On This Day

Musicians Born on March 19

  • 1604 Johan IV, composer/king of Portugal (1640-56)
  • 1668 Francesco Gasparini, Italian baroque composer (Ambleto; Missa Canonica), born in Camaiore, Lucca (now Italy) (d. 1727)
  • 1673 Pedro Vaz Rego, Portuguese composer and poet, born in Campo Maior, Portugal (d. 1736)
  • 1715 Charles-Joseph van Helmont, South Netherlands organist and composer, born in Belgium (d. 1790)
  • 1740 Johann Georg Roser, composer
  • 1745 Nicolas Sejan, composer
  • 1752 Jose Mauricio, composer
  • 1767 Leonhard von Call, composer
  • 1785 Pierre-Joseph-Guillaume Zimmermann, composer
  • 1809 Fredrik Pacius, composer
  • 1816 Johannes Josephus Hermanus Verhulst, composer
  • 1847 Constantin Dimitrescu, Romanian composer (Dans ţănănesc), born in Blejoi, Romania (d. 1928)
  • 1872 Anna Held, Polish-born French actress and singer (A Parisian Model), born in Warsaw (d. 1918)
  • 1873 Max Reger, German concert pianist, organist, composer (Hebbel Requiem), and professor (Royal Conservatory - Leipzig, 1907-16), born in Brand, Bavarian Empire (d. 1916)
  • 1879 Joseph Haas, German late romantic opera composer (Tobias Wunderlich, Totenmesse), born in Maihingen, Bavaria, German Empire (d. 1960)
  • 1883 Josef Matthias Hauer, composer

  • 1892 Robert Denzler, composer
  • 1904 Tadeusz Zygfryd Kassern, Polish composer and cultural attache, born in Lviv, Poland (d. 1957)
  • 1906 Normand Lockwood, composer
  • 1907 Elizabeh LeFanu Maconochy, composer
  • 1907 Marc Vaubourgoin, composer
  • 1912 Russ Case, America orchestra leader (Julius La Rosa Show), born in Hamburg, Iowa
  • 1912 Lavere "Buster" Harding, Canadian-American jazz pianist, composer and arranger (Count Basie; Dizzy Gillespie; Billie Holiday), born in North Buxton, Ontario (d. 1965)
  • 1914 James "Buster" Bennett, American blues saxophonist and blues shouter, born in Pensacola, Florida (d. 1980)
  • 1917 Constantin "Dinu" Lipatti, Romanian classical pianist and composer, born in Bucharest, Kingdom of Romania (d. 1950)
  • 1919 Lennie Tristano, American jazz pianist (The New Tristano), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1978)
  • 1921 Robert McFerrin, Sr., American operatic baritone (Metropolitan Opera, 1955-58; singing voice for Sidney Poitier in film "Porgy and Bess"), born in Marianna, Arkansas (d. 2006) [1]
  • 1921 Harry Babasin, American jazz bassist and cellist (Dodo Marmarosa Trio), and archivist (Los Angeles Theaseum), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1988)
  • 1923 Janine Dacosta, French pianist
  • 1928 (Allan Thomas) "Tom" Paley, American folk musician (New Lost City Ramblers), born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1928 Clarence Paul [Pauling], American songwriter, and record producer (Motown; Stevie Wonder - "Fingertips"), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (d. 1995)
  • 1929 Herman van San, composer
  • 1929 Robert Muczynski, composer
  • 1930 Bill Henderson, American jazz singer ("Señor Blues"), and actor (Dreams - "Torpedo"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • 1936 Amancio D'Silva, musician
  • 1936 Birthe Wilke, Danish pop singer (Eurovision Song Contest, 1957 & 1959), born in Vesterbro, Denmark

  • 1937 Clarence "Frogman" Henry, American pianist and singer (Ain't Got No Home), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1942 Jeff Neighbour, American rock bassist (Joy of Cooking)
  • 1942 Robin Luke, rocker (Susie Darlin')
  • 1944 Joseph Celli, composer
  • 1944 Myung-Wha Chung, Korean concert cellist (Chung Trio), and educator, born in Seoul, Japanese Korea (now South Korea)
  • 1944 Tom Constanten, American rock keyboardist (Grateful Dead, 1968-70 - Aoxomoxoa), born in Long Branch, New Jersey
  • 1946 Paul Atkinson, British rock guitarist and record company executive (The Zombies - "She's Not There"; "Time Of The Season"), born in Cuffley, Hertfordshire (d. 2004)
  • 1946 Ruth Pointer, American singer-songwriter (Pointer Sisters - "I'm So Excited"), born in Oakland, California
  • 1951 Derek Longmuir, Scottish rock drummer (Bay City Rollers - "Saturday Night"), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1953 Billy Sheehan, American rock bassist (Talas; Mr Big - "To Be With You"; David Lee Roth), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1953 Ricky Wilson, American rock guitarist (B-52's - "Rock Lobster"; "Love Shack"), born in Athens, Georgia
  • 1959 Terry Hall, British rock-ska-pop singer (Specials; Fun Boy Three; Vegas), born in Coventry, England
  • 1960 Eliane Elias, Brazilian jazz pianist, singer, composer and arranger (Dreamer; Around The City), born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1964 Yoko Kanno, Japanese composer
  • 1966 James "Big Jim" Wright, American Grammy and Dove Award-winning keyboardist, composer, arranger, and record producer (Sound of Blackness; Mariah Carey), born in Rockford, Illinois (d. 2018)
  • 1969 Gary Jules, American singer and songwriter
  • 1975 Vivian Hsu, Taiwanese singer, actress and model
  • 1975 Brann Dailor, American drummer
  • 1976 Zach Lind, American drummer (Jimmy Eat World - "The Middle")
  • 1980 Mikuni Shimokawa, Japanese singer
  • 1983 Ana Rezende, Brazilian film director and musician (CSS)