On This Day

Musicians Born on March 28

  • 1621 Heinrich Schwemmer, German composer, born in Gumpertshausen bei Hallburg, Lower Franconia (d. 1696)
  • 1643 Jose Solana, Spanish composer and organist, born in Sieso, Huesca province (d. 1712)
  • 1737 Francesco Zannetti, Italian composer, born in Volterra (d. 1788)
  • 1741 Johann Andre, German composer, born in Offenbach, Germany (d. 1799)
  • 1766 Joseph Weigl, German-Austrian composer (La Principessa d’Amalfi; Emmeline), and conductor, born in Eisenstadt, Hungary, Austrian Empire (d. 1846)
  • 1779 Angelo Maria Benincori, Italian composer, born in Brescia, Italy (d. 1821)
  • 1817 Mariano Soriano Fuertes y Piqueras, Spanish composer, born in Murcia, Spain (d. 1880)
  • 1862 George William Louis Marshall-Hall, English composer, born in London (d. 1915)
  • 1868 Wojciech Gawroński, Polish pianist and composer, born in Sejmany, Russian Empire [now Lithuania] (d. 1910)
  • 1871 Willem Mengelberg, Dutch conductor (Concertgebouw Orchestra, NY Philharmonic 1922-30), born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 1951)
  • 1883 William Henry Harris, English composer, born in Fulham, London (d. 1973)
  • 1885 Marc-Jean-Baptiste Delmas, French composer, born in Saint-Quentin, France (d. 1931)
  • 1886 Jaroslav Novotny, Czech composer, born in Jičín, Austria-Hungary (d. 1918)
  • 1887 Rudolf Frederik Willem Boskaljon, musician and composer, born in Curacao, Portugal (d. 1969)
  • 1890 Paul Whiteman "The King of Jazz", American orchestra leader (George Gershwin's "Rhapsody In Blue"), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1967)
  • 1900 Achille Longo, Italian composer, born in Naples, Italy (d. 1954)

  • 1902 Paul Godwin, Polish-Dutch violinist, born in Sosnowitz, Russian Empire (d. 1982)
  • 1902 Jaromír Vejvoda, Czech composer (Beer Barrel Polka), born in Zbraslav, Czech Republic (d. 1988)
  • 1903 Rudolf Serkin, Bohemian-American pianist (Marlboro School of Music), born in Eger, Bohemia, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1991)
  • 1906 Murray Adaskin, Canadian violinist, composer, conductor (Saskatoon Symphony), and teacher (University of Saskatchewan), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2002)
  • 1907 Herb Hall, American jazz clarinetist and saxophonist (d. 1996)
  • 1915 Jay Livingston, American composer ("Buttons & Bows"; "Mona Lisa"; "Tammy"), born in McDonald, Pennsylvania (d. 2001)
  • 1918 Youly Algaroff, Russian-French ballet dancer, born in Simferopol, Crimea (d. 1995)
  • 1919 Jacob Avshalomov, American composer (Sinfonietta; The Oregon), born in Tsingtao, China (d. 2013)
  • 1922 Felice Chiusano, Italian singer, born in Fondi, Italy (d. 1990)
  • 1928 José Luis de Delás, Spanish composer, born in Barcelona (d. 2018)
  • 1930 Robert Ashley, American composer, born in Ann Arbor, Michigan (d. 2014)
  • 1930 Elizabeth Bainbridge, English opera singer, born in Rawtenstall, Lancashire
  • 1933 Vincente "Tete" Montoliu, Catalonian jazz pianist, born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 1997)
  • 1934 Siegfried Thiele, German composer, born in Chemnitz, Germany
  • 1941 Alf Clausen, American orchestra leader and film and television score composer (Donny & Marie; The Simpsons; ALF), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1941 Charles Ray "Charlie" McCoy, American Grammy-winning session musician and harmonica player (Hee Haw), born in Oak Hill, West Virginia
  • 1942 Samuel Ramey, American operatic bass (La Scala, 1981- ; Metropolitan, 1984-), born in Colby, Kansas
  • 1943 Richard Eyre, English film, theatre, television and opera director (National Theatre), born in Barnstaple, Devon, England
  • 1945 Chuck Portz, bassist (Turtles - "Happy Together"), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1945 Sally Carr, Scottish pop singer (Middle of the Road - "Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep"), born in Muirhead, Scotland

  • 1946 Richard Sussman, American jazz musician and composer
  • 1948 John Evan, British rock keyboardist (Jethro Tull), born in Blackpool, Lancashire
  • 1949 Milan Williams, American keyboardist (Commodores - "Three Times a Lady"), born in Okolona, Mississippi
  • 1951 Karen Kain, Canadian ballerina, born in Hamilton, Canada
  • 1951 Matti Pellonpää, Finnish actor and musician, born in Helsinki, Finland (d. 1995)

Person of interestReba McEntire

1955 Reba McEntire, American country singer ("Can't Even Get the Blues"; "Consider Me Gone"), born in McAlester, Oklahoma

Country Singer Reba McEntire
Country Singer
Reba McEntire
  • 1958 Oran "Juice" Jones, American R&B singer ("Curiosity"; "Here I Go Again"), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1961 José Feghali, Brazilian concert pianist (Van Cliburn Gold Medalist, 1985) (d. 2014)
  • 1962 Ged Grimes, Scottish rock bassist, and producer (Danny Wilson; Deacon Blue; Simple Minds), born in Dundee, Scotland
  • 1963 Andy Cousin, English rock bassist (All About Eve; The Mission; The Lucy Nation), born in Huddersfield, Yorkshire
  • 1965 Steve Turner, American grunge rock guitarist (Mudhoney), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1966 Salt [Cheryl James], American Grammy Award-winning rapper and songwriter (Salt-n-Pepa - "Let's Talk About Sex"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1966 Indra Lesmana, Indonesian jazz keyboardist, arranger, and composer, born in Jakarta, Indonesia
  • 1968 Jon Lee, Welsh drummer (Feeder), born in Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales (d. 2002)
  • 1969 James Atkin, British rock singer, and guitarist (EMF - "Unbelievable"), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1969 Rodney Atkins, American country music singer-songwriter (Honesty), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1975 Orrin Evans, American jazz pianist, born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • 1976 David Keuning, American guitar player (The Killers), born in Pella, Iowa
  • 1977 Angelo Garcia, singer (Menudo - "Cannonball"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1980 Rasmus Seebach, Danish pop singer-songwriter, and record producer, born in Frederiksberg, Denmark
  • 1986 J-Kwon [Jerrell Jones], American rapper (Tipsy), born in St. Louis, Missouri

Person of interestLady Gaga

1986 Lady Gaga [Stefani Germanotta], American singer-songwriter and actress (Bad Romance; A Star is Born), born in NYC, New York

Singer-Songwriter Lady Gaga
Singer-Songwriter
Lady Gaga
  • 1989 Afrikan Boy [Olushola Ajose], British rapper (Wot It Do?), born in Nigeria