On This Day

Musicians Born on March 15

  • 1754 Silvestro Palma, Italian composer, born in Barano d'Ischia, Italy (d. 1834)
  • 1790 Nicola Vaccai, Italian opera composer, born in Tolentino, (d. 1848)
  • 1807 Gaetano Gaspari, Italian composer, born in Bologna (d. 1881)
  • 1835 Eduard Strauss, Austrian dance band conductor, and composer, born in Vienna (d. 1916)
  • 1836 Henrique Alves de Mesquita, Brazilian composer, conductor and educator, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (d. 1906)
  • 1838 Karl Davydov, Russian cellist (d. 1889)
  • 1851 Jozef Surzynski, composer
  • 1864 Johan Halvorsen, Norwegian violinist, conductor (Nationaltheatret Orchestra, 1899-1929), and composer (Bergensiana), born in Drammen, Norway (d. 1934)
  • 1864 Leslie Stuart, [Thomas Barrett], British musical theater composer (Florodora), born in Southport, Lancashire, England (d. 1928) coast.
  • 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
  • 1900 Colin McPhee, Canadian composer (H2O, Mechanical Principles) and musicologist (Bali), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1964)
  • 1901 Theo Uden Masman Dutch big band leader (The Ramblers), born in Cheribon, Dutch East Indies (d. 1965)
  • 1905 Bertha "Chippie" Hill, American blues and vaudeville singer (King Oliver's Jazz Band), born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1950)

  • 1907 James "Jimmy" McPartland, American cornetist and musician (Magic Horn), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1991)
  • 1907 Zarah Leander, Swedish actress and singer, born in Karlstad, Värmland County, Sweden (d. 1981)

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

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  • 1916 Harry James, American swing-era bandleader, trumpeter and husband to Betty Grable, born in Albany, Georgia (d. 1983)
  • 1919 Randy Brooks, American jazz trumpeter and bandleader ("Harlem Nocturne') (d. 1967)
  • 1922 (Albert) Eddie Calvert, British trumpeter ("Oh, Mein Papa"; "Cherry Pink (and Apple Blossom White)"), born in Preston, Lancashire, England (d. 1978)
  • 1924 Lockrem Johnson, American composer, born in Davenport, Iowa (d. 1977)
  • 1926 Ben Johnston [Benjamin Burwell Johnston Jr], American microtonal composer (Gambit), born in Macon, Georgia (d. 2019)
  • 1927 Carl Smith, American country singer (Grand Ole Opry), born in Maynardville, Tennessee
  • 1928 Nicolas Flagello, composer
  • 1931 (Dominic Joseph) "D. J." Fontana, American drummer (drummer for Elvis), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 2018)
  • 1932 Arif Mardin, Turkish-American music producer (Atlantic Records: Aretha Franklin; Bee Gees), born in Istanbul, Turkey (d. 2006)
  • 1933 Cecil Percival Taylor, American pianist and poet (University of Wisconsin)
  • 1933 Ronald Roseman, American composer
  • 1934 Danny Apolinar, cabaret performer and theatrical composer-songwriter (Do Your Own Thing), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1995)
  • 1934 Wolfgang Hufschmidt, composer
  • 1938 Dick Higgins, American composer, born in Cambridge, England (d. 1998)
  • 1940 Phil Lesh [Chapman], American rock bassist (Grateful Dead), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1941 Mike Love, American vocalist (Beach Boys - "Fun, Fun, Fun"; "California Girls"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1942 Hughie Flint, English rock drummer (Bonzo Dog Band), born in London

  • 1942 Montserrat Figueras, Catalan soprano and early music advocate ( Hespèrion), born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 2011)
  • 1943 Sly Stone [Sylvester Stewart] American funk musician (Sly & The Family Stone - "Everyday People";"Dance To The Music"), born in Denton, Texas
  • 1944 Gordon "Jazz" Summers, British music manager (Wham, Snow Patrol), born in Winchester, Hampshire (d. 2015)
  • 1944 David Costell, American rock bassist (Gary Lewis and The Playboys - "This Diamond Ring"), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1944 Ralph MacDonald, Trinbagonian-American jazz and R&B percussionist and songwriter ("Just the Two of Us"; "Where Is The Love"), born in Harlem, New York City (d. 2011)
  • 1946 David Wall, British ballet dancer (Royal Ballet, 1966-84), and director (Royal Academy of Dancing, 1985-91) born in Chiswick, London (d. 2013)
  • 1946 Howard Scott, American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter (War, 1969-94 - "Cisco Kid"; "Why Can’t We Be Friends?"), born in San Pedro, California
  • 1947 (Ryland) "Ry" Cooder, American blues guitarist and producer (Crossroads), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1947 Stomu Yamash'ta, Japanese percussionist, keyboard player and traditional Japanese-progressive rock fusion composer (Go), born in Kyoto, Japan
  • 1950 Jørgen Olsen, Danish singer (The Olsen Brothers) won 2000 Eurovision Song Contest, born in Odense, Denmark
  • 1952 Howard Devoto [Trafford], British singer-songwriter (Buzzcocks; Magazine; Luxuria), born in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, England
  • 1955 Etterlene "Bunny" DeBarge, American rock and soul singer-songwrtier (DeBarge - "Time Will Reveal"), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1955 Daniel "Dee" Snider, American singer, songwriter and actor (Twisted Sister), born in Astoria, Queens
  • 1955 Steve Lillywhite, British record producer (U2; Rolling Stones; Phish), born in Egham, England
  • 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, American rock singer, songwriter, and guitarist (Poison - "Talk Dirty to Me"), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1964 Rockwell [Kennedy Gordy], rock vocalist (Someone Watching Me), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1966 Klaus Paier, Austrian jazz accordionist and composer, born in Sankt Andrä, Austria
  • 1968 John Tardy, American 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 rock singer (Sugar Ray - "Every Morning"), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1968 Jon Schaffer, American guitarist (Iced Earth)
  • 1969 Timo Kotipelto, Finnish musician
  • 1972 Mark Hoppus, American rock singer and bass player (+44 and blink-182), born in Ridgecrest, California
  • 1974 John "Beatz" Holohan, American musician
  • 1975 Will.i.am [Adams], American singer-songwriter, rapper, musician (Black Eyed Peas - "I Gotta Feeling"), born in East Los Angeles, California
  • 1977 Joe Hahn, American musician
  • 1981 Young Buck [David Brown] American rapper, born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1982 Jordan Hastings, Canadian drummer (Alexisonfire)
  • 1987 Tatiana Shmailyuk, Ukrainian heavy metal vocalist (Jinjer -"Pisces"), born in Donetsk, Ukraine