On This Day

Musicians Born on March 18

  • 1644 Gottfried Wegner, composer
  • 1657 Giuseppe Ottavio Pitoni, Italian composer
  • 1734 Joseph Schmitt, composer
  • 1756 Johann Christoph Vogel, German composer, born in Nuremberg, Germany (d. 1788)
  • 1781 Gustave Vogt, French composer, born in Strasbourg (d. 1870)
  • 1844 Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Russian composer (Scheherazade), born in Tikhvin (d. 1908) (OS 6 Mar)
  • 1866 Dumitru Kiriac-Georgescu, composer
  • 1870 Frank Hoyt Losey, American composer, arranger of band and orchestral music, and advisor to Edison Phonograph Company, born in Rochester, New Jersey (d. 1931)
  • 1881 Paul Le Flem, French composer and music critic, born in Radon, France (d. 1984)
  • 1882 Gian Francesco Malipiero, composer
  • 1893 (John) Jean Goldkette, French jazz pianist and bandleader, born in Valenciennes, France (d. 1962)
  • 1898 Otto Jochum, German composer, born in Babenhausen (d. 1969)
  • 1905 John Kirkpatrick, American pianist (Concord Sonata), born in NYC, New York
  • 1908 Louis "Loulou" Gasté, French songwriter ("Pour Toi" / "Feelings"), born in Paris (d, 1995)
  • 1909 Ljubica Marić, Serbian composer (Songs Of Space), born in Kragujevac, Serbia (d. 2003)
  • 1914 César Guerra-Peixe, Brazilian violinist and composer (Brasilia Symphony), born in Petrópolis, Brazil (d. 1993)

  • 1916 Louis Toebosch, Dutch composer, born in Maastricht, Netherlands (d. 2009)
  • 1927 John Kander, American musical theater and film composer, with Fred Ebb (Cabaret; Chicago; New York, New York; Funny Lady), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1927 Lester "Big Daddy" Kinsey, American Chicago blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player, born near Pleasant Grove, Mississippi (d. 2001)
  • 1929 Ctirad Kohoutek, Czech composer, born in Zábřeh, Czechoslovakia (d. 2011)
  • 1930 Maurice Peress, American conductor (Kansa City Philharmonic, 1974-80), born in NYC, New York
  • 1930 Pat Halcox, British jazz trumpeter (Chris Barber Jazz Band, 1954-2008), born in Chelsea, London (d. 2013)
  • 1933 Dayton "Bones" Howe, American record producer and sound engineer (The 5th Dimension; The Association; Tom Waits), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1934 Pavle Despalj, Croatian composer & conductor (Zagreb; Miami; Tokyo), born in Blato, Korčula
  • 1936 Robert Lee Smith, American singer (Tams - "Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy")
  • 1938 Charley Pride, American country singer (Sweet Country), born in Sledge, Mississippi (d. 2020) [1]
  • 1939 Travis Pritchett, rocker (Travis & Bob)
  • 1939 Giannis Markopoulos, Greek composer

Person of interestWilson Pickett

1941 Wilson Pickett, American R&B singer ("In The Midnight Hour"; "Funky Broadway"), born in Prattville, Alabama (d. 2006)

R&B and Soul Singer Songwriter Wilson Pickett
R&B and Soul Singer Songwriter
Wilson Pickett
  • 1945 Eric Woolfson, Scottish singer and producer (The Alan Parsons Project), born in Glasgow (d. 2009)
  • 1947 Barry Wilson, British rock drummer (Procol Harum - "Whiter Shade of Pale"), born in Edmonton, London (d. 1990)
  • 1947 Elliot Ray Scheiner, American Grammy winning music producer, mixer and engineer (History of the Eagles), born in the US
  • 1948 Robert "Bobby" Whitlock, American singer, songwriter and musician (Derek and the Dominos), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1949 Starr Danias, American ballerina (Turning Point), born in NYC, New York
  • 1949 Åse Kleveland, Norwegian singer and politician
  • 1950 James Conlon, American conductor (Los Angeles opera, 2006-present; Cincinnati May Festival, 1979-2016; Ravinia Festival, 2005-15), born in Queens, New York City

  • 1950 John Hartman, American rock drummer (Doobie Brothers, 1970–79 & 1987–92 - "China Grove" ), born in Falls Church, Virginia
  • 1951 Bill Frisell, American jazz guitarist, composer, and band leader, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1953 Jamie West-Oram, British rock guitarist (The Fixx - "One Thing Leads To Another"; "Saved By Zero")
  • 1957 Melvin Gentry, American R&B singer and guitarist (Midnight Star - "No Parking On The Dance Floor"; "Operator")
  • 1957 György Pazdera, Hungarian bassist (Pokolgép)
  • 1959 Irene Cara [Escalera], American Grammy and Academy Award-winning singer-songwriter ("Fame"; Flashdance...What A Feeling"), and actress (Fame: D.C. Cab), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1960 Anita Lane, Australian rock singer-songwriter (The Bad Seeds - "From Her To Eternity"), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2021)
  • 1961 Grant Hart, American punk rock drummer and songwriter (Hüsker Dü), born in South St. Paul, Minnesota (d. 2017)

Person of interestVanessa Williams

1963 Vanessa Williams, American singer, actress and 1st African American Miss America (1983), born in The Bronx, New York

Singer and Actress Vanessa Williams
Singer and Actress
Vanessa Williams
  • 1964 Courtney Pine, British jazz saxophonist
  • 1964 Rozalla, Zambian singer
  • 1965 Jeff Labar, American rocker (Cinderella - Heartbreak Station)
  • 1966 Jerry Cantrell, American rock guitarist, songwriter, and singer (Alice in Chains - Dirt), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1967 Miki Berenyi, English singer (Lush - "Single Girl")

Person of interestQueen Latifah

1970 Queen Latifah [Dana Owen], American rapper and actress (Living Single, Chicago), born in Newark, New Jersey

Singer, Rapper and Actress Queen Latifah
Singer, Rapper and Actress
Queen Latifah
  • 1975 Rodleen Getsic, American musician, civil servant
  • 1977 Devin Lima [Harold Lima], American singer (LFO), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2018)
  • 1979 Adam Levine, American singer (Maroon 5 - "This Love"; "Moves Like Jagger"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1981 Jang Nara, Korean singer and actress
  • 1986 Li Lykke [Zachrisson], Swedish pop-electronic singer-songwriter ("I Follow Rivers"), born in Ystad, Sweden