Birthdays in Music on March 12

  • 1515 Caspar Othmayr, German composer and Lutheran pastor, born in Amberg (d. 1553)
  • 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 Felix Alexandre Guilmant, composer
  • 1848 Cyrill Kistler, composer
  • 1855 John White, American composer (d. 1902)
  • 1859 Josef Cyril Sychra, composer
  • 1860 Salvatore Di Giacomo, composer
  • 1874 Edmund Eysler, Austrian composer
  • 1875 Julio Garreta, composer
  • 1878 Joseph Gustav Mraczek, composer
  • 1883 Judge Jackson, composer
  • 1888 Hall Johnson, American composer (Hall Johnson Choir), born in Athens, Georgia (d. 1970)
  • 1890 Vaslav Nijinsky, Ukrainian/US ballet dancer (Petroesjka) [OS=Feb 28]
  • 1896 Jesse "Lone Cat" Fuller, San Francisco Blues Great
  • 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)
  • 1921 Gordon MacRae, American singer and actor (Oklahoma!, Carousel), born in East Orange, New Jersey (d. 1986)
  • 1921 Ralph Shapey, composer (Fantasy, Rituals), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1922 Thomas Hugh Eastwood, composer
  • 1923 Norbert Brainin, violinist
  • 1925 Georges Delerue, composer
  • 1926 Rolv Berger Yttrehus, composer
  • 1928 Phil Jones, principal (Trinity College of Music)
  • 1928 Aldemaro Romero, Venezuelan musician (d. 2007)
  • 1929 Francisco Pulgar Vidal, Peruvian musicologist and composer, born in Huánuco, Peru (d. 2012)
  • 1930 Stanko Horvat, composer
  • 1935 Helga Pilarczyk, German soprano (Salome, Lulu)
  • 1937 Elizabeth Vaughan, Welsh opera soprano (Victor-Victoria, born in Llanfyllin
  • 1938 Lew De Witt, American country singer and composer (Statler Brothers-Flowers on the Wall)
  • 1938 Dimitri Terzakis, Greek composer (Die Farben des Ozeans), born in Athens
  • 1938 Tona Scherchen-Hsiao, composer
  • 1940 Al Jarreau, American jazz singer (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 guitarist (Les Baroques)

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

Singer & Actress Liza Minnelli
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Liza Minnelli
  • 1948 Dana Walden, rock keyboardist (Champaign)
  • 1948 James Taylor, vocalist/guitarist (Up on the Roof), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1948 Les Holroyd, British progressive rock musician (Barclay James Harvest), born in Oldham England
  • 1949 Bill Payne, rock keyboardist (Little Feat-Time Loves a Hero), born in Waco, Texas
  • 1949 Mike Gibbons, Welsh musician and drummer (Badfinger), born in Swansea, Wales (d. 2005)
  • 1949 Michael "Mike" Gibbins, Welsh musician (Badfinger), born in Swansea, Wales (d. 2005)
  • 1951 Jack Green, Scottish musician (T. Rex, The Pretty Things), born in Glasgow
  • 1952 Naomi Shihab Nye, American poet, songwriter, and novelist
  • 1953 Labamba, [Richard Rosenberg], rocker (Asbury Jukes)
  • 1957 Marlon D Jackson, singer (Jackson 5-Maybe Tomorrow), born in Gary, Indiana
  • 1957 Steve Harris, hard rock bassist (Iron Maiden-Gypsy's Kiss), born in London, England
  • 1960 Kipp Lennon, American singer
  • 1960 Minoru Niihara, Japanese singer
  • 1960 Maki Nomiya, Japanese singer (Pizzicato Five)
  • 1964 Tony Terry, rock producer (Tony Terry)
  • 1965 Liza Umarova, Chechen singer and actress, born in Almaty, Kazakhstan
  • 1969 Graham Coxon, singer (Blur)
  • 1970 Roy Khan, Norwegian singer (Kamelot)
  • 1975 Herman Li, Cantonese guitarist
  • 1975 Kelle Bryan, English singer
  • 1976 Simon Young, English music journalist
  • 1978 Claudio Sanchez, American musician (Coheed and Cambria)
  • 1979 Pete Doherty, English musician
  • 1984 Shareefa [Faradah Cooper], American R&B singer, born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1984 Shreya Ghoshal, Indian singer
  • 1986 Danny Jones, English singer (McFly), born in Bolton