On This Day

Birthdays in Music on March 8

  • 1560 Don Carlo Gesualdo, Italian Prince of Venosa and composer, born in Venosa, Italy (d. 1613)
  • 1607 Johann von Rist, German composer and poet known for his hymns, born in Ottensen, Holstein (d. 1667)
  • 1714 Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, German composer, son of J. S. Bach, born in Weimar, Germany (d. 1788)
  • 1743 Bendix Friedrich Zinck, German composer, born in Husum, Holstein, Germany (d. 1801)
  • 1778 Friedrich August Kanne, Austrian-German composer, born in Delitzsch, Saxony (d. 1833)
  • 1783 Gottfied Wilhelm Fink, German composer, born in Sulza, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1846)
  • 1825 George William Martin, composer
  • 1840 Franco Faccio, Italian composer and conductor, born in Verona, Italy (d. 1891)
  • 1843 Vilhelm Svedbom, Swedish composer, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1904)
  • 1853 Edward Hubertus Joannes Keurvels, Flemish composer (Parisina), born in Antwerp (d. 1916)
  • 1857 Ruggero Leoncavallo, Italian composer (I pagliacci/Zaza), born in Naples, Italy (d. 1919)
  • 1859 Otto Taubmann, German composer, born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1929)
  • 1872 Paul Juon, Russian-Swiss violinist and composer, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1940)
  • 1876 Franco Alfano, Italian opera composer (Puccini's Turandot), born in Posillipo, Italy (d. 1954)
  • 1883 Manuel Gómez Carrillo, Argentine composer, born in Santiago del Estero, Argentina (d. 1968)
  • 1893 Mississippi John Hurt, American country blues singer and guitarist, born in Teoc, Carroll County, Mississippi (d. 1966)

  • 1909 Anthony Donato, composer
  • 1911 Alan Hovhaness, Armenian-American composer (Lousadzak, Ukiyo), born in Somerville, Massachusetts (d. 2000)
  • 1915 Tapio Rautavaara, Finnish athlete, actor, and singer (Me tulemme taas, Rion yö), born in Pirkkala, Finland (d. 1979)
  • 1919 Ivor Keys, musician/teacher
  • 1920 James Daniel "Danny" Turner, saxophonist
  • 1921 Egbert George "Pete" Pitterson, trumpeter
  • 1922 Cyd Charisse [Tula Finklea], American dancer and actress (Singin' in the Rain), born in Amarillo, Texas (d. 2008)
  • 1925 Darwin Horacio Vargas-Wallis, composer
  • 1927 Jaromir Podesva, composer
  • 1927 Josef Berg, Czech composer (d. 1971)
  • 1927 Dick Hyman, American jazz pianist, composer, arranger, conductor, and organist, born in New York City
  • 1928 Frank Michael Beyer, composer
  • 1928 Judy Johnson, singer (Your Show of Shows), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • 1933 Johnny Dollar, American country and rockabilly singer, born in Kilgore, Texas (d. 1986)
  • 1934 Christian Wolff, composer
  • 1936 Gábor Szabó, Hungarian-American jazz guitarist (Spellbinder), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1982)
  • 1937 Raynoma Singleton [Gordy], music producer and singer-songwriter (Motown), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2016)
  • 1937 Richard Farina, American writer and folk rocker (Reflections in a Crystal Wind)
  • 1938 Lew DeWitt, American country singer (Statler Brothers - "Flowers On The Wall"), born in Virgina
  • 1939 Robert Tear, Welsh tenor (Welsh National Opera 1970), born in Barry, Wales

  • 1939 Yannis Vlachopoulos, Greek composer
  • 1941 Ivana Loudova, Czech composer (Vocal Symphony), born in Chlumec nad Cidlinou (d. 2017)
  • 1941 Yvar Emilian Mikhashoff, American pianist & composer
  • 1942 Ralph Ellis, British rock guitarist (The Swinging Blue Jeans – "Hippy Hippy Shake"), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1944 Sergey Nikitin, Russian composer
  • 1944 Palito Ortega, Argentine singer and actor
  • 1945 Micky Dolenz, American singer (The Monkees - "I'm A Believer"), and actor (Circus Boy), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1945 Bruce Broughton, American composer
  • 1946 Randy Meisner, American rock bassist and vocalist (Rick Nelson's Stone Canyon Band; Linda Ronstadt; Eagles, 1971-77- "Take It To The Limit"), born in Scottsbluff, Nebraska
  • 1947 Mike Allsup, American rock guitarist (Three Dog Night - "Joy To The World"), born in Modesto, California
  • 1947 Carole Bayer Sager, American singer-songwriter ("On My Own"; "That's What Friends Are For"), and wife of Burt Bacharach, born in Manhattan, New York
  • 1948 Little Peggy March [Margaret Battavio], American pop vocalist ("I Will Follow Him"), born in Lansdale, Pennsylvania
  • 1953 Bob Brozman, American musician
  • 1954 Cheryl Baker, British rock vocalist (Bucks Fizz - "My Camera Never Lies"), and TV presenter, born in Bethnal Green, London, ENgland
  • 1957 Billy Childs, American jazz pianist, composer, and arranger, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1957 Clive Burr, English drummer (Iron Maiden, 1979-82), born in London, England (d. 2013)
  • 1958 Gary Numan [Webb], British new wave rock musician ("Cars"), born in Hammersmith, England
  • 1964 Peter [Ped] Gill, British drummer (Frankie Goes to Hollywood - "Relax"), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1968 Shawn Mullins, American folk-rock singer-songwriter ("Lullabye"), born in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • 1972 Angie Hart, Australian pop singer
  • 1973 Anneke van Giersbergen, Dutch singer (The Gathering)
  • 1975 Peggy Zina, Greek singer
  • 1976 (Gareth) "Gaz" Coombes, British rock guitarist and singer-songwriter (Supergrass - "Alright"), born in Oxford, England
  • 1979 Tom Chaplin, British rock singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist (Keane), born in Hastings, East Sussex, England
  • 1979 Andy Ross, American guitarist (OK Go)
  • 1984 Dave Moffatt, Canadian musician
  • 1985 Ewa Sonnet, Polish model and pop singer