On This Day

Birthdays in Music on May 10

  • 1697 Jean Marie I'aine Leclair, French composer and violinist, born in Lyon, France (d. 1764)
  • 1705 Gallus Zeiler, German composer, born in Kempten (d. 1755)
  • 1741 Johann Michael Schmidt, composer
  • 1760 Claude-Joseph Rouget de Lisle, French soldier, author and composer (La Marseillaise), born in Lons-le-Saunier, France (d. 1836)
  • 1776 George Thomas Smart, composer
  • 1780 Peter Lichtenthal, composer
  • 1783 Niccola Benvenuti, composer
  • 1800 Nikolay Alexeyevich Titov, composer
  • 1825 Rudolf Viole, composer
  • 1855 Anatoli Liadov, composer (Enchanted Lake) [NS], born in St Petersburg, Russia
  • 1858 Frederick Zech Jr, American composer and pianist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1926)
  • 1877 Roderich Mojsisovics-Mojsvar, composer
  • 1888 Max Steiner, Austrian composer (Gone With the Wind), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1971)
  • 1894 Dimitri Tiomkin, Russian-American film score composer and conductor (Academy Award 1954-High & Mighty), born in Kremenchuk, Poltava Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1979)
  • 1898 Herbert Elwell, composer (Happy Hypocrite), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Person of interestFred Astaire

1899 Fred Astaire, American tap dancer, presenter and actor (Easter Parade, Swingtime), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1987)

Actor and Dancer Fred Astaire
Actor and Dancer
Fred Astaire

  • 1905 Markos Vamvakaris, Greek rebetiko musician and songwriter (d. 1972)
  • 1907 Harilaos Perpessas, composer

Person of interestMaybelle Carter

1909 Maybelle Carter, American country singer (Johnny Cash Show), born in Nickelsville, Virginia (d. 1978)

Country Singer Maybelle Carter
Country Singer
Maybelle Carter
  • 1912 Erik Jorgensen, composer
  • 1915 Bert van Dongen [Albert Cohen], Dutch singer, impressionist and actor (Het meisje met den blauwen hoed), born in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1982)
  • 1916 Milton Babbitt, American mathematician, composer of serial and electronic music (Correspondences), and teacher (Princeton; Juilliard), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2011)
  • 1919 Tibor Sarai, Hungarian composer, born in Budapest (d. 1995)
  • 1920 Bert Weedon, English guitar player ("Play in a Day" books), born in London (d. 2012)
  • 1935 Henry Fambrough, American singer (Spinners)
  • 1935 Larry Williams, American musician (Dizzy, Miss Lizzie), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1980)
  • 1937 Mike Melvoin, American jazz and studio pianist, composer, and arranger, born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin (d. 2012)
  • 1938 Maxim Shostakovich, Russian conductor (Atlanta Symphony), born in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Soviet Union
  • 1938 Philip Gordon Winsor, American composer, Born in Morris, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • 1940 Arthur Alexander, American singer-songwriter (Lonely Just Like Me), born in Sheffield, Alabama (d. 1993)
  • 1941 Danny Rapp, rocker (Danny & Juniors), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1942 Bill Coday, American musician and singer (You’re Gonna Want Me), born in Coldwater, Mississippi (d. 2008)
  • 1942 Ingram Douglass Marshall, American composer (Alcatraz, Fragility Cycles), born in Mount Vernon, New York
  • 1944 Jackie Lomax, English singer-songwriter (Is This What You Want), born in Liverpool, England (d. 2013)
  • 1946 Graham Gouldman, English bassist and singer-songwriter (10cc), born in Manchester, England
  • 1946 Dave Mason, Worcester England, singer/songwriter (We Just Disagree)

Person of interestDonovan Philips Leitch

1946 Donovan [Philips Leitch], Scottish musician (Sunshine Superman, Catch the Wind), born in Glasgow, Scotland

  • 1947 Jay Ferguson, American rocker (Spirit-"Thunder Island," "I Got A Line on You") and composer (theme for The Office), born in Burbank, California
  • 1951 Ron Banks, US R&B singer (Dramatics-Whatcha See is Whatcha Get)
  • 1952 Sly Dunbar, reggae drummer (Sly & Robbie), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1952 Kikki Danielsson, Swedish singer
  • 1952 Lee Brilleaux, British musician (Dr Feelgood), born in Durban, South Africa
  • 1953 Steve Thomas, rocker (Shooting Star)

Person of interestSid Vicious

1957 Sid Vicious [John Simon Ritchie], English musician and bassist (Sex Pistols), born in London (d. 1979)

Musician Sid Vicious
Sid Vicious

Person of interestBono

1960 Bono [Paul Hewson], rocker (U2-Joshua Tree), born in Dublin, Ireland

Rocker Bono
  • 1961 Danny Carey, American drummer (Tool), born in Lawrence, Kansas
  • 1962 Garry Daley, keyboard (China Crisis-Christian)
  • 1967 Young MC [Marvin Young], British American rapper (Bust a Move), born in London, England
  • 1970 Perry Blake, Irish singer/songwriter
  • 1970 Gabriela Montero, Venezuelan-American pianist, born in Caracas
  • 1970 Craig Mack, American rapper (Flava In Ya Ear), born in Trenton, New Jersey (d. 2018)
  • 1976 Stuart Braithwaite, Scottish musician (Mogwai)
  • 1976 Udo Mechels, Belgian singer
  • 1979 Lee Hyori, South Korean singer
  • 1991 Kenny Beats [Blume], American hip-hop record producer and songwriter, born in Greenwich, Connecticut
  • 1993 Charice Pempengco, Filipino singer