On This Day

Musicians Born on June 23

  • 1540 Johann Baptista Serranus, composer
  • 1749 Konrad Back, German monastic composer, born in Haigerloch (d. 1810)
  • 1810 Franziska"Fanny" Elssler, Austrian ballerina
  • 1824 Carl Reinecke, German pianist, composer and teacher (Undine Sonata), born in Altona, Holstein (d. 1910)
  • 1837 Ernest Guiraud, French opera composer (Piccolino; Sylvie), arranger (Bizet), and teacher, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1892)
  • 1852 Stephane Raoul Pugno, composer
  • 1855 Maude Valérie White, French-born English composer, born near Dieppe, Normandy (d. 1937)
  • 1875 (Sidney Edward) "Eddie" Pola [Pollacsek], American radio and TV producer, and lyricist ("The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year"; "I Love The Way You Say Goodnight"), born in New York City (d. 1995)
  • 1877 Blair Fairchild, composer
  • 1877 Hermann Stephani, composer
  • 1887 John Finley Williamson, conductor (Westminster Choir), born in Canton, Ohio
  • 1892 Mieczyslaw Horszowski, Polish-American pianist, born in Lviv, Ukraine (d. 1993)
  • 1899 Alexander Moiseyevich Veprik, Russian composer, born in Balta, Ukraine (d. 1958)
  • 1904 Willie Mae "Mother" Smith, gospel singer/evangelist folk artist
  • 1910 Milt Hinton, American jazz bassist (Cab Calloway) and session musician, born in Vicksburg, Mississippi (d. 2000)
  • 1913 Helen Humes, American jazz and blues singer (Harry James; Count Basie; "Million Dollar Secret"), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1981)

  • 1915 Zeb Turner, country-rock performer (Chew Tobacco Rag)
  • 1917 Peter Knight, English musical arranger, conductor, and composer, born in Exmouth, Devon, England (d. 1985)
  • 1920 Paul Des Marais, American composer, born in Menominee, Michigan (d. 2011)
  • 1922 Francis Thorne, American composer (Fortuna; Elegy), born in Bay Shore, Long Island, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1923 George Russell, American jazz pianist (The Jazz Workshop), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 2009)
  • 1925 Amada Galvez Santos Ocampo, composer
  • 1926 Lars Johan Werle, composer
  • 1929 Henri Pousseur, Henri Pousseur, Belgian composer (Votre Faust), born in Malmedy, Liège, Belgium (d. 2009)

Person of interestJune Carter Cash

1929 June Carter Cash, American country singer (Johnny Cash Show), born in Maces Spring, Virginia (d. 2003)

Country Singer June Carter Cash
Country Singer
June Carter Cash
  • 1937 Niki Sullivan, American guitarist (The Crickets), born in South Gate, California (d. 2004)
  • 1940 Diana Trask, Australia, singer (Sing Along With Mitch)
  • 1940 Stuart Sutcliffe, Scottish rocker who was the original bassist for the Beatles, born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1962)
  • 1940 Adam Faith, English singer and actor (d. 2003)
  • 1941 Robert Hunter, American lyricist and singer-songwriter (Grateful Dead), born in Arroyo Grande, California (d. 2019)
  • 1943 James Levine, American conductor (director of the Metropolitan Opera, 1976-2017), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 2021)
  • 1944 Rosetta Hightower, American pop singer (The Orlons - "Don't Hang Up"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, (d. 2014)
  • 1945 Paul Goddard, Georgia, rock bassist (Atlanta Rhythm Section)
  • 1948 Myles Goodwyn, rock guitarist/vocalist (April Wine), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1948 Nigel Osborne, British composer, teacher and music therapist, born in Manchester, England
  • 1955 Glenn Danzig, American musician (The Misfits, Samhain, Danzig), born in Lodi, New Jersey

  • 1956 Randy Jackson, American bassist, singer, and record producer (American Idol judge), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 1957 Lee John [John L Mcgregor], English singer/actor (Body Talk)
  • 1960 Donald Harrison, American jazz saxophonist, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1960 Tatsuya Uemura, Japanese arcade game musician and programmer, born in Japan
  • 1961 Mark Drillich, Dutch pop bassist (Kong-Slauerhoff)
  • 1962 Chuck Billy, American vocalist (Testament)
  • 1963 Steve Shelley, American musician (Crucifucks and Sonic Youth)
  • 1964 Joey Allen, Ft Wayne Indiana, rock guitarist (Warrant-Cherry Pie)
  • 1965 Paul Arthurs, British guitarist (Oasis)
  • 1966 Chico DeBarge, American musician (DeBarge)
  • 1969 Noa [Achinoam Nini], Israeli singer (There Must Be Another Way), born in Bat Yam, Israel
  • 1970 Yann Tiersen, French musician
  • 1973 Marie N, Latvian singer
  • 1976 Joe Becker, American musician
  • 1977 Jason Mraz, American singer-songwriter ("I'm Yours"; "Have It All"), born in Mechanicsville, Virginia
  • 1978 Frédéric Leclercq, French bassist (DragonForce)
  • 1978 Memphis Bleek, American rapper

Person of interestDuffy

1984 [Amie Ann] Duffy, Welsh Singer (Mercy), born in Gwynedd, Wales

Singer Duffy
Singer
Duffy
  • 1988 Isabella Leong Lok-Sze, Hong Kong singer, actress and model