On This Day

Musicians Born on May 11

  • 1731 Johann Gottfried Seyfert, composer
  • 1772 Henri-Jean Rigel, composer
  • 1791 Jan Vaclav Hugo Vorisek, composer
  • 1817 Fanny Cerrito, Italian ballet dancer (d. 1909)
  • 1827 Septimus Winner, American songwriter (Listen To The Mockingbird), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1902)
  • 1835 Kārlis Baumanis, Latvian composer (d. 1905)
  • 1840 Filippo Capocci, composer
  • 1855 Anatol Konstantinovich Lyadov, Russian composer (Bewitched Lake)
  • 1869 Francisco Lacerda, composer
  • 1881 Jan van Gilse, composer/resistance fighter (Frau Helga von Staveren)
  • 1881 Pascual Rogatis, composer
  • 1882 Joseph Marx, Austrian composer/critic
  • 1885 [Joe] King Oliver, American jazz musician (Dippermouth Blues), born in Aben, Louisiana (birth date disputed - could be Dec. 19) (d. 1938)
  • 1887 Paul Wittgenstein, left handed pianist, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1961)

Person of interestIrving Berlin

1888 Irving Berlin [Israel Isidore Baline], American composer and lyricist considered one of the greatest songwriters in American history (God Bless America, White Xmas), born in Tyumen, Russian Empire (d. 1989)

Composer and Lyricist Irving Berlin
Composer and Lyricist
Irving Berlin
  • 1895 William Grant Still, American composer ("Afro-American" Symphony), born in Woodville, Mississippi (d. 1978)

  • 1896 Josip Slavenski, Croatian composer and pedagogue, born in Čakovec, Croatia-Slavonia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1955)
  • 1909 Herbert Murrill, composer
  • 1910 Jorge Croner de Vasconcelos, Portuguese composer (d. 1974)
  • 1913 Clare Grundman, American composer, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1996)
  • 1913 [Salvador] Tutti Camarata, American composer and producer (Vic Damone Show), born in New Jersey (d. 2005)
  • 1920 Beryl Bryden, British jazz/blues singer and washboard player, born in Norwich, Norfolk (d. 1998)
  • 1930 Gordon Langford [Colman], British composer and arranger of brass, choral, and orchestral music (Facets of Glass; Rhapsody for Trombone), born in Edgware, England (d. 2017)
  • 1935 Christopher "Kit" Lambert, British record producer and manager of The Who, born in Knightsbridge, London (d. 1981)
  • 1936 Carla Bley [Lovella Borg], American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer (Escalator Over The Hill; Fictitious Sports), born in Oakland, California
  • 1938 Harvey Sollberger, flutist/composer (2 Oboes Troping), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • 1939 Carlos Lyra, Brazilian musician
  • 1940 Ron Pellegrino, American electronic music composer, born in Kenosha, Wisconsin
  • 1941 Eric Burdon, British rock vocalist (Animals - "House of the Rising Sun"; "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood"; War - "Spill The Wine"), born in Walker-on-Tyne, England
  • 1943 Arnie Satin [Silver], American pop-rock singer (The Dovells - "Bristol Stomp"; "You Can't Sit Down"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1943 George Edwards, American composer, and educator, born in Wellesley, Massachusetts (d. 2011)
  • 1943 Les Chadwick, British bassist (Gerry and the Pacemakers - "Ferry Cross The Mersey"), born in Liverpool. England
  • 1946 (Michel) "Plume" Latraverse, Canadian rock and blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1947 Butch Trucks, American drummer (The Allman Brothers - "Whipping Post"), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 2017)
  • 1948 Shigeru Izumiya, Japanese folk musician
  • 1952 Renaud [Séchan], French pop singer, composer, and actor, born in Paris, France

  • 1954 Edgar Riley Jr, American rock vocalist (Axe K)
  • 1954 Judith Weir, English composer (Master of the Queen's Music, 2014-present), born in Cambridge, England
  • 1955 Jos Haagmans, Dutch singer (Frank Boeijen Group)
  • 1955 Mark Herndon, American country music drummer (Alabama - "Take Me Down"), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1961 Cecile Licad, Filipina concert pianist (Leventritt Award, 1981), born in Manila, Philippines
  • 1961 David Ake, American jazz pianist (Humanities) and educator, born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1963 Nina Stemme [Thöldte], Swedish dramatic soprano opera singer, born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1965 Greg Dulli, American rock guitarist, songwriter, and producer (The Afghan Whigs), born in Hamilton, Ohio
  • 1966 Christoph Schneider, German drummer (Rammstein), born in Pankow, East Germany
  • 1966 Julian Joseph, British jazz pianist, bandleader, composer, (Dance of the Three Legged Elephants), and broadcaster (BBC), born in London, England
  • 1968 Sławomir Dobrzański, Polish concert pianist and music professor, born in Wrocław, Poland
  • 1972 Concha Buika [María Concepción Balboa Buika], Spanish singer ("Niña de Fuego"), born in Palma de Mallorca
  • 1978 Perttu Kivilaakso, Finnish cellist (Apocalyptica), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • 1979 Erin Lang, Canadian alternative rock musician (Feral & Stray; The Tail Lights), born in Montreal, Quebec

Person of interestCory Monteith

1982 Cory Monteith, Canadian actor and singer (Glee; Monte Carlo), born in Calgary, Alberta (d. 2013)

Actor & Musician Cory Monteith
Actor & Musician
Cory Monteith

Person of interestHolly Valance

1983 Holly Valance, Australian actress (Felicity "Flick" Scully-Neighbours) and singer, born in Melbourne, Victoria

Actress & Singer Holly Valance
Actress & Singer
Holly Valance
  • 1985 Sifow (Shiho Fujita), Japanese pop star and business woman, born in Chiba, Japan
  • 1988 Ace Hood [Antoine McColister], American rapper, born in Port St. Lucie, Florida