On This Day

Birthdays in Music 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)
  • 1935 Christopher "Kit" Lambert, British record producer and manager of The Who, born in Knightsbridge, London (d. 1981)
  • 1938 Harvey Sollberger, flutist/composer (2 Oboes Troping), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • 1939 Carlos Lyra, Brazilian musician
  • 1940 Ronald Anthony Pellegrino, composer
  • 1941 Eric Burdon, Walker-on-Tyne England, rock vocalist (Animals-House of the Rising Sun)
  • 1943 Arnie Satin [Silver], American musician (The Dovells), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1943 George Edwards, composer
  • 1943 Les Chadwick, English bassist (Gerry and the Pacemakers), born in Liverpool. England
  • 1946 Plume Latraverse, Quebec singer and musician
  • 1947 Butch Trucks, drummer (The Allman Brothers), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 2017)
  • 1948 Shigeru Izumiya, Japanese folk musician
  • 1952 Renaud Séchan, French composer
  • 1954 Edgar Riley Jr, rocker (Axe K)
  • 1954 Judith Weir, English composer, Master of the Queen's Music, born in Cambridge
  • 1955 Jos Haagmans, Dutch singer (Frank Boeijen Group)
  • 1955 Mark Herndon, country drummer (Alabama-Take Me Down), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1961 Cecile Licad, pianist (Leventritt Award-1981), born in Manila, Philippines
  • 1965 Greg Dulli, American rock musician (The Afghan Whigs), born in Hamilton, Ohio
  • 1966 Christoph Schneider, German drummer (Rammstein), born in Pankow, East Germany
  • 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 musician

Person of interestCory Monteith

1982 Cory Monteith, Canadian actor and musician (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