Musicians Born on March 17

  • 1655 Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre, French harpsichordist, organist, singer, and composer (Les pièces de clavessin; Céphale et Procris), born in, Paris (d. 1729)
  • 1664 Georg Österreich, German Baroque composer (founded the Bokemeyer collection), born in Magdeburg (d. 1735) baptism date
  • 1675 Petrus Laurentius Wockenfuss, Polish composer, born in Bruskowo Wielkie (d. 1721)
  • 1746 Jan Dawid Holland, Polish composer (d. 1827)
  • 1839 Josef Rheinberger, German organist, composer, and educator (Munich Conservatory, 1877-1901), born in Vaduz, Liechtenstein (d. 1901)
  • 1848 Horace Nicholl, British composer, born in Tipton, England (d. 1922)
  • 1876 Frederic Ayers, American composer, born in Binghamton, New York (d. 1926)
  • 1880 Guillermo Uribe Holguin, Colombian composer, born in Bogotá, Colombia (d. 1971)
  • 1884 Alcide Nunez, American jazz clarinetist, born in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana (d. 1934)
  • 1890 Harold Morris, American composer, born in San Antonio Texas (d. 1964)
  • 1892 Sayed Darwish, Egyptian singer & songwriter, "father of Egyptian popular music" (Ana Haweet), born in Kôm el-Dikka, Alexandria (d. 1923)
  • 1900 Alfred Newman, American film music arranger, conductor and composer, winner of 9 Academy Awards (The Robe; How The West Was Won; Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1970)
  • 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)
  • 1909 Lovie Lee [Edward Lee Watson], American electric blues pianist, singer, and songwriter, born in Chattanooga, Tennessee (d. 1997)
  • 1911 Raffaele d'Alessandro, Swiss pianist, organist, and composer, born in St. Gallen, Switzerland (d. 1959)
  • 1916 Ray Ellington, British singer (d. 1985)
  • 1917 Brian Boydell, Irish composer, born in Howth, Ireland (d. 2000)
  • 1918 D. Arendo [Arend Honhoff], Dutch pianist and composer (Eleonora)

Nat King ColeNat King Cole (1919-1965)

American jazz pianist and pop vocalist ("Unforgettable", "Mona Lisa"), born in Montgomery, Alabama

