On This Day

Birthdays in Music on March 25

  • 1495 Leonhard Paminger, composer
  • 1532 Pietro Pontio, Italian composer (Ragionamento di Musica), born in Parma (d. 1596)
  • 1688 Johann Gotthilf Ziegler, German baroque composer and organist, born in Germany (d. 1747)
  • 1699 Johann Adolf Hasse, composer
  • 1702 Christian Gottlieb Ziegler, composer
  • 1713 Jean-Baptiste Canavas, composer
  • 1745 Nicolas Etienne Framery, composer
  • 1762 Francesco Giuseppi Pollini, composer
  • 1769 Salvatore Vigano, composer
  • 1770 Carl Friedrich Ebers, German composer & arranger, born in Kassel (d. 1836)
  • 1867 Arturo Toscanini, Parma Italy, temperamental conductor (NBC)
  • 1878 Theodore Samuel Holland, British composer & pedagogue, born in Wimbledon (d. 1947)
  • 1879 Otakar Zich, Czech composer, born in Městec Králové (d. 1934)
  • 1881 Béla Bartok, Hungarian composer and pianist (Concerto for Orchestra), born in Nagyszentmiklós, Kingdom of Hungary, Austria-Hungary (d. 1945)
  • 1882 Haydn Wood, English composer, born in Slaithwaite (d. 1959)
  • 1894 Erik William Gustav Leidzen, composer

  • 1897 "Sweet" Emma Barrett, American Dixieland jazz pianist and singer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana ( d. 1983)
  • 1902 Sten Broman, Swedish composer and actor, born in Uppsala, Uppsala län (d. 1983)
  • 1903 Frankie Carle, orchestra leader (Golden Touch), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1906 Jean Sablon, French singer-songwriter, born in Nogent-sur-Marne, near Paris (d. 1994)
  • 1909 Jay Blackton, American conductor/arranger (Guys & Dolls), born in NYC, New York
  • 1910 Mario Peragallo, Italian composer
  • 1910 Magda Olivero, Italian soprano
  • 1916 Nikolay Ivanovich Peyko, Russian composer, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1995)
  • 1923 Bonnie Guitar [Buckingham], American guitarist, singer and record executive (Dark Moon), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2019)
  • 1924 Julia Perry, African-American composer (Cask of Amontillado), born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • 1925 James Moody, American jazz saxophonist/flutist/orchestra leader
  • 1929 Cecil Taylor, American pianist, poet, and one of the pioneers of free jazz, born in Corona, Queens, New York (d. 2018)
  • 1930 David Russell Burge, composer
  • 1931 Paul Motian, American jazz drummer and composer
  • 1934 Johnny Burnette, American rockabilly singer-songwriter-guitarist (Train Kept A-Rollin', You're Sixteen), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1964)
  • 1936 Lawrence Bernard "Larry" Gales, bassist
  • 1940 Anita Bryant, Barnsdall Oklahoma, singer (George Gobel Show) and anti-homosexuality campaigner

Person of interestAretha Franklin

1942 Aretha Franklin, American singer-songwriter known as "The Queen of Soul" (Respect) and first female performer inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1987), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2018)

Soul Singer Aretha Franklin
Soul Singer
Aretha Franklin
  • 1943 Ronald Jeffers, composer
  • 1944 Kelly Garrett, American actress and singer (The Night That Made America Famous), born in Chester, Pennsylvania (d. 2013)

Person of interestElton John

1947 Elton John [Reginald Kenneth Dwight], English singer (Rocketman), born in Pinner, Middlesex

Singer Elton John
Elton John
  • 1949 Neil Jones, musician (Bend Me Shape Me)
  • 1949 Bob Ezrin, Canadian music producer and keyboardist, born in Toronto, Canada
  • 1950 Ronald "Ronnie" McDowell, American country singer (The King is Gone), born in Portland, Tennessee
  • 1950 Chuck Greenberg, American musician (Shadowfax) (d. 1995)
  • 1951 Bob Pelander, rock keyboardist/vocalist (Michael Stanley Band)
  • 1951 Maisie Williams, Montserrat, rock vocalist (Boney M)
  • 1960 Steve Norman, rock sax (Spandau Ballet-True), born in London, England
  • 1966 Jeff Healey, Canadian blind pop guitarist (See the Light), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2008)
  • 1969 Cathy Dennis, English singer, songwriter, and actress
  • 1973 Anders Fridén, Swedish singer (In Flames)
  • 1975 Melanie Blatt, British singer (All Saints)
  • 1976 Juvenile [Terius Gray], American rapper (The Hot Boys), born in Magnolia, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1976 Baek Ji Young, South Korean singer
  • 1976 Gigi Leung, Hong Kong actress and singer (Tempting Heart), born in Hong Kong
  • 1980 Joe King, Guitarist and Co-Founder for the band The Fray
  • 1982 Sergey Yakovlev, russian musical artist and painter
  • 1984 Katharine McPhee, American singer-songwriter and actress (scorpion), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1989 Alyson Michalka, American actress/singer