On This Day

Musicians Born on March 21

  • 1527 Hermann Finck, German composer, born in Pirna (d. 1558)
  • 1624 Francois Roberday, composer
  • 1642 Georg Schmezer, German composer and musician, born in Augsburg (d. 1697)
  • 1708 Caspar Ruetz, German composer, born in Wismar (d. 1755)
  • 1716 Josef Ferdinand Norbert Seger, composer
  • 1779 Alexis Garaude, composer
  • 1820 Frank Mori, English composer, born in London (d. 1873)
  • 1836 Jesus Monasterio, composer
  • 1839 Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky, Karevo, Russian composer (Boris Gudunov, Night on Bald Mt) [NS]
  • 1863 Hugo Kaun, German composer, born in Berlin (d. 1932)
  • 1878 Thurlow Weed Lieurance, composer
  • 1881 Hermann Sandby, composer
  • 1883 Jules van Nuffel, composer
  • 1895 Zlatko Baloković, Croatian violinist (d. 1955)
  • 1900 Paul Klecki/Kletzki, Polish violinist/composer/conductor
  • 1902 Edward "Son" House, American delta blues singer-songwriter and guitarist ("Walking Blues"; "Preachin' The Blues"), born in Lyons, Mississippi (d. 1988)

  • 1904 Nikolaos Skalkottas, composer
  • 1909 Uno "Miff" Görling, Swedish jazz trombonist, arranger, bandleader, and composer, bjorn in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1988)
  • 1914 Paul Tortelier, French concert cellist, composer, and teacher, born in Paris (d. 1990)
  • 1920 Manolis Chiotis, Greek bouzouki virtuoso and songwriter (d. 1970)
  • 1921 Antony Hopkins, composer
  • 1921 Arthur Grumiaux, Belgian violinist
  • 1923 Mort Lindsey [Lippman], American pianist, arranger, musical director (Judy Garland, 1961-64; Merv Griffin Show, 1962-86; Barbra Streisand, 1968), and composer, born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2012)
  • 1924 Karl Heinz Fussl, Austrian composer, musicologist, publisher, and music critic, born in Jablonec, Czechoslovakia (d. 1992)
  • 1924 Otis Spann, American blues pianist and singer (The Blues Never Die!), born in Belzoni, Mississippi [or, perhaps, 1930 in Jackson, Mississippi] (d. 1970)
  • 1925 Harold Ashby American jazz tenor saxophonist (Willie Dixon; Duke Ellington, 1968-75), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2003)
  • 1928 Ruth Anderson, American flutist, classical and electronic music composer (I Come Out of Your Sleep), born in Kalispell, Montana (d.2019)
  • 1930 James Coco, American character actor (Only When I Laugh; Murder by Death), and singer (Man of La Mancha), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1987)
  • 1932 Joseph Silverstein, American violinist, concertmaster and conductor (Boston Symphony Orchestra, 1955-84), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1935 Antonio Membrado, Spanish-French classical guitarist and composer, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 2016)
  • 1936 Marek Stachowski, composer
  • 1940 Solomon Burke [McDonald], American soul singer ("Cry To Me"; Diamond In Your Mind"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2010)
  • 1940 Chip Taylor [James Voight], American songwriter ("Angel of the Morning"; "Wild Thing"), singer, and producer, born in Yonkers, New York
  • 1941 John Boylan, American record producer (Pure Prairie League; Commander Cody; Little River Band), born in New York City
  • 1943 (Victor) "Vivian" Stanshall, British singer and comic songwriter (Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band - "I'm The Urban Spaceman"; Magical Mystery Tour), born in Shillingford, England (d. 1995)
  • 1943 Hartmut Haenchen, German conductor

  • 1944 Henrik Colding-Jorgensen, composer
  • 1944 Jamary Oliveira, composer
  • 1944 David Lindley, American musician (The Kaleidoscope), born in San Marino, California
  • 1944 Gaye Adegbalola [Todd], American blues singer and guitarist (Sapphire, The Uppity Blues Women - "Middle Age Blues Boogie"), teacher, and activist, born in Fredericksburg, Virginia
  • 1945 Rosemary Stone, American funk and rock vocalist, and pianist (Sly & Family Stone - "Everyday People"; "Dance to The Music"), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1945 Vernon Guy, American R&B and gospel singer (Cool Sounds, Sharpees), born in St. Louis Missouri (d. 1998)
  • 1946 Ray Dorset, British rock guitarist, and singer-songwriter (Mungo Jerry - "In The Summertime"), born in Ashford, England
  • 1947 Franco Mussida, Italian progressive rock musician (Premiata Forneria Marconi), born in Milan, Italy
  • 1949 Eddie Money [Mahoney], American rock singer-songwriter ("Two Tickets To Paradise"; 'Take Me Home Tonight"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2019)
  • 1950 Roger Hodgson, British rock singer-songwriter (Supertramp - "Take The Long Way Home"; "Breakfast In America"), born in Portsmouth, England
  • 1951 Russell Thompkins Jr, American soul tenor, lead singer (Stylistics - "Betcha by Golly, Wow"; "You Make Me Feel Brand New"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1951 Conrad Lozano, American rock bass player (Los Lobos - "Will The Wolf Survive"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1952 Chris O'Connell, rocker
  • 1953 Robert "Shotgun" Johnson, American rock drummer (KC & the Sunshine Band - "That's The Way I Like It")
  • 1955 Haakon Graf , Norwegian jazz keyboard player, composer, arranger and producer, born in Oslo, Norway
  • 1958 [Jonathan] Butch Norton, American drummer (Eels), born in Inglewood, California
  • 1959 Sarah Jane Morris, English pop-jazz-R&B singer-songwriter, born in Southampton, England
  • 1959 Nobuo Uematsu, Japanese composer
  • 1960 Guy Chadwick, English singer/songwriter (House of Love)
  • 1960 Robert Sweet, American drummer
  • 1961 Slim Jim Phantom [McDonnell], American rock drummer (Stray Cats - "Rock This Town"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1961 Shawn Lane, American guitar virtuoso (d. 2003)
  • 1963 Sharon "Share" Ross (Pederson) American rock bassist (Vixen - "Rev It Up"), born in Glencoe, Minnesota
  • 1967 Jonas "Joker" Berggren, Swedish musician, songwriter, and producer (Ace of Base -"All That She Wants"), born in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • 1968 Vincent Courtois, French classically trained jazz cellist, born in Paris, France
  • 1972 Kristen Anderson-Lopez, American songwriter (Frozen), born in New York City
  • 1980 Deryck Whibley, Canadian guitarist and singer (Sum41 - "Fat Lip"), born in Scarborough, Ontario
  • 1989 Rochelle Humes, British pop singer (The Saturdays - "What About Us" ), born in Barking, England
  • 1990 Mandy Capristo, German Singer (Monrose)