On This Day

Musicians Born on June 21

  • 1577 Giovanni Del Turco, Italian composer, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1647)
  • 1668 Cajetan Kolberer, composer, born in Salzburg, Austria (d. 1732)
  • 1732 Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, composer and 5th son of Johann Sebastian Bach, born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1795)
  • 1790 Wilhelm Speyer, German violinist and composer, born in Offenbach, Hesse, Germany (d. 1878)
  • 1805 Karl Friedrich Curschmann, German composer, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1841)
  • 1818 Ernst II, Duke of Saxon-Coburg-Gotha (1844-93) and composer, born in Ehrenburg Palace, Coburg, Germany (d. 1893)
  • 1862 Henry Holden Huss, American composer, born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1953)
  • 1865 Herbert Brewer, English composer, born in Gloucester, England (d. 1928)
  • 1891 Hermann Scherchen, German conductor (Nature of Music), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1966)
  • 1893 Alois Hába, Czech composer, born in Vizovice, Zlín Region, Czech Republic (d. 1973)
  • 1899 Pavel Haas, Czech Jewish composer killed during the Holocaust, born in Brno, Czech Republic (d. 1944)
  • 1900 Gunnar Ek, Swedish composer and musician, born in Asarum Blekinge (d. 1981)
  • 1902 Wilhelm Maler, German composer, born in Heidelberg, Germany (d. 1976)
  • 1903 Louis Krasner, Ukrainian-American violinist, born in Cherkasy, Ukraine (d. 1995)
  • 1906 Helene Costello, American dancer and actress (Love Toy), born in NYC, New York (d. 1957)
  • 1906 Lluís Maria Millet, Catalan composer, born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 1990)

  • 1906 Harold Spina, American composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1997)
  • 1909 Kurt Schwaen, German composer, born in Katowice, Poland (d. 2007)
  • 1910 Bela Tardos, Hungarian composer, born in Budapest (d. 1966)
  • 1910 Charles Jones, composer, born in Tamworth, Ontario, Canada (d. 1997)
  • 1914 Jan Decadt, Flemish composer, born in Ypres (d. 1995)
  • 1914 Booker Collins, American jazz jazz bassist, valve trombone, and tuba player (Mary Lou Williams and Her Kansas City Seven), born in Roswell, New Mexico
  • 1921 Frank Scott, American pianist (Lawrence Welk Show), born in Fargo, North Dakota (d. 1995)
  • 1924 Wally Fawkes, British-Canadian cartoonist and jazz clarinetist, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1928 Judith Raskin, American soprano (Le Nozze di Figaro - "Susanna"), born in NYC, New York (d. 1984)
  • 1932 Jamil Nasser [George Joyner], American jazz double and electric bassist, and tuba player, born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2010)
  • 1932 (Boris) "Lalo" Schifrin, Argentine-American jazz pianist and composer (Mission Impossible; Caveman), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1932 O. C Smith, American jazz singer ("Little Green Apples"), born in Mansfield, Louisiana (d. 2001)
  • 1937 Raphaël Sommer, Czech cellist, and educator, born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 2001)
  • 1939 Charles Boone, American composer, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1941 Mitty Collier, American gospel and R&B singer ("I Had A Talk With My Man"), and church pastor, born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1943 Salomé [Maria Rosa Marco Poquet], Spanish pop and bolero singer ("Vivo Cantando"), born in Barcelona
  • 1944 Jon Hiseman, British drummer (Arthur Brown; Colosseum), born in London, England (d. 2018)
  • 1944 Miguel Vicens, Spanish rock bass player (Los Bravos - "Black Is Black"), born in Ferrol, Galicia, Spain
  • 1944 Ray Davies, British singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Kinks - "Waterloo Sunset"; "Lola"; ""Celluloid Heroes"; "Come Dancing"), born in Muswell Hill, North London, England
  • 1946 Brenda Holloway, American singer and songwriter ("When I'm Gone"), born in Atascadero, California

  • 1947 Joey Molland, British rock guitarist (Badfinger - "Come And Get It"; "Day After Day"), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1947 Chuck Anderson, American jazz and session guitarist, and composer, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1950 Joey Kramer, American hard rock drummer (Aerosmith - "Walk This Way"), born in The Bronx, NYC, New York
  • 1951 Nils Lofgren, American guitarist, singer-songwriter, accordionist (Neil Young; Grin; E Street Band, since 1984), and tap dancer, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1952 Marcella Detroit [Levy], American rock vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter ("Lay Down Sally"), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1952 Judith Bingham, British mezzo-soprano, and contemporary classical composer, born in Nottingham, England
  • 1953 Augustus Pablo, Jamaican musician (King Tubbys Meets Rockers Uptown), born in St. Andrew, Jamaica (d. 1999)
  • 1957 Mark Brzezicki, British rock drummer (Big Country - "Wonderland"; "In A Big Country"), born in Slough, Berkshire, England
  • 1959 Kathy Mattea, American country and bluegrass singer ("Love At The Five and Dime"; "Eighteen Wheels And A Dozen Roses"), born in South Charleston, West Virginia
  • 1961 Kip Winger, American rocker (Winger), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1961 Manu Chao, Spanish musician, born in Paris, France
  • 1961 Sascha Konietzko, German musician ( KMFDM), born in Hamburg, Germany
  • 1962 Viktor Tsoi, Russian musician (Kino), born in Leningrad, Soviet Union (d. 1990)
  • 1965 Saša Britvić, Croatian conductor (Croatian Baroque Ensemble, 1999-2015), and pedagogue, born in Zagreb, Yugoslavia (now Croatia) (d. 2015)
  • 1968 Sonique [Sonia Marina Clarke], British musician and DJ, born in London
  • 1968 (Reginald) "Jett" Pangan, Filipino Pinoy rock singer and guitarist (The Dawn), and actor, born in Manila, Philippines
  • 1969 Pat Sansone, American rock guitarist, and keyboard player (Wilco, since 2005 -"I Might"), born in Meriden, Mississippi
  • 1970 Pete Rock, American rapper/producer, born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1971 Anette Olzon, Swedish singer, born in Katrineholm, Sweden
  • 1974 Neely Jenkins, American indie rocker (Tilley and the Wall), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1976 Mike Einziger, American rock guitarist and songwriter (Incubus), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1981 Brandon Flowers, American singer and keyboardist (The Killers- "Mr. Brightside"; "Human"), born in Henderson, Nevada
  • 1982 Jussie Smollett, American actor and singer (Empire), born in Santa Rosa, California

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1985 Lana Del Rey [Elizabeth Grant], American singer-songwriter (Born to Die, Ultraviolence), and model (H&M), born in NYC, New York

Singer-Songwriter and Model Lana Del Rey
Singer-Songwriter and Model
Lana Del Rey
  • 1987 Kim Ryeowook, Korean pop singer (Super Junior), born in Incheon, South Korea
  • 1987 Khatia Buniatishvili, French-Georgian concert pianist, born in Batumi, Georgia
  • 1991 Tyler Childers, American country, bluegrass and folk singer- songwriter (Purgatory; Long Violent History), born in Lawrence County, Kentucky