On This Day

Birthdays in Music on March 17

  • 1664 Georg Osterreich, composer
  • 1675 Petrus Laurentius Wockenfuss, composer
  • 1746 Jan David Holland, composer
  • 1839 Josef Rheinberger, Vaduz Liechtenstein, opera composer (Munich Conser)
  • 1848 Horace Wadham Nicholl, composer
  • 1876 Frederic Ayers, composer
  • 1880 Guillermo Uribe Holguin, composer
  • 1884 Alcide Nunez, American jazz clarinetist (d. 1934)
  • 1890 Harold Morris, composer
  • 1892 Sayed Darwish, Egyptian singer & songwriter, "father of Egyptian popular music" (Ana Haweet), born in Kôm el-Dikka, Alexandria (d. 1923)
  • 1900 Alfred Newman, composer (Love is a Many Splendored Thing), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1901 Piotr Perkowski, Polish composer, born in Oweczacze (now Druzhne), Ukraine (d. 1990)
  • 1906 Tamara Geva, Russian-born dancer and actress, born in St. Petersburg (d. 1997)
  • 1908 Radie Britain, American composer, born near Silverton, Texas (d. 1994)
  • 1911 Raffaele d' Alessandro, composer
  • 1916 Ray Ellington, British singer (d. 1985)

  • 1917 Brian Boydell, composer
  • 1918 D Arendo, [Arend Honhoff], Dutch pianist and composer (Eleonora)

Person of interestNat King Cole

1919 Nat King Cole, American singer (Unforgettable, Mona Lisa), born in Montgomery, Alabama (d. 1965)

Musician Nat King Cole
Musician
Nat King Cole
  • 1920 John La Montaine, composer (Pulitzer 1959), born in Oak Park, Illinois (d. 2013)
  • 1924 Stephen Dodgson, composer
  • 1927 Kenneth S Goldstein, folklorist/enthomusicologist
  • 1927 Sulkhan Ivanovich Nasidze, composer
  • 1928 Edino Krieger, composer
  • 1932 Dick Curless, singer/songwriter
  • 1934 Erhard Grosskopf, composer
  • 1934 Q T Macon, blues vocal/guitar
  • 1935 Adam Wade, American singer & actor (The Writing On The Wall), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1936 Ladislaw Kupkovic, composer
  • 1937 Galina Samsova, Russian ballerina, born in Stalingrad, Soviet Union
  • 1938 Rudolf Nureyev, Russian ballet dancer/choreographer (Kirov), born on a train near Irkutsk, Soviet Union (d. 1993)
  • 1941 Paul Kantner, American rock singer and guitarist (Jefferson Airplane), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2016)
  • 1941 Clarence Collins, American singer (Imperials-Tears on my pillow)
  • 1941 Edward Harper, composer
  • 1942 Dimitris Poulikakos, Greek composer, singer and actor
  • 1943 Tony Newman, English drummer (Sounds Incorporated, T.Rex), born in Southampton, England

  • 1944 John Sebastian, American singer (Loving Spoonful, Welcome Back Kotter), born in NYC, New York
  • 1944 Pat McCauley, Northern Irish rock drummer (Them)
  • 1945 Elis Regina, Brazilian singer (d. 1982)
  • 1946 Harold Brown, rock drummer (War-Summer, Galaxy), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1946 Michael Peter Finnissey, composer
  • 1947 Ian Gomm, rock guitarist
  • 1947 Yury Chernavsky, Russian-born Composer and Producer
  • 1948 Fran Byrne, musician (Ace), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1950 Michael Been, American musician (The Call), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 2010)
  • 1951 Scott Gorham, American rock guitarist (Thin Lizzy-21 Guns), born in Glendale, California
  • 1952 Nikos Xydakis, Greek musician and composer
  • 1954 Lesley-Anne Down, actress (A Little Night Music, Moonraker), born in London, England
  • 1954 Rena Jones, rock vocalist
  • 1955 Paul Overstreet, American country singer (Daddy's Come Around), born in Van Cleave, Mississippi
  • 1956 Will Rigby, rock percussionist (Amy Rigby Diary of a Mad Housewife)
  • 1959 Mike Lindup, British rock keyboardist/singer (Level 42-Hot Water)
  • 1959 Paul Black, American rock singer
  • 1962 Clare Grogan, rocker (Altered Images-Happy Birthday)
  • 1962 Janet Patricia Gardner, Juneau Alaska, rocker (Vixen-Rev It Up)
  • 1962 Roxy Dora Petrucci, Rochester Minn, rock drummer (Vixen-Rev It Up)
  • 1963 Nick Peros, Canadian composer
  • 1967 Van Conner, rocker (Screaming Trees)

Person of interestBilly Corgan

1967 Billy Corgan, American musician (Smashing Pumpkins), born in Chicago, Illinois

Musician Billy Corgan
Musician
Billy Corgan
  • 1972 Melissa Auf der Maur, Canadian musician
  • 1972 Marc Gunn, poet, podcaster, and Celtic musician (Brobdingnagian Bards)
  • 1975 Justin Hawkins, British singer (The Darkness)
  • 1976 Stephen Gately, Irish singer (Boyzone), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1988 Grimes [Claire Boucher], Canadian musician, born in Vancouver, British Columbia