On This Day

Birthdays in Music 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 and actor (NY Metropolitan Opera), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2004)
  • 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)
  • 1928 Lloyd Lambert, American bassist (Guitar Slim), born in Thilbodaux, Louisiana (d. 1995)
  • 1930 Morgana King, American jazz singer 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 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)

  • 1937 Freddy Fender, American musician ("Before the Next Teardrop Falls"), born in San Benito, Texas (d. 2006)
  • 1940 Dorothy Rudd Moore, African-American composer, born in New Castle, Delaware
  • 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)
  • 1950 Dagmar Krause, German singer (Slapp Happy, Henry Cow, Art Bears), born in Hamburg, Germany
  • 1953 Jimmy McCulloch, Scottish songwriter and guitarist (Wings), born in Dumbarton (d. 1979)
  • 1953 Paul Samson, British guitarist (Samson) (d. 2002)
  • 1959 Paul Taylor, American rocker (Winger-17), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1961 El Debarge, American rocker (Debarge-All this Love), born in Grand Rapids Michigan
  • 1962 John P. Kee, American Gospel singer, born in Durham, North Carolina
  • 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), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1970 Richie Hawtin, British-Canadian electronic musician (Plastikman), born in Banbury, Oxfordshire
  • 1970 David Pybus, British musician
  • 1971 Shoji Meguro, Japanese guitarist and video game music composer (Persona), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1972 [Domenica] Nikka Costa, American singer, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1974 Stefan Lessard, American bassist (Dave Matthews Band), born in Anaheim, California
  • 1982 MC Jin [Au-Yeung], Chinese-American rapper, born in Miami, Florida
  • 1984 Rainie Yang, Taiwanese singer and actress
  • 1992 Dino Jelusić, Croatian singer, born in Požega, Croatia