On This Day

Musicians Born on March 11

  • 1654 Heinrich Georg Neuss, composer
  • 1683 Giovanni Veneziano, composer
  • 1781 Anthony Philip Heinrich, composer
  • 1812 William Vincent Wallace, Irish-American violinist (known as the 'Australian Paganini'), and composer (Maritana), born in Waterford, Ireland (d. 1865)
  • 1819 Marius Petipa, French ballet dancer/choreographer (Don Quiotte)
  • 1876 Carl Ruggles, American composer (Evocations), born in Marion, Massachusetts (d. 1971)
  • 1879 Justus Hermann Wetzel, composer
  • 1897 Henry Dixon Cowell, Menlo Park California, composer (New Musical Resources)
  • 1898 (Irving Milford) "Miff" Mole, American jazz trombonist, and composer (Red Nichols and His Five Pennies - "Slippin' Around"; Sophie Tucker), born in Roosevelt, Long Island, New York (d. 1961)
  • 1903 Lawrence Welk, American accordionist and orchestra leader (Lawrence Welk Show), born in Strasburg, North Dakota (d. 1992)
  • 1906 Hasan Ferit Alnar, Turkish composer, born in Istanbul, Ottoman Empire (d. 1978)
  • 1912 Xavier Montsalvatge, Spanish composer (El gato con botas)
  • 1913 John Jacob Weinzweig, Canadian composer (The Enchanted Hill; Red Ear Of Corn), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2006)
  • 1919 Mercer Ellington, son of Duke Ellington, American composer, and bandleader, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1996)
  • 1921 Astor Piazzolla, Argentinian banodeonist, and composer (Tango Nuevo), born in Mar del Plata, Argentina (d. 1992)
  • 1922 Thom Kelling, Dutch singer/guitarist (Programa de Manha)

  • 1926 Ilhan Mimaroglu, Turkish electronic music composer and musician, born in Istanbul, Turkey (d. 2012)
  • 1932 Leroy Jenkins, American composer and violinist (d. 2007)
  • 1934 Joep Straesser, Dutch composer (Blossom songs, Ramasasiri), born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands (d. 2004)
  • 1939 Leonardo "Flaco" Jiménez, American Tex-Mex accordionist, born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1940 Alberto Cortez, Argentinian singer
  • 1940 Jon Gibson, American flute and saxophone player (Philip Glass Ensemble, 1968-2019), and composer (The Voyage of The Beagle), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2020)
  • 1944 Ric Rothwell, British rock drummer (Mindbenders - "The Game of Love"), born in Reddish, Cheshire, England
  • 1944 Graham Lyle, Scottish singer-songwriter ("What's Love Got to Do with It"), born in Bellshill, Scotland
  • 1944 Robert "Bobby" Lyle, American jazz pianist, born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1945 Harvey Mandel, American rock guitarist (The Snake), born in Morton, Illinois
  • 1947 Mark Stein, American rock singer, Hammond organ and keyboard player, and songwriter (Vanilla Fudge - "You Keep Me Hanging On"), born in Bayonne, New Jersey
  • 1948 George Kooymans, Dutch rock singer-songwriter, and guitarist (Golden Earring - Radar Love"), born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1948 Jan Schelhaas, English musician (Caravan, Camel), born in Liverpool
  • 1949 Richard de Bois, Dutch drummer/producer
  • 1950 Bobby McFerrin, American Grammy Award winner vocalist ("Don't Worry Be Happy"), and classical music conductor, born in New York City, New York
  • 1951 Katie Kissoon [Farthing], Trinidadian-British pop singer ("Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Chip"), and session and touring backing vocalist (Van Morrison; Eric Clapton; Roger Water; Mark Knopfler), born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
  • 1953 Chet Catallo, American jazz guitarist (Spyro Gyra), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1953 Bernie LaBarge, Canadian musician
  • 1953 Jimmy Iovine, American record producer (Interscope Records), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1955 Catharina "Nina" Hagen, German punk rock singer, and actress (The Go-Blue Girl), born in East Berlin, East Germany

  • 1957 Cheryl Lynn, American singer
  • 1961 Bruce Watson, Canadian-Scottish rock guitarist, sitar and mandolin player (Big Country - "Wonderland"; "In A Big Country"), born in Timmons, Ontario
  • 1961 Mike Percy, rocker (Dead or Alive-Spin Me Round)
  • 1964 Vinnie Paul, American drummer (Pantera), born in Abilene, Texas (d. 2018)
  • 1965 Andy Sturmer, American pop-rock singer, songwriter and producer (Jellyfish; Puffy AmiYumi), born in Los Angeles County, California
  • 1967 John Barrowman, Scottish-American actor, singer, presenter and writer (Captain Jack Harkness-Doctor Who), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1968 Lisa Loeb, American Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter ("Stay (I Missed You)"), born in Bethesda, Maryland
  • 1969 Rami Jaffee, American rock keyboardist (The Foo Fighters), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1969 Soraya, Colombian-American singer (d. 2006)
  • 1977 Andre Nickatina, American rapper
  • 1979 Benji Madden, American guitarist (Good Charlotte)
  • 1979 Joel Madden, American singer (Good Charlotte)
  • 1981 Russell Lissack, English musician (Bloc Party)
  • 1981 LeToya Luckett, American singer (ex-Destiny's Child)
  • 1981 Paul Wall, American rapper
  • 1984 Anna Tsuchiya, Japanese model, actress and singer
  • 1987 Tomethy Furse, British bassist (The Horrors)