On This Day

Musicians Born on June 4

  • 1770 James Hewitt, American composer and conductor, born in Dartmoor, England (d. 1827)
  • 1846 Josef Sittard, German musicologist and music critic, born in Vital, Aachen, Germany (d. 1903)
  • 1865 Guido Gasperini, Italian composer, born in Florence (d. 1942)
  • 1891 Erno Rapee, American conductor and composer (Radio City Music Hall), born in Narva, Estonia (d. 1945)
  • 1899 Leo Spies, Russian-born German composer, born in Moscow (d. 1965)
  • 1907 Marjan Kozina, Slovene composer, born in Novo mesto, Slovenia (d. 1966)
  • 1909 Paul Nordoff, American composer (Frog Prince), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1977)
  • 1913 Bruno Bettinelli, Italian composer and teacher (Musica per archi), born in Milan, Italy (d. 2004)
  • 1917 Robert Merrill [Moishe Miller], American operatic baritone (NY Metropolitan Opera, 1945-76), and actor, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2004)
  • 1920 Britt Woodman, American jazz trombonist (Duke Ellington; Charles Mingus; Lionel Hampton), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2000)
  • 1921 Nina Vyroubova, Russian-French ballerina (Pavlova-prize 1957), born in Gurzuf, Crimea, Ukrainian S.S.R. (d. 2007)
  • 1922 Irwin Bazelon, American composer (Duo for Viola), born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 1995)
  • 1926 Chuck Thompson, American jazz be-bop drummer (Erroll Garner; Hampton Hawes), born in New York City
  • 1928 Lloyd Lambert, American bassist (Guitar Slim), born in Thilbodaux, Louisiana (d. 1995)
  • 1928 Teddy Kotick, American jazz double bassist (Phil Woods; Charlie Parker; Bill Evans), born in Haverhill, Massachusetts (d. 1986)
  • 1929 Andor Kovács, Hungarian classical guitarist, and composer, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1989)

