On This Day

Birthdays in Music on March 27

  • 1416 Antonio Squarcialupi, Italian composer and organist, born in Florence (d. 1480)
  • 1702 Johann Ernst Eberlin, German composer, born in Jettingen-Scheppach, Germany (d. 1762)
  • 1710 Joseph Abaco, Italian composer, born in Brussels (d. 1805)
  • 1746 Augustin Ullinger, German composer, born in Ranoldsberg, Upper Bavaria (d. 1781)
  • 1757 Richard John Samuel Stevens, English composer, born in London (d. 1837)
  • 1760 Ishmail Spicer, American composer, born in Bozrah, Connecticut (d. 1832)
  • 1760 Marie-Jean Auguste Vestris, French ballet dancer, born in Paris (d. 1842)
  • 1772 Giovanni Liverati, Italian composer, born in Bologna, Italy (d. 1846)
  • 1816 George Elvey, English composer, born in Canterbury, England (d. 1893)
  • 1818 Jacob Axel Josephson, Swedish composer, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1880)
  • 1851 Ruperto Chapi, Spanish composer, born in Villena, Spain (d. 1909)
  • 1851 Vincent d'Indy, French composer and teacher, born in Paris (d. 1931)
  • 1858 Peter C. Lutkin, composer, born in Thomp­son­ville, Wis­con­sin (d. 1931)
  • 1867 Edyth Walker, American opera singer, born in Hopewell, New York (d. 1950)
  • 1868 Patty Smith Hill, American composer, teacher and songwriter (Happy Birthday to You), born in Anchorage, Kentucky (d. 1946)
  • 1883 Jan Kunc, Czech composer (Czech State Anthem), born in Doubravice nad Svitavou (d. 1976)

  • 1892 Ferde Grofé, American composer, born in New York (d. 1972)
  • 1901 Albert Henneberg, Swedish composer, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1991)
  • 1905 Leroy Carr, blues singer-songwriter, born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1935)
  • 1906 Pee Wee Russell, American jazz musician, born in Maplewood, Missouri (d. 1969)
  • 1909 Ben Webster, American tenor saxophonist, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1973)
  • 1912 Reuel Lahmer, composer, born in Maple, Ontario
  • 1912 Robert Watson Hughes, Scottish-Australian composer, born in Levan, Inverclyde, Scotland (d. 2007)
  • 1913 Godfrey Turner, British composer, born in Manchester, England (d. 1948)
  • 1914 Snooky Lanson [Roy Landman], American singer (Your Hit Parade, 5 Star Jubilee), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1990)
  • 1915 Robert Lockwood Jr., American blues guitarist, born in Turkey Scratch, Arkansas (d. 2006)
  • 1920 Richard Hayman, American orchestra leader (Vaughn Monroe Show), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 2014)
  • 1921 Harold Nicholas, American dancer known as one of the world's greatest dancers (Nicholas Brothers), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (d. 2000)
  • 1923 Victor Hochhauser, British impresario (Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra), born in Košice, Czechoslovakia (d. 2019)
  • 1924 Sarah Vaughan, jazz scat singer (Broken Hearted Melody), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1990)
  • 1925 Robert Cohan, American dancer and artistic director (Contemporary Dance Trust), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1927 Mstislav Leopold Rostropovich, Soviet-Russian cellist and conductor, born in Baku, Azerbaijan SSR (d. 2007)
  • 1931 Burt Collins, American jazz trumpeter, born in NYC, New York (d. 2007)
  • 1931 Yoriaki Matsudaira, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo
  • 1932 [Herman] Junior Parker, American blues singer and musician (Mystery Train), born in Bobo, Mississippi (d. 1971)
  • 1934 Arthur Mitchell, African-American choreographer (Dance Theater of Harlem), born in New York

  • 1936 Malcolm Goldstein, American composer, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1937 Johnny Copeland, American blues guitarist and singer (Lion's Den), born in Haynesville, Louisiana (d. 1997)
  • 1940 Janis Martin, American rockabilly and country singer, born in Sutherlin, Virginia (d. 2007)
  • 1946 Olaf Malolepski, German musician (Die Flippers), born in Madgeburg, Germany
  • 1950 Maria Ewing, American opera singer, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1950 Tony Banks, English musician and rock keyboardist (Genesis), born in East Hoathly, Sussex
  • 1952 Rocky Maffit, rocker (Champaign)
  • 1953 Walter "Wally" Stocker, British rock vocalist and guitarist (The Babys- "Missing You"), born in London, England
  • 1957 Billy MacKenzie, Scottish rock vocalist (The Associates-Affectionate Punch), born in Dundee, Scotland (d. 1997)
  • 1959 Andrew Farriss, Australian rock keyboardist (INXS-Kiss the Dirt), born in Perth, Australia
  • 1961 Tak Matsumoto, Japanese Grammy Award-winning guitarist (B'z), born in Toyonaka, Osaka
  • 1963 Dave Koz, American jazz saxophonist, born in Encino, California
  • 1963 Charly Alberti, Argentinian rock musician (Soda Stereo), born in Buenos Aires
  • 1964 Clark Datchler, English vocalist (Johnny Hates Jazz), born in Sutton, Surrey, England
  • 1965 Johnny April, American bass guitarist and vocalist (Staind), born in Enfield, Connecticut
  • 1970 Brendan Hill, American-English drummer (Blues Traveler), born in London

Person of interestMariah Carey

1971 Mariah Carey, American singer (Love Takes Time, Hero), born in NYC, New York

Singer Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey

Person of interestFergie

1975 Fergie Duhamel, American pop singer (The Black Eyed Peas), born in Hacienda Heights, California

Singer Fergie
  • 1976 Tia Fuller, American jazz musician (Beyoncé backing band), born in Aurora, Colorado
  • 1981 JJ Lin, Chinese singer (Music Voyager), born in Singapore