On This Day

Musicians Born on March 22

  • 1700 Giuseppe Sellitto, Italian opera composer, born in Naples (d. 1777)
  • 1728 Giacomo Insanguine, Italian organist and composer, born in Monopoli (d. 1795)
  • 1752 Johann Georg Joseph Spangler, Austrian composer, born in Vienna (d. 1802)
  • 1842 Carl Rosa, German violinist and composer, born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1889)
  • 1842 Mykola Lysenko, Ukrainian composer (Taras Bulba), conductor and ethno-musicologist, born in Hrynky, Russian Empire (now Ukraine) (d. 1912)
  • 1868 Hamish MacCunn, Scottish composer (The Land of the Mountain and the Flood), and teacher, born in Greenock, Scotland (d. 1916)
  • 1885 Adriano Lualdi, Italian composer and conductor (d. 1971)
  • 1885 Jēkabs Mediņš, Latvian composer, born in Riga, Russian Empire (now Latvia) (d. 1971)
  • 1899 Ruth Page, US ballet dancer and choreographer (Diaghilev, Pygmalion), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1991)
  • 1905 Carlo Alberto Pizzini, Italian composer, born in Rome, Italy (d. 1981)
  • 1909 Jack Popplewell, British composer and playwright (If I Should Fall In Love Again), born in Leeds, England (d. 1996)
  • 1916 George Wyle [Bernard Weissman], American composer (The Ballad of Gilligan's Island"; "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year"), and orchestra leader (Flip Wilson Show), born in New York City (d. 2003)
  • 1918 Tauno Pylkkanen, Finnish opera composer, born in Helsinki, Finland(d. 1980)
  • 1920 Fanny Waterman, English concert pianist and teacher (founder of Leeds International Piano Competition), born in Leeds, England (d. 2020)
  • 1925 Gerard Hoffnung, German-British artist, humorist and tuba player (Hoffnung Music Festival), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1959)
  • 1930 Stephen Sondheim, American lyricist (West Side Story; Into The Woods; Company), born in NYC, New York

  • 1935 Danny Ray, American MC, stage manager, valet and "cape man" for singer James Brown, born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2021)
  • 1936 Roger Whittaker, Kenyan British country singer ("The Last Farewell"; "Durham Town"), born in Nairobi, Kenya
  • 1937 Jon Hassell, American composer and trumpet player (Dream Theory In Malaya), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1937 Angelo Badalamenti, American film composer (Twin Peaks; The Straight Story; Blue Velvet; Mulholland Drive), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1941 Jeremy Clyde, English pop singer and guitarist (Chad & Jeremy - "A Summer Song") and actor (The Iron Lady), born in Dorney, Buckinghamshire
  • 1942 Jorge Ben, Brazilian musician and composer, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1943 George Benson, American jazz and blues singer and guitarist (Breezin'), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1943 Joseph Schwantner, American composer (Aftertones of Infinity), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1943 Keith Relf, British blues-rock singer and harmonica player (The Yardbirds - "For Your Love"; Renaissance, 1969-71), born in Richmond, England (d. 1976)
  • 1944 Chris Stainton, English session and touring bass and keyboard player (Joe Cocker; The Who), born in Woodseats, England
  • 1945 Alan Opie, British Grammy Award-winning baritone (Boughton - Bethlehem; Britten's Peter Grimes "Balstrode"), born in Redruth, Cornwall, England
  • 1945 Chuck Jackson, American singer (Playboy, Independents), born in Greenville, South Carolina
  • 1946 Serge [Ruud Schaap], Dutch singer and guitarist (Saskia & Serge), born in Den Helder, Netherlands
  • 1947 Harry Vanda [Vandenberg], Dutch-Australian rock guitarist, songwriter, and producer (Easybeats - "Friday On My Mind"), born in Voorburg, Netherlands
  • 1947 Patrick Olive, Grenadian percussionist (Hot Chocolate - "You Sexy Thing"), born in Grenada
  • 1947 Marek Bliziński, Polish jazz guitarist and composer, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1989)

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1948 Andrew Lloyd Webber, British theatrical composer (Jesus Christ Superstar; Phantom of the Opera; Cats), born in London, England

  • 1948 Randy Hobbs, American rock musician (Johnny Winter Band, McCoys), born in Winchester, Indiana (d. 1993)
  • 1951 Howard Reitzes, American rocker (Iron Butterfly). born in Southgate, California
  • 1952 Jay Dee Daugherty, American drummer, worked with Patti Smith, born in New York City
  • 1955 [Waliou] Wally Badarou, French musician (Level 42), born in Paris, France
  • 1957 Stephanie Mills, American singer-songwriter and actress (The Wiz), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1958 Pete Wylie, English rocker (Sinful), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1959 Avraham Fried [Friedman], Orthodox Jewish Musician, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1963 Suzanne Sulley, English rocker (The Human League - "Don't You Want Me"), born in Sheffield, England
  • 1968 Euronymous, Norwegian black metal musician (d. 1993)
  • 1970 Andreas Johnson, Swedish singer-songwriter
  • 1973 Beverley Knight, English singer and actress, born in Wolverhampton, England
  • 1977 Santa Ratniece, Latvian classical and choral composer (Horo horo hata hata), born in Jelgava, Latvia
  • 1979 Aaron North, American musician (Nine Inch Nails), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1981 (Shawn) Mims, American rapper (This Is Why I'm Hot), born in Manhattan, New York