On This Day

Musicians Born on March 12

  • 1515 Caspar Othmayr, German composer and Lutheran pastor, born in Amberg (d. 1553)
  • 1607 Paul Gerhardt, German Luthern hymnist, born in Gräfenhainichen, Electorate of Saxony (d. 1676)
  • 1710 Thomas Arne, British composer (Rule Britannia, A-Hunting We Will Go), born in London (d. 1778)
  • 1768 Carolus Antonius Fodor [Carel Anton Fodor], Dutch pianist, conductor and prominent composer, born in Venlo, Netherlands (d. 1846)
  • 1793 Augustin-Philippe Peellaert, composer
  • 1826 Robert Lowry, composer
  • 1837 Alexandre Guilmant, French organist (La Trinitié, 1871-901), composer and pedagogue (Schola Cantorum, 1894-1911), born in Meudon, France (d. 1911)
  • 1855 John White, American composer (d. 1902)
  • 1859 Josef Cyril Sychra, Czech composer and choirmaster, born in Ústí nad Orlicí (d. 1935)
  • 1860 Salvatore Di Giacomo, Italian poet and songwriter during "Golden Age of Neapolitan Song", born in Naples (d. 1934)
  • 1874 Edmund Eysler, Austrian composer, mostly of operettas (Bruder Straubinger; The Golden Mistress), born in Hernals, Austria (d. 1949)
  • 1875 Julio Garreta, composer
  • 1878 Joseph Gustav Mraczek, German violinist, conductor, composer (Max und Moritz) and pedagogue, born in Brno, Bohemia (d. 1944)
  • 1883 Judge Jackson, composer
  • 1888 Hall Johnson, American composer (Hall Johnson Choir), born in Athens, Georgia (d. 1970)
  • 1888 Hans Knappertsbusch, German conductor (Bavarian State Opera, 1922-36), born in Elberfeld, Germany (d. 1965)

  • 1890 Vaslav Nijinsky, Ukrainian/US ballet dancer (Petroesjka) [OS=Feb 28]
  • 1896 Jesse Fuller, American one-man blues band ("San Francisco Bay Blues"), born in Jonesboro, Georgia (d. 1979)
  • 1900 Zoltán Vásárhelyi, Hungarian violinist, teacher, and choral conductor, born in Kecskemét, Hungary (d. 1977)
  • 1912 Paul Weston [Wetstein], American pianist and orchestra leader (Jim Nabors Hour, Crescent City Suite), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1996)
  • 1913 Agathe von Trapp, Austrian-born American singer (oldest von Trapp child), born in Pola, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 2010)
  • 1914 Jan Kapr, Czech composer, born in Prague (d. 1988)
  • 1917 Leonard Chess [Lejzor Czyż], Polish-American blues and R&B record company executive (Chess Records), born in Motal, Poland (now Belarus) (d. 1969)
  • 1921 Gordon MacRae, American singer and actor (Oklahoma!; Carousel), born in East Orange, New Jersey (d. 1986)
  • 1921 Ralph Shapey, American composer (Fantasy; Rituals), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2002)
  • 1922 Thomas Hugh Eastwood, British composer, born in Hawley, Blackwater, England (d. 1999)
  • 1923 Norbert Brainin, Austrian-British violinist (Amadeus Quartet, 1947-87), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2005)
  • 1925 Georges Delerue, French film composer (Sword of Gideon; A Little Romance), born in Roubaix (d. 1992)
  • 1926 Rolv Berger Yttrehus, American classical music composer, born in Duluth, Minnesota (d. 2018)
  • 1928 Aldemaro Romero, Venezuelan pianist, composer, arranger, and orchestral conductor, born in Valencia, Venezuela (d. 2007)
  • 1929 Francisco Pulgar Vidal, Peruvian musicologist and composer, born in Huánuco, Peru (d. 2012)
  • 1930 Stanko Horvat, Croatian composer, born in Zagreb, Croatia (d. 2006)
  • 1930 Wardell Quezergue, American jazz, blues, and funk composer, arranger, record producer and bandleader, known as the "Creole Beethoven", born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2011)
  • 1935 Helga Pilarczyk, German soprano (Salome; Lulu), born in Schöningen, Germany (d. 2011)
  • 1937 Elizabeth Vaughan, Welsh opera soprano (Victor/Victoria), born in Llanfyllin, Wales
  • 1938 Lew DeWitt, American country singer and composer (Statler Brothers - "Flowers on the Wall"), born in Roanoke, Virginia (d. 1990)