  • 1930 Morgana King [Messina], American jazz singer ("Dindi"; "It's A Quiet Thing"), and actress (The Godfather; The Godfather Part II), born in Pleasantville, New York (d. 2018)
  • 1930 Pentti Raitio, Finnish composer (‘Lemminkainen Gatecrashes at Pohjola’), born in Pieksämäki, Finland (d. 2014)
  • 1931 César Bolaños, Peruvian electro-acoustic and experimental musician and composer, born in Lima, Peru (d. 2012)
  • 1932 Oliver Nelson, American jazz composer and arranger (The Blues and the Abstract Truth), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1975)
  • 1936 Alan Branscombe, British jazz and session pianist, vibraphonist, and saxophonist (Tubby Hayes; Beatles - "Got To Get You Into My Life"), born in Wallasey, Cheshire, England (d. 1986)
  • 1937 Freddy Fender [Baldemar Huerta], American rock, country and Tejano singer ("Wasted Days And Wasted Nights"; "Before The Next Teardrop Falls"; Texas Tornados - "A Man Can Cry"), born in San Benito, Texas (d. 2006)
  • 1938 Simeon Coxe, American songwriter, singer and psychedelic synthesizer player (Silver Apples), born in Knoxville, Tennessee (d. 2020)
  • 1940 Dorothy Rudd Moore, African-American composer (Songs from the Dark Tower; Dirge and Deliverance), born in New Castle, Delaware
  • 1941 George Jinda, Hungarian-American smooth jazz and world music percussionist (Special EFX), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 2002)
  • 1944 Michelle Phillips, American singer and actress (Mamas & Papas), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1944 Roger Ball, Scottish saxophonist (Average White Band), born in Broughty Ferry, Scotland
  • 1945 Anthony Braxton, American jazz musician and composer, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1945 Gordon Waller, Scottish singer (Peter & Gordon - "World Without Love"), born in Braemar, Aberdeenshire, Scotland (d. 2009)
  • 1946 S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, Telegu playback singer (The Jewel of Shiva), born in Nellore, Madras Presidency, British India (d. 2020)
  • 1947 Toni Wine , American session singer (The Archies; Dawn), and songwriter ("A Groovy Kind of Love"; "Candida"), born in New York City
  • 1948 Paquito D'Rivera, Cuban-American Grammy Award-winning clarinetist, saxophonist and jazz and classical composer, born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1950 Dagmar Krause, German singer (Slapp Happy; Henry Cow; Art Bears), born in Hamburg, Germany
  • 1953 Jimmy McCulloch, Scottish songwriter and guitarist (Thunderclap Newman; Wings), born in Dumbarton, Scotland (d. 1979)
  • 1953 Paul Samson [Sansom] British heavy metal and blues guitarist (Samson), born in Norwich, England (d. 2002)
  • 1954 Scott Earl Holman, American jazz pianist, and composer, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • 1954 Mikey Dread [Michael Campbell], Jamaican reggae singer, producer, ("Rocker's Delight"), and broadcaster (BBC), born in. Port Antonio, Jamaica (d. 2008)
  • 1954 Raphael Ravenscroft, British session saxophone player (Gerry Rafferty - "Baker Street"; Maxine Nightingale; Roger Waters), born in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England (d. 2014)
  • 1956 Reeves Gabrels, American rock guitarist, songwriter and producer (Tin Machine/David Bowie;, 1987-99; The Cure, 2012-), born in Staten Island, New York
  • 1957 Tinsley Ellis, American electric blues guitarist, and singer, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1959 Paul Taylor, American rock keyboardist (Winger - "Seventeen; "Can't Get Enuff"), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1959 John Bickerton, Canadian jazz pianist, and composer, born in Windsor, Ontario
  • 1961 El Debarge, American pop-rock keyboardist, and singer-songwriter (Debarge - "Rhythm of the Night"), born in Grand Rapids Michigan
  • 1961 Kym Ambrose, Australian jazz vibraphonist (The Brazilian Ensemble), born
  • 1962 John P. Kee, American gospel singer, born in Durham, North Carolina
  • 1962 (Hiram) Winard Harper, American jazz drummer (Betty Carter; The Harper Brothers; Fathead Newman), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1964 Chris Kavanagh, British rocker (Sigue Sigue Sputnik - "Love Missile F-111"), born in Woolwich, London, England
  • 1966 Cecilia Bartoli, Italian mezzo-soprano, born in Rome, Italy
  • 1968 Al B. Sure! [Albert Joseph Brown III], American R&B singer-songwriter (In Effect Mode - "Nite And Day"), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1970 Richie Hawtin, British-Canadian electronic musician (Plastikman), born in Banbury, Oxfordshire
  • 1970 David Pybus, British extreme heavy metal bassist (Cradle Of Death), born in Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire, England
  • 1971 Shoji Meguro, Japanese guitarist and video game music composer (Persona), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1972 [Domenica] Nikka Costa, American pop and soul singer-songwriter, and musician, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1974 Stefan Lessard, American bassist (Dave Matthews Band), born in Anaheim, California
  • 1976 Kasey Chambers, Australian country singer-songwriter and musician ("Not Pretty Enough"), born in Mount Gambier, South Australia
  • 1977 Roman Miroshnichenko, Russian jazz-fusion, rock, and world music guitarist, and composer, born in Dniprodzerzhynsk, Ukrainian SSR, USSR
  • 1979 Daniel Lucca Parenti, American jazz bassist, born in Walnut Creek, California
  • 1981 William Barton, Australian didgeridoo player, and composer (Kalkadunga) born in Mount Isa, North-West Queensland, Australia
  • 1982 MC Jin [Au-Yeung], Chinese-American rapper, born in Miami, Florida
  • 1984 Rainie Yang, Taiwanese mando-pop singer, actress, and television personality, born in Taipei, Taiwan
  • 1990 Zach Farro, American rock drummer, and songwriter (Paramore - "Misery Business"; "Brick By Boring Brick"), born in Voorhees Township, New Jersey
  • 1992 Dino Jelusić, Croatian singer, born in Požega, Croatia