On This Day

Musicians Born on June 7

  • 1730 Georg von Pasterwiz, Austrian composer, born in Passau, Germany (d. 1803)
  • 1736 Karl Frieberth, Austrian composer, born in Wullersdorf, Austria (d. 1816)
  • 1833 Alexander Ritter, German composer, born in Narva, Estonia (d. 1896)
  • 1845 Leopold von Auer, Hungarian-American violinist, born in Veszprém, Hungary (d. 1930)
  • 1846 Władysław Górski, Polish violinist, composer and teacher, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1915)
  • 1867 Luigi Maurizio Tedeschi, Italian composer, born in Turin, Italy (d. 1944)
  • 1873 Landon Ronald, British composer, pianist and teacher (Guildhall School of Music), born in Kensington, London (d. 1938)
  • 1874 Theodor Streicher, Austrian composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1940)
  • 1885 Percy Brier, Australian composer, born in North Pine, Queensland (d. 1970)
  • 1891 Athos Palma, Argentine composer, born in Buenos Aires (d. 1951)
  • 1897 George Szell, Hungarian-born American conductor (Cleveland Orchestra, 1946-70), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1970)
  • 1908 Boris Goldovsky, Russian-American conductor, educator (Tangle wood, 1942-62), and opera broadcast commentator (Metropolitan Opera, 1946-85), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 2001)
  • 1911 Franz Reizenstein, German-British pianist, composer (Concerto Popolare), and educator, born in Nuremberg, Germany (d. 1968)
  • 1911 Silas Roy Crain, American gospel singer (founder of The Soul Stirrers Gospel Quartet), born in Augustine, Texas (d. 1996)

Person of interestDean Martin

1917 Dean Martin [Dino Paul Crocetti], American singer ("That's Amore"; "Everybody Loves Somebody"; "Sway"), comedian and actor (Martin and Lewis, The Dean Martin Show), born in Steubenville, Ohio (d. 1995)

Actor, Comedian and Singer Dean Martin
Actor, Comedian and Singer
Dean Martin
  • 1921 Tal Farlow, American jazz guitarist, born in Greensboro, North Carolina (d. 1998)

  • 1922 Hubert Du Plessis, South African pianist and composer, born in Malmesbury, Cape Province, Union of South Africa (d. 2011)
  • 1922 Beryl Booker, American swing and cool jazz pianist (Dinah Washington), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1978)
  • 1924 Dolores Gray [Sylvia Dolores Finkelstein], American singer and actress (Designing Woman, Kismet), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2002)
  • 1926 Dick Williams, American singer and choral director (Andy Williams Show), born in Wall Lake, Iowa (d. 2018)
  • 1928 Charles Strouse, American composer (Bye Bye Birdie; Annie), born in NYC, New York
  • 1928 Anthony Ortega, American session and jazz clarinetist, saxophonist, and flautist ( A Man and His Horns), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1931 (Nii Moi) "Speedy" Acquaye, Ghanian drummer, percussionist, and fire-eater (Tubby Hayes; Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames; Ginger Baker's Airforce), born in Accra, Gold Coast (now Ghana) (d. 1993)
  • 1932 Tina Brooks, American blues and funk saxophonist (True Blue), born in Fayetteville, North Carolina (d. 1974)
  • 1934 Philippe Entremont, French pianist and conductor (Vienna Chamber Orchestra, 1976-91), born in Reims, France
  • 1934 Samuel Lipman, American pianist and music critic, born in Los Gatos, California (d. 1994)
  • 1937 Neeme Järvi, Estonian-American conductor (Gothenburg Symphony, 1982-2004; Detroit Symphony, 1990-2005), born in Tallinn, Estonia
  • 1938 Idris Sardi, Indonesian violinist and composer, noted for his film scores, born in Jakarta, Indonesia (d. 2014)
  • 1939 Yuli Turovsky, Russian-Canadian cellist (Borodin Trio, 1976-91), conductor (I Musici de Montreal Chamber Orchestra, 1983-2011), and teacher, born in Moscow, USSR (d. 2013)
  • 1939 Eri Klas, Estonian conductor (Netherlands Radio Symphony; Aarhus Symphony; Estonian National Opera, 1975-95), and educator, born in Tallinn, Estonia (d. 2016)

