On This Day

Musicians Born on June 8

  • 1671 Tomaso Albinoni, Italian composer (Adagio in G-minor), born in Venice, Italy (d. 1751)
  • 1722 Jakob Friedrich Kleinknecht, German composer, born in Ulm, Baden-Württemberg, Germany (d. 1794)
  • 1740 Gabriele Mario Piozzi, composer, born in Quinzano d'Oglio, Italy (d. 1809)
  • 1753 Nicolas-Marie Dalayrac, French composer, born in Muret, Haute-Garonne, France (d. 1809)
  • 1783 Joseph Lincke, German cellist and composer, born in Trachenberg, Silesia (d. 1837)
  • 1805 Luigi Ricci, Italian composer, born in Naples (d. 1859)

Robert Schumann

1810 Robert Schumann, German pianist, composer (Humoresque), and music critic (Neue Zeitschrift für Musik - New Journal for Music), born in Zwickau, Kingdom of Saxony (d. 1856)

  • 1812 Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst, Moravian violinist and composer, born in Brno (d. 1865)
  • 1812 Spyridon Xyndas, Greek composer, born in Corfu, Greece (d. 1896)
  • 1834 George Garrett, English composer, born in Winchester, England (d. 1897)
  • 1837 Jan Kleczyński Sr., Polish painist and composer, born in Janiewicze, Russian Empire (d. 1895)
  • 1856 Natalia Janotha, Polish pianist and composer, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1932)
  • 1858 Harry Rowe Shelley, American composer (known for his hymn music), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1947)
  • 1858 Antoni Nicolau, Spanish composer and conductor, born in Barcelona (d. 1933)
  • 1881 Próspero Bisquertt, Chilean composer, born in Santiago, Chile (d. 1959)
  • 1888 Poul Schierbeck, Danish organist and composer, born in Copenhagen (d. 1949)
  • 1894 Erwin Schulhoff, Czech-Russian composer and pianist (Ogelala) who died in a German concentration camp, born in Prague, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1942) [1]
  • 1909 Ferhunde Erkin (née Remzi) Turkish concert pianist and pedagogue, born in Istanbul, Ottoman Empire (now Turkey) (d. 2007)
  • 1913 Jagamas János, Hungarian composer, born in Dés, Romania (d. 1997)
  • 1918 Robert Preston [Meservey], American stage and screen actor and singer (The Music Man; Mame; The Last Starfighter), born in Newton, Massachusetts (d. 1987)
  • 1921 Alexis Smith, Canadian actress and singer (The Age of Innocence, Follies), born in Penticton, British Columbia, Canada (d. 1993)
  • 1923 Karel Goeyvaerts, Flemish contemporary classical and minimalist composer (Zomerspelen/Summer Games; Aquarius), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1993)
  • 1924 Sheldon Allman, American-Canadian actor, singer, and songwriter (Nevada Smith, Harris Against the World), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2002)
  • 1926 Anatol Vieru, Romanian-Jewish composer (Ultimele zile, ultimele ore/The Last Days, the Last Hours), and pedagogue, born in Iasi, Romania (d. 1998)
  • 1930 Yannis Ioannidis, Greek composer, born in Athens, Greece
  • 1932 Hans G. Helms, German writer and composer, born in Teterow, Germany (d. 2012)
  • 1936 James Darren [Ercolani], American actor (TJ Hooker; Gidget movies -"Moondoggie"; Diamond Head; Venus in Furs), singer ("Goodbye Cruel World"), and director, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1939 William "Bill" Watrous, American jazz trombonist, born in Middletown, Connecticut (d. 2018)
  • 1939 Laurence Cook, American jazz drummer, percussionist, and avant garde composer, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1940 Nancy Sinatra, American singer ("These Boots Are Made for Walkin'"; "Something Stupid"), and daughter of Frank Sinatra, born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • 1940 Sherman Garnes, American rock vocalist (Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers), born in NYC, New York (d. 1977)
