 1928 Eric Dolphy, jazz musician, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1964)
  • 1929 Ingrid Haebler, Austrian pianist (Haydn/Mozart/Schubert)
  • 1931 Arne Nordheim, Larvik Norway, conductor/composer (Aftonland)
  • 1934 Cornel Țăranu, Romanian composer (Garlands), born in Cluj. Romania
  • 1936 Billy Guy, American singer (The Coasters-Young Blood), born in Itasca, Texas (d. 2002)
  • 1937 Jerry Keller, rocker/actor (If Ever I See You Again)
  • 1938 Nikolay Avksentevich Martinov, composer

Person of interestBrian Wilson

1942 Brian Wilson, American singer-songwriter and producer (Beach Boys), born in Inglewood, California

Singer-Songwriter Brian Wilson
Brian Wilson
  • 1945 [Morna] Anne Murray, Springhill Nova Scotia Canada, singer (Snow Bird)
  • 1946 Andre Watts, Nuremberg Germany, concert pianist (Oberon)
  • 1947 Dolores Brooks, American singer (the Crystals)
  • 1948 Alan Longmuir, Scottish pop-rock musician (Bay City Rollers), 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, Hello, Penny Lover), 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 Kelly Johnson [Bernadette], Edmonton, London, guitarist (Girlschool), (d. 2007)
  • 1960 John Taylor, English musician (Duran Duran), born in Solihull, Warwickshire
  • 1963 Amir Derakh, American musician (Orgy)
  • 1967 Joseph William Cathcart, rock guitarist (Nelson-Love & Affection)
  • 1971 Jeordie White, American musician (Marilyn Manson)
  • 1973 Chino Moreno, American musician (Deftones)
  • 1976 Jerome Fontamillas, Filipino American musician (Switchfoot)
  • 1979 Charlotte Hatherley, English guitarist (Ash)
  • 1980 Tony Lovato [Anthony John Lovato], American singer and guitarist (Mest), born in Blue Island, Illinois