Person of interestTom Jones

1940 Tom Jones [Woodward], Welsh pop singer ("What's New, Pussycat?"; "Delilah"), and TV personality (The Voice UK), born in Pontypridd, Wales

Singer Tom Jones
Singer
Tom Jones
  • 1941 Jaime Laredo, Bolivian violinist (Queen Elisabeth of Belgium Prize, 1959), conductor (Vermont Symphony, 1999-), and educator, born in Cochabamba, Bolivia
  • 1941 (Cecil) Hotep Idris Galeta, South African jazz pianist, composer, and educator, born in Crawford, Cape Town, South Africa (d. 2010)
  • 1944 Clarence White, American session and country-rock guitarist (The Byrds, 1968-73 - "Ballad of Easy Rider"), born in Lewiston, Maine (d. 1973)
  • 1946 Micky Jones, Welsh rock guitarist (Man), born in Merthyr Tydfil (d. 2010)
  • 1949 Jack Ryland, American rock bassist (Three Dog Night, 1973-75 - "The Show Must Go On"; "Play Something Sweet") (d. 1996)

  • 1952 Royce Campbell, touring, session, and jazz guitarist (Marvin Gaye; Henry Mancini), born in North Vernon, Indiana
  • 1953 Johnny Clegg, South African musician "The White Zulu", born in Bacup, Lancashire (d. 2019)
  • 1955 Joey Scarbury, American singer-songwriter ("Theme from The Greatest American Hero (Believe It or Not)"), born in Ontario, California
  • 1955 Jon Balke, Norwegian jazz pianist, composer and band leader (Magnetic North Orchestra), born in Furnes, Norway
  • 1957 Juan Luis Guerra, Dominican pop and merengue singer, composer, and record producer, born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Person of interestPrince Rogers Nelson

1958 Prince [Rogers Nelson], American funk, rock, R&B singer-songwriter and musician ("1999"; "Purple Rain"), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2016)

  • 1960 Aldo Brizzi, Italian conductor, and contemporary classical-world fusion composer, born in Alessandria, Italy
  • 1961 Dave Catching, American session and touring musician (Eagles of Death Metal; earthlings?), born in Memphis, Tennesee
  • 1962 Patrick "Paddy" McAloon, British singer-songwriter (Prefab Sprout - "When Love Breaks Down"), born in Witton Gilbert, Durham, England
  • 1962 Michael Cartellone, American rock drummer (Lynyrd Skynyrd), born in Solon, Ohio
  • 1963 Roberto Alagna, Italian-French operatic tenor, born in Clichy-sous-Bois, Seine-Saint-Denis, France
  • 1963 Gordon Gano, American musician (Violent Femmes), born in Connecticut
  • 1964 Andris Vecumnieks, Latvian contemporary classical composer (Concertino Art-I-Shock), conductor, teacher, and musicologist, born in Riga, Latvian SSR
  • 1966 Eric Kretz, American rock drummer, Songwriter (Stone Temple Pilots - "Plush"), and sound engineer, born in San Jose, California
  • 1967 Dave Navarro, American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter, (Jane's Addiction - "Just Because"; Red Hot Chili Peppers, 1993-98), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1973 Nihad Hrustanbegović, Bosnian-Dutch concert and jazz accordionist, and composer, born in Bijeljina, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, SFR Yugoslavia
  • 1976 Necro [Ron Braunstein], Jewish American rapper, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1978 Tony An, Korean K-pop singer and dancer (H.O.T), born in Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • 1985 Charlie Simpson, British rock singer-songwriter and musician (Busted; Fightstar), born in Ipswich, Suffolk, England
  • 1990 Iggy Azalea [Amethyst Kelly], Australian singer, rapper, and songwriter ("Fancy"; "Black Widow"), born in Sydney, Australia