  • 1941 Clarence "Fuzzy" Haskins, American pop singer (Funkadelic - "Knee Deep"), born in Elkins, West Virginia
  • 1942 Chuck Negron, American singer-songwriter (Three Dog Night - "Joy to the World"; "One";"Old Fashioned Love Song"), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1944 (William) "Boz" Scaggs, American rock guitarist (Steve Miller Band, 1967-68), and singer-songwriter ("Lowdown"; "Lido Shuffle"), born in Canton, Ohio
  • 1947 Joan La Barbara, American vocalist and composer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1947 Annie Haslam, British art-rock singer-songwriter (Renaissance - "Carpet Of The Sun"; "Mother Russia") and painter, born in Bolton
  • 1949 Emanuel Ax, Polish-American classical pianist, born in Lviv, Ukraine
  • 1949 Jeffrey Mylett, American actor and songwriter, born in North Canton, Ohio (d. 1986)
  • 1950 Elmar Oliveira, American violinist (Naumburg competition, 1976; Tchaikovsky Competition, 1978; Avery Fisher Prize, 1983), born in Naugatuck, Connecticut
  • 1951 Bonnie Tyler [Gaynor Hopkins], Welsh rocker ("Total Eclipse Of The Heart"), born in Skewen, Neath, Wales
  • 1951 Tony Rice, American bluegrass guitarist (J.D. Crowe and the New South), born in Danville, Virginia (d. 2020) [1]
  • 1955 James Jonathan Sylvers, American keyboardist and vocalist (The Sylvers -"Boogie Fever"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1955 Greg Ginn, American punk rock guitarist, singer and songwriter (Black Flag), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • 1956 Uri Caine, American classical and jazz pianist and composer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1958 Michael "Jakko" Jakszyk [Curran], British rock singer, songwriter and guitarist (Level 42, 1991-94; King Crimson, 2010-present), producer, and actor, born in Archway, London, England
  • 1960 Mick Hucknall, English singer-songwriter (Simply Red "If You Don't Know Me by Now"), born in Manchester, England
  • 1961 Keti Garbi, Greek pop singer (To Kati), born in Athens, Greece
  • 1962 Nick Rhodes [Bates], British keyboardist (Duran Duran - "Hungry Like the Wolf"), born in Moseley, Birmingham, England
  • 1962 Kristine W [Weitz], American musician ranked by Billboard as the 8th Greatest Dance Artist of all-time (The Advocate), born in Pasco, Washington
  • 1965 Rob Pilatus, American-German model, dancer, and de-frocked Grammy Award winner (Milli Vanilli - "Girl You Know It's True"), born in NYC, New York (d. 1998)
  • 1965 Dine Doneff [Kostas Theodorou], Macedonian jazz double bassist, arranger, and composer, born in West Germany
  • 1966 Doris Pearson, British pop and disco singer (Five Star - "Can't Wait Another Minute"), born in London, England
  • 1967 Neil Mitchell, Scottish rock keyboardist (Wet Wet Wet - "Good Night Gir"; "Love Is All Around"), born in Helensburgh, Dunbartonshire.
  • 1970 "Seu" Jorge [da Silva], Brazilian musical artist, songwriter, singer, and actor (The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou), born in Belford Roxo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Kanye West

1977 Kanye West, American rapper, songwriter, and record producer, born in Atlanta, Georgia

  • 1977 Frøy Aagre, Norwegian jazz tenor and soprano saxophonist, born in Tønsberg, Norway
  • 1979 Derek Trucks, American guitarist and founder of Grammy Award-winning The Derek Trucks Band (Tedeschi Truck Band), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1981 Alex Band, American singer (The Calling - "Wherever You Will Go"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1983 Lee Harding, Australian punk-rock singer, born in Frankston, Australia
  • 1989 Gary Wilson, Scottish Musician
  • 1995 Tom Grennan, English singer-songwriter (Little Bit of Love), born in Bedford, England