On This Day

Musicians Born on March 20

  • 1680 Baron Emanuele d' Astorga, Italian composer (Stabat mater)
  • 1739 Eligio Celestino, composer
  • 1774 John Braham, English tenor singer and composer, born in London (d. 1856)
  • 1813 Matthias Keller, German hymn writer (O Farther un High), born in Ulm, Württemberg (d. 1875)
  • 1829 Charles Albert White, composer
  • 1833 Henry Southwick Perkins, composer
  • 1847 Gavriil Musicescu, Romainian composer, born in Izmail, Bessarabia Governorate, Russian Empire (now Ukraine) (d. 1903)
  • 1863 Ernesto Nazareth, composer
  • 1872 Bernhard Seklas, composer
  • 1873 Sergei Rachmaninoff, Russian-American piano virtuoso, conductor, and composer (Aleko; Piano Concerto No. 3), born in Oneg or Semyonovo, Russian Empire (d. 1943) [NS=Apr 1]
  • 1883 Karl Hasse, German composer, born in Dohna (d. 1960)
  • 1890 Lauritz Melchior, Danish-American baritone tenor (National Symphony), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1973)
  • 1915 Sviatoslav Richter, Soviet pianist considered one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century, born in Zhytomyr, Ukraine, Russian Empire (d. 1997)
  • 1915 Sister Rosetta Tharpe [Nubin], American gospel and R&B singer, songwriter, and electric guitarist ("This Train"; "Down By The Riverside"), born in Cotton Plant, Arkansas, (d. 1973)
  • 1917 Vera Lynn, British popular music singer, known as 'the Forces' Sweetheart' ("We'll Meet Again"; "The White Cliffs of Dover"), born in East Ham, London (d. 2020)
  • 1918 Bernd-Alois Zimmermann, German composer (The Soldiers; Requiem), born in Bliesheim, Germany (d. 1970)
  • 1918 Marian McPartland, British jazz pianist and radio broadcaster (Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz), born in Slough, United Kingdom (d. 2013)
  • 1921 Primoz Ramovs, composer
  • 1922 Larry Elgart, American big band jazz alto saxophonist, and bandleader ("Bandstand Boogie"; "Hooked On Swing"), born in New London, Connecticut (d. 2017)
  • 1927 John Joubert, British South African composer (The Raising of Lazarus; An English Requiem), and educator, born in Cape Town, Union of South Africa (d. 2019)
  • 1930 Michel Magne, composer
  • 1931 Antonio Tauriello, composer
  • 1931 Hal Linden [Harold Lipshitz], American actor (Barney Miller; Blacke's Magic), director, and musician, born in The Bronx, New York City
  • 1932 Tod Dockstader, composer
  • 1933 Jacquez Guyonnet, Swiss composer, born in Geneva, Switzerland
  • 1935 Sam Lay, American drummer and vocalist (Original Thunderbirds; Howlin' Wolf; Bob Dyan; Paul Butterfield), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d, 2022)
  • 1936 Lee "Scratch" Perry [Rainford Hugh Perry], Jamaican reggae singer-songwriter and producer (The Upsetters), born in Kendal, Jamaica (d. 2021)

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1936 Vaughn Meader, American comedian and musician, born in Waterville, Maine (d. 2004)

  • 1936 Harold Mabern Jr., American post-bop jazz pianist and composer, born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2019)
  • 1937 Jerry Reed, American country music singer (When You're Hot, You're Hot) and actor (Bat 21; Smokey & The Bandit), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2008)
  • 1937 Joe Rivers, rocker (Johnnie & Joe)
  • 1940 Vito Picone, American rocker (Elegants) and actor, born in Staten Island, New York
  • 1940 Glenn Schwartz, American rock guitarist (Pacific Gas & Electric -"Are You Ready?"), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2018)
  • 1946 Ranger Doug [Green], American Western swing music, singer, guitarist, and yodeler (Riders in the Sky - Cowboy Way), born in Great Lakes, Illinois
  • 1946 Barry “Frosty” Smith, American rock, country and blues touring and session drummer (Lee Michaels; Roky Erikson; Doug Sahm), born in Bellingham, Washington (d. 2017)
  • 1947 Carl Palmer, British progressive rock drummer (Emerson Lake & Palmer - Karn Evil 9; Asia - Heat of the Moment), born in Handsworth, Birmingham, England
  • 1949 Marcia Ball, American blues singer and pianist (Presumed Innocent), born in Orange, Texas
  • 1951 Guy Perry [Adrian Peritore], American rock guitarist (Motels, 1982-87 - "Only the Lonely"; "Suddenly Last Summer"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1951 Jimmie Vaughan, American blues-rock guitarist (Fabulous Thunderbirds - "Wrap It Up"), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1951 Suzanne Lynch (née Donaldson), New Zealand pop singer (The Chicks), and session vocalist (Car Stevens), born in New Zealand
  • 1954 Jim Seales, American country singer (Shenandoah - "Sunday in the South"), born in Hamilton, Alabama
  • 1956 Alphonso Martin, British reggae percussionist and vocalist (Steel Pulse, 1977-91 - "Prodigal Son"), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1959 Richard Drummie, British rock guitarist, songwriter, and producer (Go West - "Call Me"; "Don't Look Down"), born in London, England
  • 1963 Paul Mirkovich, rock keyboardist (Nelson-Love & Affection)
  • 1964 Natacha Atlas, Belgian singer
  • 1966 Alka Yagnik, Indian singer
  • 1968 Ultra Naté, American musician (If You Could Read My Mind), born in Havre de Grace, Maryland
  • 1972 Alexander Kapranos, Greek-British musician (Franz Ferdinand)
  • 1976 Chester Bennington, American singer and songwriter (Linkin Park), born in Phoenix, Arizona (d. 2017)
  • 1979 Molly Jenson, American musician
  • 1980 Ock Ju-Hyun, South Korean singer
  • 1982 Nick Wheeler, American guitarist (The All-American Rejects)
  • 1984 Winta [Efrem], Eritrean-Norwegian R&B singer (Hot Romance (Rok With You); Nails on Chalkboard), born in Oslo, Norway
  • 1986 Dean Geyer, Australian singer/actor
  • 1990 JJ [Jökull Júlíusson], Icelandic blues-rock singer-songwriter (Kaleo - Way Down We Go), born in Reykjavík, Iceland
  • 2000 Hyunjin [Hwang Hyun-jin], South Korean dancer and K-pop rapper (Stray Kids - "Grow Up"), born in Seoul, South Korea