  • 1920 John La Montaine, American composer (Pulitzer 1959), born in Oak Park, Illinois (d. 2013)
  • 1924 Stephen Dodgson, British composer, born in Chelsea, London, England (d. 2013)
  • 1927 Sulkhan Nasidze, Georgian composer, born in Tiflis, Transcaucasia, Soviet Union (now Tblisi, Georgia) (d. 1996)
  • 1928 Edino Krieger, Brazilian composer, born in Santa Catarina state
  • 1932 Dick Curless, American country music singer-songwriter (A Tombstone Every Mile), born in Fort Fairfield, Maine (d. 1995)
  • 1934 Erhard Grosskopf, German avant-garde composer, born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1934 Q T Macon, blues vocal/guitar
  • 1935 (Patrick Henry} "Adam" Wade, American pop singer (The Writing On The Wall), actor (Kiss Me Goodbye), and 1st US Black game show host (Musical Chairs), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2022)
  • 1936 Ladislaw Kupkovic, Slovak composer, born in Bratislava (d. 2016)
  • 1937 Galina Samsova, Russian ballerina, born in Stalingrad, Soviet Union
  • 1938 Rudolf Nureyev, Russian ballet dancer and choreographer (Kirov), born on a train near Irkutsk, Soviet Union (d. 1993)
  • 1938 Zoletta "Zola" Taylor, American pop singer (The Platters, 1954-62 - "The Great Pretender"; "Only You"; "Twilight Time"), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2007)
  • 1941 Clarence Collins, American doo-wop singer (Imperials - "Tears On My Pillow"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1941 Edward Harper, English composer, born in Taunton, England (d. 2009)
  • 1941 Paul Kantner, American rock singer and guitarist (Jefferson Airplane; Jefferson Starship), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2016)
  • 1942 Dimitris Poulikakos, Greek composer, singer and actor
  • 1943 Jim Weatherly, American pop and country songwriter ("Midnight Train To Georgia"), born in Pontotoc, Mississippi (d. 2021)
  • 1943 Tony Newman, English drummer (Sounds Incorporated, T.Rex), born in Southampton, England
  • 1944 John Sebastian, American singer (Loving Spoonful - "Summer In The City"; solo - "Welcome Back"), born in NYC, New York
  • 1944 Pat McCauley, Northern Irish rock keyboardist and drummer (Them - "Here Comes The Night") (d. 1984)
  • 1945 Elis Regina (Costa), Brazilian pop-samba-bossa nova singer ("Arrastão" - "Pull the Trawling Net"), born in Porto Alegre, Brazil (d. 1982)
  • 1946 Harold Brown, American rock drummer (War, 1969-94 - "Summer": "Low Rider"), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1946 Michael Peter Finnissey, English composer, born in London, England
  • 1947 Ian Gomm, British rock rhythm guitarist (Brinsely Schwarz, 1970-74 - Hooked On Love), and songwriter (Cruel To Be Kind), born in Chiswick, England
  • 1947 Yury Chernavsky, Russian-born Composer and Producer
  • 1948 Fran Byrne, Irish musician (Ace), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1948 Jessica Williams, American jazz pianist and composer (In the Key of Monk), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2022)
  • 1950 Michael Been, American musician (The Call), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 2010)
  • 1951 Scott Gorham, American rock guitarist (Thin Lizzy - "Jailbreak"; "21 Guns"), born in Glendale, California
  • 1952 Nikos Xydakis, Greek musician and composer
  • 1954 Lesley-Anne Down, British actress and singer (A Little Night Music; Moonraker), born in London, England
  • 1954 Rena Jones, American musician and producer
  • 1955 Paul Overstreet, American country singer (Daddy's Come Around), born in Van Cleave, Mississippi
  • 1956 Luca Francesconi, Italian classical and electronic music composer (Wanderer; Unexpected End of Formula), born in Milan, Italy
  • 1956 Will Rigby, American rock drummer and percussionist (The dB's)
  • 1959 Mike Lindup, British rock keyboardist, singer, and songwriter (Level 42 - "Lessons In Love"; "Something About You"), born in London, England
  • 1959 Paul Black [Marmorstein], American rock singer (L.A. Guns, 1985-87), and drummer, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1962 Clare Grogan, Scottish new wave singer (Altered Images - "Happy Birthday"), and actress (Gregory's Girl; Eastenders), born in Glasgow
  • 1962 Janet Gardner, American rock singer, and rhythm guitarist (Vixen - "Rev It Up"), born in Juneau, Alaska
  • 1962 Roxy Petrucci, American rock drummer (Vixen - "Rev It Up'), born in Rochester, Michigan
  • 1963 Michael Ivins, American rock bassist and keyboard player (The Flaming Lips - "Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots"), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1963 Nick Peros, Canadian classical composer (Prayer of Consolation)

Billy CorganBilly Corgan (55 years old)

1967 American rock singer-songwriter and musician (Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness), born in Chicago, Illinois

  • 1967 Van Conner, American rock bassist and guitarist (Screaming Trees), born in Apple Valley, California
  • 1972 Marc Gunn, American podcaster (The Irish & Celtic Music Podcast), autoharp player, singer and producer (Brobdingnagian Bards), born in Germany
  • 1972 Melissa Auf der Maur, Canadian rock bassist (Hole, 1994-99), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1973 Caroline Corr, Irish Celtic folk rock singer, drummer, and bodhrán player (The Corrs - "What Can I Do"), born in Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland
  • 1975 Justin Hawkins, British hard rock singer and guitarist (The Darkness - "I Believe in a Thing Called Love"), born in Chertsey, Surrey, England
  • 1976 Stephen Gately, Irish pop singer (Boyzone - "A Different Beat"; "No Matter What"), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 2009)
  • 1977 Richard Swift [Ochoa], American singer and songwriter (The Black Keys), born in California (d. 2018)
  • 1981 Nicky Jam [Nick Caminero], American rapper, singer and actor (Travesuras), born in Lawrence, Massachusetts
  • 1986 Olesya Rulin, Russian-American actress (High School Musical), born in Moscow, Soviet Union
  • 1988 Grimes [Claire Boucher], Canadian pop musician, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1990 Hozier [Andrew Hozier-Byrne], Irish folk-soul-blues singer-songwriter and guitarist ("Take Me To Church"), born in Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland.