On This Day

Musicians Born on June 6

  • 1661 Giacomo Antonio Perti, Italian composer, born in Bologna, Italy (d. 1756)
  • 1676 Georg Riedel, German composer, born in Königsberg, Germany (d. 1738)
  • 1735 Anton Schweitzer, German composer, born in Coburg, Germany (d. 1787)
  • 1804 Petter Conrad Boman, Swedish composer, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1861)
  • 1807 Adrien-François Servais, Belgian composer, born in Halle, Belgium (d. 1866)
  • 1815 Francesco Antonio Norberto Pinto, Portuguese violinist, hornist and composer (Adoração ao Sol), born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. 1860)
  • 1819 William Howard Glover, English composer, born in London, England (d. 1875)
  • 1840 John Stainer, English organist, composer (The Crucifixion), musicologist, and educator, born in Southwark, London (d. 1901)
  • 1869 Siegfried Wagner, German opera composer and conductor, born in Tribschen, Lucerne, Switzerland (d. 1930)
  • 1890 Ted Lewis [Theodore Leopold Friedman], American entertainer, bandleader and musician ("Is Everybody Happy?"), born in Circleville, Ohio (d. 1971)
  • 1891 István Kardos, Hungarian composer, born in Debrecen, Hungary (d. 1975)
  • 1893 Ludovic Feldman, Romanian composer, born in Galați, Romania (d. 1987)
  • 1894 Sabin Drăgoi, Romanian composer, born in Seliște, Romania (d. 1968)
  • 1898 Ninette de Valois [Edris Stannus], British ballerina (Royal Ballet), born in Blessington, Ireland (d. 2001)
  • 1902 Avraham Daus, Israeli composer, born in Berlin (d. 1974)
  • 1902 Jimmie Lunceford, American saxophonist and bandleader, born in Fulton, Mississippi (d. 1947)

  • 1903 Aram Khachaturian, Soviet composer (Gayane; Sabre Dance), born in Tbilisi, Georgia (d. 1978)
  • 1905 John Gart, Russian orchestra leader (Paul Winchell Show), born in Russia (d. 1989)
  • 1910 Toshitsugu Ogiwara, Japanese composer, born in Osaka, Japan (d. 1992)
  • 1915 Vincent Persichetti, American composer (Sibyl), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1987)
  • 1922 Ian Hamilton, Scottish composer, born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2000)
  • 1923 Allan Wicks, British cathedral organist and choral conductor (Canterbury, 1961-88), born in Harden, England (d. 2010)
  • 1924 Serge Nigg, French composer, born in Paris (d. 2008)
  • 1925 Al Grey, American jazz trombonist (Count Basie Orchestra; Snap Your Fingers), born in Aldie, Virginia (d. 2000)
  • 1926 Klaus Tennstedt, German conductor (Fidelio), born in Merseburg, Germany (d. 1998)
  • 1929 Bogusław Schaffer, Polish composer and playwright, born in Lviv, Ukraine (d. 2019) [1]
  • 1931 Lloyd Lindroth, American harpist, The Liberace of the Harp, born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1994)
  • 1935 Misha Mengelberg, Dutch jazz pianist and composer (Reconstruction), born in Kiev, Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic (d. 2017)
  • 1935 Grant Green, American jazz guitarist, born in St. Louis (d. 1979)
  • 1936 Levi Stubbs [Stubbles], American baritone singer (The Four Tops - "It's the Same Old Song"; "Standing In The Shadows of Love"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2008)
  • 1939 Gary U.S. Bonds [Anderson], American blues singer and songwriter (New Orleans), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1939 Louis Andriessen, Dutch composer (Reconstruction), born in Utrecht, Netherlands
  • 1939 Richard "Popcorn" Wylie, American R&B and soul pianist, bandleader, songwriter, and record producer, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2008)
  • 1940 Phillip Rhodes, American composer, born in Forest City, North Carolina
  • 1942 Howard "Howie" Kane [Kirshenbaum], American rock singer (Jay and the Americans - "Come a Little Bit Closer")
  • 1944 Edgar Froese, German musician (Tangerine Dream), born in Tilsit, East Prussia (d. 2015)

