On This Day

Musicians Born on March 23

  • 1599 Thomas Selle, German baroque composer, born in Zörbig (d. 1663)
  • 1749 Hugo Franz Karl Alexander von Kerpen, German composer (d. 1802)
  • 1750 Johannes Matthias Sperger, Austrian double bassist and composer, born in Feldsberg, Lower Austria (now Valtice, Czech Republic) (d. 1812)
  • 1795 Leopold Jansa, Bohemian violinist, composer, and teacher, born in Wildenschwert, Austria-Hungary (now Ústí nad Orlicí, Czech Republic) (d. 1875)
  • 1811 (Carl Gottfried) Wilhelm Taubert, German pianist, conductor, and composer, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1891)
  • 1826 [Aloysius] Ludwig Minkus, Austrian violinist, and ballet composer (La Bayadère), born in Vienna, Austrian Empire (d. 1917)
  • 1834 Julius Reubke, German organist, pianist, and composer (Sonata on the 94th Psalm in c), born in Hausneindorf, Germany (d. 1858)
  • 1844 Eugène Gigout, French organist (St Augustin de Paris, 1863-1925), and composer (10 pièces pour orgue), born in Nancy, France (d. 1925)
  • 1864 Hjalmar Borgstrom, composer
  • 1864 Louis Glass, Danish pianist and composer, born in Copenhagen (d. 1936)
  • 1878 Franz Schreker [Schrecker], Austrian conductor, composer (Die Gezeichneten; Der ferne Klang), teacher, and administrator born in Monaco (d. 1934)
  • 1881 Egon Petri, Dutch classical pianist, born in Hanover, Germany (d. 1962)
  • 1884 Glauco Velasquez, composer
  • 1887 Anthony van Hoboken, Dutch musicologist (Haydn-catalog)
  • 1891 Catherine Murphy Urner, composer
  • 1895 Dane Rudhyar, composer

  • 1899 Dora Gerson, German-Jewish actress, cabaret singer, and Holocaust victim (Caravan of Death), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1943)
  • 1900 Jose Antonio Calcano, composer
  • 1905 Lale Andersen [Elisabeth Bunnenberg], German singer and actress (Der Pott), born in Bremerhaven, Germany (d. 1972)
  • 1906 George Posford, composer
  • 1914 Robert Gross, composer
  • 1917 Johnny Guarnieri, American stride and jazz stride pianist, and harpsichordist (The Gramercy Five; The Morey Amsterdam Show), born in New York City (d. 1985) (d. 1985)
  • 1918 Granville "Sticks" McGhee, American blues guitarist, singer and songwriter ("Drinkin' Wine, Spo-Dee-O-Dee"), born in Knoxville, Tennesee ( d. 1961)
  • 1920 Alexander Grigori Harut'unyan, composer
  • 1920 Geoffrey Bush, British organist, pianist, composer, and educator, born in London (d. 1998)
  • 1926 Martha Wright, American actress and singer (South Pacific; The Martha Wright Show), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2016)
  • 1927 Osvaldo Lacerda, composer
  • 1929 Gerrit den Braber, Dutch songwriter and lyricist (Ring-dinge-ding; I See a Star), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1997)
  • 1932 Louisiana Red [Iverson Minter], American blues guitarist, and singer-songwriter ("Sweet Blood Call"), born in Bessemer, Alabama (d. 2012)
  • 1933 Norman Bailey, British bass-baritone (Flying Dutchman), in Birmingham, England
  • 1933 Dave Frishberg, American jazz pianist, vocalist, composer, and lyricist ("I'm Just A Bill"), born in St. Paul, Minnesota
  • 1934 Fernand Gignac, Canadian singer and actor, born in Montréal, Québec (d. 2006)
  • 1934 Teresa Proccacini, Italian organist and composer (Clown Music), born in Cerignola, Italy
  • 1937 Heinz Martin Lonquich, German composer
  • 1937 Robert Cage, American blues guitarist (From Lake Mary), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2012)
  • 1938 Dave Pike, American jazz vibraphone and marimba player, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2015)

  • 1939 Boris Ivanovich Tischenko, composer
  • 1939 Pepe Lienhard, Swiss band leader and entertainer
  • 1940 Luis Gasca, American trumpeter, born in Houston, Texas
  • 1942 James "Jimmy" Miller, American record producer and musician (The Rolling Stones), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1943 Nils-Aslak Valkeapää, Finnish Sami writer (The Sun, My Father) and musician, born in Enontekiö, Finland (d. 2001)
  • 1944 Michael Nyman, British pianist and composer (Mesmer; Carrington; The Piano), born in Stratford, London
  • 1944 Ric Ocasek [Otcasek], American songwriter, guitarist, singer, and producer (The Cars - "Best Friend's Girl"; "Shake It Up"; "You Are The Girl"), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2019)
  • 1945 Franco Battiato, Italian pop, rock, and new wave singer, songwriter (“La Voce del Padrone” (“The Master’s Voice”), and filmmaker ("Lost Love"), born in Jonia, Sicily. Italy (d. 2021)
  • 1948 David Olney, American folk singer-songwriter, born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 2020)
  • 1951 Karen Young, American disco singer ("Hot Shot"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1991)
  • 1951 Phil Keaggy, American rock and contemporary Christian music acoustic and electric guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist (Glass Harp), born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • 1953 Chaka Khan [Yvette Marie Stevens], American singer and songwriter (Rufus; "I Am Every Woman"), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1958 El Duce [Eldon Wayne Hoke], American singer and drummer (The Mentors), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1997)
  • 1959 Epic Soundtracks [Kevin Paul Godfrey], English musician (Swell Maps, Crime and the City Solution, These Immortal Souls), born in Croydon, Surrey (d. 1997)
  • 1965 Marti Pellow [Mark McLachlan], Scottish pop singer, and musical theater performer (Wet, Wet, Wet - "Love Is All Around"), born in Clydebank, Scotland
  • 1967 John Strohm, American rock drummer, guitarist, songwriter (The Lemonheads), lawyer, and record executive (Rounder Records), born in Bloomington, Indiana
  • 1968 Damon Albarn, English rock singer-songwriter, and musician (Blur - "Country House"; Gorillaz - "Clint Eastwood"), born in London
  • 1973 Stefon Harris, American jazz vibraphonist (The Grand Unification Theory; The Classical Jazz Quartet), born in Albany, New York
  • 1995 Jan Lisiecki, Canadian classical pianist, born in Calgary, Alberta