On This Day

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 Osterreich, composer
  • 1675 Petrus Laurentius Wockenfuss, composer
  • 1746 Jan David Holland, composer
  • 1839 Josef Rheinberger, German organist, composer, and educator (Munich Conservatory, 1877-1901), born in Vaduz, Liechtenstein (d. 1901)
  • 1848 Horace Wadham Nicholl, composer
  • 1876 Frederic Ayers, composer
  • 1880 Guillermo Uribe Holguin, composer
  • 1884 Alcide Nunez, American jazz clarinetist, born in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana (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, 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, composer
  • 1918 D Arendo [Arend Honhoff], Dutch pianist and composer (Eleonora)

Person of interestNat King Cole

1919 Nat "King "Cole, American jazz pianist and pop vocalist ("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, British composer, born in Chelsea, London, England (d. 2013)
  • 1927 Kenneth S Goldstein, folklorist/enthomusicologist
  • 1927 Sulkhan Nasidze, Georgian composer, born in Tiflis, Transcaucasia, Soviet Union (now Tblisi, Georgia) (d. 1996)
  • 1928 Edino Krieger, composer
  • 1932 Dick Curless, singer/songwriter
  • 1934 Erhard Grosskopf, German avant-garde composer, born in Berlin, Germany
  • 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)
  • 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 Paul Kantner, American rock singer and guitarist (Jefferson Airplane; Jefferson Starship), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2016)
  • 1941 Clarence Collins, American doo-wop singer (Imperials - "Tears On My Pillow"), born in Brooklyn, New York

  • 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
  • 1943 Jim Weatherly, American pop and country songwriter ("Midnight Train To Georgia"), born in Pontotoc, Mississippi (d. 2021)
  • 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, Brazilian singer (d. 1982)
  • 1946 Harold Brown, American rock drummer (War, 1969-94 - "Summer": "Low Rider"), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1946 Michael Peter Finnissey, composer
  • 1947 Ian Gomm, British 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 - "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, 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)
  • 1956 Luca Francesconi, Italian classical and electronic music composer (Wanderer; Unexpected End of Formula), born in Milan, Italy

  • 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 Nick Peros, Canadian classical composer (Prayer of Consolation)
  • 1963 Michael Ivins, American rock bassist and keyboard player (The Flaming Lips - "Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots"), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1967 Van Conner, American rock bassist and guitarist (Screaming Trees), born in Apple Valley, California

Person of interestBilly Corgan

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

Musician Billy Corgan
Musician
Billy Corgan
  • 1972 Melissa Auf der Maur, Canadian rock bassist (Hole, 1994-99), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1972 Marc Gunn, poet, podcaster, and Celtic musician (Brobdingnagian Bards)
  • 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)
  • 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.