On This Day

Birthdays in Music on June 30

  • 1669 Mauritius Vogt, German composer, born in Königshofen, Bavaria (d. 1730)
  • 1685 John Gay, English poet and dramatist (The Beggar's Opera), born in Barnstaple, England (d. 1732)
  • 1722 Jiří Antonín Benda, Czech composer and violinist, born in Benátky nad Jizerou, Bohemia (d. 1795)
  • 1723 Christian Ernst Graf, Dutch composer, born in Rudolstadt, Germany (d. 1804)
  • 1743 Niels Schiørring, Danish musician and composer, born in Favrskov Municipality, Denmark (d. 1798)
  • 1818 Edward John Hopkins, English organist and composer, born in London (d. 1901)
  • 1846 Ricardo Drigo, Italian composer, born in Padua, Italy (d. 1930)
  • 1892 László Lajtha, Hungarian composer, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1963)
  • 1908 Lucino Tinio Sacramento, Filipino composer, born in Licab, Nueva Ecija, Philippines (d. 1984)
  • 1912 Tibor de Machula, Hungarian-Dutch cellist, born in Cluj-Napoca, Romania (d. 1982)
  • 1914 Natko Devčić, Croatian composer, born in Glina, Croatia (d. 1997)
  • 1917 Lena Horne, American actress and singer (Stormy Weather, Wiz), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2010)
  • 1918 Stuart Foster, American singer (Galen Drake Show), born in Binghamton, New York (d. 1968)
  • 1921 Gordon Reynolds, English organist and master of the Choristers at the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace, born in Hull, England (d. 1995)
  • 1925 Will Gay Bottje, American omposer, born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 2018)
  • 1926 Peter Alexander [Ferdinand Maximilian Neumayer], Austrian actor and singer (Who Wants to Sleep?), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2011)

  • 1929 Alexander Kelly, British pianist and composer, born in Edinburgh (d. 1996)
  • 1930 Doyle Holly, American comedian and musician (Buckaroos), born in Perkins, Oklahoma (d. 2007)
  • 1930 June Valli, American singer (Your Hit Parade), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1993)
  • 1931 James Loughran, British conductor, born in Glasgow
  • 1932 Martin Mailman, American composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2000)
  • 1936 Dave Van Ronk, American folk singer and songwriter, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2002)
  • 1936 Pauls Dambis, Latvian composer, born in Riga, Latvia
  • 1938 Chris Hinze, Dutch flutist (Vivat Vivaldi), born in Hilversum, North Holland, Netherlands
  • 1938 Apostolos Nikolaidis, Greek singer (first Greek artist to record or re-record the authentic, "prohibited" rebetika songs in the early 1970s with their original lyrics), born in Drama, Greece(d. 1999)
  • 1939 Lindembergue Cardoso, Brazilian composer, born in Livramento de Nossa Senhora, State of Bahia, Brazil (d. 1989)
  • 1940 Mark Spoelstra, American folk singer and songwriter, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2007)
  • 1941 Larry Hall, American rocker (Sandy), born in Hamlet, Ohio (d. 1997)
  • 1941 Micki Grant, American singer, composer and actress, 1st African American woman to direct on Broadway, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1941 Mike Leander, English record producer, born in Walthamstow, Essex (d. 1996)
  • 1943 Florence Ballard, American R&B singer (The Supremes), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1976)
  • 1944 Glenn Shorrock, Australian rock vocalist (Little River Band), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1946 Billy Brown, American rock vocalist (Ray, Goodman, Brown), born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey
  • 1947 Jasper van 't Hof, Dutch jazz pianist (Live in Montreux), born in Enschede, Overijssel, Netherlands
  • 1949 Andrew "Andy" Scott, Welsh musician and songwriter (Sweet), born in Wrexham, Wales
  • 1950 Leonard Whiting, English actor and singer (Romeo and Juliet), born in London, England

  • 1951 Andre Hazes, Dutch barkeeper and singer (We Love Orange), born in Amsterdam (d. 2004)
  • 1951 Stanley Clarke, American rock bassist (New Barbarians-Find Out Hideaway), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1953 Hal Lindes, American-English rocker (Dire Straits), born in Monterey, California
  • 1954 Bryn B Burrows, rock drummer (Fabulous Poodles)
  • 1956 [Philip] Adrian Wright, British composer and keyboard player (Human League-Only Human), born in Wakefield, England
  • 1956 Ronald Winans, American gospel singer (Winans), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2005)
  • 1958 Esa-Pekka Salonen, Finnish orchestral conductor (Giro), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • 1960 Murray Cook, Australian children's singer (The Wiggles), born in Cowra, New South Wales, Australia
  • 1962 Julianne Regan, English-Irish rocker (All About Eve-All About Scarlet), born in Coventry, Warwickshire, England
  • 1963 Yngwie J. Malmsteen, Swedish guitarist and songwriter, born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1968 Philip Anselmo, American heavy metal musician (Pantera), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1979 Matisyahu, Hasidic Jewish Reggae singer
  • 1982 Dan Jacobs, American guitarist (Atreyu)
  • 1982 Andy Knowles, British musician (Franz Ferdinand)
  • 1983 Brendon James, British drummer (Thirteen Senses)
  • 1983 Patrick Wolf, British musician
  • 1983 Cheryl Cole, British singer (Girls Aloud)
  • 1984 Fantasia Barrino, American singer
  • 1985 Rafal Blechacz, Polish classical pianist