On This Day

Musicians Born on May 10

  • 1697 Jean-Marie Leclair l'aîné (the elder), French violinist and Baroque composer, 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
  • 1858 Frederick Zech Jr, American composer and pianist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1926)
  • 1877 Roderich Mojsisovics-Mojsvar, Austrian music educator and composer, born in Graz, Austria (d. 1954)
  • 1888 Max Steiner, Austrian-American film score composer (King Kong; Casablanca: Gone With The Wind), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1971)
  • 1894 Dimitri Tiomkin, Russian-American film score composer(Academy Award, 1954 - High & Mighty; Wild Is The Wind), and conductor, born in Kremenchuk, Poltava Governorate, Russian Empire (now Ukraine)(d. 1979)
  • 1898 Herbert Elwell, composer (Happy Hypocrite), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Fred Astaire

1899 Fred Astaire [Austerlitz], American stage and screen tap dancer, singer ("Night And Day"; "Cheek To Cheek"; "Let's Call The Whole Thing Off"), and actor (Royal Wedding; Easter Parade; Swingtime), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1987)

  • 1905 Markos Vamvakaris, Greek rebetiko musician and songwriter (d. 1972)
  • 1907 Harilaos Perpessas, Greek composer (Christus Symphony; The Infinite Bliss), born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 2005)

Maybelle Carter

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

  • 1912 Erik Jorgensen, Danish composer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 2005)
  • 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)
  • 1931 Yūzō Toyama, Japanese composer and conductor, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1935 Henry Fambrough, American singer (The Spinners - "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love?"; "The Rubberband Man"), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1935 Larry Williams, American R&B singer-songwriter ("Dizzy, Miss Lizzie"; "Slow Down"), 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-American pianist and conductor, born in Leningrad, USSR (now Saint Petersburg, Russia)
  • 1938 Philip Gordon Winsor, American composer, born in Morris, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • 1940 Arthur Alexander, American singer-songwriter ("Lonely Just Like Me"), whose songs were covered by The Beatles ("Anna"), The Rolling Stones ("You Better Move On"), and Bob Dylan ("Sally Sue Brown"), born in Sheffield, Alabama (d. 1993) [1] [2]
  • 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
  • 1943 Judith Jamison, American dancer and choreographer (artistic director of the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 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, British guitarist and singer-songwriter ("We Just Disagree"), born in Worcester, England

Donovan Philips Leitch

1946 Donovan [Philips Leitch], Scottish guitarist and singer-songwriter ("Sunshine Superman"; "Mellow Yellow"; "Season Of The Witch"), 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
  • 1949 Nolan Porter, American R&B singer-songwriter ("Keep On Keeping On"), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2021)
  • 1951 Ron Banks, American R&B singer and songwriter (Dramatics - "Whatcha See is Whatcha Get"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2010)
  • 1952 Sly Dunbar, Jamaican reggae drummer (Sly & Robbie), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1952 Kikki Danielsson, Swedish pop and country singer, yodeler, and accordion player, born on Osby, Sweden
  • 1952 Lee Brilleaux, British musician (Dr Feelgood), born in Durban, South Africa
  • 1952 Bob Glaub, American session and touring bass player (Jackson Browne; Nicolette Larson, Warren Zevon; Linda Ronstadt; John Fogerty), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1953 Steve Thomas, American drummer (Shooting Star - Summer Sun)
  • 1953 Alex Foster, American jazz and session saxophonist (SNL Band; Mingus Big Band), born in Oakland, California
  • 1956 Bakithi Kumalo, South African session and touring bassist, and composer (Paul Simon - "Graceland"; "Call Me Al"; Mickey Hart's Planet Drum; Harry Belafonte), born in Alexandra, Johannesburg, South Africa

Sid Vicious

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


1960 Bono [Paul Hewson], Irish rock singer and lyricist (U2 - "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"; "Desire"; "Beautiful Day"; "One"), born in Dublin, Ireland

  • 1961 Danny Carey, American drummer (Tool), born in Lawrence, Kansas
  • 1962 Gary Daly, British new wave rock keyboardist and singer (China Crisis - Wishful Thinking), born in Kirkby, Merseyside, England
  • 1967 Young MC [Marvin Young], British American rapper (Bust a Move), born in London, England
  • 1970 Perry Blake, Irish singer-songwriter (The Hunchback of San Francisco), born in Sligo, Ireland
  • 1970 Gabriela Montero, Venezuelan-American pianist, born in Caracas, Venezuala
  • 1970 Craig Mack, American rapper (Flava In Ya Ear), born in Trenton, New Jersey (d. 2018)
  • 1976 Stuart Braithwaite, Scottish guitaist and songwriter (Mogwai, born in South Lanarkshire, Scotland)
  • 1976 Udo Mechels, Belgian singer (Isn't It Time), born in Brussels, Belgium**-
  • 1979 Lee Hyori, South Korean R&B and K-pop singer, born in Cheongwon, South Korea
  • 1991 Kenny Beats [Blume], American hip-hop record producer and songwriter, born in Greenwich, Connecticut
  • 1993 Jake Zyrus [Charice Pempengco], Filipino pop and R&B singer, born in Cabuyao, Philippines