  • 1938 Dimitri Terzakis, Greek composer (Die Farben des Ozeans), born in Athens
  • 1938 Tona Scherchen-Hsiao, composer, born in Neuchâtel, Switzerland
  • 1940 Al Jarreau, American jazz singer ("Breaking Away"; "We're In This Love Together"; "Moonlighting"), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2017)
  • 1940 M.A. Numminen, Finnish singer and writer
  • 1942 Brian O'Hara, English rock musician (The Foremost), born in Liverpool (d. 1999)
  • 1945 Hans van Emden, Dutch rock guitarist (Les Baroques - "Such A Cad")

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1946 Liza Minnelli, American singer and actress (Sterile Cuckoo, Cabaret), born in Hollywood, California

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  • 1948 Dana Walden, rock keyboardist (Champaign)
  • 1948 James Taylor, American singer-songwriter and guitarist ("Fire And Rain"; "You've Got A Friend"; "Shower The People"), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1948 Les Holroyd, British progressive rock musician (Barclay James Harvest), born in Oldham England
  • 1949 Bill Payne, American rock keyboardist (Little Feat - "Time Loves a Hero"), born in Waco, Texas
  • 1949 Mike Gibbins, Welsh musician and drummer (Badfinger - "No Matter What"), born in Swansea, Wales (d. 2005)
  • 1951 Jack Green, Scottish musician (T. Rex, 1973-74; The Pretty Things, 1974-76), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1952 Naomi Shihab Nye, American poet, songwriter, and novelist
  • 1953 Labamba [Richard Rosenberg], American rock trombonist (Asbury Jukes), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1956 Steve Harris, English hard rock bassist (Iron Maiden - "Gypsy's Kiss"), born in London, England
  • 1957 Marlon D Jackson, singer (Jackson 5 - "Stop! The Love You Save May Be Your Own"), born in Gary, Indiana
  • 1960 (Christopher) "Kipp" Lennon, American rock singer-songwriter (Venice), born in Venice, California
  • 1960 Minoru Niihara, Japanese singer
  • 1960 Maki Nomiya, Japanese singer (Pizzicato Five)

  • 1964 Tony Terry, American soul singer and actor (With You), born in Pinehurst, North Carolina
  • 1965 Liza Umarova, Chechen singer and actress, born in Almaty, Kazakhstan
  • 1969 Graham Coxon, British pop-rock singer-songwriter and guitarist (Blur - "Country House"), born in Rinteln, West Germany
  • 1970 Roy Khan [Khantatat], Norwegian symphonic metal singer (Kamelot, 1997-2011; Conception, since 2018), born in Norway
  • 1975 Herman Li, Cantonese guitarist
  • 1975 Kéllé Bryan, British pop singer (Eternal - "I Wanna Be The Only One"), born in Plaistow, England
  • 1976 Simon Young, English music journalist
  • 1977 Ben Kenney, American rock guitarist and bassist (The Roots, 2000-03; Incubus, 2003-present), born in Brielle, New Jersey
  • 1978 Claudio Sanchez, American rock singer, guitarist, and lyricist (Coheed and Cambria), born in Suffern, New York
  • 1979 Pete Doherty, British singer-songwriter (The Libertines), born in Hexham, Northumberland, England
  • 1984 Shareefa [Faradah Cooper], American R&B singer, born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1984 Shreya Ghoshal, Indian playback singer, songwriter, composer and music producer, born in Berhampore, West Bengal, India
  • 1985 Stromae [Paul Van Haver], Belgian rapper and songwriter, born in Brussels, Belgium
  • 1986 Danny Jones, English singer (McFly), born in Bolton