On This Day

Musicians Born on March 31

  • 1684 Francesco Durante, Neapolitan composer, and teacher, born in Frattamaggiore, Kingdom of Naples (now Italy) (d. 1755)

Person of interestJohann Sebastian Bach

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

  • 1717 Florian Wrastill, Austrian composer of sacred music, choir master, and Benedictine monk, born near Königgrätz, Bohemia [now Hradec Králové, Czech Republic] (d.1758)
  • 1732 Franz Joseph Haydn, Austrian composer of the classical period (The Creation; Trumpet Concerto), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1809)
  • 1747 Johann Abraham Peter Schulz, German composer (The Moon Has Risen), born in Lüneburg, Germany (d. 1800)
  • 1791 Franciszek Wincenty Mirecki, Polish composer, conductor and pedagogue, born in Kraków, Poland (d. 1862)
  • 1809 Otto Jonas Lindblad, Swedish composer (Kungssången - Royal Anthem), born in Karlstorp, Sweden (d. 1864)
  • 1822 Rafael Hernando, Spanish composer of zarzuelas, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1888)
  • 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
  • 1895 Lizzie Miles [Elizabeth Landreaux], Creole American jazz, blues and gospel singer ("Man O'War"), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1963)
  • 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, American blues guitarist, born in Caldwell County, North Carolina
  • 1915 Eliseo Morales Pajaro, composer
  • 1918 Helen Kemp (nee Hubbert), American choral conductor, composer, and voice teacher, born in Perkasie, Pennsylvania (d. 2015)
  • 1921 Lowell Fulson, Choctaw-Cherokee-American blues guitarist and songwriter (“3 O’Clock Blues”; “Reconsider Baby”), born in Atoka, Oklahoma (d. 1999)
  • 1922 Richard Kiley, American singer and actor (Kismet; Man of La Mancha; Endless Love), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1999)
  • 1927 Dave Hassinger, American recording engineer and record producer, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2007)
  • 1934 Shirley Jones, American Academy Award-winning actress (Elmer Gantry; Oklahoma!), and singer (Partridge Family), born in Charleroi, Pennsylvania
  • 1934 John D. Loudermilk, country singer and songwriter ("Tobacco Road"), born in Durham, North Carolina (d. 2016)
  • 1935 Herb Alpert, American jazz trumpeter and bandleader (Tijuana Brass - "This Guy's In Love With You"), and record executive (A & M), born in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, California
  • 1937 Willem Duyn [Mouth], Dutch singer (Mouth & MacNeal)
  • 1938 Arthur B. Rubinstein, American composer
  • 1942 Hugh McCracken, American session guitarist (Aretha Franklin; Paul McCartney; Steely Dan; Billy Joel; John Lennon), born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey (d. 2013)
  • 1944 Rod Allen [Bainbridge] British pop-rock singer and bassist (Fortunes - "You've Got Your Troubles"; "Here It Comes Again"), born in Leicester, England (d. 2008)
  • 1944 Mick Ralphs, British rock guitarist (Mott the Hoople - "All The Young Dudes"; Bad Company - "Can't Get Enough"), born in Stoke Lacy, Herefordshire, England
  • 1946 Al Nichol, American rock guitarist and keyboard player (Turtles - "Elenore"), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • 1947 Al Goodman, American pop-soul singer (Ray, Goodman, Brown - "Special Lady"), born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • 1947 John Poulos, American drummer (The Buckinghams - "Kind Of A Drag"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1980)
  • 1948 Thijs van Leer, Dutch rock singer, organist, and flutist (Focus - "Hocus Pocus"; Introspection), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • 1950 Richard Hughes, rocker (Johnny Winter Band)
  • 1951 Henry Spinetti, Welsh session and touring drummer (Eric Clapton, Joan Armatrading, Gerry Rafferty, Katie Melua), born in in Cwm, Monmouthshire, Wales
  • 1953 Greg Martin, American singer (Kentucky Headhunters - "Davy Crockett"), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1953 Sean Hopper, American rock keyboardist (Huey Lewis & The News - "The Power Of Love"), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1953 Dennis Kamakahi, Hawaiian Grammy Award-winning slack-key guitarist, born in Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii (d. 2014)
  • 1954 Tony Brock, England, rock drummer (Isn't It Time, Every Time I Think of You)
  • 1955 Angus Young, Scottish rock guitarist (AC/DC - "Highway to Hell"), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1958 Pat McGlynn, Scottish pop guitarist (Bay City Rollers), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1958 Paul Ferguson, British rock drummer (Killing Joke), born in England
  • 1959 Ali McMordie, Irish bassist (Stiff Little Fingers)
  • 1963 Paul Mercurio, Australian actor/dancer
  • 1964 Erik Turner, American rock guitarist (Warrant - "Cherry Pie"), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1974 Stefan Olsdal, Swedish bassist (Placebo), born in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • 1977 Toshiya, Japanese musician (Dir en grey)
  • 1978 Tony Yayo [Marvin Bernard], American rapper (G-Unit - "So Seductive"), born in Queens, New York City
  • 1979 Amey Date, Indian playback singer
  • 1982 Lennon Murphy, American rock singer/songwriter
  • 1984 Jack Antonoff, American rock singer, guitarist, songwriter, and producer (Bleachers; fun.), born in Bergenfield, New Jersey
  • 1986 Cveta Majtanović, Serbian singer, winner of Pop Idol