On This Day

Musicians Born on March 30

  • 1687 Johann Balthasar Freisslich, composer
  • 1719 John Hawkins, England, wrote 1st history of music
  • 1727 Tommaso MFS Traetta, Ital's opera composer/band leader (Farnace)
  • 1750 John Stafford Smith, composer
  • 1772 Johann Wilhelm Wilms, composer
  • 1804 Salomon Sulzer, composer
  • 1805 Adrien de La Fage, composer
  • 1811 Angelo Catelani, Italian composer/conductor
  • 1815 Wincenty Studzinski, Polish violinist and composer, born in Kraków (d. 1854)
  • 1830 Auguste Tolbecque, composer
  • 1835 Bernhard Scholz, composer
  • 1858 Siegfried Alkan, German composer, born in Dillingen, Saarland (d. 1941)
  • 1872 Sergey Nikiforovich Vasilenko, composer
  • 1902 Ted Heath, British jazz trombonist, composer, and big band leader, born in Wandsworth, London, England (d. 1969)
  • 1904 Akarova [Marguerite Acarin], Belgian dancer (Les Biches)
  • 1908 Camille Schmit, Belgian organist, composer, and educator, born in Aubange (d. 1976)

  • 1908 Kurt Bruggemann, German composer, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2002)
  • 1911 Dennis Gomm, British composer and musician (d. 1995)
  • 1913 Frankie Laine [Francesco Paolo LoVecchio], American singer ("Jezebel"; "Rawhide"; "Blazing Saddles"), songwriter ("We'll Be Together Again"), and actor (Bring Your Smile Along), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2007)
  • 1914 Sonny Boy Williamson I [John Lee], American blues musician ("Down & Out Blues"), born in Madison County, Tennessee (d. 1948)
  • 1917 Els Aarne, Estonian composer, born in Makiivka, Russian Empire (d. 1995)
  • 1917 Rudolf Bruci, composer
  • 1921 Kan Ishii, Japanese composer (Marimo), born in Tokyo (d. 2009)
  • 1921 Oto Ferenczy, composer
  • 1922 German Germanovich Galinin, composer
  • 1922 Peter Jona Korn, composer
  • 1924 Milko Kelemen, Croat composer (Archetypon), born in Slatina, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (now Croatia) (d. 2018)
  • 1925 Ivo Malec, Croat-French composer (Miniatures pour Lewis Carroll; Lumina), born in Zagreb, Yugoslavia (now Croatia) (d. 2019)
  • 1926 Werner Torkanowsky, conductor (New Orleans Symphony, 1963-77; Bangor Symphony, 1981-92), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1992)
  • 1928 John Heddle Nash, English operatic singer, born in London (d. 1994)
  • 1928 Diether de la Motte, German composer and music theorist, born in Bonn, Germany (d. 2010)
  • 1930 Rolf Harris, Australian-British comedian, actor, painter, singer-songwriter ("Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport", television personality, and convicted sex offender, born in Bassendean, Western Australia
  • 1931 Harold Burrage, American blues and jazz singer, and pianist (Hi Yo Silver), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1931 Sándor Szokolay, Hungarian composer and pedagogue, born in Kunágota, Hungary (d. 2013)
  • 1934 Lanny Morgan, American West coast jazz and studio alto saxophonist (Maynard Ferguson), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1935 Gordon Mumma, American pianist, composer, and educator (University of California, 1975-94), born in Framingham, Massachusetts

  • 1935 John Charles Eaton, composer
  • 1935 Karl Berger, German jazz pianist, vibraphone player, and musicologist, born in Heidelberg, Germany
  • 1942 Graeme Edge, British rock drummer, and poet (Moody Blues - "The Dream"; "Morning Glory"), born in Rocester, Staffordshire England
  • 1943 Jay Traynor, American pop singer (Jay and the Americans, 1960-62 - "She Cried"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2014)
  • 1943 Ken Forssi, American bassist (Love), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1998)

Person of interestEric Clapton

1945 Eric Clapton, English singer and guitarist (Cream - "Sunshine Of Your Love; Derek & The Dominos - "Layla"; solo -"Tears in Heaven"), born in Ripley, Surrey, England

Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Eric Clapton
Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
Eric Clapton
  • 1945 Richard Evans, British graphic designer, album cover designer (The Who; The Doors; Pink Floyd; Louis Armstrong), born in Wilmslow, Cheshire
  • 1947 Marilyn Crispell, American jazz pianist and composer (Anthony Braxton Quartet), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1948 Jim "Dandy" Mangrum, American rock vocalist (Black Oak Arkansas), born in Benton Harbor, Michigan
  • 1949 Dana (Richenda Antoinette) "Dana" Gillespie, English actress and singer (Jesus Christ Superstar), born in Surrey, England
  • 1949 Lene Lovich, English-American singer, songwriter and musician (Lucky Number), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1950 Dave Ball, British guitarist (Procul Harum - "A Whiter Shade Of Pale"), born in Birmingham, England (d. 2015)
  • 1950 Eugene Bowen, composer (Wonder's Edge)
  • 1950 Rupert Greenall, British rock keyboardist (The Fixx - "One Thing Leads To Another"; "Saved By Zero")
  • 1955 Randy Vanwarmer, American singer-songwriter and guitarist ("Just When I Needed You Most"), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 2004)
  • 1959 Sabine Meyer, German clarinetist
  • 1962 M C Hammer [Stanley Kirk Burrell], rapper (Hammer Time), born in Oakland, California
  • 1963 Eli-Eri Moura, Brazilian composer and conductor
  • 1963 Ximo Tebar, Spanish jazz and flamenco guitarist, and composer (Goes Blue), born in Valencia, Spain
  • 1964 Tracy Chapman, American singer-songwriter (Fast Car; Give Me One Reason), born in Cleveland, Ohio

  • 1966 Joey Castillo, American drummer (Queens of the Stone Age, 2002-12), born in Gardena, California
  • 1967 Hayashibara Megumi, Japanese voice actress and singer

Person of interestCeline Dion

1968 Celine Dion, Canadian singer ("My Heart Will Go On"; "The Power Of Love"; "Tell Him" ), born in Charlemagne, Quebec

Singer Celine Dion
Celine Dion
  • 1969 Marco Foddis, pop drummer (Pestilence)
  • 1973 DJ AM [Adam Goldstein], American DJ and musician, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2009)
  • 1976 Mark McClelland, Northern Irish musician (Degrassi)

Person of interestNorah Jones

1979 Norah Jones, American pop and jazz singer and pianist ("Come Away With Me"), born in Brooklyn, New York

Singer and Pianist Norah Jones
Singer and Pianist
Norah Jones
  • 1979 Simon Webbe, English pop singer
  • 1980 Yalin, Turkish singer and songwriter
  • 1983 Scott Moffatt, Canadian singer and songwriter
  • 1983 Hebe Tian, Taiwanese singer (S.H.E)
  • 1984 Anna Nalick, American singer and songwriter.
  • 1986 Beni Arashiro, Japanese singer
  • 1993 Anitta [Larissa de Macedo Machado], Brazilian singer-songwriter ("Show das Poderosas), born in Rio Janeiro, Brazil