On This Day

Musicians Born on March 16

  • 1609 Michael Franck, German composer, poet and baker, born in Schleusingen (d. 1667) [1]
  • 1651 Zaccaria Tevo, Italian composer, born in Piove di Sacco
  • 1663 Nicolas Siret, French baroque composer and organist, born in Troyes (d. 1754)
  • 1745 Johann Wilhelm Cornelius von Konigslow, composer
  • 1814 Jules Eugene Abraham Alary, composer
  • 1823 William Henry Monk, English composer and organist (Eventide), born in London, England (d. 1889)
  • 1885 Giacomo Benvenuti, Italian composer, born in Toscolano, Italy (d. 1943)
  • 1892 James Petrillo, leader of the U.S. musicians union (d. 1984)
  • 1903 Nikolai Lopatnikoff, Estonian-American composer (Variazioni Concertanti), born in Reval, Russian Empire (now Tallinn, Estonia) (d. 1976)
  • 1906 Henny Youngman, American comedian and violinist ("Take my wife ... please"), born in London, England (d. 1998)
  • 1918 Howard Boatwright, American composer and violinist, born in Newport News, Virginia (d. 1999)
  • 1919 Erno Kiraly, Yugoslavian composer, born in Subotica
  • 1920 John Addison, British Academy and BAFTA Award-winning film score composer (Tom Jones; A Bridge Too Far; Centennial), born in Surrey, England (d. 1998)
  • 1927 Olga San Juan, American actress, dancer and comedian (Variety Girl, 1 Touch of Venus), born in NYC, New York (d. 2009)
  • 1928 Christa Ludwig, German soprano (Vienna State Opera, 1955-94; Metropolitan Opera, 1959-93), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2021)
  • 1928 Ramon Barce, Spanish composer, born in Madrid (d. 2008)

  • 1929 Edwin London, American horn player, conductor (Cleveland Chamber Orchestra; Ineluctable Modality Choir), and composer (Dream Thing on Biblical Episodes), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2013)
  • 1930 Minoru Miky, Japanese composer for traditional Japanese instruments, born in Tokushima (d. 2011)
  • 1931 Betty Johnson, American pop and cabaret singer (Jack Paar Show, I Dreamed), born in Guilford County, North Carolina
  • 1935 Teresa Berganza, Spanish soprano
  • 1936 Frederick "Fred" Neil, American folk singer-songwriter and dolphin conservationist (Everybody's Talkin'), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2001)
  • 1937 Constança Capdeville, Porteguese pianist and composer, born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 1992)
  • 1937 David Del Tredici, American pianist, Neo-Romantic composer, and 1980 Pulitzer winner (In Memory of a Summer Day), born in Cloverdale, California
  • 1940 Keith Rowe, English guitarist (AMM) and painter
  • 1942 Jerry Jeff Walker [Ronald Clyde Crosby], American country music singer and songwriter (Mr Bojangles), born in Oneonta, New York
  • 1946 Hubert Soudant, Dutch conductor
  • 1947 Ramzan Paskayev, Chechen accordionist and folk musician, born in Taraz, Kazakhstan
  • 1948 Michael Owen Bruce, American rock musician (Alice Cooper), born in Kansas
  • 1949 Elliott Murphy, American singer/songwriter
  • 1951 Ray Benson, American country singer (House of Blue Lights), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1951 Ritchie Teeter, American drummer (The Dictators, 1976-79; Twisted Sister, 1980-81) (d. 2012)
  • 1954 Jimmy Nail, singer/actor (Evita, Spender, Howling II)
  • 1954 Nancy Wilson, rock guitarist (Heart - "Baracuda"; "What About Love"), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1959 Stan Thorn, American country singer (Shenandoah - "Sunday in the South"), born in Kenosha, Wisconsin

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1959 Flavor Flav [William Drayton Jr], American rapper and reality TV star (Public Enemy), born in Roosevelt, New York

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  • 1963 Jimmy Degrasso, American musician, drummer
  • 1963 Doug Grisby, American soul music bassist, composer and producer (Patti LaBelle; Teena Marie), born in Queens, New York (d. 2021)
  • 1964 Patty Griffin, American singer and songwriter (Downtown Church), born in Old Town, Maine
  • 1973 Brant Bjork, American musician (Kyuss)
  • 1976 Blu Cantrell [Tiffany Cobb], American singer-songwriter (Hit 'Em Up Style (Oops!), Breathe), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1979 Leena Peisa, Finnish musician (Lordi)
  • 1981 Danny Brown [Daniel Sewell], American rapper, born in Detroit, Michigan