Birthdays in Music on March 15

  • 1754 Silvestro Palma, composer
  • 1790 Nicola Vaccai, composer
  • 1808 Gaetano Gaspari, composer
  • 1835 Eduard Strauss, Austrian composer (318 Dance)
  • 1836 Henrique Alves de Mesquita, composer
  • 1838 Karl Davydov, Russian cellist (d. 1889)
  • 1851 Jozef Surzynski, composer
  • 1864 Johan Halvorsen, composer
  • 1864 Leslie Stuart, composer
  • 1867 Will Rossiter, composer
  • 1873 David Vaughan Thomas, Welsh musician and composer, born in Ystalyfera (d. 1934)
  • 1884 Rudolf Piskacek, composer
  • 1894 Slava Vorlova, composer
  • 1901 Colin McPhee, composer (H2O, Mechanical Princibles), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1901 Theo Uden Marsman, Dutch orchestra leader
  • 1907 Jimmy McPartland, jazz trumpeteer/actor (Magic Horn)
  • 1907 Zarah Leander, Swedish actress and singer, born in Karlstad, Värmland County, Sweden (d. 1981)

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1912 Lightnin' [Sam] Hopkins, American blues musician (Ball of Twine), born in Centerville, Texas (d. 1982)

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  • 1916 Harry James, trumpeter (married to Betty Grable), born in Albany, Georgia
  • 1924 Lockrem Johnson, American composer, born in Davenport, Iowa (d. 1977)
  • 1926 Benjamin Burwell Johnston, Jr. Macon Geeorgia, American composer
  • 1927 Carl Smith, Maynardville Tn, country singer (Grand Ole Opry)
  • 1928 Nicolas Flagello, composer
  • 1929 Tiezo Matsumura, composer
  • 1933 Cecil Perceval Taylor, composer/jazz pianist (U of Wisconsin)
  • 1933 Ronald Roseman, composer
  • 1934 Daniel George "Danny" Apolinar, composer/songwriter
  • 1934 Wolfgang Hufschmidt, composer
  • 1938 Dick Higgins, composer
  • 1940 Phil Lesh, [Chapman], American rock bassist (Grateful Dead), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1941 Mike Love, California, rock saxophonist/vocalist (Beachboys-In My Room)
  • 1942 Hughie Flint, rock drummer (Bonzo Dog Band), born in London, England
  • 1943 Sly Stone, Dallas, funk musician (Sly & the Family Stone-Everyday People), born in Denton, Texas
  • 1944 Gordon "Jazz" Summers, British music manager (Wham, Snow Patrol), born in Winchester, Hampshire (d. 2015)
  • 1944 Ralph MacDonald, rock percussionist (Graceland)
  • 1946 David Wall, English ballet dancers/director (Royal Academy of Dancing)
  • 1946 Howard Scott, San Pedro Cal, rock guitarist/vocalist (War, Cisco Kid)
  • 1947 Ry[land] Cooder, LA, blues guitarist (Crossroads)
  • 1947 Stomu Yamash'ta, composer
  • 1950 Jørgen Olsen, Danish singer
  • 1955 Daniel "Dee" Snider, American sincer, songwriter and actor (Twisted Sister), born in Astoria, Queens
  • 1962 Steve Coy, rocker (Dead or Alive-Spin Me Round)
  • 1962 Terrence Trent D'Arby, American rock vocalist (Wishing Well), born in NYC, New York
  • 1963 Bret Michaels, guitarist (Poison-Talk Dirty to Me), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1964 Rockwell, [Kennedy Gordy], Det MI, rock vocalist (Someone Watching Me)
  • 1968 John Tardy, US heavy metalist (Obituary, Slowly We Rot)
  • 1968 Sabrina [Salerno], Miss Italy (1984)/singer (Boys), born in Genoa, Italy
  • 1968 Kahimi Karie, Japanese singer
  • 1968 Mark McGrath, American musician (Sugar Ray), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1968 Jon Schaffer, American guitarist (Iced Earth)
  • 1969 Timo Kotipelto, Finnish musician
  • 1972 Mark Hoppus, American musician (+44 and blink-182)
  • 1974 John "Beatz" Holohan, American musician
  • 1975 Will.i.am, American musician
  • 1977 Joe Hahn, American musician
  • 1978 Sid Wilson, American musician (Slipknot)
  • 1981 Young Buck, American rapper
  • 1982 Jordan Hastings, Canadian drummer (Alexisonfire)