Birthdays in Music on March 31

  • 1684 Francesco Durante, composer

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1685 Johann Sebastian Bach, German composer (Mattheus-Passion) [OS 21 Mar], born in Eisenach, Germany (d. 1750)

  • 1717 Florian Wrastill, composer
  • 1732 Franz Joseph Haydn, prominent composer of the classical period (The Creation/Die Schopfung), born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1747 Johann Abraham Peter Schulz, German composer (Moon has Risen)
  • 1791 Franciszek Wincenty Mirecki, composer
  • 1809 Otto Jonas Lindblad, composer
  • 1822 Rafael Hernando, composer
  • 1847 Jarolslaw Zielinski, composer
  • 1848 John Henry Roberts, composer
  • 1872 Sergei Pavlovich Diaghilev, Russian dance master (Imperial Ballet)
  • 1887 Jose Maria Usandizaga, composer
  • 1891 Erich Walter Sternberg, composer
  • 1893 Clemens Krauss, conductor (Berlin State Orch-1937), born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1906 Lauri Saikkola, composer
  • 1908 Red Norvo, American jazz vibraphonist known as "Mr. Swing" (Congo Blues, Knockin' on Wood), born in Beardstown, Illinois (d. 1999)
  • 1911 Elisabeth Grümmer, German soprano (d. 1986)
  • 1913 Etta Baker, Caldwell County North Carolina, American blues guitarist
  • 1915 Eliseo Morales Pajaro, composer
  • 1934 John D. Loudermilk, country singer and songwriter (Tobacco Road), born in Durham, North Carolina (d. 2016)
  • 1935 Herb Alpert, bandleader/trumpeteer (Tijuana Brass)/CEO (A & M)
  • 1937 Willem Duyn, [Mouth], Dutch singer (Mouth & MacNeal)
  • 1938 Arthur B. Rubinstein, American composer
  • 1944 Rod Allen, [B Rodney Bainbridge] rock bassist/vocalist (Fortunes)
  • 1944 Mick Ralphs, English guitarist (Mott the Hoople, Bad Company)
  • 1946 Al Nichol, rock guitarist/vocalist (Turtles), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • 1947 Al Goodman, rock vocalist (Ray, Goodman, Brown)
  • 1948 Thijs van Leer, Dutch singer/flutist (Focus, Introspection)
  • 1950 Richard Hughes, rocker (Johnny Winter Band)
  • 1953 Greg Martin, singer (Ky Headhunters-Davy Crockett), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1953 Sean Hopper, California, rock keyboardist (Huey Lewis & The News)
  • 1953 Dennis Kamakahi, Grammy Award-winning musician (d. 2014), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1954 Tony Brock, England, rock drummer (Isn't It Time, Every Time I Think of You)
  • 1955 Angus Young, Glascow Scotland, rock guitarist (AC/DC-Highway to Hell)
  • 1958 Pat McGlynn, Edinburgh, rock guitarist (Bay City Rollers)
  • 1959 Ali McMordie, Irish bassist (Stiff Little Fingers)
  • 1963 Paul Mercurio, Australian actor/dancer
  • 1964 Erik Turner, rock guitarist (Warrant-Cherry Pie), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1974 Stefan Olsdal, Swedish bassist (Placebo)
  • 1977 Toshiya, Japanese musician (Dir en grey)
  • 1978 Tony Yayo, American rapper
  • 1979 Amey Date, Indian playback singer
  • 1982 Lennon Murphy, American rock singer/songwriter
  • 1986 Cveta Majtanović, Serbian singer, winner of Pop Idol.