On This Day

Musicians Born on March 4

  • 1492 Francesco de Layolle, composer

Person of interestAntonio Vivaldi

1678 Antonio Vivaldi, Baroque violin virtuoso and composer (The Four Seasons), born in Venice, Venetian Republic (now Italy) (d. 1741)

Violin Virtuoso & Composer Antonio Vivaldi
Violin Virtuoso & Composer
Antonio Vivaldi
  • 1742 Johann Heinrich Egli, composer
  • 1754 Dieudonne-Pascal Pieltain, composer
  • 1757 Ignaz Malzat, composer
  • 1765 Charles Dibdin, British composer, author (Sea Songs), and actor, baptized in Hampshire, England (d. 1814)
  • 1773 Pierre-Louis Hus-Desforges, composer
  • 1819 Charles Oberthur, composer
  • 1834 Peter Nicolai von Wilm, composer
  • 1838 Paul Lacôme, French composer, born in Le Houga, Gascony (d. 1920)
  • 1877 Alexander Fyodorovich Gedike, composer
  • 1878 Egbert Van Alstyne, American songwriter and pianist (d. 1951)
  • 1886 Paul Bazelaire, French cellist (d. 1958)
  • 1895 Bjarne Brustad, Norwegian composer, born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1978)
  • 1904 Joseph Schmidt, Austrian-Hungarian tenor and actor (Der Liebesexpreß, A Star Fell from Heaven), born in Storozhynets, Austria-Hungary (d. 1942)
  • 1913 Taos Amrouche, Algerian writer and singer (d. 1976)

  • 1915 Carlos Surinach, composer (Monte Carlo) [OS], born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1921 Halim El-Dabh, Egyptian-American pianist, darabukha drummer, and composer (Martha Graham ballet scores), born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 2017)
  • 1922 Martha O'Driscoll, American film actress, dancer and socialite (Young and Willing, Blonde Alibi), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 1998)
  • 1923 Willie Johnson, American electric blues guitarist (Howlin' Wolf's "How Many More Years"), born in Senatobia, Mississippi (d. 1995)
  • 1925 Paul Mauriat, French easy listening orchestra leader, composer, and arranger ("Love Is Blue"), born in Marseille (d. 2006)
  • 1926 Don Rendell, English jazz musician and arranger, born in Plymouth, Devon (d. 2015)
  • 1926 Fran Warren, American singer, (d. 2013)
  • 1927 Robert DiDomenica, American flautist, composer and educator, born in NYC, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1928 Samuel Adler, composer
  • 1929 Bernard Haitink, Dutch conductor (Concertgebouw, 1961-88; London Philharmonic, 1967-79; Royal Opera Covent Garden, 1987-2002), born in Amsterdam, Nethetlands
  • 1929 Josep Mestres-Quadreny, composer
  • 1932 Guido Baggiani, composer
  • 1932 Miriam Makeba, South African singer and civil rights activist (Grammy for Best Ethnic or Traditional Folk Recording, 1965), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 2008) [1]
  • 1933 Ann Burton [Anna Rafalowicz], Dutch singer
  • 1934 Barbara McNair, American singer ("Till There Was You") and actress (They Call Me MR. Tibbs), born in Racine, Wisconsin (d. 2007)
  • 1934 John Duffey, American bluegrass guitarist, dobro, and mandolin player (Country Gentlemen), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1996)
  • 1934 Mario Davidovsky, Argentine-American electro-acoustic composer (Synchronisms), born in Médanos, Argentina (d. 2019)
  • 1935 Nancy Whiskey, Scottish folk singer (d. 2003)
  • 1936 Aribert Reimann, composer
  • 1936 Eric Allandale [Dubuisson], West Indian-British rock and soul trombonist, and songwriter (The Foundations - "Baby Now That I've Found You"), born in Dominica, West Indies (d. 2001)

  • 1937 [Bernard Barney Jean] Wilen, musician
  • 1938 Angus MacLise, American percussionist (d. 1979)
  • 1942 Bob Wootton, American guitarist, born in Paris, Arkansas
  • 1943 Zoltán Jeney, Hungarian composer and educator (Franz Liszt Academy, 1995-2019), born in Szolnok, Hungary (d. 2019)
  • 1944 Bobby Womack, American R&B singer, guitarist, songwriter, and producer ("It's All Over Now"; "Woman's Got to Have It"; "Across 110th Street"), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2014)
  • 1945 Dieter Meier, Swiss singer/children book writer (Yello)
  • 1946 Ralph Kirshbaum, cellist (RNCM Manchester Intl Festival), born in Denton, Texas
  • 1947 Jan Garbarek, Norwegian musician
  • 1948 Chris Squire, British progressive rock bassist, founding and longest serving member of Yes, 1969-2014 ("The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus)"), born in Kingsbury, London, England (d. 2015)
  • 1948 Shakin' Stevens [Michael Barrett], Welsh rock singer ("This Ole House"; "Oh Julie"; "You Drive Me Crazy"), born in Cardiff, Wales
  • 1949 Carroll Baker, Canadian country singer and songwriter, born in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia
  • 1950 Emilio Estefan, Cuban-American musician and producer (Miami Sound Machine), born in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
  • 1951 Chris Rea, English rock guitarist, songwriter, and singer ("Fool (If You Think It Is Over)"), born in Middlesbrough, England
  • 1951 Linda Yamamoto, Japanese singer
  • 1952 Umberto Tozzi, Italian singer
  • 1956 Kermit Driscoll, American jazz bassist (Bill Frissell), born in Kearney, Nebraska

Person of interestJason Newsted

1963 Jason Newsted, American heavy-metal bassist (Metallica - "Nothing Else Matters"), born in Battle Creek, Michigan

Heavy Metal Musician Jason Newsted
Heavy Metal Musician
Jason Newsted
  • 1963 MDV [Michiel de Vos], Dutch pop bassist (Burma Shave - "Stash")
  • 1963 Janey Lee Grace, English singer, author, television presenter and radio disc jockey
  • 1965 WestBam [Maximillian Lenz], German rave techno DJ

  • 1966 Patrick Hannan, English pop drummer (Sundays - "Can't Be Sure")
  • 1966 Grand Puba, American rapper
  • 1967 Evan Dando, American musician (The Lemonheads - "Mrs. Robinson"), born in Essex, Massachusetts
  • 1969 Jason Townsend, American artist and record producer
  • 1971 Fergal Lawler, Irish rock drummer (The Cranberries - "Linger"), born in Limerick, Ireland
  • 1972 Ivy Queen [Martha Pesante], Puerto Rican singer, rapper, and songwriter, born in Añasco, Puerto Rico
  • 1974 ICS Vortex [Simen Hestnæs], Norwegian vocalist (Arcturus)
  • 1975 Hawksley Workman, Canadian rock singer-songwriter
  • 1976 Stza Crack [Scott Sturgeon], American punk rock musician (Choking Victim; Leftover Crack), born in New York
  • 1977 Jason Marsalis, American jazz drummer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1979 Jon Fratelli [John Lawler], Scottish rock singer-songwriter, guitarist, and keyboard player (The Fratellis - Costello Music; Here We Stand), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1981 Carol Banawa, Filipino singer and celebrity
  • 1981 Donny Tourette [Patrick Brannan], British punk rock singer (Towers of London), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1991 Diandra Newlin, American actress, singer, and fashion model