Birthdays in Music on June 4

  • 1770 James Hewitt, composer
  • 1846 Josef Sittard, music writer
  • 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, composer
  • 1909 Paul Nordoff, American composer (Frog Prince), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1977)
  • 1913 Bruno Bettinelli, composer
  • 1917 Robert Merrill, American baritone (NY Metropolitan Opera), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1921 Nina Vyroubova, Russ/French ballerina (Pavlova-prize 1957)
  • 1922 Irwin Bazelon, composer (Duo for Viola), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1930 Morgana King, jazz singer/actress (The Godfather)
  • 1930 Pentti Raitio, composer
  • 1931 Cesar Bolanos, composer
  • 1932 Oliver Nelson, American jazz composer and arranger (d. 1975)
  • 1937 Freddy Fender, American musician ("Before the Next Teardrop Falls"), born in San Benito, Texas (d. 2006)
  • 1940 Dorothy Rudd Moore, composer
  • 1944 Charlie Whitney, rock guitarist (Family)
  • 1944 Michelle Phillips, singer/actress (Mamas & Papas), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1944 Roger Ball, Scotland, saxophonist (Average White Band)
  • 1945 Anthony Braxton, jazz musician
  • 1945 Gordon Waller, Scotland, singer (Peter & Gordon-World Without Love)
  • 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, rocker (Winger-17)
  • 1961 El Debarge, rocker (Debarge-All this Love), born in Grand Rapids Michigan
  • 1962 John P. Kee, American Gospel singer
  • 1964 Chris Kavanagh, rocker (Sigue Sigue Sputnik-Love Missile F-111)
  • 1964 Eva Fampas, Greek guitarist
  • 1966 Cecilia Bartoli, Italian mezzo-soprano
  • 1968 Al B. Sure, American R&B singer
  • 1970 Richie Hawtin, Canadian musician, born in Banbury, Oxfordshire
  • 1970 David Pybus, British musician
  • 1971 Shoji Meguro, Japanese composer
  • 1972 Nikka Costa, American singer
  • 1974 Stefan Lessard, American musician
  • 1980 Alicja Janosz, Polish singer
  • 1982 Jin, Chinese-American rapper
  • 1984 Rainie Yang, Taiwanese singer and actress
  • 1992 Dino Jelusić, Croatian singer, born in Požega, Croatia