On This Day

Musicians Born on March 26

  • 1671 Giacomo Cesare Predieri, Italian composer (d. 1753)
  • 1684 Johann Graf, German composer, born in Nürnberg (d. 1750)
  • 1717 Manuel Jeronimo Romero de Avila, Spanish theorist and composer, born in Las Herencias, Toledo, Spain (d. 1779)
  • 1758 Johann Daniel Ferstenberg, composer
  • 1783 Johann Baptist Weigl, German composer and clergyman, born in Hahnbach, Bavaria (d. 1852)
  • 1806 Josef Slavik, Czech composer, born in Jince, Czech Republic (d. 1833)
  • 1819 Francisco Eduardo da Costa, Portuguese composer, born in Lamego, Portugal (d. 1855)
  • 1827 Emanuel Kania, Polish composer, born in Uszyce, Poland (d. 1887)
  • 1830 John Rogers Thomas, American composer, born in Newport, Rhode Island (d. 1896)
  • 1840 Carli Zoeller, German composer, born in Berlin (d. 1889)
  • 1854 Braulio Dueno Colon, Puerto Rican composer, born in San Juan, Puerto Rico (d. 1934)
  • 1859 Nikolay Alexandrovich Sokolov, Russian composer, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1922)
  • 1874 Oskar Nedbal, Czech composer, born in Tábor, Czech Republic (d. 1930)
  • 1884 Wilhelm Backhaus, German pianist (Rubinstein Competition winner, 1905), born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1969)
  • 1885 Julius Harrison, British composer and conductor (Bredon Hill), born in Stourport, Worcestershire (d. 1963)
  • 1889 Václav Kaprál, Czech composer, pianist, and pedagogue, born in Určice (d. 1947)

  • 1894 Viorica Ursuleac, Romanian soprano (d. 1985)
  • 1896 Richard Flury, Swiss composer, born in Biberist, Switzerland (d. 1967)
  • 1898 Renzo Massarani, Italian-Brazilian composer and music critic, born in Mantova, Italy (d. 1975)
  • 1898 Charles Shadwell, British conductor, bandleader, and founder of the Cambridge Concert Orchestra, born in Pershore, Worcestershire (d. 1979)
  • 1899 William Baines, English composer, born in Hornbury, England (d. 1922)
  • 1900 Isadore Freed, Russian American composer, born in Brest-Litovsk, Russia (d. 1960)
  • 1904 Hermann Schroeder, German composer, born in Bernkastel, Germany (d. 1984)
  • 1905 Pablo Garrido, Chilean composer and ethnomusicologist, born in Valparaíso, Chile (d. 1982)
  • 1907 Leigh Harline, American composer and conductor, born in Salt Lake City (d. 1969)
  • 1907 Louis Saguer, German born French composer (Lili Merveille), born in Charlottenburg, Germany (d. 1991)
  • 1908 Hank Sylvern, American orchestra leader (Jane Froman's USA Canteen), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1909 Chris[tiaan R] Reumer, Dutch opera singer
  • 1916 Vic Schoen, American orchestra leader (Patti Page Olds Show), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1917 Rufus Thomas [Mr. Swing], American musician (Do the Funky Chicken), born in Cayce, Mississippi (d. 2001)
  • 1921 Joe Loco [Jose Esteves, Jr], American Latin jazz musician (d. 1988)
  • 1923 Clifton Williams, American composer (The Ramparts, Sinfonians), born in Traskwood, Arkansas (d. 1976)
  • 1925 Claudio Spies, Chilean American composer, born in Santiago, Chile (d. 2020)
  • 1925 Pierre Boulez, French composer and conductor (Visage Nuptial), born in Montbrison, France (d. 2016)
  • 1928 Carole Carr [Carless], British singer and actress (Down Among the Z Men), born in London, England (d. 1997)
  • 1929 Maurice Simon, American jazz musician, born in Houston, Texas (d. 2019)

  • 1930 Cristobal Halffter, Spanish composer, born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1936 Erich Urbanner, Austrian composer and educator, born in Innsbruck, Austria
  • 1936 Fred Paris, American rocker (Five Satins)
  • 1940 Rod Lauren, American rocker (If I Had a Girl), born in Fresno, California (d. 2007)

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1944 Diana Ross [Earle], American singer (The Supremes - "Stop! In The Name Of Love"; "You Can't Hurry Love"; "I Hear A Symphony"), and actress (Lady Sings Blues; Mahogany), born in Detroit, Michigan

Singer and Actress Diana Ross
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Diana Ross
  • 1947 Carmen Krolis, Suriname Dutch singer
  • 1948 Kyung-Wha Chung, Korean violinist (Chung Sisters), born in Seoul, Korea
  • 1948 Richard Tandy, British rock bassist (ELO), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1948 Steven Tyler, American rock vocalist (Aerosmith - "Walk This Way"; "Dude Looks Like A Lady"), born in New York City
  • 1949 Fran Sheehan, American rock bassist (Boston - "More Than A Feeling"), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1949 Vicki Lawrence, American television actress (The Carol Burnett Show; Mama's Family), and singer ("The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia"), born in Inglewood, California
  • 1950 Theodore "Teddy" Pendergrass, American singer (Turn Off the Lights), born in Kingstree, South Carolina (d. 2010)
  • 1950 Alan Silvestri, American film score composer (Back To The Future; Forrest Gump), born in NYC, New York
  • 1953 Michael Bonagura, American country singer (Baille & Boys - "Oh Heart"), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1953 Billy Lyall, Scottish rock keyboardist (Bay City Rollers, 1969-71; Pilot, 1973-76; Alan Parsons Project - Irobot), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1989)
  • 1955 Dean Dillon, American country music singer (Chair), born in Lake City, Tennessee
  • 1956 Charly McClain, American country singer (Radio Heart), born in Jackson, Tennessee
  • 1959 Chris Whitten, British session drummer (Paul McCartney - "Flowers In The Dirt"), born in England, United Kingdom
  • 1962 Richard Coles, English musician (Communards - "Don't Leave Me This Way"), now a Church of England priest, and BBC broadcaster, born in Northampton
  • 1964 Barry "Baz" Warne, British rock guitarist and singer (The Stranglers, 2000 - present), born in Sunderland, England
  • 1968 Kenny Chesney, American country music singer ("Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven"), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1968 James Iha, American rock guitarist and songwriter (The Smashing Pumpkins; A Perfect Circle), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1979 Hiromi Uehara, Japanese jazz pianist (Spiral), born in Hamamatsu, Japan
  • 1980 Son Ho Young, Korean American singer (g.o.d.), born in New Jersey
  • 1981 Jay Sean [Kamaljit Singh Jhooti], British pop, Bhaṅgṛā, and R&B singer, born in London, England
  • 1981 Anaïs Mitchell, American singer-songwriter and playwright (Hadestown - 2019 Tony for Best Musical), born in Vermont
  • 1984 Stéphanie Lapointe, French-Canadian singer (Star Académie), born in Brossard, Quebec
  • 1987 Yui [Yoshioka], Japanese pop-rock singer-songwriter, and musician ("Good-bye Days"; Flower Power) and actress (A Song to the Sun), born in Koga, Japan