  • 1944 Peter Albin, American rock bassist and guitar player (Big Brother and the Holding Company), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1946 Tony Levin, American bassist and Chapman Stick player (King Crimson; Peter Gabriel; Paul Simon; Asia), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1947 Terry Williams, American singer-songwriter, and guitarist (The First Edition - "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)"),born in Hollywood, California
  • 1948 Richard Sinclair, British progressive rock bassist, singer, guitarist, and songwriter (Caravan -"In the Land of Grey and Pink"), born in Canterbury, England
  • 1948 Phil Jones, American session and touring drummer and percussionist (Tom Petty; Cracker; Pegi Young), born in Oskaloosa, Iowa
  • 1949 Edgar Warren Williams, American composer, born in Orlando, Florida
  • 1949 Holly Near, American folksinger, actress and activist, born in Ukiah, California
  • 1951 Dwight Twilley, American power pop singer-songwriter ("I'm On Fire"; "Girls"), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1952 Yukihiro Takahashi, Japanese pop-rock drummer and singer (Yellow Magic Orchestra), born in Meguro, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1957 Junior [Norman Giscombe], British R&B singer ("Mama Used to Say"), born in London, England
  • 1959 Jimmy Jam [James Harris], American songwriter and record producer (Janet Jackson), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1960 Steve Vai, American rock guitarist, and composer (Frank Zappa; David Lee Roth Band; Whitesnake), born in Carle Place, New York
  • 1960 Pelle Alsing, Swedish drummer (Roxette - "Listen to Your Heart"), born in Vantörs Församling, Sweden (d. 2020)
  • 1961 Dee C. Lee [Diane Catherine Sealy], British rock musician (Wham!, Style Council), born in London, England
  • 1961 Tom Araya, Chilean-American heavy metal bass guitarist and lead singer (Slayer), born in Viña del Mar, Chile
  • 1961 Nir Brand, Israeli conductor and musician, born in Beersheba, Israel
  • 1961 Bob Gilmore, Irish keyboard player (Trio Scordatura), educator, and musicologist (Harry Partch: A Biography), born in Larne, Northern Ireland (d. 2015)
  • 1964 Paul "Guru" Josh, British musician (Infinity), born in London, England (d. 2015)
  • 1965 David White, British pop-rock guitarist (Brother Beyond - "Can You Keep a Secret?"), born in Highbury, London, England
  • 1966 Sean Yseult [Shauna Reynolds], American rock bassist (White Zombie - "More Human Than Human"), born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • 1968 Alan Licht, American avant garde and pop guitarist, composer, and journalist, born in New Jersey
  • 1969 Douglas Lee Mitchell, American heavy metal artist (Southgang), born in Miles, Michigan
  • 1970 James Shaffer, American rock guitarist (Korn - "Here To Stay"), born in Rosedale, California
  • 1972 Cristina Scabbia, Italian gothic metal singer-songwriter (Lacuna Coil), born in Milan, Italy
  • 1974 Uncle Kracker [Matthew Shafer], American singer and rapper ("Follow Me"; "Drift Away"), born in Mount Clemens, Michigan
  • 1975 Cheer Chen [Chi-Chen], Taiwanese folk-rock singer-songwriter (Sofa Sea), born in Taipei, Taiwan
  • 1976 Akido [Kim Gaboury], Canadian musician (Dancing in Chains), born in Quebec City, Quebec
  • 1978 Carl Barât, English rock singer (The Libertines; Dirty Pretty Things), born in Basingstoke, North Hampshire, England
  • 1978 Mariana Popova, Bulgarian pop singer ("Dream About Me"), born in Sofia, Bulgaria
  • 1978 Jeremy Gara, Canadian drummer (Arcade Fire), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1987 Kyle Falconer, Scottish musician
  • 1992 Pierce Fulton, American electronic dance music DJ and record producer ("Runaway"; "Better Places"), born in Vermont (d. 2021)
  • 2000 Haechan [Lee Dong-hyuck], South Korean k-pop singer and dancer (NCT), born in Seoul, South Korea